The Weekend Classic Are About To Become Your New Favorite Band

I’ve always found that the best listening experience anyone can hope to stumble across is an instance where material that you never expected to impress you ends up knocking you on your ass. The track plays, your jaw slowly comes unhinged, and by the time it ends you’re too busy eating your own words to try and defend lack of enthusiasm up front. It’s rare, which is all the more reason to tell everyone you know whenever artists are able to have that kind of affect on your life.

Hailing from Indiana with a sound that blends together the best …


Faith No More, Soundgarden and Slipknot to Headline Soundwave 2015

Australia’s heavy music festival monolith, Soundwave, has made a mammoth lineup announcement for 2015 with Faith No More, Soundgarden, Slipknot, Incubus, Marilyn Manson and several other renowned acts leading arguably the festival’s strongest billing yet.

Expanding to a two-day format for the first time in 2015, Soundwave will take place in four cities across two weekends, with every act playing in each city on an alternating schedule that organizers have simply labelled ‘Day One’ and ‘Day Two.’

The first of what festival organizer AJ Maddah promises will be many lineup announcements for the 2015 festival was made on Wednesday …


Life Is Short In Fireworks’ New Video For “Bed Sores”

Fireworks are no strangers to portraying a great story, visually, in roughly three minutes, which they’ve done yet again with their newest visual offering for Oh, Common Life cut, “Bedsores.”

A.V. Club recently premiered the Max Moore Films production which follows the life of our protagonist from childhood as he grows up through his typical reckless teenage years to become an older gentleman in the blink of an eye — something he surely realizes and is winded by as the last frame comes to a close. On one hand, it’s a beautiful journey. But on the other, there’s a terrifying …

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Fireworks Release Acoustic EP, Announce Summer Tour

Fireworks have released Oh, Common Life – Sessions, an acoustic EP now available for purchase through Triple Crown Records’ Bandcamp. They also announced they’ll be heading out on a short tour this July with support from Young Statues and Better Off.

All proceeds from the EP’s sale will go to Alternatives For Girls. The Detroit organization helps “homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation” by providing support and other resources.

Head after the jump to stream the EP and check out the tour poster. The tour runs from July 11 through …

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Fireworks Stream B-Side From ‘Oh, Common Life’

Michigan’s resident pop punk heroes Fireworks released their third album, Oh, Common Life last week, and it has been a big hit here at UTG and elsewhere. For fans who followed the album’s marketing campaign, however, something seemed to be missing from the album. The haunting song that appeared in an early teaser video did not make the final tracklist, but it did surface on a bonus EP sold along with Oh, Common Life at select independent record stores. Today, the band made the song, titled “Oh, Common Life,” available online, and you can stream it after the break.

The …

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MUSIC VIDEO: Fireworks – “Glowing Crosses”

Fireworks‘ latest album, Oh, Common Life, hit stores yesterday. Now we’ve got the first music video for the release.

The video is for the track “Glowing Crosses” and features shots of the band performing live. You can head after the jump to check it out.

If you’re on the fence about checking out this release, head over to read our review of the record. Spoiler alert: We think it’s great. You can purchase a copy now through iTunes or through the Triple Crown Records store.…


REVIEW: Fireworks – ‘Oh, Common Life’

Artist: Fireworks
Album: Oh, Common Life
Label: Triple Crown

There have been few musical evolutions more exciting to witness in recent years than that of Michigan pop rock outfit Fireworks. Over the course of two radically different full length albums and numerous EPs the band, which originally began as a pop punk project, has transformed from boys to men, and in doing so grew to have new outlooks on existence. The angst that drove their early material slowly began to take a backseat to a mix of hindsight and personal reflection on their Sophomore album that carved a niche all …

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STREAM: Fireworks – ‘Oh, Common Life’

With their 2011 full-length, Gospel, Fireworks cemented themselves as one of the most exciting bands in pop punk, and anticipation for the follow-up has been building steadily ever since. The Michigan group’s third album, Oh, Common Life, was UTG’s most anticipated release of the year, and the wait is finally over. You can stream the record right now over at Red Bull Music.

Fireworks are currently out on the road with The Wonder Years, Real Friends, Citizen, and Modern Baseball. I caught two of the shows last week, so I can say firsthand that this isn’t a …

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Fireworks Stream New Song, “Flies On Tape”

Three long weeks still stand between today and the release of Fireworks‘ third album, Oh, Common Life, but hopefully a new song from the Michigan band will make that wait a little easier. “Flies On Tape,” the second song released from the album, is streaming now over at Stereogum. Like the previously released “Glowing Crosses,” this track is a natural extension of the sound Fireworks carved out on their previous two albums, with catchy guitar leads and a subtle keyboard part intertwining with frontman Dave Mackinder’s distinct voice.

Starting tomorrow, Fireworks will be hitting the road with …

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WEEKLY WAX: Vinyl Releases For The Week Of 2/16-2/22

I don’t know what you’ve been listening to this week, but on the rare occasions when I wasn’t playing The Hotelier‘s excellent new album, I was alternating between the new Menzingers single and “I Wanna Get Better,” the first song from Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff’s new project, Bleachers. Conveniently (or not, if you ask my wallet), all three of those artists launched pre-orders for new material this week, and they weren’t alone. The last seven days also saw pre-orders for Oh, Common Life, the third album from Michigan pop punk band Fireworks and probably the most …

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STREAM: Fireworks – “Glowing Crosses”

Oh, how sweet the sound of Fireworks playing on my laptop speakers.

Today we hear the first song from the pop-punk princes’ upcoming record Oh, Common Life, which is out on March 25, 2014 via Triple Crown Records.

To me, it sounds like the band is experimenting with more straightforward pop songwriting. Still, the nostalgic Fireworks charm is there. “Glowing Crosses” provides a nice introduction to one of my most anticipated records this year.

Listen to “Glowing Crosses” below.…

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Fireworks Announce New Album ‘Oh, Common Life’

UTG’s most anticipated album of 2014 has officially been announced.

Fireworks, the five-piece band from Detroit, MI are thrilled to announce their upcoming album Oh, Common Life will be available March 25 via Triple Crown Records. The band reunited with Brian McTernan, (Circa Survive, Thrice, Balance and Composure) the man who drove the ship on their critically acclaimed previous release Gospel, for production on Oh, Common Life in September and October of 2013. What emerged were 11 songs that make up what is already being called Fireworks’ most personal album to date.

“This is a record of self-realization. …