Concert Reviews: Moose Blood & Knuckle Puck

I went to see Moose Blood and Knuckle Puck and wanted to dedicate this week’s blog post about my experience seeing both shows.

Moose Blood @ The Stone Pony

I attended the Moose Blood concert on Saturday March 17 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NY. Opening for Moose Blood on the “North America 2018” tour were Lydia and McCafferty.

The Stone Pony was intimate and small but wide. I like the fact anywhere you stood, you were able to see the stage. The venue is located in a beach town and holds 1,000 people. The Stone Pony is a venue that held music legends Bruce Springsteen, John Bon Jovi, and many more.

I’ve never seen any of these bands live. The first group to take the stage was McCafferty. I’ve never heard of McCafferty and didn’t know what to expect from the group. The crowd went wild for the group and there was a mosh pit that opened up during the performance. McCafferty put on a good performance, and I will check out their music in the future.

Lydia took the stage after McCafferty and had a completely different vibe from McCafferty. Lydia has interesting electronic instrumental which was a nice variation from both Moose Blood and McCafferty. Lydia reminds me of a mix of Vinyl Theatre and Copeland. Lydia is a band I’m definitely getting into after seeing their live set.

After Lydia, Moose Blood took the stage. Here is the setlist:

  1. Talk In Your Sleep
  2. Honey
  3. Bukowski
  4. Glow
  5. You Left In The Worst Way
  6. Gum
  7. Pups
  8. Cherry
  9. Pastel
  10. Just Outside
  11. I Hope You’re Missing Me
  12. Sway
  13. Have I Told You Enough
  14. Swim Down
  15. Shimmer
  16. Can We Stay Like This
  17. Knuckles
  18. It’s Too Much

Eddy Brewerton, vocalist of Moose Blood, had laryngitis making his voice very strained, but I love the fact that Moose Blood performed regardless of being ill. When Brewerton would struggle, he’d hold his throat. Brewerton struggled and continued the show despite his vocals not being as prominent. All the fans were singing along loudly when Eddy asked which made the show intimate.

I love the fact the lights on the stage changed colors based on the songs. When Moose Blood would play a song off of I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore the lights were blue, when a song was performed on Blush, the lights were pink. The lights were the same colors of I’ll Keep You In Mind From Time To Time’s album artwork. It was unique to see the details.

I hope to see Moose Blood in the future and hear Eddy Brewerton’s live vocals. Moose Blood announced a tour in Australia with Movements opening. Tickets and tour information about upcoming Moose Blood shows can be found here.


Knuckle Puck @ Revolution Bar

I attended the Knuckle Puck concert on Tuesday March 20 at Revolution Bar in Amityville, NY. Opening for Knuckle Puck were Boston Manor, Hot Mulligan, Free Throw, and Jetty Bones. In the past, I’ve seen Knuckle Puck and Boston Manor perform.

I’ve been to Revolution Bar for shows for prior performances (All Time Low’s acoustic performance and The Holiday Show which had State Champs, Transit, Broadside, and Rarity) and knew the venue fairly well. The venue holds approximately 500 people.

The first band to take the stage was Jetty Bones. Jetty Bones had a cool vibe which was whimsical and vulnerable. I enjoyed the fact that in between songs, it sounded like the songs all transitioned together with the helps of the instrumentals. While the vocalist was drinking water, the drummer would hit the side of the drum with his stick, the guitars would play out the last note and tune the guitar. It was nice to hear, and I purchased two CDs after the set.

The second band that performed after Jetty was Michigan natives, Hot Mulligan. I knew a few of Hot Mulligan’s songs from checking out the group months ago. The group’s sound live is similar to it’s discography which is pop punk.

Free Throw, from Nashville, TN, played after Hot Mulligan. What I found pleasing about Free Throw is that to vocalist sang more from his throat. The vocals were raspy which added to the high intensity instrumentals. They’re a band I’m definitely checking out after seeing the performance.

Boston Manor was a crowd favorite as an opening band. The crowd pushed closer to the stage and had a huge mosh pit and crowd surfers. The venue is small that when a crowd surfer gets close to the stage, the crowd surfer is able to stand on the stage with the group. Boston Manor is from the UK, and during Boston Manor’s set, I heard Henry Cox’s accent peak through. Boston Manor has yet to disappoint.

After the four openers, Knuckle Puck took the stage. Here is Knuckle Puck’s setlist:

  1. Double Helix
  2. Wall To Wall (Depreciation)
  3. Disdain
  4. Everyone Lies To Me
  5. Poison Pen Letter
  6. Evergreen
  7. Bedford Falls
  8. Want Me Around
  9. Gone
  10. Fences
  11. No Good
  12. Untitled
  13. Conduit
  14. Pretense
  15. But Why Would You Care?
  16. Plastic Brains
  17. Stateside *ENCORE*

It was Knuckle Puck’s first time playing at Revolution Bar, and the crowd is what made it special. Knuckle Puck never fails to put on a great show, and the crowd’s enthusiasm and energy was amplified in the venue. There were circle pits, crowd surfers, and people singing along to the set. This was my eight time seeing Knuckle Puck perform and it’s safe to say it will not be my last.

In other news, the lineup for Lollapalooza has been announced (tickets and tour information can be found here,) John O’ Callaghan is releasing a book full of his favorite tweets, Underoath released the music video for “Rapture,” Hawthorne Heights released the music video for “Just Another Ghost,” Hot Mulligan released Pilot, and a congratulations is in order for Panic! At The Disco. Panic! At The Disco’s album Vices & Virtues is certified gold. In addition, Panic! At The Disco announced a new album Pray For The Wicked releasing two tracks “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” and “(F*** a) Silver Lining.” Panic! At The Disco announced a tour across the United States (tickets and tour information can be found here.)

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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New Music, Tours, and More This Week!

Here are some top headlines this week in the music scene:

  • Sir Sly published the music video for the song “&Run.”
  • Moose Blood released “Talk In Your Sleep” along with a headlining tour across the United States. Moose Blood’s headline tour will also have Lydia and McCafferty. Tickets, tour, and album information can be found here.
  • Boston Manor launched “Drowned In Gold,” the group’s latest single.
  • Story Of The Year is back and released Wolves, the group’s latest album, today.
  • Good Charolette debuted a Christmas EP A G.C. Christmas, Pt. 1.
  • Tiny Moving Parts released via. Twitter that the album Swell will release on Jan. 26.
  • August Burns Red announced a 15 year anniversary show in honor of the group celebrating 15 years as a band. The show will be on Saturday April 14 in Lancaster, PA. Tickets and tour information can be found at launchmusicconference.com.
  • Senses Fail announced a headline tour across the United States with Reggie And The Full Effect, Have Mercy, and Household supporting Senses Fail. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • Sleeping With Sirens announced a headline tour, “Gossip World Tour 2018 North America” with Set It Off, The Gospel Youth, and Southpaw accompanying the group. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness released that he will be travel across the United States on the “Pen and the Piano Tour” acoustic tour in 2018. The tour will be accompanied by previous members of Jack’s Mannequin: Allen Stone, Zac Clark, and bob oxblood. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • According to Alternative PressBlink-182’s California is certified gold.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

 

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17 Bands To Check Out In 2017

Thinking of downloading new music to listen to? You came to the right post. Here are 17 bands to check out this year!

  1. Movements (@movementsCA) is a pop punk band from Orange County, CA. The group released their first EP Outgrown Things and has been taking the scene by storm with touring with bands like Real Friends and Senses Fail. I highly recommend listening to Outgrown Things in its entirety. Movements will be at the 2017 Vans Warped Tour and is nominated in the category of “Best Underground Band” for this year’s APMAs.
    Check out their song “Hatchet” off of their EP Outgrown Things.
  2. The Hunna (@THEHUNNABAND) is a rock group from Hertfordshire, England. The group formed in 2015 and has been touring cross the United States and Europe selling out a lot of shows. Their album 100 has been out since August of 2016.
    Check out their song “Bonfire” off of their album 100.
  3. Coin (@COIN_music) is an indie pop band from Nashville, TN. The group formed in 2012 and has released COIN and their latest album  How Will You Know If You You Don’t Try.
    Check out their song “Run” off of their album COIN.
  4. Mondo Cozmo (@MondoCozmo)is Joshua Ostrander’s name he goes by when recording and performing since 2016. The genre of music is folk rock. There is no album yet released under Mondo Cozmo, but his song “Shine” blew up on Sirius XM AltNation and Billboard Alternative Charts. Mondo Cozmo will be performing at a variety of festivals including Governor’s Ball.
    Check out “Shine.”
  5. Boston Manor (@BSTNMNNR) is a pop punk band from England. Boston Manor has two albums released Suadade and Be Nothing. I saw Boston Manor open for Broadside, and the guys were great live. Plus, the guys in Boston Manor are super sweet. They will be at the 2017 Vans Warped Tour.
    Check out their song “Forget Me Not” off of Be Nothing.
  6. Vinyl Theatre (@vinyltheatre) is an indie rock band from Milwaukee, WI. The group has released Gold, Electrogram and their latest album Origami (which I blogged about in a recent post.) After seeing their set when they toured with Dashboard Confessional, I understood why this group has been gaining popularity. Vinyl Theatre will be touring with Misterwives across the United States in the fall.
    Check out their song “Breaking Up My Bones” off of Electrogram
  7. Too Close To Touch (@TooCloseToTouch) has been gaining recognition in recent years and for good reason. The group is from Lexington, KY and has released two albums Nerve Endings and Haven’t Been Myself (which I blogged about their release.) I met Too Close To Touch last year at Warpe Tour and saw that they were down to earth guys making great alternative music.
    Check out their song “Translate” off of Haven’t Been Myself.
  8. Sykes (@SYKESband) is an alternative/indie band from the UK. Meeting them at Warped Tour last year after enjoying their electric set was fantastic. The group has EPs out Gold Dust and Younger Mind which are great.
    Check out their song “Gold Dust.”
  9. Stages & Stereos (@stages_stereos) is a rock band from Tallahassee, FL. Stages & Stereos took a brief hiatus and came back with new songs like “Remember You,” “Co-Dependent (Good Enough),” and “Julia Gulia.” Stages & Stereos toured with Mayday Parade in 2013, which is where I saw them perform. I blogged about Stages & Stereos in a previous post about their song “Julia Gulia.”
    Check out their song “Julia Gulia” and read my review about the song here.
  10. Grayscale (@GrayscalePA) is signed to Fearless Records as of earlier this year and released their first full length album Adornment. Grayscale just toured with As It Is across the United States on the “Okay.USA tour.”
    Check out their song “Atlantic” off of Adornment.
  11. If you haven’t hear of MISSIO (@MissioMusic) yet, you should get on it. The duo is from Austin, TX and has released the album Loner under RCA Records. MISSIO recently headlined the spring 2017 Advanced Placement Tour hosted by Sirius XM AltNation. The duo is on my list of bands I want to see live.
    Check out their song “Bottom Of The Deep Blue Sea.”
  12. As It Is (@ASITISofficial) is a pop punk band from Brighton, UK. Since forming in 2012, the group got signed to Fearless Records and released Never Happy Ever After and their latest album Okay. (which I blogged about the release.) As It Is recently finished up their first headlining tour across the United States with Grayscale accompanying them on the road.
    Check out their song “Soap” off of Okay.
  13. Joy Ride (@joyridenj) is a pop punk/ rock group from Clifton, NJ.  The group was formed in 2012 and has opened for bands like Mayday Parade, Major League, Escape The Fate, and more.
    Check ou their song “Vendetta” now.
  14. Knox Hamilton (@KnoxHamilton) is an alternative group known for their songs “Washed Up Together,” “Work It Out,” and “Set It On Fire.” The group has released two albums How’s Your Mind and The Heights under the record label Prospect Park. I discovered their music on AltNation and got hooked immediately.
    Check out their song “Washed Up Together.”
  15. Pentimento (@PentimentoNY) is a punk rock group from Buffalo, NY. The group has been together since 2011 has released albums and EPs like I No Longer, Pentimento, Inside The Sea and more. One EP was split with Young English.
    Check out their song “Just Friends” off of Inside The Sea.
  16. If you like Mumford & Sons older albums for the folk aspect, you’ll love Judah & The Lion. (@Judahandthelion) Judah & The Lion has been a group since 2011 and has released Folk Hop ‘N Roll, Kids These Days, and Sweet Tennessee.
    Check out their song “Take It All Back.”
  17. The Japanese House (@Japanesehouse) is a rising indie pop act. The Japanese House has released three EPs, Pools To Bathe In, Swim Against The Tide, and Clean.
    Discovering them on AltNation got me listening to them for awhile.
    Check out their song “Face Like Thunder” now.

In other news, Broadside released their song “Paradise” off of their upcoming album Paradise, Too Close To Touch made a music video for “Miss Your Face,” and Paramore performed on The Late Late Show With James Corden (you can see the performance here.)

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Concert Review: Like Pacific, Broadside, Rarity, and Boston Manor

On October 14th, Like Pacific, Broadside, Rarity, and Boston Manor performed at Amityville Music Hall in Amityville, NY. This is one of their many stops for the “Distant Like You Asked” tour. This tour started in Montreal, QC on October 10 and ends Novever 6 in Hamilton, ON.

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Amityville Music Hall is a small venue that holds approximately 500 people, and this show was sold out. I arrived at the venue near the end of Boston Manor’s set, but there were a lot of people who arrived on time to see Boston Manor perform. Boston Manor has a new album out Be Nothing via. Pure Noise that released at the end of September, and if you haven’t already, be sure to pick up a copy of their album. The guys in the band are all sweet hearts. I purchased their latest CD and their EP through Henry Cox, their vocalist. He was so friendly, talkative, and very pleasing to the eye. He was telling me that everyone was nice to him at the venue which is what makes this music scene so great.

After Boston Manor and an intermission, Rarity was next on the lineup. I’ve seen Rarity perform with Broadside last year at the Home For The Holidays show. Rarity is a fun band to see live, and seeing them again with a bigger crowd was even more enjoyable.

After Rarity’s set, and a short intermission to set up equipment, Broadside took the stage. The crowd went crazy when Broadside started with “Come & Go.” Broadside’s setlist was:

  1. Come & Go
  2. Damaged Kids
  3. Storyteller
  4. Human Machines
  5. A Better Way
  6. A Light In The Dark
  7. Coffee Talk

At the end of Broadside’s set, I talked with Oliver Baxxter, the lead singer of Broadside. He remembered meeting me at Warped Tour, and I had a small interview with him outside. I saw Like Pacific perform one or two songs, but I spent most of Like Pacific’s set talking with Oliver Baxxter about upcoming plans for Broadside, his favorite songs off of Old Bones and much more.

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I had such an awesome time at the show. Primarily, I wanted to see Broadside, but I had a great time seeing Boston Manor, Rarity and a bit of Like Pacific. Boston Manor liked my tweet, and Oliver Baxxter retweeted and liked my tweet.

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Sorry for the late blog post! I’ll be posting next week’s blog post on Friday. Until then, rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Album Update: Yellowcard by Yellowcard

Yellowcard released their final album, Yellowcard on September 30th. The 10 song compilation will be the last album released by Yellowcard via. Hopeless Records. The track list is as followed:

  1. Rest In Peace
  2. What Appears
  3. Got Yours
  4. A Place We Set Afire
  5. Leave A Light On
  6. The Hurt Is Gone
  7. Empty Street
  8. I’m a Wrecking Ball
  9. Savior’s Robes
  10. Fields & Fences

The singles that were released off thei album were “Rest In Peace,” and “The Hurt Is Gone.” Yellowcard is touring one last time before breaking up. Ticket and tour information can be found here.

In other news, Microwave released Much Love via. SideOneDummy Records,) Boston Manor made public their album Be Nothing via. Pure Noise Records, and Suicide Silence confirmed a self-titled album to release.

Last week, I had the privilege to meet Real Friends in Pennsylvania for their music video. Although there was an issue with the shuttle taking people to the shoot, I had a great time. Real Friends did an acoustic show outside of a DMV, and after that took pictures with each person there.

Photo of Rea Friends and myself outside of a DMV in Media, Pennsylvania.

I requested the song “Colder Quicker” which Real Friends played. Though I wasn’t in the video, I had a great time meeting new people, seeing Real Friends perform, talking with Dave Knox for a few minutes, and meeting Real Friends. It was truly a great day.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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