POZ Riot Fest Chicago: Our Must-See Bands And Artists (Day Three)

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 10, 2014

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Riot Fest Chicago kicks off this weekend, and PropertyOfZack is gearing up for a weekend of fun, and we hope many of you are too. Just in case you haven’t put together your schedule, we thought it’d be a great idea to put together a list of POZ’s Must See Bands And Artists that will be gracing the stage this weekend in Chicago. Reblog and let us know who we need to see while we’re at the final day of Riot this weekend as well!

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La Dispute
La Dispute’s been long known for whipping their crowds into tornado-like frenzies with their live shows, and given the way the band’s perfected the art of an escalating song, who can blame them? But with their new record stretching across the broad landscape of contemplative post-hardcore, the quieter, subtle moments tower just as expansively as the more furious ones do - and being that I haven’t seen La Dispute in a few years, I’m unbelievably excited to see how the softer songs are coming out live. Try to listen to “Woman (reading)” and not feel overwhelmingly devastated - and then look at the photos of Jordan Dreyer’s bloody face from FYF last month and realize what you’re in for. - Adrienne Fisher

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The Menzingers
On The Impossible Past was the Album Of The Year for both 2012 and 2013, and now Rented World has claimed its place as another beloved record in the band’s catalog. The arsenal of songs The Menzingers likely have prepped for a festival appearance may be too much for your weak heart to handle after corn dogs and hard cider at Riot Fest this year. You’re gonna need a crutch.

Sorry about that one. - Zack Zarrillo

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PUP
The name PUP might derive from “pathetic use of potential” (though the band is adamant that it is NOT an acronym), but rendered in lowercase, it’s also a perfect descriptor for the Canadian four-piece — like a litter of puppies, the men of PUP are young, scrappy, blessed with a seemingly limitless supply of bounce-off-the-walls energy and really, really hard not to love. Their self-titled SideOneDummy debut is one of the year’s better under-the-radar releases, but it would take stretching the boundaries of what’s possible with recorded media itself to adequately capture the hyperactive, adrenalized rush of their stage show. There might be other bands that get equally bonkers on stage, but I defy you to find me one that does it while remaining this effortlessly melodic. - Jesse Richman

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The Menzingers Out To Riot Fest Tour With La Dispute, Tiny Moving Parts On Select Dates

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 11, 2014

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The Menzingers are playing shows out to Riot Fest with some friends. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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POZ Playlist: The Best Songs, Halfway Through 2014

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 9, 2014

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This year just feels like such a great year. Whether you’re seeing live music, or basking in the emotions of a full record or individual song from a new album, it’s just great. 2014 is only halfway through, but we decided to put together a PropertyOfZack Playlist of TeamPOZ member’s favorite songs six months in. 

Check out our Playlist, let us know what your favorite songs on it are, and listen to these songs on Spotify while reading along below!

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The Hotelier - Dendron 

I lost a loved one at the turn of 2014. It would be hard to count the amount of hours spent around this woman who was near for so many events that changed and shaped my life.

You tend to face many foreign and challenging turns of events as you grow older, and this has been the most difficult one. Sometime music hits just at the right time when those moments come into lay. “Dendron” by The Hotelier has possibly hit me harder, in a relative way, than any song I’ve ever listened to has. The album itself is of course incredible, but this song is now forever cemented in a dark evening for me. I feel grateful and upset to have it.

Part of your charm was the way you would push me from / All of the traps that I just couldn’t see / Figures the one that was there to have tripped you up / would be the one that was set there by me.

Zack Zarrillo (@zzarrillo)

Modern Baseball - Your Graduation

There’s something special about relating to every line of a song, feeling as if the writer picked your brain before putting pen to paper. “Your Graduation” is one of those songs for me, but what I find even more intriguing is how many people in completely different situations also relate to it so well. “Bullshit, you fucking miss me” is a line every bitter pop punk kid would love to say to their ex, and spawned a million “my life right now” posts on Tumblr. That’s what I think fans love so much about Modern Baseball, they are just some college kids writing songs about their lives with no pretensions of anything more, and that’s something everyone can relate to. -Connor Sheehan (@ConnorPOZ

The Menzingers – The Talk

We were all curious as to whether or not The Menzingers could follow up the brilliance of 2012’s On The Impossible Pastwith an album equally as incredible.  Those doubts were removed about .02 seconds into Rented World’s first single, “In Remission,” and the band’s fourth album has steadily dug its way into my subconscious since its release in late April.  Although each of the twelve tracks is stellar in its right, “The Talk” is the record’s clear standout, with the song’s two minutes and sixteen seconds jammed packed with the right mix of spite and substance.  “The Talk” is the perfect song for cruising down a country road on a long summer night and with the Fourth of July just around the corner, can one really ask for anything better? – Zac Lomas (@Infidelegate)

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Reading, Leeds Add 48 Bands To 2014 Lineup

by Zack Zarrillo - May 29, 2014

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Reading and Leeds have announced 48 lineup additions including Jimmy Eat World, The Front Bottoms, La Dispute, Gerard Way, We Came As Romans, and a bunch of others. Check it out below after the jump.

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La Dispute Pay Tribute To Nirvana’s “Polly”

by Zack Zarrillo - May 27, 2014

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La Dispute have released a live video cover of Nirvana’s “Polly” in a new AV Club feature called Pioneering. Check out the great cover below after the jump.

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Small Hands For What: La Dispute, Lil Jon Mashup

by Zack Zarrillo - May 22, 2014

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A terrible human being recently remixed La Dispute's “Small Hands” and Lil Jon's ”Turn Down For What” into a track called “Small Hands For What.” Stream the song below after the jump.

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The Wonder Years, La Dispute, IIOI, More on No Sleep Records’s ‘A Comp For Mom’

by Zack Zarrillo - May 14, 2014

No Sleep Records has announced A Comp For Mom, a tribute to the late Linda Hansen, founder Chris Hansen’s mother, who passed away in April. Featuring unreleased songs from The Wonder Years, Into It. Over It. and many more, all money raised will go into the Linda Hansen Memorial Fund to help pay outstanding medical bills. Pre order the album here and check out the track list as well as a message from No Sleep below.

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Riot Fest Chicago, Denver, Toronto Announced: The Cure, Descendents, Weezer, And Plenty Fucking More

by Zack Zarrillo - May 13, 2014

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We don’t know how they do it, but they always manage to do it, plus we’re sponsoring it! Riot Fest 2014 will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this September in Toronto, Chicago, and Denver. The lineup will feature The Cure, Weezer, Descendents, Taking Back Sunday, Saosin, and about 50 other bands that you’ll want to throw your money at. Buy tickets here and check out the full lineups below after the jump!

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La Dispute Statement On Kevin Whittemore’s Departure

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 18, 2014

La Dispute announced at a hometown show last week that the band and guitarist Kevin Whittemore are parting ways with each other. The split was an amicable one that comes from Whittemore transitioning his passion from playing guitar on tour to building guitars at home. The band has released a statement that can be read below after the jump.

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La Dispute, Guitarist Kevin Whittemore Parting Ways

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 14, 2014

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PropertyOfZack has confirmed that La Dispute announced at a hometown show last night that the band and guitarist Kevin Whittemore are parting ways with each other. We have reached out to the band for a statement and will update this post with any further news. You can stream Rooms Of The House below after the jump.

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POZ 100 Words Or Less Podcast: Jordan Dreyer (La Dispute)

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 26, 2014

Our 100 Words Or Less Podcast with host Ray Harkins is back with Jordan Dreyer of La Dispute. Ray and Jordan discuss acting, the process of creativity, and unintentional beginnings. The conversation is an open and revealing one for fans who ask to find out more about the band, so make sure to check this episode out if you’re interested.

Follow the podcast on Twitter here, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here, and stream the new episode with Ray and Jordan below! 

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POZ Review: La Dispute - Rooms Of The House

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 25, 2014

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by Adrienne Fisher, edited by Erik van Rheenen

La Dispute has never been a band that bothered mincing words. Both their previous records are wordy as hell and confidently approached their lyricism from a literary standpoint, but Rooms of the House could almostbe better considered as a collection of short stories rather than a grouping of songs. It’s not unusual for any contemporary artist to rely on anthemic statements or everyman anecdotes to leverage a connection with a fan base, but La Dispute has always somehow gotten their listeners to rally around lyrics that are more artistically done and don’t exactly boast a general, unifying sentiment (“I think I saw you in my sleep, darling” being a prime example - no one knows why we freak out over that line, but we definitely do).
 
Even if your prowess doesn’t lie in dissecting the meaning behind words, the subtle way that the songs on Rooms just work together develops a tangible sense of wholeness, much like how a series of rooms make up a house. The use of repeated scenes or symbols create an interconnection between songs that any student of literature would recognize immediately, and as every good writing student knows, it’s always better to show what you mean, rather than tell what you mean. That’s probably the strongest thing that La Dispute has brought to the table on this record - things like the repositioning of furniture or the radio in the background may be unimportant in their own standing, but their repeated presence, referenced over and over by the narrator, create these snapshot scenes and stories that the songs delineate with obsessive and vivid detail.

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Albums Out This Week

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 16, 2014

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March 18th is just two days away, and there are a few great releases coming out this week. Hit the jump below to check out the album details and download information for all the great records coming out this week!

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La Dispute, Pianos Become The Teeth, Mansions Tour Starts Tonight

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 14, 2014

La DisputePianos Become The Teeth, and Mansions kick off their kick ass tour tonight in North Carolina. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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La Dispute Stream New Album ‘Rooms Of The House’

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 10, 2014

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La Dispute will be releasing Rooms Of The House next Tuesday. Stream the full album below after the jump.

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