Top 6 News This Week

Here are top stories this week in music:

  1. Asking Alexandria recorded a new song with original frontman Danny Worsnop. In Seattle this week, Worsnop went on stage to perform with Asking Alexandria.
  2. Green Day and Twenty One Pilots will be performing at the AMAs this year.
  3. AFI announced they have a new album on its way. On top of the news, AFI released two new songs.
  4. The guys in Knuckle Puck got into a car accident, and despite the cost, Knuckle Puck to finish touring with The Wonder Years.
  5. I Prevail released a new music video for the song “Stuck In Your Head.” Check out the video here.
  6. Real Friends released their music video for “Mess” via. YouTube. The video is very retro Halloween.

Check out Memphis May Fire’s new album The Light I Hold. Be sure to check out some festive Halloween band merch, like Real Friends Halloween inspired. Tweet me at @ovictoriax31 or @ovictoriamedia and let me know what you’d like me to write about for next week.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive.

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Album Review: Low Tides by This Wild Life

This Wild Life is back at it again with a second full length album that released today. Low Tides can be purchased on their webstore, Amazon, iTunes and at your local record store. You can also stream their album off of Apple Music and Spotify. This Wild Life is a pop-punk acoustic duo from Long Beach, California composed of Anthony DelGrosso and Kevin Jordan. Both DelGrosso and Jordan created this album with the help of Aaron Marsh of Copeland and Jason Suwito of Sir Sly producing Low Tides. The 10 song compilation has four singles released by the band, “Pull Me Out,” “Break Down,” “Hit The Reset” and “Falling Down.” Each music video has a unique, artistic style to it that’s whimsical. The list of songs for the album is:

  1. Hit The Reset
  2. Pull Me Out
  3. Break Down
  4. Let Go (Feat. Maya Tuttle)
  5. Just Yesterday
  6. Fade
  7. Falling Down
  8. Red Room
  9. Change My Sheets
  10. Brick Wall

Prior to the album release, Jordan and DelGrosso live streamed a new song off of the album every night on Facebook. It was refreshing to see a band being so passionate to show their new songs on a different publication and live of course. Seeing their live streams helps display the talent that both men have.

Now, my judgement on the band is a bit clouded (there’s the pun) about the band, but I can hear talent. This Wild Life is so distinct for their acoustic sound and emotionally touching lyrics, and their album does not fall short of excellent. From the emotional ballad of “Break Down” and “Just Yesterday” to their more upbeat pop-like song “Falling Down,” their variety as a band and evolution shows within this new album. The instruments of “Falling Down” is what makes this track different from other others on the album. It’s nice to hear drums and a more upbeat tempo, similar to “405” off of Clouded. The fact that This Wild Life has each track transition into each other beautifully. This Wild Life has influences of Copeland with the stringed instruments, something that gives me chills. This is one of my favorite albums released this year by a band.

This Wild Life will be touring in the United States in honor of their album being released. This Wild Life will headline and have Movements and Have Mercy open for them. Be sure to pick up tickets to your local This Wild Life show if you’re interested. Ticket information and tour dates can be found here.

In other news, As It Is has posted a photo on Instagram saying “Please Stand By” which has many confused but excited. Also, Green Day released a second song, “Revolution Radio,” off their upcoming album Revolution Radio.

Rock on, stay humble and be positive!

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Two Loses This Week

This year, we’ve lost a lot of music legends. From Prince to David Bowie, it’s been a sad year in the music industry. This past week, two people have passed away in the Alternative music scene. Tom Searle of British metalcore band Architects passed away overnight of August 20, 2016. Searle was diagnosed with melanoma cancer in 2013 and battled until this year. Searle was 28, a young and talented songwriter, lyricist and guitarist. Architects will continue to tour in Australia within the next few weeks. The band set up a page that fans can donate to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thomassearle.

In addition, former 3 Doors Down original member Matt Roberts passed away on the same day, August 20, 2016. The 38 year old died in a hotel in Wisconsin. Roberts was in Wisconsin to perform at a charity event for veterans. The cause of death is still unknown, but Roberts struggled with anxiety and an addition to pain medication. Roberts was a successful guitarist for 3 Doors Down from 1996 until his departure in 2012.

In other news, State Champs announced that they will be going on a Europe tour in 2017, Austin Carlile’s lung collapsed while he was on stage mid-set and finished the show, Of Mice & Men debuted their new song “Real,” Sum 41 released a new song “War,” Taking Back Sunday unveiled a new song “You Can’t Look Back,” and Underoath confirmed tour plans for 2017. Other than the updates, the wise lyrics from Mayday Parade feel important to put in this blog post. “Don’t forget to tell the one’s you love they matter,” you never know what life throws at you. Be appreciative, spread positivity around you, and above all else make sure you yourself is okay.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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In Case You’ve Missed It…

In case you’ve missed it, here are this week’s music updates!

  1. The APMAs took place this past Monday in Columbus, Ohio. Jack Barakat of All Time Low won the President of the APMAs against Alex Gaskart. The winners of the APMAs this year can be found here.
  2. This Wild Life announced a US tour and Europe tour with Have Mercy, Movements and Many Rooms. The US Tour kicks off on September 14th in Long Angeles, CA and ends November 19th in Leeds, UK. Ticket information for the tour will be found on This Wild Life’s website
  3. Too Close To Touch is releasing a new album, Haven’t Been Myself on September 23rd featuring their latest single “What I Wish I Could Forget.”
  4. Pierce The Veil, Neck Deep and I Prevail revealed that they will be touring together in the United States. The tour begins September 3rd in San Francisco, CA and ends October 16th in Los Angeles, CA. Ticket information is here including pre-order information and meet and greet options.
  5. My Chemical Romance teased a new logo and a date, September 23, 2016 in a tweet. The Internet was in a frenzy in hopes that this would call for a reunion for My Chemical Romance. The band confirmed that they will not be reuniting via Twitter.
  6. Moose Blood released a new song “Sulk” off their album Blush which will be debuted on August 5 by Hopeless Records.
  7. Marilyn Manson revealed the name of his new album Say10 at the APMAs.
  8. Every Time I Die released a new single “Glitches” that will be on their new album Low Teens which will be released on September 23rd.
  9. Capsize debuted their album A Reintroduction: The Essence Of All That Surrounds Me today.
  10. Safe To Say released their new album Down In The Dark today! Also, Crown The Empire released Retrograde today.

What a crazy week! Until then rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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Music Updates For This Week

This weeks updates include new songs and albums, APMAs and more…

  1. Bring Me The Horizon debuted a new music video for “Avalanche.”
  2. Mayday Parade released a music video for “Lets Be Honest.”
  3. Motionless In White revealed a new stand alone single “570” that can be free to download when you subscribe to their newsletter.
  4. Fall Out Boy covered the ‘Ghostbusters‘ theme song.
  5. Yellowcard revealed a new self-titled album that features new the single “Rest In Peace” today! Yellowcard is due on September 30 via. Hopeless Records.
  6. Blink- 182 released a new song “No Future.”
  7. The Color Morale announced a new song and album. Desolate Divine will be available to the public on August 19th featuring their released single “Walls.”
  8. Covers (Side B) by The Maine is released today. You can pick up a copy of that album along with American Candy at Vans Warped Tour. You can also purchase it on iTunes.
  9. It was announced that Andy Black, Neck Deep and more will be performing at the APMAs this year. The APMAs will be on July 18 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  10. Vans Warped Tour starts today! The live webcast will be online starting at 1:15pm EST.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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Concert Review: PVRIS

PVRIS is an Alternative rock band from Lowell, Massachusetts. I’ve seen PVRIS perform in 2014 when they opened for Mayday Parade on the Honeymoon Tour and again in 2015 at Vans Warped Tour. Let me just say, Lyndsey Gunnulfsen aka Lynn Gunn has an outstanding voice. She has such an amazing range and tone. She uses a rasp and whisper to truly identify with a certain feeling.

PVRIS’ last album, White Noise was released on November 4, 2014. They released a deluxe edition to the album this year featuring the songs “You and I” and “Empty.” PVRIS also has a stripped version of “You and I” on the album. If you get the chance, I hope you check those songs out. You know when you listen through an album and you get that one song you’re not the biggest fan of? Well, White Noise is not one of those albums. Each song is so unique from the one prior and displays the ability that Lynn, Alex Babinski and Brian MacDonald have as a group.

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I had the privilege to see PVRIS perform on Wednesday night at Webster Hall in New York City. Their 2016 US Tour began on May 11th in Nashville, TN and ends June 10th in Boston, MA. Nine of their shows out of the 25 were sold out.

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Photo Courtney of PVRIS’ twitter @thisisPVRIS

The setlist was:
1. Smoke
2. Mirrors
3. St. Patrick
4. White Noise
5. Holy
6. Only Love
7. Ghosts
8. Fire
9. Eyelids
10. Let Them In
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11. You and I
12. My House

Even though the setlist was shorter than most, PVRIS really connects with their fans. They had their fans sing back a lot of the lyrics to their songs. Lynn was saying that everyone should live in the moment and put their phones away before starting “Holy.”

The crowd was insane. Obviously, the NYC show was sold out, which is one of the reasons why it was so lively in the venue. Regardless of the capacity being maximum at 1500 in the Grand Ballroom, the crowd sang back every lyric. So many fans were recording the songs on their cell phones. The song that truly stood out was “Ghosts.” “Ghosts” was stripped down with a slower tempo and Lynn’s crisp voice traveled from the microphone to ever listener in the venue. It was very intimate.

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I have no idea how this is PVRIS’ first headlining US tour. They’re such a dedicated and hard working group. PVRIS has dominated the music scene since their release of White Noise and their journey is far from over.

PVRIS is nominated for two awards at the Alternative Press Music Awards that will be held on July 18, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. PVRIS is nominated for “Most Dedicated Fanbase” presented by Fearless Records and “Artists of The Year” presented by Monster Energy. Lynn Gunn will be performing at the APMAs as well. If you haven’t yet, check out their album White Noise and vote for them.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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16 Bands You Need To Check Out In 2016

I’m sure that you’ve listened to the same bands on repeat for awhile now. Thinking of downloading some new music? You’ve come to the right place. Here are 16 bands that you should check out in 2016.

  1. Microwave- They just opened for The Wonder Years last month. Microwave is post-hardcore band from Atlanta, Georgia. They’ve been around since 2012. I saw them open for Have Mercy at Amityville Music Hall on October 17, 2015. I got a selfie with Nathan Hardy. IMG_0594                                            Check out the song “Thinking Of You.”
  2. Broadside- They’re equally as good life as they are are on a CD. I saw Broadside perform for State Champs at the Holiday show at Revolution Bar in Amityville on December 19, 2015. The show was sold out, and the crowd came alive once Broadside got on stage. Broadside brings an awesome energy to the stage, and they’ll be at Warped Tour this summer. Be sure to check them out this summer and listen to the song “Human Machines” and “Damaged Kids.”
  3. Movements- Movements is an emo band from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. I saw them perform at Real Friends $5 Tour at the NYWC Sportatorium. The lead singer, Patrick Miranda, was so grateful to have gone on tour with Real Friends. Repeatedly saying thank you after each song and ending their set saying something along the lines of having the fans not look so bored and that Real Friends will be going on next. “If you liked what you were hearing, check out our merch table and pick up a copy of our EP ‘Outgrown Things’ or even listen to it for free on Spotify or something.” Patrick said something along the lines of if you’re at least listening to them, they’re happy you’re another fan. I don’t remember his exact words, but I remember thinking that this band was very much humbled. Check out the song “Nineteen
  4. Vacationer- Vacationer is a definitely a feel-good band. Vacationer is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I heard Vacationer on Parahoy this year. I attended every set they had on Parahoy. Everyone in the band is super sweet, and they’re all about spreading positive vibes around. Check out their song “Good As New
  5. mewithoutYou- If you’re interesting in a different sounding group, I highly recommend mewithoutYou. They’re a rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The first time I ever heard mewithoutYou live was in 2014 on Parahoy. Their performance on the boat made me very interested in their music. Plus, Hayley Williams, lead vocalist of Paramore, is featured on a song of theirs. MewithoutYou is a pleasure to see live. I had the honor of meeting Ricky, the drummer of mewithoutYou, on the Parahoy cruise this past March.mewithoutyouCheck out one of my favorite songs by them, “In A Sweater Poorly Knit.”
  6. Knuckle Puck- This pop-punk band from Chicago, Illinois is nothing short of amazing. I’ve seen Knuckle Puck perform with The Maine last May, Vans Warped Tour last summer, and again with State Champs, Neck Deep and Like Pacific on the AP World Tour. They will be at Vans Warped Tour this year. Their latest album Copacetic is a fantastic album. I really liked the song “Pretense” by Knuckle Puck because it’s complex and has a lot going on percussion wise. Definitely check this band out and see them perform at Warped Tour this summer!
  7. This Wild Life- I’m sure you’ve been to Warped Tour the past few years, and This Wild Life has attended Vans Warped Tour on August 10, 2011 and again on June 21, 2012. In 2014 and 2015, This Wild Life was playing at Warped Tour all summer long. I met both Kevin Jordan and Anthony DelGrosso This Wild Life in 2014 at Warped Tour
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    and talked with Kevin after the AP Tour in October of 2015.
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    This Wild Life is an acoustic pop-punk duo from Long Beach, California. They’re releasing a new EP this year and Aaron Marsh, lead vocals of Copeland, has been involved in the process and recording of Clouded and their latest EP (which the date is to be announced.) Check out their song “No More Bad Days.”
  8. Divided By Friday- Now, I know that they’re on an indefinite hiatus at the moment, but Jose Villanueva, lead vocalist, has an amazing voice. His voice is low and quite angelic. His vocals has a great range. Unfortunately, I have not had the privilege to hear Divided By Friday live, but be sure to check out the song “Relapse
  9. Young English- Young English is a punk band from Orange County, NY. I saw them when I saw Transit perform once last time. I enjoyed the unique rasp of the lead vocalist, especially in “Woke Up Underwater
  10. Pentimento- This punk band from Buffalo, NY is up and coming. I have yet to have the privilege to see Pentimento live, but their set at Audiotree on November 9, 2012 shows off the talent of the group. Check out the song “Just Friends.”
  11. The Flats- The Ohio based rock group has their CD on Band Camp. Liberation & The House In Blue was recorded at home and released in 2014. I saw them open for Have Mercy, and the guys from the band were friendly, talkative and great guys. Check out the song “Fight and Flights
  12. Major League- I know that Major League broke up this year, but they didn’t get recognition for how great of a band they were. Major League is from Mantua Township, NJ and formed in 2009. Brian Joyce stepped up as vocalist from Nick Trask departure. Major League released their last album There’s Nothing Wrong With Me in November of 2014. Major League performed at Audiotree. Major League always put on an amazing show, and seeing them perform one last time at Amityville Music Hall on March 25, 2016, was super emotional. I wish all the guys nothing, but the best in their future endeavors. “Rittenhouse” displays the amazing power ballad the band released.
  13. PVRIS- If you guys haven’t checked out PVRIS, you need to. Lynn Gunn’s vocals are impeccable, and Alex Babinski and Brian MacDonald are super talented. PVRIS is from Boston, Massachusetts and taking the world by storm. I’ve seen PVRIS in fall of 2014 touring with Mayday Parade, at Warped Tour in 2015, and I’m going to their US tour. They’re currently on the “North American Tour 2016” that started May 11th. 10 of their shows on the tour are sold out. Check out the song “Holy” and White Noise.
  14. The Radiance Effect- The Radiance Effect is a rock group from Springfield, MO. I don’t quite remember how I stumbled upon them, but The Radiance Effect is a really good band. I have not seen them live. Check out the song “Hello Beautiful.”
  15. Stages and Stereos- Even though Dan Lancaster is the younger brother of Jason Lancaster of Go Radio and Mayday Parade, Dan doesn’t want his fame to be from his brother. Formed in 2007, the Tallahassee based band has been on several tours. I saw Stages and Stereos open for Mayday Parade in 2013 on the Glamour Kills Tour. Dan is a sweetheart, and their music is really catchy. Listen to “Coupe De Grace.”
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  16. With Confidence- With Confidence is from Sydney, Australia, and they’re up and coming in the pop-punk music scene. I have yet to see them live, but I really like their song “Keeper” because it shows off Jayden Seeley’s unique voice.

Well…what are you waiting for?

 

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

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Congratulations, you’ve found my blog! If you’re interested in reading about tips and tricks for concerts, reviews about concerts, albums, bands, and more in the Alternative, rock, pop-punk music scene this is the place to check out! I’ll be posting every Friday (or Saturday) about either a show I’m attending, a review about a show, an album review, and more. Until then, rock on, stay humble and  be positive.

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