Of Monsters and Men play Chastain Park in Atlanta Oct. 10

Review and Photos by Danielle Boise

Of Monsters and Men

Of Monsters and Men

Perfect sums up the evening spent with the Icelandic indie-rock band Of Monsters and Men at Chastain Park Amphitheatre on Friday, Oct. 9, with 70s Swedish throwback band, Amason opened for them. The weather was delightfully crisp, as the fall temps held true for an enthusiastic, yet mellow evening spent out with friends. With a perfect blend of harmonies, Of Monsters and Men’s songs felt more like a collective of town troubadours telling a beautifully crafted story, set to striking chords with a gorgeous light show added into the mix.

From “I Of The Storm” to “Crystals” to “Dirty Paws” Of Monsters and Men did not disappoint, the raw power of Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir  reminded me of a younger Bjork to Ragnar Þórhallsson well-timed collaboration on vocals and guitar. This is a band that truly is unified and sounds exactly the same in person as their albums. They took a little time in between numbers to talk a bit about the history of certain songs. “This is the first song that we came together with. It’s kind of laid back. It’s good in the darkness,” Ragnar Pórhallsson described of the song, “Backyard,” while the song “Lakehouse” was written about the Icelandic summers.

There is something fascinating and wonderful about the live music experience. Not only seeing your favorite band live, but the comraderies of fellow concert goers. Sharing a collective experience with other fans. There is an enlightenment to the entire process. And one of the best experiences is getting to see Of Monsters and Men. They wrap up their North American tour on in Los Angeles on Oct. 18 before heading back to Europe. If you get a chance, don’t pass up seeing this band live. Completely worth the ticket price.

Of Monsters and Men North American Tour Dates

Oct. 11 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
Oct. 13 – Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center
Oct. 14 – Magna, UT @ The Great Saltair
Oct. 16 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre U.C. Berkeley
Oct. 17 – Sand Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
Oct. 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ An Evening with OMAM: MusiCares Benefit Concert at El Rey ***SOLD OUT***

 

Full Photo Gallery Of Monsters and Men

Full Photo Gallery of Amason

 

 

Live review: Beth Hart at Center Stage in Atlanta June 16

Review and Photos by Danielle Boise

One of the best ways to spend any given evening is to see Beth Hart perform live with her bluesy, rock-roots soul. With a no nonsense attitude and mêlée worn heart, Hart shatters expectations as she refers to “the roller coaster of life” by demonstrating through song the arcs of bliss full joy to the edge of painful madness, all the while with an air of sassiness. Hart sings about the heartbreak and resplendent power of love, not only from outside forces, but to truly learn how to love one’s self.

What was so wonderful about seeing Hart perform live at Center Stage in Atlanta on Tuesday, June 16 was her sheer and utter honesty with the audience. Hart was stripped down emotionally and shared with the nearly full house her hard won battle scars as she opened up about her personal demons and encounters with mental illness, all while with a smile on her face.

The 2o-song set list was truly a testament to Hart’s evolution, which included originals spanning her entire career, and a few choice covers for good measure. Hart started the night off with a Billie Holiday cover of “Don’t Explain” followed by “Get Your Shit Together,” “Can’t Let Go (Rand Weeks cover),” “One Eyed Chicken,” “Good as It Gets,” “Better Man,” “Chocolate Jesus (Tom Waits cover),” “Waterfalls,” “Might As Well Smile,” “Tell Her You Belong to Me,” “The Mood That I’m In,” “L.A. Song (Out of This Town),” “Leave the Light On,” “Learning to Live,” “Delicious Surprise” and ended on the glorious “Caught Out in the Rain.” For the encore, Hart returned to the stage with her band to perform “Trouble,’ “Better Than Home,” “House of Sin,” and ended the evening with “St. Teresa.”

Hart seemed lighter, happier, and finally settled into her skin. There is still an edge, angst under the skin, but it’s softening over time and a new balance seems to have been struck between the darkness that has always haunted.

Beth Hart is out on her World Tour in support of her latest album, Better Than Home. If you get a chance, this is an artist you will want to see live, and often. She’s a breath of fresh air with her enchanting voice. Do not pass up a chance to see her when she comes to town.

Beth Hart North American Tour Dates

June 20 – Munhall, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
June 21 – Harrisburg @ Whitaker Center **Sold Out**
June 23 – Rochester @ Rochester International Jazz Festival **Sold Out**
June 26 – Montreal @ Montreal Jazz Fest (Metropolis)
June 27 – Toronto @ The Danforth Music Hall

 

Full Photo Gallery of Beth Hart