2010 Alternative Press Tour

The 2010 Alternative Press tour kicks off in March with Never Shout Never headlining and support by The Cab, Hey Monday, Every Avenue and The Summer Set. Pre-sale will start on Jan. 4 at 5 p.m. local time here and regular onsale will be Jan. 9. Check out the tour dates below.

MARCH

19 DALLAS, TX House of Blues
20 AUSTIN, TX Emo’s (SXSW) FREE SHOW
21 HOUSTON, TX Warehouse
23 TUCSON, AZ Rialto Theatre
24 PHOENIX, AZ Marquee Theatre
25 BAKERSFIELD, CA The Dome
26 SAN DIEGO, CA House of Blues
27 LAS VEGAS, NV Extreme Thing
30 LOS ANGELES, CA House of Blues
31 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Grand Ballroom

APRIL

01 CHICO, CA Senator Theatre
02 PORTLAND, OR Hawthorne Theatre
03 SEATTLE, WA El Corazon
05 SALT LAKE CITY, UT In The Venue
06 DENVER, CO Gothic Theatre
08 DES MOINES, IA People’s Court
09 MINNEAPOLIS, MN Station 4
10 CHICAGO, IL House of Blues
11 MILWAUKEE, WI The Rave
13 KANSAS CITY, MO The Beaumont Club
14 SAUGET, IL Pop’s
15 NASHVILLE, TN Rocketown
16 ATLANTA, GA Masquerade
17 JACKSONVILLE, FL Freebird Live
18 ORLANDO, FL House of Blues*
19 FT. LAUDERDALE, FL Culture Room
21 CHARLOTTE, NC Amos’ Southend
22 NORFOLK, VA The NorVa
23 PHILADELPHIA, PA Theatre of Living Arts
24 ALLENTOWN, PA Crocodile Rock
25 WASHINGTON, DC 9:30 Club
27 NEW YORK, NY Irving Plaza
28 BUFFALO, NY Club Infinity
29 BOSTON, MA House of Blues
30 NEW HAVEN, CT Toad’s Place

MAY

01 ALBANY, NY Northern Lights
04 PITTSBURGH, PA Altar Bar
05 TORONTO, ON Phoenix Theatre
06 DETROIT, MI Crofoot Ballroom
07 COLUMBUS, OH Newport Music Hall
08 CLEVELAND, OH House of Blues

Every Avenue – Picture Perfect

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Artist: Every Avenue
Album: Picture Perfect
Label: Fearless Records
Purchase: iTunes
Release Date: November 3rd, 2009

Overall: 8.5
Music: 8.0
Lyrics: 8.0
Production: 8.5

A little more than a year ago, Ever Avenue began turning heads with their debut album Shh…Just Go With It. Their standard pop-punk fare was super sweet and sugary with hooks, but couldn’t seem to hold fans over for very long leaving people craving more after a brief sugar high. Now they are back with their second album Picture Perfect, looking to shake things up and turn the volume up higher than ever.

It seems that with time Every Avenue have grown tired of the same old, same old pop punk format and are looking to switch it up this time around. Some songs still have the same charm as their debut (“Mindset”, “Saying Goodbye”), but for the most part they are making their own way in the scene and defining themselves as more than that. Songs like “Girl Like That” with it’s swirling piano, and the heavier influences of a song like the title track”Picture Perfect” give Every Avenue more character and a stronger presence with this album.

The tone of Picture Perfect is much different than their debut as well, where the latter had a more positive tone of better days and summertime, this album dances around the opposite. “Tell Me I’m A Wreck” and “Finish What You Started” both are a little somber with their lyrics, but deliver with catchy hooks and bursting choruses that are becoming the band’s trademark.

Overall it’s a great feeling to listen to a band that sounds as though they have found themselves, and that’s the case with Every Avenue. Picture Perfect is a great sophomore effort that isn’t just another pop punk release, even the cliche ballad “The Story Left Untold” doesn’t feel trite and over done like most others. This band has a winning release that will provide them with enough notoriety that picture perfect won’t be an ironic jab at their lives (given the cover), but rather reality for a band that deserves their time to shine.

Take Action! Tour 2009 Pictures

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I recently had the chance to photograph the Take Action! Tour at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California featuring Anarbor, Every Avenue, Meg and Dia, Breathe Carolina, and Cute Is What We Aim For. Due to some venue difficulties and camera difficulties, I was only able to shoot Anabor and Every Avenue. The House of Blues also made all photographers shoot from the side of the pit rather than in front, which made the lighting very difficult. Because of this, all the pictures are in black and white. Head over to the photos section to check out the pictures.