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Brian Marquis Signs To Equal Vision; Announces ‘Blood & Spirits’

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 27, 2014

Brian Marquis has signed to Equal Vision Records and will be releasing Blood & Spirits on May 13th. Check out the artwork and track listing for the release below after the jump.

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The Acoustic Basement Announces UK Extension Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 10, 2014

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Geoff Rickly (Thursday), Koji, Rob Lynch, and Brian Marquis are taking the Acoustic Basement Tour to the UK in April. Check out the dates below after the jump. 

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The Day I Rode The Lightning On Warped Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 7, 2014

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Brian Marquis went through an incredibly frightening experience at Warped Tour 2013: he was shocked by lightning and his body shutdown from it. Six months later, Marquis has written a blog for Fuse titled The Day I Rode The Lightning On Warped Tour recounting the event. Read part of the piece below after the jump.

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POZ Playlist: The Acoustic Basement Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 6, 2014

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The PropertyOfZack sponsored 2014 Acoustic Basement Tour with TransitHit The LightsFront Porch Step, and Brian Marquis is well on its way. We’re stoked to be featuring a Playlist today with each artist on the tour, so make sure to check out the mixes and listen along below!

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Wild Cub- Thunder Clatter
Arkells- Book Club 
RAC - Hollywood
Sombear- The Way We Are 
Tokyo Police Club - Hot Tonight
The Sidekicks - 1940’s Fighter Jet
Grouplove- Schoolboy
The National - I Should Live In Salt 
Haim - Don’t Save Me 
Vampire Weekend - Hannah Hunt 

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The 1975 - Settle Down
Cartel - First Things First
Throwdown - Avow
The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
Weerd Science - Red Light Juliet
Jimmy Eat World - 23
Mew - Am I Wry? No
Reign Supreme - Heartsick
The Story So Far - Empty Space
Janet Jackson - Escapade

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POZ Warped Session: Brian Marquis - “I’m Still Chasing You” + “From Boston”

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 9, 2013

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PropertyOfZack had the chance to meet up with Brian Marquis at Warped Tour this past summer to film a new Session. Brian performed “I’m Still Chasing You” and “From Boston” for us. Check out Brian’s dates on The Acoustic Basement Tour here and the Session below!

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POZ Tour: The Acoustic Basement Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 26, 2013

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PropertyOfZack is incredibly happy to be sponsoring the 2014 Acoustic Basement Tour with Transit, Hit The Lights, Front Porch Step, and Brian Marquis. The tour will kick off at the end of January and go through mid-February. 

A limited VIP package for the tour goes on sale on Black Friday and General Sale will launch in early-December. Check out all the details for the tour below!

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Brian Marquis Exits From Warped Five Days Early Following Run In With Lightning

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 31, 2013

Brian Marquise, the man behind the Acoustic Stage, is heading home from Warped Tour several day before its end due to his run in with lightning this past weekend. Marquis is safe, but is opting to rest and make sure he gets back to being 100% healthy. Read a post from Marquis below after the jump.

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Brian Marquis Posts Message Following Shock Scare; “Alive And Relatively Okay”

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 28, 2013

Brian Marquis has posted a short blog confirming that he is alive and mostly okay. Check out a message and picture below after the jump.

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Brian Marquis Reportedly Shocked At Warped Tour Due To Severe Weather Conditions

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 27, 2013

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Brian Marquis, the man behind the Acoustic Basement, was reportedly struck, or injured in some way, by lightning from the severe weather conditions at Warped Tour today. Check out a tweet from Juliet Simms below after the jump. 

Edit: It’s currently unclear what condition Marquis is in, but we will update with a new story when there is more info.

Update: We’ve heard from several people on location that Marquis is okay. 

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POZ Warped Live: Koji - “Giants Sleeping,” “Matches,” “Peacemaker,” “Creeping”

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 26, 2013

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Koji played one day of the Vans Warped Tour this summer in New Mexico at the Acoustic Basement stage, PropertyOfZack was very luckly to film his set for a new Live. Check out Koji performing “Giants Sleeping,” “Matches,” “Peacemaker,” “Creeping,” and a cover of Evan Dando’s “All My Life” with Brian Marquis below!

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Easy Killer Records Sign The Company We Keep, Brian Marquis, Others

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 26, 2013

Easy Killer Records are a brand new label, and they have come out swinging with a new roster of eight bands. Check out their lineup below by clicking “Read More.”

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Brian Marquis Covers Radiohead’s “High And Dry”

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 23, 2013

Brian Marquis recently covered Radiohead’s “High And Dry.” Watch the cover below by clicking “Read More.”

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POZ Perspective: The Acoustic Basement Is A Gang

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 29, 2013

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The Acoustic Basement is one of PropertyOfZack’s favorite additions to Warped Tour in recent years, which is just a small part of the reason why we’re so excited to be sponsoring its satellite tour that kicks off in just two days. There’s an interesting story behind the idea and creation of the Acoustic Basement though, so we thought it’d be a great idea for Editor-in-Chief Erik van Rheenen to speak with Brian Marquis to tell the story of the Basement. Check it all out below! 

This is the story of the Acoustic Basement, but it doesn’t start in the blistering summer heat in the dog days of the Vans Warped Tour. The story of the Acoustic Basement starts with a young Brian Marquis in his own basement, waking up to his dad playing blues guitar at 5 o’clock in the morning.

“I grew up with a father who played the blues on the acoustic guitar and harmonica,” Marquis says. “I used to hate it sometimes, when he played really backwoods stuff. He’d wake me up at 5 a.m. playing the guitar next to my bedroom in the basement.”

As a baby, Marquis would mess around on the harmonica, — he actually focuses on playing it well, now— but it wasn’t until he was 11 that he took up guitar. It wasn’t really the music that allured him — at least not yet, anyways. It was just that, when posing with a guitar, 11-year-old Brian Marquis thought he looked so fucking cool.

“Me and a friend would just hold the guitar in front of the mirror and look badass,” Marquis says, recalling the memory with a laugh. “I took lessons, but I only wanted to play songs, so I stopped and would just try to play along with records or the radio.”

Fast forward to 2010. Marquis’ post-hardcore band, Therefore I Am, just broke up, and Marquis moved to Los Angeles for the scenery. Just before the break-up, Marquis began taking guitar lessons again, this time switching from electric guitar to acoustic. Once the band split and Marquis stopped touring full-time, he started making friends with the Warped Tour production folks. 

During the waning years of Therefore I Am, Marquis realized he needed a creative outlet he could call his own. The band was a democracy: everything from tours to T-shirt designs — down to the simplest chord of a song — was carefully deliberated between the group’s members. Playing acoustic shows was a solitary pleasure for Marquis, and one he takes pride in. “It’s such a simple setup,” he says. “It’s just you and your guitar. There’s something so great in the simplicity of going anywhere with a bag to sing your songs and tell your story.”

Acoustic guitar in tow, Marquis set out to start his solo career, releasing his first acoustic EP, Snow Damage, in November of 2011. He talked to Kevin Lyman, founder of Warped Tour, and threw out his idea: an acoustic tent. Lyman wasn’t sold, since acoustic shows historically flopped on the Warped Tour. So Marquis asked some of his closest friends to go all-in with him on the idea.

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POZ Contest: The Acoustic Basement Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 23, 2013

PropertyOfZack is very excited to be doing a second major contest with all of the bands on the Acoustic Basement Tour that kicks off on February 1st. We’re giving away two tickets to any date of both the Acoustic Basement Tour and Warped Tour in addition to signed CDs and shirts from every band on the bill. The contest will end on January 30th, so find out how to enter below!

To win the Acoustic Basement prize pack you must do each of the following things:

Win:

-(2) Tickets to the Acoustic Basement Tour (date of your choice)
-(2) VIP Vans Warped Tour Tickets (date of your choice)
-Geoff Rickly Limited Edition Signed Poster Print
-Vinnie Caruana ‘City by the Sea’ Signed CD + T-Shirt 
-A Loss for Words ‘No Sanctuary’ Signed CD + T-Shirt
-Koji ‘Some Small Way’ Signed CD + T-Shirt
-Brian Marquis ‘Snow Damage’ Signed CD + T-Shirt 

Check out all the dates for the Acoustic Basement Tour below by clicking “Read More.” 

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POZ Contest: The Acoustic Basement Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 16, 2013

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PropertyOfZack is very excited to be doing a major contest with all of the bands on the Acoustic Basement Tour that kicks off on February 1st. We’re giving away two tickets to any date of both the Acoustic Basement Tour and Warped Tour in addition to vinyl and other goodies from every band on the bill. The contest will end on January 23rd, so find out how to enter below!

To win the Acoustic Basement prize pack you must do each of the following things:

Win:

-(2) Tickets to the Acoustic Basement Tour (date of your choice)
-(2) VIP Vans Warped Tour Tickets (date of your choice)
-Limited Edition Silk Screened Tour Poster Signed by all the Artists
-Geoff Rickly ‘Mixtape 1’ Limited Edition Cassette
-Vinnie Caruana ‘City by the Sea’ Limited Tour Only 12” Vinyl 
-A Loss for Words ‘No Sanctuary’ Limited Edition 12” Vinyl
-Koji / Into It. Over it. Split 12” Vinyl
-Brian Marquis ‘Snow Damage’ Limited Edition 12” Vinyl

Check out all the dates for the Acoustic Basement Tour below by clicking “Read More.” 

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