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Atlanta pop punk act Cartel have just announced that their upcoming shows in the United Kingdom will be their last shows in the UK – ever. Although the band notes that they will continue to tour elsewhere and that this does not indicate a breakup, they do cite financial concerns when touring in Europe which have contributed to this difficult decision. The band’s official announcement on the matter is as follows:

A note to our UK fans: we’re incredibly excited for the opportunity to play in the UK again this year, both in London for our Chroma show and at the Slam Dunk Festival shows (which are standard Cartel sets). We always have a great time in the UK, we love the energy of the fans and it’s always a great hang. We wanted to mention that while planning this year of Chroma shows, we decided that there is likely not much international touring in the cards left for the band, and these will be the band’s last UK shows. Though we would love to keep traveling the world and playing shows, it’s a wildly expensive endeavor to cart ourselves and our gear around the world, and we aren’t really banging out new tunes left and right which would necessitate us promoting it worldwide. While all this may be a bummer, that’s not to say the band is over by any means, we will still play shows in the US. We’re very grateful and excited that we get another shot at playing for everyone and that we can hang out with our UK fans. All that aside, we hope that you understand and we can’t wait to see you all again!

Cartel latest release was the March 2013 launch of Collider.

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The Wonder Years finish new album

Posted by Hopeless Romantic on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 6:22 AM (PST)

Philly pop-punks The Wonder Years have officially finished their new album. No word yet on a release date, but we will keep you posted as more details come to light.

The Wonder Years most recently released The Greatest Generation in May of 2014 through Hopeless Records.

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Easycore group 4th ‘N Goal have just announced that they will be releasing their upcoming EP, Turn On The Light, on April 21st. The first song from the EP, titled “Turn On The Lights, Dude!” can be streamed below.

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Emmure cancel all touring plans, including festival appearances

Posted by Hopeless Romantic on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 7:01 AM (PST)

Metalcore act Emmure have cancelled all upcoming tour dates, including appearances at Groezrock and Slam Dunk Festival in May, due to lead singer Frankie Palmeri’s paralyzed vocal chord. You can read the full statement from the band below. No word yet if the dates will be rescheduled.

Emmure’s latest album, Eternal Enemies, came out in April 2014 via Victory Records.

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Laura Jane Grace announces “Killing Me Loudly” solo shows

Posted by Hopeless Romantic on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 7:56 AM (PST)

Against Me!‘s Laura Jane Grace has announced a couple solo dates titled “Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! Presents: Killing Me Loudly, An Evening of Existential Dread, Fiending, and Gender Dysphoria in the Brilliance of Life’s Headlights.”

The shows will feature LJG as a solo act, along with some surprise guests and spoken word performances. Currently, the only two dates announced are in LA and NY. You can check them out below.

Against Me! released their latest full-length album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, in 2014 via Total Treble Music. They are reportedly working on a new record right now, and have plans to release a live album soon.

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The Penske File announce new album

Posted by Hopeless Romantic on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 7:38 AM (PST)

Ontario melodic folk punk group The Penske File have announced that their new album, Burn Into The Earth, will be released on Montreal’s Stomp Records. The band has not confirmed the US release yet, but we will keep you posted.

The band’s latest release was 2013′s A Restless Symphony via Young Heart Music.

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Back in January, we reported that Jake McElfresh (of the one-man act Front Porch Step) had been accused of sexual harassment of underage girls.  In the wake of the allegations, McElfresh suspended all tour dates.  Now, he has released a lengthy statement telling his side of the story.

Check out the full statement below.

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Nottingham, UK pop-punk group Layby have just announced that they will be releasing their second EP, Life’s Great Illusions, on April 20th.

The EP marks a turning point from the band, whose frontman Aaron John Bowes left the group around the turn of the year and was replaced by Miles Kent. You can check out a tracklist below, as well as a video for one of the tracks, “Chronic”.

Life’s Great Illusions will serve as a follow-up to the band’s Bombsite EP, which was released last year.

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Blacklist Royals to make cameo appearance on ABC’s “Forever”

Posted by Kaylee McNeil on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 3:48 PM (PST)

Nashville’s Blacklist Royals have made their television debut on the ABC detective show Forever. Intrigued? You can check out a promo video for the episode below.

Blacklist Royals drummer Rob explains the band’s involvement in the show’s plot-line, commenting, “Cuba Gooding Jr. is a punk rock show promoter and we find the body of a dead punk girl behind the stage of Trash Bar.”

Of course, when the band isn’t making TV cameos, they’re working on music. The band last released Die Young With Me last summer through Krian Music Group and has a few shows lined up, the dates of which you can check out below.

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Much The Same announce reunion

Posted by hayley on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 12:13 PM (PST)

After being on hiatus since 2007, Much The Same have just announced their reunion! The band posted the following message on their Facebook page:

Much The Same is officially back in action! Since Jevin lives in California now we have recruited our old friend and Break The Silence drummer Mike Ford to join us, and the two practices we’ve had went very well. We won’t be touring again, but will play around the Chicago area from time to time. We’ll be announcing a show soon so keep an eye out for the news. Excited to play for you again!

No official dates have been announced, but we’ll keep you posted as they are. Much The Same last released “Survive” in 2006 via Nitro Records.

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Mest announce reunion with classic lineup

Posted by ChrisDude on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7:20 PM (PST)

Chicago pop punk act Mest have announced that they are bringing with the classic lineup of Tony Lovato (lead vocals, guitars), Jeremiah Rangel (lead guitar, vocals), Matt Lovato (bass) and Nick Gigler (drums) back together for a tour. The band writes:

“Mest was formed in 1995 on the SouthSide of Chicago in a town called Blue Island by the singer Tony Lovato and his cousin Matt Lovato the bassist. After touring the world for many years and releasing 5 records the band decided to part ways in 2005. No talks of ever playing together again had taken place until a couple months ago when Matt sent a message to Tony telling him his daughter was learning Mest songs on the bass guitar and she demanded he tell him. Through that one message it lead to the conversation of what it would be like to get on stage together with the original lineup and play a couple shows. Tony and Matt then contacted Jeremiah and Nick. Moving forward with all 4 members on board Mest have decided to get back up there and do what they always did best. Put on an intense and most importantly fun punk rock show. What the future holds has not been discussed. “The only thing we know as of right now is that we want to get on stage and have some fun” Stated Singer Tony Lovato.

Select Dates to be announced….

And make sure to tag all your fellow Mest fans and friends in the post as we’ve always counted on our fans to spread the word about MEST. Thanx” 

Mest last released the acoustic album Broken Down a year ago, and their last full-length studio album, Not What You Expected, was released in 2013.

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Hit The Lights frontman takes break from tour due to infection

Posted by Kaylee McNeil on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 3:34 PM (PST)

Frontman from Ohio’s Hit the Lights, Nick Thompson, has reported that he acquired a chest infection while en route from Japan to the UK. While he receives medical attention and recuperates, he will be temporarily replaced on the tour by Fastlane’s Ben Phillips.

The following is a statement released by Thompson:

Hey everyone, it’s Nick. Tonight we had to cancel our show last minute in Nottingham due to illness. I caught some type of bug on the plane from Japan to the UK. While I got over my fever/aches over the past few days I’ve developed a chest infection that I just can’t seem to shake. Today in Nottingham I felt worse than ever, I couldn’t hit easiest notes and I began coughing up some not-so-fun stuff, including a little blood. We made a last second decision to call the show off, and we’d like to apologize to all the people who were looking forward to seeing us, the promoter, and of course, all the bands we’re currently on tour with. I’ve never had to do this before, but at this point I need to seek medical attention so the entire tour isn’t lost. I’ll be taking a small sabbatical to recover and our very good friend Ben Phillips will be taking over vocal duties for Hit The Lights for the next couple shows. Ben sang in a band that HTL has grown up loving called “Fastlane” and is more than capable of handling my vocal duties. We’ll keep everyone up to date on my situation, again, my deepest apologies, I hate to let anyone down. I’ll be returning to the mic as soon as I can, please come out to the shows and show your support for us, Light You Up, Forever Came Calling and Four Year Strong – they still bring more rock than you will ever need in one night.
Nick & HTL

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Hit The Deck festival adds more bands to the 2015 lineup

Posted by Hopeless Romantic on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 8:03 AM (PST)

The UK Hit The Deck Festival has added 11 more bands to its 2015 lineup. The latest additions include The Xcerts, Hundredth, Brawlers, and more. The festival previously announced Skindred, While She Sleeps, and Cancer Bats as headliners.

Hit The Deck is a two-day festival that takes places at multiple venues in Bristol and Nottingham, UK at the end of April.

For more information and ticket info, you can check out the festival website.

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As you’re no doubt aware (because the story damn near broke the punk rock internet earlier this evening), there was an incident at last night’s Street Dogs show at Anaheim’s House Of Blues. Long story short, a few neo-Nazi showgoers decided to disrupt the evening’s events. As you’d imagine, they were met with fierce resistance from not only the crowd but the band itself, as guitarist Lenny Lashley jumped boot-first into the crowd to help clear out the aforementioned idiots, and took a chair to the eyebrow in the process.

While messages from the band have circulated on their individual social media pages over the course of the day, the band’s frontman, Mike McColgan, issued a statement through the Street Dogs’ Facebook page to discuss the incident. Here it is in its entirety:

At this time I would like to officially address what happened in Anaheim. Last night at our show in Anaheim at the House Of Blues while we were playing our song Final Transmission for a dear departed fan and friend of ours USMC Jordan Stanton when we noticed a group of Neo nazis rough housing and intimidating our fans and throwing up sieg heil salutes in the air. Their very presence, their hateful,bigoted and ignorant ideology is odious to us and completely unacceptable. We with fans, friends and the assistance of security removed them from the crowd and in the process of mitigating them out some of us sustained superficial injuries. We can attribute those injuries only being superficial in nature to the House Of Blues and their exceptional staff, our fans and our friends. After they were removed we continued with our show and finished the show without incident. In closing we submit this no neo nazis are allowed at our shows. We have always believed in equality and that all people are created equal. We will not suffer or tolerate bigotry in any manifestation. PERIOD!!!!

Respectfully Submitted,

Mike McColgan
Street Dogs

The story we posted earlier had a video from the crowd, though it was pretty dark and you can’t see much ’til the aftermath. A second video shot and uploaded by Michael Coughlin is available below, though it seems to be shot from just a hair too far away. We can confirm that Lenny was bloodied (and finished the set in Gwar-esque fashion), but has been stitched up and is otherwise no worse for the wear. It’s been said before, but it no doubt warrants repeating; good on ya, fellas!

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Green Day to be inducted to Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame by Fall Out Boy

Posted by jaystone on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM (PST)

We’ve known since December that 1990s pop-punk stalwarts Green Day are headed to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, and now we know who will be inducting said Bay Area three-piece into said Hall of Fame. That honor(?) has been bestowed upon…Fall Out Boy. Sounds about right, I guess…

Today also brought with it the announcement that Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Patti Smith, Peter Wolf, John Mayer and Steve Cropper will be joining Pete Wentz & Company as the other inductors, and they’ll be inducting Ringo Starr, Bill Withers, Lou Reed, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan and The “5″ Royales, in that order. For whatever reason, event organizers didn’t announce who’d be inducting Joan Jett and The Blackhearts into the Hall. Weird.

The 2015 Hall Of Fame induction ceremony takes place April 18th at Cleveland’s Public Hall, and it’ll air on HBO on May 30th.

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