Reading Festival Lock Up with Billy Talent, Rise Against, Bouncing Souls, Polar Bear Club

The Lock Up Stage at Reading Festival, run by Mike Davies, host of the BBC Radio 1 Punk Show has been announced for 2009. The Friday show will be headlined by Billy Talent and then Rise Against on Saturday.

The stage will also include: Bouncing Souls, Mad Caddies, Polar Pear Club, Leftover Crack, The Bronx, A Wilhelm Scream, Chuck Regan, Alexisonfire and Anti-Flag. British acts set to appear include The Ghost of a Thousand, The Plight, The Computers and Snuff.
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Star F*cking Hipsters recording new album

Star Fucking Hipsters are recording their second full-length album, which is expected to be released this fall via Alternative Tentacles Records.

At the moment we have the music for 7 new songs fully recorded with the vocals on 4 of them. by mid week we should have another 4 done (including a kick-ass collaberation with N.J.s Degenerics) & hopefully we’ll have this thing fully recorded, if not fully mixed by the 2nd week of June (we’re headed out to Europe to tour for all of May, so we’ll have to wait for that to be done before we can finish this thing.

We have been playing a couple of the tunes live (“3,000 miles away” & “S.F.H. theme song”) which give a fairly good over-view of wht’s to come on this new thing (a third political punk, a third soul crushing metal & a third indie-punk ballads all a bit catchy somehow…) & we’ll be playing more in Europe. It’s shaping up to be something we can be very proud of, our new baby…

Anyways, we’ve been working on it when time has permitted for a month or two & with-out rushing the song/lyric writing we are very excited for you all to hear it. We’re looking at a fall release for this thing & we hope you will too. If we can, we will be posting one of the tracks soon.”

Star Fucking Hipsters released Until We’re Dead in 2008 on Fat Wreck Chords..
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Doomriders promise “Darkness Come Alive”

Doomriders recently spoke with Noise Creep and confirmed plans for a new full length this year. Frontman (and [[Converge][ member Nate Newton) noted:

I’d be on tour with Converge, come home, and already have a Doomriders tour booked. In addition to that, our drummer, [JR Conners (Cave In)], and his wife had a daughter last year. So, obviously, he doesn’t have the same kind of free time that he did before. So we just decided ‘ok, let’s stop playing out for a little while and actually write a new record. And we’ll record it and once we have a release date we’ll start touring again.’ And so that’s the plan.

[Darkness Come Alive is]] not as [much of a] ‘party record [but] it’s similar in that it was written by the same people, pretty much, so it’s gonna sound like us, obviously. There’s dueling guitars and lots of harmonizing, you know. It’s a punk metal record. It doesn’t have quite as much of the ‘fun’ vibe, I guess. It’s a little more serious.

They released Black Thunder in 2005. Check out the rest of the interview here.
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Street Sweeper Social Club: “100 Little Curses”

The new band from Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and The Nightwatchman and controversial hip hop artist, Boots Riley of The Coup have posted the first single from their upcoming album. The band is called Street Sweeper Social Club and the self-titled record is due out June 16, 2009

The duo will be supporting the record on the forthcoming tour headlined by Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction. You can check out “100 Little Curses” their myspace page.
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Shirt Killer teams with Edward Colver

Shirt Killer has teamed up with photographer Edward Colver for a series of t-shirts featuring classic punk and hardcore photos Colver took himself back in the day. The line is called Edward Colver’s California Casualty, and the first shirt available features a shot of Henry Rollins on stage with his first L.A. show with Black Flag.

Shirt Killer is the officially licensed retailer of t-shirts and wares from a variety of hardcore and metal acts, and Edward Colver is the photographer responsible for Black Flag‘s Damaged, Circle JerksGroup Sex/Wild in the Streets, Bad Religion‘s How Could Hell Be Any Worse, Social Distortion‘s Mommy’s Little Monster, plus the American Hardcore book cover and others. His photos and images were often bootlegged over the years, and this will be the first time Colver is overseeing the production of his own merchandise.
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Love Equals Death (2003-2009)

Love Equal Death has called it quits. The band made this statement:

It’s been a back and forth battle with everyone here to move on or to let go of this thing we love so much. We here at camp Love Equals Death have decided to let go of Love Equals Death and preserve the good times we had and the hurdles we had to overcome. We will no longer be functioning as a band and will be calling it quits. We thank all the fans and the venues and bands we shared those venues with. We especially want to thank all the kids on for your support throughout our stint. There is no rhyme or reason. It’s just time to do what we feel in or hearts is right.

The band suffered a number of set backs since the release of Nightmerica in 2006. Among them was the arrest and departure of their bassist followed by the loss of their vocalist in January of 2009.
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