Youth Brigade & Off With Their Heads

Youth Brigade will be supporting the upcoming release of the BYO Records 25th Anniversary Boxed set with shows on the East Coast. Touring with them will be Minneapolis’ own, Off With Their Heads. The two bands share key interests that include a penchant for punk rock with more hooks than a fisherman’s tackle box and a love for each other’s bands! A third band will be joining them starting the September 17 date and will be announced in the coming weeks.

The full-length documentary Let Them Know: The Story of Youth Brigade and BYO Records will screen in select cities in conjunction with these tour dates. More details on the release and movie screenings to come. This is only one leg in Youth Brigade’s planned touring which will extend into winter of ’09.

In the meantime, check out the recently launched website www.letthemknowthemovie.com for more on what’s coming up.

For more info on Youth Brigade: www.byorecords.com
For more info on Off With Their Heads: www.myspace.com/offwiththeirheads

9/14/09 Detroit, MI @ Small’s Bar
9/15/09 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
9/16/09 Pittsburgh, PA @ Belvedere’s
9/17/09 Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
9/18/09 Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
9/19/09 Brooklyn, NY @ Europa
9/20/09 Boston, MA @ Middle East
9/21/09 Pittsfield, MA @ Hall

Aggrolites Kick Off US Tour

THE AGGROLITES KICK OFF US TOUR IN ANTICIPATION OF NEW ALBUM

Soulful Dirty Reggae Group Embarks On US Tour In Support of Their New Album, IV, Due Out June 9th
“Through sheer force of will (not to mention grooves so enticing you can’t help but fall into them), this quintet simply commands you to buy into their music, which they call “dirty reggae.” It’s rock-steady with a punk-funk edge, with frontman Jesse Wagner’s white-soul vocals and Roger Rivas’ crazy organ lines giving it a party-or-die feel.” – Kevin Bronson, buzzbands.la
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Classics of Love Tour

Classics of Love on Tour
w/ Mike Park

APRIL
24th: USA – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
25th: USA – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
26th: USA – Elgin, IL @ Mad Maggie’s
27th: USA – Springfield, IL @ Black Sheep

MAY
1st: UK – Brighton @ The Engine Room
2nd:UK – London @ Underworld w/Sonic Boom Six
3rd: UK – Cambridge @ The Portland Arms
4th: UK – Kingston @ Fighting Cocks
5th: UK – Manchester @ Retro Bay
6th: UK – Southampton @ Talking Heads
7th: UK – Exeter @ The Hub
8th: UK – Plymouth @ White Rabbit
9th: UK – Swansea, Wales @ Sigma
10th: UK – Bristol @ Croft
11th: UK – Derby @ Victoria Inn
12th: Scotland – Aberdeen @ Cafe Drummonds w/The Hi Jacks
13th: Scotland – Glasgow @ Note
14th: UK – Nottingham @ Seven
15th: UK – Newcastle @ Newcastle College Performance Academy
16th: UK – Harrogate @ The Little Wonder
17th: UK – London @ Barfly

Rancid Returns to the Studio

RANCID SIGNALS RAUCOUS RETURN WITH ESSENTIAL NEW ALBUM LET THE DOMINOES FALL (JUNE 2 – HELLCAT/EPITAPH), THEIR FIRST IN SIX YEARS AND MOST TOPICAL TO DATE

GET THE RANCID WIDGET; BE THE FIRST TO HEAR THEIR NEW SINGLE “LAST ONE TO DIE”: http://www.myspace.com/rancid

SUMMER TOUR WITH RISE AGAINST KICKS OFF JUNE 4

Seminal punk band Rancid – Tim Armstrong (guitar/vocals), Lars Frederiksen (guitar/vocals), Matt Freeman (bass/vocals), and Branden Steineckert (drums) – have set June 2nd for the release of Let The Dominoes Fall (Hellcat/Epitaph), their first studio album in six years. The platinum-selling band recorded at George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound Studio, with production by Epitaph Records founder/Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz. Let The Dominoes fall features nineteen new songs, all written by Rancid. Special guest and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Booker T contributes Hammond B3 organ on one track, “Up To No Good.”
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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.

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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


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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
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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.

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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.

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