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Ghost B.C.’s Amazing Performance At The Royale, Boston 5/10/13

On Friday May 10th Papa Emeritus II and his band of nameless ghouls took over the Royale in Boston, MA, and put on one of the best live shows that I have ever seen. The band is all about theatrics, but unlike many other bands that have a theatrical side, Ghost’s music stands up both live and on record, and works perfectly with the bands live show.

“Infestissumam” started off the bands set, and when the band hit the stage the Royale was in the bands hand for the rest of the night. They then went into “Per Aspera ad Inferi” which kept the audience head banging away.  The band then launched into three tracks from their 2010 debut album, Opus Eponymous. Of these tracks, “Elizabeth” got the best crowd response. Ghost then launched into the first single, “Secular Haze”   from their latest album, Infestissumam.  This was one of the best songs of the night, and got a huge crowd response.

“Body and Blood” another favorite from the new album came up next, and this was performed quite nicely by the band, as it is a more delicate song with a very late 60’s vibe. The band took it up a notch for the next track “Stand By Him” which is one of my favorite tracks from Opus Eponymous. The Guitars on the track were magical and were executed with great skill live. “Death Knell” and “Satan Prayer” were up  next, and these two tracks also went over well with the crowd.  The band then showed off their musicianship with “Genesis” which was followed by “Year Zero,” the band’s second single from, Infestissumam.

The band then played “Ritual” one of their better known songs, and this brought the show up another notch above what was thought possible. But the best performance of the night came on the last song “Monstrance Clock.” Before Papa Emeritus and his band of nameless Ghouls started the song he stated that it was time for the people of Boston to sing together as one and they did, and it sounded awesome, and it was a great way to end the night.

Ghost B.C. took the Royale by storm and put on a masterful performance that left everyone in the audience wanting more.

-B. Harlow

Check out some video Highlights of The Show HERE

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Anthrax, Hatebreed, and others Bring The Noise on Night One of New England Metal and Hardcore Festival XV

On Friday I made my way to the Palladium in Worcester, MA expecting an amazing show put on by Scott Lee. Lee and his crew have been putting on New England Metal and Hardcore Festival for 15 years and this year they had one of their best line-ups. On Friday alone they had Great bands like Anthrax, Hatebreed, Every Time I Die, Exodus, Shadows Fall, and many more.

Brian I entered the palladium around five o’clock for Shadow Fall’s set. The band started off with their song “The Light that Blinds” which is one of my favorite songs from the band. It definitely shows off the excellent musicianship of the band. The band then played “Idiot Box,” and that pleased the crowd even more. When the band finished the song lead vocalist Brian Fair addressed their hometown crowd and proceeded to talk about the events of the week in Boston and Watertown. He then dedicated the next song, “Weight of the World” to Boston which was an awesome gesture. The band then launched into another one of their best songs, “King of Nothing” off of their album Retribution, this was another great crowd pleaser. The band continued playing the rest of their set which was topped off by their song, “War” a song whose lyrics were penned by Bob Marley and adapted for a more metal sounding song, but the message remains the same.

I then walked around the venue to check out all the vendors that were at the palladium, but returned to watch thrash metal legends Exodus’ set. When the lights dimmed and the intro to “The Ballad of Leonard and Charles” you knew the Palladium was about to become a thrash paradise. In front of me appeared Gary Holt who was ready to thrash.  The band was tight and played some of their best and classic material including “Piranha,” “Bonded By Blood,” and “The Toxic Waltz.” It was my first time seeing Exodus, and I have to say I was blown away by the thrash metal masters.

Next up was Every Time I Die who came on right at about 8:00. They also played a killer set and gave the Palladium a healthy dose of hardcore. They even through in some metal too by playing a Pantera medley. The band played some of their best songs including some of personal favorites, the band seemed in tip-top shape including Singer Keith Buckley who puts on a great performance.

Hatebreed was up next, and what more can we say about Jamey Jasta and crew, but that they deliver a great show every time you see them. The band started off with one of their best songs, “To The Threshold,” and from then on they never let go of the solid grasp they had on the Palladium playing some of their best material including “  In Ashes They Shall Reap,” “Puritan,” and “Destroy Everything”

IMG_1021Headlining the festival night one was Anthrax who played, an amazing set that consisted of them playing the entirety of the thrash metal classic, Among The Living. The band started off with the great title track off of the album, “Among The Living.” It brought the  Palladium’s energy up another notch. This lead perfectly into the album’s second track “Caught In a Mosh,” which is a staple of the bands regular show. The band then played another classic from the album, “I Am the Law” which went over great with the crowd especially when Joey Belladonna dedicated it to the Boston Police Department. They then played  “Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)” and “A Skeleton in the Closet” which rapped up part one of Among The Living. They launched Into a killer cover of “March of The S.O.D.”

The stage went black until the stage was lit up again when the intro music to “In The End” came on along with two large banners of Dimebag Darrel and Ronnie James Dio two fallen metal heroes who the song is dedicated to. The band sounded tight on this song and pulled off a great tribute to the two fallen musicians. The band then played a cover of AC/DC’s “T.N.T.” which went over great with the audience who were chanting along to the signature riff. The band then played “Madhouse” off of their record Spreading The Disease.

The band then continued into the second half of the album Among the Living by playing another  classic “Indians” which included the infamous call for a Wardance! by Scott Ian which is a call for a giant Circle pit. The band then played their cover of Joe Jackson’s “Got The Time.”

The band then came out for their encore which included the song “Imitation of Life” which was followed by the band’s rap flavored song “I’m the Man” and the band concluded their set with “Anti-Social” which was an awesome way to end the set.

-B. Harlow

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A Day to Remember’s crazy show at the Palladium, Worcester MA 3.24.13

Let me begin by saying that this was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to a lot of them. The show contained the bands Chunk, No Captain Chunk!, Of Mice and Men, and of course, A Day to Remember. The tickets for this show sold out less than two days after they went on sale. I got there 3 hours early and it paid off. I was right up front .
Chunk, No Captain Chunk! was decent. I am not really a fan of them to begin with, but they’re a good opener. They played 6 songs, the highlight being their cover of Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R.” “We R Who We R” appears on the compilation album Punk Goes Pop 4.
Of Mice and Men came on next. I have never really listened to them, but after the show they put on, I’m going to start. Their lead singer, Austin Carlile put on a great show performance wise, and is a great front-man. They played eight songs without skipping a beat. I particularly liked their song “The Depths.” It’s just my kind of heavy and I have a new-found respect for them as a band.
Then A Day to Remember came on. They started the show with 3 of their heaviest songs. They opened with their newest single “Violence.” It was awesome, the breakdown was absolutely crazy and even though it’s only been out a few months, people were singing every word. Next came the VERY heavy “2nd Sucks” where the music stops and the whole Palladium screams “get the f**k over it!” It was insane to say the least. “2nd Sucks” lead right into “A Shot in the Dark-” one of their older songs but still a heavy hit. They brought out the hit “I’m Made of Wax Larry, What are You Made of?” next and once again, Jeremy letting the crowd take over on parts, especially the lone “Ahem.” during the breakdown. Next came the popular “My Life For Hire,” not my favorite song, but a good one. Following this was two of my favorites back to back. “All Signs Point to Lauderdale” led into “Mr. Highway’s Thinking About the End.” Once again, the Palladium was left to do the singing during the breakdown with “DISRESPECT YOUR SURROUNDINGS.” It’s one of the best breakdowns that ADTR has.
Jeremy took a different light for this next part of the show. He said that a lot of people have mixed feelings about “Better Off This Way” so he’d make it better by “giving out free sh*t during the song.” He followed it up with another favorite of mine “Have Faith in Me” where Jeremy had the ladies sing the opening verse. Next came “Another Song About the Weekend,” another one of my favorites. Jeremy explained “we’re gonna play fast and loud for these next few songs.” They began with the short “You Already Know What You Are,” followed by “Fast Forward to 2012” (a crazy hit) with “Why Walk on Water When We’ve Got Boats.” All three of those tracks are less than 2 minutes long so it was a great succession of quick songs. Next came a song never played outside the studio before. “Right Back at it Again” was an awesome track and it makes me even more excited for their upcoming album release. They turned back the clock a bit and played “You Should’ve Killed Me When You Had the Chance” which lead right into “The Plot to Bomb the Panhandle” with middle fingers in the air, a favorite by both the band and the fans.
The band stepped offstage for a moment and came back on. Jeremy asked “why do we do that? Like, why do we have to go offstage if you know we’re just gonna come back again? This is the part where we play “If It Means a Lot to You” but we’re not gonna do that.” They played an acoustic version of “It’s Complicated” which was awesome to say the least, followed by their hit “If It Means a Lot to You.” They picked it back up with “All I Want,” during which Jeremy gave me a thumbs up on my new ADTR-inspired tattoo “I will never falter”. He saw it on my arm and pointed then gave me a thumbs up. After that they went into the usual opener “Downfall of us All” and the whole Palladium was going crazy.
Needless to say, ADTR put on one of the best shows I’ve ever seen and their set list was stellar except the notably absent “Homesick.” After the show my ears were ringing, my voice was gone, and my neck was hurting, but it was all worth it. If you haven’t seen them or heard of them, I highly recommend you pick up an album or try to get to a show, A Day to Remember is a force to be reckoned with on the punk stage, bested by very few. Their sound, guitar work, drumline, breakdowns, Jeremy’s voice, and their stage antics all combine to make them one hell of a group putting on one hell of a concert.

-Z.G.

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Gambino Is A Mastermind: Rapper Childish Gambino Hits UCONN 10/25/12

I had never heard of the rapper Childish Gambino up until about two months ago. But, after hearing only a few songs, I could tell he was more talented than your average rapper. As I listened to his album, Camp in closer detail, I also came to notice that he wasn’t just talented in his rapping style but also in his lyrics. Childish Gambino, also known as Donald Glover, is a writer, comedian and actor in addition to being a rapper. He has appeared on and written for shows such as 30 Rock, Community, and Parks and Recreation. Evidently, Donald Glover has some pretty impressive writing skills. His rhymes are so unbelievably clever and it’s almost impossible to not be jealous of this quadruple threat.

At the University of Connecticut, the concert committee on campus, SUBOG, announced in late September that the performer for the fall concert would be Childish Gambino. Every single floor seat for the concert sold out in under 3 hours. I was so unbelievably excited to see him live after hearing how incredible he is in person. It is safe to say that Childish Gambino did not disappoint.

A rapper named XV started the show off and really got the entire crowd hyped up. He engaged the audience immediately and interacted with everyone during each song. XV definitely had a lot of stage presence and was rather reminiscent of Kid Cudi at times with his quirky beats and unconventional writing style. I highly recommend checking out his newest EP called Awesome EP!, which features Pusha- T on the title track.

As soon as XV left the stage, everyone started chanting, “GAM-BI-NO!”. Then, the lights dimmed and the crowd went absolutely insane. Gambino took center stage surrounded by his band. I have been to many rap concerts before. Most recently was the “Watch the Throne” tour with Kanye West and Jay-Z, but I had never seen a band play with a rapper before. Gambino’s band consisted of a drummer, violinist, pianist, guitarist, and a very skilled bassist. This element truly brought a unique feel to his set. Childish Gambino rapped his most famous songs including “Bonfire,” “Fire Fly,” “You See Me,” “Heartbeat,” and “Freaks and Geeks” to name a few. He also played a handful of new songs that everyone went crazy for. Childish Gambino is a performer and an incredible one at that. My personal favorite part of the show was when he went a cappella and started freestyling. I would definitely recommend checking out all of Childish Gambino’s albums, EPs, and mix-tapes  including his album Camp and his latest mix-tape, Royalty.

Brilliant and talented rappers are hard to come by nowadays, but Childish Gambino is definitely only going to start receiving more recognition and acclaim as his fan base expands. No one quite says it better than Gambino himself in “Bonfire” when he asks the age-old question: “Why does every black actor gotta rap some?” to which he responds, “I don’t know, all I know is I’m the best one.” Childish Gambino is the shit. No humblebrag.

-B. Greenberg

Becca Greenberg is a freshman at the University of Connecticut studying Human Rights and Political Science. She is an actress and singer/songwriter from New York City. She is a big country music fan but loves rap, classic rock, and indie.

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Trespass America Hits The Boston House Of Blues 8/17/12

During the two-week gap between Mayhem Fest and Trespass America, I was full of excitement. I was thrilled to be seeing some of my favorite bands in such a short period of time, and when the day of Trespass America came I was ecstatic. First of all I had passes to meet the guys of Trivium. Secondly it would be my second time seeing Killswitch Engage, and my third time seeing God Forbid. I was also looking forward to hearing some music from two bands I had never heard before, Battlecross and Pop Evil. One was great and the other was ok, but we’ll cover that later.

The House of Blues opened its doors at 4:00 on Friday, by 5:00 the club was about three-quarters filled. The first band to hit the stage was Battlecross. I enjoyed this band very much, in fact for a band I had never seen before, they blew me away. They played about five songs including an awesome cover of Pantera’s, “Fucking Hostile.”

Next up was God Forbid, and I’d have to say they were the third best band of the night. They started off with the great “Don’t Tell Me What to Dream.”  This was shortly followed by “Better Days” which is one of my favorite early God Forbid songs. The band then played “Overcome” which is a great song from their latest effort. They then played “Equilibrium” which is the title track of their latest album and one of my favorite songs. The band closed their set with “The End of The World.” The band sounded great throughout their set, and should have been much higher on the bill.

The next band to come on was Emmure. I don’t understand why they were selected for this tour. In fact I think everyone in the House of Blues was thinking the same thing. They are more in the deathcore camp. The band came out and played a short set that was ok, but really nothing special.

A band called Pop Evil took the stage; truthfully I was not expecting a band like this. They were truly the odd men out of the tour, but took this as a challenge and put together a good set. They may have killed the pit, but fans heads happily bobbed away.

Orlando metal titans Trivium were up next. I’ve seen this band so many times that I knew they’d put on an amazing set, and I definitely was right. I was blown away with what the band did with the short amount of time the band had. They opened up with “In Waves” the title track off of their latest release. This was followed by “Pull Harder on The Strings of Your Martyr” a crowd favorite off of 2005’s Ascendancy. This was followed by “Rain” which is also off of Ascendancy. This was followed by one of my all-time favorite Trivium tracks, “Caustic Are the Ties That Bind.” The way the band changes dynamics in this song is truly mind-boggling, going from heavy to almost ballad like in the span of minutes.  The band then through in a surprise with “Torn Between Scylla and Charybdis” off of 2008’s Shogun. This was the first tour the band had played the song on so I thought it was a real treat. Trivium closed out their set with the great track “Throes of Perdition.” Trivium was definitely one of the highlights of the night.

Killswitch Engage were definitely one of the highlights, especially since it was a practically a hometown show for the band, and you could tell the audience was behind the band 100%. Needless to say I was also ecstatic about seeing Killswitch’s original singer, Jesse Leach back with the band. The band started out with “Rose of Sharyn” and “Fixation on The Darkness.” They followed this up with the new track, “No End in Sight.”  The band then played some more songs, but what really got the crowd going were the last four songs which included, “My Last Serenade,” “The End of Heartache,” “My Curse,” and a great rendition of the Dio classic “Holy Diver.”

After Killswitch’s I decided to take off as I realized nothing Five Finger Death Punch could do would ever top the amazing performances that Killswitch and Trivium put on.

 

-B. Harlow

 

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Mayhem, Dunk Tanks, and The Jackson 5. Our Interview with The Devil Wears Prada’s Daniel Williams

Over the last month or so, many metal fans have been patiently waiting for the 5th annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Right before the tour started I got the opportunity to speak with Daniel Williams from The Devil Wears Prada. During our conversation we talked about the weather, Mayhem fest, dunk tanks, and the band’s latest releases, Dead Throne and Dead & Alive.

Musically Diversified: You guys are about to take off on your first Mayhem Festival starting June 30th in San Bernadino, CA. Are you excited to be on a different summer festival after doing Warped?

Daniel Williams: I absolutely am. There are a lot of bands that I’m really into. Good to do something new.

MD: Do you think you’ll reach a Different fan base by performing at this year’s Mayhem?

Williams: I definitely do. Bands like Slipknot, Slayer, and such have a much different fan base than us. I’m sure we share some fans, but we’ll definitely play to people that have never heard us before, so I’m excited.

MD: Since we’re on the subject of summer festivals, what’s your favorite summer festival memory?

Williams: In 2008 when we played a festival in Toronto or Montreal, they had a dunk tank. Mike (Hranica) and I for some reason decided to climb up to it and let people dunk us for some money. It was a really bad idea because it was freezing cold and I was only in my underwear.

MD: You released Dead Throne in 2011, and have been touring behind it since. What was your favorite song off the album and your favorite to play live?

Williams: My favorite off the album I’d have to say is, “Mammoth” which is track three. My favorite song to play live is “Untidaled” because it’s a little faster, challenging, and fun to play. All of them are really fun to play though.

MD: Adam D. from Killswitch Engage worked on that album, what was it like working with him?

Williams: That was actually really cool. We toured with them on their headline tour, and Adam would come out and watch our set. We started joking around with him about working with us, and he said ok. Before we knew it we were in the studio with Adam and he was chopping up our songs and giving us some tips. I’m super happy with Dead Throne, so I hope we get to work with him again.

MD: Was it good as a drummer to work with someone who also plays drums?

Williams: It’s kind of frustrating actually because he’s really good at everything he does. You’d be playing something, and he’d just say ‘Nope’, and it was annoying to know he could just come in and do it himself perfectly. At the same time, he definitely pushes you to be a better musician.

MD : Your new CD/DVDDEAD&ALIVE was filmed in my hometown at the Worcester Palladium. ;What went into choosing the Palladium as the venue for the new DVD.

Williams: We always have really good shows in Worcester. We’ve played the Palladium many times before, and every time we go the crowd is always crazy. It’s also a really cool looking venue and has a lot of history. I’m stoked we did though, because the DVD came out great, and everybody looks like they had a good time.

MD: We at musically diversified try to cover a lot of genres. What is the most surprising thing from a different genre than the music that you play that is on your Ipod?

Williams: Maybe the Jackson 5! Actually, surprisingly to a lot of fans I don’t listen to a lot of metal. Mostly I listen to a lot of indie rock like Bright Eyes.

-B. Harlow

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Aerosmith Live At The TD Garden (Boston, MA) 7/17/12

If one were to turn on any radio station in the Boston are this week they would have heard D.J.’s talking about giveaways for the sold out Aerosmith show on Tuesday night at the TD Bank North Garden. In fact most media outfits were buzzing. Local radio station, 107.3 WAAF was even handing out special commemorative bumper stickers.

The streets lining the Boston Garden looked very different from when the Celtics and Bruins play there. Instead of the Bruins black and gold, or the Celtics green and white, people were wearing their Aerosmith t-shirts. And at 6:30 PM were waiting patiently for the return home of the Bad Boys from Boston.

The show started promptly at 7:30 as Cheap Trick took the stage. They played for an hour, but didn’t get the response from the audience that they clearly deserved until they played their hits. They played a set that included many hits including; “Surrender,” “I Want You to Want Me,” and “The Dream Police.” On the last song, “Goodnight” guitarist, Rick Nielsen brought out his 5 neck, and played it to the audience’s delight.

You could tell that anxiety and excitement was building in the Garden after Cheap Trick was finished. You could tell that everyone was anxiously awaiting Aerosmith’s homecoming. Around 9:00PM the house lights went out, and then Aerosmith’s intro tape went on. That’s when the audience jumped to their feet and the band launched into “Draw The Line.”  That was quickly followed by the 1989 hit, “Love In an Elevator” which really drew in the crowd, and had them screaming, ‘Oh’ and ‘oh yeah’ during the breaks in the verse. Next up was “Back in The Saddle” which was amazing as Joe Perry was playing his six string bass and Brad Whitford was playing lead.

Aerosmith fans are divided into three camps. There are people who like 70’s Aerosmith and hate the rest, or people who love Late 80’/90’s Aerosmith. Then there are the people who like both, which I fall into. So I was excited when they played “Living on The Edge” and “Cryin’” and so were the 90’s Aerosmith fans.  They then played “Jaded” which was great and had the audience singing along.

Aerosmith then played one of their new songs off the eagerly awaited album, Music From Another Dimension. The song was called “Oh Yeah,” and I was surprised how well it went over with fans. I was also amazed at how well “Legendary Child” came across live, and was even more surprised that people knew the song and were singing along.

Next up was a bluesy improvisational number by Whitford who showed his masterful fretwork to the masses. He then launched into the arpeggiated intro to the 1976 jam, “Last Child.” Joey Kramer followed this amazing performance with a stunning drum solo, featuring a spectacular saxophone solo by Mindi Abair. This was followed by the bluesy number “Rag Doll” which featured Perry on lap steel.

They then played the instrumental “Boogie Man” which lead into the Joe Perry fronted song, “Combination” from the 1976 album, Rocks. Next up was a real surprise for me with “What it Takes,” but Steven Tyler’s vocal performance was spectacular. The band then played “Legendary Child” as aforementioned this was followed by the classic, “No More, No More” which was spectacular. Perry started off playing his Fender Telecaster, but then halfway through the song he switched over to his ‘Billie’ guitar, all while still having his Telecaster slung behind his back. This is a move that Perry has been doing since the 1970’s, but it still is fresh and looks cool. The band then finished their set with “Sweet Emotion” and “Walk This Way” which were both amazing and got the crowd going again.

As the band left the stage, The Garden got dark, and all you could see were the fans lighters and phones waving in the air screaming for an encore. After a short while a piano started to rise from the cat walk, and sitting behind it was Steven Tyler who then launched into “Dream On”. The songs performance was truly amazing, as Perry played his guitar solo on top of the piano.  After “Dream On” was finished the band immediately launched into “Train Kept a Rollin’”, and with that the show was over.

The Bad Boys from Boston put on a spectacular show that I was thrilled to be at. All the members were on their A-game, and they left everyone in the audience with a great show. Aerosmith’s homecoming was a great success.

-B. Harlow

 

 

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Childish Gambino Makes Boston Bounce

On Thursday, June 21st, actor/comedian/music artist Donald Glover performed under his rap stage name, Childish Gambino, at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston.

Roughly fifteen minutes after opener Danny Brown’s set finished, Childish Gambino took the stage to the entire Pavilion crowd standing and cheering at the top of their lungs.  Mr. Glover responded to his audience’s energy with a great force of his own energetic power.

From the moment he stepped onto the stage, Gambino made known that he was not the slightest bit fond of the fact that the venue set chairs up on the floor.  He told the fans to forget about the seats and “bounce” anyway.  His sheer energy and phenomenal stage presence definitely rubbed off on the crowd.  Everyone bounced, jumped, and sang every lyric right back to the rapper.

Overall, this was a fantastic show.  This extremely talented individual blasted out fan favorites, one after another, in addition to including a few new songs, a remix to Tyga’s “Rack City,” and the grand finale, “Lights Turned On.”  The last song of the show was just as crazy as, if not crazier than, the entire hour-and-a-half-long set, between the response from the fans and the performer’s ongoing energy.  By this time, Glover had brought out one of his rapper buddies along with his backing band, who had been there from the beginning.

Despite the Pavilion being a slightly larger and less intimate venue than what Childish Gambino is used to, he found a way to still make this a special concert for his Boston fans.  From personalizing many of his lyrics to fit his current location to directly interacting with the audience, he proved to be a flawless performer.

-By Tim Shaw

 

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Kicking Out The Jams: Dave Matthews Band at The Comcast Center (6/5/12)

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, The Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA was the scene of one of the biggest tours of the summer. This tour featured the one and only, Dave Matthews Band. The show, including the opening act, resulted in four hours of fantastic music. The Dave Matthews Band played a three hours set, which was a crowd pleasing set no matter who you asked. They opened their show with, “Don’t Drink the Water” and the show was off to a rocking start. They also played some of their bigger hits including “Why I Am,” “Funny The Way It Is,” and “What Would You Say.”

The set featured many songs that the band would jam out on. Songs like “Funny The Way It Is”. Two of my personal favorite jam songs of the night were, “#41” and “Why I Am.” They were both mind-blowing good.

After the death of LeRoi Moore, the band was faced with a great challenge of replacing such an amazingly talented musician. The band struck gold with the addition of Jeff Coffin whom throughout the show displayed his immense talent and skill. I could not believe how talented he was.

This show marked the second time that I have seen The Dave Matthews Band, and they have shown no signs of slowing down, and will continue to spice things up each time I see them. The first time I saw the band, they played a set that catered to more of their biggest hits. This time around instead of just playing their big hits, they simply jammed out. Over the years I have seen a far share of jam bands, but this show topped them all. I was blown away by the skill level they played at and was extremely fortunate to see them again.

The Dave Matthews Band Summer Tour 2012 will be hitting over thirty stops all around the country, which allows fans to have the opportunity to see Dave Matthews this year. Be sure to check out this tour when it comes to your city!

-M. Tozeski

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Lions Lions: The Path They Took

Lions Lions comes out of the Boston music scene, which almost all of its members helped to form. The band was formed in 2007 and has been collaborating to create their music since. The band’s four members have been very involved in the Massachusetts music scene, Brandon Davis formally played with in local bands including Vanna and Therefore I Am.  Jon Kay formerly played with The Jonah Veil Joshua Herzer, and Nick Sjostrom have always been involved in playing music. All of their backgrounds come together to form a sound that is unique, and shows how they stand out from the crowd.

Their music is influenced by the array of genres they have worked with in the past, culminating into what they consider themselves today. The band’s genre can be described as hardcore, rock or pop punk. In 2008, Lions Lions released their first album Direction, which showed how much they deserved to be in the ranks of other successful bands from the Boston are inlcluding Four Year Strong,  A Loss For Words, and Vanna.

The band continued their success with their sophomore From What We Believe. In 2010 the band released their third album in three years, titled The Path We Take. Over the past few years I have had the good fortune to see Lions Lions a handful of times, and every time I am more impressed with how the band has progressed over the years. I find a new reason to be impressed with them each time as well, whether it be how tight the band plays live, the chemistry the band mates have with one another or how they interact with their fans. It has been such a special experience as a fan to watch the band progress, and to see where the future of the bane unfold. Being a small town band, show them your support by checking them out on Facebook and on iTunes. They say local music is the best music, and Lions Lions is no exception to this.

-M. Tozeski

Check Out Lions Lions’ video for their song “Killing Your Grace” below:

 

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