Dropkick Murphys rock Madison’s Orpheum

Dropkick Murphys – 2014 Tour
Orpheum Theater – Madison, WI

All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

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The Orpheum Theater in Madison, Wis., welcomed the Dropkick Murphys for a sold-out performance at the historic venue on Feb. 21. Joining the Celtic punk rockers were Lucero and the charming Skinny Lister.

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In Photos: Gogol Bordello at the Hangout Music Festival

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Hangout Music Festival
Gulf Shores, Alabama

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Gogol Bordello takes the stage at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The day also included performances by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dispatch, Flogging Molly, Mac Miller, and Skrillex.

Photos from Gogol Bordello’s set at Hangout:


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The FEST 2012 Line-Up and Information

The FEST 2012
Gainesville, FL
October 26-28, 2012
Tickets: $85 to $125

FEST 2012 Punk FestivalThe FEST could be the biggest punk rock fest in the nation and the 3 day bash it set to start October 26th and runs through October 28th in Gainesville, Florida.  The festival is put on by No Idea Records and is celebrating its 9th year running with Pabst Blue Ribbon.

The FEST is also bringing back its FEST FLEA MARKET which will feature tattoo parlors, screen prints, water pipes, design companies, clothing lines, artwork, and music for record labels. The FLEA MARKET will be located in the official hotel, University Holiday Inn.  The hours for the market are as follows:

Friday, October 26th from Noon-7 P.M.
The market will be closed on Saturday!

3 Day Passes start at $85, but mind you, those are early bird specials so get them while he gettin’ is good! You have through June 30th to pick a set up for that price and after that the prices rise.   Purchasing 3 Day Passes after October 24th will cost $125 and remember to head to the Official Fest 11 hotel to register when the festival begins.  Registration info is below.


Holiday Inn University Center
1250 W University Ave
Gainesville, Florida 32601
(Corner of University and 13th Street)
(352) 376-1661

Thursday October 25th (Early Registration): 3pm-5pm
(Limited. General Weekend Pass only!!! NO Merch, Band, Sponsor, Press, or Volunteer pick up)

Friday October 26th: 12noon – 7pm
(Full Registration, Pool Party, and Flea Market Tabling)

Saturday October, 27th: 12noon – 2pm
(Full Registration)

Fest 11 Line-Up:
A Wilhelm Scream
After the Fall
Algernon Cadwallader
All Dinosaurs
All Eyes West
Andrew Jackson Jihad
Arliss Nancy
Arms Aloft
Army of Ponch
Banner Pilot
Best Practices
Big Eyes
Black Clouds
Black God
Blacklist Royals
Blank States
Bridge and Tunnel
Broadway Calls
Burning Love
Cadillac Blindside
Cheap Girls
Chemical Ache
Cigarette Crossfire
City Mouse
Cobra Skulls
Coffee Project
Dan Vapid and the Cheats
Dead to Me
Dear Landlord
Direct Hit!
Dudes Night
Fellow Project
Frank Turner
Franz Nicolay
Gameday Regulars
Gateway District
Glocca Morra
Go Rydell
Gods and Queens
Good Luck
Grabass Charlestons
Great Cynics
Greenland Is Melting
Hop Along
House Boat
How Dare You
Into It. Over It.
Iron Chic
Joyce Manor
Junior Battles
Kite Party
Larry and His Flask
Leagues Apart
Life Coach
Look Mexico
Ma Jolie
Make Do and Mend
Mark McCabe
Masked Intruder
Mikey Erg
Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
Mustard Plug
Naked Raygun
Nato Coles + the Blue Diamond Band
New Bruises
Night Birds
No Trigger
Nothing in the Dark
Now People
Off with Their Heads
Pianos Become the Teeth
Pity Party
PJ Bond
Polar Bear Club
Post Teens
Pretty Boy Thorson & the Falling Angels
Pure Graft
Red City Radio
Red Collar
Red Fang
Reverse the Curse
Run Forever
Samuel Caldwell’s Revenge
Signals Midwest
Single Mothers
Sister Kisser
Soul Control
Sour Boy, Bitter Girl
Stable Boys
Static Radio NJ
Stay Ahead of the Weather
Streetlight Manifesto
Strong City
Teenage Bottlerocket
The Arteries
The Cougs
The Dopamines
The Emotron
The Fake Boys
The Flatliners
The Future Now
The Holy Mess
The Max Levine Ensemble
The Motorleague
The Shook Ones
The Sidekicks
The Slow Death
The Smith Street Band
The Snips
The Stereo State
The Swellers
The Wild
Tim Barry
Too Many Daves
Two Hand Fools
Vacation Bible School
Valient Thorr
We Were Skeletons
Weak Teeth
Worn in Red
You Blew It!



Shonen Knife Celebrate 30 Years with 30 North American Tour Dates!

Shonen Knife is celebrating their 30th anniversary with 30 new North American tour dates! This female pop/punk band from Japan is also set to release their 19th album, Pop Tune, June 6th off Good Charamel Records in North America. Pre-order will be available soon through their label website: www.goodcharamel.com.

We last caught up with this trio back in 2010 at their stop at Schubas Tavern in Chicago and played 10 questions with Naoko!  This is a must-see tour for punk fans!

Shonen Knife North American Tour Dates:
7-19 Philadelphia, PA- Johnny Brenda’s*
7-20 Asbury Park, NJ –Asbury Lanes*
7-21 Brooklyn, NY- The Bell House*
7-22 Hoboken, NJ- Maxwells*
7-24 Providence, RI- Providence Social Club*
7-25 Portland, ME – Space Gallery*
7-26 Allston, MA- Great Scotts*
7-27 Rochester, NY – Bug Jar*
7-28 Long Lake, NY – Mt. Sabattis Pavillion*
7-29 Bethlehem, PA- Levitt Pavillion Steelstacks*
7-30 Detroit, MI- Lager House -*
7-31 Great Rapids, MI- The Pyramid Scheme*
8-2 Chicago, IL- Empty Bottle*
8-3 TBA
8-4 Minneapolis, MN-The Entry
8-5 Fargo, ND- The Aquarium
8-8 Seattle, WA- Tractor Tavern
8-9 Portland, OR- Dante’s
8-10 San Francisco, Ca- Bottom of the Hill
8-11 San Jose, CA- Blank Club
8-12 So Cal. – TBD
8-13 So Cal – TBD
8-14 Tucson, AZ- Club Congress
8-16 Austin, TX- Red 7 –
8-17 Dallas, TX- Club Dada
8-18 Little Rock, AR- Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken
8-19 Nashville, TN- Exit / In*
8-20 Cincinnati, OH- Taft Theatre*
8-21 Cleveland, OH- Beachland Ballroom*
8-22 Toronto, ON- The Quadrangle / Hart House
* w/ opening band White Mystery


In Photos: The Pretty Reckless at the Bottom Lounge

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Bottom Lounge, Chicago IL

More photos from The Pretty Reckless’ set in Chicago below:

The Pretty Reckless Tour Dates with Marilyn Manson

The Pretty Reckless Open for Evanescence


14th Annual Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival May 25-28th

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Memorial Day Weekend • May 25 – 28, 2012
Downtown Las Vegas


Rancid, Nofx, Pennywise,
Sham 69, Hepcat, The Adicts, 
Hot Water Music, The Briefs, Youth Of Today
Street Dogs, Dead Ending, Real McKenzies, Old Man Markley,
The Beltones , Far From Finished, Toys That Kill,
American Heist, Holding On To Sound, 
The Bots, The Dips, American Werewolves,


3 Day Festival Passes On Sale
Fri. Feb. 24 @ 1pm (PST)
$100 (plus $5 service fee)
(Sat. May 26 • Sun. May 27 • Mon. May 28)

Single Day Tickets on Sale (Based on Availability)
Mon. March 5 @ 1pm (PST)
$40 (plus $2.50 service fee)

Daily Lineup To Be Announced on Feb. 24, 2012

The Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival was started back in 1999 as a way to bring the independent music community together for an annual party. It has since grown into a 3 day festival in downtown Las Vegas that brings out fans and bands alike from all over the world. Make no mistake, this is a PUNK ROCK PARTY that features some of the best bands of the past 35+ years, from the old school pioneers and classics to mainstays and up and comers.  Founders Shawn and Mark Stern of BYO Records and seminal SoCal band Youth Brigade have been heavily involved in the PUNK ROCK community since the late ‘70’s and spend countless hours scouring their record collections, memories and abilities to reach out to old friends and new to put together an amazing line-up every year.

Joining previously announced acts Rancid, NOFX, Pennywise, The Adicts and The Briefs (original lineup) are: Sham 69 (Pursey / Parsons / Tregunna ’77 lineup),Hepcat, Hot Water Music, Youth Of Today (NYC 80’s Hardcore Monsters), Street Dogs, Dead Ending (featuring Joe Principe of Rise Against, Derek Grant of Alkaline Trio, Vic Bondi of Articles Of Faith, and Jeff Dean of Noise By Numbers), Street Dogs, Real McKenzies, Old Man Markley, The Beltones, Far From Finished, Toys That Kill, American Heist, Holding On To Sound, The Bots The Dips, American Werewolves AND MORE TBA!!!!

All festival shows are ALL AGES.


To purchase tickets, register for Punk Rock Bowling and for more information, visit:www.punkrockbowling.com

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MUSINK 2012 Set for March 2-4 in Orange County

MUSINK LOGOThe MUSINK Festival is back for it’s 5th year running.  The festival features top tattoo artists as well as iconic punk rock bands for musical entertainment.  Last year over 11,00 people were in attendance and Suicidal Tendencies headlined.    This year the festival is set to take place on March 2 through the 4th at the OC Fair and Event Center in California.    The line-up includes Tiger ArmyNew Found GloryAlkaline TrioAgainst Me!Yellowcard and Bayside. 

Tickets are onsale now at Ticketmaster.com. One day tickets are $25, 3 day passes are $50, and VIP tickets are $75.

March 2, 2012 (12:00PM-11:00PM)
Tiger Army
Guana Batz
March 3, 2012 (2:00PM-11:00PM)
New Found Glory
Kill The Complex
March 4, 2012 (2:00PM-11:00PM)
Alkaline Trio
Against Me!
Hell or Highwater
Featured Tattoo Artists: Jack Rudy, Bob Roberts, Mark Mahoney, Freddy Negrete, Richard Stell, Charlie Roberts, Grant Cobb, Robert Atkinson, Robert Hernandez (Artwork by), BJ Betts, Juan Puente, Small Paul, Rick Walters, Permanent Mark, Shawn Barber, LTW Tattoo (Spain), Vic Back, Megan Hoogland, Nikko, Sid Stankovits, Yushi (Japan), Norm, Kari Barba, Jeremiah Barba, Davide (Italy), Adrian Willard (UK), Tommy Montoya (from NY INK on TLC), James Vaughn (from Ink Masters on SPIKE), Myles Karr, Josh Egnew, Black Eyes Tattoo (Japan), Baba, Gold Rush Tattoo, Dalmiro Dalmont, (Sweden) O’Reilly’s Tattoo, Kyle Crowell, Chente, Eddie Tana and Many More…
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Video: Matt Toka Covers Adele’s “Someone Like You”

Matt Toka Covers Adele’s “Someone Like You”

Matt Toka is a punk rocker from Ohio who is signed to Warner Bros. Records.  He recently covered Adele’s hit single, “Someone Like You.” He couldn’t have gone any more in the opposite direct of Adele’s version.  For Punk Rock fans, this is one to check out.

Matt Toka online:
http://matttoka.com & http://say10.com
FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/matttoka
YOUTUBE: http://youtube.com/matttoka
TWITTER: http://twitter.com/matttoka

In Photos: The Smoking Popes at Turner Hall

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Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI
All Photos by Martha Kubica

The Smoking Popes is:
Josh Caterer – Vocals, Guitar
Eli Dixon Caterer – Guitar
Matt Caterer – Bass
Neil Hennessy – Drums

Smoking Popes Turner Hall - Milwaukee, WI 12/22/2011

Chicago’s very own The Smoking Popes has been busy.  The band is currently on the road for a mini tour including the East Coast. The East Coast tour concludes in Philadelphia, PA with their first ever non-Chicago New Years Eve show!  This past summer they played dates with fellow Chicago rockers Alkaline Trio.  Last week The Smoking Popes  stopped at Turner Hall in Milwaukee opening for BRAID.

Photos from their set in Milwaukee are below.

Tour Dates:

December 28, 2011 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop  Details
December 29, 2011 Poughkeepsie, NY The Loft  Details
December 30, 2011 Boston, MA House of Blues  Details
December 31, 2011 Philadelphia, PA North Star Bar  Details
February 3, 2012 Columbus, OH The Basement  Details
February 4, 2012 Toledo, OH Frankie’s  Details
February 11, 2012 DeKalb, IL Otto’s  Details

More photos of Smoking Popes:


Naked Raygun Rock Out Thanksgiving Eve!

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Metro – Chicago, IL

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Hundreds of punk fans moshed their way into Thanksgiving with Naked Raygun last night. The crowd for sure brought their A-game for this joyus event. So many pits formed throughout the night. Some fans even tried to crowd surf which I just found hilarious. That may fly for a pop show but not for this hardcore/punk crowd. So many people bit it hard, I have to admit it was highly entertaining. For those unfamiliar of who Naked Raygun is, they formed in Chicago during 1981. They were one of the first U.S. post-punk bands of the ‘80s merging melodic sounds with punk. After a number of album releases in the ‘80s the band ended up splitting after the release of Raygun…Naked Raygun in 1990. Members went on to perform with other bands including Pegboy and The Bomb. Due to public demand for Naked Raygun in 1999 indie label Touch and Go/Quarterstick Records reissued all of Naked Raygun’s albums with bonus tracks. A compilation album was also produced including collected works from 1980-1992. After a massive turn out for their 2006 reunion at Riot Fest, playing to a sold out crowd of 4,000 people they decided to come back with new releases. Currently there is a release #4 of their 7” series and they are heading back into the studio at the end of the year to record more material. Tours are being set up for both the West Coast and Europe in 2012.
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My Big Beautiful Kicks Off Thanksgiving Eve!

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Metro – Chicago, IL

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Pop-punk band My Big Beautiful was one of many in last nights line up leading up to Naked Raygun’s headling show. The band formed back in 1993 from Joliet, IL. After taking a break in ’96 to pursue other music ventures the band ended up getting back together in 2003 and have been playing an aray of new & classic M.B.B. songs ever since. Last night was the perferct way to kick off this holiday weekend! This was my first time experiencing My Big Beautiful and it wont be my last. Their energy was fantastic and they had me at covering Tom Petty and the Hearbreakers “American Girl”. Before the show I saw Steev Custer running around the Metro with his kids, giving piggy back rides and just having a great time before the show. It was really awesome to see! During the show you could see his daughter waving to him from the balcony and he would just shoot her the biggest smile, it was the cutest thing ever! Steev even keeps a photo of his kids that sits on his amp on stage. It’s rare to see things like that. If you haven’t see My Big Beautiful I suggest you! Check out their Facebook page for your most recent M.B.B. updates.

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Video: The Bleeding Knees Club’s “Teenage Girls”

If Katy Perry were a band of boys you’d get The Bleeding Knees Club! The band consists of Alex and Jordan and Matt Woods. The band names one of their interests as “skipping” …gotta love it!

Their newest video is “Teenage Girls” and it’s a cute and poppy homage to the lovely teenage girls that boys fawn over. Check it below:

You can keep up with Bleeding Knees Club on Tumblr and Facebook.   Their debut Virginity EP comes 10/18 on IAMSOUND Records.


10/20   The Delancy, New York        IAMSOUND Showcase
10/22    Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn     Windish Showcase
10/22    Fuzz @ Milk in NY
10/ 24   Bardot, Los Angeles
10/26    Satellite, Los Angeles

Five Finger Death Punch’s new single “Under It and Over It” to debut on Wednesday



FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is pleased to announce their brand new single, ‘Under It and Over It’, will debut tomorrow on radio stations nationwide as well as online at Revolvermag.com.

“Under and Over It” is the debut single from 5FDP’s upcoming third album, American Capitalist, which hits stores on October 11th, 2011. American Capitalist was recorded at “The Hideout” in Las Vegas, NV with producer Kevin Churko. The single art, posted above, was revealed with Hard Drive Radio and Revolver Magazine on July 13th.

“This record crystallizes the sound of Death Punch,” says guitarist Zoltan Bathory.

Singer Ivan Moody adds, “I literally laid every ounce of blood I had on this one. We are a people’s band. Our fans understand us because of who we are. We’ve never tried to be anybody else but Five Finger Death Punch. If you’re inclined to please the whole world, you’ve got to take a step back and realize that at the end of the day, you have to be you- first and foremost. Otherwise, you’re useless to anyone else.”

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is widely renowned as one of the most important bands of recent metal history- where today they play sold out shows, headline prestigious festivals and command an army of die-hard fans across the globe.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH’s last album, War Is The Answer, debuted at #7 on the Billboard chart. ‘Far From Home’ peaked #2 at Active Rock radio and was named the #1 Rated Song at Mediabase Rate-The-Music for eleven straight weeks, while the hit single “Bad Company” hit #1 at Active Rock radio. Both 5FDP albums, War Is The Answer (2009) and The Way of the Fist (2007) are RIAA-certified Gold and continue to post some of the strongest sales week after week in the world of hard rock and metal- charting for 100 straight weeks on the Billboard Top 200.

Look for FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH on the cover of the September 2011 issue of REVOLVER Magazine, on stands August 16th.  5FDP have previously appeared on the covers of Metal Hammer and REVOLVER Magazine, as well as receiving three Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in back-to-back years.

The band has been featured in Kerrang!, Rocksound, Guitar World, Guitar Edge, Decibel, Billboard, MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball, MTV2, Fuse, Yahoo!, AOL Music, Hard Times, MySpace Music, CBS’s Criminal Minds, ESPN’s The X-Games, Sportscenter and more.

Expect another big announcement from Five Finger Death Punch next week as well.

For more information on FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, please visit:


In Photos: Paramore at Warped Tour

Warped Tour 2011
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In Photos: Less Than Jake at Warped Tour

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Emily’s Army Announce August Tour Dates


July 20, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – Emily’s Army have announced additional tour dates in August in support of their full-length debut Don’t Be A Dick, which was released by Adeline Records on June 14th. Alternative Press praised the album as “Overwhelmingly tight and poppy; quite impressive for the young pups they are. When considering that these songs were written by kids barely in high school, it’s a bit of a jaw-dropper”.

Hailing from the East Bay, Emily’s Army is comprised of Max Becker on bass, Cole Becker on guitar, Travis Neumann on guitar, and drummer Joey Armstrong. At the ripe age of 15, 16, and 17 years old, the Oakland based band has already spent two years touring up and down the West Coast. The band’s name comes from Max and Cole Becker’s 15-year old cousin Emily, who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in 1998 and has suffered from the disease her entire life. In tribute, the band adopted the name Emily’s Army, which also happens to be the moniker for a fundraising organization in their cousin’s honor.

At a time when young bands are homogenized and tailor made for consumption and eventual regurgitation, Emily’s Army is a breath of fresh air – rocking out together for the pure fact that they love playing music and they love playing together. Don’t Be A Dick by Emily’s Army is the sound of the torchbearers to come.

Check out the video for “Broadcast This” on RollingStone.Com: HERE 

“90’s tinged old-school pop-punk… Don’t Be A Dick is an undeniably fun and amusing listen.”
Absolute Punk

“The California quartet deliver raggedly sharp guitar licks and plenty of humor.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Emily’s Army is a rare case of raw and undeveloped talent that’s still good enough to be injected onto a mainstream setting…themes of adolescent struggles are abundant, but signs of a band ahead of its teenage face surface with socio-political themes as well.”


Dates Below:


8/3 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy w/ Fever Charm

8/4 – Long Beach, CA – Dipiazza’s w/ Fever Charm

8/6 – Huntington Beach, CA – Pipeline To A Cure (Benefit Show)

8/11 – Cambridge, MA – TT The Bears w/ Chixdiggit, Kepi Ghoulie

8/13 – Baltimore, MD – Insubordination Fest

8/15 – Portsmouth, NH – Slaughterhouse 5 w/ Dopamines

8/16 – New Brunswick, NH – The Loft w/ Black Wine, Nuclear Santa Claust


Katla explodes again..

Ida Maria
Labels: Mercury Records
Released: June 07, 2011

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The opening track of Ida Maria’s new sophomore album Katla is entitled “Quiet, Nice People”. It’s a slow charmer reminiscent of a Kate Nash Track, and then you are bitch-slapped with the album’s lead single “Bad Karma”. It’s hard to believe this track wasn’t created in the late 80’s and Ida doesn’t owe Joan Jett some copyright royalties. By only the second track, I am sure of a few things: Ida has multiple personalities and she’s not afraid to show them, she’s the only artist dancing the line between punk and blues, and +5 points for name dropping hare krishna. (If you ever go too punk it’s good to have religion on your side.)

During the rest of the album Miss Maria shows no signs of musical consistency, she is all over the place in style. With all the cookie cutter pop out there it’s a nice safe change and as Wu-Tang Clan would say It’s something nice “for the children”. Save for the dark appropriately titled track “Devil” which makes me wish I was born in the 70’s and heard this track while rocking back and forth in an open field full of angst against some lost love fist pumping over woman empowerment and a cold beer.. Whew! Maybe if she ever tours again you can close your eyes and pretend while this track plays. It may be the most psychedelic rock tune I’ve heard created in this era and blissfully enforces her versatility at nearly ten minutes long. Not only is Ida a Norwegian punk bad ass, on Katla she proves can be a brazen bluesy rock hippy as well, all at the same time. Oh My God is right.


Shonen Knife Announce Dates For 30th Anniversary Fall North American Tour

Shonen Knife Announce Dates For 30th Anniversary Fall North American Tour Launching October 2011 In Support Of Osaka Ramones, Tribute To The Ramones Out July 19 on Good Charamel Records

Shonen Knife have been the most internationally recognized name in Japanese Rock music since their entrance onto the alternative rock scene in the early 90s when them became the indie darlings of hipsters and rock stars alike. Since their inception in Osaka in 1981 (featuring Naoko’s sister Atsuko and their friend, bassist/vocalist Michie), to their current lineup featuring members Ritsuko (bass, vocals) and Emi (drums,vocals), Shonen Knife have maintained their rightful place in the ever changing indie rock scene.

2011 marks thirty years since Naoko and the band began releasing albums featuring their joyous mixture of pop, punk, food and fantasy for the world to enjoy, and to commemorate this major milestone, the ladies will be launching a fall tour in support of their latest release, Osaka Ramones, a 13-track tribute to NYC’s legendary punk band, The Ramones. Offering support on the trek will be Oakland, CA garage rockers, Shannon and the Clams.

“Ramones were my all-time idols since I first heard their music from a radio and rushed to a record shop. This year is the 30th anniversary of Shonen Knife. For celebration, we decided to record a cover album of our favorite band the Ramones. The title is Osaka Ramones with our respect. I’m very happy to release an Osaka Ramones project and to recognize their contribution to the evolution of Shonen Knife,“ explains Naoko.

Osaka Ramones is not only the name of this tribute album, but is also the name of the side project which has made its way in and out of Shonen Knife’s performing history for decades. This East meets West punk rock combination is now captured in an album recorded and mixed between Osaka, Japan and New York, over the last year. The album was co-produced by Robby Takac of Goo Goo Dolls who is releasing it July 19th on his label, Good Charamel Records.

Come October, North American audiences will have a chance to celebrate the music of the world’s greatest punk rock band, the Ramones, while simultaneously celebrating the 4th decade of the mighty Shonen Knife…Hey Ho, Let’s Go! …

To stream snippets of Shonen Knife’s Osaka Ramones go to: www.goodcharamel.com.

Shonen Knife Tour Dates with opener, Shannon and the Clams


20- Toronto, ONT- Horseshoe Tavern
21- Montreal- QC- II Motore
22- Brooklyn, NY-  Public Assembly (CMJ)
24- Baltimore, MD- Otto Bar
25- Durham, NC-  The Pinhook
26- Atlanta, GA- Masquerade
27- Mobile, AL- Alabama Music Box
28- Houston, TX-  GroundHall
29- Austin, TX- Red 7
1- Los Angeles, CA- TBA
2- San Diego, CA – Casbah
3- Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar
4- San Francisco, CA- Bottom of the Hill
5- Portland, OR- Dante’s
7- Vancouver, BC- Biltmore Cabaret
8- Seattle, WA- Tractor Tavern
11- Minneapolis, MN- First Ave.
12- Chicago, IL- Empty Bottle
13- Kalamazoo, MI- The Strutt
14- Indianpolis, IN- Radio, Radio
17- Pittsburgh, PA- 31st Pub
18- Brooklyn, NY-  The Bellhouse
19- Buffalo, NY- Mohawk Palace
Additional dates to be added.

Osaka Ramones Track Listing:


1. Blitzkrieg Bop
2. Rock and Roll High School
3. We Want The Airwaves
4. She’s The One
5. Rockaway Beach
6. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
7. Scattergun
8. Psychotherapy
9. The KKK Took My Baby Away
10. We’re A Happy Family
11. Chinese Rock
12. Beat on the Brat
13. Pinhead

Lollapalooza’s 20th Birthday Is Coming!!!!

Oh how Lollapalooza has grown! It’s amazing how a farewell show for Jane’s Addiction could manifest into a growing mass of 115+ acres of multiple stages showcasing 130-something artists, festival grounds filled with farmers markets, hosting local gourmet fair, and enough arts and crafts to make your head spin! [Read more…]

In Photos: Rise Against at the Aragon Ballroom

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White Collar Lies

White Collar Lies
Label: Religion Music
Release Date: 3/1/2011

Kopek is the best thing that has come out of Ireland since U2 and the Riverdance guy.  The band won the title of “Best Live Act” at the Global Battle of the Bands.  The prize was $100,000 and a world tour.

It wasn’t until 2009 when a Dublin based record company, Religion Music, signed the trio to a multi-album deal. Their first album and current release  is White Collar Lies.

White Collar Lies is a solid piece of rock and roll put together on a disc.  It’s radio hits like “Cocaine Chest Pains” that are winning fans over.  Yet the tracks that really stand out on the album are “The Easy Way (D.B. Cooper)” and the motivational car song, “Bring it On.”

These guys are currently on tour with RED and Hinder.  They have a 1 year VISA here in teh United States so expect them to keep busy on the road.

They were previously on the road with Cold. It was an odd bill for a tour and unfortunately for Cold, Kopek stole the show.  Kopek kicked ass as the opener and then Egypt Central, another hard rock band, took the stage.  Cold hit the stage and put the crowd to sleep.

Kopek’s set was so rock and roll that I could really see these guys opening for the likes of Seether rather than Cold. At least the new tour has them paired up with rock bands RED and Hinder.

Kopek’s White Collar Lies is definitely a keeper and their live show is even better.

Tour with HINDER and RED

05/12/11 Kopek in La Crosse, WI La Crosse Center Arena United States
05/14/11 Kopek in Dayton, OH Mc Guffy’s House of Rock United States
HEADLINE SHOW – Presented by WXEG! Tour: with HINDER and RED
05/16/11 Kopek in Flint, MI The Machine Shop United States
05/17/11 Kopek in Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre United States
05/19/11 Kopek in Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino United States
05/20/11 Kopek in Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel United States Address: 79 Washington Street. Venue phone: (401) 272-5876. With PAPA ROACH Related post. Tour: with HINDER and RED
05/22/11 Kopek in Traverse City, MI Ground Zero United States
05/27/11 Kopek in Columbus, OH Al Rosa United States
HEADLINE SHOW! 05/28/11 Kopek in Syracuse, NY New York State Fair Grounds United StatesTime: 2:00pm. KROCK’s DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY BBQ 5!!! Related post.
08/26/11 Kopek in Grand Junction, CO ROCK JAM FESTIVAL United States


Social Distortion Moving on Up

Social Distortion
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

All Photos by Chris Weber

Social D is:

Mike Ness – Vocals, Guitar
Jonny Wickersham- Guitar
Brent Harding- Bass
Dave Hidalgo Jr.- Drums

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Formed back in 1978, Social Distortion is icons in the punk rock scene.  If you say you’ve been a Social Distortion fan for 10 years apparently that’s nothing. I saw someone last night receive a “pfff” from a fellow Social D fan for just being a fan for  10 years.  Not many bands can stick around for 10 years much less have fans for that duration.  Social D Fans that actually made it through their comeback album, Prison Bound, in 1986 deserve some credit, but also date themselves.

So many fans, young and old, turned out that the Rave had to move the show from the small Rave stage upstairs to the much larger Eagle’s Ballroom.  It’s been a while since I’ve seen the Ballroom packed to the brim. The night was started with the Sharks and then Chuck Ragan, who won the crowd over.

Social D’s set was filled with a vast array of songs dating back to the likes of Prison Bound up to their new album, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes.  The crowd erupted midway through the set when Chuck Ragan’s fellow stage mates joined Mike and the gang onstage for several songs.  It was a treat to have a fiddle player and even an accordion player in the mix.  This was a first time for even the hardcore fans.  The night ended with their big hits “Story of My Life” and Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.”  The show didn’t have an encore and when fans realized that everyone high-tailed it out of the venue.

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Face To Face’s “Laugh Now, Laugh Later” Out May 17

After years of waiting, fans can rejoice! Punk rock band Face to Face have announced the release of their long awaited new album, Laugh Now, Laugh Later, which is due out on lead vocalist Trever Keith’s Antagonist Records in association with People Like You Records on May 17.   This will be the band’s first release in over nine years since 2002’s How to Ruin Everything.   Laugh Now, Laugh Later is chock full of the classic hook-filled choruses and signature riffs the band has been known for over the last two decades.

Currently spinning on Los Angeles’ legendary KROQ 106.7 FM, the first single from their new record, “It’s Not All About You” is a true punk rock anthem.  Listen to the album’s first single “It’s Not All About You” at http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/exclusive_stream_face_to_faces_its_not_all_about_you/.

Founding vocalist/guitarist Trever Keith returns along with long-time bassist Scott Shiflett, guitarist Chad Yaro and punk rock veteran drummer Danny Thompson. Face to Face wastes no time as they tear into the opening track “Should Anything Go Wrong,” wielding intense riffs, galloping rhythm and commanding vocals that sets the tone of the thirty-six minute long circle pit of an album.

“This is our seventh full length studio album,” says Keith.  “We have definitely “colored out of the lines” on a record or two, so it’s hard to say this one is different.  It probably makes more sense to say how it is the same.  It incorporates tiny elements from each of our previous records.  But it is mostly like our early stuff.  At least I think the overall energy of the record is like the early stuff.  Because we didn’t over think anything.  We wrote songs, rehearsed them, and recorded them.  It has a very immediate and urgent feel about it.  It is a punk rock record.”

For the next half-hour Face to Face churn and burn their way through eleven tracks of unadulterated punk rock.  Powerful songs like “Bombs Away,” “Blood In The Water,” “What You Came For” and “Under The Wreckage” will undoubtedly have fans’ fists raised, while “The Invisible Hand,” “I Don’t Mind And You Don’t Matter,” “Stopgap,” “All For Nothing” and “Pushover” will have them singing at the top of their lungs in unison.  Two decades in and Face to Face have the same passionate intensity as they did when the band started.

“This is a classic sounding Face to Face record,” Keith adds.  “It’s energetic, fast, and urgent.  I think the songwriting and arrangements have evolved without any pretentious or overwrought sentiment.  It is an honest, furious, punk rock record.”

Beginning in late April, fans can get a preview of the intense new album live when Face to Face kick off their headlining tour of North America with Strung Out and openers Blitzkid and The Darlings trading off in support of Laugh Now, Laugh Later.  Check Ticketmaster.com and FaceToFaceMusic.com for more information.

Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, Face to Face formed in 1991 in the small town of Victorville, CA.  Face to Face has emerged as one of modern punk rock’s most influential bands.  Over the last twenty years the band has released a string of crucial punk releases including Don’t Turn Away (1992), Big Choice (1994), Face to Face (1996), Ignorance is Bliss (1999), Reactionary (2000), Standards & Practices (2001) and How to Ruin Everything (2002) and have enjoyed massive radio play with hit singles like “Disconnected.”  This spring, Face to Face return with Laugh Now, Laugh Later; a record that proves once again why they’re considered one of the most important punk bands of the last two decades.

Laugh Now, Laugh Later Track Listing:

1.      Should Anything Go Wrong
2.      It’s Not All About You
3.      The Invisible Hand
4.      Bombs Away
5.      Blood In The Water
6.      What You Came For
7.      I Don’t Mind And You Don’t Matter
8.      Stopgap
9.      All For Nothing
10.   Pushover
11.   Under The Wreckage
Face To Face Tour Dates:
April 27 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
April 28 – Kelowna, BC – Sunplex Arena
April 29 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
April 30 – Calgary, AB – Macewan Hall Ballroom
May 1 – Saskatoon, SK – Louis’ Pub
May 2 – Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Center
May 4 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
May 5 – Chicago, IL – The Bottom Lounge
May 6 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
May 7 – Covington, KY – Madison Theatre
May 8 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
May 9 – Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
May 10 – Cleveland, OH – Peabodys Down Under
May 11 – Buffalo, NY – The Town Ballroom
May 13 – Montreal, QC – Olympia Theatre
May 14 – Boston, MA – The Paradise
May 15 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
May 17 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
May 18 – New York, NY – Best Buy Theatre
May 19 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
May 20 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
May 21 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
May 22 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!
May 23 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
May 24 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
May 25 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
May 26 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
May 27 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
May 28 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
May 29 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
May 30 – Jacksonville Beach, FL – Freebird Live
May 31 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
June 1 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
June 2 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
June 3 – Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa
June 4 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
June 5 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
June 7 – Memphis, TN – Mingewood Hall
June 8 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
June 9 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
June 10 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theatre
June 11 – Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
June 12 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
June 13 – Casper, WY – The Venue
June 14 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
June 15 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
June 16 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
June 17 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox at the Market
June 18 – Eugene, OR – Wow Hall
June 19 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
June 20 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
June 21 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
June 22 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
June 23 – West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
June 24 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
June 26 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
June 28 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
June 29 – San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brewing Company
July 1 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theatre

July 2 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

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Two (HED)s are Better Than One

(Hed) p.e.
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

(Hed) p.e. is:
Jared Gomes – vocals
Mawk (Mark Young) – bass
DJ Product © 1969 (Doug Boyce) – turntables
Jaxon – guitar
Trauma – drums

(Hed) p.e. have been around for 17 years with 9 albums to their credit. They have influenced several big name bands with their style of music that ranges from rock, rap, hardcore, and metal. They have teamed up with Mushroomhead again on the (Hed) to Head tour 2.0; each band taking turns headlining every other city. Tonight, Mushroomhead were the headliners.

After what seemed like a longest teardown between the openers and (Hed) p.e., (Hed) p.e. started their set about 20 min late. There was hip/hop music playing in the background as the crowd waited chanting for (Hed) p.e. and Mushroomhead.  The lights dimmed and (Hed) p.e. walked out to “Truth Rising” from their latest self titled album, followed by “Live or Die Free.” The stage setup was kept simple; it was all about the music and at times rants of singer, Gomes. Gomes and DJ Product prowled the stage like two MC’s going back and forth with lyrics before DJ Product settled back in on the turntables & pumped the crowd up. The crowd was into it – from the jumping and pits erupting in the middle of the floor, yet the intensity increased when Mushroomhead had their turn.

(Hed) p.e. reached back in to their music catalog, playing hits off their first couple albums. As a band, they were very tight – playing all styles and ranges to go along with Gomes kinetic energy as a lead vocalist. At times, they matched perfect and a few times, just did not flow well.  The set l included a guest appearance from one of the guys from Mushroomhead. The favor was returned when Trauma played the water drums with Mushroomhead for their set.

With only an hour for their set, (Hed) p.e. jammed in as many songs as they could but honestly, I felt they could have played more.  Gomes felt the need to talk to the crowd about the political world we are in, how Wisconsin is dealing with union issues, and Fox news being a bunch of liars to the American people. Now, I don’t mind a little speech in a show, but it felt like it went on longer than it should and set a buzzkill to the show. Yes, (Hed) p.e. is a social/political band, but let the music provide the message.

With that put aside, the music and show was great fun. I had only heard about their energy on stage, as this was my first time seeing them live, and they did not disappoint.
If you’re looking for a show to see that is not your typical rock show and with lots of visual performance and energy, then you won’t want to miss this two-headed monster tour.

written by Peter Lizano

Sum 41’s Screaming Bloody Murder

Sum 41
Screaming Bloody Murder

Sum 41 Screaming Bloody Murder

I must say when I heard Sum 41 had a new album coming out I was shocked. To be honest I didn’t even think they were still around anymore. Growing up during the time of pop-punk being in its prime I’m always delighted to reminisce of Sum 41’s All Kill No Filler but any album after that I lost interest. I didn’t get it when they went all metal on us. And Screaming Bloody Murder is much different than anything I have ever heard from the trio.

Screaming Bloody Murder’s first track “Reason To Believe” is a mixture of metal & pop-punk. I know that may sound sort of odd but it actually really works well together. “Screaming Bloody Murder” has beautiful piano & vocals in the begining before the rocking out begins. This one is definitely my favorite! I can picture myself singing along to this at their show. “All Comes To An End” Deryck Whibley resembles the voice of Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance, it’s kinda strange but works for me! “Time For You To Go” has a very poppy and has pumped drumbeats. “Jessica Kills” reminds me of the old school Sum 41 with the fast guitar riffs and screaming vocals. [Read more…]

Volbeat went Beyond Hell/Above Heaven to Bring Chicago to its Knees

House of Blues-Chicago, IL


Volbeat is:
Michael Poulsen – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Anders Kjølholm – bass guitar, backing vocals
Jon Larsen – drums, percussion
Thomas Bredahl – lead guitar, backing vocals

After being at the House of Blues last week, I saw that Volbeat would be playing with The Damned Things and could not miss this show. Never seeing either band live before, my first impression was why is Volbeat headlining over The Damned Things? Now knowing they are big overseas, were certified platinum in their home country Denmark, and have opened for Metal/Rock gods Metallica and AC/DC it makes more sense. They are still have not reached the success in the USA as they deserve, but they are out on tour now to prove they will be a force to be reckoned with.

It is very hard to pinpoint what genre of rock music Volbeat is – be it Metalbilly mixed with sounds of the Stray Cats on steroids or Metallica without the intricate guitar work or solos, or even Johnny Cash on meth doing a metal album. I dare you to pigeon hole them.

The latest release, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven, is their 4th studio album and gives them enough material to fill a 1 ½ hr plus set. Drummer Jon Larsen came out with sticks in the air to sit on his double bass drum kit and the crowd roared their approval, as the rest of the group ripped into “The Human Instrument.”  They transitioned to, “Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood,” not allowing the crowd to settle down to and you could feel the floor moving up and down, as everyone bounced. With the twin guitar attack filling the air with that thick, distinct Gibson guitar sound, they continued with “Heaven Nor Hell.” Lead singer, Poulsen looked like a character from a Quentin Tarantino movie played to the crowd. Even though they are still new to touring the U.S., they played like the veterans they are.

Lead guitar player, Bredahl, and bass player, Kjolholm, took turns going from one side of the stage to the other and at times, bumping into each other and spinning around laughing as they bounced away.  As much fun as the band and the crowd were having, you could not help but feel like you were watching a band about to make its mark on the music scene.

As I walked around the venue, I bumped into the guitar player for the metal band, Dirge Within and we both talked about how amazing this band was and he told me how they bring such a fresh sound to metal scene. I made me realize that for a band that’s been around for close to ten years, the music can still sound new.

As Volbeat ended the night they did a cover of Dusty Springfield’s “I Only Want to Be with You.” I mean what metal band do you know can get away with this and still look badass?

Volbeat will be touring for another month in the States before heading back home to Denmark, along with some big festivals overseas and according to Bredahl and Larsen; they want to come back in the summer time.

If you’re looking for something different from all the tours out there now, then you won’t want to miss a beat in seeing VOLBEAT.

The Human Instrument
Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
Heaven Nor Hell
A Moment Forever/Hallelujah Goat
Radio Girl
The Mirror And The Ripper
Sad Man’s Tongue
Mary Ann’ s Place
16 Dollars
Mr. & Mrs. Ness
Still Counting
Who They Are
Pool Of Booze, Booze, Booza/Boa (JDM)
I Only Wanna Be With You

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written by Peter Lizano

Unity Tour 2011: 311 and Sublime with Rome

311 and Sublime with Rome will join forces for Unity Tour 2011.  This year’s installment of the annual summertime trek promises to be the party of the summer.  The tour hits amphitheaters nationwide from July 8th to August 26th (see attached itinerary).  Tickets for select shows go on sale starting March 26th.  Please go to www.311.com or www.sublimewithrome.com for details.



8              Bonner Springs, KS                             Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone

9              St. Louis, MO                                       Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

12            Pittsburgh, PA                                      Stage AE

13            Detroit, MI                                            DTE Energy Music Theater

14            Chicago, IL                                            Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island

16            Cincinnati, OH                                      Riverbend Music Center

17            Columbus, OH                                      Lifestyles Community Pavilion

21            Holmdel, NJ                                           PNC Bank Art Center

22            Wantagh, NY                                        Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre

23            Boston, MA                                          Comcast Center

25            Bethel, NY                                             Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

26            Philadelphia, PA                                   Penn’s Landing

28            Virginia Beach, VA                              Farm Bureau Live at VA Beach

29            Washington, DC                                  Jiffy Lube Live (Nissan Pavilion)

30            Atlanta, GA                                           Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood



1              Charlotte, NC                                        Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

2              Raleigh, NC                                           Time Warner Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek

4              Live Oak, FL                                          Pow Wow Festival / Suwannee Music Park

5              Live Oak, FL                                          Pow Wow Festival / Suwannee Music Park

6              Live Oak, FL                                          Pow Wow Festival / Suwannee Music Park

11            Lake Charles, LA                                  L’Auberge Du Lac Casino

12            Houston, TX                                         Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

13            Dallas, TX                                             GEXA Energy Pavilion

14            Austin, TX                                            TBA

16            Denver, CO                                           Red Rocks Amphitheatre

17            Salt Lake City, UT                                Usana Amphitheatre

19            San Diego, CA                                      Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

20            Irvine, CA                                              Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

21            Santa Barbara, CA                               Santa Barbara Bowl

23            San Francisco, CA                               Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View

25            Eugene, OR                                           Cuthbert Amphitheatre

26            Seattle, WA                                          Marymoor Amphitheatre

Celebrate Geronimo’s Birthday at the Double Door Next Tuesday!

Chicago’s very own Geronimo! is celebrating their 3rd birthday next Tuesday at the Double Door in Chicago.  These punk rockers are being joined by Kid You’ll Move Mountains, The Soil & The Sun, and Brontosauras, who just finished their SXSW dates.

If you need some more mellow, not that Geronimo! will burst you’re eardrums, head downstairs for acoustics sets from Joe Robinson and Donnie Biggins.

Click here to Download Fuzzy Dreams for FREE!

The best part of all this, is that the show is FREE! We like free shows right? Of course, that’s just a silly question. So if you are looking for something to do next Tuesday night in Chicago head to the Double Door for Geronimo! Tell them you want in on the show for free by emailing rsvp@bettapromotions.com.

Watch Geronimo’s “Design Yourself a Heart” below:



Fuel By Ramen Sign Sublime with Rome


Fueled By Ramen has announced its signing of alternative/ska-punk group Sublime with Rome.  The California-based combo features drummer Bud Gaugh and bass player Eric Wilson – both founding members of the legendary ska-punk band, Sublime – alongside gifted singer/guitarist Rome.

Currently hard at work at El Paso, Texas’ Sonic Ranch studio with producer Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers, Sublime, Meat Puppets, Long Beach Dub Allstars), Sublime with Rome will unleash their much anticipated label debut album this summer, with plans for a single to hit radio airwaves later this spring.  Details of a major North American tour will be announced shortly.

Sublime with Rome singer/guitarist Rome said:  “Everything has been going amazing in the studio.  The music has been coming along great, and we’re confident that we’re making a record that will stand the test of time.  We can’t wait for the fans to hear it, and are already planning a world tour to bring it to them live.”

Troy Nowell-Holmes, widow of original Sublime guitarist/vocalist Bradley Nowell, stated:  “Sublime with Rome earned the fans’ approval with their live performances by showing it was never about replacing or forgetting Brad – it was about celebrating the music.  And now the next chapter begins.  Rome is such a great songwriter and with Bud and Eric’s amazing talent to back him up, Sublime with Rome will thrive and shine in its own right.  I can’t wait to hear the new material because I know how talented they all are.”

In related news, Sublime with Rome will be streaming live from the studio on Monday, March 21 at 6pm PST/9PM EST.  Fans can access the live stream at the band’s   Facebook page (www.facebook.com/sublimewithrome) and get insight into the recording process behind one of the most anticipated albums of the year.

Sublime with Rome first came together in 2009 for a series of shows including such multi-artist bills as Cypress Hill’s Smokeout and the annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas spectacular.  Buoyed by the extraordinarily positive response, the band embarked on a worldwide headline tour that drew packed houses and rave reviews at every stop.  While the music of Sublime has always remained in constant radio rotation, Rome scored a hit of his own, co-writing and lending his distinctive voice to The Dirty Heads’ recent #1 modern rock hit, “Lay Me Down.”

Founded in Long Beach, CA, by Gaugh, Wilson, and original vocalist/guitarist Bradley Nowell in 1988, Sublime was without question one of the most successful and influential ska-punk bands of all time.  Fueled by such radio hits as “Date Rape,” “Santeria,” and the chart-topping “What I Got,” the band achieved worldwide sales in excess of 17 million, including 1992’s RIAA 2x-platinum certified “40 OZ. TO FREEDOM,” 1994’s gold certified “ROBBIN’ THE HOOD,” 1996’s 5x-platinum blockbuster, “SUBLIME,” and 1997’s platinum certified “SECOND HAND SMOKE.”   Named by Los Angeles’ KROQ as its third “Biggest Band of All Time” for six years running – topped only by Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nirvana – Sublime disbanded following Nowell’s untimely death in 1996.

For up-to-the-minute news and tour information, please visit www.sublimewithrome.com.

13th Annual Punk Rock Bowling Tournament & Music Festival announced

World’s Biggest Punk Rock Party
The 13th Annual Punk Rock Bowling Tournament & Music FestivalTo Be Held Memorial Day Weekend May 27-30 in Downtown Las Vegas
This Year’s Headliners Announced:
Dropkick Murphys, Descendents, Cock Sparrer, Me First and The Gimme Gimmes,
Bouncing Souls, Dwarves, Manic Hispanic & The Undertones
Plus More To Be Revealed Soon!!
Limited Number of $80 Early Bird Weekend Passes
Go On Sale Starting Midnight on Friday Feb. 18;
Discounted Hotel Rooms Available Now

The 13th Annual Punk Rock Bowling Tournament and Music Festival will take place over Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-30) in downtown Las Vegas featuring the most insane lineup to date. BYO Records has just confirmed the following headliners for this year’s event: Dropkick Murphys,Descendents, Cock Sparrer, Me First and The Gimme Gimmes, Bouncing Souls, Dwarves, Manic Hispanic & The Undertones, with many more bands to be announced soon.

200 “limited early bird special” $80 weekend passes will be available starting at Midnight, Friday Feb. 18 at www.PunkRockBowling.com, on a first-come first-served basis.

The legendary bowling tournament will once again take over Sam’s Town Casino and Gambling Hall, and a limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been blocked off for attendees of both the tournament and the shows. To book accommodations, guests can visit www.PunkRockBowling.com. Rooms are expected to sell out quickly. .

This year’s live shows will be held outdoors at Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, where the intersection of 6th and Fremont will be blocked off for up to 3,500 concertgoers. The shows are all-ages, but those attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. and shows will wrap by 11 p.m., rain or shine.

For those who wish to bowl, registration is now open for returning teams only.  First time bowlers or those who bowled for the first time last year can sign up for the waiting list at www.PunkRockBowling.com and they will be contacted on March 1.

Much more news to be announced soon!

Sum 41 Release Viral Video with “Screaming Bloody Murder”

Sum 41 has released a viral video for the title track of their new album Screaming Bloody Murder releasing March 29th. An official video for the track will premiere in the coming weeks. The band spent nearly all of 2010 on the road, including their 4th headlining run on the 2010 Van’s Warped Tour. The video follows the band around with footage from their massive live performances to goofing around backstage and their bus.

Fans can now purchase the new single, “Screaming Bloody Murder,” on iTunes and Amazon today. For more information and updates on the band including their tour plans, check out the band’s official site, www.sum41.com, as well as their MySpace and Facebook pages and look for Screaming Bloody Murder in stores everywhere March 29th!

Official Page: www.sum41.com

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/sum41

MySpace: www.myspace.com/sum41

Twitter: www.twitter.com/sum41

Runner Runner Release Self-Titled Debut Album

Runner Runner
Runner Runner
Release Date: 2/15/2011
Capitol Records / MRV / C.E.

Runner Runner hails from Huntington Beach, California.  Their self-titled debut album hits stores today and is released through Capitol Records, C.E. Music (David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants Inc.) and Jack Ponti’s MRV label.  The album is produced by Dave Darling whose previous works included Stray Cats, Brian Setzer, and Soulive.  Their newest single “Hey Alli” is available on iTunes for free. As of yesterday MySpace was still streaming their entire album for free.  You can check it out here.

These guys are all new school punk with pop hooks.  The name is actually a poker term that roughly means, “coming out of nowhere and pulling off a winning hand at the last possible moment.”

The band has already hit the road with Taylor Momsen’s The Pretty Reckless. After they wrap up that leg of the tour they will then hit the road with A Rocket to the Moon.  This gives fans coast to coast a chance to see them live.

Runner Runner Track listing:

  1. So Obvious
  2. Unstoppable
  3. Papercuts
  4. Heart Attack
  5. Hey Alli
  6. Life After You
  7. Falling
  8. She’s My Kinda Girl
  9. Dedicate

10.  I Can’t Wait

11.  See You Around

12.  Running Away

The Pretty Reckless Dates:
Feb 11            El Rey                                               Los Angeles, CA
Feb 12            Soma Sidestage                               San Diego, CA
Feb 14            Martini Ranch                                   Scottsdale, AZ
Feb 17            Stubb’s Jr                                          Austin, TX
Feb 18            HOB Bronze Peacock                     Houston, TX
Feb 19            HOB Cambridge Room                   Dallas, TX
Feb 20            The Conservatory                            Oklahoma City, OK
Feb 22            Firebird                                              St. Louis, MO
Feb 23            Earth House                                     Indianapolis, IN
Feb 24            Pike Room                                        Pontiac, MI
Feb 25            Hard Rock Café                               Niagara Falls, NY
Feb 26            Tattoo Rock Parlour                         Toronto, ONT
Feb 27            Tulipe                                                 Montreal, QUE
March 2          Santos Party House                                    NYC, NY
March 3          Brighton Music Hall                         Boston, MA
March 4          9:30 Club                                           Washington DC
March 6          Theatre of the Living Arts               Philadelphia, PA
March 9          Stage Door                                        Madison, WI *headline show
March 10       Beat Kitchen                                     Chicago, IL
March 11        The Basement                                  Columbus, OH
March 12       Grog Shop                                         Cleveland, OH
March 13       Club AE                                             Pittsburgh, PA

A Rocket To The Moon Dates:
March 15       The Chance                                      Poughkeepsie, NY
March 16       Highline                                             NYC,  NY
March 17       Toad’s Place                                     New Haven, CT
March 18       First Unitarian Church                    Philadelphia, PA
March 19       Bourbon Street- The Quarter         Baltimore, MD
March 20       Greene Street                                   Greensboro, NC
March 22       Jack Rabbits                                     Jacksonville, FL
Mach 23         Culture Room                                   Ft. Lauderdale, FL
March 24       The Backbooth                                 Orlando, FL
March 26       Rocketown                                        Nashville, TN
March 28       Warehouse Live Studio                  Houston, TX
March 29       The Loft                                             Dallas, TX
March 30       White Rabbit                                     San Antonio, TX
April 1             The Rock                                           Tucson, AZ
April 2             Chain Reaction                                Anaheim, CA
April 3             Soma Sidestage                               San Diego, CA
April 5             The Roxy Theatre                            Los Angeles, CA
April 6             Bottom Of The Hill                           San Francisco, CA
April 8             Hawthorne Theater                         Portland, OR
April 9             El Corazon                                        Seattle, WA
April 11          The Complex                                                Salt Lake City, UT
April 12          Bluebird Theater                              Denver, CO
April 14          The Blue Moose Tap House          Iowa City, IA
April 15          The Rave Bar                                   Milwaukee, WI
April 16          Lincoln Hall                                      Chicago, IL
April 17          Eagle Theatre                                   Ponitac, MI
April 19          The Mod Club Theatre                    Toronto, ONT
April 20          Grog Shop                                         Cleveland, OH
April 21          Altar Bar                                             Pittsburgh, PA
April 22          School Of Rock                                Hackensack, NJ
April 23          Shocase Live                                    Foxborough, MA

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Drive A Giveaway!

Drive A Loss of Desire

Punk group Drive A will be releasing their sophomore album this April and are about to head out on tour with Escape the Fate. To celebrate we are  giving away a copy of the band’s first album, Loss of Desire.

Go to our Facebook Page and Subscribe to our Newsletter. Don’t worry we don’t spam you! We will randomly pick 1 winner on Monday the 24th.

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