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Dec 3, 2017 – 10:00 AM

  • Walk the Moon
  • Portugal. The Man
  • Vance Joy
  • Paramore

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Walk the Moon: “It’s okay to play,” insists Nicholas Petricca, lead singer, songwriter, and keyboardist of Ohio quartet Walk the Moon. It’s a hard point to argue after a listen to the lead single off their album I Want! I Want!, dance-rock extravaganza “Anna Sun.” I Want! I Want! has you dancing quickly. Very quickly. So it is no surprise that the response to the band has been just as immediate. Surrounding a reactive SXSW appearance, the band has already been featured as Nylon Magazine’s Band Crush, as a Hot New Band by SPIN Magazine, as a New York Post band “You Must Know,” and in the Spotlight of Last Call with Carson Daly. Walk the Moon is poised for an explosive rise.

Walk the Moon shows are nothing short of electric. Petricca, with bassist Kevin Ray, guitarist Eli Maiman and drummer Sean Waugaman, (all Ohio natives) streak, dot and smear their faces in paint before every performance. Eager crowds predictably join in the fun and by the end, even the most staunch skeptics are in the colorful mix. Respected regulars in the Cincinnati and Columbus club scenes, the boys, all in their early twenties, have garnered notable respect from fans and bands alike in their first few ventures to major markets. Walk the Moon combine impressive musicianship with what the New York Post deems their “unrestrainable love for performing.” It is a truly contagious mix.

Matching what NME’s Jaimie Hodgson called “air strike choruses” with careful songwriting, Walk the Moon are dynamic - noticeably more than a “buzz band.” They cite Talking Heads, The Police and The Killers as inspiration, both in writing and performing, not to mention a tribute to Bowie with a thumping rendition of “Let’s Dance.” I Want! I Want! is thoughtful and youthful at once, a perfect reflection of the band. Walk the Moon may very soon grow out of the clubs they play now (they’ve already sold out in advance of their first headlining New York show), but they are a band you don’t want to grow up all the way. After all, they possess an enviable spirit, one devoted to just plain having fun. And who doesn’t like fun?

Portugal. The Man: Portugal. The Man has successfully brought back psychedelic rock to mainstream music, both through acclaimed festival tour dates and on albums like their latest major label debut, In the Mountain, In the Cloud. Portugal. The Man is also becoming well known for their diligent touring and recording schedule, having released 12 albums and EPs in the past six years. The band is also going on months worth of domestic and international tour dates in 2011, to the delight of fans who have come to expect this level of attention from these rising talents.

Portugal. The Man began as a side project for lead singer and guitarist John Gourley. The band began receiving widespread recognition after the release of their second album, Church Mouth, which afforded Portugal. The Man with their first headlining tour dates in the US and Europe. It was all down hill from there, as their next four albums would experience great reviews and a positive response from audiences. 2009's The Satanic Satanist received particular attention, as it was their first album to include pre-production and was praised for its sound.

Portugal. The Man's freshly released In the Mountain, In the Cloud marks the band's major label debut. Those critics that have heard the album in advance have already given it great reviews, and the fan hype has built to a fever pitch. Portugal. The Man has already been performing months worth of tour dates in 2011, and will continue to do so for months after the album's release. While there are too many concerts to name, the band will be traveling around the world, performing solo shows and at festivals until they end their 2011 tour dates on December 4.

Paramore: Before they were rockstars selling-out concert dates to thousands of screaming fans, they began as a garage band from Tennessee. Paramore is the premier pop punk band to rise to power in recent years, filling a gap left by Blink-182's many hiatuses. The group has become a huge success thanks to an accessible punk sound fronted by the sometimes fierce, sometimes melodic vocals of Hayley Williams. Paramore broke onto the mainstream music scene with their 2007 album, Riot!, which featured the hit single "Misery Business" and their concert dates are becoming a huge draw. With the announcement of a new album currently in the works, Paramore can currently be found on a number of concert dates, including tour dates on the 2011 Vans Warped Tour.

While the success of Paramore can be attributed to each and every member of the band, the group's formation revolves heavily around a thirteen year-old Hayley Williams. Williams moved to Franklin, Tennessee at the onset of her teen years, soon befriending schoolmates Josh and Zac Farro. She was soon signed to Atlantic Records as a solo pop artist. Williams refused and the label brought in the already formed Paramore, including the Josh Farro on lead guitar, Zac Farro on drums, Davis on bass, and Williams' neighbor Jason Bynum on play rhythm guitar.

Shortly before recording their debut album, Jeremy Davis left Paramore due to reasons that have never been fully revealed; however, he returned shortly after the release of the album. Distraught over the loss of their bassist, the remaining members of Paramore titled the album All We Know Is Falling after the incident. Shortly after the release of the album, Jason Bynum left the band and was replaced by Hunter Lamb, who would later be replaced by original rhythm guitarist Taylor York. While sales of their debut album weren't astronomical, it allowed Paramore to headline a number of sold-out concert dates.

Paramore's mainstream success came with the release of their second album, Riot!, in 2007. Riot! went platinum inside of a year as well as the hit single "Misery Business," with the album's other singles -- "Crushcrushcrush," "Hallelujah," and "That's What You Get" -- becoming successful on the radio and television. The success of the album provided the members of Paramore with plenty of concert dates on the Warped Tour in 2007, as well as loads of airtime on MTV. Paramore released their third album, Brand New Eyes, in 2009, which reached #2 on the Billboard 200 and sold 175,000 copies in the first week alone, far exceeding the release of their previous album. However, the continued focus on Williams as the leader became too much for the Farro brothers, and they departed Paramore in late 2010. That hasn't stopped Paramore from recording, or rocking huge tour dates in 2011.

Paramore announced in March of 2011 that they had returned to the studio and are working on more material, but there is no confirmation of an album yet. While fans might have to wait several months for the release of any new tunes, they won't have to wait long at all to see Paramore on tour dates in 2011. The band will head to Sweden and Finland in early July before playing concert dates in Portugal and Spain. Paramore will begin a handful of Warped Tour 2011 tour dates beginning on July 14, before kicking off a series of Hawaiian concert dates in late August. Even with two founding members gone, fans shouldn't count out the continued success of Paramore.

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