Jonezetta has posted a new song titled “Paint and Picture” on their MySpace page. The bands new album, Cruel To Be Young, is set for release on September 16th via Tooth & Nail Records.
The Secret Handshake will be heading out on tour with Powerspace and Farewell in September. In October check out The Secret Handshake on tour with Family Force 5 and Jonezetta. The Secret Handshake will release their new album, One Full Year, on September 25th. Check out all the current tour dates below.
Tour w/ Powerspace and Farewell: (more dates to come)
Sep 5 – Emo’s Lounge Austin, TX
Sep 6 – Java Jazz in Houston, TX
Sep 8 – The Dark Room in Baton Rouge, LA
Sep 9 – House of Blues in New Orleans, LA
Sep 10 – Beta Bar in Tallahassee, FL
Sep 11 – The Social in Orlando, FL
Sep 12 – Fuel Coffeehouse in Jacksonville, FL
Sep 14 – The Loft in Atlanta, GA
Sep 15 – The Brewery in Raleigh, NC
Sep 16 – Greene Street Club in Greensboro, NC
Sep 19 – Ottobar in Baltimore, MD
Sep 20 – The Annex/Club NME (21+) **just us**
Sep 22 – The Loft in Poughkeepsie, NY
Sep 23 – Melodic Revolution in Utica, NY
Sep 27 – Macs bar in Lansing, MI
Tour w/ Family Force Five and Jonezetta
1 Oct – Creepy Crawl in Saint Louis, MO
2 Oct – Grand Emporium in Kansas City, MO
3 Oct – The Rock in Omaha, NE
4 Oct – Club 3 Degrees in Minneapolis, MN
6 Oct – The Marquis Theatre in Denver, CO
9 Oct – Big Fresno Fair in Fresno, CA
11 Oct – Avalon Theater in Salt Lake City, UT
12 Oct – Big Easy Concert House in Boise, ID
13 Oct – El Corazon in Seattle, WA
14 Oct – Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, OR
15 Oct – Ma in 1 Arts Center in Medford, OR
16 Oct – The Underground Cafe in Roseville, CA
17 Oct – Slim’s in San Francisco, CA
18 Oct – Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, CA
19 Oct – SOMA in San Diego, CA
20 Oct – Cha in Reaction in Anaheim, CA
24 Oct – The Clubhouse in Tempe, AZ
25 Oct – Launchpad in Albuquerque, NM
27 Oct – Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin, TX
28 Oct – House of Blues in Dallas, TX
29 Oct – Warehouse Live in Houston, TX
30 Oct – Revolution Music Room in Little Rock, AR
2 Nov – The Underground in Cincinnati, OH
4 Nov – Skully’s in Columbus, OH
5 Nov – The Lime Spider in Akron, OH
6 Nov – The in tersection in Grand Rapids, MI
9 Nov – Knitting Factory in New York, NY
10 Nov – Xtreme Wheels in Buffalo, NY
11 Nov – Chameleon in Lancaster, PA
12 Nov – Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, NC
13 Nov – Amos’ Southend in Charlotte, NC
14 Nov – Rocketown in Nashville, TN
16 Nov – Murray Hill Theatre in Jacksonville, FL
As you can tell by the above information, I got to do something not many people get to do with this tour. Due a pre-arranged trip, I discovered I would have the opportunity to check out this tour a second time while at home in Seattle. So this review is from two different shows.
Venue dynamics played a huge role in my opinion of the two shows. Pomona supposedly caps at about 900 people, a large room with a decent sized stage, barrier, and about 15-20 security guards. El Corazon has a posted capacity of 807. However, since I’ve been going to shows there since I was 13, I know from experience that anything over 500 is ridiculous. This tiny room where the farthest you can be from the stage is about 60 feet, there is no barrier and crowd surfers take out the lead singer’s microphone cause there is no where else to go.
Opening band, Jonezetta, for me was the surprise on this tour. Only hearing the free EP that was released a long time ago, I didn’t really have much of an opinion of the band. Pomona was the first date with a new keyboardist, and I don’t know how much of a difference it made, but this band is absolutely phenomenal live. Dance-pop rock jams like “Backstabber” and “Get Ready” make it impossible to stand still. With three vocalists, their harmonies aren’t anything new or special but they’re executed perfectly, and that’s much more than I can say for a lot of bands today. Due yourself a favor and check out their new record out on Tooth & Nail.
Up next was sister duo Meg & Dia. My first experience with them was on the Daphne Loves Derby tour, and considering I’m listening to their album right now you can guess that I’ve been converted to a spot in their growing fanbase. I was impressed at these shows how many people in the audience were singing along. They played my favorite song, “Masterpiece” along with “Roses,” “Indiana,” and recent contribution to the Take Action compilation, “Monsters,” and quickly made their way up my charts of the best females in music. Next month they will be playing the Warped Tour kickoff party in Hollywood, for only $10!
Bayside, this band is surrounded with controversy, passion, and triumph between a van accident that killed their former drummer and the open, honest rebuttals their singer Anthony makes at any crude or unjust review of the band. Bayside, attitudes aside, are solid vocally and musically, live and recorded. When you add in their pure disregard for what people think of them, they get even better because you can know everything they do is genuine. Debuting songs off of their recently released, “Walking Wounded” as well as an acoustic song, and plenty of tracks off their last record, the band charged through their set and never really backed off. This being the first time I have ever seen Bayside live, I’m hooked. Pomona was an interesting experience. I severely underestimated their draw to this tour and after the band finished their set, more than 1/3 of the crowd left. In Seattle, while the percentage was not as great, a good amount of people did leave after Bayside. The bands fans seem like some of the most dedicated and passionate I have seen.
After being totally focused on Bayside, I had almost forgotten one of the major reasons I attended this tour. Jamie Tworkowski, founder of To Write Love On Her Arms, and author of the story, took the stage to speak a bit about the vision of the movement. His brief description was met with complete attention of both crowds, and for the first time in a long while I sensed the audience was giving true respect to a speaker. Jamie ended with the introduction of his long time friends and headliners- Anberlin.
Tooth & Nail Records’ band Anberlin have been touring heavily since the release of “Blueprints for the Black Market” in 2003. I first saw them that year with Further Seems Forever, Movielife and Autopilot Off- Anberlin is the only surviving act of that tour. Never really giving them a proper chance, I always held their music as good, but nothing special. When I received a copy of “Cities,” my perspective definitely changed. I immediately tackled the chance to catch their first ever headlining tour.
Normally, I’m not a fan of bands that over produce their live shows. Anberlin, was a definite exception. Carrying along their own lighting rig, group of techs, and many additional pieces of stage equipment, their production equaled almost that of a boy-band. Opening on a dark stage to “A Whisper & A Clamour,” Stephen Christian controlled the crowd as they followed his every move. Pushing through “Never Take Friendship Personal,” the lights danced to the hooks of the songs, growing dark right before the first chorus of “Hello Alone,” the show reached full speed from then on. Playing favorites from “Never Take Friendship Personal” and “Blueprints,” the band balanced out new tracks from “Cities” and even pulled out the acoustic track “Unwinding Cable Car.” One of the best parts of the evening was seeing how perfectly new guitarist Christian (formerly of Acceptance) fit in with the band. His background vocals and stage presence complemented Deon, Nate and Joey’s musicianship perfectly.
Anberlin has reached a level that very few bands will ever push for. As their album continues to climb the charts, the band will continue to tour relentlessly throughout the US, Canada, Japan and more with bands like Copeland, Daphne Loves Derby and also almost all of the entire Warped Tour. It’s doubtful that you’ll be without opportunity to catch their stunning live show.
Photos by Michael Schneider at Glasshouse in Pomona, CA
*my apologies to Bayside-Glasshouse somehow had about 10 too many people doing photo during the set*
Meg & Dia will be hitting the road with Anberlin, Bayside and Jonezetta. Check out the tour dates below.
2/22 Norfolk, VA Norva Theatre
2/23 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
2/24 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
2/25 Boston, MA Axis
2/27 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
2/28 Buffalo, NY The Buffalo Icon
3/1 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
3/2 Chicago, IL Metro
3/3 St. Paul, MN Station 4
3/4 St. Louis, MO Creepy Crawl
3/5 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
3/7 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
3/9 San Diego, CA House of Blues
3/10 Pomona, CA The Glass House
3/13 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
3/16 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
3/17 Seattle, WA El Corazon
3/20 Salt Lake City, UT Avaion Theater
3/23 Dallas, TX The Door
3/26 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
3/28 St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre
3/30 Ft. Myers, FL Nest Fest / FGCU Recreational Fields
Feb 21 2007 7:00P
Tremont Music Hal Charlotte, North Carolina
Feb 22 2007 7:00P
the Norva Norfolk, Virginia
Feb 23 2007 7:00P
9:30 Club Washgington, Washington DC
Feb 24 2007 7:00P
Theater of Living Arts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb 25 2007 7:00P
Axis Boston, Massachusetts
Feb 27 2007 7:00P
Bowery Ballroom New York, New York
Feb 28 2007 7:00P
the Buffalo Icon Buffalo, New York
Mar 1 2007 7:00P
St Andrews Detroit, Michigan
Mar 2 2007 7:00P
the Metro Chicago, Illinois
Mar 3 2007 7:00P
the Station St. Paul, Minnesota
Mar 4 2007 7:00P
Creepy Crawl St. Louis, Missouri
Mar 5 2007 7:00P
the Bottleneck Lawrence, Kansas
Mar 7 2007 7:00P
Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, New Mexico
Mar 9 2007 7:00P
House of Blues San Diego, California
Mar 10 2007 7:00P
the GlassHouse Pomona, California
Mar 13 2007 7:00P
El Rey Theater Los Angeles, California
Mar 16 2007 7:00P
Hawthorne Theater Portland, Oregon
Mar 17 2007 7:00P
El Corazon Seattle, Washington
IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ll lay it out for nice and simple; Jonezetta is that smooth talking new student at school that is instantly friends with everyone. You would never know they were the newest band on the Tooth and Nail record label. Jonezetta are not messing around, they take Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”pop punkÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?/Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?indie popÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? and cram a whole lot of energy into every song. The record is infectious and just flat out fun. It should get should get at least a few people dancing.
This record hits hard, like I said Jonezetta are not messing around, they intend to bring the fun, dancey rock music. The first six songs on Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”PopularityÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? come in strong and donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢tÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ let up until you get to Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”The love that carries meÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? which, even though slower does not lose the foot tapping drums.
My favorite song on the record would definitely be Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”CommunicateÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?. It starts out with acoustic, and electric guitars and vocals then having the entire band slide into the mix. The chorus of the song Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Isabelle, Isabelle itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s a long way home, to communicateÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? is one of the infectious parts I was referring to, It gets in your head and by the end of the song you singing along. The record flows very smoothly into the next song Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Man in a 3k suitÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? which sports [The Killers] reminiscent keys.
I knew Jonezetta was a talented band and that this was a pretty good debut album, but I didnÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t realize how much I like the record until listening to a few times. I think people will like this after the first listen but I also think they will enjoy it the more they listen to it. This is no doubt worth peopleÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s ten bucks. Please support the band and go out and grab Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”PopularityÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?
1. Welcome Home
2. Get Ready (Hot Machete)
4. Man in a 3K Suit
7. Love That Carries Me
8. City We Live In
9. Bringin’ It Back Tonite… Everybody Start
10. Burn It Down!
Here are some albums that will be in-stores tomorrow.
Spitalfield – Better Than Knowing Where You Are
The Transit War – Miss Your Face
Jonezetta – Popularity
He Is Legend – Suck Out The Poison
Brazil – Philosophy Of Velocity
Planes Mistaken For Stars – Mercy
Darkest Hour – Archives
Killers – Sam’s Town
Twelve Gauge Valentine – Shock Value
Between The Buried And Me – Silent Circus (Reissue) CD/DVD
Decemberists – Crane Wife
Hold Steady – Boys And Girls
Skillet – Comatose
Evanescence – The Open Door
You can read this weeks staff recommendations below.
Katie Arsenult: All Time Low.
Paul Bruens: Nevertheless, Jonezetta.
Bryce Jacobson: Pick up this years best pop-rock album, Boys Like Girls.
Michael Schneider: This Providence
Mike Duncan: Cassino, Matchbook Romance – This week Matchbook Romance’s sophomore album, Voices, has been in heavy rotation for me. Even though I have owned this record since its release on Valentine’s Day of this year, it had not sunk in until now. The reason being that it was such a drastic change from Stories and Alibis, which has always been one of my favorites. I gave Voices a second chance, which turned into a third chance, which turned into a fourth and a fifth… The fact is that this is not an album that should be overlooked. Matchbook Romance took a chance with the direction of this disc and took some stabs for it, but I found that if you listen to it a few times and let it hit you, their new sound begins to take on its own shape and you depend less on your expectations. I love how dark the whole album sounds; it has really been gearing me up for Halloween.