“The Get Up Kids are historically good at making EPs. The beloved Kansas rock band, whose twangy shout-a-longs first gained steam in the late ’90s, during the waning years of emo’s Midwest-centric second wave, have put out three to date. The Red Letter Day EP, released as a 10-inch just a few months before Something To Write Home About took the group from underground stars to the forefront of an entire movement, might be one of my all-time favorite examples of the format. If you’ve ever listened to “Mass Pike” on the Mass Pike, you’ll understand what I’m getting at.
And now, in 2018, they’ve got another one. Kicker arrives June 8, seven years since their last official release as a band. The four-song project is also their first for Polyvinyl, and it finds the band — particularly co-songwriters Matt Pyror and Jim Suptic — setting new, grown-up concerns about marriage and family life to the kind of upbeat and melodically assured guitar music that they’ve always been known for.” – FADER
Come see Shooter Jennings at The Rebel Lounge, on his lengthy tour in support of Shooter, set for release August 10th! Check out this inventive music video, announcing both his upcoming album and tour! Rolling Stone magazine released his music video and paired it with a very informative and personal article, which you can check out here.
STEVE CHILTON – Alex Lahey (June 3 at The Rebel Lounge)
“Alex Lahey was one of my favorite discoveries of SXSW last year. Was really excited to bring her to Rebel last fall and just as excited to bring her back to Rebel for a second time in AZ. She just did a number of dates with Jimmy Eat World and has been killing it on the festival circuit.” (INFO & TICKETS)
JEFF TAYLOR – Chon (May 26 at Club Red)
“Chon always puts on an excellent show. Super glad to have them back in town this weekend, and with a totally stellar lineup – Polyphia is great, I’ve been a fan of TTNG for a long time, and I’m looking forward to seeing Tricot live too.” (INFO & TICKETS)
DEVAN HASH – Chon (May 26 at Club Red)
“I’ve been lucky enough to see Chon more than a handful of times, and I’m still excited to see them live! They are a super talented group of young dudes and it’s really been amazing watching them get better at what they do every year. They’re not quite rock ‘n’ roll, not quite metal-but if you enjoy either genre, there’s a chance Chon has a song that you’ll fall in love with!” (INFO & TICKETS)
SHANNON HARDEN – Alex Lahey (June 3 at The Rebel Lounge)
“Alex Lahey came to town late last year, and I missed it because I had to work. Turns out I probably should have just called in sick, because she is absolutely incredible, and I’ve regretted missing her ever since. The good news is that second chances exist, and next Sunday is mine! As an angsty millennial babe, some of the most relatable tracks I’ve heard in ages come from her most recent albumI Love You Like A Brother. If you’re a fellow emo kid with a deep love for punk-flavored pop bangers, you do NOT want to miss this show.” (INFO & TICKETS)