News organization defends emo from other news organizations

Looks like emo has it’s own defender now, in the face of the myriad of unintentionally funny news coverage the subculture has received over the past year. Rafer Guzman of Newsday has put together a story defending the much maligned movement:

The whole “story” is an outdated throwback to the early days of punk, when the mass media vilified that subculture as a kind of alien germ infecting America’s youth. Then, as now, the media missed the self-mocking humor in the music and among the fans.

In this new report, several kids explain the dark philosophy of emo in somber tones – they’re clearly struggling to keep a straight face.

But it’s hard not to feel sorry for the two Utah moms who, on camera, anxiously call their children for information about this horrifying culture. One mother says fearfully, “But that’s not you, is it?”

So cheer up, emo kids. Things could be worse: You could live in Utah.

The column can be found here.
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Tours: Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers

The Legendary Shack Shakers have announced a summer tour beginning June 7th at The Mad Hatter in Covington, Ky. The Mad Hatter has recently hosted legendary acts such as Jello Biafra, The Queers and The Casualties, as well as The Lawrence Arms.

The band is inspired by punk, polka, delta blues, hillbilly, and other traditional Southern music genres, formed in Nashville, Tennessee in the mid 1990’s. The band originally had a more traditional rockabilly sound, but later moved away from this and now relies more on its punk and hillbilly influences.

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Nominees and performers for the 2007 MuchMusic video awards

Nominees and performers for MuchMusic’s 2007 music awards have been announced. The 18th annual awards ceremony will be held in Toronto, Ontario and the nominations are led by Billy Talent and Nickelback with five nods each. Rappers Belly and k-os are also tied with four nominations.

Alexisonfire, George, Avril Lavinge and Nelly Furtado round out the other Canadians up for multiple awards. International artists up for an MMVA include Akon, Justin Timberlake, Hilary Duff, Fergie and My Chemical Romance.

The event will also feature live performances from Billy Talent, Alexisonfire, the Used, Avril Lavigne, Maroon 5, Belly, Fergie, Finger Eleven and Hilary Duff.

The annual event is held by MuchMusic, a music television network covering most of Canada. The Quebec equivalent, MusiquePlus recently announced sponsorship of the Fat Wreck Chords Canadian tour.
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Cougars part ways with horn section

In a surprising move, Cougars have announced the departure of their horn section. The band made the announcement today:

End of an Era… Beginning of an Another It is with the utmost respect and appreciation that we are announcing that Cougars is parting ways with it’s mighty horn section (Jeff Vidmont and Mark Beening) after 6.5 years of loyal rockitude.

This decision was not arrived at easily or flippantly. Great consideration has been given over the last year, as we begin a new writing process for what will prove to be our most crucial work yet that issues had to be addressed and the process, ultimately, had to be streamlined. All in all, we appreciate everything Mark and Jeff brought to the table over the years and sincerely wish them the best in every future endeavor.

Meanwhile, never fret, as Cougars does not cease to be. Through this subtraction, it grows. Tighter, stronger, and even more pissy, plans to kill you thoroughly are in the works as we speak.

The band’s previous album, Pillow Talk, was released in 2006. Since then they also produced a contribution to the Hair: Chicago Punk Cuts compilation.
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Tours: Riverboat Gamblers / Valient Thorr / Totimoshi / Birds of Avalon / ASG

Volcom has announced plans for a label-themed summer tour to be headlined by two bands on the label. The 2007 Volcom Tour will feature Riverboat Gamblers and Valient Thorr and feature support from labelmates Totimoshi, Birds of Avalon, ASG, and Year Long Disaster.

The tour will be hitting over 40 cities across the nation beginning August 1, 2007. Confirmed venues and cities will be announced shortly.

Both headliners are supporting recent releases. Valient Thorr is touring on Legend of the World and The Gamblers are supporting To the Confusion of Our Enemies.
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Jim from Pennywise talks about being a punk rock dad

Jim Lindberg of Pennywise recently spoke with Reuters about his memoir on parenting, Punk Rock Dad. Originally announced in December of 2005, the book follows the Pennywise singer as he raises his three daughters:

Lindberg, 41, is one of the aging breed of punk rockers from the 1970s and 1980s who are finding a way to reconcile a life of rebellion with parental responsibilities such as disciplining children and worrying about media violence.

“This is the graying of punk rock where a lot of people who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s are now at an age where they are having kids and getting mortgages. It is a new experience for us

“The strangest part for a lot of my peer group is that we grew up championing the rights of expression but then you see some slasher movie and won’t let the kids watch it.”

You can check out the entire interview here.

The book is published by HarperCollins and was released on May 1st. T
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Pig Destroyer launches new e-card/player

Pig Destroyer have posted a new e-card/player for their upcoming album. The record is titled Phantom Limb and is due out June 12, 2007. They recorded at Omega Studios (Bad Brains) in Rockville, MD under the helm of guitarist/producer Scott Hull. The band’s previous album, Terrifyer, was ranked among the best albums of 2004 by

You can check out the e-card here.
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To The Lions (ex-Grade) launch e-card for “Baptism of Fire”

To The Lions, featuring former members of Confine, Grade and SeventyEightDays in its ranks, has just launched an e-card for their Goodfellow Records debut “Baptism of Fire”.

The band promises a sound that harkens back to the early nineties heyday of bands such as Unbroken, Chokehold and Undertow.

You can stream the entire full length here.
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