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All Time Low @ Starland Ballroom & Kean University (photos, review)

All Time Low (Photos and words by Catherine Powell)

All Time Low live

Starland Ballroom Recap:

It's always cool watching bands improve tour after tour, and after watching The Summer Set's set last night I'm convinced they're destined for something great. Despite lead singer Brian Dales' illness, the band sounded spot on, playing a few new songs from their upcoming record Everything's Fine. Though usually annoying, Hey Monday seemed to have lost some of their squeaking and played a fun, energetic set for the packed room. Yellowcard definitely had the performance of the night. After a few fans sent an email explaining the death of a friend and making a request the band added View From Heaven to their setlist and the addition was very well received. All Time Low made pop-punk look easy as they rocked through their hour and change setlist, keeping the crowd moving at all times. The tour will be back in NYC on May 3rd, and if you missed the NJ dates I highly recommend making it out to that one.

Kean University Recap:

It's definitely weird going to an All Time Low show and not being surrounded by a bunch of fourteen year old girls. Needless to say, the change was a pleasant one. The Summer Set was first to take the stage and despite not really being known by any of the college students, they definitely got people moving. The same can be said for Hey Monday. When Yellowcard took the stage the room exploded. After a four year hiatus, the band definitely proved that they are back to stay. When All Time Low jumped onstage playing their new song Time Bomb it felt like any other ATL show - a lot of screaming and a lot of dancing. Kean booked the show as part of their Unity Week and definitely succeeded in bringing the school together for one event.

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