On the night of October 6, 2017 two tours converged upon the freshly renovated Palladium in Worcester, MA, the “Headspace Tour” headlined by Issues, with support from Volumes, Too Close to Touch, and Sylar, and the No Sun No Moon Tourheadlined by The Devil Wears Prada, with support from Veil of Maya, Silent Planet, and Thousand Below. The Palladium had both stages running that night, with a few locals opening the upstairs stage, which was headlined by Thousand Below. Unfortunately due to traffic, I managed to miss the entire upstairs lineup as well as Sylar and Too Close To Touch, whose set I caught the very end of.

As Silent Planet took to the stage next, the venue was pretty damn packed. These guys killed it on Warped Tour all summer so I had an idea of what to expect. That being said, seeing them on a smaller stage was even better. Frontman Garrett Russell spent a good chunk of time on the barrier, right up close and personal with the crowd, and and the fans loved it–the audience was going nuts during a majority of their set, which featured a brief guest spot by David Longval of local band Eyes on Satellites.

Volumes brought some bounce to things next, with a short, but solid set of their brand of “djent.” It’s been a hot minute since Myke Terry joined the band to replace former vocalist Michael Barr, and he was certainly great when they were last on Warped. However, in the time since he’s really grown into his new role–he has a really funny/goofy stage presence, and lasted one song on stage before heading for the barricade and ducking away the pull of security guards to crowd surf. Although their set was shortened due to the volume (pun intended) of bands playing that night, they still fit in several heavy-hitting tracks including “Left For Dead,” “Feels Good,” and “Wormholes.”

Veil of Maya kept the energy going with their performance after Volumes. Frontman Lukas Magyar was at his best, hitting every soaring clean vocal as well as every high scream and low growl. VoM are about to release their new record False Idols on October 20, so fans were treated to one of the new tracks that already dropped as a single “Overthrow.” Along with that, VoM threw in fan-favorite “Mikasa,” as well as “Unbreakable” and a few others, though older track “It’s Not Safe to Swim” was noticeably absent (likely due to time constraints on their set).

After a bit of a wait, it was time for The Devil Wears Prada to kick things into high gear. The band emerged with the track “Daughter,” from 2016’s Transit Blues before continuing into “Sassafras,” and “Assistant to the Regional Manager.” From the get-go, the crowd brought their crowd surfing A-game–I felt bad for the security staff who’d already had a pretty good workout during Volumes. I’ve seen TDWP close to 20 times now–and three times this year alone–but they never fail to impress. Frontman Mike Hranica was all over the stage as usual, be it hulking over the monitors or two-stepping near the backline. Hranica was just as powerful as ever vocally, with his deep distinctive gutturals ringing out over his bandmates as they barreled through their ~55-minute set. They would go on to play favorite tracks including “Born to Lose,” “Escape,” “Mammoth” and more. You can catch The Devil Wears Prada on the No Sun No Moon tour through early November (see the full list of remaining dates below).

After a crushing set from TDWP, Issues had their work cut out from them–especially since as far as I’m aware, these tours only crossed paths to play together on this night. From the get-go, Issues’ production was completely on another level, with their drummer elevated 10-15 feet up on the stage atop a riser with LED panels and a wide array of lights spread out across the stage. Clean vocalist Tyler Carter emerged to a cheer from the crowd sporting a gold coat as the band kicked into “COMA” from their 2016 release Headspace. Their set would go on to include “Sad Ghost,” “The Realest,” “Never Lose Your Flames,” “Mad At Myself,” and more. I high-tailed it out during their set so I didn’t catch all of it, but they certainly were the crowd-favorites of the night. You can catch Issues out on the Headspace Tour through November–the remaining dates are included below.

“No Sun No Moon” Tour (Remaining Dates):

Oct. 13 – Orlando, Fla. @ The Plaza Live
Oct. 14 – Lake Park, Fla. @ Kelsey Theater
Oct. 15 – Tampa, Fla. @ The Orpheum
Oct. 16 – Pensacola, Fla. @ Vinyl Music Hall
Oct. 18 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Marathon Music Works
Oct. 20 – Dallas, Texas @ The Door
Oct. 21 – Houston, Texas @ Scout Bar
Oct. 22 – San Antonio, Texas @ Alamo City Music Hall
Oct. 24 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Sunshine Theater
Oct. 25 – Mesa, Ariz. @ Nile Theater
Oct. 26 – Pomona, Calif. @ The Glass House
Oct. 27 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Teragram Ballroom
Oct. 28 – San Diego, Calif. @ SOMA
Oct. 29 – Sacramento, Calif. @ Ace of Spades
Oct. 31 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Complex
Nov. 1 – Denver, Colo. @ The Summit Music Hall
Nov. 2 Omaha, Neb. @ Slowdown
Nov. 3 Minneapolis, Minn. @ Skyway Theatre
Nov. 4 Chicago, Ill. @ Bottom Lounge

“The Headspace” Tour (Remaining Dates):

10/13 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
10/14 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
10/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
10/17 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
10/18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10/20 – Berkeley, CA @ UC Theatre
10/22 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
10/23 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
10/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco Theater
10/26 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
10/27 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
10/28 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
10/29 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
10/31 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
11/01 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
11/03 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues

When he's not out in the woods, clomping around in streams, or looking at shiny rocks, you can find our U.S. Managing Editor and contributing photographer Nathan Katsiaficas in the photo pit, covering everything from heavy metal to punk, alternative, indie, and hip-hop.