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UNSIGNED SPOTLIGHT: Secret Tree Fort

Standing out as an acoustic artist can be tricky. Some folks hear the term “acoustic” and immediately think slow guitar plucks, soft vocals, earnest lyrics, and that’s about it. Skyler Truth, aka Secret Tree Fort, blows that perception away with his special hybrid of raw acoustic emo and undeniable pop-punk catchiness that chills and thrills in equal measure. Secret Tree Fort’s 2018 EP, titled Willow, sees Truth pouring his deepest, often darkest emotions on the line for everyone to see and feel. These five songs are built on deeply introspective…

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Album Review: Real Friends – ‘Composure’

You know the phrase, “It’s about to get real,” right? Well, Real Friends just released a brand-new record. For real. This is real life. Friday, July 13th, the Chicago pop punkers released their third record, Composure, via Fearless Records. The joke’s on you if you think Composure is anything but gimmicky though. The record has quite the tumultuous backstory, with lead singer Dan Lambton’s anxiety, depression and recent bi-polar diagnosis. He even took a break from the band in its entirety, after manic episodes, panic attacks and breakdowns. The band…

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LIVE REVIEW: The Sick Tour w/ New Found Glory and Bayside

They say that seeing your favorite band from high school as an adult is a life changing experience. They’re not wrong. When I saw Bayside and New Found Glory on the same ticket, I screamed out loud. It was a pop-punk dream come true. Opening for them was William Ryan Key, that concert goers would recognize and the former frontman of Yellowcard. Key took to the stage with just himself and his guitar and played through his entire EP, Thirteen. He knew he couldn’t get off the stage without playing…

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LIVE REVIEW: Face to Face, Less than Jake, Direct Hit!, The Jukebox Romantics

If you ever wanted to go to a live show that reminiscent of a backyard house party, BLK Live in Scottsdale is the place for you. Between the residential sized pool, comfy cabanas and outdoor bar, BLK Live is the ideal spot for a punk rock fan to enjoy a show. Opening the bill was The Jukebox Romantics, hailing from New York, this high-energy three piece group was the perfect way to kick off the night. The second group to play was Direct Hit!, a Midwestern pop-punk band that sound like…

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STREAM: Compathy “Cannon”

Compathy is an acoustic pop punk solo-project founded by New Hampshire-native and current Chicago transplant, Matt Campbell. Through the project, Campbell released a new song titled “Cannon.” The track is a follow up to their debut EP, You Have No Home Here, which was released earlier this year. Please follow and like us:

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WATCH: Cardinals “Breathe” Video

When you come across a band that has it, you just feel it. You know what I’m talking about. Their lyrics hit you hard, their melodies seem to course through your veins, and collectively, their songs move you in a way that maybe you’d forgotten you could be moved. They energize you, inspire you, and make you want to hit “repeat” on a song 100 times over. By now you might have guessed that for me,  Cardinals is just this band, and their new lyric video for “Breathe” is a song…

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Warped Tour Announces Lineup For Final Cross-Country Run

After much anticipation of who will be performing during the final full cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour, we finally know. In a video posted on the tour’s Facebook page, you watch as a mural featuring the infamous inflatable schedule is created, while Movement‘s song “Daylily” plays in the background. As the song builds, the mural gets closer and closer to being finished. With a few swooping shots, we are finally shown who will be gracing the stages this summer! You can see the full lineup below, as well as…

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Moose Blood Announces North American Tour

Moose Blood just announced on Twitter that they will be adding a North American leg of their tour featuring special guests Lydia, and McCafferty. The tour kicks off March 14 at The Royal in Boston, MA, and spans out across the US into Canada ending in Montreal, QC. Their upcoming album, I don’t think I can do This Anymore comes out March 9, but is available now for preorder on their website here! Please follow and like us:

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Tiny Moving Parts Announce Tour Alongside Oso Oso and Mom Jeans

Fans of pop-punk… rejoice! Tiny Moving Parts are kicking off a MASSIVE North American tour this spring and are bringing along some interesting guests, Oso Oso and Mom Jeans. The tour starts later this month on January 25, 2018 and hits various dates and cities throughout North America including Chicago,IL, Columbus, OH, Las Vegas, NV and ending the tour in Lawrence, KS in March before taking the tour overseas. Tiny Moving Parts have gained a wide-fanbase since their debut album, ‘This Couch is Long & Full of Friendship in 2013. They…

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STREAM : Waterparks “Not Warriors”

 Waterparks fans have been eagerly awaiting the upcoming release of the pop-punk trio’s sophomore album Entertainment, due out later this month on the 26th of January. In the meantime, social media has been blowing up with teasers, promotions for the album and even the release of some new singles. Awsten Knight has been not shy about sharing some info with fans… and his latest tweet highlighted the newest single from the highly anticipated album. The latest song to the released from Entertainment is “Not Warriors”, which follows up previously released singles “Blonde” and “Lucky People”….

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