Review Category : Images

Images: Dropkick Murphys, Rancid August 25, 2017 at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

It’s not an exaggeration to say I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now if it wasn’t for Rancid. Hearing “Roots Radical” from the band’s seminal album …And Out Come the Wolves on the radio in 8th grade led me to the local Blockbuster Music to purchase my first Punk-O-Rama comp and subsequently discovering a plethora of my favorite bands. (Also, how much of an Oldhead does this intro make me?) The Berkeley punk rock band kicked things off with “Radio.” The song’s refrain of “When I got the music, oh I got a place to go” sounded particularly sublime with the Downtown Events Center (location of the most recent Punk Rock Bowling) packed with punks enthusiastically singing at the top of their lungs with Tim Armstrong and company. From there the focus shifted squarely to Wolves with “Roots Radicals,” “Journey to the End of the East Bay,” “Maxwell Murder” ...

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Images: The Bombpops, The Fuck Off And Dies, Crimson Riot August 3, 2017 at the Beauty Bar

Oceanside, California’s The Bombpops made their return to the Beauty Bar stage earlier this month, once again braving the heat that doesn’t go away when the sun goes down to put on a fun show. This was the kickoff for the band’s tour in support of their Fat Wreck debut, Fear of Missing Out, and as such, the set focused heavily on the new material. The move to Fat, along with a relentless tour schedule, has paid off for the band. They had their biggest Vegas crowd yet, with many fans singing along to songs like “Capable of Lies” and “Be Sweet.” In direct support was The Fuck Off and Dies, a band described by the ‘pops as their “spirit animal band.” The band features Story of the Year frontman Dan Marsala, but musically has more in common with Direct Hit!, Teenage Bottlerocket and the Bouncing Souls (they even threw ...

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Images: Vans Warped Tour feat. Sick Of It All, Sworn In, Tonight We Fight and more June 23, 2017 at The Backyard Outdoor Events Center at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

The last time I went to Warped Tour was three years ago, when I was 17 and the lineup, the venue, and my excitement levels were all drastically different. This year, I was confused about the festival layout and ambivalent about the majority of the bands playing- TMI, but I didn’t even bother putting on makeup or shaving my legs beforehand. And I wouldn’t normally be caught dead at a show without makeup, but I digress. I felt a bit like a mom, as our photographer, Margaret, had to show me around the Hard Rock Hotel and explain to me who a bunch of the musicians were. But honestly? Despite feeling out of place at times, I had a lot more fun than I thought I would (I know, I know- don’t tell anyone). And now I know the Hard Rock Hotel much better than I ever wanted to. We ...

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