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FEATURE: Meet the Ernie Ball Vans Warped Tour Battle Of The Bands finalists

December 6th, 2013 | by admin

After fighting their way through a crowd of 25,000 bands who entered Ernie Ball's Vans Warped Tour Battle Of The Bands, four finalists–Face The King, PVRIS, Me Like Bees and Wind In Sails–are gearing up for one last duel to determine who wins the grand prize, which includes a 3-song EP to be recorded with John Feldmann, a $15,000 Guitar Center Shopping Spree, gear, apparel from Vans, a feature in our magazine and more

These final four all have all won a one-week spot on Warped Tour next summer as well as gear and Ernie Ball's endorsement, and we would like for you to meet them and tell us who your favorite is.

They will face off January 17 at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood at the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands Showcase featuring special guests We Came As Romans. [tickets]

Face The King | Ernie Ball Vans Warped Tour Battle Of The Bands
Long Island, NY

ROCKS LIKE: Silversun Pickups, Kings Of Leon, 30 Seconds To Mars
The four members of Face The King all hailed from different bands in the Long Island music scene before coming together to create “something larger than life,” says lead guitarist Dan DelVecchio, who was looking for a project that had promise, where he could create meaningful music and do what he loved. The band’s second EP, The Burning & The Falling Down, put them on the map: This year, they played the Rockstar Uproar Festival and the Vans Warped Tour and were awarded the “Best Band of Long Island” by the Long Island Press. DelVecchio says the band are currently working on a full-length with a sound that contains “ethereal guitar tones, big delays, a huge bass and gut-busting drums,” and are looking forward to touring in support of their upcoming release. –Aime Szymanski

Me Like Bees | Ernie Ball Vans Warped Tour Battle Of The Bands
Joplin, MO

ROCKS LIKE: Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire, the White Stripes
In 2009, then-recent college graduates Pete Burton (lead guitar) and Luke Sheafer (vocals/guitar) who are joined by drummer Tim Cote and bassist Nick Bynum, made a commitment to making quality music rather than getting rich doing what Sheafer calls “big-boy jobs.” The band gained local recognition in 2011 with their single about the deadly tornado that hit Joplin that year, “Naked Trees.” Never Shout Never’s Christofer Drew asked the band to join his label, Loveway Records, and tour together after their local success. The band are currently working on a music video for “Ra Ra Etc.” from their debut full-length, The Ides. Sheafer says they have been “writing nonstop since our first album released” and are excited about their plans to release an EP in the spring. –Aime Szymanski

PVRIS | Ernie Ball Vans Warped Tour Battle Of The Bands

HQ: Lowell, MA

ROCKS LIKE: Paramore, Circa Survive, Tonight Alive
“There's no gimmick with what we're trying to do,” says PVRIS frontwoman Lynn Gunn. “While we were in the studio, we kind of just decided to play what we wanted to play.” Joined by Alex Babinski (guitar) and Brian MacDonald (bass), the trio, who came together in 2011, are built upon a dark, ambient sound, mixed with pop and rock. “We just want to play our music and let it take us where it's meant to,” says Gunn. With the release of their self-titled EP the band are excited to be touring as well as releasing some new music very soon. –Aime Szymanski

Wind In Sails | Ernie Ball Vans Warped Tour Battle Of The Bands

CHECK OUT: “Level Head” single

ROCKS LIKE: City And Colour / Bon Iver / Dashboard Confessional
Evan Pharmakis started Wind In Sails as a solo project in 2011 after moving on from his then-band Vanna. “We had creative differences, so I parted ways to continue writing music with a positive message,” he says. Leaving post-hardcore behind, Pharmakis stripped down to a softer folk sound that would further enable his positive message. “I enjoy writing darkly melodic or haunting type stuff, yet I almost always write positive lyrics,” the singer says. “This music isn't about fame or fortune; it's about helping people and making a difference.” After releasing his new EP, Darker Nights, in October, Pharmakis looks to take WIS in a bigger direction. “I would love to be able to do this full time and support myself. I'll be looking for a good home for Wind In Sails, as well as good management. Hopefully, I'll find those things somewhere down the road.” Matt Crane 


NEWS: Comedian Doug Benson added to Paramore’s “Parahoy!” cruise

December 6th, 2013 | by admin

Stand-up comedian Doug Benson, star of Super High Me and host of the Doug Loves Movies podcast, has been added to the lineup for Paramore's "Parahoy!" cruise this spring.

Benson recently appeared alongside Paramore's Hayley Williams as a guest on AMC's Talking Dead.

Watch Benson recount a story from a previous cruise below:

Set to take place March 7-11, 2014, "Parahoy!" will depart from Miami and sail to Great Stirrup Cay, a private island in the Bahamas. In addition to Paramore and Benson, the lineup includes Tegan And Sara, New Found GloryShiny Toy GunsmewithoutYouBad Rabbits, and Reuben Wu of Ladytron. Tickets and more information can be found here.

Prior to "Parahoy!," Paramore will complete a run of radio-sponsored U.S. holiday shows, as well as tours of Australia and New Zealand.

NEWS: Fall Out Boy release live videos from intimate London performance

December 6th, 2013 | by admin

Fall Out Boy played an exclusive one-off at Islington Academy in London last month, and have partnered with VEVO to release a series of live videos from the intimate gig.

Below, check out a message from the band, along with all five videos from their performance:

played a show in london last month @VEVO_UK filmed it. watch alone together http://t.co/kgXrToEvdk & young volcanoes http://t.co/aqL1VVd7iG

— Fall Out Boy (@falloutboy) December 6, 2013


"Young Volcanoes"

"Save Rock And Roll"

"My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)"

"Alone Together"

"The Phoenix"

Fall Out Boy are currently in the midst of a radio-sponsored North American holiday tour, and will resume their Save Rock And Roll arena tour next month with runs in Mexico, Japan, and Europe. here's a full list of dates:

Dec 7 - Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON @ MUCH's The Big Jingle
(with Serena Ryder, Icona Pop, Down With Webster, Ylvis, Fefe Dobson, Hedley, Mia Martina)
Dec 8 - Comcast Arena - Seattle, WA @ 106.1 KISS Jingle Ball
(with Selena Gomez, Flo Rida, Icona Pop, Fifth Harmony, Travie McCoy, New Politics, Austin Mahone, Paramore)
Dec 10 - Xcel Energy Center - Minneapolis, MN @ 103.1 KDWB Jingle Ball
(with Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus, Enrique Iglesias, Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Flo Rida, Fifth Harmony)
Dec 12 - Ted Constant Center - Norfolk, VA @ 96X Winter Meltdown
(with Capital Cities, MS MR, The Neighbourhood, New Politics, The 1975)
Dec 13 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY @ Z100's Jingle Ball
(with Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Pitbull, Paramore, Enrique Iglesias, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Selena Gomez, Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande, Jason Derulo, Austin Mahone)
Dec 14 - TD Garden - Boston, MA @ KISS 108's Jingle Ball
(with Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Paramore, Enrique Iglesias, Robin Thicke, Fifth Harmony, Flo Rida)
Dec 16 - Verizon Center - Washington, DC @ Hot 99.5 Jingle Ball
(with Miley Cyrus, Austin Mahone, Robin Thicke, Enrique Iglesias, Paramore, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony, Flo Rida)
Dec 17 - Freedom Hall Civic Center - Johnson City, TN @ Electric 94.9's Acoustic Christmas
(with Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony, Emblem3, Midnight Red, MKTO)
Dec 18 - The Rave / Eagles Club - Milwaukee, WI @ 103.7 KISSMAS BASH
(with Chris Wallace, Cash Cash)
Dec 20 - BB&T Center - Miami, FL @ Y100 Jingle Ball
(with Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Austin Mahone, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Armin Van Buuren, Enrique Iglesias, Flo Rida, Avril Lavigne, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony)
Dec 31 - Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve
Jan 11 - Arena Monterrey - Monterrey, Mexico %#
Jan 12 - Arena Ciudad de Mexico - Mexico City, Mexico %#
Feb 5 - Zepp - Tokyo, Japan
Feb 6 - Zepp - Tokyo, Japan
Feb 9 - The River Forum - Osaka, Japan
Feb 28 - Palacio Vistalegre Arena - Madrid, Spain ^
March 1 - Palau Sant Jordi - Barcelona, Spain ^
March 2 - Le Phare - Toulouse, France ^
March 4 - Rockhal - Luxembourg, Luxembourg ^
March 6 - Le Zénith-Arena - Lille, France ^
March 7 - Palladium - Cologne, Germany ^
March 8 - Heineken Music Hall - Amsterdam, Netherlands ^
March 11 - Ancienne Belgique - Brussels, Belgium ^
March 12 - Le Zenith - Paris, France ^
March 15 - Motorpoint Arena - Cardiff, Wales ^#
March 16 - NIA - Birmingham, England ^#
March 17 - Phones 4 U Arena - Manchester, England ^#
March 18 - Olympia Theatre - Dublin, Ireland #
March 20 - Wembley Arena - London, England ^#
March 21 - Metro FM Arena - Newcastle, England ^#
March 22 - The SSE Hydro - Glasgow, Scotland ^#
June 14 - Download Festival - Donington Park, UK

% with Panic! At The Disco
# with New Politics
^ with The Pretty Reckless

NEWS: Candy Hearts to record new album in January and announce tour dates

December 6th, 2013 | by admin

Candy Hearts announced their plans to record a new full-length album in January, which will be produced by Chad Gilbert (New Found Glory, What's Eating Gilbert). 

The band will be supporting We Are The In Crowd's North American tour with William Beckett, Set It Off and State Champs.

22 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
23 Toronto, ON @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club
25 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
26 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
27 Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room
28 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

1 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Bar
2 Burnsville, MN @ The Garage
4 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
5 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
6 SLC, UT @ Club Sound
8 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
9 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
11 Sacramento, CA @ Assembly
12 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
14 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
15 San Diego, CA @ Soma Sidestage
16 Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live
18 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
19 Dallas, TX @ HOB Cambridge Room
20 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's Downstairs
22 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
23 Orlando, FL @ The Social
25 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
26 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
28 Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club
29 Vienna, VA @ Jammin' Java
30 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club

1 Hamden, CT @ The Space
2 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
3 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
4 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall

APTV recently spoke with Mariel Loveland about recording at the Fest in Florida in October.

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NEWS: I Am The Avalanche finish new album and announce holiday shows

December 6th, 2013 | by admin

I Am The Avalanche announced that they have finished recording their new full-length album on Facebook with hints to a tour and the addition of new members. 

"We are really looking forward to our holiday shows coming up later this month in CT, Rhode Island and Long Island. Mike and Kellen will make their return to the stage and will be playing their final shows with I Am The Avalanche. These 3 shows will be beautiful occasions and a celebration of our friendship. Be sure to get your tickets if you haven't already, since these will truly be shows to remember.

Our new full-length record is now completely finished and news about our album, our touring plans (home and abroad), and new members joining us will roll out shortly. Cheers!"

The band have three holiday headlining shows in December and will be performing with Mike Ireland and Kellen Robson:
Dec. 20 - The Space - Hamden, CT 
Dec. 21 - The Met Cafe - Providence, RI
Dec. 22 - 89 North Music Venue - Patchogue, NY

NEWS: Vans Warped Tour 2014 add two new dates

December 6th, 2013 | by admin

The 2014 Vans Warped Tour announced that they will add two new dates to the tour in Sacramento and Nashville. June 14 Salt Lake City, UT June 15 Denver, CO June 17 Albuquerque, NM June 18 Mesa, AZ June 20 Pomona, CA June 21 San Francisco, CA

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