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

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

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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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The Release of “Composure” By Real Friends

Illinois sad boys Real Friends released Composure via. Fearless Records on July 13, 2018.

Composure has a 10 song track list including singles “Get By,” “Smiling On The Surface,” and “From The Outside.” Here is the track list.

  1. Me First
  2. Stand Steady
  3. From The Outside
  4. Smiling On The Surface
  5. Hear What You Want
  6. Unconditional Love
  7. Composure
  8. Get By
  9. Ripcord
  10. Take A Hint

This is Real Friends’ third full length album. Some members in the group, primarily Dan Lambton, have struggled with mental illness and it’s refreshing to see that the group based lyrics on this new album on the struggle of mental illness. This group is evolving and displaying their own issues and insecurities on this new album.

Real Friends is on the Vans Warped Tour all summer long on the Journey’s Right Foot Stage. Tickets and tour information can be found on vanswarpedtour.com.

In other news, The Hunna released Dare via. High Times Records, Twenty One Pilots released a new song “Jumpsuit,” The Story So Far gave details on the group’s new album, Rock Sound announced via. Twitter that As It Is will be on the upcoming magazine cover, Glass Animals announced via. Twitter that upcoming tours are cancelled, and Sleep On It released the music video for “A New Way Home.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

New Singles From Mayday Parade & This Wild Life

Both Mayday Parade and This Wild Life released singles and music videos for new albums set to release in June. Both groups will be performing on Journey’s Left Foot Stage at this year’s Vans Warped Tour. Tickets and tour information for Vans Warped Tour 2018 can be found here.

Mayday Parade released its first single “Piece Of You Heart” on May 3. This is the first single on the upcoming album Sunnyland which is set to release June 15 via. Rise Records.

The album is the first album Mayday Parade will release under Rise Records. Mayday Parade changed to Rise Records from Fearless Records this year. “Piece Of Your Heart” is one of 13 songs off of the upcoming album. Here is the track list for Sunnyland.

  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, Tastes Blue
  12. Always Leaving
  13. Sunnyland

You can pre-order Sunnyland here or pre-save the album on a streaming service.

I’m very excited for this new album. The group hasn’t released music since Black Lines in 2015. If “Piece Of Your Heart” is an indication for the upcoming album, it will be nice that Mayday Parade is branching out the album’s sound. Black Lines had an grungy 90s vibe, and “Piece Of Your Heart” sounds like it could be on Mayday Parade’s self-titled album.


On May 1, This Wild Life released a music video for the release of “Westside.” The new single will be one of 10 songs on Petaluma set to release June 22 via. Epitaph Records.

Here is the track list:

  1. Figure It Out
  2. Headfirst
  3. Catie Rae
  4. Positively Negative
  5. Westside
  6. Hold You Here
  7. Come Back Down
  8. College Kids
  9. Never Believe
  10. No Need For Novocaine

I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of Petaluma since the first two singles resemble This Wild Life’s old sound with acoustics with a nice instrumental of stringed instruments.

This Wild Life released its first single “Hold You Here” in April. Petaluma can be pre-ordered here or pre-saved on streaming services. Kevin Jordan, vocalist of This Wild Life, wrote a statement on his Instagram about the importance of this album.

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Our new album Petaluma is coming out June 22nd on Epitaph Records. Head to thiswildlifeband.com now to watch the music video for our new song 'Westside' and to pre-order the album 🌻 Petaluma is the first record we made with a clear vision before the first song was written. In our targets was an album that we could listen to and perform on a daily basis. Something with the dynamics and emotion we’ve always strived for, but within the bounds of a bright, warm, and organic sonic energy flowing through it. We wanted it to rule. Petaluma is the name of a street I lived on for a year after my childhood home was lost to foreclosure. My family was split up for the first time and my world was in disarray between shitty jobs, my failing passion for music, and a relationship that was falling apart. Despite the circumstances, I look back at that time with a fondness and appreciation for having the opportunity to dig myself out from the hole I had gotten myself into. At times I am as fragile as the glass that adorns the album cover, but like the sunflower at the center of its image I will always seek the sun and its light. This record feels like the first hint of summer after wandering through the cold. It feels honest and true to us as artists and individuals. It feels damn good.

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In other news, Paramore performed “Rose Colored Boy” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Moose Blood released a music video for “Can We Stay Like This,” The Word Alive released Violent Noise, Middle Kid’s released Lost Friends, and Against Me! is going on a spring tour (tickets and tour information can be found here.)

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

*Need new music? Check out my list of 18 Bands To Check Out In 2018.