Tours
Neurosis

Neurosis/Converge (Japan)

Metal band Neurosis have announced "Leave Them All Behind 2019 Tour" as a co-headling tour with the hardcore band Converge next month in Japan, see below to view the tour dates. Neurosis will tour to support their 2016 release titled Fires Within Fires.

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Videos
Authority Zero

Authority Zero: “Ah Hell”

Arizona based punk band Authority Zero released a new music video for their song "Ah Hell". The track is off of their seventh studio LP, Persona Non Grata. You can see below to check out the video.

The band will also be playing a few shows in Europe this spring, see below to check the dates out.

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Exclusive Videos
Fire Next Time: "Party Foul"

Fire Next Time: “Party Foul”

We are pleased to bring to you a Punknews Exclusive premiere for Edmonton punks The Fire Next Time. These guys have spent the last 10 years creating their own blend of folk punk. The band released their fourth full length album this past May titled Knives, which was released through Montreal based label, Stomp Records. Today, we have a music video for their track, "Party Foul". The video chronicles a substance addict puppet that messes up his life with substance abuse. See below to check out the video.

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Blessed

Blessed announce new LP 'Salt,' share new song “Disease”

Abbotsford, BC post-punk group Blessed has announced their first full length, an 8-song independent release titled Salt. They'll release it on April 5. This week the band premiered the pensive, slow-burning album track "Disease" at Paste. It's the second preview from the album, following the tightly-wound "Thought" single shared a few weeks prior. This new record follows the band's critically lauded 2017 EP II, as well as a split 7" last year with the Winnipeg noise-punk group Tunic.

Blessed recorded Salt at Montreal's Break Glass Studios with Jace Lasek of The Besnard Lakes recording and mixing. The band features Drew Riekman, Matt McKeen, Reuben Houweling, Mitchell Trainor, and Jake Holmes.

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Podcast
This Might Be A Podcast - Episode 7 - Why Does the Sun Shine?

This Might Be A Podcast - Episode 7 - Why Does the Sun Shine?

Punknews contributor Greg Simpson has introduced This Might Be a Podcast, a show for They Might Be Giants superfans. On this episode, Greg and friend Missy Tate discuss a song with a long and complicated history - “Why Does the Sun Shine? (The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent Gas)” From the original song to their 1993 cover, from Severe Tire Damage to their updated Here Comes Science tune, Miasma of Incandescent Plasma. Take a journey with us into the final frontier!

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Tours
B.A. Johnston

B.A. Johnston (Canada, UK)

Hamilton, Ontario's beloved lowbrow showman B.A. Johnston has announced a tour in support of his coming full-length The Skid Is Hot Tonight. He'll take his eccentric one-man act on the road in Canada from February through April, followed by a run of UK dates in May. While details are forthcoming, he'll visit Germany in late May followed by the a stint in the Canadian Maritimes this June. The tour will feature appearances from bands like Beef Boys, Flesh Rag, J Blissette, and Deathsticks on various dates. The Skid Is Hot Tonight, the follow-up to 2017's Gremlins 3, was recorded last November at The Quarantine studio in Port Greville, Nova Scotia with Colleen Collins and Dave Trenaman (of Construction & Destruction). Mathias Kom of The Burning Hell produced the record. Transistor 66 will release the album this February.

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Mint
Vancouver's Necking signs to Mint Records

Vancouver's Necking signs to Mint Records

Last week Mint Records live-streamed the signing of Vancouver's well-regarded punk group Necking. The band, which features vocalist Hannah Kay, bassist Sonya Rez, guitarist Nada Hayek, and drummer Melissa Kuipers, has a single release to their name so far, the 2017 EP Meditation Tape. Mint hasn't announced what Necking will put out next, but that should give you plenty of time to catch up on that EP if you missed it the first time around. Necking recently played the label's annual holiday show, the only non-Mint band (at the time) on the bill.

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PRIORS

PRIORS to release “Call For You” EP on Slovenly in Febraury

The smoke's barely cleared from PRIORS recent full-length, and they've already announced the follow-up. The Montreal garage-punk act is now set to release the Call For You EP on February 8 via Slovenly Recordings. The three-song set will feature the title track (which you can preview below) along with the new tunes "Destroyer" and "Swelter." Look for this as a 7", with some a red pressing limited to 150 available in the pre-order. PRIORS features Chance Hutchison, Drew Demers, Seb Godin, Alan Hildebrandt, and Stuart Buckley, members who've (currently or formally) played in bands like Sonic Avenues, New Vogue, The Steve Adamyk Band, and The Famines.

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