Cave9 venue plans Five Down Fest, live performance DVD

On March 6th through March 9th, Birmingham Alabama based, 501(c)-3 non-profit, all ages venue Cave9 will be celebrating it’s fifth year running with Five Down Fest featuring twenty five bands including We vs. the Shark, Pattern is Movement, and many local acts. The venue will also be releasing Turn Darryl Up: Shows at Cave9, a DVD compilation of performances from 2005-2007 featuring Coliseum, Young Widows, Against Me! New Mexican Disaster Squad, Latterman, Smoke Or Fire Torche, Planes Mistaken For Stars, and Breather Resist.

The DVD will be available for mailorder shortly after release.
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Helmet announce new guitarist

Los Angeles’ Helmet have announced that Dan Beeman will be the newest guitarist to join their ranks. Dan will be replacing Jimmy Thompson who left the group at the end of 2007 to move back to his country of origin, Australia. Says band leader Page Hamilton:

He is from Minneapolis and his . . . brother Pete is the drummer in BURNING BRIDES who toured with us [before]. Dan knew all of us in HELMET and loved the music of HELMET and had just moved to Los Angeles a couple of months before we auditioned him. So it just worked out great for him and for us too. So we’re really fortunate.

The band recently announced a lengthy tour of the US and Australia. You can find those dates here
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Tours: SS Kaliert / Futureless System (Japan)

Germany’s SS Kaliert will visit Japan along with Futureless System at the end of next month for two weeks of touring.

Both bands will also have a split CD featuring the two of them available exclusively on tour.

Upon returning home, SS Kaliert will complete the recording of their new album Addiction, which follows up 2006’s DSKLation. It’s tentatively set for a release later this year.
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Tours: The Night Marchers

The new John Reis band, dubbed the The Night Marchers have announced some upcoming tour dates in support of their debut full length. As previously reported the group will feature Reis (of Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, Rocket From the Crypt of course) along with guitarist Gar Wood (Hot Snakes, Beehive and the Barracudas), drummer Jason Kourkounis (Hot Snakes, Mule, Delta 72), and bassist Tommy Kitsos (CPC Gangbangs).

Tickets can be purchased here.

The debut record is titled See You In Magic and is due out April 22, 2008 It will arrive via Swami and Vagrant Records.

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Macbeth to release Chris Shiflett signature shoe

Macbeth Footwear has announced the launch of a Chris Shiflett signature shoe. Chris is formerly of No Use for a Name and currently of Foo Fighters and Me First and the Gimme Gimmies. Dubbed the Jackson: “has an extra padded tongue and collar for increased comfort while the extended toe cap adds extra durability for onstage performances. Shiflett chose canvas and suede material combinations for the “Shifty” and paired them with classic Tartan lining to give the shoe a relaxed, refined look.

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The Cribs: “I’m a Realist (Postal Service Remix)”

The disc will appear on a digital-only EP due out March 04, 2008. Along with the remix, it will include the original album version of “I’m a Realist.” Along with those two, the EP will include two new recordings — “Don’t You Wanna Be Relevant” and “Kind Words From the Broken Hearted” and a live video for “Our Bovine Public” taken from the album.

You can find “I’m a Realist” in Quicktime Format.
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Tours: Crime in Stereo (UK)

Dates have been unveiled for Crime in Stereo‘s Big Cheese Headline Tour of the UK in support of dying last year. They’ll take off this May for just over a week. You can check out dates by clicking Read More.

The band also recently wrapped work on a music video for “Small Skeletal,” directed by Joseph Pattisall (Darkest Hour, Death Before Dishonor), and is expected to premiere it on-air and online in the coming weeks. The label promises “amazing performance footage in a graveyard and a storyline that will tear your heart out.”

This tour will follow a stint in Australia with Against Me! and the band’s current trek with Comeback Kid and Cancer Bats.
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MP3 of the Week: Election Day

Brian: If Rochester ever decides to bottle and distribute their water, then Avian and Poland Spring have top serious competition on their hands. Here’s yet another musically accomplished act that’s risen from various upstate towns, that one included. According to a friend of mine, Election Day (also based out of Syracuse and Oswego) indeed took their name from the Polar Bear Club song of the same name. No matter — the similarities between the two are scarce. Election Day instead play a style of introspective, driving and dynamic hardcore that, while occasionally bearing stark similarities to Sinking Ships both musically and lyrically, seems like a unique entity of its own. With a seriously perfect punch of gang vocal usage and a weird, slight Rites of Spring flair to it all, the band’s 2007 demo is top notch. Download it for free here, but if you’re impatient, you can stream it at their MySpace page.
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Daggermouth drops off Comeback Kid tour

After letting vocalist Nick Leadlay take a hiatus due to admitted anxiety and depression issues, Daggermouth has ultimately decided to drop off the current tour with Comeback Kid, Crime in Stereo and Cancer Bats.

The band mentioned in a MySpace bulletin:

This week has been a rough one on everyone involved with Daggermouth to say the very least… Between Nick taking some time off and a whole slew of personal and financial reasons that we have to take care of, we have no other choice… We will see all of you again soon once Nick has fully recovered.

The band released Turf Wars last year.
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