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Curfew Update 06/11/2009

So I know I’ve been meaning to follow up to my last post with a bunch of news and shows, so here we go:

New tracks from All Time Low’s new album, “Nothing Personal,” can be heard here. MTV has a skit that involves the band’s members being held hostage by a group of females. In the video you’ll find the skit, with fake live and real acoustic performances of new tracks like “Weightless,” “Lost In Stereo,” and “Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t)” sliced into it.

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The Friday Night Boys have released their album, Off The Deep End, available wherever fine music is sold.

Apparently the hottest trend nowadays is for artists to collaborate on tracks with female actresses. As I mentioned in my previous post, Cobra Starship teamed up with Leighton Meester for “Good Girls Go Bad,” but I forgot to include Forever The Sickest Kids’ duet with Disney Channel’s Selena Gomez. You can see a behind the scenes look at FTSK and Selena recording their rendition of “Whoa Oh!” from AbsolutePunk. As if that wasn’t enough fun, singer-songwriter Pete Yorn has paired up with the sultry Scarlet Johansson on his track “Relator” off of his new album, The Breakup.

The Blink 182 tour schedule has seen some updates, including sell-outs, added shows and venue changes. See these updates here, although the venue for the Washington, DC show has yet to be announced. Be sure to check out AboslutePunk (link on the sidebar, I’m too lazy to put a link here) for video from their epic 9-song set on Jimmy Kimmel (they were only asked to play 2 songs).

Boulder, CO’s very own 3OH!3 released their new video for “Starstrukk.” The video was directed by Sum41 drummer Steve Jocz.

Jack’s Mannequin also released a music video. Check out their latest for “Swim.”

Luis Dubuc aka The Secret Handshake has a new video, too. See the video for “All For You.

Finally don’t forget Taking Back Sunday’s video for “Sink Into Me,” now seen in its entirety.

Nevershoutnever has finally chosen a label. Christofer Drew and Co. have signed to Warner Bros. Watch an interview with Drew from the MTV Buzzworthy Blog

Listen to this B-side from The Starting Line‘s Direction, from SupJustin.

Upcoming Shows

  • 6/16 The Fray w/Jack’s Mannequin @ Nissan Pavillion – Bristow, VA
  • 6/16 Portugal. The Man @ Ottobar – Baltmore, MD
  • 6/17 The Plain White T’s w/ Company of Thieves & Days Difference @ 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
  • 6/18 Metric w/ Sebastien Grainger & Smile Smile @ 9:30 Club – Washington, DC –  SOLD OUT
  • 6/21 Taking Back Sunday w/ Anberlin & Envy on the Coast @ Sonar – Baltimore, MD – SOLD OUT

Despite my lack of updates, please keep reading and follow on Twitter @dtra for more continuous information.



News Again

Taking Back Sunday’s much anticipated new album, New Again is slated for release on June 2. Though that day can’t come fast enough for some, including me, TBS has posted a brief clip of their upcoming single “Sink Into Me” on their MySpace. And if that isn’t enough to whet your musical taste buds, here’s an article from MTV News on New Again and TBS’s recent video shoot for “Sink Into Me.” TBS is currently finishing up a tour or Europe before embarking on a two-month full United States tour, which kicks off at The Bamboozle.

Greensboro, NC’s Mercy Mercedes has posted new music, according to AbsolutePunk.net. Check out the demos, “Drop Top” and “Outta Time (It’s Alright, It’s OK)” on their Purevolume.

AbsolutePunk.net has also reported that MPLS‘s Sing It Loud has their new music video on mtvU. The video is for “Come Around,” which is the title track from their 2008 Epitaph debut.

With the likes of favorites Mark Hoppus, Pete Wentz, and All Time Low (Alex, Jack, Rian and finally Zack) active on Twitter, keep a heads up for new Twitter worms. Mashable has reproted two Twitter worms in the past 24 hours. Read more to find out what you can do if you think you’ve been infected.



Curfew Microupdate 04/07/2009

In this flash of an update, The Downtown Fiction is playing a SOLD OUT show at Jammin’ Java this Friday, April 10. They’ll be supported by Parachute, along with The Goodnight Anthem, which should be one star studded event. In need of tickets? Maybe you could try MySpace or Craigslist or something.

Check out AbsolutePunk.net for a good stream of music news, including today’s releases. Also check out SupJustin.com for new music, releases, interviews, tours…basically anything you could ever want. I don’t know who he is, but he has some awesome job that lets him follow bands and do cool things. Of late, he’s reported on new Taking Back Sunday and The Secret Handshake, nevershoutnever’s upcoming EP, an interview with Hit The Lights, and even Hey Monday’s new video–which I admit isn’t bad, though I would’ve liked it better when I was in high school.

Meanwhile, I’m not sure what’s more exciting between Blink-182 getting back together, new music from Taking Back Sunday, or Brand New. Here’s a new one from Brand New, “Gasoline” (different than the links above, you should click those too).



Nothing Personal

All Time LowBeginning at around 3:30pm eastern time Tuesday, pop punk homeboys All Time Low began quite the Twitter storm with two simple words: Nothing Personal.  From their own twitter accounts, singer/guitarist Alex Gaskarth, guitarist Jack Barakat, and drummer Rian Dawson (bassist Zack Merrick seems to be missing on Twitter thus far) began firing tweets in rapid succession. In true ATL fashion, most of them were just dirty insults directed at band members and friends. However, each message ended with the words: “Nothing Personal.” The gimmick exploded in popularity, gaining attention from teenage girls everywhere and even drawing tweets from Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, as well as Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 and +44.

Finally, some eight hours and countless Fail Whale sightings later, Gaskarth, Barakat and Dawson simultaneously tweeted a link to Gaskarth’s MySpace page. In his blog, Gaskarth  explains that Nothing Personal is actually the title of ATL’s new album, which is due for release in July. The guys went on to tweet a link to AbsolutePunk.net where fans can listen to an exclusive leak of the track “Weightless” off of the upcoming Hopeless Records release. According to the blog post, Nothing Personal became a “top key word on the site” (Twitter). In all, ATL pulled off pulled off a pretty decent scheme to build hype for their new album, for being a bunch of Baltimore suburban clowns–nothing personal.

All Time Low next appears in the area as part of Fall Out Boy’s Believers Never Die Part Deux Tour. They’ll join Metro Station, Cobra Starship and Hey Monday at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD on April 25.

In newish music news, listen to the lastest releases from Ace Enders & a Million Different People, New Found Glory, This Providence, and You Me And Everyone We Know, you’ll thank yourself.



Facts and Fiction

The Downtown Fiction w/Parachute & The Goodnight Anthem @ Jammin' Java 4/10The Daily Chorus has reported that Fairfax,VA’s The Downtown Fiction has been causing quite the stir as of late. Their self-titled EP debuted on iTunes’ top 30 albums of last week. And if you thought that things couldn’t get any sweeter for the local trio, TDF also debuted at #93 on the Billboard HeatSeeker chart. I admittedly have no idea what  it takes to get on the Billboard HeatSeeker chart, but I assume that its quite an acheivement. The band, comprised of Cameron Leahy on guitar/vocals, David Pavluk on bass/vocals, and Eric Jones on drums/samples, will make their next local appearance at Jammin’ Java in Fairfax with Parachute (ex-Sparky’s Flaw, Parachute VA) and The Goodnight Anthem. I got a chance to meet Pavluk last year at Jammin Java where he worked and also performed with his former band, The Midnight Appointment. I wish him and his band the best, and hopefully I’ll be able to see them when they’re in town.

In other news, I was able to catch Tim Be Told when they played at Ebenezer’s Coffee House in DC. It was a great show and fun to watch. If anyone has heard that they may be changing their name to either Luan Be Told or Jim Be Told, that’s completely untrue.

Finally, look out for new releases next Tuesday, March17. St. Patrick’s Day album drops include Where Are You Now by This Providence, I Am The Hint by The Hint, and When I Hit The Ground by Ace Enders & a Million Different People. I’ve been looking forward to This Providence’s new album since the release of The Bright Lights EP in October 2008, and I’ve been a fan of Ace Enders since The Early November‘s beginnings. Justin Goldberg of SupJustin.com had some good words for Ace’s latest effort on his Twitter account.



Drop It Like It’s March

Not Without a FightNow that March is here, let’s look ahead to some highly anticipated albums that will be dropping this month. New Found Glory is set to release their sixth studio album, Not Without a Fight, on March 10. But if you’re like me and count all of NFG’s EPs and things like From the Screen to Your Stereo 1 & 2, than it’s really their 17th or so album. This will be the Coral Springs, FL easycore outfit’s first release on Epitaph Records since signing with the label last September. New Found Glory set the stage for pop-punk/emo rock music earlier in the decade as part of a heavily touted Drive-Thru Records lineup that also included the likes of Finch, Something Corporate, as well as The Starting Line. Currently finishing their tour of Japan, the band will return to the States shortly and begin touring the US with Bayside, Set Your Goals and Shai Hulud. NFG is also scheduled to appear at this year’s Bamboozle in May before a short stint of European shows.

Who Are You Now?Fueled By Ramen’s This Providence will release their sophomore effort, titled Who Are You Now? on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. This album follows the release of The Bright Lights EP back in October of last year. The quartet, fighting out of Seattle, WA, are currently on the Snakes & Suits Acoustic Tour in support of The Academy Is… with Evan Taubenfeld. Following Snakes & Suits, This Providence will slither into Washington, DC next on April 24 with Copeland, Paper Route and Brooke Waggoner. Check out the new single, “Letdown,” on TP’s MySpace.

Finally in other news, the band that was formerly known as Sparky’s Flaw is now formerly known as Parachute VA. The band confirmed via Twitter that they have indeed dropped the VA from their moniker, and are now simply, Parachute.  The band cites legal reasons for originally including the VA in their name.



Curfew Update 02/19/2009

Blast of newish stuff right here right now. As mentioned in the last post, both acoustic and full band versions of Parachute VA’s new track, “She Is Love” is now available on iTunes.  Thursday’s new album came out earlier this week. Their latest effort is entitled “Common Existence.” Meanwhile, earlier this month Two Tongues released their long awaited self-titled album. Two Tongues is band founded by Max Bemis of Say Anything and Chris Conley of Saves the Day. From start to finish, this is a great album and I especially have high praise for its first track, “Crawl.”

Michael Gergory has teamed up again with Barely Political, this time starring in a video with Obama Girl for his song “Obama Girl Stimulus Song.” Check out his YouTube channel here, and check out the video below:

Upcoming Shows:

  • 2/19 Mae w/Brooke Waggoner & Barcelona @ Jammin Java – Fairfax, VA
  • 2/20 Ludo w/ Sing It Loud, This Providence, The Morning Light @ The Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington DC
  • 2/22 Sub City Presents the Take Action Tour 2009 featuring Cute is What We Aim For w/Meg & Dia, Breathe Carolina, Every Avenue, Anarbor @ The 9:30 Club – Washington, DC (also 2/20 @ Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD)
  • 2/26 Ben Kweller w/ The Watson Twins & The Jones Street Boys @ The 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
  • 2/28 The Hint w/Mercy Mercedes & others @ Sonar – Baltimore, MD
  • 3/6 Tim Be Told @ Ebenezer’s Coffee House – Washington, DC
  • 3/8 nevershoutnever w/ The Scene Aesthetic, The Honorary Title, & The Bigger Lights @ Jaxx – Springfield, VA
  • 3/22 Bloc Party w/ Longwave @ The 9:30 Club – Washington, DC – SOLD OUT
  • 4/24 AP Tour feat. 3OH!3 w/Family Force 5, The Maine, Hit The Lights & A Rocket To The Moon @ The 9:30 Club – Washington, DC – SOLD OUT

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