Every Time I Die readies LP, tours (2016)

Buffalo, New York hardcore band Every Time I Die will release a new album Low Teens on September 23.

Low Teens’ razor-sharp sound and auditory barbarism was abetted by engineer and producer Will Putney (Acacia Strain, Body Count, Exhumed). Low Teens’ guest vocalists further demonstrate these polarized extremes, with formidable bellower Tim Singer (Deadguy, Kiss It Goodbye, No Escape) roaring alongside Buckley on opening track “Fear and Trembling” and longtime friend Brendan Urie (Panic! at the Disco) providing a melodic counterpoint on “It Remembers”. Yes, Every Time I Die has always juggled hardcore urgency, metal brutalism, and rock melodies, but never has it felt this instinctive or this vicious. The pressure drop that yielded Low Teens could have crippled a lesser band, but Every Time I Die weathered the winter to deliver their strongest offering to date because of, not in spite of, these hardships and roadblocks.

Pre-orders for Low Teens are available at http://lowteens.com. Every Time I Die will be on the Vans Warped Tour all summer. Additionally, Keith Buckley will co-host the Alternative Press Music Awards red carpet on July 18 in Columbus, Ohio.

EVERY TIME I DIE TOUR DATES

June 24 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
June 25 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
June 26 Houston, TX @ University of Houston
June 27 New Orleans, LA @ Mardi Gras World
June 29 Nashville, TN @ Tennessee State Fairgrounds
June 30 Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
July 1 St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park
July 2 Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field
July 3 West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
July 5 Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
July 6 Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live
July 7 Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheater
July 8 Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
July 9 Wantagh, NY @ Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
July 10 Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
July 11 Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
July 13 Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
July 14 Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 15 Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
July 16 Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 17 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
July 19 Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
July 20 Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
July 21 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 22 Detroit, MI @ The Palace Of Auburn Hills
July 23 Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
July 24 Shakopee, MN @ Canterbury Park
July 26 Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheater
July 27 St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino & Hotel St. Louis
July 28 Bonners Spring, KS @ Providence Medical Center Ampitheater
July 30 Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fairpark
July 31 Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center Arena Lot
Aug. 1 Albuquerque, NM @ Balloon Fiesta Park
Aug. 2 Phoenix, AZ @ Quail Run Park
Aug. 5 San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm Stadium
Aug. 6 San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
Aug. 7 Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex
Aug. 9 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Aug. 11 Boise, ID @ Ford Idaho Center
Aug. 12 Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
Aug. 13 Portland, OR @ Portland Expo Center

Anti-Flag release record to benefit Amnesty International

Anti-Flag is releasing Live and Acoustic in Vienna on June 24 to benefit Amnesty International.

Pre-Order:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/de/album/live-acoustic-in-vienna-live/id1124824092?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

In October 2015 Pittsburgh based punk veterans ANTI-FLAG recorded these six special songs on tour in Vienna and are going to donate 100 percent of the proceeds to Amnesty International. Also, the band is raffling a one-of-a-kind vinyl-copy of this recording!

These six songs (five Anti-Flag classics plus one Ramones cover-song) were recorded at Supersense Wien, a one-of-a-kind analog “direct to vinyl” studio, and mixed/mastered by Matthias Lohmöller.

To win the unique (one of a kind) recording on vinyl:

a) buy the record (on iTunes, Bandcamp or AmazonMP3) until July 31 2016

b) forward the buying-reciept/confirmation to antiflag@uncle-m.com

c) One person will be selected at random to win the One-of-a-Kind vinyl record

d) buying the record mutiple times will raise your chance to win the vinyl recording!
All proceeds from digital sales of this release will be donated to Amnesty International.

Touche Amore readies Stage Four LP for Epitaph

Los Angeles artful indie post hardcore band Touché Amoré have announced a new album, Stage Four, to be released September 16 on Epitaph.

Formed in Burbank, California, across 2007 and 2008, the band’s urgent sound, with its melodic sonic assault and impassioned vocals, has grown tighter and more refined through a trio of full-length albums and a series of EP’s and releases. Since those early days, lead singer Jeremy Bolm, guitarists Nick Steinhardt and Clayton Stevens, bassist Tyler Kirby, and drummer Elliot Babin have created a trajectory for themselves through hard work and dedication. And now with Stage Four, their fourth and biggest album to date, they are cementing their status as one of rock music’s most talented, relatable, and visceral acts. Over the years the band rose to prominence with 2009’s …To the Beat of a Dead Horse and 2011’s Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me. Touché Amoré crossed into new territory with the 2013 art-punk masterpiece Is Survived By. Having earned early cred, critical favor, and legions of fans by playing lengthy tours of all shapes and sizes—in every basement, youth center, and house show—the band enjoyed a bigger following which only grew along with their talents.

“I don’t open up to people too much in regular life, but when I’m writing songs, I want to be as open and as honest as possible,” Bolm confesses. Touché albums have always served as an emotional outlet for Bolm. So when the time came to write Stage Four there was no question that it would be about passing of Bolm’s mother in late 2014. Stage Four was recorded in early 2016 in Studio City, CA with producer Brad Wood. Cathartic in delivery, highly sentimental, and sonically triumphant, Stage Four is an emblem of a band both living its dream and marred by loss. And with Stage Four, Touché Amoré has unmistakably made the biggest, boldest, and most artistic statement of their career.

Pre-orders for Stage Four are available at http://found.ee/TA_store. Info coming soon on tour dates for Touché Amoré.

The 1984 Draft announces dates (2016)

Ohio-based indie rockers The 1984 Draft have announced several group/solo outings for the summer and fall of 2016 supporting Beach Slang, Hawthorne Heights, Maps and Atlases, The Tweens and more. Those dates are as follows:

Wednesday, June 22 – The Yellow Cab – Dayton, OH – w/ Tim Easton (Joe Anderl solo)

Friday, July 8 – Port City Music Club – Portland, ME w/ Beach Slang and Potty Mouth (Joe Anderl solo)

Saturday, July 23 – The Yellow Cab – Dayton, OH – w/ Hawthorne Heights and more

Sunday, July 24 – Jimmies Ladder 11 – Dayton, OH w/ Kevin Milner

Friday, September 2 – Blind Bob’s – Dayton, OH w/ The Pinkertones

Friday / Saturday, Sept 16-17 – Dayton Music Art and Film Festival – w/ Maps and Atlases, The Tweens, Daniel Martin Moore, Paleface, Keeps, and more

Additionally, Anderl’s ’90s era ska band, Krusty Watch Guys is playing a reunion show at Blind Bob’s in Dayton, Friday, June 24 with Duderus, Dip Spit and The Linus Method.

The 1984 Draft, in particular its primary singer/songwriter Joe Anderl, has enjoyed the opportunity to support a broad and diverse a list of nationally and internationally recognized musicians over 20 years as a singer/songwriter. To name just a representative sample, he’s supported everyone from indie rock heavies like Maritime, The New Amsterdams, The Wrens, Murder By Death, Limbeck and Ink and Dagger, to celebrated songwriters like John Vanderslice, Richard Buckner, party rocker Andrew WK, and even hardcore heavies Everytime I Die and H2O. He’s also toured regionally and nationally alongside Adam Torres (Fat Possum) and The Gunshy (Sleep Recordings), and as a member of The Kyle Sowashes (Anyway Records) and Waking Kills The Dream (ex-Morning Again, ex-Twelve Tribes, Goodlife Recordings)

His current project The 1984 Draft, which includes drummer Justin Satinover, guitarist Eli Alban, and bassist Charles Heck, are a passionate quartet that channels alt-folk sensibilities through a ‘90s emo and indie lens. This is definitely recommended for fans of The Replacements, Smoking Popes, Soul Asylum, Sugar and Cheap Girls.

In 2014, The 1984 Draft released their latest EP, Bo Jackson Up The Middle, via We Want Action (84 Nash, She Bears, Tiara). The EP was recorded at Popside Studio with Micah Carli (former guitarist for Hawthorne Heights) in mid-January, 2014.

The band premiered a video teaser for “Clear Heads Full Hearts” produced and directed by Mike Postalakis, who has been responsible for videos from Guided By Voices, Wussy, Swearing at Motorists, DTCV and more.

Their EP saw the light of day in advance of the release of an NFL Network documentary on the actual 1984 NFL Draft, in which the band is featured. NFL Films captured them live in the band’s hometown on January 10, 2014. The documentary aired on April 30, 2014 on the NFL Network.

2015 found The 1984 Draft as one of 24 Ohio bands being featured on the 10th anniversary Aquabear Legion double vinyl compilation, and they released an EP on November 6 on Gas Daddy Go! (GBV, Swearing at Motorists, Smug Brothers) titled Heisman Trophy Winner.

(Visit the band here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The1984Draft

Band Camp: http://the1984draft.bandcamp.com/)

Terry shares “Chitter Chatter”

Divide Terry into four and you get Al Montfort (UV Race, Total Control, Dick Diver etc.), Amy Hill (Constant Mongrel, School Of Radiant Living), Xanthe Waite (Mick Harvey Band) and Zephyr Pavey (Eastlink, Total Control, Russell Street Bombings).

Inevitably, Terry likes to make a noise. Drums, guitars and all his voices come into play, making a solid raft for Terry’s melancholic musings to navigate the languid rapids. This all unravels at its own pace, conducting a conversation with the commonplace.

Terry HQ is the band’s debut album on Upset The Rhythm following their two successful 7″ singles released last year.  The full length is a collection of 10 of the greatest mishapen glam pop tunes Melbourne, Australia has to offer.  Their latest single “Chitter Chatter” was premiered by FADER stating “It’s got the vacant, literary energy of classic post-punk. It reminds me of the best, blunted tracks by New York contemporaries Parquet Courts - though Terry’s girl-boy vocals feel extra bittersweet.”

Meek Is Murder shares “Full Hearts, Empty Rooms,” plays shows (2016)

Meek Is Murder presents newest track ”Full Hearts, Empty Rooms,” premiered via BrooklynVegan.

The ripping new tune sees the Brooklyn trio inject some Morbid Angel slime/sludge into its trademark, forward-charging sound – a stampede of D-beats and angst on par with Converge, whose guitarist Kurt Ballou produced Meek’s new album, Was, on which “Full Hearts, Empty Rooms” appears.

Listen, here:
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/meek-is-murder-releasing-was-stream-full-hearts-empty-rooms/

Produced by Ballou and mastered by Alan Douches (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Tombs), Was is set for a July 15th release. Pre-order here:
https://meekismurder.bandcamp.com/album/was

Having just completed a European tour, Meek Is Murder is back home and gearing up for summer shows with Dragged Into Sunlight, Candiria, and more.

Jul 2 – Ithaca, NY @ One Fest w/ Dragged Into Sunlight, Primitive Man, Cult Leader
Jul 9 – Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall w/ Candiria, Netherlands

Toby Coke is the first artist in Infinity Cat Casette Series 2016

It is time, it is here, the third year of the Infinity Cat Cassette Series! Infinity Cat Cassette Series III. Infinity Cat Cassette Series, the threequel. The Return of the Infinity Cat Cassette Series. Infinity Cat Cassette Series With A Vengeance. Look Who’s Infinity Cat Cassette Series Now. You get it.  Anyway, we’re super pumped to announce Toby Coke as the third year’s first band (see Stereogum debut)!

Listen/Post: “Never Be Alone”

Toby Coke was born out of the time and isolation brought by relocating to a new city and his debut album Time Negator is rich, diverse, and driving, echoing themes of deprivation, reconciliation, addiction, and humanity at the point of the technological singularity.  The Time Negator full length cassette as a whole is a tightly wound offering of noise and rock & roll, thoughtful and anxious, but never losing hope. It’ll be out July 22nd on translucent red cassette, limited to 350.

Of course, the best way to guarantee you get your paws on Toby Coke’s debut tape is by subscribing to the Infinity Cat Cassette Series. If you’re new to the Cassette Series, here’s how it works: every other month, we release a new album by a band we love on limited edition cassette, with 50 tapes reserved for Cassette Series subscribers, who also get a secret bonus item with each tape. In the past, bands have given out handwritten postcards, signed polaroids, rubber duckies, condoms, handmade bracelets, even made a whole different cassette with a hidden song on it. Never know what you’re gonna get! Previous artists include Guerilla Toss, Colleen Green, Jaill, Left and Right, Daddy Issues, and more - looks pretty good, huh?

Once again, the Cassette Series is curated by the great Pizza Casey Weissbuch, features 6 of your new favorite bands, and is limited to 350 tapes total. Subscriptions tend to sell out pretty fast, so don’t say we didn’t warn you.  Subscribe here.

FYF Fest adds bands to lineup (2016)

FYF Fest is pleased to announce the addition of Mac DeMarco, Classixx, and Banks& Steelz (Paul Banks and RZA) to the festival’s 2016 lineup, taking place August 27 and 28 at Exposition Park in Los Angeles.

The 13th annual FYF Fest will feature headlining performances from Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala, and Grace Jones along with additional performances from Anohni doing her first LA performance for HOPELESSNESS, Blood Orange, Vince Staples, Young Thug, Charles Bradley, Grimes, Rae Sremmurd, Beach House, Kelela, Julia Holter and many more.

Taking place at Exposition Park in Downtown Los Angeles and produced in association with Goldenvoice, FYF Fest General Admission weekend passes are available for $199. Single day passes and weekend VIP passes are sold out. For all ticketing info, FAQ, and news, please visit FYFFest.com.

FYF Fest 2016 Lineup (Alphabetical):
Air
Alex G
Andy Stott
ANOHNI
Banks & Steelz (Paul Banks & RZA)
Beach House
Bicep
The Black Lips
The Black Madonna
Blood Orange
Boogie
Charles Bradley
Chelsea Wolfe
Classixx
Corbin
Denzel Curry
DIIV
Explosions in the Sky
Father John Misty
Floating Points
Gerd Janson
Gold Panda
Grace Jones
Grimes
Head Wound City
Honey Soundsystem
Hop Along
Hot Chip
Jagwar Ma
Julia Holter
Julien Baker
Junior Boys
Kamaiyah
Kelela
Kendrick Lamar
LCD Soundsystem
Mac DeMarco
Moby (DJ set)
Museum of Love
Oneohtrix Point Never
Peter Bjorn and John
Rae Sremmurd
Saves The Day (performing ‘Stay What You Are’)
Sheer Mag
Shellac
Tame Impala
Todd Terje & The Olsens
Ty Segall & The Muggers
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats
Vince Staples
Wild Nothing
Wolf Parade
Young Thug

Told Slant share video, tour (2016)

Told Slant is the songwriting project of Felix Walworth (They/Them), Brooklyn-based lyricist, producer, founding member of The Epoch collective, and drummer of Eskimeaux, Florist, and Bellows. Walworth started the project in 2011 as a means of marking a stylistic shift in their songwriting, specifically a shift toward understated, ambling arrangements and simple, illustrative lyrics.

Told Slant’s debut LP, Still Water, was self-released in 2012, then re-released and pressed to vinyl by Broken World Media in 2014. The band is scheduled to release their next full-length record,Going By, with Double Double Whammy in the summer of 2016.

Though Told Slant functions more like a “solo project” in its recorded state, its live incarnation is arranged and performed by Walworth and Epoch co- collaborators Emily Sprague of Florist (She/Her, They/Them), Oliver Kalb of Bellows (He/Him), and Gabrielle Smith of Eskimeaux (She/Her). Sprague, Kalb, and Smith bring their particular sets of influences and intuitions to the band’s live sets in a way that draws out more energetic and dynamic arrangements from the songs.

Told Slant’s members live in Brooklyn, NY, and tour actively. The band will be on tour in July with The Hotelier in support of their new release, Going By.

TOUR DATES:

6/30 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar ^

7/1 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter ^

7/2 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle ^

7/3 Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn ^

7/5 Orlando, FL @ BackBooth ^

7/6 Lake Worth, FL @ Propaganda ^

7/7 Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem ^

7/8 Birmingham, AL @ Desert Island Supply Company (DISCO) ^

7/9 Nashville, TN @ The End ^

7/10 Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness ^

7/12 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s ^

7/13 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *^

7/14 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair *^

7/15 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *^

* w/ The Hotelier & Loone

^ w/ The Hotelier & Bellows

Norma Jean share single, tour (2016)

Atlanta, Georgia’s heavy music powerhouse, Norma Jean, have returned with a bang, announcing their bold new full length, Polar Similar, and premiering the album’s mammoth first single, ”1,000,000 Watts” via NPR.

Due out September 9 from Solid State Records, Polar Similar finds Norma Jean unafraid to take risks, and evolving both sonically and lyrically. A dynamic album that contorts from aggressive to melodic and everywhere in between, Polar Similar dives headfirst into new territory while maintaining the unbridled heaviness that earned Norma Jean their loyal fanbase. All of these musical twists compliment vocalist Cory Brandan’s startlingly honest lyrics that address his personal struggles more directly than ever before.

NPR noted the complex new sound on “1,000,000 Watts” saying that the track, ”grooves and lashes out wildly like a caged animal, but more than ever Norma Jean colors the chaos with brooding hues. Stomping riffs alternate with angular and delayed guitar melodies in a grey haze, as Cory Brandan builds his moody croons into raging screams.”

Preorders for Polar Similar are available now.

Listen to “1,000,000 Watts” via NPR:
http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2016/06/14/481862882/vikings-choice-norma-jean-1-000-000-watts

06.21 Lyon, FR @ CCO
06.23 Copenhagen, DEN @ Copenhell
06.27 Amsterdam, NL @ Q Factory
06.28 Cologne, DE @ MTC
06.29 Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
07.01 Roitzschjora, DE @ With Full Force
07.02 Prague, CZ @ Mystic Sk8 Cup
07.03 Parma, IT @ Circolo
07.05 Nantes, FR @ Le Ferraileur
07.07 Viveiro, SP @ Resurrection Fest