Who to keep an eye out for: up and coming artists take the nation by storm; will perform concerts in Ohio
Hozier’s popularity has exploded in the past year, after released his debut album, Hozier, in October 2014. The simplicity and intimacy of his songs captivate listeners, and his powerful voice is quite memorable. The release of this album follows two extended plays, entitled Take Me To Church and From Eden. He gained national recognition when his single “Take Me To Church” was featured in a Beats Headphones commercial, starring LeBron James. The Irish artist is currently embarking on a national tour of the United States, and will be taking the stage at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in Columbus on Feb. 27, 2015. Tickets will range from $60 to $100 and are almost sold out. Known for his intimate and personal performances, this concert is surely one you will not want to miss. Visit www.hozier.com for more details.
Hoodie Allen, a rapper/hip-hop artist, is coming to Cleveland on Nov. 31. “He’s a self made artist. He didn’t use a label or anything to help him he made his own mix tapes and a lot of his music refers to his determination to make it on his own. That, or it’s about parties and fans; either way I love him,” Makayla Caldwell (10) said. According to iTunes.apple.com, Hoodie Allen, born Steven Markovitz, was raised on Long Island and played frat-rap from the beginning. “Putting a bit more pop into the pop-rap of folks like Asher Roth and Sam Adams, rapper Hoodie Allen went from Internet favorite to charting artist with the release of his 2012 EP All American,” iTunes.apple.com said. Hoodie Allen is coming to the New Music Hall in Columbus on Oct. 30 and the tickets to see him are $34.65.
Hunter Hayes is a country music songwriter and singer, who has been appearing on the charts, and claiming hearts since 2011, when he debuted his self-titled album, which sold over 1 million copies. Hayes, who has opened for big names such as Taylor Swift, will be performing in Cleveland on Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University. Performing songs from his most recent album Storyline, along with songs from his new single Tattoo. Hayes’ show will be appropriate for all ages. Tickets range from $42 to $100. “He is really talented and has a deep passion for what he does, that reflects in his music. He has made his own career by having faith and doing what he loves all the time,” Molly Kilbourne (10) said. His biggest hit, Wanted, will be sure to knock fans off of their feet.
Alt-J is a an indie rock band from England that has experimented and made legitimate innovations in the music industry. Lead singer Joe Newman’s unique voice combined with intricate guitar riffs and Thom Green’s refreshing style of drumming has been a winning recipe, propelling their recently released sophomore album This Is All Yours to number one in the UK on its release date. After their debut album An Awesome Wave, the English band gained global recognition, and gained a large following in the United States. Alt-J will be performing in Columbus on Dec. 1 at the Lifestyles Community Pavilion along with fellow bands Cage the Elephant, Future Islands, and Glass animals. Tickets will range from $40 to $70 and are going fast.
Blurbs compiled by Kayla Cooper, Olivia Sleek, Alli Wigham, & Ben Snoddy