Top 14 ICYMI Music News!

  1. The lineup for Music Midtown, a music festival in Atlanta, was announced with bands like Mumford & Sons, Blink-182, Weezer, and more. Tickets, lineup, and dates can be found here.
  2. Fall Out Boy released their second single “Champion” that will be on their latest album set to debut on Sept. 15 via. Island Records.
  3. Foo Fighters released that a new album is in the future. Concrete And Gold will be released Sept. 15 via. Roswell Records and RCA Records.
  4. Issues announced a headlining tour, Headspace Tour, within the next few months. The tour will begin Sept. 24 in Fort Lauderdale, FL and end Nov. 3 in New Orleans, LA. Volumes will be accompanying Issues throughout the tour. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  5. Paramore covered Drake’s song “Passionfruit” in BBC Radio 1 in London. You can hear the cover here.
  6. GoodDYEyoung, the hair dye company created by Hayley Williams, released four new hair colors: Ppl Eater, Kowabunga, Narwhal, and None More Black. Check out those shades and additional more on gooddyeyoung.com.
  7. Turnover stated that a new album will be released on Aug. 25 via. Run For Cover Records. Turnover parted ways with their guitarist, Eric Soucy and released a statement via. social media.
  8. This Wild Life is offering the chance for a fan to sing “Let Go” with them on their summer tour. The contest is going on now, just sing the bridge of the song and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #letgoguestvocals.
  9. According to Headline Planet, Panic! At The Disco’s title track “Death Of A Bachelor” has gone platinum!
  10. The Amity Affliction has released their music video of their cover of “Can’t Feel My Face” famous by The Weeknd. You can hear the cover here.
  11. Envy On The Coast released a new song, “Sift” via. YouTube. The song will be off of their album Ritual out June 30.
  12. Cage The Elephant announced a new album Unpeeled that is available July 28. Along with the announcement was a live performance video for “Whole Wide World.”
  13. Touché Amoré announced a fall headlining tour across the United States on social media. Opening bands for the tour include Single Mothers and Gouge Away. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  14. Echosmith shared a cover of Paramore’s “Hard Times” on various social media pages. You can hear the cover here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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The Release of ‘Paradise’ by Broadside

Known for songs like “Coffee Talk” and “Storyteller,” Broadside has been taking the music scene by storm since their release of their first album Old Bones. The Virigina natives have toured with Real Friends, Forever Came Calling, State Champs, and many more bands. Broadside played at the 2016 Vans Warped Tour and went from a small stage to playing main stage in Las Vegas. It’s safe to say that they’ve grown to a bigger stage for a reason.

Broadside released Paradise, their second full length album, today. The singles released prior to the album were: “Puzzle Pieces,” “Hidden Colors,” “Paradise,” and most recently “Laps Around A Picture Frame.” Here is their track list:

  1. Hidden Colors
  2. Paradise
  3. Lose Your Way
  4. Disconnect
  5. Laps Around A Picture Frame
  6. Who Cares?
  7. Tunnel Vision
  8. Summer Stained
  9. Miss Imperius
  10. Puzzle Pieces
  11. I Love You, I Love You. It’s Disgusting

The album was exactly what I anticipated it to be. It was piggybacking off of Old Bones with songs like “Lose Your Way” and “Tunnel Vision”. This album showed growth with songs like “Laps Around A Picture Frame” and “Paradise.” Broadside did a great job with sticking to what they know, but bringing a fresh sound to the album. I liked the fact that instrumetally the group added the whistle and ukelele. Vocally, it was great to hear Dorian Cook’s vocals and hear Oliver Baxxter’s voice more vulnerable, especially in “I Love You, I Love You. It’s Disgusting.” The vocals are powerful and the messages behind the songs shows concepts of finding your own paradise and empowerment. It’s a great album. I want to congratulation Oliver Baxter, Niles Gregory, Pat Diaz, and Dorian Cooke for putting out one of the best albums for the summer. This album was exactly what I anticipated it to be. It had the right dose of pop punk and such a great piece of work.

If you haven’t checked out Broadside yet, I highly recommend checking out their music. I’ve seen Broadside perform with State Champs in the “Home For The Holidays” tour, at the 2016 Vans Warped Tour, with Forever Came Calling on a fall tour, and recently with Real Friends. I can’t wait to see them tour again and play more songs off of Paradise.

Broadside is nominating in this year’s Alternative Press Music Awards in the category of “Best Underground Band.”

What’s your favorite song off of Paradise? I’ve been loving “Laps Around a Picture Frame,” “Miss Imperius,” and “I Love You, I Love You. It’s Disgusting.” Let me know what’s your favorite by tweeting to me @ovictoriamedia.

 

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My pre-order of Paradise


In other news, A Day To Remember announced a tour across the United States with Moose Blood and Wage War (tickets and tour information can be found here,) The Maine announced a tour across the United States with Night Riots and Dreamers (tickets and tour information can be found here,) PVRIS released a new song “What’s Wrong” via. YouTube. Hands Like Houses released a new song “Drift” and announced signing to Hopeless Records.  Silverstein debuted “Lost Positives.” Also, this week the 10th anniversary for Paramore’s album Riot! and There For Tomorrow’s album A Little Faster had its 8 year anniversary.

 

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Concert Review: Real Friends/ Meet and Greet with All Time Low

I saw Real Friends at Irving Plaza on June 2 on their spring tour. This is their only tour they’re embarking on in 2017. Accompanying Real Friends on this tour were: Tiny Moving Parts, Have Mercy, Broadside, and nothing, nowhere.

I got to the venue early enough that I got the chance to see all of the opening bands. I’m a big fan of Broadside and was excited to see their set. I’ve seen Have Mercy prior to this tour with This Wild Life and overall, they were a good band with a large fanbase. After seeing all of the bands live, I’m looking forward to getting more in depth with their music.

Real Friends took the stage around 9:30pm and opened with “Empty Picture Frames.” Here is their setlist:

  1. Empty Picture Frames
  2. Colder Quicker
  3. Loose Ends
  4. Floorboards
  5. Late Nights In My Car
  6. Mokena
  7. Lost Boy
  8. Old Book
  9. …And We’re Just Changing
  10. Sixteen
  11. I’ve Given Up On You
  12. To My Old Self
  13. Maybe This Place Is The Same…
  14. I Don’t Love You Anymore
  15. Dead
  16. Keep Lying To Me
  17. Anchor Down
  18. Mess
  19. Summer


It’s safe to say that Real Friends put on a fantastic show, as usual. I like the fact that Real Friends played a lot of their latest album The Home Inside My Head and played their older songs like “To My Old Self” and “Floorboards.” If you haven’t seen Real Friends perform live, I highly recommend it. If you haven’t heard any of Real Friends music before, check out my blog post about their album The Home Inside My Head and listen to the song “Colder Quicker” and “Well, I’m Sorry” off of that album. Those songs are personal favorites of mine.

I met All Time Low a few days ago, June 6, at Looney Tunes in West Babylon, NY. Unfortunately, there were no cameras allowed during the event. I waited about an hour on a line before going in to get their latest album Last Young Renegade signed. The album signing only took about a minute, and I was able to chat with Jack, Zack, Alex, and Rian.


I wrote a blog post last week about the release of Last Young Renegade by All Time Low. Give it a read!

In other news, PVRIS announced a US tour starting in September (tickets and tour information can be found here,) This Wild Life released a new song “Break Me,” and Stages & Stereos announced a tour, The Sound Of Summer Tour, with Rookie Of The Year across the East Coast.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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Album Review: “Last Young Renegade” By All Time Low

All Time Low released their latest album Last Young Renegade on June 2 via. Fueled By Ramen. This is All Time Low’s first album under Fueled By Ramen’s record label.

All Time Low was under Hopeless Records and changed record labels last year. The public new about the label change on Feb. 17 via. Facebook with a statement by Alex Gaskarth.

Within the time span of the statement on Facebook and the release of Last Young Renegade, All Time Low made public five singles: “Dirty Laundry,” “Last Young Renegade,” “Nice2KnoU,” “Life Of The Party,” and “Good Times.” Besides “Good Times,” every other single had a music video release with the song. Interesting enough, Jack Barakat tweeted explaining how “Good Times” was the first track written.

Here is the track list to the album:

  1. Last Young Renegade
  2. Drugs & Candy
  3. Dirty Laundry
  4. Good Times
  5. Nice2KnoU
  6. Life of the Party
  7. Nightmares
  8. Dark Side of Your Room
  9. Ground Control (feat. Tegan and Sara)
  10. Afterglow

The album was different from their previous albums because of the sound. The sound and lyrics of the album were more mature and slower vibe which shows a different side to the band’s usual upbeat and energized songs like “Dear Maria, Count Me In” or “Six Feet Under The Stars.” Considering the album came out with five released singles, it was easy to predict that this album is different.

The band has shown tremendous growth in this album. The band changed record labels, and I feel made this album extra special. The album isn’t as pop or youthful but its relatable. I like the fact All Time Low has shown different aspects of their life as a group. The song “Nice2KnoU” shows that the band is going beyond their youth for inspiration for lyrics but has “Good Times” which shows off their nostalgic side. They dabble with bringing back lyrics involving love or romance with “Dirty Laundry” They expand more about cutting off bad relationships with their song “Drugs & Candy.”

As someone who grew up with All Time Low, it’s nice to see them mature as I do. I can’t wait to finally meet All Time Low next week. I’ll be sure to talk about my experience in next week’s post. What do you think of the album? Which song is your favorite? Let me know by tweeting it to me @ovictoriamedia.

In other news, Neck Deep announced “The Peace and The Panic EU Tour” that goes around Europe and the UK throughout the months of October and November (ticket information can be found on their website,) The Maine announced a tour throughout the month of September with Night Riots and The Technicolors in Europe and the UK (tickets and tour information can be found here,) Blink 182 and PVRIS announced a show together in New York, Punk Goes Pop Vol. 7 is going to be released, according to Rock Sound, with bands like Too Close To Touch, Boston Manor, Capsize, and more.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

*I will be going to see Real Friends in Irving Plaza in NYC tonight and will be meeting All Time Low on June 6 at a local record shop. I will be writing about my experience for next week.

17 Bands To Check Out In 2017

Thinking of downloading new music to listen to? You came to the right post. Here are 17 bands to check out this year!

  1. Movements (@movementsCA) is a pop punk band from Orange County, CA. The group released their first EP Outgrown Things and has been taking the scene by storm with touring with bands like Real Friends and Senses Fail. I highly recommend listening to Outgrown Things in its entirety. Movements will be at the 2017 Vans Warped Tour and is nominated in the category of “Best Underground Band” for this year’s APMAs.
    Check out their song “Hatchet” off of their EP Outgrown Things.
  2. The Hunna (@THEHUNNABAND) is a rock group from Hertfordshire, England. The group formed in 2015 and has been touring cross the United States and Europe selling out a lot of shows. Their album 100 has been out since August of 2016.
    Check out their song “Bonfire” off of their album 100.
  3. Coin (@COIN_music) is an indie pop band from Nashville, TN. The group formed in 2012 and has released COIN and their latest album  How Will You Know If You You Don’t Try.
    Check out their song “Run” off of their album COIN.
  4. Mondo Cozmo (@MondoCozmo)is Joshua Ostrander’s name he goes by when recording and performing since 2016. The genre of music is folk rock. There is no album yet released under Mondo Cozmo, but his song “Shine” blew up on Sirius XM AltNation and Billboard Alternative Charts. Mondo Cozmo will be performing at a variety of festivals including Governor’s Ball.
    Check out “Shine.”
  5. Boston Manor (@BSTNMNNR) is a pop punk band from England. Boston Manor has two albums released Suadade and Be Nothing. I saw Boston Manor open for Broadside, and the guys were great live. Plus, the guys in Boston Manor are super sweet. They will be at the 2017 Vans Warped Tour.
    Check out their song “Forget Me Not” off of Be Nothing.
  6. Vinyl Theatre (@vinyltheatre) is an indie rock band from Milwaukee, WI. The group has released Gold, Electrogram and their latest album Origami (which I blogged about in a recent post.) After seeing their set when they toured with Dashboard Confessional, I understood why this group has been gaining popularity. Vinyl Theatre will be touring with Misterwives across the United States in the fall.
    Check out their song “Breaking Up My Bones” off of Electrogram
  7. Too Close To Touch (@TooCloseToTouch) has been gaining recognition in recent years and for good reason. The group is from Lexington, KY and has released two albums Nerve Endings and Haven’t Been Myself (which I blogged about their release.) I met Too Close To Touch last year at Warpe Tour and saw that they were down to earth guys making great alternative music.
    Check out their song “Translate” off of Haven’t Been Myself.
  8. Sykes (@SYKESband) is an alternative/indie band from the UK. Meeting them at Warped Tour last year after enjoying their electric set was fantastic. The group has EPs out Gold Dust and Younger Mind which are great.
    Check out their song “Gold Dust.”
  9. Stages & Stereos (@stages_stereos) is a rock band from Tallahassee, FL. Stages & Stereos took a brief hiatus and came back with new songs like “Remember You,” “Co-Dependent (Good Enough),” and “Julia Gulia.” Stages & Stereos toured with Mayday Parade in 2013, which is where I saw them perform. I blogged about Stages & Stereos in a previous post about their song “Julia Gulia.”
    Check out their song “Julia Gulia” and read my review about the song here.
  10. Grayscale (@GrayscalePA) is signed to Fearless Records as of earlier this year and released their first full length album Adornment. Grayscale just toured with As It Is across the United States on the “Okay.USA tour.”
    Check out their song “Atlantic” off of Adornment.
  11. If you haven’t hear of MISSIO (@MissioMusic) yet, you should get on it. The duo is from Austin, TX and has released the album Loner under RCA Records. MISSIO recently headlined the spring 2017 Advanced Placement Tour hosted by Sirius XM AltNation. The duo is on my list of bands I want to see live.
    Check out their song “Bottom Of The Deep Blue Sea.”
  12. As It Is (@ASITISofficial) is a pop punk band from Brighton, UK. Since forming in 2012, the group got signed to Fearless Records and released Never Happy Ever After and their latest album Okay. (which I blogged about the release.) As It Is recently finished up their first headlining tour across the United States with Grayscale accompanying them on the road.
    Check out their song “Soap” off of Okay.
  13. Joy Ride (@joyridenj) is a pop punk/ rock group from Clifton, NJ.  The group was formed in 2012 and has opened for bands like Mayday Parade, Major League, Escape The Fate, and more.
    Check ou their song “Vendetta” now.
  14. Knox Hamilton (@KnoxHamilton) is an alternative group known for their songs “Washed Up Together,” “Work It Out,” and “Set It On Fire.” The group has released two albums How’s Your Mind and The Heights under the record label Prospect Park. I discovered their music on AltNation and got hooked immediately.
    Check out their song “Washed Up Together.”
  15. Pentimento (@PentimentoNY) is a punk rock group from Buffalo, NY. The group has been together since 2011 has released albums and EPs like I No Longer, Pentimento, Inside The Sea and more. One EP was split with Young English.
    Check out their song “Just Friends” off of Inside The Sea.
  16. If you like Mumford & Sons older albums for the folk aspect, you’ll love Judah & The Lion. (@Judahandthelion) Judah & The Lion has been a group since 2011 and has released Folk Hop ‘N Roll, Kids These Days, and Sweet Tennessee.
    Check out their song “Take It All Back.”
  17. The Japanese House (@Japanesehouse) is a rising indie pop act. The Japanese House has released three EPs, Pools To Bathe In, Swim Against The Tide, and Clean.
    Discovering them on AltNation got me listening to them for awhile.
    Check out their song “Face Like Thunder” now.

In other news, Broadside released their song “Paradise” off of their upcoming album Paradise, Too Close To Touch made a music video for “Miss Your Face,” and Paramore performed on The Late Late Show With James Corden (you can see the performance here.)

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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Concert Reviews: Mayday Parade and State Champs in NYC

I wanted to dedicate a blog post to Paramore’s album After Laughter and a post for my concert reviews. Here are my concert reviews for Mayday Parade and State Champs.

I saw Mayday Parade perform in New York City on May 9 at Webster Hall for their “A Lesson In Romantics 10 year Anniversary Tour.” Knuckle Puck and Milestones were the opening bands.

Mayday Parade in Webster Hall NYC
Prior to the show, I met Mayday Parade and talked with them about their future plans since they are not going to be at Warped Tour. All of the guys said that they were going to begin writing for the upcoming album. There is no word yet what is expected on the album.

I’ve heard of Milestones and was excited to hear their set. This is my overview of their performance: the vocals were average sounding with tone and pitch, the instrumentals were pretty good. I think that Milestones could’ve engaged a bit more with the listeners, but I would definitely see them again after hearing their music outside of a concert setting.

Knuckle Puck was the other opening band. I’ve seen Knuckle Puck open for The Maine and State Champs. I saw Knuckle Puck’s setlist at Warped Tour and was ready to see them. Knuckle Puck know how to engage with the audience with creating circle pits, crowd surfers, and a room full of angst. Before “Gold Rush,” a person punched another person. Joe Taylor, lead singer of Knuckle Puck, stopped the song just to tell the person who punched the other person that it wasn’t okay to do that. He explained that people come to enjoy the music and not to fight.

After Knuckle Puck and moments of waiting, Mayday Parade took the stage. As per usual, the guys in Mayday Parade did not disappoint with their song choices and performance. Here is their setlist:

  1. Jamie All Over
  2. Black Cat
  3. When I Get Home, You’re So Dead
  4. Jersey
  5. If You Wanted a Song Written About You, All You Had to Do Was Ask
  6. Miserable At Best
  7. Walk On Water or Drown
  8. Ocean and Atlantic
  9. I’d Hate To Be You When People Find Out What This Song Is About
  10. Take This to Heart
  11. Champagne’s For Celebrating (I’ll Have A Martini)
  12. You Be The Anchor That keeps My Feet On The Ground, I’ll Be The Wings That Keep Your Heart In The Clouds
  13. Redemption Song (Bob Marley Cover)
  14. Terrible Things
  15. Three Cheers For Five Years
  16. When You See My Friends
  17. Lets Be Honest
  18. Kids In Love
  19. Oh Well, Oh Well

I saw Mayday Parade perform again on May 11 at The Paramount in Long Island, NY at The Paramount. The setlist were the same.


I saw State Champs perform for their spring tour. Accompanying the band was Against The Current, Don Broco, and With Confidence. I went to see State Champs on May 12 in Irving Plaza, NYC. I was unfortunately late and missed Don Broco and With Confidence. I got in to see Against the Current and State Champs. Against the Current had a vibe like Tonight Alive, PVRIS and Paramore all in one. Chrissy Constanzo has a similar stage presence to Jenna McDougall and Hayley Williams. Against the Current got the crowd engaged, which got met excited to see State Champs.


After waiting patiently, State Champs began their set. I saw State Champs a few times at Warped Tour and headlining the AP World Tour, and I was excited to see them again. Here is their setlist:

  1. Remedy
  2. Losing Myself
  3. Shape Up
  4. Eyes Closed
  5. Simple Existence
  6. Slow Burn
  7. Deadly Conversation
  8. All Or Nothing
  9. Stick Around
  10. Around The World And Back
  11. All You Are Is History
  12. Hard To Please
  13. Perfect Score
  14. Easy Enough
  15. Mind Bottled
  16. Breaking Ground
  17. Tooth And Nail
  18. Elevated
  19. Critical *ENCORE*
  20. Secrets *ENCORE*

I highly recommend seeing at least one of these bands live, especially State Champs and Mayday Parade. In other news, PVRIS announced a UK Tour (tickets and tour information can be found here,) Misterwives announced a tour across the United States (tickets and tour information can be found here,) Paramore announced a second tour across the United States (tickets and tour information can be found here.)  Linkin Park released One More Light today, Silverstein released a new song “Retrograde” off of their upcoming album Dead Reflection.  Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness released a music video for their song “So Close,” COIN released the music video for their song “I Don’t Wanna Dance,” and All Time Low released the single “Nice2KnoU.”

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Album Review: “After Laughter” by Paramore

Paramore has been a dominant band in the alternative music scene since the release of their first album All We Know Is Falling. Paramore released their latest album “After Laughter” today via. Fueled By Ramen. This is Paramore’s fifth album.

The singles released were “Hard Times,” and “Told You So.” Both singles released with music videos and have millions of views on YouTube. When Paramore released “Told You So” Spotify temporarily stopped working. Hayley Williams tweeted about the incident. After Laughter is a 12 song album. Here is the track list:

  1. Hard Times
  2. Rose- Colored Boy
  3. Told You So
  4. Forgiveness
  5. Fake Happy
  6. 26
  7. Pool
  8. Grudges
  9. Caught In The Middle
  10. Idle Worship
  11. No Friend
  12. Tell Me How

Paramore has gone through a lot since forming in 2004. The group lost Jeremy in 2005 for a brief moment, Josh and Zac Farro in 2010, lost Jeremy Davis again in 2015, and now Zac is back in the group. Even though the band has gone through some hard times (no pun intended) they always come out victorious.

The album is definitely different than prior albums, but I must say that the overall composition is phenomenal. The instrumentals on the album have such a rad vibe with the 80s/ electric feeling, but the lyrics are so hard hitting and display a lot about what Hayley Williams and Taylor York have been going through with Paramore since their release of Paramore. The lyrics display a lot of hurt, especially in “Fake Happy,” “Caught In The Middle,” “26,” and basically the whole album. When listening, grab some tissues for this emotional roller coaster. Just the title After Laughter shows that the content is hard hitting. “No Friend” has vocals by Aaron Weiss of MewithoutYou.

When listening to the album in its entirety, I couldn’t help but think about how some songs on the album parallel other popular songs. “Rose Colored Boy” resembles a bit of “Cherry Bomb” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts at the beginning of the song. The beat in “Forgiveness” sounds like “Amber” by 311, and the vibe in the chorus reminded me of “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears.

Each album Paramore has put out is different than their previous work. The music was more alternative that a pop sound especially with All We Know is Falling, Riot, and Brand New Eyes but listening to Paramore’s self titled album Paramore it showcases that the group can still have that rock/alternative vibe but is able to experiment and isn’t afraid to try something new. I like that the song “26” is stripped down with the acoustic guitar and lyrically displays the hardships that was going on. With the strings that are in the song, the emotional ballad reminds me of “Hate To See Your Heart Break” and “Misguided Ghosts.” I appreciate that “26” wasn’t near the end of the album like most emotional ballads are in albums.

Overall, I feel like this album is what Paramore needed to release in order to move forward emotionally (similar to when Paramore released Brand New Eyes back in 2009.) You can buy the album on iTunes, physically at a local record store, or listen to it on Spotify, Apple Music and more.

This album has been on my list of highly anticipated after their release of Paramore in 2013. Since the release of their self titled album, I saw Paramore perform 3 times on land and twice on sea (at Parahoy in 2014 and 2016.) Paramore and Mayday Parade are my two favorite bands, and everytime something new is released I pre-order the latest albums and can’t help but feel overjoyed.

Paramore has announced tours in Europe and most of the dates are sold out. Tickets and tour information for Paramore’s tour can be found on their website. Congratulations to Paramore for putting out their fifth album which was something that I can say I was not expecting but very much enjoy.

In other news, Broadside released their next single “Hidden Colors” off of their upcoming album Paradise with a music video, This Wild Life announced on Twitter a summer tour across the United States, Alternative Press reported that Paramore settled the legal dispute between Paramore and Jeremy Davis, and Dashboard Confessional, All American Rejects and The Maine have a select amount of dates that they will be touring together in the summer. Also, I attended the Mayday Parade concert in NYC on Tuesday May 9, Long Island May 11, and I will be going to see State Champs tonight at Irving Plaza in NYC. Next week I will have a review about the shows I went to. Until then…

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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