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Album Review: Blue October – ‘I Hope You’re Happy’

“I hope you’re happy” is usually a snarky, slap-in-the-face retort, but for Texas band Blue October, it’s a genuine well wishing, and a genuinely fresh outlook.  An outlook that for many years, has been dark, dismal, and yes — pure rock. The 2018 release of I Hope You’re Happy, via Up/Down Records, and leadsinger Justin Furstenfeld’s label, Brando Records, is out Aug.17. Sobriety sounds good on the often tumultuous Blue October soundscapes, although — it is a stark contrast to what many fans may be used to. Furstenfeld doesn’t label…

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Album Review: Rise Against – ‘Ghost Note Symphonies, Vol. 1’

The day Rise Against posted a teaser video on Youtube, with a reimagined version of “House on Fire,” from their 2017 Wolves album, I scoured the internet for more details. I’d been waiting on an acoustic solo Tim McIlrath (Rise Against) album for years, and had missed the boat on the 2013 Revival Tour with him, Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids), Toh Kay (Streetlight Maniefesto), and others. Fail. If you’ve seen Rise Against live in concert, you might have experienced the lighter side of the punk rock Chicago…

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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: Son Lux and Kimbra

Son Lux and Kimbra hit the road for a quick 10-stop tour mid May, finishing up in California just this weekend. Both acts have recently released new albums, Son Lux’s fifth and Kimbra’s third. Both acts have an eclectic following, so it only made sense to team up for this tour. Son Lux, a trio of musicians who have deemed themselves “genre-less” played a hearty set of tunes that were met with clapping and cheers. It was evident that many concert attendees did not know the group, but based on…

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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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WATCH: Cardinals “Breathe” Video

When you come across a band that has it, you just feel it. You know what I’m talking about. Their lyrics hit you hard, their melodies seem to course through your veins, and collectively, their songs move you in a way that maybe you’d forgotten you could be moved. They energize you, inspire you, and make you want to hit “repeat” on a song 100 times over. By now you might have guessed that for me,  Cardinals is just this band, and their new lyric video for “Breathe” is a song…

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Kate Nash Releases New Album, Hits the Road

Kate Nash, a singer-songwriter hailing from England, has released a new album entitled “Yesterday Was Forever” and is set to hit the road for 21-date Canada-North America Tour starting in April. Additionally, she released a video for the single “Life in Pink” and tackles the topic of mental illness in her life. “I need the bunnies in my brain and the wild parts of me that send me into the black holes,” she said about the concept of the video, “and I also need the self care routine and to…

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STREAM : Loyals “Hold On”

Nashville natives LOYALS (Andrew Gomez (guitar), Evan Thon (bass), and Dane Allen (vocals, guitar)) have shared their latest single, “Hold On” and announced their debut self-titled album will be out February 2nd, 2018 via Tooth & Nail Records. LOYALS have shared their thoughts on the upcoming record, stating: “This album was made in a time when there was a lot to be thankful for and a lot to be hurt about. We tried to create a sound that is the most tailored to who we are and what we like as possible.” “Hold…

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