Miguel at the Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheatre

With an incredibly smooth and sexy aesthetic, there’s no wonder Miguel sold out his show at the Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheatre.

On Monday, September 19, Miguel came to the SDSU campus for his War and Leisure tour, alongside Dvsn. With two songs reaching the Billboard charts this year, “Skywalker” and Kygo’s ‘Remind Me to Forget”, expectations were high for Miguel’s performance. Thankfully, he was outstanding.

Miguel’s music consists of a very smooth, sultry sound with hints of raspiness and rock intermingling with a Spanish flare. He gives off a Michael Jackson vibe through his dance moves, as he effortlessly moonwalks and slides across the stage. Influences from Prince are apparent as well, with Miguel’s bold outfits, confidence, and passion all coming across in his performance. Although Miguel’s inspiration from these two artists were prevalent throughout the show, it’s very clear that Miguel has his own unique music style.

Amazingly, there was never a dull moment in the show. Despite the audience standing throughout the concert, set and costume changes remained entertaining, as the audience was treated to guitar solos from his band. Miguel had complete control over the audience as he performed and had everyone singing along with him, swaying their hands in the air. The crowd favorites were definitely “How Many Drinks?”, “Waves,” and “Pineapple Skies.” He talked about how he loves San Diego and how it feels good to be back at the beach which inspired his song, “Come Through and Chill.” Miguel additionally got up close and personal with the crowd during his medley of his past top songs.

After witnessing his stunning performance, I cannot physically restrain myself from listening to his music! It’s as though someone is forcing my brain to release endorphins anytime I hear one of his songs. Not only are the songs catchy, but their surprisingly all positive. Miguel reinforced this message as he gave several speeches regarding how society puts pressure on us to act different and be other people, which had everyone cheering in agreement. Miguel made it clear that he believes in loving ourselves and being honest as he introduced his new unreleased song “So I Lie.”

A little caveat; I had previously seen Miguel in 2016 at the Hollywood Bowl, where I witnessed him opening for Sia. This performance served to remind me of what an amazing vocalist and dancer he truly is. I’ve been to many concerts and I’d have to say Miguel is one of the best live performers. It’s difficult for an artist to sound as good as the studio versions while performing live, but Miguel pulled it off. The impressive high notes he was able to hit, while also dancing across the stage and shredding the electric guitar, shocked not only me but the entire audience as well. If you’re looking for an artist who knows how to mesmerize an audience with their smooth vocals and outstanding stage presence, then I definitely recommend that you go and see Miguel on his War and Leisure tour or any of his other performances in the future.

 

Review By: Alexandra Will
Photos By: Alexandra Will

 

How Paul McCartney Keeps The Beatles Legacy Alive

Ever since February 7, 1964, The Beatles have been all the music world could ever talk about.

Since the infamous Beatles split in 1970, the band has grown larger and larger, and yet they’ve managed to keep themselves not only relevant, but timeless in the eyes of younger generations. Even today, with the recent release of Paul McCartney’s new album, Egypt Stationthe British Invasion continues.

The new album has reached Number 1 on the charts, McCartney’s first number one in 36 years. McCartney’s album is paired with the Freshen Up World Tour, which has stops throughout the U.S. Despite the release of Egypt Station, the former Beatle is known for performing songs from both The Beatles and Wings on this tour, forcing listeners to reminisce about these wonder years.

On the new album you can find his two latest singles “Fuh You,” an upbeat pop tune that sounds nothing like any of McCartney’s previous music, and “Come On To Me,” a song filled with McCartney shouts which harkens back to the nostalgia from The Beatles bowl cut beginnings. In addition to the new album, McCartney has released a Spotify Singles album Under the Staircase, complete with newly recorded songs from Abbey Road Studios. The Spotify record includes tracks like, “Love Me Do“, “We Can Work It Out“, “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five” “My Valentine” and more, extending fans fresh takes on Beatles, Wings and solo album hits.

In addition to the upcoming tour McCartney has made stops on both The Late Late Show and The Tonight Show Staring Jimmy FallonOn The Late Late Show, McCartney took his swing with host James Corden in Carpool Karaoke, where he stopped at his childhood home in Liverpool and surprised   guests at a local tavern.

Watching McCartney play along with James Corden is something that can bring a smile to anyone’s face, even my dad, who has disapproved of my Beatles obsession since the 7th grade. Overall, it’s probably McCartney’s drive to continue making new music, despite conforming slightly with contemporary pop sounds, which draws the world back into the never ending obsession and fascination with Beatlemania. Even when I was younger, I was instilled a passion for The Beatles, my Papa’s favorite band, and since then I feel as though I have seen their fan base grow larger year after year. How is it possible for a band that ended in the seventies to continue with such a large music presence, one that former members John Lennon and George Harrison disapproved of so much after the breakup? You cannot go a day in your life without seeing something about The Beatles; merchandise at a store, headlines about John and Paul, music on the radio. The Beatles came to America unaware of the impact they would have on the music industry, and it’s remarkable to think that this could continue through the rest of music’s existence.

McCartney’s presence on talk shows and social media continues to lure younger audiences into learning what the Beatles were all about, while simultaneously giving them a taste of McCartney’s pure lyrical brilliance. Although the relationship between the band members was not always the greatest post-breakup, the legacy of the Beatles is one that will never die and with the success over McCartney’s new album, it is proven that Beatles fans and music lovers will listen to whatever the late Beatles releases.

Written by: Kelly Kerrigan

Morgxn, Weathers, and DREAMERS at the Irenic

Nothing’s better than going to a concert at The Irenic, and enjoying some gnarly tunes from Morgxn, Weathers, and DREAMERS.

DREAMERS are an American rock trio consisting of band members Nick Wold, Jacob Wick, and Marc Nelson, and they just debuted their first headlining tour in San Diego at The Irenic with the Weathers and Morgxn by their side.

Morgxn, an alternative singer/songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee, kicked off the set. Morgxn ran onto stage full of energy and enthusiasm and had the crowd moving from the very moment he stepped on stage. Throughout his performance, Morgxn sang a number of songs from his debut album “Vital,” which was released this May. Some of the highlights he performed included, “Alone/Forever,” “Vital,” “Harpoon (how does it feel),” and “Bruised“. During his performance Morgxn shared some insight into some of the meanings behind his songs. At one point during his performance, he even took the time to describe our society norms of beauty, and express that since there’s no standard of what beauty should be, we’re all beautiful. While listening to Morgxn’s wide vocal range and witnessing the energy he brought with him on stage, you couldn’t help but want to jump around and dance with him. There was a time Morgxn even came off stage into the middle of the crowd and sang a song within arm’s reach of the audience.

The next performers to come onto stage was Weathers. Weathers are an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. The band consists of drummer Cole Carson, bassist Brennen Bates, guitarist Cameron Olsen, and vocalist Cameron Boyer. Giving off a rock persona, the Weathers brought on stage a fun filled performance full of upbeat lively songs that made you want to rock your head back and forth to the beat. While the Weathers were on stage, you couldn’t seem to get enough of them, as they played with high energy beats and guitar solos you just had to dance along to. The group played music from their most recent album “Kids in the Night,” released in June of this year. Additionally, they played some of their other hits such as, “1983,” “I’m Not Ok,” “Poser,” “Happy Pills“. Overall, Weathers made you want to get up, dance, and enjoy the good vibes of their music.

After two great performances by Morgxn and Weathers, the venue dimmed the lights and the stage became engulfed in fog. Suddenly, a huge sign in the back lit up, spelling out, “DREAMERS.” After an ominous monologue, DREAMERS finally appeared on stage. They started their set with a song called “SCREWS,” a single off their latest EP, “Fly.” You could tell that there was definitely a connection between the audience and the band with every song the DREAMERS played. The band looked very comfortable on stage and made sure that the audience was having a great time too. At one point, the audience even sang, “Happy Birthday,” to lead vocalist Nick Wold. With a wide variety of songs, DREAMERS never failed to make you feel something throughout their set. From playing a slow tempo-ed, relaxed song for all the couples in the audience, to getting the whole crowd to mosh in another song, they had something for just about everyone. Fortunately, the band went through across their whole discography, including their hilariously titled debut album, “This Album Does Not Exist.” After laying out an amazing performance, the band left the stage only to be called back by the audience chanting “Encore!” The band eventually led out the show with two more songs from their debut album before it all came to an end.

Signifying a great start to the beginning of their tour, it’s crazy to imagine where all these great artists will go in their careers.

Written by: Samuel DeLeon