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Some Kind of Nightmare announce fall “Kill Your Radio Tour”

Some Kind of Nightmare is just off their latest summer tour, and being the ever-persistent road warriors they are, have already announced their fall schedule and it is a MASSIVE  70 date sweeping tour of he U.S. Check out the dates on the Kill Your Radio Tour below.

Photo credit: Abigail Ranic



DS Interview and Photo Gallery: CJ Ramone Brings His Last US Tour To Quincy, MA

On September 4, 1989, Christopher Joseph Ward would don a black leather jacket and a black-and-white bandana, throw the wide, studded strap of a cream-colored Fender Precision over his left shoulder, and play his very first show under the moniker that would come to endear him to a legion of fans and followers over the next three decades: CJ Ramone. It was during the legendary Ramones‘ appearance on that year’s Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon and it was a few days before my tenth birthday, which is a thing I remember because my birthday always brought with it two things that I always tried to find forgettable: the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon and the first day of school. In just a hair over five minutes, the band blazed through “I Believe In Miracles” and “I Wanna Be Sedated” and provided a pretty awesome and unexpected change of pace from the standard pledge pitches and Don Rickles jokes and WWF wrestler appearances.

Fast forward the tape thirty years, and yours truly had the opportunity to sit down with CJ Ramone back stage at Maggy’s Lounge in Quincy, Massachusetts. The venue is essentially a mid-century single-family house with a 125-capacity ballroom jutting out from what probably used to be the living room, and it marks the only New England stop on his US tour supporting his fourth full-length album, The Holy Spell, released last month on Fat Wreck Chords. But what’s more than the fact that it’s the tour for what’s probably his best album to date is that it also marks only local stop on his last North American tour as CJ Ramone. A fairly lengthy Australia tour next month will be followed by stops in South America and Japan next year, and then it’ll be on to what comes next. Sure, there’ll still be music made and the occasional show played, but the years of getting in the van for months at a time will have come to a successful close.

Ramone and I chatted for just about half an hour in the venue’s outdoor green room area (basically a 15×15 pop-up tent and a few food-and-beer filled folding tables on the gravel lot behind the old house) as his band members for this run — Street Dogs/The New Darkbuster colleagues Lenny Lashley and Pete Sosa and jack-of-all-trades Nate Sander — prepared and the sisters of tour-opener Dog Party geared up. In hindsight, it was a remarkably quick half hour that found Ramone perhaps a little tired from a late arrival on this particular night but more realistically from what has been roughly three straight months on the road, but introspective and engaged and thoughtful in his reflections on his own place in rock and roll history, and about what else he wants to do while, at fifty-three years old, he’s still got the opportunity. The appreciation that Ramone shows for the opportunities he’s had over the last three decades is palpable, as is the reverence for both the Ramones as an entity and his bass playing predecessor Dee Dee specifically.

I thought about different ways to format this piece, and different ways to turn it into a story. Who knows, maybe there’ll be a time and a place for a longer career retrospective piece in the future. Maybe this is a bit self-serving, but I decided to just let our conversation be the story. We covered a lot of ground, most of it involving family and music of course. Ramone has stories in spades, and it’s admittedly a bit surreal to know that when he talks about Lemmy or Johnny or Pearl Jam or Soundgarden, he’s talking about HIS experiences with THAT Lemmy and THAT Johnny and THAT Pearl Jam/Soundgarden. But then again, though his thirty-year run on the road is coming to an end and life as Christopher Ward will be resuming, he’ll always be THAT CJ.

Head below to read our conversation, and keep on scrolling to see our pictures from the night, featuring CJ and his band of luminaries and Dog Party accompanied by kick-ass local openers Duck & Cover and COB. Ramones forever.



Standard Issue (Melodic Hardcore, CA) Stream EP “Out of Time”

If you like your melodic hardcore teetering on the edge of straight up hardcore, check out the new EP from California’s Standard Issue. The record, titled Out of Time, features three rapid yet melodic tracks with vocal accompaniment that borders on full blown crust. It’s a winning combination in our book.

If that smashup of genres floats your boat, you can check out Out of Time below.

The previous release from Standard Issue was the 2018 full-length, Cost of War.



Chaser (Skate Punk, CA) Release Remastered Version of 2006’s “Numb America”

Southern California veteran skate punks Chaser have just put out a remastered version of their 2006 classic Numb America. You can check it out below.

You’ll be pleased to learn that the 12 riff-laden, rapid-as-they-come tracks have lost none of their urgency through the remastering process and it hits just as hard as it did on first release.

The previous release from Chaser was the 2016 effort Sound the Sirens.



Loser Points (Skate Punk, Canada) Stream Single “Nostalgia as a Drug”

Canadian melodic punk ensemble Loser Points are allowing fans to stream their latest single. It’s called “Nostalgia as a Drug” and you can check it out below.

The single is the first new music from Loser Points since they released the single “Tribes” earlier this year.



Bothers (Punk, OR) Announce Debut, Self-Titled Album, Stream Tracks

Portland-based garage punks Bothers have a record in the works. It will go by the band’s own name and helping them with the release will be Dirt Cult Records.

To get you lot in the mood for the band’s debut material, Bothers are allowing fans to stream a few tracks from the forthcoming record prior to its release. You can check out “Brain Matter”, “Dumb Skull”, and “Shut In” below.



Blackout Fest (Ontario, Canada) Announces Full Lineup for 13th Edition

Now in its thirteenth year, Ontario’s Blackout Fest, situated between London and Toronto, has become one of the province’s longest-running punk rock festivals. The Brantford-based celebration of all things punk rock will take place in numerous venues around the city over the weekend of the 18th and 19th of October.

This year’s edition will see the likes of Direct Hit!, Seaway, Like Pacific,, The Penske File, and many more acts take to the various stages hosting festivities.

For the full lineup as well as a cool promotional video, take a look below. For all the information you need for a trip to Blackout Fest, head over to the event’s official website.



Bankrupt (Punk, Hungary) Stream Single “Come Back Joe Strummer”

Veteran Hungarian punk rock group Bankrupt have released a lyric video for their new single “Come Back Joe Strummer”. Released just a week ahead of the legendary Clash vocalist’s birthday (21 Aug), the song is a reminder that Joe Strummer was not just a punk rock visionary but he also realised the importance of climate change awareness well ahead of his time.

You can check out “Come Back Joe Strummer” below. If you like it or identify with the message, you should definitely consider buying it. All profits from the single will go to the Joe Strummer Foundation.

The previous release from Bankrupt was the 2018 single “Green Light, Blue Lambo”.



Hangman release “One Mistake” ahead of album

Long Island hardcore exports Hangman have released a track from their upcoming Flatspot Records album One By One, which is out on September 20th.One Mistake” is the opening track from the eight song affair. Have a listen to it below.

The band embark on tours both sides of the Atlantic in the Fall – full details of those are also below.



Dead Fucking Serious release video for “Magaman”

Eugene, OR hardcore trio Dead Fucking Serious have released a video for “Magaman”, taken from their recent album, Peril, which came out back in July via Take 92 Music/Crushkill Recordings.

You can check out the video below.



Omnigone (ex-Link 80) release track ahead of debut LP

Omnigone, the new band formed by Adam Davis of Link 80, has released a lyric video for “Horizontal Aggression”, ahead of their debut album. No Faith is out on September 13th via Bad Time Records. Pre-orders are up now.

Have a listen to the track below.



The Darts release video for “Breakup Makeup”

Arizona’s The Darts have released a video for “Breakup Makeup”, the opening track from their recent Alternative Tentacles album I Like You But Not Like That, which came out back in May.

Have a watch below.



Off With Their Heads release video for “No Love”

The new album from Minnesota’s Off With Their Heads, Be Good, is out now. The band have released a video for a track from it, “No Love”.

Have a watch below



The Muffs announce first album in five years, “No Holiday”

Southern California icons The Muffs have announced their new album, the first in five years, titled No Holiday. Out on October 18th, the album will feature 18 songs, written between 1991 and 2017. That’s a long time to wait to record something!

Drummer Roy McDonald adds, “I think No Holiday is the most unique album we’ve ever made — 18 songs that run the spectrum from full-blown productions to intimate home recordings. This was a labor of love for us and I think that comes out in the record. We wanted to create something lasting and special. I, for one, couldn’t be happier with the results.”

You can watch a trailer for the album below.



For The Record (Ska) debut video for “Too Little Too Late”

Taken from For The Record‘s new EP, The Mess They Call My 20s, the band shows their fun side in this all-new video . Formed in Visalia, California, For the Recod is a 6-piece ska/punk band, that has an engaging, energetic, and horn-fueled sound – and they’re always up for a party.

Check out their new video below.