Unknown Mortal Orchestra, founded by Ruban Nielson in 2010, excels at the highest highs and lowest lows. The band is best when they play up the “psych” in psych-rock, or on the otherhand, the “rock.” In the middle, the music can lose its over-the-top nature. Continue Reading
Lily Allen probably was this good in 2008, too. When I was 13 and she was 20, Alright, Still was released to positive reviews and called pop music with a bit of personality. Now, over a decade later, her songs seem sharper, bolder and brasher. Continue Reading
This 4/20 weekend was celebrated best by Snoop Dogg, who held his 5th annual Wellness Retreat in three different states. We made it out to the Seattle show, which included performances by Snoop Dogg and Migos. Continue Reading
Blue October’s show at House of Blues Chicago on April 20th truly did not disappoint. With an especially energetic — though not particularly diverse — crowd, the venue was crowded, loud, and excited from the first song of the openers to the last note of Blue October’s encore. Continue Reading
Mania ensued when Hayley Kiyoko played to a sold out Showbox Market in Seattle. The anticipation ran high throughout the entire night. If you’ve already snagged tickets (or are planning on going) you’ll need to get there early. There was still a line around the block waiting to get in five minutes before the show started.
Jess Kent, an English-born Australian musician, kicked things off. She had the crowd engaged as soon as she skipped up on stage. She sings about love and the turmoil of growing up, but with pop infused beats. Jess also covered a popular Khalid song, but you’ll have to see what she plays for you. She
Hayley Kiyoko fans are some of the nicest people you’ll ever come across; maybe it’s just the vibe in Seattle. The crowd was so full of energy – singing and dancing along to every word. She collected quite a few bras and shirts throughout her performance. Nearing the end of her set, Hayley took her shirt off, and the crowd screamed for a full minute. She blushed bright red. The fandom is strong, and the #20gayteen movement was very present during her show. Hayley is a powerhouse. Her swagger as she dances across the stage is unparalleled. This is only the beginning; just you wait.
The Darkness smile while shredding as the “Tour De Prance” tour comes to Brooklyn Steel (with Diarrhea Planet)
The Darkness walk a fine line between rock parody and true rock’n’roll, and at Brooklyn Steel it was clear they had no intention of pushing things in one direction. Continue Reading
Marian Hill performed during Coachella Week 1 and then made their way down to Seattle’s Showbox Market for an incredible show. They brought along one of my favorite artists, Michl, to open for them.
Michl performs in his own little world. Don’t worry; you’re invited. He’s one of the more elusive up-and-coming artists. The front of the crowd was full of head boppers and hip swayers while the back-portion partner danced through his set.
Be prepared to dance during Marian Hill’s set, as their electric songs will make you want to move. Lead singer, Samantha Gongol, will show you exactly how it’s done. She dances perfectly with the music, feeling every beat. She plays well off bandmate Jeremy Lloyd. Although he’s off to the side of the stage, she draws attention to him throughout the entire performance.
Marain Hill’s tour, Unusual, runs through May 16th. You can check out all their tour stops here.
If you believe that a two-man group couldn’t possess the talent to sing, dance, and play real instruments on stage, then you have probably never seen Chromeo in concert. Unlike most modern Dj’s, with their prerecorded tracks and auto tuned vocals, Chromeo brings a refreshing live musical performance that makes for some of the most danceable funk to come about since the dawn of Zapp and Roger. Continue Reading