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Hey punk fans, here's my latest kick-ass discovery : The Surrogates. Based in Syracuse NY, the Pop-punk quartet have been around since 2010 and they have just released their latest EP entitled "Easier Without You". I can honestly say, it fucking shreds! Heavy guitars riffs, catchy hooks and one of my favorite features: 2 different singers! There's something about them that reminds me of vintage Face To Face... Anyway, I'll let you judge on that. Stop reading this and stream the EP here.
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Michigan post-hardcore group I See Stars has just released a live music video for their song “Ten Thousand Feet”, which comes from their most recent album “New Demons” which was released in October 2013 via Sumerian Records.
You can check out the video below.
The group is set to launch their Red, White & Black tour this month. You can check out the dates and locations of their upcoming tour below.Add I See Stars to My Radar
Los Angeles screamo group Touché Amoré have announced a North American tour this summer. The group will be supported by Tigers Jaw and Dads on the month long tour that will be on both coasts, some stops in the middle as well as several dates in Canada.
If you want to see if this tour is coming to your area you can check out the dates below.
Touché Amoré’s latest full-length album “Is Survived By” was released in September 2013 via Deathwish Inc.Add Touche Amore to My Radar
A flip through the pages that cover the last decade or so in the annals of Boston punk history reveals a scene very much at a crossroads. Coupled with the slow burnout of the street punk and ska-core flames that lit much of the fuse for the previous decade, the increasing impact of gentrification in some of the grittier, working-class areas of the city (perhaps best typified by the closure of the legendary Rathskellar club, aka “The Rat”, in the Kenmore Square neighborhood to make way for a high-end hotel and the ongoing Boston University sprawl) created a veritable power vacuum in the scene.
As a direct result of that power vacuum, you haven’t been paying attention to what’s been going on in Boston for the last decade. Shame on you. Boston is back, in a major way.
While the 2014 Boston punk scene may not necessarily be aligned with the rough-and-tumble, blue collar days of yore, what does carry over is the spirit of camaraderie. Boston has always been a scene that looks out for each other, and the current scene is no different. The sounds are more diverse than ever before: traditional street punk and hardcore blend with throwback pop-punk and the ever-emerging Tiny Engines Records sound. Nick Gold, who waves the Boston punk flag high at the Run Don’t Walk blog, notes that “the punk scene (in Boston) is small, tight-knit, and has a family atmosphere because simply, we take care of our own.”
Sal Medrano, most recently of the band Rebuilder, echoes Gold’s sentiment: “Through all of this mess, we haven’t given up. When a venue or basement gets shut down, we always find a way to keep it alive. We have an extreme amount of loyalty to one another. If you look at Dropkick Murphys and Bosstones, both took out small local bands on national tours when they reached national level. Still to this day both bands host week-long events at house of blues once a year in which the line up has local Boston acts. Both these bands don’t have to do that but it’s helping to pass the torch. Eventually someone will have to fill their shoes.”
Case in point: The recent passing of two Boston firefighters while in the line of duty cast a pall over the city. Inspired by the events, Mark Lind (Ducky Boys/The Warning Shots) and scene vet Josh Smith sprung into action and organized a benefit show on short notice. The goal was to raise $10,000 for the firefighters’ memorial fund. Bands like Street Dogs, Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One, Ducky Boys, The Welch Boys and a reunited-for-the-first-time-in-a-decade Avoid One Thing volunteered their services, and bands like Bouncing Souls and the Dropkick Murphys and Rancid and Paul Westerberg contributed items to the affiliated raffle. The cause was so successful that a second night was added, and close to $40,000 has already been raised before the raffle even starts. That’s Boston punk.
No post on the Boston scene would be complete without a nod to the old guard that are still out there kicking ass and taking names. A sincere debt of gratitude is owed to bands like the Bosstones and the Dropkicks and Slapshot and Street Dogs and Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One and Continental and Ducky Boys and Transit and Jonathan Richman and Ramallah who have kept the fires burning. Were it not for that top tier of bands giving a shit about holding the door open for then next act through, this scene would have asphyxiated many years ago. But what follows is an homage to those aforementioned shoe-fillers. The scene probably wouldn’t be what it is now without guys like Ryan Agate and Clay Fernald and venues like O’Brien’s Pub and Great Scott and the legendary Middle East.
Head below to check out our playlist of the ten up-and-coming Boston area bands that make this scene the best damn one to be a part of.Add Dropkick Murphys to My Radar
Mischief Brew most recently released a previously lost album called “Kettle Rebellion” on April 1st of this year. You can read the story behind the record and stream it in full on the group’s Bandcamp page.Add Bomb The Music Industry to My Radar
Seattle punks Burn Burn Burn are storming through the Pacific Northwest and down to California this May and June. You can catch these guys playing with The Briefs, A Wilhelm Scream, Western Settings, and more. Check out the dates below, and if you haven’t heard them yet, just click here to stream their entire discography.Add Burn Burn Burn to My Radar
There is a documentary about Jeff Rosenstock and Bomb The Music Industry! currently being funded on Kickstarter. The film is titled “Never Get Tired: The Bomb The Music Industry! Story” and you can check out the trailer for it below.
The creator describes the documentary as a “feature-length film about DIY pioneer Jeff Rosenstock, who put his songs online for free and redefined punk for the internet age.”
You can get more details and contribute to the project here.Add Bomb The Music Industry to My Radar
Junior Battles have announced some details surrounding their sophomore full length album. The record, which will be titled Rally, will feature 11 tracks and will be released this spring. The band has also released the album’s first single, “Rafts”.
You can see the album’s track list and listen to the album’s first single, “Rafts” below.Add Junior Battles to My Radar
After having their entire Auto DJ music catalog lost by their previous Shoutcast host, Real Punk Radio is back up on the internet airwaves. Their TuneIn and iTunes stations have been updated with their new stream and they are back to providing 24/7 streaming punk rock’n'roll. Check out their site for the new links.