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I really like music and video-games. I really like pizza and other Italian food. I really like Picnik. I really like Justin Bieber. I really think I can make it far in life.

Squid the Whale

This past Sunday I had the opportunity to see a great show in Cleveland, OH at “Now That’s Class”. The headlining band was an extremely talented group of guys from Michigan. Their name was Squid the Whale. The band made their presence known the second they stepped on the stage, which was a refreshing change from the previous acts because they all seemed to blur together for me. Despite the size of the stage, Squid the Whale had no trouble moving around like a bunch of guys that were having a blast. That passion and excitement was then  emulated by the audience.

Unlike most shows, Squid the Whale’s sound was amazingly clear and could easily be understood and enjoyed. Frontman, Brad Walden’s voice sounded incredible. Bassist, Dan Mataczynski had as much energy as a hardcore punk rocker, which is a terrible comparison… oh well. Guitarist, Brandon Kubiac was an artist, concentrating on hitting all of the right notes (he nailed every single one, by the way). Drummer, Jonathan Wagoner shot out incredible beats throughout the show and flaunted bloody hands to show how hard he worked.

After the show, my friends and I got to hangout with the guys. They’re very fun people to be with and if you ever have the chance, I’d strongly recommend striking up a conversation with them!

Squid the Whale’s new EP, “New War.” is out now. Go listen to it on Spotify and buy it! Below are some links to help you better understand and help out Squid the Whale.

Official Website


(Picture courtesy of Transcribed In Audio)

Oh, Sleeper posts new song and artwork

Oh, Sleeper have released a new song off of their upcoming album “Children of Fire”. This new song, “Endseekers”, can be streamed on their Facebook page. Below is the artwork for the album.

The Graduate to release farewell DVD

Many of you may not know this, but Illinois-based alt-rock band, The Graduate, are breaking up. The band announced that they would be recording their last 4 shows and putting these videos on the DVD. Not only will it show concert footage, but it will also include interviews with the band and fans at shows and all of their music videos. Below are The Graduate’s final four shows.

August 13th: St. Louis

August 19th: Springfield, IL

August 20th: Quincy, IL

August 27th: Chicago


Mayday Parade single

Mayday Parade announced that they will be releasing a brand new single tomorrow morning (Wednesday, July 27) exclusively at Alternative Press. I’m under the assumption that the song has “Oh Well” in the title. The band has asked fans to spread the love all over Twitter by getting their new song trending. #Ohwellohwell.

Cartel releases single

Georgia-based pop-rock band, Cartel, just released a single last night on iTunes. The track is titled “Lessons in Love”. I can honestly say that this new song is typical Cartel, however, with that said, I can also say that their talent is not retrograding. This band is still one of the best in the scene, and it looks like they plan on staying that way for quite some time. In unrelated news, their bassist, Jeff Lett, has indeed left the band. There were no hard feelings with his departure since he left to finish off school.

That’s Outrageous!: “Teenage Scream” tracklisting and review

Hate your ex-girlfriend? Like hardcore music? Then Teenage Scream is for you!

That’s Outrageous! is one of Rise Records’ newest additions to the family. Their debut album, “Teenage Scream”, could easily be described as ‘electronicore’. For fans of the genre, Teenage Scream is a must have for your music library. Even those that aren’t fans of the genre could find something in the album that they find interesting. With angelic singing infused with goosebump-inducing screams and breakdowns, That’s Outrageous! could easily make their way to the top of the music scene very quickly.

  1.  The Poughkeepsie Tapes
  2. Headshot At the Ballet Recital
  3. Teenage Scream
  4. #Winning
  5. Star 69
  6. So, I’m Thinking of Starting a Clothing Line…
  7. Is It 2012 Yet?
  8. The New York Chainsaw Massacre
  9. Re: Why I Killed My Girlfriend
  10. What Happens In Azeroth, Stays In Azeroth

More Amor music video: “Like Monday”

Below is California pop duet, More Amor’s, music video for their song “Like Monday” off of their latest EP, ‘Thanks?’.

Amy Winehouse Dead

Earlier today, British pop superstar, Amy Winehouse, was found dead in her London home by police at the age of 27. I’ll leave it up to you to decide what words this situation deserves, but if you would like to voice your opinion, TMZ has a poll about various Winehouse events and such. Click here to view these poll questions.

Zac Mayfield drum lessons

Oh, Sleeper has announced that in the next coming week, their drummer, Zac Mayfield, will be posting video lessons on drumming and Oh, Sleeper play-alongs. In order to view these nifty videos add him on Facebook and Twitter.

CurbsideAudio Presents: Shut Up and Deal

Hey all! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything… actually, it’s been a while since ANYONE has posted anything. With Jake and Kriston gone that leaves pretty much just myself and Brandon to keep up the blog. Yes, the posting has been slow, but we always have it in the back of our minds.

After visiting the 2011 Vans Warped Tour yesterday in Cleveland, and sitting in on an EIY (Earn It Yourself) meeting with tour owner/founder Kevin Lyman, my eyes were opened. From hearing various speeches by Kevin, Shut Up and Deal’s lead vocalist, Joe Heafy, and many other “behind-the-scenes” people of Warped, I discovered that being in the music business isn’t the easiest thing. You can’t just say that you love music; you can’t just say that you want to go somewhere in the music industry; you can’t just say that you want to do something musical. You actually have to go out and do those things. And this is me going out and doing what needs to be done.


After hearing Joe talk, I thought it would be a great idea to go see his band, who was playing at the Kia Kevin Says Stage later that day. I honestly couldn’t believe how great they were! A completely independent band that sounded incredible and had great stage presence and a charismatic personality to match. They really are worth the time to take a listen to a song or two. If you like pop-punk, or, in my case, like pop-punk bands, then Shut Up and Deal is just for you! They recently released an album entitled “This One’s For Me”.

Shut Up and Deal Myspace

Shut Up and Deal Facebook

Shut Up and Deal Twitter

1. Just So You Know

2. Learning How To Lose

3. Dangerous

4. Someday, Somewhere

5. Sink or Swim

6. Anything and Everything

7. Not Shipwrecked, Not Quite Yet