Interviews: Cory Branan

Posted by xan on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EDT)
Cory BrananFolk, roots, Americana, singer-songwriter… punk… Any of these descriptions suit Cory Branan. The latter being based more on theoretical aspects. But, consider that he's currently touring with The Gaslight Anthem and Against Me!, you'll realize punk rock isn't just about sound, it's about the ideas behind the music. "Punk music and country music, they're trying to get to something with the least amount of bullshit, and I find that that is the immediate tie between punk, roots and folk music," Branan says in his interview with us. His latest release, No Hit Wonder , signifies the soul of punk, yet in a much different package. A stellar release, No Hit Wonder , asks for repeated listens to full grasp, yet addictively straps you down from the first listen. You can grab it here.

On his tour, he spoke by phone to contributing editor Xan Mandell about touring with Against Me! and The Gaslight Anthem as a folk musician, the process of writing an album and the realities of making a career out of being a solo musician.

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New Review Update: September 22, 2014

Posted by johng on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM (EDT)
Image Screw it, let's make today a "live review Monday." There were a lot of cool shows this weekend- old legends, new legends, new legends that are made up of all old legends- The whole range of legends.

Today's reviews are:
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CJ Ramone to release new full length on Fat

Posted by mark on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT)
CJ Ramone Fat Wreck Chords recently announced that CJ Ramone will be releasing his new full-length via the label on November 25. Titled Last Chance to Dance, it will contain "12 tracks of everything you'd expect from a CJ Ramone record. Hard chargin' and vicious with some sweet melodies to smooth out the edges," according to Ramone. The release will be preceded by the first single, "Understand Me?," on October 14, with a cover of Black Flag's "Rise Above" on the b-side with none other than Dez Cadena, previously of Black Flag and now with The Misfits, providing backing guitar and vocals.

Ramone promises a world tour to follow in 2015.

As previously reported, Ramone's band is rounded out by Dan Root and Steve Soto from Adolescents as well as David Hidalgo Jr. of Social Distortion.

You can click Read More to hear "Understand Me?"

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Tours: The Adicts (West Coast, Europe)

Posted by mark on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 4:00 PM (EDT)
The Adicts The Adicts, the self-proclaimed "longest-running punk band in the world," will be embarking on a brief run of dates on the West Coast before taking their confetti and droog outfits to Europe for four shows. Their most recent album, All the Young Droogs, was released in 2012 via DC Jam Records.

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'Filmage' to see digital release

Posted by mark on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 3:00 PM (EDT)
Image Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All, which has seen limited screenings over the past year, is finally receiving a wide release. On Sept. 29, there will be a "bi-coastal release party" in both Brooklyn (Nitehawk Cinema) and L.A. (Downtown Independent). The Brooklyn screening will feature a Q&A with co-director/writer Matt Riggle, while the L.A. event will have a band/filmmaker Q&A moderated by Mark Hoppus of Blink-182. In addition, there will be a special after party in L.A. at Los Globos featuring a live performance by ALL (with both Chad Price and Scott Reynolds) as well as "special guests." The film will be available digitally and on VOD on Sept. 30. A release on Blu-Ray and DVD will follow in the Fall.

Descendents last released Cool To Be You in 2004, and have been rumored to be working on new material recently.

For ordering information, you can visit the the film's website.

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Tours: Foo Fighters (South America)

Contributed by alex101. Posted by mark on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM (EDT)
Foo Fighters Fans in South America, save your pesos (Chilean, Argentine and Colombian) as well as your reis (Brazil), because Foo Fighters are coming your way in January of 2015. The band, which will be releasing its eighth album, Sonic Highways, on November 10, 2014 via Sony/RCA, recently played a crowdsourced show in Richmond, VA where frontman Dave Grohl recounted his first experience seeing local heroes (by way of Antarctica), GWAR. GWAR drummer Jizmak Da Gusha revealed after the show just how close Grohl had been to certain destruction at the alien's hands.

You can click Read More for the dates. All venues are TBA.

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Awkward Age offers new album for free download

Contributed by an Anonymous Source. Posted by mark on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM (EDT)
Image Fans of pop-punk and not paying for stuff, listen up! Tampa FL's Awkward Age is offering their new full length album online for free. In anticipation of the band's Fest-related activities (a "Pre-Pre-Fest" show, as well as Pre-Fest and of course, Fest), the band's new full-length album, We Could Be Anywhere, is being made available without cost for one week, but will cost $5 after their show on Sept. 27 at New World Brewery in Tampa. Says the band:
Get it now so you can spend your hard earned cash on more important things, like Oreos and coffee. We're sending out to make physical copies (both CD and LP) soon, but you can get it NOW!

The album can be found on Awkward Age's Bandcamp. Awkward Age will be playing Fest on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Durty Nelly's.

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D.O.A. is not breaking up, is touring and starting new LP

Posted by johng on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM (EDT)
D.O.A. Joey Keithley, frontman of long running punk band D.O.A., has stated that despite the group's previous announcements that they were ending, the band has decided to continue. Keithley stated:
"When I lost my nomination by five votes, I was pissed. But I soon realized that I had not forgotten how to write songs, how to sing and play guitar and how to kick ass up on stage! So I am ramping up D.O.A. again and we're going to let our street politics tell the stories about what's really happening!"

In addition to Keithley, the band now includes Paddy Duddly on drums and Mike Hodsall on bass. They are planning to release a new album in March 2015. The band released the live album Welcome To Chinatown in 2013.

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Tours: A Minor Revolution (West Coast)

Posted by mark on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM (EDT)
Image A Minor Revolution is packing up the van to bring their brand of ska-punk to the West Coast for a 14-date trip. The Dover, NH-based band's latest EP is titled Consexual Sense and was released last March on Ocelot Records. You can check out the album via the Ocelot Records Bandcamp.

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Videos: Wasted Potential: “Two Pumps and a Quiver”

Posted by mark on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM (EDT)
Image London, ON's "Gluten-free crust punk" band Wasted Potential have posted a video for their song "Two Pumps and a Quiver." The pizza and Pabst-fueled clip is the band's first official video and comes from their self-titled EP, released in March of this year. The EP can be purchased via Wasted Potential's Bandcamp.

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Videos: Capsize: “Pale”

Posted by aubin on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM (EDT)
Image Capsize have posted the video for "Pale." It's from their upcoming album for Equal Vision Records. It's titled The Angst in My Veins and is due out September 30, 2014 via Equal Vision Records.

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