You can find the "upcoming shows" section of their current website here: http://merchandisetheband.wordpress.com/upcoming-shows/
I would agree that in the past, they've been more than a little vague about their upcoming shows, but lately they've been good about posting all of them.
I am proactive - but if an event isn't posted on the avenues I check weekly, I don't get info about it, and it's not on a venue or promoter's website, there's only so much I can do. One person here. But thanks for looking out.
We make peace. That is what Carlos would want, after all …
Ah...very clever Joe! Turn it around back on me. GOOD JOB!
It's just an observation. Make of it what you will ...and I see that you have...so where do we go from here? Out-clever each other? Hurl insults?... or make peace?
So tell me Steve, is your comment meant to foster division or bring us all together? I'll note that you didn't end with, "… but I forgive you, Leilani."
What I find ironic is that Creative Loafing and WMNF do still support and foster division. Carlos said in the article "we have everyone come see us" yet Lielani still tries to drive the wedge in with a second question. As if Liberals don't use "my way or the highway"? As soon as we all see, Repubs, Dems, liberals, ALL OF US!...are human and subject to human faults and frailties, the sooner we can get on with it. One side or the other is not immune. I wish Liberals were filled with as much love as they say they have. Forgiveness and compassion would come easy, even for their "enemies".
'tis not my job. Use the internet. Be proactive.
Would love to get info on any future shows - if you have a lead, can you email me info? I haven't gotten anything about them playing since 2011...
i saw them play with Church Whip and F at the Pegasus Lounge back in mid-July. saw a facebook event weeks before it and was handed a flyer for it at New Bruises record release show at the Bricks. it was a wild show! there's video on youtube that Mojo's head honcho shot as well
Lol. He is so humble even though their shows left people wondering why they wanted to see nickleback in the first place. Oh yeah, NEW BUSH!!!!!!!!! Good times.
"Sarah Smiles" and "Your Kiss Is on My Lips"??? It's not that hard to Google and get accurate song titles, you know.
The last time I wrote about Merchandise playing in town, it was in August of 2011, at a Mojo Books and Music live music showcase with David Dove & Ms. YET -- in Tampa. That was about a year ago. If they've played any shows here since then, I haven't received word - not from the band or band management, not from a venue, not from a promoter. What shows did I miss? Are they playing in the future? Please enlighten, Ms. Luelle. Real honest to goodness information is far more helpful than insults.
It should be noted that we've been having trouble on the back end with some comments not coming through. They're all up now and in order, but there are some duplicates. If you have duplicates, please delete them for the sake of consistency. Thanks!
funny to see how riled up people get over music critiques... but then music is experienced largely through our emotions and people's taste or lack of taste run the gamut.
I remember when Billy Idol was considered 'punk' or punk rock .... I still like listening to his music now and then.
People don't necessarily 'grow out' of a band or musical genre - they just find something new to listen to and tastes expand.
What are you talking about "If only we can get Merchandise to play here"? They have been playing all over the city forever. Oh yeah, I forgot, if a band doesn't play in Ybor, they don't exist. This writer is C-L-U-E-L-E-S-S.
I'm not a fan of many of the bands that have been featured on the Warped Tour over the years, but I will say this: the two separate years that I set up a Vinyl Fever vendor tent at the festival, I saw some pretty good performances by bands that I wouldn't have otherwise ever listened to. More importantly, the bands that made appearances at our tent were extremely cool to the kids that lined up in the blazing sun to meet them. It's an event for the kids, and if they like it, that's all that matters. As one of the many classic Stiff Records slogans read: "Fuck Art, Let's Dance".
The State Fair analogy is a good one but, I think that the Warped Tour has as much to do with punk as the Rib Fest does with blues. It's for the (m)asses, always has been, always will be. It's all about the Benjamins kiddies...
Cyborg City in Tampa, whoop whoop
There's been DIY noise in St Pete since 1986 you punk kids!
Leilani, I did as you asked, I clicked on Andrew's name. Only because I love Andrew (and his writing). It turns out that Andrew is so prolific that I had to search through four pages of author archives before finding his previous Warped coverage. Holy shit, you're absolutely right, Andrew has been to a lot of shows, he's written extensively (and intelligently) about a lot of shows, and that includes festivals like Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. That being said, I think the more interesting "story" here, isn't that Andrew has covered Warped in the past but that Andrew is "over" the Warped Tour - he's outgrown it. This is not a bad thing. Punk, pop-punk, whatever - it's a life stage thing. We've all been there. I used to listen to Bad Religion. Shit, I used to listen to The Offspring, and that's just fucking gross. Andrew wrote about this festival as objectively as he could, considering his position. It's his responsibility to point out the corporate/pipe and drape/merch area that feels like a trade show. Daniel, the cost of those booths (and the prices at them) are a far cry from the local band shilling CDs for gas money, and Andrew's right in pointing out that distinction. I give Andrew credit for calling it like he sees it. VANS Warped Tour is the Florida State Fair of Punk Rock.
Haters will always hate, as will I. I hold warped tour, its message and "Creativity" in the same class as a godsmack or Nickelback concert. Long live Andrew.
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