Young The Giant gives fans Something To Believe In at the Aragon

Young Giant Ra Ra Riot

Having this be the final show for Young The Giant and Ra Ra Riot’s current tour, I didn’t know what I was in for. Was it going to be a show with 2 bands that are worn out and ready to be home after the long trip or were fans going to have a wild and crazy night filled with multiple great memories? Lucky for everyone who was in attendance, we all got the latter. Being familiar with both bands and a big fan of Young the Giant’s music, I was truly looking forward to checking out this show.

Ra Ra Riot began the night with such an upbeat and wonderful set. Hailing from Syracuse, New York, their indie rock sound gave fans a set that filled fans with hope and happiness. Their set consisted of hits like “Boy”, “Beta Love”, “Dance With Me”, and “Water”. Wes Miles helms the band and has a voice that captures the essence of the band with a solid ensemble backing him up. Rounding out the remainder of the band is bassist Mathieu Santos, guitarist Milo Bonacci, violinist Rebecca Zeller and drummer Kenny Bernard. These guys truly loved being on stage performing for the sold out crowd.  It was all capped off by members of Young the Giant joining them on stage for their song “Absolutely”. They finished off their night with the title track from their current album, “I Need Your Light”. Over all this band needs to keep touring to build exposure. They have an opportunity to become a popular act in years to come.

Set List:

  1. Too Too Too Fast > 2. Too Dramatic > 3. Every Time I’m Ready To Hug > 4. Foreign Lovers > 5. Bouncy Castle > 6. I Shut Off > 7. Can You Tell > 8. Dance With Me > 9. Beta Love > 10. Boy > 11. Absolutely > 12. Water > 13. I Need Your Light


When Young The Giant took the stage I figured it was going to be a slow start out of the gate slowly building the energy throughout their set. Sameer Gadhia had the crowd roaring almost immediately.  To witness his stage presence is something that is a must even if it’s checking out live footage on YouTube.  I have not seen someone pump up the crowd like he did in a long time. His acrobatics were not to be taken lightly. From beginning to end, he was a ball of energy that resonated the entire venue. The band’s line-up is Sameer Gadhia (lead vocals), Jacob Tilley (guitar), Eric Cannata (guitar), Payam Doostzadeh (bass), and Francois Comtois (drums). The rest of the band were spot on in each song they delivered.  Not many bands can pull a sound live that matches or exceeds the sound the bring on their albums.

What made the night memorable for fans was the consistent barrage of hits that were played. From “Something To Believe In” to “Apartment”. “Cough Syrup” to “Mind Over Matter”. “Home of The Strange” to “My Body”. We even got some Chicago love with the band covering R. Kelly’s “Ignition (Remix)”. One song I was extremely surprised that they did not play was their amazingly powerful song “It’s About Time”. If they played that I believe fans would have lost their minds.

This was a solid show for their final night in support of their Home Of The Strange Tour. These guys will most certainly need a bigger venue to play in the next time they come to Chicago and it will be totally worth it!


  1. Jungle Youth > 2. Something to Believe In > 3. I Got > 4. Eros > 5. Titus Was Born > 6. Apartment > 7. Cough Syrup > 8. Firelight > 9. Elsewhere > 10. Repeat > 11. Mr. Know-It-All > 12. Art Exhibit > 13. Mind Over Matter > 14. Nothing’s Over > 15. Home of the Strange

Encore: 16. Amerika > 17. Ignition (Remix) > 18. Silvertongue > 19. My Body

Brett Bergen

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