Quietdrive’s annual holiday concert at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis never fails to be part show, part fiesta, and part friendly hangout.
On December 19th in New York City, a few hundred fans forgot all of that and took the time to relax and witness some amazing bands. Appropriately decorated for the holidays, Highline Ballroom would become home to the “How Valencia Stole Christmas” tour for it's last night.
As the house lights dimmed with fog billowing from the stage at Detroit’s historic Saint Andrew’s hall, fans in attendance for the sold-out stop of Circa Survive’s “Blue Sky Noise” tour had little idea of what laid ahead: a fantastic display of musicianship, community and otherwise all-around good time.
“We are a real live band, we don’t sound as good as the record, we run out of breath. We would like you to know that,” lead singer Ben Liebsch told the drastically undersold crowd on Friday night.
Sunday evening in New York City was rainy and quiet, but it didn’t stop fans from packing into the Studio at Webster to take in the Reach For The Sun tour.
The normal buzzing and ruckus in Lowertown St. Paul is due to the recent construction on practically every street, but on July 31st, the loud noise was due to the inaugural Lowertown Music Fest. A celebration of Minnesota’s music scene, the festival showcases multiple hometown musicians and bands, while bringing in one international act.
The day began as you might expect it to.
Electrifying screens with acid-trip psychedelic visuals zooming in and out of focus, a band so high on energy it seemingly got lost in its own momentum and a raucous crowd defined Saturday's MGMT show at Merriweather Post Pavilion.
Though it has been six years since Something Corporate released new music, the influential tunes haven't escaped from fans' hearts.
It began with a benign four-minute ferry ride through calm waters to a little-trafficked landmass in the Upper New York Bay, but Saturday night at The Beach on Governors Island proved to be anything but gentle.
Sarah McLachlan’s performance Tuesday night at the Merriweather Post Pavilion was a curious mix of opportunities.
Nearly half an hour had passed since the opening band left the stage, and the crowd at Northern Virginia's State Theatre was getting restless.
The Counting Crows, along with Augustana and hip-hop act Notar, made their stop in Windsor as a part of the “Traveling Circus and Medicine Show”. This is the second consecutive year of the tour, with Notar as the tour’s only newcomer.
For the first time in seven years, Shaun Cooper and John Nolan shared the stage with the rest of the Tell All Your Friends-era Taking Back Sunday crew, and neither one of them looked out of place.