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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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

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

The Premiere Of okay. By As It Is

The five member group, As It Is, is from Brighton, England. As It Is signed to Fearless Records in 2014. Okay. is As It Is’ second full length album released under that label.

There were 5 singles released off of the album: “Pretty Little Distance,” “Okay,” “No Way Out,” “Hey Rachel,” and Until I Return.” As It Is has also been streaming portions of their songs on their Facebook and Instagram.

The 11 song album has a 1950s vibe that displays well in “Pretty Little Distance.” Each song is different from each other and expands the group’s abilities. The song “Hey Rachel” was written for lead singer Patty Walter’s little sister. If you’re feeling the need to take on a slow song on the album, “Still Remembering” is one of their slower songs on okay. “Soap” is opposite as it has a more grungy and angsty feeling on okay. Personally, I enjoyed the more raw and open lyrics that As It Is had on this album. Each song has a diverse sound that’s pleasing to the ear. The song that stood out the most to me on this was “Austen,” and “Soap.” I’m so proud of As It Is for growing tremendously as a group.

Here is the tracklist:

  1. Pretty Little Distance
  2. Okay
  3. Hey Rachel
  4. Patchwork Love
  5. Curtains Close
  6. No Way Out
  7. Soap
  8. Austen
  9. Until I Return
  10. The Coast Is Where Home Is
  11. Still Remembering

I got into As It Is before seeing Mayday Parade on the AP Tour in 2015. Seeing As It Is perform their set live gave me a glimpse of the energy they have as a band. The group is infectious and gets the crowd moving.

As It Is will be touring throughout the year of 2017 around Australia, Japan, Europe, and the United Kingdom. Tickets and tour information can be found on their website. Hopefully they’ll be back in the United States (fingers crossed for Warped Tour!)

In other news, Real Friends will be touring across the United States with Have Mercy, Tiny Moving Parts, Broadside, and Nothing No Where open for them. The tour is from April 27 to June 9. Tickets and tour information can be found here. Also, The Maine’s sold out 8123 Festival in Phoenix, AZ is this weekend, the group also released a new single “Bad Behavior.” We can expect their new album on April 7. The Maine will be touring with that album, and tickets and tour information can be found here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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ICYMI Updates

Here are this week’s music updates!

  1. The Maine released episode 4 of “Miserable Youth” via. YouTube. You can watch it by clicking here.
  2. A Day To Remember won their lawsuit against Victory Records this week! The band was given $4 million in royalties. The band filed the lawsuit five years ago after being restricted of freedom and other issues.
  3. Mayday Parade finished their 10 Year Anniversary Tour of Tales Told By Dead Friends on Nov. 23.
  4. Asking Alexandria is moving forward with new music.
  5. Hayley Williams is donating a portion of goodDYEyoung profits to NAMM Organization, a non-profit that supports music and education.
  6. Real Friends rescheduled their EU/UK Tour in March of 2017.
  7. Panic! At The Disco covered The Weeknd’s “Starboy.” You can hear it here.
  8. You Me At Six released a video for “Swear” via. YouTube on Nov. 23. You can watch it here.
  9. Fall Out Boy is reissuing From Under The Cork Tree and Infinity On High on vinyl on Dec. 16.
  10. Oliver Baxxter of Broadside is releasing a book about his thoughts and poetry. You can pre-order the book here.

Also, if you’re looking to buy some band merch, today is Black Friday! There are a lot of sales, deals, and limited edition merch that bands have put out today. Be sure to get yourself something nice.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Album Update: Yellowcard by Yellowcard

Yellowcard released their final album, Yellowcard on September 30th. The 10 song compilation will be the last album released by Yellowcard via. Hopeless Records. The track list is as followed:

  1. Rest In Peace
  2. What Appears
  3. Got Yours
  4. A Place We Set Afire
  5. Leave A Light On
  6. The Hurt Is Gone
  7. Empty Street
  8. I’m a Wrecking Ball
  9. Savior’s Robes
  10. Fields & Fences

The singles that were released off thei album were “Rest In Peace,” and “The Hurt Is Gone.” Yellowcard is touring one last time before breaking up. Ticket and tour information can be found here.

In other news, Microwave released Much Love via. SideOneDummy Records,) Boston Manor made public their album Be Nothing via. Pure Noise Records, and Suicide Silence confirmed a self-titled album to release.

Last week, I had the privilege to meet Real Friends in Pennsylvania for their music video. Although there was an issue with the shuttle taking people to the shoot, I had a great time. Real Friends did an acoustic show outside of a DMV, and after that took pictures with each person there.

Photo of Rea Friends and myself outside of a DMV in Media, Pennsylvania.

I requested the song “Colder Quicker” which Real Friends played. Though I wasn’t in the video, I had a great time meeting new people, seeing Real Friends perform, talking with Dave Knox for a few minutes, and meeting Real Friends. It was truly a great day.

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
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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