Do you guys remember when Flogging Molly put out music that made you want to dance a jig and mosh at the same time? Fast and aggressive enough to satisfy your rebellious soul yet folky enough to provide a depth sometimes lacking in more traditional punk rock? Those were the days. And I thought they were over until I stumbled across The Killigans. Hailing from Lincoln, Nebraska of all places, this six-some channel folk-punk as if they were spawned from the back of a gypsy caravan in the heart of the Old Country. Playing together since 2004, how they escaped my notice until now is beyond me, but let’s not dwell on that. What’s important is that they just released a new full-length titled “Dance On Your Grave” and I’m here today to tell you it is well worth a listen. Do so here.
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Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 10:35 AM (PST) by Johnny X
British singer/songwriter Frank Turner will be touring the United States in support of his latest album Be More Kind. He’ll be touring with his backing band The Sleeping Souls and supporting him on the tour will be Lucero and The Menzingers. Check out the dates and locations below.
Be More Kind was released May 4 via Xtra Mile Recordings.
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10:20 AM (PST) by jaystone
Still riding the wave from the tremendously successful 20-year anniversary birthday bash in their hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, Lucero have officially announced plans for a brand-new full-length album on a brand-new label home.
Entitled Among The Ghosts, the album is slated for release on August 3rd via Thirty Tigers. It marks the band’s first album since 2015’s All A Man Should Do. And while it might also be the band’s first album since the birth of frontman Ben Nichols’ first child, don’t assume the band has flipped to writing only happy songs. Says Nichols: “As it turns out, I think Among the Ghosts is probably one of the darker records we’ve ever made. Possibly the darkest if not the saddest. Not sure if that’s because I got married and had a daughter or in spite of it. It’s dark but it’s big and tough at the same time. And I’m happier than I’ve ever been in my life.”
Pre-orders for Among The Ghosts are available here, and they include some pretty cool, band-member specific options. As a bonus, you can check out the debut of not one, but TWO new tracks, “To My Dearest Wife” and “For The Lonely Ones,” right here. You can also check out the cover art for Among The Ghosts down below. It’s a haunting, tintype picture of a flooded-out Mt. Zion Baptist Church No. 1 in rural Mississippi, taken by the friend and fellow fan Michael Foster.
Lucero head out on the road with the great Frank Turner in a couple weeks for a US tour; dates are below the album cover below!
Folk veteran Frank Turner recently released a new music video for his song, “Little Changes.” The track is one off of his most recent album, Be More Kind, which was released on May 4th, 2018.
You can check the video out below.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 7:16 PM (PST) by Daron
Cousin Boneless’ most recent release is “Revel in the Rubble” in 2017.
Canadian punks Fire Next Time have premiered a video for “Collars”, a song off their upcoming Spring full length titled ‘Knives’. ‘Knives’ is due out May 4 via Stomp Records, but in the meantime you can check out the video below.
Fire Next Time’s last release was ‘Cold Hands’ in 2015.
Monday, April 23, 2018 at 3:42 PM (PST) by Mike Scott
Scottish folk punks Tragical History Tour have released a new album, “Aphorisms”. The album is the first in the Dundee based act’s 15 year career and is out now on Aaahh!! Real Records. Physical copies are available to order now from the label store.
You can also have a listen to it below.
Monday, April 23, 2018 at 10:32 AM (PST) by jaystone
Last weekend (April 13-14), for the fourth time in as many years, Lucero fans from far and wide converged on the grounds surrounding Minglewood Hall in the band’s hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, for the annual Family Block Party, a music and arts extravaganza for patrons of all ages. This year’s installment, in addition to being the biggest one yet, was celebratory for another, particularly noteworthy reason; April 13, 2018, marked the twentieth anniversary of Lucero’s very first show, which took place in a Memphis warehouse across the street from the infamous Lorraine Motel.
The weekend’s festivities kicked off on the evening of Friday the 13th inside the 1884 Lounge at the Minglewood complex, in the form of a gathering that was equal parts history lesson and birthday party, the bulk of which was curated by Lucero lead guitar player Brian Venable. Venable has long been the band’s unofficial historian, and in the days (hours?!?) leading up to the event, he dug through the time capsule and pulled out old pictures, setlists, album artwork, show flyers, lyric sheets and band-related memorabilia (old Flying Vs! Roy’s old Nikes!) that were compiled into a walk-through exhibit that inspired a night full of laughter and reminiscing between the band’s members, crew, and family of dedicated fans.
The lounge and the cavernous concert hall inside Minglewood remained open on Saturday, but the bulk of the goings-on took place outside. Not only was the venue’s parking lot closed to traffic, but neighboring South Willett and Monroe Streets and a few adjacent parking lots were as well, giving the occasion a true, block party feel. Local food trucks hawked their wares, as did a variety of merchandise vendors (Shitluck Clothing, Lumberjack Outfitters, tintype photography with Michael Foster, Oliver Peck and his Cheap Thrills line, etc) , most of whom remained steadily busy throughout the afternoon and well into the evening. But the focus, as you might expect, was on the music. Local singer/songwriter Louise Page (above) got things rolling under overcast but not quite rainy mid-afternoon skies. Page has only been in the business for a couple years but has steadily built a name for herself in Memphis, and it’s easy to see why, with elements of folk, pop and soul oozing throughout her melodies. A singer and piano player by trade, Page’s live sound was filled out by a five-piece band that consisted of drums, stand-up bass, violin, saxophone and trombone.
The inimitable John Moreland came next, accompanied by a full rock band of his own. That the Tulsa, Oklahoma, native isn’t household name on par with Jason Isbell or Chris Stapleton seems nothing less than criminal, although I guess there’s something special about his once-in-a-generation voice being our little secret. Moreland’s forty-minute set primarily highlighted his last two albums, last year’s stellar Big Bad Luv and 2015’s flawless High On Tulsa Heat, with a revved-up, pitch perfect cover of Tom Petty’s “You Wreck Me” tagged on as a raucous show closer.
The set change between Moreland and the next band on the docket, Rhode Island’s own Deer Tick, featured an appearance by The Mighty Souls Brass Band, a rotating group of musicians that includes former Lucero touring saxophone player Jim Spake playing their way through the crowd, an experience ripped right out of the French Quarter. While Deer Tick do, as stated, call the Ocean State home, they’ve become more involved in the Tennessee scene over the last handful of years; frontman John McCauley and his wife, Vanessa Carlton, have a Nashville home, and the band recorded both of their self-titled 2017 releases down the road from Minglewood Hall at renowned Ardent Studios. Deer Tick were followed by an hour-long set from the evening’s direct support, Turnpike Troubadours. Like Lucero, the Oklahoma-native Troubadours are road dogs in their own right, having spent more than a decade at this point touring like a punk rock band. While they play a style of music that’s a little more straight-forward country than you might be accustomed to reading about on the pages of Dying Scene, there’s a real storytelling aspect to frontman Evan Felker’s lyrics that make the music instantly more relatable.
While the afternoon and early evening’s happenings were an enjoyable gathering – even in spite of the occasional raindrops – of friends and families alike, this was clearly Lucero’s night. There were more than 4,000 people spread throughout the Block Party’s grounds by the time the band took the stage at a little after 8pm. When you’ve got twenty years and almost a dozen albums under your belt, it might be a little bit difficult to keep your rabid fanbase on their toes, but that’s just what they did, as Ben Nichols and the crew opened their celebratory set with “For The Lonely Ones,” a brand-new track off the band’s yet-to-be-released-or-even-formally-announced full length, due sometime in August on their new label home, Thirty Tigers (Jason Isbell, John Prine, Sturgill Simpson, etc).
Eschewing their normal formula for improvising their way through a two-hour set, the band did curate a setlist for this particular special occasion. Roughly half of the new album was woven in to the set and because this is 2018 and the internet is a thing, aside from one or two songs that hadn’t been played anywhere yet, a solid number of the new tracks (especially “Bottom of the Sea” and “Cover Me”) were not only well-received by their fans but were greeted with the same audience singalong treatment that decade-old crowd favorites have long generated. The band dug deep into the catalog, including a rare appearance by the raw, gritty stomach-punch of “No Roses No More” from their self-titled 2001 debut album (revisited on these pages a couple years back). Jim Spake rejoined the band on stage on saxophone duties for a few tracks, but otherwise this was a night to celebrate the long-running core of the band that’s stayed together in spite of a handful of moving parts throughout the decades. Nichos and Venable founded the band and played that first warehouse show with a different rhythm section, but Roy Berry (drums) and John C. Stubblefield (bass) would join within the first year and have remained in pace ever since, while the multi-instrumentally talented Rick Steff brought his serious chops into the mix in 2006. The night even featured a proclamation from Memphis mayor Jim Strickland declaring April 14, 2018, to be Lucero Day in the city, in honor of the band’s twenty year legacy of serving as a “source of inspiration, encouragement and strength for listeners all over the world.”
Head below to check out our full photo gallery of the weekend’s triumphant festivities, and stay tuned for more on Lucero’s new album (and a special Father’s Day release) in the weeks to come!
SLC feel-good homie MCKC is streaming their latest EP, IS OK, in full, track by track. The official release is April 14th (tomorrow), however, MCKC has put it up for streaming ahead of its worldwide drop date.
You can stream the full thing here.
Pre-order “IS OK” at MCKCinfinity.com, and if you’re in the Salt Lake area, consider grabbing a ticket to the EP release show on April 14th at the Beehive in Salt Lake City (666 S. State Street)
Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 3:13 AM (PST) by Johnny X
If you were at all a fan of the foot stomping, elbow swinging style of folk-punk act Rusty Things (or any full band folk punk, for that matter) you need to check out this release from New Haven, Connecticut punks Tall Tale. They feature members of (now broken up) Rusty Things including the singer so the band really feels like a slightly more punk version of Rusty Things – a great thing!
They just released their debut EP “So Long: The Prelude” and you can stream the entire thing below.
Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 10:54 AM (PST) by nkernell
North Alone recently released a video for the second single off their upcoming album “Next Stop CA”, due out May 4 on Country Bumpkin Records. The single is titled “My Music Sucks”. The album artwork and video can be found below, as well as a list of upcoming tour dates.
Their last release came in 2016 titled “Rare and Short”.
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 1:34 PM (PST) by nkernell
Derek Zanetti, otherwise known as The Homeless Gospel Choir, has released a music video for “1983”, the 8th track off of his most recent album ‘Normal’. He will also be on tour this summer with Frank Turner, Lucero, and The Menzingers. You can check out the video and his tour dates below.
Zanetti’s last release was ‘Normal’ in 2017 via A-F Records.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 1:00 PM (PST) by liathdavis
Street folk punks Cousin Boneless have just announced their new album “Posession” to be released on June 7, 2018. The act is now streaming one song off the album for a teaser titled “Pretty Cemetery.”
Check out the new track below, and pre order the album (digital or vinyl) here.
Friday, March 16, 2018 at 12:00 PM (PST) by Rob Lanterman
Today we get to show the other side of a songwriter we’ve championed on Dying Scene. Casey Keele of the band Wicked Bears (who’s latest album “Tuning Out” was in Dying Scene owner Dave Buck’s Top 10 of 2017) – has been writing songs and playing basement and living room shows as MCKC for almost a decade. Today we’re featuring his new song “Baker,” a folky, organ driven track off of his new EP “IS OK”, slated to be released on April 14th through Hidden Home.
Keele had this to say about the track:
“Baker is a solitary town located in the Mojave Desert of California. It’s one of the only cities you’ll pass as you drive from Barstow to Las Vegas. This song is an imagining of what it would be like to live there.”
You can hear the new track below. Pre-order “IS OK” at MCKCinfinity.com, and if you’re in the Salt Lake area, consider grabbing a ticket to the EP release show on April 14th at the Beehive in Salt Lake City (666 S. State Street).