Relient K Set To Release New Album, Video, Tour

Relient K will release their new album, Five Score And Seven Years Ago, on March 6th and follow it up with an extensive headlining tour. The band is also set to perform on â┚¬Ã…”Late Night with Conan Oâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢Brienâ┚¬? on Friday, March 2nd. Marc Webb (Yellowcard, P.O.D., Santana, AFI) recently directed the video for the bands first single “Must Have Done Something Right.”

Tour dates with Mae and Sherwood

3/9 New York, NY Nokia
3/10 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
3/12 Boston, MA Avalon
3/13 Montreal, QU Club Soda
3/14 Toronto, ON The Opera House
3/16 Detroit, MI State Theater
3/17 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
3/18 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
3/19 Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Club
3/21 Minneapolis, MN The Myth
3/23 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
3/24 St. Louis, MO Pageant
3/25 Nashville, TN Rocketown
4/4 Tulsa, OK Cain’s
4/5 Oklahoma City, OK Bricktown Events Center
4/6 Arlington, TX Six Flags Over Texas
4/7 Houston, TX Club V @Verizon Theater
4/10 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theater
4/11 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
4/12 Anaheim, CA The Grove
4/13 Los Angeles, CA Avalon
4/14 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
4/16 Seattle, WA Showbox
4/17 Vancouver, BC Croatian Cultural Center
4/18 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
4/20 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
4/21 Denver, CO Fillmore
4/23 Kansas City, MO Beaumont
5/4 Rochester, NY Water Street
5/5 Albany, NY Northen Lights
5/6 E.Rutherford, NJ Meadowlands (Bamboozle)
5/7 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
5/8 Baltimore, MD Sonar
5/11 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend
5/12 Jacksonville, FL Free Bird Live
5/14 Orlando, FL House Of Blues
5/15 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
5/16 St. Petersburg, FL Janus Landing
5/18 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
5/20 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues

Relient K – Five Score and Seven Years Ago

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Relient K Five Score and Seven Years Ago

Artist: Relient K
Album: Five Score and Seven Years Ago
Label: Capitol Records
Purchase: Amazon
Release Date: March 6th, 2007

Overall: 7.9
Music: 8.0
Lyrics: 8.0
Production: 9.0

â┚¬Ã…”Five score and seven years agoâ┚¬? is Relient Kâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s new album which is the follow up to the major label debut â┚¬Ã…”mmhmmâ┚¬?. I applaud them for giving this album an actual name instead of just a sound that made you feel ridiculous when said out loud. I was very excited to hear this record because Relient K has always put out quality music, and the same still applies with the new record. The staple of this band has and continues to be the ability to blend the comical and serious sides of life into a beautifully crafted song.

The first song â┚¬Ã…”Plead the fifthâ┚¬? is more of an intro to the record, but it definitely shows off the guyâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s ability to write a catchy melody. â┚¬Ã…”Come right out and say Itâ┚¬? is the next song which is familiar Relient K territory and touches on the subject of wanting to hear the truth instead of a pretty lie to spare someoneâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s feelings. â┚¬Ã…”Must have done something rightâ┚¬?, which is the first single, has been out for awhile and is a good song, but seems to sound better in the context of the other songs on â┚¬Ã…”Five Scoreâ┚¬Ã‚¦Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?. Speaking of the single, my guess is that â┚¬Ã…”Iâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢m taking you with meâ┚¬? will end up being one at some point with its instantly catchy chorus.

â┚¬Ã…”Deathbedâ┚¬?, which is the album closer, comes in at a whopping 11:05 minutes long. The song is told from a first person perspective of someone dying from cancer. The song starts off soft and slow but doesnâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t stay that way long, adding a range of different instruments along the journey. The song also includes a guest vocalist which sounds like Switchfoot lead singer â┚¬Ã…”Jonathan Foremanâ┚¬?.

Iâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢ll take the advice from the song â┚¬Ã…”Come right out and say itâ┚¬? and just tell it like it is for this record. This is an album which you will need to put in some time to fully enjoy. I found this album very forgettable the first couple times I listened to it, but it has grown on me. There are a couple of weaker songs scattered on the album but overall a good listen.
I just wasted your time with this review. Buy the record and youâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢ll know what I mean.

Track listing
1. Plead the Fifth
2. Come Right Out and Say It
3. I Need You
4. The Best Thing
5. Forgiven
6. Must Have Done Something Right
7. Give
8. Devastation and Reform
9. I’m Taking You With Me
10. Faking My Own Suicide
11. Crayons Can Melt On Us For All I Care
12. Bite My Tongue
13. Up and Up
14. Deathbed

Rage out of Retirement

Rage Against the Machine will come out of retirement to play the Coachella, taking place April 27-29 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, California.

Other bands confirmed to play are The Arcade Fire, Interpol, Willie Nelson, the Roots, Manu Chao, the Decemberists, Arctic Monkeys, Sonic Youth, and Air.

Article #4 – Music & Innocence pt.2

Music and Innocence, the words aren’t often found next to each other, but when they are, it’s beautiful.

Let me start this by saying I don’t know the people in the bands I’m about to talk about. I don’t know the situations, or what it’s like to be in their shoes. This is simply my perspective, my opinion. Please read part 1 here.

The other night I had a random playlist on, and all of a sudden “San Dimas high school football rules” started playing. The moment it started, I was back in 9th grade. The problems, but also the excitements, of being that age came back like I had never grown up. It’s amazing how a simple song has time travel capabilities. Somehow memories get recorded in the melodies and in the lyrics, like a 3rd dimension that’s added to the song.

I’ve heard some of the new Ataris record “Welcome the night” and I feel betrayed almost. The Ataris were a band I grew up with, and they grew up with me too. People change, music changes, and you can’t do the same things over and over again. But this new record is not “The Ataris”. It may be the same people (or rather 2 of the same people), but it’s not the same band. “Anywhere but here”, “Blue Skies…”, “End is forever”, these were records that felt like they were done with passion. “Welcome the Night” feels like it was done out of greed or something else besides passion.

“Everyone makes mistakes these days, hey nobody’s perfect… but the choices that you make, may involve someone else.“ The Ataris

The last Yellowcard music video I saw was a joke. It was flashy and overdone ultimately coming off boring and cliche. The music video was screaming out “Someone else is calling all the shots, and we don’t care. We just want fame.” The record “Lights and sounds” (in the same way as the video) takes itself too seriously and took all the fun out of a fun band. I miss the days when the music was fun, when the music would speak to people, rather than the music that now just sits there. It feels like they’ve given up on what used to matter.

I don’t hate the bands (and I just use those two bands as examples). I hate the idea of losing something I never thought I would lose. Lying is something that everyone knows is wrong. It’s something you’re just not supposed to do. You’ll lose friends over it, you’ll get fired over it; no one likes being lied to. The same is true with music; nobody wants music that isn’t honest, and no one wants something that’s not real.

MC Lars On Tour

MC Lars is heading out on tour with Suburban Legends and Patent Pending.

2.1 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
2.2 Bountiful, UT @ The Project Audio Lounge
2.3 Las Vegas, NV @ University Theatre
2.4 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
2.5 Victorville, CA @ Trilogy Theatre
2.6 San Marcos, CA @ The Jumping Turtle
2.7 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
2.9 San Antonio, TX @ The Sanctuary
2.10 Lewisville, TX @ Fat Daddy’s Sound Shack
2.11 Houston, TX @ The Proletariat
2.12 Metairie, LA @ The High Ground
2.13 Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar
2.14 Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
2.15 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
2.16 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
2.17 Orlando, FL @ The Social
2.18 Gainsville, FL @ 1982 Bar
2.19 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
2.20 Knoxville, TN @ Blue Cats
2.21 Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java
2.22 Virginia Beach, VA @ The Jewish Mother
2.23 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
2.24 Bound Brook, NJ @ Hamilton Street Cafe
2.25 Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
2.26 Providence, RI @ The Living Room
2.28 Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
3.1 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
3.2 Detroit, MI @ The Magic Stick
3.3 Chicago, IL @ Champs Rock Room
3.4 St Louis, MO @ Cicero’s