Friday, August 30, 2013

Taking Back Sunday Perform New Song at Acoustic Show on LI

>> Last night (8/29/13), Taking Back Sunday performed a semi-secret acoustic set at The Leaky Lifeboat Inn in Seaford, NY.  It was semi-secret because following a day of hinting at a potential show via twitter and instagram, vocalist Adam Lazzara officially announced the show yesterday afternoon.  The band, or at least Adam and bandmate John Nolan, were initially slated to perform for an hour.  Due to the overwhelming demand, a second set was added immediately following the first.  During one of these two "surprise" acoustic sets, the band performed a new song live for some lucky fans.  The track is tentatively called "The Bird You Cannot Change" but based on the video, it looks like that title isn't definite.  Either way, it's worth a watch.  Check out Mike Fishkin's video of the performance below.

 >> Taking Back Sunday recently announced that they have signed with Hopeless Records and are working on a new record set to be released in Spring 2014. 

 >> I posted some fan pictures of the "surprise" acoustic show on Instagram! Check them out here.  If you were there, tag your photos with #themusicobsession!


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Monday, August 26, 2013

Tour Dates: The Lost Boys Tour feat. A Loss For Words and Handguns

Pop Punk fans rejoice - A Loss For Words will be hitting the road for a co-headlining run with Handguns starting in October.   The Lost Boys Tour will have support from Major League (entire tour), City Lights (10/4 and 10/5, 10/31-11/3), The Sheds (10/7-10/22), Stickup Kid (10/18-10/21) and Light Years (10/23-11/3).  The full list of dates can be seen below.

The Lost Boys Tour Dates:
Oct 04 - West Chester, PA @ The Note
Oct 05
- New York, NY @ Tobacco Road
Oct 07
- Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
Oct 08
- Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club
Oct 09
- Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Oct 10
- Jacksonville, FL @ Roc Bar
Oct 11
- Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem
Oct 13
- Houston, TX @ Fitzzgerald’s
Oct 14
- Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall
Oct 15
- San Antonio, TX @ Korova
Oct 17
- Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live
Oct 18
- Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
Oct 19
- Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Cafe
Oct 20
- San Diego, CA @ Soma Sidestage
Oct 21
- Henderson, NV @ Eagle Aerie Hall
Oct 22
- Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
Oct 23
- Englewood, CO @ Moe’s
Oct 25
- Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
Oct 26
- Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
Oct 27
- Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
Oct 28
- Jeannette, PA @ Gator’s
Oct 29
- Rochester, NY @ Dubland Underground
Oct 30
- Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee's
Oct 31
- Montreal, QB @ Underworld
Nov 01
- Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft
Nov 02
- Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (Upstairs)
Nov 03
- Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground

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Tour Dates: Real Friends with Mixtapes, Forever Came Calling, Pentimento

>> Real Friends will be heading out on a full US tour this fall.  Mixtapes, Forever Came Calling, and Pentimento will provide support.  The tour kicks off in Grand Rapids, MI on October 4th and comes to an end in Freehold, NJ on November 9th.  Check out the full list of dates below, and click here for ticket info.

Tour Dates:
Oct 4th - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
Oct 5th - Chicago, IL @ Sub / T
Oct 6th - Minneapolis, MN @ Neither Bar
Oct 8th - Cedar Rapids, IA @ VFW HALL
Oct 9th - St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
Oct 10th - Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
Oct 11th - Denver, CO 7th @ Circe Music Collective
Oct 12th - Salt Lake City, UT @ Salt Haus
Oct 13th - Boise, ID @ The Shredder
Oct 15th - Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
Oct 16th - Portland, OR @ Backspace
Oct 17th - Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro
Oct 18th - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues Side Room
Oct 19th - Anaheim , CA @ Chain Reaction
Oct 20th - Los Angeles, CA @ Cobalt
Oct 22nd - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Underground
Oct 23rd - El Paso, TX @ Ernie’s Live
Oct 24th - Dallas, TX @ Hailey’s Club
Oct 25th - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Oct 26th - San Antonio, TX @ The Ten Eleven
Oct 28th - Decatur. AL @ Excalibur Vintage Vinyl
Oct 29th - Douglasvile, GA @ Seven Venue
Oct 30th - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
Oct 31st - Odessa, FL @ Goat House
Nov 1st - Gainsville, FL @ FEST 12
Nov 2nd - Gainsville, FL @ FEST 12
Nov 3rd - West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
Nov 5th - Richmond, VA @ The Camel
Nov 6th - New York, NY @ Studio at Webster Hall
Nov 7th - Boston, MA @ The Middle East
Nov 8th - Philly, PA @ Barbary
Nov 9th - Freehold NJ @ GameChanger World

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Interview: Desmond Zantua of Bellwether

>> Bellwether have been making a name for themselves in the Long Island music scene ever since they released their first song back in 2010.  That first song sparked a different way of thinking, and it paved the way for a lot of what I've seen in the local pop punk scene recently.  The band's line up and style have changed gradually since 2010, but one thing has remained the same - this band won't quit.  Everything they put out is full of raw energy, passion, and has an attitude that is all its own. 

>> I recently spoke with the band's vocalist, Desmond Zantua, after their set at With The Punches' last Long Island show at The Wood Shop.  We talked about wrestling, acoustic stuff, jumping through walls, touring, secrets, the New York Islanders, and some other cool and totally relevant things.

An Interview with Desmond of Bellwether

>> If you haven't seen it yet, check out Bellwether's video for "Compromise" below.  If you like what you hear, download the band's ...but I Have To EP on bandcamp.

>> Also, catch the Bellwether on their upcoming Canadian tour with Seaway:

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Feature: July

>> I spoke with the band July after their set at The Wood Shop in Copaigue, NY on Saturday 8/17.  We talked about bug bites, maple syrup, and the thrills of touring.  Check out the interview below.

>> After the interview, Andrew and Devin braved the impending mosquito attacks and performed their song "Second Best" acoustically.  Watch July's Acoustic obSession below.

>> Be sure to catch July on the rest of the 2 Player Tour with Giants At Large!  Those tour dates can be seen here.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Need A Laugh?: "Every Pop Punk Vocalist" Video

>> A video called "Every Pop Punk Vocalist" has gone viral in the music scene over the past few days.  The video pokes fun at things you might overhear at a pop punk show.  It's exaggerated, silly, and definitely worth a watch.

>> There's also a similar video titled "Every Metalcore Vocalist," which you can watch here.

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Tour Dates: The Story So Far with Stick To Your Guns, Such Gold, & more

>> Starting in November, The Story So Far will head out on a headlining tour of the US. Stick To Your Guns, Such Gold, Rotting Out, Souvenirs (11/01 - 11/21), and Heart To Heart (11/22 - 12/13) will provide support.  Pre-sale bundles are available through while supplies last.  The full list of tour dates can be seen below.

The Story So Far Tour Dates:
11/01 Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
11/02 Seattle, WA - El Corazon
11/03 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
11/05 Salt Lake City, UT - Murray Theatre
11/06 Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
11/07 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground
11/08 - Iowa City, IA - Gabes
11/09 - Burnsville, MN - The Garage
11/11 - Louisville, KY - The Vernon Club
11/12 - Indianapolis, IN - The Irving Theater
11/13 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco
11/14 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
11/15 - Jacksonville, FL - Roc Bar
11/16 - Vero Beach, FL - Heritage Center
11/17 - Tampa, FL - The Orpheum
11/19 - Greensboro, NC - Greene Street
11/20 - Richmond, VA - Kingdom
11/21 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
11/22 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
11/23 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
11/24 - Boston, MA - Royale
11/25 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance Theatre
11/26 - Montreal, QC - La Tulipe
11/27 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Theatre
11/29 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
11/30 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
12/01 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
12/03 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
12/04 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
12/05 - Dallas, TX - The Door
12/06 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
12/07 - Austin, TX - Red 7
12/08 - San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit
12/10 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
12/11 - Mesa, AZ - Nile Theatre
12/12 - San Diego, CA - Soma
12/13 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

The 2 Player Tour: Giants At Large and July

>> Giants At Large will be heading out on the 2 Player Tour with July.  The tour kicks off this Friday August 16th in Stroudsberg, PA and will run until August 30th. The Long Island date of the tour (8/17) is also one of With The Punches' last shows as a band.  In addition, that show has been moved to The Wood Shop.  The full list of dates can be seen below.

The 2 Player Tour Dates:
8/16/2013 - Stroudsburg, PA @ The Living Room
8/18/2013 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
8/20/2013 - Binghamton, NY @ York Productions
8/22/2013 - Brampton, ON @ Darby's
8/23/2013 - Kitchener, ON @ The Joint (Giants At Large ONLY)
8/23/2013 - Peterborough, ON @ Wolfstock (July ONLY)
8/26/2013 - Tiffin, OH @ Union Hall
8/28/2013 - Chiacgo, IL @ Penny Road Pub
8/29/2013 - Kent, OH @ Euro Gyro
8/30/2013 - Pittsburgh, PA @ TBA

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

New Song from Anton Kellner & The Lone Stars

>> Anton Kellner & The Lone Stars recently released a song called "Where We Used To Lay" featuring Fred Mascherino (Terrible Things, The Color Fred).  You can stream this sweet folky pop track below. 

>> "Where We Used To Lay" will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and more on August 12th.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Fall Tour Dates: You Me At Six

>> You Me At Six will be headlining a tour of the US this fall with Cute Is What We Aim For (9/27 - 10/11), Tonight Alive (10/13 - 10/20), Conditions, and Dinosaur Pile Up.  The full list of dates can be seen below.

Tour Dates featuring Cute Is What We Aim For, Conditions, & Dinosaur Pile Up:
Fri September 27 - Dallas, TX - The Door
Sat 28
- Houston, TX - Warehouse
Sun 29
- San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit

Tue October 01
- Phoenix, AZ - Nile
Thu 03 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
Fri 04
- Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
Sat 05
- San Diego, CA - Soma
Sun 06
- San Francisco, CA - Slims
Mon 07
- Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
Tue 08
- Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Thu 10
- Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
Fri 11
- Denver, CO - Summit

Tour Dates featuring Tonight Alive, Conditions, & Dinosaur Pile Up:
Sun October 13 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
Mon 14
- Detroit, MI - Shelter/St Andrews
Tue 15
- Toronto, ON - Opera House
Thu 17
- Boston, MA - Paradise
Fri 18
- New York, NY - Gramercy
Sat 19
- Springfield, VA - Empire
Sun 20
- Philadelphia, PA - TLA

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Fall Tour Dates: Bayside + Motion City Soundtrack

>> The second set of dates for the Bayside + Motion City Soundtrack Co-Headlining tour have been announced! The tour features support from What's Eating Gilbert and State Champs, and will run until October 19th.  Tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale Friday August 9th at 12pm EST.

Tour Dates:
10/3: Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA
10/4: Water Street Music Hall - Rochester, NY
10/5: Upstate Concert Hall - Clifton Park, NY
10/6: Toad's Place - New Haven, CT
10/8: Maingate Nightclub - Allentown, PA
10/9: Ramshead Live - Baltimore, MD
10/11: Bogart's - Cincinnati, OH
10/12: The Castle Theatre - Bloomington, IL
10/13: Plush - St Louis, MO
10/14: Wooly's - Des Moines, IA
10/16: Blue Moose Tap House - Iowa City, IA
10/17: The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
10/18: Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
10/19: Mainstreet - Toledo, OH

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

We're Expanding. (It's About Damn Time)

Intern, guest writer, professional concert attendee -
Whatever you want to call yourself, I need your help.

>> I started this site over 5 years ago.  I have been doing this since I was still in high school, and I have loved every second of it.  It's just me writing and keeping things afloat, but things have changed since high school (thank goodness).  So, while I take pride in being super hands-on with everything published on this page, I'm at the point where I need some help.  That's where you come in.

>> Since I am currently a team of one, there are a lot of events that I can't cover and albums I don't have time to review. I hate that.  Whether a show is in a different state or is the same night as another show, if I like the artist, I still want to be able to help promote them.  Same goes with album reviews - just because I have an exam to study for or something of the like, that shouldn't stop a review from being published here.

>> Personal notes aside, The Music Obsession is looking to take on a few interns.
Things I'm looking for:
  • Someone passionate about music and live shows 
  • A self-motivated, dedicated individual who can meet any deadlines
  • Someone who is on top of their social media game - I share all of my posts on twitter, Facebook, tumblr, and even instagram.  You'll be doing the same.
  • You can't be afraid to network, online or in real life. Talking to people is super helpful in all aspects of life, and it definitely makes a difference in the music industry.
  • Someone who can work a camera - I get a lot of photography opportunities, and being able to film an acoustic session or an interview is pretty important too.

>> If you become an intern (hooray!):
  • Any review or interview you do will be published on the site with your name at the bottom, giving you full credit for your work.  Same goes with photography.
  • Having your writing / photography published will be a great resume builder and will give you helpful (and awesome) experience for the future.  
  • You'll be asked to review albums and cover live events, and potentially interview some artists. 
  • This would be a great way for you to get your name out there and to take your first steps into the world of the music industry.  Seriously, I'll have you doing cool things. Promise.

>> If you're interested, email with the subject "TMO Intern."  Please include your full name, where you're from, how old you are, and what experience you have (a resume, essentially). Also, a writing sample is highly preferred.  If you have any questions, include those in the email and I'll get back to you ASAP.

I'm looking forward to expanding the TMO team.
Let's take over the internet, one tweet at a time.
- Kate

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Fall Tour Dates: Taking Back Sunday with Transit, Polar Bear Club

>> Taking Back Sunday just announced their fall tour with Transit and Polar Bear Club.  The tour kicks off in Clifton Park, NY on October 11th and runs through the beginning of November.  Attendees of the NC & SC dates of the tour (11/02 & 11/03) will get to see TBS play with Anberlin and The Maine.  The full list of dates can be seen below, and tickets go on sale this Friday August 9th.

Tour Dates:
10/11 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
10/12 – Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom
10/13 – Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
10/14 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
10/16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
10/17 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
10/18 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theater
10/19 – Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre
10/20 – Madison, WI @ The Orpheum Theater
10/22 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
10/23 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium

10/25 - Melbourne, FL @ FIT Homecoming (Free Show; No Transit or PBC)
10/26 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
10/27 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
10/29 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
10/30 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
10/31 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11/01 – Louisville, KY @ Expo Five

11/02 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues (w/ The Maine & Anberlin)
11/03 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte (w/ The Maine & Anberlin)
11/05 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
11/06 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
11/07 – Patchogue, NY @ The Emporium


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