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Tempe Beach Park Music Festival announces 2015 lineup

Posted by ChrisDude on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 4:48 PM (PST)

Organizers have announced the lineup for a music festival that will take place at Tempe Beach Park in Tempe, Arizona on April 4th, 2015.

Bands playing at the Tempe Beach Park Music Festival include The Offspring (who are headlining the “East Stage”), NOFX, Rancid, The Vandals, Strung Out, The Used, A Day to Remember (who are headlining the “West Stage”) and many others. For the rest of the lineup, go here. Tickets are already on sale.

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The Offspring announce vinyl reissue of “Americana”

Posted by ChrisDude on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 8:06 AM (PST)

California punk legends The Offspring have announced that they are re-releasing their 1998 classic album Americana on vinyl for the first time in over 15 years. The reissue, which is part of the Department of Record Stores‘ “Vinyl Club” series, will be available through Org Music and indie stores will have an exclusive 180-Gram red color. The colored pressing will be released on February 24th, 2015, while a black vinyl version will arrive a month later on March 24th. Head over here to get your pre-orders in for the colored version.

The Offspring last released the Summer Nationals EP in August 2014, which contains covers of Bad Religion and Pennywise songs. The band has been working on a new album, which is tentatively due for release next year, and will be their first since 2012′s Days Go By.

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Live Video: The Offspring joined by T.S.O.L.’s Ron Emory to cover “80 Times”

Posted by ChrisDude on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 8:22 PM (PST)

Last week, The Offspring were joined on stage by guitarist Ron Emory when the band performed a cover of the T.S.O.L. classic ”80 Times”. You can watch a video of this performance below.

The Offspring released the covers EP Summer Nationals exclusively on iTunes and Spotify via Time Bomb last month, which was released to coincide with the Summer Nationals tour with Bad ReligionPennywiseThe Vandals and Stiff Little Fingers. The band is planning to self-release a new single this fall.

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“Lost In Nostalgia” – A Review of the Summer Nationals Tour

Posted by luke.rouda on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 1:54 PM (PST)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Getting drunk in a dirt parking lot with old friends always takes me back. The year was 2000, the place – not too far from that sun-scorched Bay Area dust bowl…

I was a budding stick-wide teenager who spent way too many days listening to Punk-o-Rama comps and any other album sent my way by those-in-the-know, but never mind that. The venue was the Fillmore, and the line-up was Tiger Army opening for Nerve Agents and AFI headlining. It was my first real punk show, and I had Psycho Mordenson as my ambassador to the scene. The place was packed with nasty East Bay Punkers squeezing out every corner. Here I was, in the thick of it for the first time, surrounded on all sides… the people looked big and tough, grimaces and sadistic grins. The music was loud enough to shake my bones, the smell of sickly sweat permeated my every pore, the shocking violence of the pit- it was all so appalling. Outrageous! It made me hunger… for more.

Fourteen years later, a bit wiser, a little more jaded, I sat sipping my vodka and beer, thinking about that show, waiting for the onset of my buzz so I could advance into this next adventure, the Summer Nationals Tour. All around me, the crowd manifested through wisps of airborne Earth. They were many. How would this show compare to that first taste, all those years ago?

This was, after all, not some awful sub-culture movement tucked away in a max-capacity club. This was Silicon Valley, the birthplace of personal binary conversion, home to billionaire geeks, the place where aspiring keyboard sorcerers were made, fragmented, and dispersed in a nanosecond. More than a few high-class European sedans were slotted amongst the automobile hedgerows.

The line-up was promising- Stiff Little Fingers, Vandals, Pennywise, Bad Religion, and The Offspring headlining. We missed the openers, The Story So Far, but made it in time to see the tail end of Stiff Little Fingers. The stage was erected in a paved parking lot outside the tiered grass of the actual amphitheater, and the pit was already frothing as we entered.

Despite the credentials of the scheduled performers, the scene had a decidedly “alternative” bite. Corporate telecoms whored themselves in the merch tents, music branded attire proclaimed allegiance to bands like Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, and Marilyn Manson, and a banner flying above the stage notified all in attendance what radio station they should tune to.

But who cares? The music was good, and the feeling was there. Bobbing up and down through the pit was a cardboard sign inked with permanent marker reading “MOSHING PLEASE” as The Vandals pumped “Now We Dance”. Indeed.

Speaking of the pit- I’d categorize it as rough, but fair. Multigenerational, as well. Regardless, there was trust, and anyone that came looking for a beating would get one, that much was sure. No security interference, just crowd surfing, shoving, and circle pit pandemonium.

Best set of the show went to Bad Religion, with the zealots swapping bruises like frat houses STDs.

When the sun was gone, the light show began as The Offspring played Smash, just as promised. The songs sounded damn near perfect, just like the album. And perhaps it was my encroaching sobriety, but I felt as though this technical proficiency was had at the expense of a better “show”, a minor deficiency in the very thing that makes live music so appealing. The crowd, however, seemed to disagree given the level of rapture I witnessed, even after the Smash banner had fallen and the newer songs were played.

On balance, I think it was Pennywise’s Fletcher who said it best- the whole thing was like an “old-school Warped Tour”. Hell, even Fat Mike, who had been lurking stage right all day, came out to play bass for an extended version of Bro Hymn. These were the bands that had laid the first bricks of the now infamous live music behemoth. If it weren’t for the paunchy, white-haired lead singers, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had been transported two decades into the past. And for this particular reporter, dear reader, I knew the relapse was complete on the car ride home, covered in a thick layer of disgusting punk sweat, ears ringing, body broken.

Thank God for opiates.

Until next time,

LR

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Dexter Holland and Blag Dahlia talk shit about punk rock

Posted by milhouse on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 12:53 PM (PST)

The Offspring have been quite busy recently, and has just finished up a little tour with some up-and-coming bands The Vandals, Bad Religion, and Pennywise.

At their stop at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, Offspring vocalist/guitarist Dexter Holland sat down with Dwarves frontman Blag Dahlia to talk shop about their lives in the punk rock world.

The first installment of the two-part interview (conducted by Punk Rock Theory) can be heard below, where the guys rip on TSOL, share their mixed feelings about playing large shows, and talk about their struggles becoming famous, among other topics.

Stay tuned for part two coming in the next few days, and head here to view some live shots from the bands’ Boston tour stop.

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Noodles says The Offspring have a couple of songs done for new release

Posted by ChrisDude on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 9:02 PM (PST)

In a recent interview, The Offspring guitarist Noodles revealed that the band has a couple of songs done for their next release, which will be the follow-up to 2012′s Days Go By. Noodles explains:

“We already have a couple of things done — one song we really feel strongly about and want to get out there, and three, four, five songs, total, done or close to done. Trying to do it on the road it ends up being piecemeal and a little weird, so we’re going to wait ’til we get home and have a couple of days rest and then go in and do the vocals and see what happens.”

Noodles also stated that the band is exploring a variety of options for releasing new material, explaining, “I think the way the world is now, why make the fans wait for these songs we have now for two years or whatever, when we have a whole new record ready. We might do an EP now or release them as singles and eventually compile them all into a record. It’s so amazing how you can get your music to your fans now, get your ideas to your fans, your artwork or whatever. The fact that you took a shit on the bus and can tweet that and the fans will laugh — hopefully they’ll laugh. But it’s amazing how immediate everything can be now. It wasn’t like that when we started.”

The Offspring released the covers EP Summer Nationals exclusively on iTunes and Spotify via Time Bomb last month, which was released to coincide with the Summer Nationals tour with Bad ReligionPennywiseThe Vandals and Stiff Little Fingers. The band planning to self-release a new single this fall.

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Live Videos: The Punk Rock Picnic in Mountain View

Posted by ChrisDude on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 10:07 PM (PST)

San Jose Mercury News has posted videos from last Sunday’s Punk Rock Picnic at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, which featured The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise, The Vandals, Stiff Little Fingers and The Story So Far, and was hosted by the San Francisco radio station Live 105. The videos can be found here.

The Offspring, who released the Summer Nationals covers EP last month, are currently working on new material for their next album. Bad Religion are planning to work on a new album this year as well. The Vandals have not released any new material since 2004′s Hollywood Potato Chip, but the band is reportedly planning on releasing new music sometime this year. Pennywise released Yesterdays last July on Epitaph, while Stiff Little Fingers released No Going Back last March, and The Story So Far released the acoustic EP Songs of The Story So Far last June on Pure Noise Entertainment.

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Live Video: The Offspring live in Chula Vista

Posted by ChrisDude on Monday, September 1, 2014 at 6:55 PM (PST)

Last Saturday night (August 30th), The Offspring performed live at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California. The show, which you can watch below, was part of the ongoing Summer Nationals tour with Bad ReligionPennywiseThe Vandals and Stiff Little Fingers.

The Offspring released the covers EP Summer Nationals exclusively on iTunes and Spotify via Time Bomb last month, which was released to coincide with the Summer Nationals tour. The band planning to self-release a new single this fall, and put new music next year.

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The Offspring to self-release new single, might release new EP

Posted by ChrisDude on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 2:53 PM (PST)

Earlier this month, The Offspring frontman Dexter Holland said that he wasn’t sure if the band’s next musical output will come in the form of a full-length studio album. In a recent interview, Dexter said that he is still open to recording an album, and the band is planning to self-release a single this fall. He explains:

“Not that I wouldn’t want to do an album again, because I think they’re important. But for now, I think it’s better to put out singles here and there. Just to keep the fire stoked.”

In other news, gutiarist Noodles revealed that The Offspring are not in full album mode, but have completed 3 or 4 songs for a possible new EP. About the possibility of new music, Noodles told Yahoo!“We’re old-school, so when we think of recording, we think of doing a whole record. But the world is changing. Why make fans wait two years when some of the songs are going to be done in a month? Maybe it’s a better idea to put those songs out and then slowly compile another album.”

Earlier this month, The Offspring released the covers EP Summer Nationals exclusively on iTunes and Spotify via Time Bomb, which was released to coincide with the Summer Nationals tour with Bad ReligionPennywiseThe Vandals and Stiff Little Fingers. Noodles recently stated that the band expects to begin work on new music after the tour.

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The Offspring to start work on new music after “Summer Nationals” tour

Posted by ChrisDude on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 6:54 PM (PST)

In a recent interview, The Offspring guitarist Noodles revealed that the band will begin work on new music for their next release after they wrap up the Summer Nationals Tour with Bad ReligionPennywiseThe Vandals and Stiff Little Fingers. Noodles states:

“We’re getting some ideas together and it’s been fun. But we’re focusing on the anniversary of ‘Smash’ right now. Once this tour is over, we’ll get rolling with new music. It’s all been amazing to see how far the band has come along the way.”

Earlier this month, The Offspring released the covers EP Summer Nationals exclusively on iTunes and Spotify via Time Bomb, which was released to coincide with the Summer Nationals tour. It is not known if Time Bomb will handle the release of the new Offspring album, which will be their first since 2012′s Days Go By, but we’ll keep you posted as more details on it come to light.

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In an interview with radio.com, The Offspring frontman Dexter Holland talked about the making of the band’s biggest hits “Come Out and Play” and “Self Esteem”, which are taken from the band’s seminal album Smash. Asked how “Come Out and Play” came out, Dexter replied:

“That was the last song I wrote for that album, and I was trying to figure out how to put it together. I liked the main riff, but musically it bounces around a lot. The verses are kind of like a rap almost, more spoken than sung. And then there’s that Middle Eastern riff or whatever you want to call it, which is very Southern California, going all the way back to Dick Dale, and we’d messed with some of that stuff in previous records. I guess I was trying to come up with something in a different way, that would grab you with all these elements. The “keep ‘em separated” element was just because I wanted it so there was a stop, with something fun to say in the middle. That just kind of came to me at school one day. So all those things, but you never know if it’s gonna work. You just have to go into the studio like “this might sound weird but let’s try it anyway.”"

Earlier this month, The Offspring released the covers EP Summer Nationals exclusively on iTunes and Spotify via Time Bomb, which was released to coincide with the ongoing tour with Bad ReligionPennywise and The Vandals. It is not known if Time Bomb will handle the release of the next Offspring album, which will be their first since 2012′s Days Go By, but we’ll keep you posted as more details on it come to light.

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Despite earlier reports that they would release new music in 2015, The Offspring frontman Dexter Holland recently told Punknews.org that he is not sure if the band’s next musical output will come in the form of a full-length studio album. He states:

“We’re not really sure. We used to always do records where we’d go in and spend as long as it took — and sometimes that takes like a year and a half to really do it — and that seems like a long time to wait in between records. And no one really buys albums anymore…or maybe they do, I don’t know. But the way people really digest music has just changed; it’s not really the same way where you’re gonna sit down with the record and really listen to it.”

Dexter did, however, say that he does not rule out the possibility of a new Offspring album, explaining, “It’s not like I wouldn’t ever do an album again. Albums are important ‘cuz it’s a collection of work. But for the time being it’s like, you know what, let’s not get too crazy and overwhelmed with doing a whole album. Let’s just do a couple of songs here and there and that way we can go out and tour and still see the people and not just have to go away for a couple of years.”

Earlier this month, The Offspring released the covers EP Summer Nationals exclusively on iTunes and Spotify via Time Bomb, which was released to coincide with the ongoing tour with Bad ReligionPennywise and The Vandals. It is not known if Time Bomb will handle the release of the new Offspring album, which will be their first since 2012′s Days Go By, but we’ll keep you posted as more details on it come to light.

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Any review of The Offspring’s Summer Nationals tour would be remiss in downplaying the importance of that band’s breakout album, Smash, in the annals of punk rock history. Yet, the virtues of the year in punk that was 1994 have been extolled myriad times over in the two decades since, quite frequently by men and women far more eloquent than I. So while nostalgia may have been the overarching theme of the night (the four bands on the Boston bill, The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise and The Vandals have, according to my fuzzy math, been hawking their wares for a collective 115 or so years), the biggest takeaway from this night’s stop was just how vital and, frankly, timeless this particular wing of the punk rock museum can be.

The Vandals’ 30-minute-or-so opening slot set an early tone, packing a high level of energy and fun into an all-too-brief package. Themselves capable of headlining many a nationwide tour (albeit probably not selling out the 2400+ capacity House of Blues in Boston), The Vandals eleven-song set was incapable of digging too deep into their thirty-year catalog. The band drew fairly heavily from 1998’s Hitler Bad, Vandals Good (which is more than okay in my book), with crowd favorites like “Oi to The World” and guitarist (not bassist) Warren Fitzgerald assuming frontman duties for their spastic, show-closing cover of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” thrown in for good measure.

Pennywise and Bad Religion followed in that order, each relegated to 45ish-minute sets, leaving little time for small talk, meaning that both bands came out hard and fast. Pennywise’s 14-song set featured a heavy dose of crowd interplay that served as the only real time the band’s foot was off the accelerator. I will say that there’s something a little different about a seeing frontman coaxing a crowd whose average age was well north of 30 to raise their collective middle fingers to authority. Yet, at the same time, decades old tracks like “Perfect People” and “Society” seem perhaps more relevant in 2014 than they were when they were first written.

Backed by the human gas pedal that is Brooks Wackerman (who did double duty behind the drum kit on this tour, filling in for The Vandals’ Josh Freese), Bad Religion made the most of their time slot, somehow cramming 17-songs into 45 minutes. Awe, who am I kidding…somehow? It’s Bad Religion, that’s how. Never a group to write magnum Rush-style opuses, Greg Graffin and company get right to the point. Though the parts may have changed and the hair may have grayed over the years, Bad Religion continue to stake their claim as one of the tightest, most dynamic bands running. Also…the Suffer mini-set was A)unexpected and B)much appreciated.

Last but not least, obviously, was The Offspring. The headliners, and arguably one of the more polarizing bands in the punk genre for last couple decades, have been playing Smash in honor of its 20th anniversary. However, in a somewhat interesting twist, they’ve not been playing it in order. In this particular writer’s opinion, that was a good move. “Play the album in order” shows have the effect of being presented stale at times, given that a band can effectively sleepwalk through the same performance in the same order night in and night out. The “shuffle” mode has a way of at least appearing to keep the band on their toes. Anyway…Smash circa 2014 doesn’t have quite the same impact that it did twenty years ago. Unlike the politically charged rebellion tunes of Pennywise or Bad Religion or the sarcastic, locker-room brand of humor that The Vandals prefer, Smash‘s tunes of rebellious youth don’t come off quite the same when performed by the middle-aged version of the band. Which is, precisely, why the band have progressed sonically and changed lyrically over the years, meaning that much of the newer, “less punk” stuff has a way of translating as more honest now. But tonight wasn’t about “now,” and tonight was a perfect reminder of exactly what resonated for so many people twenty years ago.

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The Offspring have combined two songs from their latest album Days Go By for their newest music video. You can check out the video for “Dividing By Zero” and “Slim Pickens Does the Right Thing and Rides the Bomb to Hell” below.

Days Go By was released in 2012, and the band’s currently on the Summer Nationals Tour with Bad Religion, Pennywise, The Vandals and Stiff Little Fingers. They also recently announced plans to release a new album in 2015.

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The Offspring to release new album next year

Posted by ChrisDude on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 10:07 PM (PST)

The Tampa Tribute is reporting that The Offspring have been working on a new album with producer Bob Rock for a possible 2015 release. About the album, Noodles stated:

“We’re getting there, but we’re not previewing anything yet. Even if we wanted to preview some songs, there’s no room on our setlist with ‘Smash’ and all of the other hits we’re playing on this tour.”

The Offspring just recently released the covers EP Summer Nationals exclusively on iTunes and Spotify via Time Bomb, which was released to coincide with the ongoing tour with Bad ReligionPennywise and The Vandals. It is not known if Time Bomb will handle the release of the new Offspring album, which will be their first since 2012′s Days Go By, but we’ll keep you posted as more details on it come to light.

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