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Tour Drop: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin Devine

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 15, 2014

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Manchester OrchestraKevin Devine, and Balance & Composure are going on tour together in support of Cope this spring. The bands have released a new Tour Drop via Soundsupply that features two songs from each artist. Download it here and check out the dates below after the jump.

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Kevin Devine Cardinal Session

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 13, 2014

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Cardinal Sessions have released a new episode with Kevin Devine. Watch performances of “Matter Of Time” and “Private First Class” below after the jump.

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Kevin Devine Covers Nirvana’s “All Apologies” For Anniversary Of Kurt Cobain’s Death

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 5, 2014

Kevin Devine has released a cover of Nirvana’s “All Apologies” for the 20 year anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. Enjoy the cover and a message from Kevin below after the jump.

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Kevin Devine Tin Roof Session Bootleg

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 2, 2014

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Kevin Devine played a small show at Tin Roof all the way back in August 2013. The high quality bootleg of the show has now been released for a new session that you can listen to below after the jump.

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Kevin Devine Covers Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin”

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 21, 2014

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Kevin Devine recently covered Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin.” Check out the cover ;below after the jump

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POZ Discussion: The Don’t Miss Tours This Spring

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 20, 2014

We know Warped Tour is steadily approaching, but there are too many great tours this spring to not boast about before a summer of fun. Whether it’s All Time Low and Man Overboard, Manchester OrchestraBrand New and Saves The Day, or Conor Oberst, there’s a little something for everyone this upcoming season. We decided to put together a new PropertyOfZack Discussion on all the “must see” tours this spring, so check them out below and feel free to reblog with the tours you can’t wait to see!

All Time Low, Man Overboard, Handguns 
There were probably a lot of groans when All Time Low, Man Overboard, and Handguns announced their spring tour together. After all, All Time Low fans are notoriously not-very-accommodating, and their fanbase doesn’t typically seem to extend to people who listen to Man Overboard and Handguns. Why tour together then?

Well for starters, because the fanbases don’t necessarily overlap all that much. The point of touring isn’t just to see pre-existing fans, it’s to reach new ones as well.

Also, because why not?

Personally, I was excited when I saw the announcement. These days it’s not often a tour gets announced that I actually listen to all of the bands on the bill. But this one runs three deep for me, and I consider that a major win. - Becky Kovach

Neck Deep, Knuckle Puck, Light Years
Chances are, you’ve heard these names thrown around at some point in the last year. Why? Because each of these bands is an up-and-comer, the future of pop punk, and its surrounding scene. And they’re each creating a lot of buzz.

Yes, these bands are young. But they’re also massively talented and put on some of the best live shows out there. So it only makes sense that they should be heading out on tour together. One of the best tours of the spring season, in fact. 

Neck Deep. Knuckle Puck. Light Years. Remember those names. Get out to a show. Because one day they’re going to be the ones running everything. - Becky Kovach

Manchester Orchestra, Kevin Devine, Balance & Composure
How many times have Andy Hull and Kevin Devine toured together? It’s gotta be at least half a dozen times by now, right? Between the 2007 Brand New tour-of-biblical-proportions and every appearance Bad Books has made, to say that the two acts run in the same circles would be an understatement. In fact, it might be kind of weird at this point to see one without the other taking the stage immediately thereafter. But as all great matchings in history, there’s a damn good reason why it keeps working. The two groups, both dancing around those trying to thumb them into categories of “indie” or “alternative,” are ninja masters of their songwriting craft and boast reputations of being incredible live performers. And they’re taking along Balance and Composure for the ride, a band for whom I claim much bias in saying that they’re just the best - but also one of the “newer” bands out there that has a lot of potential to appeal to older music fans who might be showing up to the show in work blazers rather than band tees. Manchester’s newest record in several years, Cope, will be out just in time for the tour to begin and the major markets are already starting to sell out for this one months in advance, so really, don’t think - just go to this tour. - Adrienne Fisher 

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Kevin Devine, Stephanie Tolino Collab Song “It All Could Change”

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 20, 2014

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Kevin Devine recently recorded a new song with Stephanie Tolino called “It All Could Change.” The track came together from Devine’s Kickstarter a year ago. Check out the song below after the jump. 

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Brand New Announce Support For US Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 25, 2014

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Brand New will be taking out Kevin Devine, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Man Man, and Into It. Over It. out on tour this summer for select dates. Check out the dates and more info below after the jump.

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The Front Bottoms Murder Kevin Devine In “Blackflip” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 13, 2014

The Front Bottoms have released a new music video for “Backflip” that features a quick cameo from Kevin Devine before the singer gets murdered. Poor guy. Watch the video here via Noisey or below after the jump.

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POZ Inside: Kevin Devine - Put Your Ghosts To Rest

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 4, 2014

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Kevin Devine, as you’ll read below, isn’t opposed to calling his career “peculiar.” We at PropertyOfZack would agree with that notion, and that’s exactly why we wanted to run this exhaustive Inside piece on Kevin — the fact that his career goes against the grain of most bands or artists in our community is what has driven his growth and success in a career that spans over 15 years.

Four years ago next month, Zack Zarrillo and Emily Coch sat down with Kevin to do an interview that truly gave vision and understanding to what PropertyOfZack could become, and I (Zack) firmly believe POZ as a whole would not have accomplished nearly as much today if it were not for that telling day.

Part of this Inside series with Kevin was to attempt to pay him back (in thousands of words) for how important he is to us and those he has touched, but to also forever have Kevin’s history live within the internet for you to find. The final Inside piece features three individuals: Mike Fadem of The Goddamn Band, Kevin Devine himself, and Carey Brandenburg of, well, she’s been involved almost since day one. 

Thank you for staying with us for this ongoing piece, and we hope you’ll enjoy the final round!

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From Mike Fadem of The God Damn Band:

Joining The Goddamn Band was a dream come true. I had loved Kevin’s music for years, and above all, he was one of my favorite people to see perform. So getting to share that with him and join him on stage was truly awesome. We had already played a bit together when The Jealous Girlfriends toured with him and A.A. Bondy. So, we knew we connected well. I prepared a lot for the first tour we did together, but did not completely understand what I was going to have to do. Every show Kevin plays is inspired. He gives 100 percent every night, and everyone there knows. Because of that, the whole band has to bring it every night too. We have no choice but to try to keep up with him. He’s not going to stop moving forward. It’s intense, exciting, tiring, and so much fun. Looking out in the crowd each night, you see all of these faces with the same expressions and excitement as I had when I was in the audience of his shows. He pulls every person in, and you want to go with him where he’s going. He’s like a drum major leading a marching band down the street, that people hear and can’t help but follow. It’s infectious, and powerfully pure. But the reality of that, and the most important thing about Kevin’s music is that we don’t go to see him to escape. We go to deal. To commiserate. To sympathize. To heal together. Every night at every show, there’s so much positivity. It is beautiful. I feel very fortunate to be a part of his Goddamn Band. 

From Kevin Devine:

(In the interest of relative brevity, particularly given how expansive each of the three prior pieces of this series have been, and in consideration of the second and more deserving perspective closing out this last segment, I’m going to keep my comments pretty short.)

Greetings from cabin 10371 on an England-bound Stena ocean liner, Hook of Holland to Harwich, between countries on this first European/UK tour for Bubblegum & Bulldozer.

As its subject, it’s hard to explain the way I felt reading the oral history PropertyOfZack published over the past two weeks.  

There’s a kaleidoscopic This Is Your Life quality to it, and it’s overwhelming to see all that time and space and joy and pain and effort and shared experience condensed into a few thousand words. (It may have felt long as a piece of Internet pop culture journalism to some of you, but consider that it was 15 years in the making, and…y’know.)  

I was moved, considerably and consistently, hearing some things for the first time, being reminded of others, comparing notes in my head.  I was surprised in a great way by the presence of certain voices, and fascinated to learn things about how other people perceived and experienced my career - sometimes I forgot I was ostensibly reading about myself.

And that’s because, in a way, I wasn’t.  I was reading about them, and that’s the biggest gift this entire experience has given me: once I got over a low-level discomfort at feeling undeserving of that level of focus & excavation, I got to hear people I love, respect, admire - in some cases all three - tell their fascinating versions of this warped, endlessly unpredictable story, and I was staggered. Humbled.  

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POZ Inside: Kevin Devine - An Oral History (Part Two)

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 28, 2014

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PropertyOfZack launched Inside during the summer of 2013 with Run For Cover Records. We’re bringing you the third part of the second installment of the series today with Kevin Devine.

What we’re striving to do with Inside is to bring you incredibly in-depth content from your favorite artists, labels, and companies in the music industry with insights and details you would never be able to find in a normal interview or story. It would be hard to explain the importance Kevin Devine has had on the development of PropertyOfZack over the years, and we’re honored to have him as our second Inside feature.

While part one featured Kevin Devine telling his own story, part two is the second half of an oral history of Devine’s entire musical career, as told by bandmates (The Goddamn Band), tour mates (Jesse Lacey, Andy Hull), and collaborators (John Mathiason, Rob Schnapf). Enjoy a comprehensive look at Devine’s career picking up at Brother’s Blood and beyond!

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Chris Bracco: After the cycle of Brother’s Blood was finished, it was time to start Between the Concrete & Clouds. This was some time in 2010. This as the first album Mike Skinner didn’t play drums on and I produced myself. The way this started was me, Mike Fadem, and Kevin rehearsed the songs a bit then we had the other guys join in. Everyone wrote a lot more parts on this record, so it’s a pretty dense record. For the band demos, we tracked drums and some guitars in the rehearsal space then finished everything up at our house in Connecticut. When it was time to record, there wasn’t a definite label lined up to release it, so we tracked everything at our house starting sometime in January 2011. Fadem was upstairs in our living room where we recorded the Brother’s Blood demos and Kevin and I were in the basement recording scratch guitar and vocals. After a weekend of getting drums we had the other guys come up over the course of a month on the weekends to add their parts. When we finished tracking, the masters were sent off to Rob Schnapf to mix. 

This was also a bit of a learning experience. This is the first record that I recorded but didn’t mix. For me, mixing is a time for experimenting and fixing/changing/re-recording things that I don’t think are working so there are some things on this record that I wished I had fixed before sending off. For this record I was unable to play a lot of shows because of work and a new baby but did get the chance to play some great New York shows and a couple out of state shows.  Daniel filled in on bass for most of the album support.

Brian Bonz: Our dynamic in the studio is always very open. We normally demo a month before live, so we know what needs to get done or added when we hit the studio. I remember Kevin and Chris helping me add all the string mellotron parts to “The City Has Left You Alone,” and learning so much about octaves and harmonies in the context of keys/strings. Another good studio story is when Strand ate KD’s sushi not knowing it was his while recording Brothers Blood. We call that a “Classic Strand.”

Andy Hull: I mean beyond Kevin becoming a touring mate, he became a really close and personal friend. You know? He’s one of my top five friends that I have. We were certainly close making that first Bad Books record, but really that first record was not even a record. I know Kevin has said it many times, but we didn’t know what we were making. We just knew we were making something. No intention of being a band, that’s why Ben was going to come down; it was like, “Yeah man it’s whatever, just come down and play some guitar.” We had no idea we were putting together the outlines of a band that people would actually end up really liking. You know? I think that since he and I are both kind of suckers for complete pieces of work and not shitty EPs or whatever it is – we liked the idea of a full album. That’s why we put the first one together. And when it came time for the second record, there was a lot less stepping around each other. We could be really upfront and honest. Like I remember on the first Bad Books record there was something I wanted Kevin to sing and he was like, “I can’t sing that. I can’t do that. I know you can do that, I know you think I can do that, but I can’t do that.” I was like, “But you actually can do it. Can you at least try?” And he would try and then he would do it. And since that period, I feel like – not at all to say that Bad Books was the catalyst, but certainly I think it helped push him further into realizing that he was a really great singer and had a great range for harmonies. Which I don’t think he had in his weaponry when we first met. 

Ben Homola: I did a tour a playing drums opening for Manchester Orchestra with Kevin and the GDB a while back. He gave me a call a week or two before and said that he needed a drummer for the run. I didn’t second guess it, and found myself heading up to NYC to rehearse soon after that. I did that tour and after that, I continued drum teching for Brand New. Around that time, what would eventually be called Bad Books got together to start recording what would be our first record, I was playing with Manchester Orchestra. I think with my past playing with Kevin and currently at that point playing with MO it just made sense that I be part of that project. I’m really glad to be a part of that band because it’s a chance to play with two of my favorite groups of people. 

He keeps things interesting for sure…especially into the later hours of being in the studio. I mean I’m sure we’ve got footage somewhere of the explosive freakish moments that are signature KD. He’s the type of guy that will have things down on paper but you can also throw him a curveball and he’ll figure it out almost instantly.

Chris Bracco: In 2011, right before BTC&C was released, me, Kevin, and Fadem recorded a tribute to Nirvana’s Nevermind. This was also recorded at our house in Connecticut. Fadem recorded all of the drums in about 4 hours on a Saturday afternoon in August, while Kevin recorded scratch guitar and vocals. A few weeks later, right before Kevin and Fadem were to leave on tour to support BTC&C, Kevin came up to record his guitar and vocals. This was right after Hurricane Irene and our house had no power. There was also no time to reschedule it, since they were leaving for tour in a few days and we really wanted this to come out on the day of Nirvana’s 20th anniversary release date. Fortunately, the people who lived behind us had power so we ran 200 feet of extension cords from their house to my basement: enough power to run a computer, pod guitar processer, and some outboard gear. 

He recorded all of his vocals and guitars in about 8 hours. Once our house got power back, I recorded the bass parts and mixed it as fast as possible to make our deadline. Overall, I think it’s a pretty good tribute to Nirvana. It obviously has some flaws, but how can you beat the original anyway? It was mostly done for fun and it was a record we all loved and grew up on. 

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Kevin Devine On The Music Industry

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 23, 2014

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Kevin Devine recently filmed an artist feature to talk about the music industry and his career. Watch the interview video below after the jump.

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