Dead Sara opened up the show for headlining band, The Used, in Orlando on May 27th as apart of The Used headlining tour promoting their newest release, Vulnerable. I have never head of Dead Sara before, and when sound checking, the four piece band made up of two female guitarists, Emily Armstrong, who is also the vocalist, Siouxsie Medley, Sean Friday on drums and Chris Null playing bass. It was a different combination for the music scene today, but let me tell you, it worked, and it worked well. If I had to describe Dead Sara’s sound, it was a mix between old Paramore with a southern twist to it. On their first song, “Test On My Patience”, lights were low, sound was soft, and the crowd didn’t really expect much of anything, they were just excited for The Used to play right after them, but the beat got faster, the intensity was building, and when the lights went in full effect as Emily’s vocal range soared above anyone’s expectations, I knew this band has something different about them. They put on one hell of a show, and I fully encourage anyone to check this band out. Read the rest of this entry
Since May 4th, post-hardcore legends Thrice have been on a nationwide farewell tour. Supporting them on this tour are Animals as Leaders and o’brother. On May 16th, their farewell tour rolled through Orlando’s House of Blues.
The night began with indie-post rock band o’brother. Over the past two years, o’brother has become one of my favorite touring bands. Their 30-minute set on this tour is equal parts loud and haunting, and their songs are complex, but subtly catchy. Their show included several songs from their new album, “Garden Window”.
Following o’bro was Animals as Leaders. Their unique style of instrumental rock is very interesting, to say the least. If you haven’t heard of AAL, they are comprised of one drummer and two guitar players, both of whom play 8-string, detuned guitars. Their lights show is very dark, but projected visualizations of their music flash on the stage. Read the rest of this entry
Heavy metal rockers Whitechapel have been on the road since the beginning of March on The Recorruptour sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink and Alternative Press. At their stop last night in Orlando at the House Of Blues, the crowd was small, but ready to rock! Bathed by never ending strobe lights, the band took to the stage, opening with “Section 8″ and continued right into Breeding Violence.” The band only played 13 songs, a rather short set for a headline tour, but none the less, those 13 songs brought the rowdy fans pummeling over the barricade. Read the rest of this entry
The World Is Ours tour is bringing madness and mayhem to venues across the US. Co-headlined by Escape The Fate and Attack Attack, along with The Word Alive, Mest, and Secrets, fans couldn’t buy tickets fast enough! Earlier this week in Orlando at the House Of Blues, the tour drew hundreds of fans ready to rock out and have a good time. After a rather bland set from both Secrets and Mest, The Word Alive set the place on fire with hardcore breakdowns and melodic screams. With a special guest vocal appearance by Craig from ETF, Telle and crew got the crowd amped for the rest of the night. Attack Attack was up next, with a set decked out with more ramps and staircases than an arena rock concert. Read the rest of this entry
The once in a lifetime Guns N Roses “Up Close And Personal Tour” pulled into the Orlando House of Blues last week, and they did so with a bang! The sold out show was only announced the week before, but it was 100% packed to the walls. While the band did start an hour and a half late, the crowd was still just as excited. At their previous show last year at Orlando’s Amway Center, pyrotechnics and a massive stage set took the focus, but at the House Of Blues, it was all about the music. The band took to the stage and belted out their new song Chinese Democracy, then moved right into Welcome To The Jungle. In total, the band played 31 songs over an impressive 3 hour set; the fans didn’t even walk out the door until almost 4am! Highlights of the night were definitely the multiple covers, including Paul McCartney, The Who, Bob Dylan, and Pink Floyd. Read the rest of this entry
Orlando’s own Before You Exit brought their 2nd major US tour back home last Thursday to the House Of Blues. Currently on the road with Allstar Weekend and Hollywood Ending, the BYE boys had been tweeting all day how excited they were to play their hometown. The anticipation grew as The After Party and Hollywood Ending got the crowd warmed up. The boys took to the stage to the deafening roar of the crowd, and after an into beat, they jumped right into their song “Brick Wall.” The boy’s energy was off the wall, they were jumping around and climbing on anything they could. From there on, they played songs like “Letting Go,” “End Of The World” (their brand new single), and their now famous Script Mashup. As a treat for the fans, BYE pulled out another cover song. This time it was “Tonight, Tonight” by Hot Chelle Rae. In a surprising turn, BYE actually sounded A LOT better singing the song than HCR ever did. Read the rest of this entry
August Burns Red are currently tearing up the US on a major headline tour along side Silverstein, Texas In July, and Letlive. At a recent stop in Orlando at the House Of Blues, ABR brought the mosh to a sold out crowd! Atop 5 large ego risers and bathed by strobe lights and a heavy fog, the band kicked off their set with “Empire,” then continued to play 15 songs, wreaking havoc on the fans going crazy in the pit. The set seemed to feature guest vocals from the lead singers of every opening band on the tour. Highlights included a crazy drum solo during leveler, and Jake Luhrs throwing the mic into the crowd on more than one occasion for the fans to sing with him. ABR ended the night with “composure,” leaving the crowd screaming for more. The band hinted that they would be back very soon, so look forward to a busy 2012 from August Burns Red! Read the rest of this entry
To Write Love on Her Arms’ concert event at the House of Blues was a huge success. It featured acoustic music, spoken word, and conversation about recovery and rescue. Spoken work poet Anis Mojgani started off the night with a poem about hope, and then introduced the first act. Noah Gunderson played songs about hope, questions, and had honest conversation with the crowd about life. All of the music that night followed the same theme; honesty and hope. Dave Bazan, William Fitzsimmons, and Mariah McManus all played songs about their real lives, which was nice to see. Read the rest of this entry
The Devil Wears Prada is currently on the road in support of their new album “The Dead Throne” on the properly named “Dead Throne Tour!” The hardcore sextet are selling out every venue on this run, causing madness in the pit by the time they took to the stage. Not to be repetitive again, but the band started their set with what else but “Dead Throne.” From there on out, it was an all out mosh fest. TDWP played an unheard of 17 songs much to the delight of the crowd. Surprisingly, they played a lot more old songs than new ones, including Sassafras, Hey John, and HTML Rulez D00d. Mike was his usual madman self, running all over the stage and jumping off of anything and everything he could. He even picked up the guitar for a song exposing his wide range of talents. The band had an impressive stage set, with ramps, risers, and a giant dead throne logo that lit up and changed colors. Ending the night with Danger: Wildman, Mike flung himself into the crowd and surfed his way all the way to the back of he crowd. The wild antics of TDWP never stop, and you would be crazy to miss them live! Read the rest of this entry