SWMRS "Berkeley's On Fire" Review

A portion of SWMRS’ mission is to revolutionize modern music. Vocalist and guitarist Max Becker has posted about this numerous times on Twitter, even the single “April In Houston” proclaims “modern music makes me sick.” And the SWMRS sophomore effort Berkeley’s On Fire is a very confident album in pursuing this.

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Set It Off "Midnight" Review

Midnight, the latest album from pop rock quartet Set It Off, is both a return to form for the group, with harsh and blatantly honest lyrics matched by aggressive and passionate vocal performances by lead singer Cody Carson, a return to authentic and organic instrumentation, with electric guitars and live drums prominent throughout, and a push into new experimental territory the group has played with before, such as programming, synthesizers, and vocal modulation. This record blends all of these elements into a collection of songs that is recognizably Set It Off, while still having a fresh and reinvigorated energy about it.

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Young Culture "(This is) Heaven" Review

(This is) Heaven, the label debut EP from Albany, NY pop punk band Young Culture, is a collection of five songs that comprise a loose summary of the last year of frontman Alex Magnan’s life, and the result is an emotionally charged and lyric-driven EP that feels deeply personal and easy to connect with.

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Real Friends Holiday Show - Chicago, IL

Real Friends put on another one of their famous hometown holiday shows. It was held on a snowy Saturday night at Subterranean in Wicker Park. Starting at 5 o’clock, there was already a line building down the sidewalk for the 7 o’clock show. Once doors opened around 6:30, the room started packing in. I was in the venue by about 6:45, and it was already a quarter of the way full.

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Haunted Holidays @ The Rave - Milwaukee, WI

There’s nothing like good friends, great music, and a bit of nostalgia to get you into the holiday spirit and the 1st annual Haunted Holidays: Scary Little Christmas show at The Rave in Milwaukee delivered on all three. With a stacked line up of The Wrecks, The Maine, and All Time Low, this holiday hit was a guaranteed success from the start.

Review by Skylar Cote

Photos by Allie Loven

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