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Deathwish Inc. Announce DW FEST for July 22-23 in Cambridge, MA

DW Fest

To take place on July 22nd and 23rd, Deathwish Inc. have announce DW Fest. The fest, which is pending the announcement of bands and events, will take place at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA.

This will be the first-ever fest that the long-running aggressive music label started by Converge‘s Jake Bannon and Tre McCarthy will be holding on their own. Deathwish has sponsored and been part of fests before, but this will be their first as own. Exciting news for sure.

Start making plans for a summer road trip to Beantown.

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Introducing: NO FLOWERS

NO FLOWERSHailing from the Northeast, NO FLOWERS is the collaborative effort of Jebb Riley and Thomas Moses, both of whom previously played together in Disappearer and There Were Wires. NO FLOWERS‘ music can be easily picked apart to find something familiar. And yet, there is a novelty to it. If forced to give it a name, it’d be melodic swamp sludge punk. Yet, there are no swaps in the city of Boston or the New England area that we know of. It’s the grooves and rhythms that form the foundation to NO FLOWERS‘ sound. The inherent heaviness lends itself to be open to the melodies created in the music. The sense of timing and groove can be chalked up to Riley’s role as bass player in Doomriders, another band that has a great sense of rhythm and heaviness.

NO FLOWERS is the vehicle for Riley’s songwriting with Moses fleshing out the tones and melodies. They work very well together in creating this new sound. Both musicians have a great deal of experience and a keen sense of how to fit all the sounds together to create something that is heavy and melodic with an underlying feel of melancholy and hope.

From their Bandcamp page:

NO FLOWERS is the latest creative endeavor from longtime musical collaborators, Jebb Riley and Thomas Moses. Having previously played together in Disappearer and There Were Wires, Riley (who plays bass in Boston’s Doomriders) enlisted Moses to help flesh out a batch of songs he had been writing for which there was no band. The songwriting sessions were productive yet offered a new challenge to the pair: all instruments would be played by the duo. NO FLOWERS sees bassist/singer Riley on guitar for the first time in a band and Moses, in addition to guitar, adding drums to his repertoire.

So far the band has released two separate EPs. You can stream both below.

Video: White Suns – “Cathexis”

White SunsWhite Suns, whose most recent album Totem we reviewed here, have released a video for the song “Cathexis”. Admittedly one of the most interesting and jarring tracks on the album, the ZZ-Ramirez-directed video adds a new level of disturbance with its VHS-blurred imagery and visuals.

Little Big League & Ovlov To Release Split 7″ on Tiny Engine in July

Little Big League OvlovPhiladelphia, PA’s Little Big League and Newtown, CT’s Ovlov will be teaming up for a split 7″ release out on July, 2014 on the Tiny Engines label. This release follows up 2013 debut LPs from both bands, Little Big League‘s These Are Good People on Tiny Engines and Ovlov‘s am on Exploding In Sound.

Little Big League will provide two new tracks, while Ovlov will have one new song.

Split 7″ Track Listing
Side A
Little Big League – Year Of The Sunhouse
Little Big League – Pure Bliss Choices
Side B
Ovlov – The Great Crocodile

FISHBONE’s Debut EP To Be Reissued by Asbestos Records for Record Store Day

FishboneThere is no denying the influence that Fishbone had on music. All kinds of music. From the nascent alternative scene of the late 80′s and early 90′s to what became rap-rock/metal, Fishbone’s mix of punk, ska, metal, funk, and hip-hop laid the groundwork from plenty of music scenes as well as influencing bands like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus, and plenty more.

For this year’s Record Store Day, Fishbone‘s debut EP will the see the reissue treatment thanks to the kind folks at Asbestos Records.

We’re beyond proud to announce that we will be reissuing one the debut EP for one of the single most important & influential rock bands of the last 30 years for Record Store Day, Fishbone! This act influenced the majority of the bands we’ve released records for. They revolutionized “alternative” rock, and their sound was a conglomeration of ska, punk, metal, funk, r&b, hip hop…and just about everything else. So on RSD head on down to your local independent record store and grab a copy of Fishbones/t and experience it again! It has “Skankin’ to the Beat” from the PAGZ 12″ a a bonus track, and is limited to 1000 copies: 900 on red, and 100 totally unmarked copies on blue! Happy hunting!

DEAFHEAVEN Announce U.S. Summer Tour with Wreck & Reference and Pallbearer

Deafheaven TourDeafheaven have announced a headlining run of tour dates for the Summer all across the U.S. They’ll be hitting some locations they have never played before. Wreck & Reference and Pallbearer will be joining them on this jaunt.

06-08 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
06-09 Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary
06-10 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
06-11 Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
06-15 Miami, FL – Churchill’s Pub
06-16 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
06-17 Tampa, FL – The Crowbar
06-18 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s
06-20 St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
06-21 Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick
06-22 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
06-23 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
06-24 Lawrence, KS – The Granada
06-26 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
06-27 Austin, TX – Red 7
06-28 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
06-30 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
07-01 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
07-02 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

BLACK MONOLITH Reveal New Song “Gold Watch”

Black MonolithFrom the darkest regions of the internet (and hosted by the kind folks at Noisey), a new track from Oakland, CA’s one man black metal project of Gary Bettencourt: Black Monolith, has surfaced. The track titled “Gold Watch” is much more than your standard black metal with blast beats and skull-crushing noise. It takes any and all parameters of the aforementioned styles and sounds and steps outside of any preconceived notions. Especially for anyone who listened to and was enamored with their 2011 Demo release.

Black Monolith‘s debut release, Passenger, for the newly-formed All Black Recording Company, label started by Deafheaven‘s George Clarke and longtime friend Derek Prine, who also happens to be DFHVN‘s former bassist, will see the light (or darkness?) in April 2014.

Stay tuned to the label’s official site: http://allblackrecordingcompany.com/

NOTHING Premiere Video for “Bent Nail”; Major Tour Dates this Spring

NothingPhilly’s newgaze wunderkids Nothing have been wowing people all over with the release of their Guilty of Everything LP (reviewed here). It just a matter of time before a video was released. So they enlisted Don Argott (The Art Of The Steal, As The Palaces Burn) to shoot and direct and a cameo appearance by Kurt Vile. The video, shot live, has the band performing at their local hangout Boot & Saddle to a very “animated” crowd. Just watch and enjoy.

Furthermore, Nothing will be heading out on a number of tour dates in May which will see them playing to crows with the likes of Pelican, Whirr, and Youth Code. Dates are below after the jump after the video.

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Candy Hearts Premiere New Song “I Miss You”

Candy HeartsEveryone’s favorite sugary-sweet pop punkers Candy Hearts have a new song out, “I Miss You”, which will be available across all online download sites. The good folks at Alternative Press are giving everyone a chance to hear it first. The band is gearing up for the release of their new full-length album All The Ways You Let Me Down on June 10th. The album which contains 11 new songs, was recorded with Chad Gilbert (New Found Glory) and will see the release on his Violently Happy Records label.

To listen to “I Miss You”, click here.

Review: Self Defense Family – Try Me

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Try Me
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The title of Self Defense Family’s latest record, Try Me, almost sounds as though its issuing listeners a challenge. It isn’t just another name on just another faceless album, it’s a dare to willfully step outside your comfort zone and get full-on weird with verbally incendiary frontman Patrick Kindlon and his band of cynical compatriots (and we say that in the most positive way possible). Give the album a few spins, and that theory only gains reinforcement. Even after just a few songs, it’s apparent that this is not more of the same Self Defense Family you once thought you knew, but rather something else that might actually be more interesting. Continue reading…