Hailing from San Diego, post hardcore/screamo outfit Pierce The Veil have had a busy year. They released their sophmore album, Selfish Machines, on June 21st, right before they did a stint on the ever-popular Vans Warped Tour. The band then traveled across the world to take on crowds in Australia and Japan, before returning to the US to tour with Attack Attack!, Emmure, Of Mice & Men, and In Fear and Faith.
Andrew McMahon is the brainchild behind two of the most popular piano rock bands around; he’s also a cancer survivor, philanthropist, and downright nice guy. Something Corporate, McMahon’s southern California high school band turned worldwide success, dominated live music venues and college airwaves for years before he decided he needed a break. Shortly thereafter the talented musician was diagnosed with leukemia. It was also during this time that McMahon was crafting music for a new project, the soon-to-be world famous Jack’s Mannequin. Throughout his rough journey, including a bone marrow transplant from his sister, McMahon kept all his fans in the loop, blogging often and making sure everyone knew what procedures he was undergoing and how he was coping with it. Cut to 2010, when Something Corporate has reuntied, Jack’s Mannequin is still conquering the airwaves (and people’s hearts), and McMahon is in remission and doing his best to raise awareness and money for cancer research, including starting his own organization- the Dear Jack Foundation.
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Portland based blues-punkabilly duo Hillstomp is celebrating the release of their third full length album, Darker The Night, by cruising the country with The Reverend Horton Heat and Split Lip Rayfield. Drawing major influence from southern blues , Henry Kammerer (vocals/guitar) and John Johnson (drums/percussion) deliver a wildly exciting alt-country record that will have you stomping your feet and shaking your rump. Click Here to Read More Sucka.