Hoodie Allen is a New York based rapper and songwriter. He considers himself a "college educated music nerd" and is far from your typical rapper. He is known for his unique genre-blending style, unafraid to sample from the unconventional norms of hip hop.
Pierce The Veil:
Pierce the Veil is a San Diego, CA hardcore/post hardcore band formed by brothers Mike and Vic Fuentes with Joe Tancil and Mitchell Balatore. The brothers came into the San Diego hardcore/punk scene when they were in high school with their band Early Times. When the owner of Equal Vision Records saw them at a show in San Diego, the brothers had a record deal right out of high school. They released A Celebration of an Ending under the band name Before Today, changing the name Early Times due to copyright infringement on the beer with the same name.
The band toured heavily after the album's release in 2006, and when they returned the band broke up, leaving Mike and Vic on their own. The duo was still backed by Equal Vision and they continued to write songs until they had enough for their second album, A Flair for the Dramatic. With the new album came a new name: Pierce the Veil. Pierce the Veil also acquired two new members: guitarist Tony Perry and bassist Jamie Preciado.
Pierce the Veil performed a number of concert dates for three months after the album's release, including tour dates on the '07 and '08 Warped Tours and The Delicious Tour, which they headlined. Their third album, Selfish Machines, was released in 2010 and made it to the number one spot on Billboard's Heat Seekers Chart. Following the success of the album, Pierce the Veil embarked on a year's worth of concert dates in 2010, including performances at Bamboozle, South by Southwest, the Take Action Tour with Attack Attack!, and tour dates on the This is a Family Tour, which ended in December of 2010.
In true Pierce the Veil fashion, the band has announced tour dates for 2011 on The Gamechanger's Tour. Concert dates for the 2011 tour will feature quite the line-up of supporting bands, including A Day to Remember, Bring Me the Horizon, and We Came as Romans. While Pierce the Veil hasn't been on the mainstream music scene for long, they are definitely on the rise and will put on a concert date that fans won't soon forget. Be sure to catch the tour dates in 2011 so that you can say "I knew them when."
You Me At Six:
Things for Josh Franceschi (17) Max Helyer, Chris Miller (18) and Matt Barnes, Dan Flint (19) have moved at a crazy rate in the past 18 months. With a Best British Newcomer nominee at the Kerrang Awards and support tours with Paramore, New Found Glory, The Audition and Angels And Airwaves to name but a few, these boys are now selling out shows across the UK on their own, catch them now!
Russian Circles have it. That's really what it all boils down to in the end, after all the promotion, the interviews, the advertisements, the one-sheets, the haranguing from publicists: Does this band have it -- that impossible-to-define something that you can't explain, but instantly recognize? It's what makes a band indelibly memorable and sends people scurrying to the merch table after their set. Up until recently, Russian Circles didn't have much to sell those people besides a self-released four-song demo. That's because the band only formed in late 2004, after the break-up of Dakota/Dakota, the math-rock band in which guitarist Mike Sullivan and bassist Colin DeKuiper played. When drummer Dave Turncrantz moved to Chicago after he quit his old band, Riddle Of Steel, Russian Circles cohered into something formidable. When the band started playing out, word of mouth spread quickly and continues to do so. Russian Circles habitually steal the show from headliners, even though they don't play the most accessible music. First, they're instrumental, which for many people is an instant strike against them. Second, they play an intense amalgam of punk, metal, indie rock and even prog -- not exactly the kind of stuff aired on your local alt-rock station, or college station for that matter. But people who don't even like instrumental bands still rush Russian Circles' merch table after their sets, buying an average of 40 demos per show. For bands hawking their wares at the same table, it's an impressive sight. With the May release of their debut full-length, Enter, for up-and-coming indie label Flameshovel Records (Chin Up Chin Up, The Narrator, Maritime), Russian Circles now have something else to sell at the merch table. Recorded over the course of five quick days with Greg Norman (Zwan, Guided By Voices, Pelican, Neurosis) at the renowned Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, Enter contains only six tracks, but they pack a lot into them -- the album clocks in at 44 minutes. Each song flows into the next as if the record were one single composition in six movements. "We just wanted to make sure it was one giant piece, not disjointed song by song," Sullivan says. "Just very thematic, not all over the place. We went into the studio knowing what songs were going to be in what order and how we were going to segueway." He laughs before adding, "It was way too thought out." But Enter doesn't seem forced, and Russian Circles don't sound like a new band clumsily over-thinking their songs. Four of the songs appeared, in a different form, on the group's demo, so they have a lived-in feel. The stunning opener, "Carpe," throws the gauntlet down early and doesn't let go for nine minutes. Russian Circles specialize in shifting dynamics, and not just the binary code of loud/quiet. The songs seem to hold their breath through intense moments (check the beginning of the fantastically titled "Death Rides A Horse"), but exhale through sweeping, airy horizons that slowly collapse into dense panoplies. Instrumental bands have to compensate for the presence a vocalist would bring, but with Russian Circles, vocals seem extraneous. Who needs some dude's caterwauling when you have Sullivan's richly textured playing? It's got enough technical flair to make guitarists in the audience reconsider taking lessons, but it flows naturally, never resorting to wanky theatrics. DeKuiper's thick, growling bass lines provide the punch in the low end. Drummer Turncrantz's propulsive, polyrhythmic beats make him the "Jesse's Girl" of the indie scene, leaving band dudes everywhere wondering, "Where can I find a drummer like that?" Taken together, Russian Circles prove that people who whine about the dearth of good bands just aren't looking hard enough. Enter is an exhausting 44 minutes, but it leaves listeners wanting more. What can you say? Russian Circles have it.
A Day To Remember:
A Day to Remember took a while to reach acclaim and headlining tour dates, mostly because the band is a true DIY success story. The band worked tirelessly to promote themselves and beg to play concert dates before hitting it big, but all the hard work paid off for this metalcore/pop punk band. "Metalcore slash pop punk?" you may cry. While many bands blend elements of the two into their music, A Day to Remember has both hard, screaming metal songs as well as melodic pop punk songs, all on the same album! After years of playing small concert dates that they painstakingly set up themselves, A Day to Remember is headlining a number of tour dates in 2011, including concert dates with Bring Me the Horizon and a headlining spot on Warped Tour dates in 2011.
The band was formed in 2003 in Ocala, Florida, by Neil Westfall (rhythm guitar), Tom Denney (lead guitar), Joshua Woodard (bass), and Bobby Scruggs (drums), after all being in separate local bands. The group scraped together some songs and embarked on a 200-concert date DIY tour. The band was soon signed to Indianola Records and their debut album, And Their Name Was Treason, was released in 2005.
Shortly after signing with Victory, the band replaced drummer Bobby Scruggs with Alex Shellnutt and headed to the studios to record For Those Who Have Heart. The album was released in January 2007 and broke into indie and newcomer charts almost immediately. With the success of the album, A Day to Remember embarked on a number of mainstream tour dates, including performances at Bamboozle Left and Right in 2008 and concert dates on the 2008 Warped Tour. In 2008, A Day to Remember embarked on a series of concert dates across Australia with Parkway Drive, both bands enjoying the success that hardcore music was bringing them. Even with constant concert dates, the group found time to record their third album, Homesick, released at the end of 2008.
In June 2009, lead guitarist Tom Denney left the band to focus on his family and his burgeoning recording career. Despite being replaced by Kevin Skaff (formerly of label-mate Four Letter Lie), Denney has contributed to A Day to Remember's new material as a writer. Following Denney's departure, A Day to Remember played their first headlining tour dates in September, 2009, joining up with Parkway Drive again on The Pulling Your Pud Tour. A Day to Remember's latest album is What Separates Me From You, released in 2010, which has brought the band even more mainstream success.
After extensively touring in promotion of the album, A Day to Remember performed even more tour dates in 2011 for their What Separates Me From You Tour. A Day to Remember also has a number of concert dates planned for South America starting June 7 and ending on June 12, right before they head back stateside. A Day to Remember will canvass the US with concert dates yet again before ending their 2011 tour dates. With so many chances to catch A Day to Remember with other great metal acts, fans should check Eventful's schedule to see when the band is coming to their area.
Sevendust tour dates will take the Atlanta band throughout North America this 2011. The heavy metal act emerged in 1997 with thrashing guitar riffs, heavy hitting drums, and screeching vocals to command attention from headbangers across the nation. Sevendust tour dates have been scheduled nationally to promote their latest album, Cold Day Memory, which was released in 2010. Don't miss a date on the Sevendust concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your Sevendust concert calendar.
Sevendust quietly appeared in 1997 with their self-titled debut and after years of touring they garnered a Gold record and a name for themselves within the Nu-Metal world. In 1998, Sevendust was invited to perform at the Dynamo Open Air Festival and the Ozzfest tour, expanding them to a national audience. They exploded onto the Billboard 200 with their sophomore set, Home, which reached #19 on the charts and earned another them Gold certification. In 1999, Sevendust tour dates were booked at Woodstock 1999 and they also joined Slipknot for the Tattoo the Earth Tour in 2000.
The new millennium brought more success for the group and they released another six albums and charted over a dozen singles on the Modern Rock singles chart. More recently, Sevendust toured with Puddle of Mudd and Chevelle on the Carnival of Madness Tour and with Korn on the Music As A Weapon 5 Tour. In support of their latest release, Cold Day Memory, Sevendust tour dates are scheduled across the nation. Stay on top of Sevendust tour dates and concert schedule (2011) information using Eventful.
All Time Low:
Pop-punk band All Time Low takes their name from the lyrics of popular pop-punk band New Found Glory. All Time Low has become a favorite at Warped Tour dates and performed concert dates at some of the biggest festivals around the world. All Time Low is mixing it up on their upcoming tour dates by playing places that you wouldn't normally think to have shows.
Guitarist and lead singer Alex Gaskarth, guitarist Jack Barakat, bassist Zack Merrick, and drummer Rian Dawson all met while attending high school in Baltimore, Maryland. All Time Low recorded the EPs The Three Words to Remember in Dealing with the End and Put Up or Shut Up, as well as their debut LP, The Party Scene all before graduation day. Immediately after graduation, All Time Low began playing tour dates across the country as their music crept towards mainstream popularity. In 2007 All Time Low released their second album, So Wrong, It's Right, and the single "Dear Maria, Count Me In" went gold without much promotion or airplay. The members of all time low reached the next plateau of success with their 2009 album, Nothing Personal which became the band's best-selling and highest charting album to date. The album debuted at #4 on the charts and was followed by an appearance in the Alice in Wonderland soundtrack. By this time, All Time Low was headlining concert dates on the Warped tour, as well as supporting some of the biggest names in music -- like Eminem and The Flaming Lips -- on festival tour dates.
NEEDTOBREATHE just finished recording their first major label record with Andy Green (multi-platinum producer of Keane). The band will be using myspace as their main point of contact while on the road, so keep checking back to read journal entries from the band, listen to voice messages, and find out about upcoming tour dates as soon as they're made available. Thanks for stopping by.
While it took the Dropkick Murphys nearly fifteen years to score their first top-ten album on the Billboard 200; They have been punk-rock's most riotous live act since bursting on the scene in 1996. They recently released Going Out in Style in 2011 which debuted at #6 in March. The Dropkick Murphys have been on tour ever since to promote the disc. Don't miss a tour date on the Dropkick Murphy's tour schedule; Use Eventful as your source for Dropkick Murphys tour dates and concert performance information.
The Punk-rockers form Boston released their debut album, Do or Die, in 1998 and immediately generated buzz from their edgy live shows. The band continued to prolifically release new albums throughout the new millennium and hit mainstream success with their sixth album in 2007. Entitled The Meanest of Times, the disc featured the hit single, "The State of Massachusetts", which was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as the 83rd best song of 2007. The album debuted in the top twenty of the Billboard 200 and the Dropkick Murphy's toured throughout 2008 playing to a sellout crowd of ten thousand fans at their tour date in Pawtucket.
In 2009, Dropkick Murphys tour dates were booked on Bruce Springsteen's tour date in Boston and they opened for Aerosmith at their Massachusetts tour date. More recently, Dropkick Murphys released their latest album, Going Out In Style in March, 2011. To promote the disc, Dropkick Murphys tour dates are scheduled throughout the US. Stay on top of the Pride of Celtic Punk's tour dates; Use Eventful as your Dropkick Murphy concert calendar.
Coheed and Cambria:
American progressive rock band, Coheed and Cambria, has taken the musical narrative to a whole other level. Besides their hugely popular tour dates, the band's albums tell a continuous story of a couple (Coheed and Cambria) who live in a futuristic society that is threatened by a seemingly unstoppable virus, and soon find themselves the only ones that can stop it. In the process, Coheed and Cambria has become rock stars, and their albums have arguably become better known for its hit music more than its story line. After recently finishing up 2011 tour dates on their 10th Anniversary tour, Coheed and Cambria have only a few shows remaining this year.
Initially called Shabütie, while the band was on tour in Paris they decided to adopt the names of characters in lead singer and guitarist Claudio Sanchez's short stories, and to base their lyrics and albums around them. The result was The Second Stage Turbine Blade which is actually the second volume in Sanchez's epic known as The Armory Wars. The album was well received by audiences and led to numerous supporting tour dates over the next year. Coheed and Cambria's follow-up album, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 was an even bigger success, receiving praise from music critics and catching the attention of major labels.
Coheed and Cambria's latest album, Year of the Black Rainbow is the prequel/1st installment in the Armory Wars saga. Critics have called the album possibly their best yet, and have noted that the music appeals to those who are interested in the story line or not. Coheed has a few 2011 tour dates in South America in September, including a performance at Rock in Rio. With so few remaining shows this year, fans in South America should leap at the chance to catch these tour dates in 2011.
There is no better indication that greatness can be achieved through a resilient work ethic than Lacuna Coil, whose aggressive touring and extensive critical praise have now poised them for mainstream domination. The group initially left their mark on the hard rock scene in 2004 with their acclaimed album, Comalies, which opened several opportunities for them that were previously thought unattainable for an Italian band, such as two highly successful commercial radio campaigns alongside a breakthrough Ozzfest appearance resulting in over 500,000 copies sold worldwide with a quarter of a million in the U.S. alone. Now, Lacuna Coil returns with their highly anticipated new album, Karmacode, which is another huge step forward in the band’s continuous evolution. It has been years since an artist came along that could redefine a genre, but this group has the potential to do just that. This is the next big thing.
Upholding the emotive yin-yang tradition of vocal interplay between the dulcet tones of Cristina Scabbia and the scorching vocals of her male singing partner Andrea Ferro, Karmacode sees Lacuna Coil realize the potential at which Comalies hinted, but their evolution is both sonic and spiritual. "If there were an actual translation of Karmacode," says Ferro, "it would be something like, 'Spiritual DNA and the message behind it.' The title attempts to balance our modern, overwhelming, self-centered, fast-paced lifestyles and the desire we all have to lead a more spiritual, compassionate and fulfilling life."
The American breakthrough for Lacuna Coil -- whose moniker translates to "empty spiral" in English, betraying the rich versatility of their music -- began with 2001's Unleashed Memories, an album that merited a special mention in Billboard magazine's Hard Music Spotlight. That same year, their first U.S. tour left audiences mesmerized by what Metal Maniacs described as "intoxicating" live performances.
Still, the runaway success of 2002's Comalies was the foundation of which the band’s success was built. The album was praised by the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Revolver, Rolling Stone, Stuff and virtually every hard rock/metal publication of note. Soon after the album’s release, the group’s profile grew tenfold thanks to aggressive touring with the likes of P.O.D., Opeth, Anthrax, Type O Negative and Danzig. With the success of the album’s first single, “Heaven’s A Lie,” Billboard called the band “one of the larger success stories in metal,” as MTV2 and Fuse put the track’s video into heavy rotation and the song itself graced commercial radio airwaves across the country and planted itself within the R&R Active Rock Top 30 Chart. Prominent Boston station WAAF led the charge, inviting Lacuna Coil to appear at its annual Locobazooka festival (alongside such major acts as Staind and Sevendust) in addition to performing acoustically on the air.
In early 2004, Lacuna Coil’s successes were validated with an invitation to participate in that year’s Ozzfest, supporting such metal stalwarts as Judas Priest, Slayer and Ozzy himself. Lacuna Coil offered something unique to the package that ultimately struck a chord with fans, resulting in their being hailed as the year’s breakthrough artist. Over the course of the massive two-month trek, the group also SoundScanned more units per week than any other band on the bill second only to the platinum-selling artist Slipknot. The radio success of "Heaven's A Lie" waned only as the popularity of the second single, "Swamped" increased at Active Rock and even found its way on to more than a dozen Alternative stations as well.
Lacuna Coil spent the summer of 2005 performing at some of Europe’s premier festivals alongside such household names as Green Day, Incubus and System Of A Down while completing the songwriting process for Karmacode. The highly anticipated new effort was produced by Sorychta and Lacuna Coil in Germany and Italy, while the album was both mixed by Ronald Prent (Rammstein, H.I.M., Iron Maiden) and mastered by Darcy Proper (Steely Dan, Porcupine Tree, R.E.M.) at Galaxy Studios in Belgium. Asterik Studio (Trapt, Funeral For A Friend, The Used), the Grammy-nominated design firm, handled the package design. This offering begins where Comalies left off, and it will further solidify their spot as one of the genre’s most dynamic and exhilarating artists.
The album’s lead track, “Our Truth,” received its worldwide debut on the Underworld: Evolution soundtrack, where it appeared alongside such acclaimed artists as Puscifer (Maynard Kennan’s [Tool, A Perfect Circle] new project), Chester Bennington (Linkin Park), Slipknot, My Chemical Romance, Atreyu and more. A video for the track was shot in Los Angeles by Fort Awesome, a brand-new directorial duo whose individual credits include Queens of the Stone Age, Linkin Park, Disturbed, Chevelle and more. Lacuna Coil kicked off the album’s extensive touring cycle with a high profile six-week U.S. trek with to Rob Zombie. This year the group were also featured on the covers of such esteemed publications as Revolver, Metal Edge, Outburn and Decibel, among others.
With four full-length albums and two EPs now to their credit, Lacuna Coil have ensured that each offering further enunciates the subtle, solemn beauty they create. Karmacode takes that a step further, seeing them further mature as musicians and songwriters to deliver their most cohesive, career-defining album. If karma has anything to do with it, Italy's most successful rock export will not have to wait long for the entire mainstream world to take notice.
This Tallahassee group formed when two local bands, Kid Named Chicago and Defining Moment decided to put their talents together in 2006. Soon after and still without a name, the pop-punk group went into the studio and recorded their first EP, Tales Told by Dead Friends. They finally decided on a name, released the EP, and Mayday Parade went on to book tour dates as the opener for Plain White T's. Blending emo, pop, and alt-rock, Mayday Parade concert dates are emotionally charged and energetic-- all of which combines to result in rave live show reviews from fans and critics alike.
After gaining attention from A&R execs at Fearless Records, the group was signed and in January, 2007 they hit the studio to record their first LP, A Lesson in Romantics. Right before the release date, lead singer Jason Lancaster, left the band for undisclosed reasons. Mayday Parade hauled on and released the record, which became an indie hit and peaked at #8 on the BIllboard Heatseekers chart. In support of the album, Mayday Parade tour dates were booked on the 2007 Vans Warped Tour and as part of The Give it a Name Festival in Sheffield and London. Further Mayday Parade concert dates were scheduled in 2008 at the Vans Warped Tour and the Compromising of Integirty, Morality, and Principles in Exchange for Money Tour.
The band hit the studio in 2009 to record a follow-up to their moderately successful debut. What ended up being Anywhere but Here, was released in 2009 and peaked at #31 on the Billboard 200 as a result of their loyal following. Mayday Parade concert dates were scheduled once again at the Vans Warped Tour 2010 and they co-headlined the UK tour, The Maine. Following a hectic touring schedule, Mayday Parade released a stripped-down acoustic EP entitled Valdosta in March, 2011.
Whether they are paring it down with their acoustic guitars or rockin' their punk-emo material, Mayday Parade tour dates are the hottest ticket in town since New Found Glory. Fans will not want to miss out on the opportunity to see these guys live. Stay informed: use Eventful as your source for all the latest Mayday Parade concert schedule updates for tour dates through 2011 and beyond.
Mindless Self Indulgence:
Mindless Self Indulgence is a NYC based co-ed punk band whose name manifests itself during their incendiary live shows. MSI's music is a hybrid of Atari driven electronics with a venomous splash of A.D.D Punk Rock. They are the breath of fresh air that is sure to offend your p.c. restrained, category demanding, humorless peers.
Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors find themselves in the midst of a creative revival of popular music in Nashville, where artists like Kings of Leon, Jack White, Mat Kearney, and a legion of other national acts have re-invented the reputation of Nashville as a hotbed of music beyond the realm of Country. Holcomb and his band have found their own unique niche in this scene, with their 2008 LP, Passenger Seat, and their 2009 EP, Live Forever, both debuting at #2 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts. They’ve also had multiple TV placements on shows like NBC’s Parenthood, Oprah, Army Wives, The Cleaner, and others, proving that Holcomb’s career has stretched far beyond the TN state limits where he was born and raised.
Seven years ago, when Holcomb graduated from college in Knoxville, TN he never expected he would spend his twenties touring the country playing music, but that is exactly what he and his wife Ellie, and his band, the Neighbors, have been doing since coming together in 2006. When not out on the road touring, they have recorded and released three independent albums, selling over 35,000 records all without the help of a record label. Keeping in that same independent vein, over the past half-decade Holcomb & the Neighbors have played over 1,000 tour dates and garnered a massive following in the Southeast club scene all without the assistance of a booking agent, proving the undeniable authenticity of the band’s talent and genuine appeal to the masses.
With so much success happening across the board for Holcomb & the Neighbors, the band knew it was time to return to the studio in 2010 to give their fans the album they’d been wanting to make for years. The anticipation for that new project, Chasing Someday, has been enormous amongst the Neighbors’ ever-growing and intensely loyal fan-base. Drew explains, “Over the past year or so things have really just started to click. We’re reaching that tipping point with our fans, and it really hit me about 8 months ago when we played Austin for the first time on a weeknight and had 300 kids at Stubbs singing every word. It’s been pretty phenomenal to see things building like this.” That enthusiasm spread over into a fan driven fundraising campaign for Chasing Someday earlier this fall which brought in over $15,000 in 6 days, validating the passion and dedication amongst the band’s core fans.
For Chasing Someday Holcomb wrote over 25 songs and a final twelve were selected to be recorded and produced by Andy Hunt at his East Nashville Wide Studios. Hunt is one of Nashville’s young and upcoming producers who learned his craft working for Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Cold War Kids, Norah Jones) and Dennis Herring (Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse, Counting Crows) during his formative years.
It is difficult to categorize Chasing Someday when its sounds are vast and diverse. The album showcases a songwriter and a band whose influences cover a large swath of the history of popular music; it’s just as easy to hear the influence of Springsteenian earnestness in Holcomb’s hopeful growl on songs like “Fire and Dynamite” and “Miracle”, as it is to hear the persuasion of Motown on pop gems like “Someday” and “Can’t Get Enough of You.”
When audiences hear Holcomb’s songs, there is an emotional attachment and reaction, proven by the epic “Live Forever” which was recently used during an episode of NBC’s Parenthood and sparked a downloading frenzy online. “We want to write songs that have moments of honesty, transcendence, and humanity; so our audience lets the songs into their lives,” Holcomb states, “All of my favorite songs and records that I have spent my life listening to, have helped me to understand the paradoxes of joy and suffering that we all experience. We just want to add to that conversation, and if we can do that, I will consider it a success.”
On Chasing Someday, Holcomb and his Neighbors have found a unique voice, one that definitely has the potential to add to the conversation in a profound and substantial way.