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Panic! At The Disco Milwaukee Pop-Up Show Review

Promoting the release of their new album "Pray For The Wicked" to be released on June 22nd, 2018, alternative pop/rock band Panic! At The Disco has been putting on intimate pop-up shows at small venues in a variety of cities across America. Not knowing the city/location of each show until about a day before, Panic! fans have been scrambling to figure out cities, locations, and ways of attending these shows. I was lucky enough to attend the pop-up show in Milwaukee, WI yesterday, March 25th, 2018. Having been a Panic! At The Disco fan for nearly 10 years, getting the opportunity to see them in an intimate setting is more than I ever could have hoped for.

Attending this show was a very last minute decision. I didn't find out that their next show would be in Milwaukee until about 11:30pm., and after realizing through Twitter that a pop-up show in Chicago probably wouldn't happen, me and my friend Cheyenne spontaneously decided to drive 3 hours to Milwaukee at 7am to tr…
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3:00 Club 'I Can't See Without My Wallet!' EP Review

3:00 Club refers to their sound as "honest garage music", and personally I couldn't agree more. Based out of New Jersey, the band consists of Justin Leifer (guitar, vocals, lyrics), Liam Meija (drums, lyrics), Kevin Petrozzo (guitar), and Colby Crago (bass). Their latest EP 'I Can't See Without My Wallet!' consists of two songs, which even on their own show the range of sound and style 3:00 Club touches on. I honestly see a lot of talent and potential through this EP.

The first song on the EP "Dustin Piper's (7th Failed Marriage)" is definitely the more upbeat of the two. Utilizing a talk-singing style and groovy guitar, this song reminds me of styles heard in bands like Sublime. The lyrics are somewhat humorous, but also flow well together and do a good job of telling a story. I appreciate that Leifer chose to use a vocal technique that isn't heard much anymore, and I think it fits the song very well. There is a nice rhythm throughout and …

Missio 'The Loner Tour' Concert Review

Pop rock duo Missio brought their headlining 'Loner Tour' to Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL on February 24th, 2018. The duo consists of Matthew Brue (lead vocals) and David Butler (instrumentalist), both from Austin, TX. Opening up the show for them was Welshly Arms, an alternative rock band from Cleveland, OH. Rocking a brand new style during their set, this was the perfect tour for Missio to show off who they are and what they're about to an even larger fanbase. While still expressing their dark, energetic style, Missio is sure to keep long-time members of the 'Missio Mafia' coming back for more.

Welshly Arms 
Welshly Arms has a sound and energy unlike any I had ever seen before. Basing my impression off of their popular song 'Legendary', I honestly didn't expect much from this band, but as soon as they started playing I was blown away by their style and enthusiasm. The band consists of Sam Getz (lead vocals, guitar), Brett Lindemann (keyboard, vocals),…

American Goner 'Your Hair is Winter Fire' Review

Rock band American Goner released their album "Your Hair is Winter Fire" on October 27th, 2017. The band was formed in 2016, and has a variety of demos, EPs, and albums available on their Bandcamp. American Goner has a unique sound, inspired not only by rock, but also testing out other styles. K.M. North, who makes up American Goner, stated the band likes to "Spice up" their sound, because "Having a band play the same song over and over gets boring." By testing out different styles of music with their rock sound, American Goner proves they are a great band for those who are into modern rock.

"You Hair is Winter Fire" specifically is more of a rock style. With vocals and melodies that remind me of bands like Pearl Jam, American Goner has elements of rock bands we all know and love, but has created their own brand through their willingness to try out new styles. North's vocals are excellent, sounding similar to those of Eddie Vedder. The albu…

The Orphan The Poet Concert Review: A set that will leave you buzzin'

Alternative rock band The Orphan The Poet brought their headlining tour to Cobra Lounge in Chicago, IL on Thursday, February 15th, 2018. I had never seen the band live before, and I had never been to Cobra Lounge, so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. Cobra Lounge was a bit of an awkward venue in my opinion, and the sound definitely wasn't the best, but the bands didn't let this effect their performance. The Orphan The Poet, as well as the opening bands they brought along, showcased an incredible amount of talent and energy. While there were aspects of the venue I wasn't a fan of, each band impressed me greatly and I would love to see them again in the future. I'm going to focus on the last three bands that played to keep this post concise.

Friday Pilots Club 
Presenting a sound that is a refreshing fusion of indie rock and blues, Friday Pilots Club is an exceptional representation of modern rock. Based in Chicago, IL and consisting of Caleb Hiltunen (lead voca…

The Region 'My Way Out' Review

The Region is a pop punk/emo band from Northwest Indiana. Consisting of Jake Cyprian (vocals/guitar), Phil Cyprian (bass/vocals), and Jon De St. Jean (drums), the band works well together in creating a fresh pop punk sound. Their latest release 'My Way Out' only has three songs, but is a great example of the band's talent. The Region impressed me with their meaningful lyrics, which add a lot of character to their already strong instrumentals.

The opening song, "5pm", is my favorite in terms of lyrics. This song discusses how it's easy to feel sad during winter months when it gets dark early in the evening. I find this easy to relate to, especially as someone who is also from Northwest Indiana. The months following the holidays can be hard on a lot of people as the sun begins to set earlier, and there seems to be less to look forward to. As the beat picks up in the song, the lyrics follow, sending an empowering message to stay positive in this time of hardshi…

The Brinks 'EP2' brings fresh sound to indie pop

The Brinks are an alternative/indie band based out of Los Angeles, California. The duo includes Scott Mellis and Matt Friedman. Their latest release of 'EP2' shows great talent and potential. The Brinks are like a breath of fresh air to indie pop, creating a mix of catchy beats and melodic vocals to form their EP. Their sound is comparable to artists such as Flor or BANNERS, and their music is definitely fit for the radio waves.

The opening song "Comatose" seems to flow effortlessly. The vocals tie the entire song together, and there is a great mixture of electronic sounds that are very soothing. The next song "Honey" showcases the band's pop style, with a catchy chorus that is sure to get stuck in your head. The song feels invigorating and lifts your mood with its upbeat sound and vocals. One of my favorite songs on the EP is "Just A Rush", because it uses a variety of drum beats and claps to create a unique beat. The vocals in this song are…