29 Songs to Hear from April 2016

We’re a little late to the party with our April playlist, but better late than never! We asked our staff to choose some of their favorite tracks released last month to create our April playlist! Featuring brand new tracks from artists all across the board from Thrice to Beyonce to blink 182 to Kesha – the playlist even includes an acoustic throwback from Hit The Lights!

Check out the full list and Spotify stream below! What songs stood out to you last month? What songs do you want to see on this month’s playlist? Let us know by shooting us a tweet at @_lucyoutloud!

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New Acoustic Song: “Blasphemy Myself And I” | Hit The Lights

“I’ve always gotten a kick out of making off color remarks. I’ve been attracted to very dark humor and have a cynical way of thinking. I tend to get a kick out of saying offensive and turning toward a more offensive type of humor that has gotten me into trouble more than once. “Blasphemy, Myself and I” lyrically is a little self analyses on why I think I say the things I do, and realizing it’s a coping mechanism I use to deal with my own discomfort in our society. It’s an honest song, and it’s one of my favorites off of Summer Bones so we did an acoustic version that I think really compliments the melodies and feel of the original,” shares vocalist Nick Thompson.

Pure Noise Records Announces Spring Tour

Last month, Pure Noise Records announced their spring tour, presented by Sound Rink and MerchNow, and features some amazing acts. The tour will be headlined by Hit The Lights and Seaway and will feature support from Boston Manor, Can’t Swim, and Casey Bolles on select dates. Check out the full list of dates below!

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Second Annual Four Chord Music Festival Announced


The Second Annual Four Chord Music Festival has been announced for next month and we’ve got to say…the line up is pretty incredible. With tickets only starting at $34, the multi-stage festival will take place on December 13th at Xtaza Nightclub in Pittsburgh, PA and will include a lineup of 15 artists including Yellowcard, Hit The Lights, and Anti-Flag! Sponsored by Substream, all VIP packages to the festival will include a complimentary one-year subscription. 

Check out the full line up below! To pick up tickets, click here.

Four Chord Music Festival Lineup:
Hit The Lights
Masked Intruder
The Spacepimps
Aaron West And The Roaring Twenties
Patent Pending
Survay Says!
Head Injuries
Drop The Act
Check Engine Light
Look Out Loretta

Shot Boys Of Summer Tour


State Champs will be heading out on the Shot Boys of Summer Tour with support from Hit The Lights, Tiny Moving Parts, Let It Happen and Northbound in just a few weeks! The tour will kick off on July 16th in Worcester, MA and wraps on August 2nd in Chicago, IL. 

Below you can find the full list of tour dates!

July 16 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium/Upstairs
July 17 – Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Art Space 
July 18 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Music Hall 
July 19 – Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room 
July 21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
July 24 – Howell, NJ @ GameChangerWorld
July 25 – Baltimore, MD @ Sound Stage 
July 26 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry 
July 28 – Jacksonville, FL @ Greene Street 
July 29 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
July 30 – Nashville, TN @ Rockettown 
July 31 – Columbus, OH @ Woodland’s Tavern
Aug 1 – Novi, MI @ Frankie’s 
Aug 2 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

Show Review:: Cartel 4/22


Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
Review and photos by Caitlyn Willard.

Cartel recently came to Baltimore to celebrate the anniversary release of their debut album Chroma, which was released 10 years ago (CRAZY!). They played to an almost sold out room, full of fans waiting to relive their early teenage years. The band also brought along with them Hit the Lights, TEAM*, and Driver Friendly.


Driver Friendly, who hail from Austin, TX, were the first act to play. Driver Friendly is fairly new to the scene, having only been around since 2012, but have already opened for bigger names such as Motion City Soundtrack, Relient K, and now, Cartel. The first time I saw them was during Warped Tour 2013 and I’ve been a fan ever since. With an incredibly energetic live presence, the band had the attention of everyone in the room. Driver Friendly even played a cover of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” which had the crowd dancing and singing along. This is a band that definitely shows a lot of promise.


TEAM* was up next. The band, which started in 2013 includes two past members of Forever the Sickest Kids, Caleb Turman on vocals and Rico Garcia on drums. Their music had an indie/beachy sound with a mix of rock and was very catchy. The crowd seemed to enjoy them and with the fans from some of the members past work, I’m sure they’ll start building a solid fan base soon.


Hit the Lights, like Cartel, has also been in the scene for many years and had a solid fan base in the crowd. Opening their set with their new song “Fucked Up Kids” from the latest release Summer Bones, the band had great energy throughout their whole set. It was clear that the energy in the room really began to build as Hit the Lights began playing some of their older songs such as “Stay Out” and “Drop the Girl” and closed their set with fan favorite, “Body Bag”.


It was now time for the band of the night. Cartel opened with the first song off Chroma, “Say Anything (Else),” and the venue instantly exploded. Their set included every song from Chroma, front to back. It was clear that this album was very influential to the fans in crowd, as it is to us over at Lucy Out Loud. Every person sang their hearts out to each song along with the band. At the end of “Burn This City,” Cartel even stopped playing the last verse so the roomed was filled with nothing but the audience singing the words back to them. In the middle of the set vocalist, Will Pugh, came out on stage out by himself to play a very intimate performance of “Save Us.” This might have been my favorite moment of the night and some parts honestly gave me goosebumps. The energizing set concluded with “Q” and “A.”

For the encore, Cartel played a couple fan favorites including “The Fortunate” and “The Perfect Mistake”. The crowd gave their all from beginning to end and it was certainly a night to remember.

LOL Gallery: Driver Friendly, TEAM*, Hit The Lights, Cartel  

Who: Driver Friendly, TEAM*, Hit The Lights, Cartel
What: Chroma 10th Anniversary Tour
When & Where: 4/22/15, Baltimore Soundstage; Baltimore, MD
By: Caitlyn Willard

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New Music Video: “Life on the Bottom” | Hit The Lights

This track is off the band’s new album, Summer Bones, which was released on March 24th via Pure Noise Records. The video follows Boxer, Ismael Villarreal, whose entire life revolves around the sport. When discussing the video, lead singer Nick Thompson says, “The song made sense with Ismael’s struggles and it’s great to be able to give him some limelight while we take the back seat!”

Cartel Announce Chroma 10-Year Anniversary Tour

The 10-Year Anniversary Tour we’ve all been waiting for (at least us over at Lucy Out Loud) has finally been announced! That’s right ladies and gents, Cartel will be hitting the road this spring in honor of Chroma’s tenth anniversary and will be playing the album in its entirety! Joining them will be Hit The Lights, TEAM*, and Driver Friendly! The band also announced a band approved edition of Chroma on white vinyl. Only 1000 copies will be made of these, which will be available for purchase tomorrow. For more information, click here!

Tour dates can be found below!

4.9 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
4.10 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II
4.11 – St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
4.12 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
4.14 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
4.15 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
4.16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
4.17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
4.18 – Boston, MA @ The Middle East Downstairs
4.19 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
4.21 – Freehold, NJ @ GameChangerWorld
4.22 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
4.24 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4.25- Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater

5.6 – San Diego, CA @ Porter’s Pub
5.7 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
5.8 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
5.9 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
5.11 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
5.12 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5.14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Murray Theater
5.15 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
5.16 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada