September 5, 2016

On Tour With Belle Noire

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I have been fortunate enough to join the local San Jose prog-rock band Belle Noire on tour this Fall as they make their way across the country and back. Tour begins on September 4th and ends on September 28th. During this time, we will travel from San Jose, CA to Chicago, Boston, New York, Orlando and many more amazing cities along the way. I’ll be accompanied by Joey (guitars/vocals), Dan (bass), Rob (guitar), and Roman (drums).

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From Left to Right: Dan, Joey, Rob, Roman

I wanted to use this as an opportunity to document my experience with a touring band from an outside perspective. I have never been in a band nor gone on tour before, but have always relished the opportunity to tag along for road trips and this one looks to be the king of them all. I will do my best to write about my experience every day on tour and share with the world what are sure to be some of the most fascinating and unique stories of my life.

Written by: Patrick Marion

Day 1 – September 4, 2016
Day 2 – September 5, 2016
Day 3 – September 6, 2016
Day 4 – September 7, 2016
Day 5 – September 8, 2016
Day 6 – September 9, 2016
Day 7 – September 10, 2016
Day 8 – September 11, 2016
Day 9 – September 12, 2016
Day 10 – September 13, 2016
Day 11 – September 14, 2016
Day 12 – September 15, 2016
Day 13 – September 16, 2016
Day 14 – September 17, 2016
Day 15 – September 18, 2016
Day 16 – September 19, 2016
Day 17 – September 20, 2016
Day 18 – September 21, 2016
Day 19 – September 22, 2016
Day 20 – September 23, 2016
Day 21 – September 24, 2016
Day 22 – September 25, 2016
Day 23 – September 26, 2016
Day 24 – September 27, 2016
Day 25 – September 28, 2016
Day 26 – September 29, 2016

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August 17, 2016

Cheers to the Scratched CDs

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As I was driving on my way home from work this week, I felt I needed some music with a little bit of energy to keep me awake on my commute. I scanned through my Ipod and landed on Rise Against’s The Sufferer and the Witness. I was immediately taken back 10 years ago to when I bought the album in 2006. I remember driving to Walmart to buy it (it was on sale and I wanted to save money) when it first came out and ended up getting the censored version because Walmart isn’t a big fan of profanity. (more…)

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July 24, 2016

The Best Pop-Punk Albums You Slept On

As far as the general public is concerned, pop-punk is still a nostalgia driven genre that hasn’t produced anything noteworthy in quite some time. As far as people who avidly follow the genre are concerned, The Wonder Years, Neck Deep, State Champs, and Knuckle Puck are the greatest thing to happen to the genre since Blink-182. So, what about all those unsigned artists who pour everything they have into getting records produce and still don’t get the attention they deserve? This piece will touch on some of my favorite albums of the last 4 years that I’m sure genre fans will enjoy immensely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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Lost Years – This Year Brought Out The Worst In Me (2012)

Who doesn’t love a bit of pop-punk with some grit? Lost Years has been consistently churning out gold since they debuted this album in 2012. The music hits hard behind their devastatingly emotional lyrics. (more…)

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March 29, 2016

I’m 26 and Still Listen to Pop-Punk Everyday

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As I get older, I notice the same reactions when I tell people my favorite genre of music is pop-punk. It’s a startled look of, “Oh, really?” and “Like, blink-182? When’s the last time they put out music?”

It seems these days, most casual music listeners don’t even realize pop-punk is still an existing genre. Every so often a new band emerges and garners some mainstream success like Say Anything, Paramore or Fall Out Boy. I know what pop-punk fans are thinking; “These bands aren’t new and there’s tons of bands out there with a lot more success in the last 5 years.” (more…)

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January 15, 2016

Gone Too Soon (Young English)

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Welcome to our new series: Gone Too Soon. In this series we will focus on bands that ended their music careers too soon. These pieces will focus on what made these acts so great and why it’s shame they stopped working.

The first band in these series is the pop-punk act; Young English.

New York natives Young English first made a mark on the scene in 2011 with their debut EP, I Hate My Friends. The 4-track EP featured outstanding production values and packed a hearty punch for anyone craving emotionally fueled pop-punk. What made Young English really stand out was the sheer rawness of Chris Penning’s vocals. (more…)

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December 14, 2015

5 Pop-Punk EP’s You May Have Missed This Year

2015 has given pop-punk fans a lot to be thankful for. The genre has been revitalized with the newest releases from The Wonder Years, Neck Deep, Knuckle Puck and State Champs to name a few. As always, there are some releases that don’t get the recognition they deserve and have to promote themselves without the help of a label. Take a look at some of the best EP’s that went under the radar this year.

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Well Kept Things – Homegrown
Buffalo, NY
Label: Antique Records (more…)

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