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New Album/Stream: Check out Abolitionist’s “Ugly Feeling” For Free/Pay What You Want

Abolitionist, the hardcore-ish, post-ish, pop-punk-ish outfit from the city of Portland, OR, have released their new album Ugly Feeling on Bandcamp for free/pay what you want. These Northwesterners have been swinging for the fences this year, as this new album follows up their previous 2019 release A New Militance (see review here).

We have a stream below, but click here if you wanna go straight to Bandcamp and grab it for yourself. Word on the street, after a couple tour runs, Abolitionist will be going on an indefinite hiatus, so keep your eyes peeled for tour dates near your hometown.



Avail to reunite for “Over The James” 21st anniversary show in Richmond

Well holy hell, boys and girls; hell, it would seem, has frozen over…Avail are back!

In spite of years of insisting it wouldn’t happen, the ground-breaking Richmond, Virginia band are reassembling for a 21st anniversary show in honor of their 1998 album Over The James. The gig will feature the original OTJ-eralineup of Tim Barry, Joe Banks, Beau Beau, Gwomper, and Erik Larson. It marks the first Avail show in more than eleven years and that particular lineup’s first show together in what I’m pretty sure is more like 19 or 20 years. It’s all going down  Friday, July 19th at The National in their hometown of Richmond, and features support from Iron Reagan and Asylum. Tickets are on sale this coming Friday (March 29th) at 10am Eastern at this here link, so plan your sick time accordingly.

Over The James was initially released on April 7, 1998, on Lookout Records, and was later released by Jade Tree a couple years later. Avail’s final release was their 2002 Fat Wreck Chords full-length Front Porch Stories. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for more of these dates in the very, very near future. If I were a betting man…



New Band Alert!! Amyl and The Sniffers can’t be muzzled

If you aren’t listening to Amyl and The Sniffers yet, I feel sorry for you… or I envy you, because that just means you still get to discover them. Let me guide you along your punk rock journey. I will gladly be your sherpa.

Amyl and the Sniffers is a Melbourne punk-as-fuck band for fans of Dead Boys and The Stooges, with a lead singer that sounds like a much angrier Courtney Barnett. They recently graced the cover of Razorcake Magazine, and are currently rounding out a U.S. expedition before heading across the pond for an eighteen date stroll through Europe.

Their latest single, Monsoon Rock was just released on March 6 through Flightless Records (Australia), ATO Records (America) and Rough Trade Records (everywhere else), and if you don’t know, now you M*%#@’ F*$#%!^’ know!!!

Check out their bandcamp page here, and stream that shizzzzzzzzz on Spotify. Give the song “Some Mutts Can’t be Muzzled” a listen and let me know what you think.

photo by @lacay.o



Blink-182 announces details about upcoming album

Blink-182 fans rejoice? Travis Barker, drummer to the stars has announced some details about the upcoming Blink-182 album. The band worked with writing partners John Feldmann of Goldfinger and Pharrell. I know, I know, how damn punk rock does that sound?! But they have announced the new album will be released before the upcoming Warped Tour shows, and to quote Travis (can he have a single name too?) “the same vibe” as Blink-182 from 2003. While not a huge Blink-182 fan I suppose it’s always good to know they are still at it. No exact release date has been announced, but one can only hope it’s out before former band mate Tom Delonge finds those pesky aliens. 

Blink-182 last released California back in 2016. Their first new music without Delonge and their first new music with Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio.



Bowling For Soup to Co-Headline US Tour with Reel Big Fish

Bowling For Soup and Reel Big Fish will be hitting the road together this summer. Starting June 19, the two bands will perform a total of 19 shows together across the US. Joining the pair at select shows will be California’s Nerf Herder and Illinois’s Mest.

You can check out the full list of dates on the tour poster below.

The previous release from Bowling For Soup was the 2016 album, Drunk Dynasty. Meanwhile, the equivalent for Reel Big Fish was 2018’s Life Sucks… Let’s Dance. 



Dead Bars Announce New Album, Release First Single

News that is literal music to my ears: Seattle’s Dead Bars have announced their new album Regulars (due out May 3rd), following up 2017’s Dream Gig. The new album is produced by Seattle grunge legend Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney) and mixed by Jay Maas (Defeater, Ceremony)—bringing some high-level talent to Dead Bars’ boisterous and earnest melodic punk.

They’ve also graced us with a new track—the sludgey, kinda funny/kinda sad banger “I’m a Regular.” Vocalist John Maiello had this to say: “I like this idea of being a regular. There are moments of highs and lows; loneliness and community, sadness and celebration. That’s what it’s like to be in a band. That’s what it’s like to be in Dead Bars.”

Straight from the press release:

“…Yet, while ‘Regulars’ retains much of what makes Dead Bars so great, it is no mere repeat of past successes. Instead, it features the group’s most ambitious songs to date – a consequence of more collaboration and a settled line-up. In turn, this has allowed for more of the group’s classic influences to start informing the songwriting – from the Beatles to Tom Petty and the Stooges.

“Everything was different, this time,” says Maiello. “We jammed a lot more during the writing of this, so there’s definitely more guitar stuff – and more vocal stuff – going on. Also, two of C.J.’s songs made it onto the album.”

The result is 11 songs of heartfelt and passionate punk rock, which will appeal to anyone who has ever struggled to find their place in the world. ‘Lucky’ and ‘Another Day’ are pure garage-tinged pop-punk ragers that are built for sweaty bar-room call-and-responses, while ‘You Never Left’ and ‘Rain’ show the group’s ability to mix the hopelessness and hopeful. ‘Freaks’, meanwhile, is a rallying call for the misunderstood, while ‘Producto Toxico’ – a song about going to an exotic place and doing the same thing you do at home – carries a relatable world-weariness.”

If you aren’t down with Dead Bars yet, check out our reviews (here, here) and then go straight to their bandcamp. New Dead Bars is worthy of your internet excitement.



Slayer will reportedly play their last show in L.A. on New Year’s Eve

According to Metal Addicts, the website Wegow has listed what appears to be metal icons Slayer‘s final show in their hometown of Los Angeles. The show will reportedly take place on New Year’s Eve (December 31st) at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood and will be supported by the likes of Anthrax, Testament, Exodus, Sacred Reich and Iron Reagan.

Slayer, who announced over a year ago that they would be embarking on their final world tour, released their most recent studio album Repentless in September 2015 on Nuclear Blast. It was their first album since 2009’s World Painted Blood, and their first one with Exodus guitarist Gary Holt as the replacement of the Jeff Hanneman, who died in 2013.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on Slayer’s final show in L.A. come to light.



Vans to release Wax Trax! Documentary soundtrack on Record Store Day

Vans has announced that they will be releasing the soundtrack to the upcoming documentary, Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records, on April 13th for Record Store Day.  For those who don’t know, Wax Trax! was a Chicago Record store and label that helped give rise to punk and industrial music in the 80s and 90s.  You can check out a trailer for the documentary, along with the track listing for the soundtrack below.



Miguel Chen (Teenage Bottlerocket) Announces New Book, “The Death Of You: A Book For Anyone Who Might Not Live Forever”


Rad news from the Teenage Bottlerocket camp today. The band’s bass player and resident yogi announced details behind his sophomore book. It’s called The Death Of You: A Book For Anyone Who Might Not Live Forever, and it’s due out this coming September on Wisdom Publications. Here’s the book’s description:

DEATH.

Even the word itself probably makes you a little uncomfortable. Just look at it, sitting there, demanding to be acknowledged. It might even make you a lot uncomfortable.

We spend so much time trying to deny death, going on about our lives as if we and our loved ones are immune to it. Then, one day, its truth becomes undeniable. The Death of You doesn’t flinch in looking into this vital, urgent matter. Join Miguel for a wild ride where we get real about death—and even have a few laughs at its expense.

If you might someday die—or if you know someone who will—this book is for you. If you’re afraid of dying, this book is for you. If you’re excited about the Great Unknown, this book is for you. In plainspoken, kind, and encouraging language, Miguel will show you how to transform your relationship with death—and in doing so, you’ll get to know your life in a whole new way. Today is the perfect day to start. Don’t wait—you’re not gonna live forever.

We’re still big fan’s of Chen’s first book, I Wanna Be Well, and have referred back to it quite often since its release last February via Wisdom Publications. We’re sure this one will be much the same! Pre-order yours at Amazon right here while you’re still alive enough to do so!



Skate Jam 6 Announces Set Times

Nothing goes better with skateboarding than punk music and the fine folks of Reno get the best of both worlds next weekend at the sixth annual Skate Jam! This all day, all ages event (sponsored by Wheel House and Suffix Skateboarding) not only features an awesome skate competition and a fantastic line up of punk bands but there’s also food trucks, open skate ramps and prizes! If you’re in the area, you definitely don’t want to miss this one! Admission is only $15 and tickets can be picked up at Jub Jub’s or over at Recycled Records. Set times and more below!



Fringe Media stream new promo for Dallas punk-u-mentary “Everything is A-OK”

From the guys that brought you Pot Zombies, Fringe Media (Dallas TX) has released a new promo for their Dallas, TX punk documentary, “Everything is A-OK”, covering everything from the 70’s to the early 2000’s. There’s still no word on a release date yet, but for now you can enjoy this little snippet below. Cheers!



The Affect Heuristic and Wolfrik Announce Spring European Tour Dates

Megabus-frequenting technical hardcore act, The Affect Heuristic, and Canadian thrashers Wolfrik have announced a European tour. The two bands will perform 16 shows across a total of six countries in April and May. On the way they’ll be stopping off at Manchester Punk Festival and SBAM in Austria.

You can check out the full list of cities on a larger version of the tour poster below. For now, only some of the specific venues are available at either band’s Facebook page. No doubt these will be updated soon.

The Affect Heuristic’s previous release was the 2018 split with German skate punkers Money Left to Burn titled Vs. Wolfrik’s was the E.P. Skeleton City, which came out the previous year.



Rough Dreams (Emo) Announces New 7″ to Celebrate Knoxville TN’s New, Vinyl-Only DIY Label

Tennessee based emo/indie upstarts Rough Dreams (featuring members of wolves&wolves&wolves&wolves and Bad Idols) have announced the release of their debut 7” EP to help kick off Knoxville’s new, vinyl only DIY label, Coffin Curse Records. The three tracks were partially recorded right there at home in The Marble City by White Chapel’s Zach Householder with the rest being finished up in Saginaw, Michigan with the help of Nick Diener (formerly of The Swellers), who also mixed and mastered the band’s self titled debut album. Keep up with pre-order and release details over at their Bandcamp and Facebook pages!



Pinata Protest to play Beauty Bar (PRB)

Piñata Protest have announced they are returning to Punk Rock Bowling this year to play The Beauty Bar, along with Amigo the Devil, Bridge City Sinners and Louise Distras, all making their PRB debut for an intimate and rowdy folk punk gathering spectators won’t soon forget. Tickets go on sale Feb 23 on the PRB site.



DS Interview: Jenna Enemy of The Von Tramps discusses DIY, must-do vacation tips for San Diego, and The Beach Boys on cocaine

The Von Tramps are a rising punk & ska-core act from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Front woman Jenna Enemy took some to answer a few questions while the band gets ready to make a sensible escape from Minnesota in January. Check out the interview below for hot tips on what to do when touring the west coast, the band’s next release, and life with DIY!