Riot Fest After Parties: TGUK/MoBo, Bad Religion/Anti-Flag, Mineral/IIOI, Andrew WK, More

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 14, 2014

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Riot Fest Chicago is coming up,and so are some goddamn kickass after-parties. Check out all details below after the jump!

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Sharing Needles With Friends With Zack Zarrillo

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 28, 2014

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Sharing Needles With Friends is a podcast that we told you a little about last week, and we’re now sharing an episode with you that features Zack from this blog you may sometimes read. I talked with Gene and Derek about PropertyOfZack, Off The Record, Bad Timing Records, Jade Tree, and just a tad bit about The Get Up Kids’ Something To Write Home About. Find out how to listen below!

The Get Up Kids’ “Washington Square Park” Covered By Ghost House

by Zack Zarrillo - May 30, 2014

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The Get Up Kids' “Washington Square Park” was recently covered by Ghost House. Stream the song below after the jump.

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POZ Playlist: Let’s Play This Game Called When You Catch-Phrase

by Zack Zarrillo - May 29, 2014

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PropertyOfZack is continuing a new string of Playlist features from individual team members to highlight specific feelings or desires. Next up is titled Let’s Play This Game Called When You Catch-Phrase by Managing Editor Adrienne Fisher.

Check out our the Playlist, let us know what your songs on it are, and listen to these songs on Spotify while reading along below!

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We’re all aware of the homogeneity that exists amongst the band and song names in this little scene of ours – in fact, it’s often the subject of sarcasm or confusion when trying to keep straight how many records you’ve bought over the years with the name “Day” somewhere on the front. But what’s even more fun to realize is the overlap that exists in words and phrases from bands of last era’s wave of emo and pop-punk with ones that are making music today.

So, for my playlist, let’s play this game called when you catch-phrase – or simply put, let’s just have some fun with word associations, for those of you who like layman’s terms and not puns off Fall Out Boy lyrics. The objective was to chain together songs from different artists of yesteryear to this year that had some significant overlap between a band name and the subsequent song title – be it a shared phrase, similar alliteration, or even a straight up reference to another band. The result is a zig-zagging pattern that does wacky things like pair up New Found Glory to Failure, and while I’m sure I’ve achieved little sense in terms of sonic flow, we can at least all take some solace in that no one but me will actually ever play The Wonder Years followed immediately by Naked Raygun.

Riot Fest Announces 10 Years. 10 Essential Albums; Ten Bands To Play Seminal Albums Front To Back

by Zack Zarrillo - May 15, 2014

Riot Fest just gets better and better, we do not get it. The festival has announced 10 Years. 10 Essential Albums, a new twist to its festival that will feature ten bands playing their seminal albums in full. Check out the nine bands announced so far below after the jump.

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The Get Up Kids Are “In The Talks” Of Doing A New Album

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 29, 2014

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The Get Up Kids have been almost completely inactive for a few years now, but that could eventually be changing. The band will be playing more shows over the next year or so and are also in talks about doing a new album, though that hasn’t been decided just yet. Check out an interview with James Dewees via Under The Gun here and a snippet below after the jump.

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The Get Up Kids 1999 Full Set Stream

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 18, 2014

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Tom Mullen of Washed Up Emo has uploaded a The Get Up Kids set from 1999 at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios in Denton, TX. Subscribe to the Washed Up Emo Podcast here and check out the set from The Get Up Kids below after the jump!

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POZ 100 Words Or Less Podcast: Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids)

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 27, 2014

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Our 100 Words Or Less Podcast with host Ray Harkins is back with March Sadness legend Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids. Ray and Matt discuss balancing road life and family life, age gaps, and selling out.

Follow the podcast on Twitter here, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here, and stream the new episode with Ray and Matt below! 

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The Get Up Kids Announce First US Show In Three Years

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 5, 2014

The Get Up Kids will be playing their first US show in almost three years at the Middle Of The Map Fest. Check out details below after the jump.

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The Starting Line Cover The Get Up Kids’ “Holiday”

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 2, 2014

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The Starting Line covered The Get Up Kids' “Holiday” at their recent holiday show. Enjoy the cover below after the jump.

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POZ Stream: The Material - “Red Letter Day (The Get Up Kids Cover)”

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 29, 2013

Pacific Ridge Records will be releasing A Tribute To The Get Up Kids on December 10th. PropertyOfZack is happy to be streaming a cover of “Red Letter Day” from the release today by The Material. Pre-order the album here and stream the cover below!

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POZ Review: Reggie And The Full Effect - No Country For Old Musicians

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 25, 2013

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by Jason Stives, edited by Erik van Rheenen

Music laced with humor is always a difficult thing to take seriously, but it’s something that is greatly appreciated for entertainment value and a certain level of craft. James Dewees and his alter ego, Reggie and the Full Effect, have always been able to let the humor bleed through the cracks of personal and sometimes very deep songwriting. For the last five years, this project has laid dormant due to other commitments and for some the less than stellar reception of the band’s last effort 2008’s dark, addiction-themed Last Stop: Crappy Town. Although this reviewer more than commended the depth and risk that was taken on it, it was a very dark corner of Dewees’ life that spawned it and was a rather tough pill to swallow. 

So it’s no surprise that Dewees decided to return Reggie to the good old days with his sixth studio release, No Country for Old Musicians. It’s rather fitting that the title and some of the subsequent album tracks, like the Country Bear Jamboree intro and Django Unchained styling of “Guerrera,” echo an Old West feel. Much of the tongue-in-cheek music Dewees is known for feels like the music of its time (in this case the music of the mid 2000s). However, No Country for Old Musicians feels like a traditional Reggie record despite being a bit of a retread in style and growth. 

All the catchy choruses and rather straight-laced rockers are here. “Super Croc vs. Mega Doosh” adds the humorous flavor to its title that masks a great Reggie track launching into basic punk dynamics of fastness, furiousness, and painlessness. The track that follows, the Wheatus-tinged “37,” with its chorus of “la la la’s,” makes it easy to remember that, three tracks in, everything is on the right track. “Revenge Is a Dish Best Served at Park Chan-Wook’s House” is another tremendous highlight, fusing Dewees’ signature synth chords with a chugging guitar riff over top of his spiteful lyrics and nasally vocal projections. 

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Heart To Heart Release Get Up Kids Cover

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 17, 2013

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Heart To Heart have released a cover of The Get Up Kids’ “Forgive And Forget.” Stream it here via MTS or below after the jump.

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POZ Review: Matt Pryor - Wrist Slitter

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 14, 2013

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by Jason Stives, edited by Erik van Rheenen

The Get Up Kids frontman Matt Pryor has spent the past decade devoting almost every year to creating new music. Between fronting the iconic emo band and his own folk-infused act the New Amsterdams, he has released no less than three solo efforts in the past five years, making it difficult to identify him with just one outfit. Pryor bleeds a level of musicianship and constant output that many don’t serve up, leaving it impossible to deem one sole release of his as a side project. Wrist Slitter, the fifth LP under his own name, is a vibrant splash of nineties fuzz rock accented by the folk sensibilities he has practiced since the early 2000s. 

If there is one thing that Pryor’s labor displays constantly, it’s the laid back breeziness that comes from his voice which is all nerves and a hint of twitchiness that only youth can harness. His 30 something demeanor is no match for the ageless quiver that he lashes out on “The House Hears Everything” and “Kinda Go to Pieces,” songs that piston at record rates, harkening back to his emo roots. Never braking too hard or, for that matter, slowing down, all the key influences of his career pepper the record.  As a fan of nineties alt favorites like Superchunk and Braid, this is an album that would have felt right at home as a release in between TGUK’s Something to Write Home About and On A Wire, an effort that displays continuous learning and longevity through maturation. 

Pryor seldom allows the tracks to overstay their welcome, and for the most part, no song drags beyond the three and a half minute mark. Even when tracks take on a style reminiscent of a New Amsterdams’ track, like they do on the string quartet imbued “As Perfect As We’ll Ever Be,” it’s punctual and straight to the point with no meandering. There is no time to really mess around, and this is where 18 years of constant output shines brightly in his work.

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POZ Stream: The Composure - “Mass Pike (The Get Up Kids Cover)”

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 12, 2013

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Pacific Ridge Records will be releasing A Tribute To The Get Up Kids on December 10th. PropertyOfZack is happy to be streaming a cover of “Mass Pike” from the release today by The Composure. Pre-order the album here and stream the cover below!

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