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CJ Ramone Set To Kick Off Final US Tour

Not sure how we slept on this story until now; probably a severe case of denial on our part. But as I write these words on the evening of August 7, 2019, we’re almost exactly 4 hours away from the first stop on what’s slated to by CJ Ramone‘s final official US tour.

If you’ve been paying attention to the punk rock icon’s social media accounts, you’ve probably noticed that Ramone just wrapped up his last European tour, and he’s been adamant about this upcoming run being his last one Stateside. Dates in Australia and New Zealand are booked in October and November of this year, but then, well…here’s how CJ himself put it via Instagram a couple weeks ago…

“THIS IS MY FINAL TOUR. I WILL NOT BE GETTING IN THE VAN AGAIN AFTER THIS. I WILL CONTINUE TO DO SHOWS, SPECIAL EVENTS, AND RECORD AND RELEASE ALBUMS, BUT MY DAYS OF HITTING THE ROAD ON BIG TOURS IN THE VAN ARE DONE.”

Ramone’s last US run kicks off Friday night in Philadelphia, and runs through the 21st in Denver, Colorado. Support on most of the run comes from Dog Party, and CJ’s backing band on this run includes Street Dogs/The New Darkbuster teammates Pete Sosa and Lenny Lashley on drums and guitar, respectively. Head below to check out the full itinerary!

Ramone is touring in support of his latest (and in my opinion best) solo album, The Holy Spell, which came out back in May on Fat Wreck Chords.



DS Photo Gallery: Bad Religion and Dave Hause, Boston, MA

Any week that allows you to take in multiple shows on a headline tour featuring one of the most iconic punk rock bands of a generation is about the best kind of week you could ask for. And so it was last week when yours truly got to take in not one but two shows on Bad Religion‘s tour in support of their seventeenth (!?!?!) studio album, Age Of Unreason, which dropped back in May on Epitaph Records. If you check this site with any regularity, you’ll know that the first of those shows was the Roadblock Festival in East Providence, Rhode Island, an all-day, outdoor festival show that the iconic Bad Religion closed out. And while a great time was had by all that day, at least from a sentimental standpoint, there’s nothing quite like getting to see one of your favorite bands at a club on your own home turf. You see, a sixteen-year-old Jay Stone would attend his first punk rock show over April vacation of his junior year of high school. It was The Gray Race Tour, and it featured Bad Religion headlining with support from Dance Hall Crashers and Unwritten Law, and the local stop took place at Avalon Ballroom on Lansdowne Street in Boston, and while Avalon isn’t there anymore, it’s since been combined with a couple other local clubs and turned into the House Of Blues, and if you couldn’t guess where I’m going already, this particular show took place at House of Blues and so we’ve made a giant punk rock full circle.

Support on this leg of Bad Religion’s US tour came from Dave Hause and the Mermaid. We’ve obviously been big fans of Hause’s solo career over the last however-many years, and have seen him perform truly solo, accompanied by his brother, and fronting full four- and five-piece bands. So it was a bit of an unexpected surprise (that’s redundant, isn’t it?) to catch the band as one of only a couple shows they were playing as a trio, as Hause’s brother/co-writer/guitar hero Tim was on a scheduled vacation – millennials, man. As he has on each run for the last few years, Kevin Conroy joined on drums while Matt Olsson – normally a drummer whom you may have seen play with the likes of Brian Fallon or Frank Iero – assumed bass duties while the trio blazed through an uptempo set that, if you squinted just right, hearkened back to the early days of The Loved Ones. Hell, they even threw a “cover” of “Jane” in for good measure. While he obviously missed having his brother and right-hand-man on stage, Hause looked like he was having fun prowling the stage and filling in the missing sonic pieces.

Bad Religion hit the stage shortly after 9pm (quick aside – I know it’s passe to say because it’s not, like, supporting the local scene or whatever, but I’ll be damned if a doors-at-7, show-at-8, two-band weeknight bill isn’t the absolute bee’s knees) and immediately dove in to “Them And Us” which, of course, appears in its original form on the aforementioned Gray Race, which I’ll pretend forever was a shoutout to the symmetry yours truly pointed out above. This was my first Bad Religion show of the Jamie Miller On Drums era, and while I have long-since planted my flag atop the “the Brooks Wackerman Era Is The Best Bad Religion Era” hill…Miller can flat out play. He served as the proverbial gas pedal as the band powered through the corners of a twenty-seven-song set that featured songs from more than a dozen albums from the band’s legendary catalog. Brian Baker and Mike Dimkich took turns trading lead guitar licks, Jay Bentley bounded around stage providing thunderous basslines and copious oozin-aahs — talk about guys that look like they’re having fun at this stage of their careers — and Greg Graffin was, well, Greg Graffin. He’s one of the most iconic figures in the annals of punk rock history for a reason, pacing the stage as equal parts poet, professor, and punk rock choir leader. Graffin did spill the beans that next year, Bad Religion will mark their 40th anniversary with another lengthy tour and a book chronicling their legendary career, and it started dawning on me that if one were to try to compose a list of American rock acts that have been are as consistent and vital as Bad Religion have been since the dawn of the Ronald Reagan era, that list might include Bruce Springsteen and…um…hang on a sec…

Anyway, head below to check out our photo gallery from the evening!

 



Neckscars and Goddamnit stream a song each from upcoming split

New York’s Neckscars and Philly’s Goddammit will be releasing a split EP on August 16th, 2019.

To give you an idea of what to expect from the release, each band is streaming one of their songs.  You can check those out below.



SkagHoors (Punk ‘n’ Roll, UK) stream new EP “The Four Play EP”

UK punk ‘n ‘ roll act SkagHoors are streaming their new EP, The Four Play EP, which was released on July 15th, 2019.

You can give it a listen below.  If you like what you hear, the band is offering the whole thing as a pay what you want download.

SkagHoors last released their self-titled album in April 2018.



Gold Bloom (pop-punk, UK) release music video for “Crosshairs”

UK pop-punk act Gold Bloom have released a new music video for their song, “Crosshairs.”

You can check it out below.

“Crosshairs” comes from the bands’ debut EP, At Long Last, which was released on June 3rd, 2019.



Chagrin (San Diego Punk) stream new song “Belgian Lace”

San Diego punk act Chagrin are streaming their new song, “Belgian Lace, which is from their upcoming debut album, Ground Scores.

You can give the song a listen below.

Ground Scores doesn’t seem to have a set release date, but is being put out by Rad Girlfriend Records.



Regional Justice Center (hardcore, WA) stream new track “It Only Gets Worse”

Seattle hardcore act Regional Justice Center are streaming their new song, “It Only Gets Worse,” which comes from their upcoming EP, Institution, that is set to be released on August 16th via Triple B Records.

You can give the song a listen below.

Regional Justice Center last released a split with Wound Man in April 2019.



Time & Pressure (hardcore punk, MO) stream new album “The Gateway City Sound”

St. Louis hardcore punk act Time & Pressure are streaming their new album, The Gateway City Sound, which was released on July 12th, 2019 via Safe Inside Records.

You can give it a listen below.

Time & Pressure last released their demo in August 2018.



18th & Addison (pop-punk, NJ) release music video for “Leeches”

New Jersey pop-punk duo 18th & Addison have released a video for their song “Leeches,” which comes from their upcoming EP that is set to be released in September via Wiretap Records.

You can check out the video below.

18th & Addison last released Vultures in 2018.



All Eyes West announce new album “Like Lightning”

Chicago punk act All Eyes West have announced they will be releasing their new album, Like Lightning, on August 30th via Jump Start Records.

The band is streaming the first song off the album, so you can check out “As I Bleed” below.

All Eyes West lest released Doomer in January 2015.



Subhumans release “Thought Is Free” ahead of new album

Veteran UK anarcho-punks Subhumans release their first album in over ten years, Crisis Point, next month via Pirates Press Records.

The first track from the album has surfaced. Have a listen to “Thought Is Free” below. The band are to embark on an East Coast tour in September.



Sublime With Rome announce Fall headline dates

Sublime With Rome continue to tour their most recent album Blessings with a series of headline dates in the Fall. Full details below.

Tour support is The Expendables and Tropidelic. The band also act as Post Malone’s backing band for a date in August. That may interest you a little less.



Grade 2 sign to Hellcat to release LP

Isle of Wight, UK street punk trio Grade 2 have signed to Hellcat. The band are to release their third album, Graveyard Island, via the label on October 11th. The album was produced by Tim Armstrong himself.

To mark the announcement, a video for the title track from the album has been released. Have a watch below.



Punk In Drublic Craft Beer and Music Festival Announces More US Dates

Last month, Punk In Drublic Craft Beer and Music Festival made it’s triumphant return to the US with a show in Portland, Oregon. Well, they must’ve heard the public outcry for more because the  added some additional stops for you whiners! The two latest stops on the 2nd Annual Festival are in Pittsburgh with Leftover Crack,  Anti-Flag, The Vandals and The Bombpops and Denver at the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheater with Teenage Bottlerocket, The Bouncing Souls and Bad Cop/Bad Cop! The website also lists two more mysterious TBA dates/stops so be sure to keep an eye out for more details on those! For more information on the existing shows or to purchase tickets, head over to the Festival website. See you in the pit!



Alexander Herbert Announces Dates For “What About Tomorrow? An Oral History of Russian Punk From The Soviet Era To Pussy Riot” Book Tour

For many people in the West, knowledge of the punk rock scene in Russia and the former Soviet Union starts and ends with Pussy Riot and maybe Svetlanas and probably Gogol Bordello who are technically from New York. As you should expect, however, a part of the world that has long been ruled by authoritarian regimes of all makes and models has, in fact, been a breeding ground for a turbulent, defiant subculture and spawned several generations of punk rock bands in myriad different, sometimes unconnected, scenes.

Massachusetts native Alexander Herbert spent several years off an on chronicling the Russian punk rock world, and has penned a compelling dissertation as a result. It’s called What About Tomorrow? An Oral History of Russian Punk From The Soviet Era To Pussy Riot, and it’s due out in September through Microcosm Publishing.

You can pre-order the book here – I highly recommend it – and you can head below to find out where Herbert will be speaking and promoting the book near you. His book tour kicks off September 26th in Buffalo, and dates are scheduled through February in Atlanta, with a West Coast swing to follow.