Review Category : Images

Images: The Front Bottoms, Basement, Bad Bad Hat November 11th, 2017 at the Brooklyn Bowl

There has been a lot of talk about the death of the guitar in recent years. You’d be hard pressed to believe it, though, at last month’s Front Bottoms show. They’ve gone against that trend, developing a hugely devoted fanbase, one that filled up the Brooklyn Bowl, with their quirky lyrics and acoustic-guitar based rock. The band came out to cheers that only dissipated when the crowd began singing along to opener “You Used to Say (Holy Fuck).” The chorus of “Holy fuck, I’m about to die Angry for no reason, twisted up inside You used to say” was sung so loud by the young fans that it was almost hard to hear the band. It was very reminiscent of the ferver fellow acoustic rockers Dashboard Confessional used to drum up in their heyday. That fervor kept up for the rest of the band’s set, which included such fan favorites ...

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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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