moves to a subscription-based streaming service for much of the world

Popular music/social media website has started charging users outside of the United States, United Kingdom and Germany a fee for their streaming radio services. After a 30 song trial period expires, users must pay a €3.00 monthly fee to continue utilizing the streaming radio services. Some reasons behind the change were given on the site’s official blog: Radio has always been ad supported, which means we sell ads on the site to cover the cost of running the service and paying the music licensing fees. If you’ve spent more than 5 minutes on the site you’ll know that the community is international to the extreme – we are made up of people from practically every country in the world. is a better place for it.

However, we simply can’t be in every country where our radio service is available selling the ads we need to support the service. The Internet is global, and geographic restrictions seem unfair, but it’s a reality we are faced with every day when managing our music licensing partnerships.

The rest of the site’s features (scrobbling, recommendations, charts, biographies, events, videos, etc.) will remain free in all countries.
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The Weakerthans filming for eventual DVD

In an interview with, Stephen Carroll of The Weakerthans announced plans to release a new DVD late this year or early next through Anti- saying:

We’re making a tour movie about our experiences on the road and a live film and live concert DVD. So it’s a documentary about the tour and we’re going to have a live album made from it. It’ll be kind of a live film so we were doing scenes for that.

The band last released Reunion Tour in 2007.
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Meet your new news editor

I’m Bryne (pronounced like ‘Brian’ and not to be confused with our reviews editor). Twenty-four. Native Floridian. I’ve been an avid reader of Punknews since its inception way back in 1999, and only last year did I finally work up the courage to contribute. I was a staff reviewer from September 2008 until now, when Aubin was kind enough to cut a new set of keys to the mothership and let me edit and post news articles.

Nearly every band I count as a favorite can somehow be traced back to this site, so to say I owe a lot to these blues and grays is a colossal understatement. It’s an honor to help out and I look forward to delivering the news and helping out a scene that has done so much for me over the years.
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No plans for new D.R.I. album, says guitarist Spike Cassidy

In an interview with, D.R.I. guitarist Spike Cassidy ruled out the possibility of a new studio album. He notes:

I’m not sure. We live in four different states across the country. Washington, California, Texas and Florida. Just to practice will cost thousands in plane fare alone. Money that we don’t have. We all have our own lives and families now, conflicts in scheduling keep us from touring right now. We might be able put together some shows, but it wont be easy. We have a long way to go before we are working on a new album again. I just hope we can play a few shows.

The band has not released any new material since 1995’s Full Speed Ahead, despite touring off and on for the past couple years. The band went on hiatus back in 2006.
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May 3, 2009

Hello everybody and welcome to Navel Gazing: your look back at the week in Punknews. I am not Adam White, he’s gone for a few weeks, so this week I’m filling in to be your guide through some of the most popular, notable, and otherwise attention getting stories of the past seven days. Each and every Punknews story is built from tips contributed by you fine folks, and here’s what got the community talking this week…

The People Must Have Something Good To Read On A Sunday
This week’s most popular stories

Left-coast punk legends the Adolescents announced plans to tour the U.S. and Europe. Speaking of bands from back in the day hitting the road, Down By Law announced plans for both a new album and a South American tour.If that wasn’t enough, how about the Circle Jerks playing two shows in June? Several bands have been added to the next Guitar Hero download, including The Devil Wears Prada, Unearth and Chimaira on May 7th. Chimaira will also be joining Hatebreed this summer for a U.S. tour. What would a week be without some Green Day news? Well, Spin posted a review for the band’s highly anticipated record, 21st Century Breakdown. Also posted this week was a new, free download of a track from Dinosaur Jr‘s upcoming album. Lucero frontman Ben Nichols performed the band’s track “San Francisco” for a new “musical drama on MTV about the Memphis music scene. In other alt-country news, Warped Tour maestro Kevin Lyman announced plans for country music tour, with multiple stages and driven by sponsors. On the opposite spectrum of a country music tour, the lineup for this year’s 305 Fest was announced, and will feature Elldistort, Merkit, Cult Ritual, Deserter and The Diet Cokeheads, among others.

I Can’t Control My Fingers I Can’t Control My Brain
New feature content, weekly columns and exclusives is proud to continue publishing road journals from Mike Hale (Gunmoll, In The Red). Having packed up his belongings, moved out of his apartment, and committed himself to living as a touring musician, Mike has some tales to tell. Check out Episode 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and now Episode 9 of For Those Still Standing. Our Dispatches series of band tour blogs featured Comeback Kid (Episode 4, Episode 5), and Bridge and Tunnel (Episode 1).

This week’s Editors’ Picks recommended music from Disguster. As always we brought you new Streaming Music including the new full length from Allston, MA’s Kill Conrad, and Austin, TX’s Broken Gold (members of the Riverboat Gamblers. So what’s coming up this week? Look for new releases from NOFX, Mike Hale, So Many Dynamos, and Rivers Cuomo (live) with tours kicking off from Bouncing Souls / the Loved Ones / Black President (US), Fake Problems / William Elliott Whitmore (US), the Human Abstract, Vanna, Oh, Sleeper (US), Virgins (UK), and Testament / Unearth (US).
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Saturday, May 2 2009

Holy shit! Reviews are back.

We didn’t have an update Tuesday because I decided to spend the weekend at shows, as you can see. I also worked on a pretty huge final article for a journalism class that was due on Tuesday, spending the rest of that day at the NY Public Library print room looking at William Hogarth prints for a paper that was due the next day. Then I went to see the Get Up Kids last night (as you can also see below) so I wasn’t really home much yesterday and an on-time update was out of the question.

Just providing some pretty legit excuses for my absence this week. But here ya go. Tuesday’s updates should be up on Tuesday.

Here’s your new batch:

You can check out any of our 8259 reviews right here
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