While making their way around the US on the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, Mike Shinoda came through San Francisco for an evening at The Masonic with support from Don Broco and grandson. The first floor packed in a full crowd, which was surprising for Election night.
The evening kicked off earlier than expected (remember, kids, set times are subject to change from the times posted online), so I bolted to the photo pit as the first notes of “Everybody” came over the speakers. Don Broco consistently made it to the top of the list of acts not to miss during this summer’s last full cross-country run of Warped Tour (well, at least our list). Their contagious energy and easy-to-move-to songs make for a great show every time and they consistently set the bar very high. After the set I couldn’t help think why someone would ever put Don Broco first on a bill – it’s a hard act to follow.
Next up was grandson (stylized with a lowercase g). To my eyes, it appeared that it took some time for the crowd to get into the set, but once they did there was no turning back. Though the set felt short, they played through the entirety of their 2018 EP A Modern Tragedy, Vol. 1 at full force. grandson is an artist that was new to me that evening, but definitely someone I will keep an eye on moving forward. grandson closed out his set with “Blood // Water” and walked off with a heartfelt exclamation of “I love you. I hate Donald Trump. Goodnight!”
Check out Mike’s video for the “Lift Off” single featuring Chino Moreno and Machine Gun Kelly.
Mr. Mike Shinoda then took to the stage for what would turn into a heartwarming performance. While switching between performing Fort Minor tracks and music off his recent release, Shinoda made sure to take some time to talk to the audience about the late Chester Bennington, remembering him through some of Linkin Park’s most loved tracks. Throughout the tour, Shinoda has continued to ask the audience to sing Bennington’s part to “In The End” as he sings his and it was beautiful. Occasionally throughout the song, you could hear a single person’s voice increase for a given lyrics set, where it was obvious the line meant so a lot to them – it is amazing to see people come together through music.
While taking a break from singing to talk for a few minutes, Shinoda made a note that even though social media isn’t always a bad thing, it can often cause us to make “connections with screens and not faces – we forget to be human with one another […] and just listen a little bit more.”
The album Post Traumatic dropped on June 15, 2018, via Warner Bros. Records.
Towards the end of the set, Dave Phoenix Farrell of Linkin Park came out to make a guest appearance. A visit that didn’t last one or two songs, but for the entire rest of the set including the lengthy encore. Farrell talked about how his partner had given him a hard time about being a guest bassist on the tour – because you’ve heard of guest vocalists and guitarists tagging in, but have you really ever seen a bassist do that too? The audience definitely chuckled along with that.
It felt like the main set flew by, but a lengthy encore made up for it. From a source working on the tour, it was mentioned that Shinoda is shaking up his setlist each night, bringing a unique experience to every venue. For the last song of the night, grandson and crew came back on stage to perform “Running From My Shadow” which he made a guest appearance for on Shinoda’s latest release Post Tramatic.
Track-by-Track: Beyond Unbroken Discuss Some of Their Greatest Hits
Hard rock/metal band Beyond Unbroken join us for a special track-by-track rundown of some of their most notable and significant songs.
Beyond Unbroken has proudly unleashed “The Madness” via FiXT Music. It’s a fitting title for the metal quartet’s brand-new single, released with an accompanying music video earlier this month. The clip matches the song’s intensity, a deep dive into the small pockets of our minds where our demons lurk. “The Madness” depicts a psychological struggle where the mind succumbs to manic thoughts. The prison in the video is a metaphor for this struggle and the fact that one’s mind can become its prison. With “The Madness,” the message that the band is trying to convey is that you are not alone. Pain comes, and it’s often only temporary. Facing obstacles is a part of life, and we derive strength from these experiences. We’re all in this together, and Beyond Broken wants to emphasize that.
Beyond Unbroken celebrated their tenth year together last year, originally formed between Monte and Michael Money after leaving Escape the Fate. Although “The Madness” is a very aggressive metal song, the band is not defined by one genre. They enjoy trying new sounds, mixing genres, and, in doing so, defying expectations. The Money brothers and their bandmates derive inspiration from all of life’s experiences, culminating in a hard-hitting sound widely appealing to fans of both rock and metal.
With the recent release of “The Madness,” Beyond Unbroken joins us today for a special track-by-track feature in which they expand on the stories and meanings behind some of their most notable songs.
1. “The Madness”
“Lyrically, the song deals with the negative thought patterns we sometimes find ourselves in when facing struggles such as depression and anxiety, which can have negative impacts on our mental health. The song is about finally facing and breaking through those barriers. We wanted the music to greatly relate to the impact on the potential of the mind’s destruction, from heavy, ground-shattering guitar riffs and high-octane scream vocals from Michael Money, until you are met with the blissful vocals of Monte Money on the chorus to tie it all in. We literally couldn’t be happier with how this track turned out. It’s so great we had to do it justice by complementing it with an equally crazy music video.”
2. “Blood On My Hands”
“This was the first song to debut the dynamic we wanted for Beyond Unbroken and its future sound going forward in correlation with our label FiXT. The song truly resonates with a dark nuance of a tale of the aftermath of murder, demons, drowning, and blood, literally losing one’s mind and the regret of the aftermath of it all, begging for forgiveness only to be faced and judged as the criminal at hand hears the words ringing ‘Burn It, Burn It, Down, This Is Your Hell!’ as the embodiment of the victim finally gets payback. The song’s breakdown is truly unique and heavy and does the story justice in this dark, sinister world.”
3. “Running Out of Time” (Remaster)
“The official first single off the album debut. The song defines the band’s growth with modern originality, depicting as we age how little time we truly have and how we shape our destiny. We wanted to bring up the track with a slightly new touch to signify our signature sound as a remastered version with intense drums and big, booming guitars that complement the vocals. The song is a staple of our sound.”
4. Andromida – “Break the Cycle” (feat. Beyond Unbroken)
“With ‘Break the Cycle,’ we wanted to vocalize the effect the routine of everyday life has on us. Doing the same routine day after day becomes a monotony that you never even question, but are left just sitting in silence and suffering with all these thoughts in your head. The song is about finally breaking that vicious cycle of repetitiveness. The music defies all natural law and order of the world with big, chunky guitars, screaming verses and breakdowns, and a mind-bending chorus met with a screaming metal vocal choir to really kick you out of your seat and inspire you to take action.”
5. “With or Without Me”
“In ‘With or Without Me,’ we took you into a digital world influenced by big blockbuster movies like Blade Runner 2049 and TRON: Legacy, and games like Cyberpunk 2077. We wanted the touch of mechanical machines and digital sounds to meet heavy guitar-driven choruses to really bring a big impact to today’s music. We absolutely love the track and how it resonates with all our listeners.”
6. “Falling Down + Heathens”
“2020 was the year of lockdowns and COVID-19, with everyone staying inside. We noticed a significant increase in at-home quarantine-type cover songs that began to take social media by storm. With ‘Falling Down + Heathens,’ we wanted to do more than just a cover. We aimed to create a mashup consisting of two entirely different genres of music, putting them together to make something new. The result is this masterpiece, a song that truly unleashes Monte Money and Michael Money’s capabilities without any restrictions. The monstrous dueling guitar solos leave listeners hitting the repeat button. We never imagined that the song would end up being one of Beyond Unbroken’s greatest releases to date. We are truly thankful for every one of you who contributed to its success.”
OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival Returns with Powerhouse 2024 Lineup
OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival dropped an unbelievably impressive lineup for their 2024 edition this week.
The OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival dropped an unbelievably impressive lineup for their 2024 edition this week. The 17th edition of the festival will take place from August 2nd to 4th, at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Saint-Hélène, close to downtown Montréal. Headliners include SZA, Green Day, and Noah Kahan setting the tone for a diverse exhibition that is sure to appeal to the masses.
Representation is present for all genres at this year’s fest. Rock is covered by old-school legends Rancid, LA rockers The Linda Lindas, ’90s indie favourites Sleater-Kinney, and grunge icons The Smashing Pumpkins. R&B will be backed by hip-hop pioneer T-Pain, as well as Tyla, Ayra Starr, and Michaël Brun. Pop is represented by Mean Girls powerhouse Reneé Rapp, Euphoria star Dominic Fike, and alt-pop phenom Melanie Martinez. Indie will be covered by Irish musician Hozier and this generation’s Elvis, Stephen Sanchez. EDM will be showcased with sets by world-class producers like Martin Garrix and Labrinth.
If you’re someone who enjoys all types of music, this year’s OSHEAGA is a can’t-miss event. The lineup easily competes for the best of 2024. Tickets are on sale 2/21 for 3-day passes and 2/23 for single-day passes. Prices are as follows:
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $165 CAD
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET / 3-DAY: starting at $395 CAD
CASINO DE MONTRÉAL GOLD TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $320 CAD
CASINO DE MONTRÉAL GOLD TICKET / 3 DAYS: starting at $745 CAD
PLATINUM TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $685 CAD
PLATINUM TICKET / 3 DAYS: starting at $1,620 CAD
Get your tickets while they last!
J.MYSTERY Releases His Pure and Earnest Single “Everlasting Love”
J.MYSTERY drops his latest single, “Everlasting Love,” which takes all the emotion and heart of his sound and pours it into something pure.
The name of Portuguese singer-songwriter J.MYSTERY has grown synonymous with high-quality and emotionally resonant sounds that strike something deep within listeners, amplified by the artist’s magnetic performances and enigmatic, distinctive presence. J.MYSTERY’s latest single, “Everlasting Love,” takes all of the emotion and heart of his sound and pours it into something that feels pure and earnest, evoking the spirit and euphoria of a new relationship and the wonder and optimism that comes with it.
These thoughts and feelings are captured as much through the artist’s delivery and soundscape as it does in his lyrics, creating an atmosphere and feel that is full of hope and dreams and visions of a brighter future.
J.MYSTERY says of the track:
“I wrote ‘Everlasting Love’ thinking of the early stages of a relationship when you want to know more about the person next to you, and you start planning for the future because you know there’s something unique, something worth fighting for. Everlasting love.”
There is an engrossing charm and vulnerability to this sound that reinforces this statement and makes for a raw and easily identifiable ode to the most sincere form of love.
While the exciting artist has made a name for himself over the last few years as a unique and boundary-pushing talent, doing things his way and carving out a unique path and vision, it is the more human and emotional side that has cemented his growing following. This new release sees him continue to open up and bare his soul while maintaining a level of intrigue and mystique through his otherworldly atmospheric style. “Everlasting Love” is out January 26th.
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