Castoff release new EP

California skatepunk band Castoff release new EP “Lines And Passages”!

San Diego, California based melodic punk rock four-piece Castoff have released their new EP “Lines And Passages” on Morning Wood Records and Bird Attack Records today!

Influenced by melodic punk stalwarts Bad Religion, Pennywise, Strung Out and Propagandhi, “Lines and Passages” blends vocal harmonies, fast guitar riffing with technical flourishes and a furious rhythm section. Castoff incorporate thought provoking lyrics around societal issues and the ups and downs of human existence.

After releasing DIY efforts “The Dividing Line” (EP, 2013) and “Acquisition” (EP, 2014) and sharing the stage with Guttermouth, ImplantsCounterpunch, After the Fall and others, they spent months of writing new material. As a result Castoff went into Doubletime studios to work with Jeff Forrest (Blink 182, Rocket From the Crypt, As I Lay Dying) to track and mix their first effort with the new lineup. The result is “Lines and Passages”, which was mastered by Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Castoff: “We’re four nerds who like to play punk rock with some metal. We also like to sing about important stuff.”

Reality: Fast, ripping 90’s skatepunk with shredding guitar work, interesting melodies and catchy vocal harmonies!

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Watch the video for a new song “Spared in Hell

Boston hardcore act Defeater will release their fourth studio album, Abandoned, on August 28 on Epitaph. The band has released a video for a new song, “Spared in Hell“.

Unlike most bands—and especially most hardcore bands— Defeater don’t write songs so much as they write histories, and specifically the history of a never-named New Jersey family whose already troubled lives disintegrate into torment, rendered all the more tragic for the depth and detail of singer Derek Archambault’s lyrics. Abandoned is the most relentlessly raw and uncompromising chapter so far, powered by a renewed sense of artistic ambition and a plot twist no one expected.

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The Doped Up Dollies – Make Your Own Sunshine

avatars-000148719717-qp9617-t500x500I’d be remiss if I didn’t help share this brand new track by The Doped Up Dollies. You might be familiar with DupD as the awesome harmony vocals both backing and sometimes leading tracks for Big D. and the Kids Table. Well, now they’re taking the reins on a brand new album. I look forward to hearing the entire new release, but in the meantime, here’s a great new track.

–Jerry Actually

The Doped Up Dollies:

Sirae Richardson – Vocals
Brie McWane – Vocals
Erin MacKenzie – Vocals

Alex Stern – Guitar / Vocals
Ben Basile – Bass
Derek Davis – Drums
David McWane – Percussion, Vocals, Dubs, Tongue Drum
Casey Gruttadauria – Organ, Piano, Melodica

Andy Bergman – Bari / Tenor Saxophone
Paul E. Cuttler – Trombone
Dan Stoppelman – Trumpet

Special guest vocals – Billy Kottage
Recorded and mixed by Benny Grotto in a small cottage in the woods of New England
Assisted by Steph Durwin
Mastered by Jeff Lipton @ Peerless Mastering
Songs written by: Big D and the Kids Table and the Doped Up Dollies
Produced by David McWane, Benny Grotto, Alex Stern & The Doped Up Dollies

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Too Close To Touch Announce Debut Album

TOO CLOSE TO TOUCH ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUMNerve Endings Out March 24 via Epitaph

Alternative Press Premieres “Perfect World” Video:

Too Close To Touch has announced details of their debut album, Nerve Endings, out March 24 on Epitaph. Alternative Press has the premiere of the brand new Too Close To Touch video “Perfect World”

Pre-orders for Nerve Endings are available digitally at iTunes with CDs available at


We’re thrilled to announce our debut record ‘Nerve Endings’. First impressions are everything, you’ve really got to kick the door down. We couldn’t be more proud of this record and can’t wait to share these songs.”– Keaton Pierce (vocals)

Though Too Close To Touch is in their infancy as a band guitarists Mason Marble and Thomas Kidd, bassist Travis Moore, drummer Kenneth Downey, and Keaton Pierce have made full use of their time by making sure to never miss a beat. Since officially coming together in late 2013, the Lexington, Kentucky band focused on refining their songwriting and artistic vision as a band. Too Close To Touch began to grow in popularity thanks to their DIY work ethic, buzz on social media and impressive demos, which caught the eyes (and ears) of Epitaph. In 2014, Too Close To Touch signed to Epitaph for the release of their self-titled EP, garnering the undivided attention of fans with their single “Deep End” that clocks in at 79k YouTube streams.

In true Too Close To Touch fashion of making no haste, the band entered the studio with producer Erik Ron (Motionless In White, I The Mighty, Crown The Empire). The result of the relentless hard work of Ron and the band is Nerve Endings; an album that flows effortlessly from alternative to theatrical rock to post-hardcore. Nerve Endings is the perfect balance of dark and light. And just as meticulously cared for by band is their aesthetic. Taking cues from the 1975, Walk The Moon and the Neighbourhood, they’ve refined it to a look that’s mixes indie and classic cool, all while remaining 100-percent them.

Nerve Endings Track List:

1. Someday
2. Pretty Little Thing
3. Perfect World
4. The Deep End
5. The Chase (feat. Kellin Quinn)
6. Nerve Endings
7. Restless
8. Hell To Pay (feat. Telle Smith)
9. The Air In Me
10. Sinking So Long
11. Until I Collapse

For more information on Too Close To Touch, visit:
Instagram: @tooclosetotouchband

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Retox Beneath California Out Now

Los Angeles-based hardcore punk band Retox has a new album Beneath California out today via Epitaph. Visit The FADER to watch the video premiere of “Without Money, We’d Be Rich The video documents the popular pastime of spider fighting in the Philippines. (Arachnophobes, look away.)

The Retox lineup consists of Justin Pearson (The Locust, Head Wound City, All Leather, Swing Kids), Michael Crain (Festival of Dead Deer, Kill the Capulets), Brian Evans, and Keith Hendriksen (Kill the Capulets, Virginia Reed). Since their conception in 2011, they have toured with similarly like-minded acts such as Melt-Banana, Tomahawk, OFF!, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Trash Talk. Retox is a band that aims to simultaneously reflect and defy, using music as a way of holding a broken mirror to the rest of us, exposing different pieces of our own fucked up realities, and forcing the acknowledgement of the inevitable self-imposed apocalypse we are creating for ourselves.

Retox kicks off their month long tour tonight in San Diego at The Casbah. Full tour dates listed below and tickets are on sale now.

Beneath California Track List

1. Die In Your Own Cathedral
2. We Know Who’s The Prick
3. The Savior, The Swear Word
4. Let’s Not Keep In Touch
5. Disappointing Grade
6. The Inevitable End
7. This Should Hurt A Little Bit
8. Death Will Change Your Life
9. Without Money, We’d All Be Rich
10. You’re Only A Crook If You Get Caught
11. Wooden Nickels
12. Strong Wrong Opinion

Retox Tour Dates

Feb 10 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
Feb 11 Tempe, AZ – 51 West
Feb 12 Las Cruces, NM – Trainyard
Feb 13 Dallas, TX – Three Links
Feb 14 Austin, TX – Red 7
Feb 15 Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds
Feb 17 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
Feb 18 Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Feb 19 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
Feb 20 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
Feb 21 Brooklyn – NY – St Vitus
Feb 22 Cambridge, MA – The Middle East
Feb 24 Montreal, Quebec – Turbo Haus
Feb 25 Toronto, Ontario – The Cave @ Lee’s Palace
Feb 26 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
Feb 27 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick Lounge
Feb 28 Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
Mar 01 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
Mar 02 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
Mar 03 Kansas City – Minibar
Mar 04 Denver, CO – High Dive
Mar 05 Salt Lake City, UT – Bar Deluxe
Mar 06 Boise, ID – The Shredder
Mar 07 Seattle, WA – Black Lodge
Mar 08 Portland, OR – Ash Street Saloon
Mar 09 Oakland, CA – Metro Oakland Operahouse
Mar 10 Los Angeles, CA – Los Globos

For more information on Retox, visit:

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Downtown Struts Debut Latest Single “Abused”

DOWNTOWN STRUTS have premiered “Abused” on AbsolutePunk. The track is the second single from the band’s upcoming EP Hope You’re Dope out Nov. 18th on Pirates Press Records.

The EP is currently available for pre-order at

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Me First and the Gimme Gimmes


Tour Dates:
03/18/14 Los Angeles, CA at House of Blues w/ Bad Cop/Bad Cop
03/19/14 San Francisco, CA at Slim’s

In that mythical era known as the 90’s, five brave young men emerged from the legendary halls of some of the mightiest bands on Fat Wreck Chords with a single mission: make all the rest of these dildo punk bands covering popular songs obsolete. They crowned themselves Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and the world rejoiced. Now, seven records, scores of singles and nearly a thousand years later, having tackled every genre under the sun, the bold young knaves known colloquially as the Gimmes have ridden their success hard, and decayed into desiccated, old divas. Yet, the diva, she is immortal. And thus, imbued with the old-world, Mystic Pizza-esque swagger of Cher, the modern pop-art sensibility of Lady Gaga and the enthusiasm-for-drug-consumption of Whitney Houston, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes have returned from their beauty rest, busting out of their sequined gowns, and throwing vases at their assistants in order to present you with their latest opus, entitled Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!, slated to be released on May 13, 2014 on none other than Fat Wreck Chords. And you’d best believe, whether because of their tantrums or their virtuosity, once you hear these fat ladies sing, there’s not gonna be a dry eye in the house.

For the uninitiated, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes consist of Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape on the guitar, Shiflett brother (and Foo Fighter) Chris Shiflett on the other guitar, Lagwagon drummer and Fat Wreck utility superhero Dave Raun on the skins, and are rounded out by Fat Wreck-head-honcho/NOFX main-dude Fat Mike, and incomparable crooner Spike Slawson. Together, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes—an outfit that has always operated more like a beer-hall Pussycat Dolls than a regular mortal band—contain so much hot air, so much pomp, so much attitude, that it’s a wonder that these guys can still manage to pull their five individual tour buses into the same parking lot, put their differences aside and belt out the ballads without clawing each other’s eyes out. But they do, for the love of the fans, the music, and of course, the applause.

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Jolie Holland Announces New Album


The A.V. Club Premieres Video For “Waiting For The Sun”

Anti- Records is proud to announce that JOLIE HOLLAND will release her bold new album Wine Dark Sea this May 20th. In anticipation of the release, the A.V. Club is premiering a video for the joyous slice of deconstructed r&b, “Waiting For The Sun.” You can watch here:–201505

JOLIE HOLLAND has always embodied everything weird and wonderful in the history of American music, but Wine Dark Sea takes it to a new level. Raw and unrestrained, bristling with kinetic energy, Wine Dark Sea is unlike anything she’s ever recorded, but is also the purest and most assured evocation of HOLLAND’s vision to date.

A joyfully unrestrained masterwork, the record delivers: louder, noisier, raw and visceral. It is an inventive and fiery reimagining of delta blues, free jazz, classic r&b and country, infused throughout with a no wave abandon.
The album features symphonic swaths of noisy electric guitars and percolating polyrhythms supporting some of the most powerful vocal performances of HOLLAND’s career.  This combined with some of her most direct and memorable songs make Wine Dark Sea her most joyful and fully realized work to date.

Wine Dark Sea was self-produced by HOLLAND who mined New York’s fertile downtown jazz and experimental scene for an ensemble of talented musicians including Doug Wieselman (Lou Reed, Antony and the Johnsons), Indigo Street and others.  The sense of fun they had recording the album is tangible. Says HOLLAND:

“I told Doug Wieselman I wanted an Ethiopianesque bass clarinet solo on ‘All the Love’ and he said, ‘yeah, I got that.’  I asked him to give me a tremolo guitar like Pops Staples, and he brought that spirit through for ‘Dark Days.’   I asked Geoffrey Muller, the bassist, to give us a bass line for ‘Waiting for the Sun’ like a sweet boyfriend telling his lady he’s picking up the whole bill for their vacation on the beach. I wanted it to have that comforting, manly vibe.   And he hooked us up.”

In case you couldn’t tell, we’re pretty excited about this!

Jolie Holland – Wine Dark Sea Track Listing

  1. On And On – 3:56
  2. First Sign of Spring – 4:52
  3. Dark Days – 5:17
  4. Route 30 – 4:50
  5. I Thought It Was The Moon – 4:01
  6. The Love You Save – 5:13
  7. All The Love – 4:10
  8. Saint Dymphna – 6:14
  9. Palm Wine Drunkard – 6:06
  10. Out On The Wine Dark Sea – 5:51

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Morning Glory Complete Work on New Album

MORNING GLORY have completed work on their new album War Psalms. It’s packed with 13 memorable songs and will be released on March 4th. Listen to the brand new song, “Nationality Anthem,” which appears on both War Psalms and the limited edition split EP with Off With Their Heads. Read what Ezra Kire, singer of Morning Glory, had to say:

We took the summer off to record this record. We were driving Jesse (Cannon) nuts by camping out in his studio. I was up to writing at all hours of the night, taking brief naps under the piano. In the end we had 27 tracks from which to assemble this album. People who like earlier M-glory are definitely gonna like it. It’s faster, heavier, & more raw & stripped down than Poets, but retains that anthemic morning glory message. Brian Viglione (dresden dolls, and now violent femmes) added massive strength to the entire record with his powerhouse drumming style. Music is a forward moving journey & I can’t wait for it to be released. Everyone who’s heard it agrees that this record rocks.

War Psalms track listing:

1. Calm and Alarm
2. Standard Issue
3. Natas Behind Me
4. I Am Machine Gun
5. Nationality Anthem
6. I Want Control
7. War Haka
8. War Dance
9. Punx Not Dead, I Am
10. Karry On
11. This Kool-Aid Is Delicious
12. Know Your Wrongs
13. Home Free

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I Killed the Prom Queen Stream New Album


Stream New Album Beloved at Alternative Press Now!
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Australian purveyors of metalcore, I Killed The Prom Queen, stream their new album, Beloved, in its entirety two weeks before their February 18 US release date, out February 14 in Australia / February 17 in Europe. Visit Alternative Press to listen now:

To pre-order Beloved, visit:

Beloved is the first new album from I Killed The Prom Queen in 6 years and they are primed for their re-launch of epic proportions. Since forming in Adelaide, Australia in 2000, I Killed The Prom Queen have maintained a standard of excellence that has placed them head and shoulders above the pack. Hitting their peak around 2006 with the release of their sophomore effort, Music For The Recently Deceased, the five-piece garnered local chart success and built a loyal worldwide following. However in 2008, mounting pressure and internal strife led to their premature demise. Yet, ironically, the hugely successful ‘Say Goodbye’ Australian tour, which was to be the band’s swan song, gave them the impetus to continue

For several years the band lay dormant, as members went on to play in other bands. In 2011, I Killed The Prom Queen reclaimed their sound, style, history, and legacy with an all new line up, and original member Jona Weinhofen who spent time with Bleeding Through and Bring Me The Horizon. Joined by new screamer Jamie Hope, Shane O’Brien on drums, Kevin Cameron on guitar, Benjamin Coyte on bass, and of course, Jona bringing vocal choruses, guitar, and keyboard to the mix.

IKTPQ entered the studio in 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden with Fredrik Nordström (Bring Me The Horizon, At The Gates, In Flames, Dimmu Brogir, Architects UK) to record Beloved, their much-anticipated third album.

“We’ve really extended ourselves,” says Weinhofen, “But we’ve done it in a way where it’s tasteful and it makes sense with the music. It’s not like we’ve gone from sounding like a metalcore band to sounding like Dimmu Borgir. It still sounds very much like Prom Queen.”

Having overcome so much adversity during their 13-year existence, I Killed The Prom Queen have a fresh lease on life and a newfound desire to leave an indelible mark on the world stage. Look out, planet.

Catch I Killed The Prom Queen on the Take Action Tour this March through April, with The Devil Wears Prada, The Ghost Inside, and Dangerkids. Tickets are on sale now and moving fast. To purchase, visit:


Mar 12 Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater
Mar 13 Pomona, CA – The Glasshouse
Mar 14 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater
Mar 16 Grand Prairie, TX – South By So What Fest?!
Mar 17 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Mar 18 Odessa, TX – Club Patron
Mar 19 Corpus Christi, TX – La Hacienda
Mar 21 Nashville, TN – Rocketown
Mar 22 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
Mar 23 Jacksonville, FL – Murray Hill Theatre
Mar 24 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
Mar 25 Baltimore, MD – Sound Stage
Mar 27 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon
Mar 28 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Mar 29 Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak
Mar 30 Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
Apr 01 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Apr 02 Columbus, OH – Newport

I Killed The Prom Queen is:
Jona Weinhofen (guitar/vocals/keyboards)
Kevin Cameron (guitar)
Jamie Hope (vocals)
Benjamin Coyte (bass)
Shane O’Brien (drums)

For more information, visit

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