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Katelyn Tarver at Mercury Lounge

Katelyn Tarver kicked off her headline tour at Mercury Lounge in New York City on Tuesday, December 7. 

The L.A. based singer-songwriter is no stranger to the spotlight. She began her career in entertainment by starring in TV shows such as Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush and HBO’s Ballers. It was only natural that Tarver transitioned into a music career after appearing on NBC’s primetime show Songland. The show puts undiscovered songwriters in front of top recording artists and producers, giving them a platform to pitch their original creations. Tarver ultimately went on to win the show in 2019, thus launching her music career. 

Tarver’s confidence and command of the stage is impressive, albeit not surprising given her background. Throughout her set, she interspersed comedic anecdotes and casually interacted with the crowd. The artist shared that performing to a live audience was a bit nerve wracking since she hadn’t toured for a few years and was so used to performing to a ring light and a computer for her Instagram live shows.

Tarver’s nerves quickly dissolved and were replaced with a quiet sense of confidence. Her relaxed demeanor allowed the crowd to settle in comfortably and become active participants in Tarver’s set. While the artist shared stories in between songs, various members of the crowd interjected with their responses and even asked questions. One question that stood out was one about Tarver’s age. Looking surprised, she responded with a playful scolding and laughed as she said, “I’m older than you’d think”. 

Though her career is already full of major milestones and years of success, Katelyn Tarver shows no signs of stopping. Following the massive success of “You Don’t Know”, which has amassed over 57 million streams, Tarver released a new album on November 12.  Listen to her album, Subject To Change, here

Katelyn Tarver is currently completing a short run of headline tour dates and will be opening for JOHNNYSWIM on his spring 2022 tour. Find tickets and dates for all of Tarver’s tour dates here

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Destroy Boys at Chain Reaction

Take a look at the gallery below of the Destroy Boys show at Chain Reaction in Anaheim.

Photos by Connor Gaskey.

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Jeremy Zucker and Babygirl

Jeremy Zucker returned to New York City for the first time since moving to L.A. on Thursday, November 18. Performing at Terminal 5, the artist was supported by the fast-rising Toronto-based pop punk band, Babygirl.

Describing their music as “pop songs with sad guitars”, Babygirl has quickly amassed a dedicated following. With a pocket of enthusiastic fans packed into the front of the crowd, the band played singles such as “Easy” and “Million Dollar Bed” from their latest EP, Losers Weepers. Their fans sang back every word without missing a beat, singing particularly loudly for Babygirl’s 2018 hit, “I Wish I Never Met You”. In between songs, the crowd professed their love for the band and screamed in support. 

As the night progressed, the anticipation grew for the packed Terminal 5 crowd. Chants of “Jeremy! Jeremy! Jeremy!” began filling the room as Jeremy Zucker’s set time approached. As the lights dimmed and Zucker’s intro song rang out, deafening screams filled the air.

The New Jersey-born artist initially gained major traction within the music scene during his senior year of college in 2018. Torn between completing his degree and pursuing music full time, Zucker chose to finish off college and immediately went on tour upon graduating. It’s safe to say this choice has not held the artist back whatsoever — since that time, he’s amassed an incredible 5.3 million global streams and sold 3 million albums.

Unable to tour his 2020 album, Love Is Not Dying due to the global pandemic, and releasing a new album, Crusher in 2021, Zucker performed a carefully curated mix of the two albums with other singles interspersed. Starting with “we’re fucked, it’s fine” off of Love Is Not Dying, Zucker managed to contain the wildly enthusiastic crowd during the opening number. Zucker then transitioned into “Therapist” off of Crusher — the more upbeat song perfectly matched the audience’s excitement and allowed the artist to showcase some of his dance moves. Though Zucker faced sound issues as the set progressed, he did not skip a beat and continued on.  

Towards the end of the night, Zucker took a break to call out the fact that he grew up right across the pond from New York City. Pointing to the second level, he gushed that his family and close friends were all in attendance, making the night extra special for him. One of the close friends was fellow musician, Chelsea Cutler, who came out to perform “you were good to me” off of their joint EP, Brent. 

It’s safe to say the audience thoroughly enjoyed the night, as almost each and every face was lit up with a smile as the crowd dispersed from the venue. 

Photos and article by Ana Medvedeva

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Japanese Breakfast at The Glass House

Japanese Breakfast performed at The Glass House in Pomona on November 15, and we’ve got some photos for you to see from the show! Take a look through our gallery below.

Photos by Connor Gaskey.

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JAWNY at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Performing at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 10th, JAWNY walked onto the stage with a cheeky smile as Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” blasted. The song was one of the many mid-2000’s hits that the artist played before his set — all of which the crowd sang along to in unison.

As Swift’s song ended and JAWNY’s time began, he played the opening notes of “Take it Back” before abruptly stopping. A crew member had gotten his attention because an audience member felt unwell and needed a medic. The entire room instantly tensed up — just days before the show, the tragic events at the Astroworld festival had transpired, leaving the concert world in a state of shock and grief. Unlike artists at Astroworld, JAWNY instantly quieted the crowd, made sure the audience member was getting help, and even gave her one of his water bottles.

The crowd cheered as the artist threw a bit of shade,

“This is what we do when someone isn’t feeling good…we stop…the…show” he emphasized.

Despite being visibly shaken up after the incident and having rolled his ankle at the Oakland stop of the tour, the artist put on a stellar performance filled with energy. 

JAWNY interspersed humorous stories in between performing hits such as “Honeypie”, “4Tounce”, and “For Abby”. Known for his witty storytelling, the artist shared that he constantly runs over his set time because he rambles on for too long, and sassily remarked,

“I always go over time and get in trouble with the venue…so I’ll shut the fuck up and play.”

Ironically, the artist ended up performing a multi-song encore for the crowd, though we trust that he kept his word and didn’t go over time. 

JAWNY released his latest project, The Story of Hugo, in July of this year. Listen to the project here.

Article and photos by Ana Medvedeva.

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Olivia O’Brien at Cannery Ballroom

Nashville came out on November 11th to Cannery Ballroom to see Olivia O’Brien, who last played at Cannery just before lockdown began in 2020.

O’Brien started off The Olivia O’Brien Show by walking out and informing us that she was the host, she was the musical guest, and she was doing everything, which had the audience giggling and shouting her name back to her. Then she began, and opened her set with “We’re All Gonna Die.” Someone threw a white cowboy hat onstage, which O’Brien promptly picked up and placed on her head, resulting in an even louder round of applause.

O’Brien continued to play favorites off the first half of her new album Episodes: Season 1 including “Sociopath,” while also treating everyone to songs off of her first album such as “Just Friends.” Throughout the entire show, the audience could be heard singing the lyrics back to her.

Take a look at our gallery from the show!

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Adam Melchor // Concert Photos

Adam Melchor returned to his native tri-state area to perform at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday, November 5. 

With his family in the crowd, the artist filled the night with special memories for everyone in attendance. Melchor began the night somewhat nervously divulging the stories behind his songs and expressing his immense gratitude to the crowd.

As the night progressed, Melchor’s nerves settled, allowing him to get more personal. Prior to playing the song “Jewel”, he shared a story about the moment his sister said that she saw herself being with her boyfriend (now husband) forever, who were both in attendance. He found the moment so sweet that he had decided to write a song about it.

He then continued on with a different story, this time about his friend/song writing partner. The friend’s neighbor had just gotten a “broken rooster”, who was cawing at all hours of the day. When the two met up for a songwriting session, Melchor wanted to focus on the sweet moment with his sister. As the session progressed, they got stuck on a verse. After spitballing ideas for awhile, they exchanged glances and Melchor said,

“So the second verse is going to be about the rooster huh…”

As he performed the song, the crowd collectively laughed as Melchor sang the verse that goes,

“There’s a rooster in the yard behind us

Crowing at all hours of the day

He must be blind but

He only has to get it right just once

Like I got it right with you

‘Cause you’re my jewel”

Rounding out the family affair was his dad joining Melchor and his band on stage to perform “Real Estate”. Melchor shared that when he was growing up his first exposure to music was at his friends’ houses. His dad would often pick him up and ask everyone about their afternoon. When Melchor shared that they had been playing music, his dad picked up the guitar and casually whipped out a few licks, leaving the young Melchor and all of his friends in absolute astonishment. 

You can listen to Adam Melchor’s debut album, Melchor Lullaby Hotline Vol. 1, here

Photos by Ana Medvedeva

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Christian Leave // Concert Photos

Christian Leave warmed up the crowd for beabadobee at Webster Hall on Thursday, November 6. 

At just 21 years old, the critically-acclaimed artist has collected over 6 million total streams and has become a mainstay on some of Spotify’s most popular playlists, such as Lorem, Indie Pop, and The New Alt.

His popularity was highlighted the moment Leave and his band ran onto the stage. The large crowd began enthusiastically cheering and jumping with such voracity that the floors of Webster Hall shook beneath them. 

Surprisingly, this energy did not overwhelm Leave, who performed the majority of his set with a cool and calm demeanor. We look forward to watching the young artist continue to grow and creatively evolve in the coming years. In the meantime, listen to his latest EP Days Like Lost Dogs here

Photos by Ana Medvedeva

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Walk the Moon and Jany Green

On November 2nd, St. Louis gathered at The Pageant to see headliner Walk the Moon – who were back for the first time since 2018 – and opener Jany Green on the Dream Plane Tour.

Jany Green kicked off the high-energy show, and had everyone moving and dancing early in the night, especially while singing his hit single “Little.” Though only joined on stage by his drummer, Jany Green had no lack of presence and captivated the audience completely with his infectious personality and music.

Walk the Moon took the stage after, and front-man Nicholas Petricca asked about how many people in the crowd were at their first show back since the pandemic began. Nearly everyone raised a hand. The magic and gratitude that was felt in that moment from everyone in the venue was palpable. St. Louis had another special moment – Nicholas Petricca grew up in the Lou and had family at the show! The crowd gave them a bunch of applause, too.

And of course, Walk the Moon had the entire house bouncing from start to finish. They played hits including Shut Up and Dance as well new music from their upcoming album that releases on November 12th titled Heights. They came back out for two encore songs, finishing with fan-favorite “Anna Sun,” which, if I do say so myself, was a spiritual experience.

Take a look at the gallery below with photos from the night.

Photos by Lauren Hayes

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Elah Hale at The Bowery Ballroom

Elah Hale opened for Lewis Del Mar at The Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, October 7th. The easygoing artist approached her performance just as she does her music — with pure authenticity. 

Raised in New York City, Hale had several friends and family present at the show. The artist coyly smiled as she mentioned that she can’t tell the stories she usually tells during her set as a result. 

“I’m 22 now, mom and dad, I’m going to drink!” she laughed. 

Hale instead chose to tell wholesome stories to preface her songs. One particular story that stood out was about a fan named Sarah, who had reached out to Hale via Instagram DM’s. Sarah expressed how a certain song was critical to helping her get through a tough time, which touched Hale. As she was finishing up the story, Hale pointed to a section of the crowd and called out to Sarah to say hi. Members of the crowd rushed to yell hi to Sarah as well, making an already important moment all the more memorable to the fan. 

Elah Hale is set to release new music in the near future. In the meantime, listen to her latest single, Foolish here.