Festival Review: Vans Warped Tour 2018

I attended the Vans Warped Tour in Holmdel, New Jersey on July 14, 2018. The date was sold out and 18,000 people were attending.

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Before heading out to Warped Tour, it was important I packed accordingly. I packed a fan, portable phone chargers, a hat, sunscreen, a sweater, sharpie, and water in my back pack. Check out my What To Pack For Warped Tour to see what you can/ can’t bring.

For me, early entry is a MUST. A lot of tents have free giveaways when you get to the tents early. When I was at Warped Tour, I got in the venue early, ran over to Grayscale’s merch tent and picked up the limited Grayscale draw string bag that is limited to 30 each day.

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I got the chance to meet Dan Lambton of Real Friends before Real Friends’ set at the Real Friends merch tent.

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I waited on line to meet John O’ Callaghan, vocalist of The Maine. We talked about Lovely, Little, Lonely, his side work as John The Ghost, and the future of The Maine. Also, he signed my ticket for Warped Tour.

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I met Kevin Jordan and Anthony DelGrosso, members of This Wild Life, after the duo’s set. The duo released Petaluma on June 22, 2018 (for more information on the album click here.)

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After Grayscale’s set, I met Collin Walsh, vocalist of Grayscale. He went directly off the stage and straight towards the merch tent to sign CDs and take photos with fans.

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Throughout the day, I got the chance to see a variety of bands. The great thing about the schedule I went to is that I had about 2 conflicts but was able to split my time and see both group’s set. The bands I saw were: Story Untold, Real Friends, Senses Fail, As It Is, Grayscale, Broadside, Mayday Parade, State Champs, Knuckle Puck, This Wild Life, The Maine, and Movements. I heard band’s sets like Tonight Alive, Reel Big Fish, Makeout, and Simple Plan during my day.

During The Maine and State Champs’ set, there were instances that the group’s stopped the set and medics/ security stepped in. Unfortunately, I was unable to see what the reason was but it was in the 80s and sunny. It’s important to stay hydrated and be safe at Warped Tour. In addition, security had to break up two people during Grayscale’s set.

Vans Warped Tour is unlike any day concert experience. It’s both exhausting and exhilarating. If you like the lineup for this years Vans Warped Tour, I highly recommend you go. As a fan, it’s wonderful you’re in one area getting to see bands you may not always get to see. In addition to seeing bands, you get the chance to meet those artists after the sets or before the sets. Each band has specific locations for meet and greets and signings, so visit the group’s merch tent to see when the group or artist has those times.

I will be going to the Vans Warped Tour in Wantagh, NY and will blog my experience in two weeks. I hope you found this blog to be helpful.

Are you heading to Warped Tour? Make sure to Prepare Yourself For Vans Warped Tour!

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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New Music & Music Videos

There have been new music and music videos released by a variety of bands including Moose Blood, Grayscale, Senses Fail, and more. Learn more about new music release for this week.

Moose Blood released a new single “Have I Told You Enough.” The latest single will be on the group’s upcoming album I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore. Along with the new song, the song released with a music video directed by Lewis Cater. The music video is a bit obscure and futuristic but entertaining.

The Ready Set released a new song “Life In Pink.” Along with the new song, The Ready Set will release V1 on March 16.

Wage War released a music video for the song “Johnny Cash.” The song is stripped down with simplistic lighting and intimate feel. The original song is off of Wage War’s latest album Deadweight.

Grayscale released a music video for their song “Forever Yours.” The video is directed by Jordan Mizrahi.

Hot Mulligan released another single “The Soundtrack To Missing A Slam Dunk” which can be heard on No Sleep Records’ Soundcloud.

Blessthefall released a new song “Wishful Sinking” which will be off of the upcoming album Hard Feelings. The album is set to release March 23, 2018 via. Rise Records.

Senses Fail debuted If There is Light, It Will Find You February 16, 2018 via. Pure Noise Records. The album features singles “Double Cross,” “Gold Jacket, Green Jacket…” and “New Jersey Makes, The World Takes.”

Car Seat Headrest released a re-recording of Twin Fantasy which releases today!

Lastly, Waterparks released a new music video this week.

Which song or music video is your favorite from this week?

In other news, the lineup for Reading & Leeds Festival got announced with Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy, Nothing But Thieves to name a few groups that are publicly performing at the festival. Hawthorne Heights, The Wonder Years, and Sum 41 announced headline tours across the United States (for ticket and tour information, click on the band names.)

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

A-Z Songs To Check Out in 2017

A- “Always Crashing The Same Car” By Sleep On It off of the album Overexposed which released Nov. 3 via. Equal Vision Records.

B- “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu” by The Maine. This song is on The Maine’s album Lovely, Little, Lonely which released in April 2017. This song and album were reviewed on blog posts. The song review can be read here and the album review here.

C- “Come Undone” by Grayscale Feat. Patty Walters from As It Is. Grayscale released the album Adornment May 5 via. Fearless Records.

D- “Deadly Dull” by Movements. This song is off Movements first full length album Feel Something which released Oct. 20. This album was reviewed on a blog post that you can read here.

E- “Ego” by Milky Chance off of the album Blossom. I wrote a blog post giving information about Blossom you can check out here.

F- “Fire” by The Dangerous Summer off of The Dangerous Summer set to release Jan. 26 via. Hopeless Records. The Dangerous Summer broke up and announced their reunion this year. This is the first single released off of the album.

G- “Get By” by Real Friends. Real Friends will be releasing music next year but released their first single. New music releasing in 2018 can be found on my blog post of albums to release in 2018.

H- “Hannah” by COIN off of the album How Will You Know If You Never Try? COIN will be touring across the United States in 2018 with The Aces. Tickets and tour information can be found here.

I- “The Island” by Vinyl Theatre off of Origami released May 5 via. Fueled by Ramen.  The album is second full length album released by Vinyl Theatre.

J- “J-Boy” by Phoenix off of the album Ti Amo via. Gladstone Entertainment Group.

K- “Keep Going” by The Revivalists off of the album Men Amongst Mountains.

L- “Laps Around A Picture Frame” by Broadside. This song is off of Broadside’s latest album Paradise which released in June of 2017.

M- “Mouth Of The River” by Imagine Dragons off of Evolve.

N- “No Mercy” by PVRIS off of the album All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell released in August of 2017. PVRIS is touring across the United States. Shows and ticket information can be found here.

O- “Out of Mana” by Brand New off of Science Fiction which released Aug. 19.

P- “Parachute” by Neck Deep off of the album The Peace And The Panic which released Aug. 18 via. Hopeless Records.

R- “Run For Cover” by The Killers off of Wonderful, Wonderful. “Run For Cover” was one of the singles released prior to the album’s release.

S- “Soap” by As It Is. The album released in January via. Fearless Records. I wrote a brief review of the album on a blog post you can read here.

T- “Told You So” by Paramore off of their album After Laughter. Paramore has not released new music since Paramore (2013). Read my album review for After Laughter here.

U- “Uh-Huh, Yeah!” by Judah & The Lion off the album Folk Hop N’ Roll released in March of this year. Judah & The Lion will be on Parahoy with Paramore in 2018.

V- “A Violent Noise” by The XX off of their latest album I See You.

W- “Want Me Around” by Knuckle Puck off of the album Shapeshifter. Additional album information can be found here and my concert review of the Knuckle Puck show this fall is here.

Y- “Your Love Is A Cancer” by The Gospel Youth. The British group released Always Lose during their run on this year’s Vans Warped Tour. The Gospel Youth is touring across the United States with Sleeping With Sirens in 2018.

Z- “Zombie Intro” by Andrew McMahon In The Winderness off of Zombies On Broadway which released in February of 2017. The additional songs that are great off of the album are: “So Close” and “Fire Escape.” Additional information about Zombie On Broadway can be found on my album update post.

Unfortunately, I could not find a song beginning with Q and X that released this year. There are a lot more songs and albums that released this year that you must check out! What song or album is your favorite from 2017? Let me know by tweeting me @ovictoriamedia.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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*Thank you to @BillyFitzz for the input!

My Current Jams

Last week I had a Twitter poll (@ovictoriamedia) asking if you wanted a blog post on songs I’ve been into, and 82% wanted me to post a list of favorite jams. My list of jams vary everyday, but here are some consistent songs that you should check out.

Bottom Of The Deep Blue Sea” by MISSIO. This song has been dominating alternative charts for a reason. There are various layers to this song, and I’m glad that “Bottom Of The Deep Blue Sea” and “Middle Fingers” are two songs that are bringing exposure to the duo. I especially like the meaning behind this song; its hauntingly alluring. In an interview, it was said that the lyrics were representative of the vocalist, Matthew Brue, and his battle with addiction, especially with the chorus of “Welcome to my cage, little lover.” This song is off of MISSIO’s album Loner which came out this year.

Someone To You” by Banners. I heard this song on AltNation on Sirius XM and immediately fell in love. This song is catchy, so upbeat, and the lyrics are delightful. If you have yet to check out Banners, I recommend it! Banners will be touring with Echosmith (and tickets and tour information can be found on my blog post here.)

Drown” by Bring Me The Horizon. Occasionally I put my iPod on shuffle, and I stumbled upon this song. I enjoy the fact this song is high intensity and is deep and beautiful lyrically. This song is off of their album That’s the Spirit that released in 2015.

Revolutions” by The Gospel Youth. This song is a power ballad that shows emotions on full display. Lets not forget to mention that Samuel Little’s vocal range is impressive in this song. Keep The Gospel Youth on your radar of bands to watch out for! Check out their latest album Always Lose for an album that shows obstacles and how to overcome them.

Beautiful Things” by Grayscale has been one of the songs that once I hear, I can’t get out. Grayscale recently released their album Adornment that features this track. Grayscale was signed to Fearless Records around the time the album was released. This song is one of many that you have to check out by Grayscale. Since the release of Adornment, Grayscale has been dominating (and touring with As It Is, Four Year Strong, Cute Is What We Aim For and more.) Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Break Me” by This Wild Life. This is their latest single that was released prior to their summer tour with A Will Away and Dry Jacket. I was fortunate enough to hear this song live during their set at Bowery Ballroom. This song pulls at your heart strings and is a great representation of the pop punk duo. For my review of that show and meet and greet, click here.

The Art of Eye Contact” by Too Close To Touch. Too Close To Touch released a music video this week for this song. The track is one of many off of Too Close To Touch’s latest album Haven’t Been Myself which features songs like “Sympathy” and “What I Wish I Could Forget.” I like the way the song opens, and the music video was visually and artistically pleasing.

Other songs that I’ve been into have been: “Hidden Colors” by Broadside, “Don’t Take The Money” by Bleachers, “Cloud 9” by Emarosa, and more. If you’re interested in hearing more songs I’ve been into, check out my radio show here that is two hours of alternative music.

If you want updates on music I’ve been into posted on my blog, tweet me @ovictoriamedia letting me know you’d want another blog post.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

 

Concert Review: This Wild Life at Bowery Ballroom NYC

On Wednesday July 19, 2017, I attended the show for This Wild Life in New York City. This was my sixth time seeing them.

The venue the concert was at was Bowery Ballroom, and I’ve seen The Maine and mewithoutYou perform at that venue. I knew the layout of the venue which made the night enjoyable. The venue holds 575 people which makes any show at Bowery intimate.

Prior to the show, I met with Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso, the two members in This Wild Life. The meet and greet was similar to the one I had with Dustin Lynch; both meet and greets consisted of a small acoustic performance prior to the show and a photo with the band/artist. This Wild Life had 25 people allowed for a meet and greet each show. This was the first meet and greet option This Wild Life had on tour. It was so refreshing to hang out with This Wild Life and discuss who they are, their music, and their future during their Q&A session of the meet and greet. Anthony and I were talking about how great Grayscale is as a band. Kevin and I talked about how awesome Copeland is as a band and how This Wild Life would love to tour with Paramore. The meet and greet portion with the 25 people, Kevin, and Anthony was an hour long.  Interesting fact about This Wild Life, Anthony and Kevin met at a Guitar Center.


After the meet and greet, I exited the venue and re-entered ready for the show. I got a seat and saw the two opening bands, A Will Away and Dry Jacket. I didn’t hear any of their music prior to their set, but I really enjoyed the overall composition of A Will Away. At the end of their set, I visited their merchandise table and purchased their album Here Again. I got the chance to talk with Matt from A Will Away and talked about how I really enjoyed the band’s set. He signed my CD at the end of our conversation. Dry Jacket had really good instrumentals which makes me eager to listen to their music outside of the show.

After the two bands performed their set, This Wild Life took the stage walking out to “Under The Sea” from the soundtrack of The Little Mermaid. There were bubbles and beautiful lights. Here is their setlist:

  1. Concrete
  2. Pull Me Out
  3. Ripped Away
  4. Break Me
  5. Better With You
  6. Puppy Love
  7. No More Bad Days
  8. Let Go
  9. Sleepwalking (Bring Me The Horizon cover)
  10. History
  11. Falling Down
  12. Over It


Their set was small but had a variety of songs from their album Clouded, Low Tides, and prior works. Fun fact, Kevin wrote “Ripped Away” on a lunch break at Guitar Center. It’s fantastic that This Wild Life had a social media contest with listeners, and the winner of each show was able to sing the bridge of “Let Go” with This Wild Life.” This Wild Life sounds equally fantastic live as they do on an album. This Wild Life is gaining a bigger following, and I’m so proud to have been a fan since 2014 and see the band grow. Kevin and Anthony are two humble guys who are working hard to create such emotional content that connects with listeners.

If you’re interested in reading more about my experience with This Wild Life, check out my review on their album Low Tides here and a previous concert review here. You should check out their music if you have not already, hear their song “No More Bad Days” performed live on a boat.

In other news, Linkin Park’s vocalist Chester Bennington committed suicide yesterday, may he rest in peace. Linkin Park released a new music video for their song “Talking To Myself.” Propaganda has their album Victory Lap set to release on September 29, Grayscale released a music video for their cover of “Love Yourself,” PVRIS released an album tracklist for the upcoming album All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell, The Early November announced a fall co-headline tour with The Movielife (tickets and tour information can be found here,) Echosmith announced the “Inside A Dream Tour” with special guest Banners (tickets and tour information can be found here). The APMAs was on Monday (and here is the list of the winners.) This week had milestones of various albums including War Paint by The Dangerous Summer.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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