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06 Nov

By Keeyahtay Lewis

For the second time in as many months I was able to catch Gym Class Heroes in concert. They played a killer show the first time I saw them, and on 10/21/11 they continued to kill it. This time around they brought along the SoCal Reggae rock band The Dirty Heads. I wasn’t familiar with The Dirty Heads before going to the show, but it was very apparent that many in the audience were well versed in their music. The crowd swayed, rocked, and sang along to every word traded between frontman Jared “Dirty J” Watson and vocalist/guitarist Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell.

It is clear that The Dirty Heads are influenced by Sublime and 311, but they still make their own sound unique. The duel vocalists traded lines with ease while an exceptionally tight band kept everything moving forward. The energy was high and I feel like they were definitely the right band to co-headline this show with Gym Class Heroes.

Travie McCoy, frontman for Gym Class Heroes has swagger in spades, but he does a good job of trying to not hog all the attention. The band took the stage before he did breaking into “Live A Little” led by guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo. This song is more singing than the rapping GCH are known for and half of it is sung by the guitarist. After 30 seconds or so Travie took the stage, the spotlight and he held both for the rest of the show. The kept the energy high with their next song, “Peace Sign.” This song features the line: “Put up your peace sign, put your index down” which had everyone in the place waving their middle finger along with Travie.
I will say that this definitely wasn’t a sold out show, there was room to spare at Starland Ballroom, but the band sounded fantastic and they rocked the room like there was 20000 people there. The next 3 songs were all hits and well received. “The Queen and I’, “Cupid’s Chokehold” and “Papercuts.” This was followed up by Travie’s huge solo hit, “Billionaire.” In the hands of the band this song became a Gym Class Heroes song and Kasongo handled the Bruno Mars role well. They kept a mix of all 3 albums hitting the highlights of each. They sprinkled in a few new songs too from the forthcoming “The Papercut Chronicals 2.”

Travie told everyone that the new album would be out on November 15. It seemed like everyone was excited and looking forward to it. I am sure they will be touring when that comes out and I would certainly go to see them again. They are just a fun band to see live and they keep the energy high. I am sure there will be a few more radio songs from the new album that we will be hearing soon.

All photos courtesy of Keeyahtay Lewis of DeadBoltPhotos

06 Nov

By Keeyahtay Lewis

I feel like 2011 has been a good year for music tours. I have had the privilege of shooting a lot of them and some definitely stand out more than others: Thrice at Starland, Foo Fighters at The Izod Center, City and Colour at Webster Hall, Brand New at The Electric Factory. All of these shows, and a few others, stand out in my head as incredible nights. Circa Survive at Starland Ballroom on 10/23/11 would absolutely be on this list. That Sunday night in Sayerville, NJ was nothing short of incredible.

Circa Survive is led by the energetic, charismatic Anthony Green. Green has been a part of several bands and has also released a lot of really loved solo material. To say the crowd exploded when he took the stage would be a huge understatement. It was clear that this packed house was there to pour themselves over the frontman and get lost in his lyrics and his falsetto howl.

Circa opened with “Get Out,” a track from their last album, Blue Sky Noise. Right out of the gate it was clear that everyone in attendance knew every word to every song. “Through The Desert Alone” also off Blue Sky Noise was next and then they unleashed a clear fan favorite, “In Fear and Faith.” The mood absolutely changed when they started playing this. It is one of my favorites too and it was amazing to hear live. Anthony Green has a voice that cuts through all the bullshit, and his lyrics always find their mark.

The show was filled with songs from all of their albums. Certain songs definitely had more of an impact where the crowd was concerned “Frozen Creek”, “Kicking Your Crosses Down”, “Lazarus” and “Stop The Fuckin Car” were definitely met with much excitement and energy.

The band sounded amazing too. All too often when talking about Green’s projects the bands are left out of the conversations. It is easy sometimes to see how they can get lost in the shuffle but they do more than just back him up. Live, they keep this train moving. They keep the lyrics flowing. They keep the energy high. Everyone sounded very tight and pretty all around incredible. Circa Survive songs are not always the easiest technically. The highs and lows in the songs are always pretty epic and the band translates this perfectly.

The audience was both at times frenzied and in rapture. Green definitely knows how to control the crowd. He leaped often onto the barricade, held up by the fans, singing every word with a passion that was translated easily. At one point he dove completely into the crowd and disappeared for a couple minutes finally emerging without one of his shoes. Fans clamor for any piece of him that they can get.

In between songs he jokes and speaks to everyone easily. At one point he told everyone that a new Circa album would be out next year which was met with thunderous applause. All in all, the night was fantastic. Circa Survive won’t be on the road again until next year but if you are reading this, and you haven’t seen them play, you absolutely need to go see them as soon as they are the road again. It will definitely go down in my mind as one of the best musical nights of 2011.

All photos courtesy of Keeyahtay Lewis of DeadBoltPhotos

06 Nov

By Keeyahtay Lewis

Judging by the line around the building when I got to Starland Ballroom on 10/22/11, this lineup was made for 14 year old girls; A Rocket To The Moon, Plain White T’s and Never Shout Never. Once I got inside the amount of signs and handmade t shirts professing love for Never Shout Never’s Christofer Drew was insane. The place was packed front to back, and everyone was ready for the music to start.

A Rocket To The Moon took the stage first. This is the second time I have seen the band and I liked them both times. Led by Nick Santino their brand of acoustic based pop music has a way of sticking in your head. The first time I saw them play they threw in a few verses of covers into their own songs, and I really like that personally. These little snippets show his love of classic rock and country music, but it was probably lost on most of the audience. ARTM was started in Santino’s bedroom, and it is definitely his band, but he has definitely surrounded himself with talented musicians. Songs like “Like We Used To” feature banjo and steel guitar, and his band plays it beautifully. “Dakota” and “Annabelle” were definitely songs the crowd knew well, but when they broke into “Baby Blue Eyes” everybody in the place went crazy.

Plain White T’s were next on stage and it was clear to see that everyone was excited when they came out to play. I have never seen them play before but I was surprised to realize how many of their songs I recognized. “1,2,3,4″ and “Hate (I Really Don’t Like You) were two of the songs that I had forgotten they played and they got huge reactions. “Our Time Now” was another that was received with a lot of excitement. And of course when Tom Higgenson came out to play “Hey There Delilah” acoustic, you could barely hear him over everyone singing along with him. It was a nice moment for everyone there.

Before Never Shout Never came out I talked a bit to some of the kids in the audience. It was pretty amazing to hear all these stories from them about how much this band meant to everyone there. When the lights went down and they came out the scream that erupted was crazy. Stuffed animals and spirit hats began raining onto the stage. Seriously. Drew came out and picked up one of the hats, put it on his head, and they launched into the first song. It seemed that every single person there besides me knew all the words to every song. Although most of the songs were written in Christofer Drew’s bedroom, it seemed they were meant to be sang along with friends. “Lost at Sea” is one that stood out for me. Sparce with drums and overlapping vocals it was a perfect chance for everyone to sing along. Songs like “Coffee and Cigarettes”, “Sellout”, “Lovesick”, every song was met with screams when it began.

At one point I looked into the crowd and saw a bunch of girls crying. Straight up bawling actually. Anytime you see first hand a band that connects that strongly with fans, it is hard to not be impressed with it. Drew spent plenty of time talking directly to the kids, reaching out grabbing hands, and just trying to make an impact with everyone. I read before about how much this band loved their fans, and he really did his best to make sure everyone felt that way.

Although I am not a 14 year old girl, I thought it was a good night for music. All of the bands share a few things in common: all clearly loved playing these songs and seeing the reaction to them live. They all sounded great live. And they clearly really appreciate the love and did everything they could to give that back. Definitely a good night for music.

All photos courtesy of Keeyahtay Lewis of DeadBoltPhotos

A Rocket To The Moon

Plain White T’s

Never Shout Never

11 Mar

Papa Roach have announced a concert for April 18th at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. You can get tickets HERE using code JACOBY. The code will only work through 10pm today only! Papa Roach also is set to play a few radio shows including Earthday Birthday in Orlando, FL on May 1st BUY TICKETS and Edgefest VI in Little Rock, AR on Saturday May 8th BUY TICKETS.

18 Feb

Tickets go on presale today for Julian Casablancas at Starland Ballroom Tuesday March 30th. You can get tickets here at 10AM using presale code PHRAZES. There also will be a limited amount of FREE tickets available for Cavo’s show on Friday March 19th. You can get them here using code STEAL. Those tickets are also available at 10AM so be quick.

11 Oct

There are few things that were certain last night at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ.
1. If you didn’t get to the venue 3 hours before showtime, you were not going to get a good spot.
2. Gallows was going to have some of the most intense pits to hit Starland this year.
3. AFI was going to put on an AMAZING show.

Rarely do you go to a show these days and fans start repeatedly chanting the bands name a half hour before they take the stage. Such was the case last night. For a little over an hour, AFI frontman Davey Havok was king and we were all his minions, ready to serve, protect and worship. The crowd was enthralled by each and every word and movement from Havok. The show was very Crash Love (the newly released album) heavy as it comprised five of the seventeen songs on the setlist. Judging by the audience’s singing, you’d have thought that the new songs were AFI classics. At one point, one of Havok’s followers lost one of their shoes after “The Leaving Song, Pt. II”. Havok asked for the shoe to be throw on stage to him. When Havok discovered that he had returned the shoe not to its original, he said “You just want it because I touched it? That’s fucked up.” It is but it also shows how much AFI’s fans love their leader and this band.

The band would dedicated one of its first ever written songs “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing” to Gallows, the British punk rockers who opened the show and incited a tornado pit in the middle of Starland Ballroom. (Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Gallows knows how to put on a good show!) Not to be outdone, AFI’s Davey Havok dove into the crowd on a few occasions, climbed onto amps and speakers, perched himself on top of the front stage monitors and swung in seemingly every direction. Lou Koller, of the hardcore punk band Sick Of It All, also made a special guest appearance and shared vocals with Havok on “Kill Caustic.” After closing the initial set with “Medicate” and “Love Like Winter”, the band would start the encore covering The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven”, playing last album’s first single “Miss Murder” and closing with “Silver and Cold.” Perhaps the only disappointment with the show is that it wasn’t longer. Seventeen songs are great but ending a rock show before 11pm is kind of a buzz kill.

1. Torch Song
2. Girl’s Not Grey
3. The Leaving Song, Pt. II
4. Veronica Sawyer Smokes
5. Ever And A Day
6. Kill Caustic
7. End Transmission
8. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
9. Beautiful Thieves
10. Dancing Through Sunday
11. The Leaving Song
12. On The Arrow
13. Death of Seasons
14. Medicate
15. Love Like Winter

16. Just Like Heaven (The Cure cover)
17. Miss Murder
18. Silver and Cold

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07 Sep

Every show at Starland Ballroom in NJ has a Buy 1 Get 1 Free offer going on until 9pm EST tonight. You can get tickets for Chevelle, Our Lady Peace, Seether, AFI, Senses Fail and more. Go get your tickets here

31 Jul

Today at 9AM, tickets will go on presale for AFI’s show at the Starland Ballroom Saturday October 10th. You can get tickets by going HERE and using presale code: LOVE

02 Apr

Tickets go presale this morning at 9AM for the Korn show at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on Tuesday May 19th. You can get your tickets here. Use code: ratkorn

27 Nov

So you’re looking to save some money and get some concert tickets this holiday season? You can do so tomorrow at 9AM. We have an offer of “Buy 1, Get 1 Free” tickets on every show that’s onsale at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. To take advantage of this offer, click on the flash calendar we have on the right on the show you want to go to and enter the code: ECONOMICS.

There’s only a limited amount of tickets so if you were planning on going to the show, buy some tickets tomorrow. And buy them through clicking on that calendar because it helps keep the site alive. Besides, you love The Audio Perv and The Audio Perv loves you.