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Aficionado: a person who likes, knows about, and appreciates a usually fervently pursued interest or activity. Based on the definition, I am sure the band Aficionado know many people who are exactly like this towards their music… the same music that can be found on their self-titled effort, released in 2011 via No Sleep Records.

There seems to be growing popularity amongst many contemporary hardcore bands to take influence from a lot of emo and scream bands from the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Xerxes is an example of a group that takes influence from acts like Comadre and the early works of Envy. However, they do so while maintaining the heavy crunch of many of today’s hardcore bands. There newest LP Our Home is a Deathbed is a great example of a blend of the two styles.

Following the kick off of his series of dates on the “Where’s The Band? Tour” (featuring Chris Conley, Matt Pryor, Anthony Raneri and Ace Enders) and the announcement of his appearance on the upcoming “Glamour Kills Clothing Tour”, featuring The Wonder Years, Polar Bear Club, Transit, The Story So Far and A Loss For Words, Chicago songwriter Evan Weiss aka Into It. Over It. has premiered the video for his new song “No Good Before Noon” HERE. The song appears on Weiss’ critically acclaimed debut full length album ‘Proper,’ out now on No Sleep Records.

In support of his debut album ‘Proper’ out September 27th on No Sleep Records, Chicago-based songwriter Into It. Over It. (aka Evan Thomas Weiss) has premiered his new single “Write It Right” exclusively at his Facebook page. The new track features guest vocals from Nathan Ellis of The Casket Lottery and can be heard in exchange for a in exchange for a “like” on the artist’s page.

La Dispute’s ‘Wildlife,’ the follow-up to their 2008 LP ‘Somewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between Vega And Altair,’ is a nearly 60-minute musical examination of the twenty something search for purpose; an exploration of the struggles that confront, damage, and redefine us inevitably in life through 14 tracks of new material. Set up as a collection of unpublished short stories complete with the author’s notes and sectioned thematically by four monologues, ‘Wildlife’ discusses…

I got the opportunity to chat with Jordan at the Mod Club in Toronto. The lights were dim and the venue was a quiet hush of preparation hours before the show. Jordan’s a well spoken guy who delves deeply into the semantics and process of music writing. With his strong interest in literature and the spoken word, La Dispute is unique in its lyrics and exposition of sound and voice. Reflecting the substance of the lyrics with instrumentals, and intertwining both to tell a passionate story with interchangeable narratives.