January 14, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC - idobi Radio is proud to announce the lineup for the first annual idobi Meltdown Festival, taking place March 9, 2013 at the Fillmore in Washington, DC. Circa Survive and Minus The Bear will co-headline the festival as part of their just-announced winter trek across the US. Support for the event comes from some of the strongest established and up-and-coming acts in the scene today: I Am The Avalanche, The Menzingers, Kevin Devine, Vinnie Caruana, The Front Bottoms, Now, Now, Koji, Diamond Youth, Coasta, Laura Stevenson & The Cans, Markets & Dwellers, The Soviet, Brick+Mortar, and more to be announced!
Presale tickets for the festival are available now for a limited-time price of $25 at livenation.com. Special pricing ends on Wednesday, January 16 when general admission tickets go live for $27. VIP ticket packages offer up the full festival experience. The $50 VIP ticket package includes: 1 general admission ticket, full access to the exclusive VIP lounge with free snacks and drinks, an early access pass, an official idobi Meltdown t-shirt, VIP tour laminate, and more! See full ticket information at idobimeltdown.com. UPDATE: Both GA and VIP Presale Tickets have SOLD OUT.
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Circa Survive is an experimental rock band consisting of former Saosin vocalist Anthony Green and members of the now-defunct This Day Forward, including guitarists Brendan Ekstrom and Colin Frangicetto. Compared to the sound of Green's former group, the music of Circa Survive taps a different musical influence for Green, who cites Paul Simon, dredg, and Björk among later artists who have more influence on his vocal stylings in Circa Survive which are comparatively less aggressive, as well as his songwriting.
After going back to his hometown of Philadelphia for a dental appointment, Anthony Green went back to the airport to return to California and his Saosin mates. However, he suddenly had an epiphany - that despite the fact that Saosin was close to breaking out, he knew he would be miserable if he returned. To him, Saosin was "a girl that you had great sex with, yet had little in common with," as Green himself affectionately said. He returned to Colin Frangicetto, a friend who he had "jammed" with during his stay, and they decided to begin recording and recruiting. Thus, Circa Survive was born.
Colin Frangicetto and Anthony Green, with full support from Equal Vision Records, then recruited Brendan Ekstrom. Ekstrom had been Frangicetto's bandmate in This Day Forward. Both Ekstrom and Frangicetto had toured with Taken during their This Day Forward days, and procured Nick Beard, Previous Bassist of Taken, as Circa Survive's next member. The band met Steve Clifford through Vadim Taver of the band Marigold; "[Steve] jammed with us for a week and from there it was on," says Frangicetto.
To date, Circa Survive has released two versions of the song "Handshakes at Sunrise" on two different 2004 sampler discs from Equal Vision Records, as well as a 2005 limited edition tour EP called The Inuit Sessions. A full length album Juturna was released April 19th, 2005.
Circa Survive now has many national tours under their belt, including a co-headlining tour that took place in summer 2005. Circa Survive has also opened for Mae and dredg on each of their headlining runs. Circa Survive played The Bamboozle Festival in New Jersey in 2005, and is scheduled to play the festival in 2006. They also played a few dates on The Van's Warped Tour in 2005 and completed a European tour with Coheed and Cambria and Thrice in 2006. They recently completed a tour with Saves the Day and Moneen.
Circa Survive has just finished their first major headlining tour with The Receiving End of Sirens. YouInSeries and Days Away were on the first leg of this tour and dropped off on July 23rd. On July 25th, Portugal. The Man and Keating joined the tour.
Circa Survive just finished their tour with Thursday, Rise Against and Billy Talent. The Band is currently writing and recording songs in their new house in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
The band in question have but recently announced that their second full length (On Letting Go) has been completely mastered and will be confirming release dates and official artwork soon.
Minus the Bear:
While Minus the Bear has its roots deeply planted in the familiar musical ground of Seattle, this indie rock band has a sound that keeps even the most avid music fan on their toes. Their unique, sporadic style comes across best live on tour dates, where the many carefully crafted elements of Minus the Band's music can be heard coming alive. The popularity of these performances, and this sound, is why Minus the Bear is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year with 2011 tour dates that are bound to please fans and make new ones out of audiences around the US.
The members of Minus the Bear previously belonged to bands like Kill Sadie, Botch, and Sharks Keep Moving, deciding to form their own group in 2001. With such a strong musical background, it wasn't hard for Minus the Bear's first EPs and debut album, Highly Refined Pirates, to gain them a small, loyal following of fans. Through tour dates and the popularity of their second album, Menos el Oso, the band began to receive more widespread recognition from both audiences and respected critics. However, it was Planet of Ice in 2007 that launched Minus the Bear into the mainstream as their unique and meticulous style finally found the praise it deserved.
While it was Planet of Ice that brought Minus the Bear into the limelight, it's their latest album, Omni, that has captured the group's live energy and passion. Those same songs and that same passion can be found on Minus the Bear's upcoming tour dates in 2011. After a few warm up shows in August and September, Minus the Bear's 10th anniversary tour begins on October 4, with dates lasting until early November. Don't miss an opportunity to experience Minus the Bear's acclaimed live performances on their 2011 tour dates!