TDP Music News: Summer Tours Coming to MA

ArenaIf you’re a fan of concerts, music festivals, and headliner tours of the sort, you know that the summer is the prime time for events such as these. And lucky enough for all BHS students, we live close enough to venues that many of these performances will be less than an hour drive away. So what concerts should you look out for this summer? Check out our list of some of the fantastic tours that will making their way through Massachusetts this summer!

Grandview: 6/5/14; Venue TBA

Modern Baseball, Tiny Moving Parts, The Hoterlier: 6/7/14; Cambridge, MA – Middle East

Nothing, Superheaven [formerly Daylight], and Whirr6/12/14; Boston, MA – TBA

The Monumentour – Paramore and Fall Out Boy: 6/22/14; Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

Vans Warped Tour: 7/10/14; Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

Justin Timberlake: 7/19/14; Boston, MA – TD Garden

Pentimento, Have Mercy, and Gates: 7/23/14; Cambridge, MA – Middle East Upstairs

Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden: 7/29/14; Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

Say Anything, The Front Bottoms, You Blew It!: 7/29/14; Boston, MA – House Of Blues

Young The Giant and Kings Of Leon: 8/9/14; Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

Bad Religion, Pennywise, The Vandals: 8/11/14; Boston, MA – House Of Blues

Linkin Park, 30 Seconds To Mars, and AFI: 8/16; Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

Arcade Fire: 8/19/14; Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

Mötley Crüe Farewell Tour w/ Alice Cooper: 8/24/12; Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

The Black Keys and Cage the Elephant: 9/21/14; Boston, MA – TD Garden

TDP Music News: Local Band The Dirty Looks Release New Single “Catholic Radio”

catholic radioAfter writing three different records over the past year and ultimately deciding to scrap all of them, it seems as though Burlington, MA-based band The Dirty Looks have been through it all. Despite these recent challenges, after a creative burst that consisted of about a week and a half of constant writing, the band created four songs they were truly proud of and recorded them in just three days. Being the first single from this upcoming EP, “Catholic Radio” expresses just how much this persistence benefitted the band as a whole. With a sound characterized by beautifully articulated guitar parts and grooves that are undeniably jammin’, this single creates a perfect mesh between conscientious, well thought-out musicality and a universally enjoyable rock attitude. In addition to the track’s impressive cohesiveness, “Catholic Radio” has arguably the band’s catchiest chorus to date and acts as a beautiful first single, enticing listeners to check out the rest of the upcoming EP. The track simultaneously sets high expectations for the rest of the songs that The Dirty Looks are sure to fulfill. So what should you do, Devils? Why not give “Catholic Radio” a listen? It’ll be your next jam!

Check out the single on The Dirty Looks’ bandcamp page here:

TDP Music News: The Pixies Poster Contest

006be73bb436dbdcd7e794a4d3f4f40d-640x360The Pixies, Boston-based trailblazers of alt rock, are releasing their first studio album since 1991’s Trompe le Monde, and they’re reaching out to fans for some creative assistance. The band, famous for their trademark loud-quiet-loud sound, are seeking a poster design for their new album, Indie Cindy.  The artist who creates the winning design, chosen by the band members, will receive $500.00 and an autographed copy of the limited edition commemorative lithograph created from the artist’s design. The deadline for submissions is April 10th. You can read about all the details for the contest here.

Need a little inspiration to get you started? Check out Pixies’ classic “Monkey Gone to Heaven” and get designing, Devils!

TDP Music News: Mumford & Sons Not Breaking Up

Mumford & SonsSince September, when Mumford & Sons announced that the group would be going on a temporary hiatus, the band has remained relatively quiet with their endeavors until the quartet’s banjo player, Winston Marshall, recently broke the silence. Last night in an interview withVulture, Marshall stated that the band was no more. “It’s over,” he said, “We had a good time, though, you know. It was good.” Today, multiple representatives for the band confirmed that Marshall was just making some kind of bad joke, meaning for the remark to be taken in jest. Despite the fact that the band will not be breaking up any time soon, Mumford & Sons will continue their hiatus for the time being.

TDP Music News: Smashing Pumpkins to Release Two New Albums in 2015

Smashing PumpkinsSmashing Pumpkins frontman, Billy Corgan, recently announced that the band will release two albums in 2015: Monuments To An Elegy and Day For Night. In terms of what fans should expect for a sound, Corgan stated on the band’s website, ” Think: ‘guitars, guitars, guitars, and more guitars’; but more so on the epic side of things than say, grossly metallic.” With many of the songs ready to record, the band  and Howard Willing, producer of their 1998 album Adore,  hit the studio on Tuesday. The Smashing Pumpkins plan to release a new single by the end of 2014.

Check out Corgan’s full post on the band’s website here:!Two-New-Smashing-Pumpkins-Albums-Set-for-2015/c7ba/A17022BC-8DA1-4A25-9D18-71B7B24E39BB



TDP Music News: Blink-182 Unlikely to Release New Music by Early Summer

Blink-182For all Blink-182 fans looking forward to a possible follow-up to the band’s 2012 EP Dogs Eating Dogs, it seems as though this dreams may not come true as soon as once thought. According to past interviews and information from the band’s members, Blink-182 should have begun to record their next album already, but it has become evident that guitarist Tom Delonge, bassist Mark Hoppus, and drummer Travis Barker have failed to meet up in the studio yet.

In a recent interview with Noisey, Barker expressed that meeting and attempting to record new music with Hoppus and Delonge has been a “challenge,” but regardless, he can’t wait set a time to hit the studio that works for all of them. Barker hopes that the band can still meet up to record before playing the Reading and Leeds music festivals this summer. Despite his confidence in that there will be a follow-up record in the near future, Barker didn’t necessarily show full confidence as to if Blink would be able to release new music as soon as late spring/ early summer like originally planned. Check out part of the interview below:

Are there any ideas of where you’re going musically with the Blink stuff, I know you are doing Reading and Leeds so originally there was talk of that deadline?
I definitely wanted new stuff, it’s just not everything worked out to where in the band could be available to record new stuff, so it’s been kind of a challenge.

How much does it keep music fresh for you then, to be able to do all these different projects?
When I was home, I played on a Rusko song, I played on something for Datsik, I played on a bunch of albums all week long because the end of the day, man, Blink, you gotta have three people that are all willing to record and write music at the same time. If it can’t happen, that can’t be the end of the world for me. I gotta have other stuff to do or I would fucking claw my eyes out. So being with the Transplants, working on my solo album, until the stars align for Blink to be in the studio I gotta just stay busy. We’re supposed to go in before Reading or Leeds sometime so hopefully it happens.

Check out the full interview here:

TDP Music News: Four Year Strong To Release New Music This Summer

Four Year StrongAfter a three year gap since last releasing new music in 2011, Worcester, Dan O’Connor from MA-based rock band Four Year Strong recently announced in an interview with AbsolutePunk that the band plans to release a new album this summer, which as of now is untitled. O’Connor was also excited to announce that it seems as though they will be releasing this new music in a more DIY (do-it-yourself) fashion. At the moment, Four Year Strong are writing the new record and planning to record and release it without the help of a major label after having dropped from their previous label Universal Motown/Universal Republic in 2012. Check out the full interview over at AbsolutePunk here:

TDP Music News: Two Dead, 23 Injured by Drunk Driver at SXSW

March 13, 2014 by  Leave a Comment (Edit)

sxsw drunk driverThis morning at 12:30 am, March 13, 2014, two people were killed and 23 others were injured after a serious incident at the South By Southwest Festival involving a drunk driver. Austin, TX police later confirmed that a lone male driver heavily under the influence of alcohol drove his Toyota Civic through a temporary barricade and into the middle of a busy street filled with other cars and people there for the nearby SXSW events.  The Austin police have taken the suspect into custody, and he will be charged with two accounts of capital murder along with 23 counts of aggravated assault.  Rolling Stone has a full account of this tragedy. Read the full article by clicking on the link below:


March 11, 2014 by  Leave a Comment (Edit)

SXSW 2014 LogoIf you don’t already know, South By Southwest, more commonly abbreviated as SXSW, is a set of film, interactive, and music festivals and conferences that takes place every year in early March in Austin, Texas. And as of March 6, 2014, this year’s festival is in full swing, and off to a great start. Thus far, this inconceivably immense occurrence has had an impressive amount stars and guest speakers such as fugitive National Security Agency leaker, Edward Snowden, and specifically within the music scene, the festival is flaunting a lineup of some 2,000 bands and artists this year. What does this mean for music fans not within the Austin, TX area? Well luckily, thanks to company running the festival, SXSW Inc., we have the opportunity to experience some of activities going on at SXSW with live streaming of interviews, music, and conferences with artists including Neil Young, Lil Wayne, and Alex Ebert. And that doesn’t even scratch the surface. The website covering all of the events planned for SXSW has all of the information about performing artists, guests, and more to come in the following days. Check it out, Devils!

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Check out the website as a whole:

TDP News: ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ Turns 50

cooke2_custom-ae5445405a69dbde65787c691849562cf6bf09c0-s4-c85It was fifty years ago this week that Sam Cooke recorded one of the most important songs in American history.  The political message in “A Change is Gonna Come,” touted by Rolling Stone as “one of the greatest songs of all time,” quickly became an anthem for civil rights activists after it was released on Cooke’s album Ain’t That Good News in March of 1964. Sam Cooke, one of the few artists able to crossover from gospel to pop, did so with love songs like “You Send Me,” which went to number one on the pop charts; thus, recording this socially conscious song intended to serve as a vehicle for political change was a risky career move. Although Cooke did not want to alienate his new and growing audience with a song that encapsulated the feelings and experiences of many black Americans of the time, and highlighted the social issue that is arguably the most divisive in American history, he felt that “he could not ignore the moral outrage right in front of him” (NPR Music). The song did cause controversy and Cooke felt the impact of its message on those who were not ready to hear it. He and his band were turned away from shows and hotels; he was arrested and jailed for disturbing the peace; his family feared for his life. Cooke didn’t often play the song publicly, partly because of its complex arrangement and partly because of the threat that it could incite violence. It was not initially favored by his fans, mainly because it was not scheduled to be released as a single until December of 1964, nine months after the album dropped. Sam Cooke was shot to death at a motel in Los Angeles just before that release.

Cooke biographer, Peter Guralnick, discusses the song as being one with a message not isolated to the civil rights movement, but rather as a song with “a universal message of hope…that does not age.” “A Change is Gonna Come” has a lasting impact on all who hear it. Guralnick states that “Generation after generation has heard the promise of it…We all feel in some way or another that a change is gonna come.” The message is “almost endlessly adaptable to whatever goal, whatever movement” that needs Cooke’s voice. It was, however, the civil rights movement that inspired it, and Cooke’s voice in this song will forever echo the struggle and the courage of those who fought (and continue to fight) for racial equality in America.

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TDP Music News: Spotify, Pandora to be Challenged by Beats Music

January 22, 2014 by  Leave a Comment (Edit)

beats music

Pandora, Spotify, and iTunes Radio face another formidable opponent in the subscription music service scene, Beats Music, which was made available in the US today – January 21st. Under the management of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine – record producer and music executive extraordinaire – the service is looking to expand the duo’s hugely successful ‘Beats by Dr. Dre’ headphones into a larger brand. The company hopes to capitalize on that success in exposing their service to the public, while simultaneously working to revolutionize the music streaming industry by being able to answer the question, “Which song should come next?”

Without knowing more about it, Beats Music might seem strikingly similar to other music subscription services like Spotify, offering the ability to stream and listen to as much music as anyone could want for the flat price of $10 a month. But where Beats Music diverges is in its ability to create a product that is impressively sleek, easy-to-use, and enticing, much like the unprecedentedly popular Beats headphones. Iovine, Dre, and “Chief Creative Officer” Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) are hoping the unique app experience will lure users into trying the service, which boasts a relatively original feature; where other, bland, heavily algorithm-based music subscription services fail to create a continuous playlist with any sense of cohesiveness or soul, Beats Music is looking to dominate with its ability to create a perfect personal playlist, curated by music experts, for everyone. As additional incentive, Beats Music offers a family account, up to five accounts, for $15, something currently not offered by any of its competitors.

What do you think, Devils? Are you open to change? Or will you stay loyal to Spotify or Pandora?

TDP Music News: Fall Out Boy and Paramore Announce Monumentour

January 14, 2014 by  Leave a Comment (Edit)

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

January 9, 2014 by  Leave a Comment (Edit)

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:

TDP News: Beyonce Releases a New Album

beyonce-3.26.2013The exclusive to iTunes release of her self-titled album, Beyonce, earlier today marks an unprecedented move for the pop icon. Her fifth LP contains 14 tracks and features an impressive group of contributors, including Justin Timberlake, Drake, Frank Ocean, and Pharrell. Beyonce has described this work as a “visual album,” and developed 17 videos to correspond with the songs on the LP. The singer’s intent in releasing the album unannounced and in this format was to make the message to her fans more direct, limiting all that comes between the artist and the music and the fans.

According to one of her representatives, Beyonce will be available for purchase in stores just in time for the holidays.

TDP Music News: Arcade Fire Issue Dress Code

November 26, 2013 by  Leave a Comment (Edit)

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.


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.


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