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by Andrew Sacher

The Wonder Years

"Pop punk" was once widely considered a dirty term in most indie rock circles, but over the past few years it's been sneaking into indie rock vernacular. We use it here on BV a lot. Pitchfork has used it when talking about anyone from Cloud Nothings to Upset to Joyce Manor. Stereogum has used it for The Sidekicks, Chumped, and Cayetana. NPR for Wavves, Title Fight and Waxahatchee. The list goes on.

It's easy to see what made "pop punk" such a turnoff as it became progressively more mainstream in the '90s and early '00s. "Punk" is a genre with a code of ethics that punk fans feel should be kept sacred, and "pop" is basically the antithesis of those ethics. So "pop punk" is theoretically the worst thing that could ever happen to punk. Indie rock fans adhere to similar ethics, so when "What's My Age Again?" hit TRL, it's no surprise that Sebadoh fans weren't gluing their eyes to their TVs.

But for a younger generation, some combination of Green Day, The Offspring, Rancid, blink-182 and New Found Glory (or all of the above) was a foundational listening experience, and an entry point into alternative music. Those bands may have made punk more mainstream, but they were also gateways to older and more universally canonized artists. blink-182 directly led to Descendents, Dinosaur Jr and Drive Like Jehu; Green Day to Husker Du; Rancid to Roger Miret and Sham 69; New Found Glory to Lifetime and Gorilla Biscuits; and so on. The people who grew up on those bands are becoming today's indie rock musicians, fans, and critics, so it makes sense that the sounds of pop punk are making their way into indie rock. Not to mention Best Coast, who started as a lo-fi band on Mexican Summer, went on to cover blink-182, collaborate with New Found Glory, and tour with Green Day.

photo: Best Coast opening for Green Day in 2013 (more by Dana Distortion)
Green Day

Right now, the amount of bands blurring the lines between indie rock and pop punk is pretty astounding. We saw pop punk's influence sneak into indie rock on a handful of our favorite records of last year, and this year we have great records from Colleen Green, Bully, Superheaven, Turnover, All Dogs, Radioactivity, Royal Headache, Titus Andronicus, Worriers, Hop Along and Adventures that all fit the description.

Even with this huge influx of indie rock bands taking influence from pop punk, it's not hard to see why there's still resistance against the "pop punk" tag. The kind of over-produced pop punk that critics cringed at in the early 2000s is still very popular. All Time Low's new album debuted at #2 on Billboard this year and there's nothing "punk" about this. 5 Seconds of Summer may be the biggest band in the world right now that anyone is calling "pop punk," but they also share management with One Direction, have toured with them, and are closer in sound to 1D than to any band who ever signed a contract with Fat Wreck Chords. If 5SOS can be called pop punk, or apparently anyone who plays Warped Tour -- like Front Porch Step, who in addition to his questionable actions, makes cringe-worthy music that has nothing to do with pop punk -- it's understandable why some people want to avoid the term.

There's also a group of bands who frequently play Warped Tour and not only warrant being called pop punk, but pride themselves on it: bands like Man Overboard, The Story So Far, Four Year Strong, Neck Deep and State Champs. Their approach is basically to take the moment pop punk took over the world and recreate it. (The Drive-Thru Records catalog is a big influence here.) They're not shy about their style -- Man Overboard make shirts that say "Defend Pop Punk" and Neck Deep make ones that say "Generic Pop Punk." They don't seem to be after hugely mainstream success and tend to build their fanbases like punk bands do, but to our ears they're usually unoriginal at best and still kinda cheesy at worst.

If you have any place in your heart for early 2000s-era mainstream pop punk though (and if you've read this far, you probably do), there's one band I think is doing a hell of a lot of justice to it: The Wonder Years. Unlike the bands bringing pop punk's influence into indie rock, The Wonder Years are making the kind of pop punk that is in fact pop music, but they also happen to make really fucking good pop music. It's becoming more prevalent for critics and "serious music fans" to discuss great pop music, and this is a good thing because great music can truly come from anywhere. The recent Beyonce and Justin Timberlake albums were steps forward for music in general, whether or not you normally listen to the radio. A lot of fans and critics noted that, but for whatever reason there's still a stigma when it comes to pop punk. You're more likely to see certain critics champion Fifth Harmony, a new teen-pop group formed by Simon Cowell on The X Factor, than even mention the latest Bad Religion or Rancid albums. It's a stigma that hopefully disappears, because The Wonder Years don't deserve to be ignored by any serious music fan.

photo: The Wonder Years at House of Vans in 2011 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years started out as more of a generic pop punk band, and while in hindsight I respect the people who knew they were great from day one (or at least since their 2010 breakthrough The Upsides), they didn't really catch my ear until 2011's Suburbia I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing. And it didn't really click until 2013's The Greatest Generation, which might be the greatest true-blue radio-ready pop punk record since Enema of the State. It probably owes more to New Found Glory and The Starting Line than it does to blink-182, but even if those bands have proved to be more influential, they never had this level of songwriting or maturity. Even on New Found Glory's "mature" album, they couldn't escape writing songs about girls who "smell like angels ought to smell." The Greatest Generation grapples with hitting your mid-to-late '20s, seeing your friends and cousins getting married and transitioning into adulthood, and thinking "did I fuck up?" When they do sound like they're singing about high school crushes ("I hadn't felt a heartbreak until now") you quickly realize they're singing about the death of a friend.

It's close to an absolute perfection of its form, and it's hard to say just yet if they've topped it, though they've undoubtedly made another artistic leap on the new No Closer to Heaven. It's the band's most overwhelmingly emotional album yet, and the most musically diverse too. In 45 minutes it touches on double-time pop punk, slower atmospheric songs, heavy rock riffs, and an acoustic song to close things out. It's the kind of record that might piss off some old fans and cause them to say The Wonder Years "aren't pop punk anymore," but it might win over a bunch of new fans in the process. It's pop punk's Sunbather. The thing is though, unlike say Title Fight's trek into atmospheric rock, this is a pop punk album. It pushes the boundaries of the genre about as far as they can go without losing the type of thrill you specifically get from this style of music. Really it shouldn't piss off old fans because it manages to retain the sound they've always had while clearly pushing it forward.

It makes me think a lot of Brand New's The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. It doesn't sound like Devil and God, but that was the moment Brand New made a devastating, cathartic album that defied its genre without abandoning it, and that's what TWY do here. They're also similar to Brand New in that each record is a shift from the last, and that people (rightfully) worship these guys. To compare it to an album it does sound like, it's actually a little like The Hotelier's last one, and that may be the most acclaimed album the entire emo revival has given us. But it feels a little unfair to compare those two, because The Hotelier are a young (yet fully-formed) band and No Closer to Heaven is clearly the work of seasoned songwriters.

The Wonder Years are more dynamically diverse here than ever. They know just when to switch from a chorus turned up to 11 to a bridge of clean guitar arpeggios and back again. They know which lyric needs a three-part harmony, which needs frontman Dan "Soupy" Campbell to sing gently and which needs him at the top of his lungs. At least half the songs completely avoid the standard verse-chorus-verse. Recurring lyrics and themes throughout an album aren't new ground for The Wonder Years, but No Closer to Heaven might be the closest they've come to a true concept album. Death, if it wasn't obvious, is that concept here. The lyric we hear over and over is "We're no saviors if we can't save our brothers," and that's only one of the instantly-quotable lines packed into this thing. There's a harsh reality to Soupy's lyrics this time around, and when he brings his voice to a shout it feels more like a reflex than an artistic decision.

Like the last record, his melodies are familiar without being predictable. Thanks in part to the fact that almost every member can sing, they've mastered the kind of multi-part harmonies and overlapping vocals that most of their peers aren't even attempting. (My only complaint about the new album is the guest vocals from the singer of letlive. who come too close to a maligned genre I won't defend, nu-metal.) The production is once again shining with gloss, but nothing sounds artificial -- unlike many of their peers, the band and longtime producer Steve Evetts (who has helmed other pop punk classics like Jersey's Best Dancers and Through Being Cool) have long discussed avoiding auto-tune and sample replacing. The interplay between the band's three guitarists also make this far more detailed than punk's "learn three power chords, form a band" mentality. But The Wonder Years do stay true to the latter half of the phrase "pop punk," and if you've seen them live you know this. They typically fill big rooms these days, but they still play like they came out swinging from a South Philly basement. They might not win over a snobby punk purist, but for the genre-hopping listener who finds emotional depth and musical ambition in both the new Drake and the new Sufjan Stevens, you may find it in the new Wonder Years too.

photo: You Blew It! at Riis Park Beach Bazaar - August, 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
You Blew It

No Closer to Heaven is out today via Hopeless (order yours) and you can stream the whole thing via Rdio, below.

They'll be on tour this year with another unique pop punk band, Motion City Soundtrack, emo revival darlings You Blew It!, and State Champs. That tour hits NYC for two Webster Hall shows in October, but first TWY play an acoustic in-store at Rough Trade on Wednesday (9/9).

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by Andrew Sacher

GWAR @ Riot Fest Denver 8/29/2015 (photo by @ultra5280)
GWAR at Riot Fest Denver

Riot Fest Denver 2015 began on Friday (review, video) and continued Saturday (8/29) with another load of great bands. Actually, they started a few hours earlier this time and had even more great bands, so picking highlights for day 2 was even harder. Run DMC sounded great from what I saw, but I didn't catch enough of them to really write about it. It was nice to see The Damned still doing their thing but given the vibe of the festival I wish they did more fast songs. The heightened crowd reactions for "Anti-Pope" and "Neat Neat Neat" seemed to agree.

Once again, there were so many great sets on Saturday, but here's six highlights:

GWAR: I admit that I'd never seen GWAR before, and it's sad that I didn't get to until after frontman Oderus Urungus died of an overdose in 2014. So I can't compare their Riot Fest set to how it was with Oderus, but I do know they were massively fun. They were as hilarious and shocking as I hoped they'd be. There was of course a beheading, blood sprayed onto the crowd constantly, and the storyline of this one had them bringing out (and killing) "The Internet Troll." It was one of the shorter sets of the day, but totally awesome.

JOYCE MANOR: Most of Riot Fest's highlights have been veteran bands, but Joyce Manor is the kind of band I hope one day returns to Riot Fest as a veteran. They very much come from this same world -- singer Barry Johnson talked about seeing Rancid for his first time as a teenager -- but they truly feel like a modern band. As they usually do, they stacked their set with the majority of their first and third albums and had the whole crowd bouncing around and loving every second. Joyce Manor played the festival's one indoor stage, which was the perfect fit for them. They'd probably be fine on a big outdoor stage too, but taking a break from the sunlight to see these guys up close and personal in the dark was one of the day's best moments.

DESAPARECIDOS: Conor Oberst's having a killer year with the loooong-awaited sophomore album from Desparecidos, easily his best work in a decade. I saw them celebrate the album in New York in a tiny sweaty DIY spot, which felt like the best possible setting for them, but it's no surprise that they have command over a festival crowd too. And at a festival where populist punk bands tend to get the best reactions, Desaparecidos basically have the perfect sound. It's undeniably catchy and cathartic, and it's not quite like any other band on the lineup.

THRICE: Not much has changed about Thrice's set since their great Skate & Surf appearance in May (except we thankfully got "Under A Killing Moon" this time), but it's worth mentioning again how tight these guys are. I don't nerd out over skill level too often, but it's impossible to watch Thrice and not notice how much every member excels at what they do. Whether it's a thrash-inspired song from their early days or a sludgier one from later on, Thrice are heavy as all hell. And it's not like their musicianship is the only draw here. They rock the fuck out and their screaming crowd is an inspiring thing to watch every time.

DRIVE LIKE JEHU: Since they haven't announced a tour yet, one of the big draws of Riot Fest (and a few other festivals this year) was the reunited post-hardcore band Drive Like Jehu. Rick Froberg and John Reis have stayed in active in their many other bands over the years, but these were DLJ's first shows since the mid-'90s and it's great to have them back. Unlike some of their other projects, Drive Like Jehu pay no attention to the structure of a pop song, but here we got to see them zoning out on dissonant jams in a way they don't do so much anymore. Admittedly, they really aren't much of a festival act and I wish they'd bring this tour to small clubs instead of giant outdoor stages. But still a treat to see this band back in action, regardless.

RANCID: Rancid are celebrating the 20th anniversary of ...And Out Come the Wolves this year by playing it in full, and at their Riot Fest set the band ripped through its 19 songs with little to no pause in between. It's not possible for me to be at all unbiased or critical when it comes to ...And Out Come the Wolves. It was a foundational album for me, one that shaped the way I absorbed and thought about and understood punk. I had it in my CD player alarm clock for almost a year straight as a teenager, and even if I don't wake up to "Maxwell can't tell he's in hell!" anymore, it still gets a few spins every year. And at Riot Fest I saw the whole thing come alive. The bass solo in "Maxwell Murder," the raging chorus of "Roots Radicals," the skank-inspiring "Old Friend," the iconic "Ruby Soho." All of it played with exactly the kind of spirit you want out of a great punk rock show. Strangers sang in the faces of other strangers, fists were raised, and almost no one was standing still. Lars Frederiksen took a moment to give a shout out to Motorhead (who had to drop off the fest a day earlier) and dedicate a song to Lemmy. And seeing as they were playing ...And Out Come the Wolves on the night of a supermoon, he asked the crowd to howl at the moon for Lemmy.

After AOCTW they played a four-song encore that included the title track off last year's Honor Is All We Know, their massive hit "Fall Back Down" and two rippers off AOCTW's predecessor, Let's Go: "Tenderloin" and "Radio."

Continue reading "Riot Fest Denver day 2: Rancid's 'And Out Come the Wolves' set, Drive Like Jehu, GWAR, more"

photo: Iggy Pop in Austin in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Iggy Pop

The full Riot Fest Denver and Chicago lineups were already announced, and more recently the day-by-day lineups were revealed. Check those out below.

You can still get tickets to Denver and Chicago, and now Groupon is also offering an exclusive presale on single-day tickets for Chicago.

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photo: Death Grips at FYF Fest 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Death Grips

First Toronto, then Chicago, now here's the 2015 Riot Fest Denver additions: System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie, Chef'Special, Input & Broken, and... Death Grips whose current tour surprisingly includes actual shows being played!

The additions join Modest Mouse, Pixies, Snoop Dogg (playing Doggystyle), Ice Cube (playing Straight Outta Compton remix), Rancid (playing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Iggy Pop, Run DMC, Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Explosions in The Sky, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, Anthrax, Testament, The Damned, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, GZA, De La Soul, Desaparecidos, Nada Surf, The Lawrence Arms, The Get Up Kids, The Vandals, American Nightmare, Joyce Manor, 7 Seconds and more.

Riot Fest Denver happens August 28-30 at the Western Rodeo Complex. Tickets are still available. Updated poster and lineup below...

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Riot Fest Chicago 2015

Following the Riot Fest Toronto lineup additions, the 2015 Riot Fest Chicago lineup has now been expanded. Additions include System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie and Chef'Special.

They join Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, BIlly Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix(, Drive Like Jehu, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, The Damned, Death, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, and more.

Riot Fest Chicago goes down September 11-13 in Douglas Park. Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below.

Update: Denver additions announced too.

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photo: Weezer at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Weezer

The blanks have been filled in for the Riot Fest Toronto 2015 lineup. Most excitingly, Weezer is playing their two best albums (Blue Album and Pinkerton), and in addition to that, there's The Prodigy, Cancer Bats, Bleachers, Courage My Love and Ritual.

The new additions join Wu-Tang Clan, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead (who announced a tour today), Echo & the Bunnymen, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, GWAR, Against Me!, Thurston Moore, and more. This year's Riot Fest Toronto happens September 19-20 in Downsview Park.

Tickets are back on sale. Updated poster below.

Riot Fest Chicago additions here. Denver here.

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photo: Rancid at Punk Rock Bowling 2015 (via)
Rancid

Rancid just played their classic 1995 album, ...And Out Come the Wolves, for its 20th anniversary at Las Vegas' Punk Rock Bowling last month, and they're set to do the same at Amnesia Rockfest and the Riot Fests in Toronto, Denver and Chicago. They've now added Boston and two NYC shows with H2O in between the Chicago and Toronto Riot Fests. Those aren't billed as full album shows, but maybe we'll hear plenty of those songs anyway if they've been practicing them?

The NYC shows happen September 17 at 18 at Terminal 5. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (6/12) at noon with AmEx presales starting Thursday (6/11) at noon.

In addition to celebrating their past, Rancid also released a new album, ...Honor Is All We Know, last year via Epitaph, and they played the title track off that at Punk Rock Bowling too. Watch a video of that and "Ruby Soho" from the Las Vegas fest, with their list of tour dates, below...

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UPDATE: More artists added.

Riot Fest

First Toronto, then Denver, now the Riot Fest Chicago 2015 lineup is announced. It includes Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix), Alkaline Trio, Taking Back Sunday, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, Thrice, The Lawrence Arms, The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts and Pussy), Jimmy Cliff, The Damned, Against Me!, Living Colour, Fishbone, Death, Hum, GWAR, Civ, The Thurston Moore Band, Echo & the Bunnymen, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, FIDLAR, Andrew WK, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang, Tommy Stinson and many more, plus a few more TBA.

Tickets are on sale now. This year happens at the new location of Douglas Park from September 11-13. All currently announced artists are listed below...

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UPDATE: More artists added.

Riot Fest

We just posted the Riot Fest Toronto lineup, and here's the Riot Fest Denver 2015 lineup: Modest Mouse, Pixies, Snoop Dogg (playing Doggystyle), Iggy Pop, Tenacious D, Ice Cube & special guests (playing Straight Outta Compton remix), Run DMC, Rancid (playing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Explosions in the Sky, Cypress Hill, Alkaline Trio, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, Anthrax, The Damned, Eagles of Death Metal, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, GZA, De La Soul, Testament, Desaparecidos, Nada Surf, The Lawrence Arms, Andrew WK, GWAR, The Black Lips, The Dead Milkmen, The Get Up Kids, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, The Vandals, 7 Seconds, Joyce Manor, OFF!, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang and many more. A few more bands, including two headliners, TBA.

Tickets are on early bird sale now. This year, the fest happens at the new location of Western Rodeo Complex from August 28-30.

UPDATE: Chicago announced too.

All currently announced Denver bands are listed below...

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UPDATE: More artists added.

Riot Fest

Riot Fest Toronto returns in 2015 from September 19-20 in Downsview Park, and today the initial lineup has been announced. There's Wu-Tang Clan, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, Echo & the Bunnymen, Thrice, Alexisonfire, Eagles of Death Metal, Against Me!, Babes In Toyland, GWAR, The Thurston Moore Band, DOA, The Dead Milkmen, Moneen, Atmosphere, Doomtree, Andrew WK, FIDLAR, Tyler the Creator, and many more. Two of the headliners are TBA, one of which is performing an album in full, and a few other bands will be added too.

Tickets go on sale June 16, the same day that the full lineup will be announced.

UPDATE: Chicago and Denver announced too.

All currently announced Toronto bands are listed below...

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photo: H2O at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
H2O

H2O already have four hometown NYC shows coming up in celebration of their 20th anniversary (all sold out), and they since announced that they'll be touring after that with Cruel Hand.

The tour includes another show just outside of NYC at Long Island's Revolution Bar on June 26. That show also includes '80s-era NYHC vets Breakdown, as well as Criminal Instinct, Friend or Foe and High Card. Tickets are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below.

H2O singer Toby Morse recently contributed to the new album by his friends Agnostic Front, The American Dream Died, which is out now on Nuclear Blast. We also just interviewed Agnostic Frontman frontman Roger Miret over at Invisible Oranges. Here's an excerpt from IO writer Rhys Williams' interview:

When you're a teenager, you are often quick to fly off the handle, but the more you learn, the better a perspective you have about the world. You mentioned often being controversial: do you feel that the Agnostic Front aesthetic has changed from 1981 to the new record? Back in the '80s you had a lot of songs written about the American skinhead scene, then kind of moved into a punk look, then into the old school hardcore look. Has the look and aesthetic of the band changed and do you feel that, if it has, it has been a logical progression?

Personally I don't think we ever put ourselves with a particular scene. I think Agnostic Front, from the very beginning, has always talked about A. unity and bringing scenes together and B. overcoming oppression. People just put us in different categories. If you ask me about Victim in Pain, it's a punk record. People say "it's a hardcore record," or whatever they wanna say, but that's a Grade A punk record, you know? People are quick to judge books by their covers. The bottom line is: we love living in this country, this is a beautiful country, but we've always questioned authority and the oppression of society and our government. And that's where you may get some of the different things going about controversy or or scenes, or people saying "oh, they're Pro-American" or whatever. Whatever people think about us, if anything we're more American than a lot of people because we truly fight for liberty and justice. People are quick to throw us into different categories, but the one category we will always stay strong to is New York punk and hardcore. And the great thing about a lot of these different movements colliding with each other is that without them we wouldn't have had the great movements that made us possible, like crossover or hardcore. People are quick to point fingers, but the truth is we're just a real American band that want to fight and overcome oppression by any means necessary. We can't change the world, but we understand that we can make a difference, and that's what we're trying to do.

Read the rest here. There's also an ongoing Kickstarter campaign for a new Agnostic Front documentary called The Godfathers of Hardcore. The goal is already met, but you can still donate to receive the various rewards, including a signed, hand-numbered DVD of the documentary, a haircut from Agnostic Front bassist Mike Gallo, and more.

Speaking of NYHC documentaries, Noisey recently revealed the final two segments of their Judge documentary, There Will Be Quiet, which you can watch below. Watch the first two parts here.

Noisey also recently launched their new 'Under the Influence' documentary series with a 25+ minute installment on New York Hardcore. The doc features interviews with Agnostic Front, Youth of Today, Incendiary, Cro-Mags, Texas is the Reason and more, and Rancid's Tim Armstrong narrates. Towards the end, Title Fight talks about Walter Schreifels, followed by a scene with Walter playing TF's "Secret Society" on piano. You can watch that below too.

In other NYHC news, Black N' Blue Bowl is coming up this month with Burn, Madball, Sick Of It All, Crumbsuckers, the Cro-Mags/Bad Brains-related band The Regulators and more (tickets).

And last but not least, Murphy's Law are opening the final Nuclear Assault NYC show happening this September, also with Whiplash (tickets).

List of H2O tour dates and the NYHC videos below...

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photo: Flogging Molly at Osheaga 2013 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly are once again set to sail away where no ball and chain can keep them from the roarin' waves. In other words, they're bringing back their St. Patrick's Day weekend Salty Dog Cruise in 2016, which debuted this past March.

They've got a bunch of friends coming along with them, including Rancid (who are playing so many punk fests lately), repeat offender Frank Turner, alt-metal shapeshifters Fishbone, Dropkick Murphys offshoot Street Dogs, celtic punks The Tossers, British folk singer Beans on Toast, the star-studded Punk Rock Karaoke, Indiana country blues band Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, ska vets The Slackers, British folk punks Skinny Lister, the Flogging Molly-related Bunny Gang, long-running Arizona punks Authority Zero, bluegrass punks Larry and His Flask, and more. Full lineup below.

You can book your reservation and get more information at the cruise's website, and drinks are complimentary which might be more important than the actual lineup, given the weekend they're setting sail.

Flogging Molly also have an upcoming tour with Gogol Bordello and Mariachi El Bronx.

Full Salty Dog Cruise lineup, flyer, and some more info, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Thrice
Thrice

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...

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Blink-182

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...

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PRB

Punk Rock Bowling 2015 already announced its initial lineup which includes great names such as Refused, Rancid, The Muffs, Murder City Devils, Discharge and more, and now the rest of the fest has been revealed. Joining those bands will be Sick of It All, Turbonegro, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, A Wilhelm Scream and more. Tickets go on sale January 10 at 1 PM PST.

Full lineup below...

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PRB

Las Vegas' annual Punk Rock Bowling will be returning in 2015 from May 23-25. The initial lineup was just announced and it includes some pretty sweet names. There's the once-again not-dead Refused (their first announced US show of 2015), Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Murder City Devils (who recently put out their first new album since 2001), The Muffs (who recently put out their first new album since 2004) pioneering D-beaters Discharge, The Business, Swingin' Utters and Bad Manners. Tickets will be on sale in January.

NOFX at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
NOFX

Shit went down at NOFX's show in Sydney this past Tuesday (11/4). Daily Mail has the bullet points:

* NOFX lead singer Fat Mike punched a fan and kicked him in the face
* The incident happened at NOFX's Sydney concert on Tuesday night
* Alex Medak jumped on-stage at the gig and put his arm around Mike's neck
* Mike had been complaining of neck pain throughout the concert
* The singer reacted to the stage invader by punching and kicking him
* Alex walked away with only a swollen lip
* Fat Alex has apologised on his Twitter account
* He has offered to buy Alex a beer and has put him on the guest list for Friday's show
Well there you have it. See it go down for yourself in the video below.

Meanwhile, Screeching Weasel singer Ben Weasel who is no stranger to punching audience members or writing open letters to Fat Mike, has written an open letter to Fat Mike on the incident. It begins:

So There's A Lynch Mob After You!

A primer for the beleaguered punk singer

Fat Mike, you're having a bad week. You're in the soup and there's no use pretending otherwise. But I'm here to help, brother. Take a deep breath, count to ten and sit down while Poppa Weasel shows you how it's done.

See the rest of how that plays out, below.

In happier news, Epitaph is reissuing NOFX's Punk In Drublic for its 20th anniversary on November 24. That same day they're also reissuing Rancid's Let's Go for that album's 20th. Rancid have a new album out too.

Fat Mike incident video and the rest of Ben Weasel's letter, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Weezer

Next week (October 7) is a pretty major album release week, which means a lot of major albums are streaming in full this week. We already posted full album streams from Zola Jesus, Godflesh, Iceage and Single Mothers, and here's a roundup of some of the other anticipated records coming out this Tuesday.

Aussie/UK's Allo Darlin make more of their charming indie pop on We Come From the Same Place, due out via Slumberland. You can listen to that one at Pitchfork. Their tour hits Glasslands in October.

A Winged Victory for the Sullen, aka the duo of Stars of the Lid's Adam Wiltzie and pianist/composer Dustin O'Halloran, release their droning new album, Atomos, via Kranky. Listen at NPR.

Dan Snaith's electronic psych dancepop return as Caribou, Our Love, is coming via Merge and can now be streamed at iTunes Radio. His tour with album collaborator Jessy Lanza hits Webster Hall twice in November.

Mary Timony's (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave) current band Ex Hex have been killing it as a live band for a while and their debut album Rips finally comes out next week via Merge. It's packed with ultra-catchy glammy punk and can be streamed at NPR. They're touring with Speedy Ortiz soon.

Justin Vernon associate Field Report brings in new synthy layers to his folk songs on Marigolden, due via Partisan. That can be streamed at Pitchfork.

Foxygen will release their wacky, long, psychedelic double album, ...And Star Power, in two weeks (10/14) via Jagjaguwar, but that one's streaming now too. You can listen via NPR. They'll be on tour soon too.

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, who has also played in The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse, The Cribs and more, goes solo for his second time with Playland, coming via Warner Bros and following last year's solo debut, The Messenger. That can be streamed in full below via Spotify. His upcoming tour includes two NYC shows and a NJ show in November.

The great hip hop weirdo DOOM (aka MF Doom) seemingly never stops collaborating, and next week he'll be teaming up with the young impressive Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru for NehruvianDOOM, via Lex/Noizy Cricket!!. You hear that over at Pitchfork.

Brooklyn goth country collective O'Death have a super raw record, Out of Hands We Go, coming next week through Northern Spy. Listen in full (via CMJ) below. Theyll be on tour with Death Vessel and Stone Jack Jones soon.

Psychedelic duo Peaking Lights sound funkier than ever on their newest album, Cosmic Logic, coming out via Domino affiliate Weird World. There's an appropriately trippy album visualizer with the stream over at Domino's site. Check it out. They'll be in NYC to make four different appearances this week.

SBTRKT's new album, Wonder Where We Land, is weirder and less hooky than his last, and filled with an impressive cast of guests including Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Chairlift's Caroline Polacheck, Jessie Ware, A$AP Ferg, Warpaint, Sampha, Raury and more. Listen at STBRKT's site. His tour includes two Terminal 5 shows this month.

The newest installment of Famous Class' LAMC series of split 7"s comes out next week with Speedy Ortiz's "Doomsday" and Chris Weisman's "I Took It Off A Record." The Speedy song is more of their quality indie rock and Chris's track leans more on the folk side. Stream both tracks below. Speedy are touring with Ex Hex soon.

Steve Gunn's kinda-psychedelic folk and excellent guitar playing are intact for his newest LP, Way Out Weather, due via Paradise of Bachelors. Listen at NPR.

Stevie Nicks' newest, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault, which includes songs mostly written between 1969 and 1987, one from '94 and one from '95, can be streamed at Amazon. Fleetwood Mac's classic lineup is on tour now and hitting NYC for two nights at MSG in a few days.

Cult folk legend Vashti Bunyan sounds gorgeous as ever on Heartleap, her third album (following 1970's Just Another Diamond Day and 2005's Lookaftering), reportedly also her final album, and the first she produced largely on her own. It's coming out via FatCat in Europe and DiCristina in North America. Take a listen to this gem over at Pitchfork.

Wampire's new album, Bazaar, due via Polyvinyl, is genuinely weird but also genuinely rocking. Check it out for yourself, below. They'll be touring with TOPS and also playing CMJ.

Weezer have gone for the "comeback" album a few times already, and they're going for it again on Everything Will Be Alright in the End. Does it live up? Is it a return to form? (I'd say it's a return to Green Album, personally.) Hear it for yourself on iTunes Radio.

And lastly, this one's not a full album stream, but speaking of '90s bands making returns to form, Rancid definitely sound like they're doing just that with the three songs they put out from their new album, ...Honor Is All We Know, due out 10/27 via Hellcat/Epitaph. It was produced by Bad Religion guitarist/Epitaph CEO Brett Gurewitz (whose band is also riding the "do it like we did in our prime" train). Watch a video with those three tracks below.

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by Ian Chainey

Agnostic at a packed Black N'Blue Bowl at The Well(via)
Black n blue bowl

Agnostic Front, who just played the Black N' Blue Bowl with their Cause For Alarm lineup (Vinnie Stigma, Alex Kinon, Rob Kabula & Louie Beato), have added Craig Silverman as their new guitarist. Silverman has spent time in Only Living Witness, Blood for Blood, and Slapshot. (So, yes, a one-time Slapshot player is in a NYHC band. In other news, the newlyweds next door are a cat and dog.) Agnostic Front posted the following to their Facebook:

Agnostic Front would like to welcome Craig Silverman, our new guitar player to the family. He is no stranger to the hardcore scene. A true veteran, Craig has played for Only Living Witness, Blood For Blood, Ramallah, Slapshot and many more! We are proud, excited and happy to have him with us on our upcoming tour in Europe this coming August!
The 2014 Black N Blue Bowl went down over two days outside at The Well in Bushwick last weekend (5/17 & 5/18). The jam packed lineup, in addition to Agnostic Front, included d-beat pioneers Discharge, Ludichrist (who are reissuing albums), Power Trip, Incendiary, 7 Seconds, All Out War, Beyond, Against the Grain, NYC punk vets Kraut, Sworn Enemy, Take Offense, Biohazard, Hatebreed and more. Rancid guitarist/vocalist Lars Frederiksen also showed up at the fest and posed with fans (as you can see below). Some pictures and video are in this post.

It was a big week for Black N Blue who succesfully packed out the Well for 2 days before saying goodbye forever to their East Village Radio show two days later (and 1 minute before Invisible Oranges aired their last show on the closing station). Listen to BNB's EVR archives.

Other upcoming hardcore and punk shows include Sheer Terror at Brooklyn Night Bazaar TONIGHT (5/23), The Rival Mob/Blacklisted/World War 4 at LPR in June, The Virus at Acheron in June, This is Hardcore fest (July 24-27 in Philly), Deathwish Fest in Boston in July, and Back to School Jam in NJ on August 23.

Videos and more pics from BNB Bowl below...

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Blondie / Glassjaw / Public Enemy fans
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With about 20 albums under their belt, it was interesting to see what songs Guided By Voices would pick for their Riot Fest set. Keeping in mind that most audience members might not be familiar with everything in their vast discography, frontman Robert Pollard announced each song's name with a short introduction throughout the whole set. The band opened with "Xeno Pariah" and followed up with songs like "Island," "Shocker in Gloomtown," and "The Challenge Is Much More," only stopping to take a quick swig from a small bottle to oil up his voice. [BV Chicago]
Riot Fest Chicago (the second of three Riot Fests this year) continued on Saturday (9/14) for its second of three days. The second day had tons of multi-generational alternative music representation including punk's late '70s heyday (Blondie, X, FLAG -- the Keith Morris version of Black Flag), second wave ska (The Selecter), third wave ska (Rancid), classic indie rock (Dinosaur Jr., Violent Femmes, Guided by Voices), modern indie rock (Surfer Blood, Stars, The Sidekicks), classic hip hop (Public Enemy), and turn-of-the-millenium poppunk/emo/post-hardcore (blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, Glassjaw). Pictures from that day are in this post, and there's more pictures, plus a review, over at BV Chicago.

Update: Day 3 pictures are here and here.

If you missed them, check out day 1 pics and more day 1 pics. More of day 2, below...

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Iggy and the Stooges at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Iggy Pop

We've talked about the epic Riot Fest Chicago more than a few times lately, but as mentioned, there are also (only slightly less epic) Riot Fests happening in Toronto and Denver this year.

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.

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by Fred Pessaro

Rancid @ T5, 6/21/2013
Rancid

Celebrating 20 years as a band, Bay area punk favorites Rancid brought their ska-inflected pop songs to Terminal 5 last night (6/20), the first of a sold-out two night stay at the venue. The dates include support from Tim Armstrong side project Transplants, as well asĀ Traditionals. I missed Traditionals entirely and the bulk of the Transplants set, but did manage to catch them covering the Crass classic "Do They Owe Us A Living?," something that should be outlawed for that band.

The show was a fun trip down memory lane for me, as it had been 15 years since I last saw Rancid in a field in the UK (Reading 1998). This time around was just as good, and fun, as I remembered. Matt Freeman (who, for a short time, I was convinced was the greatest bass player in the world) laid down his signature low-end grooves while Lars' guitarwork set the foundation for the songs. Tim Armstrong on the other hand, is a beast unto himself. Though he has a guitar strapped around his neck, I highly doubt he is even playing it, instead adding snarl-y obnoxious-ness to their live show and having the entire crowd eat it up. Fun set of old songs I havent heard in many years.

Rancid's performance leaned heavily on their three earliest offerings, their self-titled debut, Let's Go and ...And Out Come the Wolves, with stops along the way to shout out recent material and even a new song from a forthcoming LP (full set list is below).

The band plays Terminal 5 again tonight (6/21) with Transplants and special guests Crown of Thornz. More pictures from last night are below.

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Rancid Tour

One year after playing Black & Blue Bowl and issuing their 20th anniversary boxset, Rancid will return for dates in NYC and beyond! The Bay Area punk band will embark on a string of dates with related band Transplants and Crown of Thornz for a string of dates that will include two stops at Terminal 5 on June 20 & 21. Tickets go on sale at 10AM on Saturday (4/6).

Still no sign of new Rancid material, as the band havent released anything since dropping the "Fuck You" single last year. Meanwhile, check out Rancid's classic And Out Come The Wolves, along with their full tour schedule and the tour flyer.

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John Lennon

Today is John Lennon's birthday, and so Yoko Ono is giving Lady Gaga an award, in Iceland. John would've been 72. Check out a gallery of the former Beatle's drawings (like the one above) over at the Huffington Post. Yahoo Canada takes a look at some of his letters.

Joe's Pub is celebrating John's birthday tomorrow. Symphony Space honors the man in November. Glasslands gets down in December.

Speaking of Lennons, Martha Wainwright's new album Come Home to Mama, which is also streaming at NPR, was recorded "mostly at" Sean Lennon's home studio in New York City. We're giving away tickets to see Martha at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday (10/11) via our Facebook.

We are also giving away tickets to The Walkmen's 10/18 show at Terminal 5 with Dum Dum Girls; and Doveman: The Burgundy Stain Sessions featuring Owen Pallett, Dawn Landes, and Steve Salett at Le Poisson Rouge on 10/12.

Speaking of Doveman shows and Wainwrights, help support marriage equality later this month at the Beacon.

In other milestones, Rage Against the Machine's self-titled debut turns 20 this year. To commemorate, the band are reissuing it as a box set, with "never-before seen early concert footage and full 2010 Finsbury Park Victory Concert along with remastered debut album, original demos and treasure trove of videos and music." Yours for only $136.

Likewise, Rancid are celebrating their 20th anniversary by releasing their entire discography as a huge box of 7"s. Pre-orders began today.

To quote Merge Records, "You're Living All Over Me by Dinosaur Jr., the groundbreaking album from the masters of alt-guitar rock, turns 25 this fall. To celebrate, Merge Records is releasing Chocomel Daze, a rare live show (featuring the classic, original line-up of J, Lou, and Murph) recorded in 1987 at Dorrnroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands. Limited edition on 150-gram vinyl for the first time, this release follows their recent I Bet on Sky." Listen to one of the tracks at the bottom of this post.

Other new Merge releases include the Mountain Goats, Mark Eitzel, Mount Moriah and The Music Tapes.

Mark Eitzel is going on tour later this year.

Rick Ross dropped a new mixtape called The Black Bar Mitzvah. Give it a listen over at bvChicago.

The downside of Louis CK's massive, self-ticked tour: his Emmy-winning FX show Louie won't be back until 2014.

Bummer All Tomorrow's Parties news: ATP Japan has gone from postponed to canceled.

AND more stuff below...

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Rancid

Rancid were added to the May 19th Black & Blue Bowl at Webster Hall. Advanced online tickets are sold out, but the event is not. You can still get them at shops and at the door (they always leave some for walk-ups). Rancid also play Northern Lights in Clifton Park one day earlier. Tickets are still on sale for that. More Racid tour dates at their site.

Tickets for the Bouncing Souls' June Webster Hall show go on sale at noon.

Agnostic Front is playing the Ethical Humanist Society in Garden City, NY (in Long Island) on April 1, 2012 as part of a three show run that also includes Asbury Park and where they'll be performing the classic 'Live At CBGBs' set list in order. NY show flyer and dates below...

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