Interviews
Gods Of Mount Olympus

Chatting with Brian Wahlstrom of Gods of Mount Olympus on their debut EP

Sometimes the best types of bands can happen by accident, take Gods of Mount Olympus No stranger to the punk music scene, Brian Wahlstrom, while playing with Joey Cape and his Bad Loud project, decided to mess around with some Billy Joel songs during a sound check in 2012. Writing songs on piano that needed heavy drums and guitars to come to full realization, Brian needed to but a band together. Fast forward to a few years later, Brian and drummer Paul Rucker were able to recruit Steve Morris of Unwritten Law to play guitar, and by chance of luck, have bassist/fan of band Matt Riddle of No Use for A Name, to make the band a 4 piece. The piano-centric punk rock band just played their first show as a 4 piece last month, and recently released their debut EP on Bird Attack Records. Punknews writer Matt Dumont was able to catch up with Brian while gearing up for the release. You can check out his interview below.

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Xenosis: 'Night Hag'

Xenosis: 'Night Hag'

New Haven Connecticut's Xenosis have released a video for their track "Night Hag" Off their 2018 self-released Devour and Birth. Pushing forth a brand of progressive tech death that is more Coltrane than Carcass, "Night Hag" shows off the band's knowledge of complex time signatures while creating depth by allowing the main theme to float above a cavern of silence. Check out the video below. [NSFW]

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Penthouse Records to release a tribute to Joseph Hill of Culture

Penthouse Records to release a tribute to Joseph Hill of Culture

In 1976 Joseph Hill started the legendary roots reggae giants Culture. On April 6th 2006 he passed away after collapsing during a performance in Berlin. This Coming May Penthouse Records will be releasing Remembering Joseph Hill Culture a double LP paying tribute to one of Jamaica's greatest musicians, featuring acts such as Marcia Griffiths, Tarrus Riley, and Black Prophet. A Dub version of the entire tribute has already been released last November.

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Rixe Releases Promo Tape

Rixe Releases Promo Tape

France’s oi band, Rixe, has released a new tape on La Vida Es Un Mus. This is their first release since the 2017 EP, Baptême Du Feu. Rixe is also slotted to play this years Damaged City Fest. Check out the Promo Tape below.

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Tours
The Big News (West Coast)

The Big News (West Coast)

Oklahoma-based ska/punk band The Big News are hitting the road this April for a tour of the west coast. The Big News released their latest full length Welcome to the Weird Kids Table last year. In addition to their west coast tour in April, they will also be playing the Ska By Skawest Festival in Dallas. See tour dates below:

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Rivers of Nihil: 'The Silent Life'

Rivers of Nihil: 'The Silent Life'

Rivers of Nihil have released the first offering from their upcoming LP Where Owls Know My Name, "The Silent Life." Just as 2013's The Conscious Seed of Light represented spring, and 2015's Monarchy represented summer, Where Owls Know My Name will represent Autumn. Bassist/Vocalist Adam Biggs comments, "This time around, the lyrics feel a little more personal than on previous albums. The story picks up several millennia after the events of 'Monarchy', where one person still remains alive, chosen by the planet to be the sole intelligent witness of its ultimate fate." Where Owls Know My Name will be released March 16th Via Metal Blade Records. Check out "The Silent Life" Below.

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Tours
Ska By Skawest Festival Lineup Announced

Ska By Skawest Festival Lineup Announced

The lineup for the Ska By Skawest has been announced. Started in 2015 in celebration of ska and punk music, the festival will be held in Dallas, Texas on April 20th and 21st. The lineup will include the following bands: Abraskadabra Matamoska Behind Deadlines The Land Before Tim The Holophonics Madaline The Big News Mad Dog and the 20/20s Shaka Johnny's Big Red Rocket Flip and the Combined Effort How's My Driving Noogy The Broke$ Hans Gruber and the Diehards

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311, Sublime with Rome headline Back to the Beach Ska Fest

311, Sublime with Rome headline Back to the Beach Ska Fest

Huntington State Beach’s Back to the Beach Fest has announced its 2018 line up. Saturday starts things off with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Aquabats, Hepcat, Less Than Jake, Mad Caddies, The Suicide Machines, and Big D and The Kids Table. Sunday rounds out the fest with Sublime with Rome, Goldfinger (featuring Travis Barker), Save Ferris, The Interrupters, Mustard Plug, The Aggrolites, and The Untouchables. More announcements are to come. The festival will be held April 28-29th.

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