Albert Hammond, Jr. ‘AHJ’ Out October 8th

Albert Hammond Jr. | Photo by Jason McDonald

The Strokes’ guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. will release his latest album ‘AHJ’ on October 8th via Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records. The EP follows Hammond’s previous solo efforts, 2006’s ‘Yours to Keep’, and 2008’s ‘¿Cómo Te Llama?’. Of the new EP’s relationship with his earlier releases, Hammond said, “It’s a combination of both previous recordings, which in turn makes it feel like it’s the best material that I’ve made so far.”

‘AHJ’ was produced, engineered and mixed by Grammy-winning producer Gus Oberg and recorded at Hammond’s two studios, Broome Street in Manhattan and One Way Studios in upstate New York. Of working with Oberg, Hammond stated, “I’ve been working with him since my first solo project, after we met and became best friends. We get along and we understand each other musically, so everything just flows.” Hammond played all of the instruments on the EP himself, excluding drums on several tracks, which were played by longtime collaborator Matthew Frank Romano.

Commenting on his inspirations for ‘AHJ’, Hammond said, “Once you play music for a living, you’re always thinking about stuff. Conversations with friends and things you hear in movies – things come up and become lyrics. Hearing other people’s songs becomes like competition – you hear something and mentally you want to beat it. Life in general is pretty inspiring.”

1. Cooker Ship
2. Strange Tidings
3. Carnal Cruise
4. Rude Customer
5. St. Justice

The Illumination Debut Album ‘Departures’ Out October 1st

The Illumination

The Illumination (ex-From Atlantis) announced that their debut full length album ‘Departures’ will be hitting stores October 1st on InVogue Records. The album’s first single ‘Separations’ is available now on iTunes and all other digital outlets. The Rhode Island band are Michael Florio (vocals), Rod Pires (guitar/vocals), Steve Almon (guitar), Rob Lundy (bass) and Thomas Crosby (drums).

Check out a stream of the new single via Youtube below.

The Illumination 'Departures'

Paramore Perform ‘Still Into You’ On ‘Conan’

Paramore trio

After performing ‘Still Into You’ on the Teen Choice Awards and taking home the award for ‘Choice Rock Group’, Paramore recently performed the single again on ‘Conan’ as part of the TBS show’s Summer Music Series. Watch it via YouTube below.

Man Overboard Join 4th Annual Glamour Kills Tour

Man Overboard 2013

After finishing up a summer long stint on the Vans Warped Tour, New Jersey pop punks Man Overboard have revealed plans for a fall tour as direct support for Mayday Parade on the 4th annual Glamour Kills Tour, featuring additional support from Cartel and Stages and Stereos. Check out the tour dates below.

Glamour Kills Tour Dates
Oct 11 – Jacksonville, FL at Freebird
Oct 12 – Atlanta, GA at Masquerade
Oct 13 – Nashville, TN at Rocketown
Oct 15 – Charlotte, NC at Amos Southend
Oct 16 – Norfolk, VA at The Norva
Oct 17 – New York City, NY at Best Buy Theatre
Oct 18 – Philadelphia, PA at The Electric Ballroom
Oct 19 – Sayreville, NJ at Starland Ballroom
Oct 20 – Baltimore, MD at Baltimore Soundstage
Oct 22 – Hartford, CT at Webster Theatre
Oct 23 – Boston, MA at House of Blues
Oct 24 – Syracuse, NY at Lost Horizon
Oct 26 – Grand Rapids, MI at The Intersection
Oct 27 – Detroit, MI at St. Andrews Hall
Oct 29 – Cincinnati, OH at Bogarts
Oct 30 – Cleveland, OH at House of Blues
Oct 31 – Chicago, IL at House of Blues
Nov 1 – Milwaukee, WI at The Rave
Nov 2 – Minneapolis, MN at Mill City Nights
Nov 4 – Denver, CO at The Summit
Nov 5 – Salt Lake City, UT at In The Venue
Nov 7 – Seattle, WA at El Corazon
Nov 8 – Vancouver, BC at The Rio
Nov 9 – Portland OR at Wonder Ballroom
Nov 11 – San Francisco, CA at Slims
Nov 12 – Sacramento, CA at Ace of Spades
Nov 13 – Los Angeles, CA at House of Blues
Nov 14 – Anaheim, CA at House of Blues
Nov 15 – San Diego, CA at House of Blues
Nov 16 – Las Vegas, NV at Hard Rock on the Strip
Nov 17 – Phoenix, AZ at The Marquee
Nov 19 – Dallas, TX at House of Blues
Nov 20 – Houston, TX at House of Blues
Nov 21 – San Antonio, TX at Backstage Live

A Loss For Words ‘Before It Caves’ LP Out October 8th

A Loss For Words band

Boston rock band A Loss For Words has revealed details for their new album ‘Before It Caves’, which will be released on October 8th via Velocity/Rise Records. Check out the tracklisting for band’s follow-up to their 2011 effort ‘No Sanctuary’ below.

ALFW will be supporting the record on this fall’s The Lost Boys Tour, along with co-headliner Handguns. The trek, presented by New Noise Magazine and Loud & Obnoxious Clothing, will kick off on October 4 in West Chester, PA. The tour features direct support from New Jersey punks Major League and additional support from City Lights, The Shades, Stickup Kid and Light Years on select dates.

Frontman Matty Arsenault commented:
Hey guys! We’re beyond excited to finally announce our new record Before It Caves. We’re really proud of this record and think we’ve written our best stuff yet for you guys. We were lucky to have some good friends join us on some of these tunes so big thanks to the The Wonder Years, Polar Bear Club, and PVRIS. We’re also stoked to be getting back on the road in October to play some of the new stuff on The Lost Boys tour with a bunch of our good friends. Pre-orders are up at so go check that out and support us! Finally, what we’re most excited about is that today we can show you the first single off our new record, titled ‘Distance’ featuring Lynn Gunn from PVRIS. We hope you enjoy it, thank you for the endless support and we look forward to seeing you in October.

‘Before It Caves’ Tracklisting:
1. Distance
2. Conquest of Mistakes
3. Falling
4. All This Time
5. No Pioneer
6. 20 Block
7. No Merit to Envy
8. Eclipsed
9. The Kids Can’t Lose
10. The Torch and The Name
11. Brace Yourself
12. Siesta Key
13. All Roads Lead to Home

Outline In Color Heading To Studio To Record Standby Records Debut

Outline In Color

Outline in Color have signed with Standby Records. The Tulsa, Oklahoma band’s debut on the new label is expected to be released in Summer 2014. Commenting on the news, bassist Michael Skaggs said, “We are really excited to get into the studio again! We’ve been working on new jams for a while now, and are stoked to share them with the world. We will be recording with Drew Fulk, who has been a fan of us since nearly the beginning. We couldn’t be happier to be working with someone that is as excited about the project as we are.”

Outline in Color formed in 2010, self-releasing their first self-titled EP that same year. The project sold over 7,000 digital copies. The group then added clean vocalist K.C. Simenson before recording their debut LP, ‘Jury of Wolves’.

Check out the band’s signing video via YouTube below.

Polar Bear Club New Album ‘Death Chorus’ Out This Fall

Polar Bear Club

Rise Records has signed Rochester, New York post-hardcore band Polar Bear Club to their roster. The band has been active since 2005 and has steadily climbed the ranks of their genre. Polar Bear Club have released three albums, most recently 2011’s ‘Clash Battle Guilt Pride’, and has toured around the world with Gaslight Anthem, Rise Against and Bad Religion. Look for their new LP, ‘Death Chorus’, in stores this fall. ‘Death Chorus’ was produced by Will Yip at Studio 4. View the band’s signing video and upcoming tour dates below.

Polar Bear Club and Taking Back Sunday Tour Dates:
Oct 11 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
Oct 12 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Oct 13 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall
Oct 14 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
Oct 16 – Pittsburg, PA – Stage AE
Oct 17 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Oct 18 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater
Oct 19 – Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre
Oct 20 – 2013 Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre
Oct 22 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
Oct 23 – Omaha, NE Sokol – Upstairs
Oct 25 – Melbourne, FL – Downtown
Oct 26 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Hall
Oct 27 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City
Oct 29 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
Oct 30 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Oct 31 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
Nov 1 – Louisville, KY – Expo Five
Nov 2 – Myrtle Beach, SC – HOB
Nov 3 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
Nov 5 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
Nov 6 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
Nov 7 – Long Island, NY – The Emporium

Farewell, My Love ‘Gold Tattoos’ LP Out September 10th

Farewell My Love

Farewell, My Love have launched pre-orders for their new LP ‘Gold Tattoos’, which will be out on September 10th via Standby Records.

In a joint statement, the Phoenix, Arizona band says:

We are thrilled to announce the release of our debut full length album ‘Gold Tattoos’ out September 10th via Standby Records. We’ve composed 12 tracks consisting of every emotion, melody, note & lyric that we feel represents both the band & each member individually. This album chronicles all of the endeavors that this band has experienced throughout its lifetime. We are very proud to share with all of you everything we have been working on. Thank you all for your support, we love you.

The Rubens Join Grouplove On U.S. Tour

The Rubens

Australian rock group The Rubens are set to hit the road for a fall U.S. tour with their Warner Music Group label-mates, Grouplove, in September. The trek kicks off September 9th in Seattle, with stops in Portland, Boston, and New York City, before wrapping up October 10th in Chicago. Check out the tour dates below.

The Rubens will be touring in support of their self-titled debut album, which was recorded in New York City with producer David Kahne (Paul McCartney, The Strokes, Regina Spektor), will be released in the U.S. on September 10th, just in time for their coast-to-coast tour.

The Rubens are brothers Sam Margin (vocals/guitar), Elliott Margin (keyboards), and Zaac Margin (guitar), along with their longtime friend Scott Baldwin (drums).

The Rubens’ upcoming Fall Tour with Grouplove:
Sept. 9 – Seattle, WA at The Crocodile
Sept. 10 – Seattle, WA at The Triple Door
Sept. 11 – Portland, OR at Star Theater
Sept. 12 – Portland, OR at Alberta Rose Theater
Sept. 14 – San Francisco, CA at Independent
Sept. 15 – San Francisco, CA at The Chapel
Sept. 17 – Los Angeles, CA at Troubadour
Sept. 18 – Los Angeles, CA at Masonic Lodge
Sept. 22 – Boston, MA at Sinclair
Sept. 23 – Boston, MA at The Armory
Sept. 25 – New York, NY at Bowery Ballroom
Sept. 26 – New York, NY at McKittrick Hotel
Sept. 28 – Philadelphia, PA at Union Transfer
Sept. 30 – Philadelphia, PA at Underground Arts
Oct. 1 – Washington DC at U Street
Oct. 2 – Washington DC at The Hamilton
Oct. 9 – Chicago, IL at Lincoln Hall
Oct. 10 – Chicago, IL at Space

Grouplove 2013

Girl On Fire On Tour With Buckcherry

Girl On Fire

Girl On Fire are on the road in support of the September 3rd release of their debut album ‘Not Broken’, where the Seattle rockers will be supporting Century Media Records labelmates Buckcherry. The band will also participate in the 95X-Fest on August 4th and the Monster Energy Aftershock on September 14th. Check out the tour dates below.

Girl On Fire with Buckcherry:
July 26: Baltimore, MD – Power Plant Live
July 27: Louisville, KY – 4th Street Live
July 28: Watseka, IL – Watseka Theatre
July 30: South Bend, IN – Club Fever
Aug 1: St Louis, MO – Pops Nightclub
Aug 7: Oklahoma City, OK – The Chameleon Room
Aug 8: Lake Charles, LA – L’Auberge Casino
Aug 20: Akron, OH – Rock Factory
Aug 21: Newport, KY – Thompson House
Aug 23: Clear Lake, IA – Surf Ballroom
Aug 25: Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
Aug 28: Springfield, IL – Boondocks
Aug 31: Mt Clemens, MI – Macomb Music Theater
Sept 1: Conneaut Lake, PA – The Beach Club
Sept 4: Tulsa, OK – Caine’s Ballroom
Sept 6: Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Sept 7: Tyler, TX – Click’s
Sept 8: Dallas, TX – Tree’s
Sept 13: San Juan Capistrano, CA – Coach House

95X-FEST (with Sick Puppies, Otherwise, Nonpoint, Trapt and more)
August 4: Syracuse, NY – F-Shed At The Market

Monster Energy Aftershock (with Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Shinedown, 5FDP, Volbeat and more)
Sept 14: Sacramento, CA – Discovery Park