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Dashboard Confessional Play SummerStage on Thursday Night

August 1st, 2017

Led by singer-songwriter-guitarist Chris Carrabba, Dashboard Confessional—rounded out by bassist Scott Schoenbeck, guitarist Armon Jay and drummer Ben Homola—began making emotionally raw acoustic music out of South Florida at the turn of the century. The band released six full-lengths between 2000 and 2009—bursting into the mainstream with 2003’s A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar (stream it below) and 2006’s Dusk and Summer (stream it below)—before going on hiatus from 2011 to 2015. Dashboard Confessional (above, performing “Hands Down” for Paste Studios) put out a new EP, Covered and Taped (stream it below), earlier this year, covering Justin Bieber, the 1975, Julien Baker and Sorority Noise. Currently out on the road, they play SummerStage in Central Park on Thursday night. And as an added bonus, the All-American Rejects open the show.


The Hush Sound and Hockey Lead a Great Bill at Webster Hall

May 10th, 2013

Greta Salpeter (vocals and keys) was interested in classical piano and Bob Morris (vocals and guitar) was into rock when they first met while still in school. They began jamming together, making acoustic music as a two-piece called the Hush Sound a few years later, but ultimately decided to go for a bigger sound, recruiting friends of Morris’s from the Chicago music scene, Chris Faller (bass and vocals) and Darren Wilson (drums and vocals). They’ve since hit the road with bands like Fall Out Boy, the All-American Rejects and Rooney, all the while recording three crowd-pleasing albums of melodic, piano-driven pop over the course of three years. And then just like that, the Hush Sound (above, doing “Medicine Man”) went on hiatus in 2009. Fortunately they couldn’t quite quit one another, reuniting last fall to tour once again.

Hockey, out of Portland, Ore., began as a five-piece before paring down to just three—Benjamin Grubin (vocals), Ryan Dolliver (keys) and Jeremy Reynolds (bass)—three years ago. But despite the band size decreasing, the sound of their mash-up of post-punk and dance punk, which has earned them comparisons to both the Strokes and LCD Soundsystem, remains as big as ever. They’ve just released their second LP, Wyeth Is (stream it below) digitally (the physical version arrives next month), and Hockey (above, playing “Too Fake” on Later … with Jools Holland) have hit the road. See them with the Hush Sound and River City Extension, Genevieve (of Company of Thieves) and Lucas Carpenter next Tuesday at Webster Hall.