2017 Tours To Get Excited About

Have an urge to go to a concert? Want to know what bands are touring? Here’s a list of some tours that I’m excited about.

  1. Real Friends is touring with Have Mercy, Tiny Moving Parts, Broadside, and Nothing Nowhere. The “Spring Tour” begins April 27 in Grand Rapids, MI and ends in Chicago, IL on June 9. Tickets and tour information can be found on http://realfriendsband.com/.
  2. The 10 Year Anniversary Tour of A Lesson In Romantics starring Mayday Parade will be accompanied by Knuckle Puck and Milestones. The tour kicks off in March and ends in May. New dates have been added. The whole tour information can be found on Mayday Parade’s website.
  3. The Maine announced a World Tour for their upcoming album Lovely, Little, Lonely. The tour features Beach Weather and The Mowgli’s. The tour across the United States begins March 30 and commences May 8. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  4. I See Stars announced “Treehouse Tour” this week via. social media. The band released an album last year, Treehouse. The tour begins in March and finishes in April. The month long tour will be by special guest DJs each date. The tour is across the United States, tickets can be purchased here..
  5. We The Kings is going on a 10 Year Anniversary Tour for their album We The Kings. The tour, WTK 10, is from February to April. Special guests include Plaid Brixx and Astro Lasso. Ticket information can be found on their website.
  6. Pure Noise Records presented a tour with State Champs along side them will be Against The Current, With Confidence, and Don Broco. The begins in Ohio in April and ends in Massachusetts in May. Prior to the tour across the United States, State Champs will be in Europe in the months of February thru March. Ticket and tour information can be found on Bandsintown’s website.
  7. Senses Fail has been a group for 15 years and will be touring this year. Opening for Senses Fail will be Counterparts, Movements, and Like Pacific. The band will be playing Still Searching in its entirety. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  8. The 1975 announced a huge “North American Tour 2017” that will begin in April and end in June. The show at Madison Square Garden is officially sold out. Ticket and tour information will be found on Ticket Master.
  9. Panic! At The Disco is going to be headlining a tour in the United States starting in February and ending in April. Saint Motel and Misterwives will be opening for the group. Tickets and tour dates are on Panic! At The Disco’s website.
  10. Waterparks and Too Close To Touch will be headlining shows across the United States in February and March. The tour will also feature Creeper and Chapel. I’ve seen Too Close To Touch live before, and they were great. Too Close To Touch released an album last year, Haven’t Been Myself, and I wrote a post about the album. If you’re interested in this tour, click here for more info.
  11. New Found Glory released that they will be touring on March 22 until May 12 across the United States. It will be a 20 year anniversary as a group, and you can expect NFG to sing songs off their latest album Makes Me Sick that is set to release on April 28. The group announced a new single will be released on Feb. 16 titled “Happy Being Miserable.” Tickets and tour information will be found on New Found Glory’s website.
  12. All Time Low announced this week that they will be headlining a few shows in Australia with Neck Deep and The Maine opening for them. Talk about an awesome lineup! There are only six dates announced, and pre-sale will be on Feb. 2. Tour and ticket information can be found here.
  13. Bastille is touring this year. Bastille is going around Europe within the next few months then traveling to the United States. Bastille is going on their “Wild, Wild World Tour 2017.” Tickets and general information can be found here.

I’m sure I’ve missed a few tours. Which tour are you most excited to go to ? Let me know at @ovictoriamedia on Twitter.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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17 Bands To Listen To 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 Outgrown Things.
  2. The Hunna (@THEHUNNABAND) is a rock band from Hertfordshire, England. The group formed in 2015 and has been touring across 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 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 Never Try. Their music is infectious, and they’ve sold out the majority of their shows on their recent tour across the United States. 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 the Billboard Alternative charts. Mondo Cozmo will be performing at a variety of festivals including Governors Ball. Check out “Shine.”
  5. Boston Manor (@BSTNMNNR) is a pop punk group from the UK and has released two albums Saudade and Be Nothing. I was able to see Boston Manor when seeing Broadside at Amityville Music Hall. The guys in the band are super nice and their music is radical. Check out their song “Forget Me Not” off of Be Nothing and see them at the 2017 Vans Warped Tour.
  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 discussed in a recent blog post). After seeing their set when they toured with Dashboard Confessional, I understood why this group has been gaining more 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 a good reason. The group is from Lexington, KY and has released Nerve Endings and Haven’t Been Myself (which I blogged about their release.) I met Too Close To Touch at Warped Tour last year 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 Alt/ Indie band from the UK. Meeting them at Warped Tour after enjoying their electric set was fantastic. The group has out EPs like Gold Dust and Younger Mind, and you should check out “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.
    Check out their song “Julia Gulia” and read my review about the song here.
  10. Grayscale (@GrayscalePA) is signed to Fearless Records 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 their latest album Adornment.
  11. If you haven’t heard 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 Advanced Placement Tour AltNation hosted. Their on my list of bands 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 wrote about in a previous blog post.) As It Is recently finished up their first headlining tour across the United States with Grayscale. Check out their song “Soap” off of Okay.
  13. The Flats (@TheFlatsOH) is a rock group from Toledo, OH. The group has recently released Auburn In The Everlast via. Bandcamp. Check out their song “Fight And Flight
  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. 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 and has released I No Longer, Pentimento, and EPs such as Inside The Sea and Wrecked. They have a split album with Young English. Check out their song “Just Friends.”
  16. If you like Mumford & Sons older albums, you’ll enjoy 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 theee EPs, Pools To Bathe In, Swim Against The Tide, and Clean. Check out their song “Face Like Thunder.

In other news, Broadside released the song “Paradise,” Paramore performed on “the Late Late Show with James Corden”, and The Gospel Youth announced a new album and released “Moods Like English Weather.”

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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The Premiere Of okay. By As It Is

The five member group, As It Is, is from Brighton, England. As It Is signed to Fearless Records in 2014. Okay. is As It Is’ second full length album released under that label.

There were 5 singles released off of the album: “Pretty Little Distance,” “Okay,” “No Way Out,” “Hey Rachel,” and Until I Return.” As It Is has also been streaming portions of their songs on their Facebook and Instagram.

The 11 song album has a 1950s vibe that displays well in “Pretty Little Distance.” Each song is different from each other and expands the group’s abilities. The song “Hey Rachel” was written for lead singer Patty Walter’s little sister. If you’re feeling the need to take on a slow song on the album, “Still Remembering” is one of their slower songs on okay. “Soap” is opposite as it has a more grungy and angsty feeling on okay. Personally, I enjoyed the more raw and open lyrics that As It Is had on this album. Each song has a diverse sound that’s pleasing to the ear. The song that stood out the most to me on this was “Austen,” and “Soap.” I’m so proud of As It Is for growing tremendously as a group.

Here is the tracklist:

  1. Pretty Little Distance
  2. Okay
  3. Hey Rachel
  4. Patchwork Love
  5. Curtains Close
  6. No Way Out
  7. Soap
  8. Austen
  9. Until I Return
  10. The Coast Is Where Home Is
  11. Still Remembering

I got into As It Is before seeing Mayday Parade on the AP Tour in 2015. Seeing As It Is perform their set live gave me a glimpse of the energy they have as a band. The group is infectious and gets the crowd moving.

As It Is will be touring throughout the year of 2017 around Australia, Japan, Europe, and the United Kingdom. Tickets and tour information can be found on their website. Hopefully they’ll be back in the United States (fingers crossed for Warped Tour!)

In other news, Real Friends will be touring across the United States with Have Mercy, Tiny Moving Parts, Broadside, and Nothing No Where open for them. The tour is from April 27 to June 9. Tickets and tour information can be found here. Also, The Maine’s sold out 8123 Festival in Phoenix, AZ is this weekend, the group also released a new single “Bad Behavior.” We can expect their new album on April 7. The Maine will be touring with that album, and tickets and tour information can be found here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Depatures of Band Members in 2017

It hasn’t been a full month into 2017, and several groups have lost members. Their music won’t sound quite the same, but here are the groups who have parted ways with a memeber.

  1. Austin Carlile of Of Mice & Men has left the band one of the last few days in 2016, and Of Mice & Men will continue on without Carlile. Despite the departure, Of Mice & Men will be playing Rock On The Range festival in May of 2017.
  2. Vocalist David Escamilla, left Crown The Empire. Crown The Empire released the statement of Escamilla’s depature via. Facebook. Though the group won’t sound the same because of Escamilla’s departure, Crown The Empire will be accompanying Pierce The Veil and Falling In Reverse. The tour was announced on Jan. 10 via. social media. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  3. Josh Balz parted ways with Motionless In White this week. The group released a statement of his departure. Balz played the keyboard and syntheizer, and was the backup vocalist. Balz has been apart of the band for a decade.
  4. Attila has parted ways with their drummer, Sean Heenan. The band released a statement via. Facebook of the depature. Heenan did not contribute towards the writing process of their music, so lyrically things should not change.

On a more positive note, Simple Plan announced a 15 year Anniversary Tour for No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls (ticket and tour information can be found here,) Green Day released that they will be touring over the summer for Revolution Radio (tour information can be found here,) Four Year Strong expanded their 10 year anniversary tour for Rise Or Die Trying (ticket information can be found here,) Bayside and Say Anything are touring together, and the xx debuted their latest album I See You.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Starting Off 2017 With 17 Things Going On In Music

2017 is officially here! Here’s what’s been going on in music.

  1. Austin Carlile of Of Mice & Men left the group. An issue was released by the band of Carlile’s departure.
  2. Of Mice & Men was announced on Rock On The Range festival that is taking place on May 19-21 in Columbus, OH.
  3. Oliver Baxxter of Broadside premiered a vlogging segment on YouTube. You can check out Broadside’s music journey by watching his videos on his YouTube channel. Broadside began recording their upcoming album and photographed them in pre-production.
  4. Taylor York of Paramore is officially back on Twitter. He changed his name from “kbye” to “I’m Taylor” and creating a bio as well. He tweeted on Tuesday asking if people still use Twitter. He tweeted a thing or two more that you can check out his tweets and his account.
  5. I Prevail released the news that they will be touring across North America with special guests Wage War, Islander, and Assuming We Survive. The “Lifelines Tour” begins on Feb. 12 in Pennsylvania and ends Mar. 8 in Seattle. Ticket and tour information can be found here.
  6. Modern Baseball announced a spring tour starting in Huntington, NY on St. Patrick’s Day (Mar. 17) and ending in Sayreville, NJ. Kevin Devine, Sorority Noise, and The Obsessives will be supporting Modern Baseball on their North American tour. Ticket and tour information can be found here.
  7. Too Close To Touch is going on their first headline tour in February. Waterparks, Creeper, and Chapel will be accompanying the band. Ticket and tour information can be found here. If you haven’t already, I recommend listening to their albums Nerve Endings, and Haven’t Been Myself. I wrote a blog post a few months ago about the album release of Haven’t Been Myself.
  8. Panic! At The Disco performed on New Year’s Eve in New Orleans. You can see Panic! At The Disco perform “Victorious,” “Death Of A Bachelor,” and “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” here.
  9. Speaking of Panic! At The Disco, Panic! At The Disco is starting to work on new music.
  10. You Me At Six released their new album Night People today. The 10 song album can be purchased on iTunes, and more.
  11. The Wonder Years tweeted that they’re getting started with writing new music for 2017.
  12. Ohio natives, The Flats released a music video for “Electric Lights” via. YouTube and “Transparent.” The group released an EP today, Auburn In The Everlast. You can get the 6 song EP free on Band Camp.
  13. Less Than Jake released a new song that will be released off of their upcoming EP, Sound The Alarm via. Pure Noise Records. The song is “Things Changed.”
  14. Mayday Parade launched a website in honor of their first full length album, A Lesson In Romantics.  The website is a bit unusual, but the group is up to something on the their new site. You can see the website here.
  15. Rise Records signed a new band, The Gospel Youth. The Gospel Youth is anticipating to release an album sometime this year.
  16. Attila lost a member in their group, their drummer Sean Heenan. Heenan posted a photo on Instagram in regards to his departure.
  17. The nominations for the iHeartRadio awards for 2017 have been opened to the public. Twenty One Pilots, PVRIS, Blink- 182, Cage The Elephant, Pierce The Veil, PVRIS, and more have been nominated for awards. All of the nominations can be found here.

2017 is off to a great start! Let me know what you’re most excited about in music this year by tweeting to me @ovictoriamedia.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria