The Release of ‘You Are OK’ by The Maine!

The Maine has released You Are OK via. 8123 on March 29, 2019. This is the seventh album The Maine has released. The album has a 10 song track list including “Numb Without You,” “My Best Habit,” and “Broken Parts.” Here is the album track list:

1. Slip The Noose

2. My Best Habit

3. Numb Without You

4. I Feel It All Over

5. Heaven, We’re Already Here

6. Forevermore

7. Tears Won’t Cry (SHINJŪ)

8. One Sunset

9. Broken Parts

10. Flowers On The Grave

The album artwork on You Are OK is completely different from any previous album. I like the color on the album, an the fact there is a desert considering The Maine is from Tempe, AZ. The vinyl for You Are OK has a reflective material on the mirror of the album which is catchy. This album features a person on the cover that is  completely naked. I like that the name of the album isn’t the first thing you see.

I gave You Are OK one full listen before diving into what I enjoyed about the album. This album is different from Lovely, Little, Lonely (2017) in many ways. For one, Lovely, Little, Lonley sounds like a uniformed piece of work with the help of interludes. Each song transitions together with the help of the introductions and endings of the songs. You Are OK does not, but I think the emphasis of the songs ending helps move the album along. You Are OK is a bit more upbeat with more focus on physical instruments like drums and guitar with string instruments which I enjoyed! Lovely, Little, Lonely relied more on electronic instruments as well as drums, guitars, etc. I feel like Lovely, Little, Lonely was an album that I instantly fell in love with. You Are OK is an album that will take a little time to get used to the newer sound, but I connected deeply on the lyrics on this album. Overall, I’m really excited to have a new album on repeat.

My favorite song off the album is “Broken Parts.” I love the string instruments on the song, the overall feel, and the relatable lyrics. It’s pleasing to hear and a stand out song, in my opinion. This song was the reason I was excited for the album. Additional stand out songs include “Flowers On The Grave,” “Forevermore,” and “My Best Habit.”

The Maine will support Taking Back Sunday on their 20th anniversary tour. The Maine will headline the “You Are OK Tour” with special guest Grayscale. The “You Are OK Tour” travels across the United States in the spring. In addition, The Maine will be performing at the Sad Summer Festival (excluding the Milwaukee date.) For tickets and tour information visit themaineband.com.

In other news, Simple Creatures released Strange Love, Mayday Parade has released an exclusive 7” vinyl to celebrate 25 years of Fearless Records, Rockstar Energy Drink Disrupt Festival’s lineup has been released which features The Used, The Story So Far, Trophy Eyes, and more. Our Last Night released a cover of Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” featuring Derek DiScanio of State Champs.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Sad Summer Festival Lineup Announced!

After speculating the Sad Summer Festival, the official lineup and tour dates have been released!

Some of my predictions were accurate. The first one is the collaboration with 8123.

I expected the lineup to consist of: State Champs, Neck Deep, Mom Jeans, All Time Low, The Maine, Mayday Parade, The Wonder Years, Every Avenue, Set It Off, Stand Atlantic, Panic! At The Disco, L.I.F.T and Fall Out Boy. I was right with a lot of the bands listed. Here is the official line up:

  • State Champs
  • Mayday Parade
  • The Maine (play all except Minneapolis)
  • The Wonder Years (playing all excluding TX, NJ, MI, CO, and CA)
  • Mom Jeans
  • Just Friends
  • Stand Atlantic
  • L.I.F.T

Special guests include:

  • Forever The Sickest Kids (playing Dallas and Houston)
  • Set It Off (Orlando)
  • Every Avenue (Pontiac)
  • Four Year Strong (Worcester)
  • Emo Nite (Denver)

The festival is a traveling festival, similar to Vans Warped Tour. I was wrong naming Phoenix and Cleveland. The tour travels to:

7/5 Gas Monkey Live in Dallas, TX

7/6 White Oak Music Hall in Houston, TX

7/8 The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA

7/9 The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA

7/10 The Orlando Amphitheater in Orlando, FL

7/12 MECU Pavilion in Baltimore, MD

7/13 Skyline State at The Mann Center in Philadelphia, PA

7/14 The Palladium in Worcester, MA

7/16 Pier 17 in New York, NY

7/17 Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ

7/19 Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA

7/20 EXPRESS LIVE! Outdoor in Columbus, OH

7/21 Crofoot Festival Grounds in Pontiac, MI

7/23 Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI

7/24 Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL

7/25 Myth Live in Maplewood, MN

7/27 Sculpture Park in Denver, CO

8/3 City National Grove Outdoors in Anaheim, CA

Artist pre-sale for tickets start at 2pm EST/ 11am EST using the code “Sad.” General admission starts Friday March 22, 2019. The tickets are sold through Ticketmaster.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

“Living Proof Tour: North America” Concert Review in NYC *SOLD OUT*

I attended the “Living Proof Tour: North America” headlined by State Champs at the Playstation Theater in New York City. Accompanying State Champs on tour are: Our Last Night, The Dangerous Summer, and Grayscale.

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State Champs at Playstation Theater (c) Billy Fitzpatrick @billyfitzz

I’ve attended shows at the Playstation Theater, formerly known as the Nokia Theater and Best Buy Theater. This venue is one of my absolute favorites in New York City. I like the vibe the venue has, the layout of the venue, and that it feels intimate while also having the capacity of 2,100 people. I was eager to see this show for the lineup. I’ve seen State Champs and Grayscale perform live, but I have not seen Our Last Night or The Dangerous Summer live.

Please note: this blog contains setlists.

Grayscale took the stage first. I’ve seen Grayscale perform at Vans Warped Tour, and I absolutely loved the energy Grayscale has on stage. Grayscale matched their energy and engagement with their fans as they performed on the stage. Collin Walsh’s voice was really raspy, and at times I was unable to hear his vocals because he pulled away from he microphone. He kept the energy high throughout the performance. Here is their setlist:

  1. Atlantic
  2. Beautiful Things
  3. Slipping Away
  4. Mum
  5. Palette
  6. Fever Dream

The band that took the stage next was The Dangerous Summer. The Dangerous Summer was the most anticipated band I wanted to see perform live because they’re one of my favorite bands. TDS was one of the many bands that got me into alternative, pop punk, emo music. The group broke up and got back together, and getting the chance to see them perform for the first time was an emotional experience. More information about TDS can be found in my previous blog post here. Getting to see them perform on stage was by far one of my favorite parts of the evening. Here is their setlist:

  1. The Permanent Rain
  2. Where I Want to Be
  3. Where Were You When The Sky Opened Up
  4. Ghosts
  5. Color
  6. This Is Life
  7. Infinite

Our Last Night is a band I was unfamiliar with until the show. The vocalist, Trevor Wentworth, was sick causing the group to miss a few days on the tour. The group released its latest album Let Light Overcome that day, and Our Last Night took the stage to perform. Unfortunately, I did not physically get to see their set because I was speaking with Ben Cato, drummer of The Dangerous Summer.

State Champs took the stage and opened with their latest song made into a music video, “Criminal.” From there, State Champs played a variety of old and new songs which I enjoyed! Here is their setlist:

  1. Criminal
  2. Frozen
  3. Losing Myself
  4. Shape Up
  5. Mine is Gold
  6. Hard to Please
  7. Crystal Ball
  8. Remedy
  9. Perfect Score
  10. Lightning
  11. If I’m Lucky
  12. Our Time to Go
  13. All You Are Is History
  14. Safe Haven
  15. Easy Enough
  16. Something About You
  17. Simple Existence
  18. Dead and Gone
  19. Elevated *ENCORE*
  20. Secrets *ENCORE*

State Champs performed very quick. I felt like it was State Champs performing a few songs then having a little bit to say then going back to the music. The group was humble to have sold out Playstation Theater. They’ve performed at other venues across New York, and they were close to selling out. The 2016 AP Tour with State Champs and Neck Deep headlining sold out at Webster Hall with Knuckle Puck and Like Pacific as the support. State Champs thanked fans for going to their tour and supporting their music.

I really liked the bands on tour. Each band complimented each other with energy, interaction with listeners, and great music!  Each band that took the stage got the crowd pumped for the next group. It was an awesome show to attend.

State Champs said that they’d be back in the summer, but no word yet on who they will be touring with and where about the tour will travel. I’m excited to hear that State Champs will be back in New York soon! When speaking to the guys of The Dangerous Summer, they revealed that a new album is expected very soon. The group released a new single “Where Were You When The Sky Opened Up” and plan to tour again soon. There is an exciting tour happening with The Dangerous Summer this year. Keep up to date with what’s to come by following my blog!

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Vans Warped Tour Lineup Announcement!

The lineup for the 25 Years of Vans Warped Tour has been announced! The 25 Years of Vans Warped Tour are at select dates in California, Ohio, and New Jersey. Here are the lineups!

The Cleveland Vans Warped Tour is being held on June 8, 2019 by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. The lineup is smaller but features memorable bands.


The New Jersey Vans Warped Tour is on June 29-30, 2019 held on the beach in Atlantic City, NJ. The lineup is larger than the Cleveland show and features BIG names in music like A Day To Remember, Taking Back Sunday, and Blink- 182.


The California show is being held on July 20-21, 2019 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. The lineup is large featuring The All American Rejects, The Starting Line, Man Overboard, and more!

No word yet what band will be performing on what day for the California and New Jersey festival. For more information and to purchase tickets visit vanswarpedtour.com

In other news, Weezer release Weezer (Black Album), The Japanese House released Good At Falling, Mansionair released ShadowboxerI Prevail Announces US Tour, and A Day To Remember and Taking Back Sunday announced US Tours.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

I Prevail Announces US Tour and Other Things You May Have Missed Today!

Here are things you may have missed today in music!

  • I Prevail is back and with new music! The group released singles “Bow Down” and “Breaking Down.” The group is set to release Trauma on March 29, 2019 via. Fearless Records. In addition to the album release and singles, I Prevail announced a new tour. “The Trauma Tour” travels across the United States with special guests ISSUES and Justin Stone this spring/ summer. For tickets, tour information and to pre-order the upcoming album visit iprevailband.com.
  • State Champs released the music video for “Criminal” via. Pure Noise Records. “Criminal” is featured on State Champs’ latest album Living Proof released in June of 2018. State Champs began their “Living Proof Tour North America” with Our Last Night, The Dangerous Summer, and Grayscale. For tickets and more information click here.
  • Homesafe released a new single “Save Me.” This is the first single released by Homesafe since their album One in 2018. Homesafe is currently on tour with Can’t Swim. For information on the tour and Homesafe visit homesafeil.com/tour.
  • Sleep Talk announced a debut album Everything In Colour set to release May 3 via. UNFD. The album includes the group’s latest single “Everything In Colour.”
  • Rarity announced “The Longest Lonesome Tour” that travels across the United States. This is the first headline tour Rarity is hosting across the United States. The tour features Romancer, Calling All Captains, and Heavy Hearts. For tickets and more information visit raritytheband.com.

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-ovictoria