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DS Photo Gallery and Show Review: NOFX, Direct Hit!, Mean Jeans, & Bad Cop/Bad Cop (Los Angeles, 4/16/16)

You’ve probably heard that NOFX has a new book out, The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories, and that it recently made it on the New York Times’ best seller list. You may have also had the chance to check them out on their current book signing (and show) tour promoting their newest endeavor into combining the literary and punk rock worlds.

I was lucky enough to catch their LA show at the Belasco Theater with support from Direct Hit!, Mean Jeans, and Bad Cop/Bad Cop. This was an unforgettable night of music, friends, and fun as NOFX celebrated their thirty-plus years as a band and the stories they have shared for the world to read.

Bad Cop/Bad Cop opened the show proving why they are one of the strongest new(er) acts on the Fat Wreck roster. The band played a set of songs off their nearly-a-year-old debut full-length, Not Sorry, intermixed with an older song or two. It was a real bonus to see them on the LA date before they headed to Europe for their spring tour, including a spot at Groezrock.

Mean Jeans hit the stage next and I became an new fan. Having not listened to them much before, their Ramones-inspired sound instantly caught my attention and made me dance along. I love still being surprised by music and discovering new artists and look forward to what they will do next.

Direct Hit! came out swinging, ripping through their set to an increasingly excited crowd. This was my first time seeing them in a bigger venue and they really command the stage with their energy and enthusiasm. It’s evident they are excited to be on the Fat Wreck roster and touring with bands like NOFX.

Lastly, the moment the crowd had been waiting for – Fat Mike, El Hefe, Melvin, and Smelly took the stage to celebrate the release of their book and their love of playing music. There was a different air about this show, as if it was finally like they were able to not only share their music, but their experience as a band and as friends. With NOFX, you never know what the night will hold, as they have more than enough music to play a different set every night. The band played old favorites, setlist staples, and a few newer tunes over their hour-plus set. As always, the crowd sang, danced, moshed, and enjoyed every minute of it.

Shooting these bands and shows are always a ton of fun – check out our full gallery below!

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Sniper 66 releases new music video for “Messiah”

Austin street-punks Sniper 66 have released a rather spooky music video for their song “Messiah” off their 2014 album “Caput Lupinum”. Check it out below.

The band last released a 4-song split with Denver’s Potato Pirates.

Sniper 66 will be touring Europe in Sept/Oct 2016 and will be playing the Pogorausch Festival in Munich, Germany.

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The Barefoot Sailors stream new EP “Davy Jones’ Locker”

Ontario’s The Barefoot Sailors (the once solo project of The Dead Sparrow’s DanO turned full band) have released their debut EP Davy Jones’ Locker, and you can stream this fun little Celtic punk gem below.

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Bitch Queens (Swill punk rock) release music video for “Again, Again & Again”

Swiss punk rock act Bitch Queens have just released a music video for their song “Again, Again & Again” and you can check it out below.

The video was shot by bass player Marcel Colomb & Bitch Queens during the bands’ Japan tour in 2015. “Again, Again & Again” appears on the band’s 2014 album “Kill Your Friends.”

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Ethan 103 (Native American Punk Band) releases “Punk Rock Fashion Police” music video

Ethan 103, Navajo/Oneida punk rockers, released their official music video Punk Rock Fashion Police on April 18 and serves as a kickoff for their upcoming 5th Annual ON THE GRIND Southwest Skate Tour to New Mexico.

Here’s what the band had to say about the track:

“Punk Rock Fashion Police proves itself as a statement song in every measure as an anti-anti punk song revealing the hypocrisy built into the unwritten rules of punk fashion “standards” by people within the scene. First and foremost, the song calls out punk rockers who contradict themselves.

Punk Rock Fashion Police also speaks to the fashion industry’s tendency to cycle in and out of punk as a trendy theme expressed through stereotypical punk rock attire. When such creations turn up in designers’ magazine spreads and on runways in New York City, Paris, London and Milan, the appropriation diminishes punk’s classic conceits of politics, individualism and progressive thinking, drawing attention away from the messages punk rock aspires to convey. Neither do the exorbitant price tags on the clothing mesh with the punk rock ethos. Ethan 103 wants you to get the memo that all of this is bullshit. That memo is Punk Rock Fashion Police.”

The song, Punk Rock Fashion Police, was produced by multi-Grammy Nominee engineer/producer Ralph Patlan (Megadeth, Jamie Foxx). No word on if it will appear on an upcoming album but we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, check out the video and the band’s upcoming tour dates below.

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Album Review: The Rotten Blue Menace – “The Great Split”

I first learned about burgeoning skacore act The Rotten Blue Menace when researching bands for our monthly Hidden Gems article. After listening to a few tracks from their last EP Hail Sayetan I knew they would be a perfect fit for the list so, we featured them back in December. Since then, they’ve become a regular on my personal playlists. It’s not that the songwriting was groundbreaking or that the music was flawlessly executed with a German engineering like precision. It was a less tangible attraction than that. I’m a believer that “punk” is an attitude more so than just a musical genre. I identify more with that trenchant, indignant attitude that has become synonymous with the scene and if it’s one thing this frenzied fivesome has plenty of, it’s that acrimonious, “Fuck You” punk demeanor. When I heard that these delinquents from Denver had contributed six new songs to The Great Split, a split album (obviously) with Nevada hardcore outfit Couch Gorilla Squad, I knew it would have to be added to my collection. The split was available separately so I only got the half featuring TRBM, but it delivers on all fronts and shows a great deal of progression from their previous albums. If you’re a fan of the genre, this up and coming act needs to be on your radar. Check out the full review and stream the EP from these skacore phenoms below!

Music Video: Dowsing – “Red Legs Kicking”

Chicago indie/emo band Dowsing have premiered a music video for their song “Red Legs Kicking”, taken from their latest album Okay, and you can check it out below.

Okay was released yesterday (April 29th, 2016) via Asian Man Records, and was their first album since 2013′s I Don’t Even Care Anymore.

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Tiger Army stream new song “Firefall”

Tiger Army are streaming their brand new song “Firefall”, taken from their upcoming album V •••–. You can check it out below.

V •••– will be released on May 20th on Rise Records, and will be Tiger Army’s first studio album in nine years, since 2007′s Music from Regions Beyond.

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The Leeches (punk) stream new song “Hypocondie” off upcoming album “On The Line”

Italian punk act The Leeches are releasing a brand new album titled “On The Line” through Monster Zero Records sometime soonish and to get a taste of what’s to come you can stream one of the new tracks called “Hypocondie” below.

“Hypocondie” will also appear on a 7-inch single being released through Surfer Ki Records.

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Check out the “after movie” from last year’s Punk Rock Holiday and try not to buy a ticket to this year

I’ve never been to Slovenian punk festival Punk Rock Holiday but every year I post the “after movie” from the previous year’s fest I become more and more convinced it must be the best punk festival in the world. You can check out the after movie footage from 2015′s fest below.

This year’s lineup includes Millencolin,Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of MedicineThe Bouncing SoulsTerrorDONOTSA Wilhelm ScreamThe ToastersThe Decline, and a ton of other great bands.

Check out more info from their official website.

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Assassination Squad stream new album “Sibal War”

Here’s a new hard rocking punk act for you to check out. Chicago punks Assassination Squad started off in Seoul, South Korea but relocated to the US in 2015 and recently released a new full-length titled “Sibal War”. It ain’t too shabby! Stream it in its entirety below.

“Sibal War” is the band’s first release since 2012′s “To Assassinate And Entertain”.

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SHOT! release new video “Error Strikes Again” from upcoming EP

London punks Shot! have just released a music video for a brand new track titled “Error Strikes Again” and you can check it out below.

The song will appear on a new EP the band has yet to name or set a release date for. We’ll keep you posted on those details.

Shot! released their debut, self-titled album through Riot Ska Records in 2015.

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