Photos and Write-Up by Chris Weiss

Photos and Write-Up by Chris Weiss

Taking the stage after The Gaslight Anthem, experimental hardcore rockers Thrice took the stage in an explosion of epic lighting and slammed into the heaving barriers that were filled to the max with over 2,300 fans.

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Photos and Write-Up by Chris Weiss

Photos and Write-Up by Chris Weiss

Following The Gaslight Anthem and Thrice, Alkaline Trio took the stage to show that they could continue the throwdown of punk rock, and that Rise Against would have to bring it louder, harder, and stronger if they wanted to raise the bar that Trio brought.

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Photos and Write-Up by Chris Weiss

Photos and Write-Up by Chris Weiss

Coming out in a whirlwind of piano rock, Ohio-natives Relient K lit up The Pageant in Saint Louis, Missouri to cap off the night as the headlining band for the Uncle Fest Tour.  (more…)

Photos and write-up by Chris Weiss

Opening with the words, “And today was a day just like any other,” Andrew McMahon of Jack’s Mannequin couldn’t have been more wrong — today was a day unlike any other.

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Resident bad ass, Christian Skoch, gives you fine readers his overwhelmingly amazing experience in written form of the Explosions in the Sky concert that took place at the Pageant on Saturday, March 29. ROCK!

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When I learned the Explosions in the Sky concert last Saturday wasn’t sold out, I assumed that it would be one of the less crowded Pageant shows I had been to. I mean, who would go to a concert to hear compositions that are more conducive to studying or sleeping than rocking out? Apparently everyone. This is why I was also surprised to find out there were no assigned seats, or scarcely any seating at all. I guess the only thing I was right about going into the Pageant was that I was in for an epic experience.

The opening act for Explosions in the Sky was Lichens, the stage name for a man named Rob Lowe. He plays as the bassist for the math rock band 90 Day Men who turned to his solo project for more collaboration opportunities and more room for expression in live performances. His performance was indeed quite remarkable. It consisted almost entirely of wordless, looping, effected vocals while his guitarist played along. The unique set began with him sitting in center stage recording and looping what would eventually become a chorus of birds using just quiet whistling through his teeth. From there it went to loud, distorted guitar and harmonic vocals overplaying each other. I say it was unique because if he played more than one song, the audience was not aware. When his performance seemed like it was transitioning to a new theme, or he paused for a few seconds, there was no applause as the audience was entranced in silence. I lost track of how long he kept us captive, but I’m sure it was more than half an hour. He could have kept us for an hour and a half and I would not have noticed the difference.

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When Explosions in the Sky took the stage, there was a short introduction by the guitarist Munaf Rayani. He introduced the band and gave a shout out to a few family members, and began to play. There were no banners, no elaborate stage props and no bombastic lighting. In fact, it was one of the more empty stages I’ve ever seen at the Pageant. It consisted of simply a drummer in the back and two guitarists and a bassist in the front. The stage may not have been flashy but the music was loud. I would describe it more as thunderous rather than obnoxiously deafening. Every time the bassist hit the lower notes I could feel it in my chest. As they played I realized more and more that my studying soundtrack was really more of a series of epic masterpieces that were just as intense as any other band I had seen; and they play with an energy that make their compositions incredibly interesting.

I call them compositions because they are much more than normal songs. The driving rhythms, grand harmonies, and admittedly quieter melodies give you the feeling that you are watching an art form at its finest. In fact, a character in the crowd five or six feet from me was so moved he felt the need to conduct, with his hands, most of the performance. If I had been by myself or even if I had no one behind me trying to see I may have done the same thing. As it was, I decided not to be ridiculous. It was enough for me to motionlessly enjoy the great artistic form that Explosions in the Sky expresses so well.

Eden Temple gives her short and direct review of the Yonder Mountain String Band. It’s all about one thing here– the music.

On Saturday the 23rd of February the entire pit at the Pageant was filled with a mixture of people from every walk of life, with one common interest—Yonder Mountain String Band. The Pageant had to open an extra minor area because there were so many youngsters coming to see the concert. Then the band ,consisting of Jeff Austin the mandolin player, Ben Kaufmann the bass player, Dave Johnston on the banjo and Adam Aijala on the guitar, came out ready to play.

      The band started to play and the crowd erupted in movement. Although the concert didn’t result in a crazy dance party, the band was relatively interactive with the audience. They seemed to really care about giving the people what they wanted, more music. They wanted to let us hear as much music as possible before they were forced to leave by the venue. At one point Jeff Austin, the mandolin player, went out into the crowd so that he could see Yonder Mountain String Band play, which is something he’s always wanted to do.

While I was disappointed that they didn’t play some of my favorite songs, every song they played was still enjoyable. They tried to play songs that they hadn’t preformed yet during their tour. Most of the songs were very upbeat which created a positive atmosphere to accompany everyone’s excitement. The music was the perfect volume and the light effects could only be described as “trippy.”