Having amassed a discography of over twenty albums as the lead vocalist (of which this is the fifth solely under his own name), and nearly two dozen guest appearances across a thirty year professional recording career, you could have forgiven James LaBrie for taking some overdue and well-earned time off when the 2020 Dream Theater world tour was halted. Instead, he and Eden’s Curse (whose Trinity album was adorned by his distinctive a glorious pipes) guitarist Paul Logue began trading the musical ideas that would grow into Beautiful Shade of Gray (InsideOut Music).
A contemplative, but serene gaze out of the window, as a hazy half-smile plays on the corner of the lips. Half a memory aligns with the story that is playing in the ears, but it has its own shade and hue, something the same but different, but definitely and absolutely connected. ‘Me and Mine’, the second song in a breathy, intimate, quietly sung middle of the album causes pause to reflect. A simple song about children, how being a parent as your kids grow up can be, it’s about closeness… And it is genuine.
Let’s take it way back to Warped Tour ca. 2004 as When We Were Young Festival has announced their 2022 lineup. A Punk, Emo, and Metalcore kids dream, the lineup includes headliners My Chemical Romance and Paramore. Other bands on the bill include Jimmy Eat World, Dashboard Confessional, Taking Back Sunday, The Linda Lindas, Alkaline Trio, Thursday, AFI, Meet Me @ The Altar, Avril Lavigne, Senses Fail, The Wonder Years, ADTR, Ice Nine Kills, Black Veil Brides, Motionless in White, Atreyu, Four Year Strong, Palaye Royale, Acceptance, Anberlin, Knocked Loose, Silverstein, Bright Eyes, Dance Gavin Dance and more are among the bands announced. The festival will take place October 22 at Las Vegas Festival Grounds in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tickets go on sale January 21. Check out the lineup and the ticket link below.
Dashboard Confessional, the band born from the mind of Chris Carrabba has surprise released a new album today. Now Is Then Is Now is a collection of albums that features re-imagined versions of A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar (originally released August 12, 2003), Dusk and Summer (originally released June 27, 2006) and Alter the Ending (originally released November 10, 2009). This album is available for purchase and stream today at the link below.Continue reading →
Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg will host a one-night-only all-star concert for charity on October 16 at Basement East in Nashville, TN. The concert will be all covers and feature a multitude of stars from the Rock and Metal world, including Troy Sanders of Mastodon, Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan/Suicidal Tendencies, Jack Gibson of Exodus, Steven Brodsky of Mutoid Man and Cave In, Jay’s father Max Weinberg of Bruce Springsteen and many more! 100% of the proceeds from the event will benefit “Buddies on the Beat,” Weinberg’s charity through Best Buddies Tennessee – a nonprofit that creates one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.Continue reading →
Since the late 90s, Florida native singer songwriter Chris Carrabba although the front man for Further Seems Forever at the time, he found his way with his solo project Dashboard Confessional. Starting his career solo acoustic guitar and then eventually getting a full band, completing his vision for that time in his life. This tour is a celebration of most of Chris’ career and his fans.Continue reading →
How do you take a pretty kickass tour and make it more awesome? Make the last date of tour an all day festival at one of the best venues in California. The fully fledged Rockstar Energy DrinkTaste of Chaos Festival assembled on a hot Saturday in mid-summer at The San Manuel Amphitheater, in the thick of a concert tour and festival season packed with options. Fans still gathered in droves for a show in which more than half of the bands could have headlined and sold out their own tours easily. Although tons of cool food trucks, countless craft beer options, and a carnival type atmosphere helped make it a fun day out, it comes back to being all about the music. It’s a testament to the organizers who put this bill together, but there seemed to be many heads in the venue for each band, all screaming along with every word. For fans of a certain age, this event was the holy grail of millennial teen angst and passion. Dashboard Confessional and Taking Back Sunday are two of the signpost bands of that era, and coupled with The Starting Line, Saosin featuring Anthony Green, Senses Fail and The Early November on the bill might be just too much for the hearts of early 2000s heartstrings to take. Add in 90s post-hardcore kings Quicksand, The Get Up Kids, Reggie And the Full Effect and many more, and you have an incredible day of live music. Captured for Ghost Cult by Melina Dellamarggio of Melina D Photography in her final assignment before passing away in August, you get sense of the spirit these bands still embody, of music that still matters, and a mutual love shared by fans of all kinds.
Dashboard Confessional, by Melina D Photography
Quicksand, by Melina D Photography
Taking Back Sunday, by Melina D Photography
Senses Fail, by Melina D Photography
Saosin with Anthony Green, by Melina D Photography
Reggie And the Full Effect, by Melina D Photography
Scheduled to perform are performances and DJ sets from Dashboard Confessional, Seahaven, Fakers, and Have Mercy, and DJ sets from Mark Hoppus (Blink 182), Jack Barakat (All Time Low), Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance), FIDLAR, Sugarcult, We Are The In Crowd, and more.
Other nights scheduled are posted below:
Dec 01: The Echo + Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA Dec 08: The Marquis Theater – Denver, CO Dec 15: Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
K.Flay is streaming the music video for “Can’t Sleep” from her debut album Life As A Dog below. She will be supporting AWOLNATION on the road this summer, as well as Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional for a handful of dates.
K.Flay confirmed U.S. Summer Tour dates:
Jun 06: Shoreline Amphitheater – Mountain View, CA (Live 105 BFD) Jun 11: The Hollow (presented by EQX) – Albany, NY Jun 12: Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC Jun 14: Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY (Northside Festival) Jun 18: Mod Club – Toronto, ON (NXNE w/ Betty Who)
with Third Eye Blind & Dashboard Confessional Jun 19: JBL Live at Pier 97 – New York, NY (w/ Third Eye Blind & Dashboard Confessional) Jun 20: Penn’s Landing – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Third Eye Blind & Dashboard Confessional) Jun 23: LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH (w/ Third Eye Blind & Dashboard Confessional) Jun 25: DTE Energy Music Theatre – Detroit, MI (w/ Third Eye Blind & Dashboard Confessional) Jun 26: FirstMerit Bank Pavilion – Chicago, IL (w/ Third Eye Blind & Dashboard Confessional)
with AWOLNATION Jul 05: Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB (w/ AWOLNATION) Jul 07: Union Hall – Edmonton, AB (w/ AWOLNATION) Jul 08: Flames Central – Calgary, AB (w/ AWOLNATION) Jul 11: Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO Jul 13: Enso – Tulsa, OK Jul 14: Club Dada – Dallas, TX Jul 16: Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA Jul 19: Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN (w/ AWOLNATION) Jul 21: Cabooze Outdoor Plaza – Minneapolis, MN (w/ AWOLNATION) Jul 23: House of Blues – Chicago, IL (w/ AWOLNATION) Jul 24: House of Blues – Chicago, IL (w/ AWOLNATION) Jul 25: Sporting Park (Buzz Beach Ball 2015) – Kansas City, MO Jul 26: Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE (w/ AWOLNATION) Jul 28: Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO (w/ AWOLNATION) Jul 29: The Loading Dock – Salt Lake City Jul 30: Knitting Factory – Reno, NV (w/ AWOLNATION) Aug 01: Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA (w/ AWOLNATION) Sep 05: Bumbershoot – Seattle, WA Sep 18-20: TBD Festival – San Francisco, CA Sep 26: Pygmalion Music Festival – Champaign, IL Sep 27: MidPoint Music Festival – Cincinnati, OH