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.
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!
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!
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
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
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
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.
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!”