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Jimmy Eat World Frontman Announces Solo Tour

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A few days after revealing he would be performing a couple of solo shows in June, Jimmy Eat World frontman, Jim Adkins, has revealed that those three shows are just the beginning of his Summer and Fall solo trek.

The singer had previously revealed that he had been working on some solo material during Jimmy Eat World’s downtime, but now it looks like he’s ready to take the solo act on the road.

In a letter to fans which he released earlier in the day, Adkins reveals that after 21 years of following the same cycle with JEW (“write, tour, record, tour, pull our heads together, and then write again”) he had gotten bored and was ready for something new and exciting (no, they are not going on hiatus).

Thanks to a chance opportunity in Berlin while JEW was on tour in Europe, Adkins decided to go on his own and perform a solo show. He found the opportunity to play solo to be “pretty different” and “fun” and decided to extend that further with a tour and like he writes, “2015 seemed like as good as any.”

Adkins reveals that the tour will be just him and a guitar traveling around the country this Summer and Fall. As of now, he hasn’t released any specific tour stop, except for the three tour dates he had previously released earlier this week (June 21: The Haunt – Ithaca, NY; June 22: BSP Kingston – Kingston, NY; June 23: The Space – Hamden, CT).

Read Adkins’ handwritten letter below.

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Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Music News

 

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Fearless Records to Re-Release ‘Punk Goes Pop Volume 6′

Fearless Records released the newest edition of their Punk Goes… series back in October, and now the record label has revealed plans to re-release the record this Summer.

The Punk Goes Pop Volume 6 reissue will include all of the tracks that were on the original release such as August Burns Red’s cover of “Wrecking Ball,” Knuckle Puck’s cover of “Chocolate,” State Champs’ cover of “Stay The Night,” and many more.

The difference with this new version of the record is the inclusion of three additional tracks that were not found on the 2014 release. The three additional tracks are: PVRIS’ cover of Sia’s “Chandelier,” Ice Nine Kill’s version of Maroon 5’s “Animals,” and lastly, I Prevail’s take on Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space.”

Check out the video for I Prevail’s cover of “Blank Space” below.

The Punk Goes Pop Volume 6 re-release will be available, digitally, on June 23.

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Music News, Streaming

 

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Lipton Tea to Launch ‘Be More Tea’ Festival

It seems like every year, we see the creation of more and more music festivals which to music fans like ourselves, is a pretty great thing.

Today, Lipton Tea announced they would be putting their hat into the music festival ring this year with their inaugural Be More Tea Festival.

The beverage brand’s festival will take place in North Charleston, S.C. at the Riverfront Park on Oct.24. The company hopes to inspire attendees to “Be More Tea,” the brand’s philosophy that encourages people to take time to engage with others and enjoy the world around them as well as celebrate their 125th anniversary.

Yes, that yellow box of tea you currently have in the back of your cabinet is turning 125 this year.

With the announcement, the beverage company has also revealed the first handful of artists slated to take the stage at the one day festivities. Jimmy Fallon house group The Roots, festival staple Passion Pit, Top 100 darlings Walk the Moon, and St. Lucia will all be making the trip to South Carolina this Fall for the event.

According to Melanie Watts, Lipton’s director of marketing, the festival will include one main, continuous festival stage as well as a neighborhood block party-meets-carnival vibe with “food, attractions, games, and rides.”

The one day party will also offer attendees different tea-based tasting booths that will highlight their products including their top-selling hot teas to their recently launched Lipton Sparkling Iced Tea. Watts also hinted they there will be some “fun tea-based cocktails.”

Do we smell their own version of a Long Island Iced Tea on the menu?

In honor of all the celebration, Lipton is also hosting the Be More Tea Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes will award 125 tea drinkers, and guests, trips to the music festival. The sweepstakes began on May 18 and will wrap up 125 days later on Sept. 19. For more information about the sweepstakes or to just enter, head on over to the Be More Tea Festival website.

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Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Music News

 

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Set It Off Part Ways with Bassist Following Sexual Assault Allegations

UPDATE:

After several hours of quiet since he was publicly removed from Set It Off, Austin Kerr has finally responded with a statement of his own about the allegations against him.

“As of two days ago I became aware of some serious allegations against me. There are two sides of every story and then there’s the truth. Fact is, I’m a guy who hasn’t always considered the way people may perceive my actions and while never forceful, there’s situations where I’ve been too pushy in several matters. I am taking full responsibility for my actions and behavior. I am so sorry for the effects of my actions and I apologize to anyone who has ever been made to feel uncomfortable by me in any capacity. I promise you it was NEVER my intention and I never thought I was entitled to anything.

I will carry myself differently in every matter I’m a part of from this day on. Upon first hearing of these matters, I immediately stopped drinking anywhere near shows, and stopped doing anything that might make someone uncomfortable (i.e. hugging them, picking them up, etc.). I will continue for the rest of my life being fully observant of other people’s feelings. After talking with the band, we have all agreed that I should part ways as nothing in this this should be attached to them in any way. I got to live my dream for years. For all the times, lessons and memories, I am so grateful.

Unfortunately attached to these allegations are half stories, exaggerations and untruthful statements. Since the tumblr post was released I have been approached by multiple people by their own accord who were there and can varify that some statements made are fictional or have proof of their falsehoods.

The truth is I’ve made people feel uncomfortable and I’m sorry. I encourage everyone to read into things before they believe them or make judgements. In often cases a lack of proof means something.

Moving forward, I am actively working on improving and making better decisions so that I will never make anyone feel like this again.”


It seems like with each passing day, more and more musicians are being accused of disorderly conduct when it comes to their underage fans.

We’re not sure if it’s because they like to use their “celebrity” label more, or if it has to do with presence of social media, or maybe the bands that we grew up with were a little more respectful when it came to their fans, but the truth is, things are getting out of control.

Today another band has found themselves in hot water due to a band member and their alleged misconduct with an underage fan, this time, in the United Kingdom.

According to the alleged victim/writer of a Tumblr blog post, there were several instances in which she encountered (now former) Set It Off bassist Austin Kerr which resulted in awkward interacts that made her uncomfortable. Instances, according to her, included Kerr making sexual innuendos, inappropriately touching not only her but her friends, and sending her (screen shots are included in the post) weird messages online.

Instead of letting these allegations hurt the Florida-based band, who are slated to begin the Vans Warped Tour in July, they quickly and swiftly took to their Facebook to release an official statement on the matter.

In the post, which can be seen below, they do not cite the blog as the reason behind Kerr’s removal, but they do make reference to it by saying that rumors were brought to their attention and that their number one priority is the safety of their fans.

While we’re not going to post the specifics from the blog here, we will give the link to it (seen here) for those interested in reading what reportedly happened to the writer.

Like out disclaimer every time a story like this comes out, we’re not going to take any sides, but we will keep this updated when new information about it becomes known.

As to what Set It Off are going to do now that they are down a member, we’re not sure. They have an upcoming tour stop this Friday (May 22) at the Bullingdon Club in Oxford, UK and have confirmed any and all upcoming shows will remain in full effect; no cancellations.

It’s also a good time to point out that Kerr has not made a statement about the accusations against him either. His last post on Twitter was from yesterday.

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Music News

 

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The Spill Canvas Announce ‘One Fell Swoop’ Anniversary Tour

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This August, the Spill Canvas’ sophomore album, One Fell Swoop, will officially turn ten and in honor of the momentous occasion, the band have decided to head out on their own tenth anniversary tour.

“It’s so unbelievable to me that ten years later, we’re still able to call this dream we had our jobs,” said Spill Canvas frontman Nick Thomas.

“We’re grateful and honored to be able to play our fans an album front to back that means just as much to us as it does to many of you. It’s been such a long time since we’ve played some of these songs, and even longer for the few we’ve never even played live before. We’re beyond excited to get back out on the road, and hope to see you at a show.”

The almost month-long trek will begin on Aug. 5 at the Larmier Lounge in Denver and wrap up on Aug. 23 at The Middle East (Upstairs) in Boston. The band will welcome the Press War onto the trek about half way through the journey (at the Pinelands Music Festival in Millville, NJ, to be exact).

Pre-sales for the “One Fell Swoop Tenth Anniversary Tour” will begin this Friday, May 22.

In a twist, the South Dakota band is slated to head out on another tenth anniversary tour this Summer though it’s not theirs. Beginning on July 11, The Spill Canvas will be opening for Motion City Soundtrack on the second leg of their “Commit This to Memory Tenth Anniversary Tour.”

For now, check out the tour dates for the “One Fell Swoop Tenth Anniversary Tour” below and those dates with Motion City Soundtrack can be seen here.

ONE FELL SWOOP TEN-YEAR ANNIVERSARY TOUR DATES:

Aug. 5 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Aug. 7 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
Aug. 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
Aug. 12 – Dallas, TX @ The Prophet Bar
Aug. 14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Purgatory)
Aug. 15 – Millville, NJ @ Pinelands Music Festival
Aug. 16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Altar Bar
Aug. 18 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
Aug. 19 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
Aug. 20 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
Aug. 22 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
Aug. 23 – Boston, MA @ The Middle East (Upstairs)

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Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Music News

 

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State Champs to Hit the Road This Summer

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What is a band to do after they’ve played supporting act to two big bands in one year?

Go on their own headlining tour, of course.

State Champs announced earlier in the day that once their Australian tour with 5 Seconds of Summer has wrapped, they will be returning to North America for their own headlining trek.

Heading out on the road with them will be Hit The Lights, Tiny Moving Parts, Let It Happen, and Northbound.

The trip which has been named “The (S)Hot Boys of Summer Tour” will begin on July 16 in Worcester, PA at the Palladium Upstairs and wrap up on Aug. 2 in Chicago at the Bottom Lounge.

Check out the full list of tour dates, as well as the official poster for it, below.

STATE CHAMPS’ THE (S)HOT BOYS OF SUMMER TOUR:

7/16 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium Upstairs
7/17 – Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Art Space
7/18 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Music Hall
7/19 – Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room
7/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
7/24 – Howell, NJ @ GameChangerWorld
7/25 – Baltimore, MD @ Sound Stage
7/26 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
7/28 – Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
7/29 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/30 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
8/01 – Toledo, OH @ Frankie’s
8/02 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

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The Summer tour dates come on the heels of the band revealing they will be releasing a new album later this year though no official date or title has been given for it yet.

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Music News

 

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Riot Fest Chicago to Move Locations, Announce Line-Up

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Sayonora Humboldt Park and hello Douglas Park!

Weeks after Alderman Roberto Maldonado opposed the return of Riot Fest Chicago to their home of a few years, Humboldt Park, the multi-day festival has formally announced that it has moved to a new location this year.

But don’t think festival organizers who are one heck of a vocal bunch are holding back over their distaste of the situation.

Instead of letting the Alderman have the final say, Michael Petryshyn and Sean McKeough decided it would be better to move the festival to another location instead of being used as a “pawn.”

“Recently, as evidenced in the media, there were those who attempted to divide the Humboldt Park community with unfair and unjust tactics that in no way represent the overwhelming majority of the 26th Ward residents and businesses. And while Riot Fest supporters stressed that without question, Riot Fest has done nothing short of showing their unparalleled devotion to the city and the neighborhood they called home, Riot Fest partners, Michael Petryshyn and Sean McKeough made the ethical decision not to allow the festival to be used as a pawn and removed Riot Fest from the conversation regarding the ever-changing face of Humboldt Park.”

In their statement, they even revealed that they thought about moving the festival out Chicago all together. Quite a blow to the city when you realize over 160,000 people attended the 2014 edition of the festival.

After surveying all the options, the partners decided to move Riot Fest ten minutes from Humboldt Park to Douglas Park.

“After looking into a nearly dozen options on the table, which included leaving the city limits altogether, Mike and Sean chose Douglas Park as Riot Fest’s new home because of the beauty of the park, it’s proximity to public transportation, the accessibility for fans, the diversity of the neighborhood and the overwhelming feeling that they were welcomed and wanted.”

Apparently, the welcoming feeling was mutual.

Unlike the 26th Ward Alderman, 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas seemed to be pleased to welcome the festival to his neighborhood with open arms.

“From Woodstock to Riot Fest it’s about unity and creating a positive community,” said Ald. Cardenas.

“It’s as American pie as you can get.  We are excited that Riot Fest has honored us by selecting Douglas Park as its new home.  More importantly, the community is thrilled to say ‘welcome’ to the over 150,000 fans, artists and staff that make Riot Fest possible.  We look forward to working with Riot Fest, Mike and Sean, and we welcome the economic impact Riot Fest brings to the community.”

But the new location isn’t the only piece of information Petryshyn and McKeough have given fans of the festival. Turns out, the line-ups for all three Riot Fests (Chicago, Denver, and Toronto) will be revealed next week.

No official date have been given for the reveals, so we’re just going to suggest that you keep an eye on their Twitter account all next week.

Riot Fest Chicago will take place during the weekend of Sept. 11-13.

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Music News

 

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