Good Charlotte announce North American tour


Since the announcement that Good Charlotte would be releasing a new album, fans of the band have been eagerly awaiting a tour. Over the summer, the group performed at t couple of Vans Warped Tour stops, but that was all. On Monday (Aug. 8), that all changed when the Maryland-founded group unveiled a fall tour. The trek which has been named the “Youth Authority” tour, is set to kick off on Oct. 23 at the Ventura Theatre in Ventura, CA. The month-long excursion will then wrap up on Nov. 23 at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX.

The Story So Far and Big Jesus will join Good Charlotte for the entire tour while Set Your Goals, Four Year Strong, and Hit the Lights will take turns performing on selected dates. Set Your Goals will hit the stage from Oct. 23-27 while Four Year Strong will take over from Nov. 1-16. Hit the Lights will then take over the vacancy from Nov. 18-23. Tickets for the shows will go on sale beginning Friday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m. local time. The complete list of tour dates can be seen below.


10/23 – Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theatre

10/25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield

10/26 – Pomona, CA @ Fox Theatre

10/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo

10/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue

10/30 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic theatre

11/01 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

11/03 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

11/04 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre

11/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater

11/06 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room

11/08 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall

11/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore

11/11 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

11/13 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues

11/14 – New York, NY @ PlayStation Theater

11/15 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

11/16 – Washington, D.C. @ Echostage

11/18 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore

11/19 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz

11/22 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues

11/23 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

*10/23-10/27 with Set Your Goals

*11/01-11/16 with Four Year Strong

*11/18-11/23 with Hit the Lights

The “Youth Authority” tour is in support of Good Charlotte’s recently released record, Youth Authority. The album, the group’s sixth studio album, is their first new set of tracks since announcing and end to their four-year hiatus. the album included singles, “Makeshift Love, “40 Oz. Dream,” and “Life Can’t Get Much Better.”

State Champs to Hit the Road This Summer


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.


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


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.

Skate and Surf Fest Update 2015 Line-Up

Skate and Surf Festival 2015 - Asbury Park, NJ - May 16th & 17th *RAIN OR SHINE

Just when you thought Skate and Surf Fest had announced all the acts slated to take the stage next month in New Jersey, you find out, they weren’t quite done.

Two months after unveiling the so-called “complete” line-up for the weekend-long festival, organizers added a couple of more bands to the already packed line-up.

Joining previously announced acts like the Dropkick Murphys, Thrice, Acceptance, Manchester Orchestra and more will be Hit the Lights, Cancer Bats, Diamond youth, No Good News, Souvenirs and lastly, Real Friends.

“Skate and Surf has always been a pretty significant event to us,” reveals Real Friends bassist Kyle Fasel.

“It definitely holds a special place in my heart and memory. Very stoked!”

Check out the announcement below.


For those who have not been keeping tabs on the lengthy list of bands, the newly revised list can be seen here.


Aaron West (Acoustic)
American Nightmare
Beach Slang
Big D & The Kids Table
Cancer Bats
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
Cloud Nothings
Diamond Youth
Dropkick Murphys
Elder Brother
Four Year Strong
From Autumn To Ashes
Head North
Hit the Lights
Hot Rod Circuit
Iron Chic
Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band
Light Years
Major League
Manchester Orchestra
Modern Baseball
Motionless in White
No Good News
Pianos Become the Teeth
Poison the Well
Real Friends
Rozwell Kid
Runaway Brother
Small Brown Bike
Sorority Noise
Steady Hands
The Front Bottoms
The Gaslight Anthem
The Parlor Mob
The Scandals
The So So Glos
The Story So Far
The Weaks
The Wonder Years

Skate and Surf Fest will return to their home of Asbury Park on May 16 and 17. Tickets are still on sale so you might want to get them if you haven’t yet.

Hit the Lights Document Upcoming Boxer’s Life in “Life on the Bottom” Video


Hit the Lights released their new album, Summer Bones last month, but the album’s release is not stopping the band from releasing a music video for one of the new tracks.

The band premiered the video for “Life on the Bottom” exclusively on ESPN, though we’ve posted it below.

The video which was directed by Kyle Thrash, follows boxing newcomer Ismael Villarreal as he trains (in a subway train, on a roof, in an alley, and in a ring) for and competes in his first fight at the Golden Gloves Tournament in Brooklyn, NY.

When asked about what inspired the video, vocalist Nick Thompson said:

“We’ve worked with Kyle Thrash so many times that we have complete trust in his ideas and abilities. When he approached us about the idea for a video centered around Ismael, we were totally on board. The song made sense with Ismael’s struggles and it’s great to be able to give him some limelight while we take the back seat!”

Watch the video.

Hit the Lights will be heading out on tour later this Spring on Chunk! No Captain Chunk!’s upcoming “Get Lost, Find Yourself Spring Tour” alongside Forever Came Calling, To The Wind, and In Her Own Words.

Full tour dates for the “Get Lost, Find Yourself Spring Tour” can be found here.

Stream Hit the Lights’ ‘Summer Bones”


Hit the Lights new album is set to be released next week, but now the band are giving fans the chance to stream Summer Bones, in full, a couple of days ahead of time.

Hit the Lights introduced listeners to the first single off of the upcoming record, “Fucked Up,” back in January. At the time, frontman Nick Thompson said the track was “inspired by the fear older generations tend to have of a younger generation that they can’t understand or relate to.”

Listen to Summer Bones in full below.

Summer Bones is set to be released on Tuesday (March 24) through Pure Noise Records.

But don’t think Hit the Lights won’t be doing anything in the meantime (the band played a few dates of Motion City Soundtrack’s “Commit This to Memory Tenth Anniversary Tour”).

Last week, it was announced they will be joining Forever Came Calling, To The Wind, and In Her Own Words on Chunk! No Captain Chunk!’s upcoming “Get Lost, Find Yourself Spring Tour” set to kick off on May 1 at San Diego’s House of Blues.

The complete itinerary for the tour can be found here.

Bled Fest Unveil Complete 2015 Line-Up


Bled Fest have been unveiling their line-up for the 2015 edition of the one day festival sporadically over the last couple on months, and today, organizers have revealed the complete line-up for the festival.

Artists making the trip to Howell, MI for this year’s event include Real Friends, Touche Amore, Modern Baseball, The Early November, Chunk, No Captain Chunk, Hit the Lights, Pianos Become the Teeth and many more.

Check out the complete line-up on the poster below.


Bled Fest will take place on Saturday, May 23 at the Hartland Performing Arts Center. Tickets are still available (as are VIP packages) for those interested in making the trip to Michigan in May for the show.

Cartel to Celebrate ‘Chroma’ Tenth Anniversary with Tour


Cartel’s breakout and debut album, Chroma will be turning ten this year, and the band have now confirmed they will be heading out on a “Chroma Tenth Anniversary” tour this Spring.

Last year, the band confirmed they would be performing the 2005 record in full during South By So What? in Grand Prairie, TX,  making some wonder if this might be the beginning of a tour where they would celebrate the anniversary of the album.

During the weekend, the band helped add gasoline to the speculation fire when they tweeted some “Chroma stuff” would announced this week, specifically on Monday at 3 PM (EST).

The tour will officially begin on April 9 in Minneapolis at Mill City Nights and wrap up on May 16 in Lawrence, KS at the Granada. Heading out on the road with them will be TEAM, Driver Friendly, and Hit the Lights for half of the tour dates.

Check out the full list of tour dates below and take a flashback in time with the music video for the lead single from the album, “Honestly.”


3/20 – Dallas, TX @ South By So What

4/09 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
4/10 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II
4/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
4/12 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
4/14 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
4/15 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
4/16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
4/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
4/18 – Boston, MA @ The Middle East Downstairs
4/19 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
4/21 – Freehold, NJ @ GameChangerWorld
4/22 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
4/24 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4/25 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater

5/06 – San Diego, CA @ Porter’s Pub
5/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
5/08 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
5/09 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
5/11 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
5/12 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Murray Theater
5/15 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
5/16 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada

5/22 – London, UK @ O2 Academy

Hit the Lights Let Us Know We’re All “F-ed Up Kids”

After hinting to fans that anew song would be released this week, Hit the Lights have come through with their promise.

Today, the released the first single off of their upcoming fourth album, Summer Bones. The new song is titled “Fucked Up Kids” which is currently streaming over at Alternative Press, or you can just go ahead and watch the lyric video for the track below which features live footage of the group performing.

“‘Fucked Up Kids’ is inspired by the fear older generations tend to have of a younger generation that they can’t understand or relate to,” said vocalist Nick Thompson when asked about the inspiration behind the song.

“That same younger generation recycles that fear onto the next and causes these ideological rifts between us. We end up with this weird tug-of-war with each generation claiming the world as their own.  In the end, we’re more alike than we know. We’re all trying to hide our fears, doubts, and problems. We’re all trying to find a place in a world that’s always changing and we should find solace in the fact that we’re all fucked in some way and it’s ok. I feel that people who realize this can find personal freedom in that truth, and comfort in the fact that they aren’t alone, no matter what it seems. It’s dedicated to Rochester, New York for all the great times and amazing people it’s given us.”

Summer Bones will be released on March 24 through Pure Noise Records.

Hit the Lights will be heading out on the road for a few days this weekend, opening for Motion City Soundtrack on their “Commit This to Memory Tenth Anniversary Tour.”


Hit the Lights to Release New Album in March

Last month, Pure Noise Record revealed that a chunk of their line-up would be releasing new albums in 2015. One of those bands confirmed for a 2015 release was Hit the Lights.

Last night, the band took to the internet to revealed not only the name of the upcoming record, but also a slew of very important information.

Summer Bones, the band’s fourth studio album will be released on March 24 with pre-orders beginning this Thursday, Jan. 15 the same day that the album’s lead single is slated to drop.

Check out the message from the band on Facebook which features a video with a snippet of a song that might just be the one scheduled to be released later this week.

Hit the Lights will be joining Motion City Soundtrack for several dates of the band’s Commit This to Memory tenth anniversary tour scheduled to begin this Saturday, Jan. 17 at The Varsity in Minneapolis.

Pure Noise Records Release Winter Sample and Good News

Winter has just begun and Pure Noise Records are giving those who are fans of their bands a lot of good news.

To begin, the record label that houses acts such as Handguns, Front Porch Step, Reggie and the Full Effect and many more have release a free Winter Sampler on Amazon. Head on over to the site here and download the full 20 track album with a song from everyone on their roster.

But if that wasn’t a cool enough late Christmas gift, the record label have unveiled that a couple of their acts will in fact be releasing new album in the new year.

Those bands you might be asking will include: Hit the Lights, Four Year Strong, The Story So Far, State Champs, and Senses Fail who had confirmed last month their new album, Pull the Thorns from Your Heart would be released in the Summer of 2015 through Pure Noise.

Hey Everyone, 

The end of the year is here. 2014 has been an insane,y bust but fun year at Pure Noise. We’ve put out more releases this year than any year before. You can check out the list HERE. Thank you for supporting us this year. We’ve got some very exciting things in store for 2015 including a Pure Noise UK TOUR & full length releases from Hit the Lights, Four Year Strong, The Story So Far, Senses Fail, & State champs. Have a Happy New Year. We’ll see you at a gig soon.

So, it might be time to get ready for Pure Noise Record releases to be taking over your music library.