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Incubus take on the U.S. with Jimmy Eat World and Judah & the Lion in tow

Coming to a town near you: Tour 8 

Cascading the states with new politically charged lyrics and melodies are alternative rockers Incubus, with special guests Jimmy Eats World, Judah and the Lion, and Atlas Genius (on select dates) for this years smash hit Tour 8. The wittily named album 8 has a more thematic lyrical styling, surrounding topics of aging, obsolescence, paranoia, and the lackluster of the political stature of the “free” world under new leadership. It aimed for their most politically charged stance to date, at least since their single “Megalomaniac,” landed.

What’s cool about shows like this is that they tend to appeal to a wide array of audiences. Music lovers of all genres will find a song they like performed on this stage, and both Dianna and I have tons of nostalgic feelings about this tour! Up first: Shutter 16’s resident emo kid (a.k.a. me, Sheila, what’s up).

Opening up the show is Nashville’s own Judah & the Lion. There’s a few things I want to address, the first being that this bill is a strange one. Definitely awesome, but strange nonetheless. After some thought, I figured out what makes the bill seemingly odd: it’s Judah & the Lion. They’re the ones who don’t fit on the bill, don’t “match” the alt rock sound of Incubus and Jimmy Eat World. After even more thought, I realized that there isn’t really a bill that would make a ton of sense with Judah & the Lion on it, and that’s an AMAZING thing.

Okay, admittedly, I know that first paragraph sounds sort of rude, but stay with me here! I saw Judah & the Lion open for Twenty One Pilots in both Greensboro AND Charleston a few months ago, having never listened to their music prior. Even if you’ve only heard Twenty One Pilots’ lead single “Stressed Out,” or even “Ride” for that matter, I think you’d agree that Judah & the Lion’s alt/folk/americana punk doesn’t necessarily fit the electro-emo pop of Twenty One Pilots. You still with me?

The point I’m trying to make is that what makes Judah & the Lion perfect for any bill is their live show. The upbeat, head-banging, nonstop party that wears you out before the direct opener even takes the stage is what makes them an excellent candidate for any slot. Sure there’s a mandolin solo here and there, but it’s accompanied by demanding drums and wacky dance moves. Limbs are flying from all sides of the stage while the music is executed with raw flawlessness. Who cares if the genres don’t make sense? Who cares if the tempo changes leave you out of breath and the hip hop banjo riff confuses you? That’s what live music is all about! Sandwiching emotions in between layers of music meant to showcase melodies that would have otherwise died.

What I’m trying to say that despite the long hair, despite the folk instruments that will take the stage, and despite the metal-like headbanging, Judah & the Lion will own any stage they play, and set the bar perhaps a bit too high for the following bands. But that’s just one girl’s opinion.

The second thing I’d like to address is that after seeing them two nights in a row, I can promise you, friends, that this band is for real. They love music, they love performing, and they love to mess with the audience lovingly. From covering the emo classic “Mr. Brightside” to shoving a comically tiny stuffed lion into the air mid-set, Judah & the Lion will be headlining these arenas on their own soon enough. Thank goodness. Oh, also, they tend to cover T-Pain’s musical masterpiece, “Booty Wurk” so…

Ya ever love a band AFTER they become cool? What about like, 10 years after they become cool, to the point where everyone’s agreed that this band rocks and aren’t nearly as phased by them as you are? Well, meet my relationship with Jimmy Eat World. Of course I’ve known about the emo rockers for years but it wasn’t until my favorite radio show showcased 2000’s alt-rock jams that I was introduced to the greatness that is Jimmy Eat World. Sara Scoggins’ Tuesday night radio hour on Idobi Radio, entitled Let’s Talk Music, held a theme that asked listeners to recommend their favorite 2000’s alternative tracks. In a slew of The Early November, Sunny Day Real Estate, and The Academy Is…, one listener requested Jimmy Eat World’s “Work,” and I was hooked. That opening riff? Get out of here.

From that point on, I dove head first into some serious nostalgia, feeling somehow cheated of not having experienced Bleed American and Futures when they debuted.

Not long after, the band announced their comeback via Integrity Blues, which created a sense of “finally!” and “thank goodness” and “oh god, what now?” in me, a 24 year old woman who feels everything as amplified as she did at 14. I had grown accustomed to the 2000-2008 version of Jimmy Eat World. What would a 2016 era sound like?

Well, it sounds like the integrity blues. No joke! It’s as honest, as intricate, and as sincere as ever, with the same emo vibes I find comfort in in Bleed American. It was around this time, last April to be exact, that a certain pop queen reminded everyone why the band sat on an emo thrown in the first place. “The Middle” was back and as popular as it was in 2002, which coincided perfectly (almost too perfectly) with their comeback later that year.

And now, in 2017, I’m finding myself marking down yet another band I never thought I’d get the chance to see live, alongside Death Cab for Cutie and Weezer.

After modern alt rock leaves the stage, Incubus will set up shop and show us all what it means to be a band for two plus decades. This is also the point where Sheila’s emo feelings are left behind and I (Dianna) steps in. I thought I’d have Sheila pause her musical memories for a second and interject a bit on some of my favorite memories of the headliner to this tour — Incubus.


It was about time that Incubus put out a new album, the first in five years, that didn’t consist of greatest hits or acoustic sets we’d heard so many times, though done oh so right. On this album, the recording process was swift and organic, leaving some Incubus fans satiated. 8 left some old school fans reeling on account of their precious band evolving. In our humble opinion, 8 is a breath of fresh air laced with a familiar and indicative sound of the Incubus tribe’s ways – heavy drums, flashy ballads, and Chris Kilmore’s advanced scratch-tastic beeps and bloops, accompanied by ladders of expanded notes out of Mike Einzigers fingers with his sick guitar virtuosity. They even teamed up with master scratcher Skrillex on the album to add some cool layers. There is still something left unfinished with the album and my gut feeling is the extension of seeing this album played live.


The Calabasas troop have been doing this gig for 26 years now, and seem to always find a way to get a fresh sound, a hit song [or two], and an awesome line-up to tour with. Last time we visited the guys they were on tour with Deftones. Vocalist Brandon Boyd has launched a unisex jewelry line, many museum openings with his vast array of art, some he’s donated to the Gotham Cares fundraiser benefitting Doctors Without Borders, a solo album The Wild Trapeze, a new table book So the Echo, and much more. The band together have been hosting Incu-nights where they have pop-up acoustic performances debuting some songs they haven’t played live in near 20 years.


Brandon Boyd is a stellar subject to get engulfed vicariously in the life of art, the pursuit of inner peace, and the delectable albeit hippie surfer model figure. A torrid affair with drugs in the earlier years almost ended it all, and as he aged so did his maturity, his love affair with the earth, and a foundation of being a complete tour body. If you follow any of his social media accounts you’ll see his up and down with love, life, and his intense connection with nature that pours out in his art; be it the new album with his lifelong friends, his solo pursuits in music, sculpting, sketching, and painting. It wouldn’t surprise us if he wakes each morning to the cascades of ocean pulses and sea air, barefoot with a surfboard and some silly song he’s humming to appease his audience. But in these precious moments, he decides to divulge his thoughts, to give you a look into an aging hippie who never seems to truly age. And as the theme of honesty continues in his more political moments, he showcased his political thoughts in a recent interview with Forbes:

I did the women’s march downtown, it was one of the most beautiful afternoons I’ve ever spent in my city here. I was so proud of Los Angeles, I was so proud that many people could peacefully gather and walk in the streets in opposition to so much of what the coming administration stands for…

And the music continues….. Now with the new album, there is a tour with an amazing light show, CD quality live sound, and a connection waiting for you on the concert floor. With a vast amount of talent they are bringing with them is another must see element.

The tour started this week and will be heading to a city near you. We will be at the 7/11 Charlotte date, but this tour is one we think if you are searching for any feeling of nostalgia, escapism, or just seeing some downright good damn music live, you should get a ticket, stretch the hammies, and get ready to get shakin’ a tailfeather. Maybe bring a bandana or two – sop up the sweat and wipe out the emo tears too!

Catch this tour:

Jul 07 Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre Tampa, FL Tickets
Jul 08 Lakewood Amphitheare Atlanta, GA Tickets
Jul 10 Daily’s Place Jacksonville, FL Tickets
Jul 11 PNC Music Pavillion Charlotte, NC Tickets
Jul 12 Jiffy Lube Live Bristow, VA Tickets
Jul 14 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ Tickets
Jul 15 Lakeview Amphitheater Syracuse, NY Tickets
Jul 16 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel, NY Tickets
Jul 18 Xfinity Center Mansfield, MA Tickets
Jul 19 Northwell Health @ Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY Tickets
Jul 20 BB&T Pavillion Camden, NJ Tickets
Jul 22 Budweiser Stage Toronto, Canada Tickets
Jul 23 DTE Energy Music Theatre Village Of Clarkston, MI Tickets
Jul 25 Blossom Music Center Cleveland, OH Tickets
Jul 26 Keybank Pavillion Burgettstown, PA Tickets
Jul 27 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH Tickets
Jul 29 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – CHI Tinley Park, IL Tickets
Jul 30 Klipsch Music Center Noblesville, IN Tickets
Aug 01 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – STL Saint Louis, MO Tickets
Aug 02 Bold Sphere at Champions Square New Orleans, LA Tickets
Aug 04 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion The Woodlands, TX Tickets
Aug 05 Austin360 Amphitheater Austin, TX Tickets
Aug 06 Starplex Pavillion Dallas, TX Tickets
Aug 09 USANA Amphitheatre West Valley City, UT Tickets
Aug 11 Sleep Train Amphitheatre Chula Vista, CA Tickets
Aug 12 Ak-Chin Pavillion Phoenix, AZ Tickets
Aug 14 Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, CA Tickets
Aug 15 Selland Arena Fresno, CA Tickets
Aug 16 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA Tickets
Aug 18 Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre Ridgefield, WA Tickets
Aug 19 White River Amphitheatre Auburn, WA Tickets
Sep 15 Rock & Shout Festival Quito, Ecuador Tickets
Sep 17 Chamorro Music Hall Bogota, Colombia Tickets
Sep 19 Estadio Nacional (w/ Maroon 5) Lima, Peru Tickets
Sep 21 Riversounds @ Puerto De Asuncion Asuncion, Paraguay Tickets
Sep 23 Rock In Rio 2017 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Tickets
Sep 26 Movistar Arena Santiago, Chile Tickets
Sep 28 DirectTV Arena Buenos Aires, Argentina Tickets
Oct 01 Louder Than Life Festival @ Champions Park Louisville, KY Tickets
Oct 03 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO Sold Out
Oct 07 The Joint @ Hard Rock Las Vegas, NV Tickets
Oct 08 The Joint @ Hard Rock Las Vegas, NV Tickets
Oct 11 The Joint @ Hard Rock Las Vegas, NV Tickets
Oct 13 The Joint @ Hard Rock Las Vegas, NV Tickets
Oct 14 The Joint @ Hard Rock Las Vegas, NV Tickets

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