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Guitarist Zach Blair talks about new album The Black Market,” Pete Townshend and more

Guitarist Zach Blair of Rise Against was recently interviewed by Florida Today. In the interview he discussed their new album “The Black Market,”Pete Townshend and more.

You can read the interview here.

The Black Market was released on July 15th through Interscope Records. It serves as a follow-up to 2011′s Endgame.



Riot Fest announces plan for socio-political discussion with Pussy Riot

Riot Fest seems like a pretty appropriate place for a discussion about the feminist punk band Pussy Riot, who made headlines following their arrest (and subsequent release) for “hooliganism” in Russia back in 2012.  That is the plan for this year’s Riot Fest, which takes place in Chicago next weekend.

The panel discussion will include Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina of Pussy Riot, plus Greg Graffin (vocalist of Bad Religion and professor of Geology at UCLA) and Tim McIlrath (Rise Against).  Writer and activist Marcelle Karp and Riot Fest founder Michael A. Petryshyn will also be on the panel, which will be moderated by Henry Rollins.

The discussion will take place at Humboldt Park in Chicago next Friday, September 12th.  You can get ticket info here.



Album Review: Rise Against – “The Black Market”

Ten years ago, no one would have really pegged Rise Against as a band that would be crudely dubbed the ‘punk rock Nickelback’. Between their lyrics, which always balanced themselves between political and personal, and their music that smoothly blended blistering hardcore and soothing melodies, the notion that they would one day fall into a pit of mediocrity, and be mercilessly mocked was laughable. Well… ten years can change a lot, and while ‘punk rock Nickelback’ is too harsh of a criticism, it’s for certain that Rise Against’s music has fallen into a predictable routine and The Black Market, the band’s seventh studio album, marks no change in the path that they’ve taken.

For what it’s worth, The Black Market isn’t really a terrible album. It’s not mind-blowing stuff, but it stays true to the songwriting that Rise Against has been working with since 2004’s Siren Song of the Counter Culture. After experimenting with some heavier riffs and ideas on their previous album, The Black Market comes off as welcoming, with open arms to embrace longtime listeners. It’s recognizable. It’s familiar. It’s safe.

And that’s the biggest problem with The Black Market: it’s too safe. Many of its tracks could be switched out with songs from any of their previous three full lengths, and no one would be any wiser. Lead single “I Don’t Want to Be Here Anymore” fits right in at home with Endgame’s “Help Is On the Way” and “This Is Letting Go”, the poppier “Tragedy + Time” and “Methadone” could have been lifted directly from the Appeal to Reason sessions (also of note: the former sounds as if it could be a re-worked Gaslight Anthem or Alkaline Trio tune), and the album’s entire middle section is made up of variations of the musical themes from Siren Song and The Sufferer and the Witness. The album highlight is probably “The Eco-Terrorist In Me” which is a weird hybrid that starts off with a vicious, ripping introduction that is almost Revolutions Per Minute-esque before settling into the same melodic territory as the rest of the album.

All things considered, The Black Market could have been a trainwreck of an album, but instead it settles into the comfortable groove laid down by its predecessors. Unfortunately in the process of settling into that familiar territory, the album drowns in lyrical aimlessness (C’mon guys, where is the rage? Even Endgame had the lyrically powerful “Make It Stop (September’s Children)”), an abundance of recycled ideas and way too many 4 minute songs. So is The Black Market a disaster? No. Is it a disappointment? Most definitely.

2.5 / 5

RIYL: Anti-Flag, The Offspring, Pennywise



Rise Against announces U.S. tour dates

Rise Against have announced a big U.S. tour kicking off at the end of this month, and you can find all of the dates below.

The tour will support the band’s latest album, The Black Market, which was released earlier this summer on Interscope Records.



A-F Records announce protest compilation album “This Concerns Everyone,” stream track “House Gone Up In Flames”

A-F Records have announced plans to release a new protest compilation album titled “This Concerns Everyone,” on November 18th of this year.

The record will include live and studio recordings from artists such as Tom Morello (The Nightwatchman, Rage Against The Machine), Tim Mcllrath (Rise Against), Chris Wollard (Hot Water Music), and Chris #2 (Anti-Flag).  It will be released digitally (with additional bonus tracks) and on limited edition vinyl LP that can be pre-ordered here.

A portion of proceeds from the record’s sales will be donated to the Right To Heal Campaign, which is a joint effort between The Iraq Veterans Against The War, Organization of Women’s Freedom In Iraq and the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions In Iraq.

You can check out the track list below, and stream Tom Morello’s live acoustic version of “House Gone Up In Flames” here.



Riot Fest Denver announces After-Party shows

A couple of days ago, Riot Fest Chicago announced official after-party shows for their festivities next month. Today, official after-party shows have been announced for Riot Fest Denver.

The Denver fest takes place a week after Chicago’s, and will share several of the same musical acts. After-party show lineups for Denver include Nostalghia, Face to Face, Glassjaw, Mineral, and many more to come.

You can view the schedule of after shows here.

In the mean time, the regular hours Riot Fest Denver will be held at Mile High Stadium from September 19th through the 21st, featuring performances from Rise Against, The Used, Cerebral Ballzy, Bouncing Souls, Dropkick Murphys, and many other great bands. Tickets for the festival can be purchased here, while its schedule can be viewed here.



Riot Fest announces After-Party shows

One of the year’s most anticipated music festivals, Riot Fest, has announced the after party lineups and locations that will be happening all weekend during the Chicago dates. After-show lineups include Rise Against with The Lawrence Arms, and Touché Amoré, Bad Religion and Anti-Flag, Cock Sparrer and Stiff Little Fingers, The Get Up Kids with Modern Baseball and The So So Glos, Mineral with Into It. Over It., and more. You can check out the locations and times for all after-shows right here.

In the mean time, the regular hours Riot Fest Chicago will be held at Humboldt Park from September 12th through the 14th, featuring performances from DescendentsNOFXALLBuzzcocksMe First and the Gimme GimmesBouncing Souls, and many other great bands. Tickets for the festival can be purchased here, while its schedule can be viewed here.



Music Video: Rise Against – “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore”

Rise Against have premiered a music video for their song “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore” off their brand new album “The Black Market”.  Check it out below.

The Black Market was released on July 15th through Interscope Records. It serves as a follow-up to 2011′s Endgame.



Rise Against stream upcoming album “The Black Market”

Rise Against are streaming their upcoming album The Black Market and you can listen to the entire thing below.

The Black Market is set to be released on July 15th through Interscope Records. It will serve as a follow-up to 2011’s Endgame.



Rise Against announce US tour with Touché Amoré & European tour with Pennywise

The dudes in Rise Against are gonna be pretty busy this fall! First they’re touring the US with Touché Amoré and Radkey, and just a few weeks after that they’ll be heading overseas for a European tour with Pennywise and Emily’s Army.

Full details on all of the band’s upcoming shows can be found below. Odds are they’re playing somewhere near you this year.

Rise Against’s highly anticipated new album The Black Market is scheduled to be released on July 15th throughInterscope Records. It will serve as a follow up to their 2011 album Endgame, which was also released on Interscope.



New Rise Against song shows up on iTunes – “The Eco-Terrorist In Me”

I haven’t seen it announced anywhere official yet, but another new Rise Against song is now floating around the internets. Head over to iTunes to buy “The Eco-Terrorist In Me,” or stream it right over here.

The song is the 5th track on the band’s upcoming album, The Black Market. You can listen to the first officially released song, “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore,” here.

The Black Market is scheduled to be released on July 15th on Interscope Records. It will be Rise Against’s first album since 2011’s Endgame.



Rise Against post sneak peek of “The Black Market”

Rise Against have posted a new studio video detailing their upcoming album The Black Market. Take a look at it here.

The Black Market is scheduled to be released on July 15th on Interscope Records and is the follow up to their 2011 album Endgame, which was also released on Interscope.



Rise Against reveal tracklist for upcoming album “The Black Market”

Rise Against have revealed tracklist for their upcoming album The Black Market.

You can check it out below.

The Black Market is set to be released on July 15th. It will serve as a follow-up to Endgame, released in 2011 through Interscope Records.



Tim McIlrath (Rise Against) talks about songs of protest that inspire him

Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath recently talked to Rocksound about 18 songs of protest that inspire him, including Propagandhi’s “Dear Coach’s Corner,” Fugazi’s “Burning Too,” and many others.

The whole list and Tim’s thoughts on each of the songs can be read over here.

The new Rise Against album The Black Market is set to be released on July 15th. It will serve as a follow-up to Endgame, released in 2011 through Interscope Records.



Rise Against reveal cover for upcoming album “The Black Market”

Rise Against have revealed the album cover for their upcoming album The Black Market.

Due for release on July 15th, The Black Market will serve as a follow-up to Endgame, released in 2011 through Interscope Records.