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Aree And The Pure Heart (Folk) Releases New Music Video for “American Love”

It’s been a hectic few months for Atlanta folk punkers Aree and The Pure Heart. Earlier in 2016, they signed with Bearded Punk Records, shortly after which, they released their debut, five track EP Heartsongs. Now, to end their whirlwind year, the bucolic band is back with their very first music video! The video (for the stellar single “American Love” from the aforementioned EP) captures a simpler, grittier side of classic Americana and features the hallmark, genuine sound that we’ve come to expect from this infectious up and coming act. If you’re a fan of Steady Hands or early Against Me!, you’re definitely going to want to check this one out. Give it a peep below!

Harley Poe (Horror Folk Punk) announce 2 reunion shows

Horror infused folk punk act out of Kokomo, Indiana Harley Poe may have announced their end with their last album, “Fallen Down,” however they’ve announced two reunion shows for next year. You can find the posters for each night below.

Both shows are at The Melody Inn in Indianapolis, and take place on February 11 and 12, 2017. The tickets for the Feb 12 show go on sale on Friday, December 2nd.

Music Video: The Manx – “Tighten My Guts”

Los Angeles folk-punks The Manx have released a video for their song “Tighten My Guts.”

You can check it out below.

“Tighten My Guts” comes from the bands’ latest album Voyage In Bad Taste, which was released on July 1st, 2016.

The Minor Discomfort Band (folk punk) stream new EP “EP No.1”

UK Folk Punk act The Minor Discomfort Band are streaming their debut EP in its entirety.

You can give it a listen below.

EP No.1 was released yesterday, November 21st, 2016.

DS Exclusive: Nathan Leigh (Folk) Premieres Music Video For New Song “The Slumlord’s Kids”

When they said a Trump presidency would be good for punk music,we figured it would most likely start with the folk punkers! This modern day renaissance man (musician, activist, author, playwright and “other stuff sometimes”) has fired the opening salvo with “The Slumlord’s Kids”. The song itself is incredibly rustic, honest and of course, anti-establishment but we enjoyed the video built around the song even more, with it’s dashes of Bob Dylan inspiration. If you’re in the Burroughs, you can catch his next hometown show on December 21st at the Way Station in Brooklyn. The rest of us will just have to settle for watching the video below!

Frank Turner announces documentary about himself

Ex-Million Dead, folk troubadour Frank Turner has announced that a new documentary about himself will be released on December 13th, 2016. Get Better: A Film About Frank Turner is set to debut at a special Q and A session with the star of the flick, at Leicester Square, London and will be broadcast to cinemas live on the evening.

You can take a look at the official trailer below.

Bryan McPherson announces open-ended tour of US and Canada

For the bulk of the month of December, Boston native, California-based singer/songwriter Bryan McPherson will be working his way eastward from his current home to his birthplace just in time for the holidays (featuring what should be a pretty epic hometown New Year’s Eve throwdown). From there, he’ll spend much of January and early February on the road in Canada and the northeastern portion of the US before working his way down to the Carolinas. Check out details of the open-ended tour below; chances are, he’s coming your way!

Yours truly has been somewhat shamelessly plugging the great McPherson whenever he gets the chance, and still finds McPherson’s latest (and undeniably greatest) album, “Wedgewood,” to be truly stellar. “Wedgewood” was self-released on McPherson’s OFD Records last year; stream/buy it here.

Steady Hands streaming new song “Under the Rug” from upcoming compilation album

Modern Baseball drummer Sean Huber’s folk punk side-project Steady Hands have premiered a new song titled “Under the Rug.”

This track will be appearing on the band’s upcoming double LP compilation Rude Boys of Bar Rock, which releases on December 9th through Lame-O Records.

Give “Under the Rug” a listen below, and head over here to pre-order the double LP.

Jack’s Smirking Revenge stream their side of split with Blue Lane Frontier

Colorado punks Jack’s Smirking Revenge are streaming their side of their new split EP with Blue Lane Frontier.

You can give it a listen below.

The split EP was released on November 13th, 2016.

Music Video: The Smith Street Band – “Death to the Lads”

Australian folk punks The Smith Street Band have premiered a music video for their brand new single “Death to the Lads”, and you can check it out below.

“Death to the Lads” is the title track from The Smith Street Band’s upcoming fourth album, due for release early next year through Banquet Records.

New Music Video: Theatrical scamp rock band Fable Cry releases “The Zoo of No Return”

Nashville’s beloved scamp rock band Fable Cry has a lot of tricks up their sleeves. The band just released their latest live music video for “The Zoo of No Return” off their most recent album, We’ll Show You Where The Monsters Are. It was recorded for Fable Cry’s Halloween in July show when they played a set at Main Street Music in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

While there’s nothing quite like seeing Fable Cry play live in person, this video does them justice. If you haven’t gotten around to checking them out yet, they sound like if Tim Burton decided to start a rock-folk band with some weirdly delightful characters from his own films. You may watch this thinking that lead singer and guitarist Zach Ferrin is wearing a costume – I can assure you he isn’t. He looks like that every day of his life.

You can check out the full music video below the cut, if you dare.

Human Kitten (folk-punk) stream album “I’m Afraid of Everything”

Ocean City, Maryland folk-punk artist Human Kitten has released new album “I’m Afraid of Everything” today, and has made it available to stream in its entirety on the Human Kitten Bandcamp page. Give it a listen below.

Elijah Llinas, the singer-songwriter behind Human Kitten, also stated that this may be the last album released under the name Human Kitten. He had this to say on the release:

This might very well be the last Human Kitten record. My life has gone through a lot of changes over the past two years, I’m not as sad anymore, and I’m seriously starting to heal and grow and change and if I continue to release any solo albums, it will likely just be under my own name. So here it is, “I’m Afraid of Everything.” Enjoy friends!

“I’m Afraid of Everything” is the artist’s second release this year, with the EP “Sad & Impulsive: Throwaway Demos, An EP” released on April 5th.

DS Photo Galley: Lucero and Cory Branan at the Music Hall of Williamsburg (Brooklyn, NY)

If we’re being honest, there’s probably very little to say about a Lucero live show that hasn’t been said ad infinitum at this point. As they approach the 20-year mark since their inception, the band have a well-earned reputation for not only playing a high volume of shows year after year, but of playing some of the more intense, memorable shows within a hundred mile radius at any given time. That sentiment is true whether they’re playing in their native Tennessee, on the West Coast, or up in Yankee country. Time has changed and the Lucero family tree has grown, so, as is (rightly) the case with many a band of their tenure, the lure of family has pulled them increasingly off the road, paring the 200-250 show a year mentality down by about half, the net result for this writer is one New England show in the calendar year, and that was at an outdoor beer festival (covered here last month), you take the “four-hours-on-a-Sunday” trek to literal Yankee country (okay…formerly Dodger country) to catch them in their natural, club show element.

And so it was last weekend, when the band’s three-week run with Cory Branan in tow made its northeasternmost spot at the Music Hall of Wiliamsburg in Brooklyn. Perhaps more than most bands in this genre (and really, Lucero are their own genre), the Ben Nichols-led outfit have continued to grow and evolve, never seeming content with resting on their collective laurels. Because of this, the band have had several distinctly different sounds with myriad different lineups, meaning that no two Lucero tours nowadays are entirely alike. They’re now on the road fairly consistently as a somewhat stripped down five piece that finds one-of-a-kind Nichols joined by equally one-of-a-kind longtime core members Brian Venable (lead guitar), Roy Berry (drums), John Stubblefield (bass) and, of course, Rick Steff (keyboards/accordion). The lack of pedal steel and, more recently, horns, has produced a sound that’s closer to the raw, post grunge of the early years, but one that’s also refined by years of growth as musicians and songwriters and owners of the stage.

This particular show found the band taking the stage promptly at 9:15pm and slowly ramping up the intensity level over the course of the first handful of songs. As has been the case at more than a handful of shows over the year since their last album, All A Man Should Do, debuted, the slow, brooding “Went Looking For Warren Zevon’s Los Angeles” kicked the evening off in slow-burn fashion. When the band went opener-free on the tour for that album, they filled the evening by playing both an acoustic and an electric set. That formula seems to have grown legs, as the evening’s first eleven songs all featured Nichols and his newfound Martin acoustic. While it’s to be expected on songs like “Texas & Tennessee” and “The Man I Was,” this gives a little bit of a fun, intricate vibe to older show staples like “My Best Girl” and “Raising Hell.”

Never one to abandon his trademark Epiphone Sheraon II for too long, however, Nichols and company increased the volume (though, admittedly, not the level of happiness…) around 10:00pm sharp, beginning the electric portion of the evening with “Downtown/On My Way Downtown” from 2012’s Women & Work. Though 2016-era Lucero shows tend not to devolve into the occasionally chaotic events that they did in earlier times, Nichols’ constant need to continue pushing boundaries still creates a ‘seat of their pants’ energy that leaves the effect of having both the audience and the remainder of the band left guessing as to exactly what’ll come next.

And what came next was a pretty representative cross-section of the band’s near-twenty-year catalog. Sure All A Man Should Do remained well-represented,  though the band’s 2002 release Tennessee was most represented, producing rambling jams on staples like “Here At The Starlite” and full-crowd singalongs on tracks like “Chain Link Fence” and, of course, “Nights Like These.” “Tears Don’t Matter Much,” from 2003’s That Much Further West, and which name-drops Cory Branan rather famously, garnered probably the most lively crowd response at the 550-capacity Muic Hall, with Berry’s machine-gun-caliber snare and Berry’s steady, heavy groove pacing the way through, providing a launching pad for Nichols and Venable to trade guitar lines. The evening slowed down again toward the end of the set, easing out in much the same way as it eased in, with Nichols donning the Martin acoustic again for “Me & My Girl In ’93” before a brief respite and set closers “Drink Til We’re Gone” and “Fistful Of Tears,” the latter of which found Nichols going guitarless, accompanied only my the always steady, dare I say classy, Steff on keys.

The aforementioned Branan opened the evening’s festivities. (Editor’s note: This marked yours truly’s fourth Branan show in four different States this calendar year, having previously seen him in Connecticut with Brian Fallon and in Rhode Island and Massachusetts with Chuck Ragan). Branan and the Lucero camp, Nichols in particular, obviously go back until about the beginning. Branan is equal parts self-aware (almost painfully so) and self-deprecating, and has long been not only known for his gut-wrenching, razor sharp lyrics but for the curiosity surrounding why, exactly, he hasn’t jumped up to the next level (or two…or four) and become more widely known. When on point (and that’s more often than not in more recent years) about as talented a solo performer as you’ll find, with a unique ability to vary the dynamics of both vocal stylings and his near-virtuoso guitar abilities in a way that will extend its way to all corners of the venue, regardless of the size, and force the listener to pay attention, often times rendering new listeners curious as to what they just heard. Branan’s eleven song set included it’s fair share of long-time crowd favorites (“Prettiest Waitress In Memphis,” “Tall Green Grass,” his own personal Born To Run, “Survivor Blues”) and a handful of tracks from his as-yet-publicly-untitled studio full length, due out next March on Bloodshot Records. Seriously…wait til you hear the song about his dad…

Check out our full photo gallery from the evening below, with a massive mea culpa to Branan for not having been properly in place at the start of his set. I blame New York City… You can still read our ode to the band’s debut album, Lucero, here, and our follow-up ode to the band with help from Dave Hause, Frank Turner and Sal Medrano right here.

Coffee Project (acoustic, Florida) release new song “Anxiety and the Coconut Bar” and announce album

Gainesville folksters, Coffee Project, have announced a forthcoming album, due for release in 2017. More precise details about the record are currently unknown but you can take a listen to their latest track “Anxiety and The Coconut Bar” below, to give you a flavor of things to come.

North Alone streams awesome folk-punk cover of NUFAN’s “International You Day” (feat. Jennie Cotterill of Bad Cop / Bad Cop)

Wow. By now I’ve heard enough mediocre covers of “International You Day” coming from our well intentioned punk scene to almost make me skip checking this one out when it appeared in my inbox. Luckily for all of us my dedication is unwavering when it comes to new music/band discovery! Germany’s folk-punk outfit North Alone have done a great job of carrying on the Tony Sly legacy in their take on the famous No Use For A Name song. It even features guest vocals from Jennie Cotterill of Bad Cop / Bad Cop.

Stream the track below and if you dig it you can purchase it for a euro. All proceeds are going to the Tony Sly Music Foundation for Kids.