Saturday, July 21, 2012

Sights and Sounds: Ray Bradbury remembered at Comic-Con, Dead Sara to tour with Neon Trees and the Offspring

I'm happy to see Rock 'n' Roll Truth isn't the only music-focused site that ran a tribute to the late great author Ray Bradbury. I was at Comic-Con in San Diego last weekend, but was only able to score a ticket for Sunday so really only got to check out the floor (no RiffTrax, no PSYCH, no Star Wars, no Firefly, no Hobbit or much of anything of interest to me in terms of panels on that final day of the event).

Check out the nice post related to events (I sadly missed) regarding Ray Bradbury on Owl and the Bear here.

In music news, Dead Sara has announced a North American Tour with Neon Trees and the Offspring. Here is the media release:

Dead Sara has announced a new North American tour with renowned punk rockers The Offspring kicking off August 31st in Detroit, with Neon Trees slated to join the tour beginning September 6th in Boston. To further support the recent release of Dead Sara's self-titled debut album, the band has also added further U.S. and festival dates through the summer and into the fall including the Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles, Riot Fest in Chicago and the Epicenter Festival in Irvine. Dead Sara have been attracting major buzz for the ferocious spectacle of their high-octane live performances on The Vans Warped Tour earlier this summer.

Revolver says "the buzz around LA-based hard-rock outfit Dead Sara is reaching fever pitch" and indeed it is. The group has been earning accolades from radio and critics alike, while winning over fans coast-to-coast on previous tours with Chevelle, The Used, and now The Vans Warped Tour. Rolling Stone recalled the band "blending blues, hard rock and punk into a whirling energy," with The Village Voice going on to illustrate them as a "sort of twisted-blues hard rock that feels like the product of people really enjoying playing the shit out of their instruments," adding "If there's any justice, especially in this year when the word 'rock' signifies a genre that is in flux enough so as to be anyone's game, Dead Sara will stake their claim as a new kind of standard-bearer."

"We're super excited to have Dead Sara out on tour with us," said Dexter Holland, The Offspring. "Great players, great songs.  We'll be getting there early to see them tear it up."   

The "L.A. quartet poised to breakout nationally" this year, was recently profiled by as their debut single "Weatherman" continues to explode at radio, fast becoming the most requested song at stations across the country, and climbing its way up the charts. "Dead Sara rocks so hard they remind me of the days when alternative bands, like Soundgarden and Alice, got played on Headbangers Ball. See them, listen to the album, they never disappoint," says Julie Pilat of 98.7 KYSR. Dead Sara recently made their network television debut with a blistering, energetic performance of the single "Weatherman" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The band also performed the album cut "Sorry For It All" as an online exclusive for Jimmy Kimmel Live! View both videos now online.

Dead Sara's 11-track self-titled debut, produced by Noah Shain (Atreyu, As Tall As Lions, Sonny Moore/Skrillex), is driven by the dynamic duo of two talented young women, singer Emily Armstrong and guitarist Siouxsie Medley. The band is rounded out by bassist Chris Null and drummer Sean Friday, creating an electrifying four-piece rock band whose supercharged music is propelled by Medley's exhilarating, monster guitar riffs and Armstrong's powerful, wailing vocals. Praised for their blazing impassioned rock and catchy guitar melodies, Dead Sara embody everything you want from a young, hungry, unpredictable and enigmatic rock band.


DATE                                    VENUE                                                CITY/STATE
August 11                        Birch Run Expo Center                 Birch Run, MI
(WWBN Dirt Fest featuring: Clutch, Chiodos, In This Moment, Hurt, Royal Bliss and more)

August 18                        Sunset Strip Music Festival          Los Angeles, CA
(with Marilyn Manson, The Offspring, Steve Aoki, Bad Religion, De La Soul, Black Label Society and more)

August 23                        Knitting Factory/KQXR show        Boise, ID
August 24                        Knitting Factory/KHTQ show        Spokane, WA
August 30                        On The Waterfront Festival           Rockford, IL         w/The Offspring
August 31                        The Fillmore                                Detroit, MI            w/The Offspring
September 2                    Echo Beach (MCA)                      Toronto, ON          w/The Offspring
September 6                    House of Blues                            Boston, MA          w/The Offspring, Neon Trees
September 8                    Sands Bethlehem Events Ctr.       Bethlehem, PA     w/The Offspring, Neon Trees
September 9                    Stone Pony Summer Stage          Asbury Park, NJ   w/The Offspring, Neon Trees
September 11                  Lupo's                                         Providence, RI     w/The Offspring, Neon Trees
September 14                  Congress Theatre/Riot Fest          Chicago, IL
September 15                  DC101 Kerfuffle                           Bristow, VA
(with The Offspring, Sublime with Rome, Garbage, Anberlin, and Foxy Shazam)

September 15                   The Fillmore/WEND show           Charlotte, NC
September 19                   Terminal 5                                 New York, NY        w/The Offspring, Neon Trees
September 20                   Terminal 5                                 New York, NY        w/The Offspring, Neon Trees
September 22                   Verizon Wireless                        Irvine, CA
(Epicenter Festival featuring: Stone Temple Pilots, Deftones, Bush, Scars on Broadway, Chevelle and more)

September 27                   Fillmore Auditorium                     Denver, CO          w/The Offspring, Neon Trees
September 29                   Gallivan Center/X96 Show           Salt Lake City, UT
October 2                         San Jose Event Center               San Jose, CA
November 10                    London Alexandra Palace            London, UK          w/Vans Warped Tour
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