Brian McGee of Plow United starts new band (Punknews Exclusive)

Brian McGee of Plow United starts new band (Punknews Exclusive)

Brian McGee, vocalist and guitarist of Plow United, has started a new band!

The band is called Sneakers Award and in addition to McGee on guitars, Scotty Sandwich is on bass and Stephen Mooneyhan is behind the skins. The band is distinctly influenced by the early 80s power-pop trailblazers and those classic Stiff records singles. Speaking to Punknews, McGee said "I can only hope that we can come close to the live version of Nick Lowe's 'Heart of the City.' That's a lofty goal but you gotta take aim towards something." You can check out the band online right here.

Punknews is thrilled to debut the band's initial release, a two song demo. You can check that out along with the dates for their very first live show below!

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Streams
Timekeep release debut track

Timekeep release debut track

Self-described sadcore Indonesian trio Timekeep have released their debut track. The single, "Suite," gives us just a taste of what this band has to offer, so let's hope that they lay down some more tracks for release soon.

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Videos
Dearly Divided premiere new video "Spiderwebs"

Dearly Divided premiere new video “Spiderwebs”

Dearly Divided, melodic-punk quartet out of Oakland, CA, have released a another video from their forthcoming album. The song, "Spiderwebs," is off of their new full-length So Much for New Beginnings, which is due out August 15th.

Interestingly, the video follows the same/similar artwork in motion from their previous video, "Maybe", with the lyrics of the song overlaid in a type of comic book style.

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Growing trend of punk icon-dedicated accounts popping up on Instagram

Growing trend of punk icon-dedicated accounts popping up on Instagram

The internet is weird. On October 30, 2016 an anonymous person created an Instagram account dedicated to finding pictures on the internet of Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin pointing at different objects. The account is appropriately named “Greg Graffin pointing At Things.” Each picture’s caption typically starts out with “Greg Graffin Pointing at…” You may remember that I used a screenshot of one of the account’s posts for the thumbnail for an edition of Navel Gazing a while back.

The account is now closing in on seven thousand followers, but what is even more interesting is that person started a trend. Other accounts in the same vein, but dedicated to other punk rock icons have begun popping up in the punk-Instagram realm. Not too long after, accounts like “Jay Bentley Doing Weird Things” and "Brian Baker Wearing His [Own Band] Shirt" (which was apparently blocked by the actual Brian Baker) were made. Now the trend has broadened to accounts such as “Milo Aukerman Grabbing His Ass” and “Fat Mike Interrupting Bad Religion.”

After a brief direct message conversation with the “Greg Graffin Pointing At Things” who claims to not run any of the other accounts (but doesn't consider them copycats either) and gave me a little bit of background on this trend, it is clear that this is yet another piece of evidence that even punk rock is not safe from internet meme culture. Links to some of the accounts are provided below.

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Festivals & Events
Riot Fest Chicago 2017 schedule released

Riot Fest Chicago 2017 schedule released

The schedule for Riot Fest Chicago 2017 had been made available. The festival is planned for September 15 -September 17, 2017 at Douglas Park in Chicago, IL. Bands playing the event include Jawbreaker (reunion), Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Prophets of Rage, Pennywise, Wu-Tang Clan, Bad Brains, X, The Lawrence Arms, Buzzcocks, FIDLAR, New Found Glory, GWAR, The Menzingers and more. You can find the schedule here.

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