Album Updates From Vinyl Theatre and Grayscale

Vinyl Theatre released their second full length album Origami today via. Fueled By Ramen. The album moved release dates from May 12 to May 5. The singles off of the album are “My Fault,” “New Machines,” “30 Seconds,” and “The Island.”

Here is the track list:

  1. My Fault
  2. Day In Day Out
  3. New Machines
  4. 30 Seconds
  5. Speak My Mind
  6. The Island
  7. Pull Your Weight
  8. Fade Away
  9. Take You for the Good Times

 

Grayscale released their first album Adornment today via. Fearless Records. The group is currently touring with As It Is and Roam. The singles released off of Adornment are “Atlantic,” “Beautiful Things,” and “If I Ever See You Again.” Here is the track list:

  1. Let It Rain
  2. Come Undone (Featuring Patty Walters)
  3. Slipping Away
  4. Atlantic
  5. Forever Yours
  6. Beautiful Things
  7. Mum
  8. Fever Dream
  9. Echoes (Carry On)
  10. Slept
  11. If I Ever See You Again

In other news, This Wild Life released a cover of Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box,”  Letlive. announced their break up via. social media, Paramore released their second single “Told You So,” and PVRIS released a new song “Heaven” off of their upcoming album All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell that will be released August 4.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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Concert Reviews: Mayday Parade and State Champs in New York

Last week I saw Mayday Parade live in New York City at Webster Hall, again in Long Island at The Paramount on Thursday, and Friday I saw State Champs in New York City at Irving Plaza. Since After Laughter released, I figured the best way to break down the concerts was in a separate blog post.

I saw Mayday Parade perform on May 9 at Webster Hall in New York City on their “A Lesson In Romantics 10th Anniversary Tour.” Accompanying Mayday Parade on this tour were Knuckle Puck and Milestones. This was my seventh time seeing Mayday Parade.

Prior to the show, I got the chance to meet Mayday Parade for the fourth time. I try to buy my tickets during pre-sale to get the experience of meeting a band. I was able to buy meet and greet tickets for my brother and myself. I bought the meet and greet tickets and brought my mother and brother with me to meet Derek Sanders, Brooks Betts, Alex Garcia, Jeremy Lenzo, and Jake Bundrick.

When meeting Mayday Parade, I got a photo of them signed as well as my sweatshirt of Mayday Parade when they had a sweater with Glamour Kills for the Glamour Kills Tour in 2013. This is what the sweater looks like. I had that sweater since it was released then and got it signed by the guys in Mayday Parade. I also got the chance to have a mini interview with Jeremy, Brooks, Alex, and Derek. I wanted to ask Jake a few questions, but he was sick with the flu.

After the meet and greet, I waited for Milestones and Knuckle Puck to perform. I heard of Milestones prior to the show. Milestones had good instrumentals when performing. The vocals and tone of the singer’s voice was okay but blended as the set progressed. Overall the band’s vibe was okay, but needed a bit more of a command on stage to interact with the people at the show. I’d like to listen to Milestones outside of seeing them to see if they sound different live. They’re a group that was pretty good overall, and I’d like to see again. The other opener was Knuckle Puck. I saw Knuckle Puck a few times open for The Maine and State Champs. Knuckle Puck has also been to Warped Tour, and I’ve seen their set. I knew what to expect from Knuckle Puck: circle pits, energetic vibes from everyone in the group, and a crowd whose angst was showing. Knuckle Puck stopped performing and said that it wasn’t cool to punch each other when we’re all there to enjoy the music, which is true. Overall, the opening groups got me ready for Mayday Parade.

Here is Mayday Parade’s setlist:

  1. Jamie All Over
  2. Black Cat
  3. When I Get Home, You’re So Dead
  4. Jersey
  5. If You Wanted A Song Written About You, All You Had To Do Was Ask
  6. Miserable At Best
  7. Walk On Water or Drown
  8. Ocean And Atlantic
  9. I’d Hate To Be You When People Find Out What This Song Is About
  10. Take This To Heart
  11. Champagne’s For Celebrating (I’ll Have A Martini)
  12. You Be The Anchor That Keeps My Feet On The Ground, I’ll Be The Wings That Keep Your Heart In The Clouds
  13. Redemption Song (Bob Marley Cover)
  14. Terrible Things
  15. Three Cheers For Five Years
  16. When You See My Friends
  17. Lets Be Honest
  18. Kids In Love
  19. Oh Well, Oh Well

As usual, Mayday Parade’s songs electrified the venues I saw them at, everyone was screaming the lyrics to every word off of A Lesson In Romantics, and Mayday Parade can connect with their fans using emotional ballads like “Terrible Things,” “Miserable At Best,” and “Three Cheers For Five Years.” I saw Mayday Parade perform again on May 11 and was only able to see Mayday Parade’s set because I was babysitting. The setlist remained the same.

I saw State Champs perform on May 12 at Irving Plaza on their spring tour. The bands that opened for State Champs were: Against The Current, With Confidence, and Don Broco. This was my fourth time seeing State Champs. Since I drove into the city, I unfortunately missed Don Broco and With Confidence’s setlist. I was able to see Against The Current, which overall had the crowd ready for State Champs. The people at Irving Plaza were either loving Against The Current or were ready to see State Champs. I think that Against The Current had a PVRIS, Tonight Alive, and Paramore type of vibe just by the way the music sounded/ the singer, Chrissy Constanza, presence on the stage.

After Against The Current was State Champs. State Champs took the stage with the crowd screaming and crowd surfing to each song.


Here is State Champs setlist:

  1. Remedy
  2. Losing Myself
  3. Shape Up
  4. Eyes Closed
  5. Simple Existence
  6. Slow Burn
  7. Deadly Conversation
  8. All Or Nothing
  9. Stick Around
  10. Around The World And Back
  11. All You Are Is History
  12. Hard To Please
  13. Easy Enough
  14. Mind Bottled
  15. Breaking Ground
  16. Tooth And Nail
  17. Elevated
  18. Secrets *ENCORE*

I highly recommend seeing all of these bands live, especially the headlining bands State Champs and Mayday Parade. Every band I saw last week took the stage and dominated their performance. All three of those shows were sold out, and the crowd was ready for each group.

In other news, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness released the music video for “So Close,” COIN released the music video for “I Don’t Wanna Dance,” Chris Cornell of Soundgarden passed away at 52, Linkin Park released One More Night which features “Heavy,”  “Invisible,” and “Battle Symphony.” Silverstein announced a new album, Dead Reflection and released a new song “Retrograde.” Misterwives announced a tour across the United States (tickets and tour information can be found here), PVRIS announced a tour in the UK (Tickets and tour information can be found here), and Paramore announced a second addition to their tour across the United States (tickets and tour information can be found here).

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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Concert Review: The Maine @ Webster Hall NYC

The Arizona rock group, The Maine has been touring across the United States for their album Lovely, Little, Lonely which came out in April 7.

The “Lovely, Little, Lonely World Tour” is accompanied by Beach Weathers and Mowglis as The Maine’s opening bands. Tickets and tour information can be found here.

I got the chance to see The Maine perform live in New York City at Webster Hall. I’ve been to Webster Hall for a few shows like PVRIS and State Champs, so I knew the setup of the venue and how much maximum capacity was. The train was running late, but I got into the city to see The Maine in time!


I just want to discuss the setlist. I had a great time dancing and singing along to old and new hits. I wish there were a few new songs they played like “Taxi” or “I Only Wanna Talk To You” and some older hits like “Into Your Arms,” “You Left Me,” or “We’ll All Be,” but overall I enjoyed the set. I loved seeing “(Un)Lost,” “Lost In Nostalgia,” and “We All Roll Along.” Here is their setlist:

  1. Lovely
  2. Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu
  3. Am I Pretty?
  4. Like We Did (Windows Down)
  5. (Un)Lost
  6. My Heroine
  7. We All Roll Along
  8. The Way We Talk
  9. English Girls
  10. Take What You Can Carry
  11. Lost In Nostalgia
  12. Right Girl
  13. Raining In Paris
  14. Girls Do What They Want
  15. Diet Soda Society
  16. Do You Remember? (The Other Half Of 23)
  17. Bad Behavior
  18. Another Night On Mars

I’ve seen The Maine perform with Mayday Parade in 2012, twice at Warped Tour, and twice after the release of American Candy. This was the fifth time seeing The Maine, and everytime I see them I get such amazing vibes from the group.

The Maine have a great stage presence. John O’ Callaghan has a way of getting everyone engaged in the songs whether they know them or not. The crowd was electric and sang every word of the song. I love the fact that The Maine lets people live in the moment and is so humble for every experience they have. Being apart of The Maine’s show was wonderful and unforgettable. I hope that The Maine tours for their album Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop next year.

In other news, Broadside released their first single “Puzzle Pieces” off of their upcoming record Paradise which will be released on June 16. You can pre-order the album here and see them tour with Real Friends now! Fall Out Boy released a new song “Young And Menace” and will be releasing a new album and touring. The album, Mania will release on Sept. 15 and the tour begins in the fall. Moose Blood announced a US Tour. Tickets and tour information can be found here. Grayscale released “If I Ever See You Again,” Blink 182 released a song “6/8” this week, and Of Mice & Men released a single “Unbreakable.”

What a rad week in music! Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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Did you read my review on Lovely, Little, Lonely? Check it out here.

Paramore Releases “Hard Times” and Other ICYMI

A lot of news in the music scene has been announced, here’s my list of the top information this week.

  • Paramore released their latest single “Hard Times” on Wednesday. Their upcoming album After Laughter will be out on May 12. You can pre-order the album here and see tour dates for Paramore here. Here is the track list:
    1. Hard Times
    2. Rose- Colored Boy
    3. Told You So
    4. Forgiveness
    5. Fake Happy
    6. 26
    7. Pool
    8. Grudges
    9. Caught In The Middle
    10. Idle Worship
    11. No Friend
    12. Tell Me How
  • Gorillaz announced a tour across North America. The tour kicks off in Chicago, IL. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • The lineup for this year’s Riot Fest was announced this week including bands like: Mayday Parade, A Day To Remember, Paramore, Taking Back Sunday, Real Friends, Bayside, and more. The full line up and information can be found on their website.
  • Josh Dun is officially teaming up as an ambassador for Good Dye Young.
  • COIN released their album How Will You Know If You Never Try featuring “Talk Too Much,” “I Don’t Wanna Dance,” and “Don’t Cry, 2020.” Here is the track list:
    1. Don’t Cry, 2020
    2. Boyfriend
    3. Talk Too Much
    4. I Don’t Wanna Dance
    5. Hannah
    6. Are We Alone?
    7. Heart Eyes
    8. Lately II
    9. Feeling
    10. Miranda Beach
    11. Malibu 1992
  • State Champs released the acoustic version of “Secrets.”
  • Alternative Press announced in an article that the category of “Best New Artist” revealing that K. Flay,  PUP, SWMRS, Tiny Moving Parts, Watsky, and With Confidence are in the running.
  • You can pre-order Grayscale’s new album on Merchnow Adornment that features “Atlantic” and “Beautiful Things.” Here is the track list:
    1. Let It Rain
    2. Come Undone (Featuring Patty Walters)
    3. Slipping Away
    4. Atlantic
    5. Forever Yours
    6. Beautiful Things
    7. Mum
    8. Fever Dream
    9. Echoes (Carry On)
    10. Slept
    11. If I Ever See You Again

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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New Song By Stages & Stereos: “Julia Gulia”

After a brief hiatus, Stages & Stereos is back with new music. Stages & Stereos is an alternative/ rock band from Tallahassee, Florida that formed in 2007. The group is well known for songs like “Small Town Favorites,” “Dear You Love Me” and “Lust Is Your Lifestyle.

Stages & Stereos has released two singles on Valentine’s Day, “Remember You” and “Co- Dependent (Good Enough)” via. YouTube which got positive feedback on their Twitter. This week, Stages & Stereos debuted their latest single “Julia Gulia.”

If you have yet to hear their new music, I recommend listening to their stuff. “Julia Gulia” is a song that displays Stages & Stereos style when performing but also displays that the group has evolved their musical stylings. The song is both angsty and catchy and talks about leaving a comfortable space. In the chorus, the lyrics “I prevent myself from getting over you” shows a struggle and conflict of leaving someone. Daniel Lancaster, the vocalist of Stages & Stereos, was in a serious relationship and used his previous relationship as a way to write the song, which is clever and relates to people on an emotional level. Plus, instrumentally, the track is a tune that gets stuck in your head.

I’ve been listening to their music since 2013, and they’re always a great group to listen to in the car. I first heard the group live when they toured with Mayday Parade back in 2013 on the Glamour Kills Tour. Stages & Stereos will be playing a show at The Side Bar Theatre in Tallahassee, Florida on April 21.


In other news, Yellowcard released their final music video as a group for the song “A Place We Set Afire,” Brendon Urie announced that he will be performing on Broadway’s play “Kinky Boots” this summer on Twitter, The Maine has started a second season of “Miserable Youth” on their YouTube page that will show The Maine on tour, Envy On The Coast signed to Equal Vision Records, COIN released a new song off of their upcoming album “Don’t Cry, 2020,” and All Time Low announced via. Twitter that Waterparks will support them on their 3 day tour in Japan.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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Album Review: “Lovely Little Lonely” By The Maine

The Maine is a rock group from Tempe, Arizona. 2017 marks their 10th year as a group. The Maine released their album, Lovely, Little, Lonely on April 7, 2017 via. 8123.

Before and during the recording process of Lovely, Little, Lonely,  The Maine created a docu-series called “Miserable Youth.” The docu-series showed the process The Maine went through for the album. It was interesting to see the process a band would go through. It was unique that The Maine took their fans through the process. (I wrote a blog post about the series here.)

The singles that released prior to album debut were: “Bad Behavior,” “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu,” and “Do You Remember? (The Other Half of 23). “Bad Behavior” had a music video release prior to the album’s debut. Didn’t read my review of “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu?” Check out my review here.

Here is the track list:

  1. Don’t Come Down
  2. Bad Behavior
  3. Lovely
  4. Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu
  5. Taxi
  6. Do You Remember? (The Other Half of 23)
  7. Little
  8. The Sound of Reverie
  9. Lost in Nostalgia
  10. I Only Wanna Talk To You
  11. Lonely
  12. How Do You Feel?

I’ve been a fan of The Maine since Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop and this album was nothing short of fantastic. Lovely, Little, Lonely was one my personal list of highly anticipated albums. Each week of “Miserable Youth” made me more excited for the album to be here. What also got me excited for the release was the counting down for the album on The Maine’s social media allowing people to listen to small portions of each song.

I enjoyed the fact that The Maine felt comfortable making an album they seem super proud and enthusiastic for Lovely, Little, Lonely. Each song is quality and sticks to The Maine’s roots of being pop- rock. The moment I heard each single, I knew this album was going to be amazing. My favorite part about the album were the songs “Lovely,” “Little,” and “Lonely” for the fact they were interludes transitioning one song from another. One of my favorite parts about listening to an album in its entirety is seeing if the group used transitions from song to song which The Maine did.

The Maine will be going on a world tour in honor of Lovely, Little, Lonely. Tickets and tour information can be found on their website themaineband.com. Make sure to tweet me @ovictoriamedia telling me your favorite off of Lovely, Little, Lonely.

In other news, Sykes released the music video for “Glimmer,” Falling In Reverse said that it will be playing two days at the 2017 Vans Warped Tour via. Twitter, Cold War Kids released their latest album LA DIVINE with a song featuring Bishop Briggs, K. Flay released Every Where Is Some Where today, and Eat Your Heart Out is signed to Fearless Records. The news was announced via. Facebook.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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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