Creation Fest Co-Founder Gets 18 Years for Sexual Assault of Minors

Creation Fest Co-Founder Gets 18 Years for Sexual Assault of Minors

Late last month, Rev. Dr. Harry Thomas, Jr. was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the systematic sexual assault of children. Thomas was a pastor of Come Alive Church in Medford. He is also a co-founder of Creation Fest, a Christian music festival that claims to be the biggest Christian music festival in the United States. In February, he pleaded guilty one count of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, three counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. The assaults occurred over 16 years and affected at least four minors. Thomas' sentence contains no parole eligibility. The sentence will be served at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center, a corrections facility for convicted sex offenders in the Avenel section of Woodbridge. He previously filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea, but that was denied by the presiding judge.

Creation Festival occurs twice annually in different locations. It was founded in 1979 by Thomas and Timothy Landis. Thomas appears to have been involved with Festival until his arrest in December 2017, though he stepped aside as a main organizer some years ago. Until recently, Thomas preached a short message at Creation every year.

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Idles: "Great"

Idles: “Great”

UK Punks Idles have shared a video for 'Great', the latest track to be featured from their upcoming LP Joy as an Act of Resistance which is due to drop on August 31st via Partisan Records.

To coincide with the LP release, the band have announced a pop up art exhibition at the HM Electrics Gallery in London, with all proceeds from the sale of any works being donated to the Samaritans.

Check out the video for "Great" and the band's upcoming in-store live dates below.

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The Bottle Rockets Announce New LP, Tour

The Bottle Rockets Announce New LP, Tour

Long running St.Louis alt-rock outfit The Bottle Rockets have announced that their new LP 'Bit Logic' is due for release on October 12th via Bloodshot Records. This is the band's first new material since 2015's South Broadway Athletic Club and they are already out on the road in support of the record.

Check out a stream of the title track and details of their upcoming shows below.

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Companion compilation to coincide with Fucked Up's 'Dose Your Dreams'

Companion compilation to coincide with Fucked Up's 'Dose Your Dreams'

This Fall, Fucked Up will be releasing a double LP called Dose Your Dreams as well as a single (and maybe more). They've also not so subtly hinted that a companion compilation will be released along with the album proper. Raise Your Voice Joyce: Contemporary Shouts From Contemporary Voices is out October 19 via the UK's Static Shock Records. Of course, that compilation has the same title as a song off the upcoming Fucked Up album. The release is described as "Contemporary shouts from contemporary voices charting a small piece of the limitless history of women in revolt. Eight tracks; each one a history; a story; a biography, told through disparate styles, from early anarcho punk and UK82 to DIY snapshots of goth crossover - all bound together to cement an activated and radical disruption vita. Joyce is the revolting woman; a constant of history.." Bands appearing on that com include Nekra, Good Throb, Arms Race, Sauna Youth, Hurula and more. Hear one of the songs from it, "Black Cardigans" by Bryony Beynon, below.

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Navel Gazing August 19, 2018

Navel Gazing August 19, 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: Stephen McGill

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Summer Soiree 2 with Stza Crack and Joe Jack Talcum is next week in Philly!

Summer Soiree 2 with Stza Crack and Joe Jack Talcum is next week in Philly!

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We are one week away from the Punknews Summer Soiree 2! As you may know by now, it's a KILLER dual headline show. Joe Jack Talcum of Dead Milkmen is doing a full band set backed by Dan Stevens (also of the Milkmen) and Woods! THEN, Stza Crack of Choking Victim and Leftover Crack is doing a full band set backed by Crazy and the Brains! Plus, CatB are doing a set of their own and Pushin it 2 the Limit opens the show!

Plus, everyone that comes to the show gets a goodie bag with sweet treats from Fat Wreck Chords, Pirate's Press, Cinema Cinema, the Fullers, Coin Toss Records, and more! Plus, we are raffling off an original painting by Jesse Michaels and all money raised by that goes directly to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!

The event is August 24 at Creep Records in Philly. Doors are at 7pm and the show starts at 7:30pm SHARP. Don't be late,you won't want to miss a moment! Tickets might sell out before the event, so if you want to go, advance tix are highly recommended!

Check out the facebook event here.

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The Heiz Announce New LP

The Heiz Announce New LP

Japanese punk n'rollers The Heiz have announced that their new LP The Gun is due to drop on Sept 17th via Squidhat Records and MVD Entertainment. This is the band's first new material since 2015's Pronounced de Heiz, also released via Squidhat Records.

Check out LP track list below.

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Nowhere Fast

Nowhere Fast: “Lifer”

Kentucky based punk band Nowhere Fast have released a new track called "Lifer". The song will be on their new record titled Aeonian, which will be out on October 5, 2018. It was recorded by Nick Diener of The Swellers and ApologyTour at Oneder Studios in Michigan and it mastered by Kim Rosen at Knack Mastering. You can listen to the track and view the track listing below.

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Anti-Flag

Anti-Flag: “American Attraction”

Anti-Flag recently released a music video for their acoustic rendition of “American Attraction.” The track will be on the band's upcoming album American Reckoning, which will be released on September 28, 2018 via Spinefarm Records. You can watch the video below.

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