Hopeless Records and nonprofit organization Sub City have joined forces with music chain F.Y.E. to put on the eighth annual Take Action Tour. To date, this tour has raised over $550,000 for DoSomething.org, a nonprofit focused not on one particular charity, but rather on providing tools, resources and motivation to inspire "a generation of doers." This year's lineup continues the tradition of buzz-worthy bands with a strong showing of emo/punk-pop powerhouses. These include headliners Cute Is What We Aim For, Anarbor, Every Avenue, and Breathe Carolina, who distinguish themselves by delivering what they've aptly labeled "emotronica."
Among the real standouts, though, is the Utah-based act Meg & Dia. These days, the group is actually comprised of five members, and not just the two pretty songwriting sisters whose names form the group's handle. They released their debut album, Something Real in 2006, spawning two singles, "Roses" and "Monster," each of which saw heavy play both virally and on radio. But their upcoming second release, Here, Here, and Here, shows them taking a direct approach to their pop-rock hooks and, well, simply maturing.
And in case some added life experience isn't enough, the group has enlisted the help of a few notable names for the production of the record, which drops on Warner Brothers in April. Production comes from Howard Benson, best known for his work with My Chemical Romance and All-American Rejects. Musical guest stars include Tom Higginson, of the Plain White T's, joins the group on the duet "Bored of Your Love." Other tracks to look out for include the darker and harder-rocking "Black Wedding" and "What If," which are already resounding with fans on the internet.
Take Action Tour. Sunday, March 1. Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale. Show starts at 6 p.m., tickets cost $15. All ages. 954-727-0950; www.jointherevolution.net