Sunday

The Front Bottoms | Rough Trade NYC | Brooklyn, NY | 10.14.2017

Hey Guys! 
Your girl is back with another music/concert recap!! This time its for an album release show for one of my all time faves, The Front Bottoms.
About two weeks ago The Front Bottoms announced that they would be doing three small album release shows in the north east to support their newest LP, Going Grey, which is the bands second album released on Fueled by Ramen.  As soon as I saw that one of these shows would be in Brooklyn while i had already planned to be there, I knew I had to go.


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This particular show was at Rough Trade, a record store based in Brooklyn. I was a little nervous about the show selling out since I was unsure about the size of the venue so I immediately sent the link to Taylor and we ordered copies of the album through the store to secure our tickets.


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The show at Rough Trade was on October 14th, so the album had released the day before, on Friday the 13th. Once Saturday rolled around we decided to get to the venue about 3 hours early to pick up our records and scope out the line. The store made checking in super easy and we had our albums and wristbands all within 5 minutes of getting to the store. Even though we were hours early, there was already a line forming for the show.


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We were about 20 people from the front of the line so we decided to check out the store.. and IT WAS AMAZING. It had probably the most extensive and well organized collection of records that I have literally ever seen. Not to mention that it had a coffee shop AND A BOOK SECTION. Ur Grl was fucking STOKED to spend the day here.
Before the show started, I had imagined that it would be super acoustic style with us all gathered around matt and brian in a corner of the record store listening to them play. That wasn’t the case at all. When it was time for the show to start we were led into the back of the store only to find out that they had a whole ass music venue right there in the shop!!!! Complete with a bar and everything! I ended up being 2nd row but even the kids in the back had a great view.


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It was incredible to see them perform in such a small setting with some of their biggest fans. The album had only just released and yet everyone knew every word to every song. After the show we were led outside to wait in line for the signing. Everything was super organized and moved quickly which was awesome for those of us who wanted to explore the city. This was definitely an experience I wont forget for a long time.

Thursday

Riot Fest Review and Festival Hacks | Chicago, IL | September 2017

Hey guys! I have a somewhat unconventional post for my predominantly book related blog, but it is something that has been highly requested! So without further adieu:

RIOT FEST REVIEW AND FESTIVAL HACKS!!

Most of you are familiar with how often I travel and how many concerts I go to, so today’s post is going to be a little bit of both. Over the summer, Riot Fest, which is one of the largest punk rock music festivals in the US, announced their lineup for their 2017 festival. At the top of that list was JAWBREAKER. My absolute favorite band that I never thought I would get the chance to see, considering they hadn’t performed together in over 20 years. Needless to say less than 5 hours after finding out that Jawbreaker was the headliner, I had purchased a ticket along with one of my best friends, Benita. Fast forward 4 months and we were FINALLY headed to Chicago!
We arrived on Thursday and were able to get in a little sight seeing as well as spend the day with a mutual friend, @the-book-ferret!!!

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