Mastodon, Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes, Alter Bridge, The Darkness, Sepultura and More Added to Download UK

A bunch of new bands have already been added to the bill on this year’s Download UK Festival. The new acts include Alter Bridge, Bowling For Soup, The Darkness, The Distillers, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Mastodon, Funeral For A Friend, The Menzingers, Employed To Serve, 3 Doors Down, Milk Teeth, Motionless In White, Holding Absence, Lacuna Coil, Loathe, Sepultura, Amaranthe, Cemetery Sun, Fire From The Gods, Gender Roles, Haken, Hatari, Heavy Lungs, Higher Power, JJ Wilde, Kill The Lights, Modern Error, Northlane, Press Club, Polyphia| The Raven Age, Renounced, Shvpes, Sleep Token, SULLII, The Glorious Sons, The Hara, The Skints, Tempt, Twin Temple, Thy Art Is Murder, Wage War, and Will Haven! Also announced are the Day And Stage Splits, WWE NXT UK returns, and Kerrang! Radio Hosts the Finding Fresh Blood contest for a chance to perform on The Avalanche Stage. 2020 Download headliners Iron Maiden (Legacy Of The Beast Tour), Kiss and System Of A Down this summer and takes place on 12 – 14 June 2020 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Continue reading

Bowling For Soup – Older, Fatter, Still The Greatest Ever

There’s a bit of a misconception about Bowling For Soup outside of their committed fanbase. Maybe it’s their look, the fact that they’re not über (or even always semi) serious, or maybe it’s the ubiquity of several of the tracks from their Drunk Enough To Dance (Jive Records) smash-hit album that littered our music TV lives throughout the first decade of the twenty-first century, but BFS are rarely given the credit for their song-writing that several of their contemporaries get. Whether you like it or not ‘The Bitch Song’, ‘Punk Rock 101’, ‘Emily’, ‘1985’ and ‘Girl All The Bad Guys Want’ are all bonafide bangers, and an integral part of a pop-Punk soundtrack to our lives. Continue reading

Foo Fighters, Post Malone, Twenty One Pilots, Bowling For Soup, PVRIS, And More Booked For Readling And Leeds 2019

Reading and Leeds annual rock and pop music festivals have announced their shared bill for 2019! Headlined by Foo Fighters, Post Malone, Twenty One Pilots, Bowling For Soup, PVRIS and more, tickets go on sale this Friday, 23rd November at 9 AM local time at the links below. Continue reading

Warped Tour 2018 – The Final Run

It’s the final cross-country voyage of the Vans Warped Tour. Since 1995, the unofficial punk rock summer camp has introduced us all to iconic acts from Bad Religion to Katy Perry. Continue reading

Audio + Tour: Dollyrots – Run, Run, Rudolph + UK Tour Dates

The Dollyrots. Photo Credit: Jen Rosenstein Photography

The Dollyrots. Photo Credit: Jen Rosenstein Photography

LA pop punk sweethearts The Dollyrots is streaming “Run, Run, Rudolph” below. They will be releasing their upcoming CD/DVD Family Vacation: Live in the USA on March 11, 2016 via MVD Entertainment. Family Vacation is a concert film with a live companion album that captures The Dollyrots on their 2015 summer tour with long-time roadmates Bowling For Soup. Its 40 minutes of pure rock frenzy, harnessed by filmmaker Ian MacLeod and delivered as both a video/audio download and deluxe double disc set. The band is currently running their third crowdfunded project which can be found here.

They also have a string of upcoming UK tour dates in February:

Feb 01: O2 Academy Glasgow (UK)
Feb 02: O2 Academy Newcastle (UK)
Feb 03: o2 Academy Leeds (UK)
Feb 04: O2 Academy Liverpool (UK)
Feb 05: O2 Academy Manchester (UK)
Feb 06: O2 Academy Birmingham (UK)
Feb 07: O2 Academy Sheffield (UK)
Feb 08: UEA Norwich (UK)
Feb 09: Rock City Nottingham (UK)
Feb 10: G Live Guildford (UK)
Feb 11: Roundhouse London (UK)
Feb 12: O2 Academy Bournemouth (UK)
Feb 13: o2 Guildhall Southampton (UK)
Feb 14: Great Hall Cardiff (UK)
Feb 15: O2 Academy Bristol (UK)

Self Driven Punk Rock – The Dollyrots

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No all of it. The whole thing. You have to get the whole thing in there. It’s good for your stomach. Especially if you have a sour stomach, which is weird if you think it would make it more sour. Eat the whole slice – rind and all,” yells bassist and lead vocalist Kelly Ogden of LA pop punkers The Dollyrots, to her drummer for the evening Rikki Styxx (also of LA based The Two Tens), over a discussion about how to drink water.

“Whenever it’s in my water – you’ve gotta get your Vitamin C or [you’ll get] scurvy! We’re rock pirates but we won’t go that far!,” she says, with a smile.

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The band has been successfully supporting their latest album titled Pregnant and Barefoot, where they had just completed a national tour supporting Bowling For Soup this past summer, and previously doing a West Coast run with Black Flag and a UK run with the Buzzcocks.

This was all done following the birth of Ogden and guitarist Luis Cabezas’ son River, and balancing their home life with promoting their new album in 2013.

I love it! In so many ways it’s easier and some weird ways it’s harder. People are like ‘how do you bring a baby on tour?’ That’s the easiest part. I think my enemy is boredom. The kid is super smart and so aware of everything. We want him to have the best childhood ever. After childhood, everything is downhill. He might as well live it up and have the best experience possible. We’ll put on our happy faces no matter what. Just have the best life he could have,” said Ogden, about becoming a punk rock mother and raising their son within a rock n roll environment.

Would she do it again? “I might do it again if the cards align someday soon. We’ll see. Not right now,” she says, with a smile.

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Styxx became the latest drummer to perform with the Dollyrots, and since the band’s start in 2000 back in their home state of Florida, they have encountered a Spinal Tap esque situation with drummers (except without the explosions).

With a little help with Cabezas, Ogden named off the alumni of drummers who had fulfilled their tour of duty with them.

I totally remember all of their names. It started with Mike Benbow, then Frank Beasley, Josh Valenti, Amy Wood…Joaquin was in there for a week…one show,” she said.

Chris Black, Rick Welta, Alicia Warrington, James Carman, Aixa Vilar, Reed Crier…,” said Cabezas.

There’s one time we played in Massachusetts and we had 12 different drummers because Chris had to fly home for a wedding. Every kid in that city learned a song. It was cool in theory but it was the most excruciating show I’ve ever played in my life,” she then said.

These weird yetis would show up and they looked like punk rocker drummers. We thought ‘oh they’re going to be awesome!’ and then you’d have these dorky high school kids come and they’d kill it!,” he said.

I guess we don’t know all of their names for that one show,” she added. “Oh…there’s Mel. Fink. Mel Funk. I always mix up that.

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Since 2011, the band chose to release their own music without the help of a record label and handle their own affairs. Their self titled album was the first release on their own and through the help of crowdfunding via PledgeMusic, they found the help of their longtime fans to get their music out to the world.

I mean it’s based on the fact that we’ve put out enough records to have really awesome fans. So once you tour enough and put out enough music, then there’s people that will love you band no matter what you do. So the way we do it now through crowd sourcing, we feel like we really owe it to our fans to give them a really good album,” she explains.

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Ogden elaborates further about how being a DIY artist has changed their approach at how they reach fans without the help of a record label or a marketing company.

We push ourselves even harder than when we were on a record label. We’re really lucky to have [these fans]. The thing is, we’d be making a record in little bubbles and we wouldn’t have a lot of feedback except from the labels. We wanted them to like it. It wasn’t for so much for our fans. It was kind of weird because we make music for the people who listen to your music.

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It feels so much clearer now. It’s like we’re making music for these people and we’re going to put it in an envelope and send it to them ourselves. It feels the way it should be. It’s cool because we get to be close to them and they get to see a lot more of our life and we get to be back during the writing process. It just seems…for our band at least – the whole growing up in the 90s was like…aww…you get to be in a band and we get to be mysterious. Nobody really knows things about you. That’s just not how our band works, which is a little surprising. Listen, I probably seem very outgoing but to be honest if we were to go to your house for a barbecue on a Sunday afternoon, I would have diarrhea because I would be so nervous about having to interact with people. We’re actually socially awkward. It’s funny but within the band thing it works. It’s cool doing this with our fans.

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Aside from the crowdfunding and touring, the Dollyrots have constantly promoted their music through social media and kept their name out in the public. They have regularly released free songs (usually cover songs and holiday related tunes), and have used StageIt to attract their fans to watch their show streamed online.

 

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Ogden talked about how much work went into running their crowdfunding campaign.

The bands that do PledgeMusic now – we were just talking about it – Sum 41 just did their new record. Weezer did one. Freakin’ Smashing Pumpkins did one….Soul Asylum….it just makes so much more sense now.

But those bands – I don’t know if they do it the way we do it with lots of personal stuff, which makes it a lot more fun for us. They do a preorder and then they have a merch company ship everybody their stuff.

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Sum 41’s not sitting there personalizing all 40,000 CDs! Once you go over a certain quantity it’s not feasible,” says Cabezas, cutting into the conversation.

I didn’t bake cookies this time but I’ve been feeling the guilt working in. I’m considering making the cookies a super prime item. I’ll send you a dozen cookies…but it’s going to cost like $80 because last time I had to make 37 dozen cookies….in a one bedroom apartment with one oven and one rack! It took me four days. It was kind of awful. The thing is…it’s that many days of my life that I can’t do anything but bake the cookies,” added Ogden, about one of her ideas that became a bit challenging.

Through the PledgeMusic campaign, they reached fans from all over the globe. She shared some of the more unusual spots they received pledges from. “Obviously we have a lot of fans in the UK. There’s this island…some part of France…Revere Islands and it was some French island and the post office couldn’t even figure it out. It’s some weird French island the US owns.

Then she talked about the biggest challenges behind doing the pledge campaigns. Being that the Dollyrots have to run their own campaigns, the work involved is not always for everyone, but the band still chose to tackle the challenge head first.

Fulfillment. I think some people that are new to the method don’t understand that if they get a song and if 25 other people get a song that’s written for them, it may take us a year. We’ve honestly I would say 99 percent of the time people have been really cool about it. But I feel like there may be other people that are disappointed that we don’t hear from, and that sucks when it’s just the band. We don’t hire a merch company. It takes up our lives until we do it again and then it takes up our whole lives.

I know the ins and outs of the US Postal System. I have my own postal scale. We do every single bit of it. It’s kind of crazy. We get a discount in doing it online.

The Koreatown post office – the Dosan Ahn Chang on 6th Street is the one that me and Luis would take everything to before we got our own scale. They would see the two of us walk in and I would be holding the baby…I think we started before he was born. We started shipping before he was born. We would see us walk in with these huge boxes and they would all shake their heads and look down. People in line behind us – I would feel this stabby stab in my back when I’m at the window. It would take us about three hours at the window.

We’re there so long. We know their names. We know where they go on vacation and where they grew up. It was really funny. After a few times, they would be funny when they’d get us because we can just hang out and chat for a while. The managers at the post office were not happy.

While they are still promoting Barefoot and Pregnant, they have proceeded with working on their Family Vacation: Live In Los Angeles CD and DVD, recorded and filmed on tour this past summer. Ogden explained the story behind the release.

So we just finished and got the mastered audio back. So the audio part is done. The live video we filmed stuff all along the last couple of tours, starting in June until now. So we did the East Coast, Texas and the West Coast. So we did a lot of tour diaries.

dollyrots family vacation live in los angeles

The main shows, because hiring a camera crew is real expensive, so we only really filmed New York and LA, and we used LA pretty much for the show. It’s just a live show experience because it’s different touring for us now. We only do a week and a half because we have to fly in. We have a baby and a nanny and the three of us. It’s complicated and with the economy the way it is, it doesn’t make sense for us to be on tour for eight weeks at a time. So we find the places where we can afford to go and then book short little tours around that. It’s awesome.

 

[Teaser] A few more seconds of our upcoming live DVD!! #TheDollyrotsFamilyVacationPre-order: http://bit.ly/DRpledgeLIVE

Posted by The Dollyrots on Saturday, November 21, 2015

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The Dollyrots Crowdfunding Live Album, Upcoming Tour With Bowling For Soup

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The Dollyrots has launched their third crowdfunded project for an upcoming live album and DVD tentatively titled It Isn’t Easy Being Awesome: The Dollyrots Live in the USA, out this fall.

There will be plenty of pledger only exclusives and unique items like tour guitars, video chats, surprise goodie boxes, back stage passes, tour experiences and much more. As always, regardless of what you order, all pledgers will receive the digital download of the live album the moment it’s ready for release and before the general public gets their hands on it. Go here for more information and watch the pledge video below.

The band will be supporting Bowling For Soup on tour this summer.

Jun 04: Historic Scoot Inn – Austin, TX
Jun 05: House of Blues – Houston, TX
Jun 06: House of Blues – Dallas, TX
Jun 07: The Korova – San Antonio, TX
Jun 17: Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
Jun 18: Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Jun 19: TLA – Philadelphia, PA
Jun 20: Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Jun 21: House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
Jun 22: Shelter – Detroit, MI
Jun 23: Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
Jun 24: Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
Jun 25: Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
Sep 11: Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
Sep 12: Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 13: Neurolux – Boise, ID
Sep 14: Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Sep 15: Crocodile – Seattle, WA
Sep 16: WOW Hall – Eugene, OR
Sep 17: Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Sep 18: Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA
Sep 19: Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
Sep 20: House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
Oct 24: Women’s Festival w/Lita Ford – Modesto, CA
Oct 30/Nov 1: FEST in Gainesville, FL*

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The Dollyrots StageIt Performance May 17th, Free Download Of Pour Tous Jours

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The Dollyrots have announced an upcoming online live performance on Sunday May 17, 2015 9pm London/4pm EST/ 1pm PST! We’re playing a tribute to our fav Brit Punk songs on Stageit and tickets are pay-what-you-want. Go here for more information. They have a free download of the original version of the song titled “Pour Tous Jours,” which a different version ended up on their A Little Messed Up album, which can be found here. The band will be hitting the road across the US with Bowling For Soup.

Jun 04: Historic Scoot Inn – Austin, TX
Jun 05: House of Blues – Houston, TX
Jun 06: House of Blues – Dallas, TX
Jun 07: The Korova – San Antonio, TX
Jun 17: Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
Jun 18: Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Jun 19: TLA – Philadelphia, PA
Jun 20: Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Jun 21: House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
Jun 22: The Shelter – Detroit, MI
Jun 23: Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
Jun 24: The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
Jun 25: Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
Sep 11: Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
Sep 12: Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 13: Neurolux – Boise, ID
Sep 14: Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Sep 15: The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
Sep 16: WOW Hall – Eugene, OR
Sep 17: Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Sep 18: Bottom of the Hill – San Fran, CA
Sep 19: The Roxy – West Hollywood, CA
Sep 20: House of Blues – Anaheim, CA

YOU GUYS READY FOR THIS?? Go to http://bit.ly/DRbritpunk & get your tickets to join us at this Sunday’s StageIt show……

Posted by The Dollyrots on Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Dollyrots Playing California Punk Stage It Set, Tour With Bowling For Soup Confirmed

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The Dollyrots will be playing a “California Punk” themed StageIt and live streaming show this Sunday (March 22, 2015) at 1 pm PST. They are making their version of The Offspring’s “Come Out And Play,” with Jared Reddick of Bowling For Soup on guest vocals, as a free download, which can be found here.

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The band will be playing some of their favorite “California Punk Songs” Dollyrots style! The band is taking requests in the chat room from now until show day so let them know what you want to hear. Top supporter rewards will include a giant 4ft x 3ft pirate flag using art from the band’s debut Eat My Heart Out and a tour-worn Black Flag tee.

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Lead singer/bassist Kelly Ogden calls it

“a tribute to the place we call home… and the place that inspires every record we make! We’re playing some of our fav California Punk songs, think The Runaways, Dead Kennedys, The Adolescents, Go-Gos, The Muffs, yeah, it’s going to be a fun.”

Get your Stage-It ticket now here

dollyrots Stageit-MarchThe band will be on tour supporting Bowling For Soup this summer.

Jun 05: House of Blues – Houston, TX
Jun 06: House of Blues – Dallas, TX
Jun 17: Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
Jun 18: Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Jun 19: TLA – Philadelphia, PA
Jun 20: Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Jun 21: House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
Jun 22: Shelter – Detroit, MI
Jun 23: Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
Jun 24: Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
Jun 25: Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
Sep 11: Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
Sep 12: Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 13: Neurolux – Boise, ID
Sep 14: Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Sep 15: Crocodile – Seattle, WA
Sep 16: WOW Hall – Eugene, OR
Sep 17: Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Sep 18: Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA
Sep 19: Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
Sep 20: House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA

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The Dollyrots Supporting Bowling For Soup On Upcoming US Tour

The Dollyrots. Photo Credit: Jen Rosenstein Photography

The Dollyrots. Photo Credit: Jen Rosenstein Photography

The Dollyrots will be hitting the road with Bowling For Soup across the US.

The punk pair of Kelly Ogden [vocals, bass] and Luis Cabezas [guitar, vocals] are bringing someone else along for the ride this time around. Ogden was actually pregnant with the couple’s first child River throughout recording their latest effort Barefoot And Pregnant.

Touring as a family is something new for The Dollyrots, but as Kelly puts it:

“I have plenty of practice playing rough with wild boys, so motherhood’s been a natural thing to make part of my tour life. We consider BFS family as well, so for River it’ll be like having four of his favorite Uncles around 24/7!”
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Barefoot And Pregnant marked the group’s first chart appearance with a peak #7 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums and followed a highly successful crowdsourcing campaign through PledgeMusic. It’s out now on Arrested Youth/Hunnypot Records and is the follow-up to the group’s 2012’s self-titled LP, two albums on Joan Jett‘s Blackheart Records, and a 2004 debut through Lookout/Panic Button Records.

Jun 05: House of Blues – Houston, TX
Jun 06: House of Blues – Dallas, TX
Jun 17: Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
Jun 18: Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Jun 19: TLA – Philadelphia, PA
Jun 20: Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Jun 21: House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
Jun 22: Shelter – Detroit, MI
Jun 23: Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
Jun 24: Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
Jun 25: Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
Sep 11: Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
Sep 12: Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 13: Neurolux – Boise, ID
Sep 14: Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Sep 15: Crocodile – Seattle, WA
Sep 16: WOW Hall – Eugene, OR
Sep 17: Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Sep 18: Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA
Sep 19: Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
Sep 20: House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA

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