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Introducing Knoxville Based Pop/Emo Quartet Rough Dreams

Rough Dreams was formed in the summer of 2018 by guitarist/vocalist Jake Jones and longtime friend and drummer Paul Lowe. The band was originally started simply as a means to play music back home in Tennessee while not touring with their other bands. Eventually, the boys added childhood friend Ty Carrington on bass and fellow Knoxvilleian (that can’t be right…) Chris Suggs on second guitar. The band’s sound has been described as a throwback vintage sound, reminiscent of late 90’s/early aughts emo/pop punk. With enough songs to record a demo, Rough Dreams enlisted Nick Diener (formerly of The Swellers), Zach Householder (of Whitechapel), and local engineer Miah from the Soundlair to help track the band’s debut album which was jsut rtelased last week. Now’s the part where we tell you to go listen to it! Soooooo, go do it below! NOOOOW!


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DS Exclusive: My Year in Photos 2018

Mike McColgan of Street Dogs, gestures to crowd surfer at Wreck the Halls in Allston, MA

2018 was another great year for documenting the punk rock scene, not just in my adopted city of Chicago. I also spent time shooting shows in my native state of New York, specifically, in my little brother’s borough of Brooklyn. And for the fourth consecutive year, I spent a long mid-December weekend in Boston, MA. For the compilation of my favorite images of 2018, I am again including faves from bands from a wide spectrum of years together and differing levels of public recognition. Quite a few of these images were featured in DS this year. However, as with my faves gallery in 2017, many others were heretofore not featured in any online or hard copy publications. The shows, Weekend Stands; and festivals (such as Wreck the Halls, Motoblot, Punk the Burbs; and Riot Fest) represented were a blast, every last one. Every group included is one more than worth checking out should they hit your town, city or other location where you might find yourself at the same time as them.

Personal Note:  A good many of the photos in this selection are of Street Dogs. I have been following them and documenting them coming up on 10 years in March. Those who know me know the only band I place above them as a personal favorite is The Clash. There are numerous reasons for my love of Street Dogs and among those reasons is their showmanship. 2018 presented me with the opportunity to document the band in NYC, Chicago; and in the Boston area. The Chicago images were part of my Riot Fest gallery for DS. They will be playing Punk Rock Bowling this May (which I likely may not make). After that, there are no scheduled shows announced for the foreseeable future. They are among the most fun and exciting bands to shoot. Their shows are always at maximum energy levels and the crowds pretty much never disappoint in matching that energy.  So I would like to extend my best wishes to the Michael, Johnny, Lenny, Pete, and Matt; as well as their crews. They and their latest album, “Stand For Something Or Die For Nothing,” were surely among the best of 2018.

Johnny Rioux (left) and Lenny Lashley of Street Dogs at Wreck the Halls

Ben Roy of SPELLS may be one of Those Who Can’t on television but when it comes to getting a crowd going, he is definitely one of those who can.

Street Dogs’ Mike McColgan pulled me up on stage at Brooklyn Bazaar to get a shot of the crowd. I have documented band from various places on the sides and in the back of stages. However, getting the right up at the front P.O.V. of most of the band members certainly is eye-opening

Triumph Ace and helmet sporting the Ace Cafe London logo at Motoblot

The Queers perform at Punk the Burbs 2

Peter Mittler of The Bollweevils at Chop Shop Chicago

Chicago

Ken Fitzner of The Bollweevils at Chop Shop in Chicago

Dr. Daryl Wilson of The Bollweevils gets high…on punk. Pete Mumford and Ken Fitzner also pictured.

A photographer shoot images of Street Dogs at Brooklyn Bazaar in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY

Pete Sosa of Street Dogs at Wreck the Halls #SadPeteSosa? Nah, just a quiet moment in the beautiful chaos.

Stickfight! perform at Liar’s Club Halloween show

The Run Around at Punk the Burbs 2

Stage invader during Street Dogs at Wreck the Halls

Ben Roy of SPELLS at Wicker Park Fest in Chicago

Pussy Riot at Riot Fest

Off With Their Heads at Wicker Park Fest

Nuns of Brixton at Motoblot in Chicago

Nate Leinfelder of Noi!se at Wreck the Halls in Allston, MA

Bill Stephens of Naked Raygun

Jeff Pezzati of Naked Raygun

Nikki Beller of Mystery Actions at Punk the Burbs 2

Mike McColgan of Street Dogs amid the crowd at Riot Fest

Street Dogs’ Johnny Rioux with his wife Melissa Rioux, on stage at Wreck the Halls

Lenny Lashley of Street Dogs at Wreck the Halls in Allston, MA

Legendary Shack Shakers’ JD Wilkes bends over backward for the Motoblot crowd

Matt Hensley of Flogging Molly on the squeezebox at Riot Fest in Chicago, IL

The Queers headlined Punk the Burbs 2

Scott Brooks of Avenues at Punk The Burbs 2

Trever Keith of Face to Face at Riot Fest in Chicago

Caitlin Rose of Bumsy and the Moochers performs at Punk the Burbs 2. Rose is one of the co-organizers of the fest taking place in the suburbs outside of Chicago

Rubber soles meet Bouncing Souls. Pete Steinkopf of Bouncing Souls has great taste in shoes.

Poli Van Dam of The Bombpops has fun at Riot Fest in Chicago

Todd Pott of Apocalypse Hoboken becomes one with the band’s fans at Chop Shop in Chicago

Alkaline Trejo during Alkaline Trio at Riot Fest

Tony Reflex leads Adolescents at Riot Fest. The band hung a large banner with the name Soto in place of the group name as a tribute to their late bandmate Steve Soto.

Larry Damore of Pegboy is surrounded by fans at Cobra Lounge in Chicago. The band performed at this fundraiser for another small Chicago venue.

Steev MF Custer and Devin Morris of Death and Memphis perform during their set at Brauerhouse Lombard.

Juan Avalos of Size 5’s jumps, for joy perhaps, as the band performs at Brauerhouse Lombard.

Benny NoGood of Benny and the No-Goods pours emotion into his performance during the band’s set at Brauerhouse Lombard.

Off With Their Heads perform at Brauerhouse Lombard

1916 gave a rollicking performance at this year’s Wreck the Halls

Denis Buckley of 88 Fingers Louie sits this one in, continuing to sing at the band’s show at Chop Shop Chicago

And finally, one of my faves I did not take. From left: Johnny Rioux, Matt Pruitt, Lenny Lashley, Pete Sosa, yours truly, and Mike McColgan. Thanks for all the great times! It’s been a blast documenting you all and I so wish I could make PRB this May in Las Vegas! Best Wishes!! Photo by Mark Korich


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Music
New Music: Bob Mould – “What Do You Want Me To Do” from upcoming album, “Sunshine Rock”

Not entirely sure how this one slipped under our radar, but better late than never, right? Anyway, the inimitable Bob Mould, as you should know, has an album coming out on February 3rd. It’s called Sunshine Rock, and you can pre-order it right here. Back in October, he debuted the title track from that very album; listen to it here.

Also available is the album’s second “single,” if we’re still calling them that. It’s called “What Do You Want Me To Do,” and you can check it out below.

Starting Valentine’s Day in Washington DC, Mould is heading out on tour in support of Sunshine Rock – head here for details. Sunshine Rock is due out on Merge Records, and marks Mould’s first album since 2016’s Patch The Sky.


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Band Spotlight
Introducing The Longest Hall: Floridian Genre-Bending Metalcore Punks

The Longest Hall have a song called “Punch A Nazi In The Face”. That should be enough for you to give them a try, but I’ll expand. The song starts with a driving tom beat that’s more punk than you, references the intro to Fuck Tha Police, then drops a ‘BLEH’ over a riff that makes you want to start a NYHC style pit in your kitchen. All within the first 21 seconds.

Hailing from Florida, the band consists of 3 brothers who clearly grew up loving ALL the music. Genres bleed into one another and you can almost see an excitable trio of men going ‘oh wait, what if we did this next’ in each song. Usually ‘this’ is another breakdown to get you moshing.

Imagine drunkenly stumbling between the practice studios of A Day To Remember, Anti-Flag, All That Remains and Agnostic Front and you’re halfway to understanding the sound these guys have put together. Except sometimes they go full metal. There’s a lot going on!

Check out their debut album here.


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Release
Bash Brothers (melodic) streaming new song “Guiltless” off upcoming record

Swedish melodic-punks Bash Brothers are streaming the track “Guiltless” off of their upcoming album Downhearted. The album is set to be released February 8th through Thousand Islands Records. The song features some amazing guitar work as well as a steady diet of in your face vocals.

Check out the new song below.

This is the first new release for the Swedish melodic unit since 2017’s Life Lessons. If you’re a fan of 88 Fingers Louie you will enjoy the musical prowess of these Swedish meatballs.


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Release
Zebrahead announce new album, release video for “All My Friends Are Nobodies”

Punk/alt-rock legends Zebrahead have announced they will be releasing a new album. Brain Invaders will be released March 8th, to celebrate the announcement Zebrahead have released a video for the song “All My Friends Are Nobodies” off of the new album. The video features a cage, a dog collar and a brief rage, that may have been induced by an intense hatred for Monopoly.

You can check out the video below.

Zebrahead last released Walk The Plank back in 2015.


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Tour
Jawbreaker announce run of East Coast shows

Punk legends Jawbreaker have announced a small run of East Coast shows this year. After being forced to cancel a couple of shows last year due to weather.

You can check out the full list of shows below.

Jawbreaker has played a steady stream of reunion shows since back in 2017.  Jawbreaker released Etc. back in 2002, while fans have been chomping at the bit to get some new material from the fellas, it has yet to materialize.


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The Coathangers announce plans for a new album

Atlanta three-piece The Coathangers have announced that their new album The Devil You Know will be released March 8th on Suicide Squeeze Records. After twelve years of touring and recording The Coathangers are set to release a more cohesive album, filled with growth and new-found conscious anger. Julia Kugel had this to say about recording the new album: “It’s a conscious anger now,” Kugel says of their harnessed fury. “You’re navigating through it and figuring out your place in all of it, whereas the first record is more of a general statement of ‘I feel mad.’

Check out the opening track “Bimbo” off the upcoming album as well as some tour dates below.

This is the first new music from The Coathangers since their 2016 release Nosebleed Weekend. 


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American Football (emo) release video for “Silhouettes”

Chicago based emo-punks American Football have released a video for their new song “Silhouettes”. The song comes from the bands upcoming full length American Football (LP3). The video features two people lost in the perpetual struggle to find lost love. Don’t fret because these two lovers eventually meet in the underbrush of life.

Check out the new video below.

The new album will be released in March and is the first new music from American Football since their 2016 self titled release. 


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New Music: Michael Kane – “Live At The Tavern At The End Of The World”

When we normally run into Michael Kane in these parts, it’s serving as frontman of his great, Worcester, Massachusetts-based band Michael Kane and the Morning Afters, whom you’ve probably read about on these pages. However, Kane’s a pretty formidable solo performer as well. As proof, he self-produced a live album consisting of acoustic, gritty renditions of a few MK & the Morning Afters tracks, a couple covers, and even some new material. It was recorded a couple months back at the Tavern At The End Of The World in Charlestown, MA, and you can check it out below.

Michael Kane and the Morning Afters’ last studio album, “Laughing At The Shape I’m In,” was released back in 2017 on State Line Records.


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Album Review
Album Review: Face To Face – Hold Fast (Acoustic Sessions)

In August 2018, Face to Face released this reworked retrospective (woah check out the alliteration there) which is somewhat speciously tagged as “Acoustic sessions”.  Sure, these versions may be unplugged and slowed down, but the first mournful twangs of steel guitar in opener All For Nothing (Laugh Now, Laugh Later, 2011) let us know this album is going to be more than Trevor Keith and an acoustic guitar.  We are treated to 10 tracks, spanning the bands impressive back catalogue, which have been re-imagined and given new life as Americana/country inflected jams.  Disconnected (Don’t Turn Away, 1992) starts with Keith solo acoustic before the rest of the band come in on the chorus with a really nice harmony and it’s a super chilled song.  Shame On Me (Reactionary, 2000) continues in the same vein and it’s great to hear some of the little fill-in riffs come to the forefront of the song where in the original they are less of a focus.  Keep Your Chin Up (Protection, 2016) starts with a jangly riff and settles into a rockabilly feel with the bass and percussion taking the lead during the verses.  Next are two songs from 1995’s Big Choice, Velocity and AOK.  The former starting with a melancholic Trevor Keith intro, building to a brighter almost euphoric chorus (“Never look down, never look down, just keep my focus straight ahead and try to walk this line”).  The latter has a touch of bluegrass going on in the instrumentation with more steel guitar and banjo-esque string picking –  it’s very cool.  Don’t Turn Away (Over It Ep, 1994) returns to the rockabilly vibe and next track, Blind (Face to Face, 1996), is more laid-back ala Shame On Me.  The album closes out with two relatively fast paced efforts for this release, Ordinary (Face to Face, 1996) and Bill Of Goods (How To Ruin Everything, 2002).

Face to Face are closing in on 30 years as a band, albeit with a few line-up changes and a few years of inactivity.  It’s heartening to see the attention and love that has been taken in creating this collection.  Interestingly, 8 out of 10 of these tunes are on their 2005 retrospective Shoot The Moon so they are obviously songs the band hold in high regard.  If you are an existing fan, this album will have you dusting off your old records (or whatever the digital equivalent is of that) and it is well worth checking out for old and new fans alike.

4.5/5 Stars


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Video
Someone Talked! (skate punk, MB) release video for single “Wasteside”

Canadian skate punks Someone Talked! have released a video for their most recent single, “Wasteside”. The track is the band’s second single, both of which are up on Bandcamp.

Have a watch of the video below.


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