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OFF!: "Blast" (Punknews Exclusive)

OFF!: “Blast” (Punknews Exclusive)

Today, Punknews is thrilled to debut a live track by OFF!

You all know OFF!. They are the absolutely fantastic punk supergroup that features the legendary Keith Morris, along with Dimitri Coats, Stephen McDonald, and Mario Rubalcaba. As you may remember, a few years ago, Brooklyn's Outer Battery Records released a limited pressing of the band's first live album Live at 9:30 Club which sold out quickly. Now, the label is repressing this smashing slab in four versions of colored vinyl - the design of each version picked by one member of the band.

To that end, Punknews is honored to debut a live version of "Blast!" off the record. In inimitable OFF! style, the track opens with one of Keith Morris' trademark rants before the band launches into 80 seconds of hard edged hardcore destruction while Morris gleefully salutes nihilism. As this track shows, OFF! is a force to be reckoned with in the studio and on the stage.

You can pre-order the record right here!. Then, check out "Blast" below!

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Original Alice Cooper group reunite for five songs

Original Alice Cooper group reunite for five songs

The surviving members of the original Alice Cooper group reunited for five songs Sunday night. Cooper was playing the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville and the show opened with Alice Cooper, bassist Dennis Dunaway, guitarist Michael Bruce and drummer Neal Smith. The band played "I'm Eighteen," "Billion Dollar Babies," "No More Mr. Nice Guy" and "Muscle of Love." At the end, the orignal members joined the current band for a version of "School's Out." See some videos of the show below.

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Interviews
Brutal Youth

Brutal Youth's Patty O'Lantern on Pouzza Fest, 'Sanguine' and The Rebel Spell

Brutal Youth are one of Canada's most notable contemporary punk bands. Their album Sanguine , which was released through Stomp Records was one of the hardest-hitting records to come out in 2016. The band just finished off some European tour dates and they are set to play Pouzza Fest, which is on May 19-21, 2017 in Montreal, Canada (psst!…We're Sponsors!). Punknews editor Ricky Frankel caught up with lead vocalist Patty O'Lantern to talk about Sanguine, Pouzza Fest, how Todd Serious and The Rebel Spell affected the Canadian punk scene, Brutal Youth's music video style, why we keep seeing his head bleed during the band's live performances and more. Listen to the interview below or on iTunes.

Photo Credit: Jeff Crespi

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Ron Reyes' Piggy to reunite for two shows

Ron Reyes' Piggy to reunite for two shows

Ron Reyes will be reuniting his band Piggy for two birthday shows. On July 21, the band will play The Carport Manor in Abbotsford, BC. On July 22, the band will play Pub 340 in Vancouver, BC. The July 22 show will feature a full Rolling Stones cover set by the band.

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Norrebro Bryghus collects urine from music festival to use in beer production

Norrebro Bryghus collects urine from music festival to use in beer production

Denmark's Norrebro Bryghus brewery has plans to make a new type of beer. The brewery collected 50,000 liters of human urine from the latest Roskilde festival. That urine will be used to fertilize the barley fields which will serve as the base of the brewery's new type of Pilsner. The brew will be called "Pisner" and apparently has a unique taste. Denmark's Agriculture and Food council has approved the process. See a short video that describes the wee wee to beer process, below.

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The Offspring

Dexter Holland earns his PHD

Dexter Holland of The Offspring earned his PHD in Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California this Spring. Holland's dissertation was a 175 page document which documented his research on HIV treatment. In a press release, Holland stated "My research is not meant to be a cure or even an immediate step toward a cure, but I believe that by adding to the vast amount of information that we’ve learned about HIV in the last 30 years or so, we’ll get there. Toward that end, I’m going to continue to do research, and you’ll probably see some of my research papers get published here and there over the next few years.” The dissertation is titled “Discovery of Mature MicroRNASequences within the Protein-Coding Regions of Global HIV-1 Genomes: Predictions of Novel Mechanisms for Viral Infection and Pathogenicity” . You egghead-types can read the whole thing right here. Offspring will be touring this summer.

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Choking Victim

Choking Victim to record live album, include new song

Choking Victim are currently in the middle of their reunion tour in their Sturgeon-Baillie-Skwert formation. On Saturday night, the band played Mr. Small's in Pittsburgh. (Bassist Shayne Webb also played a song with the band). Near the end of the band's set, vocalist Scott Sturgeon announced that the band will be recording a live album. He also mentioned that the band had been working on a new song. Although the song did not have finished lyrics, the band played the insturmental part of it at the show. Choking Victim released their only album, No Gods / No Managers in 1999, after breaking up.

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PWR BTTM accused of sexual assault, dropped by label, lose members, cancel tour

PWR BTTM accused of sexual assault, dropped by label, lose members, cancel tour

On May 11, a day before the release of the band's new album, PWR BTTM's Ben Hopkins was accused of sexual assault. A person named Kitty Cordero-Kolin posted in a private facebook group that Hopkins was a “known sexual predator” and that Cordero-Kolin witnessed Hopkins make unwanted sexual contact against other people. The post also accused Hopkins of antisemitism and included a picture of Hopkins posing next to a swastika which was drawn in the sand on a beach. The post was quickly made public though people copying and pasting the post.

The next day, the band released a statement. The band stated that they were "shocked" by the allegation and requested that people who believed that they had been sexually assaulted by members of the band contact an e-mail associated with the band to work towards a resolution. This post was criticized on social media by many people, many of who brought issue with the fact that the band requested that alleged victims contact alleged abusers directly.

Jezebel spoke to an anonymous person that stated that she was assaulted by Hopkins. In that interview, the anonymous person stated that PWR BTTM's statement that they were "shocked" was false. The anonymous person stated that the band's Liv Bruce spoke to the anonymous person about the alleged assault numerous months ago and that Bruce was fully aware of the situation.

Following this, PWR BTTM's two touring members left the group. PWR BTTM were also dropped by their label, Polyvinyl. Polyvinyl has also stated that they will no longer be selling the band's releases and are offering a refund for any purchases of the new album. The band has also announced that they have canceled their upcoming tour. Details will likely develop and we will keep you updated.

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