Saturday, August 31, 2013

Night Riots Take Command at HOB Anaheim

Ok, so, WOW. Talk about a night and day transformation. The last time we reviewed Night Riots was back when they were still called PK, and while they showed lots of potential there were downsides. When they took the stage at HOB Anaheim on Thursday night, it was obvious that they are on the path to fulfilling all that potential. From the moment they walked out on the stage there was a sense of power and command that is lacking from so very many young bands, including those that opened this very show. Night Riots looked, moved, and performed like a very tight unit. Even when something went wrong (no power to the acoustic guitar at the end of the set), Travis made a choice to step away from the microphone and play the first part of the song functionally to the first couple of feet of people, since that was all who could hear him, which was an interestingly bold choice. Travis could have waited for the problem to be resolved, or sang the piece without the guitar, but he chose to do what he could to retain the control and attention of the fans and move the set along. This might be a lesson to every band who has ever made an audience wait through extended pauses or thrown temper tantrums over technical glitches.

Night Riots have done something very smart. Despite not quite being locals (they hail from the San Luis Obispo area) they have been playing Southern California with a noticeable frequency. So many young bands try to obsessively recruit a fan base across the whole country at once that they forget to build a more localized base. By hitting this area with such frequency Night Riots have built a strong, and very vocal, local following who turned out and represented at this show. This is a band that is one hit song away from seeing the kind of blow up success that has embraced Imagine Dragons this year, and we look forward to it.

Thursday, August 29, 2013


To Play House of Blues
on Thursday, August 29th

Partners with Macbeth for Exclusive Album Bundles
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Young Lore EP Released July 30th!
"'Young Lore' sounds like standing up in the back of a convertible that
is driving down the PCH under a starlit sky...Four minutes and 18
seconds of rock-and-roll summer." - NYLON Guys

California-based rockers, Night Riots (formerly PK), have announced that they will be playing a show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA on Thursday,August 29th. Night Riots have also teamed up with Macbeth for exclusive T-shirt/EP bundles on the band's newly launched webstore here: Night Riots recently released a behind-the-scenes video featuring new song, Back To Your Loveoff the band's new EP, Young LoreCheck it out here: Lore was released on July 30th.  Listen to the title-track on NYLON Guys here: Watch Night Riots in a recent episode of "Rockonomics" on FUSE TV here:

Since the 2010 release of their first full-length album, Into The Roaring, Night Riots haven't looked back. Rolling Stone Magazine dubbed them "one of the top 16 unsigned bands in North America,MTV has aired the singles "Chase The Sky" and "Some Nights," which became the fourth most viewed video on and MTV Buzzworthy called Night Riots, "One of the most critically overlooked bands of 2012." Having just unleashed their new EP, Night Riots is making 2013 their year.

"We've been friends since high school, the guys and I grew up in a small coastal Californian town with only one street light." says Hawley about the band which also features guitarist Nick Fotinakes, bassist Mikel Van Kranenburg, guitarist Matt DePauw and drummer Rico Rodriguez. Having moved on from their small town roots, Night Riots have since shared the stage with artists like Angels and Airwaves, Aerosmith, The Script, Youngblood Hawke, Shiny Toy Guns, The The Front Bottoms and many other bands throughout their U.S. touring expeditions.

In 2013 the band had to change its name from PK to Night Riots due to legal reasons beyond their control. "Everything has fallen into place, we have a new name that we are very excited about and new music that we are even more excited about," says Hawley.

Night Riots released Young Lore on July 30th. For more information, please visit:

Upcoming Shows:
8/09 - Upland, CA @ The Wire Music & Art Venue
8/16 - San Francisco, CA @ The Great American Music Hall w/ Finish Ticket
8/18 - Portland, OR @ Peter's Room @ Roseland Theatre
8/21 - Seattle, WA @El Corazon
8/29 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
8/30 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Martini Ranch
9/02 - San Antonio, TX @ The Ten Eleven
9/03 - Austin, TX @ Parish Underground
9/04 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's Basement
9/05 - Fort Worth, TX @ Lola's
9/10 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater


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Wednesday, August 28, 2013


August 28, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Newly announced alt-indie-punk band Human Parts, which features former bassist for Against Me!, Andrew Seward, has premiered a video for their eclectic, rabble-rousing new song “Now We Wake Up” from their upcoming self-titled debut record which is due out on September 10th.
Watch Human Parts’ new video for “Now We Wake Up” over at
Human Parts’ new video for “Now We Wake Up” is a celebration of family, friends and enjoying life to its fullest.  That’s something that Seward has spent his post-Against Me! life focusing on with his wife Vertie Seward (vocals) and friends Kim Helm (vocals), Dave Kotinsley (guitar) and Andy “Pants” Schwich who help round out the Gainesville based family punk band.
“Now We Wake Up” is one of eleven organic tracks from their organic debut, which also features the previously released song “The Rumble.
Human Parts will perform their first show at The Fest on the weekend of November 1st - 3rd.  Follow the band now at for more information.
Human Parts Tour Dates:
Nov 1-3 - Gainesville, FL - The Fest
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Monday, August 26, 2013


August 26, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Indie rock band Long Lost has premiered a new video for their song “Not Worth It” from their recently released debut album Save Yourself, Start Again, today at
Watch Long Lost’s video for “Not Worth It” at
Long Lost is an emerging indie rock band that consists of Joe Boynton, vocalist for beloved indie pop-punk band Transit, guitarist Mat Morin, bassist Mike Moschetto and drummer Aviv Marotz.  Their debut record, Save Yourself, Start Again,was co-produced by the band and Gary Cioffi, Jr. (Transit, Misser).
Fans can purchase Long Lost’s new album now at iTunesNo Sleep Records and local indie retailers.

Friday, August 23, 2013


HOB Anaheim has posted up a special deal for tickets to the ZZ Ward show on Saturday Sept 7th. Tickets are only $20 all in (no fees). This offer is probably limited so jump on it quick. While currently classed as a "one to watch" this bluesy singer is poised for blowing up big, so don't miss this chance to see her at an awesome small venue.

Opening act   The Wild Feathers are similarly poised on the edge of big success, so come out to this show and meet some of your new favorite artists of 2013. Get tickets HERE.

Thursday, August 22, 2013


August 22, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Michigan punk band The Swellers has teamed up with animal rights group Peta2 to premiere their new song, “Becoming Self-Aware,” from their upcoming album, The Light Under Closed Doors.  The band’s fourth studio album is scheduled for release on October 29th via No Sleep Records and can be pre-ordered now at
Stream “Becoming Self-Aware” now at
"I did a couchsurfing/soul searching week with my friends between tour,” says drummer Jonathan Diener of the new song. “I was at a crossroads in my life, but one day I had nowhere to go, played my guitar in a park and parts of songs I've had for a while came together.  It turned into my favorite song on the new record."
Looks like all of the couchsurfing paid off.  The Swellers latest album is their boldest and most relatable yet.  After years of experience and reflection, the band has emerged with collection of raw, honest anthems that speak to listeners with driving rhythm and infectious choruses.  The record was produced by The Swellers and recorded by Marc Hudson (Saves the Day, Taking Back Sunday) and with Mark Michalik (Into It. Over It., Fireworks) and features ten tracks including “Becoming Self-Aware” and the recently released track “Should.”
The Swellers just wrapped up dates in Brazil with Story of the Year and will hit the road in the U.S. for a house show tour and a small intimate album release shows in October and November.  Visit for more information.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013


August 21, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Kansas City rock four-piece Maps For Travelers has revealed a new song called “Matter of Time” from their forthcoming debut album, Change Your Name, today at  The new record is scheduled for release on August 27th via No Sleep Records, and is available now for pre-order at
Stream “Matter of Time” now at
Maps For Travelers’ surging guitar riffs and melodic/throat-shredding vocals recalls a time when bands like Far, Cave In, Failure and Quicksand ruled the underground alternative rock scene.  The band’s concoction of post-grunge and post-hardcore is explosive and raw and almost entirely unexpected.  
While Maps For Travelers has spent the last few years playing regional shows with bands like Fucked Up, Junius, O’Brother, Touche Amore and Balance and Composure the band has been biding their time waiting to drop their debut on fans with Change Your Name, and the band sets their bar high with ten dynamic tracks like “Matter of Time,” “Get a New Face,” “World On a Wire” and “Figures in White.”
Follow Maps For Travelers now at for news and updates regarding the new album and future tour dates.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Glamour Kills Tour Opening Act Stages & Stereos Announce New Single, EP and Tour Dates

August 21, 2013 - Tallahassee, FL - Earlier this month, Glamour Kills announced the Tallahassee “Small Town Favorites” Alternative/Indie outfit Stages & Stereos would head out on a 38-date full US tour with Mayday Parade, Man Overboard, and Cartel. Before the quintet leave, Stages & Stereos are heading out on tour with Truth or Consequences (Featuring Brooks Betts & Jeremy Lenzo of Mayday Parade) and Pittsburgh pop/rock band, Paper States for a SouthEast run. Fans are in for a surprise as Go Radio’s guitarist, Alex Reed will be joining Stages & Stereos to fill in on guitar during this run. Tour dates are listed below:

8/25 - Gainesville, FL @ 1982 Bar
8/26 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbit’s
8/27 - Atlanta, GA @ Swayze’s
8/28 - Pensacola, FL @ Handlebar
8/29 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
8/20 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth

Formed in 2007, Stages & Stereos released several dynamic EP’s but it wasn’t until the band decided to go on hiatus while bassist Ian Edge enlisted in the U.S. Army as a combat medic that things began to change. In early 2011, Ian was critically wounded by an I.E.D (improvised explosive device) losing his right leg at knee level. Once Ian returned home, the talk of Stages & Stereos quickly became a topic of conversation. It took the band a year to adjust the line up and hit the studio in 2012, record and release Anchorless, and tour with Go Radio and Paradise Fears. Fast forward several months and Stages & Stereos are back at it with a new single, new album, and all around new attitude as a band.

“Small Town Favorites” is an anthemic tune off the band’s forthcoming EP also titled Small Town Favorites produced by Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount due out September 24, 2013. The track is about being from a small town, living out your dreams, and making something for yourself. Lead Vocalist, Daniel Lancaster captures this in the song by shouting,  “To hell with it, I’m aware of everything I’ve done, I’m not done.” “Small Town Favorites” is now available on itunes.

Don’t forget to check out the band on a slew of shows coming up for the remainder of the year. All tour dates listed below:

8/25 - Gainesville, FL @ 1982 Bar (Truth or Consequences Tour)
8/26 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbit’s (Truth or Consequences Tour)
8/27 - Atlanta, GA @ Swayze’s (Truth or Consequences Tour)
8/28 - Pensacola, FL @ Handlebar (Truth or Consequences Tour)
8/29 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum (Truth or Consequences Tour)
8/20 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth (Truth or Consequences Tour)
9/13 - Tampa, FL @ Orpheum (Set It Off, Hometown Show)
9/21 - Tallahassee, FL (CD Release show, TBA)
9/28 - Atlanta, FL @ Velvet Underground/Hard Rock (Driven Music Conference)
10/11 Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/12 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/13 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/15 Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/16 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/17 New York City, NY @ Best Buy Theatre (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/18 Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/19 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/20 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/22 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/23 Boston, MA @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/24 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/26 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/27 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/29 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/30 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/31 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/1 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/2 Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/4 Denver, CO @ The Summit (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/5 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/7 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/8 Vancouver, BC @ The Rio (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/9 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/11 San Francisco @ Slims (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/12 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/13 Los Angeles @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/14 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/15 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/16 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock on The Strip (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/17 Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/19 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/20 Houston, TX @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/21 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/26 Tallahassee, FL @ Sidebar Theatre (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/27 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/29 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/30 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution (Glamour Kills Tour)

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Monday, August 19, 2013


August 19, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Pennsylvania indie-alternative rock band Balance and Composure has announced plans to tour with Coheed and Cambria this fall in support of the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, The Things We Think We’re Missing, which is due on September 10th via No Sleep Records.  The tour, which follows their September/October tour with Title Fight, will kick off in Sayreville, NJ on October 16th and wrap up in Atlantic City, NJ onNovember 9th
Balance and Composure recently premiered two new songs, “Reflection” and “Tiny Raindrop,” from their highly anticipated new album, The Things We Think We’re Missing, which garnered thousands of streams, critical praise and mass fanfare.  Produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Man Overboard, Circa Survive), mixed by Brad Wood (Sunny Day Real Estate, Smashing Pumpkins) and mastered by Emily Lazar (Foo Fighters, Against Me!), The Things We Think We’re Missing is the band’s second full-length album and follow-up to 2011’s heralded debut Separation.
Additionally, Balance and Composure has teamed up with and Fender to give fans a chance to win a Fender Jazzmaster HH and merch pack, including a watch, t-shirt, LP & CD and poster.  Enter the contest now at
The Things We Think We’re Missing is available for pre-order now at iTunes and at
Catch Balance and Composure on tour this fall and follow them now at for news and updates regarding The Things We Think We’re Missing.
Balance and Composure Tour Dates:
Sept 12 - Baltimore, MD - Otto Bar (w/Title Fight)
Sept 13 - Virginia Beach, VA - The Jewish Mother (w/Title Fight)
Sept 14 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade (w/Title Fight)
Sept 15 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade (w/Title Fight)
Sept 16 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth (w/Title Fight)
Sept 18 - Jacksonville, FL - Roc Bar (w/Title Fight)
Sept 20 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds (w/Title Fight)
Sept 21 - Dallas, TX - The Door (w/Title Fight)
Sept 23 - Mesa, AZ - Nile Theater (w/Title Fight)
Sept 24 - San Diego, CA - The Epicenter (w/Title Fight)
Sept 26 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House (w/Title Fight)
Sept 27 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst Atrium (w/Title Fight)
Sept 28 - Berkeley, CA - 924 Gilman (w/Title Fight)
Sept 30 - Salt Lake City, UT - Club Sound (w/Title Fight)
Oct 1 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater (w/Title Fight)
Oct 2 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada (w/Title Fight)
Oct 3 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird (w/Title Fight)
Oct 4 - Chicago, IL - Metro (w/Title Fight)
Oct 5 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick (w/Title Fight)
Oct 6 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom (w/Title Fight)
Oct 8 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club (w/Title Fight)
Oct 9 - Montreal, QC - La Tulipe (w/Title Fight)
Oct 10 - Boston, MA - Royale Nightclub (w/Title Fight)
Oct 11 - New London, TC - The El ‘N’ Gee Club (w/Title Fight)
Oct 12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer (w/Title Fight)
Oct 13 - Patchogue, NY - 89 North (w/Title Fight)
Oct 16 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom (w/Coheed and Cambria)
Oct 18 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel (w/Coheed and Cambria)
Oct 20 - Stroudsburg, PA - The Sherman Theater (w/Coheed and Cambria)
Oct 21 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live (w/Coheed and Cambria)
Oct 22 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount (w/Coheed and Cambria)
Oct 25 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave (w/Coheed and Cambria)
Oct 26 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Orbit Room (w/Coheed and Cambria)
Oct 27 - Columbus, OH - The LC Indoor Pavillion (w/Coheed and Cambria)
Oct 29 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall (w/Coheed and Cambria)
Oct 30 - Little Rock, AR - Revolution! Music Room (w/Coheed and Cambria)
Oct 31 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom (w/Coheed and Cambria)
Nov 2 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit (w/Coheed and Cambria)
Nov 4 - Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen (w/Coheed and Cambria)
Nov 5 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre (w/Coheed and Cambria)
Nov 6 - Jackson, MS - Hal & Mal’s (w/Coheed and Cambria)
Nov 8 - Richmond, VA - The National (w/Coheed and Cambria)
Nov 9 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues (w/Coheed and Cambria)

Sunday, August 18, 2013


August 16, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Former bassist for Against Me!, Andrew Seward, has revealed his new band,Human Parts, and plans to release their debut self-titled album on September 10th.  In anticipation for the release and upcoming performance at The Fest in Gainesville, FL, Human Parts has premiered a new video for their first song, “The Rumble,” today.
Watch Human Parts new video for “The Rumble” at
For the last several years Seward wrote music when he wasn’t crisscrossing the country with Against Me!  This music was for him and reflected on his experiences in life and as a father.  He had no intention of releasing any of the songs until his departure from the band allowed him to focus on the project full time.  Now at his most creative place in years, Seward is finally ready to introduce his fans to Human Parts.
Human Parts, which along with Seward consists of vocalist/wife Verite Seward, vocalist Kim Helm, guitarist Dave Kotinsley) and Andy “Pants” Schwich, began to evolve organically after Seward enlisted the help of his wife, daughter, nephew, friends and various other people from the Gainesville music community.  Recording when he could, where he could and with whom he could, he managed to craft an endearing, personal collection of songs that give a glimpse into his life.
The record manages to reference punk's past and present while effortlessly implementing elements from other genres the same way the Dead Kennedys did with surf guitar or Subhumans did with progressive rock. "This whole process has been about not over thinking and just having fun with it," Andrew says of his approach to the music. "It was completely liberating and it wasn't scary at all because there wasn't time for it to be scary. I just really wanted to get these songs out.”
From the Spaghetti Western-inspired singalong "I Work On Not Working" to the expansively arranged "Best Foot Forward,"Human Parts manages to showcase the various sides of Andrew's musical identity without relying on writing the same song over and over. Another perfect example of this is the harmony-rich anthem "Call 'Em Off" which evokes classic acts such as The Clash without coming off as forced or inauthentic, right down to the deceptively simple single-string guitar solo.
Lyrically Human Parts focus on everything from the way the Sewards' dog reacts to a Thunderstorm ("The Rumble") to how difficult it is to give new music a fair shake when adult responsibilities begin to take over ("First Impressions"). In fact, one of the standout tracks is Andrew's bass-driven duet with Helm "Hi, Nice To Meet You" about the perils of celebrity culture. "Basically idolizing any public figure like a rockstar or movie star isn't the smartest of moves if you ask me," he explains of the track. "It's about hero worship and getting creepy with it."
Ultimately Human Parts is about Seward's experiences as a father, friend and former band member but none of these songs are about outside influences as much as they're a glimpse into Andrew's own thought processes, which includes the positives as well as the insecurities. "I've been gone for a decade and I love being home but I've also been playing in bands since I was 14 so I don't know how notto do this," Andrew summarizes when asked what the future holds for Human Parts. "Me and my wife talk all the time about the fact that we want our kid to see that neither of us were ever afraid to do anything and this band embodies that commitment."
Human Parts Track List:
1. First Impressions
2. I Work On Not Working
3. Now We Wake Up
4. The Rumble
5. Best Foot Forward
6. Call 'em Off
7. The Future Path In The Hasrsh Bright Light
8. Hi Nice To Meet You
9. Cliff and Eli
10. Tributary
11. Forget Delay
Human Parts Tour Dates:
Nov 1-3 - Gainesville, FL - The Fest
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