Tuesday, September 28, 2010

For The Foxes Signed To Hopeless Records

>> Congratulations are in order - For The Foxes have officially signed to Hopeless Records! Here's a message from the band:
“We are beyond excited to be working with Hopeless Records. We grew up listening to their bands and have always been a huge fan of their label. It’s unreal for us to be a part of their family and we look forward to doing big things together.”

>> The band is already hard at work: Their new song, “Where The Heartache Is”, is available today. You can see a lyric video for that song below.

>> Be sure to catch the band on tour with Valencia and Automatic Loveletter:
10/02/10 @ Ottobar (Baltimore, MD)
10/03/10 @ The Canal Club (Richmond, VA)
10/05/10 @ Backbooth (Orlando, FL)
10/06/10 @ The Orpheum (Tampa, FL)
10/07/10 @ 1982 Bar (Gainesville, FL)
10/09/10 @ White Rabbit (San Antonio, TX)
10/10/10 @ The Loft (Dallas, TX)
10/12/10 @ The Nile Underground (Mesa, AZ)
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Get Hyped: Mercy Mercedes Tour Dates

>> Mercy Mercedes have announced their tour dates for October.

10/16/10 @ The Lost Horizon (Syracuse, NY)
10/17/10 @ The Chance (Poughkeepsie, NY)*
10/19/10 @ The Vibe Lounge (Rockville Centre, NY)
10/20/10 @ Chameleon (Lancaster, PA)*
10/21/10 @ Diesel Rock 'n' Country Bar (Virginia Beach, VA)*
10/22/10 @ Webster Underground (Hartford, CT)*
10/23/10 @ Pearl Street Ballroom (Northampton, MA)*
10/24/10 @ Jerky's Live Music Hall (Providence, RI)*
10/26/10 @ The Canal Club (Richmond, VA)
* = with Cute Is What We Aim For

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Get Hyped: Four Year Strong Tour Dates

>> Four Year Strong will be heading out on the Tonight We Feel Alive Tour this fall. The band will be playing all across America with The Wonder Years, American Fangs, & more between October 3 - November 6, 2010. After that, FYS will be taking A Loss For Words on tour in Europe from November 9 - 22, 2010. Both the US & European tour dates can be seen below.

Tonight We Feel Alive! Tour - US
w/ Comeback Kid (10/2-10/24), The Wonder Years, American Fangs, Mountain Man (10/29-11/06)

10/03 @ Higher Ground - So. Burlington, VT (Tickets)
10/04 @ Starlight Ballroom - Philadelphia, PA (Tickets)
10/05 @ Irving Plaza - New York, NY (Tickets)
10/06 @ Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA (Tickets)
10/07 @ Xtreme Wheels Skatepark - Buffalo, NY (Tickets)
10/08 @ St. Andrew’s Hall - Detroit, MI (Tickets)
10/09 @ Peabody’s - Cleveland, OH (Tickets)
10/10 @ Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL (Tickets)
10/12 @ The Rave - Milwaukee, WI (Tickets)
10/13 @ Station 4 - St. Paul, MN (Tickets)
10/14 @ Granada - Lawrence, KS (Tickets)
10/15 @ The Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO (Tickets)
10/16 @ The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT (Tickets)
10/17 @ The Venue - Boise, ID (Tickets)
10/18 @ El Corazon - Seattle, WA (Tickets)
10/19 @ Satyricon - Portland, OR (Tickets)
10/20 @ Slim’s - San Francisco, CA (Tickets)
10/21 @ The Glass House - Pomona, CA (Tickets)
10/22 @ House of Blues - West Hollywood, CA (Tickets)
10/23 @ SOMA - San Diego, CA (Tickets)
10/24 @ Nile Theatre - Mesa, AZ (Tickets)
10/26 @ Scout Bar - Houston, TX (Tickets)
10/27 @ Emo’s - Austin, TX (Tickets)
10/28 @ The Prophet Bar - Dallas, TX (Tickets)
10/29 @ New Daisy Theatre - Memphis, TN (Tickets)
10/30 @ Rocketown - Nashville, TN (Tickets)
10/31 @ The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA (Tickets)
11/01 @ The Social - Orlando, FL (Tickets)
11/02 @ Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Tickets)
11/03 @ Freebird Live - Jacksonville Beach, FL (Tickets)
11/04 @ Amo’s Southend - Charlotte, NC (Tickets)
11/05 @ Recher Theatre - Towson, MD (Tickets)
11/06 @ Toad’s Place - New Haven, CT (Tickets)

Tonight We Feel Alive! Tour - Europe
Four Year Strong w/ A Loss For Words

11/9 @ Melkweg OZ - Amsterdam, NL (Tickets)*
11/10 @ Electric Ballroom - London, UK (Tickets)
11/11 @ Boule Noire - Paris, F (Tickets)
11/12 @ Sputnikhalle - Munster, D (Tickets)
11/13 @ Grunspan - Hamburg, D (Tickets)
11/14 @ Magnet - Berlin, D (Tickets)
11/15 @ Rock Cafe - Prague, CZ (Tickets)
11/16 @ Arena - Vienna, AUS (Tickets)
11/17 @ 59:1 club - Munich, D (Tickets)
11/18 @ Dynamo - Zurich, CH (Tickets)
11/19 @ Land of Live Club - Legnano, IT (Tickets)
11/20 @ Le March Gare - Lyon, F (Tickets)
11/21 @ Razzmatazz 3 - Barcelona, ESP (Tickets)
11/22 @ Sala Live - Madrid, ESP (Tickets)
*A Loss For Words will not be playing in Amsterdam.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Pretty Reckless: New Tour Dates + Music Video

>> Earlier this week, The Pretty Reckless announced that they will be headlining three shows in October.

>> The band also released a music video for their song "Make Me Wanna Die." Watch it below.

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Interview: Giants At Large

>> It's always unfortunate when a good local band splits up. In this case, however, the demise of 2 bands actually led to the creation of Giants At Large, one of the newest bands here on Long Island. I was able to see their first show last weekend, and although they have yet to release more than a 20 second song clip, the crowd went wild. This is a group of guys who have virtually mastered the art of having great stage presence, and having had such a great start, I can see this band really taking off.

Introduce yourself.
My name is Matt Lagattuta, I am 20 years old, and I sing and play guitar in the band Giants At Large.

What are some of your earliest influences that made you want to get into music?
The first two albums I ever bought were Blink-182's Enema of the State, and Sr-71's Now you see Inside. After hearing those albums I knew I wanted to be in a band.

How have your experiences in other bands helped you with this one?
From previous bands we learned to work hard and no matter what other people say, if you love what you're doing who cares what other people think. People are always going to be critics.

How did you guys get together to form this band?
Travis, CJ, and I played in another band that broke up this summer. When that ended the three of us knew we wanted to stick together. Within the first couple days of getting this band started Brian got in touch with Travis wanting to get involved, so he jammed with us and hung out, and it's been going really well since.

You played your first show as Giants At Large last weekend at Patent Pending's CD/DVD release show. How was that experience?
It was probably one of the best experiences I've ever had. All we have released music-wise is a 20 second clip of a song and the only words are "I don't wanna write sad songs anymore", and to see people crowd surfing to the stage singing that was such a good feeling.

Do you have any other shows coming up?
Were playing October 14th at the Vibe Lounge with You Me and Everyone We Know, Man Overboard, Take Cover, and our friends in This Condition. We're also playing November 20th at Vibe again, it's our best friends in the band Casari's last show, and if it's ready it'll be our EP release too.

What would you say to make someone want to listen to your music?
We make honest pop-punk music with some indie influence. Everything that could have went wrong, went wrong for us this summer and we wrote a really positive record about keeping your head up even when everything sucks. We're not one of those bands that fake our instruments or use live auto tune, everything about our music is real.

What do you think about the music scene here on Long Island?
It's tough, I used to say it was just okay, but the LI music scene has been nothing but great to us. A brand new awesome venue just opened up in Patchogue called Karma so that's a plus. Kids just need to keep supporting local bands, every band starts small and needs the support from people who enjoy their music.

You guys have been working on an EP. Tell us about it.
We're actually almost done with our EP. We recorded everything but the vocals in my basement ourselves and we've been recording vocals in the city. We're going to post a song within a week or so. It's got an intro, 5 songs, and 2 interludes. If everything is finished on time we're looking to release it at our show at the Vibe Lounge on November 20th.

How do you guys find new music to listen to?
The internet is great, I'm always at the Vibe Lounge watching bands seeing what's out there.

What have you been listening to a lot lately?
The two bands I was listening to A LOT when writing this EP were two defunct Long Island bands, Latterman and Lux Couragous. If you've never heard of them I seriously suggest checking them out.

What are some goals you want to accomplish with the band?
We want to take the band as far as it can possibly go, and were willing to work as hard as we can to get there.

How can fans contact you, or hear your music?
I think were making a facebook page? Not sure, but I do know were on twitter @giantsatlarge, or get in touch with us on our personal facebooks or twitters (@mattlags, @sxetravis, @savesthebrian, @cjthehero). Myspace is cool too, www.myspace.com/giantsatlarge.

Is there anything else you want to say?
We're going to be posting a song from our right now untitled EP very very soon so keep an eye out for that. Thank you to anyone who has helped promote, came to either of the shows, bought merch, or anything! Hopefully we'll see you 10/14 or 11/20 and hopefully we'll be seeing everyone else off the island this winter, thanks!

Bonus Round:

Album(s)? The Lawrence Arms - The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Ataris - Song Long Astoria, Brand New - Your Favorite Weapon.
Thing to do on a Friday night? Go to/play a show!
Place on Long Island? Travis' place. We hang out, listen to vinyl records, and watch netflix. I know, were kind of lame.

This or that:
Karma or The Vibe Lounge? Even though I hate the stairs, The Vibe Lounge.

Moe's or Taco Bell? This is so tough. My taste buds say Moe's, but my wallet says Taco Bell. Gonna have to go with Taco Bell here.
Angelina or Snooki (from Jersey Shore)? Angelina!!! The rest of the guys in the band all pick Snooki, they're a bunch of stupid pizones.

Members Only: In the band, who is
Cj, once he licked a mosquito off a wall.
Most organized? Travis, he has a Murse (Male Purse).
The biggest flirt? Cj, just talk to him, you'll see what I mean.
Most creative? This one time I made Cj a funnel out of a lamp shade, garbage bag, and a plastic bottle, sorry guys gotta give this one to me. (Proof)
Toughest? None of us are tough, but Travis has tattoos so he looks the toughest.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Seen It Live: 9/17&18/10

>> Typically, going to one show can brighten my whole week. The atmosphere, the people, and of course the music are things I really live for. Last weekend, I was able to attend 2 great shows- one on Friday at The Vibe Lounge (Rockville Centre, NY), and one on Saturday at Club Karma (Patchogue, NY). I was worn out after everything was said and done, but in the end, it was well worth the exhaustion.
  • Friday September 17, 2010 - Virtually anytime Phone Calls From Home (@pcfhband) announces a show on Long Island, you know I'll be there. Seeing that Score 24 (@Score_24), Corey Balsamo (@coreybalsamo), & For The Foxes were also on the line up for this show pretty much guaranteed my attendance. After I got to the venue (& had some Taco Bell, courtesy of @pcfhzack), I was able to catch the last song of For The Foxes' set. Like Corey had told me beforehand, they seemed really good. The crowd seemed to think so, too. I wish I could have seen more than just one song, but that's life. Next up was Phone Calls From Home. As I've said in the past, PCFH is a band that always puts on a great show, regardless of the venue. They played a couple of shows here on Long Island this summer, and the crowds coming to their shows have gradually grown bigger and more enthusiastic. Getting to literally watch their fan base expand and gain energy has been an amazing experience, and I hope to see that continue. Corey Balsamo hit the stage next. The vocals were somewhat hard to hear at times, but all things considered it was still a great set. This was my third time seeing him live, and as usual, he did not disappoint. Score 24 played last. Playing shows in your hometown certainly has its perks - most of the crowd knew every word. The 'Long Island music scene' consists of such a passionate group of people, and it's always amazing to see that support and dedication at shows like this one. After everything was said & done, I called night one a success and began looking forward to the next day's event.

  • Saturday September 18, 2010 - This was a day that I, and many others had been looking forward to for a long time - Patent Pending's CD/DVD release show. The show was at a new venue called Karma in Patchogue, NY. When you drive into the parking lot, you can't really see the place at first, but there's a big "620" on the side of the building that let's you know you're at the right place. It had plenty of room in front of the stage so that you don't have to worry about getting thrown into a mosh pit or something if you don't want to. There was also even more space on each side of the stage where merchandise was sold. Overall, I liked the place. Again, I ended up arriving late, but I got there just in time to see For Those Who Know play. A mutual friend had told me about this band a while back, so I was glad to finally see what I'd been missing out on. Their set was solid, & I really enjoyed it. Giants At Large (@giantsatlarge) played next. This was the band I was most excited to see, especially considering the fact that this was their first show together. Brian (bass/vocals) has been keeping me updated with the band's progress since they've been together, so I've been looking forward to seeing them perform for a while. I'm proud to say that they genuinely blew me away. Their set was even better than I had expected, and the crowd went crazy. People everywhere were crowd surfing, moshing, and even managing to sing along. The energy in the room, and the performance itself were just amazing. If you don't know Giants At Large yet, I'd suggest looking them up. They're almost done recording their EP, and plan on posting a song "within a week or two", which gives everyone something to look forward to. Last but certainly not least, Patent Pending hit the stage to close out the show. This was my fourth time seeing this band live, and they always put on an incredible show. For Patent Pending, a show is more than the band playing songs on a stage in front of an audience. Each show is like a family reunion with those crazy relatives you wish you saw more often. The atmosphere at each and every show this band plays gives me chills- It's one of the most amazing things I've ever been a part of. During their set, Joe (vocals) told us that there was a recently engaged couple at this show. The best part about that story was the fact that the couple had met at a Patent Pending concert a while back. That's just one example of what I'm talking about here. Each song, each performance, each statement- Everything just strengthens that bond between band and fan, or in this case, between friends. After they played their hearts out in the venue, the band, a bunch of fans, and I headed over to a nearby Burger King parking lot for an acoustic set (pictured above). Joe & Josh played a good number of songs, including requests. It was a great experience for all of us. Before calling it a night, Joe's brother, Robert, played a song by his band Mania In Urbania. This was the second time a band had really impressed me that night. Robert admitted that their demo doesn't sound as good as he would have liked it to, but nothing compares to seeing it live... even if it was only one acoustic song this time. Next time you see Mania In Urbania is playing a show near you, do yourself a favor & check it out. It goes without saying that the Ragostas are a very musically inclined family that never ceases to impress. All in all, this was an incredible show for so many reasons.

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Get Hyped: There For Tomorrow to release Remix EP

>> There For Tomorrow have announced details for their upcoming remix EP, Re:Creations. The EP, produced by frontman Maika Maile, will be available October 19, 2010. The cover art and track listing can be seen below.


  1. Small World
  2. Re:Burn The Night Away (Dubstep Remix)
  3. RE:Deathbed (Electro-hop Remix)
  4. Soul Full Solace (Interlude)
  5. RE:Stories

>> The iTunes release will include 2 additional tracks: Small World (DallasK Remix) and The World Calling (Twerkshop Remix).

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Free Music: Acoustic "MySpace Transmissions" EP from Hey Monday

>> Hey Monday have released an acoustic “Myspace Transmissions” EP. Click here to download the EP for free, watch exclusive videos, & more.

1. Wondergirl
2. I Don’t Wanna Dance
3. In My Head (Jason Derulo cover)
4. Wish You Were Here
5. Homecoming

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Get Hyped: A Rocket To The Moon to release "Rainy Day" EP

>> A Rocket to The Moon (@ARTTM) will release a five-song EP called “The Rainy Day Sessions” exclusively through iTunes on October 5, 2010. Each song on the EP features female bluegrass group Larkin Poe (formerly the Lovell Sisters). It was recorded at Favorite Gentlemen Recordings and produced by Dan Hannon (Manchester Orchestra). The band says the title of the EP comes from the pouring rain that hit the roof of the studio during recording, the sound was taped and even added into the songs.

1. Baby Blue Eyes
2. Like We Used To
3. Mr. Right
4. Single Ladies (Beyonce cover)
5. On A Lonely Night

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Video Killed The Radio Star - 9/22/10

>> My friends in Patent Pending recently released a CD/DVD titled I'm Not Alone. In case you don't have a copy yet, the band posted this video yesterday. It's a Twilight Remake by Patent Pending, and it's a good indication of how hilarious the footage on this DVD is. Watch the video below, then make sure you pick up a copy of I'm Not Alone.

>> Fearless Records has posted a video trailer in support of the upcoming Fearless Friends Tour, featuring Mayday Parade, Every Avenue, and more. Dates can be seen by clicking here, and you can watch the trailer below. Also, Artist vs. Poet will be doing a live chat tomorrow, 9/23/10, at 3pm PST to talk about the tour. Click here at that time tomorrow to tune in!

>> The Scenic recently released a music video for their song "Uh Oh." The song is from the band's upcoming album Bipolaroid, to be released on September 28th through Victory Records.

>> Last week, Anarbor posted a lyric video for their song "Mr. Big Shot." It has a really creative concept, featuring Google search results.

>> Hawthorne Heights have released a video for their song "Gravestones" from their latest album, Skeletons.

>> Ok Go recently put out a new video as well.

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RIP Therefore I Am

>> Therefore I Am has called it quits. You can read the band's official statement on the matter below.
An Announcement.
by Therefore I Am Published on September 22, 2010
I met Alex, Brian, Chris and Jim on Pratt Street in Allston, MA during the spring of 2006. Therefore I Am played music before I came into the picture but my accompaniment marked the beginning of something new. I joined their band on a whim. I dropped out of school, bought an amp and hit the road. The aforementioned members of Therefore I Am became my family, my closest friends and my life. They presented to me several life-changing opportunities and plugged me into a social circle I wouldn’t have otherwise had the pleasure of knowing. During the better part of the 5 years we spent in a van, the 5 of us bonded, fought, partied, smiled, argued, sang along together and learned to love each other. We will always love each other.
It is with great dismay that I am announcing the end of Therefore I Am.
There are a lot of reasons behind our decision but we would prefer to keep them personal. We are all still friends and that’s what matters most. This was by no means an easy decision for any of us. Life changes and you must change with it, regardless of the frustrations that come with said adjustments. The 5 of us are lucky and blessed to have had the opportunities we were given.
In the past 5 years, we’ve come a long way. We’ve toured with heroes, crossed oceans and did a lot of things we never thought we’d be able to do in our respective lifetimes, let alone our twenties. Most importantly, we’ve acquired a large collection of friends and created an insane catalogue of memories. To say the very least, we’ve seen a lot of stuff.
We’d like to thank all of the friends we’ve made and all of you who supported us with your thoughts, floors, roofs, showers, meals, hometowns, shows, tastes and love. You were as much a part of Therefore I Am as we were. You are connected.
Please join us for our final shows November 19th at Rocko’s in Manchester, NH and November 20th at Lupo’s in Providence, RI. We will be joined by some great friends and we hope to see you all there one last time.
-Travis Alexander and Therefore I Am
>> The band will play their last two shows on November 19 at Rocko’s in Manchester, NH and November 20 at Lupo’s in Providence, RI.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Get Hyped: Cute Is What We Aim For + Phone Calls From Home

>> Phone Calls From Home recently announced that they will be going on tour with Cute Is What We Aim For in October. Dates can be seen below.

10/16/10 @ The Lost Horizon (Syracuse, New York)
10/17/10 The Loft, Poughkeepsie (New York)
/10 Chameleon Club (Lancaster, PA)
/10 Webster Underground *All Ages* (Hartford, Connecticut)
/10 Pearl Street (Northampton, Massachusetts)
/10 Jerky's Live Music Hall (Providence, RI)

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

RIP Sing It Loud

>> Sing It Loud is unfortunately the latest band to announce a break-up. The band posted the following message about the split:

After three years of playing music together, we (Pat, Ben, Nate, Chris and Kieren) have decided to step away from Sing It Loud. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us through this amazing part of our lives. We have been given a rare opportunity to do something many people never get the chance to do, and for that we are eternally grateful. There is no drama or bad blood between any of us, we are all going out together the same way we came into this- as friends. There comes a time in everyone’s life when they need to make choices and steps towards what will make them happy, and we are all ready to take those steps in our lives. We have grown so much from this, and are ready for the next chapter in our lives. This will not be the last you hear from any of us. We all plan on continuing with our musical careers, so we hope the amazing support from Sing It Loud fans will continue as we do. A series of final shows will be announced soon, so be on the look out for those and for what we do next. Thank you all for enriching our lives and giving us the chance to share our music with you. We could not be more content with what we have accomplished.
Kieren, Pat, Ben, Nate, Chris

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tour Dates: The Vultures Unite Tour

>> VersaEmerge have announced details of their first headlining tour, the "Vultures Unite Tour: A Cinematic Presentation by VersaEmerge." The tour will also feature Anarbor, The Dangerous Summer, and Conditions. VE posted a 33-second video in promotion of the tour. You can see the video, and the dates, below.

10/21/10 - Dallas, TX @ The Loft
10/22/10 - Austin, TX @ Stubb’s BBQ**
10/23/10 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
10/24/10 - San Antonio, TX @ Sam’s Burger Joint
10/26/10 - Tucson, AZ @ Skrappy’s
10/27/10 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
10/28/10 - San Francisco, CA @ Café du Nord
10/29/10 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
10/30/10 - Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk

11/1/10 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
11/2/10 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
11/3/10 - Boise, ID @ The Venue
11/4/10 - Ogden, UT @ The Basement
11/6/10 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
11/7/10 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
11/8/10 - St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
11/9/10 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
11/10/10 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
11/11/10 - Grand Rapids, MI @ MXTP
11/12/10 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
11/13/10 - Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club
11/14/10 - Montreal, QC @ Underworld
11/16/10 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
11/17/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
11/18/10 - Hackensack, NJ @ School of Rock
11/19/10 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft
11/20/10 - Watertown, NY @ Sturtz Theatre @ Jefferson Community College**
11/21/10 - Boston, MA @ Harper’s Ferry
11/22/10 - Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre

Pre-sale begins on September 15th at 4 p.m. local time.
General on-sales begin Sept. 18.

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Get Hyped: This Condition Tour Dates

>> This Condition recently posted a bunch of tour dates for the month of October. I've been fortunate enough to see this band live a number of times, and it's always a good time. Make sure you hit up a show when you can, you won't regret it.

10/10/10 @ Deering Grange - Portland, Maine

10/12/10 @ Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ
w/ You, Me, and Everyone We Know, Man Overboard, Take Cover

10/13/10 @ The Bell House - Brooklyn, NY
w/ YMAEWK, Man Overboard, Take Cover

10/14/10 @ The Vibe Lounge - Rockville Center, NY
w/ YMAEWK, Man Overboard, Take Cover

10/15/10 @ Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA
w/ YMAEWK, Man Overboard, Take Cover

10/29/10 @ Virginia Intermont College - Bristol, VA

10/31/10 @ The Halloween Bash @ The Middle East - Cambridge, MA
w/ Just Surrender, Stay, Love Via Dance Machine and more!

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Interview: Heinali and Matt Finney

>> When I first heard about Heinali and Matt Finney, I was curious about how two individuals from two different countries could manage to make music together. Their songs are as unique as their situation- I've never heard anything like their Lemonade EP. I got an idea of how the artists overcome the challenges they face because of distance just by speaking to them, but they won't let anything stop them from doing what they love. Their enthusiasm is tremendous, and quite impressive. They had these questions answered within a few hours of receiving them, regardless of the time difference. They are clearly passionate about their music, and that dedication has served them well thus far.

Introduce yourselves. (Name, age, instrument)
Heinali: Heinali, not too old I hope, can't really play any of them...
Matt: I'm Matt. 21. Vocals.

Where are you from? Describe the local music scene there.
Heinali: Ukraine. It's absent. Zero. Nada. Nihil. Maybe except for
some occasional parties and concerts of extremely low budget.
Matt: Millbrook, Alabama. There's not a much of a scene. A couple of
screaming bands and that's it.

What are some of your earliest influences that made you want to get into music?
Heinali: My earliest influences are Nine Inch Nails, the Sisters of
Mercy and Coil. But nothing made me want to get into music. It was
totally spontaneous and kept being not too serious for a long period
of time.
Matt: The first band that I remember listening to was Tears For Fears.
My sister had their greatest hits CD and video and she used to play
them all the time. I still love that band. Catchy as can be. Nirvana
were the first that floored me though.

How did you guys first get together & decide to make music?
Matt: We met through Myspace and became quick friends. My band (Finneyerkes) had been on a break and it's still on a inactive. I asked Heinali if he'd be interested in working on some songs and that turned into our first EP. We've been working together since.

For those who haven't heard it yet, how would you describe your sound?
Heinali: Cinematic, dark, eclectic.

What is your writing process like?
Heinali: Usually it's slightly different every time, sometimes absolutely different. Though I tend to construct the composition on the some kind of theme... could be melodic or timbral or rhythmic. Usually at night. Matt sends me over his lyrics recorded and I compose the music. I do a couple of drafts and send them to Matt for the critique.

What was the general inspiration behind your Lemonade EP?
Heinali: Life. In terms of music that influenced it's Nine Inch Nails, Nadja, Angelic Process, My Bloody Valentine, Joy Division, Nirvana...
Matt: The past year. It was an extremely rough one. It's all of that anger, bitterness, and disillusionment mixed with anxiety attacks.

What’s your favorite part about being in this band?
Heinali: I have to choose of sex, drugs and industrial.
Matt: Working with one of the best composers out there. The sex, drugs, and industrial don't hurt either.

What are some of the hardships you face because you live in different countries?
Heinali: Can't do gigs, can't rehearse, can't hang out together.
Matt: I'm with Heinali. This is both what we love to do. We both give it a hundred percent but we still can't reach people the way the band down the street can because they have access to the folks in bars/clubs. It's very discouraging but we have a lot of amazing listeners that like what we do and it's a huge motivator. We'll work through it.

What do you consider your biggest accomplishment so far as a band?
Heinali: We are doing what we love.

How can fans contact you, or hear your music?
iTunes is coming soon and a billion other online music stores that we can't think of at this second. be on the look out!
(*Heinali & Matt's Lemonade EP has recently been added to iTunes. Click here to pick up a copy!)

What are some goals that you want to accomplish with your music in the future?
Heinali: Breaking out of the loneliness again and again and again.
Matt: To make each one better than the one that came before it.

What do you guys have planned for the rest of 2010?
Heinali: New album! Or EP
Matt: New album and then another.

Is there anything else you want to say?
Matt: Thanks so much to everyone that's taken their hard earned money and bought our music/t-shirts. Thanks to all of the blogs for their help. Thanks to everyone that's downloaded and told a friend. You all should be nominated for sainthood. And, thank you Kate!

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Tour Dates: The Ataris + Don't Panic Fall Tour

>> The Ataris and Don't Panic will be continuing their 2010 Tour of The Atlantic this fall. Here's a message from Don't Panic, followed by the tour dates-
The West Coast and southwest was a blast. So we figured.. how unfair to leave out our home area! Below are the dates of the tour! We will be announcing more shows soon so keep checking back. We really want to see you guys all there so RSVP and show some love. We're also gonna be lookin for places to stay the nights we don't feel like driving back to the Poconos, so if you have one.. lets do it!
10/14/10 @ Diesel (Pittsburgh, PA)
10/15/10 @ The Manhattan Room (Philadelphia, PA)
10/16/10 @ The Studio at Webster Hall (New York, NY)
10/17/10 @ Maxwells (Hoboken, NJ)
10/18/10 @ Ottobar (Baltimore, MD)
10/20/10 @ Crocodile Rock (Allentown, PA)
10/21/10 @ PAL Hall (Fall River, MA)
10/23/10 @ Bogies (Albany, NY)
10/24/10 @ The Basement (Kingston, NY)
11/3/10 @ The Fusion Room (Syracuse, NY)
11/4/10 @ Middle East (Cambridge, MA)
11/5/10 @ Eleanor Rigbys (Jermyn, PA)
11/6/10 @ Hangar 84 (Vineland, NJ)
11/7/10 @ Club Karma (Patchogue, NY)

Click here to RSVP.

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Tour Dates: The Average Guys With Exceptional Hair Tour

>> A Skylit Drive will be setting out on The Average Guys With Exceptional Hair Tour this fall with Motionless In White, For All Those Sleeping, Woe, Is Me, and Scarlett O’Hara.

11/04/10 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
11/05/10 - San Diego, CA @ Soma Sidestage
11/06/10 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
11/07/10 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
11/09/10 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
11/10/10 - Ft. Worth, TX @ The Door
11/11/10 - The Woodlands, TX @ Shadowplay Lounge
11/12/10 - Metairie, LA @ The High Ground
11/13/10 - Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
11/14/10 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
11/15/10 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
11/16/10 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
11/17/10 - Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club
11/19/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
11/20/10 - S. Hackensack, NJ @ School Of Rock
11/21/10 - Buffalo, NY @ Xtreme Wheels
11/23/10 - Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
11/24/10 - St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
11/26/10 - Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre
11/28/10 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk

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Name Dropping 101 ; The Prids

>> The Prids (@theprids) have undertaken the task of making a music video for every track on their new record, Chronosynclastic. This is video #2 for the song “Break”.

>> The third video should be released in a couple of weeks. Until then, be sure to see The Prids on the road:
9/17/10 - Portland, OR @ The Agenda
9/24/10 - Portland, OR @ East End w/ The Chameleons
10/02/10 - Lincoln, NE @ Duffy's : London Calling Festival
10/04/10 - Chicago, IL @ Darkroom
10/06/10 - Columbus, OH @ Carabar
10/08/10 - Brooklyn, NY @ Spike Hill
10/09/10 - Manhattan, NY @ The Delancey
10/13/10 - Atlanta, GA @ 529
10/16/10 - St. Joseph, MO @ TBA
10/17/10 - Norman, OK @ Opolis
10/18/10 - Albuquerque, NM @ Low Spirits

>> Make sure you check out the band's label, Velvet Blue Music. They represent the most unique set of artists I’ve ever heard, and I mean that in a very good way :)

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Senses Fail Announce Track listing for 'The Fire'

>> Senses Fail have announced the track listing for their upcoming album, The Fire. The album will be released on October 26th through Vagrant Records. The band also revealed that a limited edition live DVD will be released as well. You can see the track listing below.

Track Listing:
1. The Fire
2. Saint Anthony
3. New Year’s Eve
4. Safe House
5. Coward
6. Landslide
7. Headed West
8. Lifeboats
9. Nero
10. Irish Eyes
11. Hold On
12. Ghost Town *(iTunes only)

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Get Hyped: Thieves & Villains / The Scenic Tour Dates

>> Thieves and Villains and The Scenic will be playing a string of shows together this fall. Dates and venues can be seen below.

9/22/10 @ Party Expo (Brooklyn, NY)
9/23/10 @ The Space (Hamden, CT)
9/24/10 @ Indigo Paradise (Nyack, NY)
9/25/10 @ Salem Knights of Columbus (Salem, MA)
9/26/10 @ The Dover Brick House (Dover, NH)
9/27/10 @ Ottobar (Baltimore, MD)
9/28/10 @ The Barbary (Philadelphia, PA)
9/30/10 @ Casbah (Charlotte, NC)
10/1/10 @ Club Relevant (Virginia Beach, VA)
10/2/10 @ Warrenton American League (Warrenton, VA)
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

RIP Between The Trees

>> Between The Trees posted an official statement on their MySpace earlier today stating that the band will be splitting up by the end of the year. You can read this statement below.

Well, this is the beginning of a letter that I never wanted to figure out how to write. I'll probably write, rethink, and re-write again 10 times over, but it's not going to change the purpose of it no matter how hard I try.

It is with regret that I announce that Between The Trees will be disbanding by the end of this year. It's not a decision that we all fully agree with, but it's a decision that is final.

After 5 years of being a band we've had our highs and and we've also had our lows. Each member at some point has wondered what life outside of the band might be like. As of late, Ryan has stated that he had lost his drive and passion to continue with Between The Trees. With that, it obviously raised questions that needed to be answered. So after much thought and prayer, Ryan feels in his heart that it is just time to move on. He still loves every bit of it and, just like all of us, is thankful for the friends and fans that we've met over the years. However, when it's time, I guess it's time.

It is impossible to sum up an obsession that has consumed our lives for this many years. Anything that I write will never, ever truly express how we feel about this past stage of our lives. Truthfully and honestly words cannot describe it…trying to show it in a measly blog or news post is an injustice, but such is life.

We've had an incredible life over the past 5 years. We've seen more of this world in our early 20's than most people will see in their lifetime, and we were blessed to do it playing music that we love. We've met amazing people, interestingly odd people, as well as numerous friends that will extend well beyond the existence of this band. We've spent hours upon hours in a van driving to cities and towns hoping to meet and win over new fans, and usually always left more than satisfied in calling this our job. It's been an amazing journey and we wouldn't trade this experience for anything in this world.

We want to thank our families for every ounce of support since the beginning. It's not easy telling your Mom and Dad when you're 18, 19, and 21 that you're not going to college, but have decided to hop in a van and drive around with a couple friends. Also want to thank our Wives/Fiancees, as it was also never easy saying "see you in a month" more than 8 or 9 times a year. Our thanks to our friend/Manager/twice removed Record Label owner David McKenna for taking a chance and being there through it all, as well as many other business men and women for taking a chance on a group of guys playing music they wrote in a cramped bed room. Thanks to the faithfuls that were at every show in a 4 hour radius, and a handful that really didn't know what a radius was. And last, but certainly not least, being as least cliche as possible, thanks Jesus for giving us this opportunity. It's safe to say that we would have never written a single song had it not been for you, so thank you.

So, where do we go from here?

We're going to continue as planned with our tour with The Almost coming up starting on September 14th and will finish up at the end of the month. Past that we currently have nothing planned. However, we've decided that we wanted to give anyone who wanted to see us one last chance to hear some songs.

With that said, if enough requests come in, we'd like to do a House Tour. A House Tour consists of shows in your living room where we charge a certain amount (we obviously need to make money to tour ;-), and we play an hour long or so Acoustic set in your home for you and your friends on Acoustic instruments. We'll hang out as long as you'll have us, we'll chat, have fun, and just have a good time. The date range you have to choose from will be from October 1st-October 30th. You can email BTTHOUSESHOWS@GMAIL.COM to book your show. We'll let you know how much money we'll need to make it happen to travel city to city. It's on a first come, first serve basis, but the routing will have to make sense, so as requests come in we may have to change accordingly. The deadline for show requests will be September 25th. (Overseas is excluded, sorry guys, but thanks for everything.)

Now as far as the Southeast region, we'll be playing a string of final full band shows in late November into early December. It will most likely consist of an Atlanta, Jacksonville, Tampa, and of course a final Orlando show. So be looking for those. After that, you'll only have our CD's to remind you.

Lastly, and we're not making any promises, but we're going to try our hardest to record any songs that we ever wrote that didn't make it on past records, or even ones we maybe had in mind for records to come. It may be 3 songs, or it may be 13 songs, it all just depends on what we have time for. When we finish we'll throw it up on iTunes for everyone to download if they choose to. Look for that by December.

In case anyone asks what we'll do now and are curious on a personal level, none of us are really sure? Ryan is an incredibly talented individual. His voice is something that will carry him through life no matter what. He may do some composing, he may just write songs, I'm not sure, but I do know he'll find his way in music. As far as Josh he too will always be in music. He is an incredible drummer and musician. He is the one that introduced me to music and I look up to him immensely. He will probably end up playing drums for a country band (hey hey T-Swift), but will definitely be doing some studio work. He's also mentioned Architecture quite a bit. I'm sure me and him will end up opening some sort of Butler Brothers business :) For now, I'll head back to school, get a degree, and see what happens. I may be looking into taking in everything I've learned in a touring band and putting it to use in Band Management, so look for that from me. We'll all continue to write music. We all contributed to BTT, so I'm sure you'll see traces of that in all of our future projects. Just know that all of us will still be involved in music in some facet or another. Also know that we all love each other more than you know and will always be the best friends that drove away on that first tour 5 years ago.

One last note. As some of you may know, we had the opportunity to share the stage with our pseudo 4th member Stevie Benz for the past 8 or 9 months. He's been great and been more than we could ask for in not only a hire on guitarist, but a great friend. When you spend as much time together as we do, it's hard to not feel as though we're all family. Had BTT continued, the idea of making Stevie official was a thought in the forefront of all of our minds. So we all sat down and talked and decided that it would only feel right if Stevie finished it out the right way. Josh, Ryan, and myself have decided to officially re-add a 4th member and make Stevie that person. These final 3 months will feel complete for us, as we know it will for him. Beyond Between The Trees, Stevie will continue as a touring guitarist, so I am sure you will see him on a stage near you in no time.

Well, it's been a fun ride. Thank you for everything guys. Thank you for coming to shows, buying CD's, buying merch, and listening to our music. Hope to see you all in these coming months and the memories that will follow.

Jeremy, Josh, Ryan, and Stevie
Between The Trees

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Video Killed The Radio Star - 9/4/10

>> We Are The In Crowd recently performed 'Both Sides of the Story' and 'Lights Out' acoustically for AbsolutePunk. You can watch their performance of "Both Sides of the Story" below, and the performance of "Lights Out" by clicking here. (PS, check out Tay's sweatshirt- representing This Condition!)

>> The Devil Wears Prada have posted an exclusive "Outnumbered: Live from Cornerstone" music video through Twitter. Click here to watch the video in exchange for a tweet.

>> Click here to see a video of Good Charlotte performing an acoustic version of their new single, "Like It's Her Birthday", for Sunrise in Australia.

>>Check out this great video of Paramore's acoustic performance of "Feeling Sorry" for Alternative Press.

>> B.o.B has released a new video for his song "Magic." Both the song and the video feature Rivers Cuomo of Weezer on guest vocals. You can see the video below.

>> Never Shout Never has debuted two new music videos for songs off Harmony, their latest release. Click here to see the video for "Lovesick." You can see the video for "Piggy Bank" below.

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