Category: Shows

THE ROCKET SUMMER Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of “Do You Feel” – 8/29 at Crescent Ballroom

Sometimes, to see how far you’ve come, you have to look back at your beginnings. For multi-instrumentalist BRYCE AVARY of THE ROCKET SUMMER, his evolution into the powerpop/indie rock powerhouse that he is becoming has origins in his dynamic and explosive entrance into the mainstream ten years ago with his breakthrough album DO YOU FEEL. Before he embarks into his evolution forward, Avary will be stepping out of the studio where he is working on new music to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of a special album for TRS fans by performing the album for the first time ever in its entirety.

Celebrating the album which earned them the cover of Alternative Press who hailed as him as “merging Cheap Trick’s hard pop hooks with Dashboard Confessional’s earnestness”, Avary will be playing Do You Feel along with an additional set of fan favorites from Hello, Good Friend, Of Men and Angels, Calendar Days, Life Will Write The Words, and Zoetic, and spiking it with some brand new material that he’s working on. In addition, the tour will launch the first ever double vinyl pressing of Do You Feel which will be sold on the road, as well as online and in stores. A limited edition double purple vinyl will be available only for VIP ticket purchasers on tour.

His first major label release via Island Def Jam, Do You Feel launched him out of the underground and into mainstream consciousness. Do You Feel balanced melody, meaning, and musicianship, embodying Avary’s forte of infusing passion into pop music with a variety of instruments and influences. From the cutting, rocking industry criticism of “A Song is Not a Business Plan”, to the bouncy calls to consciousness of “Break It Out” and “Do You Feel”, to the R&B-tinged, saxophone-backed “So Much Love” which featured the horn section that played on Stevie Wonder’s Sir Duke album, to the epic, layered closing track “So, In This Hour”, Avary made it clear that he was uninhibited both from musical and lyrical standpoints. Furthermore, the recurring message and focus on re-sensitizing and retaining identity amidst a world of cruelty and conformity found throughout Do You Feel still rings true today as it did 10 years ago.

Currently working on the follow-up to his sixth studio album Zoetic, Avary is building on the dynamic evolution of his music that Diffuser claims, “simultaneously evokes Foster The People and Justin Timberlake” and Infectious Magazine believes “displays exactly what pop rock music would sound like if it were zapped with 100,000 volts and lived to tell the tale.” Forever challenging himself and his fans, Avary isn’t content releasing the same record over and over again, and thus expands and grows his oeuvre without fear of risks or alienation, even spurring New Noise to compare the album to “Foster the People or Passion Pit filtered through Michael Jackson.” With songs like the worldly-focused, wearily hopeful “Same Air” to the thrashing inner-conflicts of “Cold War” which Substream likened “as if Trent Reznor, Mutemath and Paper Route formed a supergroup in secret,” Zoetic continues the conscientious, heartfelt approach to songwriting felt on every album by The Rocket Summer, but carried out in a darker shell. It is with this same fierce independent spirit that The Rocket Summer is able to have the freedom to look fondly back at the album that propelled him forward, Do You Feel without embracing nostalgic tightly.

THE ROCKET SUMMER
Do You Feel 10 Year Anniversary Tour
at Crescent Ballroom
August 29, 2017 – 7pm – 16+
Click here to buy tickets!

MODERN BASEBALL at Livewire – 4/7/17

Modern Baseball Announce Spring US Headlining Tour 
w/ Support from Kevin Devine, Sorority Noise & The Obsessives
Friday April 7th at Livewire


TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!


Photo Credit: Kyle Thrash


“A powerhouse songwriting duo” –NPR
“A wealth of infectious songs that are both sharply observed and sharply written” –Pitchfork
“The band has created an intimate, largely D.I.Y. world that feels fresh and vital” –The New York Times


Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball announced a spring headlining US tour today, with support from Kevin Devine, Sorority Noise and The Obsessives (all tour dates below). Tickets for all shows will be on-sale to the general public this Friday, January 6th at 12pm EST but limited pre-sale tickets for the shows are now available at http://modernbaseball.shofetti.com.


Modern Baseball released their latest LP Holy Ghost this May to widespread acclaim from The New York Times, NPR, Pitchfork, MTV, Boston Globe, Stereogum, The Guardian, Consequence of Sound, Alternative Press, AV Club, SPIN and numerous other publications of note. The band have spent the past several months touring the world in support of the newest album, including appearances at Lollapalooza, Reading and Leeds, and Falls Fest. Holy Ghost was included on a variety of year end lists including NoiseyStereogumFaderA.V. ClubSPINThe Observer , Diffuser, BrooklynVegan, Bandcamp, UproxxAlternative Press and more.

 

Kevin Devine will be touring on his 2016 release Instigator, out now on Procrastinate! Music Traitors. Instigator was Devine’s 9th studio record and his most critically acclaimed to date. The record peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Alternative Album charts, and Noisey named it #45 on their Top 100 Albums of 2016 calling it a “relentless assault of catchy hooks” as well as “timely and important.”

Sorority Noise will release their highly anticipated follow up to their break out album Joy, Departed on Triple Crown Records this spring. Joy, Departed gained notoriety for speaking out against the trend of romanticizing sadness, instead committing to an open and real depiction of mental illness. Pitchfork called the album “sophisticated, confident, well-produced and also more vertiginous in all aspects.”

The Obsessives recently announced the release of their sophomore record The Obsessives, coming out on Lame-O Records on March 17th. The album volleys between the expressive texture of emo bands like Braid and the bouncy indie of bands like The Pixies and Violent Femmes.

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