Music
Old Lines and author Will Potter stream split EP

Baltimore’s salty hardcore heroes Old Lines (founded by Mitch Roemer, formerly of Pulling Teeth and Ruiner) have teamed up with social activist Will Potter to release a split EP, To Build a Fire. Old Lines contribute two vicious new tunes that bookend the release, while Potter’s contributions lay in the middle and consist of spoken word pieces that tackle complacency and normalization of loss of information privacy in the modern age.

You can stream To Build a Fire below.

Old Lines previously released No Child Left Behind in October 2014 via No Sleep Records.


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Midwest Ska Fest and Skappleton announce 2016 line ups.

Returning for its 4th year, Midwest Ska Fest is pairing up with Skappleton this year to bring Rude boys and girls, and other ska fans a full weekend of both local and national Ska bands.

Skappleton will be taking place on August 13, 2016 at Tanner’s Grill & Bar in Kimberly, WI. The Hub City Stompers and Dan Potthast (of MU330) will be headlining alongside Keep Flying (formerly Survay Says), Max and the Invaders, Run and Punch, The Bishops, 4 Aspirin Morning, Beat the Smart Kids, Be Like Max, The Holophonics, and Fairhaven.

Midwest Ska fest is being held at the Double Door in Chicago on August 14, 2016, and will be 18+. The Hub City Stompers and Dan Potthast (of MU330) will be headlining, with The Crombies, Keep Flying (formerly Survay Says), Something To Do, Run and Punch, Beat the Smart Kids, The 9 Spot, The Bishops, 4 Aspirin Morning, Evil Empire, and Bumsy and the Moochers.

Weekend passes for Skappleton and Midwest Ska Fest are currently available here. Single day tickets for Midwest Ska Fest will be available on Friday May 27, 2016.


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General News
Punktendo releases ‘Metroid: Featuring Laura Jane Grace’ video game

You may remember Punktendo (brainchild of Brooklyn animation storyboard artist Jeff Hong) for such punk/Nintendo hybrid games like MI’s AlleyFat Mike’s GolfMilo Fu, and Super Mikey Erg. Punktendo has now graced us with its latest title: Metroid: Featuring Laura Jane Grace. Much like previous titles, the game is a re-imagined Nintendo title (in this case, Metroid) revised to include a punk rocker (if, for whatever reason, you couldn’t figure it out by now the punk rocker in this case is Against Me!‘s Laura Jane Grace) as a playable character.

You can give Metroid: Featuring Laura Jane Grace, and any of the other Punktendo titles, here.


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One Last Round stream new album ‘ΖΟΥΜΕ ΑΝΑΜΕΣΑ ΣΑΣ’ (We Live Among You)

Greek hardcore band One Last Round are streaming their new album ΖΟΥΜΕ ΑΝΑΜΕΣΑ ΣΑΣ (which translates to We Live Among You). You can stream the album below.

One Last Round released on May 18, 2016. It is the follow up to their 2015 debut, self-titled EP on Czech label Lonewolf Productions.


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We the Heathens release new album ‘The Blood Behind the Dam’

Wisconsin folk-punk act We the Heathens released their third full length album, The Blood Behind the Dam earlier this week. You can give the album a listen below, and if you like what you hear the album is available as a name-your-price download through We the Heathens’ Bandcamp page.

The Blood Behind the Dam is the follow up to the band’s sophomore album, Regicide, which was released on April 1, 2015.


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Hellions stream new song “Quality of Life”

Sydney hardcore punk act Hellions have released a new single “Quality of Life” and you can stream it below. No word on whether or not the song will appear on a new album, but we’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.

Hellions last released Indian Summer on February 3, 2015 via UNFD Records / Rise Records.


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Sheep Among Wolves and Crown stream split EP

Boise, ID emo band Sheep Among Wolves and UK hardcore group Crown have released a stream of their new split EP. You can stream it here.

The SAW / Crown split will be released on May 29, 2016 through Hidden Home Records.


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Lost Love releases new video, embarks on European tour with Water Mane

Montreal punks Lost Love has a new video out for the song “Scotch n’ Soda,” and you can check it out below, along with the band’s upcoming tour dates.

Lost Love released the album Comfortable Scars back in April as a joint venture with legendary ska label Stomp Records and Boston punk label Ocelot Records. The band released this video today to celebrate the success of their recent 4-week Canadian tour, and to see them off to 3 weeks in Europe with Montpellier punks Water Mane.  Lost Love will also be heading to the U.S. in late June.  

Comfortable Scars was released on April 22nd, and serves as a follow-up to their 2014 album Sparkles. 


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Tour
Real Friends and Knuckle Puck announce UK/Euro tour

Chicago pop-punk bands Real Friends and Knuckle Puck have announced a tour of the UK and Europe together this winter. Joining the band on these dates will be With Confidence. You can check out the tour poster below.

Real Friends will be releasing their sophomore album, The Home Inside My Head, tomorrow, May 27, 2016 via Fearless Records. You can pre-order a copy right here.


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Posers in studio recording new EP

Photo courtesy of George Abruzzo Media

Philadelphia’s Posers are back in the studio working on some new tunes. The band is expected to release the songs in the form of a new EP this summer through Enthrall Records.

Posers released their self-titled debut EP last year.  You can stream the entire EP on Bandcamp.


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Mike Terry (The Jukebox Romantics) streams debut solo EP ‘Bitter Nostalgic’

Mike Terry of The Jukebox Romantics has released his debut solo EP, Bitter Nostalgic. You can stream it, or download it for free, right here.

Terry released Bitter Nostalgic earlier this week, on May 24, 2016, through Death To False Hope Records. Terry’s main band released their latest full-length Transmission Down on October 16th, 2015 through Jailhouse Records.


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March release music video for “Illusive Paradise”

Dutch punks March have released a music video for a new song titled “Illusive Paradise.” The song will appear on the band’s upcoming album, Stay Put, and you can watch the video below.

March will release Stay Put on June 3, 2016. They last released In the Air on March 21, 2014 through White Russian Records


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