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Hot Water Music will release new album, first in 5 years

About six months ago, we reported on the rumblings of new material from Hot Water Music, and now it looks like it’s official!  Chuck Ragan recently told The Punk Site that the band is officially in the studio, working on new music for a 2017 release.  This will be the band’s first album since Exister came out five years ago.

Ragan had this to say about the new music:  “Energy is high, vibes are good so to say the least, we’re stoked to have this new record underway. We owe everything to our loved ones for standing by us all these years of us continuing this path. Without their support, we would’ve run out of fuel quite some time ago. Our fans have been a constant inspiration as well. A beautiful community of music lovers that share the same vision and ethics that this band was born into and continues to share through songs. Thank you for all the years of support and always going above and beyond the call whenever it came to making it to our shows to sing your hearts out. Our gratitude is much more than what I could ever put into words. We’ll be trucking along in the studio and looking forward to getting everyone some new music soon.”

Needless to say, we’ll keep you posted as more information about the new album comes out.

Anti-Flag talks about the possibility of a 2017 album release

Fans of Anti-Flag may have something to get excited about in 2017.  Although there’s no official word yet, Anti-Flag’s recent interview with Billboard magazine hints at a new, “angry” record that could come out sometime this year.

Guitarist/vocalist Justin Sane had this to say:  “Ultimately I just want to make the best record we can,” he says. “I think that for as much as the politics about all this are going to matter, writing the best songs we can and playing music is something that helps me keep my sanity — even when we’re doing songs that are political in nature and about difficult problems. So we want the music to be good, not just angry.” He’s hoping for a fall release, but Sane also doesn’t want to rush into topical commentary without giving issues some time to develop.”

Anti-Flag’s last studio album was 2015’s Cease Fires.

Dying Scene Radio’s Elena Venetia featured in International ad campaign

Tatted up, punk rock badass, and co-host at Dying Scene RadioElena Venetia – is currently being featured in an international ad campaign for American luxury fitness company, Equinox. The ad campaign with accompanying NYC billboards, depicts Samantha Paige, a model and mother who underwent a double mastectomy, posing topless while DSR’s Elena performs the role of a tattoo artist. Dropkick Murphys‘ Ken Casey even weighed in, scoping out the ad campaign for himself and inviting Ms. Venetia to a private listening party for their new album, “11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory”.

For more on this, see below.

New documentary “Underground, Inc.” looks at 90s punk/metal/alternative scene

New York punk/noise legends White Zombie, legendary ska band Fishbone, and iconic punks Bad Religion will participate in a new documentary focusing on the punk, metal, and alternative music scene of the 1990s.  You can watch a trailer for the documentary, called Underground, Inc., below.

The documentary is still in the works and a release date has not been announced.  For more information, and to take a look at their Kickstarter campaign to fund the project, go here.

Tonight Alive and Pierce the Veil nominated for fans’ choice awards

San Diego screamo band Pierce the Veil and Australian pop-punk band Tonight Alive have both received nominations for 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards in the Best Underground Alternative category. This is one of eight categories whose winner is determined by fan votes.  If you want to vote, you can do so here through February 25th. The awards show will take place on March 5th.

Pierce the Veil’s most recently released the album Misadventures in May of 2016 via Fearless Records.  Tonight Alive released Limitless this past  March, also through Fearless Records.

Adhesive reuniting to raise money for charity

Swedish punks Adhesive have announced plans to play reunion shows this year to raise money for charitable causes. According to their press release, all profits from shows will be donated to “one or more charity organisations involved in aiding refugees and victims of conflicts.”

Check out the full statement from the band’s press release below, and stay tuned for more details on these reunion shows.

Adhesive formed in 1994 and broke up in 2002. In that 8-year span the band released 3 studio albums – Sideburner, From Left to Right, and We Got the Beat.

Brakrock Eco Festival 2017 announces first bands

As if Belgium didn’t already offer enough festivals for the punk rock fan already, they just had to go and make at least one 2017 trip to their small nation completely unavoidable by adding yet another. Brakrock Eco Festival will be celebrating their fifth year as a festival with a truly amazing lineup. The artists announced so far include but are not limited to: 7Seconds, 88Fingers Louie, Real Mckenzies, Chixdiggit, DOA and Pears.

We think you’ll agree that the lineup is already starting to give Groezrock a run for its money. You can check out the full list of artists and get information about the festival at their official website.

El Topo Goes Loco (festival, Belgium) announce first wave of bands

The European punk rock festival season just seems to get better and better every year. Adding to the ever filling summer schedule is El Topo Goes Loco, a smaller festival in Belgium. The weekend celebration of grassroots punk rock, reggae and ska have announced the first wave of bands that will make up this year’s lineup. The bands featured are: The Toasters, Altitude, Gert Kleinpunk, Crazy Arm, Great Cynics, FOD, Popes of Chillitown, Prince Beastly and Almeida.

The event will take place in Jeugdhuis Tydeeh, Belgium and tickets are available on May 26 and 27, 2017. You can find out everything you need to know, including ticket information, from the festival’s Facebook page.

Manchester Punk Festival 2017 announce yet more artists

Already looking like the UK punk rock event of the 2017, Manchester Punk Festival has announced yet more artists. Joining the lineup are The Filaments, Brutal Youth, Throwing Stuff, Matilda’s Scoundrels and many more.

For a full list of all the bands playing, check out the tour poster or the MPF 2017 website.

Awaken I Am signs to Victory Records

Aussie rockers Awaken I Am have joined Victory Records, the label announced yesterday.  The band plans to head into the studio in January to work on a new album that will be released on the Victory label.

Awaken I Am released their debut album, Shields & Crowns, in 2014.

Everytime I Die announces US shows with Knocked Loose, Harm’s Way and Eternal Sleep

Metalcore legends Every Time I Die have announced that they will be joined on latest tour by Knocked Loose, Harm’s Way and Eternal Sleep. Starting February, 1st, 2017 and hitting over thirty cities across the US, the Low Teens Tour is surely one for any serious metalcore fans.

Check out the full list of dates on the tour poster below.

Chris Fox Announces West Coast Winter Tour With John Underwood & Clint Westwood

When Chris Fox isn’t nailing sick kick jumps with Reno’s Vampirates he hits the road with one of his many other bands. If they’re all busy, he just grabs a few friends and splits town because it’s better than sitting at home in Reno in winter. Well, this coming January, he’s opting for the latter!  Mr. Fox, fellow Reno resident and one man band, John Underwood (of Dirty Kid Discount fame), and folk artist Clint Westwood are all packing up the van and heading down the coast on The Chris Foxwood West Coast Winter Tour (working title). Lucky fans around the Bay area will get a special treat when Brian Gellman from Decent Criminal joins the traveling troubadours for a few of their stops near his hometown of Santa Rosa. Check out all of the the dates and stops below!

*Fun Fact: DS Radio’s very own Elena Venetia gets credit for inspiring the flyer design.

Bowling for Soup announces track list for upcoming acoustic album

Pop-punks Bowling For Soup are gearing up for the release of their new acoustic album, Acoustic in a Freakin’ English Church, on December 16th, and they have now released the track listing for the album.  You can check it out below.

The band will release a DVD of the live release, which was filmed in London’s historic Union Chapel.  You can pick up a copy here.

Lineup announced for 2016 MUSINK festival

The 10th annual MUSINK festival, presented by Travis Barker, is set for March 17, 18, and 19, 2017.  The festival features music, a tattoo convention, and a classic car show at the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, CA. It is billed as the country’s largest tattoo and music festival.

This year’s lineup includes Bad ReligionNOFXThe UsedPennywise, and more.  You can see the lineup as it currently stands below.  If you’re lucky enough to be in the Costa Mesa area, you can find ticket info here.

The Offspring’s Sony catalog to be distributed by Universal Music Enterprises

Following reports that The Offspring sold the rights to their Columbia catalog to Round Hill for $35 million, and their albums from that label were removed from Spotify, it has been announced that Universal Music Enterprises (UME) will distribute the band’s last six studio albums and their 2005 Greatest Hits compilation album, all released on Sony/Columbia.

Bruce Resnikoff, President and CEO of UMe, comments, “We look forward to working closely with Round Hill Records and The Offspring to introduce new audiences to their music while maintaining the integrity of their indie punk rock spirit.”

Josh Gruss, CEO, Round Hill Music adds, “We’re really happy to have Bruce Resnikoff and the team at UMe work with Round Hill Records on these classic Offspring recordings. UMe has a great track record of creatively bringing new products from iconic catalogs to the marketplace and we’re excited about all the possibilities for the Offspring.”

It is not known if Universal Music will release the next Offspring album, which is reportedly due for release next year and will be their first since 2012’s Days Go By. We’ll keep you posted as more details on the future of The Offspring come to light.