Skate And Surf Festival is just a few days away now, and we hope you’re all as excited as we are for an incredible weekend at Six Flags in Jackson, NJ. We thought it’d be a great idea to put together a list of POZ’s Must See Bands And Acts for the first day of the lineup today, with a day two feature coming tomorrow. Check out ticket/lineup information for the festival here, our list below, and reblog to let us know who we need to see while we’re at Skate this weekend!
Streetlight Manifesto, by Erik van Rheenen
Ska fans can wipe that tear from their eyes and pull on their skanking shoes: the beginning of the end may be here, but not before Streetlight plays a homecoming show in Jersey under the bright lights at Skate And Surf. With label woes plaguing the release of The Hands That Thieve, the band will probably blow off some steam at their set and show off some of the new material, which is, in fact, killer. From old fan-favorites to new sing-along anthems, fans will make Streetlight Manifesto feel right back at home. Mostly because they will be.
Balance & Composure, by Adrienne Fisher
Balance & Composure has been fairly quiet ever since wrapping up a pretty hefty winter headliner earlier this year with The Jealous Sound and Daylight, only to reveal just a week or so ago that that time’s been leveraged into finishing up their second full-length record, slated for release sometime this fall. I know I’m not the only one busting out party hats to celebrate that fact, and being that their set at Skate and Surf is the only one publicly on the books for the foreseeable future, we the people should probably resolve to make sure we’re there for it. While we can always cross our fingers for a preview of a new song, the truth is that we’re definitely not over 2011’s Separation and will still eagerly lend ourselves to become soul-crushed by that opening rhythm section in “Burden.” If you’re a Balance fan, make it a point to catch this set – you never know, those songs from Only Boundaries might drop out of rotation once the new record comes out and you wouldn’t want to be that guy whining about how you missed out on hearing the old stuff, right?
Transit, by Jesse Richman
It’s hard to remember the last time anyone in the scene released an album as divisive as Transit’sYoung New England— whether they loved it or hated it, everyone seemed to have a strong opinion. As they bring that album to the biggest stage yet, will the crowd be with them or against them? Has the criticism beaten Transit down or made them stronger? And has Joe Boynton’s voicereally changed? We’re looking forward to finding out the answers.
Andrew WK, by Erik van Rheenen
When it’s time to party we will party hard.
I mean, seriously. What will be more fun than catching a set from the King of Positive Partying himself at an amusement park? Since the eruption of his smash hit “Party Hard” in 2001, Andrew WK’s become a jack-of-all-trades: motivational speaker, TV show host, producer, and of course, sticking to his singing/songwriting guns. Dust off your copy of I Get Wet, reacquaint yourself with some of WK’s early 2000s party rock anthems, and let’s get a party going on Saturday afternoon.
LIGHTS, by Sydney Gore
The 24-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter has a way of enchanting anyone who listens to her synth-pop tunes. With a traveling background as a missionary child, Lights takes the crowd on an adventure of their own to a digital dimension where music is the only savior. Her most recent album, Siberia was nominated for “Pop Album of the Year” at the Juno Awards last year. Don’t let Lights’ “manic pixie dream girl” physique fool you—she goes hard at live shows, especially when the heavy electronic beat start pulsing. Lights is always a delight to watch, so definitely don’t miss out on her set—it’s bound to be electrifying.
Mixtapes, by Erik van Rheenen
Ordinary Silence doesn’t hit shelves until the end of June, but fingers crossed these Ohioans share a few new tunes with us come this weekend. The uber-productive pop-punkers (this marks their second full-length in as many years) keep the bouncy tunes coming, and the dual vocal attack of Maura Weaver and Ryan Rockwell (and their kinda-sorta ridiculous stage banter) is always a blast to sing along with. There aren’t many bands to usher in summer with, and Mixtapes sets are pretty much always guaranteed to be a good time.
It’s time for The Weekly Tour Round-Up! There are a ton of great tours going on this winter and more are getting announced each week! Below you’ll find all the tours going on over the next few months, with newly announced tours listed above previously announced tours. So check out all the tours if you’ve missed any of them and make sure to mark them down on your calendars!
William Beckett [03/22-04/14]
Koji, Slingshot Dakota [04/05-04/13]
Broadway Calls [04/05-04/22]
Transit, Seahaven, Young Statues [04/05-05/19]
Every Time I Die, This Is Hell, Terror [04/09-04/18]
Falling In Reverse, Hollywood Undead [04/17-05/25]
United Kingdom|Mainland Europe
Never Shout Never, We Are The In Crowd [04/16-05/10]
Frank Turner [04/27-05/12]
Tonight Alive [05/16-05/19]
Previously Announced Tours:
2012 has been a wild year for music. We’ve had loads of new albums released, a ton of awesome tours, the best warped tour in years and sadly a few breakups. 10 years ago, this was all happening in 2002. All of the newer bands at that time didn’t know it, but they released classic albums that would soon evolve into huge hits.
New Found Glory was 5 years old in 2002 when they released their third album, Sticks and Stones, which soon became most fans’ favorite album from the band. So New Found Glory decided to give their fans an early Christmas gift and play the album front to back all across the US in much smaller venues then they’re used too with The Story So Far, Seahaven and Candy Hearts.
The venue New Found Glory decided to play in Cleveland was The Grog Shop, Cleveland’s best venue for the scene, which fits about 450 people. The show sold out within the first two hours that tickets went on sale, so New Found Glory decided to add a second late show and have Cleveland’s best pop-punk band, Light Years, open for them.
Candy Hearts didn’t start the Sticks and Stones tour until the day after, so we got Seahaven as an opener, an odd but awesome choice. The band kicked off the show with a dark intro reminiscent of Balance and Composure and went right into the opener off of last years Winter Forever.
This was easily the best Seahaven has ever played in Cleveland. Unlike last time they were here with The Early November, the venue and sound guy made the band sound perfect. They played a very short 25-minute set full of songs from Winter Forever, including Head In The Sand off their Ghost EP. While they had no crowd whatsoever, the band played their best and hopefully left with a lot of new fans.
The Story So Far was up next, and with their name coming from the closer of Sticks and Stones, it was pretty obvious the band was extremely happy to be on the tour. After a huge explosion in popularity after the release of their debut full length Under Soil and Dirt, the band has been everywhere and showed no signs slowing down. The band struck the first note of Daughters and the sold-out Grog Shop crowd went straight into stage dives, crowd surfing, hanging from the rafters and singing along so loud that you couldn’t even hear Parker Cannon sing.
Unlike their last couple tours, The Story So Far had all its original members and proved themselves to be a much better live band then ever before. They played for about 30 minutes, playing almost all of Under Soil and Dirt and closed things off with Quicksand, leaving the crowd anxious for New Found Glory.
PropertyOfZack Contributor Blogger and photographer Dave Summers has been launching limited edition photo prints in his webstore each month, and he even wrote an article about it on POZ earlier this week to shed some light on the process. We’ve teamed up with Dave celebrate the new limited launch, which includes prints of Circa Survive, Every Time I Die, Converge, Listener, Moving Mountains, Seahaven, Sainthood Reps, Loma Prieta, Citizen, and Mansions, to give away prints to three lucky winners. Check out all the prints here, and find out how to enter the contest by December 31st below!
You must do each of the following things to win a photo print of your choosing: