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Wow… impressively raw but retro…This is one of those nuggets I’m always talking about…
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Not only has Canadian East-Coast pop-rockers Paper Lions found great success in garnering the attention of major print and online publications across North America, this energetic four-piece has also toured with North America’s top heavy hitters such as CAKE, Electric Six, The Rheostatics, Joel Plaskett, The Golden Dogs, and Hey Rosetta!
Here are some bands they have been listening to. Maybe you should too! Read more
School of Seven Bells is getting ready to release their sophomore album, Disconnect from Desire (July 13 street date). Their first album was critically acclaimed. We caught up with main main and former Secret Machine member, Benjamin Curtis to find out some of his favorite obscure bands. Read more
While not quite as strong as their last album, The Gaslight Anthem have provided a premium listen with their new album American Slang. Here is the first video and single from the album, the title track. Enjoy!
Augusta, GA’s Dead Confederate are heading out on a tour this summer taking the great sounds on the road with Deer Tick and Surfer Blood. Should be some great shows. Here are some artist recommendations from singer/guitarist Hardy Morris and bassist Brantley Senn.
The Dallas Observer is reporting the grand ole Ridglea Theater in Fort Worth, TX is being targeted for the newest Bank Of America site. DFW.com reports Hank Williams III‘s feelings on this idea.
“Fort Worth has enough banks to last a lifetime, but good music venues are hard to come by. The Ridglea has always had a great energy about it that makes for historic shows. Once you walk in that place, it feels like music and art — not a place for crooked bankers!”
According to the Ridglea website…
However, the City of Fort Worth has requested that IF FOLKS DO NOT LIKE THE PROPOSED ZONING CHANGE, THEY SHOULD LET CITY COUNCILMAN W.B. “ZIM” ZIMMERMAN (District3@fortworthgov.org) AND THE FORT WORTH CITY COUNCIL KNOW IMMEDIATELY!
As a reporter, this is truly one of the most unique and paridisal. To only walk into the main concert area is overwhelming enough that you simply need a few minutes to gather in the spirit. Then you may be ready to walk around a bit and enjoy a show. “Go-Go” Indie Community, keep this from occurring.
How difficult do you think it would be to sell out a concert on a Monday night? Well not hard at all if your band is Passion Pit or Tokyo Police Club! That’s what myself and a couple thousand of other sweaty fans found out recently as the two bands on tour stopped off in Dallas. The former Gilley’s venue now called the Palladium managed to squeeze in about 1500-2000 people on what was the first official day of summer.
The first to take the large stage was a 3 piece electric pop outfit from New York called Brahms (http://www.brahmsband.com/). This was their very first tour, and probably one of the largest shows this size. A record is due out soon, and they played about half an hour’s worth of dance rock from it. Internet buzz is that the Depeche Mode-esque sounding group are actively working hard and earning a name in NYC, and also performed at SWSX. Rumor is they cover Neon Indian also. As any good opening band, they helped to distract everyone from what was actually on every one’s mind: the heat.
One of the greatest surprises of the night, besides the enormous mass of people and suffocating heat, was how many in the crowd that didn’t know who the hell Tokyo Police Club was. But they found out really fast! Kicking off a great set list with many songs from their new record, they quickly won the crowd over. Their act began with “Favorite Food”, just like the record Champ also. The audience responded energetically to other new songs like “Favorite Color”, “Never Be Gentleman”, “Breakneck Speed”, “Wait Up (Boots of Danger)”, “End Of A Spark”. Of course everyone came alive and responded to past faves like “Your English Is Good”. The young Canadians sounded polished, dynamic, and refreshed. Most of their songs are fast paced and smooth, as was this gig. Hope we can all look forward to getting more from the band in the years to come.
Even though it seemed like time stood still and would never be taken off pause, Passion Pit finally made their way to the stage. They are definitely a band that must be experienced live and not just heard on CD or mp3. Unlike some others trying to ride the trendy electronic wave, they understand how critical it is to translate into a live encounter. The venue seemed to be covered in pure emotion as they began by playing “I’ve Got Your Number”. This was followed by favorites like “Make Light”, “The Reeling”, “Moth’s Wings”, “Little Secrets”, and “Eyes As Candles”. Still touring on behalf of their 2009 release Manners, they saved two gems for the end of the night, both reserved for the encore performance. The first was a Cranberries cover of “Dreams”, which was at once both dreamy and ethereal (do yourself a favor and google this video now). And finally, the moment everyone had been desperate for since the night began: a song called “Sleepyhead”. And what a freaking finale it was! Those who stayed were rewarded by hearing their favorite song re-created live and they repaid their appreciation by dancing, jumping, and moving into a tornado like frenzy.
The best description of seeing Passion Pit live is like Apple’s description of the iPad: magical. Lead front man Michael Angelakos has matured in his ability to take charge and lead a performance since last time they had a show in Dallas a year before. This was my first chance to see them, so of course I’m only comparing you tube videos. On this night, the group lived up to their name by infusing each note and breath with passion and the results were nearly hypnotic. This was no mere accident either, it seems like their songs were written with an audience in mind. This in turn makes for a more interactive live experience–which is why so many are willing to buy a ticket in this economy. Very few, if anyone, left disappointed. These artists have the power to turn casual fans into crazy followers–I know, I’m one of them.
Finally, Automatic Loveletter’s debut album is complete and will see the light of day June 22. We caught up with front-woman Juliet Simms to find out some of her favorite indie acts. Read more
Music Emissions would like to welcome it’s newest staff members. Read more
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Equal Vision Records is pleased to welcome Mozart Season to its roster. With nearly five years of experience behind them, the Sacramento-based band has already built up an army of dedicated followers and has honed their signature sound ofheavy, dark melodies blended with aggressive instrumentations, thrashing vocals and a splash of pop-punk style choruses. Their debut EP with Equal Vision Records, Nightmares, will be released on July 20th. The album will be available exclusively through MerchNow, digital retailers, and the band.
Nate Richardson (vocals), Benton Christensen (guitar), Sam Trux (guitar), Troy Cooper (bass) and Luke Allen (drums), show maturity beyond their years as they collectively produce innovative melodic, post-hardcore music on Nightmares. The album was recorded at Fat Cat Studios with engineer Jay Trammell [Self Against City, Early States] in March.
Nightmares features three songs off of Mozart Season‘s previous album, Apotheosis EP, and three brand new songs showcasing their growth and development. Cooper describes the EP as the perfect mix of old and new, “…it gives listeners a chance to hear the range in our sound. There are some heavy songs, some jammy sing-alongs, the occasional breakdown and lots of catchy pop melodies over heavy, melodic guitars.”
Mozart Season will next embark on their biggest tour yet, sharing the stage with veterans Gwen Stacy and Lower Definition. Tour dates can be found below:
Jul 20 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Outer Rim
Jul 21 Cheyenne, WY @ The Atlas Theatre
Jul 22 Denver, CO @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
Jul 23 Wichita, KS @ Eagles Lodge
Jul 24 Tulsa, OK @ The Otherside Club
Jul 25 Memphis, TN @ The Abbey
Jul 26 Dallas, TX @ Fat Daddys Sound Shack
Jul 27 Pearland, TX @ Badfish Bar & Grill
Jul 28 San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
Jul 29 El Paso, TX @ Life Church
Jul 30 Midland, TX @ The Pine Box
Jul 31 Mesa, AZ @ The Underground
Aug 1 Temecula, CA @ The Vault
Aug 2 Camarillo, CA @ Rock City Studios