OFF! Announce Summer 2014 Tour Dates With Drummer Dale Crover of Melvins


OFF! have announced a new run of tour dates this August in support of their latest album Wasted Years. In place of the group’s usual drummerMario Rubalcaba is Dale Crover of Melvins (and a former member of Nirvana). Joining the band for the tour are California punkers Bad Antics and Arizona hardcore band Gay Kiss, with the Dwarves jumping on select Texas dates. Full dates are below.

OFF! on Tour
w/ Mario Rubalcaba:
7/11 Milton Keynes, UK @ Milton Keynes Bowl *
7/17 Mexico City, Mexico @ Indie Rocks! Forum

w/ Dale Crover (all dates with Bad Antics and Gay Kiss):
8/06 El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
8/08 San Antonio, TX  @ Korova+
8/09 Austin, TX  @ Mohawk+
8/10 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
8/11 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
8/13 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
8/14 Miami, FL @ Churchill’s Pub
8/15 St. Petersburg, FL @ Local 662
8/18 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
8/19 Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade
8/21 Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
8/22 Brooklyn, NY @ Europa
8/23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
8/24 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop

* with Pearl Jam
+ with The Dwarves

Six Writing Tips From John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck

If you’re a writer who’s looking to write better, then there is often no better place to turn to for advice and inspiration than a master of the craft. In addition to Kurt Vonnegut’s seven rules for great writing, we now present to you six writing tips from John Steinbeck, taken from his interview published in the Fall 1975 issue of The Paris Review, seven years after his death.

1. Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised.

2. Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material.

3. Forget your generalized audience. In the first place, the nameless, faceless audience will scare you to death and in the second place, unlike the theater, it doesn’t exist. In writing, your audience is one single reader. I have found that sometimes it helps to pick out one person — a real person you know, or an imagined person and write to that one.

4. If a scene or a section gets the better of you and you still think you want it — bypass it and go on. When you have finished the whole you can come back to it and then you may find that the reason it gave trouble is because it didn’t belong there.

5. Beware of a scene that becomes too dear to you, dearer than the rest. It will usually be found that it is out of drawing.

6. If you are using dialogue — say it aloud as you write it. Only then will it have the sound of speech.


Click here for Kurt Vonnegut’s Rules for Great Writing



“Reading Rainbow” Kickstarter Passes $5 Million, Seth MacFarlane Donates an Extra $1 Million

Reading Rainbow

At the end of May 2014, LeVar Burton launched a Kickstarter aiming to raise $1 million to rejuvenate “Reading Rainbow,” the beloved PBS program that originally ran from 1983 through the mid-2000s. Within a day, they were able to surpass their goal, allowing them to broaden their aspirations and set their sights on raising $5 million.

The Kickstarter, which ended July 2nd, blew past the goal on the final day. As an added bonus, “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane pledged an additional $1 million, bringing the grand total raised to more than $6.4 million. Altogether, nearly 106,000 people donated to the campaign, which will bring “Reading Rainbow’s” library of interactive books and video field trips to more platforms, and will provide free access to classrooms in need.

Click here for Six Clips of Classic “Reading Rainbow” Episodes From the 1980s

Tina Fey to Produce “Hocus Pocus 2″

Hocus Pocus

A new report from The Tracking Board states that Tina Fey and her company, Little Stranger, will produce the long-awaited sequel to the 1993 film Hocus Pocus.

Fey is joining Allison Shearmur from Allison Shearmur Productions along with executives Bryan Oh and Stephen Meinen, who were attached to the project previously. And Disney is coming on board through executives Jessica Virtue and Tendo Nagenda.

No actors from the original movie have signed on or are even rumored to be a part of the Hocus Pocus sequel, and no director has been named either. Kenny Ortega  directed the original film.

Street Dogs Announce August 2014 European Tour Dates

Street Dogs performing at PRB 2012 | photo by Shahab Zargari

Street Dogs performing at PRB 2012 | photo by Shahab Zargari

Boston’s Street Dogs — featuring vocalist Mike McColgan — have announced a summer tour of Europe with Bishops Green. Full dates are below!

Street Dogs on Tour
8/06 London, England @ Underworld
8/07 Blackpool, England @ Rebellion Festival
8/08 Winchester, England @ Boomtown Fair
8/09 Torgau, Germany @ Endless Summer
8/10 Frankfurt, Germany @ 11er Club
8/11 -indau, Germany @ Club Vaudeville
8/12 Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Dynamo
8/13 Oberhausen, Germany @ Kulttempel
8/14 München, Germany @ Backstage
8/15 Portomaggiore/Ferrara, Italy @ What Is Rock? Festival*
8/16 Stemwede, Germany @ Stemweder Open Air Fest*

* – denotes no Bishops Green

Top 20 Best Summer Movies of All Time

Stand By Me

When school is out, the weather is warm, and the sun stays up until nearly 9 o’clock at night, there are plenty of better ways to spend your time than watching television. But, of course, there’s nothing wrong with capping off a great day with a classic flick. Here are 20 summertime favorites.

20. Batman (1989)

Tim Burton’s Batman was the biggest blockbuster of the summer of ’89, and it completely revolutionized superhero movies. Until then, such films were campy, cheaply made, and generally overlooked. Now, large budgets, high-tech armor and suits, fantastic special effects, and big-name actors are standard fare for the superhero film genre.

19. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

Four years before Batman hit the big screen, Burton directed this tale of a man-boy who travels from California to Texas in search of his custom bicycle. The film’s meta finale culminates with a viewing of a movie of the same name at that old-timey staple of summer, the drive-in theater.

18. Independence Day (1996)

If you like a ton of CGI explosions and Will Smith spitting out macho catchphrases while sucking on a stogie, this is the film for you. Surprisingly, a sequel is due out on July 1, 2016 — 20 years from the day that the original film was released.

17. Flight of The Navigator (1986)

Like Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Flight of the Navigator stars Paul Reubens, who provides the voice of the Trimaxion Drone Ship. And like Independence Day, it takes place on the Fourth of July, and there are lots of aliens. I guess you could say it’s the best of both worlds.

16. Back to the Future (1985)

Outside of the Theban plays, the Back to the Future films comprise history’s most famous trilogy commencing with an Oedipal relationship. But unlike Sophocles’ masterpiece, these movies are infinitely re-watchable.

15. The Goonies (1985)

It would be hard to find anyone who was a kid in the ’80s who didn’t dream of a being a Goonie. Fun fact: a “sequel,” The Goonies II, was created in 1987…in video game form.

14. Jurassic Park (1993)

Released in mid-June of 1993, Jurassic Park redefined summer blockbusters. Universal Pictures sunk a whopping $65 million into a worldwide advertising campaign, and then raked in nearly a billion dollars, shattering the box office record held since 1982 by E.T. Four and a half years later, Titanic would break the record set by Jurassic Park, but the movie is still heralded for its revolutionary special effects.

13. Jaws (1975)

Heading to the beach this summer? Don’t watch this movie first.

12. Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

An incredible ensemble cast featuring members of “The State” (Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino, and Joe Lo Truglio) plus Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garofalo, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Christopher Meloni, and many more star in this bizarre satirical comedy that takes place in August 1981 on the last day of summer camp. Supposedly, Netflix is developing a TV series based on the movie.

11. Meatballs (1979)

Predating Wet Hot American Summer by more than two decades, Meatballs set the bar for summer camp comedies. Though he was already well known as a cast member of ”Saturday Night Live,” this film is Bill Murray‘s breakout movie role.

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North Korea Threatens War on US Over James Franco and Seth Rogen’s Kim Jong-un Movie

"The Interview," starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, and pissing off Kim Jong-un

According to the BBC, North Korea has promised “merciless” retaliation if a forthcoming Hollywood movie about killing Kim Jong-un is released. A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said in state media that the movie’s release would be an “act of war,” and that “If the US administration allows and defends the showing of the film, a merciless counter-measure will be taken.”

He did not mention the title, but a Hollywood movie called The Interview starring James Franco and Seth Rogen (and co-written by Rogen) is due in October. Franco and Rogen play a talk show host and his producer who are invited to interview Kim Jong-un, and are subsequently recruited by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to assassinate the leader. Rogen told Yahoo, “People have the hypothetical discussion about how journalists have access to the world’s most dangerous people, and they hypothetically would be in a good situation to assassinate them.”

North Korea is holding three Americans in custody. The latest to be detained is said to be a tourist named Jeffrey Edward Fowle, who reportedly left a Bible at a hotel.

Watch the teaser trailer below.

Song Premiere: Pillage & Plunder “How Did It Come to This?”

Pillage & Plunder

Atlanta-based Pillage & Plunder are self-proclaimed “art rockers” who play a unique mix of indie, prog, and jazz-punk. The trio will release their debut full-length The Show Must Go Wrong on August 5, 2014. They previously released their debut single in 2009, and their first EP, Look Inside for the Prize, in 2011. In 2013, they dropped Goodnight Jack, an acoustic EP.

Below, you can stream the premiere of their track “How Did It Come to This?” They are preparing for a big late-summer tour to coincide with the album release.

Teenage Bottlerocket Sign to Rise Records

Teenage Bottlerocket | photo by Shahab Zargari

Teenage Bottlerocket | photo by Shahab Zargari

According to New Noise, Laramie, Wyoming’s Teenage Bottlerocket have left Fat Wreck Chords to sign with metalcore factory Rise Records. The band is currently taking part in the 2014 Warped Tour, and upon its completion, they plan to write their debut Rise release. The band will record at Blasting Room with Bill Stevenson (of the Descendents).

Their next album will be their sixth full-length, and their follow-up to 2012′s Freak Out!

Watch: Veruca Salt “It’s Holy”

Veruca Salt

On Record Store Day 2014, the first of Veruca Salt’s new music was be released as a limited-edition “Seether” single with two new tracks on the B-side, “The Museum of Broken Relationships” and “It’s Holy.” Shortly thereafter, the band released a music video for “The Museum of Broken Relationships,” and has now followed it up with another video for the other B-side. Watch below.

Veruca Salt is heading out on a 2014 tour — click here for dates.

(via Stereogum)

Cast Photo, Release Date Revealed for NWA Biopic “Straight Outta Compton”

NWA biopic pic

Back row (l-r): Ice Cube, F. Gary Gray, Dr. Dre
Front: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins

Universal Pictures has announced that the forthcoming NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton, will be released in theaters on August 14, 2015. Along with the announcement, the studio also unveiled the first photo of the cast, who will be portraying three of the notable members of the group: Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E.

Dr.Dre will be played by Corey Hawkins. Eazy-E will be played by Jason Mitchell, and Ice Cube — whose real name is O’Shea Jackson — will be portrayed by his real-life son, O’Shea Jackson Jr.

Casting is still underway for the final two members of the iconic rap group, MC Ren and DJ Yella. The film will be directed by F. Gary Gray. (via Access Hollywood)

Watch: Shirley Manson Teaches German on Revived Children’s Educational Show “Pancake Mountain”

Shirley Manson of Garbage on "Pancake Mountain"

Back in 2004, the Washington, DC-based educational show “Pancake Mountain” debuted, and became quickly well-known in underground circles for airing a music video by Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina — The Evens — entitled “Vowel Movement.” However, in 2012, after eight years, the show folded after a failed Kickstarter campaign.

But it has been a good month for great children’s shows. First, “Reading Rainbow” met and far exceeded its Kickstarter campaign goals, and now today, “Pancake Mountain” has returned, and will air a new episode online every Monday for 10 weeks. The premiere episode includes a performance by Garbarge front woman Shirley Manson (and a new theme song by Brody Dalle), which you can watch below. This and all other episodes can be seen on the show’s PBS Digital Studios YouTube channel.

(via RS)