Woke Up On The Bayside Of The Bed: Bayside Concert Review

Photo Cred: BaysideBayside.com
So, I went to this concert awhile ago. So long ago that I debated if I should even write and post this one. I decided to quit being a baby with my excuses and to start regularly writing again. Sorry to all my readers – a ton of stuff has been going on in my personal life. I might (miiiiight) break it down in a later post, but not here and not now. ON WITH THE SHOW.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Concert Day. Once again, the knight-in-shining-armor and I ventured out to see Bayside. This is our third time seeing them, and second time seeing them at the Concord Music Hall. Yes, it’s a week day. Yes, we had work the following Thursday. No, we weren’t going to miss this.

Before The Show

After picking up knight-in-shining-armor’s baby sister, we headed out! Concert started at 7PM, but since we’re super cool, we didn’t head out to the concert until 7PM. We got to the venue, no problems. We rolled up to the CVS next door where we parked before. There was a Parking Sign for the concert and everything, however, we were denied. APPARENTLY you were supposed to pre-pay online and APPARENTLY they were sold out. SOOOO we parked on the street. It was a whole ordeal with downloading the parking app and – well – it was a mess. But we finally got it all settled, parked, and ready to go.

Ok. The frisking is a bit much. And by that I mean, groping. But, for our safety… it’s ok…? When we got in Senses Fail had just finished their set. Good thing: we didn’t miss any of Bayside. We wouldn’t miss any of Bayside on our trip to the merch table. We were able to find a great spot to stand. Bad thing: We missed Senses Fail. We got our shirts and found a place by a pillar toward the middle-back. (This is when you know you’re old… no longer battling for the front.)

The Show

Bayside just has an amazing stage presence. They feed off our energy and we feed off theirs. This was the 15th birthday of Bayside and they told us multiple times how opening and welcoming Chicago has been. That it’s their second home. The set included everything from their LPs to their newest album, Cult. (Side note: followers of Bayside have often been called a cult because there are not a “ton” of them, but they’re very dedicated. My knight-in-shining armor is the perfect example with the Bayside bird tattoo’d on his forearm.)

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Of course, after mentioning their admiration for the Smoking Popes, Bayside played “Megan”. Guys. It’s my song. You know, in movies or TV shows, when the crowd parts and there’s just a beam of light connecting two people and nothing else matters in the world? That’s definitely what happened during this song. Anthony Ranieri and I had a connection. (Yes, this is a fangirl moment. Deal with it.)

So. Since when did mosh pits get to be so lame. It seemed that most people were concerned with lifting each other up (literally) rather than running around and just being crazy. Guys. Let’s bring real mosh pits back.

After an awesome set, it was time for Bayside to leave the stage. BUUUUT – that just means it’s time for a great Encore presentation. We were not disappointed. A beam of light came on, but not pointed toward the stage. Confused, we turned around. There he was. Ranieri with his acoustic, right in front of us. The masses pushing through couldn’t get past us. We had prime positions for serenading. (More fangirl moments – I’ll just fast forward through.) After another beautiful moment between Ranieri and me, he met the rest of the band back on stage and brought the house down.

Until Next Time

I only got beer spilled on me once, though I’d been standing in a beer puddle the whole set. I had sweat, mine and the sweat of others. Raspy throat. Crazy hair. Smeared makeup. Elation.

I went to work the next day with the same concert grunge and the tour shirt I bought. I couldn’t be happier, nor more tired at work.

I wouldn’t trade it for anything. If you get the chance to see them live, do it. What if it’s during the week? Do it. Don’t miss a chance to rock out with these boys from New York. Do It.

What’s a concert you’d love to go see? Who have you seen recently? Let me know in the comments below. Like. Comment. Follow.

Until next time my fellow rockers!

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What’s To Come For Uncommon Sense In 2015

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Happy first month of the year (When can we stop saying Happy New Year?)!

With a new year, comes new ideas for this blog…Here’s what I’ve got in the works.

Books

I’m kind of over seeing how many books I can shove in my face during the course of a year, but I still love challenges. This year is going to be a little different. I first found this challenge on Booklikes and then again on Bluchickenninja’s post about challenges..I’m so excited to do this challege set up by PopSugar. This challenge is all about reading books you wouldn’t necessarily have picked up and I’m super stoked to have a reason to branch out. For each book review I do (yes, my dear bibliophile beasties, I’m still going to be reviewing), I’ll tell you which categories (points?) I can check off! However, I know that not every book I read is going to fulfill any of these, and I’m totally ok with that too. I just want to READ ALL THE BOOKS. (Hoping you guys get that reference.)

Fitness

I’m not the most “in-shape” person in the world, but I definitely value being healthy and maintaining a regular fitness routine. I want to incorporate this more into my blog. Whether this means talking about what I eat on a daily basis or what fun new workouts I’ve been trying, I want to keep you guys in the loop and maybe start up a dialogue about what works and what doesn’t.

Beauty

Most of my life I’ve been the grungy, punky, alternative girl. Now that I’m working in an office (Dammit, I’m working for the man!), I need to reserve my ripped jeans and ratty band shirts for the weekends. So, this is going to be more about how I incorporate my personality, but still maintain “business casual”. I’ll also throw in some posts about products I use. (These are not meant to be braggy at all.)

Music

For someone who is so into music, I haven’t really done a whole lot of posts about it lately. I want to try and throw in some album reviews, concert reviews, and what I’ve been listening to posts.

Schedule

I’ll be going back to a two-day or three-day post a week. And mix up the subjects, so I won’t be throwing book reviews at you every day like in December and the beginning of January.

So, that’s what I’ve come up with. If there’s something that you want me to talk about more or want to make other suggestions, the floor is yours! Let me know in the comments below. Like. Comment. Follow.

Until next time my fellow beasties!

I’m Walking On Sunshine With All These Songs This Summer: What I’ve Been Digging

In the summer you’ll find me driving with my windows all down, the sun on my skin, my music turned way up, and me singing so loud the guy next to me rolls up his window. So, what have I been singing? Quite a lot actually. I had to amend my list. It was HELLA long. This is the abridged version. You’re welcome. In no particular order, here they are:

1. Evidence by 2AM Club

Funny story about this one: I shared it with a friend and he automatically went to the idea that the guy has to clean up after a murder of his girlfriend that left. Now that’s all I can think of. Hoping that’s all you can think of now too.

2. I Don’t Wanna Be Here Anymore by Rise Against

Their newest album, The Black Market just came out earlier this week. Being from around the same area, of course I’m even more proud to be listening to these rock activists. I could go on for days about how insanely awesome Rise Against is, but I’ll refrain (for now).

3. The Three of Us by Streetlight Manifesto

Whenever I listen to Streetlight Manifesto, I just get so happy. Doesn’t matter what mood I’m in. They do ska and they do it right. Pretty much any of their songs could be substituted, but I’ve definitely been singing this one at work, in the shower, standing in line at the grocery store. It’s that fun.

4. Where Have You Been by Reel Big Fish

Keeping with the theme of awesome ska bands, we have some Reel Big Fish. This song is definitely one of my favorites from them. It just feels so good to have this one blasting through the speakers. There’s also a delicious acoustic version they do of this song too. Delish.

5. Arizona by Hey Monday

Getting a little lighter we have Hey Monday. It could be that I always associate this song with summer because Arizona is warm. It could be that I just like when the sun hits me in the face and this song is in the background. It could be because I saw them live in Arizona and they played this song. Whatever the reason – it’s on the list.

6. Arrows by Fireworks

This is another semi-pop rock song that I can’t get enough of. First off, the music video is delightfully dark and twisted yet somehow still fun and upbeat. This song is associated with summer, for me, because the first time I heard it was off of the Vans Warped Tour album. So what if that was two years ago?!

7. California On My Mind by Wild Light

This song was recommended to me about a year ago when I was looking for new music. This song. I played on repeat for a solid two weeks. That’s all I listened to. It happened. It’s on here for the simple reason that California is sunny (we’re getting super deep here).

8. Time Has Come by Bayside

Of course there’s a Bayside song on the list. For those who have been following me for awhile, you’ll know that I saw them in concert with Alkaline Trio and wrote a blog about it. The concert was semi-summer time so here it is!

9. Anything with whistling. No, this isn’t a specific song. Any song that has whistling is automatically a summer song.

10. Anything that makes me do this silly non-dancing dance. It’s kind of hard to explain, but it’s basically any song that makes it impossible for me to sit still. The elbows get involved, throw in a little shoulder, and some weird hand gestures and you’ll get the idea.

There are a TON more songs that I could put on this post, but we don’t have time for that. So, I’m leaving it up to you! Tell me in the comments below what song gets your engine revving? What have you been listening to and just dying to tell anyone and everyone? What’s your go-to summer song?

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(This is where my sign-off would go, but I can’t think of something clever. Ideas?)

Rynott From Local Band, Foreign Shores, Brings On Summer

Foreign Shores

Hot Weather and Hot Music

It seems like summer and new music go hand-in-hand. There are tons of music fests, block parties, and festivals. One of my favorite parts of summer, besides seeing my favorite bands in person, is blasting music in my car and driving will all the windows down and the sun roof open. Of course, with this imagery I have my animal print cat-eye sunglasses and singing at the top of my lungs, and then rejoycing and giggling whenever someone has to roll up their window because I’m too loud.

Well, I got the chance to interview Nick Rynott of Foreign Shores. You may not have heard of them, in fact I’d be insanely impressed if you had. This Chicago Area band has an alternative, yet chill vibe to the scene.

Who is Foreign Shores

Nick Rynott: Lead Singer/Guitarist
Nick Reuille: Guitar
Eric Plancon: Bass
Dom Gaddini: Drums

The Actual Interview

Young (that’s me): How did you meet up and start Foreign Shores?

Rynott: We were all playing in different bands throughout high school, although, Nick had been playing with Dom since they were 13 and I had been playing with Eric for a few years. One day we decided to all play together and everything just came together naturally.

Young: Do you play other instruments?

Rynott: I can play saxophone and some bass a little piano but that’s about it.

[He can play guitar, saxophone, bass, piano and sing but that’s about it. Super modest.]

Young: What do you guys do outside of the band?

Rynott: I’m working on writing some screenplays. Eric goes to columbia for film. Nick Reuille goes to NIU for jazz.

Young: You recently played at a battle of the bands. Talk a bit about your experience.

Rynott: We recently played at the Metro for the Big Mouth Competition and placed second. It
was mostly a good experience; it was really nice to play the Metro.The only thing we weren’t too fond of was being under an eight-minute time constraint and having to adjust our two songs in order to fit in that time frame.

Young: Who are your influences?

Rynott: We are influenced a lot by bands like the Cure, My Bloody Valentine and Foals.

Young: What or who inspires you?

Rynott: Everyday life inspires me in my lyrics and writing. I also draw a lot of inspiration from films and photographs.

Young: What do you like to do outside of the band?

Rynott: Outside of the band, I like to write screenplays. I don’t do much outside of the band. Any chance you could mention that Dom is pretty much a working stiff outside of the band?

[There’s a huge chance I could mention that.]

Young: What’s your favorite part of being in a band? Why?

Rynott: My favorite part of being in a band is watching a song you make evolve into what it eventually becomes.

Young: How can fans support you?

Rynott: Fans can support us by coming to shows and pledging on our kickstarter which we will have up shortly.

Young: How can others hear your music?

Rynott: We are currently in the process of recording but once it’s finished we will be putting it up on bandcamp and itunes.

Young: What’s your musical dream?

Rynott: Our musical dream is pretty much to be able to make music the way we want it to sound and be payed for it.

Young: Who do you want to open for and why?

Rynott: I’d really like to open for the National because their shows are pretty much a celebration.

Young: Last, but not least, what’s next for Foreign Shores?

Rynott: Hopefully getting this album finished by the end of the summer and playing some shows. we’re also in the process of finishing a kickstarter which will be up shortly.

After Thoughts

Thanks very much to Nick Rynott for answering these questions. Check out Foreign Shores on their Facebook page. I look forward to their album and I’m super stoked to be able to support local music. Music is insanely important. If you don’t believe me, think about all the times you hear music in a day. I’m serious, go one day and be aware of it. Support local music and help talent be recognized.

Punk Kids From the Bay to Allstate Arena Rockers: Green Day Concert Review

Green Day 99 Revolutions Tour

Green Day 99 Revolutions Tour

Green Day Cred

This passed Thursday, March 28th, 2013, was Green Day’s return to arena performing since Billie Joe’s recent bout with rehab to deal with alcohol and drug abuse. And, you better believe I was there! Before I dig in to my review on this concert, I’m going to build up my Green Day credit for you, so you know that I know exactly what I’m talking about. Green Day made it big with their breakout album, Dookie (1994). In 1994 I was 4 years old. I am not going to lie to you and say I’ve been listening to them since then. Nope, I respect you way more stooping to that level. So, when did I start listening to Green Day? I started my freshman year of high school; I started when American Idiot exploded on the scene. I know what you’re thinking right now and let me stop you right there. My first Green Day album was not American Idiot. It was not even my second or third. In fact my first one was International Superhits, followed by Kerplunk and 1,039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours (yes, I know this is a compilation of their EPs). Continuing on my Green Day life, I quickly became obsessed. Their music had a rawness to it that the music in the “Top 40” didn’t; their music was about life and about real-life problems of an angsty teen. This was right up my alley. Ripped jeans, constantly listening to their music, dark eyeliner, the whole “don’t give a shit attitude”. It was all mine. My love for them dissipated when they disappeared for a while. I was stunned when I heard the announcement that Green Day made American Idiot into a musical. That is definitely not very punk of them (duh) and I lost hope. My once go-to band for pop-punk failed me. With their new trio of albums that came out (“Uno”, “Dos”, “Tre”) I was super stoked to hear that they were getting back to their early years of punk. This statement was a lie. No. These albums did not reflect the pot smoking misfits who hated the man and hated being told what to do. So, about now I’m sure you’re wondering why I went to a concert that promoted the very music that I lost faith in. Plain and simple – I was hoping they’d play their old music. I saw them live before and their stage presence is untouchable. So, I went. Which brings me to the actual concert review.

The Atmosphere

As stated earlier, the concert was held at an arena, Allstate Arena. So, with that comes a lot of people. I (well, me and another girl) got there pretty early. We arrived before the doors opened and the doors opened at 6. (Concert starts at 7:30). First thing: Parking. Parking was $20. Yes, I’m going to dwell on this for just a bit. Bare with me. $20. This may not seem like a lot to some people, but for me – it’s a lot of money. That’s a lot of money just to have my car sit in a spot next to inexperienced teenage drivers who park crooked for a mere 3 hours. So, moving on, I get out and stand in line with my energy drink waiting for the doors to open. Nothing to complain about here. Little cold, but I’m seeing Green Day, so I got over that quickly. When the doors open there’s a mad rush to get in the door, despite the fact of a line. Flashes of VH1 specials of people being trampled and suffocated due to crowds at concerts went through my mind. Excitement level right then was pretty high, so I understand. We got in and found our seats. Front row of the balcony. Perfect view of the stage without having some fat guy block our sight. As a rite of passage, we go off to get our concert shirts. $40. $40 for a shirt. But, we paid it. How else are people going to believe that we were there? Nostalgia is a powerful motivator. So we get back to our seats and just chill for a while. One of the coolest examples I can give about the atmosphere of the crowd and of the mood is right here: Bohemian Rhapsody. The recordings before the show played as usual and when Bohemian Rhapsody came on the crowd exploded. Every single person (from what I could tell) was singing. The mosh pit was moshing. One of the coolest experiences in my life is right there. The whole crowd singing along to a recording and acting like this was the main event.

Broken Concert Rules

This little section is going to make me seem like an old geezer that wishes times didn’t change etc. etc. However, I need to get this out in the open. While sitting in my seat before the concert and while walking around I noticed an insane amount of people breaking very simple and minimal concert rules.

1. Don’t wear a Green Day shirt to a Green Day concert unless it’s a concert shirt you just bought. This is the same as Don’t wear an Alkaline Trio shirt to an Alkaline Trio concert. Why is this a rule? It just is. It’s an unspoken, but known rule among all concert goers. By breaking this rule, you’re showing people you have never been to a concert and don’t get it. You can wear other band shirts. As long as there is no feud between the bands and they’re relatively in the same genre.

2. Don’t wear flip-flops. Ok, you’re at a concert. An indoor concert and you’re down in the mosh pit wearing flip-flops. Do I really need to explain why this is wrong? Don’t be stupid.

3. Don’t wear heels. See number 2. If you’re in a seat and you’re not planning on getting crazy (not sure why you’d be at a “punk-rock” concert) then fine. Wear those heels and work it out.

Ok, now that that’s out-of-the-way we can move on to…

The Opening Act

The opening act can be summed up in one word – HORRIBLE. I’ll break it down for you. For one thing, they said their name once and it was mumbled. Sorry I cannot tell you which band to never, ever listen to. They played for 30 minutes and each song sounded exactly the same. The drum was based all on the 1-2 count, no creativity. The bass was too loud. One thing that could have been the redeemer was the singer. A female! I was really excited, she had the look of an indie rocker, but failed. Each song picked one phrase and repeated it over and over and over (etc). Her voice was plain and nothing too outstanding. The writing sucked, and so did their energy level. She announced they grew up listening to Green Day, but I would think they’d be better if they did. So, all that being said. I only clapped when they were leaving the stage and thanking God they left before I succeeded in pounding my ears with a hammer and chisel.

Multi-Generational Show

The person to the left of me was probably in his mid-to-late-thirties with his wife, while the person to the left of the girl I came with was probably still in high school. I even saw a girl of maybe seven with her mom. Green Day did not disappoint any of these generations. They came out ready to party and played their wide-range of music. Billie Joe stated they’ve been together for 25 years and I’m pretty sure they did their years justice. Starting out with their new music to please the new-comers. About an hour into the show Billie Joe asked if there were any vintage Green Day fans. (Yes, right here!) Then they kicked off playing songs off their EPs. People around me sat down and I just got louder. Loving the fact they actually went back to their roots and honoring the fans that have stuck with them and helped them get to where they are now. I have mad respect for that. I was impressed they were able to cater to each generation (everything from their EPs to their newest trilogy) they inspired and led through hard times. For
that, my faith was restored in these hooligans.

Showmanship

This is something that cannot be denied. Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool know how to work a crowd. Billie Joe declared he wanted us to do the wave and we did the wave. While out of context yelling “Chicago,” “Illinois,” and “The Midwest” does not get me pumped; when they did this I yelled every time. It was like “omg, he knows where I’m from and we have this connection. He totally said Chicago is their second home and …” Yes, each time I was right there with everyone, fist raised and yelling with the hope of losing my voice. Billie Joe sprayed people with water, then simulated masturbation and ejaculated toilet paper. Not to be outdone, he launched t-shirts into the crowd and even got a couple up to the balcony. Included in their set were songs that everyone knows, like “Shout,” and “Hey Jude,” thus encouraging crowd participation and celebrating life and other artists. While I’m partially a cynic and wishing they played their music, (they have enough songs of their own to fill a few hours and I came to hear them play their own songs) I was swept up and sang along. The crowd and the band fed off of each other’s enthusiasm. Mike and Tre even ran around the stage. Of course, Tre dressed in a beach hat and bra achieved impressive height in his solo kickline. It just wouldn’t be a Green Day concert without that. Pulling people up on stage to sing, and stage dive completed their success in getting the crowd pumped.

Time of Your Life

I left with a raw throat, fuzzy hearing, and the feeling of the bass drum still pounding in my chest. While I went to the concert with some doubts about where they were headed musically and whether or not I’d be following them in the years to come, I left with my love for Green Day restored. While I could talk for days and days about this concert, I guess that’s the point. One rock show could change the world (thank you, The School of Rock) and this one changed my attitude toward Green Day. The next day at work I showed up with day old concert grunge (no shower), messy hair (from jumping and sleeping), and a shirt smelling of weed and spilled beer. I was the happiest person in the office that day, without a question. If you missed this concert, you need to make sure you get to the next one. And, yes, I had the time of my life.