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Joey Cape announces One Week Records fall North American tour with Brian Wahlstrom & more

Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape has announced a One Week Records fall North American tour featuring artists such as Laura Mardon, KJ Jansen (Chixdiggit), Walt Hamburger, Brian Wahlstrom, Betty and the Boy, and Jo Bergeron. Check out the list of dates and locations below.

One Week Records is Joey Cape’s newest endeavor. He brings musicians in to his home studio for one week to record stripped down, honest versions of 10 of their tunes.

Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room stream new song “Wait”

Alkaline Trio bassist/vocalist Dan Andriano’s side-project Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room are streaming another new track from their upcoming sophomore album “Party Adjacent”.

The track is entitled “Wait” and you can give it a listen here.

Additionally, Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room will be embarking on a Summer US tour next month, with support from Spraynard and High Dive along the way. You can see tour dates and locations below.

“Party Adjacent” is set to be released on July 17th through Asian Man Records and will serve as a follow-up to the band’s 2011 debut “Hurricane Season”.

Free Music: Chris Fox (Vampirates, Boss’ Daughter) – Self-titled EP

Chris Fox (guitar/vocals for Vampirates and Boss’ Daughter) is giving you a taste of his solo abilities, with a self-titled EP available for free/name your price. Listen and/or download it below.

The EP on Cocksmoker Chunk Records features four original tracks, and a Bomb The Music Industry! cover, “Felt Just Like Vacation” (hopefully Jeff won’t sue).

The release comes as Fox gets ready to hit the road on the Run For Your Life Tour, with Jason Guy Smiley. Check out the dates/locations below the music.

Anthony Raneri (Bayside) streaming new solo record “Sorry State of Mind”

Bayside frontman Anthony Raneri is streaming his new solo album “Sorry State of Mind” in its entirety.

You can give it a listen below.

Sorry State of Mind will be released on June 30 through Hopeless Records and can be pre-ordered here.

Chuck Ragan announces European & US headlining shows

Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music has announced a handful of European and US headlining shows he will be playing later this summer. All of the dates and locations can be found below.

Ragan’s latest solo album Till Midnight was released in March of 2014 through SideOneDummy. He has since released a split with Rocky Votolato titled Kindred Spirit will be released on June 2nd, 2015.

Spike Slawson (Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Uke Hunt) unveils three new ukulele covers

Spike Slawson of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and solo project Uke-Hunt recently sat down with Punks In Vegas to share live performances of three new covers as well as a fully acoustic version of a track off Me First’s latest album.

Check out “Crazy for You” (originally by Madonna), “Xanadu” (originally by Olivia Newton-John and ELO), “A World Without Love” (originally by Peter and Gordon, written by Lennon and McCartney), and “Mienteme” (originally by Los Tres Diamantes) below.

Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room stream new song “Lost”

Alkaline Trio bassist/vocalist Dan Andriano’s side-project Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room are streaming another new track from their upcoming sophomore album Party Adjacent. You can give “Lost” a listen below.

Party Adjacent is set to be released on July 17th through Asian Man Records. The album will serve as a follow-up to the band’s 2011 debut Hurricane Season.

DS Exclusive: Louise Distras on her first US tour, gender equality in punk music, and the release of “Dreams From The Factory Floor” (w/full album stream)

It’s just after 8 o’clock on a seasonably warm late-spring Boston evening. Due to some unexpected police activity clogging the local roads on the route to the Midway Cafe, the kinda-out-of-the-way Boston venue that was our arranged meeting place, Louise Distras is already seated at the bar by the time I make my way in. It’s the eve of the UK-based folk-punk singer-songwriter’s first-ever US show, and, having just flown in from her homeland the night before, she’s a bit…well…tired.

“I apologize in advance because my brain is still a bit spacey,” Distras leads with. In the interest of full disclosure, I find that there’s something intimidating about an artist about whom labels like ‘high-energy, face-ripping, ballsy feminist protest punk’ are bandied about. And yet, whether it’s the travel-induced spaciness, the pre-US tour jitters or, more probably, the genuine and thougtful nature she puts in to having a conversation, there’s also something immediately disarming about Distras, a good sign for a natural introvert such as myself.

Distras has teamed up with fellow folk punk Bryan McPherson for a three-plus-week US tour that will take them from the Bostonian-turned-Californian’s former home to his current one. It’s a flip-flop of sorts for the two, who recently wrapped a lengthy tour of the UK and mainland Europe. The two hadn’t met in person prior to the first UK gig, relying on the magic of social media to make the necessary connections for such a venture to work. Quite the leap of faith, at least on paper, and yet as Distras says, “I think we’re both pretty intuitive people that rely on our gut instincts a lot, and I think if either of us had a bad feeling in our guts about it, neither of us would have done it.” By all accounts, the UK/EU tour was a resounding success, paving the way nicely for a tour that’ll mark the release not only of McPherson’s latest solo album, Wedgewood, but the US/International release of Distras’ debut full-length, Dreams From The Factory Floor.

Though originally released through Distras’ own Street Revolution Records in 2013, Dreams From The Factory Floor found its recent, widespread release through California’s Pirates Press Records. “Ultimately, it’s all about getting the music and the message out to as many people as possible,” comments Distras. “Through Pirates Press and their amazing support, we’ve been able to take the record and put it out to people all over the world.” While the wider release will allow more people to hear the stellar album, it also affords Distras the opportunity to shine a brighter light on issues she cares about. Test pressings of Dreams… are being auctioned off at Distras’ website to help raise money for a human rights organization called Justice Now. Says Distras of the cause: “they are working with inmates in women’s prisons in California. Their key things are fighting for reproductive justice within women’s prisons in California, and they were fighting against the forced sterilization of female inmates in prisons. They work with communities that are effected by family members in prison, through music, art and things like that.”

Like most of us, Distras found the punk world at a fairly early age (twelve, to be exact), albeit via a bit more of an untraditional path for someone born in 1987, which marked the tail end of Thatcher’s ironclad grasp on the United Kingdom. “Wakefield, where I’m from, is a place that was completely destroyed in the ’80s by the right-wing government. It’s very, very apathetic,” says Distras, “there’s nothing to do for young people, there’s a lot of fighting and a lot of drinking.” As you’re probably imagining, life at home in such an environment left something to be desired. “I was surrounded by a lot of toxic energy. I was bullied at school for being different, bullied at home, and I just felt really alienated all my life.” Enter Kurt Cobain.

“The catalyst for me was hearing Bleach by Nirvana for the first time,” Distras says. “It was the first time that I ever heard, as I describe it, that sounded the way that I felt…my mum was working any and every job she could find to put food on the table and put clothes on our backs and everything.” Bleach might not sound like an obvious entry to the world of punk rock for female in the UK in 1999, but the punk world can be nothing if not unpredictable. “Hearing that record for the first time, and hearing for the first time that somebody else was feeling the same way as me. That’s the only way I can describe it.”

While many a pre-teenage boy was inspired to pick up a guitar based on the music that originate from Seattle garages (or Queens garages…or London garages…), the same cannot be said for females of the same age. In many ways, Distras has been pioneering the carrying of the independent punk flag amongst women of this generation, but she’s drawn inspiration from a couple of sources, one likely, one a bit more unexpected. “Joan Jett’s attitude and approach, her strong, independent, DIY mentality was definitely inspiring when it came to setting up Street Revolution Records and selling my album,” says Distras, adding that she “actually found out recently that Dolly Parton took the same approach as well in the early stages of her career. She said something like even if she hadn’t received all of these amazing responses to her music, she would still be selling records out of her car because it’s just what she does. It’s just like breathing air to her.”

Distras displays a sense of responsibility for carrying not just the socially conscious punk flag, but of leveling the playing field for women in the scene. The lack of gender equality on the main stages of the UK and European festival circuit, not to mention the Warped Tour here in the States, draws particular ire. “What kind of message is this sending out…about what it means to be a young man and what it means to be a young woman, and how men and women see their roles?,” asks Distras rather concisely. “The stage is for the guys, and the girls are groupies.” Distras’ own shows showed a similar trend at first, but the tide seems to be turning. “When I first started playing solo shows three years ago, there wouldn’t be many young women,” says Distras. “As time went on, young women started coming to the shows, but they’d stand at the back because that’s the safe place. Now, the women stand at the front of the shows and jump around.”

Distras has come an awful long way, literally and figuratively, in a fairly short amount of time. There’s a sense of honesty, urgency, and integrity in her lyrics that force the listener and the audience to pay attention and to join the cause. “People have said that music can’t change the world, but I really do believe that it has already and will continue to do so,” says Distras. “It certainly changed our worlds and led us down this journey that we’re on now. Even something as simple as having a bad day and hearing a song on the radio that makes you feel better is an amazing force.”

For Distras, there’s a lot in the works for not only the remainder of this year, but for next year as well. You’ll have to check out our full interview below for more specifics. While you’re at it, you can stream Dreams From The Factory Floor in its entirety! And if you live in the Western half of the US, you can check out the McPherson/Distras tour rundown here.



Chad Bandit (acoustic-punk) premieres video for “Summer Anthem”

Acoustic-punk solo artist Chad Bandit has premiered a video for the song “Summer Anthem,” comprised of footage from his recent West Coast tour. The song is off his debut album, The Morning After, and you can check out the video below!

Chad Bandit is the stage name of Chad Doriguzzi, a Portland, Oregon-based video game artist. The Morning After was released in March of this year.

Allison Weiss signs to SideOneDummy Records

Pop punk singer-songwriter Allison Weiss has announced that she has signed to SideOneDummy Records for the release of a new album that will be out later this year.

She also released a humorous little video showing how the signing happened, which you can see below.

Allison Weiss’ last release was the EP Remember When which was launched last July via No Sleep Records.

Brian Marquis releases video for “Say It Ain’t So” (cover)

Boston solo artist Brian Marquis has a new music video up for his cover of Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So,” and you can watch it here.  Marquis also played a stripped-down acoustic version of the song for Dying Scene Sessions last month.

You can find this song on his I Miss the 90s EP, which came out on Equal Vision Records last month.  The album features a guest appearance by Vinnie Caruana (The Movielife, I Am the Avalanche).  Marquis has also released an LP of original songs called Blood & Spirits.


Chris Farren announces demo collection

Florida singer/songwriter and Fake Problems frontman Chris Farren has announced the release of an upcoming demos collection. Titled Least Embarrassing Demos: 2008-2014, the limited pressing (only 200), cassette only collection will be available in July through Business Casual. You can order your copy here.

Farren released a solo EP, Where U Are on April 7, 2015.

Koji streams new EP

Indie singer-songwriter Koji is streaming his brand new EP, Fury in full. You can give it a listen here.

Fury will be released released on June 16, 2015 via No Sleep Records. It is the follow up to his debut full-length album, Crooked In My Mind, which was released in April 2013 through Run For Cover Records.

Anthony Raneri (Bayside) premieres music video for “Sorry State of Mind”

Bayside frontman Anthony Raneri has released a music video for the title track off his upcoming second solo album, Sorry State of Mind. The song is very different from his work with Bayside, drawing country and pop influences. Check out the video here.

“I have always felt that a good song is a good song whether it’s dressed up like a country song, punk rock song or show tune,” says Raneri. “That’s what I’ve done with Bayside for years. Take different styles of music and dress them up as punk rock. A lot of Bayside songs started out sounding more like show tunes and folk songs and we put a different spin on them. With the solo music, I let the songs stay where they originate.

Sorry State of Mind will be released on June 30 through Hopeless Records and can be pre-ordered here.

Broken Field Runner sign to Secret Audio Club, announces debut album and streams new song

Albany’s Broken Field Runner, the indie/pop-punk solo project of former Caleb Lionheart frontman Anthony Bucci, has announced that he has signed to Rochester’s Secret Audio Club. The label will release his debut album, Clear a Heaven So This Earth Can Breathe, on July 24th. Check out the artwork to the left and the tracklisting below.

Broken Field Runner has also premiered his song “Peace Offerings” which can be streamed here.

Catch him on tour this summer with Blind Mice, Royal Psalms, and Scott Reynolds (All). Check out the full dates below.

Pre-orders for Clear a Heaven So This Earth Can Breathe will go live on June 26th.