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POZ SXSW Preview: Our Must-See Acts And Showcases

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 10, 2014

SXSW seems to grow larger each year. What began as a small get-together of industry insiders and aspiring bands angling for a break has turned into an unwieldy, bloated clusterfuck of corporate sponsorship, headlined by arena-packing artists hoping to glom a little secondhand cool. But beneath all that surface bullshit, the heart of the little-festival-that-was is still beating. 

Like last year, PropertyOfZack will be focussing on the smaller acts that hit closer to our hearts this March in Austin, while maybe throwing in a taste or two of rockstars as well. Erik van Rheenen, Jesse Richman, Ali Killian, and Caitlin DeWeese from POZ will all be on the ground at SXSW, and each team member put together a list of Our Must-See Acts And Showcases for this year’s festival. Reblog and let us know who we need to see while we’re in Austin this week as well!

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Tuesday, March 11th

Riot Act Media Showcase
Riot Act’s showcase features a diverse lineup, but the real must-see here is headliner Split Single. Split Single frontman Jason Narducy has made his rep as a sideman, playing with everyone from Telekinesis to indie icons Bob Mould and Bob Pollard, but before he was holding it down for scene luminaries, he was creating devastatingly great music of his own with his late-90s pop-rock outfit Verbow. Narducy’s a dynamic performer with a keen ear for melody, and I’m stoked to finally see him front and center once again. - Jesse Richman

Wednesday, March 12th

BrookynVegan Showcase
Yes, you probably know BrooklynVegan from their hipster-than-thou approach to music blogging and their 4chan-rivalling cesspool of a Comments section, but somehow they’ve managed to book one of the best damn lineups at all of SXSW. Headline acts Against Me!, Touche Amore and The Front Bottoms all have one thing in common — great as their albums are, they’re all even better live. And the undercard features acts like the persistently underrated Cheap Girls and recent Topshelf Records signees Frameworks. This one one of those bills where we’re going to look back at the lineup a decade from now and feel amazed that it happened. - Jesse Richman

Topshelf Records
Apparently, some things are just so good that they’re impossible to be bottled in just one day. Topshelf Records, a big name in the Emo Revival and for just plain old good music, period, is hosting two days of unofficial SXSW parties, spanning from Wednesday evening into Thursday afternoon. While the whole Emo Revival thing might just be a myth cooked up by overzealous music journalists (for more on that subject, read Jesse Richman’s brilliant March Sadness write-up), the label’s showcase lineup will either make you very happy, or very sad — in a good way. Empire! Empire!, You Blew It!, Diamond Youth, Frameworks, Prawn, and a veritable multitude of other bands are slated to play for what should make for two incredibly emotional days. - Erik van Rheenen

The Brixton Locals Party
If you watch any SPIKE TV, you may have caught an episode of Bar Rescue, which has featured: The Brixton! This bar has always been a fabulous, local staple, and when Bar Rescue tried to “fix it up”, the bar promptly got rid of everything after the show left. Thats the kind of attitude I can deal with. Headliners for this show are Austin’s The Applicators- an all girl punk band who is probably one of my favorite acts to see in town. Can’t wait to kick back, drink some brews, scream some feels, and enjoy the start of SXSW Music. - Caitlin DeWeese

Thursday, March 13th

Pure Noise, Equal Vision Records
Does the cliche “two heads are better than one” apply to record labels, too? Pure Noise Records and Equal Vision records, both mainstays in the scene and boasting strong lineups, especially as of late, joined forces like some kind of music industry Megazord for a Thursday afternoon showcase. Upstart Pure Noise pop-punkers The Story So Far get top billing (and share the bill with label mates The American Scene and My Iron Lung,) but Equal Vision doesn’t get upstaged, either, with Gameface and A Lot Like Birds scheduled to play. Double-label powers, unite. - Erik van Rheenen

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POZ 10Of’13: Hopeless Records Family

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 30, 2013

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PropertyOfZack is happy to be bringing you another 10Of’13 End Of The Year List from the artists on Hopeless Records. Check out 10Of’13s from Bayside, Divided By Friday, and more below after the jump!   

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POZ Playlist: For The Foxes, Stages & Stereos, Let It Happen

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 16, 2013

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For The FoxesStages & Stereos, and Let It Happen are three young bands we like a lot at PropertyOfZack, and we’re putting them all together for a new Playlist feature. Check out the Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!

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A$AP Rocky - 1Train
This song grew a new set of legs when it played as Kenny Powers and Stevie Janowski walked onto the Sports Sesh set.
The Smiths - Still Ill
Smiths are always ill.
Arctic Monkeys - No. 1 Party Anthem
This is my favorite jam off of AM.
The Avett Brothers - Die Die Die
Hang around the Man Overboard merch office long enough and you’ll get put onto the Avett Bros.
Beach House – Wishes
This album still gets regular rotation from me, hope to hear more from them in 2014.
Last Shadow Puppets - Meeting Place
Parts of the new Arctic Monkeys record remind me of the Shadow Puppets album, this is my favorite from that record.
The Beach Boys - Little Pad
A recent favorite from the psychedelic era of the Beach Boys.
Tilly And The Wall - Shake It Out
Still my favorite band with a tap dancer as a percussionist.
Haim - My Song 5
Nick showed me this one, the jam.
Marty Robbins - El Paso
Walter White Died For Our Sins

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Volcano Choir - Tiderays
I’m a big fan of Bon Iver. I really love how easy listening this song is but yet still holds my attention in a major way. 
Frameworks - Ida 
Frameworks is a great newer band from my home area. Their ep is amazing and I can’t stop listening. - Donnie Webb
The Swellers - Running Out Of Places To Go
I love the vocals and lyrics in this song. Perfect melodies and emotions in the performance. 
Stevie Wonder - Uptight 
I’m a sucker for oldies, all of the Motown artists amaze me. This song is great on so many levels.- Ian Edge
The Killers - The Way It Was
This song is an underrated breakup tune that can reach out to anyone. Not to mention the layering in this track is genius. 
Copeland - Love Affair 
This soothing song can calm me down, put me to sleep or help me warm up for a show. The jazzy curve ball at the end ties the song together perfectly. - Daniel Lancaster
The 1975 - Settle Down 
From the second I heard these dudes for the first time I was hooked. My favorite band hands down.
Sombear - Incredibly Still
Such a mad talented guy, his hooks are effortless and massive. I love the texture of this whole album. - Zach Schweizer
Echo Smith - Cool Kids 
These guys are making a huge impact on the scene right now. Such a fun band to watch live and the melody of “cool kids” will have you singing along for days. 
For The Foxes - We’re Coming Up
Fun vibe and hooky melodies, this song will carry you into a good mood even on your worst day.

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Paramore - Ain’t It Fun 
This whole album has really been on repeat in our van. I’ve always been a huge Paramore fan, and they stepped it up in a way that I didn’t know they could do with their self-titled record. Groovy bass lines, and gospel choir vocals; what’s not to love?
The Front Bottoms - Skeleton 
I showed this band to Drew for the first time about a week ago, and have heard the chorus to this song come out of his mouth once an hour since. The Front Bottoms are coin their genre the right way, and I can’t get enough of this new album.
Modern Baseball - Tears Over Beers 
I heard we were going to be playing with this band in Louisville about a month ago, so I checked them out and instantly fell in love. A band like this doesn’t have to try to be anything other than what they are, and I love it. 

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Tonight Alive Announce Headlining Tour With TDF, FTF

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 11, 2013

Tonight Alive will be heading out on a fall tour with The Downtown Fiction, For The Foxes, and Echosmith. Check out the poster below after the jump.

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Tonight Alive Announce Fall Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 10, 2013

Tonight Alive will be heading out on a fall tour with The Downtown Fiction, For The Foxes, and Echosmith. Check out the poster below after the jump.

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For The Foxes Release “We’re Coming Up” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 19, 2013

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For The Foxes have released a new music video for “We’re Coming Up.” it below after the jump. 

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Divided By Friday Release JT “Mirrors” Cover Ft. William Beckett, FTF/SIO Frontmen

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 2, 2013

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Divided By Friday have released a cover of “Mirrors” originally by Justin Timberlake with some help from William Beckett, Nick from For The Foxes, and Cody from Set It Off. Check it out below after the jump.

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POZ Interview: For The Foxes

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 26, 2013

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Senior Writer Jesse Richman sat down with Jimmy and Jonathan from For The Foxes at Warped Tour a few weeks ago. We spoke with the band about their first time on Warped Tour, new music, their next album, and the future. Check out the interview below!

Can I get your names and what you do in the band?
Jimmy: My name’s Jimmy [Brindley] and I play guitar. 
Jonathan: And I’m Jonathan [Brunner], and I play bass.

So is this your first official time playing Warped?
Jonathan: Yeah.
Jimmy: We played the Jersey date last year, but this is our first time doing the entire thing.
POZ: And how has it been going so far?
Jimmy: It’s been great! I mean, it took a couple days to, like, learn the ropes. How to handle the tour. But now that we’ve figured everything out, we have a system down, and it’s flying by now. It’s fun.
POZ: For a first time band, has it been as grueling as everyone warns you in advance?
Jimmy: Yeah! It’s not like I’m ready to kill myself, but yeah, you’re up early, you go to sleep late, but you’re active and it’s fun. You get tired. It’s rewarding.

Before this, you did a pretty long stretch on the Wake Up And Be Awesome Tour with the Summer Set and a bunch of other bands. How did that go?
Jonathan: It was awesome. It’s cool because a lot of the kids from that tour are actually out to see us now. 
POZ: You’re seeing “repeat customers” then?
Jonathan: “Repeat customers!” [Laughs] We’ve made cool relationships with people like the guys in Go Radio, who we’re now sharing a bus with, and the Summer Set.
Jimmy: The Summer Set, this is our third tour in a row with The Summer Set.
Jonathan: It’s been awesome.
Jimmy: It’s cool.

So how does doing a tour like that, the standard indoor venue trek, compare to this?
Jimmy: Definitely, it’s much more demanding for everyone to be out there during the day, promoting your set time if you’re playing late, or trying to reach as many kids if you’re playing first, handing out as many postcards as you can, like “oh, we’re in the amphitheater today, this is where it is.” You’ve really got to promote yourself, but it’s rewarding. 
Jonathan: Yeah, it’s just more of a grind on this tour compared to a club tour, but… Club tours are very different.
Jimmy: Yeah, very different, but they’re both great in their own ways.
POZ:  Have you guys been doing the line-hustling thing here?
Jimmy: Yeah, a little bit! 
Jonathan: We generally do, depending on our time slot.
Jimmy: If we’re playing early we need all hands on deck by the stage.

You guys have put out two singles recently. We’ll start with “Running Back To You,” which you did with Allison Weiss. How did that come together, working with her?
Jonathan: We have a lot of mutual business friends, and friends in general. When [vocalist] Nick [Francis] wrote the song, he always had in mind to have a female voice on there…
POZ: So it was written as a duet?
Jonathan: Yeah. So it was always the intention to have a female voice. Someone suggested Allison, and it came out great. We’re very happy with it.
POZ: How have people been responding to it so far? It’s kind of a different sound for you guys. It’s slower…
Jonathan: Sometimes it’s like “oh man, should we be playing this song on Warped Tour?” But I love playing it, it’s been getting a great response, so it works for us I guess. 

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POZ Warped Session: For The Foxes - “Piledriver Waltz (Arctic Monkeys Cover)”

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 19, 2013

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PropertyOfZack sat down with For The Foxes on an off day from Warped Tour to record a new Session. The band covered ”Piledriver Waltz” by The Arctic Monkeys, and it came out great. Check out the cover and Session below! 

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POZ Warped Playlist: Citizen, For The Foxes, American Opera

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 3, 2013

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Warped Tour is off and running, and PropertyOfZack is stoked to bring you nothera brand new Playlist from Citizen, For The Foxes, American Opera who are on the tour this summer. Check out the Playlists and listen to the songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts!

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Our summer Playlist for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour!

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Anti-Flag - Zapatista, Don’t Give Up *Song is not on Spotify
While I was in middle school I don’t think any band was as important as Anti-Flag to me. This song was on the 2001 Warped Compilation and really got me hooked on them.
Big D & The Kid’s Table - G.L.D.
This might be the band I’m most stoked about on Warped this summer.
Rancid - Old Friend
When I think Warped Tour, the first band to come to mind is Rancid, I really wish they were a part of it this year.
Steel Pulse - Roller Skates
I break out the reggae music twice as often once the temperature cracks 80.
The Early November - Take Time and Find
Probably the first band I ever had my mom drive me and my friends an hour to go see. That was about ten years ago, very excited to see them on Warped this summer.
The Cool Kids - Swimsuits
This is what plays in my head the entire summer season.
Weezer - No One Else
Weezer made their comeback on Warped Tour in 2000. How sweet is that?
Beach Boys - Surfin’ Safari
No summer playlist is complete without a Beach Boys jam.
Eminem - As The World Turns
Let us not forget that Eminem did a Warped Tour.
Bedouin Soundclash - When The Night Feels My Song
Awesome summer song, recently discovered that they have done Warped a few times.
Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool
I’m obsessed with the vibe of this song.
Camera Obscura – Cri Du Coeur
Stoked on their new record, well worth the wait
Cake – It’s Coming Down
A light-hearted break up song that more than lives up to Cake’s standard of excellence.
Steel Pulse – Bodyguard
Steel Pulse’s rhythm section is deadly infectious.
Thin Lizzy – Whiskey In The Jar
Probably the best-known version of a really awesome Irish folk song.
Wilco – She’s A Jar
Another great song referencing a jar I suppose.
The Strokes – Tap Out
The opening track to their latest record introduces a brand of Strokes that has never been heard before, I love it.
Marvin Gaye – Stubborn Kind of Fellow
Marvin and his whole band in their element completely on this one.
As Tall As Lions – Song For Luna
I miss this band a bunch, really wish I got to see them live.
JMSN– Let U Go (Live)
JMSN is probably pushing more boundaries than anyone else right now. Their live in-studio EP is an awesome taste of how musically capable he and his band are at presenting the songs in a live setting.

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I am not much of a playlist guy. I am more of a listen-to-each-song-on-the-record guy. That being said, I encourage those who read this to check out these band’s releases, as they will rock you in half. I picked a lot of these songs based on how awesome they are to drive to. I spend a lot of time on the road and these songs get me safely to and from each show.
These are songs that I will be jamming to and from stops on this summer’s Warped Tour.

The Gaslight Anthem - Great Expectations
This band has a way of writing songs that instantly feel nostalgic. “Great Expectations” is a great summer driving tune. The opening guitar riff is perfect for pumping you up for a drive. It makes me want to slick my hair back and drive muscle cars with girls named Josie or Ruby Sue.
Jimmy Eat World – A Praise Chorus
This record is nearly flawless. This is a song about living your life, even if you think it’s too late. It nods to some of Jimmy Eat World’s favorite bands, from The Promise Ring to Motley Crüe. “I always want to feel like part of this was mine.” He wants to leave his mark on music, like every musician strives to do.
Weezer – My Name Is Jonas
I still get butterflies in my belly when I hear the opening riff to this song. That’s probably because I know I’m going to listen to every song on the record over and over again. This is the first album that I fell completely in love with so it’s a must-have on any road trip. Weezer’s first two albums completely changed my life. 

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For The Foxes Warped Tour Set List

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 23, 2013

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For The Foxes are currently on Warped Tour. Check out their set list from the tour below after the jump.

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For The Foxes Release New Song Ft. Allison Weiss

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 12, 2013

For The Foxes have released a new song called “Running Back To You” featuring Allison Weiss on vocals. Stream the song below after the jump.

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POZ Session: For The Foxes

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 6, 2013

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PropertyOfZack had the chance to film a new Session with Nick Francis of For The Foxes several months ago way back on the Wake Up & Be Awesome Tour. We’re finally posting the Session, and Nick played a great rendition of “We’re Coming Up” for us. Watch the Session below after the jump!

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POZ Warped Tour Preview: Our Must-See Bands And Acts

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 5, 2013

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It’s that special time of year; Christmas Warped Tour is almost here. You know what that means, right? It means that we’re all about to get really sweaty on pavement and dirt, but it’s worth it, isn’t it? Of course it is.

Warped Tour kicks off next Saturday, and the PropertyOfZack has put together Our Must-See Bands And Acts for this summer’s traveling circus of our musical heartbeat. We’ll be having tons of pre-Warped coverage over the next 10 or so days, so be sure to keep up with us. Check out SideOneDummy’s Warped Tour comp here and reblog and let us know who we need to see at Warped as well!

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Man Overboard
These guys deserve a spot in any Warped Tour preview, if for no other reason than that the “Defend Pop Punk” tee has become the unofficial uniform of sweaty Summer afternoons in dusty parking lots. But if Man Overboard might be better known for their style than their substance, the newly released LP Heart Attack is a solid step towards flipping that equation.  With bang-up first week sales numbers, it seems the band’s music might finally be catching up to their logo in popularity; catch their set and find out for yourself. - Jesse Richman

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August Burns Red
Year after year, Warped Tour serves up a slew of metalcore outfits to eager onlookers, but many of those bands prove to be nothing more than the next flavor of the week. This summer, one band will once again break the mold. Armed with a new album (Rescue & Restore, in stores June 25 via Solid State Records), August Burns Red will once again grace Warped Tour’s stage all summer long, captivating audiences with their immaculate blend of aggression and technical wizardry.

Rarely short on energy, the veteran quintet will be making their third appearance on the annual summer circus. Known largely for their ability to replicate studio recordings with precision and poise in a live setting, August Burns Red are a sight to be seen. Promising an inspiring, high-powered performance bound to get hearts racing, the metalcore outfit simply must not be missed. - Brandon Allin

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Citizen
When heading out to Warped this summer, the band at the top of your must-see list should be Citizen, especially if you like to tell your friends that you “listened to that band before they were huge.” Citizen is going to be larger than life. 

Their LP “Youth,” set for release on June 11 via Run For Cover Records (although after some unexpected events, it is now currently available on Bandcamp for $5) is going to be groundbreaking for this band and for this music scene. The album shows that these guys have been working hard to make something amazing to being to the table, and they definitely did. You’ll be able to pick this release up well before your local Warped Tour date, so make sure you do; then go check these guys on the Kevin Says stage all summer. Not doing so would be a huge mistake and just plain dumb. Brittany Oblak 

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RDGLDGRN
Like the combination of Old Bay seasoning and french fries, RDGLDGRN makes two things that seem like they’re totally wrong for each other work. Based outside of Washington, D.C., RDGLDGRN is a group that blends hip-hop music and indie rock together. Members of RDGLDGRN hide their identities as RED (guitar), GOLD (bass and vocals), and GREEN (vocals and guitar). The group has also collaborated with with Pharrell Williams (N.E.R.D.) and Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana). 

This year, RDGLDGRN released their debut EP, “Red Gold Green,” which features their breakout singles “I Love Lamp” and “Million Fans.” (“Hey O” is my personal favorite.) RDGLDGRN may be new on the scene, but they’re going to blow up by next year as they continue to impress audiences across the nation. This is the group that everyone should have their eyes on at Warped Tour. - Sydney Gore

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Motion City Soundtrack
Vans Warped Tour veterans Motion City Soundtrack are set to make their first appearance on the tour in three years, and the Minnesotan rockers are high on my must-see list. Since the release of their debut LP, I Am The Movie, more than ten years ago, Motion City Soundtrack has been one of the most consistent bands in the scene, with one of the most devoted fan bases to match. Catch a Motion City Soundtrack set and you’ll quickly see why: their shows are lively, engaging, and intensely passionate in a way that is difficult to describe to someone who has never experienced it firsthand. 

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For The Foxes Release New Song “Son Of A Gun”

by Zack Zarrillo - May 27, 2013

For The Foxes released a new song called “Son Of A Gun.” Stream it below after the jump.

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