Thrice to Hit the Road with La Dispute, Gates

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Just a week after teasing that a brand new album is currently in the works, Thrice has given their fans even better news. On Monday (Jan. 19), the California band, who recently came out of hiatus, announced plans to hit the road this summer. The North American trek is set to begin on June 3 at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles and wrap up less than a month later on June 25 at The Summit Music Hall in Denver.

Heading out on the road alongside Thrice will be La Dispute and Gates. Pre-sale tickets for the shows are currently available on the band’s website here. The complete list of upcoming tour dates can be seen below.

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The news of the upcoming summer excursion comes more than a year after speculation of the band’s return began. At the end of 2014, the band had posted an image on their Tumblr with “Thrice” and “2015” written on it. At the time, fans began to gossip that the message meant they would be reuniting for the tenth anniversary of their fourth studio album, Vheissu. Sadly, the group did not go out on a Vheissu tenth anniversary tour, but they did play several shows including the resurrection of Taste of Chaos in California back in October of 2015.

La Dispute to Release Documentary in November

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Following the massive trend of bands releasing documentaries, La Dispute is the latest band to do the same. The Michigan-based band has announced that they will be releasing a feature-length documentary titled Tiny Dots. According to the information provided, it appears the documentary is set to be released in early November.

Tiny Dots will make its theatrical debut in several cities on Nov. 1. The cities exclusively playing the film will be Tempe, AZ; New York; Lawrence, KS; Pittsburgh, PA; Philadelphia, PA; Seattle; and Howell, MI.

Check out the list of locations in each city that will playing the documentary as well as a video from the band about it.

TINY DOTS SCREENING LOCATIONS:

Tempe, AZ @ 51 West
New York, NY @ Studio at Webster Hall
Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
Howell, MI @ Historic Howell Theater
Pittsburgh, PA @ Hollywood Theater
Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
Seattle, WA @ The Funhouse (El Corazon)

Tiny Dots’ debut comes a day before the band is scheduled to hit the road for their United States tour. Quickly after their US tour wraps, they will make their way down south to Brazil for a five-day excursion in Brazil. For the complete list of upcoming tour dates click here.

La Dispute’s recent album, Rooms Of The House, was released back in 2014 through Better Living.

La Dispute Announce Upcoming Fall Tours

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La Dispute have announced they will be hitting the road in the Fall for two upcoming tours.

The first tour finds the Michigan band traveling up and down the west coast of the United States with a few stops in Texas for a couple of shows. The U.S. trek will begin on Nov. 2 at Double Door in Chicago and wrap up two weeks later on Nov. 17 at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle. Pity Sex and Envy will support the band on selected dates.

Right after wrapping the U.S. tour dates, they will head to South America for about a week. For five days, La Dispute will tour Brazil beginning on Nov. 19 at the Teatro Odisseria in Rio de Janiero and wrapping up on Nov. 24 at Porto Alegre’s Anexo B.

Check out the full list of tour dates below.

UNITED STATES TOUR DATES:

Nov. 2 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door*
Nov. 4 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall*
Nov. 6 – Austin, TX @ FUN FUN FUN Fest
Nov. 7 – Austin, TX @ FUN FUN FUN Fest
Nov. 8 – Dallas, TX @ The Door**
Nov. 10 – Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre**
Nov. 11 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory**
Nov. 13 – Hollywood, CA @ El Rey**
Nov. 14 – San Francisco @ Regency Ballroom**
Nov. 16 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom**
Nov. 17 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre**

BRAZILIAN TOUR DATES:

Nov. 19 – Rio de Janeiro @ Teatro Odisséia
Nov. 20 – Belo Horizonte @ A Autêntica
Nov. 21 – São Paulo @ Clash Club
Nov. 22 – Curitiba @ John Bull
Nov. 24 – Porto Alegre @ Anexo B

* with Pity Sex

**with Envy

La Dispute To Perform a Couple of Intimate Shows on Upcoming Tour

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La Dispute already announced they would be heading out on a Spring tour with Title Fight and The Hotelier, but now, the band have announced that they have added some more tour dates to the previously announced schedule with a special treat for fans.

Throughout the month-long trek, the band will be performing five intimate seated shows with fans meaning no pushing or shoving during those five days. Just a bunch of people enjoying a band having a personal and intimate moment with the people who appreciate them and got them to where they are.

The originally announced tour dates will still begin on March 21 at Fitzgerald’s in Houston, but will now wrap up on April 7 at the Covenant Fine Arts Center in La dispute’s hometown of Grand Rapids (this show will reportedly be for a benefit).

Check out the newly revised tour schedule below.

LA DISPUTE SPRING TOUR with TITLE FIGHT and THE HOTELIER:

3/21 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s *
3/23 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade *
3/24 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *
3/25 – Washington, DC @ Howard Theater *
3/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
3/27 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall *
3/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church #
3/29 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club *
3/30 – Boston, MA @ TBA #
3/31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar *
4/01 – Toronto, ONT @ Phoenix Theater *
4/02 – Detroit, MI @ Mosaic Temple Chapel #
4/03 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot *
4/05 – Chicago, IL @ Metro secret room (matinée performance) #
4/05 – Chicago, IL @ The Metro *
4/07 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Covenant Fine Arts Center (DAAC benefit) #

* w/ Title Fight, The Hotelier
# Seated Show

La Dispute Give Fans Pay-What-You-Can Option For Complete Discography

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The holidays are the best time to give back to the community and once again, La Dispute will be doing the same.

Earlier in the day, the band revealed they would once again be giving fans the chance to “pay-what-they-can” for the band’s complete discography, as well as a couple of unreleased tracks, on their Bandcamp.

Any and all donations given to the band through this will be donated directly to The Wellhouse, an organization that helps combat homelessness in Grand Rapids, MI.

Read the letter directly from the band to their fans advising them about this great opportunity to give back to those who are less fortunate than the rest of us.

“OK, let’s try this again.

Greetings!

It’s hard to believe that yet another year is coming to a close. It’s been a whirlwind– releasing our 3rd full-length album, Rooms of the House, touring for nearly 4 months straight, and taking multiple short bursts around the world to play various events and festivals with new friends and old. In recent months, we’ve been fortunate to be able to spend time with our families and loved ones, making plans for the future and working towards new things.

In keeping with tradition, we wanted to do something special this holiday season that would be our way of saying thank you to all those who have supported us and stayed with us throughout the years. All this, whatever this is, has become more than any of us could have possibly imagined. It’s overwhelming, really. Baffling even, at times. Ultimately, it’s an honor to be a part of it and we’re so grateful to be able to share it with all of you.

Well enough chit-chat, let’s get to the goodies. As we have done in the past, on December 25 we are opening up our Bandcamp page to pay-what-you-can downloads with the stipulation that all donations will be given to an organization of which we are locally connected to. This year, we have again chosen to support the Wellhouse in Grand Rapids, MI. It is especially pertinent this time of year to consider those who will not have the privilege of shelter and warm food, good company and gifts, while so many of us freely travel to our homes. Wellhouse Grand Rapids has been combating the effects of homelessness by creating spaces and providing opportunities for people to step out of their current situations. You can find more information about the work they are doing at their website (I’ll post below) which we encourage you to check out.

As far as the music goes, you’ll find that there are a few new things up for your downloading consumption, including two previously unreleased BBC sessions, one from earlier this year and another from back in 2011 when we visited Maida Vale with Touche Amore.

A note about downloads: if you are planning to download several albums or songs, please consider combining your donations into one lump sum on one of your downloads, instead of multiple small donations. This will help minimize fees and maximize the money that will be able to be donated.

Thank you for being you.

-LD”

South by So What? Reveal Fifth Installment

The new year is right around the corner and the people behind Texas’ South By So What? are making sure that they close out 2014 with a new reveal before 2015 kicks off.

For months the festival which will be celebrating its eighth year in existence, have been releasing the names of many of the artists who will be making the trek to Grand Prairie in mid-March for the weekend-long festival.

Now, South By So What? have revealed the fifth installment of their line-up which includes artists such as Circa Survive, La Dispute, Ghost Town, Ice Nine Kills among many more.

Funny enough, Ice Nine Kills will be in the middle of a tour with Motionless in White when they are scheduled to appear at the festival while La Dispute and Title Fight will begin their own joint tour the day right after their appearance.

Check out the newly added acts to the line-up below.

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SOUTH BY SO WHAT? FIFTH REVEAL:

Adaliah
Balance And Composure
Barrier
Bent Life
Chon
Circa Survive
Close Your Eyes
Emmure
Everyone Like Cathleen
Famous Last Words
Fine Fine Titans
Fire From The Gods
Ghost Town
Gift Giver
Ice Nine Kills
Kublai Khan
La Dispute
Modern Pain
Power Trip
Set It Off
Silent Planet
Stray From The Path
Title Fight
Traitors
Unity
Vulgar Display
Within The Ruins
Wolves At The Gate

La Dispute and Title Fight Announce Spring 2015 Tour

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La Dispute fans have something to look forward to in 2015; the band have just announced plans to go out on a short tour in the Spring.

The tour is set to begin on March 21 at Fitzgerald’s in Houston and then wrap up a couple of weeks later on April 5 at The Metro in Chicago.

Going along as a co-headliner will be Title Fight who will be wrapping up their current tour with Circa Survive this upcoming Saturday (Dec. 13) the first of two stops at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer (Title Fight won’t be performing the following night, the official last day of the tour). The Hotelier will acting as a supporting act for the barely-a-month-trek.

Check out the full tour dates below.

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3/21 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
3/23 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
3/24 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
3/25 – Washington D.C. @ Howard Theater
3/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
3/27 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
3/29 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
3/31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
4/01 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre
4/03 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot
4/05 – Chicago, IL @ The Metro

La Dispute released their new album Rooms of the House back in March of this year through their own record label, Better Living.

La Dispute Issue Statement About Kevin Whittemore’s Departure

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During their hometown show, La Dispute guitarist Kevin Whittemore announced that he would leaving the band much to the sadness of the audience. At the time, there had been no reason as to why he would be leaving the band, but today, the group have released a statement about Whittemore’s departure.

Unlike many bands who see a member make an abrupt exit, La Dispute have nothing but the best things to say about Whittemore in the statement and tried to get to the fans before nasty rumors were to begin about the reason for his leaving. Apparently, he will be leaving the band to pursue a career in building guitars rather than playing them while a friend of the band’s will be taking his place in the line-up for the time being.

Read the full statement below:

“For those of you not present at either our Grand Rapids or our Cleveland show this past Sunday and Monday respectively (excepting of course close friends not in attendance who were privy to this information prior to the commencement of tour), Kevin has, after roughly ten years of standing to my left and playing guitar in La Dispute, decided to move on to pursue other endeavors. Unsurprisingly, he’s stepping only sideways in his passion, opting instead to pursue the building of beautiful guitars rather than to play guitar beautifully as a profession, enrolling in a luthiery school here in our home state of Michigan starting this summer.

As those of you forced to suffer through my sentimental speeches during his final two shows have already heard me say, it’s as difficult for us to see him step down as it must’ve been for him to commit to doing so, and our sadness in him leaving is surpassed only by our excitement for him in the future he has chosen. He is nothing short of truly remarkable human, and he has been a vitally important member of whatever this thing is since it’s earliest infancy and the remaining four members of it plus extended family are forever in debt for his contributions both as a musician and, more importantly always, as a dear friend. There’s already a Kevbo shaped hole in me and in all of us, and we’ll feel it forever, I know. There’s really nobody like him.

And of course, I speak only of that absence in the context of the van and on stage–we’ll all remain family till death. Anybody who was in attendance for the farewell hometown show and his final show knows that without a shred of uncertainty (the chants were unreal, thank you). In all honesty, we wouldn’t be posting this were it not to combat the internet’s nasty habit of misinformation. This was a decision made between Kevin and us, five friends who’ve done more together than we ever could’ve imagined all those years back in the warehouse of a hardware store in Grand Rapids, MI. So, best to Kevin in this public forum, thanks for everything. Be seeing you soon, bud.

-ld (Brad, Chad, Jordan, Vass, and Kevin Scott “Kevbo” Whittemore)

(In the meantime, our old friend Corey worked his ass off learning songs with Kev and will be joining us in Europe, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. Make him feel at home. He’s one of the best. Oh – And thanks for the fantastic photo Andy, you’re a good man.)”

La Dispute Guitarist Parts Way with Band

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During the weekend, fans of La Dispute got some saddening news; the band would be losing guitarist Kevin Whittemore.

Whittemore, who helped found the Grand Rapids band, revealed during their hometown show Sunday (April 13), he would no longer be a member of the band. At the time of his announcement, there had been no official reason behind his sudden departure. Two day later, the band’s publicist has confirmed that he has in fact left the band.

“This band has been a dream come true for me… I thank God every day for giving me this opportunity,” the guitarist said, according to a post by Alternative Press.

Though Whittemore had a desire to the leave the band for the unknown reason, it was nice to see that he stayed on the band’s headlining United States tour until the last tour stop in Cleveland last night. Considering the curiosity of fans, an official statement on behalf of the band should be expected.

As for their upcoming European tour which is scheduled to begin on April 27 in Munich, Germany, it can only assume that the tour is still on though, there has been no word on who will be replacing Whittemore. Their upcoming tour is slated to begin in Germany and then visit several places including Austria, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Singapore. After that, they will head to Australia where they will tour from June 7 to June 20 followed by two stops in New Zealand.

La Dispute Release New Song, Video

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Fans of La Dispute are in for a treat because the band have released the music video for the song, “For Mayor In Splitsville,” the second track from their upcoming new album, Rooms of the House.

Rooms of the House is due out on March 18 on Better Living Records, a new record label founded by members of the band; they had previously announced that they had departed from former label, No Sleep Records. For those looking forward to the Michigan quintet’s third studio album, pre-orders can already be put in here. Portions from the proceeds will be donated to several charitable organizations including 826 NationalGirls Rock Camp Alliance, and Teen Cancer America.

Check out the video for “For Mayor In Splitsville”: