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Sad Summer Festival is growing beyond emo nostalgia

Taking Back Sunday’s Adam Lazzara, the Maine’s John O’Callaghan, and PVRIS share how Sad Summer Festival is becoming bigger and better. Read the cover story interview.

How Sad Summer Festival is becoming a better kind of touring emo festival

Sad Summer Festival is on the cover of Alternative Press’ summer 2023 issue. Read an excerpt now, where the Maine explore becoming a better kind of touring emo fest.

Sad Summer Festival 2023: Taking Back Sunday, the Maine, LS Dunes, more to play

Grab your sunscreen and get into your feels. The fourth installment of Sad Summer Festival’s epic lineup has been revealed, and you will not want to miss what’s in store for 2023.  From July 6-29, Sad Summer will welcome headliners Taking Back Sunday for their festival debut, as well as returning favorites the Maine, Hot Mulligan, […]

How The Pretty Cult creates gothic clothing for the modern-day “Rock & Roll Witch”

The Pretty Cult is for “misfits and dark hearts.” Founder Arielle Salsa explains how the fashion and lifestyle brand is rooted in a love of witchcraft and rock.

My Chemical Romance, Pale Waves and 8 other things you need to check out this week

***This article contains sponsored content*** Check out The Latest — for all the essential new music, tickets and livestreams you need right now. My Chemical Romance return with new music Where else would we begin this week’s roundup than with “The Foundations Of Decay”? My Chemical Romance’s first new material since 2014 dropped out of […]

Sad Summer Fest begins Battle of the Bands contest—vote now

Sad Summer Fest is launching a nationwide Battle of the Bands competition. The winner will earn the opportunity to perform on Sad Summer Fest’s main stage on one of the dates. Sad Summer Fest will feature the entrants on their website. Voting will take place in rounds until a winner is chosen ahead of the […]

Waterparks, Limp Bizkit and 8 other things you need to check out this week

Check out The Latest – for all the essential new music, tickets and livestreams you need right now.   Waterparks and Neck Deep unite for Sad Summer   …and they’re bringing Mayday Parade, The Summer Set, Against The Current, State Champs and more along for the ride, too. These shows are going to be a lot […]

10 pop-punk artists we'd love to see live in the coming months

Pop punk found new life in 2020. Young bands blossomed, while hip-hop and pop acts picked up guitars. Maybe you’re one of the many fans who rediscovered old favorites on social media. Possibly, Chase Hudson (aka LILHUDDY) acted as your power-chord gateway drug.  If so, welcome. There’s so much to see. And if you thought […]

The Maine kick off their new era with colorful video for "Sticky"—watch

Back in August, the Maine officially put away their gold suits and said goodbye to the You Are OK era forever during their Flowers On The Grave livestream. Now, nearly seven months later, they are kicking off their next era with a colorful new video for “Sticky.” As their first piece of new music in nearly […]

Destroy Boys unleash their ferocious new single "Muzzle"—watch

It’s definitely a big week for punk rock trio Destroy Boys. On Wednesday, they officially announced that they have signed to Hopeless Records. To help celebrate the new signing, Destroy Boys have unleashed their ferocious new single “Muzzle” along with a chaotic animated video. Read more: You can revisit Tim Burton’s Batman world in this […]

See Grayscale perform the final track from their new reworked EP

On Wednesday, Grayscale released their highly-anticipated reworked EP Live From The Barber Shop Studios. In celebration of its release, Grayscale have shared an acoustic performance of the reimagined “What’s On Your Mind.” Read more: ‘Riverdale’ star Bernadette Beck says the show fails its Black characters Grayscale put out their last full-length album Nella Vita back in […]

Watch Grayscale rework “Painkiller Weather” as a moving piano ballad

Grayscale are preparing to release their forthcoming EP Live From The Barber Shop Studios on July 29. Now, the band have debuted a new reimagined version of their song “Painkiller Weather.” On Wednesday, Grayscale released a video of them performing a new piano version of the Nella Vita song. Read more: Here’s who is voicing […]

See Mayday Parade, the Maine and Dan Lambton cover the Beatles

It looks like Mayday Parade have been taking advantage of their extra time while in quarantine. On Tuesday, the band debuted their latest cover of the Beatles‘ “I Want To Hold Your Hand” with a cleverly filmed socially-distant video. Alongside Mayday Parade, members of the Maine, We The Kings, Grayscale and Knuckle Puck also took […]

Lollapalooza co-founder says we shouldn’t expect live music until 2022

Just like so many other festivals and gigs this year, Lollapalooza 2020 was canceled due to coronavirus. Following the sudden halt of live music, the industry is trying to predict when live events will resume back to normal. Although most reports predict that large-scale live events could return in the latter part of 2021, Lollapalooza […]

How well do you remember the lyrics to “Weightless” by All Time Low?

It’s hard to believe it’s been 11 years since All Time Low released their third album, Nothing Personal. The album, which dropped July 7, 2009, has been a staple in our rotation, particularly its lead single, “Weightless.” The vibrant video features snarky one-liners in line with the Nothing Personal theme and some iconic cameos from […]

10 things we never thought we’d miss about Warped Tour

In 2018, Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman revealed that it would be the festival’s last cross-country run, ending a chapter in our scene’s history. Things officially came to a close after 2019’s short anniversary run, opening the door for new festivals such as Sad Summer.  While Lyman has hinted that something might be returning […]

Here are the rescheduled Sad Summer Festival tour dates for 2021

Back in May, Sad Summer Festival announced it is postponing its 2020 run due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the festival has revealed the full list of rescheduled 2021 dates. As well, All Time Low, the Maine, The Story So Far, Movements, Grayscale, Yours Truly and Destroy Boys are returning for the 2021 tour. Read […]

It looks like Forever The Sickest Kids could be making a comeback

On June 18, Alternative Press ran a feature about the ten neon-pop bands that need to make a comeback. Hey Monday, Forever The Sickest Kids, Cobra Starship and The Friday Night Boys were just a few of the bands to be featured on the list. Now, it appears that Forever The Sickest Kids have confirmed […]

The Maine have already begun working on their next album

Since coronavirus caused this year’s Sad Summer Fest to be postponed, the Maine are finding other ways to stay productive. This week, the band announced its third 8123 Impact Day which is taking place on Saturday, June 20. As well, the Maine have revealed that they are currently recording their next album. Read more: Artists […]

10 neon-pop bands who need to make a comeback

The late 2000s through early 2010s were defined in our scene by catchy synths intertwined with pop-like melodies, garnering the name “neon pop” or “neon pop punk.” With merch that was just as bright as the dance anthems that were produced, we can’t help but look back on the short-lived genre with fondness and a […]
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