Dashboard Confessional and The Rejects deliver everything you didn’t know you needed on a Friday night!

Several studies have outlined the benefits tied to Himalayan Salt Lamps: helping with anxiety, reducing stress, purifying, relieve migraines… these salt lamps have been sworn to boost moods, helping users live a happier life. Perhaps this is why Dashboard Confessional lines their stage with them? Perhaps they just enjoy the feng shui vibe. One thing we know for sure? When the Salt Lamps are brought out, paired with the calming aroma of lit incense (was it Sandalwood, boys?) — our lives are seconds away from getting a whole lot happier. 

It may be ironic, to boast about increase happiness while discussing bands that helped define “emo” as we knew and loved it. This is 2017, after all. And “emo” has gotten a whole lot brighter. 

In recent years, several memorable tours rocked the ‘emo community.’ Dashboard teamed up with Third Eye Blind in 2015, Jimmy Eat World and The Used headlined a Taste Of Chaos festival in 2016. Brand New made an epic comeback to feature The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me in full for a select lucky number of cities across the US. It seems as though even as our generation ages, one thing for certain: we’re all still just emo kids at heart, hopelessly waiting for My Chemical Romance’s reunion announcement… 

Until then, Dashboard Confessional has been doing a phenomenal job biding our time. Earlier this year, they announced they’d be teaming up with The All-American Rejects to give us an incredible experience and one absolutely unforgettable night, unlike any Dashboard performances you may have seen before. 

The tour kicked off in California, night two in San Francisco’s Masonic. They are joined on stage (for the first half of the tour) by The Social Animals — a newer band out of Duluth, Minnesota. Lead by lead vocalist Dedric Clark, these boys are gearing up to release their sophomore EP, coined Early Twenties due sometime this year and we cannot wait to hear it! Most impressive is their pluck to tackle on Prince’s “When Doves Cry,” which they adapt beautifully in the middle of their set. 

It doesn’t get much more emo than telling someone you are “crushed by a former love” and to “swing” from the tangled remains… but that’s exactly why we love The All-American Rejects and their first hit, which made it’s way to our airwaves way back in 2002. The band kicked off their set hard, inaudibly announcing: we’re back! And the crowd accepted them as if it hadn’t been a near five years since their last tour (okay, it wasn’t. Remember the Taste Of Chaos festival we mentioned from 2015? They were there. and AAR was as amazing as ever). 

Tyson Ritter flirted with the excited crowd, going from “Swing, Swing” to “Fallin’ Apart,” a track off of their 2008 When The World Comes Down which was an absolute delight to hear live as it’s always been one of our personal favorites! 

“How does it feelto be watching us as adults now?” Ritter teases the crowd, not being shy in the least bit with the hiatus The All-American Rejects took to focus on themselves. They return stronger than ever, having just put out two amazing new singles: “Sweat” and “Close Your Eyes,” both which made their second-ever live debut tonight. 

The band is full of smiles as they joke on stage that their own music is like a blast from the past, painting vivid pictures of college dorm walls (or even your bedroom at your parents… I was only 12 in 2002 when AAR first hit the scene) and days not forgotten. Tyson shares his own pang of nostalgia: a story of his first ever concert… The Anniversary with openers, Dashboard Confessional. The band powered through an amazing set list of all their best, including a song that many may have never heard of: “There’s A Place” off of the motion picture soundtrack for “Miss You Already” starring none other than Tyson Ritter himself. This beautiful, heartbreaking slow song was performed with palpable emotion from the band and fit right in with the general vibe of the evening. 

Oh, the salt lamps. 

After a short intermission, the stage is prepared for Dashboard in a similar fashion to those who have been lucky enough to see Dashboard Confessional perform before. Salt lamps are placed at the foot of where each of them is to stand, decorating the stage which features a vintage, pillowy looking backdrop. Tonight is by far the largest production we’ve had the pleasure of seeing Dashboard Confessional in… but here’s the thing about Dashboard Confessional: regardless of the venue, Chris Carrabba has an incredibly unique ability to make you feel as though you’re the only one there in the room being sung to. Take it from someone fortunate enough to have caught Dashboard at a number of events in the past few years: massive outdoor amphitheaters for the Taste Of Chaos tour, the small and intimate Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco or the even smaller Independent bar/venue where Carrabba played just months ago with his other project Twin Forks. It hardly matters the setting. Dashboard Confessional is committed to making each and every performance unique, personal and unforgettable. 

The band take the stage and show they’re not wasting time. They begin immediately with fan favorite, “Vindicated,” which we all know and love from the Spiderman soundtrack back in 2004. The show is begun in such a fashion that some three-thousand fans are singing along so loudly that Carrabba can take a step back from the microphone and allow the song to carry on flawlessly. Guitarist Armon Jay, bassist Scott Schoenbeck, and drummer Ben Homola each have such a memorable presence on stage, leaving no doubt in our minds that there is absolutely nowhere else these men would rather be, even as Chris informally addresses the crowd with a casual “hey… thanks for listening.” 

It wouldn’t be a Dashboard show without some one-on-one with Carrabba and he never fails to disappoint. He performs a few of Dashboard’s most memorable songs acoustically: “Ghost Of A Good Thing” and a new song titled “Heart Beat Here” which Chris has been playing experimentally recording the fans singing it back live, sharing his plans to include the fans on Dashboard’s newest upcoming album. 

“This next song’s about…” Carrabba is cut off by an enthusiastic fan screaming her heart out and jokes, “Oh yeah? I love that one!” He mimics, teasing how could she know and yet following it up with a smug…but totally suave and pulled-off grin, “Nah, you know [you love it]” before kicking off “The Places You Have Come to Fear The Most.”

The sentiment is never wasted with Carrabba who shares how grateful he is for the fans who have allowed him to be a part of something special. “And by that.. I mean you,” he says just before explaining his plans to mix the fans on “Heart Beat Here.” He shares that over the past year he’s been asking fans to sing along, for this experiment and if it sounds terrible… he promises it won’t be our fault. “I’ve heard it. It’s tremendous,” he says with a glimmer in his eye, and you know that he means it, singing his heart out to this new, intimate song. As he hits high notes many vocalists can only dream of and holds the notes in perfect pitch for well over a minute if not two. It’s as impressive as they come, enough to bring goosebumps and/or tears to those witnessing such raw and emotional talent. 

You guys wanna sing the lead? I’ll sing back up…

It is so apparent that tonight is for the fans. As the band joins Chris back on stage, they continue through their impressive nearly 20-year catalog of songs. With a single chord, the fans cheer for each and every song, one after another. The stage illuminates from purples to golds, looking regal and yet… as the band kicks off into “Remember To Breathe,” Carrabba is hardly shy as he sneaks in a Justin Bieber cover of “Love Yourself,” to the end of the song. 

The night is closed out by the one and only “Hands Down,” but not until after Carrabba has had the opportunity to gush about how important his band members are. “These are my friends… I dreamed of playing in a band with them for a decade. Every night is a dream. This is the best drummer and I can’t believe I’ve got him to be in my band,” he says in a full genuine confession, pointing back to Ben and taking moments to also mention how many bands Scott has been in, including The Promise Ring to which Carrabba says, “if you don’t know The Promise Ring, you’re not emo-ring correctly.” and of course, last but not least, AJ’s very own solo project by his own name which he recently released an album under Del Rio which deserves to be checked out here: http://armonjay.com/ 

To commemorate their tour, Dashboard and The Rejects decided to treat fans with covers of their biggest hits. You can catch Dashboard’s cover of “Move Along” and The Rejects take on “Hands Down,” on Consequence of Sound!

 

Check out our photo gallery from the night here! 

Be sure not to miss this epic tour as they make their way through North America. Check out the remaining tour dates below! 

Dashboard Confessional and The All-American Rejects 2017 Tour Dates:

WITH SUPPORT FROM THE SOCIAL ANIMALS:
07/17 – Boise, ID @ Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden
07/17 – Sandy, UT @ Sandy Amphitheater
07/21 – Maplewood, MN @ Myth
07/22 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Casino
07/23 – Saint Louis, MO @ The Pageant

WITH SUPPORT FROM THE MAINE:
07/25 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live
07/26 – Detroit, MI @Fillmore Detroit
07/29 – Big Flats, NY @ Tags
07/30 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
08/03 – New York, NY @ Central Park SummerStage
08/04 – Mashantucket, CT @ The Grande Theater at Foxwood Resort Casino
08/05 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook
08/06 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
08/08 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
08/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier
08/10 – Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap
08/12 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
08/13 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
08/15 – Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia
08/16 – Indianapolis, IN @ Indiana State Fair

The Melvins walk us through Love and Death at a sold out show in SF!

The Melvins have hit the road in celebration for the release of their first ever (in twenty-five releases and thirty years!) double-feature album, A Walk With Love And Death. This week, they played a sold out show at San Francisco’s own Great American Music Hall with support from Spotlights for a sludge-filled bad ass evening. 

The 23-track release (which dropped July 7th via Ipecac) finds Buzz Osborne, Steve McDonald and Dale Crover stitching together two very distinct sides to the band’s music, i.e. Love and Death. As expected from a Melvin’s release, Death is at it sounds, the slow, heavy metal fans crave. The Love side is a score to the Jesse Nieminen directed self-produced short feature by the same name: A Walk With Love and Death. The band has described their project as one “giant, dark, moody, psychotic head trip” to which their show definitely lived up to! 

This sold out night began with high expectations: the walls of the Great American Music Hall were lined with custom Melvins poster, each unique and just grotesque and worthy enough to commemorate the evening. Spotlights warmed up the crowd — this trio a perfect companion with their own slow-tempo metal music with a twist: lead singer/guitarist and bass players Mario and Sarah Quintero founded the band amidst their marriage! Joined on stage by Chris Enriquez on the drums, these New York natives were a treat all the way on the California coast. 

The Melvins took the stage with no tricks, no gimmicks, no flashy lights. In fact, they performed the entire night with the same vibrant red-lighting, leaving us to believe it was a statement towards love and death. The band opened with Flipper’s Sacrifice played at a medium tempo, leading into several of their tracks throughout the years and an unexpected cover in the form of The Beatles’ “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.”

It only took about three songs for the crowd to erupt to life, paying no mind to the small stage, fans were moshing/crowd surfing and coming in close proximity to kicking The Melvins themselves right in the cranium…and from the looks of it, The Melvins loved it, who fed off the energy to provide one epic show. All the while dressed impeccably for the occasion: Buzz in a be-dazzled mumu and Steve in a sleeveless fuzzy top with his accented golden, glitter guitar strap. Dale looked casual — but don’t let that fool you. He had Slyvester from the Looney Tunes helping him keep the beat on his drum kit. 

Check out our photo gallery from the evening! 

 

THE MELVIN’S SETLIST 

Sacrifice (Flipper Cover)
Oven
Anaconda
Queen
Kicking Machine
Savior Machine (David Bowie Cover)
It’s Shoved
I Wanna Hold Your Hand (Beatles cover)
Euthanasia 

Edgar the Elephant
Sober Delic (Acid Only) 

The Bit
Onions Make The Milk Taste Bad
Amazon
Lyson 

You can check out the trailer to A Walk With Love and Death (the feature) below. The album is available everywhere – check out Spotify and Apple Music to stream it! And don’t forget to catch The Melvins on the remaining tour dates! 

 

Melvins + Spotlights remaining tour dates:

07/10/2017 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall

07/12/2017 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre

07/14/2017 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub

 

07/17/2017 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall

07/18/2017 – Calgary, AB @ The Marquee

07/20/2017 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret

07/21/2017 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium

07/22/2017 – Minneapolis, MN @ Grumpy’s Bash

07/24/2017 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom

07/25/2017 – Chicago, IL @ The Metro

07/26/2017 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme

07/27/2017 – Detroit, MI @ El Club

07/28/2017 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop

07/29/2017 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar

07/31/2017 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater

08/01/2017 – Syracuse, NY @ The Westcott Theater

08/02/2017 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

08/03/2017 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

08/04/2017 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

08/05/2017 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony

08/06/2017 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar

08/08/2017 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry

08/09/2017 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle

08/10/2017 – Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse

08/11/2017 – Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall

08/12/2017 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room

08/13/2017 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck

08/15/2017 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre

08/17/2017 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

08/18/2017 – Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Fest

08/20/2017 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz

08/21/2017 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst

08/22/2017 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

09/05/2017 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom

09/06/2017 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole

09/08/2017 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk

09/09/2017 – Dallas, TX @ Tree’s

09/10/2017 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger

09/11/2017 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live (Studio)

09/13/2017 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s

09/14/2017 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall

09/15/2017 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbit’s

09/16/2017 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum

09/17/2017 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ The Culture Room

09/18/2017 – Orlando, FL @ The Social

09/20/2017 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club

09/21/2017 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Hell Stage)

09/22/2017 – Nashville, TN @ 3rd & Lindsley

09/23/2017 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone

09/25/2017 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon

09/26/2017 – Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewing Co.

09/27/2017 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s

09/28/2017 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room

09/30/2017 – Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre

10/02/2017 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad

10/03/2017 – Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room