My Top 10 Vans Warped Tour Bands

As I have stated in my previous posts, I am a warped tour fanatic. I decided that today I would make a compilation of my top 10 warped tour bands on this year’s lineup.

1) Rise Against

2) All Time Low

3) Falling in Reverse

4) Mayday Parade

5) We the Kings

6) Bless the Fall

7) Yellowcard

8) Senses Fail

9) The Used

10) Sleeping With Sirens

For any of you that are attending this year’s Warped Tour, let me know who you are most excited to see in a comment!


Dragging Dead Bodies Guitar Tutorial!

Due to a request from a subscriber on YouTube, I decided to put up a tutorial for a guitar cover I posted a while back. This cover was of the song Dragging Dead Bodies in Blue Bags up Really Long Hills by Escape the Fate. You can view the blog post with that cover here. The song is played in Drop C. Currently I don’t have the song tabbed but I plan to add tabs for it in annotation form ASAP!

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and let me know in a comment of any other songs you would like me to make a tutorial of!



Why I Love Pandora

I don’t actually own very many songs, because I find buying them on Itunes or pirating them to be too much of a hassle. So I rely on Pandora for all my music needs. What I enjoy about it the most is that it shows me the hidden gems of bands I know and love, as well as great songs from bands I’ve never heard of. I actually have a list of songs from relatively unknown bands which I love and hear regularly on Pandora. This list includes Paperthin Hymn by Anberlin, Say This Sooner by The Almost, and Call It Karma by Silverstein. I know Silverstein is a pretty well known band, but I don’t like very many of their other songs, although I do need to give them another chance I think I could grow to like them. And there’s always something special when you here a song you know and love in a place where there in no guarantee of that song coming up.

So what do you think of Pandora, or music in general? Let me know in a comment!

Rise Against Guitar Cover!

After the Rise Against concert I was inspired to relearn a few of my favorite songs on guitar. I used to know nearly all of their popular songs, but over time they have slipped from my memory. It didn’t take me long to recall how to play Tip the Scales off of their third album Siren Song of the Counter Culture. I have been listening to this song ever sense I started listening to Rise Against. Every time I hear it is reminds me why Rise Against is my all-time favorite band. The song is played a half step down in the key of Eb. Although I don’t have tabs for the song, I could tab it out if it is requested although I am sure you can find descent tabs online. I hope you enjoy my cover and excuse the mediocre video quality, as the audio is very high quality!

If you listen to Rise Against, let me know in a comment what your favorite song by them is!


Rise Against & A Day to Remember Concert!

Jeremy Mckinnon of A Day to Remember

If you read Ryan’s previous post then you would know that we attended a concert on Monday featuring both Rise Against and A Day to Remember. If you know anything about us then you probably are aware that these are two of our absolute favorite bands and when this dual concert was announced we could hardly contain our excitement. We bought the tickets very early and got general admission so we could mosh our hearts out. We got in relatively early, considering the concert was in Bakersfield, CA, which is a good two and a half hour drive from Santa Barbara.

This concert had one of the craziest audiences I have ever seen. The first band didn’t provoke too much excitement, but when A Day to Remember came on everyone lost their crap. We got pushed and shoved from all directions and both Ryan and I were separated in the very beginning of the concert. After A Day to Remember, Rise Against came on and played nearly all of my favorite songs. The show was much longer than I expected it to be and Rise Against played a total of at least 15 songs.

Overall, the concert was absolutely incredible. As a music fanatic, I am very into attending concerts for my favorite bands and singing along to all of my favorite songs. I had so much fun and I am confident I will be attending many more Rise Against concerts in the future!

So what concerts have you been too and do you have an all-time favorite show? Let me know in a comment!

An Epic Concert

I spent last night screaming my lungs out at the Rise Against/A Day to Remember concert in Bakersfield. I was standing two people back from the very front. I was able to hold on the the front railing, a privileged I payed for dearly. Staying that close to the stage is a constant battle, people get vicious.

But enough about that, it was an incredible experience to know every song word for word each band played. My voice was completely shot after a couple Rise Against songs, but every time a song came on that I absolutely loved, I was filled with energy I had no idea I still had. Another thing that helped my voice was the water I so deliberately brought with me. I have been to a Rise Against concert before, so I knew how unbearably crowded this concert was going to get, and how desperately I needed water last time. This is something that would seem to be common knowledge, but the glares I received as I pulled out my water proved otherwise.

I know it seems mean that I didn’t share any water, but in general admission, it’s every man for them self. Another thing I enjoyed very much about the concert was the stage energy that both bands possessed. A Day to Remember’s stage energy was much more apparent, the lead singer of a day to remember got into a giant inflatable ball and ran around on the crowd.

I know the quality is awful, but it felt like I was trying to catch lightning in a bottle. Rise Against also did a very good job getting their audience riled up. This is a concert I will never forget and I’m incredibly grateful that I was able to go.

What do you think of Rise againt, A Day To Remember, Concerts, or music in general? Let me know in a comment!

A Dream Come True

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although you can’t really tell from my blog posts, music is a pretty big part of my life. There are few things I enjoy more than coming home after a long day of school, plugging in my Ipod, then blasting Escape the Fate, Rise Against, or A Day to Remember to melt away the problems of the day. So what could be a better addition to my dull life than a concert featuring two of my all time favorite bands? I have to wonder why a band like A Day to Remember is opening for Rise Against. A Day to Remember is easily big enough to do their own tour, but hey, I’m not one to question a good thing.

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Sam and I have been to a Rise Against concert once before, and it was absolutely epic to say the least. We were very close to the front of the crowd, and I knew every song they sung by heart. My throat was sore and my ears were ringing for the next couple of days. We are not getting to this concert as early as we did the last, so we probably wont be as close as we were last time, but if we and very persistent I am sure we can get to a good spot. As I’m writing this it’s hard to picture that tonight I’m going to be screaming my lungs out at an incredibly amazing concert, but it is indeed the case. Well until I actually go to the concert I don’t really have much else to write about, so until then.

What do you think about concerts, A Day to Remember, Rise Against, or music in general? Let me know in a comment!