Contests
Win a pair of tickets to see Spiritual Cramp in Toronto!!!!!

Win a pair of tickets to see Spiritual Cramp in Toronto!!!!!

We are super excited to announce that we are giving away a pair of tickets to see Spiritual Cramp on their upcoming world tour!! The pair of tickets is for their show on June 15 at Lee’s Palace in Toronto, Ontario. Smirk, Doflame, and Klockwise will be joining Spiritual Cramp at this show. If you want to be the lucky winner, send an email to podcast@punkenws.org telling us your favourite song from their self-titled album and why you want to go! To be eligible you MUST be over 18 years of age and live in Toronto or the Greater Toronto Area. The contest will close on June 10. Good luck!

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End Game: "Big Shot"

End Game: “Big Shot”

Alberta-based hardcore punks End Game have released a new song called “Big Shot”. The song is available digitally and appears to be a standalone single. End Game released their single “Devil In Disguise” with Kat Moss of Scowl in 2022 and released their split with Living in Fear in 2021. Check out the song below.

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Leaving Time

Leaving Time: “Wish”

Jacksonville-based shoegaze band Leaving Time have released a new song. It is called “Wish” and is available digitally now via Sunday Drive Records. Leaving Time are currently touring the US with Hollow Suns and released their EP collection I + II in 2023. Check out the song and dates below.

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Sublime release first new song in 28 years

Sublime release first new song in 28 years

Sublime have released their first new song in 28 years. It is called “Feel Like That” and features vocals from the late Bradley Nowell (taken from an old recording of the song) and Scott Woodruff of Stick Figure along with Jakob Nowell. The song was originally demoed in 1996 and bootlegged for years under the name “Eileen”. The song is available digitally now via Skunk Records. Check out the song below.

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Slitasje

Listen to the new track by Slitasje!

Today we are thrilled to bring you a premiere of the new track by Trondheim-based punk rockers Slitasje! The track is called “Ett Iiv” and is off their upcoming album Mandag Morgon. Speaking to Punknews about the track lead singer Sushila Gautam said,

”’Ett liv’ means ‘A Life’. It reflects on the worth of a life. Of going through life, feeling changes. On how who you are, who you love or how you look affects the worth of your life and the road your life takes.”

Mandag Morgon will be out everywhere on June 28 via Dirt Cult Records and you can pre-order it right here. Listen to the song below!

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Videos
Cross Dog

Cross Dog: “Jane Roe”

Cross Dog have released a video for their new song “Jane Roe”. The video was directed by lead vocalist Tracy A and the video features appearances by Valerie Knox and Emily Bones of The Anti-Queens (who also provide backing vocals). The description for the video contains links to Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights and Plannet Parenthood. The song is off there upcoming album All Hard Feelings which will be out on June 7 via Stomp Records. Cross Dog released their album Hollow in 2019. Check out the video below.

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US Department of Justice files antitrust lawsuit against Live Nation and Ticketmaster

US Department of Justice files antitrust lawsuit against Live Nation and Ticketmaster

The US Department of Justice along with 29 states and the District of Columbia have filmed an antitrust lawsuit against Live Nations and Ticketmaster. They are seeking to break up the two entities and claim (rightly) that Live Nation has not only illegally inflated ticket prices but also taken “abusive steps to squash competition” in the ticket space. A statement released by US Attorney General Merrick Garland says in part,

”We allege that Live Nation relies on unlawful, anticompetitive conduct to exercise its monopolistic control over the live events industry in the United States at the cost of fans, artists, smaller promoters, and venue operators. The result is that fans pay more in fees, artists have fewer opportunities to play concerts, smaller promoters get squeezed out, and venues have fewer real choices for ticketing services. It is time to break up Live Nation-Ticketmaster.”

As of right now, Ticketmaster holds between 70%-80% of the primary ticket sales market in the US alone. Dan Wall, the vice president of corporate and regulatory affairs for Live Nation, released a statement on Live Nation’s website which reads in part,

”There was intense political pressure on DOJ to file a lawsuit, and a long-term lobbying campaign from rivals and ticket brokers seeing government protection for themselves. […] It ignores everything that is actually responsible for higher ticket prices, from increasing production costs to artist popularity, to 24/7 online ticket scalping that reveals the public’s willingness to pay far more than primary tickets cost.  It blames Live Nation and Ticketmaster for high service charges, but ignores that Ticketmaster retains only a modest portion of those fees. In fact, primary ticketing is one of the least expensive digital distributions in the economy.”

The DOJ initially launched their antitrust investigation into Live Nation in 2022. The US House of Representatives have also passed an act called the TICKET Act which would work to create more transparency in the ticketing space and would require all places that sell tickets to show the actual price of the ticket with all of the fees presented in an itemized list. The act needs to be voted on by the Senate and signed by the president before it can be put into practice. We will keep you updated.

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The Menstrual Cramps

The Menstrual Cramps: “Antagonistic”

The Menstrual Cramps have released a new song called “Antagonistic”. The song is their third single this year and is available digitally now via Alcopop! Records. The Menstrual Cramps released a handful of singles in 2023 and released their album Free Bleedin’ in 2018. Check out the song below.

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State Faults

State Faults to release new album, share “Palo Santo” video

State Faults have announced that they will be releasing a new album. It is called Children of the Moon and will be out on July 26 via Deathwish Inc and Dog Knights. The band has also released a video for their new song “Palo Santo” which was directed by Timmy Lodhi. State Faults will be touring the Western US and BC with Frail Body starting in July and released their album Clairvoyant in 2019. Check out the video and tracklist below.

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HeavyHex

Watch the new video by HEAVYHEX!

Today we are stoked to bring you the premiere of the new video by Long Island-based HEAVYHEX! The video is for their new song “Worthwhile” and was directed by Richie Duque. Speaking about the song lead vocalist Dave Gastiaburo said,

”’Worthwhile’ is a song about self worth. Emphasizing the importance of respect and sincerity in all relationships. If it isn’t being reciprocated and the connection is tilted, then prioritizing self care becomes essential. Sometimes the only person you can count on is you.”

The song is off HEAVYHEX’s album True To You which was released earlier this month via Bridge Nine Records. Watch the video below!

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