MOS Show Review & Gallery: Bunbury Music Festival


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!


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


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


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


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.


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


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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Tour Blog: Meredith Goes on Tour with Homebound!

img_5350I’ve been taking pictures for ten years now, and there’s not much in my life that I haven’t commemorated with a photograph, but nothing has ever gotten to me like photographing live music. The interest started when I took pictures for a friend’s open mic night he was hosting at a coffee house on UC’s campus. Capturing the emotion of the people pouring their hearts out on stage was cathartic for me. It made me feel like I was part of something. Music has always touched the parts of my heart that I can’t really talk about out loud or put into words, and being able to take pictures of music being created was like a whole new level of happiness for me.

I started shooting for online publications, and at small bars and venues that didn’t have rules about bringing in a camera. Learning how to translate what I’m seeing and the feeling I’m getting from the performers in front of me into a picture has been and still is the most challenging thing I’ve ever done artistically. But it’s also the most rewarding. My style has evolved since I first started, and now I have two Vans Warped Tour dates and some of my dream shows under my belt. I’ve even sold a picture to Kerrang! Magazine, which was a pinch-yourself kind of moment. But I still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do. I have a lot more to learn, and I’m never really satisfied with my work.

Being a touring photographer and being able to support myself through different facets of photography is my ultimate dream, but up until the middle of February I had never gone on a tour at all. My friends in the Cincinnati hardcore band Homebound gave me the chance to finally change that. I’ve had a lot of mental health issues over the past two years, and they’ve set me back. So when Homebound asked me to come along for a week long tour that would take us through ten states in seven days, I was excited, but I was pretty nervous too. I didn’t know if I could handle it without having to go to an emergency room, or having some sort of breakdown.

But it turns out that taking a deep breath and getting in the van was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made because I finally proved to myself that I can do this. We traveled from Cincinnati, Ohio, through Kentucky and Tennessee to our first date in Huntsville, Alabama. Then it was down to New Port Richey, Florida and Panama City, Florida. We got to hit the beach on our day off and then drove through Georgia and South Carolina to have dinner and hang out at the drummer Zack’s uncle’s house in North Carolina the next night. Then it was off to Roanoke, Virginia for the last date of the tour and a long drive back home through the night.


Sleeping in a van in different Walmart parking lots with six guys and stopping for showers at YMCA’s and Planet Fitness might sound like hell to some people. But to me, it was one of the best times of my life. I never felt like I wasn’t included and I laughed more than I have in a long time. The guys put their hearts into it every night, no matter the size of the audience, and it was really cool to see the subtle differences in each performance. Homebound got to play outside for the first time at a biker bar in New Port Richey, and they killed it. We all got super sunburnt on the beach, but we were on THE BEACH in FEBRUARY! That’s unheard of for midwest kids like us.


After free Chipotle, Zack almost fighting the drive thru attendant at Cookout, some huge bruises from me falling over the trailer hitch in the dark, 40 degrees one day and 70 the next, promo pictures at a random car wash in the middle of nowhere, making great friends with the band we were touring with (Edorra), and getting to run around in the ocean, I think the Dead World Tour turned out to be one for the books. It was definitely the best first experience I could’ve asked for, and I can’t wait until the next one.

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MOS Interview: Telehope


photo by Cory Woodruff

Telehope is a five-piece indie pop group from Cincinnati, Ohio. Formed from the old band of three of their members, Undivided, Telehope began in 2016 and have already made a big impression in their hometown. Their debut album, Chasing Dreams, was just released on January 1st and the album release show at Madison Live in Covington, Kentucky was sold out. The band took some time to tell us about it and answer a few questions about the album. You can check out our interview with Telehope below!

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