AWOLNATION is such a fun band. Aaron Bruno’s charisma is just stunning. Having a much liking for this band before covering their show, they’ve certainly become a favorite after seeing them headline at 101WKQX PIQNIQ. Just check out the cool aesthetic of the pictures below and you’ll get a small taste of not only how awesome AWOLNATION is, but also how great their live shows are. The cherry on top is having captured some of these images while they performed “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf).” This is a band that songwriter and frontman Aaron Bruno has said, “will age as a fine wine.” We cannot wait to stay tuned in to all they have in store for the future. Here come the runts, indeed.

AWOLNATION are playing select dates this summer and into the fall at various US music festivals. Check http://www.awolnationmusic.com and their Facebook page as well for details.

Dashboard Confessional is always a breath of fresh air to see. The last time we covered them, it was also an outdoor show. The lighting this time around for their set at 101WKQX PIQNIQ was a bit dark until the burst of everything at the end of the last song. The lighting was great and every band member went full out. Lead guitarist and backing vocalist Armon Jay ended up on the ground shredding his guitar, drummer Chris Kamrada went double time on bass and cymbal hits and bassist Scott Schoenbeck and lead vocalist Chris Carrabba covered the rest of the stage with hair whips, jumps, and serious energy. If only we had been able to be up close for those moments. Hopefully someone in the crowd captured something of that amazing outro. While we can’t show you any of that, here’s what did capture and can show you from their set:

Bush is a staple in rock and especially grunge. It’s as if they never left the scene. Going on hiatus in 2002, they reformed 8 years later in 2010. It is now another 8 years past and Bush is still on fire. Their performance at 101WKQX PIQNIQ was electric. Lead singer Gavin Rossdale ran through the far seats of the lawn mid-song sailing through half of the concert-goers. It was amazing to see a wave of phones and smiles hurl through the crowd as the band continued on with Machinehead as Gavin made his way around the stadium. Take a look through the photos of Bush’s set this past week.

NEEDTOBREATHE really brought the light to Chicago with a sold out show on a Thursday night. The lighting was unique and spectacular. Huge, two-story speaker-like amps lined the back of the stage with “eye lights” complete with eyelashes scattered about in a polka-dot fashion. Bear Rinehart wore a disco ball jacket for a portion of the set. Lights of all colors warmed up the venue and the crowd. Both Rinehart brothers came out into the crowd during songs. Bo traveled around the entire main floor singing with his guitar during an upbeat song while Bear popped up towards the back of the GA floor with his guitar during an acoustic song. All the Feels Tour was very accurately named. The band is gearing up for their third leg of the tour with acoustic sets so definitely check out dates and grab tickets to see them!

What can we say? We got a soft spot for Third Eye Blind so covering this one was extra special. The evening couldn’t have been set any better along Lake Michigan on Northerly Island with views of the Chicago skyline and perfect summer weather. It was truly fit for a Summer Gods Tour.

Silversun Pickups came on with a lot of fun energy and had an elegantly simple yet beautiful backdrop and light display. Lots of pink, magenta, and purple hues splashed the stage and poured out into the audience in the form of pure energy.

Third Eye Blind stepped out onto a post sun-kissed stage. Their set began behind a Kabuki drop with a cool, appropriately adapted live version of We Are Drugs EP’s “Weightless.” The music started with a flash and a burst, pulling back for the first verse and building upon the repeating line “Summer gods got me screaming” until all the instruments came back in full force. Upon said impact, the curtain dropped and the show went off and running. The band played five additional songs from their newer material before diving into playing their debut album that graced our presence twenty years ago. They ended the night with an encore of “Never Let You Go” and “God Of Wine.”

It’s always a joy having Third Eye Blind in Chicago and we look forward to their next time around. (We fully expect songs from Out of the Vein next time, by the way. -cough cough-)

Third Eye Blind

 

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