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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.

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Curfew Update 11/11/2008

Back in the US, back on the blog. Happy Veterans Day, these are some upcoming shows in the DC/Baltimore/Richmond areas.

  • 11/17 Bill & Travs Bogus Journey Tour featuring The Academy Is… & We The Kings w/Carolina Liar and Hey Monday @ The 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
  • 11/18 Cobra Starship w/Forever The Sickest Kids, Sing It Loud, Hit The Lights @ The National – Richmond, VA
  • 11/19 Cobra Starship w/Forever The Sickest Kids, Sing It Loud, Hit The Lights @ Sonar – Baltimore, MD
  • 11/20 Hammers and Strings: An Evening With Jack’s Mannequin and The Glass Passenger, with special guests Fun & Treaty Of Paris @ The 9:30 Club – Washington, DC (SOLD OUT)

billandtravI’ve been scoping out the scene for tickets to the sold out Jack’s Mannequin show. I saw some up on craigslist as well as listings on ebay. Though expect a markup of 30%-60% or more from these outlets.

The Academy Is… is on tour supporting their latest release, Fast Times at Barrington High. I’ve been a fan of TAI since they first signed with Fueled By Ramen. On Pete Wentz’s Decaydance imprint, TAI are from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, same as Wentz and the rest of labelmates Fall Out Boy. Check out the video for TAI’s single, “About a Girl.” The band’s fun attitude can be seen in their video updates, called TAITV, and their sick Halloween costumes. Listening to their progression from their first album, Almost Here through Santi and now to Fast Times, I’m definitely looking forward to finally seeing them play live.

On a side note, while browsing for this post I was on Pete Wentz’s blog and found a photo of Pharrell Williams (The Neptunes, N.E.R.D.) on election day. Wentz says:

this is my favorite election picture so far. ph (Pharrell) sitting in line for three hours in miami. there is no vip. there is no “ill absentee vote”. he stood in line like everyone else. because this is/was bigger than us. i love this picture…

Pete Wentz can be a really weird dude, but he’s right about that. He was also right to sign TAI. Now we’ll get to see if he was right about signing TAI’s current opening act, Hey Monday (formerly Blake). They’ve got big shoes to fill as the first act to be dually signed by Decaydance and Columbia Records.



JM for the Eyes, TP for the Ears

Quick update here with new video and music.

Jack’s Mannequin filmed performances of three tracks off their new album, The Glass Passenger for liveDaily Sessions. The session features acoustic versions of “Annie Use Your Telescope,” “Bloodshot,” and their latest single “The Resolution.” Download the mp3 version of all three performances using this link, and Saving Link As…

Also, Fueled by Ramen‘s indie/rock group This Providence released their The Bright Lights EP yesterday. The EP has three brand new tracks, as well as a “renovated version” of the previously released song “My Beautiful Rescue.”

Both bands are currently on tour and will be playing at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. Hammers and Strings: An Evening With Jack’s Mannequin and The Glass Passenger, with special guests Fun & Treaty Of Paris, will visit on Nov 20. The show is not yet listed on the 9:30 Club website, but tickets are available here. Meanwhile This Providence is supporting Reliant K on their Uncle Fest Tour and will appear in DC on Oct 21.



The Glass Listener

Depending on what time zone you’re in, and whether or not you’re on a G5 like some of my friends, Jack’s Mannequin’s latest album, The Glass Passenger , was released yesterday (or two days ago). I just received my copy today from smartpunk.com, complete with poster, dvd, and bonus track.

I was able to listen to the album yesterday by streaming it from altpress.com, and all I can say is that this is a strong album. True to what I’ve read in interviews, tracks from the record like “American Love” bring older bands to mind, such as Fleetwood Mac. The sound, also evident in both “Crashin” and “Spinning,” is a refreshing change of pace in today’s world of pop and rock, but definitely pays homage to a genre that influenced frontman Andrew McMahon.

The record’s first single, “The Resolution,” is by far the best song on the record. The resounding track obviously revisits McMahon’s 2005 leukemia diagnosis and reminds me of my two favorite songs from Everything in Transit, “Dark Blue” and “The Mixed Tape.” The rest of the album is a chip off the ol’ Jack’s Mannequin block. Unlike many similar acts, Jack’s Mannequin’s sophomore effort won’t need any time to grow on you. Definitely go out and acquire this CD and, if you can, try to listen to the bonus track “Miss California,” another true gem.

Also check out the music video for “The Resolution.” It was directed by the lady who authored the Twilight series of books, which means nothing to me. Apparently they’re books about vampires and rivals Harry Potter in cult-like popularity.

Jack’s Mannequin visits the DC area on Nov. 20 at the 9:30 Club. Speaking of shows, Tuesday night I went to see Farewell, Danger Radio, and nevershoutnever and tonight I just got back from seeing the guys in Sparky’s Flaw. Posts recapping those shows are coming soon. I’ve decided to cancel the final leg of my three day tour (The Rocket Summer, Phantom Planet, The Secret Handshake) to recoup from this apparent cold and to watch the Vice Presidential Debate.

Have you been able to listen to The Glass Passenger yet? What do you think? Do you think Gov. Sarah Palin is going to make a fool of herself at the debate? Do tell.