Show Review:: Jack’s Mannequin 2/4


Everything in Transit
Tenth Anniversary Tour
Thursday, February 4th 2016
The Royale; Boston, MA
Review and photos by Eric Riley

A few months back, I was lucky enough to cover the
Wilderness Politics Tour when it rolled through Albany. LOLO was wonderful, New
Politics crushed it, and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness was as great as ever.
Writing up my review for that show, I almost
got carried away with talking about my undying love for Everything in Transit. But, I contained myself. This time around,
however, I feel a pretty good rant building up. So strap in.

I wasn’t all that subtle last time around when I was talking
about how impressive this record is. Nor have I ever been very subtle when
talking about how impressive this record is. It isn’t just the flawlessness of
it, and it isn’t just the story surrounding it. It’s not about how I felt when
I first heard it, nor is it about how well it holds up (Hell, it’s probably
even better a decade later). It’s all of these things and then some; it’s about
all of these things coming together for one final run.


Openers Leisure Cruise did a commendable job setting the
tone for the evening. Their set was upbeat and fun, without seeming to try too
hard. Unfortunately, the 35-minute happened to drag for what felt like longer
than the half hour time slot. And while that seems like a dig at the artist, it
says far more about the headliner and the situation. Much like when NK were given
the nod as the opener for Fall Out Boy’s return tour, or Mike Herrera beginning
the nights of Anberlin’s farewell run, the openers for these special tours are
given little slack. On any other evening, the applause would have been greater,
the cheers probably a bit more sincere. But, the room was there for Jack’s
Mannequin, and anything else was just standing in the way.

Moments before the main set began, the stage began coming
together – McMahon’s piano taking center stage, setlists taped to each station,
a large, brightly-lit asterisk hung in the background. The first flash of white
light brought a surge of energy from the eager crowd.

a soundtrack of beach winds, SoCal traffic, and seagull caws playing, the
reunited five-piece took the stage beneath blue lights, welcomed by deafening

first half of the setlist was obvious – the near-dozen chapters of Everything
in Transit
played in succession. While we knew the songs and the order
they’d be coming, the additions of the little soundbites throughout the record
were a nice touch – the aforementioned background noise before “Holiday
from Real,” Andrew’s spoken words throughout “I’m Ready,” the
ending monologue following the closing half of “Made for Each


help give things a nice 10-year update, some minor additions and adjustments
were made here and there. "La La Lie” was simplified and stripped
down to the basics, done so without losing any of its impact. Later, the break
between “MFEO” and “You Can Breathe Now” was transformed
into an extended vamp, giving McMahon a chance to walk around the stage,
addressing the audience and thanking them for not only coming out for the
evening, but sticking around for the last decade, making an anniversary tour
not only possible, but highly sought-after.

encore brought a mixture of songs from other JM releases, both fast and

as the band mentioned, it wasn’t your traditional encore. McMahon spoiled the
trade secret of bands exiting stage and standing off to the side, waiting for
applause to draw them back out – “it’s just a lot of extra work, to go
stand, like, ten feet over that way behind the curtain and wait; we’d rather
just keep playing music.”


or not, a grab bag of other favorites capped off the night, throwing in a few
songs fans may have not expected to hear. “Hammers and Strings” and
“Swim” tugged at the room’s collective heartstrings, while
“Crashin’” and “Bloodshot” (which gets a surprising amount
of play – it was used last time around, too) kept the floor spinning. The night
came to an end with a Jack’s Mannequin favorite – a cover of Tom Petty’s
“American Girl.” It’s interesting to see a cover song act as
such a staple in a band’s arsenal, but when it is performed this well, even
with the lead singer crowdsurfing his way around the venue the entire time, why
not keep it going?

not sure what else there is to say about the show, the album, or the band in
general, really. There are plenty of classic records out there, and a handful
of them are “no-skippers,” as my sisters and I call them. Elton John’s Captain Fantastic, an album that I
heard, and I’m not exaggerating here, more than once a day while I was growing
up, is on that list. Boston’s self-titled is pretty close to perfect, and Born to Run is a masterpiece. In
more-recent history, the numbers get a bit smaller – Thrice’s Vheissu is beautiful from start to
finish, Razia’s Shadow is one of the
most underrated records of [at least] this generation, and then there’s Everything In Transit. When it first
came out, I was a skinny, pale, shy 14-year-old high schooler, and I had never
heard anything so incredible. Now, as a less-skinny, equally-pale, still
moderately-shy 24-year-old, I’ve still yet to find an album that holds a candle
to it. It’s been a decade, and I still find myself listening to it from front
to back a few times a week. And, if they decide to give us Twenty Years in Transit, you can bet I’ll be right back in the
front row once again.

So, that’s the record.

Until the next time, it’s been, uhh … it’s
been interesting.
But I’m glad that we
have her done.

Jack’s Mannequin.
Everything in Transit.

Holiday From Real
The Mixed Tape
I’m Ready
La La Lie
Dark Blue
Miss Delaney
Kill the Messenger
MFEO: Made for Each Other
You Can Breathe Now
Into the Airwaves

Hammers and Strings
Amy I

The Resolution
American Girl 

LOL Gallery: Leisure Cruise, Jack’s Mannequin

Who: Leisure Cruise, Jack’s Mannequin
What: Ten Years In Transit
When & Where: 2/4/16, Royale; Boston, MA
By: Eric Riley

For full gallery, click here!

20 Shows To See Before 2016

With only three weeks left of 2015, we put together a list of shows happening this month that we think you guys should check out! This includes holiday shows, album release shows, 10-year album anniversary tours and even a 10-year birthday bash! What show are you seeing before the end of the month? Shoot us a tweet (@_lucyoutloud) and let us know!

Check out our list, in alphabetical order, below!

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties
» 12.11 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
» 12.12 – Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar

❆ 2015 Holiday Tour
» 12.15 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
» 12.16 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
» 12.17 & 12.18 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
» 12.19 & 12.20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
» 12.22 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony

❆ Holiday Acoustic Show
» 12.23 – Decatur, GA @ Eddie’s Attic

Eli Young Band 
❆ Winter Tour w/ Kevin Fowler, LANco, and Abi Ann
» 12.11 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
» 12.12 & 12.13 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues

Emo Night Brooklyn
❆ Glamour Kills 10 Year Birthday Bash w/ Jack Barakat, Tay Jardine, and Vinnie Caruana
» 12.20 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

❆ Deck The Halls Tour
» 12.11 – Terra Haute, IN @ The White House
» 12.12 – Springfield, IL @ Black Sheep Cafe
» 12.13 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
» 12.14 – Louisville, KY @ Spinelli’s Downtown

Jack’s Mannequin
❆ 10 Years In Transit

» 12.31 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues

❆ I Am JoJo Tour

» 12.11 – Toms River, NJ @ Pine Belt Arena
» 12.12 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
» 12.14 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
» 12.15 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
» 12.16 – Ferndale, MI @ The Magic Bag
» 12.20 – New Orleans, LA @ Hi Ho Lounge

Kill Hannah
❆ The Final Shows
» 12.18 & 12.19 – Chicago, IL @ Metro

Knuckle Puck
Tour w/ Seaway and Light Years

» 12.16 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
» 12.17 – Columbus, OH @ Woodlands Tavern
» 12.18 – Hamden, CT @ The Space

Patent Pending
❆ 2015 Holiday Tour
» 12.11 – Berwyn, IL  @ Wire
» 12.12 – Akron, OH @ Rialto Theatre
» 12.16 – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
» 12.19 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
» 12.20 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Club
» 12.26 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution

Peru The Band
❆ w/ Adrian Daniel
» 12.15 – New York, NY @ The Bowery Electric

❆ Album Release Shows

» 12.12 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
» 12.13 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction

She Is We
❆ Show w/ Amanda Markley, Chloe & Matt

» 12.26 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

Silverstein, Senses Fail
❆ Co-headlining Tour
» 12.11 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
» 12.12 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
» 12.13 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
» 12.15 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
» 12.16 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
» 12.17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
» 12.18 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
» 12.19 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall

Taking Back Sunday
❆ Second Annual Holiday Spectacular

» December 18th and 19th, Starland Ballroom; Sayreville, NJ

The Academy Is…
❆ Almost Here 10 Year Anniversary Tour

» 12.12 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero Theatre
» 12.13 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
» 12.15 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
» 12.17 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
» 12.18 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
» 12.19 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
» 12.20 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
» 12.22 – The Rave @ Milwaukee, WI
» 12.26 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory OC
» 12.29 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
» 12.30 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park

The Starting Line w/ The Movielife and Somos
❆ Annual Holiday Show

» 12.27 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

The Suffers
» 12.18 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
» 12.31 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues

The White Buffalo
» 12.18 – Carpinteria, CA @ Plaza Playhouse Theater

Show Review:: The Wilderness Politics Tour 11/21


Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, New Politics and LOLO
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Upstate Concert Hall; Clifton Park, NY
Review and photos by Eric Riley

I’ll be the first to admit that, going into Saturday night’s show, I was already bringing a pretty big bias along. An opener with a serious buzz surrounding her, a co-headliner that has become an international sensation, and a top-billed artist who has consistently been one of my favorites since before high school. So, yeah, it didn’t take a lot of convincing to get me there.

Working a 7am-3pm shift isn’t normally a huge deal, but when there’s a show at 6:00, it becomes a little tiring. So, the idea of stopping for coffee beforehand seemed like a good one. However, the power-nap that I took in the small gap of time between the two ran
a bit longer than expected and I had to skip the Starbucks run. Rushing inside just as opener LOLO took the stage, I was able to get into the photo pit after only missing her entrance and a few seconds of her first song. During her set, I kept thinking of how disappointed I would have been had a Tall White Chocolate Mocha made me late enough to keep me from watching her perform. (Also, I specified what I typically order just in case anybody decides they feel like treating me, just saying).


Donned in a floor-length fur coat flashy enough to make Macklemore melt, her pull-no-punches soulful pop quickly got the crowd stirring. With only vocals and guitar played live, the rest done through sampling and recordings, LOLO, born Lauren Pritchard, was able to set herself as the center of attention without putting the weight of the show strictly on her shoulders. And on a semi-related note, as I write this, Wikipedia just informed that LOLO is the same Lauren Pritchard that performed in Spring Awakening. So not only is she currently killing it under her stage name, she’s a serious double-threat from an original cast that has a shelf full of TONYs to back her up. Sorry, that’s off topic, but it’s still pretty cool.


Following next came New Politics, playing a larger role than I had last seen them in when they opened for Fall Out Boy and Paramore on the Monumentour last summer. When they opened that show, their crazed energy and onstage poise both impressed me, even more so given that they were opening for arguably (though I don’t think you’d have to argue very hard) two of the biggest bands in the world. This time around, in a co-headliner spot, they somehow managed to up the ante even further. Still carrying the same huge liveliness, the trio took full advantage of their extended set and deeper catalog.

Tracks like “Tonight You’re Perfect” and “Berlin” had the crowd roaring, and Andrew McMahon joining the stage briefly elevated this even further. Closing with “Harlem” sent them off stage on a high note, wrapping their set up perfectly while simultaneously setting the bar for the next performance.

As I mentioned previously, I have a bias when it comes to Andrew McMahon. To put it simply, there are few people whom I genuinely admire as much as I do him, and that is only partially due to the fact that he is responsible for penning a handful of the most flawless albums I’ve heard throughout my life (I’m not saying that as a hyperbole; every note and key and word on Everything In Transit is literally perfect and we may need to fight if you say otherwise).


Starting things off with a quiet, softly-lit “Rainy Girl,” McMahon eased the audience into the show, warming everyone up before leading into “Dark Blue” and taking his foot off the brake. Throwing in songs throughout each stage of his career, McMahon appealed to fans from all eras, making sure not to stay with one project for too many songs in a row as well as including a few varied renditions of older songs, like an acoustic take on “Punk Rock Princess” or a smoother, slower, almost lounge singer-esque version of “The Mixed Tape” to begin his three-song encore.

There were a few points where I was pleasantly surprised with the song selection. I wasn’t expecting to hear “I Woke Up In A Car,” nor did I expect “Dark Blue” to be the second song of the evening. “Swim” has always been one of McMahon’s heaviest, strongest pieces and his short introduction before it, speaking first about the recent attacks in Paris and his fight against leukemia, then about his recovery and about the need for safe places and positive thinking, added even more heart to an already crushing song.


I don’t want it to sound like the evening was a total downer. Quite the contrary, actually. Even during the few ballads, the energy in the room never wavered, always holding strong thanks to the echo of the crowd singing every word back to the stage. Later, to close out the initial set, there was a roar throughout the room when McMahon pulled his harmonica from his pocket for “La La Lie.” What is normally a ≈ 3:00 song, give or take a few seconds, turned into an extended performance, with McMahon asking the bar at the center of the venue if they were still serving before swimming on a sea of upstretched arms to grab a shot of Jäger. Upon his return, the three members of New Politics were there waiting for him to help bring the song to a close. And, in McMahon’s words (to the best of my recollection), “he [David Boyd] may have some better moves and six-pack abs, but I’ve never seen him do that!” On that note, I had never seen a show come to an end with a room full of grown adults running around beneath a rainbow-colored gym class parachute, but that’s exactly what happened, so I guess it was a night of firsts for everyone, huh?

Rainy Girl
Dark Blue
Canyon Moon
Holiday From Real
Driving Through A Dream
I Woke Up In A Car
Maps For The Getaway
Punk Rock Princess
All Our Lives
La La Lie

The Mixed Tape
Cecilia and the Satellite

NEW: Jack’s Mannequin tour dates.

Jack’s Mannequin will be headlining from June 14-July 16.

June 14 – Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura Theatre

June 15 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades

June 17 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep

June 18 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre

June 20 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium

June 21 – Wichita, KS – The Cotillion

June 22 – Des Moines, IA – People’s Court

June 24 – Sioux Falls, SD – The Vault

June 25 – Fargo, ND – The Venue

June 26 – Duluth, MN – Clyde Iron Works

June 28 – Minneapolis, MN – Weesner Amphitheatre

July 1 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance

July 2 – Quebec City, QC – Woodstock en Beuce Fest

July 5 – Kitchener, ON – Dallas

July 6 – Toledo, OH – The OMNI

July 8 – Richmond, VA – The National

July 9 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel

July 10 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre 

July 12 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues

July 13 – Little Rock, AR – Revolution Music Room

July 15 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom

July 16 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live

Between August 7-September 4, Jack’s Mennquin will be co-headlining with Guster

Aug 7 – Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Concert Pavilion

Aug 8 – New York City, NY – Central Park Summerstage 

Aug 9 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summerstage

Aug 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing

Aug 12 – Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion

Aug 13 – Canandaigua, NY – CMAC

Aug 15 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap

Aug 16 – Portsmouth, VA – nTELOS Wireless Pavilion

Aug 17 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues

Aug 19 – Charlotte, NC – Road Runner Mobile Amphitheatre

Aug 20 – Charleston, SC – Patriots Point

Aug 21 – Pompano, FL – Pompano Beach Amphitheatre

Aug 23 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor

Aug 24 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Ampthitheatre 

Aug 25 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre (Jack’s Mannequin Only)

Aug 26 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre (Jack’s Mannequin Only)

Aug 29 – Indianapolis, IN – Lawn at White River

Aug 30 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore

Aug 31 – Grand Rapids, MI – Miejer Gardens Amphitheatre

Sept 2 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall (Jack’s Mannequin Only)

Sept 3 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Festival

Sept 4 – Columbus, OH – The LC Pavilion