Artists: Radio Radio, Willa, Bohemian Grove
When: March 10, 2016
Venue: Adelaide Hall, Toronto
Genre: Hip hop, Electro pop
Fresh off the release of their latest album, Light the Sky, Radio Radio hit the stage at Adelaide Hall to perform a lengthy, entertaining set, featuring lots of new music from Light the Sky as well as some older fan favourites. Opening the show was the rock/hip-hop group Bohemian Grove and the soulful music of electro pop singer Willa.
Bohemian Grove took to the stage to open the show with some catchy tunes, an attention grabbing attitude, and lyrics worthy of many mic drops. Some of the notable numbers from the night include “Hollywood” and their closing tune “Breaking Bad”. “Hollywood” flawlessly meshes classic rock riffs with infectious rhythms as the group raps about the idiosyncrasies of pop culture. “Breaking Bad,” which was the first song the group wrote together, displayed the band’s roots in rock n’ roll with a distorted guitar intro and a melodic chorus with gritty vocals. Overall, Bohemian Grove’s energetic combination of rock and hip-hop was successful in getting the crowd pumped and excited for the rest of the night.
Willa hit the stage next and brought something new to the evening with her unique brand of dark electro pop. Primarily, Willa’s set stood out due to her captivating, seemingly unwavering vocal power. A perfect blend between the classic raspy quality of blues, and the lighthearted nature of synth pop, Willa expertly controlled her vocal tone throughout the entire set as she effortlessly switched from a powerful belt to an unwavering whisper. “Dreamers” perfectly displayed Willa’s vocal capabilities in one track. The uplifting synth pop tune is an upbeat, crowd pleasing number that is sure to get stuck in your head and have you singing along to the chorus in no time.
Radio Radio closed the show with an exciting set full of hilarious tunes, never-ending energy, and some sweet choreographed dance numbers. The crowd anxiously huddled around the front of the stage as the group came on to perform their set. The venue instantly erupted into a crazy dance party as soon as the first beat dropped. Radio Radio’s audience interaction and charismatic stage presence was what made the night so much fun. The title track from their latest album, “Light the Sky,” opened the second half of their set and got the crowd engaged by singing along to the music, and kept the energy up for the rest of the show. Other notable numbers from the night included “Busy” and “Sweater Weather” due to their clever lyrics and unique musical elements, such as syncopated beats and a lively string section. Overall Radio Radio proved that they know how to throw the ultimate party, and are definitely worth checking out live.
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I’ve been involved in music my whole life and have developed a passion for helping out or working in the industry any way I can. I’m interested in helping talented artists gain the recognition they deserve in this crazy business. I am currently studying Communication Studies at York University in Toronto, and working at a local theatre doing marketing and communications, as well as helping out a local festival called Rock the Coliseum. Indie, alt-rock/pop, and metal are my favourites but I’m open to all music genres! If I’m not at a show, I’m doing yoga, grabbing coffee, or looking for some craft beer.