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L7 announce reunion shows and documentary

Posted by ChrisDude on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 8:19 PM (PST)

A month ago, we reported that legendary female-fronted alternative punk act L7 had been teasing plans for a reunion with the original lineup. This time, the band announced that they will be playing their first shows with the original lineup in 19 years at Azkena Rock Festival in Spain on June 19th and Hellfest in France the day after. More shows are expected to be announced soon.

L7 currently have no plans to release new material or embark on a full-scale tour, but they have announced that a kickstarter campaign has been set up for the upcoming documentary L7: Pretend We’re Dead. No release date has been set, but we’ll keep you posted as more details on the documentary come to light.

L7 broke up in 2001 after six albums, and the original lineup last performed together in 1996, when bassist Jennifer Finch left the band.

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Yesterday, as some of you may recall, news broke that Tom DeLonge and Blink 182 would be parting ways indefinitely. DeLonge initially denied the reports, posting a short statement in an attempt to discredit the press release announcing his departure. Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker then took part in an interview with Rolling Stone, officially confirming he was no longer part of the band.

Now, DeLonge has come forth with a statement much lengthier than the one he released yesterday afternoon. If you wanna check it out, the whole thing can be read below.

As always, we’ll keep you all posted on any future developments surrounding this story.

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San Francisco-based vinyl manufacturer Pirates Press has just made an incredible announcement. The company is getting ready to receive the world’s first new vinyl pressing machine in over 30 years, and while many have been phasing out of vinyl, Pirates Press saw the resurgence of popularity in wax, and is now positioned to be at the forefront of production. Last year, Pirates Press made about 2.5 million records, and with the addition of this new machine, hopes are to double that number.

While the majority of products share a punk/metal theme, Pirates Press gained their foothold in the industry working with large labels like Sony and Warner Brothers to manufacture their records. The early success of Pirates Press allowed the founders to create a label under which to release their favorites musicians. The result is Pirates Press Records, which has been integral in the promotion of some of the most successful punk bands around. Many of us are familiar with their recent releases from Street Dogs, Cock Sparrer, Bouncing Souls, Bishops Green, and more. Additionally, every year the company holds a huge anniversary party, celebrating success, friendship, unity, and of course music! The label is going into their 11th year, and shows no signs of stopping or slowing down, in fact they are on their way to cementing their place in the annals of punk history.

The machine will be received by GZ Media in the Czech Republic, one of the industry’s largest vinyl manufacturers and a strong partner with Pirates.

Pirates Press founder Eric Mueller recently sat down with independent media KQED for a little interview to discuss this momentous occasion, and what the future holds for Pirates Press. Check it out here.

Today’s been quite an emotional roller coaster for Blink 182 fans. It all started when word got out that guitarist/vocalist and founding member Tom DeLonge had parted ways with the band, and Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba would be filling his shoes for the foreseeable future. Shortly after the news broke, DeLonge released a statement of his own, saying he “never quit the band,” and that he “was on a phone call about a Blink 182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in.”

Now, bassist/vocalist/co-founder Mark Hoppus and longtime drummer Travis Barker have come forth with their own side of the story, announcing that DeLonge is, in fact, no longer a member of the band. Hoppus stated the following regarding Tom’s departure:

“For the past two years, we’ve been working with a bunch of different labels to try and get a record deal because the three of us collectively decided that we wanted to make a record with a partner. A few months ago, Travis has this festival that he is co-owner of and presenting and he asked Tom and I if we would play and we said, “No problem.” At the end of December, we were finalizing our record deal and on Christmas Eve, all three of us signed the deal. We had been talking about where we wanted to record, what producers we want to use, what day we want to start. This is all through e-mail. I don’t think either of us have spoken to Tom in person in months, but everything’s been moving positively.

We booked January 5th to go into the studio. On December 30th, we get an e-mail from Tom’s manager saying that he has no interest in recording and that he wants to do his other, non-musical stuff and that he’s out indefinitely. There’s a flurry of e-mails going back and forth for clarification about the recording and the show and his manager sends [an e-mail] back saying, “Tom. Is. Out.” Direct quote. This is the exact same e-mail we got back in 2004 when Tom went on indefinite hiatus before.”

And Barker had this to say about Tom denying he and the band had split:

“I think he’s just bummed because Mark and I were finally honest. We always covered up for him before. It was always, “We’re going to record an album,” then “Tom refuses to get into the studio without a record deal.” So everyone does hella amounts of work to get a record deal and now Tom isn’t part of Blink-182. It’s hard to cover for someone who’s disrespectful and ungrateful. You don’t even have the balls to call your bandmates and tell them you’re not going to record or do anything Blink-related. You have your manager do it. Everyone should know what the story is with him and it’s been years with it. When we did get back together after my plane crash, we only got back together, I don’t know, maybe because I almost died. But he didn’t even listen to mixes or masterings from that record. He didn’t even care about it. Why Blink even got back together in the first place is questionable.”

Right now, it looks like DeLonge is gone for good, considering Hoppus himself described Tom saying he was quitting the band as “a gigantic relief because at least he finally said it.” But anything’s possible, so we’ll be sure to keep you posted on any future developments surrounding this crazy story.

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Tom DeLonge now claims that he never quit Blink 182

Posted by hayley on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 1:55 PM (PST)

So a few hours ago, we posted the earth shattering news that Tom Delonge had quit Blink-182 and that the band would be touring with Matt Skiba as a temporary replacement.

Well now apparently Tom Delonge is claiming that he never actually quit the band. In a somewhat (very) bizarre instagram post, he had the following to say:

To all the fans, I never quit the band. I actually was on a phone call about a blink 182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in… Apparently those releases were ‘sanctioned’ from the band. Are we dysfunctional- yes. But, Christ….. #Awkward #BabyBackRibs

I’m just as confused as you are. We’ll keep you guys updated once more details come to light. Blink-182 last self-released an EP entitled “Dogs Eating Dogs” in December of 2012 after parting ways with Interscope Records.

UPDATE: Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker have confirmed DeLonge is no longer a member of the band, and that his retaliatory statement was false. More info here.

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Tom DeLonge quits Blink 182, Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio) joins the band

Posted by Lauren Mills on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 11:43 AM (PST)

Tom DeLonge has quit Blink-182 indefinitely and Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio will fill in during their festival appearance according to Blink 182′s statement:

“Matt Skiba of the Alkaline Trio will join Blink-182 in replacement of Tom DeLonge at the 8th annual Music and Tattoo festival. “We were all set to play this festival and record a new album and Tom kept putting it off without reason. A week before we were scheduled to go in to the studio we got an email from his manager explaining that he didn’t want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinetly, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors.” Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus plan to honor all Blink-182 commitments including the Musink Festival and are excited to have singer/guitarist Matt Skiba join them for this project. “No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans.” Additionally, Skiba will continue to make new music and tour with the Alkaline Trio.”

Blink-182 last self-released an EP entitled “Dogs Eating Dogs” in December of 2012 after parting ways with Interscope Records.

UPDATE: Tom DeLonge has posted a statement denying he has left the band. Click here to read it.

UPDATE #2: Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker have confirmed DeLonge is no longer a member of the band, and that his retaliatory statement was false. More info here.

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Motion City Soundtrack to do AMA on Reddit

Posted by Lauren Mills on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 11:30 AM (PST)

Motion City Soundtrack have just announced that they will be doing an AMA on Reddit at 3pm EST on 28th February.

Motion City Soundtrack has just finished recording album number six, as well as their documentary “I Am The Movie: The Movie.” The band last released “Go” in 2012.

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The folks at Skate and Surf have announced more bands for the 2015 lineup, including The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, mewithoutYou, and a reunion by Acceptance. Check out the full poster above.

Skate and Surf Festival will take place on May 16 and May 17, 2015 in Asbury Park, NJ. You can buy your tickets here.

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Pouzza Fest 5 adds Punk Rock Karaoke and more bands to 2015 lineup

Posted by Hopeless Romantic on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 7:04 AM (PST)

The ongoing “bands advent calendar” at Pouzza Fest’s headquarters is happening just as planned. They began unveiling bands on December 1st and since the last announcement, The Muffs, Cerebral Ballzy, and more have been added to Pouzza Fest’s 2015 edition, which will take place in Montreal on May 15-16-17. Additionally, the festival will feature the all-star Punk Rock Karaoke lineup comprised of Eric Melvin of NOFX, Stan Lee of The Dickies, Greg Hetson of Bad Religion, and Eddie Tatar of D.I..

We’ll be sure to keep you updated as the Pouzza Fest 5 advent calendar is unveiled. 3-day passes for the festival can be purchased right here.

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Members of Useless ID, The Gamits, Implants and ActionMen form Nomadicts

Posted by Lauren Mills on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 8:57 AM (PST)

Vocalist Yotam Ben Horin (Useless ID), guitarist/vocalist Chris Fogal (The Gamits, Dwayne), bassist Chris Del Rio (Implants) and drummer Simo Perini (ActionMen) have named their new band Nomadicts.

They plan to release their debut album sometime this year.

We’ll keep you updated as more details surface.

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The folks at Scottish punk label Round Dog Records announced a brand new signing today, and the band hails from even farther overseas. The band is called Ghost On Tape, and they list Toulouse, France, and Udine, Italy, as their hometowns. They’re a punk band that are billed as sounding like Dead To Me, and yours truly would say that’s pretty accurate.

Ghost On Tape are planning to release a brand new album, “Into The Maze,” in April via their new label home. They’re streaming a new song, “Lost In Oblivion,” to whet our appetite. Check it out below. We’ll keep you posted on pre-order data as it becomes available.

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Home Grown announce reunion

Posted by ChrisDude on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 12:43 PM (PST)

Home Grown vocalist/guitarist John Tran posted a picture of himself and his bandmates on his Instagram page, confirming that the band has reformed after a ten-year hiatus. Tran writes:

“best years of my life spent with these dudes #HOMEGROWNREUNION2015″

We’ll keep you posted as more details on the band’s reunion come to light. Home Grown’s last full-length studio album Kings of Pop was released in 2002 on Drive Thru Records. They broke up in 2005, a year after the release of the EP When It All Comes Down.

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Record Store Day 2015 announced

Posted by milhouse on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 1:45 PM (PST)

The official Record Store Day has been announced for 2015, and this year it will be Saturday, April 18th, 2015. Get ready. It’s not much of a surprise, as since it’s inception in 2007, the holiday has been celebrated by bands, fans, labels, and vinyl enthusiasts every year on the third Saturday of April.

You can head here to find local record stores in your area, and start socking away that change for some new wax this Spring.

Dear Dust (Italian punk) announce release of “Lights to Avoid”

Posted by Kaylee McNeil on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 5:41 PM (PST)

Italian punk rockers Dear Dust have recently announced that they will be releasing their new 7-track album Lights to Avoid on January 24th via No Reason Records. This serves as a follow-up to the 2013 release of Demons to Hunt.

For a taste of what the album will offer, you can check out the group’s music video for their track “Since My Shadow Became Warm”, taken off of the upcoming release. The video is featured below.

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Hit the Lights announce release date for “Summer Bones”

Posted by Kaylee McNeil on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 5:25 PM (PST)

Hit the Lights have just officially announced that their upcoming release will be titled Summer Bones and is slated for release on March 24th. We will be sure to provide more information as further details are released. Meanwhile, a short teaser provided by the band can be viewed here.

The album, which was produced by Kyle Black (Comeback KidSet Your Goals), is the group’s debut on Pure Noise Records and serves as a follow-up to their latest release, Invitica, from 2012.

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