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: 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: 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!