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Midtown Will Consider More Shows; Ten Year Tour Likely Not Happening

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 5, 2014

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Midtown are back! But the future is a little unclear past two Skate And Surf appearances. Frontman Gabe Saporta has said that the band is not opposed to more shows, but there’s no guarantee. In addition, Saporta confirmed that a Forget What You Know tour is unlikely. Check out a full interview with the band here and a snippet below after the jump.

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March Sadness: Sad 16 Announcement + Voting Begins

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 3, 2014

Just like last year, we were incredibly surprised by the overall response at the announcement and vote-in round for March Sadness from both our viewers and bands participating in the competition, so we are certainly ready to launch the Sad 16 bracket round.

The 16 bands voted into March Sadness are now pitted against each other in their 90’s, 00’s, Reunion, and Revival brackets. Head below and join us in voting for a band in each emo bracket through Sunday evening, and the Emo 8 will launch on Monday! 

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POZ Roundtable: March Sadness - Why We Picked These Bands And Why You Should Vote For Them

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 28, 2014

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It’s the second year of March Sadness, and we finally have an answer to “What the heck is that band doing in the bracket?” POZ team members Zack Zarrillo, Erik van Rheenen, Adrienne Fisher, and Jesse Richman teamed up with Tom Mullen of Washed Up Emo fame for an impromptu roundtable session to decide which bands should make the cut for this year’s tournament. Agree? Disagree? Read our reasonings and let us know and then vote to make sure your favorite bands push through to the Sad 16!

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POZ March Sadness: Announcement + Vote-In Round

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 26, 2014

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It’s clear that PropertyOfZack is to blame for the term “Emo Revival” that sprung up in 2013. The bands had nothing to do with it. March Sadness started an undeniable thirst for sadness last year, which is why we’re so happy to make you sad again today with the announcement of March Sadness 2K14: The sadder, weaker, and emoer substitute for NCAA’s March Madness.

March Sadness consists of a vote-in round (that’s today!) followed by 16 bracket spots, broken down into ‘90s Emo, ‘00s Emo, Reunion Emo, and Emo Revival (uh, duh). We are limiting ourselves to 20 bands that will be voted down to 16 by Monday’s Sad 16 launch.

We realize “emo” is both a subjective word and genre, but March Sadness is all about us having fun and interacting as a community. So please head below and join us in voting for four out of five of your favorite bands in each emo category through Sunday evening. The Sad 16 will launch on Monday!

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The Weekender: Emmure Exercise Free Speech By Promoting Gun Violence, Midtown/Saosin Reunite + Skate & Surf, MCR Bow Out, Oberst Libel Suit

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 23, 2014

Welcome to PropertyOfZack: Weekender edition. Every weekend, we bring you some of biggest and most interesting pieces of the past week from our own content to stories or breaking news. If you’ve had a busy week and want to catch up with some light reading, we hope this is for you.

Emmure Have Audacity To Title New Song “Bring A Gun To School”

Yes, other bands have outrageous song titles. The Front Bottoms “Taking My Uzi To The Gym,” we know. 

Emmure are not The Front Bottoms. Emmure have a stained record of being misogynistic, crude, and disrespectful to their fans, their surroundings, and anyone who has unfortunately heard of their name.

In 2012, the band attempted to make money from selling shirts off of the horrible, deadly, and world-shaking events that happened at Columbine. It is clear that Emmure simply does not give a fuck, have no morals, and have no desire to be not terrible individuals. Whether Emmure asked for it or not, thousands of people love their music, which means the band has a direct avenue into their fan’s heads and minds.

Promoting school violence and the killing of individuals once is a sick joke, twice proves that you should go to hell.

Skate And Surf Festival: Midtown, Saosin With Anthony Green

John D went for it. Midtown are reuniting for this year’s Skate And Surf Festival. Saosin are reuniting for this year’s Skate And Surf Festival. Hidden In Plain View reuniting for this year’s Skate And Surf Festival. The Early November, Circa Survive, and your literal boy DMX are also playing Skate And Surf Festival.

There are many doubts from fans who flocked to the often-shaky festival last year, but when you book top-heavy acts that people have begged to see for five to ten years, you’re set. Skate And Surf 2014 is going to be big.

My Chemical Romance Stream Final Song “Fake Your Death”

My Chemical Romance officially released their final song this week called “Fake Your Death.” It’s almost like they wrote it knowing they were going away.

Conor Oberst Files Libel Lawsuit Over Rape Claim 

From AP’s report:
He says the media coverage that resulted from the three posts in the comments section of a blog has damaged his career, especially in New York where most of the major music publishing houses are headquartered. He says he was in the company of his brother, bandmates or then-girlfriend at the time of the claims. The suit also says the woman who made positive social media comments about Oberst in the past decade.

Skate And Surf Festival 2014: Midtown, Saosin With Anthony Green

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 17, 2014

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Book your ticket now. The 2014 Skate And Surf Festival lineup brings reunions from Midtown and Saosin with Anthony Green in addition to The Early November, Hidden In Plain View, DMX, and many others. You can check out the fully announced lineup so far below after the jump.

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Midtown Officially Reunite

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 17, 2014

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The impossible has happened: Midtown have officially reunited. The band will be playing Skate And Surf Festival this spring. Watch an announcement video from the band below after the jump.

Update: Skate And Surf  2014: Midtown, Saosin With Anthony Green

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Midtown Give Fans More Hope Of A Reunion With Practice Shot

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 16, 2014

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Midtown are up to something, that’s for sure. The band tweeted a picture last last night, presumably taken by Rob Hitt, of a drum set with him behind it. Check out the picture below after the jump.

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Midtown’s Twitter Springs Back To Life

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 14, 2014

Midtown's Twitter has sprung up to life. Forget What You Know also turns ten this year. Check out tweets from the band below after the jump.

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POZ Discussion: Albums That Deserve 10 Year Tours In 2014

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 22, 2014

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Our music scene is going through an interesting cycle in the present day. There have been a large influx of young bands that have provided great excitement and passion for us all in the last few years, but we’re also entering a time where the influences of those bands are celebrating major anniversaries for their most loved albums. Bands like Say Anything, Jimmy Eat World, and Midtown, among many others, have seen ten year anniversaries come and go. We all expect there to be more than a few great ten year tours in 2014, but PropertyOfZack team members put together a list of a few more albums that we want more than anything to see toured in full in 2014. Check out the full Discussion and feel free to reblog with any albums you think need to be championed as underrated masterpieces too!

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Say Anything - Is A Real Boy
I hate being “that guy” that holds allegiance to a band or artist’s very first record and finds little-to-nothing in subsequent records to grab onto, but if we’re being honest, there are TONS of “those guys” out there, enough to make commemoration tours of seminal records a rousing success and continuing trend. When I realized a few years ago that anniversary tours were going to start becoming relevant to my (very old) self, one of the first ones I mentally put on my future years calendar was the potential tour for “Is a Real Boy” here in 2014. While I’m not sure if anything will ever feel as triumphant or cathartic as seeing SA tour on that record in tiny rooms right after it came out (“what say you and all your friends step up to my friends in the alley tonight?” might as well be a call to war), the record is one of the most musical and theatrical that our scene ever adopted, and listening to it in its entirety feels like a crazy anecdotal journey through the amusement park of someone’s brain. And even though I personally feel that SA hasn’t been able to capture lightening in a bottle like that since, the band has been around for a long time, fine tuning their craft, touring with frequency, and seems to have a lot of respect for what they used to write and where they came from - the most recent example being the rarities and B-sides tour they did last summer. If they pull off a 10-year tour for Is a Real Boy, I will be more than thrilled to see how Bemis and his gang herald and revere the record that put them on the map, and is one of the most brave, artistically interesting releases to have come out in independent music in the last ten years.  - Adrienne Fisher

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Jimmy Eat World - Futures
Jimmy Eat World is lucky enough to have two to three generations of fans; that’s just part of what happens when you release an incredible record followed by an incredible record followed by another incredible record. Many fans were lucky enough to witness a ten year tour for Clarity in 2009, but the band decided to not do another for Bleed American several years ago. Why would they for Futures? That album feels different to many, I think. You could look at it is the “younger generation” Jimmy Eat World fan’s Clarity. And it looks like the band recognizes it too.

Jimmy Eat World has apparently also been practicing some extra songs off of Futures lately, because they played one for the first time ever at a holiday show in New Jersey in December. There have been hints of a reissuing for the album on vinyl too, to mark its ten year anniversary. All the stars are close to aligning. Hook it up, Jimmy Eat World. - Zack Zarrillo

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Midtown - Forget What You Know
Of the dozens and dozens of bands from last decade that have recently appeared on the reunion circuit, the one from my own personal roster of favorites that’s been most glaringly missing is Midtown. For those with a self-proclaimed bleeding Drive-Thru heart like my own, the disappearance of Midtown from active duty in 2005 was 
a pretty unexpected blow, especially considering the then-recent release of their major label debut, Forget What You Know. It was a record that, at the time, felt like a weird outgrowing of pop-punk despite how the album prior had been even popper and prettier than the first one.

And the lyrical content of FWYK strayed even further from the expectations, presenting philosophical takes on existentialism and disillusionment that perhaps a bubblegum crowd of wide-eyed teenagers wasn’t quite ready to “get.” Given the timeline, Midtown had only less than a year of touring under their belt for the record before they dissolved, and now it’s been 10 years since the moody, almost modern-rock record fell into the laps of fans. Which means that we’ve had plenty of time to absorb and understand the mature undertones that made Forget What You Know so excellent, but mostly it means that we’ve been crying for almost a decade now for Gabe Saporta to step down from the disco dance floor of Cobra Starship and pick up his bass again, preferably in a New Jersey firehouse somewhere, with the rest of the band. Although I have little-to-no hope that a Midtown reunion anything will ever happen (especially not on the heels of something so obvious as a ten-year milestone), it never hurts to put the reminder out, every once in a while, that we the fans are still out here. - Adrienne Fisher 

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Friday Discussion: The Best Cover Songs

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 26, 2013

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We’ve been having more fun than ever with our PropertyOfZack Friday Discussions lately with The Best Album Openers and Closers, so we thought we’d throw one more rad category out there with The Best Cover Songs. Covers can be tough; Some fans like the covering band to spice up the original’s song in their own way, and some fans don’t. To each their own. We put a list of covers from bands in our scene that we love in an Rdio Playlist to listen to as you read the Discussion as well (though not all covers were present). Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with some of your favorite covers!

The Ataris - “The Boys of Summer (Don Henley)”
Okay: raise your hand if upon hearing The Ataris’ cover of “The Boys of Summer” back in 2003, you thought it was actually their own song. You can’t see me, but my hand is definitely up. In fact, I had no idea it was a cover for a whole two years, until one fine morning when I was in eighth grade and my mom made a comment about how much better it was than the original. Without question, it absolutely is. 

Everything from the sped-up tempo, to the progressive, much-improved instrumentals, to Kris Roe’s smooth-to-rough vocals, sounds like this is an Ataris original. Even though So Long, Astoria also boasted “In This Diary,” another mega-hit, this cover certainly did the album and band an entire world of good, receiving oodles of radio air-time and even making it to the top of the ever-infamous MTV music video countdown TRL (R.I.P. childhood). This song is a pop-punk classic, and by far outdoes its original not-so-pop-punk predecessor’s classic status. It’s hard to even think that someone before this band uttered, “My love for you will still be strong/after the boys of summer have gone” into a microphone. No offense, Don Henley, but this cover is so good that it pretty much puts the original out of existence. - Brittany Oblak

All Time Low - “Umbrella (Rihanna)”
It can be a little hard to remember nowadays, but there was a time when All Time Low brought the pop and the punk in equal measure, and they never did it better than on this cover of Rihanna’s mega-hit “Umbrella”. Marrying snarling guitars with sticky-sweet vocal harmonies that only soar bigger and brighter as the song progresses, “Umbrella” is such a natural fit for All Time Low’s strengths that you’d be forgiven for thinking Terius Nash helped pen it with the clown princes of pop-punk in mind. It’s a prime example of what can happen when a great song finds its way to a band at the peak of their creative powers. - Jesse Richman

Bayside - “Be My Baby (The Ronettes)”
Bayside has always produced good covers – so good, in fact, that the songs are sometimes mistaken for originals by less knowledgeable fans (see: “Megan” by The Smoking Popes). With their first covers EP, the band stepped into new territory, choosing to cover songs they had grown up listening to, and perhaps introducing a whole new generation to the likes of The Ronettes, Elvis Costello, Del Shannon, Van Morrison, and Billy Joel. 

Of the five tracks on the EP, “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes, is the only one originally performed by a female band. However, between Anthony Raneri’s distinctive vocals and Jack O’Shea’s gripping guitar solo, the transition into a Bayside song is all but impeccable. Though Bayside has never been particularly known for love songs, the harmonies and vocal overlays that give this track its old school, swoon-worthy feel suggest that maybe the band should try it more often. - Becky Kovach

The Early November - “The Power Of Love (Huey Lewis & The News)”
I’m a sucker for cover versions that are truly transformative, and I’m not sure I can think of one that flips the script as radically as The Early November does on their cover of Huey Lewis & The News’ bombastic pop-cheese classic, “The Power Of Love.”  By trading the skronking synths and pulsing drums of the original for laconic, hypnotically repetitive acoustic arpeggios and whisper-thin vocals, Ace Enders and company gingerly excavate the love that’s long been buried underneath all that power. I’ve written about it before, and I’m sure I’ll write about it again; it’s an obscure gem that deserves to be heard. - Jesse Richman

Kevin Devine – “Holland, 1945 (Neutral Milk Hotel)”
“The only girl I’ve ever loved was born with roses in her eyes / But then they buried her alive.” If I didn’t know any better, the cinematic lyrics to “Holland, 1945” could have been written by Kevin Devine. It’s no surprise that Devine chose to cover this Neutral Milk Hotel song, but what is slightly surprising is how he could change so little about the arrangement and still offer a completely different spin on the tune. Devine has a knack for making woeful songs sound like a celebration, and this cover is far from being an exception. - Alyssa McKinley 

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Morning Recap: blink ‘TOYPAJ’ Vinyl, S&S Want Midtown, BMTH Confirm Leak, NIN End Hiatus

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 26, 2013

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blink-182 Announce ‘TOYPAJ’ Vinyl Pressing; Bonus 7”s, MH Foreword To Be Included

It took around two years, but it is finally here, and it looks to actually be real this time. We may never know what truly went down with Mightier Than Sword, but it will be great to finally see the bonus 7” and Mark Hoppus foreword like we were originally promised. It will be released in May. 

Skate And Surf Founder Aiming For Midtown Reunion In ‘14/’15

You’d imagine that Fall Out Boy headlining one night and Midtown headlining the other would be pretty intriguing for Mr. Soporta, but it seems not. John D however has his mind set on a Midtown reunion within the next few years, and we can only hope for one. 

Nine Inch Nails End Hiatus; AVA To Be In Need Of A New Drummer?

Nine Inch Nails are back after a lengthy hiatus, but what’s more interesting is what Angels & Airwaves will be doing with their drumming situation now that Rubin is employed by his original band once again. 

Bring Me The Horizon Acknowledge Album Leak

The band does not seem phased by their two month leak, but instead excited. Bring Me The Horizon are teasing a surprise for fans, and we would imagine that it is most likely that they will be pushing their digital release date forward immediately to save album sales.

Warped Tour Returning To Australia In 2013

Warped Tour expanding to other parts of the world is certainly exciting news. It would make sense for the festival to travel throughout Europe and then fly over to Australia. That sounds like a good plan to us… 

ex-He Is We Members Announce New Band New Bloom

Do you think fans care less about this band or the third reincarnation of He Is We? 

Chiodos Shooting New Documentary  

It looks like Chiodos will be laying it all out on the table in a new documentary for their next record. It would certainly be interesting to see just how much Craig Owens and other bandmates open up about their past wounds, addictions, and errors. 

Jonny Craig Bought Out His Own Rise Records Contract

We heard he could have bought his whole share of Macbooks back for what he paid Rise.

Morrissey Bails On Kimmel Appearance Due To Duck Dynasty Guests

This is just funny.

Skate And Surf Founder Aiming For Midtown Reunion In ‘14/’15

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 25, 2013

On The Gunz Show, John D commented about how he is still aiming to get Midtown to reunite for Skate And Surf and is aiming for 2014 or 2015. Check out what he had to say below by clicking “Read More.” 

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Midtown, Drive-Thru Have No Part In Vinyl Reissues

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 4, 2012

Fans rejoiced in excitement yesterday with the news that Midtown’s Save The World, Lose The Girl and Living Well Is The Best Revenge are being reissued on vinyl via Hot Topic, but it looks like neither the band nor Drive-Thru Records had any idea of the reissue. Check out an Instagram comment from drummer Rob Hitt below by clicking “Read More.”

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