Teenage Bottlerocket live @ JBTV

We caught a rad (and free) Teenage Bottlerocket set at a recent taping of a forthcoming JBTV episode. Scope out the vids we shot!

Teenage Bottlerocket and Tobias Jeg Discuss Their Halloween Faves

We caught up with Miguel and Kody  from Teenage Bottlerocket along with  TOBIAS JEG at a recent taping for a forthcoming JBTV episode. Among other topics, we touched on some of their Favorite Halloween music and movies. Check out the videos to see all the wacky hijinks that ensued.

Check out Teenage Bottlerocket’s latest album, Freak out, available now anywhere music is sold

Riot Fest Chicago 2012 (pictorial)

This year's Riot Fest was, well, a Riot! Actually maybe it more resembled a three-ringed circus, as there were clowns, freakshows, randomly roving  and scantily clad marching bands, professional wrasslin', carnival rides (and of course that means carnies). Add to that 50+ punk (or punkish) bands that played on (something like) 8 different stages, factor in the copious amounts of booze and its not hard to imagine the rock'n'roll weekend that ensued. 

 Our livers are on the decline, so we opted for "Riot Fest Light" package, skipping the after-parties and just attending the Saturday and Sunday Humboldt Park shows. Click the read more button and check out a slideshow of all the crazy shit that went down including shots of NOFX, Teenage Bottlerocket, GWAR, Hot Water Music, Gaslight Anthem, Elvis Costello, Fishbone, The Adicts, along with an intensely pissed off Honkey Tonk Man and Tito Santana !

Ben Weasel at Odds with Documentarians

Whether fair or not, Ben Weasel has never been known as one to "go with the flow" and over time has earned a reputation as being somewhat of a jerk. First, it was the quarrels with bandmates (many of them). Over the years, disagreements and creative differences turned his band, Screeching Weasel, into a tilt-a-whirl of  a rotating cast that continues to this day. There have also been the occasional flair ups with people outside of his band, usually purveyed through Mr. Weasel's writings. Then there was the chick that threw ice and spat at him during one of his shows. What followed (him punching her in the grill) has come to be known as the "infamous SXSW Incident". Now, it seems he has beef with the very people interested in producing a Screeching Weasel documentary. It's hard to say exactly what went on between the two parties but what is certain is that Ben has severed ties with the makers of the film, tentatively titled What We Hate. What follows are excerpts of their ensuing Facebook spat.

Q&A Session with Ian Mackaye (video)

Old punks don't die, they just hold Q&A sessions. Check out this very recent and uber-interesting one with punk icon Ian Mackaye, where (among other things) he chats about illegal downloading, his first punk show, misinterpretation of Minor Threat lyrics, the straightedge scene, keyboards and doing the wave at a Redskins game.

Billie Joe Armstrong Enters Rehab Following Losing His Shit at Huge Corporate Festival

This past weekend saw the media giant Clear Channel give birth to the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. Among acts such as Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, Lil Wayne, Pitbull and Brad Paisley, Green Day squeezed in (and some might say fit in quite nicely). Well, it looks like the commoditization of punk rock has finally bit Green Day in the ass. Watch what happens as they get preempted with a performance by Rhianna and Usher. 

UPDATE: According to the band's Facebook page, the whole debacle was due to Billie Joe's substance abuse problem rather than playing a douche-y festival. See for yourself:

Fishbone - "Alcoholic" live at Riot Fest Chicago 2012

After 25+ years of throwin' down some of the funkiest rhythms with style and flair, Fishbone brought the motherfuckin' party to its hilt once more at Riot Fest Chicago. Here's a little excerpt of their performance and one of our personal favorites. Ladies and gents we present "Alcoholic"!

The Adicts - "Who Spilt My Beer?" Live at Riot Fest Chicago 2012

The clown princes of punk rock, The Adicts, took to the stage at Riot Fest Chicago. And wouldn't ya know it, they're still trying to figure out the answer to this age old question....

GWAR live @ Riot Fest Chicago 2012

The Mighty GWAR made their way back to Earth in order to play this year's Riot Fest in Chicago and of course they killed every living thing in their path; otherwise it just wouldn't be a GWAR show, would it?

NOFX -Bottles to the Ground/Kill All the White Man @ Riot Fest Chicago

Fat Mike and company made their way to this year's Riot Fest and as per usual, they brought the party with them. Think we're pulling your leg? Skip to 4:30 in the video and behold just how epic it really got!

Propagandhi to Release New Album and Hit the Road

     Everyone's favorite "Canadian secular rock band" and political punks extraordinaire, Propagandhi, have a new album coming out soon on Epitaph Records. Failed States, the band's 6th album by our count, is scheduled for release on September 4th. But why wait? The entire album is now streaming here. As if that wasn't enough to knock your freakin' socks off, the band is soon to embark on a massive North American tour in support of its release and (unless you live in Chitlinswitch, Arkansas) will more than likely be gracing a stage in your area very soon. For a full list of tour dates, click here.

Circle Jerks Documentary on the Way (video)

Acclaimed punk rock director Dave Markey (The Slog Movie, Reality 86'd, 1991: The Year Punk Broke) has taken on the epic task of bringing to light the story of the raddest band of our lifetime, the Circle Jerks. The documentary, titled My Career as a Jerk, was produced for BlankTv and will also be released in DVD format.

According to the DVD's distributor Aggronautix' website "My Career as a Jerk follows the band from their early days and classic debut to navigating the independent label and touring scene of the 80s to the addictions, fights and injuries that forced their break up." and "Features interviews with members Keith Morris, Greg Hetson, Lucky Leher. Earl Liberty, Zander Schloss as well as J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr), Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Bad Religion), and more."

The DVD is slated for a September 25th release date and you can pre-order it here.

The Adicts to Release New Album, Post Teaser Track

      Believe it or not, the Adicts have been at this punk thing for over 35 years now. To put that into perspective, that's a good ten years longer than the Bouncing Souls! And like the Bouncing Souls, the Adicts are still quite active with touring the world and now, releasing a new album. Their latest, All the Young Droogs, is slated to hit music stores on September 11th. Those who pre-order the album at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/theadicts are privy to the usual bonuses like getting the album earlier than the public and exclusive updates as well as the not so usual "signed CD’s, VIP Passes, In-Store Meet-and-Greets so you can come hang out with the band. We’ll even come and play at YOUR house."  Not quite sold yet? How'z about a sample track to whet your whistle prior to purchase? You can check out the track Horrorshow streaming here at Noisecreep.com. But don't take our word for it; here's Monkey to reiterate:

Jughead's Selling a Piece of Punk History

A piece of punk rock history has made its way to the auction block as John "Jughead" Pierson recently put his first guitar (I.E. the guitar all those neato little Screeching Weasel riffs were written and performed on) up for sale on ebay.

Fat Wreck Releases Statement in Regards to Tony Sly Passing Away "peacefully in his sleep", Along with Funeral Details

   For those who may not have heard the bad news, Tony Sly, vocalist of No Use For A Name, solo artist and song writer, passed away at the age of 41. Details of his death are vague aside from he died on July 31st, and according to the statement released by Fat Wreck Chords, he died "peacefully in his sleep". 

Click read more to view Fat Wreck's statement and a video of Tony's final performance on July 29th (NOFX - Linoleum) with Joey Cape in Gainesville.

Citizen Fish Release New EP

Everyone's favorite political-punk-ska-rockers, Citizen Fish, released a new EP Dancing on Spikes not too long ago. While it doesn't look like it's yet available in the U.S. just yet (aside from being shipped from the UK), we have managed to have a look (so-to-speak) with this high quality video of Unemplode.

Update: It looks like you can order the EP from Active Distribution @ http://www.activedistributionshop.org/shop/compact-disc/2377-citizen-fish-spikes-mcd.html

Redd Kross release new album & video

Thirty-some-odd years removed from their debut, the McDonald brothers and Redd Kross put out a new album along with an ultra low-budget video in support.  You can check out a stream of their new album, Researching the Blueshere.

Bruise Reviews: Bouncing Souls - Comet

Rise/Chunksaah Records 2012

In an industry where the majority of artists are never-were’s and if success is ever found, it’s just as a flash in the pan, it’s quite an achievement to find any amount of recognition, let alone a 20+ year career in punk rock. Not only have the Bouncing Souls done so, they’ve triumphed and appear to have hit their stride. With that, a certain maturity has been found seeing the band grow in technical proficiency, songwriting ability and downright passion with each successive album. Now, with the release of Comet, their 9th album, 2 questions arise: Can dudes in their 40s really put out poignant music? To which, the answer is yes. But, will Ghosts on the Boardwalk, be the pinnacle of their career or will they continue to top themselves? Not so fast…

N.A.T.O. Protest/March Chicago 2012 (day 1)

    This past Sunday, dissenters of all shapes, sizes and political affiliations took their causes to the streets of Chicago in protest of the N.A.T.O. summit meeting at McCormick Place. The day started with musical performances by Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) and Tim McIlrath (Rise Against) among others. With the public address system was on the fritz (either by the hand of “the man” or due to honest-to-god technical difficulties), the two accompanied by the military  veterans who would later renounce their war medals, took the show off stage and into the crowd performing an acoustic set. After the sound glitch was fixed, a bevy of speakers representing a rainbow of organizations climbed back onstage to engage the swelling crowd. The protest, estimated at 30,000 strong, then hit the streets of Chicago in a roaring raucous as it made its way towards the N.A.T.O. summit

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Tom Morello & Tim McIlrath @ National Nurses United G8/NATO Protest on Daley Plaza, Chicago

 This past weekend, the N.A.T.O. summit came to Chicago to discuss the future of the war in Afghanistan among other poignant topics. Friday's National Nurses United rally on Daley Plaza featuring Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, The Nightwatchman) and Tim McIlrath (Rise Against) performing was one of many causes for much pre-N.A.T.O. anxiety for law enforcement. However, there was an interesting dynamic that prevailed during Friday’s protest. That being the average attendee was somewhere in the 40-something range, female and hardly malevolent. Not exactly Tom Morello or Tim McIlrath’s usual demographic, nor the type known for chucking Molotov cocktails and reeking havoc. In hindsight, it seems hard to believe that Rahm Emmanual and Chicago's city officials tried to pull the plug on what amounted to overall peaceful event. 

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American Idiot Hits the Road

Heartbroken you couldn’t make it to New York to catch Green Day’s epic rock opera? Don’t fret; the cast of American Idiot is taking the show on the road! Tickets are on sale now and (word to the wise) they’re going fast. Now, we won’t debate whether or not it’s “punk” to pay $50+ to see a musical… but if you’re interested, you can find all the info you need here @
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Incoming!: New Videos from The Dwarves, Classics of Love and Nick 13 (and Bad Brains live in 1987)

Today, we are excited to bring you some new vids from The Dwarves, Jesse Michaels' (Operation Ivy, Big Rig, Common Rider) latest project Classics of Love and Nick 13's (Tiger Army) first venture into full-on country. As an added bonus, check out Bad Brains kickin' rasta riddums way back when.

"You'll Never Take Us Alive" is off of The Dwarves" 2011 release The Dwarves are Born Again. Disappointingly, the videos lacks the signature "Blood, Guts and Gash" we've come to expect from "The Band That Wouldn't Die", but what can you do?

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