Interviews
Anti-Flag

Anti-Flag on their new album, empathy, and Pittsburgh

On September 28th, Anti-Flag are set to release American Reckoning. The album will bring together acoustic versions of songs from American Spring and American Fall along with covers by Buffalo Springfield, John Lennon, and Cheap Trick. In the age of immediacy, the band felt it was important to revisit songs and ideas who may have been overlooked in our neverending news cycle. As Chris #2 put it, “How do we not let our art get lost in the shuffle?”

In the lead up to American Reckoning, the band has been in the midst of an amphitheatre tour across North America with fellow punk rock luminaries Rise Against and A.F.I. Punknews’ Eric Rosso spoke with Chris #2 about this and much more including the music industry, organizing, and the recent socialist resurgence in Pittsburgh, Anti-Flag’s hometown.

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Videos
Laserchrist: "Oh, Ethyl!"

Laserchrist: “Oh, Ethyl!”

UK's Laserchtist has released a video for their song "Oh, Ethyl!" The track comes off of their debut EP DIY-bother?, which was released this past April. The band has also announced that they have signed to Plasterer Records (founded by Alex Johnson of Wonk Unit) for a forthcoming, TBA release.< i

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Nazareth tribute includes members of Butthole Surfers, Ministry, Neurosis

Nazareth tribute includes members of Butthole Surfers, Ministry, Neurosis

Joecephus and The George Jonestown Massacre have announced their ext tribute LP, following their previous Black Oak Arkansas tribute. The new album salutes Scottish hard rockers Nazareth and has focuses on punks who were influence dby the band. The tribute LP will include contributions from members of Nashville Pussy, Butthole Surfers, Ministry, Supersuckers, Dangerous Toys, Neurosis as well as Nazareth themselves. The album will be out via Saustex Records next year.

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Redd Kross' Janet Housden has successful surgery, benefit concert is on

Redd Kross' Janet Housden has successful surgery, benefit concert is on

Two weeks ago, it was revealed thatformer Redd Kross drummer Janet Housden had cancer. The band stated that they would be throwing benefit concert for Housden in their 1982 incarnation- Jeff McDonald on guitar and vocals, Steve McDonald on bass, Tracy Lea on rhythm guitar, and Janet Housden on drums- and would play the entire Born Innocent album.

Last week, the band stated that Housden not only underwent surgery, but that the surgery was successful and she is now recovering. In fact, they posted a short video of her drumming to Redd Kross songs. So, the show befitting Housden is still on. The benefit will be a one night only event and will take place at the Echo in LA on March 24.

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Sirius XM to buy Pandora for $3.5 billion

Sirius XM to buy Pandora for $3.5 billion

Sirius XM has agreed to buy Pandora in a deal valued at about 3.5 billion dollars. Last year, Sirius invested $480 million in the streaming company. Analysts state that the purchase is partly to competition with Spotify and Apple music. Pandora has the largest user base, but has struggled to be profitable. Meanwhile, Spotify has 83 million paying customers, making it the largest generator of streaming revenue. Apple Music is increasing its paying user base, as well. As per the deal, Pandora shareholders would switch each share for 1.44 newly issued shares of Sirius XM.

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Sunday Edition
Navel Gazing September 23, 2018

Navel Gazing September 23, 2018

Hello everyone and welcome to Navel Gazing: your look back in the week in Punknews. I'm Ricky Frankel and I'll be your guide through some of the juiciest, most popular and otherwise noteworthy stories from the last seven days. Remember, every Punknews story and review is built from tips from our wonderful, good-looking readers, so get to submitting a story, feel free to submit a review or if you are a photographer continue reading below. Here's what got the strange, slow and old community talking this week: Photo Credit: Denise Borders/PunkWorldViews.com

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Festivals & Events
Book Yer Ane Fest XII announces first batches of acts

Book Yer Ane Fest XII announces first batches of acts

Book Yer Ane Fest XII, Scotland's biggest DIY festival, held in Dundee, has announced the first two batches of acts. The three-day, multi-venue event is set to feature such acts as Roughneck Riot, Revenge of the Positronic Man, Lost Avenue, Burnt Tapes- over forty bands have already been announced and more are to come.

BYAF, put on by Scottish label Make-That-A-Take Records, is celebrating its tenth year (certain years featured double events). As part of the label and event's community mindset, proceeds from the ticket sales will go to support local and national charities such as Young Minds UK, Royal Life Saving Society, Dundee Food Bank, and more.

You can check out the details of the festival below.

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