There’s nothing like a little old fashioned punk-rock to really get the blood flowing, am I right? It inspires raw emotion, feelings of pure chaos and undeniable passion. It harkens to the days when CBGB’s was an iconic rock club and not a high-end retailer. When the Chelsea Hotel housed artists of all kinds from Bob Dylan to Charles Bukowski, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, and of course Sid Vicious.
I’ll tell you one thing. The Buzzcocks got it right when they sang “And although this may sound strange, my future and my past are presently disarranged” (a song coincidentally is on this playlist). Because right now, we’re taking you back to the ’70s, with a little dose of the ’80s, and present day for good measure. Rock on.
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For the past few months, and to be honest, their entire career, Green Day has dominated the spotlight. With Billie Joe Armstrong‘s iHeartRadio festival freak out, and the stream of ¡Uno!, it’s no surprise that ¡Dos! has been the talk of tabloids. After several song releases, Green Day have released a full stream of ¡Dos! via Rolling Stone. The album won’t be out until Nov. 13, but you can stream it right now, right here.
If you like Green Day, check out OurStage artist Lugosi.
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Green Day have released an oddly appropriate new song from their upcoming ¡Dos! record just as they announce the cancellation of their remaining 2012 tour dates and the postponement of their 2013 tour dates. “Stop When The Red Lights Flash” combines a grimy guitar riff with tight vocal harmonies and Billie Joe Armstrong’s repeated shouts of “I’ll make you surrender.” Aptly enough, the band has been forced to capitulate to their frontman’s recent bout of substance abuse which resulted in a now“infamous onstage rant at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Armstrong’s extended period in rehab has forced the band to cancel the entirety of their 2012 tour, which was due to start on September 26 and conclude on December 10. As the timeline for Armstrong’s recovery is uncertain, the band has also postponed their 2013 tour dates scheduled for January and February. But it’s not all bad news for Green Day fans. ¡Dos! will still be coming out on November 13, and the release date for ¡Tré!, the third album of their 2012 trilogy, has been moved up to December 11 “ a month before its originally scheduled due date of January 15, 2013. Listen to the new song below.
Green Day fans, check out OurStage punk band Lost In Society!
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That’s right folks. It was fun while it lasted, but the gentlemen in Refused have decided to call it quits again. I guess they just wanted one last taste of the punk rock lifestyle before returning to whatever adult life they live now. According to Pitchfork, the band’s final show will be in their homeland of Umeí¥, Sweden on December 15. Part of the announcement on their facebook page:
“And now it is coming to a close. It’s been kind to us. And that old punkrock golem ‘The shape of punk to come’ has done good. The hatchet is buried, 1998 is not such a terrible memory for us anymore. We’re going home. And we’re doing it in style.”
You can read the rest of the message here. Hopefully some of you got to see Refused this year. Looks like this may be the final goodbye… unless perhaps they decide to give it another go in 2025!
If you like Refused, then you might also like OurStage’s own Throw The Goat.
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My Chemical Romance are known for being chameleons of the modern rock scene. In the early 200’s, the band went from playing dingy clubs in New Jersey to donning military jackets in Pink Floyd-esque stadium shows known as The Black Parade. But before the release of their latest album, 2010’s Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys, MCR had recorded a very different batch of material, one that harkened back to the early days, and their aggressive punk rock roots.
The band will be releasing two of these tracks, collectively called Conventional Weapons, each month for five months. Listen to the first two songs, “Boy Division” and “Tomorrow’s Money,” below and pre-order the 7″ vinyls of all the songs here.
Fan of My Chemical Romance? Check out theatrical OurStage rock artists Avion Roe.
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If so, we have the perfect song for you. Play Corazón de Plastico by Colombian band Latente and you will know what we mean. Punk and alternative rock fans are sure to think of Latente as an amazing discovery on OurStage.
Originally from Medellin, Colombia, the guys from Latente got together in 2005 to pursue their dream. Six years later, Latente has one CD and an EP called L.A Rock
So what is it about this band that we love so much? There is no simple answer. We could say that we really dig the way they do punk, but then we also love the originality of their lyrics and the playfulness of their titles. Overall, we think Latente is a combination of good music, and hard-to-resist lyrical themes.
Venezuela’s Arena hypes their music as having sarcasm and energy in each song. And they’re not kidding. The alt-rock band’s musicology consists of simple, confident melodies with chugging guitars, roiling drums and girl-boy vocal tradeoffs. No Hay Lugar Para Mi (No Place For Me) is a restless, jumpy rocker about bucking the system. Arena describes Volver A Nacer (Reborn) as encapsulating the whole concept of their sound”it’s a mad scramble of thrusting guitars, rumbling bass lines and thrashing drums. Part metal, part punk, all adrenaline. The Venezuelan version of youth gone wild, Parapapás sounds a rebel yell, warning kids not to let others force their ideologies on them. But Arena doesn’t draw a line in the sand between us and them. ˜Olvidado (Forgotten) is a ballad about the nation’s veterans, sung with vigor and feeling. It’s a far cry from the sarcasm of other songs, but sometimes earnestness can be just as punk.
“Volver A Nacer” – Arena