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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 Doug Moore

Dave Klein w/ Black Flag at Grand Victory, 2013 (more by PSquared)

Remember how last time we mentioned the ongoing Black Flag debacle, we speculated that the next piece of related news would be just as cringe-inducingly lame? Well, I'm not sure if this is quite as pathetic as the band apologizing for being such a catastrophe in 2013, but it's pretty damn bad: bassist Dave Klein (also of Screeching Weasel) apparently left the band as early as December of last year...and forgot to tell anybody. Yup.

Klein posted the following on his Facebook after the aforementioned BF apology in Rolling Stone:

"To avoid more PMs after today's news out of the Black Flag Official camp... I guess I should OFFICIALLY (puns!) say that I'm no longer playing with BF. I suppose the following post from last month wasn't exactly clear. Now go listen to They Stay Dead and Screeching Weasel. See ya soon at a show near you!"
The "following post" Klein refers to is a Dying Scene post, dated December 2, about how he's joined the Oklahoma-based punk band They Stay Dead. It makes only passing mention of his collaboration with Black Flag and says nothing about his status with the band.

So yeah, Black Flag's bassist quit the band and didn't think it was a big enough deal to bother letting the press know. Alternately, it's possible that Klein did tell Dying Scene that he was out of BF, and they deemed that fact insufficiently interesting to include in the post. Either way, that's pretty dark.

by Andrew Sacher

Down By Law
Down By Law

Screeching Weasel (whose members all quit two years ago, leaving frontman Ben Weasel [the only founding member who had remained at that point] to continue the band on his own with a new lineup) and Down By Law are teaming up for a one-off show in NYC on June 15 at Irving Plaza. The show also features Huntingtons and Furious George. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/1) at 10 AM. Show flyer below.

Down By Law, one of the many bands fronted by Dave Smalley (who also fronted All, Dag Nasty, and DYS), reunited in 2008 and returned in 2012 with Champions At Heart, their first album of original material since 2003's Windwardtidesandwaywardsails. The album picks up with the same kind of melodic hardcore that the band left off with, and it might be more of the same but it's still fast, punchy, and a solid return after a nine year absence. You can watch the video for Champions At Heart track, "Warriors United," and listen to a spotify stream of the whole album below.

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view of the fight from the audience (photo by John Obeidin)
Ben Weasel Fight

Ben Weasel already apologized for his involvement in an altercation during SXSW at Scoot Inn, but now his Screeching Weasel band members have responded by quitting the band and writing their own letter. Read it in full below...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

"Fans started climbing fences after the grounds reached capacity (about 25,000 people), and SXSW badgeholders with VIP connections fought the same porto-john lines as all the riled-up Austin teens in attendance." -Star Tribune

Strokes fans @ SXSW
The Strokes
The Strokes

When people talk about last year's SXSW, they think back to Bill Murray taking an impromptu turn as a bartender at a hipster bar on Austin's east side. And when they look back on this year's SXSW, they'll remember getting maced at the surprise Death From Above 1979 reunion show.

The talk in Austin is all about whether or not SXSW Music has gotten too big for its skinny jeans. The mayhem at the free Strokes show Thursday night was merely a precursor to several meltdowns and accidents in the days that followed. At a late show Friday, synth-pop act OMD had just come on stage when one of their camera rigs collapsed and injured four in the audience (SXSW said it hadn't known about the filming ahead of time).

There were some truly ugly moments, too, and I'm glad I didn't witness any of them in person. Ben Weasal, a singer from the punk band Screeching Weasal, punched a female audience member in the face (she had spit some kind of liquid at him) and fought against a female staff member before being ejected by security at their showcase at the Scoot Inn on Saturday night. (The Los Angeles Times has a thorough report on the incident, and a video can be seen [below]). Weasal apologized today, and the band canceled their next show in San Antonio. [The Atlantic]

More pictures and videos (official Levi's ones included) from the charotic, big, free Strokes show (fireworks included), the Screeching Weasel punch video, and some news videos and stuff, below...

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by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Cock Sparrer - "Spirit of '76" (MP3)

Cock Sparrer

First of all, Riot Fest Chicago is not a celebration commemorating the riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention. There are no cops in attendance (unsympathetic ones anyway), and no one is there to "set the record straight".

In 2005 Mike Petryshyn started Riot Fest... With one eye on the legendary Chicago punk scene and the other on the bands that inspire them, he started building the festival, with an ambitious multiple show/venue format despite his inexperience. He put special emphasis on reuniting influential punk and underground bands who hadn't shared the stage in years and Chicago's rich punk history has always been a huge part of the Riot Fest roster, this year 11 bands from the area are confirmed so far.
Year five of Riot Fest in Chicago is systems-go from Oct 7th-12th and with an enviable punk rock lineup of Butthole Surfers, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Dead Milkmen, Murder City Devils, NOFX, 88 Fingers Louie, Screeching Weasel, Pegboy, Off With Their Heads, and many many more. Full lineup and flyer (with New Bomb Turks not listed) is below.

Besides the obvious awesomeness of Naked Raygun, who played their first reunion gig at Riot Fest in 2006 (and who are playing NYC soon, tickets on sale), and a few key others, one exciting band on the lineup is the UK's Oi! pioneers Cock Sparrer:

Cock Sparrer (initially Cock Sparrow) are a punk rock band formed in 1974 in the East End of London, England. Although they never enjoyed much commercial success, the band is considered one of the most influential streetpunk bands in history, helping pave the way for the late-1970s punk scene and the Oi! subgenre. Their style was influenced by pub rock, glam rock and raw 1960s beat music as delivered by bands like The Small Faces and The Who. Their lyrics mostly dealt with topics related to the daily lives of working class people.
Cock Sparrer recently played Chaos in Tejas. Riot Fest and a two night stand at The Great American Music Hall in San Fran are currently the only US dates that the band has lined up for the future (dates below).

Cock Sparrer just released their first album in 10 years, Here We Stand, which washed up on US shores last month via Pirates Press. The 14 track LP was recorded by Pat Collier (The Vibrators) and mixed by Lars Fredriksen (Rancid) and includes "Spirit of '76" which is downloadable above.

Meanwhile, Riot Fest is also spreading it's wings out west to bring Los Angeles it's own taste from November 12-14. Lineups are to be announced, but look for those bands at the participating stages of The Palladium, The Wiltern, Key Club and The Roxy. More details are to come.

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