Dusk & Summer Deluxe Edition is available for purchase with the single ‘Vindicated’ and the single version of ‘Stolen.’
The Receiving End of Sirens – “Between the Heart and the Synapse” is such a beautiful album that is underappreciated. It’s a sprawling epic full of emotion, energy, and some of the best musicianship to be heard in the past few years. While being out for a while, it never gained the momentum it should have. If you have the time and dig bands with spaced out music, narrative lyrics, and an edge that make them have a sound all their own, check this album out and fall in love.
Cancer BatsÃƒ”šÃ‚ – Self-described as a fusion between Southern Rock, Metal & Hardcore, it’s undeniable that the Cancer Bats, if nothing else, BRING IT. When you’re looking for angry, loud, driving, and original, the only thing better than their debut ‘Birthing the Giant’ is their insanely energetic live show. They’re currently on tour with Alexisonfire, Every Time I Die, and Attack in Black, across Canada & the US, and this is a tour NOT to be missed. Check out their new album, and their live show – I guarantee you’ll be blown away.
We Are Americana Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ This band formed only a short year ago and it’s already on the road to becoming the one-millionth great band to come out of New York. Before joining the band vocalist DJ Jess was a full time DJ in the city and his past shows through in the music. Songs like “My Body Hates Me” have intricate beats and effects that scream, “A DJ wrote this song!” The guitar sound is energetic and manages to flow perfectly with the vocals, beat and bass line without either of the four being drowned out by one another. DJ Jess’s vocals almost sound like another instrument of their own especially on tracks like “How I Killed the Rekindle”. Their current EP “My Body Hates Me” is something you’ll want to listen all the way throughÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‚¦several times. The best thing about this band is not their vocals or their EP though; it’s the fact they know how to get people moving. Come on, if you didn’t dance around even a little bit in your chair during the “My Body Hates Me” Remix, then there might be something wrong.
Dashboard Confessional – What can you expect from a veteran songwriter such as Chris Carraba but another great album? Yup, he did it again, another fine collection of nostalgic songs dealing with relationships. The funny thing about nostalgia is that it takes stillshots from all the romanticized moments in life you want to remember and that’s exactly what Dusk and Summer is Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢â‚¬ eleven “stillshots” from someone’s idealized love life that are composed in such a way that they are relatable to everyone. While Carraba’s first try as a full band in A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar may not have gripped you, I think this effort will. For me, as a change from the last album, I do see the same man who wrote The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most writing Dusk and Summer. Believe me, you’ll want to remember these songs, and you most likely will.
Falling Up – This past Tuesday the boys from Falling Up released their first ever remix album, Exit Lights. Selecting hit tracks from both Crashings and Dawn Escapes along with several brand new, never recorded songs, the boys hit the studio with a tag-team of reknowned producers and fellow Christian musicians to put some killer new spins on some otherwise old tunes. Now I’ve always loved the stuff Falling Up have put out, and Exit Lights is no exception. Gone are the harder rock riffs and in their place a swirling hue of ambience and rich electronic tones. The idea of a rock remix album in itself is a novel idea (not to mention for such a young band), and Falling Up are one of the few groups capable of translating their hit songs to an equally astounding remix. A must have for anyone who owns Dawn Escapes.
The Static Age – Blank Screens is The Static Age’s third full length album and first release through ReIgnition Records. With a classically trained pianist setting the backbone for most of the band’s earthy, organic musical approach, Andrew Paley’s enigmatic voice floats above the melodies in a very ethereal manner. Think Paulson vs. new school This Day And Age. Recommended for anyone who can appreciate the quality of original music beyond the scope of pop-rock and scene bands. If you can’t understand it’s greatness now, you most certainly will in two years.
Nevertheless – Live Like We’re Alive is Nevertheless’s new album that we happen to be streaming on the site this week. They mix the power of Number One Gun with the energy of MxPx and top it off with the likes of Hawk Nelson. Sounds like a good mix right? Take a listen for yourself this week and let us know what you think.
Brand New have posted the following two pieces of news on their website:
Street Teamers…we promise that the interview is coming. The guys spent last week mastering the album and taking part in the interview. There was some definite TLC with the questions and it’s hopefully what you’ve been waiting for. It will either be up at the end of this week or at the beginning of September (surreal that September is almost here? Yes!). Aside from the interview, news is coming soon about the release date, the album title, the Fall tour…everything that you may be wondering about. I’m listening to “Take Apart Your Head” (or whatever it will be called…I usually learn right around when you do) blaring through my speakers as i type this. It’s real. Everyone on our side seems to be taking a quick vacation because we all know what’s coming: The New Album.
Regarding the Dashboard tour:As you may have heard, BN is hitting the road with Dashboard Confessional this fall. A limited number of advance tickets have been held for you and will be available through a special presale that began today (Wednesday, August 23rd at 1 PM Local Time). By buying tickets through our presale, you’ll be able to get your tickets before anyone else AND save some money on service charges.
Click here to buy tickets.
OCT 13 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
OCT 17 – San Jose, CA @ San Jose Civic Auditorium
OCT 18 – Bakersfield, CA @ Rabobank Arena
OCT 20 – Las Vegas, NV @ UNLV Intramural Field
OCT 21 – San Diego, CA @ Cox Arena
OCT 23 – Orem, UT @ McKay Events Center
OCT 27 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
More date will be announced shortly, so don’t worry if you don’t see your city listed yet!
John Ralston has announced he will embark on a summer tour through the U.S. beginning August 16th. The tour will kick off in Houston, TX in support of RalstonÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s Vagrant Records debut Needle Bed, released June 6th, 2006.
Currently Ralston is on the road playing guitar in Dashboard Confessional, and is performing Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Gone, Gone, Gone,Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? during the bandÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s set on this tour. He will be revisiting many of the cities he has been to in July and August, playing intimate sets at smaller venues, and will share the stage with The New Amsterdams, Brandtson, and New Found Glory on select dates.
John Ralston tour dates:
8.16 Houston, TX @ WalterÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s
8.17 Austin, TX @ EmoÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s
8.18 Denton, TX @ Haileys
8.19 Conway, AR @ Soundstage
8.21 Iowa City, IA @ GabeÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s Oasis (w/ The New Amsterdams)
8.22 Minneapolis, MN @ Ascot Room
8.23 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Club
8.24 Chicago, IL @ Schubas
8.25 Detroit, MI @ Shelter
8.26 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
8.27 Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
8.29 New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
8.30 Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
8.31 Providence, RI @ Century Lounge (solo acoustic)
9.1 Boston, MA @ Middle East (upstairs)
9.2 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar (matinee show)
9.3 Washington, DC @ Rock n Roll Hotel
9.5 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
9.6 Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
9.7 Jacksonville, FL @ Fuel Coffeehouse
9.8 Orlando, FL @ Social
9.9 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Respectable St.
9.10 Gainesville, FL @ 1982
Supporting New Found Glory:
10.4 Cincinnati, OH @ Madison Theater
10.5 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
10.6 Buffalo, NY @ Club Infinity
10.7 New Haven, CT @ Toads
10.8 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), in a highly competitive situation, announced today the signing of rock group Dashboard Confessional front man and founder, Chris Carrabba, to an exclusive, worldwide co-publishing deal. The band’s new album Dusk and Summer (Vagrant) enters at No. 2 this week on the Billboard 200 top albums chart.
Dashboard Confessional w/ special guests City & Colour and John Ralston
June 30th, 2006
Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON
First things first: NOT the ideal venue for this show. This music deserves to be coddled. To be listened to in a sound acoustic environment with great reverberation. Not a place with concrete walls.
However, the show was popular and therefor, it was held at a larger venue.
John Ralston, a player in Dashboard, took to the stage first. To be entirely honest, I think there were perhaps fifteen people in the entire place that noticed he was on the stage. No lights, no introduction. In my opinion, he has definite talent. He just needs to grasp this talent and project it more fully. Sure, he was the opening act, and the production was understated in an inappropriate venue, but I still feel he could have done more to be noticed. Overall, decent songs, good live performance, but lacking any wow factor.
City & Colour went on next – vocalist/guitarist Dallas Green, accompanied by cousin Nick (sorry, I don’t know his last name! Green, possibly?) on keys, and friend Casey Baker (lead singer of the band Sleeper Set Sail) on guitar. Again I must state that this was a less than appropriate venue. I’ve had the experience of seeing Dallas twice before in intimate bar settings, and it became my understanding that he was easily distracted while performing. Because of this, I did notice the high number of people wandering around, talking, and just all around not paying attention during his set, and found myself wondering if he were getting upset. If he was, he sure didn’t show it.
His performances are always great – strictly because of the overall quality of his vocals, and his playing – but tonight was not his best. He sang his songs, and did a good job, but failed to fully engross the crowd – which he certainly has the talent to do. Again, I’d like to lay blame on the environment. Overall, I’d say his set was well-received but lacked the intimacy it meritted.
Finally Dashboard Confessional hit the stage. The vocals and performance were great. Not only did Chris Carrabba seem into it, but the entire band seemed to be having a great time performing. They played a nice mix of older hits, and new songs, to keep happy older and newer fans alike. Saving their two biggest for the double encore (Hands Down & Vindicated), the only true (and somewhat irrelevant) complaint I have is Carrabba’s on-stage attire: a white t-shirt with tight cream coloured pants doesn’t flatter anyone – especially under the influence of heavy stage lighting. The energy was high, the dynamic was great, and though the sound was alright, the charisma more than made up for it.