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Divided Heaven announces west coast tour dates with Brian Marquis

Los angeles acoustic-punk musician Divided Heaven has announced west coast tour dates with Brian Marquis.

You can check out the tour dates and locations here.

Divided Heaven, the project of Jeff Berman, is finishing up the recording of a new album with Charlie Stavish.  He last released Youngblood in March 2014.



Album Review: Ezra – “Speakers in the Sky”

Ezra Kire is known from his early days in the New York crack rocksteady scene, writing songs and providing a voice that helped make the genre become a veritable revisioning of punk. In bands like Leftover Crack and Morning Glory he combined crust, black metal, and ska with pop hooks, and in that he did something admirable– he helped create a new sort of punk rock that was both tough and catchy– something a new generation of misfits could worship and look to for guidance. As heavy as a sledgehammer, and about as subtle.

And then, in a fit of further revisioning, Kire started to separate himself from the scene he helped create and released new music with his old crack rocksteady band Morning Glory. But, the new M-Glory wasn’t the same as the old, it was defiantly Kire in every way. He found himself playing with the boundaries of punk, introducing piano and strings that backed loud and heavy anthems.

Now, there’s a new release, and again, a revision. Or maybe, just an update. Kire hasn’t stopped making music, and on Speakers in the Sky, it seems like maybe he can’t stop. He bleeds music and with a new record comes a new hemorrhage. Kire is an artist, the kind of human machine that can’t and won’t stop sublimating his experience. He was made with his purpose, and as a final act of removing outer-processes, he has left the Morning Glory moniker behind him, along with his last name. This new album, Speakers in the Sky, is credited to only Ezra.

And that’s fitting, because with the stripped down name comes stripped down music. This is largely a piano album, while the later tracks do bring in some of the Morning Glory bombast, it doesn’t aim to be punk by any means. “Everything is Wardsback” provides the baseline for what to expect from Speakers in the Sky— Billy Joel piano ballads sung with the desperate edge of a singer who wasn’t built to sing, but was born to nonetheless. “Civilian Song” continues in this direction and then “Love the World We Have” brings in a guitar crescendo that reminds us that the old Ezra is a long way from dead.

“Soldier On” is one of the best songs on the album, with a sticky refrain and harmonies that elevate it into something hopeful and ethereal. It is then effortlessly transformed as it continues into the title track. Here, we hear Ezra’s punk snarl, backed by messy electric guitars and sirens. It acts as a separate entity as well as a continuation of “Soldier On,” allowing the ballad to burn and become an anthem.

The album ends with the contemplative “Corpse’s Lullaby,” whose chorus of “Tell me!” sung by a choir of Ezras is one of the album’s biggest hooks. It’s lyrics call back to John Lennon’s “Imagine,” but as one would expect, it’s tougher and darker than what even the bleakest Beatle could conjure.

Speakers in the Sky is interesting because of Ezra, and an argument could be made that it’s engagement level will depend on what you think of the man himself. For a devotee who has followed his work, this new collection of ballads may be mesmerizing, but for the casual punk, they could come off as equally limp. Either way, there is no denying the talent, nor the perseverance of the artist, and when it comes to punk, that’s over half the battle.

 

3.5/5



Gab De La Vega (folk) streaming new two song EP “I Wan’t Nothing”

Italian folk punk Gab De La Vega is streaming his latest EP “I Wan’t Nothing”.

You can listen to it below.

The new EP features a killer rendition of the Misfits classic “Some Kinda Hate”. If your a fan of Tim Barry or Joey Cape I highly suggest you give this a listen.



Ezra Kire (solo) streaming new video for “Speakers in the Sky”

New York hardcore stalwart Ezra Kire from the band Morning Glory (Former Leftover Crack, Choking Victim) has released a pretty slick new video for the song “Speakers in the Sky”.

Which you can check out below.

The title song comes off Ezra’s forthcoming solo album “Speakers in the Sky”, which is due out September 29th. 



Darius Koski (folk, CA) announces full length “What Was Once Is By And Gone” and stream teaser track from it

Fat Wreck folk punk artist Darius Koski has announced that their latest full-length record will be released on November, 3, 2017. Entitled What Was Once Is By And Gone, the album will feature sixteen tracks of country music-style folk punk delivered by the Swingin’ Utters axe-man. To get fans excited for the release, Koski has posted a teaser track called “Because He’s Beautiful” that will make the final cut of the record.

You can check it out below.



Tim Barry streams new album “High On 95”, announces US tour dates

Tim Barry has made his new album High On 95 available stream, and has announced US tour dates in support of the release. You can give the track a listen and check out the dates below.

High On 95 came out today, September 8th through Chunksaah Records. Head over here to grab your copy of the album.



New Video: Tim Barry – “High on 95” (w/camera work from his 4-year-old daughter, Lela Jane)

Tim Barry has unveiled the latest video from his forthcoming full-length album, and this one’s pretty damn special.

It’s for the title track to High On 95, and it was shot almost entirely by Barry’s four-and-a-half year-old daughter, Lela Jane, on an old VHS camcorder. If you’ve followed Barry’s career as a solo artist, you’ve no doubt gotten the chance to watch Lela and her little sister, Coralee, grow up in front of the camera lens via Instagram, so it’s a unique — and heart-warming — thing to see her on the other side of the camera pointing it at her old man.

Check out Lela’s video-making debut below. High on 95 is due out this coming Friday (September 8th) via Chunksaah Records. Some pre-order options are available here; others will be up on Barry’s website in a couple days! And happy early birthday, Lela Jane!



Ezra Kire of Morning Glory to release solo album on Anxious And Angry Records, streams firs single

Morning Glory’s Ezra Kire will be releasing his debut solo album, Speakers In the Sky, on September 29th via Anxious And Angry Records. If you dug the unique song writing of Morning Glory’s last couple albums you’re very likely going to dig this. Check out the first single “Let It Go” below.

After a life dedicated to forming influential punk bands (Choking Victim, Leftover Crack and Morning Glory) Kire is in his final stage of evolution. Since putting his touring life on the shelf, he took an interest in aviation and is now a licensed pilot.When he isn’t flying, he is a union crew member for films and television in New York City. But no matter what else takes precedence over touring in bands, Ezra has proven that music and creativity will always be a part of him.

Speakers in the Sky’s first four songs are individual setups for the epic 4 songs in one on the B side. This record is the punk rock Beatles record the world needs right now.



Dan Cribb adds “The Amendment Song” to Simpsons Tribute Project, announces Simpsons Tribute Show

Dan Cribb teamed up with Benny Davis of Axis Of Awesome and Sydney comedian Will Erimya for the newest addition to Worst Tribute Ever, Dan’s ongoing tribute album to the Simpsons.

You can check out the “The Amendment Song” below.

Cribb has also announced he will be playing a show featuring these Simpsons covers in Brisbane on September 5th, at which he will be joined by some unannounced guest vocalists.  You can check out all the details for that show here.



MU330 stream new single “Don’t Worry Don’t Stress”

California ska band MU330 have released a brand new song called “Don’t Worry Don’t Stress.” The single was released in response to the recent events in Charlottesville, VA, including the rise of neo-nazi groups. In conjunction with Asian Man Records, all of the proceeds generated from this single will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center in the fight for peace worldwide.

A statement from the band reads:

MU330 rejects the violence and hate speech of alt right nazis in Charlottesville. White supremacy must be stomped out and uprooted from this country. Let’s throw these tired ideas in the garbage once and for all. There should be no safe space anywhere on the political spectrum for a group of people that advocate genocide, anti-Semitism, and the oppression of minorities. As a country, we need to stop defending such vile behavior. This has to stop, and our president must be held accountable for defending such hateful ideology. Are you thinking, “wait, I’m a conservative and I’m not a racist!”? That’s great! The good news is that you can be a conservative while rejecting nazis and a racist president that defends them.

100% of all donations from downloading this new MU330 tune will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Peace, MU330

You can stream the song below and make a donation directly to the Bandcamp page.



Iron your Hawaiian shirts – Uke Hunt is hitting the road in October

Your mother won’t understand, and it wont be worth explaining the name…but don’t miss Uke-Hunt on tour this fall.

The band, featuring Me First & The Gimme Gimmes front-man extraordinaire Spike Slawson, will be ripping down the east coast for a handful of shows this October.

The band last released a self titled LP in 2014. Pound a mai-tai, chill out and rock out with them!

10/26/2017, Quebec City, QC, La Source de la Martinière
10/27/2017, Sainte-Thérèse, QC, Le Montecristo – Music 4 Cancer
10/28/2017, Montreal, QC, Piranha Bar
10/29/2017, Toronto, ON, The Dance Cave at Lee’s Palace
10/30/2017, Buffalo, NY, Mohawk Place
10/31/2017, Albany, NY, Paulys Hotel – Halloween
11/2/2017, Newport, RI, The Cafe at Parlor Newport



Greg Graffin posts fall solo tour dates

Greg Graffin, front man of Bad Religion, has announced a short string of West Coast dates in support of his latest solo record, Millport.

The PhD and punk rocker dabbles in evolutionary biology, anthropology, lecturing, writing and finds the time now and then to pursue his musical passion for Americana and roots-folk music. His latest effort, Millport, is a 10 track journey through the American folk and roots music that Graffin sees as his earliest inspirations: inspirations that have a lasting impact on the punk rock of Bad Religion.

I’ll be sitting, and waiting patiently for East Coast shows. In the meantime, here’s the dates:

SEP 12 Seattle, WA Tractor Taver
SEP 13 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
SEP 14 SanFrancisco, CA The Chapel


Chris Farren (solo) streaming new song “Be There 4 Ya” and announces tour dates

Chris Farren is streaming a new song “Be There 4 Ya” and has a slew of tour dates. You can checkout the new song below and tour dates here.

The new song equal parts happy and catchy is the first new release from Chris Farren since 2016’s album “Can’t Die”. Do yourself a favour and check Chris Farren out on tour through the rest of the summer.



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.



Dave Hause announce fall tour dates with Beach Slang and Tiger Army

Singer Songwriter act Dave Hause has just announced his North American tour dates for the rest of the summer and through beginning of December for a headlining tour with Beach Slang and Tiger Army. The run is in support of his most recent release Bury Me In Philly out via Rise Records.

Hause will begin with an appearance this Saturday July 19, 2017 at XpoNential Fest in Camden, NJ.

Check out the tour dates below.