Hoods Sign to ISR

Hoods sign worldwide deal with I Scream Records

I Scream Records is very proud to welcome Hoods to the family.
Hoods founded in Sacramento, CA, in 1995 by Mike Hoods have grown into a Hardcore institution. Their music is a call to arms for all of those who have grown tired watching Hardcore be exploited and bastardized. Mike Hood has used his years of experience to craft one of the most brutal and honest West Coast Hardcore bands ever.
Hoods have released several albums on a number of independents and now the long-awaited new album “Pit Beast” is set for release in May 2009.

“14 years and we’re still here. Still playing Hardcore, still having fun and bringing the mosh. I had no idea when I started Hoods if we would even last a year. With so many ups and many more downs we definitely made our mark. Not only for West Coast Hardcore but all over the world. I live, eat and breathe this music”. Mike Hood

Laurens says: “We are excited to join forces with Hoods in the year I Scream Records is celebrating its 15th anniversary. They’re one of the hardest working bands out there and a great addition to our roster”

Hoods are on tour in North America in April 2009 and will invade Europe in May 2009. Make sure to check ’em out at a venue near you.

www.myspace.com/sactohoods

Ska Is Dead

Portland 2009

It’s the Fourth Coming of the Ska Is Dead Tour (http://www.skaisdead.com/), and there are signs that the resurrection is keeping. Marking a return of the all-ska tour after a three-year hiatus, SID4 is bringing ass-shaking good times to an all-ages venue near you RIGHT NOW (see site for tour dates). Saturday’s 6 hour set from 5 great bands proved SID founder Dave Kirchgessner’s posit: Ska is anything but dead.

Continue reading Ska Is Dead

Happy Aniversary

In case anyone is still alive, next month will be the 10 year anniversary of upstarter.com … that’s a long freakin’ time to be runnin’ a long con on the music industry. They send me stuff and I spew out some bogus opinion about it. Hell’s Yes! I rule! … Never the less, next month I will be re-issuing ancient reviews from 1999. I suspect that it’ll be a pandemonium like Y2K all over again. Hooray!

Stay Tuned
–Jerry Actually

Free SXSW Performance

The Shirts for a Cure Project is proud to announce this year’s SXSW day party will feature The Bouncing Souls, Dillinger Four, Darkest Hour, The A.K.A.’s and Ruiner. This will be the ONLY 2009 SXSW appearance by The Bouncing Souls, Dillinger Four and Darkest Hours. This FREE event will be held at Red 7 (611 East 7th Street) on Friday March 20th, doors open at noon sharp. Donations will be collected at the door and are strong encouraged.

There will be limited space at this event, so please arrive early to be assured entry.

Take a moment to peek at this year’s poster: www.syrentha.org/sxswposter2009.htm

The Aggrolites

Back in Studio for Fourth Album
Open for Michael Franti & Spearhead
Selected to Join Flogging Molly’s Green 17 Tour

“The Aggrolites are one of the most unique bands out there today. In an era where way too many groups sound the same, it’s nice to have a group that is like a breath of fresh air. Their tunes can turn any bad day into a good one and their lyrics will have you singing along in no time.” – Quinnipiac Chronicle (Oct. 2008)

The Aggrolites have returned to the studio to craft their fourth full-length album and follow-up to the acclaimed Reggae Hit L.A. (Hellcat Records). Recording at Kingsize Soundlabs in Los Angeles, and scheduled for release in May 2009, the new album is guaranteed to deliver even more of their signature hard-hitting, soul-infused reggae.

The Aggrolites join socially conscious roots rockers Michael Franti & Spearhead at the new Club Nokia at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles on January 31. Poet, musician and composer, Franti blends hip-hop, funk and reggae together with his outspoken political and progressive lyrics, and has gone on to become a worldwide million-selling artist and a leader in the peace and social justice movement. This show is part of Michael Franti & Spearhead’s 2009 Hey World Tour in support of All Rebel Rockers (Anti- Records), their first Top 40 album. This is the debut pairing of these two truly progressive bands with equally diverse and devoted fan bases. www.spearheadvibrations.com


Continue reading The Aggrolites

Black President Tour Dates

For Los Angeles-based punk band Black President, all it took was one song, penned by guitarist and founder Charlie Paulson and titled “Last F__king Hope,” to detonate a musical explosion.  Black President self-titled debut out now on Cobra Music.

“With Black President, a hot hard band with attitude AND a message, Paulson’s finally found a perfect fit”
–My Fox LA

After finishing up a successful trek on the Vans Warped Tour 08 and a stint of hometown dates Black President is gearing up for a full national tour with TSOL kicking off January 23, 2009 in Pomona, CA.

“The journey that Black President takes you on is full of twists and turns that any roller coaster designer would be proud of”
–Online Drummer.com

The buzz continues to grow as the band recently garnered a featured artist spot on myspace music and an appearance on Dave Navarro’s SpreadTV on maniaTV:
http://www.maniatv.com/shows/spread-entertainment/videos

It has been a long time since a punk rock band with something to really say about the status of the world we live in has come along and shaken the foundations of the scene
–Guestlist.com
Continue reading Black President Tour Dates

Punk Rock Bowling

Hey Folks,

We’re just about 5 weeks away for the best party all year long: The  11th ANNUAL PUNK ROCK BOWLING TOURNAMENT!! There are still rooms available, so please head over to www.punkrockbowling to book ’em  before they’re gone.

New venues and updated lineups for our shows are below.  Tickets can be purchased at www.punkrockbowling.com on the shows page:

FRIDAY JANUARY 16, 2009
Premiere Nightclub
3015 Fremont St, Las Vegas
Doors: 8pm / 18 and over / Full Bar with ID Bowlers get in for FREE / Free Shuttle buses Tickets $16 COCKNEY REJECTS THE DWARVES AMERICAN STEEL OFF WITH THEIR HEADS THE IGNORANT

SATURDAY JANUARY 17, 2009
Special Show
Tickets on Sale Dec. 15

SUNDAY JANUARY 18, 2009
Premiere Nightclub
3015 Fremont St, Las Vegas
Doors: 8pm / 18 and over / Full Bar with ID Bowlers get in for FREE / Free Shuttle buses Tickets $15 MANIC HISPANIC
CH3
THE BODIES
TILTWHEEL

**please note, if you previously purchased tickets we are working on  contacting you directly, or you can email: bowling@byorecords.com

See you Vegas!

Love,
PRB

MUSHROOMHEAD TO RELEASE “VOLUME 2” DVD

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE OF “SAVE US”
AT WWW.THEGAUNTLET.COM

BAND ON TOUR NOW

NEW ALBUM COMING 2009

Mushroomhead one of the more unique and adventurous alternative metal outfits to ever emerged on the scene gears up for the DVD release of Volume 2, on October 28, 2008 on Filthy Hands/Megaforce Records. It’s the highly anticipated follow-up to their 2005 DVD release Volume 1. The new DVD features 2 ½ hours of pure mayhem featuring exclusive never before seen content, live footage from the past three years on their “Savior Sorrow” tour, music videos including Headbanger’s Ball 2007 Video Of The Year “1200,” “Simple Survival,” and the band’s brand new video “Save Us.” Other extras include video commentary, behind the scenes footage and band antics.

Check out the new video “Save Us” from the forthcoming DVD to premiere exclusively on The Gauntlet.com Thursday October 23.

Director Steve Felton states “it’s like wonka vision on mushrooms, video psycho therapy for the masses. Save us from ourselves!”

See it here: http://www.thegauntlet.com/article/278/14219/Mushroomhead.html

Mushroomhead will hit the studio this winter to start recording a new CD slated for attacked in early 2009.

Continue reading MUSHROOMHEAD TO RELEASE “VOLUME 2” DVD

Tim Fite Celebrates Halloween With A NEW FREE Digital EP

Available Only On 10/31/07

Brooklyn-based multi-genrist Tim Fite will release a new free, Halloween-centric recording via his website (www.timfite.com) on October 31st, 2008. Available for one day only, the innovative song cycle entitled ding dong Ditch comes at the culmination of his tour with Man Man and will be celebrated with a special Halloween show at the Starlight Ballroom in Philadelphia.

Fite says “I will be handing out more candy on Halloween this year, and all the bad kids are excited!!!”

Last year Fite had a bowl full of It’s Only Ketchup – his first haunting collection of Halloween music up for one day only for free, featuring such spine tickling classics as “We Look Good Together,” a sweet song about switching body parts with his love. The EP received over 12,000 downloads in one day as several influential blogs wrote of his intention to put the work up for a single day, or as Fite told Spinner.com “I am choosing ‘treat’…or is it ‘trick’?” Yet, the abrupt going-away of the EP left fans scrambling to find the songs elsewhere on the web.

This year Fite is adding a few more songs to his costume clad repertoire in the form of a brand new EP ding dong Ditch – a bone crunching, titty twisting examination of the less savory rituals of Hallows Eve. If you have ever hurled an egg at a neighbor, stolen candy from a baby, dug a shallow grave, or been disappointed by a box of raisins ding dong Ditch is the soundtrack for your Halloween mischief!

Stay tuned for more news on Fite’s recent proper release for ANTI- Fair Ain’t Fair which has received rave reviews in SPIN, Filter, and Alternative Press, and which he’ll continue to tour behind in the US and Australia.

Continue reading Tim Fite Celebrates Halloween With A NEW FREE Digital EP