Black Flag v. FLAG lawsuit settled

Posted by johng on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM (EDT)
FLAG The modern incarnation of Black Flag, FLAG (the band comprising of former Black Flag members) and former Black Flag vocalist Henry Rollins, have settled their lawsuit. The details of the settlement are confidential, but according to Black Flag's attorney, ""Flag gets to be Flag, and Black Flag as it is presently known continues to be Black Flag."

The basis of the suit was that the Greg Ginn led Black Flag, which recently fired vocalist Ron Reyes, was suing FLAG and Henry Rollins for trademark infringement, as well as violation of a settlement agreement previously signed between SST records and FLAG bassist Chuck Dukowski. The case was not, as many sources reported, a copyright issue. Punknews followed the whole "summer of Black Flag" fairly closely and you can click read more for some of our stories following both bands.

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Media: Buzz Osborne: “Drunken Baby”

Contributed by alex101. Posted by johng on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM (EDT)
Melvins That mighty, merciless, unflinching deity that causes weaker, flannel wearing, thick-glasses wearing, "emotional" musicians to quiver and reassess their lives, Buzz Osborne of The Melvins has released a new track from his upcoming acoustic solo LP, The Machine Kills Artists. The track is called "Drunken Baby" and you can check it out here. The album is due out June 3 via Ipecac Records.

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Madball announces 'Hardcore Lives!'

Contributed by aubin. Posted by johng on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 3:00 PM (EDT)
Madball NYHC stalwarts Madball have announced a new album. It's called Hardcore Lives and is due out June 27. The album features guest appearances by Toby Morse of H20, Scott Vogel of Terror, and Candace Puopolo of Walls of Jericho.

Frontman Freddy Cricien stated:
"I shouted 'Hardcore Lives' on Madball's first release, *Ball Of Destruction*, - I was twelve then. It wasn't pre-planned or written down... it was an ad-lib that I just threw out there and we kept it! Back then there was no choice really, not the way we were recording - two track live at *Don Fury*'s... NYHC style! I feel the sentiment behind the expression still holds true today, maybe even more so. That said, Hardcore Lives at least to us, is not just about a cool 'catchphrase' - it's about that rebellious spirit that doesn't give in... In life, music, whatever. It's about growing, evolving, and maintaining your integrity in the process. "
You can click read more for upcoming tour dates.

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Tours: Zero Boys (West Coast)

Contributed by ZeroBoys. Posted by johng on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM (EDT)
Image The Zero Boys have announced a short West Coast tour. The tour coincides with their upcoming album, Monkey, which will be released on May 20 and will be their first LP in 20 years.

You can click read more for those dates.

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Kevin Whittemore leaves La Dispute

Contributed by alex101. Posted by johng on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM (EDT)
La Dispute Kevin Whittemore, who co-founded La Dispute in 2004, has parted ways with the band. That is to say, they are "no longer a thing"... or, if you prefer, "they decided to no longer maintain their current relationship"... or you could also try, "it's not you, it's them." Whittemore played his last show with the band at the last stop of their tour, which ended in Cleveland. At the show, Whittemore stated:
"This band has been a dream come true for me. I thank God every day for giving me this opportunity."
The band has not released a statement about Whittemore's departure, so, in the comment section below, we encourage you to concoct and post fantastical reasons for the split. We suggest that Whittemore was summoned by the Hyper-Elves of the 19th dimension to aid in their war against the evil, giant peacock riding Psy-Wizards of the House of Uluth in the year 5077*.

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Media: Converge: “Precipice / All We Love We Leave Behind”

Contributed by aubin. Posted by johng on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 12:00 PM (EDT)
Converge Metalcore maniacs Converge have released a new music video. It's called "Precipice / All We Love We Leave Behind" and is taken from their last album, All We Love We Leave Behind from 2012. The video was directed by Craig Murray and you can check it out after the jump.

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Tours: The Lawrence Arms / The Copyrights (Midwest)

Contributed by alex101. Posted by johng on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM (EDT)
The Lawrence Arms Your favorite band, The Lawrence Arms, are going on tour in late May. They'll be joined on the short jaunt by The Copyrights and Sam Russo. The band released Metropole earlier this year.

You can click read more for the dates.

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Media: Stig Miller (Amebix): “I Go Dark”

Posted by johng on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM (EDT)
Amebix Stig Miller of Amebix has released a demo of a new solo track called "I Go Dark." We don't always post demos, but on this tune, we had to because: 1) Since the end of Amebix, new music has been very rare from the Miller brothers; and 2) it totally rules.

You can click read more to hear that darkness.

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Less Than Jake announce new single

Contributed by alex101. Posted by johng on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM (EDT)
Less Than Jake Less than Jake have announced a new single. It's called "Do the Math," which is off their last album Sees the Light, and it is due out on June 10. The A-side is the title track while the B-side is called "Connect the Dots." You can check it out here..

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New Review Update: April 16, 2014

Posted by johng on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11:20 PM (EDT)
Image Hey. This is John G. This is a punknews no frills update. We got three new reviews for you today.

Today's reviews are:
Looking for another (or any) review? Head here. Want to submit your own review? Do that here.

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Interviews: Brody Dalle

Contributed by Shogun. Posted by kira on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EDT)
Image Unbeknownst to many fans, this interviewer included, there was a point when The Distillers almost recorded new music.

"I love The Distillers – I grew up in that band," says lead singer Brody Dalle. "But I also tried to resurrect it and I got Greg Ginn from Black Flag to try and produce some songs with me and Andy (Granelli, drummer) and Tony (Bevilacqua, guitarist) and it just...it just didn't work."

What do you mean it didn't work?

"There wasn't anything there," she recalls. "It didn't feel right…it was like putting a used condom on or something. That's a really crass thing for me to say, but it felt done. There wasn't really anymore for us to do or anymore ideas to share."

And so the band continued to be no more and Dalle continued to create and sing, eventually resulting in her upcoming solo album Diploid Love, coming out on April 28.

Just before rehearsal at an L.A. studio, Dalle spoke to Punknews interviewer Gen Handley about the reunion that almost was, her diverse new album and what's changed with motherhood.

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