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12 Dec
2012

AWOLNATION performed “Kill Your Heroes” on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Watch the video below:

12 Nov
2012

Los Angeles rock radio station KROQ 106.7 announced the lineup for the 23rd Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas, Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th, 2012. Tickets are available online at Livenation.com/Ticketmaster.com only on Friday, November 16th at 12:00pm PST. Presale tickets are available to KROQ Street Team members at http://streetteam.kroq.radio.com/main.aspx

NIGHT 1 LINEUP
LINKIN PARK
RISE AGAINST
BUSH
GARBAGE
SLIGHTLY STOOPID
AWOLNATION
THE LUMINEERS
WALK THE MOON
THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
YOUNGBLOOD HAWKE

NIGHT 2 LINEUP
THE KILLERS
JACK WHITE
FUN
M83
NEON TREES
PASSION PIT
GROUPLOVE
OF MONSTERS AND MEN
ALEX CLARE
IMAGINE DRAGONS

Proceeds from 23rd Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas to benefit the following charities:

Para Los Ni̱os РPara Los Ni̱os is a non-profit family service agency designed to raise at-risk children out of poverty and into brighter futures through positive educational
opportunities and support.

Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center – Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center provides a safe after-school environment where hundreds of boys and girls in South Central Los Angeles participate in tutoring, learn important social skills and are guided to succeed in school and enter college.

www.kroq.com

24 Oct
2012

AWOLNATION are in the middle of their “Never Let Your Fear Decide Your Fate” tour with Imagine Dragons and Zeale. Last Thursday, they played Emo’s East in Austin. Our photographer Phil DeSimone was there to get some shots from the show. Check them out below and pick up the band’s album Megalithic Symphony now on iTunes

04 Oct
2012


It’s been a fun ride for AWOLNATION. The band has been touring incessantly since the release of their debut LP Megalithic Symphony released in the Spring of 2011. You may have heard the hit single “Sail” everywhere (on TV, movie trailers, ESPN highlights) but Megalithic Symphony is filled with great songs that show that AWOLNATION is not just another screaming rock band. We recently had a chance to check in with the band’s frontman Aaron Bruno before a show. Check it out below:

By Matt Arena

How’s the tour going so far?

It’s going very good, we’re like six shows in. We’re in Detroit right now, having a great time and all the shows so far have been very energetic and great.

You played a show in Hartford, CT the other day, in the middle of a train station, what was that like?

Yeah, it actually was in the middle of the train station, literally. It was a really cool experience; the previous time we played there it was only in front of maybe 20 people. So it’s great to see progress. You always want to play to more people each time, so it’s a good sign that word’s spreading and all the hard work pays off. It’s always the more the merrier at a show.

The shows have been selling out pretty consistently so far this tour, even in place like Hartford, how’s it feel to see that people are digging your music nationwide?

It feels really, really good, man. It wasn’t something that I ever expected to happen. I’ve been in a lot different bands and put a lot into the record and didn’t expect much in return. I just tried to put my head down and do as best as I possibly could. There have been a couple people out there who dig what’s going on. The expectation never was to have some crazy success. I never even thought any of these songs would be on the radio, really ever. But you always hope for those things and a lot of it is out of your control. The mentality is I guess expecting the worst and hoping for the best, ya know? I continue to feel like the underdog in a lot of ways, because I put out a couple records with bands I made before, neither of which saw the light of day. They had a chance but definitely didn’t get near where we would have liked. Even more devastating were the records that my last band made that didn’t even get to come out. Any time you put it on the line on creating something and putting it out there, and you can’t even release it because of legal problems or label stuff it’s pretty devastating because you put a lot into it. When you create this thing and no one gets to see it or even decide for themselves whether they like it or not. Not that I’m saying it was the best record or not but it would have been cool to let it have a chance. So my goal with this thing was to release it. I didn’t want it to sit on a hard drive somewhere. I didn’t expect anything really, so maybe that’s why it’s gone so good because expectations are so low.

I’ve noticed you’ve always had really good support acts, last year with Twin Atlantic and this year with Imagine Dragons, what goes into making that decision?

It’s actually not as complicated as it sounds. It’s usually whatever packaging makes the most sense at the time. You want to be able to tolerate the music for however many shows you’re on the road for, so you try to have bands whose music you’ll enjoy. Sometimes it’s just whatever makes the most sense and creates the best atmosphere for the show. That’s what it’s about at the end of the day; trying to give the fans the best show possible.

The video for ‘Kill Your Heroes’ was just released, and it’s a pretty wild one, where did you get the concept for that?

I think my buddy Cameron who directed this and a couple other videos as well, and we always wanted to do this Mr. Rogers parody thing. Or something along those lines of the children’s television we were forced to watch growing up. He had the idea and I kinda just took it to another place. There was a lot of back and forth before it got to where it’s at now. We wanted to do something a little light hearted, but it ended up being taken a little more seriously than I though at first. Clearly ‘Not Your Fault’ was a good time and it followed that direction. So I think next doing something really, really serious it the way we’d want to go (laughs).

It was also released in 3D. Did that influence the concept or production at all?

No it didn’t. It just seemed very possible and so we did it. I don’t think that every concept is right for 3D, but that one was at the time.

There was also a song you recorded for the Frankenweenie soundtrack, what was it like being part of that? Especially a kid’s movie, not something you’d expect an AWOLNATION song to appear on.

I got asked to go see the movie, saw it, and was asked to write a song that was inspired by the movie. I was very flattered that I was asked by that camp, to be associated with Tim Burton or Danny Elfman at all was such a huge moment for me. I had an idea that seemed like it would make sense for what I saw and put some lyrics together. It was cool because it was somewhat of a challenge for me to take myself out of the movie to write a song. I’d never been asked to write specifically for the film. It was really cool to think outside of the norms of myself in order to come up with the song. Then when I wrote the song, I was really happy, thinking, “well ok, if they don’t like it like it, I can use it on the next record.” But it turned out they really liked it and I’m excited to hear how the other songs came out too and see where my weird song fits in.

Do you have solid plans for a second album?

The only solid plans I have is just to continue writing and make sure that the record is better than this one. I push myself to become a better songwriter and sound better. I would hate to take a step backwards so hopefully they’re satisfied as the needs and expectations of the fan base grows with us as we push the boundaries of where we were at before. But I don’t know when that’s going to come out, with this record everything felt so good. As soon as we can record we will, but we’re kind of in the middle of it right now.

Being that you’re much more popular now, is that something in your head when writing? The expectations that come with an established fan base?

I write no matter what. It’s probably in the back of my head, the pressures and expectations. To follow up something with this much success is not something that I ever thought would happen, that sophomore record. I guess the advantage I have is that I made a bunch of records that people didn’t hear. It doesn’t feel so much like a sophomore album, more of an extension of this weird journey I’ve been on. When I wrote Megalithic Symphony I tried to make something that I’d personally love and hope that people feel the same way. What I love now may be different from what I loved when I made that record, so it may be a little different but hopefully it’ll grow in an area that people will enjoy.

You’re on the forefront of Red Bull Records, what’s it like being on that record label? Is there ever any pressure that you feel?

No pressure at all. They definitely don’t need my help. The coolest thing about it is that they don’t really want you being in the mix too much. If they can have their opinions, they try to do in really hands off. They want it to be very successful, but also are equally proud that they can back, which I know sounds too good to be true, maybe it is, but for me it’s worked out. It’s been very hands-off and supportive when we need it.

You guys played a lot of festivals this past summer, what about that environment appeals to you?

Um, what appeals to me is just getting able to see a variety of different bands. Like now we’re playing with the same two bands for a month or so. When you drop into a festival one of your favorite bands may be playing that night. We’ve been lucky enough to see some great, great bands over the summer festivals. Collectively we’ve been able to see some of our all-time favorite bands. It’s been very special. It was a summer I’ll never forget, I don’t know how it’ll be topped. I got to see Refused on their reunion, Metallica, who I’ve never seen before, Slayer, and Radiohead. It was great.

AWOLNATION is on a national headline tour now. Check out dates at awolnationmusic.com and buy the album Megalithic Symphony on iTunes, Amazon MP3 or CD

27 Sep
2012

AWOLNATION and Red Bull Records are proud to unveil the latest in fan-to-band-to-fan networking called The AWOL “NATION” Project, an innovate new community-driven site that creates a living, breathing interactive experience centered around fan-contributed content. Fans can post anything they want on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or Vimeo and if it’s tagged with the hashtag #awolnation, it will show up on the new AWOL “NATION” fan site in real-time.

As fans around the world talk about AWOLNATION and tag their content (photos, videos, comments), the site continuously evolves, allowing fans from across the globe to explore and engage with both the band and each other like never before. Additionally, if fans geo-tag their posts, those posts show up on a custom Google-powered map, allowing fans from around the world to interact with the band and each other.

Behind the scenes, The Uprising Creative, the design and development company behind the site, built it on top of a customized WordPress install and used custom-built tools to tap into the APIs from these four services Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Vimeo. As posts are found via the APIs, they are pulled into the site, and anything with a geo-tag is additionally mapped to its specific coordinates using the Google Maps API.

Keep up with, and meet up with other fans and the band during the AWOLNATION “Never Let Your Fear Decide Your Fate” U.S. tour, with the rapidly on-the-rise alternative band Imagine Dragons and indie hip-hop artist Zeale. Tickets are going quickly with the band selling out shows across the country! A complete list of remaining dates is below.

“Never Let Your Fear Decide Your Fate” U.S. tour with Imagine Dragons and Zeale:
September 25 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN SOLD OUT!
September 27 The Summit Music Hall Denver, CO SOLD OUT!
September 28 The Summit Music Hall Denver, CO SOLD OUT!
September 29 Gallivan Center/X96 Big Ass Show Salt Lake City, UT
October 1 Knitting Factory Concert House Boise, ID SOLD OUT!
October 3 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR SOLD OUT!
October 4 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR SOLD OUT!
October 9 House of Blues San Diego, CA SOLD OUT!
October 10 The Observatory Santa Ana, CA SOLD OUT!
October 11 Club Nokia Live Los Angeles, CA SOLD OUT!
October 15 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
October 16 Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, NM
October 18 Emo’s East Austin, TX SOLD OUT!
October 19 Hullabalooza College Station, TX
(with Rusko, Chiddy Bang, Paul Wall, and more)

October 20 House of Blues Dallas, TX SOLD OUT!
October 23 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
October 24 The Ritz Ybor Tampa, FL
October 25 House of Blues-Orlando Lake Buena Vista, FL
October 27 Voodoo Music Experience New Orleans, LA *
(with Neil Young, Green Day, Skrillex, Justice, Gary Clark Jr., and many more)

* AWOLNATION only

18 Aug
2012

AWOLNATION have premiered the official music video for “Kill Your Heroes,” the latest single from their breakout debut, Megalithic Symphony. Watch it below:

The band is also hooking up fans with a free digital tour sampler featuring all of the artists on their Never Let Your Fear Decide Your Fate Tour. The free download (on the Red Bull Records’ Facebook page) features tracks by AWOL, Imagine Dragons, and Zeale. The full tour schedule is below.

For more on AWOL, visit their official site at awolnationmusic.com. Megalithic Symphony is available on iTunes.

Tour Dates with Imagine Dragons and Zeale:
September 8 Piazza at Schmidt’s/WRFF Block Party Philadelphia, PA
September 10 State Theatre Portland, ME
September 11 Great Hall at Union Station Hartford, CT
September 13 Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA
September 15 Madison Theatre Covington, KY #
September 16 Riot Fest 2012 Chicago, IL *
(with Iggy and the Stooges, Elvis Costello, Rise Against, The Offspring, and more)
September 18 St. Andrews Hall Detroit, MI
September 19 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
September 21 Egyptian Room Indianapolis, IN
September 22 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
September 23 Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO
September 27 The Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
September 28 The Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
October 1 Knitting Factory Concert House Boise, ID
October 3 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR
October 4 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR
October 9 House of Blues San Diego, CA
October 10 The Observatory Santa Ana, CA
October 11 Club Nokia Live Los Angeles, CA
October 13 Foro Sol Mexico City, MX *
October 15 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
October 16 Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, NM
October 18 Emo’s East Austin, TX
October 20 House of Blues Dallas, TX
October 23 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
October 24 The Ritz Ybor Tampa, FL
October 25 House of Blues-Orlando Lake Buena Vista, FL
October 26-28 Voodoo Music Experience New Orleans, LA *
(with Neil Young, Green Day, Skrillex, Justice, Gary Clark Jr., and many more)

30 Jul
2012


AWOLNATION is hooking up fans with a free digital tour sampler featuring all of the artists on their Never Let Your Fear Decide Your Fate Tour. The exclusive free download can be accessed by going to the Red Bull Records’ Facebook page, and features AWOLNATION’s “Kill Your Heroes,” Imagine Dragons’ Jailbreaks Remix of “It’s Time,” and Zeale’s “Black Mr. Rogers” featuring AWOL.

The Never Let Your Fear Decide Your Fate Tour kicks off September 8th in Philadelphia, and heads across the US ending at the Voodoo Music Experience October 26th-28th in New Orleans. The complete itinerary is below. AWOLNATION’s debut album Megalithic Symphony is available on iTunes / Amazon MP3 / CD, as well as the remix EP, RE/Sail.

For more on AWOL, visit their official site at awolnationmusic.com.

Tour Dates with Imagine Dragons and Zeale:

September 8 Piazza at Schmidt’s/WRFF Block Party Philadelphia, PA
September 10 State Theatre Portland, ME
September 11 Great Hall at Union Station Hartford, CT
September 13 Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA
September 15 Madison Theatre Covington, KY #
September 16 Riot Fest 2012 Chicago, IL *
(with Iggy and the Stooges, Elvis Costello, Rise Against, The Offspring, and more)
September 18 St. Andrews Hall Detroit, MI
September 19 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
September 21 Egyptian Room Indianapolis, IN
September 22 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
September 23 Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO
September 27 The Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
September 28 The Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
October 1 Knitting Factory Concert House Boise, ID
October 3 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR
October 4 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR
October 9 House of Blues San Diego, CA
October 10 The Observatory Santa Ana, CA
October 11 Club Nokia Live Los Angeles, CA
October 13 Foro Sol Mexico City, MX *
October 15 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
October 16 Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, NM
October 18 Emo’s East Austin, TX
October 20 House of Blues Dallas, TX
October 23 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
October 24 The Ritz Ybor Tampa, FL
October 25 House of Blues-Orlando Lake Buena Vista, FL
October 26-28 Voodoo Music Experience New Orleans, LA *
(with Neil Young, Green Day, Skrillex, Justice, Gary Clark Jr., and many more)

AWOLNATION Free Digital Tour Sampler:
AWOLNATION Tour & Ticket Info: www.AWOLNATIONmusic.com/events

http://awolnationmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/AWOLNATION
https://twitter.com/#!/AWOLNATION

27 Jul
2012

By Matt Arena

Drawing the festival to a close, Sunday at Firefly Festival’s inaugural weekend did so in a spectacular fashion. With bands that ranged from unstoppable dancing machines to more relaxed indie acts, there’s no doubt that the final day had a little something for everybody.

REPTAR

Putting themselves in the self described genre of “disco dust” (more of a parody on the recent obsession of band’s having to categorize their sound), Reptar are anything but your average band. Their quickly growing reputation as one of the most energetic live acts precedes them, and having recently just seen them on tour with Grouplove, it’s a worthy title. But their Firefly set was on another level. Playing an early 1:00pm slot and with the sun on their side, a rarity over the course of the weekend, they definitely played one of the wildest sets of the day. Right out of the gate guitarist Jace Bartet came out dancing like a man possessed, as we would later learn he pulls the ferocious dancing power from his cutoff camouflage shorts. Add to that lead singer Graham Ulicny’s penchant for never staying in one place for more than five seconds, and it’s pretty easy to see how the crowd could become so enraptured with the band. Much like my first introduction to the band, many were there simply because of Reptar’s reputation and recent tour with fellow Firefly artists Grouplove. No more than 2 minutes into the set and almost the entirely of the crowd was dancing and jumping just as crazily as the band on stage. The set comprised mostly of songs off the band’s debut album, ‘Body Faucet,’ the pop-rock-Caribbean-indie genre bending mash-up of sounds came off incredibly well. It’s no wonder the band classifies themselves as “disco dust,” it’s really the only thing that makes sense after seeing a Reptar show. Tracks like ‘Sebastian’ and especially ‘Please Don’t Kill Me,’ as the frenzied island-rock drumming all but forced the crowd to move their feet. During any given Reptar song it seems as if there are a thousand different things occurring on-stage, so all you can really do is just brace yourself and allow the music to take you. Definitely living up to their ever-growing reputation as one of the most energetic live bands, the only thing on anyone’s mind after a Reptar set is this; disco dust. See them and it’ll make sense to you too.

AWOLNATION

Up immediately after Reptar was Red Bull Records pioneers, AWOLNATION. Being the main driving force behind the energy drink’s new venture into the music industry, they’ve grown pretty rapidly since the release of their debut album Megalithic Symphony a little over a year ago. Their unique blend of electronic rock, a refreshing true blend of the two styles, and their ability to put on an amazing live show has helped them establish a strong enough fan base to have headlined multiple tours already. Lead singer Aaron Bruno has made it a festival set regular to crowd surf toward the end of the set. Quite literally. As in he actually gets on a surfboard, balances himself, and surfs above the supporting arms of the crowd. His raspy, growling vocal style sounds great on record and surprisingly is even stronger on stage. Bruno’s really able to showcase this on ‘Sail,’ one of the band’s biggest and best songs. Making multiple trips into the crowd, allowing them to scream the “blame in on my A.D.D.” line (which is possibly the best scream-along line EVER) into the mic, there’s a real connection between AWOLNATION and the crowd. From the first song encouraging them to crowd surf, it’s pretty clear that they’re not the type of band you sway and nod your head to. It’s is an incredibly refreshing thing to see when so many new bands try so hard to live up to the “indie” label, afraid to show emotion on stage and consequently fail to illicit anything but a slow head bob from the crowd. Not so with AWOLNATION.

COLD WAR KIDS

When you first look at Cold War Kids, you probably don’t expect to hear a sound that’s as much soul as it is indie rock. In short, they take a lot of people by surprise. Or maybe “took” is the operative word. Having blown up since their very first album, Cold War Kids quickly became a household name on the alt-rock scene. Landing them on the main stage at Firefly for a midday set, they garnered a pretty large crowd who seemed to love every minute of the band’s hour-plus set. Though the sound mixing was a bit low, making it hard for lead singer Nathan Willett’s powerful voice to really shine, the band still performed great. Willett’s staggeringly strong vocals and the poppy drumming of Matt Aveiro are the backbone of what makes their music so good, and that definitely applies to the live show. Songs like ‘Rubidoux’ and ‘Hang Me Up To Dry’ received huge reactions for the crowd, which reached farther back than it had for anyone on that stage thus far. Though it wasn’t the type of set that drove the crowd into a jumping frenzy, they without a doubt enjoyed Cold War Kids as they left to a cheer that lingered far after they had exited the stage.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE

Though not touring at the moment, Firefly was still able to procure indie juggernauts Death Cab for Cutie. Opening with the full 8+ minute version of ‘I Will Possess Your Heart,’ the band showcased a set comprised of mostly deep cuts. As a fan of Death Cab for a while now, it was great to see them dig into their catalogue and play songs that might not to familiar to casual fans. Especially at a festival, where the crowds tend to be a bit causal as opposed to headlining gigs. Battling a cold, lead singer Ben Gibbard didn’t seem to be slowed down at all, spending his time between vocal, guitar, piano, and even drum duties. The material from last year’s Codes and Keys sounded great, with songs like ‘You Are a Tourist’ growing much heavier and bolder than they sound on album. One would think that Death Cab for Cutie would be a pretty reserved act, the one you sit back and watch instead of really getting into, but they’re a different band live. The bass lines of Nick Harmer were much more evident as he plays an integral part of the ‘I Will Possess Your Heart’ extended intro, which is pretty much all Harmer plugging along the instantly recognizable notes. Long-time fans of the band were treated from tracks as far back as their very first album. ‘Amputations,’ ‘A Movie Script Ending,’ and ‘Marching Bands of Manhattan’ are all rarities for the band, and ones they’ve made an effort of not forgetting. With seven total albums, it’s impressive to see them not abandon the older tracks as to not alienate casual fans, something that bands of their caliber tend to do. The major highlight of the set was ‘We Looked Like Giants.’ Not only a fantastic (and rare) song in it’s own right, they extended it with a 10 minute long interlude that sees Gibbard take up drumming duties on a special mini-kit brought out just for this song. It shows the confidence Death Cab has in the abnormal nature of their live element. Most bands would shy away from material 7 seven albums ago and wouldn’t dare play two outros that combine over 15 minutes in length. It’s what makes Death Cab for Cutie such a great live band. They craft a set that isn’t comprised of all hits, even though they did make sure to pack a few in there, and aren’t afraid to get a little weird. It’s hard to walk away from a set like this unimpressed and there’s no way anyone at Firefly could have been anything but blown away with what Death Cab for Cutie did on the main stage.

THE FLAMING LIPS

Having never seen The Flaming Lips before, they’ve got quite the reputation preceding them. Known for the effort they put into production behind their shows, and not just complicated lighting rigs and visuals (though they did have a giant circular screen behind them), but by far less common means. Starting off with a Wizard of Oz-esque mob of Dorothy’s and Scarecrow’s on each side of the stage, it was clear that they would be anything but droll. During their first song, ‘Race for the Prize,’ they were shooting confetti for what felt like the entirety of the song. Seriously. There wasn’t a moment during the first 10 minutes where confetti wasn’t falling from the sky. Not only looking incredibly cool, there’s nothing that makes a crowd yell louder than shooting out confetti. In addition to the individual hand cannons they each had on stage, two crewmembers had massive tubes firing out fog and confetti, creating a rainbow colored haze. Add to that the spectrum of colors on the giant circular lighting rig/screen behind them and it felt more like a Tim Burton movie than a festival set. Lead singer Wayne Coyne then whipped out a megaphone, one would assume it would be used for vocals on a song, but that’s boring to The Flaming Lips. A heavy blue smoke starting pouring out of the megaphone as Coyne traipsed about the stage, creating a trail of permeating blue behind him. The trippy visual element aside, they sounded great as well. When a band has been around since 1986 with over 10 albums, it’s easy to just mail it in and play without much heart. This is the exact opposite description of The Flaming Lips. If anything they try harder than most bands half their age with twice their energy, and it shows. Right before ‘Is David Bowie Dying??,’ Wayne Coyne showed off his very unique take on crowd surfing. Inflating and then stepping inside a massive, transparent ball, he was rolled onto the barrier and them went end over end as hundreds of arms rolled him throughout the crowd. It was a live spectacle unlike any other. There are bands that spend millions of dollars on elaborate stage designs with lasers and complicated visuals, but Flaming Lips out-shined all of them with a much more creative take on their production. All other bands take note, if you want to be trippy, you’re not going to do it better than The Flaming Lips.

THE BLACK KEYS

Unless you’ve been living under a soundproof rock for the past 2 years, you know who The Black Keys are. Having been around since 2001, they finally broke through to massive mainstream success, topped off by two sold out nights at New York’s Madison Square Garden. This is an impressive feat for any band, but especially one like The Black Keys who don’t first hit you as an arena rock band. It goes to show exactly how popular they’ve become. Headlining arenas and now closing out festivals, the jam-packed crowd was proof of why the band is on such high profile live slots. Opening with ‘Howlin for You,’ they set the tone early, grabbing the crowd immediately with such a big hit so early. The modern dirty blues style refined (and some could say pioneered) by The Black Keys transfers live quite well, especially so at a festival setting. One might think at first that a two man band may seem a bit over their head on such a large stage, but if anything they used it to their advantage. It helped adding two touring members to beef up their sound, but the sheer presence they have on stage is undeniable. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have chemistry that’s beyond refined, at times it just seems like they’re going along with totally improvised jams and showed off how naturally loose they are on stage. The perfect choice to end the three day festival, The Black Keys arguably had the best well received set of the entire weekend and had a trail of cheers echoing as they left the stage.

Head over to FireFlyFestival.com for info on next year’s festival!

REPTAR

COLD WAR KIDS

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE

AWOLNATION

THE FLAMING LIPS

20 Jun
2012


AWOLNATION continue their relentless live schedule with the announcement of further European dates for 2012. The band are currently in Europe playing a mix of festivals and their own packed out headlining dates and have now confirmed shows in November – stepping up to larger venues to support the ongoing success of their album in Europe.

The dates include a show in London as part of the first UK Warped dates in 13 years.

The band, fronted by Aaron Bruno, have had an incredible year so far with their first single in the US. Their album ‘Megalithic Symphony’ has now surpassed 210,000 sales in the US with the single ‘Sail’ reaching number 5 at Modern Rock radio where it stayed for 5 weeks, and selling over 1.2 million downloads to date. The follow up track ‘Not Your Fault’ reached the No 3 spot and both tracks have now racked up over 40 million views on Youtube combined. AWOLNATION have also performed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live and recently played Coachella Festival where Macy Gray joined them on stage for ‘Sail’ (which she recently recorded on her album of cover versions).

‘Megalithic Symphony’ features 14 tracks covering a vast spectrum of music, combining rock and electronic music to powerful effect, managing to be both incredibly abrasive but deliciously poppy at the same time. Musically, it’s imbued with Bruno’s incredibly ambitious aspirations, yet tempered lyrically with his modest, soul-searching outlook. From the glorious poppy hooks of ‘Jump On My Shoulders’ through the scuzzy, grunge-meets pop sensibilities of ‘Guilty Filthy Soul’, and, of course, the gritty catchiness of ‘Sail’, it’s that combination – of a variety of genres, of feel-good choruses mixed with sad yet hopeful sentiments, of joy and nostalgia, of elation and depression and desperation – that makes this genre blending album so uniquely irresistible. And it’s that combination that has resulted in sold out and bumped up venues on their current European tour and storming appearances at Rock im Park, Rock am Ring and Nova Rock.

13 July Spain, Bilbao, BBK Live Festival
14 July Portugal, Lisbon, Optimus Alive
2 November Germany, Munich, 59 to 1
3 November Austria, Linz, Ahoi Pop Festival – Posthof
4 November Austria, Vienna, Arena
6 November Austria, Salzburg, Rockhouse
7 November Italy, Milan, Tunnel Club
9 November Spain, Barcelona, Razzmatazz 3
10 November England, London, Alexandra Palace (Warped Tour)
13 November Spain, Madrid, Moby Dick
15 November France, Paris, Nouveau Casino
16 November Germany, Koln, Luxor
17 November Germany, Berlin, Magnet
18 November Germany, Frankfurt , Zoom
20 November Switzerland, Bulle, Ebulliton

awolnationmusic.com

18 Jun
2012

AWOLNATION has announced an exclusive free download of their new EP I’ve Been Dreaming. Fans can download the EP on the band’s official website.

AWOLNATION will headline a new fall U.S. tour with Imagine Dragons and emerging indie hip-hop artist Zeale. Tickets are available at www.AWOLNATIONmusic.com/events. AWOLNATION will kick off the tour September 8th in Philadelphia, before hitting major markets across the country, highlighted by a two-night stand in Denver on September 27 and 28 at Summit Music Hall, a two-night stand in Portland, OR at the Roseland Theatre on October 3 and 4, as well as a round of dates in southern California including a stop in Los Angeles on October 11 at Club Nokia Live. A current list of confirmed tour dates is below, additional dates to be announced.

Tour Dates with Imagine Dragons and Zeale:
September 8 Piazza at Schmidt’s/WRFF Block Party Philadelphia, PA
September 10 State Theatre Portland, ME
September 11 Great Hall at Union Station Hartford, CT
September 13 Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA
September 15 Madison Theatre Covington, KY #
September 16 Riot Fest 2012 Chicago, IL *
(with Iggy and the Stooges, Elvis Costello, Rise Against, The Offspring, and more)
September 18 St. Andrews Hall Detroit, MI
September 19 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
September 21 Egyptian Room Indianapolis, IN
September 22 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
September 23 Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO
September 27 The Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
September 28 The Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
October 1 Knitting Factory Concert House Boise, ID
October 3 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR
October 4 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR
October 9 House of Blues San Diego, CA
October 10 The Observatory Santa Ana, CA
October 11 Club Nokia Live Los Angeles, CA
October 13 Foro Sol Mexico City, MX *
October 15 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
October 16 Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, NM
October 18 Emo’s East Austin, TX
October 20 House of Blues Dallas, TX
October 23 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
October 24 The Ritz Ybor Tampa, FL
October 25 House of Blues-Orlando Lake Buena Vista, FL
October 26-28 Voodoo Music Experience New Orleans, LA *
(with Neil Young, Green Day, Skrillex, Justice, Gary Clark Jr., and many more)

* AWOLNATION only
# AWOLNATION and ZEALE only

Previously Confirmed North American Tour Dates:
June 24 River’s Edge Music Festival Minneapolis, MN
(with The Flaming Lips, Diplo, Mute Math, Delta Spirit, and more)
July 4 Ottawa Blues Festival Ottawa, ON
(with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, The Melvins, Fishbone, and more)
July 6 Summerfest 2012 Milwaukee, WI
(with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Atmosphere, O.A.R., Fitz and the Tantrums, and more)
July 7 Calgary Stampede Calgary, AB
July 8 Kelowna’s Waterfront Park Kelowna, BC
July 19 The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, NV
July 22 Firefly Music Festival Dover, DE
(with The Black Keys, Jack White, The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie, and many more)
July 29 K-ROCKATHON Festival/WKRL Syracuse, NY
September 1 Bumbershoot Festival Seattle, WA
(with Jane’s Addiction, Gotye, M. Ward, The Jayhawks, The Heavy, and more)