Review Category : Images

Images: Stickup Kid, Crooked Teeth, The Holy Bright September 2, 2017 at Evel Pie

Pop punk after 10 pm. It’s not what I’ve come to expect from the genre, but the show was at a pizza place, so all is good. The night was headlined by Stickup Kid, a band who used to play Vegas with enough frequency that one could be forgiven for thinking they’re local, but who have slowed down a bit over the years. The San Jose band hasn’t lost a step, sounding as tight as ever playing a set with new songs and old favorites. Touring with Stickup Kid was Crooked Teeth, an LA-based emo/pop punk band featuring Second to Last frontman Tyson Evans. The band’s sound can basically be described as “The Pop Disaster Tour,” which for those that don’t remember was a tour in the early 2000s that brought together Green Day, Blink 182, Jimmy Eat World and Saves the Day. Locals The Holy Bright, the new project ...

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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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