Taking Back Sunday – New Again

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Artist: Taking Back Sunday
Album: New Again
Label: Warner Bros./Victory Records
Purchase: Amazon
Release Date: June 2nd, 2009

Overall: 10.0
Music: 10.0
Lyrics: 10.0
Production: 10.0

Taking Back Sunday have been through a lot since their release of Louder Now: they have lost a great guitarist/co-vocalist in Fred Mascherino, on top of the luke warm reception from fans and critics alike to their major label debut (the previously mentioned Louder Now). Now with a new guitarist and a fresh batch of tunes, Taking Back Sunday are back to prove that they are better then ever and ready to become the mainstream heavy hitters they deserve to be with their new record New Again.

The album gets right on track with the title track “New Again”, which opens with a catchy bass groove and leaps into a powerfully catchy chorus that echos the sentiment “I am/Ready to be new again”, and from the confidence in vocalist Adam Lazzara’s voice it seems that it is a very sincere statement by the band.

The entire album is filled with different leaps and bounds in influence and song styles that make it feel like Taking Back Sunday aren’t afraid to step outside the “emo” boundaries that critics have laid out for them. Whether the evidence is found in the U2 influenced, arena rock melodies of “Where My Mouth Is” and “Capital M-E”. Or the aggressive tendencies of songs like “Lonely, Lonely” (notice the snarl in Lazzara’s voice at times) or “Carpathia” that leave any indication that their songs fit into the stereotype of the “whiny emo band vocals” in the dust.

It might be hard for older fans to accept who Taking Back Sunday are becoming, a band that is fully prepared for the limelight and aren’t afraid to grow up and become more mature with their musicianship (See: “Summer, Man”). There is something very charming and respectful to be found in seeing a band moving on from what they know to discover who they are becoming.

Maybe that’s why it seems all to appropriate that “Everything Must Go” acts as the final track on the album, it sums up everything Taking Back Sunday are leaving behind to become better at what they do. Whether it be in the guise of a relationship, it feels as though it is an ode to who they were and proving that they aren’t afraid to move on. And for that, I applaud Taking Back Sunday for being able to take chances in order to become better, New Again is a great summer album and shouldn’t be leaving anyone’s musical rotation any time soon.

Updated Blink 182 Tour Dates

Blink 182 has updated their tour dates with a few new dates as well as announcing those that are currently sold out. You can get tickets for the shows at livenation.com, blink182.com, or myspace.com.

Here are the dates, venues, band lineups, and on-sale dates for the blink-182 north american tour this summer. The on-sale dates are the last dates on each show.

July 23..Las Vegas,NV”¦The Joint”¦Motion City Soundtrack”¦Pre-Sale 6/10″¦On Sale Sat June 13 NEW DATE ADDED!!!
July 24″¦Las Vegas, NV”¦The Joint”¦Motion City Soundtrack”¦SOLD OUT
July 28″¦Vancouver, BC”¦GM Place”¦All American Rejects, Chester French
July 30″¦Calgary, AB”¦Saddledome”¦Fall Out Boy, All American Rejects
July 31″¦Edmonton, AB”¦Rexall Place”¦Fall Out Boy, All American Rejects
August 1″¦Saskatoon, SK”¦Credit Union Centre”¦Fall Out Boy, All American Rejects
August 2″¦Winnipeg, MB”¦MTS Centre”¦Fall Out Boy, All American Rejects
August 4″¦Milwaukee, WI”¦Marcus Amphitheater”¦Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, Chester French
August 6″¦Boston, MA”¦Comcast Center”¦Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, Chester French”¦6/13″¦presale 6/10 10am
August 7″¦Montreal, QC”¦Bell Centre”¦Fall Out Boy, Planet Smashers”¦SOLD OUT!!!
August 8″¦Toronto, ON”¦Molson Ampitheater”¦Fall Out Boy, Chester French NEW SHOW ADDED!!! presale 6/10″¦public onsale 6/13
August 9″¦Jones Beach, NY”¦Nikon Theater at Jones Beach”¦Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, Chester French”¦NEW SHOW ADDED!!! TICKET DETAILS SOON
August 12″¦Hershey, PA”¦Hershey Park Pavilion/Stadium”¦Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, Chester French
August 13″¦Cincinnati, OH”¦Riverbend”¦Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, Chester French
August 14″¦Pittsburgh, PA”¦Post Gazette Pavilion”¦Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, Chester French
August 15″¦Chicago, IL”¦First Midwest Bank Pavilion”¦Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, Chester French
August 16″¦Omaha, NE”¦WestFair Ampitheater”¦Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, Chester French
August 18″¦Minneapolis, MN”¦Xcel Center”¦Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, Chester French
August 20″¦Indianapolis, IN”¦Verizon Wireless Amphitheater”¦Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, Chester French
August 21″¦Buffalo, NY”¦Darien Lake PAC”¦Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, Chester French
August 22″¦Detroit, MI”¦DTE Energy Music Center”¦Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, Chester French
August 23″¦Toronto, ON”¦Molson Ampitheater”¦Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, Chester French”¦SOLD OUT!!!
August 25″¦Wantagh, NY”¦Nikon Theater at Jones Beach”¦Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, Chester French”¦SOLD OUT!!!
August 26″¦Holmdel, NJ”¦PNC Bank Arts Center”¦Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, Chester French
August 27″¦Camden, NJ”¦Susquehanna Bank Center”¦Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, Chester French
August 29″¦Hartford, CT”¦New England Dodge Music Center”¦Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, Chester French
August 30″¦Washington, DC”¦venue TBA”¦Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, Chester French
August 31″¦Saratoga, NY”¦SPAC”¦Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, Chester French
September 2″¦Cleveland, OH”¦Blossom”¦Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, Chester French
September 3″¦St Louis, MO”¦Verizon Wireless Amphitheater”¦Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, Chester French
September 4″¦Kansas City, KS”¦Sandstone Amphitheater”¦Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, Chester French..6/27
September 6″¦Denver, CO”¦Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater”¦Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, Chester French
September 7″¦Salt Lake City, UT”¦McKay Center”¦Taking Back Sunday, Chester French
September 10″¦Seattle, WA”¦White River Amphitheater”¦Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, Chester French..6/13″¦presale 6/10 10am
September 12″¦Sacramento, CA”¦Sleep Train Amphitheater”¦Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, Chester French..6/13″¦presale 6/10 10am
September 13″¦Mt View, CA”¦Shoreline Amphitheater”¦Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, Chester French..6/13″¦presale 6/10 10am
September 14″¦Bakersfield, CA”¦Rabobank Arena”¦Taking Back Sunday, Asher Roth”¦TBD”¦presale 6/10 10am
September 16″¦San Diego, CA”¦Cricket Amphitheater”¦Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, Asher Roth
September 17″¦Irvine, CA”¦Verizon Wireless Amphitheater”¦Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, Asher Roth”¦SOLD OUT!!!
September 19″¦Phoenix, AZ”¦Tempe Beach Park Amphitheater
September 21″¦Albuquerque, NM”¦Journal Pavilion”¦Fall Out Boy, All American Rejects, Asher Roth
September 23″¦Dallas, TX”¦Superpages.com Center”¦Fall Out Boy, All American Rejects, Asher Roth
September 24″¦Houston, TX”¦Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion”¦Fall Out Boy, All American Rejects, Asher Roth
September 26″¦West Palm Beach, FL”¦Cruzan Amphitheater”¦Fall Out Boy, All American Rejects, Asher Roth
September 27″¦Tampa, Fl”¦Ford Amphitheater”¦Fall Out Boy, All American Rejects, Asher Roth
September 29″¦Atlanta, GA”¦Lakewood Amphitheater”¦Fall Out Boy, All American Rejects, Asher Roth
October 1″¦Charlotte, NC”¦Verizon Wireless Amphitheater”¦Fall Out Boy, All American Rejects, Asher Roth
October 2″¦Virginia Beach, VA”¦Verizon Wireless Amphitheater”¦Fall Out Boy, All American Rejects, Asher Roth
October 3″¦Atlantic City, NJ”¦Borgata”¦Asher Roth”¦ SOLD OUT!!

Blink 182 Announce Tour Dates; Supporting Acts

Blink-182‘s summer tour dates have been announced. The tour will feature support on various dates from Weezer, Fall Out Boy, Panic At The Disco, the All-American Rejects, Taking Back Sunday, Asher Roth and Chester French on select dates. Amphitheater lawn tickets will be available for $20 with no fees and tickets go on sale May 30 at livenation.com. Presenting sponsors of trek include T-Mobile Sidekick LX, State Farm Insurance and MySpace.

Tour Dates

July 24: Las Vegas (the Joint)
July 28: Vancouver (GM Place)
July 30: Calgary, AB (Saddledome)
July 31: Edmonton, AB (Rexall Place)
Aug. 1: Saskatoon, SK (Credit Union Center)
Aug. 2: Winnipeg, MB (MTS Centre)
Aug. 4: Milwaukee (Marcus Amphitheater)
Aug. 6: Boston (Comcast Center)
Aug. 7 Quebec City, QC (Colisee Pepsi)
Aug. 8: Montreal (Bell Centre)
Aug. 9: Wantagh, N.Y. (Nikon Theater at Jones Beach)
Aug. 12: Hershey, Pa. (the Star Pavilion)
Aug. 13: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music Center)
Aug. 14: Pittsburgh (Post Gazette Pavilion)
Aug. 15: Chicago (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
Aug. 16: Omaha, Neb. (Westfair Amphitheater)
Aug. 18: Minneapolis (Xcel Energy Center)
Aug. 20: Indianapolis (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
Aug. 21: Buffalo, N.Y. (Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center)
Aug. 22: Detroit (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
Aug. 23: Toronto (Molson Amphitheater)
Aug. 25: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
Aug. 27: Saratoga, N.Y. (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
Aug. 28: Camden, Pa. (Susquehanna Bank Center)
Aug. 29: Hartford, Conn. (New England Dodge Music Center)
Aug. 30: Washington, D.C. (TBD)
Aug. 31: Wantagh, N.Y. (Nikon Theater at Jones Beach)
Sept. 2: Cleveland (Blossom Music Center)
Sept. 3: St. Louis (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
Sept. 4: Kansas City, Kan. (Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone)
Sept. 6: Denver (Fiddlers Green Amphitheater)
Sept. 7: Salt Lake City (David O. McKay Events Center)
Sept. 10: Seattle (White River Amphitheater)
Sept. 12: Sacramento, Calif. (Sleep Train Amphitheater)
Sept. 13: Mountain View, Calif. (Shoreline Amphitheater)
Sept. 14: Santa Barbara, Calif. (Santa Barbara Bowl)
Sept. 16: San Diego (Cricket Wireless Amphitheater)
Sept. 17: Irvine, Calif. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
Sept. 19: Phoenix (Tempe Beach Park)
Sept. 21: Albuquerque, N.M. (Journal Pavilion)
Sept. 23: Dallas (Superpages.com Center)
Sept. 24: Houston (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
Sept. 26: West Palm Beach, Fla. (Cruzan Amphitheater)
Sept. 27: Tampa, Fla. (Ford Amphitheater)
Sept. 29: Atlanta (Lakewood Amphitheater)
Oct. 1: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
Oct. 2: Virginia Beach, Va. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
Oct. 3: Atlantic City, N.J. (Borgata Events Center)