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Cold War Kids – Rough Trade NYC – April 10, 2017

April 11th, 2017

Cold War Kids - Rough Trade NYC - April 10, 2017
(Cold War Kids open for Young the Giant at SummerStage on 9/13.)

Photos courtesy of Annie Kane | anniekane.work


Young the Giant – Radio City Music Hall – September 17, 2016

September 19th, 2016

Young the Giant – Radio City Music Hall – September 17, 2016

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com


Radio City Music Hall Welcomes Young the Giant on Saturday

September 16th, 2016

Bonding over a shared love of music, a group of Orange County, Calif., high school students formed the band that would become Young the Giant back in 2004. The group’s lineup solidified in 2008 with Sameer Gadhia (vocals), Jacob Tilley (guitar), Eric Cannata (guitar and vocals), Payam Doostzadeh (bass) and Francois Comtois (drums and vocals). Their pop-laden eponymous debut album (stream it below) came out in 2010. “The California quintet boasts an average age of 21 and will, without a doubt, become giants when the world gets ahold of their self-titled debut. Seriously, it’s that good,” raved Consequence of Sound. “Infectious melodies, soaring vocals, ceaseless enthusiasm and vibrancy take us to the beach, to summer love, and to simpler, happier times.” Last month, Young the Giant (above, performing “Something to Believe In” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) released their third full-length, Home of the Strange (stream it below). They “buffer their passionate indie rock with polished production, resulting in their funkiest offering,” according to AllMusic. And per Entertainment Weekly, they’re “dishing out their richest and most varied project to date.” Currently on the road, they play Radio City Music Hall on Saturday night. And as an added bonus, Ra Ra Riot open the show.


Young the Giant Are a Band on the Rise

March 3rd, 2014

Young the Giant – Hammerstein Ballroom – February 28, 2014

Young the Giant - Hammerstein Ballroom - February 28, 2014
There are a lot of ways to recognize that a band’s popularity is on the rise, and many of them were on display during Young the Giant’s performance at Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday night. For starters, it was the first of two sold-out shows, which is always a good indicator of a group’s current reputation when dealing with a venue of that size. Secondly, despite nearly getting typecast as chill thanks to their self-titled debut album’s laid-back sound, the band inspired fans in the balcony to stand throughout show thanks to the more aggressive new material on Mind Over Matter.

The spontaneous sing-alongs that accompanied old and new songs alike, such as “Anagram,” “I Got” and “My Body,” rang so loud that the Hammerstein practically sounded like Madison Square Garden. And perhaps the purest indicator of a band on the rise: Some fans spent half the show incessantly waving homemade signs. But what made it so exciting to see Young the Giant at this particular moment in time was that while the different members were often as energetic as a young pop-punk band, their music was carefully constructed and uniquely melodic, with different time signatures sprinkled in—supporting intricate, cleaner-sounding guitar parts.

Even the Young the Giant songs that are supremely anthemic avoided being formulaic. And before the set closed, lead singer Sameer Gadhia reflected on their methodical path that had brought them here, saying it was “fucking surreal” to be playing the Hammerstein when just four years ago they were in New York City for the first time playing a cramped set at Pianos during CMJ. But if this weekend proved anything for the California quintet, it’s that they’ve got plenty of fans that are ready for whatever comes next. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com


Boston’s Calling …

May 24th, 2013

While summer doesn’t technically start ’til June 21st, the summer season kicks off today, with the beginning of Memorial Day weekend. And what better way to do that with a music festival featuring a lineup that kicks all 11 kinds of ass over the course of two days and nights at the Boston Calling Music Festival. Tomorrow’s docket includes fun. (above, performing “Some Nights” on Saturday Night Live), the Shins, Marina and the Diamonds, Matt & Kim, Portugal. The Man, Cults, MS MR, St. Lucia and Bad Rabbits. Not to be outdone, Sunday features the National (below, doing “Bloodbuzz Ohio”), Of Monsters and Men, Young the Giant, Andrew Bird, Dirty Projectors, Ra Ra Riot, the Walkmen, Youth Lagoon and Caspian. Pretty great, right? So what are you waiting for? Head directly to Beantown and spend your weekend rocking out.




The Maturation of Young the Giant

July 17th, 2012

Young the Giant – SummerStage – July 16, 2012

Continuing the excellent run of shows there this summer, Central Park’s SummerStage welcomed the lush, echoey West Coast rock of Young the Giant to its friendly confines last night for a sold-out Monday show. In addition to playing some of their songs that are already hits, the band also displayed plenty of depth. Sameer Gadhia’s smooth voice is one of the first things you notice when initially hearing this group, and last night’s show was much the same way as he eased into the opener, “I Got.”

But it didn’t take long before the frontman mixed in a little grit with the track’s louder parts while swaying back and forth between his various microphones. Beneath that, Payam Doostzadeh added his jumpy and memorably melodic bass lines as the two guitar players, Jacob Tilley and Eric Cannata, filled the rest of the space with their ringing, ethereal style. And then things got really good: Gadhia joyously introduced new material—which really stood out—throughout the rest of the set, most of which he said was the beginning of a new album tentatively scheduled for next spring.

There was great momentum to the uptempo and driven songs, featuring motoring triplets from Doostzadeh and even bigger-sounding drums from Francois Comtois. With the band’s rapid success, it’s sometimes hard to lose track of how recently they’ve emerged, but these songs were a sign of their first big maturation, and they will complement the existing material well. But most important, the fans loved it. Instead of taking a break to rest in the heat while Young the Giant tested out the new songs, they stayed packed in tight, hands in the air, barking their approval. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Mina K


Going in the Right Direction

March 12th, 2012

Young the Giant – Terminal 5 – March 9, 2012

One of the biggest bands on the rise last year, Young the Giant began it in January 2011 with a sold-out show at Mercury Lounge, and then went on to have such a good year, a song of theirs landed on Glee. So it was unsurprising that they not only sold out Terminal 5 on Friday, but also put on a great show to back it up. For the band, however, it was a surprise: “We never thought that we’d be playing here,” mused lead singer Sameer Gadhia.

The set was filled with plenty of tracks off debut album Young the Giant, including easygoing show-opener “I Got” and the now Glee-certified hit “Cough Syrup.” What defined the great show (and what separated a great young band from the more one-and-done newbies) was how Gadhia and his bandmates presented their new material. One of the band’s lone criticisms is that a lot of their early material isn’t varied enough, but these songs were more fleshed out melodically. The writing and execution of the new tracks immediately sounded more developed, and to top it off they brought out a string quartet to complete the robust sound they’re clearly seeking.

That complexity helped the show stay lively, too, as Gadhia ditched the hip shaking and tambourine playing for the keyboards behind him—and when he wasn’t taking a turn on them, guitar player Eric Cannata would hop on for a verse or two. With their chests out after boasting their new direction, Young the Giant returned to the familiar for the encore, and gave the still wild crowd some favorites in “Apartment” and a stage-dive-enhanced “My Body.” —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Hilary J. Corts | www.hilaryjcorts.com


Scenes from the IFC Crossroads House

March 18th, 2011

Young the Giant - IFC Crossroads House - March 17, 2011

Photos courtesy of Chris Reddish


The House List Is Heading Back to SXSW

March 8th, 2011

March has begun, which means a few things: We change the clocks soon, the NCAA Tournament is fast approaching and The House List is headed back to SXSW next week. We’ll be setting up camp again at IFC’s Crossroads House on Sixth and Brazos, and we’ll be keeping you up to date with everything happening 3/16-18. We’ve got a great lineup of interviews and performances, including Brett Dennen, Portugal. The Man, Lupe Fiasco, Young the Giant, City and Colour, Little Dragon, Emmylou Harris, Fitz and the Tantrums, Liz Phair, Sharon Van Etten, the Rural Alberta Advantage and Wild Flag. And we’ll have links to live streams, interviews and plenty of photos. So make sure you tune in! In the meantime, check out Broken Social Scene, above, playing “Texico Bitches” at last year’s SXSW.