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As you may recall, yesterday afternoon Don Giovanni Records owner Joe Steinhardt issued a challenge of sorts to Asian Man Records owner Mike Park and Recess Records owner Todd Congelliere, urging them to disassociate with “sexist, racist, and homophobic punk bands like The Queers and Screeching Weasel.”

Steinhardt, who challenged the labels after Joe Queer made a Facebook post in support of Darren Wilson – the Ferguson, Missouri police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown Jr. – and Ben Weasel defended Joe from those accusing him of being a racist, has now issued an apology to Mike Park and Todd Congelliere.

You can read his full apology below.

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Suicidal Tendencies bassist Tim “Rawbiz” Williams dies

Posted by ChrisDude on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7:01 AM (PST)

Venice, California crossover thrash/hardcore punk legends Suicidal Tendencies announced on their Facebook page last night that their bassist Tim “Rawbiz” Williams, who has been part of the band for nearly four years, died. The band wrote:

“It’s with complete sadness that we have to announce the passing of bassist Tim “Rawbiz” Williams. Tim played bass for Suicidal Tendencies for almost four years until recently. Tim was a monster on bass, running around on stage in the pit, giving his all, even when his body wasn’t at its best. We will always remember him and appreciate all the kind words by those that were touched by his bass playing and him personally.”

Suicidal Tendencies have not yet announced a replacement for Rawbiz, but they still plan to tour with Slayer and Exodus this fall.

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Screeching Weasel frontman Ben Weasel and Recess Records owner Todd Congelliere have responded to Don Giovanni Records challenging Recess and Asian Man Records to disassociate with “sexist, racist, and homophobic punk bands like The Queers and Screeching Weasel.”

Both Ben and Todd’s responses can be read below.

For those who aren’t in the know, this all started when Queers frontman Joe Queer made a Facebook post in support of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown Jr. While many commented accusing Joe of being a racist, Ben Weasel defended him.

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The internet has recently been going crazy with this whole Ice Bucket Challenge, however today, Don Giovanni Records owner Joe Steinhardt has just made a different challenge – this time aimed at Asian Man Records owner Mike Park and Recess Records owner Todd Congelliere.

The challenge is such – stand up to, and disassociate with “sexist, racist, and homophobic punk bands like The Queers and Screeching Weasel.” And it was most likely triggered by Joe Queer making a Facebook post in support of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown Jr, and Ben Weasel backing Joe up when people began accusing him of being a racist.

Read some of the replies Joe Queer made on his initial Facebook post that started all of this – along with Joe Steinhardt’s statement/challenge – below, and let the comments begin.

Swingin’ Utters announce new album “Fistful of Hollow”

Posted by Kaylee McNeil on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 4:07 PM (PST)

San Francisco punk group Swingin’ Utters have just announced that they will be releasing their latest album, Fistful of Hollow, on November 11th via Fat Wreck Chords.

On the upcoming release, band member Darius Koski commented:

I think we’ve made a “different” sounding record for us again, and that’s what we’ve been vying for from day one, so we’re going strong right now, full of ideas and just anxious to keep on with it!

We have no more information on the album itself other than it will synthesize classic punk rock with an “eclectic mix of sounds” and it will feature 15 tracks. We will keep you updated as more details come to light. You can view the artwork for the album above.

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Oakland rock group The Restless Hearts have just announced that they will be releasing their debut EP, Heavy Eyes, on September 9th via Adeline Records.

To launch the upcoming album, the band has released a track from the upcoming album. You can check out the song, “You Don’t Need Me”, below.

The Restless Hearts consists of Scott, Nick, Paulo, and Ben from punk group Hear the Sirens.

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Transit announces October tour, “Joyride” release date

Posted by Kaylee McNeil on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 6:18 PM (PST)

Boston emo group Transit have just announced a short headlining tour in the US throughout October. You can check out the dates and locations for the tour on the flyer above, or check out the announcement video below.

The band will be accompanied by Rochester punks Such Gold and Austin pop-punk group Driver Friendly.

The tour has been scheduled largely to support the upcoming release of Joyride, the band’s third full-length album, which will be launched on October 21 via Rise Records. This will serve as a follow-up to the group’s latest album, Futures & Sutures, which was released last year, also on Rise.

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Chris Carrabba announces Dashboard Confessional reunion

Posted by ChrisDude on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 7:44 AM (PST)

Over the weekend, Chris Carrabba announced on his Twitter profile that Dashboard Confessional are slowly reuniting after a few years on hiatus. He wrote:

“As we slowly bring dc back I find myself listening to ‘hell on the throat’ and realize how much of those lyrics..”

Dashboard Confessional released their last album At the Ending in 2009 on Interscope Records.

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Punkaholics Anonymous radio station to be launched this year

Posted by GinaVenz on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 12:52 PM (PST)

If you like tuning in to the radio to get your daily dose of punk music, you’ll soon have another spot on the dial (so to speak), with the creation of the Punkaholics Anonymous radio station.  They will be streaming on weekends only for now, with beta broadcasts beginning on September 6th.

The project grew out of DJ Mike Apunk’s Punkaholics Anonymous radio show, which was broadcast on another online station.  The U.K.-based station will feature punk, hardcore, and ska from the U.K. and around the world.

Zebrahead to announce something next week?

Posted by ChrisDude on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 8:14 PM (PST)

Zebrahead posted an image on their Facebook page saying that they are going to make a “big announcement” next week. This message has lead fans to believe that they will announce a tour, or either a new album or b-sides collection. We’ll keep you posted as more details on the “big announcement” come to light.

Zebrahead recently announced that they have begun demoing songs for a new album, which is tentatively due for release next year. Their latest album Call Your Friends was released in August 2013 on Rude Records.

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Video: The Muppets / Beastie Boys “So What’cha Want” mashup

Posted by jaystone on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 5:56 PM (PST)

Hey, so here’s a thing.

Coming to us from deep in the corner of the internet known as isthishowyougoviral is a pretty fun mashup to round out your Hump Day evening. It’s Beaker, Animal and The Swedish Chef of Muppets fame “covering” the Beastie Boys classic “So What’cha Want.” Because why not. Enjoy all its awesomeness below.

The Gaslight Anthem (and The Horrible Crowes…and Molly and the Zombies…) frontman Brian Fallon has signed officially signed up to enter the world of the movie soundtrack composer.

Fallon will reportedly be writing three new songs and composing the soundtrack for the upcoming film Oriole Park. Set in Chicago circa 1978, the film is billed as “a coming-of-age story set in 1978 in Chicago’s Oriole Park neighborhood, against the backdrop of a community living in the shadow of John Wayne Gacy.” Sounds cheery…

Anyway, Oriole Park will be directed by Kevin Slack, who previously collaborated with Fallon as director of TGA’s videos for “Here Comes My Man,” “Bring It On,” and “Handwritten” as well as Dave Hause’s “C’Mon Kid,” The Bouncing Souls’ “Coin Toss Girl” and more. It’ll star Tom Arnold and Joey King (Crazy, Stupid Love). Stay tuned for more details.

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Glenn Danzig’s lawsuit against Jerry Only dismissed

Posted by Screeching Bottlerocket on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM (PST)

According to recent reports, Glenn Danzig’s lawsuit against his former Misfits bandmate Jerry Only was dismissed from court last week. Danzig was suing Only for cutting him out of profits from Misfits merchandise sales and violating a contract the two signed in 1994, in which they agreed to share ownership of the band’s trademarks for merchandising purposes.

Central District of California Judge Gary Klausner apparently dismissed the case because Glenn “failed to allege which terms of the 1994 agreement Only actually breached.” Here’s a full run-down of exactly what happened, via Blabbermouth:

“On August 6, Judge Gary Klausner of the Central District of California tossed Danzig’s lawsuit out of court, writing that Danzig failed to allege which terms of the 1994 agreement Only actually breached. In the ruling, the judge noted that merchandise provision of the 1994 agreement grants each co-owner “of the name and trademarks of the MISFITS and logo(s) and artwork (including all artwork used on MISFITS releases for Slash, Caroline or Plan 9 Records) previously associated therewith. Each party shall retain exclusive ownership of any artwork created by that party and not previously utilized on MISFITS albums, merchandise or advertising.’ The provision also grants the ‘non-exclusive right to conduct merchandising and to exploit other rights relating to the use and exploitation of the name MISFITS.’ The provision ends by stating that ‘[Only] and Danzig will each retain 100% of what each earns from the exploitation of merchandising rights and neither [Only] nor [Danzig] has any obligation to account to the other for any revenues derived from the exploitation of merchandising or any other rights.’

“Deeming the allegations in the Complaint as true, the Court finds no alleged facts that constitute a breach of the merchandising provision. The Complaint expressly alleges that the designs at issue are co-owned by [Danzig] and [Only]. As to co-owned designs, the provision contemplates that [Only] has a non-exclusive right to merchandise products and otherwise exploit the designs. The provision also allows [Only] to retain 100% of earnings from such exploitation. The terms of the provision do not address any obligation regarding trademark registration or negotiations with individual retail merchandisers as to licensing. Moreover, in reviewing the other provisions contained in the 1994 Agreement, the Court also finds no other terms that govern the parties’ conduct as it pertains to trademarking and licensing.”

I have no idea what 95% of that shit means, aside from the part about Jerry getting to keep 100% of that sweet, sweet Misfits merch monay. Look out for the Misfits snuggie and coffee grinder set, coming soon to a Walmart near you!

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Frank Turner takes the “Ice Bucket Challenge”

Posted by Midwest Punk on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 6:45 AM (PST)

I’m sure most of you have friends who have posted videos on social media recently of them taking the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to raise ALS awareness.

Now, folk punk icon Frank Turner is joining in, and hoping to bring in more musicians, by nominating fellow singer-songwriter, Billy Bragg. Check out Turner’s video below.

A lot of musicians have already taken the challenge, including Katie Kaboom of The Mahones, who even made it onto The Today Show with her video.

Find out more about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge here.

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Citizen announce “Silo” 7-inch

Posted by Kaylee McNeil on Monday, August 11, 2014 at 3:14 PM (PST)

Michigan indie rock/punk band Citizen have just announced that they will being releasing a 7″ entitled Silo. What’s the catch? The group is only releasing 500 copies, all of which can be purchased only on their tour. You can check out the dates and locations for their upcoming tour below and try to snag a copy!

Citizen released their debut full length Youth last June through Run For Cover Records.

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