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Riot Fest 2014

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: The 10 Must-See Acts At Riot Fest Chicago

Most decisions in life are hard. Where should I go to college? What should I eat for lunch? What career path should I take? How should I cut my hair? Do I like Dumbledore or Gandalf better? Deep dish or thin crust?

The most pressing question bothering us over the last week is which Riot Fest Chicago acts can we absolutely not miss. By absolutely, we mean getting there if it means passing up every other band on the bill — even if, by some miracle, the festival curators talk Led Zeppelin into finally not being a bunch of …

Beach Slang

Beach Slang Release New Song, “American Girls And French Kisses”

Generally, when listening to a new song, you don’t know what to expect or what your initial reaction will be. But then when you listen again, sometimes before you know it, you’re in love. This happened to me today after listening to Philadelphia’s Beach Slang.

The band released a new song on Noisey off their upcoming EP, Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street, titled “American Girls And French Kisses,” which will be released October 28. This comes after the band recently signing with Tiny Engines and recording the EP in late June. The track is filled with …

Gnarwolves

Gnarwolves Release New Song “Day Man” From Self-Titled Debut

Skate punk trio Gnarwolves are making noise in getting ready to release their self-titled debut on September 23 through Pure Noise Records. After hearing “Boneyard” and “Smoking Kills“, this LP will surely give a burst of energy come release day.

In anticipation of its release, the band is streaming yet another punk anthem in their new song “Day Man.” Premiering over at AbsolutePunk, the song is a rather fast-paced offering with slower choruses and serves as further evidence that the self-titled release will be a promising one.

Gnarwolves is available for pre-order here and if …

modern baseball

Modern Baseball Release New Music Video For “Pothole”

Philadelphia’s frontrunners, Modern Baseball, have recently released a music video for their song “Pothole” off of their most recent full-length, You’re Gonna Miss It All via Run For Cover Records.

A low-key, dramatic cinematography vibe for an appropriately dramatic acoustic track, this new video features black and white footage of the band’s different shows and their travels across the country.

You can check out the music video for “Pothole” below:…

The Story So Far 2012

The Story So Far Announce Mini Headlining Tour With Elder Brother, Gnarwolves

The Story So Far love to tour, plain and simple. After a full-time headlining slot at the Vans Warped Tour this past summer to playing at the Reading & Leeds Festivals over in the UK next week, the band also announced a co-headlining tour for the month of October with The Wonder Years, Modern Baseball, and Gnarwolves.

Before that co-headlining tour begins, though, the band has announced a string of headlining dates to get back into the swing of things. TSSF guitarist Keven Geyer’s side project Elder Brother will open on these dates from Sept. 26 to …

no sleep comp for mom

REVIEW: No Sleep Records’ ‘A Comp For Mom’

Artists: La Dispute, The Wonder Years, Allison Weiss, et al
Title: A Comp For Mom
Label: No Sleep Records

“I love you, Mom. Say ‘hi’ to Dad for me.” – Chris Hansen

Honoring the wonderful life his mother lived, Chris Hansen of No Sleep Records and a bunch of his best musical friends have teamed up to give us A Comp For Mom. This 15-track compilation consists of slow and steady rock & roll jams, ranging from covers of iconic songs to acoustic versions to unreleased B-sides from some of the included artists’ various records.…

The Story So Far 2012

The Story So Far, The Wonder Years Announce Co-Headlining Tour

This morning has been one for the record books in terms of tour announcements. Within the last hour or two, Yellowcard made public a co-headliner alongside Memphis May Fire and Emarosa, only to be followed shortly after by Real Friends and handful of other Hopeless mainstays. In my opinion, however, the real must-see tour of the fall season was announced yesterday.

After a lot of speculation on Reddit, The Story So Far and The Wonder Years have confirmed that they will be joining forces this October for a month-long run which is scheduled to stop at over 20 different venues …

slaughter beach

REVIEW: Slaughter Beach (Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball) – ‘Dawg’ EP

Artist: Slaughter Beach
Title: Dawg EP
Genre: Emo, Alt-Punk

The question of why artists don’t just put out their far from flawless mini collection of songs they hastily write while on the subway or at a McDonalds always crossed my mind. Why do we always have to expect these things to come in shiny packages and red bows? Why can’t we receive the same presents in a barely-96kbps-“is-this-the-demo?” format? Luckily for us curious folks, Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball appears to share similar sentiments. He recently, under the name of Slaughter Beach, unexpectedly put out a three-track EP, entitled Dawg,

Modern Baseball 2013

Modern Baseball, I Am The Avalanche Announce September Tour

This fall, Modern Baseball and I Am the Avalanche will join forces for a brief co-headlining run set to kick off in Syracuse on September 7. Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Beach Slang will offer their support for the duration of the trip. For more details, follow the jump below.

So far, 2014 has been good to both outfits. Back in February, Modern Baseball released their sophomore full-length, You’re Gonna Miss It All, and just last month, wrapped up a tour alongside The Hotelier. Conversely, I Am the Avalanche will soon hit the road with Somos in support of their latest …

Steady hands

Steady Hands And W.C. Lindsay Announce East Coast Dates

Steady Hands, the acoustic-led side project of Modern Baseball‘s Sean Huber, will be touring the East Coast this Summer with W.C. Lindsay. The tour runs through August and hits most major outlets between New England and Florida. Venue information has yet to be released.

Given Modern Baseball’s rise to fame over the past several months, I was not expecting to see Steady Hands for a long while – I’m happy that I was proven wrong. For those who are unaware, Steady Hands have released a handful of folk-punk jams over the years, largely reminiscent of Frank Turner’s …

Real Friends

Watch Real Friends Perform An Acoustic Version Of “Loose Ends”

Real Friends are slated to release their debut full-length, Maybe This Place Is The Same And We’re Just Changing on June 22 through Fearless Records. The Chicago five-piece are currently in the midst of their first ever European tour with Modern Baseball and You Blew It!, and while overseas found time to record an acoustic rendition of their most recent single, “Loose Ends.” Check it out after the break, and head here to listen to the original version featuring Like Moths to Flames frontman Chris Roetter.

Complete with a contagious chorus and painfully honest lyrics, this latest re-imagining …

weekly wax

WEEKLY WAX: Vinyl Releases For The Week Of 4/27-5/3

Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekly Wax!

If you’re still playing catch-up on the great pop punk and emo releases of past few years, then you’re in luck. This week saw a number of repressings from No Sleep Records and Run For Cover Records, as well as a number of classic punk reissues like Shop Radio Cast‘s pressing of Sum 41‘s Chuck.

In terms of new releases, the big story this week was the launch of pre-orders for the new Tigers Jaw LP, Charmer. The album received a massive first pressing, but copies are …