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As It Is Release Music Video For “Speak Soft”

as it isUK’s As It Is have just released the music video for their single, “Speak Soft,” from their album, Never Happy, Ever After, which is available now on iTunes. The video was filmed across two continents, with two videographers, and showcases the band’s energetic performance style while they rock out on a gorgeous Australian beach, coinciding with the video narrative, shot in the UK.

“Whilst in Australia, we had to find a suitable location to film in the dark that would suit the narrative and where no one would hear us. We got up at 3am to film the performance on a beach in Newcastle during sunrise after only a couple of hours sleep. We carried all of the gear a mile down a small patch to the beach, in the hope no one was there,” explains Patty Walters (vox).

The band is currently on a US tour as support to Mayday Parade, on the Hot Topic presents AP Tour, alongside Real Friends and This Wild Life. The tour will wrap up in Lake Buena Vista, FL at the House of Blues on November 25th, after which, As It Is will head to the UK for a tour with Lower Than Atlantis through December. Check below for a complete list of tour dates.

Stream the video for “Speak Soft” below:

Nov 12 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Nov 13 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
Nov 14 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Nov 15 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Nov 17 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theatre
Nov 18 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Nov 20 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Nov 21 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
Nov 22 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
Nov 24 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Nov 25 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
UK Tour w/ Lower Than Atlantis 
Dec 7 – Middlesbrough, UK @ The Middlesbrough Empire
Dec 8 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Beckett Student Union
Dec 10 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Dec 11 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy
Dec 12 – Birmingham, UK @ The Institute
Dec 14 – London, UK @ Camden Roundhouse
Dec 15 – Manchester, UK @ The Ritz
Dec 16 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC
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Mayday Parade Release New Single & Video

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PODCAST: Martian Mashup Episode 11 (ft. Macie K & Buttons)

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Only one more episode until the Martian Mashup season 1 finale! Below, you can stream Episode 11, featuring a recap of all the news from this week, and new music from Mayday Parade, Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa, Motion City Soundtrack, and more! We also have interviews with Macie K and Buttons from Warped Tour!

Remember, if you have a request for #FlashbackFriday, let us know!


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Mayday Parade Stream New Song

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Finally! We can declare happily that Mayday Parade has released the first single from their upcoming new album, Black Lines. The song, entitled, “Keep In Mind, Transmogrification Is a New Technology” is a mouthful to say, but shows off a stronger, more intense vocal performance from Derek Sanders, really staying true to when Sanders had previously said how different the new album would be.

The video, which you can view below, is a time lapse of a man creating the cover art for Black Lines, which is awesome. It’s actually kind of mesmerizing. Let us know what you think about it below!

Preorders for the new album begin TONIGHT (July 30th) at 9 PM. Keep a lookout for all the details on that!

To hear more from Mayday Parade, you can buy a CD here. The band also recently announced that they would be headlining this fall’s AP Tour, with support from As It Is, Real Friends and This Wild Life. You can purchase concert tickets here.

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The APMAs Honor Rob Zombie & X, Add Performances From Pierce The Veil and DMC (RUN DMC)


The Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, fueled by Monster Energy Drink, has added even more performers and presenters, in addition to this year’s official red carpet hosts and esteemed recipients of the Vanguard and Icon Awards. The APMAs will take place on July 22, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

The APMAs announced that they will be presenting the revered Vanguard Award to hard-rock legend and respected filmmaker Rob Zombie. As a rock icon and filmmaker with a unique vision, Zombie has continuously challenged audiences as he stretches the boundaries of both music and film, selling over 15 million albums worldwide. He is also the only artist to experience unprecedented success in both music and film as the writer/director of six feature films with a worldwide gross totaling more than $150 million.

This year’s Icon Award honorees are none other than American punk-rock mavericks X, who were one of the most influential bands to emerge from the Los Angeles punk scene of the late ‘70s. The group’s first two albums, Los Angeles and Wild Gift appear on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time list.

The APMAs also announced this year’s AXS TV Red Carpet hosts: Every Time I Die’s wisecracking frontman Keith Buckley and New Years Day’s striking frontwoman Ash Costello. The pair will interview many of this year’s stars as they make their way down the red carpet and into the main event.

Gibson Brands is also returning as one of the main sponsors of the APMAs and will be hosting the official Gibson Backstage Artist Lounge. All performers, presenters, honorees and award winners will gather at the Lounge for their post-stage victory interviews.

Additionally, the APMAs announced Tumblr as an official partner. This year, the APMAs launched the first-ever “Tumblr Fandom Of The Year” award. Every day, thousands of fandoms post artwork, GIFs, funny memes and so much more on their Tumblr pages, and these nominees were among the most posted about last year. The nominees were chosen via Tumblr’s Fandometrics, and AP staff choices. You can vote for your favorite/the most creative fandom at altpress.tumblr.com through July 6.


All Time Low

Fall Out Boy

5 Seconds Of Summer

Panic! At The Disco

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The 1975

In addition, to the “Tumblr Fandom Of The Year” award there will be a GIF booth backstage capturing all the exclusive behind the scenes moments from award winners, performers and talent associated with the show. Follow the night’s mayhem on AP’s Tumblr blog.

AP cover stars Pierce The Veil are the latest addition to the list of performances at this year’s APMAs. PTV are one of the fastest-rising artists in the music scene currently, following the success of their 2012 release, Collide With The Sky, which has sold nearly 300,000 copies in the US alone. The album features the single “King For A Day” which has been certified Gold and has racked up an astounding 50 million YouTube views. At last year’s APMAs, the band won three awards, including Best Live Band.

Additional live performances include Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, All Time Low, Sum 41, a special performance from New Found Glory featuring Hayley Williams, Rob Zombie, X,  DMC of Run DMC, Mike Herrera of MxPx, Taking Back Sunday, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, Halestorm, a special performance featuring four-time nominees PVRIS and Issues frontman Tyler Carter, Black Veil Brides, Simple Plan, and Motionless In White. The world-renowned Contemporary Youth Orchestra will also return to the APMAs to accompany many of the evening’s performances.

New presenters this year include members of the Amity Affliction, Asking Alexandria, Beartooth, Crossfaith, Drama Club, Every Time I Die, Man Overboard, Major League, Memphis May Fire, Metro Station, Miss May I, Neck Deep, Never Shout Never, New Politics, New Years Day, Silverstein, State Champs and We Came As Romans. Additional appearances will be made by members of ‘68, As It IsAugust Burns RedBullet For My ValentineMayday ParadeMotion City SoundtrackParkway DriveReal FriendsSenses FailSet It OffThis Wild Life and While She Sleeps with more to be announced soon.

Voting on all awards is open now via www.altpress.com/apmas, in addition to the Best Music Video award, which can be voted upon exclusively at any Journeys retail location via voter mobile device and store-provided QR codes or via journeys.com/bestmusicvideoVoting ends on July 6, 2015.

View this year’s CATEGORIES and NOMINEES here!

APMAs Early Bird discount tickets and Ultimate Monster Travel Packages are already sold out, but you can still purchase several other ticketing options now. Available options include reserved seats at $59.99, premium seats at $79.99, Vans Warped Tour bundles for $89.99, general admission pit passes for $199.99 (which now include early entry) and special VIP packages are $249.99. Head to www.altpress.com/apmas for all ticket offerings and details on each option listed above.

As previously announced, Alternative Press Magazine will be honored by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum with the unveiling of a special new exhibit, Never Give Up: Alternative Press Magazine At 30, presented by Roadrunner Records, Fueled By Ramen and Jakprints. The exhibit opening will kick-off with a special Sonic Session featuring Danish alt-rock group New Politics and one of AP’s “100 Bands You Need to Know In 2015,” Vinyl Theatre.


7:00pm – Doors open to the public

8:00pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT begins, featuring New Politics Vinyl Theatre

11:00pm  Museum closes

The exhibit opens on the eve of the APMAsJuly 21stFor more information and in-depth details about the exhibit, visit www.rockhall.com.

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Nick Santino Announces Spring Tour

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Almost two years after announcing the end of pop-outfit A Rocket To The Moon, former frontman turned indie singer/songwriter, Nick Santino has announced another slew of spring touring dates. He’s going to be kicking off the tour with a festival performance at Dallas’ South By So What?! this Friday, March 20th. The festival’s lineup also includes the likes of Mayday Parade, The Maine, Cartel and many more.

Following the festival, Santino will hit the road with indie-folk duo Oh Honey on the Postcards Across America Tour which, as the name suggests, sees the artists performing in various cities across the US. This run will be the first full tour of the spring for Santino who started the year opening for Hanson at a special Mexico show, in various college performances, and even headlining a rare, intimate acoustic performance in his small hometown of Braintree, MA.

Offstage, Santino has kept himself busy working on new music, pulling together a backing band and filming his first solo music video. The video – shot in the cinematic Boston area snow – is slated for release this spring. You can see the Postcards Across America tour dates below, as well as all of Santino’s tour dates.

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3/24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
3/26 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar
3/30 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
3/31 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
4/2 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
4/3 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
4/4 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
4/6 – Milwaukee, WI – Rave Bar
4/7 – Ames, IA – The Maintenance Shop
4/9 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
4/10 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
4/11 – Detroit, MI – Pike Room @ Crofoot
4/12 – Columbus, OH – A & R Bar
4/14 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
4/15 – New York, NY – Studio @ Webster Hall
4/18 – Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel
4/19 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe

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Mayday Parade To Record New Album With Mike Sapone

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Great news for Mayday Parade fans! The band has announced that they will be recording a new album.

This time, the group is switching it up and going into the studio with Mike Sapone to produce their new album. Check out the announcement in an excerpt from Alternative Press Magazine, which you can view below:



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REVIEW: The Future Laureates – ‘Here and After’ EP


Here and After, the new EP from The Future Laureates, is one that I am approaching with an arched eyebrow and a tuned ear…

“Sinners and Saints” starts off with beats that remind me so much of “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” from Fall Out Boy. However, there is a more folksy vibe that kicks in as the song continues. The folk-punk fusion already has me entranced, as I’m sure most listeners will find themselves. Of course, there is also a build-up to the bridge, which brings the song full circle. If this is any indication as to what we can expect from The Future Laureates, than sign me up! “Down” follows later with a similar beat-centered sound, with a style all its own that I’ve found to quite enjoy on repeat. Once again, the bridge steals the show, especially this one, with a vocal harmonies, and the concept of tearing everything down to build it all back up. I daresay that “Down” is my favorite track on the EP, just because of the raw power it contains throughout. I could play it again and again…and I did.

Just looking at the name of the track (“Angela”), I was convinced I was about to sit through an ode to someone’s girlfriend…and I was kind of right. Thankfully, it’s not all slobbery and sad, but quite upbeat, with a fusion of eclectic styles that make the song pretty catchy. While it doesn’t hit quite the same with me as its predecessor, I wouldn’t be quick to dismiss it, as it certainly shows how versatile The Future Laureates can be.

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“Make Believe” has a dreamy quality to it with a story that pulls listeners in. I love how original each note and line feels/sounds. The vocals are also fantastic, with an edgy quality to them that almost remind me of Jason Lancaster (Go Radio, Mayday Parade). Hands down, one of the most notable tracks on the EP, brining to mind the visual of people swaying at a show, all feeling the music, because the bluesy sound featured is not one you hear, but feel.

“Take It As It Comes” is as light as its name hints at. If you want a truly carefree, “don’t stress,” tune, this is it. I motion that this song be played every Monday morning before the stress begins! Filled with honey-sweet instrumentals, soft vocals, and a quirky style that will make even the grumpiest of people smile, who can resist this song?

I had no idea what I was getting into when I hit play on Here and After, but to say I didn’t enjoy each track would be a lie. The Future Laureates have left a lasting first impression that, hopefully, is a great indication of where they are headed as a group. There is a charming acoustic-driven, almost rustic quality to their creation. With their versatility and originality, there is no doubt that we could be hearing some great things from this band very soon.


For more on The Future Laureates, please click HERE. Here and After will be released on September 23rd.

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Pilot For A Day Set To Release Better Air (Deluxe Edition) on July 1st



Pop-rock quartet Pilot For A Day officially announced the release of their album Better Air (Deluxe Edition), set to drop on July 1st! With three exclusive acoustic tracks, Better Air (Deluxe Edition) is the extension of their debut album, which was produced by Marc McClusky (Weezer, Ludo, Hit The Lights). For more information, please visit: http://pilotforaday.net/.

 Drawing inspiration from bands such as Mayday ParadeBoys Like Girls, CartelThe Maine, and Go Radio, Pilot For A Day hit the studio in February 2012 with producer Marc McClusky to create ten classic, yet modern songs that could be appreciated by anyone. With help from Andrew Volpe (Ludo), who co-wrote the track “Extraordinary Life,” and drummer Cory Muro (Badboxes, Punchline, The Composure), the band created their debut album Better Air, which released on January 21, 2013.

Pilot For A Day celebrated Better Air with a special release show at the historic Granada Theater in Lawrence, KS. Through it all, the band has been able to tour throughout the Midwest and Northeast, sharing the stage with Mime Game, The Noise FM, Abandon Kansas, and David George and The Crooked Mile (former guitarist for John Fogerty). 

Better Air (Deluxe Edition) will include three new acoustic versions of “Take This Chance,” “A Little More,” and “From Somewhere to Here.” For updates, please visit: http://pilotforaday.net/.


Track Listing:


01. Take This Chance


02. Count to Ten


03. Extraordinary Life (feat. Andrew Volpe)


04. Thanks to CL, My FMLY & All My Homies


05. Ticket to Somewhere


06. A Little More


07. Alleys and Side Streets


08. On. Set. Coast.


09. From Somewhere to Here


10. Midwest Kings


11. Take This Chance (Acoustic)


12. A Little More (Acoustic)


13. From Somewhere to Here (Acoustic)




Upcoming Shows


Jun 7                        Finnigan’s Wake                        Philadelphia, PA


Jul 26                       The Granada Theater                Lawrence, KS


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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Live Review: The Spring Fever Tour



On April 17th, I found myself at the sold-out Spring Fever date at Orlando’s House of Blues. I must admit, I was ridiculously pleased to be there, as until about two hours prior, I’d had no knowledge I would be going. The show itself was manic, with fans crowding all over the venue, desperate to see You Me At Six, Mayday Parade, Pierce The Veil, and All Time Low.

To be completely honest, I found most of my amusement in seeing the fans wearing homemade shirts, all trying to squeeze each band on in some form. I admire their efforts though; because there’s no way I could have taken the time to do something as such. The second amusing moment of the night was listening to You Me At Six as they took breaks between songs and chatted. I had to laugh because I saw some confused faces at certain words or phrases, during which fans would look at each other and mouth, “What?” It’s something I have experienced numerous times in my life (more than I care to admit), but I understand. We Brits do speak a different language sometimes!

Mayday Parade put on an amazing show, as usual. One thing I always love about watching them play live is the response from the fans, although having one being led out of the crowd to a trashcan where she nearly puked on me was less than ideal. I prefer watching everyone sing along and to watch the interaction between the band and the listeners, personally.

The two headliners of the night, Pierce The Veil and All Time Low were awe-inspiring, especially as I’ve only ever seen them play at Warped (despite being a huge fan of both). Pierce The Veil’s set had me staring up at the stage with wide eyes, and I know I wasn’t the only one. The neon set-up behind them with spinning gears, and the mist popping up as they played was entrancing, as was their performance. As a very short photographer, I do have to wear heels and lean against the amps. I had unknowingly made the fatal mistake of wearing a dress to the show. As I leaned against the amps, I was surprised as the sound blew my dress back (and up a little bit, I admit), as well knocking me back, much to the amusement of the other photographers in the pit. Thankfully, they were kind enough to almost pin me to the amp so I wouldn’t fly back again. I snapped the perfect pictures, especially the one I got of Vic Fuentes winking right at the camera. Then, the SD card demanded I reformatted and it deleted everything. Needless to say, I wasn’t amused, but at least I got to hear them perform some beautiful music. “Caraphernalia” is easily my favorite Pierce The Veil song, and their live rendition makes me love it even more.

When All Time Low took the stage, I was determined to take pictures that would do their stage-presence justice. I sang along to every word (loudly), snapping away at pictures and bouncing around in the pit. The energy these guys put out is perfection. You get a concert and a stand-up routine all in one. Each track they performed, no matter what album it was from, all flowed together beautifully. Another thing I love is the sincerity of All Time Low and how humble they are. Towards the end of the show, they gave a huge thank you to all the staff, the crew, the other bands, and the fans. It’s always refreshing to see musicians who are genuinely grateful, as well as who encourage fans not to use cameras and such; and not because they are pulling a Beyonce and don’t want any bad pictures of them on the Internet.

“Live in the moment, not through your camera,” Alex Gaskarth says, laughing. “I want you all here with us!”

Overall, the Spring Fever Tour promised some of the best musicians I can think of, and they delivered. If I’m entirely honest, I would like to just play the entire concert on repeat, and watch it again and again. My only regret is that the SD card in my grandfather’s camera was corrupt and wouldn’t work on my computer. I went to BestBuy and tried to see if they could extract some of the photos and thanks to the assistance of Zeshan, I managed to get a few. They’re not perfect, but they’re something. Maybe next time I will take a ton of pictures that won’t delete themselves or become corrupt. For now, enjoy, and please try to catch the Spring Fever Tour before it ends on May 12!

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