New Found Glory, Dashboard Confessional to headline Parkland benefit concert

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While the country, and much of the world, is still reeling from the senseless shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., those in the South Florida community have made it their mission to come together and help those victims any way they can. On Wednesday (Feb. 28), local rock radio station 104.3 The Shark announced how they intend to help the victims of the shooting and it includes the healing power of music. Taking to social media, the radio station and its hosts announced a concert to benefit the Broward Education Foundation Victim’s Fund.

Titled “#ParklandStrong: A Concert Benefiting Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School,” the show will bring together several rock musicians who call the southern part of Florida home. Headlining the springtime show will be New Found Glory who not only call the Parkland area home, but are also MSD alums.

In a Twitter post, the band writes: “As some of you may or may not know, half of our band went to MSD, so it is important to us that we do as much as we possibly can to help the school and families of the victims. They deserve our love, support, and help and we will help in any way we can. We have decided that in an effort to help raise funds for those impacted by the events at MSD and to honor the victims and heroes, NFG will be playing a benefit show at Pompano Beach Amphitheater on May 16.”

Also performing at the benefit will be Dashboard Confessional (who call Boca Raton home) and former Yellowcard vocalist William Ryan Key (who calls Jacksonville home). Both Dashboard Confessional and Key will reportedly perform “intimate acoustic sets” while it appears New Found Glory will perform a normal, full set.

As New Found Glory posted in their open letter to fans, the show will take place on Saturday, May 16, at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater in Pompano Beach. Tickets for the benefit show will go on sale beginning this Monday, March 5, at 10 a.m. local time here. Tickets will cost $25 each with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to the fund.

The show will be all ages with door opening at 5 p.m. and the show beginning an hour later at six.

Last week, local Fort Lauderdale concert venue Revolution Live held their own concert benefit for the victims of the shooting. Pop star Austin Mahone, DJ-duo Jack and Jack, and 20 others artists performed at the show.

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New Found Glory confirms release of ‘Makes Me Sick’

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A couple of months and cryptic messages later, New Found Glory has finally confirmed the title and release date for their brand new album. On Wednesday (Jan. 25), the Florida-founded band announced that their ninth studio album will be titled Makes Me Sick. The new record is set to be released on April 28 through Hopeless Records.

“Lyrically, this album looks at our culture and where we’re at—even in ourselves. We live in a place where people, ourselves included, spend so much time pointing the finger at others. They point at everything else they want to fix with the world, but they never really point at themselves,” guitarist Chad Gilbert explained to Alternative Press in a recent interview.

“This album is more vulnerable, but it’s a different kind of vulnerability and honesty than our other records. Musically, we’ve found this sort of freedom because of our fans and their loyalty to us over the years. We use this juxtaposition between our most accountable lyrics and our most fun music.”

In addition to the new album confirmation, the band has also announced that the first single off of the record will be titled, “Happy Being Miserable.” According to the band’s social media accounts, the music video for the track will premiere on Thursday, Feb. 16. On their official Twitter, the group posted an image of a table with four chairs, four pies, and a sign reading “New Found Glory Bake Off & Pie Eat.”

Back in December of 2016, New Found Glory announced plans to hit the road in the spring of 2017 to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Titled the “20 Years of Pop-Punk” tour, the North American leg of the trek will kick off on March 22 at the Soundstage in Baltimore and wrap up a month and a half later on May 12 at Revolution Live in the band’s hometown(ish) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. During the excursion, the band will play selected albums in full. Those records include everything from 1999’s Nothing Gold Can Stay to 2009’s Not Without A Fight. The full list of tour dates can be found here.

Makes Me Sick will be the follow-up to the group’s 2014 release, Resurrection. Back in 2015, they re-released the album as Resurrection: Ascension which featured two new studio tracks, two reworked tracks including a newer (but not better) version of “Vicious Love,” and three acoustic tracks.

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.

Simple Plan Drop New Song Featuring New Found Glory’s Jordan Pundik

With less than a week until the release of their highly anticipated new album, Simple Plan have returned with another new song from Taking One for the Team. On Sunday (Feb. 14), the Canadian group joined forces with Alternative Press to debut “Farewell.” “Farewell” features vocals from New Found Glory’s Jordan Pundik and is one of the tracks the band had teased on Instagram last week.

“‘Farewell’ is one of the last songs we wrote and recorded for our new album ‘Taking One For The Team’ and definitely a favorite for us!” the band reveals in a statement to Alternative Press. “It combines a lot of classic, old-school, pop-punk vibes, with some more modern influences from all of the newer bands coming into the scene. We really love that post-chorus melody with the awesome guitar riff Jeff plays and the breakdown drum beat—it’s heavy but so catchy! One of the highlights of this album is having our good friend Jordan from New Found Glory make an appearance on this track. He sounds so good singing that second verse; the melody suits him perfectly, and it sounds rad and exciting when he comes in for his part. He really killed it, and we’re proud to have him sing with us. Lyrically, at first glance, this feels like a straight up, bittersweet breakup song, and in a way it is, but while we were writing it, we were also channeling a lot of different emotions and there’s a second hidden, deeper meaning to every line that relates to being in a band. We’ll let you guys figure that one out!”

“Farewell” is the latest song the band has released from their fifth studio album, Taking One for the Team. The new song will join previously released tracks “BOOM!,” “I Don’t Wanna Go to Bed,” “I Don’t Wanna Be Sad,” and “Opinion Overload.” Taking One for the Team is set to be released this upcoming Friday, Feb. 19. Pre-orders for the new album are still ongoing, so those who pre-order now will get instant downloads of all the singles including “Farewell.”

So What?! Music Festival Unveil More Artists for 2016

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The So What?! Music Festival just keeps getting bigger and better. A little under a month since their last update, the folks behind So What?! have unveiled a large list of artists taking the stage at the weekend-long show in March of 2016. Back in October, it was announced that acts like New Found Glory, Bayside, Being As An Ocean, Emery, Saosin featuring Anthony Green on vocals, and more would be making their way to Grand Prairie for the tenth annual event.

Before that, The Devil Wears Prada, Beartooth, and the recently reunited Underoath had been confirmed for the festival as well. On Tuesday (Dec. 1), festival organizers did not hold back, announcing a lineup that will make any pop-punk fan want to book a hotel and plane ride to Grand Prairie during that weekend in March.

Instead of us listing all the acts that will be playing at So What?! Music Festival, we’ll just tell you to look at the lineup below, because we’re pretty much stoked (even though we probably won’t be making it) for the festival.

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And to think, “third announcement more TBA” means more acts will be announced soon.

The So What?! Music Festival is scheduled to take place during the weekend of March 19-20, 2016 at the QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, TX. Tickets for the weekend festivities are currently on sale, so if you have the time and the cash, now might be a good time to get them.

Paramore Announce Second Annual PARAHOY! Cruise Lineup

All aboard the second annual PARAHOY! cruise.

On Wednesday (Oct. 28), Paramore announced the lineup for the second voyage of their now-beloved cruise. Taking to Facebook, the band posted a video revealing the 2016 lineup. The video features frontwoman Hayley Williams (and her pooch, Alf) pulling out a notebook and writing the names of the acts joining Paramore on the four-day trip.

Heading out on the Caribbean cruise alongside Paramore will be X Ambassadors, LIGHTS, mewithoutYou, Vacationer, New Found Glory, and CHVRCHES. The announcement that CHVRCHES will be joining the trio on the cruise comes a couple of hours after footage of Williams joining the Scottish trio on stage for their song “Bury It” in Nashville surfaced.

The four-day excursion will kick-off in our hometown (and New Found Glory’s, kind of) of Miami on March 5, 2016. From Miami, they will head to Cozumel, Mexico and then return to the port in Miami on March 9, 2016. Sadly, tickets for the cruise have been sold out since May, but there is a silver-lining. The band announced there is currently a wait list going on the PARAHOY! website for those who might want to test their luck a little bit.

The inaugural PARAHOY! cruise took place back in March of 2014. Due to the band’s full touring schedule earlier this year, the group wasn’t able to bring their touring fun to the high seas.

So What?! Music Festival Phase Two Lineup Announced

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So What?! Music Festival has returned with their “Phase Two” announcement. The newly added bands scheduled to head to Texas for the weekend-long festival are Saosin, New Found Glory, Bayside, Being As An Ocean, Emery, Silent Planet, Zao, and others. During their “Phase One” announcement, festival organizers revealed that the newly reunited Underoath, the Devil Wears Prada, and Beartooth would be performing at the show.

The update lineup can be seen below.

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So What?! Music Festival 2016 will take place at the QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. the festival will take place on March 19 and March 20. the lineup at the time of the festival will reportedly feature over 100 bands in total while the rest of the lineup will be announced at later dates. For now, those interested in heading to Grand Prairie in March for the festival can head on over to their website to purchase tickets.

New Found Glory Release New Version of “Ready and Willing”

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With their co-headlining tour with Yellowcard officially underway, New Found Glory have released a new music video for their track, “Ready and Willing.” Unlike the first video for the song, this version features a long list of bands taking turns singing the lyrics of the song. And when we say that it’s a long list of bands, we truly mean it. Check out the list of bands, provided by New Found Glory on YouTube, and the video below.

LIST OF BANDS IN “READY AND WILLING” 2.0:

GUEST VOCALS:
Ryan Key (Yellowcard)
Mike Herrera (MXPX)
Chris DeMakes (Less Than Jake)
Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional)
Chris Conley (Saves The Day)
Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids)
Brianna Collins (Tigers Jaw)
Mark Hoppus (Blink 182)
Garrett Dale (Red City Radio)
David Wood (Down to Nothing)


SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Never Too Late from São Paulo, Brazil
Nowall from Piracicaba, Brazil
Simple Memories from Bogotá, Colombia
Attention! The New Portsdown from Singapore
Mateo Minotas from Medellín, Colombia
Alive & Well from San Diego, California
Horny Carrots from Madrid, Spain
Sean Chadburn from Nottingham, UK
Stark from Bogotá, Colombia
Don*t Point from Chernihiv, Ukraine
Blank Paradigm from Rugby, Warwickshire
Good Intentions from Queens, NY
Our Story to Tell from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
It’s Been a Summer from Las Vegas, New Mexico
Heard By Now from Montreal, Canada
Ryan Medina from South Florida
Departure Point from Rockville, MD
The Flins Tone from Surabaya, Indonesia
All in a Day from Sydney, Australia
Roll Models from Kyiv, Ukraine
NITRO from Lima, Peru
Makeshift from Massapequa, NY
Academy Killer from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
City Lights Calling from Graz, Austria
The Fourteens from Quezon City, Philippines
An Hour Makes Us Heroes from Oklahoma City, OK
Dylan Rivetti from Lancaster, California
Palm Trees & Power Lines from Jacksonville, FL
Mafer Tejada from Mexico City
Ocean Grave from Panama City, Panama 
Criminal Collection from Czech Republic
Will & Mo Rendition
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In addition to the new music video, New found Glory have also re-released their 2014 album, Resurrection. The reissue is titled Resurrection: Ascension and will feature two unheard tracks as well as a newly redone version of “Vicious Love” featuring Paramore’s Hayley Williams.

Reading and Leeds Unveil 2015 Set Times

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Are you one of the thousands of concert goers who will be heading to Reading and Leeds this upcoming weekend? Well, if you are we have some good news for you; the festival organizers have unveiled the complete list of set times for both Reading and Leeds’ main stage. Check out the newly released list below and don’t forget to plan according to see as many awesome bands/artists as you can.

Reading Festival:

Friday (Aug. 28)

12:00 – 12:30 Mariachi El Bronx

12:45 – 13:25 Neck Deep

13:40 – 14:20 Drenge

14:40 – 15:25 Palma Violets

15:45 – 16:35 Panic! At The Disco

16:55 – 17:45 All Time Low

18:10 – 19:10 Bastille

19:45 – 20:45 Alt-J

21:30 – 23:30 Mumford & Sons

Saturday (Aug. 29)

12:00 – 12:30 Babymetal

12:45 – 13:15 Fidlar

13:35 – 14:15 Marmozets

14:30 – 15:10 Modestep

15:35 – 16:20 Pierce The Veil

16:45 – 17:35 Alexisonfire

18:10 – 19:00 Royal Blood

19:40 – 20:40 Bring Me The Horizon

21:30 – 23:30 Metallica

Sunday (Aug. 30)

12:00 – 12:30 Feed The Rhino

12:45 – 13:25 Lonely The Brave

13:45 – 14:30 Against Me!

14:50 – 15:40 The Gaslight Anthem

16:00 – 16:50 The Cribs

17:10 – 18:00 The Maccabees

18:25 – 19:25 Jamie T

20:00 – 21:10 Kendrick Lamar

21:55 – 23:30 The Libertines

Leeds Festival:

Friday (Aug. 28)

12:00 – 12:30 Feed The Rhino

12:45 – 13:25 Lonely The Brave

13:40 – 14:20 Against Me!

14:40 – 15:25 The Gaslight Anthem

15:45 – 16:30 The Cribs

16:50 – 17:35 The Maccabees

18:00 – 18:55 Jamie T

19:30 – 20:40 Kendrick Lamar

21:25 – 23:00 The Libertines

Saturday (Aug. 29)

12:00 – 12:30 Mariachi El Bronx

12:45 – 13:20 Neck Deep

13:35 – 14:15 Drenge

14:30 – 15:10 Palma Violets

15:30 – 16:15 Panic! At The Disco

16:35 – 17:20 All Time Low

17:45 – 18:40 Bastille

19:15 – 20:15 Alt-J

21:00 – 23:00 Mumford & Sons

Sunday (Aug. 30)

12:00 – 12:30 Babymetal

12:45 – 13:15 Fidlar

13:30 – 14:05 Marmozets

14:25 – 15:00 Modestep

15:20 – 16:05 Pierce The Veil

16:25 – 17:10 Alexisonfire

17:45 – 18:35 Royal Blood

19:15 – 20:10 Bring Me The Horizon

21:00 – 23:00 Metallica

Reading and Leeds will take place during this upcoming weekend, August 28-30. Tickets are still on sale, but if you still haven’t gotten them, we aren’t quite sure how many are left.

New Found Glory are Horrible Tattoo Artists in “Vicious Love”

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With just a few hours until they are scheduled to take the stage at the Alternative Press Music Awards, New Found Glory has debuted the music video for their latest single, and our personal favorite track from Resurrection, “Vicious Love.”

The video features all the members of New Found Glory decked out in the worst fake beards and mustaches around. What’s even worse is that they’re tattoo artists who are horrible at what they do. From tattooing the wrong names on people to crossing out a tattoo a client wanted covered up with an orange marker, you can tell that the guys aren’t exactly good at their job. As a word of caution, just wait until you get to the tattoo that they “did” featuring Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and a lightsaber.

Check out the music video for “Vicious Love” below, but be warned, the song itself is not the original that was featured on their eighth studio album. This version of “Vicious Love” features Hayley Williams and will be featured on the upcoming re-issue of the 2014 release.

New Found Glory will be releasing Resurrection: Ascension on Oct. 9 through Hopeless Records. The re-issue will also feature two unheard tracks as well as the video’s version of “Vicious Love.”

The album will fittingly be released around the same time that their co-headlining tour with Yellowcard is slated to begin. Full tour dates  for that can be seen here.