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Valentine’s Day Mix

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Here’s a mix to listen to.


Steel Train – I Feel Weird

The Postal Service – We Will Become Silhouettes

Rivers Cuomo – Lover in the Snow

Elliott Smith – Say Yes

Jimmy Eat World – Invented

The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

The Dangerous Summer – Reach For The Sun

Wilco – I’m Always In Love

Limbeck – I Wrote This Down

Girls – Saying I Love You

Cults – You Know What I Mean

The Format – Janet

Best Coast – Crazy For You

WZRD – Teleport 2 Me, Jame (Feat. Desire)

Video: The Dangerous Summer – “Work In Progress”

It isn’t much, but we now have a black-and-white video accompaniment to The Dangerous Summer‘s lead single “Work In Progress”. One of my personal favorites from the album, “Work In Progress” is the band’s heaviest song to date and relies heavily on the emotional weight and power that AJ Perdomo’s voice carries. The video is really quite simple, featuring close-up shots of the band performing the song over a white backdrop.

War Paint is out now via Hopeless. You can purchase it on iTunes here.

Review: The Dangerous Summer – War Paint

The Dangerous Summer – War Paint

Released: July 19, 2011
Label: Hopeless Records
Purchase: iTunes | Insound | Amazon

For better or worse, we’ve all come to grips with the fact that life isn’t always a smooth ride. Turbulence along the way is inevitable and in these rough patches, we’re forced to find our own way. Sometimes, things just aren’t worth the trouble. Sometimes, we decide to quit and move on. And thus, we put on our war paint and we march through the battlefield.

The Dangerous Summer are no strangers to the ups and downs of life. Between the release of 2009’s Reach For The Sun and War Paint, they’ve had their fair share of struggle: the temporary departure of drummer Tyler Minsberg (who does not play on the album), the feud between guitarist Cody Payne and the now broken-up You, Me, and Everyone We Know, coping with their careers as musicians, and more. But instead of whining on their new record, the Maryland four-piece has crafted a timeless anthem of growth, struggle, and determination, all without appearing trite.

Title track “War Paint” opens the album with a rapid blare of drums and guitars, eventually easing off for vocalist AJ Perdomo to make his entrance. Right away, Perdomo’s honesty and emotional delivery shine through, belting out “There’s a lot on my plate / And the ones I loved stopped answering / They left me to find my self / In my own hate.” Second track “Work In Progress” continues with even more intensity, providing an emotionally moving self-examination that rides out on a wave of reverb and deep panting. Musically, War Paintis the most varied that the band has ever been – one of the only flaws of their debut – a sentiment that is highlighted by the sharp transition from the dark “Work In Progress” to the relatively chipper sounding “No One’s Gonna Need You More”. Ironically, the song’s subject matter is nowhere near as happy as it sounds (“Moving ‘cross the country / I lost track of time / Trying to make a name for myself  / ‘Cause every lonely heart / Can use an honest song / They can sing along to.”) but the change in sound does provide a breath of fresh air.

The highly optimistic “Good Things” and lively “Siren” continue with the atmospheric blend of drums and guitars, with a greater emphasis placed on Bryan Czap’s undulating lead guitar line on the latter. Standout track “Everyone Left” slows things down, while also demonstrating just how much the band’s songwriting ability has improved, especially the lyrics of AJ Perdomo. While Perdomo has always been inclined to wear his heart on his sleeve, his visceral lyrics have begun to take a more poetic and abstract turn, painting an even more powerful image of his emotional and mental state. On “Everything Left” he questions, “When you decided to take it / What did you take from it? / Was it worth the heart involved? / The obstacles? / The chemicals? / I need to know what you’re trying to see.” and we wonder ourselves.

That’s the beauty of War Paint. It’s an album that we don’t just passively enjoy, but one that we can all actively relate to; one that reminds us that no matter what life is throwing at us, we can put on our war paint and fight our way through.


Standout Tracks: “Work In Progress”, “Siren”, and “Everyone Left”

Video: The Dangerous Summer – “War Paint”

Hopeless Records have released a brand new music video to “War Paint”, the opening track from The Dangerous Summer‘s forthcoming album War Paint. The fantastic album is set to be released on July 19. You can preorder from Hopeless Records here.

The Dangerous Summer Announce ‘War Paint’

The Dangerous Summer will release their new album War Paint on July 19th via Hopeless Records. War Paint is the band’s highly anticipated follow-up to 2009’s Reach For The Sun, also released via Hopeless Records. The album artwork is shown above and the tracklisting is below.

War Paint Tracklisting:
1. War Paint
2. Work In Progress
3. No One’s Gonna Need You More
4. Good Things
5. Siren
6. Everyone Left
7. Miscommunication
8. I Should Leave Right Now
9. Parachute
10. In My Room
11. Waves

Below, you can watch AJ Perdomo and Cody Payne perform “No One’s Gonna Need You More” acoustically for Ourzone Magazine. The band has reportedly been playing this song live at their recent shows and will be releasing videos for both “No One’s Gonna Need You More” and “Work In Progress”.

Hellogoodbye Announce Tour

Platinum selling indie-pop band Hellogoodbye has announced a tour to support their album, Would It Kill You?, which was released last winter. They will kick off the tour with a run of shows before this summer’s Warped Tour. Hellogoodbye will begin this weekend in the UK playing with bands Gold Motel and The Dangerous Summer. After the UK they will play a couple shows with MansionsTherapies SonTS & The Past Haunts, and more. There main post-Warped Tour US tour will be played with FencesFake Problems, and A Great Big Pile of Leaves. Read more to see the tour dates.

5/27 Manchester, UK @ Sound Control *
5/28 Leeds, UK @ Slam Dunk Festival North *
5/29 Hatfield, UK @ Slam Dunk Festival South *
5/30 Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts *
5/31 Bristol, UK @ 02 Academy 2 *
6/1 London, UK @ Water Rats *
6/2 Birmingham, UK @ HMV Library *
6/18 Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar %
6/19 San Diego, CA @ SOMA !
6/20 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress ^
6/21 Albuquerque, NM @ The Launch Pad ^
6/24 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion – Warped Tour
6/25 Houston, TX @ Sam Houston Race Park – Warped Tour
6/26 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center – Warped Tour
6/29 Las Cruces, NM @ NMSU Practice Field – Warped Tour
6/30 Las Vegas, NV @ Plaza Hotel Parking Lot – Warped Tour
7/1 Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex – Warped Tour
7/2 Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater – Warped Tour
7/3 Ventura, CA @ Ventura Country Fairground – Warped Tour
7/6 Bonner Springs, KS @ Sandstone Amphitheater – Warped Tour
7/7 Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center – Warped Tour
7/8 Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park – Warped Tour
7/9 Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater – Warped Tour
7/10 Shakopee, MN @ Canterbury Park – Warped Tour
7/12 St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird **
7/13 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown **
7/14 Knoxville, TX @ Bijou Theatre **
7/15 Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay Theatre **
7/16 Louisville, KY @ The Vernon Club **
7/17 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II **
7/18 Urbana, IL @ The Canopy Club **
7/19 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews **
7/20 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room **
7/22 Denver, CO @ Underground Music Showcase #
7/23 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex &

* = w/ Gold Motel, The Dangerous Summer
% = w/ TS & The Past Haunts, Atlantic/Pacific
! = w/ Therapies Son, Mansions
^ = w/ Mansions, This Century
** = w/ Fake Problems, Fences, A Great Big Pile of Leaves
# = w/ Black Heart Procession, Ha Ha Tonka and more.
& = w/ A Great Big Pile of Leaves

Lost In The Sound Sessions: Hailey, It Happens – “Brighter”

Chris Cleary and Bobby DiBari, the duo behind eletropop band Hailey, It Happens, performed their single “Brighter” acoustically in our newest Lost In The Sound Session. Their album Aurora (read our review here) was released independently on April 5, 2011 and was mixed by Paul Levitt (The Dangerous SummerAll Time Low). You can stream the entire album over at the band’s Purevolume page.

If you enjoyed this session, be sure to check out their FacebookMyspace, and Twitter pages. Aurora is available for purchase via Bigcartel or iTunes, and will be pressed onto vinyl via Collective Confusion Records.

The Dangerous Summer Play New Song and Cover

On March 15, The Dangerous Summer played a show The Studio at Webster Hall in New York, premiering a brand new song called “Everyone Left” and playing a cover of Bush‘s “Glycerine”. “Everyone Left” will be included on the band’s forthcoming album, set to be released later this year, and is the same song that was demoed on the band’s Tumblr back in October.

Check out the videos below.

The Dangerous Summer – “Everyone Left”:

The Dangerous Summer – “Glycerine (Bush Cover)”:

The Dangerous Summer Acoustic Album and Headline Tour

You can now preorder The Dangerous Summer‘s An Acoustic Performance of  “Reach for the Sun” on iTunes. The album will be released on March 15, in digital format only.

The band also just announced dates for their headlining tour with Sparks The Rescue, The Graduate, and The Scenic. Dates and ticket information are available here.

The Dangerous Summer Announce Spring Tour

The Dangerous Summer have announced a spring tour with Sparks the RescueThe Graduate, and The Scenic throughout the months of March and April. Dates are in the replies.

Tour Dates:
March 15 New York, NY – The Studio at Webster Hall
March 17 Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock
March 18 Manheim, PA – Laserdome (supporting acts on this show are Ivoryline, I Call Fives)
March 19 South Hackensack, NJ – School of Rock
March 20 Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary
March 22 Pittsburg, PA – Smiling Moose
March 23 Akron, OH – Musica
March 24 Grand Rapids, MI – Mxtp
March 27 Madison, WI – The Loft
March 30 Sioux Falls, SD – Latitude 44
March 31 Omaha, NE – Sokol Underground
April 6 Bend, OR – Poet House
April 7 Walnut Creek, CA – Red House
April 8 Bakersfield, CA – Jerry’s Pizza
April 17 Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory
April 20 Nashville, TN – The End
April 26 West Columbia, SC – New Brooklyn Tavern
April 28 Harrisonburg, VA – The Blue Nile