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)

Watch: John Oliver’s Incredible Rant on the FCC and Net Neutrality

John Oliver on net neutrality

John Oliver and his new-ish show, “Last Week Tonight,” continue to dazzle. Oliver’s recent rant on the FCC and the impending doom of net neutrality is a worth a watch — but even more worth taking note of is that he provides instructions on how US citizens can contact the FCC with their opinions regarding net neutrality. Watch the clip below, and then follow the instructions courtesy of Upworthy and contact the FCC. It will only take you a moment.

Click here to access the FCC comments website, and follow the simple instructions below.

How to contact the FCC with comments regarding net neutrality

Pinback to Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary of “Summer in Abaddon” With 2014 North American Tour, Reissue


It has been 10 years since Pinback released their alt-pop classic Summer in Abaddon, and to celebrate, the duo is heading out on a North American tour. Additionally, Touch and Go Records will be reissuing the album — a limited edition pressing on maroon HQ180 vinyl that will be sold only at the shows and online.

Tera Melos will support Pinback during their tour. Dates are below.

Pinback on Tour
09/03 Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom

09/05 Dallas, TX @ Trees
09/06 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
09/08 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
09/09 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
09/10 Big Room Charlotte, NC @ The Chop Shop
09/11 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
09/12 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
09/13 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
09/15 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
09/16 Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Iron Works
09/17 Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
09/18 Akron, OH @ Musica
09/19 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
09/20 Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
09/22 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
09/23 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
09/24 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
09/25 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
09/27 Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial
09/28 Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
09/29 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
10/02 San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s 365 Club
10/03 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
10/04 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

Descendents to Play “Milo Goes to College” In Its Entirety With Original Bassist Tony Lombardo at Riot Fest 2014

Descendents | photo by Shahab Zargari

Descendents at Punk Rock Bowling 2014 | photo by Shahab Zargari

At the 2014 Riot Fest in both Chicago and Denver, the Descendents will be performing their debut full-length, Milo Goes to College, in its entirety. The band will be joined onstage by founding member and original bassist, Tony Lombardo. The Descendents’ current bassist (since 1987), Karl Alvarez, made the announcement on Facebook:

I hope I’m not letting the cat out of the bag here, But at Riotfest 2014, Descendents will be performing the “Milo Goes to College” L.P. in it’s entirety. With the original bass genius of the group, Mr. Tony Lombardo presiding. I’ll be the guy on the side of the stage with the joint and a silly grin on his face.

Riot Fest in Chicago takes place September 12th through 14th, and will be in Denver September 19th through the 21st. Click here to see pics of Descendents performing at Punk Rock Bowling 2014.

Full-Length Montreal-Based Film “Punk Noir” to Be Produced

Punk Noir cast and crew

Independent film company Dead Ringer Movies has announced plans to film a full-length thriller/drama feature, Punk Noir. Directed by Mark Aylward, the movie will be filmed and set in Montreal, Quebec, following a group of street punks as they get into escalating bouts of trouble, culminating in a deadly clash with authorities.

The film will star Verbicide‘s own Chris Aitkens as Cameron, a squeegee punk hell-bent on making the next biggest punk doc, and Francophone actress Mélanie Elliot as Vanessa, who flips Cameron’s world upside down.

A Fundrazr campaign has been launched to raise funds for production – just five dollars will get you a link to the movie once it’s made.

Also, the movie features an international soundtrack with bands from the US, Canada, the UK, Sweden, Germany, Argentina and France. Limited edition double-vinyl records are being made for those who donate $100 to the campaign. For more info or to donate, click here.

Gwar Front Man Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) Died of an Accidental Heroin Overdose

Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) of GWAR

Back on March 23, 2014, Dave Brockie — better known as Oderus Urungus, the founder and lead singer of Richmond, Virginia-based metal band Gwar – was found dead at the age of 50 at his home. Responding police investigators found evidence of heroin use, but the cause of death wasn’t finalized until toxicology tests were completed.

Now the cause has been officially announced: Brockie died of an accidental heroin overdose, according to the State Medical Examiner’s Office.

Despite Brockie’s death, the remaining members of Gwar are continuing on. Their annual GWAR-B-Q will go on as planned on August 16, 2014 in Richmond, during which time they’ll hold a public memorial for Brockie.

(via CBS 6, CoS)