Sunday, September 30, 2012

Action Item Announce Tour with Honor Society


ACTION ITEM
Announce West Coast Tour
With Honor Society
 
Bergen County, NJ - September 28, 2012 - New Jersey natives, Action Item, have announced that they will be touring the west coast with fellow pop rockers, Honor Society. The tour will kick off on November 1st in Orangevale, CA. The first 50 lucky ticket purchasers will be included in a meet and greet with both Action Item and Honor Society. See full tour dates and links to purchase below.

Action Item has had one busy year, touring with Andy Grammer, Hot Chelle Rae, and Owl City, releasing and touring with their self-produced documentary, "Until It's Over," and releasing a music video for their hit single, "Last Day of Summer,"that reached #1 on MTV Buzzworthy. Watch the video here: http://on.mtv.com/OtIjCv and purchase the song on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/MlYnba.

Action Item's debut EP, "The Stronger The Love," sold over 22,000 copies independently. In that time these early twenty-somethings have been direct support for Hot Chelle Rae, Andy Grammer and Allstar Weekend. Along with having support slots for Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez & Boys Like Girls under their belt. On top of that, the band has had three singles in Radio Disney's Top 30 Countdown including "Learn To Fly" a track produced by Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. The boys are currently putting the finishing touches on their new EP, due out this fall.
Honor Society, on the heels of their 8th national tour, has just released their highly anticipated new album, 'Serendepity'. Purchase it on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/QhuPJQ. The 5-track EP is an evolutionary step forward, showcasing the band's strongest and most personal material to date. "We feel like this music is a natural progression for us," says keyboard/guitarist Jason Rosen, "It's a step in a new, more refined direction that our old and new fans can connect with."
When asked about the tour, Action Item guitarist, Anthony Li states, We couldn't be happier to be returning to a few of our favorite cities in the country! Especially since we'll be co-headlining with some of our best friends in Honor Society!" 

Tour Dates:
11/1 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk (to purchase: http://bit.ly/1oZMMg)
11/2 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction (to purchase: http://ticketf.ly/ShPUnh)
11/3 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA (to purchase: http://bit.ly/RlKEBO)
11/4 - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater (to purchase: http://ticketf.ly/SILESZ)



Be sure to keep up with Action Item on their social networks:
Instagram: @ActionItem


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Canines & Cocktails: Pet Adoption at Johnny's

Today's post is not technically music related, but since Johnny's was a primary sponsor of The Hootenany (and the coolest bar in the OC), we will make an exception. Today between 2:00pm and 8:00pm Johnny's is hosting a pet adoption event. Many of the adoptees are posted on their Facebook Event Page. They are also having raffles and giveaways. Please check out the Johnny's Facebook Page for more details. The adoption fee is $250, but you get $200 in gift certificates to Johnny's, which makes your new best friend super inexpensive, and they have already been microchipped , spayed/neutered, and have their shots. If you've been thinking of adopting a pet, today is the day!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Chuck Ragan Compiles Tour Stories In THE ROAD MOST TRAVELED

Chuck Ragan Compiles Tour Stories In
THE ROAD MOST TRAVELED

With Contributions from Flogging Molly, Frank Turner,
Social Distortion, Samiam, Gaslight Anthem and More...


“This book is dedicated to those who have, and continue to live a life on the road, and to our loved ones who’ve dealt with our absence which is result of this way of life and work,” begins The Road Most Traveled, an inspiring assemblage of stories, tales and anecdotes about life on the road and how to survive it. Told by The Camaraderie Collective which consists of members of assorted punk and indie rock bands such as Flogging Molly, Samiam, Social Distortion, Frank Turner, Joe Gittlemen, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Dropkick Murphy's Al Barr, William Elliot Whitmore, managers, bus drivers, crews, label personnel, and other folks who lived and worked just as long on the road behind the curtains and the lights. These stories were compiled by consummate road warrior, CHUCK RAGAN who himself logs over two thirds of each year on tour with his long-running band HOT WATER MUSIC, his Americana/folk solo career, and his traveling folk multi-artist ensemble THE REVIVAL TOUR. “I chose the road at an early age,” he writes in the foreward. “Although I found amazing places, stories, and people, I’ve lost just as many. I’ll say, looking back on the course of it all, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Collecting road stories and cautionary tales from Berlin to Boston, Hollywood to Helsinki, each chapter offers a unique perspective on travel and how to survive it. Each chapter has its own voice and its own pearls of wisdom, from Greg Anntonito of The Bouncing Souls espousing the importance of sleep and water (“if you are touring for up to nine months a year, you have to develop endurance and a healthy lifestyle. Especially if you are a lead singer”) while internationally-published journalist Jonah Bayer finds sage advice in Bill and Ted (“the most valuable lesson that I’ve learned is simply to ‘be excellent to each other’”). Yo-yo demonstrator Steve Brown urges the need to explore (“No matter how tired you are, how broke you are, how little you feel loved or appreciated . . . go check out that county fair”) while Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon advocates not taking this touring life for granted (“I realized one day I’m going to be too old, or too tired, or just called to something else, so I need to enjoy this now. Live today. Watch everything, absorb everything, breathe it in”). Narratives such as these and many more from Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath, Chunksaah Records president Kate Hiltz, At The Drive-In’s Jim Ward, and many more offer snapshots into a world than many have never witnessed while, at the same time, providing much-needed advice to those actually living that lifestyle.

The Road Most Traveled is a rollercoaster of a book, from "humorous anecdotes to near- death experiences and everything in between. Summing up the spirit and essence of the book, Chuck Ragan concludes, “Every one of these lives has a story, and every one of those stories has an origin and a reason. And every now and again, someone may be willing to share their story of the joy and tragedy of the road most traveled.”

The Road Most Traveled is available now in hardcover and eBook (146 pages; retail $16.95) at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Millner Crest, and ChuckRaganMusic.com, www.therevivaltour.com as well as at some of your favorite bands’ merch tables.
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www.chuckraganmusic.com
www.therevivaltour.com

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Two Beats, One Tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2012
TWO BEATS, ONE TOUR
English Beat and The Paul Collins Beat
Hit The Road Together!


It’s an age old story: two bands, one name… and an age old struggle: Which band changes their name? In this case, it’s the story of two Beats… A ska/reggae/pop band from England and a power-pop band from the US. The solution is also the essence of why both became legends: Both bands kept the BEAT!

This Fall, ENGLISH BEAT will hit the road alongside THE PAUL COLLINS BEAT. “It’s the essence of power pop, which is wider than continents,” says Dave Wakeling, mastermind behind English Beat about the recently announced tour. “Short, sharp, catchy, exciting and memorable!” It’s the first time ever, and all thanks to a Facebook friendship,” says Wakeling. “Paul and I originally met back in '83 and have been in touch occasionally over the years, but recently we've been in closer FB contact, which led to this idea becoming a reality....Two beats, hearting as one!” The tour kicks off on October 11th in Asheville, NC and wraps up on October 27th in Minneapolis, MN (tour dates below).

Hot on the heels of the recently released career-encompassing boxset The Complete Beat, a single disc greatest hits Keep The Beat: The Very Best of The English Beat, and a live double CD/DVD package, Live At The Us Festival, ’82 & ’83, English Beat's irresistible blend of ska, reggae, and punk has made them undeniable stars throughout the last three decades. As a testament of their ongoing longevity and impact on modern music, their songs have been heard recently in Hot Tub Time Machine ("Save It for Later"), Shrek Forever After ("Click Click"), television shows (TBS's Glory Daze), and even in Target commercials ("Tenderness" as their post-English Beat break up band, General Public). Among the other uber-memorable hits include “Mirror In The Bathroom”, “I Confess”, "Doors of Your Heart", and "Tears of a Clown" among many others.

Paul Collins formed his version of "The Beat" in 1979, a high energy, skinny-tied rock group in the style of The Ramones, Blondie and The Dictators. With a handful of heavily-revered albums (The Beat, The Kids Are All The Same), The Paul Collins Beat continued making melodic, powerpop hits till the tail end of the 90s. Collins launched a critically-lauded solo career, and after a ten year hiatus, The Paul Collins Beat resurfaced in 2004, releasing a string of new records, that combine their classic sound with the raw energy of his solo works.


THE ENGLISH BEAT
* signifies support from The Paul Collins Beat
Sep 28 Coach House San Juan Capistrano, CA
Sep 29 Saint Rocke Hermosa Beach, CA
Oct 05 Romano’s Concert Lounge Riverside, CA
Oct 06 The Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA
Oct 11 The Orange Peel Asheville, NC *
Oct 12 The State Theatre Falls Church, VA *
Oct 13 The Center for Arts Natick, MA *
Oct 14 World Café Live Philadelphia, PA *
Oct 16 BB King’s New York, NY *
Oct 18 Rapids Theatre Niagara Falls, NY *
Oct 19 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ON *
Oct 20 Hard Rock Café Detroit, MI *
Oct 23 SPACE Evanston, IL *
Oct 24 Hard Rock Café Pittsburgh, PA *
Oct 25 Hard Rock Café Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 26 Turner Hall Milwaukee, WI *
Oct 27 Mill City Nights Minneapolis, MN *
Oct 30 Knucklehead Tavern Kansas City, MO
Oct 31 The Blue Note Columbia, MO
Nov 02 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
Nov 03 Vinyl Music Hall Pensacola, FL
Nov 09 Hard Rock Café Las Vegas, NV
Nov 16 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 23 Bimbo’s 365 Club San Francisco, CA
Nov 24 B Ryder’s Bakersfield, CA
Nov 30 SoHo Santa Barbara, CA
Dec 01 SLO Brewing Company San Luis Obispo, CA
Dec 07 T. Boyle Tavern Pasadena, CA
Dec 08 T. Boyle Tavern Pasadena, CA
Dec 14 Ace of Spades Sacramento, CA
Dec 15 Mystic Theatre Petaluma, CA
Dec 22 House of Blues Anaheim, CA
Dec 29 Saint Rocke Hermosa Beach, CA
Dec 31 The Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA

www.facebook.com/theenglishbeat
www.myspace.com/officialbeatspace
www.twitter.com/EnglishBeat


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

“HURLEY ROCKS YOU BACK TO SCHOOL”


“HURLEY ROCKS YOU BACK TO SCHOOL”
CONCERT SERIES COMES TO ORANGE COUNTY,
FEATURING WARNER BROS RECORDS’ INDIE ROCK ACT, SURFER BLOOD, and OC’s HINDU PIRATES and HONEY BADGERS


COSTA MESA, CA – September 17, 2012 – Hurley’s last stop in their 2012 “Hurley Rocks You Back to School” series, will land in Orange County on September 29th. “Hurley Rocks You Back to School” is a series of “secret” late-night concerts featuring indie-rock band Surfer Blood. Surfer Blood premiered their first album, “Astro Coast,” in 2010 with Bob Boilen from NPR declaring that it might have been his “…favorite album of 2010.” This year’s concert series began on August 11th in Asbury Park, New Jersey before traveling to Virginia Beach, VA on August 25th, and then Austin, TX September 8th before ending in Orange County, CA. Opening for Surfer Blood on September 29th will be Orange County’s own, Hindu Pirates and the Honey Badgers.  

The series is hosted by Fuel TV’s Mike “Rooftop” Escamilla and Hurley’s own Rosie O’Laskey. Tickets are available through participating retailers now through August 11th. Customers who make a $50 purchase will receive 2 wristbands for the show featuring only the date, time and a special “Hurley Rocks You Back To School” RSVP URL (Hurley.com/RocksYouBackToSchool).  Once logged in and RSVP’d, consumers will then receive information regarding the event venue and additional details. 

Hurley will also give away a select number of VIP access wristbands through local media as well as social media channels for Hurley and Surfer Blood. Lucky winners of VIP tickets will allow attendees a chance to meet-and-greet with the band and attend their private sound check.  Limited-edition “Hurley Rocks You Back to School” merchandise will also be sold at each of the events.

Participating Austin retailers:
Huntington Surf & Sport (Pierside – 300 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach)
Huntington Surf & Sport (Bella Terra – 7777 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach)
Surfside (233 E 17th Street)
Jacks Surfboards (Newport - 2727 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach)
Jacks Surfboards (Dana Point – 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point)
Jacks Surfboards (Corona Del Mar – 900 Avocado, Corona Del Mar)
Jacks Surfboards (Huntington Beach – 101 Main Street, Huntington Beach)
Jacks Surfboards (Irvine – 5581 Alton Pkwy, Irvine)
Hobie (Dana Point - 34174 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point)
Hobie (Laguna Beach – 294 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach)
Hobie (Corona Del Bar – 3140 E Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar)
Hobie (San Clemente – 100 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente)

“Hurley Rocks You Back to School” Concert Calendar:
Asbury Park, NJ | 8.11.12
Virginia Beach, VA | 8.25.12
Austin, TX | 9.8.12
Orange County, CA | 9.29.12

For more information log on to Hurley.com/RocksYouBackToSchool.

ABOUT SURFER BLOOD
West Palm Beach four-piece Surfer Blood released their breakout debut Astro Coast in 2010.  The album and its songs landed atop numerous Best Of Lists, including Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and Filter, with Bob Boilen from NPR declaring “…dig into Astro Coast and you'll hear why, song for song, this may be my favorite album of 2010.”  They have toured extensively in the US and abroad, sharing the stage with the Pixies, …Trail of Dead, Death Cab For Cutie and more. Surfer Blood are currently working on their new album with producer Gil Norton – it is set for an early 2013 release. http://www.myspace.com/surferblood

ABOUT THE HINDU PIRATES
Hindu Pirates is a Huntington Beach-based band of five dudes, who are fusing garage rock and blues...definitely in the same vein as Fidlar, Allah-Las,The Soft Pack. All the members are 18-21 with the youngest of the bunch Giuseppe LoBasso who is fresh out of high school. They have all been friends since high school (that was only about 3 years ago for most of them), which is when they launched the band. The guys recently opened for Delta Spirit and Tijuana Panthers at The Observatory and have also performed with Allah-Las, The Growlers, Har Mar Superstar, JJMAZ, Gantez Warrior and many other local standouts at big venues in OC and LA - The Smell, House of Blues, La Cave, The Satellite, Avalon, Detroit Bar, Constellation Room, Continental Room, etc., as well as festivals like Desert Daze and Eclectic Roots.

ABOUT HURLEY
“Hurley is a company based on inclusion,” says chairman and founder Bob Hurley.  This philosophy applied to Bob Hurley’s early years as a Huntington Beach shaper, working with friends alongside the world’s best athletes to make a better surfboard. It applied to the company’s launch in 1999, when Hurley decided to start a brand that was a true microphone for youth. In 2002, Hurley was acquired by Nike — the largest and most influential sporting brand in the world. Inclusion remains a guiding principle of the company today, where innovative products like Phantom Boardshorts and game-changing events like the US Open of Surfing continue to redefine what is possible in our world. Hurley headquarters are in Costa Mesa, CA with international offices in Sydney, Tokyo, Barcelona and Bali. www.hurley.com

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

AWOLNATION AND RED BULL RECORDS UNVEIL THE AWOL "NATION" PROJECT



SIMPLY USE THE HASHTAG #AWOLNATION ON TWITTER,
INSTAGRAM, YOUTUBE OR VIMEO AND INSTANTLY JOIN THE NATION!

TRACK, FOLLOW, AND INTERACT WITH FANS
AROUND THE WORLD AND AWOLNATION ON TOUR NOW   

Tweet it: Join the NATION. Never Let Your Fear Decide Your Fate http://youtu.be/L4MzF53je5M #awolnation
Los Angeles, CA - September 25, 2012 - AWOLNATION and Red Bull Records are proud to unveil the latest in fan-to-band-to-fan networking called The AWOL "NATION" Project, an innovate new community-driven site that creates a living, breathing interactive experience centered around fan-contributed content. Fans can post anything they want on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or Vimeo and if it's tagged with the hashtag #awolnation, it will show up on the new AWOL "NATION" fan site in real-time at: http://nation.awolnation.mx. The same feature is currently being added to incorporate Tumblr. As fans around the world talk about AWOLNATION and tag their content (photos, videos, comments), the site continuously evolves, allowing fans from across the globe to explore and engage with both the band and each other like never before.  Additionally, if fans geo-tag their posts, those posts show up on a custom Google-powered map, allowing fans from around the world to interact with the band and each other.
 
Behind the scenes, The Uprising Creative, the design and development company behind the site, built it on top of a customized Wordpress install and used custom-built tools to tap into the APIs from these four services Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Vimeo.  As posts are found via the APIs, they are pulled into the site, and anything with a geo-tag is additionally mapped to its specific coordinates using the Google Maps API.  The site is fully responsive, allowing it to be usable and optimized at any browser size automatically without the need for a separate mobile web version of the site. Additionally, Topspin Media is used to power the email list, Facebook Comments for the ability for fans to interact with each other, and a variety of customized share tools allow fans to spread the word about the site and its content. 
 
Keep up with, and meet up with other fans and the band during the AWOLNATION "Never Let Your Fear Decide Your Fate" U.S. tour, with the rapidly on-the-rise alternative band Imagine Dragons and indie hip-hop artist Zeale. Tickets are going quickly with the band selling out shows across the country! A complete list of remaining dates is below. 
 
Led by musical architect and vocalist Aaron Bruno, AWOLNATION features David Amezcua on bass, keyboardist/guitarist Kenny Carkeet, drummer Hayden Scott and Drew Stewart on guitar. The band's debut album Megalithic Symphonyis currently available in stores and online. 
 
"Never Let Your Fear Decide Your Fate" U.S. tour with Imagine Dragons and Zeale: 
 
DATE                   VENUE                                                            CITY/STATE
September 25       Varsity Theater                                                 Minneapolis, MN SOLD OUT!
September 27       The Summit Music Hall                                     Denver, CO      SOLD OUT!
September 28       The Summit Music Hall                                     Denver, CO      SOLD OUT!
September 29       Gallivan Center/X96 Big Ass Show                     Salt Lake City, UT 
October 1             Knitting Factory Concert House                          Boise, ID          SOLD OUT!
October 3             Roseland Theatre                                              Portland, OR    SOLD OUT!
October 4             Roseland Theatre                                              Portland, OR               
October 9             House of Blues                                                  San Diego, CA       SOLD OUT!
October 10           The Observatory                                          Santa Ana, CA             SOLD OUT!
October 11           Club Nokia Live                                                 Los Angeles, CA     SOLD OUT!
October 15           Rialto Theatre                                                   Tucson, AZ     
October 16           Sunshine Theater                                              Albuquerque, NM
October 18           Emo's East                                                       Austin, TX        SOLD OUT!
October 19           Hullabalooza                                                               College Station, TX
(with Rusko, Chiddy Bang, Paul Wall, and more)
October 20           House of Blues                                                   Dallas, TX        SOLD OUT!
October 23           Tabernacle                                                         Atlanta, GA
October 24           The Ritz Ybor                                                     Tampa, FL
October 25           House of Blues-Orlando                                       Lake Buena Vista, FL
October 27           Voodoo Music Experience                                    New Orleans, LA *
(with Neil Young, Green Day, Skrillex, Justice, Gary Clark Jr., and many more) 
 
* AWOLNATION only

For more information visit AWOLNATION online
  

              

Red Bull Records: http://www.redbullrecords.com  

Monday, September 24, 2012

Young Turks Announce Fall Tour Dates Band To Play The Fest in Gainesville, FL Oct 26-28 Where I Lie Out Now on Animal Style Records


Portland, OR’s YOUNG TURKS have announced dates for their upcoming US tour. The band will be hitting the road beginning Oct 12 and will make their second appearance at THE FEST in Gainesville, FL on 10/26-10/28.
Dates:
10/12 - Spokane, WA @ Carr's Corner
10/13 - Missoula, MT @ Ole Beck VFW Post 209
10/14 - Fargo, ND @ New Direction
10/15 - Des Moines, IA
10/16 - Madison, WI
10/17 - Chicago, IL @ Ultra Lounge
10/18 - Toledo, OH
10/19 - New York, NY
10/20 - New Britain, CT @ Horse's Mouth
10/21 - Philadelphia, PA @ Mount Thrashmore
10/22 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space
10/23 - North Carolina
10/24 - Atlanta, GA
10/26-10/28 - Gainesville, FL @ FEST 11
10/30 - Pensacola, FL
10/31 - New Orleans, LA
11/1 - Houston, TX @ Mango's
11/2 - Austin, TX @ Annex at 1808
11/3 - Ft Worth, TX @ 1919 Hemphill
11/5 - Albuquerque, NM @ Gasworks
11/6 - Denver, CO @ 7th Circle
11/7 - Salt Lake City, UT
11/8 - Boise, ID @ B7B Studio
If you can help with shows in any of the areas without venues listed, please contact reed@animalstylerecords.com.

YOUNG TURKS’ new album, Where I Lie, is out now on Animal Style Records.  To purchase: http://animalstyle.limitedrun.com/products/502256-young-turks-where-i-lie-lp.
Like their namesake that led a successful revolt of the oppressive Ottoman Empire monarchy more than a century back, Portland, Oregon’s YOUNG TURKS have revolt in mind. Intent on breaking up the monotony of a generation of hardcore bands who have slipped into a mediocre paint-by-numbers routine of distorted guitars and Cookie Monster vocals, the YOUNG TURKS are here to make things right again for the record buying public.
Armed with influences calling to mind everyone from KID DYNAMITE to AMERICAN NIGHTMARE and a brand spanking new debut full length (Where I Lie), this five-piece from the Beaver State is ready to rock your world.

The Clarion Call is made just seconds into the record when Matt Koenig utters the phrase: “And if I promise just one thing for the rest of my life…” before counting off, then the gates are flung open and hell is unleashed for the next 30 or so minutes, a constant barrage of sound, fury and pointed lyrics that doesn’t let up over a dozen tracks. The group is fronted by ex-BROADWAY CALLS bassist Matt Koenig, now on vocals; former HELL AND REASON guitarist Jason Soejoto; Mason Juve on drums; Gareth Welker on bass and Bryan Zurek on guitar.

Formed in the winter of 2010, the band gave a few hints of what was to come with their first 7" Halfhearted (Arctic Circle Pit Records). They road tested the songs and band to add a few scars before heading to D-Wreckords Studio in Portland to capture their latest work on wax, calling on Stu McKillop (DAGGERMOUTH, LIVING WITH LIONS, CARPENTER) to mix and master.

The result, Where I Lie, is their proper introduction to the rest of the world, more than fulfilling the promise from that 7” complete with the twin assault of blistering guitars, drums that would have the gods of thunder cowering in fear and vocals that will stick with you for days.
Strap in folks - the revolution has begun!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Kin to Play The Roxy on 11/8

We came to know about NYC based The Kin in a most unusual way. A couple of years ago, these boys came across one of our reporters at JFK, trying to wrestle her large bag and offered her a hand, proving that at least among good looking Australian transplants, chivalry actually isn't dead. Turns out these boys also happen to be quite good musicians, and you will be getting a chance to get to know them for yourselves when they play The Roxy on November 8th. Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased HERE.

If you would like a taste of how awesome they are, here's a link to a lovely live video of The Kin performing "Abraham"


Friday, September 21, 2012

Frank Turner: 21st Century Troubadour

You may be able to point to One Direction or Nicki Minaj for all that is wrong with the music industry today, but you can shine a big spotlight on Frank Turner for all that is right. Last night at HOB Anaheim, Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls showed that real musicians playing heartfelt music is far more powerful than all the bells, whistles and marketing gimmicks that abound in the industry today.

Frank Turner is the exemplification of the 21st Century troubadour. A true road dog, who commands his audience as easily alone with his guitar, as with his full band, Frank Turner proves that talent can prevail in today's world of manufactured pop tarts. The enthusiastic crowd sang his lyrics back to him almost as boisterously as a Dashboard Confessional crowd, and danced with as much reckless abandon as the small room would allow. Weaving together a wonderful mix of the best of last years England Keep My Bones, with both new tunes and older ones, the set list did a great job of appealing to everyone.

By the time he closed out the set with his signature song, "I Still Believe" and returned to the stage for the encore set which set off with a cover of the Tom Petty classic "American Girl" the entire crowd was drunk, sweaty, and more than satisfied with their evening.




Thursday, September 20, 2012

Go Radio: "Close The Distance"

In the time since Jason Lancaster left Mayday Parade and formed Go Radio, it has sometimes felt as if he has been searching to find himself, with occasional flashes of brilliance (like Goodnight Moon, Any Other Heart). With the release this week of CLOSE THE DISTANCE, it is abundantly clear that he has found what he was looking for. In the company of his Go Radio bandmates, it is clear that he is now demanding the radio play that has only been limited up to now. CLOSE THE DISTANCE is filled with brilliant, hook-laden pop-rock, instant classics, that could have easily been sold to any of our eras current pop-tarts, but are made all the more awesome by being anchored by Jason's uniquely distinctive vocal style.

It seems that Go Radio are finally ready to close the distance between being indie darlings, and grabbing for the mainstream spotlight. Full of passion, and intelligent, almost literary lyrics CLOSE THE DISTANCE, seems destined to be Go Radio's breakthrough moment.




Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fake Figures: Friday Night At Slidebar

Well, since we have suggested the HOB Anaheim for your entertainment tonight (Lit) and tomorrow (Frank Turner) we want to take a turn and suggest some free entertainment for Friday night when our boys in Fake Figures and I Am Cassettes grace the stage of The Slidebar in Fullerton.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

GO RADIO’S NEW ALBUM, “CLOSE THE DISTANCE,” IS AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE TODAY!



GO RADIO’S NEW ALBUM, “CLOSE THE DISTANCE,” IS AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE TODAY!


September 18, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA – Alternative rock juggernauts Go Radio have released their long awaited, highly anticipated and critically acclaimed sophomore album, Close the Distance, today via Fearless Records.  The album is available digitally at iTunes and Amazon as well as physically at all major retail outlets.  Close the Distance is streaming in its entirety now at Billboard.com, AOL.com, Spotify and MSN.com.

After a year long wait, Tallahassee's rising alternative rockers Go Radio have debuted their second studio album, Close the Distance, today, to mass critical appeal and fervent fan reaction.  Here’s what a few are saying....

“...this is the record that will define this fall and my entire year.” - Absolutepunk.net

“...a damn impressive addition to the band’s building legacy and another big step taken on the ladder towards the name they deserve to make for themselves.” - AlterThePress.com

Close the Distance features eleven undeniable tracks including the piano driven rock opus "Collide,” which MTV.com raved was somewhere “between Say Anything-style punk, needtobreathe’s alt-country bent, and Kings of Leon’s rugged, stadium-ready rock,” and their red-hot anthemic single “Go to Hell,” which the band recently premiered a video for on EW.com.   Go Radio singer Jason Lancaster gave his track-by-track scoop on Close the Distance to Altpress.com and an audio version to Spotify.

Catch Go Radio on tour now with SafetySuit in support of their new album Close the Distance!
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Go Radio Tour Dates (w/SafetySuit):
9/18 – Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
9/20 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
9/21 – Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
9/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Lights
9/24 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
9/25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
9/27 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
9/28 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
9/29 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
10/01 – West Hollywood, CA @ Roxy Theatre
10/02 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Martini Ranch
10/04 – Dallas, TX @ The Loft
10/05 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

For More Information:
www.wearegoradio.com/
https://www.facebook.com/goradio
http://www.twitter.com/goradio
http://www.youtube.com/wearegoradio
http://fearlessrecords.com/

Monday, September 17, 2012

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls: Thursday at HOB Anaheim

Well, since we already know you all will be coming out on Wednesday to HOB Anaheim to support Lit, it is best that we advise you to make it a double-header and come back on Thursday for Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls. After all, the man was personally asked by Danny Boyle to play the opening ceremony of the  Olympics, and not long ago played Wembley Stadium.....so that gives you a bit of a clue that he is an artist well worth your time and money to catch at a small club like the House of Blues. This tour is in support of Frank Turners' upcoming release from Epitaph records entitled Last Minutes and Lost Evenings (to be released 10/2 in the US). It is a collection of 15 songs designed to introduce Frank to the American audience, along with a DVD of his Wembley show. While this is certainly a must purchase, we cannot stress enough that you must also own England Keep My Bones, which was released last year, and made our Top 10 of 2011.

Get tickets HERE or at the box office.



Sunday, September 16, 2012

Immovable Objects To Play The Wire in Upland


For Immediate Release
September 17th, 2012
“It was a long time coming,” says Matt Gagin, the man behind Immovable Objects, when asked about his recent move to Perth, Australia. “I was just ready to leave and some of the things that were and are happening in the U.S. were weighing on me and I think I needed a break. My wife wanted to be near her family who live in Sydney and Perth. It wasn’t a really hard decision but it took a little time for the Australian government to decide to let me reside in their country.” While waiting for the green light for migration Gagin and Immovable Objects created their most recent recording, “I’ll Know to Believe in Sparrows”, where the band explores the nuance of the album as a complete piece and the ideas of instrumental music as an emotive and visual experience. For his first return to the U.S. Gagin plans to perform the latest Immovable Objects’ record in its entirety with a video accompaniment. “I feel like the music expresses itself with or without a projected narrative but I think without lyrics or a true front man to engage the audience, and believe me I‘m no front man, their can be a lack of connection for some people. Others, however, enjoy it more because there is no voice.”
Immovable Objects started out as the performance and recording name for San Diego-based multi-instrumentalist Matt Gagin. After spending five years with Waterline Drift, Gagin says he “…wanted to do something where I played a lot of different instruments and creativity wasn’t stifled by preconception or personality conflicts.” His first record, “Hoping It Stays Just This Broken” incorporated elements of indie rock, shoegaze and electronica into dense soundscapes. “I had no intention of really making a record, I was just going to record when I felt like it and see what was coming out. If I liked it, cool, if not, then I didn’t. I was really just making music for the sake of making music.”
For the follow-up record, Gagin decided to put together a live band that could play relentless instrumental rock, then capture that energy and emotion on tape. Enlisting the efforts of Paul Balmer (guitar), Brad Botbyl (guitar), Ted Donovon (drums) and fellow Waterline Drift alumnus Tim Peacock (bass), the quintet’s sound has been compared to God Speed You Black Emperor, Explosions in the Sky, Mum, Sigur Ros, Panda Bear and Her Space Holiday.
“Our show in Upland will be a lot of fun because it is the only all ages show on the tour. We try as hard as we can to do all ages shows but the venues are becoming harder and harder to find. I really respect the people at The Wire in Upland, where we are playing, for having the passion and desire to bring music to everyone. Sure you’ll get the few that complain that they can’t have a drink while watching the show. I ask, are you there to drink or to listen to a band?”
After recording through the early months of 2012 at Black Box Studios with Mario Quintero, the new album, “I’ll Know to Believe in Sparrows”, was released in June 2012 on Hawnyawk Records and is currently in the process for Australian distribution. Says Gagin, “I’ve read on record label websites that you should include your successes in your bio. The only true success we have is recording music that we like and not compromising it. So, if nothing else we have that.”
Immovable Objects return to the U.S. October 22nd through 27th for a brief southwest tour. They play October 27th at The Wire, 247 North 2nd ave. Upland, CA 921786 with Catachresis.

Friday, September 14, 2012

PK Announce Tour Dates


PK
Announce New Fall Tour Dates
With
From Indian Lakes

 

Download Free Tour Sampler, here: http://bit.ly/PE4NyF

Watch The Official Video for "Some Nights"
on MTV Buzzworthy here.

San Luis Obispo, CA - September 7, 2012 - High-energy, scrappy indie-pop quintet, PK, has announced details for the first leg of their Fall tour with the California based Alt-rockers From Indian Lakes. The tour will kick off on October 19th in Fresno, CA at Kuppajoe. Full tour dates listed below. Download a free tour sampler here: http://bit.ly/PE4NyF.

PK, comprised of Travis Hawley (Vocals), Matt DePauw (Guitar), Mikel Van Kranenburg (Bass), Nick Fotinakes (Guitar) and Rico Rodriguez (Drums), has been making waves in the industry since their 2010 debut release, Into The Roaring, scored the San Luis Obispo New Times' Album of The Year award and landed the band in Rolling Stone and a gig opening for Aerosmith. PK has continued to impress with their sophomore project, The Lost Boy Sessions, which was released on May 29th, 2012. PKrecently premiered the music video for their new single "Some Nights" on MTV Buzzworthy. Check out the seductive video here: http://on.mtv.com/TxQ9gN. Purchase The Lost Boy Sessions EP on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/JytIWJ.

About the tour, Hawley says, "We're excited to be hitting the road with our good friends, From Indian Lakes. We went out earlier this year with Twin Atlantic (Red Bull Records), played some shows with Angels and Airways, and then did a bit of touring by ourselves. It's always nice to share the road with another band and it'll be exciting to watch our combined fanbases grow from from the Pacific Northwest into the South West on tour." 

Tour Dates w/ From Indian Lakes
Fri/Oct 19            Fresno, CA                         Kuppajoe
Sat/Oct 20           Canoga Park, CA              Guitar Merchant
Sun/Oct 21          Anaheim, CA                     Chain Reaction
Mon/Oct 22         TBA                                     TBA
Tue/Oct 23          TBA                                     TBA
Wed/Oct 24        Mesa, AZ                             Nile Underground
Thu/Oct 25          Upland, CA                         The Wire
Fri/Oct 26            Las Vegas, NV                   The Box Office
Sat/Oct 27           San Luis Obispo, CA         Slow Brew

For more information, keep up with the band on their social networks:
Instagram: @WeArePK