Thursday, September 29, 2016

Live review: Kaleo, The Underground (9/27/2016)

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 3:08 PM

Kaleo, Bishop Briggs, The Wind & The Wave
The Underground
Sept. 27, 2016

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  • Kaleo

The Underground's first sold-out concert could have easily been put in its larger sister venue, The Fillmore, but instead it offered a solid night of "I saw them when."

While the Fillmore's Post Malone concert was postponed and that venue stood empty, the Underground presented a back-to-back-to-back night of stellar music that started with The Wind & The Wave, hit solid footing with Bishop Briggs and closed out with Kaleo. I'd bet at least two of those acts won't play a venue this small again.

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  • Kaleo
Kaleo's set was a strong 75 minutes that cruised through the tracks of the band's album A/B and then some. Singer/guitarist JJ Julius Son is the clear focal point here with commanding vocals that walk the line between rock and blues. 

JJ's voice can convey instant emotion — enough that even when he's singing in Icelandic on "Vor í Vaglaskógi," you feel like you know everything he's saying. Of course, the band's hit, "Way Down We Go," struck up a solid sing-along, but the band's set was an impressive mix of rock, blues, folk and soul that showcased its songwriting strengths.

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  • Bishop Briggs
The highlight, to me, was the 35-minute set by Bishop Briggs. The spotlight-grabbing songstress showcased her vocal strength through a number of songs — many of which haven't been officially released. 

Though the singer has only released singles to date, she's already opened for Coldplay on a stint of their U.S. tour. Being on this sold-out run with Kaleo is only the next step in a very new career. 

Briggs jumped, stomped and paced the stage as she effortlessly belted out song after song climaxing with "The River." 

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  • The Wind & The Wave
The night started with a 30-minute set from The Wind & The Wave, a male-female fronted folk-rock outfit that recently earned its first top-20 song. 

It's no surprise the show sold out and it's yet another in the long list of concerts where those not getting there from the start should be kicking themselves. 

On a related note, the show - which was announced as an 8 p.m. start, was changed to 7:30 p.m. the day of the event. Not the best way to win over customers. 

Kaleo setlist
I Can't Go On Without You
Save Yourself
Broken Bones
Alter Ego
Pour Sugar On Me
All The Pretty Girls
Hot Blood
My Gun
Vor i Vaglashogi
Walk On Water
Way Down We Go
Ladies Man
Rock N Roller
No Good

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  • Bishop Briggs
Bishop Briggs setlist
Way I Do
Wild Horses
Pray (Empty Gun)
Be Your Love
Hi Lo (Hollow)
Dead Man's Arms

The Wind & The Wave setlist
Let's Forget
World Explodes
Love Somebody
Grand Canyon

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