weekend curfew

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

Finally I’m on Twitter, so check me out @dtra. Get with the picture tweeple and follow me. Tumblr is under construction.

Parchute VA Gets Skin-ny

Ladies and blog monsters, just in time for Valentines day, Mercury Records’ Parachute VA is featured in a television ad for NIVEA brand lotion. An acoustic version of “She Is Love” plays while a couple is canoodling on a couch. Check it out:

The track is currently streaming on the band’s Myspace page and will be available for purchase on Feb 10 on iTunes. According the band’s site, a full band version of the track will be available the following day Feb 11. In addition to Myspace, the video appeared online on YouTube and Facebook Monday(2/2)  and has already drawn blog coverage. No word yet on when the spot will air next, but I’d love to catch it live. What program audience does a caps-heavy brand like NIVEA aim toward? Am I going to have to watch an episode of Gossip Girl to see this ad?

Curfew Update 01/14/2009
January 14, 2009, 11:28 pm
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A whole ton of shows coming up, along with some just announced dates and a look further ahead.

  • 1/15 Hotspur w/Goodnight Anthem, Time Tells All, The Baby Grand @ Jammin’ Java – Fairfax, VA
  • 1/16 Dangerous Summer w/The Downtown Fiction, Select Start, School Boy Humor, Sing Me Insomnia @ Jammin’ Java – Fairfax, VA
  • 1/27 The Bigger Lights w/Thieves and Villains, Fight Fair @ Jammin’ Java – Fairfax, VA
  • 1/28 The Killers @ GMU Patriot Center – Fairfax, VA
  • 1/31 Nouveau Riche (DJs Gavin Holland, SteveLove, and Enaisee) @ DC9 – Washington, DC
  • 2/12 Ben Folds @ Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
  • 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)
  • 2/28 The Hint w/Mercy Mercedes & others @ Sonar – Baltimore, MD
  • 3/22 Bloc Party w/ Longwave (tickets go on sale 1/17) @ The 9:30 Club – Washington, DC

Asher Roth is Da Bomb
January 8, 2009, 1:00 am
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Allhiphop.com reported that emcee Asher Roth was involved in stopping a bomb scare on an airplane today. According to the website, the incident occurred on a flight from Atlanta to LAX. A struggle broke out between a flight attendant and with a man who claimed to have a bomb. The subject was subdued by passengers, including Roth and bassist Chris Llewellyn.

I briefly referenced Roth and his performance in my post about the mtvU Woodie Awards. I failed to mention that he apparently also fights crime. According to Roth’s Wikipedia entry, he was recently named one of Hip Hop’s Top 10 Freshmen of 2009 by XXL magazine. Meanwhile, his debut album is set to be released in March of this year. For more on this story, check out this article I found from MTV News while writing this post.

AP Tour 2Oh!Oh!9ace

Tour dates have been announced for Alternative Press’ AP Tour 2009. The tour’s blockbuster lineup includes 3OH!3, The Maine, Family Force 5, Hit The Lights, and A Rocket To The Moon. Dates run from March 20 through May 9, including a stop at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on April 24. Check the link for the full tour schedule.

Meanwhile, check out the music video for 3OH!3’s “Don’t Trust Me.”


The video for “Don’t Trust Me” was removed from YouTube, so check out this old school video for “Holler Till You Pass Out” from 2006.


So apparently everything I touch turns into dust, as the “Holler Till You Pass Out” video was also taken down from YouTube. In an attempt to not have every 3OH!3 video on YouTube removed, I’m not embedding another video, instead linking to the video on MTV.com. Also, the aforementioned AP Tour stop at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on April 24 is officially SOLD OUT. Never fear, there’s a show the night before, April 23 in Richmond at Toad’s Place.


New Year, New Name
January 2, 2009, 6:37 pm
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2009 brought a major change for one Virginia band. Charlottesville’s Sparky’s Flaw has officially changed their name to Parachute VA. Parachute VA is currently signed under Mercury/Island/DefJam.PVA myspace Their old website url redirects you to the new Parachute VA Myspace page, which despite lacking any bells & whistles, looks pretty sharp and features a pair of new/revamped tracks.

Most recently, the guys helped bring in ’09 with a performance in Times Square on New Years Eve. Being in the image consulting industry myself (really, I have a day job), I only have positive things to say about the name change. Good luck to Will, Johnny, Alex, Kit and Nate in 2009.