Concert Review: One Republic

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Thousands gathered under the hot Texas sun at the Cynthia Woods pavilion to watch One Republic perform. Before the main attraction, Jamie Scott (co writer of “Story of Our Lives”) and Christina Perri warmed up the crowd, not that it could get much hotter. Christina seemed to be under the weather, she was constantly taking sips out of an over sized mug and even sneezed on stage once, but that did nothing to take away from her surprisingly bubbly nature. She made an effort to really talk to the crowd and keep them engaged.

 

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One Republic blew the crowd away by taking them on a journey of not just their new songs from their latest record, Native, but also from their first hits such as “Apologize” and “Secrets”. Personally, the more love an artist gives Houston, the more I enjoy their show. One Republic definitely won me over by singing a special version of “Good Life”, where they mentioned Houston and by choosing HOUSTON to be the first city they complete the Ice Bucket Challenge. On stage all of the band members had coolers full of water and tons of ice poured all over them. You may see videos of the team doing the same thing at other shows, but Houston was where it happened first. They subsequently nominated Vanilla Ice, the Queen of England, and Coldplay to also complete the challenge, as well as donate $10,000. One Republic also made it a point to let their audience know that they too donated that amount, but what would really be amazing is if they were to donate $10,000 every time they did the challenge on stage.

 

It was a great show and only the start of this tour. The pavilion was packed, and fans are already eagerly awaiting their return.

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Coog Radio Interviews: Mack Wilds

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During the Houston stop of the Under The Influence Of Music Tour, we talked to Mack Wilds about touring with Wiz Khalifa, upcoming collaborations and his favorite things about the city of Houston. His Grammy-nominated album, New York: A Love Story is in stores now!

Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @MackWilds

 

 

 

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Concert Review: Under The Influnce of Music Tour

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Despite the hot weather, the fans of this star studded event arrived by the masses, equipped in an array of snapbacks, crop tops and an infectious eagerness to enjoy a night full of good performances, good vibes and most importantly good music.

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After his set, we caught up with Mack Wilds, also known as Tristian Wilds, and spoke to him about touring, new music, and upcoming collaborations.

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We also ran into Houston’s own Trae tha Truth, who came to support!

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Sage the Gemini was spotted relaxing backstage after his set with IAMSU!

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Both on the lawn and in the seats, the audience was lively and completely absorbed by every song that was performed. In this concert, there was a little bit of rap for everyone as Mack Wilds, Ty Dolla Sign, Rich Homie Quan and Young Jeezy took to stage and provided a wide array of new hip-hop jams as well as a few crowd favorites. In between each set, DJ’s dropped music and kept the crowd entertained, the atmosphere which included mega watt lights of all sorts and kinds, as well as a few fog machines, only added to the sparkling, laid back yet lively ambience that encircled the Woodlands Pavilion. There was dancing, and singing as devout fans sang along word for word to even the fastest paced rap song of the evening. Homage to Houston was paid in between just about every few sets, as the rappers lifted up H signs which were reflected across the audience. Apart from being talkative and interactive, all rappers emphasized the importance of having a good time and enjoying the evening, which they made sure, was enforced by their danceable, relatable, and wonderfully creative music.

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Jeezy’s eight o’clock performance was nothing short of energetic and empowering. At one point, the rapper prompted the audience to shine their phone lights displaying what came out to be a beautifully lit aerial sight of hundreds of shining screens and lighters. Performing some crowd favorites, he definitely prepped the audience for Wiz’s highly anticipated show.

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Kirko Bangz joined the audience in the pit to enjoy Jeezy and Wiz’s set after Ty Dolla $ign brought him out to perform. He also took the time out to take pictures with fans.

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Wiz’s arrival onstage gave the audience something to scream about. The rapper’s mellow and relaxed attitude was the perfect ending to a night of fantastic music. The mood was incredible, and the audience was a direct reflection of that. The Under the Influence tour was indeed a success and provided everything it promised as music and lovers of music became one in a night of stress free, enjoyable union.

If you want more, check out our video recap of the show:

 

 

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Charli XCX to Perform at Fitzgeralds

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In support of her first American headlining tour, Charli XCX will be performing at the legendary Houstonian venue, Fitzgeralds on October 16 with opener bands, Elliphant and Femme.

Launching her first American tour this September 26 in Orlando Florida, singer and performer, Charli XCX went from MySpace to co writing some of the most successful songs in recent years. The English born, pop punk princess co wrote and performed alongside Iggy Azalea, Alex Metric and Icona Pop in the production of well recognized seasonal anthems like I Love It and Fancy.
Slathered in 90’s gruff glam, the twenty one year old has produced two studio albums and has released over ten singles, including Boom Clap, which was featured on the much anticipated summer movie, The Fault in Our Stars. The dark haired, post Madonna starlet has been crowned the queen of Neon Goth and infectious synth pop. Her glitzy and edgy style can be seen in music videos like SuperLove and Nuclear Seasons, which feature an array of crop tops, colorful, spunky backdrops and platforms galore.

Her second commercial album is set to be released by the end of this year and features collaborations with Vampire Weekend, Weezer, and John Hill, amongst others.

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Concert Review: Dirty South Festival

This summer brought the first ever Dirty South Festival, which featured some of  of the best southern metal bands as well as some awesome bands that are on the rise.  IMG_1361 IMG_1357 IMG_1367

The night kicked off with Houston locals Strength In Shadows. They put on a great show and pumped up the crowd for the upcoming bands. Throughout the set they had a group of people bust out their air guitar skills during the band’s crazy guitar solos.   IMG_1416 IMG_1422   IMG_1464 IMG_1526 IMG_1540 IMG_1617 IMG_1675 IMG_1653 IMG_1632

Next was Idaho’s own the Ongoing Concept. They stole the show, with the whole band going completely insane, and vocalist, Kyle Scholz, spending a good part of his time jumping in the pit and getting in everyone’s face. The highlight of the show was when they played their hit, “Cover Girl”, and everyone started singing along with the lyrics. Other highlights included Kyle picking up one of the toms and playing along with one of the songs, guitarist Dawson Scholz putting down his guitar and taking full vocal duties, and bassist TJ Nichols crowd surfing to the other side of the venue.      IMG_1837 IMG_1778 IMG_1803 IMG_1819 IMG_1763 IMG_1752  IMG_1713

War of Ages played next and the crowd went absolutely crazy for them. This was my first time seeing them and they definitely caught my eye. The band had such high energy and kept the crowd going until the end of the set. IMG_2089 IMG_2100  ] IMG_2159

The next band I caught was Maylene and the Sons of Disaster. These veterans have been around the metal long time, getting praise from several different people, including Demi Lovato (proof), and are still alive and kicking. They put on a great show, and even managed to pull off a cover of the Rolling Stone’s infamous hit, “Gimme Shelter”. IMG_2210  IMG_2224  IMG_2229 IMG_2250 IMG_2256 IMG_2266 IMG_2269 IMG_2270

He Is Legend was the next headliner. These past few years have been big for them, coming out indefinite hiatus, finding a new drummer, and working on their upcoming release, “Heavy Fruit” (pre-orders here). They put on an awesome set, playing a combination of some songs off the new album, as well as some of their classic songs, like “The Seduction”, which the band closed out with. IMG_2342   IMG_2382 IMG_2397 IMG_2407

The final band was none other than Texas’s own Oh Sleeper. It was great seeing them live, especially with the crazy twist of their former guitarist James Erwin filling in for their current guitarist Shane Blay, who is currently working with former As I Lay Dying members on a new project called Wovenwar. They kicked of their set with “The Song of the Morning”, which instantly had people climbing on top of each other trying to grab the microphone during that infamous chorus. The band enjoyed themselves, even stating that Houston has always been one of their favorite cities to play.

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Filter Rocks Houston: The Alternative Band Makes A Striking Comeback

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Amidst high-end apartment complexes, a newly equipped soccer stadium lined with hip and trendy pubs and concert venues, you encounter what is widely known as EaDo Party Park. People of all ages and backgrounds swarm the vicinity of Warehouse Live, Lucky’s Pub and the colorful array of food trucks lining up the street for an evening full of eclectic musical acts and hilarious comedy. Houston’s inaugural Whatever Fest, proved to be a lively, vibrant and eventful success that garnered a city wide following and has brought to Houston yet another breeding ground for artistic creativity and decadence. Prime amongst these exciting musical acts that composed the festival, has been the legendary alternative rock band, Filter, which played a fantastic flurry of aggressive and inviting rock tunes this past Sunday night. Decked out in black clothing with spikes, piercings and mass amounts of hair gel; the members of Filter charmed the city of Houston with their highly interactive energy and the thrilling instrumental frenzy, which radiated from the Budweiser stage they very amazingly performed in.

 

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The crowd was indeed a colorful one, adorned with devoted fans from middle aged men and women to a ten year old kid, named Tyson who stole the show by catching lead singer Patrick’s attention, the diversity in the people, the music and the environment never failed to be present. Although it was a hot, humid and sticky night and the open space between bodies was just about nonexistent, the ambience was invigorating and the fans were bursting with energy. Filter, whose lineup for the night consisted of lead singer Richard Patrick, guitarist Jonathan Radtke, bassist Tim Kelleher and drummer Hayden Scott, who were, like their fans, ready for a good time, relaxed, comfortable and eager to provide a quality performance. The band began by playing a few favorites, amongst them, their hit single, “Take A Picture” which somehow managed to lull the crazed crowd into a mellow syncope of musical tranquility (something, however, that lasted only a few minutes) before lead singer Patrick, snapped the crowd back into their normal chaotic state of jamming. From flinging a water bottle into the crowd, calling out concert goers in a friendly playful manner and most effectively, by the pouring his heavy, rhythmic and guttural voice into the microphone, he managed to sweep the audience back into a torrent of unruly craziness which included minor mosh pitting, lively dancing and major head bobbing.The band’s performance in itself amazed me. Bassist Tim Kelleher, in particular seemed to be completely absorbed into his instrument, he flipped his drenched hair to just about every note he played, as well as ran his hand across the neck of his guitar quicker than the eye could see. Radtke’s guitar prowess astonished the crowd as they relished in the intricate, lush and electrifying sounds that the guitarist’s fingers produced. Hayden Scott wasn’t far behind either as he contributed his fair share of crazed drum banging, and last but certainly not least, Richard’s iconically lawless onstage performance was the cherry on top to a well put together show.

 

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The band went on to introduce some new material, including a heartfelt and touching song, titled “Surprise” dedicated to women and all they do for the world. However this time, the softer melodies failed to appease the rowdy crowd. As the band continued on to play their newest single “The Hand That’s Dealt”, a rhythmically aggressive number, the audience reveled in what sounded to be totally new, highly synthesized and electronic instrumentation. Complimented with smoldering guitars, Filter’s infamous drum machines and Patrick’s hypnotic voice, the new material immediately captivated listeners and is nothing short of promising. “Stop with the banjos” Patrick declared to the crowd, “we’re in the modern age”, and from the sounds of this electrified, computerized yet pleasant and original form of rock music-it’s evident we very much are. The night lingered on with a very consistent and joyful mood, as well as with all kinds of undomesticated musical experimentation, which invoked just about every old and new Filter fan in the crowd. Patrick’s classic roar, the lush guitar solos and the thundering dynamism that infected the band members completed what was a very delightfully intense set, definitely unforgettable, as well as an open testament to the longevity and relevance of this ever emerging, outlandish and ingenious band.

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