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Cook Bag: "June 4th"

Cook Bag: “June 4th”

Boston melodic punk trio Cook Bag have released a new single from their forthcoming album. The track, "June 4th," is off their (currently) unnamed EP, due out July 7th. The band is on tour right now, and you can check out those dates, as well as the new single, below.

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FREE release new EP

FREE release new EP

FREE have released their new EP Ex Tenebris via their Bandcamp page, and as a 7" on Triple-B Records. The band includes Pat Flynn, formerly of Boston straight-edge hardcore act Have Heart. FREE last released the four-song Demo in November of 2015. You can check out the track "Out of Darkness" from the new EP below.

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Navel Gazing May 21, 2017

Navel Gazing May 21, 2017

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:

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Punknews to release long lost, unreleased album recorded in 1980 by the Flames!!!

Punknews to release long lost, unreleased album recorded in 1980 by the Flames!!!

Today, Punknews is absolutely THRILLED to announce that we will be releasing, for the first time, the long lost album by The Flames!!!

If you are a long time reader of Punknews, you might know this story: Editor John Gentile found a mysterious record in the budget bin at his local record store. The band was the Flames and the album was recorded in 1980. It turned out that the record was a really good power pop/new wave/punk album. The record blended jumpy power-pop with the snappiness of early new wave with the edgy lyrics of first wave punk. Just look at some of these titles: "Stabbed to Death," "Contaminated," "Menage a Troi." … but there was no record of it at all online which is incredibly rare in this age of mass documentation!

However, on the back of the jacket was a thirty-five year old phone number written in magic marker. John called the number… and after a one-in-a-million shot, we're now releasing the album for the first time! (You can read the full story on the album's discovery and history right here.)

With the cooperation and direction of band founder Michael J. Richards, Punknews and Narmer Records are absolutely PSYCHED to be putting out this 37 year old album for the first time ever. The entire release was remastered by Bob Vielma of Shinobu and it includes 12 bonus tracks! The first two bonus tracks are cassette rehearsals recored in 1980. The other ten bonus tracks are solo recordings that Richards recorded for himself from 2009-2013. Every track on this CD is unreleased!

And today, we're debuting the first single from the remastered release! You can pre-order the remastered CD with bonus tracks right here!. You can also pre-order the digital version right here! Then, check out the first single to be released from the remastered album, "Nothing Seems to Work Out," below!

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Belly Up: 'Loss' (Punknews Exclusive)

Belly Up: 'Loss' (Punknews Exclusive)

Today, Punknews is pleased to debut the new EP by Belly Up.

Loss is a heavy record. The band contemplates death itself as reverbed-out riffs rumble across the speakers. There's a little Pixies here, a little Sonic Youth there, and a little but of Dismemberment plan way in the back. As you can tell by the release's cold, massive sound, these are guys with deep issues on their minds.< br/>
The EP is out June 2, but you can check it out below, right now.

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Podcast

Episode 349: Punk Rock Bowling

On episode 349 of the Punknews Podcast, Adam White, John Gentile, and Ricky Frankel take a deep dive into the upcoming Punk Rock Bowling events. We discuss the festival line-ups and club shows for the New Jersey, Las Vegas, and Denver editions of the annual punk gathering, playing some tunes from festival bands along the way. This episode we also chat about some other recent news, including the upcoming Jeff Rosenstock tour, the new Chotto Ghetto projects, and upcoming music from bands like Rancid, The Coathangers, and Sam Coffee and the Iron Lungs.

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Lindsey Warren: "PYO / Hardcore Picnic" (Punknews Exclusive)

Lindsey Warren: “PYO / Hardcore Picnic” (Punknews Exclusive)

Today, we're pleased to bring you the new single by Lindsey Warren. You might know Lindsey from her other band Whoopi Sticks. But, her new project, which is a revolving collective features punk tunes crafted for kids. But, unlike a lot of saccharine kid-aimed music, the new project retains the energy and excitement of grown-up music while having lyrics that are safe for the wee ones. Check out the single below.

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