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Vans Warped Tour – 22 Years and Going Strong! July 4, 2016

Vans Warped Tour is in its 22nd year and has become America’s longest running music festival!

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“It’s fun to see so many people excited to be back on the road together. Warped continues to be a community that makes it all worth while.” says tour founder Kevin Lyman.

With a back-to-basics lineup that signals a return to the tour’s roots, the 22nd edition of Warped Tour welcomes back several fan favorites, including: American Authors, Atreyu, New Found Glory, Tonight Alive, Less Than Jake, Yellowcard, We The Kings, Sleeping With Sirens, Falling In Reverse, Four Year Strong, Reel Big Fish, Sum 41 and Pepper, to name a few.

NVMP is excited to check out some of the new talent hitting the tour this year like Dash Ten, Capsize, Mother Feather and Reckless Serenade (this year’s BBQ Band), as well as classic punk rockers like Less Than Jake, New Found Glory, Ballyhoo!  and Reel Big Fish. We’re also beyond excited to check out The Interrupters!  We’ll see you on the tour in New Jersey on Sunday July 17th at PNC Bank Arts Center – hopefully it won’t be recorded as the hottest day of the year again.

Since the band schedule is released daily for each tour date, here’s a list of bands and the stage that they will be playing on.  This should hopefully help you plan ahead.  Don’t forget to find the dude selling the full line up when you enter your venue – that thing is a lifesaver and well worth the couple of bucks.  Or, you can fight your way to the inflatable schedule and take a picture.

Journeys Left Foot Stage

Falling In Reverse 6/23-8/13

Four Year Strong 6/24-8/13

Good Charlotte 7/19-7/28

Less Than Jake 6/24-8/13

New Found Glory 6/24-8/13

Reel Big Fish 6/24-8/13

Set It Off 6/24-8/13

Sum 41 6/26-8/7

The Summer Set 7/30-8/13

Waka Flocka Flame 8/5-8/13

We The Kings 6/24-8/13

Yellowcard 6/24-8/13

Journey’s Right Foot Stage

3OH!3 7/21-7/31

ISSUES 6/24-8/13

Mayday Parade 6/24-8/13

Pepper 6/24-6/29, 7/1-7/22

Real Friends 6/24-8/13

Sleeping with Sirens 6/24-8/13

State Champs 6/24-8/13

The Maine 6/24-8/13

The Story So Far 6/24-8/13

Tonight Alive 6/24-8/13

Monster Energy Party Zone North Stage

Atreyu 7/19-8/7

Bullet For My Valentine 7/19-7/22

Crown The Empire 6/24-8/13

Every Time I Die 6/24-8/13

Ice Nine Kills 6/24-8/13

Motionless In White 6/24-8/13

The Color Morale 6/24-8/13

The Word Alive 6/24-8/13

Volumes 6/24-7/17

Whitechapel 6/24-8/13

Monster Energy Party Zone South Stage

Chelsea Grin 6/24-8/13

Coldrain 6/24-8/13

Cruel Hand 6/24-8/13

From Ashes To New 6/24-8/13

Gideon 6/24-8/13

In Hearts Wake 6/24-8/13

Oceans Ate Alaska 6/24-8/13

Vanna 6/24-8/13

Veil Of Maya 6/24-8/13

Poseidon Stage

Emarosa 6/24-8/13

I See Stars 6/24-8/13

Knuckle Puck 6/24- 8/13

Masked Intruder 6/24-8/13

Prof 7/26-8/13

Roam 6/24-8/13

SECRETS 6/24-8/13

The Heirs 6/24-8/13

The Interrupters 6/24-8/13

Young Guns 6/24-8/13

Cyclops Stage

Against The Current 6/24-8/13

Assuming We Survive 6/24-8/13

Ballyhoo! 6/24-8/13

Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! 6/24-8/13

Ghost Town 6/24-8/3

Sykes 6/24-8/13

Teenage Bottlerocket 6/24-8/13

Too Close To Touch 6/24-8/13

Waterparks 6/24-8/13

Full Sail Stage

Avion Roe 6/24-7/21

Bad Seed Rising 6/24-7/27

Broadside 6/24-8/13

Cane Hill 6/24-8/13

Capsize 7/17-8/13

Dash Ten 6/24-8/13

Hail The Sun 6/24-7/16

Like Pacific 6/24-8/13

More To Monroe 7/28-8/13

Mother Feather 6/24-8/13

Old Wounds 6/24-8/13

Palaye Royale 6/24-8/13

Reckless Serenade 6/24-8/13

Safe To Say 6/24-8/13

SayWeCanFly 7/22-8/13

Silent Planet 6/24-7/17

The New Low 7/19-8/13

Wage War 6/24-8/13

With Confidence 6/24-8/13

And here is a list of the remaining tour dates:

7.5 CHARLOTTE, NC

7.6 VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

7.7 SYRACUSE, NY

7.8 PHILADELPHIA, PA

7.9 NEW YORK, NY

7.10 HARTFORD, CT

7.11 SCRANTON, PA

7.13 BOSTON, MA

7.14 BUFFALO, NY

7.15 PITTSBURGH, PA

7.16 COLUMBIA, MD

7.17 HOLMDEL, NJ

7.19 INDIANAPOLIS, IN

7.20 CLEVELAND, OH

7.21 CINCINNATI, OH

7.22 DETROIT, MI

7.23 CHICAGO, IL

7.24 MINNEAPOLIS, MN

7.26 MILWAUKEE, WI

See you in the pit!

TNT

 

The Most Lamentable Tragedy – Titus Andronicus May 18, 2016

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A review by Jon Warhol
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Online reviewers have been praising and glorifying the hell out of The Most Lamentable Tragedy as if it’s some grand philosophical statement that’s going to bring peace to mankind. They’re all wrong. Dissenting opinions should always be welcoming punk, so here’s mine.

Before calling me a hater, let’s get one thing straight: Titus Andronicus is one of my favorite bands and there are some really great parts to their 4th album: The Most Lamentable Tragedy (TMLT). However, TMLT is a 29-track 93-minute rock opera in 5 acts that suffers from some little problems which add up to one big problem: it’s just too much. The length, the number of tracks, the concept, the production, the weird parts, the loud parts, the silent parts. It’s just too damn much. Some tracks kick ass, but as a whole it falls flat.

Length: Too long. I own the album on CD and it spans 2 discs. I could dramatically improve it by halving the track list so it’ll fit onto just one. Disc 1 is mostly A-OK, but on disc 2 do we need the Gregorian chant praising Egyptian sun-god Ra? Or the choral version of “Auld Lang Syne”? Or the track called “7 Seconds” that’s just 7 seconds of silence? Or the closing track “A Moral”, an anti-climactic short drone? You get the point.

Lyrics and Vocals: References to classic literature and pop culture and a complicated story about a manic-depressive who meets his doppelgänger, goes through dream sequences and has an existential crisis…or something like that. It’s really hard to get the story simply from listening to the music. This is because most of the album is sung in a scream that’s exhausting, hard to interpret, and just a little too soft in the mix.

I totally get that this is punk rock and it’s supposed to be loud, emotional, confrontational, angsty, blah blah. It certainly achieves all those feelings. But if the lyrics are important and tell such a complicated story, why were they sung and recorded in a way that makes them hard to hear?

Part of me also feels that a 93 minute 5 act opera about one’s personal problems is a little self obsessed à la Roger Waters or Pete Townshend. But hey, I’m not the one with manic depression and it works for Patrick, so to each their own.

Production: Again, I understand punk is supposed to have an in-your-face quality, but listening through the whole thing feels like it was recorded and mixed quickly in one small room. There’s often so much guitar, bass and drums that most of the lyrical content and story gets lost in muddiness. Combined with TMLT’s length, the production and instrumentation really begins to sound the same after a while. You’ll get weary of riff after riff and more guitar and more guitar that by the time disc 2 rolls around, you’ll find yourself skipping tracks.

Things I liked: The band’s performance on TMLT is top-notch. Tight rhythms, powerful chord riffs and melodic guitar solos make parts of TMLT stand out as some of Titus’ strongest playing. There are times when the lo-fi, fast and angry production works well. Tracks 9 – 12 “I Lost My Mind (DJ)”, “Mr. E. Mann”, “Fired Up” and “Dimed Out” are the best on the whole album and would be an awesome EP if released on their own. While the album’s length and production made me miss some of the overall story, I respect that the band tried something bold and new. Titus Andronicus made a true artistic statement with TMLT. Whether or not this statement is realized will vary from listener to listener.

Get it! If you’re already a Titus Andronicus fan and like lengthy rock operas.

Don’t get it! If you’re not already fan. Start with their second album The Monitor. Or, watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKdWBpXlc6E from Titus’ YouTube channel. It’s the best 15 minutes from the whole album.

 

 

Thrice Premieres Official Video For “Black Honey” May 17, 2016

I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for new music from one of my favorite bands!    Only 10 days to go until their new album To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere is released via Vagrant Records/BMG, and only 1 month away Thrice plays the tri-state area!

Check out the music video for “Black Honey”and local dates below

6/16 New York NY @ PlayStation Theater

6/17 Philadelphia PA @ The Fillmore

6/18 Sayreville NJ @ Starland Ballroom

6/19 Boston MA @ House of Blues

 

Your Heart Is A Muscle The Size Of A Fist by Sunil Yapa April 1, 2016

A book review by Alexander Castiglione

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I remember vividly my father telling me “Your heart is the size of your fist.”

I don’t know why, but that stuck with me. Sometimes I’d look at my hand, clench a fist, and think “this is your heart.” Then I came across this title by Sunil Yapa, his first novel, and knew I had to read it.

Set in the turbulence of the WTO protests in Seattle in 1999, a nation divided, and on the cusp of the post-911 world we find ourselves today; it is a tale of heartache and loss, but also of redemption and self-realization. Despite it being set some 17 years ago, there are significant echoes of current political climes and social injustices which we still see today.

Broad strokes: the narrative follows several wildly different characters on intersecting trajectories, the protagonist being a young man named Victor, who just returned to Seattle after running away for two years. From the time he was 16, Victor was a wayward, world traveling soul; looking for something, anything. We also meet King, an eco-radical in a sense, and Park, a radical policeman in a totally disparate sense. There are other players within the piece, and they all gel together (symphonically in this writer’s opinion) to create a tapestry of human conditions I think many of us, even if we didn’t stand resolute protesting the WTO, our muscles aching from baton strikes, can relate to.

From the alienation of a boy looking for his place in the world, to the stoicism of a hardened police chief trying to quell a rebellion, all the way over to the older man, who practiced non-violence his entire adult life, and protested every atrocity along the way, media coverage or not. Yapa creates a mosaic of love, hate, anger, pain, loss, self-discovery, doubt, power, and most of all love; that I think we all can agree makes up the mosaic of human existence. Each tile no more or less important than the last, each emotion just connected to the other.

His prose is beautifully written, and despite having very deep passages that read more like a pastoral hymn with monkish undertones than a novel written in 2016, it is powerful. Very powerful in fact, much like the title of this book which drew me in; and like a fist, the heart is capable of pain: both inflicted it, and being afflicted by it. Just ask anyone who has taken a shot to the jaw, or missed and hit a brick wall in error; and perhaps I’m over analyzing – but I think this is an exceptional metaphor for the heart: the paradox of vulnerability and impenetrability. It can be broken and yet is still unbreakable, a marvelous organ indeed.   

The actual delivery is not the only beautiful element to this 300-or-so page novel, but the actual substance. Yapa weaves a tale of great depth, capturing the illogicality of our actions and relationships and nailing the mysteriousness of ourselves to ourselves. Even set against the backdrop of the WTO protests, with turmoil in the streets, Molotov cocktails streaking through the night sky, and rubber bullets bellowing from police shotguns; there is still a great contrast when this tumult is compared to that of a boy looking for his father, a girl looking for resolution, a diplomat looking for a way to his meeting. Each of us, he implies, is amidst a riot all their own. All sides of the story are exposed, and all characters are given their humanity by Yapa.

Despite Your Heart Is A Muscle The Size Of A Fist being Yapa’s first novel, I am absolutely certain it will not be his last. It’s poignant prose and outstandingly researched setting juxtaposed to round, real, relatable characters is not something easily attained, and the thoughtfulness shines through. It’s a tender novel, with (at times) grizzled characters, which are surrounded by more than just CS Gas and pepper spray, but their own demons.

 

Disturbed & Rob Zombie Co-headline tour for May 2016 and Disturbed Powerful Cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” February 6, 2016

Disturbed is touring in support of their massive #1 album Immortalized, which marked the end of the Grammy-nominated group’s 4-year hiatus  and became their fifth consecutive album to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, a rare feat achieve by only one other hard rock band in the history of the chart: Metallica. The album has already boasted two huge No. 1 Active Rock singles in “The Vengeful One” and “The Light,” and now the group’s haunting version of Simon & Garfunkel’s classic “The Sound of Silence” is poised to continue the dominance. The track is already climbing the charts and has now earned over 12 million YouTube views in just a couple of months.

Disturbed and Rob Zombie have announced a co-headline tour for May 2016. Ahead of that, Disturbed are gearing up to kick off their first tour following their 4-year hiatus, starting in the U.S. in Fargo, ND on February 10 and taking them on an almost entirely sold out run through North America to headlining slots at major festivals across the U.S., U.K., and Europe.

DISTURBED AND ROB ZOMBIE CO-HEADLINE DATES, WITH SPECIAL GUEST POP EVIL:
05/03                     Mississippi Coast Coliseum – Biloxi, MS
05/04                     Oak Mountain Amphitheater – Birmingham, AL
05/06                     Aaron’s Amphitheater – Atlanta, GA *
05/07                     Ascend Amphitheater – Nashville, TN
05/10                     Cajundome – Lafayette, LA
05/11                     CenturyLink Center – Bossier City, LA
05/17                     US Cellular Center – Cedar Rapids, IA
05/22                     Hershey Stadium – Hershey, PA
05/24                     Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, MI
05/25                     Allen County War Memorial Coliseum – Fort Wayne, IN
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DISTURBED CONFIRMED NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
For tickets and further details on all shows: http://www.disturbed1.com/shows
02/10                     Fargo Civic Center – Fargo, ND
02/12                     MTS Cetnre – Winnipeg, Canada
02/14                     Enmax Centre – Lethbridge, Canada
02/15                     SaskTel Centre – Saskatoon, Canada
02/18                     Grey Eagle Events Centre – Calgary, Canada
02/19                     EnCana Events Centre – Dawson Creek, Canada
02/20                     Shaw Conference Centre – Edmonton, Canada
02/22                     Mosaic Place – Moose Jaw, Canada
02/24                     Bismarck Event Center – Bismarck, ND
02/25                     Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry – Sioux Falls, SD
03/11                     Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, Canada
03/12                     The Showbox – Seattle, WA                               
03/14                     Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
03/16                     The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
03/17                     The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
03/19                     UFEST 2016 – Phoenix, AZ                               
03/20                     House of Blues – San Diego, CA                               
03/23                     House of Blues – Dallas, TX                               
03/24                     House of Blues – Houston, TX                            
03/25                     House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
03/27                     Iron City – Birmingham, AL                               
03/29                     House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC
03/30                     The National – Richmond, VA                               
04/01                     Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
04/02                     Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
04/04                     Irving Plaza – New York, NY                               
04/05                     Rapids Theater – Niagara Falls, NY
04/07                     St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI                               
04/08                     Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI                               
04/10                     New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
04/26                     Prairie Capital Convention Center – Springfield, IL
04/29                     98ROCKFEST – Tampa, FL
04/30                     Welcome to Rockville – Jacksonville, FL
05/01                     Fort Rock Festival – Fort Myers, FL
05/08                     Carolina Rebellion – Concord, NC
05/15                     Northern Invasion – Somerset, WI
05/20                     Rock on the Range – Columbus, OH
05/21                     BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ
05/27-05/29            Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
 

Catching Up With New Beat Fund – Headlining the Troubadour in LA on August 20th! August 15, 2015

It’s been a summer, well if you want to be technical about it, it’s been two summers since NVMP had the chance to catch up with G-punk rockers, New Beat Fund on the Van’s Warped Tour.  NBF released their debut album Sponge Fingerz back in June and have promoted it throughout the nation on the Van’s Warped Tour.  Sponge Fingerz was recorded at LA’s legendary Sound City Studio, co-produced by Matt Wallace (Faith No More, Maroon 5) and mixed by Tony Hoffer (Foster the People, Beck).

New Beat Fund is headlining the Troubadour in Los Angeles with Armors and Little Wolves, get your tickets here.

Touring on the Warped Tour has its ups and downs – like the extreme heat we all endured at the show in Holmdel, NJ –  but  always inspires creating new jams and bringing artists together. The band teamed up with fellow VWT artist Mod Sun for a remix of “Sunday Funday”, remix by ID Labs and Badboxes.  Download the remix for FREE from the special Summertime Party Jams BitTorrrent bundle, also features remixes from Mystery Skulls and Priory.  You can check out one of their latest collaborations with BeBe Rexha “I’m Gonna Show You Crazy” right here. 

New Beat Fund and Night Riots spent the summer touring together on the same bus and have remixed songs from each other’s albums, teaming up with WeTransfer to share them with you. “The songs fall somewhere between cover versions and remixes,” says Night Riots’ lead vocalist Travis Hawley. “We love what those guys did with our song. They made it their own and we did the same with theirs. “While living on the road we really got to enter one another’s creative brain space,” says New Beat Fund guitarist/vocalist Jeff Laliberte. “It was a lot of fun to twist and reimagine the songs to see our vibes complement each other. And we’re best fwendz.”  Fans can download the two tracks at http://newbeatfund.com/nrxnbf/

Remember the Instagram video parodies of scenes from iconic horror movies? You have got to watch the hilarious Sunday Fundaze videos!  Watch Episode 1 below (Iggy Azalea parody is my favorite part) and the rest on New Beat Fund’s website here.

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Until next time,

TNT

 

Good Graeff August 4, 2015

I can’t stand when you try to talk music to some people and after you name a few bands, they say something like “Oh, I don’t listen to new music.”  That’s like saying you don’t enjoy breathing fresh air, or you’re perfectly happy watching reruns of Friends for the rest of your life.  If you do only one new thing today, let it be discovering a new band. And if you trust TNT, let that band be Good Graeff.

I had the pleasure of seeing Good Graeff live at Bowery Ballroom open for Mates of State along with Hey Marseilles in July.  Comprised of twin sisters Brook (guitar & lead vocals) and Brit (cello & backup vocals), Good Graeff is the perfect pair.  They have such an upbeat, fun energy on stage, and so original.  It sounds like every experience in their lives have influenced the music – from winning a battle of the bands together in high school together, to living apart for a few years (being a twin myself, I think this really helps twins learn who they are as individuals by ditching the ever-bounding secondary names “the twins,” “the girls,” or “you two.”) to reconnecting in Hanoi, Vietnam teaching English, hosting motorcycle tours in the countryside, and best of all, playing music together again.

20150710_222359Their music captured so many genres that it doesn’t feel right to pick just one.  Folk, rock, indie, punk, pop, indie, southern rock – I heard a bit of everything throughout their set.  Think of an upbeat Tegan and Sara without the synth blended with Kimya Dawson and Jenny Lewis, add a band, and it’s fun like the Spin Doctors or Veruca Salt.  My favorite song on their EP Good Job Go is “I Want That” but unsuspected song “Topeka” that was played stole the show for me.  Maybe because I was not expecting that sound or because it’s such a crowd pleaser that I ended up shouting “Topeka” where I thought it was needed.  They kept the crowd engaged and laughing in-between songs.  I loved that they added Spider Man to the guest list at the door because, hey, you never know, it’s New York and Peter Parker may be having a slow night.  I predict a bright musical future for Good Graeff.

See them live when you get the chance, but in the mean time grab a copy of the Good Job Go EP.  Check out their Bandcamp page here, their Facebook page here, their website here, and the only video could find featuring “Topeka” here.