Blink-182 and Lil Wayne Co-Headlinging North American Tour

Blink-182 and Lil Wayne have just announced a co-headlining Summer arena tour across North America. The tour kicks off June 27th in Columbus, OH and stretches through September18th in Camden, NJ. Welsh pop-punk group Neck Deep will be in direct support throughout the tour.

Blink-182 and Lil Wayne North American Tour:
06-27 Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
06-29 Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre
06-30 Atlantic City, NJ – Vans Warped Tour ^
07-01 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
07-03 Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
07-05 Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
07-06 Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
07-07 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage ^
07-09 Holmdel, NJ – P.N.C. Bank Arts Center ^
07-10 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
07-11 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
07-13 Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
07-16 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
07-17 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheatre
07-20 Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
07-21 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
07-23 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
07-25 West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
07-26 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
07-27 Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
07-29 Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
07-31 Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08-01 Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
08-02 Dallas, TX – The Dos Equis Pavilion
08-04 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center ^
08-05 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
08-07 San Diego, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
08-08 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
08-27 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
08-30 Portland, OR – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
08-31 Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheatre
09-02 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
09-04 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
09-06 Wichita, KS – Hartman Arena ^
09-07 Council Bluffs, IA – Stir Cove ^
09-08 Kansas City, MO – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
09-10 Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
09-13 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest ^
09-14 St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
09-16 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
^ Blink-182 only

Exclusive: Mike Herrera Interview

A few years prior, I was scheduled to speak to Mike Herrera when the MxPx All Stars tour came to Allentown’s Crocodile Rock Cafe.  The problem was, a huge snowstorm prevented the show from happening and I was left out in the cold, so to speak.

Cut to about 2 ½ years later at Warped Tour.

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After having the pleasure of seeing Mr. Herrera performing a solo set at the acoustic tent, I was lucky enough to sit down with him and ask many of the questions I had previously intended to ask.  Fortunately, there have been some other new developments in the world of MxPx, including an acoustic collection being released along with a disc full of demos.  We also got into a few other details such as the current touring lineup of MxPx, recording and Mike’s podcast.

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It was nice to be able to get closure on a previously lost chance at conducting an interview and an all around pleasure to talk to the mastermind of a band I have been a huge fan of for quite some time.

 

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Here’s to another 22 years of MxPx!

EXCLUSIVE: Tigers Jaw Interview

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Tigers Jaw - CharmerMonday June 16th was the record release show for Charmer the newest offering from Scranton, PA’s own Tigers Jaw.  It was held at Union Transfer in Philadelphia.

The evening started off energetically enough with Loose Planes, from Michigan which features members of Fireworks and Make Do and Mend.

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Next up was Petal, the brianchild of singer/guitarist Kiley Lotz.  Interestingly enough, Brianna and Ben, from the headliners, pulled double-duty and filled in on bass and drums respectively for this set.

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Pity Sex followed them and the crowd really started to get worked up by this point.  Some stage-diving began and there was generous movement to be found in front of the stage.  The band ran through songs from last year’s album ‘Feast of Love’ with some highlights being ‘Honey Pot’ and their hit single ‘Wind-Up.’  They also modestly declared the night to be the biggest show they had ever played.

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Finally, we arrived at the band of the night, Tigers Jaw.  The last remaining core members, Brianna Collins and Ben Walsh, took the stage joined by Luke Schwartz (Loose Plane, Make Do and Mend) on bass, Jake Woodruff (Defeater, Dream Tigers) on guitar, and Elliot Babin (Touche Amore) propelling things ahead at breakneck speed on drums.  Despite only have a week to rehearse and prepare, the band  never sounded tighter.  The audience, which had been becoming steadily more riled up and excitable began to climb on stage and dive off like their lives depended on it.  All of this mayhem made one grateful for the balconies that the venue offered, not only for the safety, but also the excellent view.

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With the departure of co-vocalist/co-guitarist Adam McIlwee, Ben has taken command of all of the ‘male’ vocals and his smooth delivery adds an air of consistency.  This also makes Brianna’s vocals more of a priority, something we heard on the new song ‘Hum’ and that also became more evident in the live setting.  It will be intriguing to hear how this develops in future releases.

After the show, Henry and I were lucky enough to get a chance to talk to Brianna and Ben about a variety of topics including ‘Charmer’, adjusting to the next chapter of their band and some real-life stuff came up.  Yeah, we went there.

All in all, it was a wildly successful record release show, for us in the media, for the fans in attendance and, most importantly, for the band as they loudly and proudly announced the fact that Tigers Jaw has a lot more left to give.

Exclusive: Candy Hearts Interview

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We met up with Mariel Loveland of Candy Hearts at Planet Trog on first date of their Memorial Day weekend tour and picked her brain on the band’s first US tour, working with Chad Gilbert and Paul Miner on their upcoming full length All The Ways You Let Me Down (Bridge 9/Violently Happy) due out June 10th, their tour van (previously owned by a member of 80’s hair metal band Stryper) and their upcoming UK tour in the Fall with New Found Glory. Enjoy!

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Exclusive: Lemuria Interview 2.0

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Last week, Muhlenberg College’s WMUH 91.7 FM hosted a free concert open to the public featuring Lemuria Jeff Rosenstock (of Bomb the Music Industry!).

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Jeff put on a solo acoustic set featuring songs off of his I Look Like Shit album which he explained as:

“A handful of them were demos for a Bomb the Music Industry! EP called I Always Dread the End of Summer, but shit got busy and that didn’t end up happening. And then a bunch of them was for a slower record I was working on called I’m Serious, I’m Sorry, but it wasn’t really coming together terribly fast and who the hell knows if that’ll ever happen. However, I do know that if leave a bunch of food on your kitchen counter for too long, that shit is gonna get moldy, start attracting flies and smell like shit. So instead of having these jams just sit around doing nothing, here they all are along with some more new songs and some covers in full noisy drum machine shitty vocals glory.”

(Free download here. Trust me, it’s worth it!!)

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Prior to the performances, we caught up with SheenaAlex & Max of Lemuria. The last time we talked to them, they were opening for Against Me! on the White Crosses tour so it was nice to catch up on what’s happened in the last 3yrs.

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Also, don’t miss Lemuria on tour this Summer with The Menzingers, PUP and Cayetana. Click here for the details.

You can listen to the interview we did with the band below.

Man Overboard Acoustic In-Store Performance

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With a crowd-roaring presence at last year’s Warped Tour, tons of SOLD OUT shows wherever they go and their “Defend Pop-Punk!” shirts adorned across every chest, New Jersey’s Man Overboard, have been making quite a name for themselves these last few years. Promoting their third full-length Heart Attack, Man Overboard is doing a string of acoustic in-store sets before heading off on another stint on this year’s Warped Tour. The first stop of these in-stores was at Siren Records in Doylestown. Even with an ‘invite only’ rule (you can get in with a purchase of Heart Attack and receipt from the respective store), Siren Records was jam packed full of anxious fans awaiting to hear these guys. Some looked like they’ve never even been inside of a record store (with actual RECORDS!!)

Opening the night off was a performance by Jon Simmons of Balance and Composure doing acoustic renditions of B&C songs as well as some unheard of songs from his personal library.

Album Review: New Found Glory – ‘Radiosurgery’

Over the years, New Found Glory has become a household name for those who are into the pop-punk scene. Whether you’ve been listening to them from their days in Florida (circa 1997) or just discovering them, their new album Radiosurgery will have both long time fans and newbies alike shaking their moneymakers on the dance floor.

Throughout the years, many changes have been seen in the punk genre. While most musicians find it necessary to create the next new craze to stay current amongst changing trends, NFG has made it clear, they have no agenda and could care less about the changing fads. Their songs are about real situations and relationships, and that’s what makes them respectable. The worse the situation or relationship, the more aggressive the songs became. It showed with their previous release Not Without a Fight. That album brought back the gang styled vocals and hardcore edge that was missing in their most controversial release Coming Home. It showed the band, despite being off a label for a few years, wasn’t going to give up. At least, not without a fight.

For their seventh studio album, Radiosurgery, which was released on Epitaph Records, the band called on their long-term record producer Neal Avron to help forge it. The band’s inspiration for the album was their classic punk rock roots. The title track, and first single, Radiosurgery was inspired by real life tragedy that happened to some of the band members. Although the gritty guitar riffs are catchy as hell, the lyrics tell a story of anxiety, and an honest concern for the girl that the song is about. “Memories and Battle Scars” will most likely be named as their second single. It’s a song chock full of heart felt lyrics, smooth bass lines, and a kick ass pop-punk breakdown that only NFG can deliver.

In the end, this album delivers on the kind of music that NFG fans have come to love. Most musicians would probably kill to have the kind of success that NFG has had, and Radiosurgery will be another notch on their so-called “bedpost” of hit records. It should be said that when it comes to pop-punk, only a few bands stand tall, and walk hard. New Found Glory is definitely one of those bands.

-Chris Meyers-

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Chris Meyers – When Chris Meyers isn’t helping out with writing and conducting interviews with bands, he can be found refusing to giving up his seat to little old ladies on the bus because he’s a jerk. Sometimes.

Album Review: Blink-182 – ‘Neighborhoods’

Blink-182 has been a constant source of inspiration for pop-punk bands since the mid 90’s, and with over 27 million records sold who wouldn’t want to imitate that formula.  Their new album, Neighborhoods brings a familiar sound, but not necessarily the ‘Blink-182’ sound that long time listeners were looking forward to.

Their self titled album, which came out in 2003, showed an experimental side to the band. Lifestyle changes inspired the release, and marked the departure of their old punk sound.  With Neighborhoods, their inspiration came from their side projects.  Angels And Airwaves-style echoes, delays, and feel good rhythms prevail for most of the new release.

Two songs stand out amongst the 14 tracks on the deluxe version of the album.  “Ghost on the Dance Floor” features a long intro in the style of Angels and Airwaves.  An addictive guitar riff and a ghostly synth sets the mood right off the bat.  Again, not reminiscent of Blink-182, but nonetheless still hooks the listener in.  Then “Hearts All Gone” brings back the fast-paced punk style that more closely sounds like the Blink-182 of long ago.  Mark Hoppus does the lead vocals for the song, and it resembles more of his side project +44.  The “Hearts All Gone Interlude” plays as a smooth transition that leads in to the rest of the song.

All in all, the album tends to lean more towards a tribute to life without Blink-182 and all that the band has been up to since then.  Neighborhoods as a whole, feels to be more like a gimmick for the band. A “Hey we’re back, but we’re not gonna play what you wanted to hear” type of gimmick.  Yes Blink-182 is back, but it ended up being an old name to house their side project styles under.  If this were an Angels And Airwaves, a Boxcar Racer, or a +44 album, it would make sense.  This may have just been a way to consolidate all of their fans into one giant melting pot.  Whether that was their plan or not doesn’t change the overall effect of the album.

-Chris Meyers-

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Chris Meyers – When Chris Meyers isn’t helping out with writing and conducting interviews with bands, he can be found refusing to giving up his seat to little old ladies on the bus because he’s a jerk. Sometimes.

Album Review: Alkaline Trio ‘Damnesia’

Damnesia is album number eight for everyone’s favorite battery-powered punk band, the Alkaline Trio. Loaded with acoustic versions of some of their most well known and beloved songs along with two new ones, “Olde English 800” and “I Remember a Rooftop”, the collection also includes a cover of the Violent Femmes’ “I Held Her in My Arms.”

The new take on old songs definitely gave a fresh feel and mood to some of their classics. ‘This Could Be Love” and the piano-led ‘The American Scream” has been transformed into dark and moody ballads, while others like “Mercy Me” just feels like straight-forward acoustic interpretations.

Though this could be considered an acoustic “Greatest Hits” it just feels like it was an unnecessary stop-gap release. The few songs that have been completely re-imagined also happen to be the best ones on here. I had only wished that they didn’t play it safe so much and took more chances experimenting with their sound.

Trio fanatics will welcome this into their collections and might get a few spins out of it, but it’s not really worth it for anyone else.

-Henry Chung-

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Henry Chung – When Henry’s not busy updating this page and speaking in third person, he’s busy shooting and editing pictures from concerts and designing logos for bands.