The Rocket Summer spent the last month of the summer traveling the country celebrating the 10th anniversary of their iconic album Do You Feel. The band has been playing massive sets each night, playing through the entirety of the album on top of at least 10 bonus songs off newer releases. Based on what we saw in Boston, this tour has served as a not only reflection on not The Rocket Summer’s past, but as a celebration of the community music has brought together and the power of that community.
Bryce Avary, the mastermind behind The Rocket Summer, made a point of sharing with fans that Do You Feel is so important to him because it’s the record that brought a lot of The Rocket Summer’s fans into this scene. He then called on fans to use their community to make a positive change in the world by donating to the Child Fund, who he brought on tour to raise money to combat child poverty.
We had the opportunity to catch up with Avary himself before he took the stage at Boston’s Brighton Music Hall. Check out the interview below and check out photos from the show here. Continue reading Interview with Bryce Avary of The Rocket Summer
Boston’s Brighton Music Hall was packed to the brim and buzzing with energy, even for a Friday night in the middle of summer. The venue is known for its notorious indie and punk shows hosted in an intimate space with no barrier between the crowd and the stage. But from the moment fans walked in, it was clear they were celebrating.
In fact, for weeks, fans across the country had been celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Rocket Summer’s album that started it all: Do You Feel. The master mind behind The Rocket Summer, Bryce Avary, took a full band on tour to play the album start to finish to celebrate the album’s legacy and how far the music has come since. This was definitely an older crowd than I’m used to seeing at Brighton. Despite overhearing some thirty-something punk bro warn his other thirty-something punk bro to “look out for the 12 year olds” as they made their way through the crowd, I’d say the average attendee was probably in their late twenties. It was a 10th anniversary show, after all. Parents, teens, and college-age twenty-somethings came together sporting apparel from bands from all over the emo/indie/pop-punk spectrum, from Kings of Lean to All Time Low to Blink 182. Because the crowd was so diverse, the show had an awesome dynamic from the get-go. Continue reading Show Review: The Rocket Summer – ‘Do You Feel’ 10th Anniversary Tour
Bryce Avary took over Brighton Music Hall on August 4th to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Rocket Summer’s iconic album Do You Feel. Fans were taken back to some of the earliest days of their middle- and high-school emo phases as they heard the album live from start to finish, before diving into an entire set’s worth of new content. Check out photos from the show below, and stay tuned for a full set review and interview with Avary himself!
This year, the film I have most looked forward to seeing is Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. As a World War II buff and history teacher, when I heard this film was being made, my immediate reaction was, “Finally, a movie about the single most important event of the war.” Without the evacuation at Dunkirk, the Normandy Invasions might not have been possible, as a large number of that D-Day force was made up of those rescued from Dunkirk’s beaches. Because of the event’s historical importance, not to mention cultural significance, the subject matter deserves an expert director, an ensemble cast, and a screenplay that presents the material in a new, exciting way. With Nolan at the helm, and with a plethora of British stars, both old and new, Dunkirk is easily the best film of the year so far. Continue reading Christopher Nolan’s Cleverness Never Ends | Film Review: “Dunkirk”
On Sunday, the BBC announced that Jodie Whittaker would be taking over as the 13th Doctor for the upcoming season of Doctor Who. After decades of male Doctors, and several seasons of a showrunner whose gender politics are less than kind to women, the change is long overdue. Ratings drooped under Steven Moffat’s reign and the imagination doesn’t have to stretch far to connect the dots–female sci-fi fans expect better, and it looks like we’re finally getting it.
Not everyone is so pleased by the change, however. As the average misogynist took to twitter to complain about how they “they don’t call it Nurse Who for a reason,” several British publications bizarrely voiced their opinion by way of digging up screenshots of nude scenes Whittaker had done in previous work. The Sun, among a few other British magazines such as Mail Online and The Daily Star, published nude screenshots of Whittaker under all variety of disturbing headlines–Whittaker’s “saucy screen past” and her “Dalektable” figure were put under a microscope mere moments after her accomplishment was praised by previous actors who played the role. Continue reading Yes, Publishing the First Female Doctor’s Nude Screenshots is Still Sexist