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Full EP Stream: Self Defense Family – ‘Duets’

Posted by Bizarro Dustin on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 11:30 AM (PST)

Post-hardcore band Self Defense Family has released a full stream of Duets, their fourth EP of 2014. The EP features lots of back-and-forth vocals between SDF vocalist and frontman Patrick Kindlon and frequent SDF collaborator Caroline Corrigan.You can give it a listen here.

Duets is slated for a September 30, 2014 release on Iron Pier. It will follow the band’s debut full length (as Self Defense Family), Try Me, which was released January 7, 2014, through Deathwish Inc., as well as the Two Genuine Oddities from Our Distant Past, and I Tried to Make Something You Would Enjoy EPs, and the “Indoor Wind Chimes” single.

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The Fullblast (Canadian progressive punk) are back, announce new show/EP plans

Posted by jaystone on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM (PST)

Happy Hump Day…The Fullblast are back!

The Ontarian progressive punks, who’ve been effectively defunct since 2006, have announced plans to play a few shows in their home province (and in Detroit). While they won’t be returning to being a full-time touring band in the foreseeable future, there is a new EP in the works. Here’s what the band had to say (via Facebook):

Okay, so – as you may have noticed, there’s been some activity around here and we’re happy to finally let you in on what’s been going on. In short – we’re sort of a band again! Not the kind that tours and is the number one priority in all of our lives, but the kind that allows friends to come together creatively and have fun. We’ve begun recording an EP of new material which we are very excited about. No immediate details on when or how it will be released, but we’re working on it. Additionally, we’re stoked to announce 3 shows coming up in December in Toronto (Sneaky Dee’s), Detroit (The Swellers final Detroit show) and Burlington (BURLY CALLING) Tickets are on sale now !

Stay tuned for more news on the EP! In the meanwhile, head below to find out where exactly The Fullblast will be playing!

The Fullblast’s last album was 2006′s “Short Controlled Bursts,” which was released via Dine Alone Records.

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New Music: The World/Inferno Friendship Society – “Dolce Far Niente”

Posted by jaystone on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 4:07 PM (PST)

Brooklyn circus punk troupe The World/Inferno Friendship Society are streaming another track from their upcoming full-length, “This Packed Funeral.” The new song is called “Dolce Far Niente,” which we’re pretty sure is Italian or Spanish or Klingon or something. Stream it below.

“This Packed Funeral” is due out November 11th via Alternative Tentacles. It serves as a follow-up to 2011′s “The Anarchy And The Ecstasy.”

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Show Review: Joyce Manor at The Bowery Ballroom in NYC, NY (9/15/14)

Posted by Bizarro Dustin on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 1:32 PM (PST)

Nobody really likes Mondays. I don’t have any empirical evidence to back up that claim, but I’m sure most people would agree that Mondays are not a likeable day. But even on this most miserable of days, Monday, September 15 saw The Bowery Ballroom in NYC filled up to see one of Epitaph Records’ newest additions to their roster, Joyce Manor, with support from Seattle’s garagey The Exquisites and Philadelphia’s powerpop group Mike Bell & the Movies.

Mike Bell & the Movies came out first, their performance a blend of their power pop sound and a healthy dose of self-aware humor. Interacting with the crowd as much as possible, the band had no trouble mocking themselves about everything from the quiet response to their guitarist’s Joyce Manor t-shirt. No one in the audience might have known the songs beforehand, but there’s no way that the didn’t convert at least a few people into fans that night. The Exquisites took the stage approximately a half hour later, opting to devote nearly their entire set to fitting in as many songs as possible. The two styles of the opening acts set the tone for what was to come: a fun, in-your-face rock show.

Just after 10pm Mike Bell’s rhythm section came out to introduce Joyce Manor, which mostly consisted of lots of drunken giggling and improvised nicknames. Not that it bothered the band or the crowd in the slightest, as each made up name was met with laughter and applause. It also helped that it wasn’t dragged out, and that Joyce Manor started soon after.

Much like their recorded output, Joyce Manor’s live show is a speedy, no nonsense event. The band plowed through song after song, pulling tunes that ranged from their newest full length, Never Hungover Again, all the way back to their 2009 demo. The band kept their banter to a minimum, stopping only to thank the opening acts and once to call out ‘hardcore tough guys with Morrissey’ haircuts for ruining other people’s good times. Even the band’s approach to their encore reflected the band’s fast paced nature: the band ran off stage to take a quick shot before jumping right back to close the night with “Five Beer Plan” and “Leather Jacket”.

Despite their set barely cracking 40 minutes, and that’s only including the introductions and the time it took to thank everyone for coming out, the night was a success. It was loud and fast, and crammed full of songs, making it everything that a Joyce Manor fan could want or expect out of a live performance.

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Full Album Stream: Trails – “Crooked Trees”

Posted by hayley on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 2:17 PM (PST)

UK progressive-punk band Trails are currently streaming their latest album “Crooked Trees.” Check it out below.

“Crooked Trees”which was entirely crowdfunded was released today via Lockjaw Records. To order the album, check out Trails’s bandcamp page.

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Pittsburgh’s a pretty cool fucking town, and I hadn’t been to the Land of Three Rivers in a couple of decades, so why not grab my bestie and head out in the middle of the workweek to cover a show featuring a near-perfect post-hardcore line-up with a side order of punk?

Once upon a time, a lineup like this would’ve been a sea of sailing bodies, but surfing was kept to a minimum here as the complexion of the crowd has shifted to include a sizable dose of unrowdy young ladies. Stage AE is a theater-esque establishment with an unusually high stage set far enough apart from the barricade in order to discourage stagediving (although security informed me that the most determined of dudes still try).

Frank Iero, touring on the release of his first (and very awesome) solo effort, “Stomachaches,” put together an outfit that he dubbed “The Cellabration,” consisting of former LeATHERMØUTH and current Low Road guitarist Rob Hughes (on bass for this project,) Science guitarist Evan Nestor and independent artist (now drummer) Matt Olsson for touring purposes. The set is energetic and dark, with three-part harmonies filling the arena, dual guitars (Iero and Nestor) and some really fun bass licks from the ever-talented Hughes. Olsson is the perfect backbone: fun to watch on drums, with a perpetual smile upon his face reminiscent of Taylor Hawkins. This album is definitely worth a listen. Favorite track: “All I Want Is You.”

Since I last caught them on tour, during their “Louder Now” days, Taking Back Sunday has endured several lineup changes (current members include vocalist and former bassist Adam Lazzarra, founding member and guitarist Eddie Reyes, original guitarist and keyboardist John Nolan, and bassist after Lazzarra, Shaun Cooper). They’ve also released three more albums, “New Again,” Self-Titled and the newly minted “Happiness Is.” Although Lazzarra no longer dangles from light fixtures as he did in the first half of the band’s career, he hasn’t lost his charisma. The band seemed settled as they ran through a string of sing-along hits such as “MakeDamnSure,””Decades Under The Influence” and “What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost” as well as brand new cuts like “Better Homes and Gardens,” all met with equal enthusiasm by the sweaty crowd.

The headliners of the evening, The Used, also showcasing a brand new release, “Imaginary Enemy,” a surprisingly strong anti-war statement by the stable outfit consisting of vocalist Bert McCracken, guitarist Quinn Allman, bassist Jepha Howard and drummer Dan Whitesides, hit the stage with a fury, inciting the crowd to circle pit, belting through one beloved tune after another, and beginning their encore with the perpetual crowd favorite, the sentimental “On My Own.” You can scream yourself hoarse at a show like this, and most of us did. After an explosive opening with the pounding “Take It Away,” grinning at the crowd as they sang every note for them during tracks like “All That I’ve Got,” and “The Taste of Ink,” and rounding out the set with the hard-hitting “Pretty Handsome Awkward,” The Used definitely owned the arena, as they usually do.

This is an extremely fun tour that you should definitely hop onto if it’s passing through the city. Check out upcoming tour dates here. And check out our photos from the show below.

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Music Video: The Used – “Revolution”

Posted by Bizarro Dustin on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM (PST)

The Used have released a music video for their newest single “Revolution”. The track comes off of the band’s most recent album, Imaginary Enemy. You can watch the video below.

The Used released Imaginary Enemy on April 1, 2014 through Hopeless Records.

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Self Defense Family stream new song “Been Passed On”

Posted by Bizarro Dustin on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 11:14 AM (PST)

Post-hardcore band Self Defense Family is stream a new song titled “Been Passed On”. The track will appear on their upcoming EP, Duets. You can give a listen to the song below.

Duets is slated for a September 30, 2014 release on Iron Pier. It will follow the band’s debut full length, Try Me, which was released January 7, 2014, through Deathwish Inc.

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Music Video: The Distant North – “To See The Light”

Posted by Kaylee McNeil on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 3:05 PM (PST)

British progressive act The Distant North have just released the music video for their track “To See The Light”, which you can check out below.

“To See The Light” is a song off the group’s upcoming EP Sol Et Luna which is set for release on October 5th via FaithLoveHope Promotions.

Sol Et Luna will serve as a follow-up to the band’s December 2013 single “Floodlights”.

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Album Review: Joyce Manor – “Never Hungover Again”

Posted by writeofpassage on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 10:16 AM (PST)

Joyce Manor seem to have refound the magic that made their 2011 self-titled the stuff of dreams. The charm, the catchiness, the charisma and the energy is back in spades in an album that feels like a band that’s grown up and wiser in addressing those wasted days. Sharper, edgier and some of the most sprawling short bursts of pop-punk really make them shine in a light that supersedes all predecessors in a run-in that’s fit for record of the year.

Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired felt like too much of a deviation from the plan. It was good but missing the key elements of the band. That core’s highly evident here but still packed with new curveballs to make them even more appealing. “Falling In Love Again” feels like Robert Smith took a swipe at pop-punk which lends credence to how well the album is structured lyrically. It helps build the most assured and intelligent songwriting to date. Not to mention how raw the record sounds. So, so good.

“Schley” in its yells and throaty punk arena is another example. The lyrics float in between juvenile, mysterious and plain outlandish in a record that conversely feels very straightforward. Sharp, fast hooks, huge choruses and lovely swells make “Victoria” another sure hit and no doubt throws fans back to 2011 once more. Simple and minimalistic yet telling. “Heart Tattoo” is a bass-driven kickass jig that’s sure to be a contender for song of the year. That much fun in one song should be illegal. This particular musical structure seems to be slowed down in “The Jerk” which is yet again, another Joyce Manor classic. These are the songs you wanna mosh to live and in person. Again, they’re catchy and very addictive. Joyce Manor at their infective peak!

They temper the record well though with interludes here and there. “Heated Swimming Pool”, while as a closer, is a neat little ballad to add more diversity to the record but at the end of proceedings, it’s undeniable their flair. The record’s got substance, style and then some. It feels like progression while playing to their strengths. That’s enough to make them tick and if it’s one band who will exploit the shit out of this particular genre in the best way possible, it’s Joyce Manor. It’s for us who hate reform and conforming. Highly recommended.

4.5/5 Stars

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Album Review: Lilac Daze – “Sedated”

Posted by Rob Smittix on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM (PST)

To me the 90′s don’t feel as if they were that long ago but for a band like Lilac Daze, as young as they are the 90′s are probably like the 70′s are to me. When I was a kid I spent hours a day going through my parent’s vinyl and 8-tracks discovering music and sounds that the modern radio no longer played. I can imagine the band mates in Lilac Daze exploring their parent’s cassette collections and rediscovering a great decade in music, the 90′s. Bands like Weezer, The Pixies, Super Drag and other semi-alternative influences are extremely evident in their music. In today’s very confused era of music, it’s nice to see that some of the younger musicians still have taste.

The latest release by Lilac Daze is a 6 track EP entitled Sedated which can be found here for streaming or purchase on bandcamp. I really enjoyed this recording especially the song “Kathleen” which has very melodic guitar and remains very tranquil at least until the distortion comes in and once again the band is rocking. I really look forward to hearing more from Lilac Daze because I can see as they mature their music will evolve with them naturally.

I give this album 4 out of 5 stars!

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Chicago punk rockers Cut Teeth are streaming a new song off of their upcoming album Night Years called “Christmas On Easter Island.” The song is one of the first singles off the new album which is scheduled to release on October 28th. You can take a listen to track here.

Night Years is being released by Topshelf Records and serves as a follow-up to the band’s debut EP Televandalism, which was released in 2012.

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Music Video: Foreign Tongues – “Luxury”

Posted by Bizarro Dustin on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM (PST)

New England’s Foreign Tongues have released a music video for their song “Luxury”. The track comes off of the band’s split with The Felix Culpa. You can check out the video here.

The Foreign Tongues / Felux Culpa split came out on August 12, 2014 via No Sleep Records.

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Music Video: Fucked up – “The Art of Patrons”

Posted by Kaylee McNeil on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 4:45 PM (PST)

Toronto hardcore group Fucked Up have just released a music video for their track “The Art of Patrons”, which is taken of their album Glass Boys from earlier this year. You can check out the video below.

Glass Boys was released on June 3rd through Matador Records. Two versions of the album were released – a fast version, and a slow one.

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Isles & Glaciers will re-vamp and re-release their debut album

Posted by GinaVenz on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 2:32 PM (PST)

Isles & Glaciers, the collaborative side-project of members of ChiodosPierce the Veil, and Sleeping with Sirens, are set to release The Hearts of Lonely People (Remixes) on November 11th through Equal Vision Records.

Due to the demands of their other bands, the members of Isles & Glaciers were never able to record a follow-up to Hearts.  Instead, they are offering up the original 7 songs, uniquely re-recorded for this release.

We don’t have a preview track for you, but you can find out more about the album here.

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