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Switchfoot Announce Fall Tour Dates

August 31, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Music News, Tour Dates & News

Switchfoot have announced they will be heading out  with The Almost this fall on a tour that launches October 1st in Lynchberg, VA.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday, September 2nd. For further details, visit http://www.switchfoot.com.

Full tour dates listed below:
 
9/4         Marietta, GA      Jim R. Miller Park – Celebrate Freedom Atlanta
9/5          Lexington, KY                  Questapalooza
10/1         Lynchburg, VA                  Liberty University  
10/2         Cheswick, PA                  Ches-A-Rena  
10/3         Philadelphia, PA                  Electric Factory  
10/5         Richmond, VA                  The National   
10/6         Norfolk, VA                           The Norva  
10/7         Montgomery, AL           Huntington College Top Stage   
10/8         Baton Rouge, LA                  Varsity Theatre    
10/10         Austin, TX                           Austin City Limits
10/14         Omaha, NE                           Sokol Auditorium  
10/15         St. Charles, MO                  TBD  
10/16         Kansas City, KS                  Memorial Hall 
10/29         Avila Beach, CA                  TBD  

Check Out The Almost’s cover of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin”

March 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Music News

SPIN.com is streaming The Almost’s cover of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ “Free Fallin” here.   The track is the first to be taken from Punk Goes Classic Rock, set for release on April 27th, 2010. Fans can also check out a video of the making of the track at Hurley.com.

Punk Goes Classic Rock is the ninth in the series of the highly-successful Punk Goes… compilation series. The latest installment features a selection of the best up-and-coming alternative rock bands doing their own cover versions of classic tracks by such bands as Journey, Queen, KISS, Def Leppard, The Rolling Stones, and Blue Oyster Cult.

Here’s the full tracklisting:

1. Hit The Lights “More Than A Feeling” (originally recorded by Boston)
2. Versa Emerge “Paint It Black” (originally recorded by The Rolling Stones)
3. The Almost “Free Fallin'” (originally recorded by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
4. Mayday Parade “We Are The Champions” (originally recorded by Queen)
5. The Summer Set “Rock ‘n Roll All Nite” (originally recorded by KISS)
6. We The Kings “Caught Up In You” (originally recorded by .38 Special)
7. A Skylit Drive “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” (originally recorded by Journey)
8. I See Stars “Your Love” (originally recorded by The Outfield)
9. Pierce The Veil “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” (originally recorded by Blue Oyster Cult)
10. Forever The Sickest Kids “Crazy Train” (originally recorded by Ozzy Osbourne)
11. The Maine “Pour Some Sugar On Me” (originally recorded by Def Leppard)
12. Envy On The Coast “All Along The Watchtower” (originally recorded by Jimi Hendrix)
13. Every Avenue “Take Me Home Tonight” (originally recorded by Eddie Money)
14. Never Shout Never “Bohemian Rhapsody” (originally recorded by Queen)
15. blessthefall “Dream On” (originally recorded by Aerosmith)

For the latest on Punk Goes Classic Rock, head to myspace.com/punkgoesclassicrock

Aaron Gillespie of The Almost

November 2, 2009 by  
Filed under Interviews

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On November 3rd The Almost will release their new album Monster Monster, the follow up to their debut album Southern Weather.  Although “Southern Weather” could be described as more of an Aaron Gillespie solo project with the band coming to fruition after the fact, Monster Monster was a collaborative effort from start to finish with everyone in the band (Aaron Gillespie on vocals, Jay Vilardi on guitars, Dusty Redmon on guitars, Alex Aponte on bass, and Joe Musten on drums) involved.

From track one “Monster Monster” gives off a bit of a different vibe than “Southern Weather”.  Although cohesive, the songs tend to draw from many different musical influences which is undoubtedly the effect of the joint writing process. From bits of classic rock to modern melodic rock influences to an actual bluegrass steel guitarist taking part on a song, there’s a little bit of everything.  Lyrically the songs carry a shared theme of dealing with the monster in all of us – our inner demons and the positive and negative effects they bring and finding hope throughout.

Currently out on tour with The Used the hardest working man in the business, frontman Aaron Gillespie took some time to talk to us about the new album.

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | October  2009
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The Almost Premiere Monster Monster Album on MySpace‏

October 29, 2009 by  
Filed under Daily Music News

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, MySpace.com/thealmost, 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, www.carveamonstermonster.com.

Cook With Aaron Gillespie From The Almost‏

October 14, 2009 by  
Filed under Daily Music News

Nothing says rock and roll like a good meal, especially when it’s with the frontman of your favorite band.  Fans of The Almost will have the chance to cook with singer Aaron in The Almost Culinary Contest.  Entrants must submit a video of themselves cooking their favorite dish to the Culinary Contest YouTube Group, and Aaron will choose the recipe that he likes best.  The winner will be flown out to the Capitol Tower in Los Angeles on November 10th to cook on camera with Aaron, and attend The Almost show at the Wiltern Theater later that night.  The contest starts now and will run through October 30th, with the winner announced on November 2nd.  Get all the details below:

The following day, on November 3rd, The Almost will release their sophomore album, Monster Monster.  It can be pre-ordered on their website, at Hot Topic stores, or at the band’s live shows.  All pre-orders will come with an exclusive Monster EP, available only until the album’s release.  See their MySpace or www.thealmost.com for details and tour stops.

The Almost Release New Video For “Lonely Wheel”‏

October 2, 2009 by  
Filed under Daily Music News

The sophomore album from The Almost is almost here!  Monster Monster will be released November 3rd, but until then fans can enjoy the band’s new video for the single “Lonely Wheel.”  Watch the band, fronted by Aaron Gillespie, give a high-energy performance in a seedy dive bar below.

The release of the album will be preceded by a limited edition five song EP titled the Monster EP featuring  three album tracks and two exclusive b-sides. The EP will also include full album packaging for Monster Monster and two CDs, one of the EP and a second disc, which you will be able to download the entire album on release day! The Monster EP will be available starting October 6th through November 3rd at Hot Topic stores, the official page, or at the band’s live shows.

The Almost will kick off a nationwide tour with The Used on October 9th in Las Vegas.  See below for the full list of dates, and visit their MySpace or www.thealmost.com for more info.

Lonely Wheel – Official Video

Tour w/ This Providence, Anarbor & The Dares (* except where noted)
Oct 2  Bricktown Ballroom               Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oct 3  Zombies                                      San Antonio, Texas
Oct 5  Club Congress                           Tucson, Arizona
Oct 6  Soma                                             San Diego, California
Oct 8  Chain Reaction                         Anaheim, California*

Tour w/ The Used (* except where noted)
Oct 9  House of Blues                         Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct 10  The Great Saltair                    Salt Lake City, Utah
Oct 11  The Fillmore Auditorium   Denver, Colorado
Oct 13  Beaumont Club                       Kansas City, Missouri
Oct 14  First Avenue                            Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oct 15  Riviera Theatre                       Chicago, Illinois
Oct 16  Emerson Theatre                    Indianapolis, Indiana*
Oct 17  The Fillmore                             Detriot, Michigan
Oct 18  Pageant                                      St. Louis, Missouri
Oct 23  House of Blues                        Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 24  Crocodile Rock                        Allentown, Pennsylvania
Oct 25  Sonar                                           Baltimore, Maryland
Oct 27  Roseland Ballroom                New York, New York
Oct 28  Electric Factory                        Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 29  Canal Club Downstairs        Richmond, Virginia*
Oct 30  House of Blues                       Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Oct 31  House of Blues                       Lake Buena, Florida
Nov 1  The Tabernacle                       Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 3  House of Blues                        New Orleans, Louisiana
Nov 5  House of Blues                        Dallas, Texas
Nov 6  House of Blues                       Houston, Texas
Nov 7  La Zona Rosa                            Austin, Texas
Nov 9  Marquee Theatre                  Phoenix, Arizona
Nov 10  The Wiltern                           Los Angeles, California
Nov 11  Warfield Theatre                San Francisco, California
Nov 12  Hawthorne Theatre           Portland, Oregon
Nov 13  Showbox SoDo                    Seattle, Washington

Dusty Redmon of The Almost

September 9, 2007 by  
Filed under Interviews

thealmostmainThe Almost started as a solo project for all around workhorse Aaron Gillespie.  Sure, the name probably sounds familiar.  That’s because he’s the drummer for a little band called Underoath as well.  Let’s just say he’s a bit of an overachiever.

With Southern Weather, the debut disc from The Almost, Aaron wrote it from top to bottom and fronts the band that now delivers the goods live.  Gillespie played almost all of the instruments on the recording of the album and worked with producer Aaron Sprinkle to make this album everything it could possibly be.

The first single Say This Sooner grabbed the attention of music fans very quickly and started a buzz that has yet to stop. Southern Weather lets Gillespie display more of his melodic chops and allows him to get out from behind the drum kit and connect directly with the fans, something that is very important to him. The rest of the band, rounded out by Alex Aponte on bass, Kenny Bozich on drums and Dusty Redmon and Jay Vilardi on guitar are as connected to the songs as Aaron is.  By playing them night after night they have made a personal and spiritual connection with them as well – they aren’t just hired hands.

Currently blazing across the country with The Starting Line and Paramore, guitarist Dusty took some time to talk to TWRY staffer Stacie about the band, life on the road and some of his favorite things!

Interviewed by: Stacie Caddick-Dowty | September 2007
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