FACE to FACE Signs To Rise Records – Album Drops April 9th


Widely regarded as one of punk music’s most influential bands, Face To Face has announced details of their forthcoming April 9th release, Three Chords and Half A Truth. After some two decades as a touring band,  Trever Keith and company have settled in with Rise Records.

A glimpse at the artwork and a preliminary track list are now available.


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The 15th year of Punk Rock Bowling is upon us and man oh man, is this going to be a good one!

DEVO, yes, that’s right! Spudboys are coming to PRB to play all the old hits, “Uncontrollable Urge”, “Mongoloid”, “Gut Feeling”… you name it. De-evolution will never be the same again!

THE WEIRDOS!!! The M*therF**kin WEIRDOS! The Denney Brothers along with Zander Schloss will be busting out “We got the Neutron Bomb”, “Solitary Confinement”, “Helium Bar”.

TURBONEGRO straight outta Norway are finally going to take the PRB stage and play “All My Friends Are Dead” for us! This is going to be awesome! The U.S. BOMBS, featuring skate legend Duane Peters also make their PRB debut, and straight from the streets of New York, we welcome THE CASUALTIES! Also added are 80’s street punks from Belgium Funeral Dress and SoCal favorites Channel 3.

The aforementioned bands join previously announced acts, FLAG, featuring original members Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Bill Stevenson (drums 1981-1985) along with SST labelmate and Descendents guitarist Stephen Egerton (guitar) performing the music of Black Flag, and preeminent punk band Bad Religion (who just released their new album ‘True North’ on January 22nd via Epitaph Records), pioneers of British punk rock, The Damned, hardcore innovators D.R.I, Uk’s politically charged Subhumans, 90’s pop punk phenoms Lagwagon, New Jersey’s lovable Bouncing Souls, San Francisco’s finest street punks Swingin Utters, and Texas’s Lower Class Brats.

Punk Rock Bowling was started back in 1999 as a way to bring the independent music community together for an annual party. It has since grown into a 4 day festival in downtown Las Vegas that brings out fans and bands alike from all over the world. Now in our 15th year, more than 8,000 punk rock music lovers flock to Las Vegas to partake in the “biggest punk rock party of the year!”

3 days and 4 nights of outdoor festivals & late night club shows overtake the Downtown Fremont East District with over 70 bands performing throughout the weekend, many special guests, reunions and rare appearances. With 1,000 punk rock bowlers competing for over $15,000 in prize money during the day, over 1,000 downtown hotel rooms, pool parties, comedy shows and a poker tournament, this is a marathon party that never stops in the City Of Sin.

“Being fans of music ourselves, we like to take all the things we dislike about festivals and eliminate them from our event” says festival organizer Stern. “We want this to be a big party and we want everyone to have a great time. We offer good food with vegan and vegetarian options, and our drinks are probably half the price of most festivals. We also limit the capacity so it still sounds great and because our audience are such die hard fans of punk rock, we have little to no problems in the crowd. It’s like one big family enjoying a debauchery filled weekend in Las Vegas like any normal family! Ha!”

Bowling Registration and Hotel Rooms Are Now Available
at http://www.punkrockbowling.com

Festival Weekend Passes On Sale Tues. Jan. 29, 2013 @ 1pm PST

$105 For All 3 days

About Flag (original members Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski and Bill Stevenson, with Stephen Egerton performing the music of Black Flag):

On January 27, 1979, at a Moose Lodge in Redondo Beach, California, Black Flag took the stage for the first time. Whipping up as much meat energy as possible, they didn’t so much play songs as create rapid-fire, rhythmic drives.
Everything was short. Stripped-down. A wall of distortion, built on a relentless series of riffs. And vocalist Keith Morris ran around the stage like an escaped lunatic, eventually wrapping himself in one of the venue’s American flags like it was a straitjacket. It was hardcore punk-rock before anyone ever started calling it that. It was great. You could ask anyone who was there.

Although Black Flag’s line-up — Morris, bassist Chuck Dukowski, guitarist Greg Ginn, and drummer Robo — would splinter within a year, the band’s ever-shifting membership released a half-dozen LPs (including the now-classic Damaged, My War, and Slip It In), two live albums, two compilations (Everything Went Black and The First Four Years), and several EPs that incorporated heavy metal, free jazz, and break-beats into the mix before they finally imploded in 1986.
Along the way, Black Flag wrote dozens of enduring songs, ranging from the sarcastic (“TV Party” and the Morris co-write “Wasted”) to the anthemic (“Rise Above” and the Dukowski-authored “My War”) to “Gimme Gimme Gimme” and “Nervous Breakdown.”

Black Flag also headlined sold-out shows at L.A.’s Olympic Auditorium, the Hollywood Palladium, and the Santa Monica Civic, and saw an early live performance immortalized in the ground-breaking 1979 punk-rock documentary, The Decline Of Western Civilization.

Meanwhile, Dukowski served as co-owner and booking agent at the band’s own SST Records label, which became one of America’s most influential independent labels, issuing more than 100 records from such future stars as the Minutemen, Sonic Youth, Soundgarden, Hüsker Dü, Bad Brains, and the Meat Puppets, for openers. More importantly, Black Flag and SST’s acts hit the road, building a nationwide touring circuit for indie recording artists that continues to this day.
This D.I.Y. ethos, along with the band’s anti-rock-star attitude and refusal to follow any fashion dictates, would be their greatest legacy.

At least until Morris, Dukowski, drummer Bill Stevenson (who played in Black Flag from 1981 to 1985), and guitarist Stephen Egerton (who’s been a member of the Stevenson-founded Descendents and ALL since 1985) reunited for a surprise performance at L.A. promoter Goldenvoice’s 30th anniversary concert in December 2011.

Inspired by the crowd’s enthusiastic reaction, Morris (whose post-Black Flag career includes fronting the Circle Jerks and, most recently, hardcore revivalists OFF!), Dukowski (who, after exiting Black Flag in 1983, founded SWA, Würm, United Gang Members, October Faction, and, his current outfit, the Chuck Dukowski Sextet), Stevenson, and Egerton decided to extend the legacy, working up a repertoire of 30 classic Black Flag songs with an eye toward future live performances.

Taking their cue from the black flag of anarchy, they’re calling themselves FLAG. Long may they wave.
Bowling Registration and Hotel Rooms Are Now Available
at www.punkrockbowling.com

The Circle Sessions – FICTION REFORM


Among working class bands, there is an additional satisfaction that comes with every milestone. A big show, a great review, a small tour, maybe even some cash – these are the especially sweet cherries on top for the musicians that trudge along in an effort to play their songs in front of a receptive, reciprocating audience. The misconception by now, has long been dispelled. The imaginary backstage full of important folks and warm hospitality is usually a dusty corner, some cold, domestic beers and a second to collect your thoughts before it’s time to hit the stage. Glamor, far from it.

For Southern California’s FICTION REFORM, the grind is all too familiar. Between small clubs and bar shows, the band has earned mainstage performances alongside the likes of Misfits, The Vandals, and most recently, Social Distortion. In part, the reason the band has earned those coveted spots is because they figured out long ago that performing music was just the fun part of the job.

As a crucial part of the Basement Records family, front woman Brenna Red and bassist Danielle Lehman talk about remaining viable in the eyes of their fans almost more then they do about songwriting. Having music featured on multiple TV series including The Dudesons and Rob Dydek’s Fantasy Factory both on the MTV Networks, the ladies echo a sentiment that seems to resonate in everything the band does – taking the stage is the fun part, but that only seems to happen ideally, when the business of being in a working class band is in order first. To be in this band, you need to work, earn, then you get the reward of letting it all show on stage. Watch edition of the Circle Sessions featuring the ladies of FICTION REFORM.

Circle Sessions “Fiction Reform” Jan 2013 from Circle Sessions on Vimeo.

The Sparring release new music video

Orange County Hardcore Punk outfit THE SPARRING released their new music video today for “Straitjacket” check it out and make sure to catch them February 3rd at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA with CRO MAGS and STRIFE.

Buy a T-Shirt and help out The Bouncing Souls!

As you may or may not know, The Bouncing Souls were robbed at a recent show in Allentown, PA. They lost thousands of dollars, computers, and irreplaceable documents.

To help recoup some of the costs, some friends of The Bouncing Souls (Dogwig Printing) are donating their shirts, inks, and labor to offer 2 different Fundraising T-Shirts! All proceeds will go towards recouping the losses.
This sale will be available for a limited time only! It will end on September 7th and shirts will ship 2-3 weeks later.

Please check out http://bit.ly/NoHonorAmongThieves

Interview with Matt and Derek of The Greenery

Check out this interview with The Greenery as they discuss preparing for their next album!

You can find more information on The Greenery http://www.facebook.com/thegreeneryca

SPIN debuts new Riverboat Gamblers video

Spin is preimering the brand new music video from Riverboat Gamblers for ‘Comedians’ Check it out at the link below!




Boise Warped Tour!

If you happen to be at Warped Tour today in Boise, please go check out Continental performing on The Kevin Says Stage at 6:10 PM




Pulverizing Punk Upstarts DEATH PUNCH and THE SPARRING release the spit, ROUND 1 

Orange County, CA – Aug. 12, 2011 – Channeling the roots of the punk subculture, two of Southern California’s most promising prospects have joined forces to launch their modern take on a time honored tradition. Simply titling the release ROUND 1, Death Punch and The Sparring go for the jugular with eight tracks of all out release. Contributing four tracks apiece, ROUND 1 is anchored by the fundamentals of cathartic punk rock music – driving percussion, flammable string work, and vocal delivery that is part punk swagger, part war cry.

From Los Angeles, the quintet known as DEATH PUNCH might be young, but have already cemented a fervent following among punk purists. Routinely supporting artists that span the generational divide, DEATH PUNCH has shared the stage with everyone from The ADICTS and FEAR, to STRUNG OUT and DEATH BY STEREO. Projecting a sound that is both aggressive and articulate, the five hone in on a message that manages to retain the socially conscious foundation of punk, while never forgetting the pit. In much of the same vein as The Casualties, Bad Religion, and Anti-Flag, DEATH PUNCH is indeed that old school feel with a new car smell.

A little further east on the 91 in Fullerton, CA, THE SPARRING has begun establishing their own punk rock legacy. On the strength of the band’s first 3-song EP, indie punk darlings Old Shoe Records immediately began a partnership. Cathartic, relentless, outright flammable, THE SPARRING would go on to land a spot on the summer long trek of the Vans Warped Tour, showcase their brand successfully at SXSW, and earn the adulation of a wide array of genre mainstays ranging from STREET DOGS and FACE to FACE, to EVERY TIME I DIE! and RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS.

The collaborative effort simply titled ROUND 1, marks the first split from OLD SHOE RECORDS  and ushers in a new era of ageless punk rock tradition. Featuring (3) three new, original recordings from each DEATH PUNCH and THE SPARRING, the overall theme to the album fits perfectly with the title – complete release. Stage dives, circle pits, 20 fans to one microphone, ROUND 1 harnesses the sheer combustion that is a DEATH PUNCH or THE SPARRING onstage. Both bands are also finalizing tour dates to bring the madness to a city near you.

These boys are taking off the gloves – things are about to get heavy.


To purchase click here – “ROUND 1”



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Announce Dates on Dropkick Murphy’s Shamrock-N-Roll Festival on Folk Stage

In anticipation of CHUCK RAGAN’s third full length record COVERING GROUND , the rootsy singer/songwriter is excited to debut the song “Nomad By Fate” on his newly redesigned website http://www.ChuckRaganMusic.com. After downloading the song for FREE, fans can pre-order Covering Ground, out September 13, 2011 on CD or vinyl, as well as limited edition bundles with custom mini harmonica at SideOneDummy’s webstore:  http://store.sideonedummy.com/bands/chuck-ragan.html

No stranger to the road, Ragan has spent nearly 20 years traveling the world on tour and is excited to hit the pavement again this Fall on Dropkick Murphys’ inaugural Shamrock-N-Roll Festival. Kicking off with two nights at Boston’s renowned Fenway Park on September 8, Ragan will play the Folk stage all nine nights of the tour, which also features Dropkick Murphys, Street Dogs, The Mahones, The Parkington Sisters, and more. Following the Dropkick Murphys’ festival, Chuck Ragan will embark on his own international event, The Revival Tour (www.therevivaltour.com), whose UK and European leg will include eight new countries. The three-week acoustic collective boasts solo and collaborative performances from Ragan, Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio), Dave Hause (The Loved Ones), and Brian Fallon (Gaslight Anthem/Horrible Crowes), who also appears on the album, and kicks off on September 27 in Bristol, UK. Continue reading