Knuckle Puck and Sorority Noise Advocate Mental Health on Fall Tour

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Knuckle Puck at 1904 Music Hall in Jacksonville

Knuckle Puck headed out for their first ever headlining tour this fall and brought along Sorority Noise, Head North and Seaway.

The tour ends today, but I attended the stop in Jacksonville on Nov. 11 at 1904 Music Hall, where the bands electrified the stage and captured the audience in a huge show for Knuckle Puck.

I could review the show, and let me tell you, it was a great one. But, something else happened on this tour that seemed significant. It seemed like something that few other tours have truly done.

This tour brought out the charity Hope for the Day which encouraged fans to come speak to a representative of the organization if they were feeling any sort of thoughts in their head that they couldn’t control.

Sorority Noise opened up their song Using with a speech about how the band’s front man, Cameron Boucher, used music as a release from his manic depression, but that nothing would have been possible without help.

Boucher told the crowd that he had lost too many friends to suicide and he would work to try to stop it.

Hope for the Day was present at the show and fans could have an outlet to speak with someone if they needed to get help.

Knuckle Puck even teamed up with the organization and offered an exclusive t-shirt which provided 100 percent of its proceeds to suicide prevention and mental health education projects done through Hope for the Day.

Check out Knuckle Puck and Sorority Noise over on the band’s websites and try to catch them on an upcoming tour.

For more information on Hope for the Day, you can visit their website.

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What You Need To Know for x102.9’s Big Ticket Fest

Jacksonville’s alternative music radio statio, x102.9, hosts a festival every year called the Big Ticket festival. This year, Twenty One Pilots is headlining the festival.

Disclaimer: Just to clarify a bit of bias, Twenty One Pilots is my favorite band. Every performance they put on is a different kind of spectacular. I feel as though I should clarify that, even though this is an opinion-based blog, because I tend to promote their music a little stronger than most.

The lineup this year includes huge names from Twenty One Pilots to Of Monster and Men and more. The lineup including set times was recently released so I thought I would map out the day and include who I will be seeing at the festival.

As per usual, there are two stages this year, the Jägermeister stage and the Monster Energy stage. As in years past, the station usually announces a smaller stage with local acts leading up to the show. I will amend this post if these are announced.

On the Monster Stage the lineup is as follows:

12 p.m. – Lola Rising

1:10 p.m. – Coleman Hell

2:20 p.m. – PVRIS

3:35 p.m. – Andrew Mcmahon in the Wilderness

4:45 p.m. – The Neighbourhood

6:05 p.m. – Walk the Moon

7:30 p.m. – Of Monsters and Men

8:55 p.m. – Twenty One Pilots

Over on the Jägermeister stage the lineup is:

12:35 p.m. – Borns

1:45 p.m. – Saint Motel

3 p.m. – X Ambassadors

4:10 p.m. – Robert Delong

5:25 p.m. – Glass Animals

6:45 p.m. – Mutemath

The night before the show, you can attend a free PVRIS show at Underbelly in Jacksonville if you have a ticket to the Big Ticket.

The Big Ticket will take place at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville on December 6th. You can head over to the Big Ticket website to purchase tickets.

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Review: No Closer to Heaven Tour // The Wonder Years, Motion City Soundtrack, etc.

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Last Friday The Wonder Years, Motion City Soundtrack, State Champs and You Blew It! took over the House of Blues in Orlando.

Journalist ethics require me to divulge the truth: I got caught in Interstate 4 traffic on the way to the show and missed You Blew It! preform.

I know, I should be ashamed. Let me just say, though, I have seen Orlando’s own You Blew It! before and this band has great stage presence. That, though, will be all I say on that matter because I missed their set during the No Closer to Heaven tour.

As I arrived at the show, State Champs were preparing to play. Everyone in the crowd seemed to mingle about and I worried the interest level for one of my favorite live bands would be low. I was incorrect. State Champs took the stage and the entire crowd picked up and enjoyed the show. The band recently released a new album, Around the World and Back, which they played a few songs off of. The song the band released as the first single on the album, Secrets, proved to be a crowd favorite. State Champs also hinted that they would be making their way back to Florida early next year on a headlining tour. After the performance I saw on Friday night, my fingers are crossed. State Champs makes a room full of people come alive. No matter if one was familiar with their music or not, the entire room seemed to be engaged.

Next, Motion City Soundtrack took the stage. Again, honesty time: I never got into Motion City Soundtrack. I know, the looks of shock and horror are justified on your face. It’s not that I didn’t like the band, I just must have missed the hype when it came around. Now, ten years after their album Commit This to Memory was released and I am finally a fan. After seeing MCS live, I am sold. This band has serious talent. Clearly, making a career that has lasted through the ages is not easy in this industry. MCS has done this, though. Their electric stage performance and rich, quality sound is unwavering.

Dear MCS,

After all this time, I am finally a fan. I cannot stop playing your music.

Xoxo, Sam.

The night concluded with the headlining band, and the reason I went to the show, The Wonder Years. The Wonder Years released their new album No Closer to Heaven this past September, and they immediately embarked on this tour.

When the album was released, I was unsure of how it would hold up during the band’s live performance. When I was first acquainted with The Wonder Years, I was captivated by their live performance (as I am with most bands), so after hearing the new album I was a bit skeptical. NCTH felt as though it was simply a “spin in your bed while relaxing” kind of album instead of a punk album to move to. After hearing songs from this album live, I was (once again) proven wrong. Hearing these songs live was an emotionally and physically moving experience. NCTH is a new kind of Wonder Years show, but it turns out, this show was exactly what I wanted.

If this is what is to be expected from future Wonder Years shows, count me in. The show felt like a complete mix of ballads, angry punk anthems and songs that simply should be belted out.

If the No Closer to Heaven tour rolls around to your city, I highly recommend going. The Orlando show was a great, casual night that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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