Interviews
Osamu Kawahara on the surprise reunion of Sticks & Stones

Osamu Kawahara on the surprise reunion of Sticks & Stones

Quite surprisingly, earlier this week, the lauded, but cult, New Jersey punk band Sticks & Stones announced a one-off reunion show. The band will be playing in their Theme Song for Nothing lineup because bassist Osamu Kawahara is moving back to Japan.

Kawahara's story is quite an adventure. He came to the states not knowing a word of English, but ended up being drafted into Sticks & Stones. Early on, before Kawahara was fluent in English, he would communicate with Sticks & Stones' Scott Hollingsworth and Jack Terricloth through music. From there, his story involves recording a troubled album, fighting with Nazis, and bring the two original members of World/Inferno Friendship Society back together. Check out the interview below.

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Jann Wenner to sell Rolling Stone magazine

Jann Wenner to sell Rolling Stone magazine

Jann Wenner, founder of Rolling Stone Magazine, has stated that he is planning to sell the magazine after being the head for five decades. Wenner and his 27-year-old son, Gus, the president and chief operating officer of Wenner Media, hope to stay on at the magazine, post-sale. Gus Wenner Stated: "publishing is a completely different industry than what it was." Wenner recently sold the company's other magazines, Us Weekly and Men's Journal, to American Media Inc., helmed by publisher David J. Pecker.

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Gyga, early band of Alkaline Trio's Derek Grant, releases archival recordings

Gyga, early band of Alkaline Trio's Derek Grant, releases archival recordings

Gyga, the "anti-human powerviolence" band of Alkaline Trio drummer Derek Grant, has released a pair of archival albums representing their entire musical output. Both were recorded in the mid-1990s, when Grant was also a member of the Suicide Machines. Demo 1996 combines a remastered version of the band's 1996 demo tape with an unreleased practice recording from 1998, plus two "proto-Gyga" songs from when the band was known as Abaddon. Single File Suicide, consisting of 20 songs in 19 minutes, was recorded in 1997 but has been newly remixed by Grant; the digital version includes the video retrospective "Visual Sacrifice" consisting of footage from 1999 and 2011. Check out the band below.

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Quicksand

Tom Capone to take a hiatus from Quicksand

As we reported last week, Quicksand recently played as a trio while guitarist Tom Capone was absent from the show. Arizona court records showed that Capone had been arrested for shoplifting. The band has now stated that Capone will be taking an indefinite hiatus from the band, who will continue as a three-piece. The band stated: "As some of you have noticed, we played our show this past Tuesday in Phoenix as a 3 piece. When we began working on new music in the Fall of 2016, Tom wasn’t in a good place health wise. We wrote and recorded Interiors with the three of us. Flash forward to the Summer of 2017, the record was done and we were planning it’s release and the corresponding tours. Tom was in a much better place, and the four of us began rehearsing for the forthcoming tour. We were happy to be playing with him again and looked forward to the future. After a week of some amazing shows, the road has proved to be a difficult environment for Tom who’s headed home to work on his health. We wish him all the best, and thank you all for your continued support. -Alan, Sergio, Walter"

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Tours
Sciatic Nerve announce festival performances

Sciatic Nerve announce festival performances

Sciatic Nerve will be performing at a couple of upcoming festivals. On September 28, 2017 they will be playing This My Fest at The Complex in Oakland, CA and on October 28, 2017 the band will be playing The Fest at Dirty Nelly's in Gainesville, FL. They will be releasing Sciatic Nerve on October 13, 2017 via Anxious and Angry. Punknews recently premiered the title track of their upcoming record which you can listen to right here.

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Peter Hook and New Order settle (legal) disputes

Peter Hook and New Order settle (legal) disputes

If you're a fan, then you know that the ongoing battle between ex-New Order bassist Peter Hook and the New Order company is one of the more vitriolic conflicts in music today. In fact, Hook dedicated about 700 pages to that particualr row in his book Substance: Inside New Order . Today, all parties announced that they had reached a “full and final settlement” regarding Hook's interest in Joy Division and New Order assets. Originally, in his Complaint, Hook claimed that New Order restructured the company in order to cut him out of both future earnings and back due royalties.

Now that the dispute is settled, New Order issued a statement: "New Order announce that today, a full and final settlement has been reached in the long running disputes with their former bassist Peter Hook. The Joy Division and New Order names mean a great deal to so many of the fans, and the band felt it important to protect the legacy. With these issues now dealt with, Bernard, Stephen and Gillian can continue to do what they do best, make music and perform live.”

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Morrissey

Morrissey: “Spent the Day in Bed”

Morrissey has released the debut single from his upcoming album. The track is called "Spent the Day in Bed." Low in High School is out November 17 via BMG. Moz also announced a string of North American cities that he plans to tour to support the album, but did not give dates. The cities New York, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Detroit, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, St. Louis, Paso Robles, CA, and Portland, OR. See the single and LP track list below.

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Zex guitarist accused of sexual assault, dropped from label, band denies

Zex guitarist accused of sexual assault, dropped from label, band denies

Yesterday, Magic Bullet records dropped Zex from its label. In a statement, the label said that it had received multiple e-mails accusing guitarist Jo Capitalcide of sexual assault. The label also stated that the label had been facing boycotts of promoters, record stores, and venues due to the allegations. The band's singer, Gretchen Steel responded by denying the claims and also by stating that Magic Bullet's statement was untrue in a phone convessation with Pitchfork.. You can read Magic Bullet's statement below along with an except from Steel's Pitchfork communication.

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