Sick Puppies at Metro Gallery

Sick Puppies at Metro Gallery

On September 9th, Sick Puppies played at Metro Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland. Local band Imbued opened the show. Even though it was a Tuesday night, everybody came to the venue to have a good time, and that they had.

At exactly 9:02, Sick Puppies took the stage. They opened with “War,” a song off of their third album, Tri-Polar. After playing “Gunfight” and “Cancer,” the three-piece group went into “Stick To Your Guns,” their first single off of their newest album, Fury. They dedicated “Let Me Live,” another new song, to one of their fans in the front row. This show was an off-date from the Make America Rock Again tour, featuring Creed’s Scott Stapp, Drowning Pool, Trapt, Adelitas Way, and, of course, Sick Puppies. The band said they were excited to be performing a longer set. Due to that, the Baltimore fans got to hear some songs that the band hadn’t played in a bit of time. They played other songs that the crowd loved, including “Riptide,” “Odd One,” “My World,” and “Maybe.” The set incorporated a fair amount of songs off of their newest album, including “Earth To You,” “Just The Beginning,” and “Where Do I Begin.” Sick Puppies played the first song off of Fury, “Black & Blue.” Normally, they said, they have a mosh pit start for this song, but avoided that since this was such a little venue. Even though the crowd was rather small, everybody still seemingly enjoyed themselves, singing along loudly and jumping around for the whole set. After asking if all of the fans wanted to hear one or two more songs- everybody wanted to hear two more- Sick Puppies went into a cover of Rage Against The Machine’s “Guerrilla Radio.” Finally, Sick Puppies played “You’re Going Down,” ending their set with a song that everybody in the crowd knew.

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Galactic Empire at Ottobar

Galactic Empire at Ottobar

On Wednesday, July 12th, Galactic Empire began the We’ve Got Company Tour Baltimore, Maryland, at Ottobar. Dangerkids opened up the tour for them, and local bands Master Sword and Aeoxis also played that night.

Galactic Empire opened their set with the Star Wars Main Theme. If you have never seen a band like this, I’d definitely recommend that you check them out, as it’s a unique experience that you won’t soon forget. Throughout their set, the band interacted with the crowd. They singled out one person in the front row, whom they called Tim, and he kept asking his opinion throughout the set. Galactic Empire brought a traitor on stage and killed them with the power of the Dark Side. Even though their set was filled with theatrics, this was still definitely a concert, including guitar solos and everything. Galactic Empire is on tour through the beginning of August, so make sure to catch them if you can.

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The Dead Rabbitts at The Canal Club

The Dead Rabbitts at The Canal Club

On June 25th, the Tragic Hero Tour made a stop at the Canal Club in Richmond, Virginia. The Dead Rabbitts were headlining, with Set To Stun and Northern Ghost opening the tour. Unfortunately, Set To Stun was unable to make it to this date. Local bands Vilified, Half Past Dead, and Within Echoes also performed that night.

Northern Ghost put on a highly energetic show. They spent all 25 minutes that they were on stage moving around. This is the band’s first tour. Their debut record, Happy : Sad : Depressed : Suicidal, is coming out on July 7th, but they have already released some singles off of it, one of which can be found here. Even with a pretty short set, Northern Ghost still seemed to gain many new fans that night.

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The Dead Rabbitts opened their set with “Dead Again,” off of their new album, This Emptiness. I hadn’t seen this band in close to three years, but they’re still one of my favorite bands to watch live. Their previous album, Shapeshifter, turned three years old recently, and they played quite a few songs off of it, including “My Only Regret,” “Shapeshifter,” and “Bats In The Belfry.” They also did a cover of Blessthefall’s “Higinia”. Overall, the set seemed short and fast, lasting only about 45 minutes. After playing “This Emptiness,” The Dead Rabbitts left the stage, only to come back for an encore of “Deer In The Headlights,” which is one of my favorite songs of theirs. Even though I really wished that they had a longer set, I was still happy that I finally got to see one of my favorite bands again.

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Assuming We Survive at The Broadberry

Assuming We Survive at The Broadberry

Assuming We Survive came to The Broadberry in Richmond, Virginia, on June 18th, Father’s Day. They’ve spent the last few weeks on the road with Icon For Hire. Also opening the show was October Sky and local band The Second After.

Assuming We Survive opened their set with “Catch 22.” Immediately, lead singer Adrian Estrella got the crowd involved, grabbing glasses and cat ear headbands off of fans and wearing them for a few minutes. Even though they said that this was their most quiet show in weeks, the band didn’t let that stop them, performing with a ton of energy during their time on stage. Their set included songs such as “18 Days,” “I’m Yours,” and “Down.” The band saw the lead singer of local band, The Second After, in the crowd, and pulled him on stage, saying how much they liked his band. During “Next To Me”, the venue lights went down and the room was lit up by lighters and cell phone flashlights in the audience. Assuming We Survive dedicated this song to all of the dads in the room, making the only reference that night to the holiday. Towards the end of the set, Estrella got off the stage and sang a bit in the crowd, in order to get everybody pumped up even more. The set ended with “No Fairy Tale,” which got all of their fans to sing along.

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October Sky at Voltage Lounge

October Sky at Voltage Lounge

On June 15th, October Sky came to Voltage Lounge, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Icon For Hire’s You Can’t Kill Us Tour. Also opening up the show were Assuming We Survive and local band She Pulled The Trigger.

October Sky is a two-piece electronic alternative rock band from Montreal, Canada. They definitely have a unique sound that translates over extremely well to a live setting. Even though they were only able to play for about 20 minutes, October Sky got the crowd moving and won over many new fans that night. They made sure to play “Break Me If You Can,” the first single off of their most recent release, Rise. The band also played “Fall Back Down,” off of their 2012 album, The Aphotic Season. October Sky performed with a ton of energy, and seemed to love what they were doing. If you ever get the chance to see them, do not miss out on catching October Sky, as they are a band that will absolutely blow you away with their live show.

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All That Remains at Baltimore Soundstage

All That Remains at Baltimore Soundstage

All That Remains returned to Baltimore on Tuesday, May 23rd, this time playing Baltimore Soundstage. On tour with them was Through Fire.

Local bands Bridge To Divide and Silence The Requiem opened the show, both of whom played for close to twenty minutes each. Silence The Requiem got the crowd to move, with a mosh pit opening up for a good part of their set. Bridge To Divide dedicated a song to anybody in the audience who had served in the military. They played a few different songs off of their recently released EP.

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Through Fire took the stage and played for about half an hour. Their set started with their introduction song, “Reborn.” They played their current single, “Breathe,” which is getting played on radio stations across the country. Through Fire played a cover of Ellie Goulding’s “Lights,” also found on their debut album, Breathe. They ended their set with “Stronger,” their first single.

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Finally, All That Remains began their set. They played for about 75 minutes to a crowd who was singing along to every word. The band started by playing “Madness,” the title track off of their album that was released last month. As soon as All That Remains played the first note of “The Last Time,” the crowd got even louder. They performed a cover of “The Thunder Rolls,” by Garth Brooks, which is also found on Madness. Guitarist Oli Herbert is one of those people who is so fun to watch while performing. After songs such as “For We Are Many” and “What If I Was Nothing?” All That Remains closed with “Two Weeks,” ending the night with a song that everybody in the audience knew.

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Another Lost Year and Never Say Die at the Dawg House

Another Lost Year and Never Say Die at the Dawg House

Saturday, April 1st was the last night of Another Lost Year and Never Say Die’s tour. After over two months, it was finally wrapping up at the Dawg House in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. Local bands Spider Rockets and Ignite the Fire opened up the show.

Both of the local bands played for about a half hour each. Spider Rockets’ set included an awesome guitar solo. They ended with “Sick,” one of their newer songs. Ignite the Fire got the crowd to get up close to the stage and jump around. Their set included a cover of Breaking Benjamin’s “Blow Me Away.”

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Never Say Die began their set with “Since You’ve Gone Away,” the first song off of their debut album, Destroy + Rebuild, which was released in January. Next they played “Numb,” then “Automatic,” one of the first songs that was released off of the album. Next was a cover of My Darkest Days’ “Every Lie.” Lead singer Reid Henry and bassist Brendan McMillan were both in My Darkest Days, until that band broke up a few years ago. Another Lost Year’s lead singer, Clinton Cunanan, came out to sing on this song. The band made sure to mention that this was the last night of the tour, as well as April Fool’s Day, so they were unsure as to what to expect in terms of pranks. The band only had about 45 minutes to perform, so they performed a few more songs off of their album, including “Like A Nightmare,” their current single that is being played on radio stations across the country. Never Say Die ended their set with “Porn Star Dancing,” another My Darkest Days song. Another Lost Year came onto the stage during this song for the “end of tour pranks,” which primarily involved a small bison statue on wheels.

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Another Lost Year began performing around 11 that night. The band pointed out a few different fans in the crowd, as well as calling out all of the Shiprockers- those who go on the concert cruise, Shiprocked- in the room. Another Lost Year was on the cruise this last January, and lead singer Cunanan was wearing a Shiprocked shirt to show his love towards the big group of Shiprockers in attendance at the show. Another Lost Year was one of those really talkative bands who spend a lot of time interacting with their fans. You could tell that they truly loved being on stage. They included a short cover of the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” along with their own songs, including “Writing on the Wall” and “Bastard Sons.” Their last song was “War On the Inside,” which Reid Henry from Never Say Die came out to perform with them. The band and all of the Shiprockers in the room got on the stage to take a big group picture. Even though many had thought the show was over and had begun to leave, Another Lost Year played one more song, “Southern California,” before ending the night.

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