SHOWS I SEEN: Insubordination Fest 2013 – June 27th-29th 2013 – The Ottobar

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The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
June 27th-29th 2013
Insub Fest 2013
I saw most of the bands, if they’re not listed I either missed them or just drank too much to remember.

THURSDAY

Steinways – A super fun set by the Steinways as always. I’m glad they did a reunion for Insub fest this year. This was my favorite set of the night.

Mikey Erg! – Not quite as good as some of the other Mikey Erg sets I’ve seen, not as many Ergs songs as normal and no Psyched to Die ones, but it was still really good. He covered ‘Sweet Iron Lady’, it was pretty fucking great.

Houseboat – It’s a bit unfair to compare Houseboat’s set this year to their one last year but for some reason I have to. This year’s set wasn’t as good but 2012’s would have been hard to top anyway. That’s alright though Houseboat still brought a great set that was pretty fun.

Team Stray – I don’t really remember much of this set, I blame the alcohol.

Slow Death – I also don’t remember much of this set for the same reason.

Rational Anthem – Rational Anthem was fucking awesome as always, they were just about the best set of the night (Steinways beat them by just a hair). Everyone should see this band a million times.

Young Rochelles and the Quarantines I missed despite wanting to see them again.

Trashkanistan – Trash was awesome as always, I wish there were more people drunkenly singing along but there were a few up there. Shit was fun.

Flamingo Nosebleed and the Meeps I also missed despite really wanting to see Flamingo Nosebleed.

Hellstroms – I came in a little late but I think I only missed like two songs. Hellstroms were awesome, I’d say they were a great opener to Insub but there really should have been more people watching. They covered ‘Fist Fight in the Parking Lot’; it was one of the highlights of the weekend.

FRIDAY

Dog Party – Dog Party was pretty decent, though I was unaware of how young they were so I’ll upgrade it to they’re really good.

Dead North – First time I’ve Seen Dead North and they were pretty great. They played all the songs I was hoping for too.

Paper Dragons – I’m so glad this band decided to get back together. Their set was fucking great and I think they impressed a lot of people there.

Direct Hit – I only caught part of their set but what I saw was pretty fun.

Sick Sick Birds – My favorite Baltimore band, they had a great set as always, I think a lot of people took notice to them as well.

Dead Mechanical – Dead Mechanical is a band that out of town folks seem to love. There was a decent amount of people for this one and they played a quality set like they always do.

Night Birds – Night Birds are one of those bands that you can’t resist partying when they play. They’re always incredible and just destroy whatever is in front of them. This set was no exception, and then they went and closed it with a Ramones cover for good measure.

Kepi Ghoulie – There’s always one set that I expect to just be alright and they totally just blow me away, this year Kepi was that set. I’ve seen Kepi play every year and it’s always alright but this was so much fun. There were balloons, a sharkcam and a big ol party, but it wasn’t too much over the top which had been a problem in the past. This was my favorite set of the weekend.

Copyrights – As always the Copyrights were fun. I was so beat by the time they played I was just going to stand on the sidelines and observe. That only lasted about 1/3 of the set or so then I had to get in and go up front.

SATURDAY

Danny Vapid & The Cheats – I wasn’t super excited for this set just because they were such a disappointment last year. Luckily I guess they were aware of that fact and fixed things this year. They totally brought it and I couldn’t have been happier, finally a really good Danny Vapid & The Cheats set!

Beatnik Termites – Not a big crowd to watch the Termites, but that’s nothing new (for some reason). The people that were up there were enjoying it though. They had what I’d call and average Beatnik Termites set. Personally I was hoping for more Bubblecore songs.

Candy Hearts – A solid set by the Candy Hearts, no one got hurt this time that I’m aware of so that’s a plus.

Lipstick Homicide – Personally Lipstick Homicide was the real headliner of Saturday. They killed it as always and there were plenty of people partying when they played. This is also a band you need to see a billion times. I think it goes without saying they were the best set of the night.

City Mouse – I was pretty pissed that I missed City Mouse last year so I made sure I caught them this year. They had a pretty solid set, not a ton of people were at the Ottobar yet but the ones that were seemed pretty stoked.

Marshmallows – Even though they weren’t actually the opener for Saturday (I missed Schroeder & The Brillo-Pod) I’m going to say they were a great opener for Saturday. They played a good set; I think they were even better than last time.

TOUR DATES: The Queers/Dwarves/Flat Tires/TBR/Copyrights

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August 21, 2013 Indianapolis, IN Birdy’s The Dwarves
August 22, 2013 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon The Dwarves
August 23, 2013 Chicago, IL Reggies The Dwarves
August 24, 2013 Detroit, MI The Magic Stick Tesco Fest
August 25, 2013 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups The Dwarves
August 26, 2013 Pittsburgh, PA 31st St. Pub The Dwarves
August 28, 2013 Toronto, ON The Horseshoe The Dwarves
August 29, 2013 Montreal, QC Underworld The Dwarves
August 30, 2013 Boston, MA Church The Dwarves
August 31, 2013 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge The Dwarves
September 1, 2013 Philadelphia, PA The Barbary The Dwarves
September 19, 2013 Laramie, WY 3rd St. Cowboy Teenagle Bottlerocket
September 20, 2013 Denver, CO The Marquis Teenagle Bottlerocket, The Copyrights
September 21, 2013 Salt Lake City, UT Shred Shed Teenagle Bottlerocket, The Copyrights
September 24, 2013 Spokane, WA The Center Teenagle Bottlerocket, The Copyrights
September 29, 2013 Los Angeles, CA The Echo Teenagle Bottlerocket, The Copyrights
October 1, 2013 Las Vegas, NV Beauty Bar Teenagle Bottlerocket, The Copyrights
October 2, 2013 Fresno, CA The New Starline Teenagle Bottlerocket, The Copyrights
October 3, 2013 San Diego, CA Soda Bar Teenagle Bottlerocket, The Copyrights
October 4, 2013 Santa Ana, CA The Constellation Room Teenagle Bottlerocket, The Copyrights
October 5, 2013 Phoenix, AZ Pub Rock Teenagle Bottlerocket, The Copyrights

REVIEW: Black Numbers Presents: 4 Way Split

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Black Numbers has released this split between four bands, two of them are completely new to me, but I figured it’s got the Copyrights on it so it’s got some cred with me. The first thing I really noticed about this is it wasn’t one song by each band, the way most four way splits are. This one has two by each giving you a little more bang for your buck. Grey Area have two late 90’s style punk songs, these songs are seriously great. I thought the first song was a top notch song with a lot of pop in it but the second one is even better, it’s got more of a Samiam edge in it. The Reveling is the first band on here that I’d heard before. The first song has a lot of positive energy, I’d put it on a CD with ‘You’re the Best’ in a second. The second song doesn’t have the same energy but might be a better song overall. The next two songs are by one of the best pop punk bands going today, the Copyrights. The first being you’re pretty standard Copyrights affair, fast, lots of energy and super fun sounding. Not their best song, but it’s a great one; I hope this makes it in their normal set list so I can sing along to it. The second song is a Scared of Chaka cover; honestly I’m not as well versed in Scared of Chaka as I should be, though I will say this is a great song. How it stands up to the original though, I regretfully admit I do not know. The last two songs are by Luther, the first one is a decent indie song. Kind of reminds me of Koufax without the keyboards (I know, sounds weird to say). The second song is pretty good but not as good as the first, there’s a little too much going on here for me. Final thoughts here, you should pick this thing up. The Copyrights completely own this thing but have Grey Area biting at their heels for the gold star. Reveling and Luther are no slouches either. You get four really good bands with eight quality songs.

1. Grey Area – Lucky
2. Grey Area – Bad Anything
3. The Reveling – Trust Me
4. The Reveling – It’s Time To Ride
5. The Copyrights – The New Frontier
6. The Copyrights – Straight to the Office (Scared of Chaka cover)
7. Luther – Sixty-One
8. Luther – The Door is a Penthouse

INSUBORDINATION FEST ’12

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Insubordination Fest is just about my favorite time of year. A few days of fun and pop punk is a great way to start the summer. They just announced the lineup, and here it is (complete with links in case you’re unfamiliar with some of the bands)

June 21 – 23
The Ottobar
Baltimore MD

Be My Doppelganger
Beatnik Termites
Billy Raygun
Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits
Braceface
Candy Hearts
City Mouse
Copyrights
Dan Vapid and the Cheats
Dear Landlord
Dewtons
Dopamines
Emily’s Army
Fatal Flaw
Firecrackers
House Boat
Isotopes
Lipstick Homicide
Mean Jeans
Mikey Erg
Mixtapes
Night Birds
Parasites
Plow United
Promdates
Singleton
Slow Death
Smokejumper
Sweethearts
Teenage Bottlerocket
Trashkanistan
Unlovables
Weekend Dads

SHOWS I SEEN: Mr. T Experience – February 25th 2004 – Talking Head – Baltimore, MD

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Talking Head – Baltimore, MD

Wednesday February 25th 2004

To this day this is still one of the best shows top to bottom I’ve ever been to, maybe even the best. Partly due to the fact that going into this I knew MTX and I kind of knew Beatnik Termites, besides that it was just filler, or so I thought.

 

Gamma Rays – Gamma Rays were awesome, I got turned into an instant fan. I got to see them a couple more times before they broke up after this, they were always good but this was the best I’d ever see them.

Proteens – Another band that made me an instant fan, great pop punk, super cool, I bought some Proteens stuff pretty quickly after this show.

Copyrights – A band that I can’t imagine playing the Talking Head today, this was my first time even hearing them. Catchy as hell, I knew this was a band to pay attention to. They weren’t quite as energetic as they are today if you see them but they were solid as hell.

Beatnik Termites – Beatnik Termites almost stole the show with this one, I’ve seen them a bunch of times since this, and they’ve always been good but this was by far the best I’ve ever seen the band. Amazing pop punk, great stage presence, everything you want from a great band.

Mr. T Experience – The first and (so far) only time I’ve seen my favorite pop punk band of all time. They played for a good amount of time and played a lot of awesome songs. Dr. Frank even did some of the acoustic stuff. It was basically everything I could ask for…except that it did end at some point. I’d love to see MTX again because they were so damn awesome this time around.

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