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Grab a beer and a mic and get practicing! The Flatliners have announced a karaoke competition!

I spent the last 6 years living in Asia. I love the continent and i’m sure it won’t be long before I find myself back there. However, the one thing I do not miss is their passion for karaoke! So I’m glad I am not the one who has to sit through hours of punk fans belting out their best efforts for this one! Although i’m sure it would certainly be better than suffering through endless Asian love songs.

Anyway, The Flatliners have announced a karaoke competition; calling on fans to upload videos of themselves covering their song “Indoors” onto youtube. Winners will receive 2 show passes and a prize pack. There will be 3 winners which will be announced on September 8th. You can find more information on the band’s facebook page.

So get a few drinks in you (I find this usually helps with karaoke) and give it your best shot! You can download the instrumental version of the song here.



RVIVR announce four dates for September

I love RVIVR. “Bicker and Breath” was probably my favourite release of 2014 and if you have never heard it before then stop what you’re doing right now and listen to it here. While i’m stuck here in rainy England, you lucky folks in the US have the chance to catch them playing a handful of shows next month:

September 12th – Olympia – Obsidian – More details TBA
September 16th – Chicago – Riot Fest at 12:15 on the Roots Stage.
September 19th – Long Island TBA
September 20th – Brooklyn TBA

You can check the band’s site for updates. I am happy to hear they are writing a lot of new music and I hope it isn’t too long before they hit the studio!



Rob Taxpayer of The Taxpayers announces Song Of The Week Club

This is something cool that all you fans of Portland/New Orleans folk-punk group The Taxpayers will enjoy.  Rob Taxpayer has announced that he is starting up a Song Of The Week Club.  Here’s Rob explaining what it’s all about:

“It’s called “Song of the Week Club”. It’s basically where I send you a song I’ve been working on every week. Sometimes I might tell you how I wrote it, what it’s about, and the chords, which might be interesting to those of you who are thinking about getting into songwriting.

It’ll be through the platform Patreon, because I’m not terribly computer savvy and can’t figure it out on my own.

I generally write and record a demo song every other night, and only about 5% of those songs end up being songs we use for Taxpayers albums. I’ve been getting sad that nobody hears these songs except for me and the cats, and I thought that this would be a nice way to connect with the world on a more regular basis than the once-per-year-album the Taxpayers usually put out.”

You can sign up for this club over at Patreon for just 5 bucks a month!



Dan from Much The Same (skate punk, Chicago) diagnosed with cancer

Dan O’Gorman, guitarist and vocalist for beloved skate punk band Much The Same has been diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer. According to a Facebook status from the band, he will be starting chemotherapy in September and will be undergoing surgery at a later, unspecified date. Whilst words from the Much The Same camp are ones of optimism, such medical procedures do not come cheap and donations towards the cost of Dan’s care are being accepted via a dedicated GoFundMe page. Below is an excerpt from the band’s statement on the matter: 

 

The salary of a high school teacher / punk rocker isn’t terribly helpful in situations like this… Thanks in advance for supporting Dan in whatever way you’re able. Please let him know you’re rooting for him.

 

Naturally, Dan will be unable to make the South American tour dates scheduled with Face to Face this October, and as such Much The Same have recruited John Feliciano to fill in on guitar duties. In addition to this tour, Much The Same have been making good progress towards a new album, largely penned by Dan himself. They hope to continue to work on this as and when Dan’s health allows his further contributions.

 



Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves (punk, NC) and The Run Up (punk, UK) announce US tour

North Carolina mouthful Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves have announced a US tour with UK punk band The Run Up. The pair will hit up nine dates together in October, 2017, culminating in a run of appearances at The Fest in Florida. If you’d like to catch any of this set of shows, you can check out all the information you need on the tour poster below.

The latest release from Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves was the 2016 full-length The Cross and the Switchblade and for The Run Up it was the late 2015 EP Scared of Everything.



Riot Fest announces late night shows

If the three days of Riot Fest doesn’t satisfy your need for live music, fear not. The good folks at Riot Fest have announced the schedule for the after-party shows! Check below for ticket info.



The Menzingers announce 2018 UK tour with PUP and Cayetana

Epitaph band The Menzingers have announced their intentions to tour the UK in 2018. They’ll be joined on the road by PUP and Cayetana, hitting up six dates across England, Ireland and Scotland. You can take a look at the run below.

The Menzingers latest release was After Party which came out earlier this year.



Jesse Michaels (Operation Ivy, Common Rider) starts poetry blog

Jesse Michaels, former front-man of seminal ska/punk band Operation Ivy and current musician, painter and artist has added a new enterprise to his resume: poet.

The underground jack-of-all-trades has recently started a blog featuring his poetry, called Hits of Acid.

I wish this report was about a reunion of Op Ivy, but until that comes to fruition, we can enjoy Michaels’ nuanced, slightly psychedelic prose-based poetry.



Bridge Nine Records announces book “xXx Fanzine (1983-1988) Hardcore & Punk in the Eighties”

Bridge Nine is reproducing and restoring the classic fanzine that chronicled the rise of punk and hardcore in the eighties. The 288 page book will include re-interviews with Ian MacKaye, Keith Morris, members of Agnostic Front, Bad Brains, and Cro-Mags.

A 19 track compilation will be included with the book and will include Strife, letlive., Fu Manchu, and Riverboat Gamblers contributing their interpretations of songs from the book’s era.

Other features in the book will include (deep breath), Minor Threat, Misfits, Necros, Circle Jerks, Suicidal Tendencies, Husker Du, Jerry’s Kids, Black Flag, D.O.A., G.B.H, Void, Negative Approach, 7 Seconds, D.Y.S., Scream, Metallica, Corrosion of Conformity, Minutemen, The Exploited, Anthrax, Subhumans, Dead Kennedys, SSD, Henry Rollins, Descendents, Bad Brains, Youth of Today, Motorhead, Dag Nasty, Snapshot, Samhain, Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, Bad Religion, Fugazi, and more.

The book will be released some time this fall.



High and Low Festival announces comedy line-up

The High and Low Festival has announced a comedy line-up curated by The Hard Times. The line-up includes Kurt Braunholer, Mike Lawrence, Cameron Esposito, Guy Branum and more.

The festival is September 9th at the NOS Events Center in San Bernadino, CA. Music acts include Brand New, Death Cab For Cutie, Tegan and Sara, PUP, Best Coast, and more. Check out the fest’s event page on Facebook!



KNRD Fest: A hidden gem in the Franconian Forest

I had the pleasure of travelling with the fine folks of The Overjoyed to a little festival in the east of Germany. You can read what I thought of it below.



Dave Hause streams his latest music video “The Flinch”

Singer Songwriter act Dave Hause is streaming his latest music video “The Flinch”.  The song is from his latest album “Bury Me In Philly”. Watch it below.

In the video we get to see a young Dave Hause go from listening to a living room record player to playing a sold out rock show. The video, which was directed by Mike Gill, stars Dave Hause’s nephew Judah, as a young Hause and features live footage from Houses’ Free At Noon performance from earlier this year.

Dave will soon begin his tour with Beach Slang and Tiger Army. Check out the dates here.



Sled (Formerly Pinhole Down) stream new single “Wrong” from upcoming album “A Better You”

Jacksonville skate-punks Sled are streaming a new song from their upcoming album “A Better You”. The track is called “Wrong” and you can check it out below.

The LP will be released on September 15th via Bird Attack Records and will be the band’s first full length album. You can pre-order your copy on July 28th from their bandcamp page.



Counterparts (Melodic Hardcore) stream music video for new song “No Servant Of Mine”

Melodic hardcore punks Counterparts are streaming a new music video for their single “No Servant Of Mine”. Check it out below.

Counterparts will release their brand new album “You’re Not You Anymore” on September 22nd via Pure Noise Records.

The band will be starting their Canadian tour on September 14th with Comeback Kid, Gideon and Stray From The Path. Check out the dates below.



Eat Dirt stream music video for their single “.48”


The mysterious London punk act Eat Dirt are streaming a music video for their single “.48”. Check it out below.

Speaking about the track, Eat Dirt’s vocalist said:

“The song is about growing out of the party life, and not being angry any more. And the struggle of trying to find something to be angry about. Like social media “influencers” and sensationalist journalism”.

Eat Dirt formed in 2016 but it is unclear yet who is in the band. The only information is that they are made up from members of previously well established UK bands.

The mystery will soon be revealed when they play their first show this Sunday, 30th July at The Sebright Arms in Bethnal Green, London supporting Fights And Fires.