Paramore Perform "Ain't It Fun" On 'The Voice'

Paramore-2013NBC’s The Voice wrapped up last week, but not before inviting Paramore to the stage to belt out a high-energy performance of their hit, “Ain’t It Fun.” Taking the stage with them was Voice runner-up Jacquie Lee who, for the record, held her own against Paramore. Watch out, Hayley Williams, is all I’m saying. 

Paramore will be heading to Australia and New Zealand this January alongside Twenty One Pilots and You Me At Six, before hitting their Parahoy! cruise with Tegan and Sara, New Found Glory, Shiny Toy Guns, mewithoutYou, Bad Rabbits, and Reuben Wu. Check out the video and tour dates below. (more…)

Warped Tour Begins Teasing 2014 Announcement

Your summer tan may only now be starting to fade, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to look ahead to the 2014 festival season.

Vans Warped Tour is known for executing well-organized lineup announcements far in advance of the annual traveling festival’s launch date. Based on a recent tweet from promoters, it looks like the first round of band announcements for the 2014 installment of Warped Tour will begin rolling out on December 4. You can view a screenshot of the tweet in question below:

(The accompanying Instagram image was a blank calendar page.) 

December may seem far away, but a handful of sites have already begun posting about the acts they believe will be included on the bill. KillTheMusic, a popular alternative news site, claims to know the first six bands that will be announced. According to their sources, New Found Glory, Attila, Bayside, Balance & Composure, I Killed The Prom Queen, and Yellowcard will appear on the tour.

We’ll keep an eye out for updates on Warped ahead of the official announcement and let you know as soon as solid information begins to surface. Until then, comment below and let us know who you would like to see one next year’s tour.

New Found Glory Announce Live Album

Floridian pop punk favorites New Found Glory have announced plans to release their first live album later this year.

Breaking just after 4pm EST yesterday, July 9, New Found Glory announced their plans for a live record by releasing a teaser video featuring an introduction from the group. The album, which is titled Kill It Live, will hit stores October 8 and feature three new songs. You can view the video below.

New Found Glory recently celebrated the ten-year anniversary of their Sticks and Stones LP with a nationwide tour. Whether or not these recordings are from that tour remains to be seen, but having witnessed the group perform, we’re certainly excited to hear the album. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on this upcoming release. (more…)

Exclusive Q and A: Set It Off Talk Orchestral Origins

In a Set It Off song, you’re as likely to find strings and woodwinds as crunching guitars and sugary pop harmonies. The band’s members have been perfecting their unique blend of orchestral pop-punk since 2008 and are about to embark on their biggest adventure yet: a European tour with Yellowcard this spring. We chatted with vocalist Cody Carson about his classical background, love of ’90s R&B, and what advice he would give to up-and-coming acts looking to make their mark.

OS: You guys recently donated over $5000 to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation and you mention the influence of music programs on the band when you were young. What music programs were you involved in when you were in school?

Cody Carson: I went to Tarpon Springs High School in Tarpon Springs, Florida. In second grade, I picked up a clarinet, and I kept playing and I got very heavily involved in classical music. The only reason I went to Tarpon Springs High School was because of their music program; it was incredible. It taught you a great deal of work ethic, and there was also a leadership program that was called Tarpon Springs High School Music and Leadership Conservatory. I learned a lot of valuable life lessons there. I played clarinet and was involved in marching band and wind ensemble and jazz band. Because of the leadership program there, at the end of every year there was always a political campaign and I would run for clarinet section leader and woodwind captain, and those were two positions I held. I met Dan Clermont, our guitarist, there. He was the trumpet player there and he was also trumpet section leader and field commander and stuff like that. The program was incredible to us. (more…)

New Found Glory “Taking Time Off”

Ever since last night’s Billboard interview with Jordan Pundik, the internet has been going haywire with rumors of New Found Glory‘s impending hiatus. The only problem? It isn’t true.

Speaking to Billboard, Pudnik said:

I think we need to go away for a little bit, explains Pundik, who’s in the process of opening a tattoo shop in Nashville. We’ve been touring for a long time. I don’t think anybody’s in the headspace for writing a new record. We won’t go away completely; we’re still gonna be doing things here and there, probably some one-offs and things like that. But to be honest I don’t think we’ll have anything new out until 2014. But, Pundik adds, he’s not worried about the band members straying apart during any kind of hiatus.

To be honest, it’s easy to see this from both sides, however as guitarist Chad Gilbert points out, Pundik never used the word hiatus, and Gilbert says the entire thing has been a misunderstanding. At most he says, they’ll be taking six months off.

Check out what Gilbert had to say after the jump, and weigh in below in the comments. Do you think there’s more to the story? (more…)

Venture Guitars Launch Kickstarter

Venture Guitars is an independent custom guitar company based out of Pawtucket, RI. It was founded in 2009 by four friends, including Travis Alexander of the band Ghost Thrower (formerly of Therefore I Am). They have handmade high quality 100% custom guitars for major artists including Steve Klein of New Found Glory, Dallas Green of City and olour (ex-Alexisonfire), Bryan Donahue of Early Morning Blues (ex-Boys Like Girls), and more. Now they are hoping to push their business to the next level by entering their first original design into the professional guitar market, but they need your help! The guitar is called the Anna-Lee, and through Kickstarter, they are hoping to raise at least $15,000 to afford new parts and equipment to expand their business and build more of this model. If you would like to help fund this project and support an ambitious, independent, all American-made company, click here to learn more, donate, and receive some cool pledge rewards!

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