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Louise Distras releasing live album

British singer-songwriter Louise Distras will soon be releasing a new live album titled Live in Berlin. The album was recorded at a recent show at Wild At Heart in Berlin, and features tracks from her debut album Dreams from the Factory Floor, as well as some brand new songs.

Head over here to pre-order Live in Berlin. All proceeds from this live album’s sales will be used to fund the making of Distras’ second studio album.


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Danvers (Pittsburgh punk) offer free download of new album “Jazz Standards”

Pittsburgh punks Danvers are currently offering their new album Jazz Standards up for pay-what-you-want (which can mean free) download. You can give the record a listen below, and grab your free digital copy from their Bandcamp page.

The vinyl version of the album is also on sale for $6 on Bandcamp. So if you prefer physical media, now’s the perfect time to grab Jazz Standards on wax.


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Chotto Ghetto stream new song “Internet Eye” from upcoming album “Monstrosity”

Three years after heading into the studio to record a new album titled Monstrosity, LA’s Chotto Ghetto have announced the LP will be released on May 5th, 2017 through Asian Man Records.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on Monstrosity, which the band describes as a concept album, come to light. Chotto Ghetto last released Sparkles in 2012.


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Music Video: State Champs – “Losing Myself”

New York pop-punk band State Champs have released a new music video for their song “Losing Myself,” which is taken from 2015′s Around the World and Back.

You can check the video out below.

Around the World and Back came out last October through Pure Noise Records.


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Career Suicide announce releasing new album & EP, announce UK winter tour

Toronto’s Career Suicide will be releasing a new album titled Machine Response in February, 2017 through Deranged Records and Static Shock Records. The band will also be putting out a 7″ of the same title, which will be available on their UK tour.

You can check out the cover art and tracklist for the LP, stream two songs from the EP, and find more details on the band’s upcoming tour dates below.

Machine Response will be Career Suicide’s first full-length album in 10 years, serving as the follow-up to 2006′s Attempted Suicide.


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Guttermouth stream new EP “New Car Smell”

Guttermouth have made their new EP New Car Smell available to stream. You can give the full 6-song release a listen below, and head over here to grab a copy.

New Car Smell came out on November 25th through Rude Records and Bird Attack Records.


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DS Photo Gallery: The Falcon w/ Kyle Kinane, Arms Aloft & Typesetter (Chicago, IL)

On the eve before Thanksgiving, The Falcon took one last flight before calling it a day, donning their hoods and being placed back in their mews (yeah okay, so I may have Googled some falcon facts or whatever). The four-piece played their last show for the foreseeable future at the Metro in their – kind of – hometown of Chicago. Joining them to round out an amazingly strong lineup were Wisconsin’s Arms Aloft and comedian Kyle Kinane along with Chicago locals, Typesetter.

As all great Metro shows go, the pre-party drink-a-thon started next door at GMan, a bar owned and operated by Metro. For those of you not from the Chicagoland area, GMan is the equivalent of the music scene’s Cheers. There is rarely a time when I cross the threshold without instantly recognizing a few faces; tonight was no different. As I grabbed my Tito’s and soda, I noticed an eight top of friends on one side of the bar and as I walked into the newly remodeled back room, there were about twenty more. The chatter mostly pertained to holiday plans, right wing gun toting uncles and a headcount of how many Malort shots everyone would be doing before the night’s end. I took that as my cue to leave and walk over to the venue.

The room was bare but slowly filling up as Typesetter took the stage. While I’ve covered a number of shows at Metro, I have never been on the photography end of the coverage. Ready to pop my photo cherry, I plodded into the photo pit with my camera out and ready to go. “You can’t have that,” a staff member told me as I passed. “No flash.” He was pointing at my external flash. Ladies and gentlemen, we have just reached the first panic inducing obstacle of the evening. I removed the flash, politely thanked him (always be kind to the venue staff!) and began to pray. Dear Annie Leibovitz – wait you’re not dead. Either way, please don’t let me fuck this up too badly without a flash. After some setting adjustments, I started to see images on my display screen again, hoped for the best and started to calm down.

After frequenting as many shows per week as I possibly can cram into schedule, I have somehow mysteriously never seen Typesetter in the four plus years since I’ve moved back to Chicago. This is not for lack of effort on their part either; they’re always playing. But I was finally able to witness what my friends have been raving about. The five piece plays indie rock that may border on shoegaze. (Complete disclosure: I’m too old to understand what that definition means anymore). Ferocious and melodic, Typesetter plowed through their set as a strong opener for the night.

Arms Aloft was next on the bill for the evening. While the band may still be slightly under the radar throughout most of the country, they have been playing and cultivating a decent sized fan base here in Chicago for years. Their latest LP entitled What A Time To Be Barely Alive was released earlier this year to rave reviews. It’s the perfect commentary on the state of our existence, especially with the results of the recent presidential election. Their set consisted of a decent mix of old and new. But that didn’t seem to matter to the crowd, who were shouting along to every word.

I had previously interviewed Kyle Kinane a week before this show and before he even had joined the tour. The one thing that came across loud and clear was his concern for what could go wrong when being strangely slotted between two musical acts. How would the energy of the crowd hold up? How would the audience feel about just standing around while he paced on stage? His concerns started to meld with mine. How do you actively photograph someone who isn’t moving much? What if all my photos look the same? How do you write a review of a comedian? (Note: apparently, you just talk about your fears and pose a lot of questions to waste line space!). But as soon as Kyle came onstage, all of that went out the window. I thought he was hilarious, as always, and the audience seemed to agree. He even shot down a drunken heckler with the greatest of ease as he joked that he would love to be able to just break into a song and drown out the drunk at that exact moment. All in all, I think that the change in pace of the lineup was well received.

The room went dark. I could no longer see the back of the crowd as I looked beyond the barricade from the photo pit. Someone tried to start up the “Hen-nes-sey” chant before the band was even on stage. Too soon, bro! Too soon. But, it was finally time for The Falcon. The four-piece super-group took the stage to Star Wars’ “The Imperial March”, which was a strangely fitting choice. The band members were introduced just before they rapidly broke out into “Sergio’s Here”, the latest single from Gather Up the Chaps. “War of Colossus”, “If Dave Did It”, “The Routes We Wander”, “You Dumb Dildos” “Unicorn Odyssey” and “They Angry Cry…” also made appearances on the set list. Should I go listing song after song? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Just click around on your iTunes and pretend you were there. That song? Yeah, I’m pretty sure they played that one.

Brendan explained to the crowd that the whole of the band was either sick or fighting off terrible colds. The stage presence did seem a little forced in comparison to the other times I had seen The Falcon throughout the year. But that had little impact on the actual performance of the songs. If a sick and somewhat hoarse Brendan Kelly can power through “Hasselhoff Cheeseburger”, then you can do anything. The audience didn’t seem to take note either, as they screamed along to songs about drinking, blacking out, cocaine and black teeth. As the set ended, the band dismounted the stage and infiltrated the audience as ‘You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon played in the background. They rallied up the audience for one last conga line that became so long that it snaked its way through one door of the Metro and out another. Although it was a party trick that I had seen at their previous shows, it still hadn’t gotten old and somehow it remained the perfect last hurrah of The Falcon… at least for now.

Check out our full photo gallery from the evening’s festivities below!


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DS Exclusive Stream: Good Friend (Punk) Premieres New Track”Daniel O’D and the Moonshiners”

Based in Newcastle, England but originally hailing from Derry, Ireland this talented young trio just released their debut, ten track LP Ride the Storm, via Red Scare Industries. Somewhere between power pop and Celtic punk, the lads categorize their unique sound as “Lion Hearted Rock ‘n Roll”. To welcome the arrival of the album, the boys sent us a track to stream for our devoted readers and we ain’t gonna lie kiddies, this one shreds! Check out the incredibly infectious single “Daniel O’D and the Moonshiners” below, then go order the rest of the LP, here!

Good Friend‘s last studio album was their self titled EP, released in 2012.


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DS Exclusive: Ryan Young (Off With Their Heads) on “Won’t Be Missed,” touring as an acoustic act, and the prospects of a Donald Trump presidency

On the eve of gigantic clusterfuck that was the recent US Presidential election, yours truly caught up with the one-and-only Ryan Young from his hotel room in Knoxville, Tennessee. For reasons that are personal and professional, I’ve long been an admirer of Ryan’s work both with Off With Their Heads and with the Anxious & Angry podcast and merchandise venture, and find his unabashed and unapologetic way talking about the hard and painful and uncomfortable shit that so many people have gone through is not just refreshing, but that it’s actually been more helpful at normalizing issues of mental health, substance abuse, etc.,than it’s gotten credit for. So when news of Young’s then-upcoming acoustic album, Won’t Be Missed, broke, it seemed the perfect opportunity to pick his brain and, honestly, to find out how he’s been.

The initial intent, obviously, was to discuss not just Won’t Be Missed, but to delve into the transition from an angry, loud, plugged-in four-piece to an angry, stripped down acoustic duo (“Nice John” is joining Young in the acoustic incarnation of Off With Their Heads). But let’s face it; by the time we actually touched base, it was the night before the country ended up electing the Personified Fart that is Donald J. Trump. Young had been touring through the South in the days leading up to that fateful day, and was presently holed up in said Knoxville hotel on an off day. Voting booths on the Eastern seaboard were about twelve hours from opening, and the general pall over the country, particularly those over those of us who care about people and about helping people get better and about looking out for each other, and who are concerned with the concept of general human decency, was just plain weird. Like, fucking shit tons of weird. To that end, you can probably guess where our conversation steered itself pretty quickly, although the two main threads (Young’s professional careers and the coming Trumpification of America) found themselves pretty interwoven pretty quickly.

I’m going to let the text of the interview speak for itself on this one, because in transcribing and editing it, I actually enjoyed reading it and watching how the conversation evolved. So without further adieu, head below to check out our discussion. Once you read all the way through, you’ll find OWTH’s upcoming tour dates at the bottom. Go hang out. And check out Won’t Be Missed right here while you’re at it.

 


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Music Video: Good Friend (Irish punk rock) – “Rock Bottom Revival”

Irish punk rock trio Good Friend have premiered a music video for their track “Rock Bottom Revival.” You can check out the video below.

The track comes from their recently released debut album “Ride The Storm,” which was released on November 18 through Red Scare Industries.


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Music Video: Atomic Winter (Brazilian melodic hardcore) – “Concrete Squall”

Brazilian melodic hardcore act Atomic Winter have premiered a music video for their track “Concrete Squall.” You can watch the video below.

“Concrete Squall” comes from the band’s latest album, titled “Tsunami Survivor,” which was released September 5, 2016 via Cosmonauta Records.


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Redbush (Punk rock) stream new album “Gaslight Lockdown”

Laramie, Wyoming based punk rockers Redbush are streaming their latest release, album “Gaslight Lockdown,” through the band’s Bandcamp page. You can check it out below.

The album will be released on December 2nd. “Gaslight Lockdown” follows their last release, album “Milk Maid,” released on April 9, 2013.


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