Stream new Blackpool Lights EP

The brand new EP from Get Up Kids side project Blackpool Lights is now streaming on bandcamp. The release is the first since the band’s sole full length, This Town’s Disaster, back in 2006.

With the forthcoming return of the Get Up Kids, we assume that there won’t be much action happening from the Blackpool Lights camp, which is a real shame because after listening to this EP, they’re on to something fantastic.

You can stream and download the track “Still Waiting” below.



Silverstein debut new track from Transitions EP

Having recently signed to Hopeless Records, Canadian post-hardcore act Silverstein have now debuted the first new material from their upcoming EP Transitions.

The band spent the majority of their career on Victory Records, releasing four full length albums with the label. They recently announced their split from the label and landed on Hopeless. Their first release will be the Transitions EP, due out digitally tomorrow. A full length is expected some time next year.

You can check out the first sample, the song “Sacrifice”, on their Facebook page.


The Mighty Mighty Bosstones get festive with “2000 Miles”

Ska punk outfit The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are ringing in the holiday season the best way they can; with a Hometown Throwdown and a cover of a classic holiday song.

The band are celebrating their 13th annual Hometown Throwdown this year with Less than Jake, H20, The Flatliners and more and will release their version of the 1983 Pretenders song “2000 Miles”  digitally and on pink vinyl (with cover art illustration by ABC late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel).

You can view the video for the track below while dates and artists for this year’s throwdown can be seen below. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones last released Pin Points and Gin Joints in 2009.

The 13th Annual Hometown Throwdown
The House of Blues, Boston, MA
December 26: w/ F.U’s and We Are The Union
December 27: w/ H2O and The Flatliners
December 28: w/ Less Than Jake and DYS



New Clash ‘London Calling’ biopic on the way

A new biopic detailing the creation of one of the most famed punk/rock n’ roll albums of all time is officially in the works. The Clash’s seminal London Calling will the subject of a new Ruby Films biopic that will be produced by former Clash members Paul Simonon and Mick Jones.

The BBC is reporting that Ruby Film’s Allison Owen and Paul Trijbits will helm the project while playwright Jez Butterworth will handle the script.

Owen has expressed her thoughts behind the biopic, describing it as something Clash fans will like while applauding the inclusion of both Jones and Simonon to the process;

“Fans of The Clash all over the world have been waiting a long time to see their extraordinary story played out properly and accurately on the big screen. We’re happy that Mick and Paul have given the project their blessing and are on board to help steer the ship.”

The film is set to begin shooting next year but no cast has been announced yet.

Our favorite Clash/Joe Strummer related music flick? Still Julien Temple’s The Future Is Unwritten. We’re excited about a possible Clash film, but we’ve always preferred the authenticity of a music documentary over the authenticity of the music biopic.


Bright Eyes announce The People’s Key for February

Conor Oberst and his Bright Eyes outfit have announced the release of their upcoming new album The People’s Key for next February. The release is the band’s seventh studio album and will see release February 15th via Saddle Creek Records.

The People’s Key was produced by Mike Mogis and features guest artists Andy LeMaster (Now It’s Overhead), Matt Maginn (Cursive), Carla Azar (Autolux) and Clark Baechle (The Faint) amongst those contributing to the release. The band have lined up two shows for next year, a stop at New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall and across the pond on London. More dates will surely be announced as the album nears its release.

Track listing:
01. Firewall
02. Shell Games
03. Jejune Stars
04. Approximated Sunlight
05. Haile Selassie
06. A Machine Spiritual (In The People’s Key)
07. Triple Spiral
08. Beginner’s Mind
09. Ladder Song
10. One For You, One For Me


Sydney’s Tonight Alive premiere new song

Sydney pop punk act Tonight Alive are currently in the United States recording with noted producer Mark Trombino (Jimmy Eat World, Blink-182) working on the follow up to their debut album All Shapes & Disguises.

The band have released a short 3-song EP to tide fans over until new material is done. A song from that EP, “Thankyou and Goodnight” has made its way online and can be heard above.


Jimmy Eat World announce 2011 Australian/NZ tour

Fresh from the release of their latest album Invented, Arizona rockers Jimmy Eat World have announced a 2011 tour of Australia and New Zealand set for next April.

The tour kicks off April 5th in Perth and will make its way through Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane before wrapping up their Australian run in Melbourne on the 11th. The band will play a solitary date in New Zealand on the 13th in Auckland. Full tour dates below. General public tickets go on sale December 9th.

Tour dates:
04/05 – Perth, WA @ Metro City
04/06 – Adelaide, SA @ Governor Hindmarsh
04/08 – Sydney, NSW @ Enmore Theatre
04/09 – Brisbane, QLD @ The Tivoli
04/11 – Melbourne, VIC @ Palace Theatre
04/13 – Auckland, NZ @ Powerstation