Imagine Dragons Dazzles in Cincinatti Show

by Amelia Hicks

Imagine Dragons performed in Cincinnati on Saturday, October 21 during the North American leg of their world tour promoting their new album, Evolve. And in typical Imagine Dragons tradition, there was no shortage of showmanship or confetti.

The openers of the evening were K. Flay and Grouplove. K. Flay is most noted for her single High Enough. Grouplove is known for their hits Tongue Tied as well as Ways to Go. However, the opening acts shied in comparison to the headline.

Imagine Dragons opened the show with a song from their most recent album, I Don’t Know Why, setting an upbeat and energetic tone for the night. What followed was a mix of songs from all three of their studio albums including hits such as It’s Time, Gold, Rise Up, and even an acoustic version of Amsterdam.

The production value of an Imagine Dragons concert is what sets this band apart. The visuals drew your eye to the stage while the lights set an atmosphere that matched the tone of every song. Large balloons bounced around the arena, and they even released confetti onto the crowd.

Twice.

What is truly astonishing about this band however, is that no matter the size of the arena, they always attempt to connect with the audience on a personal level. They went out into the crowd and performed acoustic versions in the middle of the audience. The arena felt a little bit smaller that night.

The show closed with one of their most iconic songs from their Nightvisions album, Radioactive. All hands were on deck as every band member played a drum and the audience belted out those irresistible lyrics. If you have the opportunity to see this band live, you’d be absolutely foolish not to take it.

Weezer: Moving Forward

by Spencer Campbell

Weezer released their new album, “Pacific Daydream,” on October 27th. I decided to look up some of their new songs and noticed that they sound different than the previous albums.

As it turns out, that’s exactly what the band is going for.

Lead vocalist River Cuomo expressed interest in changing the band’s sound in the newer album. Cuomo started by closely studying modern pop music. The band has been experimenting over the years and had some issues which then influenced a break in the bands career, but Cuomo is still going through with it.

Weezer’s old format featured repetitive guitar chords and distortion, and the band made great use of pop culture references like in Beverly Hills, and Buddy Holly. The new album features more diverse musical dynamics that you might find in contemporary pop music. Happy Hour has dropped distortion in favor of background vocals and piano, which shows the influence Cuomo’s research has had on the band.

Weezer hasn’t completely changed their sound, as they still weave in all the good pop culture references and the iconic vocals they’re known for. Weezer seems to be going all out with this change. The question is how long they’ll run with it.