A Very Glamour Kills Acoustic Weekend: Vinnie Caruana, Brian Marquis

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 11, 2014

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Vinnie Caruana and Brian Marquis will be playing two Glamour Kills presented acoustic shows in August on the East Coast. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Hit The Lights Drop First Acoustic Basement Show Due To Family Emergency; Vinnie Caruana To Replace

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 30, 2014
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Hit The Lights unfortunately have to drop off of the first date of the Acoustic Basement Tour in New York City tomorrow due to a family emergency. Vinnie Caruana will be replacing the band. Hit The Lights will make every other top of the tour. Check out a statement from Acoustic Basement and the dates below after the jump.

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POZ 10Of’13: Staff Albums Of The Year

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 16, 2013

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2013 was, as expected, an incredible year for music. We’ve been busy preparing for a great 2014 at PropertyOfZack, but we wanted to share our staff compiled Albums Of The Year feature, which highlights both our top ten LPs and EPs of 2013 before jumping into the New Year. Check out the full feature below and reblog to let us know your favorite albums of the year! 

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POZ Discussion: The Don’t Miss Tours Of The Holiday Season

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 5, 2013

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It’s getting cold, which means two things: 1) your wallet has become thinner from buying band hoodies and/or crew necks and 2) there are some rad holiday tours coming up that you should be getting ready to go to. We decided to put together a new PropertyOfZack Discussion on all the “must see” tours going on this month, so check them out below and feel free to reblog with the tours you can’t wait to see!

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The Wonder Years, Vinnie Caruana, Young Statues
It’s tours like this that make me miss living in the Northeast. If you live in West Chester, Poughkeepsie, Pawtucket or Patchogue, and you’re not going to one of these shows, I’ll make damn sure Santa gives you coal for Christmas for making a very poor decision. The Wonder Years are hitting the road for an acoustic string of shows with I Am The Avalanche vocalist Vinnie Caruana and indie-rock outfit Young Statutes, and they’re offering free cookies and hot chocolate if you wear an ugly Christmas sweater. Few things are better than being packed in an intimate venue with your favorite big-time band playing acoustically, but getting free food and rocking Grandma’s sweater while doing so throw it over the top. - Ali Killian

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Saves The Day, Jon Simmons, Walter Schreifels
When the Saves the Day headliner ended earlier this year, it felt like we all just woke up from a really good dream. One of the underground’s most historically adored bands, bringing the deepest of cuts and hardest of jams, for two hours every single night? It couldn’t have been more of an ideal way to welcome Saves - and their new record - back into the circuit after a few years laying dormant. Seems like the band can’t get enough, either; their winter headliner, a two-week jog from the Midwest through the Northeast, will be just slightly stripped down into an acoustic full-band format. So what does this mean? Well, romantically enough, I’m envisioning something like a living room show, with a fireplace, hot chocolate, and all of your favorite people singing loudly along to the Bug Sessions. Except in a venue. With beer. And people that only look vaguely familiar because you’ve seen them at Saves shows before. But if we’re gauging by the audience camaraderie that oozed from the shows during the fall headliner, it’s going to be one hell of a unified room and someone will undeniably try to stage dive during an acoustic rendition of “Jodie.” Let’s also not forget to make it your business to get there early, as the tour support is solo sets from Jon Simmons of our beloved Balance & Composure and living legend Walter Schriefels (Google him, kids).

Do you still need convincing? I’ll put it this way for you, East Coast: if you live in a 2 hour radius of New York City you’ve got at least 4 chances to catch a date. If you’re a warm-blooded Saves the Day fan, you’d be remiss to skip out on this tour. - Adrienne Fisher

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The Front Bottoms
Why feign excitement over new socks and sweaters when there’s a Front Bottoms Christmas show on the horizon? The group’s takeover of Bowery Ballroom happening just two days shy of Christmas is sure to be packed with good tunes and holiday cheer. While the band’s set is always a treat in and of itself, let’s cross our fingers and hope to hear some really early tracks, sort of like a gift from the band to our ears. But regardless of what they play, the show’s sure to be a good time. - Marie Scarsella 

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POZ Review: Our Voices - Adam Lazzara, Anthony Raneri, Chris Conley, Vinnie Caruana

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 3, 2013

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by Becky Kovach, edited by Erik van Rheenen

Expectations are a fickle thing. And the announcement of I Surrender Records’ Our Voices EP, the first in a series of similar releases celebrating the label’s 10-year anniversary, definitely came with some expectations. After all, it features original solo tracks from Adam Lazzara, Anthony Raneri, Chris Conley, and Vinnie Caruana — all on one EP. It’s hard not to go into that with anything other than high hopes. 

Fortunately, I think Our Voices lived up to most expectations – I know it met mine. Each singer’s solo style is different enough from his respective band’s to avoid sounding like an unreleased B-side. And each track brings something completely new to the table.

Lazzara starts things out by getting in touch with his folk side in “Because It Works.” His soft and reassuring drawl pairs well with warm acoustic guitars. The highlight though, was the resonating harmonica melodies peppered throughout the track.

Following up Lazzara is Anthony Raneri, with the surprisingly synth-heavy “String Me Along.” The song features self-deprecating lyrics that are pretty typical of Raneri’s writing style (“Use me if you want, my baby / I won’t leave though I know I should / String along round the neighborhood / Since that makes you feel so good”). But it juxtaposes them with a slow, poppy feel that would be borderline off-putting if not for Raneri’s impressive harmonies.

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The Wonder Years Announce Acoustic Holiday Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 14, 2013

The Wonder Years, Vinnie Caruana, and Young Statues are heading out on a acoustic holiday tour. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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The Starting Line Announce Support For Holiday Show

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 11, 2013

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The Starting Line have added Vinnie Caruana and Major League to their holiday show. Check out more details below after the jump.

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POZ Warped Session: Vinnie Caruana - “Somehow The World Keeps Turning (Ft. William Beckett)”

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 23, 2013

PropertyOfZack had the chance to meet up with Vinnie Caruana at Warped Tour to film a very special Warped Session with a little help from William Beckett as well. Watch a performance of “Somehow The World Keeps Turning” below after the jump. 

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Anthony Raneri, Vinnie Caruana Solo Dates

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 25, 2013

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Anthony Raneri will be playing two East Coast shows in September, one with Vinnie Caruana. Check out the dates below after the jump. 

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Vinnie Caruana AbsolutePunk Podcast Episode

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 13, 2013

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Our friends at AbsolutePunk recently released a new episode of their podcast with Vinnie Caruana. Listen to the podcast below!  

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POZ Gallery

May 5, 2013

POZ Gallery: Koji Record Release ShowFeatures: Koji, Vinnie Caruana, Turnover, Modern Baseball, DadsLocation: Exit Skate Shop - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Dan Bassini POZ Gallery: Koji Record Release ShowFeatures: Koji, Vinnie Caruana, Turnover, Modern Baseball, DadsLocation: Exit Skate Shop - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Dan Bassini POZ Gallery: Koji Record Release ShowFeatures: Koji, Vinnie Caruana, Turnover, Modern Baseball, DadsLocation: Exit Skate Shop - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Dan Bassini POZ Gallery: Koji Record Release ShowFeatures: Koji, Vinnie Caruana, Turnover, Modern Baseball, DadsLocation: Exit Skate Shop - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Dan Bassini POZ Gallery: Koji Record Release ShowFeatures: Koji, Vinnie Caruana, Turnover, Modern Baseball, DadsLocation: Exit Skate Shop - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Dan Bassini POZ Gallery: Koji Record Release ShowFeatures: Koji, Vinnie Caruana, Turnover, Modern Baseball, DadsLocation: Exit Skate Shop - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Dan Bassini POZ Gallery: Koji Record Release ShowFeatures: Koji, Vinnie Caruana, Turnover, Modern Baseball, DadsLocation: Exit Skate Shop - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Dan Bassini POZ Gallery: Koji Record Release ShowFeatures: Koji, Vinnie Caruana, Turnover, Modern Baseball, DadsLocation: Exit Skate Shop - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Dan Bassini POZ Gallery: Koji Record Release ShowFeatures: Koji, Vinnie Caruana, Turnover, Modern Baseball, DadsLocation: Exit Skate Shop - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Dan Bassini POZ Gallery: Koji Record Release ShowFeatures: Koji, Vinnie Caruana, Turnover, Modern Baseball, DadsLocation: Exit Skate Shop - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Dan Bassini

POZ Gallery: Koji Record Release Show
Features: Koji, Vinnie Caruana, Turnover, Modern Baseball, Dads
Location: Exit Skate Shop - Philadelphia, PA
Photos By: Dan Bassini

Vinnie Caruana, Geoff Rickly West Coast Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 24, 2013

Vinnie Caruana and Geoff Rickly will be touring the West Coast this June. Check out the dates after the jump!

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POZ Behind The Booth: Peace’d Out - The Concept Behind The Band (Part II)

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 17, 2013

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PropertyOfZack is back with our next Peace’d Out (Vinnie Caruana + Steve Choi) Behind The Booth series on the concept of the band and their music. Check out the band’s first EP here and the second BTB segment below by clicking “Read More!”

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POZ Behind The Booth: Peace’d Out - The Concept Behind The Band (Part I)

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 15, 2013

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PropertyOfZack is happy to be teaming up with Peace’d Out (Vinnie Caruana + Steve Choi) for a Behind The Booth series on the concept of the band and their music. The first video in the series is live now, and we’ll be posting the second and third on Wednesday and Friday, respectively. Check out the band’s first EP here and the first BTB segment as well as a quote from Choi below by clicking “Read More!”

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POZ Show Review: Today’s Mixtape Festival - Day 1

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 11, 2013

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*This review was composed by Alyssa McKinley and edited by Erik van Rheenen

Each day of Today’s Mixtape Festival showed off its own iconic vibe, its own genres, and its own important representation of the current state of the Long Island music scene. The lineup for each day easily could have been bands on the respective mixtapes of three different people who may not have exchanged music with each other otherwise, but managed to be friends for a cohesive and epic weekend.

Day One of the fest was easily its most dynamic. With genres ranging from grunge to post-rock, and everything in between, Friday was full of genuinely talented musicians. No gimmicks. Nothing generic. Just pure, unadulterated rock and roll and the perfect audience to appreciate it.

A theme strewn throughout the day was that of keeping the Long Island scene alive and keeping the legends who made it what it is today in the memory of the younger generations. So it was only appropriate to have the day kick off with two local bands, Darby Switch and Cryptodira. 

Darby Switch captured the attention of their modestly sized audience as soon as they began playing. It was immediately obvious that anyone who was going to Mixtape Fest was going not only to see their current favorite band play, but to discover their next obsession. Even the first and second bands of the fourteen-act day were well worth the attention they received. 

After Cryptodira gave the crowd the only dose of metal they’d get that day, Modern Baseball took the stage and immediately proved themselves worthy of the hype they’ve been receiving. It was clear they were the reason anyone showed up in the early afternoon, and the still-humble crowd sang along to the melodic and mature vocals delivered by Brendan Lukens. The talents of the entire band were impossible to ignore, and with closed eyes it would have been hard to believe that the music coming from the stage was coming from such fresh faces.

Next up was a band with a sound as full as the crowd was: Prawn. For being one of only two post-rock bands on the bill, the group broke up the sets of the other openers intensely. Their high-pitched, soaring guitar riffs and honest vocals translated perfectly to the stage. 

The tight schedule moved along with State Lines, whose energy was a progressive buildup from the start of their set to their anthemic closer. A set defined by clean harmonies and amazing chemistry between the crowd and band both contrasted and built up perfectly to Dads. 

Needless to say, hearing a tight drummer provide powerful vocals simultaneously is an unreal experience. The talented two-piece proved that any pop would be saved for Day Two and their blend of indie and punk warranted the first stage divers of the weekend.

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