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Danzig vs. Only - The battle over merch money

Thursday May 15, 2014

Glenn DanzigIt's one of punk's more memorable emblems, covering everything from shirts to bikinis to lunch boxes. It's the Misfits Skull.

And Glenn Danzig wants a piece of the merch deal.

He's filed suit against former bandmate Jerry Only, alleging that Only's agreements with retailers like Hot Topic have illegally kept him from his cut.

Only says that Danzig has no right to a share, having released all claims years ago.

And along the way, there's been some legal statements with some serious comic value.

Read the full story...

Review: The Punk Rock Las Vegas Survival Guide

Tuesday May 6, 2014

punkrockvegas.jpgHeaded to Las Vegas for the Punk Bowling Fest, or any other time for that matter? Grim frontman Bob Oedy has compiled a useful guide.

Read the full review.

What should you take to Warped Tour?

Wednesday April 30, 2014

Getting ready for your first Warped Tour and wondering what to take? Check out our guide of Warped Tour essentials!

Close Your Eyes added to the 2014 Warped Tour

Tuesday April 29, 2014

Close Your EyesVan's has made another late addition to the Warped tour with the announcement that Texas Christian hardcore band Close Your Eyes has been added to the lineup.

We're keeping track of all the official and rumored names on the 2014 Vans Warped Tour Lineup here.

SXSW 2014: A Musical Recap

Thursday April 17, 2014

Back To BackWhile SXSW 2014 may have been marred by some tragic events, it also remains a wondrous event loaded with more incredible music than you could shake a really big stick at. From new faces like the Strypes and Back To Back to legendary names like King Buzzo and the Cynics, 2014 will be another festival for the books.

Here are some of our musical highlights.

Warped Tour 2014 Update: Emilie Autumn and BoyMeetsWorld

Thursday April 17, 2014

Emilie AutumnEven though the lineup for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour is all fleshed out, there will still be plenty of late additions and changes as it draws closer to its June 13 Kickoff.

Those of you who'll be catching the tour from June 18-22 will have the chance to take in Emilie Autumn's Asylum Experience. The musician, author, artist and actress, who has made three studio albums and a pair of instrumental albums as well as collaborating with a ton of musicians from Die Warzau to Hole will be creating an interactive environment featuring live music, burlesque performances, circus sideshow attractions, and theatre, all based on her alternate reality known as "The Asylum For Wayward Victorian Girls" (which also happens to be the name of her 2010 novel.

It sounds like a pretty sweet opportunity for those dates, and will hopefully serve as the basis of a full headlining tour.


In addition, in the realm of the "paying your dues" department, Cincinnati alt-rockers BoyMeetsWorld have announced that they've been named the catering band for the 2014 tour. In exchange for busting their humps day in and day out, slinging food for everyone else on the tour, they'll have the opportunity to play some dates. It's sort of like a step below the barbecue band, and a clear sign that a band understands that making it takes work. Check them out on their Facebook page.

We're keeping track of all the official and rumored names on the 2014 Vans Warped Tour Lineup here.

Punks and Caddies...

Thursday April 10, 2014

Travis-Barker-UMG.jpgPunk has always been anti-establishment and anti-corporate. But that doesn't mean that punks aren't consumers. And in the course of becoming a consumer, one tends to develop brand loyalty. Lots of punks have an affinity for snacks, beverages, beers and even cars?

So what's punk's car?

What about the Cadillac?

Cadillacs have their share of allusions in punk music and culture.

Take a look at some prominent Cadillac moments in punk rock.

RIP: Dave Gregg of D.O.A. and The Real Mackenzies

Tuesday April 1, 2014

Dave GreggIt's been reported that Dave Gregg, the guitarist from seminal punk band D.O.A. has passed away from a heart attack on March 30. He was 54.

Gregg played in D.O.A. from 1980-1988, contributing to many influential records, including Hardcore '81, the record credited with giving the genre its name. He also played with the Real McKenzies from 2005-2011.

The man's legacy has had an immeasurable influence on punk rock,

D.O.A. frontman Joe Keithley has made his own tribute to the man on the Sudden Death Records site.

We'd like to offer our condolences to his friends, family and bandmates.

Photo courtesy of Imamon, released under Creative Commons 2.0

Warped Tour Announces the 2014 Acoustic Basement Lineup

Thursday March 27, 2014

The folks at Vans have slowed things down today, but that's not saying they're light on additions to the lineup. This week, the tour is announcing the lineup for the Acoustic Basement stage.


This year's Acoustic Basement lineup is:

Bad Rabbits (Full Tour)
Better Off (7/22-7/29)
PJ Bond (7/6-7/19)
Buttons (6/20-6/25)
Divided Heaven (7/20, 7/30-8/3)
Tess Dunn (6/21)
Elder Brother (Full Tour)
Front Porch Step (Full Tour)
Mike Herrera (MXPX) (6/28, 6/29, 7/6-7/19)
I The Mighty (7/12-8/3)
Light Years (Full Tour)
Rob Lynch (6/13-7/6)
Brian Marquis (Full Tour)
Anthony Raneri (Bayside) (Full Tour)
Nick Santino (A Rocket To The Moon) (Full Tour)
That's Not My Baby (6/20-6/25)
Allison Weiss (7/20-8/3)
Young Statues (Full Tour)

The Acoustic Basement stage is a great place to take a breather during the tour, and with Bayside's Anthony Raneri doing double duty this year with Bayside and solo, it's a chance to catch him twice. Also worth a look will be MXPX's Mike Herrera, for those of you lucky enough to be on those dates. We're also keeping track of all the official and rumored names on the 2014 Vans Warped Tour Lineup here.

RIP: David Brockie AKA Oderus Urungus

Monday March 24, 2014

Oderus UrungusIt's being reported that Gwar founder and frontman David Brockie, better known as Oderus Urungus, has died. He was 50.

Jack Flanagan, manager of the Scumdogs camp, issued the following statement:

It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 PM EST Sunday March 23,2014.  His body was found Sunday by his band mate at his home in Richmond, VA. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed.  He was 50 years old, born August 30, 1963.

My main focus right now is to look after my band mates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.

Chris Bopst, who played bass as Balsac from 1985-1987 and is now a writer for Style Weekly confirmed the news, stating, "I wish it was a joke. Everyone is in shock."

Michael Bishop, who has played bass and guitar as Beefcake the Mighty from 1987-1993 and 1998-1999 said, "He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art. His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit. He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever! A great frontman, a great painter, writer, he was also a hell of a bass guitarist. I loved him. He was capable of great empathy and had a real sense of justice."

Not only did Brockie found Gwar, but he is the only member who had remained a part of the lineup through its entire existence, which recently celebrated its 30-year anniversary and performed for the first time in Japan. They had also recently announced that they would be holding their fifth Gwar-B-Q concert this summer.

While the band has weathered its share of lineups over the years (including the 2011 death of Cory Smoot, AKA Flattus Maximus), Brockie was a constant as Urungus, starting as a guitarist and bassist before assuming vocal duties in the '80s, and in the ensuing years Urungus' gristly face has been the true face of the band. And while many of the various Gwar characters have changed up the bodies within the suits, I can't see this happening with Urungus. In fact, I truly can't see Gwar proceeding at all after the loss of Brockie.

If you never witnessed a Gwar show, perhaps you never witnessed true horror. You've never stood in a pit as a collection of massive beasts stood above, berating you, drenching you in various unnamed and unnameable fluids, and hammering you with a metallic tour de force edged with an acerbic wit most often delivered by Urungus.

Brockie also played with the X-Cops and The Dave Brockie Experience (DBX).

We'd like to offer our condolences to his friends, family, and all the Scumdogs of the Universe.

Photo - Takumi Nakajima


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