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I looked at the calendar. It says it’s March 2022, but a shocking amount of my conversations this week sound like they could have been from 2002.

For example, on Wednesday, three of my longtime friends and I began making plans to see a concert together this year. It’s a band that we loved and saw a lot when we went to school together in Boston.

Now let’s figure out how to beat all other older millennials to get tickets to a headlining show. In the middle of New Jersey. From a band that broke up in 2005 and only got together for a few shows in 2014. Apparently my midlife crisis will try to reclaim my youth, not with a fancy sports car, but by spending money to fly across the country to see bands we used to see for like $12. I feel pretty great about it.

The band is Midtown, a New Jersey pop punk group that released a record with the name in 2000 “Save the world, lose the girl” this still makes me jump around the living room pretending to be a rock star. There is a great story in nylon about how the reunion came about, and as an added bonus, one of the band’s only other dates is opening for My Chemical Romance on a new forum date (which is cool, but I’m still going to Jersey). We’ve got details on that, along with other Southern California music and festival news below. Continue reading.

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Country singer-songwriter Blake Shelton will headline Boots in the Park in Norco on June 17th. (Photo by Chris Pizzello, Associated Press)

Blake and Boots

Boots in the Park opens this year’s series at Norco with Tim McGraw this weekend, but there’s more music on the way. Blake Shelton will conduct an upcoming edition of the concert in June. Learn how to get tickets.

Forming Black Violin, Grammy-nominated duo Kevin Marcus and Wil Baptiste blend hip-hop and classical music. The duo will be performing two local shows in Orange and Santa Clarita in March. (Photo by Mark Clennon)

Not a typical string ensemble

If you go to a black violin show, you might hear Bach and Bruno Mars, or Beethoven and the Grammy-nominated duo Notorious BIG Kevin Marcus and Wil Baptiste will perform in Orange and Santa Clarita.

Metal gurus Judas Priest are coming to the Shrine on March 15th as part of the band’s 50th anniversary tour. (Photo courtesy of Judas Priest)

Hell has chosen leather

British metal band Judas Priest are finally back on the road in honor of their belated 50th anniversary tour, coming to the Shrine in LA on March 15th. Reporter Richard Guzman spoke to frontman Rob Halford about music, the Rock Hall and leather.

My Chemical Romance (pictured in a file photo of a 2012 performance) added a fifth date to its series of reunion shows in October at The Forum in Inglewood. (Photo by Christopher Polk, Getty Images for Clear Channel)

The black parade is getting longer

My Chemical Romance has added a fifth night to its pandemic-postponed series of dates at The Forum in Inglewood. As an added bonus, one of the openers for the new night is Midtown, who have just reunited. Here is how to get cards.

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