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NOFX Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music (touring) Festival

Posted July 24, 2017, 6:47 p.m.
NOFX Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music (touring) Festival

NOFX have announced a five-date tour of music and beer. The festival is dubbed the "Fat Mike Presents: Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival" and will also include Flogging Molly, Bad Religion, and others.

The idea of the festival is a combination punk concert and beer festival, with various West Coast breweries offering samples set to a multi-band line-up.

With stops in Tacoma, WA; Boise, ID; Concord, CA; Sacramento, CA; and Huntington Beach, CA, the fest will also be selling cans of a limited edition Stone & NOFX Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager at the events.

NOFX releasedd First Ditch Effort in 2016.

Western Settings starts demos for next LP

Posted July 23, 2017, 9:03 p.m.
Western Settings starts demos for next LP

Following the release of the EP Old Pain last year, Western Settings have announced that they are now demoing material for their next full-lenth, to be titled Another Year.

Another Year is currently predicted to release in early 2018. In the meantime, the band is active on the road, with dates scheduled with Heartsounds and Swingin' Utters.

No label has been announced for the release at this time.

Western Settings Tour Dates:
w/ HeartsoundsJuly 20 - San Francisco, CA at Thee ParksideJuly 21 - Portland, OR Analog Cafe & TheatreJuly 22 - Seattle, WA at The KrakenJuly 23 - Sacramento, CA at Blue LampJuly 28 - Ventura, CA at The GarageJuly 29 - Tijuana, Mexico at Mods Bar & Venue (XOFest) *early showJuly 29 - San Diego, CA at Ken ClubJuly 30 - Fullerton, CA at Slidebar
w/ Swingin' UttersAugust 15 - Flagstaff, AZ at The Green RoomAugust 16 - Las Vegas, NV at Beauty BarAugust 17 - Salt Lake City, UT at Metro Music HallAugust 18 - Boise, ID at The Olympic VenueAugust 19 - Portland, OR at Dante'sAugust 20 - Seattle, WA at FunhouseAugust 21 - Wenatchee, WA at Wally's House of BoozeAugust 22 - Eugene, ORAugust 23 - Redding, CA at The DipAugust 24 - Reno, NV at Alturas on the DownlowAugust 25 - Sacramento, CA at Harlow's Night ClubAugust 26 - San Francisco, CA at Thee Parkside
European TourSeptember 25 to October 18 (cities & venues TBA)
October 27-29 - Gainesville, FL at The Fest

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Bands New Doomtree offshoot Shredders drops EP

Posted July 16, 2017, 10:40 a.m.

New Doomtree offshoot Shredders drops EP

Four members of the Doomtree hip-hop collective have launched a new project titled Shredders. Featuring P.O.S, Sims, Lazerbeak, and Paper Tiger, the quartet just released their self-titled debut. The three-track EP also features ...

Bands 1QI: Collision Course Records, Street Sects, Hakan

Posted July 7, 2017, 7:34 a.m.

1QI: Collision Course Records, Street Sects, Hakan

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview three days each week, typically every Tuesday-Thursday.   After our social media followers ...

Bands Pageninetynine reunion tour on the East Coast

Posted July 2, 2017, 9:05 p.m.

Pageninetynine reunion tour on the East Coast

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Pageninetynine (also often listed as pg.99), will reunine for a short tour to raise funds for East Coast local arts and LGBT causes. Magic Bullet Records will also reissue their Document 7 LP. 

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Bands Worriers announce new album (and new label)

Posted July 1, 2017, 2:58 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Worriers will follow-up Imaginary Life (2015) with a new album out later this year on SideOneDummy. The band also has a new song out, below ...

Kicking off in mid-July, Worriers will embark on a full U.S. headlining tour, bringing along Camp Cope (AUS), Typesetter and Chris Farren for support.
​with Camp Cope and Cayetana:​Thursday July 6 – Washington DC @ SongbyrdFriday July 7 – Lancaster, PA @ Lizard LoungeSaturday July 8 – Belmar, NJ @ Paul’s Tavern Sunday July 9 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott 
with Camp Cope and Thin Lips:Wednesday July 12 – Wilmington, DE @ 1984Thursday July 13 – Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5
with Katie Ellen, Camp Cope and Thin Lips:Friday July 14 – Brooklyn, NY @ TBA
with Camp Cope:​Wednesday July 19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr RobotoThursday July 20 – Cincinatti, OH @ North Side Yacht ClubFriday July 21 – Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
​with Camp Cope and Typesetter:​Sunday July 23 – Denver, CO @ Three Kings 
​with Chris Farren, Camp Cope and Typesetter:​Tuesday July 25 – Pomona, CA @ Acerogami Wednesday July 26  – Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg 
​with Typesetter:​Thursday July 27 – Oakland, CA @ Night LightFriday July 28  – Portland, OR @ T​he Analog downstairs​Saturday July 29 – Seattle, WA @ Lucky Liquor (matinee)Saturday July 29 – Seattle, WA @ Victory LoungeSunday July 30 – Missoula, MT @ The Zacc Below​Monday July 31 – Bozeman, MT @ Whistle Pig koreanWednesday August 2 – Fargo, ND @ The AquariumThursday August 3 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social ClubFriday August 4 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus ClubSaturday August 5 – Indianapolis, IN @ Grove Haus​
Worriers only:​Sunday August 6​ – ​Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class

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Bands Filthy Friends: REM + Sleater-Kinney

Posted June 28, 2017, 8:20 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Filthy Friends: REM + Sleater-Kinney

Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) and Peter Buck (R.E.M.) have joined forces in a new band that also features Kurt Bloch, Bill Rieflin, and Scott ...

Tour Dates:8/25 - Eugene, OR @ Hi Fi Music Hall w/ wimps8/26 - Portland, OR @ Musicfest NW presents Project Pabst8/29 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent8/30 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom9/01 - Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot9/06 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House w/ Versus

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Bands Horseback and Krieg members form Poison Blood

Posted June 25, 2017, 10:32 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Horseback and Krieg members form Poison Blood

Jenks Miller (Horseback) and Neill Jameson (Krieg) have combined on a new project called Poison Blood. Formed under with the goal to produce more "straightforward ...

Poison Blood Tracklisting:
The Scourge and the GestaltDeformed LightsMyths from the DesertA Cracked and Desolate SkyThe Flower of SerpentsShelter Beneath the SeaFrom the LashCircles of Salt

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Bands 1QI: Blessed, Okkyung Lee, Geometers

Posted June 11, 2017, 4:12 a.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: Blessed, Okkyung Lee, Geometers

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview three days ...

Drew Riekman (Blessed – guitar/vocals)
SPB: What is your favorite 1990s artist?
Drew: When I received the email, the first question I asked myself was “Is this the favourite 1990's artist in relation to myself, or in relation to our band?” I settled on selecting someone that relates more to the band than how I personally feel. Even though it's probably the easiest and most bland answer anyone under the umbrella of “Post-Hardcore” can give; the answer is Fugazi. I know I'm using a loophole because they also existed two years in the ‘80s and two years into the 2000's, but I hope it's justified as they spent the bulk of their existence in the ‘90s. The breadth of music that their discography touches on is inspiring. It's served as a reminder that when we're writing there's no wrong answers, and that songs are what we, as the artists/creators, determine them to be. It's easy to get caught up in asking yourself about flow – “does this part make sense here? Is this dynamic change too weird or abrupt?” It's great to have a band you can look to, who took risks and made interesting decisions -- always with amazing results in my opinion. It's subjective, but all the different dynamics, timing, and structures always made the song more interesting and enjoyable for me. They're also one of the first bands, besides local and Western Canadian bands, that helped us realize it was possible to make things happen on your own terms. As teenagers, two of our members were fortunate enough to have Edmonton (Northern Canadian city) band Cope ( take our first band on its first self-booked tour. The idea that you didn't have to wait around for booking agents to tour, for labels to release your music, or for managers to help connect you to like-minded people was one of the best lessons teenagers making weird hardcore music could learn. Because those opportunities almost certainly never would have come to us where we live, in Abbotsford, BC. But those ideals and work ethic, derived from Fugazi and bands of the same ilk, helped us persevere and work towards making things happen for ourselves, which lead us to the still growing, amazing DIY community we've been so lucky to inhabit. There are so many other bands and people that deserve the title of Favourite or Most Important, there really isn't just one. But as far as ‘90s artists, it's hard to ignore the building blocks that Fugazi gives to bands.
Okkyung Lee
SPB: You have a classical background in your musical upbringing, but moved further and further into the experimental scene when you moved to the US. What was it that pulled you towards this scene, and what is the allure of a freer musical form?
Okkyung: It was about finding the very personal voice within the instrument, cello in my case.
I never fully felt comfortable or connected playing only classical or jazz standards because it was not my very own...then, when I began to improvise and write more original pieces, I just felt this immense sense of freedom along with strong desire to go deeper and deeper... Meanwhile, I am constantly aware of how having that background in classical training from early on provided me a great foundation to build on.
The biggest allure in playing in freer form is that actually it's not free at all and rather you need to utilize every little piece of knowledge and experience you've gathered in order to make improvisation something meaningful... Also, playing with others who will challenge me to come up with musical responses that make sense to me is another big attraction...  but then of course sometimes it's just fun to play...
Kyle (Geometers)
SPB: What’s the most recent “grower” record you picked up that took a while to click?
Kyle: "Prey," the latest from Planes Mistaken for Stars. It's one of those records that feels so dense on the first play through but keeps rewarding over repeat listens. Sonically, the songs tend to bleed into each other (brilliantly so, as I've come to realize) which made it hard to sink the hooks. I remember being in a sort of trance the first time I got through it -- "Wait, that's it? But that was only,like 3 songs, right?" A real time-traveling record.
After a while though, the nuance starts to reveal itself. Tracks like "She Who Steps" and "Black Rabbit" have this almost Lynchian vibe about them that starts creeping in after a while. There's something so sinister about the record as a whole, really. It tells a different story each time. It sticks with you. I just wish it were longer!

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Bands INTRCPTR debut (Pelican, 5ive)

Posted May 31, 2017, 10:48 p.m. in Bands by Loren

INTRCPTR debut (Pelican, 5ive)

photo by Marfa Capodanno

Guitarist Ben Carr (5ive) and drummer Larry Herweg (Pelican) have formed a new duo called INTRCPTR. Calling Los Angeles home, the new project is "within ...

I Track Listing:1. Nightrider2. Sandstorm3. Ruby4. Turbines5. Watchmaker
INTRCPTR Live:7/27/2017 Resident - Los Angeles, CA *record release show w/ The Life And Times, Mossbreaker

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Bands New Dwarves EP and LP plans

Posted May 30, 2017, 9:22 p.m. in Bands by Loren

New Dwarves EP and LP plans

photo by Stefan Muller

The Dwarves have announced a couple of new releases. First, the band will release the 5-song EP Julio on Riotstyle, with a full-length release scheduled ...

Upcoming tour dates: 
Thursday June 1st Madison WI  The Frequency   W/JFA
Friday June 2nd Chicago IL   Reggie's                   W/JFA
Saturday June 3rd St. Louis MO    Fubar                W/JFA
Sunday June 4th Nashville TN   The End
Monday June 5th Newport KY    Southgate House Revival
Tuesday June 6th FT. Wayne IN Skeletunes
Wednesday June 7th Pittsburgh   Belvedere's Ultra Dive
Thursday June 8th New Hope PA John & Peter's  W/Murphy's Law
Friday June 9th Ashbury Park NJ    The Stone Pony    PRB w/ Virus
Saturday June 10th NYC      Bowery Electric
Sunday June 11th Somerville, MA Thunder Road  w/ Upper Crust
6/29/17  Siberia  New Orleans, LA
 6/30/17 Maggie Meyer's Irish Pub Huntsville AL
 7/1/17   Star Bar     Atlanta GA
 7/2/17    Orpheum club           Tampa
 7/3/17 Propaganda      Lake Worth FL
 7/4/17 Page Live     Satellite Beach FL
 7/5/17 1904 Music Hall  Jacksonville FL
 7/6/17  The Jinx      Savannah GA
 7/7/17  Reggie's 42nd St. Tavern   Wilmington NC
 7/8/17 Local 506  Chapel Hill NC
Sat Sept. 23 San Francisco w/ Bad Cop Bad Cop at Elbo Room

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Bands Less Art reveal debut

Posted May 29, 2017, 10 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Less Art reveal debut

photo by Scott Evans

Less Art, a new band comprised of members and ex members of Thrice, Kowloon Walled City, and ex-Curl Up and Die have annnounced Strangled Light ...

Track list:1) Optimism as Survival2) Diana the Huntress3) Mood 7 Mind Destroyer: Guilt4) Wandering Ghost5) Pessimism as Denial6) Shapeshifter7) Crushed Out8) What Is It In Man?9) Strangled Light
Aug 4 - San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock TavernAug 5 - Oakland, CA @ 1234 Go! RecordsAug 6 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room

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