Screeching Weasel, NOFX, Alkaline Trio, Murder City Devils at Riot Fest

Riot Fest has announced some of the headliners for the 2009 edition of the Chicago Festival. The organizers have also unveiled plans for a Los Angeles-centered Riot Fest set to kick off in November.

The first batch of headliners for the Chicago event, set for October 7th through 12th will include Screeching Weasel, NOFX, Alkaline Trio, Murder City Devils, the Dead Milkmen and Cock Sparrer. The shows take place at the Congress Theatre, Metro, Double Door, Subterranean and Cobra Lounge. A limited number of five day passes go on sale June 6th for $99.00.

Riot Fest West takes its bow on November 12th – it runs through the 14th at four venues, Palladium, The Wiltern, Key Club and The Roxy in Los Angeles, the line-up will be announced shortly.
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Four Year Strong detail 90s cover album “Explains It All”

Four Year Strong have posted the track listing for their forthcoming I Surrender/Decaydance debut. The record is titled Explains It All and is due out July 21, 2009. The album will feature only covers of 90s-era music that influenced the band and is the follow-up to Rise or Die Trying which was released in 2007.

Bands covered include Everclear, Smashing Pumpkins, No Doubt, Nirvana and Third Eye Blind.

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Only Crime writing new material

Only Crime frontman Russ Rankin told The Punk Site that the band has begun writing new material for what would be their third album. He notes:

We’re halfway through the writing process right now. We’ve done a couple at Fort Collins where Bill’s at and it’s been awesome. It’s been a lot of fun, some cool stuff coming out of it.

The band released Virulence in 2007.
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Exene Cervenka diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis

X vocalist Exene Cervenka announced that she has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The disease is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks the nervous system and prevents the body from communicating internally.

In a press release, she wrote:

After some months of not feeling 100% healthy, I recently had some medical tests run and the prognosis is that I am suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. Apparently, it has been affecting me for quite some time. Although this is obviously unfortunate news, I am choosing to see the positive in it. I, and X as a band, have supported the Sweet Relief charity since the mid-1990’s; the irony of this is not lost on any of us. Sweet Relief was started as an aide to uninsured artists by musician Victoria Williams when she herself was diagnosed with MS in 1992.

While this diagnosis will most certainly mean some changes for me, personally, it will not affect my commitments to the current X U.S. tour, nor will it affect my solo album that is slated for release this fall on Bloodshot Records. My focus will certainly be on maintaining my health–many people remain strong and continue to live their lives as productively as they had before an MS diagnosis and I plan to be one of those people.

To find out more about Sweet Relief please visit Sweet Relief.
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