FESTIVAL REVIEW: No Values Festival – Live at The Fairplex Pomona

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We might be entering a golden age of music festivals in the USA. Sure,everywhere you turn fans struggle to afford tickets, and some tours are tanking. Even a few festivals have had disastrous results. At the same time, the destination festival is beginning to thrive here, as we are trying to copy the model from Europe that has reigned for nearly four decades. So throngs of people descended on the Los Angeles area `burb Pomona, known best for Citrus and good colleges, for what could be the one Punk Rock festival to rule them all; No Values Fest! Continue reading

No Values Fest ft. The Original Misfits, Social Distortion, Iggy Pop, Turnstile, Bad Religion, Sublime, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Power Trip Announce Set Times


Kicking off later this week, the first annual No Values festival, featuring The Original Misfits, Social Distortion, Iggy Pop, Turnstile, Bad Religion, Sublime, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and more at the Pomona Fairplex this Saturday, June 8th, 2024. The festival is produced by the legends at Goldenvoice! For one day only, many of the greatest punk bands of all time perform in one place, on four stages. The fest has released their full set times and map of the event now! There is also an app to plan your fest and mind your set times!Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Oozing Wound – We Cater To Cowards 


Judging by the name, Oozing Wound should be a run-of-the-mill Death Metal outfit with all of the daft connotations that come with the genre. Thankfully the band is signed to the excellent Thrill Jockey Records, so safe to say this is not the case. What it does demonstrate, however, is a band not afraid to annoy overly serious music journos like me, and artists are supposed to stick it to the man, who in this case would be me. Ahem. 

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INTERVIEW: Jesse Matthewson of KEN Mode Discusses “Null”


Like a deadly, grizzled beast that lurks in the shadows, KEN Mode emerges every few years with a new record, tearing off limbs as it goes, before skulking back into its pit. With September 23rd seeing the release of Null, on Artoffact Records — the band’s eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2018’s Loved — founder and singer/guitarist Jesse Matthewson talks about the new record and what keeps the KEN Mode fires burning.   Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Solaris – “Maledetti/Marnero”

Italian noise band Solaris has debuted a new music video today for the twin tracks “Maledetti/Marnero” – filmed with a combination of live performances and striking visual content. The track comes from their recent album Un Paese di Musichette Mentre Fuori c’è la Morte, out now via Bronson Recordings. The live portion of the video was filmed by Claudio Stanghellini, shot at Bronson Club during a post lockdown release party. While the band seamlessly shifts dynamics and obtuse motifs, they blend different musical styles of noise, post-Rock, psych rock, metal, and more; they draw the most influence from artists such as Helmet, Shellac, or The Jesus Lizard. Un Paese di Musichette Mentre Fuori c’è la Morte was produced by legend Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, Unsane). Watch the new video, exclusively at Ghost Cult

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Mantar to Release Covers Album, Shares Video for Mazzy Star Cover

Germany’s two-piece blackened crust band Mantar has announced that they are releasing a mini-covers album focusing on the 1990s, Grungetown Hooligans II, June 26th on LP/Digital via Brutal Panda Records and can be pre-ordered at the link below. Also, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Mazzy Star’s release of their seminal debut album, Mantar have shared a music video for their cover of ‘Ghost Highway’, which you can see below. 

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Riot Fest 2018 Announces Daily Lineups, Single Day Tickets On Sale Now.

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

Blink 182, Beck, Blondie, Alkaline Trio, Bad Religion And More Booked For Riot Fest


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

The Jesus Lizard Announce Additional Reunion Shows

1990s alt-rock legends The Jesus Lizard have confirmed a new slate of tour dates for the USA this December. The band will play their first shows since 2009 and are set to kick things off in Nashville, TN on December 8 and tour through their previously announced appearance during the Day For Night Festival happening in Houston, TX December 16 – 18. The complete list of tour dates are below:Continue reading

Tomahawk – Oddfellows

Tomahawk - Oddfellows CoverIn the often bloated and hype-filled league of supergroups, Tomahawk stand apart. There seems to be very little in the way of expectation, either from within the band or out. Combine this with frontman Mike Patton’s near continuous left-field release schedule means they are free to release their new record, Oddfellows, without the kind of pressure that surrounded the likes of Audioslave or Velvet Revolver.Continue reading