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The Hideout (Massachusetts, pop punk) stream new video for “Everyone Sucks”

Massachusetts pop punkers The Hideout have released a new video from their latest release There’s Nothing. I’m Closing My Eyes. The track they’ve chosen is called “Everyone Sucks” and you can have a listen and a watch below.

There’s Nothing. I’m Closing My Eyes is currently available through Ocelot Records.


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Album Review
EP Review: Splitfist – “Straight Outta Halton”

Ontario easycore punks Splitfist, burst onto the scene with their seven track, debut EP, Straight Outta Halton via heavyweight punk label We Are Triumphant Records in August of 2015 (has it been over a year already?). While flying under the radar a bit in a year that saw a slew of stellar releases from more tenured bands, they still managed to garner recognition among pop punk fans. One of the factors that set them apart from their peers with this freshman offering was the songwriting. Embedding it’s roots in the pop soil while being something wholly different itself, the writing is aggressive and thoughtful, far less cheesy than a lot of others in their category. Couple that unique attribute with evocative, gritty vocals and intricate music composition and  it’s easy to see why these young canucks stand out from the rest of the pop pack. Check out the full review of this incredible inaugural EP below!


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Band Spotlight
Introducing Hardcore Punk Act: Vandalism (full album stream)

When this one showed up in my inbox today it came with the one liner: “Vandalism feel at home somewhere between Propagandhi and Raised Fist. Hardcore-Punk with complex song structures.” Intriguing, but I typically need to hear it to believe it. Two songs in I am totally sold. To paint a more accurate picture I’d say this German 4 piece leans more towards Raised Fist vocally with some definite Propagandhi influences in the instrumentals. You know the drill though. Don’t take my word for it. Stream the band’s new full-length “Kings & Beggars” below and judge for yourselves.


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Watch: Street Dogs perform “Johnny Come Lately,” “Anti-XMas” and “Pedestal” to promote Wreck The Halls

We’re getting to the end of the calendar year, so that can only mean one thing…it’s time for the Street Dogs‘ Wreck The Halls celebration. Now in its 11th incarnation, this year’s Wreck The Halls takes place over four nights (December 15th – 18th) at Boston’s Brighton Music Hall, and in a bit of a twist, each night is billed as a co-headlining show with Street Dogs’ guitarist Lenny Lashley’s “other band,” The New Darkbuster.

To help promote the event, Mike McColgan and Lenny Lashley sat in at Boston-based radio station RadioBDC and played three acoustic tracks: “Pedestal,” the Steve Earle cover “Johnny Come Lately,” Lashley’s “Anti-XMas.” Check out the video below. While you’re at it, head here to see where you can pick up some of the limited remaining tickets for the WTH shows (Note: December 17th is sold out).

Street Dogs last released a 10-inch split with Noi!se in April 2014 through Pirates Press Records. They’re putting the finishing touches on their first studio full length since 2010 in the near future; stay tuned!


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Erik Herzog (Bad Astronaut) passes away

Erik Herzog of Bad Astronaut. Photo by Gwendolyn Lee

According to a statement released by the folks at Fat Wreck Chords yesterday, Bad Astronautdrummer Erik Herzog has passed away. In addition to joining Bad Astronaut after the death of their founding drummer Derrick Plourde, Herzog was a longtime staple in the Santa Barbara music scene.

Our sincerest condolences to Erik’s family and bandmates.


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MxPx release new song “Another Christmas”

Bremerton pop-punk veterans MxPx have released a festive new song just in time for the holiday season. The track’s titled “Another Christmas,” and you can give it a listen below.

You can get a free download of this song by joining the band’s mailing list.

MxPx released a non-Christmas themed track called “They” last month – head over here to check that out. The band’s latest album Plans Within Plans came out in 2012.


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False Positives (punk) stream new EP “Departures”

Oakland punks False Positives have released their debut EP, Departures. The 5-track release is a high energy pack reminiscent of early Lawrence Arms, with a dynamic range that showcases the band’s versatility.

You can listen to the full EP below.

The group will also be heading out on a short California run in support of this release, view the dates and locations below.


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Cope (punk rock) premiere debut music video for song “Seasons Ending”

London based punk outfit Cope have premiered their first music video for their song “Seasons Ending.” The song is one off of their latest EP, Challenge Oppression // Pursue Equality, which touches on a number of social issues in the world today – this one being the destruction of planet Earth.

On the topic of the video, vocalist Adam Bates said, “Climate change is the biggest challenge humans face right now. We have a duty to look after the Earth, this is our way of speaking up.”

You can watch the video below.

Challenge Oppression // Pursue Equality was released on November 11th, 2016.


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Behind Deadlines stream upcoming album “Status Quo”

Philly ska/pop-punk band Behind Deadlines are streaming their newest album, Status Quo, over on their Bandcamp page. The new 11-track album is ska – as we all love it – and the grace of pop-punk all bundled up in to one massive release.

Digital and physical sales are currently available, with physical sales coming with 4 bonus tracks. You can listen to the whole thing and check out the merch options below.

Status Quo serves as a follow-up to the group’s 2015 EP, Before Summer Ends. 


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Release
Anti-Flag announce 2-volume Live LP

Anti-Flag are not slowing down at all this year! The band has announced that they will be releasing a double volume live LP in 2017. The release was recorded over the span of 3 nights in Los Angeles with the songs spanning the length of their career – oldies and new ones for everyone.

Live Vol. 1 is scheduled for release on January 20th (coincidentally, the date Trump is set to take office), with Live Vol. 2 coming later in the year. The band will also be touring extensively in support of the release

You can view the track listing for the first volume below.

North American LP pre-order is available from A-F Records here and UK / EU LP pre-order is available from Little Rocket Records here.

Anti-Flag’s latest album American Spring was released in 2015 through Spinefarm Records.


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Matt Pyror (The Get Up Kids) announces 5th solo record “Momento Mori”

Matt Pryor, frontman for The Get Up Kids, has announced details regarding his fifth upcoming solo album. It is titled Momento Mori and it will be released on February 17th, 2017 through Equal Vision Records, with pre-orders happening now.

Pryor also released a brand new single called “A Small Explosion”, which you can listen to below.

Matt Pryor’s latest album Nine Forty Live was released in 2014 through Rory Records (by way of Equal Vision Records).


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Old Gray release Little Elephant session, premiere two new tracks

New Hampshire post-hardcore/screamo band Old Gray recently did a session for Toledo based collective Little Elephant. They released the full session, which saw the band play three songs off of their upcoming album, Slow Burn. These songs included previously released single “Blunt Trauma”, and two new ones called “Communion” and “Razor Blade.”

You can watch the whole session below.

Slow Burn is scheduled for release on December 9th, 2016 and will follow their last release Dex, which was released on September 4, 2015.


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