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Concert Reviews

Say Anything Emerge From Hiatus With Four Night Run At Bowery Ballroom

Beloved emo rock icons Say Anything emerged from hiatus last Friday for their first show in nearly five years. Frontman Max Bemis and the refreshed lineup dug in for a sold-out, four night run at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom with a line of fans camped out in the rain on Delancey Street waiting for doors to open. Anticipation was high, driven by the release of “Psyche!” earlier in the day, the band’s first new music since their no longer 2019 farewell album, Oliver Appropriate. Say Anything has always featured a revolving door of musicians surrounding founding members Max Bemis… Read more »


Bamboozle Is Cancelled One Week Out From Its Return

Just one week out from the glorious return of Bamboozle Festival after a 10-year hiatus, the festival has announced its decision to cancel the May 5-7 event. This year’s 2023 fest would mark Bamboozle Festival’s 20th anniversary and had scheduled performances from some of the largest names across an array of genres. Today the festival deleted their twitter account, along with all posts on their Instagram. In regards to the cancellation, they quickly uploaded a statement to instagram. Read it below: “After extensive discussions, we have made the heartbreaking decision to cancel Bamboozle 2023. An incredible amount of time, dedication,… Read more »


When We Were Young Adds a New Date

When We Were Young Festival once seemed like a pop-punk dream that was too good to be true. Now after one successful run, and the announcement of a second go, they have added a second date to this year’s festival.Fans will be able to attend October 21st and October 22nd of this year.  While that may seem like forever from now, you’ll want to be on your toes! Pre-sale for the new date is happening this Friday, February 24th at 5pm ET. General sale for tickets will go down just an hour later at 6pm ET. So now it’s time… Read more »


Phoenix Festival, 1996: The Tour That Defined Me

— As UK music festivals go, the Phoenix Festival doesn’t have the storied history of Glastonbury or Reading. It only ran for five years, between 1993 and ’97, but it was located pretty close to my home in the Midlands region of England when I was growing up, and so I went to the 1995 event and the two that followed.  The 1996 Phoenix Festival is the festival that I judge all festivals on. So high was the bar it set, I’ve yet to see it be bettered (and I’ve attended Glastonburys, Readings, Coachellas, Riot Fests, Rocklahomas, Download/Doningtons, and more… Read more »


In Appreciation Of: Albums Turning 10 and 20 in 2023 and How They’re Refueling Festival Season

Music festival season is just on the horizon and, while we wait for the gloomy weather to pass, we can revel in the flood of music news typical of this time of year. A majority of the music festival lineups are announced in January and the festival posters set the landscape for the year in live music, foreshadowing larger tours from bands, new album cycles, and even resurgences of genres and legacy bands that might be past their peak of popularity. Pop-punk is fresh off a massive re-emergence, showcased by the success of the When We Were Young Festival in… Read more »


News Flashes 10.26.22: Innings Festival, Avril Lavigne’s New Song with Yungblud, and DE’WAYNE Opening For Willow

— Today we talk about the Innings Festival lineup, Avril Lavigne’s new song with Yungblud, and DE’WAYNE’s newest gig. — Innings Festival Lineup If you need another festival to look forward to, we’ve got a great solution! Innings Festival announced their lineup this morning and we are already antsy. Green Day and Eddie Vedder are headlining the two day event. On top of that, the lineup features Marcus Mumford, Andrew McMahon, The Offspring, and The Head and the Heart among several others! Unless you’re local you’re going to want to book your tickets to Tempe, Arizona ASAP. Tickets for the… Read more »


News Flashes 10.18.22: Yungblud’s Gum Necklaces, When We Were Young Stages, and Jin’s New Single

— Today we talk about Yungblud’s new necklaces, When We Were Young’s sets schedule, and BTS’ Jin dropping a new single. — Buy Yunglud’s DNA Yungblud is dropping merch that is definitely…unique. The artist has teamed up with 5 Gum to bring you a brand new necklace. Artist Greg Yuna has designed the jewelry using gum that has been chewed by Yungblud—which is for a good cause. The proceeds will go to the National Independent Venue Foundation and their mission statement is, “To preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live performance venues and promoters throughout the United States by… Read more »

Concert Reviews

Heavier Than the Rain: Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2022

photos & words by Austin Spruill As the blistering summer of 2022 winds down into the cooler weather of fall, musicians and fans alike are treated to a number of high-profile festivals raging across the country, from Welcome to Rockville and Inkcarceration to Rocklahoma and Louder Than Life. However, few were as highly anticipated as this year’s incarnation of Blue Ridge Rock Festival, taking place from September 8–11.  Hosted at the world-renowned Virginia International Raceway in Alton, VA, hopes were high for the relatively young festival, as the successes and challenges of 2021 propelled the event further into the spotlight… Read more »

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