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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


PHOTOS: Mind Over Matter Tour

Young The Giant-7On March 11th the Mind Over Matter Tour, featuring Young The Giant and Vance Joy, hit the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. The show started out with Vance Joy melting the crowd, not just with his Australian accent, but his catchy tunes as well. Although Vance didn’t necessarily fill the large stage of the Ryman with his presence, the crowd didn’t seem to mind at all. They were yelling words of praise and singing along with his songs even if they didn’t know all of the words.

After Vance Joy left the stage to sounds of a sold out venue applauding and cheering, it was time for Young The Giant to take the stage. Young The Giant recently released their second album, ‘Mind Over Matter’, and have been on tour to play their new releases. Their set consisted of mostly new releases which was contested by an audience member shouting, “Play your old stuff!” at one point in the show. There was no more protest however once the set was well underway. It was clear to see that YTG’s energy on stage was rubbing off on the crowd and vice versa. The stage production matched each song well and made for an even fuller live experience for the fans present.

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INTERVIEW: This Century

We sat down with This Century while they were out on The Art of Tour with We The Kings and Crash The Party. Check out the interview below to hear them talk about their preferences on the road, their album ‘Biography of Heartbreak’, and more! 

Remaining Tour Dates:

3/26 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

3/27 Charleston, NC @ Music Farm

3/28 Gainesville, FL @ High Dive

3/29 Pensacola, FL @ American Legion, Post 33