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Warped Tour 1: Echosmith & Sea Swallowed Us Whole Richie T |
08/04/2014 | Filed In: warped tour | 2014 | echosmith | sea swallowed us whole | meet the bands | richie t steadman

Warped Tour 1: Echosmith & Sea Swallowed Us Whole

This Saturday at Vans Warped Tour, Richie T and his team of expert producers recorded 5 straight hours of interviews - that's around 25 artists FYI. Over the next few weeks, we'll be releasing videos of these interviews on the daily: bands like Less Than Jake, Real Friends, We Are The In Crowd, The Ready Set and tons more! 

Our first installment includes Echosmith - the family band behind the summer hit "Cool Kids", and local Warped Tour competition winners Sea Swallowed Us Whole. Clips of the interviews are below. 

Head over to MeetTheBands.com to see the full interviews!

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Echosmith

— This ain’t your typical family road trip —

Jamie: I think people get in their mind the idea of a family road trip, like what we’re doing is an endless family road trip. The big difference for us is that we’re all working and we’re not just being forced to be in a car together. We’re all doing it by choice and working towards a common goal, so it’s a different aspect than being on a 2-year road trip. We’re all actually working. When we’re all working, we’re all working together. When we all want to relax, we’re all relaxing together.

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Sea Swallowed Us Whole

— Inspiration from the Provo Music Scene —

Chris: We recorded our last EP – the one that’s coming out on August 16 – we recorded it with our producer, Stetson Whitworth, and he’s actually pretty good friends with Quinn [from The Used]…So I have actually gotten a few chances where Quinn’s been in the studio – cuz they’re friends – and he’s sat down with me a few times and honestly has inspired me, in terms of being a musician. Especially coming from Utah, he helped realize that Utah bands can make it. You just have to be The Used or better.

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Your Guide to Warped Tour: Warped Tour 101 Richie T |
07/28/2014 | Filed In: Warped Tour | Salt Lake City | Guide | X96

Your Guide to Warped Tour: Warped Tour 101

The Vans' Warped Tour is coming to Salt Lake City this Saturday, August 2nd! If you’ve never been to a music festival before, Warped Tour is great training. Maybe one day you may want to move up to Coachella, Lollapalooza or Bonnaroo. The Vans' Warped Tour is a one-day festival with a ticket price around $30, so you can afford it. Everyone should experience at least one music festival. We have also sprinkled bands we are excited to see at the fest through this blog.

If you are attending Warped Tour for the first time here is some wisdom from your friends at X96. It's Vans' Warped Tour 101:

Tickets: You can buy tickets by clicking here. Don’t wait until the day of to buy tickets because it will cost about five dollars more. Also, don't buy tickets in the parking lot or from scalpers. You never know what you are getting there.

You can bring your parents: If you are under 18 and your parents are worrisome, then they can come with you for free. Most likely they will have a great experience as well as long as you keep them fed and watered. Warped offers one complimentary parent admission per ticket to any minors. If you are under 18 and need to convince your parents to let you go, then this should help. There is a “parents only” booth at Warped Tour, which is basically a daycare for adults. NOTE: Guardians accompanying minors to the show must be legal guardians over the age of 28.

Times & stages: Bands will find out when they are playing the morning of that day’s show, which means the schedule will not be posted anywhere on the Warped Tour website or any band’s social media accounts prior to that day. X96 recommends showing up early so you don't miss your favorite bands. Near the entrance, there will be a huge inflatable “billboard” with the bands, the stages, and the times of their performances posted. There are eight stages spread throughout the fairgrounds. The bands listed above are subject to change. Take a picture of the lineup and the map in case you forget or the loose the map.

Avoid the long line: Bring three cans of food, a $5 donation, or a used cell phone to the Feed Our Children NOW! Tent located near the “skip the line” flag. They will let you skip to the front of the line for your donations.

Food & Water:  X96 are Warped Tour veterans. To save money bring a CamelBak or the like with you or an empty water bottle you can refill throughout the day. Plan to grab a slice of pizza so something mid-day and meet with your friends (or that special someone you may meet at the show) after.

BRING CASH: Tents aren't going to accept plastic. Make sure to pull cash before you enter the fairgrounds, so you don't have to pay a bunch of ATM service fees.

What you can and can’t bring: You CAN bring a small lightweight backpack (or CamelBak), sunscreen, snacks, a point-and-shoot style camera (no professional cameras unless you have the right credentials), sharpie, cell phone, comfortable sneakers, and a hat. You CANNOT bring chains (like wallet chains), professional cameras, alcohol, recording devices, weapons, firearms, or any illegal drug substance (just a reminder in case you forget your common sense).

Band signings: Bands will have their signing times posted at their merchandise booths. So, in your spare time, check out all the booths for possible meet and greet times. Also, a lot of merch + sponsor booths give out free stuff like wristbands, sunglasses, posters, etc. If you’re looking for free stuff: any movie booth will be giving out free stuff, Trojan gives out free things (yes, condoms), Alternative Press has some limited freebies, Monster Energy usually gives out drinks, and the X96 booth will have some stuff too.

Medical Assistance: If you need medical care, look for the first aid flag at the medical booths. There will be plenty of other fun things to do Warped Tour other than watch bands. There will be slip n’ slides set up around the fairgrounds, some movie tents will show exclusive trailers, and of course you can hang out at your band's signings.

The Vans' Warped Tour is there for you to have fun, go nuts! Wear light and breathable clothing, bring plenty of water, cash, & sunscreen. Come with a good attitude and have a good time.

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Linkin Park's Surprise Warped Tour Performance Richie T |
06/23/2014 | Filed In: Linkin Park | Warped Tour | Ventura

Linkin Park's Surprise Warped Tour Performance

Yesterday (June 22, 2014), Linkin Park surprised everyone and, for the first time, performed on Warped Tour. At the Ventura, Califronia Warped Tour date, signs went on around the grounds with a surprise special announcement that Linkin Park would be taking the main stage:

Linkin Park performed a seven song set list and since it was their first time playing at the festival, they brought along a lot of Warped Tour veterans to help them out. Here are some photos from their Instagram along with a few videos from the crowd(these videos are NSFW because of language, also we apologize for the shakiness). Check out their setlist!

 

"One Step Closer" feat. Nate Barcalow of Finch:

"New Divide" feat. David Schmitt of Breathe Carolina: 

"Guilty All The Same" feat. Mike Hranica & Jeremy DePoyster of The Devil Wears Prada:

"Faint" feat. Tyler Carter and Michael Bohn of Issues:

"What I've Done" feat. Ryan Key of Yellowcard:

"A Place For My Head" feat. Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember:

"Bleed It Out" feat. Machine Gun Kelly:

Supposedly this will be their only Warped Tour date this year. However, who knows, they may perform a couple other dates and surprise people. Maybe they will do the whole tour next year!

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Jack White Wants To Be A Cotton Ball Sculplter Corey O'Brien |
05/23/2014 | Filed In: Jack White | Corey O'Brien | Lazzaretto | Interview | Dead Weather | The Dead Weather | The Racontours

Jack White Wants To Be A Cotton Ball Sculplter

So there I was two nights ago.  I was embracing my insomnia and listening to music when I forgot about this podcast I had, which I managed to keep forgetting to listen to. It was about 11:30p, so I did what anyone who wants to focus on something does: I went for a walk.  I walked from my house to the University of Utah and back down South Temple enjoying how nice the city can look when you only see its form.  The lack of detail was good, non-distracting company.  The perfect place to be to listen to my favorite musician talk about his upcoming album.

Jack White's new album will finally be released on June 10th.  It's his second solo album and there are rumors of another Racountours album along with an infrequent release of music from The Dead Weather.  And since he has a new album coming out he has been hitting the interview gauntlet pretty hard.  The one must here interview is from NPR's "All Songs Considered" where Jack breaks down some of the new songs, his songwriting, his love of studio spontaneity and his dislike for keeping things around that aren't perfect.

If you've been waiting for some new music from Mr. White and June 10th still seems too far away this interview should tide you over.

Click here and enjoy the interview.

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The Black Keys Announce Tour Dates: Salt Lake's In! Corey O'Brien |
05/08/2014 | Filed In: The Black Keys | Black Keys | Corey O'Brien | Turn Blue | Turn Blue Tour | Maverick Center | Maverik Center | November | Jake Bugg | Jake Bug | Concert Announcement

The Black Keys Announce Tour Dates: Salt Lake's In!

(Photo by Danny Clinch used with permission from Nonesuch Records)

The Black Keys, whose new album, "Turn Blue" comes out on Tuesday (and you can listen to it early by clicking here), announced the "Turn Blue World Tour" and by gosh darn, Salt Lake made the cut.  This is refreshing because The Black Keys are one of the best live bands around and because so many other bands like Nine Inch Nails and Kings of Leon have skipped us over on their recent tours (though I still light a candle they will announce SLC dates eventually).

Dan and Patrick announced their dates in a way that would make David Lynch proud.  Check out the video below and get ready for turkey season with The Black Keys on November 12th at the Maverik Center. Not to mention the excellent Jake Bugg is their opener for the Salt Lake date. Tickets go on sale May 16th. That's next Thursday, so don't go and blow all you concert ticket money this weekend.

Also, catch The Black Keys on Saturday Night Live this weekend.

Here is the video for "Fever" in case you haven't gotten around to it:

 

Here is the complete list of tour dates in case you are a superfan and want to follow them around:

May 16-18 Gulf Shores, AL Hangout Music Fest

June 20 Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany Southside Festival

June 22 Scheessel, Germany Hurricane Festival

June 24 Zagreb, Croatia Inmusic Festival

June 25 Pilton, U.K. Glastonbury

June 27 St. Gallen, Switzerland Open Air St. Gallen (sold out)

June 28 Beuningen, Holland Down The Rabbit Hole

July 2 Gdansk, Poland Open’er Festival

July 4 Pas-de-Calais, France Main Square Festival

July 5 Werchter, Belgium Festivalpark Werchter

July 6 Belfort, France Les Eurockennes

July 8 Rome, Italy Rock In Rome

July 11 Lisboa, Portugal Optimus Alive

July 12 Bilbao, Spain Bilbao – BBK Live

July 15 Nîmes, France Festival de Nîmes

July 17 Les Vieilles Charrues, France Les Vieilles Charrues

July 20 Suffolk, U.K. Latitude Festival

July 22 Nyon, Switzerland Paleo Festival

September 5 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center*

September 6 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena*

September 7 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena*

September 9 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center*

September 10 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center*

September 12 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena*

September 13 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center*

September 14 Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena*

September 16 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre*

September 18 Montreal, QC Bell Centre*

September 20 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center*

September 21 Boston, MA TD Garden*

September 24 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center*

September 25 Washington, DC Verizon Center*

September 27 Chicago, IL United Center*

October 24 Minneapolis, MN Target Center†

October 25 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre†

October 27 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome†

October 28 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place†

October 30 Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum†

October 31 Portland, OR Moda Center†

November 1 Seattle, WA KeyArena†

November 9 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl†

November 10 Phoenix, AZ U.S. Airways Center†

November 12 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center†

November 13 Denver, CO Pepsi Center†

November 15 Houston, TX Toyota Center†

November 16 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center†

December 4 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Arena‡

December 5 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena‡

December 6 Richmond, VA Richmond Colliseum‡

December 8 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena‡

December 9 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center‡

December 11 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena‡

December 12 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena‡

December 13 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena‡

December 15 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center‡

December 16 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum‡

December 17 Orlando, FL Amway Center‡

December 19 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center‡

December 20 Tulsa, OK BOK Center‡

December 21 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center‡ *with special guest Cage The Elephant †with special guest Jake Bugg ‡with special guest St. Vincent 

-Corey O'Brien

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