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Iconic Minneapolis punk venue Triple Rock closes; this is my eulogy

The Triple Rock, owned by Erik Funk of Dillinger Four and his wife Gretchen Funk, will be shutting down for good after November 22nd. The bar was opened in 1998, and the music side in 2003.

Shows will continue until the bar closes for good, with acts including Craig Finn of the Hold Steady/Lifter Puller, the Dead Boys, Swingin’ Utters, Western Settings, and tonight, Rozwell Kid. I’ve got my fingers crossed for a final Dillinger Four show.

Check out the Star Tribune for more details and comments from Erik Funk. You can see the statement from Triple Rock and NOFX’s “Seeing Double at the Triple Rock” video below.

To put it eloquently, this is a giant fucking bummer. One of my first shows there was Against Me! in, 2004, I think. My most recent show was The Murderburgers with Rational Anthem, City Mouse, and 83 Wolfpack. I lost count of how many times I saw Dillinger Four, Off With Their Heads, and Banner Pilot there.

Dillinger Fourth of July was always the best. You don’t know fine dining until a shirtless, drunk Paddy Costello starts passing out hot dogs and lit cigarettes in the middle of a set. The last D4th of July I went to was in 2016, where I caught The Brokedowns and was instantly a fan.

With no barricades and the stage only a few feet off the ground, it will forever be one of my favorite venues. Most bands I saw mingled, bought drinks for fans, and sold merch themselves. Maybe that’s not so uncommon in other places, but for a kid from a small town in the sticks of southern Minnesota, it was pretty fucking cool. Before I started going to the Triple Rock, I had only been to Warped Tour in 2000 (my first and last time), the legendary First Avenue, and The Quest (Fuck those columns!). Beyond house shows, I had never been exposed to anything so intimate.

Going to the Triple Rock showed me that the people that made the music I loved were just normal people. Billy Morrisette of Dillinger Four gave me a couple of free drinks because I played his (and my) favorite Clash song on the jukebox. I met Paddy at Grumpy’s in NE Minneapolis. We shotgunned cans of Francis Ford Coppola’s champagne out back. He forgot his knockoff Aviators at the end of the night, and I tried to return them the next time I saw him at the Triple Rock, and he told me to keep them. Yes, it’s all incredibly stupid, and yes, I’m dropping names. It doesn’t make me special. And that’s the point. These were just normal (I use that word very, very loosely) people. They made a thing I loved, and I could approach them. We could relate. The people that made the music I loved had time for a naive, wide-eyed kid fresh off the farm town. Fuck yeah.

The Triple Rock was a haven for me during one of the worst times of my life. I never had a bad time there. I saw a lot of great local bands that are no longer around, but still have a place in the giant CD book I’ve been lugging around from car to car since the early 2000s. Pretty Boy Thorson, The Fuck Yeahs, The Goddamn Doo-wop Band, Choke Cherry, Bastard Saint, Cardinal Sin, who knows who else. Hopefully some of the other smaller venues up here can pick up the slack, or maybe something new will come out of this. Either way, the Triple Rock will be sorely missed, but I’m grateful for the memories and all the people I met there, from performers, to staff, to other fans, and even that weird dude walking by out front that tried to sell me flowers at the Murderburgers show.



Check out the new hardcore and punk inspired web series “The Lowlands”

Here’s something different for you all to check out.  Matt McIntosh, known for his work with Hatebreed, Deathkiller and The Eventide, has created a new web series called “The Lowlands.”  The series is set in 1985 New England and follows the travails of a group of teenage friends in and around the burgeoning hardcore-punk movement of the era.  It features the cut-and-paste aesthetic and era-specific music that typified 1980s underground culture.  You can check out the first 4 episodes below.



Tour Announcement: Boss’ Daughter (Skate Punk) Releases Schedule for Fall Tour

Reno skate punk quartet, Boss’ Daughter (we’re just gonna count John Underwood as a full member going forward) is playing Fest 16 and you just knew they wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to tour, so they’re headed out on another massive road trip on their way down south! Check out all of the dates and stops below (or on the super rad flyer above), then get out to a live show!

*Pro Tip: If you want to hang out with the boys prior to a show, go to the Chili’s Grill & Bar closest to the venue and they’ll be there. #maximumpartytime



Tour Announcement: Rational Anthem (Pop Punk) Releases Schedule for Fest Tour 2017

Iowa pop punkers, Rational Anthem have been invited to play Fest 16 down in Gainesville, Florida and the talented trio decide to just build a tour around the trip down! Peep the incredible Simpsons inspired tour flyer for dates and stops and then head out to a show if you’re nearby!



Manchester Punk Festival announce lineup for 2018

Manchester Punk Festival has just announced the first slew of bands slotted to play their 2018 dates on April 19th through the 21st.

So far we have:

Propagandhi, Wonk Unit, The Bennies, Svetlanas, Antillectual, Mobina Galore, Uniforms, Christmas, Spoilers, The Minor Discomfort Band, Pizzatramp, Nervus, Forever Unclean, Fresh, Natterers, Rotten Foxes, All Aboard, Darko, Egos At The Door, Drones, Regret, Wolfbeast Destroyer, Captain Hotknives, Shankland, The Lab Rats, Foxes Faux, Incisions, Aerial Salad and Throwing Stuff.

Pick up your tickets here!

 



Hub City Stompers sign to Altercation Records, announce full length album ‘Haters Dozen’

New Jersey ska punks Hub City Ctompers have just signed to Altercation Records and are planning for a full length album release in the spring of 2018 titled “Haters Dozen.”

According to front man Revered T. Sinister, “Hub City Stompers is truly amped to be joining the Altercation family…HCS has it’s ear to the streets and is ready to kick ass, and we’re glad to join a label with the same motives in mind.”

In addition, co owner of Altercation Travis Myers said, “The good Reverend Sinister and I go back a number of years now, I have personally always been a big Hub City Stompers fan, and I’m proud to say that all of us at Altercation are honored to be collaborating with them on this release…So get ready world for Hub City Stompers, Haters Dozen, hitting the streets with a vengeance in the spring of 18, its sure to be another killer ska classic for people who hate ska!”  
The full length will be the outfits sixth full length release, and seventh release overall.


Rancid’s Tim Armstrong to appear in film “I’ll Be Around”

Rancid singer/guitarist Tim Armstrong will be joining the large ensemble cast for underground writer/director Michael Cuenca’s “I’ll Be Around”. Armstrong wil be playing ‘Drew’, a bouncer for the principle music venue featured in the film.

The film follows a group of bands, fans, hopefuls, struggling creatives and wanderers who are connected through a series of events over the course of a day at a small post-punk music festival. It’s based on Cuenca’s own experiences as a musician as well as his journey as a guerrilla filmmaker.

Directed by Michael Cuenca, the film is being independently produced via a Seed & Spark campaign and it is sponsored by The Film Collaborative, the first non-profit committed to distribution, education, and facilitation of independent film.

It is not the first time Tim has tried his hand at acting, he made a guest appearance in an episode of The X-Files last year.



Australia’s Small Town Heroes renamed The Faim

Perth, Australia’s Small Town Heroes post the question: What’s in a name? Apparently, a lot.

The band has chosen the name The Faim, a euphemism for hunger, to replace their original name. The band posted on their new Instagram account to explain the change:

 Our sound is evolving and the passion to keep moving forward is something we’ve always focused on. The word FAIM means Hunger and we felt it truly represents our ever growing and undying passion for music.”

The band has no release date yet for their debut record, but is currently working with Jon Feldmann of Goldfinger on their debut LP due out soon. Check back for more info.



88 Fingers Louie announce Tropical Trainwreck Tour of California/Hawaii

Legends of the scene 88 Fingers Louie have announced their intentions to tour California and Hawaii next January. They’ll be joined by Sic Waiting, a veteran melodic hardcore band hailing from Oceanside, CA. We’ve listed the dates below, and included the tour poster.



Due to pressing snafu punk rock group Zex (punk) ends up on Beyonce’s “Lemonade”

It’s not everyday this Dying Scene writer gets a chance to talk about Beyonce, but here’s my chance! Canadian punk group Zex suddenly found themselves connected to one of the largest musical acts in the world this week when it was discovered that mispressed vinyl led to a good portion of Beyonce’s “Lemonade” albums A side contained a number of super rad punk rock songs. It turns out there was an error in Germany where the album was pressed and five songs from Zex’s recent release “Uphill Battle” somehow made it onto the Beyonce album. Zex however is taking the newly found fame in stride. “It adds to the daily circus that is Zex I mean this is a regular Monday for us. It’s always one weird thing after the other”.

For those of you who want to check out the latest from Zex check it out below. For those looking for Beyonce, flip it to the B side.  



Kevin Devine joins Brand New as touring guitarist

According to a recent post on his Instagram page, New York singer/songwriter Kevin Devine has joined Brand New as a touring guitarist. Devine says he’s excited about the opportunity, and that his solo work will be “quieting down” for a while.

Kevin released his full-length album Instigator in 2016. Brand New just put out a new record titled Science Fiction last month.



New book: “Urban Styles: Graffiti In New York Hardcore”

“Urban Styles: Graffiti in New York Hardcore”, is the debut book from author Freddy Alva. The book is a tribute to some of the most vibrant and gritty street culture New York has ever produced. The book is focused around the hip-hop and hardcore scene in the 80’s and 90’s. Through a series of in-depth interviews with graffiti writers, bands, crews, and historians, Urban Styles examines both the sociological and artistic impact that an outlaw movement of visual art and visceral music had on a generation of disenfranchised youth. The book also includes over 180 vivid photos, most never seen before, tracing the lineage of kids from the hardcore scene and the influence hip-hop and graffiti had on them. The book covers mainly well known NYHC bands such as Murphy’s Law, Burn and Frontline.

“Urban Styles” is a unique tale of two very similar factions of subculture, it is also a study in sociology and youth culture. It is a story about New York City and its boroughs; it is the preservation of a culture and a history many have dedicated their lives to, and it celebrates a time when the city was a wild playground for some of the art form’s greatest visionaries.



Get Better Records release “A Benefit Comp To Help Pay Medical Bills For Those Activists Fighting Against Fascism & Racism”

Get Better Records have put together an enormous compilation for a great cause. A Benefit Comp To Help Pay Medical Bills For Those Activists Fighting Against Fascism and Racism features a whopping 119 tracks of heavily politicised punk music from artists such as Anti-Flag, BOAK, ASTPAI, and many others spanning a massive selection of sub-genres.

For more information about the cause, and to have a listen to the full compilation, check below.

 

 

 

 



Jawbreaker trying to write new music

Following a screening of the new Jawbreaker documentary last night in New York City, frontman Blake Schwarzenbach participated in a little Q&A session. When asked whether the band has any plans to release a new album, he said they are “trying to” write new music.

Jawbreaker’s last album Dear You was released 22 years ago, so to say fans have been patiently waiting for a new record would be an understatement. The band reunited earlier this year and will be playing Chicago’s Riot Fest next month.



Zachary Gontard (Dear Landlord) charged with third-degree murder

Zachary Gontard, singer of Dear Landlord, has been charged with third-degree murder for selling the heroin that killed 23 year-old Andrew Logan Jennings. Investigators linked the two through Reddit comments on Jennings’ cell phone. Another man, Pierre Cooley, has also been charged in the murder. The autopsy revealed the victim passed from a combination of heroin and fetanyl and was found in his St. Louis apartment.

Gontard’s bail is set at $50,000 and his next court appearance is scheduled for September 11.

For more information, click here.