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by Kristi Lee // Wednesday, May 28, 2008 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

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A Skylit Drive's debut album Wires And The Concept Of Breathing made a splash on the charts today, debuting at #9 on Billboard's New Artist Chart and #171 on Billboard's Top 200! The album was released on Tragic Hero records in conjunction with Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group.

If you dig bands like Coheed & Cambira or Underoath, this is a band you should definitely check out! A Skylit Drive will hit the road in June on a co-headlining tour with electro-metal buzz band and recent Equal Vision Records signees Sky Eats Airplane; full list of dates is below.

A Skylit Drive play layered and dynamic rock with heavy arrangements, keyboards and unique melodic vocals. Speaking on the album, vocalist Michael Jagmin says, "We came up with the lyrics together, it's very fantasy based like alien invasions and heroic knight tales. We're all basically dorks at heart and instead of writing songs about being sad like a lot of groups today, we wanted songs that would make us smile later." The album was recorded at Warrior Sound in Raleigh, NC by Mitchel Marlow and Al Jacobs (Filter, He Is Legend) and produced by Jamie King (Between the Buried & Me). There's an apparent musical growth & sophistication since the band's inaugural EP She Watched The Sky (2007).

The members of A Skylit Drive met when they were in high school two years ago in Lodi, CA - a small town 45 minutes outside of Sacramento. Kyle Simmons (keyboard), Nick Miller (guitar), Brian White (bass, vocals) and Joey Wilson (guitar) all went to school together and they brought in outsiders Cory LaQuay (drums, vocals) and Michael Jagmin (Vocals) to round out the rest of the lineup. Kyle recalls, "We didn't take this too seriously at first, it was just fun, we would play shows within a three hour radius of where we lived and started to draw more and more kids and get better and better shows. We got serious when we contacted Tragic Hero Records and they loved the songs and signed us." Completing several national tours, the band have played with such artists as: Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Alesana, Four Letter Lie, Dance Gavin Dance, Pierce The Veil, From First To Last and Bless The Fall.

Confirmed A Skylit Drive Tour Dates:
5/31/08 Bakersfield, CA Stramler Park - ROCKIN ROOTS FEST
w/SKY EATS AIRPLANE, BREATHE CAROLINA
6/26/08 Las Vegas, Nevada Jillian's
6/28/08 St. George, Utah The Electric Theatre
6/29/08 Salt Lake City, Utah The Ritz
6/30/08 Grand Junction, Colorado VFW Hall
7/1/08 Colorado Springs, Colorado Black Sheep
7/2/08 Wichita, Kansas Eagles Lodge
7/3/08 Tulsa, Oklahoma The Crush Lounge
7/5/08 Austin, Texas Emo's Alternative Lounge
7/6/08 McAllen, Texas South Texas College
7/8/08 Mobile, Alabama The HI-C
7/9/08 Pensacola, Florida American Legion Post 33
7/10/08 Jacksonville, Florida Jack Rabbits
7/11/08 Douglasville, Georgia The 7 Venue
7/12/08 Wilmington, North Carolina The Soapbox
7/13/08 Raleigh, North Carolina The Brewery
7/15/08 S. Hackensack, NJ School of Rock
7/16/08 Danbury, Connecticut Billy Baloney's Upstairs
7/17/08 Buffalo, New York Xtreme Wheels
7/18/08 Syracuse, New York Lost Horizon
7/19/08 Pontiac, Michigan Eagle Theatre at the Crofoot Ballroom
7/20/08 Highland, Indiana Bean Counters
7/22/08 Evansville, Indiana Boney Junes
7/23/08 Joplin, Missouri The Foundry Music Theatre
7/25/08 Carson City, NV The Warehouse

by Kristi Lee // Wednesday, May 28, 2008 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

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This is posted on the Smashing Pumpkins website:

To celebrate the band's 20th anniversary, The Smashing Pumpkins will be playing select U.S. cities in August and September of 2008.

No dates or cities have been announced but expect the band to revisit a few specific places that were missed during the last U.S. tour...

Roxwel will keep you posted!

by Kristi Lee // Tuesday, May 27, 2008 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

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Coldplay have announced plans to play 10 dates across the UK!!

Coldplay's UK tour dates are:

Birmingham NIA (December 1 & 2)
Glasgow SECC (December 5 & 6)
Sheffield Arena (December 7)
Liverpool Echo Arena (December10)
Manchester MEN Arena (December 11 & 12)
London O2 Arena (December 14 & 15)

by Kristi Lee // Friday, May 23, 2008 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

The relentlessly touring Dunedin, New Zealand trio Die! Die! Die! has launched yet more U.S. tour dates, this time with Detroit garage rockers The Von Bondies throughout May. While the energetic trio can't be everywhere at once (though if you've ever seen their live show, they certainly try) the band has posted a new video HERE. The cleverly animated clip is for the song "Sideways, Here We Come" off Die! Die! Die!'s recently released epic Promises, Promises.

Die! Die! Die! was recently featured on the cover of CMJ New Music Report and earned considerable praise in Alternative Press, Spin, Paper Thin Walls and more. As if that weren't enough excitement, Die! Die! Die! was also recently chosen as one of the highly-sought-after featured artists on MySpace.com, resulting in the band receiving tens of thousands of plays for select songs culled from Promises, Promises.

Die! Die! Die! has been compared to an intriguing mix of bands, including ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Wire, Sonic Youth and kiwi faves like Bailter Space and The Clean. The boys in the band -- vocalist/guitarist Andrew Wilson, drummer Michael Prain and bassist Lachlan Anderson -- traveled to Chicago two years ago to cut its first self-titled release with Steve Albini in a brick basement (responsible for some of the greatest records of all time). Needless to say, this record sent the trio on a whirlwind series of countless tours (supporting Blood Brothers, Wire, Slint and Wolfmother) and gained it considerable world wide notoriety which no band from their native Dunedin, New Zealand had seen since the Dunedin sound heyday of the 80's.

In August 2007, Die! Die! Die! recorded Promises, Promises with popular New Zealand songwriter Shayne Carter producing. The record was engineered by Kevin Mcmahon in upstate New York in The Walkmen's Marcata studio.

Reminiscent of the spirit and sounds of Black Flag, The Pixies, The Wipers, Wire, and Bailter Space, Die! Die! Die! delivers an unfiltered and powerful stage show. The band's relentless tour schedule and onstage antics has earned it a reputation as one of the most energetic and hardest working bands around. Shows for Die! Die! Die! go on with fearless and confident delivery. In a wild fit, Wilson occasionally removes his guitar (with microphone in hand) to enter the crowd. This is a most effective way of dissolving the invisible crowd/performer boundary as Prain and Anderson keep the pummeling rhythms flowing without missing a beat.

The trio embodies a vitality that has long since made its way into the recent rock and punk circuits. There isn't a rehearsed set of messages or stage antics, no glitter, no make-up, no phony sass. Cutting to the quick, Die! Die! Die!'s songs and live delivery are nothing short of awe-inspiring. These three are on the forefront of a new revolution without the aid of gimmicks or pretense.

Cathartic, direct, indispensable. You will know the sound as Die! Die! Die!

Quotes From The Press:

"This trio has called Dundedin and Auckland their home but are in actual fact more like confrontational musical nomads plying a situationist international inspired lifestyle and calling it a band. The fact that they can make a simply brilliant noise along the way has been duly noted by fans around the world." - CMJ

"This hit the player and eye's shot up! Totally in your face, like they're playing vaccum cleaners, and their vicious, spare, distorto-punding and vocals are hair rasing like a splatter film." - The Big Takeover

"Willful dissonance is often the terrain of effete art rockers, but Die! Die! Die! pull it off with cool aplomb, recalling the abrasive hypnotism of mid career Sonic Youth and the noisy vigor of Jesus Lizard." - The Sentimentalist

"This first full-length from New Zealand's Die! Die! Die! is a shattered, angular masterpiece of animal instincts and serrated edges." - Exclaim!

"...full of an indescribable power and beauty." - Chord Magazine

"Play this record to really f***ing appreciate your own dull ache, to wallow in the disaster of your own creating - and secretly enjoy every last wail." - Plan B

Die! Die! Die! On Tour:
w/ The Von Bondies

05/23 Los Angeles, CA @ Safari Sam's
05/24 Santa Cruz, CA @ Cafe Pergolesi
05/25 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
05/27 Portland, OR @ Dante's
05/28 Seattle, WA @ High Dive
05/30 Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub
05/31 Vancouver, BC @ Richard's on Richards