Anti-Flag ready Cease Fires, tour (2015, 2016)

Anti-Flag have announce Cease Fires, an album on b-sides and rerecorded material to be released on A-F Records December 18. Pre-orders for the picture disc LP are available HERE. The material on Cease Fires comes from the 20 Years Of Hell 7″ subscription series released in 2013. The 7″s, limited to 500 subscribers, featured re-recorded material from the Anti-Flag catalogue on the a-side, and new material from a A-F Records band on the b-side. Cease Fires is a compilation picture disc LP of all of the Anti-Flag tracks, including the two unreleased b-sides “Coward In My Veins” and “The New Jim Crow.” This is the first time this material is available to fans outside the subscription series, and the first time any of this material has been available digitally.

Pre-Order Cease Fires now via A-F Records.

Everyone who pre-orders the Cease Fires picture disc will be entered into an exclusive contest. One winner will receive  the ESP guitar used in the making of the Brandenburg Gate music video, signed by the band. Five winners will receive the last remaining 7″s from the 20 Years Of Hell series. Each winner will receive all six 7″s.

Cease Fires tracklist:

1. Coward In My Veins
2. The New Jim Crow
3. Kill The Rich
4. Twenty Years Of Hell
5. Bring Out Your Dead
6. The Consumer’s Song
7. Mumia’s Song
8. Wake Up
9. The WTO Kills Farmers
10. No Future
11. The Ink And The Quill (Be Afraid)
12. The Great Depression
13. The Ghosts Of Alexandria
14. Close My Eyes

Tour Dates:

11/18 – Marseille, FR – Le Molotov*
11/19 – Verneuil Sur Avre, FR – Le Silo*
11/21 – Moscow, RU – Teatre Club*
11/22 – St. Petersburg, RU – Gavblub*
11/24 – Helsinki, FI – Ta Vastia*
11/26 – Stockholm, SE – Debaser Strand*
11/27 – Gothenburg, SE – Brewhouse*
11/28 – Copenhagen, DK – Pumpehuset
12/13 – Pittsburgh, PA – Four Chord Music Festival
02/19 – Houston, TX – Walters#
02/20 – Dallas, TX – The Prophet Bar#
02/21 – San Antonio, TX – Korva#
02/23 – Tuscon, AZ – The Rock#
02/24 – Mesa, AZ – The Nile Theater#
02/25 – San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park^
02/26 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory^
02/27 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour^
02/28 – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl^
03/01 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge^
03/02 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory^
03/03 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre&
03/04 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon^
03/05 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre^

* w/ The Homeless Gospel Choir
# w/ War On Women, The Homeless Gospel Choir
^ w/ Leftover Crack, War On Women, The Homeless Gospel Choir, Blackbird Raum
& w/ Leftover Crack, Potato Pirates

Black Tusk ready Pillars Of Ash for Relapse Records

Savannah, GA’s Black Tusk have established themselves as one of the hardest working bands in rock since their formation over 10 years ago. After four full-lengths, numerous splits and EP’s and thousands of shows under their belts, the punk/metal power trio was faced with an immense and unexpected tragedy in late 2014 when founding bassist/vocalist Jonathan Athon passed away after a motorcycle accident in his hometown. Now, as a testament to his profound and lasting legacy on the heavy music scene, the band are releasing Pillars of Ash, their final recordings with Athon, on January 29, 2016 via Relapse Records.  Recorded with Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind behind the boards and featuring gorgeous artwork by Jeremy Hush (Skeletonwitch, Rwake), Pillars of Ash is the culmination of three brothers-in-arms’ blood, sweat and tears, and is Black Tusk’s finest accomplishment to date.

Listen to “God’s On Vacation” on NPR’s All Songs Considered

Formed in 2005 by Athon, guitarist Andrew Fidler and drummer James May, Black Tusk hit the ground running and toured relentlessly on their first EP, When Kingdoms Fall. They kept up a manic pace, recording two more demos (2006’s untitled demo and 2007’s The Fallen Kingdom). Hyperrealist signed on to release their debut LP, 2008’s Passage Through Purgatory, and 2009 saw them churn out a trio of splits with the likes of The Holy Mountain, ASG, and Fight Amp. Soon after, the band signed to Relapse and formed a partnership that lasts to this day, first collaborating on their 2010 breakthrough Taste the Sin and then on their highly ­anticipated 2011 follow up, Set the Dial. Since then, Black Tusk have released a pair of EP’s—2013’s Tend No Wounds and the digital­-only 2014 EP Vulture’s Eye—and kept pounding the pavement in the United States, Europe, and the UK alongside bands like Red Fang, Kvelertak, Down, Municipal Waste, Fu Manchu, Inter Arma, Intronaut, and so many others, as well as being hand­picked to appear on Metallica’s Orion Festival in 2012.

In 2014, Black Tusk hit the studio with their old friend and accomplished audio engineer, Joel Grind, to work on Pillars of Ash. Before they could get their new record into stores and jump back up in their big white tour van, though, the band suffered a setback beyond what most could even imagine.  In November, mere weeks before the band was due to kick off their biggest tour yet, Athon was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. Several days later, on November 9, 2014, he passed away at the age of 31, leaving behind hundreds of friends, family members, and his beloved dog Cutter as well as his brothers in Black Tusk. Support poured in from fans, friends, and fellow musicians from around the world; stunned, Andrew and James laid down their instruments and tried to process the loss. For a few weeks, the band’s future was uncertain, but ultimately, the remaining duo made the difficult decision to soldier on and carry on in Athon’s memory. Athon himself could have chosen no better successor than Corey Barhorst, a longtime friend and veteran musician who heads up his own project, Niche, and previously held down the low end for Kylesa. Barhorst initially joined the band as a live member in time for their European tour with Black Label Society, but after that, was welcomed into the fold as a full­blooded member of Black Tusk.

Black Tusk have lived through the kind of hardship and heartbreak that would cripple a lesser band, but it’s that dedication, gumption, and pure bullheaded stubbornness that’s taken them around the world and as far away from the lacey Spanish moss and sweltering streets of Savannah than any of them could’ve dared dream.

Look for Pillars of Ash to be available January 29, 2016 and stay tuned for more news coming soon.

Palehound announces dates in support of Dry Food (2015, 2016))

Boston’s Palehound aka 21-year-old Ellen Kempner released her debut LP Dry Food earlier this year via Exploding In Sound.  The album has received accolades from the likes of Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, NPR, SPIN + more as it continues to gain international attention.  Following a label signing with UK’s Heavenly Recordings, Palehound announce an upcoming winter tour with Bully alongside a live performance with Paste Magazine.  Recorded in the midst of her eight-show run at the CMJ Music Marathon, the performance highlights Kempner’s sophisticated musicianship and confessional style.

The band is currently set on a run of fall dates with Mitski and PWR BTTM that will be followed up by a winter tour with Torres and Bully as well as a string of headlining west coast dates. Revered for her raw, rattling live show, be sure to catch Palehound in a city near you!

Palehound National Tour Dates

^ = w/ Mitski & PWR BTTM

* = w/ Torres

# = w/ Bully

11/19: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry^

11/20: Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen^

11/21: Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe^

11/23: Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha^

11/24: Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo^

11/25: Kingston, NY @ BSP Lounge^

1/8: Hudson, NY @ Club Helsinki#

1/13: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme*

1/14: Madison, WI @ FRZN Fest*

1/16: St. Louis, MO @ Firebird*

1/18: Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe*

1/19: Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel*

1/20: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s*

1/21: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom*

1/22: Allston, MA @ Great Scott*

1/23: Durham, NC @ The Pinhook#

1/24: Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight#

1/26: Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor#

1/27: Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits#

1/28: Tampa, FL @ Crowbar#

1/29: Orlando, FL @ The Social#

1/30: Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic#

1/31: Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn#

2/19: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

2/20: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

2/24: San Francisco, CA @ Noise Pop

2/25: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

Explosions In The Sky announce tour dates (2016)

Explosions In The Sky have announced a handful of 2016 tour dates.  Here they are:

19 April GLASGOW @ Barrowland

20 April DUBLIN @ Vicar Street

22 April MANCHESTER @ Albert Hall 

23 April BRISTOL @ Colston Hall 

24 April BRIGHTON @ Brighton Dome 

25 April LONDON @ Royal Albert Hall

Free Children of Earth stream Terminal Stasis

Washington, DC’s punk powerhouse, Free Children of Earth, have teamed with Decibel Magazine to stream their pummeling new album, Terminal Stasis, due out November 20 via Cricket Cemetery Records. In addition to the album stream, Decibel has a track-by-track commentary from the band’s vocalist/guitarist, Jason Yawn, to shed light on the lyrics of this politically-charged barrage of punk and hardcore.

Featuring members of Trial By Fire, Darkest Hour, The Explosion, and Majority Rule, Free Children of Earth is a force to be reckoned within aggressive music. Decibel praised Terminal Stasis, calling it “more than just a rowdy punk rock circle pit at the crossroads of the Jesus Lizard, MC5, Bad Brains and Minor Threat; the album is a no-holds barred, finger-pointing indictment of America and its social, economic, racial and environmental policies and the resulting unrest and corruption, all done with as much erudite depth as distortion pedal-fueled screeching.”

Formed in 2008 and featuring Jason Yawn of Trial By Fire on guitar and vocals, Mike Schleibaum of Darkest Hour on guitar, Kevin Lamiell of Majority Rule and Ancient Sky on bass, and Andrew Black of The Explosion on drums, Free Children of Earth are a punk rock force to be reckoned with. However, despite the lineup’s impressive resume and having been forged in Washington DC’s longstanding tradition of politically aware punk and hardcore, Free Children of Earth are far from nostalgic. With their upcoming full length, Terminal Stasis, the band seeks to ignite punk rock’s rage at injustice, and make it clear that their hometown has more to offer than just documentaries about the good old days.

After several releases (under their former moniker, Beasts of No Nation), including a 7”, a split with LTW, and their debut LP, Now More Than Ever, the band has teamed with up-and-coming DC label, Cricket Cemetery Records, to release Terminal Stasis. The album is an indictment of the corruption deep within the core of the United States, set to a pummeling mix of punk and hardcore. The lyrical content of Terminal Stasis pulls no punches, tearing down everything from the genocidal roots of America’s founding, to the environmental exhaustion invited by corporate greed. Singer/guitarist Jason Yawn said, “I’m simply writing about what I see in the world. The lyrics aren’t slogans, they’re not providing any answers, but they are suggesting the value in caring about the world around you and finding your own place in the picture. They’re about asking questions and meeting the challenges that the moment demands.”

Sonically, Free Children of Earth are a venomous explosion of thunderous drums, thick bass, and razor-sharp guitar riffs. The band harness influences ranging from Black Flag and Bad Brains, to MC5 and The Jesus Lizard, and twist them into a monster that’s all their own. The band opted to record Terminal Stasis live at Studio V with producer Ben Green (Fairweather), perfectly capturing their raw energy. While their sound isn’t easy to put in a box, the band is better for it, with elements present for all fans of energetic heavy music to enjoy. Terminal Stasis is a raw nerve turned up until the knob breaks off.

Part labor of love, part political mission, part raging punk rock, Free Children of Earth are the rare band that is not afraid to be on the attack, one that demands the attention of the listener and won’t settle for less. For Free Children of Earth, rebellion is not a posture or a commodity, it’s a necessity, a tool to be used to tear down what’s broken and build something better. Terminal Stasis is another such tool, musically and lyrically cutting, striving for something more than the insidiousness of indifference in politics, music, and our day-to-day lives, and shaking things up, one song at a time.

Silver Snakes sign to Evil Ink Records, tour (2016)

Southern California’s rising underground alternative-rock band Silver Snakes will make their much anticipated return in 2016 with the release of their third studio album, Saboteur, via Evil Ink Records (U.S.) and Pelagic Records (Europe) on February 5. Fans who pre-order the record will receive an instant download of “Raindance.”

Silver Snakes’ impending release also marks the beginning of their relationship with Coheed and Cambria guitarist/singer Claudio Sanchez’s label Evil Ink Records, who recently signed the band and will distribute Saboteur.

Silver Snakes will join Coheed and Cambria and glassjaw on tour in February in support of Saboteur. Pre-order the album now and follow the band at for additional updates.

Jan 11 – Los Angeles, CA – Silverlake Lounge

Jan 18 – Los Angeles, CA – Silverlake Lounge

Jan 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Silverlake Lounge

Feb 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Silverlake Lounge

Feb 22 – Boston, MA – House of Blues (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Feb 25 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theater (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Feb 26 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Feb 27 – St. Paul, MN – Myth Live Event Center (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Feb 29 – Columbus, OH – The LC Indoor Pavilion (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Mar 1 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Mar 2 – Washington, DC – Echostage (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Mar 4 – New York, NY – Theater at Madison Square Garden (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Mar 5 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Mar 7 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Mar 8 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Mar 10 – Miami, FL – The Fillmore (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Mar 11 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Mar 12 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Mar 14 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Mar 15 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Mar 17 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Mar 19 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Mar 21 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Mar 22 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Mar 23 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Mar 25 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Mar 26 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Mar 27 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium (w/Coheed and Cambria, glassjaw)

Skeletonwitch working on new material

In addition to announcing their appearance on the the 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour, Ohio metal band Skeletonwitch has also revealed that working on new music. They’ve also confirmed that they have a new singer (frontman Chance Garnette was ousted in April). Guitarist Scott Hedrick took a break from demoing new material to issue the following update:

“Cheers everyone! We are proud to announce that we will be a part of the mighty Decibel Tour. They had us at Abbath, then tripled the ante with High on Fire and Tribulation! All three artists are in my personal top tier of heavy music. Definitely going to have some embarrassing ‘fan moments’ on this one. Just ask Matt Pike – as an overly excited teenager, I punished him with a game of 20 Questions when I saw them on their first U.S. tour. He still regrets giving me his phone number! New tunes, new singer, new tour, new chapter for SKELETONWITCH. Looking forward to seeing you all out on the road.”

Capsize robbed in Ohio

A band’s trailer was broken into overnight at a hotel in Miamisburg, Ohio just outside of Dayton. The California-based band, Capsize, has been robbed of over $10k worth of gear. It is indeed a hugely devastating financial blow to such a young band. Below is a list of some of the stolen items:

Black Gibson les Paul classic custom w/bkp aftermath set

Natural finish Fender American standard telecaster 60th anniversary edition w/BKP piledriver

Soldano hot rod 50

Marshall JCM 900 slx

Mesa rectifier cabinet

Black Gibson ES-139

Red Gibson Les Paul Studio

Peavy 5150 100w Head (Wood Stain)

Ernie Ball VP Jr

Boss TU-2 Tuner

Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor

Electro Harmonix Nano Soul Preacher

Xotic EP Booster

Neunaber Wet Reverb Stereo

Electro Harmonix Memory Man Hazarai

Boss DD-7 Delay

Digitech Jamman

Fender jazz bass

Boss TU-3 chromatic


Proco Rat

Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor

Tech 21 Sans Amp

Help me get the word out to local retailers and buyers who may come across their gear in stores, pawn shops, garage sales, Craigslist and anywhere else that might resell instruments and gear.

Sound Check Chat interviews Hether Fortune of Wax Idols

Hether Fortune of Wax Idols

Hether Fortune of Wax Idols

The 26th Sound Check Chat podcast with Hether Fortune of Wax Idols, is live. The podcast is sponsored by Earthquaker Devices (, Ghettoblaster Magazine, and Frame Jump Music Videos.  The podcast is available here:

Wax Idols’ singer-songwriter, Hether Fortune, has experienced a tumultuous few years since her last release. She supported the 2013 album as best she could, spent some time in 2014 as a touring player in White Lung, went through a heartbreaking divorce, and then sat down to make American Tragic – the band’s long-awaited third album and first for Collect Records.

To say that American Tragic is simply a break-up album is to sell short an idea that Fortune has been playing with over the entire arc of Wax Idols’ discography, and that is the notion that personhood is neither fixed nor consistent: We can be independent and attached, in need of discipline and desire, or even fully autonomous with a little bit of help. As Fortune points out here, even America, for all its symbolism and mythic value, also rests in tragedy.

This is not only a deeply personal record, but a chiefly independent one: As a songwriter and true multi-instrumentalist, Fortune wrote and recorded everything but the drums on American Tragic — a feat only bolstered by the album’s compelling performances and meticulous execution, but a little known fact nonetheless. Co-produced by Fortune and Monte Vallier, the only other player on this record is drummer Rachel Travers.

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Muncie Girls ready LP for Animal Style Records, tour (2015, 2016)

Animal Style Records recently welcomed Exeter, UK’s Muncie Girls to their roster. The label will release the band’s debut LP From Caplan to Belsize in February along with Specialist Subject Records and Uncle M Music. Pre-Orders are now live! The band is heading out on tour with Such Gold this Fall and Tellison in the Spring. Full dates listed below.

You can check out a new video for the track “Gas Mark 4″ from From Caplan to Belsize premiering exclusively on Noisey.

You can also check out an earlier video for the track “Gone With The Wind” on Youtube.

EU Fall 2015 Tour with Such Gold:

NOV 21 – GER – Freiburg @ Artik w/ Such Gold + Cold Reading
NOV 22 – CH – Luzern @ Treibhaus w/ Such Gold + Cold Reading
NOV 23 – ITA – Milano @ Honky Tonky w/ Such Gold
NOV 24 – ITA – Modena @ La Tenda w/ Such Gold
NOV 25 – ITA – Udine @ Cas’aupa w/ Such Gold
NOV 26 – SLO – Maribor @ Dvorana Gustaf w/ Such Gold
NOV 27 – HUN – Budapest @ Gozsdu Manó Club w/ Such Gold
NOV 28 – AUT – Vienna @ das BACH w/ Such Gold
NOV 29 – GER – Nürnberg @ K4 w/ Such Gold
NOV 30 – GER – Hannover @ LUX w/ Such Gold
DEC 01 – GER – Berlin @ Cassiopeia w/ Such Gold + the liberation service
DEC 02 – GER – Hamburg @ Molotow
DEC 03 – GER – Koln @ AZ
DEC 04 – GER – Münster @ Cafe Lorenz w/ Such Gold + The Uprising

UK Spring 2016 Tour with Tellison:

MAR 26 – Lincoln @ Liquor
MAR 27 – Leeds @ The Wardrobe
MAR 28 – Cambridge @ The Portland Arms
MAR 29 – Glasgow @ Bloc
MAR 30 – Edinburgh @ The Mash House
MAR 31 – Birmingham @ The Sunflower Lounge
APR 01 – Manchester @ Soundcontrol
APR 02 – Bedford @ Esquires
APR 03 – Bristol @ Stag & Hounds
APR 05 – Guildford @ Boileroom
APR 06 – Oxford @ The Wheatsheaf
APR 07 – London @ The Garage