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.

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Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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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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Album Review: “After Laughter” by Paramore

Paramore has been a dominant band in the alternative music scene since the release of their first album All We Know Is Falling. Paramore released their latest album “After Laughter” today via. Fueled By Ramen. This is Paramore’s fifth album.

The singles released were “Hard Times,” and “Told You So.” Both singles released with music videos and have millions of views on YouTube. When Paramore released “Told You So” Spotify temporarily stopped working. Hayley Williams tweeted about the incident. After Laughter is a 12 song album. 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

Paramore has gone through a lot since forming in 2004. The group lost Jeremy in 2005 for a brief moment, Josh and Zac Farro in 2010, lost Jeremy Davis again in 2015, and now Zac is back in the group. Even though the band has gone through some hard times (no pun intended) they always come out victorious.

The album is definitely different than prior albums, but I must say that the overall composition is phenomenal. The instrumentals on the album have such a rad vibe with the 80s/ electric feeling, but the lyrics are so hard hitting and display a lot about what Hayley Williams and Taylor York have been going through with Paramore since their release of Paramore. The lyrics display a lot of hurt, especially in “Fake Happy,” “Caught In The Middle,” “26,” and basically the whole album. When listening, grab some tissues for this emotional roller coaster. Just the title After Laughter shows that the content is hard hitting. “No Friend” has vocals by Aaron Weiss of MewithoutYou.

When listening to the album in its entirety, I couldn’t help but think about how some songs on the album parallel other popular songs. “Rose Colored Boy” resembles a bit of “Cherry Bomb” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts at the beginning of the song. The beat in “Forgiveness” sounds like “Amber” by 311, and the vibe in the chorus reminded me of “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears.

Each album Paramore has put out is different than their previous work. The music was more alternative that a pop sound especially with All We Know is Falling, Riot, and Brand New Eyes but listening to Paramore’s self titled album Paramore it showcases that the group can still have that rock/alternative vibe but is able to experiment and isn’t afraid to try something new. I like that the song “26” is stripped down with the acoustic guitar and lyrically displays the hardships that was going on. With the strings that are in the song, the emotional ballad reminds me of “Hate To See Your Heart Break” and “Misguided Ghosts.” I appreciate that “26” wasn’t near the end of the album like most emotional ballads are in albums.

Overall, I feel like this album is what Paramore needed to release in order to move forward emotionally (similar to when Paramore released Brand New Eyes back in 2009.) You can buy the album on iTunes, physically at a local record store, or listen to it on Spotify, Apple Music and more.

This album has been on my list of highly anticipated after their release of Paramore in 2013. Since the release of their self titled album, I saw Paramore perform 3 times on land and twice on sea (at Parahoy in 2014 and 2016.) Paramore and Mayday Parade are my two favorite bands, and everytime something new is released I pre-order the latest albums and can’t help but feel overjoyed.

Paramore has announced tours in Europe and most of the dates are sold out. Tickets and tour information for Paramore’s tour can be found on their website. Congratulations to Paramore for putting out their fifth album which was something that I can say I was not expecting but very much enjoy.

In other news, Broadside released their next single “Hidden Colors” off of their upcoming album Paradise with a music video, This Wild Life announced on Twitter a summer tour across the United States, Alternative Press reported that Paramore settled the legal dispute between Paramore and Jeremy Davis, and Dashboard Confessional, All American Rejects and The Maine have a select amount of dates that they will be touring together in the summer. Also, I attended the Mayday Parade concert in NYC on Tuesday May 9, Long Island May 11, and I will be going to see State Champs tonight at Irving Plaza in NYC. Next week I will have a review about the shows I went to. Until then…

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Concert Review: This Wild Life in NYC

On Tuesday Oct. 4, I attended the Studio at Webster Hall in New York City to see This Wild Life perform. Prior to this show, I’ve seen This Wild Life play at Warped Tour in 2014 and 2015 and saw This Wild Life open for Mayday Parade on the AP Tour in Fall of 2015. I was super excited to see them again after a year break from them.

Movements and Have Mercy opened up for This Wild Life. I saw Movements open for Real Friends this year, and the guys are so genuine and passionate about their music. The crowd went crazy for Movements and Have Mercy with crowdsurfing and singing along to their lyrics. Have Mercy announced that AJ Perdomo (ex-The Dangerous Summer singer) was at the venue. I was in shock that I got the chance to share a room with a guy who got me into the music that I listen to. Of course, they’re definitely other bands that got me into this genre, but The Dangerous Summer is one band I wish I got to see live.

Both Movements and Have Mercy had a great set. After Movements and Have Mercy performed their sets, This Wild Life took the stage opening with “Pull Me Out.” Here is This Wild Life’s setlist:

  1. Pull Me Out
  2. Over It
  3. Ripped Away
  4. Pink Tie
  5. Breakdown
  6. No More Bad Days
  7. Just Yesterday
  8. Hit The Reset
  9. History
  10. Brick Wall
  11. Concrete**
  12. Falling Down**

**Encore Songs.

The energy of the small venue was vivacious and harmonious. This Wild Life picked a great set to demonstrate the growth they had as a band. I loved getting to hear “Pink Tie” live and “Just Yesterday.” Even though Pierce The Veil, Neck Deep and I Prevail were in the city the same night, it was awesome to see how packed the Studio at Webster Hall was.

My photo taken during “Pull Me Out.”

It was outstanding seeing This Wild Life headline their own tour for the first time. I saw This Wild Life perform with about 50-100 people the first time at Warped Tour and to see the band evolve and grow as big as they’re getting is something I’m proud to be apart of. If you haven’t already, check out This Wild Life’s album Low Tides that features the songs “Falling Down” and “Pull Me Out.” If This Wild Life hasn’t stopped at your local venue, definitely take the trip to see them live.

In other news Green Day’s Revolution Radio, Sum 41’s album 13 Voices, The Devil Wears Prada’s album Transit Blues, and Set It Off’s album Upside Down released today, October 7th. Yellowcard embarked on their final world tour this week. What a great day in music!

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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Band Merch: I bought a Movements dad hat and This Wild Life baseball tee-shirt.

Next week, I’ll be posting a blog post about my experience at Like Pacific, Broadside, Rarity and Boston Manor on Saturday.

This Week’s Music Updates

Here’s a list of updates that happened this week!

  1. Sykes released their music video for “Younger Mind” on Tuesday.
  2. Eisley released their first new song in three years. “Defeatist” will be one of the many tracks featured on Eisley’s fifth full length album that is set to be released in 2017.
  3. Twenty One Pilots publicized their cover of “Cancer” originally performed by My Chemical Romance.
  4. Taking Back Sunday announced the new song “Death Wolf
  5. Touché Amoré debuted their album Stage Four today via. Epitaph Records today.
  6. Taking Back Sunday made public their album Tidal Wave via. Hopeless Records today.
  7. Young Guns released their album Echoes via. Universal Music LLC today.
  8. This Wild Life started their “Low Tides Tour” on September 14th in Los Angeles, California. During Movements set, a fan tackled Patrick Miranda (lead vocalist) off the stage.
  9. Ice Nine Kill has embarked on the anticipated “Hell In The Hallways Tour” on September 9th. They announced this week that there will be a “Part 2” to the tour with Sirens & Sailors, It Live It, Breathes, Assuming We Survive, and Reckless Serenade as their opening acts.
  10. As It Is finally revealed that their post “Please Stand By” is going to be a production by Happy Co. They released a photo via. social media with the words “I Don’t Think That I’m Okay” with the date “XX.09.2016.”

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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Album Review: Low Tides by This Wild Life

This Wild Life is back at it again with a second full length album that released today. Low Tides can be purchased on their webstore, Amazon, iTunes and at your local record store. You can also stream their album off of Apple Music and Spotify. This Wild Life is a pop-punk acoustic duo from Long Beach, California composed of Anthony DelGrosso and Kevin Jordan. Both DelGrosso and Jordan created this album with the help of Aaron Marsh of Copeland and Jason Suwito of Sir Sly producing Low Tides. The 10 song compilation has four singles released by the band, “Pull Me Out,” “Break Down,” “Hit The Reset” and “Falling Down.” Each music video has a unique, artistic style to it that’s whimsical. The list of songs for the album is:

  1. Hit The Reset
  2. Pull Me Out
  3. Break Down
  4. Let Go (Feat. Maya Tuttle)
  5. Just Yesterday
  6. Fade
  7. Falling Down
  8. Red Room
  9. Change My Sheets
  10. Brick Wall

Prior to the album release, Jordan and DelGrosso live streamed a new song off of the album every night on Facebook. It was refreshing to see a band being so passionate to show their new songs on a different publication and live of course. Seeing their live streams helps display the talent that both men have.

Now, my judgement on the band is a bit clouded (there’s the pun) about the band, but I can hear talent. This Wild Life is so distinct for their acoustic sound and emotionally touching lyrics, and their album does not fall short of excellent. From the emotional ballad of “Break Down” and “Just Yesterday” to their more upbeat pop-like song “Falling Down,” their variety as a band and evolution shows within this new album. The instruments of “Falling Down” is what makes this track different from other others on the album. It’s nice to hear drums and a more upbeat tempo, similar to “405” off of Clouded. The fact that This Wild Life has each track transition into each other beautifully. This Wild Life has influences of Copeland with the stringed instruments, something that gives me chills. This is one of my favorite albums released this year by a band.

This Wild Life will be touring in the United States in honor of their album being released. This Wild Life will headline and have Movements and Have Mercy open for them. Be sure to pick up tickets to your local This Wild Life show if you’re interested. Ticket information and tour dates can be found here.

In other news, As It Is has posted a photo on Instagram saying “Please Stand By” which has many confused but excited. Also, Green Day released a second song, “Revolution Radio,” off their upcoming album Revolution Radio.

Rock on, stay humble and be positive!

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Nine Tours To Get Excited About!

It’s that time of year that bands are announcing major tours. Crack open the piggy bank and check out the list of bands who are going on tour before the end of 2016!

  1. This Wild Life announced a tour with Have Mercy, Movements and Many Rooms in the United States and across Europe. The tour kicks off in October, so be sure to pick up your tickets. Ticket information for the Low Tides tour can be found here.
  2. Brand New revealed a headlining tour with The Front Bottoms and Modern Baseball this week. Their tour begins on October 13th in Rochester, NY and ends in University Park, PA. Click here for ticket and tour information.
  3. Cute Is What We Aim For proclaimed on their social media that they were going to tour in honor of their 10th anniversary of The Same Old Blood Rush With A New Touch. Tour information and tickets can be found on songkick.
  4. Taking Back Sunday is traveling in the United States on their “Tidal Wave Tour 2016″tour with You Blew It!, Selah Sue, Loose Talk, and Mammoth Indigo at select dates. Ticket information can be found on takingbacksunday.com/tour.
  5. Joyce Manor published a Fall Tour ’16 that begins in San Francisco, CA with The Hotelier and Crying. Ticket information can be found here.
  6. Yellowcard is embarking on their final tour before breaking up. “The Final World Tour” begins on October 6th and will continue on until March of 2017. Ticket information and tour dates ca be found on Bandsintown’s website.
  7. Pierce The Veil, Neck Deep and I Prevail notified the public of their “Made To Destroy” tour after the APMAs. The tour will begin on September 3rd and travel across the United States. Ticket information can be found on Pierce The Veil’s website.
  8. Mayday Parade is celebrating their album Tales Told By Dead Friends by touring on their “10th Anniversary Tour For Tales Told By Dead Friends” with Modern Chemistry as their opener. Ticket information for the upcoming tour can be found on maydayparade.com/tour
  9. The “Hell in the Hallways” tour, presented by Alternative Press, headlines Ice Nine Kills with Secrets, Skylar, Out Came The Wolves, and Cover Your Tracks. The tour information and ticket options can be found here.

The next couple of months will be packed with great shows! Be sure to pick up tickets to any show that is catching your interest. Until then…

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Song Review: “Pull Me Out” by This Wild Life

This Wild Life is an acoustic pop-punk duo from Long Beach, California. They’ve released their first full length album Clouded in 2014 that features the songs “History” and “Roots and Branches.” On Tuesday, This Wild Life released a new single “Pull Me Out,”the music video for the song, and announced their second album release date.

This Wild Life has lyrics regarding events in their lives, break ups and much more, which makes the lyrics to this song familiar. Most of the songs by This Wild Life have a stripped down ballad vibe. The overall sound of the song is unique from previous songs they’ve released. The introduction to the video has clips of water, neon lights that display the eye of a girl, and a silhouette of Kevin Jordan. The track has an electric beat, a drum and acoustic guitar. Their tempo is slow leaving room to demonstrate their acoustic sound and raw melodies.

The thing that makes This Wild Life so successful is their ability to show their emotional lyrics, and their unique acoustic sound. Kevin Jordan and Anthony DelGrosso are the two members that sing, play the guitar, and play the drums. The pair have excellent control and similar vision for the group.

This Wild Life has been tweeting pictures about their journey with their latest LP. Jordan and DelGrosso recorded this LP with Aaron Marsh of Copeland and Jason Suwito of Sir Sly. Low Tide will be debuted September 9th which features this track. The album has 10 songs on their list which are:

  1. Hit the Reset
  2. Pull Me Out
  3. Break Down
  4. Let Go (Feat. Maya Tuttle)
  5. Just Yesterday
  6. Fade
  7. Falling Down
  8. Red Room
  9. Change My Sheets
  10. Brick Wall

Seeing This Wild Life perform at Warped Tour in 2014 and 2015 and opening for Mayday Parade at the AP Tour, I’m certain that this new LP will be amazing. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out This Wild Life’s album Clouded. Also, you should pre-order their latest album Low Tide on Amazon, iTunes or their online store or stream it on Apple Music and Spotify.

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In other news, The Amity Affliction released a new song, “This Could Be Heartbreak” and Crown The Empire debuted “Weight Of The World.”

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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