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Album Review: The Color Fred – Bend To Break

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When Fred Mascherino left Taking Back Sunday to pursue a solo career, many fans were skeptical that it would sound too much like TBS. But in the history of Taking Back Sunday, with only one original member remaining, three well-known side projects have come out. Jesse Lacey formed Brand New, which began as a pop/punk band, but has recently moved to indie. John Nolan formed Straylight Run, which of course is famous for their song ?Existentialism On Prom Night? which had millions of emo kids singing ?loud and out of key? for most of 2005. Now, with The Color Fred, Taking Back Sunday has officially let their best asset go.

From the get go, it is obvious that Bend To Break is not attempting to be a cheap version of Mascherino?s former band. The first single from Bend To Break is ?If I Surrender?, which sounds at first like it could be any average punk bands biggest hit. But you can?t hate the guy for being a catchy songwriter. Just look at the last two TBS albums and the songwriting credits.

But the album really picks up with the third track, ?Hate To See You Go?. It is quite possibly the best song Bend To Break has to offer, with a great arrangement of acoustic and electric guitars along with strong songwriting. And what is any pop album without a ballad? ?It Isn?t Me? soars with piano and strings, only making this heart wrenching tune radio friendly and accessible. With lines like ?just tell me that you?re sure that I mean nothing to you?, it?s hard not to feel Fred?s pain and just want to give the hairy guy a hug.

The song ?I?ll Never Know? is an acoustic song that sounds strangely familiar. It is a lot like the Taking Back Sunday song ?New American Classic? in which Mascherino shares lead vocals over picking an acoustic guitar with a small symphony in the background. But this doesn?t mean it?s a bad song. Mascherino is just taking what he did great on Where You Want To Be and applying it to his own album now.

The only low point on the album is ?The Tragedy?. It?s got a fuzzy, vintage sound to it, much like Sum 41 and My Chemical Romance have done on their latest albums. However, lasting only a minute it?s tolerable, and unlike Sum 41, it?s not in French so it?s much more enjoyable.

All in all, Bend To Break is a great debut album from a guy who knows how to write a hit. If you are a fan of fun pop rock, pick this album up. It?s worth every penny.

{Reviewed by: Matt Chesley}

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Madina Lake

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Genre: Rock, Alternative, Punk
Sounds like: Taking Back Sunday, Boys Night Out, Muse
Current Album: From Them, Through Us, To You
Official Site:

I’m not sure where I first heard of Madina Lake, but they quickly impressed me. Their sound is motivating and moving. It’s the type of music that makes you feel productive. Make sure to check out tracks Now Or Never, and One Last Kiss. Madina Lake is scheduled to tour on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution Tour this summer. Make sure to check them out!

by: BlessTheFall

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE DAY: Saosin You’re Not Alone

Thirty years ago today Alice Cooper’s boa constrictor, a co-star of his live act suffered a fatal bite from a rat it was being fed for breakfast. Cooper held auditions for a replacement and a snake named ‘Angel’ got the gig. Now that’s pretty crazy.

My mouth will overflow with your evil soul and I’ll be convulsing for days in this hole bubbling at the lips that you used to love to kiss

lyrics from Your Evil Soul by The Spill Canvas
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Friday, June 1, 2007

Jamie’s Elsewhere

Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Genre: Rock, Screamo, Indie
Sounds like: Silverstein, Emery, Taking Back Sunday
Current Album: Goodbye Rocketman, St. George Is Under Fire
Official Site:

Here’s a band that I’ve grown to love. I originally found them after the demise of Mozart Season. After hearing a few songs I was thoroughly impressed. Jamies Elsewhere’s sound is smooth and controlled, sometimes layered with raging vocals. I love their sound and what they can bring to the table. Jamie’s Elsewhere are in a elite group that has so many dynamics in their music, it’s just right. I’m looking forward to picking up their debut album in a couple weeks. Stop what you’re doing and check out their myspace.

by: Framing Hanley

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE DAY: Bullet For My Valentine Tears Don’t Fall

Four years ago today, Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was arrested on drugs and drink-driving charges after he collided with a car after going through a red light in his home town of Des Moines, Iowa. Gray, (who wears a pig mask on stage) then tried to write a cheque for $1,000 (?600) to the other driver, who then called the police. Gray failed two alcohol tests at the scene and was arrested for possession of marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia, as well drink-driving.

You whispered into my ear, like a bomb going off.

lyrics from Coma Therapy by Strata
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Linkin Park have updated on the details of Projekt Revolution in a myspace post:

Linkin Park confirmed today the fourth installment of Projekt Revolution beginning July 25th and culminating on September 3 in Denver at the Coors Amphitheatre (routing below). Fans can expect to see Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, HIM, Placebo and Julien-K on the Main Stage and Mindless Self Indulgence, Saosin, The Bled, Styles of Beyond and Madina Lake on the Revolution Stage. Tickets go on sale nationwide on May 19th. The few dates not announced due to radio shows will be announced shortly. Tickets will be available at

“I couldn’t be happier with the group of artists joining us on Projekt Revolution this summer?” says co-vocalist Chester Bennington, “Linkin Park is thrilled to be joined by this amazing group of artists and I know the audience will share in our excitement.” Previous Projekt Revolution alumni include Korn, Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Xzibit, Mudvayne, Adema, Blindside and DJ Z-Trip.

Projekt Revolution and Music For Relief have been working hard to make this an environmentally conscious event. Besides making Projekt Revolution a “green” tour, $1 from each ticket will be donated to American Forests’ Global ReLeaf program to plant trees to help reduce global temperatures.

Projekt Revolution Tour Dates
Fri Jul 27 Marysville, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sat Jul 28 San Bernardino, CA Hyundai Pavilion
Sun Jul 29 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
Wed Aug 01 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
Fri Aug 03 Selma, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sat Aug 04 Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sun Aug 05 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Centre
Tue Aug 07 Atlanta, GA HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
Wed Aug 08 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
Fri Aug 10 West Palm Beach, FL Sound Advice Amphitheatre
Sat Aug 11 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
Mon Aug 13 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Tue Aug 14 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
Wed Aug 15 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Fri Aug 17 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
Sat Aug 18 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sun Aug 19 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion
Tue Aug 21 Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre Wed Aug 22 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Fri Aug 24 Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
Sat Aug 25 Camden, NJ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
Sun Aug 26 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center
Tue Aug 28 Syracuse, NY NY State Fair
Wed Aug 29 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Fri Aug 31 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
Sat Sep 01 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Mon Sep 03 Englewood, CO Coors Amphitheatre

Main Stage Artists
Linkin Park
My Chemical Romance
Taking Back Sunday

Revolution Stage Artists
Mindless Self Indulgence
The Bled
Styles of Beyond
Madina Lake

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Boys Night Out

Hometown: Burlington, ON
Genre: Rock, Post Hardcore, Alternative
Sounds like: Brand New, Taking Back Sunday
Current Album: Trainwreck
Official Site:

Boys Night Out has been through a lot in their short career. It’s amazing to see how this band has progressed over time and evolved into a band that is well respected and deserved. Boys Night Out spilled a lot about the band in their DVD Dude You Need To Stop Dancing. The raw emotional rollercoaster the members of BNO has gone through show deeply in their music. If you’re new to Boys Night Out you must go pick up Trainwreck and listen to it from beginning to end as a vast and intricate story unfolds. Never has an album captured me such as this one, involving you into a story. I would love to see this CD wrapped into a featured film…maybe….one day. As for now check out their newly released EP Fifty Million People Can’t Be Wrong and get ready for yet another release this summer with their self titled album coming out. They recently posted a new song of their new album on their myspace Swift and Unforgiving.

by: Between The Trees

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE DAY: Bleeding Through Line In The Sand

In 2001 Neutrino, one half of U.K. chart-topping dance act Oxide & Neutrino, is arrested by police after he is shot in Central London. Neutrino suffers a flesh wound and takes himself to the hospital, where police are alerted to his injuries. The 19-year-old performer is later released on bail.

I found telling you the truth the hardest thing to get out

lyrics from Grey by Yellowcard
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Friday, April 27, 2007

A Wish For Marilynne

Hometown: Ocala, FL
Genre: Post Hardcore, Emo
Sounds like: Taking Back Sunday, Brand New
Current Album: Poetic Chaos
Official Site:

A Wish For Marilynne has been a silent band for some time now. I’ve been listening to their album Poetic Chaos for a couple years now and I haven’t heard anything about them, then again I guess since they split back in later 2005, that would be the reason. Still, it amazes me that everytime I play their album to hear 1 song, I’ve just listened to the whole thing. These guys deserve the spotlight today, and I can promise you, you won’t be sorry to listened. And if you pick up their album, check out their Oasis cover song, Wonderwall. Some of my favorite tracks include Killed By Time, Tale Of A Kindred Spirit, and Bitter Realizations.

by: Vanna

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE DAY: The Used The Bird And The Worm

In 1999 it is announced that Lollapalooza, the popular festival concert from years past has had the plug pulled for the second consecutive year. Organizers cite lack of a strong enough lineup, and not wanting to taint the festival’s name with a substandard bill as reasons for the cancellation.

You’ll shut me up and bleed me dry. Cheap champagne and a disappearing lifeline.

lyrics from Chop Chop by The Academy Is…
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