Hard to Hit: "Lunchbox Special"

Hard to Hit: “Lunchbox Special”

We are pleased to bring to you a Punknews Exclusive premiere of San Diego based pop-punk band Hard to Hit. The track is called "Lunchbox Special" and was released on their new EP titled Better Than I've Been. See below to view the video.

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More bands announced for Awesome Fest 11

Awesome Fest 11 has announced its second wave of bands. The lineup now features Iron Chic, Dead To Me, Fleshies, Toys That Kill, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Nothington, Tiltwheel, Civil War Rust, Decent Criminal, DFMK, Great Apes, The Shell Corporation, Turkish Techno, Western Settings and many more. The festival will take place in San Diego, CA on February 16, 2018 - February 18, 2018. You can see the full list of bands here.

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Rock Hall announces 2018 inductees, MC5 denied

Rock Hall announces 2018 inductees, MC5 denied

The Rock and Roll Hall of fame has announced its 2018 inductees. Bon Jovi led the pack, apparently propelled by a massive influx of fan votes. The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, and Nina Simone were also inducted. Gospel pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe was chosen to receive the Award for Early Influence.

Bands that were nominated but did not make the cut include Kate Bush, Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, J. Geils Band, Judas Priest, LL Cool J, MC5, The Meters, Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Link Wray, and The Zombies. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Inductions ceremony will be held on April 14, in Cleveland.

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The Bronx

The Bronx (UK)

Los Angeles punk band The Bronx will be heading to the UK this January to play a few shows. The band will be playing their latest release, V in entirety on this run of shows. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, December 13th, 2017. See below to view the tour dates.

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Photos: Alexisonfire, Single Mothers at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto 12/11

Photos: Alexisonfire, Single Mothers at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto 12/11

St. Catharines, Ontario's Alexisonfire was thwarted earlier in the year when their planned reunion shows were sidelined due to illness. This week the rescheduled shows are taking place over four sold out nights in Toronto at the Danforth Music Hall, the first of which was last night. The band was supported by London's Single Mothers and Orange County's Taken at the event. Our photographer Stephen McGill was there to grab some shots of the action. Check them out below.

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LA Weekly hires new Editor who has posted homophobic tweets

LA Weekly hires new Editor who has posted homophobic tweets

The tumult at the LA Weekly continues. Two weeks ago, the paper fired all of its editorial staff and most of its writing staff after being purchased by Semanal Media, a new corporation owned by several prominent, conservative investors. The person to coordinate the transfer by Semanal was Brian Calle, the former vice-president of the Claremont institute, an organization dedicated to "defeating progressivism" and installing conservative people in places of power and influence. The paper also put out a call for unpaid contributions, promising "exposure." Meanwhile, Henry Rollins left the paper and several large advertisers, including Amoeba records pulled out from the paper.

Well, through Calle, LA Weekly has hired its new interim editor-in-chief- Hillel Aron. Aron was previously hired as a staff writer at the paper in 2013. However, Aron's relationship with Calle predates his involvement with the paper. Apparently, Calle and Aron worked together on a television show and Calle even tried to hire Aron at the OC Register during the time that Calle oversaw the newspaper’s conservative opinion section for eight years.

Nearly as soon as Aron was hired, people did some digging into his background and found some tweets that many considered offensive. Some of Aron's tweet's include the statements: "is it gay to send a farmville valentine's gift to a dude? you're right, best to stick with chicks to be safe" ; "Wtf with high gas prices is this because our president is black?"; "They should have aids walk, gay pride, ciclavia, carmaggedon, and the marathon on the same day, get all the bullshit in one fell swoop." ;"Currently experiencing the banality of poor people"; "Listening to a discussion of fat women with small breasts"; "cabin, hopefully avoiding gay day." Spin has embedded some of the controversial tweets but we will copy and paste the text below in case the underlying tweets are deleted. Aron later released a statement saying that the tweets were an "Attempt at humor." His statement is also posted below.

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Photos: Shamir, Partner at the Drake Hotel in Toronto 12/09

Photos: Shamir, Partner at the Drake Hotel in Toronto 12/09

Last Saturday Las Vegas singer/songwriter Shamir took to the stage at the The Drake Hotel in Toronto to perform in support of the recent Father/Daughter Records release Revelations. The show was supported by the Windsor-via-Sackville slacker rock group Partner, who are supporting their debut You've Changed full length In search of Lost Time. Our photographer Stephen McGill dropped in to capture some pictures of the show. You can find them below.

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Daggerplay release new single "Cruel Wind Blowing"

Daggerplay release new single “Cruel Wind Blowing”

Finnish alt/punk act Daggerplay has released a new single. The track, "Cruel Wind Blowing," is available to stream via their Bandcamp page. The band's last full-length, Urban Campfire Songs, was released in 2013, although they have been productive since by releasing singles regularly in the interim.

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