My Wednesday night was split between two shows. It was a lot of music to take in in one night and even though the two shows were completely different, there was one major similarity– passion. Regardless of if I was spending time up in the iconic First Avenue mainroom with Betty Who and Shea Couleé or down in the more intimate 7th Street Entry with the bands I am about to talk to you about, passion was the name of the game and it made for a truly amazing night.

Even though it was super easy for me to hop between the two venues as they are part of the same building and business and only separated by one door, I felt like it was hard to get my timing right throughout the night. I kept on getting distracted by what was going on in the other room or by a friend but I was able to make it down to the 7th Street Entry just in time to catch the tail end of Kid Cadaver’s set. Kid Cadaver’s sound was your standard indie-pop style but with an intriguing almost lo-fi influence to it. Compared to the high-energy set happening upstairs, I found a sense of solace in the peacefulness of Kid Cadaver’s music. My favorite part of Kid Cadaver’s sound was vocalist Raymond Venta. His voice was smooth and powerful. I could understand every word he was singing yet every word seemed to slide into the next. It was an intriguing sound that definitely had me stumped as they wrapped up their opening set.

Due to the timing between the two rooms, I was able to catch the beginning of Brooke Alexx’s set instead of the ending which was great but also made it hard to leave. The name of the game throughout the show in the 7th Street Entry on Wednesday night was “Indie-Pop”. I mean, that should have been a given being that the tour was aptly named The Indie-Pop Tour but that’s beside the point. Whereas I felt that Kid Cadaver leaned more into the indie side of the genre, Brooke absolutely leaned more into the pop side. I was instantly struck by Brooke’s bubbly energy and personality. It came through so loud and clear making it impossible to not fall in love with this woman. “I’m Brooke Alexx– with two ex’s. Hit me up after the show if you want to be the third…. just kidding.” It was small statements like that throughout Brooke’s set that had me smiling and feeling close to this songstress.

Much like her personality, Brooke’s music and voice was full of attitude and fun but seeing the more somber and mature side of her music that came through during her performance of “I’m Sorry, Tokyo” was definitely the cherry on top for me. “I’m Sorry, Tokyo” is a gorgeous song that Brooke wrote about her heritage and the fact that she felt like she hid that heritage for so long. I’m not going to go into all the details but I was essentially moved to tears as she sang her heart out during this song. Okay, a little dramatic. But the point is she had me the palm of her hand throughout her set and this was one of the moments that I caught that left me just so impressed with this young musician.

Headlining the Wednesday night show at The 7th Street Entry was Lostboycrow. Originally from the Pacific Northwest but now based in Los Angeles, there was something timeless about Lostboycrow’s sound that instantly hooked me. He looked young if I’m being quite honest but, as soon as he started singing, it was as if he had lived a thousand lives. As it goes with so many of the shows I go to, I knew nothing about Chris Blair (aka Lostboycrow) prior to his performance but, within the first song, I wanted to know everything about him. Apparently I was one of the few people in the audience who hadn’t gotten the message about how amazing Lostboycrow is prior to the show. Although when he asked the audience who had seen him perform live there were only a couple of cheers, everyone was super into his set going as far as singing along to many of the songs. I know it’s not completely fair but I do find myself judging acts based on how many people sing along to their music and, well, Lostboycrow clearly passed the test.

Inline with the rest of the night, Lostboycrow’s sound was very indie-pop but it seemed to have a more folksy feeling to it. Maybe that was the guitar work or maybe the brilliant lines of words that floated throughout the room– I honestly can’t put my finger on what it was but I know it was a perfect way to close out my hustle-bustle kind of evening. Regardless, it was the passion that really stuck with me after his set was over and I was ending the night. His personality may not have been as bubbly as that of Brooke Alexx but it still hit me just as hard. It was clear throughout his set that Chris and the rest of his band were up there doing what they love and he beamed as he explained to the audience that this was their first headlining tour. The amount of gratitude that seemed to flow from the stage to the audience was staggering and just made for a very friendly and open atmosphere. I may not have known Lostboycrow’s name prior to walking into The 7th Street Entry on Wednesday but I definitely walked away with it stuck in my heart.

Line Up:

Kid Cadaver

Brooke Alexx


Venue: 7th Street Entry

Smell-O-Meter: Nothing

Average Age of the Crowd: 22

Crowd Surfers- 0

Stage Divers-0

Mosh-ability- 1 out of 10

Sausage-Fest Meter- 3 out of 10

Amount of Beer Spilled On Me While Walking Around- $0

Broken Bones- None spotted

Spotted Flying Through The Air- Nothing

Fights- None Witnessed

Pukers- 0

Randomly Shirtless Men – 0

Passed Out Kids- 0

Idiots Taken Out By Security – None Spotted

How Irritated I Was With The Audience – 0 out of 10

How Many Times I’ve Seen These Bands Before (or at least how many times I can remember)-

Kid Cadaver – 0

Brooke Alexx – 0

Lostboycrow – 0

Celebrity Sightings – None

Overall Score- 7.7 out of 10

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