Friday, December 31, 2010

Seen It Live: The Wonder Years Perform "The Upsides"

>> The Wonder Years released their most recent album, The Upsides, in September through Hopeless Records. I named this my number one album from 2010, and for good reason. This album is the epitome of everything pop punk should be. Vocals that don't need to be perfect, honest lyrics anyone can relate to, plenty of energy and passion in every song, and a message of positivity- The Upsides really has it all. The Wonder Years succeeded in making an album that tells a story people will want to hear again and again, something virtually every artist strives for. Recently, The Wonder Years played a string of holiday shows with Veara and A Loss For Words where they performed The Upsides in its entirety. I was lucky enough to attend one of these shows on December 17th.

>> Before the show, I knew three of the four bands that would be playing. I first met Veara back in April when I saw them on Toursick with A Day To Remember. My friend Brian (a pop-punk addict) told me to listen to A Loss For Words and The Wonder Years maybe a month beforehand, and I'm really glad I did. I fell in love with albums from each band at the same time, and was therefore thrilled to see them play at the same show.

>> The opening act, Nix86, was the only band I was unaware of before the show began. This band has 7 members (2 Daves, 2 Johns, a George, a Craig, and a JT), and with that comes crazy amount of energy that transferred from the band to the crowd. Right from the start, we saw the emergence of pits in the crowd, even though only about half of the total audience had entered the venue at that time. The saxophone helped create a wild atmosphere during the entire set. The band's overall sound was somewhat rough around the edges, and it took a little getting used-to for those people just entering the venue.

>> Seeing Veara for the second time was something I had really been looking forward to. The band has received a lot of well deserved attention since April, and it was great being able to see how their fan base has grown so much in only a few months. The energy in the venue doubled as the band took the stage, and it continued to increase through the set. Veara performed their single "My B-Side Life" as well as several other songs from their album What We Left Behind. I was able to catch up with bassist Bryan Kerr after the show, and he said that he prefers shows like this over shows played in bigger venues (such as the 2 sold-out dates the band played at the Nokia Theatre in April). Not to say that he doesn't enjoy those too, but Bryan said that it's easier to connect with fans at smaller shows, and that's what it's really all about. That's why supporting bands like Veara is so important- They're just trying to do something they love, and hopefully it's something the fans will love too.
Video: "We Have A Body Count" by Veara

>> My definition of a truly great pop punk show involves plenty of moshing, jumping around, and overall electricity in the crowd. There was plenty of that while A Loss For Words was on the stage. People jumping on top of each other to try and connect with the band and shouting the lyrics back at the singer continued to raise the energy within the crowd with no end in sight. Those few that didn't know any of the words for the band's original songs got a treat when A Loss For Words covered "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5. They really reinvented the song, infusing it with their punk style and genuinely having fun with it. The band also played "40 Thieves", and my favorite, "Heavy Lies The Crown", which you can watch below. If you're looking for a punk band with solid vocals, A Loss For Words is the band for you.

>> Finally, the wait was over - The Wonder Years stormed out on stage, broke into "My Last Semester", and a true ruckus ensued. It seemed like the crowd was out of control before, but nothing compared to what went on once The Wonder Years began to play. The band ran through the tracklisting for their album, playing songs like "Logan Circle", "It's Never Sunny In South Philadelphia", and "Hey Thanks", all in order. The passion displayed by the band was magnified in the crowd, and I didn't see a single person standing still. Overall, it was an incredible experience being able to hear The Upsides live in its entirety.

>> Don't be too upset if you missed these holiday shows. The Wonder Years will be playing on the Vans Warped Tour this summer, so there's still a chance to see the band play your favorites.
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

More Bands Announced For 2011 Warped Tour

>> The Vans Warped Tour will announce 5 more bands from the 2011 line up on January 5th. 11 bands have been revealed so far, including The Wonder Years, Miss May I, Go Radio, and more. View the list of all eleven below, and be sure to check back on January 5th for the next announcement!

>> Also, hit up the Warped Facebook page to redeem 10 Free Songs from bands on the tour!

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Full Line Up for The Bamboozle Festival

>> In case you missed it, the full line up was announced for the 2011 Bamboozle Festival. The Festival will take place between Friday April 29th and Sunday May 1st in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Lil Wayne, Motley Crue, Taking Back Sunday, and The Gaslight Anthem will headline with support from acts like Wiz Khalifa, A Day To Remember, Bruno Mars, Dashboard Confessional, The Movielife, and many more. You can view the full line up below.

Get Connected with The Bamboozle:
Facebook | MySpace | Twitter

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Monday, December 27, 2010

2011 Tour Dates: For The Foxes + This Condition

>> For The Foxes (@forthefoxesband) will be touring with This Condition (@thiscondition) and Floral Terrace (@floralterrace) in early 2011. Follow each of the bands, and @TwitTOUR2k11 on twitter for tour updates and giveaways. RSVP on Facebook for more information.

1/14/11 @ Marlboro Rec Center - Marlboro, NJ
1/15/11 @ Toquet Hall - Westport, CT
1/16/11 @ Firehouse 13 - Providence, RI
1/19/11 @ Uptown Lounge - Watercury CT
1/21/11 @ Nyack Village Theatre - Nyack, NY
1/24/11 @ Crofoot - Pontiac, Michigan
1/25/11 @ Mixtape Cafe - Grand Rapids, MI
1/26/11 @ House of Bricks - Des Moines, IA
1/27/11 @ The Rock Room - Barrington, IL
1/29/11 @ Archway Center - Altoona, PA
2/1/11 @ Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA

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A Look Back: The Hardships of 2010

>> 2010 was truly an eventful year in the music industry. Good Charlotte finally released a new album, 14 year old girls couldn't stop talking about that Justin kid with the nice hair, Paramore made great advances in becoming a household name, Something Corporate played a reunion tour, and Ke$ha was... herself. But people don't seem to acknowledge the bands that were overcoming obstacles and taking chances trying to make a name for themselves. I'm not trying to only address the negative events of the year, but one recent event made me realize that artists deserve more recognition for everything they go through in order to share their music with us, the fans.

>> The chain of events that occurred between December 16 - December 22, 2010 provided me with a great example of the hardships musicians face. Back in July, I met my friends Seth & Zakk at a show at the Vibe Lounge here on Long Island. They're from Cape Cod, MA and don't play around here all that often. I got them another show at the Vibe on Thursday December 16th. The way it worked out, this show was on a Thursday with bands even I've never heard of. Seth & Zakk played second, for about 15 people: 3 people who worked there, 9 or so people from the other bands playing that night, a few people I didn't know, and me. In all honesty, I was more upset about the poor turnout than my friends were. They said things like this happen, and that they just treat it like a practice. It was great to see that even with only a handful of people in front of them, the guys made the most of it. You can tell that music is really what they live for, the passion behind every note is obvious to anyone who has ever seen them perform. After they played, one of them said something that completely changed my perspective on things:
It doesn't matter if we play for 5 people or 500. At the end of the day, that's still 5 more people that have heard our music and have given us a chance.
>> We left after they played & the guys stayed at my house that night. (*Note: This is by no means a common occurrence.) The next morning, their van wouldn't start. It wasn't in the best condition to start with, considering it was from 2000 & had over 300,000 miles on it. Long story short, the guys ended up taking a train to New York City, then another to Rhode Island.
"We had to hail a ride by hitting up every person in our contacts and finally got a hit from a friend. Hah, so it was a stroke of luck that we got out of RI." - Zakk
>>They had to leave the van at my house, which is a good 5 hours away from where they live. Zakk had to borrow a car to drive back down that Sunday (2 days later) just to find out that the van started this time, and the tow company wouldn't take it. He had to drive back home by himself without the van, having gone a total of 10 hours out of his way for nothing. He came back down again the next day, and the van died again after going only a few blocks. He ended up having the van taken to a junk yard on December 22nd since it wasn't worth trying to fix it. Now they're working without the van, which will make it much harder to get to shows, let alone get all of their equipment there too. It was a really complicated, stressful, drawn out situation that nobody should have to experience, but it was handled with determination and only mild frustration.

>> This is only one example of the hardships faced by artists every day. They do their best to make music they can be proud of, and hope that fans will enjoy it just as much. These musicians aren't looking for fame (although they probably wouldn't mind it). Their main goal is to do what they love and share it with people who might love it too. That's why it's always important to support lesser-known artists. Bands like Envy On The Coast and Bayside have a great following today, but they started out as local bands here on Long Island. Bayside has been together for 10 years, but they've faced their share of hardships along the way. The same can be said for Envy, who actually broke up in 2010 due to various obstacles in the industry, and within the band itself.

>> Just because a band has signed with a label, it doesn't mean that they are guaranteed "success." Just because you've never heard of a band, it doesn't mean that they don't deserve your attention. My goal in writing this isn't to highlight the negatives about being a musician, but to show how much these artists go through to share their music with whoever is willing to listen. Next time you get one of those annoying messages on Facebook from some guy asking you to check out his band, give them a chance. Who knows, they might turn out to be your new favorite.
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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmosh 2010 RESCHEDULED!

>> Every year, Club Loaded hosts a variety of holiday shows here on Long Island. Christmosh 2010 includes performances from Hit The Lights (12/18), Life As A Ghost (moved to 12/30; see bottom of this post), This Condition (12/28), & more. The Christmosh show scheduled for today has been postponed due to this "blizzard" we're having.

> The She's A Ho Ho Ho Holiday Show featuring Patent Pending, Giants At Large, This Good Robot + Mania In Urbania (Tag-Team Set), & more has been moved to Wednesday December 29th. The show will still be at the Crazy Donkey (Farmingdale, NY). All tickets will be honored, and doors will open at 5pm. In honor of his aggravation, Joe Ragosta (lead singer of Patent Pending) wrote a song about this whole situation. You can watch that video, and view the updated flier for the show below.

>> The Christmosh show featuring Life As A Ghost, Kills and Thrills, The Greater Sky, and more that was scheduled to happen tonight at The Vibe Lounge (Rockville Centre, NY) has also been postponed. This show has been moved to Thursday December 30th. The venue has not changed, and you must be 16 or older with ID to enter.

>> *UPDATED 12/28/10: Tonight's show featuring This Condition with One Love and The Sliders has been moved to January 9th, 2011. The show will still be at The Vibe Lounge (Rockville Centre, NY), and doors will open at 5:30pm.

> Visit for more information on these, and future shows from Loaded.
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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Free Music for the Holidays!

>> 'Tis The Season for an overwhelming amount of Christmas songs! Whether it's the classic holiday tunes we've all grown up listening to, covers of those hits, or new original songs meant to make us laugh, this is the time of year that artists really embrace the holiday spirit. I've compiled a list of the free music offers I've seen in the past week. Hopefully you find something to add to your perfect holiday soundtrack. :)

> Paste Magazine has compiled a list of over 50 free Christmas MP3s, including music from Fleet Foxes, Kevin Devine, Kanye West, and more. Click here to take advantage of these offers.

>Click here to download Susanne Gerry's cover of "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)". (originally by John Lennon) featuring Matt Thomas on guitar & additional vocals.

> Download Honor Bright's Christmas EP for free by clicking here.

> Click here to download an acoustic cover of "O Holy Night" from He Is We.

> You can download "Love This Holiday" by New County by clicking here.
> "Like" Kelsey (ex-Kelsey and the Chaos) on Facebook and you can download her cover of "Santa Baby" for free.

> In need of a laugh? Download "Christmas Song For Your Mixtape" by Giants At Large.

> Click here, or the picture below to download "Keep Me Warm" by The Downtown Fiction.
> Click here to download free songs from Purevolume's Top Unsigned Bands of 2010, including Our Lives In Motion, My Genuine Find, The Narrative, The Best Week Ever, Bad Rabbits, & more.

> "Maybe" by Sick Puppies is iTunes' Free Single of the Week! Download the song here.

> Click here to download a free EP from The Maine and Never Shout Never.

BONUS! - Download Breathe Electric's remix of "Just Dance" by Lady Gaga here!

>> Some artists need to pay the bills, so here are a couple of holiday songs you'll need to pay a small price for.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays
from The Music Obsession!
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Look Back: The Best of 2010

>> As the year comes to an end, it's only natural to look back and reflect. There were so many great releases this year in every genre, but some stuck out more than others. I listed my top 10 albums, top 5 EPs, and my favorite live performances from this past year. After reading my list, make one of your own!

Top 10 Albums:
  1. The Upsides by The Wonder Years
  2. Fixed At Zero by VersaEmerge
  3. Lowcountry by Envy On The Coast
  4. Some Things Don't Wash Out by You, Me, and Everyone We Know
  5. What We Left Behind by Veara
  6. A Promise To Burn by Framing Hanley
  7. The Words You Don't Swallow by Anarbor
  8. Cardiology by Good Charlotte
  9. Believe It by Mercy Mercedes
  10. The Constant by Story Of The Year
  11. BONUS: I'm Not Alone by Patent Pending

Top 5 EPs:
  1. The Rainy Day Sessions by A Rocket To The Moon
  2. Spirit by This Condition
  3. Do Overs and Second Chances by Go Radio
  4. Bad Advice by I Call Fives
  5. Bonfires by Fireworks

Favorite Live Performances:
  1. Something Corporate
  2. John Mayer
  3. Enter Shikari
  4. Paramore
  5. Mayday Parade
> Your turn: What were your favorite albums, EPs, & live performances from 2010?
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Go Radio to Release Full-Length Album in 2011

>> Go Radio announced that their upcoming full-length album titled Lucky Street will be released on March 1st, 2011. The band also revealed the album's artwork and tracklisting which can be seen below.
Pre-order details coming soon!

Track Listing:
1. Lucky Street
2. Any Other Heart
3. Singing With The King
4. Strength To Stay
5. Swear It Like You Mean It
6. Why I'm Home
7. Kill The Beast
8. Hold On
9. Forever My Father
10. Fight, Fight (Reach for the Sky)
11. House Of Hallways
12. Redemption In The Verse
13. The Truth Is

>> You can also watch Go Radio's 2nd studio update below to see the band's perspective on their upcoming album.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

RIP Finch (1999 - 2010)

>> After being together for about 11 years, Finch have announced their break up. The official statement from the band as well as the band's final two songs can be seen/streamed below.
Dear Finch fans,
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Over the past two years we as a band have obsessed tirelessly trying to bring you the best record Finch has ever made. Blowing everything else out of the water was the only option. If we couldn't drop the bomb, we wouldn't blow it up.....
.. ..
....From the beginning what's always made up the sound of Finch was our ability to take our individual influences, no matter how different, and write music together that stands on it's own. A tense balancing act on a loose wire where we have had success crossing and also lost balance to fall and be broken. Over the past few years we have collectively gone insane trying to achieve the common goal of writing our new record. It's become obvious to all of us that the thing that made Finch such a special band to be in, was also the key ingredient that was tearing us apart. As we get older and broaden our musical pallets, we are all on separate planets drifting further and further out of orbit. Finch is our sun, it has given us everything that we have. This year our sun imploded. Although we travel through darkness. It's comforting to know that we are all still friends. Together floating in the unknown.
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....We want to thank you for your undying love and support of our band. Without you, accomplishing our wildest dreams would not have been possible. We apologize deeply for letting you down. Please forgive us and please keep listening to Finch.
.. ..
Thank you for Finch.
.. ..
As a parting gift we leave to you:
2 new songs (Hail To The Fire) & (World Of Violence)
A bonus version of the 2008 self titled EP (3 extra tracks)
"A Far Cry From Home - Live in Tokyo 2009" (18 Songs)
"Bury White" Far Cover (Free download)
AVAILABLE @ bandcamp
We're also selling off our merch stocks cheap, get it here
You might also be interested in checking out Daniel's new band, Arctic Circles, what do you have to loose?
Stream the final two songs from Finch:

(*The epitaph in the picture above reads "Died tragically rescuing our fans from the wreckage of a destroyed sinking battleship")
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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Josh and Zac Farro Leave Paramore

>> According to an announcement posted on earlier today, it has been confirmed that founding guitarist and drummer Josh and Zac Farro have left Paramore. The remaining members (frontwoman Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York and bassist Jeremy Davis) plan to keep the band going. Read the complete announcement below.
Posted by Paramore
December 18, 2010

Over the past 6 years, our band has been through some of the most intense and incredible experiences of our lives. None of these things have been without trial. We've worked so hard to get to where we are and the fact that you are all still here with us says something about you that we will never be able to truly understand. You have stuck with us through thick and thin and we are so grateful. A couple of months ago, Josh and Zac let us know they would be leaving the band after our show in Orlando last Sunday. None of us were really shocked. For the last year it hasn't seemed as if they wanted to be around anymore. We want Josh and Zac to do something that makes them happy and if that isn't here with us, then we support them finding happiness elsewhere. But we never for a second thought about leaving any of this behind. We really hope that you can be encouraged by the fact that the three of us who are still here are ready to take on another chapter of our journey together. You have always been what keeps us going so why would we stop now? We want to stick by you. Knowing that we have a unified passion and a clear vision makes us feel stronger than ever.

The "blog" that was posted regarding everything that is going on with our band was a fake. We aren't sure who did it or why... And we aren't sure how they timed it this way. This is the first time that we have spoken out about what's going on and we wouldn't have released an official statement that important through a personal blog. So, we're sorry for any confusion and just to remain clear, this is the first time we have spoken out about this.

We have some amazing things lined up for next year starting with our tour in South America. We are still coming to you and we are excited about who we are bringing with us! The tour is still on and we can't wait to see you all.

As we look back, and now as we look with excitement to the future, in all of this what truly matters are the good times. The pictures of us with our arms around each other, the long van rides, your faces while you sing along as we play. Thank you for getting us right here to this very moment. We look forward to our best times. And we hope you will go there with us.

Hayley, Jeremy & Taylor

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Get Hyped: The 2011 Alternative Press Tour

>> Dates have been announced for the fifth annual Alternative Press Tour. Black Veil Brides will headline the tour, featuring support from Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows (D.R.U.G.S.), I See Stars, VersaEmerge, and Conditions. Dates and a message from Alternative Press regarding ticket sales can be seen below.
Pre-sale begins Jan 10 at noon local venue time and ends Jan 14. Each ticket comes with a FREE one-year subscription for you or a friend. On-sale Jan 15. Don’t miss out on the EXCLUSIVE PRE-SALE OFFER:With the purchase of a ticket and an additional $9.99, we’ll send you ALL 3 covers of the AP Tour Spring 2011 issue!
Spring 2011 Tour Dates:
3/18/11 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
3/19/11 - Austin, TX - Emo’s (SXSW)
3/20/11 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
3/22/11 - Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum Theater
3/23/11 - Los Angeles, CA - House Of Blues
3/24/11 - Pomona, CA - The Glasshouse
3/25/11 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
3/26/11 - Las Vegas, NV - Extreme Thing Festival
3/27/11 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
3/29/11 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
3/30/11 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
4/1/11 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
4/2/11 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
4/3/11 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
4/5/11 - Minneapolis, MN - The Cabooze
4/6/11 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
4/7/11 - Chicago, IL - Mojoes
4/8/11 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
4/9/11 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
4/10/11 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Theater
4/12/11 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
4/13/11 - Boston, MA - Paradise
4/14/11 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place
4/15/11 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
4/16/11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre Of Living Arts
4/17/11 - Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club
4/19/11 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
4/20/11 - Charlotte, NC - Amos’ Southend
4/21/11 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
4/22/11 - Tampa, FL - State Theater
4/23/11 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
4/25/11 - Orlando, FL - Beacham Theater
4/27/11 - Nashville, TN - Rocketown
4/28/11 - Louisville, KY - Expo Five
4/29/11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
4/30/11 - Buffalo, NY - Club Infinity
5/3/11 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights
5/4/11 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
5/5/11 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
5/6/11 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

First Bands Announced For The 2011 Vans Warped Tour

>> Dance Gavin Dance, Every Avenue, Go Radio, We Came As Romans, and The Word Alive are the first 5 bands confirmed to play the 2011 Vans Warped Tour! Check out an announcement from the Vans Warped Tour Facebook Page:
Next band announcement is coming on Wednesday and then a two week break for the Holidays until the next announcement on the 5th of January with updates coming weekly after that leading up to the main stage announcement on March 26th. Going to be a great three months of announcements and we feel very good that you'll like what we have planned for 2011.

>> Click here to see the 2011 tour dates. The next set of bands will be announced this Wednesday, December 15th. Who do you want it to be?

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Get Hyped: First Announcement from The Bamboozle

>> The Bamboozle is known for many things- Primarily the diversity in the festival's line-up, and the hints and secrecy surrounding that line-up. The first set of bands confirmed to play the festival was announced today, confirming some rumors while not addressing others.
  • A Day to Remember
  • A Loss for Words
  • Animals as Leaders
  • Born of Osiris
  • Boys Like Girls
  • Chelsea Grin
  • Circa Survive
  • EatMeWhileImHot
  • Forever the Sickest Kids
  • I See Stars
  • Neon Hitch
  • New Found Glory featuring Marky Ramone
  • Oceano
  • Romance on a Rocketship
  • Rx Bandits
  • Ryan Cabrera
  • Senses Fail
  • Sleeping with Sirens
  • Streetlight Manifesto
  • Texas in July
  • The Ready Set
  • The Youth Ahead
  • Tim Minchin
  • Transit
  • Vanna
  • Waka Flocka Flame
  • We Are The in Crowd

>> The Bamboozle Festival will take place from April 29 through May 1 in New Jersey. More information can be found at .

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Get Hyped: The 2011 Glamour Kills Tour

>> Following the success of last year's run, the people over at Glamour Kills have booked another tour. The 2011 Glamour Kills Tour will run from February 23 through April 9th, ending in Fort Wayne, IN. This will be The Ready Set's first headlining tour, and will feature support from Allstar Weekend, The Downtown Fiction, and We Are The In Crowd.

2/23/11 @ The Emerson Theatre - Indianpolis, IN
2/24/11 @ Grog Shop - Cleveland Heights, OH
2/25/11 @ Eagle Theater - Pontiac, MI
2/26/11 @ The Basement - Columbus, OH
2/27/11 @ Xtreme Wheels - Buffalo, NY
3/1/11 @ The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
3/2/11 @ Showc Ase Live - Foxborough, MA
3/3/11 @ Gramercy Theater - New York, NY
3/4/11 @ First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA
3/5/11 @ Altar Par - Pittsburgh, PA
3/6/11 @ Otto Bar - Baltimore, MD
3/8/11 @ Greene Street Club - Greensboro, NC
3/9/11 @ Rocketown - Nashville, TN
3/10/11 @ The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
3/11/11 @ The Orpheum - Tampa, FL
3/12/11 @ Culture Room Fort Lauderdale, FL
3/13/11 @ The Social - Orlando, FL
3/15/11 @ Warehouse Live Studio - Huston, TX
3/16/11 @ Las Palmas Race Park - Mission, TX
3/17/11 @ White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
3/18/11 @ House Of Blues - Dallas, TX
3/20/11 @ Cain’s Ballroom - Tucson, AZ
3/23/11 @ Soma Sidestage - San Diego, CA
3/24/11 @ The Roxy Theater - West Hollywood, CA
3/25/11 @ House Of Blues - Anaheim, CA
3/26/11 @ Ace Of Spades - Sacramento, CA
3/27/11 @ Slim’s - San Francisco, CA
3/29/11 @ El Corazon - Seattle, WA
3/31/11 @ The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT
4/1/11 @ Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
4/2/11 @ The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
4/5/11 @ The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
4/6/11 @ The Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
4/7/11 @ Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
4/8/11 @ The New Loft - Madison, WI
4/9/11 @ Broadripple - Fort Wayne, IN

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Rooney Announce the Not In My House Tour

>> Rooney will be touring the US this February with Eisely & The Chapin Sisters. Watch the band's video announcement below.
> Tickets are now available at and each purchase will be accompanied by a a free, exclusive, digital only, Christmas EP of three cover songs: "Merry Christmas (War is Over)," "Last Christmas" and "Little Saint Nick."

Upcoming Holiday Show:
12/11/10 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction

February Tour Dates:

w/Eisely & The Chapin Sisters
2/2/11 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
2/4/11 - Tulsa, OK @ Caine's Second Stage
2/5/11 - Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont Club
2/6/11 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
2/7/11 - Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet
2/8/11 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersectionl
2/9/11 - Pontiac (Detroit) @ The Crofoot Ballroomn
2/10/11 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
2/11/11 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement
2/12/11 - Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
2/13/11 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Alter Bar
2/14/11 - Newport, KY @ The Historic Southgate House

2/16/11 - Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
2/18/11 - Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
2/19/11 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
2/20/11 - Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
2/21/11 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
2/22/11 - Memphis, TN @ The Hi-Tone
2/23/11 - St Louis, MO @ Firebird
2/25/11 - Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre
2/26/11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Free Music: Cyber Monday Edition

>> Lately I've noticed that a bunch of great music has been made available for free. Some are only available if you post a tweet about it, and others are only available for the remainder of today - Cyber Monday. Since each of the following free music offers expires at a different time, I suggest taking advantage of every one as soon as possible :)

> You can download "1983" by Neon Trees through The Formula For Happiness on MySpace.

> Light The City
posted their self-titled EP as a free download on their Purevolume page.

> Get the "When We Find" EP by The Better Way for free through Purevolume by clicking here.
> You can also download Brighterside's "A Way With Words" EP for free through Purevolume.

> Sail By The Stars posted "The Night Owl" EP as a free download on Purevolume as well, but this one is only free for tonight! Take advantage by clicking here.

> As always, Tweet For A Track is offering up free downloads in exchange for one tweet. Songs available through this method include "Way Out" by Quietdrive, "Scenery" by Key To The Midway, "All I Want For Christmas" by Oh, The Story!, "Transient Colors" by Pacifica, & so many more.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tour Dates: 30 Seconds To Mars

>> 30 Seconds To Mars have announced dates for their headlining tour, set to take place between January 11 and February 5, 2011. Dates can be seen below, and you can get more information by clicking here.

Jan 11, 2011 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Jan 12, 2011 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Jan 14, 2011 - Pomona, CA @ The Fox
Jan 15, 2011 - San Jose, CA @ San Jose Events Center
Jan 16, 2011 - Davis, CA @ Freeborn Hall
Jan 18, 2011 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater
Jan 21, 2011 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore
Jan 23, 2011 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Jan 24, 2011 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Jan 25, 2011 - Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
Jan 26, 2011 - Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater
Jan 28, 2011 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
Jan 30, 2011 - Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
Jan 31, 2011 - Richmond, VA @ The National
Feb 2, 2011 - Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theater
Feb 3, 2011 - Rochester, NY @ Armory
Feb 4, 2011 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
Feb 5, 2011 - Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale

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Celebrate the Holidays With The Wonder Years

>> Hey, It's The Holidays... Why not celebrate with The Wonder Years? The band has announced that they will be performing their album The Upsides in its entirety at a string of shows in December, accompanied by Veara and A Loss For Words.

12/15/10 - Trumbull, CT @ Heirloom Art Center (Tickets)
12/16/10 - Wilmington, DE @ Harmony Grange (Tickets)
12/17/10 - Patchogue, NY @ Karma (Tickets)
12/18/10 - Providence, RI @ Club Hell (Tickets)
12/19/10 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club (Tickets)

Get Connected with The Wonder Years:
Facebook | Twitter | MySpace

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New Videos From Paramore

>> Paramore have posted a bunch of videos this month, including a music video for their latest single "Playing God." You can watch that video and two others below.

> Official Music Video for "Playing God":

> Behind the scenes look at the making of the official "Playing God" video:

> A video of Paramore covering "My Hero" by the Foo Fighters when they played a show for the troops in Kuwait:

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tour Dates: The 2011 Vans Warped Tour

>> Dates for the 2011 Vans Warped Tour were announced today through Alternative Press and the Warped Tour Website. Click here to pre-order tickets for the tour. You can view info on the limited Holiday package as well as the tour dates below.

Warped Tour package (on sale 10 a.m. today to Dec. 10)
$45 Holiday Package: Includes festival ticket and fees, VWT2011 Commemorative Collectible Holiday Ornament for the show selected which allows early entrance into the venue and limited edition Warped Tour Crew Socks along with another Warped Tour merchandise item. Actual ticket will be sent to you two weeks before the show date.
Fri 6/24/11 - Dallas, TX @ Center
Sat 6/25/11 - Houston, TX @ The Showgrounds at Sam Houston
Sun 6/26/11 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Wed 6/29/11 - Las Cruces, NM @ N.M.S.U. Practice Field
Thu 6/30/11 - Las Vegas, NV @ TBD
Fri 7/1/11 - Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex
Sat 7/2/11 - Ventura, CA @ Seaside Park
Sun 7/3/11 - San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
Wed 7/6/11 - Kansas City, MO (Bonner Springs) @ Sandstone Amphitheatre
Thu 7/7/11 - Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Fri 7/8/11 - Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park
Sat 7/9/11 - Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sun 7/10/11 - Minneapolis, MN @ Canterbury Park
Tue 7/12/11 - Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lake PAC
Wed 7/13/11 - Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
Thu 7/14/11 - Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
Fri 7/15 /11 - Toronto, ON @ Arrow Hall
Sat 7/16/11 - Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean Drapeau
Sun 7/17/11 - Hartford, CT @ The Comcast Theatre
Tue 7/19/11 - Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre
Wed 7/20/11 - Cleveland, OH @ Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
Thu 7/21/11 - Philadelphia, PA (Camden) @ Susquehanna Bank Center
Fri 7/22/11 - Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
Sat 7/23/11 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Sun 7/24/11 - Oceanport, NJ @ Monmouth Park Racetrack
Tue 7/26/11 - Washington, D.C. @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
Wed 7/27/11 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Thu 7/28/11 - Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Fri 7/29/11 - Orlando, FL @ Firestone Amphitheatre
Sat 7/30/11 - Miami, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
Sun 7/31/11 - Tampa, FL (Saint Petersburg) @ Vinoy Park
Mon 8/1/11 - Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
Tue 8/2/11 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Wed 8/3/11 - St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Fri 8/5/11 - Denver, CO @ Invesco Field
Sat 8/6/11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fairgrounds
Sun 8/7/11 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion
Tue 8/9/11 - San Diego, CA @ Cricket Amphitheatre
Wed 8/10/11 - Los Angeles, CA @ TBD
Thu 8/11/11 - Sacramento, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Fri 8/12/11 - Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheatre
Sat 8/13/11 - Seattle, Wa @ Gorge Amphitheatre
Sun 8/14/11 - Portland, OR @ Washington County Fairgrounds

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Tour Dates: Mayhem Festival 2011

>> Alternative Press has revealed the dates for the 2011 Mayhem Festival. Pre-order Mayhem tickets here, and check out a message from the Mayhem Fest website below.
While the 2011 bands won't be announced until January, here's your first chance to stake your claim on 2011 tickets as we're announcing the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Holiday Gift Package on sale now and for a limited time only between November 22nd and December 10th and while supplies last

For the first time ever, the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is offering this Holiday Gift Package which allows loyal, hardcore Mayhem fans the first shot at tickets for the 2011 tour kicking off on July 9th in San Bernardino, CA
Sat 7/9/11 - San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheatre
Sun 7/10/11 - San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
Tue 7/12/11 - Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheater
Wed 7/13/11 - Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheatre
Fri 7/15/11 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
Sat 7/16/11 - Albuquerque, NM @ Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion
Sun 7/17/11 - Denver, CO @ Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
Tue 7/19/11 - St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Wed 7/20/11 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Fri 7/22/11 - Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
Sat 7/23/11 - Montreal, QUE @ Parc Jean Drapeau
Sun 7/24/11 - Hartford, CT @ The Comcast Theatre
Wed 7/27/11 - Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
Fri 7/29/11 - Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
Sat 7/30/11 - Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
Sun 7/31/11 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
Tue 8/2/11 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless V. Beach Amphitheater
Wed 8/3/11 - Raleigh, NC @ Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
Fri 8/5/11 - Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sat 8/6/11 - Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sun 8/7/11 - Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
Tue 8/9/11 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheatre
Wed 8/10/11 - Dallas, TX @ Center
Fri 8/12/11 - Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
Sat 8/13/11 - Tampa, FL @ 1-800-Ask-Gary-Amphitheatre
Sun 8/14/11 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheater

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Holiday EP from The Ready Set

>> The Ready Set announced that they will release a holiday EP, titled 'Regifted' on November 30. Click here to pre-order the EP on iTunes.

1. "Wishlist" a brand new TRS original
2. Cover of Paul McCartney's xmas song "Wonderful Christmastime"
3. An acoustic version of "More Than Alive"
+ digital booklet.

> Jordan also had this to say in addition to the EP announcement:

keep your eyes peeled next week for a preview. check out the album cover below.

ALSO! I'm Alive, I'm Dreaming is going to be discounted and sold for $6.99 through the holidays.


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Behind The Scenes Video from Rocky Loves Emily

>> Rocky Loves Emily have posted a behind the scenes clip from the set of their “Clueless” music video which is set to debut online next week, along with their Tooth & Nail Records debut EP American Dream (out Nov 22). You can view this clip below.

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The Dead Masquerade Tour featuring Escape The Fate

>> Escape The Fate have announced dates for The Dead Masquerade Tour. The tour will run through North America in early 2011 with support from Alesana, Motionless in White, Get Scared and Drive A. The tour will commemorate the return of bassist Max Green, who entered rehab on Nov. 12.


1/20/11 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
1/21/11 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
1/22/11 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
1/24/11 - Dallas, TX @ South Side Music Hall
1/25/11 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
1/26/11 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
1/28/11 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
1/29/11 - Orlando, FL @ Club Firestone
1/30/11 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
2/1/11 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
2/2/11 - Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
2/3/11 - Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
2/4/11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
2/5/11 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
2/8/11 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
2/9/11 - Allentown PA @ Crocodile Rock
2/11/11 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
2/12/11 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
2/13/11 - Montreal, Quebec @ Club Soda
2/14/11 - Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Theatre
2/16/11 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
2/17/11 - Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
2/18/11 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Orbit Room
2/19/11 - Milwaukee, WI @ Rave Ballroom
2/20/11 - Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theater
2/21/11 - Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
2/23/11 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
2/25/11 - Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
2/26/11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
2/27/11 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
3/1/11 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
3/2/11 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
3/3/11 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
3/5/11 - San Francisco, CA @ Grand Regency Ballroom
3/6/11 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
3/8/11 - Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
3/9/11 - Fresno, CA @ Crest Theatre
3/11/11 - Anaheim, CA @ The Grove of Anaheim
3/12/11 - San Diego, CA @ Soma

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Fireworks to Release 'Bonfires' EP on 12/9

>> Fireworks have announced information on the release of their new digital EP. The four track EP, titled 'Bonfires' will be available December 9 through Triple Crown Records. The tracklisting for the EP can be seen below. The band has also revealed that they have started recording their second full-length with Brian McTernan at Salad Days Studios, and have tentatively scheduled a Spring 2011 release date.

'Bonfires' Tracklisting:
  1. I Grew Up In A Legion Hall
  2. Five Years
  3. Like Ships In The Night
  4. Seasick

>> Be sure to catch Fireworks on tour:

12/23/10 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop w/Daytrader
12/26/10 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium w/ Four Year Strong
12/28/10 - Pawtuket, RI - The Met
12/29/10 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance - Stillborn Fest w/ Hatebreed, Four Year Strong
12/30/10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church w/Balance & Composure

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Friday, November 12, 2010

There For Tomorrow Tour Florida with VersaEmerge & more

>> There For Tomorrow announced that they will be playing a string of shows this December with VersaEmerge, Conditions, and Amely. Dates can be seen below.

12/26/10 @ Revolution (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
12/27/10 @ Jack Rabbits (Jacksonville, FL)
12/28/10 @ The Masquerade (Atlanta, GA)
12/29/10 @ The Orpheum (Tampa, FL)
12/30/10 @ The Social (Orlando, FL)

> The band posted this caption with the picture below:
TMRW // VERSA FL Tour in December. Pre-Sale begins Wed. Jump on it FL Fam!

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