Staff Picks – March 2015


  • Interview: Forever Came Calling


    On the opening night of their tour supporting pop-punk up and comers Real Friends, with additional support from Mixtapes and Pentimento, vocalist/guitarst Joseph Candelaria of the Twentynine Palms, CA, pop-punk quartet Forever Came Calling spoke with Mind Equals Blown about their current tour and their summer on Warped Tour, as well as look ahead at new material for 2014. MEB:…

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  • State Champs: The Finer Things

    State Champs

    As of late, my interest in the pop-punk genre has started to diminish. Though it was the style that would initially fuel my interest in alternative music back in my early high school days – I immediately attached to bands like Blink 182, Green Day and New Found Glory, later focusing my attention to bands…

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  • Into It. Over It.: Intersections

    Into It Over It

    There’s no denying it: Evan Weiss has kept himself busy over the past few years. As one of alternative music’s most lovable examples of the modern day emo-revival, as well as the DIY style of music promotion, Weiss has found success with a bevy of musical projects since he started to work on his own…

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  • Best of Fall Tours 2013

    Best Fall Tours 2013

    As the autumn season fast approaches, a number of changes begin to take place. The leaves begin to change, the air gets colder and Starbucks adds a bevy of pumpkin-flavored drinks to their menu – just to name a handful. However, when everything’s taken into consideration, our personal favorite part of autumn would have to…

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  • Riot Fest Chicago Set Times Posted

    Riot Fest Chicago - Promo

    The Scoop: The set times for Riot Fest Chicago were just posted on the official Riot Fest website, as well as on sponsoring site Property of Zack. Headliners Fall Out Boy, Blink 182 and The Replacements will close out the weekend’s Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, respectively, with little to no conflict. The full three-day schedule…

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  • Soundwave 2014: First Wave of Bands Announced

    Promo For Bands Without Promos

    The Scoop: The first wave of bands was announced tonight on the official Soundwave 2014 Facebook page, and the line-up already showcases a little bit of everything. Headliners include Green Day, Avenged Sevenfold and Stone Temple Pilots with new vocalist Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. Fifty bands total were announced, which can be seen below: Green Day…

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  • Single Review: State Champs’ “Elevated”

    State Champs

    In today’s furious race for pop-punk supremacy, the genre currently stands in an interesting place. It certainly doesn’t need defending anymore, that’s for sure. With indie acts starting to move out of VFW halls and basements, bands like The Wonder Years, Man Overboard, The Story So Far and Transit are all making household names for…

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  • Interview: Real Friends

    Real Friends - Interview

    On the opening night of their headlining tour with support from Candy Hearts, Stickup Kid and Modern Baseball in Howell, MI, Kyle Fasel, bassist of Chicago, IL pop-punk quintet Real Friends, spoke with Mind Equals Blown about their first stint on Warped Tour and the band’s new EP, addressed lyrical criticisms, and looked at their…

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