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Coheed and Cambria Tour Image via Ross Anderson for use by 360 Magazine

Coheed and Cambria X The Used Announce Tour

Special guests Meet Me @ The Altar and carolesdaughter will join the co-headlining tour on select dates.

Tickets on sale starting Friday, June 18 at LiveNation.com

Celebrated American rock bands Coheed and Cambria and The Used today announced their upcoming summer outdoor co-headlining amphitheater tour. The 18-city U.S. tour, produced by Live Nation, will begin on Friday, Aug 27 in Irvine, CA and make stops in Phoenix, Dallas, Cleveland, New Jersey, Worcester, and more. The late summer journey will feature special guests Meet Me @ The Altar and carolesdaughter on select dates, and will culminate with a performance at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, FL on Sept 24.

Most tickets for the tour will go on sale to the general public beginning this Friday, June 18th at 10AM local time at LiveNation.com. A full listing of dates can be found below along with additional information on both CoheedAndCambria.com and TheUsed.net

It’s been over two years since Coheed and Cambria’s 2018 album, Vaxis I: The Unheavenly Creatures, was released as the band’s “return to concept” album. After stepping away with a more introspective album in 2015, frontman Claudio Sanchez and the band returned to the sci-fi universe of The Amory Wars in what was said to be the first of a 5-part series of albums. With 2021 upon us, and a major summer tour now announced, the volume of fans’ chatter for Vaxis 2 and what that will entail are loading up the band’s social media pages.

Coheed and Cambria is a rare band whose music can transcend scenes and effortlessly cross genres of rock – from indie to progressive, to metal and pop-punk to classic rock. The band is frequently compared to progressive, operatic rock bands of the ‘70s, ala Queen, Supertramp, or Rush due to their thrilling concept albums which take you on a grand journey of sounds and often clock-in around 110 mins, but still somehow include sugary pop-laden hooks.

The group’s following has grown steadily every album, partly due to their ferocious live show that brings fans to their knees with an equally expansive light show. This summer, the band will be performing songs from their expansive catalog, and we can only imagine they’ll pull a few new tricks up their sleeves.

Both bands began their careers 20 years ago this year and last toured together in 2003.

Painful and perverse, intimate, and obnoxious, aggressively heavy and irresistibly catchy, confusingly profound and primitively pedestrian – The Used transforms songs into anthems. The reckless honesty and unrelenting dedication that saw The Used kick down doors at radio and MTV, for a generation of disenfranchised post-hardcore provocateurs, persists today. It is newly remade with a sly shimmer that never sacrifices the band’s enchanting anarchy or restless soul.

Heartwork, the band’s eighth studio album (2020), arrives with the unbound spirit of the pair of platinum albums that first introduced The Used to the world, mixed with the dramatic flair of their gold-certified third. The emotion, sincerity, and vulnerability found on The Used (2002) and In Love and Death (2004) are more urgent and insistent than ever on Heartwork, a diverse 16-song offering filled with double entendre upon triple entendre. It traverses a thematic gamut of self-examination, hyper-literate exploration, political pyromania, and keenly self-aware yet unrestrained whimsy.

Coheed and Cambria and The Used will be making the following appearances across the U.S. this August and September.

TOUR DATES

Aug 27: Los Angeles, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre*

Aug 28: Phoenix, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre*

Aug 30: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex – Outdoors*

Aug 31: Denver, CO @ Levitt Pavilion Denver*

Sep 02: Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

Sep 04: Austin, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater*

Sep 05: Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*

Sep 07: Wichita, KS @ WAVE – Outdoors*

Sep 08: St. Louis, MO @ Saint Louis Music Park*

Sep 11: Columbus, OH @ Express Live! – Outdoors*

Sep 12: Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica*

Sep 14: Cincinnati, OH @ The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center*

Sep 15: Indianapolis, IN @ TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park*

Sep 18: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium – Outdoors*

Sep 19: Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center*

Sep 21: Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion^

Sep 22: Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater^

Sep 24: Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place^

* with special guest Meet Me @ The Altar

with special guest carolesdaughter

Marijuana illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

The Best Cities to Get Stoned

It’s been a busy year so far for the cannabis industry: In recent weeks, New York, Virginia, and New Jersey legalized recreational marijuana for adults — with four other states, and even the federal government, possibly joining soon.

In light of these rapid changes — and 4/20 around the corner — the most important question to ask right now is: Which of America’s weed meccas promise to enhance your cannabis experience?

LawnStarter ranked 2021’s Best Cities to Get Stoned by comparing 94 U.S. cities (where recreational marijuana is currently legal) based on 12 key indicators of a smoking good time. Among them: The volume of Google searches for “marijuana” and “weed,” access to dispensaries and head shops, and availability of 420-friendly lodging and smoking lounges.

Check out the top 20 stoner cities below, followed by some highlights and lowlights from Lawnstarter’s report.

Best Cities to Get Stoned

1 Denver, CO

2 Los Angeles, CA

3 San Francisco, CA

4 Fullerton, CA

5 Garden Grove, CA

6 Glendale, CA

7 Colorado Springs, CO

8 Boston, MA

9 Portland, OR

10 Las Vegas, NV

11 Orange, CA

12 Detroit, MI

13 Torrance, CA

14 Santa Ana, CA

15 Pasadena, CA

16 Huntington Beach, CA

17 Anaheim, CA

18 Lakewood, CO

19 Ontario, CA

20 Worcester, MA

Highlights and Lowlights

Denver: The Mile High City 

Denver takes the weed cake in our ranking as America’s pot capital. With Colorado leading the nation’s recreational cannabis reform movement in 2012, it’s safe to say being a first mover really has its advantages.

Denver dominates the social environment category, with more 420-friendly lodging establishments and social consumption lounges. Where Denver falls short: the number of dispensaries and head shops and Google search popularity.

Colorado Springs and Lakewood also finished on a high note, at Nos. 7 and 18 overall, respectively. Only Fort Collins, in 63rd place, didn’t fare as well.

California: The State of High

Five Golden State cities landed in the top 10, a dozen in the top 20, and 20 in the top 30, and … you get the point: California is the “it” place for stoners, with the Los Angeles metro sweeping the popularity and supply access categories.

Among the top 10 overall are Fullerton, Garden Grove, and Glendale — all earning the highest grades in popularity and supply access — plus San Francisco at No. 3.

While no California city won every single metric, chances are you can find anything and everything cannabis-related in the state. It is, after all, the true reform pioneer: The state was first to legalize medical marijuana, in 1996.

Doobie Newbies

Cities in the newest states to join the league of fun-weed states — Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York — for the most part placed in the bottom third of our ranking. For example, Tucson, Arizona, landed at No. 85; Rockford, Illinois, at No. 91; Newark, New Jersey, at No. 90; and New York City at No. 77.

But two cities are riding on their recent high: Chicago — propelled by an abundance of marijuana tours and events — at No. 28, and Paterson, New Jersey — with the most residents searching for weed online — at No 46. Apparently, stoners here have waited long enough and aren’t wasting any more time.

The full ranking and analysis can be found on Lawnstarter’s website.

Jamaine Ortiz Illustration for 360 Magazine by Kaelen Felix

Q×A with Jamaine Ortiz

Jamaine “The Technician” Ortiz, an up and coming, 23-year-old boxer, is making his name in the world of boxing. After growing up in Worcester, Massachusetts, the young boxer turned pro in 2016. His amateur record is 100-14 and he has already won many awards for his skill.

During the recent Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. fight that was shown on pay-per-view, Ortiz was victorious over Sulaiman Segawa of Silver Spring, Maryland. After scoring a technical knockout in the last 10 seconds of the seventh round, Ortiz gained the WBC USNBC Silver lightweight title. This was his first fight outside of New England and he certainly made himself known in the fighting community. After winning this fight, Ortiz jumped from 76th to 44th in the world for the lightweight division. If he keeps winning, Ortiz is predicted to fight for a major world title by late 2021.

360 Magazine sat down with Ortiz to ask him questions about his professional career, personal life and future.

What was your upbringing like? Was there always a focus on athletics?

I started boxing at seven years old, and I was always an athletic kid, playing sports and outside.

Where did you learn to box?

I learned how to box at the Boys & Girls Club of Ionic Ave.

Why boxing?

I use to get into fights as a kid, I like that its a one on one sport I don’t have to rely on anyone. Over time, I noticed I was winning a lot and kept it going.

Who are your role models, boxing or otherwise?

My role model was my coach Carlos Garcia.

You’re currently the Undefeated World Boxing Youth World lightweight champion. What does this accomplishment mean to you?

I’m actually the former Youth World lightweight champion due to my age since I turned 24 last April, currently, I hold the WBC USNBC Silver lightweight title. The accomplishment is just a stepping stone, I have far more to go and I understand its a process and this is part of the process.

Your nickname is ‘The Technician’ where does this come from?

A technician is a person skilled in an art or craft by dictionary standards and when it comes to boxing, and me being a carpenter, I’m now an active trader. It was a perfect fit since everything I do, including things in my personal life, I’m technical about it. So it’s a name that reflects more than just boxing.

You’ve been boxing competitively for more than a decade. How have you evolved during that time, technique-wise and also personally?

Time is the mother of greatness, practicing repeatedly overtime is only natural; I’m going to get better.

How has your career been impacted by COVID-19 and 2020?

Luckily I was able to get a fight right before the impact of covid came I didn’t get to fight as much as I normally would. I probably would have had about 4 fights in a year but I had two with the last one being a great exposure bout.

Tell us about your interests outside of boxing.

I enjoy nature and I spend most of my time with family. Always working on self-development, a lot of stocks, and trying to find real estate deals.

Do you still have Olympic aspirations? What are your future boxing goals?

Olympics of boxing is an amateur sport but recently I think in 2016, they allowed pros to compete but it is heavily dominated by amateurs. In the next year, I see myself becoming World Champion at the lightweight Division and reaching for that pound for pound list.

What is your go-to move in a fight?

Not sure, probably switching from orthodox to southpaw.

What makes you unique as a boxer?

My ability to switch stances easily and my technique.

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Rise Against

Rise Against will kick off their extensive North American Mourning In Amerika Tour with a headline performance at 77 punk festival on July 27. The run, produced by Live Nation, will include a show at Coney Island Amphitheatre in New York City (August 1), a concert with Fall Out Boy at Wrigley Field in the bands hometown of Chicago (September 8), and an evening at Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver (September 15). Special guests AFI and opener Anti-Flag will perform at all headline shows. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 30 at LiveNation.com. See below for itinerary.

The band won acclaim for its hard-hitting 2017 performances in support of its eighth studio album, WOLVES. Illinois Entertainer said, the return of Rise Against feels more timely than ever. Houston Press observed, If any rock band could convince their fans to not bury their heads in the sand in 2017 America, it might just be Rise Against.

WOLVES (Virgin Records) debuted at No. 1 on Billboards Alternative, Top Rock and Hard Rock albums charts. Lead singleThe Violencetopped

the Mediabase Active Rock chart and the follow-up track, House On Fire, is currently in the Top 10 and climbing.

Rise Against comprising Tim McIlrath (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Joe Principe (bass), Zach Blair (lead guitar), and Brandon Barnes (drums)

recently wrapped up a tour of Australia and New Zealand and will embark on a European run in June.

Rise Against North American Headline Tour Dates

7/27  Montreal, QC @ 77 Montreal (festival)*

7/28 Toronto, ON @ RBC Echo Beach +

7/29 Portland, ME @ State Theatre*

7/31 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium*

8/1 New York, NY @ Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk

8/3 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena

8/4 Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing

8/5 Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summer Stage

8/7  Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater

8/9 Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre*

8/10 Rouyn-Noranda, QC @ Osisko En Lumieres Fest*

9/6 Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory

9/8 Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field (with Fall Out Boy)

9/9 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works*

9/11 Austin, TX @ Stubbs Bar-B-Q*

9/12 Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center

9/13 Dallas, TX @ Toyota Music Factory

9/15 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

9/16 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

9/17 Boise, ID @ Revolution Concert House

9/19 Bozeman, MT @ Brick Breeden Fieldhouse

9/20 Calgary, AB @ Grey Eagle Event Centre +

9/21 Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Expo Center, Hall B +

9/23 Vancouver BC @ PNE Forum +

9/24 Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater

9/25 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom

9/28 Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion

9/29 Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl*

9/30  Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre

*not a Live Nation date

+on sale to general public beginning April 6 at 10am local time