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Tours: On the Cinder

on-the-cinderBuffalo, NY punks, On The Cinder has announced that they will be heading on tour this month in the US. The band continues to support their latest album, The Fight Against Ourselves, which was released on April 7, 2016 through Between The Days Records.

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Pet Symmetry Announce New LP; Stream First Track

Pet SymmetryChicago trio Pet Symmetry has announced details for their next full length.  The disc is titled Vision and is on track for a May 26, 2017 through Polyvinyl Record Company.

Listen to the new song, “Stare Collection,” below.

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Jeff Rosenstock Plays Songs For Little Elephant Sessions

jeff-rosenstockPunk rocker Jeff Rosenstock recently performed for the Little Elephant Sessions.  The video features the songs “HELLLLHOOOOLE,” “June 21st,” “The Fuzz,” “…While You’re Alive,” and “Perfect Sound Whatever.” Rosenstock continues to support his recent album, Worry, which was released back in 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.

Watch the full session below.

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Diet Cig Stream New LP In Full

Diet CigNew Paltz, NY’s power-pop duo Diet Cig have premiered a new songfrom their next album.  The disc will be titled Swear I’m Good At This and is set to drop on April 7, 2017 via Frenchkiss Records.

Listen to the full disc here.

Tours: Tiger Army / Murder By Death

Tiger ArmyLos Angeles punks Tiger Army has announced that they will be touring with Murder By Death starting in June.  The band continues to release their latest release, V •••–, available now via Rise Records.

 

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Bayside & Say Anything Cover Each Others Songs

bayside2Queens pop punk band Bayside and LA’s Say Anything have released covers of one another’s songs in support of their upcoming Spring tour.

Raneri’s cover os Say Anything“Night’s Song” can be heard at Facebook.com/bayside and Bemis’ rendition of “They’re Not Horses, They’re Unicorns” can be heard at Facebook.com/sayanything. 

The tour kicks off in April and will feature Reggie and the Full Effect (April 17th – May 14) and Hot Rod Circuit (May 16th – 27th) as support.

Check out the full list of tour dates below.

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Blink 182 – Misery

Blink 182Blink 182 is streaming the new song “Misery.”  The track will appear on the deluxe version of their recent album, California, featuring 11 brand new songs and an acoustic version of “Bored To Death”, and is set to drop on May 19, 2017.

Listen to the song below.

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Video: Microwave – Dull

MicrowaveGeorgia noisy punk outfit Microwave has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song, Much Love, which dropped back in September 2016 via SideOneDummy Records

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Video: Real Friends – Empty Picture Frames

Real FriendsChicago pop-punk outfit Real Friends has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Mess,” which appears on their latest album, The Home Inside My Head, which dropped in May 2016 via Fearless Records.

Check out the video below.

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Punk Rock Bowling Announce Asbury Park Club Lineup

Punk Rock BowlingPunk Rock Bowling, the Las Vegas based punk festival due to take place on the memorial day weekend (May 26-29th) has announced details for the Asbury Park Club lineup, including Sick Of It All, Street Dogs, and Giuda to name a few.

Tickets for PRB 2017 are available here.  

Details for the newly announced club show can be found below.

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See Through Dresses Announce New LP

See Through DressesOmaha, NE’s See Through Dresses has announced that they will be releasing a new album this June.  The disc will be titled Horse Of The Other World and is due out on June 30, 2017 via Tiny Engines Records.

Upcoming tour dates are below.

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Tours: Miss May I

MissMayIOhio metal band Miss May I will be heading on tour.  The band continues to support their latest LP, Deathless, which dropped back in August 2015 via Rise Records.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Frenzal Rhomb Detail New LP

frenzal hi viz cover.cdrAustralian punkers Frenzal Rhomb have announced details for their next full length.  The disc will be titled Hi-Vis High Tea and is set to be released on May 26, 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords.  The disc was recorded by Bill Stevenson (Descendents, Black Flag) and Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room.

Pre-orders are live.

Strike Twelve

Strike Twelve

Down With The Ship

Felony Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

California melodic-skate punkers Strike Twelve really wowed me with Moonshine, a shining reminder that EpiFat inspired punk rock still exists in the present age.  They fit in well alongside their fellow peers comprising the under-recognized California EpiFat revival, like Sic Waiting, The Shell Corporation, Margate and DC Fallout.  Fast forward four years and the band returns with their next installment, the thirteen track LP, Down With The Ship.  Careful not to retread old ground, the skilled four-piece lighten the mood, resulting in an album that ranges from energy inducing to downright fun.

The band maintains a vigorous tempo and adheres to a breakneck pace full of twists and turns around every bend. That being said, the album seems to differentiate between the first and second half.  The first run of five or so tracks serve up the lighter side of Strike Twelve, while the other feels more sonically serious.  Apart from the urgent, melodic chorus vocals, and killer guitar solo framing opener “The End Is Near” (an undeniable album standout), the first few tracks rely heavily on a light coating of dark humour.  Take “Failure Is An Option,” which bounces along jovially with a real “town reject” sort of vibe, embodying the living farce about which the band seems to pokes fun.  “I’m paralyzed, can’t make a move, bit off more than I can chew, wish there was something I could do,” speaks Matt T. in jest as he reflects on a life lived without pumping the breaks.  Likewise, “Midwest Town” takes a goofy yet satirically intentioned approach, serving as a self-aware tune poking fun at the things fledging artists do to buy in and sell out.  The imagery surrounding a small town artists leaving their morals at the door is every bit as unflattering and humorous as you’d expect.

With only a slight warning offered by “Apathy’s” more serious tone, Strike Twelve raise the stakes with an unforgettable cover of Peter Schilling’s  “Major Tom (Coming Home).”  The punked-up rendition of the space-traveler chronicle perfectly captures the cosmic scope of being flung wildly into the great abyss.  It’s all wrapped up tightly in a salvo of heart-pumping melodic skate-punk clearly indebted to No Use For A Name.  Not to detract from the band’s original work, but as far as covers go, “Major Tom” is an unexpected album highlight.  The tracks that follow, notably “Cut The Cable,” “Strike Twelve’s Excellent Adventure” and “Monument,” seem to present a darker, grimmer outlook, under a veil of dark humour.  “Monument” in particular infuses metal-tinged chords and guitar solos speaking to the sensitive topic of life’s value, worth, and what it means to have it all placed on hold indefinitely.  “I’m a glutton for pain. I really can’t complain ‘cause deep down I do it ‘cause I love it.  But the more I think about it I get knots in my stomach,” sings the band in “Joe’s Apartment,” a track that perfectly exemplifies the band’s use of humorous imagery like that of a train wreck of a messy apartment to expose the more severe dangers of losing life balance (also a theme reflected in the album title).

Come for the melody, stay for the humour and sharp insight. There are many reasons to embrace Strike Twelve, and Down With The Ship makes a compelling case for each of them.  While all thirteen tracks might not be as stylistically cohesive as those comprising Moonshine, Strike Twelve have produced yet solid reminder as to why they’re still running thirteen years later.  Fans of the age-old EpitFat sound should once again take note.

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Matt Pryor

Memento Mori

Equal Vision Records / Rory Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Matt Pryor, best known for his work in The Get Up Kids, has been quietly amassing a sizeable library of solo work.  Given the focus of his seminal emo band, it’s not surprising that Pryor’s independent output retains strong emotional overtones.  Defined largely as an acoustic affair,  Pryor’s unmistakably fragile vocals communicate a deeply personal and intimate connection with his work.  His latest effort, Memento Mori, showcases Pyror’s pensive, wispy demeanor, making for an album every bit as light at it is somber.  Memento Mori isn’t something to sing along to on a sunny day, but rather a collection of tracks well worth contemplating while gazing through a rain-drizzled window.

Laced with soft strung guitar chords and lightly landing piano notes, opener “Mary” sets Memento Mori up as a very unassuming introduction.  “Mary, I’m sorry, I didn’t have the will to fight, the fire in the house tonight,” apologizes Pryor during his opening lines.  A sense of sadness pervades each word – washing a wave of defeat over listeners.  It’s the type of song that takes a few listens before its full weight bares itself, but certainly grows into something quite intimate once familiar.  Others  like “A Small Explosion” expand on this sense of growth with wispy harmonies elevating choruses without giving into the temptation of writing a mainstream Chris Carrabba radio single.  Further songs like “Sidney,” “I Won’t Be Afraid,” and “When We Go Wrong” showcase Pryor’s knack for maintaining this sense of balance throughout Memento Mori.

The only potential issue that some may find with the album is that the’s rather slow, methodical pacing, gets a little sluggish.  Tracks like “Where Is Juan Carlos” perhaps overdo the slow and somber approach, risking a mid-album lull in energy.  Thankfully the disc never coasts to a complete stop, but there are a few moments that may have benefited from slight nudge on the accelerator.

Matt Pryor offers another solid installment in his emotional series of solo albums.  The album isn’t his most distinct work (that honour remains with May Day), but maintains many of the songwriting hallmarks of which Pryor’s fan base admires him for.  All in all, Memento Mori is a safe and enjoyable addition to Pryor’s discography.

Video: All Time Low – Last Young Renedage

All Time LowAll Time Low have premiered a new track, marking their second song from their upcoming album, Last Young Renegade.  The track serves as the title track, and the album is due out on June 2, 2017 via Fuelled By Ramen.  

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Video: Matchless – Voodoo

MatchlessCanadian phsychobilly act Matchless has premiered a new music video for the song “Voodoo.”  The track appears on their latest full length, Pills & Blades, available now on Falsetto Music Agency.

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Terror Announces New EP; Release Music Video

TerrorLong running hardcore band Terror has announced details for their next EP.  The disc will be titled The Walls Will Fall and is set to drop on April 28, 2017 via Pure Noise Records (digital, CD) and Triple B (vinyl).  Vocalist Scott Vogel comments:

“It feels good to have some new music coming out. We thought this song would be right to release first, as the energy and vibe sums up this EP. Terror is always going to be Terror, and we’re proud to be consistent and on point with our sound. But still we are always trying to push and make sure the urgency and reality is always in everything we do.”

The track listing, along with a new music video for the song “Kill ‘Em Off,” can be found below.

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Vans Warped Tour 2017 Announces Artist Lineup; Launch Ticket Sales

Warped TourTickets are now available for the annual 2017 edition of the Vans Warped Tour.  Additionally, the full tour line-up has already been announced, and will include Sick Of It All, CKY, GWAR, The Adolescents, Strung Out, T.S.O.L,Hatebreed, Emmure, Anti-Flag, The Ataris and many more.  Tour founder Kevin Lyman expresses his excitement for the ongoing event:

“As we enter our 23rd year on the road, continuing our mission of music, philanthropy and education is what I look forward to most.  The Vans Warped Tour is not for all, but every summer I look forward to seeing those fans who do chose to come and engage and be a positive force in our community.”

Full details and ticket sales can be found here.

Video: Palisades – Let Down

Palisades STNew Jersey’s Palisades have released a music video for “Let Down”, a track taken from their new self-titled LP, which was released last Friday via Rise  Records. The latest album is a bold new step for the band which first arrived on the scene with 2013’s Outcasts, followed by 2015’s Mind Games.

Watch the video below.

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Tours: Jeff Rosenstock (Europe)

jeff-rosenstockPunk rocker Jeff Rosenstock has announced plans to tour Europe this May.  He is supporting this latest album, Worry, and was released back in 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.

Tour dates are below.

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Tours: Brutal Youth (Europe)

Brutal YouthToronto hardcore punk act Brutal Youth has announced that they will be hopping the pond for a tour of Europe this April.  The band released their latest full length, Sanguine, back in 2016 via Stomp Records

Tour dates are below.

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Light Years – The Summer She Broke My Heart

LightYears-2013Cleveland, OH’s Light Years have premiered a new music video for their song “The Summer She Broke My”.  The band last release I’ll See You When I See You back in November 2015 via Rude Records.

Watch the video below.

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Lost Love – Here’s 15 Cents, Now We’re Even

Stomp RecordsLost Love have just released their video for their single “Here’s 15 Cents, Now We’re Even.”

The track comes from their sophomore album Comfortable Scars that was released last year throughStomp Records.

Watch the video below.

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The Real McKenzies

Two Devils Will Talk

STOMP Records (CAN) / Fat Wreck Chords (US)
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

What can I say about The Real McKenzies that hasn’t been said before?  The roughneck Vancouver-based crew of Celtic misfits have been an undeniable force in the global punk scene since the early 90’s and continue to build on their legacy with each passing album and release.  Their latest full length, Two Devils Will Talk, continues the brash bagpipe-meets-punk-rock formula that the band remains best known for.

Paul McKenzie’s unmistakable vocal presence sounds as weathered and energetic as ever, enhanced by a rasp bestowed by a lengthy career and the passage of time.  “We’ll march and we’ll never falter, side by side we’ll sing our song, let’s have a cheer for our fallen brethren, through us they will never die,” belts the band in a whiskey-drenched choral cry, reflecting The Real McKenzies’ stubborn, undying drive.  “Due West” launches into a quick-landing tempo that persists through the lion’s share of Two Devils Will Talk’s.  Make no mistake, Two Devils Will Talk is a quick and rambunctious beast, seldom pausing to catch its breath.  “Weyburn” and “One Day” further join in on the excitement, hammering through chorus and verse with a quick-paced melodic drive that is every bit as singable as it is sonically agile.  Later offerings like “Pedal,” “The Town” and “The Comeback” follow suit, with the latter trumpeting some seriously speedy riffs embodying the track’s message of resistance and longevity.  In terms of outright style, the disc feels markedly more Flatfoot 56 than Flogging Molly.  In other words, this time around, there is an undeniable punk-rock presence leading at the helm.

It isn’t until the hearty, wayward tune “Seafarers” that the boys embark on a mid-tempo adventure onto the high seas.  A classic Real McKenzies excursion chronicling a crew narrowly defying disaster.   Likewise, the nostalgic Stan Rogers Canadian acepella classic “Northwest Passage” marks a rare and powerful vocal-exclusive moment reminiscent of The Dreadnoughts, before transforming the colonial tale of “discovery” into a full-on punk tune.  It’s a great rendition of the song, even if the track’s romanticized view of colonial history has long since been challenged by historical scholarship.

As always, The Real McKenzies deliver a prime example of the fun to be had in the raucous world of Celtic punk.  Two Devils Will Talk reinforces that the sands of time have done little to dull The Real Mckenzies sharp edge.  While the album doesn’t necessarily differentiate itself from the band’s discography, Two Devils Will Talk is a case where more of the same is more than welcome when the product is so well founded.  Another worthwhile and entertaining offering by one of Celtic punk’s finest.

Video: Emarosa – Sure

EmarosaEmarosa has premiered a new music video from their latest full length. The video features the song “Porcelin” from the album 131, which dropped back in July via Hopeless Records.  

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Western Daughter Streams New LP In Full

Western Daughter DSToday Western Daughter has released a stream of the of their upcoming album, Driftwood Songs, that promises to deliver an honest blend of emo, folk and rock from the Pacific Northwest that weaves introspective lyrics into every song.  The album is scheduled to be released on the 24, 2017 March on vinyl, on black and ‘orange crush’ variants, CD and digital formats, as well as exclusive bundles, via Take This To Heart Records.

You can stream the full disc below, and Driftwood Songs can be pre-ordered here

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Red City Radio Preform Rock Room Sessions

Red City RadioOklahoma City’s Red City Radio recently sat down to preform for the Rock Room Sessions.  The band played “Rest Easy,” lifted from their self titled album, available now via Staple Records.

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Tours: Taking Back Sunday / Every Time I Die / Modern Chemistry / All Get Out

taking-back-sunday-tidal-waveLong running emo staples Taking Back Sunday have announced that they will be heading on tour with direct support from Every Time I Die with Modern Chemistry and All Get Out.  The band continues to support their 2016 full length, Tidal Wave, available now via Hopeless Records.  

Tour dates are below.

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Adult Mom – Full Screen

Adult MomPurchase, NY’s Adult Mom has premiered a new song.   The track is titled “Full Screen” and appears on their upcoming sophomore album, will be titled Soft Spots and is due out on May 19, 2017 via Tiny Engines Records.

Listen to the track here courtesy Rookie Magazine.

The album follows their debut LP, Momentary Lapse of Happily, released in July 2015.

Astronautalis – The Dirt Bike

ASTRONAUTALISMinneapolis MN, USA, Hip-Hop/Indie-Rock/Punk band Astronautalis has premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “The Dirt Bike” and can be heard here, along with upcoming Canadian tour dates.

 The band released Cut The Body Loose, back in 2016 via Cargo Records in the EU and SideOneDummy Records in the US. Read More…