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This review is going to take a bit of a different route and is more personal than anything Stork Music has ever done. It’s more of an editorial review, which we try to shy away from, but we hope it’s something different that you can relate to.

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For those who aren’t familiar, welcome. I’m Thuy Lan (say it like twee-lawn), editor of Stork Music. For the past three years, All Time Low has played a show on or around the time of my birthday in cities near where I lived. For life up until two years ago, that was Milwaukee. For all those years, I never went because something was always in my way. This year looked like it would be no different.

I made an 1800 mile move across the country from a suburban Wisconsin town to the desert oven of a city, also known as Phoenix. My 20th birthday was approaching, and like clockwork, All Time Low was planning a fall tour.

Alex Gaskarth.  Marquee. Tempe, AZ. Photo credit Kyra Wennersten.

For a while, I’d been contemplating reaching out to All Time Low for some concert coverage, but always stopped myself, worried that Stork didn’t have a wide enough audience to be considered, or that a blog wouldn’t be credible enough for a band that was selling out cross continental tours.  And as every other year, All Time Low was playing a show in Milwaukee the week of my birthday.  But I was in Phoenix.

What was different about this year was an email I received, asking if I would be interested in doing some coverage on some band called All Time Low. I thought maybe this would finally be the year, where I finally got to see All Time Low in concert for my birthday. Three years of missed birthday concerts was coming to an end—in a horribly bittersweet way.

In the car on the way to the Marquee (Tempe, AZ), I knew for some reason this didn’t just feel different, it was different. For the first time in three years, I was letting someone else take the photographs [shout out to my amazing roommate and friend, Kyra Wennersten for her incredible pictures and being my voice of reason at times], and watch the show from the crowd. Since Stork was created two years ago, I had been watching from the pit or from side stage. I hadn’t realized how much of a dissonance there had been between actually experiencing a concert and covering it for the site.  Standing near the back of the crowd, I heard countless screams and gossip about the bands that were playing, and that was when I knew.  I had grown up.  Kids were talking about how their parents were going to pick them up after the show and how they hadn’t done their American history projects yet.  Some were exploiting their freedom to spew profanity without parental disdain as a consequence, shouting things like “OH MY GOD, I’m so GOD DAMN excited for this F**KING BAND to play my favorite F**KING SONG like F**KING EVER, you guys F**K.”

Jack Barakat. Marquee. Tempe, AZ. Photo credit Kyra Wennersten.

Seeing Hit The Lights brought back memories of my first Warped Tour, and hearing The Summer Set’s signature line about monsters in beds had me reminiscing of the AP Tour.  When All Time Low took the stage amidst deafening screams and a rhythmic cult-like “All-Time-Low” chant, I knew it would be my last show as a teenager.

Anyone who has ever seen All Time Low perform live knows that it’s high energy, fun, and wildly inappropriate.  They put on one of the most visually appealing shows with coordinated lighting—Peter Pan green for ‘Somewhere In Neverland’ and Ravens purple during ‘For Baltimore.’  Fun banter between front man Alex Gaskarth and guitarist Jack Barakat always evokes screams, whether the conversation is about Alex getting frisky with drummer Rian Dawson’s mom, or how sexy the band members are.

ATL played a handful of classic hits like ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In,’ ‘Poppin’ Champagne,’ ‘Remembering Sunday’ and ‘Jasey Rae.’  But it was their new track off Don’t Panic that got to me.  ‘Somewhere In Neverland’ sparked a train of thought—I’d been like Peter Pan.  I didn’t want to grow up.  But it didn’t really matter what I wanted, I knew from that moment it was inevitable.  What I also knew that from the genuine smiles on the face of every member on stage was that they were happy, doing exactly what they wanted.  I knew that I wanted what they had.  I’m doing that right now with Stork Music (though I’m not getting paid for it, boo) and I hope that in growing up, I’ll find that I can do what I love.

Alex Gaskarth, Zack Merrick. Marquee. Tempe, AZ. Photo credit Kyra Wennersten.

Seeing All Time Low then and now, I have watched them progress and grow into a band that’s matured lyrically and instrumentally and they continually put their all into every album and every show they play.  When I think of a band that defined my adolescence and growing up, it won’t be the Backstreet Boys or *Nsync.  Looking back, it will always be ATL—crying over boys while ‘Therapy’ played through my earphones, dancing to ‘Damned If I Do Ya’ in my room and watching almost every classic Disney movie after listening to ‘Somewhere in Neverland.’  I can safely say that All Time Low put on an amazing show, like they always do.

Thank you all for your support of Stork Music.  Please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions at all.

Love,

Thuy Lan

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Arizona band, RadioDriveBy, played a show at The Fixx this past Saturday, pleasing a bevy of RDB fans with their free concert.  The band is playing an EP release show this coming weekend at The Martini Ranch with This Century, Austin Gibbs and Sweettalker.

Big thanks to our friend Kyra for taking wonderful photos for us, make sure to check out some of her photos!

If you haven’t checked out this band before, make sure you do!  If you like other big Arizona talents like The Maine and The Summer Set, you’ll probably love these guys too.

Pick up a copy of their new EP when it drops and make sure to look them up on iTunes, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!

Do you have any other bands you think we should cover on our site? Send us an email or tweet us!

~T

It’s been a while since the show, but we just wanted to make sure you guys saw pictures from the Yellowcard Tour with Go Radio! Unfortunately, Every Avenue’s van broke down so they didn’t make it to the show. Boo!

To make up for it, the guys in Go Radio played a 45-minute set. Winning! Check out the photos from the show here!

Also, check out all three parts of the great interview we had with Alex.

We talk to Alex about the deluxe edition of Lucky Street and the Goodnight Moon video!

#mymodelfriendsteve is briefly explained by Derek and the Misfits fight with Jerry Only is summed up.

Word association where Alex describes every member of Go Radio in one word!

Where else will you find an interview with members from Relient K and Every Avenue?

Dave Strauchman, Warped Tour Milwaukee

With a guest appearance from Go Radio?!

Only here on Stork Music, of course.

Check out Every Avenue concert photos here, and watch the interview below! Then scroll down to read the rest!

Word Association- continued:

Every Avenue Fans

Matt: Sweet and sassy.

Josh: Saucelitos!

Relient K fans

Josh: Beautiful. I’m a Relient K fan, I’m pretty beautiful.

Groupies

Matt: Grouper.

Jimmie: Wait, what? The fish?

Casey Anthony

Josh: Oh, god. Shithead? Does that count?

Harry Potter

Josh: UH, LIFE!

Matt: Nerds!

Twitter

Matt: Feather ruffling.

Immature

Josh: Uh, me.

Matt: Josh. Yes.

Jimmie: All of us everyday, everybody.

If you could have a stork bring you one thing, what would it be?

Matt: Myself as a baby. Dude, I would tell myself all the things I did wrong, like I’d be like ‘yo, stay away from that chick.’

Jimmie: I’d like to get a baby Jesus. I would keep that for sure.

Matt: You could save the world with that.

Josh: Uh, Tom Selleck’s mustache!

Matt: That can fly on its own.

Josh: You kind of that inspired for me, Matt.

~T

“We have a high energy show; we sweat a lot.” -Alexander Reed, Go Radio

Nintendo 3DS Stage, Warped Tour Milwaukee

Simply put, as talented and polished as Go Radio is lyrically, they are equally as talented live.  With fans dedicated enough to land Go Radio on the cover of AP magazine’s ‘We Are Warped’ issue, it’s clear the band has an enormous fanbase— who all show up to sets to sing along and belt their hearts out.  As much as the fans give, Go Radio reciprocates with a noteworthy onstage performance, jumping around and keeping fans interested by changing tempo— switching between tracks like ‘Any Other Heart’ and  the swoon-worthy ‘Goodnight Moon.’

The Truth Is‘ Stork Music has an obvious penchant for all things Go Radio. Especially these photos from Go Radio’s Milwaukee Warped Tour set.

Watch this interview with Alex Reed of Go Radio as he discusses fans asking for sweat-soaked underwear, the perils of tour life and his desire for an iPhone 4.

Make sure to check out the band on FaceBook, Twitter and iTunes!

~T

Traffic is an awful thing.  Awful for the environment, awful for sanity and awful for trying to get to a concert on time.

Traffic caused StorkMusic to miss Parachute’s performance of ‘What I Know’ (iTunes free single a few weeks back).  Despite the disappointment of missing the opening of Parachute’s set, the rest of it completely made up for it. The band members of Parachute display a vast array of musical talent— multiple sets of keys, two saxophones, a multitude of guitars and foundation bass and drums.

Parachute’s frontman, Will Anderson is interactive and entertaining.  Not afraid to get up close and personal with a his fans, he jumps up onto the crowd barriers and uses heads of fans as support to keep from falling, gives countless high fives and even breaks out his own camera to mimic fans taking pictures of him on stage.

It’s becoming rarer to find bands who sound like their recorded albums, but the musical consistency of Parachute is one quality of the band not to be taken for granted.  A Parachute show begs for sing-alongs to classics like ‘She Is Love’ (featured in a Nivea commercial), ‘Back Again’ and ‘Under Control.’  Overall, Parachute offers an energetic, true-to-record performance.

Check out some photos from their Summerfest show on StorkMusic’s Flickr page.

~T