Finnish hard rockers Santa Cruz plot return to America

The “debaucherous and flamboyant” (Rolling Stone) hard rock quartet SANTA CRUZ – whose raucous new album “Bad Blood Rising” recently debuted at #5 in their native Finland – will make their long-awaited return to America in early 2018, when they will take part in Fozzy’s “Judas Rising” U.S. tour. The trek – which also features Through Fire and Dark Sky Choir – kicks off in New Orleans on Feb. 28 and wraps up in Hampton Beach, N.H. on April 8. The complete itinerary for the tour appears below. The group expects to announce additional North American live dates in the near future.

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Too Close To Touch Release New Song “Before I Cave In”

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The post-hardcore quintet Too Close To Touch has released another new single titled, “Before I Cave In” via Epitaph Records. The song features emotion-filled vocals by Keaton Pierce, mixed with an instrumental piece similar to the lead single “Sympathy” off of their second full-length album Haven’t Been Myself. 

You can listen to the song on Spotify here.

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Album Review: PVRIS – “All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell”

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The three piece alternative-rock band PVRIS recently released their sophomore album All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell via Rise Records on August 25th. The album features singles “Heaven” which was released late April, “What’s Wrong” which was released mid-June, “Half” which was released mid-July, “Winter” which was released early August, and “Anyone Else” which was released a few days prior to the album. I feel like this is one of the most anticipated albums of the year, since we haven’t heard anything from PVRIS since 2014.

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Florida Music Festival 2017 – Orlando, FL April 21-22nd

This weekend in Orlando, our photojournalist Savannah Rowley covered the 17th annual Florida Music Festival & Conference held at UCF Rosen College and the surrounding Lake Eola area. There were conference panels featuring a keynote talk and Q&A session with the Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman, as well as music business panels with people speaking from Okeechobee Festival, Global Citizen, as well as venues like House of Blues and agencies such as ReverbNation.

In the keynote session, Lyman spoke on what Warped has become since the start. Stating that it started on corporate dollars, the brands that originally helped fund it including how it became the Vans Warped Tour (can you believe it was almost the Calvin Klein Warped Tour?) Lyman said he was the first person who wasn’t also a music artist to start a festival. His main goal for Warped Tour is to educate people, whether it’s learning about a new organization or checking out a new band.

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