King Soloman – ” I Need That ” Review

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King Soloman’s most recent release “I Need That” follows suit with the trendy catchy lyrics of most modern-day trap and mumble rap. His vocal flow is consistent throughout the track. I enjoyed how he pays respect to where he started making beats, at his Alma mater Edward R Murrow High School, in Brooklyn. It’s respectable to never forget where you started. Can’t wait to see what more is to come. The music video for this song drops on December 25th!

 

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Jame Doe’s ” Garden w/ no Water” | Review

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Portland OR artist Jame Doe recently released his song “ Garden w/ no water”. You can listen on spotify. This song starts with a catchy tune mixed with the sound of dripping water. Which is a great example of the genres definitions. Electro- pop is defined as a pop music with electronically produce sounds. It isn’t something I hear every day, but it’s good change. I’m new to the electro-pop genre, but happy to have been introduced to it. With a memorable chorus, you’ll catch yourself humming along towards the end of the song. Everything about this song flows so clearly, you can tell it was professionally produced. The vocals are calm but make you want to dance. The high notes are just wonderful. Jame is passionate, and it shows through his art. I am a fan of his unique style choices, dressing in outfits I don’t often see on stage. A stage is for a show, with his music and wardrobe it is just that, so keep at it Jame. Be YOU.

Review by Cristine Trimarco

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Twenty One Pilots’ Bandito Tour ft MisterWives Review

Columbus, ohio based duo twenty one pilots have quickly become one of the biggest names in alternative music, and there’s been even more hype (see what I did there?) about them with their latest album, “Trench,” which dropped last year. They did a headlining tour in support of it last year, which I attended, and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to see them again when they announced a return to Denver as part of an additional leg of this tour.

Opening up the night was NYC based band Misterwives, who combine influences of pop, alternative, dance, soul and folk music. I’ve seen them live once before when they opened for Panic! At The Disco a few years ago, and was just as impressed by them this time around. The band opened with their latest singles “The End” and “whywhywhy,” (as well as adding in “Coloring Outside The Lines from their sophomore album “Connect The Dots” in between the two new singles), followed by an unreleased song called “Find My Way Home,” and a cover of the very popular “Truth Hurts” by hip hop artist Lizzo, and the set was closed out with “Reflections” and “Our Own House” from the band’s debut with the same title as that last track. The band brought so much energy all throughout their set, were so much fun to watch, and I think they put on a great opening set.

Twenty One Pilots finally took the stage in the arena they headlined almost a year ago, and these two really know how to put on a show and captivate the audience. Their set opened with “Jumpsuit,” (same as on the last tour), followed by “Levitate,” both of which are from their latest album “Trench.” Towards the end of that second song, frontman Tyler Joseph grabbed a tambourine from his jacket to use during their third song, “Heavydirtysoul” from 2015’s “Blurryface.” The band involves their fans quite a lot throughout their shows, and one way they did so on this tour was by recording clips of the fans who camped outside throughout the day singing the beginning of their fourth song, “The Hype,” and using that as the intro for the song when they performed it by playing these clips on the giant screens in the arena. A ukelele was incorporated into the performance during “Lane Boy,” and the due added their hits “Stressed Out” and “Heathens” into the set before they walked over to the B-stage towards the end of “Nico & The Niners.” In this area of the venue, they played “Smithereens,” “Tear In My Heart,” “Bandito,” a partial version of “Migraine,” and some of “Pet Cheetah” before walking back to main stage and finishing the song there.

Two more fan interactions happened around this point in the set, as the crowd held up Tyler for a portion of “Holding On To You,” and drummer Josh Dun did the same for a drum solo at the end of “Morph,” and another highlight around this point in the set was when MisterWives joined the duo to perform “Cut My Lip” together. After “Holding On To You” finished, musician Dr. Blum played the trumpet during “Fall Away,” followed by the band playing three of their biggest songs: “Ride,” “My Blood,” and “Car Radio.” The encore began with a karaoke version of “Truce” playing with the lyrics displayed on the screen in the arena, as tens of thousands of fans sang along to every meaningful lyric. One final song off of “Trench” was played (“Chlorine”) before the set concluded with “Trees,” the song that the band have finished their live sets out with for many years, and it’s such a fun song to hear live.

Both of the bands on this tour put on phenomenal performances and this show of the Bandito tour might have been one of the most fun shows I’ve attended this year.

10/27/19 @ Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

Review by : Megan Langley | Instagram

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Free Throw ft Chris Farren, Youth Fountain & Macseal | Fall 2019 Tour

I’ve heard a lot about Free Throw over the past couple of years through the albums they’ve released and tours they’ve been apart of, but really became a fan of them this year when they released their third album, “What’s Past Is Prologue.” The band began a headlining tour in support of this record, with support from Chris Farren, Youth Fountain and Macseal, which I attended the Denver date of.

Macseal kicked off the night. The emo/alternative quartet played songs that spanned their discography as a band so far, from playing “Cats” and “5:45 AM (Not Fun)” from their 2015 self-titled debut EP, to “Harry” and “Next To You” from their 2017 release “Yeah, No, I Know,” and “Golden Hour” and “Sure, Thing Shelly” (which was a great choice to open the set with) from their most recent EP to date, 2018’s “Map It Out.” Their set also included music from their upcoming debut LP, “Super Enthusiast,” – the lead single “Always Hazy,” and another new song from the record. Macseal put on a very fun and energetic set and started off the show very well.

Speaking of energy, that’s easily a word I’d use to describe the set from the next band, Youth Fountain. The Canadian pop punk band played several songs from their recently released debut album, “Letters To Our Former Selves,” an album that has also quickly become one of my favorites of this year so far. I love the band’s more emotional and slightly aggressive take on pop punk, and that all shows even more through their incredible live show. From the set opener (Rose Coloured Glass) to the song that not only closed out their set, but also closes out their album (“Blooms”) and the many songs in between (“Letters To Our Former Selves,” “Complacent,” “Worried,” “Moody,” “Deadlocked,” and “Grinding Teeth”), the crowd was singing and shouting along with them, bringing as much energy and passion as the band did throughout the entire set.

 

Next up was Chris Farren, who’s been releasing music under his own name for a few years now. He opened with the very catchy “Search 4 Me,” one of two singles that he’s released so far from his upcoming record, “Born Hot.” (The other single of the two is “Surrender,” which he played later on in the set). He also played a lot of previous material, including the singles “Where U Are” and “The Way That I Love U Has Changed,” and three songs from his sophomore album “Can’t Die” – “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Human Being,” and “Say You Want Me.”

Closing out the night was Free Throw. Throughout their hour long set, they played eleven songs, also spanning from throughout their entire discography, including a handful of tracks from “What’s Past Is Prologue” (“The Corner’s Dilemma,” “Tail Whip, Struggle,” “You Don’t Say That” and the title track), as well as some older favorites, such as “Better Have Burn Heal” and “Randy, I Am The Liquor” from their sophomore album “Bear Your Mind,” and “Tongue Tied,” “Two Beers In,” and “Good Job, Champ,” from their debut LP, “These Days Are Gone.” With each song they played, the band brought so much energy and so much emotion, putting on a great live show overall.

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Stitched Up Heart w/ A Trigger Within and Darling | Spring U.S. Tour | Photos + Review

Stitched Up Heart Comes Home to Southern California

Venue: The Slidebar | 5/28/19

When Stitched Up Heart announced they were finally playing a show again in Southern California, I jumped on the opportunity to photograph them and finally see this band that I’ve been listening to for several years. When I went to go see them at the Whisky A Go-Go in 2017, the venue for the first time had to cancel a show due to them not being able to get the sound system up and running. So, when I found Stitched Up Heart was playing in Southern California again, I knew I just had to go. As the final date of an 8-week tour, they came through The Slidebar in Fullerton, CA to headline for the first time in California in almost 2 years, with local support from A Trigger Within and Darling. This show was a blast.

First up was Darling from Los Angeles, CA. Darling is an acoustic artist who also mixes in pop and rock. She and I met the first time at the whisky but actually seeing her showcase her talents was amazing. She has such an amazing voice and plays the acoustic guitar amazingly. She played 6 songs, which included her new single “Misery” as well as a cover of Bullet for My Valentine’s “Tears Don’t Fall”. She was joined on stage by Stitched Up Heart’s James Decker on drums and her husband and bassist of Stitched Up Heart Randy Mathias. She put on a breathtaking set and I cannot wait to see her again!

Next up was A Trigger Within from Los Angeles, CA. A Trigger Within came to The Slidebar to bring us some good ole Heavy Metal with an emphasis on symphonics and screaming anthems. Fronting the band is Jimmy Trigger, who commands the stage with a force. The rest of the band consists of bassist Eric Sinful, drummer Dylan Roy, and guitarists David Bruno and Tyler Morgan. The band played a powerful 7-song set, which consisted of new songs, as well as songs from their debut 2017 EP titled “I”. From just one listen to the band, you can hear just the melting pot of styles and inspirations this band has blended together to make powerful music. They are certainly enjoyable live, filled with a lot of energy. I cannot wait to hopefully see them again soon!

The final band up was none other than Stitched Up Heart, local to West Hollywood, CA. This band has been going since 2011 but didn’t release their debut album “Never Alone” until 2016 via Century Media Records. To my pleasant surprise, a majority of their 11-song set consisted of brand new songs most have not heard yet and only played 4 from “Never Alone”. It was so cool hearing the band’s new material and also being able to hear some fan favorite songs like “Finally Free” and “I Can’t Breathe”. The band consists of vocalist Alecia “Mixi” Demner, drummer and backup vocalist James Decker, bassist and backup vocalist Randy Mathias, and guitarists Merritt Goodwin and Jeremy Kohnmann. The band had so much energy on stage and even played around with me while I photographed them, constantly posing and jokingly covering my camera at times. I was so happy to finally see them and will certainly be making my way out again once they play Southern California again.

SETLIST

  1. This Skin (New Song)
  2. Warrior (New Song)
  3. Catch Me When I Fall
  4. Darkness (New Song)
  5. I Can’t Breathe
  6. Finally Free
  7. Lost (New Song)
  8. Dirty Secrets (New Song)
  9. Problems (New Song)
  10. City of Angels

ENCORE

  1. Crooked Halo

This was an amazing show from start to finish. I’m glad I was able to see Darling play her heart out. A Trigger Within was a great band to have for direct support, with dueling guitar solos and high energy. And finally being able to see Stitched Up Heart was exactly what I’ve wanted for over 2 years. Check out all of these amazing bands and artists.

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Nothing More Brings The Truth Tour to The Belasco

I’ve been a fan of Nothing More for several years, and they are a band I listen to on a regular basis. With this lineup and timing, it worked out perfectly to finally see them and photograph their set. To say I was amazed by the lineup and especially Nothing More’s set-list would be an understatement.

The first band up was Palisades from Iselin, New Jersey. This was my 5th time seeing the band and they blow me away every time I see them. The band prepared an 8 song set for this run, 5 of which coming from their newest album “Erase The Pain”, which was released on December 28th, 2018 via Rise Records. This album has a dear place in my heart, as it covers the many hardships of mental health, and hearing the songs live just meant that much more to me. The band is comprised of vocalist Lou Miceli, Bassist and Vocalist Brandon Elgar, Guitarists Matt Marshall and Xavier Adames, and drummer Aaron Rosa. They are all amazingly kind individuals and truly kill it live. This is a band you MUST listen to if you haven’t yet. They have a sound that mixes post-hardcore, hard rock, and electronic together with perfect harmony.

       The next up was Hyro The Hero from Houston, Texas. The rap metal group was only with the tour for this special Los Angeles date, as other act on the tour, Badflower, was doing their album release show that same night in L.A. over at the El Ray Theater. Hyro the Hero combines the sounds of rap, hard rock, and nu-metal. I had never listened to them prior to this show but was blown away by their stage presence and tightness as a group. The band, named after vocalist and rapper Hyron Fenton, performed an 8-song set, most of which came from their 2018 release “Flagged Channel”. I would definitely recommend giving them a listen.

The biggest supporting act came up next, that being Of Mice & Men. I had seen them a couple of times before this show, the last being in 2017 when they toured with In This Moment and Avatar. But Of Mice & Men completely blew my mind this night when they played an 8-song set, 4 of which came from their 2019 release “Defy”, which was released via Rise Records. They threw in some fan favorites from older albums, which hit me right in the heart. Of Mice & Men was one of the first bands in the genre that helped me fall in love with Metalcore as a whole and seeing them fully confident and realized this time around was beautiful and heartwarming to say the least.

The final band was none other than Nothing More. Nothing More was on fire with their performance from start to finish. As the set began, vocalist Jonny Hawkins sprayed a white curtain, which dropped to reveal the shirtless vocalist with half of his torso painted black. The band played a 17song set, which consisted of 9 songs from their 2017 release “The Stories We Tell Ourselves”, 5 songs from their 2014 self-titled album “Nothing More”, and a couple of covers. The band has been signed to Eleven Seven Records for a couple of years now, releasing those two albums and garnering a large following in the process. The band’s energy was unbeatable and truly blew my expectations right out of the water. The Truth tour was a spectacle of an event and truly gave us some unforgettable moments. I am so glad I was finally able to see Nothing More, and got to see some amazing bands alongside them.

February 22, 2019 | By: Jamie Kaufman 

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Ice Nine Kills – The Silver Scream | album review

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Ice Nine Kills is a band that has flown under many people’s radar for over a decade now. A band known by name, but never receiving recognition they really deserves. They’ve always been doing things their own way, putting  themselves on the map with their last release, Every Trick In The Book, which was a huge hit in the scene of heavy music.

October 5th, 2018, marked a new era for the band. The latest album from the band, The Silver Scream, is something unlike many people have heard. Every song is based off a popular horror film, everything from Halloween to The Crow. Ice Nine Kills didn’t hold anything back on this album.

The first two singles, The American Nightmare (A Nightmare On Elm Street) and Thank God It’s Friday (Friday The 13th) let fans know that they weren’t going soft anytime soon. A catchy chorus mixed with heavier verses, and a breakdown everyone could love, people knew to catch Ice Nine Kills on Warped Tour 2018, and to keep an eye on the band until October.

I’ve listened to the entire album, and now I can’t stop myself from listening. Lighter tracks, like Love Bites (An American Werewolf In London) and A Grave Mistake (The Crow) offer incredible songwriting and gorgeous singing. On the opposite end of that spectrum, songs like Stabbing In The Dark (Halloween), Merry Axe-Mas (Silent Night, Deadly Night) and Rocking The Boat (Jaws) hit hard with fun guitar riffs, energetic drumming, and some unclean vocals we’ve rarely seen from Charnas. The references to classic lines from the movies give every song its own little flare of nostalgia.  Many songs come completely out of left field, It Is The End (It) sticking out to me the most. Creepy voice acting, leading into chaotic and heavy verses, the song features ska punk band, Less Than Jake, offering some backing tracks to elevate the heavy guitars to a new level. The song makes you wanna move in any way you can.

The album shows tons of growth from the small metal band. Their ability to create and not take themselves 100% serious is obvious. The use voice acting, other genres, wordplay, and fun movie references, The Silver Scream gives you the creeps in the best way. Nostalgia and love for horror films makes my love for this album so much more personal. Ice Nine Kills has come a very long way, I have a feeling they can only go up from here.

Review & Photography courtesy of Emily Sulkowski

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