Tour
X announce annual “A Family X-Mas” Holiday tour

L.A. punk legends X have announced their annual Holiday “X-Mas” shows, which includes mostly shows in California, two shows in Oregon and one in Seattle. The dates and locations are below.

X’s last album containing new material, Hey Zeus!, was released in 1993 on Big Life Records. The band recently announced that they will put out a new album in the future.


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Music
Perth’s Scalphunter (punk ‘n roll) stream new single “Best of Me”

Perth hardcore/punk ‘n roll act Scalphunter have just released a brand new singled titled “Best Of Me” off their upcoming debut album. Give it a listen below!

The new album is slated for a release in the latter half of next year and follows up on the band’s former three EPs and a 4-way split 7”. The first singles were recorded at Electric City Studios with the award-winning Adam Round (POND, Voyager, The Floors, Timothy Nelson and The Infidels, The Growl and Tame Impala).

Keep an eye out for Australian national tours to be announced soon.


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Video
PMX release music video for new song “Brave Face”

Scottish skate-punkers PMX have released a music video for their brand new song “Brave Face” off their upcoming release Dark Days. Check it out below!

Dark Days is slated for a September 5th release via Make That A Take Records. The album will serve as a follow-up to PMX’s The Ballad of Tony Montana, which was released in May 2013.


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Interview
DS Exclusive Interview: Laura Jane Grace talks live album, Emmys, being a trans parent, and more

Against Me! played an explosive set at the legendary Tavastia Club in Helsinki on August 11, 2015; the band’s fourth visit to Finland. Before the show I got to ask Laura Jane Grace some questions around the upcoming live album, “23 Live Sex Acts”, her Emmy nomination being a trans musician parent and more.

Check out the interview below.


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Video
Watch: The Gaslight Anthem and Frank Turner perform “Great Expectations” last night in London

The Gaslight Anthem: Alex R., Brian, Benny, Ian, Baby Wade and Alex L.

Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem are wrapping up the tail end of their pre-hiatus run of shows across the Atlantic Ocean.  They band played their last headline set at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire last night, and were joined onstage by the great, and unexpectedly tall, Frank Turner for a slow-burn rendition of TGA’s song “Great Expectations.” Watch the video below.

Fans of the band will remember that they almost pulled the plug a couple of years ago prior to the recording of their latest album, “Get Hurt,” which was released in August 2014 on Island Records. Their last US show was in Bridgeport, CT, last month, effectively guaranteeing that the hiatus won’t be a permanent thing…


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Band Spotlight
Introducing Punk Act: Regional Faction (FFO Pennywise, Millencolin)

If you were to cross “Pennybridge Pioneers” era Millencolin with “Straight Ahead” era Pennywise what you’d end up with would be something very akin to Seattle’s Regional Faction. If, like me, your musical proclivities are heavily skewed toward the 90′s skate punk scene this band will absolutely hit home for you. Their new self-titled EP is six songs of chunky, riff heavy, melodic yet aggressive punk rock nostalgia that I highly recommend you stream below.


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Show Review
Festival Review: Sixth Annual Rats Nest Run-In (American Pinup, Koffin Kats, Kyle Trocolla and more)


I visited and reported on this show last year and had such a great time I vowed to make the trip back up to New York’s Catskill mountains just outside of Albany to revisit it this year, and I am happy I did.

This was the sixth annual Rats Nest Run-In but only the second for me, it’s a counter culture car show which features predominantly pre 1965 vehicles that are rebuilt by their owners from spare parts of numerous other cars that have been pieced together in all sorts of interesting and imaginary way’s.

The crowd and the mood of this marvelous event is also decidedly counter culture and as diverse as the cars, it’s a really nice mix of old and young hot rodders ranging from infants to the infirmed, there are families with children, psychobilly greasers, and crusty punks walking the large field filled with an endless number of cars, one more interesting than the other.

Dozens and dozens of vendors line the field hawking car parts, tattoo art, retro-rockabilly clothing, and all sorts of interesting crafts and wares that catch your eye, I could have spent a whole day just shopping, but I had bands to see.

Large crowds gather and disperse from the stage (An old semi trailer) as the bands, burlesque performers, and pinup girl contest make their way on and off like clockwork giving the crowd some sort of new sonic or visual adventure every 30-40 minutes or so.

Upon my arrival on Friday I caught a set by The Bothers, a Brooklyn based Rockabilly Roots band that really had it together, they were tight, fun and looked the part with their slicked back hair, high cuffed jeans and tight t shirts…Another great Rockabilly act was Lara Hope and The Arktones featuring Matt Goldpaw of the Arkhams on stand up base, While front gal Lara belted out song after song in a sweet rockin’ voice that was undeniably fitting for this show.

Later when the show moved inside I caught a stellar set by solo artist Kyle Trocolla that blew us all away with his alt country sound and punk lyrics, I am a fan of this genre and I was delighted by this heartfelt gravel voiced set…Next up on the inside stage we saw another new band (new to me anyway) called Pitchfork Militia who delivered a very high energy set and entertained the audience with antics like using a toy fire truck as a guitar slide. Then came The Creepin Cadavers who were an all out Psychobilly assault that was pure high energy fun…And one of my new favorite bands as of that night is The Grizzly Band who came up from Texas and delivered a phenominal alt country set complete with steel guitar, truckers caps, and long beards, all of which added to their authentic sound and feel, and the last band of the evening was again an unexpected surprise called Those Crosstown Rivals who do a punky southern rock, that included hints of classic southern rock with the edge of punk and hints of country that never leaned to much in any direction, lets just say I liked them.

Saturday brought more of the same, so many interesting cars, burlesque and side show acts, and more great music by acts like the rockabilly band Whiskey Kill who did a killer classic rockabilly set, and a really fun and really good Surf band called The Sci Flies who played all the old surf classics while wearing matching Fly masks, later both on the outdoor stage, and again on the indoor stage, American Pinup performed remarkably flawless sets that brought the crowds right to the front of the stage to hear their sets, American Pinup also played this event last year and is an obvious crowd favorite. Finally the night was topped off by the Koffin Kats who as they always do delivered an hour plus of high octane Psychobilly that brought the house down with their unmatched onstage showmanship and operatic vocals that place them at the top of their genre…Thus the evening came to an end.

Sunday we all licked our wounds from the night before, waited to long in line for breakfast then sat in the sun with a lemonade and watched repeat performances by Whiskey Kill, American Pinup, The Bothers and Lara Hope and The Arktones…while awaiting lunch at the free, That’s right free Pig Roast and Tiki Pool Party…by this time much of the crowd had dispersed and headed home leaving maybe 500 or so of us left to enjoy the roasted pigs, nurse our hangovers and listen to more really great music.

This was once again a wonderful weekend and I hope to attend it again next year…I just hope my liver can survive it.


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Album Review
Album Review: You Vandal – “Abandon All Hope”

You Vandal play a form of emotive pop punk somewhat removed from the saccharine variety their Saves the Day-inspired moniker might imply. Instead, the Gainesville group employs a 90s alternative-leaning sound that owes more to early Brand New and like-minded UK brethren Moose Blood. Sound like an interesting mix? It is!

Abandon All Hope ticks off the necessary boxes over the course of its satisfying run-time. The band at times echoes the uptempo flair of Jimmy Eat World, particularly on the title track, while vocalist Eric Cannon has a knack for channeling Adam Lazzara with his charismatic delivery and catchy lyricism. The album pleasantly eschews genre archetypes by occasionally slowing things down and settling into a melodic groove (“Pixies,” “O.K.”) or upping the distortion and letting their grunge influences shine through (“No Fun,” “Die Alone”).

The only knock against the album is that some of the slower tracks tend to run together, though when they’re this enjoyable is that really a con? Pop punk and emo aficionados and fans of the aforementioned bands should spend some time with You Vandal. They haven’t reached the genre-defining heights of their namesake, but they have put together an album with hooks for days and the tight musicianship of a group clearly working to hone their craft. Recommended listening.

3.5 / 5 – Listen below.

Standout tracks: “Abandon All Hope,” “Say It Out Loud,” “Take Me Home”



Video
New Video: The Mahones – “Punk Rock Saved My Life”

Here’s a pretty fun way to kick off your weekend. It’s a new lyric video from your favorite Canadian Celtic punks, The Mahones. The song, as you’ve probably all heard by now, is called “Punk Rock Saved My Life,” and it’s the lead single from their upcoming album, “The Hunger & The Fight – Volume Two.” The lyrics are actually super-imposed over a series of dozens of pictures of the band both playing live and hanging out with their friends and fans. Cool concept; check it out below!

“The Hunger & The Fight – Volume Two” is due out on Whiskey Devil Records online on September 18th. It’ll be in stores in North America that same day, and in the rest of the world on October 9th.


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DS Exclusive
Dying Scene Session: Jason Tankerley (Energy) performs “They” from his solo EP, “The Infection”

While the unofficial end of summer might be just a week-or-so away, you haven’t heard the end of the Dying Scene Sessions just yet! We’re stoked to bring you the latest installment, just in time for the weekend.

Dying Scene recently had the privilege of catching up with Jason Tankerley for the second time. Perhaps best known from his role in Boston-area punk band Energy, Tankerley released a six-song solo EP, The Infection, earlier this year. In our newest Dying Scene Session, Tankerley performed a bare-bones version of the track “They.” Check out the video below!

Energy’s last album, A Tribute To The Misfits, was released for free download on February 18, 2014. The band are next slated to appear at Boston’s Burning 3 in mid-September alongside acts like The Warning Shots, Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One, Jared Hart (The Scandals), The Blue Bloods, Duck & Cover and more; check out details here. Like what you hear from this DS Session? Stream The Infection in it’s entirety right here.

 


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Release
H2O release title track from new album, “Use Your Voice,” and announce tour dates

New York hardcore veterans H2O have a new album coming out on October 9th via Bridge Nine Records, and you can check out the title track, “Use Your Voice,” here.

H2O also announced a string of tour dates to support the new album.  You can find all the dates and places below.

Use Your Voice will be H2O’s first album in 7 years, since 2008′s Nothing to Prove.


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Interview
Interview: Bill Stevenson (ALL, The Descendents) sings Propagandhi’s “Without Love”

You probably know Bill Stevenson from his time as the drummer for Descendents and ALL, and now you can hear him talking about (and singing!) Propagandhi‘s “Without You.”  He also talks about working with Propagandhi and who he thinks is “the best band in the world.”

You can watch the full clip below.


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