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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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Chiodos (12), Manchester Orchestra (13), The Used (14) Land On Billboard Top 200

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 9, 2014

What a week for the over-arching scene! Chiodos’ Devil, Manchester Orchestra’s COPE, and The Used’s Imaginary Enemy all placed on within the top 15 of the Billboard 200 at 12, 13, and 14, respectively. You can check out the numbers for the charts including some other releases as well below after the jump.

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Manchester Orchestra “Never Really Been Another Way Out” Stripped Down

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 8, 2014

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Manchester Orchestra have posted a new Magic Moments video with an acoustic performance of “Never Really Been Another Way Out.” Watch the video below after the jump. 

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The Story Behind The Cover Art For ‘I’m Like A Virgin Losing A Child’

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 7, 2014

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Have you ever wondered who the woman on the cover of I’m Like A Virgin Losing A Child is? Manchester Orchestra answered that question in a Reddit AMA, and it’s an interesting story. Check it out below after the jump.

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Manchester Orchestra Stream Unreleased Song From 2009

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 4, 2014

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Manchester Orchestra have premiered a 2009 b-side from Mean Everything To Nothing called “Sure Shot.” Stream it here via Fuse and listen to COPE below after the jump.

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POZ Review: Manchester Orchestra - Cope

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 2, 2014

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by Adrienne Fisher, edited by Erik van Rheenen

It’s going on eight years and counting since the Georgia gentlemen of Manchester Orchestra have bothered with holding back – since their very first record, in fact. ICYMI, the sensational (and occasionally overboard) songwriting on the sophomore Mean Everything to Nothing and subsequent effort Simple Math pulled the plug on the restraint that Manchester evoked in the delicate songs on the 2006 debut I’m Like a Virgin. Swirling musical palates ran the gamut from ambient noise to runaway rock hit to theatrical number – all, of course, taking a knee in the face of the revered prime minister of grunge, Nirvana. But Cope, Manchester Orchestra’s fourth LP, takes its place in the band’s legacy not as the logical next stepping-stone, but as an uncensored reaction to what’s not happening in music these days. And that’s why I’ll claim that this album’s release feels prophetically important in the Grand Scheme of Things. Self-assured, self-aware and self-indulgent as always, Hull and Co. care not for your trendy Tinkerbell emo guitar picking or your fizzy synth samplings. No, no. With Cope, they’d much rather smash any subtle semblance of delicacy (along with their guitars) into oblivion while on the proverbial stage.
 
Between the grinding gears that open everything on “Top Notch,” to the fire and brimstone of “Trees” that’ll get you shaking in your boots, the guitar work obviously takes precedence in both the mix and the songwriting. Just about every tone is grimy and textured, every riff stacked sky-high, met with an equal and opposite reaction from the rhythm section (just listen to those toms in the beginning of “Girl Harbor”). The bigger-is-better attitude weighs on the entire record, pooling the songs together under a fuzzy and gigantic – if not altogether encompassing – aesthetic. Applause all around for sticking to your rock n’ roll mission statement with unflinching conviction, but fans of the crazy quilted dynamics that Manchester has employed in the past could probably find such an aesthetic to be the album’s only weakness – and if you listen to it enough times in a row (an easy feat at 38 minutes), the oversaturation of similar sounds could quickly become tiresome.

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Manchester Orchestra Letterman Appearance

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 2, 2014

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Manchester Orchestra performed “Cope” on Letterman earlier this week. Check out the appearance below after the jump.

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Manchester Orchestra Stream ‘COPE’ Bonus Tracks

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 1, 2014

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Manchester Orchestra have two bonus tracks called ”After the Scripture” and “Never Really Been Another Way Out” on the release of COPE. Stream them below after the jump.

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Manchester Orchestra Confirm Letterman Appearance

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 28, 2014

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Manchester Orchestra will be appearing on Letterman this coming Monday. Check out a tweet from the band below after the jump.

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POZ Discussion: Most Anticipated April Releases

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 27, 2014

April is nearly here, and we’re continuing 2014 with a jam-packed month of releases that PropertyOfZack team members couldn’t be more stoked to hear. In today’s new Discussion, we’re highlighting our personal Most Anticipated April Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well!

Manchester Orchestra - COPE
So far in 2014, many bands have laid claim to missing honest rock music: something that is devoid of frills and just simply kicks you in the gut while still maintaining a certain craft to it. Add Manchester Orchestra frontman Andy Hull to that long list; on the Georgia rock outfits fourth effort, Cope, Hull has promised nothing but a red and black color pallet of brutal and impactful rock music.

The album’s first single “Top Notch” keeps its word in delivering just that and already it’s clear that the album’s direction is drastically different from the complicated and sprawling themes of 2011’s Simple Math. In title alone Cope already indicates the themes that are to be explored with Hull stating that the many ways one copes with good and bad things can bring out a range of emotions. Couple this with the promise of a straight forward rock style this album should be a great way to launch a busy month of new music. - Jason Stives

Punk Goes 90s Vol. II
When it comes to Punk Goes… compilations, Fearless Records doesn’t seem to know when to give up. It started with Punk Goes Metal in 2000 and over the years has expanded to include themes such as Pop, Classic Rock, various decades, and more. Not that each of the different editions has been equally worthy of note. In more recent years the Punk Goes institution has gone noticeably downhill, especially the Pop versions.

But last year’s Punk Goes Christmas was a pleasant surprise, and so far it seems like Punk Goes 90s Volume 2 might be as well. Its artist lineup includes notable names like Memphis May Fire, Mayday Parade, Yellowcard, and Ice Nine Kills, and the track list recalls the very best of the days that so many seem to remember with such fondness. 

As for me, I was born in 1992, making me old enough to remember the majority of the 90s but still too young to have fully appreciated any of its glory. And I see Punk Goes 90s Volume 2 as an opportunity to educate myself on the finer points of a scene I missed out on. - Becky Kovach

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Manchester Orchestra Stream ‘COPE’

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 26, 2014

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Manchester Orchestra will be releasing COPE on April 1st. Stream the full record here via NME or below after the jump. 

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Magic Moments With Manchester Orchestra, Volume I

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 23, 2014

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Manchester Orchestra have posted their first Magic Moments video for Cope. Watch the video below after the jump. 

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