Forgive me for blogging...

I have a busy week ahead of me with shows and packing and shit. I leave for mother fucking VANCOUVER next Monday to visit my besty, Miss Becky (from the wicked band The Does… www.myspace.com/thedoesband), and I could NOT be more excited.
I hope to see a bunch of bands while I’m down there so I can write from the perspective of another happenin’ city other than Toronto… so bear with me for a week of no updates… I’ll make it up to you when I’m back I promise…


Not to mention this week will be packed full of reviews to hold you over until then anyway!

Tuesday night = THE AVETT BROTHERS @ Phoenix, and I am already crapping my pants for it.

Wednesday night = Another country’ish band, this one local called The Order of Good Cheer playing at the Piston with Still Life Still… and on top of that you get a chance to win a bag of MEAT if you go. Holla!

Friday night = Members of The Stiff Wires debut their new lineup as All the Trendy Kids at the Velvet Underground…. Straight up punk rock this time boys! STOKED!


Also working on reviewing local band Stuck On Planet Earth (SOPE) and the stream of Good Old War’s new album which is found on their myspace.


My obsessions lately are as follows:
Doc Walker’s “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” which seemed to follow me around Grafton when I visited my parents this past weekend.
A Loss For Word’s Motown Classics album is still constantly spinning on my Ipod each day at work.
INTO IT. OVER IT. (the Band of the Week) are my newest found love… they make me happier than chocolate on bacon and a chaser of tequila.

Annnnd my favourite song of the moment is thus:




Another thing? Chixdiggit! Friggin’ rule. Still. <3.





I’m Sarah. and I can’t wait for VANCOUVER!!!

The Order Of Good Cheer @ The Piston in Toronto ALL MONTH LONG! W/ Special Guests...



See you there!

FREE STREAM OF OK PILOT'S NEW ALBUM TITLED NERVES!

<a href="http://okpilot.bandcamp.com/album/nerves">Daggers by OK Pilot</a>

BOYCOTT ARIZONA! FUCK THEIR NEW IMMIGRATION LAW!

JOIN BANDS LIKE RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, RISE AGAINST, SONIC YOUTH, TENACIOUS D, CONOR OBERST ETC ETC ETC IN BOYCOTTING ARIZONA BECAUSE OF THEIR NEW FUCKED UP IMMIGRATION LAW...

READ MORE ABOUT IT HERE.



Noteworthy New Releases Tuesday June 1st, 2010.

8mm - Love and the Apocalypse
Cherryholmes - Cherryholmes IV: Common Threads
Chase Coy - Picturesque
Taio Cruz - Rokstarr
Elk City - House of Tongues
Faithless - The Dance
The Futureheads - The Chaos
Gold Motel (former Hush Sound member Greta Morgan) - Summer House
Good Old War - S/T
Scott Hardkiss - Beat Freak
Hawthorne Heights - Skeletons
Jaicko (winner of the Barbados Music Award for Best R&B Star) - Can I
Jack Johnson - To The Sea
Late Nite Wars - It's Okay or Even Worse
Lostboy! A.K.A. Jim Kerr (of Simple Minds) - S/T
Tift Merritt - See You On The Moon
Melvins The Bride Screamed Murder
Outrageous Cherry - Seemingly Solid Reality
Scarlet Grey - Fancy Blood
Sleigh Bells (electro-rock duo) - Treats
Watermelon Slim - Ringers
Wintersleep - New Inheritors

Iconoclast TOM WAITS takes a turn as Guest Editor for Mojo's 200th edition on stands

"I don't know how they talked me into doing this. All I really wanted to do was drive the forklift," Tom Waits
In this legendary issue, Waits discusses the following with Hank Williams III: reconciling musical personalities; how to create "a death metal hillbilly invasion;" meeting Minnie Pearl; haunted houses; and why Hank Sr. must be reinstated as a member of The Grand Ole Opry. Elsewhere, Joe Henry interviews Harry Belafonte, one of Tom's lifelong heroes, while artist Kellesimone Waits, Tom's daughter, is featured along with her work.

Also included in this edition:
TOM'S ULTIMATE PICKS: A huge, carefully compiled selection of his essential songs, films and books, featuring James Brown, William Burroughs, Alex Chilton, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, James Dean and David Lynch, among others.

FREE CD-STEP RIGHT UP!: A 15-track musical journey compiled and sequenced by Waits highlighting Bob Dylan, Howlin' Wolf, Ray Charles, Harry Belafonte, Cliff Edwards, Big Mama Thorton, The Prisonaires, Hank Williams and many more.

MORE WAITS: Tom's favorite one-hit wonders and ultimate buried treasures. Plus Mojo's guide to all Waits' albums.

Currently, Tom is working in the studio with his longtime collaborator and wife, Kathleen Brennan writing songs for a new album.

Paragon is looking for ONE MORE BAND

Paragon is looking for ONE MORE BAND (19 Plus Please) to play: LEE'S PALACE on THURSDAY, JUNE 24TH, 2010
SIGN UP NOW: http://www.paragononline.ca/news.php?id=347
Its a great gig, bands get drink tickets & are judged fairly based on their talent. In case all of the above reasons are not enough, one band will get to win

ONE HUGE PRIZE:
*30 Hours of recording time at 7 VALLEY STUDIOS http://7valley.ca/
*500 duplicated CDs from Firebrand Interactive http://www.firebrandinc.com/
*A band Merchandising package from http://Artik.com which includes: 50 top quality,
cotton T-shirts with a two colour logo.
*100 band buttons with your logo on them from http://artik.com
*An Artist Development Deal with Paragonyx Entertainment which includes:
-Two Lucrative weekend gigs at hard to crack Toronto Venues.
-Featured band - www.paragononline.ca for three months.
-Your band's song on Paragon's myspace for three months.
*An Electronic press kit.
*CD Duplication.
*A live professional digital recording of your band's next show.
*A professional photoshoot.
& MUCH, MUCH MORE!

Its a great opportunity & let's face it, Thursday in Toronto in the summer when everyone goes away camping & to the cottage is like Friday night...

SIGN UP: http://www.paragononline.ca/news.php?id=347
DEADLINE : ASAP
*Only bands selected to play will be contacted...

http://www.paragononline.ca/news.php?id=347http://myspace.com/paragononline

Wintersleep debut new video for "Black Camera"


Canada's Wintersleep just debuted their new video for "Black Camera" a track from their forthcoming album New Inheritors which hits stores on June 1st. You can view the video here http://wintersleep.com/blackcamera.html there you will also find share/embed code for the video.

New Inheritors also just went up for pre-order at Newbury Comics.
http://www.newburycomics.com/rel/v2_home.php?storenr=103&deptnr=381

The album is available to stream in its entirety at www.wintersleep.com

Don't forget, Wintersleep will tour the states with Matt Pond PA beginning June 4th.
Wintersleep Tour dates
6.04 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, PA
6.05 Great Scott Allston, MA
6.08 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
6.09 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN
6.12 The High Dive Seattle, WA
6.13 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR
6.15 The Independent San Francisco, CA
6.16 Detroit Bar Costa Mesa, CA
6.17 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
6.18 Sail Inn Tempe, AZ
6.19 Corazon Santa Fe, NM
6.21 Mohawk Austin, TX
6.23 Bottle Tree Birmingham, AL
6.24 Earl Atlanta, GA
6.27 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY

www.wintersleep.com
www.twitter.com/wintersleep
www.facebook.com/wintersleep
www.myspace.com/wintersleep

DISCO ENSEMBLE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, "THE ISLAND OF DISCO ENSEMBLE" ON JUNE 1ST!


Swedish post-hardcore/indie band DISCO ENSEMBLE returns with their fourth studio full length album The Island of Disco Ensemble set to hit stores on June 1st.
After having three previous albums that saw commercial success (Viper Ethics in 2003, First Aid Kit in 2005 and Magic Recoveries in 2008), Miikka Koivisto (Vocals), Jussi Ylikoski (Guitar), Mikko Hakila (Drums), and Lasse Lindfors (Bass) created a fourth album that promises to be there most adventurous.
Recorded in a smorgasbord of different studios in the bands native Finland, Disco Ensemble spent time in Petrax studios in Hollola, Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki and Fried studios in Helsinki. The man behind mixing board of the bands fourth and most mature work is producer/songwriter/radio-journalist Lasse Kurki.
Vocalist Miikka Koivisto on the new album, "The Island of Disco Ensemble couldn't have been born in any other time in history than now. The Island of Disco Ensemble is more consistent and accessible but at the same time more uncompromising and unique than our previous records."
Drummer Mikko Hakila adds: "This album is a natural follow-up to our previous albums. If Viper Ethics was first-album-excitement, First Aid Kit was more mature and Magic Recoveries was stretching the band's limits, then this one is a combination of all of that." The album will be available as a CD, download and vinyl, and a limited edition book & CD package. Disco Ensemble is in the midst of a European tour and just released the first single from the new album, titled "White Flag for Peace." Check it out now.

"WHITE FLAG FOR PEACE" VIDEO
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0fwXRrigPY

DISCO ENSEMBLE WIDGET (with album stream!)
http://media.nabbr.com/disco_ensemble.html

THE ISLAND OF DISCO ENSEMBLE TRACKLISTING:
1. Bay of Biscay
2. Pitch Black Cloud
3. White Flag for Peace
4. Protector
5. So Cold
6. Get Some Sleep
7. Life of Crime
8. Semi Eternal Flame / Undo
9. Lefty
10. Samantha

FOR MORE INFORMATION
www.discoensemble.com
www.myspace.com/discoensemble
www.facebook.com/discoensemble
www.twitter.com/discoensemble

In Fear and Faith Post New Song On MySpace

San Diego’s In Fear and Faith has posted another new song (“Bones”) on MySpace. The track will appear on the band’s new record IMPERIAL, in stores and online June 15th on Rise Records!
Check out the new song at www.myspace.com/infearandfaith.

Catch In Fear and Faith on tour now with The Bled, Of Mice & Men and The Color Morale, and on the Vans Warped Tour starting June 25th through August 15th.

www.riserecords.com

Quadron, WHAT UP!

QUADRON TO PERFORM ON KCRW’S ‘MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC’ MONDAY, JUNE 7
BAND TO PLAY FREE SHOW AT AMOEBA MUSIC IN HOLLYWOOD AT 5PM ON SUNDAY, JUNE 6
DANISH DUO TO START U.S. TOUR WITH PERFORMANCE AT UCLA JAZZ/REGGAE FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY, MAY 30
PITCHFORK PREMIERES ‘BUSTER KEATON’ VIDEO

Denmark’s Quadron, the duo that the New York Post describes as “…a mix of Adele, The Supremes and Sade…” and BBC News calls, “electronic soul music that isn’t a contradiction in terms…” is preparing for a busy week in sunny Los Angeles. Performing at the UCLA JazzReggae Festival on Sunday, May 30, the band will then perform a free 5PM in-store concert at Amoeba Music in Hollywood, one of the world’s largest independent music stores, on
Sunday, June 6, followed by their U.S. live radio performance debut on public radio station KCRW’s groundbreaking ‘Morning Becomes Eclectic’ at 11:15am on Monday, June 7th.
Pitchfork is premiering Quadron’s brand new, Tracemaker-directed video for the track ‘Buster Keaton’. View the clip here: http://pitchfork.com/tv/#/musicvideo/6842-quadron-buster-keaton-plug-research.
A breakout act in 2010 thanks to forward-thinking radio programmers at stations such as KCRW, Quadron has announced plans for their first official tour of the U.S. Initial dates are listed below.

Quadron Tour Dates:
May 30th JazzReggae Festival at UCLA
June 6th Amoeba in-store Los Angeles, CA
June 7th KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic Los Angeles, CA
June 11th Mosaic Lounge in San Jose, CA
June 12th The New Parish in Oakland, CA
June 13th Som Bar in San Francisco, CA
June 15th KEXP Live Performance Seattle, WA
June 15th Nectar Lounge in Seattle, WA
June 17th The Fix in Portland, OR
June 23rd Liv in Washington DC, MD
June 24th Southpaw in NY, NY
June 25th Spring 4th in Atlanta, GA
June 26th Venue TBC in Miami, FL
June 29th Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia, PA
*More dates/in-stores/radio appearances to be announced shortly.

Quadron’s self-titled release is available now on Plug Research (www.plugresearch.com).

For more info on Quadron, please see www.myspace.com/quadronquadron.

Concert Brings Islands to the Desert

9th Annual Reggae In The Desert June 12, In Downtown Las Vegas, NV
Lineup Features: Barrington Levy, Sly & Robbie, Marcia Griffiths, Yellowman, Mystic Roots and Haleamano

To purchase tickets, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. For a complete list of performance times and additional information visit the event Web site at www.reggaeinthedesert.com, Clark County Parks and Recreation’s Web site at www.accessclarkcounty.com/parks or call 455-8200.Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook by visiting http://tinyurl.com/l87c4l.

Noteworthy New Releases Tuesday May 25th, 2010:

All Time Low - Straight to DVD
Authority Zero - Stories of Survival,
Blacklist Royals - Semper Liberi
The Chapin Sisters - Oh, Hear The Wind Blow
David Cross - Bigger & Blackerer
Dirty Tactics - It Is What It Is
Far - At Night We Live
Framing Hanley - A Promise To Burn
The Glitch Mob - Drink The Sea
Hank III (Hank Williams III) - Rebel Within
I Call Fives - Bad Advice
It's Alive - Human Resources
Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden - Jasmine
Keller & The Keels (Keller Williams) - Thief **Best fucking cover album... yeehaw!**
Bettye Lavette - Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook
Loudness - King of Pain
Marina & The Diamonds - The Family Jewels
John Prine - In Person & On Stage
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - The Wages
Rosetta - A Determinism of Morality
Darrell Scott (part of Robert Plant's Band of Joy tour) - A Crooked Rose
Smashing Pumpkins - Teargarden by Kaleidyscope — Vol. 1: Songs For a Sailor
Jimmy Somerville - Suddenly Last Summer
Soulfly - Omen
Stone Temple Pilots - S/T
Tobacco - Maniac Meat
Tomorrows Bad Seeds - Sacred For Sale
Truth & Salvage Co. - S/T
Veara - What We Left Behind
Widespread Panic - Dirty Side Down

What's this? Did an interview actually work out? OH MY FUCK!

That's right!
Check out my interview with Grand Scale on the interviews page!

Shit yeah!

Psychostick Release "The Digital Appetizer" Just $2.99!

HUNGRY!? PICK UP A COPY OF PSYCHOSTICK "THE DIGITAL APPETIZER"
THREE BRAND NEW TRACKS JUST $2.99

Humorcore band Psychostick have just released three new tracks, dubbed “The Digital Sampler,” on May 11, 2010. The songs are available via their website (www.psychostick.com), MySpace page (www.myspace.com/psychostick) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/psychostick). The song titles are “Cockblock,”(Streaming Audio: "Cockblock"
http://vista.streamguys.com/jspiewak/psycho_cock.wma) “Tuff Luv,” and “iSong.”

Psychostick plan to hit the road in June and July with one of their favorite underground bands, Look What I Did (tour dates to be announced soon). The six-week run has been titled "The Pay Off the Van Tour.” “We've been making payments on the chariot for what seems like forever," says Psychostick vocalist Rob Kersey. "Our goal is to pay off the final few thousand this summer and relieve some of the financial strain on our bank account. It's a noble cause."

Psychostick is currently in the midst of the Parental Advisory Tour with Nashville Pussy and Green Jelly (see remaining tour dates below). “Touring with Green Jelly and Nashville Pussy has been very educational and enlightening,” says Kersey. “We’ve always been a DIY, self-touring band, but now we're seeing how touring with professionals actually works. Bill Manspeaker from Green Jelly has been especially influential.”

Psychostick helped Manspeaker celebrate his birthday in Austin, TX, with proper chaos on May 1st. The band, along with the help of fans and Nashville Pussy guitarist Ruyter Suys, pummeled him with 60 rolls of toilet paper and 15 canisters of silly string. Manspeaker later thanked the band for a memorable evening. Fan footage of the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHD33ZI0SMc

Parental Advisory Tour Dates (Nashville Pussy, Green Jelly, Psychostick):
5/21 Fresno, CA The Crest Theatre
5/22 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
5/23 Las Vegas, NV Cheyenne Saloon
5/27 Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Theatre
5/28 Bakersfield, CA The Dome
5/29 San Diego, CA Brick by Brick
5/30 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room

BRIGHT AND EARLY SET RELEASE DATE - TEAM UP W/ VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC FOUNDATION


Bright and Early have set a release date for their debut EP and the band is proud to announce that Louder Than Words will be available for digital download on June 15th!

With aspirations to bring musical integrity back into the pop-punk scene, the band recognizes the need and importance of a music education. And so, in an unconventional move, Bright and Early will be working closely with VH1 Save The Music Foundation and donating half the proceeds of their EP release to the campaign.

http://www.myspace.com/brightandearly
http://brightandearly.tumblr.com
http://www.twitter.com/brightearly
http://www.vh1savethemusic.com/

Ernie Halter "4U" Free Sampler Available Now

Something Corporate back together AND touring?

Apparently!

Here are the dates:
August 2, 2010 Cabooze Plaza Minneapolis, MN
August 3, 2010 The Rave Milwaukee, WI
August 4, 2010 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
August 6, 2010 The Fillmore Detroit, MI
August 7, 2010 Kool Haus Toronto, ON
August 8, 2010 Great Plaza Penn's Landing @ Philadeplhia, PA
August 10, 2010 9:30 Club Washington, DC
August 11, 2010 9:30 Club Washington, DC
August 12, 2010 House Of Blues Boston, MA
August 13, 2010 Roseland New York, NY
August 15, 2010 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
August 16, 2010 House Of Blues Orlando, FL
August 18, 2010 House Of Blues Dallas, TX
August 19, 2010 Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO
August 21, 2010 In The Venue Salt Lake City, UT
August 22, 2010 Marquee Theatre Phoenix, AZ
August 24, 2010 Warfield San Francisco, CA
August 27, 2010 The Grove Anaheim, CA
August 28, 2010 Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA

FREE BAD RELIGION LIVE ALBUM!!!! 30 YEARS LIVE

GET IT ON THEIR WEBSITE!!!

SHIT YEAH BAD RELIGION!
(THAT'S RIGHT, THEY DESERVE CAPS!)

New Gaslight Anthem song FUCKING ROCKS!

Check out "Boxer" on their myspace.

Can't wait to see them...

Uhh this is stupid.... The New Philadelphia "Promoter" Bill



Seriously, this bill is going to ruin shows. Don't let it start spreading from city to city, go to this website and read about it and sign the petition.

http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/bill100267

BULLSHIT!

Good News: Bigwig is BACK!

Fuck yeah!
Check out the blog on their myspace that tells you all about why they've been gone and what they're doing now...
HERE!

A Message and Contest from He Is We...

Hello!
We know, we knowww...this album is taking us FOR-EV-ER! We're literally like one song away from being finished; we want as many new songs as we can possibly give you. It's coming together so well and it really embodies everything Trevor and I have been through these past few months. I think you guys will be shocked...for real.
So anyway...about this contest: Basically, we are revolving this one around our single "Happily Ever After". We all have one...I know mine is a house by a lake, my own bulldog and all my favorite music to listen to. What's yours??
We want YOU to draw us a picture of your Happily Ever After and send it to us here (heiswefans@gmail.com)! Can't (or don't want to) draw? No problem! Send us a photo or picture you found online...anything that truly displays your Happily Ever After is perfect!
We will post them all on our Myspace page...and whoever gets the most comments (or really inspires us) will win!
Win what you ask!?!
Oh dude, this is the best: The winners get to come hang out with Trevor and I in studio for an afternoon, listen to the entire album and finally...you get to sing the choral part of Happily Ever After with us! You guys are literally such a huge part of how we made this record that we thought..why not actually be on the record!?
So start drawing, googling or whatever you need to do! We're so excited to see the submissions...you have nooo ideeaaa!

Deadline: June 15th (the start of our first ever national toourr!!)

Eligibility: We will be picking 2 winners who are within driving distance of SEATTLE and 1 winner who is not (whoever wins that one will be flown out for the day!).
*If you currently live outside the US and win the contest, you will still be able to hear the album when the other winners do!(But not be flown out- we can't afford those tickets! :(

Rules: Ummm...I guess there are none. But all we ask is that you twitter your "Happily Ever After" by trending #happilyeverafter. Do this after you send us your submission! So for example: "A house on the lake, a bulldog and all my favorite music :) #happilyeverafter" is what I posted!

Have fun and good luck!!!
-Rachel and Trevor (He Is We)

FIRST ANNUAL SCREAM IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT TOUR ANNOUNCED

LINEUP INCLUDES: SILVERSTEIN, EMERY, DANCE GAVIN DANCE, I SET MY FRIENDS ON FIRE, SKY EATS AIRPLANE, IVORYLINE, CLOSE TO HOME
MONTH LONG TOUR KICKS OFF JULY 8 WITH SPECIAL GUESTS THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, MISS MAY I, YOUR DEMISE
SPECIAL GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

Featuring an impressive lineup of cutting-edge buzz bands, the first annual SCREAM IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT TOUR, with Silverstein, Emery, Dance Gavin Dance, I Set My Friends On Fire, Sky Eats Airplane, Ivoryline, and Close To Home, kicks off July 8 in Sayreville, NJ with a special concert that will also include The Devil Wears Prada, Miss May I, and Your Demise.
The month-long, 26-city trek is sponsored by Peta 2, Electric Zombie Clothing and MerchNOW.
Fans should log onto www.screamitlikeyoumeanit.com where they will have access to exclusive video updates, news, exclusive alerts, and be able to buy tickets directly from the site, including VIP tickets for meet and greets with all the bands. There will also be a community page where concertgoers will be able to set up their very own profile page.
Stay tuned for more details and exciting lineup additions as this prove to be one of the summer’s must-see tours.
View a video about the SCREAM IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT TOUR here: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Scream-it-like-you-mean-it/127964123883682?ref=ts.

THE BURLESQUE HALL OF FAME WEEKEND CELEBRATES ITS 20th ANNIVERSARY AT LAS VEGAS' PLAZA HOTEL AND CASINO JUNE 3-6, 2010‏

Join a bevy of international burlesque superstars as they take the stage with the living legends of bump ‘n’ grind, world-class variety acts and musical artists
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the annual Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend will take place Thursday, June 3 through Sunday, June 6 at The Plaza Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas. Recognized as the world’s top showcase for international burlesque entertainers and enthusiasts, the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend attracts outstanding artists, both exotic and mainstream. Top talent scheduled to appear include: Miss Exotic World 2009 Kalani Kokonuts, Miss Exotic World 2008 Angie Pontani (“NYC burlesque’s reigning star”—New York Post); Immodesty Blaize (Miss Exotic World 2007, star of British stage and TV), Whitney Biennial artist Julie Atlas Muz (Miss Exotic World 2006, Law and Order), Michelle L’amour (Miss Exotic World 2006, America’s Got Talent); Dirty Martini (Miss Exotic World 2004), Kitten DeVille (Miss Exotic World 2002, Auto Focus); along with more than 100 of the world’s top neo-burlesque acts.
“Burlesque has truly become a worldwide phenomenon, and the performers that make it to our show are the sexiest, most talented entertainers on the planet, it’s the only event of its kind, featuring both today’s brightest new stars and the living legends of yester-year.” said Burlesque Hall of Fame representative, Luke Littell.
The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend also includes a Striptease Reunion, now in its 53rd year, at which newer performers can learn tricks of the trade from surviving superstars of the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s. "The living legends love to be there with all the wonderful girls who come from all over the world to celebrate an American tradition,” said Burlesque Hall of Fame curator Dixie Evans, herself a retired dancer (dubbed "The Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque" by legendary promoter Harold Minsky). “Burlesque is much more than striptease, it combines the whole live experience of dancers, comedians and music.”
Among the many activities slated over the weekend are Friday’s “Titans of Tease” Burlesque Reunion Showcase and Saturday night’s main event, the 20th Annual Burlesque Competition. Called the “Striptease Olympics” by the London Daily Mirror, it is the most prestigious competitive burlesque event in the world; drawing bump ‘n’ grind’s best of the best, year after year, from Tokyo to Toronto. Titles up for the taking include: “Best Debut,” “Best Group,” “Best Boylesque,” “Best Variety Act,” and of course 2010’s “Reigning Queen of Burlesque.”
But wait, there’s more! The weekend is also full of fabulous music, including sets by the world’s hottest Go-Go, Garage, Rockabilly, Lounge and Exotica DJs and a live performance by the amazing Austin, Texas band, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears. Additional events include The Grand Re-Opening of the Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum on Fremont Street; a weekend-long Burlesque Bazaar featuring contemporary and vintage burlesque/pinup-inspired wares; the 5th Annual Pinup Safari and Cheesecake Camera Club; Keep A Breast burlesque cast sale; Pinup Pool Party hosted by Sabina Kelley (Sunday); the inaugural Hall of Fame Car Show (Sunday); Texas Tease ‘Em Poker Tournament; Burlesque Hall of Fame Finishing School Master Classes and an all-star Dr. Sketchy’s live drawing event.

Ticket Information
Weekend Passes are $1,500 for a reserved booth (seats 5), $200/Floor (sold out), and $150/GA and include admission into all Showroom activities. Individual tickets may be purchased depending on availability. Weekend Passes are available online at www.ticketweb.com.
The “Opening Night Burlesque Bash” featuring The Lucky Daredevil Thrill Show (Thursday), “Titans of Tease” Burlesque Reunion Showcase featuring burlesque legends (Friday), The 20th Annual Miss Exotic World Pageant featuring the worlds top teasers (Saturday) and the Closing Gala featuring Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears (Sunday) will all take place in the Plaza Showroom at The Plaza Hotel and Casino, 1 Main Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101. Entrance to all four shows is open to individual ticket and Weekend Pass holders. Other Weekend events, including after-parties and the Mimosa Beach Pinup Pool Party (Sunday), are open only to Weekend Pass holders. Details for these events are available on www.burlesquehall.com.

About the Burlesque Hall of Fame
The Burlesque Hall of Fame is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to establish a permanent, first-rate tourist attraction and research/exhibition space for our unique collection, in hopes of inspiring, educating and entertaining the public and fostering an appreciation for the unique history and heritage of American Burlesque; including but not limited to the art, artifacts and personal histories of the art’s biggest names and brightest stars.

For a complete schedule of events or more information about Burlesque Weekend or The Burlesque Hall of Fame, please visit our website at www.burlesquehall.com

CADY GROVES TO TOUR THIS SUMMER ON THE BAMBOOZLE ROADSHOW WITH ALL TIME LOW, BOYS LIKE GIRLS, LMFAO, THIRD EYE BLIND AND MORE!

THE LIFE OF A PIRATE’ EP OUT NOW
20-year old Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Cady Groves is on the fast track to living out her dreams. Influenced by artists she likes to say “drip with truth,” Cady describes her music as: “If Miranda Lambert, Paramore, Dixie Chicks, and Taylor Swift all had a less talented baby - that would be me.” Raised on country music and “whatever was on the radio,” Cady admits her favorite record growing up was Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill although now she listens to musicians like Joanna Newsom, William Fitzsimmons, and Glen Hansard.
Her songs on the recently released The Life of a Pirate EP helped her overcome a bout with depression and her message, if any, is you are not alone. As Cady explains,
“Writing has always been a constant escape for me. A lot of horrible things have happened in my life, and without the ability to write my feelings down and communicate them with a melody; they essentially would have blown up inside of me, for all I know. I've made a lot of mistakes, and have experienced a lot of hurt. But the one thing I feel like you can do with pain, is make it your art. If you can turn it into something you can sing along to, the healing will come through that. To imagine one of my songs could change or help someone, or make them feel like someone understands them, makes this all just that much more amazing. It's not about me being a role model, and never will be. I'm part of the crowd. I just want to speak for the whole. We're in this together.”
Having already toured with the likes of Never Shout Never, The Ready Set and Carter Hulsey, Cady is eager to head out on the road as part of this summer’s Bamboozle Roadshow (www.thebamboozleroadshow.com) where she will be playing alongside
All Time Low, Boys Like Girls, LMFAO, Third Eye Blind, Hanson and many more.

For more info on Cady Groves please see www.myspace.com/cadygroves.
To purchase The Life of a Pirate: http://www.districtlines.com/Cady-Groves
Or http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-life-of-a-pirate/id354787818.

Canadian producer’s new release showcases wealth of talent and range


Respect your elders. Some feel that statement is something of a cliché, but not Factor. The Canadian producer extraordinaire is poised to breakthrough on May 18th with Lawson Graham, his latest release on Fake Four Inc. But as determined as Factor might be, he’s not doing so without paying tribute to those who provided a solid foundation to his talent. Lawson Graham, a sharp collection of melodic hip-hop that infuses elements of psychedelics, driving guitars and playful, tongue-in-cheek poetry is an ode to Factor’s grandfather whose photo even graces the cover of the record.
When you hear each of the 18 tracks on Lawson Graham, from the spacey, live piano-based title track to the sleek, guitar-heavy groove of ‘Battle Scars,’ (featuring Def3) you can’t help but imagine that Factor’s grandfather would be proud of his grandson’s musical progression and accomplishments.
“Factor may be one of the hardest working men in Canadian music – and between touring and recording, he’s making some serious connections in the hip hop world and beyond.” - Planet S Magazine
Rare is a producer that can encompass so many varying sounds and approaches in one record as Factor does. With the help of a stellar and well-rounded cast of fellow Fake Four labelmates, Lawson Graham reaches great heights with ease. ‘Missed The Train’ (feat. Gregory Pepper) is a relaxed, classic blend of subtle beats and Shins-influenced indie folk. It’s a sure-fire contender for musical mash-up of the year, but isn’t alone as far as intriguing mixes are concerned. ‘More Than Love’ (feat. Kirby) features a joyous, upbeat rhythm with a particularly hopeful chorus that could have been a happier Eminem track or a coffee-house guitarist possessed.
Based in Saskatoon, Factor has been crafting top notch hip hop beats over the last 10 years for a who’s who list of hip hop artists including Awol One, Myka 9, Busdriver, Aesop Rock, and Xzibit. With the massive blend of influences and styles that are showcased on Lawson Graham, it’s only a matter of time before more people realize what a genuine talent Factor possesses as a producer and as a force in hip-hop and indie rock alike. He’ll be taking Lawson Graham on the road from July 8th to 25th with a release party June 19th in Saskatoon at Amigos with special secret guests.

For music and more info please visit: www.myspace.com/factorg

Tracklisting:
01. Bengough Station
02. Missed The Train feat. Gregory Pepper
03. Ain’t Nothin’ Gonna Change feat. Barfly & Heresy Mae
04. Every Morning feat. Cars & Trains
05. Living In A Vacuum feat. Sole & Radical Face
06. Blown Away
07. Oh Oh Andy feat. Nomad
08. More Than Love feat. Kirby Dominant
09. Mental Illness feat. 2mex
10. PopStravaganza feat. Josh Martinez
11. They Don’t Know feat. Pigeon john
12. That’s How I Feel About It feat. Myka 9
13. Stoned As You
14. The Fall Of Captain E.O. feat. Ceschi
15. Went Away feat. Moka Only
16. Not What They Seem
17. Battle Scars feat. Def3
18. Lawson Graham

The Roman Line/The 20BELOWS Euro Tour 2010!


If anybody reads this over there...

25/5 Germany Tba
26/5 Oldenburg @ Salon Juergen , De
27/5 Bonn @ Bla , De
28/5 Barendrecht @ De Beuk, NL with the Apers.
29/5 Geel @ Bacchus Cafe , Be
30/5 France , HELP get in touch with Pantherbooking@gmail.com
31/6 Paris @ CHIQUITO , Fr
1/6 Bordeux @ Hold em Saloon, Fr with Dear Landlord, Los Di Maggios and more
2/6 Spain , TBC
3/6 Madrid @ Wurlitzer Ballroom
4/6 Barcelona @ TBC
5/6 Spain TBC
6/6 France , Italy HELP get in touch with Pantherbooking@gmail.com
7/6 Genova @ TBA
8/6 Milano @ TBA
9/6 Germany , HELP get in touch with Pantherbooking@gmail.com
10/6 Halle @ GIG, DE
11/6 Potsdam @ Archiv Potsdam, DE
12/6 Copenhagen @ Lades Kælder, DK

The Roman Line: www.myspace.com/theromanline
The 20belows: www.myspace.com/the20belows

Noteworthy New Releases Tuesday May 18th, 2010:

Annihilator - S/T
Bad Religion - 30 Years Live
Band of Horses - Infinite Arms
The Black Keys - Brothers
Regina Carter (violinist) - Reverse Thread
Grown Ups - More Songs
Far - At Night We Live
Harvey Milk - A Small Turn Of Human Kindness
Hawthorne Heights - Skeletons
Know Your Saints - Escape Artists
LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
Jamie Lidell - Compass
Miggs - Wide Awake
Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley - Distant Relatives
Debi Nova (Costa Rican singer, multi-instrumentalist) - Luna Nueva
Petree (led by Stephen Petree of Shiny Toy Guns) - Weakness Makes You Beautiful
Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli + Hi-Tek) - Revolutions Per Minute
The Sadies - Darker Circles
Solex vs. Cristina Martinez + Jon Spencer - Amsterdam Showdown, King Street Showdown!
Trash Talk - Eyes & Nines [digital]
Toy Soldiers - Whisper Down The Lane
Tracey Thorn (of Everything But the Girl) - Love and It's Opposite
Underdog - Matchless
Lenny White (Return to Forever drummer) - Anomaly
Y&T - Facemelter

PARKWAY DRIVE SET TO UNLEASH THEIR DEEP BLUE IN JUNE


Australia’s masters of metal-core Parkway Drive are set to cement their reputation as one of the most dominant exponents of heavy hardcore on the planet with their spellbinding third album, Deep Blue, which is ready for release on June 29 via Epitaph Records. Check out the album’s trailer which features new music from Deep Blue here: http://tinyurl.com/2btv2w5.
The hotly anticipated follow-up to 2007’s Horizons, Deep Blue raises the bar in every conceivable way. While maintaining the band’s uncompromising metallic-hardcore style at its core, it pushes into exciting new realms, drawing from a wider scope of influence, incorporating everything from anthemic pop-punk to bloodcurdling death metal.
With improved musical abilities and a thoroughly inspired approach to songwriting, Parkway Drive has tied the music and lyrics together into one all-encompassing concept.
“It’s basically about the search for truth in a world that seems to be devoid of that,” says vocalist and lyricist Winston McCall, explaining the narrative running through Deep Blue. “The story is told through the eyes of a man who wakes up and realizes that his life is a lie and nothing he believes in is real. So he tries to find the truth within himself and his journey takes him to the bottom of the ocean and back again.”
Having recorded their first two albums with Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage, Deep Blue was tracked and mixed in Los Angeles, CA by Joe Barresi (Queens Of The Stone Age, Bad Religion, Tool), and mastered by legendary mastering engineer Brian Gardner.
Crisp, unprocessed and impossibly heavy, the production on Deep Blue brings out every nuance of Parkway Drive‘s freshly re-focused sound.
“It’s definitely the Parkway record I’m most proud of,” claims Winston. “We felt like were in the deep-end recording with someone new, so to have it come out exactly how we wanted it, and pretty much exceed our expectations, is a big ask, but that’s exactly what Joe did for us.”
With 13 tracks in all, standouts include “Sleepwalker,” “Deliver Me” and “Unrest.” Bad Religion guitarist and Epitaph Records owner Brett Gurewitz makes a guest vocal appearance on “Home is for the Heartless,” which brings epic punk rock choruses and crazed metallic finger-tapping guitar work into the established Parkway paradigm.
“We figure that song is going to be the most polarizing thing we’ve ever written,” Winston says. “People are either going to like it or they are going to hate it. I think it worked. That’s one of my favorite songs on the record!”
Already one of the most anticipated heavy releases of the year, Deep Blue represents an exciting new chapter in the story of Australia’s most successful hardcore band.

Deep Blue Track Listing:
Samsara - 1:46
Unrest - 2:19
Sleepwalker - 4:01
Wreckage - 3:21
Deadweight - 3:47
Alone - 4:40
Pressures - 3:23
Deliver Me - 4:14
Karma - 3:49
Home Is For The Heartless - 4:08
Hollow - 3:01
Leviathan I - 3:50
Set To Destroy - 1:41

Check them out on this years Warped Tour!

For More Information:
http://www.myspace.com/parkwaydrive
http://www.epitaph.com
http://tinyurl.com/ParkwayDrive-Press

OBSESSED.

Captain, We're Sinking.

Those Who Lie Beneath Myspace Video Premiere


Portland, OR serves up a dark dish of some evil stuff by Those Who Lie Beneath in more ways than one. Check out the new video for "Awaken" from their debut album An Awakening on Rise Records and satisfy your appetite for overwhelmingly technical and sinister dead metal. Just don't let the liquidy evil incarnate themed video ruin any other kind of appetite you might have. Watch as these five metal virtuosos ferociously tear their way through the metal scene in 2010.
http://www.myspace.com/metal

The Ready Set Announces Details for Debut Album


The Ready Set have announced they will release their debut album, I'm Alive, I'm Dreaming, on June 15th, via Decaydance Records and Sire. The band, led by Jordan Witzigreuter, recently released their first single from the album, "Love Like Woe," which you can find here. They have also been releasing a webisode series in anticipation for the album, entitled "The Ready SETisodes," featuring Decaydance mastermind Pete Wentz.

In addition, the video for "Love Like Woe" is currently competing in two MTV voting contests: Dewmocracy and The Freshmen, running this week.

LINKS:
http://www.myspace.com/thereadyset
http://www.youtube.com/thereadyset
http://www.decaydance.com

For all my dead homies... A Tribute to DJ Nonchalante on the almost one year since...


This weekend it will be a full year since DJ Nonchalante (aka Devon, a very close friend of mine) passed away, and it's getting me kind of down today (despite the rockin' punk weekend ahead..) so I just want to give a shout out to him:
I'm thinking about you, always... I miss you lots... and I will never forget you.

Love you forever.
RIP

XOXOXOXOXOXO

(my previous post was far too depressing, I hope this is less of a Debbie Downer)

SCREECHING WEASEL/RIVERDALES WEEKEND!


This is going to be an EPIC weekend.
For those of you who listen to punk and live in Toronto I'm just going to go ahead and assume that I'll see you tonight at the Screeching Weasel/Roman Line show at the Phoenix... and if you can't make it tonight you definitely have to be there for the Riverdales show at Mod Club tomorrow night.

SO MANY MEMORIES!

There's also some sort of Pop Punk Baseball Trip happening tomorrow afternoon with various members of the punk community in Toronto, which just tops off this amazing weekend in my books.

(Punk) Beats. Baseball. Booze.
Is there anything else worthwhile in life?

(Disclaimer: I'm not exactly planning on reviewing either show because I paid for my tickets and plan on getting right smashed for them and not criticizing all aspects of these band's performances... however, I may end up writing something... just drunken ramblings about how fucking good they were probably.)

Social Distortion signs to Epitaph Records!


Epitaph Records is proud to welcome Southern California's iconic rock 'n' roll group Social Distortion to the label with plans to release their first studio album since 2004 in Fall 2010. The signing pairs one of rock 'n' roll's most renowned bands with one of the most respected independent labels for what could be the greatest match in decades.
"We feel that Epitaph has a natural understanding of Social Distortion; both the history of the band and the direction we want to go," says frontman Mike Ness.
"Combine that with their successful track record and it felt like a good next step for us. We've always been open to new ideas and pushing the envelope, but we have also been very conscientious about the decisions we've made. We considered a lot of options, but in the end, Epitaph feels like the right home for us. We're looking forward to taking this step forward, opening some new doors with this upcoming album and this next chapter of Social Distortion."
"My relationship with Mike goes way back to the beginnings of our careers in the LA music scene," adds Epitaph owner and president Brett Gurewitz. "Through the years Social Distortion have been a matchless voice in American rock and roll and I couldn't be more thrilled to play a part in the next chapter for this great band." In March the band entered a Burbank studio to record their yet to be titled seventh studio album, produced by Mike Ness, which is slated for release this fall.
"We went back to tape, old compressors and old microphones," Ness recently told Spinner.com. "We're just really trying to fight modern technology as much as possible."
"The record reminds me very much of Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell (the band's 1992 release), but also I'm bringing elements of early New York '70s punk," said Ness.
Social Distortion also recently announced a U.S. summer tour with Dan Sartain and The Action Design. The tour kicks off July 27 in Poughkeepsie, NY and makes seven stops in the Northeast before the band heads to Chicago for an August 7 main stage performance at this year's Lollapalooza. Dates with Dan Sartain and The Action Design resume in Green Bay, Wisconsin on August 8. A complete list of tour dates follows.

Formed in Fullerton, CA in 1979, Social Distortion have spent the last three decades performing their signature style of roots driven rock 'n' roll and hard luck stories for fans worldwide while recording six classic, critically heralded albums including Mommy's Little Monster, Prison Bound, Social Distortion, Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, White Light, White Heat, White Trash and Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll.

Social Distortion Tour Dates:
July 27 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
July 28 - Hampton Beach, NH - Casino Ballroom
July 30 - Providence, RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
July 31 - Hartford, CT - The Webster
Aug 1 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Aug 3 - Wantagh, NY - Mulcahy's
Aug 4 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
Aug 5 - Rochester, NY - Nola's BBQ
Aug 7 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
Aug 8 - Green Bay, WI - Oneida Casino
Aug 10 - Council Bluffs, IA - Stir Cove @ Harrah's
Aug 11 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
Aug 13 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
Aug 14 - Medford, OR - Medford Armory

For More Information:
www.socialdistortion.com
www.myspace.com/socialdistortion
www.epitaph.com

Noteworthy New Releases Tuesday May 11th, 2010:

30db (Umphrey's McGee guitarist Brendan Bayliss and Yonder Mountain String Band mandolinist Jeff Austin) - One Man Show
Angel City Outcasts - S/T
As I Lay Dying - The Powerless Rise
Balance and Composure / Tigers Jaw - Split EP
The Brains - Zombie Nation
The Capitol Steps - Liberal Shop of Horrors
CocoRosie ("freak folk" sister duo) - Grey Oceans
Crash Test Dummies - Ooh La La!
The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards
D.O.A. (Canadian punk legends) - Talk - Action = 0
Stephen Egerton - The Seven Degrees of Stephen Egerton LISTEN HERE
Everest - On Approach
The Expendables - Prove It
The Frail - Firefly
Sage Francis - Li(f)e
The Hollowpoints - Old Haunts On The Horizon LISTEN HERE
Holy Fuck - Latin
Hoodoo Gurus - Purity of Essence
Ashlyne Huff - S/T
I Am Abomination - To Our Forefathers
imadethismistake - Bow & Quiver LISTEN HERE
Japandroids - No Singles
John5 (Marilyn Manson/Rob Zombie guitarist) - The Art of Malice
Kaskade - Dynasty
Keane - Night Train
Jennifer Knapp - Letting Go
Jim Lauderdale - Patchwork River
Marching Band (Swedish Baroque indie-pop duo) - Pop Cycle
Jana Mashonee - New Moon Born
MEAT LOAF - HANG COOL TEDDY BEAR
The National - High Violet
Piebald - Nobody's Robots: A Farewell to Piebald
Sam Quinn (of the everybodyfields) - The Fake That Sunk 1,000 Ships REVIEWED HERE
Jonathan Singleton & The Grove - S/T
Smartbomb - Nowhere To Be Found
Stereophonics - Keep Calm and Carry On
Sweethead (new project from Troy Van Leeuwen) - S/T
Taproot - Plead The Fifth
The Unravelling - 13 Arcane Hymns
We Are the Fallen (includes original Evanescence guitarists Ben Moody and John LeCompt, with "American Idol" finalist Carly Smithson) - Tear the World Down
We Have Band - WHB
The Wild - Set Ourselves Free

Mansions on Tour Now with Analog Rebellion

Mansions are currently on tour out West and down south with Analog Rebellion.
In case you missed it, the band recently released The Best of the Bees (http://www.doghouserecords.com/v11/link_releasesDetail.php?detailID=186&bandID=Mansions) through http://mansions.bandcamp.com.
The band is currently working on a second full-length LP and so far, the demos are the best stuff yet.

Tour Dates:
5/7 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater
5/9 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord
5/10 - Portland, OR - Satyricon
5/12 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project
5/14 - Logan, UT - Firehouse
5/15 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
5/16 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
5/18 - Oklahoma City, OK - Conservatory
5/19 - Shreveport, LA - The Collective
5/20 - Baton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theatre
5/21 - Houston, TX - The Junction

LINKS:
http://www.thisismansions.com/
http://www.myspace.com/mansions
http://www.purevolume.com/mansions

Whoa, Crazyness: Ramones manager Linda Stein's PA jailed for murder

The personal assistant to former Ramones manager Linda Stein has been sentenced to the maximum 25 years to life for beating her boss to death.
...

CHECK OUT THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE

Man, I fucking hate Fat Mike.

Yeah I said it.
I can't stand the dude.
Never have, never will.

That said, his Cokie The Clown performance was sad and interesting and I now feel the need to know more... so check out an interview with him on punknews.org.

HERE

I may hate him, but I fucking LOVE "The Decline", still.

Sublime, ON TOUR?

Holla!

Sublime (with Rome) / Matisyahu / The Dirty Heads
May 3, 2010 House of Blues Boston, MA
May 5, 2010 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
May 6, 2010 The Norva Norfolk, VA
June 6, 2010 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA
June 12, 2010 Santa Barbara Bowl Santa Barbara, CA
July 7, 2010 Marymoor Amphitheatre St. Augustine, FL
July 9, 2010 The Great Saltair Salt Lake City, UT
July 10, 2010 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Denver, CO
July 11, 2010 City Market Kansas City, MO
July 13, 2010 Charter One Pavilion Chicago, IL
July 14, 2010 The Eagles Club (The Rave) Milwaukee, WI
July 17, 2010 Festival Pier @ Penn's Landing Philadelphia, PA
July 18, 2010 Pier Six Pavilion Baltimore, MD
July 20, 2010 Nikon Theater @ Jones Beach Wantagh, NY
July 21, 2010 Innsbrook Pavilion Glen Allen, VA
July 23, 2010 Masquerade Park Atlanta, GA
July 24, 2010 St. Augustine Amphitheatre St. Augustine, FL
July 25, 2010 Sunset Cove Amphitheatre Boca Raton, FL
July 28, 2010 Superpages.com Center Dallas, TX
July 30, 2010 The Beach @ Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, NV

Where's the Canadian dates, huh?

Thrice Tour Update... (and I thought I had bad luck)

Since the situation with Dustin's Dad arose and we had to cancel the remainder of our tour, there have been many questions regarding the status of our summer headline tour. Today we got word from Dustin that he's good to go, and as a result, we will be continuing with our plans to do that tour in it's entirety. It has been an indescribably difficult seven months for all of us. In September, my and Ed's Dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in his throat and tongue and has since undergone seven weeks of chemo and radiation, and a major surgery three weeks ago to remove the remaining tumors. No more than two weeks after my Dad's diagnosis in September, Teppei's Mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, and passed away in January. And most recently, Dustin's Dad's diagnosis and surgery last week. It's just been relentless.

So with that said, we'll see you guys this Summer. Tour dates and tickets are available here, with more dates being announced soon. Keep sending positive thoughts and/or prayers in the the direction of Mr. Kensrue and my Pops, and hold fast hope. - POSTED ON THRICE'S WEBSITE/PUNK NEWS)

Read more: http://www.punknews.org/#ixzz0nG18nLhW

Danger Radio Signs with Doghouse Records


Doghouse Records is proud to announce the label's newest signing, Danger Radio. The Everett, WA band released their debut full-length, Used and Abused, in 2008 on Photo Finish Records, and Doghouse is excited to bring the follow-up this summer. For those unfamiliar, lead vocalist and Puerto Rico native, Andrew de Torres also spends his time on lead vocals for The Scene Aesthetic, who recently wrapped up a national tour with Never Shout Never and Owl City.

Further details on this summer's full length release to be announced soon.

LINKS:
http://www.myspace.com/dangerradio
http://www.purevolume.com/dangerradio
http://www.facebook.com/pages/DANGER-RADIO/7157710451
http://www.twitter.com/dangerradio

Trevor Campbell CD Release @ Rivoli TONIGHT!

Seriously come check this guy out if you're from Toronto. I can't tell you enough how amazing of a songwriter he is, and although I'll be reviewing the show I just can't help but write about him now as well.

I used to have this huge obsession with Jason Mraz circa 2002 and earlier, and nothing has really compared to his writing style since then... until I heard Trevor Campbell.

Check.
Him.
Out.
Here's what his myspace says about him:
"Born in Southern Ontario, Trevor Campbell is a combination of his mother and father (charisma and tenacity), the attributes of the year of the pig (perfectionism and gluttony) and the sign of sagittarius (humour and blind, hopeless optimism). He has recorded three self-produced albums, and has performed across North America. He doesn’t have a favorite color, but for a very long time, it was Crayola’s Jungle Green (64), and for a brief period in his primary years, Periwinkle (92). He likes to cook vegan food, do the crossword, and dance to live music, among other things. Find out more at www.trevorcampbellmusic.com." - myspace.com/trevorcampbell

Here's my favourite Jason Mraz song below, just fcr kicks!

AFTER MIDNIGHT PROJECT TO TOUR TEXAS WITH CHEVELLE MAY 7-14

BAND ON VANS WARPED TOUR ALL SUMMER
DEBUT LETS BUILD SOMETHING TO BREAK AVAILABLE NOW

After Midnight Project will be hitting the road this week with Chevelle for a week-long Texas tour beginning May 7 in San Antonio wrapping up May 14 in Mission, TX.
Supporting its debut Universal/Motown release, Lets Build Something To Break, the L.A. band will be on the entire Vans Warped Tour this summer.
Heralded as "One of the most seasoned bands I ever worked with," by legendary producer and Goldfinger frontman John Feldman, the group’s debut displays singer Jason Evigan's uncanny ability to pen huge rock anthems blended with melodies that make the songs appealing to even the most hardened rock fan.
“Scream for You” is a song that Jason originally penned for his friends Papa Roach but decided to hold for AMP. The ballad "Gone Too Long" illustrates the rigors of being on the road and was recorded in the early morning hours on a beach in San Simeon. "Take Me Home" has been a crowd favorite for hardcore AMP fans and became the easy selection for the album’s first single.

For info on the on the band see www.myspace.com/aftermidnightproject

To request music, review tickets or to set up an interview, please contact Mike Cubillos (mike@earshotmedia.com) or Jose M

NEW ALBUM, OMNI, OUT NOW!


You can pick up your copy on CD, 180 gram Double LP, or Digital Download today at omnithealbum.com, iTunes, Amazon, or your local record store. For a limited time, download OMNI from Shockhound for only $6.99 (sale ends Thursday at 10am PST).

For the next two weeks, they'll also be streaming the full album at SoundCloud.com

TOUR:
05/04 - Newbury Comics In-Store - Boston, MA
05/05 - Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA
05/06 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
05/07 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
05/08 - The National - Richmond, VA
05/09 - The Fillmore - Charlotte, NC
05/10 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA
05/11 - Revolution LIVE - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
05/12 - The Ritz Ybor - Tampa, FL
05/14 - House of Blues - Houston, TX
05/15 - Granada Theater - Dallas, TX
05/16 - La Zona Rosa - Austin, TX
05/18 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
05/19 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
05/20 - The Mayan Theater - Los Angeles, CA
05/21 - The Glass House - Pomona, CA
05/22 - SOMA - San Diego, CA
05/23 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
05/26 - The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
05/27 - Knitting Factory - Reno, NV
05/28 - Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
05/29 - The Gorge Ampitheater - Quincy, WA
08/6-8 - Lollapalooza, Grant Park - Chicago, IL

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BRIGHT AND EARLY POST NEW SONG ON MYSPACE – DEBUT EP COMING SOON

Bright and Early have posted “A Wasted Life” on Myspace! The song is off their upcoming EP, “Louder Than Words”, set to be digital self-released in early June.

Bright and Early have made waves with their biting snark, no-holds-barred opinions, and the music to back it up. Their song "Something Personal” has garnered attention for calling out many of the bands and trends in today's scene. Bright and Early are currently booking their own shows and planning tours in an effort to bring back the good days of NJ pop-punk.

More information about “Louder Than Words” coming soon, stay tuned for more updates from the band!

http://www.myspace.com/brightandearly
http://brightandearly.tumblr.com
http://www.twitter.com/brightearly

Noteworthy New Releases Tuesday May 4th, 2010:

Asia (all four original members) - Omega
Michael Bolton - One World One Love
Booka Shade - More!
Toni Braxton - Pulse
Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
Zac Brown Band - Pass The Jar (live)
Court Yard Hounds (Emily Robison and Martie Maguire of The Dixie Chicks) - S/T
Justin Currie (former Del Amitri lead singer) - The Great War
Deftones - Diamond Eyes
8Ball and MJG - 10 Toes Down
Everyone Everywhere - S/T
The Flaming Lips - The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs With Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing Dark Side of the Moon
Free Energy - Stuck On Nothing
The Hold Steady - Heaven Is Whenever ($)
Ifwhen - Null Set
Jackyl - When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide
The Joy Formidable (Welsh trio) - A Balloon Called Moaning
Carole King & James Taylor - Live At The Troubadour
Kings of Modesty - Hell or Highwater
The Knocks - Blackout
Greg Laswell - Take A Bow
Rene Lopez - People Are Just People
Jeremy Messersmith - The Reluctant Graveyard
Minus the Bear - Omni
Nonpoint - Miracle
The New Pornographers - Together
Our Last Night - We Will All Evolve
Mike Patton - Mondo Cane
Nathaniel Rateliff - In Memory of Loss
Restorations - Strange Behavior [digital]
Josh Ritter - So Runs The World Away
Rachael Sage - Delancey St.
Walter Schreifels - An Open Letter to the Scene
The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! - I Love You. I Love You. I Love You and I'm In Love With You. Have an Awesome Day! Have the Best Day of Your life!
Tonic - S/T
Trina - Amazin
Chely Wright - Lifted Off The Ground

Thrice Tour Cancelled.

Well, that makes the decision easy of whether to go the day I get back from vacation in BC to go see Thrice, which I probably would have and can't afford now that TIM BARRY is playing soon after.
But still, this is sad. Actually really sad... My condolences to them right now.
"I want to say how sorry I am to each of you who have to miss seeing Thrice in concert on account of my health issues. I have been diagnosed with a large brain tumor and things at this point are very unsure and serious. I will be having surgery in the next few days. Both Dustin and his brother Chase were out on tour and returned home for some precious family time. I am blessed to have the most unbelievable family to support and love me through this. Through the years I have met many amazing Thrice fans who are the most wonderful people, as a matter of fact as I was having my CT scan and the technician asked if I was Dustin Kensrue’s dad, and I proudly said Yes!!!! I love all of the guys in this awesome band and am sorry for the fact this is affecting them too. This has been a tough year on all of the guys in Thrice with family heartache, we all thank you for your prayers and good wishes!"
- Doug Kensrue.(www.thrice.net)


That's Dustin's dad, so clearly nobody can blame him for cancelling.

:(

Fenix TX is touring?!

Hahahaha awesome.
Oh, Europe.

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2. The Joy Formidable, "Whirring"
3. Motion City Soundtrack, "A Lifeless Ordinary"
4. Title Fight, "Symmetry"
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6. Saves the Day, "Can't Stay the Same"
7. Good Old War, "Coney Island"
8. Steel Train, "Turnpike Ghost"
9. Twin Atlantic, "What Is Light? Where Is Laughter?"
10. Say Anything, "Do Better"
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Holy shit Holy shit Holy shit Gaslight Anthem/Tim Barry TORONTO TOUR DATE!

Gaslight Anthem have announced a month of headlining dates this summer, with Tim Barry as confirmed opener. The band will be supporting their upcoming album, American Slang which is due out June 15, 2010.

Speaking of that album, NME has put together a track-by-track breakdown of the highly anticipated new album here. The article draws comparisons to Tom Petty, Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen.

July 14, 2010 Sound Academy Toronto, Ontario
July 15, 2010 The Fillmore Detroit, Michigan
July 16, 2010 Pops East St. Louis, Illinois
July 17, 2010 Midland Theatre Kansas City, Missouri
July 20, 2010 Marquee Theatre Tempe, Arizona
July 21, 2010 The Wiltern Los Angeles, California
July 22, 2010 Music in the Park Series San Jose, California
July 24, 2010 Ogden Theatre Denver, Colorado
July 26, 2010 First Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota
July 27, 2010 House of Blues Chicago, Illinois
July 28, 2010 LC Pavilion Columbus, Ohio
July 29, 2010 Great Plaza @ Penn's Landing Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 31, 2010 Lupo's Providence, Rhode Island
August 1, 2010 Osheaga Festival Montreal, Quebec
August 2, 2010 House of Blues Boston, Massachusetts


Read more: http://www.punknews.org/article/38054#ixzz0mk145IAQ