Thursday, June 27, 2013


Southern California’s most anticipated music and kustom car festival The Hootenanny will return to Oak Canyon Ranch in Orange County on July 6th for its 19th annual festival with some of the Southland’s coolest kustom cars and performances by Social DistortionFace to FaceMurder By DeathOld 97’sNashville Pussy, and more!  
The annual festival will feature hundreds of local vendors, food & drink, classic cars and The Hootenanny Pinup Contest.  Fun for the whole family!  Tickets will be available for pre-sale through KROQ on May 21 at 10:00 AM and available to the public on May 23 at 10:00 AM via Front Gate Tickets.
Topping this year’s lineup is the much anticipated return of SoCal’s favorite rock ‘n’ roll band Social Distortion, who are currently touring in support of their latest, critically acclaimed album Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes.  The band has performed at the Fest several times over the years including a memorable performance in 1996 at the 2nd annual show alongside Jerry Lee Lewis.  
Attendees at The Hootenanny will also be able to check out hundreds of kustom cars, kustom kulture artists, pinstripers and painters and a live “chop top” demo at the Car Show, as well as catch the revealing of the next “Sullen Angel Miss Hootenanny,” winner of the annual Pinup Contest, while enjoying tasty food and refreshing beverages.  
Don’t miss out on SoCal’s most anticipated music and kustom car festival!
The Hootenanny Location:
Oak Canyon Ranch
4700 Santiago Canyon Road (at Blue Diamond)
Silverado Canyon, CA 92676
The Hootenanny Stage Schedules:
1:00 – 1:30 Gamblers Mark
2:00 – 2:30 Lindi Ortega
3:00 – 3:30 Wheeler Brothers
4:00 – 4:30 Nashville Pussy
5:00 – 5:30 Old 97’s
6:15 – 6:16 Gretsch Giveaway
6:16 – 7:30 Social Distortion
12:30 – 1:00 The 454’s
1:30 – 2:00 Bloodshot Bill
2:30 – 3:00 Roger Alan Wade
3:30 – 4:00 Phil Alvin & Exene Cervenka
4:30 – 5:00 Murder By Death
5:30 – 5:35 Miss Hootenanny Contest
5:35 – 5:36 Gretsch Giveaway
5:35 – 6:15 Face To Face
1:00 - 1:30 Seven Year War
2:00 - 2:30 Red Devil Squadron
3:00 – 3:30 Vinnie & The Hooligans
4:00 – 4:30 Not In The Face
5:00 – 5:30 Custom Made Scare
6:00 – 6:30 Battle For Hootenanny Winner
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013


June 26, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Huntington Beach indie record label No Sleep Records has released “Warehouse Sessions: 003,” which features an intimate acoustic performance by vocalist/guitarist Nick Diener from punk rock bandThe Swellers.
Watch No Sleep’s “Warehouse Sessions: 003” Featuring Nick Diener:
Recently signed to No Sleep Records, The Swellers just reissued their EP Running Out Of Places To Go as well as premiered a new video for the title track within the last month.  The band is currently on the road with the Vans Warped Tour and is planning to release their next full-length studio album later this year.
No Sleep Records recently debuted the second video in the series, “Warehouse Sessions: 002,” featuring Sainthood Reps’ Francesco Montesanto.  Subscribe to to be the first to see upcoming sessions.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013


The incredible Frank Turner, who has yet again released one of the best albums of the year, has announced a quite ambitious US tour set for late this year. One of the best live acts around today, it is impossible not to have a good time at a Frank Turner show, though you may lose your voice from all of the boisterous singing along. Be sure to get your tickets early, as these shows are likely to sell out. Check for onsales for some of the dates HERE
October 04 - Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
October 05 - Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
October 06 - Wooly's, Des Moines, IA
October 07 - The Waiting Room, Omaha, NE
October 09 - Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO
October 11 - Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
October 12 - Hard Rock Live Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
October 14 - The Fonda, Los Angeles, CA
October 15 - House of Blues, San Diego, CA
October 16 - The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
October 18 - The Neptune, Seattle, WA
October 19 - Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
October 20 - Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
October 22 - MacEwan Ballroom, Calgary, AB
October 23 - The Union Hall, Edmonton, AB
October 25 - Louis', Saskatoon, SK
October 26 - The Garrick, Winnipeg, MB
October 28 - Varsity Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
October 29 - The Vic, Chicago, IL
October 30 - The Blue Note, Columbia, MO 

November 01 - Granada Theater, Dallas, TX
November 02 - Mohawk, Austin, TX
November 04 - Fitzgerald's, Houston, TX
November 05 - Soul Kitchen, Mobile, AL
November 06 - Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville, FL
November 08 - Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
November 09 - Beachum Theatre, Orlando, FL
November 10 - Center Stage Theater, Atlanta, GA
November 12 - The Music Farm, Charleston, SC
November 13 - Jillian's, Columbia, SC
November 15 - Amos' Southend, Charlotte, NC
November 16 - The Norva, Norfolk, VA
November 18 - The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
November 19 - Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville, VA
November 20 - The Taft Ballroom, Cincinnati, OH
November 22 - St. Andrew's Hall, Detroit, MI
November 23 - Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
November 24 - Calvin Theater, Northampton, MA
November 25 - Upstate Concert Theater, Albany, NY
November 27 - Terminal 5, New York, NY
November 29 - Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
November 30 - House of Blues, Boston, MA 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Warped Tour 2013: ECHOSMITH

While they are not quite the youngest band on Warped Tour this year, Echosmith (formerly Ready Set Go!) are getting a lesson in survival this summer as they spend a couple of weeks on the road with the punk rock summer camp. One of the few female fronted bands on the tour, Sydney gains a huge advantage by having three brothers (her bandmates) to have her back not only on stage but off. While the Paramore comparisons are unavoidable, particularly while she's sporting her current reddish do, the band does not follow directly in their footsteps stylistically which is probably a good thing. Check them out on Warped now through July 12th.


Saturday, June 22, 2013


Warped Tour closed out its' two day run in Pomona on Friday. Whether or not it qualified as your 'Best Day Ever', may have depended upon your tolerance for heat, dust and flying grass bits, that were giving not only the fans, but the bands a great deal of trouble. Negatives aside, this is the one tour that pretty much everyone looks forward to every year, and as usual a good time was had by all.

In an intriguing flip of the 'bring your kids to work' concept, this year is 'bring your parents to Warped Tour' with one free admission for each parent accompanying a paid kid. Why, you might ask, would you want to do that? Well for those below driving age it solves the age old dilemma of how to get there. For everybody else it's an awesome opportunity to bond with the 'rents over a common love of music. There are several bands playing the show that have been around since your parents era including Reel Big Fish, The Ataris, Mest and Goldfinger.

Goldfinger happily declared themselves the oldest band on Warped Tour during their blazing set yesterday. John Feldman may be older, and may spend the bulk of his time producing other bands these days, but he hasn't lost a step. Racing through a short tight set that kicked off with their famous cover of Nena's 99 Red Balloons, and featuring a most unfortunate 'twinkie' event, it was awesome to see that old punks may become millionaire producers, but they can still kick some serious ass. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the youngest band of the tour, Emily's Army has generated a huge curiosity from their connection to Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. But, here's the thing, this is no novelty act. They may be high school kids, but watching their set you quickly forget their age and focus on the quality of both the material and the performance. These kids scream potential, and are realistically looking at a long career if they can keep it up.

The rest of the Pomona lineup was a veritable smorgasbord of styles ranging from pop to electronic to rock and hardcore. While everyone experiences Warped Tour in their own way, with the bands varying a bit stop to stop, and the schedule changing daily, the biggest don't miss band playing the full tour this year has to be Hands Like Houses. This Australian band, currently on Rise Records, formed in 2008, but is still woefully under recognized in the states. This is one band that you can truly picture making the jump from small stage to main stage on future Warped Tours.

Without a doubt, one of the biggest main stage draws of the day was Never Shout Never.  While one of the most pop acts of the tour, Christofer Drew and company have always been a favorite among the Warped Tour crowd, a trend that shows no sign of waning. While his look may have changed dramatically since his days of Myspace fame (soooooooo many tats) at 16, his unique brand of charmingly simple indie pop hasn't changed all that much. A part of his appeal has always been that he has always been viewed as a contemporary by his fans, a guy they could easily see themselves hanging out with, and that really remains.

Pomona may have said goodbye to Warped Tour for this year, but the summer long 'punk rock summercamp' still has miles to go before they sleep. Tickets are still available for most of the remaining dates, and with the bring your parent programs this summer, you really have no excuse to miss the show as it rolls through your town.





Friday, June 21, 2013


If you are headed out to Pomona Warped Tour Day 2 today, we would like to recommend that you make a point of checking out Emily's Army. While the name may not be familiar, Emily's Army may be the youngest band on Warped Tour this year, but having your album produced by Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day fame automatically adds a cachet and curiosity factor that cannot be denied. For details on the band, check out this recent press release:

The boys from Oakland, CA will return this year fresh from releasing their new album, Lost At Seventeen, released on June 11th and produced by Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. 

Lost At Seventeen focuses on the inescapable uncertainty we all feel as teenagers as best displayed in the title track "Lost At 17" and single "Avenue" which induce immediate nostalgia of what it feels like to have your whole life ahead of you and is the follow up to the Emily's Army's 2011 debut Don't Be A Dick which was praised by everyone from Alternative Press who called the album "overwhelmingly tight and poppy" to Entertainment Weekly who applauded the album's "raggedly sharp guitar licks." What stands out the most on Lost At Seventeen is the band's rapid growth as musicians and songwriters. Equal parts scuzzed-out Oakland garage punk and sunny California surf pop, Lost At Seventeenshowcases the band's knack for crafting hook-driven, smart pop punk anthems that most strongly call to mind the band's primary influences Operation Ivy, Ramones, The Clash and The Replacements.

Emily's Army is comprised of Cole Becker (vocals/guitar), Max Becker (vocals/bass), Travis Neumann (guitar), and Joey Armstrong (drums). The band's name comes from Max and Cole's teenage cousin Emily, who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in 1998 and has suffered from the disease her entire life. In tribute, the band adopted the name Emily's Army, which also happens to be the moniker for a fundraising organization in their cousin's honor. At a time when young bands are homogenized and tailor made for consumption and eventual regurgitation, Emily's Army is a breath of fresh air. Emily's Arm will be the youngest performers on their stage this summer. 

Check out the video for "War", which premiered over at Guitar World, HERE. You can also stream the full record on Rolling Stone HERE.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Warped Tour Tips for Pomona (and beyond)

If you have been to the show before, then you have probably learned much of what you need to know firsthand. If you haven’t been before, I have assembled a few tips to help you. While some are directed specifically at those of you joining us in So Cal, most of this information will apply all summer.

Bring water - It will quite likely be hotter than the surface of the sun (especially Pomona).

Bring money for more water - See above….I really mean it. If you are short on funds then please have your parents read this article so that they know a responsible adult is begging them to throw an extra $20 your way with the promise that you will use it to stay hydrated. If you run out of water be sure to look for the water station where you can refill your bottle for free. If you get overheated anyway, ask anyone who is working the show to direct you to the medical tent. Everyone knows where it is.

Bring money - If you have some cash beyond the aforementioned necessity of hydration then by all means bring it. Warped Tour is a great place to pick up reasonably priced band merch including tshirts, pins, etc. It is also a great place to beef up your cd collection. Fearless Records is known for always having their releases available super cheap at Warped, and a lot of other labels and bands purposely keep their prices low for Warped shows because they know you have limited funds - with notable exceptions of course.

Peruse the charities - Besides having a multitude of musical choices all day, be sure to take time to check out charity row. Charities are at Warped because they genuinely want to meet you and tell you about what they do and how you can become involved. These people do seriously good work and no matter what your age they will absolutely take your desire to get involved seriously.

Meet the bands - Many of the bands will have signings throughout the day. Depending on who it is, the lines will vary in length. Be warned that at times the bands can be late due to press obligations.

Wear sunscreen - please see the above mention of temperatures approaching the surface of the sun in case you need reminding.

Pay attention to who is walking around - This is So Cal people. Lots of bands either live here or are recording here. You are therefore likely to see a number of musicians walking around that are not on the bill, but rather came to see some sets and hangout with old friends. Also, this is not an event with an us vs. them mentality. Lots of the bands playing will be randomly walking around before and after their sets so keep your eyes open….you never know who may be standing next to you.

Enter the pits at your own risk - This should not be news, but on a hot day, pressing a bunch of bodies together and pushing towards the stage gets unreasonably hot and uncomfortable. People crowd surf. People will mosh. People will tend to get hurt in the mosh pits….I see broken bones every year. If you are going to do these things consider yourself warned. There are however, plenty of opportunities to watch the show slightly back or to the side of the stage. You get a great view and don’t have to deal with these issues. As far as sound goes, straight back from the stage near the booth will get the best sound.

Discover a new band - I am sick and tired of hearing everyone complain that there are not enough ‘headliner’ bands. That’s okay. You get plenty of chances to see bands that are already famous touring through town. A big part of the fun of Warped Tour is to check out the smaller stages and discover a new band that you might like who maybe aren’t well established enough to tour through your town every few months.

Lastly, be nice...both to other people and the bands. The bands are going to a great deal of trouble to put on the show, so if you are not into a band, go see a different band. Don't boo, yell obnoxious things, throw things, or just stand there and bitch about how much you hate the band. There are tons of other things happening. Go somewhere else. If people fall in crowds or mosh pits, pick them up. If you are participating in a mosh pit, then by all means have fun, but that doesn't mean deliberately injuring other people....get a clue. If you are going to crowd surf (and I really wish you wouldn't unless you are trying to escape from the center of the crowd due to becoming overwhelmed by heat) then please don't flail around and kick people in the face, and if you are trying to surf toward the stage please wait until after the first three songs so the photographers can get the heck out of the way first. If you are in the 21+ crowd, please remember that beer + heat + crowd becomes overwhelming very quickly and I am incredibly tired of watching people throw up.

This concludes your 2013 tip sheet.

***yesterday Alternative Press broke the news that a parent accompanying a paid ticket kid will be admitted free (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Nor-Cal post-hardcore band State Faults has announced a summer headline tour with Strike To Survive.  The tour will kick off in Santa Rosa, CA on July 5th, circle the U.S. and culminate in Los Angeles, CA on August 5th.  
Recently signed to No Sleep Records, State Faults has also announced that they have wrapped up recording their follow-up full-length to 2012’s debut Desolate Peaks with plans for release at a future date.  The band recorded the upcoming record with Jack Shirley at The Atomic Garden studios in the Bay Area.
"Working with Jack and his wealth of knowledge has given us an opportunity to open up and explore avenues in our music we never knew were even there,” says State Faults’ guitarist/vocalist Jonny Andrew.  “Jack is an amazing dude that keeps the atmosphere super positive and keeps us all focused on being the absolute best we can be. This record is shaping up to be a beast!"
Follow State Faults at for more information regarding their upcoming sophomore LP and catch the band on tour this summer.
State Faults Tour Dates:
7/5/2013 - Santa Rosa CA - The Arlene Francis
7/6/2013 - Pomona CA - TBA
7/7/2013 - Mesa AZ - The Nile
7/8/2013 - El Paso TX - Vivid Grenada
7/9/2013 - Midland TX - The Pine Box
7/10/2013 - San Antonio TX - The Ten Eleven
7/11/2013 - Austin TX - Infest
7/13/2013 - Baton Rouge LA - HTGT
7/15/2013 - Orlando FL - Backbooth
7/16/2013 - Pembroke Pines FL - The Talent Farm
7/17/2013 - Murrells Inlet SC - Rockin Hard Saloon
7/18/2013 - Charlotte NC - Tremont Music Hall
7/19/2013 - Blacksburg VA - IGB Fest
7/20/2013 - Blacksburg VA - IGB Fest
7/21/2013 - Baltimore MD - TBA
7/22/2013 - Bethlehem PA - The Epic Center
7/23/2013 - Long Island NY - TBA
7/24/2013 - New Britain CT - VFW Hall
7/25/2013 - Poughkeepsie NY - TBA
7/26/2013 - Rochester NY - Dubland Underground
7/27/2013 - Cleveland OH - TBA
7/28/2013 - Ann Arbor MI - Metal Frat
7/29/2013 - Chicago IL - The Abbey Pub
7/30/2013 - Iowa IA - Underground Rock Shop
7/31/2013 - Omaha NE - House show
8/1/2013 - Kansas City MO - TBA
8/2/2013 - Denver CO - 7th Circle
8/3/2013 - Salt Lake City UT - TBA
8/4/2013 - Las Vegas NV - TBA
8/5/2013 - Los Angeles CA - Cobalt Cafe
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

All Stars Tour featuring Dayshell to Hit The Observatory in Santa Ana

Among the many tours headed to So Cal over the coming months, The All Stars Tour will be hitting LA, Santa Ana and San Diego in early August. We want to give a special shootout to the boys of Dayshell whom we have been following since the Covette days, having been among the first bands our team ever covered. For those who don't recognize the name Dayshell, the band is fronted by Shayley Bourget, who spent some well reviewed time in Of Mice and Men. This is an early start show and Dayshell will be playing early in the lineup so be sure to arrive early.

Dayshell just released a new video yesterday:

Saturday, June 15, 2013


   TMIS Star Wars

British metal band TMIS (THE MORE I SEE) have finished shooting their first ever music video, for their track "The Eye That Offends", on the set of one of the most legendary movies of all time:Star Wars.

TMIS - led by 22-year old Peterborough native JAMES CLUER - traveled deep into the Tunisian desert to shoot what is undoubtedly one of the most visually stunning music videos ever made.  With the ever-shifting desert sands gradually moving in and reclaiming the land, the band chose to visit the abandoned and iconic movie set before it's lost forever, capturing in the process a stunning performance in an equally stunning location

Photos from the band's incredible journey: 

Watch a video of the band arriving on the set at 

TMIS frontman JAMES CLUER comments:

"It was an amazing experience to go out and venture intoa great part of North Africa in Tunisia to film amongst some of the greatest film locations possible!  Being a massive fan of Star Wars myself (especially films 4, 5 and 6) it was great to go and see Mos Eisley as it is known, as a lot of the old props are still standing strong and look epic!  The part which was my childhood dream was to see the igloo on the Tunisian/Algerian border, as it is just in the middle of a barren salt lake, and watching the sun set behind us whilst shooting the last scene for the video was really special!"

To reach their awe-inspiring destination, TMIS drove for six hours across the desert with instruments and camera equipment in tow, pushing themselves to the limit in the sweltering desert heat as they set up and performed in numerous locations which will be instantly-recognizable to any fan of the films, all while avoiding rattlesnakes and the first rainstorm in four years - a rare occurrence which, coincidentally, also held up filming on the original Star Wars in 1976.

Interesting facts about the band's journey:

Total desert miles traveled = 896
Number of hours spent in a cramped car = 23
Maximum temperature reached = 36 degrees Celsius (97 degrees Fahrenheit)
Total rain = 45 minutes
Number of abandoned cars spotted = 9
Number of creepy crawlies encountered = 7 snakes, 1 lizard, 11 beetles, around 500 giant ants, 20 donkeys, 2 camels and 1 falcon
Number of Star Wars quotes spoken during filming = approx. 100
Number of film set locations visited = 3
Number of places females in the crew refused entry to = 7

"The Eye That Offends" is set to appear on TMIS' new album, THE DISAPPEARING HUMANS, which was mixed by producer SCOTT ATKINS (SYLOSIS, BEHEMOTH, SAVAGE MESSIAH) and mastered at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios with STEVE ROOKE (THE BEATLES).  The album is due to be released later this year
on Century Media/Earache Records in the USA and via Earache Records in Europe. 

Listen to "The Eye That Offends" now on Spotify at 

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