Skate And Surf Festival is three days away, and we hope you’re all as excited as we are for an incredible weekend at Six Flags in Jackson, NJ. We posted POZ’s Must See Bands And Acts for the first day of Skate yesterday, and we’re back today with day two! 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!
POZ Skate And Surf Preview: Our Must-See Bands And Acts (Day 1)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, by Sydney Gore
I have already had the pleasure of watching this dynamic duo perform live, so from my own personal experience, I can assure that they know how to show a crowd a good time. There’s so much more to the Seattle based rapper and producer than meets the eye—the same men who made the catchy, lighthearted tracks like “Thrift Shop” and “And We Danced” also speak out about social issues, such as marriage equality, in “Same Love.” The Heist was one of the most anticipated albums of the year, and since its release back in November, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have earned themselves quite a supportive following. Believe the hype, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis dish out lyrical poetry that does not disappoint.
Glassjaw, by Jesse Richman
Elusive post-hardcore veterans Glassjaw tend to keep a low profile these days; it’s been over a decade since the band released their last LP (though they continue to quietly release the occasional EP), and nearly as long since they played anything approaching a full-time touring schedule. Not that the infrequency of their performances shows in their stage work — ask anyone who’s had the luck to catch them in the last few years, and they’ll gladly let you know that Daryl Palumbo remains as dynamic a frontman as ever. These veterans of the original Skate And Surfs may be fighting an uphill battle against a crowd primed for Macklemore and A Day To Remember and too young to remember the band’s glory years, but Glassjaw are nothing if not fighters. Hopefully the crowd will understand what a rare treat they’re getting when the band takes the stage.
Rx Bandits, by Erik van Rheenen
Ten years after releasing The Resignation,the Drive-Thru standouts are putting the kibosh on their one-year hiatus with a return to Jersey. Nearly four years removed from their stellar full-length Mandala, the progressive rockers will shake off the rust and be back to their old proggy tricks. The elusive veterans haven’t played North American shows in more than a year, and in a day packed with nostalgia, (Glassjaw and Saves The Day, for starters) Rx Bandits will rock the Skate And Surf stage like it’s 2009.
MOD SUN, by Sydney Gore
Selecting two hip-hop artists from the lineup was a happy coincidence, but MOD SUN is definitely one of my favorites. The hippy-hop artist is all about being happy, spreading posi vibes, and living life to the fullest— or the highest. I guarantee that you’ll leave his set with a huge smile on your face and a fresher perspective on life. Anyone who wants to immerse themselves in a fun atmosphere needs to let MOD SUN be their guide.
Saves The Day, by Erik van Rheenen
We the fans can be big complainers. “This band didn’t play all the songs I wanted to hear.” “Where’s that obscure B-side from 2005?” “You guys always play the same set.” So Saves The Day cut out the middleman and had fans vote on the setlist, so even if they don’t play “Sell My Old Clothes, I’m Off To Heaven,” you at least had some say. A collection of fan favorites and deep cuts should be more than enough to pack the pit for Chris Conley and company — who knows? Maybe we’ll get a taste of some new tunes, too.
PropertyOfZack is very excited to be sponsoring the 2013 Songs Of The South Fest on July 20th and 21st in Greensboro, NC and are happy to reveal that the Secret Day Two Headliners will be The Front Bottoms and Daylight! This rollout also includes Born Without Bones, Still Rings True, Random Holiday, Times New Roman and Running On E! Check out an updated schedule below with the up-to-date lineup and all the info for this great fest! Stay tuned for a third announcement soon!
POZ Fest: Songs Of The South Fest 2013
Each day of Today’s Mixtape Festival showed off its own iconic vibe, its own genres, and its own important representation of the current state of the Long Island music scene. The lineup for each day easily could have been bands on the respective mixtapes of three different people who may not have exchanged music with each other otherwise, but managed to be friends for a cohesive and epic weekend.
Day One of the fest was easily its most dynamic. With genres ranging from grunge to post-rock, and everything in between, Friday was full of genuinely talented musicians. No gimmicks. Nothing generic. Just pure, unadulterated rock and roll and the perfect audience to appreciate it.
A theme strewn throughout the day was that of keeping the Long Island scene alive and keeping the legends who made it what it is today in the memory of the younger generations. So it was only appropriate to have the day kick off with two local bands, Darby Switch and Cryptodira.
Darby Switch captured the attention of their modestly sized audience as soon as they began playing. It was immediately obvious that anyone who was going to Mixtape Fest was going not only to see their current favorite band play, but to discover their next obsession. Even the first and second bands of the fourteen-act day were well worth the attention they received.
After Cryptodira gave the crowd the only dose of metal they’d get that day, Modern Baseball took the stage and immediately proved themselves worthy of the hype they’ve been receiving. It was clear they were the reason anyone showed up in the early afternoon, and the still-humble crowd sang along to the melodic and mature vocals delivered by Brendan Lukens. The talents of the entire band were impossible to ignore, and with closed eyes it would have been hard to believe that the music coming from the stage was coming from such fresh faces.
Next up was a band with a sound as full as the crowd was: Prawn. For being one of only two post-rock bands on the bill, the group broke up the sets of the other openers intensely. Their high-pitched, soaring guitar riffs and honest vocals translated perfectly to the stage.
The tight schedule moved along with State Lines, whose energy was a progressive buildup from the start of their set to their anthemic closer. A set defined by clean harmonies and amazing chemistry between the crowd and band both contrasted and built up perfectly to Dads.
Needless to say, hearing a tight drummer provide powerful vocals simultaneously is an unreal experience. The talented two-piece proved that any pop would be saved for Day Two and their blend of indie and punk warranted the first stage divers of the weekend.
Daylight’s Jar leaked three weeks early due to a press source that the band trusted with the album. Run For Cover Records have now released the record three weeks early to fight the leak and give fans a better quality version of the album. Buy the album and check out a message from RFC below by clicking “Read More.”
Daylight will be playing a record release show on May 10th in Doylestown, PA. Check out details below by clicking “Read More.”