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Full line-up annouced for 2017 Montebello Rockfest (Iggy Pop, The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise, etc.)

Montebello Rockfest (Formerly Amnesia Rockfest) has finally announced the full lineup for the annual festival’s 2017’s installment and, as usual, it’s pretty awesome. The festival takes place in Montebello, Quebec, from June 22rd-25th. The first two groups to be announced were Rammstein and The Offspring and then it became a waiting game, but it seems the wait was well worth it.

The 2017 lineup includes, but is not limited to: Iggy Pop, Bad Religion, Pennywise, The Specials, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, Reverend Horton Heat, Agent Orange, Teenage Bottlerocket, Masked Intruder, Frenzal Rhomb, Face to Face and The Unseen.

Also special tribute bands have been assembled to honor Fugazi, Minor Threat, Sex Pistols, Ramones, Spinal Tap and Twisted Sister. Speaking of Twisted Sister we were very surprised to see Dee Snider’s name on the bill after last year’s fiasco when Snider and his band expressed deep displeasure with the festival; guess it wasn’t that bad after all. Other tributes will be held for a few of the best record labels of all time: Fat Wreck Chords, Hellcat Records, Epitaph and Sub Pop.

Wu-Tang Clan is also on the list this year and although they are not punk or metal this addition seems to make perfect sense. If you have never experienced Canada’s largest rock festival check out some of our coverage from last year HERE.


Sicko relaunching Top Drawer Records and Ean Sicko has a new band!

Do you guys remember Sicko, the pop-punk band from Seattle who had their heyday in the mid 90s? You might if you’re over 30 and the rest of you should start checking out their back catalog available digitally through Red Scare.

Anyway, Sicko singer Ean Hernandez just announced that he’s relaunching Sicko’s old label Top Drawer Records and if that wasn’t enough, he has a new band called Date Night With Brian. Here’s what Ean had to say:

“After 20 years in hibernation, Sicko are relaunching their record label Top Drawer Records. Immediately available are 1990’s vintage LP’s, 7″s, and CD’s straight from the Top Drawer vaults. Also available for pre-order is the first release from Ean Sicko’s new band: Date Night with Brian.”


Cool, eh?!

Date Night With Brian has a show coming up with Red Scare band Success this Friday in Seattle.


Guttermouth have their van robbed; GoFundMe page launched

Every time I start thinking to myself that “Hey! We haven’t had to write a story about a band getting their gear stolen in a while!” — we inevitably have to write a story about a band getting their gear stolen. It sucks each and every time we have to do it, whether the band is young or old or in-between. Last night, it happened to one of the scene’s longest running groups of road dogs: Guttermouth.

The incident happened last night in Houston, Texas, just four days into the band’s month-long tour (dates here) with The Queers, Atom Age, and Agent Orange. Windows in the band’s van got smashed, and the majority of the van’s contents subsequently got stolen from out behind the venue they were playing at. What got stolen? By the sounds of it…damn near everything: gear, computers, clothes, and basically everything they brought on the road. The band contemplated throwing in the towel on the tour, but has decided to forge ahead.

As a result of the night’s episode, a GoFundMe page has been started to help the band recoup some of their losses. Go to the page here, and maybe go to a show and buy some merch. Every little bit helps.

Dead Bars (No Idea melodic punk) announce new album “Dream Gig” and tour

Seattle’s Dead Bars have announced their new album Dream Gig will be released digitally on March 10th, with the vinyl release handled by No Idea Records. The band will air a studio session on KEXP on March 18th at 10pm.

And if you wanna catch them live, they also have a handful of Pacific Northwest Tour Dates coming down the pipeline, listed below.

March 16th – Bellingham, WA @ The Swillery
March 17th – Vancouver, BC @ Astoria
March 18th – Victoria, BC @ Logan’s Pub
March 19th – Seattle, WA @ Vera Project **All Ages**

In the band’s own words:

“Founded in Seattle, WA by vocalist and songwriter John Maiello in 2013, Dead Bars had a very specific plan to play one show, record a demo, and only tour Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. After four years of playing a lot more shows, recording five seven-inch’s released on three different labels in three different countries, and never touring outside the continental United States, Dead Bars is releasing their first LP titled Dream Gig. Sometimes things don’t always go as planned, and sometimes you don’t get what you want. Keep on dreamin’.”

Dead Bars self-titled EP was reviewed here. Their last release was a split with the Tim Version in 2016.

Altercation Records announce lineup for 7th annual Punk Rock BBQ fest

Texas indie punk label, Altercation Records, has announced the lineup for this years edition of Punk Rock BBQ. The 7th edition of the fest will take place in Austin, TX and features bands like The Mind Spiders, Jukebox Romantics, American Pinup, The Grizzly Band, From Parts Unknown, The Glory Holes, The Hangouts, and much more.

You can find all of the details for the event here.

This year’s Punk Rock BBQ will be held at Kick Butt Coffe on March 18th.

69Enfermos (skate punk, Colombia) announce 2017 European tour dates

Having recently announced their invitation to play at Slovenia’s Punk Rock Holiday in 2017, 69Enfermos have announced that they’re planning a full two week tour of Europe this summer. Details are scant at the moment but will be coming in the near future. If you missed out on a ticket to Punk Rock Holiday, or just want to see these South American shredders at every available opportunity, then watch this space or follow them on Facebook for further updates on the tour dates.

69Enfermos latest release was the 2015 full-length Beyond Borders.

Tom DeLonge (former Blink 182) to release non-fiction book on UFOs

Ever since the Enema of the State days, it was clear that Blink 182‘s Tom DeLonge loved the idea of aliens. Since leaving his former band in 2015, he’s clearly had a lot more time to concentrate on his passion. His UFO research has been compiled into a book called Sekret Machines: Gods. Authored by DeLonge himself, the release is due for March, 7th, 2017 and contains interviews with scientists, intelligence officials and military personnel.



Descendents announce US tour dates

Legendary punk rockers Descendents have announced a run of US tour dates. Tickets for the shows will be available on February, 17th. To see if they’re heading through your town, check the full list of dates below.

Descendents latest release was their 2016 full-length Hypercaffium Spazzinate.

It’s official: Eighteen Visions have reformed and are working on a new album!

After reporting last night that Eighteen Visions were teasing a reunion, the legendary post-hardcore/metalcore band has officially reformed and is recording their first album in 11 years with producer Mick Kenney at The Barracks Recording Studio in Huntington Beach.

The only members confirmed to be part of the reunion are apparently frontman James Hart, guitarist/vocalist Keith Barney and drummer Trevor Friedrich. There’s no word on who will replace Mick Morris — who was the bassist for Eighteen Visions from 2001 to their breakup in 2007, and died from pre-existing heart condition in 2013 — but we’ll keep you posted as more details on the reunion come to light.

Eighteen Visions broke up in 2007, after twelve years together, spanning five albums (the last being their 2006 self-titled album).

Eighteen Visions reunion in the works?

After ten years apart, three of the members of the legendary post-hardcore/metalcore band Eighteen Visions — vocalist James Hart, guitarist Keith Barney and drummer Trevor Friedrich — recently posted a mysterious picture on their Instagram accounts, which reads “XVIII the countdown begins…”, implying that an Eighteen Visions reunion is in the works.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on an Eighteen Visions reunion come to light. The band broke up in 2007, after twelve years together, spanning five albums (the last being their 2006 self-titled album).

Heartsounds (melodic punk) will release new album this year

After some social media teasers, Oakland melodic punk band Heartsounds has officially announced that they will begin work on a new full-length album, their first in 4 years.  You can check out the view from Heartsounds’ recent practice and keep track of album updates here.

Heartsounds expects to release the new album in April.  It will be their first release since 2013’s Internal Eyes, which came out on the  Creator-Destructor Records label.

88 Fingers Louie is in the studio, working on a new album

Chicago punk legends 88 Fingers Louie are wrapping up their time in the studio working on a new album, according to the band’s social media. With vocals finished last weekend, the band should be putting the finishing touches on this release, which is their first studio album since Back On The Streets came out in 1998.

88 Fingers Louie will also make their debut appearance at the Punk Rock Holiday music festival in Slovenia this year, so hopefully this is a sign of more things to come from the band.


Punk Rock Bowling announces daily lineups for 2017 festival

While the full lineup for Punk Rock Bowling 2017 was announced back in January, you can now check out the daily lineups for all three days of the Vegas-based festival.

Not surprisingly, the three biggest acts (Iggy Pop, Bad Religion, and Cock Sparrer) are spread out over the three nights, with a slew of additional acts each day.  If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you can pick up 3-day passes ($125) or single-day passes ($50) here.

Sorority Noise will donate album proceeds to ACLU

If you’ve been thinking of checking out Hartford, Connecticut punks Sorority Noise, now may be the time to do it.  The band is offering up their entire back catalogue from now through Sunday as a pay-what-you-want download, with all proceeds going to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  

In a statement, the band said:

We as a band can not remain silent in these times of bigotry and racism. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim friends, and against the authoritarian tactics meant to divide us. In noting the outreach platform that we’re fortunate to have, we are making all of our music “pay what you like,” and will be directing all donations to ACLU.

You can find Sorority Noise on Bandcamp here.  Their upcoming album, You’re Not as ____ as You Think You Are, is due out on March 17th.

Manchester Punk Festival 2017 (UK) announces final wave of bands

As if the likes of Strike Anywhere, Belvedere, and Paint It Black weren’t enough, the team behind Manchester Punk Festival have announced yet more bands for their 2017 edition. Joining the already gigantic lineup are Inner Terrestrials, After the Fall, The Afternoon Gentlemen, Muncie Girls, and many, many others (listed below).

There are still some tickets left for the three day event happening in April. If you want to grab one, or you’re planning on attending the festival this year, get over to their official website, for the latest festival news, ticket information, a bit about the bands, and of course the full lineup.