HuDost – Trapeze


Album Cover 2009

According to HuDost’s Website, the band HuDost was initially formed as an acoustic duo between songwriters Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines that later expanded to include an ensemble of musicians and instruments. With the band’s third album, Trapeze, HuDost exemplifies their versatility with genres and musicianship that gained them acclaim from their first two albums and currently puts them at the forefront of the folk rock world.

The album consist of 14 tracks, and  it reminds me of music that is played at borders, or at Starbucks.  The album’s sound is ideal for lounging around, studying, cocktail parties,  or even just cleaning up. Trapeze is very chill, to say the least and complex. I  enjoy Sommer’s vocals.  She has a very pleasant and yearning voice. Although I have no idea what she is talking about in any of the songs I didn’t mind, it was a pleasure just listening. In addition to Sommer and Wade, the band consists of three percussionists and a variety of other musicians who play bass, cello, acoustic guitar, flutes and additional vocals. In “Breakup Breakdown,” the song opens with tribal percussion and flute before acoustic guitar and Sommer join in to add more melodic direction. “Breakup Breakdown” showcases the band’s side of world music.

The album however seemed to take a turn in its genre somewhere in the middle, I got bored and confused; I started to feel like I was listening to contemporary Christian for a second.  The album jumps genres in each song, going between country, folk, world and rock and can leave the listener longing for a sound they heard on an earlier track that does not come back later.  But overall I enjoyed the album, and would recommend it for anyone’s listening pleasure; it’s a great escape from the norm.

LMFAO gets Chicago hyped!

Congress Theatre – Chicago, IL


As I was walking into the venue, I was skeptical that this concert could be enjoyable. However, their music is less about content and more about hype; I found their performance to be immensely entertaining. Each of their singles such as “I’m in Miami Bitch” and “Shots” were executed at such a high energy level, that it is difficult to find yourself not bobbing along to the beat and reciting their notorious hooks!

lmfaoAs the incoherent screams of hundreds of young hipsters filled the auditorium of the Congress Theater, the LA-based electro-pop sensation, LMFAO, charged the stage. The synths were blaring and the bass bumping as the duo rocked the crowd with the hits that have swept the nation since their summer debut.

They pranced wildly about the stage while their scantily-clad female back-ups were sure to keep anyone’s attention with their shaking derrières. LMFAO shouted the same catchy chants that have so quickly launched them into pop super-stardom, their adoring teenage fans recited with lyrics with undeniable fanaticism. As for myself, I may be too old to be bobbing along with the brightly dressed high school kids that filled the stadium, but I swear I’ll be reciting LMFAO’s addicting hooks for weeks to come. These men are truly performers and provide the perfect spectacle that their fan-base of teenage girls pays to see.

Peaches: WTF?

The Metro – Chicago, IL

Peaches The MetroPeaches… What to say about Peaches? Well According to her website “Peaches has always trafficked in subversion. Having held the attention of international audiences for a decade, now she reveals new dimensions of her artistry. A revolutionary figure in 21st century electronic music, Peaches can also reference the innovations of like-minded icons who preceded her with cool assurance. Peaches is still Peaches. “I have a strong image and a strong character,” she admits.”

Peaches The MetroI didn’t know much about Peaches, I heard a couple of her songs before, and I thought they had cool beats and everything, but I knew I could never listen to her music at work. Because she sooo explicit! Although she has some songs that aren’t so bad, the songs that are raunchy… ARE very raunchy!! She does not hold back or censor herself. An example is her song “Fuck the Pain Away” wow! You can imagine what the song is like if you don’t already know how hardcore that song is. She can create vivid images in your head with her lyrics alone.

As far as her performance at the Metro November 20 here in Chicago goes, to me it was the craziest, scariest, and weirdest concert experience I have EVER had! I couldn’t even stay for the whole thing. I was scared and confused. It was like a female Kiss Concert or something. Her hair and makeup was mad crazy along with her wardrobe. She opened standing on top of the stage with an enormously large black (I think) hair-piece and crazy make up. The audience seemed to love her and they all seemed to be possessed or something.

The lighting was really cool, and some of the beats, even though I was weirded out by the performance, I couldn’t help but too rock in my chair . My favorite part of the show was when she literally walked across the hands of the audience- From the stage to the sound board and back.

Other than that, I thought the show was wayyy far from my cup of tea. So I give the show 1 star.

I simply didn’t like it. So, I’d be happy to listen to Peaches from a distance moving forward. If you were there I’d love to hear your comments.

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Amanda Blank Dry Humps Chicago

Amanda Blank
The Metro – Chicago, IL

Amanda Black The MetroAmanda Blank is awesome! Many are familiar with Amanda as the fiery vixen appearing alongside crowd and critical darlings Spankrock, and as part of the Philly-based pop group Sweatheart. Enlisting the help of uber-produers Diplo, Switch and XXXChange, Amanda Blank has made a record that is light years ahead of what anyone could’ve expected based on her guest appearances thus far. Balancing a razor-sharp wit & vocal dexterity with an unmatched stage presence, this is a woman to watch. Her record includes other such as Spank Rock, Santigold, Lykke Li and the Cool Kids.

Amanda Black The MetroAmanda came to Chicago Friday night (November 20) and had everyone at the Metro rocking out to her live and eccentric sounds. I love her style, her dancing and her energy. The girl is just plain awesome! She is out of the ordinary and extremely talented.

Many people have good albums but can’t deliver a good show, yet hands down Amanda Blank delivered! She is so exhilarating live, she dances and gets the audience hyped up and even shows some skin. She can sing, rap, and write and did I mention she can dance? She humps quite a lot, but that’s cool we all seemed to enjoy it, well, I did.

I didn’t catch all the songs she preformed from her set, but she did play “Gimmie What You Got”, “A Love Song”, “DJ”, “Might like You Better” and “Make it Take it” She didn’t give a full show because she was opening for Peaches, thus, it was a really short set. We only had a taste of her on Friday night and I think she definitely made the entire audience crave more of her.
If you don’t know who Amanda Blank is… I suggest you look her up. You are missing out on life! I give the show 4 stars, only complaint being it was too short.

Tour Dates:

Nov 20 2009   8:00P     Metro w/ Peaches Chicago, Illinois
Nov 20 2009   8:00P     Metro – Amanda Blank Chicago, Illinois
Nov 21 2009   8:00P     Turner Hall Ballroom w/ Peaches Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Nov 21 2009   8:00P     Turner Hall Ballroom – Amanda Blank Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Nov 24 2009   8:00P     Showbox Sodo w/ Peaches Seattle, Washington
Nov 24 2009   8:00P    The Showbox – Showbox Sodo Seattle, Washington
Nov 25 2009   8:00P    Commodore Ballroom w/ Peaches Vancouver, British Columbia
Nov 25 2009   8:00P     Commodore Ballroom – Amanda Black Vancouver, British Columbia
Nov 26 2009   8:00P     Wonder Ballroom w/ Peaches Portland, Oregon
Nov 26 2009   8:00P     Wonder Ballroom – Amanda Blank Portland, Oregon
Nov 27 2009   8:00P     The Grand Ballroom @ The Regency Center w/ Peaches San Francisco, California
Nov 27 2009   8:00P     The Grand Ballroom @ Regency San Francisco, California
Nov 28 2009   8:00P     Wiltern w/ Peaches Los Angeles, California
Nov 28 2009   8:00P     Wiltern Theatre – Amanda Blank Los Angeles, California
Dec 30 2009   8:00P      Falls Festival Lorene
Jan 1 2010   8:00P         Field Day Festival Sydney
Jan 7 2010    8:00P        Corner Hotel W/ Major Lazer Melbourne
Jan 9 2010   8:00P        Southbound Festival Perth
Jan 11 2010    8:00P      Sydney Festival Sydney

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Inside the Life of Party Rockers LMFAO

In between taking naps and working on their next album, LMFAO tells us all from the start of the uncle/nephew team to what is in store for future concert goers. Their sold-out tour will be stopping and dropping at over 30 cities across the nation. Did you get your ticket to the party?


I was lucky enough to catch LMFAO in between naps on the road to their Saint Louis show before the weekend. The native California duo have also started their own clothing line, exclusively sold at LMFAO can almost always be found wearing something new from the brand. The super chill Red Foo, uncle to Sky Blu, spent some time to talk about the past, present and future of their lifestyle brand: Party rock.

Dead Hub: Well, let’s just start with you guys. What gave you the idea to form a group with a family member?

Red Foo: We’ve always been doing music together for a long time, but we were both solo artists. We did a few tracks together… and then we both took a trip to Miami. I mean, we’re like best friends. We were playing basketball and making music, and after we came back from the WMC, then we just decided to just be groupie’s group!

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Singer/Songwriter Tyrone Wells Breezes through Chicago

Tyrone Wells
Lakeshore Theatre – Chicago, IL

Tyrone Wells Lakeshore TheatreGreat show put on by Tyrone Wells this past Saturday, October 10th. I have seen Tyrone in concert countless times over the past 3-4 years, and every show is amazing. Although this past show was great, for some reason not as good as usual. I’m guessing it must have been because he could be a little tired from his tour. He’s been touring almost not stop and performing without a break, and of course it can be draining.

Tyrone still managed to have the crowd singing and dancing along to his refreshing melodic songs. The show was at a cozy and intimate theatre in Chicago called the Lakeshore Theatre, which I think is usually a comedy theatre, but Tyrone was not there for comedy. It was clear he was there to seduce the crowd and make babies. No I’m just kidding, but he did warn the audience that a lot of people meet and fall in love at his shows.

Tyrone Wells Lakeshore TheatreTyrone started his set with “Remain” from his latest album of the same name. He then moved into “Feel Alive”, one of my favorites from his 2003 album Snap shot “Wondering Where You Are”, which led into another one of my all time favorite songs “I need you”. Then sang a new song titled “Metal and Wood” a song about the mishandling finances in the USA. This song was a preview of his next album which is going to be an acoustic EP and released in December of this year. Be sure to look out for that! He transitioned to “No way with Out You”, then “what are we fighting for” followed by three all time classics “time after time” and “I just died in your arms tonight” and “Noone”. Proceeding back to his own music, he picked it up with “Baby Don’t Change”, “Sink or Swim”. Then he stopped the show and had Mark Chippelo, the drummer, dance on the stage, and it was awesome! The highlight of the night for me was when Tyrone covered “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon, and it was awe-inspiring! Then he eased into the refreshing song “Sea Breeze”, “I’m Alive”. He encored with his jaw dropping yodeling, dedicated “Dream like New York ” to Marta a survivor of breast cancer, and closed with “Fallin’.”

I personally believe this is Tyrone’s year. He just released his new album “Remain” an epic pop/rock album it’s his second major label effort. Pursuing a more collaborative process and having added a more lush production to his singer-songwriter roots, the new album proves to be a great showcase for his powerful and emotional voice.

Tyrone Wells Lakeshore TheatreThe first released single from the album is hitting listener’s ears like that ice cold lemonade on a summer day ever so refreshing. “Sink or Swim” also was the promo song for hit televisions shows “Cold Case” and Grey’s anatomy’s season premiere this season. “Sink Or Swim” was also #1 on iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart for a while. A huge congrats to Tyrone and his band for that accomplishment.

I look forward to bigger and better this from Tyrone in the near future; I hope you guys do the same.

Tyrone Wells Lakeshore Theatre

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Angel Taylor at the House of Blues Chicago

Angel Taylor
House of Blues – Chicago, IL

Angel Taylor House of Blues - Chicago, IL 9/25/2009

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A humble 21-year old California native, Angel Taylor opened for alt-country star Brandi Carlile as a part of Product (RED)NIGHTS Concert series. She was featured on iTunes “Single of the Week” series weeks before her debut album “Love Travels” hit stores. She’s recently signed with Aware/Columbia records and Chicago just found out why. Gracefully utilizing her full range she opened her set with “Like You Do.” She brings a new sound from the West to the House of Blues by fusing her unique soulful voice into a not-quite-pop sound.

Ms. Taylor will be an artist to watch in 2010. Her piano ballads like “Epiphany” and “Want you Back” echoed through the low lit venue. Showing off her guitar skills, she covered “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” by JET, which brought the crowd’s energy levels way, way up. After a few more songs of her acoustic set, she wished Chicago well and also mentioned a move to Chicago in the near future.

Be sure to catch her at The Lakeshore theatre on October 30th with Five for Fighting.

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Brandi Carlile at the House of Blues Chicago

Brandi Carlile
House of Blues – Chicago, IL

by Jacqueline Johnson

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As a part of the (RED) NIGHTS: A Concert Series That Saves Lives, a portion of the proceeds goes to help eliminate AIDS in Africa. With that as an added benefit, if you happen to be familiar with Chicago concert venues then you will understand the shear excitement in attending a show at the House of Blues. I walk in from off of the rainy city street, to a shockingly warm audience that conveniently parts as I make my way to the stage. After a few cordially anticipated moments chatting with Carlile fans, the famous HOB “Quilt” curtain ascends to reveal Brandi Carlile congregated stage center with her band around one mic. Capturing the mood with her folksy, down to earth style and pure raw talent the band begins the night A Capella.

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Joshua Radin at the House of Blues in Chicago

Joshua Radin
House of Blues – Chicago, IL

Photos by Christopher Free

Joshua Radin House of Blues - Chicago, IL 9/24/2009Joshua Radin did something that not even his fans expected, he rocked out. Famously known as a confessional sort of artist that could whisper a song and still have listeners hanging onto every word, Radin previewed new songs that will appear on his third CD when performing Thursday at the Chicago House of Blues. Rock is new to Radin’s genre with the new CD being half folk and half rock and roll; he will start recording in February after the tour ends.

Joshua Radin House of Blues - Chicago, IL 9/24/2009With a full house, Radin opened up the show with “Brand New Day” off his 2008 album “Simple Times.” Three songs in, the band which consisted of guitar, bass, drums, piano and Radin on guitar as well, stuck to instrumental choices that complimented the large venue. However, people who have been fans of Radin since the beginning were pleased the moment Radin stripped himself of his electric guitar and opted for an acoustic and quieter tone. The next four songs hushed a room of over 1,000 people, making the crowd feel as though they were sitting in a bedroom with Radin as he strummed songs like “Everything’ll Be Alright” and “Today.” And if things could not get more intimate than that, Radin jumped straight into the crowd with his band and performed “Sky” completely unplugged. From the balcony, the performance surrounded by swooning girls was reminiscent of a Mariachi band with Radin trying to win the heart of a girl from below.

The energy from the crowd after interacting with Radin carried into the second half of the concert with Radin singing one of his favorites, “You’ve Got Growing Up to Do.” The only thing that would have made the performance better would be an appearance by Patty Griffin herself who sings the harmonies on his sophomore album.

Joshua Radin House of Blues - Chicago, IL 9/24/2009Up until this point, Radin’s concert was the type that fans of his music would want, intimate and full of meaningful lyrics and soulful singing. Then Radin turned up the volume, giving fans a sneak peek into the direction his third CD will be taking. The songs were so upbeat that the movement in the crowd increased automatically. Radin acknowledged this saying, “How often do you get to clap and dance at the same time at a Joshua Radin concert?”

By the time Radin tried to sober the tone with a moving acoustic piece that will be featured on his next CD entitled “I Think I’ll Go Inside,” the crowd seemed too amped up to be brought back down. The way in which he did so was by reminding fans of what makes his songs stand out from other folk singers. It seemed only fitting that he would end the set with the first song he ever wrote, “Winter.” The song is a reminder of the fact that while Radin’s music continues to evolve, he has kept his artistic sensibility, paying just as close attention to lyrics as to melody.

It is easy to forget the fact that Radin started his career a ripe five years ago. While Radin’s voice has remained calm, it has gained depth and power. This undoubtedly is due to the fact that Radin went from just singing in the shower to making it his life. He will no doubt gain new followers when his new CD comes out due to infusing rock and roll into his style. However, Radin maintains even in a concert venue to make listeners feel like they are listening to the soundtrack of his life.

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Lil Wayne: The Best Rapper Alive

Lil Wayne
Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago IL

Lil Wayne First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Being a huge fan of Lil Wayne, I was quite excited upon finding out that I had the opportunity to cover his show. Lil Wayne is headlining the America’s Most Wanted Music Festival this summer, a tour put on by Young Money Entertainment featuring Jeremih, Pleasure P, Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em, Young Jeezy and other artists directly under the label, including Tyga, Nicki, Gudda Gudda, Young Twists, Lil Chuckee, and T-Streets. The tour hit Chicago on August 29th at the Midwest Amphitheatre, and with over 20,000 fans in attendance it was evident that the recession is having no affect on the on Young Money Entertainment. The arena was filled from the front of the stage all the way back to the lawn with fans of all ethnicities, ages, and social classes, demonstrating that Lil Wayne is breaking cultural barriers through his rhyme. To me, Lil Wayne is an incredibly talented, hard working, humble artist and he deserves all the wealth he has acquired.

Lil Wayne First Midwest Bank AmphitheatreThe show he put on was as amazing as the crowd was diverse. The moment he hit the stage the energy and screams all around the arena exploded from everyone attending. The sound was perfect, being loud without losing clarity. Lil Wayne’s performance was absolutely incredible. He brought high energy to every song and it carried into every word he spoke. He was full of passion and sincerity, at one point stopped and said to the audience “I have three things I need to say: 1) I believe in God, 2) I am nothing with out you (the fans), and 3) I ain’t shit without YOU!” Everything about Lil Wayne’s near two-hour performance indicated that much planning and hard work had gone into this show. The crowd got so into it that everyone that had seats had gotten up to stand on their seats.

The visuals were fantastic, including talented backup dancers, a stunning light show, and a well-designed stage production, massive projector screens, pyrotechnic eruptions of smoke and fire, and a live band with drums, guitars, a small horn section, and a DJ. And to top this show off, Lil Wayne ended it with a tribute to the late Michael Jackson, having the audience sing a few of the King of Pop’s greatest hits. With all that being said, I give the show my highest rating to date, 4.5 stars out of 5. The only reason I won’t give this show a 5 is because I honestly was not a big fan of all of the other Young Money artists. I would much rather have heard more of Lil Wayne during the 20 minutes of listening to all of them rap in between his set. But that’s just me.

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Chris Daughtry at the Vic Theatre in Chicago

Chris Daughtry
The Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL

I’ve been a fan Of Chris Daughtry since I first heard him sing “I Walk the Line” on American Idol in 2006. Although he did not win the competition he definitely won the hearts of many across America. Since American Idol, Chris Daughtry formed his rock band “Daughtry.”  The North Carolina based band includes Chris Daughtry – Vocals, Josh Paul – Bass, Joey Barnes -Drums, Brian Craddock – Guitar, and Josh Steely – Guitar.

Their self-titled debut album was released in 2006. The disc reached number one for two non-consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200, out-sold Idol winner Taylor Hicks’ debut album, sold more than four million copies, and was named the number one selling album of 2007 by Billboard. Their album is also the fastest-selling debut rock album in Soundscan history. The first single from the album, “It’s Not Over”, was the eighth most played song across all formats on U.S. radio in 2007, and their second single from the album, “Home”, was the tenth most played song in the U.S. of 2007.The band’s second album, Leave This Town, was released on July 14, 2009. The first single, “No Surprise,” was released on May 5. With their debut album they have sold 6.1 million worldwide and sold over 7.52 million in singles.

The band has been touring non-stop since January 2007. They have performed across the U.S. and Canada, along with shows in the UK, Germany, and Singapore. They opened for Nickelback for a brief stint, Puddle of Mudd, Finger Eleven and have featured 12 Stones, Cinder Road, Small Town Sleeper, Day of Fire and Eve to Adam as opening acts. On May 27, 2007, the band performed during the Indianapolis 500 Pre-Race show on ABC, and headlined the 2007 Summerfest at the Marcus amphitheater in Milwaukee, WI with a crowd of more than 15,000 on July 6.

Daughtry has played shows in Australia, as well as the United Kingdom and across Europe for the first time and opened for Bon Jovi for several shows in November. They were featured as the opening act during Bon Jovi’s Lost Highway Tour. The band began a sold out tour with Bon Jovi on February 18, 2008 all the way through the end of April. Chris even joined Bon Jovi onstage every night to perform their hit, Blaze of Glory.” Daughtry’s headlining tour alone in 2007 raked in around 10 million dollars.

And Now he is on tour again for 2009, Daughtry filled the Vic theatre in Chicago on August 8th 2009 with fans from ages as young as 1 years old to some really old people, ha ha and every age in-between. Fans danced and sang along to almost every single song they sang, and stayed on their feet thee entire time, swinging beers in one hand and waiving the other. The show was a lot of fun and very entertaining. I give the show 4 stars.

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Tour Dates:

Tickets On Sale: Saturday, August 22
October 19 Topeka, KS – Kansas ExpoCentre
October 21 Omaha, NE – Omaha Civic Auditorium
October 22 Ames, IA – Hilton Coliseum
October 24 Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center
October 25 Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center
October 26 Ft. Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
October 28 Lansing, MI – Breslin Events Center
October 29 Saginaw, MI – Dow Events Center
October 31 Toledo, OH – Lucas County Arena
November 2 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
November 4 Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre
November 5 Reading, PA – Sovereign Center
November 6 Atlantic City, NJ – Trump Taj Mahal

Tickets On Sale: Saturday, September 19
November 12 Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
November 13 Highland Heights, KY – The Bank of Kentucky Center
November 14 Huntington, WV – Big Sandy Superstore Arena
November 16 Wilkes-Barre, PA – Wachovia Arena
November 17 Bridgeport, CT – Arena at HarborYard
November 19 Fairfax, VA – Patriot Center
November 20 Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena

Tickets On Sale: Saturday, September 26
November 30 Gainesville, FL – Stephen Connell Center
December 1 Tallahassee, FL – Tallahassee County Civic Center
December 2 Pensacola, FL – Pensacola Civic Center
December 4 Birmingham, AL – BJCC Arena
December 5 Louisville, KY – Broadbent Arena
December 7 Tupelo, MS – BancorpSouth Arena
December 8 Bossier City, LA – CenturyTel Center
December 9 Lafayette, LA – Cajundome
December 11 Corpus Christi, TX – American Bank Center
December 12 San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
December 13 Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
December 15 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
December 16 Jonesboro, AR – ASU Convocation Center
December 18 Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena
December 19 Southaven, MS – DeSoto Civic Center
December 20 Evansville, IN – Roberts Stadium

David Hodges: From Evanescence to his own Spotlight

David Hodges (Opening for Chris Daughtry)
The Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL

David Hodges (Opening for Chris Daughtry) The Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL 8/8/2009David Hodges, a new comer to performing in the industry opened for Daughtry on August 8th at the Vic Theatre. He grabbed the attention of all those in attendance. He had everyone in the venue asking… “Who is that?” People were so impressed by his amazing melodic tunes and harmonic vocals.

David Hodges’ name may not be familiar, but his music is. He is a third of rock group Evanescence. He co-wrote such hits as “Bring Me to Life” and “My Immortal” from the band’s debut “Fallen,” which has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. He then went on to write and produce megahits for other artists including Kelly Clarkson (“Because of You”), Daughtry (“What About Now”) and David Auchuleta (“Crush”), but now it’s his time in the spotlight.

The songs that compose his melodically-rich Reprise debut depict a full spectrum of emotions in a passionate, complex, yet instantly accessible way. During the show people danced and sang along and when he was all done, the sold out show gave a standing ovation to the star and his band. I enjoyed him as well so I give the show 3 stars. I think he will eventually become a force to be reckoned with, just give him a little more time.

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Day and Night with Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi
The Congress Theatre – Chicago, IL

Edited by Lam Sawyer


Kid Cudi performed in Chicago at the Congress Theatre on Friday, August 7th, and to say the least he failed to entertain. I was so excited to see his set, and was left disappointed by his subpar performance. The show itself consisted of lots of great DJ’s and performers, such as opener Willy Joy who did an outstanding job, staying animated and energetic for his entire set. Both Amanda Blank and Major Lazer were amazing as well. I particularly liked the latter, since he was highly entertaining and rocked the entire venue . the crowd went nutz for him! Headlining alongside Kid Cudi was Crookers, who were phenomenal as well. But Kid Kudi just sucked and really he just seemed full of himself.

Out of all the performances he had the shortest set. He performed for what seemed to be maybe 20-30 minutes, which is extremely short for a headliner. About 10 of those minutes he was either saying his own name or was just talking about how great his set would be and 5 of those minutes he was yelling and swearing at someone in the audience for throwing water at him, going so far as to make vague threats to go find the patron in the audience. The spectacle he made over this was so belligerent, unpleasant, and seemingly unnecessary. During his first song, he also decided to attempt to jump into the crowd, but that didn’t end too well for him seeing as to how he ended up falling. But the thing that hurts the most about his excuse for a performance is that before starting, he said he would be putting on the best possible show he could, mentioning some of Chicago’s best (Kanye and Common) and how his show would hopefully be on par with theirs. It wasn’t.

The icing on the cake for me is when Crookers came on stage to perform their remix of his song Day ‘n’ Nite alongside him. Throughout the song he simply kept yelling instead of laying down any real vocals. It didn’t fit well and ended up actually detracting from the song. This show gets 1 star from me, because quite simply put, his performance sucked and seemed to bring the overall quality of the show down.

Let’s hope he does better next time around.

Los Temerarios @ All-State Arena in Chicago

Los Temerarios
All-State Arena – Rosemont, IL

Written by: Julio Diaz

Uno de conjuntos musicales más grandes de México estuvo en el All-State Arena este 2 de mayo promoviendo su álbum aguardado Si Tu Te Vaz.

Los Temerarios regresaron al centro del escenario después de tres años. El dúo legendario, compuesto por los hermanos Adolfo Angel y Gustavo Angel, fue dado una bienvenida carinosa mientras entraban al escenario en forma dramatica.

El concierto fue empezado con “Loco por ti” de su nuevo material discografico títulado “Si tu te vaz” seguido por dos horas y media de los exitos mas grandes del grupo. La multidud gritava y aplaudia al principio de cada canción dejandole saber al dúo que la canción era conocida. Unas de las muchas baladas que la audiencia cantó junto a Gustavo Angel, fueron “A quien quieres enganar” y “Si quiero volver” y “Te quiero”. Cumbias como “Una miradita” llevo a muchos todos de regreso a los 90s donde Los Temerarios sacaban exito tras exitos. Y no hisieron falta las rancheras como “La botella envenenada” en donde varias personas alsaron sus copas a brindar con el duo.

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Los Temerarios hits the All-State Arena in Chicago

Los Temerarios
All-State Arena – Rosemont, IL

Written by: Julio Diaz

Los Temerarios All-State Arena - Rosemont, IL

One of Mexico’s greatest musical ensembles was at the All-State Arena on May 2 to promote their awaited album Si Tu Te Vaz.

Los Temerarios returned to center stage after being away for three years. The legendary duo, made up of brothers Adolfo Angel and Gustago Angel, were given a warm Chicago welcome as they made their dramatic entrance when a set of stairs on stage were raised.

The concert was kicked off with “Loco Por Ti” from their new album titled “Si Tu Te Vaz” followed by two and a half hours of Los Temerarios’ greatest hits. The crowd cheared and screamed at the beginning of every song to let the duo know the song was well known. Some of the ballads the audience sang along to, were “A Quien Quieres Enganar” and “Si Quiero Volver” and “Te Quiero.” Cumbias such as Una Miradita took everyone back in time to the 90s where they had a chart topping song after another. And their heart wrenching rancheras like “La Botella Envenenada” had the crowd with their glasses raised in a toast.

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Los Temerarios All-State Arena - Rosemont, IL

Celebrating 31 years in the music business, their new album has already received raved revues across the Latin American community and already winning album of the year at this year’s Billboard’s Latin Music awards. “Si Tu Te Vaz” is the group’s 19th album and it captures the essence of who Los Temerarios are with sounds that transcend borders around the world. Their sound continues to be heavy in emotion, love and heart-ache. And it does not hurt to have a singer like Gustavo Angel sing the songs with such passion on stage.

The duo is from the state of Zacatecas, Mexico and began their music career in 1978 as Conjunto La Brisa; they later changed their name to Los Temerarios. They were the first Mexican band to ever play at Radio City Music Hall in New York and the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico. And aside from winning dozens of awards throughout their long music career, they have shared the stage with icons such as Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson.

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OK GO Back in Chicago

Double Door – Chicago, IL

OK GO Double Door Chicago, IL 4/23/2009OK GO came home to Chicago and rocked out! OK NO, they performed Thursday night in Chicago at the Double Door. It was a pretty good show, not my favorite but just pretty ok. OK GO known by most for their hit song “Here it Goes Again”, accompanied by the extremely entertaining treadmill video.

The band is composed of Damian Kulash (lead vocals and guitar), Tim Nordwind (bass guitar and backing vocals), Dan Konopka (drums and percussion) and Andy Ross (keyboards, guitar and backing vocals), who joined them in 2005 in replacement of Andy Duncan.

The original members formed as OK Go in 1998 and released two studio albums before Duncan’s departure. The band is notable for their unusual fashion sense and their energetic music videos.

The show was petty packed, and the audience seemed to really enjoy the show. My favorite part was the cool bell song they did (What To Do).  Check it out here!

And I loved the encore which consisted of 3 songs from their latest album. The songs were Skyscraper, Good Idea, and Invisible. But one thing I did not understand is why they felt the need to blow confetti like 4 times?? That made no sense to me, and it actually even started to get old by the end of the show. They also seemed kind of tired or something the whole time.

I give the show two stars. It just wasn’t very memorable.

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Seal at the Opera House in Chicago

Opera House – Chicago, IL

Seal Opera House

London born international world renowned star Seal made his way here to Chicago last night and he was amazing! Having a remarkable career that spans more 20 years, Seal has garnered countless accolades along with three Grammy Awards and has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. Known for his one-of-a-kind soaring, husky baritone voice and classic songwriting, Seal has seen success across numerous genres of music. His emotional, romantic love songs, such as “Prayer For the Dying,” the Grammy Award-winning “Kiss From A Rose,” and “Don’t Cry” (all from 1994’s Seal II), and “Love’s Divine” (from 2003’s Seal IV), delighted fans and earned him critical acclaim.

Seal Opera HouseBut Seal has also seen great success in the dance/pop music world beginning with his roots in Britain’s house music/rave scene. Top Ten single “Crazy,” from his eponymous debut album — a genre-defying fusion of soul, pop, rock, R&B, and propulsive grooves that announced the arrival of an innovative new talent. His fifth studio album in 2007, System was a nod to those roots with shimmering melodies, glistening layers of synths and acoustic guitar, and up-tempo electronic beats.

Now the London-born Seal is preparing to release his sixth studio album, what many consider the tour-de-force of his career. Produced by renowned music maestro David Foster, SOUL, due in November from Warner Bros. Records is a stunning compilation of the best classic soul songs ever created, with Seal’s unique touch. The songs each evoke an era when soul music vividly captured emotion, drama and romance. Seal has said, “What I care about now is the same thing I cared about in the beginning of my career, the songs.”

Seal pleasantly serenaded the entire audience with his charm and brilliant vocals last night at the Civic Opera House. A nearly sold out show he took the stage by force starting with “Human Beings” he preformed for a little over two entire hours and I enjoyed every minute. Seal for warned all of us in attendance at the very beginning of the concert “We are going to have fun tonight, I love Chicago and I am going to sing until they kick me out of here”. He did just that, he sang many hit singles such as; Prayer for the Dying, Love’s Devine, Killers, Crazy, Don’t Cry, Fly like an Eagle, Kiss from a Rose, and many more. It was an incredible show.

Seal’s charming and humble personality shinned through his smile during his entire performance; it seemed that he was glowing. The venue was filled with a great positive energy, during his 5 or 6 song encore many people leaped from their seats to the front of the House to get as close as they could possibly get to the stage. People danced, clapped, and sang along from beginning to the very end. His performance generated a strong standing ovation throughout the entire venue. People were all smiles as they left the Opera House. I give the show four stars.


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David Archuleta at the House of Blues in Chicago

David Archuleta
House of Blues – Chicago, IL

Written by: Julio Diaz
Photos by: Christopher Free

David Archuleta House of Blues - Chicago, IL 3/08/2009Amazing show—that is, if I’m a 12 year old girl thrilled to be at one of my first concerts of my life. Regardless, David Archuleta’s ability to sing is undeniable. He was a contestant on American Idol in 2007.

The 18 year old walked on stage on Sunday at about 8 pm to the roar of a sold out House of Blues crowd. After his first song, he asked the audience’s permission to take a picture with them in the background “to remember the night.”

Once that was over, it was an hour long performance of Archuleta’s self-titled debut album, along with some of his favorite cover songs. There wasn’t much of a set on stage but the crowd clearly was not paying attention to nothing else but him.

Showing how modest he is, Archuleta thanked everyone for their applause after every song trying to talk over all the screaming fans. But modest or not, he has the chops to sing and will certainly continue to sell out venues across the country.

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David’s Tour Dates:

Mar 16 2009 8:00P
The Marquee Phoenix, Arizona
Mar 17 2009 8:00P
Glasshouse Pomona, California
Mar 18 2009 8:00P
Grand Sierra Theatre Reno, Nevada
Mar 20 2009 8:00P
Civic Auditorium Idaho Falls, Idaho
Mar 21 2009 8:00P
Knitting Factory Boise, Idaho
Mar 23 2009 8:00P
Stephens Performing Arts Center Pocatello, Idaho
Mar 24 2009 8:00P
Burns Arena St. George, Utah
Mar 27 2009 8:00P
E Center Salt Lake City, Utah
Apr 21 2009 8:00P
Wolves Civic Wolverhampton
Apr 22 2009 8:00P
Blackpool Opera House Blackpool
Apr 24 2009 8:00P
Glasgow Clyde Auditorium Glasgow
Apr 25 2009 8:00P
Edinburgh Corn Exchange Edinburgh
Apr 26 2009 8:00P
Newcastle City Hall Newcastle Upon Tyne
Apr 29 2009 8:00P
Portsmouth Guildhall Portsmouth
May 1 2009 8:00P
London Apollo London
May 2 2009 8:00P
Southend Cliffs Pavilion Westcliff On Sea
May 3 2009 8:00P
Ipswich Regent Theatre Ipswich
May 5 2009 8:00P
Croydon Fairfield Hall Croydon
May 6 2009 8:00P
Oxford New Theatre Oxford
May 8 2009 8:00P
Manchester Apollo Manchester
May 9 2009 8:00P
Leicester De Montfort Hall Leicester
May 10 2009 8:00P
Cambridge Corn Exchange Cambridge

Epic Experience with Metallica

Allstate Arena – Chicago, IL

James Hetfield – Vocals, Guitar
Lars Ulrich – Drums
Kirk Hammett- Guitar
Rob Trujillo – Bad Ass Bass

Metallica Allstate Arena Chicago

Metallica did a 2 night show here in Chicago Monday, January 26 2009 and Tuesday January 27th, at Allstate Arena, I had the pleasure of attending the Tuesday night show.

Metallica opened with That Was Just Your Life, followed with The End of the Line, the first two tracks off the new album, Death Magnetic . Then they transitioned to one of their classics Creeping Death, and the crowd went nuts the energy level was explosive! And throughout the entire show there was applause, fist pumping, metal hand salutes,dancing, a little moshing, lots of heads banging and air guitaring (even from me), jumping, crawl surfing and people singing SCREAMING at the top of their lungs! Ha! it was SO awesome!

Metallica Allstate Arena ChicagoMetallica Guitarists are like guitar gods! Seriously, it was like a force of supernatural electricity running through their fingers against their guitar stings and the sounds electrified and engaged the crowds souls with pure emotion and pleasure. The entire performance was amazing, I looked around to see the crowds response after breaking from my own trance, to find that every one in the entire jam packed arena were all intensely into the show. And who could blame them, the music was phenomenal, the performance was epic, AND OMG the sound, stage lighting, and production was just AMAZINGG!! The sound was just right , I had earplugs but didn’t really need them. they had great lighting, lasers raced across the stage as the performed. They even had blasts of fire blowing up off the stage during there show! It was soo Radical!!! SO I must give there production team major kudos for an amazing production job, just awesome!

The band members are cool guys as well, there was a point in the show where they just kinda stopped playing and acknowledged the audience, saying they love coming to Chicago, and its been way to long since the last time they preformed here. They welcomed all of the people in the crowd that had never seen they perform live before into the family, and thanked all of the fans that have, for supporting them all this time. They were very humble and appreciative. True gentleman, and rock stars for sure.

The crowd was its typical crowd but there was some diversity there were kids, teens, parents and grandparents there! Haha there was this little kid like 6 or something with major head band earplugs on in the front rocking out! Haha! There were even African Americans, Hispanics, Middle Eastern, and other minority groups of people there rocking out and spreaded throughout the crowd.

Metallica Allstate Arena ChicagoEveryone there really enjoyed the show people were stoked during and even after the show. The fans were just caught up in pure adrenaline, and were just totally excited about the show, fans were high fiving strangers as they passed each other, yelling across the parking lot how awesome it was, smiles across everyones faces. The show was really really good. I definitely experienced first hand why Metallica are known as legends. I give this show 5 stars.

Okay thanks for reading! And be sure to watch the 51st annual Grammy Awards show Sunday February 8th 8pm ct, Metallica was nominated for 3 Grammy awards this year including Best recording Package for Death Magnetica, Best new rock album for Death Magnetica and Best rock instrumental performance for suicide and redemption a track from death Magnetica.

You Tube Clips And Highlights

Some of the highlights for the show for me were the encore Seek and Destroy, totally awesome! Here is a clip of this song being performed about 20 years ago! And the performance is still just as great as it was then, today! Maybe even better.

The other song I really really enjoyed was Master of Puppets. (another song everyone sang along too) be sure to watch this you tube of the song as well.

And one more song I enjoyed which is a little more mellow, and that was The Day That Never Comes. Here is a clip

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Metro Station at the House of Blues in Chicago

Metro Station
House of Blues – Chicago, IL

Metro Station House of Blues - Chicago, IL 10/24/2008

Shake! Shake! Shake! Shake it! Shake it!! We all know and love this song by Metro Station. I know I personally sing it everyday, every dull moment I get just to perk me up.  When I found out Metro station was coming to town, I leaped on the opportunity to see them live. Metro station rocked the House in Chicago at the House of Blues on a rainy Friday night in the city, it was definitely the place to be!

Metro Station House of Blues - Chicago, IL 10/24/2008Metro station- this electro pop band definitely had everyone shake in it! The show was awesome; the performance to say the least was electrifying, youthful and fun! The crowd danced all night to their catchy dance beats and hooks. I enjoyed every minute of the show, The floors literally were bouncing as they preformed from the crowd jumping and dancing. I cannot wait to see them again, the band was great.

Collectively the band has a great energy, there songs are catching and upbeat, and have this underlying emotion of yearning. Metro Station has the perfect blend of diverse personality; radical, fun, smooth and chill. Trace Cyrus is so chill; I loved his sunglasses and his mild temperament. I especially enjoyed Mason Musso he has so much energy! During the show he constantly jumped off this 10-15 foot stand, like literally all night! He must have jumped off this stand at least 3 times per song, it was awesome he has so much energy! Blake Healy the synthesizer player was definitely feeling music he rocked out to every song. And Anthony Improgo the drummer was also definitely very in tune to his drum beats, he was so focused!

The show gets 4 stars from me. It was a great way end a long week of work and classes. The only reason it didn’t get 5 stars is because I really wish, that when they preformed “Shake it” that they had more energy behind it, I sort of feel that they might’ve been a little tired, since they did play it last, but that song is so fun and full of life it deserves to really be preformed. And a little part of me also thought that there would be a dance off just like in the video (which is so awesome) during the song too… lol wishful thinking I know. So I don’t know maybe if they would have played it sooner in the show it would’ve been better. But overall, even with that said; it was a great show!

Thank you guys for reading, and A huge thanks to Metro Station for doing such a great Job in Chicago!

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Senses Fail Gives Chubbys…

Senses Fail
Chubby Rain’s House of Tunes – Poplar Grove, IL

A lesson in punk rock.

Senses Fail Chubby Rain's House of Tunes - Poplar Grove, IL 11/07/2008

A thousand feet away from the venue, not even close to any of the bands, I could feel the excitement and emotion flowing from within Chubby Rain’s House of Tunes. On this November night, alternative rock band Foxy Shazam, metalcore band Sky Eats Airplane, and post-hardcore group Dance Gavin Dance opened for pop punk favorites, Senses Fail.

Senses Fail Chubby Rain's House of Tunes - Poplar Grove, IL 11/07/2008Now, I realize I wasn’t there to report on the ambiance or crowd, but it’s worth mentioning that it was obvious tonight was going to be “one of those crowds”. From the moment Foxy Shazam took the stage, to the very second they stepped off, the crowd was taunting. Most of them booed, but there were a few stand out hecklers that added some wonderful comments such as “You suck!”, “Go fuck yourself!”, and “Get off stage!” Whether Foxy is used to these taunts or they just didn’t give a shit, they followed through with their notorious stage antics and silly stories to keep themselves entertained even if the crowd wasn’t. Those bits of comedy created a show that was completely watchable and extremely entertaining; too bad the crowd didn’t see it that way. Oh well…I’m sure they’ll get over it and live to play another show.

Sky Eats Airplane and Dance Gavin Dance both played shows without so much as a hitch. However, I was incredibly aggravated by a photo predicament that I found myself in. Chubby Rain’s House of Tunes did not have any sory of photo pit set up; No organized way of photographing the show. So, halfway through Gavin’s dancing, I improvised.

Heading down to the first floor and powering my way through more dirty looks than a George W. Bush support rally, I finally reached the curtain backstage where I triumphantly shot the remainder of DGD’s set and patiently awaited Senses Fail.

They started out strong with “Wolves at the Door,” track five off of their new CD, Life Is Not A Waiting Room which just dropped on Oct 7th. It’s a great song with lots of energy and was complemented by “Calling All Cars” from last years Still Searching. As a so-called “fan” of Senses Fail, I feel that the crowd had a much stronger connection to the songs off the older CDs: Let It Enfold You and From The Depths Of Dreams.

Front man for SF, Buddy Nielson was feeling good; Keeping the crowd engaged by jumping around, swinging the mic, falling to the floor, and even walking out on top of the crowd; it all seems like second nature for him.

Abiding by the theme of total chaos that Foxy Shazam started, Buddy Nielson brought Eric Nally, lead singer of Foxy, back on stage to send a less than polite message to the crowd. I’ll paraphrase; Buddy essentially told the crowd they should respect all the bands that get up on stage in order to follow their dreams. Buddy Nielson then grabbed Eric and planted a huge kiss right on his lips. The crowd immediately began heckling. One fan even went so far as to scream “Faggot!” He would soon realize the mistake he had made.

Buddy Nielson immediately flipped shit, shouting back, “If you’re going to call someone a faggot, you better make sure you don’t suck dick yourself.” and “If he’s a fucking faggot, that makes me a fucking faggot too.” The shit quite literally “hit the fan.” Then it was back to the show as though nothing even happened.

The Senses Fail set was just opposite of the Foxy’s; Aside from the rowdy fans that were put firmly back in their places by Buddy, it was a fantabulous display that will not soon be forgot.

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