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Hot Chelle Rae concert setlist August 31, 2013

Posted by Kenny Norman in downtown.
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I saw Hot Chelle Rae at White River State Park on August 30, 2013. They played from 7:17-7:58. It was a short show with only 10 songs, but they sound as good live as they do on the CD, which is reassuring. It’s evidence they have real talent! Anyway, the songs were, from start to finish:

1. Whatever
2. I Like It Like That
3. Downtown Girl
4. Radio
5. Crazy (New Song)
6. Why Don’t You Love Me (solo version)
7. Honestly
8. (cover mash-up of “Too Close” and “We Found Love”)
9. Hung Up
10. Tonight Tonight

I’m kinda disappointed they didn’t play my two favorites, Forever Unstoppable and Keep You With Me. I got full recordings of Crazy, Why Don’t You Love Me, and Hung Up.

Oh, and then Carly Rae Jepsen played from 8:32-9:22. I don’t listen to a lot of her songs, but at least she played the two I do listen to: This Kiss and Good Time (featuring one of her bandmates in place of Owl City). I got full recordings of both songs.

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Whatever January 23, 2012

Posted by Kenny Norman in miscellaneous.
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You know, I really didn’t think I was going to enjoy Hot Chelle Rae’s newest album (Whatever). I listened to their last album, and, like a lot of bands I casually listen to, I liked one or two songs off the whole album, and the rest of the album didn’t catch my ear and was definitely not iPod-worthy. In fact, most of my favorite bands and singers released new albums last year (2011), and to be fair, almost all were sub-par. We the Kings’ “Sunshine State of Mind,” All Time Low’s “Dirty Work,” and surprisingly even Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” only yielded 3-4 songs per album at most. It was quite disappointing. The only exception to the 2011 albums was, not surprisingly for me, Avril Lavigne’s “Goodbye Lullaby.” I loved that album and I keep a copy in my car, along with a copy of her other three albums. But back to what I was saying, when I checked out “Whatever” from the library last week, I was really expecting it to be like Yellowcard, 30 Seconds to Mars, Jimmy Eat World, Blink-182, Nickelback, or Simple Plan (pre-“Jet Lag”), where I only found 1 or 2 good songs per album.  I played all of “Whatever,” and I found a more down-to-earth, quieter, emotional, upbeat, casual sound, reminiscent of Avril Lavigne’s “Let Go” back in 2003 when I first heard it. In fact, every song from Hot Chelle Rae’s “Whatever” that does not have rap (3 did) is now on my iPod. Yeah, it was THAT good.  So, in total, 8 songs are now on my iPod. I particularly like “Honestly,” “Forever Unstoppable,” and “Keep You With Me.” If you like a softer, casual, down-to-earth sound and don’t mind occasional swearing or partying references, I’d check this out.