Restorations announce tour dates (2014)

Philadelphia’s Restorations have spent the majority of this year laying low. Aside from touring Europe this spring and playing Groezrock Festival in Belgium, 2014 has been a quiet one for the band stateside… until now. Kicking off on September 6 in Syracuse, NY, Restorations will hit the road this fall on their way to performances at Riot Fest in Toronto and Chicago.

Fri Sept 5 – Trenton, NJ – Mill Hill
Sat Sept 6 – Syracuse, NY – Westcott Community Center
Sun Sept 7 – Toronto, ON – Riot Fest
Tues Sept 9 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
Weds Sept 10 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
Thurs Sept 11 – Columbus, OH – Double Happiness
Fri Sept 12 – Normal, IL – Firehouse Pizza
Sat Sept 13 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest

Title Fight join ANTI- roster

Title Fight have launched a new Instagram account where they announced that they’ve signed to ANTI- and are currently in the studio working on a new album with producer Will Yip (who did their last LP).

War On Women join Bridge Nine, tour with Propagandhi and RVIVR (2014)

Baltimore, MD-based co-ed feminist hardcore punk band War On Women are excited to call Bridge Nine Records their new home.  The band just finished recording 11 new songs that will be released in early 2015 on their yet-to-be-titled debut full-length.

See the band on tour in the U.S. and Canada with Propagandhi and RVIVR next month.
August 10th – Toronto, ON, CA @ Lee’s Palace

August 11th – Toronto, ON, CA @ Lee’s Palace

August 12th – Ottawa, ON, CA @ Ritual

August 13th – Montréal, Qc, CA @ Club Soda

August 14th – Burlington, VT (No Prop.)

August 15th – Boston, MA @ Royale

August 16th – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar

August 17th – NY, NY @ Webster Hall

August 18th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Union Project (No Prop.)

August 19th – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme

August 20th – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall

LITE to tour with Mike Watt (2014)

Topshelf Records will release Installation, the most recent full-length from Japan’s LITE on vinyl on September 9.

The band will make an appearance in the U.S. with a supporting stint on Mike Watt’s upcoming fall tour. See dates below.

Tour Dates (with Mike Watt):

September 10th – Sandiego, THE CASBAH

September 11th – Los Angeles, THE ECHO

September 12th – San Francisco, BOTTOM OF THE HILL

September 13th – Santa Cruz, THE CATALYST ATRIUM

September 14th – Santa Barbara, VELVET JONES

September 15th – Fresno, STRUMMER’S

September 16th – Sacramento, THE BLUE LAMP

September 17th – Eugene, WOW HALL

September 18th – Portland, DOUG FIR LOUNGE

September 19th – Olympia, CAPITAL THEATER

September 20th – Seattle, TRACTOR TAVERN

Signals Midwest head to Europe (2014)

Ohio’s Signals Midwest have announced their first ever tour of Europe this September. The ban will cover nine countries in the span of 24 days. To support the tour, they have also announced a release of a five-song acoustic EP featuring new songs, alternate/reworked versions of existing songs and a cover song. The EP is titled Wherever I Might Land.

Date Location Venue
Sept 05, 2014 Volkach (GER) Festival
Sept 06, 2014 Bielefeld (GER) Uberseecontainer
Sept 07, 2014 Copenhagen (DK) Underwerket
Sept 08,2014 Hannover (GER) Monster Records (acoustic)
Sept 09, 2014 Iserlohn (GER) Rad Room Rehearsals
Sept 10, 2014 Dendermonde (BEL) JH Zenith
Sept 11, 2014 Paris (F) La Mecanique Ondulatoire
Sept 12, 2014 London (UK) Old Blue Last
Sept 13, 2014 Manchester (UK) Wahlbar
Sept 14, 2014 Glasgow (SCO) 13th Note
Sept 15, 2014 Leeds (UK) Santiago Bar
Sept 16, 2014 Nottingham (UK) The Chameleon Arts Cafe
Sept 17, 2014 Birmingham (UK) Scruffy Murphys
Sept 18, 2014 Cambridge (UK) The Portland Arms
Sept 19, 2014 Lille (F) El Diablo
Sept 20, 2014 Diest (BEL) Jeugdhuis Tijl
Sept 21, 2014 Trier (GER) Ex-Haus
Sept 22, 2014 Bad Neustadt/Saale (GER) Juze
Sept 23, 2014 Landshut (GER) Wintergarten
Sept 24, 2014 Wiener Neustadt (AT) Triebwerk
Sept 25, 2014 Graz (AT) Sub
Sept 26, 2014 Micheldorf (AT) Baraka
Sept 27, 2014 St. Gallen (CH) Grabenhalle
Sept 28, 2014 Mainz (GER) Haus Mainusch

Slowdive tour with Low (2014)

Slowdive are doing a full North American tour with Low as the opener.  Here are all the dates:

07-23 Taipei, Taiwan – The Wall
07-25 Niigata Prefecture, Japan – Fuji Rock Festival
07-26 Shanghai, China – Qianshuiwan Culture and Arts Center
07-28 Hong Kong – Rotunda 3
07-31 Singapore – The Ground Theatre
08-03 Katowice, Poland – Off Festival
08-07-09 Göteborg, Sweden – Way Out West
08-08-10 Helsinki, Finland – Flow Festival
08-09 Oslo, Norway – Oya
08-14 Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop Festival
08-15 St. Malo, France – La Route du Rock Festival
08-23 Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest
08-29-31 Stradbally, Ireland – Electric Picnic
09-09 Geneva, Switzerland – La Batie
10-22 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*
10-23 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer*
10-25 New York, NY – Terminal 5*
10-26 Boston, MA – Royale*
10-27 Montreal, Quebec – Le National*
10-28 Toronto, Ontario – Opera House*
10-30 Chicago, IL – The Vic*
10-31 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line*
11-03 Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore*
11-04 Seattle, WA – Neptune*
11-05 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom*
11-07 San Francisco, CA – Warfield*
11-08 Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel*

* – w/ special guest Low

Protestant stream In They Name

Milwaukee’s metallic hardcore/crust outfit Protestant are streaming their sophomore LP In Thy Name at Noisey. The band’s fifth full-length is out now via Halo Of Flies (and will be released in Europe on August 15 via Throatruiner Records). Stream «In Thy Name» at this location :

The Dagger releases self-titled debut

The Dagger has released their self-titled debut album in North America! To purchase The Dagger, please visit iTunes for a digital copy or CM Distro for the CD.

While the band cites legendary acts such as Iron Maiden and Rainbow as influences, the band’s new album is far more than just a tribute to the past. Containing ten tracks that combine outstanding songwriting skills with the untamable power of early 80′s NWOBHM and the spirit of epic 70′s rock, The Dagger is a fresh take on old school hard rock / heavy metal from a line-up comprised of members that are or have previously been involved in bands such as Dismember, Grave, and Necronaut

For a preview of the album, be sure to check out the video for “1978” (directed by Stefan Jansson of PE Production AB), plus the following singles: “Ahead Of You All“, “Skygazer“. An earlier version of the album track “Dark Cloud” (released on a 7″ via High Roller Records in summer 2013) can be heard here.

Hemingway ready Pretend To Care for 6131 Records

Lots of bands have been mining the fertile landscape of ’90s music for inspiration lately, and Hemingway is no exception. What sets this Portland, Oregon band apart though is what they’re tapping for influence, reaching deep into the lesser known realms of that decade and extracting elements of infectiously melodramatic pop. Think Silver Scooter, Superdrag, and Knapsack, yet filtered through nearly two decades of collected dust and bargin bin obscurity. Some might call the music Hemingway creates “emo” but to do so relegates their heartfelt creations to something less than genuine and authenticity is something this band has unmistakably.

With the release of their debut album, Pretend To Care, Hemingway put forth ten tracks of heart-on-the-sleeve pop goodness that simultaneously feel sunny yet full of melancholy, a dichotomy essential in the most masterful of ’90s releases too. Recorded by Jack Shirley (Joyce Manor, Tony Molina, Deafheaven), the sonic quality of Pretend To Care matches the great songwriting contained within.

6131 Records will be releasing Pretend To Care by Hemingway via LP / Digital on September 30.

Stream “No Hard Feelings” via Stereogum

Catch them live here:

08/01 Dublin, CA @ Lazer Zone
08/02 Pomona, CA @ American Legion Hall (Growing Up Is Dumb Fest)

Empire! Empire! ( I Was a Lonely Estate) share “A Keepsake,” tour (2014)

Today NPR premiered the track “A Keepsake” off the upcoming Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) sophomore full-length You Will Eventually Be Forgotten.  NPR called the track, which features guest vocals from Braid’s Bob Nanna,”lilting…A straightforward storyteller, Keith Latinen works in details and similes, not abstraction and metaphor. It’s part of what makes Nanna’s verse so charming, as he smiles at a canoe trip’s memory without being smothered by it”.  Pre-order for You Will Eventually Be Forgotten starts today, and the record comes out August 19 via Topshelf Records and Count Your Lucky Stars Records.

Listen to “A Keepsake”

A companion graphic novel to the new full-length, titled Ribbon, will also be released on August 19.  Illustrated by artist Ben Sears, known for his work with bands such as La Dispute, Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Wonder Years and countless others, Ribbon tells the stories behind the songs in eleven chapters of gorgeous imagery.

Catch the band live here:

7/23 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s
7/25 Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
7/26 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
7/27 St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
7/29 Nashville, TN @ Van’s Warped Tour (Acoustic)
7/30 Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl at Center Stage
7/31 Gainsville, FL @ Loosey’s*
8/1 Orlando, FL @ The Social
8/2 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
8/3 Charlotte, NC @ Area 15*
8/4 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
8/5 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live Philadelphia
8/6 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live Philadelphia
8/7 Amityville, NY @ Revolution Bar and Music Hall

* = Solo shows, no The Early November