Greg Ginn’s Black Flag Hires Dave Klein (of Screeching Weasel) to Play Bass

Black Flag

Earlier this year, Black Flag announced that they’d reunited with founding member and guitarist Greg Ginn, Jealous Again-era vocalist Ron Reyes, and drummer Gregory Moore. The band is also recording a new studio album — most likely with “Dale Nixon” (Greg Ginn’s pseudonym) on bass. However, it appears that, at least for the tours, Dave Klein has joined the band.

Klein has most recently been a member of Screeching Weasel, and according to a post on Facebook by Ben Weasel, “Black Flag came calling, and he answered the bell. And who can blame him? When Black Flag says they want to hire you, you suit up, give notice to the circus, and report for duty.” (via DS)

As of this post, no official announcement has been made by Black Flag. Also, in addition to the “official” Black Flag reunion and tour, a second band, known as FLAG will be touring this summer and features four former members of Black Flag.

The Shins Announce Spring 2013 North American Tour Dates

The Shins to tour in May 2013

In May, The Shins will kick off a spring tour, beginning with a performance on May 10th at Napa, California’s Bottle Rock Festival.

You can view the full list of The Shins’ upcoming tour dates below. Tickets can be purchased here.

The Shins on Tour
5/10 Napa, CA @ Bottle Rock Festival
5/11 Stateline, NN @ Montbleu Resort, Casino and Spa
5/12 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory SOLD OUT
5/13 Park City, UT @ Park City Live
5/17 Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Fest
5/18 Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
5/19 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
5/22 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
5/23 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
5/25 Boston, MA @ Boston City Hall Plaza
5/27 Richmond, VA @ The National
5/28 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva

(via Paste)

Gorillaz Collaborators Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett Bringing “Monkey: Journey to the West” Opera to New York City

Monkey: Journey to the West

Monkey: Journey to the West, a musical theater production by Gorillaz partners Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett and director Chen Shi-Zheng, will travel to New York City, with a series of performances this summer. The New York production will be staged 27 times from July 6-28 at the David H. Koch Theater.

Albarn composed the score, Hewlett did design, animation, and costumes, and Chen Shi-Zheng came up with the concept, wrote the libretto, and directs the production. The 100-minute show is based on a Chinese folktale about a monk on a journey from China to India, in search of sacred Buddhist scriptures. The monk is led by the Monkey King, accompanied by several animal friends. The trailer is below.

Monkey: Journey to the West Show Schedule:
Saturday, July 6 at 8 pm (preview)
Sunday, July 7 at 2 and 8 pm (previews)
Tuesday, July 9 at 8 pm.
Wednesday, July 10 at 8 pm
Thursday, July 11 at 8 pm
Friday, July 12 at 8 pm
Saturday, July 13 at 2 and 8 pm
Sunday, July 14 at 2 and 8 pm
Tuesday, July 16 at 8 pm
Wednesday, July 17 at 8 pm
Thursday, July 18 at 8 pm
Friday, July 19 at 8 pm
Saturday, July 20 at 2 and 8 pm
Sunday, July 21 at 2 and 8 pm
Tuesday, July 23 at 8 pm
Wednesday, July 24 at 8 pm
Thursday, July 25 at 8 pm
Friday, July 26 at 8 pm
Saturday, July 27 at 2 and 8 pm
Sunday, July 28 at 2 and 8 pm

(via P4k)

Top 10 Best Sidekicks and Supporting Characters That Are Much Cooler Than the Main Ones


It’s rare that a show’s side characters outshine the main ones. But every so often, a new star rises and the public takes notice, resulting in low-quality merchandising and  ill-fated spin-offs. I’m talking about real shitty production values too; not even good as mindless entertainment. Garbage, basically.

Still, we’re not suggesting that these characters haven’t earned their stripes. In truth, all of them are simply better than their counterparts with more screen time. You know it, Verbicide knows it, everyone knows it. So, how about it, internet? I think it’s time we give these characters the recognition they deserve.

Soundwave – “Transformers”

As a transforming boombox, you’d think that Soundwave was the robot equivalent of a thumb wrestler with no hands. But you’d be wrong. In fact, during the 1980s run of the cartoon, Soundwave proved not only to be a reliable surveillance expert and a capable fighter, but also ridiculously loyal to his Decepticon master, Megatron. How loyal to Megatron was he?

There is Megatron/Soundwave fanfic. Proceed with caution.

Add to that the fact that he could house several smaller tape robots in his chest and has a voice that is the Daft Punk version of Barry White’s smooth bass vocals, and you’ve got a winner. Soundwave is universally popular. It’s time we start acting like it.

Cheetara – “Thundercats”

Cheetara is fast. Really fast. But she really makes this list because for many young boys, she represented a first Saturday morning cartoon crush. While most stories focused on the whiny lion-themed hero, Lion-O, and his battles with the ancient mummy Mumm-Ra (apparently written by Captain Obvious), a few girls and guys watched every episode solely to see what happened with the quick and ferocious Cheetara. This likely led to a generation of people who understood women as strong, independent, and sexual creatures capable of fighting their own battles while supporting their friends and family. It also probably led to this. Guess you can’t win ‘em all.

Trunks – “Dragonball Z”

Women will say that Trunks is on this list because of his outgoing personality. Men will say it’s because of his sword. But if they’re both being honest, they’ll say it’s his hair that makes him “Dragonball’s” most popular second-tier character. Introduced as the first Saiyen without the trademark black, pointy hair, the futuristic Trunks quickly became a fan favorite. His aggressive nature haunts your dreams. He rules the social media universe. He has his own soda. He’s the total package.

Snake Eyes – “GI Joe”

Ninjas always get special consideration, but when you’re the world’s finest latex-wearing, mute, special forces ninja…well, let’s just say that “G.I. Joe” should have been changed to “The Snake Eyes Kickflip Action Hour” somewhere around season three. Plus, he eventually ends up with Scarlett. Not bad, Snake Eyes.

Most telling? Snake Eyes wasn’t even a major player in the original cartoon and yet was voted the most popular G.I. Joe character of all time, the coolest action figure of all time, and the most anticipated character of the 2009 G.I. Joe movie and its upcoming sequel.

Kato – “The Green Hornet”

Kato was played by Bruce Lee in a role so iconic that in Hong Kong the program was marketed as “The Kato Show.” Green Hornet actor Van Williams is probably still aching from that one.

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Nickelodeon Teases Never-Before-Seen Episode of “Rocko’s Modern Life” to Be Shown Sunday at Midnight

Rocko's Modern Life

“Never-before-seen episode of ‘Rocko’s Modern Life,’” promises a new video ad from TeenNick. “It will blow your face right off your face. It will shock you. You really can’t miss this.”

So, supposedly, on Sunday night at midnight EST (9 PST) — the exact moment April 1st begins — Nickelodeon will be showing a long-lost episode of “Rocko’s Modern Life.” Is Nickelodeon actually cruel enough to pull such a heartless April Fool’s gag? Or is this the real deal? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Click here to see the teaser video.

Great GoogaMooga Featuring The Flaming Lips, Yeah Yeah Yeahs Coming to Brooklyn May 17-19, 2013

The Great GoogaMooga Festival

Great GoogaMooga, an amusement park of food, drink, and music, will return to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park May 17-19, 2013. In its second year, GoogaMooga will feature a three-day format, up from two days in 2012. Adding to its stellar culinary personality, whereby 85 of New York’s top restaurants are paired with 75 brews and 100 wines, this year’s GoogaMooga will see 20 live performances from the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Flaming Lips, Matt & Kim, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Darkness, Jovanotti, Father John Misty, and De La Soul.

Tickets to Friday night’s kick-off concert with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Flaming Lips, and The Darkness, along with tickets to the VIP Cocktail Experience for Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th will go on sale Thursday, March 28th at noon EST. Complimentary general admission tickets for Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 will be available in an online giveaway running Monday, April 1st through Wednesday, April 3rd. Complimentary tickets will be awarded at random and recipients will be notified by email on or before Wednesday, April 10th. All tickets will be available at googamooga.com

The Roles of Michaelangelo, Donatello, and Leonardo Have Been Cast in the Forthcoming “Ninja Turtles” Movie Reboot

Leonardo will be played by Pete Ploszak, Donatello by Jeremy Howard, and Michaelangelo by Noel Fisher in the new TMNT reboot

Last week, it was announced that Alan Ritchson has been cast as Raphael in the forthcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, following the announcement in February that Megan Fox has been cast as April O’Neil. Now, casting decisions for all four Turtles has been revealed by Deadline: Leonardo will be played by Pete Ploszek, Donatello by Jeremy Howard, and Michaelangelo by Noel Fisher.

According to Ain’t It Cool News, Fisher had been seen in “Hatfields & McCoys,” is a regular on the Showtime series “Shameless,” and was a featured vampire in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Ploszek has appeared on “Shameless” and “Parks & Recreation,” and Howard has had bit parts in Galaxy Quest and Men in Black II.

It is suspected that the role of Shredder will be revealed any day.

Eisley Announces New Album “Currents” to Be Released May 28, 2013

Eisley "Currents"

Eisley has announced that they will release their fourth full-length album, Currents, on May 28th via Equal Vision Records.

The album was self-recorded and self-produced at their home studio in Tyler, Texas, marking the band’s first time recording completely independently.

Currents is honestly the first time we’ve had total and complete free reign over the making of one of our records and it felt so liberating. We were able to dig deeper musically; there are lusher arrangements and more abstract themes. I feel like we really were able to experiment this time in the studio while still enjoying doing what we love…which is essentially writing pop songs,” explains vocalist/guitarist Sherri DuPree-Bemis.

The track listing is below.

Currents Track Listing
01. Currents
02. Blue Fish
03. Drink The Water
04. Save My Soul
05. Millstone
06. Real World
07. Wicked Child (feat. Merriment)
08. Find Me Here
09. Wonder English
10. Lost Enemies
11. The Night Comes
12. Shelter

Mike Park, Owner of Asian Man Records, Forms Hardcore Punk Band Maguma Taishi With Members of Dillinger Four and Birthday Suits

Mike Park

Mike Park, founder of Asian Man Records and former member of Skankin’ Pickle, has announced a new band called Maguma Taishi, a band that plays “lo-fi punk rock influenced by the Japanese hardcore scene.” The band also includes Patrick Costello of Dillinger Four and Matthew Kazama and Hideo Takahashi from Birthday Suits. The band will be releasing a seven-inch record this summer; however, Park states that “we will probably never play a show.”

Listen to Maguma Taishi’s “Dachsund Suicide” below. (via Dying Scene)

Dave Grohl Lashes Out at TV Talent Shows

Dave Grohl

In a new interview with NME, Dave Grohl has let loose some apt and deserved criticisms of TV talent shows such as “American Idol” and “The X Factor.”

“I think people should feel encouraged to be themselves,” says Grohl. “That’s what bums me out about those shows where people are judged so harshly by fucking musicians that hardly even play an instrument on their own fucking albums. It makes me really mad.

“I swear to God, if my daughter walked up onstage and sang her heart out and some fucking billionaire looked at her and said, ‘No, I’m sorry you’re not any good,’ I’d fucking throttle that person, I swear to God. Who the fuck are you to say what’s good or bad?”

Grohl says that the TV shows make it so that “everyone sounds like fucking Christina Aguilera,” and adds, “The next time someone says you’re not a good singer, say, ‘Fuck you.’” (via NME)

Local H Vocalist Scott Lucas Severely Beaten in Russia, Left With Damaged Vocal Cords

Scott Lucas of Local H

Scott Lucas, the lead singer of Chicago-based alt-rockers Local H, has revealed details of a brutal post-show attack in Russia that left him with damaged vocal cords and forced the band to cancel shows.

“Here’s what happened: A month ago, after a date in Moscow, I was assaulted and robbed,” explained Lucas. “The attacker came up from behind and put me in a chokehold until I passed out. When I came to, I was in a stairwell with all of my pockets empty. No phone, no wallet, no cash, and (worst of all) no passport. Nothing. Even my hat and glasses were gone. It wasn’t until I found someone to ask for help that I realized something else was gone – my voice. When I opened my mouth to ask that person to call me a taxi, nothing but a scratchy croak would come out. I touched my throat and could feel that more damage had been done than I initially thought. A purple bruise began to form. I was having trouble swallowing. Russia…”

(via KROQ)

My Chemical Romance Have Broken Up

My Chemical Romance

The shitty, inexplicably popular band My Chemical Romance announced today that they are breaking up. A message from the band posted on www.mychemicalromance.com states:

“Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We’ve shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.”

No word yet on the shitty new bands the members of this shitty band plan to start.

Classic “DuckTales” NES Video Game to Be Remastered for Nintendo Wii U, Xbox, and PS3, to Be Released by Capcom Summer 2013

Disney's DuckTales Remastered video game

On Friday, Capcom announced at the PAX East video game conference in Boston that it will release this summer a “remastered” version of its classic Nintendo game, “Ducktales,” based on the Disney cartoon and originally released in 1989 for the NES.

A trailer for the game that was posted to Capcom’s YouTube page suggests that the remaster’s look and game play is quite similar to the original: a platform action game in which Scrooge McDuck pogos on his cane through haunted mansions and the like.

The game will be released for Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Ninendo Wii U. Watch the trailer below.

First Turtle Cast in the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Reboot Film: Alan Ritchson Cast as Raphael

Alan Ritchson

Previously, it was announced that Megan Fox has been cast as April O’Neil, and now the first turtle has been cast for the forthcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. Deadline reports that Alan Ritchson, who will be seen as District One Tribute Gloss later this year in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, has been cast as Raphael. More casting decisions are sure to follow in the coming weeks. (via Ain’t It Cool News)

12 Punk Show Flyers From the 1990s

1990s punk rock flyers

While punk show flyers aren’t by any means an extinct form of art, they are not nearly as prevalent as they were before the advent of the World Wide Web. While flyers were extremely common in the 1970s and 1980s, punk rock began to infiltrate the internet during the ’90s, and websites such as BYOFL and Just Another Scene became the preferred way to determine when both local bands and touring acts would be playing at the neighborhood club.

Still, despite their decreasing need, there were plenty of excellent show flyers created in the 1990s. Here are 12 that will take you back in time.

MDC, Coffin Break, 1990
(via 10 Things Zine)

Sonic Youth, Nirvana, STP 1990
(via Defunct Los Angeles)

Dwarves, 1990
(via Old Punk Flyers)

Jesus Lizard, 1990
(via Midwest Indie, Punk, and Hardcore Archive)

Angry Samoans, 1990
(via The File Cabinet of Curiosities)

Dayglow Abortions, The Gits, 1990
(via 10 Things Zine)

Agnostic Front, Sick of It All, 1990
(via Old Punk Flyers)

Fugazi, The Offspring, 1991
(via CBC)

Shelter, Iceburn, Farside, 1992
(via Fuck Yeah 1990s Hardcore)

Oi Polloi, 1995
(via History Is Made at Night)

Snapcase, Refused, 1996
(via The Change Zine)

Avail, Converge, Leatherface, late ‘90s
(via The Change Zine)

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