Billie Eilish Brings Her Ocean Eyes to the Great American Music Hall

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Ever been to a concert packed full of screaming tweens and their middle-aged moms? Well, that was the scene last night at the Great American Music Hall, when 16-year-old pop sensation Billie Eilish hit the stage. And let me tell you, the piercing screeching wail was something else, at times even competing with the overall volume of the band.

She’s been labeled the hottest thing on this side of the equator and the hype may be justified. For one, the show sold out almost immediately after it went on sale. But also judging from the crowd’s fervor and enthusiasm throughout, it’d be hard to deny that this singer has that “it” factor.

Last night, she managed to squeeze in a full set of songs even though she’s only released one EP, all without adding much fluff in between. And it’s hard to classify her music although the similarities to Lorde are unavoidable. Her delivery is spacey and her singing ethereal but at times the music crescendoes into this kind of ravey dance groove, which had the crowd jumping up and down well into the night.

Is she really the “next big thing”? Only time will tell I guess, but from the looks of it last night, she’s well on her way. I’m going to be keeping an eye out on this one and maybe you should too. In the meantime feel free to enjoy some photos of the event below and check her out for yourself the next time she comes to your town. If you can get tickets that is.

Photos by Louis Raphael Photography

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Having released albums under Digital Nations, a label founded by Steve Vai, music critic Louis Raphael has remained deeply connected to the pulse of the San Francisco music scene. Following his tenure as the San Francisco Music Examiner for and, he embarked on creating Music in SF® to authentically highlight the vibrant offerings of the city's music scene.

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