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Warped Tour Announces Every Time I Die, Bowling For Soup, And More

Warped Tour 2014Happy Thursday, music fiends! As with every Thursday morning these past few months, we’re excited to bring you the latest additions to the 2014 Vans Warped Tour lineup, courtesy of FuseTV‘s Warped Roadies. This week’s additions are Every Time I Die, Bowling For Soup, Neck Deep, Ice Nine Kills, and Alive Like Me. They join previously announced acts The Devil Wears Prada, Saves The Day, Stray From The Path, and over 50 others. Check out the full line up to date below.  (more…)

Warped Tour Announces Vanna, Parkway Drive, And More

Warped Tour 2014The Warped Tour announcements have dwindled to just four this week, but that doesn’t make them any less exciting. Premiering on last night’s episode of Warped Roadies on FuseTV, the latest four bands to be added are Vanna, Parkway Drive, TheCityShakeUp, and We The Kings. They’ll join the likes of previously announced acts Enter Shikari, Saves The Day, State Champs, and many more. Check out the full lineup to date below.  (more…)

Warped Tour Announces Falling In Reverse, Breathe Carolina, And More

Warped Tour 2014It’s no secret that every Thursday morning I jump out of bed, anxious to see who FuseTV announced for Warped Tour the evening before. This week, Warped Roadies revealed that OurStage members  I Fight Dragons, along with Falling In Reverse, Breathe Carolina, Terror, and A Lot Like Birds (6/14-7/11) will join previously confirmed bands Saves The Day, Cute Is What We Aim For, The Maine and many more on the 2014 lineup. Check out the full lineup below and read an interview we did with I Fight Dragons just before they hit Warped 2012. (more…)

Warped Tour Announces The Maine, Crown The Empire, And More

Warped Tour 2014It’s Thursday, and you know what that means! It’s time for another batch of Warped Tour announcements from last night’s reveal on Fuse TV‘s Warped Roadies. This week we found out that The Maine, Crown The Empire, Volumes, and State Champs will play the summer festival alongside previously announced veterans Anberlin, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!Saves The Day, and Enter Shikari. Check out the full list of bands and the tour’s routing below. (more…)

Saves The Day Announce European Tour Dates

Photo Courtesy Razor & TieWhat better way to start the new year than with the promise of new headlining tour dates? Saves The Day have revealed that following their UK tour with Brand New, they’ll be hitting the road for another run of European shows. This time, the band will stop in Germany and Italy for seven concerts, with more to be announced. Check out the routing below.
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Warped Tour Announces Saves The Day, The Ghost Inside, A Skylit Drive And More

Warped Tour 2014It’s Thursday morning, and you know what that means. Fuse TV has recently announced the third batch of Warped Tour additions, including Saves The Day, The Ghost Inside, BeartoothI The Mighty, and OurStage artists A Skylit Drive. The tour runs from mid-June to early August this year, taking with it fan favorites such as Mayday Parade, Attila, Air Dubai, and Stray From The Path. Check out the full lineup so far, along with an announcement video from A Skylit Drive below. (more…)

Review – Polar Bear Club: Death Chorus

One of the most appealing things about Polar Bear Club has always been frontman Jimmy Stadt‘s guttural growl, which sounds like something that might come out of an angry boar’s mouth if it was about to gore you to death (and also had a pretty good sense of melody). But Stadt’s voice sounds different, really different, on their latest effort, Death Chorus. So different, in fact, that Stadt actually put out a statement regarding his vocals the day before the record was released, saying that his voice had changed and that his usual snarl now sounds like “pissy, hot garbage.”

The change was noticeable enough on the album’s first two singles, “Blood Balloon” and “Upstate Mosquito,” that fans started “ what else? “ whining about it on the Internet. If they had only waited to hear the full record, listeners could have experienced just how well Stadt’s new singing style fits in with the music on Death Chorus. While the album is somewhat of a departure for these upstate New York punks, far poppier and more digestible than their earlier material, it’s also some of the most fun, shameless rock music to come out in 2013.

Featuring triumphant guitars and speedy drums, “Blood Balloon” and “Graph Paper Glory Days” kick off the record with gusto. These tracks, like many others throughout Death Chorus, are surprisingly reminiscent of the early-2000’s pop-punk on Saves the Day‘s In Reverie, or even Something Corporate‘s Leaving Through the Window. “WLWYCD,” another standout on the album, would have felt just as comfortable in 2003 as it does today.
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You Blew It! Cover Saves The Day’s “Take Our Cars Now!"

Breakout punk group You Blew It! have begun promoting a new video featuring an acoustic cover of Saves The Day‘s classic “Take Our Cars Now!”

Filmed in recent weeks by the video group Punks In Vegas, You Blew It!’s cover of “Take Our Cars Now!” brings to mind the stripped-down version captured so flawlessly on STD’s Bug Sessions EP series. YBI frontman Timothy Flynn appears on a curb accompanied only by his car in the clip, but we imagine anyone familiar with the track will be joining in as they watch. You can view the cover on YouTube.

You Blew It! have been compared to Saves The Day on more than one occasion, so this seems like a natural connection. If you like what you hear, head over to YBI!’s Facebook and discover the material they have to offer.

Riot Fest Lineup Announced

Chicago’s Riot Fest has become one of the must-attend alternative music festivals of the year. 2013 will be no different, and dare I say it may even be the best year yet.

Breaking around 11pm (EST) last night, May 15, Riot Fest’s initial lineup announcement includes headline performances by Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy. An additional headliner will be revealed in the weeks ahead, but as far as additional confirmed acts go, you can count on seeing The Violent Femmes, Motorhead, Sublime With Rome, Rancid, AFI, Blondie, Public Enemy, Brand New, Flag, Taking Back Sunday, Rocket From The Crypt, Bad Religion, Atmosphere, The Dismemberment Plan, Dinosaur Jr, X, Devotchka, Yellowcard, Screeching Weasel, Pennywise, The Broadways, Against Me!, Bob Mould, Gwar, The Lillingtons, Best Coast, The Lawrence Arms, Say Anything, Bad Brains, Quicksand, The Selecter, Bad Books, Mission Of Burma, The Devil Wears Prada, Saves The Day, Glassjaw, Bayside, Stars, Toots and the Maytals, Peter Hook (performing a Joy Division set!), Smoking Popes, Reggie and the Full Effect, Attack Attack!, The Dear Hunter, Maps and Atlases, Surfer Blood, Chuck Ragan, Dessa, Saul Williams, Empires, Memphiskapheles, Kitten, Peelander-Z, Touche Amore, Masked Intruder, Deal’s Gone Bad, Twin Peaks, Flatfoot 56, and White Mystery.

Pretty awesome, right? Tickets start at $23 a day; the festival is being held September 13 through 15 in Chicago. Buy tickets or see the official website here. (more…)

Four Noteworthy Split Releases

With a steady decline in CD sales caused by an even more exponentially consistent incline in downloading, it’s becoming more and more difficult for artists to justify selling their music within physical mediums. The upside, however, is that many indie and DIY bands are using this as inspiration to get more creative, putting the extra effort into their physical products and making something even more unique and valuable for their fans. A classic example is the split release concept. With the recent resurgence of vinyl and reinforced motivation to create a valuable physical product, many bands have teamed up on interesting limited edition projects. Here are some notable split releases from this year and the past few years that are sure to be valuable collectors items: (more…)