Ice Nine Kills channels ‘Animal Farm’ for new video

Over the past few days, the guys from Ice Nine Kills have been teasing fans about their latest music video. On Tuesday (March 28), the Massachusetts-based band unveiled their theatrical clip for “The Nature of the Beast”; the opening track off Every Trick in the Book. Like all the other songs on the album, “The Nature of the Beast” is based on a literary classic. The record’s opening track was inspired by George Orwell’s Animal Farm which helped shape the premise of the music video.

Much like the band’s previous videos for songs off Every Trick in the Book, (“Communion of the Cursed” and “Hell in the Hallways”), the video seems like it would find a better home on a big screen as opposed to a small computer/laptop monitor and/or phone screen.

“This video marks the third and final chapter of the video trilogy that began in fall 2015 with ‘Communion Of The Cursed.’ We pick up right where the ‘Hell In The Hallways’ video ended last spring, continuing to follow the character Kevin as he navigates through the sinister side of the literary classics that inspired our Every Trick in the Book album,” frontman Spencer Charnas explained to Alternative Press about the new clip.

“This song, ‘The Nature Of The Beast,’ is a tribute to George Orwell’s classic allegorical novel Animal Farm. The message of that book seems particularly relevant, given the dangerous political climate which engulfs our country at the moment.”

Watch the almost five-minute clip for “The Nature of the Beast” above.

Ice Nine Kills released Every Trick in the Book back in December of 2015 and has been touring behind the release. Currently, the four-piece is in the middle of their tour with Chelsea Grin. Tonight, the bands will perform at Joe’s Grotto in Phoenix, Arizona. The complete list of remaining tour dates can be seen below.


3/28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
3/30 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
3/31 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
4/1 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Conservatory
4/2 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
4/4 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
4/5 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
4/6 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
4/7 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
4/8 – Toronto, ON @ The Hard Luck
4/9 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theater
4/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
4/12 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
4/13 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
4/14 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
4/15 – Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Pete’s
4/16 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Heaven
4/18 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
4/19 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
4/21 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown
4/22 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
4/23 – Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
4/25 – Kansas, City, MO @ Aftershock Live
4/26 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
4/28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

Phoenix to embark on massive world tour

It’s been a while since fans have heard anything from team Phoenix, but now, things have changed. On Monday (March 27), the French band announced a lengthy world tour. The upcoming tour will kick off on May 12 at the Fillmore Miami Beach in Miami and conclude on September 30 at the Alexandra Palace in London. Whitney, Lemon Twigs, and Miike Snow will take turns opening for the group during the trek. Whitney will open during the first leg, Lemon Twigs will take over for the second leg, and Miike Snow will wrap open during the final leg of the tour.

In addition to their headlining gigs, the group will also make several appearances at a handful of music festivals including Atlanta’s Shaky Knees, New York’s Governors Ball, Japan’s Summersonic, and many more.

This upcoming tour will be the band’s first tour in almost three years. The last time they hit the road was back in 2014 in support of their fifth studio album, Bankrupt! The tour news comes weeks after the band took to social media to tease new music. Though they haven’t confirmed a new album, there’s only a matter of time before the electro-pop act confirms the release of their sixth studio album.

Tickets for the upcoming tour stops are currently available here while the complete list of tour dates can be seen below.


5/12/17 Miami, FL @ Fillmore *

5/13/17 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues *

5/14/17 Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival

5/15/17 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium *

6/2/17 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore +

6/3/17 New York, NY @ Governor’s Ball

6/4/17 Toronto, ON @ Field Trip Festival

6/5/17 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom +

6/7/17 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks + %

6/11/17 San Diego, CA @ 91x Valley View Casino Center

6/13/17 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater +

6/14/17 Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl +

6/15/17 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl +

6/29/17 Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain @ Vida Festival

6/30/17 Marmande, France @ Garorock Festival

7/6/17 Lisbon, Portugal @ NOS Alive

7/7/17 Bilbao, Spain @ Bilbao BBK Live

7/8/17 Herouville-St-Clair, France @ Beauregard Festival

7/9/17 Belfort, France @ Les Eurockeenes Festival

7/13/17 Aix-les-Bains, France @ Musilac Festival

7/14/17 Carhaix, France @ Les Vieilles Charrues

7/12-16/17 Dour, Belgium @ Dour Festival

7/14-16/17 Berlin, Germany @ Melt! Festival

7/20-22/17 Wiesen, Austria @ Out of the Woods

7/22/17 Roma, Italy @ Postepay Rock in Roma

8/11-12/17 Bali, Indonesia @ Sunny Side Up Festival

8/11-13/17 Jakarta, Indonesia @ We The Fest

8/15/17 Manila, Philippines @ Araneta Coliseum

8/18-20/17 Osaka, Japan @ Summersonic Festival

8/18-20/17 Tokyo, Japan @ Summersonic Festival

9/2/17 Dublin, Ireland @ Electric Picnic

9/29/17 Paris, France @ AccorHotels Area

9/30/17 London, UK @ Alexandra Palace

* -With Whitney

+ -With The Lemon Twigs

% -With Miike Snow

Simple Plan shows their ‘Balls’ during Ft. Lauderdale tour stop

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Growing up in the early 2000s, you couldn’t help but see how pop-punk bands were starting to infiltrate the radio and television airwaves. Music videos from artists like blink-182 and Good Charlotte were in high rotation on TRL while some of their biggest hits made their way onto top 20 radio. Almost 20 years since the pop-punk heyday, some bands have disbanded, others have gone on hiatus, and others have managed evolve and adapt with the times while still staying true to their roots. One of those with an ever-changing, but still truly pop-punk sound is Simple Plan.

On Sunday (March 19), the Canadian five-piece made their way to Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale to kick off their No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls 15th anniversary tour. The tour was announced to celebrate the release of the band’s debut album 15 years before. The record was released in the spring of 2002 and has been certified as double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. It also reached the number 35 spot on the Billboard 200 chart and the number eight spot on the Canadian Albums Chart. Not too shabby for a bunch of boys from Montréal.

Walking into Revolution Live, it was easy to see how the place was overrun by a bunch of twenty-somethings ready to revert to their teenaged selves for a couple of hours. The small night club was packed to the point that the sensation of body heat could be felt at the venue’s entry way. It didn’t matter how many people were crammed into the tight quarters because for those who were fortunate to get a ticket, they were happy just to be there.

Ontario five-piece Seaway began the anniversary celebration. The group released their second studio album Colour Blind back in 2015 and have been touring relentlessly behind its release. Their set included several tracks from their discography before treating the crowd to a cover of Fountain of Wayne’s “Stacy’s Mom.” The cover quickly turned into a spirited sing-along as almost everyone in the venue took part. Talk about a flashback to the 2000s.

After Seaway’s set came to an end, the crew quickly readied the stage for Tampa-based band, Set It Off. The Floridian four-piece took the stage and gave an energetic show playing some old tunes as well as newer songs from their recently released record, Upside Down. Frontman Cody Carson showed his high-energy spirit as he ran up and down the stage throughout the set. At one point, he climbed on top a tall monitor on the stage and jumped right off, sticking his landing. Following a few more songs, Set It Off’s set came to an end. What was surprising was how many people in attendance actually knew more than one song from either band. Usually, supporting acts do not receive the same type of love as headliners typically do. For Seaway and Set It Off, you could clearly see how many South Floridian fans they truly have.

While Simple Plan’s technicians hit the stage to get it prepared, the venue began playing songs that could have easily found a home on someone’s long-lost iPod classic. The playlist was an emo kid’s dream with songs from Panic! at the Disco, blink-182, Paramore, and even The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” blasted through the speakers. The only non-emo song featured on the list was Will Smith’s “Getting’ Jiggy Wit It.” The catchy 1997 tune could have easily been that guilty pleasure that embarrassingly always plays at the wrong time

A little before 9 p.m., the speakers quieted, the lights dimmed, and the guys from Simple Plan ran on stage one by one to officially kick off the show and the North American tour. Jumping on a box at the foot of the stage was frontman Pierre Bouvier as he, and the rest of the guys, launched into the opening track of the evening and of No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls, “I’d Do Anything.” Midway through the song, confetti was blasted into the pit area with Bouvier, ever the teenager, standing over one of the four cannons so it would appear as if the confetti was blasted from his crotch area.

The band quickly played through several other tracks from the album including “The Worst Day Ever” and “You Don’t Mean Anything.” Following “You Don’t Mean Anything,” the band quieted and Bouvier took the microphone to speak to the crowd. He explained to the packed house how March 19 played a special role in the band’s history as it was the day No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls was released in 2002. With that, they launched into one of the many singles that made them a mainstream staple, “I’m Just a Kid.” They quickly played through several more tracks, but before beginning on track ten, “I Won’t Be There,” they talked about what the song was about. When they were teenagers, all they wanted to do run away from home and their parents. Bouvier joked how 15 years later, the tables were turned on them. Now, they were parents with homes and they still have the desire to run away which is the real reason they decided to go on tour. The crowd laughed along with the band before they began the tune.

During “One Day,” the band threw massive Simple Plan beach balls into the crowd for the concertgoers to play with. At the end of the song, it was nice to see that the guys still had their sick sense of humor. Between Bouvier and bassist David Desrosiers, they made several sexual innuendos including how it was hard to keep it [the balls] up and how much they appreciated the fans playing with their massive balls. As quickly as they started with the dick jokes, they quickly changed the topic. Bouvier told the crowd that they were nearing the end of the No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls tracks, but they didn’t want to finish the album quite yet. Instead, they played “Grow Up,” a track that was only featured on the Japanese version of the album. They may have thought their hardcore fans wouldn’t know the words to the song, but they were proven wrong when the crowd almost outdid the band.

One of the coolest moments of the show was when drummer Chuck Comeau and Bouvier decided to trade places. Comeau explained how he always wanted to be a singer while Bouvier wanted to be a drummer. Instead of holding onto those dreams, they decided to make it a reality. At the end of the song, Comeau surprised the crowd when he launched himself onto an unsuspecting audience. Thankfully, the pit area was so packed Comeau was caught in an epic trust fall test. The band ended the first half of their set with the album’s closer, “Perfect.” Considering the song is one of the band’s most emotional tracks, it wasn’t surprising when the crowd’s joint singing drowned out Bouvier’s vocals. At first, the singer appeared a little stunned, but quickly allowed the crowd to sing the first couple of verses of the song. After letting the crowd sing a little on their own, the singer rejoined until the final note.

Once the song wrapped, the group headed backstage for a quick pre-encore breather. As the stage went dark, the crowd began to chant “one more song.” Sadly, many concertgoers didn’t get the memo that the show wasn’t over quite yet and left. A short time later, the group re-emerged for their eight-song encore beginning with “Shut Up!” from their sophomore album, Still Not Getting Any

During the encore, Bouvier revealed that the group had encountered people who’ve asked them what they’ve been up to during the past 15 years and whether they went on hiatus during that time. “Come on guys, you have something called the internet,” joked the singer. It’s true. The group has released a total of four records since their debut including 2016’s Taking One for the Team.

Surprising, or maybe not, the encore consisted of more Still Not Getting Any… songs than any of their other albums. “Shut Up!,” “Jump,” “Crazy” and set closer “Welcome to My Life” represented their second album while “Your Love is a Lie” represented their self-titled, third record. The Natasha Bedingfield- assisted “Jet Lag” and Rivers Cuomo track “Can’t Keep My Hands off You” represented their fourth studio album, Get Your Heart On! Maybe the most surprising part of the set list came from the band only including one song (“Boom!”) from Taking One for the Team, an album that just celebrate it’s one-year release anniversary this past February.

Maybe it was intentional, because the band wanted to pay homage to nostalgia and give their fans what they really wanted; vintage tunes. Whatever their reason was, it was nice to see that pop-punk is still alive and kicking and that those who listened to it are no longer ashamed to proclaim it loud and proud.

Vans Warped Tour reveals 2017 lineup

After months of waiting, the lineup for the 2017 incarnation of the Vans Warped Tour has been announced. On Wednesday (March 22), the annual summertime traveling music festival unleashed its lineup which, as always, was met with a lot of mixed reactions. Some potential attendees have labeled it the “best lineup ever” (excuse us, have you see the lineup from 2004 or 2005 ?) while others have said that it might be the worst lineup ever. No matter what your outlook on the lineup is, we can all agree that there is a little for everyone who may attend.

This year’s lineup will include a combination of older/Warped veteran bands as well as some up-and-coming artists. Goldfinger, Anti-Flag, Hawthorne Heights, Save Ferris, Silverstein, American Authors, Bowling for Soup, Streetlight Manifesto, I Prevail, Dance Gavin Dance, GWAR, Blessthefall, Too Close to Touch, Nevershoutnever, New Year’s Day, Neck Deep, and many, many more are set to hit the road this summer. Tickets for all the show are currently available on the Warped Tour’s website here. The complete lineup for Warped Tour 2017 can be seen below while the complete itinerary for the summer punk-rock summer camp can be seen here.

Sadly, it appears as if there will be one massive change to this year’s tour; free parental tickets will no longer be offered. For the past 21 years, the music festival has provided free tickets for parents who do not trust their kids to go to the show alone, so long as the kid has a purchased ticket. In a press statement, festival organizers revealed that in hopes of going back to their “counter-culture roots” and booking a more “balanced lineup including many legacy acts” they will no longer need to offer free parent tickets; hopefully, the parents would want to come see the acts.


Attila (6/16-7/2, 7/6-8/6)
CKY (6/16-8/6)
Bowling for Soup (6/27-7/2, 7/26, 7/27, 7/29, 7/30)
Futuristic (6/16-6/23, 6/25-8/6)
Hawthorne Heights (6/16-8/6)
Never Shout Never (6/27-7/7)
I Prevail (6/16 – 8/6)
Julie Vera (6/16-8/6)
Watsky (6/17-7/14, 7/16-7/18, 7/20-7/21, 7/23-8/6)
New Years Day (6/16-8/6)
Sammy Adams (6/16-7/28, 8/1-8/6)

American Authors (6/16-7/19, 7/21-8/6)
Andy Black (6/16-8/6)
Beartooth (6/28-8/6)
Dance Gavin Dance (6/16-8/6)
Goldfinger (6/16-6/17, 8/4-8/6)
Hands Like Houses (6/16-8/6)
Memphis May Fire (6/16-8/6)
Neck Deep (6/16-8/6)
Our Last Night (6/16-8/6)
Streetlight Manifesto (6/24)
Save Ferris (6/21-8/1, 8/5)

The Acacia Strain (6/16-8/6)
Being as an Ocean (6/16-8/6)
Candiria (6/21-8/6)
Counterparts (6/16-8/6)
Fit for a King (6/16-8/6)
Hatebreed (6/21-8/6)
Silent Planet (6/16-8/6)
Stick to Your Guns (6/16-7/2, 7/6-8/6)
Sylar (6/16-8/6)

After the Burial (6/16-8/6)
Blessthefall (6/16-8/6)
Carnifex (6/16-8/6)
Emmure (6/16-8/6)
GWAR (6/16-8/6)
Hundredth (6/16-8/6)
Silverstein (6/16-8/6)
Sworn In (6/16-8/6)
Too Close to Touch (6/16-8/6)

Alestorm (6/21-8/6)
Bad See Rising (6/16-7/4)
Barb Wire Dolls (6/16-8/6)
Big D and the Kids Table (7/6-7/16)
Microwave (6/16-8/6)
Riverboat Gamblers (7/29 & 7/30)
Sonic Boom Six (6/16-8/6)
Stacked Like Pancakes (7/16-8/6)
Street Dogs (7/6-7/16)
Twilight Creeps (8/4-8/6)
War on Women (6/16-8/6)
The White Noise (6/16-8/6)
William Control (6/16-8/6)

The Adolescents (6/16-8/6)
The Alarm (7/7-7/16, 8/4-8/6)
Anti-Flag (6/27-7/24)
The Ataris (6/16-8/1)
Bad Cop / Bad Cop (6/16-8/6)
The Dickies (6/16-6/22, 6/24 & 6/25)
Doll Skin (6/16-6/25)
Fire From the Gods (6/16-8/6)
Municipal Waste (6/16-7/2, 7/6-8/6)
Sick of It All (6/21-8/6)
Strung Out (6/16-7/11, 8/4-8/6)
Suicide Machines (7/18-7/21)
TSOL (7/22-8/6)
Valient Thorr (6/16-8/6)

Bad Omens (7/4-7/24)
Boston Manor (6/16-8/6)
Carousel Kings (6/16-7/5)
Courage My Love (6/16-8/6)
Creeper (6/16-8/6)
The Fantastic Plastics (6/16-7/2)
Farewell Winters (6/16-8/6)
Feeki (6/16-8/6)
The Gospel Youth (6/16-8/6)
Knocked Loose (6/16-8/6)
Movements (6/16-8/6)
Naked Walrus (6/23 & 6/24)
One Last Shot (7/7-7/10)
Playboy ManBaby (6/22-8/6)
Shattered Sun (7/26-8/6)
Separations (7/6-7/24)
Tillie (7/26-8/6)
Trophy Eyes (6/16-8/6)

Listen: Blondie unleashes new single ‘Long Time’

Blondie is gearing up to release their brand new studio album in May. To keep fans excited for the new record, the band has released another new song from the impending release. On Wednesday (March 22), the New York-founded band unleashed their third song off Pollinator. The new track, which is titled “Long Time,” is a collaboration between the group and Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes. Listen to “Long Time” above.

“Long Time” will join Pollinator lead single “Fun” and recently released track “My Monster” on the band’s 11th studio album. According to a press release by the band, the new record will include a slew of artists in addition to Hynes. Sia, Charli XCX, Nick Valensi of The Strokes, and Johnny Marr of The Smiths are just some of the special guests to be featured on the upcoming record.

Pollinator is set to be released on May 5 through BMG with pre-orders currently available on the band’s website. Those who pre-order the record will receive instant downloads of all three singles. Pollinator is the follow-up to the group’s previous record, 2014’s Blondie 4(0) Ever.

In support of the new album, Blondie will hit the road this summer on their co-headlining “Rage and Rapture” tour with Garbage. The trek will kick off on July 5 at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California and conclude over a month later on August 12 at the Southside Ballroom in Dallas. The complete list of upcoming tour dates can be seen here.

Sublime announces slew of goods to celebrate 25 years of debut album

Sublime’s debut album is about to celebrate its 25th anniversary, so the remaining members of the group have decided to unleash a slew of goodies for their longtime fans to honor the occasion. On Tuesday (March 21), the California-founded band announced they will be reissuing 1995’s Badfish EP on vinyl for Record Store Day 2017 (April 22). This marks the second year the group has released something from their discography for the unofficial music lovers holiday. Last year, the band released their 1991 cassette, Jah Won’t Pay the Bills, on vinyl.

The Badfish vinyl will include the 40 Oz. to Freedom version of “Badfish” and “Don’t Push (Original)” as well as the live at Kommotion (Sept. 3, 1994) version of “Untitled Dub” on side A. The live at Kommotion (Sept. 3, 1994) version of “We’re Only Gonna Die for Our Arrogance” and “Roots of Creation” will be featured on the B-side of the vinyl.

When celebrating a record with a name like 40 Oz. to Freedom, it’s only fitting to release a beer and name it after the album and that’s exactly what Sublime plans to do. The group has teamed up with AleSmith Brewing Company to create a Mexican-style lager named “40 Oz. to Freedom.”

“It doesn’t taste like anything else,” drummer Bud Gaugh said in a statement. “The flavor is great and it has a craft beer flare with a true Mexican lager taste. This is the one!”

Late singer Bradley Nowell’s widow, Troy Holmes, added, “Being a beer lover, I’m so proud to partner with an elite world-class brewery like AleSmith and I know Sublime fans will absolutely love it! Like Bradley sang, ‘That second beer was such a turn-on.'”

A limited-edition batch of the beer will be bottled in 40 ounce containers and sold through the brewery as well as some yet-to-be-determined locations before they are nationally released as six packs.

As if the Record Store Day release and beer weren’t enough, the group will release their first authorize documentary which will reportedly tell the “real” story of the band. The film came together thanks to joint cooperation from Gaugh, bassist Eric Wilson, and the Nowell estate on the production end. As if that wasn’t enough Sublime on film, the group has also revealed that they are currently in the early stages of negotiations for a biopic about the band.

While Sublime hasn’t released any new music since 1996, the latest incarnation, Sublime with Rome, released their last studio album, Sirens, back in 2015. This summer, the group will hit the touring circuit alongside fellow Californians, The Offspring, for their massive co-headlining tour. The complete list of tour dates can be seen below.



July 6 – Airway Heights, Wash. – Northern Quest Resort & Casino
July 7 – Abbotsford, British Columbia – Abbotsford Centre
July 8 – Penticton, British Columbia – South Okanagan Events Centre
July 10 – Calgary, Alberta – Cowboys Stampede
July 11 – Moose Jaw, SSaskatchewan – Mosaic Place
July 12 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – RBC Convention Centre
July 14 – Sudbury, Ontario – Sudbury Arena
July 15 – London, Ontario – Rock The Park Music Festival

Sept. 8 – Chicago, Ill. – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Sept. 9- Sterling Heights, Mich. – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Sept. 12 – Holmdel, N.J. – PNC Bank Arts Center
Sept. 14 – Philadelphia, Pa. – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
Sept. 15 – Boston, Mass. – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Sept. 16 – Wantagh, N.Y. – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sept. 19 – Rogers, Ark. – Walmart AMP
Sept. 21 – The Woodlands, Texas – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sept. 26 – Chula Vista, Calif. – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Sept. 27 – Mountain View, Calif. – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sept. 29 – Las Vegas, Nev. – Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Sept. 30 – Salt Lake City, Utah – USANA Amphitheatre

Listen: Linkin Park unveil their ‘Battle Symphony’

A week ago, Linkin Park unveiled the dark and emotional music video for their song “Heavy” which found frontman Chester Bennington battle with his alcohol addiction. Now, the band has treated fans to another new song off One More Light. On Friday (March 17), the California-founded band unveiled the lyric video for their new single, “Battle Symphony.” Listen/watch the lyric video for the new song above.

Earlier this week guitarist/co-vocalist/rapper Mike Shinoda teased fans on social media by “thinking” about releasing another new song from the impending record. “I think we should put out another song today,” Shinoda wrote on Twitter on Thursday. Staying true to this thought/tease, Linkin Park released the second official single from their upcoming seventh studio album.

“Battle Symphony” will join lead single “Heavy” on One More Light. One More Light is set to be released on May 19 and marks the group’s first new album since 2014’s The Hunting Party. Pre-orders for the new album are currently available on the band’s website.