Pierce The Veil Wows Sold Out Crowd

Pierce The Veil

Formed in 2007, San Diego natives Pierce the Veil are seasoned veterans in the music industry, and their experience was prevalent in the detail that clearly went into the design of the show. The band is currently co-headlining a world tour with Sleeping With Sirens, and openers PVRIS and Mallory Knox, that recently passed through Houston’s own Bayou Music Center.

The sold out crowd screamed in anticipation of the final act despite a long night of great music. A huge banner displaying the infamous “Collide With the Sky girl” dropped to the ground, and confetti exploded from cannons as the Pierce The Veil opened the show with the intro song “May These Noises Startle you in Your Sleep Tonight” straight into “Hell Above” from their most recent album, “Collide With the Sky.” I was amazed at how they managed to maintain the same intensity and energy throughout their whole ten-song set.

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The band couldn’t keep the crowd waiting for even a minute before a chant of “Pierce The Veil” filled the room as they transitioned to an impressive space-themed backdrop before playing “Props & Mayhem” and an acoustic version of “I’m Low on Gas and You Need a Jacket.”

Other songs preformed from Collide With the Sky included “Hold on Till May,” featuring guest vocals by Lyndsey Gunnulfsen, known as Lynn Gvnn, of PVRIS, “Bulls in the Bronx,” and “A Match Into Water” that kept the whole crowd from the floor to the balcony singing, dancing, and swaying along.

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Of course, the band did not neglect their older fanbase, playing a handful of songs from their second album, Selfish Machines, including “Caraphernelia” and “Disasterology.” During “Bulletproof Love” lead singer Vic Fuentes surprised the crowd by choosing one lucky fan to join the band on stage and be serenaded.

As the night came to an end, they really could not close the show without performing perhaps their most popular song, King For a Day, with Sleeping With Sirens frontman Kellin Quinn. The crowd was even more engaged, opening two massive mosh pits in the middle of the floor, creating an energy that was almost palpable despite it being the last song of a long show. It was the best way to bring the show to a close, and it left the crowd dancing, singing, and grabbing confetti pieces even as they exited the venue.

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Overall, between the setlist and music—including vocals and instruments—the light design, production, and other special effects, this tour certainly stands out from the rest. Each band on the bill knows how to maintain a positive balance between keeping the crowd engaged and entertained while also producing spot on vocal and musical performances. An excellent amount of detail went into each performance that was much appreciated by the fans who I am sure are already anticipating the next time Pierce The Veil make a stop in Houston.

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Did any of you attend the show? Let us know what you thought!

If you missed it, catch them on any of the remaining US dates:

March 3 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
March 4 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
March 5 – Hidalgo, TX @ State Farm Arena
March 7 – San Bernardino, CA @ Self Help Fest

Posted in Artists, Bands, Concerts, Reviews

Why You Should Watch FOX’s New Hit Show, “Empire”

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If you have not seen an episode of Fox’s hit new show “Empire” yet, it is time to take time out of your busy day for it. The rise of this musical drama has been fascinating to watch over the last few weeks, and things just keep getting better for the show. You must be wondering why I am posting about some random television show on this music avenue. However, dear readers, you will be surprised to hear that superstar producer Timbaland and his team are behind all music production of this musical drama.

From the first scene of the show, fresh face V. Bozeman opened the show with a hard-hitting ballad titled “What Is Love,” which left us all wondering who this girl with the platinum pipes is. But it didn’t stop there. Newcomer Jussie Smollett has showed off his beautiful vocals on various songs throughout the first half of the first season. Fortunately, he caught the eye of Columbia Records and signed on with the record label on February 26.

Yes, I definitely binge-watched the first eight episodes of the show this past weekend and have found a new obsession. The show not only offers toe-tapping tunes, but also shows Oscar-nominated actors Taraji Henson and Terrence Howard in some strong roles. If you aren’t convinced yet, check out the drama’s Spotify playlist chock-full the whole season’s songs thus far.

To catch up on all the drama and great music, click here. If you want to dive into the middle of everything, the show airs every Wednesday at 8pm on FOX.

Posted in Artists, Music, New Releases

Don’t Brood About Where to Find Good Music, Check Out Broods!

Brother and sister combos have proved to be successful music ventures in the past and recent history. Families have been producing music for as long as music has existed. The Jackson 5 are only one example of musical success, more recently there has also been Echosmith. Another addition to the family vibe is the band Broods. Georgia and Caleb Nott have been preforming together for their entire lives and are now breaking into the American music scene.

The pair had help from Lorde’s producer in making their debut album “Evergreen,” released late last year. The album includes many of their successful singles, such as “Bridges” and “Coattails.” Similar to MS MR and Mikky Ekko, their electronic style is irresistible. Georgia’s voice is relatable to the point that you might feel like you know her after a few minutes. Their music is perfect for a day in from the rain or a drive around downtown. Albums that are completely genius are rare these days but you’d be hard pressed to find disappointment in “Evergreen.”

If you’re more of a live music fellow, you’re in luck! Broods are on their first North American headlining tour and they’ll be playing Fitzgerald’s on March 31, a less than $20 show, great for college students. 

You can expect to be entertained and leave in a good mood! Our leg of the tour will be opened by Erik Hassle, a Swedish solo artist, who you can also check out beforehand!

Be sure to listen to “Evergreen” on Spotify, grab it on iTunes, and buy your tickets for their show in Houston! You can also follow them on Twitter and like their Facebook page.

Posted in Artist Spotlight, Bands, Concert Promo, Local Events, Music, Staff Picks

New Music Video Makes for Iggy’s Directorial Debut

Iggy Azalea sat in the director’s chair while filming the music video of her new single, “Trouble,” which was released this Friday.

The only way I can characterize the video is to call it three minutes of a modern-day, feminized old western meets Prison Break, seen through the lens of the 70’s. It comes complete with tattooed convicts, car chases (and crashes), bell-bottoms and Jennifer Hudson.

In the video, Hudson plays the cop who arrests Azalea’s boyfriend after he robs a bank, which results in the latter breaking him out of prison. This leads to a lackluster car chase that ends with Iggy accidentally-on-purpose driving into a fire hydrant. While her now EX-boyfriend is being taken away in handcuffs once more, Azalea proceeds to dance out the last 30 or so seconds of the song with Hudson, who I can only assume was her conspirator.

TAMW bae goes to prison.

Unfortunately the dance party ends with another twist when Iggy is the one taken away in handcuffs.

#bazinga

On the whole, the video was simple and fun, if a little hackneyed. 3 and a half stars from me! Check out the video here, and let us know what you think!

Posted in Music Videos

Gallery: August Burns Red at the House of Blues

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I was thoroughly impressed by the show put on by August Burns Red at the House of Blues. Between their stage presence, their incredible lighting setup, and the way they treated their fans, I was blown away. They even stopped in the middle of the show to give away cupcakes to fans in the first row! They are truly a class act and I can’t wait see them again.

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If you get the chance, check them out with Miss May I, Northlane, Fit For A King, and ERRA on any of the following dates:

Feb 28 – Oklahoma City,OK @ Diamond Ballroom

March 2 – Orlando,FL @ House of Blues

March 3 – Ft. Lauderdale,FL @ Revolution

March 4 – Atlanta,GA @ Masquerade

March 5 – Charlotte,NC @ Amo’s Southhend

March 6 – Norfolk,VA @ The NorVa

March 7 – Sayreville,NJ @ Starland Ballroom

March 8 – Philadelphia,PA @ Theatre of Living Arts

Posted in Artists, Bands, Concerts, Reviews

Texas Yoga Conference Spreads Positivity

Have you ever experienced the beauty of being in complete and utter peace? The Texas Yoga Conference assisted in helping their attendees reach just that. This three-day weekend event, which began on February 20th and concluded on the 22nd, left hundreds of participants in awe of the power of yoga. Whether a businessman, a student, or a stay at home mom, all were left with the illusion that they had been transported to a magical temple in a world where peace, unity, and mutual respect exists for all. Hosted in the heart of the fourth largest city in the US, the Iskcon venue assisted with the creation of this illusion.

Moderated by illuminated minds that ranged from university professors, to local yoga instructors, to nationally respected doctors, the Texas Yoga Conference proved that yoga is much more than a physical activity, but a spiritual one. Not religious, but spiritual. The level of ecstasy one reaches during and after practicing yoga, or any related art, extends far beyond what sensory glands can experience at idle. Some learned that many of these happy and peaceful emotions cannot be reached without the practice of yoga and related activities. The conference successfully exposed Houstonians, and those who traveled from afar, to the different varieties of yoga and related studies. Yoga participants, or as they sometimes like to call themselves: Yogi’s, were exposed to a grand buffet of arts, sciences, and practices. Arranged in a beautiful and sleek manner, one could attend session after session, while still being faithful to their own preferences regarding which subjects they each wanted to learn more about. Classes at the conference included studies such as Reiki, a popular subject that allows spiritual healing. But that’s not it; Kabalah yoga was also a popular subject where Yogi’s learned about flowing into the sacred shapes of yoga.

There was no catch, no corporate ambition, no egoistic profit, only the most respected and appreciated efforts of founder, Jennifer Buergermeister and her team. With the help of great minds, such as the one of Dr. Elizabeth Reese, founder of Yogiños, a type of yoga for youth, the event was made possible. The presence of organizations, like Yogiños, granted individuals of all ages the notion of feeling not only welcomed, but respected. Classes and lectures at the conference educated attendees on subjects that, without attending, would have struggled in educating themselves of such knowledge.

In conclusion, the event was simply an oasis. Beautiful in its own way, they made no mistake. The level of professionalism present exceeded expectations and allowed everything related to yoga fall into one fascinating place. One event, one weekend, one magical experience that left Yogi’s in awe and admiration of how beautiful life can be. Yogi’s left the event very aware of the message of positivity and how important it is to always live a healthy, balanced, and happy life.

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