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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“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

Concert Review: Panic! At The Disco @ Barclays Center *SOLD OUT *

Panic! At The Disco is on the “Pray For The Wicked Tour” across North America. Accompanying Panic! At The Disco on tour is Two Feet and Betty Who. The show I attended was January 16, 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The show was sold out (with the capacity maxing out at 19,000.)

This is my first time seeing a concert at Barclays Center. I’ve been to hockey games inside the venue so seeing the venue change from sporting event to concert venue was very cool!

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My view (c) Victoria Onorato @ovictoriamedia

I had no idea where I was sitting because I received the tickets as a gift for my birthday, so I was excited, not only to figure out where I was sitting, but for the show. The seats I had were amazing!

Prior to the show, I visited Panic! At The Disco’s pop up shop.

I got a keychain of Panic! At The Disco’s logo, a long sleeve shirt, and a tee shirt with Brooklyn’s logo (see the tweet here to see the shirt.) Here are some photos of me in front of the pop up shop with my merchandise and a picture of me with a poster of Brendon Urie.

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The Panic! At The Disco Pop Up Shop (c) Victoria Onorato @ovictoriamedia

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Poster of Brendon Urie and me (c) Victoria Onorato @ovictoriamedia

The first performer was Betty Who. I’ve heard of Betty Who from Becca Kufrin, the Bachelorette. She praises the artist, so I was excited to hear her music and see her performance. She had a lot of music to dance to which was fun. I’m definitely going to check out her music after her performance. Betty Who said she sold out the Knitting Factory a few years back and was amazed she was playing a sold out show at Barclays Center.

Two Feet took the stage next. I’m familiar with a few songs from Two Feet. I was impressed to see that Two Feet sounds the same live as he did on an MP3. Two Feet’s style is mostly vocals, guitar, and unique instrumentals. I enjoyed the fact he shared he was from New York and never imagined playing a show in Barclays. He mentioned that he messes up a lot, but enjoys the support he gets when he performs which I felt showed his humbleness.

I feel like both Two Feet and Betty Who complimented Panic! At The Disco in different ways. Betty Who was more pop/ dance while Two Feet was more alternative and unique with instrumentals. 10 minutes before Panic! At The Disco took the stage, a timer was put up to set the anticipation. After patiently waiting, Panic! At The Disco took the stage.

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Panic! At The Disco’s performance (c) Victoria Onorato @ovictoriamedia

Here is the setlist:

  1. (Fuck A) Silver Lining
  2. Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time
  3. Ready To Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind)
  4. Hey Look Ma, I Made It
  5. LA Devotee
  6. Hallelujah
  7. Crazy = Genius
  8. The Ballad of Mona Lisa
  9. Nine in the Afternoon
  10. One of the Drunks
  11. Casual Affair
  12. Vegas Lights
  13. Dancing’s Not a Crime
  14. This Is Gospel
  15. Death Of A Bachelor
  16. I Can’t Make You Love Me (Bonnie Raitt Cover)
  17. Dying in LA
  18. The Greatest Show (from “The Greatest Showman: Reimagined”)
  19. Girls/Girls/ Boys
  20. King of the Clouds
  21. High Hopes
  22. Miss Jackson
  23. Roaring 20s
  24. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen Cover)
  25. Emperor’s New Clothes
  26. Say Amen (Saturday Night) *ENCORE*
  27. I Write Sins Not Tragedies *ENCORE*
  28. Victorious *ENCORE*

The setlist incorporated a lot of P!ATD’s hits as well as new songs. It was awesome getting to see people of different ages singing along to all of P!ATD’s songs. The only thing I wish was different was that Brendon Urie added were a few oldies like “Time To Dance,” “Collarful,” “But It’s Better If You Do,” and more to the setlist. See some photos from the show here.

This is my fourth time seeing Panic! At The Disco in concert (The last P!ATD show I attended was with Weezer in 2016.) Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco is an incredible performer. He started the show popping out of the bottom of the stage and since then kept the audience on their toes. From back flips off the stage, to seeing him drumming, and at one point playing piano and performing on a platform floating across Barclays Center, it’s impressive to see how incredibly talented he is. Most bands and artist play at most 20 songs in a setlist, but Brendon Urie performed 28 and his vocal range is unlike any artist in this decade. Brendon Urie kept stating how thankful he was not only for us to be at the show, but for us existing. He has positive messages he shared throughout the night, and it’s outstanding to see a performer for almost 15 years keep such a great following.

The show gave me chills, kept a smile on my face, had me singing along, and enjoying every song performed. Seeing Panic! At The Disco perform to a sold out show at Barclays Center was outstanding. The first time I saw Panic! At The Disco perform was at The Paramount in 2011, and each show I’ve seen from Panic! At The Disco has only been better from there. If you have yet to see Panic! At The Disco live, I HIGHLY recommend seeing them once in your life.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Albums To Check Out From 2018

2018 has been jam packed full of albums from bands in the alternative, rock, pop punk music scene. I figured the best way to wrap up 2018 is to review what albums were some albums I couldn’t stop listening to this year.

The Dangerous Summer by The Dangerous Summer.

The Dangerous Summer was released January 26, 2018 via. Hopeless Records. This album was one of my most highly anticipated albums of the year. The group broke up in 2014 and got back together in 2017. The group released its self titled album, and I felt that was the best way to dive back in the music scene. For me, I feel that a self titled are songs that showcase a band, and The Dangerous Summer did a phenomenal job doing that. The Dangerous Summer is one of the first bands I listened to that got me into alternative, rock, and pop punk music. Here is the album track list:

  1. Color
  2. This Is Life
  3. Fire
  4. Ghosts
  5. Luna
  6. Wild Again
  7. Valium
  8. When I Get Home
  9. Live Forever
  10. Infinite

My favorite songs listening to the album for the first time were “Fire” and “Luna” and my current favorites are “Color” and “When I Get Home.”

I was fortunate to talk with Ben Cato, drummer of the Dangerous Summer, about the band’s evolution. I made the session into a podcast that you can listen to here.


The American Dream by Trophy Eyes

The American Dream was released August 7, 2018 via. Hopeless Records. This is the third album the group has released and the most “different” sounding album. Here is the album track list:

  1. Autumn
  2. Something Bigger Than This
  3. Friday Forever
  4. More Like You
  5. A Cotton Candy Sky
  6. You Can Count On Me
  7. Broken
  8. Tip Toe
  9. Lavender Bay
  10. Miming In The Choir
  11. A Symphony Of Crickets
  12. I Can Feel It Coming

“In Return” was the first song I heard on a Glamour Kills music sampler and I really liked the sound of the group but never got the change to truly indulger in the music. This year I got into Chemical Miracle and fell in love with The American Dream. Trophy Eyes has shown dramatic growth throughout the years.

Some stand out songs to me include “Friday Forever” and “Tip Toe.”


Sunnyland by Mayday Parade.

Sunnyland was released June 15, 2018 via. Rise Records. Mayday Parade signed to Rise Records from Fearless Records in 2018 and released its first album this year. After Black Lines (2015) Mayday Parade went back in the studio and created an album that he was proud about, according to an interview Derek Sanders did with Rock Sound. Here is the album track list:

  1. Never Sure
  2. It’s Hard To Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated By Bolts Of Lightning
  3. Piece Of Your Heart
  4. Is Nowhere
  5. Take My Breath Away
  6. Stay The Same
  7. How Do You Like Me Now?
  8. Where Are You
  9. If I Were You
  10. Satellite
  11. Looks Red, Taste Blue
  12. Always Leaving
  13. Sunnyland

I enjoy that the album is almost like a “self titled” album without having to be a self-titled album. Mayday Parade always has a timeless sound, and I feel that it’s showcased on this album.

My favorite songs include “It’s Hard To Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated By Bolts of Lightning,” “Take My Breath Away,” and “Looks Red, Tastes Blue.”


Nearsighted by Speak Low If You Speak Love.

Nearsighted was released January 19, 2018 via. Pure Noise Records.I discovered Speak Low If You Speak Love when I went to see Neck Deep on “The Peace And The Panic Tour.”

Here is the album track list:

  1. Have I Changed
  2. Enough
  3. Contrasting Colors
  4. Ever Yours
  5. Your Love It Runs
  6. Safety Net
  7. Hatsuyume
  8. Circle Spinning
  9. Cannot Have It All
  10. Mystery’s Gone
  11. Hold Me Now
  12. Swell

I absolutely love the fact each track flows nicely into each other. The styling is similar to Copeland’s album Ixora. Aaron Marsh, vocalist of Copeland, produced Nearsighted. This album has been one that I’ve had on repeat in my car for months.

My favorite songs off this album when I first heard Nearsighted include “Contrasting Colors” and “Cannot Have It All.” My current favorites are “Have I Changed,” “Swell,” and “Mystery’s Gone.”

What were your favorite albums of 2018? Let me know on Twitter @ovictoriamedia.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

*Want to go to a concert? Check out the Winter Tours To Attend In 2019.

Concert Review: Mayday Parade @ House Of Blues Boston, MA

Mayday Parade has embarked on the “Welcome To Sunnyland” tour across the United States. Accompanying Mayday Parade on tour are This Wild Life, William Ryan Key, and Oh, Weatherly.

I attended the Boston date, Nov. 10, 2018. I purchased a bundle when the tickets were in pre-sale and got a VIP Meet & Greet Experience Package. The package includes one ticket to the event with early entry, a meet and greet with Mayday Parade, a Mayday Parade shirt, a signed copy of Sunnyland, a pop socket, and a “Welcome to Sunnyland” postcard.

This was my fifth time meeting Mayday Parade. Derek Sanders, Alex Garcia, Brooks Betts, Jeremy Lenzo, and Jake Bundrick. If you have not been to a Mayday Parade meet and greet and have bought or is buying a meet and greet, the format of their meet and greet is different. The meet and greet is more of a hang out where the members go up to you and talk with you. I got the chance to talk with all of the guys, and they’re all so kind and humble. Both Brooks Betts and Jeremy Lenzo remembered me, and it was awesome getting to catch up with the guys about their latest album, Sunnyland, their experience on the road, and overall their well being. Here are some pictures of the meet and greet:

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Alex Garcia of Mayday Parade

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Brooks Betts of Mayday Parade

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Derek Sanders of Mayday Parade

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Jeremy Lenzo

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Jake Bundrick of Mayday Parade

The House Of Blues in Boston, MA holds approximately 2,500 people. I’ve never been to the venue for the show, but I enjoyed the atmosphere of it. The venue had three levels that were visible in the main part of the venue which was the floor, and two levels of balcony. The venue has good sound quality, and it was very spacious. What I enjoyed about the venue is that prior to the show, an announcement was made stating the policy of the venue: no re-entry, no smoking in the venue, and attendees should observe the exits to the venue and to enjoy to be safe.

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Mayday Parade at House Of Blues, MA (C) Victoria Onorato

The lineup was as followed: Oh, Weatherly, William Ryan Key, This Wild Life, and Mayday Parade. Oh, Weatherly took the stage first, and the group was phenomenal live. Oh, Weatherly is from Dallas, TX and they were featured on my 18 Bands To Check Out In 2018. The group released Lips Like Oxygen and Jake Bundrick, drummer of Mayday Parade, helped produce the album.  Oh, Weatherly’s sound live was was as great as their album. The vocals were clean and crisp, the instrumentals were on point, and their sound fit the vibe to the tour. Here is Oh, Weatherly’s setlist to the best of my knowledge:

  1. Burned Out
  2. Here Tonight
  3. Chasing California
  4. Make You Bright
  5. I Think I Want You
  6. Dark of the Night
  7. Lost and Found

Next on stage was William Ryan Key. For those who are not familiar with him, he was the vocalist of Yellowcard. Since Yellowcard’s departure (announced in 2016 and finished their farewell tour in 2017) William Ryan Key has been making music in a studio created in his house. During William Ryan Key’s set, Anthony Delgrosso drummed for the majority of the set. I have seen Yellowcard perform Vans Warped Tour and was very excited to see William Ryan Key since he released an EP Thirteen. He is releasing a new EP on Nov. 30. His sound after Yellowcard is acoustic which I personally enjoyed. Here is William Ryan Key’s setlist:

  1. Vultures
  2. Old Friends
  3. The Bowery
  4. Downtown Uptown
  5. Ocean Avenue (Yellowcard Song)
  6. Virtue

Next to take the stage was This Wild Life. This Wild Life is an acoustic pop punk duo from Long Beach, CA. This Wild Life has performed with Mayday Parade on the AP Tour. I’ve seen This Wild Life perform more than 5 times on tour with Mayday Parade, Vans Warped Tour, and their own tours. I love the sound that This Wild Life has; it’s different than other bands in the industry. During “Puppy Love” Kevin Jordan of This Wild Life asked fans to put pictures up of their dogs which was very cute considering I have a dog. During “Hold You Here” This Wild Life put a spotlight on a couple who loves This Wild Life and dedicated the song to any couple on the tour. Here is This Wild Life’s setlist:

  1. Taped Intro (Video here.)
  2. Concrete
  3. Positively Negative
  4. Puppy Love
  5. Westside
  6. History
  7. Hold You Here
  8. What’s My Age Again? / All the Small Things / First Date (Blink 182 Cover)
  9. Catie Rae
  10. Headfirst
  11. No More Bad Days

After all the opening bands played their sets and a short intermission was taken, Mayday Parade took the stage and played these songs:

  1. Never Sure
  2. Jersey
  3. It’s Hard To Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated By Bolts Of Lightning
  4. Black Cat
  5. Hold Onto Me
  6. Piece Of Your Heart
  7. I Swear This Time I Mean It
  8. My Friends Over You / I’m Not Okay (I Promise) / Cute Without The ‘E’ (Cut From The Team)
  9. Jamie All Over
  10. Somebody That I Used To Know (Gotye Cover)
  11. Anywhere But Here
  12. One Of Us
  13. Looks Red, Tastes Blue
  14. Three Cheers For Five Years
  15. Miserable At Best
  16. Stay
  17. Oh Well, Oh Well **ENCORE**

The setlist was a refreshment from previous tours. I like the fact Mayday Parade incorperated songs from older albums and their latest album, Sunnyland. Mayday Parade changed their setlist during the tour, and I was very glad to see that Mayday Parade put in “It’s Hard To Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated by Bolts Of Lightning.” I’m glad that Mayday Parade only had two parts of the show where they played covers. Personally, I wish Mayday Parade put in “Take My Breath Away,” and “Where You Are.” The setlist has a mix of old, new, and songs that the group doesn’t play very often which I especially enjoyed since I go to a lot of Mayday Parade’s shows.  I feel like overall Mayday Parade made an eclectic setlist that fits the Sunnyland vibe.

Mayday Parade in an impeccable band overall. The band puts out amazing albums, great shows, and continues to impress the fans with their quality work. Mayday Parade is timeless. If you have yet to hear Sunnyland, Mayday Parade’s latest album, I’d highly recommend.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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