Check out my album reviews for issue 102 of Smash Magazine, including Blaqk Audio, Sleeping with Sirens, Bright Eyes, and Neck Deep. Blaqk Audio – Beneath the Black Palms Album Review Essentially the electronic alter ego of AFI minus a few members, duo Davey Havok and Jade Puget, a.k.a. Blaqk Audio, have returned to their dark, synth, dance party glory with their fifth studio album, Beneath the Black Palms. At just under 40 minutes, this twisting, writhing, mass of…Continue reading September/October 2020 Album Reviews
Check out my album reviews for issue 101 of Smash Magazine, including Emery, The Used, Asking Alexandria, and Dance Gavin Dance. Emery – White Line Fever As a band that’s been around for nearly twenty years, Emery has seen many of their early 2000s counterparts that sweated it out with them on the Warped Tour, Take Action Tour, and more, fade away. But not Emery. The Seattle based band has steadily been there all the while—making music, touring,…Continue reading July/August 2020 Album Reviews
“So cool to be led by the young people in our hometown. What they are doing as a part of advancing the BLM movement is punk AF and completely heroic.” Posted Hayley Williams on her Instagram account on June 7th, several days after attending a Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest march in Nashville, Tennessee. This event was one of the largest peaceful protests in the city’s history, and it was organized by six young female…Continue reading Supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement is Punk AF
Check out my album reviews for issue 100 of Smash Magazine, including All Time Low, Silverstein, Sparta, and The Word Alive. All Time Low – Wake Up, Sunshine If you’re looking for music to blast post-quarantine as you roll the windows down and cruise the again bustling streets while soaking up the warm Vegas sun, this is it. On their eighth full-length album aptly titled Wake Up, Sunshine, All Time Low makes good on their pop-punk…Continue reading May/June 2020 Album Reviews
Violent New Breed Establishing Their (Bad) Reputation If Three Days Grace and Trivium had a badass love child, it would be Violent New Breed (VNB for short). Led by founding member Max Green (former Escape the Fate, and briefly, Falling in Reverse), VNB combine gritty vocals, intense metal riffs, and blow your speakers-out breakdowns to create a rock album worthy of your attention. Rounded out by new additions Sean Russell (vocals, guitar), Charlie Nicholson (drums),…Continue reading Interview with Violent New Breed
Check out my album reviews for issue 99 of Smash Magazine, including PVRIS, Turnover, Hawthorne Heights, Highly Suspect, and Bring Me the Horizon. PVRIS – Hallucinations EP & Acoustic Single As a band that blurs the line between rock and pop, the latest release from Massachusetts trio* PVRIS, Hallucinations, with its synth-driven track “Death of Me” and its dance-worthy beats on “Nightmare,” leans more toward the band’s pop side. But even if the electropop sounds…Continue reading March/April 2020 Album Reviews
I’ve made it no secret–I love going to shows. And while I’m not sure I could ever pick a favorite concert overall, I can think of ten crazy, epic, surreal or just plain lucky concert moments that I will never forget. Here they are: Billy Burning BrightOne of the first concerts I ever went to as a kid was Billy Joel with my family. I was pretty young, so I don’t remember a lot, but…Continue reading My Top 10 Unique Concert Moments
Last night, there was an earthquake in Southern California that reverberated all the way to Las Vegas. Where was I? In a swaying balcony at a concert at the House of Blues. The whole experience, nay, the whole night, was a big, surreal experience for more than one earth-shaking reason. First and foremost, I went to the show specifically to see The Early November (TEN). This was my first time seeing them live and they…Continue reading Earthquake? Psh, the show must go on.
I still love going to concerts. I love that feeling when your heart starts racing as the lights dim and each band member takes the stage. The rush as the first notes ring out and you are immediately enveloped in sound. The carefree way you can get lost in the music and the crowd, truly singing like no one is listening, because in most cases, no one can hear you nor do they want to.…Continue reading To the Aging Rocker…
Holy slew of resurrected characters, CW! Supernatural season 13 should have been subtitled “The Return” for as many deceased characters as it brought back in the latest chapter of the long-running show. Honestly though, we probably should have seen it coming. Slowly over the past few seasons, the show has been returning to its season one through five roots established by original showrunner Eric Kripke. It all started in season eleven when Lucifer sprung himself…Continue reading Supernatural Resurrections
The anticipation and excitement over the Gilmore Girls revival, A Year in the Life, was almost palpable leading into its release a few weeks ago. I myself was extremely anxious to get back from my Thanksgiving vacation so I could watch every GG moment on my TV rather than on the small iPad screen I had with me, though I was tempted to sneak a peek more than once. There were so many questions from…Continue reading We Need a Few More Words From Gilmore Girls
Hopefully everyone had a happy Halloween! And if you’re like me and one of your ways of celebrating is to watch scary movies, you may have noticed that certain newer films give shout outs to their earlier, influential counterparts. One such love affair is between my favorite scary movie, Scream, and one of the best horror flicks, the original Halloween. Here’s the top 10 Halloween references in the 1996 movie: This one is pretty obvious.…Continue reading Scream Pays Tribute to Halloween
Sometimes coming up with a Halloween costume can be as dreadful as swimsuit shopping in December. This year, when you’re stumped trying to find something that is both clever and easy for your inebriated friends to understand, take a page from a book on your bookshelf (virtual or literal). To get you started, here are a few ideas: Classic Halloween Costumes These costumes are tried and true and have their roots in classic horror literature.…Continue reading Let Books Decide Your Halloween Costume
This past weekend I went to see one of my favorite bands, Thrice, play live at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas for the fourth time. It’s a show I didn’t expect to see after the band announced their breakup in 2011. Thankfully, the stars aligned and the band returned in 2016 with a new album, To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere, and a tour to support it. With a vast and eclectic catalogue,…Continue reading Forever Thrice
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, there are many a spooky story that surround the Portland, Oregon area. With the most ghoulish month of the year approaching, it seemed only fitting to try out a Portland haunted pub tour this past weekend when I visited the eclectic city. The walking tour was a mix of historical accounts, creepy stories of hearsay, and of course, local beer. It was interesting and fun, but low on…Continue reading Haunted Portland?