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frnkiero andthe cellabration (ex-My Chemical Romance) announces US tour

Posted by Bizarro Dustin on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM (PST)

frnkiero andthe cellabration, the new project from former My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero, has announced a full run of US tour dates early next year. The band will be touring in support of their debut album, Stomachaches and will bring The Homeless Gospel Choir and Modern Chemistry along for the ride.

You can check out the list of dates and locations below.

frnkiero and the cellabration released Stomachaches on October 28, 2014 via Staple Records.

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Dying Scene Photo Set: Chuck Ragan and The Camaraderie, Cambridge, MA

Posted by jaystone on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 3:38 PM (PST)

Chuck Ragan wound down the 2014 touring cycle in support of (my favorite album of the year) Till Midnight (SideOneDummy Records) by getting his band, The Camaraderie, together for a jaunt through most of the northeastern United States. Dubbed the “Winter Haul,” the tour rolled through Cambridge, Massachusetts on a chilly Thursday night in December for a stay at The Sinclair, this writer’s choice for best venue in the greater Boston area. The Sinclair is one of those places that almost feels too fancy or classy for a punk rock show, though it doesn’t seem afraid to book high energy, high intensity shows (I’ve done previous show reviews from Face To Face/Teenage Bottlerocket/Blacklist Royals and Frank Turner/Rebuilder from that venue).

In many ways, it’s a perfect venue for the likes of Ragan, particularly in his solo work. The venue’s sound was crystal clear from jump street, which is important for the dynamic stylings of the Camaraderie. Having seen the same band at other venues, there can be a tendency for, say, Todd Beene’s pedal steel to get lost in the mix, or for Jon Gaunt’s fiddle to come in too bright, or for Chuck Ragan’s trademark field holler to overpower every damn thing in the place. The staff at Sinclair (not to turn this into an advertisement) seem to really know what they’re doing, allowing the band to sound at their absolute best.

And that they did. The lengthy set included Till Midnight in its entirety (though not in order), and a majority of 2012′s Covering Ground, as well as rowdy, rollicking crowd-pleasers like “California Burritos” and “The Boat.” Ragan also dedicated his “cover” of Hot Water Music’s “Drag My Body” to this “day job” band, presently in the midst of celebrating its twentieth year together. Also included was a cover of the great Cory Branan’s “Survivor Blues,” a rather intimidating song to try to pull off live given Branan’s unique vocal phrasing and inimitable guitar style. That said, there’s enough of an overlap between Ragan’s and Branan’s fanbases to turn the song into a fairly rollicking singalong in its own right, and Ragan seemed much appreciative of the crowd’s support and interaction.

Support on this night (and every night on this leg of the tour) came from Little Rock, Arkansas’ Adam Fawcett. Many in the crowd (myself included) were not overly familiar with Fawcett’s work, and as he sauntered on stage, he didn’t cut the stereotypical figure of an engaging frontman. Such a set of circumstances can sometimes lead to a less than enthused reaction from the crowd, but Fawcett quickly silenced any skeptics with his voice that, well, to be blunt, sounds like a goddamn angel. He’s definitely one to get into, and quick.

Check out our photo set from the night below.

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Issues (and former Woe, Is Me) frontman Tyler Carter has announced that he will release a solo EP titled Leave Your Love in early 2015 (exact release date is currently unknown) through Rise Records. The tracklisting, as well as a music video for the album’s first single, “Georgia,” can be found below.

The EP will be a departure from the metalcore sound of his bands, into an R&B/pop sound, something Carter has been playing around with since his departure from Woe, Is Me.  He has released several cover videos on YouTube, but this is his first official release. His R&B influence can be heard throughout Issues/Woe, Is Me songs as well.

Leave Your Love can be preordered here. Tyler Carter can be heard on Issues’ latest release Diamond Dreams, which was released last month through Rise Records.

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DS Staff Picks – Jay Stone’s Top However-many Albums of 2014

Posted by jaystone on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 12:22 PM (PST)

Hey gang!

This is the fourth year I’ve done one of these lists at Dying Scene, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that it was the hardest year yet to come up with some sort of a “Top Ten” list. I’ve spent a long time looking at my list, and realizing that it’s not just that I have more than ten albums that I really dig, but that any of the top baker’s dozen albums are almost interchangeable depending on mood. That’s the best thing about music, really.

Anyway, here’s what I came up with for a list. Last year I included non-Dying Scene albums, but this year we’re back to sticking to the script. As such, you won’t see Teeth Dreams by The Hold Steady, Rocco Deluca’s self-titled masterpiece, Joshua Black Wilkins’ best album yet (Settling The Dust), Bob Mould’s stellar Beauty & Ruin, Cymbals Eat Guitars’ Lose or the latest, greatest Tom Petty album.  As usual, I don’t include 7-inches, live albums and EPs, because there’d be just too many to list. But if you’re interested, the Street Dogs‘ split with Noi!se is a pretty great one, as is the long-awaited (by me, anyway) new one from The Reveling.

Check out my list below.

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Single Review: Derek Grant – “Love Is a Bad Dream”

Posted by Bizarro Dustin on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 12:57 PM (PST)

Having played with the likes of Alkaline Trio, The Suicide Machines The Vandals, and Walls of Jericho, it’s safe to say that Derek Grant is a veteran drummer of the punk scene. But what happens when a drummer like Grant picks up other instruments and records songs all by himself? The “Love Is a Bad Dream” single is what happens. The single acts as a precursor to Grant’s upcoming solo album (which will be released in January 2015), presenting a different side to him that doesn’t often get heard from behind the drumkit.

Since Grant is primarily recognized as a drummer, he has free reign to do pretty much whatever he wants here, musically speaking, without having to worry about endless comparisons to his main band. And he takes full advantage of that, showing off his guitar chops and going in a sonic direction that could be described as “singer-songwriter heavily influenced by the 80’s”. If you’ve heard some of Grant’s MySpace demos from a few years ago, you can kind of know what to expect.

“Love Is a Bad Dream” is a midtempo rocker, with twangy guitars all around, minimal distortion, and lyrical downers such as “Every nightmare starts with you back in my arms” and “Lying here in bed, the pills do me no good / wishing I could die, I know you wish I would”. This is the type of song that would make a great soundtrack to a late night alone with Jack Daniels.

The B-side “Don’t Marry Me”, on the other hand, sounds something straight out of a John Hughes film, if John Hughes films ended with the main characters breaking up. The lack of the slide guitar, and the driving synth, give the song a slightly more upbeat (or at least more of an ‘in-your-face’) feel, although the lyrics and Grant’s low rasp keep it grounded in the same misery that make up the A-side.

“Love Is a Bad Dream” offers a taste of what to expect off of Grant’s upcoming record, Break Down, and while it’s a surprisingly good taste, it’s also a very small one. With only two songs, the replay value begins to shrink after the fifth or sixth listen in a row (admittedly, this could just be a personal complaint). But aside from that, this is a good introduction of what to expect when you give the drummer some.

3.5 / 5 Stars

RIYL: Ryan Adams, Chris Wollard & the Ship Thieves, Sam Russo

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Dr. FrankThe Mr. T Experience frontman, performed an acoustic version of “Even Hitler had a Girlfriend” on “The Chris Gethard Show.”

You can watch the performance at the 51:56 mark here.

He is currently promoting his new book entitled “King Dork Approximately.”

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Morgan Herrell of Hard Girls and Classics of Love has released a new solo album titled Open the Door, which sees Matt Keegan of Bomb the Music Industry!, Bob Vielma of Shinobu, and his Hard Girls/Classics of Love bandmate Max Feshbach making guest appearances.

You can give the album a listen below, and purchase it digitally on Herrell’s Bandcamp page.

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Less Than Jake co-frontman Chris DeMakes will be playing a few solo shows around Florida later this month, and he will be joined by Jay Tea from The Arrogant Sons of Bitches and Ryan Eldred of Catch 22.

A full list of dates and locations can be found below.

The trio toured together earlier this year, and released a split 7-inch through Asbestos Records. Head over here to give it a listen, and pick it up from the label’s webstore.

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Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms) announce winter tour dates

Posted by Shawn-Ray Dalinsky on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 3:33 PM (PST)

Brendan Kelly (of The Lawrence Arms/The Falcon) has announced a very short winter tour that he has humorously dubbed the “International Solo Tour.” Check out the dates below.

Brendan Kelly last released a split EP with Sam RussoSplit The Tip, this past May via Red Scare Industries, while the Lawrence Arms released their latest full-length Metropole, last February through Epitaph Records.

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The Get Up Kids frontman Matt Pryor is now streaming his entire new solo album, Nine Forty Live. Check it out below.

The live album was recorded nearly a year ago (January 2014) in Lawrence, Kansas, featuring Pryor accompanied by a small orchestra. Nine Forty Live is out today on Rory Records, via Equal Vision Records. You can get a copy here.

Matt Pryor’s last solo release was November 2013′s Wrist Slitter.

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Jonny Craig, most recognized from his days as a member of Dance Gavin Dance and Emarosa, has just announced that he will be releasing a collaborative album titled The Blueprint For Going In Circles. The collab with Kyle Lucas and Captain Midnite will officially launch on January 27 via Artery Recordings, but the trio has already released a song from the album, “We Black Hearts Bear The Cross”, which you can listen to below.

Craig recently announced a tour alongside Kyle Lucas, Captain Midnite, and Down With Webster throughout January and February in the United States. You can check out the dates and locations for that tour below.

Jonny Craig’s most recent project is Sacramento rock group Slaves, which released its debut album, Through Art We Are All Equals, in June via Artery.

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New Music: Dave Hause – “Seasons Greetings From Ferguson”

Posted by jaystone on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 5:48 PM (PST)

Photo credit: Jen Maler Photography

In response to the recent goings-on in Ferguson, Missouri, and the even more-recent goings-on in New York City, Dave Hause wrote and recorded a brand new track called “Seasons Greetings From Ferguson.” Pretty compelling song: check it out in handwritten lyric video format right here.

Hause’s last release, his sophomore album Devour, was released by Rise Records just over a year ago (and is still my favorite album of this year).


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Little Dave Merriman of Chicago punk act The Arrivals is streaming two tracks from his new solo album Odd Bird, which was released on December 2nd through Hewhocorrupts Inc.

You can check out “Fat Bird” below, and give “Take Me In And Let Me Go” a listen over here. After you’ve done that, head over to the label’s Bandcamp page to pick up a digital or physical (cassette) copy of the album.

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New Video: Chris Stowe (White Wives) – “Blood Drinkers”

Posted by jaystone on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 5:04 PM (PST)


White Wives bassist Chris Stowe has released a brand new video for the track “blood drinkers.” The song appears on Stowe’s first solo release, “Hollow,” which came out on A-F Records back in July. Check out the “Blood Drinkers” video below.

Digital copies of “Hollow” are available on the label’s Bandcamp for 5 bucks.

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Tim Barry streams “Solid Gone” ahead of Friday’s album release

Posted by GinaVenz on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 12:25 PM (PST)

If you’re like me, then you just can’t wait to hear some new Tim Barry.  The good news is, he just released a new track called “Solid Gone,” which you can check out here.

The new album, Lost and Rootless, is out on Friday via Chunksaah Records.


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