Jake Scott’s Lavender Tour hits Denver, CO

Jake Scott @ Gothic Theater – Denver, CO- 11/17/2022

On a cold snowy night, Jake Scott brought his Lavender Tour to one of my favorite venues in Denver – Gothic Theater on November 17th. 

Kicking it off with “Last Night’s Mascara,” Brynn sang and captivated the crowd with her voice and just her guitar, piano, infectious energy and emotional relatability. Many knew the words and sang along. Her voice was strong and clear and you could hear every word throughout the venue. Before playing “Gemini,” she made jokes and apologized to the Gemini men in the crowd and I couldn’t help but laugh as well. 

I’ve never heard of ROSIE before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. You could tell that she was happy and honored to be there. Her songs dug deep into emotions and encouraged the fans to experience every one of them. The lighting was still intimate yet contrasted by bright blue and pink lights that set the mood for both of their sets. It was a beautiful and emotional set and people sang along with her and the biggest smile was on her face throughout the entire set. 

The lights went up and down before Jake Scott finished off the night. The crowd was excited and screaming for him to come out and kicked it off with “CWJBHN.” He was so full of energy that didn’t stop during the entire set. He was constantly running back and forth across the stage. He would go to different areas of the stage and sing to the crowd in front of him. Fans went wild when he started singing the song that he wrote with Russel Dickerson called, “She Likes It.”

He played a few “sad songs” in a row but he mentioned how these songs are usually inspired with the thought of his wife breaking up with him because most of his other songs are inspired by her. He finished off the night with songs like “Working For You,” “Good Day,” and even a cover of Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well.”

The Lavender Tour brought a night full of joy, talent and wonderful music to Gothic. Everyone was having a great time and there was never a dull moment, not even freezing temperatures and snow falling.

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A Long Awaited Reunion | My Chemical Romance performs back-to-back nights at TD Garden.

Boston, MA | TD Garden | 9/7/2022

After nearly a decade away, followed by 2+ years of additional delays, My Chemical Romance were finally able to take the stage in Boston, with all the furious passion and energy that has rightfully earned them their devoted fanbase since the early aughts. Kicking off their set with the explosive comeback single “The Foundations of Decay” could not have been a more perfect overture to the evening’s festivities, as it blended seamlessly into a set that celebrated both the band’s infectious hits (“Welcome to the Black Parade”, “I’m Not OK (I Promise)”, “Famous Last Words”) and ferocious deep cuts (“Bury Me in Black”, “Thank You for the Venom”). 

Singer Gerard Way commanded the audience’s attention with ease, belting the highest notes and snarling quasi-metal shrieks, all while donning a haunting “Black Swan”-esque suit to match the mood. While the rest of the band was dressed more conservatively compared to the iconic frontman, they did not lack one bit of his intensity, with lead guitarist Ray Toro ripping out some of his tightest solos, rhythm guitarist Frank Iero screaming along to double up on Gerard’s ferocity, and Mikey Way holding down the rapid-fire low end whilst patrolling the stage. 

The night only slowed down briefly for the fan-favorite ballad “The Ghost of You”, which overwhelmed the Boston arena with a cascade of cellphone lighters from everywhere the eye could see. This (along with countless other moments) showed not only how captivating these songs have been over the last 20+ years, but also is a testament to how much My Chemical Romance stood the test of time and grew with their fanbase, never merely being a nostalgic footnote and always striking with greater ambition than their contemporaries. 

My Chemical Romance yet again proved their resilience and cultural impact as a band at this show, and while set closer “Helena” ended the evening with the oh-so-famous cadence of “So long and goodnight”, we can all be very thankful that we won’t have to wait another decade to hear from them again.

Guest review by Brent McCann

Photos from: Boston, MA | TD Garden | 9/8/2022

Photos by: Amanda (Mandy) Spring

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All 4 Nothing Tour 2022 | Photo Gallery + Review

9/6/2022

Lauv’s popularity has been on an upward trajectory over the past few years. He had a few hit singles in the late 2010s before releasing his debut LP in spring of 2020. Two years on from that release, he has dropped his sophomore LP, “All 4 Nothing.” The summer and fall of this year brought a tour in support of those two releases. It was his first tour in over two years, as well as the first concert I’d photographed in that time, and what a phenomenal comeback it was in both aspects.

Up first was Chicago-based musician David Kushner. The musician rose in popularity over the last several months after snippets from two of his songs went viral on TikTok. The set started with “Burn,” followed by one of the two aforementioned viral songs, “Miserable Man.” For his third song, he switched things up a bit by playing a more recent track, “Look Back & Laugh.” At the time, the track was unreleased, giving the concertgoers a taste of his debut EP, “Footprints I Found.” He closed the set out strongly with what is arguably his most popular song, “Mr. Forgettable.” Kushner is a very talented vocalist and musician who writes very poignant music, and his performance moved the crowd.

On this particular night, he also happened to be celebrating his 22nd birthday. In the middle of the set, people came out on stage with a sign alerting the crowd that they should sing “Happy Birthday” to him, although the crowd had already gotten a jump start on that just a moment prior.

Next up was Hayley Kiyoko, who brought tons of energy to the stage right from the get-go. She was constantly moving and jumping around, especially in the first few songs of her set, and the many fans in the crowd sang along to previous hits and tracks from her newly-released album “Panorama.” The setlist was primarily comprised of more recent tracks, with six out of the eight songs being from that album. The other two were some earlier hits of hers – “Curious,” from her first full-length album, and “Girls Like Girls,” which she concluded the set with, and at which point she waved pride flags handed to her by fans in the audience.

Finally, at 9:30 P.M., the lights once again dimmed and Lauv’s set began. As fog filled the stage, Lauv began playing “26,” the opening track to his new album. About halfway through the song, the spotlight turned towards him. He continued with another single from that album, “Kids Are Born Stars,” before deciding to turn back in time and play a couple of much older tracks of his, “Paris In The Rain” and “Chasing Fire.”

Lauv has always been open about his experiences with mental health, and he took a moment to tell his story to the crowd and promote his new guided meditation before playing “Modern Loneliness,” one of my favorite songs of his. Another highlight of the set was when he played the reflective “Hey Ari,” a song that shows him checking in with himself and looking back on the progress he’s made. Part of what made this part of the set particularly special is that, during the chorus, the crowd asked the question that becomes the main hook of the song: “Hey Ari, are you happy?”

Since this tour was in support of two albums, the majority of his set consisted of those songs and contained a pretty even split of tracks from “All 4 Nothing” (such as “Molly In Mexico,” “Bad Trip,” “Stranger,” and “Stay Together”) and tracks from “how i’m feeling” (including “Tattoos Together,” “Who,” “Lonely Eyes,” “i’m so tired,” and “Drugs & The Internet”). The 23-song set concluded with one of the songs that jumpstarted his career in the first place, “I Like Me Better.”

Each artist on the lineup put on an engaging live show, and it was a great night all around.

Photo gallery + review by Megan Langley

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Motionless in White comes home to Scranton, PA

Blurb from Emily’s twitter, ” I am the same age that @ChrisMotionless was when MIW was taking off. 20 years old and I was able to shoot photography here. My home. Where I started my photography journey. I will never ever take this night for granted, it was the best of my life. Thank you forever @MIWband. “

Photos by Emily Sulkowski | Instagram | Twitter

Sleeping With Sirens w/ Don Broco, Point North, & Garzi | CTRL-ALT-DEL Tour | Photos | 8/4/22

Garzi

Point North

Don Broco

Sleeping With Sirens

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ERRA’s Pull From The Ghost Tour 2022 ft Alpha Wolf, Invent Animate, and Thornhill.

7-23-22 | Anaheim California | Chain Reaction

Alpha Wolf

Invent Animate

Thornhill

ERRA

Chaos & Carnage Tour 2022 ft Suicide Silence, Carnifex & more.

House of Blues, Anaheim CA | 6/3/2022

AngelMaker