Album Review: Manchester Orchestra | COPE

Manchester_Orchestra_CopeArtist: Manchester Orchestra
Album: COPE
Release Date: April 1, 2014

Cope is Manchester Orchestra’s fourth album. The album starts on a high note with the song “Top Notch”. The instrumentation is something all on its own, it’s heavy but catchy at the same time. Even though the album starts on a heavy note is slowly grooves into songs like “Girl Harbor” that also has catchy guitar riffs. “The Mansion” has dark and profound lyrical content with another catchy beat. “See It Again” has great lyrical content and the melody is nice. The last song on the album and the album’s title “Cope”, has its heavy points with dark lyrics, overall it’s a perfect end to this album.

There are a plethora of catchy songs on this album. Many of the songs on this album could solidly stand on their own, but together they brought a really strong album, both musically and vocally. This is an album that isn’t going to please everyone, but with the unique songs on this album, one should go and give it a chance!

 Written by: Emily Kovacic

Video Review: “Robbers” – The 1975

The-1975-debut-album-cover-artworkThe 1975 – “Robbers” Music Video Review

“Robbers” comes from the band’s debut self-titled album and is the sixth single off of the album. The music video is its own mini movie. The couple in the music video resembled Bonnie and Clyde type characters. Showing that love has blinded them to believe that they can do anything.

The song and music video work perfectly with each other. It’s an all around great music video that you should definitely go check out!

Review by: Emily Kovacic

Revolver Golden Gods Tour – 06.02.14

Black Label Society

Revolver Golden Gods Tour
June 2, 2014
The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT

Coming into rock Utah was the Revolver Golden Gods Tour featuring Black Label Society, Devil You Know, and Butcher Babies. With already twenty seven cities behind them these bands were still going strong and putting the best show on stage. The crowd slowly filled the concerts room eager to see the strong line-up of well put together bands!

Butcher Babies

Butcher Babies

Kicking off the show was Butcher Babies; lead singer Heidi Shepherd treated her home town with strong vocals and a starting heavy jump on the stage. The two lead singers, Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey, scream in unison. Although the girls consume the stage with their tenacity, Butcher Babies guitarists do not go unnoticed. After Heidi announces that Utah is her hometown she treats the crowd with a goody of “Jesus needs more babies for his war machine. At the second to last song Heidi encourages the crowd to create a mosh pit and finally the crowd breaks out. Ending with promises to greet their fans at their merchandise table the band leaves the stage; defiantly converting the crowd into fans. With already so much accomplished only great things lay ahead for Butcher Babies who gave such an amazing performance. Butcher Babies continues to pave the road for women in the Metal World.

Devil You Know

Devil You Know

Taking the stage after Butcher Babies was Devil You Know, the crowd moved closer to the stage and the band opened with their hit song A New Beginning. Howard Jones, the lead singer of Devil You Know used his past experience from Kill Switch Engage to strengthen the band as a whole; however, Howard Jones was not the only one with obvious experience. Francesco Artusato, who previously was the guitarist for All Shall Parish brought his killer guitar solo to the stage and as his notes bleed through the lyrics he takes the audience during their second song. With yet another very experience band member, John Sankey, the drummer, who previously played for Devolved only, adds to the experience of Devil You Know. Howard Jones then dedicated their next song to pizza; this man knows metal! The last song they graced the crowd with was “Shut It Down”. Howard Jones threw his water bottle out into the crowd provoking eager fans to frolic for it and Devil You Know abandoned the stage leaving the crowd fired up for Black Label Society.

Black Label Society

Black Label Society

Then finally, the moment the crowd had been waiting for arrived, fans abandoned the merchandise tables and crowded the stage to get closer to Black Label Society. With their reputation preceding their band and many years on the stage the biker metal band attracted a huge crowd of all ages. With a banner covering the stage the crowd screamed at any sound of drums or guitars, false hope sounded many times, but at last sirens begun to sound and the lights flashed red, the crowd jeered with excitement. The veil dropped and with no introduction needed Black Label Society begun their set! Opening up with a well-played guitar solo played by, Jefferey Philip Wiedlandt (aka Zakk Wylde), that was complemented very well with a perfectly timed drum set given by Chad Szeliga, their song “My Dying Time” was evidently a crowd favorite. During the bands second song the true mosh pit begun and the crowd begun to show their support for the well-known, Black Label Society. Even with “Big Nik” leaving the band after 17 years earlier in 2014 the new bass player Dario Lorina, has defiantly proven himself. With sound struck artist solos, amazing stage effects, and a classic sound Black Label Society did not leave Utah disappointed. Their new album Catacombs of the Black Vatican is destined to be another classic.

Photos by: Daisy Beltran
Words by: Victoria Millan

 

Quiet Company & Finnegan | 05.22.14

bannerQuiet Company recently headlined an event for The University of Houston – Downtown. The event was held on May 22nd with support from Houston natives, Finnegan.

bannerThe event brought out a couple hundred people to Discovery Green, an environmental conscious park near Houston’s Warehouse District.

The guys put on a stellar show and hinted at a fall release for their latest album, Transgressor. Check http://www.quietcompanymusic.com/ for updates on touring and the new album.

Also check out http://www.finneganband.com/ to hear Finnegan.

Quiet Company Tour Dates:
5/30 – WACO, TX – TRUELOVE
5/31 – SHREVEPORT, LA – Chicago Club
6/1 – BEAUMONT, TX – PaceSetter Lounge Beaumont
6/2 – SPRINGFIELD, MO – Lindbergs
6/3 – ST. LOUIS, MO – The Firebird
6/4 – CHICAGO, IL – Beat Kitchen
6/5 – URBANA, IL – The Canopy Club
6/6 – NEWPORT, KY – The Southgate House Revival
6/7 – PITTSBURGH, PA – The Smiling Moose
6/8 – BROOKLYN, NY – Knitting Factory Brooklyn
6/9 – STANHOPE, NJ – The Stanhope House
6/11 – PHILADELPHIA, PA – MilkBoy Philadelphia
6/12 – RICHMOND, VA – The Camel
6/13 – CHARLOTTE, NC – The Evening Muse
6/14 – ATLANTA, GA – The Basement

TICKETS & SHOW DETAILS AT: http://www.quietcompanymusic.com/shows

Words and photos by: Danny Hernandez

 

Crowd Surf American Tour featuring Chiodos and Blessthefall

Blessthefall

 

Blessthefall and Chiodos are going on a co-headliner with I Killed the Prom Queen and Capture the Crown. The tour starts on July 25 and goes through August. You can see all the dates above. Blessthafall and Chiodos have VIP packages available for all shows. Visit BLESTHEFALLMUSIC.com or CHIODOS.net to see all the details.

Our Last Night and Set It Off tour announcement

Set It Off-Our Last Night

 

Set It Off and Our Last Night are going on tour together with Heartist and Stages and Stereo. The tour is sponsored by Hope For The Day, idobi Radio, and Glamour Kills Clothing. In addition to the dates above, Our Last Night is also having a 10th Anniversary show in Boston on August 22 with Set It Off, Class of 92 (Matt Arsenault of A Loss For Words), Heartist, and Stages and Stereo. Tickets for the Boston show are already on sale, and are selling quickly!

Handguns New Album & Tour

Handguns

 

Handguns have announced that their new album, Life Lessons, will be released on July 8th through Pure Noise Records. They will be going on a short East Coast run with Sudden Suspension. Check out the dates below!

7/11 – Nutley, NJ @ Radiant
7/12 – Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
7/13 – Wilmington, NC @ The Whiskey
7/14 – Charleston, SC @ Charleston Skatepark
7/15 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904
7/16 – Birmingham, AL @ The Forge

Forever Came Calling | The Heart Attack Tour

IMG_6363logoThe third stop of The Heart Attack Tour, made it’s way to the Altar Bar in Pittsburgh, PA on May 22nd. Forever Came Calling was the second band to open. The crowd was still fairly small but very willing to jump around to the live music. The band set up their equipment and sound checked quickly before their set. Once the clock stuck 7:45PM, the band was on stage and ready to begin their set. The crowd was very into the set clapping and of course there was a mosh pit. By the middle of it the crowd grew and more were enjoying their performance. The band put on one heck of a show. If this tour comes to a city near you, definitely go check them out!

Words and photos by: Emily Kovacic

MKTO’s The American Dream Tour

MKTO tour

 

MKTO are going on their first headlining tour! Be sure to see the guys at a date near you this summer!

June 27- Detroit, MI
June 28- Cincinnati, OH
June 30- Minneapolis, MN
July 1- Kansas City, MO
July 5- Englewood, CO
July 6- Salt Lake City, UT
July 8- Anaheim, CA
July 9- San Francisco, CA
July 11- West Hollywood, CA
July 12- Las Vegas, NV
July 13- San Diego, CA
July 15- Bakersfield, CA
July 16- Sacramento, CA
July 17- Portland, OR
July 19- Reno, NV
July 20- Paso Robles, CA
July 22- Tempe, AZ
July 24- Houston, TX
July 25- Dallas, TX
July 27- New Orleans, LA
July 29- Fort Lauderdale, FL
July 30- Lake Buena Vista, FL
August 1- Atlanta, GA
August 2- Charlotte, NC
August 3- Philadelphia, PA
August 5- Pittsburgh, PA
August 7- New York, NY
August 8- Toronto, Canada
August 9- Cleveland, OH
August 10- Lewisburg, WV
August 12- Silver Spring, MD
August 15- Indianapolis, IN
August 16- Columbus, OH
August 17- Chicago, IL

 

Video Review: “Cold Night” – You Me At Six

1236384_10152087008979751_2044910301_n“Cold Night” comes from the band’s fifth studio album Cavalier Youth. This softer track is currently their new single and the music video is the perfect set for this song.

The music video has warmth of lights and different clips that keep it interesting. The video also showcases all members of the band. I really like the concept of how they chose to do this video.

Check it out!

Written By: Emily Kovacic

EP Review: The Cab| Lock Me Up

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Artist: The Cab
EP: Lock Me Up
Release Date: April 29, 2014

It has been long awaited to hear new material from The Cab. With the announcement of a new EP before their actual record, which will be released this fall, personally, I was excited. Any The Cab fan would be excited for this new EP. It’s definitely a different approach. The EP seems to focus more on front man’s Alex DeLeon’s vocals. It also has the radio music pop feel to it.

The EP opens with “Lock Me Up” which sounds like some of their earlier material in the verses, but the chorus is definitely a different sound. DeLeon seems to wish that his suitor would lock up his heart. The second song on the album is titled “Moon” which has a very dance club tone to it. The next song, “Numbers”, is a softer ballad that definitely showcases DeLeon’s vocals. Its sound also reminds me of a Justin Timberlake song, which could be good or bad. The fourth song is titled “Stand Up”, personally DeLeon’s vocal range in this is wonderful and I can totally see this song on the radio. It has great lyrics and a nice vibe to it as well. The final song on this EP is “These Are The Lies” has really nice beats and effects in it.

Speaking as a Cab fan, I don’t exactly know how I feel about this album. It is definitely different and unexpected. The new sound could help the band prosper in different directions. Perhaps we have to wait for the full album to hear exactly where the band is headed. I would definitely go listen to this EP and give it a chance though!

Written by: Emily Kovacic

Chiodos | April 29, 2014

banner2Doors for Warehouse Live promptly flooded at 6 PM on April 29th. The show was held in The Studio for Warehouse Live. The crowd was in for a lot big new things; a new band all together for an ex-frontman of a very well known band, a fresh front man for Emarosa and change over to an original front man, as well as new music for Chiodos.

The show was underway by 7 PM with ’68 taking the stage. The two piece is comprised of, ex-Chariot frontman, Josh Scogin on guitar and Micheal McClellan on the drums. The set was really well received by the crowd. I would say it was the heaviest of the line up with a lot of intense vocal work from Scogin. The band didn’t have a lot/any physical merch but their debut 7-inch as well as some nifty shirts are up for grabs on theyare68.com. ’68 doesn’t have any listed tour dates after The Devil’s Dance Tour, but I would keep myself familiar with their schedule, they aren’t a show you want to miss.Following ’68 was Our Last Night, taking the stage with a bunch of smash hits from their most recent EP, Oak Island. While pointing out the set list content, the band didn’t play any old material past their 2012 release Age Of Ignorance. This could definitely mean the guys have decided that they want to focus on current and future work. Among the set was a cover of “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry, which grew wildly popular on YouTube (currently 1.75M hits only after four months now). The whole set was energetic with front man Trevor Wentworth in the crowd quite frequently to embrace fans singing along to every word of
every song. The band is still rounding out the few remaining dates on The Devil’s Dance Tour with Chiodos, but is set to take their music to a few Canadian dates. The band has also put together a ten year anniversary show in Allston, MA at the Brighton Music Hall.Next up on the ticket was Emarosa. For a lot of loyal fans this performance means quite a few different things. Up until 2011 with Jonny Craig leaving Emarosa, they were without vocals. Soon after they were in search of a front man. With almost no social buzz at all one could of thought the band had flat lined. Fortunately, two years and half years later the group announced that Bradly Walden, formerly of Squid The Whale, would be breathing new life into the band’s vocals. Before The Devil’s Dance Tour, Emarosa played their first show for fans in three years on March 28th. This tour is definitely allowing Walden to find his bearings.
All this being said, as a long time Emarosa fan, I thought the set was amazing. It was really great to see Bradley get right in the crowd and pick up where the band left off. At one point he even grabbed a guy out of crowd surf when it looked like the crowd might let him fall through and set him carefully over the rail. (Like what a guy. He genuinely cares about these fans.) A couple of the songs were a little different trying to match Jonny’s impressive vocal acrobatics, but then again Bradley has his own voice; a voice I have to say shined brightest on the bands new single “Mad”. At the same time though if you were only listening and not
watching you can hear the similarities in Walden’s voice in comparison to Craig’s. I cannot wait for new material for this band. I want these guys to make a new feel for themselves outside of, what some people are calling Jonny Craig’s material. Not because they aren’t entitled to the material, just because I feel Emarosa can be above and beyond what they were. No more filling shoes talk. I’m ready for these guys to kick all kinds of ass with new material.

With no clue as to when this new full length album Versus will come out, fans have the bands new single “Mad” on replay. Support the guys with a couple listens and check out the remaining dates of the Devil’s Dance Tour. The only show the guys have lined up so far after that is May 23rd at The Vernon Club, Louisville,KY.Finally, our headliner: Chiodos. Created in 2001 gained a very loyal following over their first eight years as a band while Craig Owens was front man. In 2009 Owens was removed from the band. In the time away from Chiodos, he formed a new group and put out new music. Chiodos found a new vocalist and churned out a new record, but things started to slow down for the band as a whole in 2010. Two years after his departure Owens was added back into Chiodos. It wasn’t until summer of 2013 that Chiodos took the stage for Vans Warped Tour. And it wasn’t until April 1st 2014 that the band released their long awaited follow up album with Owens, Devil.Owens takes the stage and open’s with their new single “Ole Fishlips Is Dead Now”. The crowd gets write into the set with a swaying from old to new and then back again. Songs got a little soft with “Under Your Halo” and a couple slower tracks on Devil. Then the set gets really intense and angry with requests from Owens for fans to single out the one person who is holding up their life and scream to them some not so nice things. He goes on to tell the crowd it’s not healthy to hold to such feelings and to release what comes natural. Be yourself. After a two song encore, Owens jumps into the crowd to scream “Tell your friends Chiodos is back!”
The guys leave the crowd roaring and bow out.

Catch the remaining the remaining dates of The Devil’s Dance Tour that goes on till May 21st in the U.S.. The guys do have some UK music festival dates lined up and then they bounce back to Texas in Austin for The Austin City Limits music festival in August.

Words and photos by: Danny Hernandez

The Maine UK Fall Tour

The Maine Uk tourThe Maine is doing an 8123 fall tour in the UK with Lydia and Nick Santino. These shows will be following their US shows this summer at Vans Warped tour. Amsterdam isn’t on the poster, but it is a part of the tour and is on September 30th at Melkweg Oude Zaal. Make sure you get your tickets before they sell out. You can buy tickets now, http://www.gigsandtours.com/tour/the-maine

Video Review: “Never Lose Your Flames” – Issues

1676_673415339390881_7833896763181352693_nWith the success of their self-titled album debut, Issues have released their music video for their second single. Unlike their previous single “Stingray Affliction”, which was heavy, this single hits more then just your ears; it hits your heart as well.

Acceptance is the main message in this video. The “Never Lose Your Flames” video served its purpose for this song even more then one could’ve imagined.

The meaning and the footage shown in this video are beautiful, much respect to Issues for displaying this message in this manner.

Written by: Emily Kovacic

Video Review: “Hold Onto Me” – Mayday Parade

Mayday_Parade_Monsters_in_the_Closet_coverMayday Parade definitely took a different approach with this video. Honestly, I was not expecting this to be the music video for this song. “Hold Onto Me” is the band’s second music video from the album Monsters in the Closet.

Many wished that the story of the song was played out in this video, but that is not the direction it took. It seems as if the song is a comfort of a group of kids, who in the end all come together for that one thing that keeps them going. I feel that it’s a video that you have to be open minded about and that it is welcome to different interpretations.

So what do you think? Do you feel that the video for this song served its purpose or not?

Check out the video and form your opinion!

Written by: Emily Kovacic

Phantogram | April 25, 2014

coverFriday the 25th, Phantogram rounded out their headlining United States tour promoting Voices, the band’s latest full-length album, in Houston,Texas.

The line for the sold out show stretched halfway down Walker Street to the next intersection. Outside Houston’s Warehouse Live the single file parade was riddled with plenty of people trying to get last minute tickets with a lot of people getting turned away empty handed and of course dedicated Phantogram fans beaming that they had gotten tickets as soon as the show date was announced after hearing the buzz on the band at SXSW this year.

Doors opened a little late at 8:20 PM and Teen, an opener also hailing from New York, fired up the stage for what would be an unforgettable show. Teen churned out a simply orchestrated, dark pop meets post punk, set with impressive four piece vocal harmonies. The crowd seemed to have a soft spot for the interesting electronic sampling and bouncy vocals.Teen was definitely well received by Houston getting cheers after every song. The band is scheduled to continue to tour North America for with dates listed until the end of May. The band’s earliest listed dates take them to sunny California just before what looks to be a small European tour.

Only a few minutes after Teen leaves the stage a small group of people get to setting up Phantograms very interesting smoke and mirror lighting setup. A few steady beam lights shoot across opposite sides of the stage to give away the position of a few strategically placed mirrors. Anyone in the crowd could tell this was not just about the music, this act cares about the visuals. What looks to be a band/venue mom sets out setlist covered by little white towels. (Hey lady, secrets don’t make friends…) The band takes the stage and the crowd roars. I didn’t fully grasp the “sold out-ness” of this show until this moment. Close to fifteen hundred plus people behind me screaming their faces off. The feeling is electric. The crowd was pulsing to the deep bass and oh so on point vocals of Sarah Barthel & Josh Carter in no time. The band plays what feels like a 2 hour set of their newest tracks from the band’s full-length Voices and what seemed, to the crowd, to be VERY familiar old material.

The crowds reaction is the same to every single track, pure, concentrated excitement. “Howling At The Moon”, a Texas inspired song, seemed to be the song of the night, but nothing prepared us for the chest pounding two song encore. The band gave us everything they had just before fading to black for the night.

YOU need to see this band live.
NEED TO.

Phantogram is scheduled to play two and half weeks in Northern Europe. They are set to return to the U.S. the last week of May. They will touch down on the West Coast and later bounce over to the East Coast before making their way back to Austin, Texas for The Austin City Limits Music Festival. There’s still plenty of chances to see Phantogram in 2014. Plan accordingly folks.

Words and photos by: Danny Hernandez