It was a long weekend that blew out my eardrums and collected dust in my lungs, but it was well worth it for the sixth annual Fun Fun Fun Fest. You can check out my review of Saturday and Sunday here. Any of you guys go? Who was your favorite act? How much French Onion soup did you eat? Run into Blake from Workaholics?
Yesterday was the first day (and first full Friday) of the sixth annual Fun Fun Fun Fest down in Austin, TX. You can head here to see my recap of the day. Last night, many fans were disappointed in the "Danzig Legacy" portion of the show. Last night, on Facebook, Transmission Entertainment (festival's promoter/booker) made a statement about the incident. It can be found in the replies.
I went and saw the Bayside/Saves the Day tour the other night and it got me thinking a lot about longevity. How did those two bands last so much through one of the most progressive times in the music industry? How did they survive against the elements of death, label issues and pleasing longtime fans? Hit the replies and let's talk about not what makes a hold any sort of longevity past "putting out good music." What makes you continue to see your favorite bands year after year or multiple times a year at that?
This week marked the end of the RX Bandits' farewell run. I was more than fortunate enough to see the guys play one last time at the end of June at the very beginning of the tour, and I've been working on the way to express what the band has meant to me since picking up Progress for the first time so many years ago. As some of you may or may not know, my original username for the site was duffmanrxbandit. Head here to read my thoughts on the show, some quotes from Matt Embree about the band's music and influences and even some words from the users of AP.net. Definitely let us and the band know what you thought about the last run (for now).
The beginning of July was quite a month. In the span of the first week, I had seen one of my favorite bands perform for the last time (an article I'm still killing myself over in producing some sort of justice, but will hopefully surface next week). Then I caught two more bands that were ten years back down the road from which I have traveled. Next month I'll be 25, and I think the next five years will be a good time to reflect on the music that mattered and nourished my senses in my late teens and early "adulthood" - or that span of awkward life we all have or will live. You can read my thoughts on the Taking Back Sunday/Thursday tour here.
You can read some thoughts on Fucked Up's show at Chaos in Tejas this past weekend here. Be sure to check out the amazing David Comes to Life which came out this week. After reading this blog, I want you to ask yourself this: Why did I get into punk music?
I've written some words on two shows I attended on Saturday. You can read my thoughts here. After reading, I want to discuss this question of longevity: When did punk rock become safe? Is it still safe? Do you think less chances are taken to expand what the idea of punk could or should be, or do you think there continues to be an expansion of the undefinable term? What bands do you feel will be remembered for their music and not their actions and/or vice versa ten years from now? 20? Who will your kids look back and see as influential?
This week's Five and Alive is in honor of all the "album" tours as of late and over the past few years. Head here to read up on five albums I'd love to see performed live, and hit the replies with your choices. There's only one rule this week: they couldn't have been done before. Also, head here for a review of Underoath's current tour where Thursday is performing Full Collapse in its entirety, and get a sneak peak at the band's upcoming album.
This week's Five and Alive contains my top five favorite shows of 2010. Hit the replies and let us know who blew you away this year. Was it the farewell gigs, the nostalgia from the past or just an intimate hometown show? Discuss, and more importantly, keep supporting your favorite local and touring bands.
Check out my coverage of day two of Austin City Limits and the Rock the Vote aftershow here. Be sure to follow me on Twitter for whenever the internet around here allows me to update you with the insanity.
Check out my review of day one of Austin City Limits 2010 here. Be sure to follow me on Twitter for all the insanity, who I'm checking out and dumb things overheard during the day. Sunscreen and hydration folks.
Recently we sent one of our users out to the Uniondale, NY date of the Warped Tour this past weekend. Head to the replies to catch Alexa Gallo's (hiya) review of the stop and her first experience of the festival.