Julia Michaels at House of Blues San Diego

If you want to have a great time at a concert dancing and singing the night away – Go to a Julia Michaels Concert!

You truly won’t regret it. Both Julia Michaels’ energy and her audience’s energy filled the room. I can honestly say that her concert was one of the most fun ones I’ve been to simply because she had the loudest crowd.

Julia Michaels performing at House of Blues San Diego

Julia Michaels sold out her 9th headlining show for her Inner Monologue Tour at House of Blues San Diego on April 20, 2019. She is a very busy artist as she is also currently touring with P!nk on her Beautiful Trauma Tour at the same time as her Inner Monologue Tour.

Many of you may know Julia Michaels. However, if you’ve never heard of her, then you’ve most likely heard her hit single, “Issues.” Before that, Michaels was writing hit singles for other artists such as Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Selena Gomez’s “Bad Liar,” Nick Jonas’s “Close,” and many more.

What is interesting about Michaels is she’s an intricate person – I’d describe her as a beautiful badass with her signature feminine floral dresses and her tattoo sleeves and nose ring. She has a very distinctive and different sound than most artists and her voice is easily recognizable.  Michaels is also a very open musician, which was the concept behind her “Inner Monologue” – those thoughts that she has that people don’t see from the outside. The stage represented what you see on the outside – everything is happy with smiley faces and flowers, but you listen to the lyrics and realize everything isn’t all sunshine and rainbows.

Michaels attempted to make her tour relatable by letting her fans know that it’s okay to go through depression or anxiety.

Julia Michaels made it clear that it was a judgement free zone and safe space for everyone to let go and sing and dance. Her music has a feel good vibe to it, and it was so much fun letting loose and relieving stress by screaming along to her songs. Additionally, her songs hold a lot of emotion and truth, so it naturally felt as though this was a place to just let everything out.

Julia Michaels has such a strong connection with her audience, she wanted to get as close to them as possible.

At one point, Michaels’ security carried her into the audience as she finished “Happy,” followed by a cover of Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You,” and then a ukulele rendition of her own song “Apple.” She also sat on the edge of the stage pointing out her audience’s posters and making eye contact with fans. I even heard from some fans that the meet and greet took two hours because she’s so genuine and her conversations with each individual were long and personal.

I love how you could tell the audience truly admires Julia as they all had matching floral dresses and sneakers similar to Julia’s. But despite their elegant appearance, they were definitely one of the loudest audiences I’ve ever heard in a venue. Sometimes, you couldn’t even hear Julia because the audience had so much passion and energy! It’s amazing when songs from concerts become your new favorites because of how amazing and fun they sound live – and for me those songs were“Into You” and “Happy.”

I loved getting the opportunity to see Julia Michaels. Her message she imparted that you shouldn’t be afraid to be yourself and let your feelings out deeply resonated with me. If you want to have one of these fantastic nights with an amazing artist, make sure to go see Julia Michaels on her Inner Monologue Tour.

Review By: Alexandra Will
Photos By: Alexandra Will

Up-and-Coming Hardcore Band: SycAmour

SycAmour Indulgence: A Saga of Lights

A countless amount post-hardcore/metalcore bands have singing, but few can sing as well as SycAmour. Even though their Facebook page describes them under the genres of rock, aggressive alternative and sex (this one’s accurate because their music will make sweet, sweet love to your ears), fans of Issues and Crown The Empire will feel right at home.

The Detroit band has been around since 2009 and caught my attention with Crassinova on their first EP Obscure in 2012. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one, because SycAmour is now on the Hopeless Records label. They just released a full-length album titled Indulgence: A Saga Of Lights, which has already further distinguished the sound they established in their EP. On top of that, the album cover also made me want to replay Bioshock.

As I already said, SycAmour’s Jeremy Gilmore can sing incredibly well. However, the R&B styled singing that, I swear to God, sounds like Panic! At The Disco (maybe it’s just me) contrasts perfectly with the screams provided by Tony Sugent. You’ll be enjoying the the clean vocals and the hard vocals will come and sweep you off your feet. You can hear what I mean by listening to Calm Down Juliet (What A Drama Queen).

Of course, the instruments play a major part in SycAmour as well. The unsung (pun intended) heroes do an astounding job at setting the tone for the vocalists. Without them complementing who’s singing or screaming, the entire flow of the band wouldn’t work nearly as well. Heavy instruments accompany screaming and more alternative instruments match the singing.

SycAmour has the potential to make it big. Give them room to grow and they’ll be one of the top bands in the genre. Happy Veterans Day!

P.S. Yes, this will be the new title of Underappreciated Hardcore Band of the Week. It sounds more positive and less daunting because big words scare people for some reason.