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Warped Tour 2008

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags , , on August 7, 2008 by coryangennet

Bands: Warped Tour 2008

Date/Time: August 3 @ 11:00

Venue: Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN

Genre(s): Wide Range


Considering I was there the whole day and saw a bunch of bands, I’ll just go through the main ones:

We The Kings: This is a great new pop punk band that I recently got into. Their have some really fun, upbeat songs and their stage presence isn’t bad either. There were a lot of people at their stage when they played, which was a little unexpected because they weren’t playing at one of the main stages. However, I think that it just added to the atmosphere. It made it a little more exciting.

Reel Big Fish: Yeah, Reel Big Fish. It was awesome. I’m a huge fan of these guys, and I have been for some time, so seeing them live was a real treat. As great as their music is, their stage show is just as amazing. Their songs aren’t really ever very serious, and neither are the guys. They really just joke around while up there, and they played some interesting songs (they even did a little bit of Enter Sandman before deciding it just wasn’t the right day). They’ve been around a while and I really hope they keep going because I’d really love to see them again.

Story of the Year: This is a band that I didn’t really think I would keep listening to after their initial success back in 2003, but they’ve continued to put out great albums. Their newest album The Black Swan just came out a few months ago, so they had some great new songs to play. It was a really high energy performance, and it was pretty fun to go to. Not to mention it was the only “hard rock” band I saw all day, which is my preference.

3OH!3: White guys from Colorado rapping over electronica beats. If that doesn’t sound like the best show you will ever see I don’t know what does. I started listening to them after I saw that they were on the list of bands playing, and I really got obsessed with their first full-length album Want. The music is fun, fast paced, and quite funny. I’ve never been to any form of hip-hop show, but this was a fun one for me to start with. Definitely worth seeing again.

Over the course of the day I also went to Four Years Strong, The Color Fred, Throw the Fight (local metal band). I then stood back and watched Angels and Airwaves, Motion City Soundtrack and Cobra Starship.

I would say that it was a pretty successful first Warped Tour experience for me. I was by myself the whole day, and I did lose my wallet for about an hour (before I got it from some security chick), so it could have been better, but the music was still good. Thirty minutes is too short for a truly great show, so I’m going to have to catch some of these bands when they’re playing their own shows, and I suggest you do the same.


Panic at the Disco / Motion City Soundtrack / The Hush Sound / Phantom Planet

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags on May 29, 2008 by coryangennet

Bands: Panic at the Disco / Motion City Soundtrack / The Hush Sound / Phantom Planet

Date/Time: May 27 @ 7:00

Venue: The Myth, Maplewood, MN

Genre(s): Pop Punk / Rock


Phantom Planet: I’d never really heard anything from this band before, other than their amazingly popular song ‘California’ (yeah, the O.C. theme song). I must say though, they have an amazing stage presence. Alex Greenwald, the lead singer, is a very hyperactive person on stage (or off, as he showed a few times) and they seem to have a great time being on stage. Their music isn’t bad either. Unlike all their major hit ‘California’, the majority of their music is really upbeat and fun to listen to. I wasn’t a fan prior to this show, but I think I’ll check these guys out now.

The Hush Sound: The Hush sound is a pretty interesting band. I’m very picky when it comes to vocals, especially when they’re female vocals, but these guys have a nice mix of male and female vocals. Their stage presence wasn’t as animated as Phantom Planet, but they were still a pretty fun band to watch. Like the female vocals, pianos in this kind of music is a bit iffy too, but she pulled that one off pretty nicely too. I heard that they sounded much better live, so I’m glad that it was my first experience with it. Their definitely a good band, but not one that I would really listen to on a regular occasion.

Motion City Soundtrack: I don’t really know how to even start this one out. MCS is a great, yet pretty unique sounding band. The show they put on was awesome, and I’m sure it helped that they are from Minneapolis. I remember listening to this band a few years ago and loving them then, and I still do. Sadly, however, they kind of dropped on my list for a while and I’m a little disappointed now. The vocal style is definitely an odd one. Justin Pierre has a pretty distinctive voice, but I can easily see how someone could not like it. Almost every one of their songs is so upbeat that you can’t help but have a good time listening, and they were great with the crowd too. I’m a little disappointed that they won’t be playing the Warped Tour this year, but at least I got to see them now.

Panic at the Disco: This band is one that I know is quite subjective nowadays, but I still like them a lot. They just released a new album that sounds completely different from their previous one, and I, for one, don’t think it’s as good. It’s still a nicely put together album, but they’ve kind of shied away from the goofy stuff from the first that I loved when it first came out. That being said, they put on quite a show. They played a lot of their first album songs, which made me happy because I know almost all of the songs from that album. They’re all a bunch of pretty odd (pun intended) guys, and they definitely show it on stage, but it makes for an interesting show. I was a little miffed because their last 2 encore songs were ones from the new album that I didn’t know, but the entire show was a great experience.

This is the first show in a while that I’ve actually enjoyed every band that’s played to a certain extent. It was a great lineup and I’m glad that I actually got in (I got one of the last tickets available because I’m broke and a procrastinator). Though the amount of 14-year-old girls there was annoying, the show was great and it makes me really excited about the Warped Tour coming up this summer.

PS: New note for concerts: I’m not going to put ratings on them anymore.  It’s too hard to rate an entire show when 4 different bands play.  You should really be able to figure out if I liked it or not.

Progressive Nation ’08: Dream Theater / Opeth / Between the Buried and Me / Three

Posted in Concert Reviews on May 13, 2008 by coryangennet

Bands: Dream Theater / Opeth / Between the Buried and Me / Three

Date/Time: May 12 @ 6:30

Venue: The Myth, Maplewood, MN

Genre(s): Progressive Rock / Metal


Three: Yeah, they have a number for a name. Sounds kind of lame, but they’re actually a really good band. Their vocalist plays a mean acoustic guitar, that sounded incredibly bad ass along with the rest of the band. His vocals, I would say, were a bit odd, but they fit their style nicely. Their stage space was pretty cramped because Dream Theater has such a huge set up, so I would have liked to see if they what they would have been like with more room. They’re definitely a band that I’m going to look into after this.

Between the Buried and Me: Of course, a show wouldn’t be complete without me not really liking one of the bands (unfortunately). I tried to go into it with an open mind, but these guys just made it really hard. If they played more than two songs, I honestly couldn’t tell you. They played for about 15 minutes, stopped, then played for another 15 minutes, and throughout that whole time I couldn’t tell the difference between songs. I think, maybe, if they had been on a different bill it would have been easier to get into, but they were just the odd band out last night.

Opeth: Another one of my norms at shows; not knowing enough of the band prior to the show. I really wish I knew more of their material, but they’re catalogue is so massive that it’s hard to know where to start. I’m definitely going to look into them after this. Mikael, the vocalist, is an amazing musician. Their music is great and he’s a great entertainer between songs. We even met him back by the busses later that night and he’s a pretty cool guy. Plus, he’s Swedish and, in my experiences, Swedish people are pretty goofy. They’re undoubtably one of the greatest Prog bands out there.

Dream Theater: Second time seeing DT in two years. Nice. The last time I saw them was at a Theater where I had an assigned seat, so it wasn’t nearly as fun as this time. Their stage presence is simply amazing. All of them are great at what they do, and it’s just simply a great experience. I recently got more familiar with their entire discography, so I knew almost all of the songs that they played from the get go. It makes the experience all the more enjoyable.

As if seeing Dream Theater in a good venue isn’t enough, they had to bring a (pretty) awesome group of other bands to accompany them. The night was thoroughly enjoyable, and it was definitely a great time. I know music is a lot more suggestive than movies, so it’s hard to recommend it to anyone, but it’d be cool if anyone else got into Prog Metal. It’s an awesome experience.

Rating: 4.5/5

Heaven Shall Burn / Embrace the End / The Ghost Inside

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags , , , , , on April 18, 2008 by coryangennet

Bands: Heaven Shall Burn / Embrace the End / The Ghost Inside

Date/Time: April 16 @ 6:00

Venue: Station 4, St. Paul, MN

Genre(s): Hardcore / Metal

Summary: This was a nice mix of hardcore and metal. The moshers of the two genres got a little rough with each other –which I found to be completely retarded, just let each other do their thing- but the music was great. I’m so glad I got to this one. The bands were great, not to mention an awesome band, D.I.M., opened.

The Ghost Inside: I’ve been to a few hardcore shows over the past few months, but never one where I really got a feel for a band that I truly liked. Thanks to The Ghost Inside, however, this changed a little. I really don’t understand the “hardcore dancing” stuff, but their music was awesome, and we met the singer afterwards and he was a pretty cool dude.

Embrace the End: Another pretty heavy hardcore band. I wasn’t that much of a fan of this one. Their music was ok, but it was one of those bands where I really couldn’t tell the difference between the songs, and that’s a huge issue with me.

Heaven Shall Burn: Fucking amazing! Heaven Shall Burn is an awesome metal band from Germany and this is their first American tour. Sadly, I only really knew a few songs that they played, but I’m definitely glad I went. Their stage presence is great, plus their German accents make it fun to listen to them talk in between songs. I really hope they can make it back and play a bigger venue.

All the bands together made for one pretty awesome show. As I said, the crowd attendance was much less than I was hoping for. The last time I attended Station 4 it was pretty packed, and there was probably 1/3 of the people there this time. As Alexander (guitarist for HSB) so poetically put it “There weren’t a lot of people, but [we] knew how to party.” I really hope they can come back, maybe with a few other Euro metal bands and get a bigger crowd, because they deserve it.

Rating: 4/5

Saosin / Armor For Sleep / The Bled / Meriwether

Posted in Concert Reviews on February 8, 2008 by coryangennet

Bands:Saosin / Armor For Sleep / The Bled / Meriwether

Date/Time: February 2 @ 5:30

Venue: Station 4, St. Paul, MN

Genre(s): Rock / Screamo

Summary: Awesome show, awesome venue. This was my first experience at Station 4, but it was pretty cool. Nothing fancy, nothing special, just a big room with a stage. The bands were really good, overall.

Meriwether: This being the second time seeing these guys, I was pretty pumped. They’re a great band, really energetic, plus their songs are just really fun to experience live. I would love to see these guys play a longer set sometime.

The Bled: I wouldn’t say I don’t like this band, but they just weren’t really in the same group as the rest of the bands there, so they kind of threw me off. The frontman was really into crowd interaction, so it was fun being close up.

Armor For Sleep: Awesome. These were one of the bands that I had on my list of bands to see, and I’m sure as hell glad I saw them. The crowd interaction wasn’t nearly as good as The Bled’s, but that’s mainly because Ben, the vocalist, plays the guitar, too. However, what they lacked in that aspect they made up for, tenfold, in people singing along. This was a band that I could easily say that they could have played anything and I would have enjoyed it. Just a great band.

Saosin: Just another instance of me going to a show for not the headliner. I love Saosin’s sound, but I just wasn’t as familiar with their material. I only knew a few songs, but even the ones I knew, I didn’t know well enough to sing along to (like everyone else). They’re a great band, I just didn’t know them as well as I should have

Amazing show. The only thing I could have wished for was knowing Saosin’s material better, but that’s my own fault, not the fault of the bands’.

Rating: 4.5/5

Paramore / The Starting Line / Set Your Goals

Posted in Concert Reviews on November 2, 2007 by coryangennet

Bands:  Paramore / The Starting Line / Set Your Goals

Date/Time: November, 2nd, 2007 @ 6:00

Venue: The Myth, Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Pop-Punk


Summary: I think this was the fullest show I’ve ever been too. I’m so surprised we even got in. We didn’t have tickets and when we got there there was a line that would’ve probably went all the way around the building, it there was room. But overall it was a great show.

Set Your Goals: I did not like this band. At all. Their music sounded great, but the singing (if you could call it that) was horrible. There were two singers, but neither could sing very well. It just sounded like they were talking/yelling. There was no rhythm or variation in the vocals. I think they could’ve found a much better opener for such a great line-up.

The Starting Line: I’d heard of these guys, but not really heard any of their stuff before. They were good though, and they were really good with the crowd. The other people that I was with really enjoyed these guys, and I liked them for not knowing any of their stuff.

Paramore: Awesome. This was the reason I went to this show, and I must say they did not disappoint. Hayley is a great frontwoman, and she brings a great sense of energy to the show. It was a great crowd for this, and a really fun mosh pit, surprisingly.
Awesome show, but I really wish the opener was better. The whole first half hour was just boring, mainly because of the of how much I didn’t like the opener. But thankfully, the other two bands really made up for it.


Madina Lake / Mayday Parade / Powerspace / Meriwether

Posted in Concert Reviews on October 17, 2007 by coryangennet

Bands: Madina Lake / Mayday Parade / Powerspace / Meriwether

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 @ 5:30

Venue: Varsity Theater, Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Pop-Punk

PosterSummary: Well this was the first show I’ve been too since moving to Minneapolis at the beginning of October. I must say, it was a great one to start off with. All the bands were fun, good, and great with the crowds.

Meriwether: For not really hearing about this band prior to this show, I was very impressed. They fit very well with the rest of the bands. Great sound, great interaction, just a great show overall.

Powerspace: Another band that has great crowd interaction. They were very much like Meriwether, and the sounded really good. They’re crowd interaction went a little too far when they asked everyone in the front row to get onto a platform that was in front of the stage, because after that people kept getting up their for the rest of the night, making it impossible to see. But, overall, they were a pretty good band.

Mayday Parade: These guys were the reason I went to this show. I recently picked up their debut full-length album A Lesson in Romantics which is a great album. They played a lot of the good songs from that CD, along with a few from their original EP. These guys were awesome. They’re a great crowd pleaser. I got a chance to get an autograph from and picture with the lead singer who is a really nice guy from what I could see. So glad I got to see these guys.

Madina Lake: These guys were the headliners, but I think most of the people there were there for Mayday Parade. At least it looked that way to me. Their a good band, a little more heavy than the rest, but pretty good overall. I liked what I heard for the time I was there, but pretty much everyone that could fit was on the platform I spoke of earlier and it was impossible to see the band from where I was. I would’ve loved to be there the whole time if the crowd was on the floor because there would have been a couple good mosh pits, I think.
Overall, it was an awesome show. Great crowd pleasers and everyone sounded great. There wasn’t really anything that I didn’t like, other than the whole platform thing. The Varsity Theater is a great little place, and I hope there are a lot more shows like this one there.