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New Found Glory is joined by The Early November, Doll Skin and Real Friends at the Varsity Theatre

Honestly it didn’t feel much like summer walking in Dinkytown on the official first day of summer. The sun was hot but there was a cool breeze in the air and I was soaking it in while waiting in line, knowing this would be the last time I’d feel a cool breeze in the next four hours. New Found Glory’s From the Screen to Your Stereo to Your Town Tour made a sold out stop at one of my favorite venues in the Twin Cities: Varsity Theatre. In all honesty I think the last time I saw New Found Glory was at Riot Fest in Chicago in 2017, and I have yet to se this band play in an actual venue. My excitement for what was about to happen was through the roof, especially with the anticipation of a sold out crowd.

Up first for the night was Doll Skin, a completely new band to me. The complete female quartet walked on stage with an unwavering confidence that permeated the venue. The Arizona alt hard rock band was relentless; the band came out strong, setting the bar pretty high energy wise for the rest of the bands on the bill. Lead singer Sydney Dolezal was all over the venue, jumping around on stage and even making her way into the crowd. The rest of the band, drummer Meghan Herring, guitarist Alex Snowden, and bassist Nicole Rich, brought it musically, not slowing down for one second of their set.

New Found Glory

Next up for the night was an old favorite of mine, The Early November. Whole I didn’t get too into their entire discography, there are a few songs of theirs I hold dear. From the moment the band walked on stage it almost felt like at this point The Early November stole the show; they had a very enthused crowd singing their songs back to them, almost drowning out the sound of the band onstage. Playing a mix of favorites from the early 2000s, their set for me brought back a huge wave of nostalgia for me, and after being in the crowd I could tell that I was far from alone in that feeling.

The penultimate band of the evening was Chicago based Real Friends. I have fond memories seeing this band with my best friend, the most recent also at Riot Fest 2017. Wasting no time after walking on stage, the band got right into one of my favorites, “Mess.” Even though the band played a 10 song set, it felt short and left me wanting a proper headliner from them. Real Friends gave the crowd a treat, covering The Starting Line’s “Island,” and even getting the venue to turn on the light to get the disco ball going. There’s certain bands that can evoke a cathartic experience for me and Real Friends seemed to extract that feeling from a majority of the crowd.

Finally, it was time for New Found Glory to take the stage. Promptly at 9:55, “All-Star” echoed through the venue and shortly after the band sauntered on stage to the sound of the opening riffs to their cover of “Eye of the Tiger.” Whole New Found Glory’s setlist was heavy in their covers in support of their recent release “From the Screen to Your Stereo,” the band threw in old favorites “My Friends Over You,” “All Downhill From Here,” and “Head On Collision.” There didn’t seem to be a lull in the crowd outpour of enthusiasm for New Found Glory, with a majority of the audience screaming along to the words of each song (“Let it Go” getting one of the largest crowd responses of the night). While I was disappointed to not see as many crowd surfers as I thought I might have, New Found Flory far from disappointed in their performance, the band composed of a contagious stage energy that keeps me coming back.

New Found Glory

New Found Glory

New Found Glory

New Found Glory

New Found Glory

New Found Glory

The Early November

The Early November

The Early November

The Early November

The Early November

The Early November

The Early November

The Early November

Real Friends

Real Friends

Real Friends

Real Friends

Real Friends

Real Friends

Doll Skin

Doll Skin

Doll Skin

Doll Skin

Doll Skin

Alexa Chihos
Alexa Chihos is a music photographer based in Boston. See her work at alexachihosphotography.com.

New Found Glory is joined by The Early November, Doll Skin and Real Friends at the Varsity Theatre

Honestly it didn’t feel much like summer walking in Dinkytown on the official first day of summer. The sun was hot but there was a cool breeze in the air and I was soaking it in while waiting in line, knowing this would be the last time I’d feel a cool breeze in the next four hours. New Found Glory’s From the Screen to Your Stereo to Your Town Tour made a sold out stop at one of my favorite venues in the Twin Cities: Varsity Theatre. In all honesty I think the last time I saw New Found Glory was at Riot Fest in Chicago in 2017, and I have yet to se this band play in an actual venue. My excitement for what was about to happen was through the roof, especially with the anticipation of a sold out crowd.

Up first for the night was Doll Skin, a completely new band to me. The complete female quartet walked on stage with an unwavering confidence that permeated the venue. The Arizona alt hard rock band was relentless; the band came out strong, setting the bar pretty high energy wise for the rest of the bands on the bill. Lead singer Sydney Dolezal was all over the venue, jumping around on stage and even making her way into the crowd. The rest of the band, drummer Meghan Herring, guitarist Alex Snowden, and bassist Nicole Rich, brought it musically, not slowing down for one second of their set.

New Found Glory

Next up for the night was an old favorite of mine, The Early November. Whole I didn’t get too into their entire discography, there are a few songs of theirs I hold dear. From the moment the band walked on stage it almost felt like at this point The Early November stole the show; they had a very enthused crowd singing their songs back to them, almost drowning out the sound of the band onstage. Playing a mix of favorites from the early 2000s, their set for me brought back a huge wave of nostalgia for me, and after being in the crowd I could tell that I was far from alone in that feeling.

The penultimate band of the evening was Chicago based Real Friends. I have fond memories seeing this band with my best friend, the most recent also at Riot Fest 2017. Wasting no time after walking on stage, the band got right into one of my favorites, “Mess.” Even though the band played a 10 song set, it felt short and left me wanting a proper headliner from them. Real Friends gave the crowd a treat, covering The Starting Line’s “Island,” and even getting the venue to turn on the light to get the disco ball going. There’s certain bands that can evoke a cathartic experience for me and Real Friends seemed to extract that feeling from a majority of the crowd.

Finally, it was time for New Found Glory to take the stage. Promptly at 9:55, “All-Star” echoed through the venue and shortly after the band sauntered on stage to the sound of the opening riffs to their cover of “Eye of the Tiger.” Whole New Found Glory’s setlist was heavy in their covers in support of their recent release “From the Screen to Your Stereo,” the band threw in old favorites “My Friends Over You,” “All Downhill From Here,” and “Head On Collision.” There didn’t seem to be a lull in the crowd outpour of enthusiasm for New Found Glory, with a majority of the audience screaming along to the words of each song (“Let it Go” getting one of the largest crowd responses of the night). While I was disappointed to not see as many crowd surfers as I thought I might have, New Found Flory far from disappointed in their performance, the band composed of a contagious stage energy that keeps me coming back.

New Found Glory

New Found Glory

New Found Glory

New Found Glory

New Found Glory

New Found Glory

The Early November

The Early November

The Early November

The Early November

The Early November

The Early November

The Early November

The Early November

Real Friends

Real Friends

Real Friends

Real Friends

Real Friends

Real Friends

Doll Skin

Doll Skin

Doll Skin

Doll Skin

Doll Skin

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