Young The Giant: Home of the Strange Tour

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I went to see Young The Giant featuring Ra Ra Riot as their opening act at Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.

The vibe was great, for the most part. My only frustration was the two girls standing next to me, speaking so loudly, you could hear them over the music and the crowd. How Rude?! I mean, at least go stand in the back or STFU so everyone around you can at least enjoy the show. Other than that, nothing but your typical concert annoyances ;P

Ra Ra Riot were fun and energetic! I didn’t realize how many instruments made up their band. Their cello player had a hollow cello – like it was only the outline, how f-ing cool is that? During their second-to-last song, Young The Giant surprised band and the crowd by joining the stage, oh and there was a kitty!

Young the Giant’s performance melted my face off. I was on Cloud 9, rocking out, dancing, singing along, and had a great night – and so did YTG! Their final show of the Home of the Strange tour. They had 2 encore sets, that had the entire crowd jumping! I think my favorite moment was the surprise Champagne and Remix to Ignition. Second-most-favorite moment was I Got. I loved that they played a few good songs from their first album.

Check out a few snaps from last night’s show

Joanne by Lady Gaga

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What can I say? I am Ga-Ga for Joanne. I’ve always been a fan of Lady Gaga and everything she represents. I feel like I am maturing with her and our music tastes compliment each other too.

This album is a little more raw, a little more country, and a little more emotional than her previous compilations. I believe this is her strongest work yet, working with some more alternative artists like Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, and producer Mark Ronson.

I love the song Joanne because I can totally relate to it at this time in my life. I just made a big career move and now I wonder where I will go from here as I begin to plan my goals for the year ahead. Then the song John Wayne is a great follow-up song that lets you let loose and go a little wild. The song Hey Girl came on with Florence Welch, and I literally “OMG” out loud as I was listening to it in the office. I almost died with excitement. Grigio Girls is just a get-down fun song and I love it – dance it up!

Tame Impala Live at UIC

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Tame Impala is a band that I have been wanting to see live for quite some time, and last night my void had been filled!

Benjamin Booker almost blew out the speakers opening the show. Tons of reverb and even some unbearable high-pitch feedback. Once they got that under control, the music was loud and thumpin’!

Tame Impala’s crew came out in lab coats as they set up the stage. I thought it was a fitting uniform for a guitar/instrument technician. They opened the show with a bang of confetti and closed the show the same way!

I was amused by the light-show and the synchronicity between the lead guitar and the visual currents projected on the screen. It was trippy to say the least. The entire joint was lit up in about 5 minutes, someone open a window! Although, I really didn’t mind 😉

My favorite moment was the final song, the band walks of stage and the entire crowd is cheering. People start holding up their lighters, cell-phone lights, etc and the room slowly starts becoming brighter. The band can’t refuse an encore with a display of love like that!

Check out a few pics and video from the show last evening!

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Dark Necessities

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It has been five years since we have heard new material from Red Hot Chili Peppers, and it has been worth the wait!

Personally, I wasn’t a huge fan of I’m With You, but Stadium Arcadium was one of my favorites.  Until now. Their first single from their upcoming album, The Getaway, dropped today. Dark Necessities had me hooked in the first few measures. I can’t wait to hear what the rest of the album has in store.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are my latest obsession.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats [quite the mouthfull to say] blew up the local radio with their debut song “S.O.B.” It kind of reminded me of something you would have heard in Oh Brother Where Art Thou, but it’s upbeat tempo and catchy melody make it easy to enjoy.

I had heard a couple of other songs on WXRT and decided I needed to hear the entire album. I am so glad I did! Check them out for yourself!

AHS: Music

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American Horror Story is one of my favorite late-night TV shows. The direction, casting, acting, cinematography, and music are some of the best I have ever seen on cable. Each season is better than the last, pushing the envelope more than ever. The current season, Hotel, features Lady Gaga, and she is ravishing. Yet, surprisingly, none of her music is on the score this season. I was having a conversation wondering about who chooses the music for this show? Because that person has put together one hell of a soundtrack! From Disco to Drake, enjoy!