POZ Riot Fest Toronto: Our Must-See Bands And Artists (Day One)

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 2, 2014

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Riot Fest Toronto 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 Toronto. Reblog and let us know who we need to see while we’re at the first day of Riot this weekend as well!

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Pentimento
After a short summer run with Gates and Have Mercy, Pentimento played alongside Weezer and Brand New at Buffalo’s Edgefest, but the best is yet to come for this Buffalo four-piece, as Riot Fest Toronto promises to be their biggest show to date.  With Mike Hansen’s genuine lyrics and Jeramiah Pauly’s heartfelt delivery, it will be no surprise when the band’s honest intentions win over most, if not all, of Downsview Park on the first day of Riot Fest Toronto.

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Manchester Orchestra
Just emerging from the aftermath of Cope, their heaviest and most lyrically biting album to date, Manchester Orchestra is an easy go-to when deciding which bands to squeeze into your Riot Fest Toronto schedule.  Andy Hull’s delicate, but passionate vocals are touching almost to the point of tears and his cohorts provide a crashing sense of catharsis in his wake, making Manchester Orchestra a true must see.

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Glassjaw
It’s not easy to go twelve years without releasing a full-length album while still remaining relevant, but Glassjaw has somehow managed to do just that. The Long Island post-hardcore legends remain ominously allusive, with rare and sporadic festival appearances being their only live performances over the past few years.  With this in mind, seeing Glassjaw should be a top priority for all of those in attendance at Riot Fest Toronto.

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Manchester Orchestra, Kevin Devine Australian Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 4, 2014

Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine will be touring Australia together in November. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Manchester Orchestra “The Piña Colada Song” Song Stream

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 31, 2014

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Manchester Orchestra ”The Piña Colada Song” for a b-side 7” around the release of Cope, and AbsolutePunk dug it up. Stream the song below!

POZ Review: Manchester Orchestra - Cope 

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Manchester Orchestra Release “Opposite Sides”

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 26, 2014

Manchester Orchestra have released “Opposite Sides” from the Earth To Echo soundtrack, which is also a song that didn’t make it onto Cope. Stream the song below after the jump.

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POZ Discussion: The Don’t Miss Tours This Summer

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 10, 2014

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Warped Tour is here, but there are too many other great tours this summer to not head out to. Whether it’s I Am The Avalanche and Somos or Nine Inch Nails and Soundgardner, there’s a little something for everyone. We decided to put together a new PropertyOfZack Discussion on all the “must see” tours this summer, so check them out below and feel free to reblog with the tours you can’t wait to see!

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I Am The Avalanche, Somos
With the recent release of their third full length record Wolverines, Avalanche has been on the road essentially nonstop, taking this July/August to storm up and down the I-95 corridor between the greater tri-states and Florida. Even with the recent departure of founding members Mike Ireland and Kellen Robson, the NYC band is pushing on as a 4-piece and sound just as scorching as ever, living out their mission statement of good vibes, good friends, and good times. With shining newcomers Somos along for the ride as well, and with the shows in intimate spaces like Saint Vitus in Brooklyn or the Camel in Richmond, the tour will easily be one of the most sweaty, boisterous, and fun runs that’ll come through the East Coast this summer. Hold tight onto your beers. - Adrienne Fisher

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The Early November, I Can Make A Mess 
Acoustic tours are great for many reasons: the smaller rooms, the calmer crowds, and the quiet nature, all of create a more intimate setting. And the best part about this intimate setting? It gives artist a chance to tell stories, talk about their inspirations, and strike up a genuine conversation with the audience. Sometimes they even take requests.

This summer The Early November is heading out on an acoustic tour that also features lead singer Ace Enders’ solo project, I Can Make A Mess. It’s a golden opportunity to see both the man and the band up close and stripped down – and definitely not one to be missed. - Becky Kovach

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Touché Amoré, Tigers Jaw
Even though at first glance is seems that someone threw the names of all the bands from our circle into a bag and pulled out three random ones for this tour, in actuality, the lineup really couldn’t make more sense. It’s a meeting of the minds for three separate sonic corners of modern day punk/emo/hardcore, featuring three extraordinary and prolific bands - it’s a rare no-filler, no-bullshit bill.

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Manchester Orchestra Recording Special Project

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 7, 2014

Manchester Orchestra have been in the studio over the past month recording a special project. Read an update below after the jump

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Manchester Orchestra, The Mowgli’s, Brick + Mortar Summer Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 2, 2014

Manchester Orchestra, The Mowgli’s, and Brick + Mortar are doing a short summer tour together in July and August. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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POZ Gallery

May 26, 2014

POZ Gallery: The COPE TourFeatures: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin Devine & The Goddamn BandLocation: The TLA - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: The COPE TourFeatures: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin Devine & The Goddamn BandLocation: The TLA - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: The COPE TourFeatures: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin Devine & The Goddamn BandLocation: The TLA - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: The COPE TourFeatures: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin Devine & The Goddamn BandLocation: The TLA - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: The COPE TourFeatures: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin Devine & The Goddamn BandLocation: The TLA - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: The COPE TourFeatures: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin Devine & The Goddamn BandLocation: The TLA - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: The COPE TourFeatures: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin Devine & The Goddamn BandLocation: The TLA - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: The COPE TourFeatures: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin Devine & The Goddamn BandLocation: The TLA - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: The COPE TourFeatures: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin Devine & The Goddamn BandLocation: The TLA - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: The COPE TourFeatures: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin Devine & The Goddamn BandLocation: The TLA - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold

POZ Gallery: The COPE Tour
Features: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band
Location: The TLA - Philadelphia, PA
Photos By: Allison Newbold

Manchester Orchestra, Kevin Devine, Bad Books UK Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - May 23, 2014

Manchester Orchestra have added Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band and Bad Books to their upcoming UK tour. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Manchester Orchestra, Kevin Devine Cover The Fresh Prince Theme Song

by Zack Zarrillo - May 22, 2014

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Is there really anything else you want to hear in the world that’s not Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine covering the theme song for The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air? Nah. Check out the cover below after the jump.

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POZ Gallery

May 18, 2014

POZ Gallery: The Cope TourFeatures: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin DevineLocation: Roseland Theater - Portland, ORPhotos By: Randi Newport POZ Gallery: The Cope TourFeatures: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin DevineLocation: Roseland Theater - Portland, ORPhotos By: Randi Newport POZ Gallery: The Cope TourFeatures: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin DevineLocation: Roseland Theater - Portland, ORPhotos By: Randi Newport POZ Gallery: The Cope TourFeatures: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin DevineLocation: Roseland Theater - Portland, ORPhotos By: Randi Newport POZ Gallery: The Cope TourFeatures: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin DevineLocation: Roseland Theater - Portland, ORPhotos By: Randi Newport POZ Gallery: The Cope TourFeatures: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin DevineLocation: Roseland Theater - Portland, ORPhotos By: Randi Newport POZ Gallery: The Cope TourFeatures: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin DevineLocation: Roseland Theater - Portland, ORPhotos By: Randi Newport POZ Gallery: The Cope TourFeatures: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin DevineLocation: Roseland Theater - Portland, ORPhotos By: Randi Newport POZ Gallery: The Cope TourFeatures: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin DevineLocation: Roseland Theater - Portland, ORPhotos By: Randi Newport POZ Gallery: The Cope TourFeatures: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin DevineLocation: Roseland Theater - Portland, ORPhotos By: Randi Newport

POZ Gallery: The Cope Tour
Features: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin Devine
Location: Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
Photos By: Randi Newport

Manchester Orchestra, Kevin Devine Cover Weezer

by Zack Zarrillo - May 7, 2014

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Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine recently covered Weezer's “Tired Of Sex” and “Say It Ain't So” with Matt Sharp, the original bassist of the band. Check out the covers below after the jump.

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POZ Review: Manchester Orchestra - Cope 
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Manchester Orchestra, The Mowgli’s Announce Two Shows

by Zack Zarrillo - May 1, 2014

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Manchester Orchestra, The Mowgli’s, and Brick + Mortar will be playing two shows this summer. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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POZ Show Review: Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin Devine (4/22/14)

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 24, 2014

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by Ali Killian, edited by Erik van Rheenen

Besides Dollar Beer Night at a local hangout, Tuesday nights in Austin tend to be less than enthralling. Even Manchester Orchestra’s brown-bearded leader Andy Hull expressed joy at livening up what would have otherwise been a typical weeknight, exclaiming on stage while the band took a break between songs. All three acts blasted the audience with their well-manicured tunes bouncing off the dingy, blue-gray-painted concrete interior of Emo’s. First-timers and Man-Orch lifers alike packed the venue, the body heat overpowering the cool breeze blowing from the exposed air ducts up high. An interesting mix of alternative, indie-ish and grunge-tinted rock carried the night.

6:30 p.m. — doors. Maybe a third of the room filled as the early arrivers established their spots by the barricade, and those who were just a little too late to claim followed behind. White smoke left over from soundcheck hung in the cold air like a fog. The over-21 crowd sipped on $5 cans of beer while others idled on the bleachers at the far back to kill the hour before showtime. More people arrived, and the mid-20s to 30s crowd divided itself into small circles as friends chatted, until Kevin Devine and The Goddamn Band hustled on stage.

I had no expectations. I missed the boat on Kevin Devine (and Manchester Orchestra, really) in high school, and failed to Spotify KD before the show. The lack of applause and excitement from the crowd as Devine and The Goddamn Band took the stage worried me, but only for a second — until Devine belted his solid, just-a-little-bit-high-pitched voice. A couple songs in and I was entranced. The Goddamn Band’s indie-rock instrumentals echoed the bit of edge in Devine’s voice as the melodic vocals mixed with the lead guitar’s sharpness. The quartet’s fluid stage presence and Devine’s literal hopping up and down kept things interesting throughout the band’s 30-ish minute set.

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