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The Menzingers Winter Headlining Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 20, 2013

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The Menzingers, Off With Their Heads, Broadway Calls, and Elway are going out on a stacked tour in 2014. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Broadway Calls ‘Comfort/Distraction’ For Free Download

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 15, 2013

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No Sleep Records have posted Broadway CallsComfort/Distraction for free download. Grab it below after the jump.

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Broadway Calls “Lucky Lighter” Acoustic Performance

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 18, 2013

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Check out a video of Broadway Calls performing “Lucky Lighter” acoustically below by clicking “Read More.”

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Broadway Calls Announce Spring North American Dates

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 11, 2013

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Broadway Calls have announced a North American tour in April. Check out the dates below by clicking “Read More.”

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POZ Review: Broadway Calls - Comfort/Distraction

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 7, 2013

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*This review was composed by Justin Graci and edited by Erik van Rheenen

It’s sadly been a long time since we’ve heard from Oregon’s Broadway Calls. After putting out one of the best albums of the year back in 2009 and doing some great tours, the band kind of just disappeared. They lost their bassist, put out a somewhat mediocre EP (Toxic Kids) and got dropped from the SideOneDummy roster, which led to signs of the band coming to a possible end.

All hope was not lost: in late 2012 things completely turned around for the band. Broadway Calls got a fresh start when they signed to No Sleep Records (a perfect fit for them), got a brand new bassist and announced the release of their awesome new record, Comfort/Distraction.

Comfort/Distraction starts off strongly with “Bring On The Storm,” an anthem of sorts that makes for a perfect opener. There is also a youthful ballad at the end that would be great in a live setting. The song is very reminiscent of the band’s first record, which is the direction the band was definitely seeking with this release.

Next up is “Open Letter,” which also appeared on their split with Mixtapes last year. The album title stems from the song and it is shows the band at their best as Ty Vaughn belts out “A comfort, a distraction, a fuck is all I have to give. And I can’t say no, although I’m not trained to save you. And I can’t say no. I swear I’ll never turn my back.” The song will be a lot of Broadway Calls fans’ new favorite and might be the perfect introduction to the band for people who are not familiar with them.

“Zombie World,” is a fun pop-punk song, while “Lucky Lighter,” the album’s first single, is one of the best songs the band has written to date. The song starts off with Josh Baird’s steady drumbeats and provides us with a catchy beat to jump around too. Vaughn’s vocals are better than ever as he sings, “My wishing well has gone dry now, I stay up and I stay high, this isn’t the saddest, maddest that I can be. Just right now this works for me.”

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Broadway Calls Stream ‘Comfort/Distraction’

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 5, 2013

Broadway Calls' new album, Comfort/Distraction, is officially out. Stream it below by clicking “Read More.”

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Albums Out This Week

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 3, 2013

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February 5th is just two days away, and there are a few great releases coming out this week. Click “Read More” below to check out the album details and download information for all the great records coming out this week!

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POZ Playlist: The Menzingers, Broadway Calls, Silver Snakes

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 30, 2013

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The Menzingers, Broadway Calls, and Silver Snakes are all out on tour this winter, and we’re putting all three bands together for a great new  PropertyOfZack Playlist feature. Check out The Menzingers’ dates here, Broadway Calls’ and Silver Snakes’ dates here, and check out the Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!

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After a long break we’ll be heading out on tour again. It’s a full United States and Canada run. That means plenty of early mornings and late night drives. I’m not a morning person. Actually, come to think of it, I fucking hate mornings with every last proton, neutron, and electron holding together my being in this dimension, as well as any other plain of existence my consciousness may bleed into. Maybe I just hate being torn from the infinite dream-scape, you know, the mind’s playground. Don’t get me wrong; I see beauty and all shades of light highlighting the treasures of this world both big and small. However for the first hour or so of the day I wish hardship to those close to me and eternal suffering to anyone who’s ever wronged me in the slightest way. If I had it my way I’d march through a field of kittens donning poisonous golf shoes whilst reigning fire and darkness from the heavens down upon anything that ever smiled. But only for about an hour……..
 
On the other side of the coin I very much enjoy staying up late. If there is late night driving to do I most often do it. I love how calm everything is, especially when everyone else in the van is sleeping. It’s normally just us, drunks, tractor trailers and the dark. My true passion is to listen the AM radio program ‘Coast to Coast.’ However in the middle of Wyoming it’s not always easy to pick up reliable signals. Seriously though, Coast to Coast is the bee’s knees.
 
This play-list is for sitting (or more likely laying) in the van early in the morning, and for driving late at night alone. The songs are upbeat for the most part. Actually the songs are dancey as a mo’fucka so get down. These are the songs that for one reason or another bring an energizing yet calming introspection that scratches the back of my mind and keeps me tapping in the twilight. I also had a little help on this one. - Tom May

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I usually get sick of my ipod about a week into tour, but I was lucky enough to get some itunes giftcards for xmas, and so I’m all stocked up and ready to go. Here’s what I’m listening to:
Terry Malts - Killing Time
I saw these guys open for Comadre at their record release show. They’re a bay area band. Juan said they kind of sound like Thr\e Ramones, and this is true. They also sound like Joy Division kind of. And the whole thing is just soaked in this wild reverb and really fuzzy guitars. Some songs just have this really gnarly feedback throughout the whole thing in the background. Every song is insanely catchy. For a punk song check out No Good For You. For a rad mid tempo pop song listen to Tumble Down. 
Masked Intruder - S/T
I never gave them a chance for a really long time, because I usually hate gimmick bands. But these guys sound like Chixdiggit and I can NOT hate on that. 
Great Cynics - Like I Belong *Song is not on Spotify
This is the 2nd record from our friends Great Cynics. This trio is from the UK and this record isn’t out yet, but Giles sent it to me and I couldn’t be happier. Whenever this comes out, don’t sleep on it. Kind of sounds like Billy Bragg with a full rowdy band behind him, even though they’re only a trio. 
Comadre - S/T
These guys are some of our best friends and have been since before broadway calls even existed. This is a real DIY band and they continue to inspire me and surprise me with how amazing their new songs are. This is their best record of almost 10 years being a band. Listen to Cold Rain and if you don’t dig that bass line than I don’t think there is any help for you. 
Marvelous Darlings
This is Ben from Fucked Up’s power pop band and they rule. Kind of like Buzzcocks. Really catchy. Check the song I Don’t Wanna Go To The Party. 
Silver Snakes - Pictures Of A Floating World
I’m falling hard for this band. We’re currently on tour with them. Heavy. Incredible songs, tones, and riffs. Please just check out their whole record and go see them live. 
The Weakerthans - discography
You know these guys already and you know why I have their entire discography listed. Nobody else has ever written a song from a cat’s point of view that has made me get all choked up. Some of my favorite songs ever are on these releases. 
Bad Books - II
Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine making songs together. Their first record was great and their new one is even better. I saw them in Portland with about 100 other people and couldn’t believe more people weren’t there and I also couldn’t believe how perfect the band was. Listen to the song Pyotr and cry with me because a song about beheadings has never been more relatable. 
Hedwig And The Angry Inch Soundtrack 
My favorite musical. Glam rock/punk influenced songs about the life of Hedwig. Listen to the song Origin Of Love.

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Sixteen Horsepower - Dead Run
*Song is not on Spotify
We went back to Canyon Diablo, AZ (ghost town) on this tour. This song was playing my head the entire time we were exploring the caves below the town. 
Soundgarden - Head Down
The bridge part is awesome, The timing is weird just like every other soundgarden song. Guitar tone is spot on.  
The Smashing Pumpkins - Hello Kitty Kat

Big fucking muff.
Weezer - Across The Sea
I am the air drumming champion of the world. This is my swan song. 
Cloud Nothings - Cut You
Best song on the record. Awesome lyrics. 

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POZ Presents: The Weekly Tour Round-Up

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 27, 2013

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It’s time for The Weekly Tour Round-Up! There are a ton of great tours going on this fall and winter and more are getting announced each week. Below you’ll find all the tours going on over the next few months, with newly announced tours listed above previously announced tours. So check out all the tours if you’ve missed any of them and make sure to mark them down on your calendars!

New Tours:

POZ Sponsored Shows 
The Acoustic Basement Tour [02/01-02/23]  
Forever Came Calling, Heart To Heart, Last Call [03/20-04/21]

North America  
Broadway Calls, My Iron Lung [02/16-02/28]

Sparks The Rescue, Rookie Of The Year, Jimmie Deeghan [02/22-03/17]
 
Candy Hearts, Pentimento, Allison Weiss [03/02-04/06]
Jonny Craig, Kurt Travis [03/08-04/07]    
Hands Like Houses, I The Mighty Road [03/09-03/19]
Woe, Is Me, Crown The Empire [03/12-03/19]
Andrew McMahon [03/12-04/21]   
The Dear Hunter [03/12-04/27]
HRVRD, Junior Astronomers [03/18-03/27] 
Handguns, State Champs, Veara [03/19-03/27]
The Rocket Summer [03/20-04/19]
A Day To Remember, Of Mice & Men, Issues, CNCC [03/20-05/04] 
Marianas Trench [03/23-04/19] 
Texas In July, Structures [05/03-05/25]

United Kingdom|Mainland Europe
Stick To Your Guns [04/19-05/04]

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Broadway Calls, Red City Radio Tour Sampler

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 25, 2013

Broadway Calls and Red City Radio have released a tour sampler for their co-headliner. Download it here and check out the artwork and track listing below by clicking “Read More.”

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Broadway Calls, My Iron Lung West Coast Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 21, 2013

Broadway Calls and My Iron Lung will be doing a West Coast tour together in February. Check out the dates below by clicking “Read More.”

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Broadway Calls Release New Song

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 15, 2013

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Broadway Calls have released a new song called “Wildly Swinging.” Stream it below by clicking “Read More.”

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POZ Presents: The Weekly Tour Round-Up

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 13, 2013

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It’s time for The Weekly Tour Round-Up! There are a ton of great tours going on this fall and winter and more are getting announced each week. Below you’ll find all the tours going on over the next few months, with newly announced tours listed above previously announced tours. So check out all the tours if you’ve missed any of them and make sure to mark them down on your calendars!

New Tours:

POZ Sponsored Shows 
POZ Tour: The Acoustic Basement Tour [02/01-02/23]  

North America  
Built To Spill [01/31-02/12] 
The Ready Set, Outasight [02/14-03/19]
Caspian, Junius, Native [02/14-03/24]
 
Young Guns [02/18-03/16]
The Summer Set, We Are The In Crowd, Go Radio [02/21-03/30]
The Ghost Inside, Stick To Your Guns [03/07-04/07]   
2013 Revival Tour [03/15-04/23]
All Time Low, Pierce The Veil, Mayday Parade, You Me At Six [04/11-05/12]

United Kingdom|Mainland Europe
Broadway Calls, Gnarwolves, Great Cynics [03/08-03/29]
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus [03/18-04/02]
 
The Front Bottoms [04/17-04/23] 
Trapped Under Ice [04/29-05/07] 

Previously Announced Tours:

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Broadway Calls Nervous Energies Session

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 11, 2013

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Broadway Calls have posted Nervous Energies Sessions for their songs “Bring On The Storm” and “Suffer The Kids.” Check them out below by clicking “Read More.”

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Broadway Calls, Gnarwolves, Great Cynics EU Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 10, 2013

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Broadway Calls, Gnarwolves, and Great Cynics have announced a European tour. Check out the dates below by clicking “Read More.”

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