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Hellogoodbye, Vacationer Announce US Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 25, 2014

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Hellogoodbye and Vacationer are going out on a US tour in April and May. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Ra Ra Riot Release Hellogoodbye “(Everything Is) Debatable” Remix

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 5, 2014

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Ra Ra Riot have released a remix of Hellogoodbye's “(Everything Is) Debatable.” Stream it here via Spin or below after the jump.

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POZ Discussion: Albums That Deserve 10 Year Tours In 2014

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 22, 2014

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Our music scene is going through an interesting cycle in the present day. There have been a large influx of young bands that have provided great excitement and passion for us all in the last few years, but we’re also entering a time where the influences of those bands are celebrating major anniversaries for their most loved albums. Bands like Say Anything, Jimmy Eat World, and Midtown, among many others, have seen ten year anniversaries come and go. We all expect there to be more than a few great ten year tours in 2014, but PropertyOfZack team members put together a list of a few more albums that we want more than anything to see toured in full in 2014. Check out the full Discussion and feel free to reblog with any albums you think need to be championed as underrated masterpieces too!

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Say Anything - Is A Real Boy
I hate being “that guy” that holds allegiance to a band or artist’s very first record and finds little-to-nothing in subsequent records to grab onto, but if we’re being honest, there are TONS of “those guys” out there, enough to make commemoration tours of seminal records a rousing success and continuing trend. When I realized a few years ago that anniversary tours were going to start becoming relevant to my (very old) self, one of the first ones I mentally put on my future years calendar was the potential tour for “Is a Real Boy” here in 2014. While I’m not sure if anything will ever feel as triumphant or cathartic as seeing SA tour on that record in tiny rooms right after it came out (“what say you and all your friends step up to my friends in the alley tonight?” might as well be a call to war), the record is one of the most musical and theatrical that our scene ever adopted, and listening to it in its entirety feels like a crazy anecdotal journey through the amusement park of someone’s brain. And even though I personally feel that SA hasn’t been able to capture lightening in a bottle like that since, the band has been around for a long time, fine tuning their craft, touring with frequency, and seems to have a lot of respect for what they used to write and where they came from - the most recent example being the rarities and B-sides tour they did last summer. If they pull off a 10-year tour for Is a Real Boy, I will be more than thrilled to see how Bemis and his gang herald and revere the record that put them on the map, and is one of the most brave, artistically interesting releases to have come out in independent music in the last ten years.  - Adrienne Fisher

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Jimmy Eat World - Futures
Jimmy Eat World is lucky enough to have two to three generations of fans; that’s just part of what happens when you release an incredible record followed by an incredible record followed by another incredible record. Many fans were lucky enough to witness a ten year tour for Clarity in 2009, but the band decided to not do another for Bleed American several years ago. Why would they for Futures? That album feels different to many, I think. You could look at it is the “younger generation” Jimmy Eat World fan’s Clarity. And it looks like the band recognizes it too.

Jimmy Eat World has apparently also been practicing some extra songs off of Futures lately, because they played one for the first time ever at a holiday show in New Jersey in December. There have been hints of a reissuing for the album on vinyl too, to mark its ten year anniversary. All the stars are close to aligning. Hook it up, Jimmy Eat World. - Zack Zarrillo

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Midtown - Forget What You Know
Of the dozens and dozens of bands from last decade that have recently appeared on the reunion circuit, the one from my own personal roster of favorites that’s been most glaringly missing is Midtown. For those with a self-proclaimed bleeding Drive-Thru heart like my own, the disappearance of Midtown from active duty in 2005 was 
a pretty unexpected blow, especially considering the then-recent release of their major label debut, Forget What You Know. It was a record that, at the time, felt like a weird outgrowing of pop-punk despite how the album prior had been even popper and prettier than the first one.

And the lyrical content of FWYK strayed even further from the expectations, presenting philosophical takes on existentialism and disillusionment that perhaps a bubblegum crowd of wide-eyed teenagers wasn’t quite ready to “get.” Given the timeline, Midtown had only less than a year of touring under their belt for the record before they dissolved, and now it’s been 10 years since the moody, almost modern-rock record fell into the laps of fans. Which means that we’ve had plenty of time to absorb and understand the mature undertones that made Forget What You Know so excellent, but mostly it means that we’ve been crying for almost a decade now for Gabe Saporta to step down from the disco dance floor of Cobra Starship and pick up his bass again, preferably in a New Jersey firehouse somewhere, with the rest of the band. Although I have little-to-no hope that a Midtown reunion anything will ever happen (especially not on the heels of something so obvious as a ten-year milestone), it never hurts to put the reminder out, every once in a while, that we the fans are still out here. - Adrienne Fisher 

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Hellogoodbye Release Tour Update Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 22, 2014

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Hellogoodbye have released their third video update from this past fall’s Self Titled Tour. Watch the video below after the jump. 

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The Night Life - Mitchell Wojcik

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 5, 2013

The Night Life is a weekly feature that goes behind the scenes with merch guys and girls, photographers, tour managers, and additional touring personnel that help put on your favorite shows. POZ contributor Kyle Garchar has put together the second video in the series. 

In the next episode of The Night Life, Garchar sat down with Mitchell Wojcik at a recent Hellogoodbye show. Watch episode two below!

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POZ Review: Hellogoodbye - Everything Is Debatable

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 5, 2013

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by Jason Stives, edited by Erik van Rheenen

In 2006, Hellogoodbye made a splash outside their respective fan base with their sole Top 40 hit, “Here (In Your Arms),” a track that was the epitome of the band’s sound cranked up to a radio friendly degree. Those who don’t keep track of the band would assume the group disappeared into obscurity, but in 2010, they released Would it Kill You?, a surprising slice of indie rock, folk and pop that worked incredibly well under circumstances that would have crippled a band on its sophomore effort. 

That was three years ago, and again, it seemed Forrest Kline’s brainchild started to go unnoticed again. Now Kline has brought back Hellogoodbye for round three with Everything is Debatable. On first impression and as a knee jerk reaction, the record feels likes the reset button was hit in favor of the glossy synth-pop the band earned its stripes with almost a decade ago.

From the moment album opener “…And Everything Becomes a Blur” dazzles and glitters with its synthy, 8-bit sound effects, you immediately feel a retreat on the progression that Kline captured just three years earlier. Beyond a surprised reaction to this, everything works perfectly fine in the parameters of this style, harkening greatly back to the band’s first shot at hooky, synth-pop glory. 

Not every bit of this return to form works, though, and the cracks begin to show only two songs in with the album’s title track. While it sways and pogos with a dance club beat feels like many of the band’s contemporaries who have prospered since their first full length. This may sound like an automatic downgrade on the overall feel of the record, but the two-style system of Everything is Debatable has many perks in spite of being a flawed record.

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Paramore Arena Tour Kicks Off Tonight

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 15, 2013

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Paramore will be kicking off their fall arena tour with Metric and Hellogoodbye tonight. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Hellogoodbye Announce New Album ‘Everything Is Debatable’

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 13, 2013

Hellogoodbye will be releasing Everything Is Debatable on October 29th via Old Friends Records. Check out the track listing below after the jump.

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Hellogoodbye Release New Album Teaser

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 24, 2013

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Hellogoodbye have posted a new album teaser. Watch it below after the jump.

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Paramore Announce North American Fall Arena Tour With Metric, Hellogoodbye

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2013

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Paramore will be heading out on an arena tour this fall with Metric and Hellogoodbye. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Hellogoodbye Finish Tracking New Album

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 12, 2013

Hellogoodbye have finally finished tracking their long-awaited new album. Check out a tweet from the band below after the jump.

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