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31 Dec
2009

Tonight, Brett Dennen will be ringing in the New Year live at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California. You can watch it FOR FREE live online thanks to Livestream. You can watch it on our homepage or in this post starting at 8:30pm PST/11:30pm EST. Enjoy the show and have a happy new year!

31 Dec
2009
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Top Bands Of The Year
1. Green Day
2. Phoenix
3. Paper Route
4. Kings of Leon
5. Manchester Orchestra

Songs Of The Year
1. Phoenix – “1901″
2. Silversun Pickups – “Panic Switch”
3. Kings of Leon – “Use Somebody”
4. Cage The Elephant – “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked”
5. Manchester Orchestra – “I’ve Got Friends”

Label Of The Year
Glassnote Records (Phoenix, The Temper Trap, Mumford and Sons, ’nuff said!)

Artist We’re Willing To Forgive For Their Weak Solo Album
(Tie) Chris Cornell (Scream)/Scott Weiland (Happy In Galoshes)

Top Unsigned Band
Saint Motel www.myspace.com/saintmotel

Bands you love that we don’t love but we cover them for you guys anyways
1. Animal Collective
2. Grizzly Bear
3. Bon Iver

Bands we’re sorry for covering this year
1. The Flood
2. Insane Clown Posse

New albums that we wished would’ve been a little better
1. Thirty Seconds To Mars (This Is War)
2. Chevelle (Sci-Fi Crimes)
3. Breaking Benjamin (I Will Not Bow)
4. Three Days Grace (Life Starts Now)

Bands that we promoted and even liked but we thought were overhyped by everyone
1. Them Crooked Vultures
2. The Dead Weather
3. Green Day

Best promo/publicity companies
1. Total Assault
2. Sneak Attack Media
3. Big Hassle Media

Favorite concerts we attended
1. (Tie) Phoenix at PC Richard & Son Theater 12/3 & WRXP Holiday Show with Phoenix, Passion Pit, Jack’s Mannequin and Manchester Orchestra 12/2 at Hammerstein Ballroom
2. The Airborne Toxic Event 10/15 Webster Hall
3. Green Day 7/28 MSG
4. AFI 10/10 Starland Ballroom
5. White Lies 9/25 Webster Hall

Favorite Interviews
1. JT Daly of Paper Route
2. Cartel
3. Lzzy Hale of Halestorm
4. Steve Mazur of Our Lady Peace
5. Andrew McMahon of Jack’s Mannequin

Mr. Hopeless (TAP contributor)
1) Pearl Jam – “The Fixer”
Good to see Vedder taking down the man and doing commercials for Target.
2) Green Day – “Before the Lobotomy”
Can any year Armstrong and company release new music really be that bad? I say no, but out-of-work music industry types beg to differ. Don’t worry, no one employed by the music industry is worth employing anyway.
3) Chevelle – “Jars”
Chevelle has been delivering real rock even after hitting the mainstream. Kudos.
4) Breaking Benjamin – “Hopeless”
Breaking Benjamin’s lead Benjamin Burnley is too afraid of flying to tour overseas. Sucks for those countries.
5) Rammstein – “Pussy”
The Germans don’t understand the difference between music videos and porn…and I’m O.K. with that.

Yes, we realize this is kind of quickly thrown together list but we kind of slacked off the last week or so. Don’t worry, we’ll get everything straightened out and the site will be better than ever and we’ll give away a bunch of new stuff. Thanks to everyone over at all the promo companies that we work with including Melissa, Ben and everyone over at Total Assault, Marni, Lisa, Sheryl, Lauren at Sneak Attack Media, Ken and everyone at Big Hassle, special thanks to Myles, Amanda at ABC PR, our favorite blogs RockItOutBlog, Antiquiet, TwentyFourBit, Consequence of Sound, all the blogs/sites that linked to us and credited us and even the ones that linked to us and didn’t credit us, all the labels and management who gave us free merch to give away and helped us with giveaways, Tenth Street Entertainment, Ryan and Jason over at Epic, Bich Ngoc at WBR, Darren at EMI, our photographer and friend Meimi (who saved our CMJ show), our favorite intern Gen, Mr. Hopeless, MOG, Seth and everyone at IndieClick, Kibbe, Maritza and Fancorps, Bridget and Rockpit, our Twitter followers, Facebook fans, Nicole from Sideways Media, everyone who retweets our posts and anyone else that we’re forgetting. Oh and you, the readers, who put up with our BS and came to our site whether it was to see last night’s Letterman performances, or read our reviews or listen to our interviews, kill sometime or just see if the word “perv” would get blocked while you were online at work. So thanks everyone and have a happy new year.

29 Dec
2009
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    THIS GIVEAWAY IS OVER!

One of the most anticipated releases of the year This Is War by 30 Seconds To Mars came out this month. You didn’t buy it? Shame on you! But it’s okay. Thanks to the people over at Virgin/Capitol and Total Assault, we have a copy of the CD JUST FOR YOU! All you have to do to win (do we really have to explain it to you again? ok ok) is email us your name and we’ll email you back if you win! (USA/Canada entrants only, sorry!)


29 Dec
2009
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Universal Motown recording artist After Midnight Project’s debut full length, “Let’s Build Something to Break”, was just released this past summer and the band is out on the road on tour in support of the release, opening up a few dates for 30 Seconds To Mars.

Feed The Beat recently caught up with Spencer Bastian the band guitarist to check in about life on the road. The band is one of the winners of the 2009 Feed The Beat program where they get sponsored by Taco Bell to do what they do best, head out on the road and play for their fans.

The complete interview can be read on Feed The Beat’s website here.

www.feedthebeat.com

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www.facebook.com/feedthebeat

28 Dec
2009
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On the heels of signing a deal with MySpace Records, Long Beach, CA’s Call The Cops have just been added to the Hot Topic Presents 2010 Sub City Take Action Tour lineup, joining headliners We The Kings, as well as Mayday Parade, There For Tomorrow, and A Rocket to the Moon. CALL THE COPS will be on the first half of the annual nationwide charity tour, now in its ninth year, raising funds and awareness for youth involvement in charitable action. The tour will kick off in Atlanta, GA on January 25th and end on March 2nd in Dallas. This year the tour will spotlight Patrick Pedraja’s Driving for Donors organization (www.drivingfordonors.com) and the need to get people signed up for the National Marrow Registry.

Currently in the studio recording with Matt Squire (3Oh3!, All Time Low, Panic! At the Disco), Sugarcult lead singer Tim Pagnotta, and Ian Kirkpatrick , the band’s MySpace Records’ debut EP will be released this spring.

CALL THE COPS / HOT TOPIC PRESENTS 2010 SUB CITY TAKE ACTION TOUR DATES:
Mon 1/25 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Tues 1/26 Nashville, TN Rocketown
Wed 1/27 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
Thurs 1/28 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
Fri 1/29 St. Paul, MN Station 4
Sat 1/30 Milwaukee, WI The Rave II
Sun 1/31 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot
Mon 2/1 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
Tues 2/2 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
Thurs 2/4 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Fri 2/5 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
Sat 2/6 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
Mon 2/8 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
Tues 2/9 Baltimore, MD Bourbon Street Ballroom
Thurs 2/11 Lake Buena Vista, FL House Of Blues

For more information on CALL THE COPS, go to www.myspace.com/callthecops.

28 Dec
2009
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Bay-Area native Brett Dennen has partnered with Livestream to broadcast an exclusive New Year’s Eve performance at the Fox Theater in Oakland presented by Life is good and Another Planet Entertainment. “Starting December 31st at 8:30PM PST, fans can tune in to Brett’s Facebook page, website, or Livestream to view the broadcast.” Joining Brett are Brushfire Recording artist and neighbors ALO, plus several local musicians at a party destined to be the Bay-Area kick-off to 2010.

To kickoff this special New Years Eve performance, Brett will also interact with his fans on Livestream, with a special Q+A session from his rehearsals on December 30th at 3PM PST. The performance at the newly renovated theater marks Brett’s first local headline since selling out two nights at the legendary Fillmore. He also recently engaged thousands at the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in Golden Gate Park and supported Jason Mraz for a sold out show at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre.

This show completes a highly successful year for Brett supporting his most recent release Hope For The Hopeless, which appropriately begins with Bay-Area homage “San Francisco”. Closing the year with a broadcast presented by Life is good makes perfect sense. Brett’s 54-city winter-spring tour was featured Life is good as a partner, and both Brett and ALO played for tens of thousands at Life is good Festivals in Boston, St. Louis and San Francisco in the summer and fall. Their vocal support for the Life is good Kids Foundation throughout the year helped this nonprofit raise over $900,000 in 2009 for children facing life-threatening conditions.

With Livestream as the exclusive streaming provider, the player for the webcast can be embedded anywhere. Integration with Facebook and Twitter allows viewers to engage in an online conversation with other fans and the band. The performance will also be encoded for the iPhone, making the broadcast accessible to over a million iPhone users with a 3G wireless connection at http://iphone.livestream.com/brettdennenalolive.

For more info on the special show, including discounts on hotels in the area, go to: http://www.brettdennen.net/newyearseve
Download Brett Dennen’s “The Holidays Are Here (We’re Still At War)” here (right click, save as).

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28 Dec
2009
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Though Dashboard Confessional just wrapped their acoustic tour, you can relive the highlights on Rolling Stone’s Rock & Roll Daily. While in NY, the guys stopped by the Rolling Stone office to record “Bell of the Boulevard” and “Get Me Right” off their new album Alter The Ending. Check out the videos here.

February 19 – Key Arena - Seattle, WA
February 22 – HP Pavillion – San Jose, CA
February 24 – Jobing.com Arena – Phoenix, AZ
February 26 – Honda Center – Anaheim, CA
February 27 – Honda Center – Anaheim, CA
March 2 – Arco Arena – Sacramento, CA
March 4 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA
March 6 – MGM – Las Vegas, NV
March 8 – Pepsi Center – Denver, CO
March 9 – Qwest Center – Omaha, NE
March 11 – Intrust Bank Arena – Wichita, KS
March 13 – Fargodome – Fargo, ND
March 15 – Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO
March 17 – The Palace – Detroit, MI
March 19 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
March 20 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
March 23 – Wachovia Center – Philadelphia, PA
March 24 – Wachovia Center – Philadelphia, PA
March 29 – Verizon Center – Washington DC
April 13 – BOK Center – Tulsa, OK
April 15 – Phillips Arena – Atlanta, GA
April 17 – St Pete Times Forum – Tampa, FL
April 18 – Bank Atlantic Center – Fort Lauderdale, FL
April 21 – Sommet Center – Nashville, TN
April 22 – Time Warner Cable Arena – Charlotte, NC

Stay tuned for solo dates…

For more information on Dashboard Confessional, check out:

http://www.dashboardconfessional.com/
http://www.myspace.com/dashboardconfessional
http://twitter.com/ChrisCarrabba

28 Dec
2009
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Atlanta-based experimental rock band, iRival was just chosen as one of the Top 20 Unsigned Artists by Purevolume.com! Check it out here. Fusing various aspects of rock and electronics, iRival is road-tested and experienced, having toured with the likes of Family Force 5, Breathe Carolina and Cash Cash and scored an opening stint on 2008’s Rockstar Taste of Chaos. With an average of 2000-5000 plays daily on MySpace and a feature in the current issue of scene tastemaker magazine, Substream Music Press, iRival is ready to change the direction and definition of mainstream music.

Catch them on tour in February and March with Conditions and Life on Repeat.

www.purevolume.com/irivalrock

www.myspace.com/irivalrock

iRival Tour Dates

Feb 27 St. Christophers w/ Conditions and Life On Repeat Linthicum, Maryland

Feb 28 The Vibe Lounge w/ Conditions and Life On Repeat Rockville Centre, NY

Mar 1 Hangar 84 w/ Conditions and Life On Repeat Vineland, New Jersey

Mar 2 The Studio @ Webster Hall w/ Conditions and Life On Repeat New York, NY

Mar 3 Freehold VFW w/ Conditions and Life On Repeat Freehold, New Jersey

Mar 4 Crocodile Rock w/ Conditions and Life On Repeat Allentown, Pennsylvania

Mar 5 The Platinum Lounge w/ Conditions and Life On Repeat Poughkeepsie, NY

Mar 6 Garfield Artworks w/ Conditions and Life On Repeat Pittsburgh, PA

Mar 7 Peabodys – Pirate Cove w/ Conditions and Life On Repeat Cleveland, Ohio

Mar 12 Club Relevant w/ Conditions and Life On Repeat VA Beach, Virginia

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28 Dec
2009
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We love nothing more than giving you guys free music and today, we have a free MP3 for you from Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas. Download the track “Christmas With A Monkey” for free for a limited time over at Amazon now and pick up the whole soundtrack while you’re at it!


25 Dec
2009
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Semi Precious Weapons announced additional US dates with Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour through 2010! They will be performing all over the country, including a four-night stand at New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall. Scroll down to view their revised list of upcoming tour dates!

As an opening act for Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour 2009-2010, Semi Precious Weapons has already begun receiving kudos for their outrageous live stage show! The Boston Globe raved, “Semi Precious Weapons split the difference between AC/DC and Queen with fierce frontman, Justin Tranter.” The band previously received rave reviews on their recent tours with Ladyhawke and rock icons The Sounds.

Even before they landed on the biggest gig of the season, Semi Precious Weapons turned heads and made music listeners take notice. SPIN described the band as “Like the Sex Pistols….. If they had emerged from Andy Warhol’s downtown Manhattan Factory Scene,” while Rolling Stone said “Tranter is like Adam Ant, T.Rex’s Marc Bolan and Ziggy Stardust wrapped into one, singing lead on AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’”. After being named the “Best Band in NYC” by the 2008 Reader’s Poll, The Village Voice wrote, “Semi Precious Weapons are the most important band in America.”

Last month, Semi Precious Weapons took a break from their busy touring agenda to get back into the studio with producer Jack Joseph Puig (The Rolling Stones, Green Day). Stay tuned for more information about their upcoming album, on which Lady Gaga and Streamline Records President Vincent Herbert will serve as executive producers!

Get a free MP3 at www.semipreciousweapons.com.

http://www.myspace.com/semipreciousweapons
http://www.facebook.com/semipreciousweapons
http://twitter.com/PreciousWeapons

12/27/2009 – New Orleans, LA – UNO Lakefront Arena
12/28/2009 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
12/29/2009 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
12/31/2009 – Miami, FL – Knight Center
1/2/2010 – Miami, FL @ Knight Center
1/3/2010 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock
1/7/2010 – St. Louis, MO – The Fox
1/8/2010 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
1/9/2010 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
1/10/2010 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
1/12/2010 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
1/13/2010 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
1/14/2010 – West Lafayette, IN – Purdue University
1/16/2010 – Atlantic City, NJ – The Borgata
1/17/2010 – Wallingford, CT – Chevrolet Theatre
1/18/2010 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
1/20/2010 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
1/21/2010 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
1/23/2010 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
1/24/2010 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall