Charli XCX Announces Debut Album, “True Romance,” to Be Released in UK April 15, 2013

Charli XCX "True Romance" cover art

Charli XCX has announced details of her debut album, True Romance, which will be released in the UK through Asylum Records on April 15, 2013. As of yet, no US details have been released.

The record will feature previously heard tracks “Nuclear Seasons,” “Stay Away,” “You’re the One,” “You (Ha Ha Ha),” and “Cloud Aura” (feat. Brooke Candy). It is the follow-up to her EP You’re the One.

Check below for the track list, as well as a handful of tour dates. Click here for an interview with Charli XCX.

Charli XCX on Tour
4/17 London, England @ Old Blue Last
4/18 Glasgow, Scotland @ ABC2
4/19 Manchester, England @ Deaf Institute

True Romance Track Listing
01. Nuclear Seasons
02. You (Ha Ha Ha)
03. Take My Hand
04. Stay Away
05. Set Me Free
06. Grins
07. So Far Away
08. Cloud Aura
09. What I Like
10. Black Roses
11. You’re the One
12. How Can I
13. Lock You Up

(via P4k)

RIP Onno “Cromag” van Ravensteijn, Co-Owner of Strength Records

Onno Cromag

Onno van Ravensteijn, better known as Onno Cromag, died today of a heart attack at the age of 49. The following message was posted on the Strength Records Facebook page:

With sadness in my heart I write that Onno van Ravensteijn “Cromag” has passed away due to a heart attack. A unique, warm, honest and colourfull person. A legend with a heart of gold and a friend.

Strength to family and friends

van Ravensteijn was a Dutch journalist, hardcore and martial arts enthusiast, and the co-founder of Strength Records, which he launched in late 2011 with Roger Miret of Agnostic Front. He made his home in Geldrop, The Netherlands.

Green Day to Make SXSW Debut on March 15, 2013

Green Day

Green Day have announced that they will make their SXSW debut on Friday, March 15, 2013, two weeks prior to starting their forthcoming tour. Their appearance at SXSW will include a special double-feature screening of films at the Paramount Theatre, the world premiere of Broadway Idiot and the Green Day documentary ¡Cuatro!

Later that night the band will perform an Austin City Limits Live show at the Moody Theatre. This will be Green Day’s first show since Billie Joe Armstrong entered rehab in fall of 2012.

Click here for Green Day’s 2013 tour schedule.

Trent Reznor Announces the Return of Nine Inch Nails (NIN), Will Tour in 2013 and 2014

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails

It has been four years now since he ended the band, but Trent Reznor has now announced that Nine Inch Nails will return this year. Tours are planned for this summer and fall and will extend into 2014. The lineup will include Reznor, Eric Avery (Jane’s Addiction), Adrian Belew (King Crimson), and Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv), as well as previous band members Alessandro Cortini and Ilan Rubin.

Here is the statement from Reznor:

Nine Inch Nails are touring this year.

I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked – which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.

The band is reinventing itself from scratch and will be comprised of Eric Avery, Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Ilan Rubin, and me. The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014.

Lots of details and dates to come. See you soon.


Banksy Arrested In London, Identity Revealed – Don’t Read This if You Don’t Wanna Know

Banksy artwork

UPDATE: According to Death & Taxes, the PRlog story (which has either been removed, or the site is down) seems to stem from this BBC article detailing the February 8th arrest of a man believed to be Banksy.

Anonymous tweeted the story:

However, it seems to be nothing more than an epic troll.


According to PRLOG, The England-based graffiti artist who goes by the pseudonymous of Banksy was arrested yesterday by police in London. After hours of questioning and a raid of his London art studio, his true name and identity have finally been revealed.

London Police say Banksy’s real name is Paul William Horner, a 39-year old male born in Bristol, England. The BBC has also confirmed this information with his PR agent Jo Brooks and the website that acts as a handling service on behalf of the artist, Pest Control.

London Police Chief Wayne Leppard stated, “We had a 24-hour Anti-Graffiti Task Force monitoring different groups known to have associated with Banksy. We received word that around 2 a.m. a group of individuals left a flat speculated to be one of Banky’s art studios. This group was followed by agents and once vandalism had occurred, we then arrested the group, five en total. These individuals all had ID on them except for one, and that is the one we believed to be Banksy.

“We then raided the studio where this group was last seen leaving from. Inside we found thousands of dollars of counterfeit money along with future projects of vandalism. We also found a passport and ID of a Paul William Horner who matched the description of the man that we are currently holding.”

Horner is currently being held without bail on charges of vandalism, conspiracy, racketeering and counterfeiting. Four other individuals whose names are being withheld are also in police custody.

Megan Fox to Play April O’Neil in Michael Bay’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” Reboot

Megan Fox

Michael Bay, who is producing the live-action reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (entitled Ninja Turtles), posted the following short message on his website today:

TMNT: we are bringing Megan Fox back into the family!

Michael Bay

Variety later reported that Fox, who previously appeared in Michael Bay’s Transformers, will star as the reporter April O’Neil:

“Prior to the holidays, the studio began meeting with actresses such as Jane Levy, Anna Kendrick and Elizabeth Olsen,” says Variety, “and the studio will now aim to find its male lead.” (via IGN)

A year ago, Bay created somewhat of an uproar when it was announced that he would be introducing “new turtle origins” in his reboot. Several months later, Paramount shut down production, delaying the estimated release date from December 2013 to May 2014.

Trent Reznor’s How to destroy angels_ Announces 2013 Tour Dates

How to Destroy Angels

How to destroy angels_ is a collective from Los Angeles composed of Mariqueen Maandig, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Rob Sheridan. After previously announcing their live debut at Coachella, the band has now announced additional Apri 2013l tour dates in select North American cities

All the dates are below; for more info visit tour.destroyangels.com.

How to destroy angels_ on Tour
4/12 Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/13 Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Theatre
4/17 Monterey, CA @ The Golden State Theatre
4/18 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
4/19 Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/21 Denver, CO @ Paramount Theater
4/23 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
4/25 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
4/27 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
4/28 Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
4/29 New York, NY @ The Apollo Theater

Northside Festival in Brooklyn, New York Announces Initial Lineup Include Black Flag, Swans, Iceage, and More

Northside Festival 2013

Northside Music Festival, which will take place June 13 – 16, 2013, will showcase nearly 350 bands. For the first time ever during Northside, the two McCarren Park concerts, on Saturday and Sunday, will be free. In addition to the 6,000-capacity McCarren Park space, there will be free music programming Saturday afternoon during Williamsburg Walks in the neighborhood epicenter, Bedford Avenue. All day Bedford will be closed off to car traffic from Metropolitan Avenue to McCarren Park and transformed into a public space with art, live music, food, and more.

This year’s lineup will include the first New York performance in 26 years of Greg Ginn‘s band Black Flag, featuring Jealous Again-era vocalist Ron Reyes. Other bands include Swans, Lambchop, Iceage, Son Volt, Rhys Chatham and Oneida (special collaboration), WHY?, Merchandise, Chelsea Wolfe, Twin Sister, The Soft Moon, Milk Music, Kisses, Lower, Destruction Unit, Good for You, Greg Ginn & the Royal We, and many more.

For a complete list of confirmed bands and to purchase badges and single-show tickets, head over to northsidefestival.com.

Relapse Records Releases “Patlapse,” a Benefit/Tribute Sampler to Pat Egan


Pat Egan, longtime director of retail sales at Relapse Records, tragically passed away on Monday, February 18, 2013 after a battle with pneumonia and related complications. In honor of Egan, the label has put together a 20-track compilation featuring a collection of his favorite songs and artists, including Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Brian Posehn, Red Fang, Death, and many more, including a never-before-released track from Exhumed.

One-hundred percent of proceeds from the compilation will go towards a college fund for his young daughter Katie. Relapse thanks each band for contributing each track and waiving their royalty fee to maximize the benefit for Pat’s beloved family.

The compilation is available for $5 via Bandcamp, but friends and fans are welcome to donate as much as they want. Direct contributions may also be made via Paypal to [email protected]

Patlapse Track Listing
01. Brian Posehn – More Metal Than You
02. Exhumed – The Beginning After The End (Previously Unreleased)
03. Mastodon – Mother Puncher
04. Kingdom of Sorrow – Screaming into the Sky
05. Baroness – Take My Bones Away
06. Red Fang – Wires
07. Death – A Moment Of Clarity
08. Revocation – Teratogenesis
09. Brutal Truth – Old World Order
10. Dying Fetus – Second Skin
11. Black Anvil – Ultimate Reality
12. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Sword Swallower
13. Zombi – Siberia
14. Pig Destroyer – The American’s Head
15. Toxic Holocaust – Sound The Charge
16. Murder Construct – No Question, No Comment
17. Horseback – Arjuna
18. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Sunshine the Werewolf
19. Abysmal Dawn – In Service of Time
20. Total Fucking Destruction – In The Process of Correcting Thinking Errors

Listen: Good For You (Featuring Greg Ginn and Mike Vallely) “Stupid Me”

Greg Ginn and Mike Vallely of Good For You

As previously reported, the new band from Greg Ginn (Black Flag) and Mike Vallely, Good For You, will release their debut album later this month. Life Is Too Short to Not Hold a Grudge is set to come out via SST Records on February 26, 2013.

The band previously released a stream of their first track, “Hanging Around,” which you can listen to by clicking here. Below you can hear a new song, “Stupid Me,” which debuted today at Thrasher Magazine.

Old Man Markley Premieres New Song “Rehearsal,” Announces 2013 Tour Dates

Old Man Markley

“Newgrass” septet Old Man Markley has released a new song called “Rehearsal” from their forthcoming album, Down Side Up. Down Side Up is the band’s sophomore album (and follow-up to Guts ‘N Teeth) due out on March 5, 2013 via Fat Wreck Chords.

Stream Old Man Markley’s new track “Rehearsal” below via AmericanSongwriter.com, and check their 2013 tour dates.

Old Man Markley on Tour
2/20 Columbus, OH @ Woodlands Tavern
2/21 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues (w/Dropkick Murphys)
2/22 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom (w/Dropkick Murphys)
2/24 St. Paul, MN @ The Myth (w/Dropkick Murphys)
2/26 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues (w/Dropkick Murphys)
2/27 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s BBQ (w/Dropkick Murphys)
2/28 Houston, TX @ House of Blues (w/Dropkick Murphys)
3/01 Gulf Breeze, FL @ Paddy O’Leary’s
3/02 Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues (w/Dropkick Murphys)
3/03 St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live (w/Dropkick Murphys)
3/04 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle (w/Dropkick Murphys)
3/05 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore (w/Dropkick Murphys)
3/06 Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa (w/Dropkick Murphys)
3/08 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory (w/Dropkick Murphys)
3/09 Trenton, NJ @ The Mill Hill Basement (w/Bryan McPherson)
3/11 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (w/Dropkick Murphys)
3/12 Maxwell’s @ Hoboken, NJ
3/13 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 (w/Dropkick Murphys)
3/14 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
3/16 Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
3/17 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose
3/20 Des Moines, IA @ The Lucky Monkey
3/21 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
3/22 Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge
3/24 Fullerton, CA @ The Slidebar
3/28 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues (w/Tiger Army)

forgetters, Featuring Former Members of Jawbreaker and Against Me!, Announce March 2013 Tour


forgetters, which feature guitarist and vocalist Blake Schwarzenbach (formerly of Jawbreaker and Jets To Brazil), bassist Michelle Proffit (Hiretsukan), and drummer Kevin Mahon (Against Me!), have announced the dates for their first tour of 2013 in support of their recently released self-titled full-length album. Full tour dates are below.

forgetters on Tour
3/22 Providence, RI @ Local 121
3/23 Cambridge MA @ TT The Bears
3/24 Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Downtown Art
3/26 Detroit, MI @ Garden Bowl
3/27 Milwaukee, WI @ The Cactus Club
3/28 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
3/29 Columbus, OH @ Kobo
3/30 Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox

(via DS)

Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow to Release Debut Album “Descender” – Listen to First Single “And Septimus…”

Andrew Wyatt "Descender"

Andrew Wyatt, better known to most as the front man of the electronic pop band Miike Snow, has announced his first solo project, Descender, slated for release on INGRID/Downtown Records on April 16, 2013. Descender is a 32-minute meditation into the darker side of Andrew Wyatt not seen on his latest endeavors with Miike Snow. The album weaves intricate soundscapes and is explored with the use of Prague’s Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Adam Klemens.

A full track listing is below, as well as a stream of “And Septimus…” courtesy of RS.

Descender Track Listing
1. Horse Latitudes
2. Harlem Boyzz
3. Cluster Subs
4. She’s Changed
5. And Septimus…
6. It Won’t Let You Go
7. Descender (Death of 1000 Cuts)
8. In Paris They Know How to Build a Monument
9. There is a Spring