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REVIEW: Boston Calling Makes Debut at Harvard Athletic Complex

In its inaugural kickoff at Harvard’s Athletic Complex, Boston Calling has gone from Boston’s best known little festival to a massive event. This year’s festivities took on a new life and a totally new vibe due to the location switch—which is what we’ll be focusing on for the majority of the review. Because come on, you already know the music is amazing. You’ve seen the lineup. But more on that later. Getting there The walk from Harvard Sq to the festival grounds (about 15 min to actually get inside) isn’t bad, but it…

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Live Review & Photos: Bush at REBEL, Toronto

May 18 will forever be scarred by the tragic loss of one of the greatest grunge (and overall rock n’ roll) singers of all time, Chris Cornell. On that day of shock and sadness there was a positive caveat for fans to come together and enjoy music of the same era as Bush passed through the Toronto’s Rebel Nightclub while on tour for their latest album Black and White Rainbows. After opening their 105-minute set with their very first single dating back to 1994, “Everything Zen,” frontman Gavin Rossdale commented…

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Live Review & Photos: Needtobreathe & Colony House at The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto

In a period that is so currently bogged down with political anxiety, it’s nice to come together as a unit to enjoy some good music and good times. That was exactly what happened Thursday night when southern rock band, Needtobreathe, brought their All The Feels Tour to Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall and shared with us their sixth studio album, Hard Love. Starting the night off were Tennessee indie rockers, Colony House. A band which features two sons of renowned Christian pop singer Steven Curtis Chapman. Their energy and enthusiasm radiated…

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SHOW REVIEW: Architects, Stray From The Path, Make Them Suffer

In a world with deeply heated political events and a host of other issues, music has become an outlet for many. Casual listeners and diehard fans alike find their purpose at concerts. From the front row mosher to the headlining vocalist, having an outlet for feelings has never been more poignant. This holds especially true for Brighton, England’s Architects. The group, already well-informed and against injustice, experienced a major shift that could turn a lesser band upside down. Architects – and the metal community as a whole – felt a…

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LIVE REVIEW: To Write Love On Her Arms – Heavy & Light 2017

To Write Love On Her Arms is an organization that has been around for over a decade, and in that amount of time, they have helped countless people who have struggled with depression, addiction, and suicide find the resources they need. Each year, the organization has dedicated one night to songs, conversation, and hope in an event called Heavy and Light. This event, held in Orlando, Florida, brings together people from all walks of life from all over the world to hear the words, whether through song, testimony, or poetry,…

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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. Please follow and like us:

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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

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

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

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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