Four Year Strong Holiday Show 2011

The holiday season just wrapped up and for Worcester area band Four Year Strong the holiday season means one thing: their annual holiday show at the Worcester Palladium. Of course this time it was wrapped into the It’s A Gig Life Tour. Joining Four Year Strong on this whimsical holiday adventure were Set Your Goals, Balance and Composure, Transit and Diamond. Needless to say it was one hell of a show. See what I have to say about everything after the jump!

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Handguns, Greenhouse, Collapse the Night, FLS and Hank!

Hey Everybody! I know I’ve been kind of remiss in updating my site but that will changing soon! I’ve got a new member of the team and her name is Becki! She saw Handguns in Southern Maryland with a few local bands, her review is below. You’ll be hearing a lot more from her in the coming weeks.

Everything that follows is from Becki herself

At the end of their short December tour with fellow pop-punkers Man Overboard, Handguns so kindly decided to cater to the dreams of a few Southern Maryland kids by playing yet another show…
…in a garage. I’m also fairly sure that the show was arranged about a week or so before it actually was to occur. That gave me a week to mentally prepare to shoot the biggest band I’d ever had the privilege to.

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Crucial Dudes Garage Show

I realize that this post is a little late in coming but I just got back into the country and am able to update the site.

When I say New Jersey pop-punk band Crucial Dudes played in a garage I literally mean they played in a garage. To be more specific they played in the garage of a nice kid from Maryland whose parents were cool enough to let him host a pop-punk show in their garage. I’m surprised we didn’t get any noise complaints. This garage show was at the tail end of Crucial Dudes summer tour with HisDayHasCome. Supporting the two touring bands were four local Maryland bands. Surprisingly most of the kids were there for the local bands and I can see why, they were pretty good. Check out G’Ra’s Band, Just Shoot Me, High Fives and Joe Shlabotnick for some good local music.

G'Ra's Band

G'Ra's Band

Joe Shlabotnik

Joe Shlabotnik

High Fives

High Fives

Just Shoot Me

Just Shoot Me

HisDayHasCome

HisDayHasCome

When it finally came time for Crucial Dudes the crowd was much smaller but they sure were dedicated. No matter what song Crucial Dudes played the crowd knew every single word. It was quite a show

Crucial Dudes

Crucial Dudes

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Breathe Electric, For the Foxes, Symphony of Sound, Fight From the Kid, and Dan Asroft @ The Chameleon Club

Okay, let me start off by saying that the Chameleon Club is awesome, and probably my favorite venue that I have been to.

First set of the night was Dan Asroft, usually just him and a guitar, he had the help of some friends to play tonight.

 

 

Up next was Fight From the Kid, coming from Harrisburg this pop rock has an original sound to them with singer Derek Alan’s voice.

 

 

Symphoney of Sound from Lancaster, PA is an indie rock group that has a nice sound that just makes me want to shake my head.

 

Emerging from Jersey, For the Foxes have their own way of delivering pop rock with use of a ukulele and acoustic guitars, plus the usual instruments.

 

Coming all the way from the Chicago area, Breathe Electric is the name of Grant Harris’ music project. Pop/Electric is what he plays, with mammoth strobe lights and a fog machine. His music is a dance party waiting to happen.

 

Unfortunately, I had to leave after Breathe Electric’s set, so I missed Cash Cash

 

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Warped Tour 2011, Columbia Maryland

Tuesday July 26th was just like any other day. I woke up, showered, got my camera equipment together and drove to the Merriweather Post Pavilion to go to Warped Tour. Okay, scratch that. On any other day I usually wake up and go to work. But not the 26th, no sir. I used one of my comp days so that I could cover Warped Tour for Two Senses. And let me tell you, it was worth using the comp day.

I got there around 10:30 (the door opened at 11) and the line was already massive. I parked my car and wandered to the front of the line until I found the press tent and checked in. Well I thought it was the front of the line, turns out the front of the line was a few hundred people more towards the gates. Being press I (and another photographer) sidled up to the gate to wait to enter. The people checking tickets were cool about it and just told us to wait about 10 minutes. Before I knew it there was a mass of screaming teenagers (okay, pre-teenagers) behind us, clamoring to get in.

I never though I’d say this: but I felt old at Warped Tour this year and I’m only 22.

Anyways. I shot 16 bands this year and to be honest I really only was a huge fan of six of them: Peelander-Z, MC Lars and Weerd Science, The Wonder Years, Handguns (yes, Handguns played Warped), Veara and Enter Shikari. Of course I saw other bands because I knew they would put on a good show but I wasn’t a die hard fan. I also only shot two bands on the main stage (ADTR and Gym Class Heroes) because to be honest it was rather high and the photo pit was packed. Best to stick to the smaller stages.

Battling heat exhaustion, dehydration (staved off by the wonderful refill station) and hunger, I made my way through the crowds of pre-teen scene kids and people trying to convert me to their religion. I bounced from stage to stage as the day progressed and ran into some familiar faces, photographed the metalcoreness of Miss May I and Of Mice and Men (oh Austin Carilile you have not aged well). I saw the pop-punk charms of Peelander-Z and female fronted Sick of Sarah. I almost got lost trying to find the Ernie Ball Stage so I could see Handguns play and ended up hurting my foot in the pit after my three songs were up (it was worth it). I sang along to The Wonder Years as I snapped photos of Soupy and the Gang. All in all, it was a pretty good day and the music wasn’t bad to boot. I got to see one of my favorite up and coming pop-punk bands Veara play to a crowd that was far too small (check them out now)

But it was all leading up to one moment, one moment that I knew would define Warped Tour for me this year: Enter Shikari. Those Brits know how to put on a damn good show and they did not disappoint this year. Halfway through the first song frontman and keyboardist Rou Reynolds chucked his keyboard offstage only to lament over it’s broken fragments later.

I didn't mean to hurt you I promise

Guitarist Rory C and bassist Chris Batten ran around stage like chickens with their heads cut off (and I mean this in a good way) and at one point Rory took this guitar off and swung it around him running up the stage. Rou ended up climbing on top of a speaker (after literally running into the crowd) and then rappelled down using one of the cords on the stage. I will say this: you need to see Enter Shikari as soon as possible. They were the highlight of Warped Tour.

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7.22.11 The New Monarchy Tour (The Pleasure w/ Big Big Plans, and more

On Friday, it was The Pleasure’s CD release show, and the kick off show of their “The New Monarchy” Tour

 

The GoAround, coming from West Chester, Pa, is a three-piece alternative rock who even though at the time didn’t use a drum set, and just a bongo-like drum, they were still very active.

 

Coming all the way from Baltimore is Me and This Army. They were an awesome and energetic group, with singer, Courtney Hargrove, having one of the most unique voices that I have heard.

Voted Most Random, came down all the way from CT to play this show. Ian, the lead vocalist, was all over the place with their truthful and insightful lyrics.

 

The Last Dinosaur from Newark, De is like a mix of Owl City and Amely. They have quite a bit of energy and emotion to put you on your feet.

 

Eric of Big Big Plans, was represent Big Big Plans all by himself as an acoustic set. It was alternative with a twist of acoustic pop-punk.

 

The Pleasure, one of the biggest local bands in DE (That isn’t hardcore/metal), who have been on WSTW’s Hometown Heros. They are rad dudes, with a way of putting things in an optimistic view.

 

The New Monarchy Tour Dates:

Jul 24 | Lebanon, PA @ The Lab
Jul 25 | Boston, MA @ All Asia
Jul 27 | Newport, RI @ TBA
Jul 28 | Westport, CT @ Toquet Hall Teen Center
Jul 29 | Brooklyn, NY @ Party Expo
Jul 30 | Butler, NJ @ Architekt Live
Aug 1 | Fairfax, VA @ The Old Firestation
Aug 3 | Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
Aug 4 | West Chester, PA @ Fennario’s
Aug 5 | Seaford, DE @ TBA
Aug 6 | Vineland, NJ @ Fuel House Coffee

 

Warped Tour 2011: Mansfield, MA

While my date for Warped Tour hasn’t come yet, my friend (and Two Senses contributor) Christian Napolitano was a photographer at the Mansfield, MA date and he sent some pictures my way to showcase the Mansfield Warped Tour . Check them out below!

7.14.11 Harmony Grange/Project Unity Productions with Halle Drive/New County/ Somersault Sunday/Find Vienna/Augustine

Hey, I’m Cody, a photographer photographing the suburbs of Philly and Wilmington 🙂 Hope you enjoy me being here to present some cool shows.

This is Halle Drive, coming from Kennett Square, PA. They are pop-punkish with a pit of spunk and attitude. I’ve seen them quite a few times and did their promos in early March. With their new singer, Tyler Adair from Survive This City, their sound has gone from good to great.

Somersault Sunday, from Philly, an electric pop solo project of Ari Leff’s. Sounding a bit like Owl City but with more deep and meaniful lyrics mixed with some acoustic guitar and some infused synthesizers.

Coming from center city Philly is New County, a party waiting to happen, super energetic and alive. Come ready to party. Seeing them is always a blast with fun party songs like Open Up To Me to soft melodies of Go.

 

Find Vienna is an indie pop/rock group that is quite entertaining to watch, with lots of movement and energy.

 

You may know the duo of Augustine , Louis and Jordan, from the hit TV show My Life As Liz. The acoustic folk duo was quite good, and they interacted with the crowd perfectly telling a joke here and there, even asking everyone to sign Jordan’s hot pink cast, jokingly of course.

 

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CODE ORANGE KIDS, FEATHERWEIGHT, PANGEA, OLD GRAY + MORE

Please come support some great local music and a touring band from Pittsburgh!

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-Tyler

 

Hello! Thank You! & Shows!

I am so excited & grateful to be the latest addition to the Two Senses team!

I’ll be covering the Touche Amore show w/ Featherweight, Aviator, Ghost Thrower, With Words on Sunday

The event page and more information is here

-Tyler

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