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The Devil you say? Post-hardcore band Chiodos matures on new album

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Think of Chiodos as a post-hardcore version of Queen.

“What they did their scene, we want to do for our scene,” says Bradley Belo, who plays keyboards for the Michigan-based band, in town tonight for the “Parks and Devastation” tour at the Rotary Amphitheater in Woodward Park.

While Chiodos falls loosely under the umbrella of “post-hardcore,” Belo wouldn’t use that term to describe their sound. While the band may share some of the genre’s louder (and screamier) tendencies, it’s also a bit more progressive in its melodies and some of the keyboard parts, he says.

That flexibility of styles means they can fit in playing slots with a progressive rock band like Coheed and Cambria and be at home with more straight ahead high-energy metal and punk bands — like those on the current tour.

In April, the band released its fourth studio album “Devil.” Inspired by American best-selling author Mitch Albom, “Devil” debuted on five Billboard charts (including a No. 12 stop on the top 200).

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Concert News: A Day to Remember returns to Fresno

Rock band A Day to Remember — popular with the teenage/Warped Tour crowd — will roll back into Fresno on April 19, as part of a just-announced spring tour.

The all-ages show is at Rainbow Ballroom and also features Of Mice & Men and Issues. Tickets are on sale Friday and cost $28.50. Here’s a Facebook event link and the ticket page via Vallitix.

We’ve seen ADTR in Fresno numerous times over the years, the most recently at the New Rock 104.1 Nightmare Before Christmas concert at Selland Arena in December 2011. Before that, it was at the Rotary Amphitheater at Woodward Park in April 2011 and at Rainbow Ballroom in May 2010.

Like that previous Rainbow show, this one is being promoted by Numbskull Productions. Below is a video from the band’s Woodward Park appearance.

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

In addition to this weekend’s Fresno Filmworks’ offerings

1. DON’T SLEEP ON A ROCK NIGHTMARE
Selland Arena rocks again. Thank New Rock 104.1 for Saturday’s Nightmare Before Christmas concert. It features a diverse cast of rock acts: Rise Against, A Day to Remember and Awolnation, who I interviewed for today’s newspaper. [Tix]

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Concert News: Rise Against, A Day to Remember & Awolnation rock Selland

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New Rock 104.1′s Christmas concert is bringing rock ‘n’ roll back to Selland Arena. The local rock station has announced a Dec. 10 “Nightmare Before Christmas” concert at the arena with Rise Against, A Day to Remember and Awolnation.

Tickets cost $39 and are on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. They’re available through Ticketmaster or at the Fresno Convention Center box office.

Just a little unsolicited opinion here: It’s nice to see a rock show at Selland Arena again. There was a time, a few years ago, that it was hosting bands such as My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy, who weren’t quite Save Mart Center-ready yet. Hopefully we see more like this — that seems like a good niche for Selland.

To-Do Tonight: A Day to Remember and A Day Without Shoes

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Pop/punk/metalcore dudes A Day to Remember bring their current headlining tour to the Woodward Park Amphitheatre tonight.

Since we’ve last seen ADTR in Fresno, they’ve made leaps toward mainstream success, getting picked as a break-out band by MTV, hitting the late-night talk show circuit and more.

I wrote a feature story on the band that was in Monday’s Bee, talking about how Fresno has seen the rise of ADTR first-hand, from playing small clubs to Crest Theatre to Rainbow Ballroom and now Woodward Park.

As you can see on their cool tour poster, Bring Me the Horizon, Pierce the Veil and We Came As Romans are also playing tonight, making for a pretty big show for the teen rock crowd. (I know my 15-year-old sister is psyched). So if you see a bunch of kids lined up at Woodward Park this afternoon, now you know why.

ELSEWHERE
Today is also the TOMS Shoes-sponsored One Day Without Shoes. Visalia’s 210 Cafe is hosting a big event to raise awareness … and, of course, offer up some great music. So Cal indie band The Steelwells, fresh from headlining The Cellar Door, are playing this too.

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To-Do Tonight … and the week ahead

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There’s a big rock show at Rainbow Ballroom tonight, as A Day to Remember returns to Fresno.

Also part of the hard-rocking bill are August Burns Red, Silverstein, Enter Shikari, Veara. It’s an all-ages show, so you show happy kids can get in. Tickets cost $22.

IN THE WEEK AHEAD

  • Cinco De Mayo is Wednesday, so you know there’s a lot of club parties centered around that. Of note: Baby Bash is at Bliss.
  • Soulmotor, Bane and Floater all make tour stops.
  • Swede Fest 5 is Saturday. Even if you didn’t make a swede, you can still show up and watch for free.
  • Million Too launches a new Friday night party, Body Rock. And The Lamp Post launches a live music night on Fridays.

And a whole bunch more in the fliers below …

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Concert Watch: Fuse Fest dates, the rockin’ Crest Theatre, B-52s, Fat Joe and more

Lots of concert news and tidbits to share, so let’s not waste any time.

FUSE FEST: SAVE THE DATE
No lineup to announce yet, but this year’s Fresno Urban Sound Experience (or Fuse Fest) is set for Oct. 2-3. Yes, that’s one day longer than last year’s initial offering. I’m also hearing that the number of venues has expanded, despite the loss of Milano. Go Fresno!

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