St. Patrick’s Day brought more than green beer this year, and we have Skrillex to thank for that.
Though “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” served as a classic guilty-pleasure album, with a lot of the tracks sounding really similar, such as the album-titled track and “First of the Year,” Skrillz revives himself and mixes up his dubstep on his new album “Recess,” each track having a mood of its own.
Starting off with “Fire Away” featuring Ragga Twins, it gives off a Reggae-vibe, and goes with today’s idea of running away from all you have for something new. “Fuck this place that we call home… take me with you when you go…” And instead of a d-d-d-d-drop the bass moment, it curls into a chill beat, with high tones and an echoing of vocals. It’s dubstep serenity.
Then comes the track “Recess,” starting off with a street beat and chanting that lead us into a Jock Jams throwback, introduced to the year 2014 and injected with bass drops. “Don’t let us stop…”
Each song has a good beat, no doubt. They even have more words than just “Call 911 now!” “Stranger” features KillaGraham and Sam Dew — definitely lulling lyrics and smooth tones.
“Dirty Vibe” is dance, plus dubstep, plus rap, and features Diplo, G-Dragon and CL.
Oh, that’s another thing, every song features another artist, mixing danceable beats to lyrics and stirring in a bass drop. It’s music you can work out to, dance to or daydream to.
What more could you want from Skrillex?
“Recess” is definitely an album that will be tuned into summer 2014. Reach out for it and lose yourself in it.
The Devil Wears Prada frontman Mike Hranica commented, “We’re very excited to continue touring 8:18 and to have the opportunity to play new songs, as well as getting the chance to play for a beneficial cause. We’ve always tried to make a point to play charitable shows and be a part in helping out; we’re all grateful to have that with the Take Action Tour.”
Throughout the tour, The Devil Wears Prada will celebrate their new record 8:18 which arrived everywhere to critical praise this past fall. The stunning 8:18 was executive produced by Killswitch Engage’s Adam Dutkiewicz and produced by the band along with producer/engineer Matt Goldman (Underoath, The Chariot). The Devil Wears Prada is: Mike Hranica – vocals * Chris Rubey – lead guitar * Jeremy DePoyster – rhythm guitar, vocals * Andy Trick – bass * Daniel Williams – drums.
Since 1999 Hopeless Records has been supporting non-profit organizations under the Sub City banner with charitable albums, tours, and events, including the Take Action Tour! Now a registered 501c3 non-profit organization itself, Sub City continues the mission of connecting bands, fans and the causes they are passionate about. Since its inception, Sub City has raised more than two million dollars for over 50 non-profit organizations!
Now in its twelfth year, the Take Action Tour will help benefit the Living The Dream Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides hope and inspiration to children and young adults afflicted with life threatening diseases. Their vision is to share a rich, rewarding, Living The Dreamexperience that they’ll never forget. The foundation will bring a different fan out to select tour dates where they will have their Dream Day with the band. The Devil Wears Prada will be participating in fulfilling Dream Days with fans throughout the duration of the entire tour and have already participated in one, which can be viewed HERE. What’s more, ten percent of the cost of each ticket sold is donated to Living The Dream and Sub City to help further this cause making each person attending an active participant in making the world a better place. For more information on the Living The Dream Foundation & Take Action please visit www.livingthedreamfoundation.org and www.takeactiontour.com.
12 Ventura, CA Ventura Theater
13 Pomona, CA The Glasshouse
14 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theater
16 Grand Prairie, TX South By So What
17 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
18 Odessa, TX Club Patron
19 Corpus Christi, TX La Hacienda
21 Nashville, TN Rocketown
22 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
23 Jacksonville, FL Murray Hill Theatre
24 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre
25 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
27 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
28 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
29 Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
30 Albany, NY Upstate Concert Hall
01 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
02 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
The 2014 season at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY kicks off with MODEST MOUSE and BRAND NEW on Saturday, May 24th, 2014.
Modest Mouse was formed in 1993 in Issaquah, Washington and over the last decade has become the indie rock standard, and one of the few bands capable of treading the narrow path where massive popularity is possible without sacrificing their longtime fans.
The band released their first full-length album, This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About, on the Up label in 1996. With the release of their second album, The Lonesome Crowded West in 1997, the band’s status reached new heights with a legion of fans and critical acclaim. In 2000, Modest Mouse was signed to Epic Records and released their third album, The Moon & Antarctica. In 2004 came the release of their breakthrough album, Good News For People Who Love Bad News, which included the hit “Float On” and has sold over 1.5 million copies and earned the band two Grammy nominations.
Modest Mouse released We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, on March 20, 2007 and immediately entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #1. Most recently the band released the EP No One’s First, And You’re Next and also reissued Moon & Antartica on vinyl.
Date: Saturday, May 24th 2014
Time: Gates: 5:00pm, Show: 7:00pm
Ages: All Ages
Tickets: $42.00 in Advance
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 7th, 2014 at 10AM
Charge by phone: 888.512.SHOW
In person: Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown Chambers of Commerce,
Gree Toad Bookstore (Oneonta),
State Theatre Box Office (Ithaca)
more outlets TBA
All dates, acts, and ticket prices subject to change without notice.]]>
Main Street in Buffalo lures in a vast array of people, holding something to cater to anyone’s interest, and this past Thursday, Record Theatre sang out to music-lovers.
CD’s, vinyls and posters plaster the walls, signs advertising local events and shows paint the bulletin boards, and an assortment of music rest in the aisles of shelving throughout the store. Genres range from current hit sensations, such as Macklemore and the more “underground artists” like Bon Iver, and reach all the way back to musicians like Johnny Cash, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
Different people from the streets skitter in from the snowy, cold Buffalo evening, all flipping through the alphabetized music as they make their way to the back of the store.
Vans Warped Acoustic Basement Tour took over Record Theatre on Main Street, with Transit headlining, and Hit The Lights, Front Porch Step and Brian Marquis, former guitarist and vocalist of Therefore I Am, opening.
Despite being the opener bands, they did not go unheard. The crowd, zig-zagged through aisles of CDs and records, had their hands in the air as they sang along to almost every song of Front Porch Step, and swayed back and forth to the guitar and harmonica melodies of Brian Marquis.
Marquis said his solo project is only the start to new things to come for him in his lifetime of music. Having been in the band Therefore I Am for almost four years, he appreciated working in a group, but wanted to do some further exploring.
“Towards the end of the band, I felt as if I needed to have another creative outlet that was all my own,” Marquis said. “Being in a band is great, but sometimes you need something that is all under your control: musically and decision-wise.”
He said while the democracy that comes with being a member of a band can be great, a solo project allows for complete independence, which is what he wanted to achieve.
While working on his solo project, Marquis collaborated with Vans Warped Tour and created the Acoustic Basement Stage in 2012, which was a fulfillment of one of his personal goals – filling in his free time with more music-related jobs, rather than “crappy part-time jobs.” While the stage is going into its third year come this summer, the entire tour just began last year, making this its second annual.
“The music industry has changed quite a bit, in my lifetime especially, and I think the fact that I”m still doing it and still happy doing it, helps me realize that this is what I really need to be doing,” he said.
With that, he finds truth in the ever-growing role of social media, when it comes to promoting and sharing music. Audio Tree, a Chicago-baded music company, well known for their concert series Audio Tree Live, worked with Warped Tour on the video and audio recording. What made the product so successful is how they were always conscious of intertwining their love for music into their work.
“It really is nice to have people that are passionate about what they’re doing and passionate about really high-quality content, and I think Audio Tree is achieving that,” Marquis expressed.
As more artists and companies, such as Audio Tree, collaborate, Marquis can only hope for the tour to progress.
“We’re looking to branch it (Acoustic Basement Tour) out, do some tours, maybe go international,” he said. “…so far so good.”
Between the Buried and Me (BTBAM) will be returning to the road in 2014 with a headlining tour of North America. Joining BTBAM on this trek will be Deafheaven, Intronaut, and The Kindred. In anticipation of the tour, BTBAM has released a short video that was recorded during their most recent North American headline tour at the end of 2013. The video, as the band describes is: “The process. The preparation. A small glimpse into the beginnings of a BTBAM show. Let’s switch off together.” The video was produced, filmed and directed by Raymond McCrea Jones & Wes Richardson, with editing done by Raymond McCrea Jones, and visual FX by Wes Richardson. Watch it now at youtube.com/btbamofficial.
VIP mega bundles are available now exclusively via SHOWstubs.com! Additional limited (25 per city!) VIP packages are also available now on SHOWstubs.com and general admission tickets are available at your local box office and/or venue website. The tour begins February 20th!
Between The Buried And Me‘s ambitious concept album, “The Parallax II: Future Sequence,” was the North Carolina-based band’s highest Billboard chart position (#22) since their inception in the early 2000′s. The album also landed the #3 spot on Billboard’s Hard Music Album chart, as well as #8 on the trade magazine’s Rock Album Chart, at #5 on Billboard’s Indie Label Album chart and at #10 on the Billboard Indie Retail Album chart. Additionally, the album landed at #18 on Guitar World Magazine‘s top 50 albums of 2012 list.
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
Tour w/ Deafheaven, Intronaut, The Kindred
02/20 West Springfield, VA Empire
02/21 Huntington, NY Paramount Theater
02/22 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
02/23 Boston, MA Royale Nightclub
02/24 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
02/26 Montreal, QC Corona Theater
02/27 Quebec City, QC Imperial De Quebec
02/28 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
03/01 London, ON London Music Hall
03/02 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
03/04 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
03/05 Palatine, IL Durty Nellie’s
03/06 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
03/07 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
03/08 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
03/10 Reno, NV The Knitting Factory
03/11 Oakland, CA Oakland Metro
03/12 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
03/14 Lubbock, TX Jake’s Sports Café
03/15 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
03/16 Grand Prairie, TX South By So What?! Festival
03/18 Sauget, IL Pop’s
03/20 Ybor City, FL The Ritz Ybor
03/21 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
03/22 Athens, GA 40 Watt
03/23 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
It has a bit of a Ben Folds feel, stirred in with some punk rock. It’s the album played when things in life are at their worst, and it’s a prescribed dosage to sulk in the sadness but also to rise above it.
A Great Big World’s newest album, “Is Anybody Out There?” featuring the single “Say Something” with Christina Aguilera, offers a range of tracks to cater to either mood when it comes to getting through the worst of times.
Signed by Epic Records, the New York-based duo – Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino – starts the album off with two upbeat tracks, “Rockstar” and “Land of Opportunity”, both delivering optimism when it comes to figuring out life in all its chaos.
It’s the third track, however, where the album really gets strong. “Already Home” dedicates itself to a significant other, the one that makes up his “half of the whole”. It’s of the complications in commitment and is the first track to be painful to relate to yet satisfying due to it being dead on.
“If only New York wasn’t so far away; I promise the city won’t get in our way,” Axel and Vaccarino sing, wishing to get through the difficulties in the long distance relationship. “When you’re scared and alone, just know that I’m already home.”
They give their listeners’ hearts a break with “I Really Want It”. With a vibe similar to that of The Format, A Great Big World emphasizes their belief in individualism in this track, as well as others, such as “Everyone is Gay”. It’s a humoristic way of embellishing the idea of living life to all it has to offer as well as tossing out the fear of being whom you really are.
The sulking only continues with “Say Something” (both the original version and the single featuring Aguilera), a song that is so painfully relative to a breakup that it just may sting a little. “You’re the one that I love, and I’m saying goodbye. So say something; I’m giving up on you…”
It’s that song you want to blast in your car and sing at the top of your lungs, but you know it will only result in a continuous sadness for an unknown amount of time afterward and maybe even a speeding ticket for not paying attention to the road. (Too specific, maybe?)
Similar to this vibe is the track “I Don’t Want To Love Somebody Else.” Self-explanatory, right?
But then there’s “You’ll Be Okay” and “Cheer Up!” and even “Shorty Don’t Wait”. Not only are these tracks just as relatable, but they may pick your spirits up a bit.
Best advice to take into consideration after buying this album: End your lonely night drive with one of the upbeat tracks, and keep the sulking to a minimum… “you’ll be okay.”
There’s something silencing about the rain. Despite the tapping of water against windows and the car tires bubbling the water as they accelerate down the road, the world is at rest, it seems.
Similarly, Moving Mountains’ self-titled album establishes the same feeling: silence through music. It puts the mind at ease, decreases the heightening thoughts to a minimum, and everything around the listener flatlines, allowing nothing but Gregory Dunn’s voice to trickle into the ears and throughout the body.
“Everything feels far away,” they sing in “Seasonal,” being the mood of the entire album in one lyrical line. The swaying guitar riffs and beating drums float listeners from track to track, the music never stopping, making this album one big lullaby.
“I fall down to the rhythm of losing you, but I still choose the comfort in finding you.” A harmonic line that introduces an instrumental solo in “Eastern Leaves.” Moving Mountains wouldn’t be who they are without their musical lines. They’re one band that doesn’t focus on vocals, having the whole band in the spotlight, not just the singer.
The single “Swing Sets” released in August, proves their unity as a band. The introduction is purely instrumental for more than the first minute of the track. Being the first track on the album, it sets the tone for the rest of the nine tracks: “So don’t talk now,” Dunn repetitively sings.
The whole idea of missing out on someone who completes oneself, being lost in the search for a home, is strung throughout. “Every feeling confused; we’ve got so much to lose,” ornaments the shortest track of the album, being just over two minutes: “Under a Falling Sky.” Short, but powerful.
Their consistency in tone, mood and theme is what makes this album. There’s no choppy back-and-forth that will tug listeners into completely different directions every three minutes or so. Instead, it sinks into a meditative state. Although sad, this album is like a glass of wine with a best friend who understands exactly what you’re going through.
Except, unlike wine, this album will never be empty or grow tired and fall asleep. So hit play, set it up to play on repeat, and let the world around you flatline.
On their sophomore album, The Things We Think We’re Missing, The Pennsylvania Alternative Rock quintet Balance and Composure have not only avoided the dreaded “sophomore slump” but have successfully expanded upon their original sound, maturing as a group without getting rid of their freshman charm and potential.
The album begins with a great divorced guitar intro on Parachutes, reminiscent of Circa Survive’s Blue Sky Noise, only a completely more aggressive wave length. Anthony Green makes a guest appearance on a later track, Keepsake, doing backup vocals.
Balance and Composure took a very strong direction with their three guitarists on Things, leaving behind the uniformity of Separation without losing their millennial-revival sound. Many of the unique, ambient guitar sounds that pervade the album can be attributed to the band’s recent sponsorship through fender.
Vocalist Jon Simmons has continued his vocal growth on Things, embracing his original croon and wine while dipping his feet into more extreme vocal runs, such as the throat-tearing “I’ll be scratching at the back door, won’t you let me in?, won’t you let me in? We both know what I came back for, won’t you let me in? Just let me in. Caught you looking out the window, dreaming what could be, then suddenly, got this eerie little tingle. Notice Me! Notice Me!” That draws far more emotion out of his voice than previous work and cuts in a much more raw sound, akin to Underoath vocalist Spencer Chamberlain.
While the beginning of the album enforces and shows were Balance and Composure shines, after the interlude Ella, the tracks begin to pick up a grungy almost desert rock tone through Cut Me Open, I’m Swimming and Reflection. It’s hard to believe that a group that personifies the sound of the early millennium can so easily pick up vibes from music that is almost two decades older, but after working with a production team including Will Yipp (Circa Survive, Title Fight, The Wonder Years) Brad Wood (Sunny Day Real Estate, Smashing Pumpkins) and Emily Lazaar (Foo Fighters, Against Me!) who have worked with so many different alternative artists over the years, it comes as no shock.
Things is not only a great example of how a band can overcome the sophomore slumps but also the test of time that Alternative Rock/Punk stands up to. This album could have easily been jammed between the center console of someone’s mom’s minivan in 2003 during a mall trip, or sitting on the 2-inch screen of an iPod Mini along with Taking Back Sunday, Brand New and Story of the Year.
It’s eerie that group of kids 10 years behind the curve can not only embody the sounds of a decade so well, but can still make those sounds relevant today.]]>
“Are you guys ready to quit your jobs and go fulltime?”
That’s a question that most truly passionate musicians would probably love to hear.
When members of the Chuck Schaffer Picture Show were asked that after entering the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands, it was pretty obvious how they felt about it.
“Well, yeah, duh. That would be awesome,” said Ryan Johnson, songwriter, guitarist and vocalist for the band.
Last November Johnson received news that the Chuck Shaffer Picture Show had won the online competition and would be going on tour with the Rockstar Uproar Festival alongside major headliners like Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive, Jane’s Addiction and Alice in Chains.
Alongside members David Stiefel on bass and Adam Gilbert on drums, the three-piece rock band said the experience they’ve had on tour has been nothing short of genuine.
“You might think sleeping in this van sucks,” Johnson said, “but I think we kind of look forward to it. We can call it home.”
Part of winning the battle of the bands meant flying to L.A. in January of this year to start recording their EP with record-producer Jay Baumgarnder, whose shared the studio with past Uproar attendees like Sevendust, Godsmack, Three Days Grace and P.O.D.
The EP, titled Temporary Fix, was released on June 25. Inspiration for the songs comes from different emotional battles, Johnson said. And their current single “Nobody Remembers Fame,” is a sarcastic poke at the way the rock-star mentality gets pushed on everyone through lyrics and themes in the industry.
Johnson said he hears a lot of musicians singing about going to the club, partying and money, but CSPS isn’t really about that.
“It’s because we like music,” said Stiefel.
“All the songs—it’s almost like rap lyrics in rock songs,” Stiefel added, “but realistically, that’s not the way that it is—that’s our take.”
The tone of the industry represents something beyond fame and fortune to CSPS. It represents having fun and making music.
“It’s good to meet these artists, because we’re all people and we’re all getting along and it gels and it feels right,” said Gilbert. “So, this is probably the best tour we could have had as a first huge opportunity to come out together. The chemistry feels good and the people have been reacting well.”
Audience member, Matt Brooks, said CSPS wasn’t like the “generic bullshit” that he hears on the radio. They were, in fact, “pretty rad.”
One unique aspect about Uproar is the chance for up-and-coming bands to meet and mingle with artists that have been hitting the stage for over 25 years like Jane’s Addiction and Alice in Chains. Or collaborating and getting to know a newer scene with Circa Survive front man, Anthony Green.
CSPS has been absorbing tips from the seasoned veterans of the stage to get the most out of experiencing life as musicians on the road, while trying to learn from those who already have.
“You’ve got guys that were in Thin Lizzy, White Snake, Guns N’ Roses. A lot of these guys are older, they’ve lived that rock-star life and have kind of learned their lessons,” Stiefel said.
The band also played Warped Tour in St. Louis this year to jumpstart their festival-vibe, but had a much different experience. They compared Warped to more of a popularity contest as far as crowd response goes.
This tour, however, is perfect for them. They said Uproar is more family-oriented and provides an opportunity to get to know other bands, production managers and (quite importantly) the catering crew.
Their plans after Uproar are to rest, reboot and record some more music.
These guys are no first timers, having been a part of Warped Tour five times prior and being together for 22 years – longer than The Beatles. Reel Big Fish, a ska-punk band based out of California, revisits Warped Tour time and time again to live their life as not just musicians, but entertainers as well.
While people’s love of music has remained the same throughout the years, Johnny Christmas, trumpet player, has found that the digital revolution has been the biggest change in the industry, providing access the music industry has never dealt with before.
“It’s easier to get your music out there to fans that want to hear it, but it’s also hard to distinguish yourself if you’re an up-and-coming band,” Christmas explained. “How do you get your music out there so people will listen to it? How do you get their attention? That’s the most difficult thing.”
He described Reel Big Fish as distinguishable due to their soundtracks that are written for those who are ages 13-25. It’s relatable for the age group in school and they’re out looking for “real jobs and want to cut their arms off.” Their newest album “Candy-Coated Fury” is just a continuation of everything the band stands and plays for.
Christmas finds that their music really hits home to that specific demographic and that their albums are passed down generations through parents and siblings, due to their fun, happy music that is packed with angry lyrical lines.
“After people go home and cut their arms off, they come back with their kids, and go ‘oh my God, I can’t believe how good this show is.’”
For Reel Big Fish, their crowd regenerates; “they don’t really age,” Christmas said. There are always new faces at their shows, and while they keep on getting older, the crowd stays the same age.
He finds the regenerating crowd beneficial because it brings in new fans but keeps the old: the younger fans rock up front and the older stand in the back, and the way they relate to it is completely different but enjoyable on both ends.
Considering themselves a ska band, their musical style stays the same, but their skill improves, altering their record production. Throughout the span of 22 years as a band, their content stays consistent, too, focusing on everyday life experiences.
“We’re not a political band, so we’re not out to preach to anyone,” he said regarding the topics that they sing about.
They focus on interpersonal relationships and topics that the younger demographic can heavily relate to, but also that adults can reflect back on.
“The hardest thing to do as a human being is to interact with another human being. We’re all crazy to a degree… and telling everyone to fuck off, I think that’s big thing with us, and not in a mean way; it’s always half-hearted,” Christmas explained. “Yeah, you need to stand up for yourself, and not let these other people bring you down, but you also need to be able to laugh at yourself and not take yourself so seriously.”