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Taking Back Sunday part ways with founding member Eddie Reyes

Taking Back Sunday have announced that founding member and guitarist Eddie Reyes has departed from the pioneering emo band. In a statement issued via Facebook, the group offered no explanation beyond “personal reasons.”

“Guitarist Eddie Reyes and Taking Back Sunday have parted ways due to personal reasons,” the statement reads in part. “Eddie was a founding member of the band and his contributions can be felt all along the way. John, Shaun, Mark, and Adam love Eddie, wish him well in his future endeavors.”

(Read: The 100 Best Pop Punk Bands)

Reyes co-founded TBS with current Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey in 1999. The current lineup now includes lead vocalist Adam Lazzara, guitarist John Nolan, bass guitarist Shaun Cooper, and drummer Mark O’Connell.

TBS will be touring Mexico, the UK, and Germany starting this month before co-headlining a 28-date US tour with Coheed and Cambria this summer (grab tickets here). Their most recent album is 2016’s Tidal Wave.

Check out the full statement below.

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The Get Up Kids are preparing to release their first new music in seven years

The Get Up Kids are gearing up to release their first new music in seven years. Today, the emo pioneers announced their signing to Polyvinyl Record Co., which will serve as the home for their follow-up to 2011’s There Are Rules.

(Read: The 100 Best Pop Punk Bands)

Alongside the announcement, the Kansas City band shared a brief clip teasing the new material. Check it out below.

In 2008, The Get Up Kids played a reunion show after a three-year breakup to commemorate the 10th anniversary of their seminal sophomore album, Something to Write Home About, and followed up with a national tour. 2010 saw the release of their Simple Science EP, which led to the aforementioned full-length, There Are Rules.

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Jawbreaker is working on new music

Jawbreaker just wrapped up a string of reunion tour dates, but the emo pioneers aren’t content to stop there. During a recent appearance on the Going Off Track podcast, lead vocalist and guitarist Blake Schwarzenbach revealed the band is preparing to work on new music. Jawbreaker’s last proper album is 1995’s Dear You.

(Read: The 100 Best Pop Punk Bands)

“Our summer is just going to be trying to write, jam,” Schwarzenbach stated. “[1992 album] Bivoac era is how we’re trying to feel… What we really want to do is riff out and see what comes [of it].”

“I’m spending the next month writing at home,” he elaborated. “Then we’re going to converge in San Francisco and go in the studio and see what happens.”

Schwarzenbach also teased doing shows abroad by deadpanning, “who wants to be in the U.S. right now?” As of now, the band’s only  band confirmed date is at Seattle’s Upstream Music Fest and Summit in early June.

Check out photos from Jawbreaker’s recent New York show with Charly Bliss at Brooklyn Steel here.

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Neurosis and Converge reunite for North American tour dates

Last summer, Oakland avant garde post-metal outfit Neurosis and Boston metalcore pioneers Converge embarked on a joint North American tour throughout the Midwest and East Coast. Now, the two outfits have another a new leg of North American shows together, but this time around, they’ll be hitting cities on the West Coast.

(Read: The 50 Albums That Shaped Punk Rock)

Just like last year, Belgian post-hardcore band Amenra will join them on the road. The 14-date jaunt opens on July 6th in Seattle, Washington and will run through cities including Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Denver before closing out on July 21st in Austin, Texas. Tickets will go on sale March 23rd at 10 a.m. local time.

Check out Neurosis and Converge’s complete touring schedules below.

2018 Neurosis Tour Dates:
06/15 – Prague, CZ @ Meet Factory *
06/16 – Mannheim, DE @ Maifieild Derby *
06/17 – Bologna, IT @ Zona Roveri ^
06/18 – Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks #
06/19 – Nijmegen, NK @ Doornroosje *
06/20 – Copenhagen, DK @ Copenhell *
06/21 – Bochum, DE @ Zeche Bochum *
06/22 – Dessel, BE @ Graspop
06/23 – Clisson, FR @ Hellfest
07/06 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox %
07/07 – Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom %
07/08 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater %
07/10 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre Taube Family %
07/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall %
07/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre %
07/13 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory %
07/14 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park %
07/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren %
07/17 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater %
07/18 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre %
07/19 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater %
07/20 – Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall %
07/21 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s %

* = w/ Deafkids
^ = w/ Converge and Deafkids
# = w/ Wolves In The Throne Room and Deafkids
% = w/ Converge and Amenra

Converge 2018 Tour Dates:
04/19 – Tilburg, NL @ Roadburn Festival
04/22 – Karlsruhe, DE @ Dudefest *
04/23 – Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks *
04/24 – Hasselt, BE @ Muziekodroom *
04/25 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Academy *
04/26 – London, UK @ The Electric Ballroom *
04/27 – Cologne, DE @ Essigfabrik *
04/28 – Leipzig, DE @ Conne Island *
04/29 – Berlin, DE @ SO36 *
06/15 – Le Plessis-Pate @ Download Festival France
06/16 – Munchen, DE @ Saint Helena Fest
06/17 – Bolgna, IT @ Zona Roveri
06/18 – Rome, IT @ Orion #
06/19 – Innsbruck, AT @ Hafen #
06/20 – Grenoble, FR @ La Belle Electrique #
06/22 – Clisson, FR @ Hellfest
07/06 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox %
07/07 – Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom %
07/08 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater %
07/09 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver ^
07/10 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre Taube Family %
07/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall %
07/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre %
07/13 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory %
07/14 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park %
07/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren %
07/17 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater %
07/18 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre %
07/19 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater %
07/20 – Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall %
07/21 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s %
08/02 – Wacken, DE @ Wacken Open Air Festival
08/03 – Râsnov, RO @ Rockstadt Extreme Fest
08/05 – Le Garric, FR @ Xtreme Fest
08/06 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
08/07 – Nürnberg, DE @ Löwensaal
08/09 – Josefov, CZ @ Brutal Assault
08/11 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival
08/12 – Ieper, BE @ Ieper Hardcore Fest

* = w/ Crowbar, Thou, and Grave Pleasures
# = w/ Corrosion of Conformity
^ = w/ Amenra
% = w/ Neurosis and Amenra

Neurosis is touring behind their 2016 LP, Fire Within Fires, while Converge is supporting last year’s The Dusk in Us. Amenra released their most recent album, Mass VI, in 2017.

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Public Image Ltd. announce “The Public Image is Rotten” 40th anniversary tour

John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, left the Sex Pistols in 1978 and formed the post-punk band, Public Image Ltd. In celebration of their 40th anniversary, the English group has announced “The Public Image is Rotten” tour spanning the UK, Europe, and Japan.

(Read: Every Alternative Rock No. 1 Hit from Worst to Best)

The 32-date UK and Europe leg of the tour kicks off in Bristol on May 30th and includes performances at Holland’s Retropop Festival, Poland’s Jarocin Festival, and a headlining set at London’s Camden Rocks Festival. The Japan dates will be confirmed in the near future, as well as a “very special London date.” No word on US tour dates.

PiL will also mark the anniversary with a career-spanning box set later this year, as well as a documentary sharing its name with the tour. The Tabbert Fiiller-directed documentary premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will be shown at select cinemas at a later date.

Public Image Ltd. 2018 Tour Dates:
05/30 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy
06/01 – Bournemouth, UK @ O2 Academy
06/02 – London, UK @ Camden Rocks Festival
06/04 – Coventry, UK @ The Copper Rooms
06/06 – Norwich, UK @ The Waterfront
06/08 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
06/09 – Holland, NL @ Retropop Festival
06/10 – Den Haag, NL @ Paard van Trojoe
06/12 – Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK @ O2 Academy
06/13 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC
06/15 – Sheffield, UK @ O2 Academy
06/16 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
06/18 – Hull, UK @ Asylum, Hull University
06/21 – Cardiff, UK @ The Tramshed
06/23 – Exeter, UK @ Lemon Grove
06/24 – Wrexham, UK @ William Aston Hall
06/26 – Reading, UK @ Sub 89
06/27 – Frome, Somerset, UK @ Cheese & Grain
06/29 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
06/30 – Southampton, UK @ Engine Rooms
07/13 – Prague, CZ @ Lucerna
07/15 – Jarocin, PL @ Jarocin Festival
08/05 – Blackpool, UK @ Rebellion Festival
08/19 – Hardwick, UK @ Hardwick Live Festival
08/25 – Bangor, UK @ Bangor Marina
08/26 – Dublin, UK @ The Tivoli
08/28 – Inverness, UK @ The Ironworks
08/29 – Aug Aberdeen, UK @ The Assembly
08/31 – Dundee, UK @ The Church

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Hop Along share new song “Not Abel”: Stream

Last month, Hop Along announced their upcoming album, Bark Your Head Off, Dog, and shared the lead single, “How Simple”. Now, they’ve followed up with a new track called “Not Abel”.

The multi-part song kicks off with tender folk melodies featuring acoustic guitar and string flourishes before transitioning into a catchy pop punk number midway through. Frances Quinlan’s vocals adapt to the changing sound as she spins a story about Abel and Cain. “Shirt bloodstained,” she belts. “And yet it was not Abel but Cain who got to hear/ The voice that for so long had been a stranger/ Not one word of all the time they spent growing up brothers.”

Check it out below.

Bark Your Head Off, Dog follows 2015’s excellent Painted Shut and will arrive April 6th on Saddle Creek. Pre-orders are ongoing here. The Philadelphia rock outfit will support the album with a two-month-long North American tour. Check out the complete schedule here.

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Iceage return with new song “Catch It”: Stream

Danish punk rockers Iceage have returned with their first new material since their excellent sophomore album, 2014’s Plowing Into the Field of Love. It comes in the form of a self-produced new song, “Catch It”, which was recorded to analog by Mattias Glavå at Sweden’s Kungsten Studios.

The track features haunting vocals by Elias Bender Rønnenfelt and builds toward a thrashing breakdown of guitars and crashing percussion during the latter half of the song. “Time moves forward quickly,” he sings. “Moves in twenty-four-hour segments/ Racing for the soul to grab chokehold.”

“Catch It” arrives with an accompanying Adam Hashemi-directed video mostly shot on 8mm film in Los Angeles. Watch it below.

Iceage have also announced a two-month long tour with Mary Lattimore in support, during which they promise to preview more fresh material. It kicks off on May 10th in Seattle after a handful of remaining European dates and runs through June 28th in New York. Along the way, the quartet will play cities including Nashville, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and more. Check out the complete itinerary below.

Iceage 2018 Tour Dates:
05/02 – Copenhagen, DE @ Hotel Cecil
05/04 – Berlin, DE @ Private Club
05/05 – Amsterdam, NE @ Bitterzoet
05/06 – Brussels, BE @ La Nuit De Botanique
05/07 – Paris, FR @ Petit Bain
05/08 – London, UK @ Scala
05/10 – Seattle, WA @ Nordic Museum
05/16 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
05/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
05/18 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage
05/19 – Richmond, VA @ The Camel
05/20 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
05/21 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
05/22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
05/23 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
05/24 – New Orleans, LA @ Santos
05/25 – Houston, TX @ Rockefeller’s
05/26 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
05/27 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
06/05 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
06/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater *
06/07 – Felton, CA @ Don Quixote’s International Music Hall *
06/08 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
06/09 – Sonoma, CA @ Huichica Music Festival *
06/11 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
06/12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Astoria *
06/14 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett *
06/15 – Bozeman, MT @ The Rialto *
06/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court *
06/17 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater *
06/18 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room *
06/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry *
06/20 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club *
06/22 – Detroit, MI @ El Club *
06/23 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace *
06/24 – Ottawa, ON @ The 27 Club *
06/25 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa *
06/26 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace *
06/27 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair *
06/28 – New York, NY @ Market Hotel *

* = w/ Mary Lattimore

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Dashboard Confessional unveil new album, Crooked Shadows: Stream

Dashboard Confessional have returned with their first album in over eight years, Crooked Shadows. Apple Music and Spotify users can stream it in full below.

The nine-track collection is Dashboard Confessional’s debut release on Fueled By Ramen. It was produced by frontman Chris Carrabba with Jonathan Clark and co-producer Colin Brittain.

(Read: The 30 Most Anticipated Albums of 2018)

“One day off tour I woke up one morning and I walked downstairs and I wrote a song,” Carrabba told The New York Times about the genesis of the album. “It was evident from the first melodic idea that this was a Dashboard song… After all that time I’d begun to wonder if they’d ever come back, and when they came back they came back in rapid succession. The whole thing was a cavalcade and I just surrendered to it.”

During the lead-up to Crooked Shadows, Dashboard Confessional shared two singles, “We Fight” and “Heart Beat Here”.

Crooked Shadows Artwork:

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Crooked Shadows Tracklist:
01. We Fight
02. Catch You
03. About Us
04. Heart Beat Here
05. Belong
06. Crooked Shadows
07. Open My Eyes
08. Be Alright
09. Just What To Say

Crooked Shadows is the follow-up to 2009’s Alter the Ending. Dashboard Confessional will commence their North American trek behind the release on February 21st in Vancouver. They’ll be joined by Philly punk outfit Beach Slang during the US leg of the tour. Check out the complete schedule here, and grab tickets here.

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Carrie Brownstein says Sleater-Kinney’s next album should arrive “around early next year”

Sleater-Kinney have begun recording the follow-up to their 2015 reunion album, No Cities to Love. In an interview with Stereogum, guitarist and vocalist Carrie Brownstein revealed that the trio recently returned to the studio and stated that if all goes to plan, their next full-length should arrive early next year.

“We went back in the studio at the end of 2017 up in Portland and we recorded five songs and we are going to continue in that way for a while,” Brownstein stated. She also explained the band’s new process is a major departure from the “classic band dynamics of getting together in a basement and writing” as a result of their busy schedules.

(Read: The 50 Albums That Shaped Punk Rock)

“We’ll write separately and then send each other ideas over email, and then we work on the songs kind of remotely and then we come together in the studio,” Brownstein elaborated. “I think changing the process has been really interesting, and challenging for us in a good way. Because it disallows any falling back on the usual ideas or settling into something that we feel like we’ve done before.”

Brownstein said the band plans to “carve out some time in February/March” as the next step, and if they “continue going as is that an album should be around early next year.”

Read the full interview here, where Brownstein discusses the final season of Portlandia, the adaptation of her memoir Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl for a Hulu pilot, and working on Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot with Joaquin Phoenix.

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Childish Gambino to reissuse 2011 EP mixtape

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Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, is reissuing his 2011 project EP to streaming services as a gift for his long-time fans. Previously only available on free mixtape download sites like DatPiff, the release is known for the breakthrough song “Freaks and Geeks”.

Glover is currently working on his final album under his alter-ego’s name. Back in June, the multi-faceted entertainer told The Huffington Post that he was retiring the Childish Gambino moniker because “it wouldn’t be punk anymore” and likened it to an unnecessary film sequel.

(Read: The Grammys Fall Back on Past Traditions: Racism, Misogyny, and Irrelevancy)

He confirmed the retirement of the stage name to Variety at the Grammys earlier this week. Glover received five nominations and took home the Best Traditional R&B Performance trophy for “Redbone”, the hit track from his Album of the Year contender, “Awaken My Love!”. He also performed “Terrified” alongside his Lion King co-star, JD McCrary.

EP will arrive on all major streaming platforms at midnight. In the meantime, check out the “Freaks and Geeks” music video below.

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