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

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New Singles and Tours Announced!

This week is full of new songs, music videos, and updates on upcoming tours. Here’s what is going on:

  • X Ambassadors released the music video for their song “Ahead Of Myself.”
  • I Prevail released an animated video of their song “Alone.”
  • Knuckle Puck released their latest single “Double Helix” which is one of two singles [“Gone“] off of their upcoming album Shapeshifter set to release on Oct. 13 via. Rise Records.
  • Fall Out Boy released a music video for their latest song “The Last of the Real Ones.”
  • The Story So Far released a new song “Out Of It” and announced a tour across the United States. The tour begins Nov. 3 in Fresno, CA and ends Dec. 3 in Bloomington, IL. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • Weezer shared their new song “Beach Boys.”
  • I The Mighty announced a Fall 2017 tour with Hail The Sun and Good Tiger across the United States. Tickets and Tour information can be found here.
  • COIN posted a photo on Instagram with the caption “2018 TOUR DATES NEXT WEEK”
  • Neck Deep announced one of three opening bands that will accompany Neck Deep across the United States on “The Peace And The Panic USA Tour.” The announcement was released via. Twitter stating that Speak Low If You Speak Love will join in. (A blog post was released with my review of The Peace And The Panic and can be read here.)
  • Brand New released via. Twitter that Nada Surf will be joining them on tour across the United States for their October tour.
  • Circa Survive released the music video for “Premonition of the Hex” off of their upcoming album The Amulet set to release Sept. 22 via. Hopeless Records.
  • The music video for Seaways’ “Lula On The Beach” debuted this week.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Top Tours To Get Excited For

There are new tours that are being announced within the next couple of months. Here is a list of tours to get excited for in the coming months in the United States:

  • “North American Tour 2017” starring PVRIS featuring Lights, Party Nails, and Flint Eastwood. The tour begin in September and ends a month later in October and travels across the United States. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • “Connect The Dots Tour” with Misterwives headlining and Smallpools and Vinyl Theatre opening. The tour begins Sept. 21 in Nashville, TN and finishes Oct. 27 in Washington, D.C. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • “Fall Of The Summer Gods” tour by Third Eye Blind. The upcoming tour has a large variety of dates that are announced throughout the United States. There is no word as to if there will be any supporting acts, but tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • “Paramore Tour Two” hosted by Paramore and Best Coast accompanying them. The tour will be a month long across the United States. For tickets and tour information, click here.
  • “USA 2017” headlined by Turnover featuring Elvis Depressedly and Emma Ruth Rundle that will begin in October and will continue until November. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • “Modern Nostalgia Tour” hosted by The Maine with DREAMERS and Night Riots. The tour is unique from prior tours because The Maine will be playing Lovely Little Lonely and American Candy in its entirety. Tickets and tour information can be found here and keep an eye out because more tour dates are TBA.
  • Touché Amoré released information on their “Fall 2017 Tour” that will begin in Phoenix, AZ in September and continue until Oct. 17 in Los Angeles, CA. Supporting Touché Amoré will be Single Mothers and Gouge Away. More information about this tour can be found here.
  • “Made In America” headlined by Waterparks accompanied by As It Is, Chapel, and Sleep On It. The tour was announced this week and will begin on Nov. 6 through Dec. 7. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • “Gone Now Era” announced by Bleachers who is bringing Bishop Briggs and Tove Styrke as supporting acts. Bleachers tour begins Sept. 8 in Lewiston, NY and wraps up in Nov. 20 in New York, NY. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • “Inside A Dream Tour” starring Echosmith supported by Banners. The tour will be across the United States between October and November. Tickets and tour information can be found here. (Check out Banner’s song “Someone To You,” it’s been my current jam.)
  • A tour was recently announced that is co-headlined between The Early November and The Movielife with Heart Attack Man as an opening band. Select dates for this tour and information can be found here.
  • “How Will You Know If You Never Try Part 2 Fall 2017” hosted by COIN will begin in September and end in November. Check out their tour dates here.
  • “Headspace Tour” headlined by Issues with Volumes opening. The tour will begin in Florida on Sept. 24 and continue until Nov. 2 in Louisiana. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • “USA Tour 2017” was recently announced on Knuckle Puck’s page. The tour begins in Oct. 11 in Minneapolis, MN and will convert to a European tour at the end of November. The opening bands for the US portion of the tour will be accompanied by Movements, With Confidence, and Homesafe and the tour in Europe will be accompanied by Tiny Moving Parts, Have Mercy, and Movements. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • A Day To Remember will be headlining a Fall tour supported with Moose Blood and Wage War. There are sporadic dates throughout August until October. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • If you can’t attend A Day To Remember’s tour, you can always check them out at their festival, Self Help Festival. The tickets and information of locations can be found here. The bands that have been announced include Silverstein, Real Friends, Mooseblood, and more depending on location). More bands will be announced in the future.
  • Riot Festival in Chicago will commence Sept. 15-17 with a variety of bands including: Taking Back Sunday, New Found Glory, The Orwells, and more. Band information for each day can be found here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Song Review: “Gone” by Knuckle Puck

After gaining a lot of fans with Copacetic, Knuckle Puck is back with a new single that was released yesterday and publicized through social media. “Gone” is the first single that is released off of Knuckle Puck’s sophomore album Shapeshifter which is set to release on Oct. 13 via. Rise Records. You can pre-order their upcoming album and receive “Gone” instantly on their website.

“Gone” is what I expected Knuckle Puck to release. Instrumentally, Knuckle Puck has a distinct sound that has drums, guitars, and bass full of angst with a high speed sound. Lyrically, this song is fantastic. Knuckle Puck is great at telling stories through their lyrics, and this song does a great job with it. The lyrics are somber and pull at your heart strings in the right way. The hook of “There’s no way back, there’s no way back” sounds similar to the line “You tore me down, you tore me down” in Knuckle Puck’s song “Untitled” (off of Copacetic.) This single sure does not disappoint.

If you have yet to hear their music, I highly recommend hearing their first full length album Copacetic, 2015. My favorite songs off of the album are: “Evergreen,” “In Your Crosshairs,” and “Untitled.” Knuckle Puck does a great job with creating high intensity songs and power ballads. I’m excited to see what Knuckle Puck has in store for their upcoming album.

In other news, The Killers teased a new song “Run For Cover,” Turnover released their new single “Sunshine Type,” August Burns Red released “Invisible Enemy,” Brendon Urie, Oli Sykes, and more are shown in the new music video, “Boys“, by Charlie XCX. and happy 15 year anniversary to My Chemical Romance’s I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, and happy 12th anniversary to Paramore’s first album All We Know is Falling.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Concert Reviews: Mayday Parade and State Champs in New York

Last week I saw Mayday Parade live in New York City at Webster Hall, again in Long Island at The Paramount on Thursday, and Friday I saw State Champs in New York City at Irving Plaza. Since After Laughter released, I figured the best way to break down the concerts was in a separate blog post.

I saw Mayday Parade perform on May 9 at Webster Hall in New York City on their “A Lesson In Romantics 10th Anniversary Tour.” Accompanying Mayday Parade on this tour were Knuckle Puck and Milestones. This was my seventh time seeing Mayday Parade.

Prior to the show, I got the chance to meet Mayday Parade for the fourth time. I try to buy my tickets during pre-sale to get the experience of meeting a band. I was able to buy meet and greet tickets for my brother and myself. I bought the meet and greet tickets and brought my mother and brother with me to meet Derek Sanders, Brooks Betts, Alex Garcia, Jeremy Lenzo, and Jake Bundrick.

When meeting Mayday Parade, I got a photo of them signed as well as my sweatshirt of Mayday Parade when they had a sweater with Glamour Kills for the Glamour Kills Tour in 2013. This is what the sweater looks like. I had that sweater since it was released then and got it signed by the guys in Mayday Parade. I also got the chance to have a mini interview with Jeremy, Brooks, Alex, and Derek. I wanted to ask Jake a few questions, but he was sick with the flu.

After the meet and greet, I waited for Milestones and Knuckle Puck to perform. I heard of Milestones prior to the show. Milestones had good instrumentals when performing. The vocals and tone of the singer’s voice was okay but blended as the set progressed. Overall the band’s vibe was okay, but needed a bit more of a command on stage to interact with the people at the show. I’d like to listen to Milestones outside of seeing them to see if they sound different live. They’re a group that was pretty good overall, and I’d like to see again. The other opener was Knuckle Puck. I saw Knuckle Puck a few times open for The Maine and State Champs. Knuckle Puck has also been to Warped Tour, and I’ve seen their set. I knew what to expect from Knuckle Puck: circle pits, energetic vibes from everyone in the group, and a crowd whose angst was showing. Knuckle Puck stopped performing and said that it wasn’t cool to punch each other when we’re all there to enjoy the music, which is true. Overall, the opening groups got me ready for Mayday Parade.

Here is Mayday Parade’s setlist:

  1. Jamie All Over
  2. Black Cat
  3. When I Get Home, You’re So Dead
  4. Jersey
  5. If You Wanted A Song Written About You, All You Had To Do Was Ask
  6. Miserable At Best
  7. Walk On Water or Drown
  8. Ocean And Atlantic
  9. I’d Hate To Be You When People Find Out What This Song Is About
  10. Take This To Heart
  11. Champagne’s For Celebrating (I’ll Have A Martini)
  12. You Be The Anchor That Keeps My Feet On The Ground, I’ll Be The Wings That Keep Your Heart In The Clouds
  13. Redemption Song (Bob Marley Cover)
  14. Terrible Things
  15. Three Cheers For Five Years
  16. When You See My Friends
  17. Lets Be Honest
  18. Kids In Love
  19. Oh Well, Oh Well

As usual, Mayday Parade’s songs electrified the venues I saw them at, everyone was screaming the lyrics to every word off of A Lesson In Romantics, and Mayday Parade can connect with their fans using emotional ballads like “Terrible Things,” “Miserable At Best,” and “Three Cheers For Five Years.” I saw Mayday Parade perform again on May 11 and was only able to see Mayday Parade’s set because I was babysitting. The setlist remained the same.

I saw State Champs perform on May 12 at Irving Plaza on their spring tour. The bands that opened for State Champs were: Against The Current, With Confidence, and Don Broco. This was my fourth time seeing State Champs. Since I drove into the city, I unfortunately missed Don Broco and With Confidence’s setlist. I was able to see Against The Current, which overall had the crowd ready for State Champs. The people at Irving Plaza were either loving Against The Current or were ready to see State Champs. I think that Against The Current had a PVRIS, Tonight Alive, and Paramore type of vibe just by the way the music sounded/ the singer, Chrissy Constanza, presence on the stage.

After Against The Current was State Champs. State Champs took the stage with the crowd screaming and crowd surfing to each song.


Here is State Champs setlist:

  1. Remedy
  2. Losing Myself
  3. Shape Up
  4. Eyes Closed
  5. Simple Existence
  6. Slow Burn
  7. Deadly Conversation
  8. All Or Nothing
  9. Stick Around
  10. Around The World And Back
  11. All You Are Is History
  12. Hard To Please
  13. Easy Enough
  14. Mind Bottled
  15. Breaking Ground
  16. Tooth And Nail
  17. Elevated
  18. Secrets *ENCORE*

I highly recommend seeing all of these bands live, especially the headlining bands State Champs and Mayday Parade. Every band I saw last week took the stage and dominated their performance. All three of those shows were sold out, and the crowd was ready for each group.

In other news, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness released the music video for “So Close,” COIN released the music video for “I Don’t Wanna Dance,” Chris Cornell of Soundgarden passed away at 52, Linkin Park released One More Night which features “Heavy,”  “Invisible,” and “Battle Symphony.” Silverstein announced a new album, Dead Reflection and released a new song “Retrograde.” Misterwives announced a tour across the United States (tickets and tour information can be found here), PVRIS announced a tour in the UK (Tickets and tour information can be found here), and Paramore announced a second addition to their tour across the United States (tickets and tour information can be found here).

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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New Song By Blink-182 & Other ICYMI Updates!

Here is my top 13 things in music this week that you may have missed…

  1. Ice Nine Kill released the music video for “The Nature of the Beast” via. YouTube.
  2. The Maine is counting down Lovely, Little Lonely by showcasing a song off of the album in 30 second videos on their social media page. The group released the song “Do You Remember? (The other half of 23)” via. YouTube with the lyrics.
  3. Real Friends released the music video for “Empty Picture Frames” via. YouTube.
  4. Knuckle Puck’s vocalist Joe Taylor was hospitalized after falling off the stage at the So What?! Music Festival in Dallas, TX. Knuckle Puck tweeted a photo of Joe later on in the day saying he was okay.
  5. Blink-182 released a new song “Misery” off of the deluxe version of California. The deluxe album comes out on May 19.
  6. COIN is releasing a new album on April 21, How Will You Know If You Never Try that features their latest single, “Feeling”
  7. State Champs announced a deluxe version of Around The World and Back that features new songs and a DVD. The announcement was made on their Twitter page. We can expect the deluxe version of Around The World and Back on May 5. State Champs released “Slow Burn” today!
  8. This past week, Commūnion released their latest song “Runway Love.”
  9.  this week. The Michigan natives, Hot Mulligan, signed to No Sleep Records this week while also debuting their EP Opportunities featuring their latest single, “Deluxe Capacitor.”
  10. Microwave released a music video for their song “Dull.”
  11. Broadside tweeted a photo that contained lyrics to a song titled “Hidden Colors.” We can expect that song and much more on their latest album that has yet to be titled or released.
  12. Hail The Sun announced a headline tour across the United States on their Twitter. Accompanying the group will be Capsize, Eidola, and Limb. The tour kicks off on May 21 in California. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  13. Grayscale released a new single “Atlantic” via. YouTube. Grayscale also got signed to Fearless Records.

All good stuff happening in music! What are you most excited for about the alternative music scene lately? Let me know @ovictoriamedia on Twitter!

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Modern Baseball On Hiatus, Cancel Upcoming Tour

Modern Baseball is an American rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The group announced this week that they will be taking a break as a band.

Modern Baseball was supposed to headline a spring tour but cancelled their shows. A Facebook postrevealed that the group has struggled with anxiety and their main focus when forming was to enjoy themselves. The band is refunding the tickets that were purchased.

It’s so important to realize that mental health is equally as important as physical health. It’s okay to not be okay and to reach out to people if you need it. You’re not in this alone, you’re loved. Here is the suicide hotline number if anyone you know needs it:

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Various Country Phone Numbers can be found here. Modern Baseball posted a photo with various numbers you can text if you or someone you know is concerned about their mental health. If anyone needs a person to talk to, I’m always here for anyone who needs it.

In other news, COIN released a song last week “I Don’t Wanna Dance,” The Maine released a music video for “Bad Behavior,” All Time Low announced their new album Last Young Renegade will be released on June 2. Their latest single is “Dirty Laundry.” The 1975 released a new song “By Your Side,” and Knuckle Puck has an EP releasing on March 17, Calendar Days/ Indecisive. Check out their single “Indecisive.”

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Vans Warped Tour 2016 @ Long Island, NY

Warped Tour 2016 for New York took place at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. Saturday was the 14th show out of the 42 shows live across the United States.
I happened to get onto AltPress’ snapchat with Nick Major

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I met John O’ Callaghan from the Maine
img_0508I met Broadside

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As well as Too Close to Touch

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And Sykes


I would have to say that this year’s Warped Tour was the best I have went to. The weather was overcast and 74 degrees with a slight breeze which was comfortable to be in the whole day. The lineup was fantastic and the energy each crowd had at each set was so unique and different. I saw We The Kings, Tonight Alive, Knuckle Puck, Mayday Parade, State Champs, Sykes, Broadside, and Real Friends perform. I was not able to see Yellowcard, Too Close To Touch, Sleeping With Sirens, With Confidence, and The Maine and due to conflicting times. Below are some bands setlists.

Knuckle Puck:

  1. Disdain
  2. Fences
  3. But Why Would You Care?
  4. Evergreen
  5. Bedford Falls
  6. No Good
  7. Untitled
  8. Pretense

Mayday Parade:

  1. Jersey
  2. Keep In Mind, Transmogrification Is A New Technology
  3. Oh Well, Oh Well
  4. Black Cat
  5. Lets Be Honest
  6. When You See My Friends
  7. Jamie All Over

Broadside:

  1. Storyteller
  2. Come & Go
  3. The Simple Type
  4. Human Machines
  5. Playing In Traffic
  6. Coffee Talk

Real Friends:

  1. Late Nights In My Car
  2. I Don’t Love You Anymore
  3. Stay In One Place
  4. Floorborads
  5. Colder Quicker
  6. Summer
  7. Mess
  8. Loose Ends

I knew almost every band I saw at Warped Tour, but I never heard of Sykes prior to that day. After walking around the venue for awhile, my friend and I thought it would be fun to check out a band we both haven’t heard of before. Playing on the Cyclops Stage, Sykes took the stage. More people traveled over to the stage as their set continued on. The energy of Sykes made their set super enjoyable.

There were many tents set up across Warped Tour besides band tents. There was a company called Then, Now, Always that sold Vans Warped Tour bracelets like this
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And there were tents to support the arts, cards for homeless kids, Hope For The Day, and many more. There were tents for clothing company, record labels, universities and many more. If you’re attending Warped Tour, I recommend checking out other tents.

The 2016 Vans Warped Tour is happening all summer long. Today, Warped Tour took place in Scranton, Pennsylvania. PVRIS was at yesterday’s Warped Tour in Hartford, CT and they performed with Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive. Be sure to check out the bands that will be at your local Vans Warped Tour.

Here are the photos from the meet and greet I had with Panic! At The Disco last week!


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Thanks to everyone for their patience for this post. There will be a new article on Friday. Until then…

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive

-ovictoria

Check out: Vans Warped Tour Survival Guide