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The Backseat Lovers - INTERVIEW

2022-05-16


Ahead of their second, sold-out London headline, I had the opportunity to talk with Jonas Swanson and KJ Ward of The Backseat Lovers.

Kendall Vowels (KV): How are you both? It's been a little bit since you've been in London, how does it feel to be back?

Both: Exciting

Jonas Swanson (JS): We've been out in the UK for a lot longer than we were last time. It feels like we have a lot of time to explore and see a lot more.

KJ Ward (KJ): Last time was really...
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By Kendall Vowels

The Backseat Lovers

The Backseat Lovers

2022-05-16


One of my favorite acts, The Backseat Lovers, gave an electrifying performance at London's Electric Brixton on May 16th, 2022. The last time they were here, they played a sold out show at the 300 capacity Moth Club. This time around, they packed the Electric with 1500 super fans.

I arrived just before doors to a queue clear around the block. Though the show didn't start for another hour and a half, fans ran to get to the barricade or to secure a limited edition signed poster. The audience got to see opening act Wunderhorse on their last date with the band, before the Utah natives started strong with an instrumental intro. These long interludes are common for the band's live shows and left a lot of room for moshing throughout the night.

What strikes me most each time I see the band is the intensity by which they play. Striking glares, strong rock sounds, and assured vocals permeate the experience. However, when the guys take a moment between songs, it's with massive smiles, gratitude clear on their faces. Lead singer, Josh Harmon, addressed the crowd...
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By Kendall Vowels

Monowhales

Monowhales

2022-05-14


I have to be honest. This isn’t going to be an unbiased review. I love this band. After first hearing them in 2019 when they released RWLYD (Really Wanna Let You Down) I became and quick fan of the Monowhales. I love their sound and energy. Not only does it vibe through their music, but it translates to an extremely fun live show.

Playing a strong song set that brought the best of their music from the debut EP, 2018’s Control Freak and 2021’s follow-up EP Daytona Bleach would have been enough for any fan of their music, but to fill out this twelve song set they also included two of their latest releases that have been gaining them major national radio attention, CTRL^^^ and New Threads.

While Covid effected many groups and a lot of bands put their music on hold, Monowhales stayed active on their socials, tightened up their sound and made sure that no one would forget about them by regularly releasing new music and fun covers on Facebook. It is easy to see why their popularity continues to increase. They are just having fun doing what they are doing and you want to come along as part of their...
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By Ken Kohlmeier

Mother Mother

Mother Mother

2022-05-14


Canadian Indie rockers Mother Mother brought their "The Inside Tour" to the London Music Hall in support of their 2021 release "Inside". Playing a mix of new songs along with a variety of favourites they entertained their excited fans with a 21 song set (that included two encore songs).

Opening with Inside's "Seven", the band then played the title song from their most popular ablum to date "O My Heart". My personal favourites came at the end of main set when they played Hayloft and Hayloft II back to back to close out before returning with their encore.

Mother Mother frontman, Ryan Guldemond had a great connection with the audience throughout the show, talking with them several times between songs and letting them know that everyone there is family and that this was a safe space where they can be free to be their authentic self. This was not lost on their fans who were very vocal in appreciation...
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By Ken Kohlmeier

Jesse McCartney

Jesse McCartney

2022-05-14


So many people nowadays know Jesse McCartney as a voice actor, but if you grew up in the early 2000’s like I did, you know him from his music and hit song, "Beautiful soul". I am happy to say he is both still creating catchy songs and also still touring!

Recently, Jesse McCartney came to Chicago's Park West for his New Stage Tour and it was everything a fan could truly want! For starters, Jesse's stage set up was incredible and so lit up and bright. No matter where you were in the venue, you could see him clear as day!

Jesse came out singing "She's no you" which was a huge hit and the fans went nuts. It was absolute madness. During his seventh song, "Lemonade", Jesse and his guitarist sat on the steps of the stage and played an acoustical version of it which is something I love seeing at a concert, and so did rest of the crowd, because it felt more intimate. After that, Jesse went straight to the piano to play "Bleeding Love" which...
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By Alexandra Geshel

Casey Baer

Casey Baer

2022-05-14


Casey Baer is someone to be on the watch for because this girl super talented and honestly, I feel like she is going to blow up VERY soon! Casey is currently opening up for Jesse McCartney on his "New Stage Tour". I decided to get there early and check out Casey Baer and I am so happy I did! Casey not only has an amazing vocal range but also her songs are super catchy and get stuck in your head in a good way!

Casey loves loves loves interacting with the crowd, singing with her fans and taking pictures. She definitely likes to make the most of her time on the stage! Even with her set up being super small on the stage, she made the most of it and tried interacting with everyone in the crowd which I really liked seeing!

Her touring band consisted of not just Casey, she also shared the stage with her drummer, Shep Martain, and her guitarist, Gray Trainer...
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By Alexandra Geshel

Jamie Miller

Jamie Miller

2022-05-14


Jamie Miller recently came to Chicago's Park West as direct support for Jesse McCartney for the "New Stage Tour". I have to say, Jamie is super talented! Jamie Miller has a beautiful voice that definitely gives me John Legend or Lewis Capaldi vibes. I loved it. It was so soothing!

A lot of his songs deal with love and heartbreak but they sound so beautiful when he sings them. Everyone loved them and most of the crowd was singing along with him. At one point during the show, he had a fan sing into the mic since she knew the song word for word. It was something that I loved seeing!

On top of his amazing vocals, Jamie is generally very supportive and loves his fans. He would interact with them, take selfies while on stage with them, and even let them sing into the mic with him. It's something that I feel you don’t see a whole lot anymore so it's really awesome to see...

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By Alexandra Geshel

JXDN

JXDN

2022-05-12


I have never heard so many screaming girls in my life until I shot and saw JXDN and holy fuck I have to say I feel this guy is going to become the next Machine Gun Kelly!

His show started off so much differently than most shows I have shot and I am not mad by that! Before JXDN came out, he had a video playing that talked about how he is a TikTok star and how he was arrested for possession with someone else. I have to say, it was a weird start to a show but it really made him stand out compared to other people I have seen. After the video, JDXN came out and sang Think About Me and the crowd went nuts as they sang the song with him. Honestly they sanged every song with him. Even the covers.

JXDN performed a total of 21 songs including 3 covers mixed into the setlist which I really enjoyed! Lighting was phenomenal and was so bright allowing you to see everything! JDXN does not know how to stay still for long and was climbing the speakers and even some of the balconies, which of course the crowd...
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By Alexandra Geshel

Meet Me @ The Alter

Meet Me @ The Alter

2022-05-12


I love kick ass girls, so when I heard that Meet Me @ The Altar was coming to the House of Blues - Chicago I had to see these female pop punk powerhouses. Currently on tour opening for JXDN, I went to check them out and hear what all the hype was about. They did not disappoint at all! They put out a crazy amount of energy on that stage and it was extremely fun to watch!

They played a short 7 song set, but it gave me a great feel for who they are and what their sound is. My favorite was definitely the third song of the set, "Hit Like a Girl"!

The lighting, as expected for most openers, was a quite dark at times but there was some spot lighting. It was an interesting combo that honestly worked in their favor and added to their vibe. They sounded absolutely incredible, especially with all the jumping and running around on the stage that they were doing! it wasn't just the singer, everyone in the band moved around so much. I loved seeing it! It makes it so much more fun and makes the crowd...
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By Alexandra Geshel

P1Harmony

P1Harmony

2022-05-11


P1Harmony was finally able to play their often delayed Chicago show. After having to reschedule multiple times due to Covid this show meant a lot to both P1Harmony and their legion of fans.

Honestly, having never seen or attended a K-Pop concert before, I just wasn’t sure what to expect. Oh my goodness, I would love to see them again.

This was a sold out show at Copernicus Center in Chicago and the fans were lined up at 9 a.m. in 90 degree heat to see these guys. I figured it would be an amazing show, but it really blew me away! When doors opened, I have never heard so many screaming girls just asking about merch and where it was. When the show finally started I have no doubt that you could likely hear the screams from outside the venue, it was just insane and definitely an experience.

When P1Harmony finally took the stage, it made...
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By Alexandra Geshel

Megadeth

Megadeth

2022-05-07


It started with an LED screen playing weird little cartoons to get the crowd ready. Then Dirk Verberuren came out and had a spotlight on him while he worked the crowd and got them pumped for the rest of the band to come out. It was super fun to see him get the crowd ready and also kick ass on the drums! When the rest of Megadeth came out and started playing, the crowd went absolutely nuts.

Megadeth is currently co-headlining the Metal Tour of The Year 2022 with Lamb of God and it truly feels like it really is the most metal tour of the year!

With a collection of songs spanning an almost 40 year career, it's hard to decide what to play live, so their setlist consisted of a mixture of everything ranging from their older albums to their newest stuff. It's always fun to see, especially for fans who like their entire catalog...
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By Alexandra Geshel



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