• Warped Tour Milwaukee 2010

    31 jui. 2010, 1h30m

    Thu 29 Jul – Vans Warped Tour 2010

    Milwaukee was awesome.

    First band I wanted to see was Parkway Drive, but they were at 12:20 so I had about an hour or so to kill. I checked out Suicide Silence... definitely not my thing but they had a big crowd. Parkway Drive came on afterwards and were awesome. One of their guitarists really messed up his ankle (a few days prior I'm guessing) and had to play with this big brace on his leg. He basically just stood there, couldn't move around at all, but it didn't take away from the show. Their other guitarist can shred and Winstons vocals were spot on.

    I had some more time to kill between the bands I really wanted to see so I checked out the last few VersaEmerge songs. They were okay live, the girl is cute, and I could see them blowing up into the next big female fronted band. Right after them were the Casualties. I was never big into them, but I did recognize "Tomorrow Belongs To Us" and a cover of "Blitzkrieg Bop". They had lots of hardcore fans there and had one of the better pits I saw all day.

    After that I watched 2 Fight Fair songs, "Game On" and "Pop Rocks". I've already seen them live before and they don't really do anything for me so I headed over to watch the rest of Every Time I Die's set. It was my first time seeing them and they pretty much killed it. Songs I remember were "Floater" and "We'rewolf". They also ended up playing a Nirvana cover which was kind of disappointing seeing as how according to the contest website, Kelsey and the Chaos were the winners of that.

    Up next was Set Your Goals. They played Gaia Bleeds, The Fallen, Summer Jam, Dead Men Tell No Tales, Mutiny, Echoes, To Be Continued, Goonies Never Say Die, and This Very Moment (not in order). One of the best sets/shows of the day. These guys have improved tremendously since the last time I saw them, 2 years ago. Cool part in Gaia Bleeds, Jordan took over on guitar while one of the guitarists took over on vocals for the screaming part.

    Then I headed over to Alkaline Trio, one of my most anticipated of the day. Last time I saw these guys was 2003. This show was unbelievable, mainly because they played a TON of old school songs. Cringe, She Took Him To The Lake (I was like HOLY SHIT! when they played this, very unexpected), My Friend Peter, Private Eye, Armageddon, Continental, Emma, Blue Carolina, This Addiction, and Dine Dine My Darling. Those are not in order but I'm pretty sure thats all of them.

    After getting some food I watched Vanna play a few songs and then headed back over to the main stage to watch The Dillinger Escape Plan. They had the smallest crowd out of any main stage band there, mainly because I think they are one of those bands that have their hardcore fans, and then people that just can't get into it. Everyone should at least check them out though, because their live show is absolutely apeshit. I've never seen guitarists move around and act as insane as they do and still pull off the technical sound so well. Right when one would jump off an amp another guy would jump right back on it. And their singer is ripped.

    Then I checked out the Rocket Summer. I really never listened to them before, but I ended up staying for their whole set. It's just really good poppy rock music and the frontman seems really talented as a musician.

    After that I headed back over to the Altec Lansing to watch Pierce The Veil. I never saw them before, but they were really good live. They sound just like the CD, in a good way. I really liked the intro of a masked/spanish dude coming out to hype the crowd up. Vic wins the award for best assortment of guitars for the day.

    I stayed at the Altec Lansing stage for Four Year Strong, obviously my most anticipated. It was the most intense, crazy show of the day. I was in the front row, constantly getting slammed/pushed up against the barricade. The crowd surfing was nonstop the entire time. They played Maniac, Bada Bing, Heroes, It Must Really Suck..., On a Saturday, Wasting Time, One Step At a Time, and What The Hell is a Gigawatt. Not in order.

    After that everyone rushed back into the amphitheater to watch Sum 41. I have no idea why they weren't main stage, let alone why they were on one of the smallest stages there. Really fun show, off the top of my head they played Hell Song, Motivation, In Too Deep, Paint It Black cover, a cover of a portion of Master of Puppets, Still Waiting, Fat Lip, and We're All To Blame. Not in order. Fun show, but hated how everyone was jam packed into such a small space.

    Mike Posner ended the night off. I'll admit, his music makes me feel a little sexy.
  • Sherwood at the Majestic Theatre 8/1 (Madison, WI)

    2 août 2009, 6h50m

    Sat 1 Aug – Sherwood, Apparently Nothing, The Cloth Sea

    1. Middle of the Night
    2. Learn To Sing
    3. I'll Wait For You
    4. Song in My Head
    5. The Only Song
    6. Traveling Alone
    7. The Town That You Live In
    8. Not Gonna Love (new song)
    9. For The Longest Time

    Ridiculous set, they continue to be super tight live.

    Apparently Nothing (changing their name to The Usual Things) surprised me. Their singer has a unique voice.

    The Cloth Sea was ok, not really my thing, but talented.
  • Summerfest - July 4th 2009

    19 jui. 2009, 21h02m

    My last day of Summerfest went like this:

    Dear and the Headlights - Good, energetic, fun
    The Urbanites - No
    Cavashawn - Jonas Brothers?
    Quietdrive - Is it wrong that I like the song Believe? Otherwise, they put on a pretty embarrassing display
    Anberlin - Rocked my body, want more
  • Summerfest - June 26th 2009

    2 jui. 2009, 23h41m

    Fri 26 Jun – Summerfest 2009, June 26th

    Another hawt, sweaty day. Didn't get there until around 3 this time, which was fine by me.

    Checked out several bands at the Cascio stage, which is a small stage consisting of local (Wisconsin) acts. Watched Beach Patrol first. They were pretty decent actually, everyone was really into it... except one of their guitarists. He literally stood there like a statue while the other 3 guys were seizuring all over the stage.

    Next up, at the same stage, was Certain Stars. They had a decent sized following with tons of family there, sporting some CS shirts. They were... not my bag. It was just straightforward rock but nothing catchy really, at all. Bass player/lead singer was pretty fun to watch though.

    After that, I made my way to the Harley Davidson stage, not knowing I'd soon embark on a 6 hour adventure of dealing with irish punk, kilts, spiked hair, and 27 year olds making out with 14 year olds. First band I saw was Flatfoot 56. Fun and really super energetic. Bass player looked like a kid I go to school with. Next was The Tossers. They had NO electric guitar at all, but still came off heavy for what they were. They also had a woman rockin it on the violin in each song. Also should note that every male member of the band smoked about 2 packs of cigarettes during their set.

    Lastly was Dropkick Murphys. Basically everyone was there for them, I guess. Kids went absolutely apeshit. Saw lots of people that should be embarrassed about themselves. I'm actually really glad I saw them though, as even though I don't listen to them or this style of music, it was something new and actually really awesome seeing a band with so many members go nuts in every song. They even played a cover of Teenage Wasteland as their encore.
  • Summerfest - June 25th 2009

    2 jui. 2009, 22h11m

    Fri 26 Jun – Summerfest 2009, June 26th

    Day was hot as hell. Got in line around 11:30... turns out it was solely a line for people with their non perishable food items. So that was a lot of wasted time for me.

    Anyways, after walking around, people watching, music listening eating foodz, and sweating it all off I finally decided to check out the stage that I'd be spending most of my time at. First band I saw was Hillbilly Casino. They were tolerable watching live, but not something I'd listen to. They talked too much about Tennessee and Elvis and just got kind of annoying after a while.

    Next was The Riverboat Gamblers, who pretty much rocked it. I'm not a huge fan of them (then again I never really listened to them) but I loved their live set. Less Elvis, more rock. Also, their lead guitarist looks just like Miles from Lost.

    Then we had PUNK RAWK LEGENDS, Rancid. Tons of kids there for them. The guys I sat next to came from Chicago just for them. They talked to me as if I was also a hardcore fellow Rancid fan. Tim Armstrong really has a strong stage presence and is fun as hell to watch live. Had no idea they wrote Olympia WA... I thought NOFX did haha. They also played Journey to the End of the East Bay, which is probably my favorite song of theirs, so I was pretty happy. But again, not a huge fan of them, but live music tends to make it more enjoyable.

    Lastly was Rise Against, where I was off to the side, near a mosh pit, for the entire show. Still didn't prevent me from totally loving that set. So happy they played Savior and SHOCKED that they played Survive. The fact they played both those songs basically made that show worth waiting for.
  • Top 10 of 2007

    12 mai 2009, 18h22m

    10. The Starting Line - Direction
    9. A Day To Remember - For Those Who Have Heart
    8. Sum 41 - Underclass Hero
    7. Yellowcard - Paper Walls
    6. Sherwood - A Different Light
    5. A Wilhelm Scream - Career Suicide
    4. Anberlin - Cities
    3. Boys Night Out - Boys Night Out
    2. Jimmy Eat World - Chase This Light
    1. Four Year Strong - Rise or Die Trying

    The top 5 of this list is better than almost everything I liked from 2008. Four Year Strong busts out an amazing sounding record, Jimmy Eat World continues to be the best pop-rock band out there, Boys Night Out released their catchiest album yet, Anberlin gets on the map with Cities, and A Wilhelm Scream writes their most musically insane CD yet.
  • Top 10 of 2008

    12 mai 2009, 18h17m

    10. The Gaslight Anthem - The 59 Sound
    9. Anberlin - New Surrender
    8. Rise Against - Appeal To Reason
    7. Thrice - The Alchemy Index: Volume III + IV - Air & Earth
    6. The Years Gone By - Forever Comes Too Soon
    5. Forever The Sickest Kids - Underdog Alma Mater
    4. House of Heroes - The End is Not The End
    3. Bayside - Shudder
    2. Hit The Lights - Skip School, Start Fights

    1. Valencia - We All Need A Reason To Believe

    Overall, I thought 2008 was very weak. The gap between Valencia and all the rest is pretty fucking huge.