Punk Goes Pop, Volume 3

Fearless Records has launched a stream of their new, mainly irony-free compilation Punk Goes Pop, Volume 3. The album is the tenth in their Punk Goes series which featured Punk Goes Classic Rock earlier in 2010. Like the previous iteration, the new album will feature punk and emo acts covering mainstream pop hits. Participating bands include: Breathe Carolina, Woe, Is Me, Artist Vs Poet, Mayday Parade, Asking Alexandria, This Century, The Word Alive, Family Force 5, Of Mice & Men, Miss May I, The Ready Set, Cute Is What We Aim For, Sparks The Rescue and We Came As Romans.

Covers include songs from Jay Sean, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, M.I.A., B.o.B., Justin Timberlake and more. Check out the stream here.
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October 29th Update

Bleed Out Versus, You Rock, Halloween?

Bleed Out Versus

Now you have a good excuse for rushing through Versus.

There is no permanent Survivor health, it is all temporary and it is ticking down. Even if you don’t normally play Versus, this is a great mutation to try. The action is frantic and fast as team wipes are always just a few seconds away.

You Rock!

It didn’t matter on the platform, 38% of you have rocked out with the Midnight Riders in Rock Band. We need to get cracking on converting the rest of the Riders’ catalog.

Are you dressing up for Halloween?

Of course you are, the real question is – are you dressing up as someone from the Left 4 Dead universe? If you do dress up, make sure to post your picture on our Facebook pages. This week’s poll asks who you would dress up as – make sure to vote using the in-game poll.

Still not sure who you want to be, what about just being part of the crowd? If you are going to go as a common infected make sure to check out this tutorial on getting your infected makeup right.

Don’t forget, if you are in Seattle this weekend, the first annual ZomBcon will be in full swing. Look for us Sunday, we’ll be the ones carrying shwag and concept art to hand out at our 12 noon panel.

Next week: Healing Gnome

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Propagandhi / Sacrifice split dated, detailed

Winnipeg’s own War On Music has set a release date for the highly anticipated split featuring Propagandhi and Canadian metal legends Sacrifice. Each band contributes a cover, with Propagandhi taking on Corrosion of Conformity’s “Technocracy” while Sacrifice will offer their take on Rush’s “Anthem.” The split is due out just in time for Christmas and the birthday of Ada Lovelace on December 10, 2010.

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Get Up Kids to self-release new album

The Get Up Kids will be self-releasing their next album. The record is titled There Are Rules and is due out January 25, 2010. Matt Pryor explained the decision to self-release

We had a really great relationship with Vagrant but we felt that with the proverbial rebirth of the band we wanted to start our own label. Do everything ourselves like we did in the beginning.

The band reunited with producer Bob Weston who previously collaborated with the band on 1997’s Four Minute Mile.

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JEFF the Brotherhood: “Diamond Way”

JEFF the Brotherhood have announced the follow up to their debut, Heavy Days. The new record is titled We Are The Champions and is expected in 2011. The band is currently in the middle of their final run of US tour dates for the year, including a headlining gig at New York’s Music Hall Of Willamsburg on October 28th, a Cannery Ballroom hometown show with Die Antwoord on November 3rd, and a performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX. The band will finish out 2010 with tours in Australia and New Zealand.

Check out the song here.
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The Static Age announce new album

The Static Age have posted an update about their plans for 2011. They had this to say:

We spent much of the summer writing and demoing, and, two weeks ago, we started tracking for a new record to be released in late Spring 2011. At this point, the drums are done, the bass starts soon and the rest will be in place by year’s end. The songs span about three years of writing, including a couple of fragments we were working on originally during the Blank Screens tours on up through a couple of songs we completed in the weeks before drum tracking began (and a bunch in between). At this point, all signs point to a record about 11 songs in length, with some plans of possibly releasing some b-sides as well.

They last released Blank Screens in 2006.
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Interviews: Twelve Hour Turn

Twelve Hour TurnAs we approach zero hour for this year’s inevitable Fest, Punknews continues our series of Fest focused freewheeling. Today, interviewer Matt Sweeting talks with Twelve Hour Turn regarding their music and decision to play for No Idea’s 25th anniversary. Sweeting writes:
When one thinks of Jacksonville, Florida, the bustling punk community is usually not the first thing that comes to mind. Over the years there have been glimpses of creative energy. Whether it was “progressive night” at Einstein-a-go-go, Rein Sanction or Lysergic Garage Party, it was Twelve Hour Turn that proved to be the city’s finest contribution to Florida’s underground music continuum. Starting in the mid 90’s and continuing into the early 2000’s, Twelve Hour Turn bled, sweated, and churned out some of the most dynamic and compelling music of the time. Between house shows, the Moto Lounge, Art Bar, Jack Rabbits, Thee Imperial, Heartworks, and more, these guys truly created a flower in a sea of shit. They made my life more enjoyable while they were doing their thing, and I can’t wait to rock out with them again.

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