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)
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
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
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?
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.
“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.
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 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
02. Blue Fish
03. Drink The Water
04. Save My Soul
06. Real World
07. Wicked Child (feat. Merriment)
08. Find Me Here
09. Wonder English
10. Lost Enemies
11. The Night Comes
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)
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)
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…”
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.
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.
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.