Palisades at Metro Gallery

Palisades at Metro Gallery

Palisades came to Metro Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland on December 21st. Blindwish opened for them on this tour, and local bands Awake At Last and Ignite The Fire also played on this date.

After a bit of a long instrumental introduction, Palisades finally took the stage. They opened with “Aggression,” the first song off of their new, self-titled album. Once they finished the first song, lead singer Louis Miceli said that they were going to play that whole album, front to back. They immediately launched into the next song, “Cold Heart (Warm Blood).” Towards the middle of their set, Palisades did play some older ones, such as “Outcasts” and “Mind Games.” They resumed their newest album with “Dark.” For this song, the venue turned all the house lights off, and the room was lit by everybody’s cell phone flashlights. The next song was “Through Hell,” one of their singles off of the album. Palisades finished off their album by playing more songs, such as “Memories,” “Hard Feelings,” and “Dancing With Demons.” After playing “Personal,” the band stated that they had only one more song left to play. They said that they wanted to give us 110% on this one, and that they did. Palisades ended the night with “Let Down.” Like others in the audience, this was my last concert in 2017, and it was definitely a great way to end a year of amazing shows.

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As It Is at Baltimore Soundstage

As It Is at Baltimore Soundstage

On December 2nd, As It Is played to a nearly sold out crowd at Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, Maryland. Waterparks headlined the show, and Chapel and Sleep On It opened.

As It Is opened their set with “Okay”, the title-track off of their newest album, which was released this past January. The majority of the songs that the band played were off of that album. From the start of their set until the end, most of the room was singing along. During “Cheap Shots & Setbacks,” Sleep On It’s lead singer, Zech Pluister came out to sing with the band. During the next song, “No Way Out,” the band got a circle pit started in the crowd. As It Is played “Can’t Save Myself,” which they said was their first real music video. The band played “Pretty Little Distance” and “Hey Rachel” before going into a short drum solo. After that, As It Is ended their set with “Dial Tones.” Even though they only played for a bit more than half an hour, As It Is still put on a great show, and everybody watching them had a fun time.

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Koo Koo Kanga Roo at Jammin’ Java

Koo Koo Kanga Roo at Jammin’ Java

On Saturday, November 26th, Koo Koo Kanga Roo came to Jammin’ Java in Vienna, Virginia for two shows. MC Lars warmed the crowd up for the main act of the day.

Koo Koo Kanga Roo started their earlier set right around 2:15, after a short announcement introducing both of the members. From their first song, “No Crust,” kids and parents alike were dancing along.  This was definitely one of the highest energy sets that I have seen all year. Most of their set consisted of dance-a-long songs, such as my favorite, “Dinosaur Stomp.” During “Pop See Ko,” Koo Koo Kanga Roo pulled a parent and his child on stage to dance and sing with them.  For “Cat Party,” a stuffed cat was passed around for everybody to pet. Though their set was packed full of songs like “Fanny Pack,” “I Like Cake,” and “Friendship Bracelets,” Bryan and Neil still took the time to talk between every couple of songs. Koo Koo Kanga Roo said they only had one track left, which was “Who Farted.” During that one, they got everybody in the room to sit on the floor. They left the stage, but came back after a “one more song” chant was started. Koo Koo Kanga Roo ended up closing with “Awesome Rainbows.” A huge parachute was brought out and spread out across the crowd, with all of the kids jumping around and having fun underneath it.

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Miss May I at The National

Miss May I at The National

On October 30th– Devil’s Night- the Graveyard Shift tour came to The National in Richmond, Virginia. Miss May I opened the show for The Amity Affliction and Motionless In White.

After a bit of a late start, Miss May I finally took the stage. The crowd immediately began to sing along, and continued to do so for their whole set. Miss May I played a couple of older songs, “Relentless Chaos” and “Hey Mister.” Their set was heavy on tracks from their newest release, Shadows Inside, which was released this past June. Even though many bands don’t get a good response when playing a lot of new material live, this was not the case for Miss May I. The crowd seemed to love every song that they played, jumping and moshing along the whole time. Miss May I was only able to play seven songs, but said that they would be back very soon. The band closed their set with “Shadows Inside,” the title track off of their new album.

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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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