Welcome back to the Wrap-Up. This week, we investigate Converse’s plans for world domination, trip out to a new Gem Club video, and talk more summer tours.


Converse Rubber Tracks to Hand Out Free Recording Time at Iconic Studios, I Search Frantically for a Catch

In an attempt to become the real-life Santa Claus (or at least reach cool-rich-uncle status), shoe-vending colossus Converse has announced its plans to bring a handful of bands into some of the world’s most prestigious recording studios at no cost. Abbey Road Studios, Los Angeles’ Sunset Sound, and Toca do Bandido in Rio de Janeiro are just a few of the spots on reserve, giving worthy applicants the chance to top the definitely punk supergroup 5 Seconds of Summer as the world’s luckiest band.

But why, Converse? I mean, one minute you’re selling me on spidey-themed Chucks, and the next you’re saying my stoner metalcore band from high school can record our demo at Tuff Gong for free? You may have everyone else distracted with your 500-cap Passion Pit shows and your Chance the Rappers and your wildly generous Brooklyn studio, but I’m onto you, you coy bastards.


Get Lost in the Haze of Gem Club’s “Mother in Comet” Video

Somerville trio Gem Club recently dropped a music video for 2014’s “Mother in Comet” over at Stadiums & Shrines, giving the already dreamlike tune a fuzzy visual companion. When asked about the the video piece, director BriAnna Olson explained, “It is an anamnesis, a revelatory moment suspended it time, where it is absolute and ever-changing.” I may or may not have the slightest clue as to what that means, but hey, check it out below and find out for yourself.


The Dirty Looks Hit the East Coast

Hailing from the stone cold streets of Burlington, rock quartet The Dirty Looks took off for a summer tour down the coast in support of last April’s Line Of Sight EP. The two-week run, which kicked off on Monday, stretches down to Georgia before making a loop back north, hitting parts of Ohio and New York along the way.

Take a look at the full list of dates below, and make sure to catch ‘em at their next hometown show.

6/1 Brooklyn, NY – The Rock Shop

6/2 Baltimore, MD – Charm City Art Space

6/3 West Springfield, VA – King’s Landing

6/4 Virginia Beach, VA – College Park All Ages

6/5 Raleigh, NC – TBA

6/6 Statesboro, GA – Bigshow’s Burgers

6/7 Lawrenceville, GA – The Blasthouse

6/9 Cincinnati, OH – Maudie’s

6/10 Akron, OH – Annabelle’s

6/11 Buffalo, NY – House

6/13 Philadelphia, PA – TBA

6/14 Poughkeepsie, NY – My Place Pizza


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