Top Music the first half of 2014

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Top 10 Albums – First half of 2014:

1. Rational Anthem: Emotinally Unavaiable
2. BraceFace: BraceFace
3. Candy Hearts: All The Ways You Let Me Down
4. Now People: Love, Sex, Death & the Weather
5. Zero Boys: Monkey
6. Caffiends: S/T
7. Unwelcome Guests: Wavering
8. Johnny Cash: Out Among The Stars
9. Exmortus: Slave to the Sword
10. Banner Pilot: Souvenir
Top 10 EPs – First half of 2014:

1. The Turkletons: Fur Frontal
2. Neighborhood Brats: Total Dementia
3. Beach Slang: Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?
4. Unfun: Shores of Lake Erie
5. The Sci-Fi Nightmares: Hold On To Your Heart
6. Maiden Mars: Goth Through This EP
7. Invitational: Composite
8. Night Birds: Monster Surf
9. Clint Maul: Sow EP
10. Iron Reagan: Spoiled Identity ep

Best split (hasn’t been many yet) – First half of 2014:

1. Trashkanistan/The Quarantines

Top 5 Demos – First half of 2014:

1. Lucifer’s Hammer: Night Sacrifice (Demo MMXIII)
2. The Rushmore Inciodent: Demo 2014
3. Earth Girls: Demo 2014
4. SLEEVES: Sex is Stupid
5. Fucko: Demo

Tours Dates: Frank Turner, Candy Hearts, Wringer, Night Birds, Rational Anthem

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Frank Turner
MAY 27 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
MAY 30 Bijou Theatre Knoxville, TN
JUNE 01 New Brookland Tavern Columbia, SC
JUNE 02 The Music Farm Charleston, SC
JUNE 04 9:30 Club Washington, DC
Candy Hearts
March 28 Greensboro, NC Greene Street Club
March 29 Vienna, VA Jammin’ Java
March 30 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
April 1 Hamden, CT The Space
April 2 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
April 3 New York, NY Highland Ballroom
April 4 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
April 5 Haverhill, MA Anchors Up

April 17th Bowling Green, OH
April 18th Lansing, MI
April 19th Chicago, IL
April 20th Eau Claire, WI
April 21st Minneapolis, MN
April 22nd Iowa City, IA
April 23rd Champaign, IL

Night Birds
Wed. May 21st
Sacramento, CA
@ The Blue Lamp
(1400Alhambra Blvd)
8pm / $10 Presale at / $12 @ the door
Thu. May 22nd
San Francisco, CA
@ Fat Warehouse (EARLY SHOW)
(2196 Palou Ave)

Thu. May 22nd
San Francisco, CA
@ Thee Parkside
(1600 17th Ave)
9PM / $13
Fri. May 23rd
Santa Ana, CA
@ The Observatory
(3503 S. Harbor Ave)
7PM / $25
Sat. May 24th
Las Vegas, NV
@ Country Saloon
Sun. May 25th
Los Angeles, CA
@ E7th
7PM / $8

Rational Anthem

Alright punkers, here are the tentative dates of our summer tour. If you wanna help us out and book one of these you can hit us up on the ol Facebook or
15 Iowa City IA
16 Chicago IL
17 Ft. Wayne IN
18 Columbus OH
19 Cleveland OH
20 Rochester NY
21 Boston MA
22 NYC
23 NYC
24 New Brunswick NJ
25 Atlantic City NJ
26 Philadelphia PA
27Baltimore MD
28 Richmond VA
29 Huntington WV
30 Cincinnati OH
1 Indianapolis IN
2 Dekalb IL
3 Madison WI
4 Cedar Falls IA
5 Kansas City MO
6 Denver CO
7 Green River WY
8 Boise ID
9 Seattle WA
10 Olympia WA
11 Portland OR
12 OFF
13 San Francisco CA
14 Oakland CA
15 Los Angeles CA
16 San Pedro CA
17 Riverside CA
18 San Diego CA
19 Pomona Ca @ VLHS
20 Phoenix AZ
21 Flag Staff AZ
22 Albuquerque NM
23 Las Cruces NM
24 OFF
25 San Antonio TX
26 Austin TX
27 Denton TX
28 Dallas TX
29 Huston TX
30 New Orleans LA
31 Tallahassee FL
1 Atlanta GA
2 Chattanooga TN
3 Nashville TN
4 Carbondale IL
5 St. Louis MO
6 Iowa City IA

Candy Hearts Tour Dates

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2/21 The Church, Philadelphia, PA
2/22 Lost Horizon, Syracuse, NY
2/23 Virgin Mobile Mod Club, Toronto, ON
2/24 PACA Concert Hall, Erie, PA 
2/25 Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights, OH
2/26 Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA
2/27 The Pike Room, Pontiac, MI
2/28 Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL
3/1 The Rave, Milwaukee, WI
3/2 The Garage, Burnsville, MN
3/3 Vaudville Mews, Des Moines, IA
3/4 Granada Theatre, Lawrence, KS
3/5 Marquis Theatre, Denver, CO
3/6 Club Sound, Salt Lake City, UT
3/8 El Corazon, Seattle, WA
3/9 Hawthorne Theater, Portland, OR
3/11 Assembly, Sacramento, CA
3/12 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA
3/14 Chain Reaction, Anaheim, CA
3/15 Soma Sidestage, San Diego, CA
3/16 Pub Rock Live, Scottsdale, AZ
3/18 White Rabbit, San Antonio ,TX
3/19 House of Blues, Dallas, TX
3/20 Fitzgerald’s Downstairs, Houston, TX
3/22 Jack Rabbits, Jackonsville, FL
3/23 The Social, Orlando, FL
3/25 The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
3/26 Rocketown, Nashville, TN
3/28 Greene Street Club, Greensboro, NC
3/29 Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA
3/30 Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA
4/1 The Space, Hamden, CT
4/2 Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
4/3 The Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY
4/4 Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY
4/5 Anchors Up, Haverhill, MA

REVIEW: Candy Hearts: Miles & Interstates

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CoverCandy Hearts went big time and have joined Bridge Nine Records, for some reason B9 seems to be signing a number of pop punk bands recently, at least they’ve got some good taste. Miles & Interstates isn’t only a Bridge Nine endeavor though; Violently Happy Records also has a hand in this one. None of that should influence your decision to buy the record though; all that really matters is if you like the Candy Hearts. I’d be a little confused if your answer to that was no because they’ve got it all going, catchy great songs that you can listen to a thousand times and not get sick of them. Miles & Interstates is another example of that especially since this has the same song twice (basically). First we’ve got ‘Miles & Interstates’ you’re standard incredible catchy Candy Hearts song, it’s really fucking good guys. Then we get the acoustic version of ‘Miles & Interstates’ it’s also a really great version but after hearing the full band version it really sounds like it’s missing something. Still, it seems like all Candy Hearts songs would translate to acoustic very well and this is just an example of that. Finally closing out the short EP the band covers a Descendents song ‘Nothing With You’, the Descendents cover was a bit of a shock; honestly I expected it to be way better. It’s (mostly) acoustic and it’s pretty good but I was expecting some greatness, still it came out alright. Overall the Miles & Interstates EP is pretty good, personally I’d recommend listening to it backwards (B side first) because the normal version of Miles and Interstates is the best song by far on here but all of it is pretty solid.

1. Miles and Interstates
2. Miles and Interstates (Acoustic)
3. Nothing With You (Descendents Cover)

Get it from Candy Hearts HERE

Get it from Bridge Nine Records HERE

Tour Dates: Candy Hearts

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9.27 – East Coast Tsunami Fest – Reading, PA

10.22 – New Brunswick, NJ @ The Court Tavern (w/ The Swellers)

10.25 – NYC @ The Studio at Webster (w/ The Swellers)

10.27 – Tobeyfest (Virginia Beach, VA) w/ Menzingers, Daylight & More

10.28 – Asheville, NC @ The Odditorium – w/ The Fake Boys, Old Flings

10.29 – Orlando, FLA @ Will’s Pub

10.30 – Pembroke Pines, FLA @ The Talent Farm w/ The Swellers

10.31-11.3 – Gainseville, FLA – FEST 12  (We play at 4:30pm @ 8 Seconds on Nov. 3!)

SHOWS I SEEN: Insubordination Fest 2013 – June 27th-29th 2013 – The Ottobar

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The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
June 27th-29th 2013
Insub Fest 2013
I saw most of the bands, if they’re not listed I either missed them or just drank too much to remember.


Steinways – A super fun set by the Steinways as always. I’m glad they did a reunion for Insub fest this year. This was my favorite set of the night.

Mikey Erg! – Not quite as good as some of the other Mikey Erg sets I’ve seen, not as many Ergs songs as normal and no Psyched to Die ones, but it was still really good. He covered ‘Sweet Iron Lady’, it was pretty fucking great.

Houseboat – It’s a bit unfair to compare Houseboat’s set this year to their one last year but for some reason I have to. This year’s set wasn’t as good but 2012’s would have been hard to top anyway. That’s alright though Houseboat still brought a great set that was pretty fun.

Team Stray – I don’t really remember much of this set, I blame the alcohol.

Slow Death – I also don’t remember much of this set for the same reason.

Rational Anthem – Rational Anthem was fucking awesome as always, they were just about the best set of the night (Steinways beat them by just a hair). Everyone should see this band a million times.

Young Rochelles and the Quarantines I missed despite wanting to see them again.

Trashkanistan – Trash was awesome as always, I wish there were more people drunkenly singing along but there were a few up there. Shit was fun.

Flamingo Nosebleed and the Meeps I also missed despite really wanting to see Flamingo Nosebleed.

Hellstroms – I came in a little late but I think I only missed like two songs. Hellstroms were awesome, I’d say they were a great opener to Insub but there really should have been more people watching. They covered ‘Fist Fight in the Parking Lot’; it was one of the highlights of the weekend.


Dog Party – Dog Party was pretty decent, though I was unaware of how young they were so I’ll upgrade it to they’re really good.

Dead North – First time I’ve Seen Dead North and they were pretty great. They played all the songs I was hoping for too.

Paper Dragons – I’m so glad this band decided to get back together. Their set was fucking great and I think they impressed a lot of people there.

Direct Hit – I only caught part of their set but what I saw was pretty fun.

Sick Sick Birds – My favorite Baltimore band, they had a great set as always, I think a lot of people took notice to them as well.

Dead Mechanical – Dead Mechanical is a band that out of town folks seem to love. There was a decent amount of people for this one and they played a quality set like they always do.

Night Birds – Night Birds are one of those bands that you can’t resist partying when they play. They’re always incredible and just destroy whatever is in front of them. This set was no exception, and then they went and closed it with a Ramones cover for good measure.

Kepi Ghoulie – There’s always one set that I expect to just be alright and they totally just blow me away, this year Kepi was that set. I’ve seen Kepi play every year and it’s always alright but this was so much fun. There were balloons, a sharkcam and a big ol party, but it wasn’t too much over the top which had been a problem in the past. This was my favorite set of the weekend.

Copyrights – As always the Copyrights were fun. I was so beat by the time they played I was just going to stand on the sidelines and observe. That only lasted about 1/3 of the set or so then I had to get in and go up front.


Danny Vapid & The Cheats – I wasn’t super excited for this set just because they were such a disappointment last year. Luckily I guess they were aware of that fact and fixed things this year. They totally brought it and I couldn’t have been happier, finally a really good Danny Vapid & The Cheats set!

Beatnik Termites – Not a big crowd to watch the Termites, but that’s nothing new (for some reason). The people that were up there were enjoying it though. They had what I’d call and average Beatnik Termites set. Personally I was hoping for more Bubblecore songs.

Candy Hearts – A solid set by the Candy Hearts, no one got hurt this time that I’m aware of so that’s a plus.

Lipstick Homicide – Personally Lipstick Homicide was the real headliner of Saturday. They killed it as always and there were plenty of people partying when they played. This is also a band you need to see a billion times. I think it goes without saying they were the best set of the night.

City Mouse – I was pretty pissed that I missed City Mouse last year so I made sure I caught them this year. They had a pretty solid set, not a ton of people were at the Ottobar yet but the ones that were seemed pretty stoked.

Marshmallows – Even though they weren’t actually the opener for Saturday (I missed Schroeder & The Brillo-Pod) I’m going to say they were a great opener for Saturday. They played a good set; I think they were even better than last time.

Tour Dates: Candy Hearts and Superchunk (2 different tours)

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Candy Hearts


July 7- Howell Opera House / Howell MI
July 8- Mahalls 20 Lanes / Lakewood OH
July 9- Smiling Moose / Pittsburgh PA
July 10- Waiting Room / Buffalo NY
July 11- The Loft / Poughkeepsie NY
July 12- The Democracy Center / Cambridge MA
July 13- Webster Underground / Hartford CT
July 14- Even Flow Bar and Grill / Bay Shore NY
July 15- Tammany Hall / New York NY
July 16- Stanhope House / Stanhope NJ
July 17- The Barbary / Philadelphia PA
July 18- Charm City Art Space / Baltimore MD
July 19- I Got Brains! Fest / Blacksburg VA
July 20- Blind Tiger / Greensboro NC
July 21- New Brookland Tavern / W Columbia SC
July 23- Phoenix Taproom / Jacksonville FL
July 24- The Talent Farm / Pembroke Pines FL
July 25- Will’s Pub / Orlando FL
July 26- The Seven Venue / Douglasville GA
July 27- Letcher County Tourism Building / Whitesburg KY
July 28- Fogartys / Cincinnati OH





June 20 Calgary, AB Sled Island Republik
Aug 22 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
Aug 23 Asheville, NC The Grey Eagle
Aug 24 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
Sep 3 Seattle, WA Bumbershoot
Sept 3 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Sept 4 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
Sept 6 Portland, OR MFNW @ Crystal Ballroom
Sept 23 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater #
Sept 24 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer #
Sept 26 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club #
Sept 27 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom #
Sept 28 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom #
Sept 29 Washington, DC 9:30 Club #

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