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Hozier proves he’s still got it with a sold-out show at the Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee

As a longtime fan seeing him for the very first time, Hozier’s May 30th show at the sold-out Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee truly did not disappoint. Continue Reading

Donna Missal gives Louisville an intimate dance party at Headliners Music Hall

Leading up to her performance at Bonnaroo Festival, Donna Missal made her way to Louisville, Kentucky on June 10th at Headliners Music Hall. Continue Reading

Avatar throw down alongside 68, Dance With The Dead and Devin Townsend at First Avenue in Minneapolis

After a cloudy and chilly start to the day on a five mile hike, I was glad to be walking in the mild cloud covered sun to First Avenue to catch Avatar for the second time. The first time I saw this band play was when they opened to Trivium last fall and at first I thought I was in for a gimmicky or showy band that was going to be hit or miss on their sound. What I got instead was a band that came out hard for a forty minute set and absolutely crushed every moment of it. I walked away from that show in awe and hoping Avatar wouldn’t skip out on the Twin Cities the next time they toured North America. Continue Reading

2 weeks ago

Wallows play two sold out, hometown shows at The Fonda Theatre in LA (with Slow Hollows)

After a few months of touring, Wallows finally made it home to play two sold-out nights at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Similarly, attending night one was a homecoming of my own, as it was my first show back in LA after a grueling couple of months in New York. It was a great experience to see the band for the first time at a hometown show, especially since their music has always reminded me of California. Supported by Slow Hollows, Wallows played an incredible show filled with exciting moments and explosive energy. Continue Reading

3 weeks ago

Emo alt rockers Basement draw a loyal fanbase to Irving Plaza in New York City (with Nothing and Teenage Wrist)

Alt rock/emo/pop punk/post hardcore/whatever heavy hitters Basement took over Irving Plaza in NYC Wednesday night and sent the crowd flying over each other in an attempt to scream the lyrics back into singer Andrew Fisher’s face. Continue Reading

4 weeks ago

Bring Me The Horizon turn up the heat at the Pageant in St. Louis with costumed dancers and CO2 cannons

Bring Me The Horizon returned to the Pageant on May 14th with backup dancers, CO2 cannons and masked men with flamethrowers.

I was very interested to see how Bring Me The Horizon (BMTH) was going to perform on their Second Base Tour. A lot of fans were not particularly excited about BMTH’s new sound direction. Like most successful bands, they eventually mature and evolve with the release of each album. Lately, BMTH has been getting less heavy and more audience friendly. The front man, Oliver Sykes, has been getting away from screamo and doing more clean vocals. A lot of it has to do with the direction of their sound but also partly due to Oliver constantly rupturing his vocal chords. The band recently had to cancel a few dates on the previous leg of the tour due to ruptured vocals. Personally, I really enjoy the direction BMTH has taken with clean vocals, catchy chorus’s and heavy electronic breakdowns.

The show started off with their catchy hit “Mantra” from Amo before getting dark and heavy with “House of Wolves” from Sempiternal. The show quickly slowed its pace with “Medicine”, a very lighthearted and catchy track from Amo.I was a fan of their latest album, Amo, since it dropped despite it getting mixed reviews. I will admit I never fell in love with the album but after seeing them perform it made me appreciate it even more. Even if you’re not a big fan of Amo, they played a good mix of old and new songs.

They had an interesting stage design, complete with co2 cannon, backup dancers, and masked men with flamethrowers. The stage had massive LED screens designed to look like random subwoofers, complete with a staircase in the center that lead to a high platform where the guitarist and backup dancers often occupied. The backup dancers often changed from post-apocalyptic outfits to robots with pom-poms. I’m used to seeing pop stars and rappers bring back-up dancers, but this was definitely a first at a metal show. They pulled it off well and I applaud BMTH for doing something typical, but with their own dark twist.

If you were on the fence about going to see Bring Me The Horizon, do yourself a favor and buy the ticket. With the amount of talent and production that’s going into this show, The Second Base Tour is definitely worth checking out.

4 weeks ago

Warm weather, happy fans and acts like Tame Impala, Beck, Tears For Fears and Maggie Rogers draw big crowds to Atlanta’s Shaky Knees

Shaky Knees has quickly made it’s way to the top of my “favorite festivals” list. Unlike the other high-end festivals (Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza), Shaky Knees hasn’t sold themselves out to conform to what is trendy, instead, it has displayed commitment to its own standards. Continue Reading

4 weeks ago

Atlanta’s Shaky Beats Festival keeps things friendly and community-focused, with Martin Garrix, San Holo, Big Gigantic and more

I have never been to a music festival with as much home state pride as Shaky Beats in Georgia has. During nearly every single set someone would start chanting “ATL HOE” which is a sign of approval from the crowd. Continue Reading

1 month ago

Alec Benjamin sells out The Complex in Salt Lake City, Utah (with Alexander 23)

I drove to Salt Lake City yesterday after getting out of class extremely eager to finally see Alec Benjamin live in concert. I remember when I first discovered him and his song, Paper Crown, back in 2014 and I instantly became a fan. I had never even heard of Alexander 23 until last night but to my surprise, he was absolutely incredible and crushed his set. Continue Reading

1 month ago

Hardcore band Fever 333 bring politics and positivity to The Varsity Theatre in Minneapolis

Last year at Northern Invasion, I was introduced to a band that has stuck with me not only because of the power behind their music but of their performance. The band, Fever 333, made their second stop this year in Minneapolis, this time at The Varsity Theatre, and it was a performance that I couldn’t wait for. Continue Reading

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