Summer may be coming to a close, most of the summer concerts are coming to an end, but that only means that it is time to get ready for fall tours. Some of the best concerts in Salt Lake City happen in the fall and we’re not just saying that because the Big Ass Show is happening in the fall this year. Here is a taste of what to expect for the rest of the year:
1. Fall Out Boy & Paramore: Monumentour Where: UCCU Center When: Wednesday, August 13th Pop-punk giants Fall Out Boy and Paramore have joined forces to present the Monumentour with their friends New Politics. The tour started June 19th in Connecticut and will end August 17th in Concord, California; which makes Salt Lake City one of their final stops. Expect big things from this tour since both bands are coming off of the biggest album releases of their careers. Fall Out Boy with Save Rock and Roll, which contains one of the highest played songs of 2013 “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark(Light Them Up).” And Paramore with their most commercially successful album yet, Paramore, with the two massive singles “Still Into You” and “Ain’t It Fun”; with the latter song spending seven straight weeks as #1 on Billboard. You can get tickets here.
2. The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise, & Stiff Little Fingers: The Summer Nationals Tour Where: The Complex (Rockwell) When: August 26th Back in 1994, Epitaph Records sponsored the Summer National, a three day soldout event at the Hollywood Platinum. This event was led by The Offpsring, who at the time just released the monstrous album Smash, alongside Bad Religion and Pennywise. Now the boys are back at it again, but instead of doing a three day stint in southern California, they are taking the Summer Nationals across the nation. And they are bringing their friends Stiff Little Fingers along for the ride. The Offspring will be playing their iconic album, Smash; which features the hits “Come Out and Play” and “Self Esteem” and still holds the record for the highest selling independent album. They will play their other classics as well. You can get your tickets here.
3. The Aquabats! 20th Year Anniversary Tour Where: The Depot When: September 5th The Aquabats are back in action and saving the world this year with their 20th year anniversary Tour. The band will be celebrating 20 glorious years of their special brand of world-saving, cartoony, ska/punk music. The last time they were in Utah was on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, in which they spent the better part of their set beating up dudes in cactus costumes on stage and throwing water balloons at the crowd. If you are looking to get into the ska scene, then this is the perfect show for you. You can get tickets here.
4. Coheed & Cambria Neverender IKSSE:3 Tour Where: The Complex (Rockwell) When: September 12 This year marks the 10th year anniversary of Coheed & Cambria’s sophomore album, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3. They will be playing the album in its entirety, from start to finish. The tour start September 5 in Riverside, California and end October 7th in Atlanta, Georgia. They will be bringing Thank You Scientist as support. You can buy tickets here.
5. X96 Toyota Big Ass Show Where: Gallivan Center When: Saturday September 27th You didn’t think we’d skip over the Big Ass Show did you? The Big Ass Show bands are Neon Trees, A Day To Remember, Phantogram, Capital Cities, Broods, Nightmare and The Cat, and Priory (with more bands to be announced). When A Day To Remember came to Salt Lake City last year on their House Party Tour, the band went across the crowd in a giant hamster ball, had giant pillars of smoke going off behind them, shot giant cannons of confetti into the crowd and pulled off many of theatrics. There’s no telling what kind of shenanigans they will pull of at the Gallivan Center this year. Neon Trees have also upped the production value of their shows on their last tour, the Pop Psychology Tour, with a crazy colorful stage and elaborate lighting designs. Capital Cities was also a favorite of last year’s show, amazing the crowd with their choreographed dance moves. You can get more details on the bands here and where to purchase the $9.60 tickets that go on sale Friday. You can purchase normal priced tickets here.
Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember last fall on their "House Party Tour"
6. Anberlin: The Final Tour Where: The Complex (Rockwell) When: Friday October 17th Yes, unfortunately, Anberlin is calling it quits this year. The band announced this news earlier this year, saying that 2014 will be the last year of Anberlin. However, they aren’t leaving without one last world tour. Salt Lake City will be on the last leg of their world tour, but only because they are saving the best for last, right? Do not miss out on Anberlin’s final show in a city that they have heralded as their favorite city for years. The band has stated there will be one special guest in certain cities. So, there is a possibility that this will be an Anberlin only show. Tickets go on sale Friday. You can purchase them here. Richie T just spoke with the guitarists of Anberlin, during Warped Tour, you can view it on Meet The Bands.
7. Relient K: Mmhmm 10 Year Anniversary Tour Where: The Complex (The Grand) When: November 5th This year also marks the tenth year of Relient K’s breakout album, Mmhmm, which took the band from obscurity and launched them into the spotlight with hits such as “Be My Escape” and “Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been.” They will be playing this record in full, from start to finish and are bringing Blondfire and From Indian Lakes as support. You can get tickets here.
8. Black Keys Turn Blue World Tour When: Wednesday, November 12 Where: Maverik Center
It’s not often that giant grammy-winning rock acts stop by in Salt Lake City. However, The Black Keys have made sure to put us on their map. They will tour in support of their new album, Turn Blue, and Jake Bugg will be playing as their support. They announced the tour as a mock-infomercial via a Mike Tyson tweet. You can get tickets here.
9. Yellowcard & Memphis May Fire When: Wednesday, November 12 Where: The Complex (Rockwell)
You don’t see two bands from entirely different genres co-headline a tour together very often, but pop-punkers Yellowcard and post-hardcore rockers Memphis May Fire are determined to make it work. Yellowcard is out to support their new album, Lift A Sail, which they are claiming is their most ambitious and hardest albums yet and Memphis May Fire released the biggest and best selling album of their career, Unconditional. They are bringing Emarosa along with them, who is also coming out with a new album, titled Versus. Richie T sat down with the boys from Yellowcard during the Vans Warped Tour to talk about their new album, you can listen to it on Meet The Bands. You can get tickets here.
There are, of course, many more concerts coming to Salt Lake this fall. You can check it out by clicking the concert tab here on our website. What shows are you looking forward to the most?
These are the days of streamlined synths, whining about lost love, who loves who more, unrequited love, how love makes you feel, taking a walk, and other simply dull metaphors that couldn’t cut through 11 1/2” college ruled.
That is why some days you just need a little anger along with some fast paced guitars and antisocial lyrics. Songs about hating your mom and/or dad. Song about being pissed when things don't work out - when you burn your hot pocket in the microwave and some talking head is spouting nonsense, nonstop on any of the 10 screen in front of you at any given time. There is only one genre for that. It has been archived and mostly laid to waste these days, but I want to bring it back even if it’s for only one blog post.
I will leave it up to you to carry the message, add to or take away from the list or just bitch about it.
These are presented in no specific order. Just like kids, no one can have a favorite punk song (notice how a lot of these songs don’t have videos - shame Kickstarter didn’t exists in the 90’s).
I was a huge poser, but I loved and still love this music. With that said I give you my top 90’s punk tracks.
1. Lagwagon “Mr. Coffee” - I don’t drink coffee but this song had me seriously reconsidering my position. “On legal speed the American way…”
2. Guttermouth “Derek” - While certainly not their most fun song- I’d leave that up to “Mr. Barbecue” or “1,2,3 Slam or “Lipstick” - this is my favorite song. Straight ahead…”I’m old enough to think / I’m old enough to drink / I won’t ebb with your tide.”
3. NoFX “Don’t Call Me White” - Where to even start with NoFX? Throw a dart and your are likely to be content with any of their tracks. “What’s the explanation for the malice, for the spite? Don’t Call Me White” Mahler’s 6th of punk.
4. Suicide Machines “S.O.S.” - Can ska be punk? Can punk be ska? Who gives a shit? “Destruction by Definition” and “Battle Hymns” are both brilliant albums. I remember seeing this band multiple times when In the Venue was called Bricks and had nothing but a 1 foot concrete high-rise in the back.
5. No Use for a Name “Justified Black Eye” - Shame Tony Sly had to leave us so soon, but No Use certainly left a legacy. This song is at the heart of it.
6. Pennywise “Bro Hymn” - There really are only two Pennywise songs I ever got requests for and one was a cover. The other, a tribute song to their friends who died in a car wreck. No better used of the “whoas” has ever or will be used.
7. The Descendants “I’m the One” - Before Milo went to college they proved punk could be catchy. Could be my favorite song about codependency and delusional love. I could be wrong though. Who wants to overanalyze? This isn’t NPR.
8. Bad Religion “21st Century Digital Boy” - There was no way I was going to get away with a list like this without including Bad Religion. You can bitch about the song choice, but it was one of the few that broke through. Thankfully as a generation raised on TV we all grew up perfectly adjusted and never felt neglected. Warm and fuzzies all around!
9. Rancid “Roots Radical” - In my opinion no other song on their 1995 album has the pop this one has. You’ll sing along. You’ll kick something and you’ll want a goddamned leather jacket with a side of liberty spikes.
10. Face to Face “A-OK” - This song drops the bottom out of your stomach. “I don’t know what you want from me, but it’s probably already gone…don’t say I’m okay…I’m not okay.” I don’t think I had ever heard a song that cuts like this. Give up. Not everything is good. Sometimes life sends shit and you just let yourself wash over in empathy and other’s denial.
There are so many more I could have included, but I'll let you do that. I went through at least 100 songs to those these together. Music from when the Warped Tour actually felt warped and somewhat aggressive. The only guy wearing guy-liner was Davy Havok and band names weren't 20 syllable.
Have a loud summer.
You can add one more must see show to your Summer list. The Offspring are coming along with Pennywise and Stiff Little Fingers to Saltair on August 26th. Killer lineup, bro!
Rumor also has it that The Offspring may be working on new music. Noodles told Tut.by that the band planned to head in the studio after they wrapped up their last tour. I guess we will have to wait and see on that front.
Of course last month was the 20th anniversary of "Smash" the album that made The Offspring pretty damn big. Pop that one in your playlist and remember what a badass this album made you feel like until you see them in August.