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Boots Riley has arrived. For almost 30 years, the Bay Area native has been kicking out some of the most fiery, most clever, most radically left Hip Hop there is with his group The Coup. But, now, after years of hammering away, Riley has released his cinematic masterpiece, Sorry to Bother You. The film follows Oakland's Cassius Green as he takes a job as a lowly telemarketer just to make ends meet. But, Green doesn't start making the Green until he, at the advice of Danny Glover, adopts a "white voice" in order to set his customers at ease. But from there, Riley then sends the whole thing into another planet as the film morphs into a magical realism journey that includes biting commentary on the modern capitalistic system. We'd tell you more but... you really do have to see this for yourself. To see what Riley has to say about the film, Punknews' John Gentile rang him up to talk about telemarketing, working with Tessa Thompson, and what's up with the Coup in 2018. Check it out below.
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The massive '77 Montreal festival is coming up fast. The event will take place on Friday, July 27 at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, QC. With a lineup that includes bands like Rise Against, AFI, Suicidal Tendencies, Me First and The Gimme Gimmes, L7, The Interrupters, Jeff Rosenstock, Steve Ignorant with Paranoid Visions, Don Letts, and many more, you know you want to be there. If you've not yet snagged a ticket we've got you (well, at least one of you). We'll draw a name for a free pass to '77 Montreal at the end of the week. You can enter the contest here!
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This Saturday, July 21st, Punknews.org along with Velour Underground Studios, will throw our first ever event in Chicago, IL at Chop Shop! The show will feature Chicago’s own Pet Symmetry, Flint, MI’s indie rockers Baggage (featuring Jonathan Diener of The Swellers), the rowdy pop punkersReaganomics, and the spazz soul trio The Cell Phones. The show will be $15 presale, $18 at the door. It's all ages and starts at 7pm. Make sure you RSVP on Facebook and snag your presale tickets here.
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Punknews is very excited to premiere Poor Me's lyric video for the title track of their new EP called Sugarcane. The eight-song record will be self-released on August 14, 2018. Poor Me last released their full-length Cosplay in 2015. You can find out more about the Denver, CO band over on their Facebook page. Watch the video and read the band's statement about it below.
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Red City Radio have announced an east coast tour with Pkew PKew Pkew and The Penske File that is scheduled for October. The band released SkyTigers in 2018 via Red Scare. You can see the list of shows below.
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Shoegaze band Nothing released the music video for "Blue Line Baby". "Blue Line Baby" is the second track off of the band's upcoming album titled Dance On The Blacktop. Dance On The Blacktop and is due out August 24, 2018 on Relapse Records. See below to watch the video.
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London's The Burnt Tapes have announced a week-long tour of Scotland in addition to their already scheduled UK dates for the summer. The band is continuing to tour in support of their most recent EP, Alterations, which released in June on Lockjaw Records on CD, and Umlaut Records on vinyl. You can check out the track "Wayne Regretzky" from that album, as well as those tour dates, below.
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We're happy to share a full-album stream of the new self-titled album from Toronto's Fond, which comes out July 21 on Art of the Uncarved Block. The post-punk trio features Ryan Naray (Animal Faces, Soft Floors), Zach Van Horne (Creeper), and Rob Johnson (Low Sun, Shahman). The band recorded at Burlington, Ontario’s B-Town Sound in one live off the floor session with producer Colin Young.
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Today, Punknews is pumped to debut the massive 25-track album by The Manx! Two years ago, the freak-punkers released Voyage In Bad Taste which found them warping folk-punk into a dark acid trip. Well, their new released, Mystery Skum and The Odyssey Of Goo, is even more warped. Across the release's 25 tracks, the band remixes earlier material, creates bizarre and horrifying soundscapes, and teases some of their even more messed up upcoming material. On top of that, they brought in a team of collaborators to further make this release MESSED UP. Justin Roiland of Rick and Morty, Buzz Osborne of The Melvins, Ryan Kattner of Man Man, and JR Slayer of Blood Brothers all make appearances. The result is something between the spastic mania of Captain Beefheart and the spiraling chaos of Rudimentary Peni (if RP were from the Bayou, that is). Speaking to Punknews, the band's Tommy Meehan said "I've always really appreciated it when bands have put out supplementary material to their full length albums via singles, b-sides, remixes, or whatever. Segue albums like Marilyn Manson's, Smells Like Children and full on remix albums like NIN's Further Down The Spiral. Putting that kinda material out allows the fans to peer a bit deeper into the artists genetic make-up. Mystery Skum and The Odyssey of Goo gave us a chance to do that. We also got to collaborate with some really slick artists in ways that we wouldn't normally have gotten to. Among other things included on the cassette tape are a bunch of experimental tracks and atmospheric bits we've used for live shows over the last couple of years. There are several little gobs and splats of foreshadowing that will tie into our upcoming full length album as well. This collection of absurdities is a labyrinth of digital grime almost as much as it is a road map to the slimed out Manx lore we've been evolving over the last couple of years." Mystery Skum and The Odyssey Of Goo is out on Friday and you can pre-order it right here. Meanwhile, check out the whole thing below, right now!
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New York-based punk band Remnants released a new digital EP over at their Bandcamp page. The three-song EP was songs that were recorded from their True Places Never Are sessions. The band will be playing a few local shows this summer, see below to view the show dates and to listen to the new EP.
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