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Tours: Dashboard Confessional / All American Rejects / The Maine

Dashboard ConfessionalDashboard Confessional has announced that they will be heading on tour with support from All American Rejects and The Main.  The band last released a surprise covers EP, entitled Covered + Taped, features Chris Carrabba covering some of his favorite songs by The 1975Julien Baker, Justin Bieber, and Sorority Noise.

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Sundressed To Release ‘A Little Less Put Together’ LP

sundressed ALLPTPhoenix, AZ’s Sundressed have announced details for their upcoming album, A Little Less Put Together, that is due out on March 24 on Animal Style Records. The full-length was engineered, produced, mixed and mastered by Curtis Douglas (The Maine).

Pre-orders of A Little Less Put Together are available here, Sundressed have also released a music video for the title track from A Little Less Put Together.

The video and the band’s upcoming tour dates can be viewed below

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Tours: Knuckle Puck / The Maine

Knuckle PuckChicago, IL pop-punk act Knuckle Puck has announce preliminary plans to join The Maine on tour.  The tour holds the banner “The American Candy Tour” and the band will be out in support of their most recent EP, While I Stay Secluded, available now on Bad Timing Records.  Their debut full length is expected later this year on Rise Records.

Full tour listings can be found here.

 

The Maine – Love & Drugs

The MaineFlorida’s The Maine has released a new video for the song “Love & Drugs.”  The track comes from the band’s latest full length, Forever Halloween, released June 2010 on Rude Records.

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Maine - Cant Stop Wont Stop

The Maine

Can't Stop, Won't Stop

Fearless Records
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Rating: 1.5/5

 
 

 

 

Throughout the years I’ve gotten a few cool promo items that came along with CDs. For The Fully Down I got this awesome foam devil horns hand, like the number one foam hand in sports but this time a foam hand throwing up the rock horns. For Protest The Hero‘s Fortress, the label gave away condoms with the words “Penetrate My Fortress” scattered across the package. I’ve gotten a few lighters over the years and the occasional other gizmo and gadget too. For The Maine‘s new album, Can’t Stop Won’t StopFearless Records gave away some lip balm. I kind of laughed at it, because while lip balm can be useful at times it also seems fairly safe and tame compared to lighters or condoms as far promo material goes. I figured it would go well with The Maine‘s music: safe, tame, emo-pop that has been parade around the scene for the past few years. I went in ready to rip the CD apart as I figured it would be a generic, polished emo disc. Oddly enough, it wasn’t remotely like what I expected and when Everything I Ask Forcame on I was thrown off guard.

The opening track came as a slap in the face. The Maine were not who I thought they would be. They weren’t the super slick emo-pop that Matt Squire had become known for producing. This wasn’t anotherMayday Parade, All Time Low or Cute Is What We Aim For. It wasn’t horribly painful crap along the lines of Boys Like Girls. Instead, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop is a pop-punk record with a massive emphasis on the pop side of the combo.

There was a certain undeniable hook in the opening song, a bouncy melody and a vocalist that rattled the lyrics off in the same way that Kenny Vasoli of The Starting Line does. The chorus came in and I felt guilty because as the backup vocals added their pipes to the mix I actually started to like the song. This wasn’t the record I was expecting to hear, instead it had slight moments of bands that I actually enjoyed. A poppier version of The Starting Line alongside some Relient K and Rocket Summer. There was even a few seconds of “gang vocals” (although in the only way a pure pop band could deliver them) that sounded like a mix between New Found Glory and Say Anything. The record was poised to be something better than I had hoped. However, by the end of Everything I Ask ForCan’t Stop Won’t Stophad already melted into the background.

No matter how catchy the beat was, Can’t Stop still had no real pulse or identity. There was nothing unique about it and they were never able to really grab you, and the album falls flat because of it. It may not had been the super polished emo-pop that I was expecting, but The Maine just went for another equally overplayed and generic sound; only changing themselves by polishing it out and making it even slicker than before. Throughout the remaining eleven songs, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop only jumped out of the background in three instances. The insanely catchy chorus of Girls Do What They Want stands out because of the power within the background vocals and Time To Go just embeds that Starting Line sound even more, this time leaning towards their Direction era; and on on We’ll All Be…, they throw out some random country influence to grab your attention before they fade out of the speakers for the final time.

Other than that though, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop still ended up being just as forgettable as I imagined, it was just a different type of forgettable.

The Maine – Misery

The MaineFlorida’s The Maine has released a new video for the song “Misery.”  The track comes from the band’s latest full length, Black & White, released July 2010 on Warner Bros Records.

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Tours: Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back SundayTaking Back Sunday will be touring in October and November with support from The Maine and Bad Rabbits. The tour kicks off on 1st October in Texas and finishes 3rd November in Michigan.

Taking Back Sunday‘s self-titled album was released on June 26th 2011 via Warner Bros. Records.

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The Maine – Saving Grace (Take 2)

The MaineThe Maine has posted an alternative version of their song “Saving Grace” for stream on their PureVolume profile.  The track comes from the band’s freshly released B-sides, demos, and oddities release, In Darkness & In Light, release today, December 27, 2010.  The band released their major label debut, In Black And White, earlier this year via Warner Bros Records.

Give the song a listen here.

   

Video: The Maine – Right Girl

The MaineFlorida’s The Maine has released a new video for the song “Right Girl.”  The track comes from the band’s latest full length, Black & White, released July 2010 on Warner Bros Records.

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The Maine Record Daytrotter Sessions

The MainePop punk outfit The Maine recently sat down at Daytrotter studios for a four track live set.  The set list included songs “Right Girl,” “Inside Of You,” “Fuel To The Fire,” and “Don’t Stop Now.”  The Maine recently released their major label debut, Black & White, through Warner Bros.

The session is available for free download here.

The Maine Record Live Set For Alt Press

The MaineDuring some down time from their heavy touring schedule, The Maine stopped by the Agora Theater & Ballroom in Cleveland for an intimate Alt Press session. The band performed the set featuring the new single, “Right Girl,” along with, “Into Your Arms,” for the The AP Sessions video series on APTV.  The Maine recently released their major label debut, Black & White, through Warner Bros.

Check out the full concert session below.

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Videos: The Maine – Inside Of You

The MaineThe Maine have premiered a video for their track “Inside Of You.”  The track comes from the band’s recently released album, Black & White.

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The Maine Streaming Black & White

The MaineThe Maine have finally released their long anticipated sophomore release and Warner Music debut, Black & White.  For the next week, those interested can stream the album over on AOL’s Full CD Listening Party.  The album serves as a follow up to 2008’s Can’t Stop, Won’t Wait.

Stream the album here.

   

The Maine Album Trailer

The Maine The Maine have just released a new trailer for their album Black & White. The newly released video footage gives fans an idea of what they can expect from their highly anticipated release due out next week – it can be seen below.

The Maine will also be making a special appearance at the Hot Topic on Hollywood and Highland on July 13. The first 30 people who receive wristbands will win a once in a lifetime private performance with the band. For more information visit Hot Topic’s website.

They have also posted an album sampler for download here. The full album is available for iTunes LP preorder now. Read More…

   

The Maine iTunes Preorder Goes Live

The iTunes LP preorder for The Maine‘s Black & White is now available.  The deluxe version will feature the standard album, two acoustic bonus tracks (“Right Girl” and “Inside Of You”), handwritten lyrics, exclusive photos, videos and a documentary that chronicles the making of the album.

The Maine are also set to hit the road in support of Black & White on July 7th on their first-ever headlining tour, “An Evening With The Maine.”  The album will be available on July 13th, and in the meantime, preview the track “Saving Grace.”

A preview track form the album can be found below.

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The Maine Announce Limited Edition Preorder

The Maine are set to unleash their new album Black & White on July 13, 2010 and they have just revealed some new details about the release.  Starting today, fans can preorder a limited edition package that includes a special keepsake book, exclusive studio journals, album art, bonus tracks, a behind-the-scenes DVD and more.  The album was recorded in California with Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, The All-American Rejects).

The band comments on the album’s direction: “This time we really wanted to focus on the songwriting and make sure all the songs were great so no matter where on the disc you are you can tell it’s an album instead of a bunch of songs that are thrown together, you know?”

   

The Maine Announce First Headlining Tour

The Maine is heading out on their first ever headlining tour this summer, “An Evening With The Maine,” in support of their new album Black & White on Action Theory Records.

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The Maine Announce Major Label Debut

Former Fearless Records artist The Maine have announced the release of their new album Black & White through Sire/Action Theory Records.  The sophomore release is the follow-up to 2008’s Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop. The Howard Benson-produced album will hit stores on July 13, 2010.  The band

According to the band, Black & White is a stylistic departure: “We’re trying to go for more of a raw feel – really just a free, loose record,” explains front man John O’Callahan.

The track “Growing Up” can be sampled here.