English glam rock band, The Struts, performed at The Roxy Theater in Los Angeles, California. All four nights at the famous venue on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip were sold-out. Continue Reading
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.
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/.
Last Friday, May 10th was Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s first night of two at The Fonda in Los Angeles, California. When the curtains were drawn back, they revealed an eclectic group of colorful creatures whose styles seemed a bit disjointed. Continue Reading
The Hunna performed at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City last month. The rescheduled April performance concluded their 2018 US tour, which began in early March. With a line outside the venue before doors were set to open, it was clear that fans had long awaited the rescheduled show. Continue Reading
Bill Dess, who goes by the stage name Two Feet, is a singer song-writer from New York City. His sensual, mellow sound enforces electronic beats, and has a jazz/blues influence. February 16th Two Feet and opener Absofacto performed at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York. Continue Reading
Hippo Campus is an indie rock band from St. Paul Minnesota. The group consists of vocalist Jake Luppen, guitarist/vocals Nathan Stocker, bassist Zach Sutton, and drummer Whistler Allen. The band made their way to Brooklyn Steel January 10th, supported by California based band Sure Sure.
Sure Sure is an indie pop band from Los Angeles, California. They have been making music since 2014, and just recently released their first full length, self-titled album on January 12th. The band had solid energy, and engaged in insightful conversations with the crowd. “This is our first tour […] and we’ve been driving in a van for over 8000 miles. When you’re on the road for such a long time everything starts to look like a snack […] the fresh snow starts to look like a snack… Michael looks like a snack,” said guitarist Charlie Glick. Band member Michael responded with, “If I look like a snack, then you look like a meal,” followed by a wave of screams from the crowd. Sure Sure’s music was upbeat and fun, and got the crowd ready for Hippo Campus’ set. The last song they played titled Hands Up Head Down had a dance that accompanied it. Prior to the song the band explained how to do the dance, and it was fun to see the crowd participate.
Hippo Campus played several songs from their more recent album Landmark, and EP warm glow which came out this past September. Three songs in Nathan said, “This is already the best night of tour so far,” which was definitely a noteworthy statement since their New York show was sixth to last of tour. The crowd was pumped and did not shy away from dancing and singing along, especially during songs Little Grace and Traveler. Hippo Campus ended with their song titled Buttercup, which they dedicated to Planned Parenthood, who they partnered with during this tour.
Fans chanted for a solid two minutes for an encore before the band returned to the stage. A much deserving roar from the crowd made the guys smile, as they finished up their set with their song Violet from their 2015 EP South. They played a fantastic encore performance, which was accompanied by some crazy strobes and lots of head banging.
Hippo Campus continues to tour until mid-February. Their last stop will be in their home town St. Paul. For more information on the band check out their website at www.hippocampusband.com.
Way It Goes
Milky Chance is a German, folk-pop duo consisting of lead vocalist Clemens Rehbein, DJ and producer Philipp Dausch, and guitarist/harmonica player Antonio Greger (live). Rehbein and Dausch have known each other since high school. Continue Reading
Sir Sly is an indie pop band from Los Angeles, California. The band is fronted by vocalist Landon Jacobs alongside pianist Jason Suwito, and drummer Hayden Coplen. In support of headliner K.Flay, the band kicked off their tour last week in Southern California. Last Friday night’s performance at The Fonda was Sir Sly’s second show, and despite the early tour hiccups, it was a great precursor to K.Flay’s set. Continue Reading
New York natives, Loose Buttons, performed alongside All-caps LADD and B.Miles at Alphaville in Brooklyn on November 30th. I had never been to the small Bushwick bar before. With its quirks (intensely graffitied bathroom, and hanging photo of Lana Del Rey surrounded by fairy lights) and happy hour chicken nuggets, it proved to be quite a cool place to hold last Thursday night’s show. Continue Reading
Photos by Pamela Wang, Words by Ava Scott
Everyone could tell he was in pain, but it was as if the cheering of the crowd and the adrenaline of performing were pumping painkillers through his veins, pushing him through the end of the encore. Guitarist and vocalist Brian Aubert finally caved and unwrapped his soft cast, tossing it aside he continued to play through the last song and a half of the show on November 17th at Brooklyn Steel. Continue Reading