On Saturday February 6th, 2016 the guys from Mariana’s Trench came to the city with a crazy surprise. Not only were they playing in a reconverted church venue called Mr. Smalls, but the show actually SOLD OUT the evening prior.
For the first time coming to Pittsburgh, PA, Mariana’s Trench was definitely given a warm welcome.
And it didn’t stop there.
Fans flooded in early to VIP passes, to meet the band have a photo session. Then the real fun began when the General Admission was admitted, as the crowd grew to emass the venue.
Mainland, a band hailing from Queens, New York opened up the show at 8:00pm sharp to a sea of people in the sold out crowd. With an old school classic punk vibe, dancing and frontman Jordan Topf‘s unique vocals they pleased the crowd and gained some fans throughout their set. Songs such as “Outcast” showcase the band’s unique California punk sounds as well as their alternative roots, while “Not
As Cool As Me” has more of the New York grit and punk sound one would expect from the band. The combination of both unique sounds makes the band definitely one to watch in the future, and I was fortunate enough to see them live and have a great time.
The one downside of Mainland’s set was the set time… as the band only got to play for 30 minutes before packing up the stage to set up for Mariana’s Trench to come on at 9:00pm.
Mariana’s Trench opened up their set with the title track to their 2015 album, “Astoria”, getting the crowd involved the moment they walked on stage. With funny banter between songs, Josh Ramsay definitely made an impression on the crowd in Pittsburgh (there was a long conversation about the frontman’s infamously tight and low pants which was hilarious) and the crowd embraced these Vancouver natives with open arms. With much of the set being off the the newest album Astoria, some older favorites like “Fallout”, “Celebrity Status”, “Desperate Measures” and “Haven’t Had Enough” all made an appearance into the set, as well as many more.
Closing out the set with the phenomenal “End of an Era” was something dreams are made of, and the brillance of Mariana’s Trench harmonies. It was something I know I will never forget and the rest of the crowd that day in Pittsburgh would cherish forever.
After the show, the band even met fans outside, and defintely made their first time to Pittsburgh a memorable event for everyone involved, and Ramsay even said it himself, “We hope to be back very soon. This was incredible.”
It was something memorable to help close out the USA part of the tour before the band headed home to continue the HEY YOU GUYS TOUR in the home country of Canada.
Our favorites Real Friends had a big announcement. From teasing these past few months over various Facebook posts and social media shenanigans, it was here.
Real Friends announced an entire tour yesterday, playing in small venues where each show would sell 150 tickets for just $5.
And this sold out entirely in less than 24 hours of being on sale.
It’s fantastic to see Real Friends doing a tour like this, as it is very reminiscent of The Maine’s tour for ‘American Candy’ which was completely Free over the summer of 2015. Either way, Real Friends have got it made, and this tour will still be amazing for those luckily enough to snag a ticket!
What do you think about this apporach to tours? Should more bands do cheap tours? Sound off in comments below!
Palaye Royale released their latest single Don’t feel Quite Right on iTunes today. This is the band’s first time releasing a single with a major record label. The band recently signed with Sumerian Records back in December. They will be touring with The White Noise, Get Scared, Chunck! No, Captain Chunck! and I See Stars during February and March for the Light In The Cave Tour!
Last month’s news was a big one for fellow pop punkers, especially those who miss the early 2000’s days were Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco were kings alike and toured many a times alongside band, The Academy Is…
As during their set at Riot Fest in Chicago on Saturday, September 12th, The Academy Is… played through the entirety of 2005 ‘Almost Here’ album to a huge crowd.
As the band released an official statement about playing Riot Fest together online before the show back in May ;
Hello old friends,
We are pleased to announce that we will be reuniting the band for a our first show in many years. In September, we will come together for Chicago’s RIOT FEST in Douglas Park to perform our beloved debut album “Almost Here” in its entirety. This is a 10 Year Anniversary Show! This is a Reunion Show! This is a Farewell Show! We are extremely excited to take a trip down memory lane — in the city that we call home.
See you soon!
Xo. The Academy Is…
No one expected what would come next.
As the biggest surprise of the night was the next announcement, as frontman William Beckett announced the band would embark on an ‘Almost Here’ 10th anniversary tour kicking off this December, going into early 2016.
The lineup for this reunion tour is William Beckett on vocals, Mike Carden on guitar, Adam Siska on bass and Andy “The Butcher” Mrotek on drums. No word on if Ian Crawford from Never Shout Never will continue to fill in for ‘Almost Here’s era guitarist, Tom Conrad, throughout the tour, as the original guitarist parted ways with the band back in 2006 and did not play Riot Fest alongside the band.
This tour marks the first time the band has toured exclusively since late frontman, William Beckett leaving the band to pursue a solo music career back in early 2011.
Let the hype commence! Relive all the nostalgia of 2005 over again with the ‘Almost Here’ tour and catch The Academy Is… on the dates below throughout December :
12/04/15 Lake Buena Vista, FL US House Of Blues 12/05/15 Atlanta, GA US Masquerade 12/06/15 Carrboro, NC US Cat’s Cradle 12/08/15 Norfolk, VA US Norva Theater 12/09/15 Washington, D.C. US 9:30 Club 12/10/15 Sayreville, NJ US Starland Ballroom 12/12/15 Philadelphia, PA US Trocadero Theatre 12/13/15 Boston, MA US House Of Blues 12/15/15 New York, NY US Best Buy Theater 12/17/15 Cleveland, OH US House Of Blues 12/18/15 Detroit, MI US St. Andrew’s Hall 12/19/15 Cincinnati, OH US Bogarts 12/20/15 Chicago, IL US House of Blues 12/22/15 Milwaukee, WI US The Rave 12/26/15 Santa Ana, CA US The Observatory 12/29/15 San Francisco, CA US The Regency Ballroom 12/30/15 San Diego, CA US The Observatory
Everyone seems to be looking to the the pop punk group from Albany, New York this fall, as State Champs prepare to release their next full length LP, Around The World And Back.
The quintet State Champs has been on the tip of everyone’s tongues this year, and for good reason—their brand of pop-punk is emotional, energetic and even the right amount of poppy. But the band has won over plenty of people due to their softer side, which is why the title track of their new album, Around The World And Back, a gorgeous acoustic duet with Jule Vera front woman, Ansley Newman.
Being an acoustic track, this song easily draws the listener in with the pairing of soft guitar and the voices from Derek DiScanio and Ansley Newman.
DiScanio even described the song as something ‘different’ for the band and something beautiful:
“‘Around The World And Back’ is a song about commitment issues and finding a way to overcome them, live in the moment and embrace every opportunity at hand. It’s the first duet song we’ve ever done, and we’re very excited about it. Ansley’s voice is incredible and it’s very refreshing to hear the first female voice featured on a State Champs track.”
Listen to the track “Around The World And Back” below and make sure the catch State Champs on TOUR this fall! –
State Champs’ Around The World And Back will be released October 16 via Pure Noise Records and can be pre-ordered here.
Crown the Empire had a HUGE year… from releasing sophomore album “The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways” and winning APMAS titles, the band was moving up and up.
Now, the Texas hardrock natives are back; with a previously unreleased song entitled “Prisoners of War”. This track will be featured on a deluxe reissue of “The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways”. The deluxe re-issue is slated for release on October 30th, 2015, including “Prisoners of War“, an additional brand new track titled “Cross Our Bones“, an alternate version of “Machines” and an acoustic version of “Millenia“.
“Prisoners of War” packs a punch with heavy guitar and drums, as well as showcasing the unique vocals of the duo vocalists, Andy Leo and Dave Escamilla.
Watch “Prisoners of War” below :
Catch Crown The Empire currently on their Fall 2015 tour with Hollywood Undead and I Prevail ~ TICKETS AND DATES!
Ex- My Chemical Romance guitarist, Frank Iero has announced a fall headlining tour kicking off with a few shows in late September and tours in November with his band FrnkIero and the Cellabration.
Most recently, the band teamed up with Lonely The Brave for a split seven-inch. The effort, which was released in August, features two tracks from each artist—including a previously unreleased Cellabration song.
The tour will span throughout November to early December, with various dates spanning over the U.S.
Check out dates below ~
9/18 -Baltimore, MD @ Power Plant Live
9/19- Philidelphia, PA @ Xfinity Live
11/1- Boston, MA @ Cuisine En Locale.
11/2 Hamden, CT @ The Space.
11/4- Greensboro, NC @ The Blind Tiger.
11/5- Atlanta, GA @ The Loft,
11/6- Jacksonville, FL @ Jackrabbits.
11/7- Gainesville, FL @ High Dive.
11/8- Orlando, FL @ The Social.
11/11- New Orleans, LA @ The Parish at HOB.
11/12- Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown.
11/13- Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey.
11/14- Austin, TX @ Stubbs Jr.
11/16- Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto.
11/17- San Diego, CA @ Voodoo Room at HOB.
11/18- Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom.
11/19- Pomona, CA @ The Glass House.
11/20- Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s.
11/21- San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Company.
11/22- San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s.
11/25 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall.
11/27- Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre.
11/28- Columbia, MO @ Rose Music Hall.
11/29- Chicago, IL @ The Metro.
11/30- Pontiac, MI @ Crowfoot.
12/1- Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop.
Pop punkers rejoice, as Mayday Parade headline the AP Tour in the Fall of 2015 with some very special guests.
Dates for the AP tour were announced shortly after the bands were chosen for the tour hosted by Hot Topic. VIP tickets officially went on sale on July 24th, at midnight…while tickets to the public were available a few days later on July 31st.
31 dates span across North America in various cities throughout the months of October and November of 2015. Real Friends unfortunately will not be performing at all shows throughout the tour (dates marked with an asterisk (*) RF not performing), but otherwise, the lineup looks incredible. Mayday Parade are also planning a new album release, entitled Black Lines, on October 9th, 2015…so this tour is in perfect timing for some new songs to be played to the masses.
Check out the tour dates here ~
10/14 House of Blues – Boston, MA 10/15 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA* 10/16 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ* 10/18 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD 10/20 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY 10/21 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY 10/22 Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON 10/23 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH 10/24 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA 10/25 The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI* 10/29 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN 10/30 Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA 10/31 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS 11/1 Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK 11/3 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO 11/4 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT 11/5 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID 11/7 Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA 11/8 Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR 11/10 Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA 11/12 House of Blues – Anaheim, CA 11/13 SOMA – San Diego, CA 11/14 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ 11/15 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV 11/17 The Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX 11/18 House of Blues – Houston, TX* 11/20 House of Blues – Dallas, TX 11/21 Emo’s – Austin, TX 11/22 House of Blues – New Orleans, LA 11/24 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA* 11/25 House of Blues – Orlando, FL*