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The Fest 14 announces even more bands (Andrew WK, Government Issue, and more)

The FEST 14 has announced a few more additions to this year’s lineup.  The newly announced bands include Andrew WK, Government Issue, Beltones, Mean Jeans, Radon and more.  You can see the full list of new announcements as well as the entire lineup here.

Fest 14 is set for October 30th through November 1st in Gainesville, Florida, with the Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor 3 party on October 28th and 29th in Tampa, Florida’s Ybor City neighborhood. Tickets, hotels, etc. are all set to go on sale June 1st. You can find all the info on that here.

Rats Nest Run-In announces 6 new bands

The annual Rats Nest Run-In car show (and music festival) has announced six more bands that will be joining the fun on August 21st-23rd, 2015 in East Durham, NY (upstate, near Albany).  The new announcements include The Koffin Kats, The Grizzly Band, Kyle Trocolla, Whiskey Kill, Dressed For The Occasion, and The High Five Revival.

In addition to the Rat Rods car show, burlesque, a pin-up contest, a tiki pool party, and pig roast, a number of rockabilly, psychobilly, and americana bands will play over the 3 days. The newly announced bands will be joining American Pinup, Creepin’ Cadavers, Those Crosstown Rivals, Pitchfork Militia, Lara Hope and the Ark Tones, and The Bothers.

We will keep you posted as more information becomes available. Head over here for DyingScene’s rundown of last year’s event.

Foxfires (hardcore) debut new song “Wanderlust Curse” off upcoming album “Pinetum”

Worcester, Mass.-based hardcore outfit Foxfires, featuring former Four Year Strong member Josh Lyford, are now streaming a new song, “Wanderlust Curse,” off their debut full length album titled Pinetum. Lyford explained the meaning of the song:

“‘Wanderlust Curse’ is about falling into those ruts in life and having to scrape your way back out, or stay to rot and die. It was kind of an observation I had; I was pretty sure about who I was and what I represented throughout my youth. I had problems, just like anyone else, but at the end of the day I always knew where I stood. As the years go by and there are a number of outside influences—relationships, jobs, different responsibilities and loss—you can lose some of that in the shuffle. It’s all a roller coaster, juggling the stark truth of reality against that personal need for growth and change. You almost need a foot on the rat-race mouse wheel to survive, but you don’t want to fall in and completely lose yourself.”

Give “Wanderlust Curse” a listen below.

The new album is slated for release in October via Escapist Records and will serve as a follow up to 2013′s EP, The Golden Age.

Punk Rock Picnic Drama – Promoters talk shit on Facebook

For those of you who attended the ‘annual’ Punk Rock Picnic this past weekend in Long Beach, we would love to hear your thoughts on the festival as a whole.

For those not familiar, Punk Rock Picnic has been an event that has consistently been rife with struggles, issues, and failures.

It appears this year was no different, and as I sit at my desk and read message after message between promoters Steve Smith and Rick Bottrell about finances and problems with the event, I am saddened, humored, and generally just feel bad for all who got caught up negatively in this affair.

OC Weekly wrote a nice little story summarizing all the aggro, which you can check out here.

Brand New will possibly release new music this year

Brand New front man Jesse Lacey recently sat down with Spanish magazine Rockzone, and based on translations of the interview, it looks like fans of the band can expect a new EP or LP sometime this year:

“Yes, I have no problem talking about this with you. You’re the first person with whom I have an interview in a while. We have a new album to get. There is no secret. The thing is that it is not ready, so to speak. Hopefully it out this year, at least that is our aim. We do not know whether it will be an EP of seven songs or so, or the traditional LP of 14 songs. We have many songs that we’ve been working, but hey, I guess sometimes you have to face what you have steeping a little, as I said before. Is something that we have to adapt, one day seems that we will get and the next we were a little farther out.”

We’ll be sure to keep you updated as more details on this new release surface.  The band released their fourth studio album, Daisy, in 2009.

Coheed and Cambria release song about Justice Scalia on Funny or Die

Coheed and Cambria recorded a satirical song for Funny or Die this weekend in response to Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s dissenting opinions to both same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act in a legendary week for SCOTUS decisions.

Check out the song below.

Coheed and Cambria last released The Afterman albums Ascension and Descension in October 2012 and February 2013, respectively.

Rats Nest Run-In announce first bands for 2015 edition

The annual Rats Nest Run-In car show (and music festival) has announced some of the bands who will be gracing the stage this August 21st-23rd, 2015 in East Durham, NY (upstate, near Albany).

In addition to the Rat Rods car show, burlesque, a pin-up contest, a tiki pool party, and pig roast, a number of rockabilly, psychobilly, and americana bands will play over the 3 days. This year, attendees will be able to catch American Pinup, Creepin’ Cadavers, Those Crosstown Rivals, Pitchfork Militia, Lara Hope and the Ark Tones, The Bothers, and more to be announced.

We will keep you posted as more information becomes available. Head over here for DyingScene’s rundown of last year’s event.

Antagonizers ATL’s song “Dead To Us” featured on “Oi! This is Streetpunk! Volume Five”

Atlanta punk act Antagonizers ATL have a new song, “Dead To Us,” featured on the Oi! This is Streetpunk! Volume Five album that was released in May of this year. The song was originally recorded in 2013.

You can check it out below.

Oi! This is Streetpunk! Volume Five was released via Pirates Press Records and Longshot Music. Antagonizers ATL’s last release was 2013′s EP Hold Your Ground, which was also released via Longshot.

Less Than Jake’s Vinnie Fiorello ranks their own albums

Less Than Jake drummer Vinnie Fiorello did an interview recently in which he ranked the iconic ska-punk band’s album in order of his personal favorites.  You can read the entire interview here, and check out his ranking below.

Less Than Jake released their latest album See The Light in November of 2013 through Fat Wreck Chords. They have since released 7″ singles for two tracks from the record – “Do The Math” and “American Idle.”  The band will also host Wake n’ Bake weekend in Gainesville, Florida, on September 5th and 6th.

Heavy Chains (hardcore) signs to Flatspot Records

Jersey Shore Hardcore band Heavy Chains has signed to Flatspot Records for their upcoming yet-to-be-named 7″ that is due out sometime in early 2016. Make sure to keep an eye out for them, and we will keep you posted as the release date comes.

The 7″ is a follow up to their most recent EP “Demo”.

No Lost Cause (ska/punk) announce new EP release date

New Jersey ska/punk band No Lost Cause has announced they will be releasing their new EP “Fight” on August 18th through Thumper Punk Records. Keep them on your radar, and stay tuned for more from this Christian based high energy ska/pop-punk band.

This is the band’s latest release since their debut album “NLC” which came out in June 2013.

Greg Graffin announces new book “Population Wars” and accompanying limited edition 7-inch

Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin

Fancy news from Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin for all you book-learnin’ types.

The punk rock icon has unveiled plans for his third book. It’s called “Population Wars,” and it’s probably best if I let him explain what it’s about (via the publisher, he doesn’t actually speak in third person…we think…):

Life on Earth has been defined by war from the beginning, with war between populations seen as an inevitable part of the evolutionary process. The popular understanding of “the survival of the fittest” explains and often excuses these actions. In Population Wars, Greg Graffin argues that this use of evolutionary theory is wrong, and that mistake has allowed us to justify wars even when other, less violent solutions may be available. Through tales of mass extinctions, developing immune systems, human warfare, the American industrial heartland, and our degrading modern environment, Graffin demonstrates how an over-simplified idea of war, with its victorious winners and vanquished losers, prevents us from responding to the real problems we face.
As a bonus for those that are interested, pre-orders are available here. A limited number of them will come with a bonus 7-inch that features Graffin’s acoustic takes on four songs from the BR canon, all of which Graffin cites as being most influential to the new book. Check out the tracklist below.

“Population Wars” follows up Graffin’s September 2010 book “Anarchy Evolution,” and his December 2010 book “Evolution and Religion: Questioning the Beliefs of the World’s Eminent Evolutionists,” which is effectively a reworking of his doctoral thesis, “Evolution, Monism, Atheism and the Naturalist World View.” Editor’s note: I’ve read them all!

“Slime Time: A Punk Rock Bundle” compiles punk rock releases for charity

The awesome folks over at Groupees just released “Slime Time,” a bundle of 10 punk rock releases featuring the bands Mean Jeans (pictured), Iron Chic, Brutal Youth, Blowfuse, Not On Tour, Straightline, Biffers, Lay It On The Line, and Surfin’ Mutants Pizza Party.  The bundle includes different price points that will get you some or all of the releases included, with the proceeds benefiting the Soles4Souls charity.  Check out the bundle here, and pick yourself up some new music while helping out a great cause.

It’s Not Dead Festival coming to San Manuel Ampitheater in San Bernardino, CA

The It’s Not Dead Festival is coming to San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California on Saturday, October 10th. This festival is truly a ska/punk fan’s dream. It will feature 35 artists on 3 stages including Bad Religion, Descendents, NOFX, Pennywise, Anti-FlagStrung Out, Lagwagon, The Vandals, Less Than Jake and many more.

The day will also bring an old-school skate and BMX jam featuring a list of pros, and signing by some of the biggest names in punk literature and photography.

Early bird tickets for the event go on sale for $25 starting June 22nd, and full admission price is $42. For more details visit their website, and check below for the full festival lineup.

Not On Tour release track listing for “Bad Habits”

Israeli punks Not On Tour have released the track listing for their upcoming album, Bad Habits, and you can check it out below.

The band is already streaming 3 songs off the album and you can give them a listen here. Additionally, the band released a music video for the song “Maybe One Day” and you can check that out here.

The album is due out on June 30th via Effervescence Records, but you can pre-order it here.