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

 

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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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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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Album Updates From Vinyl Theatre and Grayscale

Vinyl Theatre released their second full length album Origami today via. Fueled By Ramen. The album moved release dates from May 12 to May 5. The singles off of the album are “My Fault,” “New Machines,” “30 Seconds,” and “The Island.”

Here is the track list:

  1. My Fault
  2. Day In Day Out
  3. New Machines
  4. 30 Seconds
  5. Speak My Mind
  6. The Island
  7. Pull Your Weight
  8. Fade Away
  9. Take You for the Good Times

 

Grayscale released their first album Adornment today via. Fearless Records. The group is currently touring with As It Is and Roam. The singles released off of Adornment are “Atlantic,” “Beautiful Things,” and “If I Ever See You Again.” Here is the track list:

  1. Let It Rain
  2. Come Undone (Featuring Patty Walters)
  3. Slipping Away
  4. Atlantic
  5. Forever Yours
  6. Beautiful Things
  7. Mum
  8. Fever Dream
  9. Echoes (Carry On)
  10. Slept
  11. If I Ever See You Again

In other news, This Wild Life released a cover of Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box,”  Letlive. announced their break up via. social media, Paramore released their second single “Told You So,” and PVRIS released a new song “Heaven” off of their upcoming album All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell that will be released August 4.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Paramore Releases “Hard Times” and Other ICYMI

A lot of news in the music scene has been announced, here’s my list of the top information this week.

  • Paramore released their latest single “Hard Times” on Wednesday. Their upcoming album After Laughter will be out on May 12. You can pre-order the album here and see tour dates for Paramore here. Here is the track list:
    1. Hard Times
    2. Rose- Colored Boy
    3. Told You So
    4. Forgiveness
    5. Fake Happy
    6. 26
    7. Pool
    8. Grudges
    9. Caught In The Middle
    10. Idle Worship
    11. No Friend
    12. Tell Me How
  • Gorillaz announced a tour across North America. The tour kicks off in Chicago, IL. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • The lineup for this year’s Riot Fest was announced this week including bands like: Mayday Parade, A Day To Remember, Paramore, Taking Back Sunday, Real Friends, Bayside, and more. The full line up and information can be found on their website.
  • Josh Dun is officially teaming up as an ambassador for Good Dye Young.
  • COIN released their album How Will You Know If You Never Try featuring “Talk Too Much,” “I Don’t Wanna Dance,” and “Don’t Cry, 2020.” Here is the track list:
    1. Don’t Cry, 2020
    2. Boyfriend
    3. Talk Too Much
    4. I Don’t Wanna Dance
    5. Hannah
    6. Are We Alone?
    7. Heart Eyes
    8. Lately II
    9. Feeling
    10. Miranda Beach
    11. Malibu 1992
  • State Champs released the acoustic version of “Secrets.”
  • Alternative Press announced in an article that the category of “Best New Artist” revealing that K. Flay,  PUP, SWMRS, Tiny Moving Parts, Watsky, and With Confidence are in the running.
  • You can pre-order Grayscale’s new album on Merchnow Adornment that features “Atlantic” and “Beautiful Things.” Here is the track list:
    1. Let It Rain
    2. Come Undone (Featuring Patty Walters)
    3. Slipping Away
    4. Atlantic
    5. Forever Yours
    6. Beautiful Things
    7. Mum
    8. Fever Dream
    9. Echoes (Carry On)
    10. Slept
    11. If I Ever See You Again

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

*Follow me on Twitter @ovictoriamedia

17 Bands To Listen To 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 Outgrown Things.
  2. The Hunna (@THEHUNNABAND) is a rock band from Hertfordshire, England. The group formed in 2015 and has been touring across 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 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 Never Try. Their music is infectious, and they’ve sold out the majority of their shows on their recent tour across the United States. 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 the Billboard Alternative charts. Mondo Cozmo will be performing at a variety of festivals including Governors Ball. Check out “Shine.”
  5. Boston Manor (@BSTNMNNR) is a pop punk group from the UK and has released two albums Saudade and Be Nothing. I was able to see Boston Manor when seeing Broadside at Amityville Music Hall. The guys in the band are super nice and their music is radical. Check out their song “Forget Me Not” off of Be Nothing and see them at the 2017 Vans Warped Tour.
  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 discussed in a recent blog post). After seeing their set when they toured with Dashboard Confessional, I understood why this group has been gaining more 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 a good reason. The group is from Lexington, KY and has released Nerve Endings and Haven’t Been Myself (which I blogged about their release.) I met Too Close To Touch at Warped Tour last year 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 Alt/ Indie band from the UK. Meeting them at Warped Tour after enjoying their electric set was fantastic. The group has out EPs like Gold Dust and Younger Mind, and you should check out “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.
    Check out their song “Julia Gulia” and read my review about the song here.
  10. Grayscale (@GrayscalePA) is signed to Fearless Records 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 their latest album Adornment.
  11. If you haven’t heard 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 Advanced Placement Tour AltNation hosted. Their on my list of bands 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 wrote about in a previous blog post.) As It Is recently finished up their first headlining tour across the United States with Grayscale. Check out their song “Soap” off of Okay.
  13. The Flats (@TheFlatsOH) is a rock group from Toledo, OH. The group has recently released Auburn In The Everlast via. Bandcamp. Check out their song “Fight And Flight
  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. 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 and has released I No Longer, Pentimento, and EPs such as Inside The Sea and Wrecked. They have a split album with Young English. Check out their song “Just Friends.”
  16. If you like Mumford & Sons older albums, you’ll enjoy 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 theee EPs, Pools To Bathe In, Swim Against The Tide, and Clean. Check out their song “Face Like Thunder.

In other news, Broadside released the song “Paradise,” Paramore performed on “the Late Late Show with James Corden”, and The Gospel Youth announced a new album and released “Moods Like English Weather.”

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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