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Henry Rollins Addresses Why He No Longer Plays Music

Henry Rollins

With two concurrent Black Flag reunions taking place in the summer of 2013 (Greg Ginn and Ron Reyes’s “official” Black Flag, and the Keith Morris-fronted FLAG), many have wondered whether the band’s longest-tenured and most-recorded vocalist, Henry Rollins, would be taking part in any tours, Black Flag-related or not.

Without specifically referring to either Black Flag incarnations by name, Rollins has addressed his take on reunions and musical performance in general in his latest LA Weekly column:

I got asked by someone if I was going to go on tour this summer and play what at this point is old music. I told the person that I wasn’t because that currently, my future is getting in the way of my past.

I tell you this because in the summer months, you can count on bands that have been gone for years who will reassemble and go onto stages all over the world playing “vintage music.” Perhaps they are on a Proustian mission to recapture that which has been lost. I read the interviews where the musicians claim that now they can really play this music. I don’t doubt them, but therein lies the problem. Musicians should not play Music. Music should play musicians…

This is why I stopped touring with a band. I put up my fists and there was no longer anything there. It was heartbreaking, but it was clear. Music had moved on. Such was my reverence for its limitless power, I faced this truth and moved on in search of new battles… To each their own. This is how I am running my show.

To read the entire article, click here.

Philip Chevron of The Pogues Announces That His Cancer Has Returned

Phil Chevron

Sadly, Philip Chevron, guitarist of The Pogues, has revealed that the head and neck cancer for which he received treatment in 2007 and a clean bill of health in April 2012 has returned.

In August 2012, Chevron and his doctors noticed a new tumor, and this one is in a position whereby treatment is ill-advised and would almost certainly cause a stroke. The cancer is therefore inoperable and will prove fatal in time, though it is at present impossible to measure life expectancy.

Chevron is currently taking a break from both The Pogues and his other band, the Radiators From Space. The Pogues are on a prolonged time out, emerging only in support of matters relating to their 30th anniversary this year. (via soundsxp.com)

Listen: TOKiMONSTA “The Force” feat. Kool Keith

TOKiMONSTA

TOKiMONSTA’s The Force EP is available now and features the title track (with vocals from the legendary Kool Keith), along with remixes from a number of producers, including Star Slinger, A. Chal, Miguel Campbell, Nick Hook, and Branchez. “The Force” is from TOKiMONSTA’s album Half Shadows.

Watch the official video for “The Force” featuring Kool Keith below.

Swingin’ Utters Announce 2013 North American Tour Dates

Swingin' Utters

Swingin’ Utters kick off their summer tour at Punk Rock Bowling 2013 on May 25th. The band is currently supporting their latest album, Poorly Formed, and will cover most of the Midwest, the East Coast, and a few dates in Canada before heading off to Europe. Full US and Canada dates are below.

Swingin’ Utters on Tour
5/25 Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling
5/31 Des Moines, IA @ Gas Lamp w/ Goddamn Gallows, North of Grand
6/01 Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge w/ Goddamn Gallows, Anger, The Kominas
6/02 Hamtramck, MI @ Small’s w/ Goddamn Gallows
6/03 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/ Goddamn Gallows
6/04 Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room w/ Goddamn Gallows, The Chosen Ones
6/06 London, ON @ Call The Office
6/07 Toronto, ON @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern w/ The Lucky Ones, Skullians
6/08 Montreal, QC @ Katacombes
6/09 Cambridge, MA@t Middle East Downstairs w/ Ducky Boys, Goddamn Gallows, The Welch Boys
6/10 Providence, RI @ Feta Lounge
6/11 Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel w/ Goddamn Gallows
6/12 New York City, NY @ Bowery Electric w/ Goddamn Gallows
6/12 New York City, NY @ Bowery Electric w/ Goddamn Gallows
6/15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar w/ Face to Face, Teenage Bottlerocket, Blacklist Royals, Joshua Black Wilkins, Goddam Gallows
6/17 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird w/ Goddamn Gallows, Scene of Irony

Dropkick Murphys, Bruce Springsteen Release Single to Benefit Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

Rose TattooToday, the Dropkick Murphys announced a special digital release with Bruce Springsteen. The band and Springsteen have reworked the track “Rose Tattoo,” and are also including two live tracks from a performance in California days after the bombings. The release is available for $1.29 at iTunes by clicking here. All proceeds benefit the Claddagh Fund. (via DS)

“Rose Tattoo” appears on the Dropkick Murphy’s latest album, “Signed And Sealed In Blood.”

Additionally, the Dropkick Murphys raised money by selling t-shirts to benefit victims of the bombing.

Former Mars Volta Vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala Announces New Band Zavalaz, West Coast Tour Dates

Cedric Bixler-Zavala

Former Mars Volta front man Cedric Bixler-Zavala has announced the formation of his new band, Zavalaz.

The band’s lineup includes Bixler-Zavala on vocals and guitar, former Them Hills/Hella guitarist Dan Elkan, drummer Greg Rogove, and former Mars Volta bassist Juan Alderete. The band will play a dozen West Coast gigs in June, starting June 15th in Las Vegas and wrapping up June 30 in San Diego.

Bixler-Zavala said that three songs on his forthcoming solo LP have been recorded, and promises “lots of desert ballad space jams, lots of harmonies, lots of lap steel and piano. Lots of AM radio love songs. Short bitter sweet luv songs.” He also warned that he’s “not making a rock record. It might lightly rock but not like I’m known for.” (via Antiquiet, Fact)

Following the demise of The Mars Volta, guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez formed the band Bosnian Rainbows. Click here for photos of Bosnian Rainbows performing in New York City, or click here for Jeremy Robert Johnson’s interview with Cedric Bixler-Zavala.

Black Francis to Wrap Up Tour With Acoustic Set May 17th at New York’s Symphony Space

Black Francis

There are few musicans as infamously and important to alternative rock than Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV – or, as you may know him, Black Francis, his pseudonym when he was fronting the genre-shattering Pixies, and the name he still often tours by.

On Friday, May 17th, he’ll be wrapping up his spring tour with Reid Paley at New York’s Symphony Space, where under the Black Francis moniker he’ll be performing a very special and intimate acoustic set. VerbicideMagazine.com is going to be there to cover it for all those who couldn’t attend – but tickets are still available, so click here while you can still get them. -Matthew Schuchman

Descendents/All Documentary “Filmage” to Premiere at NXNE 2013 Festival

Filmage

A full year after we first reported on it, The Descendents/All documentary Filmage will finally see it’s worldwide premiere. The film will be shown for the first time at the 2013 NXNE festival in Toronto on Saturday, June 15th.

The documentary chronicles the long history of punk bands ALL and Descendents, and the driving force behind both, drummer Bill Stevenson. The film took two years to make and features more than 40 interviews. Watch the trailer below, or visit the film’s official site for more information.

FILMAGE Teaser 2 from Deedle LaCour on Vimeo.

Wayne Brady to Bill Maher: “I Will Beat Your Ass In Public”

Wayne Brady

Yesterday, comedian Wayne Brady spoke to HuffPost Live about his distaste with how he has been characterized by “Real Time” host Bill Maher. All fun aside, Brady is genuinely irritated that Maher has compared Obama to him as a way of saying “he’s not sufficiently black,” according to interviewer Marc Lamont Hill.

“What he does on HBO, it’s great,” says Brady. “When he starts to drag me into [it], using me as the cultural linchpin for his ‘not black enough’ argument, that’s bullshit.”

You can watch an excerpt of the interview below. (via HuffPo)

Listen: Transplants “Come Around”

Transplants

The Transplants have officially released “Come Around” the new single from their forthcoming album, In A Warzone, which will be released June 25, 2013 via Epitaph Records.

The band – which features Tim Armstrong (Operation Ivy, Rancid), Travis Barker (Blink 182), and Rob Aston – will be taking their live show on the road for a North American tour opening for Rancid beginning on June 11th. Tim Armstrong will playing with both bands.

Stream the new song below, or click here to download “In a Warzone” by the Transplants.

CSS Announce Upcoming 2013 US Summer Tour Dates, Release New Music Video for “Hangover”

Cansei de Ser Sexy, photo by Mariana Juliano

Sao Paulo’s CSS, who will release their new album Planta in June, have released their new music video for “Hangover,” a song co-written with Tim Armstrong of Rancid and choreographed by Toni Basil of “Oh Mickey” fame. You can watch the video below.

In support of the new album, the band will head out on a US tour throughout June and July.

CSS on Tour
6/14 Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
6/15 Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda
6/16 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
6/17 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
6/19 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
6/20 Seattle, WA @ Showbox
6/22 Denver, CO @ The Summit
6/25 Minneapolis, MN @ Fineline
6/27 Detroit, MI @ Majestic
6/28 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
6/29 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
7/01 Washington, DC @ 930 Club
7/02 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
7/04 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
7/05 Montreal, CA @ Le Mondial Loto-Quebec
7/06 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
7/08 NYC @ Bowery Ballroom
7/09 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
7/16 Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre
7/17 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
7/18 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
7/19 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
7/20 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit

Typhoon Announces New Album “White Lighter” to Be Released August 20, 2013

Typhoon, photo by Jaclyn Campana

Set for an August 20th release on Roll Call Records, Typhoon‘s new full-length album White Lighter is the follow up to the their EP A New Kind Of House, and the first full-length since 2010′s Hunger and Thirst. The album was recorded at the isolated Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon.

“On the farm, we were living inside the record,” says songwriter Kyle Morton. “I had one place in the woods where I would write and rewrite one song, and a different place for working another. The whole thing was laid out spatially over so many acres. I built a small fort in the wood barn where I kept my books and guitar. Slept a couple feet away from the recording desk. When it was cold, we built wood fires, when it was warm we went swimming down the road. Friends came and went, sometimes recording with us.”

Already confirmed for this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival, Typhoon will set out on a US headlining tour this fall.

FLAG, Featuring Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Bill Stevenson, and Stephen Egerton, Announce Full 2013 North American Tour Dates

Flag 2013 featuring Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Bill Stevenson, and Stephen Egerton

FLAG, the band composed of Black Flag former members Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Bill Stevenson, and Descendents guitarist Stephen Egerton, have announced tour dates throughout the US in the coming months. The group, recently kickstarted as a vehicle to perform the music of their former band, just wrapped up festival dates in Europe as well as a debut show at the same Moose Lodge in Redondo Beach where Black Flag made their first appearance in 1979. Click here to see footage.

Befitting of the multiple eras of the band that comprise the lineup, the quintet pull from all eras of Black Flag’s songbook, with vocal duties being exchanged by Keith and Dez (who also contributes guitar) at various points through the set.

In addition to FLAG’s tour, Greg Ginn‘s reformed Black Flag (with vocalist Ron Reyes) will also be touring this summer. Click here for Black Flag 2013 tour dates.

Full FLAG tour dates are below.

FLAG on Tour
5/27 Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling
6/07 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
6/08 Detroit, MI @ Orion Music + More Festival
6/09 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
6/13 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
6/14 Toronto, ON @ NXNE Festival
6/15 Montebello, QC @ Amnesia Rock Fest
8/24 Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
9/13 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
9/16 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
9/18 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
9/19 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
9/20 Boston, MA @ The Paradise

Click here for the top 10 best Black Flag songs.