Concert Review: Taking Back Sunday @ Starland Ballroom, NJ

Taking Back Sunday is a rock band from Long Island, NY. I attended Taking Back Sunday’s Fourth Annual Holiday Spectacular at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. The bands supporting Taking Back Sunday at the show were: Modern Chemistry and The Maine.

Prior to the concert, I attended Taking Back Sunday’s pop-up shop inside the venue and saw Adam Lazzara and John Nolan perform an acoustic set with songs of their own and holiday music. Here is the pop-up show’s setlist:

  1. Jingle Bell Rock
  2. Faith (When I Let You Down)
  3. Please Come Home For Christmas
  4. Tidal Wave
  5. Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart
  6. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch

In between the songs, there was a lot of back and forth conversation between Lazzara and Nolan. It felt more like I was hanging out during a jam session over it feeling like just aquick set and leaving. It was nice that local crafters were inside the venue during the pop-up shop.

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After waiting a few hours in between, I went back to Starland Ballroom to see Modern Chemistry perform. Modern Chemistry has awesome instrumentals, and I had the same thought last time I saw the group open for Mayday Parade back on the “Tales Told By Dead Friends 10th Anniversary Tour.” I have to look into their music further.

There was a short intermission, and the crowd began piling in. I’ve seen The Maine a variety of times including the Modern Nostalgia Tour last month (my experience was further written about here.) The Maine took the stage next playing some old and new hits. Here is The Maine’s setlist:

  1. Happy
  2. Bad Behavior
  3. My Heroine
  4. Like We Did (Windows Down)
  5. Run
  6. Am I Pretty?
  7. Girls Do What They Want
  8. Diet Soda Society
  9. Lovely
  10. Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu

After The Maine performed and a short intermission, Taking Back Sunday too the stage. I’ve never seen Taking Back Sunday perform, and it will not be my last.

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Taking Back Sunday has an awesome stage presence and sounds as great as they would on an album. The crowd went wild over old and new favorites. Here is Taking Back Sunday’s setlist:

  1. You Know How I Do
  2. Tidal Wave
  3. Set Phasers To Stun
  4. Error: Operator
  5. You Can’t Look Back
  6. Timberwolves at New Jersey
  7. You Got Me
  8. Flicker, Fade
  9. Death Wolf
  10. You’re So Last Summer
  11. My Blue Heaven
  12. All Excess
  13. Liar (It Takes One To Know One)
  14. A Decade Under The Influence
  15. Everything Must Go
  16. What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost?
  17. Spin
  18. Cute Without The ‘E’
  19. She (Green Day Cover)
  20. Call Me In The Morning
  21. MakeDamnSure

I was hoping the group would’ve played “Slowdance On The Inside” and “Ghost Man On Third,” but I enjoyed Taking Back Sunday’s set. The energy of the venue was high, and Taking Back Sunday had an excellent lineup and performed excellent. I highly recommend you check out Taking Back Sunday if you have yet to.

Wishing you, my reader, and your loved ones happy holidays. Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Concert Review: Knuckle Puck at The Outer Space, CT

Knuckle Puck played at The Outer Space in Hamden, CT on Nov. 11 on their “Knuckle Puck USA Tour ’17.” The tour had Movements, With Confidence, and Homesafe supporting Knuckle Puck.

The Outer Space is similar to Amityville Music Hall on Long Island, NY. The venue is small and snug. The sound quality the venue has is fantastic.

The first band to perform was Homesafe. Homesafe is Ryan Rumchaks, the bassist for Knuckle Puck’s, band. I saw the setlist for Homesafe, and checked out a few songs. Rumchaks revealed that Homesafe will have a new album release in 2018.

  1. Guts
  2. Float Away
  3. Resolve
  4. Relapse
  5. Mountain
  6. Stranger
  7. Hourglass

Check out some of their music here.

After a short intermission to change equipment, With Confidence took the stage. The group performed nine songs. Here is the setlist:

  1. Voldemort
  2. Dinner Bell
  3. Archers
  4. Higher
  5. Godzilla
  6. London Lights
  7. Here For Nothing
  8. We’ll Be Okay
  9. Keeper

Even though their album Better Weather sounds more pop than pop-punk, the sound the group has live is more punk than pop. With Confidence toured with State Champs in May, and I saw them prior to this tour.

At the end of With Confidence’s set, Movements performed. Here is the set list:

  1. Colorblind
  2. Third Degree
  3. Nineteen
  4. Worst Wishes
  5. Deadly Dull
  6. Hatchet
  7. Daylily
  8. Vacant Home
  9. Kept

I’ve seen Movements perform with Real Friends on the $5 Tour and at this year’s Vans Warped Tour. Both times I’ve seen Movements perform, I feel the connection the band makes with their songs. Movements played a mix of songs from Outgrown Things and Feel Something which was enjoyable. You can read more about Feel Something in a previous blog post of mine. After the show, I got a picture with Patrick Miranda of Movements.

Knuckle Puck took the stage after Movements and performed 18 songs. Here is the setlist:

  1. Gone
  2. Fences
  3. But Why Would You Care?
  4. Poison Pen Letter
  5. True Contrite
  6. Stationary
  7. Double Helix
  8. Evergreen
  9. Want me Around
  10. Everyone Lies To Me
  11. Bedford Falls
  12. Oak Street
  13. Wait
  14. Pretense
  15. No Good
  16. Untitled
  17. Struck *ENCORE
  18. Stateside *ENCORE

I enjoyed the fact that Knuckle Puck had a balance of the songs that they’ve played. Joe Taylor of Knuckle Puck said that the crowds from Irving Plaza to The Outer Space is different stating The Outer Space was smaller and more intimate. At one point, a fan threw their hat on the stage, and Taylor said that the fan needed to crowd surf to get their hat back. The crowd and Knuckle Puck fed off of each other amplifying the energy of the space. The show had a lot of circle pits and crowd surfers.

This tour was a great balance of pop punk bands who are up and coming in the music scene. With six tour dates left,  Knuckle Puck announced via. Facebook that With Confidence is not performing along side them on the “Knuckle Puck USA Tour ’17.” Luke Roberts, the guitarist of With Confidence, is no longer a member of With Confidence. The group posted a status on their Facebook page (you can read here) giving information about the departure. There has been rumors of sexual misconduct leading to the departure. Jayden Seely, vocalist of With Confidence, released a statement on Twitter clarifying allegations against him and a fan (you can read his statement here.)

The tour wraps up this weekend in Columbus, OH, but Knuckle Puck will be overseas from the end of November until December. Knuckle Puck released that Have Mercy will not be accompanying them on their EU and UK Tour here. You can read Have Mercy’s statement here. Knuckle Puck will also be touring in Australia in 2018. Tickets and tour information can be found here.

In other news, Jesse Lacey of Brand New released a statement on Facebook in regards to the rumors of his sexual misconduct. Touring member Kevin Devine pulled himself from touring with Brand New (read the statement here.) Brand New is postponing the shows in the United Kingdom and Ireland offering refunds on the tickets. On a lighter note, Jason Lancaster released LNCSTR, Paramore released the music video for “Fake Happy,” the lineup for Slam Dunk Festival is announced along with ticket information on their website, PVRIS announced a North American Tour in 2018 which visits areas that the group missed while touring (tickets and tour information can be found here.) Movements released a video for their song “Daylily” on Earmark.com.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Concert Review: The Maine at The Paramount

The Maine is a pop rock band from Tempe, AZ. I attended the “Modern Nostalgia Tour” at The Paramount in Huntington on Sunday, Nov. 5. The lineup of the tour was: Night Riots, Dreamers and The Maine.

The Paramount concert venue is in Huntington, New York. The venue holds about 1,500 seats. The Maine has played at The Paramount with Mayday Parade on the “American Lines Tour” last year.

I got in to Huntington and unfortunately missed Night Riots set. I was fortunate enough to catch Dreamers set. Even though there were a few people in the crowd that knew songs by Dreamers, including myself, a lot of the crowd were swaying along to the songs Dreamers performed.

After an intermission between sets, The Maine took the stage and performed Lovely, Little, Lonely and American Candy in its entirety. Here is the setlist.

  1. Don’t Come Down
  2. Bad Behavior
  3. Lovely
  4. Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu
  5. Taxi
  6. Do You Remember? (other half of 23)
  7. Little
  8. The Sound of Reverie
  9. Lost In Nostalgia
  10. I Only Wanna Talk To You
  11. Lonely
  12. How Do You Feel?
  13. Miles Away
  14. Same Suit, Different Tie
  15. My Hair
  16. English Girls
  17. 24 Floors
  18. Diet Soda Society
  19. Am I Pretty?
  20. (Un)Lost
  21. American Candy
  22. Another Night On Mars

In between the two albums, The Maine took an intermission to change from an all white outfit to their iconic blue suits. The stage was set up beautifully with a backdrop that was red, white, and blue, and the stage had a lot of flower petals. It was lovely to see how they set up the stage.

Every time I see The Maine, the vibe of the venue is always positive and The Maine never disappoints. It’s impressive that every time I see The Maine, John O’Callaghan’s voice is still top quality. The band engages well with the listeners. At one point during the show, John O’Callaghan caught a sweaty bra and put it on. The Maine never fails to entertain both musically and the things that they do. My favorite part of the experience was getting to hear the interlude songs from Lovely, Little, Lonely. My favorite transition is from “Bad Behavior” to “Lovely” to “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu.” I went with a great group of people, and had a great time seeing The Maine for my seventh time.

If you want to read more blog posts about The Maine…

In other news, Trophy Eyes released a statement via. Facebook stating that the group has parted ways with their drummer, Of Mice & Men released a new single “Warzone,” As It Is released the music video for “No Way Out,” Neck Deep released the music video for “Parachute,” and Nothing But Thieves announced a tour across the United States with AWOLNATION in 2018 (tickets and tour information can be found here.)

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Concert Review: Paramore @ Radio City Music Hall

Paramore is a ‘genre neutral’ band from Franklin, TN. I attended the Paramore show in New York City in Radio City Music Hall on Oct. 4.


Opening for Paramore was Best Coast. I got to the venue near the end of Best Coast’s set. I waited on line and purchased an All We Know Is Falling vinyl and got to my seat. After waiting a half hour, Paramore took the stage. Here is the setlist:

  1. Hard Times
  2. Ignorance
  3. Still Into You
  4. Daydreaming
  5. Forgiveness
  6. Brick By Boring Brick
  7. Playing God
  8. That’s What You Get
  9. I Caught Myself
  10. Hate To See Your Heart Break
  11. 26
  12. Told You So
  13. Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac Cover)
  14. Fake Happy
  15. Misery Business
  16. Ain’t It Fun
  17. Caught In The Middle *ENCORE*
  18. Scooby’s in the Back (Halfnoise Cover) *ENCORE*
  19. Rose- Colored Boy *ENCORE*


Everytime I see Paramore perform, it’s always an emotional experience. When Paramore slowed down the set with “26” and “Hate To See Your Heart Break” it was somber in the venue. Paramore played a lot of songs that were popular like “Misery Business,” “Ain’t It Fun,” “That’s What You Get,” “Hard Times.” Paramore is great with connecting with the crowd and letting fans know that it’s okay to feel sad. I wish that Paramore played a song or two from their album All We Know Is Falling and expanded their setlist adding two or three more songs. If you have yet to see Paramore live, I highly recommend it.

In other news, Vinyl Theatre released a new song “Me, Myself, and I” and Knuckle Puck released “Want Me Around.” Check out those new songs and let me know what you think about them by tweeting to me @ovictoriamedia.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Concert Review: This Wild Life at Bowery Ballroom NYC

On Wednesday July 19, 2017, I attended the show for This Wild Life in New York City. This was my sixth time seeing them.

The venue the concert was at was Bowery Ballroom, and I’ve seen The Maine and mewithoutYou perform at that venue. I knew the layout of the venue which made the night enjoyable. The venue holds 575 people which makes any show at Bowery intimate.

Prior to the show, I met with Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso, the two members in This Wild Life. The meet and greet was similar to the one I had with Dustin Lynch; both meet and greets consisted of a small acoustic performance prior to the show and a photo with the band/artist. This Wild Life had 25 people allowed for a meet and greet each show. This was the first meet and greet option This Wild Life had on tour. It was so refreshing to hang out with This Wild Life and discuss who they are, their music, and their future during their Q&A session of the meet and greet. Anthony and I were talking about how great Grayscale is as a band. Kevin and I talked about how awesome Copeland is as a band and how This Wild Life would love to tour with Paramore. The meet and greet portion with the 25 people, Kevin, and Anthony was an hour long.  Interesting fact about This Wild Life, Anthony and Kevin met at a Guitar Center.


After the meet and greet, I exited the venue and re-entered ready for the show. I got a seat and saw the two opening bands, A Will Away and Dry Jacket. I didn’t hear any of their music prior to their set, but I really enjoyed the overall composition of A Will Away. At the end of their set, I visited their merchandise table and purchased their album Here Again. I got the chance to talk with Matt from A Will Away and talked about how I really enjoyed the band’s set. He signed my CD at the end of our conversation. Dry Jacket had really good instrumentals which makes me eager to listen to their music outside of the show.

After the two bands performed their set, This Wild Life took the stage walking out to “Under The Sea” from the soundtrack of The Little Mermaid. There were bubbles and beautiful lights. Here is their setlist:

  1. Concrete
  2. Pull Me Out
  3. Ripped Away
  4. Break Me
  5. Better With You
  6. Puppy Love
  7. No More Bad Days
  8. Let Go
  9. Sleepwalking (Bring Me The Horizon cover)
  10. History
  11. Falling Down
  12. Over It


Their set was small but had a variety of songs from their album Clouded, Low Tides, and prior works. Fun fact, Kevin wrote “Ripped Away” on a lunch break at Guitar Center. It’s fantastic that This Wild Life had a social media contest with listeners, and the winner of each show was able to sing the bridge of “Let Go” with This Wild Life.” This Wild Life sounds equally fantastic live as they do on an album. This Wild Life is gaining a bigger following, and I’m so proud to have been a fan since 2014 and see the band grow. Kevin and Anthony are two humble guys who are working hard to create such emotional content that connects with listeners.

If you’re interested in reading more about my experience with This Wild Life, check out my review on their album Low Tides here and a previous concert review here. You should check out their music if you have not already, hear their song “No More Bad Days” performed live on a boat.

In other news, Linkin Park’s vocalist Chester Bennington committed suicide yesterday, may he rest in peace. Linkin Park released a new music video for their song “Talking To Myself.” Propaganda has their album Victory Lap set to release on September 29, Grayscale released a music video for their cover of “Love Yourself,” PVRIS released an album tracklist for the upcoming album All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell, The Early November announced a fall co-headline tour with The Movielife (tickets and tour information can be found here,) Echosmith announced the “Inside A Dream Tour” with special guest Banners (tickets and tour information can be found here). The APMAs was on Monday (and here is the list of the winners.) This week had milestones of various albums including War Paint by The Dangerous Summer.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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Concert Review: Vans Warped Tour 2017

I went to this year’s Vans Warped Tour in Wantagh, NY on July 8. After seeing the lineup, I was excited to see Neck Deep, Too Close To Touch, Movements, I Prevail, Hawthorne Heights, Never Shout Never, Silverstein, Boston Manor, Microwave, The Gospel Youth, and American Authors.

Upon arrival to the venue, I stood in line until I was checked in. Once I got inside, I bought a schedule of set times and headed over to the inflatable wall to look over the schedule with friends.


The sets I got to see live were: Movements (photo above,) Sweet Ascent, Neck Deep, Too Close To Touch, I Prevail, Andy Black, Sammy Adams, Futuristic, and Sylar. At the end of the set for Movements, I got a guitar pick from Ira.


Whenever I had free time, I’d drink a ton of water, walk around the area, and check out set times and band merchandise. I had time to sit in the shade and relax. The bands I met were: Movements, Too Close To Touch, and The Gospel Youth. I also talked with Dani from Neck Deep, Curtis from The Gospel Youth, and Spencer from Movements. Here are the photos of me with The Gospel Youth and Too Close To Touch.



I have more photos up on Instagram. Overall, I had a great experience at this year’s Vans Warped Tour. The original forecast showed thunder and rain, and it turned out to be sunny and in the 80s. I got a good tan, saw new bands I haven’t seen before, and some CDs and a teeshirt.

A note for anyone who is going to Warped Tour, always look up the set times for the bands you want to see and schedule your day around the sets and the meet and greets. Also, if you’re going to be close to a stage, be sure to watch your head for crowd surfers.

 If you have yet to go to this year’s Vans Warped Tour, I highly recommend it. Click here if you want to read about my tips and tricks when going to Vans Warped Tour. Curious as to what I packed with me for Warped Tour? Check out next week’s blog post for some inspiration on what you should pack and some more tips.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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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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Concert Reviews: Mayday Parade and State Champs in New York

Last week I saw Mayday Parade live in New York City at Webster Hall, again in Long Island at The Paramount on Thursday, and Friday I saw State Champs in New York City at Irving Plaza. Since After Laughter released, I figured the best way to break down the concerts was in a separate blog post.

I saw Mayday Parade perform on May 9 at Webster Hall in New York City on their “A Lesson In Romantics 10th Anniversary Tour.” Accompanying Mayday Parade on this tour were Knuckle Puck and Milestones. This was my seventh time seeing Mayday Parade.

Prior to the show, I got the chance to meet Mayday Parade for the fourth time. I try to buy my tickets during pre-sale to get the experience of meeting a band. I was able to buy meet and greet tickets for my brother and myself. I bought the meet and greet tickets and brought my mother and brother with me to meet Derek Sanders, Brooks Betts, Alex Garcia, Jeremy Lenzo, and Jake Bundrick.

When meeting Mayday Parade, I got a photo of them signed as well as my sweatshirt of Mayday Parade when they had a sweater with Glamour Kills for the Glamour Kills Tour in 2013. This is what the sweater looks like. I had that sweater since it was released then and got it signed by the guys in Mayday Parade. I also got the chance to have a mini interview with Jeremy, Brooks, Alex, and Derek. I wanted to ask Jake a few questions, but he was sick with the flu.

After the meet and greet, I waited for Milestones and Knuckle Puck to perform. I heard of Milestones prior to the show. Milestones had good instrumentals when performing. The vocals and tone of the singer’s voice was okay but blended as the set progressed. Overall the band’s vibe was okay, but needed a bit more of a command on stage to interact with the people at the show. I’d like to listen to Milestones outside of seeing them to see if they sound different live. They’re a group that was pretty good overall, and I’d like to see again. The other opener was Knuckle Puck. I saw Knuckle Puck a few times open for The Maine and State Champs. Knuckle Puck has also been to Warped Tour, and I’ve seen their set. I knew what to expect from Knuckle Puck: circle pits, energetic vibes from everyone in the group, and a crowd whose angst was showing. Knuckle Puck stopped performing and said that it wasn’t cool to punch each other when we’re all there to enjoy the music, which is true. Overall, the opening groups got me ready for Mayday Parade.

Here is Mayday Parade’s 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

As usual, Mayday Parade’s songs electrified the venues I saw them at, everyone was screaming the lyrics to every word off of A Lesson In Romantics, and Mayday Parade can connect with their fans using emotional ballads like “Terrible Things,” “Miserable At Best,” and “Three Cheers For Five Years.” I saw Mayday Parade perform again on May 11 and was only able to see Mayday Parade’s set because I was babysitting. The setlist remained the same.

I saw State Champs perform on May 12 at Irving Plaza on their spring tour. The bands that opened for State Champs were: Against The Current, With Confidence, and Don Broco. This was my fourth time seeing State Champs. Since I drove into the city, I unfortunately missed Don Broco and With Confidence’s setlist. I was able to see Against The Current, which overall had the crowd ready for State Champs. The people at Irving Plaza were either loving Against The Current or were ready to see State Champs. I think that Against The Current had a PVRIS, Tonight Alive, and Paramore type of vibe just by the way the music sounded/ the singer, Chrissy Constanza, presence on the stage.

After Against The Current was State Champs. State Champs took the stage with the crowd screaming and crowd surfing to each song.


Here is State Champs 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. Easy Enough
  14. Mind Bottled
  15. Breaking Ground
  16. Tooth And Nail
  17. Elevated
  18. Secrets *ENCORE*

I highly recommend seeing all of these bands live, especially the headlining bands State Champs and Mayday Parade. Every band I saw last week took the stage and dominated their performance. All three of those shows were sold out, and the crowd was ready for each group.

In other news, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness released the music video for “So Close,” COIN released the music video for “I Don’t Wanna Dance,” Chris Cornell of Soundgarden passed away at 52, Linkin Park released One More Night which features “Heavy,”  “Invisible,” and “Battle Symphony.” Silverstein announced a new album, Dead Reflection and released a new song “Retrograde.” Misterwives announced a tour across the United States (tickets and tour information can be found here), PVRIS announced a tour in the UK (Tickets and tour information can be found here), and Paramore announced a second addition to their tour across the United States (tickets and tour information can be found here).

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Concert Review: The Maine @ Webster Hall NYC

The Arizona rock group, The Maine has been touring across the United States for their album Lovely, Little, Lonely which came out in April 7.

The “Lovely, Little, Lonely World Tour” is accompanied by Beach Weathers and Mowglis as The Maine’s opening bands. Tickets and tour information can be found here.

I got the chance to see The Maine perform live in New York City at Webster Hall. I’ve been to Webster Hall for a few shows like PVRIS and State Champs, so I knew the setup of the venue and how much maximum capacity was. The train was running late, but I got into the city to see The Maine in time!


I just want to discuss the setlist. I had a great time dancing and singing along to old and new hits. I wish there were a few new songs they played like “Taxi” or “I Only Wanna Talk To You” and some older hits like “Into Your Arms,” “You Left Me,” or “We’ll All Be,” but overall I enjoyed the set. I loved seeing “(Un)Lost,” “Lost In Nostalgia,” and “We All Roll Along.” Here is their setlist:

  1. Lovely
  2. Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu
  3. Am I Pretty?
  4. Like We Did (Windows Down)
  5. (Un)Lost
  6. My Heroine
  7. We All Roll Along
  8. The Way We Talk
  9. English Girls
  10. Take What You Can Carry
  11. Lost In Nostalgia
  12. Right Girl
  13. Raining In Paris
  14. Girls Do What They Want
  15. Diet Soda Society
  16. Do You Remember? (The Other Half Of 23)
  17. Bad Behavior
  18. Another Night On Mars

I’ve seen The Maine perform with Mayday Parade in 2012, twice at Warped Tour, and twice after the release of American Candy. This was the fifth time seeing The Maine, and everytime I see them I get such amazing vibes from the group.

The Maine have a great stage presence. John O’ Callaghan has a way of getting everyone engaged in the songs whether they know them or not. The crowd was electric and sang every word of the song. I love the fact that The Maine lets people live in the moment and is so humble for every experience they have. Being apart of The Maine’s show was wonderful and unforgettable. I hope that The Maine tours for their album Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop next year.

In other news, Broadside released their first single “Puzzle Pieces” off of their upcoming record Paradise which will be released on June 16. You can pre-order the album here and see them tour with Real Friends now! Fall Out Boy released a new song “Young And Menace” and will be releasing a new album and touring. The album, Mania will release on Sept. 15 and the tour begins in the fall. Moose Blood announced a US Tour. Tickets and tour information can be found here. Grayscale released “If I Ever See You Again,” Blink 182 released a song “6/8” this week, and Of Mice & Men released a single “Unbreakable.”

What a rad week in music! Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Did you read my review on Lovely, Little, Lonely? Check it out here.

Concert Review: Transit

I want to first start by saying that Transit is a very under rated band. Transit is a small alternative rock band from Boston, Massachusetts that has been around for 10 years. In that time span, they’ve released five albums, four of their own and a split EP with Man Overboard. Their most recent album, Joyride, was released in October of 2014. Now, I know that a lot people were not fans of the latest album, but I enjoyed the album. If you get the chance, listen to the song “Too Little, Too Late.” The song surely does not disappoint with excellent lyrics, great introduction and Joe’s voice in the song is amazing.

Transit is currently touring one last time on their “I’m getting good at saying goodbye tour.” The tour is hitting up many small, intimate venues on the East Coast (more specifically in the states of Rhode Island, New York, Philadelphia, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.) Even though Transit is only touring on the East Coast, they’re posting 30-minute live streams of each show of the tour on Facebook. Even though bands occasionally live stream a concert one night online, Transit is having a live stream of their last tour every night. I love the fact that Transit is connecting their fans in an emotional way, even if many can’t go to their last tour.

I attended last night’s show at Amityville Music Hall on Long Island. What an emotional night. The last time I attended Amityville Music Hall; I was seeing Major League perform one last time before breaking up. Transit played a great blend of songs off their older albums and newer albums. The crowd was energetic, and the fans were very much heartbroken that Transit was breaking up. It’s safe to say that the show was nothing less than amazing.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria