YELLOWCARD with support from Mayday Parade, Anberlin, This Wild Life, and Emo Night Brooklyn
Yellowcard became one of the most successful alternative bands of the 2000s with its unique use of violin in their pop punk sound. The band released an acoustic reinterpretation of their seminal 2003 album Ocean Avenue in August 2013, completing a worldwide concert stretch with shows in Australia, Europe and the U.K. and is set to tour the U.S. in 2014. After putting out two albums in Florida, core members Ryan Key, Sean Mackin and Longineu W. Parsons relocated to Los Angeles in 2000 and released their third album One for the Kids in 2011, following it up with The Underdog EP in 2002. The band signed with Capitol Records that year and began recording their major-label debut, resulting in the release of their fourth album Ocean Avenue in July 2003, which peaked at No. 23 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and sold over two million copies with its hit single "Ocean Avenue." Next up was 2006's Lights and Sounds, as well as 2007's Paper Walls, which debuted at No. 13 on the U.S. Billboard 200. They played for ticket holders in support of Blue October and Linkin Park that year, before announcing a hiatus that would span 2008 to 2010. They returned with When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes in March 2011 and played shows in Europe and the U.S. In 2012, Yellowcard joined the Vans Warped Tour and released their critically acclaimed eighth album Southern Air in August, debuting at No. 10 on the Billboard 200.
With 2013's Monster in the Closet, pop punkers Mayday Parade scored their first Top 10 album on the Billboard 200 and earned praise for what critics called their most emotionally accessible release to date. Drawing comparisons to Queen for its intricate vocal harmonies and guitar work, Monsters deals with life's big diary-worthy questions on anthemic singles "Ghosts" and "Girls," while exploring new territory on the country-influenced "Angels" and piano ballad "Even Robots Need Blankets." Hailing from Tallahassee, Florida, the band recorded their 2007 debut before they'd even selected a band name. After settling on Mayday Parade, they went on to release Anywhere But Here in 2009 and a self-titled third album in 2011. The band earned rave reviews for their live concerts on the 2013 Glamour Kills Tour, impressing ticket buyers with their flawless precision and their generous sets featuring both old and new songs.
Beloved Christian rock outfit Anberlin announced that their 2014 album and tour would be their last, meaning fans have one last chance to see them in action. The band has been a scene mainstay for more than a decade with their anthemic alt rock sound, topping the Christian Albums Chart four consecutive times with taut albums like 2008's New Surrender and 2012's Vital. The band's final album, 2014's Lowborn, will be accompanied by The Final Tour, a decisively titled last hurrah for the veteran rockers. Seeing Anberlin on their farewell tour may be bittersweet, but it will also be unforgettable -- the band has promised to pull out all the stops, treating fans to career-spanning sets that will include favorites like "Feel Good Drag" and "Impossible".
This Wild Life
Never underestimate the waves two guys with guitars can make. Though This Wild Life originally formed in 2010 as a pop-punk group, singer-songwriters Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso quickly realized they worked better as an acoustic duo, so they scaled it back and cut away from the rest of their colleagues. Coming out of Long Beach, California, the passionate rockers would all but blow up in 2013, when they uploaded a cover of metalcore heroes Bring Me the Horizon's "Sleepwalking" to their YouTube channel; Bring Me the Horizon themselves liked the cover, and the rest was history. This Wild Life signed to Epitaph Records (the same label that gave BMTH their start in the U.S.) shortly after, releasing the acclaimed 'Clouded,' which was full of intimate and vibrant tunes reminiscent of Death Cab for Cutie's and American Football's quieter songs. Produced by Copeland's Aaron Marsh--a significant boon for the band's cred--'Clouded' led to the band being featured on the Alternative Press' "100 Bands You Need to Know in 2014" list. In 2018, This Wild Life released their buoyant third LP, 'Petaluma,' a solid step forward for the group toward their emo ideals.
This Wild Life's journey has been laden with numerous great performances and impressive tours--their live shows wrangle their music's essence into a perfect (and perfectly intimate) experience. Right off the bat, they were booked at Vans Warped Tour 2011, going on to perform at the event numerous times thereafter. In 2014, they headlined their first U.K. tour, while later that year they gave performances in Australia for the first time, supporting Jonny Craig. Additionally, they gained some worldwide exposure with their arresting performance of "Roots and Branches" on Season 10 of "The Bachelorette." In 2015 and 2018, they toured with rock group Mayday Parade.