Festivals & Events
'77 Montreal Sonic Reducer

'77 Montreal Sonic Reducer

Tonight, we are thrilled to bring to you another 77' Montreal Sonic Reducer featuring this year's stellar line up. The one-day punk festival will is a continued celebration of the punk movement from 1977 to present day. Bad Religion, Pennywise, Streetlight Manifesto and The Exploited are set to headline the festival. 77' will happening on July 26th, 2019 at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec. For full details on the festival, you can click

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Interviews
Ramona on their new album

Ramona on their new album

There are about 10 places you can hang out in Passyunk, a neighborhood in South Philadelphia, if you’re a young adult punk. It’s a stretch of the city where if you spend enough time in it, you are bound to get to know the people who call it home. So when Punknews' Eric Rosso messaged Ramona - comprised of guitarist and vocalist Diego Merano, bassist and vocalist Abby Vickderman, and drummer Shannon Ledbetter - on Facebook with a suggestion of meeting up for an interview at his favorite local dive bar and they came back with a suggestion of their favorite local dive bar, it was a familiar South Philly conversation and a difference of a couple blocks. As Abby noted in the interview, “I go to here and about four other places.”

As mentioned above, if you live in the area, you are bound to have had a previous interaction with almost everyone from the neighbrohood eventually.. About a year ago, Rosso wrote a review for a Lawrence Arms’ show in Philadelphia for Punknews where Ramona opened up. In the review, he used the wrong adjective describing them, switching ‘endearing’ to ‘enduring’ describing them as “standard variety pop-punk.” It was something the band jokingly brought up as soon as he hit the record button. After the good natured ribbing, they discussed their new album, the differences between the Seattle and Philadelphia scenes, and what the band hopes to accomplish with the release.

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Punk Rock Bowling sets 2020 dates

Punk Rock Bowling sets 2020 dates

Punk Rock Bowling has set the dates for the 2020 Las Vegas chapter of the festival. Punk Rock Bowling XXII will be May 21-25, 2020 in Sin City, most likely just off Fremont and 3rd Streets. More information will likely be released in late 2019 or early 2020.

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Black Flag re-schedules South America tour to next year

Black Flag re-schedules South America tour to next year

Gregg Ginn's Black Flag issued a statement saying that their South American tour will be re-scheduled for next year. They stated in a release, "Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are forced to postpone our upcoming Latin America Tour to March 2020. We want to make clear that every promoter involved and tour booker fulfilled each one of our requests to make proper shows for all of you! We assure you we’ll be bringing the best Black Flag shows in our new dates." See the new dates below. Upcoming Mexico dates are still set for their original dates.

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Spotify seeks to recoup "overpayments" using decision that it is currently appealing

Spotify seeks to recoup “overpayments” using decision that it is currently appealing

Spotify, the generous mega-corp that pays about $0.006 to $0.0084 per stream to music rights holders, says it paid too much to music publishers last year and wants its money back. The irony of this is that Spotify says it is entitled to recoup these funds under the new Copyright rules… that it is currently appealing and says are unenforceable.

Recently, the Copyright Royalty Board voted to increase songwriter payouts by 44% between 2018 and 2022. Under that new structure, streaming services must follow one of three payment models. The model that grants the highest payout to publishers is the payment structure that a streaming service must apply.

Under those rules, which are public and the calculations are defined, Spotify thinks it paid too much to publishers and wants its money back, even though the payments were Spotify's error. They released a statement: “According to the new CRB regulations, we overpaid most publishers in 2018. While the appeal of the CRB decision is pending, the rates set by the CRB are current law, and we will abide by them-not only for 2018, but also for future years in which the amount paid to publishers is set to increase significantly.”

Spotify plans to recoup the "over payments" by unilaterally garnishing future payments to publishers.

The statement and position is somewhat surprising, as Spotify, along with Amazon, Google, and Pandora, are trying to overturn the Copyright Royalty Board's decision via appeal. That is, Spotify is currently demanding its money back citing authority to regulations that it says should be overturned. David Israelite, the CEO of the National Music Publishers Association, issued a reply statement: “I find it so hypocritical for a digital service that is appealing the CRB decision to then take advantage of the parts of that decision that benefit it. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised.”

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ExBats to release new EP

ExBats to release new EP

The Exbats are going to release a new EP. The a-side features their song "Hercules," which is off E is 4 ExBats . The b-side has two unreleased tracks. That's out now via Half Cow records. In related the news, the band has been recording new material for release in 2020.

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Interviews
Seth Anderson talks about recording his new album in seven days

Seth Anderson talks about recording his new album in seven days

Seth Anderson is somewhat of an anomaly. He’s a singer-songwriter who often gets booked for punk rock shows and festivals. He’s a punk rock soul with a gentle, yet powerful voice who has a knack for melody and vivid storytelling. With an album out on Joey Cape’s (Lagwagon) One Week Records and a couple albums in the works, he has been touring relentlessly. Punknews' Pete Vincelli caught up with Seth at a recent show in Asbury Park, NJ to talk about Pouzza Fest, recording with Joey Cape, and some of his musical influences.

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