Tossing out some serious 70s vibes with their embroidered jumpers, brown suits, dungarees, and thick mustaches, Canadian rock ‘n’ roll band, The Sheepdogs tackled Le Poisson Rouge, last Friday night. Continue Reading
Excitement filled the air. The sold-out El Rey, a live music venue set in an old movie theater in Los Angeles, was quickly filling up for King Princess’ Thursday night show. The royal red velvet décor and sparkling crystal chandeliers from the glory days of this vintage movie theater set the mood for the regal, precious performances to come. With her melodic, powerful voice and soulful songs, Donna Missal opened the night and had everyone dancing with her. Continue Reading
Pitchfork Music Festival, taking place from July 20th-22nd in Union Park in Chicago, was for the brave and unbreakable this year, and not just because the attendees had to make it through rain 2 of the 3 days. Continue Reading
House of Vans, the beloved venue that has hosted such diverse artists as Julian Casablancas, GWAR and Joey Bada$$ over the past eight years, continued it’s final summer with another show worth celebrating, with Blondie and Liz Phair. Continue Reading
Her age is often mentioned in write-ups about them, but its true, Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan continues to be Indie rocks coolest teenager and has been creating major buzz in the alt music scene. With songs from her EP Habit appearing all over music streaming services, Snail Mail quickly started popping up at many major music fests around the country. Continue Reading
What once started out as a one day event, Capitol Hill Block Party now spreads throughout six blocks in the heartbeat of Seattle. A complete lineup was released earlier this week, which included the addition of Unknown Moral Orchestra. The beautiful part of CHBP is that they champion local talent while mixing in major national artists. Continue Reading
Remember pretending to be upset at a boy for breaking your heart while lip syncing to “Leave (Get Out)” by JoJo? Well the young pop start has grown in to an incredible R&B singer who sold out Neumos in Seattle. Continue Reading
The history of the 9:30 Club loomed large in the minds of the members of Hop Along as they thought out loud, “Headlining at this place is one of those dreams that you never think will come true,”. I first saw Hop Along when they opened for Built to Spill a year ago and after that performance I figured it was only a matter of time before they headlined their own tour. Continue Reading
Sasquatch! Music Festival came and went in the blink of an eye. With a three-day schedule packed full of activities and non-stop music, a lot of memories were made. There were a few that stuck out more than others. Moments that won’t soon be forgotten. 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/.