It's Sunday March 4th, 2007. So the Soviet death cloud that enveloped the moon was pretty cool eh? We take our eyes off those sneaky red bastards for a second and look what happens.
The people must have something good to read on a Sunday Leftover Crack were forced to cancel two shows after New York City cops threatened to shut them down for "code violations." On the plus side, this has provided song fodder for at least two full lengths and an EP. Skipping back a few generations of punk, pioneers the Bad Brains have signed to Megaforce Records with a spring 2007 release and world tour scheduled. Sticking with legendary bands, but trading genres, political hip hop act Public Enemy have announced a March tour. Of course hip hop is no longer the dangerous social enemy it once was, as these days we overreact to the youth-destroying ills of emo. The fearless press in Eddy County blew the lid off this cult. Those hopeless children are probably rocking out to From First To Last, a band which just lost a vocalist and label while finding new ones.
We had bad news this week from our pals at Suburban Home Records, as the label announced that it was scaling down and shutting down the CD store Dead Format. Maybe the future is digital, at least Ben Weasel thinks so as the Screeching Weasel frontman's launched a new digital-only label. Warped Tour head Kevin Lyman spoke out about this year's lineup, citing that diversity was in order and requires an open mind from attendees. Thrice frontman Dustin Kensrue announced that he'll commit 5% of the proceeds from his solo record to charity. Meanwhile Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin spoke with UCLA campus newspaper about his experience as a lecturing professor. On the media front we had a new Tiger Army song featuring Davey Havok on backups, as well as some bizarre Alexisonfire-related video from Japan.
We brought you a couple of new streams this week, including the new full length from Saw Wheel, an exclusive live acoustic song from the North Atlantic, and a preview of the upcoming debut from Sparta-related act Glos. Our MP3 Of The Week featured music from Buffalo's the Failures' Union while our Video Of The Week featured the second half of our interview / performance from Lifetime.
Click Read More to see this week's streaming music, contests, and a little surprise from reviewer Jesse.
Radio Free Punknews
Check the Punknews Music page to stream all sorts of anticipated new music including the new full length from Smoke Or Fire, the split between Boston ska act Big D & The Kids Table and Beijing punks Brain Failure, Ottawa punk bands the Riptides and Million Dollar Marxists, ex-Tsunami Bomb band Nothington, Sudbury power-pop act Statues, the split between Reel Big Fish and Zolof The Rock and Roll Destroyer, BÃ¥stad, Sweden's Sounds Like Violence, The Queers' 25th anniversary album Munki Brain and Only Crime's sophomore record Virulence.
Suntans are for Winners Fall Out Boy: Honda Civic Tour
Tickets are on-sale now for The 7th Annual Honda Civic Tour featuring multi-platinum artists Fall Out Boy with supporting acts Plus 44, Academy Is., Paul Wall, and Cobra Starship. The tour kicks off on April 18th in Charlotte, NC at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. While at the show fans can also check out a tricked out Honda Civic Hybrid created and autographed by Fall Out Boy, and one lucky fan will drive away in it. While we're not giving away the car, we are giving away some pretty cool merchandise from the band and the tour. One winner will receive a copy of the band's new album, Infinity on High, as well as a copy of the 12-inch picture disc, a 7-inch vinyl single and a package of buttons. A runner up will win a copy of the album.
Take Action! Tour 2007 contest: Etnies, Hot Topic, lots of music
We're happy to bring you a special contest from Punknews.org and the Take Action! Tour. Winners will receive a whole mess of good stuff including a $150.00 Hot Topic gift card, $150.00 from Etnies, $50 from Downloadpunk.com, an Alternative Press subscription, Chord Magazine subscription, a tour prize pack with T-Shirt, poster and comp and a big pile of merch from every band on the tour.
Win a Nintedo Wii from Night Kills The Day and Score Records
It's critically acclaimed, impossible to find and people get pretty enthusiastic about it. Of course, we're talking about the Nintendo Wii. You can wait in line and drop $250.00 on one, or you can simply fill out a form and win one, courtesy of Punknews.org, Night Kills The Day and Score Records. Along the Wii, one grand prize winner will win some nice Night Kills The Day merch and one runner up winner will take home a shirt and a sampler.
Samsung phone, new discs from AFI, Brand New, more
Once again, Fanscape is stepping in to offer serious goods in exchange for a little information on your part and some additional fine print. One lucky grand prize winner will stretch their mailbox's capacity with a Samsung SGH-t809 phone, $100 in cash, a Samsung accessory pack, portable multimedia speakers, and three albums from either AFI, Brand New, Motion City Soundtrack, All-American Rejects or the Used. A first prize winner will get the phone, accessory pack and compact discs.
When not writing about music on the internet, many members of the Punknews staff find time to write about music on the internet. You can check out the depraved musings of Adam White at 2:59, while Chris Moran's all over the place with content rocking both MySpace and Flickr. Reviewer Jesse Raub posts short fiction and web comics to Things That Go Bump In My Head.
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