POZ Playlist: Citizen, True Love

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 22, 2014

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Citizen are out on a massive headlining tour with You Blew It!, Hostage Calm, Praise, and True Love. PropertyOfZack has a Playlist of what Citizen and True Love will be listening to on the road, and you can check that out and listen along below.

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Vince Staples - Blue Suede
This is the lead single off his upcoming Def Jam debut, Hell Can Wait. It’s quite the banger.
Merchandise - Enemy
This is a band I’ve loved for a while now and they’ve finally released their new LP and 4AD debut, After the End. This is one of the singles and it’s wonderful. Check it alongside the video they recently dropped.
The War on Drugs - Red Eyes
One of the best songs to come out this year. Maybe the best. 
The Hotelier - The Scope of All of This Rebuilding
I love this band. We first played with them on a two week tour when I was a sophomore in high school. They finally released a new record and it’s great. Here’s the first song they released from it. 
Pusha T - Nosetalgia
Been on a big My Name is My Name kick lately. This is one of the best songs the album has to offer. The Kendrick verse ooooo.
Land of Talk - Some Are Lakes
It’s summertime and this is a summertime jam.
J Mascis - Every Morning
A song from J Mascis’ (Dinosaur Jr) new record called Tied to a Star. I actually just checked this out because he released a video for it, which is also great. Highly recommended. 
Gesaffelstein - Hate or Glory
One of the Yeezus collaborators, Gesaffelstein is a producer from France. This song is groundshaking. A review described the record as “fiery, raging bangers meant for the dank club at the end of the world” and that’s pretty accurate for this one. 
Speedy Ortiz - No Below
A really cool Massachusetts indie rock band. This is a great song off their LP, Major Arcana.
Milk Music - Illegal and Free
An Olympia, WA band. Their full length, Cruise Your Illusion, is lovely as well as this track off of it.

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Weezer - You Gave Your Love To Me Softly
Super aggressive, poetic and catchy. Pinkerton B-sides make up an incredible album on their own. 
Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road
Lyrically…Musically…I’m not sure many songs can touch this one.
Praise - Reach Deep
Off of the best record of 2014. 
Youth of Today - Break Down the Walls
The best straight edge band of all time with a message a lot of people should be paying attention to today. 
Green Day - She
The first time I ever heard anything remotely punk was when my parent’s bought Dookie in ‘94. Willing to bet a lot of people my age have the same story. 

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Altercation Breaks Out Between Citizen, Security At San Diego Show

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 21, 2014

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Citizen played House of Blues in San Diego, CA last night, and security didn’t really hold it down. Video clips and tweets show that security were mishandling fans, which lead to frontman Mat Kerekes stepping in. Check out tweets from the band and Instagram clips below.

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Citizen Stream New Single “Silo”

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 12, 2014

Citizen are releasing a tour only 7” for a single called “Silo.” Stream the song here via BV or below after the jump.

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Citizen Announce “Silo” 7”

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 11, 2014

Citizen are releasing a tour only 7” for a single “Silo.” Check out the artwork below after the jump.

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Citizen Welcome You Blew It!, Hostage Calm, Praise, True Love To Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 29, 2014

Citizen will be touring North American on their own headlining tour in September and October with You Blew It!, Hostage Calm, Praise, and True Love. Check out the dates below after the jump!

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Citizen Frontman Covers Piebald’s “It’s Going To Get Worse Before It Gets Better”

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 29, 2014

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Citizen's Mat Kerekes recently covered Piebald’s “It's Going To Get Worse Before It Gets Better” in a new acoustic session. Watch the video below after the jump. 

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Citizen Banquet Records In-Store Session

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 19, 2014

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Citizen recently played an in-store at Banquet Records. Watch the video below after the jump. 

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POZ Review: Mat Kerekes - Mat Kerekes EP

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 26, 2014

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There’s something about acoustic-based music that always leaves me stunned, and the debut solo EP from Mat Kerekes is no exception. Kerekes is best known as the frontman of Citizen, but his solo music is a far cry from the band’s hazy brand of rock.
 
Each song on the EP is moving in its own distinctive way. “Forgiveness” is a heartbreaking look at a relationship that has run its course. The track is slow and solemn, with Kerekes drawing out his vocals as if to delay the inevitable end of something that was once so beautiful (“I loved you first/and I know that it hurts/I’m sorry for what I did to you”). Most striking, though, are the airy strings that buoy an otherwise somber story.
 
“For The Month” features a more lively melody that gently sways to and fro. However, the vocals remain timid and soft, accented by faintly humming “oohs.”
 
The standout on the EP is “Reach,” a track with a clean and simple opening that swells as it progresses. The movement begins with the faint shimmer of cymbals, and then builds with a brief and melancholy guitar riff. Kerekes’ voice strengthens along with the instrumentals, until he’s openly begging you to stay. (“Oh that shine in your smile/Would you stay for awhile?”)

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Run For Cover Gear Talk With Citizen’s Nick Hamm

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 19, 2014

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Run For Cover have posted a new episode of Gear Talk with Nick Hamm of Citizen. Watch the video below after the jump. 

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Citizen Announce North American Headlining Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 18, 2014

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Citizen will be touring North American on their own headlining tour in September and October this coming fall. Support will be announced soon. Check out the dates below after the jump!

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POZ Contest: Mat Kerekes - Beat Kitchen Tickets

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 17, 2014

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Mat Kerekes is playing at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago, IL on June 21st. PropertyOfZack is teaming up with Kickstand Productions to give away a pair of tickets for the show. The contest all end on June 20th, so find out how to win below!

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Citizen Frontman Starts Power Wrench

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 2, 2014

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Mat Kerekes of Citizen has a new punk/hardcore band called Power Wrench. Stream two songs off a split with Spitback below after the jump.

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Citizen Bled Fest Set Stream

by Zack Zarrillo - May 28, 2014

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Citizen recently played Bled Fest this past weekend. Stream their full set below after the jump.

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POZ Skate And Surf Preview: Our Must-See Bands (Day 1)

by Zack Zarrillo - May 14, 2014

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Skate And Surf Festival is just a few days away now, and we hope you’re all as excited as we are for an incredible weekend in Asbury Park, NJ. We thought it’d be a great idea to put together a list of POZ’s Must See Bands And Acts for the first day of the lineup today, with a day two feature coming tomorrow. Check out ticket/lineup information for the festival here, our list below, and reblog to let us know who we need to see while we’re at Skate this weekend!

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Midtown
Reunions have been something that have become engraved in both the Skate And Surf-then-Bamboozle-then-Skate And Surf culture. Whether it was The Movielife, Further Seems Forever, Fall Out Boy, or something in between, there’s just nothing like the excitement that comes from not seeing your favorite band in 10 years, and then seeing them again. That’s part of why Skate And Surf 2014 is so goddamn exciting. We’ve been waiting for years to hear Midtown sing, “I wish I could hate you for the rest of my…” and we’re just days away now.

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Saosin
There were rumors for years about Anthony Green being interesting in a reunion once again with Saosin. That time has come. Saosin of course only have one EP with Green and a few b-sides, so expect the set to be quick and incredible. What may be more interesting might be the “new ideas” Saosin will be playing.

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Citizen
Citizan frontman Mat Kerekes was very young – and still is very young – when Youth came out, and the result of youth (lmao) is a relative inexperience performing live. As the band has toured more, though, Kerekes has vastly improved both his stage presence and the quality of his vocals, making Citizen a can’t-miss act when they come to town. The same can be said for a Skate & Surf Day 1 lineup that has a bit of a weak middle; simply put, don’t miss them.

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The Early November
Uh huh, let’s see here…The Early November playing a show in New Jersey. If you need any more of an explanation as to why you should watch that happen, then I don’t know what to tell you.

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Mat Kerekes Announces Self-Titled EP

by Zack Zarrillo - May 2, 2014

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Mat Kerekes will be releasing a self-titled EP via Synergy Records on June 12th. Check out the artwork and track listing for the release below after the jump.

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