GUYSSSSS. I saw Allen Stone play the Corner last weekend and it was by far my favourite live gig that I've ever been to (which is a BIG claim coming from a live music junkie like myself). It was already going to be a good night because Allen agreed with me that things were going to get funky (thanks, AStone):
My heart has a special place for soul music, and Allen Stone has a fairly big room in that space. My dance moves seem to have a special place for soul music too. However, these were frequently cut off abruptly throughout the night in order to perform rightfully exaggerated 'Oh, no, he didn't!' gestures, and to administer appropriate first aid to my comparative musical inadequacy and talentlessness.
It is by this reasoning that I present a rather detailed post about my love for Allen Stone and risk my dignity in the hope that you too will lose your dignity one day, expressing your love for this talented man.
However, first things first - click on these squares below to buy his music, and then listen as your read the rest of my ramblings.
Bought them? Good. Let's proceed.
I spent the majority of the night laughing. Not HAHA-laughing though - just laughing out of pure joy and disbelief that someone could be that good. My other responses were:
- Jaw on floor
- Shaking head in awe
- Excited jumping
- Edvard Munch's 'The Scream'
- Leeching other people's energy
- Waving an arm in the air as if to say "PREACH!"
- Repeatedly hitting my brother's arm until we accepted that this experience was indeed real
- Collapsing like an unworthy floppy doll
- Tom Cruise on Oprah
I was a 6-year-old at Disneyland, experiencing all of my emotions at once and not knowing what to do with them, other than to express them through dance and outbursts of giggles.
You can't fully understand Allen Stone until you see him live. You know how there are some artists who sound just like their recordings, or maybe even sound worse than their recordings? Allen Stone belongs to neither of those categories. This man was built for live performance. Plus, those moves were not meant to be kept to himself. He commanded the entire room's attention as soon as he stepped out, and then proceeded to lead us through a maze of authentic talent, passion, and feels (which felt like an awesome church service at times), as well as managing to get the whole room doing the "universal sway" (which was not unlike a one-move dance class). There is such sensitivity, control, range, and a sense of intention in his vocals, and in addition to that, his band is tight, and each member is incredible in their own right. We were discussing afterwards how none of them screwed up once, and how it didn't even matter that we didn't know the new songs off his upcoming album yet - you were still going to exhibit at least five of the above responses.
He is as charismatic and unbelievable as they come.
All the feels.
If you get a chance to catch him next time he's in town, DO IT. I cannot stress that enough. You have to. HAVE to. HAVE to. HAVE to.
Whilst you're waiting for his next gig, have a listen-watch to some of my favourite Allen Stone tunes:
'The Bed I Made':
P.S. You should also know that he can turn any song into magic even if it's not his:
'Sex & Candy' - Marcy Playground cover:
'Somebody That I Used To Know' - Gotye feat. Kimbra cover (starts at about 2:18):
'Tell Me Something Good' - Rufus & Chaka Khan cover:
Allen Stone = wizard.