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Headliner’s Music Hall housed a packed show for The Almost and Relient K this weekend.

Relient K played a well-rounded mix of old songs including my favorites “Mood Ring,” “In Love With The ‘80s,” and “Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been.” They also played songs off their new album including one I particularly enjoyed named “Don’t Blink.” Relient K hasn’t lost their original sound even though they have mellowed with age. Consequently, Relient K’s lead singer, Matt Thiessen, has certainly aged since I began listening to Relient K ten years ago; however, I’m not sure what I expected to happen. I’ve seen Relient K three times over the course of ten years, and every time they’ve played a fun and entertaining show.

The Almost played before Relient K. I’ve only listened to their first album, but they put on a great show for hardcore fans and casual listeners alike. They did a great job of keeping the crowd entertained and involved. As Aaron Gillespie, lead singer, described when I interviewed him, The Almost’s music is plain and simple rock and roll with a hint of screamo.

Driver Friendly was supposed to perform as the show opener, but the Rocket Boys played instead. They’re a solid group with excellent vocals, and their music sounds like Mumford and Sons with more rock and roll.

I was unable to get very many good pictures because the security guard would not allow me near the front even though I had a media badge. Headliner’s is what you would expect for a concert hall that regularly houses bands popular among angst-ridden teenagers. Headliner’s saving grace comes in the form of their friendly bartending staff, and you might need a drink if there are hipster couples making out around you.

All-in-all, I had a good time reliving my youth Friday night, but I’m certainly glad I don’t go to too many “standing room only” concerts anymore.

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About Jenna Foster

Hi! My name is Jenna. I am a music teacher at a primary school. I love teaching because you get to feel like a rockstar without all the fuss of being famous. My hobbies include crafts, reading, playing and listening to music, going to concerts and plays, watching movies and television, eating out, shopping, collecting vintage clothes and records, decorating, planning parties, dancing, anything nerdy or geeky, and general mischief.

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