POZ Today’s Mixtape Festival Preview: Our Must-See Bands And Acts
Today’s Mixtape Festival will be taking place this weekend on Long Island, and PropertyOfZack is gearing up for a weekend of fun, and we hope many of you are too. Just in case you’re not too in tune to the festival already and can make it out, we thought it’d be a great idea to put together a list of POZ’s Must See Bands And Acts that will be gracing the stage this weekend at Mixtape. Reblog and let us know who we need to see while we’re on Long Island this weekend as well!
Defeater, by Alyssa McKinley
On a steady rise since 2008, the Massachusetts natives of Defeater have achieved the level of recognition that they deserved after their 2011 release Empty Days and Sleepless Nights. Their intense blend of punk and hardcore is not only musically genius, but also stands for more than what much of the music of their contemporaries does. Driven by a remarkable amount of passion and complemented by equal amounts of talent, Defeater is even more impressive live than recorded. Their headlining performance during the first day is set to stun fans Friday night.
Modern Baseball, by Zack Zarrillo
Though I was not in attendance for The Front Bottoms’ set at Mixtape Fest in 2012, I’ve heard the stories. A band not too familiar with Long Island and a crowd with high hopes met towards the end of the night and sparks resulted that summed up a continuously growing band’s year. Modern Baseball seem to be in the same place this year, and Friday’s lineup at Mixtape is all but waiting for them to clean up. We expect big things.
Vinnie Caruana, by Alyssa McKinley
Returning to 89 North solo, Vinnie Caruana is sure to fill the venue with as much energy as he did with I Am The Avalanche a few months ago. This Long Island native never fails to deliver an unforgettable performance, but those shows that take place in his own home are always more incredible. With a new EP adding only more brilliance to his extensive and diverse catalogue, Caruana is one of the most authentically talented veterans of the Long Island scene. His acoustic set will be just as attention demanding as the full bands on the hardcore-heavy bill that Friday promises.
Citizen, by Zack Zarrillo
This is the last season Citizen is going to fly under anyone’s radar. We’ve been promoting the band on the site since 2010, when members of the band were just halfway through high school, but things are finally in full gear for the five-piece from Michigan. They’ve been taking everyone by surprise on the Suppy Nation Tour, and Long Island won’t be any different. Coming soon will be a full-length that should be nothing short of incredible and a run on the Vans Warped Tour, so get into this band now if you’ve yet to.
Hostage Calm, by Alyssa McKinley
After the October release of Please Remain Calm, it has been hard to ignore the well-deserved acclaim of Hostage Calm. The politically charged lyrics and raw musicality of this band are a refreshing reminder that punk is nowhere close to dead. With a live performance that is as true to their recorded sound as it gets, Hostage Calm’s Saturday performance is sure to garner the respect of anyone who hasn’t already fallen in love with them.
Koji, by Adrienne Fisher
Amidst all the full-band performances that we’ll see this
weekend, we’ll find acoustic refuge on Friday in two of the Acoustic Basement’s most recent players, Vinnie Caruana and Koji. Koji is gearing up to release his first full-length record on Run For Cover at the end of the month, touring in the weeks leading up to it with fellow Pennsylvania friends Slingshot Dakota. But Koji’s tour-mate history hosts a sizable variety between genres, as does the roster of bands that he’s collaborated with for splits and such – consider his split with La Dispute up against his tour with Never Shout Never - suggesting that the man behind the music has a lot of ideas and influences permeating his output. With that and his sincere, personal storytelling during his solo sets, we know that Koji’s appearance at Mixtape Fest will be a pleasure, especially if we get a look at the next release in the form of a new song or two.
Pentimento, by Adrienne Fisher
Playing midway through Saturday is upstate New York’s Pentimento, a rock-solid melodic punk band that has been pushing their name out on tours with peers like The Swellers and Allison Weiss over the last year. After encountering some rocky roads leading up to the release of their first full-length record, Pentimento turned the tables and wound up releasing it themselves through a multitude of channels, making sure to deliver personal gratitude to many fans who reached out to donate for it. With a sound that’s emotionally tense and does one of the best jobs of hearkening back to the nittier, grittier days of the punk and pop-punk stalwarts of old, as well as their record seeing proper release treatment on both Paper and Plastick and Black Numbers, we’re looking forward to see if the rigorous touring and no-frills attitude translate just as tightly to the stage.
The World Is…, by Alyssa McKinley
The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid To Die is as much of an earful as its name is a mouthful. Returning to Today’s Mixtape Festival for the second time, they are sure to blow crowds away in the same fashion as they did at last years fest. Delivering a unique blend of post-hardcore, indie rock, and emo, TWIABP has created its own niche with ease and are as unpredictable as people as they are as a band. The band’s enthusiasm and musicianship will undoubtedly provide for another performance filled with incredible chemistry between themselves and their East Coast fans. TWIABP is one of the many non-headlining acts that should not be forgotten about or missed at this year’s Mixtape Festival.
Dads, by Adrienne Fisher
Okay, okay, the March Sadness/David and Goliath victory has got everyone’s attention by now, right? Dads, the emo band from New Jersey that successfully knocked off a ton of their contemporaries in our bracket match-up last month has drummed up a substantial amount of buzz for themselves over the course of their career, along with a growing musical catalogue and a kick-ass touring ethic that earns them a spot in our recommendations for Today’s Mixtape Fest. They write and tour as a two-piece, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that they can’t energize or captivate a crowd as well as any other band with more members. Drummer John Bradley also happens to be singer John Bradley – when was the last time you saw a dude rip a drum kit while simultaneously maneuvering strong vocal melodies? – leaving guitarist Scott Scharinger to flail and fling about the stage while their fans inevitably do the same on the floor. By the way, nobody will be standing still at a Dads show, so come prepared to bounce around and wail along.
Iron Chic, by Adrienne Fisher
Punk and wonderful, Long Island’s own Iron Chic will be anchoring the tail end of Friday night’s lineup, and while the band are regulars on the tri-state area touring circuit, their appearance on this season’s Mixtape Fest is a can’t-miss for anyone traveling from out of town. Despite only having one full-length record and a few minor releases to their catalogue, Iron Chic has bastioned firm support for themselves by treading waters of rough-yet-accessible pop-punk with the DIY ethics to boot. Regardless, that full-length has got a host of stellar sing-a-long moments on it, and you’d be remiss to skip out on a Long Island favorite playing a Long Island show – if nothing else, the pile-ons will be of the highest echelon.
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