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LIVE REVIEW: Arkells + Frank Turner Sold Out Performance in Hamilton, ON Live Reviews News Reviews 

LIVE REVIEW: Arkells + Frank Turner Sold Out Performance in Hamilton, ON

There’s something so special about being witness to a band’s hometown show. When I learned that I’d be in Toronto for Arkells‘ hometown show in Hamilton, ON, just an hour away, I knew I had to be there. I’d been following the band for only a few years, but after being blown away by their performances at SXSW, I knew that they provided an intense energy and stage presence that was only set to amplify when they were back home.

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Live Review & Photos: Switchfoot & Relient K at The Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto Live Reviews Photos Reviews 

Live Review & Photos: Switchfoot & Relient K at The Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 was a bitter cold night in Toronto. However the warmth inside The Phoenix Concert Theatre was exceptional as an affectionate sold out crowd filled the venue and played host to Switchfoot, who are currently touring for their (get ready to feel old) tenth studio album, Where The Light Shines Through. It may have been a while since the Californian alternative rockers have enjoyed mainstream success, but they’ve continued to be top dogs on the Christian rock scene and it was apparent in Toronto that they are…

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Live Review & Photos: Alter Bridge At REBEL, Toronto, ON Live Reviews Photos Reviews 

Live Review & Photos: Alter Bridge At REBEL, Toronto, ON

It’s been a long wait for Alter Bridge fans in The 6ix as it’s been over twelve years since their last headline gig here in Toronto. The now shut down Guvernment venue was the last stage to host Alter Bridge during their debut album tour in October of 2004. Now touring for their fifth album, The Last Hero, the four-piece from Orlando, Florida were received with open arms on Wednesday night at Toronto’s latest venue, REBEL nightclub. The impressive 105-minute set opened with the brand new “The Writing on the…

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Live Review & Photos: The Shelters At The Starline, Oakland, CA Indie Live Reviews News Photos Reviews Rock 

Live Review & Photos: The Shelters At The Starline, Oakland, CA

The weather and traffic battled it out for which would be worse last Thursday evening during my drive to Oakland, CA. The traffic won. Luckily I gave myself enough time to arrive, grab a bite to eat, and catch the start of the show. The Starline Social Club is a historic building dating back to 1893. Once a ballroom, it now houses a restaurant and bar downstairs, and an ample sized room upstairs. Complete with original wood floors, booth seating, another bar, and tin ceiling tiles, the vintage room was a…

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LIVE REVIEW: Yellowcard at The House of Blues, Boston Live Reviews News Pop Punk Reviews Rock 

LIVE REVIEW: Yellowcard at The House of Blues, Boston

Any scene kid – former or active – between the ages of 20 and 30 would pee their pants over the thought of getting to see Yellowcard perform live. The band is practically a Warped Tour institution and one of the highlights of the 2000s emo movement. But with the announcement of the band’s final tour and album, tickets to the band’s Farewell tour remained especially coveted last night (November 7) at the House of Blues Boston, where Yellowcard performed to their final Massachusetts crowd at their sold-out show. Casual…

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LIVE REVIEW & PHOTOS: Assuming We Survive, Colorado Springs, CO Live Reviews News Reviews 

LIVE REVIEW & PHOTOS: Assuming We Survive, Colorado Springs, CO

“I once dropped off my daughter at school in our tour bus, and she was embarrassed!” lead singer of Assuming We Survive, Adrian Estrella told my dad and I, to which my father responded with, “Well of course, dads are supposed to embarrass their kids!” It seems a little cheesy and awkward to have your parent hanging out with you when you’re trying to be cool around the lead singer of your favorite band, but that’s where I was on Sunday night.

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REVIEW: Emo Night Brooklyn Alternative Live Reviews News Pop Pop Punk Reviews Rock 

REVIEW: Emo Night Brooklyn

Emo is in the midst of a Renaissance. Blink-182 released their first new music in five years. My Chemical Romance has hinted at re-releasing “Welcome to the Black Parade,” despite their breakup in 2013. Young adults postulate that Suicide Squad will begin a new era of teens saying “rawr” and dying their new shades of neon, especially with the soundtrack tune from twenty one pilots, which some people consider to be the new “emo.” But prior to this recent flurry of events, Emo Night Brooklyn was already ushering in the…

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Boston Calling Closes Out Day 3 With The Front Bottoms, Janelle Monae, HAIM Alternative Electronica Folk Indie Live Reviews News Pop Pop Punk Reviews Singer/Songwriter 

Boston Calling Closes Out Day 3 With The Front Bottoms, Janelle Monae, HAIM

With Saturday’s crazy hot temps out of the way, Boston proves that if you don’t like the weather, just wait a day and it’s bound to change. In the case of this weekend, it’s gone from a sweltering 90 degrees Saturday to a cool, cloudy 57 on Sunday. Despite the welcome cool down, the plaza looks a little sparser than it did the night before—but it’s not for the lack of talent. In fact, it might be more a case of too much talent, too diversely spread. Let me explain.

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Boston Calling Battles The Heat With Performances By Robyn, Miike Snow, Børns & More Alternative Electronica Folk Indie Live Reviews News Pop Pop Punk Reviews Rock Singer/Songwriter 

Boston Calling Battles The Heat With Performances By Robyn, Miike Snow, Børns & More

Straight away we know Saturday is going to be a scorcher of a day—as the doors open the temperature has already hit the mid-80s and the sun is blazing. But that doesn’t stop the droves of dedicated fans from infiltrating City Hall Plaza for the third year and sixth installment of Boston Calling. They’re here to see everyone from Børns to Dallas Green (City and Colour), to the headliners Miike Snow and Robyn, and every other major talent in between. (You can see the full lineup here).

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LIVE/PHOTO REVIEW: Charming Liars, Sacramento, CA Live Reviews Photos Reviews 

LIVE/PHOTO REVIEW: Charming Liars, Sacramento, CA

Sacramento has a new-ish venue called Ace of Spades, just on the outskirts of the downtown, state capital. Set among both residential and commercial buildings, this club was the site of the L.A. band Charming Liars‘ support set to Night Riots and veteran act Blaqk Audio last Saturday night. As I stood in line for will call I overheard many show-goers asking each other if they knew of the opening band, Charming Liars. Answers came as shrugs in the negative. After the band took to the stage, though, much of…

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