No “Weakdays” Ahead For Newcomers Young & Divine

Young & Divine
Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
July 8, 2010

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If the first two “performances” (more like nightmares) at Reggie’s Rock Club this past Thursday were any indication of what to expect from the third band to take the stage (who I was there to see), then the up-and-coming trio of Young & Divine (RCA) were in big trouble and headed nowhere. What a relief it was when I discovered that Young & Divine was the black sheep thrown into the mix of the evening’s diverse lineup.

Read more of our live review of the Young & Divine concert and see the set list after the jump…

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To Write Love On Her Arms At The Bamboozle Roadshow

To Write Love On Her Arms
The Bamboozle Roadshow

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Chloe Grabanski, the Benefit Coordinator for To Write Love On Her Arms, took time out of her busy schedule to chat with The Dead Hub in Chicago about the non-profit organization that she works for and is currently promoting on The Bamboozle Roadshow. TWLOHA has recently exploded on the college campus scene. It is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and invest directly into treatment and recovery. The organization was started by Jamie Tworkowski as an attempt to tell a story and help a friend.

Read our interview with To Write Love On Her Arms after the jump…

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Christina Aguilera: Biopsy Of A “Bionic” Woman

Christina Aguilera


1. Great voice
2. An established fan base
3. Talent
4. Credibility
5. Stability
6. A loving husband and adorable child
7. A solid song-writing team

The list could easily go on and on, but sadly, the math does not add up. Christina Aguilera has “what a girl wants.” However, her fourth studio album Bionic proves to be yet another reinvention of Christina’s image; this time around having superhuman strength and capacity. Utilizing electronic devices and mechanical parts to assist Aguilera in performing difficult, dangerous, and intricate tasks achieves nothing but supreme unoriginality in the singer’s case. With harsh criticism by the masses fueled by her in-your-face obvious imitation and reproduction of pop music’s ruling queen Lady Gaga, Aguilera’s numerous uncanny similarities (duplicated in Bionic‘s tracks and music videos) do not leave much room to defend any new music.

Read more of our review of Christina Aguilera’s latest record Bionic after the jump…

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The Bamboozle Roadshow
Soldier Field – Chicago, IL
June 12, 2010

LMFAO Chicago

LMFAO (Interscope Records) generated a buzz around their show hours before they even performed as their tour crew strutted around Soldier Field all day in loud zebra striped pants and vividly colorful tees at The Bamboozle Roadshow in Chicago. Since LMFAO was the second to last act to perform, the audience was forced to wait in anticipation for LMFAO (composed of Sky Blu and Redfoo) to rock the stage and engage the crowd.

Read more of our live review of LMFAO and see the set list from The Bamboozle Roadshow after the jump…

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Boys Like Girls Provide Fans With Weekend Great Escape

Boys Like Girls
The Bamboozle Roadshow
Soldier Field – Chicago, IL
June 12, 2010


It’s pretty simple: quite commonly and frequently boys like girls. Hence, the inspiration behind pop punk band Boys Like Girls’ (BLG) name. When you see the guys perform live, it’s also pretty simple and easy to figure out why BLG has been experiencing worldwide success and steady radio airplay for the past four years. Boys Like Girls was one of the biggest names on the famed lineup that rocked The Bamboozle Roadshow at Soldier Field this month, home of the Chicago Bears.

Read more of our live review of Boys Like Girls and see the band’s set list from The Bamboozle Roadshow after the jump…

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Good Charlotte Plays It Safe With Back Catalog Repertoire

Good Charlotte
The Bamboozle Roadshow
Soldier Field – Chicago, IL
June 12, 2010


As veterans of The Bamboozle Roadshow lineup, expectations were high for a solid delivery and performance from Good Charlotte. To captivate concertgoers, Good Charlotte played it safe by relying on a slew of hits from their old records to please diehard fans. However, the guys also appealed to the younger demographic present in the crowd via incorporating a couple of newer tunes.

Read the entire live review and see the set list from Good Charlotte’s Chicago Bamboozle Roadshow performance after the jump…

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All Time Low + Popcorn + Lady Gaga = Dance Party

All Time Low
The Bamboozle Roadshow
Soldier Field – Chicago, IL
June 12, 2010

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What could easily have been an all time low for fans at the Chicago stop of The Bamboozle Roadshow ended up as a stroke of PR ploy genius resulting in an otherwise noteworthy show. Bewildered power pop/rock music zealots stood around in confusion and frustration when the main stage was left deserted and nothing appeared to be happening. Baltimore-based foursome All Time Low lead kids to believe that they had deserted their gig at The Bamboozle Roadshow after twenty minutes passed by and still no sign of any All Time Low band members was evident.

More photos of All Time Low from The Bamboozle Roadshow and the set list after the jump…

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Diary Of The Playboy Bunny That Will Never Be

Playboy Club 50th Anniversary Party
The Venue – Hammond, IN
June 10, 2010

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Excitement escalated as we hopped in the car and headed to The Venue. I was officially en route to an alien world that I knew existed but had never experienced firsthand. No, I am not talking about a Lady Gaga show. I could not decipher whether I was feeling confusion, amusement, or horrifying fascination with my imminent attendance of Chicago’s 50th Anniversary Party for the Playboy Club at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana last Thursday night.

More photos from the Playboy Club 50th Anniversary Party after the jump…

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Sia Undergoes Rebirth With New Album ‘We Are Born’

We Are Born
June 8, 2010

Sia We Are Born

With integral reservation to candidly be herself, Aussie singer/songwriter Sia Furler fortuitously accomplishes individuality on her sixth studio album attempt, We Are Born. Sia has delighted in steady burgeoning success since her solo debut in 1997. Compared frequently to fellow female singers Feist, Adele, and even Nelly Furtado, Sia manages to distinguish her sound with a full lineup of quirky, catchy, and addictive tracks that fall under the category of ‘acid jazz.’ Kicking things off is first song “The Fight,” which immediately explodes into your ears. “The Fight” makes it blatantly clear where Sia drew her inspiration for the album’s title. We are born is the first line Sia sings in the tune. The compilation continues with upbeat ditties each with their own infectious hook, including first single “Clap Your Hands” as well as dance club favorite “You’ve Changed.”

Read more of our review of Sia’s new record We Are Born after the jump…

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Battle Of The Bands Round Three: Owl City

Owl City
Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
April 30, 2010

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Adam Young is yet another spawn of the MySpace music craze, yet properly credited he has become the mastermind behind Owl City, the final act to grace the stage at the Aragon Ballroom last Friday night. Yes, the Z Millennials were going crazy, but did Young live up to the hype? With a sound appropriately tagged as comparable to “rock-and-roll lullabies” for babies, Young is a musical genius. Owl City has been criticized for knocking off Postal Service. Though similarities can be found, Owl City has managed to reach a new generation of fans attracted to its sound. Every band sounds slightly like another band, but Owl City must be unique and special if it is able to conjure up millions of obsessed fans!

More photos of Owl City and the set list after the jump…

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Battle Of The Bands Round Two: LIGHTS

Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
April 30, 2010

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Second to take the stage at last Friday night’s “Battle of the Bands” was LIGHTS. Also known as Canadian songstress Valerie Poxleitner, LIGHTS has become a force to reckon with in the electro-synthpop, new wave world of modern music. This girl is yet another wildly talented singer/songwriter who was included in the lineup for the evening, sandwiched between Paper Route and Owl City. LIGHTS recreated many of the recorded versions of her songs for the live show, which brilliantly displayed the full belting potential of her normally soft and airy vocal chops.

More photos of LIGHTS and the set list after the jump…

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Battle Of The Bands Round One: Paper Route

Paper Route
Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
April 30, 2010

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One night, one venue, three distinct shows by three individual artists. Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom hosted radio one hit wonder Owl City, new wave synthpop indie chick LIGHTS, and epic blow-you-away soon-to-be-opening-for Muse alt rock band Paper Route for an evening deserving of the title “Battle of the Bands.” All featured artists on the bill flaunted their raw talent and songwriting skills, venturing to upstage one another, which only helped to create a night of continual musical and emotional escalation. Indulging in a beer seemed sacrilegious at a show overpopulated with underage kids sitting atop their parent’s shoulders. America’s Millennial Generation Z has traded in their pop star sensationalism (ahem, Miley Cyrus) for the synthesized beats of Owl City, shocking the slightly older Generation Ys (AKA me) in the crowd with their trendy taste in music.

More photos of Paper Route and the set list after the jump…

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2AM Club Gives Chicago Something To Talk About

2AM Club
V Live – Chicago, IL
April 25, 2010


As 2AM Club took the stage at V Live in Chicago’s hipster neighborhood Wicker Park last Sunday night, it was up in the air how fans would perceive this up-and-coming band. After all, most of the crowd was there anxiously awaiting Mike Posner’s performance and had never heard of opening act 2AM Club. The six-piece band signed to RCA Records one year ago and has been hard at work in the studio recording and producing their debut album What Did You Think Was Going To Happen? With a release date slated for July 27th, 2AM Club is currently promoting the record and first single “Worry About You,” which can be downloaded on iTunes now. Most of the guys in 2AM Club hail from California, but all are now living in New York City. Touring with Mike Posner has proven to be a sufficient way for the boys to build their fan base here in the Midwest.

Read the full live review and see the set list after the jump…

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Rally For One’s Brett Maline Pushing Band To The Top


It all started back in 2006 with four friends who shared the same passion: music. The boys got together, began writing and playing music, and Rally For One took off from there. They never had the intention of trying to make a living off of their music, but recorded some demos in a garage and began booking local shows for fun. It was not until rhythm guitarist Blake O’Brien and lead guitarist Brett Maline met a producer while working at a restaurant that the two realized their music could be more than something “just for fun.” The band headed straight into the recording studio and cut their debut album Dreamin’.

With an album to promote and market, Rally For One booked their first national tour. Three more national tours followed, as well as sophomore full-length record Four Sides To Everything. Music comes naturally to each member, with everybody able to play an instrument, take over lead vocal duties, and intricately harmonize with one another a la Coldplay. Rally For One is comprised of: Brett Maline (lead guitar), Blake O’Brien (rhythm guitar), Marty Sage (bass), and John Humphries (drums).

Read the full interview with Brett Maline from Rally For One after the jump…

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A Remarkably Talented Band Who Needs To Be Heard

Rally For One
Elbo Room – Chicago, IL
April 2, 2010


Playing their fourth show in Chicago at the Elbo Room this past April 2nd, it was once again the perfect setting for a Rally For One show. The intimate atmosphere of the basement space prepared the audience for the laid-back, fun-loving personality of the band.

Read the full live review from the Rally For One concert and see the set list after the jump…

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A Night Of LOVE: Presented By Angels And Airwaves

Angels and Airwaves
Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
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Many know guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Tom DeLonge from the insanely popular band Blink-182. This past Saturday did not bring Blink-182 to Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, but instead Tom’s other booming band Angels and Airwaves. DeLonge formed Angels and Airwaves in 2005 after Blink-182 announced their infamous “indefinite hiatus” in hopes of creating positive music to inspire the younger generation. With immediate success assisted by the built-in Blink-182 fanbase, Angels and Airwaves has released three studio albums since their formation five years ago: We Don’t Need To Whisper, I-Empire, and LOVE. The latter being a free download via the band’s official website.

More photos of Angels and Airwaves and the set list after the jump…

Angels and Airwaves Aragon Ballroom - Chicago, IL April 24, 2010

Angels and Airwaves Aragon Ballroom - Chicago, IL April 24, 2010Tom DeLonge (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, songwriter)

Angels and Airwaves Aragon Ballroom - Chicago, IL April 24, 2010David Kennedy (lead guitar, keyboard, percussion)

Collectively, each member of Angels and Airwaves brings a hefty and respectable resume to the table. Together, this SoCal alternative rock band has what it takes to survive in the modern age of music: a clear musical direction along with superb talent oozing from each musician on the stage. Along with DeLonge, band members include bassist Matt Wachter (formerly of 30 Seconds To Mars), drummer Adam “Atom” Willard (formerly of The Offspring), and guitarist/keyboardist David Kennedy (formerly of Box Car Racer).

The notorious special effects and light show that accompanies an Angels and Airwaves concert was present in Chicago and did not disappoint. The lighting was strategically paired with the lyrics and beats of each song, accentuating the music and serving to make each tune that much more powerful. Everything from the colors, to the contrast between light and dark, to the strobes sporadically shooting out from the behind the band, helped to create a visually enhanced ambience that perfectly matched the elevated sound of Angels and Airwaves.

Staying true to an obvious theme focused around the concept of space, the quartet incorporated seamless interludes, which transitioned and proceeded to break into musical rants. The crowd went crazy! Angels and Airwaves effectively used the vulnerability of their fans to their advantage, building up everybody’s emotions to a peak of pure adoration. Thus, making the show an experience Angels and Airwaves fans will never forget. This, my friends, was an act of sheer brilliance.

Angels and Airwaves Aragon Ballroom - Chicago, IL April 24, 2010Adam “Atom” Willard (drums, percussion)

DeLonge’s control over the crowd was a fascination within itself. The singer pointed and the audience cheered. He turned the microphone toward the fans and they sang at the top of their lungs. The guitarist instructed us to jump and everyone jumped. DeLonge’s distinct dance moves and expressive hand movements were entertaining at best. The songwriter’s genuine performance gave observers a taste of his true essence. The extent of DeLonge’s prodigious musical talent is clearly evident through his vocal ability, guitar skills, and impressive aptitude for creating some of the most memorable melodies you have ever heard.

Angels and Airwaves Aragon Ballroom - Chicago, IL April 24, 2010Matt Wachter (bass, keyboard, backing vocals)

With a robust set list, fans were exposed to a variety of Angels and Airwaves, being treated to the band’s classics along with the newest compositions. No one was ready for the show to be over, and that included DeLonge.

“Well, fuck! The show’s almost over. Shit! I’m all warmed up. Now I’m ready to start over,” exclaimed DeLonge upon the completion of “Breathe.” Everyone was secretly hoping this was true, but unfortunately fans had to be satisfied with the night’s final song, “The War.”

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Written by: Kate Jacobsen

Photographed by: Jennifer Boyer

Say Anything: Quirky, Intriguing, And Very Nice

Say Anything
Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
April 24, 2010

Say Anything took the stage last Saturday night at Chicago’s historic Aragon Ballroom with an explosion of energy. The band came into view positioned in a straight line across the front of the stage, which in turn made the audience feel a close, intimate connection with the guys even though there was near 5,000 people in the space. The artist-to-fan bond was captured throughout the entire performance as the five guys playing instruments remained in a row while Say Anything frontman Max Bemis frolicked and pranced around the stage hardly ever remaining still. The transfixed crowd effortlessly waved their hands and moved their heads in time with the music as if hanging out at a rock concert is the most natural thing in the world.

More photos of Say Anything and the set list after the jump…

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2AM Club’s Marc Griffin Ready To Takeover Music Scene

2AM Club

I was lucky enough to conduct a phone interview with the up-and-coming pop hip-hop fusion group 2AM Club. Marc Griffin, the group’s lead singer, was kind enough to give me some of his time while on the road to answer a few questions about the band and to promote their debut album What Did You Think Was Going To Happen?

Read the entire interview with Marc from 2AM Club after the jump…

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30 Seconds To Mars: More Than Just A Rock Show

30 Seconds To Mars
Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
April 16, 2010

30 Seconds To Mars Aragon Ballroom - Chicago, IL

Thanks to 30 Seconds To Mars, I will never be able to attend another concert again. This may sound dramatic, but the three-piece rock band from Los Angeles put on such a nostalgic performance last Friday night at Chicago’s historic Aragon Ballroom that I am now skeptical there are any other bands who can compare. I have never been to a show where I felt so appreciated as a fan by the artist performing. Lead singer (and obvious frontman) Jared Leto profusely thanked the audience throughout the band’s epic set. All three members of 30 Seconds To Mars proceeded to hang out following their gig to sign autographs for die-hard fans. The guys did not leave the venue until every single person who waited in line for an autograph got what they wanted. This procedure took about an hour and a half.

More photos of 30 Seconds To Mars and the night’s set list after the jump…
and don’t forget to read our interview with Jared Leto here!

Set List / Chicago
Night Of The Hunter
From Yesterday
A Beautiful Lie
This Is War

(cover song)
The Kill
Closer To The Edge
Search And Destroy
Buddha For Mary
The Fantasy

Kings And Queens

As Leto said in response to security guards during the second song of the show, “Let the people do whatever the fuck they want. It’s their show.” And so it was, with bewitched audience members voluntarily under Leto’s spell. We marched when he told us to march. We moshed when he told the security guards to leave us alone. We screamed when he told us to get fucking wild. We crowd-surfed when he told us to come up on stage. And we sang at the top of our lungs when he conducted us with his microphone. Leto is a leader in the truest form and the fans in Chicago were more than willing to follow him.

Finding ways to connect with the audience in any way possible, 30STM sole songwriter Jared Leto relied on many elements of the show, including the use of a spotlight to display select audience members. The rhythm guitarist even snuck out to the soundboard halfway through the concert and performed three songs from there with his acoustic guitar. To get back on stage, Leto split the crowd in half right down the middle of the general admission main floor. Originally planning to walk through the now divided fans on either side of him, Leto ended up having to walk on top of fans instead. It’s doubtful that any person objected to having their favorite rock star standing on their shoulders. What better way to connect with your fans?

For the larger-than-life legendary encore, almost 100 fans were invited by Leto to come on stage with 30 Seconds To Mars and have a dance party while the band performed their huge hit and lead single from new record This Is War, “Kings And Queens.” I witnessed hysterical, crying kids who will remember that moment for the rest of their lives. Overall, the ambient effects of the show were quite impressive. The strobe lighting paired with the intense sound amplified by the rehearsed execution of 30STM’s playing only helped to enhance their live performance. The group’s sound has a futuristic feel to it that forced my body to pulsate in time to the beat of Shannon Leto’s drumming.

After not touring in the U.S. for the past three years, the Into The Wild Tour has 30 Seconds To Mars promoting their third studio album This Is War, which was released in December 2009. The band formed in 1998 and released their self-titled debut album 30 Seconds To Mars in 2002. Sophomore musical effort A Beautiful Lie proved to be hugely successful, catapulting the trio into the spotlight with hit singles “The Kill” and “From Yesterday.”

Along with Jared Leto are fellow band members Shannon Leto (Jared’s older brother) and Tomo Milicevic. I cannot stress enough that this concert was nothing less than an epic experience memorable to all who attended. Furthermore, as Leto considers Chicago his home away from home, you can best believe that the next time 30 Seconds To Mars are in Chicago we will welcome them back with open arms, hot pink mohawk and all.

30 Seconds To Mars Aragon Ballroom - Chicago, ILJared Leto (lead vocals, rhythm guitar)

Shannon Leto (drums, percussion)

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Written by: Kate Jacobsen
Photographed by: Jennifer Boyer

*Not photographed in this review: Tomo Milicevic (lead guitar, violin, keyboards)

New Found Glory Celebrates ’10 Year Anniversary’

New Found Glory
House of Blues – Chicago, IL
March 5, 2010

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To commemorate the 10 Year Anniversary of their self-titled debut album, New Found Glory performed at the House of Blues last Friday night to a jam-packed house full of the band’s most die-hard fans in Chicago. The first half of the show featured songs from the New Found Glory record played from front to back in their original sequenced order. New Found Glory formed in 1997 in Coral Springs, Florida with lead singer Jordan Pundik, lead guitarist and composer Chad Gilbert, rhythm guitarist and lyricist Steve Klein, bassist Ian Grushka, and drummer Cyrus Bolooki.

More photos of New Found Glory and the complete Chicago set list after the jump…

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Hellogoodbye…What Happened?

House of Blues – Chicago, IL
March 5, 2010

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Plagued by an unstable band lineup over the past couple of years, Hellogoodbye needed a stellar performance to prove their credibility; however, they failed to deliver a praise-worthy performance Friday night at the House of Blues in Chicago. When I arrived, Hellogoodbye had already taken the stage. Not to perform their opening set for headliner New Found Glory, though. Instead, Hellogoodbye was up on the stage conducting their sound check that should have already been completed earlier in the afternoon before doors opened for the evening’s actual concert. Fans awkwardly stood around watching as the band panicked over faulty microphones, broken equipment, malfunctioning monitors, and poor sound quality. What a way to start the show. Good first impression for any possible new fans? I think not…

More photos of Hellogoodbye (let’s be real here, Forrest Kline is Hellogoodbye) after the jump.

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Justin Nozuka: Sensual Sensation Making His Own Way

Justin Nozuka
Park West – Chicago, IL
November 12, 2009

Justin Nozuka Park West - Chicago, IL November 12, 2009I will admit that I had never heard of Justin Nozuka before I went to his show at Chicago’s intimate Lincoln Park venue Park West. I love discovering new artists to add to any given playlist on my iPod. Being able to share new music with my friends brings me immense joy. Knowing that my attendance at concerts is helping to support independent artists trying to make it out there is such a gratifying feeling. Needless to say, I was very excited to check Justin out when he stopped through Chicago last week.

More photos of Justin Nozuka after the jump…

Justin Nozuka Park West - Chicago, IL November 12, 2009I did not know what to expect from Canada native Justin Nozuka, although he had been described to me previously as “a singer/songwriter similar to John Mayer.” Therefore, I thought, “Alright, this should be a good show.” In fact, it could not have been a more perfect concert to be present at on a Thursday night. After a long week of collegiate coursework, it was refreshing to take a seat at the Park West and be soothed by the sounds of Justin Nozuka. The atmosphere of the venue added to the overall effect of the performance as it was arranged with tables and chairs. With the entire audience seated rather closely to one another, the space was given a more intimate aura than the typical general admission concert setting.

Once Justin graced the stage and began singing, the crowd was completely transfixed and captivated into a hushed silence. Justin Nozuka created an overwhelming sense of peace and quiet. Nozuka’s pure essence put me in a hypnotic state of relaxation. Unable to control the temptation any longer, I was compelled to get a glass of wine to assist in absorbing the evening’s mood. The 21 year old Japanese-American closed his eyes during every single song. However, Toronto-raised guitarist’s inward passion for his music seeped through and made a savory impression on each fan present that night. Nozuka serenaded each audience member with every lyric sung. His voice came across raspy and a bit gruff, yet maintained a clear and soulful tone that resonated throughout the cavernous venue space.

Justin Nozuka Park West - Chicago, IL November 12, 2009I could not believe how Justin and his band were able to create such a tribal sound in select songs supported by a trap set, keyboard, and three guitars: electric, bass, and acoustic. I do have to point out the fact that Nozuka has an amazing band to back him up with additional instrumentation every night while on tour. The singer’s electric guitarist/keyboardist Mark Pellizzer blew me out of the water with his improvisational skills and musical talent. When playing the electric guitar, Pellizzer would break out into a solo with such ease, making it look like anyone could do what he could do…truly amazing. As it turned out, Mark Pellizzer is more comparable to John Mayer than Nozuka.

Even though the audience was seated, fans did not feel restricted by the venue’s chosen arrangement. A few die-hard fans freely stood up and jammed out to the music, moving back and forth in time with the music when appropriate. Justin was so free-spirited and really did not do much talking during his set. When Nozuka did speak, it pertained to making love and peace in this world, which only added to the tension-free ambiance that Nozuka created for himself and his fans through his music.

Justin Nozuka Park West - Chicago, IL November 12, 2009For such a young artist (21), the depth of Nozuka’s lyrics and his ability to turn such deep topics into catchy compositions blew me away. Justin is truly a songwriter who knows how to utilize his craft for something good, earning my respect with his writing skills. For instance, Nozuka’s song “Save Him” is about domestic abuse and a mother’s effort to save her child from the father’s rage. Most of the chosen musical pieces featured are from Justin’s debut album Holly, which is named after his mother. Specific songs that caught my undivided attention included: “After Tonight,” “I’m In Peace,” “Oh Momma,” and “If I Gave You My Life.”

For being my first experience both seeing and hearing Justin Nozuka, I was not disappointed. Instead, I was honestly inspired and soothed. You can bet I will be there the next time Nozuka is back in Chicago. And when that day comes, I will undoubtedly bring a couple of friends to share with them the talent of this up-and-coming singer/songwriter. In the meantime, I will make peace and love through listening to the songs of Justin Nozuka.

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Written by: Kate Jacobsen and Jennifer Boyer