Sunday, August 17, 2014

New Music Video: "Black Widow" by Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora

>> Iggy Azalea unveiled a new music video for her song "Black Widow" featuring Rita Ora.  The Kill Bill-inspired video features two female assassins, tight jumpsuits, T.I., sword fights, and several dramatic hair flips.  Better yet, there's a cameo from Michael Madsen who played Budd (you know, Bill's brother) in Kill Bill.  This time around, Madsen is being pursued by two musically inclined assassins instead of The Bride.  Intrigued? Watch the video below.

>> The song is one of my personal favorites from Iggy's album The New Classic which came out earlier this year, and making the video for it heavily influenced by a film I've been watching almost non-stop lately?  I'm hooked.

>> While it definitely gets cheesy at points (can we talk about the bacon sandwich exchange?), the mini-narrative in the video definitely compliments the song and its lyrics.  It's a great combination, and it was certainly a good follow-up to Iggy's "Fancy" video which was essentially a recreation of the movie Clueless. 

>> Like what you hear? Tune in to the MTV Video Music Awards on August 24th to catch Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora perform "Black Widow!" 

- Written by Kate Russell

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Chris Walla leaves Death Cab for Cutie

>> Chris Walla, co-founder and multi-instrumentalist of Washington based Death Cab for Cutie, announced his departure from the band after 17 years. He made an official statement with Seattle newspaper, The Stranger, and it can be read here.

>> Fans can still catch Chris with Death Cab for Cutie during the remainder of their current festival tour dates.

8/15/14 KXT's Summer Cuts - Dallas, Texas
8/16/14 Maha Music Festival - Omaha, Nebraska
8/30/14 X Fest - Calagary, Canada
8/31/14 Sonic Boom Festival - Edmonton, Canada
9/05/14 Hideout Block Party/ Onion & A.V. Fest - Chicago, Illinois
9/07/14 Riot Fest - Toronto, Canada
9/11/14 Rifflandia Music Festival - Victoria, B.C.

You can look forward to Chris's final contributions with Death Cab with their up and coming 8th studio album due out in early 2015.

- Mitchell

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New Music Video: "The Lines" by Beartooth

>> Beartooth, the musical baby of Caleb Shomo, has just released a new music video for their song 'The Lines,' off of their first full length entitled Disgusting. You can watch it below.

>> The video was directed by Drew Russ, who has created videos for bands such as A Day to Remember and The Ghost Inside, as well as the video for Beartooth's song 'Beaten In Lips.' Russ presents the video as a featurette starring the band called 'Smashing Stuff in Slow Motion is Cool," which sums up the video quite nicely. The band is seen smashing numerous items from fruit to pottery, to even a "Beartooth" cake, while dawning matching "Beartooth" jumpsuits. Scenes of the band chaotically performing the song fill in the spaces in which items are not being destroyed. The video, although lacking in a story, pairs well visually with the song overall. It demonstrates the aggression that went into making the song, as well as the rage that comes out when it is being performed. 

>> The video was released at the same time the band announced their headlining tour, which is being presented by MerchNow. Bands touring with Beartooth include Vanna, Sirens & Sailors, Sylar, and Alive Like Me. The tour starts on October 3rd in Chicago and finishes up on the 31st in the band's hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Dates for the tour can be found here or on the photo below. Do yourself a favor and check Beartooth out at a show near you. You may not find smashed fruit at these shows, but you'll definitely find chaos in the pit!

- Zach Zima

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Relient K Announce MMHMM 10th Anniversary Tour

>> Anniversary tours are officially a "thing," and Relient K are using this thing to celebrate their popular album MMHMM.  The band are taking this album on the road after 10 years with support from Blondfire and From Indian Lakes.  Tickets are on sale now, and the dates for this run can be seen below.

Mmhmm 10th Anniversary Tour Dates:
10/30/14 - Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
10/31/14 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
11/01/14 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
11/02/14 - Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
11/04/14 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
11/05/14 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Complex
11/07/14 - Seattle, WA @ Neptune
11/08/14 - Portland, OR @ Roseland
11/09/14 - Sacramento, CA @ Assembly
11/11/14 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
11/12/14 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
11/13/14 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/14/14 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
11/15/14 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock
11/16/14 - Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theater
11/18/14 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s
11/19/14 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
11/20/14 - Austin, TX @ Emo’s
11/21/14 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
11/22/14 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
11/24/14 - Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
11/25/14 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
11/26/14 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
11/28/14 - Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
11/29/14 - Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom
11/30/14 - Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
12/02/14 - Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
12/03/14 - Boston, MA @ Paradise
12/04/14 - New York, NY @ Gramercy
12/05/14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
12/06/14 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
12/09/14 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
12/10/14 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
12/11/14 - Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe
12/12/14 - Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom

>> In addition to the celebratory tour, the album is also being re-pressed on vinyl.  You can pre-order the 2LP clear vinyl copy of Mmhmm here.

- Kate Russell
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Monday, August 4, 2014

Mayday Parade Announce The Honeymoon Tour ft. Tonight Alive

>> Starting mid October, Mayday Parade will head out on The Honeymoon Tour with Tonight Alive, Major League, and PVRIS.  Tickets go on-sale this Friday, with pre-sale starting tomorrow (8/5) at 12pm local time.  The full list of dates for this upcoming fall tour can be seen below.

The Honeymoon Tour Dates:
Oct 14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
Oct 15 - Washington, DC @ 930 Club
Oct 16 - Patchogue, NY @ The Emporium
Oct 17 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Oct 18 - Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room
Oct 19 - Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Oct 21 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
Oct 22 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Oct 24 - Palatine, IL @ Durty Nellies
Oct 25 - Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose Tap House
Oct 26 - Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
Oct 28 - Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
Oct 29 - Saskatoon, SK @ Louis'
Oct 30 - Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
Nov 1 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
Nov 3 - Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
Nov 4 - Seattle, WA El Corazon
Nov 6 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Nov 7 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
Nov 8 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Nov 10 - St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
Nov 11 - Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
Nov 12 - Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
Nov 13 - Tallahassee, FL @ Sidebar Theatre
Nov 14 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues

- Kate Russell

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New Music Video: "Weighted" by Frnkiero Andthe Cellabration

>> Frank Iero (Death Spells, ex My Chemical Romance) released his first video under the name Frnkiero Andthe Cellabration.  The cute, then creepy, then somewhat cheesy video for "Weighted" can be seen under a brief message from Frank:

deer friends and people friends,

the time is now. here is the official music video for weighted. the first music video by frnkiero andthe cellabration. directed by John Carlucci and Brandon Laganke of Ghost+Cow Films, with special effects by Tate Steinsiek of illwilled productions.
please enjoi and spread the sick. xofrnk

>> "Weighted" is the first single from Iero's upcoming debut solo album, Stomachaces, which will be released through Staple Records on August 26th. The full track listing and artwork for that album can be seen below another statement from Frank.

dearest friends and acquaintances,

hi, i would like to tell you all a little bit about my new record….

i am proud to say i have officially signed to Staple Records. and on August 26th 2014 along with my own imprint, B.CALM press, we will be releasing “Stomachaches.” by frnkiero and the cellabration.

the new record will include 12 songs and clocks in around 40 or so minutes. all songs were written and performed by myself except for the drums on 9 of the songs, which were performed amazingly by my friend Jarrod Alexander.

i’m really looking forward to sharing this record with all of you. these songs came from deep inside me and became my salvation at a certain point. and up until this august i will have kept the majority of them a secret from everyone. they were just mine, and now i am ready to give them up to all of you. i hope that you may enjoy them.

Official Stomachaches Track listing:

  1. .all i want is nothing.
  2. .weighted.
  3. .blood infections.
  4. .she’s the prettiest girl at the party and she can prove it with a solid right hook.
  5. .stitches.
  6. .joyriding.
  7. .stage 4 fear of trying.
  8. .tragician.
  9. .neverenders.
  10. .smoke rings.
  11. .guilttripping.
  12. .where do we belong? anywhere but here.

- Kate Russell

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Album Review: 'Life Lessons' by Handguns

>> With numerous EPs and one full length album under their belt, Harrisburg's Handguns have perfected their pop-punk sound on their sophomore effort, Life Lessons. This Pure Noise Records release encompasses all that the genre has to offer, and earns the band's spot on the punk and hardcore label's outstanding roster.

>> Life Lessons takes Handguns to the next level. It contains all their fans' favorite elements including front man Taylor Eby's angst-filled vocals, bounce-inducing guitar riffs, and lyrics that any kid could relate with. Those lyrics could deal with uncertainty, depression, and relationships. This can be heard on the song 'The Loved Ones Who Hate Us,' which you can check out below. The song starts out with a bass riff (a characteristic of many pop-punk songs) and continues into a fast paced, jump around style song that I couldn't stop nodding my head along with. The lyrics touch on the bands career and how they have played on many "broken down stages" without "hourly wages" to sustain a normal life. He goes on to sing about loved ones who had or still have no faith in what he and the rest of the band are doing. This is a common struggle for many young people who want to impress their loved ones and show their worth.

>> Another song worth mentioning is the second track entitled 'Sleep Deprived'. Once again, this song has a similar pop-punk sound. What stood out to me on this track was the vocal harmonies near the end. These harmonies reminded me of the vocal sway between Adam Lazarra and Fred Mascherino on Taking Back Sunday's 2004 album Where You Want to Be. You can check out the song below.

>> The overall sound of Life Lessons could bring back nostalgic memories to any pop-punk fan from the early 2000s. It can also attract newer fans of the genre within the first 5 minutes of the album. If you are losing interest in a classic pop-punk sound then I highly recommend you pass on this record. However, if you're looking for something to get you into the genre, or if you're looking for a walk down memory lane while also hearing new material, Life Lessons is for you. This album ensures Handguns' future in the scene for years to come by showcasing their song writing skills and instrumentation. I hope for their next release they push their boundaries, as most bands who want to succeed do, but for now I'll give Life Lessons a few spins.

>> You can catch Handguns on the Common Vision Tour with bands such as Hundredth, Counterparts, and Being As An Ocean. Buy Life Lessons at a show near youon iTunes, or through the band's page.

- Zach Zima

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