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PHOTOS: The Greatest Generation Tour

Review & photos by Melissa Wahler

On March 5th, The Wonder Years kicked off The Greastest Generation tour with amazing supporting acts Modern Baseball, Citizen, Real Friends and Fireworks. On Friday, April 18, that tour came to a close, but it went out with a bang for sure.

Modern Baseball warmed up the crowd with new tracks from their latest record “You’re Gonna Miss It All,” and they of course charmed the crowd with their wit and humor as well. This was my first time hearing MB, and I would definitely recommend seeing them and buying their new album, especially for anyone who loves acoustic style pop-punk. The guys got the audience off their feet and in a good mood, and Citizen followed soon after.


For anyone who has seen Citizen before, you most likely know frontman Mat Kerekes puts his heart and soul into every performance. For anyone who has not seen Citizen before – get yourself to a show ASAP. They opened with “The Night I Drove Alone” off of their latest record “Youth,” an extremely powerful start to say the least. They played lots off their new album and a few oldies, like “Drown.” The crowd so amped by this point I was not sure they would survive two more openers, but Real Friends and Fireworks were more than able to keep the energy and excitement going.

Real Friends was nothing shy of amazing, and their set consisted mostly of songs from their most recent – and wonderfully done – EP, “Put Yourself Back Together.” The crowd seemed to shout back almost every lyric, and when lead singer Dan Lambton ordered the crowd to put their phones away for “I’ve Given Up On You,” the venue was virtually a sea of darkness. They closed with an inspiring speech about music given by guitarist Dave Knox before playing “Late Nights In My Car” and the audience went absolutely insane.

Fireworks was the last of the openers, but certainly not the least. They played plenty of songs from their latest album “(Oh), Common Life,” like “One More Creature Dizzy With Love” and the crowd shouted every lyric right back at them. There was a bit of a delay, however, because one fan was kicked by a crowdsurfer and the band had to hold while EMTs assisted her out to the ambulance. When the show resumed, frontman David Pest made sure to tell the crowd to be careful and safe.

The anticipation for The Wonder Years to finally play could be felt from miles away, I’m sure, because the place exploded when they stepped onto the stage. Opening with “There, There” and “Passing Through A Screen Door,” the energy was so tangible and was not going to die down any time soon. The amount of passion put into their performance was clear, and Dan “Soupy” Campbell connected with the crowd in a way that is indescribable. The night ended with “Came Out Swinging” and “I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral.” A perfect ending to a tour with extremely talented and gracious musicians.

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PHOTOS: We Are The In Crowd Reunion Tour

Photos & words by Sam Polonsky

Set It Off watermark-4-resizedWe Are The In Crowd just finished up their “Reunion” Tour featuring up and coming artists Candy Hearts, State Champs, William Beckett, and Set It Off. The tour nearly brought the venue down when it hit Nashville, TN. Candy Hearts and State Champs started off the night and got everyone’s energy flowing. Set It Off took the stage next with one of the most interesting live shows I’ve seen in a long time. They had a storyline that incorporated each of their songs with frontman, Cody Carson, narrating in between songs. They are definitely a must-see band. After Set It Off came the very loved, William Beckett. Even though William Beckett is completely solo on stage, the crowd never stopped singing along and dancing to his songs. His wit and personableness goes a long way in his live show. Finally, We Are The In Crowd took the stage. After being what seemed like inactive for so long you might think that crowd may be hesitant to go crazy. You would be wrong. They kicked off their set with the energetic song, “The Best Thing (That Never Happened)” and the energy stayed high throughout the rest of the show.

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Join us as we sit down with Lydia during their widely popular Illuminate Tour. See how the band unwinds on the road and what they’d like to say to their fans, plus more.

PHOTOS: The Sounds – Québec City

Review & photos by Charlie Martel

2 years after their last visit, the Swedish group The Sounds have returned to Québec to preform on April 4. Québec is becoming more and more of a tour destination; therefore the Imperial was full to the brim of enthusiastic music concert goers. Accompanying The Sounds as their opening acts were the Australian group Strangetalk, as well as Blondefire; an alternative group hailing from Los Angeles.

One thing can be said without doubt, the synthpop band Strange Talk won the crowd with the very first note that they played. Many voices joined the group in singing their most recent single “Young Hearts”, despite the group being relatively unknown. The Australian group succeeded in raising energy levels and getting the crowd amped up with their powerful songs, their unique characters, and their manly charm. They are evidently leaving Québec with more fans than they had when they arrived. The room came alive as soon as they hit the stage, with people dancing and singing along to lead singer Erica Driscoll, the energy in the room skyrocketed. Trying to speak a little of French here and there between songs, the Driscoll duo stole some hearts that night with their tenderness and smiles. Ending their turn on stage with ‘’Where the kids are’’, Blondfire certainly enjoyed the crowd interaction and we hope to see them again soon.

After these two remarkable opening acts, the crowd was ready and impatiently waiting for the arrival of The Sounds. The crowd erupted into an uncontrollable roar when the band members, accompanied by their lead singer Maja Ivarsson, stepped onto the stage. The group started the show off with their song “emperor” from their most recent album entitled “Weekend”. The excited crowd accompanied Ivarsson in singing their most popular songs. Bursting with energy, the Swede danced furiously around the stage, at several points allowing the audience fleeting glimpses of her underwear. Continuing the performance she sung such new songs as Shake Shake Shake, 2 young to die, mixed with their classics such as Tony the Beat, or Painted bye number. Ivarsson often took the time to interact with the crowd, while taking well-deserved smoke breaks, she was rewarded with widespread laughs and smiles from the audience. The evening finished with a bang with the song “Hope You’re Happy Now” causing the audience to fall further in love with the band, and to anxiously await the bands return to Québec.

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Modern Baseball: North American Tour

Don’t miss out on Modern Baseball’s remaining tour dates with The Wonder Years, Citizen, Real Friends and Defeater. The band has remaining dates set from Atlanta, Georgia up to Sayreville, NJ! Be sure to snag a copy of, ‘You’re Gonna Miss It All’ presented by Run For Cover Records, released February 11th.

04/09/14 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA*
04/10/14 – Greene Street Club- Greensboro, NC*
04/11/14 – The Norva – Norfolk, VA*
04/12/14 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA*
04/13/14 – Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD*
04/15/14 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA*
04/16/14 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON*
04/17/14 – Best Buy Theater – New York, NY*
04/18/14 – Starlanf Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ*

* = w/ The Wonder Years, Defeater, Citizen & Real Friends $ = w/ The Wonder Years, Defeater, Citizen