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Thirteen Years of The Black Parade

by MackenzieTempleton
One of this generation’s greatest concept records and rock operas is officially a teenager, and is probably filled with more angst and anger than ever.  After witnessing the tragic events of 9/11, frontman Gerard Way founded My Chemical Romance and took the rock scene by storm.  They gained success and popularity with the release of […]

Manchester Orchestra: Ten Years of Mean Everything To Nothing

by MackenzieTempleton
2009: MySpace was crumbling, the world lost their favorite Clueless outcast, and Manchester Orchestra dropped their outstanding record, Mean Everything To Nothing, catapulting their career entirely. The Atlanta indie favorites dropped their sophomore album in April 2009 with producers Joe Chiccarelli (My Morning Jacket, Morrissey) and Dan Hannon.  The album was greeted warmly by both […]

Rush Seating: Secondary Ticket Platforms’ Kryptonite?

by MackenzieTempleton
In a money-hungry, dog-eat-dog world, the internet took the music industry by storm and either drove it straight off the Golden Gate Bridge, or gave it a penthouse full of drugs, liquor, and a Hollywood Boulevard view, depending on who you talk to. Sure, online music streaming has given us artists like Austin Post, a […]

Album Review: The Menzingers’ Hello Exile

by MackenzieTempleton
Pennsylvania’s gloomy pop-punk favorites, The Menzingers, are back with a soon-to-be treasured album, Hello Exile. If you’ve been a fan of these guys, you’re already familiar with their dripping in nostalgia sound and larger than life vocals courtesy of Greg Barnett and Tom May. If this is your first time hearing about this band, this […]

Celebrating 15 Years of Riot Fest with Festival Favorites: Taking Back Sunday

by MackenzieTempleton
The lights dimmed, silencing the thousands of voices surrounding me. Other peoples’ sweat began to mix with mine as the bodies behind me pushed forward with outstretched fists. I would have done anything for a sudden gust of Chicago wind to come swooping in. The beating hearts of 40,000 strangers tumbled ahead, breaking the barricade, […]