Tours: Rancid (US / UK)

Rancid has confirmed the support for the remainder of their North American and upcoming UK tour dates. The bands involved span two distinct generations and that’s something of a testament to Rancid’s appeal. On one hand we’ll see the group playing with D.O.A., the Adolescents, T.S.O.L., Dr. Know, Peter and the Test Tube Babies, Anti-Nowhere League, GBH and U.K. Subs. In the same tour the band will play shows their 90s contemporaries like Less Than Jake, H2O and the Aquabats.

Rancid’s long awaited follow up to 2003’s Indestructible is still in the works. The band has announced that it will get some attention before the UK leg of the tour in November, but what that means is anyone’s guess. The leading rumor right now is that the album will be titled One Way To Die, but since that information comes from both contentious Wikipedia edits and Punknews submissions from fans claiming “I heard Tim say it!” don’t go getting it tattooed on the back of your head just yet. Whatever it’s called, the album is being produced by Brett Gurewitz and will be their first to feature new drummer Branden Steineckert.
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Hard-Ons live set from Australia

Sydney, Australia’s long-running punk act Hard-Ons have a full live set streaming from their homelands available at The group last released Most People Are A Waste of Time in 2006 through Australia and Europe only; the groups last North American release of 2003’s Very Exciting delivered via BOMP!

The set is thirteen songs long, and can be seen here.
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The Serious Geniuses: “Backwards, Thinking Backwards,” “27/57”

Brookline, MA’s the Serious Geniuses has released two tracks from their forthcoming album You Can Steal The Riffs, But You Can’t Steal The Talent, which will see its release September 9 via Kiss of Death Records.

You can check out the tracks “Backwards, Thinking Backwards” and “27/57” on MySpace.
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Cheeky joins Art Of The Underground singles series

Art Of The Underground have confirmed that Brooklyn’s Cheeky will contribute to their single series. The b-side of the band’s upcoming 7″ will feature a Slingshot Dakota cover on the b-side. They join other recently confirmed bands like the Copyrights, the Steinways, Chinese Telephones, the Methadones, and the Apers.

The band recently released the six song Choke On A Cheeseburger EP via Quote Unquote Records.
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Tours: Black Diamond Heavies (US / Europe), shows with Nick Cave

Black Diamond HeaviesNashville punk / blues duo the Black Diamond Heavies will hit the road again this month, kicking things off on September 9th in Kansas City. The first leg of their tour will wrap up with a two night stand (September 28 and 29) at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. A European and Australian tour will follow.

The band is supporting their new album A Touch of Someone Else’s Class, recorded with producer Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys at his Akron Analog studio.
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Napalm Death detail new album

Legendary UK grindcore band Napalm Death are currently working on a new album. Titled Time Waits For No Slave, the band has been working with producer Russ Russell, and expects the new album to surface in early 2009 via Century Media Records. Bassist Shane Embury also recently spoke with about the band’s upcoming thirteenth full-length studio album.

We’ve got about seventeen songs together,” Embury said. “I guess it’s moving on again from the last album. It’s still very fast and hopefully heavy. There’s a couple of strange kind of moments in the music, with a little more experimentation and a little more discordance in the guitar perhaps.

The band’s last output was 2006’s Smear Campaign.
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Young Widows (US, Canada)

Young WidowsYoung Widows will hit the road this fall in support of Old Wounds, due September 9th on Temporary Residence. The band will play shows in both Canada and the US in support.

As previously reported, the 11 song album was recorded over four live shows and nine days at God City studios with Kurt Ballou (Converge). You can check out some music at MySpace. The Louisville, KY band released Settle Down City in 2006 via Jade Tree.
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Tours: Four Year Strong / I Am The Avalanche / This Is Hell / A Loss For Words

This fall Worcester, MA’s Four Year Strong, Brooklyn’s I Am the Avalanche, Long Island’s This Is Hell and Boston’s A Loss For Words will hit the road together for a US tour. The bands will kick things off on the 14th in Tempe, Arizona, wrapping up in Buffalo, New York on the 30th.
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Bad Brains announce Election Day show… in DC

Bad BrainsNo longer “banned in DC”, seminal jah-punks Bad Brains have announced plans for an Election Day (night) performance on November 4th at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC.

Almost 20 years ago, the band was subject to an unofficial ban in DC, which was the subject matter for the now classic song.

You can also catch the group, who last year released the LP Build a Nation, on November 6th at New York’s Irving Plaza and on the 9th at Austin, TX’s Waterloo Park.
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Anti-Flag collecting clothing donations on ongoing Canadian tour

Pittsburgh, PA’s Anti-Flag has launched a new charitable initiative for their upcoming tour of Canada. The band, along with Atticus Clothing, will have a download card available at their upcoming shows that entitles the buyer to three unreleased songs. The cards will be exchanged for donated clothing that will go to local youth and homeless shelters. In addition the card will serve as a $5 off coupon for the band’s recent album The Bright Lights of America at Canadian HMV stores. Atticus will also donate the clothing to the cause.

Charities supported on the tour include Covenant House, Operation Go Home, McDonald Youth Shelter, and the United Way along with local organizations. Fans at the Montreal show are instructed to bring non-perishable food instead of clothing. Donations can be dropped off at the band’s merch table.
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