New Song By Blink-182 & Other ICYMI Updates!

Here is my top 13 things in music this week that you may have missed…

  1. Ice Nine Kill released the music video for “The Nature of the Beast” via. YouTube.
  2. The Maine is counting down Lovely, Little Lonely by showcasing a song off of the album in 30 second videos on their social media page. The group released the song “Do You Remember? (The other half of 23)” via. YouTube with the lyrics.
  3. Real Friends released the music video for “Empty Picture Frames” via. YouTube.
  4. Knuckle Puck’s vocalist Joe Taylor was hospitalized after falling off the stage at the So What?! Music Festival in Dallas, TX. Knuckle Puck tweeted a photo of Joe later on in the day saying he was okay.
  5. Blink-182 released a new song “Misery” off of the deluxe version of California. The deluxe album comes out on May 19.
  6. COIN is releasing a new album on April 21, How Will You Know If You Never Try that features their latest single, “Feeling”
  7. State Champs announced a deluxe version of Around The World and Back that features new songs and a DVD. The announcement was made on their Twitter page. We can expect the deluxe version of Around The World and Back on May 5. State Champs released “Slow Burn” today!
  8. This past week, Commūnion released their latest song “Runway Love.”
  9.  this week. The Michigan natives, Hot Mulligan, signed to No Sleep Records this week while also debuting their EP Opportunities featuring their latest single, “Deluxe Capacitor.”
  10. Microwave released a music video for their song “Dull.”
  11. Broadside tweeted a photo that contained lyrics to a song titled “Hidden Colors.” We can expect that song and much more on their latest album that has yet to be titled or released.
  12. Hail The Sun announced a headline tour across the United States on their Twitter. Accompanying the group will be Capsize, Eidola, and Limb. The tour kicks off on May 21 in California. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  13. Grayscale released a new single “Atlantic” via. YouTube. Grayscale also got signed to Fearless Records.

All good stuff happening in music! What are you most excited for about the alternative music scene lately? Let me know @ovictoriamedia on Twitter!

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Blogger Appreciation and Recognition Award

Thank you Shanideasblog for nominating me for this blogger appreciation. She found my blog in a Facebook group when I wrote a review about “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu” by The Maine. It means a lot that she found my blog recently and nominated my blog. Thank you so much!

Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story about how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide a link to the post you created.

My story:

 I love music and to write. When I was younger, I’d always write stories and poetry. I kept a journal of my life and my thoughts. At my first internship, I spent hours doing work for the company that I interned at. I wrote one post about the music legends that passed away in 2016, and the second post I wrote was one that my internship coordinator asked me to write about: the loss of Prince. I listened to Prince with my mom and wrote about his passing. It occured to me that day that I could write about anything I could ever want and publish it online.

It seemed scary to me at first. I loved writing and music, but I felt that starting a blog would get no views whatsoever. Also, I felt that if I wrote about music, it would be redundant about the same bands I listen to. I figured that the best way to expand my music knowledge was to start my blog.

I thought forever about what I could possibly write about to start my writing journey on “ovictoria.” I decided to write an introduction about what I was hoping to get out of writing which was knowledge about the music genre of Alternative, pop punk, emo, etc. After the first post, I felt that I could continue to write about my thoughts about what’s going on in the field. April 3 will mark a full year that I had my blog, and it was the best decision for me.

My advice:

  1. Be consistent- It’s so important to realize that consistency is key to anything you do in life. It may seem obvious for someone to realize consistency is important, but sometimes you need that push. I felt that some weeks I didn’t have much to say (Mostly because I was preoccupied with other obligations.) I felt like writing once a week would give me enough time to get my thoughts out without being too excessive. Figure out what works best in your schedule and keep at it!
  2. Enjoy the things you write about- it may seem obvious to do this, but if you don’t enjoy what you write, it may feel like a chore more than a passion. A blog is meant to be a way of self expression. If you write about something you have an interest or opinion about, you may realize it’s something you could be passionate about.

Other blogs:

Hockeyloverblog

Rockonmusicblog

Cdvibes

Breakingdownthebeat

Gregoratlantic

Thank you everyone who has been reading my blog. It means a lot that you are interested in the things I write about. A new post will be up on Friday about Milky Chance.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Sepe Leaves Memphis May Fire And More ICYMI

Here are things that happened this week you may or may not have seen.

  1. Cute Is What We Aim For was announced as an opening act for We The Kings’ 10 year anniversary tour for their self titled album. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  2. Paramore released a new tee shirt that has Zac Farro’s picture on it saying “I’m back!” The shirt is available to pre-order on Paramore’s website.
  3. This Wild Life did a cover of Blink 182’s song “First Date.” You can watch the cover here.
  4. Memphis May Fire’s guitarist Anthony Sepe left the group. The band released a statement on Tuesday via. Facebook of the departure.
  5. Suicide Silence released a new song “Silence.”
  6. Rise Records signed a new group to their label Thousand Below.
  7. Arcane Roots released a new video for “Curtains” via. YouTube.
  8. Creeper covered The 1975’s song on BBC Radio 1 this week. You can see the cover here.
  9. Fueled By Ramen signed Basement.
  10. Oceans Ate Alaska has a new vocalist, Jake Noakes. The group announced it on a Facebook post.

Have any topics you want me to cover for next week? Let me know @ovictoriamedia on Twitter!

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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

17 Albums To Get Excited For In 2017

2017 is rapidly approaching, and they’re many albums to get excited about. Here are my top 17 albums to get excited about in 2017…

  1. The Maine has a new album coming out in the spring or summer of 2017. The Maine had a docu-series on their YouTube page called “Miserable Youth” where fans can watch the band work on the upcoming album. It’s awesome to see a band become interactive with the recording process and let fans see how much work goes into an album. The last album that The Maine released was in 2015 titled American Candy via. 8123, and one of my favorites off of the album is “(Un)lost.”
  2. Zombie On Broadway by Andrew McMahon In The Wildnerness is expected to be released Feb. 17, 2017 via. Vanguard Records. A popular single off that album is “Fire Escape.” Andrew McMahon was the lead singer of Jack’s Mannequin, and I thoroughly enjoyed the music that the group had. I got the chance to see Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness open up for Panic! At The Disco and Weezer in June, and the energy of the performance was high and positive. Check out my review of that show here.
  3. The British trio, The xx, will be releasing a new album on Jan. 13, 2017. I See You is the indie pop group’s fourth album released on the Young Turks label. One of the singles released is “On Hold,” and I’ve been jamming out to this song for a few weeks now. If you haven’t given them a listen yet, I recommend it.
  4. New Found Glory will be releasing a new album in 2017. The band finished recording their ninth record and their drummer, Cyrus Bolooki, shared an Instagram photo of the accomplishment. The band thanked their producer Aaron Sprinkle for his contribution to the album. Their last album released, Resurrection, released in 2014.
  5. Motionless In White is releasing the new album under a different record label from their previous label, Fearless Records. There is no release date, but the upcoming album is anticipated to be their best yet.
  6. Neck Deep is one of those bands where I can listen to their pop-punk jams for hours on end. I’m excited to see that Neck Deep will be releasing a new album in 2017. There is no release date on the album’s debut, but if it’s anything like Life’s Not Out To Get You, the album will be outstanding. With the loss of Ben Barlow’s dad, I bet that there will be one song off that album dedicated to him.
  7. White Noise was PVRIS first album, and we can expect in 2017 a new PVRIS album. PVRIS’ latest album will be released under Rise Records, and the date of the album is TBA. If you haven’t heard any of PVRIS’ songs before, listen to White Noise in its entirety. Usually when I’m listening to an album, there’s one song that I’m not completely fond of, but White Noise does not have that. The album certainly does not disappoint, and  I enjoy every song off the album and the transition from song to song is great.
  8. Broadside will be back in 2017 with a new album. Old Bones is Broadside’s first full length album released via. Victory Records, and one of my favorites off of the album is “Human Machines.” I’m excited to see what Broadside has in store for new music. Oliver Baxxter tweeted that he wrote a ukulele intro for the upcoming album, and the band tweeted that they’re going to be recording in a few days. Check out Broadside if you haven’t already. They’re up and coming!
  9. One of my most anticipated albums that I’ve been waiting for is Paramore’s upcoming album. Both Hayley Williams and Taylor York have worked hard on their latest album. There is no release date on the album, but I’m expecting great things. Paramore is one of my favorite bands, and I’ll always support their music. Fingers crossed!
  10. 30 Seconds To Mars has been teasing their upcoming album Interscope for a few months. One of the first teases was on Aug. 1 via. Twitter. The band has not released when the album will be coming out in 2017, but their last album, Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams was fantastic.”City Of Angels” is one of my favorites off that album.
  11. Sleeping With Sirens will have an album out sometime in 2017. The band is evolving, growing their fanbase, and writing their own music. One of my favorite EP’s from them is If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack that released in 2012 via. Rise Records. I love that album for the fact each song is stripped down, and Kellin Quinn’s voice is vulnerable.
  12. I The Mighty posted on their Facebook page a photo telling fans that they are working on new music for 2017. There is no word on when the album will be released, but we can expect the album to come out sometime near summer. I feel like I The Mighty will  keep a similar vibe and simplicity of Connector,  but add their own spin.
  13. The Denmark band, New Politics, is expecting to release a new album in the new year. Their latest album, Vikings, allowed New Politics to tour multiple times around the United States. There is no set date to when New Politics will be debuting their album, but I’m looking forward to it. A popular song that New Politics is known for is “Harlem.”
  14. There is not 100% confirmation that Brand New will have a new album out in 2017, but according to Alternative Press, an e-mail was sent out stating there might be a new album for Brand New. Every Brand New listener hopes for a new album from them. Their last album release was in 2015, Leaked Demos 2006. Maybe the band has more in store for us.
  15. okay. is the second full-length album that As It Is will be releasing. The 11 songs on the album will be released on Jan. 20, 2017 via. Fearless Records. Three singles that are released by the group are “Pretty Little Distance,” “Okay,” and “No Way Out.” I wrote a post about As It Is a few weeks ago, and you can read up on it here.
  16. The Front Bottoms has a new album that will come out in 2017. There is no release date on the album, but we can expect it soon. The Front Bottoms have been hesitant with this new record, but the band is getting popular with songs like “Twin Size Mattress” and “Maps.” The group will find their remedy and produce a great album for 2017.
  17. 2017 is the year that The Killers will be releasing a new album as a group. The last album released was in 2012, and I’m excited to see what The Killers have in store for 2017. The band originally stated that the album would come out at the end of 2016, but the release will be in 2017. The most iconic album from The Killers is Hot Fuss in 2004. Lets hope that The Killers new album will have great hits.

Other bands that will be releasing albums are: AFI, Circa Survive, Hey Violet, and more. If you want new music, 2017 has great albums in store for you! Pick up a copy of the latest albums digitally or physically. It’s always important to support music.

In other news, the dates for the 2017 Vans Warped Tour Presented By Journey’s have been released! Be sure to check out which date you’ll be attending. Be sure to let me know which date you’ll be going to what album you’re most excited about at @ovictoriamedia on Twitter. Thank you for all of your support with reading my blog. It’s very humbling to know that people are interested in the things that I write. Wishing you a wonderful 2017, cheers!

As always, rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Tips and Tricks When Going to a Concert

Going a a concert is a great experience that everyone can attend at some point in their lives. There’s nothing but positive energy, good music, and people who share the same music interests as you. Here are some of my tips for if you’re going to a show.

Pre-Concert

  • I always get tickets during pre-sale or when they’re open to the general public. I like knowing I can attend and not pay over the amount on a third party site.
  •  Check out the bands/ artists that are opening. You never know if you’ll find your next favorite group!
  •  Dress comfortably! Don’t wear heels just because you’re going to a show with your significant other. It’s important to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, especially if you’re standing at the show. My go-to outfit is usually a band tee (or any tee shirt), skinny jeans, vans and a hoodie or flannel!
  • Don’t forget your tickets at home or to buy tickets for the show.
  • Know exactly where you’re going. Whether you’re driving to the venue, taking the train, or walking, make sure you know exactly where you’re going.

At the concert

  •  Buy band merchandise before the show starts. If you’re a common size, most of the time the sizes will sell out. Plus, you want to rock the tee shirt around the venue, don’t you?
  • STAY HYDRATED!! It’s super important to keep your body hydrated. Standing and dancing for a long time can really take a toll on your body.
  • That leads into me saying to tip the bartender. Be courteous.
  •  Live your concert by putting down that phone!! It’s nice to update your friends with a few Snapchats, but don’t live your concert through your phone. That doesn’t mean you have to put the phone down the whole show, but it’s important to live in the moment.
  • Be aware of people around you. Whether someone is drunk, passed out, or even short, it’s important to be aware of the people that are around you.

Post- Concert

  • Stay after the show is over, sometimes bands come out to meet their fans. You might get lucky!!
  • Post your photos on any social media you prefer (Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.) Use hashtags and tag the person or people you saw. You never know if you’ll get a like or retweet!
  • You might be experiencing post- concert depression, that’s totally normal. You’ve anticipated the day. Keep yourself updated to see if there’s a future tour announced.

 

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria