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Q&A: After hardships, Yellowcard transitions from pop-punk to anthemic rock
Q&A: After hardships, Yellowcard transitions from pop-punk to anthemic rock

More than a decade after Yellowcard hit the mainstream with its double-platinum single “Ocean Avenue,” the Los Angeles-based rock band returns to Baltimore on Thursday, equipped with a new album, new sound and new perspective. The days of teenage romance on the beach seem distant for Ryan Key (vocals, guitars), Sean Mackin (violins), Ryan Mendez (guitar) and Josh Portman (bass). The band, Key said recently, drew from personal trials as they wrote their seventh studio album, this month’s “Lift a Sail.” For Mackin, it was a battle with thyroid cancer. For Key, it was making his wedding vows last year to Russian professional...

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