Super Chon Bros Tour

Prog rockers CHON will be hitting the road this Spring for the Super Chon Bros Tour! Kiking off on March 11th in Pomona and wrapping up on April 14th in Hollywood, the you will feature CHON, Polyphia and Strawberry Girls.

Check out the full list of tour dates below!

3.11 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
3.12 – Santa Cruz, CA @
The Catalyst
3.13 – San Francisco, CA @
Rickshaw Stop
3.15 – Portland, OR @
Analog Theater
3.16 – Seattle, WA @ Chop
3.18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
3.19 – Denver, CO @
Larimer Lounge
3.20 – Lawrence, KS @
Jackpot Music Hall
3.22 – Minneapolis, MN @
Triple Rock
3.23 – Madison, WI @ The
3.24 – St. Louis, MO @ The
3.25 – Chicago, IL @ The
Bottom Lounge
3.26 – Grand Rapids, MI @
The Stache
3.28 – Detroit, MI @ The
3.29 – Cleveland, OH @
Grog Shop
3.30 – Baltimore, MD @
Metro Gallery
4.1 – New York, NY @
Music Hall Of Williamsburg
4.2 – Philadelphia, PA @
Voltage Lounge
4.3 – Boston, MA @ The
4.5 – Carrboro, NC @
Cat’s Cradle
4.6 – Orlando, FL @ The
4.7 – Atlanta, GA @
4.8 – New Orleans, LA @
House Of Blues
4.9 – Houston, TX @ House
Of Blues
4.10 – Austin, TX @
4.11 – Dallas, TX @ Gas
Monkey Bar N Grill
4.12 – San Antonio, TX @
4.14 – Phoenix, AZ @ The
Rebel Lounge
4.15 – Hollywood, CA @

Show Review:: Circa Survive 5/2

Circa Survive with Balance and Composure & CHON
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Upstate Concert Hall; Clifton Park, NY

On what was being talked about as “the greatest day in sports history” (something about some important horse boxing match or something?), there was a possibility for other events to be put on the backburner. Luckily, nothing happening that day interested me more than having the chance to see one of the most phenomenal acts around, a week after their debut album turns 10 years old.

Before the headliner, a pair of impressive openers each had some time to do their thing. First up was CHON, a four-piece from San Diego that took over the crowd without saying a word. I’ve never really been one for instrumental “jam bands” or whatever you’d like to call them, but while they may not be my thing, I will give credit when and where credit is due. And this is a prime example. When the group first started playing, there were those in the crowd momentarily set back by the lack of lead vocals, but before long,
they joined in with the [surprisingly large and loyal] preexisting fanbase, dancing and swaying along. Sometimes it can be difficult for an opening act to make a mark, especially on a bill with such a beloved headliner. However, being a young, experimental instrumental band with a surplus of talent and the confidence to match, CHON managed nicely.

For Balance and Composure, winning over the crowd wasn’t too looming of a task. Though they weren’t the lead on the bill, their fans were noticeably present, with the same passion and loyalty as if they were the top spot. For as strong as the band’s set began, their conclusion was where everything seemed to be taken to the next level. As their time ran down, they began to spiral down into a calculated dismantling of the stage – distorted guitars dragged from neck-to-body across monitors, the drum kit taking a further beating, and vocalist Jon Simmons belting the remainder of the closing song from his knees, concluding in the fetal position before promptly leaving the stage. It was a powerful finale, and one that was fitting of the evening.

As I mentioned earlier, Circa Survive are a force to be reckoned with. Their albums have been consistently, even increasingly extraordinary throughout their decade-long tenure, and the music’s translation to their live show does it plenty of favors.

Kicking off the night with two consecutive songs from their latest record, Descensus, was a treat for both new fans and diehards. Fans could experience these songs that they hadn’t gotten to the last time around, while knowing there were still the staples to come later (for example, “Holding Someone’s Hair Back” followed immediately by “In the Morning and Amazing…”). It didn’t really matter what album the band chose to pick from, because there wasn’t much potential for disappointment.

Back when I reviewed Descensus, I said some things that could probably hold true not only for that record, but for the band and its’ live show. I mentioned that, at this point in their career, they still find ways to do new things, go further, reach higher levels, yet still stick to what they do best. I also mentioned that this is probably the strongest Circa Survive has ever been. And, with Saturday night as another reference, I’m very confident in that statement.

Child of the Desert
Glass Arrows
Holding Someone’s Hair Back
In the Morning and Amazing…
Strange Terrain
The Great Golden Baby
The Greatest Lie
Sharp Practice
Through the Desert Alone
Only the Sun
In Fear and Faith
The Difference Between Medicine and Poison is in the Dose
Nesting Dolls

LOL Gallery: CHON, Balance And Composure, Circa Survive

Who: CHON, Balance And Composure, Circa Survive
When & Where: 5/2/15, Upstate Concert Hall; Clifton Park, NY
By: Eric Riley

For full gallery, click here!

Auras Announce New EP

Earlier this month, Canadian prog metal band Aurus announced their signing with Entertainment One Music/Good Fight Music. Along with the signing announcement, the band also released information regarding their new EP, Crestfallen, to be released on May 5th. 

Below you can find the artwork and track listing for the album!

Track listing:
1. Thrown
2. Terrene
3. Inordinate
4. Adverse Condition
5. Boundless

New Music: “Can’t Wait” | CHON

This track is off the band’s debut full-length album, Grow, to be released March 24th via Sumerian Records! You can catch these guys on tour with Circa Survive and Balance & Composure later this month. Tour dates can be found here!

Circa Survive Spring Tour

Circa Survive are hitting the road once again, this time with friends Balance & Composure, and label mates CHON! Mid-tour, the band will be stopping to perform at Coachella on April 12th and 19th. Needless to say, these guys won’t be slowing down any time soon!

You can find the spring tour dates below!

Tour Dates
3.16 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln
3.17 – Jacksonville, FL @ Underbelly
3.18 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
3.20 – Grand Prarie, TX @ South By So What
3.21 – Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
3.23 – Little Rock, AR @ Juanita
3.24 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery
3.26 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
3.27 – Columbus, OH @ Newport
3.28 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
3.29 – Palatine, IL @ Durty Nellies
3.31 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
4.1 – Springfield, MO @ Blue Note
4.2 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
4.6 – Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater
4.7 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
4.9 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
4.10 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theater
4.12 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
4.19 – Indio, CA @ Coachella  
4.20 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
4.26 – St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
4.28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
4.29 – Huntington, NY @ Paramount
5.1 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
5.2 – Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
5.3 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater

CHON Announce Debut Album

San Diego prog-rockers, CHON, have announced their debut full-length album! The 12-track album, Grow, will be released March 24th via Sumerian Records. Below you can find the artwork and track listing for the album!

To pre-order Grow, click here!

Track Listing:
1. Drift 
2. Story 
3. Fall
4. Book (Feat. Matt Garstka) 
5. Can’t Wait 
6. Suda 
7. Knot 
8. Moon 
9. Splash 
10. Perfect Pillow
11. Echo 
12. But (Feat. Matt Garstka)