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REVIEW: Travis Hayes – ‘Love Songs’ EP

Love songs are everywhere. I’m pretty convinced we hear them for the entire month of February, and they’re usually overdone. In the last few years, finding a decent love song has been the bane More »

REVIEW: The Maine – ‘American Candy’

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The Maine never cease to amaze me. From the opening notes of “Miles Away” to the fade out of “Another Night On Mars,” More »

BREAKING NEWS: Zayn Malik Quit One Direction (Separating Fact From Rumor) [UPDATED]

So, unless you have been living under a rock today, you watched as the internet exploded upon news that Zayn Malik has quit One Direction. He was signed off of On The More »

WATCH: Real Friends EP Preview

As you may have heard, Real Friends will be releasing an acoustic EP soon. It is set to drop on Record Store Day, April 18, as an exclusive vinyl. The band released More »

August Burns Red Tease New Music

Heavy hitters August Burns Red have been recording a new album since signing to Fearless Records. However, they have kept quiet about any of the album’s details. That is, until today. Fearless More »

Twenty One Pilots To Release Ohio-Shaped Vinyl

This Record Store Day, Twenty One Pilots will be releasing the coolest vinyl one could ever hope to get their hands on. The twelve-inch vinyl will not only feature the live tracks More »

The Menzingers Announce Summer Tour

The Menzingers have announced that they will be heading out on a short tour early this summer. The group will be joined on the road by Chumped, Roger Harvey, and The Wild More »

Ariana Grande Announces Second Leg Of The Honeymoon Tour

The pop superstar, Ariana Grande, has announced another major tour! She has been touring non-stop on her North American tour, called The Honeymoon Tour, this spring and now she has announced a More »

STREAM: The Maine “Same Suit, Different Tie”

The Maine have released a stream of their new single, “Same Suit, Different Tie.” The track is off the band’s upcoming album, American Candy, which is set to release March 31. The band More »

PHOTOS & REVIEW: South By So What?!

Check out the full online photo gallery and review from all three days of South By So What Music Festival from March 20th-March 22nd 2015  after the jump and purchase a CD at More »

The World Is A Beautiful Place Announce ‘We Are Only Going On Tour To Get Hot Dogs’ Tour

The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die have announced a short tour in the name of hot dogs. The ‘We Are Only Going On Tour To Get More »

Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard Covers Guided By Voices

Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard met up with SiriusXM to record a cover of Guided By Voices‘ classic song “Tractor Rape Chain.” Check out the cover below the jump and More »

Coachella and Lollapalooza Ban Selfie Sticks

Sorry festival goers, you’re going to have to leave your selfie sticks at home. Whether you have one out of vanity or convenience, it appears they will not be allowed at either More »

WATCH: OK Go’s Awesome Commercial for a Chinese Furniture Store

OK Go are legends when it comes to making music videos. The Chicago-based band went viral in 2006 when they posted their famous treadmill-choreographed video to their song “Here It Goes Again”, More »

Photos: The Menzingers, Boston, MA

Check out the full online photo gallery of The Menzingers’ show on March 26th in Boston, MA after the jump, and purchase a CD or buy concert tickets here. All photos by Jason More »

Photos: letlive., Boston, MA

Check out the full online photo gallery of letlive.’s show on March 26th in Boston, MA after the jump, and purchase a CD or buy concert tickets here. All photos by Jason Cox. More »

WATCH: Rivers Monroe “Emily (Every Second)” Music Video

Philadelphia pop-punk quintet Rivers Monroe recently released a video for their song “Emily (Every Second).” The track comes from their self-titled album, which was released in February of last year. Check out the video More »

From First To Last Announces Reunion Album Name

From First To Last has announced the name of their first album in five years. The record,  Dead Trees, will be available on April 28th via Sumerian Records. Upon their reunion, the More »

Stick To Your Guns Drummer Releases Comic Book

Stick To Your Guns drummer, George Schmitz, has premiered his own comic book. Written by Schmitz and illustrated by Caleb Goellner, Diamond Lass will be “loosely” releated to the band, but rather focuses More »

STREAM: “Confusion” from Ben Stiller’s Teenage Punk Album

Yes, we’re talking about the actor Ben Stiller, and frankly I find this news even more exciting than the Zoolander 2 announcement earlier this month. So here’s the scoop: Back in high More »

 

REVIEW: Travis Hayes – ‘Love Songs’ EP

travis hayes albumLove songs are everywhere. I’m pretty convinced we hear them for the entire month of February, and they’re usually overdone. In the last few years, finding a decent love song has been the bane of Mix-Tape-Makers everywhere. Enter Travis Hayes.

Hayes’s debut album, Young Daze, was a soundtrack to growing up, but his latest three-track release, Love Songs, takes a hard look at love. Featuring the vocals of Emily Whitehurst, the small EP packs an unbelievable punch with acoustics that will tug at each individual heartstring.

Starting the EP off with a soft, swelling instrumental, “Kate’s Song” is rich in quality and beauty. Folk elements make this track feel humble, and yet, the intensity of the promise of a future still remains. The track seems to perfectly capture the feeling of being so taken by someone that you don’t even want to imagine being with anyone else. It’s a soulful and all-consuming emotion that Hayes seems to know all too well.

“Megan’s Song” is like sweet iced tea and honey on a hot day. The instrumental is sunny, but the lyrics are not as fickle as the summer sun. This is the promise to love someone forever; until the day they die. In many ways, this is the ideal “tie the knot” tune. “[E]ven as a three word sentence, and this rhetoric, although generic, means more to me than I’ve ever known it to[…],” Hayes croons, and it’s hard to imagine a more beautiful track.

However, it is “Night Swimming,” featuring Emily Whitehurst, that proves to stand out. The uncertainty of love is perfectly recreated with this plea from one person to another to open up. “”Let down your guard, you’re not the only one sharing half a heart,” Hayes and Whitehurst beg in harmony, closing the EP out on a perfect finish.

Love Songs is an indulgent, beautifully crafted EP, featuring cello, vocal harmonies, and acoustic guitar. There is a wealth of quality stacked into such a small amount of songs, and this three-track EP could compete with any full-length. Hayes proves to be an original, yet traditional folk artist, who doesn’t feel the need to dazzle you to distract you; through careful attention and simplicity, his artistic abilities enchant far more than any fancy production tricks.

For more on Travis Hayes or to buy concert tickets, click HERE.

Love Songs is out on March 31st. To purchase a CD, click HERE.

REVIEW: The Maine – ‘American Candy’

American CandyI’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The Maine never cease to amaze me. From the opening notes of “Miles Away” to the fade out of “Another Night On Mars,” American Candy proves to be a wonderful addition to the bands eclectic discography with its summery tone and subtle innocence.

“Miles Away” is a rhythmic, harmonic introduction to the album, featuring a catchy chorus. The track overall seems to showcase the blend of the upbeat flare of The Maine’s old pop-punk style and the skill of their more recent classic-rock tone. Between the brilliant instrumental and quotable lines, The Maine are just as impressive as always.

BREAKING NEWS: Zayn Malik Quit One Direction (Separating Fact From Rumor) [UPDATED]

So, unless you have been living under a rock today, you watched as the internet exploded upon news that Zayn Malik has quit One Direction. He was signed off of On The Road Again tour for stress on March 19. Early this morning One Direction released a statement that you can read below.

This is all that we know. There is no statement of this having to do with the cheating rumors. He has not said that he had to buy out his contract. The only things we know for sure is what is above. That said, this will be updated when we do get more information.

For now, don’t sell back your tickets and be prepared for this brand new four-piece of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles to stay on top.

Below you will find the statement as well as fan and celebrity reactions.

UPDATE #1: Payne speaks out in a twitlonger. Though, shockingly (not), Directioners have already broken the page, you can read his message here.

UPDATE #2:  Malik did an audio interview with The Sun. Many fans believe that the interview has been spliced and manipulated, but we’ll let you be the judge. Listen here.

UPDATE #3: Malik has been taken out of the tour videos that are shown throughout each show.

UPDATE #4: Horan speaks out, kinda. He tweeted that he is very excited to start writing the new album. Personally, it sounds like quick turn arounds like this are what caused Malik’s departure in the first place, but alright. See the tweet here.

UPDATE #5: Though Tomlinson has not commented on Malik’s departure, he sure does have a few choice words for Naughty Boy. And I don’t blame him. The producer favorited a very cryptic and very creepy video stating that there is some truth behind it. Tomlinson wasn’t having it (good for him!) You can read his responses here and here.

You can purchase a CD or buy concert tickets here.

This article was originally published on 3/25/15

WATCH: Real Friends EP Preview

2-2 Real FriendsAs you may have heard, Real Friends will be releasing an acoustic EP soon. It is set to drop on Record Store Day, April 18, as an exclusive vinyl.

The band released a video teaser for More Acoustic Songs, showcasing clips from a few of the tracks. They sound nice and raw, with feeling clearly present throughout. Check it out below and enjoy!

You can purchase a CD here or buy a concert ticket here!

August Burns Red Tease New Music

August - Burns - Red - promoHeavy hitters August Burns Red have been recording a new album since signing to Fearless Records. However, they have kept quiet about any of the album’s details.

That is, until today. Fearless Records released a clip with the cryptic date “6.30.15” prominently displayed while a nice, thick riff ran in the background. Perhaps we have a release date, at the very least!

Check out the clip after the jump and get excited!

You can purchase a CD here or buy a concert ticket here.

PLAYLIST: Growing Up Adriana

FullSizeRender (3)Hey, I’m Adriana Sanchez! I am currently an eighteen year old high school student from Southern California. I  finally began writing about music about a year ago because I like to talk about bands a lot, so I figured why not just write out my thoughts and share it with the good people of the Internet!

My love for music came when I was twelve years old. It introduced me to a whole new life where I felt like I belonged. From there, my days were spent searching Youtube for different artists and scribbling down my thoughts about them in a notebook (which is basically what I do now), plastering my walls with ripped of copies of Alternative Press, and stealing old hardcore CDs from my aunt.

In addition to writing for Infectious, I write for Unsigned & Unleashed and Open Our Eyes. You can also almost always find me watching Criminal Minds with my dog or pretending that I have an English accent.

Check out my playlist below!

Twenty One Pilots To Release Ohio-Shaped Vinyl

4-30 Twenty One PilotsThis Record Store Day, Twenty One Pilots will be releasing the coolest vinyl one could ever hope to get their hands on. The twelve-inch vinyl will not only feature the live tracks performed at the LC Pavilion, but it will also be cut into the shape of Ohio. Don’t believe that something that awesome exists? Check out a photo and the track listing below!

The band also recently released their song “Fairly Local” from their upcoming album, Blurryface, in addition to announcing a massive world tour with Echosmith.

Fans can purchase a CD or buy concert tickets here.

The Menzingers Announce Summer Tour

TThe Menzingershe Menzingers have announced that they will be heading out on a short tour early this summer. The group will be joined on the road by Chumped, Roger Harvey, and The Wild Life as they play a few shows in the Northeastern area. Check out the dates below!

The band is currently finishing up a month long tour with Taking Back Sunday and Letlive. This April will also mark the one year anniversary of their fourth full-length record, Rented World. 

Fans can purchase a CD or buy concert tickets here.

Ariana Grande Announces Second Leg Of The Honeymoon Tour

Ariana - Grande - promoThe pop superstar, Ariana Grande, has announced another major tour! She has been touring non-stop on her North American tour, called The Honeymoon Tour, this spring and now she has announced a second leg. The tour, which will start mid-July, will running from the late summer until the fall. Prince Royce will be joining her on the road and supporting the entire tour. Ariana Grande will be touring in support of her album, My Everything. You can check out all the dates and locations after the jump.

If you want to listen to some music from Ariana Grande, you can purchase a CD here.

If you want to catch her on tour, you can buy concert tickets here.

STREAM: The Maine “Same Suit, Different Tie”

the maine NEWThe Maine have released a stream of their new single, “Same Suit, Different Tie.” The track is off the band’s upcoming album, American Candy, which is set to release March 31. The band is also gearing up to head out their headlining American Candy Tour, starting on April 3, with Real Friends, Knuckle Puck and The Technicolors. You can check out the stream of “Same Suit, Different Tie” after the jump and be sure to look at their upcoming tour dates after the stream!

If you want to listen to more music from The Maine, you can purchase a CD here.

If you want to catch them on tour, you can buy concert tickets here.

PHOTOS & REVIEW: South By So What?!

SBSWCheck out the full online photo gallery and review from all three days of South By So What Music Festival from March 20th-March 22nd 2015  after the jump and purchase a CD at each band’s website. You can keep an eye out to buy concert tickets for next year here.

Review and all photos by Ashley Altus

The World Is A Beautiful Place Announce ‘We Are Only Going On Tour To Get Hot Dogs’ Tour

the_world_is_a_beautiful_place_2014The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die have announced a short tour in the name of hot dogs.

The ‘We Are Only Going On Tour To Get Hot Dogs’ Tour kicks off on June 24 in Albany, New York before traveling through New York and Pennsylvania.

The tour will include supporting performances from Spraynard and Makeshift Shelters. Check out the complete tour itinerary below the jump and let us know which stop you’re looking forward to.

To hear more from the band, you can purchase a CD or buy concert tickets here.

Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard Covers Guided By Voices

Death Cab For CutieDeath Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard met up with SiriusXM to record a cover of Guided By Voices‘ classic song “Tractor Rape Chain.” Check out the cover below the jump and let us know what you think of it.

Death Cab For Cutie’s forthcoming album, Kintsugi, is set to release on March 31 via Atlantic Records.

The band will be heading out on tour this spring. Check out the tour itinerary below the jump and let us know which stop you’re excited for. A handful of dates are already sold out.

To hear more from the band, you can can buy concert tickets here or purchase a CD here.

Coachella and Lollapalooza Ban Selfie Sticks

Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 1.12.10 PMSorry festival goers, you’re going to have to leave your selfie sticks at home.

Whether you have one out of vanity or convenience, it appears they will not be allowed at either Coachella or Lollapalooza. Coachella and Lollapalooza have posted on their info pages about the picture taking devices. While Lollapalooza politely states that that there will be no “GoPro attachments like sticks, selfie sticks & monopods” allowed, Coachella more jokingly quips that there will be “no selfie sticks/narcissists” allowed at the festival.

So to all you cool kids out there hoping to get a pic with your favorite celeb or you looking fly in your Native American headdress, looks like you’re going to have to do it the old-fashioned way, phone in hand. Also, if we could get some videos of Leonardo DiCaprio dancing at Coachella this year, it would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

WATCH: OK Go’s Awesome Commercial for a Chinese Furniture Store

2014-ok-go-press-photo-billboard-650OK Go are legends when it comes to making music videos. The Chicago-based band went viral in 2006 when they posted their famous treadmill-choreographed video to their song “Here It Goes Again”, which won a Grammy award for “Best Short Form Music Video” in 2007.

Last June OK Go released the music video for their first single off their latest album Hungry Ghosts titled “The Writing’s On The Wall.” This video didn’t cease to amaze fans and fellow viewers as the band performed the song in a single take while creating a series of optical illusions with the video camera and props.

Inspired by the video, Chinese furniture company Red Star Macalline asked the band to create a commercial for them in a similar style. The result is one of the most awesome commercials ever, set to a remix of “I Won’t Let You Down”, the hit song off their latest album.

Make the jump to check out the commercial, and the original “The Writing’s On The Wall” music video.

For more OK Go you can purchase a CD or buy concert tickets here.

Photos: The Menzingers, Boston, MA

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Check out the full online photo gallery of The Menzingers’ show on March 26th in Boston, MA after the jump, and purchase a CD or buy concert tickets here.

All photos by Jason Cox.

Photos: letlive., Boston, MA

IMG_2560Check out the full online photo gallery of letlive.’s show on March 26th in Boston, MA after the jump, and purchase a CD or buy concert tickets here.

All photos by Jason Cox.

WATCH: Rivers Monroe “Emily (Every Second)” Music Video

Rivers MonroePhiladelphia pop-punk quintet Rivers Monroe recently released a video for their song “Emily (Every Second).” The track comes from their self-titled album, which was released in February of last year. Check out the video after the jump!

The video is completely black and white, but contains little pops of color throughout, representing the hope that lost love will come back that this song speaks about.

To hear more from Rivers Monroe, you can purchase a CD here.

It was recently announced that the band would be on this year’s Vans Warped Tour from July 4 – 21. If the tour comes to your city during that time period, you’ll definitely want to go because Rivers Monroe is one band you do not want to miss out on! To see them live this summer, you can buy concert tickets here.

From First To Last Announces Reunion Album Name

from-first-to-last-note-to-self-2014-idobi-650x487From First To Last has announced the name of their first album in five years. The record,  Dead Trees, will be available on April 28th via Sumerian Records. Upon their reunion, the group has also released a new single also titled “Dead Trees.” Take a listen to the track below.

After departing with their former vocalist Sonny Moore, now a Grammy award winning  DJ known as Skrillex, the band had put out two more albums by 2010 before heading out on a three year hiatus. The band is now back in motion and hopefully has some big plans following this release.

Fans can purchase a CD or buy concert tickets here.

Stick To Your Guns Drummer Releases Comic Book

stick to your gunsStick To Your Guns drummer, George Schmitz, has premiered his own comic book. Written by Schmitz and illustrated by Caleb Goellner, Diamond Lass will be “loosely” releated to the band, but rather focuses on some of the experiences they have encountered. The first issue of the story is now available on Gumroad for a “pay what you want” price.
Take a look at some art below and definitely check out the issue!

STYG released their fifth full-length record this past February. Read my thoughts on the album here!

Fans can purchase a CD or buy concert tickets here

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