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Kira Roessler Speaks On Her 46-year Career, Black Flag, DOS, Film Dialog Editing, Debut Solo Album KIRA & Much, Much More (The Witzard Interview)

KIRA (CREDIT: Jack Grisham) Black Flag is just one of those bands—along with The Misfits, Minor Threat, Fugazi, Dead Kennedys, and more—that every young Punk/Hardcore fan cutting their teeth with the genres should experience. Kira Roessler was bassist (and the only female member!) of Black Flag during the Rollins-era between 1983-85. However, within those short two years, Roessler played on FOUR studio albums, Family Man, Slip It In, Loose Nut, and In My Head, as well as two live albums, Live '84 & Who's Got The 10½? and an EP, The Process of Weeding Out. During her now 46-year career, Roessler has spent time playing with Approximation, AwkWard, DOS with Mike Watt (Minutemen, The Stooges, fIREHOSE,) Geza X & The Mommymen, MinuteFlag, The Monsters, Puzzled Panthers, Sexsick, Twisted Roots, The Visitors, and Waxx, as well as appearances on various compilations Roessler describes herself as a "bass player first and foremost. Then, a sound editor, dog mom, loving

Mike Chick Shares New Seasonally-appropriate Treat "Ding! Dong! Fill My Plastic Pumpkin" (Mint 400 Records)

Mike Chick is a guy from New Jersey who enjoys creating music with people he admires. He's played lots of shows and has shook a good amount of hands. He is signed to Mint 400 Records and currently plays in the bands Yawn Mower & Bill, Nick, Bob & Chick (BNBC.) Chick, also, seems to have some sort of involvement with both Modern Animals (@modern_animals) and FUSARO PIZZA Merch, Mike Chick's most recent full-length project was an awesomely-titled maxi-single for Mint 400 Records dubbed "The High Life Let Me Down Again Last Night." Now, just in time for Halloween/Spooky Season, Chick has returned with his latest solo effort, a seasonally-appropriate single he's calling "Ding! Dong! Fill My Plastic Pumpkin." As a press release perfectly explains it: "when you search for "top Halloween songs," you'll probably get results like [Creedence Clearwater Revival's] "Bad Moon Rising," [Van Halen's] "Running w

Guts of The Ice: Aaron "Coach" Pagdon Talks DCxPC Live Presents: Two Man Advantage (The Witzard Interview)

Various members of the team/band at Two Man Advantage (2MA) partook in our initial run of Guts of The Ice Hockey Punk-centric features a few years back. We've kept in touch with Spag/Drunk B*stard and a couple other 2 Man goons in the years since intially "meeting" online. 2 Man started a Bandcamp page around 2018 uploading their career-spanning back catalog, as well as rarities, new musical releases, etc. Last week, The 2 Man announced they would be releasing a new live album entitled DCxPC Live Presents: Two Man Advantage. It's all done in homage to V.M.L. Records' iconic V.M.L. Live Series , which originally featured The meatmen, The Queers, Agent Orange, Anti-Flag, AVAIL, The Hanson Brothers/Nomeansno, and more. Side A was recorded at CBGB's in 2002 when 2MA opened up for Poison Idea and Side B was recorded at Punk Rock Bowling in 2018 when they opened for Subhumans. It's a fairly unique live record in that it boasts have excerpts from two shows that

All-around Breakdown: Spoken Nerd & Juan Cosby Talk New Collaborative Album GRAPES (Invisible Library)

Spoken Nerd & Juan Cosby have worked together on a number of occassions over the years—most notably, a 2016 one-off collaboration and comic book entitled "MC DOOM" —but now, they've re-joined forces once more for a proper rapper/producer full-length album. United by hustle and an unmatchable enthusiasm for Alternative Hip-Hop, Spoken Nerd & Juan Cosby have teamed to make the Synth-Pop/Hip-Hop-fused LP, GRAPES. GRAPES was, actually, first concocted as word of a rumored re-boot of Tales from The Crypt landed in the ears of Nathan Conrad. The whispers of re-birth for the series stoked the fire of nostalgia in fans of former years, but simultaneously sparked a larger scheme in the Nashville-based rapper, Spoken Nerd. Wheels turning, Nathan Conrad AKA Spoken Nerd shared his ideas of cultivating a Tales from The Crypt mixtape to Cincinnati-based producer, Juan Cosby. Surely, the "on-brand" Horror-themed lyrics of Spoken Nerd would mesh seamlessly with the

Vans_Westly Returns with "Off Da Hook" Cover of Limp Bizkit's "Break Stuff" (Bandcamp Exclusive)

We first heard about Vans_Westly right around the time of the release of his 2017 EP, QUILLS , primarily produced by NelWayne with one additional beat crafted by Drew Scott. Vans' next effort, Bubble Boy, was released on fellow Baltimoreons Height Keech's own Cold Rhymes Records. Bubble Boy was entitely produced by Height, again, with one lone beat produced by Drew Scott. Vans_Westly returned in 2020 with his Rapscallion EP entirely produced by Jumbled with profits raised benefitting both Bail Fund and The Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS.) Vans has since released Bandcamp-exclusive songs either covering, featuring, sampling, evoking, or otherwise incorporating the likes of Buddy Ross, Mac DeMarco, and The Backyardigans with assistance from his usual cast of collaborators. Break Stuff (Limp Bizkit cover) by Vans_Westly Vans_Westly (@Vans_Westly) recently teased his most off-kilter concoction on Twitter posting, "Recording the most ridiculous out-of

Bartees Strange Returns with Live Forever Deluxe Edition Featuring "Free Kelly Rowland" Remix with Armand Hammer (Memory Music)

Let's just say this: if you're still not listening to Barttes Strange, you're missing out! Strange is a producer and song-writer based out of Washington, D.C. His mother is an Opera singer and His dad served in the military for decades. Strange traveled widely for his parents' jobs—born in Ipswich, England in 1989, his family did stints living in Germany, Greenland, and a number of states across America before he hit his 12th birthday when they settled down in Mustang, Oklahoma. Bartees Strangr released his debut full-length, Live Forver, last year on producer, engineer and song-writer Will Yip's impring, Memory Music, formed in partnership with Run for Cover Records. It was one of the most critically-acclaimed/widely-loved albums of the year garnering widespread praise from the likes of Thursday's own Geoff Rickly, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, The National, Stay Inside, Maneka, and Oceanator. Live Forever Deluxe Edition by Bartees Strange Strange has sin

California Horror Punk Revivalists Love Equals Death Return with Halloween B-sides & Rarities Comp. (SBÄM/Say-10 Records)

The return of Death Punk: Love Equals Death is about to release a career-spanning compilation of their material, including B-sides, on Halloween. The California Death Punk cult band will release a new album called The Hour of Resurrection on October 29th and are releasing a single entitled "At War (with Myself)" today. In sunny Petaluma, San Francisco Bay Area, California, four Punk Rockers founded a band that would be anything but sunny: on Halloween 2003, Love Equals Death was born, blending 90's Skate Punk with The Misfits-style Horror Punk. Their 2006 album, Nightmerica , produced by Bill Stevenson (Descendents) and Jason Livermore, was released on Fat Wreck Chords. Following Nightmerica, Love Equals Death relentlessly toured across the world with kindred spirits AFI, Avenged Sevenfold, The Distillers, No Use for A Name, Pennywise, The Suicide Machines, Tiger Army, and, of course numerous Warped Tours. Founding member of Love Equals Death included Tsunami Bomb's

Max Heath of Child Actor Talks RESPAWN with Televangel, Hip-Hop Production Work & More (The Witzard Interview)

Child Actor is an Indie/Dream Pop duo consisting of Max Heath & Natalie Plaza. Child Actor was formed in 2012 by Heath and his cousin, Sedgie Ogilvy, whom released two EP's together, Partner & Window, that same year. Ogilvy parted ways with Child Actor by the end of 2012 and Natalie Plaza took her place within the group. Child Actor have since released three full-length albums, Victory (2012,) Never Die (2014,) A Perfect Cloud (2016,) as well as a number of EP's and singles. Child Actor's overall sound generally flirts with Indie/Dream Pop, amidst elements of Electronic, Rock, Experimental, and Contemporary R&B stylings. However, it appears as though Child Actor have been dipping their collective "toe" into Hip-Hop production work more recently. Child Actor and/or Heath have contributed production work, vocals, instrumentation, etc. to the likes of Armand Hammer, Blue Sky Black Death, Busdriver, ceschi, Dark Time Sunshine, Deniro Farrar, Green Ova

alt-J Share New Single "U&ME" from Upcoming Album The Dreamer (Canvasback/Infectious Music)

SOURCE: Big Hassle Media (CREDIT: Rosie Matheson) Beloved English Ingie Rock band alt-J have announced their eagerly-awaited fourth album, The Dream , set for release early next year. The band's extremely catchy revelatory new single, "U&ME," is out now with a companion music video. "U&ME" was produced by long-time collaborator, Charlie Andrew, and is the band's first new music since their acclaimed third album, RELAXER, released in 2017, and its accompanying 2018 Hip-Hop remix album, REDUXER. Directed by band member Gus Unger-Hamilton's brother, Prosper Unger-Hamilton, "U&ME"'s video is the first ever to feature the full band. It's an evocative video that recalls summer memories and was inspired by frontman Joe Newman's experiences at a festival in Melbourne, Australia. The Dream is an album wherein True Crime-inspired stories and tales of Hollywood & The Chateau Marmont rub shoulders with some of the band's m

Jumbled Shares New EP JUMBLED'S JUKEBOX: DOO-WOP INSPIRED HIP-HOP (Harford & Reckord Tapes)

School is back in session across the Nation and our favorite teacher, husband, father, beat-maker, and dish-washer, John "Jumbled" Bachman has shared a new 7-track EP for your communte to and from work/school. Bachman is back with JUMBLED'S JUKEBOX, a collection of Doo-Wop inspired Hip-Hop. Jumbled describes it as "a project inspired by Tuesday night trips to the grocery store—jumping in the car and hearing the Doo-Wop radio show on 90.5 WKHS, out of Kent County, Maryland." JUMBLED'S JUKEBOX makes good use of "songs that have been long-forgotten by most, but are still cherished by some." It showcases a selection of vocalists over Jumbled's bare-bones instrumentation that harken back to simpler, times. This brief collection contains a varied assortment of beats with Jumbled choosing to not just sample Doo-Wop harmonies, but, also, include songs (samples? beats?) that maintain that vibe, as well. Jumbled's Jukebox by Jumbled Guests hear

Blu Re-emerges with Singles "People Call Me Blu(e)" & "Blu(e)s On My Mind" from New Album The Color Blu(e) (Nature Sounds)

Prolific LA-based emcee, producer, lyricist, mixing engineer, etc. Blu has left a lasting mark on the Indie/Backpack(?) Hip-Hop scene, crafting an impressive catalog instilled with the essence of the vibrant city he calls home. Johnson "John" Barnes, III—better known as simply Blu—has recorded and released a staggering amount of (largely self-released) albums, EP's, and singles since about 2006. Aside from his self-produced body of work, Blu has worked entensively in collaboration with artist like Bombay, Damu The Fudgemunk, Exile, Fa†e, Shafiq Husayn, Madlib, Mainframe as Johnson&Jonson, M.E.D. Nottz, Oh No, Ta'Raach as C.R.A.C. Knuckles, and Ray West. Now, the gifted lyricist has returned with a new album, The Color Blu(e) . Among Blu's most conceptual projects to date, The Color Blu(e) is an artistic thesis statement, celebrating and reflecting on a remarkable creative journey. The Color Blu(e) by Blu The word "Blu(e)" is featured in every

Philly Melodic Hardcore Band Sunstroke Return with Juicy New Single "I Wanna Be Ignored" (New Morality 'zine)

Sunstroke is a Melodic Hardcore band from Philly consisting of frontman Sean Farlow, lead guitarist Ian Strang, and drummer Brandon F. Wallace, as well as three additional, rather mysterious members, simply known as bassist Mikey, and second/third guitarists Justin & John K. Gillin has spent time playing with [This Is Not for You.], Spoiled Brat, and Waller; while Wallace was once the touring drummer for American Nightmare and has previously played with Damage, I HATE YOU. Knives Out, and Memorial Day, as well as countless other bands. Farlow, whose previous credits are unknown, tells us both Justin & John K. are, also, part of newly-minted New Jersey-based Punk/Hardcore band THOUGHT CONTROL . It appears as though Sean Farlow is a barber on staff at Pennsport Barbershop located in South Philly. Sunstroke have been active since about 2018, when they released their debut EP, Second Floor / Seven on multi-colored vinyl through a partnership with Coin Toss Records & New Moral

SAY IT ANYWAY Featuring Members of THE RUN UP & SAVE YOU BREATH Share Debut Single "Moments" (Real Ghost Records)

We are very excited to introduce SAVE IT ANYWAY and their debut single, "Moments," which was released just this past Friday, September 10th. The band features frontman Kristian Richards of one of The UK's best Pop-punk bands, SAVE YOUR BREATH, and four members of THE RUN UP ; between them, they have collectively played 400 shows with heavyweights such as New Found Glory, The Wonder Years, Neck Deep, Spanish Love Songs, and The Story So Far. Their debut single is as good as you'd expect from a band with such background and experience. The band formed during the summer of 2021, after Laurence "Loz" Nelson, Charlie Parsons, Daniel Baker, and Stu Lloyd's previous band, THE RUN UP, came to an end... having just returned from a three-week tour of The USA and a week in Japan, the COVID-19 Pandemic hit and drew a close [to] THE RUN UP's future plans. After a period of reflection, it was decided it wasn't to be to just pick up where they had left of

Pennywise Frontman Jim Lindberg Shares "The Palm of Your Hand" from Forthcoming Acoustic Solo Album (Epitaph Records)

PHOTO CREDIT: Brent Broza (ARTWORK BY: Jim Lindberg) Most well-known for his role as primary song-writer and lead singer of Punk Rock band Pennywise, Jim Lindberg has been making inspiring, thought-provoking music since the 1990's. Musically, he is influenced by a wide array of genres from Punk & Folk to old school Country & Americana stylings. Lyrically, Jim takes inspiration from relatively anywhere, from transcendental philosophers to real-life events; always seeking to tell a story or find the answers to life's "big questions." Lindberg has shared the first glimpse of his debut acoustic solo project with "The Palm of Your Hand" produced by Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Lucero, Flogging Molly.) It boasts a band featuring David Hidalgo, Jr. (Social Distortion) on drums, Joe Gittleman (The Mighty Mighty BossToneS, Gang Green) on bass, and Marc Orrell (Dropkick Murphys, The Black Pacific) on guitar. Lindberg began writing "The Palm of Your H

Donwill & Von Pea Talk Tanya Morgan's Spacey New Fifth Album Don & Von (The Witzard Interview)

Tanya Morgan is a Hip-Hop group hailing from Concinnati, Ohio and Brooklyn, New York. Its current line-up includes emcee, producer, and DJ William Donald "Donwill" Freeman (Don) and emcee and producer Devon "Von Pea" Callender (Von.) Tanya Morgan has remotely recorded and released four full-length albums, an online mixtape, and countless EP's and singles since their formation in 2003. Now, Don & Von are back with their fifth full-length album, simply titled Don & Von. This time, the duo steps out from behind the odd moniker to show listeners that they exist in a world that's all their own. The 12-track album tackles a wide range of topics, including their tenure in the game, police brutality, and being Black in America. For Don & Von, Tanya Morgan recruited a handful of their old collaborators from back in the day when they first met in the okayplayer Forums. Don & Von features guest vocals from Miss Jack Davey (J*DaVeY,) Kooley High, Mo