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Basement Announce Support For US Reunion Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 7, 2014

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Basement will be taking out Pity Sex, Superheaven, Cloakroom, Creative Adult, Ovlov, and Fell To Low on two separate legs of their US reunion tour. Check out the support legs and routing below after the jump!

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Reading, Leeds Adds Paramore, A Day To Remember, Basement To Lineup

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 10, 2014

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Reading and Leeds have announced their newest lineup additions, which include Paramore and Queens Of The Stone Age as co-headliners alongside Basement, A Day To Remember, and many more. Check out the full lineup after the jump!

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POZ Discussion: March Sadness - The Sad 16 And Why They Matter

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 6, 2014

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The Sad 16 voting round is pushing strongly into the trenches of March Sadness fame. Sad voters of PropertyOfZack have a few more days to cast their ballot, so Editor-in-Chef Erik van Rheenen put together a discussion on The Sad 16 And Why Are They Matter for us to take a stroll down emo lane. Read the Discussion and then vote to make sure your favorite bands push through to the Emo 8!

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90’s Emo 1v4: American Football vs Jets To Brazil

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American Football
Why they matter: With a nod to Joan of Arc and a respectful tip of the sailor cap to Cap’n Jazz, American Football was the short-lived project that set Mike Kinsella’s trajectory as an emo patriarch for nearly 20 years. Without American Football’s seminal album and not-quite-as-seminal-but-still-darn-good EP, there’d be no soft-spun crooning of Owen, no indie leanings of Owls, and no Their/They’re/There, a band that concerns itself almost as much with proper grammar as it does with mathy guitar riffs. Not a bad legacy.

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Jets to Brazil
Why they matter: Jets gave punk rock elder statesman Blake Schwarzenbach an outlet for venting his frustrations and woes that didn’t rely on the punkish leanings of Jawbreaker. While Jawbreaker is defensibly just as pivotal to emo-at-large as Jets to Brazil, Schwarzenbach’s departure (airport pun not really intended, but heck, I’ll still accept credit for this one) for a more indie-rock slanted sound gave emo a chance to take a deep breath and stop sounding so dang angry all the time.

90’s Emo 2v3: American Football vs Jets To Brazil

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Weezer
Why they matter: While most will point to Pinkerton as the essential emo album in the Weezer discog, I’ll change tack and say The Blue Album probably did more for Weezer and the sound of emo than its younger brother did. The Blue Album proved that slaphappy nerd rock (“Buddy Holly”) and sad-bastard grievance-airings (“Say It Ain’t So”) could coexist on a single record, and that bands could bounce between the two touchstones without sacrificing one end of the emotional spectrum.

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Mineral
Why they matter: If Sunny Day Real Estate (more on them later, obviously) laid the groundwork for how emo was supposed to sound in the mid-1990s, then Mineral stood at the forefront of a myriad of second-wavers perfecting the formula to a T. Much of the Mineral sound — hazy instrumental bridges, rough-edged vocals that skirt around the right key, and dynamically jumping from soft to loud — has survived the ‘90s (a decade that wasn’t altogether kind to its emo mainstays) and well into the twenty-tens.

00’s Emo 1v4: Brand New vs Dashboard Confessional

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Brand New
Why they matter: Only an enormous voting campaign from upstart Dads kept Jesse Lacey and Co. off the throne last year. Deja Entendu was the album that made a whole lot of pop-punk fanboys realize just how transcendent Brand New’s emo/pop-punk hybridity could get, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me defies genre in its frenetic shifts in pace and tone, and, well, who knows exactly what Daisy is, but it’s loud, blisteringly raw, and altogether awesome.

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March Sadness: Sad 16 Announcement + Voting Begins

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 3, 2014

Just like last year, we were incredibly surprised by the overall response at the announcement and vote-in round for March Sadness from both our viewers and bands participating in the competition, so we are certainly ready to launch the Sad 16 bracket round.

The 16 bands voted into March Sadness are now pitted against each other in their 90’s, 00’s, Reunion, and Revival brackets. Head below and join us in voting for a band in each emo bracket through Sunday evening, and the Emo 8 will launch on Monday! 

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POZ Roundtable: March Sadness - Why We Picked These Bands And Why You Should Vote For Them

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 28, 2014

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It’s the second year of March Sadness, and we finally have an answer to “What the heck is that band doing in the bracket?” POZ team members Zack Zarrillo, Erik van Rheenen, Adrienne Fisher, and Jesse Richman teamed up with Tom Mullen of Washed Up Emo fame for an impromptu roundtable session to decide which bands should make the cut for this year’s tournament. Agree? Disagree? Read our reasonings and let us know and then vote to make sure your favorite bands push through to the Sad 16!

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Basement Update US Tour Routing

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 26, 2014

Basement's US reunion tour now has one more date and more tickets in a few venues. Check out an update from the band below after the jump.

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POZ March Sadness: Announcement + Vote-In Round

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 26, 2014

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It’s clear that PropertyOfZack is to blame for the term “Emo Revival” that sprung up in 2013. The bands had nothing to do with it. March Sadness started an undeniable thirst for sadness last year, which is why we’re so happy to make you sad again today with the announcement of March Sadness 2K14: The sadder, weaker, and emoer substitute for NCAA’s March Madness.

March Sadness consists of a vote-in round (that’s today!) followed by 16 bracket spots, broken down into ‘90s Emo, ‘00s Emo, Reunion Emo, and Emo Revival (uh, duh). We are limiting ourselves to 20 bands that will be voted down to 16 by Monday’s Sad 16 launch.

We realize “emo” is both a subjective word and genre, but March Sadness is all about us having fun and interacting as a community. So please head below and join us in voting for four out of five of your favorite bands in each emo category through Sunday evening. The Sad 16 will launch on Monday!

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Basement Reveal Venues For US Reunion Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 21, 2014

Tickets for Basement's reunion tour will be going on sale at noon local time. Check out the venues below after the jump.

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Basement Announce US Reunion Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 18, 2014

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Basement's next tour back from their hiatus will be in US this summer. Check out the routing and dates below after the jump!

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Basement Announce Australian Reunion Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 17, 2014

Basement's first tour back from their hiatus will be in Australia this July and August. Check out the dates below after the jump!

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The Weekender: Basement Revived, Fireworks Returned, And The Dangerous Summer Faltered

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 2, 2014

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Welcome to PropertyOfZack: Weekender edition. Every weekend, we bring you some of biggest and most interesting pieces of the past week from our own content to stories or breaking news. If you’ve had a busy week and want to catch up with some light reading, we hope this is for you.

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Basement End Hiatus: Band To Tour This Summer

As you could tell by the mass excitement around the internet (Tumblr), this is a big deal. Basement went away at the perfect time. They didn’t go away to get more money when they came back or something like that - they went away because they needed to live their own lives.

That just so happened to line up perfectly as “emo” and “grunge” styles of music starting becoming popular within our scene again, and that’s greatly because of the release of Colourmeinkindness.

What Basement does in 2014 and beyond will be interesting. We know that the band will be touring, but for how long, and where? 

It seems probable that Basement will go back into hiding after this tour if they do not have a new album to support it (there’s no word on whether or not the band has been working on new music - don’t hold your breath). Regardless, Basement is bigger than any of us thought they were before the big announcement Wednesday.

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American Football Reissuing LP + Unheard Demos

American Football = emo.
Basement = emo revival.

What a crazy week.

But really, American Football are finally releasing unheard demos that started getting rumored about on the internet in 2012 to go along with a reissue of their only full-length. American Football seems to be an album that is a stepping stone into “emo” for many people even in 2014, and it getting a proper reissue will only help its importance. 

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Fireworks Announce New Album ‘Oh, Common Life’

Oh, Common Life is Fireworks’ follow-up to Gospel. The band will be returning not only with a new album, but also with a new tour.

Defeater unfortunately had to drop off of The Wonder Years’ spring tour due to medical issues, but Fireworks are replacing them. 

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Paramore Break 10 World Records With “Ain’t It Fun” Music Video

Paramore are on top of the world right now. There was a lot of doubt on what the band’s self-titled album would bring them considering the gap between releases and the absence of the Farro brothers, but that’s all gone now. Even if self-titled is not your favorite Paramore record, the band is just clearly winning right now.

Platinum single. Arena tour. Fall Out Boy amphitheater tour. Superbowl performances left and right. TV performances. A music video breaking 10 world records.

It’s Paramore’s time. We’re living in it. 

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TDS Frontman Accuses Guitarist Of Forging Signature

Everything about The Dangerous Summer is a giant disaster. The truth? PropertyOfZack, AbsolutePunk, AltPress, and any other sites that cover The Dangerous Summer get a ton of traffic each time that Cody Payne and co fuck something up (that happens to be at least every other month). But you know what? We’d wager that every site would rather the band just make good music without bad drama. 

This band is officially on its last legs. AJ Perdomo is becoming a father, Cody Payne seems to be spiraling again, and no one will take this band on tour because they are infected with the inability to get their shit together. 

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Chiodos Announce New Album ‘DEVIL’

Chiodos fans waited two years for DEVIL. Now it’s here.
Chiodos fans waited two years to buy DEVIL. There are no pre-orders here. 

Basement End Hiatus: Band To Tour This Summer

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 29, 2014

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Basement are back. The band has officially ended their hiatus and will be touring this summer. Check out a statement from the band below after the jump.

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Basement Release Long-Awaited ‘Live In London’

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 18, 2013

Basement played their final shows a year ago, and have since been teasing fans with the release of Live In London. It is officially here. Watch and listen to the band’s Live In London set below after the jump.

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POZ Inside: Run For Cover - Personality

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 20, 2013

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We kicked off the first of four parts of our new Inside feature with Run For Cover Records last week, and it was truly awesome to see how many people enjoyed the oral history of the label.

We’re back with part two today, which takes fans of the label past the music and gives a better look into the employees that make Run For Cover as great as it is day in and day out. We have three videos, all shot by Alex Henery, that tell the story of employees at the label and also give us a look into mailorder, customer service, and Small Talk/Tuesday’s With Tay.

Be sure to check out RFC’s oral history here and part two of Inside below!

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