Riot Fest Announce 2015 Toronto Line-Up

It’s starting to feel a lot like music Christmas thanks to Riot Fest unveiling the first wave of artists for their Toronto dates, set to take place on Sept. 19 and Sept. 20 at Downsview Park..

Wu-Tang Clan, Frank Turner, Alexisonfire, and Thrice are just some of the big names heading to Canada for the weekend-long festival.

But don’t get too upset that some artists have been left off the initial release; apparently five names are going to be kept a secret until June 16.

For now, check out the mighty jammed line-up below and if you live in Canada or want to make the trek to Toronto for the show, we suggest buying your tickets after you check out the list.

What’s Eating Gilbert to Release Debut Album This Summer

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How do you follow-up two successful tours and a successful new album? By giving your side project a little bit of that love.

New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert revealed earlier in the day that his side project, What’s Eating Gilbert had not only signed to Hopeless Records, but that they will be releasing their official debut record this Summer.

The debut will be titled That New Sound You’re Looking For and is set to be released on July 10. Pre-orders and the lead single for the record will be available June 2.

“I’m excited to announce that it is finally time for me to release the first full-length What’s Eating Gilbert Album, That New Sound You’re Looking For, on July 10! I say finally because I actually recorded these 12 songs in January of 2014! Why have I waited so long to release it? Well, as most of you know, I play guitar in New Found Glory who have had an action packed last year and a half. Once Hopeless Records told me they wanted to release this album we both decided it was best to release it at a time when I could actually go out and play it for you!”

And he will definitely be able to do now that New Found Glory’s busy schedule has slowed down.

But things don’t end there. Gilbert and the rest of WEG will be hitting the road alongside Bayside’s Anthony Raneri as he embarks on a solo Summer tour.

Full tour dates can be seen below.

ANTHONY RANERI/WHAT’S EATING GILBERT SUMMER TOUR:

July 9 –    Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Purgatory
July 10 – Ybor City, FL @ Crowbar
July 11 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
July 12 – Jacksonville, FL @ 904 Music Hall
July 13 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle-Back Room
July 14 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle-Back Room
July 15 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java
July 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
July 17 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
July 18 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
July 19 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
July 21 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
July 23 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
July 24 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door
July 25 – St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
July 26 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar

Slam Dunk Fest Announce Complete 2015 Line-Up

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The United Kingdom’s Slam Dunk Festival has now revealed the complete line-up for this year’s festivities.

In the final unveiling, the annual festival revealed that Set it Off, Finch, Cartel, Architects, This Wild Life, and more have been added to its previously announced list.

Check out the flyer for the festival below which includes the new additions as well as acts like Taking Back Sunday, The Wonder Years, and major headliner You Me at Six.

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Slam Dunk Festival will once again take place at three different locations including the Leeds Civic Centre, The Forum in Hatfield, and Wolverhampton Civic Centre during the May bank holiday (the weekend of May 23-25).

Tickets are currently available on the festival’s website.

Seaway’s Van Broken Into, Again

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In what may feel like a sense of deja vu for the guys in Seaway, their van was broken into, again. This marks the second time in six months that the band’s van had been broken into (the first time was in San Francisco).

Taking to Twitter, they posted a picture of the busted window the crooks got in through and quickly assured fans that the only item taken from the van was their GPS system and that everyone was okay.

Back in November, the crooks who broke into their van taking their acoustic guitars, clothing, personal belonging among other things.

But before you start checking for GoFundMe or any of those funding campaigns, the band is not asking for anything. Instead, they do tell fans, and others alike, that if they would like to donate to them they could go ahead and buy something from their online merchandise store.

Check out their tweets below about the misfortune event.

Seaway are currently on tour with Bayside, Senses Fail, and Man Overboard for Bayside’s 15th Birthday Tour.

Tonight’s show is in Phoenix, AZ.

Bayside Frontman Issues Statement About New Song Diss

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Yesterday afternoon, Bayside released a scathing new song titled “Dancing Like an Idiot.” In conjunction with the song’s release, they had an interview with Billboard about the idea behind the track.

In the interview, frontman Anthony Raneri revealed how it was inspired by bands who like to lead fake rebellion, or “mall rebellion” like he said. Apparently, not a lot of people were happy about the message of the song and began to call out the band about the lyrics including one part where they say, “you’re basically One Direction of they had throat tattoos.”

Feeling the fire from listeners, Raneri responded, clearing up the message of the song and even taking those bashers calling the group’s lyrics “violent and misogynistic.”

Read the full message below.

“Yesterday, we debuted a new song that we wrote called “Dancing Like an Idiot”. I want to clear a few things up.

Let me first be clear that I’m not intending to backtrack or soften any criticism. We meant what we said in the song and it came out as we intended and we’re proud of it and its message. Dialogues are great and important. I said what I wanted in the song, a lot of people had responses, and now I want to continue the discussion and anyone is free to respond to this should they feel so inclined.

The song is not about good bands or bad bands. We all have bands that we like and don’t like. We may be one you don’t like. It’s all open to your tastes and opinions and that’s a great thing. It also isn’t about the Warped Tour. The Warped Tour is an institution that we are proud to have been aligning with for over a decade. The reason Warped Tour comes up when I talk about the song is because it is the setting for the story. It is where you can see and experience a lot of new things and you may not like it all. It also is very purposefully not about “kids these days”. I wrote the song from a perspective of being tired of hearing about “kids these days”. The song is about the people responsible for being a bad influence on “kids these days”. I’ve walked around Warped Tour and heard sexist and homophobic slurs come from the stage. I’ve heard front men implore girls to take their tops off. I’ve heard not giving a fuck championed and encouraged. I do give a fuck and I want kids to give a fuck about what they do and say and become. I want to challenge people to be better and I don’t know if I am doing that but I can be proud to say that I take my responsibility seriously and try everyday to at least not make it worse.

Which brings me to a really interesting point. I have seen some interesting and poignant comments about past Bayside lyrics being violent and misogynistic. I’m not going to deny it. I have always written songs from the top of my head. I write journals and then I turn them into lyrics. Literally. I wrote some songs when I was younger in which I was venting and at the time, it was a cathartic experience to get the crazy thoughts out. A lot of people do this in their heads and in private journals and my journals have been published. I think it goes without saying that I never intended to encourage anyone to put their ex lover’s head on a stick, but the misogynistic undertones aren’t lost on me looking back 10-12 years later. I am obviously a smarter, more mature and most importantly, more stable person these days. If you have listened to Bayside since the beginning, you have watched me grow up. I’m not looking to gain favor from anyone who felt like I was a hypocrite. I read some people say it and thought they had a good point and that if I was going to call out anyone else, then I owe everyone full disclosure. I knew that I had become better and more responsible in my life and my lyrics and I suppose I assumed that people would just know and I understand how they wouldn’t.

Selling fake and misguided rebellion is not only cheap, but dangerous. I’m not saying that I’m selling real rebellion or any, for that matter. I’m not the best role model, singer, songwriter or example that ever lived. But I try my best and in 15 years, I’ve never tried to sell a lie to anyone to sell an extra t shirt. I’m not a rebel. I’m not a punk. I just say what I’m feeling and I do my best to not hurt anyone in the process.
And yes, I know. Breathe.”

Listen to Bayside Call Out Certain People on “Dancing Like an Idiot”

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Bayside aren’t exactly shy when it comes to calling people out. We got to witness that first hand/ front row during Warped Tour last year when a large chunk of their audience decided it would be a lot more fun to crowdsurf and distract everyone, including the band members, rather than watch the show. (The eye rolls and frustrated looks were amazing.)

In honor of the band’s 15th birthday, they will be re-issuing 2014’s Cult with a new song titled “Dancing Like an Idiot” which they have now released for fans to stream and it’s not exactly a sweet as candy song; it’s scathing.

According to Bayside frontman Anthony Raneri, the song is a dig at all those artists that try to scam their fans just because they can. He makes reference to those who write “large curses on t-shirts and sell[ing] it to a kid cause they know the kid is stupid enough to buy it.”

“You’re telling them it’s cool to buy a t-shirt to piss their parents off. There’s nothing cool about that—that’s mall rebellion,” Raneri explained to Billboard.

“That’s not real rebellion. I grew up liking The Smiths, liking Nirvana…I fucking hated Guns N’ Roses. It was bullshit, misogynistic, it was fake rebellion—nothing is more corporate and commercialized. “

Check out the lyric video for the song below.

The Cult re-issue will be available on March 3 through Hopeless Records just in time for the band’s 15th Birthday Tour with Senses Fail, Man Overboard, and Seaway which starts on March 5 in Orlando.

Bayside Guitarist Undergoes Spinal Surgery

Bayside are slated to head out on tour in celebration of their 15th anniversary as a band in March of 2015, but before the band can celebrate the momentous occasion, guitarist Jack O’Shea needs to undergo a serious procedure; spinal surgery.

O’Shea has posted pictures of himself from the hospital and a message (and pictures) to fans informing them of what led to him being forced to undergo surgery. O’Shea writes that during the band’s European tour, which recently wrapped up, he lost most of the use in his right arm. After returning home, he decided to go to a specialist which told him he needed to undergo surgery due to a level three fusion in his cervical spine.

“So 11 years of headbanging and playing 11lbs plus Les Paul’s had led me to spine surgery. A month ago I lost most of the use of my right arm and powered through a tour in Europe. I got home and decided to see a specialist to make sure my physical therapy was correct and was rushed into surgery. I had a 3 level fusion in my cervical spine and should hopefully get most if not all of my right arm back but it’s right into intense physical therapy starting next week. Also my nurse is terrible at installing IV’s.”

The band posted a little while ago on their official Twitter account that O’Shea is out of surgery and everything went as planned. Read their tweet below.

Bayside Announce ’15th Birthday Tour’

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Bayside will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of the creation of the band and now, they have announced they will be heading out on tour next year to celebrate the milestone.

The band, who formed back in 2000 in New York, will be taking the celebration across the United States as well as one Canadian stop.

The “Fifteen Year Birthday Tour” will kick off on March 5 in Orlando and wrap up on Apr. 4 in Sayreville, NY.

But, if that wasn’t enough, Bayside have announced that Senses Fail, Man Overboard and Seaway will be hitting the road for the month-long trek alongside them.

Check out the tour dates as well as the official flyer below. Keep in mind, the only thing that has been revealed are the tour dates, the venues have yet to be announced.

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BAYSIDE’S FIFTEEN YEAR BIRTHDAY TOUR:

3/5 – Orlando, FL

3/6 – New Orleans, LA

3/7 – Dallas, TX

3/8 – Houston, TX

3/10 – Phoenix, AZ

3/11 – San Diego, CA

3/12 – Santa Ana, CA

3/13 – Las Vegas, NV

3/14 – Los Angeles, CA

3/15 – San Francisco, CA

3/17 – Portland, OR

3/18 – Seattle, WA

3/20 – Salt Lake City, UT

3/21 – Denver, CO

3/22 – Lawrence, KS

3/23 – St. Louis, MO

3/25 – Milwaukee, MN

3/26 – Chicago, IL

3/27 – Pontiac, MI

3/28 – Cleveland, OH

3/29 – Toronto, ON

3/31 – Baltimore, MD

4/1 – Boston, MA

4/2 – New York, NY

4/3 – Philadelphia, PA

4/4 – Sayreville, NJ

Bayside Play Dodgeball in “Pigsty” Video

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At the end of last week, Bayside had begun to leak a few snippets of what looked like a new music for them. They teased that the new video would be released on Monday (today) and now we have it.

The video is for “Pigsty,” one of the tracks from their recently released album, CULT.

The video begins with a shot of a high school with a sign for a dodgeball tournament. In the gymnasium, we see a bunch of people practicing when all of a sudden a group of kids, wearing yellow, bust in with their crazy (and maybe obsessive) coach. We say that because, well, he’s screaming a lot and even goes off on a referee in the process. Of course, if you start getting Dodgeball: An True Underdog Story vibes from the music video, then you are not alone.

Check out the video below.

Bayside will be heading out on a short tour this Fall with I am the Avalanche and Seaway beginning October 2 in Pawtucket, RI at The Met. Though these are just a few dates, don’t get discouraged. During the Vans Warped Tour, the band revealed that they will be heading out on a tour next year. We’re keeping our fingers crossed.

Current tour dates can be seen here:

BAYSIDE TOUR FEATURING I AM THE AVALANCHE and SEAWAY:

10/02–Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
10/03–Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/04–Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/05–Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
10/07–Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
10/08–Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room
10/09–Columbus, OH @ Skully’s
10/10–Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
10/11–Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
10/12–Newport, KY @ Thompson House