Wizardfest to take ‘Harry Potter’ hijinks on the road

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Are you one of the many wizards and witches still waiting for your owl to arrive with your letter from Hogwarts? Well, if you are, then we have some great news for you because it looks like Hogwarts may be coming to venue near you. On Thursday (Sept. 6), it was announced that Wizardfest, a Harry Potter pop-up party, will be hitting the touring circuit during the months of September, October, and November.

The tour will kick off on Sept. 19 at the Majestic Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin and conclude almost two months later on Nov. 9 at Skully’s in Columbus, Ohio.

According to a press statement from the event’s organizers, the evening will consist of Harry Potter-themed trivia; magicians; music; dancing; cosplay; and drink specials which will include Fire Whisky, Polyjuice Potion, Unicorn Blood (for the naughty), and of course the most iconic HP beverage, Butterbeer.

For those who want to dress up like their favorite Harry Potter character (Luna Lovegood anyone?), there will be a costume contest where winners can earn cash and prizes. But if that wasn’t enough to make you run through the wall at Platform 9 ¾ in King’s Cross, then maybe the special Quidditch Pong Tournament will. Winners of the pong tournament will also qualify for cash and prizes.

“Wizardfest started as an idea in 2016 where we thought about transforming venues into castles with decorations, light shows, themed cocktails and incorporating all things magic into a dance party,” explains the roving party’s co-founder John Damiano.

“We all love the Harry Potter universe and incorporating that aspect was so much fun. Before we knew it we had sold out parties across the country. There is something for everyone… whether you like to dance, you’re into magic, or just love Harry Potter.”

For more information and tickets to the event, which we’re sure will rival the Yule Ball, head on over to Wizardfest’s website here. If you’re already making plans to get on your broom and head on over to your local party, you better get your tickets soon; tickets for the New York, Chicago, and Dallas stops went Evanesco last year.

The full list of Wizardfest tour dates can be seen below.

WIZARDFEST UNITED STATES TOUR STOPS:

Sept. 19 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre

Sept. 20 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room

Sept. 21 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck

Sept. 22 – Columbia, MO – Blue Note

Sept. 23 – Nashville, TN – Exit / In

Sept. 25 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco

Sept. 27 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze

Sept. 28 – St. Cloud, MN – Red Carpet Nightclub

Sept. 29 – Chicago, IL – Joe’s Bar

Sept. 30 – Ann Arbor, MI – blind pig

Oct. 1 – Buffalo, NY – EXPO Market

Oct. 2 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall

Oct. 3 – Syracuse, NY – Wescott Theater

Oct. 4 – Saratoga County, NY – Upstate Concert Hall

Oct. 5 – Amityville, NY – Revolution Bar & Music Hall

Oct. 6 – Reading, PA – Reverb

Oct. 7 – Garwood, NJ – Crossroads

Oct. 10 – San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box

Oct. 11 – Corpus Christi, TX – Brewsters Street Ice House

Oct. 12 – Dallas, TX – Trees

Oct. 13 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar

Oct. 14 – New Orleans, LA – The Willow

Oct. 17 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts

Oct. 18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Jergels

Oct. 19 – Stanhope, NJ – Stanhope House

Oct. 20 – New York City, NY – NYC Harry Potter Dance Party Cruise!

Oct. 23 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theater

Oct. 24 – Morgantown, WV – Mainstage Morgantown

Oct. 25 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

Oct. 26 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar

Oct. 27 – Richmond, VA – The Canal Club

Oct. 28 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts

Oct. 31 – Washington, DC – Union Stage

Nov. 2 – Pontiac, MI – Crofoot

Nov. 3 – Akron, OH – Musica

Nov. 4 – Indianapolis, IN – Old NAtional Centre

Nov. 6 – Bloomington, IN – Bluebird

Nov. 7 – Memphis, TN – Miglewood

Nov. 8 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom

Nov. 9 – Columbus, OH – Skully’s

Neck Deep bassist exits band

It looks like Neck Deep will be down a band member when their fall tour kicks off later this week. On Tuesday (Sept. 4), the Welsh band announced the departure of longtime bassist Fil Thrope-Evans just a couple of days before hitting the road for their North American tour. While some may want to twist the departure into something negative, the band shared a statement directly from Thorpe-Evans where he assures fans to “leave no room for speculation and make it clear that this is a decision born of positivity, not negativity, with no ill feeling involved.”

In his letter, Thrope-Evans reveals that his time in Neck Deep was nothing short of a “dream come true” and that he will forever be grateful for his time in the group and his former band mates who have been nothing but supportive over his difficult decision.

“Also want to mention early on in this that the guys in the band have been super supportive of my decision, and I know they are going to continue on their path to world domination with no problem.”

He goes on to explain that the next chapter in his life will be filled with a lot of new goals including music, business, and family. He also reveals he has been spending a lot of free time working on other music projects for himself and producing for others. Though no specifics have been mentioned, he assures fans that he will be sharing new music soon.

He closes his letter by telling the fans that he is remaining true to who he really is and he hopes that anyone reading his letter will do the same.

“I also hope this can serve as an inspiration to anyone out there who might be scared to chase their passion. Seriously, life is way too short for negativity, unhappiness, or delayed dreams, so start today and go for it!”

Thrope-Evans’ full letter to fans can be read here.

As mentioned above, Neck Deep’s tour with Trophy Eyes, Stand Atlantic, WSTR and Gardenside is set to begin this Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California. No word yet on whether the band will have anyone fill in during the upcoming trek.

NECK DEEP FALL 2018 TOUR DATES:

Sept. 06 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst^
Sept. 07 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater^
Sept. 08 – Las Vegas, NV – BK Bowl^
Sept. 10 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theatre^
Sept. 11 – Lubbock, TX – Jakes^
Sept. 12 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom^
Sept. 14 – Louisville, KY – Headliners^
Sept. 15 – Nashville, TN – Marathon^
Sept. 16 – Birmingham, AL – Workplay^
Sept. 18 – Columbia, SC – Music Farm^
Sept. 19 – Greensboro, NC – Arizona Pete’s ^
Sept. 20 – Richmond, VA – National^
Sept. 21 – Long Island, NY – Stereo Garden^
Sept. 22 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland^
Sept. 24 – New Haven, CT – Webster^
Sept. 25 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom^
Sept. 27 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls^
Sept. 28 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak^
Sept. 29 – Cleveland, OH – Agora^
Sept. 30 – Toronto, ON – Danforth^
Oct. 02 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts^
Oct. 03 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Clyde^
Oct. 05 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Club^
Oct. 06 – Des Moines, IA – Woolys*
Oct. 07 – Omaha, NE – Sokol*
Oct. 09 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater *
Oct. 10 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater*
Oct. 12 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont*
Oct. 13 – San Diego, CA – SOMA *

^ with Trophy Eyes

* with Gardenside

Listen: Alkaline Trio drop ‘Demon and Division’

With just a few days left until the release of their long-awaited new album, Alkaline Trio just unveiled another new song from it. On Tuesday (Aug. 28), the California-founded band unleashed a third new song from their upcoming ninth studio album; a track titled “Demon and Division.” Listen to “Demon and Division” above.

“Demon and Division” will join “Blackbird” and the record’s title track “Is This Thing Cursed?” on the forthcoming record. Is This Thing Cursed? is due out Aug. 31 through Epitaph Records. Pre-orders for the album are still available on Alkaline Trio’s website which now includes pre-orders for a special vinyl due out Oct. 19.

Is This Thing Cursed? is the follow-up to the group’s last studio album, 2013’s My Shame is True.

In support of the new album’s release, the band just concluded the first leg of their North American tour itinerary. Following a month or so off where frontman Matt Skiba will re-join Blink-182 for a mini tour during the month of September, the band will jump-start the second leg of the tour on Oct. 4 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. A few weeks alter, the tour will come to an end on Oct. 18 at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California.

Garage rock outfit PANGEA will open for Alkaline Trio during both legs of the tour. For now, Alkaline Trio’s full tour itinerary can be found here.

Atreyu announce fall time tour with Memphis May Fire, Ice Nine Kills

Less than a week after announcing the upcoming release of their seventh studio album, Atreyu have confirmed plans to hit the road. On Monday (Aug. 27), the California-founded band revealed that they will hit the touring circuit during the months of November and December in support of their new album.

The upcoming trek will begin on Nov. 9 at the Van Buren in Phoenix and conclude over a month later on Dec. 13 at the House of Blues in Anaheim. Hitting the road alongside Atreyu will be Memphis May Fire, Ice Nine Kills, and Sleep Signals.

Pre-sale tickets for the fall time excursion will go on sale beginning this Tuesday, Aug. 28, at noon local time. General ticket sales and VIP packages for the tour will go on sale beginning this Thursday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. local time.

The fall time tour will be in support of Atreyu’s forthcoming new album, In Our Wake. In Our Wake is due out Oct. 12 through Search and Destroy Records / Spinefarm. Pre-orders for the new album are currently available here.

Late last week, Atreyu took to social media to announce the new record which will be the direct follow-up to 2015’s Long Live. According to the band’s press statement, the new album was produced by Lead Sails Paper Anchor producer John Feldmann.

Along with the new album announcement, the group also debuted two songs from the impending record; “Anger Left Behind” and the album’s title track “In Our Wake.” Watch the music video for “In Our Wake” above while the complete list of fall tour dates can be seen below.

ATREYU FALL 2018 TOUR DATES:

Nov. 09 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
Nov. 10 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
Nov. 12 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre
Nov. 13 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Nov. 14 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
Nov. 16 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
Nov. 17 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor
Nov. 19 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
Nov. 20 – Greensboro, NC – Cone Denim Entertainment Center
Nov. 21 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundtage
Nov. 23 – Harrisburg, PA – The Capitol Room
Nov. 24 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Nov. 25 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
Nov. 27 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
Nov. 28 – Rochester, NY – Anthology Rochester
Nov. 30 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
Dec. 01 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
Dec. 02 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Dec. 04 – Denver, CO – Summit
Dec. 05 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
Dec. 06 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
Dec. 07 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Dec. 08 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
Dec. 10 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Dec. 11 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Dec. 12 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Dec. 13 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues

Bring Me the Horizon confirm release of new album, announce world tour

Less than 24 hours after unleashing their first new song in over three years, Bring Me the Horizon continue to give fans amazing news. On Wednesday (Aug. 22), the British band confirmed the upcoming release of their much-anticipated sixth studio album. Titled Amo, the new album will see a release date of Jan. 11, 2019 through Columbia Records.

The new album announcement should not come as much of a surprise to anyone who listened to frontman Oli Skyes’ appearance on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show on Tuesday. During the interview, Mac asked the singer if the band had finished or were working on a new record.

“Um…I don’t want to say ’cause…well, I say I don’t want to say, but I don’t care, but yeah, we’re definitely working on stuff. We got something exciting to announce in the next couple of days and, I think I’ve been told, on our website we’ll have some more information.”

Pre-orders for the new record are currently available on the band’s website.

Amo is the follow-up to the group’s 2015 release, That’s the Spirit.

In a letter to fans, Sykes explains the inspiration behind the forthcoming release.

Amo is a love album that explores every aspect if that most powerful emotion. It deals with the good, the bad, and the ugly and as a result, we’ve created an album that’s more experimental, more varied, weird, and wonderful than anything we’ve done before.”

If the new album announcement and the record’s lead single wasn’t enough to satisfy fans, the band also announced plans to embark on a massive tour later this year. Dubbed the “First Love” world tour, the lengthy trek will find the quartet performing at venues all over the world during the months on November, January, February, and April.

The European leg of the tour will begin on Nov. 5 at the Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany and conclude with a two-night engagement —Nov. 29 and 30— at the Alexandra Palace in London. After an almost-two-month break, the band will travel across the pond to the United States and Canada for the North American leg of the excursion.

The North American leg of the “First Love” tour will begin on Jan. 23 at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville and conclude a couple of weeks later on Feb. 19 at the Joint in Las Vegas.

The final leg of the world tour will find the five-piece heading down under to Australia for three stops in mid-April; Brisbane on April 10, Sydney on April 12, and Melbourne on April 13.

Pre-sales for the North American tour dates will go on sale this Thursday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. while those planning to attend the European stops will have to wait until next Friday, Aug. 31.

For now, the complete list of upcoming tour dates can be seen below while you can stream the band’s new song, “Mantra,” above.

FIRST LOVE 2018/2019 WORLD TOUR DATES:

EUROPE:

Nov. 05 — Stuttgart, DE – Schleyer-Halle
Nov. 06 — Hamburg, DE – Sporthalle
Nov. 08 — Berlin, DE – Ufo Im Velodrome
Nov. 09 — Chemnitz, DE – Messe
Nov. 10 — Vienna, AT – Stadthalle
Nov. 12 — Zurich, CH – Samsun Hall
Nov. 13 — Milan, IT – Forum
Nov. 14 — Munich, DE – Zenith
Nov. 16 — Antwerp, BE – Lotto
Nov. 17 — Frankfurt, DE – Jahrhunderthalle
Nov. 18 — Duesseldorf, DE – Mitsubishi Electric Halle
Nov. 20 — Amsterdam, NL – Afas Live
Nov. 21 — Paris, FR – Le Zenith
Nov. 23 — Birmingham, UK – Arena
Nov. 24 — Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena
Nov. 25 — Glasgow, UK – SSE Hydro
Nov. 27 — Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena
Nov. 29 — London, UK – Alexandra Palace
Nov. 30 — London, UK – Alexandra Palace

NORTH AMERICA:

Jan. 23, 2019 — Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium
Jan. 25, 2019 — Orlando, FL – CFE Arena
Jan. 26, 2019 — Atlanta, GA – Coca-cola Roxy
Jan. 28, 2019 — Fairfax, VA – Eaglebank Arena
Jan. 29, 2019 — Manhattan, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
Feb. 01, 2019 — Boston, MA – Tsongas Center
Feb. 02, 2019 — Montreal, QC – Place Bell
Feb. 04, 2019 — Detroit, MI – The FIllmore Detroit
Feb. 05, 2019 — Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
Feb. 06, 2019 — Minneapolis, MN – Armory
Feb. 08, 2019 — Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
Feb. 09, 2019 — Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
Feb. 11, 2019 — Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium
Feb. 13, 2019 — Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Feb. 15, 2019 — Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Feb. 16, 2019 — Las Vegas, NV – The Joint

Australia dates:

April 10, 2019 — Brisbane – Entertainment Centre
April 12, 2019 — Sydney – Qudos Bank Arena
April 13, 2019 — Melbourne – Rod Vaer Arena

Bayside announce full band acoustic tour for 2018/2019

Armed with a brand new acoustic album, Bayside are ready to hit the touring circuit later this year. On Monday (Aug. 20), the New York-founded band announced plans to hit the road during the months of November, December, January, and February. The upcoming full band acoustic tour will begin on Nov. 24 at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago and conclude several months later on Feb. 2 at the Cowan in Nashville.

According to Bayside’s announcement post on social media, their sets will consist of completely re-imagined versions of their songs.

“To celebrate the release of our new Acoustic record, we’re going on a very special tour. Our first full US, full band acoustic tour with a full set of completely re-imagined songs,” the band writes.

Gold will open for Bayside during the four-month excursion. VIP and pre-sale tickets are currently available while general admission tickets will go on sale this Friday, Aug. 24.

The newly announced intimate acoustic tour will be in support of the group’s forthcoming acoustic album, Acoustic Volume 2. The impending record is due out Sept. 28 through Hopeless Records. Pre-orders are currently available on the band’s website. Acoustic Volume 2 is the follow-up to 2006’s Acoustic.

Last week, the band formally announced the release of the new album by unveiling the music video for the album’s lead single, “It Don’t Exist.” Watch the music video for the new song above while the complete 2018/2019 tour itinerary can be seen below.

BAYSIDE ACOUSTIC VOLUME 2 2018/2019 TOUR:

2018:

Nov. 24 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge

Nov. 25 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge

Nov. 27 – Detroit, MI – Shelter

Nov. 28 – Toronto, ON – Hard Luck

Nov. 29 – Buffalo, NY – The Tralf

Dec. 01 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop

Dec. 02 – Newport, KY – Southgate House

Dec. 04 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom

Dec. 05 – Providence, RI – The Met

Dec. 06 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair

Dec. 07 – Brooklyn, NY – Bell House

Dec. 08 – Asbury Park, NJ – House of Independents

12/09 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church

Dec. 11 – Washington, D.C. – Sixth & I

Dec. 13 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Hell)

Dec. 14 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar

Dec. 15 – West Palm Beach, FL – Respectable Street

Dec. 16 – Orlando, FL – The Social

2019:

Jan. 11 – Houston, TX – White Oak

Jan. 12 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey

Jan. 13 – Austin, TX – Barracuda

Jan. 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom

Jan. 16 – San Diego, CA – The Irenic

Jan. 17 – Pomona, CA – Glass House

Jan. 18 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour

Jan. 19 – Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar

Jan. 20 – Fresno, CA – Strummer’s

Jan. 21 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

Jan. 23 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir

Jan. 24 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile

Jan. 26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge

Jan. 27 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater

Jan. 29 – Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club

Jan. 30 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s

Jan. 31 – Lawrence, KS – Granada

Feb. 01 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House

Feb. 02 – Nashville, TN – The Cowan

Saves the Day announce new album, stream lead single

Five years after the release of their last studio album, Saves the Day have returned. On Tuesday (Aug. 14), the New Jersey-founded band announced the release of their ninth studio album. Fittingly titled 9, the nine-track record is due out Oct. 26 through Equal Vision Records. Pre-orders for 9 are currently available on Saves the Day’s website.

9 is the long-awaited follow-up to the band’s 2013 self-titled release.

To celebrate the new album announcement, the band unleashed the record’s first single; a track titled “Rendezvous.” Listen to the three-and-a-half-minute track above.

In an accompanying letter, frontman Chris Conley explains to fans what helped shape the new album and its songs.

“This album is the story of Saves the Day and my own personal journey through life, which all unfolded as my relationship with music progressed,” said Conley.

“I’ve gone through all the reflecting and growing and come to a place where I’m so grateful and so satisfied and living the life I want to live. I was just a kid that got lucky, and I got pulled into this amazing dream. And it’s still going.”

As if a brand new album and its lead single was not enough to satisfy longtime fans, the group also unveiled plans to hit the road throughout the month of November. The upcoming North American tour will begin on Nov. 1 at Headliners in Louisville and conclude on Nov. 20 at the Social in Orlando. Kevin Devine and An Horse will join Saves the Day during the fall time stops.

The band will also take part in Manchester Orchestra’s annual Thanksgiving celebration, The Stuffing. The Stuffing will take place on Nov. 21 at the Fox Theater Complex. Tickets for the upcoming tour dates can be found here while the complete tour itinerary can be found below.

SAVES THE DAY FALL 2018 TOUR DATES:

Nov. 01 – Louisville, KY – Headliners
Nov. 02 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge *
Nov. 03 – Newport, KY – Southgate House
Nov. 04 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
Nov. 06 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Nov. 07 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
Nov. 09 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Smalls
Nov. 10 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony
Nov. 11 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
Nov. 12 – Boston, MA – Paradise
Nov. 14 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw *
Nov. 15 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head
Nov. 16 – Richmond, VA – Broadberry
Nov. 17 – Durham, NC – Motorco
Nov. 18 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
Nov. 20 – Orlando, FL – The Social
Nov. 21 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theater Complex +

* Kevin Devine not performing

+ The Stuffing with Manchester Orchestra / the Front Bottoms / Kevin Devine / O’Brother / Mighty

Plain White T’s ‘Hey There Delilah’ to become a television series

If you grew up in the 2000s, then there’s a chance you still know all the words to the Plain White T’s breakout single, “Hey There Delilah.” Over a decade after the song took over the airwaves, it looks like the song is going to make its leap from music video format to television series. On Tuesday (Aug. 7), the Illinois-founded band announced that the smash single will be getting the television series treatment. According to a press release, the series has been described as a “contemporary fairy tale” which will expand on the song’s story.

For those not familiar with the song and its lyrics, the tune tells the tale of a long-distance relationship between a struggling singer-songwriter and a New York City university student. The songwriter pledges to write a song for the young woman on the night they meet, and that promise changes their lives in unexpected ways.

Plain White T’s frontman Tom Higgenson along with writer Jeremy Desmon (Pump Up the Volume, One Hit Wonder), and Lively McCabe Entertainment co-president Michael Barra came up with the concept for the series. According the announcement’s press release, Desmon will write the series while the band’s management company, Primary Wave, will pitch the series to networks and studios.

“It’s been more than a decade since ‘Hey There Delilah’ was released, and people always ask me about it. A whole lot of people really connected with that song, and I’m very proud of that,” begins Higgenson.

“I’m so excited to have an opportunity to give a new generation the chance to form their own connection with the song, and fall in love with its story through this new project.”

“‘Hey There Delilah’ is a perfect example of an iconic story song that has introduced characters and a premise to a massive multi-generational audience, and is begging to be expanded into a full-length story for contemporary television audiences,” mirrors Barra.

“Lively McCabe is thrilled to be working with Tom, Deb [Klein], and Jeremy to bring it to life on the screen.”

“Hey There Delilah” was written by Higgenson and appears on the Plain White T’s third studio album, All That We Needed. The song, the band’s third single from that record, went on to spend 35 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart including several weeks at the number one spot. The song also earned the band two Grammy nominations in 2007 in the Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group categories.

While news of the band’s song becoming a television series is currently trending, earlier in the day, the five-piece announced plans to embark on a fall time tour. The Parallel Universe tour will begin on Oct. 16 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati and conclude a month later on Nov. 17 at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Fall, Ontario. Armors, Saywecanfly, and A Summer High will open for the band throughout the excursion.

The upcoming fall tour will be in support of the quintet’s forthcoming new record, Parallel Universe. Parallel Universe is due out Aug. 24 through Fearless Records. Pre-orders for Parallel Universe are currently available on the Plain White T’s website.

Listen: Alkaline Trio drop new song ‘Is This Thing Cursed?’

It’s been a couple of months since Alkaline Trio announced plans to release a brand new record later this month. With a few short weeks left until their ninth studio album is in the hands of fans, the band has released yet another new tune from the impending LP. On Tuesday (Aug. 7), the California-founded group debuted their forthcoming album’s second single, and title track, “Is This Thing Cursed?”

The barely-three-minute song begins slowly, giving the impression that it will be some kind of piano-driven ballad. About a minute into the song, the sound changes from the ballad format to the standard Alkaline Trio, pop-punk goodness fans have come to expect and love from the act. Listen to “Is This Thing Cursed?” above.

“Is This Thing Cursed?” will join lead single “Blackbird” on Alkaline Trio’s forthcoming record. Is This Thing Cursed? is due out Aug. 31 through Epitaph Records. Pre-orders for the album are currently available on Alkaline Trio’s website.

Is This Thing Cursed? is the follow-up to the group’s last studio album, 2013’s My Shame is True.

In support of Is This Thing Cursed?‘s releasethe band announced plans to hit the road in during the months of August and October. The August leg of their tour kicked off last Friday (Aug. 3) at The Bomb Factory. The August leg of the tour will conclude on Aug. 26 at the House of Blues in Orlando, just a few days shy of the band’s record release date.

Following a month and a half off during which time frontman Matt Skiba will rejoin Blink-182 is Las Vegas, the band will continue their touring itinerary with the October leg of the tour. That portion of the excursion will begin on Oct. 04 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California and conclude a few weeks later on Oct. 18 at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California.

Garage rock outfit PANGEA will open for Alkaline Trio during both legs of the tour. For now, Alkaline Trio’s full tour itinerary can be found here.

Mayday Parade announce ‘Welcome to Sunnyland’ fall tour

Fresh off their stint on the final Vans Warped Tour, Mayday Parade have just announced plans to return to the road later this year. On Tuesday (Aug. 7), the Florida-founded band unveiled plans to embark on the “Welcome to Sunnyland” tour during the cooler months of the year. The trek will find the five-piece performing at venues across the continent throughout the months of October and November.

The “Welcome to Sunnyland” tour will begin on Oct. 2 at the Moon in the band’s hometown of Tallahassee. The tour will stop in major cities including Las Vegas, New York, Toronto, and Philadelphia before concluding on Nov. 24 at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale. VIP packages will go on sale beginning this Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. local time while general ticket sales will begin this Friday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m. local time. Ticket will be available on the band’s website.

This Wild Life, former Yellowcard frontman William Ryan Key, and Oh, Weatherly will open for Mayday Parade throughout the full excursion.

The forthcoming tour dates will be in support of the band’s recently released sixth studio album. Sunnyland was released back in June through Rise Records. The album debuted at the number seven and number nine on Billboard‘s Alternative and Independent Albums charts, respectively.

For now, the complete “Welcome to Sunnyland” tour itinerary can be found below.

WELCOME TO SUNNYLAND TOUR DATES:

Oct. 02 – Tallahassee, FL – The Moon
Oct. 04 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City
Oct. 05 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
Oct. 06 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Oct. 07 – San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
Oct. 09 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Oct. 11 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
Oct. 12 – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Oct. 14 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Oct. 16 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
Oct. 17 – Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre
Oct. 18 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Oct. 20 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Oct. 21 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
Oct. 23 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Oct. 24 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Oct. 26 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Oct. 27 – Milwaukee, WI – The RaNew York Philadeplohave
Oct. 28 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
Oct. 30 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Nov. 01 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Nov. 02 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
Nov. 03 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
Nov. 04 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Nov. 06 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Nov. 07 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
Nov. 08 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Nov. 09 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Nov. 10 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Nov. 13 – New York, NY – PlayStation Theater
Nov. 14 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
Nov. 15 – Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore Silver Spring
Nov. 16 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
Nov. 17 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Nov. 18 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
Nov. 20 – Jacksonville, FL – Maverick’s
Nov. 21 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor
Nov. 23 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
Nov. 24 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live