The Cut Ups, Homemade Handgrenade, Friends of Friends

Exeter’s The Cut Ups have posted the first song from their forthcoming LP, “The HIgh and Mighty. The song is “These Bones Were Built On Rice” and you can find it on their label’s myspace page.

Folk/punk act Homemade Handgrenade have posted the entirety of their Homemade demo online. You can find it here.

Talahasse’s Friends of Friends have posted music from their EP, Are a Lot of Things. You can find those songs on their myspace page>
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Interviews: Patrick Costello (Dillinger Four)

Dillinger Four It’s almost time for The Fest, but we still have room to sneak in a few more interviews with some of the 250+ bands who will be playing this weekend in Gainesville.

Today we are pleased to present an interview between Punknews’ Michael Dauphin and Patrick Costello, better known as Paddy, of Dillinger Four. The Minneapolis band has just released their fourth album, C I V I L W A R, and recently wrapped up a North American tour with NOFX. The band continues to be one of the most celebrated melodic punk bands in the genre, providing both catchy hooks and socially charged lyrics.
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Tours: Bad Brains (US)

Bad Brains have added more shows after their upcoming return to Washington DC for election day. As previously announced, the group will perform in its hometown of Washington, D.C., where, in 1979, the band found itself the subject of an “unofficial” ban by many of the city’s performance venues (a move that inspired their song classic song “Banned In D.C.”). It will be the first time in years Bad Brains will perform in the nation’s capital.

Along with that show, the band has two dates in New York, and shows in Texas and California. The band released Build a Nation last year.

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Paper and Plastick to host Fest 7 art show

Paper and Plastick will be teaming up with Store 101 to host an art show featuring a number of underground artists as well as the art of various band members playing The Fest.

Some of the artists involved include Horsebites, Robbie Huddleston (Ann Beretta/Foundation), Gary Viter (Dirty Tactics), Laura Predny, Danny Lore (Against All Authority), Rob Dobi, Skull With Hair, Dave Quiggle, Mike Ski (The A.K.A.s), Laren Denitzio (The Measure [SA]), Adam Wentworth and more.

Store 101 is located at 101 N. Main St in Gainesville. They can also be reached online. The show runs from 6:00pm-2:00am Friday and from noon-midnight on Saturday.
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MTV launches music video site

As many have noted, MTV doesn’t play videos anymore, focusing instead on reality shows and other types of content, but the channel does still boast arguably the largest collection of music videos anywhere. Today, the channel announced the launch of MTV Music, a YouTube-styled site which will eventually feature the company’s entire catalog of music videos.

As of today, there are 16,000 videos, “Unplugged” performances and exclusive MTV concert footage. Sadly, the site maintains MTV’s habit of regional restrictions meaning it is impossible to stream the videos outside of the United States. While every video is not available yet, the site has pages full of videos for artists like Bad Religion, Rancid, Blink-182, New Found Glory, Less Than Jake, AFI, Sick of It All and many more.

You can check it out here.
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The Ataris plan Summer 2009 release

The recently retooled Ataris have sent us an update on progress towards their next full length. They are planning to begin recording in December at The Gallows Recording Studio. The band is aiming for a Summer 2009 release.

The band also recently promised that the new album would see return to their Blue Skies, Broken Hearts – Next 12 Exits…/End is Forever-era sound. Last year, they released Welcome the Night.

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Some voting tips and details

As some of you might have heard, the United States is in the midst of an election. While the official voting day is November 4th, it is possible to vote early in 30 states and many are recommending that voters take advantage of the fact that you can vote right now in many states. The advantages of voting early is that you can accommodate your work or school schedule and allow yourself some leeway on November 4th in the event that something makes it impossible to get to the polls.

In addition – and perhaps most importantly – you can allow yourself time to dispute any attempts to prevent you from voting. In some states, efforts have been made to disqualify college students from voting due to dorm addresses, etc. Before your hit the polls, be sure to know your rights and make sure your vote is counted. Remember that provisional ballots – which may be offered – can be thrown out, so make sure you get a proper ballot.

You can find out if you’re eligible for an early vote by visiting this page.
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Tuesday, October 28 2008

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Devo to release new 12-inch of track from Dell commercial

New-wave/punk pioneers Devo have announced plans to release a new 12-inch single. The record is titled Watch Us Work It and is due out December 9, 2008. The vinyl release contains four versions of their song, “Watch Us Work It,” which made it’s debut in a campaign for PC maker Dell Computers. Along with those four versions, it will include the song “Devo Was Right About Everything” by Attery Squash as remixed by Robert and Gerald Casale.

We also dug up a copy of the minute-long Dell commercial which uses the song.

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The Hives sued over “Tick Tick Boom” riff

Popular Swedish garage punk act the Hives have been hit with a plagiarism suit. Don Bolles, guitarist for glam-pop group Celebrity Skin filed the lawsuit, claiming that the main riff from the Hives “Tick Tick Boom” is a little too similar to one from his song “Why You?,” recorded in 1997 with his band the Roofies and again in 2002 with Three Way. “Tick Tick Boom” was the lead single from the Hives’ 2007 album The Black and White Album.

Shapiro commented to the LA Times “I absolutely love The Hives and don’t feel great about suing a band I love, but I also feel credit is due where it is due if you borrow a riff.” The musician claims that the songs were analyzed by a musicologist for similarities.

You can stream the Roofies track “Why You?” here and compare with “Tick Tick Boom” here.
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