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For Halloween Craig Finn is Paul Stanley. We Should All Be Paul Stanley.

For Halloween Craig Finn is Paul Stanley. We Should All Be Paul Stanley.

Craig Finn is in the midst of a North American tour with John K. Samson in support of his recent full length We All Want the Same Things . He and his band, the Uptown Controllers, will conclude their month-long trek this evening in New York at the City Winery. This being both Halloween and the big finale, Finn's got a plan to make the show special -- a plan that pretty heavily involves the Starchild. Toronto-based writer Graham Isador caught up with the Hold Steady frontman to get to the bottom of it.

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Andy Slania and Ryan Bollis of The Eradicator

Andy Slania and Ryan Bollis of The Eradicator

Sometimes a joke can go completely out of control and have a very awesome result in the end. That is exactly what happened with Chicago’s The Eradicator — the band based totally on the Kids In The Hall Sketch of the same name. The band has been getting a lot of attention for their funny and unconventional… well… everything about them is unconventional. They released their great self-titled LP on October 13, 2017 through Stonewalled and not only are they going to be performing at FEST 16, but they will also be touring Hawaii and Australia with Bong Mountain starting later this month.

Editor Ricky Frankel caught up with vocalist Andy Slania and bassist Ryan Bollis to talk about the band’s new album, the music video for “I’m A Squash Man” and the music video for “Squash Queen,” their connection to Direct Hit!, how a screw up ended up helping the band in the long run and more. Listen to the interview below or on iTunes.

Note: It is recommended that you watch the original Kids In The Hall sketch before you listen to this interview if you haven’t seen it yet. You can find the video below as well.

Photo courtesy of TypeAPromo.com

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Tony Clark of Prawn

Tony Clark of Prawn

New Jersey’s Prawn have been one of the many bands attributed to the emo revival in the late 2000s. However, they’ve always transcended that genre and label, producing shimmery post-rock, indie anthems which up the ante on what ‘emo’ means. Their journey led to a tour with Jimmy Eat World earlier this year and now, they’re back again, following up 2014’s Kingfisher, with Topshelf Records once more providing a home for their new full-length. Prawn’s lead, Tony Clark, chatted with Punknews' Renaldo Mantadeen on the new release, Run, which is out now.

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The Flatliners Live At It's Not Dead Fest 2

The Flatliners Live At It's Not Dead Fest 2

Welcome back to Live At It’s Not Dead Fest 2 -- a three-part, in-person interview series conducted by Punknews Editor Ricky at It’s Not Dead Fest 2 in San Bernardino, California on August 26, 2017. For the third and final episode Ricky interviewed Chris Cresswell and Scott Brigham of The Flatliners. The three of them discussed the band's new record Inviting Light , the music video for "Indoors," the famous South Park Canadian costumes that they wore during their performance at Fest 10, Chris joining Scorpios, Canadian comedy and more. Listen to the interview below or on iTunes. (Music from The Flatliners and A Wilhelm Scream is featured in this episode, Brian Pretus's DownWrite.com Profile).

If you missed the first installment with Trevor Reilly of A Wilhelm Scream you can check it out right here and if you missed the second installment with Spike Slawson of Me First And The Gimme Gimmes and Uke-Hunt you can check it out right here.

Photo taken by John Paul Allen at It's Not Dead Fest 2

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Osamu Kawahara on the surprise reunion of Sticks & Stones

Osamu Kawahara on the surprise reunion of Sticks & Stones

Quite surprisingly, earlier this week, the lauded, but cult, New Jersey punk band Sticks & Stones announced a one-off reunion show. The band will be playing in their Theme Song for Nothing lineup because bassist Osamu Kawahara is moving back to Japan.

Kawahara's story is quite an adventure. He came to the states not knowing a word of English, but ended up being drafted into Sticks & Stones. Early on, before Kawahara was fluent in English, he would communicate with Sticks & Stones' Scott Hollingsworth and Jack Terricloth through music. From there, his story involves recording a troubled album, fighting with Nazis, and bring the two original members of World/Inferno Friendship Society back together. Check out the interview below.

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Spike Slawson of Me First/Uke-Hunt/The Re-Volts Live At It's Not Dead Fest 2

Spike Slawson of Me First/Uke-Hunt/The Re-Volts Live At It's Not Dead Fest 2

Welcome back to Live At It’s Not Dead Fest 2 -- a three-part, in-person interview series conducted by Punknews Editor Ricky at It’s Not Dead Fest 2 in San Bernardino, California on August 26, 2017. For the second episode Ricky interviewed Spike Slawson of Me First and The Gimme Gimmes, Uke-Hunt and The Re-Volts. They discussed Uke-Hunt's future plans, what he wants to do for the next Me First And The Gimme Gimmes live record, plus he gives an update on the next Re-Volts release and more. Listen to the interview below or on iTunes. (Music from Me First And The Gimme Gimmes and Uke-Hunt is featured in this episode, Brian Pretus's DownWrite.com Profile).

If you missed the first installment with Trevor Reilly of A Wilhelm Scream you can check it out right here.

Photo taken by John Paul Allen at It's Not Dead Fest 2

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Trevor Reilly of A Wilhelm Scream Live At It's Not Dead Fest 2

Trevor Reilly of A Wilhelm Scream Live At It's Not Dead Fest 2

Welcome to the first installment of Live At It’s Not Dead Fest 2 -- a three-part, in-person interview series conducted by Punknews Editor Ricky at It’s Not Dead Fest 2 in San Bernardino, California on August 26, 2017. For this episode Ricky interviewed guitarist Trevor Reilly of A Wilhelm Scream. They discussed the studio that Trevor has been building in his house, the new songs that the band has been working on, what they have planned for Career Suicide ’s tenth anniversary, the music video for "Australias," the musical household that he was raised in and a bunch more. Listen to their conversation below or on iTunes. (Music from A Wilhelm Scream and The Flatliners is featured in this episode, Brian Pretus's DownWrite.com Profile).

Photo taken by John Paul Allen at It's Not Dead Fest 2

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Sick Of It All

Twenty Years Later: Sick of it All's 'Built to Last'

Today, we are continuing our Twenty Years Later series. Helmed by Staffer Michael Musilli, the series will look back at hardcore and harcore-ish records at their 20 year mark. Not only will the pieces include analysis of a record's importance, but Musilli also contacted a slew of hardcore musicians in order to get their perspective on landmark records. Today, Musilli takes an in-depth look a Sick Of It All's Built to Last album. Check it out below.

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