By Jackie Cular
While the summer concert festival season is long since passed, there are plenty of indoor club venues that have booked some dynamite shows.
Hit the Lights—This Ohio-based band is back from hiatus and ready to rock in support of their new EP, Invicta. The band will release a full-length album of the same name in January 2012. Nick Thompson’s voice, as well as the band’s musical prowess, has matured and gelled. At a recent show, Thompson graciously thanked fans for being so responsive. Visit the band’s website.
Max Bemis—The Say Anything frontman discovered the easiest way to make a new marriage and music work—touring alongside his wife, Eisley singer, Sherri DuPree. DuPree has never performed solo before, but she has a wonderful stage presence, even alone. Bemis slipped on stage to play guitar and sing backup for a few of DuPree’s songs and DuPree sang back up to Bemis’ “You’re in My Body.” This tour has become more like a friendly basement sing-along, which is a testament to the well-crafted tunes Say Anything delivers. Visit his band’s website.
Thursday—Sadly, this is the band’s final tour, thus clearly a do-not-miss event. The band has stated that their break up is due to personal issues. They may consider being a band for charity in the future; fans will have to catch this last tour then wait patiently. Visit the band’s website.
The Devil Wears Prada—The band is heading out with hardcore’s finest in support—Enter Shakari, Whitechapel, and For Today—for the Dead Throne Tour. This powerful lineup is sure not to disappoint. Visit the band’s website.
Jack’s Mannequin—Andrew McMahon brings his honest lyrics and expert piano playing to the stage after his brief run with old pals, Something Corporate. McMahon is a consummate showman, and every show is unique. Visit the band’s website.
Rise Against and A Day to Remember—It’s rare that two amazing bands from the hard rock scene get together to co-headline. The Menzingers are their opening act; this act doesn’t disappoint either. This tour promises to slay its way across America this winter. Visit Rise Against’s website. Visit ADTR’s website.
Where’s the Band? Tour—With four of rock’s best frontmen, this tour is sure to be another incredible winter tour. Dustin Kensrue of Thrice, Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids, Chris Conley of Saves the Day, and Anthony Raneri of Bayside will take turns on smaller stages. These venues will create a more intimate atmosphere. Visit the tour’s website for more details.
Despite the freezing temperatures, there a many hot tours to catch.