Punk in the Park is returning to Oak Canyon Park in Orange County, CA this fall.
The annual punk rock festival is scheduled to take place Nov. 5 and 6 and will feature a line up of almost 30 acts. Among the acts scheduled to perform are the likes of Dropkick Murphys, Bad Religion, and Anti-Flag. Tickets are available now.
Other acts on the bill include and are not limited to The Bouncing Souls, Face To Face, The Flatliners, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Adolescents, The Bronx, Bad Cop Bad Cop, Mercy Music, Slaughterhouse, TV Party Suzi Moon, The Vulturas, and Ch. 3. More acts will be announced in the coming weeks.
General admission weekend tickets start at $95 plus fees. VIP weekend tickets are also available. They provide access to shaded areas of the festival grounds, upgraded restroom facilities, and VIP bar. General admission and VIP alike offer access to craft beer tasting from noon to 3 p.m. for audiences who are 21 and older, as well as all performances by the bands on the bill.
The Punk In The Park festival grounds are located at 5305 E. Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado, CA.
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Punk and emo fans have something special to look forward to as summer winds down.
The annual Four Chord Music Festival is scheduled to return this year for its eighth year. The festival is scheduled to take place Sept. 9 and 10 at Wild Things Park in Washington, PA. This year marks the first time that the festival will be a two-day event.
Featured in this year’s lineup are the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Pennywise, and All Time Low. The festival is presented by Four Chord Music and Drusky Entertainment.
Festival founder Rishi Bahl talked about this year’s even in a prepared statement.
“This is it,” he said. “This is the festival I had dreamed of being able to put on since this started in my apartment 7 years ago in Pittsburgh. I can’t wait.”
Two-day general admission passes start at $155 while individual day passes will start at $86. VIP Two-day passes are listed at $350 while single-day VIP passes will cost audiences $186. VIP passes include extras, such as all day access to the VIP-only tent, elevated viewing platform, special acoustic performances from bands on the bill, and private bar.
Tickets and VIP passes are available now.
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The Louder Than Life Festival will return to Louisville, KY this year with an expansive lineup of acts.
The festival, scheduled to take place Sept. 22-25 at the Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville, KY, will be headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Slipknot, and KISS. The four-day festival will also feature performances from bands, such as Bloodywood, Anti-Flag, and Superbloom. The KY Expo Center is located at 937 Phillips Ln. in Louisville, KY.
The festival’s full lineup is noted below. Tickets are available here. Weekend general admission passes start at $249.50 plus fees. Weekend VIP passes start at $629.50 plus fees. A limited number of Weekend Top Shelf VIP passes is still available for $1,329.50 plus fees.
General admission single day passes start at $99.50 plus fees. Single day VIP passes start at $295.50 plus fees. Layaway options are available through March 31 for $10, with payments made through July.
A trailer for the forthcoming annual festival is streaming.
The current Louder Than Life lineup is as follows (subject to change):
Thursday, September 22: Nine Inch Nails, Bring Me The Horizon, Evanescence, Halestorm, Tenacious D, Yungblud, Highly Suspect, Ministry, Nothing More, Baroness, Spiritbox, Apocalyptica, Dorothy, Don Broco, New Years Day, Plush, Lilith Czar, Maggie Lindemann, Taipei Houston, The Dead Deads, Mothica, Superbloom, Eva Under Fire, Oxymorrons
Friday, September 23: Slipknot, Shinedown, Lamb Of God, Mastodon, In This Moment, Meshuggah, Clutch, Jinjer, GWAR, In Flames, Helmet, POORSTACY, Crown The Empire, DED, All Good Things, Amigo The Devil, Vended, Mike’s Dead, If I Die First, Orbit Culture, The Luka State, Ego Kill Talent, The Native Howl, Archetypes Collide
Saturday, September 24: KISS, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Chevelle, Ghostemane, Jerry Cantrell, Dance Gavin Dance, Theory of a Deadman, Body Count, Sevendust, Mammoth WVH, We Came As Romans, Airbourne, Cherry Bombs, Ill Niño, Tetrarch, Nita Strauss, Against The Current, Wargasm, Trash Boat, Shaman’s Harvest, Solence, Dropout Kings, Bloodywood
Sunday, September 25: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice In Chains, Incubus, Papa Roach, The Pretty Reckless, Architects, Bad Religion, Action Bronson, The Struts, Jelly Roll, Dirty Honey, Anti-Flag, The Joy Formidable, Bayside, The Warning, Royal & The Serpent, caroles daughter, Radkey, The Mysterines, Crown Lands, AEIR, The Alive, As You Were
The Louder Than Life Festival is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents. The festival debuted in 2014 and expanded to four days in 2021.
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Punk rock band Still Insane gave audiences another preview of its new EP this week.
The band released the EP’s secondsingle/title track Jan. 10. Its premiere came less than a month after the band debuted the EP’s lead single, ‘Stay Home‘ Dec. 2.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Black Sheep’ is a presentation that audiences will find interesting. That is because it is not just a pure punk rock opus. Influence from the likes of Pennywise is evident at some points. At others, a harder influence from the likes of Bad Religion is audible alongside something of a thrash metal leaning. At first thought, such a blend of styles and sounds should not work, but it does work in this case.
No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the song’s debut. From what can be deciphered without lyrics to reference or an explanation of the lyrics, it can be inferred that the song is a familiar social commentary that focuses on self identity. This is just this critic’s interpretation and should not be taken as the only take on the lyrical theme.
The track listing for Black Sheep is noted below.
1- Sleeping On The Floor
2- Black Sheep
3- No More Targets
4- Stay Home
5- Thank You
More information on Still Insane’s new single and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:
Punk rock band American Television released its new EP, Adolescence Friday.
In celebration of the EP’s release, which came through Wiretap Records, the band premiered the video for its cover of Black Flag’s song, ‘Nervous Breakdown’ Saturday.
The band’s DIY-style video features the band members — Steve Rovery (guitar, vocals), Jerred Lazar (guitar, vocals), Bryan Flowers (drums), and Edwin Wikfors (bass) — each being themselves as Rovery and Lazar go kind of crazy.
American Television’s take on ‘Nervous Breakdown’ stays largely true to its source material. The only difference between the two renditions is that the original work has more of a Sex Pistols type sound thanks to its production. American Television’s rendition by comparison has a somewhat richer sound even despite its still raw sense.
‘Nervous Breakdown’ is just one of the covers featured in the five-song record, which is in fact a collection of covers. The band also takes on songs from Operation Ivy, Green Day, Bad Religion, and Fugazi. The EP’s track listing is noted below.
Independent indie/college rock band Space Cadet debuted its latest single this week along with its companion video.
The band debuted its new single ‘Start Running Away‘ and its video Friday. The song is the third single from the band’s forthcoming album Lion on a Leash, which is scheduled for release March 26 through Wiretap Records. The pair’s debut follows that of the album’s second single, ‘Bad Luck‘ and its companion video, and that of the album’s lead single ‘Forever For a While‘ and its companion video.
The musical arrangement featured in Space Cadet’s new single is a unique post-punk style composition. The light guitar approach, airy vocals, and steady time keeping, it actually lends itself to comparison to works from the likes of Foo Fighters. Bad Religion guitarist Brian Baker makes a guest appearance on the song.
Baker is just one of the guests who appear in Lion on a Leash. The album also features guest appearances by Mike Sneeringer (The Loved Ones), Matt Olsson (Dave Hause, Frank Iero, Brian Fallon), and Chris Gonzalez (The Explosion/The Loved Ones).
No information was provided in the press release announcing the debut of the new single and its video. However, from what can be interpreted, it would seem that the song’s lyrical content hints at a message of making the most of life possible.
The video that accompanies the song is its own unique presentation. It features various images, such as ballet dancers rehearsing a routine, flowers blooming, and ice crystals forming as the song plays over the noted imagery.
Independent rock band Father Before kicked off the weekend with some new music.
The band debuted its new single ‘Until Lambs Become Lions’ Friday through punknews.org. The single is the lead single from the band’s new EP Ruby. The band will announce more details on the record soon.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Until Lambs Become Lions’ opens with a metal style approach, but quickly turns in a decidedly punk direction. The melodic guitar-driven arrangement will appeal to fans of bands, such as Rise Against, Bad Religion, and NOFX.
Front man “Elijah” talked about the lyrical theme that accompanies the upbeat arrangement during his interview with punknews.org, stressing it is meant as a message of encouragement.
“”Until Lambs Become Lions” is the reminder that we already have what we need to face our fears. Don’t run to the past, don’t run to the future. However dark it seems when the lights have all gone dim, find your footing and never give up.”
In addition to its new single, the band also debuted the song’s companion video Friday. The band debuted the single’s video through insaneblog.net. The video features Elijah going through a series of vivid dream sequences as the band performs to the single, which plays over the video.
More information on Father Before Me’s new single and EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:
Surf punk band Counterpunch debuted its new single this week along with the song’s companion video.
The band debuted its new single ‘Handbook for the Recently Debriefed‘ Tuesday along with the song’s companion lyric video. The song is the title track in the band’s forthcoming 7″. The record is scheduled for release Jan. 29 through Thousand Islands Records in the United States and SBAM Records in the European Union.
Pre-orders for Handbook for the Recently Debriefed are open. Quantities are limited to 100 in each of the record’s three variants.
Counterpunch’s first new music since the release of the band’s 2014 album Bruises, ‘Handbook for the Recently Debriefed’ presents a musical arrangement whose high-energy guitars and melodic vocals will appeal to fans of bands, such as Pennywise, NOFX, and Bad Religion.
The lyrical content that accompanies the musical content in Counterpunch’s new song comes across as a political commentary. It seemingly hints at a statement about how the Republican Party has tied itself to Donald Trump and the result of that connection.
More information about Counterpunch’s new single, video and record is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:
One of the latest additions to Dave Ellefson’s EMP Label Group, the band released its new album Illuminator this past Friday, June 3rd. The album was released via eOne in the United States and Triple Vision Entertainment in Japan. It is schedule for release later this year in Europe via SPV. The band unveiled the video for the album’s lead single ‘Everything You Love Will Someday Die’ earlier this spring. The video is streaming online now via YouTube. It features footage of the band’s members and fans singing the song.
Courtesy: EMP Label Group
Front man Evan Rodaniche discussed the video in a recent interview. He noted the song’s family roots in the interview and the video’s recording process. “This song is dedicated to my father, who passed away about a month ago after a two year battle with cancer,” he said. “But even when I first wrote these lyrics at the onset of his terminal diagnosis as a sort of comforting mantra, in the back of my mind I believed my dad was indestructible. I never thought I’d be adding an “in loving memory” dedication at the end of this video. But then he was gone. And that’s what this is all about. We spend our modern lives wrapped up in our first world problems, completely disconnected with the natural cycles of the planet around us.”
In discussing the video’s production, Rodaniche noted the cameras that were used and the band’s general approach to making the clip. We shot the video DIY with a couple Canon DSLR cameras, a black sheet in our rehearsal room and about forty non-actor friends, fans, and family who showed up one sunny Los Angeles afternoon in 2015 to mouth the lyrics to a song they’d never heard. We aimed to bring home the message that no matter who you are we’re all in this together.” He went on to not the song’s roots and sound in his discussion, too noting, “As for the song itself, it’s a little bit of old school thrash mixed with something more melodic and a little piano and acoustic guitar wankery to push it over the 6 minute epic-metal-song mark. (Yes, there’s a radio edit.) He linked this in to a discussion on [Dave] Ellefson discovering Cage 9 through ‘Everything You Love Will Someday Die.’ I was the 14 year old kid running around with a worn out cassette of Peace Sells in his Walkman, he said. “So having the dude that brought us pretty much THE most recognizable bass riff of my (and half the planet over 30’s) youth dig our band is a huge honor.” He went on further noting, “Cage 9 originated in Panama where I grew up playing in a band yet having pretty much never experienced famous bands performing live to learn from, not to mention any of our idols like Megadeth or Metallica. This definitely makes this chance to work with Dave in a mentor/label situation that much more amazing. Very excited to be releasing our new album Illuminator with EMP this summer.”
Ellefson shared his thoughts on the band and its song in a discussion of his own even echoing the Megadeth/Metallica influence in the band’s new single noted by Rodaniche. “Cage9 is definitely the real deal,” he said. When I first heard ‘Everything You Love Will One Day Die,’ it instantly struck me as the closest I’ve heard to a song with a true Metallica/Megadeth core, with the radio accessibility to really connect with a modern rock audience. And with the band’s history, and everything they’ve accomplished, they were a perfect fit for what we were doing at EMP.”
Since moving to Los Angeles the band has released a total of six albums and more than one hundred songs. One of those albums was completely in Spanish. The band has sold 25,000 copies of its albums worldwide in that time and played over 50 dates across America just last year. It has also toured Japan and Central America as direct opener for Ozzy Osbourne, Bad Religion, Seether, and In This Moment. The band has also shared stage time with the likes of Sevendust, Hellyeah, Karnivool, and others. Even Rodaniche himself spent some time in the past as a member of Powerman 5000. He also helped to co-write, record, and mix some of PM5K’s most recent albums. That isn’t Rodaniche’s only production credit. He also worked on ex-Flyleaf singer Lacey Sturm’s new album and work from Boy Hits Car, and others. As if all of this isn’t enough credit to Cage9, the band has also received glowing reviews from its much more well-known counterparts including: Pop Evil, Korn, Saving Abel, Asking Alexandria, Devil You Know, and 9Electric just to name a handful of acts.
More information on Cage9’s new album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:
That is the message being sent by “It’s Not Dead Festival” co-founders Kevin Lyman, Jon Reese and Live Nation’s Rich Best. Thanks to the trio’s combined efforts, the aptly-titled festival will become reality, proving the spirit of punk and the music itself is alive and well. The “It’s Not Dead Festival” will be held Saturday, October 10th at the San Manuel Amphitheater Festival Grounds in San Bernadino, CA. The festival will feature performances from a total of thirty-five bands across three stages representing the past, present, and future of punk and ska. Those bands include: Bad Religion, Pennywise, Descendents, NOFX, The Vandals, 7 Seconds, The Vandals, Bouncing Souls, Anti-Flag, Strung Out, Fishbone, H20, Lagwagon, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake and many more. The festival’s complete lineup is listed below.
The Lineup: Bad Religion, Pennywise, Descendents, NOFX,The Vandals,7 Seconds, Bouncing Souls, Anti-Flag, Strung Out, Fishbone, H20, Lagwagon, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake
Second Stage: The Adolescents, Agent Orange, CJ Ramone, Devils Brigade, Duane Peters Gunfight, Manic Hispanic, Pulley, Riverboat Gamblers, Sham 69, Swingin’ Utters, The Dickies, TSOL
Third Stage: DI, Left Alone, Otherized, Rhythmic Asylum, The Briggs, The Interrupters, The Untouchables, Total Chaos
Tickets for the “It’s Not Dead Festival” will be available beginning this afternoon at 1pm ET on the festival’s official website at http://www.itsnotdeadfestival.com/. Early bird tickets start at $25 and go up in price from there. Regular on-sale price for tickets is $42.50. Service fees and parking are not included in ticket prices. Kids 10 and under get in free. On-site overnight parking will be available for those that get there early in anticipation of the big day.
While the bands tapped to play this year’s festival are the main attraction, they are just part of what audiences can look forward to this year. There will also be an old-school skate/BMX jam presented by Vans featuring appearances from skateboarding legends such as: Mike Frazier, Steve Caballero, Christian Hosoi, Omar Hassan, and Neal Hendrix along with pros Lizzie Armanto, Alex Perelson, and Josh Bordon. BMX rider Dennis McCoy will also be on hand for the event.
For those looking for something calmer, there will also be an art exhibition titled “Art’s Not Dead” and a book-signing area. The art exhibition will feature works from artists and photographers such as Mark deSalvo, Dave Naz, Natalia Fabia, Lisa Johnson, B.J. Papas, Greg Attonito, Chris Shary, Craig “Skibs” Barker, Jeff Alulis, Jason Cardwell and many others. Their works will both be on exhibition and for sale. The book-signing area will feature books from well-known authors such as Jeff Alulis, Danny Bland, Cecil Castellucci, Jack Grisham, Shawna Kenney, Jim Lindberg, David Nazworthy, Christian Picciolini, John Roecker with Dylan Melody, Daniel Weizmann and Shanti Wintergate & Greg Attonito.
The “It’s Not Dead Festival” is sponsored by Vans, Rockstar Energy Drink, FYE, Coldcock Whiskey, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Epitaph Records, and Pure Noise Records. More information on the “It’s Not Dead Festival” is available online now including ticketing information at: