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Kehlani at Oakland Arena

Kehlani’s latest tour, Blue Water Road, stopped for a hometown show at the Oakland Arena last Friday. The R&B artist made a spectacular return home to Oakland, CA, completely selling out the nearly 20,000-person venue. The setlist mainly included songs from Kehlani’s latest album, Blue Water Road, along with their second most recent album, It Was Good Until It Wasn’t, which was released in 2020.

Despite the large size of the venue, the show felt personal and intimate, as Kehlani’s performance commenced with short video clips of their 3-year-old daughter, Adeya, projected on the stage. The stage was dressed with minimal sheer, white sheets to give the show an organic and authentic feel. Kehlani made an entrance with the first song on their setlist, “Little Story,” wearing a monochrome orange outfit. Alongside Kehlani were a group of four dancers wearing all white and performing swift dance movements.

Throughout the night, Kehlani stopped between songs to mention that this was the “best day ever” and that they were so thankful to all their fans for being here and making their career possible. Towards the end of the show, Kehlani brought out the tour photographer to take a “group” photo with the thousands of dedicated fans in the audience. This photo would serve as a comparison to a photo that had been taken 8 years ago at The New Parish in Oakland, a much smaller, 250-capacity venue that hosted one of Kehlani’s first shows.

Enjoy this gallery of photos from last week’s show!

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renforshort and Justus Bennetts

Toronto native and rising star renforshort brought her first North American headline tour to Brooklyn on Wednesday, September 28. Performing at Baby’s All Right, she was supported by Justus Bennetts, who has quite quickly made a name for himself in the industry.

With over 200 million streams generated in less than a year and 600k followers on Tiktok, it’s safe to say that Bennetts has made his mark on the pop scene. His music is perfect for anyone who has ever felt out of place or isolated, mixing hip-hop, rock, and R&B to document his experiences with the insecurity of adolescence. 

His quick success hasn’t gotten to his head though. Bennetts performed an energetic and entertaining set, including his viral hits “Cool Kids”, “Bad Day”, and a cover of The Killers “Mr. Brightside”. Even when faced with technical difficulties, the artist remained positive and showcased his goofy side, constantly making the crowd laugh.

Once Bennetts wrapped up his set, the sold out crowd loudly began chattering. Numerous concert goers were overheard discussing how they came out to see renforshort before she hit the mainstream and “made it big”.

As her intro music came on, the crowd whipped out their phones to document her grand entrance. Confidently walking onto the stage, the artist began her set with the lights off, slowly building them up to full brightness. As the night progressed, it became evident that the 20-year-old felt at home on stage.

The young artists set list was full of emotionally charged anthems such as “afterthoughts”, “hate the way you love me”, and a lovely cover of the Pixies “Where Is My Mind?”, all punctuated by her voice, which is reminiscent of Billie Eilish.

In a true testament to her skills, she was unphased during several technical issues. Towards the beginning of her set, the artist’s guitar wasn’t turned on, yet she continued to “play” and nonchalantly made a joke out of the situation right after. Towards the middle of the performance, her microphone randomly turned off, which made her giggle.

“This room is so small, I bet you can hear me even without the mic in between songs huh?” the artist laughed.

Though it was her first North American headline tour, renforshort showcased a level of professionalism that typically takes years to finesse. It’s clear why so many attendees predict that she will blow up in no time, though you could argue that with over 11 million streams on her single “fuck, i luv my friends”, renforshort has already made quite the name for herself.

Listen to her latest single “moshpit”, which has already garnered widespread acclaim from major outlets such as Billboard, OnesToWatch, and NME.

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The Driver Era at The Warfield

THE DRIVER ERA, an indie alt-rock duo made up of brothers Ross and Rocky Lynch, stopped at The Warfield in San Francisco last week during their 2022 tour, which began this month and continues through November.
The venue was packed and fans were screaming as the duo entered the stage and sang their newly released single, “Keep Moving Forward,” from their upcoming album, Summer Mixtape. The energy was high as they sang hits including “Preacher Man” and appropriately, “San Francisco.” During their set, they took time to interact with the crowd, including those who were holding up posters and giving the band cowboy hats.

They gave a special shoutout to their father, Mark Lynch, who is a pilot and flew a plane to catch his sons at their San Fransisco show. The show ended with an exciting encore that consisted of their most popular singles, “Afterglow” and “A Kiss,” accompanied by insane laser stage lights that moved to the beat of the songs and heightened the excitement of the crowd. 

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Glass Animals & Genesis Owusu

On Wednesday evening, Glass Animals took the stage to a sold out crowd in Cincinnati, Ohio with an astounding opening performance by the Ghanaian-Australian artist known as Genesis Owusu. The night was full of cheering, dancing, a beautiful skyline view and of course an incredible encore performance of their smashing hit “Heat Waves.” 

The British Indie-rock band that formed in 2010 has taken over the US charts in the last year with the release of their 3rd studio album, Dreamland, featuring singles such as “Heat Waves,” “Tokyo Drifting,” and “Your Love (Deja Vu).” Their stage presence and fan interactions throughout the show were unmatched. They had everyone on their feet and left the crowd wanting more by the end of it. Their show at the Andrew J Brady Music Center marked one of their last headlining US shows before kicking off their festival run throughout Europe in August and September . 

Make sure to check out their album Dreamland if you haven’t already and catch them live in a city near you. They put on a one of a kind show you won’t wanna miss.

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BANKS in Nashville

BANKS came to play at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, one of the first stops on her Serpentina Tour. Serpentina is Banks’s fourth album, so she had plenty of songs to choose from when getting ready for this tour. “It was hard to make a setlist,” she said, “Each song is my baby.”

Banks opened with “Misunderstood” to a screaming crowd, flanked by two dancers who struck acrobatic poses as often as they danced in sync with Banks herself. It’s hard to say which songs she played were fan-favorites, as the crowd cheered enthusiastically at the start of each and every new track. But some include “Gemini Feed” off of Serpentina, “Fuck With Myself” from her second album The Altar, and “Beggin For Thread” from Goddess, her first. Before playing “Gimme,” a song from her album III, Banks reminded us all that “it’s time for everyone – especially women – to demand what they want from the Supreme Court.” And we agree that “Gimme” is the perfect anthem for that statement.

Banks told us before playing one song in particular that it was eight years old, but she had only started playing it live for the first time this week on her tour. That song was “Someone New,” and the crowd sang along to every word of the ballad.

Take a look at the gallery below and stream Serpentina wherever you listen to music!

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MGK at Oakland Arena

Machine Gun Kelly’s show in Oakland, CA kicked off with much anticipation and excitement as fans turned heads to watch him fly from the back of the arena onto the main stage in a giant pink helicopter. While hanging from the helicopter, MGK opened his show by singing “born with horns.” As he approached the black-and-white checkered stage, he grabbed his guitar and began to sing “God Save Me.” 

Throughout the show, he kept the energy fun and light by running through the crowd and even mentioning how much he loves Northern California’s weed. In between performing hits from his most recent album, Mainstream Sellout, along with his two previous albums, Tickets To My Downfall, and Hotel Diablo, MGK talked about the negative impact that the internet has had on his life. He advised his large crowd of fans to not let the internet tell them who they should be. The 26-song set closed out with a bang as MGK sang “twin flame” and simultaneously, flames erupted from the back of the stage. 

Enjoy these photos from the show! 

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WILLOW at Oakland Arena

WILLOW (Willow Smith) opened for Machine Gun Kelly’s highly anticipated “Mainstream Sellout” tour at the Oakland Arena, taking the stage with enthusiasm as she performed songs from her latest album, lately I feel EVERYTHING. In a colorful knit hat and a jumpsuit, WILLOW delivered an energetic performance with tracks including “Gaslight” and “don’t SAVE ME.” The arena reached peak energy as she sang her 2015 hit “Wait a Minute!” And then WILLOW closed out her 8-song set with her latest single, “ it’s my fault.”

Enjoy this gallery of photos from the show!

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COIN at The Regency Ballroom

American indie pop rock band COIN kicked off their “Uncanny Valley” tour this month in Phoenix, AZ, and made their way to CA with stops in Los Angeles, San Diego, and most recently, San Francisco. The sold-out San Francisco show took place at The Regency Ballroom and opened with “Learning,” one of the hit songs in their Uncanny Valley album which was released in March 2022.

Throughout the entire 23-song set, the band performed with incredible energy, and lead vocalist Chase Lawrence frequently jumped off the stage to engage with fans. In addition to the songs in the Uncanny Valley album, they also played a few singles including “Brad Pitt” and “Cutie,” along with “Talk Too Much,” a fan favorite from their 2017 album How Will You Know If You Never Try. Throughout the set, the LED panel on the stage displayed impressive visuals which were individually crafted for each song.

COIN’s North American tour continues through October 2022 – make sure to catch one of their upcoming shows and enjoy these photos from the San Francisco show!

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BENEE at The Warfield

The North American leg of BENEE’s 2022 world tour is coming to a wrap this week! On Tuesday, hundreds of Bay Area fans showed up in San Francisco to sing along and dance to the alternative pop singer-songwriter’s upbeat hits at The Warfield.

The show kicked off with “Make You Sick,” which appears in BENEE’s most recent EP titled Lychee. The crowd roared as she ran on stage and jumped around while singing and waving at fans. Her set also included hits like “Supalonely” and “Glitter.” In between songs, BENEE emphasized the importance of voting and wished everyone a happy Pride Month. The show ended off with an energetic performance of “Sheesh.” From BENEE’s unique vocals to the fun stage lights and interactions with the crowd, it was evident that BENEE left all her fans wanting more!

Enjoy this photo gallery, and don’t miss BENEE the next time she’s on tour!

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Nashville Pride 2022

Happy Pride, y’all!

Nashville celebrated Pride the weekend of June 25th, and the grounds of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park were filled with all sorts of joy, colors, and love. The near 100 degree temperatures along with high humidity made for a sweaty weekend, but no less of a fun one.

Day 1 began with the parade, and then everyone made the journey over from Broadway to the park to keep the celebration going all weekend. Equality Stage featured performances from Daisha McBride, Dave Audé, and Bully throughout the afternoon.

We also were treated to several drag shows, one of which was kicked off with a performance to music from Bring It On,which had people in the crowd singing and dancing along.

And as we headed into the evening, headliner Walk the Moon took the stage. Lead vocalist Nicholas Petricca shared with us that it was his first Pride since coming out, and Nashville was sure to respond with love and cheers.

The mood during Pride wasn’t always joyous, as the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v Wade had been announced less than 24 hours prior. Petricca acknowledged this, as most artists did, saying “Even in the face of impossible things, I believe in us.”

Day 2 began just as sweltering as the day before, with some cloudy skies providing no relief. But these beautiful faces were still smiling, laughing, and dancing!

The Rainbow Stage featured artists like Rosemary Joaquin and Gia Woods, who both sang to the crowd that looked out over the entire park.

The afternoon brought us Bantug and Sienna Liggins on the Equality Stage, getting the ever-growing crowd out of the shade and onto the lawn.

And then we had an incredible evening with actress and singer Michaela Jaé, best known for her role in Pose. While she only could give us three songs, the crowd was roaring with their support and excitement, cheering on both her dance moves and everything she had to say.

Following Michaela Jae was Vincint, who, much to the delight of the audience, spent almost half of his performance in the crowd. He sang to individuals and had everyone make space for a runway where Pride-goers gave their best walk.

Before the final act, host and drag queen obSINity came out in a tank that said “Tanya Mother Tucker” on it in rainbow letters, preparing us for the final act of the festival. But before she announced Tanya Tucker, obSINity had a few final words for us. “Love who you are.” Cheers and tears alike filled the park with her moving speech.

And as the sun began to set, Nashville was treated with the headliner of the evening, Tanya Tucker. She came out with a bang, wearing a plumage of rainbow feathers and sparkling all over. The drag queens came out during her second song to share the stage, and it felt like a perfect way to conclude the festival.

Until next June! But remember, Pride is for every day.