Crown The Empire at Baltimore Soundstage

Crown The Empire at Baltimore Soundstage

On November 21st, Crown The Empire and blessthefall came to Baltimore Soundstage. It was a cold Monday night, but the venue soon heated up. Opening the show were New Years Day, Too Close to Touch, and Light Up The Sky.

The room was still filling up when Light Up The Sky took the stage, but everybody crowded to the front when they came on. The four piece band was only able to play five songs during their set, but they got the audience to move and jump around, warming them up for the rest of the bands that night.

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Light Up The Sky Pictures

Too Close to Touch performed next. They only had the time to play five songs, but they had the first crowd surfers of the night. Lead singer Keaton Pierce got off the stage during their last song, “Sympathy”, to finish off the set down by the audience.

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Too Close to Touch Pictures

Up next was New Years Day. Even though they were one of the opening bands, a large portion of the audience were their fans, and they gained many more that night. The five piece band did not disappoint with their performance. The band encouraged the crowd to move around. Before beginning their third song, “Malevolence”, lead singer Ash Costello waited to start until there was a large circle pit going. They ended their set with “Defame Me”, off of their most recent album, Malevolence.

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New Years Day Pictures

As soon as blessthefall began their set, the crowd began singing along to every word. The band, from Scottsdale, Arizona, played songs off of two of albums, including “You Wear a Crown But You’re No King” and “Oathbreaker”. Lead singer Beau Bokan said that this was their best show in Baltimore ever. He also got off the stage to sing along with the crowd during their last song, “Hollow Bodies.”

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blessthefall Pictures

Finally, Crown The Empire came on. They opened their set with “SK-68,” which led into “Are You Coming with Me?” both of which are off of their newest album, Retrograde. While most of their set consisted of songs off of that album, they did play a few songs off of both of their previous releases, including “The Fallout,” the title track off of their debut album. After that song, the band stepped off the stage for a few minutes, only to come back to perform an encore of “Machines.”

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Crown The Empire Pictures

Icon For Hire at Songbyrd

Icon For Hire at Songbyrd

Icon For Hire performed in Washington, DC, for the first time ever on November 10th. Stitched Up Heart also performed with them at Songbyrd Music House and Record Café in Adams Morgan for the You Can’t Kill Us Tour, named in honor of Icon For Hire’s upcoming album.

Although they only played for about half an hour, Stitched Up Heart’s set was full of energy. The five-piece band took over the small stage with their headbanging and getting the packed room to move with them. All of the members paid attention to the crowd, first bumping them and grabbing their hands. During their last song, “Monster,” off of their Never Alone, lead singer Mixi got off the stage to crowd surf over the crowd.

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Stitched Up Heart Pictures

Icon For Hire immediately brought the small, dark room to life as soon as they took the stage. They opened their set with “Supposed To Be,” which is a song off of their upcoming album, You Can’t Kill Us, which will be released on November 25th. They then launched into “Iodine,” a song off of their 2011 debut album, Scripted. Before they began “Rock and Roll Thugs,” lead singer Ariel left the stage to bring out a flag saying “the music is in my blood,” a line from the song. Ariel also got the crowd to chant “you’re not listening, you don’t understand,” another line from the song, before they started to play it. Throughout their set, Icon For Hire interacted with their fans. Ariel pointed the microphone at some and had them sing along, and guitarist Shawn Jump grabbed the phone of a girl who was filming a video and recorded some of what was going on up on the stage for her. Before “Now You Know,” the band pulled three girls out of the crowd and had them stand on the stage to sing along for the song. Towards the end of “Make A Move,” confetti shot out over the crowd, and there was a short guitar and drum solo before the band stepped off the stage. They came back to perform a one song encore consisting of “Off With Her Head,” also off of their first album. A mosh pit broke out during the last song, which ended with a drum solo.

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Icon For Hire Pictures