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Tyler, Vince, Anderson and more: The five best things we saw at Sasquatch Festival

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 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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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

Even without all of the hits, Sum 41 put on a sweaty, crowd-pleasing show at Terminal 5 in New York (with SuperWhatevr and Seaway)

Deryck Whibley is 38-years-old, but still treats a stage like a teenager would, running and jumping on and off of platforms and rambling on at times like he’s excited to have a microphone and an audience. When his band, Sum 41, got their start it may have been sex, drugs and alcohol fueling the on-stage antics. Now, sober for half a decade, it feels like it’s just the joy of playing shows again. Continue Reading

Chicano Batman push forward with politically-charged, progressive music as their national tour continues

Chicano Batman is a four-piece band based of out Los Angeles, California. The band is known for their unique blend of 70’s psychedelic rock and romantic pop. During live performances, they’re appropriately dressed in 70s style vintage suits with ruffled shirts, as if they are playing for a wedding. Continue Reading

Unknown Mortal Orchestra give Brooklyn Steel a whirlwind of emotions in support of “Sex & Food”

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

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