I learned this weekend that nothing makes me feel old faster than seeing people half my age perform music far better than I will ever be able to. Alas, while my fingers are clumsy at best on a fret board, they can navigate the keyboard of a Macbook like a pro, so I’ll put my envy of Blowing Up The Moon’s teenage members aside and use these ten digits to tell you how much I enjoyed watching the group perform Saturday night.

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After the all-ages crowd was warmed into a rowdy frenzy by The Nukes, another LA-based band of musically accomplished teenagers, Blowing Up The Moon took to the stage and delivered a set expertly meshing pop punk, screamo, and rock. The result is something that can best be described (by me, anyways) as My Chemical Romance-meets-Cage the Elephant with a dash of The Starting Line thrown in for good measure. Frontman Andrew Stogel seemed completely comfortable on the legendary stage, working both the mic and the crowd, even making the best use of a bass drum that any non-drummer can by jumping off of it. The other members of the four-piece ensemble—lead guitarist Jesse Perlman, bassist Miki Katoni, and drummer Josh Conway—provided the perfect musical backdrop for Stogel’s vocals, be they screams or croons, in addition to adding their own voices to the mix when appropriate.

Near the end of their energetic set, Blowing Up The Moon treated the crowd to the live debut of their song “Boys and Girls” as well as a new (“very new,” in the words of Stogel) track, “She is Good.” Considering that the EP the group released Saturday night is their first, I’m sure most of what they’ve created so far could probably be considered “new.” However, if the band is able to maintain their knack for catchy songwriting and live energy, no doubt they’ll soon have an arsenal of “classic” Blowing Up The Moon tracks for crowd members to request at their shows.

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For more info on Blowing Up The Moon, check out:

http://www.myspace.com/blowingupthemoon

For more info on The Nukes, check out:

http://www.myspace.com/thenukesmusic