Warped Tour heading for Indy

Story by: Compiled by staff

On July 19, 2016 the Vans Warped Tour will make a stop at Klipsch Music Center. Headliners this year include Falling in Reverse, Good Charlotte, Less Than Jake, New Found Glory, Sum 41, Yellowcard and Sleeping with Sirens.

For more information on the Vans Warped Tour, check out the official tour site.

To see what other tours will be at Klipsch, check out Live Nation’s concert schedule.

 

Upcoming Events: Choir plans to swing the night away

Story compiled by MVHS staff

This Thursday the MVHS cafeteria will be filled with the sweet sounds of the 1920’s as the choir department presents their annual Jazz and Swing concert. There will be folk and jazz music, a live swing band and swing dancing.

Ticket are $5 at the door and refreshments are provided at no additional charge.

 

5SoS

Story by: Baylie Clevenger, Managing Editor
Photos by: Baylie Clevenger, Managing Editor

Baylie's 5SoS 1On August 22 the band 5 Seconds of Summer paid a visit to Klipsch Music Center, and I had the privilege of being able to attend such a fun and entertaining concert.

The concert began after the less-than-impressive opening act, Hey Violet. While I was dissatisfied with the opening act, having mediocre vocals and lyrics, the rest of the concert was stellar.

5 Seconds of Summer opened with their song “End Up Here.” I thought the song was a great choice to open their performance, it was very fun and upbeat and I was impressed.

Baylie's 5SoS 2This concert had the best atmosphere,  there was not only chemistry between the band members, but also between the band and the crowd. It was clear that the band loved being on stage and they were glad to be there performing. They also thanked the crowd multiple times for having them and I thought it was pretty neat that they were so grateful to have been performing for us.

The most impressive part of the concert, by far, was their performance of the song “Wrapped Around Your Finger.” The vocals of Michael Clifford, guitarist, were spectacular and sounded as if he were recorded in a professional studio. The song was also just awe inspiring  and the emotion put into it was astounding.

The only part about the concert I was not pleased with was their decision not to sing “If You Don’t Know,” a fan favorite. The setlist was pretty good, but there were definitely some songs I wish would have been there that were not. Some of them include the first song of theirs I ever listened to, “Heartbreak Girl,” which was replaced by their new single “She’s Kinda Hot.”  I was also sad to find that their song “Never Be,” which is my favorite of all of the 5 Seconds of Summer songs, was missing.

When I can walk out of a concert and hear a large group of complete strangers singing one of the band’s songs together, I know it was a good concert.

 

Smallpools

Story by: Dakota Fisher, staff writer

March 13 marked the band Smallpools’ second visit to Indianapolis, this time headlining. The Indie-Pop quartet from Los Angeles recently released their first album, “Lovetap” that includes their hit “Dreaming.”

The lights died down and the opening act, Grizfolk, left the stage.

Fog machines were in full swing, the smell of Halloween permeated the air and the magic began.

Smallpools’ lead guitarist, Mike Kamerman- whom I met shortly after the show- acted as a composer and pretended to conduct the crowd. After his symphony was over and the man beside me and I had bumped elbows numerous times, the stage went black.

The typical “HELLO INDIANAPOLIS!!! HOW YOU DOIN’ TONIGHT?!?” rang through the room and the crowd erupted with screams and ” I love you’s” from 13 year old girls in flannels.

“I have a story,” lead singer Sean Scanlon said as the hearts of the entire crowd raced and adrenaline pumped through our already far-too-excited-veins. Sean told us about a strange dream he’d had that inspired the song, “No Story Time.”

As the intro to the next song began and it built up to the first line, the crowd was practically vibrating. Of course there were the few people standing perfectly still as to get a good shot of Beau killing it on the drums, but the rest of us had no restraint.

“I want all of you to turn your phones off,” Sean instructed. “No matter what, I want all technology away. Even if the Devil himself comes down and starts talking to you.” At that point in his short speech, his voice doubled as though ‘the devil’ had possessed him. Following the exorcism of Sean Scanlon , they begin performing their title song, “Lovetap,” to a phone-free crowd.

Throughout the rest of the night the energy never died and the crowd was energetic as ever.

It is always nice to see a band live, especially in instances such as this when the band is far more talented live than they are on record. Live, they can add so much more grit and emotion and the pressure of getting it right is gone. It is amazing to see a band just lose control on stage.

Smallpools’ first album, “Lovetap,” is now available on iTunes.

 

Sleeping with Sirens and Pierce the Veil review

Story by: Stephani McDole, staff writer

On February 7, a beautiful concert took place at the Old National Center in downtown Indy: The Sleeping with Sirens and Pierce the Veil concert.

The two bands have been touring together for their Rockstar Energy Drink tour, alternating as headliners. At this particular show, Sleeping with Sirens headlined.

Before the two better known bands hit the stage, two other bands opened up. The first band, Mallory Knox, got the crowd pumped. Personally, I did not know of the band until that night, so every word they said sounded like verbalized mashed potatoes. However, they still sounded swell.

The second opening act, Pvris, swept me away. They had a female lead singer, which is rare in the pop-punk world. The crowd had mixed reactions to the band, despite the amazing vocals. I would have listened to that band all night. That girl knew how to perform.

After a long wait, Pierce the Veil took the stage. The crowd went crazy for them. Lights flashed, the bass rang through the air nonstop, and to top it all off, the band members kept throwing picks and drum sticks into the crowd. This is when the pushing and shoving became a battle amongst the fans. Everyone fought to get to the front, which made it really hard to record anything, or even enjoy the music.

Once the crowd settled down, the show became easier to spectate. The band cleared the stage and the lead singer, Victor Fuentes, sang an acoustic version of their song “I’m Low on Gas and You Need a Jacket.” It was a nice break from the intense sound.

Before Sleeping with Sirens took over, the lead singer, Kellin Quinn, joined Pierce the Veil to perform a song he is featured in, “King for a Day.” It was one of my favorite songs to watch them perform because Quinn and Fuentes work so well together on stage.

By the time Sleeping with Sirens finally took the stage, I had made it to the front of the crowd. Once the band began playing, I was mesmerized. The whole band knew how to rock the stage and blew me away.

After a few of their ear-ringing jams, the band also took a break with an acoustic cover of the Goo Goo Dolls song, “Iris.” Phone lights waved in the air like lighters and the whole crowd seemed to be singing along.

Overall, the concert was perfect. The lights, the sound, the people, despite the body odor and mosh pits everywhere. My ears rang for three days after, and I’d have to say it was totally worth all the bruises.