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Read my review and take a look at my photos from the Mansfield, MA stop of the 2014 Vans Warped Tour on July 10th. I caught such acts as Yellowcard, Every Time I Die, Four Year Strong, The Story So Far, K.Flay, Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties and many more.
The Vans Warped Tour celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and a lot has changed in those two decades. One thing that has been consistent for the last several years is people complaining about the line-up. While it's undeniable that the tour's focus has shifted, the adaptation is an easy one to make. As with past years, the 2014 roster boats plenty of old favorites in addition to today's hot acts and up-and-comers.
Alex DiVincenzo on 07/14/14 - 03:31 PM
Island Records has promoted Eric Wong to executive vice president / general manager at the label.
Until very recently Wong served as executive vice president of marketing at IDJ, where he created and developed strategies for Kanye West, Rihanna, Avicii and Bon Jovi, among others. He joined IDJ in 1999 and worked with a range of artists including The Killers and Fall Out Boy. He left in 2006 to juggle executive marketing positions at both Bad Boy Entertainment and Atlantic Records, where he helped guide the careers of Jay Z, Janelle Monae and others. In 2009 Wong formed Wong Management, serving as part of Mariah Carey's team, before returning to IDJ in 2011.
Jason Tate on 07/14/14 - 02:50 PM
Hit the replies for another video update from Justin of Motion City Soundtrack. He confirms the band's new album will be released in 2015.
Jason Tate on 07/14/14 - 02:48 PM
Pacific Ridge Records posted a new compilation, The Scene, Vol. 4, on bandcamp. For $3.99, you can get 23 tracks from up-and-coming artists.
Alex DiVincenzo on 07/14/14 - 02:17 PM
Screeching Weasel have launched an Indiegogo campaign for their next album.
Baby Fat: Act 1 is the first act of a two-act rock opera I've been working on for the past few years. It’s not a rock opera in the traditional sense - the ones done by bands in the 70s seem to me to be concept records – but an actual opera with a linear narrative, featuring different singers portraying different characters. Baby Fat is the logical next step for Screeching Weasel after years of making themed and concept records like My Brain Hurts, Anthem For A New Tomorrow, Emo and These Ones Are Bitter.
Jason Tate on 07/14/14 - 01:53 PM
Broadway have parted ways with Uprising Records. They will be releasing a new single, "Volcano Jack," on Friday.
Hey guys, so lets cut to the chase. We're here today to announce our departure from Uprising Records! We've have a long and interesting relationship with them for five years now, but the Broadway boys are finally stepping out on their own and into the wild.

Now to quell any worries, this will not affect our new album in anyway! In fact our entire recording process for this 3rd album has been independent. Funded by us, for you! We are by no means, rich fellows, or even wealthy. In fact we're probably just above the poverty line. We work at pizza joints, pawn shops etc. We...
Jason Tate on 07/14/14 - 01:46 PM
Sleepwave (former Underoath singer Spencer Chamberlain) will release its Epitaph debut, Broken Compass, on September 16th. You can stream the first song, "Through The Looking Glass," at AltPress as well as pre-ordering the album.
Drew Beringer on 07/14/14 - 01:45 PM
The American Scene are teasing what appears to be a new release called Haze. Watch the quick video in the replies.
Alex DiVincenzo on 07/14/14 - 01:42 PM
Green Day's Mike Dirnt will be producing an indie film called "Crickets."
Dirnt, along with Green Day's longtime manager Pat Magnarella, will produce “Crickets” from a script by Alfredo Botello. The story, by Botello and Jack Umbrella, centers on the relationship of two estranged brothers. One, an aspiring stand-up comic, is dying of a terminal illness. He asks his brother, a depressed office drone, for one last request: to go on stage and perform his material for him to see if he ever really had talent. What he doesn't reveal, though, is that he has an even bigger surprise in store.
Jason Tate on 07/14/14 - 01:30 PM
Steven Hyden, writing for Grantland:
CDs outsell vinyl records many times over, but CDs don’t have nearly the cachet or booster-ish press coverage. Even cassettes have been revived by indie labels like Burger Records, which are successfully remaking cheap, junky, and sonically wobbly plastic-encased media as collectible boutique items. (This partly explains why, at this very moment, there are cool kids listening to White Lion tapes post-ironically at the trendiest dive bar in your neighborhood.) CD buyers, meanwhile, are made to feel like we’re living in a Richard Matheson story.
Jason Tate on 07/14/14 - 01:20 PM
Julia Brown will be releasing their new album, An Abundance of Strawberries, "soon-ish."

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Jason Tate on 07/14/14 - 01:13 PM
The Madden Brothers' new album is up for vinyl pre-order.
Jason Tate on 07/14/14 - 01:08 PM
"Weird Al" Yankovic will be releasing a new music video every day for the next eight days. Head to Nerdist to watch the comedian-filled video for his Pharrell parody, "Tacky." His new album, Mandatory Fun, drops tomorrow.
Alex DiVincenzo on 07/14/14 - 01:00 PM
Closure in Moscow tweeted about their being a secret track "that can only be heard on the physical album" of Pink Lemonade. I'm assuming that means it's a track-0.

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Jason Tate on 07/14/14 - 12:46 PM
He Is Legend are gearing up for the release of their first new album in five years, Heavy Fruit, due out August 19th via Tragic Hero Records. Stream a new song titled "ABRACADABRA," one of my personal favorites from the record, in the replies. Be sure to pre-order the album if you dig it.
Alex DiVincenzo on 07/14/14 - 12:41 PM
Noah Gundersen is heading out on tour this fall. Dates in the replies.
Jason Tate on 07/14/14 - 12:38 PM
Rise Against will be playing a show with Touche Amore and Radkey at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey on September 30th. Tickets are available at Livenation. The show is to support their upcoming album The Black Market, due out tomorrow.
Zac Djamoos on 07/14/14 - 12:32 PM
New York heavy metal band, Unlocking the Truth, have signed a deal with Sony Records worth potentially $1.7 million. Best part? The members are in eighth grade.
Sacks says the boys have a chance of becoming the new face of rock because they are unique — black artists excelling in heavy metal, a genre typically dominated by white musicians. The seven-figure Sony contract was submitted for a Manhattan judge’s approval Friday because the musicians are minors.
Jason Tate on 07/14/14 - 12:31 PM
Hit the replies to see the lyric video for American Hi-Fi's "Golden State."
Jason Tate on 07/14/14 - 12:26 PM
Joanie Faircloth has recanted her accusations against Conor Oberst.
Joanie Faircloth, who alleged that Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst had sexually assaulted her in the comments of an XOJane article, has now admitted that she made the whole story up. In February, Oberst had filed a libel lawsuit against her, calling her accusations "absolutely, unequivocally false." Now Faircloth is asking for forgiveness for what she wrote.
Jason Tate on 07/14/14 - 12:23 PM
Head over to Nylon to listen to a brand new song from Fences, "Songs About Angels". His sophomore album, Lesser Oceans, will release on 10/14/14 on Island Records.
Jake Denning on 07/14/14 - 12:04 PM
Interpol just announced a North American tour for this fall in support of El Pintor, out Sept 9 via Matador. Dates are below.
Chris Collum on 07/14/14 - 09:54 AM
Thomas Nassiff on 07/14/14 - 09:43 AM
Check out Light Years' new song "Fall Apart" from their upcoming EP Temporary, due out Sept. 9 via Animal Style, in the replies (via Alt). It's available for preorder.
Thomas Nassiff on 07/14/14 - 08:00 AM
Congratulations to Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra) and his wife Amy on the birth of their baby girl, Mayzie Noel Hull, this past weekend. A pic of dad and his new daughter is in the replies.
Blake Solomon on 07/14/14 - 07:46 AM
I got so much soul in me that I'm barely alive. I've been down and out for so long I can't be revived.
Staff ReviewsFour Year Strong - Go Down In History (Thomas Nassiff)
Riff Raff - Neon Icon (Jake Jenkins)
Swans - To Be Kind (Ryan Reisert)
Driver Friendly - Unimagined Bridges (Ryan Gardner)
Show ReviewsVans Warped Tour 2014 - Mansfield, MA [Photos] (Alex DiVincenzo)
InterviewsKim Shattuck of The Muffs (Caitlin DeWeese)
Alex DiVincenzo on 07/14/14 - 06:20 AM
Listen to the new Joyce Manor album Never Hungover Again over at NPR First Listen. It's out July 22 via Epitaph.
Chris Collum on 07/14/14 - 12:24 AM
It's Sunday, and that means it's recommendation day. Here are the staff recommendations for the past week. Hit the replies to let us know what you've loved as well.
Jason TateAs always, check out my blog and the AP.net podcast.
BlakeI've been listening to Dikembe's new album Mediumship constantly (which comes out this Tuesday), and also jamming a good deal of the pop-punk cool kids known as Knuckle Puck.
AnthonyI just saw Jersey Boys which was excellent so, subsequently, I've been on a big Four Seasons kick.
Gregory Robson I've been on a big Richard Shindell kick this weekend. One of the better singer-songwriters over the last 25 years. My movie suggestion this weekend is Boyhood.
Jason Tate on 07/13/14 - 01:00 AM
Radiohead will begin recording for their ninth record in September, according to a new interview with guitarist Jonny Greenwood.
Chris Collum on 07/12/14 - 06:05 PM
Bear Girl and Capital Arms have signed to Cardigan Records. Also, they will be embarking on a tour with Slowriter; dates are in the replies.
Zac Djamoos on 07/12/14 - 01:34 PM
I'll be speaking with the UK's Dinosaur Pile Up next week. If you have any questions for them, please leave them in the replies. Now's the chance to ask them about their tour with Brand New or their 2014 release, Nature Nurture.
Anthony Sorendino on 07/12/14 - 11:39 AM
Tommy Ramone has passed away. He was 65.
Jason Tate on 07/11/14 - 11:14 PM
Grade seem to be recording new songs for an upcoming seven-inch or few.
Zac Djamoos on 07/11/14 - 08:58 PM
You can stream the new Agree to Disagree album called If You Think We Suck Now, Just Wait Til We Sellout - it's out now.
Ryan Gardner on 07/11/14 - 07:24 PM
I just wanted to direct some attention at the Women's Audio Mission.
Women's Audio Mission is a San Francisco based, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of women in music production and the recording arts. In a field where women are chronically under-represented (less than 5%), WAM seeks to "change the face of sound" by providing hands-on training, experience, career counseling and job placement to women and girls in media technology for music, radio, film, television and the internet. WAM believes that women's mastery of music technology and inclusion in the production process will expand the vision and voice of media and popular culture.
Jason Tate on 07/11/14 - 05:30 PM
The guy who has repeatedly fucked over backers of his other crowd-funded projects is doing another one. My advice: Don't give him your money.
Jason Tate on 07/11/14 - 04:35 PM
Sneeze will be touring to support their latest record wilt. Dates are in the replies.
Zac Djamoos on 07/11/14 - 03:12 PM
I The Mighty's new video for "Love Your Sin" is in the replies.
Jason Tate on 07/11/14 - 02:50 PM
Lovedrug is releasing a set of rarities from the Pretend You're Alive era later this month. If you pre-order on iTunes you'll get three songs immediately.

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Jason Tate on 07/11/14 - 02:46 PM
The Starting Line has announced their annual holiday show in Philadelphia.
We're excited to announce that our annual holiday show this year will be at The Trocadero in Philadelphia on December 26th! Tickets go on sale next Friday, July 18, at 12pm noon. Can't wait to get the Starting Line family together again for the holidays!

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Jason Tate on 07/11/14 - 02:41 PM
Derek from Defeater has started a PledgeMusic campaign to raise money for a hip replacement.
Without insurance, the cost for the surgery amounts to $50,000, including different programs helping to lower the cost. And even after cost of the surgery, anesesthia, hospital bills, etc, there is rehabilitation and physical therapy as well. Before I go ahead and ask for a handout, I want to make it known that you will be given the opportunity to gain something as well. We have worked together to come up with a few different packages in return for your financial help. After speaking with the hospital, I am certain that this can be taken care of fairly quickly, thus leading to more time spent on...
Jason Tate on 07/11/14 - 02:39 PM
Bill Crook from Living With Lions and members from Go it Alone, In Stride and Lined with Gold just formed a new band called Acquitted. You can hear a song called "W.B.O.H" in the replies.
Deborah Remus on 07/11/14 - 01:47 PM
Andrew McMahon's new project will go by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.
I’ve always thought of music as a mirror to the adventure of living. Over the last 14 years I have lived many lives and had the opportunity to play stages around the world in various incarnations. At times I’ve performed simply as Andrew McMahon but mostly as Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate. As I embark on yet another musical adventure, I will be traveling with my band to many of those same stages, this time as “Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness”. I suppose my wilderness is mostly an abstract one. Since putting Jack’s behind me, I have forced myself into strange spaces seeking new stimulus. New lights on...
Jason Tate on 07/11/14 - 01:43 PM
Toy Guitar has signed with Fat Wreck Chords.
Jason Tate on 07/11/14 - 12:38 PM
Riot Fest has been denied a permit for the 3-day music event in Byers, Colorado.
Riot Fest, which features well known rock and punk acts such as Primus, The Cure, Wu-Tang Clan and Slayer, was scheduled for Sept. 19-21 at May Farms in Byers. It made its first appearance in the state last year, also at May Farms. The festival was expected to attract 17,000 people a day to Byers, a town of just over 1,000 residents located about 40 miles east of Denver.

It's not clear how organizers of the festival will deal with the thousands of fans who have purchased tickets to Riot Fest or whether they will try to find an alternate location in the state.

Riot Fest has posted the following response:... read more
Jason Tate on 07/11/14 - 12:18 PM
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