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Leon Bridges Shares Second Leg of Good Thing Tour

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Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

If you missed out on Leon Bridges’ headlining Good Thing Tour, fear not, as the Grammy nominated artist has shared the dates and locations for the second leg of his tour.

Kicking things off on April 10th at Charlottesville, Virginia’s Sprint Pavilion, the soul singer will make stops in Miami Beach, Columbus, Memphis and more, until things come to an end on May 5th in Cleveland. Tickets for Bridges’ 2019 dates go on sale for the general public on October 5th at 10:00AM (local) time, and you can visit the singer’s official website for tickets and more information.

Check out the 2019 dates for Leon Bridges’ Good Thing Tour below.

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Photos: Leon Bridges Brings His Soulful Sound to Milwaukee’s Lakeside BMO Harris Pavilion

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Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Giving new life to the timeless soul music of decades past, everyone’s favorite, Leon Bridges, brought his headlining tour to Milwaukee’s lakeside BMO Harris Pavilion on Sunday night. Performing in support of his sophomore LP, Good Thing, Bridges kept the crowd in awe from start to finish, delivering cuts from his new album as well as singles and fan favorites from his 2015 debut.

Bridges brought the numbers out on Sunday, and that packed audience says a lot given that last night’s performance was at an outdoor amphitheater on Lake Michigan in the Wisconsin fall. Nothing was stopping Bridges fans from enjoying a great show.

And although the crowd was chilly, the tracks were fire. The Texas native kicked off his set with his 2018 song, ‘If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)’, and with his dancing and soulful vocals on display from the concert’s first moments, the vibes felt good as well. Tracks like ‘Better Man’ and ‘Bad Bad News’ soon followed, as Bridges continued to hop throughout his discography for the rest of the set.

What stood out most from last night’s concert was the more upbeat mood throughout the performance. With a voice like Bridges you can stand at the microphone the entire night and still give a memorable set, but with his new tour, his dancing and stage presence was a few steps above his last Milwaukee performance years ago. While still drawing influences from blues legends of the ’50s and ’60s, the 2018 Leon Bridges has a little Usher in his game as well. But it’s still his amazing voice that steals the show!

As he continues to grow as a live performer, we already can’t wait to see what Leon Bridges may have in store for tours to come.

Check out our photos from last night’s performance below and get your tickets for the remaining dates of Leon Bridges’ tour here.

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Leon Bridges Announces Headlining “Good Things” Tour

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Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

The soulful Leon Bridges will travel throughout North America to end the summer this year, as the Grammy-nominated artist will kick off his Good Things Tour in August.

Beginning at the Red Rock Amphitheatre on August 9th, Bridges will make stops in Austin, Nashville, Milwaukee, Chicago and more, until the tour concludes with two dates the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York on October 5-6.

Tickets for most markets will go on sale Friday, March 30th. Fans can visit Bridges’ official website for more information.

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Photos: Leon Bridges Brings Soul to The Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, WI

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Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

To say that American gospel and R&B singer Leon Bridges is like nothing else in music today would be a vast understatement. Although the Fort Worth, Texas native is just 26 years old, Bridges has a voice and sound straight out of the 1960s. His debut album, Coming Home, was met with critical acclaim across the board, and if his timeless sound was shared with fans decades ago instead of in 2016, Bridges today would be an R&B legend. So while us millennials don’t get to see the likes of B.B. King and Otis Redding in their prime, we are more than lucky to have Leon Bridges. 

Tonight Leon Bridges brought his 2016 spring tour to The Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, WI. The sold-out crowd was diverse in all sorts of age ranges. Bridges not only has fans old enough that they could have went to school with the talented singer, but as no surprise he has a huge supporting cast from those who grew up with soul music. Young or just young at heart, Bridges’ music was bound to bring joy to all ages in Wisconsin tonight.

Opening for Bridges tonight was R&B artist and Phili-native, Son Little. Son Little performed a number of songs from his self-titled 2015 debut, and while his music is slightly more blues rock infused (when compared to Bridges), it still gave us a window into a better era of music. If you like Gary Clark Jr., you’ll definitely like Son Little. Son Little’s performance certainly set the tone for the rest of the night.

Next up was Leon Bridges himself. Taking time to thank his sold out crowd, dressed to the 9s in a  stunning gray suit, Bridges gave an intimate performance to the Milwaukee crowd tonight. While at moments he would give brief introductions to his songs, all-in-all he made the night about nothing but the music itself. Song for song everyone in attendance sang along, and when fans didn’t know necessarily every word, they still swayed their shoulders side to side and danced to Bridges’ beautiful voice.  Bridges primarily performed his Coming Home album tonight, but even found time to mix in some new music as well. It’s a wonder how he finds time to write new music since it seems like he has been on tour all of the past year. Bridges gave Milwaukee a night it will not soon forget. 

Check out our photos from Leon Bridges’ and Son Little’s Milwaukee performance below, and be sure to check out the remaining dates on his current tour here.

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6 Can’t Miss Chicago Concerts This March: GoldLink, Fall Out Boy, Bryson Tiller

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Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Chicago is bar none one of the best cities for live music, not only in the U.S. but in the world. Whether you are seeing an intimate performance at the Concord Music Hall, a packed show at some of the city’s most historic venues like the Chicago Theatre or the Aragon Ballroom, one of the cities awesome music festivals, or even a huge production at the United Center, Chicago has something for everyone.

And right now, even in the middle of winter, it’s a great time to catch a show in the Windy City. This month alone fans can check out some performances by rapper GoldLink, R&B’s super emerging artist Bryson Tiller, the talented Carly Rae Jepsen, American soul singer Leon Bridges and many more.

Bryson Tiller @ House of Blues (3/4)

In just a few days Bryson Tiller is bring his T R A P S O U L Tour to Chicago’s House of Blues. With a scheduled opening performance from They., which will surely set the tone for the rest of the night, there is not a better place to be this Friday than Chicago’s Marina City. Unfortunately if you haven’t got your tickets yet, you may be out of luck, as tickets are all sold-out. But for those lucky enough to get tickets on time, you are surely on track to start off this upcoming weekend on a high note.

Carly Rae Jepsen @ The Metro (3/12)

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Don’t necessarily expect her to perform her Full House theme cover that picked up a lot of buzz on the internet, but you can certainly expect Carly Rae Jepsen to put on a great show at The Metro in Chicago next week. The ‘Call Me Maybe’ singer and Canada native put out one of the best albums last year, with her latest LP Emotion, and if her live shows are half as good as her new album, then fans will definitely get their money’s worth March 12th. Tickets for this one are all sold-out, so if you missed out, definitely be sure to get your tickets on time when Carly Rae comes back to the Windy City.

GoldLink @ The Chop Shop & 1st Ward (3/9)

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

GoldLink is easily one of the most exciting rappers to watch in 2016. Last year he introduced himself to many, while opening for Mac Miller on his GO:OD AM Tour. So after picking up a bunch of new fans in 2015, 2016 is definitely the year of GoldLink. He has a huge co-sign from Rick Rubin, his lyrics are more than impressive, and anyone who has seen him live will tell you that he puts on a great show. Tickets for this one are a steal, only $16, so get them now before they are all gone.

Fall Out Boy @ The United Center (3/12)

Fall Out Boy is expected to put on one hell of show next week at the United Center. Accompanied by AWOLNATION and Pvris, expect Pete Wentz and company to blow the roof off at the house that Michael Jordan built. Chicago definitely shows love for Fall Out Boy so tickets have been gone for quite some time, but if you’re one of the many thousands to be in attendance next week, be prepared to have a night that you won’t soon forget.

Leon Bridges @ The Chicago Theatre (3/11)

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Leon Bridges had an amazing 2015 and it seems like he has been on tour ever since we first heard his name. His debut album Coming Home was by far one of the best projects of last year, it landed Bridges his first (of many to come) Grammy nomination, his live performances are critically acclaimed, and you can see all the above for yourself at the history Chicago Theatre on March 11th. Tickets for this one as well, have long been sold out, so if you already have your tickets, get ready for a great show.

Charlie Puth & Phoebe Ryan @ Park West (3/22)

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Charlie Puth probably had the best year imaginable in 2015. His Wiz Khalifa-assisted smash hit ‘See You Again’ was one of the biggest, if not the biggest, song of 2015, and most importantly it introduced Charlie Puth to the world and showcased his amazing song-writing skills. His new single ‘One Call Away’ is getting a lot of traction on pop radio, and you can see the talented singer-songwriter perform at Lincoln Park’s Park West on March 22nd with the equally talented Phoebe Ryan. Expect Puth to perform a number of tracks from his 2016 debut album, Nine Track Mind, and Ryan to perform a number of her fan favorites, including her new single ‘Chronic’. Tickets are all sold out, so if you didn’t get yours in time, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep a close eye on Puth, as he is easily one of the most exciting pop artists to watch this year.

Hermitude @ The Chop Shop & 1st Ward (3/10)

Following their sold-out headlining tour last fall, Australian hip-hop duo Hermitude are returning to the Windy City for a headlining show at The Chop Shop & 1st Ward. On March 10th fans are sure to hear a number of cuts from the duo’s latest LP, Dark Night Sweet Light, which was well received by many. The album featured the likes of Big K.R.I.T., Chuck Inglish, Estelle, Pell and more. And even if you can’t make it to the Chop Shop this month, be sure to make the trip down to Manchester, TN to see the guys perform at Bonnaroo this year! Get your tickets for Hermitude’s forthcoming Chicago show before they are all sold out, here.

Leon Bridges Announces 2016 Fall Tour Dates

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If you slept on getting tickets to his upcoming (and mostly sold-out) tour, there is a good chance you missed your initial opportunity to see Grammy-nominated R&B singer/songwriter Leon Bridges. But don’t worry because the Coming Home artist is coming back on tour in the fall of this year, for 15 new dates throughout the U.S.

Kicking off his 2016 Fall Tour in Burlington, VT and hitting a number of stops until the tour concludes on October 2nd in Richmond, VA,  this time Columbia Records’ exciting artist will be joined by English singer Lianne La Havas, who will surely perform a number of tracks from her critically acclaimed sophomore LP Blood. While Bridges alone is worth the ticket price, the two together will especially make for a lineup that you won’t want to miss.

Presale for the tour starts today (password: river) at 12:00 PM EST, with tickets going on sale for the general public on February 12th at noon (local time). Certainly get your tickets soon before it’s too late!

See if Leon Bridges is coming to a city near you next fall below and check out his official website for more info.

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The Top 30 Tracks of 2015

eBY DAN GARCIA / VIKASH DASS / EVAN VOGEL

Top 30 Tracks of 2015

Narrowing down 365 days of great music to a list of 30 records is near impossible, but we figured it out! With a lot of amazing tracks not making the cut, we have put together our list of the 30 best tracks of this past year. From epic collaborations to Soundcloud released diss records, our list has a little bit of everything. A few veterans dominated our list this year, but a lot of emerging artists found spots high on our list as well. We won’t spoil too much for you, check out the Top 30 Tracks of 2015 below and send us a tweet @TheEarlyReg to tell us what you think!

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The Top 30 Albums of 2015

BY DAN GARCIA / VIKASH DASS / EVAN VOGEL

The Top 30 Albums of 2015

Following an arguably weak year for albums, 2015 has seen a lot of great projects and many unexpected ones as well. While this year we saw the highly anticipated return of Adele, patient fans are still awaiting Frank Ocean’s sophomore album and Kanye West’s Swish. But where Frank and Kanye have left music fans hanging, new comers like Bryson Tiller, Alessia Cara, GoldLink, BOOTS, Halsey and more have put out some great albums to help kick off their relatively young careers. 2015 though was also a great year for some heavyweights, of course we’re referring to artists like Drake, Future, Kendrick Lamar and even pop superstars like One Direction and Justin Bieber. In just one day, November 13th, the music world saw more great releases than it did in a span of months in 2014. Cheers to hoping 2016 delivers as well as 2015 did!

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Leon Bridges Announces 2016 Tour Dates

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Next year, R&B’s breakthrough singer, Leon Bridges, will likely be in a city near you in support of his critically acclaimed album, Coming Home (check out our review here). Kicking off his 2016 tour on March 1st in Atlanta, GA, Leon Bridges will be hitting a number of cities throughout North America. And if one great artist was not enough, Andra Day will support Bridges on the tour from May 23rd until the tour comes to an end in Kentucky on June 9th.

Check out Leon Bridges’ 2016 tour dates below!

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Album Review: Coming Home | Leon Bridges

BY VIKASH DASS
BY VIKASH DASS

With the internet lately being extremely mindful and apprehensive towards “industry plants” and label-manufactured artists, Leon Bridges might sound a little too good to be true, as though he was carefully developed by Columbia Records in a secret laboratory somewhere—but really, he was just another young man washing dishes in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas just over a year ago. It also might sound like Leon was bred and raised on the oldie classics that he emulates and exudes in his own tremendous voice, but that’d be incorrect too. Instead, he was a R&B kid obsessed with R.Kelly and Ginuwine, and happened to stumble upon the likes of Sam Cooke and his contemporaries via Spotify and YouTube. Fast forward to last fall, and he had over 40 labels kneeled over in front of him believing he was the next soul legend, and today, Leon Bridges has not only released his debut album, Coming Home, but he has also managed to craft one of the most refreshing, expressive and tender records 2015 has heard.

In music’s current climate, neo-soul singers of all kinds usually swing towards overexposed clichés; cheesy sexual metaphors, alcohol and drug fuelled lust, autotune and trap-snares and hi-hats—but Leon Bridges found solace in the real, retro ways of the past. Leon’s music is cut from a simple and minimalistic cloth that involves singing exactly how you feel, live instrumentation, brass and jazz chords, and 60’s soul song structures that will have anyone shimmyin’ and shakin’. Coming Home is an experiment in all kinds and tempos of near-ancient soul, with Leon not only flaunting a spectacularly original and rare voice, but also exceptionally moving and beautiful songwriting.

Tracks like ‘River’ slowly spill with warm emotion as Leon croons over the simple strums of an acoustic guitar, while the maternal-tribute ‘Lisa Sawyer’ recognizes the debts owed to his mother over gentle keys and a doo-wop influence. These slower tempo tracks almost leave you frozen upon first listen, as they genuinely sound like remastered soul records from decades past. On the contrary, Leon recorded the bulk of Coming Home digitally, perfectly mastering a sound that belongs on a vinyl record coated in dust on your father’s shelf. Leon can also find a higher-tempo groove without departing from this aesthetic, with the title track and fun-loving ‘Coming Home’ catching a groove that flows from verse to chorus and back around again. Leon doesn’t stray from the heartbreaking side of love, either—’Better Man’ and ‘Pull Away’ point out enough imperfections in his romantic prospects and his own inability to love without strain and blemishes.

If Leon Bridges is half sweet and tender soul, the other half of him is undoubtedly the strong and potent sounds of Southern-gospel. Even underneath the soulful cuts on this record, you can hear gospel-influenced background vocals or church-organs sliding beneath instrumentals. ‘Smooth Sailin’’ is a Southern-blues banger with an infectious riff and enough energy to have anybody at least churn out a two-step. ‘Shine’ stands as a brilliant moment on this record, too, that perfectly blends both halves of Leon’s soul and gospel influences for one slow swaying track that dives into love and faith.

Most often, innovation in music today comes in the form of a sharper and more radical format—whether it’s the distorted and industrial influences that push hip-hop forward or the electronic and dance-funk that seems to be driving pop. Instead, Leon Bridges is able to bring an even more innovative and refreshing outlook on music, all while borrowing sounds from past generations. But, don’t get it twisted—Coming Home is not an album that’s 50 years late. Rather, it is a record that channels sounds and sentiments that are utterly timeless.

9.0