Rise Against, AFI and Anti-Flag to embark on ‘Mourning in Amerika’ tour

AFI, Anti-Flag, and Rise Against are about to take the summer by storm. On Monday (March 26), the three bands announced a massive tour which will find the politically charged groups traveling across the country. Dubbed the “Mourning in Amerika” tour, the trek will kick off on July 28 at the RBC Echo Beach in Toronto, Ontario and conclude two months later on Sept. 30 at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, California. The tour will take a quick break following its stop at the Osisko En Lumieres Fest in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. The tour will commence a month later on Sept. 6 at the Armory in Minneapolis.

Pre-sales for the upcoming excursion will go on sale beginning this Thursday, March 29, at 10 a.m. local time while general tickets sales will begin on Friday, March 30, at 10 a.m. local time.

The summer/fall tour will be in support of all three groups’ recently released records. Rise Against released their eighth studio album, Wolves, in June of 2017, earning them the number nine spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Anti-Flag released their tenth studio album, American Fall in November of 2017. As for AFI, the California goths also released their tenth studio album, AFI, in January of 2017.

MOURNING IN AMERIKA TOUR DATES:

July 27 – Montréal, Quebec @ ’77 Montréal (festival)*
July 28 – Toronto, Ontario @ RBC Echo Beach +
July 29 – Portland, Maine @ State Theatre*
July 31 – Worcester, Mass. @ The Palladium*
Aug. 1 – New York, N.Y. @ Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
Aug. 3 – Uncasville, Ct. @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug. 4 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
Aug. 5 – Asbury Park, N.J. @ Stone Pony Summer Stage
Aug. 7 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Red Hat Amphitheater
Aug. 9 – Niagara Falls, N.Y. @ Rapids Theatre*
Aug. 10 – Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec @ Osisko En Lumieres Fest*
Sept. 6 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ The Armory
Sept. 8 – Chicago, Ill. @ Wrigley Field (with Fall Out Boy)
Sept. 9 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Marathon Music Works*
Sept. 11 – Austin, Texas @ Stubb’s Bar-B-Q*
Sept. 12 – Houston, Texas @ Revention Music Center
Sept. 13 – Dallas, Texas @ Toyota Music Factory
Sept. 15 – Morrison, Colo. @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sept. 16 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Complex
Sept. 17 – Boise, Idaho @ Revolution Concert House
Sept. 19 – Bozeman, Mont. @ Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
Sept. 20 – Calgary, Alberta @ Grey Eagle Event Centre +
Sept. 21 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Edmonton Expo Center, Hall B +
Sept. 23 – Vancouver British Columbia @ PNE Forum +
Sept. 24 – Seattle, Wash. @ WaMu Theater
Sept. 25 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Ballroom
Sept. 28 – Concord, Calif. @ Concord Pavilion
Sept. 29 – Santa Barbara, Calif. @ Santa Barbara Bowl*
Sept. 30 – Irvine, Calif. @ FivePoint Amphitheatre

+on sale to general public beginning April 6 at 10 a.m. local time

Bands join forces for Orlando compilation

Following the horrific Pulse Nightclub shooting, musicians have gathered to help support the victims/families of the shooting and the city of Orlando however they can. Panic! at the Disco held a blood drive and released a limited edition t-shirt with all proceeds being donate. PVRIS and Beartooth did the same by releasing limited edition t-shirts while You Blew It!, who call Orlando home, released an EP benefiting Center Orlando, an LGBT center providing counseling in the wake of the shooting.

On Friday (June 17), it was announced that a slew of artists have joined forces to release a compilation titled Forever Beautiful: A Collection Of Love For Orlando. The record will feature a total of 49 bands with all proceeds from the release going directly to the OneOrlando fund; the fund created to assist those who were victims of the shooting. Bands like  Taking Back Sunday, Real Friends, New Found Glory, Modern Baseball, Allison Weiss, Knuckle Puck, Foxing, Bad Religion, Somos, Anthony Green, You Blew It!, Into It. Over It., Pity Sex, Pinegrove, the Menzingers, Citizen, Thin Lips, Sorority Noise, Tiny Moving Parts, Turnover, Anti Flag, Tigers Jaw, Basement, and more are featured on the massive album. 

“This compilation is a love letter to the community of Orlando, FL. Following the tragic events at Pulse Nightclub on June 12th, we wanted to show our support and love for our LGBTQ community the best way we knew how; through music,” begins a collective statement from all the contributing artists.

“The tracks on this album were all individually contributed by the bands and artists themselves; artists from Orlando, New York, California, England, and all over the globe. All proceeds from this compilation will be donated to support the victims of the Pulse shooting as part of the OneOrlando Fund as a symbol of solidarity as our city rebuilds. The price of this album is whatever amount you would like to donate to this cause.”

The compilation can be found here. If you want to help out and donate directly to OneOrlando, that link can be found here.

Atlanta’s Wrecking Ball Fest announces first set of 2016 acts

Atlanta’s Wrecking Ball Festival will be returning in 2016. What started out as a celebration of famed Atlanta concert venue, The Masquerade has now become a yearly event. On Tuesday (March 22), the people behind the punk-centric music festival unveiled its first back of acts for the 2016 incarnation.

Acts like The Bouncing Souls, American Football, Gorilla Biscuits, The Promise Ring, American Nightmare, Deafheaven, Touche Amore, Tigers Jaw, The Menzingers, Anti-Flag, the soon-to-be defunct Motion City Soundtrack and many more will head to Georgia in mid-August. What’s surprising about the newly revealed lineup is the addition of Thursday who went on hiatus several years ago (2011 to be exact). According to a tweet from frontman Geoff Rickly, “That line-up!! We said yes on Sunday because we couldn’t say no to THAT show. Literally had no plans to reunite b4.”

The band’s reunion comes a day after they posted a cryptic message on their official Twitter. No word yet on if this will be the beginning of something new or a one-off gig, even if Rickly’s tweet seems to be pointing at the latter.

The Wrecking Ball Festival will return to Atlanta during the weekend of Aug. 12-14. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale beginning next Friday, April 1 while it looks like a slew of more bands will be announced at a later date. For now, check out the current lineup for the summer event

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