Entries tagged with: Bad Religion
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Antemasque w/ Travis Barker at The Observatory (photo via FM 94/9)
Travis Barker recently joined Antemasque, the current project of Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of The Mars Volta and At the Drive In, for the first shows of their current tour (which will soon take them to Fun Fun Fun Fest). The shows, two nights at the Santa Ana Observatory, were the beginning of a more permanent arrangement, as the band announced back in September that he would be playing drums on their upcoming LP. There's footage below of one of the nights, which is about as crazy as you might imagine. (Cedric does manage to keep it together though.) OC Weekly caught the show and here's how they put it:
Barker brought a tight, workmanlike foundation to Antemasque's stage act, along with a huge increase in the average number of tattoos per band member. After opening with "Hanging in the Lurch" from Antemasque's self-titled first album (which ended with Bixler searching for a shoe that slipped off while he flailed around the stage), the frontman introduced the latest addition to their rhythm section. "We just made an album with this cat," Bixler said, before announcing that most of the evening's songs would be new, as-yet-unperformed tracks from that record, tentatively titled "Saddle on the Atom Bomb."As weird as this marriage might seem, Travis's drumming was always pretty complex for pop punk, and if Antemasque can get Flea in the studio for the new album like they did for the last one, then the new album will be a true supergroup situation.
In other news, Travis' new memoir, Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums, is out now. Noisey recently interviewed him about it, and it reportedly discusses guns, drug addition, the plane crash that almost killed him, and lots and lots of sex. They also deem it to possibly be "the only book in history to have ties to King Diamond, Paul Wall, and Chain of Strength." You can pick it up here.
photo: Brooks Wackerman w/ Bad Religion in Chicago (more by James Richards IV)
Speaking of SoCal punk drummers, Brooks Wackerman of Bad Religion (who played Travis Barker's festival this year) has left the band after being a member for 15 years. The news comes about a year after longtime guitarist Greg Hetson left too. Brooks' playing (along with Brett Gurewitz rejoining, of course) was no small part of what helped 2002's The Process of Belief breathe new life into the band's 2000s era, the same era we recently caught them celebrating in Brooklyn. Brooks wrote:
Dear boys and girls,Brooks' new job is a little less exciting though. You can now catch him behind the kit for, uh, hard rock howlers Avenged Sevenfold.
After 15 years, 6 records and countless tours- I've decided to move on from Bad Religion.
This wasn't an easy decision to make after spending a good chunk of my life in such an iconic band, but after reassessing my future in music it was time for me to pursue another path.
As I'm writing this, my mind is flashing back to my audition with these guys in 2000. I'll never forget how exhilarating it was to pay "Stranger than Fiction" (my first song) with them and how well is all jelled, as I was doing my best to camouflage my nerves while walking into Cole Studios in Los Angeles, CA.
To have this education and growth has been invaluable to me, and I'm forever grateful to this band for allowing me to be a part of a movement that I can honestly look back on our time together and say, "I'm proud of what we accomplished."
Check out that Antemasque video, some more pictures, and tour dates below...
photo: Greg Graffin w/ Bad Religion in Chicago in June (more by James Richards IV)
In addition to fronting Bad Religion for over 30 years, Greg Graffin is an author and he's got a new book coming out on September 15. It's called Population Wars and the description reads:
Life on Earth has been defined by war from the beginning, with war between populations seen as an inevitable part of the evolutionary process. The popular understanding of "the survival of the fittest" explains and often excuses these actions. In Population Wars, Greg Graffin argues that this use of evolutionary theory is wrong, and that mistake has allowed us to justify wars even when other, less violent solutions may be available. Through tales of mass extinctions, developing immune systems, human warfare, the American industrial heartland, and our degrading modern environment, Graffin demonstrates how an over-simplified idea of war, with its victorious winners and vanquished losers, prevents us from responding to the real problems we face.You can pre-order it at Kigns Road, and there's also a bundle that comes with a four-song 7" featuring Greg's acoustic recordings of Bad Religion songs that inspired this book.
Greg is also playing some solo shows around the time of the release, including one in NYC. That happens September 20 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are currently on Live Nation/Music Geeks presale. General on-sale starts Friday (8/7) at 10 AM.
Bad Religion also play It's Not Dead Fest in California in October. All dates are listed, with a video of Greg playing "Sorrow" acoustic, below...
photo: 7Seconds at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Punk/melodic hardcore greats 7Seconds were recently announced for Riot Fest Denver (whose lineup was expanded today), and they'll also be touring with Bishops Green and Success ahead of that. They'll hit NYC at Saint Vitus on August 23. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/26) at 1 PM.
The band was also recently announced for San Bernardino, CA's inaugural It's Not Dead Festival, which is co-produced by Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman and gives Lyman a chance to still book a festival with actual punk bands. In addition to 7Seconds, there's Descendents, Bad Religion, NOFX, The Bouncing Souls, The Vandals, Fishbone, H2O, The Adolescents, Agent Orange, CJ Ramone, Sham 69, The Dickies, TSOL, Swingin' Utters, D.I., Strung Out, Lagwagon, Less Than Jake, Pennywise, Pulley, Anti-Flag and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup, festival poster, and the list of all 7Seconds dates, below...
photos by Mathieu Bredeau, words by Andrew Sacher
Bad Religion @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 6/10/15
Bad Religion are currently in the midst of a sold-out four-night run in NYC, which had them playing all 20th century material on Tuesday (6/9) at Music Hall of Williamsburg and all 21st century at MHOW last night (6/10). They'll do the same concept tonight and Friday at Bowery Ballroom. I went last night, and before you say "who would go the 21st century night?" here's why: 1) It was the only night I could go, and I wasn't going to miss Bad Religion play a place like Music Hall of Williamsburg when their last few times in NYC were at Terminal 5. And 2) I know their 1981-1990 period is their most classic (well, maybe except for Into the Unknown), but Bad Religion are one of those bands who are really good at doing what they do on every album, and their albums since Brett Gurewitz rejoined as a songwriter in 2001 really are often as spirited as their early stuff.
That said, unlike the rare appearances Brett made with the band at Coachella and their Coachella sideshow earlier this year, he wasn't with them for these shows. (Despite continuing as a studio member, Brett mostly stopped playing live again in 2007.) His presence would've been a nice bonus, but even without him the band was killer.
is he giving him a noogie?
We got 29 songs in about an hour and a half, and the energy level was exactly what you'd want out of a punk show, which is pretty amazing considering how long these guys have been doing it. The under-two-minute, double-time songs were as sharp as they are on record, and the thing that always separated Bad Religion from their peers -- those three-part harmonies -- were flawless the entire set. We got quite the selection of songs too: "Kyoto Now!," "Supersonic," "Los Angeles Is Burning," "Fuck You," "Sinister Rouge," "Heroes & Martyrs," "Sorrow," and plenty of the other favorites from the past 15 years. And the band seemed genuinely happy to be playing these songs. Bassist Jay Bentley couldn't stop smiling the whole set, and Greg Graffin kept making remarks throughout the night about how the previous night's crowd was probably jealous that we got to hear "Sorrow" or about how the 21st century is "really when Bad Religion became rock stars." (Though I assume he had just as many positive things to say about the 20th century on Tuesday.) Greg also mentioned that these shows were their first in Brooklyn in 35 years.
Opening the show (and this whole leg of the tour) was a much younger California punk band, Plague Vendor, who are on Brett's label, Epitaph Records. Their 2014 debut album is mostly raw garage punk, so I was surprised at how theatrical they came off live, with a singer who's more Davey Havok than John Dwyer. They were tight though, and definitely knew how to get the crowd going.
Like we said above, tonight and Friday's NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom are sold out, but you can still grab tickets to their NJ show happening this Sunday (6/14). More pictures and the setlist from last night, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Last year, California garage punks Plague Vendor released their ripping debut album Free to Eat on Epitaph, and they're currently in the studio working on its followup. To give us a taste of what's to come, the band posted a demo of the tentatively-titled "Wanted Man," which makes this new album seem pretty promising. It has all the unfiltered fiery punk of the debut intact, but there's also a flamboyant swagger that reminds you they're not only on the label that brought us Rancid and NOFX, but also the one that put out the first Hives album. Check out the new song below.
As previously mentioned, Plague Vendor have an upcoming tour opening for Epitaph honcho Brett Gurewitz's band Bad Religion. That tour has Bad Religion playing two-night stands in various cities with an all-20th century set on night 1 and an all-21st century set on night 2. There's two separate runs in NYC -- 6/9 & 6/10 at MHOW and 6/11 & 6/12 at Bowery Ballroom -- and three of those are sold out but you can still get tickets to the 6/10 MHOW show, which is a 21st century set.
Plague Vendor also play Desert Daze Festival in Mecca, CA with Failure, Chelsea Wolfe, White Lung and more; and open one of Alkaline Trio's discography shows in San Francisco. All of their dates are listed, with the new song, below...
photo: The Casualties at Acheron in 2013 (more by Tod Seelie)
Not long ago, we mentioned that NYC street punk vets The Casualties have a NJ show with D.R.I. happening 5/31 at Starland (tickets), and it turns out that show is part of a longer tour for The Casualties. It also includes a Brooklyn show happening June 5 at Acheron with I.R.A., Iron Force and Agitator. Tickets are on sale now. All dates, including a Long Island show, another NJ show, and a Spain festival with Bad Religion and Jello Biafra, are listed below.
That's not the only old school punk show happening in NYC in the next few months. Agent Orange (or at least frontman Mike Palm and the newer members he's playing with now) recently announced a Brooklyn show to take place May 14 at Saint Vitus with In the Whale. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Two days earlier at Saint Vitus (5/12) is Punk Rock Karaoke with members of Social Distortion, the Adolescents, Bad Religion, Circle Jerks and The Dickies (tickets). That's the same lineup doing the karaoke pre-party for Atlanta's Wrecking Ball fest in August. And that fest has its own dose of old school punk from Descendents and Judge.
Judge also shared a member with Gorilla Biscuits, whose guitarist Walter Schreifels plays NYC soon with his garage/psych band Dead Heavens. They would have played Vitus last night (4/16) but that was cancelled, but they have two Bowery Electric shows: May 14 with Slonk Donkerson and May 21 with Slavve. Tickets for both are still available.
Judge also featured members of Youth of Today, who also had a member in Into Another, who put out their Omens EP this week, their first release since the '90s. You can pick yours up here and listen to an Rdio stream of it below.
And a few previously-mentioned NYC shows in this realm: Black N' Blue Bowl happens in May with Burn, Crumbsuckers, Sick Of It All, Madball, Dave Smalley, The Regulators (mems Bad Brains/Cro-Mags) and more.
Former Misfit Doyle will be here soon too.
Jack White / Run the Jewels / Alt-J / Father John Misty / Tyler, the Creator
[Jack] White, wearing his hair slicked back and dressed in a dark pinstripe suit with a handkerchief in his lapel, opened his set with a torrid version of a White Stripes song that contained a locally relevant political statement - "Icky Thump," with its line, "Why don't you kick yourself out, you're an immigrant, too."Coachella 2015 brought its usual throng of huge acts and party-seeking crowds to Indio last weekend and Day 2 (April 11) hosted an impressive bill. In addition to White, there was Run The Jewels, the return of Ratatat, Bad Religion, Swans, FKA Twigs, Drive Like Jehu, Perfume Genius, Father John Misty, Tyler the Creator, and many more.
White was making his first appearance with his solo band after appearing twice with the White Stripes and once each with his bands, Dead Weather and the Raconteurs. He played a set representative of his musical career with a six-piece band including a violinist that was highlighted on his old-timey, "Hotel Yorba."[The Desert Sun]
Atlanta venue The Masquerade celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with the inaugural Wrecking Ball Festival. The lineup was just announced and its loaded with punk and punk-related bands from several generations, including Descendents, Judge, Desaparecidos, The Get Up Kids, The Movielife, Title Fight, Modern Life Is War, American Nightmare, Samiam, Braid, The Appleseed Cast, Knapsack, Thrice, Glassjaw, Blacklisted, Small Brown Bike, Cave In, The Lawrence Arms, Pianos Become The Teeth, Yuck, Beach Slang, Girlpool, Frankie Cosmos and so many more. Check out the rest of this amazing lineup below.
The fest happens August 8-9, and there's also a Karaoke pre-party on August 7 with reg 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. Festival tickets and pre-party tickets go on sale Monday, April 6 at 10 AM.
Full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Bad Religion at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by Harriet Roberts)
Bad Religion already have a West Coast tour with OFF! lined up surrounding their performances at Musink Festival and Coachella, and now they've scheduled East Coast dates to happen afterwards. These are with a much younger band, Plague Vendor, who put out their excellent debut album, Free to Eat, last year on Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz's label Epitaph. That includes a four-night run in NYC happening June 9-10 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and June 11-12 at Bowery Ballroom. They also play a nearby show in NJ on June 14 at Starland Ballroom. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/18) at noon for the NYC shows, and a presale starting Thursday (2/19) at 9 AM for NJ.
UPDATE: The premise for the 2-night stands at MHOW and Bowery Ballroom, as well as the ones in Boston and Chicago, is that the first night will be all Bad Religion songs from the 20th century, and the second night will be all from the 21st century. Poster below.
Bad Religion's most recent album was 2013's True North, which is their 16th studio LP and keeps their classic sound alive. Watch the video for the title track with a Plague Vendor video and the list of all tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Quebec's Amnesia Rockfest goes down from June 18-21 in Montebello, QC and the lineup was just announced, including the back-in-action Refused, Pixies, Slayer, Melvins, Buzzcocks, Descendents, ALL, Tenacious D, Deftones, Bad Religion, Snoop Dogg, Propagandhi, Gogol Bordello, Bouncing Souls, Ministry, Down, The Exploited, GBH, Carcass, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Bolt Thrower, Sick of It All, Cro-Mags, Snapcase, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), The Offspring (who toured Smash last year but will now play the less good Americana) and more. Full lineup here. Tickets are on sale now.
The lineup is also includes the first announced reunion date for Thrice, who went on hiatus about three years ago. It's arguable that they didn't go out on the best note, but those early records are pretty great -- 2002's The Illusion of Safety and 2003's The Artist in the Ambulance especially -- so it should be cool to hear that stuff live again. Revisit some old highlights below. They also recently reissued stuff on vinyl.
Assuming the reunion includes bassist Eddie Breckenridge, he'll be pulling triple duty this year. He's a current member of the reunited Knapsack (who have dates coming up), and he plays with former (?) blink-182 member Tom Delonge in his arena rock band Angels & Airwaves. blink-182 (without Tom) have a similarly-themed festival that they curated coming up, too.
And ahead of Amnesia Rockfest, Thrice singer Dustin Kensrue (who has a new solo album coming) will go on a tour with Manchester Orchestra singer Andy Hull, which hits NYC on April 30 at The Bell House. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/13) at noon.
All dates are listed below...
FIRST A BLIZZARD, and NOW THIS?!?!
Today, the Travis Barker-presented Musink Festival was announced for March 20-22 in Costa Mesa, CA with Bad Religion, Rancid, Yelawolf, OFF!, Sick of It All, Ignite and Travis's own band billed as blink-182 w/ Matt Skiba (who you may know as the frontman of Alkaline Trio).
It's billed that way because, as Radio.com reports, Tom Delonge has quit blink-182:
"We were all set to play this festival and record a new album and Tom kept putting it off without reason. A week before we were scheduled to go in to the studio we got an email from his manager explaining that he didn't want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors." Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus plan to honor all Blink-182 commitments including the Musink Festival and are excited to have singer/guitarist Matt Skiba join them for this project. "No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans." Additionally, Skiba will continue to make new music and tour with the Alkaline Trio.Tom also quit via an email from his manager in 2005, but the band didn't continue without him that time. The Mark... Matt, and Travis show?
UPDATE: Tom is now saying that he didn't quit the band. He posted the following:
To all the fans, I never quit the band. I actually was on a phone call about a blink 182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in... Apparently those releases were 'sanctioned' from the band. Are we dysfunctional- yes. But, Christ..... #Awkward #BabyBackRibs"The ONLY truth here is that I have commitments that limit my availability this year. I love Blink-182 and I'm not leaving," he added, to Entertainment Weekly.
UPDATE 2: Mark and Travis open up about in a new very revealing interview with Rolling Stone. Travis says "I think he's just bummed because Mark and I were finally honest," and "It's hard to cover for someone who's disrespectful and ungrateful." Read more here.
Tickets to see "blink-182 w/ Matt Skiba" and other bands at Musink Fest go on sale at 10 AM PST on Friday (1/30). Full lineup below...
Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.
Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
2014 has been quite the year for major alternative rock records celebrating their 20th anniversaries. Blue Album and Diary shared a 20th birthday this past weekend, and earlier this year we saw 20th anniversaries from Superunknown, The Downward Spiral, Dookie, and Dookie's partner in (for better or for worse) popularizing pop punk, The Offspring's Smash. The Offspring just announced that they'll celebrate that anniversary by playing the album in full on tour this summer. And to really party like it's 1994, they'll take out Bad Religion and Pennywise, who they played the Epitaph Records-sponsored three-day Summer Nationals with in LA in 1994. (Hence this tour being dubbed the "Summer Nationals 2014 Tour.")
The tour hits NYC for two nights at Terminal 5 (8/4 & 8/5) on a leg of dates that also includes '90s-era Epitaph faves The Vandals. Tickets for the T5 shows go on sale Friday (5/16) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Like many of their Class of '94 peers (Weezer, Green Day, I'm looking at you), The Offspring had pretty much lost it by the 2000s, but there's no denying the impact of Smash. And some of those songs ("Self Esteem," "Bad Habit") still sound good today. Relive your Smash memories, with the list of dates, below...
photos by Kirstie Shanley
Gwar / Danzig
Not long after [Andrew W.K.'s set], on the Roots Stage, part-time UCLA professor and full-time punk rocker Greg Graffin joined his band Bad Religion. The great thing about the California punk veterans is that the majority of their songs (in true punk rock fashion) rarely pass the two-minute mark. We were treated to a nice variety of songs from their 30+ year career, including classics like "I Want to Conquer the World," "We're Only Gonna Die," and "Infected." They also performed a few tunes from this year's True North, such as "Fuck You," "Dharma and the Bomb," and the LP's title track. The members threw around some self-depreciating humor, poking fun at their age. "We've been around since the 80s!" said Graffin, now fully greyed. Their songs are timeless, and some are even more relevant now than ever. Just go re-listen to "21st Century Digital Boy." [BV Chicago]Chicago's Riot Fest (the second of three Riot Fests this year) is currently underway. It's on its third and final day (9/15) as we speak (set times). The festival began this past Friday (9/13), and on the first day we caught sets by Danzig, Joan Jett, Bad Religion, Gwar, Atmosphere, Andrew WK, Smoking Popes, Saul Williams, Dessa, and more. Pictures from that day are in this post, and there's more pictures, plus a review, over at BV Chicago.
More day 1 pics below...
Iggy and the Stooges at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Toronto one happens from August 24-25 in Fort York and features sets from The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges, The Weakerthans, Rocket from the Crypt, Dinosaur Jr., Best Coast, The Flatliners, and Single Mothers (who all play day 2). Tickets for that day are on sale now. Flyer below.
The Denver one happens from September 21 to 22 at May Farms and features sets from The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges, AFI, Brand New, Rocket From the Crypt, Guided by Voices, The Dismemberment Plan, Superchunk, Against Me!, Best Coast, Minus the Bear, Chuck Ragan, Bosnian Rainbows, This Will Destroy You, Touche Amore, Single Mothers and more on day 1; and blink-182, Rancid, Public Enemy, Matt & Kim, FLAG, Bad Religion, Yo La Tengo, Naked Raygun, Stars, Peelander-Z, Off With Their Heads, and more on day 2. Tickets (2-day passes and single day tickets) are on sale now. Full day-by-day lineup below.
photos by Keith Marlowe and Harriet Roberts; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Bad Religion @ T5, 3/26/2013 (photo by Keith Marlowe)
It's hard to imagine doing any one thing for thirty three years, but somehow melodic punks Bad Religion are still going at it. The Southern California mainstays played one of the first dates on their current US tour at Terminal 5 on Tuesday (3/26), just a few days after headlining Wellmont Theater on Saturday (3/23). The dates included support from The Bronx (who recently played NYC in support of IV, pictures HERE and HERE) and Polar Bear Club, both of which have signed on for the entirety of the tour.
Much like The Bronx, Bad Religion are celebrating the release of their new LP True North with the tour.
In related news, The Bronx recently sat down with the guys at Rocks Off as part of a podcast. Check that out at the Rocks Off site.
More pics from Terminal 5 are below along with the Bad Religion setlists for both dates.
photos by Keith Marlowe and Harriet Roberts; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The Bronx at Bowery Electric, 2/5/2013 (by Harriet Roberts)
The Bronx is in New York. And by that I mean the California punk crew, who just celebrated the release of their LP IV with a pair of shows at Bowery Electric, are back in our city to play a sold-out Terminal 5 tonight (3/26) with Bad Religion and Polar Bear Club. The show is part of a larger tour for the trio that terminates in Los Angeles (The Bronx replaced Against Me!, who were initially on the tour but dropped off). Full tour dates, which include shows in Australia and an appearance at this year's Orion Festival in Detroit, are below.
Devo in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Punk Rock Bowling is returning to downtown Las Vegas for its 15th year from May 25 - 27 with a lineup of Devo, FLAG (one of two Black Flag reunions taking place this year), Bad Religion (who are touring soon), The Damned, Turbonegro, DRI, Bouncing Souls, The Casualties, Subhumans, Swingin' Utters, US Bombs, The Weirdos, and more. Three-day passes are on sale now and single day tickets go on sale Monday, February 11.
Flyer and full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
Bad Religion at Irving Plaza in 2010 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Melodic punks Bad Religion will release their sixteenth album, True North, on January 22 via Epitaph, but have just revealed an advance stream of the entire thing which you can listen to below. It doesn't sound too different from the other records they've done since reuniting with Brett Gurewitz (everything from 2002's The Process of Belief on) which is probably a good thing if you're a Bad Religion fan, and it's pretty impressive for any band to be doing 30+ years into their career.
Bad Religion will support the album on a tour with Against Me! and Polar Bear Club this March and April. That tour hits NYC at Terminal 5 on March 26. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (1/18) at noon. UPDATE: They also play a NYC area show on March 23 at Wellmont Theatre and tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/18) at noon.
Against Me! are also planning a new album this year, called Transgender Dysphoria Blues, which is still without an exact release date. You can watch a video of Laura Jane Grace performing the title track at a solo show below.
That video, a list of all currently known dates and the album stream below...
Off! @ NXNE 2011 (more by Natasha Ryan)
The most memorable thing that happened the year I visited Toronto for NXNE was Iggy Pop & The Stooges playing their big, outdoor, free, no-ticket-or-badge-required show downtown at Yonge-Dundas Square. Last year the Descendents did it. This year they've landed the Flaming Lips which should be an amazing spectacle. And:
NXNE Music has confirmed that Bad Religion, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah and Matthew Good will headline free shows at Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS) throughout the seven-day festival. The NXNE Music line-up also includes performances at YDS and in the clubs by Of Montreal, No Use For A Name, Purity Ring, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Death Grips, The Men, Bleached, Good Riddance, METZ, Ceremony, Plants & Animals, The Death Set, The Sadies & Andre Williams, Oberhofer, Reigning Sound, Action Bronson, 2:54, Yamantaka/ /Sonic Titan, The Hundred in The Hands, Rival Schools, Killer Mike, Young Magic, Hayes Carll, Friends, Hollerado, Bran Van 3000, The Black Belles, Doldrums, Odonis Odonis, Mac DeMarco, Bass Drum of Death, Porcelain Raft, Exitmusic, Violens, Grass Widow, Eight and a Half, DZ Deathrays, Jonathan Toubin, Art vs. Science, B L A C K I E, The Nils and Ivan Julian (ex-Richard Hell & The Voidoids).Jonathan Toubin!!
This year's fest takes place at multiple venues across Toronto from June 11-17, 2012. Tickets are on sale.
Last year BrooklynVegan co-hosted a boat party with M For Montreal and Bruise Cruise.
Bad Religion at Irving Plaza (more by Keith Marlowe)
Rise Against will join up with Bad Religion and Four Year Strong for a full US tour in April, making their way to the East Coast by early May. The trio will play a pair of NYC dates at Terminal 5 on May 5th & May 6th, and tickets go on AMEX presale Wednesday at 11AM and regular sale 48 hours later.
Rise Against will tour South America in late February spend the day of the release of their new LP, Endgame (due on 3/15), in Belgium. All tour dates and some videos below.
Digital Retribution: When I last interviewed you, you said of the Dead Kennedys reunion, "I thought it was fucking pathetic, though, when The Dead Kennedys went out without Jello as their singer." What I meant to say instead of whatever monosyllabic witticism I spouted is: What's the difference between DK and the reformed Misfits, who GWAR toured with?With 46 acts spanning multiple genres, all worth at least checking out, and most worth more than that, playing on four stages in a 10 hour period along with side attractions like a bungee jumping thing and a mechanical bull, and with three of us at Fun Fun Fun Fest, it shouldn't be surprising that it took us ONE, TWO, THREE, and now FOUR posts to cover just the pictures from Saturday. They continue below...
Dave Brockie (aka Oderus): I think there is a big difference, but don't expect the original product in either. I like Jerry and I would rather have him out touring and having fun than have him working in his machine shop. You can't blame him for wanting to cash in on how great The Misfits were, and enjoy himself in the process, plus give all of his pals jobs in his crew, and show his kids the time of their lives! So in that aspect, I think Jerry and what's left of The Misfits is cool, as long as you don't go in there expecting to see Glenn Danzig! I feel Jerry has earned the right to do whatever the fuck he wants through 30+ years of dedication to this music. Jerry never lets up, he is always gigging. Whereas the Dead Kennedys thing was just a one-shot money grab. They knew they could get away with it, do a year or two, cash in, and bail...and also, The Misfits actually got away with replacing their singer, with Mike Graves, and did a couple of great records! That was when we toured with them, and that was great! American Psycho is a great fucking album!
photos by Tim Griffin
Appreciative crowds turned up at all four [Fun Fun Fun Fest] stages [this past weekend], and the festival's vaunted circus atmosphere was out in force -- with plenty of traffic at the mechanical bull, the Eurobungy, the skate ramps and the arcade games set to free play. After a few weeks with unexpected, last-minute cancellations and other problems, Moody said the organizers were able to breathe a sigh of relief.The 2010 edition of Fun Fun Fun Fest, complete with constant dust in the air (a few smart people wore masks or bandanas over their face), is now over (and it's true, the dust is a bit uncomfortable, but the mud and rain last year was worse).
"All the snafus [like Devo cancelling] happened before the fest. We don't have a record of great luck, you know? Whether it be weather or bands or whatever," said Moody. "So when that kind of thing starts happening you start to wonder, 'Oh (expletive), is this gonna be another year with some weird curveball?' We were just hoping it wasn't a run of bad luck and it wasn't. We got a little bad luck before the festival but all kinds of good luck at the festival."
Even the dust cloud had a silver lining.
"We love the dust this year, because at least it's not raining," Moody said. "We hated the dust when it first happened a few years ago, but after it rained last year we were like 'Bring on the dust!'" [Austin 360]
photos by Katie Hovland
Bouncing Souls @ Riot Fest 2010
The Bouncing Souls have announced their 2010 iteration of Home for the Holidays, now in its fourth year and featuring as many nights of shows at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. Tickets are on sale for all four shows: 12/26, 12/27, 12/28, 12/29. Each night will have a different set of support, as 12/26 will get Strike Anywhere, Adrenaline OD, & The Great Explainer, 12/27 gets Fake Problems, Lemuria, & The Swellers, 12/28 gets Leftover Crack, The Menzingers, & Top Soil, and the final night (12/29) gets H20, Yuppicide and Dirty Tactics.
H20, on board for the 12/29 date at The Stone Pony, will also hit Highline Ballroom the next night (12/30) with Trapped Under Ice and Wisdom In Chains. The show is part of a short stint of confirmed dates for H20 (12/27 - 12/30) with more to be announced (12/2 - 12/5). Tickets are on sale to the all-ages, no barricade NYC show. Plus, the band is giving the audience the opportunity to pick the songs for the set from over 60+ choices including covers by Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys and others.
Leftover Crack has a headlining show in NYC too, as the band will play Music Hall of Wiliiamsburg on 12/26. Tickets are on sale. Leftover Crack related project Star Fucking Hipsters will play NYC a month prior, hitting Knitting Factory on 11/28. Tickets for that are also on sale.
The Bouncing Souls played Riot Fest in Chicago (October 6th - 10th) alongside bands like Bad Religion, Cap'n Jazz, Circle Jerks, Off With Their Heads, and Propagandhi. Belated pictures from that show, as well as Bouncing Souls and H20 dates, are below.
photos by Keith Marlowe
In his book Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God, Greg Graffin says, "For me, the existence or nonexistence of God is a non-issue."Author Greg Graffin and his band Bad Religion are in the midst of celebrating 30 years with 3 special shows at Irving Plaza in NYC. The third and final date is tonight (10/27). Off With Their Heads and Aggrolites are the openers at all three. More dates, including the now Devo-less Fun Fun Fun Fest, HERE.
He's a naturalist, the lead singer of the punk rock band Bad Religion.
The notorious punk riot at the El Portal Theater in Los Angles on December 29, 1990 made his band infamous... but Graffin wasn't involved in it.
He still tours internationally with his band, whose new album The Dissent of Man celebrates 30 years of Bad Religion.
Graffin also has a PhD in zoology from Cornell. When he is not on stage, he teaches evolution at UCLA. -[CNN]
The first NYC show was on 10/20, during CMJ. At that show they explored early material. The second show was last night (10/26). Pictures from the first show adorn this post. They continue, with both setlists, below...