Land of the free, home of the strange. Young the Giant’s vibrant and mezmoring tour light up the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 21. Named after their third album, the ‘Home of The Strange’ tour was filled with unforgettable performances and high energy.
The indie rock band originally formed in 2004, in a town on the outskirts of Los Angeles called Irvine. Members include Sameer Gadhia (lead vocals), Jacob Tilley (guitar), Eric Cannata (guitar), Payam Doostzadeh (bass guitar), and Francois Comtois (drums). This tour stop was a short return to their hometown. The band members even mentioned that their friends and family were in the audience.
Opening for Young The Giant were the New York indie band, Ra Ra Riot. Although the audience was mostly seated during their performance, the bands infectious synthpop style won over the crowd and had them cheering. Wes Miles high vocals were one of the highlights. The frontmans effortless ability to produce extremely high vocal range was quite impressive. Other highlights included the bands strong instrumentations. It was refreshing to witness their incorporations of violins. It’s unusual to see violins added to synth pop and they defintely made it work. Young the Giant made a great choice adding Ra Ra Riot to their tour. Continue reading “Concert Review: Young the Giant Bring their Energetic ‘Home of The Strange Tour’ to Los Angeles”
Its been a whirlwind career for Nashville rockers, Kings of Leon. People either love them or hate them. The reason for the strange reception is their inconsistency to live up to Only By The Night’s, the album that catapulted the band into mega-stardom. The 2010’s album Come Around Sundown was hated by fan. Luckily. the band bounced back with 2013’s Mechanical Bull.
After a three year hiatus, the band is back with their seventh studio album, Walls (We Are Like Love Songs).
Although the album lacks smash hits, it consistently delivers solid emotionally driven songs. The album stays true to the southern indie rock style.The album begins with ‘Waste of Moment, ‘ a heavy guitar single filled the bands signature harmonization.
All tracks written by the band. The entire album feels more personal. Frontman, Caleb Followill whispery voice sounds more relax and mature. The album feels like a reflection of the bands struggles. Continue reading “Album of Review: Kings of Leon Return with Personal Album, “WALLS””
To promote their sophomore album Wild World, Bastille has been very busy performing at some of the first venues they ever played in the U.S. On Monday, Oct. 09, ‘The Born to Be Wild World North American Mini-Tour Tour’ came to an end at LA’s most famous and intimate venue, The Troubador.
In front of super fans and new listeners, the band transformed their set into two marvelous acts. The first act, celebrated of the new album. The band performed Wild World in its entirety.
Humbly, admitting they were still adjusting to the new songs, the band sure knows how to get a crowd to go wild. The band opened with the first single off the new album, Good Grief. Song after song, everyone was sweating and dancing around. The newest album by the band is filled with an enormous amount of variety and unique sounds.
From slow depressing songs like ‘Two Evils’ to infectious songs like’Set Them Off,’ the bands diversity and electric mixing always got the crowd going crazy. The band even gave a special first time performance of the single, ‘Way Beyond.’ Lead singer Dan Smith proclaimed he might forget the lyrics, but the song seemed seamless performed. If your ever considering watching a band live. I definitely recommend Bastille. Continue reading “Concert Review: Bastille Bring Wild World to LA”
If you’re a fans of The Killers, you are definitely in for a treat. In celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the sophomore album Sam’s Town, the band have shared a previously unreleased track ‘Peace of Mind.’ The ballad was recorded during the Sam’s Town sessions but never released until now.
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Indie pop band, The Mowgli’s keeps the summer vibe alive with their fourth album, Where’d Your Weekend Go?
True to the bands signature Cali style, the band newest album is infectiously fun. The album takes the listener through an adventure of deep life lessons in a energetic production.
The band plays it safe with the album, showcasing the groups perfect harmonization and contagious lyrics.The album begins with the carefree, “don’t care about anything” anthem, ‘So What.’
The Mowgli’s created a solid album, showcasing their vibrant style while adding tiny trickles of new sounds. The single ‘Monster,’ demonstrates the bands ability to produce a faced paced gritty single filled with an infectious repetitive piano note. ‘Last Forever,’ is also produced with an infectious melody that is perfect to sing along to. One of my personal favorites, ‘Spacin out’ contains energetically high paced lyrics that are perfectly combined with a jazzy vibe. ‘Arms & Legs’, channels in the bands soulful energy, to create a folk style song about a horrible depressing relationship.
Final thoughts: Every single uses the bands strength, yet overall the album feels average. The band needs to get over their comfort zone and grow as a band. The Mowgli’s play it safe with their music. The band uses the same format for most of their songs, they create happy and fun productions filled with infectious hamonizations(which sound amazing).