Thursday Spotlight: Ghost Town

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If your day is starting to get you a little down and you find yourself needing a pick-me-up, look no further than Ghost Town. The electronic pop rockers have enjoyed a rapid rise to internet fame thanks to the wonders of social media and inked a deal with hit-powerhouse Fueled By Ramen in 2013. In November, they dropped their official full-length debut Party in the Graveyard.

With pulsing synths, some sweet guitar riffs and some pop behind the drum kit, Ghost Town is about as close as you can come to a party in your ears. Think the best dance sounds of Breathe Carolina crossed with the aggression of I See Stars and the pop sensibilities of Fall Out Boy and you’re getting close to capturing the odd, yet undeniably catchy sounds of Ghost Town.

Want a taste of what you can expect? Don’t be scared – Check out single “You’re So Creepy” below:

If you like what you hear, you can pick up Party in the Graveyard on iTunes.

You can currently catch the band on the Savages tour with Breathe Carolina. Check out dates and snag tickets here.

Posted by Kiel Hauck

Thursday Spotlight: Chasing Safety

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Seeing as how the Underoath’s seminal screamo smash album They’re Only Chasing Safety turns 10 years old later this year, it’s as good of a time as ever to introduce yourself to a band that attempts to follow in their footsteps. New Jersey post-hardcore act Chasing Safety has been bubbling just below the surface in recent years and appears ready to make their mark.

Formerly known as Us, From Outside, Chasing Safety has undergone a slew of lineup changes to go along with their moniker switch. However, this current lineup is the strongest since the band’s inception as proven by this year’s The Machine EP. Self-released on January 28, The Machine is a fiery reintroduction to a band with something to prove.

Opener “We Believe” features killer breakdowns, an extremely catchy chorus and a thunderous roar from lead vocalist Johnny Galivan. Don’t believe us? Check out the video for “We Believe” below:

If you like what you hear, go download The Machine EP over at iTunes.

Posted by Kiel Hauck

Thursday Spotlight: There For Tomorrow

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Chances are, you’re familiar with the name There For Tomorrow. The Orlando, Fla., alt rock band burst into the scene’s consciousness with a self-titled 2008 EP, follwed by their 2009 full-length A Little Faster. The band then hit the road on a few high profile tours, including the 2009 Vans Warped Tour. Since then, the band has been bubbling on the surface, gaining a dedicated following.

After releasing their 2011 album The Verge, There For Tomorrow hit the tour circuit again before largely stepping away from the spotlight last year. It appears that the band has used their time away wisely, as they have resurfaced with a brand new track “Dark Purple Sky”, the first single from their currently untitled upcoming release.

The powerful track is a bit of a departure from the band’s previous work – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. “Dark Purple Sky” carries an epic arena rock feel with an absolutely massive chorus from lead singer Maika Maile. In short, it may be the band’s most impressive work to date. You can check out the new song below:

The new track has fans eager for more, but in the meantime, you can buy the song on iTunes. Be sure to keep an eye out for news on the band’s upcoming release later this year!

Posted by Kiel Hauck

Thursday Spotlight: New Politics

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There’s no surprise that tickets are selling out across the country for each stop of this year’s Monumentour, featuring co-headliners Fall Out Boy and Paramore. The two bands are household names that sit atop the scene with big album sales and smash singles. Instead, the biggest surprise may come to the tour’s attendees when they hear opening act New Politics.

The alt-rock band hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark, has been slowly making their mark in the rock world since their 2010 self-titled debut. Last year, things really took off with their breakthrough album A Bad Girl in Harlem, which melds the best of indie rock and indie pop with accessible, yet deep cuts. The band created enough buzz to hop on some dates of Fall Out Boy’s reunion tour and P!nk’s The Truth About Love tour last year, where they continued to grow their following.

Now New Politics is set to strut their stuff on an even bigger stage, warming things up for FOB and Paramore at amphitheaters around the country. Be sure to grab their new album on iTunes and check out their new music video and tour dates below:

Monumentour dates:

June 19 – Xfinity Theatre – Hartford, CT
June 21- Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre – Wantagh, NY
June 22 – Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA
June 24 – Saratoga PAC – Saratoga Springs, NY
June 25 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON
June 27 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
June 28 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
June 30 – Bank of NH Pavilion – Gilford, NH
July 2 – Darien Lake PAC – Buffalo, NY
​July 3 – First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
​July 6 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – St. Louis, MO
​July 8 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
​July 9 – Klipsch Music Center – Indianapolis, IN
​July 11 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
​July 12 – Bunbury Fest – Cincinnati, OH
​July 18 – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
​July 19 – Hershey Park Pavilion – Hershey, PA
​July 22 – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach – Virginia Beach, VA
​July 23 – PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
​July 25 – Cruzan Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
​July 26 – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
​July 29 – Walnut Creek Amphitheatre – Raleigh, NC
​July 30 – Aaron’s Amphitheatre @ Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
Aug 1 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
​Aug 2 – Austin360 Amphitheater – Austin, TX
​Aug 4 – Concrete Street Amphitheater – Corpus Christi, TX
​Aug 5 – Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
​Aug 7 – Isleta Amphitheater – Albuquerque, NM
​Aug 8 – Ak-Chin Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
​Aug 10 – Zoo Amphitheatre – Oklahoma City, OK
​Aug 12 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Denver, CO
​Aug 13 – UCCU Center – Orem, UT
​Aug 16 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
​Aug 17 – Sleep Train Pavilion – Concord, CA

Posted by Kiel Hauck

Thursday Spotlight: Palisades

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We all look to music to help us work through various emotions. Sometimes head banging to a heavy track can be a therapeutic experience. Other times, dancing it out is a more appropriate response. For all of the times in between, where one particular sound or emotion doesn’t quite sum up the experience, there’s the music of a band such as Palisades.

The New Jersey post-hardcore act possesses just enough metalcore crunch to get your blood pumping, but isn’t afraid to drop an electronic dance beat when necessary. Starting in 2011, Palisades combines the best of both worlds, creating a powerful sound that is topped off with delightful pop melodies from lead vocalist Louis Miceli.

Palisades signed to Rise Records after stirring up some buzz on the web and released their first EP, I’m Not Dying Today. Last year, the band officially made their mark on the scene with their debut full length, Outcasts. The album is a flurry of metalcore mixed with dance beats and catchy choruses and features guest spots from the likes of Crown the Empire’s Andy Leo and Issues’ Tyler Carter.

The band is about to embark on the Ride or DIe Tour with Famous Last Words and Tear Your Heart Out, which lasts through February 15. The band will follow up the trek with some March tour dates in Canada.

Palisades also recently released a new music video for “High and Low”, which can be viewed below:

You can buy Outcasts on iTunes.

Posted by Kiel Hauck

Thursday Spotlight: Search the City

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If the name Search the City sounds familiar, there’s good reason. The Detroit rock act signed with Tooth and Nail Records and released their infectious debut album A Fire So Big the Heavens Can See It in 2008. Despite being laced with some of the catchiest riffs and soaring choruses you’ll find, the album flew largely under the radar and the band disbanded in 2009, leaving their fan base longing for a follow up album that would likely never come.

Fortunately for all of us, the band has reformed, this time with a new vocalist in the form of Travis Bobier. Their new self-released album Flight is one of the most unsung albums of 2013, combining melodic pop sensibilities with an alt-rock bite that flows effortlessly through the album’s 12 tracks.

The snarky songwriting is still part of the formula as well, but this new revamped version of Search the City is a more mature and balanced attack, allowing Flight to wind through an array of sounds, adding several changes of pace to keep listeners on their toes.

Check out the lead single from Flight called “Light the Fire” below:

Like what you hear? Flight is available as a digital download on the band’s site. You can buy it here.

Posted by Kiel Hauck

Thursday Spotlight: Merriment

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If you haven’t heard of Merriment, you’ve certainly heard of their relatives. Four of their older siblings and a cousin make up indie-pop vets Eisley and two of their brother-in-laws are Max Bemis of Say Anything and Darren King of Mutemath. Indeed, the two youngest DuPree siblings, Christie and Collin, come from a line of talented musicians, but they are certainly not to be written off because of their youth.

On the contrary, this indie pop duo is coming into their own, having opened for Eisley and Say Anything and cultivating their own fan base through their stripped-down sound. Now signed to Equal Vision Records, the Tyler, Texas duo is set to release their debut album early next year. They recently released two new songs, the first of which is the startlingly catchy “Backwards”, which you can listen to below:

The band is currently on tour with Eisley and Say Anything. You can follow them on Twitter. Also, be sure to download their two new songs on iTunes.

Posted by Kiel Hauck

Thursday Spotlight: Sleepwave

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Since Florida post-hardcore pioneers Underoath disbanded after their farewall tour earlier this year, fans of the band have been clamoring for the next project from frontman Spencer Chamberlain. With the announcement of Chamberlain’s new band Sleepwave, the wait is now over.

The grunge/experimental rock of Sleepwave is a far cry from Underoath’s scream laden hardcore, but it suits Chamberlain just fine. This new project lets Chamberlain’s voice shine and delves into new sonic territory. Chamberlain and company just finished their first bout of tour dates with more to come and a full length record in the works.

You can stream the band’s first released song “Rock and Roll is Dead and So Am I” below, or you can download it from Sleepwave’s website.

Be sure to follow the band on Twitter for the latest updates!