Concert Review: COIN at Irving Plaza NYC

Hey everyone! If you follow my Twitter @ovictoriamedia you know that many voted for an ICYMI blog post. I figured I’d make a bonus blog for you all. Hope you all enjoy!

Irving Plaza in New York City holds over 1,000 people. COIN visited Irving Plaza on the “North American Tour 2018” on Friday February 9, 2018. Accompanying COIN on tour is The Aces. The NYC date was sold out.

I purchased a VIP ticket to the show which allowed me to watch the show from the back of the sound board on the second floor. On the second floor is a bar and an open area where you can see the show.

The bar on the second floor had specialty drinks made for the group. Here is a picture of the drink menu.

The opening act was The Aces. The girl group put on a 30-40 minute set. The crowd was loud with the opening act singing back lyrics and dancing. After waiting 20 minutes, COIN took the stage. Here is the setlist:

  1. Growing Pains
  2. Boyfriend
  3. I Don’t Wanna Dance
  4. Time Machine
  5. Are We Alone?
  6. Hannah
  7. Run
  8. Don’t Cry, 2020
  9. I Would
  10. Heart Eyes
  11. (Talk)
  12. Youuu
  13. Miranda Beach
  14. Malibu 1992
  15. Talk Too Much
  16. Fingers Crossed
  17. Feeling *ENCORE*

The show was awesome. I’ve never seen COIN perform live before, and the group performed as great as I thought they would. The group sounds as great live ans they do on an album. The audience were engaged in the music and vivacious with the group. I feel that COIN is an up and coming band and is gaining more traction with their latest album How Will You Know If You Never Try? COIN’s music has been playing on a variety of alternative music stations including Sirius XM’s Alt Nation.

After COIN’s set, I got the chance to meet Regan, a disc jockey on AltNation. After socializing with him, I went down the stairs and met with an employee of Irving Plaza. Since I purchased a VIP ticket, I received a poster courtesy of Irving Plaza. The poster is with COIN’s tour artwork giving information that the show is sold out.

Thanks for reading the bonus blog!

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Concert Review: Taking Back Sunday @ Starland Ballroom, NJ

Taking Back Sunday is a rock band from Long Island, NY. I attended Taking Back Sunday’s Fourth Annual Holiday Spectacular at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. The bands supporting Taking Back Sunday at the show were: Modern Chemistry and The Maine.

Prior to the concert, I attended Taking Back Sunday’s pop-up shop inside the venue and saw Adam Lazzara and John Nolan perform an acoustic set with songs of their own and holiday music. Here is the pop-up show’s setlist:

  1. Jingle Bell Rock
  2. Faith (When I Let You Down)
  3. Please Come Home For Christmas
  4. Tidal Wave
  5. Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart
  6. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch

In between the songs, there was a lot of back and forth conversation between Lazzara and Nolan. It felt more like I was hanging out during a jam session over it feeling like just aquick set and leaving. It was nice that local crafters were inside the venue during the pop-up shop.

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After waiting a few hours in between, I went back to Starland Ballroom to see Modern Chemistry perform. Modern Chemistry has awesome instrumentals, and I had the same thought last time I saw the group open for Mayday Parade back on the “Tales Told By Dead Friends 10th Anniversary Tour.” I have to look into their music further.

There was a short intermission, and the crowd began piling in. I’ve seen The Maine a variety of times including the Modern Nostalgia Tour last month (my experience was further written about here.) The Maine took the stage next playing some old and new hits. Here is The Maine’s setlist:

  1. Happy
  2. Bad Behavior
  3. My Heroine
  4. Like We Did (Windows Down)
  5. Run
  6. Am I Pretty?
  7. Girls Do What They Want
  8. Diet Soda Society
  9. Lovely
  10. Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu

After The Maine performed and a short intermission, Taking Back Sunday too the stage. I’ve never seen Taking Back Sunday perform, and it will not be my last.

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Taking Back Sunday has an awesome stage presence and sounds as great as they would on an album. The crowd went wild over old and new favorites. Here is Taking Back Sunday’s setlist:

  1. You Know How I Do
  2. Tidal Wave
  3. Set Phasers To Stun
  4. Error: Operator
  5. You Can’t Look Back
  6. Timberwolves at New Jersey
  7. You Got Me
  8. Flicker, Fade
  9. Death Wolf
  10. You’re So Last Summer
  11. My Blue Heaven
  12. All Excess
  13. Liar (It Takes One To Know One)
  14. A Decade Under The Influence
  15. Everything Must Go
  16. What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost?
  17. Spin
  18. Cute Without The ‘E’
  19. She (Green Day Cover)
  20. Call Me In The Morning
  21. MakeDamnSure

I was hoping the group would’ve played “Slowdance On The Inside” and “Ghost Man On Third,” but I enjoyed Taking Back Sunday’s set. The energy of the venue was high, and Taking Back Sunday had an excellent lineup and performed excellent. I highly recommend you check out Taking Back Sunday if you have yet to.

Wishing you, my reader, and your loved ones happy holidays. Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Concert Review: Knuckle Puck at The Outer Space, CT

Knuckle Puck played at The Outer Space in Hamden, CT on Nov. 11 on their “Knuckle Puck USA Tour ’17.” The tour had Movements, With Confidence, and Homesafe supporting Knuckle Puck.

The Outer Space is similar to Amityville Music Hall on Long Island, NY. The venue is small and snug. The sound quality the venue has is fantastic.

The first band to perform was Homesafe. Homesafe is Ryan Rumchaks, the bassist for Knuckle Puck’s, band. I saw the setlist for Homesafe, and checked out a few songs. Rumchaks revealed that Homesafe will have a new album release in 2018.

  1. Guts
  2. Float Away
  3. Resolve
  4. Relapse
  5. Mountain
  6. Stranger
  7. Hourglass

Check out some of their music here.

After a short intermission to change equipment, With Confidence took the stage. The group performed nine songs. Here is the setlist:

  1. Voldemort
  2. Dinner Bell
  3. Archers
  4. Higher
  5. Godzilla
  6. London Lights
  7. Here For Nothing
  8. We’ll Be Okay
  9. Keeper

Even though their album Better Weather sounds more pop than pop-punk, the sound the group has live is more punk than pop. With Confidence toured with State Champs in May, and I saw them prior to this tour.

At the end of With Confidence’s set, Movements performed. Here is the set list:

  1. Colorblind
  2. Third Degree
  3. Nineteen
  4. Worst Wishes
  5. Deadly Dull
  6. Hatchet
  7. Daylily
  8. Vacant Home
  9. Kept

I’ve seen Movements perform with Real Friends on the $5 Tour and at this year’s Vans Warped Tour. Both times I’ve seen Movements perform, I feel the connection the band makes with their songs. Movements played a mix of songs from Outgrown Things and Feel Something which was enjoyable. You can read more about Feel Something in a previous blog post of mine. After the show, I got a picture with Patrick Miranda of Movements.

Knuckle Puck took the stage after Movements and performed 18 songs. Here is the setlist:

  1. Gone
  2. Fences
  3. But Why Would You Care?
  4. Poison Pen Letter
  5. True Contrite
  6. Stationary
  7. Double Helix
  8. Evergreen
  9. Want me Around
  10. Everyone Lies To Me
  11. Bedford Falls
  12. Oak Street
  13. Wait
  14. Pretense
  15. No Good
  16. Untitled
  17. Struck *ENCORE
  18. Stateside *ENCORE

I enjoyed the fact that Knuckle Puck had a balance of the songs that they’ve played. Joe Taylor of Knuckle Puck said that the crowds from Irving Plaza to The Outer Space is different stating The Outer Space was smaller and more intimate. At one point, a fan threw their hat on the stage, and Taylor said that the fan needed to crowd surf to get their hat back. The crowd and Knuckle Puck fed off of each other amplifying the energy of the space. The show had a lot of circle pits and crowd surfers.

This tour was a great balance of pop punk bands who are up and coming in the music scene. With six tour dates left,  Knuckle Puck announced via. Facebook that With Confidence is not performing along side them on the “Knuckle Puck USA Tour ’17.” Luke Roberts, the guitarist of With Confidence, is no longer a member of With Confidence. The group posted a status on their Facebook page (you can read here) giving information about the departure. There has been rumors of sexual misconduct leading to the departure. Jayden Seely, vocalist of With Confidence, released a statement on Twitter clarifying allegations against him and a fan (you can read his statement here.)

The tour wraps up this weekend in Columbus, OH, but Knuckle Puck will be overseas from the end of November until December. Knuckle Puck released that Have Mercy will not be accompanying them on their EU and UK Tour here. You can read Have Mercy’s statement here. Knuckle Puck will also be touring in Australia in 2018. Tickets and tour information can be found here.

In other news, Jesse Lacey of Brand New released a statement on Facebook in regards to the rumors of his sexual misconduct. Touring member Kevin Devine pulled himself from touring with Brand New (read the statement here.) Brand New is postponing the shows in the United Kingdom and Ireland offering refunds on the tickets. On a lighter note, Jason Lancaster released LNCSTR, Paramore released the music video for “Fake Happy,” the lineup for Slam Dunk Festival is announced along with ticket information on their website, PVRIS announced a North American Tour in 2018 which visits areas that the group missed while touring (tickets and tour information can be found here.) Movements released a video for their song “Daylily” on Earmark.com.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Concert Review: The Maine at The Paramount

The Maine is a pop rock band from Tempe, AZ. I attended the “Modern Nostalgia Tour” at The Paramount in Huntington on Sunday, Nov. 5. The lineup of the tour was: Night Riots, Dreamers and The Maine.

The Paramount concert venue is in Huntington, New York. The venue holds about 1,500 seats. The Maine has played at The Paramount with Mayday Parade on the “American Lines Tour” last year.

I got in to Huntington and unfortunately missed Night Riots set. I was fortunate enough to catch Dreamers set. Even though there were a few people in the crowd that knew songs by Dreamers, including myself, a lot of the crowd were swaying along to the songs Dreamers performed.

After an intermission between sets, The Maine took the stage and performed Lovely, Little, Lonely and American Candy in its entirety. Here is the setlist.

  1. Don’t Come Down
  2. Bad Behavior
  3. Lovely
  4. Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu
  5. Taxi
  6. Do You Remember? (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?
  13. Miles Away
  14. Same Suit, Different Tie
  15. My Hair
  16. English Girls
  17. 24 Floors
  18. Diet Soda Society
  19. Am I Pretty?
  20. (Un)Lost
  21. American Candy
  22. Another Night On Mars

In between the two albums, The Maine took an intermission to change from an all white outfit to their iconic blue suits. The stage was set up beautifully with a backdrop that was red, white, and blue, and the stage had a lot of flower petals. It was lovely to see how they set up the stage.

Every time I see The Maine, the vibe of the venue is always positive and The Maine never disappoints. It’s impressive that every time I see The Maine, John O’Callaghan’s voice is still top quality. The band engages well with the listeners. At one point during the show, John O’Callaghan caught a sweaty bra and put it on. The Maine never fails to entertain both musically and the things that they do. My favorite part of the experience was getting to hear the interlude songs from Lovely, Little, Lonely. My favorite transition is from “Bad Behavior” to “Lovely” to “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu.” I went with a great group of people, and had a great time seeing The Maine for my seventh time.

If you want to read more blog posts about The Maine…

In other news, Trophy Eyes released a statement via. Facebook stating that the group has parted ways with their drummer, Of Mice & Men released a new single “Warzone,” As It Is released the music video for “No Way Out,” Neck Deep released the music video for “Parachute,” and Nothing But Thieves announced a tour across the United States with AWOLNATION in 2018 (tickets and tour information can be found here.)

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Concert Review: Paramore @ Radio City Music Hall

Paramore is a ‘genre neutral’ band from Franklin, TN. I attended the Paramore show in New York City in Radio City Music Hall on Oct. 4.


Opening for Paramore was Best Coast. I got to the venue near the end of Best Coast’s set. I waited on line and purchased an All We Know Is Falling vinyl and got to my seat. After waiting a half hour, Paramore took the stage. Here is the setlist:

  1. Hard Times
  2. Ignorance
  3. Still Into You
  4. Daydreaming
  5. Forgiveness
  6. Brick By Boring Brick
  7. Playing God
  8. That’s What You Get
  9. I Caught Myself
  10. Hate To See Your Heart Break
  11. 26
  12. Told You So
  13. Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac Cover)
  14. Fake Happy
  15. Misery Business
  16. Ain’t It Fun
  17. Caught In The Middle *ENCORE*
  18. Scooby’s in the Back (Halfnoise Cover) *ENCORE*
  19. Rose- Colored Boy *ENCORE*


Everytime I see Paramore perform, it’s always an emotional experience. When Paramore slowed down the set with “26” and “Hate To See Your Heart Break” it was somber in the venue. Paramore played a lot of songs that were popular like “Misery Business,” “Ain’t It Fun,” “That’s What You Get,” “Hard Times.” Paramore is great with connecting with the crowd and letting fans know that it’s okay to feel sad. I wish that Paramore played a song or two from their album All We Know Is Falling and expanded their setlist adding two or three more songs. If you have yet to see Paramore live, I highly recommend it.

In other news, Vinyl Theatre released a new song “Me, Myself, and I” and Knuckle Puck released “Want Me Around.” Check out those new songs and let me know what you think about them by tweeting to me @ovictoriamedia.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria