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One Badass Concert Weekend

Three shows in three nights. Here's a ranking of live acts I saw.
1Scale The Summit

They opened for Fair To Midland, and just impressed the hell out of me, really. Everyone in their band is talented at their instruments, they had a lot of fun doing what they were doing, and they sounded absolutely perfect. I now need to pick up at least two of their albums.
2Rise Against

I'm one of those tall bastards (6') who like to stand front and center during shows. This time, I stood towards the back and got to see the entire stage, and the full effects of the light show. I felt like I was watching a concert DVD while at the show. And the crowd was amazing--everyone was into it, the mosh pit took up the entire middle portion in front of me at once point, and Rise Against themselves were energetic as hell. Excellent show, one of the best I've ever been to.
3Maylene and the Sons of Disaster

These guys opened for Protest The Hero. They were probably the best sounding band of the entire run other than Scale the Summit (in terms of pure sound quality). I was standing in the back for this one too (at Emo's), up on a step that let me see right over everyone's heads, so I was really able to enjoy the show.
4Bad Religion

This was the first time that I've ever gotten to see my favorite band live. They were OPENING for Rise Against, but they managed to fit 16 songs into a 45 min. set (not surprising). They'd be higher, except I got caught in the swell at the front for the entire show, and had to escape to the back before they were done; I couldn't even sing along to some of their songs because I was so damn tired. I DID, however, crowd-surf for the first time, so I'm not mad. They sounded better than I thought they would, really...but I want to see them again when they headline a show.
5Protest the Hero

...a.k.a. The Protest The Hero Music and Comedy Variety Hour. The lead singer is hilarious. And they were really damn's just, I only JUST got into them, and only have one of their albums that I don't know all that well yet, so it's not like I could sing along. "Sequoia Throne," however, was ace.
6Fair To Midland

I was upfront and center for this one, right along the thigh-level stage inside Emo's. Fair To Midland PLAYED well, but the sound quality was terrible and it took me a while into each song to figure out what they were playing. That being said, I enjoyed singing along to each of their songs...and Darroh is damn-near epileptic on stage.
7Four Year Strong

Sounded good...but I wasn't really paying attention. They were opening for Bad Religion and Rise Against.
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