Live Review: Jon McLaughlin at Great American Music Hall

McLaughlin singing a more determined tune: Aidin Vaziri | “Hollywood is just another place I don’t belong,” Jon McLaughlin sang, a few songs into his set Tuesday at the Great American Music Hall. The 25-year-old Midwesterner wasn’t just feeding the audience another empty rock ‘n’ roll line. He got firsthand experience when he performed a tune from the Disney movie “Enchanted” at this year’s Academy Awards. Overnight sales of his debut album, “Indiana,” jumped 1,514 percent on Amazon.com, but true success apparently still lies out of reach. The San Francisco venue was at about half capacity when McLaughlin and his perfectly chiseled four-piece band took the stage. Not that the singer was bothered. The words above, plucked from a new tune called “The Middle,” came across more like a challenge than a complaint. Continue reading.

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