American Nightmare Release “Flowers Under Siege” Video

02/16/2018

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Dillon Price

Dillon Price

Dillon Price is the founder and sole author of Sound Renaissance. With a background in English and mass communications and a passion for independent music, Price launched SR in 2016.

Self-titled album released today via Rise Records

Boston hardcore-punk legends, American Nightmare, have just released their first album, under the original moniker, since Give Up The Ghost’s 2013 album We’re Down Til We’re Underground. 

In conjunction with the new album, The band has released the music video for “Flowers Under Siege.”

It’s unclear who the video was directed by, but it features the band performing in front of a flowery backdrop. You can watch it above.

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02/16/2018

by Dillon Price

Boston hardcore-punk legends, American Nightmare, have just released their first album, under the original moniker, since Give Up The Ghost’s 2013 album We’re Down Til We’re Underground. 

In conjunction with the new album, The band has released the music video for “Flowers Under Siege.”

It’s unclear who the video was directed by, but it features the band performing in front of a flowery backdrop. You can watch it above.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Are Releasing a New Album & It Will Be an Angry One

01/12/2018

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Dillon Price

Dillon Price

Dillon Price is the founder and sole author of Sound Renaissance. With a background in English and mass communications and a passion for independent music, Price launched SR in 2016.

It’s been seven years since Boston ska-core staples, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, released The Magic of Youth. But this year, they will be back with a new album, and it will be an angry one.

In an exclusive interview with Diffuser, Dicky Barrett mentions that they’re “putting the finishing touches” on the new album, produced by Ted Hutt.

In light of the the current political climate, Barrett said:

It is probably angrier than you would expect based on my age, based on how long I’ve been in this career. But it’s an honest record. In this climate I can’t just say, “Hey, let’s all be cheerful and put on our ska shoes.”

Stay tuned for more details regarding the album.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones recently played the 20th Anniversary Hometown Throwdown on New Year’s weekend. They’ll also be playing Punk Rock Bowling Las Vegas in May along with Rise Against, NOFX, At The Drive In, X, Suicidal Tendencies and many more.

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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Are Releasing a New Album & It Will Be an Angry One

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01/12/2018

by Dillon Price

It’s been seven years since Boston ska-core staples, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, released The Magic of Youth. But this year, they will be back with a new album, and it will be an angry one.

In an exclusive interview with Diffuser, Dicky Barrett mentions that they’re “putting the finishing touches” on the new album, produced by Ted Hutt.

In light of the the current political climate, Barrett said:

It is probably angrier than you would expect based on my age, based on how long I’ve been in this career. But it’s an honest record. In this climate I can’t just say, “Hey, let’s all be cheerful and put on our ska shoes.”

Stay tuned for more details regarding the album.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones recently played the 20th Anniversary Hometown Throwdown on New Year’s weekend. They’ll also be playing Punk Rock Bowling Las Vegas in May along with Rise Against, NOFX, At The Drive In, X, Suicidal Tendencies and many more.

Boston Calling Announces 2018 Lineup

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Dillon Price

Dillon Price

Dillon Price is the founder and sole author of Sound Renaissance. With a background in English and mass communications and a passion for independent music, Price launched SR in 2016.

January 4, 2018

Boston Calling 2018
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Boston Calling is going on its fifth year since its 2013 inception, and this morning, the 2018 lineup has been revealed. Headlining the three-day event will be Emenem, The Killers and Jack White. You can also catch Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Paramore, Tyler, the Creator, Khalid, Bryson Miller, Portugal. The Man and many more.

Other notable bands include Royal Blood, Dirty Projectors, Thundercat, Pussy Riot, The Mezingers, Thee Oh Sees and POND.

The event will also include comedy acts: Natalie Portman, Pod Save America, Lovett or Leave It, Jenny Slate, Bridget Everett, Cameron Esposito, Tony Hinchcliffe, Jo Firestone, Max Silvestri and Martin Urbano.

Last year, Boston Calling was moved from Boston City Hall Plaza to Harvard’s Athletic Complex in Allston. This year, it will return to the same location May 25-27.

Early bird tickets are on sale now. See the full music and comedy lineup below:

BOSTON CALLING 2018 LINEUP
EMINEM
THE KILLERS
JACK WHITE
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
THE NATIONAL
PARAMORE
TYLER, THE CREATOR
KHALID
BRYSON TILLER
PORTUGAL THE MAN
FLEET FOXES
ST. VINCENT
THE DECEMBERISTS
BROCKHAMPTON
MAGGIE ROGERS
ROYAL BLOOD
MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA
DANIEL CAESAR
DIRTY PROJECTORS
STORMZY
THUNDERCAT
BELLY
PUSSY RIOT
JULIEN BAKER
ALVVAYS
THE MENZINGERS
THEE OH SEES
PERFUME GENIUS
NONAME (SANDY)
ALEX G
BIG THIEF
MOUNT KIMBIE
CITIZEN
POND
ZOLA JESUS
TAYLOR BENNETT
WESTSIDE GUNN & CONWAY
CHARLY BLISS
LEIKELI47
FIELD REPORT
LILLIE MAE
TAUK
THIS IS THE KIT
WEAKENED FRIENDS
STL GLD

COMEDY LINEUP
NATALIE PORTMAN
POD SAVE AMERICA
LOVETT OR LEAVE IT
JENNY SLATE
BRIDGET EVERETT
CAMERON ESPOSITO
TONY HINCHCLIFFE
JO FIRESTONE
MAX SILVESTRI
MARTIN URBANO


 


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January 4, 2018

Boston Calling 2018
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Boston Calling is going on its fifth year since its 2013 inception, and this morning, the 2018 lineup has been revealed. Headlining the three-day event will be Emenem, The Killers and Jack White. You can also catch Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Paramore, Tyler, the Creator, Khalid, Bryson Miller, Portugal. The Man and many more.

Other notable bands include Royal Blood, Dirty Projectors, Thundercat, Pussy Riot, The Mezingers, Thee Oh Sees and POND.

The event will also include comedy acts: Natalie Portman, Pod Save America, Lovett or Leave It, Jenny Slate, Bridget Everett, Cameron Esposito, Tony Hinchcliffe, Jo Firestone, Max Silvestri and Martin Urbano.

Last year, Boston Calling was moved from Boston City Hall Plaza to Harvard’s Athletic Complex in Allston. This year, it will return to the same location May 25-27.

Early bird tickets are on sale now. See the full music and comedy lineup below:

BOSTON CALLING 2018 LINEUP
EMINEM
THE KILLERS
JACK WHITE
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
THE NATIONAL
PARAMORE
TYLER, THE CREATOR
KHALID
BRYSON TILLER
PORTUGAL THE MAN
FLEET FOXES
ST. VINCENT
THE DECEMBERISTS
BROCKHAMPTON
MAGGIE ROGERS
ROYAL BLOOD
MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA
DANIEL CAESAR
DIRTY PROJECTORS
STORMZY
THUNDERCAT
BELLY
PUSSY RIOT
JULIEN BAKER
ALVVAYS
THE MENZINGERS
THEE OH SEES
PERFUME GENIUS
NONAME (SANDY)
ALEX G
BIG THIEF
MOUNT KIMBIE
CITIZEN
POND
ZOLA JESUS
TAYLOR BENNETT
WESTSIDE GUNN & CONWAY
CHARLY BLISS
LEIKELI47
FIELD REPORT
LILLIE MAE
TAUK
THIS IS THE KIT
WEAKENED FRIENDS
STL GLD

COMEDY LINEUP
NATALIE PORTMAN
POD SAVE AMERICA
LOVETT OR LEAVE IT
JENNY SLATE
BRIDGET EVERETT
CAMERON ESPOSITO
TONY HINCHCLIFFE
JO FIRESTONE
MAX SILVESTRI
MARTIN URBANO


 


Stick Figure, John Brown’s Body & 10 Ft Ganja Plant – New Year’s Eve 2017 Reggae Bash

01/01/2018

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Dillon Price

Dillon Price

Dillon Price is the founder and sole author of Sound Renaissance. With a background in English and mass communications and a passion for independent music, Price launched SR in 2016.

There couldn’t have been a better way to reign in the New Year with a night of good vibes and reggae music. At least that’s what went down at the House of Blues in Boston Sunday night. Boston area reggae bands, John Brown’s Body and 10 Ft Ganja Plant, headlined by North Carolina’s Stick Figure, reveled in a night of roots reggae, falling balloons, brass instrumentation and a tour dog named Cocoa.

The night kicked off with 10 Ft Ganja Plant, the brainchild of John Brown’s Body members. Vocalist, Craig Akira Fujita, was a crowd pleaser – coalescing a diverse audience with positive banter. The following act and longtime reggae legends, John Brown’s Body, took to the stage for the last show (for the time being). The deep bass booms and dub-infused soundscape resonated from wall to wall.

Lastly, Stick Figure headlined the show. Keyboardist/Vocalist, KBong, immediately got the crowd pumped up while thrashing about on stage. The Carolina-based (originally from Duxbury, Mass) dub-reggae quartet led us into the New Year with vibrant dance-alongs, as well as an avalanch of balloons and a tripped out light show. Once the clock struck midnight, the stage was filled with friends and family of the bands and a a lot of champagne splashing.

Stick Figure also have a bunch of tour dates coming up in January and February. Visit their site for tickets and info.

You can also see more pictures and some videos from last night below:


10 Ft Ganja Plant brass section

10 Ft Ganja Plant with Cocoa

John Brown’s Body guitarist Jay Spaker

John Brown’s Body

Stick Figure

Balloons during Stick Figure

 
 
 

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Stick Figure, John Brown’s Body & 10 Ft Ganja Plant – New Year’s Eve 2017 Reggae Bash

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01/01/2018

by Dillon Price

There couldn’t have been a better way to reign in the New Year with a night of good vibes and reggae music. At least that’s what went down at the House of Blues in Boston Sunday night. Boston area reggae bands, John Brown’s Body and 10 Ft Ganja Plant, headlined by North Carolina’s Stick Figure, reveled in a night of roots reggae, falling balloons, brass instrumentation and a tour dog named Cocoa.

The night kicked off with 10 Ft Ganja Plant, the brainchild of John Brown’s Body members. Vocalist, Craig Akira Fujita, was a crowd pleaser – coalescing a diverse audience with positive banter. The following act and longtime reggae legends, John Brown’s Body, took to the stage for the last show (for the time being). The deep bass booms and dub-infused soundscape resonated from wall to wall.

Lastly, Stick Figure headlined the show. Keyboardist/Vocalist, KBong, immediately got the crowd pumped up while thrashing about on stage. The Carolina-based (originally from Duxbury, Mass) dub-reggae quartet led us into the New Year with vibrant dance-alongs, as well as an avalanch of balloons and a tripped out light show. Once the clock struck midnight, the stage was filled with friends and family of the bands and a a lot of champagne splashing.

Stick Figure also have a bunch of tour dates coming up in January and February. Visit their site for tickets and info.

You can also see more pictures and some videos from last night below:


10 Ft Ganja Plant brass section

10 Ft Ganja Plant with Cocoa

John Brown’s Body guitarist Jay Spaker

John Brown’s Body

Stick Figure

Balloons during Stick Figure

 
 
 

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones 20th Anniversary Hometown Throwdown – Saturday Night

12/03/2017

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Dillon Price

Dillon Price

Dillon Price is the founder and sole author of Sound Renaissance. With a background in English and mass communications and a passion for independent music, Price launched SR in 2016.

It’s been 20 years since Boston ska-core staples, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, have launched the annual New Year’s Hometown Throwdown. The three-night bash started Thursday night, and joining the Bosstones, were The Doped Up Dollies and Piebald. Friday night included Vic Ruggiero and Rude Bones.

I had the luxury of attending Saturday night at the iconic House of Blues. Boston ska-punks, Kicked in the Head, opened the show. I remember seeing their name around a lot during the late 90s and may have even seen them play.

However, their style didn’t catch my attention back then – as I was very closed minded about music. But last night, they killed it. Their abrasive clash of melodic punk and ska was an ideal intro of mosh-inducing energy.

Next up came DC ska legends, The Pietasters. I haven’t seen these guys play in ages, but they are truly not an act to miss. Their soulful and peppy ska landscape – met with a massive brass section – had sporadic audience members skankin and swaying in unison. I reminded me of some of the fun-filled ska shows I attended during the 90s.

Alas, the grand finale of Saturday night’s Hometown Throwdown installment. The Bosstones took to the stage, kicking things off with “I Want My City Back.” And if you attended last night, you got to see these Boston stalwarts perform all the classics such as: “Someday I Suppose,” “Don’t Worry Desmond Dekker,” “Don’t Know How to Party,” “The Rascal King” and “Devil’s Night Out.”

Bosstones frontman, Dicky Barrett, introduced a new member – Leon Silva- who had been a saxophonist for the band since 2016. As the set continued, trombonist, Chris Roads, took to the mic to ignite a tribute to Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly.” Additionally, The Pietasters joined in on the fun with some extra brass and a cover of “Ocean” and legendary Bosstones dancer, Ben Carr, did some repeat crowd surfing.

The Bosstones ended the night with their renowned radio hit, “The Impression That I Get,” as well as a brutal rendition of the Angry Samoan’s “Lights Out.” The place uerupted in confetti storm and drunken stupor of singalongs.

See more pictures below:


Dicky Barrett offers the mic for a crowd singalong

Dicky Barrett offers the mic for a crowd singalong

Dicky Barrett offers the mic for a crowd singalong

Dicky Barrett offers the mic for a crowd singalong

Dicky Barrett offers the mic for a crowd singalong

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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones 20th Anniversary Hometown Throwdown – Saturday Night

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12/03/2017

by Dillon Price

It’s been 20 years since Boston ska-core staples, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, have launched the annual New Year’s Hometown Throwdown. The three-night bash started Thursday night, and joining the Bosstones, were The Doped Up Dollies and Piebald. Friday night included Vic Ruggiero and Rude Bones.

I had the luxury of attending Saturday night at the iconic House of Blues. Boston ska-punks, Kicked in the Head, opened the show. I remember seeing their name around a lot during the late 90s and may have even seen them play.

However, their style didn’t catch my attention back then – as I was very closed minded about music. But last night, they killed it. Their abrasive clash of melodic punk and ska was an ideal intro of mosh-inducing energy.

Next up came DC ska legends, The Pietasters. I haven’t seen these guys play in ages, but they are truly not an act to miss. Their soulful and peppy ska landscape – met with a massive brass section – had sporadic audience members skankin and swaying in unison. I reminded me of some of the fun-filled ska shows I attended during the 90s.

Alas, the grand finale of Saturday night’s Hometown Throwdown installment. The Bosstones took to the stage, kicking things off with “I Want My City Back.” And if you attended last night, you got to see these Boston stalwarts perform all the classics such as: “Someday I Suppose,” “Don’t Worry Desmond Dekker,” “Don’t Know How to Party,” “The Rascal King” and “Devil’s Night Out.”

Bosstones frontman, Dicky Barrett, introduced a new member – Leon Silva- who had been a saxophonist for the band since 2016. As the set continued, trombonist, Chris Roads, took to the mic to ignite a tribute to Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly.” Additionally, The Pietasters joined in on the fun with some extra brass and a cover of “Ocean” and legendary Bosstones dancer, Ben Carr, did some repeat crowd surfing.

The Bosstones ended the night with their renowned radio hit, “The Impression That I Get,” as well as a brutal rendition of the Angry Samoan’s “Lights Out.” The place uerupted in confetti storm and drunken stupor of singalongs.

See more pictures below:


Dicky Barrett offers the mic for a crowd singalong

Dicky Barrett offers the mic for a crowd singalong

Dicky Barrett offers the mic for a crowd singalong

Dicky Barrett offers the mic for a crowd singalong

Dicky Barrett offers the mic for a crowd singalong

American Nightmare Announce New Album Details

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Dillon Price

Dillon Price

Dillon Price is the founder and sole author of Sound Renaissance. With a background in English and mass communications and a passion for independent music, Price launched SR in 2016.

December 18, 2017

Genre: Hardcore-punk
Release Date: 2/16/2018
Label: Rise Records
Pre-order: MP3 

Boston hardcore-punk legends, American Nightmare,  have announced the details of their upcoming self-titled album – to be released February 16th via Rise Record’ (pre-order ). The album was recorded live to tape by drummer Alex Garcia-Rivera and mastered by Bob Weston.

Their new single, “The World Is Blue,” is upbeat and with a subtle, brooding element – commonplace with American Nightmare.

In support of the album, American Nightmare will hit the road with Pissed Jeans. See the full tour schedule below:


 

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American Nightmare Announce New Album Details

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December 18, 2017

Genre: Hardcore-punk
Release Date: 2/16/2018
Label: Rise Records
Pre-order: MP3 

Boston hardcore-punk legends, American Nightmare,  have announced the details of their upcoming self-titled album – to be released February 16th via Rise Record’ (pre-order ). The album was recorded live to tape by drummer Alex Garcia-Rivera and mastered by Bob Weston.

Their new single, “The World Is Blue,” is upbeat and with a subtle, brooding element – commonplace with American Nightmare.

In support of the album, American Nightmare will hit the road with Pissed Jeans. See the full tour schedule below:


 

Bella’s Bartok Working On New Album, Donate at Kickstarter

11/18/2017

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Dillon Price

Dillon Price

Dillon Price is the founder and sole author of Sound Renaissance. With a background in English and mass communications and a passion for independent music, Price launched SR in 2016.

Western Mass circus-punks, Bella’s Bartok, are back in the studio – working on their new album. The album details are yet to be revealed, but you can help them out by donating at their KickStarter campain. The band explains further:

“Here’s the deal. We have been working hard this past year on roughly 20 songs and 13 of those songs have been carefully selected to hit you hard, right in the face or through your earbuds or maybe your morning drive to work…we don’t care how you listen to it. It’s pretty exciting stuff and some of our best work. It’s time for you to hear it.

Upon entering the studio (a beautiful 3 floor home in the woods of Ludlow, VT) we have accomplished quite a lot in two weeks. We head back in December to finish the last 3 weeks of this project.”

Last year, Bella’s Bartok released their debut full-length album, Change Her Life. Stay tuned for the new music.

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Bella’s Bartok Working On New Album, Donate at Kickstarter

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11/18/2017

by Dillon Price

Western Mass circus-punks, Bella’s Bartok, are back in the studio – working on their new album. The album details are yet to be revealed, but you can help them out by donating at their KickStarter campain. The band explains further:

“Here’s the deal. We have been working hard this past year on roughly 20 songs and 13 of those songs have been carefully selected to hit you hard, right in the face or through your earbuds or maybe your morning drive to work…we don’t care how you listen to it. It’s pretty exciting stuff and some of our best work. It’s time for you to hear it.

Upon entering the studio (a beautiful 3 floor home in the woods of Ludlow, VT) we have accomplished quite a lot in two weeks. We head back in December to finish the last 3 weeks of this project.”

Last year, Bella’s Bartok released their debut full-length album, Change Her Life. Stay tuned for the new music.

‘Still Having Their Say’ Compilation Now Streaming at Loudwire

11/10/2017

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Dillon Price

Dillon Price

Dillon Price is the founder and sole author of Sound Renaissance. With a background in English and mass communications and a passion for independent music, Price launched SR in 2016.

 


Bridge 9 Record’s new book, xXX Fanzine (1983-1988) Hardcore & Punk in the Eighties, is out it now. In conjunction with the book, Bridge 9 has also released Still Having Their Say, a compilation reminiscing in the hardcore-punk classics of the 80s. The compilation features Strife (covering Void’s “Who Are You?”), Nomads (covering Cruxifix’s “How When Where” and Agnostic Front’s “The Eliminator”), Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach (covering Minor Threat’s “Salad Days”), H2O (covering Dag Nasty’s “Safe”), American Nightmare (covering Cro-Mag’s “It’s The Limit”) and many more. You can stream it in full at Loudwire.

xXX Fanzine (1983-1988) Hardcore & Punk in the Eighties features 288 pages documenting the Boston fanzine’s prime. The book was written by Mike Gitter and edited by Chris Wrenn. The book release happens today at Bridge Nine in Peabody, MA. It will include a DIY panel with Gitter and Tony Rettman, as well as a performance by Kevin Seconds. For more info, visit Bridge 9 Records.

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‘Still Having Their Say’ Compilation Now Streaming at Loudwire

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11/10/2017

by Dillon Price

 


Bridge 9 Record’s new book, xXX Fanzine (1983-1988) Hardcore & Punk in the Eighties, is out it now. In conjunction with the book, Bridge 9 has also released Still Having Their Say, a compilation reminiscing in the hardcore-punk classics of the 80s. The compilation features Strife (covering Void’s “Who Are You?”), Nomads (covering Cruxifix’s “How When Where” and Agnostic Front’s “The Eliminator”), Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach (covering Minor Threat’s “Salad Days”), H2O (covering Dag Nasty’s “Safe”), American Nightmare (covering Cro-Mag’s “It’s The Limit”) and many more. You can stream it in full at Loudwire.

xXX Fanzine (1983-1988) Hardcore & Punk in the Eighties features 288 pages documenting the Boston fanzine’s prime. The book was written by Mike Gitter and edited by Chris Wrenn. The book release happens today at Bridge Nine in Peabody, MA. It will include a DIY panel with Gitter and Tony Rettman, as well as a performance by Kevin Seconds. For more info, visit Bridge 9 Records.