Reviews: Chicago, Kid Cudi, Gillian Welch & More

This week, for your reading enjoyment, we have compiled numerous critical reviews of live musical performances, with a focus on two particular cities. The reviews include Chicago in Fresno; Kid Cudi in Toronto; Gillian Welch in Los Angeles; Dream Theater in Mumbai, India; Mac DeMarco / Flaming Lips in Los Angeles; and Propagandhi in Toronto.

John Davisson
– Chicago
Chicago pulls out the stops while playing MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, Fla., June 29.

Chicago @ The Big Fresno Fair in Fresno, Calif., Oct. 6 – “The show wasn’t really meant for me, but the reaction from those who it was meant for was mostly positive. It’s always nice to see experts who have spent a lifetime (in Chicago’s case, almost two lifetimes) mastering their craft perform it live. And the next time I hear ‘Hard To Say I’m Sorry’ in a hotel elevator, I will remember this night. That’s something, isn’t it?”  – Rory Appleton / The Fresno Bee

Kid Cudi @

Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings @

Dream Theater
Aloysuis Lim / LAMC Productions
– Dream Theater
John Petrucci of Dream Theater is lost in the music during the band’s show at Zepp @ Bigbox in Singapore Oct. 10.

Dream Theater @ MMRDA Exhibition Grounds in Mumbai, India, Oct. 8 – “The clouds covered the bright sky and soon the rains took over with some lightning, but the fans did not move an inch away from the MMRDA ground. It was this progressive metal band that was holding them back.” –

Mac DeMarco / The Flaming Lips @ ‘This Old Dog’ and ‘Dreams From Yesterday,’ the audience went wild, almost as though they expected an improv-light night. That’s not to say DeMarco’s performance was predictable; it’s just that there’s only so much you can do on stage when your songs are designed to be low-key. …

“At one point, Coyne rode through the audience on a unicorn covered in rainbow lights wearing rainbow blow-up angel wings. Later on, he took to his trademark clear plastic bubble for a roll among the worshipers.” – Erin Nyren / Variety

Propagandhi @ Vish Khanna / Now Toronto