Teen Announce Tour

June 23, 2014 by  
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Teen announced that they will hit the road this fall supporting Islands. The tour launches August 30th in St. Louis and takes them through the Midwest, South and East Coast. Tour dates are as follows:

Jun 21 Brooklyn, NY @ Celebrate Brooklyn*
Jun 25 New York, NY @ New Museum (DJ Set/No performance)
Jun 27 Toronto, ON @ Drake
Jun 28 Woodstock, NY @ Colony Club
Jun 29 Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
Jul 01 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
Jul 02 New Haven, CT @ Bar
Jul 17 Nijmegen, NL @ Valkhof Festival
Jul 18 Brighton, UK @ The Hope
Jul 19 Southwold, UK @ L’Attitude Festival
Jul 20 Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall
Jul 21 Glasgow, UK @ Kings Tuts
Jul 22 London, UK @ The Lexington
Jul 24 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Jul 25 Hamburg, DE @ Aalhaus
Jul 26 Gent, BE @ Boomtown Festival
Jul 28 Paris, FR @ Nouveau Casino
Jul 29 Luzern, CH @ Radio 3Fach Voliere
Jul 30 Basel, CH @ Hingerhof Club
Jul 31 Rorschach, CH @ Music Uf Dr Gass
Aug 01 Frankfurt, DE @ Das Bett
Aug 02 Koln, DE @ King Georg
Aug 30 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird#
Aug 31 Columbia, MO @ Mojos#
Sep 02 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room#
Sep 03 Norman, OK @ Opolis#
Sep 04 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada#
Sep 05 Austin, TX @ The Parish#
Sep 06 Houston, TX @ Walters#
Sep 07 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon#
Sep 09 Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder#
Sep 10 Gainesville, FL @ High Dive#
Sep 11 Orlando, FL @ The Social#
Sep 12 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl#
Sep 13 West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern#
Sep 15 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506#
Sep 16 Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern#
Sep 18 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar#
Sep 19 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop#
Sep 20 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar#
*w/ Dum Dum Girls & Hospitality
#w/ Islands

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Furthur Heads For Hiatus

September 17, 2013 by  
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From Furthur:

After more than four years of heavy, year-round touring, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir have decided to put their band Furthur on hiatus in 2014. After the four night Furthur run in Mexico in January, the band will take the rest of 2014 off so that Phil and Bob can focus on their countless solo projects.

Furthur came together in September, 2009, and from its inception was a band Phil and Bob were completely committed to, and still are. In the 18 years since the Grateful Dead stopped being a touring entity, Furthur has proven to be the longest-tenured, and most active band featuring two or more former members of the Grateful Dead. With shows that keep the Dead vibe alive while pushing the musical envelope, well, furthur, this band has brought smiles to hundreds of thousands of fans in the past four years. Most impressive is that this has become a true band, and not just Phil and Bob plus some side players. John Kadlecik (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), Joe Russo (drums), and Sunshine Becker and Jeff Pehrson (vocals) have joined the trip to create a band that has become one of the most exciting, honest and inspired touring acts in music today.

What does 2014 hold for Phil and Bob? If their activities outside of Furthur in the past four years are any indication, plenty. Phil’s been playing virtually every night when not on tour with Furthur, whether at his Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA, or on the road with Phil Lesh & Friends. Bob’s been hosting one of the most unique web-based variety shows in history, Weir Here, every Wednesday night when he’s not touring, presented live from his TRI Studios in San Rafael. Additionally, Bob’s been having a blast playing his solo acoustic shows, as well as other gigs and tours with newer arrivals to the party. He plans to keep doing what he’s doing, and more of it.

The last time the word “hiatus” was used in regards to the Grateful Dead world was in 1974, and we all know how much good that break inspired. They returned a year and a half later, stronger than ever, and for another 20 years. Furthur’s not breaking up; they’re simply taking a much-needed break. One way or another, we’ll see you around.

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Dillinger Escape Plan

February 4, 2010 by  
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The Tracks and Greg from Dillinger speak about camaraderie, DIY or Die and more at Bonnaroo.

DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN INTERVIEW WITH MOE TRAIN’S TRACKS

Greg Puciato, Monty Wiradilaga, Brian Kracyla

Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo 2009

 

You never know what’s going to happen during a Moe Train’s Tracks interview, as Greg Puciato, frontman of Dillinger Escape Plan, has his own interview with a dazed and confused girl, we speak about the camaraderie of the scene, how “DIY or Die” fuels his band, their new lineup, and next year’s upcoming album.  Enjoy.

M:  What’s going on man?

G:  Nothing, just hanging out, just walking around checking some stuff out.

Random girl:  (to Greg) Can you point me in the direction of the Rendezvous Tent?

G:  Umm. (Laughter)  What is your name?

RG:  I’m Caroline.

G:  Caroline, I’m Greg from the Dillinger Escape Plan, and we are doing an interview right now.

C:  Okay.

G:  Um, and I have no idea where I am right now either.

C:  I’m supposed to have a rendezvous at the Rendezvous Tent.

G:  That what you do at the Rendezvous Tent, right, but you don’t know how to get there, which poses a problem.  I don’t know either.  (to random passerby)  Do you know how to get to the Rendezvous Tent?

RP:  I don’t know how to get there.

G:  What good is trying to rendezvous with someone if you can’t get to the Rendezvous Tent?!  (all laughing)  Caroline, good luck trying to get there.

C:  Thank you.

G:  Wow!  How many drugs did that girl take?

M:  Welcome to Bonnaroo.

G:  Seriously, that was amazing.  She was higher than a kite.

M:  (Laughter) I think that’s the general consensus with most people here right now.

G:  Most people I look at here, if they don’t have sunglasses on, you can just look in their eye and be like, “You’re on some other thing right now in some other place.”

M:  Exactly.  Earlier today, when you guys came on, it was like, “Wake the fuck up Bonnaroo!”

G:  Dude, I can’t believe how siked people were.  I thought for sure, in general at this fest’ because it has a reputation for being more of a hippy peace-love type of thing, that as soon as we come out and start screaming at people and doing cool shit, people are going to turn around and just walk the other way, but people were siked, at one in the afternoon on the last day!  It was honestly, we were talking about it after the show, the best big show that we’ve ever played in the United States.

M:  Really?

G:  Yeah.  We felt like we played well.  People seemed stoked on us.

M:  Yeah, the reception was definitely great.

G:  This type of vibe, it just doesn’t exist that often in the U.S., this type of festival vibe.  It felt very European.  In the United States, when you think of a festival, you think of Ozzfest or Warped Tour, and it’s like the same thing all day long.  But this is cool because yesterday was Nine Inch Nails and today, if you wanted to, you can see the Dillinger Escape Plan and then Erika Badu.

M:  She’s still on right now.

G:  I really wanted to see her…

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M:  I’ll cut it short then.

G:  It’s okay.  It’s cool because it seems like, for a very long time here, people have been very into the mind-set of like, “I’m only listen to metal” or “I only listen to hip-hop”.  Now, it’s cool to see so many people turn out for such an eclectic thing.

M:  Exactly.  It’s just always weird to see the different  the different scenes clashing.

G:  No, it’s cool, it’s very cool.

M:  In watching your set it became evident how camaraderie really works its way into your music.  You don’t see often where you can throw your mic into the crowd, let them sing, and when you call for it, they throw it right back to you.

G:  I think something about our music, we’ve been around for ten years, I think there’s some aspect to it, besides the obvious insane energy and aggression of it, there’s a vibe of everyone knowing that it’s not the easiest thing in the world to listen to and it’s not the easiest thing in the world to get.   For as many people who are siked on it there’s a lot of people that just probably hate it.  I think that makes the people that are into to it have this really us-against-the-world type of vibe.  We’ve always tried to be really hands-on with our fans and really communicative and never to-cool-for-school and always talk to them and do cool stuff with them.  If they right to us online we try to write back to every person.  I think, over the years, it’s created now a point where we have this really cool synchronous type vibe with our fans.  It’s neat man, it’s really nice.

M:  It’s also basically crossed the line from camaraderie to trust.

G:  Yeah, that kid could have stole the mic and ran away with it, but he threw it back.  That’s the other thing, I think when you have confidence and you give someone some responsibility and your cool to them, they feel obligated to be cool back.  If that kid had tried to run away with the mic I probably would have jumped on him and killed him.  But it feels good and it’s interesting, I have a lot of people say that our shows, even though they are so aggressive and so violent, it feels like the overall vibe is still positive in a way.  So, yeah, that’s really cool.

M:  Absolutely.  Also, not just that, but you doing stage diving and your guitarist stage diving with his guitar!  Now that’s trust.

G:  Yeah.  To me, we just try to take the vibe of playing in a basement to twenty people where we came from and try to get that to translate to bigger places and the only way to do that is to be as hands-on and as physically in people’s faces as possible and force them to wake up a little bit.  It sad to see so many people have such a rock star complex that the only time that they engage their fans is if they do some kind of scheduled meet-and-greet or a signing or something.  You know, hang out for a little bit and shake some people’s hands or jump into the crowd or do something.  I do know man, you (the rock star) are no better than anyone else. This is going to be over for us one day and who knows what we’re going to be doing.  So to try to act like you’re cooler than school is silly.

M:  Hippies versus hardcore kids…

G:  It’s two sides to the same coin because the whole hippy vibe and the punk rock thing, which is what hardcore came out of, are both very socially aware movements.  The

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re both very communal, we’re all in this together versus some type of exterior force type of vibe, and one just took a much more aggressive approach than the other.  It’s kinda like one is Malcolm X and one is Martin Luther King Jr.  They want the same thing but one is like, “I’m gonna smoke you out” and the other is like, “I’m gonna kick you in the fucking face!”  But we want the same thing, so I think that’s why it translates.  It’s not like we’re just knuckleheads trying to incite the crowd to beat each other up.  I’d like to think it’s more intelligent than that.

M:  What do you think about the term “DIY or die” and how’s that relate to your band?

G:  Well, for us, that’s pretty much exactly how we try to do everything.  We don’t have a manager, we self-manage ourselves.  We are very hands-on, there’s no merch’, there’s no poster, there’s nothing about our band visually, sonically, how we are represented in press, anything, that we are not the seed of and have the final say in.  As much as it drives us nuts and we spend every waking moment of our lives working on this, I know that there is absolutely nothing out representing us that we didn’t see from its inception to its finality.  I think that it’s another thing that our fans appreciate.  If they get a t-shirt from us, they aren’t getting it from some graphic designer that works for the record company that we were just like, “Yeah, whatever, that sounds cool, how big is the check we’re gonna get?”  That thing has to look like something that I would wear, that means something to me, that’s looks cool.  I think, especially in the climate now where the record industry is just collapsing completely, that the people that can do the most DIY are the only ones that are going to stay afloat.

M:  That’s basically how the trend in music is going these days.

G:  It has to be.  It has to go back to that.  If you’re forced to be in a position financially to cut back every bit of slack you possibly can and to try to do as much by yourself as you possibly can, it’s gonna weed everybody out.  The only people that are going to stay alive are the people who really give a shit and the people who care enough to put in the time to do everything themselves.  The days of being a kid, and thinking that your rock star fantasy is going to come true and someone else is going to wipe your ass for you and do everything for you and you’re just gonna get a check at the end of the day, are completely over.

M:  Hit the road and promote yourself.

G:  Yeah man, go out and do the shows.  Don’t suck live.  Don’t write shitty music.  Put out cool shit and you’ll last.

M:  So what’s your favorite lyric, the one that means the most to you?

G:  You know what, it’s probably a lyric that’s going to be on our upcoming record because, for me, lyrics are snap-shots of where you were in your life, and you don’t want to be there forever.  So when we sing songs from our past records it’s like looking at a picture of myself in an auditory way.  I’ll be singing a song, and I’ll remember writing that song, I was twenty-three, I was in my basement, this is exactly what I was talking about.  I might not relate to it now.  Hopefully, you’re in a different place, especially when you’re yelling and screaming and pissed, you know.  You shouldn’t still be pissed six years later at the same thing.  The trick is to find a kernel of that memory and hone in on it, you can still mean what you saying and you’re not just spitting out consonants and vowels.  That’s for someone else to decide.  I know that’s a shitty answer, but I don’t have a favorite one of my lyrics.  I know they’re all pretty piss-poor, to be honest with you.  (laughter)  If you want to listen to lyrics, you should probably listen to Dylan or something.

M:  So when’s the new album coming out?

G:  February or January of 2010, which sounds like a long time but it’s realistically like 6 months away.  We do three more weeks of touring and then we go home and start recording in late July, early August.  January, February at the latest, we’ll get it out, and we’re siked man.

M:  What can we look forward to in the new album?

G:  Well, we got a new drummer, and that’s the biggest difference.  Our new drummer is just on fire!  He’s twenty-four and honestly the best drummer I’ve ever played with.  He wants to crush everyone.  He’s got this fire in him that he needs to prove to the world he’s the shit.  That’s kinda cool because he’s pushing us, and we’re really hard on ourselves so to be pushed by someone who is brand new is a really good feeling.  I can honestly say, after being in this band for a decade, that the stuff we’re writing now is the most inspired stuff we’ve ever written.  It’s hard to know whether you’re still going to be able to do stuff without becoming a caricature or parody of yourself.  The fact that we can still have something to say, ten years into it, with essentially the same style music, to me is nice, the fact that people still give a shit.  I think everyone will like it.  Anyone that likes us should be pleased with the new record.

M:  Awesome.  We look forward to it.  Thanks a lot for being with us.

G:  Definitely dude.

Now, Now Announce Spring Co-Headline Tour with Lonely Forest

February 27, 2013 by  
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Minneapolis trio Now, Now, are excited to announce their April/May co-headline tour with Trans- Records label mates The Lonely Forest. The tour follows dates with Minus The Bear and Circa Survive, as well select gigs opening for Bob Mould as his personally invited guests this February and March.

Now, Now are hitting the ground running this year after a 2012 that saw the band make their late night TV debut on Jimmy Fallon, play to sold out crowds during their first headline tour of the UK, and their sophomore album Threads win numerous accolades including a selection as one of NPR’s top 50 releases of the year. The spring tour with The Lonely Forest will be the bands first US headline run in support of Threads after successful stints opening for The Naked And Famous and the Grammy winners Fun. in 2012.

Watch Now, Now on Jimmy Fallon

Now, Now have won a steady stream of praise since the Spring 2012 North American release of Threads on Chris Walla’s (Death Cab For Cutie) Trans- Records. Along the way a growing number of vocal fans have unfailingly showed up to support and sing along with the band as they crisscrossed the continent.

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Anthrax Issues Statement Following Rob Caggiano’s Departure

January 6, 2013 by  
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Statement from Anthrax about Rob Caggiano’s Departure From the Band

“Rob has been an integral part of Anthrax for so many years, as our lead guitarist, in a production capacity, but most of all, as our close friend. His contributions to the band have been enormous. While we are sad that he is leaving, we wish him nothing but great success going forward, and hope to share the stage with him again sometime down the road.

“With the Metal Alliance Tour on the horizon, we have been considering several lead guitarist options, and will be making an announcement on that shortly.”

ANTHRAX – Charlie Benante, Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna

Destroyer to Tour – A TRACKS MUST SEE BAND

May 14, 2012 by  
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The Tracks love Destroyer.

Dan Bejar has put out one of the best albums (Kaputt) in recent years. Go see em. Now.

Destroyer will be touring North America once again in support of last year’s critically-acclaimed and Juno-nominated Kaputt. Dan Bejar and the Kaputt band will kick off their tour in Seattle on June 3rd.

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Kaputt, released via Merge Records, was #7 on the 2011 Village Voice Pazz and Jop Critic’s Poll and featured on dozens of year end lists.

“Indie eccentric Dan Bejar made the most immersive “soft rock” album of the year, turning smooth sounds to clever, cryptic ends.”- New York Magazine, Top 10 Albums of the Year (#4)

“The languid music constantly flirts with bad taste stalwarts like lite jazz and soft rock and, in doing so, jumbles our own preconceptions. The result is disorienting– and wholly pleasurable.” – Pitchfork, Albums of the Year (#2)

“Long-running indie sage Dan Bejar makes his grand 1980s yacht-rock statement.” – Rolling Stone, 50 Best Albums of 2011 (#42)

“Kaputt’s slick production, silky smooth saxophones, and rich sonic textures make for an incredibly warm listening experience” – Under The Radar, Top 80 Album of 2011 (#24)

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Destroyer Tour Dates
Jun 03 Seattle WA – The Showbox
Jun 04 Portland OR – Aladdin Theatre
Jun 05 San Francisco CA – The Fillmore
Jun 06 Los Angeles CA – El Rey Theatre
Jun 07 Phoenix AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Jun 08 Albuquerque NM – Launchpad
Jun 09 Denver CO – The Bluedbird Theatre
Jun 10 Lawrence KS – The Granada
Jun 11 Iowa City IA – The Blue Moon Tap House
Jun 13 Milwaukee WI – Turner Hall
Jun 14 Grand Rapids MI – The Ladies Literary Club
Jun 15 Cleveland OH – Beachland Ballroom
Jun 16 Washington DC – 930 Club
Jun 17 Philadelphia PA – Union Transfer
Jun 18 Brooklyn NY – Brooklyn Masonic Temple
Jun 19 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
Jun 20 Boston MA – Paradise
Jun 21 Montreal QC – Rialto Theatre
Jun 23 Toronto ON – The Opera House
Jun 24 Chicago IL – Metro
Jun 25 Minneapolis MN – Cedar Cultural Center

Stryper To Embark On World Tour!!!!

April 19, 2012 by  
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In awesome news…

The Yellow and Black Attack is back – STRYPER is about to embark in a string of select dates world- wide starting May 10th at Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, IL just outside of Chicago.

STRYPER is one of the few bands from a decadent era that features “All Original Members”. They continue to tour the world and produce Billboard-charting albums. Brothers Michael Sweet and Robert Sweet, along with Oz Fox and Timothy Gaines, make up the legendary hard rock quartet.

Looking back over the past 25 years, STRYPER is considered to be a groundbreaking act on all accounts. They are one of the first Christian rock bands to achieve unprecedented success in the mainstream. Their 1986 album To Hell With The Devil is listed among CCM’s “100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music” and the band’s popular power ballad “Honestly” became a Billboard Top 20 hit and reached number 1 on MTV. Their pop-rock hit “Calling On You”, also entered MTV’s top 10, simultaneously with “Honestly” being one of the first bands to have two top 10 videos on MTV. Even as recent as 2010 and 2011 STRYPER found their way once again on the Billboard Charts with their albums Reborn, Murder by Pride and The Covering.

“After almost 30 years in this business, we are blessed to be able to continue doing what we love most – making music,” explains Michael Sweet, lead singer/ lead guitarist and songwriter. “God has blessed us with talents and abilities so we plan to continue on this path as long as God calls us to do so.”

TOUR DATES – (more to come)

5.10.12 Tailgaters Bolingbrook, IL (Chicago)
5.12.12 M3 Festival Columbia, MD
5.17.12 House of blues Dallas, TX
5.18.12 House of blues Houston, TX
5.19.12 Santa Fe Station Las Vegas, NV
5.24.12 BB Kings New York, NY
5.25.12 Showcase Live Foxborough, MA
5.26.12 Rock Junction West Greenwich, RI

7.06.12 Seaside festival Risoya, Norway
7.07.12 Gulbranna Festival Halmstad, Sweden
7.28.12 HalfwayJam Royalton, MN

9.19.12 Indira Gandhi Stadium Kohima, India
9.22.12 DDSC Dimapur, India

Over 25 years later the band continues to deliver an inspiring message with their electrifying stage show, performing in front of audiences worldwide. For more information go to: www.stryper.com.

Pepper Debuts 3-D Video for “Drunk Girl”

December 16, 2010 by  
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Pepper just debuted their old-school red and blue 3-D video for their track, “Drunk Girl.”  You may have a stash of stolen movie theater red/blue 3-D glasses from back in the day, or you can grab yourself a pair here.

I dig the fact that Pepper still rocks out the ska style, as it brings back memories of when I was the lead vocals for The New Victims back in the day (some of you may remember our punk/ska domination!).  Check out this video, and check ‘em out when they hit your area!

- Moe


Airbourne – No Guts. No Glory. (8.4/10)

April 15, 2010 by  
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Simply said, Airbourne rocks.  No Guts. No Glory. is fist pumping, feet stomping, beer swilling music of power and glory.  Sure, it’s unmistakable how much their music emulates their fellow Aussie mates, AC/DC.  Grab yourself a copy of No Guts. No Glory. Your fist will be pumpin’ by the first chorus.  Great listening.

Airbourne – No Guts. No Glory. (8.4/10)

Simply said, Airbourne rocks.  No Guts. No Glory. is fist pumping, feet stomping, beer swilling music of power and glory.  Sure, it’s unmistakable how much their music emulates their fellow Aussie mates, AC/DC.  If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then AC/DC must be damn flattered, because Airbourne is a pure carbon copy.

It’s difficult to react objectively to Airbourne’s music, as one can’t get away from the AC/DC references.  Is the music original?  Sure… To the point of the composed song.  Does it sound original?  Not even close.  Do they play infectious, raucous tunes?  Hell yeah.

Grab yourself a copy of No Guts. No Glory. Your fist will be pumpin’ by the first chorus.  Great listening. (And a bad ass album cover too!)

- Train

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