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Dance Gavin Dance “Death Of The Robot With Human Hair” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 7, 2014

Dance Gavin Dance have released a new music video for “Death Of The Robot With Human Hair.” Watch it here via AbsolutePunk or below after the jump.

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Dance Gavin Dance Announce The Acceptance Speech Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 17, 2014

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Dance Gavin Dance, Capture The Crown, Palisades, and Bleach Blonde will be touring together this spring. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Jonny Craig Has A New Band; Confirms Member Lineup

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 15, 2014

Jonny Craig has a new band, but we don’t know its name yet. Check out the members of the band below after the jump.

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Dance Gavin Dance Re-Sign To Rise Records

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 10, 2014

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PropertyOfZack has confirmed with Rise Records that Dance Gavin Dance have re-signed to the label for their next couple of releases. Watch a new music video from the band’s Acceptance Speech for “Strawberry Swisher Pt. III” below after the jump.

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Sianvar (DGD, ALLB Members) Stream Debut EP

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 2, 2014

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Sianvar (members of Dance Gavin Dance, A Lot Like Birds, Hail The Sun, and Stolas) have released their debut EP via AbsolutePunk. Stream it here and check out their tour dates with A Lot Like Birds below after the jump. 

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POZ Playlist: Dance Gavin Dance, Hawthorne Heights, Our Last Night

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 27, 2013

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Before the holidays start we thought it’d be great to put Dance Gavin Dance, Hawthorne Heights, and Our Last Night together for a new PropertyOfZack Playlist feature. Check out the Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!

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Envy - Left Hand

It’s hard to find newer heavy sounds that speak to me. I usually have to dig through the past to find bands doing something different. Envy has always been a favorite of mine. 
Iceage- Collapse
This band plays dirty old school punk, but throws in influences and styles that set them apart from everyone else in their genre. People I introduce them to usually complain about the vocals. But I don’t think it gets much better as far as punk vox are concerned. 
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Dragon Queen
I’ve always loved this band. Their records are completely different from one another and I strive for that level of progression. I haven’t gotten into the new album yet though. 
Danny Brown - I Will
When rappers spend a whole song on the subject of sex it usually gets to the point where it’s just too much information for me. So it’s funny that this Is my favorite Danny Brown track. He approaches his subject matter in a unique way. 
The Velvet Teen - A Captive Audience
This is a great band to play on long drives. It’s easy to get lost in their album’s dark musical landscapes. This is definitely my favorite song of theirs. That piano lead is simple but epic 
Neon Blonde- Chandeliers & Vines
This record didn’t get the attention it deserved. It’s extremely eclectic and catchy at the same time. I’ve liked everything Johnny Whitney’s done. 
J Cole - Power Trip
This song can pump you up with its awesome beat and bring you down with its lyrics at the same time. It’s pretty emo. 
Baths - No Eyes
The electronic arrangements and his voice work really well together on this album. No eyes Is a pretty dirty track. It kind of has a NIN vibe to me. 
Beach Fossils - Generational Synthetic
This Is another great beach fossils track. They’re one of my favorite bands I’ve discovered in the last few years. They’ve got a very consistent and pleasant sound. Clash the truth is an amazing album that I could listen to over and over again. When this song breaks down to bass and drums on their own, my head and thoughts instantly clear. 
Liars - No.1 Against The Rush
I love dark pop done well. This song has me playing scenes fromLost Highway in my head when I listen to it. Liars never disappoint on a new record.

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Nirvana - Dumb

I’ve really enjoyed listening to the recent 20th anniversary remixes of In Utero. Nirvana will always be one of my favorite bands because of how much their music impacted my youth. Nevermind was a bigger record, but In Utero was a better record. Embrace the rawness.  
Descendents - Coffee Mug
We love the Descendents. We love coffee. It’s a win win, really. 
Quicksand - Delusional
Our drummer, Eron, and I share a love for Quicksand. I’m bummed that I have not been able to see any of their reunion shows they have done over the last two years!
The Early November - Frayed in Doubt
Over the Summer on Warped Tour, I probably stopped and watched the Early November three times more than any other band. They put on a great live show and are wonderful people. Their new album In Currents is my favorite thing they have released so far. Get it!
Smashing Pumpkins - Mayonaise
Smashing Pumpkins are a band that everyone in our band really liked growing up. Siamese Dream is one of my favorite albums to listen to while driving on tour and this is my favorite song on that album.
Tom Petty - You Wreck Me
Our singer, JT, and I got to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers earlier this year in Indiana. They put on an amazing show. Tom Petty is a badass. 
I Am The Avalanche - Green Eyes
I love this band! I am really looking forward to hearing the new album from these guys in 2014. 
Jawbreaker - Jet Black
Dear You by Jawbreaker is one of my all time favorite albums. Every song on it, including “Jet Black”, is perfect.
No Use For a Name - Coming Too Close
Tony Sly was a brilliant songwriter that was taken from this world way too soon. ”Coming Too Close” was the first song I heard by No Use For a Name and to this day is still my favorite.
Saves the Day - Firefly
I recently caught Saves the Day, Into It. Over It., and Hostage Calm on tour in Ohio and had a great time. I have enjoyed pretty much everything Saves the Day has put out over the years, but I think Firefly is my favorite song they have written thus far.

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Circa Survive - Frozen Creek

This is and will be one of my favorite songs of all time. Any song that gives you a certain feeling every time you listen, is one that stays in your playlists forever. Besides the incredible instrumentation, the lyrics flow with song perfectly. And of course layered with Anthony Greens flawless voice. It’s a must listen if you haven’t yet. - Trevor
Conditions - Open Eyes

This band has been a favorite of mine since we toured with them back in 2010. Such an awesome band on record & just as good live. This song has such an incredible vibe to it. One of the “softer” sounding songs on their new record, but by far my favorite one. Awesome lyrics and even better song structure. I show this one to all my friends any chance I get. - Trevor
Hoodie Allen - Two Lips (Acoustic)

Hoodie is a homie of ours and recently recorded an acoustic EP with our very own Matt Wentworth, that was just released. I loved the original version of the song “Two Lips” so when they told me they were gunna make it acoustic I of course got super stoked. He’s got an awesome singing voice, so it’s awesome to get a chance to hear more of it on the acoustic version. Lyrics flow perfectly and songs extremely catchy. - Trevor
The Neighbourhood - Afraid

I just fell in love with their whole new album I LOVE YOU. The dark chord progressions, noisy soundscapes, and heavy drum beats come together for an really original sound. I’ve described this album as a heavier Lana Del Rey with male vocals… odd but it makes sense in a way. You may have heard their single “Sweater weather” which is a great song but the rest of the album is darker and more mysterious sounding. Definitely fans of any music style should check this album out. - Matt 

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Secret Band Spruce Up Lineup; Update Fans

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 21, 2013

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Secret Band have popped back up into the fold to let fans know that while Dance Gavin Dance figure out contractual matters that their upcoming release may be slightly delayed. Secret have also added several members to their lineup. You can read a update below after the jump.

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Dance Gavin Dance “Strawberry Swisher Pt. III” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 31, 2013

Dance Gavin Dance have released a new music video for “Strawberry Swisher Pt. III.” Watch it below after the jump.

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Dance Gavin Dance Launch 6LP Vinyl Box Set

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 17, 2013

Dance Gavin Dance are releasing a 6LP vinyl box set via Rise Records that’s limited to 1,000. Check out all pressing details below after the jump.

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Dance Gavin Dance Full Set Stream

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 8, 2013

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A full Dance Gavin Dance set from their current tour has been posted. Watch it below after the jump.

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POZ Review: Dance Gavin Dance - Acceptance Speech

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 7, 2013

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by Donald Wagenblast, edited by Erik van Rheenen

While it may seem a bit demeaning to bring a band’s former member changes and embattled past into a piece that is supposed to discuss the successes and/or failures of their newest release, there is a certain obligation to Dance Gavin Dance’s improbable path to their fifth full-length, Acceptance Speech. This is not because the constant revolving door of vocalists has held the band back in anyway. In fact, the band has continued a steady rise in popularity ever since the cult of Downtown Battle Mountain began to form.

After the release of DBM, Dance Gavin Dance parted ways with the enigma that is Jonny Craig, and in came Kurt Travis, whose dark lyrical themes helped to create gems on the band’s self-titled album and 2009’s Happiness. However, Craig seemed to be on a path to redemption, which prompted the band to boot Travis and reunite with their original clean vocalist (and the rest of the DBM lineup) to create the sequel. 

The result, unfortunately, was not the scene’s Empire Strikes Back. If anything, it was along the lines of Saw 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7, Batman and Robin, or Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger TidesDowntown Battle Mountain 2 often felt like a force effort, with Jonny Craig’s vocal performance as mailed in as they come. Turns out, the singer’s demons had come back yet again, leading to another less-than-amicable split. Again, DGD were at a crossroads. Clearly never the type to give up and call it quits at the first sign of bad luck, the band enlisted frontman-for-hire Tilian Pearson (ex- Tides of Man) for Acceptance Speech, and the patience has paid off.

Acceptance Speech is, in every sense of the phrase, everything you would expect from a Dance Gavin Dance album. Though there has always been a merry-go-round of members around them, guitarist Will Swan and drummer Matt Mingus, the band’s two main musicians, are still as unique and as talented as ever, which gives the album an immediate presence and identity. The sounds the two come up with are nothing too different from what you’re used to hearing, but throughout the album’s eleven tracks, there’s nothing that seems too similar or recycled from the band’s older material.

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Dance Gavin Dance Stream ‘Acceptance Speech’

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 1, 2013

Dance Gavin Dance are releasing Acceptance Speech next week. Stream it in full below after the jump.

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Dance Gavin Dance Stream New Song “Jesus H. Macy”

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 30, 2013

Dance Gavin Dance have released a new song called “Jesus H. Macy.” Stream it below after the jump.

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POZ Contest: Finch - ‘What It Is To Burn’ 10/13 At The Paramount

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 30, 2013

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PropertyOfZack is stoked to be teaming up The Paramount in Long Island, NY to give away a pair of tickets to see Finch and Dance Gavin Dance on October 13th. The contest will end on October 11th, so find out how to enter below!

To win tickets to Finch/DGD you must do each of the following things:

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POZ Discussion: Most Anticipated October Releases

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 26, 2013

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October is just a few days away, and there are a slew of great records coming out next month that PropertyOfZack team members couldn’t be more stoked to hear. In today’s new Discussion, we’re highlighting our personal Most Anticipated October Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well

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A Loss For Words - Before It Caves (10/08)
After releasing the earnest, endearing No Sanctuary in 2011, A Loss for Words established themselves as a rock band wearing pop-punk clothing, with the musicianship and catchy tunes to build a great career for themselves. Now, they’re returning with their new album Before it Caves, which is sure to provide even more of what fans are used to: Matty Arsenault’s catchy, upbeat lyrics with guitars provided by Marc Dangora that soar higher than any pop-punk band out there can hope to accomplish. A Loss for Words are one of the most unique bands in pop-punk right now, so when Before it Caves is released on October 8, it should be a top priority for you to listen. - Donald Wagenblast

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Tim Kasher - Adult Film (10/08)
After hearing a sneak preview of some new tracks on Tim Kasher’s solo tour earlier this year, it’s hard not to be excited for his new record, Adult Film. Kasher’s a wordsmith of sorts, known for putting together clever lyrics with just the right amount of bite and a pinch of self-loathing. He’s also quite good at creating interesting sounds that incorporate familiar tones of his work with both Cursive and the Good Life, while still finding a vibe distinctly his own. His debut solo full length, The Game of Monogamy, was nearly perfect, and I expect Adult Film to be no different. - Marie Scarsella

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Dance Gavin Dance - Acceptance Speech (10/08)
Member changes! Drama! Disappointing sequels to a cult classic album! Tour cancellations! No news for months! Let’s be honest, nothing about the crazy career of Dance Gavin Dance is going to surprise you anymore. They’ve come back from the brink of breaking up nearly as often as they’ve released new material. Still, they’ve always had the potential to do great things, as seen by the successes of Jonny Craig’s best work Downtown Battle Mountain and the Kurt Travis-led Happiness, which always gives hope for their next release to live up to that potential. This time around on their new album, Acceptance Speech, frontman for hire Tillian Pearson has entered the mix, and his high-pitched vocals sound like a match made in heaven when paired with Jon Mess’s shrill, grating screams. Throw in the talents of guitarist Will Swan and drummer Matt Mingus, and we could see another shot at redemption for Dance Gavin Dance this October. - Donald Wagenblast

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