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Final Warped Tour Review: The End of an Era (Hartford, CT)

  Entering the gates of Warped Tour for the final cross country run feels a lot like you’d imagine. It feels momentous and nostalgic and full of excitement for the day ahead. It also  feels completely normal, just like it has for nearly every year of the last decade that I’ve been attending. There’s a familiarity and comfort as I scan my ticket and take my first view of the festival—for myself and so many kids and even young adults, this place has been another home. Every summer we’d gather…

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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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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Change Is Your Friend

Have you ever felt like everything you worked for was in vain? Well, that’s how I felt in 2016. I had been with my girlfriend at the time for 6 years. I had a steady day job as a high school teacher. My band, Hombre Bestia, was playing better than ever and we had just released our second material, called Janus. Everything seemed to be just following a nice course. Going according to plan. Except one thing: I couldn’t write a single song. Routine had become such a part of…

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Mental Health Matters: Loneliness

It’s 3am, it’s every night for the past month, maybe two; at this point I’m unsure.  I have a cold cup of coffee that I keep reheating before I let it chill again & a notebook full of scrawling scribbles of some nonsensical blabber. There’s an email from my booking agent I’ve been dreading that I can’t open right now.  “Write everything down” I was told, but where to begin?  Touring has been gruelling, I feel so strung out & exhausted by the constant travelling, performing & travelling again. Every…

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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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Boston Calling Interview: Field Report

We caught up with Field Report just after this May’s Boston Calling to chat with Chris Porterfield about their latest album ‘Summertime Songs’, what makes their hometown of Milwaukee so special, and their artist recommendation for readers. Take a read and catch the band on tour this Summer/Fall. 

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Rocky Boy Music Announces Free Social Media Webinar

Let’s face it—many of us could use a lesson on being more engaging on social media. Our friends at Rocky Boy, a music blog that specializes in social media strategy for musicians, is launching a live webinar next Wednesday, June 20th at 8pm EST. In this webinar you can expect to learn: Why you should be active on social media. Why you should schedule your social media posts. Types of social media posts for musicians. How to plan your social media content. How to determine what your fans want. Grab…

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Mental Health Matters: My Work with Therapy

(photo credit: Danny DeRusso) I was born in love with my life. I was born in love with myself and I felt like that self-respect was connected to how much potential I had to squeeze every ounce of joy and success out of living that I could. I started self-harming when I was 11. I developed an eating disorder when I was 13. By 25, I was drinking to black out daily and had torpedoed most of my personal relationships. I assumed I had depression because I couldn’t shake this…

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