Simple Plan, State Champs, and We the Kings join forces for ‘Where I Belong’

Is it true that bands that play together stay together? Well, it looks like that may be the case when it comes to the guys in Simple Plan, State Champs, and We the Kings.

On Friday (Oct. 11), the three groups (and soon-to-be tour mates) unleashed their collaborative new song “Where I Belong.” Taking inspiration from all three bands’ sound, the three-minute tune gives us some of that summertime/Vans Warped Tour vibes with pop-punky goodness.

Listen to “Where I Belong” above.

The song comes a day after all three bands had one job: to break some “super important news.

The first to get enlisted were the guys from Simple Plan. Sadly, every single member was busy doing something that needed their “undivided attention (hi David, it’s great to see you’re back and busy eating a banana).

When they finally had a moment to break the news, they had to head on stage for a show. Instead, they decided to leave the job to the guys in State Champs.

Like the dudes in Simple Plan, State Champs were also a little preoccupied. We understand entirely as building trust with a judgmental kitten and documentaries are super important.

Like Simple Plan before, the guys in State Champs left the job to the guys in We the Kings. Frontman Travis Clark was the one to answer the call, but like everyone before, something went wrong. First, it was a collection letter from the toll pass (we’re assuming this is Florida, so SunPass). Then it was a letter from his daughters’ school.

After asking his wife where the “super important announcement” document is, he opens it only to find out his kids got to it first. What can you do?

Watch all three failed attempts here, here, and here.

The three acts are set to hit the road later this month. The joint trek kicks off on Oct. 29 at the National in Richmond, Virginia and wraps up on Nov. 24 at the Fillmore in San Francisco. The full list of tour dates can be seen below.


10/29 – Richmond, VA @ The National
10/30 – Silver Springs, MD @ Fillmore Silver Springs
10/31 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
11/02 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre
11/04 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
11/05 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
11/07 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
11/08 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
11/09 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
11/10 – Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Centre
11/12 – Kansas City, MO @ Truman
11/13 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
11/15 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre
11/16 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
11/17 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
11/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
11/20 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
11/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
11/23 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
11/24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

We the Kings extend upcoming fall tour schedule

We the Kings’ fall itinerary is already filled with tour dates, so what’s another handful of gigs?

On Friday (Sept. 6), the Florida-founded act announced plans to embark on a short, headlining fall tour. Simply dubbed the “We the Kings Fall 2019 Tour,” the newly announced outing will include shows sporadically spread throughout October, November, and December.

The first round of shows begin on Oct. 24 at The Beacham in Orlando and conclude a few days later on Oct. 28 at The Underground in Charlotte, North Carolina. The second set of shows will begin on Nov. 26 in Portland (the venue is still TBA) and end on Dec. 6 at Crowbar in Tampa.

Tickets for the upcoming shows are currently available on We the Kings’ website.

The new tour dates come a month after the band announced that they would hit the road this fall with Simple Plan and State Champs on their co-headlining tour. That upcoming excursion kicks off on Oct. 29 at the National in Richmond, Virginia and wraps up on Nov. 24 at the Fillmore in San Francisco.

We the Kings have spent the last couple of years on the down-low. To celebrate their debut album’s tenth anniversary, they released Self-Titled Nostalgia in 2017. The record featured reworked versions of all the songs that appeared on 2007’s We the Kings.

The following year, they released their fan-funded album, Six.

During the band’s quiet time, frontman Travis Clark has been keeping busy. Recently, the vocalist joined forces with Avril Lavigne to work on her comeback single “Head Above Water.”


Oct. 24 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham
Oct. 25 – Tallahassee, FL – The Wilbury
Oct. 26 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Oct. 27 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
Oct. 28 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
Nov. 26 – Portland, OR – TBA
Nov. 27 – Seattle, WA – TBA
Nov. 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – TBA
Nov. 30 – Denver, CO – TBA
Dec. 1 – Tulsa, OK – Vanguard
Dec. 2 – Memphis, TN – Growlers
Dec. 3 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
Dec. 4 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
Dec. 5 – Gainesville, FL – High Dive
Dec. 6 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar

Watch Patrick Stump become a power-hungry director in ‘Bishops Knife Trick’

It’s been months since anyone has really heard anything from Fall Out Boy. Between the new album, touring, and their privates lives, it’s safe to assume thing shave been crazy. Well, there’s no need to worry any longer because the quartet have returned.

On Tuesday (July 24), the Chicago-founded band unleashed the music video for their latest single, “Bishops Knife Trick.” Unlike many of their previous music videos, this one only features frontman Patrick Stump, a band of llamas, and some crew members. The five-minute clip features Stump playing the role of a power-hungry, rude, micromanaging music video director who is not impressed by the band.

If the premise of the clip sounds and looks oddly familiar, then you would be on to something; it’s a clear ode to their music video for 2007’s “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs.”

About four minutes into the clip, two of the llamas get into a massive fight and are swiftly kicked off the soundstage. Instead of calling it a day, Stump goes over to the piano and finishes the song (and then struggles to turn off the camera). For fans of the band, it’s funny to watch Stump, one of the nicest people you could possibly meet, screaming and losing his head over this llama band not listening to him.

Watch the music video for “Bishops Knife Trick” above.

“Bishops Knife Trick” is featured on Fall Out boy’s recently released record, MANIA. MANIA was released in January and swiftly earned the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Though the reviews were mostly mixed, MANIA went on to become Fall Out Boy’s fourth number one album.

In support of the album, Fall Out Boy previously announced plans to hit the road for a massive fall time tour. Against the Current, Every Time I Die, Gym Class Heroes, nothing,nowhere, L.I.F.T., and State Champs will all open for the four-piece during select days of the tour. The complete tour itinerary can be seen below.


Against The Current:

Aug. 29 – Uniondale, NY – NYCB Live, Home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Aug. 31 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Sept. 01 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium

Every Time I Die:

Sept. 06 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Van Andel Arena

Gym Class Heroes:

Sept. 11 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Sept. 12 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
Sept. 14 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Sept. 16 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center


Sept. 21 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
Sept. 22 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Center
Sept. 23 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
Sept. 25 – El Paso, TX – UTEP Don Haskins Center


Sept. 26 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Arena
Sept. 28 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
Sept. 30 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center

State Champs:

Oct. 02 – Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
Oct. 05 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
Oct. 06 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
Oct. 09 – North Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena
Oct. 10 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center

Opener TBA:

Sept. 02 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
Sept. 04 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Sept. 05 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Sept. 29 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
Oct. 03 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
Oct. 07 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse

State Champs take fans behind the scenes in ‘Mine is Gold’

Last month, State Champs announced the release of their third studio album with a brand new song titled “Dead and Gone.” Soon after, they followed it up by premiering another new jam titled “Crystal Ball.” Now, the group is giving fans yet another taste of the impending release. On Thursday (May 24), the New York-founded band joined forces with Billboard to unleash the music video for “Mine is Gold.”

The barely three-minute clip features black-and-white footage of the band in the studio recording what we can assume is the new album. In between footage of the guys being serious in the studio, the fans get to see them let loose by going fishing, riding a bike, watching hockey, and even shooting footage of a bag of Skittles. Watch the music video for “Mine is Gold” above.

“Mine is Gold” will join previously released singles “Dead and Gone” and “Crystal Ball” on the group’s forthcoming album. Living Proof is due out June 15 through Pure Noise Records. Pre-orders for the new album are available on the band’s website.

In support of Living Proof‘s release, State Champs will hit the road this summer on the final Vans Warped tour excursion. The full Warped Tour itinerary can be found here.

State Champs announce new album with new song

Earlier this week, State Champs uploaded a cryptic, hypnotic photo on their Twitter account leading fans to quickly speculate what was going on with them. As many assumed at the time, it was just the beginning of the band announcing their new era. On Thursday (April 19), the New York-founded band announced the release of their third studio album, Living Proof. Instead of just confirming that a new set of tunes was coming out in a couple of months, the band unleashed the music video for the album’s lead single, “Dead and Gone.”

The three-and-a-half minute clip begins with a guy passed out in what appears to be an abandoned warehouse. He wakes up and notices that there is what appears to be an old-school iPod next to him. He picks it up, places the ear buds in his ears, and presses play. On the other side of the mini speakers are the guys of State Champs performing the song from what looks like an airplane hangar.

While the music plays through the ear buds, the protagonist is looking at a wall that has random newspaper clips. After a while, he decides to leave the warehouse only to be corner by two guys wearing gorilla masks. He quickly makes up his mind to run away from the two men, trying his hardest to elude them eventually succeeding in his mission.

Watch the complete music video for “Dead and Gone” above.

“Dead and Gone” will be featured on Living Proof which is set to be released on June 15 through Pure Noise Records. Pre-orders for the new album are available on the band’s website. The band is offering several different bundles to satisfy every fan.

In support of Living Proof‘s release, State Champs will spend the summer touring around the country on the final trek of the Vans Warped Tour. Those dates can be found here.

Living Proof is the follow-up to the group’s 2015 release, Around the World and Back. Around the World and Back peaked at the number 30 spot on the Billboard 200 chart and the number three spot on both the Top Alternative Albums chart and the Top Rock Albums chart.

State Champs announce spring 2017 tour

State Champs fans have something to look forward to in 2017 thanks to the band’s recent announcement. On Wednesday (Dec. 14), the New York-founded band unveiled plans to embark on their first headlining tour of 2017. The United States-centric excursion will kick off on April 7 at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland and wrap up on May 14 at the Royale in Boston. Hitting the road alongside State Champs will be Against the Current, With Confidence, and Don Broco.

Tickets for the early 2017 tour will go on sale beginning this Friday, Dec. 16, on State Champs’ website. This isn’t the first time State Champs has hit the road with With Confidence. Earlier this year, State Champs took the recent Hopeless Records signees on their Australian tour with Neck Deep.

The upcoming tour announcement comes a few weeks after State Champs wrapped up their final tour of 2016. The trek found the band opening for Sleeping with Sirens on their ‘End the Madness’ tour. For now, the complete list of upcoming tour dates can be seen below.


April 7 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
April 8 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
April 9 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
April 11 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
April 12 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
April 14 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
April 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
April 17 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
April 18 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
April 19 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
April 20 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
April 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom
April 23 – San Diego, CA @ Obeservatory North Park
April 25 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel
April 26 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom
April 28 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
April 29 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
April 30 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
May 2 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
May 3 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
May 5 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater
May 6 – Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
May 7 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
May 9 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
May 11 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
May 12 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
May 13 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
May 14 – Boston, MA @ Royale

Sleeping with Sirens announce ‘End the Madness’ tour


Fresh off their summer on the 2016 Vans Warped Tour, Sleeping with Sirens has announced plans to hit the road once again later this year. On Monday (Aug. 15), the Florida-founded group unveiled their schedule for November and December of 2016 which will now include a tour. The North American trek, which has been named the “End the Madness” tour, a reference to their 2015 release Madness, is set to kick off on Nov. 3 at the Concord Music Hall in Chicago.

After visiting much of North America, the excursion will wrap up on Dec. 4 at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO. Fellow Warped Tour veterans, State Champs, Tonight Alive, and Waterparks have been announced as Sleeping with Sirens’ special guest for the month-long tour. Tickets and VIP packages will go on sale beginning this Friday, Aug. 19. The complete list of upcoming tour dates can be seen below.


Nov. 3 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
Nov. 4 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Nov. 6 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
Nov. 8 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Nov. 10 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Nov. 11 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Nov. 12 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
Nov. 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
Nov. 15 – New York, NY @ PlayStation Theater
Nov. 16 – Cleveland, OH @ Masonic Auditorium
Nov. 17 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVA
Nov. 18 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
Nov. 19 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
Nov. 20 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
Nov. 22 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Nov. 23 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
Nov. 25 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Livewire
Nov. 26 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
Nov. 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Nov. 28 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
Nov. 30 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Dec. 1 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
Dec. 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Dec. 4 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

Earlier this year, the band teased fans that they were in the process of working on new material. During an interview, frontman Kellin Quinn said that the new album would be a return to form and going back to “who we are.”

“It’s definitely going to be focused on us re-branding and thinking about our music in terms of what we really want to do with it,” explained Quinn at the time. “I think when you’re making music and you’re expected to do certain things with your band, you kinda lose your touch and your focus. I definitely think this record is us getting back to who we are; getting back to concentrating on the music itself.”

Back in March of 2015, the band released their fourth studio album, Madness.

A Day to Remember Unveil “Just Some Shows” Spring Tour

A Day to Remember have just unveiled that they have plans to hit the road later this spring. On Wednesday (Feb. 3), the Florida-based band revealed a list of tour dates which they have dubbed the “Just Some Shows Spring Tour.” The trek will officially begin with a pair of rock music festivals in their home state. The first show will take place on April 30 at Fort Rock in Ft. Myers, FL. Then, they will head north to Jacksonville, FL, where they will meet up with Parkway Drive for Welcome to Rockville, the sister festival to Fort Rock.

After that, A Day to Remember, Parkway Drive, and State Champs will officially kick-off the tour on May 3 at the Music Farm in Charleston, SC. Following a couple of weeks on the road, the tour will end on May 21 at the Rock’n Derby Festival in Schaghticoke, NY. The complete list of tour dates, which appears to consist of a lot of music festivals, can be seen below.


04/30 – Fort Myers, FL @ Fort Rock Festival **
05/01 – Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville Festival ***
05/03 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
05/04 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
05/06 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
05/07 – Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion Festival ***
05/08 – Richmond, VA @ The National
05/10 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
05/12 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore *
05/13 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection *
05/14 – Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion Festival ***
05/15 – Clive, IA @ 7 Flags Event Center
05/17 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
05/18 – Peoria, IL @ Limelight Eventplex
05/20 – Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range Festival ***
05/21 – Schaghticoke, NY @ Rock’n Derby Festival **

* no Parkway Drive
** A Day to Remember only (Festival)
*** A Day to Remember and Parkway Drive only (Festival)

So What?! Music Festival Unveil More Artists for 2016


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.


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.

Neck Deep and State Champs to Head on World Tour

Fresh off the release of their brand new album, Life’s Not Out to Get You, Neck Deep have  announced plans to hit the road in early 2016. Heading out alongside them for their “world tour” will be State Champs. The tour will kick off with a pair of shows on Jan. 6 in Perth, Australia. The first of two shows will take place at the YMCA HQ and is open to all ages while the second show will take place at the Rosemount Hotel and will be an 18+ event.

For their time in Australia, the tour will consist of one show for all ages and another for 18+. After Australia, they will head to Asia where State Champs will headline from Jan. 20-24 during the Japan stops. For the Malaysia, Singapore, and Philippines dates, Neck Deep will be performing alone. Once the tour hits the United Kingdom, State Champs will rejoin the trek with Creeper and Light Years.

The full list of upcoming tour dates can be seen below (pay close attention to the legend to know who’s performing where).


Jan 06 – Perth, Australia @ YMCA HQ (matinée), (All Ages)
Jan 06 – Perth, Australia @Rosemount Hotel, (18+)
Jan 07 – Brisbane, Australia @ The Triffid, (All Ages)
Jan 08 – Brisbane, Australia @ The Triffid, (18+)
Jan 09 – Sydney, Australia @ Metro, (All Ages)
Jan 10 – Newcastle, Australia @ Cambridge Hotel, (18+)
Jan 12 – Canberra, Australia @ The Basement, (18+)
Jan 13 – Adelaide, Australia @ Fowlers Live, (All Ages)
Jan 14 – Melbourne, Australia @ Arrows, (All Ages)
Jan 15 – Melbourne, Australia @ Corner Hotel, (18+)
Jan 17 – South Gippsland, Australia @ UNIFY festival, (18+)

Jan 20 – Tokyo Shibuya, Japan @ The Game*
Jan 21 – Osaka, Japan @ Pangea*
Jan 22 – Nagoya, Japan @3Star*
Jan 23 – Tokyo, Japan @ Club Asia*
Jan 24 – Japan @ TBA*
* = State Champs headline

Jan 26 -Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia @ KL Venue (formerly Alt HQ)**
Jan 27 – Singapore, Singapore @ Scape Ground Theatre**
Jan 28 – Manila, Philippines @ Skydome**
** = Neck Deep only

Feb 01 – Birmingham, United Kingdom @ Institute †
Feb 02 – Glasgow, United Kingdom @O2 Academy †
Feb 04 – Manchester, United Kingdom @ Academy †
Feb 05 – Cardiff, United Kingdom @ Great Hall †
Feb 06 – London, United Kingdom @ Forum †
† = Neck Deep headline w/State Champs, Creeper, Light Years

More tour dates will reportedly be added at a later date. Neck Deep will be touring in support of Life’s Not Out to Get You which was released back in August while State Champs will be touring in support of their impending new record, Around the World and Back , which is set to be released on Oct. 16.