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Exclusive Q and A: Her Bright Skies Talk 'Rivals,' Setbacks, Swedish Rock

OurStage Exclusive InterviewsPrepare yourself, America. Swedish rockers Her Bright Skies are bringing their potent blend of post-hardcore, punk, and modern rock to the rest of the world with their most recent album, Rivals. Inheriting the mantle of fine Swedish rock exports from the past, the band’s songs brim with unstoppable power and energy. We caught up with guitarist Petter Nilsson to chat about Swedish musical history, breaking out stateside, and the message behind the new album.

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A Lot Like Birds End "Rock Yourself To Sleep" Tour With Pillow Fight

Last month we held a competition offering OurStage artists a chance to open for multiple dates of the “Rock Yourself To Sleep” tour with Dance Gavin Dance, A Lot Like Birds, I The Mighty, Hail The Sun, and The Orphan, The Poet. Judging from the following video, it looks like the tour was a blast. A Lot Like Birds seem to have taken the theme of the tour pretty seriously, ending their set on the last date with an all out mosh pit pillow fight on stage and in the crowd. Check out the comfy carnage below:

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Vanna Recording New Album

Boston hardcore band Vanna have entered the studio once again to record their 4th full length album, The Few And The Far Between. This time around, they’ve decided to return to producer Jay Maas (Have Heart, American Nightmare, Polar Bear Club) at Getaway Recordings in Haverhill, MA. Maas produced 2010’s The Honest Hearts EP. You can read the official statement from lead singer Davey Muise below.

With all the touring we’ve done especially this past year and all the time away from home, not only did it make for great writing time and lyrical ammo, it made us want to do the next record at home. For the sound and direction we were going Jay was a no brainer for us. Doing The Honest Hearts EP with Jay was so easy and comfortable; we wanted to see what a full record with our dude would be like. We are psyched to see what Jay and the band will do with TFATFB. We will have a full recording blog with pictures and videos all on vannaboston.com so everyone can follow along with this record as it comes alive.

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Letlive. Drop Off Every Time I Die Tour

Just days after announcing Every Time I Die‘s upcoming tour with The Acacia Strain and Vanna, letlive. have announced that they’ll be dropping off the band’s current tour due to an inescapable issue back home. The band is encouraging fans to still attend the tour and apologize for their departure. You can see what the band had to say, along with their plans to make up the dates, after the jump.

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Stream The Final Alexisonfire EP "Death Letter"

Last week we told you about Alexisonfire‘s newest and final EP Death Letter. Well, the album was released today, and now you can stream all 6 songs on Spotify. Be prepared though, they are all acoustic, piano, and noise-rock versions of some of your favorite AOF songs, and they are not what you might expect. Each performance is a slow and dismal trudge in a sea of dark reverb, truly signifying the end of a once great band. There is no doubt that Death Letter truly lives up to it’s name as a distant swan song for the Canadian post-hardcore outfit. R.I.P. AOF.

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Watch The Full Premiere Of "Warped Roadies"

The Vans Warped Tour is the one of the longest running tours in America, not to mention probably the most challenging. For about 80 days straight, 1,000+ crew members wake up at the crack of dawn every morning and work in non-stop grueling conditions late into the evening. It takes a hell of a lot of manpower and endurance to keep the well oiled Warped machine running, but many people do not realize this. That’s why Fuse decided to document this past summer’s 2012 Warped Tour for their new show Warped Roadies, in which they follow the crew—NOT the rockstars—who work their asses off every day behind the scenes to make it all happen. They are the backbone of the whole machine, without whom none of it could be possible. Click here to watch the full series premiere before it airs this Friday, December 7 at 11/10c.

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Alexisonfire To Release New EP Of Re-Interpreted Old Songs

Looks like the guys in Alexisonfire have one last trick up their sleeve before bowing out for good. According to AbsolutePunk.net, the Canadian post-hardcore band will release a new EP called Death Letter through Dine Alone Records on December 4th. The album will contain 6 “acoustic and noise-rock interpretations” of previously released AOF songs, recorded by guitarists and vocalists Dallas Green and Wade MacNeil.

Consider it an early Christmas present—or going away gift, rather—as they take to the road one last time for their farewell tour this December. Check out the album art and tracklisting after the jump.


Tracklisting:
1) Born and Raised
2) Midnight Regulations
3) You Burn First
4) Accept Crime
5) Burial
6) Happiness By The Kilowatt

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Dallas Green Finshes Recording New City And Colour Album

All you City And Colour fans out there, get ready for Dallas Green’s next installment of folksy sorrow through soulful singing. According to the Canadian singer-songwriter’s Instagram, recording for the new album is finally done “right before the final #alexisonfire tour!” For those of you who don’t know, Green’s former post-hardcore band Alexisonfire, who broke up last year, are about to embark on a long overdue farewell tour starting on December 2nd in London, UK. While it is sad to see them go, the world has a lot to look forward to with City And Colour’s newest release.

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Thursday's Geoff Rickly Releases Solo Mixtape

Geoff Rickly, former frontman for New Jersey post-hardcore outfit Thursday has release a free mixtape of new lo-fi solo songs. He recorded the ambient, reverb-heavy tracks several weeks ago as Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast, and the music sounds appropriately dark and somber. Though the mixtape is available for free download, Rickly has stated that this “doesn’t reflect my belief that music should be free or any desire to revolutionize an industry. I just want to do this myself, for now. No art-by-committee, no selling music. Just me & my friends at home, making songs (bedroom songs, songs not too polished up)” If fans are interested in paying money for the music, Rickly suggests that they donate to the Red Cross instead; he has been volunteering for the organization in the wake of the storm. You can catch Rickly at a house show in late November/early December or on tour with Anthony Green in December.

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Crown The Empire “The Fallout” Album Stream

Crown The Empire have been teasing fans with music videos for their “Oh Catastrophe” extended series, in anticipation of their Nov. 20 release of The Fallout on Rise Records. Now fans can stream the full album a few days early, right here.

Don’t forget to catch them on the 2013 Take Action tour this January and if you like what you hear, let us know, and don’t forget to pre-order while you still can!

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