Organizers of the annual punk in the park festival have announced details for this year’s event.
The 2023 Punk in The Park Festival is scheduled to take place Nov. 4 and 5 at Oak Canyon Park in Orange County, CA. Now in its third year, the festival will be headlined this year by Pennywise, Descendants, Circle Jerks, and Goldfinger. Tickets will go on sale at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday here.
More than 30 bands will be spread across three stages in this year’s festival. For the first time in the festival’s history a vert ramp will be on site, with pro skaters entertaining festival-goers. Along with the noted headliners, the following bands are also part of the festival’s lineup this year: The Suicide Machines, The Lawrence Arms, The Dwarves, Rotting Out, A Wilhelm Scream, The Queers, Deviates, We Are The Union, Good Guys In Black and Rundown Kreeps.
General admission tickets start at $120 plus fees General admission passes include access to the festival and craft beer tasting sessions starting at 3 p.m. for audiences 21+. Doors open for the festival at noon each day.
The 2022 Punk in the Park Festival drew 20,000 fans over two days and performances from the likes of Dropkick Murphys, Bad Religion, Face To Face, The Bouncing Souls, and The Vandals.
Oak Canyon Park is located at 5305 E. Santiago Canyon Rd. in Silverado, CA.
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Organizers of the annual Riot Fest music festival announced the lineup for this year’s event.
The Cure, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, The Postal Service, and Death Cab For Cutie will headline the three-day festival, which is in its 18th year in 2023. Also on the bill for this year’s festival are the likes of AFI, Flogging Molly, Pennywise, and The Interrupters. Tickets are available here.
The lineup for the 2023 Riot Fest is noted below.
LINE-UP: Friday 9/15: Foo Fighters, Turnstile
Saturday 9/16: The Postal Service/Death Cab for Cutie, Queens of the Stone Age
Sunday 9/17: The Cure, The Mars Volta
070 Shake 100 Gecs AFI Ani DiFranco Balance and Composure Bayside Bearings Black Angels Bowling for Soup Braid Caroline Rose Cassyette CK Vassi Code Orange Corey Feldman Cults Death Grips Drain Earth Crisis Empire State Bastard Enola Gay Enter Shikari Eshu Tune / Hannibal Buress Fade ‘Em All Fake Names FEA Finch Fleshwater Flogging Molly Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls Free Throw Godspeed You! Black Emperor Gorilla Biscuits H2O Hawthorne Heights Head Automatica High Vis Hotline TNT Insane Clown Posse Jehnny Beth Just Friends Just Mustard Kim Gordon LS Dunes Microwave Mr. Bungle Nothing nothing,nowhere. Olivia Jean Origami Angel Parliament Funkadelic ft. George Clinton Pennywise Pinkshift Plosivs Pool Kids PUP Quasi Quicksand Ride Rival Schools Say Anything Screaming Females Silverstein Sleep Token Sludgeworth Snapcase Spitalfield Steve Ignorant Band / Crass Tegan and Sara The Aquadolls The Bobby Lees The Breeders The Bronx The Dresden Dolls The Exploited The Gaslight Anthem The Interrupters The Used The Wrecks Thursday Total Chaos Viagra Boys Warpaint White Reaper Yard Act Young Culture
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Independent punk rock bad Fore premiered its latest single and video this week.
The band debuted the video for its new single, ‘Wild Out‘ Thursday, and the song’s official premiere followed Friday. The band premiered the simple, skate-themed video through online magazine, The Punk Site. The song is featured on the band’s forthcoming album, Skin. The record is scheduled for release June 23 through Listenable Insanity Records.
The musical arrangement featured in the band’s new single is a familiar style composition. Its skate punk sound and style is easily comparable to works from the likes of Pennywise, much like other existing works from Fore. No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the news release announcing the premiere of the new single and its video. Lyrics are not provided with the song’s video, either.
In listening to the lyrics, the theme comes across as centering on the all too familiar topic of perhaps dealing with negative situations and settings, and doing something about one’s situation because one does not feel like one fits into a given scenario. That is just this critic’s interpretation.
The video for the band’s new single features various skate-themed visuals, such as someone slamming a skateboard on concrete for some reason out of frustration, someone simply riding around on a skateboard and skating at a skate park.
More information on Fore’s new single, video, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:
Punk rock band Jughead’s Revenge is set to release its EP, Vultures, this year through SBAM Records.
The EP’s release date is under consideration. In anticipation of the record’s release, the band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘I’ll Be Seeing You‘ Friday. A video for the single is expected to premiere soon.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’ is an infectious, upbeat composition. The combination of the driving guitar line, steady time keeping, bass line and vocals makes the arrangement comparable to so many works from the likes of Pennywise.
No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme, though in listening to the song, the lyrical theme seems to be a tribute to someone the band new. That is just this critic’s interpretation.
Since coming out of the skate punk scene in California in the late 80s, Jughead’s Revenge has released four albums, one independently and the other three through Nitro Records. The band’s forthcoming record will be its debut EP.
The six-song record was recorded in 2022 and produced independently by the one-man act, which is the brainchild of Scott Marks, according to a news release announcing the record’s release.
Marks said the EP was recorded quickly and fluidly.
“Outside of half of a song and a little piano jingle, the entire EP was basically written and recorded in one manic blast of inspiration,” Marks said. “This EP is pure Yard Sign, for better or worse!”
Yard Sign’s new EP is anchored by its lead single, ‘Hlp U Out.’ The song was released last week just before the EP’s release. The nearly three minute composition is an infectious work. That is thank in large part to its catchy guitar line and vocal harmony. The song’s upbeat energy definitely plays into that appeal, too. The song’s arrangement is easily comparable in its sound and style to works from the likes of Pennywise, Bouncing Souls, and Jeff Rosenstock.
No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme, but in listening to the song, the inference is that this is simply someone telling a friend or family member that he or she is there for that other person and will be there to help when and how he or she is needed. It seems a rather upbeat, positive message, and if that is the case, then it matches well with the song’s musical arrangement. That is because the arrangement is just as upbeat.
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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Punk band The Venomous Pinks gave audiences another preview of its new album this week.
The band debuted its new single, ‘Apothecary Ailment‘ and its companion video Thursday. The song and its video are the latest from the band’s forthcoming album, Vita Mors, which is scheduled for release June 3 through SBAM Records. The band debuted the record’s debut single, ‘No Rules‘ and its video last month.
The Venomous Pinks’ debut album is preceded by its EP, I Want You, which was released in 2020. The record produced the single, ‘I Really Don’t Care‘.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Apothecary Ailment’ is another straight forward, guitar-driven surf/skate punk style composition from the band. It will appeal easily to fans of the likes of Pennywise, Counterpunch, and Chaser what with that familiar sound and style.
Singer/guitarist Drea Doll talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.
“‘Apothecary Ailment’ is a track about how consuming the cycle of addiction can be,” Doll said. “I witnessed someone close to me struggle with severe addiction. It was a matter of life or death. The lyrics are a plea for them to choose life. I’ve had my own personal battles over the years, and facing one’s demons is never easy.
The video for the band’s new single finds the band out in the desert, performing its new single as the sun sets.
Doll talked about the presentation in her statement.
“For the video, we escape to the beautiful landscape near the lost Dutchman park in Apache Junction, AZ. Since this is our first album, it was important for us to show the world our roots and where we grew up.”
In other news, The Venomous Pinks is scheduled to join The Dead Kennedys and Nekromantix on the road this summer for a series of live dates. The band’s schedule with the groups is scheduled to launch June 8 in Boston, MA and to run through June 19 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. It also features stops in cities, such as Atlanta, GA; Louisville, KY and Nashville, TN.
More information on The venomous Pink’s new single, video, album and upcoming performances is available online at:
Punk rock band Urethane premiered its latest single and video this month.
The band premiered its new single, ‘Inheritance’ and its companion video Jan. 6 through Alternative Press magazine. The song features a guest appearance by Pennywise front man Jim Lindberg.
‘Inheritance’ is featured in Urethane’s debut album, Chasing Horizons, which is available now. A limited number of vinyl copies of Chasing Horizons is available here.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Inheritance’ is a rich composition. Lindberg’s familiar vocal style pairs with the surf/skate punk style and sound (much in the vein of Chaser) to give the song in whole a unique identity. That blend of leanings gives the arrangement in general a sound and style that is sure to engage and entertain audiences.
According to information provided about the song’s lyrical theme, it focuses on the sociological matter of whether nature or nurture causes our behaviors, which was addressed by guitarist Steve Caballero.
“The premise of ‘Inheritance’ is rooted in the idea that all of our flaws, negative character traits, addictions, unhealthy behaviors, bad ethics/morals are passed down to us either genetically or through learned behavior from our parents,” he said.
The video for ‘Inheritance’ is its own familiar style presentation. It features the band live onstage as the song plays over the visualization.
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:
Organizers of the annual Aftershock Festival have announced the schedule for this year’s installment of the annual event.
Now in its ninth year, the festival is actually a rescheduled event from 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic caused the event to be re-scheduled last year. As with its 2019 edition, this year’s installment of the Aftershock Festival is officially sold out. It is scheduled to take place this weekend from Thursday to Sunday at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA.
The festival grounds are located at 1600 Garden Highway. Sacramento, CA.
Attendees at this year’s festival will be required to follow strict COVID-19 guidelines. Those guidelines are noted here.
The 2021 edition of the Aftershock Festival is scheduled to open at 4:25 p.m. ET Thursday with a performance by Oxymorrons, on the Coors Light Stage. Fit For A King follows at 4:50 p.m. on the Jack Daniel’s Stage. Death Angel and Exodus will follow Oxymorrons at 5:25 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. respectively on the Coors Light Stage. Meanwhile back on the Jack Daniel’s Stage, Knocked Loose is scheduled to follow Fit For A King at 5:55 p.m.
From there, Anthrax, Testamentand Cypress Hill will keep the music going between the two stages. Cypress Hill’s performance on the Jack Daniel’s Stage at 8:50 p.m. will close out the evening’s activities.
Friday will see the festival expand to three stages, with music starting at 12:45 p.m. from Contracult Collective on the Coors Light Stage. Ayron Jones will take the stage first at 1:20 p.m. Friday on the Kolas Stage. Performances from acts, such as Crobot, Pop Evil, and Rancid and many others will keep things moving through the day. Metallica will headline Friday’s events beginning at 8:55 p.m.
Moving on to Saturday, American Teeth and The Black Moods will open the day’s schedule at 12:30 p.m. and 12:35 p.m. on the Coors Light Stage and Kolas Stage respectively. Also notable acts featured on the day are those, such as South of Eden, Another Day Dawns, and Atreyu, as well as Anti-Flag, Mudvayne, and Alien Weaponry. The original lineup of The Misfits rounds out the day at 9:10 p.m. on the Jack Daniel’s Stage.
Even as the weekend winds down Sunday, the music will not let up. Sunday’s schedule opens at 12:20 p.m. on the Jack Daniel’s Stage with a performance by Law. As the day continues, performances from the likes of From Ashes To New, Pennywise, Mastodon, and Rise Against are also scheduled. Metallica closes out the weekend’s festivities at 7:55 p.m. ET on the Kolas Stage.
Along with lots of music, this weekend’s festival will also feature just as much food, drink and entertainment. The full details on all of that are noted below.
Additional food & beverage, and other experiences onsite include:
· Caduceus Wine Garden, highlighting Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards, owned by Arizona resident Maynard James Keenan, co-founder of international recording acts TOOL, A Perfect Circle, and PUSCIFER.
· Coors Light Coldstream serving with frosty draft technology, complete with actual ice crystals
· Deep Eddy Vodka -Deep Eddy’s Dive In Trailer is a place where people come together to enjoy good times that never seem to end. Where strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet. While at Aftershock stopby and see us at the Deep Eddy Dive In Tour and raise a glass to being back together!
· Dr. Greenthumb’s – Founded by the Godfather of insane brains, B-Real of Cypress Hill
· Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live Dreams Program
· It’s Ronz World – custom guitars, rock shop and art
· Jack Daniel’s Mobile Distillery Tour Experience – Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery is the first registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Cheers your friends make your own history at Aftershock when you rock out at the Jack Daniel’s Main Stage with Metallica!
· KOLAS – Stop by the Loud Lounge to level up Aftershock vibes with t-shirt ripping, body art and more. KOLAS will also provide dynamic delivery outside the festival grounds. Stop by the KOLAS footprint all weekend long to learn more!
· Mortus Viventi – Live Tarot Card Readings
· The Blackened Bar – Aftershock is proud to continue the collaboration with Metallica’s Blackened Whiskey. The pop-up will feature Blackened, a super-premium American whiskey blend, crafted by the late Master Distiller Dave Pickerell and finished in the earth-shattering music of Metallica. This exciting collaboration marks the latest in a long line of amplified guest experiences only available through Danny Wimmer Presents music festivals.
· The Loud Lounge – Get heady and hang in the Loud Lounge with Kolas, Clown Cannabis, California’s Finest CBD, Heavy Grass, Dr. Greenthumb’s, Helpful Hemp and more.
· Take Me Home – not for profit, volunteer based foundation that has been saving the lives of homeless animals since 2001.
· weedmaps – Located inside the Loud Lounge. Fans can learn about cannabis delivery by downloading the weedmaps app all weekend long. Stop by the booth for fun giveaways and prizes and if you forgot your clear bag, weedmaps has your back.
Aftershock Festival is presented and produced by Danny Wimmer Presents. More information on the festival is available along with all of the festival’s latest news at: