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Aaron West Comes Alive in Secret New York City Performance

By Vasilis

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“Tragedy can bring out the best in you, or… or it can bring out the worst.”

            Aaron West spoke these words with conviction through a shaking voice at his first ever live performance at the Glamour Kills office in Manhattan, New York on Thursday, June 26. This observation was hardened by a lifetime of turmoil, imagined by Dan “Soupy” Campbell(singer/songwriter of pop punk band The Wonder Years). Though Aaron is simply a character, a side-project with Americana roots and a strong indie-folk/alt-country influence, Aaron felt more than real as he told stories to an attentive audience, the first people to ever see him perform live.

            Only 30 lucky fans were allowed into the cozy Glamour Kills SoHo office. Aaron West announced the show through his twitter account on Tuesday, June 24 and mentioned that the first people to send an email would be on the list to enter. It was a great opportunity for Dan, who only sings live for The Wonder Years, to practice his live guitar playing in front of people before hitting the road for his in-store and Warped Tour performances in early July. The crowd was treated by the wonderful Glamour Kills staff to pizza, soda, and a Glamour Kills gift bag with stickers and a snapback cap.

           When Dan hopped out of the adjacent office and greeted the audience, everyone applauded loudly before taking a seat on the floor. It felt very much like a campfire performance without the campfire, but still presented a very “storyteller” feel to it. The first words Dan spoke were “Hey, my name is Aaron West… sometimes these guys play live with me who call themselves the roaring twenties…”, cluing everyone in that his entire night would be presented in the character he so rigorously researched and created in a fully realized form. “Aaron West” played five songs off his upcoming debut album We Don’t Have Each Other, opening with a an emotionally heavy, previously unreleased track that began with finger-picking before moving to a traditional strumming chorus. He followed with “Divorce and the American South”, “St. Joe Keeps Us Safe”, and “You Ain’t No Saint”, the first three tracks from the project he’s unveiled, before ending with “Carolina Coast”, which can be heard briefly in the Aaron West introduction video. He preceded the final song by saying “this is a song about hope… though it sure didn’t feel that way when I was writing it. It’s funny how things turn out that way sometimes…”

        Though Dan claimed to be nervous because of his lack of experience at playing guitar, his performance went smoothly and was hugely successful. The evening was a testament to Dan’s work ethic and his commitment to his craft, as his stories felt incredibly real and personal despite existing in a fictional plain. His emotions were palpable; his voice cracked through the hard times he recounted and soared through the more pleasant ones. He spoke about breaking the news of his divorce to his mother, her advice to drive south to escape his problems, and the loneliness and sorrow he felt as he found himself alone in the south. His attention to detail was impeccable, as he recalled at one point, “when I met my wife… sorry, my ex-wife, my ex-wife. I have to get used to calling her my ex-wife”, yet he smiled while remembering the time he met her. Through creating this character, Dan blurred the line between fiction and reality and presented a wonderful addition to his arsenal.

       “Aaron” expressed his appreciation upon completion of his first live performance. Fans stuck around to chat with Dan and grab an autograph and pictures before making their way out of the building. Though it’s clear The Wonder Years are still and will continue to be Dan’s main focus, his performance as Aaron West showed he is more than a one-trick pony and is a true talent and a top notch performer. Dan will take Aaron on the road in July; to find out where he is playing, check out his Facebook page. We Don’t Have Each Other will be released on Tuesday, July 8.

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Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties releases “St. Joe Keeps Us Safe”

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, the side project of vocalist/songwriter Dan Campbell of The Wonder Years, have released “St. Joe Keeps Us Safe”, thelatest track off their upcoming debut We Don’t Have Each Other. The album, which focuses on the worst year in the life of the fictitious Aaron West, is a stunning departure from the pop-punk sound Wonder Years fans are accustomed to. We Don’t Have Each Other, which was produced by The Early November’s Ace Enders, showcases some of Dan “Soupy” Campbell’s eclectic influences, including folk and pop, but with a continued focus on hisstrengths (brutally honest lyrics andheart-wrenching emotionality). The album hits stores on July 8th; if you like this song, check out “You Ain’t no Saint” and “Divorce and the American South” before the release of the album next month.

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June 23, 2014 · 9:59 pm

The Wonder Years – The Greatest Generation Tour, April 17 2014

by Vasilis

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New York City… goddamn… is it good to be back”. Wonder Years Vocalist Dan “Soupy” Campbell proclaimed this over a visible grin following the wild and energetic start of the band’s 90 minute set at The Best Buy Theater on Thursday, April 17. The excitement and awe was clear in Dan’s sweat-soaked face and in his voice; just a few short years ago, the band was playing to a handful of kids in basements, VFW halls, and small clubs around the New York City and Long Island areas. On this Thursday night, they were playing in front of 2,000 crazed fans in the heart of Times Square at a show that sold out over two months in advance. To mark this special occasion, the band brought along a veritable “who’s who” of trending and popular bands in the scene, helping the show become one of the most anticipated tours of the spring.

Upstart emo band Modern Baseball took the stage at 6:30, and it was clear this was no ordinary opening slot. Whereas most openers are met with polite applause, head bobbing, and toe tapping, the crowd surged forward when Modern Baseball took the stage and sang along to every word. The band ripped through a 7-song set, which mostly consisted of wacky banter and songs from their stellar new album You’re Gonna Miss It All. The band’s youthful exuberance shined throughout their set and they seemed genuinely enthused to be playing music together. The band has been steadily gaining steam since the release of their 2012 debut album SPORTS, and if this performance is any indication, their stock will only continue to grow.

Setlist:

Tears Over Beers

Broken Cash Machine

Rock Bottom

Charlie Black

Two Good Things

The Weekend

Your Graduation

 

Popular pop punk band Real Friends took the stage next to much fanfare from the young audience. Much like when The Story So Far held the second slot on the last Wonder Years 5-band headlining tour (The 2012 Glamour Kills Tour), Real Friends received the largest reaction next to the headliner. The band’s detractors have criticized their lack of creativity and have labeled them a comical stereotype, but you would not have known the hate existed from the crowd’s intensity. They made the most of their 30-minute set, powering through 9 songs spanning their 3 EPs. Vocalist Dan Lambton even poked fun at pop punk conventions when chants of “pizza!” began, saying the band doesn’t approve of the association between pizza and pop punk. The love they received is especially impressive because they have not released a full-length album, but chances are when their debut drops this fall on Fearless Records, their popularity will increase even more.

 

Setlist:

Floorboards

Alexander Supertramp

Skin Deep

Lost Boy

Anchor Down

Dirty Water

Home For Fall

I’ve Given Up On You

Late Nights In My Car

 

Citizen followed and switched up the pace, performing a heavier, grunge-influenced style of music. Though Citizen began as a pop punk band, they have shed that label with resounding force. Their set consisted of choice cuts from their 2013 debut album Youth along with one older song (“Drown”). While the group may appear out of place on the bill, the crowd loved every minute of their set, and sang along loudly from start to finish, even the slower, moodier songs. The band didn’t say much, only stopping to thank the other bands and the crowd for their support; The group let the music speak for itself, and clearly the crowd was listening and enjoying it.

 

Setlist:

The Night I Drove Alone

Roam the Room

Drown

Sleep

How Does It Feel?

Figure You Out

Speaking With a Ghost

The Summer

 

Fireworks were the last band to take the stage before The Wonder Years, having replaced Defeater (who had to drop off before the tour began when their vocalist fell ill). This is the third time Fireworks have toured with The Wonder Years in the past three years, and their close friendship is well documented. Although their sophomore album Gospel is critically acclaimed and their new release Oh, Common Life was a stellar follow-up, they received a disappointingly lukewarm reaction compared to the openers, despite being the most veteran band on the bill next to the headliners. Still, Fireworks seemed genuinely pleased with the kids who sang along and their infectious enthusiasm was notable over the course of their 11-song set. The crowd showed the most energy when the band finished the night with their classic closer “Detroit”.

 

Setlist:

X’s On Trees

Summer

Glowing Crosses

The Wild Bunch

One More Dizzy Creature With Love

Arrows

Teeth

Flies on Tape

Oh, Why Can’t We Start Old and Get Younger

When We Stand On Each Other We Block Out the Sun

Detroit

 

The Wonder Years finally took the stage at 9:50 to deafening applause and screams from sold-out crowd at Best Buy Theater. They opened the set with the hushed whisper of “There, There”, the first track on their fantastic album The Greatest Generation. The crowd sang along as the song reached a crescendo and exploded into the pure, unfettered emotional climax. From there, the intensity never waned over the course of the night as the band charged through a 16-song set equipped with choice tracks from their last three albums. They had the rare opportunity to play some deep cuts like “Me vs. The Highway” and “Dynamite Shovel” and some new songs like “Raindance in Traffic”, “The Devil in My Bloodstream”, and “Cul-de-Sac”. As always, the group squeezed in the fan-favorites, as “Local Man Ruins Everything”, “Washington Square Park”, and “Passing Through a Screen Doors” inspired the entire audience to jump along, crowd surf, and scream at the top of their lungs.

 

Dan’s on-stage presence felt like a mixture between a preacher and a professional wrestler as his emotions took center stage and his voice fell just short of shouting. Dan spoke about how fans have gone to eat at Melrose Diner after the band released the song, despite the fact that the food is horrible and the service is terrible. He later asked fans who had their album Suburbia, I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing and, upon seeing the entire crowd cheer, said “well, shit then, I guess this song is for all of you”. He chose a more serious and surreal tone when discussing how the band struggled mightily to book a New York show in 2006 (before securing a basement show in Bushwick) and now the band’s faces are plastered on a billboard in Times Square for a sold out show. Dan seemed on the verge of joyful tears as he looked out on to the sea of faces smiling and singing back at him, and for a moment you could see the immeasurable happiness this tour has brought every member of the band. When the band took the stage to close out the show with the epic 7-minute “I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral”, which closes out The Greatest Generation, the band left every last bit of energy they had left on the stage, and their fans did the same.

 

The band’s rapid rise in popularity has been a direct result of their sincerity, their tireless work ethic, their down-to-earth demeanor, and most importantly their ability to produce stellar, challenging pop punk music that refuses to conform to conventions and connects deeply with their audience. They have never sounded crisper live, playing through their headlining set with precision and ease. The Wonder Years are still relatively young yet commanded the stage with a veteran presence, and they demonstrated that they are in fact ready for center stage and to take the reins as one of the biggest bands in the scene today. As the American leg of their Greatest Generation tour comes to a close and the band prepares to head to Europe, it’s safe to say that The Wonder Years have a lot left to give.

 

Setlist:

There, There

Passing Through a Screen Door

Local Man Ruins Everything

Woke Up Older

Me vs. The Highway

Melrose Diner

A Raindance in Traffic

Everything I Own Fits In This Backpack

Dynamite Shovel

The Devil in My Bloodstream

Cul-De-Sac

Dismantling Summer

Don’t Let Me Cave In

Washington Square Park

Came Out Swinging

ENCORE:

I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral

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Five Memorable Band Logos

by Vasilis

Four years ago, Bayside frontman Anthony Raneri took to his tumblr to point out that a Mexican phone company had stolen the band’s beloved bird logo and was using it for their ads. Nothing came of it, and fans and the band went on with their lives. On March 29, the band announced via Youtube that the company went on to trademark the logo after being approached by the band; as a result, Bayside lost all rights to their bird. The band seemed visibly agitated by this outcome, talking about how important that symbol is to the fans and the band members (all of whom have it tattooed on their bodies). Thankfully, the band revealed this to be no more than a slick, albeit a sloppy, April Fool’s joke, but a joke that came as a huge relief to their fans.

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Though it was only a joke, I was deeply troubled and saddened when I thought the band had lost the rights; it almost felt like a part of the band had been callously stripped away from me. While I’m glad Bayside gets to keep their bird, it got me to thinking about the idea of a band logo and why they mean so much. On the surface, it’s just a picture that could have been lifted from Google, scribbled carelessly by a friend or band member, and a placeholder that means nothing at all to band members at the time it was rendered. However, a good band logo can end up as a symbol of what the band’s music stands for and, as a result, becomes a visual representation of an auditory medium and adds another layer to the band.

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Some of the most famous band logos, from the Rolling Stones tongue to the Black Flag bars, have been tattooed on countless fans, replicated in various parodies and designs, referenced in other forms of art, and printed on thousands of t-shirts. Long after these bands stop making music, their logo continues to impact the culture and the people who connected with the music. So in honor of Bayside’s poorly planned prank, I thought I would share my five favorite logos.

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What started as a joke has become a symbol of everything The Wonder Years’ music stands for. Hank the Pigeon was born when the band began to identify themselves as pigeons of the pop punk scene – nobody wants pigeons around, but they persevere and survive just fine anyways, much like the band did in their early days. The logo was drawn by James Heimer, an artist friend, and has since become a staple on merch and in fanart. The band took it a step further when they developed a Hank suit and brought the pigeon to life and concerts, music videos, album covers, and band appearance. If you mention Hank The Pigeon at a pop punk show, you bet everyone will know exactly what you’re talking about.

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At its core, Rise Against stands for fighting for what you believe in and showing love and passion for what you fight for. As a result, their most famous logo captures the essence of their music perfectly. The logo features a fist encompassed by a heart, representing the passion and perseverance exhibited in their music. Rebellion is essential, but it should be done through love and not through violence or misguided anger. There are very few logos I can think of that properly dictate the message a band is going for as well as this.

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Before Blink-182, there was Nirvana. The original smiley face logo also featured x’s over the eyes, as well as a drooling tongue. This logo came to encompass the dazed and apathetic attitude expressed by Kurt Cobain and that represented the 90’s grunge scene; the smiley face depicted what seemed to be a drugged expression representing false happiness to mask pain and anxiety. Like many of the best band logos, the origin is not entirely clear and the meaning is up for constant debate. The mystery behind the logo makes it just as iconic as the drawing itself, but once it caught one it stuck with the band for the entirety of their careers.

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The Bad Religion “cross buster” is probably the most misunderstood band logo in history. It has often been treated as hostile and hateful but really just encompasses the idea that the band does not subscribe to the idea of religion. It is not a logo that is meant to put down anyone else’s beliefs or combat the validity of religion but just meant to say “no religion here”, which should be clear just by seeing the punk band’s name. The “cross buster” insignia was hastily scribbled by a band member and has survived for the duration of the band’s incredible 30-plus year history, and will likely stay forever as a symbol of the band. The “cross buster” remains one of the most well-known designs in punk.

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I would be both a bad punk fan and bad Queens resident if I didn’t put the Ramones on this list, but it’s impossible to neglect this logo’s legacy. Designed by New York City artist Arturo Vega, the Ramones circular emblem has been recreated time and time again by so many different entities, but everyone knows where it’s originally from when they see it. Even people who know nothing about The Ramones or punk music know where this comes from when they see it. The seal is American as can be, even featuring the eagle holding a baseball bat, and pays homage to their most famous track “Blitzkrieg Bop” with the words “Hey Ho, Let’s Go” written inside. In a genre with some of the most memorable logos, this one remains the most iconic.

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Five Can’t Miss Spring Tours

by Vasilis

The calendar may read “March”, but much of the country was treated to another dose of snow this past Monday, leading many to dream of springtime. While the vernal equinox is still two weeks away, bands are already packing their gear, picking their setlists, saying their goodbyes to their hometown and making the final preparations for their spring headlining tours. While winter is usually reserved for short tours or hometown shows, spring is where bands travel extensively across the country to support their latest releases. This spring is no different, and while it’s impossible to include every tour worth checking out, I wanted to run through some of the most intriguing tours happening between March and May.

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The Great American Cult Tour” is a long time coming for Bayside. Although they have maintained a steady, cult-like level of popularity over their career, the band has not done a full solo headlining tour since their 2008 album Shudder. It’s hard to believe their brilliant 2011 release Killing Time only resulted in co-headliners (with Saves the Day, Silverstein, and Senses Fail) and supporting spots (with Taking Back Sunday and Alkaline Trio). Finally, Bayside have the chance to put together a longer setlist to properly do justice to their six-album catalog; look for some rare, deep cuts thrown into their set. Also worth noting is the presence of Four Year Strong, who have remained relatively inactive since their divisive 2011 effort In Some Way, Shape, Or Form. It will be interesting to see how the lack of shows has affected the band and if they will stick to mostly old songs on this run. Daylight and Mixtapes round out the tour, adding some variety and making this one of the “can’t miss” shows of the spring. The tour kicks off on March 5 in Cleveland and winds down on April 5 in Worchester.

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This is the tour I am most excited for. After releasing the fantastic conclusion to their coming-of-age conceptual trilogy, The Wonder Years are taking some friends on the road in support of The Greatest Generation. While many may complain that it’s a predictable line-up, the tour contains some interesting, rapidly growing bands. Boston hardcore band Defeater had to drop the tour due to vocalist Derek Archambault’s health problems, resulting in Fireworks, Michigan pop punk band and long-time friends of The Wonder Years, stepping in to fill the supporting slot. Additionally, Citizen and Real Friends, two bands that have become darlings of the pop punk scene, are sure to bring along their own dedicated following. Opening the bill is up-and-coming emo band Modern Baseball, fresh off the release of their stellar sophomore album You’re Gonna Miss It All. The Wonder Years should be playing the longest set of their careers and are playing in front of the largest crowds of their career, which includes an already sold-out show at the 2,000 plus capacity Best Buy Theater in New York City. This fast-selling tour begins on March 5 in Clifton Park NY and concludes on April 18 in New Jersey.

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In what is sure to be the most emotionally-charged tour of the spring, La Dispute is taking out Pianos Become The Teeth and Mansions on a month-long tour to support their third album Rooms of the House. These shows will feature three bands that offer a mix of hardcore, indie, and emo to create dark, tortured emotional music, which will require a box of tissues and a well-rested set of lungs in order to scream along to. La Dispute’s following has increased tremendously since their 2011 sophomore effort Wildlife, and teaming up with Pianos Become the Teeth is a logical move. Mansions are sure to get some good exposure opening for this tour and their dark, brooding style is sure to appeal to La Dispute fans. This tour, which already boasts an impressive number of sold-out shows, begins on March 14 in North Carolina and winds down on April 14 in Cleveland.

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It’s hard to ignore a tour that sold out two New York City shows within a day of their release and had to add a third show due to “overwhelming demand”. Who knew Taking Back Sunday and The Used would still have so much pull in 2014? The two giants, who played together in support of Blink-182 in 2004, team up 10 years later for a monstrous headlining tour. Both bands have tasted mainstream success, attained gold and platinum album status, and signed with major record labels, but the bands are each set to release their respective albums in the Spring on indie powerhouse Hopeless Records. The move should be a good litmus test for each band, demonstrating how successful the bands still are and can be in a smaller label than they are accustomed to. Joining the bill is female-fronted Australian pop punk band Tonight Alive and new Spencer Chamberlain (ex-Underoath) project Sleepwave. The tour begins on March 14 in Dallas and concludes on April 27 in Orlando.

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I like to call this the “Friends of Brand New” tour. While this line-up would have been perfect opening for the Long Island recluses, it’s exciting to see Manchester Orchestra embark on a nice, long tour with a couple friends. For lack of a better term, this tour is going to be “heavy” (musically and emotionally) in the best possible way as Manchester Orchestra support their long-awaited fourth album Cope. Coming along for the ride are the always incredible Balance & Composure, who put on one of the best live shows in music today, and the likable Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band, who is fresh off his highly successful crowd funded double album and whose live show continues to grow. This has a chance to be one of the most impressive “under-the-radar” tours of the spring, but with three stellar live bands, it’s one not to be missed. The tour kicks off on April 17 in Tampa and winds down on May 31 in Nashville.

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Ten Photos That Defined my 2013 Concert Experience

by Vasilis

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Shone @ Mercury Lounge (New York, NY), Februrary 7 – After a perfectly orchestrated social media campaign that led to the most commented thread in Absolutepunk.net history, the Shone mystery was finally revealed. Once the shock and mystery wore off, the band, made up of members of Long Island staples Brand New and Robbers, played their first show at Mercury Lounge. Like the social media campaign, the evening was strange, memorable and a little terrifying, with animal sounds, face paint, and spooky music accompanying the newly-formed band.

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Frank Turner @ Blackheart Bar (Austin, TX), SXSW 2013, March 15 – The defining moment of my life as a music fan was getting to work and attend SXSW this year. On Friday night, I ran to catch Frank Turner’s 1am set following a long work day, and it was well worth it. I would end up seeing Frank 3 times during the last 24 hours of the incredible SXSW 2013 festival.

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Green Day @ The Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY), April 7 – Green Day is my favorite band their live show is unmatched. When I was lucky enough to score 2 general admission spots to their headlining show I knew it would be a night to remember. As always, the performance the band put on was nothing short of perfect and is one of the best shows I went to all year.

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Fall Out Boy @ Terminal 5 (New York, NY), May 29 – One of the biggest music stories of 2013 for me was the reemergence of Fall Out Boy. Following their four-year hiatus, the pop/rock group recorded their new album and planned an entire tour without any news leaking. The album was a huge success, and their small-market headlining tour sold out instantly. Their New York set showcased their improved live act while demonstrating their high level of energy and fun.

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Mumford & Sons @ Forest Hills Stadium (Queens, NY), August 28 – Having the opportunity to see a band I really like perform on my home borough of Queens, New York was easily one of the coolest concert experiences I’ve ever had. Between some annoying crowd members and flaws in the stadium’s design, the show definitely had downsides; however, that did not stop this from being an extremely enjoyable concert by an incredible live band 10 minutes from my home.

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Yellowcard @ Irving Plaza (New York, NY), September 9, 2013 – Yellowcard put a fun twist on the 10-year craze, instead releasing an acoustic rendition of their classic decade-old Ocean Avenue and performing an acoustic tour. The experience, equipped with a full electric encore of their hits, was beautifully nostalgic and reminded me of how much this band means to me.

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The Front Bottoms @ The Music Hall of Williamsburg (Brooklyn, NY), November 13 – Not many bands can take a tour in which they’re the supporting act and make it their own. The Front Bottoms did just that while opening for Manchester Orchestra. The quirky New Jersey indie-dance-punk band worked the crowd into a frenzy with the help of their infectious music and their wacky arm-waving friends, who made an appearance during the catchy tune “The Beers”.

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Streetlight Manifesto @ Starland Ballroom (Sayreville, NJ), November 16 – I said everything I need to say about the band that made me fall in love with live music on my farewell post to them. Still, this picture remains one of the most memorable I have ever taken from their last show in NJ and serves as a fitting farewell (or “see you later”) for the Jersey ska-punk band.

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The Wonder Years @ 89 North (Patchogue, NY), December 15 – Realist pop-punk band The Wonder Years have been growing at a rapid pace over the years and are now headlining 1000-2000 cap venues. This made their holiday-themed acoustic tour, which closed out its four-show run on Long Island, even more special. Playing in front of 450 people (the show sold out in mere hours), the band threw in some amazing surprise cuts in their set. The venue was decorated with trees and snowflakes and fans dressed up in ugly Christmas sweaters to receive free cookies and hot chocolate. As far as holiday acoustic shows go, this one was incredibly fun night.

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Brand New @ The Paramount (Huntington, NY), December 20 – Though show should go down as one of the best I have ever seen, it’s the issues around it that may define it. The band announced small-venue discography shows where they would play their four albums, resulting in scalping issues when tickets sold out in seconds. At the Long Island hometown show, when fans expect earlier classic records Your Favorite Weapon and Deja Entendu, the band threw a curveball and played their latter two (incredibly stellar) records, much to some people’s disappointment. When Daisy was played instead of Deja Entendu, some booed and even walked out, taking to social media to voice displeasure. Being cryptic and unpredictable has always led to Brand New being placed on a sort of pedestal and examined closely through a microscope, but the performance was still breath-taking and their experience of seeing those records was perfect.

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Some of Our Favorite Christmas Songs

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by Vasilis and Cherie

Vasilis: I’m no fan of Christmas music honestly, especially the very cliché, religious-based sappy music; that is why I love when punk bands either put their own spin on Christmas classics or invent their own off-beat, humorous take on the holidays through their songs. The only songs that really go off that recipe are the Pogues and Run DMC (two classic songs!). My list is just a small sample of my favorite holiday tunes from some of my favorite bands. If you like this list, one of my favorite comps, (No Sleep Till Christmas) is available for free download through the label’s website. Now if you excuse me, I’m going to go listen to sad Christmas songs and rock out.

Bayside – Angels We Have Heard on High

Blink-182 – I Won’t Be Home For Christmas

Fall Out Boy – Yule Shoot Your Eye Out

Into It. Over It. – Jingle Bell Broke

MxPx – Christmas Night of Zombies

New Found Glory – Ex-Miss

Run DMC – Christmas in Hollis

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – This Time of Year

The Pogues – Fairytale of New York

The Wonder Years – Christmas at 22

Cherie: I have to agree with Vas, I’m not a huge fan of traditional Christmas music as such. But when my favorite bands put out a Christmas song, even if its just a remake of an old song, I’ll give it a listen. There’s no rhyme or reason to what I end up liking; sometimes it annoys me when bands don’t change anything in their versions but other times I think they change too much. The best, though, are usually new songs all together (the exception being Baysides version of Angels We Have Heard on High which is the best thing ever). Here’s my top ten favorite Christmas songs!

Tegan and Sara – The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)

fun. – Believe in Me

Laura Marling – Silent Night

The Killers – Don’t Shoot Me Santa

Dropkick Murphies – The Season’s Upon Us

Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler – Home for the Holidays

Frank Turner – Last Christmas

The Killers – Great Big Sled

Yellowcard – Christmas Lights

Bright Eyes – Blue Christmas

You can check out a playlist containing some of the songs by clicking here.

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