Taking Back Sunday Stream New Album 'Happiness Is'

Taking Back SundayOpening with the beautifully eerie track “Preface” comes Taking Back Sunday‘s sixth studio album, Happiness Is. It isn’t long before the band break into their signature sound for just under an hour of old-school Taking Back Sunday. The album officially drops March 18th via Hopeless Records, but if you can’t wait another week you can now stream the album in its entirety below. Check it out, and catch the band on their co-headlining tour with The Used beginning this Friday, with support from Tonight Alive and Sleepwave. (more…)

The Used, Taking Back Sunday Expand North American Tour Dates

The Used - Frank Maddocks - High ResJust one week ago we brought you the news that The Used and Taking Back Sunday would be co-headlining a tour together this spring, with Tonight Alive and Sleepwave as support. But with only one date each in Los Angeles and New York City, it’s no surprise the shows sold out within hours. As a result, the tour has been expanded to include an extra date in each city. The second Los Angeles date will take place on March 19 at the Palladium, and New York City’s second show will be held on April 21 at the Best Buy Theater. Tickets go on sale today, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. PST and 12 p.m. EST. So get those trigger fingers ready and secure your spot on the tour. Check out the full routing below.  (more…)

The Used, Taking Back Sunday Announce Tour

The Used - Frank Maddocks - High ResHopeless Records artists The Used and Taking Back Sunday have announced a co-headlining tour this spring, with support from Tonight Alive (3/18-4/27) and Sleepwave. The tour will kick off March 14 at South By So What?! in Dallas, TX and wrap up April 27th in Orlando, FL. You can check out the dates below and grab pre-sale tickets along with a copy of Taking Back Sunday’s Happiness Is or The Used’s Imaginary Enemy through Applauze here(more…)

South By So What?! Confirm Lineup

South By So What?!South By So What?! have confirmed their 2014 lineup, and it includes some pretty major changes. Several acts have been dropped such as, HRVRD, Upon a Burning Body, I The Mighty, and Wolves At The Gate. The new lineup will include A Lot Like Birds, ’68, From Indian Lakes, Betrayal, The Greenery, He Is Legend, Myka Relocate, Sylar, and Thick As Blood.

The bands join previously confirmed headliners Taking Back Sunday, The Used, Asking Alexandria, and August Burns Red. Catch the festival March 14-16 at Quiktrip Park in Grand Prairie, TX, and view the full lineup below. (more…)

Hopeless Records Launches IndieGoGo

Hopeless RecordsWhen you hear that a well-known label has launched a crowdfunding campaign, it’s tough not to feel skeptical. But trust us, this one is for a good cause”and it has some pretty awesome pledge rewards.

Hopeless Records‘ nonprofit subsidiary, Sub City Records (get it?) is working with New Directions For Youth in Los Angeles, to build Sub City Studios. The nonprofit  will educate teens about various instruments, as well as teaching them the ins and outs of recording, producing, and marketing. Besides the nice feeling you’ll get from helping out a great cause, the label is offering a ton of great rewards including signed and rare merch from Yellowcard, Taking Back Sunday, and Bayside, to a writing session with Bert McCracken of The Used, and meet and greets with All Time Low and Silverstein. Check out the campaign’s video below, and pledge here. (more…)

South By So What?! Announce Taking Back Sunday, The Used, And More

South By So What?!South By So What?! have just announced a ton of new bands including Taking Back Sunday, The Used, Chiodos, and The Devil Wears Prada. The three-day festival will take place from March 14 – 16 in Grand Prairie, TX at Quiktrip Park. And hey, remember those awesome gift ideas we were mentioning in our gift guide earlier this week? Well, you can get a head start on that and grab your early bird tickets right here. Check out the new additions below.  (more…)

Exclusive Q and A: Black Veil Brides Talk Composing, Collaborating, And Classical Music

With their latest release Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones, Black Veil Brides take on the toughest of all rock challenges: the concept album. Sweeping in scope, the band’s new album tells the story of a despotic government that aims to destroy science and creativity while turning the youth into drones. Concept albums are notoriously hard to pull off, but the band’s already epic sound seems tailor-made for such an endeavor. We caught up with frontman Andy Biersack to chat about the process of making the album, the accompanying film Legion of the Black, and whether a stage version of the record may be in the future.

OS: The story behind the album is really compelling. Does it also reflect your view of the current state of the world as well as the story of the band?

Andy Biersack: I don’t necessarily think that the current state of the world is indicative of the story that I wrote, but it’s obvious that it wouldn’t be that hard to make the leap. It’s not a politically-charged record “ it’s not meant to be a parallel for exactly what’s going on in politics or religion or anything else. It’s more meant to be a parable for our own lives and taking the characters that have been negative forces in your life and applying more power to them i.e. making them into these political/religious forces. But it wasn’t written as any kind of social commentary, really. (more…)

The Used Release ‘The Lonely’ Lyric Video

The Used may be about to embark on their Take Action Tour, benefiting the It Gets Better Project with We Came As Romans and Crown The Empire, but that hasn’t stopped them from releasing a lyric video for their b-side, “The Lonely” from their album, Vulnerable. The song also appears on the tour’s compilation album, Take Action! Volume 11.

Check out the video here and find tour dates after the jump.  Don’t forget, you can enter our weekly #FreeTicketFriday contest for a chance to score a free pair of tickets to this show! (more…)

Take Action Tour 2013 Reveals Lineup

This year’s Take Action Tour will be hosting headlining act The Used, along with We Came As Romans, Crown The Empire and Mindflow. The tour will begin in Las Vegas and conclude in Los Angeles. Along with the tour announcement, the track list for Take Action Volume 11 has been released. The album includes rare and unreleased tracks from Bad Religion, The Used, and All Time Low among others. Check out the tour dates and track listing after the jump and let us know what you think of this year’s lineup in the comments.



Tuesday, March 20, 2012