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Sam talks NBT with Barns Courtney

  • 11:21 am Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 by Sam

Barns Courtney is going to be one of the must-see sets on Sunday at NBT. He’s an upcoming artist with a truly incredible story. Courtney just released his debut album in September, ‘The Attractions of Youth’, and explained to me that it really tells the story of him coming up from his lowest of lows (being dropped by a label) to his highest and best moments now. How low is low? We’re talking living like a hobo couch surfing in places like abandoned retirement homes! Yeah, he’s got some pretty insane stories. 

Portugal. The Man break record for most weeks at No. 1 on Alternative charts with ‘Feel It Still’

  • 11:12 am Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 by Sam

Big congrats are in order for one of our #97XNBT bands Portugal. The Man! Their hit song ‘Feel it Still’ just broke the record for the most weeks at #1 on the Billboard Alternative  Songs Chart with 20 weeks.

Sam talks NBT with MAGIC GIANT

  • 10:58 am Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 by Sam

Magic Giant performed at BBQ with us in May and absolutely killed it! They have an insane energy on stage that completely took over the crowd in Vinoy Park. That said, when planning the #97XNBT lineup we couldn’t NOT bring these dudes back!! 

Sam talks NBT with Zach from Portugal. The Man

  • 3:02 pm Monday, November 27th, 2017 by Sam

Probably one of my FAVORITE interviews ever! Portugal. The Man will be performing at #97XNBT this Sunday December 3rd so bassist Zach Carothers called in to chat about it! Of course we didn’t just talk NBT. We had to discuss the wild success of ‘Feel It Still’ and how it is skyrocketed them to a completely new level in their career.

Paramore release new video for ‘Fake Happy’

  • 12:46 pm Monday, November 27th, 2017 by Sam

Hayley Williams prances through the streets of New York surrounded by ‘Fake Happy’ faces in the new video. The bands own Zac Farro directed the video which was just released last week. The upside-down smiley faces which surround her have become somewhat synonymous with the song and their latest album After Laughter.  

Panic! At The Disco Releasing New Live Album, ‘All My Friends, We’re Glorious”

  • 2:02 pm Monday, November 20th, 2017 by Sam

Panic! At The Disco’s Death of a Bachelor tour was probably one of the biggest and best tours of 2017 and lucky for us we can now re-live it over and over again!!!! The band just announced the release of All My Friends, We’re Glorious, a 21-track album throughout the tour. Release date is going to be December 15th with both digital and limited edition vinyl versions but you’ll be able to pre-order starting November 21st here.


Here’s the track list!

1. Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time
2. LA Devotee
3. Ready To Go (Get Me Out Of [More]

Dashboard Confessional drop new single, announce first album since 2009

  • 3:25 pm Thursday, November 16th, 2017 by Sam

Our emo dreams CAME TRUE! They’re back! Chris Carrabba and the dudes of Dashboard Confessional are making their return to the music scene with a new single and album. Under their new label, Fueled By Ramen, Dashboard Confessional released ‘We Fight’ yesterday and announced that the album Crooked Shadows will be out February 9th. This will be the first for the band since 2009’s Alter the Ending.

Just announced: 2018 will be the final cross-country run for Warped Tour

  • 4:30 pm Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 by Sam

For a lot of us it was the first place we crowd-surfed, met our favorite band, poured sweat in the pit all day, and it was always perfect. Vans Warped Tour will sadly take on it’s final cross-country run in 2018. Founder Kevin Lyman shared the statement today and punk rock hearts broke everywhere. He did say this would only be the end of the “full, cross-country” run, so perhaps we can hope it will simply take on a smaller form. But we can only wait and see. 😦  

Fort De Soto Beach is covered in millions of snails

  • 3:04 pm Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 by Sam

The reason they are here is still unclear but millions of Cerith snails have washed up on Fort De Soto beach. At first you may think the sand is covered by a sea of black pebbles but nope, those are snails. 

Watch AWOLNATION’s inspiring new video for ‘Passion’

  • 1:25 pm Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 by Sam

‘Passion’ is the first single off the forthcoming AWOLNATION album Here Come The Runts, due out February 2nd. The video, released last week follows a day in the life of Og de Souza, a Brazilian skateboarder who lost the use of his legs as a child due to Polio. Souza cruises through the city and shreds at a beach side skate park all the awhile carrying a heart-warming smile. Lead singer Aaron Bruno tells Billboard, “Og has a such an amazing passion for life, positivity and, of course, skating, It’s an inspiration to me and what he does is a great example of how to overcome obstacles in life through your passion. I know music has saved my life on more than one occasion. It’s an honor for us that he wanted to be a part of this video and share some of his life together.”