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Artist of The Week: March 23rd, 2010
03/24/10 at 01:21 AM by Keagan Ilvonen

Since Sigur Ros is on a break we will have to wait for the glorious Icelandic rockers to grace our ears, but luckily for us their eccentric front man is hard at work creating music. While it may not have the complete atmospheric feel of his band's, his solo work is still worth of your attention for various reasons. Go is Jonsi's first solo release although he isn't the only one to work on the album. His boyfriend Alex helped out too as various others. Although this album has a distinct sound that differs from Jonsi and Alex's album that was released last year. The spirit and body that runs through every song on this album is phenomenal. If a smile doesn't come to your face while listening to Go I'm worried for your emotional state. As for Jonsi, the man has proved that as long as he is in music he can do no wrong. Slow, fast, depressing, uplifting, the man can do it all. Some day when we look back at the music of our generation Sigur Ros and Jonsi will be celebrated, but will also be remembered as criminally underrated at the same time. This is special and it [strikeout]deserves[/strikeout] NEEDS to be heard.

Additional LinksOfficial Site - Myspace - Vimeo

Tour Dates
04-06 Vancouver, British Columbia - Vogue Theatre
04-07 Vancouver, British Columbia - Vogue Theatre
04-09 Seattle, WA - The ShowBox SoDo
04-10 Seattle, WA - The ShowBox SoDo
04-13 Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
04-15 Berkeley, CA - Zellerbach Auditorium
04-16 San Francisco, CA - Palace of Fine Arts
04-18 Indio, CA - Coachella Festival
04-21 Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
04-22 Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall
04-24 Minneapolis, MN - Pantages Theatre
04-25 Minneapolis, MN - Pantages Theatre
04-26 Milwaukee, WI - The Pabst Theatre
04-27 Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
04-28 Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
04-30 Toronto, Ontario - Sound Academy
05-01 Toronto, Ontario - Sound Academy
05-02 Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
05-03 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
05-05 Boston, MA - House of Blues
05-06 Boston, MA - House of Blues
05-08 New York, NY - Terminal 5
05-09 New York, NY - Terminal 5
05-26 London, England - London Forum
05-29 Brussels, Belgium - AB
05-30 Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Den Atelier
05-31 Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall
06-02 Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso
06-05 Berlin, Germany - Columbiahalle
06-07 Paris, France - Bataclan
06-08 Zurich, Switzerland - Kaufleuten
06-09 Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
06-19 Barcelona, Spain - Sonar Festival
08-12 Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
08-13 Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West
Tags: Artist of the week, jonsi, go
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Artist of The Week: March 16th, 2010
03/16/10 at 10:31 AM by Keagan Ilvonen
Titus Andronicus

I'm in class so I will try and make it brief. Titus Andronicus are one of the best punk bands out today. I feel terrible that we don't cover them more than we should. But I feel as if we did post about them they would get 10 responses where as a a shitty pop punk band will get 100 responses. Any who, Their latest album The Monitor is a modern punk classic based off of the U.S. Civil War. If that isn't enough to gain your attention I don't know what will. Sophomore slump doesn't exist for these Jersey boys. They have yet to default in the music world and continue to make a name for themselves. If I could recommend one album for this week, it would be The Monitor. Why listen to a bunch of imitators when you have a pioneer right in front of you?

Additional LinksWebsite - Myspace - Pitchfork Review - Amazon - iTunes - Insound

The Making of The Monitor can be seen on Pitchfork.tv.

Tour Dates

03-16 Dallas, TX - Good Records (in-store)
03-20 Austin, TX - Red 7 Patio (SXSW) $
03-21 El Paso, TX - Black Market
03-22 Phoenix, AZ - Chryo Arts
03-23 Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater
03-24 Santa Barbara, CA - Club Mercy *
03-25 San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Art Center
03-26 Visalia, CA - Cellar Door
03-27 Sacramento, CA - Luigi's Fungarden
03-28 San Francisco, CA - Slim's
03-30 Seattle, WA - Vera Project
03-31 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
04-01 Vancouver, British Columbia - 917 Main
04-02 Missoula, MT - The Palace
04-04 Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
04-05 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
04-06 Madison, WI - Project Lodge
04-07 Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge
04-08 Detroit, MI - Majestic Cafe
04-09 Toronto, Ontario - Sneaky Dee's
04-10 Montreal, Quebec - Green Room
04-06 Madison, WI - Project Lodge
04-11 Red Hook, NY - Red Hook High School (early show)
04-11 New Haven, CT - Lily's Pad-Toad's Upstairs (late show)
04-13 Rodrigues Coffee House (Fordham University)#
04-14 Purchase, NY - SUNY Purchase Student Center
04-15 Philadelphia, PA - The Barbary
04-16 Washington, DC - Positive Force DC (St. Stephen's Church)
04-17 Charlottesville, VA - Random Row
04-18 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
04-19 Atlanta, GA - 529
04-20 Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio
04-21 Louisville, KY - Skull Alley
04-22 Columbus, OH - Summit
04-23 Harrisburg, PA - Abbey Bar
04-24 Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's

# with Parts and Labor, the Babies
$ with Fucked Up, J Mascis
* with Ted Leo
Tags: artist of the week, titus andronicus, the monitor
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Artist of The Week: January 12th, 2010
01/12/10 at 05:47 PM by Keagan Ilvonen
So I'm back I think? With my weekly write-ups if I can stay somewhat not busy and keep this a priority haha. But anyways, I can't think of a better way to start off the new year with this band so things are good.

Vampire Weekend

Say what you will about Vampire Weekend, but they have become one of the frontier bands of "mainstream indie." They do it without sacrificing any of their merit, too. While some rappers can go and spout off about lifestyles they haven't lived and get praised for it, Vampire Weekend does the same thing and they get bashed for being Ivy League boys whose fame was bought. They write about what they know, and that's all that matters to me, and obviously to them. Their debut album Vampire Weekend made a big splash in the media with the backing of sites like Pitchfork and media networks like MTV. The album contained many different influences that ranged from Paul Simon to African and world music. While their S/T album contained a lot of stand out tracks like "A-Punk" and "Oxford Comma," the album failed to have a flow; it just seemed to jump around from song to song. Not to be mistaken that the bands sound was significantly defined, just not perfected, but as of today and the release of their second album Contra, they have reached that point.

After two years since the release of the last album the guys have been able to do extensive touring and various other things such as electronic side projects (Discovery). But, if anything, you can see how far the band has progressed from the music they initially released way back when. Contra is the final product of a band that has been learning as they wade their way through this ever changing music industry and it's a reassuring thing at that. The album starts off with "Horchata" the first song that was released back last year for free on their website. The song demonstrates a more melodic style from the band, and showcases Ezra Koenig's improved vocal range and control. But while the new is there, the same signature drumming of the last album is still there. "White Sky," and "California English," are perfect examples of how side projects can slowly become a piece of another band. Rostam Batmanglij's excursion Discovery shows its electronic side in multiple places throughout Contra. In most scenarios this would be bad, but here it just adds another dimension and layer to Vampire Weekends melodic joyride. In the latter, Koenig's vocals even have auto tune, which everyone in music usually would frown upon, but here it seems necessary and appropriate. "Holiday" will stand out as a fast paced warm weather jam when the time comes around. Wait until this spring when the sun starts to come out, and this song will be played in everyones car as the rays of light reflect off their tinted shades.

Contra really picks up with the second half of the album with the soothing number, "Taxi Cab," which exemplifies how well Koenig's voice has matured in its lower range. With samples, piano keys dabbled throughout, and the backing of a full string section, "Taxi Cab" really stands out as one of the more calm and mildly relaxing tacks. Following "Taxi Cab" is "Run," one of the stronger tracks on the album. Picked up by some fancy drum work by Christopher Tomson and tied together with one tight bass line, played by Chris Biao, the band plays off each other in an amazing fashion. As Tomson and Biao do their part building a stage, Koenig and Batmanglij both shine as they play off each other throughout the whole track. For every note Koenig hits, Batmanglij has some kind of response with his synthesizer, whether it be a sampled orchestra or just some plain old low end synth notes. The two compete for the limelight but only for the betterment of the song. Next is "Cousins," the first single off the album. While this doesn't have the instant gratification hook of "A-Punk," this is by far the fastest and most marketable track from a mainstream point of view, on the album. Quick, and in your face is what you get here, no synthesizers or string arrangements, Batmanglij picked up the guitar for some fast California surf style guitar work. "Giving Up The Gun" happens to be the best song on the whole album, displaying everything the band has done in the past and perfected in the present. Vampire Weekend's signature guitar work is layered throughout the whole song, with samples, strings, bells, and a sing-along chorus. This is one of the best songs, if not the best song the band has ever written. As a whole, "Giving Up The Gun" shows why this band stands alone about everyone else in the endless pit of musicians and bands.

The album wraps up with the one two punch of "Diplomat's Son," and "I Think Ur a Contra." "Diplomat's Son" uses an M.I.A. sample but takes all of the focus away from the fact that it's actually in the song. The bouncy piano line backed by the electronic bass line and Ezra's soothing vocal delivery makes the sample seem obsolete. Finishing out the album is the ballad, "I Think Ur a Contra" which is the slowest and softest Vampire Weekend song to this day. This is a bittersweet love song about a failed romance that features some of the best songwriting and song composition work that the band has ever done that ends on a quiet, but promising note.

There is no way a band like Vampire Weekend is going to win in the end. With the Vampire phase that is thriving through America they will be bashed for adding to the craze. Hipsters will dismiss them for having too much mainstream appeal, the mainstream kids will say it's not catchy enough to be in their rotation. But for us that can appreciate true and honest music they will thrive because in the end that's what matters, and Contra is just that-- true and honest music.

If you would like a better review of the album check Blakes review here, or if you're too cool for that check out Pitchfork's here.

Additional LinksOfficial Site - Myspace - AP.Net Profile - last.fm - MTV Profile - Buy Contra - Amazon - iTunes

Tour Dates

01-12 Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater
01-17 New York, NY - United Palace Theater
01-18 New York, NY - Webster Hall
01-19 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
02-05 Bexhill, England - De La Warr
02-07 Cambridge, England - Corn Exchange
02-08 Manchester, England - Manchester Apollo
02-09 Leeds, England - Leeds O2 Academy
02-10 Birmingham, England - Birmingham O2 Academy
02-12 Newcastle, England - Newcastle O2 Academy
02-13 Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowlands
02-14 Edinburgh, Scotland - Edinburgh Picture House
02-16 London, England - Brixton O2 Academy
02-17 London, England - Brixton O2 Academy
02-19 Berlin, Germany - Astra
02-20 Cologne, Germany - Gloria
02-21 Hamburg, Germany - Uebel or Gefaehrlich
02-22 Brussels, Belgium - AB
02-24 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
02-25 Paris, France - Olympia
02-26 Toulouse, France - Le Bikini
02-27 Barcelona, Spain - Penelope
02-28 Madrid, Spain - Teatro Circo Price
03-14 Edmonton, Alberta - Edmonton Event Centre
03-15 Calgary, Alberta - MacEwan Hall
03-16 Missoula, MT - Wilma Theatre
03-18 Salt Lake City, UT - In the Venue
03-19 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
03-20 Aspen, CO - Spring Jam Core Party
03-22 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
03-23 Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre
03-25 Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
03-27 Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Theatre
03-29 Columbus, OH - The LC Pavilion
03-30 Toronto, Ontario - The Sound Academy
04-01 Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
04-02 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
04-03 Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall
04-05 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
04-06 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
04-08 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
04-09 New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
04-10 Austin, TX - Stubb's BBQ
04-11 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
04-13 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
04-14 Pomona, CA - Fox Theater
04-19 Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
Tags: Artist of the week, Vampire Weekend, Contra, Review, Tour Dates
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Artist of The Week: November 10th, 2009
11/10/09 at 03:54 PM by Keagan Ilvonen
Dashboard Confessional

It's tough living up to your name when you have become a staple of the scene, but Chris Carrabba does it time and time again. After releasing the acoustic The Shade of Poison Trees Chris is back with a double ended sword. Thanks to indecision we all win with Alter The Ending as it includes both full band and acoustic versions of every song. As for the full band aspect, this may be their strongest work. Acoustic on the other hand is just as good as ever, showcasing Carrabba's signature voice. While we may get older Dashboards music remains timeless.

Additional LinksOfficial Site - AP.Net Profile - Myspace - Purevolume - Facebook - Twitter - ilike - last.fm - Amazon - iTunes

Tour Dates

November 30, 2009 @ Troubadour - West Hollywood, CA
December 1, 2009 @ Glass House - Pomona, CA
December 2, 2009 @ Slim's - San Francisco, CA (ticket link here)
December 4, 2009 @ In The Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
December 6, 2009 @ Slowdown - Omaha, NE
December 7, 2009 @ Subterranean - Chicago, IL
December 8, 2009 @ St. Andrews Hall - Detroit, MI
December 10, 2009 @ Middle East - Cambridge, MA
December 11, 2009 @ Highline Ballroom - New York, NY
December 12, 2009 @ The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
December 13, 2009 @ Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
December 15, 2009 @ The Social - Orlando, FL
Tags: Artist of the week, Dashboard Confessional. Alter The Ending
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Artist of The Week: November 3rd, 2009
11/10/09 at 03:31 PM by Keagan Ilvonen
Trying to make up for lost time I guess.

Say Anything

Finally Say Anything has released a follow up to the overkill of a record In Defense of The Genre. For those of you who gave up on Max and the band because of the double disc blunder, fear no more because they are back in full force. Max has discussed how the album is self titled for the fact that he sees it as an introduction to what the band has become and there isn't a better way to describe it. Now Say Anything is no Is a Real Boy.. but it picks up from where they left off. Songs like Mara and Me and Eloise show that the guys can switch up their sound and continue to make perky fun pop tunes. Max also shows no fear in writing on the cheesy romantic in the vien of "Walk Through Hell" with "Crush'd" which is sure to be a new favorite. The album closes with "Ahhh... Men" which is the best and most captivating closer the band has ever done to wrap up an album. The record is a success in what it aims to achieve and gets two thumbs up from a guy who was thoroughly dissapointed with IDOTG.

Additional LinksOfficial Site - AP.Net Profile - Myspace - Facebook - Purevolume - last.fm - ilike - Merch - Deluxe Say Anything - Amazon - iTunes

Tags: Artist of the week, Say Anything
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Artist of The Week: October 13rh, 2009
10/19/09 at 09:06 AM by Keagan Ilvonen
Better late than never?

The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips are probably one of the most defining bands of all time. For the past 20 years they have become the poster child for being the kings of weird. It's hard to find someone that hasn't heard of or doesn't really care for The Lips. They hardly release anything that isn't top notch and their latest album Embryonic sticks to that tale. Sticking with what they know The Lips have delivered with the usual craziness but in the form of two discs. Embryonic is just one of those albums that when you're done with it, you feel like you have really experienced the album. The Flaming Lips never disappoint and nothing has changed here, they are still the same crazy band you feel in love with oh so long ago.

Listen to Embryonic here.

Additional LinksOfficial Site - AP.Net Profile - Myspace - MTV Profile - last.fm - ilike - imeem - Amazon - iTunes

Tags: Artist of The Week, The Flaming Lips, Embryonic
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Artist of The Week: October 6th, 2009
10/06/09 at 11:10 AM by Keagan Ilvonen

Growing up we were always told to never judge a book by it's cover. Well, once again that saying comes into play with the band Hockey. If anyone other than Jason Tate had said to go check out a band named Hockey I probably would have told them to get the fuck out. I mean come on, a name like Hockey is ridiculous. Sure, there are tons and tons of scene bands with enticing names like dot dot curve [aka :)] But Hockey? It's just so bland and has no upbeat to it at all. Luckily, I did check out the band thanks to Jason Tate, they do have redeeming qualities, and they are on the verge of being the next Strokes in the mainstream indie world. Their debut album Mind Chaos comes out today and is bound to become a favorite of indie pop rock lovers. The band has so many options for singles that they have basically made it so they can't fail unless they stop playing their instruments. If you haven't jumped on the bandwagon it's about time you seriously consider it, because as the weather cools down and the water begins to freeze it's just about that time to play some Hockey.

Additional LinksOfficial Site - Myspace - AP.Net Profile - Facebook - Mind Chaos on lala - imeem - ilike - Amazon - iTunes

Download "Song Away" video on iTunes for free here.

Tour Dates
Oct 08 Majestic Theatre Madison Madison, WI
Oct 09 Turner Hall Ballroom Milwaukee, WI
Oct 10 Schuba's Tavern Chicago, IL
Oct 11 Schuba's Tavern Chicago, IL
Oct 13 Magic Bag Ferndale, MI
Oct 14 The Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, Canada
Oct 16 Maxwell's Hoboken, NJ
Oct 18 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
Oct 20 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT
Oct 21 Pearl Street Northampton, MA
Feb 24 KOKO London, United Kingdom
Tags: Artist of the week, Hockey. Mind Chaos, Too Fake, Song Away
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Artist of The Week: September 22nd, 2009
09/22/09 at 02:41 PM by Keagan Ilvonen
With the lack of internet in my dorm room and being constantly busy I wasn't able to post last week's artists of the week so I will make up for it by posting last week and this weeks in one major blog.

Brand New

What is there for me to say about Brand New that AP hasn't already said. Daisy hasn't hit me like TDAG did but it still has some great things to offer. For me it was a complete grower. My first listen I didn't care for it at all and with every future listen I like it more and more. If you don't like Brand New I doubt that I can persuade you, but if you do like them, you basically know what you are going to get here. Or do you?

Additional LinksOfficial Site - AP.Net Profile - Myspace - Facebook - Twitter - Street Team - Merch - last.fm - ilike - Smartpunk Vinyl - Amazon - iTunes

Tour Dates
Oct. 1st Time Warner Cable Amphitheater Cleveland, OH*
2nd The Fillmore Detroit, MI*
3rd Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL*
4th Myth Nightclub St. Paul, MN*
6th The Pageant St. Louis, MO*
7th Uptown Theatre Kansas City, MO*
8th Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO*
9th Salt Palace Conv. Center Salt Lake City, UT*
13th Roseland Theatre Portland, OR*
15th Rabobank Arena & Conv. Center Bakersfield, CA*
16th Event Center at San Jose State Univ. San Jose, CA*
17th Hollywood Palladium Los Angeles, CA*
20th House of Blues San Diego, CA*
21st House of Blues San Diego, CA*
22nd Mesa Amphitheatre Mesa, AZ*
23rd House of Blues Las Vegas, NV*
25th Lonestar Amphitheater Lubbock, TX†
27th Stubb’s BBQ Austin, TX†
29th Cain’s Ballroom Tulsa, OK†
30th The Palladium Ballroom Dallas, TX†
31st Verizon Wireless Theater Houston, TX†
Nov. 4th House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL†
5th The Ritz Tampa, FL†
7th House of Blues North Myrtle Beach, SC†
9th The Fillmore Charlotte Charlotte, NC†
10th The National Richmond, VA†
11th Sonar Baltimore, MD†
13th The NorVa Norfolk, VA†
14th Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA†
15th Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA^
17th House of Blues Boston, MA^
18th House of Blues Boston, MA^
20th Olympia De Montreal Montreal, QC^
21st Kool Haus Toronto, ONT^
22nd Kool Haus Toronto, ONT^
24th Main Street Armory Rochester, NY^
25th Chevrolet Theatre Wallingford, CT^
28th Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale, NY^

* = Manchester Orchestra
† = Thrice
^ = Glassjaw


After releasing the highly impressive Alchemy Index I was curious as to how Thrice would be able to do something to top everything they have already done. The Artist In The Ambulance was a classic just for the sake that no one was doing what Thrice did at the time they were doing it and if they were it couldn't even compare. Vheissu pushed the envelope with the band challenging the sound they had mastered and pushing into new territory. Then the Alchemy Index hit and they mastered a newer mellower and mature sound. I can't say enough about how much I respect everyone in this band and everything they stand for. If you want to support a band that is doing everything right in music it would be Thrice. The leak of Beggars 3 months early was a travesty and everyone knew it so we all reached out and showed them how much we appreciate what they do by buying merch and albums. The official physical release of Beggars has finally come and gone and I can personally say that I scraped together enough change to go to my local record store and payed for Beggars with $10 in quarters, dimes, and nickels. It's the least I can do for a band that has given so much back to their fans. You all should do the same, this is one of the best releases of the year, definitely in my top ten albums of 2009.

Additional LinksOfficial Site - AP.Net Profile - Thrice - Facebook - Twitter - last.fm - ilike - Merch - SmartPunk - Interpunk - Amazon - iTunes

ReviewsAP.Net - Sputnik Music - Ultimate Guitar - The Album Project - Christian Music Zine - Live The Scene - awmusic - Consequence of Sound - Fazer - Under The Gun - Pop Matters - Review, Rinse, Repeat

Tour Dates

10/25 – Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Amphitheater *
10/27 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs BBQ *
10/29 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom *
10/30 – Dallas, TX @ The Palladium Ballroom *
11/02 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre ^
11/03 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle *
11/04 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues *
11/05 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz *
11/07 – N. Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues *
11/09 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte *
11/10 – Richmond, VA @ The National *
11/11 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar *
11/13 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa *
11/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory *
11/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel ^
11/16 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection ^
11/17 – Poplar Grove, IL @ Chubby Rain-House of Tunes ^
11/19 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep ^
11/20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue ^
11/22 – San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom at The Regency ^
11/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon ^
11/24 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues ^
11/25 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues ^
12/04 – San Diego, CA @ Soma ^

^ - Headline date
* - Supporting Brand New

Every Time I Die

Everyone's favorite hardcore group is back in action with their latest effort New Junk Aesthetic. While I was a fan of The Big Dirty it left a little to be desired. Not to say that it wasn't a step up from Gutter Phenomenon but it was just missing something. Whatever that something was, the boys found it on the new album. The heaviest and grittiest riffs to date are showcased on this gem. Keith's witty lyricism shines more than ever and leaves you with a feeling you can't quite describe. You can truly see that this is a band that has fun with what they do and love doing it. If you like being punched in the face and kicked in the balls only to be seduced by a sexy mistress this is the record for you.

Additional LinksOfficial Site - AP.Net Profile - Myspace - Purevolume - Epitaph Profile - last.fm - Merch - Twitter - Keith's Twitter - Jordan's Twitter - Amazon - iTunes

Tour Dates
Sep 24 2009 White Rabbit San Antonio, Texas
Sep 25 2009 House of Blues Houston, Texas
Sep 26 2009 House of Blues New Orleans, Louisiana
Sep 27 2009 The Ritz Tampa, Florida
Sep 29 2009 Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia
Sep 30 2009 Amos Charlotte, North Carolina
Oct 1 2009 Norva Norfolk, Virginia
Oct 2 2009 Sonar Baltimore, Maryland
Oct 3 2009 Electric Factory Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 4 2009 House of Blues Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 5 2009 Crazy Donkey Long Island, New York
Oct 7 2009 Irving Plaza New York, New York
Oct 8 2009 Metropolis Montreal, Quebec
Oct 9 2009 Kool Haus Toronto, Ontario
Oct 10 2009 Town Ballroom Buffalo, New York
Oct 11 2009 Water Street Music Hall Rochester, New York

KiD CuDi

It takes a lot to live up to hype. KiD CuDi has had to do this for sometime after basically being taken under Kanye West's wing. CuDi has had to live up to enormous amounts of hype that the man claims he didn't even want in the first place. His hit single "Day N Nite" blew up over the radio this summer and left the media and fans wanting more. It seemed like forever but Man On The Moon finally dropped. While I think it could have been a lot better and doesn't live up to what CuDi is fully capable of, it's a solid release that is a stepping stone in the young and upcoming career of Kid CuDi.

Additional LinksMyspace -Facebook - Download A Kid Named CuDi - Unofficial Sit - Twitter - last.fm - imeem - Amazon - iTunes


Volcano Choir

So I have been impatiently waiting for new Bon Iver ever since the release of the Blood Bank EP. With no release set for 09, I was pleased to hear Justin Vernon would be releasing some material just in the form of Volcano Choir. Justin and his friends Collections of Colonies of Bees make up Volcano Choir which basically ends up being a more experimental Bon Iver that dares to go outside of Vernon's comfort zone and still works 100%. Call this a pitchfork hype band if you want but they are so much more than that so don't be fooled.

Additional LinksMyspace - Facebook - Jagjaguwar Profile - last.fm - Twitter - Amazon - iTunes



I haven't really had a good amount of time to let The World I Want To Leave Behind in but from what I have heard and taken in this record is fantastic. It will be tough for Moneen to top The Red Tree but I feel like the new album is anm honest effort. The long song titles aren't there anymore but that doesn't mean the songs are lacking anything. Moneen continues to one of Canada's most overlooked bands and it's a crime.

Additional LinksOfficial Site - AP.Net Profile - Myspace - Purevolume - last.fm - ilike - Twitter - Facebook - Amazon - iTunes

Tour Dates
Oct 02 Mac's Bar Lansing, MI
Oct 03 House Cafe Dekalb, IL
Oct 04 Cicero's St Louis, MO
Oct 07 Opolis Norman, OK
Oct 09 The Incubator Mcallen, TX
Oct 10 Rock Bottom Tattoo Bar San Antonio, TX
Oct 12 The White Dove Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 14 House of Blues Anaheim Anaheim, CA
Oct 15 Slim's San Francisco, CA
Oct 16 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
Oct 17 El Corazon Seattle, WA
Oct 19 In The Venue Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 20 Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom Denver, CO
Oct 21 Beaumont Club Kansas City, MO
Oct 22 Station 4 Saint Paul, MN
Oct 23 Vic Theatre Chicago, IL
Oct 25 iLounge Inside Clutch Cargo's Pontiac, MI
Oct 26 Mad Hatter Covington, KY
Oct 27 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
Oct 28 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, Canada
Oct 30 House of Blues Boston Boston, MA
Oct 31 Webster Theater Hartford, CT
Nov 01 Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
Nov 03 The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza New York, NY
Nov 04 HighLine Ballroom New York, NY
Nov 06 Recher Theatre Towson, MD
Nov 07 The Norva Norfolk, VA
Nov 08 Cats Cradle Carrboro, NC
Nov 10 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Nov 11 The Social Orlando, FL
Nov 12 The Social Orlando, FL
Nov 13 The State Theatre Saint Petersburg, FL
Nov 14 Freebird Live Jacksonville, FL
Nov 15 Repbulic New Orleans, LA
Nov 16 Warehouse Live Houston, TX
Nov 17 Emos Austin Austin, TX
Nov 18 The Door In Dallas Dallas, TX
Nov 20 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ
Nov 21 House of Blues San Diego San Diego, CA
Nov 22 Troubadour West Hollywood, CA
Tags: Artist of the week, Brand New, Thrice, Every Time I Die, Kid Cudi, Moneen, Volcano
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Artist of The Week: September 8th, 2009
09/09/09 at 08:32 AM by Keagan Ilvonen
Polar Bear Club

I'm not really sure what there is to say about Polar Bear Club. They are heavy, catchy, and gritty all at the same time. While most artists that try and pull this off come across as annoying and tiring PBC is the exact opposite. They are a refreshing taste of music that hasn't been around since Hot Water Music called it quits. Chasing Hamburg follows in the footsteps of their debut album and goes off on a few insane tangents as well. I have only got to spin the album a few times but it's definitely worth your time. Don't look past this band.

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Tags: Artist of the week, Polar Bear Club, Chasing Hamburg
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Artist of The Week: August 25th, 2009
08/25/09 at 06:44 PM by Keagan Ilvonen

There aren't many artists that I follow and devote myself too 100% but The Format was one of those bands. Lyrically they just stuck. It didn't matter how intricate or simple they always hit home. Musically they had everything I wanted in a band, fully orchestrated jingles and stripped down acoustic ballads. Nate's voice hooked me as soon as my ears got a taste of what he was capable of. So of course when they announced their "Hiatus" I was devastated. But luckily for me a savor was announced not too long after. Nate had picked up a few friends and started a new project called fun. I didn't know what to expect from this but anything new from Nate excited me. After months and months of waiting their debut album has finally hit stores. Aim and Ignite mixes everything you loved about The Format and some new sounds that gives it a completely new twist. If for some reason you had doubted Ruess's talent to turn a pop song this album will reassure you with more than enough confidence for a dozen people. Finding someone who doesn't enjoy this album is about as rare as getting Jesse Lacey to speak up about Daisy. Do yourself a favor and get this album. If you need any more convincing read Drew's review here.

Other ReviewsWeworemasks - Review,Rinse,Repeat - The Tune - Sputnik Music - PrettMuchAmazing - Plug In Music - Bullz-Eye - 20 Watts - Under The Gun

Watch a stripped down and downright amazing performance here.

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A Few Fun Dates

Aug 25 Chop Suey Seattle, WA
Sep 09 Club 156 Boulder, CO
Sep 11 Shelter Detroit, MI
Sep 12 Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
Sep 16 Great Scott Allston, MA
Sep 17 Mercury Lounge-NY New York, NY
Sep 22 Rocketown Nashville, TN
Sep 30 Shelter Detroit, MI
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Artist of The Week: August 18th, 2009
08/18/09 at 05:12 PM by Keagan Ilvonen
Two this week, I don't see anyone disagreeing.

As Tall As Lions

Back in 2006 As Tall As Lions released one of my favorite records. Their self titled album was a huge step up from their first album in about every way. Through and Through it was a gorgeous record, which isn't seen too often these days. Finally they have released a follow up to that monster of a record. You Can't Take It With You is the product of the blood, sweat, and tears the band put into recording. While the beauty of the S/T isn't all quite there, that does not mean that this record isn't beautiful. The guys decided to take some chances and experiment on some sounds and ideas. Some working for the better and some being a little lack luster but nothing that effects the overall quality of the record. If you were a fan of the previous releases nothing will change here, except you may just respect them more for daring to step out of their box that they had perfected years ago. At the end of the day You Can't Take It With You is going to be one of the years best for all kinds of music fans alike. There is something there for everyone, whether it be ambient and dreamy sounds of "Duermete" or the island esque vibe of "The Narrows". You would be foolish to not pick this album up, it definitely has something you can take with you no matter where you are.

Read Greg's review of the album here.

Other ReviewsSputnik - Zap Town - Strange Glue - Blare Magazine

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Another S/T album was released in 2006 by another personal favorite of mine. MUTEMATH dropped a huge bomb with their hit "Typical" that was all over television and the web because of it's insane music video. It's been 3 years since that album came out and it's still constantly in my rotation. Now with the release of Armistice I have two albums that I can play front to back and still want more. Armistice picks up where the last album left off and continues to blow my mind with every listen. Whether it be the horns or the intricate instrumentation, there is more to hear with every listen. Two of this years finest releases being released on the same date makes for a good day for music fans. Finally if you like one of these bands or both, you have lucked out because both are touring together later this year. Get stoked now because it won't be too long.

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Tour Dates

22 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
24 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
25 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
26 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
27 Detroit, MI – Clutch Cargos
29 Madison, WI – The Majestic

01 Des Moines, IA – People’s Court
05 Seattle, WA – Showbox
06 Portland, OR – Roseland
08 Sacramento, CA – Empire Events Center
09 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
10 Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia Live
11 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
13 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
14 Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
16 Kansas City, MO – Beaumont
17 Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
18 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
20 Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
22 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
23 St Louis, MO – Pageant
24 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
25 Memphis, TN – New Daisy
27 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
29 Dallas, TX – Palladium
30 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
31 New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Festival

02 Birmingham, AL - Alabama Theater
04 Ft Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
05 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
06 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
07 Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend
08 Nashville, TN – War Memorial
10 Norfolk, VA – Norva
11 Washington, DC – Sixth & I
12 Boston, MA – House of Blues
13 New York, NY – Nokia Theater
Tags: Artist of the week, As Tall As Lions, MUTEMATH
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Artist of The Week: August 4th, 2009
08/04/09 at 02:06 PM by Keagan Ilvonen
Anchor and Braille

Most people know Stephen Christian from his band Anberlin but they will know him for other reasons after this record. Where Anberlin is a straight up rock band, Anchor and Braille channels Stephen's more passionate side. Creating some of the smoothest and crisp vocals in the scene today, Stephen continues to prove that he is one of the most unique voices of today and puts everything into his craft. Felt was produced by none other then Aaron Marsh of Copeland and you can see the direct influence on the music. This is one of the most beautiful records produced this year. Pick this one up ASAP.


"Like Steps In a Dance"

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ReviewsThe Album Project - Sputnik Music - Christian Music Zine - Alt Press

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Artists of The Past However Many Weeks: Last Entry To Now
07/26/09 at 12:13 AM by Keagan Ilvonen
Due to my absence from the internet I have had a lot of spare time to write and discuss things within my mind. I’m currently in Austin, Texas visiting my buddy who moved down here last year. He should have wireless internet, and me having lots of downtime should be able to enjoy this internet while he is at work. Alas, I cannot. His internet is completely fucked for who knows what reason, and his girlfriend is too lazy to do anything about it (The internet is in her name and they will only deal with her, I tried calling them up). So here I am in Texas, 100+ degrees outside, with nothing to do as I wait for my friend to get off from work. So I decided to take advantage of the free time and put together this. As I missed last week’s artist of the week, I decided to make a giant one for this week.

Portugal. The Man

PTM continue to be one of the best artists of today with every record they produce. They continue to challenge each other to do better and love making music. This is what the music scene should be. PTM has become the new model for working for what you believe in and never sacrificing what you believe for money or fame. They could care less what labels want them to do or throw at them. They have made a solid fan base that will support them in whatever path they choose to take with their music. If you don’t believe me just look at where they started and where they are now and tell me they haven’t become a bigger band. I am continually amazed at how they are trying to innovate and recreate the music scene. Hats off to these boys for being the music scenes class act.

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Rx Bandits

In the same vein as PTM, Rx continues to grow as a band and make amazing music. Probably one of the most musically coherent groups ever to grace this music scene. Starting with Ska roots and continually growing into a progressive influenced band. They just released their album Mandala which is amazing by the way. I highly suggest everyone go and pick this album up, sure it doesn’t have the horns like the past albums, but lyrically and instrumentally everything is there that you love. Oh, and if you go and buy this at your local indie record store, the band is giving away their last record … And The Battle Begun away with it for free (While Supplies Last).

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Set Your Goals

When I first heard this band I couldn’t stand them. The fast paced in your face pop punk was just too much for me. After taking some time to let it sink in I began to love the style of music and dug into it deeper. Years have passed since then and currently SYG is one of my favorite bands. People may go and say that they are just a studio band, but that’s here nor there. I have never witnessed them live to be the judge but in the studio they couldn’t get any better imo. I have yet to listen to the new record as my preorder is waiting for me back at my house in Maine, but from everything I have heard and read this is going to be one of the biggest and best summer albums of 2009. Believe the hype, this band deserves your recognition.

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Four Year Strong

It seems like whenever SYG is mentioned FYS is always brought up. In a sense they make similar music but in another sense it’s nothing alike. But putting that aside, the band just released their new cover album titles Explains It All (Hello Clarrrrrrrissssa). Again while I have yet to listen to the album, the band put out one of my favorite pop punk records of the past few years with Rise or Die Trying and from what I have heard of this record it seems to be nothing short of a good time. Oh Nostalgia.

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As Cities Burn

While every other band on this entry is on a positive note, this one is different. One of my underappreciated bands has bitten the bullet like so many other greats. ACB has officially called it quits. While many of us saw this coming for some time it was something that no matter how much time you have to prepare you still can’t be ready for what’s to come. I wish the best to all the guys in the band in whatever it is they choose to do with their lives. I hope they know that the music they made these past 6 years has impacted a lot of people and will not go unappreciated.

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Tags: Artist of the week, Portugal. The Man, Rx Bandits, Set Your Goals, Four Year Strong,
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Artist of The Week: July 7th, 2009
07/07/09 at 01:50 PM by Keagan Ilvonen
All Time Low

After taking the scene by storm with the releases The Party Scene, and Put Up Or Shut Up, All Time Low had the issue of living up to high expectations. While So Wrong It's Right didn't live up to everything people had hoped it still remained in the same vain as the previous releases, just seemed to lack the lasting power punch. It has almost been two years since the release of SWIR, and ATL has delivered in full with Nothing Personal. The band stated they wanted a record that would be more then just a "Summer Record" while time will tell if it lives up to their hopes, it is one hell of a summer record. The album is a complete pop punk gem. Filled with big choruses and even bigger hooks. If this doesn't push the band into the spotlight I'm not sure what will. Songs like "Weightless" is the new anthem for high school seniors and that's just the first song. I have been on a non-stop ATL high of late and this is the perfect fix. Sure it may be a little sugar coated compared to the past but deep down it's the same All Time Low everyone has come to love (or hate// shout out to douchebag of the week two time all star Alex). Whether pop punk isn't your thing, if you can't appreciate this album for how well the pop tunes are constructed, you need to lighten up a bit - Nothing Personal.

Read Drew's review here.

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Tour Dates

Dates with We The Kings, Cartel, & Days Difference:

7/09/09 Richmond, VA – The National
7/10/09 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
7/11/09 Towson, MD – Towson Center – Towson University
7/12/09 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
7/13/09 Wantagh, NY – The Bay Stage @ Jones Beach
7/15/09 Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
7/16/09 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues Cleveland
7/17/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Riverplex Amphitheatre
7/18/09 Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock Cafe

Warped Tour dates:

7/19/09 Oceanport, NJ – Monmouth Park Racetrack
7/21/09 Boston, MA – Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
7/22/09 Virginia Beach, VA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/23/09 Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/24/09 Orlando, FL – Central Florida Fairgrounds
7/25/09 Miami, FL – Cruzan Amphitheater
7/26/09 Tampa, FL – Vinoy Park
7/28/09 Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheater
7/29/09 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
7/30/09 Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheater
7/31/09 Detroit, MI – Comerica Park
8/01/09 Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
8/02/09 Minneapolis, MN – Canterbury Park
8/03/09 St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/04/09 Kansas City, MO – Sandstone Amphitheater
8/07/09 Boise, ID – Idaho Center Amphitheater
8/08/09 Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairgrounds
8/09/09 Denver, CO – Invesco Field
8/12/09 Calgary, AB – Race City Speedway
8/14/09 Vancouver, BC – Thunderbird Stadium
8/15/09 Seattle, WA – Gorge Amphitheater
8/16/09 Portland, OR – Washington County Fairgrounds
8/19/09 Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
8/20/09 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater
8/21/09 Sacramento, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater
8/22/09 San Diego, CA – Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
8/23/09 Los Angeles, CA – Home Depot Center
Tags: All Time Low, Nothing Personal, Artist of the Week,
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Artist of The Week: June 30th, 2009
07/01/09 at 09:25 PM by Keagan Ilvonen

Bibio happens to be the recording name for brit Stephen Wilkinson. After releasing a number of albums on Mush Records the man is giving it a go on Warp now. His latest effort Ambivalence Avenue was just released and is nothing short of a stellar album. Bibio mixes so many different genres into one, which takes you on a completely new ride. The man switches it up from some of the best folk pop harmonies and melodies to funky ass beats that could be topping the charts if Wale would spit over them. It's a shame that artists like this go highly unnoticed in the music scene because this is one that is definitely worth your time.

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