Live Reviews

Awesome Fest 101 By Nighthawk

Awesome Fest 101 By Nighthawk

What’s that? You haven’t been to Awesome Fest in San Diego? Well, I have—four times—so I’m kind of like the substitute teacher equivalent on the matter. A 36% attendance rate isn’t bad for living about 2,000 miles away. Anyway, I hope you’ll feel like you’ve attended one of these after reading this column. That is my goal.

Seattle Pop Punk Fest 2018 by Kayla Greet

Seattle Pop Punk Fest 2018

Sicko came out of retirement to celebrate pogoing, Converse All-Stars, and leather jackets for the first-ever Seattle Pop Punk Fest. The two day event covered three decades worth of melodic North West bubblegum bands— seventeen in total!

Fest and Pre-Fest 2017: Sixty-four Bands! by Kayla Greet

Fest and Pre-Fest 2017

It was so cool to be around people I’d never met who knew all the same words and loved music in all the same ways.

Jawbreaker live review and full set audio by Kayla Greet


They frontloaded the set with some more mellow tracks like “Jet Black,” and for the first four songs everyone had their own space to enjoy the show. For a bit I felt like I was the only one in the room and appreciated the tranquility of the crowd. You almost couldn’t hear the stage vocals over hundreds of people singing in unison to their favorite songs.

Bad Cop / Bad Cop Tour Photo Essay by Eden Kittiver

Bad Cop / Bad Cop

I have a passion for working with influential feminist bands, so there’s no better band to travel the country with than the amazing women in Bad Cop / Bad Cop.

Burger Boogaloo 2017 by Ever aka The Girl About Town, Short Film by Alxis Ratkevich

The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Final Texas Show, Live at the Mohawk in Austin, Texas, 05/27/2017 By Alicia Armijo

The Dillinger Escape Plan

Metalcore meets Cirque de Soleil: The Dillinger Escape Plan melted faces and astounded the masses for their last-ever Texas show in Austin last Saturday.

Atlanta Mess-Around 2017 by Eric Peterson

The ninth annual Atlanta Mess-Around took place at the end of April, drawing bands and audiences from across the country. Performers included headliners The Gories and Redd Kross, as well as Timmy’s Organism, RMBLR, Terry and Louie from The Exploding Hearts, and more.

Touring with toyGuitar, European Edition, by Rosie Gonce

It’s exciting and unique and I would do it all again in a second. But still, it’s not a vacation.

Choking Victim, Starving Wolves, and Casual Relapse, live at the Mohawk in Austin, Texas, 05/07/2017, By Alicia Armijo

Giving “zero fucks,” Choking Victim defiantly reunite for three last Texas shows, leaving nostalgic fans voracious for more.