Published by Bernard on 17 May 2015

The Early November (the Troubadour. May 16, 2015)

The Early NovemberThere are few bands still around from when I first started getting heavy into the music scene – back when a CD’s liner notes told you who a band was friends with, or when a feature on a Drive-Thru Records DVD was equal to having a popular YouTube profile. Times have definitely evolved, but the Early November has definitely ridden the music wave over the years. With honest lyrics and a sound that’s only gotten better with age, selling out the Troubadour should be considered low-hanging fruit for these Jersey musicians.

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Published by Bernard on 08 Mar 2015

Taking Back Sunday (The Palladium. February 27, 2015)

Taking Back SundayTaking Back Sunday have really stood the test of time. With an evolving yet familiar sound and a dedicated fan base that comes back show-after-show, it really shouldn’t be a surprise. A packed house at Hollywood’s Palladium set the stage for a great night with support from the Menzingers and letlive..

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Published by Bernard on 15 Feb 2015

“Commit This to Memory” 10th Anniversary Tour (HOB Anaheim. February 12, 2015)

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I know some people are getting sick of the anniversary or reunion tour thing, but it’s a good reminder for many of why they fell in love with a band or album X-amount of years ago. A sold-out show for Motion City Soundtrack’s 10-year anniversary of “Commit This to Memory” is a great example of just that.

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Published by Bernard on 26 Jan 2015

Saosin (the Observatory. January 19, 2015)

SaosinHappy New Year! What better way to move into a new year than by stepping into a time machine with Saosin? If an Anthony-Green-fronted Saosin doesn’t get your nostalgic radar humming, then perhaps a set from Taken will bring you where you should be.

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Published by Bernard on 09 Dec 2014

Circa Survive (Club Nokia. November 29, 2014)

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I hadn’t seen Circa Survive in well over a year, oddly enough in this same venue. If there’s one thing I remembered coming into this show, it’s that this band loves a visual stage show. Coupled with an up-tempo performance from Title Fight and an emotionally raw performance by Pianos Become the Teeth, tonight’s show was jammed with talent.

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