Friday, June 28, 2013

No Sleep Records Release 2013 Summer Sampler

>> No Sleep Records have released their annual free summer sampler.  This year's compilation features songs from bands like Into It. Over It., The Wonder Years, Balance And Composure, The Swellers, Long Lost, Major League, and more.  Enter the code SUMMER2013 at to download this 25 song mix for free.  You can also stream and download the sampler through bandcamp (or below).

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

With The Punches Go On Hiatus, Announce Farewell Shows

>> With The Punches announced that the band will be going on hiatus.  Before their departure from the touring life, the band will play 5 shows in August.  The band released a statement regarding the hiatus which you can see below along with information on the farewell shows.

With The Heaviest Hearts…

After 5 years, 2 EP’s, 1 LP, 3 Continents, 4 Vehicles, and a few hundred shows, With The Punches is sad to announce that we will be going on hiatus for a while. We would like to thank everyone who ever took the time to listen to our band, everyone who supported us in any way, and those of you who went above and beyond and helped us keep it together at times where falling apart could have so easily happened. We will be doing a run of last shows in August (the dates of which are listed below) in which we will be playing as many of our songs as time will allow. We would love to see as many friends at these shows as possible and will post the individual show information via all our social networking sites. Thank you for making this everything it became and so much more than we ever dreamed.
In conjunction with the final shows we are proud to announce that we have partnered with our friends at Panic State Records to release a limited farewell pressing of our first two EP’s on 12" Vinyl. Supplies will be very limited and pre-orders will be announced in the coming weeks. We will have any remaining copies for sale at the merch table at the shows
Thank you for everything this became,
With The Punches


Tour Dates and Ticket Info:
8/16/13 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes   [ Event | Tickets ]
8/17/13 - Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall   [ Event  |  Tickets ]
8/23/13 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary   [ Event  |  Tickets ]
8/24/13 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft  [ Event  |  Tickets ]
8/31/13 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft   [ Event  |  SOLD OUT ]

>> I can say from experience that this band puts on a great show every time.  Do them and yourselves a favor and make it to one of these shows if you're able to.  It'll be a great time to celebrate the past few years and a band that put their heart into everything they did during that time.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Paramore Release Video for "Anklebiters"

>> Paramore went a different route with their latest music video.  The band's video for their song "Anklebiters" features some artsy doodles and mazes rather than featuring the band.  It's definitely a cool way to spend a few minutes. 

>> If you register on, you will be able to play a members exclusive Anklebiters game. Make an account and play at

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Interview: Random Holiday

>> After some line up changes and lots of writing, Random Holiday are branching out.  The pop punk band from Virginia love the scene they're involved in but don't want to stop there. Now, two months after releasing a new album titled 'Space To Grow,' the band is hitting the road in the hopes of spreading the music they love and learning some things along the way.

Please state your name and role in the band. 
I'm Mikey Frazier. I play Guitar and Sing as well as tell a lot of bad jokes on stage.

Where are you from? Describe the local music scene there. 
Winchester VA, we have a rad Hardcore and metal core scene here, but only a couple pop punk bands with not too many all ages places to play. However a lot more shows have been held in the past year or so it's doing well. We mainly play in MD around Hagerstown, and Frederick. The scenes there are so rad.

Who are some of your musical influences? 
Batten Down The Hatches, Blink, TDS, NOFX, Daggermouth, Distances and Men At Work.

When did you start making music together as a band?
We started the summer before freshman year and my boy Kyle Grim who went to school with Noah brought Noah and Jake White to my house. We clicked instantly when we covered Welcome To Paradise, and from that moment all agreed we didn't want to be another garage battle of the bands kind of band. We wanted to be on the road like our heroes. Things happened and people changed. Noah and I are the only two original members, if that helps to explain.

You released a song featuring Aj Perdomo of The Dangerous Summer. How did that come about? 
All I can say is we all ran around screaming "OH MY GOD!!!" when he said yes. It was because he tweeted about doing guest vocals and writing which he did for a few bands but we felt this would be the perfect ending to "Heart Grows Colder". It was really rad of him.

If you could collaborate with any artist in the future, who would it be? 
Max Bemis [of Say Anything]. He is the greatest lyricist of our time.

You released 'Space To Grow,' your debut album in April. What was the inspiration behind that? 
Well once our band was downsized to just Noah and I as the full time members, we had a lot of events going on in our lives. The record isn't just a record about growing up, it's about dealing with anxiety, love, loss, happiness, confusion, doubt, and finding your self. The name is a reference to or favorite band The Dangerous Summer, and it fits the record's themes so well. We know that life will continue and with any event there will be an area for you to grow from them.

You're touring a lot this summer. Tell us about that.
We are covering the entire east coast this summer minus like Vermont and Maine. We had plans to do the mid west and south west, but had to scrap the routing, due to issues with fill in members. But we are on the road as I write this in Florida.It's so awesome to be traveling and meeting new people and playing theses songs for them. I'm most excited for playing Alabama, Rochester NY, and Freehold NJ this summer. I can't wait to see all the friends and play some punk shows.

How has touring influenced your band?
It's introduced us to so many amazing and real people, as well as already given us a chance to play the music that we wrote and are passionate about to new people every night. It's amazing how much touring has effected us, by just showing us how open hearted people can be by letting complete strangers sleep in their house. It's a beautiful thing how people act. Also because of meeting new people, we've met bands like Batten Down The Hatches, and The Eleventh Hour, who have helped us and we've helped them. It's great getting on Facebook and chatting with kids in like every state in the nation. Touring has made us into much more humble people as well.

What's next for Random Holiday? 
Hopefully touring and playing as much as humanly possible. All we wanna do is keep writing and pushing what we love as far as we can.

Is there anything else you'd like to say? 
Thanks mom and dad, thanks to our friends, swag me out.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Interview: A Great Big Pile Of Leaves (AGBPOL)

>> This past weekend, I spoke with Tyler and Matt of A Great Big Pile Of Leaves after their show at Revolution (formerly Ollie's Point).  It was a busy day for everyone, and because of some difficulties and delays we did the interview pretty late in the evening.  We had to fight an after-show DJ set in the venue for space and volume, so due to proximity of the room we were in, the camera went in and out of focus a few times. So while the video might not be of the best quality, the conversation definitely is. There's nothing quite like exhaustion between friends to bring out the silliness you'll see in the video.  We talked about exponents, U2, iPhone apps, pizza, and of course, the band's upcoming album.

>> AGBPOL's new album, You're Always On My Mind, will be released on July 2nd via Topshelf Records.

>> The band will be out on tour this summer promoting the new album.  Check out a list of their upcoming tour dates, including a run with The Front Bottoms, below.

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

An Acoustic obSession with David & Olivia

>> While visiting NYC this week, David and Olivia performed two of their songs acoustically at the Big Picture Media office.  You can see the videos below, and the rest of the duo's upcoming tour dates below that.

David and Olivia's Acoustic obSession
Live from Big Picture Media

"Finally Fine"

"Key To My Heart"

>> Check out my interview with David and Olivia here!

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Interview: David and Olivia

>> Earlier this week, I sat down with the pop acoustic duo David and Olivia at the Big Picture Media office in NYC.  The two are from California and came to take on New York for a few days.  We talked about how they first became a pair, where the music comes from, and where they're going next.  You can watch the interview below.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

TMO5: The Give-Away

*UPDATE: All winners have been contacted and the prizes have been sent out. Thanks again to everyone who participated!  

>> Three cheers for 5 years of The Music Obsession! It's crazy to think about, but my site turns 5 years old tomorrow (June 8th, 2013).  When I first started this site, I didn't think anybody would ever read it.  I wasn't trying to be a news source, I just wanted to write about the bands that I liked and the shows that I would never forget.  It was more of a way for me to document my love of my favorite bands and experiences, and one day a band from Philadelphia found it.  They asked me to review their album, and the rest is history.  All it took was for one person to see something more than a young girl gushing over the music that made her happy.

>> Both the site and I have grown a lot in the past 5 years.  I started doing interviews and acoustic sessions and things that I never thought I'd be able to do.  I have been able to cover the Vans Warped Tour for the past few years, and more importantly, I've been able to make some great friends along the way.  The past 5 years have been filled with experiences I'll never forget, and that's why I feel it necessary to celebrate this milestone.  Whether you have been supporting my site for the past 5 years or the past 5 minutes, every view, click, and share means the world.  If nobody took the time to read my posts or take the time to sit down for an interview, this site wouldn't be half of what it is now.  So thank you.  Thank you all for helping to keep The Music Obsession going and growing stronger every day.

TMO5: The Give-Away
>> Here's the fun part! In celebration of the past 5 years, I have a bunch of stuff to give-away. I have 3 signed posters, tons of unsigned posters, stickers, samplers, and more from over the years.   (I've been waiting for this day for a long time, and it's clear based on some of the items that are sure to bring on some nostalgia for whoever receives them.) There are 3 Big Prizes which include a signed poster and a CD, plus some bonus goodies (not pictured, but definitely included).  There are also 5 additional prize packs made up of posters, stickers, and samplers. Trust me, there's a lot of stuff in each prize pack.
  • The First Big Prize:  A signed poster from The Wonder Years and a copy of the band's album Suburbia I've Given You All And Now I'm Nothing, plus a little postcard with a lyric. (+ extra posters, stickers, etc)

  • The Second Big Prize:  A signed poster from Go Radio plus a copy of and a poster for Punk Goes Pop 3. (+ extra posters, stickers, etc)

  • The Third Big Prize:  A signed poster from The Promise Hero and a copy of Punchline's album Delightfully Pleased. (+ extra posters, stickers, etc)

  • All other prize packs include an assortment of posters, stickers, and samplers from various bands and labels. Some examples can be seen below.  I did my best to make sure nobody ends up empty handed!

>> There are a couple of different ways to enter. Be sure to tag The Music Obsession & #TMO5 in any tweets or posts so that I know you're participating!
  • Tweet: " I want to win a prize pack from @TheMusicObsessi! #TMO5 #TheMusicObsession "
  • On Facebook, post " I want to win a prize pack from! Details - " (*make sure you tag the fan page in the post)  *OR Share the post found here.
  • On Tumblr, click here, follow my page, & reblog the post!
You may enter as many times as you'd like until 
11:59pm EST on Sunday June 9th, 2013.
Good Luck!

*UPDATE: All winners have been contacted and the prizes have been sent out. Thanks again to everyone who participated! 
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Thursday, June 6, 2013

NGHBRS Debut Album Available for Pre-Order

>> Twenty One Rooms, the debut album from NGHBRS, is now available for pre-order.  The album will be released on July 16th, 2013 through Paper + Plastick Records.  The pre-order packages include 3 different shirts, MP3 download, a physical CD, and a poster, all depending on which package you select.  The full list of options can be seen at, or here below the album teaser-

>> Make sure to check out the band's latest single "Hold Up Girl," courtesy of Nylon Guys Magazine.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Yellowcard Announce Ocean Avenue Acoustic: The Tour

>> Yellowcard will be touring in the fall with Geoff Rickly in support of Ocean Avenue Acoustic.  On this tour, Yellowcard will perform Ocean Avenue in its entirety in a new way - entirely acoustic.  In the US and Australia, we will be performing the entire [Ocean Avenue] record acoustically from start to finish, and then closing the show with an electric set that covers the other albums,” the band explains.   Tour dates can be seen below.

>> Details on the acoustic album release and pre-order can be found here.

Ocean Avenue Acoustic: The Tour
Aug 31 - Milwaukee, WI @ Harley Fest
Sep 4 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
Sep 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts

Sep 6 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Sep 8 - Wallingford, CT @ The Dome
Sep 9 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza 
Sep 10 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza 
Sep 12 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s 
Sep 14 - Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room 
Sep 15 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
Sep 17 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues 
Sep 18 - Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore 
Sep 20 - North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
Sep 21 - Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
Sep 22 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
Sep 24 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues 

Sep 26 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues 
Sep 27 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues 
Sep 29 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Sep 30 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Oct 2 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

Oct 4- San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Oct 5 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues 

Oct 6 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
* also appearing at Riot Fest in Chicago

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Yellowcard Announce Ocean Avenue Acoustic Album

>> In honor of the 10 year anniversary of the album, Yellowcard will be releasing an acoustic version of Ocean Avenue on August 13th, 2013. The album teaser and artwork for Ocean Avenue Acoustic can be seen below.  Pre-orders are available now at .

On July 22, 2003 our lives were changed forever. We didn’t know what Ocean Avenue would become, but it is a chapter in our story that we will never forget. We knew that for the 10th anniversary of the release we wanted to do something more than just a tour. It's going to be a big year for all of us and you together. Ocean Avenue is a legacy that we are very proud of, so both the album and the tour are things we've put a lot of work into. Thanks for your continued love and support, and we will see you this Fall! 
-Ryan, Sean, Longineu, Ryan, Josh 

>> In addition to the acoustic album release itself, Yellowcard will also be heading out on Ocean Avenue Acoustic: The Tour this fall. Details can be found here.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Handguns Release Video for "Stay With Me"

>> Handguns just released a music video for their song "Stay With Me," from their album Angst.  The video can be seen below.

*Be sure to catch Handguns on this year's Vans Warped Tour!

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Crescendo TV Presents: This Endless Summer - A Film About Warped Tour

>> Crescendo TV is releasing a documentary style short film called This Endless Summer which focuses on the 2012 Warped Tour.  This nine-minute short film featuring Of Mice and Men, G-Eazy, Miss May I, and Memphis May Fire will give the audience an inside and personal look at what Warped Tour is all about.  The kickstarter-funded documentary will be released on June 18th, 2013 at , but you can view the trailer now below.

This Endless Summer
 A Film About Warped Tour

"It's the people behind the stage and those on it, that are the driving force, they are the heartbeat of The Warped Tour, and sharing that message was our goal”
–Crescendo TV

- Kate Russell
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