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Underoath Set Personal Records with the Erase Me Tour

Hailing from Tampa, Florida, metalcore icons, Underoath, pulled out all the stops to make their visit to the Shrine LA one for the books. In addition to breathing new life into their music career through a rebirth process of refining, rebranding, and releasing a sixth studio album (Erase Me out April 6 via Fearless Records) Underoath blew away expectations with not only a new sound, but a new identity so to speak. Dropping their title as a Christian band and adding additional hints of pop influence to their latest tracks, the newly energized group set their sights on crafting what can only be described as a tour of massive proportions.

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Ben Rector: Indie Music’s Oklahoma Heartthrob

In 2010, Ben Rector captured the hearts of audiences young and old with his first album “Into the Morning.” Though not a big enough superstar to headline a tour right away, he combined his talents with other Nashville acts Steve Moakler and Andrew Ripp before diving into a co-headline tour with Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. In September of the following year, Rector released “Something Like This” to similar success, started to tour on his own, and started to work alongside the likes of Needtobreathe, supporting their tour early in 2012. Fast forward through the release of “The Walking in Between” and “Brand New” in 2013 and 2015, respectively, and you have an artist who has grown year after year both in sound and in audience size.

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Caamp: A Nostalgic Trio Worth Watching

There’s just something so refreshing about listening to indie-folk music in an intimate and packed venue on a cold Saturday evening. Most shows now are all about size, scale, production, fire, loudness, you name they gimmick, most concerts and festivals have it. Not Caamp. These three bring raw emotion, mastery of their instruments, and a crafty manipulation of quietness to command the attention of audiences, whether performing indoors or out, in a big space or small, at a festival or in a bar.

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St. Lucia: The Hyperion Tour

With the instant classic release of “When the Night” in 2013, followed by a three-year hiatus before the group’s follow-up album “Matter,” it is not surprise the band utilized another lengthy absence of two years to craft their latest project, “Hyperion.” These long stretches, however, do not come from a lack of inspiration or desire. Instead, they reflect the care and attention put into each track of an album before the ultimate culmination of the musical work. This time around, too, singer, synth-player and wife, Patti Beranek, added an interesting twist to the writing and creative process by bearing and giving birth to Indy, her and front man Jean-Philip Grobler’s child.

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Wild Rivers Showcase Folk-Pop at its Finest

Energetic and bursting with charisma, Toronto’s Wild Rivers radiate an unbeat sound that’s been quick to capture the hearts and ears of listeners around the world. And with an impressive tally of 30+ million Spotify streams stemming from the release of a single studio album and EP alone, Khalid Yassein (vocals/guitar), Devan Glover (vocals), Andrew Oliver (guitar/bass), and Julien Laferriere (drums) clearly demonstrate a strong knowledge of what makes a good track.

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Skating Polly to Kick Off Winter Tour This Friday

Whether you call it alt-rock, indie-pop, or DIY punk, viewers and fans alike agree that whatever the genre mashup title reads, Skating Polly will sound like none other than, well… Skating Polly. Raised on the wisdom of 70’s punk and 90’s alt-rock, step-sisters and original founding duo, Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse, were always surrounded by good sources of inspiration. Yet, they’ve also held onto a special pride stemming from fostering their own unique musical flair.

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Mac Demarco Croons his fans at Intimate Solo Show

Mac Demarco is a man who needs no introduction by now, he is unarguably one of the most charismatic artists in the scene and has earned the title as the “Prince of Indie”. Demarco made his big debut with Rock and Roll Nightclub in 2012 but many have been following him way before that with his project, Makeout Videotape. During a short span of 5 years, Demarco has released five albums in which he progressively manages to captivate his audience even further.

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Girlpool and Porches co-headline show in Nashville

Girlpool is a Los Angeles based duo fronted by Harmony Tividad who is the lead singer and bass player and Cleo Tucker who plays guitar. The band was founded in 2013 but did not release a full album until 2015 when they released Before The World Was Big, that album launched their careers in a way they never expected. Before the release of that album, Cleo was thinking about going to college in the west coast and leaving the band but the band began to pick quick success and she decided to stay with Harmony and invest more time in the band. The band caught the attention of English record label Wichita and proceeded to sign a deal and release their debut album with them.

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Cursive brings Emo Rock to Nashville

Cursive is an emo rock band from Omaha, Nebraska. The band was founded by frontman Tim Kasher, Matt Maginn (bass), and Steve Pedersen (guitar) as the aftermath of the breakup from their previous band, Slowdown Virginia in 1995. The band has actively put out albums throughout the years with a few hiatuses and lineup changes in between

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The Midwestern Takeover

The Midwest took over the East Coast last week as Minneapolis punks Dillinger Four and Off With Their Heads brought along newcomers Tightwire to play a few shows in New York City, Washington DC, and Asbury Park, NJ. Their Asbury date at House of Independents was the last of their mini tour and a celebration of Asbury Park music scene legend Jim Norton’s 50th birthday. In addition to the three midwestern bands were Jersey rockers, The Vansaders and their blend of punk and rock n roll. What had transpired was one hell of a birthday party.

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Courtney Barnett will tell You how she really feels

Australian indie rocker Courtney Barnett gained recognition in 2013 upon the release of The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas which is a compilation of her two first Eps. When her first proper debut album, Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit came out it quickly became critically acclaimed and was featured on many of the best albums of the year lists in 2015. After constantly touring Barnett Joined forces with Kurt Vile in 2017 and recorded an album titled Lotta Sea Lice, and performed a limited string of shows together in the United States.

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Taking Your Time with Blood Orange, MADEINTYO, and Empress of

On a balmy Los Angeles night, Blood Orange gave a beautiful production of his latest work, Negro Swan, at The Greek Theatre. The Los Angeles Greek Theatre is one of the most charming and historical venues that holds a stage where many iconic artists have performed. And now Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange, can be added to that list of iconic artists. Accompanying Dev Hynes, openers MadeinTyo and Empress Of all revealed a raw emotion in their live performances. The gradual musical flow into Blood Orange’s final performance was sentimental and blossomed gracefully throughout the evening.

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Underoath: Erasing Limitations and Continuing a Legacy

“Erase Me” is a bold opening statement from a band that took a near career-ending hiatus from the post-hardcore rock scene a little over five years ago. However, after an almost decade-long pause since their 2013 Farewell Tour and shockwave-inducing disbandment, Underoath has re-emerged once again with a renewed sense of passion and purpose.

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Didirri to Debut First North American Headline Tour in LA This November

Known for his soothing melodies and thoughtful lyrics, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter, Didirri, is definitely a name that music fans will want to keep on their radar.

With two sold-out headline tours following the release of his breakout single, “Blind You” as well as appearances at Fairgrounds, Grampians, and Boogie Festival, Didirri took his home country by storm in 2017.

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Mom + Pop Records Celebrate their 10th Anniversary with Courtney Barnett, Sleigh Bells, and More…

Mom + Pop Records, the label behind some of this decade’s (and last decade’s) best indie rock artists, celebrated their 10th anniversary Monday night at Brooklyn Steel. Veterans and friends of label, Courtney Barnett, Sleigh Bells, Tom Morello, Neon Indian, and newcomers Sunflower Bean and Alice Merton played the anniversary show, and Flume headlined the after-party.

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Matt Kearney Brings CRAZYTALK to the San Diego House of Blues

Nashville-based phenom and platinum selling artist, Mat Kearney, has been a busy bee for quite some time. Welcoming his first child into the world back in January 2017, change as well as an increased sense of maturity and growth has not only provided the singer/songwriter with a human bundle of joy, but has also helped inspire the makings of a fifth studio album.

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Dreaming about the DREAMERS’ Show at the Troubadour

The rock trio DREAMERS successfully concluded their first headline tour. With their positive message stating that basically “nothing is impossible,”  they entertained fans through their pop-rock songs, highlighting the ones from their latest EP release, FLY. After slowing it down with an almost fully acoustic version of “Come Down Slow,” they brought the energy back up with a cover of The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Bullet with Butterfly Wings.” DREAMERS played an incredible show, and clearly every member of the (surprisingly) diversely aged crowd enjoyed it.

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The Coronas light up the stage at The Sinclair in Boston

The Coronas are an Indie Irish rock band from Dublin made up of four band members Danny O'Reilly, Dave McPhillips, Graham Knox, and Conor Egan. This Irish multi-platinum-selling band have released five studio albums, Heroes or Ghosts (2007), Tony Was an Ex-Con (2009), Closer to You (2011) The Long Way (2014) & Trust The Wire (2017).

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New York trio Sunflower Bean returns with Sophomore Album Twentytwo in Blue

Sunflower Bean is a New York alternative trio with post-punk influences and psychedelia. The band was Founded Nick Kivlen and Jacob Faber. The name comes from Kivlen’s sunflower seeds obsessions and Fabor's love for coffee. The two later decided to add Julia Cumming to their lineup as lead singer and bass player.

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Volumes TakeOver Feels Good

Volumes is an American progressive metal core band based in Los Angeles, California. Volumes music consist of upbeat and bouncy guitar riffs, groovy breakdowns and dual lead vocalists. Volumes hit Miami twice within the last year and came back even harder then before, while performing at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale.

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Taylor Swift Solidifies New “Reputation” During Houston Performance

With only two more dates to close out her Reputation Tour across the United States, Taylor Swift landed in Houston over the weekend to perform in front of thousands at NRG Stadium. Scanning the crowd, one might have had preconceived notions of what the audience would look like - females, tweens - but this crowd seemed different - diverse and welcoming. From father-daughter outings, to best friends experiencing an unforgettable night, to small children seeing their first ever concert, this night was filled with memories as diverse as the people in attendance.

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Tall Heights Rock the Tourmaline Stage at KAABOO Del Mar

Boston duo, Tall Heights hit the Tourmaline Stage at KAABOO Del Mar on Sunday, September 16. With over 130 million Spotify streams and tours alongside the likes of Ben Folds, Judah & the Lion, and Colony House, Tall Heights’ Paul Wright (vocals/cello), and Tim Harrington (vocals/guitar) have been making considerable waves in the indie-pop scene. With a sophomore album, “Pretty Colors For Your Actions” set for release on October 5th and a supporting North American headlining tour beginning on October 11th, Tall Height are definitely a band to keep on your radar for the foreseeable future.   

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