Metro and Smart Bar are pleased to welcome Lollapalooza performing artists Wednesday August 3 through Saturday August 6, 2011. This series of evening shows, taking place the week of the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, will provide music fans the opportunity to see some of today’s brightest stars in an intimate club environment. Tickets to all shows go on sale this Friday June 24 at 10am at the Metro Box Office and at /

On Wednesday August 3, the Lolla-related festivities begin with Nelarusky: A Pre-Lollapalooza special event benefiting Special Olympics Chicago featuring Cold War Kids, Gold Motel, Carbon Tigers, Katz Company and Rachel McClusky. California’s Cold War Kids have been making music together since 2004. Their full length albums Robbers & Cowards and Loyalty To Loyalty led to non-stop touring around the world for several years on end, including a 2009 gig opening for Death Cab For Cutie. In between tours, they somehow found the time to record songs for their latest release, Mine Is Yours, which came out on Downtown Records in January. Come be among the first to see the new songs performed live in Chicago! Tickets are $26, and all proceeds will benefit the work of Special Olympics Chicago. The show is 18 & over and starts at 7pm.

The fun continues on Thursday August 4 with Death From Above 1979 and Metz. Toronto’s Death From Above 1979 took the dance-punk world by storm with the release of their album, You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine in 2004. Certified as a gold record in Canada, the album was released on Vice Recordings in the U.S. and brought the music of Jesse Keeler and Sebastian Grainger to American audiences. The band broke up in 2006, but after five years of silence, they recently announced their reunion and will play Lollapalooza as well as a handful of other shows this summer. Don’t miss the return of Death From Above 1979! Tickets are $26. The show is 18 & over and starts at 9pm. [Read more…]



Metro is pleased to host the Chicago debut of the new band Skysaw on Saturday, June 25. Tickets go on sale this Saturday May 21 at noon at the Metro Box Office and online at

Skysaw is the new project of acclaimed drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, DC-based singer Mike Reina and guitarist Anthony Pirog, Reina and Pirog were writing cohorts in the much-loved Fairfax, VA-based group, The Jackfields, whose Pink Floyd-meets-Beach Boys psychedelia was widely lauded. Jimmy Chamberlin is known to music fans around the world as the virtuoso behind the drum kit with such venerated acts as Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan and The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex.

After forming in 2009, the band set out to create brilliant, tuneful and whip-smart pop music that can loosely be described with words like “progressive” and “symphonic,” while at the same time deserving their own category. Their debut album, Great Civilizations, will be released June 21 on Dangerbird Records.

What people are saying about Skysaw:
“A collection of prog-leaning, psychedelic jams with flourishes of acoustic guitars, keyboards, piano, and more.” – Spin April 2011

“Tightly constructed chunk of melodic rock music. It’s tuneful and intricate, yet doesn’t trip over into proggy hysteria.” – Buzz Bands LA March 2011

Hi-res photos, digital downloads and interview access is available for members of the media on assignment. For more information on this event please contact Jenny Lizak at 773-549-4140 ext 212 or

Saturday, June 25: ON SALE THIS SATURDAY 5/21 @ NOON:
93XRT Welcomes…
SKYSAW (featuring Jimmy Chamberlin, Mike Reina, & Anthony Pirog) * CAMERA * SOFT SPEAKER
$13 adv. – $15 day of / 18 & Over / Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM

Metro Box Office / Internet sales at

About Metro:
Metro is one of the country’s most renowned independent concert venues. Established in July 1982, Metro has become a playground for new and developing local artists as well as showcasing the best cutting edge bands from around the globe for twenty-five years. For more information, visit

Surprise! The Black Lips

Black Lips
Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL

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When I first took on the assignment of shooting The Black Lips I was not too thrilled about them. In fact, it turned into dread as their performance approached. I had listened to them a few times and decided that their self-described genre of “flower punk” was outside of my comfort range.

I was a bit shocked that they’ve been in the industry for quite a while already and they recorded 5 albums and releasing their 6th album, Arabia Mountain, this summer. They have slowly built up a fan-base that definitely appreciates their style. This was definitely apparent in the crowd’s reaction towards their presence.

Walking into the Logan Square Auditorium, it felt like I was stepping back in time to a 90’s high school dance. Even the opening performance by Vivian Girls seemed fitting. The all girl band from Brooklyn got the crowd’s attention and more. Bombshell Kickball Katy (aka Katy Goodman) is certainly no stranger to the cat-calling from the guys as she playfully turned down their unsolicited suggestions. After playing a few songs into their set, the moshing began which was a small indication of what was yet to come.

The moment the Black Lips came on stage the crowd went wild. They made their entrance, high-fiving their front row fans. They broke into their set with “Sea of Blasphemy.” Many of the songs they played were from their new album, Arabia Mountain, but they also made room for classics. By then the crowd was in full drive as the moshing intensified while drinks flew through the air and fans surfed the crow. During their most popular hit “Bad Kids,” the audience participated in a classic stage invasion take-over while the band continued to rock.

It was impressive to see the interaction between band and fans as the energy radiated around the room. I caught the mania and can now say that they were loud, they were aggressive, and they were awesome!

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The Scooty & JoJo Show and Metro present the comic rock spectacle, Alien Queen: The Concert, on Friday, May 13 at Metro. Tickets go on sale this Saturday April 9.

Alien Queen: The Concert combines the legendary music of Queen with an outrageous parody of the “Alien” films to create a top-notch Queen tribute band made up of H.R. Giger-inspired aliens, cross-gendered humans, and some of Chicago’s best singers and rock musicians. The event will be a full evening of rock and ridiculousness, with special guests performing before Alien Queen: The Concert takes the stage. The show is an 18 & over event.

The Scooty & JoJo Show premiered their original musical Alien Queen: A Sci-fi Rock ParOdyssey in December 2010 and January 2011 at Chicago’s Circuit Nightclub, garnering incredible critical praise and packed houses. The original show, created and staged by Scott Bradley, is a farcical fusion of the Alien film franchise with the iconic sound of British rock band Queen. [Read more…]

Abbey Pub Listings

Here are the Abbey Pub’s Spring shows. Check out the International Pop Overthrow that goes on sale this Friday, March 18, 2011. Remember preferred seating is available at all music events when a dinner reservation is made!

Every Tues… PaulStar Jam/Open Mic. Hosted by Paul Allodi -8:30pm. Free

Every Sun… Longest Running Traditional Irish Session with Devin Shepherd – 4pm. Free $3 Guinness. and-Shut Up & Laugh….comedy that will make you laugh your sass off. 730pm.

1st Fri. of every month: Tony, Aaron, and Rebecca from the TOSSERS. -9pm, no cover.

*All shows are 21+ at the Abbey Pub*
Sat. 4-23-11:
93XRT Presents…Material Re-Issue at the International Pop Overthrow. Material Issue Reforms as Material Re-Issue’s for the 25th anniversary of the release of International Pop Overthrow: Van Go – The Velvet Cadillacs – The Valley Downs – Material Re-Issue (feat. Material Issue’s Ted Ansani, Mike Zelenko) – Johnny Monaco – Waiflike. Doors at 8:30pm and show at 9pm. Tickets $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
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Rev Theory Serves Up ‘Justice’ to the Majestic Theater

Rev Theory
The Majestic Theater – Madison, WI
All Photos by Dan DeSlover

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Rev Theory kicked off their headling Monster Energy Outbreak Tour on February 16th.  Rev Theory aren’t just on the road headlining they are also hitting up some major festivals this summer like The Carolina Rebellion on May 7th in Charlotte, North Carolina as well as Rock on the Range in May in Columbus, Ohio.

Last night they stopped in Madison, Wisconsin to serve up some much needed Justice.  The band is just released their sophmore album, Justice on Interscope Records.  Check out the photos below from the Majestic Theater.

Watch their newest video “Justice” below:

Tour dates for the Outbreak Tour 2011:

Wed-Feb-16 Phoenix AZ Club House

Fri-Feb-18 Salt Lake City UT Avalon

Sat-Feb-19 Colorado Springs CO The Black Sheep

Sun-Feb-20 Denver CO Bluebird

Tue-Feb-22 Des Moines IA People’s Court

Wed-Feb-23 Madison WI Majestic Theatre

Thu-Feb-24 Kansas City MO Midland

Fri-Feb-25 OK Marquee

Sat-Feb-26 Little Rock AR Juanita’s Cantina

Wed-Mar-02 Huntsville AL Sammy T’s

Fri-Mar-04 Baltimore MD Rams Head Live

Sat-Mar-05 Hartford CT Webster Underground

Sun-Mar-06 Jermyn PA Eleanor Rigby’s

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Sevendust going strong on Music as a Weapon Tour V

Rockford Metro Centre – Rockford, IL

Sevendust is

Lajon Witherspoon – Vocals
Morgan Rose – Drums/ backing vocals
John Connolly – Rhythm Guitar/backing vocals
Vince Hornsby – Bass
Clint Lowery – Lead Guitar/backing vocals

Sevendust is one of those bands that keeps making great music and they show  the love for their fans every night they are on stage. Tonight was no exception. Being a fan since the late 90’s and seeing them open up for Kid Rock & Metallica in 98′, to this summers’ Carnival of Madness tour, they have not skipped a beat.

Sevendust opened the set with “Black.” I had to look twice when I noticed Clint was not playing tonight. In his place was B.C. Kochmit, who plays in the band, Eye Empire,  with Clint’s brother, Corey. Clint is off being a new dad to his newborn son until Feb 1st.

Lajon got the crowd going during the brief, but powerful set of 7 songs and left the crowd wanting more.

If you have not seen Sevendust headline a show, then you are missing out on a great band. The smaller time slots they have been doing lately with bigger tours like Music is Weapon & Carnival have not allowed them to unleash their full force and will leaving you craving more. They ended the set with “Praise” and the vocal battle of Lajon & Morgan doing “Face to Face.”  The duel ignited the mosh pits, and warmed up fans  for what Korn and Disturbed had in store.

After the set, Sevendust came out to sign stuff for the fans and had a line waiting to see them close to a block long. I believe this is how a band maintains its fan base after so many years. The fans are never forgotten.

Forever Dead
Face to Face

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Sevendust on the Net:

Official Site
written by Peter Lizano

Abbey Pub Listings


Every Mon…Frequency DJ Entertainment Presents, Industry Mondays -10pm Free

Every Tues… Open Mic. -8:30pm. Free

Every Sun… Longest Running Traditional Irish Session with Devin Shepherd – 4pm. Free
$3 Guinness. and-Shut Up & Laugh….comedy that will make you laugh your sass off. 730pm.

1st Fri. of every month:

Tony, Aaron, and Rebecca from the TOSSERS. -9pm, no cover.

2nd Fri. of every month:

Dan Whitaker Band . -9pm, no cover.

Preferred seating available at all music events when a dinner reservation is made


*All shows are 21+ at the Abbey Pub.* Follow For More Pub Shows [Read more…]


Saturday 10/30/2010 & Sunday 10/31/2010 at 4:30 PM

Say Anything will be performing with Motion City Soundtrack over the Halloween weekend at Chicago’s House of Blues with special guests Saves the Day and Valencia. Word on the street from MCS’ Facebook both nights are SOLD OUT! Hope you got your tickets and don’t forget to dress up for the special occasion. Since it will be Halloween weekend costumes are encouraged!

October 22nd Avalon Theatre Salt Lake City, UT
23rd Summit Denver, CO
24th Sokol Auditorium Omaha, NE
26th The Pageant St. Louis, MO
27th The Rave Milwaukee, WI
28th First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
30th House Of Blues Chicago, IL
31st House Of Blues Chicago, IL

November 1st Bogarts Cincinatti, OH
3rd Fillmore Detroit, MI
4th Sound Academy Toronto, ON
5th Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
6th Lupo’s Providence, RI
8th House Of Blues Boston, MA
9th Nokia Theatre New York, NY
10th Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
12th Sonar Baltimore, MD
13th Amo’s Southend Charlotte, NC
14th Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
16th Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, FL
17th House Of Blues Orlando, FL
19th Palladium Dallas, TX
20th Warehouse Live Houston, TX
21st Stubb’s BBQ Austin, TX

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

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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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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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

Gabriella Cilmi’s Whole Lotta Love in Los Angeles

Gabriella Cilmi
Hotel Café – Los Angeles, CA

Gabriella Cilmi Hotel Café - Los Angeles, CA 1/26/2009

This was a first time for me at the Hotel Café as it was also Gabriella’s. Gabriella is from Australia and this was her first show in Los Angeles. She was showcasing in the famous LA venue that is known for breaking singer/songwriters. It’s an amazing little place. She also has a new album scheduled to be released on March 17, 2009 called Lessons to Be Learned off Universal Music Group.

The place is packed and she gets onstage and is already full animated. She opens with her ultra-super poppy “Got No Place to Go.” I call it the Caterpillar song. She sings of a caterpillar in her soul, maybe it’s an Australian thing. See the Album Review Here.

Gabriella is nailing every song as if she sang the songs in one take off the album. Ok, she did miss a line during the first song but continues singing. Could be first time nerves? I would be a tad nervous if I were an artist and was told I had a gig at Hotel Café and oh yes, you’re showcasing too.

Sanctuary and Got No Place to go are my favorites off the album and she performed them strongly. The audience seemed very receptive to her and her first American single, “Sweet About Me.” If you need a dose of some pop music that is slightly off-kilter Gabriella is for you.

I wasn’t ready for the ballads in the set but I guess she had to throw them in. She did cover Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River” which received screams and shouts from the audience. This girl has a huge voice for her little body. She is a cross between Amy Winehouse and Mary J. Blige. She also covered Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.” It’s the song that she says, “Blew up her world.” It was very impressive but very straining on one’s vocal chords.

Expect great live performances from this one. She has unbelievable talent and energy. Oh course she is still only 17 years old. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for future tour dates.

Got No Place to Go
Sweet About Me
Cigs and Lies
Cry Me a River
Save the Lives
Whole Lotta Love

Need more info on Gabriella?

Check out her Myspace and Official Site for news and bio.

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Counting Crows Bow Out and the Poets Rock the Roxy

Maroon 5 Notice

Sparky went to the Cricket Wireless last night to cover Counting Crows and Maroon 5.  Unfortunately my texts started blowing up when she arrived there. I was sent this notice below. Makes me wonder what happened??  Will have a full review on Maroon 5 in the next day or two. Plus, I headed up to the Roxy to cover Poets and Pornstars. Will have a full review and interview with the band. There is a lot of new things happening in Poets Land.

Kate Voegele – Sold Out In Chicago

Kate Voegele
Schubas – Chicago , IL

Kate Voegele Schubas Chicago

Schubas is usually a good time. I have seen some great bands play here. The concert area is very intimate. There is a main bar area that is in its own separate room, the drink prices are average for a city bar. For the most part the service is hit or miss (we missed).

Kate Voegele was the first artist to be signed to MySpace Records in October of 2006. Last night Kate played songs from her new album Don’t Look Away. I got to meet Kate before the show and I must say after talking with her and listening to her sing live, I was amazed at how powerful her voice is. The crowd was chill, the show was filled with great music, and some interesting stories of being on the road. Kate shared how her band mates are like big brothers to her. She talked about how stoked she was when she got to check out the touring bus and noticed there was a shower on board. She mentioned showering while the bus was in route probably isn’t such a good idea. Once while showering she fell out of the shower and tumbled into the hallway…not such a good time to be the only girl on the bus. No, this really didn’t happen, but shows Kate’s sense of humor. It was great talking with her. Be sure to check back for Jennifer’s interview with Kate Voegele. For now here are some pics to hold you over.

Check out Kate Voegele at or at

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