On Tuesday, Sony Network Entertainment pitched a tent behind the Sony Styles store at the Stanford Shopping Center to promote their new music service — “Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity” — which combines elements of music subscription services like Rhapsody and other cloud-based streaming options like Lala and Grooveshark. Users can upload their personal music libraries to the service and access it anywhere along with over six million songs, depending on the package.
Despite the abundance of sleek technology and cool giveaways, the main attraction was an intimate performance by G. Love & Special Sauce. The Philly-based band has been around since the early 90s, spreading its unique brand of alternative bluesy hip-hop. G. Love (otherwise known as Garrett Dutton) took the stage first with an acoustic guitar and his trademark harmonica before being joined by his Special Sauce backing band.
Highlights included a groovier, revitalized cover of Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” off their latest record “Fixin’ to Die” and an extra dirty version of G. Love classic “Booty Call.” String bassist Timo Shanko won over the crowd with his zealous solos and even more enthusiastic faces.
Along with a solid, entertaining show, G. Love should also be given props for managing to pull off a denim-on-denim shirt-pant combo without looking like a total idiot. Many men have tried, few have succeeded.