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Month: May 2018



Oh Wonder bring big smiles and bright lights to the sold-out Observatory in Santa Ana (with Astronomyy)

Oh Wonder brought big smiles and bright lights to their sold-out show at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. British singer and guitarist Astronomyy was the opener for the night. His rhythmic, melodic R&B-indie sound served as a lovely start to the show. This was my third time seeing Oh Wonder perform live. The last time I saw them they opened up for The 1975 at Syracuse University, and prior to that I saw them perform on a small stage at Lollapalooza in Chicago. Seeing them perform as headliners of their own tour was wonderful and exciting, and as always the duo did not disappoint.

Oh Wonder is a London based duo comprised of talented musicians Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gutch. The duo released their most recent album Ultralife July of last year. Since then, the duo has been touring across the US and UK promoting and sharing their newer songs. “We played here a while back and we remember it being one of the greatest shows in Oh Wonder history,” Josephine said after the first few songs. There was an extreme amount of energy exuding from the crowd, and the circular shape of the venue created a more noticeable sense of community. Accompanied by two additional live performance bandmates, Oh Wonder exuded a tremendous confidence and had an illuminating stage presence compared to the last time I saw them perform.

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The band played a nice balance of older favorites and newer songs. Before they performed their hit single “High On Humans,” a robotic voice prompted the crowd. “Santa Ana are you ready,” repeated and echoed throughout the venue following a break out into a colorful and electrifying performance. It was almost as if a switch had been flipped. Everyone in the crowd began dancing and singing along as if they had been hypnotized. The large “OW” lights also provided an extra bit of drama, especially when timed to the beats of the music. During their song “Body Gold,” Josephine danced around the stage, and during “Lose It” and “Heart Strings” Josephine’s brother, William, joined on stage and played the saxophone. One of the most heartwarming moments was before the band performed their song, “All We Do.” “It’s ok not to be ok… it becomes a really scary world when people start telling people who to love and what to wear, your religion and beliefs […] don’t ever doubt yourself because you are amazing and this song celebrates just that,” Josephine said. It was a beautiful introduction to the song, and a powerful message to share during this tense time in society where people are still unable to express themselves, love who they want to love or speak their truths.

The band performed a two-song encore performance featuring songs “Ultralife” and “Drive.” Overall their performance was upbeat, dynamic, and fun. The duo also mentioned that they would be releasing new music soon, inspired by their love for California and their time spent here. For more information on Oh Wonder and their tour schedule check out their website here: http://ohwondermusic.com/.

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Riverfest returns for a 41st year in Little Rock, featuring Highly Suspect, Margo Price, Young Thug and more

Last year, everyone was under the impression that RiverFest was going to be a thing of the past. Luckily, a new team saw the potential to turn it around and bring it back better than ever! The 41st annual RiverFest in Little Rock, Arkansas marked its return with a diverse lineup. Highly Suspect, The Lacs, and Young Thug were amongst the performers of the weekend. Continue Reading

Taylor Swift draws a crowd of nearly 60,000 fans at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field in support of “Reputation” (with Charli XCX)

Any move Taylor Swift makes is made in to a story. These stories, true or not, change people’s perspectives of her. That is exactly what inspired her album, Reputation. 56,000 people gathered at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA to see Taylor Swift perform and she blew every expectation out of the water. Continue Reading

Interview: Lovelytheband talk band origins, Instagram and Dave + Busters backstage at Hangout Festival

Lovelytheband formed in Los Angeles in 2016 and quickly burst onto the scene with “Broken,” which racked up over three million streams on Spotify. Led by former Oh Honey member Mitch Collins, the band also consists of guitarist Jordan Greenwald, and drummer Sam Price. At Hangout Festival, we caught up with the band to hear their origin story, roots in music, and advice for fellow musicians.  Continue Reading

Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, Halsey, The Chainsmokers and more light up the Alabama coast at Hangout Festival

Tens of thousands of music lovers spent the weekend at Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. It was more than your average music festival, there were many things to do such as lay out at the beach, go for a swim, roller-skate, do yoga in the sand, enjoy great food, view the ocean from the ferris wheel, and much more. Over 100 concerts on eight stages throughout the weekend and there wasn’t a single act that you would want to miss out on. Continue Reading

Ghost B.C., fronted by new leader Cardinal Copia, perform for diehard fans at Washington D.C.’s Warner Theatre

Ghost B.C. came to Washington, D.C.’s Warner Theatre on May 20 and performed for a sold out crowd, who were excited to see the band’s new front man Cardinal Copia, performed by Tobias Forge. Continue Reading

Houndmouth tease new music and show off synth-heavy single “This Party” at New York’s Bowery Ballroom

Without a new album to promote (their most recent, Little Neon Limelight, was released on March 17, 2015), Houndmouth had Thursday night at Bowery Ballroom just to do what they do best; harmonize, lead singalongs and endear the sold-out crowd. Continue Reading

Fleet Foxes fills The Anthem in Washington D.C. with gorgeous, ethereal sound (with Amen Dunes)

Fleet Foxes continue to be one of, if not the most popular indie folk band, and their tour for their most recent album, Crack-Up, did not disappoint. They seemed to be right at home in their first visit to DC’s newest music venue as they filled the spacious venue with their iconic ethereal sound. Continue Reading

Northern Invasion Day Two sees energy-filled sets from Andrew WK, The Used, I See Stars, Hawthorne Heights and more

After a cold, yet incredible start to Northern Invasion on day one, I was excited to walk into the festival grounds under a clear skies and a warm sun. Even with the first day stacked with bands I wanted to see, the lineup for day two was just as good, and as the crowd tricked into Somerset Amphitheater, I could feel the energy and eagerness rising. Continue Reading

Underoath hits St. Louis with a vengeance for a heavy show at Pops (with Dance Gavin Dance and Veil of Maya)

I never thought I would see Underoath tour again with all original members but alas – they’re back! Along with a guitar thrashing and head banging performance. The No Fix Tour hits St. Louis with a vengeance. Continue Reading

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