Riot Fest Chicago 2015 Line-Up Unveiled

After revealing the line-up for the two other “spin-off” festivals the original made way for, how exactly do you follow that up?

By revealing the completely awesome line-up the original festival is going to have.

After giving fans the list of artists slated to make their way to Denver and/or Toronto (while also keeping some names secret), Riot Fest have released the names of those who will be taking a trip to the birthplace of the festival at their new stomping ground, Douglas Park, Chicago during the weekend of Sept. 11-13.

Much like the others, Riot Fest Chicago will feature performances from Tenacious D, Iggy Pop, Motörhead, Alexisonfire, Alkaline Trio, and many more.

What makes this line-up so different (at least for now) are the artists that will be performing their full albums during their sets(kind of like last year).

Snoop Dogg will perform Doggystyle, Ice Cube & Guests will perform Straight Outta Compton, Rancid will perform … And Out Come The Wolves, The Dwarves will perform Blood Guts and Pussy, while hometown boys The Academy is…will reunite after four years to perform Almost Here.

Check out the line-up below.

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Watch Adam Lazzara Burn Down a House in “Better Homes and Gardens”

It’s been over a year since Taking Back Sunday released their new album Happiness Is…and we’re now being gifted with a brand new music video from it.

After a handful of tours and several festival appearances, the Long Island band have released the music video for the somber track, “Better Homes and Gardens.”

The music video only features frontman Adam Lazzara as he drives a beat up blue pick up truck to the woods. There, we see a house which looks like it has seen better days. As Lazzara sings the song, we watch as he goes to the back of the truck and removes a gasoline canister from the bed and heads for the house.

He begins to pour gasoline all over the house and follows it up by lighting a cigarette. As you can guess, the house soon goes up in flames and all we see is Lazzara just watching as that “house that you hate” burns down to the ground.

As anyone who has seen the song performed live and knows some information about Lazzara’s personal life, you can guess (and probably be right) about the subject matter of the song.

Watch the video for “Better Homes and Gardens” below.

Taking Back Sunday Show Ft. Lauderdale What ‘Happiness Is…’

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If you were to tell the “emo kids” of the 2000s that one of the bands that helped shape that scene would still be selling out concert venues more than ten years later, their response would probably be a scoff and a “well duh.”

But as history has shown, many bands who hit it big back then have either changed their line-up considerably or all together broken up. But Taking Back Sunday has shown that they could withstand the test of time by selling out the same venue not once, but twice, in two years.

Like entering any darkly lit night club on a Saturday night, as soon as you entered Revolution Live, you were instantly greeted by hoards of people who showed up early just to proclaim a spot of their own. Through the cigarette smoke and people clinging onto cans of beer, finding a spot became one of the most difficult parts of the evening, though not impossible.

In the background, the first band of the night, letlive. was on the stage entertaining fans with their screaming which even included two covers of some iconic hardcore bands. The first was a cover of “The Deadly Rhythm” from the newly reunited Refused. The second was Black Flag’s “Fix Me.” But as the song began, commotion from the second floor of the venue got louder and louder with security shoving people out of the way to make room. It was only a short time later that someone pointed out that a member of Black Flag was there.

After one more song, letlive. ended not only their set for the evening, but their time on the Happiness Is…Tour.

As the band and their crew moved quickly to take down and set up the stage, it was a little over half an hour until the second act of the evening took the stage; The Menzingers.

The Menzingers quickly went into their first song of the night, “I Don’t Want to Be an Asshole.” As they played, the band’s sound began to reminiscing of being a teenager. Their songs sounded like music those “weirdos” who went to high school in the 2000s used to listen to and could probably fit in with the other songs on our old school MP3 players.

As they were getting ready to begin another song, the screen behind them lit up with Taking Back Sunday frontman Adam Lazzara on the a screen. Attention was soon placed on Lazzara, but calmed down once the audience realized that it was just a gif (a very short clip being played on a loop). Though some were bummed that Lazzara was not currently waving at everyone live, the excitement for The Menzingers did not waver especially when they played a cover of Rancid’s “Roots Radical.”

Once their set wrapped, the stage went dark to let the road crew do their job and get ready for the headliners. As the commotion of setting up the stage went on for half an hour, the music in the background kept audience members awake and pumped, especially when “Forget About Dre” began to play the background.

On several instances, the lights turned on, giving false hopes to the packed venue. But the final time was different.

It was time.

Smoke began to fill the dark stage as band members began to make their way to their assigned spots. The final person to enter the stage was Lazzara. Once the lights went up, the singer was no longer on the stage, but rather on one of the side bars above the pit. Dressed in black, he began to sing the lyrics to the “Flicker, Fade” the first single off of Happiness Is…with blue lights flickering behind him.

“Flicker, Fade” quickly transitioned into “What’s it Feels Like to Be a Ghost?” from 2006’s Louder Now with little cartoon ghost images flashing behind the band on the screen.

As the song wrapped, Lazzara began to speak to the audience. He proceeded to tell a story of an awkward interaction guitarist John Nolan had with a girl who was dressed in short shorts. Due to the closeness of Lazzara’s mouth and the microphone, it was hard to hear what exactly happened, but somehow he managed to find the girl in the pit and point her out.

Kind of a cool story to tell your friends in the future.

As the night progressed, fans of the band got a set list that contained songs from several of their albums, though tracks from 2008’s New Again seemed to be left off the 21-song list.

“Timberwolves at New Jersey,” “Ghost Man on Third,” “You Know How I Do,” and “You’re So Last Summer” made appearances on behalf of Tell All Your Friends which turned ten just last year.

One of the funniest parts of the evening happened towards the end of “You’re So Last Summer” when a video montage of members of the tour lit up the screen behind the band. In it, the members were all dancing around, even kicking their legs up as if they were some Moulin Rouge rejects dancing the can-can.

“We’re going to let this play for a little longer,” joked Lazzara as he turned to stare at the screen.

Where You Want to Be is probably one of their biggest albums (alongside TAYF), so it was only fitting to have several tracks from the album performed live. Tracks included “Bonus Mosh Pt. II,” “One-Eighty by Summer” which according to Lazzara was a request by opening act letlive., and of course “A Decade Under the Influence.” During the song, Nolan could be seen, from his little corner on stage left, making random and kooky faces as Lazzara’s voice changed throughout the song.

Louder Now was a hit album among fans and it was nice to hear songs likes “Liar (It Takes One to Know One),”  “Spin,” and “Error: Operator” get played live rather than hear it directly from a CD. Deep down inside though, there was some hope that the band would play “Miami” since Ft. Lauderdale is as close to Miami as any band ever gets.

The rest of the set list was made up of songs from Happiness Is…which included “Stood a Chance,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and a song that made Lazzara somber up a little bit as the band performed it, “Better Homes and Gardens.” For those listening to the lyrics of the song and happen to know a little bit of band member history, it would only take a few second to realize that the inspiration for the song was Lazzara’s engagement falling apart back in 2007.

Though the energy in the room was somber as it was performed, it picked up right after the song was over, proving that “emo” songs don’t always dampen the mood.

Before long, the last song on the “official” set list ended and the lights went down. For once, no one moved knowing that in a few seconds the band would be back out to perform their encore.

The band emerged on to the stage with Lazzara holding an acoustic guitar in his hands, to begin the first encore song, a track titled “Call Me in the Morning” off of 2011’s self-titled.

Thankfully, they did not end the show with that song and picked up the pace when they began the first notes of “Cute without the ‘E’ (Cut from the Team).”

If it wasn’t for the insulated wall Revolution Live has, there was a chance the people at the Broward Theater of the Performing Arts down the street would be able to hear the hundreds of voices screaming together “and will you tell all your friends you’ve got your gun to my head.”

But fans didn’t need to start chanting “one more song” once it wrapped because quickly, they went into another one of their big hits, “MakeDamnSure.” If anyone thought the crowd couldn’t get anymore insane, they would be wrong. It was as if the entire venue went from a ten on the energy scale to an 11 throughout the song.

As the last notes of “MakeDamnSure” were held by the instruments and Lazzara’s (and the audience’s) vocals, it was the end of the road on memory lane. Those 20 and 30-somethings who wanted to relive their youth got to do so with the band that probably got them through some of the toughest days of being a teenager and maybe gave them a new-found love of music.

It was a trip that for just a moment you could feel like the worst things you could do was dye your hair hot pink without your parents knowing, wear too much eyeliner, and writing all over your Converse.

A simpler time. And man, how they are missed.

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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.

Letlive. Barred from Orlando Venue

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Bad news if you were planning on seeing letlive. live at the House of Blues in Orlando, FL; they’ve been banned from the venue.

Letlive. were scheduled to perform at the House of Blues which is located in Downtown Disney in Lake Buena Vista, FL as one of Taking Back Sunday’s opening acts, alongside The Menzingers, on April 3.

According to the band, House of Blues Orlando notified them that they had been pulled from the event, but gave no other reason as to why this was done.

“We cannot offer any details as to why since we were given none ourselves,” they wrote on Facebook.

Instead of letting it get to them, they have revealed that they are currently planning to schedule a one-off show in the area for those who were going to the show to see them. A crummy situation for attendees who wanted to see Taking Back Sunday and The Menzingers as well.

Read the band’s full statement straight from Facebook below.

“Ladies and Gentlemen that were planning on attending the Lake Buena Vista, Florida date at the House Of Blues on the upcoming tour with Taking Back Sunday and The Menzingers and expecting to see ll.- due to reasons we cannot control, we will not be permitted to play said date.

We have just been notified by the people at Disney Orlando/HOB that we have been pulled from the event.We cannot offer any details as to why since we were given none ourselves.

Rumor has it that Goofy, Pluto, and most of Toontown were in protest against the decision, but Chairman Mouse exercised veto powers and struck down the proposition in the end.

In the meantime, we will be trying to set up a one off at another venue in place of the this. Thank you so much for the unwavering support. It’s moments like these we deeply appreciate it/you. 

Yours,
ll.”

This will not be the first time that the band have had a run-in with a venue.

Last year, the band were playing The Tabernacle in Atlanta when frontman Jason Butler climbed a balcony during their set. Staff and security at the venue were less than amused by the antics and decided to cut their set short because of it. No word if this is what kind of led to the banning.

Taking Back Sunday to Re-Release ‘Happiness Is…’, Unveil New Music Video

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We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again; Taking Back Sunday have become one of the hardest working bands of 2014.

With all the tours they’ve been on this year (and there’s still a month and a half left), and the new album they put out earlier this year, we’re sure TBS have only had a handful of days off.

Exactly a week ago, the band revealed plans to head out on another North American tour at the beginning of 2015 with The Menzinger and letlive. and now we know why they will be hitting the touring circuit once again; they’ll be re-releasing Happiness Is… in a special edition box set.

The box set which has been titled The Complete Recordings: Happiness Is…, is a limited edition 7″ box set featuring six previously unreleased B-sides and acoustic tracks.

The box set is slated to drop on Feb. 24 through Hopeless Records, but if you want it, you’re going to have to be one of the first to pre-order it because the band have announced that only 1,000 of them have been made.

As if that wasn’t enough Taking Back Sunday news for the day, the band went on to celebrate the announcement by releasing a new music video for their track, “All the Way.” The music video features live footage from what we’re assuming to be from one of their many tour stops of 2014.

Check out the video below as well as the full tracklisting for the upcoming re-release.

THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS: HAPPINESS IS… 7-INCH BOX SET TRACKLIST:

Record 1:

“Flicker, Fade”
“Stood a Chance”

Record 2:

“All the Way”
“Beat Up Car”

Record 3:

“It Takes More”
“They Don’t Have Any Friends”

Record 4:

“Better Homes and Gardens”
“Like You Do”

Record 5:

“We Were Younger Then”
“Nothing At All”

Record 6:

“How I Met Your Mother” *
“This Is Happening” *

Record 7:

“Can You Feel That (Here I Am)” *
“Stood a Chance (Acoustic)” *

Record 8:

“Better Homes and Gardens (Acoustic)” *
“Like You Do (Acoustic)” *

*Previously Unreleased/Rare Tracks

Taking Back Sunday to Hit the Road in Early 2015

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Proving that they are of the most hardworking bands, Taking Back Sunday have announced they will be hitting the road once again, early next year.

The Long Island band, who this year alone have gone on three major tours across the world with The Used, have confirmed plans for a Spring 2015 tour.

Taking a few months off for the holidays, the band will pickup their bags, once again, and start all over again in mid-February. The trek will kick off on Feb. 18 at the Civic Theatre in New Orleans, then hit several North American cities before wrapping up on April 4 in Ft. Lauderdale at Revolution Live.

Heading out on tour with Taking Back Sunday this time around will be letlive. and The Menzingers.

VIP tickets for the tour will go on sale tomorrow, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. EST, while general ticket sales will begin this Friday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m., local time.

But, you might want to keep an eye out because word has it that venues and certain promoters will be hosting several pre-sales.

Check out the tour dates, tour announcement and official flyer for the tour.

TAKING BACK SUNDAY SPRING 2015 TOUR with LETLIVE. and THE MENZINGERS:

Feb 18 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre

Feb 19 – Houston, TX – House of Blues

Feb 20 – Austin, TX – Emo’s

Feb 21 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom

Feb 22 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls

Feb 24 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

Feb 25 – Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Feb 26 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

Feb 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium

Feb 28 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

Mar 1 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield Theatre

Mar 3 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

Mar 4 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall

Mar 6 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre

Mar 8 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave

Mar 10 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues

Mar 11 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore

Mar 13 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall

Mar 14 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis

Mar 15 – Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall

Mar 16 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom

Mar 18 – New York, NY – Best Buy Theater

Mar 21 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory

Mar 24 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount

Mar 26 – Boston, MA – House of Blues

Mar 27 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium

Mar 28 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live

Mar 29 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

Apr 1 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre

Apr 2 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor

Apr 3 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues

Apr 4 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live

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Craig Aaronson (A&R for Jimmy Eat World, My Chemical Romance, and More) Passed Away

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Normally, hearing that someone from a record label passed away doesn’t really make headlines, but sometimes that person played a key role in discovering some of your favorite bands. In news that feels like a dagger to the heart, the A&R guy responsible for discovering many of the bands that helped shape our music taste and love of music, passed away.

According to several music publications including Billboard and Alternative Press, Craig Aaronson famed A&R guy from Warner Bros., passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Many artists, including those that he played a key role in discovering, have already taken to Twitter to express their condolences. Here are just some of the ones that we have found on our Twitter feed with more coming as the day progresses.

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It's with great sadness in our hearts that we write this message to you all. An integral part of our A7X family has passed away. Craig Aaronson was one of the driving forces behind our decision to sign with Warner Brothers Records back in 2004 along with Tom Whalley and Andy Olyphant. We had heard horror stories about independent bands signing with major labels so when we first met Craig we were skeptical. We ended up trusting him and Warner Brothers Records and in the end we are glad that we did. Craig had not only been a personal friend to us through the years, but also helped spearhead many of the bands successes, including allowing us to have complete creative control throughout all of our albums. No matter what we handed into the label he would get behind it and go to work. Our manager Larry Jacobson has always said working with Craig was like working with a partner, always agreeable even when you disagreed, and because of that, A7X and WBR got so many good things done together. A couple of years ago Craig left Warner Brothers to do other things, we were saddened by his decision but realized he needed to move on. A few months later we were informed that Craig had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. While on chemo Craig still made it out to our Hail to the King album release show in Los Angeles earlier this year. We were all blown away by his dedication and will to live. Sadly, yesterday he lost the battle against cancer. He is survived by an amazing wife and kids. We will always be grateful to Craig and everything he has done for us. He has done the same for many other countless bands and without a doubt will be sorely missed. Thank you for everything Craig. Love A7X P.S. Life is too short, spend some extra time with the ones you love today.

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Aaronson was most well-know for bringing bands such as My Chemical Romance, The Used, Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday, Avenged Sevenfold, Against Me! and more to the label and helping them reach success.

If anyone needs an example of Aaronson’s enthusiasm for the bands he helped discover and love of his job, the perfect example can be found on MCR’s first DVD, Life on the Murder Scene where we see Aaronson listening to some new tracks the band were working on at the time and how passionately excited he got while listening to them.

Aaronson kicked off his lengthy resume of successful bands by signing Jimmy Eat World back in 1995 to Capitol before leaving and getting his job at Warner Bros. Jimmy Eat World recently wrote about that and how when they had no money, Aaronson had let them sleep in his house.

All we can say is thank you very much for discovering those bands and we owe you a lot, Craig. You had a role in helping shape who we are today.

Frnkiero and the Cellabration to Join Taking Back Sunday and The Used on Tour

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Taking Back Sunday and The Used recently announced that they will be joining forces once again to travel around the country for the second time in 2014. After a successful tour at in support of both their new albums, Taking Back Sunday for Happiness Is… and The Used for Imaginary Enemy, the two bands decided to hit the road together one more time.

Today, it was announced that former My Chemical Romance guitarist, Frank Iero and his new band, Frnkiero and the Cellabration are set to be opening up for Taking Back Sunday and The Used on the upcoming new dates.

“I’m really looking forward to getting on the road and finally playing these songs live,” Iero said.

“It’s strange, while making ‘Stomachaches’ I never got to really play the songs before recording them, because for the most part, it was just me, making them all by myself late at night in my basement. So it’s kind of a scary and exciting experience for me right now to finally hear these songs come to life in a live setting. And I’m glad to be able to be doing it with old friends like Taking Back Sunday and The Used.”

Frnkiero and the Cellabrations’ debut album is set to be released on August 26.

TAKING BACK SUNDAY and THE USED feat. frnkiero and the cellabration TOUR DATES:

09/08–Columbus, OH, LC Pavilion

09/10–Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE

09/12—Grand Rapids, MI, Orbit Room

09/16—Minneapolis, MN, The Myth

09/17–Sioux Falls, SD, The District

09/19—Kansas City, MO, Live! at the Power & Ligth District

09/21—Billings, MT, Shrine Auditorium

09/23—Idaho Falls, ID, Civic Auditorium

09/25—Seattle, WA, Showbox, Sodo

09/26—Portland, OR, Roseland Theater

09/29—Calgary, AB, Macewan Hall

09/30—Edmonton, AB, Union Hall

10/02—Winnipeg, MB, The Burton Cummings Theater

10/03—Fargo, ND, The Venue

10/04—Des Moines, IA, 7 Flags Events Center

10/06—St. Louis, MO, The Pageant

Taking Back Sunday and The Used to Continue Touring Together

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Taking Back Sunday and The Used must have liked touring North America together so much that the two bands have decided to once again team up for another tour.
 
Last week, they announced a joint four-day trip to Australia, but now they have add yet another tour together which will be hitting up Europe and some of Canada.
 
This news comes on the heels of the Riot Fest announcement which will feature both bands performing at all three incarnations of the anticipated festival, Toronto, Chicago, and Denver, in September. 

Check out the full tour dates, including festival stops, below.

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TAKING BACK SUNDAY and THE USED (*) TOUR DATES:

MAY 16  Zappos Rideshop Series (FREE) – Las Vegas, NV
MAY 25  GARCO at Jacobs Pavilion – Cleveland, OH
JUN 20  Amnesia Rockfest  – Montebello, QC
JUL 18  Great South Bay Music Festival – Patchogue, NY
AUG 13-17 Chiemsee Rocks – Übersee, DE
AUG 15-17 Serengeti Festival – Ostwestfalen, DE
AUG 15-17 Highfield Festival  – Leipzig, DE
AUG 17  Merthyr Rock –  Merthyr Tydfil, UK
AUG 21  HQ  –   Adelaide, AU *
AUG 22  Eatons Hill Hotel – Brisbane, AU *
AUG 23  UNSW Roundhouse – Sydney, AU *
AUG 25  170 Russell –  Melbourne, AU *
AUG 30  Bazooka Rocks – Quezon City, PH *

SEP 6-7 RIOT FEST –  Toronto, ON
SEP 7  89X Chill On The Hill  – Detroit, MI
SEP 8  LC Pavilion –  Columbus, OH *
SEP 10  Stage AE –  Pittsburgh, PA *
SEP 12  Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI *
SEP 12-14 RIOT FEST –  Chicago, IL *
SEP 16  The Myth  –  St. Paul, MN*
SEP 17  The District  – Sioux Falls, SD *
SEP 19  KC Live! at the Power & Lights District (FREE) –   Kansas City, MO *
SEP 19-21 RIOT FEST –  Denver, CO *
SEP 21   Shrine Auditorium  – Billings, MT *
SEP 23  Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium –  Idaho Falls, ID *
SEP 25  Showbox SoDo  – Seattle, WA *
SEP 26  Roseland Theater – Portland, OR *
SEP 27  Summer Ends Festival  – Tempe, AZ
SEP 29  MacEwan Hall  – Calgary, AB *
SEP 30  Union Hall –  Edmonton, AB *
OCT 2  Burton Cummings –  Winnipeg, MB *
OCT 3  The Venue –  Fargo, ND *
OCT 4  7 Flags Event Center – Des Moines, IA *
OCT 6  The Pageant –  St. Louis, MO *