MOS Warped Weekend: Bad Omens

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Photos and review by Meredith Szturm.

The first time I saw Bad Omens play was at Emerson Theater in Indiana when they were support on the Sumerian Records 10 Year Tour, and I’d never heard them before. I didn’t know what to expect, but I was immediately captivated by their unique hard rock sound, that stood out from a lot of the other bands on the bill. Their performance was dark and powerful. The second time was in Cleveland at the Agora Ballroom when I had the chance to spend time taking pictures of them before the show and to see what they did to get ready for a performance. Again, they blew it out of the water. The entire audience sang along with Noah throughout their five song set and they closed it out with Glass Houses, a real crowd pleaser. Seeing them at Vans Warped Tour in Cincinnati this month was lucky number three. The band played on the Full Sail stage and drew a pretty good crowd. Despite the heat, they moved around the stage with energy, and Nick Folio’s drumming particularly stood out. It’s been cool to see the band grow and get to where they are now. Going from opening a seven band show to being on Warped Tour in less than two years is a pretty big accomplishment and Bad Omens definitely deserves it. If you’re going to a remaining Warped Tour date, they’re definitely worth checking out.

 

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MOS Warped Weekend: Dance Gavin Dance

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Photo by Meredith Szturm, review by Maureen Szturm

Funky post-hardcore band Dance Gavin Dance is one of the many talented acts you can see this summer on Vans Warped Tour. Even though the sun was sweltering down on the sweaty fans, everyone couldn’t help but dance and belt out the catchy lyrics along with the band. Dance Gavin Dance is known for their interplay between clean and unclean vocals, almost jazz-like guitar riffs, and energetic stage presence. They did not disappoint with their performance whatsoever. The band performed a couple of their most loved songs such as Chucky vs. The Giant Tortoise, We Own The Night, and their most recent single for the summer, Summertime Gladness. If you have a chance to see one of the remaining Warped Tour dates, definitely don’t miss out on Dance Gavin Dance.

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MOS Show Review & Gallery: Bunbury Music Festival

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AFI by Jacob Potzner

Last weekend, Cincinnati, Ohio was host to its annual three day Bunbury Music Festival, held right next to the Ohio River at Sawyer Point. This year, the headliners at the Promowest-run event included The 1975, Wiz Khalifa, 30 Seconds To Mars, AFI, The Shins, Bassnectar, and Death Cab For Cutie. MOS contributors Josh Mason and Jacob Potzner attended the festival and brought along their cameras to capture some awesome shots. You can check out their gallery along with Josh’s account of his first time seeing AFI live below!

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Wiz Khalifa by Jacob Potzner

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MOS Show Review & Gallery: The Story So Far

 

IMG_5219MOS contributor Anyssa Lira spent two nights in a row at Bottom Lounge in Chicago last week shooting The Story So Far’s sold out shows, with Turnstile and Drug Church opening. You can check out Anyssa’s thoughts on the shows as well as a full gallery of photos below!

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MOS Special Feature: Good Charlotte’s Youth Authority Tour

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You may have heard by now that Maryland pop-punkers Good Charlotte are currently in the midst of the Canadian leg of their Youth Authority tour. They made a stop in Winnipeg, Manitoba over the weekend and our own Ellen was there to soak it all in. Read all about her experience below! Continue reading

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MOS List: 5 Bands Jordan Says You Need In Your Life Right Now

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Obey The Brave, Photo by Charlie Baron
Article by Jordan Nielson

If you’re like me you’re always looking for the the newest group or even the newest single from a favorite band. But its a pain to always keep track of everything, and to go through hundreds of bands till you find that one group that stands out to you. So it got me thinking that maybe I should share some of my favorite groups and maybe you’ll have a new group to add to your list without all the searching. I’ll even leave a song by each band underneath my descriptions.

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Martin Johnson premiers new project The Night Game with brand new single

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Any old school Boys Like Girls fans out there? Well hey, we’ve got something for you! Lead singer Martin Johnson just premiered the debut single from his new project, The Night Game. The track is called The Outfield, and is available on iTunes and Spotify. If you ask me, it’s got a pretty similar sound to it as BLG’s last album, Crazy World, with a laid back vibe. This is the kind of song that you picture yourself listening to as you drive down the highway in the middle of summer (and it came out just in time, too!). We’re excited to see what comes out of Martin’s new project, and we hope you are too!

Pick up The Outfield on iTunes here!

 

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New Found Glory and Trash Boat: Show Review and Gallery

IMG_6921Friday night was the official start of my weekend off and I was lucky enough to spend it at New Found Glory’s 20 Years of Pop Punk Tour. I fully appreciate and love NFG, and I had never seen them live before, so going to their sold out Cincinnati show and hearing them play through the entirety of their “Sticks and Stones” and “Catalyst” albums (27 songs!) was amazing. But to be candid, I was really there to see Trash Boat.

The UK pop punk five piece is my favorite band, and this New Found Glory tour spot they landed is their first US tour. Last year, their first full-length album “Nothing I Write You Can Change What You’ve Been Through” was released and I can honestly say it really affected me. The gorgeous guitar tones and heavy drums combined with honest lyrics and frontman Tobi Duncan’s singing/yelling more-punk-than-pop vocal style just really punches you in the gut.  At the show on Friday they played seven songs from the LP and also “Perspective” from their EP “Brainwork.” The band did a great job riling up the huge crowd, and played through each song tirelessly, jumping around and putting everything they had into every song. Tobi’s interaction with the crowd was humble and kind, and I thought he did a good job of forming a good impression of the band on audience members who’d never heard Trash Boat before. I sang along to every song and it was probably one of the best concerts of my life so far.

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After the show, I got to briefly meet Tobi at the merch table. I’m usually nervous about meeting people I look up to because sometimes their egos/attitudes can be really disappointing, but that wasn’t the case with Tobi. I told him how much I appreciated their record and that they’re my favorite band, and he was really gracious and kind and took the time to listen to me and not make me feel awkward, and he thanked me for what I said. Usually going to shows and writing about them is my job, but I would’ve been there Friday even if Manifesto of Sound didn’t exist. If you’ve never listened to Trash Boat, stop reading this and do it right now. You can check out the pictures of NFG and Trash Boat below, and if your town isn’t sold out, you can still make it to a show at one of these dates:

Apr 11 Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL Sold Out
Apr 12 Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL Sold Out
Apr 13 Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL Sold Out
Apr 14 Delmar Hall Saint Louis, MO Sold Out
Apr 15 Granada Theatre Lawrence, KS
Apr 17 Marquis Theater Denver, CO Sold Out
Apr 18 Marquis Theater Denver, CO Sold Out
Apr 18 Moon Room (NFG Emo Night Brooklyn Afterparty) Denver, CO
Apr 19 Marquis Theater Denver, CO Sold Out
Apr 21 The Observatory Santa Ana, CA Sold Out
Apr 22 The Observatory Santa Ana, CA Sold Out
Apr 22 Constellation Room (NFG Emo Night Brooklyn Afterparty) Santa Ana, CA
Apr 23 House of Blues Las Vegas, NV
Apr 23 House of Blues (NFG Emo Night Brooklyn Afterparty)
Apr 25 Slim’s San Francisco, CA Sold Out
Apr 26 Slim’s San Francisco, CA Sold Out
Apr 27 Slim’s San Francisco, CA Sold Out
Apr 28 Troubadour West Hollywood, CA Sold Out
Apr 29 Troubadour West Hollywood, CA Sold Out
Apr 30 Troubadour West Hollywood, CA Sold Out
May 02 Nile Theater Mesa, AZ Sold Out
May 04 Mohawk Austin, TX
May 05 The Door Dallas, TX
May 05 The Door (NFG Emo Night Brooklyn Afterparty) Dallas, TX Sold Out
May 06 The Mohawk Austin, TX Sold Out
May 06 Barracuda (NFG Emo Night Brooklyn Afterparty) Austin, TX
May 08 The Social Orlando, FL Sold Out
May 09 The Social Orlando, FL Sold Out
May 10 The Social Orlando, FL Sold Out
May 12 Revolution Live Fort Lauderdale, FL
May 12 Revolution (NFG Emo Night Brooklyn Afterparty) Fort Lauderdale, FL
May 14 House of Blues Orlando Lake Buena Vista, FL
May 15 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
May 17 Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC
May 18 Exit/In Nashville, TN Sold Out

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Simple Plan Announce 2nd Leg of US Tour & Canadian Tour

simpleplan-news-16The guys of Simple Plan are currently in the midst of finishing up the first leg of their No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls 15th Anniversary Tour across the US right now, but they have some exciting news! In addition to the recent announcement of the European dates this May and June, last week the band announced they will be heading out on a second US leg this August. But wait, that’s not all. They couldn’t do a milestone tour like this without hitting up their very own home country, right? Right! This morning, they took to twitter to also announce that they will be doing a Canadian leg as well in September. It’s sure shaping up to be a busy year for these guys! You can check out all of the new dates (and European shows!) below. Trust me, you don’t wanna miss this once in a lifetime show! Continue reading

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MOS Top Ten: Simple Plan Songs

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Montreal rockers Simple Plan are celebrating quite the anniversary this year. March 19th marked 15 years since the release of their debut album, No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls. Yup, I can’t believe it either. The guys also kicked off their 15 year anniversary tour the same day in celebration of the huge milestone. With all the excitement going on with this anniversary, I couldn’t help but start to think about how great that album was – and still is – along with all the other SP albums that followed. A long-time fan myself, I thought now would be a great time to take a minute to look back at what are, in my opinion, the top ten Simple Plan songs of all time. So sit back and get ready to take a trip down memory lane with me. Try not to get too nostalgic! Continue reading

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