Saturday, March 30, 2013

Cartel "Collider" on AOL

Cartel's new album COLLIDER is currently streaming on AOL. Check it out!

This band has been around since 2003, but has never seemed to attain the kind of success that their debut album, CHROMA, seemed to portend.
Of course, this could partially be a result of the ill-conceived partnership with MTV for Band in a Bubble which caused a bit of backlash for the band. In any case, this is a lovely, summer with the top down kind of record, that is arriving a bit prior to summer season.

The band is scheduled to tour with New Found Glory throughout May and June, including hitting HOB San Diego on June 7th so be sure to check them out!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

TWIN FALLS ANNOUNCES FIRST TOUR

 
TWIN FALLS ANNOUNCES FIRST TOUR
 
HITS THE ROAD WITH IVAN & ALYOSHA
AND THE LONE BELLOW
 

NASHVILLE, TN (March 26, 2013) -  After a successful debut at Austin's South By Southwest music festival, the folk/Americana fourpiece TWIN FALLS from south Florida will embark on their first tour starting April 16th in Philadelphia. Featuring Chris Carrabba, Suzie Zeldin, Ben Homola, and Jonathan Clark, Twin Falls will be supportingIvan & Alyosha and The Lone Bellow as well as headlining their own show atMaxwell's in New Jersey.
 
Tour dates are as follow:
 
Tues, April 16 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas    
Wed, April 17  Washington, DC @ DC9
Thurs, April 18 New York, NY @ Santos Party House
Fri, April 19  Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwells ** Headlining Show **
Sat, April20 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Sun, April 21 Ottawa, ON @ Cafe Dekcuf
Mon, April 22 Toronto, ON @ The Drake
Tues, April 23 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Club in Stage AE
Wed, April 24 Columbus, OH @ The Basement
Thurs, April 25 Cincinnati, OH @ Mayday   
Fri, April 26 Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio   
Sat, April 27 Chicago, IL @ Schubas ** 2 Shows early/late **
Sun, April 28 Madison, WI @ The Frequency
Mon, April 29 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry    
 
Twin Falls is currently finishing their debut album due this summer.
 
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

SENSES FAIL RELEASE RENACER TODAY

Staple Records

SENSES FAIL RELEASE RENACER TODAY


 
“Renacer is about as perfect as they come.“ – Outburn (10/10)

“This is how you do post-hardcore in 2013.” - Kerrang! (4/5)

"...they're actually turning out some of the finest material of their career." "That sense of fearlessness has resulted in arguably their best album to date." – Alternative Press (4/5)

"Forget what you think you know about Senses Fail because Renacer sees the band burying their pop tendencies beneath breakdowns so brutal that even Hatebreed fans will be sated."  
- Revolver (4/5)

" It’s heavy, it’s powerful, it’s beautiful and it’s a new Senses Fail." –Alter The Press (5/5)


(March 26, 2013) – SENSES FAIL today releases their fifth studio album, Renacer, via Staple Records.  Spanish for “rebirth,” the album has taken critics by surprise and has garnered nearly perfect reviews thus far. The New Jersey-based band recorded Renacer in Los Angeles, California at both The Airport Studio and Red Bull Studio with producer Shaun Lopez (Far, Deftones) at the helm.

Fans can hear an entire stream of Renacer atMTV’s Buzzworthyhttp://buzzworthy.mtv.com/2013/03/20/senses-fail-renacer-album-stream/
The album is available at iTunes (http://smarturl.it/reanceritunes), Amazon(http://smarturl.it/sfamazon), and currently just $7.99 at Best Buy(http://smarturl.it/SFbestbuy).

Senses Fail will begin their US headline spring tour April 3, 2013 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Peta2 is hosting a contest for fans to win a pair of tickets to the city of their choice here: http://bit.ly/ZhAphY. The tour is presented by PureVolume.com and includes support from Such GoldReal Friends, and Major League.

After the US tour wraps, the band heads overseas for a series of UK and European dates (see current itinerary below).

Senses Fail formed in Ridgewood, New Jersey over 10 years ago and has sold over 1.2 million records worldwide.  The band’s most recent studio album, The Fire, was released in 2010. A greatest hits album, Follow Your Bliss: The Best of Senses Fail, was released last year.


SENSES FAIL US TOUR:
04/03 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon
04/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
04/05 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
04/06 – Norfolk, VA @ Norva
04/07 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
04/08 – Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
04/09 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
04/10 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
04/12 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live – Studio
04/13 – Dallas, TX @ The Door
04/14 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
04/16 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
04/17 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
04/18 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Martini Ranch
04/19 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
04/20 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
04/21 – Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry’s Pizza Pub
04/23 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
04/24 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
04/25 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
04/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
04/28 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
04/30 – Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose
05/01 – Newport, KY @ Thompson House
05/02 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
05/03 – Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
05/04 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
05/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
05/07 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
05/08 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
05/09 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
05/10 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
05/11 – Asbury Park, NY @ Stone Pony

UK TOUR:
05/18 Kingston – The Peel
05/19 Southampton – Talking Heads
05/20 Bristol – Thekla
05/21 Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach
05/22 Nottingham – Rescue Room
05/23 Glasgow – King Tuts
05/24 Newcastle – Academy 2
05/28 Manchester – NQ Live
05/29 Norwich – Waterfront Studio
05/30 London – Underworld
05/31 Exeter – Cavern
06/01 Oxford – 02 Academy 2

EUROPEAN TOUR:
06/02 – Lyon, France @ Ninkasi Kao
06/03 – Paris, France @ Backstage By The Mill
06/04 – Aarschot, Belgium @ De Klinker
 
The press on Renacer:

“…flitting between brutality and harmony as effortlessly as ever.” - getloudernow.com

“Kids are really going to enjoy windmilling each other in the face to this one, of that I have no doubt.”
 - Virgin.com

“…what is expected from this album is the repeat button being furiously pressed by fans who have appreciated Senses Fail from day uno to those only just turning their heads towards Buddy and co.”
Tessellatezine.com

“By pushing the tempo to the limit and distancing itself from any of the band’s back-catalogue ‘Renacer’ is unquestionably courageous.” - Punktastic.com

“This album is one you don’t want to miss whether you’re a Senses Fail fan or not.” - Hitthefloor.co.uk

“This album is not one to miss if you’re a fan of Senses Fail.” - Glasswerk.co.uk

“This is by far the band’s best work and is sure to be a classic.” – Kill The Music (8/10)

"Renacer is one of the best records this band has ever released." –Me Gusta Reviews (9.5/10)

"Renacer is an album that will surely turn heads. Fans of the band (along with haters and former fans) will be shocked, intrigued and simply blown away by the band’s fresh, new direction. With Renacer, Senses Fail have shown everyone that they’re not going away any time soon." – Metal Arcade (9/10)

“Senses Fail seem to have finally found a niche that is uniquely theirs: a mix of sounds that, when put together, makes Renacer a beautifully heavy album worth listening to on a regular basis.” – The AltReview

"Renacer is absolutely the heaviest and most mature Senses Fail album to date. I see no flaws in it whatsoever…” – New Transcendence (5/5)

"Senses Fail as you’ve either come to love or loathe… is dead." – Hellhound Music

"Senses Fail are completely reborn." – Electric Banana (5/5)


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http://www.sensesfail.com
http://www.facebook.com/sensesfail
http://www.youtube.com/user/SensesFailVideos
http://twitter.com/sensesfail
http://www.staplerecords.com
http://www.workhorsemusic.com

Saturday, March 23, 2013

FREE SHOW TONIGHT: ARTIST VS. POET

Indie rock band ARTIST VS POET will be taking the stage at Universal City Walk for a free show with THIS CENTURY. The show is scheduled to start at 7pm.

If the face looks familiar but you can't quite place it, frontman Joe Kirkland competed on season three of the reality show The Voice, successfully gaining a new audience for his band. This will be their first appearance on the 5 Towers stage, and best of all, IT'S FREE.

Friday, March 22, 2013

ALL HAIL THE GARAGE BAND KING: ANDREW MCMAHON AT THE OBSERVATORY

Last night one of the OC's favorite sons, Andrew McMahon, took the stage of The Observatory as part of his new solo tour since wrapping his Jack's Mannequin project late last year. There are a number of good musicians around today, and even some great ones, but there are only a handful that exude an unspeakable magic every time they hit the stage. McMahon is one such magic man.

Andrew both writes and performs with a depth of both thought and feeling that is a genuine joy to experience. Seeing him play in Orange County is always a special treat, since he tends to have some special memory of just about every venue, whether it's where his high school prom was held, or in this case grad night, back when The Observatory was still The Galaxy.

The great thing about this solo incarnation is that we get the best of both worlds, with Something Corporate songs, Jacks Mannequin songs, and the new solo material all being addressed in one magical evening. With such a deep catalog to draw from, the sets on this tour do seem to vary a bit from show to show, adding to the excitement of catching multiple opportunities to see him play. While the crowd seemed quite receptive to the new material, especially "Learn To Dance", it was the SOCO oldies that seemed to draw the most explosive reception from the boisterously singing along crowd. A last minute substitution of "Punk Rock Princess" in place of the previously planned (according to the set list)"Watch The Sky" was a special and unexpected surprise.  

Andrew seems to be making up for all the Jack's Mannequin years when he wouldn't play Konstantine, despite huge fan demand, by making it an encore number for a number of these shows. The tour rolls back to LA in May at The Troubadour, but this show is already sold out. If you have the opportunity to catch Andrew in any of the other cities on this tour you will delight in the greatest hits nature of this show. Andrew will also be hitting the road with O.A.R. later this year, but the makeup of the set list may change a bit as this will be after the new album is out, so a greater amount of new material may be included. In either case, Andrew McMahon live is always an amazing experience you would be well advised to take advantage of.

photos by Ashlei Brittany



MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE ANNOUNCE BREAKUP

With no details being offered at this point, My Chemical Romance have announced their breakup in a blog post that can be viewed here. Having heard no rumors that this was coming, we cannot speculate on what's behind it, but only wish the boys well on their future endeavors.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Andrew McMahon at The Observatory TONIGHT

Ok people, much to my surprise there are still tickets left for tonight's Andrew McMahon show at The Observatory in Santa Ana, so it's time you all pack up and head for the box office.

Ticket info HERE

Doors are at 7.
Show is at 7:45.
Andrew is scheduled to come on at 9:40.

Our crew will be at the show, so if you see us be sure to say hi!

photo by Preston McClusky


*****PLEASE NOTE THESE TIMES ARE UPDATED FROM THE PREVIOUS POSTING

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MUSICIANS

Ok Kickstarter supporters, we have a new project for you. One of our longtime musical idols, the inimitable Mr. James Dewees (The Get Up Kids/Reggie and The Full Effect), has thrown himself into the Kickstarter arena to fund the resurrection of Reggie and The Full Effect. Now if you are unfamiliar with Reggie and The Full Effect, it is nearly impossible to explain (pop-punk with a sense of humor?) You just have to experience it, and once you do, you will delight in the oddly slavish devotion you probably haven't shown to a band in years. Our introduction to Reggie was back in 2006 on the hellogoodbye tour, a show marked by Paul from Slipknot handing his bass to our staffer Ashlei, only to have it sadly removed from her grasp by an  unruly crowd. To say the night was an experience (as I recall a tutu was involved), would be putting it mildly. 

This project deserves your support based on the clever title alone, but beyond that, this is an opportunity to put James back in the studio, and on the road, providing the special insanity that is Reggie and The Full Effect. Past touring incarnations of Reggie and The Full Effect have included members of Slipknot, My Chemical Romance, and of course The Get Up Kids, so that alone gives you a clue that you are likely in for a wild ride.

So whether you love the musical stylings of James Dewees from his time with The Get Up Kids, touring with My Chemical Romance as their keyboardist, or from Reggie and The Full Effect (or indeed all of them), break out your wallets. There are quite an assortment of amazing rewards for your investment including downloads, cds, shirts, hoodies, and a special Holiday club. But beyond that there are mind blowing opportunities to have James play on your band's track, or even officiate at your wedding (which may or may not be a first for a rockstar on Kickstarter but I'm guessing it is). 

So pull out your wallets and make the world a better place by resurrecting Reggie and The Full Effect!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

ANNOUNCING ROCKSTAR MAYHEM FESTIVAL


6/29 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
6/30 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/2 Boise, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
7/3 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheater
7/5 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion
7/6 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
7/7 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
7/10 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/12 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
7/13 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
7/14 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake PAC
7/16 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
7/17 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront
7/19 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
7/20 Saratoga Springs, NY SPAC
7/21 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre
7/23 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/24 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
7/26 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
7/27 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/28 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/30 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/31 Tampa, FL Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds
8/2 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
8/3 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/4 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion



Monday, March 18, 2013

Acid Baby Jesus And Hellshovel Are Playing Los Angeles On March 28th!

Acid Baby Jesus And Hellshovel Are Playing Los Angeles On March 28th!

Both Bands Collaborated On Voyager 8 Project



(Photo Above: Acid Baby Jesus)
Tour Dates: 
 
2/22 Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House
2/23  New York, NY - Cake Shop NYC
2/24  Boston, MA – O’Brien’s
2/25  Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
2/26  Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class
2/27  Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
2/28  Columbus, OH -  Ace of Cups
3/1    Saint Louis, MO - The Heavy Anchor
3/2    Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
3/3    Memphis, TN - Buccaneer Lounge
3/4    Nashville, TN - The End
3/5    SE Atlanta, GA - The Earl
3/6    Birmingham, AL - Spring Street Fire House
3/7    New Orleans, LA - Siberia Bar
3/8    Houston, Texas - Notsuoh
3/9    Denton, TX - 35 Denton Fest
3/14  Austin, TX - SXSW, Legendary White Swan                (Slovenly Showcase)
3/14 Austin, TX - SXSW, Tillery Park                                    (Get Bent Showcase)
3/14  Austin, TX - SXSW (Austin Psych Fest)
3/14 Austin, TX - SXSW, The Rooftop on 6th                       (Nomains Showcase)
3/15 Austin, TX - SXSW, Cherrywood Coffeehouse           (Temporary Insanity Showcase)
3/15  Austin, TX -  SXSW, Tillery Park                                 (Spring Break Boogie)
3/18 El Paso, TX - The Black Market (So Sick Fest)
3/19 Tempe, AZ - The Sail’s Inn (Rampage Fest)
3/20 Tempe, AZ - Erratic! Radio
3/21 Las Vegas, NV The Bunkhouse
3/22 Reno, NV - Debauch-A-Reno (Sticker Guy Fest)
3/23 Reno, NV - Debauch-A-Reno (Sticker Guy Fest)
3/26 San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
3/27 Oakland, CA - Stork Club
3/28 Los Angeles, CA - Towne Hall Warehouse
3/29 West Hollywood, CA - On The Rox
3/30 Los Angeles, CA - The Overpass
3/31 San Diego, CA - The Tower Bar
4/1   Las Vegas, NV - The Bunkhouse
4/3   Denver, CO - Lost Lake
4/4   Kansas city, MO - Davey’s Uptown
4/5   Chicago, IL - Permanent Records In-Store
4/5   Chicago, IL - Cobra Lounge
4/6   Milwaukee, WI - Linnemans Riverwest Inn 



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(Photo Below: Hellshovel)



 
In December 2010, members of Acid Baby Jesus and Hellshovel collided in Athens, Greece, dug deep into their bottomless well of weirdness and crept forth with a ghostly experiment called Voyager 8. Now these two Slovenly Recordings bands are going on the road and bringing their psych freakouts to a city near you!!

Acid Baby Jesus
“Often pegged as Athens, Greece’s answer to the Black Lips, the guys of ABJ mix blues, psych, and punk, but not in equal measures. Their ghoulish cries echoed the Misfits, while singer Noda’s fast and harsh delivery sounded vaguely Mackaye-ish at times…” – Village Voice
“Hailing from an ancient country rich in historical attributes, yet poor economically, Greek garage punks Acid Baby Jesus are the perfect by-product of their environment, spawning twisted grooves to revolt to, much like England in the 70’s during the first wave of British punk. Although lighter on the attitude and heavy on the psychedelics, Acid Baby Jesus create fuzzed-out pop ditties that sound like something that escaped from mad scientist Brian Eno’s lab after crossbreeding the Cramps with the Black Lips—Exclaim
Acid Baby Jesus represents the future of heavy psych’n’roll from an isolated, ancient civilization. Combining the ruthless elements of American outlaw roots music and celestial glam rock, like fellow deconstructionists Demon’s Claws, their latest album “LP” suggests the Rolling Stones at their wearied best, with the electrifying hi-jinks of Brian Eno bulldozing the swagger into the darkest corners of the cosmos.
 
Hellshovel
Hellshovel was originally a song on a Demons Claws single, released in 2004 on Perpetrator Records. Later it became a recording project started by Jeff Clarke, intended to make soundtrack instrumental music. Then in 2008 it became a touring act in Italy with guest musicians from Italy’s Movie Star Junkies and France’s Jack of Heart.

After a period of inactivity Hellshovel reformed in 2009 in Montreal with Dale MacDonald, and pooling together they released several 7inch singles on several different  record labels, and then left for Europe on the first tour with the Feeling of Love. From this point on, it's been back and forth between Montreal and Europe. In Montreal they recorded a full length LP with Bloodshot Bill on drums. Then multiple tours in Europe followed with Shrine's drummer Mirko Wenzel and Weakends' Simon Letourneau on bass. In Greece with Acid Baby Jesus they recorded two up-coming singles and forged future plans. In Berlin another EP was recorded and released on Italian label Sound of Cobra , bringing them to the USA for the first time in 2011.
 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Street Drum Corps to Play San Diego County Fair

June 8th through July 4th (closed Mondays June 10,17, and 24th) the San Diego County Fair returns to The Del Mar Fair Grounds. Musically there are offerings to please just about any taste, including Switchfoot and Train on the main Grand Stand Stage on on June 14 and 27th respectively.

While it is not confirmed which stage they will be playing, we have confirmed that the inimitable Street Drum Corps are scheduled to play the fair on June 22nd. If you have never seen them live, Street Drum Corps can best be described as an experience, rather than a concert. Having opened for many huge acts including The Used and Thirty Seconds to Mars, these boys are insanely talented musicians and showmen. Check out their website for a bit of an introduction to the Street Drum Corps. And if you make it out to this show, be sure to email us and share the experience.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Black Francis Announces Winter US Tour

 
Black Francis Announces Winter US Tour


Tour Dates


03.19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Mint
03.22 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House
03.27 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho








 
 
Black Francis is the stage name contrived by and for Charles Thompson during his residency in college rock band the Pixies, a period that ran from the group's formation in Boston during 1986 until 1993 when the group split up.  Thompson's next show business identity was as Frank Black, often in the bandleading context of Frank Black and the Catholics. Publishing bean counters can watch for songwriting credits under both pseudonyms as well as under Charles Thompson; in the latter case he should not be confused with the famed classic jazz keyboardist whose works were recorded by Charlie Parker and many others. Thompson released many albums under his Frank Black moniker, but returned to the Black Francis name for 2007's Bluefinger, which was a concept album about the life and death of Dutch painter/punk rocker Herman Brood and featured some of Black's most ferocious rock in years. Still working under his Black Francis moniker, Black released the sexually charged NonStopErotik in 2010. Abbabubba, a B-sides and demos collection, arrived in 2011 along with The Golem, Francis' score for the 1920 silent film of the same name.
 
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

BIFFY CLYRO: OPPOSITES OUT TODAY

We've been telling you for the last few years how awesome Biffy Clyro are, and lo and behold, the rest of the American music press seem to finally be coming on board for the ride. With the release today of their new album OPPOSITES, it seems that everyone has begun to take notice.

This is the sixth album from the Scottish trio, and quite possibly the best to date. This release has been ever so hotly anticipated since the release of the video for "Black Chandelier" last December, and as always Biffy offer up anthemic rock songs that beg to be played in massive arenas. These boys are on a road of destiny to be one of the biggest bands America has ever seen. America just hasn't quite caught up yet.

Mon the Biffy!





Tuesday, March 12, 2013

MARK BEEMER LAUNCHES INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN TO FUND RE-RELEASE OF STEALING TIME





MARK BEEMER LAUNCHES INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN TO FUND RE-RELEASE OF STEALING TIME
PROCEEDS FROM BOOK SALES BENEFIT SSE

PHILADELPHIA, PA  – Punk rock photographer Mark Beemer, founder of The Syrentha J. Savior Endowment (SSE) and Shirts For A Cure (SFAC), recently announced the launch of a new IndieGoGo campaign to fund the re-release of his discontinued book of live show and press images, Stealing Time. First published in 2001, the book features images from Beemer’s two-plus decades as a staple on the punk and hardcore scenes. The book contains a number of updated images including punk and pop-punk stalwarts such as Rise Against and My Chemical Romance, as well as photos of scene veterans The Bouncing Souls and Hot Water Music.

Beemer partnered with students from Drexel University’s Music Industry Program who launched the IndieGoGo campaign earlier this week. Undergrads in the Bantic Media class have been working with Beemer since September, and were responsible for implementing almost every phase of the project.  Contributors to the campaign have the opportunity to receive perks for every level of giving, ranging from a thank you tweet for $5, a copy of the revised book for $30, and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to host a private Bouncing Souls show for a $50,000 donation.

The IndieGoGo Campaign to fund Stealing Time ends April 9, 2013. Once the book has been funded, all proceeds from its sales will go directly to SSE to help underprivileged women battling breast cancer.  For more information about the IndieGoGo campaign, or to make a donation, please visit http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/stealing-time-re-release/x/2458352.


Monday, March 11, 2013

Andrew McMahon in So Cal

Big doings in Andrew McMahon-land. The show at The Observatory is just over a week away (3/21). There are still tickets available as of now. Details can be found here.

For everyone who can never get enough Andrew (we count ourselves in this group), tomorrow starts the pre-sale for the upcoming show at The Troubadour.

It doesn't matter if you are a Something Corporate fan, a Jack's Mannequin fan, or just a fan of amazing music. We encourage everyone to come out in support of Andrew McMahon setting out to blaze a new path under his own name.

It's time to step up and sell both of these shows out!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

6th Annual Musink Festival: Saturday 3/9/13

Saturday was day 2 of the 6th annual Musink Festival, and if you have never been to a tattoo convention before, to call it an experience would be putting it far too mildly. You may have thought you knew tattoos. You may even have a few. But you have never seen so many people, condensed into one small space, for whom tattoos are quite such a dramatic life statement.

The festival is basically divided into three main parts. The outside booths for food/drink/fun.


Then there is the INK HALL. This is where some 
of the most famous tattoo artists in the world, along with lesser known locals, and some of the most brilliant up-and-coming stars of the tattoo world set up booths to not only show off their work, but apply their talents right then and there for those lucky enough to book some of their time. If you have ever debated a tattoo, or adding to your ever growing collection, this is definitely the place to meet and mingle. Our personal recommendation would be to meet up with up-and-coming star of the tattoo world Dani Gosiaco who you can find at the Red Buddha booth if you are headed to the final day of the convention. 




The third section of Musink is, of course, the Music Hall. The Friday night lineup featured Guttermouth, The Vandals, and Bad Religion. Saturday was headlined by Pennywise, and also featured COR, T.S.O.L., and Lagwagon, and if you are headed out to the show today, you will be treated to the musical stylings of Johnny Two Bags, Lucero, and The Reverend Horton Heat (which was a lineup we covered at Hootenany this year).  Best lines from the stage would have to be a tie between Jack of T.S.O.L. stating that he refused to be the backing track for Youtube videos of a fight in the crowd, or the boys of Lagwagon thanking the photogs leaving the pit for having bothered to take photos of their "ugly faces". Musically, these boys may have gotten older, but good punks they remain.

 COR
 COR
 T.S.O.L
 T.S.O.L.
 LAGWAGON
 LAGWAGON
                                                       LAGWAGON
TREVOR FRIEDRICH(EIGHTEEN VISIONS/COMBICHRIST/THE WITCH WAS RIGHT) and friends.
MUSINK ATTENDEES (WHO WERE KIND ENOUGH TO POSE)





















Saturday, March 9, 2013

3/1 Marine Walk Run - Huntington Beach 3/9/13

Before we head off to get you some Musink coverage, we want to give mad props to Johnny's Saloon (who are a primary sponsor of Musink) for their sponsorship of this morning's 3/1 Marine Walk/Run this morning in Huntington Beach. They sponsored a team of more than 180 runners and walkers to come out in support of the cause. Rarely do you see a local business that cares so much about their community to put their time and money where their mouths are and step up in such a dramatic fashion.
 THE CALM BEFORE THE RUN
 A MARINE LAPPING US SLOW PEOPLE
 AND OFF THEY GO
 1/2 WAY MARK
THE JOHNNY'S SALOON CREW RECEIVING A SPECIAL AWARD