Streetlight Manifesto - The Hands That Thieves

Streetlight Manifesto

The Hands That Thieve

Victory Records

Rating: 4.5/5




After months and months of anticipation, Streetlight Manifesto’s new album “The Hands That Thieve” was finally made available to the public on April 30th. While the band has announced that they will be going on a hiatus from touring, these impressive, powerful tracks give hope for the future. Just like Streetlight’s 2007 album, Somewhere In The Between, this album really takes you through the intelligent mind of the band’s front man/guitarist, Tomas Kalnoky.

Unlike some Ska albums from the past, The Hands That Thieve is one that captivates audiences almost immediately. After a couple chords and some quick, meaningful lyrics from Kalnoky, the true Streetlight Manifesto sound shines with a blaring horn line on The Three Of Us – and the momentum just keeps building as you progress through the album. Every song tells a different story and every story is led by the same element that has made Streetlight Manifesto great over the years: Musicianship.

The overall lyrical structure takes you on an adventure through numerous emotions. In my personal favorite song from the album, Your Day Will Come, the lyrics portray a wide array of emotions ranging from sadness to optimism. The one aspect of this song that sets it apart from the other nine tracks would be the predominant horn line heard throughout the song. Once stated about a quarter into the song, the horn line is replayed to really give an extra emotional impact to every chorus. Just like Somewhere In The Between’s closing track, What A Wicked Gang Are WeYour Day Will Come caps the Thye Hands That Thieve in a spectauclar fashion.

There’s no doubt in my mind that The Hands That Thieve is one of the top five greatest Ska albums of all times. Even though the band made everyone wait longer than expected, the final product of this album far surpassed expectations. It’s hard to believe that Streetlight Manifesto has been around for ten years already and still continued to be the same band for all these years. With an album like The Hands That Thieve, it really makes you think twice about what the band will do while they are on this future touring hiatus. Will Streetlight Manifesto write one more album? We can only hope.

Tours: Senses Fail (Full U.S.)

Senses FailSenses Fail has announced a five-week headlining full U.S. tour that will begin on October 4, 2013. The tour will begin in Sacramento, California on the 4th and wrap up on November 11th in Los Angeles at the legendary Troubadour. For the Fallen Dreams, Expire and Being As An Ocean will be direct support for Senses Fail on this tour. Additionaly, The Acacia Strain will be joining the lineup for the tours two shows in both Sayreville, NJ and Patchogue, NY in late October.

 Tickets will be available to the general public on Thursday, July 18th at Noon EST.

 Senses Fail will be touring in support of their latest full-length album, Renacer, which was released earlier this year via Staples Records.  Singer Buddy Nielsen has this to say about their upcoming U.S. dates:

“As always we are very excited to be back on the road…we are headed to places we haven’t been in years and we’re all really looking forward to this tour. The bands we have on the bill are fantastic, we couldn’t have asked for a better line up to share the road with. We look forward to seeing you there!”

Official tour dates can be found below.

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Rabbit Foot – Defeater

Massachusetts’ own, Defeater, will be releasing their third full-length album, Letters Home, on July 16th. The ten track album revolves around the father of two brothers that listeners were introduced to in Defeater‘s prior two releases, Travels and Empty Days & Sleepless Nights. Another track off of Letters Home, “Rabbit Foot”, is streaming as well as a pre-order of the album at

The band will be on the road for Vans Warped Tour from July 11th in Mansfield, MA all the way up until August 4th in Houston, TX.

Track listing and tour dates can be found below. Read More…

Tour/Final Show: Streetlight Manifesto

Streetlight ManifestoNew Jersey’s own, Streetlight Manifesto, has recently said that they will be going on an indefinite touring hiatus after 2013. In light of the announcement, the band has also announced their The End Of The Begging tour, which kicked off in Albany, NY on June 19th. The cross-country three week tour will continue until July 13th in Providence, RI.

Most importantly, Streetlight Manifesto has announced their FINAL two shows. Both shows will take place at the Starland Ballroom in Sayerville, NJ with openers, Dan Potthast and Mike Park. The two nights will be called “The End Of The End Of The Beginning” and each night will feature two completely unique sets which include songs from all of their records plus new surprises. Tickets can be purchased here.

Tour dates can be found below. Read More…

Texas In July – Time Lapse/ Digital Deluxe Version Of Self-Titled Album Announced

Equal Vision RecordsEqual Vision Records‘, Texas In July, will release a digital deluxe version of their most recent full-length album on July 16th, just prior to their two week run on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour. The self-titled album will feature three previously unreleased tracks, including Time Lapse which is streaming here. Time Lapse can also be found Equal Vision Records 2013 summer sampler.

Bassist/lyricist Ben Witkowski had this to say about Time-Lapse and the other two new tracks:

” We are so glad Warped Tour attendees are going to be some of the first people to hear ‘Time-lapse’ live!…Opening up our sound some more was in order for the deluxe songs, even throwing in new tunings and styles. I think our fans will enjoy the addition to our self-titled record, and that it will appeal to some new metal enthusiasts as well!”

Texas In July is set to be on tour all summer long. The band is starting out with a northeastern headlining tour, followed by their two week stint on Vans Warped Tour.

Tracklisting for Texas In July (Deluxe Edition) and upcoming tour dates can be found below.

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D.O.A. Farewell Tour/ D.O.A. Beer/ New Video

DOAHardcore Punk Kings, D.O.A., are getting ready for a farewell tour of the America’s Midwest and East Coast this September. Additionally, the band is not only touring the U.S. but also in Europe and the U.K. in October as well. D.O.A. will be playing their old classics as well as some of their hits off of We Come In Peace!.

D.O.A. has recently teamed up with an old friend and film maker, Marcus Rogers, to make a new music video for their song “Boneyard.” The video also features Hugh Dillon, lead vocalist and star of the hit series Flashpoint, splitting the lead vocals with Joe Keithley. The music video can be found here.

In addition to announcing tour dates, a new music video and coming out with a new album, the band has also teamed up with Yale Brewing of Chilliwack, BC, to produce a new ale. Joe had this to say about the new D.O.A. ale: “It’s wicked, powerful and tasty! It will get the gig rockin’ and the kids going crazy. You’ll race back for more!” Right now the beer is available around greater Vancouver in private liquor stores. It will be soon be coming to Alberta and Ontario.

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Save Ferris Announce First Show In 10 Years

SaveFerrisOrange Country ska-punk band, Save Ferris, is getting ready to play their first show in over ten years. The newly reformed group which features their original vocalist, Monique Powell, will perform at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa on July 27th. The show will also feature a special guest, 2 tone icons, The English Beat.

After a recent major 4-level cervical laminoplasty surgery, Powell has this to say to her fans:

It’s been 10 years since I’ve performed these songs but I have fought hard to bring you this show and I’ve WON. I can’t WAIT to put on the best show for you guys…thanks for sticking around and for continuing to support SAVE FERRIS.”

Elway Reveals New Song + Tour Dates

ElwayThe four-piece indie rock band from Fort Collins, Elway, have premiered the first new song, “Ariel” from their forthcoming album, Leavetaking. The new album is set to release digitally on June 25th and physical CD/LP on July 2nd from Red Scare. A stream of “Ariel” can be found on and pre-orders for the new album can be found on

Guitar/vocalist Tim Browne had this to say about Ariel: ” I was eyebrows deep in teenage post-breakup malaise at the age of 25 and I wanted to try my hand at waxing Americana…so I wrote this straightforward four-chorder that’s way fun to play and sing, with a repetitive hook that sort of drives it all home. Title is a reference to my girl Sylvia Plath’s horse. Respect.”

In support of their new album, Elway have announced tour dates for July and August. The band will be touring with label mates Masked Intruder and Sam Russo on the “Red Scare Across America Tour”. The tour kicks off in Chicago on July 8th and will wrap up in Milwaukee on August 17th.

Tour dates are posted below.

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I Is Another – “Shake”

I Is Another, the latest project from Jonah Matranga (Far, Gratitude) and Ian Love (Rival Schools, Burn), have premiered their new single “Shake” from their upcoming debut album. “Shake” is the second single off the album that has been released within the last couple of weeks and is streaming here.

I Is Another‘s self-titled debut album will be released on June 18th via Siren Records, who are also offering a double 7″ vinyl pre-order package.


Tour: The Draft / Cheap Girls / Luther

The Draft, three-founds of post-punk legends Hot Water Music, have announced Cheap Girls and Luther as support for most of their upcoming Eastern US tour dates. The upcoming two week run of shows will be the first shows that The Draft have played in almost 5 years. The tour will kick off in Washington D.C. on July 17th and end on July 28th in St. Louis, MO.

Tour dates are posted below. Read More…

Video: Face To Face – Right As Rain

Face To FaceSouthern California punk band, Face to Face, premiered a new music video today. The new video for their song, Right As Rain, can be found below.

Right As Rain is a track from the band’s latest full-length release, Three Chords And A Half Truth, that was released via Rise Records back in April.

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Tour: Mrs. Skannotto (June/July)

Mrs SkannottoThe six-piece ska band from Rochester, NY, Mrs. Skannotto, have announced the dates for their upcoming summer tour. The band will be touring from June 28th in Pawtucket, RI up until July 28th in Pittsburgh, PA to support their most recent full length release, All These Evolutions. A stream of All These Revolutions can be found here.

Tour dates can be found below. Read More…

Red Hot Rebellion Announce New EP Release Date + Lyric Video

Red Hot RebellionDayton, Ohio’s own Red Hot Rebellion are now set to release their new EP, Melt The Sky, on August 27th. The Rock and Roll trio blend Punk, Blues, Garage, and Classic Rock and create a sound that the band likes to call ” The Soundtrack to a Bar Fight.” An official lyric video for the title track, Melt The Sky, is streaming here.

The official track listing and a few upcoming shows are posted below.

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Nardstock (Celebrating 35 Years Of Punk Rock In Ventura County)

It has been 35 years since the Nardcore movement of Ventura County (CA) punk rock saw its beginning and the celebration will begin with Nardstock – an all ages show on August 17th at the Majestic Ventura Theater. Nardstock will feature such performing acts Dr. Know, Ill Repute, Stalag 13, The Missing 23rd, and many more. The event lands on the 44th anniversary of Woodstock and kicks off with the world premier of the film “Clean Cut American Kids” – the story of Ill Repute and is The True Underground Network’s first biography in the Punk Rock Chronicles series.

Tickets for Nardstock will go on sale at 10am on Friday, May 31st and will cost $22.50 for advance tickets. Advance tickets can be purchased on, at Salzer’s Records in Ventura, or the Ventura Theater box office. Doors will open at 4pm on August 17th. Any additional information about Nardstock can be found here.

The official lineup can be found below.

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Tours: Half Hearted Hero / Carousel Kings / Altars

New Bedford, MA’s own Half Hearted Hero announced they will be touring with Carousel Kings and Altars next month. The tour hits the East Coast on June 20th in Staten Island, NY and continues through Eastern Canada and the Midwest until ending on June 30th in Kokomo, IN. Half Hearted Hero’s most recent LP, Whatever, released via Animal Style Records, can be streamed in its entirety here.

Tour dates are posted below.

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City And Colour New Album Exclusive Stream On iTunes

City and ColourSt. Catharine’s City and Colour have their brand-new album, The Hurry and The Harm, streaming in its entirety exclusively on the iTunes Store in Canada. The release date of The Hurry and The Harm is set to be released on June 4th via Dine Alone Records. Pre-orders on iTunes can either be standard or a deluxe version that will include three bonus tracks. All pre-orders will include an instant download of the first single, “Thirst.” 

In support of this release, the band will be touring various countries starting on June 6th in London, UK.

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Less Than Jake Release Free Tour Sampler (Ft. Hostage Calm, Pentimento)

Less Than JakeFlorida ska-punk legends Less Than Jake released a free three song tour sampler today featuring their upcoming tour mates, Hostage Calm and Pentimento.  The sampler features one song from each band to prepare fans for their week and a half East Coast tour starting on June 11th in Patchogue, NY. The free sampler can be downloaded here in Less Than Jake’s web store.

Additionally, the band is currently recording at The Moathouse in Gainesville, Fl., recording an LP of brand-new material that will be released via Fat Wreck Chords this fall.  Tour Dates can be found below.

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Kobanes Looking For New Bass Player

KobanesChicago Pop Punkers Kobanes are trying to fill out their lineup again after recently parting ways with their bassist.

Any interested parties are invited to email front man Eddie Kobane at

The band last released Halfway To Sanity last year which can be heard here along with their other three albums.


New Music from Nations Afire (Ex. Rise Against, Ignite, Death By Stereo)

California’s Nations Afire, featuring former members of Rise Against, Death by Stereo, and Ignite, has released two new songs. The songs,  My Misery and Kerosene, and can be found on the band’s My Space page.

This is the first new music from Nations Afire since their debut EP The Uprising, released in April 2009.


Festival: SummerSonic 2010

Summer SonicThe line up has been announced for Japanese music festival Summer Sonic, including headliners The OffSpring, Pixies and The Smashing Pumpkins. Other bands to be featured include Sum 41, Coheed and Cambria, and 30 Seconds to Mars. See the full line up here.

Summer Sonic is a three-day music festival held annually in Tokyo and Osaka since 2000 and takes place on August 7th and 8th this year.