Ben Folds, Violent Femmes, and Savannah Conley perform in Indianapolis by Josh Custer

Ben Folds and his iconic piano opened his set, his band joining in halfway through the first song. He shared stories of unlikely inspiration for songs and complimented the audience's crooning, with genuine warmth radiating from the stage. Despite the sprawling venue, he created an illusion of intimacy.

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Lights reminds Newport Music Hall "We Were Here" by Josh Custer

Lights brought the We Are Here Tour through Columbus, Ohio at the Newport Music Hall. The tour is in support of her latest album "Skin & Earth" and the latest single "We Were Here", which just had an EP of remixes dropped. The Skin & Earth album goes along with a short comic book series that she wrote, illustrated, lettered, and produced herself. The tour features an opening set from DCF and Chase Atlantic

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Tonight Alive Rock The Old National Center by Josh Custer

Tonight Alive kicked off their co-headlining tour with Silverstein a few days ago. Last night the Get Free Tour made its stop in Indianapolis at The Old National Center. Tonight Alive is touring in support of their new album, Underworld, released by Hopeless Records on January 12th.

From the moment that the band took the stage they had a hold of the crowd. The presence of the band draws in fans within just seconds of the first song. Kicking off the set with “How Does It Feel” from their album Limitless the crowd began to sing along immediately. 


Continuing with "Lonely Girl" and "The Ocean" before taking long time fans back to their debut album with "Listening" and "What are you so scared of?" which the crowd loved.

Playing new tracks can be difficult for a number of reason, but especially when the album is only about a week old. The uncertainty of how crowds will react, unsure of how many will know the lyrics, and the fact that the songs haven't been practiced as much. This wasn't the case for Jenna and crew.  "Crack My Heart" was instantly a hit with the fans. Many in the crowd were able to sing right along with Jenna's powerful lyrics and melodic hook. 

Closing the set with "Temple" may be the best choice, ending with such a powerful and energy filled track is sure to leave a lasting impression on people. There was not a single person left standing still during the final song. See photos from the show here.

I've seen Tonight Alive perform a few times over the last couple of years and they just keep getting better each time. I think with the support of Hopeless Records and their fan base 2018 is going to be a monumental year for the band, and I look forward to seeing what they will accomplish.