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Perestroika

Montreal's Perestroika throw a dark new wave dance party with “Distraction”

Punknews and Some Party are thrilled to premiere the new video from Montreal's sinister trio Perestroika! We've got a video featuring an extended mix of the track "Distraction" from the group's new record Monolith, produced by Fucked Up's Jonah Falco and due on CD soon through the Polish label Bat Cave. The band's dark new wave attack gives a contemporary synthpunk spin on a range of goth and post-punk influences, worshipping at the altar of Kino, Roxy Music, Killing Joke, Sisters of Mercy, Musta Paraati, and Giorgio Moroder. Check it out below!

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Listen to Black Heart Saints cover Billy Squire!

Listen to Black Heart Saints cover Billy Squire!

Today, we are pleased to debut the new video by Black Heart Saints. They cover Billy Squire's massibe '80s hit, "Lonely is the Night!"

The Texas band kick out blues infused rock n roll, but for their new single, they decided to salute one of the '80s biggest hit makers- Billy Squire! Even though "Lonely is the night" was a massive radio smashed, Squire never made a video for the track. So, the band re-cut the tune and put a vintage '80s horror movie sheen on the whole thing.

Speaking to Punknews, guitarist Mark Sean said, “This song has been a favorite of mine that occasionally pops up on classic rock radio. I heard the potential for a remake, and since the original song never received a music video, it became a blank slate for us to make it our own.”

You can see the video below and stream it right here!.

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Doki Doki (members of Grumpster, Dog Party, more) release "I Was Killing It Man" video

Doki Doki (members of Grumpster, Dog Party, more) release “I Was Killing It Man” video

Lucy Giles of Dog Party, Loggan Hammon of Small Crush, Donnie Walsh of Grumpster, and Randy Moore of The Moore Family Band have joined forces to create a new band called Doki Doki. The band have released a video for their first single "I Was Killing It Man". The video was produced and directed by Natalia Elise. The song is Doki Doki's debut single and is out now via Asian Man Records. Check out the video below.

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Gulch

Gulch release Pixies cover

Santa Cruz based hardcore band Gulch have released a cover of "Monkey Gone To Heaven" originally by Pixies. The song was recorded for the What's The Furthest Place From Here? comic book series and will be available on a 7-inch along with "Gimme Some Truth" by Militarie Gun that will be out with edition #6 on November 2. Gulch announced that they would be splitting up in 2021 and are currently playing their final shows. The band released their album Impenetrable Cerebral Fortress in 2020 and a split with Sunami in 2021. Check out the song below.

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Tianna Esperanza releases “Princess Slit and the Raincoat Prince”

Tianna Esperanza releases “Princess Slit and the Raincoat Prince”

Tianna Esperanza, the grandaughter of Paloma (“Palmolive”) McLardy of the Slits and Raincoats, has released a new single. It's called “Princess Slit and the Raincoat Prince.” The track is a standalone single with more music stated to follow. She stated ina release, "I am so proud to have been raised around such bad-ass women like The Slits and Raincoats. I wanted to write a song that was an homage to my punk roots and one that celebrates queerness.” You an check out the video below.

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Incisions: "Mine To Lose"

Incisions: “Mine To Lose”

Incisions have released a video for their new song "Mine To Lose". The video was created by Scott Thompson Visuals. The song is available digitally via TNS Records. Incisions released their album Bliss in 2021. Check out the video below.

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Dez Cadena forms new band, DONDO

Dez Cadena forms new band, DONDO

Dez Cadena of Black Flag and FLAG has a new band. it's called DONDO (as in "Redondo Beach.") He previously had a band of the same name in the mid to late 90s that included Rob Holzman, Bill Bowman, Steve Linn, and Jim Mellon.

The new band has played at least one gig- with the Ally Cats. They also have a gig coming up on June 23 at the Slipper in LA. We'll let you know if the band records any music.

Photo by: Albert Licano

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Epitaph
THICK

THICK announce new album, release video and tour dates (US & CAN)

THICK have announced that they will be releasing a new album. It is called Happy Now and will be out August 19 via Epitaph Records. The band have released a video for their new single "Loser" that was directed and produced by Jeanette D. Moses. THICK have also announced US and Canada tour dates for this fall. Skating Polly will be joining them on all dates and Bad Waitress, Vial, and The Muslims will be joining them on select dates. THICK released 5 Years Behind in 2020. Check out the video, tracklist, and tour dates below.

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Steve Albini wins second World Series of Poker bracelet

Steve Albini wins second World Series of Poker bracelet

In addition to being a legendary producer, Steve Albini also loves Poker… and he's good at it, too. In 2018 , he won a gold bracelet for beating 310 players in Seven Card Stud. Well, this past weekend, he won a SECOND world series of poker gold bracelet.

The new piece of hardware was claimed by Albini in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Albini beat 773 other players and won $196,089, plus the bracelet. Speaking to TWSOP, Albini said,

Everything in my life comes in pieces, in parts. Poker is one part of my life. So when I’m playing poker, I try to commit to it. I try to take it seriously. I try to make sure I devote the attention to it that it deserves as an occupation. But it’s only part of my year. I only play tournaments at the World Series of Poker. I play cash games informally in Chicago. It’s a part of my livelihood, but it’s not my profession.

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Jesse Michaels and Tim Armstrong in "Brick" commercial

Jesse Michaels and Tim Armstrong in “Brick” commercial

Recently, a company, or organization, or group, called "Brick" launched a social media presence. It is not clear exactly what Brick is, though they are hosting a Hip hop show featuring Cam'Ron and the Alchemist tomorrow night. The company stated: "BRICK is in the business of building. We’ve have been doing this for years. It’s instilled in us. It’s what makes BRICK." Who knows what they sell.

Anyway, they recently posted a commercial that features many notable people. Two people in the video include Jesse Michaels and Tim Armstrong of Operation Ivy, where they appear to be jamming. Many other artists are in the video including Ty Dolla Sign, who is wearing a Bad Brains shirt.

You can see the commercial below.

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Check out the new EP by Alpha Cat!

Check out the new EP by Alpha Cat!

Today, we are pleased to debut the new video by Alpha Cat.

Alpha Cat is the project driven by Elizabeth McCullough. The project is an amorphous unit that shifts from post-punk to folk to pop. Take, for instance, the title-track on Alpha Cat's new EP Venus Smile. The tune has the meloda-pop leaning of tight songwriting of Squeeze. But then, "Orbit" has the cold, distant march of angular bands like Gang of Four or even later day Wire. And then "Wichita" is a straight folk-rocker that almost sounds like Rod Stewart and the Faces. While Alpha Cat changes its many colors throughout the EP, a certain cosmic heaviness wires the whole thing together, particualrly when McCullough delves into the personal.

Speaking to Punknews, McCullogh said: "I have survived a total separation from myself; with a well-documented severely depressive episode that took me out for over a decade. And I have not only recovered to continue this life of healing but thrived. I believe we are all meant for and capable of the same. But I have made the choice to move beyond being defined by past trauma. So yes, I still do have hope in a time when hope, and healing, are in such short supply. Of course, I myself am not fully “redeemed” but I have certainly moved further on the path than I would have ever dreamt. It is my belief that this is possible for all who live in this world, whether I personally agree with their belief systems or not. Our promise, whatever that may be, for as long as we are alive, is never wasted. No one is powerless.”

Venus Smile is out via Aquamarine Records June 24, 2022. You can hear the whole thing below, right now!

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Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick Murphys to release Woody Guthrie covers LP

Dropkick Murphys will release a new LP on September 30 via the band’s Dummy Luck Music. It's called This Machine Still Kills Fascists and finds the band covering 10 Woody Gutherie tracks. One track even samples Guthrie and has him "Record with" the band. This Machine Still Kills Fascists band members are: Ken Casey (lead vocals), Tim Brennan (guitars, tin whistle, accordion, piano, vocals), Jeff DaRosa (guitars, banjo, mandolin, vocals), Matt Kelly (drums, percussion, and vocals), James Lynch (guitars and vocals), Kevin Rheault (bass).

In a release, founder Ken Casey stated:

The project has been a long time in the making. Nora Guthrie thought her father would’ve got a kick out of us, would’ve liked us, that we were somewhat kindred spirits so to speak, which to us was a huge honor.

Long time vocalist Al Barr is not on the record, but he is still in the band. According to the band's publicist, he is currently taking time off to attend to the kind of things you have to attend to as you and the rest of your family gets older.

You can see the tracklist and an "album trailer" below.

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