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Ryan McClain & Tim McLaughlin of The White Tie Affair

October 31, 2009 by  
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twta2009 has been quite a year for The White Tie Affair (Chris Wallace on vocals, Tim McLaughlin on drums, Ryan McClain on keyboards and guitar and Sean P on guitar and programming).  Touring with Secondhand Serenade, The Fame Ball (with Lady Gaga), and spending most of the summer on Warped Tour, the band is now out in support of their own headlining tour.  Hot on the heels of their major label release “Walk This Way” that debuted in April of 2008 the band is bringing their own unique take of Pop meets Rock meets Melting your face off fun to the stage.  One thing you should never do is to show up at a TWTA performance and expect to be merely a spectator, their shows are a full on feast for the senses. Fans come ready for a full on dance party and the pledge to get their booties rocked off by the end of the night.

On their recent tour stop in Boston, TWRY staffer Stacie sat down with Tim and Ryan pre-show to talk shop.  On tap?  Boy bands, cold showers, Twitter, and Halloween Costumes.  Boo!

Interviewed by: Stacie Caddick-Dowty | October  2009

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The White Tie Affair & Stereo Skyline Concert Photos / Boston, MA

October 31, 2009 by  
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The White Tie Affair
October 25, 2009
The Paradise – Boston, MA
Photos by:  Stacie Caddick-Dowty


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Stereo Skyline
October 25, 2009
The Paradise – Boston, MA
Photos by:  Stacie Caddick-Dowty

AFI Perform Veronica Sawyer Smokes Live Video‏

October 30, 2009 by  
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With no better way to kick-off Halloween AFI brings fans a golden performance of “Veronica Sawyer Smokes” live from mtvU’s Ulalume festival. The Morrissey-esque track comes from AFI’s newly released album, Crash Love which also features the single “Medicate.” The Ulalume event, which took place in Columbia, Maryland, also features Paramore, Dead By Sunrise and Kid Cudi. More performances from AFI can be seen Friday, October 30 at 9pm ET/PT on MTV, 10pm ET/PT on MTV2 and 11pm ET/PT on mtvU during the “Ulalume: Howling at New Moon” special. Repeats of the special will air Halloween 10/31 at 2:30am and 6pm.

Thirty Seconds To Mars Announce NA Tour Dates

October 30, 2009 by  
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The new album from Thirty Seconds To Mars titled “This is War” drops on December 8th and the band just announced some NA tour dates with hopefully more to follow:

Nov 30 2009 The Rail Event Center Salt Lake City, Utah
Dec 1 2009 Ogden Theatre Denver, Colorado
Dec 3 2009 Verizon Wireless Theater Houston, Texas
Dec 4 2009 Nokia Theatre Grand Prairie, Texas
Dec 5 2009 Cruzan Amphitheater West Palm Beach, Florida
Dec 6 2009 Ford Amphitheatre Tampa, Florida
Dec 8 2009 Varsity Theatre Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Dec 16 2009 House of Blues Chicago, Illinois
Dec 17 2009 The Eagels Ballroom Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Dec 18 2009 The Fillmore Detroit, Michigan
Dec 19 2009  House of Blues Cleveland, Ohio

Ladyhawke Concert Photos / Chicago, IL

October 30, 2009 by  
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September 19, 2009
The Metro – Chicago, IL
Photos by:  Tasha Schalk


Motion City Soundtrack Announce Select Dates with Weezer this December!

October 29, 2009 by  
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Motion City Soundtrack have announced that they’ll be joining Weezer this December for some select live shows.  Kicking off in Chicago December 1st at the Aragon Ballroom, this run will see MCS playing dates in the Midwest and along the East Coast.  Before heading out on this short trek, Motion City Soundtrack will play to hometown fans and friends at a sold out Triple Rock Social Club show on Halloween Eve aka Mischief night.  And directly following the Weezer dates, MCS will return to Chicago for a sold out exclusive three night stand at Lincoln Hall where the band will perform their first three albums in their entirety over three separate nights – I AM THE MOVIE on December 18th, COMMIT THIS TO MEMORY on December 19th, and EVEN IF IT KILLS ME on December 20th.

Motion City Soundtrack is gearing up for the release of their major label debut – MY DINOSAUR LIFE.  The first single off the album – “Disappear” – is currently being streamed on the band’s web site and is available for purchase exclusively through iTunes. 

In the meantime, check out for new music and more.


Tour Dates:
Oct.        30th         Triple Rock Social Club (MCS Headline)                                 Minneapolis, MN *SOLD OUT*

Dec.       1st           Aragon Ballroom                                                                              Chicago, IL
                3rd           Eagles Ballroom                                                                             Milwaukee, WI
                7th           Agganis Arena                                                                                   Boston, MA
                9th           Patriot Center @ George Mason                                                               Fairfax, VA
                10th         Susquehanna Bank Center                                                          Camden, NJ
                18th         Lincoln Hall (MCS Headline/I Am The Movie)                     Chicago, IL *SOLD OUT*
                19th         Lincoln Hall (MCS Headline/Commit This to Memory)    Chicago, IL *SOLD OUT*
                20th         Lincoln Hall (MCS Headline/Even If It Kills Me)                  Chicago, IL *SOLD OUT*

The Almost Premiere Monster Monster Album on MySpace‏

October 29, 2009 by  
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With only a few days to go before the official release of Monster Monster, The Almost has exclusively premiered the album in its entirety on MySpace starting today.  Visit,, to stream the band’s sophomore release featuring the singles, “Lonely Wheel” and “Hands” before it hits stores on Tuesday, November 3rd.  Fans can also hear the new material when they see The Almost live on tour with The Used.  Dates and ticket details for their remaining shows can also be found on MySpace

In addition to their record preview, The Almost is excited to announce that their “Carve a Monster Monster” pumpkin carving contest is now live.  Fans can either print a stencil of one of the monster masks from the album cover to use on their pumpkin or create their own monster to carve.   Winners will be chosen from photos uploaded to the official contest site,

Nirvana Live At Reading Trailer‏

October 29, 2009 by  
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On November 3rd fans of Nirvana will have the chance to relive 1992 with the release of Nirvana Live At Reading. Today fans can watch a newly released trailer for the release which showcases bits of the crystal clear footage from that magical night in 1992. The package, which will be released in multiple formats, will include over 90 minutes of previously unreleased performance footage including classics “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “All Apologies,” “Lithium,” “Negative Creep”, “Dumb” and more all mixed from the original multitrack master tapes in 5.1 surround.   You can preview the trailer below.

The limited edition DVD+CD, Standard DVD and 24 track CD all hit stores on November 3rd while a double vinyl LP lands in stores on November 17th. For more information on Nirvana Live At Reading visit


Win the U2 Remastered Catalog, including The Unforgettable Fire re-issue, on Vinyl!

October 29, 2009 by  
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::This contest has ended:: is celebrating the re-release of The Unforgettable Fire by offering you the chance to win the first five classic U2 albums, including The Unforgettable Fire re-issue, on vinyl!

U2’s fourth album, The Unforgettable Fire has been remastered and will be released by Island Records on October 27, 2009.

This special edition marks 25 years since the album’s original release in October 1984. Recorded at Slane Castle, Ireland, The Unforgettable Fire was the first U2 album to be produced by Brian Eno and Danny Lanois, and spawned two top 10 UK singles – “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” and “The Unforgettable Fire”.

We have your chance to win one! These are the albums included in the vinyl catalog — OCTOBER, BOY, WAR, UNDER A BLOOD RED SKY, JOSHUA TREE – and the new re-issue of THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE. To enter to win just email us with the subject line “U2” and include your name, email address, mailing address and phone number in the email.  On November 13th we will pick one winner at random.  Good luck!

Legend Of The Fall

October 28, 2009 by  
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Get to know Legend Of The Fall


The Band:

JD Alam (Lead Guitar, Singer) Age: 21
Skyler Alam (Drums, Singer) Age: 20
Levi Alam (Keyboard, Singer) Age: 18
Madison Alam (Bass, Singer) Age: 15
CaseyJones Alam (Lead Guitar, Singer) Age: 13

Proving that you’re never too young to rock this band of brothers (literally) are bringing their brand of self-described “popcore” music to fans everywhere with their first two CDs two CDs: SKETCHES: PART I (3/2/08) and SKETCHES: PART II (9/12/09).  With comparisons to Panic! at the Disco, A Day to Remember, and All Time Low their songs are fun, catchy, and best of all, with ages ranging from 13 – 21 this is just the beginning for them!

 We took some time to get to know them and hope you will too!

Since you are a new band on the scene, tell us how you all are and where you’re from.

JD: We’re from Ridgefield Park, and we’re just dandy!!!
Madison: Wait what’s the question again?

The names JD, Skyler, Levi, Madison and CaseyJones are unique; are these your birth names or stage names?

Madison: My stage name is Mad Al!!!!!! (everybody laughs)
Levi: Mine is Lovelove!!!!!!
Sky: I’m thinking about Maurice
JD: No seriously, it’s our real names. Our parents were into those unique names. In fact our full names with the middles are John Daniel, Skyler Dane, Levi Wade, Madison Taylor, and CaseyJones Quintin.

Describe the kind of music you make/play?

Everyone: EPIC!!!!!
Madison: Cute like Levi’s face. (everyone laughs)
CJ: It’s like an epic battle on the edge of a cliff
Skyler: We call ourselves popcore because we’re really mainstream but we put in breakdowns, chaos chords, and screams

It is few and far between to have five brothers in the same band, tell us how the band formed.

JD: Well during my senior prom me and a friend stole the mic from the DJ and sang “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and one of my friends dates said that they really liked it and wanted to book my “band” for a show. Well she asked if we wanted to play and I was like….uh…sure, even though the band didn’t exist. So I basically taught Madi and Casey everything I knew, which wasn’t much.
Levi: Well we always wanted to do the band thing. This was just the kick we needed.
CJ: Yeah this actually wasn’t even the original line-up of instruments we played.
Madison: Yeah we always wanted to do it, but we never had the desire to actually practice.
JD: Yeah and basically we just started learning covers and played our first show Easter 2007 and got a standing ovation which was pretty awesome.

GetAttachmentIs there any sibling rivalry in the band?  

Everyone: OH YEAH!!!!
Levi: Me Vs Everyone, Sky Vs Everyone, JD Vs Everyone, Madi Vs Everyone, and Casey Vs Everyone.
JD: Yeah they’re a lot of fights and rivalry especially from Madi and Casey (laughs)
CJ: Imagine how much a band fights, then think of how much brothers fight, now add them together…it equals hell being risen!!!!
Levi: We work together but sometimes it gets intense.
Sky: People quit daily, but 10 minutes later they’re back and everything is fine.

How did you come about being signed by New Ocean Media’s Doug Weber who also co-manages Framing Hanley?   What does he bring to the band?

JD: Well he actually came to a show and really liked us. After the show we started talking and kinda just started shooting ideas and stuff. 
Levi: He basically does everything in spreading our name.
JD: Yeah it’s amazing how many people he knows, but we basically go back in forth with ideas and some of the ideas he kinda is just like that’s a stupid idea John Daniel  but it’s good.
Madison: He also makes fun of me every chance he gets
Sky: That’s actually the whole band.

Your upcoming release SKETCHES:  PART II was self-produced.   How do you think fans will react?

Levi: Hopefully well.
JD: Yeah most of the songs the fans have heard already because it’s been on myspace, but we’ve been getting excellent reactions. There are actually three guest singers and one plays guitar: Hannah Larson, Dave Falcone, and Chelsea LaRosa (which was on the first cd too).
CJ: We’ve actually been getting compliments about how the music has matured a lot.
Sky: Yeah, for a while we stopped playing shows and just practiced our instruments so the maturation was something we were going for. I mean Keep Your Emo Glasses On is a playful song, but we tried very hard to not be one of those “brobands” that aren’t very good.

What are the band’s plans over the next few months?  

JD: Essentially it’s up in the air. We’ve never been great at planning (everyone laughs).
CJ: Well we’re in the Break.
JD: Yeah we’re in the Break contest for Bamboozle so if you’re in the area or anyone reading this come out and show support.
Sky: We also might be playing some private parties. We have this promotion that we might be bringing back that we’ll play any party for free as long as A) there are at least 10 kids that have never heard us play B) we’re allowed to sell merch and C) if you’re more than 2 hours away you feed us.
Levi: Other than that it’s mostly practicing.

What things do you think will help your band stand out from the crowd?leg

Madi: Age and the eclectic music style.                                                                
CJ: Yeah I think the age thing is really big for us because people watch us and go wow that kid is only 13 and he’s better than some 30 year olds.
Levi: We’re modest too (everyone laughs).
JD: The eclectic music style is really big too. Like we’ll play something like Keep Your Emo Glasses On and people into pop will be like ok that’s cool, and then we’ll play Beethoven’s symphony and the metal heads will be won over but we won’t lose the pop kids for it cause they’re already having fun, and then we’ll play Carnevil and for some reason a lot of people who are into wrap like that song so I guess you could say it attracts a large variety.
Sky: Yeah the only problem is choosing a single cause nobody can decide.

What would be your dream line-up to play alongside and why?

JD: It’s kinda different for all of us so I guess going around, for me it’d be, not considering genre (laughs) Panic! At the Disco, A Day to Remember, and The All-American Rejects.
Sky: Hit the Lights, The Devil Wears Prada, and um A Skylit Drive
Levi: Mine would be Panic! At the Disco, Jason Mraz, and Switchfoot
Madi: I call mine the PLPL tour (everyone laughs) Panic! At the Disco, Lil Wayne, and Patent Pending
CJ: Blink 182, Brand New, and The Devil Wears Prada

lotWhat currently influences your music and why?

Levi: Essentially it’s just life and the things we go through.
JD: Yeah like there are some songs that are just about fun but most of our songs are about serious things that happen in our lives. Like God Heal Her Brightly Colored Wrists is about cutting and we’ve dealt with that a lot.
Sky: Yeah you kinda have to living in the time we do.
Madi: Yeah and being a Christian also influences a lot of stuff. That’s why our songs about girls aren’t really grimy and stuff.

What were your musical influences growing up?

Madi: Aerosmith, Savage Garden, and our dad.
JD: Yeah pretty basically it’s classic rock and our dad. For the longest time it was just Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and our dad (everyone laughs)

If you had the power, what things would you change about the music industry?

JD: Well obviously the most important thing is labels need to stop clinging to the past and figure out how to work with music sharing programs. Suing people is obviously not working. I think if they were to put ads on them and those companies can pay the sharing programs and the programs can pay labels, kinda like myspace did.
CJ: Yeah it’s just a matter of growing and changing.
Levi: In the NJ local scene there is a large pay to play virus go around and it’s horrible too. Like bands can’t promote because they all sell tickets to their friends, and those kids come watch their friends band and then leave.
Madi: Yeah and the scene is dying. There used to be this group of kids who just went to shows because they loved it and now every band and there fans treat it like a contest. It’s so cut throat and people look ashamed when they like another bands music.
Sky: We’ve been lucky enough to find some friends in other bands where we work together to promote each other. Most of them are on our top on myspace.

Where can people find more about LEGEND OF THE FALL?

JD: will take you right to our myspace where like I said you can hear our stuff. That’s the best way honestly because everything from upcoming shows to new news, just everything is on there. There’s also www. is a really nice one. Doug is really fond of that, you can also follow us on Twitter now at And obviously come out to show because we promise you nothing but fun!!!! 


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