Nov 12 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Nov 13 Austin, TX @ Antone’s
Nov 15 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Nov 16 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Nov 19 Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda
Pyle's soothing voice hit you like a punch to the gut and the emotion she conveyed throughout the set hit you like a freight train. The backing band let Pyle shine although they were able to add just a little something something when the music needed it. I would honestly love to see Pyle play solo with just a guitar.
Hard Girls has a very punk sound to them while still hanging onto a bit of the pop-punk feel (think The Menzingers). Their short and sweet songs are typically fast and honest. They are the type of songs that you find yourself jumping around in a mosh pit full of strangers even if you don't know the music. It's the kind of music that makes you feel something, doesn't matter what it is, but it's something just because it is performed with conviction.
As the first note of Jeff Rosenstock's set rang through the packed venue, the crowd went off and started pushing and shoving to the music. The energy in the room was electric and everyone seemed to be having a great time (although there was one drunk who was getting a bit handsy with a female in the front row and got kicked out after the band stopped mid song to address the situation.). The crowd never really settled down and Jeff had to urge them to stop pushing towards the front as the poor kids in the front row were taking a beating.
Jeff's music, which features an absolutely fabulous backing band, is upbeat but with more emotion than some of the saddest, slowest songs you've ever heard. Some of his music has a ska feel to it, some of it a skate punk feel to it, and other songs sound straight off your 2004 mixtape of angsty pop punk music. Regardless of what feeling the song conveys, the crowd, and band members, seemed to take it in/ perform it with gratitude and love.
It's hard to put a feeling like the feeling in The Entry last night into words. Everything about the night was messy. The crowd, the music, the stage, it just felt messy but that was exactly how it needed to be. It felt genuine and raw but polished at the same time. Even with the mess of it all, it was truly beautiful and, in such a hectic time with today being election day and all, it was exactly what the hyped up crowd seemed to need.
All of the bands last night were masters at conveying energy and feelings and that's what makes a truly memorable show.
Jeff Rosenstock at 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis (07 November 2016)