Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Celebrate 15 Years of The Used with Two Albums in Two Nights

>> Everyone remembers their first favorite band. The special connection, the songs that drew you in and made you a loyal fan - these things stay with you even if you outgrow the music. The Used was my first favorite band, and I am thrilled to share the group's latest news. 

>> To celebrate 15 years as a band, The Used announced details of their upcoming anniversary tour. Starting in April, the band will perform two shows in each city on the celebratory run. The Used, the band's self-titled album, will be performed in full on the first night with In Love And Death being performed on the second. Pre-sale tickets are available today with regular on-sale beginning this Friday. The full list of dates can be seen below, and both tickets and VIP packages can be purchased at theused.net.

15 Year Anniversary Tour Dates:
April 05 and 06 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
April 08 and 09 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ In the Venue
April 12 and 13 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
April 15 and 16 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
April 19 and 20 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
April 22 and 23 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
April 26 and 27 - New York, NY @ Playstation Theater
April 29 and 30 - Sayerville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
May 03 and 04 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theatre
May 06 and 07 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
May 10 and 11 - Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
May 13 and 14 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
May 17 and 18 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 20 and 21 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
May 24 and 25 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
May 27 and 28 - Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia

>> In addition to the excitement of the 15 Year Anniversary Tour, there will also be a new live CD/DVD from the band! The Used: Live & Acoustic At The Palace was recorded at the band's intimate unplugged storyteller performance, which took place last month at The Palace Theater in Los Angeles. The songs that fans know and love were reimagined and performed with a 4-piece string quartet and harpist (arranged by Hiro Goto), a piano player, percussion and a 3-piece gospel choir. The live album will officially be released on April 1st, but fans will receive a digital copy with each online ticket purchase. You can find more information on this live CD/DVD at theused.net.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Tonight Alive and Set It Off Co-Headlining The Fight For Something Tour

>> Having just announced details of a new album and a world tour for 2016, Tonight Alive have revealed something extra special for the US leg of the run! Set It Off will be co-headlining The Fight For Something Tour set for March, which is bound to leave fans of both acts absolutely thrilled. The Ready Set and SayWeCanFly will be along for support, adding to what is already a fantastic line-up. Tickets for this tour go on-sale on November 3rd and can be purchased at thefightforsomethingtour.com.

The Fight For Something Tour Dates:
March 01 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
March 02 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
March 03 - Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot
March 04 - Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
March 05 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
March 06 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
March 08 - Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
March 09 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
March 10 - Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
March 11 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
March 12 - Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theatre
March 14 - Houston, TX @ Walters
March 15 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
March 17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theater
March 18 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
March 19 - San Bernadino, CA @ Self Help Fest
March 20 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
March 21 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
March 23 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
March 24 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
March 26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
March 27 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
March 28 - TBD @ TBD

>> Following a string of Australian shows and a run of dates across Europe, Tonight Alive will drop their new album, titled Limitless, on March 4th as they're on the road in the US. The band has emphasized that this is only the first leg of a world tour, so if your city has been left our there's no need to worry! The group released a gripping video for their new track "Human Interaction" which you can see below. Also, the gents in Set It Off will be playing three shows on their own after this run, and you can get the details for those dates at thefightforsomethingtour.com.

Get Connected:
Tonight Alive: WebsiteFacebook | Twitter | Limitless Pre-Order
Set It Off: Duality on iTunes | Facebook | Twitter
The Ready Set: Facebook | Twitter
SayWeCanFly: FacebookTwitter

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Saint Ballantine Unleash Hypnotic Single "The Stoned"

>> Hailing from New York, Andrew Thomas Reid and Brian ‘Sene’ Marc have come together to embark on a new musical journey as Saint Ballantine. The two producers / musicians initially formed this new outfit after both collaborating at the Clubhouse in South Brooklyn. The Clubhouse, a modern day creative commune founded by Reid, has hosted over 50 artists who create a myriad of artistic works. Having come from such a vivacious environment, the gents in Saint Ballantine are bringing their creative artistry to life in something that has yet to be seen elsewhere. The duo describes themselves as “Gangsta Indie Rock”, which comes off as a combination of sharp production elements, heavy subject matter, and festival-ready downtempo tunes. Reid and Sene have incredible chemistry as writers, leading to a slew of versatile and meaningful songs. The duo prides themselves on the interesting mix of influences and genres in their music, and their knack for experimentation is personified in their latest single, "The Stoned."

>> Released through Tommy Boy Entertainment, “The Stoned” gives listeners something completely new. The intricate use of hypnotic electronic sounds with far away yet ever-present vocals gives a twist to what some call 'typical indie rock.' The anything-but-typical indie beat gives an enchanting background to the vocals as rock undertones subtly express the darker side of the lyrics. Listen to "The Stoned" below and get groovin'!

>> We hope to see more from this dynamic and innovative duo as they continue to make some of their most enticing music to date. For now, be sure to keep tabs on Sene's acting career - he just announced his part in the upcoming Marvel's Luke Cage Netflix series!

- Jody Seidel & Kate Russell

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Bayside Announce Northeast Holiday Shows

>> Happy Holidays, folks!  It feels too early to say that, doesn't it? As we prepare for Halloween, Bayside are planning ahead and putting together something special. The band will play a series of intimate shows in the Northeast starting on December 15th. Tickets for these shows are available now through www.baysidebayside.com, and the full list of shows can be seen below. 

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Album Review: 'That's The Spirit' by Bring Me the Horizon

>> When Sempiternal leaked back in 2013, fans of Bring Me the Horizon were met with abrupt changes to the band's overall sound. Although it was a departure from the band's original sound of chugging guitars, guttural grows, and shrieking screams, Sempiternal still kept a sense of heaviness throughout most of the album. To be honest, it was my favorite BMTH album to date, and many others would agree.

>> Fast forward to September of 2015 where BMTH fans were met with a new album, That's The Spirit, which would take the band in all different directions musically, except metalcore. I'm sure there are many disgruntled fans who wished lead vocalist Oli Sykes would growl at least once on this album, but for a majority of listeners, the new sound is welcomed with open ears. In fact, That's The Spirit was so welcomed that it hit number 2 on the Billboard Top 200!

>> That's The Spirit opens up with a song called 'Doomed,' a depressing, atmospheric song that introduces the theme of the album, which Sykes has described as a celebration of depression. It reminds me of 'Can You Feel My Heart,' the beginning track off of Sempiternal, which introduced a new sound right off the batThis song is nothing if not depressing in the lyrics, but a beautiful song none the less. The chorus really shines, especially when Sykes hits the high note when he sings "I think we're doomed," which contrasts the entire feel of the song very well. You can listen to this song below. 

>> "Throne" was met with enthusiasm because it may be the one song that reminds me of BMTH's sound off of Sempiternal. There is a taste of metalcore throughout the song, with it's mix of cleans and a minimal amount of screams, the incorporation of keys, and it's faster pace. This song kept me banging my head every time it came up in the queue. You can check out the music video put out for 'Throne' below. *Editor's note: This song is also worth hearing because it's ever so similar to Linkin Park's "Faint" and that song is a JAM. God bless who ever attempted this mash-up.

>> Another excellent song was the first song the band released for this album back in October 2014, titled "Drown." It is another song that tackles the topic of depression. The sound has no connection to the old BMTH (much like this entire album), and it was an interesting to choice to promote the new album that they would release a year later. It was a bold move to show that the band was completely stepping away from their metalcore sound, and I don't think I could have picked a better single. You can watch last year's music video for song below. Spoiler alert: it features the band performing at an old variety show in front of mentally unstable people and the set is plagued with werewolves and exorcisms.

>> This album falls short with the track "Happy Song," even with the understanding that the band was going for irony with this one.  It's the band's attempt to sound like a radio rock band, making it a basic rock song you would hear on any of today's top rock stations. The gimmick-y cheering section in which you hear what seems to be a cheerleading squad chant out the word "Spirit," just makes me enjoy the song even less. Sykes states in the song that when we're depressed many people believe that singing a happy song will change their mood. He feels that simply doing that is just a quick fix and doesn't remove the root of the depression. The meaning in the song is all well and good, but it won't stop me from hitting skip when this song comes up.

>> That's The Spirit is a contender for album of the year. Although it is great departure from Bring Me The Horizon's original sound, it was a change that was welcomed with open arms by many fans, both old and new. You won't find it hard to enjoy the entire album all the way through (unless you're me and do not enjoy 'Happy Song'). That song aside, every other track has something that will pull you in and make you want to listen over and over again. If you haven't listened to That's The Spirit yet, what are you waiting for?

- Zach Zima

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Rocket Summer Takes Over the West Coast This November

>> The Rocket Summer (Bryce Avary) is back with plans to cruise around the west coast this fall! Beginning November 3rd and ending November 20th, The Rocket Summer will be on the road for the Returning West Tour with support from TEAM*. To add to the exciting news of a 2015 tour, Bryce has a new full length coming out as well! To pre-order the new album and to check out some awesome packages go to: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/therocketsummer. The full list of dates for the Returning West Tour can be seen below.

>> In response to a question about East Coast dates, Bryce replied "Don't worry! It's all going to happen. We just couldn't make it all happen on this specific run. Can't wait to see you guys again. We'll eventually be wherever you are in the not too distant future!" So if you're a fan of the music but don't live on the West Coast, don't sweat it! There will be more dates announced sometime soon. For now, be sure to order a copy of Bryce's new album and stay tuned for more updates!

- Jody Seidel & Kate Russell

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Monday, September 14, 2015

The Academy Is... Announce 'Almost Here' 10 Year Tour

>> Starting this December, The Academy Is… will continue celebrating 10 years of Almost Here by touring across the country! With Almost Here being released in February 2005, it’s time to celebrate one of the band’s and fans’ favorite albums. The tour will begin in Orlando, Florida on December 5th and will take a trip across the US ending with their final show on December 30th in San Diego, California. The somewhat mysterious act Partybaby will provide support on the run, so it'll be exciting to see what those musicians have up their sleeves as well. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday September 18th at 10am, and pre-sale VIP ticket packages are available at: bit.ly/theacademyisvip. The VIP package options offered are outlined below the list of tour dates and a message from the band:

After an incredible weekend at Riot Fest in Chicago, we are pleased to announce that we will be taking the show on the road! This December we will be continuing our "Almost Here" 10 year celebration with a tour of the USA! We are incredibly excited to see some familiar faces, as well as make some new friends while celebrating 10 years of this record that changed each of our lives forever. We can't wait to see you there!  
 -The Academy Is...

Almost Here 10 Year Tour Dates:
12/04 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
12/05 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
12/06 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
12/08 - Norfolk, VA @ Norva
12/09 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
12/10 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
12/12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
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 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
12/23 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
12/26 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
12/29 - San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
12/30 - San Diego, CA @ The Observatory

>> VIP ticket packages are limited and include the following:
  • Ticket to the show 
  • Early venue entry 
  • Individual Polaroid with The Academy Is… 
  • Pre-show hang with the band 
  • Exclusive hand-made print by the Butcher 
  • Pre-signed and numbered "Almost Here" 10 Year Anniversary poster 
  • Exclusive The Academy Is... VIP cloth bracelets 
  • Super limited side stage and post-show bus hang add-on packages also available 

- Jody Seidel and Kate Russell

Get Connected:
The Academy Is...: Facebook | Twitter
Partybaby: Facebook | Twitter
Almost Here on iTunes

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Watch N3bula Travel Through Time in the Intergalactic "Deep Space" Video

>> Here's an out of this world video to kick start your weekend! N3bula, an incredibly talented Norwegian artist and producer, just released a music video for his song "Deep Space." In the clip, we see N3bula traveling through time and space in order to defeat the evil Zonar and his world destroying Death Vector - all in a spacesuit he made himself! Starting in 2309, N3bula must track down the chromosphere in order to travel back to 2015 - a time before Zonar's destruction becomes irreversible.  This is only part one of this intergalactic journey, and this cinematic video is sure to get you invested in N3bula's upcoming concept project.

>> Stay tuned to see what comes next for N3bula, peacekeeper of the galaxies!

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