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Album Review: Real Friends – ‘Composure’

You know the phrase, “It’s about to get real,” right? Well, Real Friends just released a brand-new record. For real. This is real life. Friday, July 13th, the Chicago pop punkers released their third record, Composure, via Fearless Records. The joke’s on you if you think Composure is anything but gimmicky though. The record has quite the tumultuous backstory, with lead singer Dan Lambton’s anxiety, depression and recent bi-polar diagnosis. He even took a break from the band in its entirety, after manic episodes, panic attacks and breakdowns. The band…

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ALBUM REVIEW: Mike Llerena & the Nerve

If The Decemberists and Green Day had a baby, they would conceive Mike Llerena & the Nerves. Hailing from Gainesville, FL., the band just dropped their first full length album on June 15th. The first song, “Last Words”, sets the tone for the album – high energy, feel good, real music that instantly gets stuck in your head. Tracks like “Crossfire” and “Mr. Favorite Son,” are the perfect recipe for a crowd of fans jumping and moshing. Halfway through, we hear a sentimental side with “Saturday Night” and “A Long Winter”. There…

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LIVE REVIEW: The Sick Tour w/ New Found Glory and Bayside

They say that seeing your favorite band from high school as an adult is a life changing experience. They’re not wrong. When I saw Bayside and New Found Glory on the same ticket, I screamed out loud. It was a pop-punk dream come true. Opening for them was William Ryan Key, that concert goers would recognize and the former frontman of Yellowcard. Key took to the stage with just himself and his guitar and played through his entire EP, Thirteen. He knew he couldn’t get off the stage without playing…

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LIVE REVIEW: Face to Face, Less than Jake, Direct Hit!, The Jukebox Romantics

If you ever wanted to go to a live show that reminiscent of a backyard house party, BLK Live in Scottsdale is the place for you. Between the residential sized pool, comfy cabanas and outdoor bar, BLK Live is the ideal spot for a punk rock fan to enjoy a show. Opening the bill was The Jukebox Romantics, hailing from New York, this high-energy three piece group was the perfect way to kick off the night. The second group to play was Direct Hit!, a Midwestern pop-punk band that sound like…

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PHOTOS: Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Rivals, Sunday at Noon, After the Calm – Scottsdale, AZ

In the wake of the release of their new album, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus hit the road for a multi-city tour with Los Angeles based band, Rivals. The Arizona stop also featured local acts Sunday At Noon and After the Calm. Check out photos below and purchase tickets for the rest of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus’ tour here. Also check out the social media for every band that performed at the Arizona show. Red Jumpsuit Apparatus: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter – Youtube Rivals: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter – Youtube Sunday…

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UNSIGNED SPOTLIGHT: Laska

Blending a multitude of genres into your music can be either a blessing or a curse. Sometimes the end result is a mess with no identity, or the band isn’t quite comfortable with any one sound, or the music comes out great but can have difficulty reaching new fans. For Minnesota/Wisconsin-based sextet Laska, however, their mix of folk rock, alt-rock, Americana and soul is the kind of sound some artists strive for a decade or more to create. And their debut album, titled Ceiling Zero, is a blessing in every…

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UNSIGNED SPOTLIGHT: Bruise Violet

As we’re being reminded in various areas of American society right now, teenagers are capable of making a positive, and extraordinary, difference in all our lives. They have a fearlessness and desire to try new things, progress, and fight for what they believe in. They don’t stand by and accept the status quo. How on earth does this tie in with our latest Unsigned Spotlight feature? Enter St. Paul, Minnesota’s Bruise Violet, a trio of badass young women making waves in their local scene and beyond with their no-holds-barred, unapologetic…

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UNSIGNED SPOTLIGHT: Forts Like Vana

Every once in a while you come across a new artist and think know they’re going to be massive, and soon. That’s exactly what came to my mind upon hearing Nashville alternative pop trio Forts Like Vana for the first time. The band’s first single, “Love You Right”, released on January 10 and has amassed over 10,000 Spotify plays in just over a month. As proof that the hype train is only just getting started, Forts Like Vana released their brand new EP, This + This = That, on February…

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