Riot Fest 2018 approaches next weekend and the bill looks stacked! The lineup features Weezer, Blink-182, Beck, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Run The Jewels, Incubus, Young The Giant, Interpol, Blondie, Alkaline Trio, Father John Misty, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Tickets are on sale now at the link below. Now. Riot Fest takes place September 14th-16th at Douglas Park in Chicago, IL. Continue reading
Riot Fest had their big reveal last night, announcing the first and main wave of bands for this coming September in Chicago. Held September 14th-16th at Douglas Park in Chicago, IL the headliners include Blink-182, Beck, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Incubus, Young The Giant, Interpol, Blondie, Alkaline Trio, Father John Misty, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Tickets are on sale now at the link below. Continue reading
In an age where all the mystique has vanished from the extreme music scene, Drudkh’s uncompromising no live shows/interviews/promo pictures/music videos approach is to be cherished, for it is the music they produce that is the only thing that matters. Of course the flipside to this is that the band are open to unsavoury accusations from those who seek to project their own agendas; despite no association with extremist ideology, Drudkh have been branded a far-right band primarily due to their lyrical references to nationalist Ukrainian poets.
While the four members may still draw inspiration from the glories and failings of their country’s past, it’s likely that the present is currently a far more pressing concern. The conflict in Ukraine shows no sign of abating, and with death and destruction a daily concern, it’s a wonder that they have been able to record a new album. But we should be thankful they have, for tenth full-length release A Furrow Cut Short (all Drudkh releases are Season of Mist) is one of their finest efforts to date.
The first thing one notices after pressing play is just how much passion Drudkh have captured here. The dry post-rock flavours of 2010’s Handful of Stars and the somewhat formulaic approach of 2012’s Eternal Turn of the Wheel have been consigned to the dustbin, with a much-needed injection of self-belief and renewed vigour the order of the day. Opening track ‘Cursed Sons’ follows the traditional Drudkh pattern of rapid, windswept riffing, energised percussion and sorrowful melodies, but is just that much more alive and urgent than on recent efforts, with vocalist Thurios in particular sounding mightily pissed off. The second part of the track slows down towards the end before racing off into an utterly triumphant finish complete with a fantastic guitar melody.
The influence Drudkh have had on current UK darlings Winterfylleth is evident in the magnificent driving riffs and subtle soaring keyboards of ‘To the Epoch of Unbowed Poets’, a stirring call-to-arms that harks back to the glory days of 2004’s Autumn Aurora, conjuring images of soldiers marching to war under a glaring sunset. Elsewhere, ‘Embers’ slows the pace slightly for a thoroughly melodic and more introspective six-odd minutes before the aggression returns with a vengeance on the first part of eighteen minute two-part epic ‘Dishonour’, with part two giving off a strong Burzum feel with its gloomy refrains and vicious, snarled vocals.
This is still main man Roman Saenko’s baby of course. As the main songwriter and guitarist, the man appears to be a bottomless well of creativity, and his guitar playing is capable of evoking emotion like few others. Well versed in black metal lore yet resolute in his vision, Saenko is a true artist who has made a fiercely private band from Eastern Europe into one of the most respected and revered acts in the annals of underground music. The music he and his comrades have captured on A Furrow Cut Short may not quite hit the heights of 2006’s magnificent Blood in Our Wells but it has come pretty damn close. Like all great Drudkh releases, this is an album that reveals more with every listen, a rousing yell of defiance backed by a passionate beating heart.
Punk Rock Bowling, the three day music festival held in Downtown Las Vegas on May 23-25, 2015 has announced the 16 late night club shows beginning Friday, May 22, 2015. This gives fans the opportunity to see their favorite bands in a more intimate setting; over 60 bands will take the stage throughout the weekend. All shows are 21 & over with valid ID.
Legendary acts performing in the intimate venues include Frank Turner (performing solo), GBH, The Rezillos, Laura Jane Grace, 7 Seconds, Hagfish, 88 Fingers Louie, Icons of Filth, Aggrocats (featuring members of Aggrolites and Hepcat), Street Dogs, English Beat plus many more. A full schedule is posted below.
In addition to the 3 main stage headliners of Rancid, Dropkick Murphys and Refused, other bands confirmed for the festival stages are The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Murder City Devils, Conflict, Turbonegro, Bad Manners, and Sick Of It All, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Anti-Flag, Swingin’ Utters, A Wilhelm Scream, The Business, Bombshell Rocks, The Muffs, Mahones, Sniper 66, PEARS, I.R.A., Success!, Get Dead, Avenue Rockers, Eliza Battle, Sounds of Threat, and Battle Born.
Friday, May 22
Fremont Country Club: GBH, Infa-Riot
Tickets $20, doors @ 9pm Abrasive Wheels Schleprock
Country Saloon: 7 Seconds, Street Dogs
Tickets $17, doors @ 9pm The F.U.’s, The Applicators
Backstage Bar: Aggrocats, The Interrupters
Tickets $20, doors @ 9:30pm The Bohunks Gonzo
Beauty Bar: The Humpers, The Hangmen
Tickets $17, doors @ 9:30pm Los Creepers Revolutions Pride
Saturday, May 23
Bunkhouse: Frank Turner Laura Jane Grace
Tickets $20, doors @ 9pm plus more tba
Fremont Country Club: The Rezillos, The Dickies
Tickets $18, doors @ 10pm The Weirdos The Crowd
Country Saloon: The Templars, The Beltones
Tickets $17, doors @ 10pm Bishops Green Booze & Glory
Straight Outta Luck
Backstage Bar: Cadillac Tramps, Hagfish
Tickets $20, doors @ 10:30pm Johnny Madcap & The Distractions
Beauty Bar: Mobtown, The Champions
Tickets $17, doors @ 9:30pm TBA DJ Gonzo
Sunday, May 24
Bunkhouse: SPECIAL GUEST English Beat
Tickets $20, doors @ 10pm The Skints, Chris Murray
Fremont Country Club: Cheap Sex – The Unseen
Tickets $15, doors @ 10:30pm Clit 45, False Cause
Country Saloon: Strung Out, 88 Fingers Louie
Tickets $17, doors @ 10:30pm Pulley Avenues
Backstage Bar: Icons of Filth, Krum Bums
Tickets $18, doors @ 10:30pm No Parents Anti-Vision
Beauty Bar: Tim Barry, Dave Hause
Tickets $15, doors @ 10:30pm Kevin Seconds, Darius Koski
Monday, May 25
Country Saloon Punk Rock Karaoke
Tickets $5, doors @ 10pm Tartar Control
The 17th Annual Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival will be held at 7th Street and Stewart Avenue in downtown Las Vegas on May 22-25, 2015, and Rancid, Dropkick Murphys and Refused will be headlining the event.
In addition to the 3 main stage headliners, other bands confirmed for the festival are The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Murder City Devils, Conflict, Discharge, Turbonegro, Bad Manners, and Sick Of It All, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Anti-Flag, Swingin’ Utters, A Wilhelm Scream, The Business, Bombshell Rocks, The Muffs, Mahones, Sniper 66, PEARS, I.R.A., Success!, Get Dead, Avenue Rockers, Eliza Battle, Sounds of Threat, and Battle Born.
The outdoor music festival, which will take place at 7th Street and Stewart Avenue, near Las Vegas’ famed Fremont Street, is an all-ages, all-day event, and food, drink, music and clothing vendors will line be on hand. The bowling tournament, pool parties, poker tournament, music and comedy shows will keep fans entertained for days.