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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

What Is LaureLive? The cause-driven festival hitting Cleveland June 8 and 9

With LaureLive 2019 coming to Cleveland in a week, here is what you need to know about this year’s electrifying festival. LaureLive will take place on June 8-9 at Laurel School’s Butler Campus in Cleveland, Ohio. There will be three stages to choose from named Music Elevates Stage, Laurel Stage, and South Stage.  Continue Reading

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

Gareth Emery’s Laserface, “the World’s Greatest Laser Show,” returns to New York on May 31

Gareth Emery’s Laserface show first made a stop in New York in November 2017 at Terminal Five, and now its returning for a show that’s promising to be bigger, better and elevated to the next level. The May 31 show at Brooklyn Mirage will be the first-ever open-air Laserface show, featuring perfectly choreographed lasers by globally renowned show designer Anthony Garcia. Continue Reading

Interview: Paz talks dream collaborations and favorite places to play (from Shaky Beats in Atlanta)

Paz is a super energetic, friendly, and creative DJ from California. He played one of the opening sets at Shaky Beats and got the crowd jumping early. He knows how to mash tons of great songs and then slam the crowd with mega drops. But besides being a extremely talented producer he also has a great personality. I had the opportunity to sit down with Paz and step more into his music world. Continue Reading

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

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.

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

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