A bunch of hardcore bands, including NYHC veterans Cro-Mags, Sheer Terror and CIV, are playing a benefit for three-year old boy Alexander Owens who's battling NF (Neurofibramatosis), "which causes painful tumors throughout the body." The show happens at NYC's Highline Ballroom on May 29, also with Wisdom In Chains, Nine Lives and Extinction AD on the bill. Tickets are on sale now.

Cro-Mags frontman John Joseph is also running a race in Hawaii to raise money for Alexander. Here's more from John:

I'm racing the IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in Kona, Hawaii on October 8, 2016, and I'm doing it for my NF Hero "Alexander the Great" Owens, a little boy with NF (neurofibromatosis).

NF causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body and can lead to blindness, bone abnormalities, cancer, deafness, disfigurement, learning disabilities, and excruciating and disabling pain.

Alex was diagnosed with NF at 4 months, and turns 3 years old on Oct. 12, 2015. Because of NF, he has migraines and 2 tumors, a large tumor on his back, and a tumor on his brain. His brain tumor has a 50% chance of causing blindness and the one on his back is inoperable and does not respond well to chemo or radiation. Alex has to travel from his home in Connecticut to the Children's Hospital of Philly every 3 months for MRIs and specialist visits, but Alex is a HAPPY and mellow kid, a little shy but compassionate.

You can donate here.

In related news, there's a new Sheer Terror box set coming:

Yeah, that’s right. After decades of being out-of-print on vinyl, the Sheer Terror Blackout! Releases are going to be made available for a one-shot-only box set. This is available by pre-order only, and will not be in stores, so don’t come crying to us if you miss it. AND only 750 are available with the first 250 orders of the boxset or boxset bundle being on special COLORED VINYL.

You’ve been hounding us for years, so pony up!

The Bulldog Box includes:

‘No Grounds For Pity’ (Demos & Rarities) LP: The first and only vinyl pressing.
‘Just Can’t Hate Enough’ LP:
Exclusive box-set only colored vinyl pressing
‘Thanks Fer Nuthin’ LP: Exclusive box-set only final pressing on colored vinyl
‘Old, New Borrowed, and Blue’ 12” EP: Exclusive box-set only final pressing on colored vinyl
‘Unheard Unloved’ LP: Never before released versions of the “Love Songs…” album. Rougher and more aggressive recordings.

Pre-order the box set here.

And lastly, the great CIV don't play very often. The only other upcoming 2016 show they have announced is the Wrecking Ball festival in Atlanta.

Listen to some classic Cro-Mags, Sheer Terror and CIV albums:

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