Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

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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

NEW JOLIE HOLLAND ALBUM WINE DARK SEA OUT MAY 20th

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: http://www.avclub.com/article/get-an-exclusive-first-look-at-jolie-hollands-new–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

I Killed the Prom Queen Stream New Album

I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN

Stream New Album Beloved at Alternative Press Now!
Listen by Visiting: altpress.com/iktpq

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: altpress.com/iktpq.

To pre-order Beloved, visit: smarturl.it/iktpqbeloved.

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: http://takeactiontour.com/

TAKE ACTION TOUR DATES

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 https://www.facebook.com/iktpq.

Tim Armstrong Solo Art Show in Los Angeles

TIM ARMSTRONG PRESENTS FIRST EVER SOLO ART SHOW IN LOS ANGELES

Tim Armstrong: Avenues & Alleyways

Presented by SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS / Shepard Fairey

Opening Reception: Friday, January 24
Exhibition Dates: January 24 – February 22, 2014
Special live performance by Tim Timebomb & Friends on opening night

Tim Armstrong is having his first ever solo art show in Los Angeles at SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS, a gallery founded by Shepard Fairey and Blaze Blouin, January 24 – February 22, 2014. Opening night is January 24, and will feature a special live performance by Tim Timebomb & Friends.

SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is proud to present Avenues & Alleyways, featuring never before seen artwork. The raw, hard-edged spontaneity in Armstrong’s art mirrors his approach to music making, exemplifying a “passion is more important than precision” aesthetic that speaks to the creative rebellion dwelling inside us all.

Avenues & Alleyways features drawings, paintings, watercolors, and mixed media works on found materials that have been collaboratively selected by Armstrong and Shepard Fairey. The range in medium, size, and subject matter provide a well-rounded presentation of Armstrong’s honest and unrefined artistic charm. The imagery includes figures in Armstrong’s life, tools of his trade, album covers for deceased musicians, and poetic ruminations scrawled across simple line drawings.

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Tony Sly Tribute Album Details

One year ago today, on July 31, 2012, we lost a true original, Tony Sly. While we continue to mourn Tony our friend, we also celebrate Tony the artist through his songs. On October 29th, we will officially release The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute. we can’t express how much it means to us and Tony’s family that each of the artists and bands on this album took the time and effort to contribute such meaningful and interesting interpretations of Tony’s songs. All proceeds from this compilation will go to the Tony Sly Memorial Fund.

 

Retox Documentary

RETOX RELEASE NEW DOCUMENTARY

with guest appearances by Nick Zinner (Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs), Buzz  Osbourne (The Melvins)

YPLL OUT MAY 28th via Epitaph

Band On Tour Now

(April 15th, Los Angeles, CA)  RETOX have released a 60 minute documentary that is available with purchase of their forthcoming record, YPLL  out May 28th. The documentary explores the realities of making  an album, what it’s like to be in a touring band today and  features interviews with Buzz Osborne from The Melvins and Nick Zinner from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who also appears on the new record.

The full documentary is currently  available to watch courtesy of alarm-magazine.com, who also named YPLL,  one of their favorites of the week here: http://alarm-magazine.com/?p=63248

“You kind of have to ruin your life to be in a punk band,” states Justin Pearson, currently on tour with new band Retox and renowned for his work with groundbreaking noise outfit THE LOCUST. Retox, along with some high-profile guests, shed light on the hardships and rewards of doing what you love instead of what you’re “supposed to,” discuss days and nights of relentless touring and the intense emotions experienced on stage and making music.

With YPLL, Retox deliver a mission statement in 12 blistering tracks, the vast majority of them clocking in at two minutes or less. It’s the type of rallying battle cry that inspires lingering and dormant primal urges and too-long-suppressed societal dissatisfaction in those who encounter its punk rock lineage and postmodern crash-and-ban.

RETOX  is on tour now.

RETOX Tour Dates:

5/15/2013 The Middle East Upstairs Cambridge MA
5/16/2013 The Acheron Brooklyn NY
5/17/2013 Pianos New York NY
5/18/2013 Philamoca Philadelphia PA
5/19/2013 Golden West Cafe Baltimore MD
5/20/2013 The Milestone Charlotte NC
5/21/2013 Purgatory at the Masquerade Atlanta GA
5/22/2013 Circle Bar New Orleans LA
5/23/2013 Rudyards Houston TX
5/24/2013 The Mohawk Austin TX
5/25/2013 Train Yard Las Cruces NM
5/26/2013 Trunk Space Phoenix AZ
5/27/2013 Punk Rock Bowling Las Vegas NV
5/28/2013 Che Cafe San Diego CA
5/29/2013 Vacation Vinyl Los Angeles CA
5/30/2013 The Smell Los Angeles CA

Getting to Know the Buckaroux Banshees

www.buckarouxbanshees.com

Where are you from and when did you get started?

Formed in St. Paul Minnesota! – 4 guys (We’ve since added a drummer! We were 3 members originally w/ no drummer) who felt a serious void of music (All their other groups had called a hiatus or disbanded i.e. – Grimace – Conquistadores – Streetwise Professors – Corp D… You know, typical obscure Twin Cities Punk Groups..) in their lives so one winter day in 2011 they decided to form “Buckaroux Banshees” – A hybrid of all previous group members projects that would try harder promoting themselves. Create sharper songs. And most importantly play stellar live shows!

Who are you and who does what in the band?

4 piece band!
Matt Graske (Me) Rhythm Gtr
Gregg Schmitt – Lead Gtr
Chad Medellin – Bass
Ryan Blue – Drums
* Everybody writes lyrics and sings them!
We have an awesome eclectic mix of singers in this group and this keeps the songs very interesting. There’s no clear front man. – But we don’t care! We ‘ve been working hard on the music! It’s coming together nicely!

How would you best describe the sound?

Fugazi type “progressive” punk music
We challenge ourselves to not write the same song over again repeatedly.
We take turns singing and changing time signatures
We have a disco song
We have a 3/5 timed song. We need to keep ourselves entertained and couldn’t do it by simple four chord punk music
We also enjoy “classic?” metal very much so
We are a very lead guitar oriented band with guitar inspirations from groups like Iron Maiden / Judas Priest / Black Sabbath

Influences include: Fugazi / Descendents / Superchunk / Judas Priest / Iron Maiden / etc

Dream rock moment (real or not)?

To be able to afford to take 1 month off of work ; pack up the van and tour the whole United States (Do-able right?)
We wanna see some of the world… at least what’s in our own country. We’re young and energetic. We hope to make this a reality

Still got day jobs?

Of Course we do… we’re not fuckin rock stars

Matt Graske – Cooks in various twin cities restauraunts (Carbone’s Pizzeria / Corner Cafe mostly)
Gregg Schmitt – Walmart Tire Lube Express Technician
Chad Medellin – Various Blue Collar jobs (Metal Fabrication / Cleaning Screens for a printing company / Occasional Prostitution Work)
Ryan Blue – Gordy’s Steak House! (A REal beast in the kitchen!)

Any regrets?

Yes We should have formed this band when we were in highschool instead of college!

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RETOX RELEASE BLOODY NEW VIDEO FOR ‘MATURE SCIENCE’

(March 27th, Los Angeles, CA) The provocative SoCal band RETOX have unleashed a brand new video, a heart – stopping thriller that portrays the band’s kinetic, challenging energy in their latest track release, “MATURE SCIENCE.”  Combining the jagged edges of stripped down/back-to-basics rock n’ roll with bombastic attitude and art-rock intelligentsia, using the prism of the past to look toward the potential brilliance of the future, RETOX’s YPLL arrives via Epitaph Records on May 7th, 2013.

Directed by Simon Chan, the new video features the band in a riot-like scenario, where the band kidnaps  a police officer and brings him to an undisclosed location. The  disturbing story unfolds in 2:47 minutes, ending in an intense, bloody scene that can only be fully realized by watching the video.

Check out the new video via Lambgoat.com here: http://lambgoat.com/features/69/Retox-Mature-Science-video-premiere

Guitarist Michael Crain offers, “Retox does not in any way condone or advocate the harming of police officers. We do however feel that our society as a whole would be far safer and not as unjustly regulated if local, state, and federal law enforcement were required to memorize the lyrics to Black Flag’s “Police Story” and N.W.A’s “Fuck tha Police!”

Retox deliver a mission statement in 12 blistering tracks, the vast majority of them clocking in at two minutes or less. It’s the type of rallying battle cry that inspires lingering and dormant primal urges and too-long-suppressed societal dissatisfaction in those who encounter its punk rock lineage and postmodern crash-and-ban.

In May, the band will take their energetic live performance across North America.

PRE-ORDERS are now live for RETOX’s YPLL, which will arrive in-stores and online on May 7th. Please go to: www.kingsroadmerch.com/epitaphrecords

RETOX Tour Dates:

5/8/2013 Moonroom Denver CO
5/9/2013 Brother’s Lounge Omaha NE
5/10/2013 The Hexagon Minneapolis MN
5/11/2013 Township Chicago IL
5/12/2013 Smalls Hamtramck MI
5/15/2013 The Middle East Upstairs Cambridge MA
5/16/2013 The Acheron Brooklyn NY
5/17/2013 Pianos New York NY
5/19/2013 Golden West Cafe Baltimore MD
5/20/2013 The Milestone Charlotte NC
5/23/2013 Rudyards Houston TX
5/25/2013 Train Yard Las Cruces NM
5/26/2013 Trunk Space Phoenix AZ
5/27/2013 Punk Rock Bowling Las Vegas NV

ALKALINE TRIO STREAM NEW ALBUM VIA SPIN.COM

My Shame Is True Out April 2nd

Band To Play Live At  The 98-7fm Penthouse at The Historic Hollywood Tower Next Week

US Tour Starts April 25th

March 26th, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA –   Chicago’s celebrated punk rock cult heroes, Alkaline Trio, are set to return with the exhilarating new album My Shame Is True out April 2nd via Epitaph Records. Fans are invited to stream the album in full starting today via Spin.com by going here: http://www.spin.com/articles/alkaline-trio-my-shame-is-true-album-stream-matt-skiba-interview-epitaph

On April 1st, Alkaline Trio will play an exclusive live set at  the 987FM  Penthouse at The Historic Hollywood Tower in Los Angeles. In addition, the band will hit the road at the end of the month with brooding punk rockers Bayside  and Off With Their Heads for an exuberant live tour which already has numerous sold out dates throughout the country, including Chicago LA, and NYC.

Since emerging in 1996, Alkaline Trio have become one of the punk rock’s most progressive and unique bands of the last decade, rousing a dedicated legion of passionate supporters with eight fan-adored albums and relentless world-wide touring. My Shame Is True is the next chapter in the band’s celebrated career.

What’s being said about Alkaline Trio?
 “Rockers show their punk bite is as strong as ever…” – Rolling Stone

“ A gnarled, zeitgeisty gem from the beloved Chicago outfit’s forthcoming ‘My Shame Is True…”– Spin

“…the band finds itself in its most vital place in years.” – Billboard

 

My Shame Is True is now available for pre-order via Epitaph by going to www.alkalinetriostore.com.

 

Alkaline Trio Tour Dates:

4/25/2013 The Observatory Santa Ana CA SOLD OUT
4/26/2013 House of Blues San Diego CA SOLD OUT
4/27/2013 Fremont Country Club Las Vegas NV
4/28/2013 Marquee Theatre Tempe AZ
4/29/2013 Sunshine Theater Albuquerque NM
5/1/2013 Cains Ballroom Tulsa OK
5/2/2013 House of Blues Dallas TX
5/3/2013 House of Blues Houston TX
5/4/2013 Emo’s East Austin TX
5/8/2013 Revolution Ft. Lauderdale FL
5/9/2013 The Florida Theater Gainesville FL
5/10/2013 House of Blues- Orlando Orlando FL
5/11/2013 Center Stage Atlanta GA
5/12/2013 Marathon Music Works Nashville TN
5/14/2013 Cats Cradle Carrboro NC
5/15/2013 The National Richmond VA
5/16/2013 The Norva Theater Norfolk VA
5/17/2013 Rams Head Live Baltimore MD
5/18/2013 House of Blues Boston MA
5/19/2013 Toads Place New Haven CT
5/21/2013 Irving Plaza New York NY SOLD OUT
5/22/2013 Chameleon Club Lancaster PA
5/23/2013 Electric Factory Philadelphia PA
5/24/2013 Best Buy Theater New York NY SOLD OUT
5/25/2013 Water Street Music Hall Rochester NY
5/26/2013 Newport Music Hall Columbus OH
5/28/2013 House of Blues Cleveland OH
5/29/2013 Clutch Cargo’s Pontiac MI
5/30/2013 Metro Chicago IL SOLD OUT
5/31/2013 Metro Chicago IL SOLD OUT
6/1/2013 The Rave Milwaukee WI
6/2/2013 Pops St. Louis MO
6/4/2013 The Summit Music Hall Denver CO
6/4/2013 The  Venue Salt Lake City UT
6/7/2013 Showbox Showroom Seattle WA
6/8/2013 Hawthorne Theater Portland OR
6/9/2013 The Regency Ballroom San Francisco CA
6/11/2013 House of Blues West Hollywood CA SOLD OUT
6/12/2013 House Of Blues Anaheim CA
For more information:
www.epitaph.com

Swingin’ Utters Tour Dates

02/23/13 Sacramento, CA at Blue Lamp
02/24/13 San Francisco, CA at Slim’s
02/27/13 Eugene, OR at John Henry’s
02/28/13 Portland, OR at Hawthorne Theatre
03/02/13 Seattle, WA at The Highline
03/03/13 Vancouver, BC Canada at Rickshaw
03/05/13 Edmonton, AB Canada at The Pawn Shop
03/06/13 Calgary, AB Canada at Dickens Pub
03/08/13 Boise, ID at The Venue
03/09/13 Salt Lake City, UT at Burt’s Tiki Lounge
03/10/13 Denver, CO at Marquis Theatre
03/11/13 Colorado Springs, CO at The Black Sheep
03/13/13 Scottsdale, AZ at Pub Rock
03/15/13 San Diego, CA at The Casbah
03/16/13 Long Beach, CA at Alex’s Bar
03/17/13 Los Angeles, CA at Echoplex