Concert Review: Real Friends/ Meet and Greet with All Time Low

I saw Real Friends at Irving Plaza on June 2 on their spring tour. This is their only tour they’re embarking on in 2017. Accompanying Real Friends on this tour were: Tiny Moving Parts, Have Mercy, Broadside, and nothing, nowhere.

I got to the venue early enough that I got the chance to see all of the opening bands. I’m a big fan of Broadside and was excited to see their set. I’ve seen Have Mercy prior to this tour with This Wild Life and overall, they were a good band with a large fanbase. After seeing all of the bands live, I’m looking forward to getting more in depth with their music.

Real Friends took the stage around 9:30pm and opened with “Empty Picture Frames.” Here is their setlist:

  1. Empty Picture Frames
  2. Colder Quicker
  3. Loose Ends
  4. Floorboards
  5. Late Nights In My Car
  6. Mokena
  7. Lost Boy
  8. Old Book
  9. …And We’re Just Changing
  10. Sixteen
  11. I’ve Given Up On You
  12. To My Old Self
  13. Maybe This Place Is The Same…
  14. I Don’t Love You Anymore
  15. Dead
  16. Keep Lying To Me
  17. Anchor Down
  18. Mess
  19. Summer


It’s safe to say that Real Friends put on a fantastic show, as usual. I like the fact that Real Friends played a lot of their latest album The Home Inside My Head and played their older songs like “To My Old Self” and “Floorboards.” If you haven’t seen Real Friends perform live, I highly recommend it. If you haven’t heard any of Real Friends music before, check out my blog post about their album The Home Inside My Head and listen to the song “Colder Quicker” and “Well, I’m Sorry” off of that album. Those songs are personal favorites of mine.

I met All Time Low a few days ago, June 6, at Looney Tunes in West Babylon, NY. Unfortunately, there were no cameras allowed during the event. I waited about an hour on a line before going in to get their latest album Last Young Renegade signed. The album signing only took about a minute, and I was able to chat with Jack, Zack, Alex, and Rian.


I wrote a blog post last week about the release of Last Young Renegade by All Time Low. Give it a read!

In other news, PVRIS announced a US tour starting in September (tickets and tour information can be found here,) This Wild Life released a new song “Break Me,” and Stages & Stereos announced a tour, The Sound Of Summer Tour, with Rookie Of The Year across the East Coast.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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2017 Tours To Get Excited About

Have an urge to go to a concert? Want to know what bands are touring? Here’s a list of some tours that I’m excited about.

  1. Real Friends is touring with Have Mercy, Tiny Moving Parts, Broadside, and Nothing Nowhere. The “Spring Tour” begins April 27 in Grand Rapids, MI and ends in Chicago, IL on June 9. Tickets and tour information can be found on http://realfriendsband.com/.
  2. The 10 Year Anniversary Tour of A Lesson In Romantics starring Mayday Parade will be accompanied by Knuckle Puck and Milestones. The tour kicks off in March and ends in May. New dates have been added. The whole tour information can be found on Mayday Parade’s website.
  3. The Maine announced a World Tour for their upcoming album Lovely, Little, Lonely. The tour features Beach Weather and The Mowgli’s. The tour across the United States begins March 30 and commences May 8. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  4. I See Stars announced “Treehouse Tour” this week via. social media. The band released an album last year, Treehouse. The tour begins in March and finishes in April. The month long tour will be by special guest DJs each date. The tour is across the United States, tickets can be purchased here..
  5. We The Kings is going on a 10 Year Anniversary Tour for their album We The Kings. The tour, WTK 10, is from February to April. Special guests include Plaid Brixx and Astro Lasso. Ticket information can be found on their website.
  6. Pure Noise Records presented a tour with State Champs along side them will be Against The Current, With Confidence, and Don Broco. The begins in Ohio in April and ends in Massachusetts in May. Prior to the tour across the United States, State Champs will be in Europe in the months of February thru March. Ticket and tour information can be found on Bandsintown’s website.
  7. Senses Fail has been a group for 15 years and will be touring this year. Opening for Senses Fail will be Counterparts, Movements, and Like Pacific. The band will be playing Still Searching in its entirety. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  8. The 1975 announced a huge “North American Tour 2017” that will begin in April and end in June. The show at Madison Square Garden is officially sold out. Ticket and tour information will be found on Ticket Master.
  9. Panic! At The Disco is going to be headlining a tour in the United States starting in February and ending in April. Saint Motel and Misterwives will be opening for the group. Tickets and tour dates are on Panic! At The Disco’s website.
  10. Waterparks and Too Close To Touch will be headlining shows across the United States in February and March. The tour will also feature Creeper and Chapel. I’ve seen Too Close To Touch live before, and they were great. Too Close To Touch released an album last year, Haven’t Been Myself, and I wrote a post about the album. If you’re interested in this tour, click here for more info.
  11. New Found Glory released that they will be touring on March 22 until May 12 across the United States. It will be a 20 year anniversary as a group, and you can expect NFG to sing songs off their latest album Makes Me Sick that is set to release on April 28. The group announced a new single will be released on Feb. 16 titled “Happy Being Miserable.” Tickets and tour information will be found on New Found Glory’s website.
  12. All Time Low announced this week that they will be headlining a few shows in Australia with Neck Deep and The Maine opening for them. Talk about an awesome lineup! There are only six dates announced, and pre-sale will be on Feb. 2. Tour and ticket information can be found here.
  13. Bastille is touring this year. Bastille is going around Europe within the next few months then traveling to the United States. Bastille is going on their “Wild, Wild World Tour 2017.” Tickets and general information can be found here.

I’m sure I’ve missed a few tours. Which tour are you most excited to go to ? Let me know at @ovictoriamedia on Twitter.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Album Review: Haven’t Been Myself by Too Close To Touch

Too Close To Touch released their latest album on September 23, Haven’t Been Myself. Too Close To Touch is a rock band from Lexington, Kentucky composed of Keaton Pierce, Mason Marble, Thomas Kidd, Travis Moore, and Kenneth Downey. Their journey to the ears of listeners began in 2012. Too Close To Touch was their first EP released by Epitaph Records in 2014 and Nerve Endings was their first full length album released in March of 2015 by Epitaph Records. Too Close To Touch got exposure playing at Vans Warped Tour in 2016 and won “Best Underground Band” in this year Alternative Press Music Awards. Haven’t Been Myself is Too Close To Touch’s second full length album released via. Epitaph Records.

The singles released prior to the album were “What I Wish I Could Forget,” “Crooked Smile,” and “Sympathy.” This album release was acompanied by the music video for “Sympathy.” The track list is as followed:

  1. Sympathy
  2. Crooked Smile
  3. What I Wish I Could Forget
  4. Translate
  5. Miss Your Face
  6. The Art of Eye Contact
  7. Modern Love Affair
  8. Inside Voices
  9. What A Shame
  10. For Your Sake
  11. Eiley

Pierce lost his three year old sister, and the album is nothing short than emotional pulling at your heart strings. Pierce has an amazing rasp in his voice displaying a sense of urgency, anger and sadness. The songs “Miss Your Face” and “Sympathy” are emotional by the way Pierce creates a raw vocal. Too Close To Touch has such heart-wrenching lyrics that pull at your heart strings in the right way. The album is great, and doesn’t stray away from their previous sound of their prior records. Their prior records were great, but Haven’t Been Myself truly reflect the band’s drive, emotion, and overall composition.

You can pick up a copy of Haven’t Been Myself from your local record store, purchase the album on their website, download it from iTunes or Amazon, and stream from Apple Music and Spotify. You can catch Too Close To Touch opening for Crown The Empire this fall. Ticket information can be found here.

In other news, As It Is made public that they are releasing a new album okay. on January 20, 2017 which can be pre-ordered on iTunes, Mayday Parade announced an anniversary edition of Tales Told By Dead Friends that can be pre-ordered on iTunes, the release of My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade/ Living With Ghosts (The 10th Anniversary Edition) released today, and The Maine will be playing tonight at Webster Hall in New York City one last time in 2016. The Maine is having the first ever 8123 Fest in Phoenix, Arizona celebrating their 10 years as a band. Tickets for The Maine can be found here. Panic! At The Disco released the music video for “LA Devotee” and information on a United States tour in 2017 with MisterWives and Saint Motel. Ticket pre-sale is on September 26 at 10AM.

Rock on, stay humble and be positive!

-ovictoria

***This weekend, I will be an extra for Real Friend’s music video. Would you like to hear my experience about being an extra in next week’s post? Let me know by tweeting to me @ovictoriamedia

Here’s a picture of the guys of Too Close To Touch and myself at Warped Tour!

Concert Review: Panic! At The Disco

I was fortunate enough to have see Panic! At The Disco perform with Weezer at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater yesterday. Prior to the show, I met Panic!
At The Disco. I got three guitar picks (one from Brendon, one from Dallon and one from Kenny) and got two photos with Panic! At The Disco.


Next week, I’ll post the photo with them. Meeting Panic! At The Disco seems liked such a surreal experience. I’ve been a big fan of Panic! At The Disco since A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, and they’ve evolved so much as a group. If you haven’t already, check out their album Death Of A Bachelor. 
After the meet and greet, the opening band was Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, and they had a light, whimsical vibe to their music. Andrew McMahon was walking around venue singing and having cameras following him. You might recognize the name Andrew McMahon if you listened to Jack’s Mannequin. Andrew McMahon sang “Dark Blue” last night; it was awesome to see live.img_0311
After a 30 minute intermission in between sets, Panic! At The Disco took the stage. Now, I’ve seen Panic! At The Disco twice prior to this concert. I saw Panic! At The Disco perform on October 30, 2011 at The Paramount and again on August 5, 2014 at The Theater in Madison Square Garden. Both times I’ve seen Panic! At The Disco, I was blown away. Brendon Urie is an unbelievable vocalist.

Panic! At The Disco’s setlist was:

  1. Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time
  2. Vegas Lights
  3. The Ballad of Mona Lisa
  4. Hallelujah
  5. Time To Dance
  6. Emperor’s New Clothes
  7. Girls/ Girls/ Boys
  8. Ready To Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind)
  9. Nine In The Afternoon
  10. Crazy=Genius
  11. Miss Jackson
  12. Golden Days
  13. Bohemian Rhapsody
  14. LA Devotee
  15. Death Of A Bachelor
  16. I Write Sins Not Tragedies
  17. This Is Gospel
  18. Victorious

Seeing Panic! At The Disco live is the best thing one can do. Every time I’ve seen Panic! At The Disco, I’ve always had the greatest time. There’s something about how spectacular the energy is at a Panic! At The Disco show. Brendon Urie won the 2014 award of Best Vocalist at the APMAs; it is certainly well deserved. Brendon has an impeccable range as a vocalist, he has an excellent stage presence and is a well- rounded singer. Brendon dedicated “This Is Gospel” to Spencer Smith, who is sober from prescription medication and alcohol addiction for two years. Unfortunately, I was unable to stay to see Weezer but I had the chance to hear them as I left. Weezer sounded really good. It’s safe to say that the Panic! At The Disco show was an outstanding concert.
Panic! At The Disco will be touring with Weezer all summer long. The tour began on June 10th at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion located in The Woodlands, Texas and will end August 6th at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, California. In January, Panic! At The Disco will be in Australia.

In other news, Yellowcard announced last week that they are breaking up. They’re playing all summer at Vans Warped Tour and having a farewell tour. Also, Blink- 182’s album California is released today. Next week I will be going to Warped Tour on July 9th, so there will be a post up either Saturday evening or on Sunday. Until then…

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive

-ovictoria

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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