Show Review:: Cartel 4/22


Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
Review and photos by Caitlyn Willard.

Cartel recently came to Baltimore to celebrate the anniversary release of their debut album Chroma, which was released 10 years ago (CRAZY!). They played to an almost sold out room, full of fans waiting to relive their early teenage years. The band also brought along with them Hit the Lights, TEAM*, and Driver Friendly.


Driver Friendly, who hail from Austin, TX, were the first act to play. Driver Friendly is fairly new to the scene, having only been around since 2012, but have already opened for bigger names such as Motion City Soundtrack, Relient K, and now, Cartel. The first time I saw them was during Warped Tour 2013 and I’ve been a fan ever since. With an incredibly energetic live presence, the band had the attention of everyone in the room. Driver Friendly even played a cover of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” which had the crowd dancing and singing along. This is a band that definitely shows a lot of promise.


TEAM* was up next. The band, which started in 2013 includes two past members of Forever the Sickest Kids, Caleb Turman on vocals and Rico Garcia on drums. Their music had an indie/beachy sound with a mix of rock and was very catchy. The crowd seemed to enjoy them and with the fans from some of the members past work, I’m sure they’ll start building a solid fan base soon.


Hit the Lights, like Cartel, has also been in the scene for many years and had a solid fan base in the crowd. Opening their set with their new song “Fucked Up Kids” from the latest release Summer Bones, the band had great energy throughout their whole set. It was clear that the energy in the room really began to build as Hit the Lights began playing some of their older songs such as “Stay Out” and “Drop the Girl” and closed their set with fan favorite, “Body Bag”.


It was now time for the band of the night. Cartel opened with the first song off Chroma, “Say Anything (Else),” and the venue instantly exploded. Their set included every song from Chroma, front to back. It was clear that this album was very influential to the fans in crowd, as it is to us over at Lucy Out Loud. Every person sang their hearts out to each song along with the band. At the end of “Burn This City,” Cartel even stopped playing the last verse so the roomed was filled with nothing but the audience singing the words back to them. In the middle of the set vocalist, Will Pugh, came out on stage out by himself to play a very intimate performance of “Save Us.” This might have been my favorite moment of the night and some parts honestly gave me goosebumps. The energizing set concluded with “Q” and “A.”

For the encore, Cartel played a couple fan favorites including “The Fortunate” and “The Perfect Mistake”. The crowd gave their all from beginning to end and it was certainly a night to remember.

LOL Gallery: Driver Friendly, TEAM*, Hit The Lights, Cartel  

Who: Driver Friendly, TEAM*, Hit The Lights, Cartel
What: Chroma 10th Anniversary Tour
When & Where: 4/22/15, Baltimore Soundstage; Baltimore, MD
By: Caitlyn Willard

For full gallery, click here!

Cartel Announce Chroma 10-Year Anniversary Tour

The 10-Year Anniversary Tour we’ve all been waiting for (at least us over at Lucy Out Loud) has finally been announced! That’s right ladies and gents, Cartel will be hitting the road this spring in honor of Chroma’s tenth anniversary and will be playing the album in its entirety! Joining them will be Hit The Lights, TEAM*, and Driver Friendly! The band also announced a band approved edition of Chroma on white vinyl. Only 1000 copies will be made of these, which will be available for purchase tomorrow. For more information, click here!

Tour dates can be found below!

4.9 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
4.10 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II
4.11 – St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
4.12 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
4.14 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
4.15 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
4.16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
4.17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
4.18 – Boston, MA @ The Middle East Downstairs
4.19 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
4.21 – Freehold, NJ @ GameChangerWorld
4.22 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
4.24 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4.25- Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater

5.6 – San Diego, CA @ Porter’s Pub
5.7 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
5.8 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
5.9 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
5.11 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
5.12 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5.14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Murray Theater
5.15 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
5.16 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada

Driver Friendly Announce New Album, Unimagined Bridges

This past Monday, Hopeless Records announced the upcoming release of Unimagined Bridges from Driver Friendly. The full-length album will be released on July 15th and is currently available for pre-order through iTunes and MerchNow!

You can find the album art and track listing below!

Track listing:
1. The Game (This Won’t Hurt)
2. Everything Gold
3. Stand So Tall (feat. Dan Campbell)
4. Deconstruct You
5. Undone
6. The Conversation
7. Bad Way
8. Start Again
9. What A Predicament!
10. Twenty Centuries Of Sleep
11. Bridges

50 Acts You Won’t Want To Miss At SXSW (Part 4)


Since none of us here at Lucy Out Loud will be able to attend SXSW this year, we’ve put together a list of 50 acts(in no particular order) we think those of you that are attending shouldn’t miss! 

To check out our fourth installment (acts 31-40), click “Read More”!

*Note: some acts we’ve included are performing at South By So What?! and not South By South West. However, since the festival takes place during the week of South By Southwest, we’ve decided to still include them in our list!

Part 4 (Acts 31-40). Check out Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

  1. Hydra Melody
    This San Antonio-based band had an incredible 2013, including performing at 6 showcases at SXSW and even opened for Third Eye Blind’s sold out fall tour! The band are performing at 5 showcases at this year’s SXSW and plan on releasing three 4-5 song EPs, each different from the other. Now if you don’t think that’s awesome, I don’t know what is!
    Where to catch Hydra Melody: 3.11 – 1am – RedGorilla Music Festival @ The Blind Pig Pub; 3.12 – 1:45pm – Big Picture Media Showcase @ Thirsty Nickel; 3.13 – 6:15pm – Lynwood King’s River City Showcase @ The 311 Club; 3.13 – 11pm – RedGorilla Music Festival @ The Thirsty Nickel; 3.15 – 8pm – Eye In The Sky Showcase @ Shiner’s Saloon

  2. The Architects
    The Architects have a sincerely unique view on the current state of the music industry as a whole and are trying to redefine and reestablish the modern idea of “doing something big.” Their goal is “to remind you that music is not a temporary fashion accessory fling”, and I could not agree more! Currently, the band is involved in the project, Border Wars, which is a series of five connected episodes told through a collection of comic book stories and their accompanying soundtrack releases. 
    Where to catch The Architects: 3.12 – 10:30pm – Sony Music Showcase @ Hanger Lounge; 3.13 – 10:30pm – Midcoast Takeover @ Shangri La

  3. Driver Friendly
    When you look through the roster for Hopeless Records, you see some of the biggest pop/punk names around today – All Time Low, The Wonder Years, Yellowcard, and a handful of other superstars. You’ll also see bands like Driver Friendly – a six-pack of Texans who are poised to be something big sometime very soon. Keep your eyes on these guys!
    Where to catch Driver Friendly: 3.11 – 9pm – Official SXSW Showcase @ Dirty Dog Bar; 3.14 – 12:35pm – Big Picture Media Showcase @ Blind Pig Roof; 3.14 – 5pm – Macbeth/Charlie Showcase

  4. Mime Game
    Mime Game is one of those bands that have already fulfilled a long list of goals within their first year of being a band. In 2013 alone, the band toured along the eastern half of the country, played SXSW, and released their latest EP. This is a band on a mission and there is no sign of them stopping anytime soon.
    Where to catch Mime Game: 3.14 – 6pm – Music Saves Lives Showcase @ Firehouse Lounge; 3.14 – 9pm – Tapasitas

  5. Warm Soda
    I came across this band randomly and after my first listen, I was already hooked. Though called a pop group, Warm Soda combines glam, garage rock, and some of that bubblegum pop that all of us secretly love. They were recently named one of Rolling Stone’s “Bands To Watch from San Francisco” – and I truly believe that they are. 
    Where to catch Warm Soda: 3.11 – 1pm @ Cheer Up Charlies; 3.12 – 10:30pm @ Hotel Vegas; 3.13 – 9:45pm @ Trailer Space Records; 3.14 – 6:30pm @ Hotel Vegas; 3.15 – 11:45pm @ Hotel Vegas

  6. Real Estate
    Real Estate released their third album, Atlas, only a week ago and it’s already received tons of buzz. The band signed to Domino Recording Company back in 2011 and it’s easy to see why this band has gained so much attention over the past few years. Their indie rock sound is instantly captivating and their new album is one you’ll be playing all year round.
    Where to catch Real Estate: 3.13 – Dr. Marten’s Showcase @ Bar 96; 3.14 – Pitchfork’s SXSW Showcase @ the Central Presbyterian Church; 3.14 – Spotify House

  7. The Suffers
    This ten-piece ensemble from Houston combines classic rock & roll with elements of soul into something that certainly stands out in today’s music scene. The group plans to release their first full-length later this year, so getting a sneak peek at that is sure to be a treat… if they can all fit on a stage together.
    Where to catch The Suffers: 3.13 – 3pm – Symphony Square Showcase @ 1101 Red River St.; 3.14 – 1pm – The Future of Music Showcase @ Shiner Saloon; 3.15 – 11pm – Convoy Group Official SXSW Showcase @ The Dirty Dog

  8. Printz Board
    Grammy-Winning musician, songwriter, producer, artist and entrepreneur Printz Board has a lot going on in his life. For those of you unfamiliar with Printz Board, he is the man behind Grammy winning songs from Black Eyed Peas “My Humps”, “Don’t Phunk with my Heart”, and “Where Is The Love?” He’s collaborated with Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, and even Katy Perry! He recently launched his solo career and already announced an upcoming debut album. In the meantime, you can catch him opening up for CeeLo Green at this years SXSW.
    Where to catch Printz Board: 3.15 – 3:15pm – Rachel Ray Feedback BBQ Party @ 801 Red River St; 3.15 – 8:30pm – SXSW Cedar Street Courtyard Showcases @ Cedar Street Stage

  9. & 10. Taking Back Sunday & The Used
    I’m coupling these two together for multiple reasons. Most importantly, and obviously, are their live shows – they’re phenomenal. But, aside from that, both have been staples in the music scene for more than a decade, are teaming up for a co-headlined tour this spring, and both have new music on the very-near horizon.
    Where to catch Taking Back Sunday and The Used: 3.14 – South By So What?! @ Quiktrip Park