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Back to School Jam

Following an alleged altercation at a recent This Is Hardcore aftershow, Tom Alderson (drummer of the band Crosscheck) was hospitalized after being severely beaten. Tom's friend Jordan McKinney (of the band Drown) posted a statement on Twitter which accuses Heavy Chains' Ian Adams and Suburban Scum's Ryan "Karebear" Taylor of committing the assault. Here's an excerpt of the story:

Sunday, July 26th Drown/Crosscheck were at the Voltage Lounge setting up to play an after show for 'This Is Hardcore. After Crosscheck was done soundchecking two people walked up to Tom asking to talk to him. Ian from Heavy Chains and Karebear from Suburan Scum.

They walked up to Tom asking to have a chat with him and even stated "we aren't going to hurt him, just talk" and proceeded into the side room of the Voltage Lounge. They wanted to confront him about an incident that happened earlier that day between Tom and Ian in the pit. During the Forced Order set that day, while moshing, Ian claimed that Tom had hit him after a confrontation with Ian trying to headbutt him, Tom walked away assuming it was nothing. It's a risk you take and can easily avoid being at these shows.

Throughout the rest of the day, Tom never heard anything else about the incident. Until Ian and Karebear approached him. So after taking him into the room, not even a minute later, Tom was struck by Ian and then was beaten and stomped on until they decided to walk away and leave. Yes, there are also people who witnessed this.

Karebear has admitted to a source (that we are choosing to keep anonymous) that he open hand slapped Tom before Ian attacked him, knocked him unconscious and then Ian continued to brutally hit and stomp Tom.

Karebear stood by and let this happen to Tom. He hit him for no reason at all. Tom was left there as these two people walked away like nothing happened. That is when I was told what happened and ran inside.

I walk onto the stage to see Tom lying on the ground lifeless, bleeding out of multiple places on his head and choking on his own breathing. After holding Tom for awhile waiting on paramedics, Tom went into shock and proceeded to throw up and lose control in my arms.

This is all something Tom's girlfriend and his closest friends had to watch as they could do nothing due to the actions of two people abusing force on someone that did not know what was going on. Drown and Crosscheck did not play the show that night because both bands spend the night in the hospital waiting on the closest thing we could have to an update on our friend.

We didn't know if he would even make it. Tom was sedated and had breathing tubes inserted. He was administered major pain medication for the multiple facial fractures found through CAT scan. If he even sneezes or moves the bones in a certain way, he will have to undergo facial surgery. He suffered a very severe concussion which has caused him memory loss, and loss of cognitive skills.

He's had to and continues to relearn basic things again like eat/talking/walking.

Ian, Karebear, Heavy Chains and Suburban Scum are all being quiet about the situation, but, Karebear tweeted, "The Internet is mind blowing. If it's said out loud and someone can read it, then it must be true. Fucking disgusts me." Karebear also had a tweet up that said something about never jumping anyone in his life, but that tweet is now deleted. He was also a co-promoter of NJ's upcoming Back to School Jam (9/12), but has since stepped down. A statement announcing it claims, "It's important to state that Karebear did not jump anybody - and him stepping down is by no means an admission of any kind from his behalf but is out of respect for all involved." Suburban Scum has also dropped off the show, and now Back to School Jam is doubling as a benefit for Tom Alderson. All the proceeds will be donated to him. A GoFundMe campaign was set up in his honor too. You can read the full statement below.

Another band playing Back to School Jam, Code Orange, tweeted support for Tom, and once Karebear stepped down from the show, they added: "We told you things would be right or we wouldn't be involved. See you at back to school jam." Headliners Trapped Under Ice (their first show in two years) have also shown support for Tom. The show is now sold out, but some tickets will available at doors.

Heavy Chains, who appear to have deleted their Facebook, have yet to comment on the matter, but they've been removed from the upcoming Life & Death Tour with Bane, Turnstile, Backtrack and others. Backtrack posted the official statement from the tour promoters:

After careful consideration Heavy Chains will no longer be on the Life & Death Tour 2015. The number one priority for this tour is to provide a fun and safe environment for everyone at our shows, we have no further comment regarding the situation. Full dates are below, replacements will be announced soon.
Read the full statement from Back to School Jam, and the rest of Jordan McKinney's statement on Tom's story, below...

Continue reading "Heavy Chains & Suburban Scum members allegedly beat and hospitalized Crosscheck's drummer; Back to School Jam is now a benefit for him"

Sheer Terror (photo by Jammi Sloane York)
Sheer Terror

NYHC vets Sheer Terror celebrated their 30th anniversary last year, and they're continuing to go strong. This summer, they'll go on a Rocks Off Cruise on Sunday, August 16 with No Redeeming Social Value. They'll set sail aboard The Jewel, departing from NYC's Skyport Marina at East 23rd St and FDR Drive. Tickets are on sale now.

Another long-running NYHC band (a little more on the metalcore side), All Out War, also have an upcoming hometown show: Bowery Electric on July 28 with Darkside NYC (who were initially formed by Sheer Terror's Alan Blake), SubZero, NYC Headhunters and Sonic Poison. That's a 3 PM Sunday matinee about a month before All Out War play This Is Hardcore in Philly. Tickets are on sale.

That show is the release show for All Out War's upcoming Dying Gods EP, which follows 2010's Into The Killing Fields LP on Victory. The new EP comes out June 23 via Organized Crime Records (pre-order), and features Amebix and Carnivore covers as well as five original tracks. One of those is the chugging, angry "Nothing Left To Bleed" which you can stream below.

In other similar news, '90s-era New Brunswick punks Bigwig, who are a bit more on the melodic side but still have hardcore roots, are playing their first NYC show in ten years on June 18 at Grand Victory with Make War, Slow Children and Up For Nothing. Tickets are on sale. That show's two days before their appearance at Canada's Amnesia Rockfest. This fall they also play The Fest.

Earlier this week we posted Crumbsuckers shows and H2O shows (opening for Rancid). What else?

Continue reading "Sheer Terror, NRSV, All Out War, Bigwig & other upcoming hardcore/punk shows in NYC"


Gavin [Van Vlack]: Everything is very instantaneous now, and you can access almost anything with the flick of a finger. Not to sound pretentious, but there's a craftsmanship that goes into songwriting and the performance, and that's what separated Burn from other bands. We crafted our songs differently than other people did theirs. Everything; from the way we dressed, to even our social conscience was just our own.

Chaka [Malik]: Plus hardcore itself just lets you express emotions and feeling that otherwise maybe aren't safe to display or even access.

Gavin: This whole thing is a catharsis; for the band and those coming to the show. For someone, this is going to be their first Burn show...maybe their first hardcore show, and I don't want to let them down.

Chaka: I want whoever's there to have something to remember...something to take away. With the other bands playing, I'll partake on the other side of that window. It's a transaction for everybody. [Noisey]

Back in February, NYC hardcore festival Black N' Blue Bowl (happening 5/16-17 at Webster Hall) announced what was supposedly the full 2015 lineup, but it turns out one more band was added: Revelation Records vets Burn.

Burn put out their now-classic self-titled EP on Rev back in 1990, then split a few years later before regrouping to release its followup, Cleanse, in 2001 on Equal Vision. The following year they put out their previously-unreleased 1992 demo Last Great Sea on Revelation, and soon after disbanded once again. Now original vocalist Chaka Malik (also of Orange 9mm) and guitarist Gavin Van Vlack (also of the previously-reunited Absolution, as well as The Big Collapse, Die 116 and Pry) teamed up with bassist Manuel Carrero (who played on Cleanse) and drummer Durijah Lang -- who are both current Glassjaw members -- to reunite for Black N' Blue Bowl. According to the Noisey interview quoted above, they're not sure if this will be their only show back or not, so catch them while you can.

Burn play the Sunday (5/17) with Crumbsuckers, Sick Of It All, Dave Smalley and more. The Saturday (5/16) lineup has Madball, Earth Crisis, The Regulators (mems Bad Brains, Cro-Mags) and more. Tickets for each day, and 2-day passes, are still available.

Updated BNB poster, with a stream of 1990's Burn EP, below...

Continue reading "Revelation Records vets Burn reuniting for Black N' Blue Bowl (with Glassjaw's rhythm section)"


The previously-mentioned annual NYC hardcore festival Black N' Blue Bowl takes place on May 16 & 17 at Webster Hall this year, and now the complete lineup and ticket info has been revealed. The Regulators (aka Darryl Jenifer and Dr. Know of Bad Brains and John Joseph and Mackie Jayson of Cro-Mags), The Wilding Incident (featuring Lord Ezec on vocals, Jimmy Williams of Maximum Penalty on drums and Sacha Jenkins on guitar), and Earth Crisis join a lineup that already included Crumbsuckers, Madball, Sick of It All, The Rival Mob, Dave Smalley (playing Dag Nasty, ALL, and Down By Law songs), and more. Full lineup below and on the flyer above.

Two-day passes are on sale HERE, and you can get single day passes for Saturday HERE and Sunday HERE. You can also purchase tickets in person from NYHC Tattoos (127 Stanton St), Generation Records (210 Thompson St), and Lotus Tattoos (291 W Main St).

The Regulators last played NYC in September at Bowery Electric (that time just as "Regulator"). Watch a video from that show, with the updated BNBB lineup, below...

Continue reading "Black N' Blue Bowl announces full lineup, tix on sale (Earth Crisis, the Bad Brains/Cro-Mags band & more added)"


As previously mentioned, Nate Gluck of NJ hardcore mainstays Ensign is sadly battling cancer, and now Ensign have teamed up with a handful of other hardcore bands to put on NateFest in his honor, on March 21 & 22 at a TBA New Jersey venue.

The lineup includes long-running NYHC legends Sick of It All, as well as recently back-in-action NY veterans such as Kill Your Idols, Indecision, and Killing Time. There's also a handful of regrouped NJ vets including Endeavor, Mouthpiece, NORA, and two of Nate Gluck's other bands Strength 691 and For the Love Of.

There will also be a few long-running NJ bands who never went away like Ensign themselves, None More Black, Shai Hulud and Bigwig, reunited Canadians Grade (who just played with Ensign), and newer NJ bands Old Wounds and Stag Party.

Lastly, two particularly interesting bands on the lineup are the reunited Purpose (pre-Thursday/Saves the Day) and 45 Revolutions, whose lineup includes vocalist Mike Ferraro of Judge, bassist Arthur Smilios of Gorilla Biscuits, guitarist Charlie (Moose) Garriga of CIV, and drummer Vinny Hooliganz. They played Santos last month. Watch a video below.

Venue, ticket info, and even more bands for NateFest TBA. Meanwhile donate some money to help cover Nate's medical bills at the GoFundMe page.

There's a few other chances to catch some of the NateFest bands in the area too. Sick of It All play Black N' Blue Bowl in NYC, Shai Hulud play Coco66 (3/19) right before NateFest (tickets), and Indecision open for NJ vets E-Town Concrete in their home state on Valentine's Day at Starland Ballroom. That show is also with LI vets VOD, plus The Banner, Suburban Scum (also playing BNB Bowl) and Razorblade Handgrenade (tickets).

Check out a few videos of some of the bands playing NateFest below...

Continue reading "Nate from Ensign being honored w/ NateFest: Sick of it All, 45 Revolutions, Kill Your Idols, Mouthpiece, None More Black, and many more"

Photo: Sick of It All @ FFF Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

Annual NYC hardcore fest Black N' Blue Bowl is returning in 2015 on May 16 and 17 at Webster Hall, and the initial lineup is announced. It includes NYHC veterans Sick of It All, as well as Turnstile, Agents of Man, Wisdom In Chains, Suburban Scum, Heavy Chains, Mizery, 100 Demons, Bitter End, Crumbsuckers, Expire, Freedom, King Nine and Rude Awakening. More bands will be announced Wednesday (1/7), so stay tuned for that and ticket info.

Sick of It All also play Punk Rock Bowling this year. Watch a video of their recent NJ show and check out the flyer for the initial BNB lineup below...

Continue reading "Black N' Blue Bowl 2015 initial lineup, dates, venue"

Sick Of It All at Rev25 (more by Rebecca Reed)

NYHC vets Sick Of It All have announced that they'll release their tenth album, The Last Act of Defiance, on September 30 (album art and tracklist below), and will play a hometown show soon after that on October 4 at Irving Plaza with fellow NYC punk vets H2O as well as Pennsylvania's Wisdom In Chains and White Collar Crime LLC. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Meanwhile, if you're headed to Philly (or already there) for This Is Hardcore (which began yesterday, 7/24), you can also catch Wisdom In Chains there on Saturday (7/26). A ton of other great bands have still yet to play too, like Converge, Blacklisted, Title Fight, CIV, Bold, Nails, Madball (with guest ex-guitarist Matt Henderson making a special appearance), Power Trip and plenty more. Remaining day-by-day lineups for TIH, below.

If you're not headed to This Is Hardcore, you can have your own mini TIH celebration in NYC this weekend. Xibalba, who played the PA fest last night, play a free show Saturday (7/26) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Harm's Way, The Banner and Crushed (Trap Them and Coliseum just played the same venue). And, as discussed, UK vets Subhumans are coming over for TIH and playing Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday (7/27) with long-running NYHC band Sheer Terror, as well as White Collar Crime LLC (fka White Collar Crime) and Mischief Brew. Tickets for that show are still available.

SOIA and Sheer Terror's fellow veteran New York hardcore band Cro-Mags also recently announced a tour, NYC show at Saint Vitus included, which just went on sale.

SOIA LP info, TIH daily lineups and Madball's new video for "Born Strong", below...

Continue reading "Sick Of It All announce LP & show with H2O; This is Hardcore underway in Philly (related NYC shows this weekend too)"

Reagan Youth pit @ Punk Island 2014 (via the_alouth_band)
Reagan Youth

From the crustiest of street punks, to the tamest of ska fans -- all punk appetites were met at the 2014 Punk Island music festival.

Thousands of music fans flocked to the "Coast Guard" pier, a space located 100 yards from the ferry terminal in St. George, to take in the all-day festival. Starting at 11 a.m., 90 bands from across the country performed among seven stages.

All punk genres and variants were accounted for, including ska, grunge, hardcore (and all its subgenres), pop punk and early emo. It sounds overwhelming, but the stages were positioned close to one another and each served as its own genre hub. [Staten Island Advance]

Punk Island 2014 went down in Staten Island Saturday. Who were your highlights? Check out some videos from the free 'Make Music' event below.

Reagan Youth have had a busy two weeks touring the east coast, playing Punk Island, opening for the Dead Kennedys at Irving Plaza, and playing a show at Grand Victory in Brooklyn. Today, 6/27, tickets go on sale for another Brooklyn show, this time at Saint Vitus on 9/27 with fellow 70s punk band Angry Samoans who they also play at least one other show with that week: 9/26 at TT The Bear's in MA.

Meanwhile, speaking of Dead Kennedys, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine's tour with the legendary Negative Approach (who played Punk Island in 2010) hits Highline Ballroom in NYC TONIGHT (6/27) with All Torn Up! (who played Punk Island this year, recently opened for Sheer Terror at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, and shared a bill with Reagan Youth at the Rock Shop).

Negative Approach and Jello is a pretty early show, so you might have time to head from there to see the first of two shows Infest is playing in NYC this weekend.

Speaking of Sheer Terror, they just dropped another new track from their forthcoming LP (their first in 18 years). You can listen to that with the Punk Island videos and dates below...

Continue reading "Punk Island videos, Angry Samoans & Reagan Youth shows, Jello & Negative Approach & Infest tonight, new Sheer Terror"

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...

Continue reading "The Black N' Blue Bowl took over the Well (pics, video); Agnostic Front add ex-Slapshot guitarist to new lineup"

photos by Matt Schiels

New York is Alright - 2014
New York is Alright - 2014
New York is Alright - 2014

The second annual NYC punk/hardcore festival New York's Alright went down last month (April) with shows at various venues, including the recently-opened Bushwick venue The Wick, which we're highlighting today. We also just posted pictures from their April Unsound show.

We caught both NY's Alright shows at The Wick, including 4/17 with Dawn of Humans, Contingent, Blotter, Asile and Goosebumps: and 4/20 with Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Die, Savageheads, The Impalers and Razorheads. A set of pictures from both of those days are in this post.

unARTig was there too, and got videos of many bands at the festival, including Lumpy and the Dumpers at 538 Johnson on 4/19 which resulted in the slow-downed 11-second viral video of a boy in the audience getting hit by fireworks. Check out The Dumpers' full set, the fireworks meme, and more pics from The Wick, below...

Continue reading "New York's Alright 2014 pics from The Wick (and amazing video of kid hit by fireworks in 538 Johnson pit)"

Blacklisted at Cake Shop in 2010 (more by Brian Reilly)

Boston hardcore traditionalists The Rival Mob, Philly boundary pushers Blacklisted, World War 4 (fronted by Mark Porter of NJHC band Floorpunch, plus other members of that band, The Rival Mob, and more), and Wilkes-Barre straightedge band Stick Together (whose lineup includes Ned Russin of Title Fight, plus members of War Hungry and Bad Seed) all played This Is Hardcore in Philly last year, and they'll soon team back up for what will be a very solid quadruple bill in NYC on June 7 at Le Poisson Rouge (co-presented by Hardcore Gig Volume and Noisey). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Le Poisson Rouge still feels like a weird location for hardcore shows, but they do happen there. In fact, as previously discussed, two will happen there this month as part of the second annual New York's Alright (which Rival Mob played last year). This year's shows at LPR include Inmates, Anasazi, Omegas, Proxy, Warthog and Mercenary on 4/18 (tickets), and Infernoh, Crazy Spirit, Gas Rag, Wiccans, Stoic Violence, and Murderer on 4/19 (tickets). You can check out the lineups for other NY's Alright shows here.

Meanwhile, even sooner than that is Damaged City Fest in DC this weekend (4/11 & 4/12), which The Rival Mob also play, in addition to Infest, Los Crudos, Boston Strangler, Priests, Good Throb, Coke Bust and more.

And speaking of This Is Hardcore, the 2014 lineup for the Philly festival was recently announced, including Converge, Title Fight, Blacklisted, Bl'ast, Code Orange Kids, Nails, Full of Hell and many more. This year's fest happens from July 24-27 and tickets for that go on sale Saturday (4/12).

Converge also headline both nights of the inaugural Deathwish Fest which happens in Boston right before TIH (July 22 & 23), and also includes Blacklisted frontman George Hirsch's solo project Harm Wulf, plus Code Orange Kids, Modern Life Is War, Oathbreaker, Trap Them, Cult Leader, Self Defense Family, Doomriders and more. Tickets for that fest go on AmEx presale today (4/9) at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (4/11) at noon.

Stream some Rival Mob, Blacklisted (and Harm Wulf), World War 4 and Stick Together below...

Continue reading "Rival Mob, Blacklisted, World War 4 & Stick Together playing NYC +++ related upcoming hardcore festivals"

John Joseph

Hardcore legend and Cro-Mags frontman John Joseph is as known as much for his healthy lifestyle these days as he is for his music. Be healthy like JJ. Drink your juice and smoothies. Learn how below...

Continue reading "Learn to juice with John Joseph of the Cro-Mags (video)"


Back in 2011, it was announced that new Brooklyn venue The Wick would open in a former brewery at 260 Meserole St (next to the barely-open outdoor venue The Well), and that venue is finally set to open this March.

Four shows have been announced so far. The first is experimental Japanese musician Keiji Haino on March 27 before he heads to Tennessee for the Big Ears Festival. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Then, as discussed, The Wick is one of the venues that NYC's experimental music festival Unsound happens in. That fest will have Porter Ricks, Vladislav Delay, Miles, Leisure Muffin, Ital & Halal and Le Petit Garcon on April 5. Tickets are on sale now.

The Wick will also be one of the venues used for hardcore/punk fest New York's Alright. That includes the Dawn of Humans, Contingent, Blotter, Asile and Goosebumps show on April 17 (tickets) and the Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, DiE, Savageheads, The Impalers and Razorheads show on April 20 (tickets). The other NY's Alright shows happen at Le Poisson Rouge, Acheron, and ABC No Rio. Updated schedule below.

Continue reading "The Wick finally opening in Brooklyn this March (upcoming shows include Unsound Fest, New York's Alright & Keiji Haino)"

by Wyatt Marshall

Crazy Spirit at New York's Alright 2013 (more by Tod Seelie)
Crazy Spirit

Punk and hardcore festival New York's Alright is back for a second year and will run at various venues around the city from Thursday April 17th to Sunday April 20th. The line-up (which includes several bands that played the fest last year) features solid locals like Anasazi, Dawn of Humans, Goosebumps, Crazy Spirit, Nomad, Warthog, La Misma, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads and some select imports like Wiccans, Infernöh, Omegas, No, and Stoic Violence, to name a few, making for a strong bill. Full lineup below.

Here's what the fest organizers said in their announcement:

No one thought we would be foolish enough to do it again, but here we are, "proud" to present New York's Alright 2014. This festival will be taking place Thursday, April 17th through Sunday, April 20th, at various venues around the friendly city of New York. We will be bringing together some of the best bands in contemporary DIY punk and hardcore from different parts of the world for your enjoyment.
Tickets go on sale on Valentine's Day, February 14---the same day the Acheron's D-fest kicks off in Mexico City. Love is very much in the air this year. Stay tuned to New York's Alright 2014's Facebook page for details on lineups and venues.

Several bands playing the fest have upcoming NYC shows even sooner. Goth punks Anasazi are teaming up with La Misma and Santa Ana's Damages on Friday (1/10) at Lulu's. The show is Damages' east coast tour kickoff and will also celebrate the release of a La Misma 7". All Damages dates are listed below, as well as a stream of their recent EP.

Sweden's Infernöh and Brooklyn's Nomad are teaming up for a tour before the fest, which includes a TBA Brooklyn show on April 12. Dates and an Infernöh stream below.

London's No and Long Beach's Stoic Violence will also be hitting the road together immediately after New York's Alright, which brings them back to NYC for a TBA Brooklyn show on May 1. Dates and streams below.

Pleasure Industry are also playing a hometown show at a TBA venue on February 8 with Asylum, Gowanus Mutant Kommandos and others TBA.

All lists of dates, streams, and the New York's Alright 2014 lineup, below...

Continue reading "New York's Alright returning in 2014 (Wiccans, Hank Wood, La Misma, Anasazi, Goosebumps, Crazy Spirit, Nomad, more)"

by Andrew Sacher


Bay Area hardcore band No Statik released their debut album, Everywhere You Aren't Looking, back in 2012 via Prank Records, and now they're set to follow it with a new record, Unity and Fragmentation, on December 4 via Iron Lung Records (who also released their 2010 7"). Its first single, "The Owl," misleadingly starts as a mid-tempo punk song, until they fade out the recording and come back for a 90-ish second blast of raw hi-speed fury. Check out the song below.

No Statik will also be heading on an east coast/southeast tour in late December into January. Some of the venues are still TBA, but we do know that they'll come to NYC for a show on New Year's Eve (12/31) at Acheron with local punk openers Nomad, La Misma, and Grudges. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with the song stream and flyer for the NYC show, below...

Continue reading "No Statik releasing a new record, touring, playing NYC on New Year's Eve (dates & stream)"

Hank Wood & the Hammerheads
Hank Wood

Montreal punk/hardcore festival Varning is returning for its seventh year from November 7-9 at MTL venue Katacombes. A bunch of NYC bands will be there, like Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Nuclear Spring, La Misma and more, plus Sweden's Institution, Portland's Criminal Damage, San Francisco's Ruleta Rusa (ex-Born/Dead and Peligro Social whose last show was Varning VI), Boston bands Bloodkrow Butcher and Koward, and many more. Full lineup and flyer below. Advance tickets will be available through 10/28 via paypal with the coopkatacombes@hotmail.com email address. More info here.

A number of those bands have NYC shows coming up ahead of the fest too. Nuclear Spring don't at the moment, but related band Failed States are playing with two Bloodkrow Butcher-related bands, The Combat Zone and Lude Boys, on Friday (10/25) at Fitness (1196 Myrtle Ave). NYC's MIssionary and dark W Mass mid-tempo punks Longings are on the bill too.

The actual Bloodkrow Butcher team up with Ruleta Rusa and La Misma, plus two Canadian bands that aren't billed for this year's Varning Fest -- Montreal's Omegas and Toronto's S.H.I.T. -- for a show at Acheron on November 2. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The super-fun, Farfisa-loving punks Hank Wood & the Hammerheads team up with Koward and NYC goths Anasazi for a show on November 7 at 538 Johnson.

And speaking of Anasazi, they play another local show on 11/20 at Acheron with Green Beret, Condition, Rank and The Three Muskateers (mem. of Perdition and Nomad). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Full Varning lineup and flyer, along with some live videos and streams, below...

Continue reading "Montreal's Varning Fest returning; many bands playing NYC first (Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, La Misma & more)"


Missed them at one of their two large Manhattan shows earlier this year? Well, chances are you'll miss them again because not many people will fit into Saint Vitus on October 11th for the Invisible Oranges-presented JUDGE show happening there as part of the CBGB Festival on that night in the intimate Brooklyn venue with Manipulate and more TBA. Tickets will go on sale Friday (9/27) and limited CBGB Fest badges will also get in at the door. Stay tuned for the ticket link, listen to Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio every Tuesday night, follow @InvisOranges on Twitter, and good luck.

Judge also play Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin in November.

Offensive Weapon, offensive indeed, at Acheron - 9/21/13
Offensive Weapon

Brooklyn punk/metal venue Acheron faced some controversy over the weekend when they booked an Oi! skinhead show with Oxblood, Offensive Weapon, Stormwatch, The Wolverines, and Maddog Surrender on Saturday (9/21). Certain events that took place at the show prompted the venue to apologize to their regulars. A Facebook post from the venue reads:

It's 2013 and this should not have to be said, but let it be known that the Acheron has no patience or sympathy for any form of intolerance or fascism. The bullshit debate over Death in June is nothing compared to the unfortunate surprise we were presented with tonight. To any regulars that felt they needed to leave, please accept our apologies and know that more vetting will be done on all future shows.
In the comments they continue:
To be clear: this is not directed at the promoters of the show, but at a certain segment of the crowd who made my patrons and staff uncomfortable, and me as well.

...No one was out of line and the crowd was generally very polite and under control. I have no personal issue with anyone at the show and certainly not with the promoters. As a promoter myself for nearly 20 years. I am certainly sympathetic and understanding. Nonetheless, when a member of the crowd says to my door person "you don't get to talk to me. You're not even white". I have a responsibility to address that.

...I just want my regulars and those that see offensive things posted on the internet to know that we do not support the views espoused by some members of the crowd last night and would rather not, at the end of the day, be party to those who would literally wear intolerance on their sleeve. As a business owner, I will always be polite and treat customers with respect. However, I would rather not invite customers that would alienate other customers.

The show was initially kept somewhat of a secret; Acheron never listed the show on their Facebook or website, and didn't even reference any details in their apology. The venue and address are even absent from the show's Facebook event on the label's site and from the flyer. The show is practically non-Googleable, and in a YouTube video we found of Offensive Weapon's set at the show (which also doesn't list the name of the venue), the singer (at 5:50) mentions that they kept the show a secret because of their "friends in the Antifa" who they then dedicate a song called "Yellow Journalist" to.

Antifa is an anti-fascism group who makes it a point to try and shut down shows they believe include bands with fascist beliefs (like Death in June for instance). Members of Offensive Weapons and/or their associates have been pictured wearing Anti-Antifa shirts (not to mention red suspenders). According to record label, Pure Impact, Offensive Weapon are "one of THE non-PC American skinhead bands of the moment, tough Oi! with a touch of hardcore, true heirs to the old Youth Defense League style." But according to some, "All 'no politics' means for these lowlifes is: boneheads welcome."

Regarding the political or non-political motives of the bands on the bill, in response to the venue's Facebook status, Heidi Cavegurl Witmann (self proclaimed girlfriend of Oxblood's drummer) commented:

Seriously? There WERE NO NAZI BANDS THERE LAST NIGHT...there was a mixed crowd there and a few with opposing viewpoints and sure, I saw a few white power skins there...but I actually had a GREAT time last night, as ALMOST everyone was on their best behavior...funny that it seemed like it was the "ladies" who caused the only real ruckus. Fuckin sad...I actually dug the Acheron and it's staff until this thread. This is just another reason why I don't even make it out to see my own boyfriend drum for Oxblood. I have known them all for years and and this racist talk about any of those bands is so fucking tired already. I don't date or cohort with racists and I certainly don't stay commited to one for 13 years. I went to see our best friends (Frank and Val Bruno) come from Texas and to see and hear some kickass Rock and Roll...oh yea...and to watch my man kick some ass on the drums!! FUCK THE POLITICS and enough with the bogus racist hype already! Sheesh...way to ruin a gurl's night out. Ug.
Two videos from the show in question can be watched below...

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by Doug Moore

Vision of Disorder (more by Kurt Christensen)
Vision of Disorder

In other crowdfunding-related news, a pair of Long Island hardcore fans named Nick and Chris Lilli are raising money for a documentary on the region's legendary DIY hardcore tradition, titled Something in the Water: A Film About the Long Island Hardcore Music Scene. Of particular note are the incentives, which rely largely on contributions from Saint Vitus Bar (whose owners were heavily involved in the 90s/00s LIHC scene). $300 will get you five show passes to Vitus, plus a DVD, a t-shirt, and thanks in the credits. $500 nets you a one-year unlimited Vitus pass plus the same goodie package, and $1000 scores lifetime unlimited access to Vitus gigs. If you plan to attend more than 100 Vitus shows before you kick the bucket, it's actually kind of a steal. (You may want to spring for earplugs, too.)

Contribute to the fund for Something in the Water: A Film About the Long Island Hardcore Music Scene here.

Trailer for the film below...

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Weekend Nachos

Chicago hardcore unit Weekend Nachos have announced their new LP Still, due via Relapse/Deep Six on November 8. That's the cover art above. The record features "S.C.A.B." and "Satan Sucker" that the band made available today at Mediafire. You can also stream them below.

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Hoax @ 538 Johnson, 8/21/2013

Raw punk indebted to early hardcore met with industrial noise at 538 Johnson last night (8/21), when Hoax headlined a set with Crazy Spirit, Warthog, and Pharmakon. Hoax is readying the release of an undoubtedly primitive and vicious LP, and recently dropped a pair of tracks off from the record. Check out those tracks, not to mention video of full, sweat-drenched sets from all four bands in this post, courtesy of UN:ART:IG.

Pharmakon's next move in the NYC area is to hit Basilica Festival followed by Mercury Lounge on 9/11 with Destruction Unit (tickets).

Video below...

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by Fred Pessaro

Kill Your Idols

After a strong showing at Black & Blue and again at This is Hardcore, Kill Your Idols have returned to NYC area for another date, this time at Santos Party House on November 29 with Crime in Stereo (who reunited last year after calling it quits in 2010 initally) and Altered Boys. Tickets are on sale.

The show is one of three total dates, with Kill Your Idols supporting Modern Life is War on a pair of dates in the Chicago area (one of which is at Cobra Lounge). All dates are listed, along with video from B&B 2013, below.

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Negative hardcore/raw punk band Hoax are gearing up for the release of their debut LP, featuring what will surely be a grip of all-new favorites for fans of the genre. No release date yet for the album, but you can stream "Anesthetize" and "Hide" from it below. Recommended.

UPDATE: Stream the LP in full now below

Hoax will lead off a positively stacked lineup of Crazy Spirit, Warthog and Pharmakon at 538 Johnson Wednesday night (Aug 21, more info here). Unmissable and all ages.

Streams below...

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Modern Life is War

We already knew Modern Life is War, who reformed last year after a four-year abscence, were on for This is Hardcore in August, but have now announced more US dates and a new LP. The freshly released dates include an NYC stop at The Studio at Webster Hall on October 12 with Night Birds (who play with Zero Boys soon), Deathcycle and Wet Witch. Ticket info is on the way.

The shows are in celebration of the band's new LP Fever Hunting, due for release via Deathwish Inc on September 3.

All tour dates are listed, along with details on the new MLIW LP, below.

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by Fred Pessaro

No Sir

No Sir's DNA is comprised of members of Sabertooth Zombie and Creative Adult, but that is definitely not an indication of their direction. Far from it in fact, as No Sir lean more toward crusty, simpler hardcore punk direction that resembles favorites like Pissed Jeans or Slices (RIP). Ripping hardcore is first, everything else takes the backseat.

Their new LP, The Future Is Bright is due August 13 via Twelve Gauge Records, and is one short of a dozen doses of adrenaline, including "C.A.L.I.F.O.R.N.I.A." (available in video form) and "I Doubt You'll Ever Swim Again" (streaming), both which you can check out below.

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