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!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Manchester Orchestra, Kevin 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.