The Monthly Summary
Albums Out This Month
The Weekly Tour Round-Up
Matt Pryor And James Dewees - 04/25/13
Skate And Surf Festival - VIP Tickets [Ended on May 3rd]
Make Do And Mend, CG, DMND YTH - Tickets [Ended on May 3rd]
Make Do And Mend, CG, DND YTH - Tickets [Ended on May 8th]
Skate And Surf Festival - GA Tickets [Ended on May 8th]
It’s time for The Weekly Tour Round-Up! There are a ton of great tours going on this winter and more are getting announced each week! Below you’ll find all the tours going on over the next few months, with newly announced tours listed above previously announced tours. So check out all the tours if you’ve missed any of them and make sure to mark them down on your calendars!
POZ Sponsored Shows
BoySetsFire, No Trigger, Pentimento, Light Years, Maker [05/24-05/26]
Turnover, Koji [06/07-07/24]
Blake Schwarzenbach Disco Decathlon [06/12-06/29]
TWIABP, Pity Sex, Dads, Daylight [06/13-07/21]
Owen, Slingshot Dakota [06/17-06/26]
Alesana Headlining, Color Morale [06/18-07/02]
Jimmy Eat World [06/30-08/18]
Allison Weiss, Slingshot Dakota [07/17-07/22]
The Draft (3/4 Hot Water Music) [07/17-07/28]
2013 All Stars Tour [07/19-08/17]
Neutral Milk Hotel [10/22-10/25]
Previously Announced Tours:
Though Crooked In My Mind will be his first full-length release, Pennsylvania’s Koji has spent the past couple years establishing himself as someone who is a true musician and activist, even donating a dollar from every preorder of this LP to some of his favorite causes. He is one of those people that bring hope to the music world, not only in the sense that there are still non-egotistical, genuinely unselfish people in this industry out there, but also true musicians. This album is not only lyrically complex, deep, and heartfelt, but its musicianship is outstanding, especially in a world of undistinguishable, minimal guitar riffs that hold nothing of their own but “being catchy.”
The opening track, “Chasing A Ghost,” starts with sweet acoustic riffs about going after something in your life that escapes you to the point of almost wondering if it is real, especially given the copious amounts of effort you may have put into it. “Searching for a girl whose name that I knew but if you ask it not remember / Like chasing a ghost in your house that’s not there…I’ve done all I can and I’ve gave what I can give.” It speaks to real undying commitment, no matter what the cause.
It also looks back at a part or season of your life: “It was a beautiful time in my life”, with an equally beautiful violin accompaniment. This is the perfect start to a new beginning, not only to the record but also for Koji himself.
The second track, “The Near and Far,” is in complete contrast to the light of “Chasing A Ghost,” bringing out a darker sound, lined with punk-influenced instruments, while “Spinning Silent” is a strong ode to moving forward and minding your actions, both in good and bad ways: “Consequence any path we take for every move we make/there is a ripple there is a wave” while also acknowledging that this isn’t always easy and can find you at troublesome times in life: “I’m a wreck if you’ve ever seen a mess.”
Koji ‘Crooked In My Mind’ Artwork, Track Listing, Pre-Orders
Today’s Mixtape Festival will be taking place this weekend on Long Island, and PropertyOfZack is gearing up for a weekend of fun, and we hope many of you are too. Just in case you’re not too in tune to the festival already and can make it out, we thought it’d be a great idea to put together a list of POZ’s Must See Bands And Acts that will be gracing the stage this weekend at Mixtape. Reblog and let us know who we need to see while we’re on Long Island this weekend as well!
Defeater, by Alyssa McKinley
On a steady rise since 2008, the Massachusetts natives of Defeater have achieved the level of recognition that they deserved after their 2011 release Empty Days and Sleepless Nights. Their intense blend of punk and hardcore is not only musically genius, but also stands for more than what much of the music of their contemporaries does. Driven by a remarkable amount of passion and complemented by equal amounts of talent, Defeater is even more impressive live than recorded. Their headlining performance during the first day is set to stun fans Friday night.
Modern Baseball, by Zack Zarrillo
Though I was not in attendance for The Front Bottoms’ set at Mixtape Fest in 2012, I’ve heard the stories. A band not too familiar with Long Island and a crowd with high hopes met towards the end of the night and sparks resulted that summed up a continuously growing band’s year. Modern Baseball seem to be in the same place this year, and Friday’s lineup at Mixtape is all but waiting for them to clean up. We expect big things.
Vinnie Caruana, by Alyssa McKinley
Returning to 89 North solo, Vinnie Caruana is sure to fill the venue with as much energy as he did with I Am The Avalanche a few months ago. This Long Island native never fails to deliver an unforgettable performance, but those shows that take place in his own home are always more incredible. With a new EP adding only more brilliance to his extensive and diverse catalogue, Caruana is one of the most authentically talented veterans of the Long Island scene. His acoustic set will be just as attention demanding as the full bands on the hardcore-heavy bill that Friday promises.
Citizen, by Zack Zarrillo
This is the last season Citizen is going to fly under anyone’s radar. We’ve been promoting the band on the site since 2010, when members of the band were just halfway through high school, but things are finally in full gear for the five-piece from Michigan. They’ve been taking everyone by surprise on the Suppy Nation Tour, and Long Island won’t be any different. Coming soon will be a full-length that should be nothing short of incredible and a run on the Vans Warped Tour, so get into this band now if you’ve yet to.
Hostage Calm, by Alyssa McKinley
After the October release of Please Remain Calm, it has been hard to ignore the well-deserved acclaim of Hostage Calm. The politically charged lyrics and raw musicality of this band are a refreshing reminder that punk is nowhere close to dead. With a live performance that is as true to their recorded sound as it gets, Hostage Calm’s Saturday performance is sure to garner the respect of anyone who hasn’t already fallen in love with them.