Wolfnote ready debut EP, share “Luna”

Comprised of members of Harm’s Way, Chicago trio Wolfnote prepares to release its self-titled debut EP, June 9 on Head2Wall Records.

Stream “Luna,” the opening track off Wolfnote, exclusively via Alternative Press, here.

Wolfnote was founded in 2013 by Harm’s Way guitarist Bo Lueders and Harm’s Way drummer Chris Mills, intended as a radical vacation from that band’s metallic crushingness. Says Lueders, “Chris and I had wanted to do a band in the vein of older Chicago punk rock bands.” With that mission statement, the duo enlisted former bandmate Dave Cronin as bassist and set to work. On the strength of one demo tape, the awesome Head2Wall Records (Self Defense Family, Eternal Sleep) stepped up to the plate and here we are now on the eve of the release of the debut EP, Wolfnote.

In Harm’s Way, Lueders and Mills flex their chops playing some of the most colossal breakdowns of our times. The band’s latest album, Rust, was released on Deathwish Inc to mass acclaim in March and the band has been touring the world in support.

In Wolfnote, the two execute a totally different musical vision – what remains the same is the chemistry. With the history these guys have together, Wolfnote charges out of the gate on its very first EP, rocking like a fully realized band.

One could liken the Wolfnote/Harm’s Way relationship to that of indie-rockers Adventures and their more brutal and well-known project, Code Orange – when you play in one of the heaviest bands in the world there comes a time to explore other sounds and emotions.

Alkaline Trio’s darkly emotional punk rock is one reference point for Wolfnote’s style. To reach back further into Chicago’s musical history, you could also draw a line from Wolfnote to Naked Raygun. The band name classics like The Misfits, The Smiths, and The Cure as influences as well and, no surprise, Lueders’ lyrics tell tales of romantic obsessions.

With dark, driving songs, full of confessional lyrics and million-dollar choruses, this is an exciting new band in its own right and of course a real treat for any Harm’s Way fans open to something new.

Wolfnote was recorded by Andy Nelson (Harm’s Way, Weekend Nachos, Exalt) at Bricktop Recordings in Chicago, and mastered by Carl Saff (Guided By Voices, Sannhet).

Tenement ready double LP for Don Giovanni Records

Tenement have announced that they will be releasing a new double LP later this year. The album is called Predatory Headlights and it will be out on June 2 via Don Giovanni Records. You can pre-order the album here.

Ceremony announce tour dates (2015)

Ceremony will hit the road later this spring for a full U.S. tour. The trek will feature stints with Pity Sex, Tony Molina, and Creative Adult. Dates are as follows:

5/22 Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman Street w/ Negative Approach
5/23 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex w/ Negative Approach

dates w/ Tony Molina
6/12 Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door
6/13 San Diego, CA @ Stronghold
6/14 Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
6/15 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
6/16 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
6/17 Austin, TX @ Red 7
6/18 Dallas, TX @ Sons Of Hermann Hall
6/19 Houston, TX @ Walters Downtown
6/20 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
6/21 Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic Nightspot
6/22 Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem
6/23 Orlando, FL @ The Social
6/24 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
6/25 Raleigh, NC @ Kings

dates w/ Pity Sex, Tony Molina
6/26 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
6/27 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
6/28 Somerville, MA @ Cuisine en Locale
7/1 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
7/5 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
7/6 Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
7/7 Detroit, MI @ Marble
7/8 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
7/9 Madison, WI @ The Frequency
7/10 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

dates w/ Tony Molina, Creative Adult
7/11 Omaha, NE @ Sweatshop Gallery
7/12 Denver, CO @ Moon Room
7/13 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
7/14 Boise, ID @ The Shredder
7/15 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
7/16 Portland, OR @ Analog Café

Wrecking Ball comes to Atlanta (2015)

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The Wrecking Ball 2015!!!  Legendary live music venue, the Masquerade, long a fixture on the Atlanta musical landscape and destination point on the national touring scene, marks its 25th Anniversary of presenting the finest in new, cutting edge live entertainment by debuting an annual weekend celebration of music we love by artists we admire.

For the inaugural 2015 installment of the Wrecking Ball, we give you 60 bands on 4 stages over a period of two days- August 8th and 9th.  Heaven, Hell, Purgatory and the outdoor Masquerade Music Park will each host a full slate of artists both days.

Stylistically, Rock, Punk Rock, Hardcore, Post-Hardcore, Emo, and all of the flavors in between will be represented. From the soaring riffs of Prog/Post Hardcore heavyweights Coheed & Cambria to the in-your-face, tongue-in cheek stylings of one of the most significant Punk Rock bands of the 1980’s, Descendents, and from a special reunion of Melodic Hardcore masters, Thrice to the howlingly beautiful American anthems of Conor Oberst’s Desaparacidos, festival attendees will be taken on a musical rollercoaster ride spanning decades.  And that’s just the beginning…  a seemingly endless cavalcade of soul stirring artists such as Glassjaw, the Movielife, The Get Up Kids, American Nightmare, Basement, Braid, Yuck, Title Fight, Samiam and Knapsack will roll through over the weekend.

The festivities will kick off on Friday August 7 with a special Punk Rock Karaoke pre-party. An all-star lineup including Greg Hetson of Bad Religion, Derek O’Brien of Social Distortion and The Adolescents, Eric Melvin of NOFX, and Stan Lee and Edward Tater of the Dickies provide the legit Punk Rock soundtrack for Friday night Pre-Party goers to perform their favorite Punk Rock anthems.

Confirmed lineup: COHEED AND CAMBRIA, DESCENDENTS, THRICE, DESAPARECIDOS, GLASSJAW, THE GET UP KIDS, AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, THE LAWRENCE ARMS, THE MOVIELIFE, TITLE FIGHT, JUDGE, BASEMENT, SAMIAM, BRAID, YUCK, THE APPLESEED CAST, MODERN LIFE IS WAR, CAVE IN, KNAPSACK, BLACKLISTED, PIANOS BECOME THE TEETH, FRANKIE COSMOS, THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE AND I AM NO LONGER AFRAID TO DIE, SMALL BROWN BIKE, THEIR/THEY’RE/THERE, YOU BLEW IT!, FOUNDATION, GIRLPOOL,  OLD GRAY, THE COATHANGERS,  MAKE DO AND MEND, BEACH SLANG, CAYETANA, BRICK + MORTAR, CRIMINAL INSTINCT, SUPERHEAVEN, PET SYMETRY, SOMOS, MUTOID MAN, SORORITY NOISE,  BELLOWS, ADVENTURES, MICROWAVE, BIG JESUS, THE WEAKS,  TOLD SLANT, SPRAYNARD, PETAL, SLINGSHOT DAKOTA, FREE THROW, BLIS., HALFLING, WEST POINT,  NORTHBOUND.

Timeshares share stream of Already Dead, tour (2015)

Three years. That’s how long it’s been since the four college friends who make up NY’s Timeshares released their debut album Bearable. In a culture where anything over two years feels more like a death sentence than just the natural progression of time, Timeshares kept the engine running with endless touring throughout the US, UK and Europe and one simple affirmation– who cares? We’re already dead, anyway.

Stream Already Dead via SPIN: http://s1dm.my/AlreadyDead

It was that mentality that fueled the fire that led to their highly anticipated new album Already Dead, available April 28. Written over the last three years, Already Dead has been a long time coming and does not disappoint. Hailed by Noisey as “the best southern-tinged punk record to come out since Attack In Black’s Marriage,” the album is as forceful and forthright as ever with an alt-country feel that’s as much Old 97s, Lucero and Drive-By Truckers as it is Hot Water Music, The Replacements or Jawbreaker.

Before heading overseas for Groezrock and a headlining Euro/UK tour, Timeshares will celebrate the release of Already Dead with an exclusive in-store at Looney Tunes in West Babylon, NY on Tuesday April 28

Formed at the tail end of 2009, Timeshares have spent years pouring their lives and hearts into their songs and working hard – really, really hard – on doing it all themselves. So naturally, the band recorded its 2011 debut full-length Bearable in the basement of Mike’s family home and have done exactly the same with Already Dead, its stunning, genre-bending follow-up.

The album reaffirms Timeshares’ place in a punk scene that already holds the band in high regard, but also fully transcends it at the same time. It’s a record that sees the band take a great leap forward in terms of its songwriting – not that it was lacking in the first place – to create something that’s thoroughly timeless and modern, classic and new.

TIMESHARES HEADLINING:
Fri 1 May – Meerhout, BEL – Groezrock
Sat 2 May – Meerhout, BEL – Groezrock
Sun 3 May – Brighton, UK – TBA
Mon 4 May – Kingston, UK – The Cricketers
Tues 5 May – Norwich, UK – The Owl Sanctuary
Weds 5 May – Birmingham, UK – Scruffy Murphys
Thurs 7 May – Leeds, UK – Santiago Bar
Fri 8 May – Bristol, UK – Deadpunk Special @ The Exchange & Stag and Hounds
Sat 9 May - Bristol, UK – Deadpunk Special @ The Exchange & Stag and Hounds
Sun 10 May – Cardiff, UK – Undertone
Mon 11 May – London, UK – The Urban Bar Whitechapel
Fri 15 May – Olgiate Molgora, IT – Zenos Pub
Sat 16 May – Castiglione della Stiviere, IT – Arcidallo
Sun 17 May – Vicenza, IT – Secret Show

with ASTPAI:
Mon 18 May – Wien, AT – Das Bach ~
Tues 19 May – Graz, AT – Sub ~
Thurs 21 May – Nürnberg, GER – K4 *
Fri 22 May – Wiesbaden, GER – Hectic Fest #5 *
Sat 23 May – Trier, GER – SDIYG Fest Vol. 2 *
Sun 24 May – Köln, GER – AZ
Tues 26 May – Hannover, GER – TBA
Weds 27 May – Hamburg, GER – Molotov
Thurs 28 May – Copenhagen, DK – Underwerket
Fri 29 May – Berlin, GER – Cassipeia*
Sat 30 May – Wolfsburg, GER – JuHa Ost*

*  = with Resolutions
~ = with Broadcaster

with THE MOVIELIFE:
Sat June 27 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

Attention Dayton: Dayton Music, Art and Film Festival announces initial lineup (2015)

The first round of lineup announcements for the Dayton Music, Art and Film Festival are here.  This is what you can expect to see:

  • Diane Coffee
  • R Ring
  • Crooks On Tape
  • The Motel Beds
  • The Buffalo Killers
  • Swim Diver
  • Wheels
  • Human Cannonball
  • Wvwhite
  • Blond
  • Forest and the Evergreens
  • Tim Pritchard and the Boxcar Suite
  • Sportfishing USA
  • Good English
  • Manray
  • Injecting Strangers
  • Basic Cable Preachers
  • Indigo Wild
  • The Yugos

    In its 11th year, the festival is September 18 and 19.

Social Distortion announce 25th anniversary tour for self-titled album (2015)

Social Distortion have announced a 25th anniversary tour for their 1990 self-titled album. Support will come from Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, Jonny Two Bags, Lucero, Benjamin Booker and Drag The River.

Date City Venue With
April 21, 2015 Vienna, AUT Gasometer Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, Jonny Two Bags
April 22, 2015 Munich, GER Zenith Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, Jonny Two Bags
April 23, 2015 Milan, ITA Live Club Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, Jonny Two Bags
April 25, 2015 Zurich, CH Loudfest at Komplex Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, Jonny Two Bags
April 27, 2015 Offenbach, GER Stadthalle Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, Jonny Two Bags
April 28, 2015 Cologne, GER Palladium Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, Jonny Two Bags
April 29, 2015 Paris, FRA Bataclan Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, Jonny Two Bags
May 1, 2015 Meerhout, BEL Groezrock
May 3, 2015 London, UK O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, Jonny Two Bags
May 9, 2015 Atlanta, GA Shaky Knees Music Festival
May 30, 2014 San Bernardino, CA Lost Highway Motorcycle Show & Concert
July 28, 2015 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre Nikki Lane, Drag the River
July 31, 2015 Austin, TX ACL Live @ Moody Theater Nikki Lane, Drag the River
August 1, 2015 Houston, TX House of Blues Nikki Lane, Drag the River
August 2, 2015 Dallas, TX House of Blues Nikki Lane, Drag the River
August 5, 2015 Sturgis, SD Buffalo Chip (Sturgis Motorcycle Rally)
August 7, 2015 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue Nikki Lane, Drag the River
August 8, 2015 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom Nikki Lane, Drag the River
August 9, 2015 Chicago, IL House of Blues Nikki Lane, Drag the River
August 14, 2015 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room Nikki Lane, Drag the River
August 15, 2015 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre •
August 16, 2015 Cleveland, OH House of Blues Nikki Lane, Drag the River
August 18, 2015 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom Nikki Lane, Drag the River
August 19, 2015 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier Lucero, Benjamin Booker, Nikki Lane, Drag the River
August 21, 2015 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE (X Fest II)
August 22, 2015 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony Summer Stage Nikki Lane, Drag the River
August 23, 2015 Boston, MA House of Blues Nikki Lane, Drag the River
August 25, 2015 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore Nikki Lane, Drag the River
August 27, 2015 Raleigh, NC The Ritz Nikki Lane, Drag the River
August 28, 2015 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Nikki Lane, Drag the River
August 29, 2015 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium Nikki Lane, Drag the River
September 2, 2015 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium Nikki Lane, Drag the River
September 3, 2015 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot Nikki Lane, Drag the River
September 5, 2015 Portland, OR Roseland Theater Nikki Lane, Drag the River
September 7, 2015 Bend, OR Century Center Nikki Lane, Drag the River
September 9, 2015 Oakland, CA Fox Theater Nikki Lane, Drag the River
September 11, 2015 Paso Robles, CA Vina Robles Amphitheatre Nikki Lane, Drag the River

 

Bitter End share “Sting of Betrayal”

Produced by Nick Jett (Terror, Piece by Piece), Illusions of Dominance is the monstrous new album from Bitter End. Thematically the album takes on the subject of mankind’s fragility in the face of nature’s overwhelming and inescapable power.  Opening crossover anthem “Power and Control” sets the tone with the potent lyrical statement “…Hammer coming down with overwhelming force, we’re on a collision course.  Power and control, illusions of power and control…”  From there, Bitter End’s dust storm simply never lets up.  Introspection and anger blankets everything in “Truth, Lies, Fear”, “Realm of Despair”, “Long Time Gone”, “The Crushing Madness”, and “Conversations with Death”.  Each one, writing and clawing with trash precision and hardcore aggression.  It’s not all speed and violence, though; songs “Sting of Betrayal”, “Pleasure and Pain”, “Into the Unknown”, and closer “No Man’s Land” choose to churn at a slower RPM but are just as lethal.  Opting to let their hybrid hardcore/metal heaviness shine through the eye of the storm with mid-tempo battery and epic breakdowns.

Listen to the second track to surface from Illusions of Dominance, “Sting of Betrayal,” now on Lambgoat.com.  Single “Power and Control” can be streamed on YouTube.

Janes Addiction perform Nothing’s Shocking on tour (2015)

Alt-rock vets Jane’s Addiction are performing 1988′s Nothing’s Shocking at select dates this year. Catch them live here:

MAY 13 BROOKLYN BOWL BROOKLYN, NY
MAY 15 STARLAND BALLROOM SAYREVILLE, NJ
MAY 16 THE ELECTRIC FACTORY PHILADELPHIA, PA
MAY 18 THE PARAMOUNT HUNTINGTON, NY
MAY 19 THE CAPITOL THEATRE PORT CHESTER, NY
MAY 22 INDIANAPOLIS 500 INDIANAPOLIS, IN
JUL 04 SUMMERFEST MILWAUKEE, WI
JUL 07 LC OUTDOOR AMPHITHEATER COLUMBUS, OH
JUL 08 COMMON GROUND MUSIC FESTIVAL LANSING, MI
JUL 10 STAGE AE PITTSBURGH, PA
JUL 11 MCLENNAN PARK KITCHENER, ON
JUL 18 PEMBERTON MUSIC FESTIVAL PEMBERTON, BC
JUL 19 ROCK THE SHORES COLWOOD, BC
JUL 21 CRYSTAL BALLROOM PORTLAND, OR
JUL 22 SHOWBOX SODO SEATTLE, WA
JUL 24 BLUE LOON FAIRBANKS, AK
JUL 25 MOOSE’S TOOTH PUB ANCHORAGE, AK

Cheap Girls, Ian Graham announce tour dates (2015)

Michigan power pop trio Cheap Girls have a few shows happening after frontman Ian Graham’s upcoming solo tour of Canada. Two of those are in their home state of Michigan, but first they play a free show in NYC.

May 21 – Club Absinthe (Ian solo) – Hamilton, Canada *
May 22 – The Black Shire (Ian solo) – London, Canada
May 24 – Niagra Arts Centre (Ian solo) – St Catharines, Canada
May 25 – DSTRCT (Ian solo) – Guelph, Canada
May 26 – House of Targ (Ian solo) – Ottawa, Canada *
May 27 – Le Sous-Sol de Cercle (Ian solo) – Quebec City, Canada *
May 28 – Le Sous Bois (Ian solo) – Saguenay, Canada
May 29 – TRH Bar (Ian solo) – Montreal, Canada *
May 30 – The Silver Dollar (Ian solo) – Toronto, Canada *
Jun 05 – Brooklyn Night Bazaar – Brooklyn, NY^
Jun 06 – Loving Touch – Ferndale, MI%
Jun 13 – The Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI

* – w/ Chris Cresswell
% – w/ PONYSHOW
^ – w/ Young Statues, Soda Bomb