“We’re not talking simple acoustic solo stuff here. The music Bryce [Avary] makes as The Rocket Summer is lush, explosively catchy and artful power pop that hints at a new Brian Wilson or Prince in the making. Keep an eye out on this one. “
–Austin City Limits.com
“The Rocket Summer’s Bryce Avary establishes himself as a formidable rock force with “Of Men and Angels” (Island).”
(February 24, 2010 New York, NY) With yesterday’s release of The Rocket Summer‘s second major label album on Island Records, OF MEN AND ANGELS, the album shot to #1 on iTunes overall album chart, moving ahead of The Black Eyed Peas, Sade and Lady Antebellum.
OF MEN AND ANGELS is on the way, as The Rocket Summer frontman, songwriter and multi-instrumental Texan Bryce Avary looks ahead to the band’s return to the road, starting March 13th on a series of shows with Colorado-based One Republic. (Please see tour dates below.) TRS is already confirmed for the 16th annual Vans Warped Tour 2010 this summer, opening in California the last weekend of June, running through August 15th.
The Rocket Summer will be playing a hometown album release party for OF MEN AND ANGELS next Friday night, February 26th, at the Granada Theatre in Dallas. The day before (February 25th) the Rocket Summer will perform on local FOX-TV morning show, Good Day Dallas. Then March 4th , TRS will perform on FOX’s Good Day Austin.
On March 20th, the closing Saturday of this year’s 10-day SXSW (South By Southwest) Music + Film + Interactive Conference in Austin the Rocket Summer will play an acoustic set as part of the AP (Alternative Press) all-day “100 Bands (You Need To Know)” concert. TRS will join 18 other bands (“in no particular order,” AP advises) who will play on three stages at Emo’s beginning at noon. The AP website http://www.alternativepress.com/news/8509.htm is also streaming OF MEN AND ANGELS.
OF MEN AND ANGELS follows-up Do You Feel, The Rocket Summer‘s Island debut, released July 2007. After the release of “So Much Love,” as an advance track, the album’s title tune single “Do You Feel” broke through at Alternative and Modern Rock radio in the summer of 2008. Meanwhile TRS headlined the sold-out AP tour and graced the cover of AP‘s magazine. TRS then played a successful six-week North American tour with Phantom Planet, Secret Handshake, and the Morning Light, plus two sold out headline tours in the UK. . For further information go to www.TheRocketSummer.com.
THE ROCKET SUMMER ON TOUR WITH ONE REPUBLIC
3/13 Montgomery, AL Riverwalk Amphitheatre
3/14 Tallahassee, FL Floyd’s Music Store
3/16 Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen
3/17 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
3/22 Des Moines, IA People’s Court
3/23 Madison, WI Overture Center for the Arts Capitol Theatre
3/24 Decatur, IL Kirkland FAC @ Millikin U.
3/27 Searcy, AR Benson Aud. @ Harding U.
3/29 Russellville, AR Arkansas Tech U.
Vans Warped Tour 2010
Thu6/24/ San Diego, CA Cricket Amphitheatre
Fri6/25/ Carson, CA Home Depot Center
Sat6/26/ Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheater
Sun6/27/ Ventura, CA Seaside Park
Tue6/29/ Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
Wed6/30/ Las Cruces, NM N.M.S.U.
Thu7/1/ San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Fri7/2/ Houston, TX The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park
Sat7/3/ Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
Mon7/5/ St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Tue7/6/ Indianapolis, IN Verizon wireless Amphitheatre
Wed7/7/ Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Thu7/8/ Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Ampitheater at Tower City
Fri7/9/ Toronto, ON Arrow Hall
Sat7/10/ Montreal Parc Jean Drapeau
Sun7/11/ Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre
Tue7/13/ Boston, MA Comcast Center
Wed7/14/ Darian Center, NY Darien Lake P.A.C.
Thu7/15/ Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion At Montage
Fri7/16/ Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Sat7/17/ Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
Sun7/18/ Oceanport, NJ Monmouth Park Racetrack
Tue7/20/ Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
Wed7/21/ Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Thu7/22/ Charlotte, NC Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Fri7/23/ St. Petersburg, FL Vinoy Park
Sat7/24/ West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater
Sun7/25/ Orlando, FL Central Florida Fairgrounds
Mon7/26/ Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
Wed7/28/ Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music
Thu7/29/ Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheater
Fri7/30/ Detroit, MI Comerica Park
Sat7/31/ Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
Sun8/1/ Minneapolis, MN Canterbury Park
Mon8/2/ Bonner Springs, KS Sandstone Amphitheater (Kansas City)
Thu8/5/ Edmonton Northlands Park
Sat8/7/ Salt Lake City, UT Utah State Fairgrounds
Sun8/8/ Denver, CO Invesco Field
Wed8/11/ Pomona, CA Pomona Fairplex
Thu8/12/ Marysville, CA Sleep Train Ampitheatre
Fri8/13/ Nampa, ID Idaho Center Ampitheater
Sat8/14/ George, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
Sun8/15/ Portland, OR Washington County Fairgrounds