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Bad Religion’s Christmas Songs Album Streaming Online Now

Kicking off the holiday season a little early, Bad Religion’s Christmas Songs is out now and streaming in its entirety at YouTube. Throw a yule log on the fire and listen to Bad Religion’s Christmas Songs.

Bad Religion will contribute 20% of proceeds from Christmas Songs to SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. For more information visit: http://www.snapnetwork.org/.

Brett Gurewitz, co-songwriter and guitarist explains: “Though I’ve never been religious in the slightest, religious songs have always been extremely poignant to me. Their heartfelt yearning for something more and greater can be very moving.”

The band’s iconic vocalist and co-songwriter, Greg Graffin has a personal connection with these songs. Graffin got his start as a singer when he was young boy in a church choir. His instructors found him so remarkable that he received a scholarship to a choir school. And thus, the voice of Bad Religion was born.

In a world still brimming with rampant anti-intellectualism, inequality and oppression, Bad Religion’s signature brand of sonically charged humanist dissent is as relevant as ever and this Christmas season, just a little more ironic.

Fans are invited to order Christmas Songs by visiting:www.badreligionstore.com.

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Dr Dog Announce 2014 Tour Dates

Dr. Dog have just finished a series of massively successful concerts with The Lumineers. Now the band, whose live shows the New York Times Magazine recently described as “feeling as if you’re at the best house party ever”, will embark on a headline tour across North America performing songs from their soulful new album B-Room.

In addition to the new tour dates, Dr. Dog have added Merge Records artist Saint Rich to the majority of 2014 shows. Saint Rich is the musical partnership of Delicate Steve band mates Steve Marion and Christian Peslak. Moses Sumney has also been added to selected dates.

Dr. Dog’s new album B–Room delightfully mines and expands upon the surrounding landscape of Philadelphia soul. Captured primarily live in-studio, the rollicking groove and beloved musical interchange which has been delighting live audiences resonates throughout the album.

For the tour the band has begun a photo road journal which will be given away as part of a contest designed in collaboration with The Impossible Project which also includes a custom camera. Fans can enter to win the photo journal along with a custom Polaroid camera designed for the band by Seattle photographer and engineer Cory Verellen. For info and to enter, go to The Impossible Project‘s website.

Dr. Dog 2014 Tour Dates:
25 Jan – Terminal 5 – New York, NY **  #
27 Jan – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY**  #
28 Jan – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT ** #
29 Jan – Cabaret Mile-End – Montreal **  #
31 Jan – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA  #
1 Feb – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA  #
3 Feb – Madison Theatre – Cincinnati, OH **  #
5 Feb – Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI **  #
6 Feb – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN  #
7 Feb – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN **  #
8 Feb – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL  #
19 Feb – Civic Theatre – New Orleans, LA
20 Feb – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX **
21 Feb – Stubb’s – Austin, TX
22 Feb – House of Blues – Dallas, TX **
24 Feb – Crescent – Phoenix, AZ **
25 Feb – Crescent – Phoenix, AZ **
26 Feb – The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA **  #
27 Feb – Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA **  #
28 Feb – Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA **  #
1 March – Warfield – San Francisco, CA **  #
3 March – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR **
4 March – Venue – Vancouver, BC **
5 March – Neptune Theater – Seattle, WA **
7 March – Complex – Salt Lake City, UT **
8 March – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO **
10 March – Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS **
11 March – Slowdown – Omaha, NE **
12 March – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO **
14 March – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC

** – Saint Rich
# – Moses Sumne

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Bad Religion Share A Song Off New Album, Christmas Songs

Revered punk rock legends Bad Religion are releasing a Christmas album, Christmas Songs, on October 29. Christmas Songs features eight new studio recordings of traditional Christmas hymns and an alternate mix of their single American Jesus by Andy Wallace.

To get their fans into the holiday spirit (said in a sarcastic way), Bad Religion have unveiled O Come, O Come Emmanuel taken from the Christmas Songs album which will be released at the end of this month.

Bad Religion will contribute 20% of proceeds from Christmas Songs to SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. For more information visit:http://www.snapnetwork.org/.

Co-songwriter and guitarist Brett Gurewitz said: “This might be the most subversive album we’ve done. To me, what the album is indirectly stating is that this music, and thus the world, can be powerful and beautiful stripped of god and religion.

“These are just really good songs and a historically non-religious band like Bad Religion can perform them with as much power and feeling as anyone.”

The band’s iconic vocalist and co-songwriter, Greg Graffin has a personal connection with these songs. Graffin got his start as a singer when he was a young boy in a church choir. His instructors found him so remarkable that he received a scholarship to a choir school. And thus, the voice of Bad Religion was born.

In a world still brimming with rampant anti-intellectualism, inequality and oppression, Bad Religion’s signature brand of sonically charged humanist dissent is as relevant as ever.  And this Christmas season, just a little more ironic.

Fans are invited to pre-order the album by visiting www.badreligionstore.com.

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Dropkick Murphys To Release Limited Edition LP Box Set

Boston legends Dropkick Murphys release a limited edition LP collection of every studio album they have released, from 1998’s Do Or Die to 2013’s Signed and Sealed in Blood, on November 5 2013. This box set will be available for purchase at www.dkmstore.com or www.epitaphstore.com.

The must-have collection of 2,000 pressings will include all of Dropkick Murphys’ studio albums plus The Singles Collection Volume 1 and 2 available for the first time on a special double LP for this box set only. Do Or Die, The Gang’s All Here, Sing Loud, Sing Proud, Blackout, The Warrior’s Code, The Meanest Of Times, Going Out In Style, Signed and Sealed in Blood (2x LP), Singles Collection, Vol. 1 (2x LP), Singles Collection, Vol. 2 (2x LP) are packaged in a hardbound box and pressed on coloured vinyl with exclusive colours available through the official Dropkick Murphys store and Epitaph Records.

In addition, all box sets will include a Dropkick Murphys 36” x 60” “Pirate” flag. As a perfect gift for vinyl fans, collectors and Dropkick Murphys’ fanatics alike, the LP box set is limited edition and will sell out fast.

Formed in Boston in 1996, Dropkick Murphys started in the basement of a barbershop in Quincy, Mass. The Celtic punk band signed to Hellcat Records in 1998 and went on to release a slew of crucial punk albums. Over the course of seven studio albums the band has sold more than four million records and sell out venues on every continent. They’ve also become true hometown heroes, playing the Boston Pops’ annual 4 of July concert in front of over 250,000 and updating the turn-of-the-century Red Sox fight song “Tessie” which became the theme song for the first Red Sox World Series win in 86 years in 2004. On their own label Born & Bred Records since 2007, Dropkick Murphys are truly at home wherever they go whether it’s a punk club in Rome, raising hell at the top of a European festival bill or onstage with the finest classical musicians in the world.

In 2010, their single I’m Shipping Up To Boston became the soundtrack to the climax of the Martin Scorsese Academy Award-winning film, The Departed and quickly went platinum. Dropkick Murphys’ 2011 concept record Going Out In Style featured guest vocals from Bruce Springsteen and debuted at number 6 on the Billboard Top 200. Their latest album, Signed and Sealed in Blood returned the band to their rough ‘n’ tumble Celtic punk roots and spawned the first-ever Christmas song to make the Modern Rock radio chart in the US. Every second of the new album is evidence of one thing: Dropkick Murphys aren’t just loud and brash, they’re at the top of their game as songwriters.

For more information visit http://www.dropkickmurphys.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/DropkickMurphys.

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Veara – Growing Up Is Killing Me Album Review

Georgia’s own Peach State pop-punkers Veara celebrate the release of their new album Growing Up Is Killing Me out now on Epitaph. The album can be streamed in full by visiting the Epitaph YouTube channel.

Growing Up Is Killing Me is a huge sonic step forward for this powerful band. Beneath the ear-candy layered power chords, the band have an urgent message about life, friendship and betrayal.

Veara guitarist/vocalist Patrick Bambrick, bassist/vocalist Bryan Kerr and drummer Brittany Harrell have been playing together for over a decade. However it wasn’t until lead vocalist/guitarist Bradley Wyrosdick joined the band in 2008 that Veara as we know came into existence.

Growing Up Is Killing Me was recorded with Dan Korneff (Pierce The Veil, My Chemical Romance, Paramore) at House of Loud studio in New Jersey over a two-month period.

Patrick Bambrick states: “When we say Growing Up Is Killing Me it relates to the fact that you don’t have the same outlook on Christmas morning when you’re 28 as you did when you were eight years old.

“We’re not judging those feelings but sometimes it hurts to see those types of experiences change and watch time go by so quickly as you get older.”

With heavy influences being heard from bands such as New Found Glory, Greenday and Foo Fighters, Veara have produced a fantastic pop punk American sounding record that will leave you wanting more. Each song is punchy, energetic and full of attitude.

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Veara Growing Up Is Killing Me album artwork

Track one, Next Stop…Everywhere, could easily be placed onto a New Found Glory record without anyone questioning its appearance. The intro’s tempo and the vocals are very reminiscent of NFG’s Something I Call Personality from the Sticks and Stones album. Veara have brought back that pure poppunk sound that usually gets tampered with. It can become over-complicated or too ambitious – Veara keep it simple while still portraying meaning in their songs.

Recently premiered track The Worst Part Of You is a brilliant track with the lyrics, “I’m not saying much/Coz there’s not much to say/The worst part of you told me/This is better left unsaid” lingering in your mind long after you have finished listening to the song.

None Of The Above fully highlights the meaning behind Growing Up Is Killing Me with the lyrics, “I’m so overwhelmed by decisions I have to make for myself/I can’t cover it up/I can’t cover it up any more” hacking straight into the obvious message behind the record. Life gets harder as you grow older and as Bambrick noted, your views of experiences change. Those things that you once thought were fantastic and simple slowly begin to mean little as other more ‘important’ things take priority over everything else.

The title track is very Simple Plan-esque in the time of their No Pad, No Helmets…Just Balls period as is Between Friends And A Hard Place. Both these songs have incredibly catchy rhythms that will have your feet tapping to the drum beats. These are the sorts of songs that you want on full blast in the car when you’re having a bad day. This is especially true for Don’t Call Me Lucky – a particularly angry and bitter track, “Here’s to never living out your dreams/Instead you’re living inside of me…”

Towards the end of the record, the songs do blur into one. You have to actively listen to this album to distinguish the songs – there’s no definite change in tempo or rhythm that allows you to register a new song has started without checking your playlist. However, that is the only fault as Veara have produced a wonderful pop punk album.

Growing Up Is Killing Me is a guilty pleasure record – it reminds you of a time when you were younger, perhaps at school, when you thought Simple Plan and Greenday were the best bands alive. Veara have produced an escape in their record. You really can relate to the lyrics and the fact that growing up was hard. You can relive your youth with this record or Veara can be the pop punk band that you look back on in 10 years time and reminisce about.

Growing Up Is Killing Me is available to buy now through Epitaph Records.

You can catch Veara live on the following dates:
Oct 03 Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose
Oct 05 Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar
Oct 11 Tulsa, OK – Vanguard
Oct 12 San Antonio, TX – The Ten Eleven
Oct 13 Denton, TX – Hailey’s Club

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