I Can Dig It: Co-Headlining Tours

Two great bands for the price of one? You can count me in! Over the past few years, I’ve been to quite a few co-headlining tours and I seriously dig them. The idea of two similar bands getting together and sharing their music in the same place is not only appealing to me, but to plenty of fans. Here are a few of my favorites!

The American Lines Tour: Mayday Parade and The Maine

In Spring 2016 Mayday Parade and The Maine set off on a 17 city tour to promote each of their new albums. The Maine had released “American Candy” in March 2015 as their fifthIMG_0017 studio album while Mayday Parade put “Black Lines” out in October 2015. The two bands do a great job of combining their unique sounds to create a concert environment that is unlike any other. The emotional ballads and rock anthems of Mayday Parade paired with the goofiness and realness of The Maine’s stage presence combine to make concertgoers feel comfortable and accepted while having a great time!

Summer Tour: The All American Rejects and Dashboard Confessional

This past summer The All American Rejects paired up with Dashboard Confessional to fulfill every former emo kid’s dream lineup. As soon as the tour was announced I knew it was a concert I absIMG_6685olutely had to attend. The Rejects took the stage with an insane energy  that made the crowd go absolutely wild while we screamed the lyrics to Dirty Little Secret like it was 2005. Dashboard closed out the show in my city, and the band was sharing some seriously great vibes with the audience. Lead singer, Chris Carrabba, shared memories of being accepted as an artist in Detroit when he was starting out, so it was obviously a special show for him. Carrabba closed the show with Dashboard’s hit Hands Down and it lives on in my memory as one of the most intimate concert moments I have ever experienced.

Co-headlining tours are great ways for fans to see two of their favorite bands on the same night, and lose themselves in a unique concert experience. Whenever I see a co-headliner announced I get excited! I’m always down to knock out two concerts in one night, especially when each band builds off of each other’s energy and makes the show a memorable one!

-Swaggie Maggie

 

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I Can Dig It: Music Festivals

I’m totally late to the game, but nevertheless, I’ve arrived! A few weeks ago I attended my first-ever music festival, and I’ve been transformed! The only festival-like-concert I’ve ever been to was Warped Tour, but I think that Warped belongs in a completely different category.

IMG_6731Mo-Pop in Detroit was celebrating its 5th year of existence, and the lineup did not disappoint. With Foster The People, alt-J, Tyler, The Creator, Vance Joy and much more, I knew I had to get tickets. After an attempt at buying one single day ticket turned into a pair of weekend passes, I was beyond excited!I went with one of my close friends from high school and we had the best time.

Something I’d never pictured myself doing was camping out in the front row of the main stage. When we got to the barricade at about 4:00 in the afternoon on Saturday, we knew we had to stay put! We were able to see PVRIS, Run The Jewels, and Foster The People from the front row on day one! I’d never heard of Run The Jewels before, but they ended up being one of my favorite sets of the weekend! Their energy, passion, and talent can’t be beat!

Day two was a lot hotter than day one, but I made it my mission to be at the barricade for alt-J. It was definitely a journey to get to the front. It wasn’t until I was separated from my friends, got pretty much beat up during Tyler, The Creator’s set, made friends with a mom next to me, that I made it to the front. I know I’ll sound mildly insane when I say this, but alt-J’s set was seriously an out of body experience. The music, the lights, the crowd…it was all so surreal!

I’m so glad I found such a fun festival in my own home town, and I’m excited to go to many more music festivals in the next few years! If you’re going to a fest and don’t mind standing in one place for upwards of 8 hours to reserve your spot in the

front row, you should definitely do it! Seeing a show from the front is different than being in the back, or lost in the crowd, but really, you’ll get amazing vibes anywhere if the band is talented and passionate!

-Swaggie Maggie

I Can Dig It: 10 Year Anniversary Tours

I’m a complete sucker for nostalgia, so it shouldn’t be a surprise when I tell you that I’m obsessed with anniversary tours specifically 10-year anniversary tours. In the past couple of months, I have been able to attend both of Mayday Parade’s throwback tours and I had the time of my life!

In November the band set off on a tour to commemorate their very first EP, Tales Told By Dead Friends. The venues were tiny, (I’m talking venues I used to watch local bands play) and the crowds were intense. Only the most diehard fans snagged tickets. Since the original EP only has 6 songs on it, the band played other fan favorites and did not disappoint.

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Then, a few weeks ago, I went to see Mayday Parade on their 10 year anniversary tour of their first full-length album, A Lesson In Romantics! This album is actually one of my favorites of all time, so I was buzzing with excitement. Mayday played the album from cover to cover, and it was amazing. The crowd was energized and the band gained momentum through each song from that.

I wrote a post a couple of years ago stating that Mayday Parade has the most passion while performing than any other band I’d seen, and to this day I think they rank within the top 5. Their performance of A Lesson In Romantics was so emotionally charged and beautiful. I found myself in tears from the intensity of their songs a few times (very typical of me). To be honest, every time I buy tickets to their show I think to myself “Why did I do this? I’m a broke college student and I’ve already seen them 5 times.” but as soon as they hit the stage I remember why I love seeing them live so much, and I know that I’ll continue to buy tickets to their shows until there are no more shows to go to.

I think one of the reasons I like anniversary tours so much, is that I am able to experience a band’s history, exactly the way they want it to be portrayed. It’s kind of like how I’m bummed I’ll never have the chance to see The Beatles perform live, but seeing Paul McCartney would be just as amazing. You didn’t get to see it when it was happening in real time, but you get to see it 10 years later, and you get to see how far the group has come. Let me know if you’ve been to any anniversary tours, and what you thought of them!

-Swaggie Maggie

 

I Can Dig It: Miserable Youth

Arizona Emo Group, The Maine, is cooking up something good and they’re taking fans along on the journey through a youtube series called “Miserable Youth”. The band is in the process of writing and recording their 6th studio album.themaine_web-2016

The band had a successful year following the release of their most recent album, “American Candy”, in March 2015. They went on tour with Real Friends and Knuckle Puck in the spring of 2015 after the release of the album, were on tour with Mayday Parade in the spring of 2016, and had a space on the main stage of Vans Warped Tour 2016. It’s been a wild ride for the past few years, but it’s obvious that the group is ready to move on with new music.

“Miserable Youth” is a weekly video series that gives fans an inside look into the lives of the members of the band as they go through the process of writing and recording the new album. Through the videos, fans are able to experience every side of writing an album, including the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Check out Episode 1

This series has got me itching to lock myself up in a cabin out in nature and work on writing and creating music. Too bad I’ve got to go to school and these weekly videos will have to hold me over until I have the time to focus all of my energy on my creativity.

Catch this week’s episode of “Miserable Youth” tonight at 7pm Pacific Time!

-Swaggie Maggie