South By South What Festival Announces 10th Anniversary

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Third String Festivals is proud to announce the 10th Anniversary celebration of South So What?! Music Festival taking place March 24th-26th. Taking over multiple venues in Deep Ellum on Friday, March 24th to kick off the weekend and then bring some of the best names in the scene to AirHogs Stadium (formerly known as QuikTrip Park) on Saturday and Sunday (March 25th and 26th).  Continue reading

Taste Of Chaos Festival: Live At San Manuel Amphitheater

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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 Drink Taste 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

Dashboard Confessional, by Melina D Photography

 

Quicksand, by Melina D Photography

Quicksand, by Melina D Photography

 

Taking Back Sunday, by Melina D Photography

Taking Back Sunday, by Melina D Photography

 

Senses Fail, by Melina D Photography

Senses Fail, by Melina D Photography

 

Saosin with Anthony Green, by Melina D Photography

Saosin with Anthony Green, by Melina D Photography

 

Reggie And the Full Effect, by Melina D Photography

Reggie And the Full Effect, by Melina D Photography

 

The Get Up Kids by Melina D Photography

The Get Up Kids by Melina D Photography

 

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Music Video: Better Off – Dresser Drawer

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Nashville rockers Better Off is streaming their new Darren King of Mutemath directed music video for “Dresser Drawer, off of their new album Milk, out now via Equal Vision Records, below. Milk was produced by Arun Bali (of Saves The Day), engineered/mixed by Matt McClellan (Being As An Ocean, Better Off), and mastered by Kris Crummett (The Early November, The Story So Far).

The Early November – Imbue

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The alternative rock scene seems to be at a loss recently, with many bands releasing ‘new’ albums that sound exactly the same as everything that they have ever released. As the genre was originally meant to contrast against mainstream rock music, it is easy to see exactly why so many people are complaining about it at the moment. However, an exciting new alternative rock album has just been released in time for summer… Cue Imbue (Rise) by The Early November. The dictionary definition of imbue is ‘to inspire or permeate with a feeling or quality’, and that is exactly what the New Jersey quintet have managed to achieve with their fourth studio album.

Opening track ‘Narrow Mouth’ is a toe-tapping and spine-tingling rock anthem; the unique melody of the song makes it extremely catchy and impossible to get out of your head. Lead singer Ace Enders’ vocals sound strangely nostalgic yet beautiful, which enables the interesting lyrical content to shine through perfectly. To put it simply, ‘Narrow Mouth’ is a breath of fresh air in a so-called ‘dying’ genre.

‘Boxing Timelines’ is the first single that the band have released from Imbue and it is easy to see why. The romantic lyrics appeal to the masses and the guitar riff is simplistic yet effective. The chorus is infectiously catchy, which seems to be a reoccurring feature on the album. The happy-go-lucky anthem has the perfect summer vibe which provokes happy and nostalgic emotions from the listener.

It is easy to see exactly why The Early November have described Imbue as ‘the most natural and fitting album’ that they have ever created: every song flows perfectly into the next, despite each one sounding completely different. Don’t let the laid-back nature of the album fool you though, as it is easy to hear the passion oozing out of every track.

It definitely would not be an over exaggeration to call Imbue one of the best, if not the best album that The Early November have released. It is clear that their hiatus, along with their other ups and downs, have made them a much more dedicated and sophisticated band. Many bands would shy away from talking about their past, however, The Early November have learnt a lot from their experiences and they have become much stronger.

 

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Music Video + Tour: The Early November – Boxing Timelines + North American Tour With Lydia

Photo Credit: Danielle Parsons

Photo Credit: Danielle Parsons

The Early November is streaming the music video for “Boxing Timelines,” off of their newly released album Imbue, out via Rise Records. Their North American headlining tour with Lydia has began and dates are posted below.

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Imbue tracklist:

01: Narrow Mouth
02: Better This Way
03: Magnolia
04: The Negatives
05: Boxing Timelines
06: Circulation
07: Harmony
08: Cyanide
09: I Don’t Care
10: Nothing Lasts Forever

Tour Dates:
May 15: Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 16: Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 17: Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 19: Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 20: Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 22: Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 23: Bled Fest – Howell, MI
May 24: Mod Club Theatre – Toronto, ON (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 26: Grog Shop – Cleveland Heights, OH (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 27: Mr. Smalls Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 29: Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 30: The Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 31: The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
Jun 02: Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
Jun 03: Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
Jun 04: Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Lydia, Restorations)

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Album Stream + Tour: The Early November – Inbue; Tour With Lydia and Restorations

The Early November. Photo Credit: Danielle Parsons

The Early November. Photo Credit: Danielle Parsons

The Early November is streaming their upcoming full length Imbue, out May 12, 2015 via Rise Records. The band is about to hit the road with Lydia and Restorations on an upcoming tour.

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Imbue tracklist:

01: Narrow Mouth
02: Better This Way
03: Magnolia
04: The Negatives
05: Boxing Timelines
06: Circulation
07: Harmony
08: Cyanide
09: I Don’t Care
10: Nothing Lasts Forever

Tour Dates:
May 12: Trees – Dallas, TX (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 13: Mohawk – Austin, TX (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 15: Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 16: Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 17: Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 19: Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 20: Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 22: Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 23: Bled Fest – Howell, MI
May 24: Mod Club Theatre – Toronto, ON (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 26: Grog Shop – Cleveland Heights, OH (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 27: Mr. Smalls Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 29: Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 30: The Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 31: The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA ( w/ Lydia, Restorations)
Jun 02: Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY ( w/ Lydia, Restorations)
Jun 03: Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC ( w/ Lydia, Restorations)
Jun 04: Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA ( w/ Lydia, Restorations)

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Audio: The Early November – Circulation

The Early November. Photo Credit: Danielle Parsons

The Early November is streaming “Cirulation,” off of their upcoming full length Inbue, out May 12, 2015 via Rise Records. Stream it below.

Imbue tracklist:

01: Narrow Mouth
02: Better This Way
03: Magnolia
04: The Negatives
05: Boxing Timelines
06: Circulation
07: Harmony
08: Cyanide
09: I Don’t Care
10: Nothing Lasts Forever

Apr 25: Hit the Deck Festival – Bristol (UK) (w/ You Blew It!, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves)
Apr 26: Hit the Deck Festival – Nottingham (UK) (w/ You Blew It!, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves)
Apr 28: Epic Studios – Norwich (UK) (w/ You Blew It!, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves)
Apr 29: Fighting Cocks – Kingston (UK) w/ You Blew It!, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves)
Apr 30: The Garage – London (UK) w/ You Blew It!, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves)
May 01: Joiners – Southampton (UK) (w/ You Blew It!, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves)
May 02: Groezrock – Meerhout (BE) (w/ You Blew It!)
May 03: Klub – Paris (FR)
May 04: Hafenklang – Hamburg (DE) (w/ You Blew It!, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves)
May 05: Comet – Berlin (DE) (w/ You Blew It!, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves)
May 06: Underground – Cologne (DE) (w/ You Blew It!, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves)
May 12: Trees – Dallas, TX (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 13: Mohawk – Austin, TX (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 15: Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 16: Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 17: Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 19: Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 20: Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 22: Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 23: Bled Fest – Howell, MI
May 24: Mod Club Theatre – Toronto, ON (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 26: Grog Shop – Cleveland Heights, OH (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 27: Mr. Smalls Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 29: Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 31: The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
Jun 02: Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
Jun 03: Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
Jun 04; Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Lydia, Restorations)

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Skindred, Cancer Bats, etc Confirmed For Hit The Deck Festival

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Hit The Deck Festival has confirmed its lineup for the 2015 edition, which is happening in Bristol (UK) on April 25, 2015 and Nottingham (UK) on April 26, 2015.

Skindred
While She Sleeps
Cancer Bats
A Great Big Pile Of Leaves
Allusondrugs
Ashes
As It Is
Bad Sign
Black Peaks
Brawlers
Calabrese
City Of Ships
Dead!
Dead Harts
Decade
Devil Sold His Soul
The Early November
Frnkiero AndThe Cellabration
Hacktivist
Hundredth
Idiom
John Coffey
JPNSGRLS
Junius
MC Lars
Oathbreaker
Oceans Ate Alaska
Rolo Tomassi
The Swellers
Tellison
Thomas Nicholas Band
Tim Vantol
When We Were Wolves
The Xcerts
You Blew It!
Zoax

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The Early November Book Upcoming Headline Europe and North America Tours

The Early November. Photo Credit: Danielle Parsons

The Early November. Photo Credit: Danielle Parsons

The Early November will be on a headlining tour across Europe with You Blew It! and A Great Big Pile Of Leaves, and Lydia and Restorations in North America. The band is supporting their new album Imbue, out May 12, 2015 via Rise Records.

Stream “Narrow Mouth” below.

Imbue tracklist:

1. Narrow Mouth
2. Better This Way
3. Magnolia
4. The Negatives
5. Boxing Timelines
6. Circulation
7. Harmony
8. Cyanide
9. I Don’t Care
10. Nothing Lasts Forever

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Tour Dates:
Apr 21: Leeds, UK @ Key Club (w/ You Blew It!, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves)
Apr 22: Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts (w/ You Blew It!, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves)
Apr 23: Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute (w/ You Blew It!, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves)
Apr 24: Wolverhampton, UK @ Slade Rooms (w/ You Blew It!, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves)
Apr 25: Bristol, UK @ Hit the Deck Festival (w/ You Blew It!, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves)
Apr 26: Nottingham, UK @ Hit the Deck Festival (w/ You Blew It!, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves)
Apr 28: Norwich, UK @ Epic Studios (w/ You Blew It!, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves)
Apr 29: Kingston, UK @ Fighting Cocks (w/ You Blew It!, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves)
Apr 30: London, UK @ The Garage (w/ You Blew It!, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves)
May 01: Southampton, UK @ Joiners (w/ You Blew It!, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves)
May 02: Meerhout, Belgium @ Groezrock (w/ You Blew It!)
May 03: Paris, France @ Klub
May 04: Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang (w/ You Blew It!, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves)
May 05: Berlin, Germany @ Comet (w/ You Blew It!, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves)
May 06: Cologne, Germany @ Underground (w/ You Blew It!, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves)
May 12: Dallas, TX @ Trees (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 13: Austin, TX @ Mohawk (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 15: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 16: Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 17: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 19: Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 20: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 22: Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 23: Howell, MI @ Bled Fest
May 24: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club Theatre (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 26: Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 27: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 29: Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 30: Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
May 31: Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
Jun 02: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
Jun 03: Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel (w/ Lydia, Restorations)
Jun 04: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer (w/ Lydia, Restorations)

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