Sunday, July 31, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Added to the massive roster of bands will be onikers, Kyle Kinane, The Emotron, The Forthrights, Scum of the Earth, Worlds, Rivernecks, Alligator, Mouthbreather, John-Micheal Bond, Billy Wallace, Greys (Canada), Pujol, Kite Party, Teenage Softies, Wet Witch, The Fucking Wrath, Arms Aloft, Despite Everything (Greece), the Ex-Boogeymen, Over Stars and Gutters, Unfun (Canada), Liquid Limbs, Nato Cole and the Blue Diamond Band, Sister Kisser, Dig It Up (Canada), Luke Fields, Chicken Little, Charles the Ospery, Nightmares For A Week, Hold Tight, Vena Cava, Timeshares, Rose Cross, Post Teens, Nightlights, Douglas Shields and the X-Factors, Saint Alvia, Die Hoffnung, Chotto Ghetto, Sister Kisser, Evan Rocha, Luther, Party Drag, International Dipshit, Young///Savage, Kevin Seconds, Mauser, Wavelets and Creepiod.
You can read below for a complete list of bands performing including Hot Water Music, Against Me, Less Than Jake, Bouncing Souls, Lifetime, Dillinger Four, Samiam, Youth Brigade and more.
Bands confirmed so far:
Hot Water Music, Against Me!, Less Than Jake, Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Touring Company, Samiam, Ted Leo + The Pharmacists, Defiance Ohio, Franz Nicolay, Lifetime, Bouncing Souls, Youth Brigade, Dillinger Four, Smoke or Fire, None More Black, Paint it Black, Small Brown Bike, Dead to Me, Teenage Bottlerocket, Toys That Kill, Lemuria, Tim Barry, A Wilhelm Scream, Polar Bear Club, Circle Takes The Square, Off With Their Heads, The Holy Mountain, Cobra Skulls, Magrudergrind, Bomb The Music Industry, No Trigger, P.S. Elliot, Trap Them, Dear Landlord, Underground Railroad to Candyland, The Menzingers, The Copyrights, Broadway Calls, La Dispute, Fake Problems, The Soviettes, Cheap Girls, Ninja Gun, Nothington, Good Luck, Shook Ones, Paul Baribeau , The Arrivals, Banner Pilot, RVIVR, Static Radio, Rehasher, Armalite, Screaming Females, Coliseum, The Swellers, Chris Wollard and the Ship Thieves, We Are The Union, Grabass Charlestons, Iron Chic, Mikey Erg, Ampere, Worn in Red, The Measure (sa) [FINAL SHOW], Burning Love (Canada), Tiltwheel, Bridge and Tunnel, Dan Padilla, Blacklist Royals, The Snips (Canada), The Brokedowns, The Bomb, The Catalyst, Algernon Cadwallader, Red City Radio, New Bruises, Shores, Future Virgnis, The Riot Before, Make Do and Mend, We Were Skeletons, Pianos Become Teeth, The Flatliners (Canada), Young Turks, Campaign, OK Pilot (UK), Look Mexico, Dirty Tactics, The Dopamines, The Arteries (UK), Bent Left, SSSSNAKES(UK), How Dare You, Comadre, Grown Ups, Such Gold, Tigers Jaw, Touché Amoré, The Great Explainer, PJ Bond, Carpenter (Canada), Annabel, One Win Choice, Amateur Party, Cynics (UK), Sexy Crimes, Greenland is Melting, Spanish Gamble, Captain We’re Sinking, Senders, O Pioneers!!!, Pure Graft (UK), Caves (UK), Mixtapes, Vultures United, Living With Lions (Canada), Mose Giganticus Mockingbird Wish Me Luck, Whiskey & Co., Protagonist, Dukes of Hillsborough, Max Levine Ensemble, Big Eyes, No Friends, Failure’s Union, 1994!, Landmines, Heartsounds, After the Fall, Cletus, Coffee Project, Savage Brewtality, King Friday, Fellow Project, Gateway District, Worthwhile Way (Japan), Calvinball (UK), Leagues Apart (UK), Glocca Morra (Canada), The Slow Death, The Anchor, Punch, Goddamn Doo Wop Band, Banquets, Old Man Markley, Red Collar, Weak Teeth, Deep Sleep, No More, Reverse the Curse, Assassinate the Scientist, Army of Ponch, Naïve, Capsule, Jeff Rowe, Koji, Go Rydell, Pine Hill Haints, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Former Thieves, Elway, The Wild, Pygmy Lush, Too Many Daves, Joey Briggs. City of Ships, INxSANE (Slovenia), Spraynard and Vacation Bible School.
In past years, The FEST has hosted numerous bands such as:
7 Seconds, Able Baker Fox, Against All Authority, Against Me!, Alexisonfire, American Steel, Ampere, Ann Beretta, Armalite, The Arrivals, As Friends Rust, ASG, Assholeparade, Atom and His Package, A Wilhelm Scream, Banner Pilot, Baroness, Bear vs. Shark, Ben Davis, The Blood Brothers, The Bomb, Bomb the Music Industry, Bouncing Souls, The Briefs, Bridge & Tunnel, Broadway Calls, Burning Love, Cheap Girls, Chuck Ragan, Cinemechanica, Circle Takes the Square, Cloak/Dagger, Coalesce, Coliseum, Communique, Das Oath, Dave Dondero, Dead to Me, Dear Landlord, Defiance, Ohio, Dillinger Four, The Draft, Drag The River, Engine Down, The Epoxies, The Ergs, The Eyeliners, Fake Problems, The Falcon, Fifth Hour Hero, The Figs, Finfangfoom, Fleshies, Floor, Frank Turner, The Gaslight Anthem, Ghost Mice, Good Luck, Gospel, Government Warning, Grabass Charlestons, Gunmoll, Hard Skin, Har Mar Superstar, The Holy Mountain, Hot Cross, Hot Water Music, J Church, Joey Cape, Kylesa, Latterman, The Lawrence Arms, Leatherface, Lemuria, Less Than Jake, Look Mexico, The Loved Ones, Lucero, Marked Men, Mastodon, Mates of State, Matt & Kim, Mercury Program, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, The Methadones, Minus the Bear, Municipal Waste, Naked Raygun, None More Black, Off With Their Heads, One-line Drawing, Paint It Black, The Pietasters, Pink Razors, Planes Mistaken For Stars, P.O.S., Polar Bear Club, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Radon, Rehasher, Riverboat Gamblers, Russian Circles, The Sainte Catherines, Savage Brewtality, Seaweed, Sinaloa, Small Brown Bike, Smoke or Fire, SNUFF, The Soviettes, Strike Anywhere, Suicide Machines, The Swellers, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, This Bike is a Pipe Bomb, Thunderbirds Are Now, Tiltwheel, Tim Barry, Tiny Hawks, Torche, Toys That Kill, Transistor Transistor, Twelve Hour Turn, Valient Thorr, VCR, The Velvet Teen, Whiskey & Co., Wow, Owls!, Young Livers and Youth Brigade.
By Kevin Toomey
Kind Of Like Records
I thought I was going to hate this record. The first song is awful. It opens with some guy bellowing, “FUCK YOU! GET PUMPED!” and it’s just really really cringe-inducing. I could only assume that this was just another Dillinger Four rip-off band, but I was really relieved to be proven wrong. Direct Hit is no D4 wanna-be band; they’re ripping off Blink-182. The riff on “Monster in the Closet” or almost any of the other tracks could be mistaken for a Blink song. I’d even bet that at some point in time, the guitar player in this band owned one of those surf green Tom DeLonge Stratocasters (you know, the one you wanted when you were 14). This is angsty, snotty pop punk music the way it should be. Lyrically, most of the songs are about general boredom and alien invasions and don’t offer anything too insightful, but sometimes that’s a good thing. I still can’t get over the fact that this isn’t some hidden gem from 2002 or 2003 that went unreleased until now. Highly recommended for fans of any/all of the following: Dear Landlord, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York and being 17.
[Domesplitter is comprised from re-worked and re-recorded songs selected from the Direct Hit EPs and available in digital format or available on LP (edition of 500).]
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The most influential show of my childhood and adolescent years is coming back (huh huh, I said coming). It's been 14 years since MTV aired a new episode of Beavis and Butthead and this time around, they set their cross hairs on Jersey Shore. Below is a preview of the first episode of their return titled Holy Cornholio, in which Beavis ingests a bunch of pain pills prescribed to him for injuries he sustained in both his hands. As he and Butthead are leaving the hospital, two members of a religious cult spot him "speaking in tongues." They remembered that their master always spoke in tongues and riddles.
"Why do I not use TP for my pee-pee?"
Beavis holds his hands up, and by now, the growing crowd of religious followers see the injuries on his hands, acknowledge it as stigmata, and being to worship Beavis.
They raid wholesale stores of its toilet paper. They steal it from port-o-potties. They steal it from other shoppers' carts. They pile it on a stage with Beavis in the middle commanding everyone to bring him "more TP." The "camera" zooms out and reveals a crowd of hundreds of Cornholio followers, shirts pulled over their heads, and chanting, "I need TP for my bunghole" in unison.
Check it out, and more, for yourself...
A specific date for the release has not yet been set, but once it has, I will let you know. Find the nearest Kwik Mart because when it airs, we're going to buy nachos, large sodas and the big burrito. Huh huh huh. This is gonna be cool.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Photo submitted by Katie Holland
Independent: Chicago Band Photography is a gallery show in the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, taking place in Logan Square July 29th-31st along Milwaukee Ave., between California and Diversey Avenues.
With countless venues, Chicago is a hotbed for local musical acts. Many popular bands got their start in small venues here, playing to eager friends and fans. This gallery will exhibit film and digital photography of local bands and solo acts, from newer to already established; focusing on the punk and indie genres. This includes live photos, band promos, the crowd, candid shots, etc. The aim of this exhibit is to convey the feeling of community and excitement from a live show and bring this into a gallery space.
There will be a trolley running up and down Milwaukee Ave. so you can easily check out all the amazing galleries and bands that will be playing.
Friday, July 29th will be the opening reception for the show from 4 p.m.-11 p.m. at Crown Liquors at Diversey and Milwaukee (bar will be open till 2 a.m.). Come have a drink and browse the photographs of Chicago punk and indie bands.
July 29th-31st at Crown Liquors
Friday: 4-11 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Noon-11 p.m.
Diane de Ribaupierre
Curator: Katie Holland
General festival info: http://
Thursday, July 21, 2011
From No Idea Records:
"Rewind to 2008. HOT WATER MUSIC shocks many by resurfacing for a string of reunion shows. Everyone was in a frenzy, shows sold out in record time, airline tickets were purchased and fans were ecstatic. No Idea Records got the crazy idea to record the shows to document the grand reunion. Turns out the results were amazing, so the label created a 7” series. Six volumes in total were made over 2010 and 2011. Each volume was limited to 1,000 copies and sold out immediately leaving many folks empty handed.
1. A Flight and a Crash
4. Trusty Chords
5. Jack of All Trades*
7. End of a Gun
8. Better Sense
9. Kill The Night*
11. Free Radio Gainesville
13. All Heads Down*
14. Moonpies for Misfits
15. God Deciding*
16. I Was on a Mountain
17. No Division*
18. Just Don't Say You Lost It
19. Old Rules*
21. Our Own Way
22. Choked and Separated
24. Paper Thin
26. 220 Years
27. The Sense*
30. Hard To Know
'Gotta Get That Feeling/Racing In the Street ('78)' Live 10'' by Bruce Springsteen & the E. Street Band
The second annual Bruce Springsteen Record Store Day 10'', being a huge fan of the Boss, this was another must-find for me this year. It’s basically a single for the song, “Gotta Get That Feeling” from last year's “The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town” box set/album of outtakes. The A side is a studio recording of this great song, quite indicative of the Darkness-era of the band. It's earnest and triumphant, but with a full horn section, that definitely adds the '70s-era E. Street Band flavor to the song. When you consider the context of the album it was recorded for, it’s understandable that it didn’t make the cut, but it’s a solid outtake (like virtually all of his B sides - see his “Tracks” box set) and I’m excited that it’s been polished up and re-released to the world.
Side B was the reason that I needed to have this: a 1978 live version of “Racing In the Street;” my favorite Bruce Springsteen song. First off, this is a crystal clear-sounding recording and not only is this song quite catchier and more upbeat than the original that appears on “Darkness,” but it has a violin player on it, which oddly enough makes it sound like a more recent version of the song as the E. Street Band usually has a violinist on tour with them these days. I still prefer the original album version, but I love to hear these alternate takes, another thing the “Tracks” set is good for.
Additionally, I must address the fact that the art department at Columbia misprinted the word “Street” on the back cover of the record that’s in huge print letters in the “Racing In the Street (‘78)” song title, which is a pretty impressive screw-up if you ask me. That aside, this is a cool EP. The notes on the back cover also state that the tracks come from the forthcoming single disc version of the “The Promise” DVD with some minor added live footage and other expanded nerd-dom. If you picked up the box set version, you won’t need to get it. Kind of like this 10''; you don’t need it, but if you have one, you enjoy it.