TDP Music News: Fall Out Boy and Paramore Announce Monumentour

monumentourFall Out Boy and Paramore, two of the largest acts in the alternative music scene and each with their own new album, have just announced what will undoubtedly be one of the biggest rock tours of summer 2014 – The Monumentour. The two bands will be touring from coast to coast throughout the summer, and even better for us Devils, the bands will be making a stop on their tour in Massachusetts at the Xfinity Center on June 22nd! The rest of the dates for the Monumentour are below:

 

6/19 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre

6/21 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
6/22 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
6/24 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga PAC
6/25 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
6/27 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
6/28 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
6/30 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of NH Pavilion
7/2 – Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lake PAC
7/3 – Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
7/6 – St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/8 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/9 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
7/11 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/12 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Fest
7/13 – White Creeks, TN @ The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel **
7/18 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/19 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park Pavilion
7/22 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
7/23 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
7/25 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
7/26 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
7/27 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre **
7/29 – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
7/30 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre @ Lakewood
8/1 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/2 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
8/4 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
8/5 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/7 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
8/8 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
8/10 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheatre
8/12 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/13 – Orem, UT @ UCCU Center
8/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ Cosmopolitan **
8/16 – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/17 – Concord, CA @ Sleep Train Pavilion

TDP Music News: Phony “Rock Star” Scams Banks Out of 11 Million Dollars

Robery MahwinneyABC recently covered the perplexing story of Robert Mawhinney, a 30 year-old self-proclaimed international “rock star” who was formerly singer of the Los Angeles band, Light Over Paris. By doctoring loan application documents, he was able to get four separate banks to believe that he had almost $8,000,000 in assets. With these deceptive techniques, he obtained $11 million and funded absurdly luxurious all night parties, several Los Angeles apartments, as well as a $750,000 custom touring van for the band.  According to friends, he truly believed he was the next “rock star,” hoping to rise up to the top of the charts and become the new Blink-182. Recently, Mawhinney was sentenced to seven years in prison for these fraudulent actions. Check out ABC’s coverage of the story by clicking on the link below:

http://abcnews.go.com/2020/video/aspiring-rock-star-scammed-banks-millions-21418861

TDP Music News: Local Band Grandview Release First Full Length

a3747130277_2Yesterday, local Burlington band, Grandview, released their first full length record titled Everything Between Paint and a Wall. The band’s LP includes eleven impressively composed tracks produced and engineered by Chris LaRocque and Steve Aliperta at the Billerica-based recording studio, Kennedy Studios. The band features all BHS alumni students including Billy Restivo on vocals and rhythm guitar, Lucas Restivo and Joshua Rosenberg on lead guitar, Mike Beland on bass, and Tom Rose on drums. Their previous EP, Absolutely Nothing, showcased their skill and served as evidence of each member’s impressive ability to work cohesively as a band, but on Everything Between Paint and a Wall, it is clear that this band is full of inherent talent, melodic sensibility, and authentic passion for the music they create. From start to finish, the album is emotionally heart-wrenching, both lyrically and musically, but also expresses a vast array of different moods and atmospheres that significantly add to the overall versatility and diversity of the record. All of the eleven tracks express the band’s dynamic capability with their wonderfully appropriate use of riveting highs and chilling lows while they are also able to highlight their equally captivating structural creativity with various stylistic approaches to each track. With Everything Between Paint and a Wall, Grandview have cemented their role as one of the most impressive and talented acts in the Boston music scene. Check out the album on the band’s BandCamp page below!

Stand out tracks: “The Only Constant,” “To the Sun,” “Saw the Sky,” and “Shaper”

https://grandview.bandcamp.com/album/everything-between-paint-and-a-wall

TDP Recommends: “Life in a Jar” by Daylight

daylightHearing a band bring back a sound about twenty years removed may sound like a risky move, but local Pennsylvania four-piece Daylight have managed to help bring back ‘the 90s sound’ with amazing alacrity. With their single “Life in a Jar” from their April 2013 release Jar, the band have begun to revive this definitive sound with the track’s huge, guitar-heavy chorus; chilling verses; and lyrical darkness and melody choice that sends shivers down the spine. The tune’s incredible energy, as well as its impressive dynamic capability make for a memorable listen that feels reminiscent, yet still definitively unique. The brooding nature and power of “Life in a Jar” makes for the perfect listen for anyone who holds any affections for the likes of 90s acts such as Nirvana and Soundgarden, and also for anyone who just enjoys a solidly rockin’ tune. Check out the band’s creative and equally intriguing music video below! Dig it, Devils!

TDP Recommends: “In Per Morbus” by HRVRD

hrvrd“Live music has so much potential for greatness,” expresses vocalist Jesse Clasen of the North Carolina-based band, HRVRD. He believes that  “a studio recording is a snapshot of where a song is at that moment, and it should always continue to evolve and take on new perspectives.” It is this mentality that led the band into the studio to recreate live versions of a few songs from their 2010 release The Interpretations EP. In what the band calls ‘The Laundry Room Session,’ HRVRD released these ‘re-interpretations’ of their songs through a series of YouTube videos that includes the eerie track “In Per Morbus.” With this song, the band manages to create an amazingly haunting and equally beautiful track, most impressive perhaps for its captivating orchestration. The song’s relatively minimalist atmosphere is able to perfectly capture Clasen’s dark vocal tone and wonderful falsetto-style singing with the use of piano that dominates much of the song with its swaying melodies and gentle articulation.  The additional instrumentation of the quiet drums and bass coupled with the reverb-laced guitar melodies only adds to this song, highlighting the amazing chemistry HRVRD have together in their live performances. Dig it, Devils!

TDP Recommends: “Snowglobe” by Owel

owelOwel, an impressive quintet from New York and New Jersey, are a perfect example of the consequential chemical reaction resulting from the combination of being the right band at the right place at the right time. The group, with their electronica keyboard parts, captivating guitar work, and lead singer’s versatile vocal capabilities, have struck a chord in the hearts of local listeners.  Although, due to the wide range of musical influences reflected in their work, the band’s creative capabilities cannot effectively be encapsulated by a single genre, recently they have begun receiving a great deal of attention as an new breed “emo” band. Listeners are drawn to the emotionally gripping lyrics and shifting moods present throughout their self-titled album, which was released in April of this year.  In their song “Snowglobe,” the album’s opening track, the band is able to epitomize their sound combining enchanting keyboard melodies with spacey guitar parts and heartfelt vocals that build throughout the entire song. The song picks up while still maintaining its enamoring dreamscape qualities, perfectly transitioning from section to section with great diversity, portraying an array of emotions from brooding to hopeful. From start to finish, the song expresses the band’s right to all of the attention they have received, creating a compositionally complex track that does not lose its appeal at any moment. More recently, the band has become part of the ever-expanding list of artists being labeled as part of the apparent ‘emo revival’ taking place in the alternative music scene and was deservedly placed on Stereogum.com’s list of “12 Bands To Know From The Emo Revival.” This song, as well as their first release, have just begun Owel’s imminent rise to popularity and recognition.

Check out Owel’s “Snowglobe” here:

TDP Music News: The Emo Revival

emo revivalRecently, throughout the music scene and especially in the indie rock neighborhood, there has been a lot of buzz about the apparent revival of a seemingly forgotten genre of the 90s and early 2000s, emo. Emo, a musical style praised by some and condemned by others, has been brought back from the dead by new artists and labels who are ready to express their revived affection for the popular subgenre.

Many trace emo’s origins back to the 1980s as a divergent movement of the Washington D.C. hardcore punk scene, best exemplified by the bands Rites of Spring and Embrace (both of which had members that would eventually be part of the post hard-core band Fugazi). From there, emo rock, characterized by its compositional complexity and often confessional lyrics, expanded throughout much of the 90s as a result of alternative music’s introduction into the mainstream, becoming especially prevalent in the Midwest. Throughout its expansion, bands adopted these newfound stylistic complexities and lyrical honesty, combining it with influences of pop and indie and various other offshoots of punk. The result of this outgrowth came in the form of various local bands and independent record labels, such as Drive-Thru Records, that expressed their ceaseless love for the genre in the form of relatively successful, independently-released records. What became known as “classic emo” became best exemplified by mid-90s bands that received attention for their unique musicianship such as bands like Sunny Day Real Estate and Jawbreaker. Though, it was not until the early 2000s that emo truly broke into the mainstream with emo-influenced acts like Jimmy Eat World, Fall Out Boy, and My Chemical Romance selling what would become platinum records. As emo music developed, so did its subculture. “Emo” fashion faced various stereotypes, being over generally characterized by black clothing, studded belts, band t-shirts as well as thin straight hair that was sometimes dyed. As these stereotypes developed and spread, the term “emo” also became associated with depression as well having an association with self-harm. And just as fast as it became popular, in the later 2000s, emo experienced a backlash as a result of this social stigma surrounding the genre and has been labeled as “self-destructive” by many.

More recently, the musical influences of emo seem to have taken to a second life of growing prosperity, surviving through relatively well-known bands that include Balance and Composure, Title Fight, and many others. The “open heart” lyrics and structural complexities of the genre have warped with the persistent influence of indie music and other punk subgenres to create an apparent ‘revival’ that many have welcomed with open arms. While these bands seem to have lost the reputation of early emo, they have taken all of its more reputable qualities and made something notable out of it all, which can undeniably be called a resurrection. Labels such as the Boston-based Topshelf Records have adopted bands with these influences, supporting these underground acts just as independent alternative labels did during the 90s.

While listeners now struggle to define artists as newly ‘emo’ or ‘indie’ or even part of the ‘revival,’ regardless, there is a plethora of contemporary bands that are taking the scene by storm with a sound that is uniquely enjoyable as it is wonderfully reminiscent. Bands have taken a piece of the past and run with it, creating a musical path that seems to have a energetic and hopeful future ahead of it.

For what bands you should check out during this ‘revival’ check out Stereogum.com’s “12 Bands to Know From The Emo Revival”: http://www.stereogum.com/1503252/

TDP Music News: Local Band Landing Feet First Release First EP

LFFThis past Sunday local band Landing Feet First released their first professionally recorded EP titled Everywhere You Left Me, tracked at the Billerica-based recording studio Kennedy Studios. The album features BHS alumnus Peter DeBarros on bass as well being engineered and mixed by graduate Chris LaRocque at Kennedy Studios. All of the band’s members have taken their various experiences in previous local bands and have combined them with their diverse musical influences to create an EP that undeniably highlights their creative musical capabilities. In terms of musicality, the album shines in its interestingly orchestrated guitar work, eliciting thoughts of post-rock and indie influenced acts such as Gates. This impressive melodic sensibility is present throughout, especially on the opening intro track “A Whale Shark Is Cool.”  All members seem to have an equal mastery of their instruments on the six tracks, having separate moments when all members are able to individually show their abilities without taking away from the overall cohesiveness of the EP. Lyrically, the tracks have a very emo-influenced and introspective tone to them that often adequately fits the moods throughout the EP. While some songs play around with various experimental structures, the EP also contains more straightforward rock tunes such as “Sow the Seeds,” which also expresses lead singer Thomas Berak’s impressive vocal control. While Landing Feet First are able to stay true to their vast array of influences, they are also able to successfully create a unique sound that has helped them to begin to create a name for themselves in the local music scene with an EP that is definitely worth a listen.

 Check out Landing Feet First’s EP here:

http://landingfeetfirst.bandcamp.com/album/everywhere-ive-left-myself

TDP Music News: Arcade Fire Issue Dress Code

arcade fireIn a rather alienating announcement, the band Arcade Fire recently mandated a formal dress code for upcoming shows that has left some fans rather perplexed. Casual fans looking to buy a ticket for one of the band’s upcoming shows in support of their new album “Reflektor” were greeted on the TicketMaster page with the subtle message, “Please wear formal attire.” While some found this statement entertaining, many others felt as though the band was acting rather pretentious with their high expectations of their fans, disregarding the fact that much of the tour was taking place in large arenas where sloppy food and drinks are more than prevalent. From a band that has only just recently achieved mainstream success, Arcade Fire surely cannot already be taking their newfound popularity for granted. Fans do not have to worry about the suggestion being rigidly enforced, which was confirmed by the band with their Facebook post on November 21st addressing the issue which wrote:

“To everyone really upset about us asking people to dress up at our shows… please relax. It’s super not mandatory. It just makes for a more fun carnival when we are all in it together. So far these have been the best shows we have ever played.

See you soon.

Love,

Arcade Fire”

While some have condemned the band for a lame attempt at advertisement, others seemed equally excited and ready to break out their nicest suit or most elegant dress. From a growing, relatively feel-good band like Arcade Fire, offending a large group of people and fans is most certainly not on the top of their priorities list. On the bright side, accountants and any formally dressed workers can now go straight to any of their upcoming dates.

TDP Music News: Blink-182 Self-Titled Record 10 Year Anniversary

blink 182Blink-182’s critically-acclaimed self-titled record turns ten today, an album hailed by critics as their best to date, an album that took a great band and made them that much better. Blink-182 took their signature pop-punk sound and morphed it into a more experimental record that showed their potential to write darker, moodier songs that held more depth and highlighted their diverse influences.  Ten years later, this record still hits just as hard as it did back in 2003, expressing the inherent and impressive songwriting capabilities of one of the most influential bands of the late 90s/early 2000s.

To celebrate the anniversary of the album, the band performed several dates in early November, playing the entire album in full along with several of their other iconic songs at a select few shows at the Hollywood Palladium. As a result of the ridiculously high demand for more commemoration shows, the band performed a few more select shows, even throwing in some unique cameos during the performances of their song “Dammit” that included rappers such as Machine Gun Kelley and LL Cool J.

With all this nostalgia comes even better news for what Blink-182 has in store for the future. In a recent interview with LA Times, bassist and singer Mark Hoppus confirmed that Blink-182 will be releasing a follow-up album to their 2012 EP “Dogs Eating Dogs.” Hoppus stated that the band is looking to begin recording their new album sometime in the next 90 days, hoping to record somewhere in southern California similar to where the self-titled record was written and recorded. All of this news leaves fans with an eager desire for new material, anticipating an album of the same caliber as their 2003 self-titled, which remains undeniably irreplaceable today.