BLACK FLAG Announce 2014 North American Tour

Reactivated hardcore/punk legends BLACK FLAG have announced a spring/summer tour of North America entitled the Victimology Tour. The tour kicks off on May 15 in Midland, Texas and includes dates in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, New York, Toronto as well as an appearance at the Amnesia Rockfest Music Festival in Montebello, Quebec, Canada on June 20th.

The Victimology Tour will feature new vocalist Mike Vallely joining the band for the first time since performing with them at the 2003 benefit shows at the Hollywood Palladium. Vallely is the fifth vocalist in the band’s 38 years of existence and according to founding member, guitarist, primary songwriter and sole continuous member Greg Ginn, Vallely “is the perfect frontman to capture what BLACK FLAG was, is and will be.”

Vallely affirms, “I’m excited about performing songs from the entire BLACK FLAG catalog. I feel confident in my ability to communicate the songs — To give them their due respect and yet still make them my own. Ginn’s songwriting is truly timeless and it gives all of the material relevance right here, right now.”

Supporting BLACK FLAG on the Victimology Tour (except where noted **) will be Ginn’s own HOR, an electronic, psychedelic, instrumental band, and Brooklyn, NY two- piece atmospheric punk band CINEMA CINEMA.

Check blackflagofficial.com for the latest tour dates.

Don’t confuse this with the other version of BLACK FLAG known as FLAG, which features original members Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Bill Stevenson, and Dez Cadena.

CIRCLE JERKS Documentary Coming to DVD

A documentary on LA hardcore heroes, the CIRCLE JERKS, entitled CIRCLE JERKS – My Life as a Jerk is set to be released on September 25, 2012 via MVD Entertainment Group.

Filmmaker David Markey (1991: The Year Punk Broke, The Slog Movie) mixes in-depth interviews, rare live footage and historical perspective to illustrate the story of one of the most influential bands in the American underground.

“I was at many of these shows, and let me tell you, there wasn’t a tighter band in Los Angeles at the time,” said Markey. “Making this film reminded me just how truly great they were.”

My Career as a Jerk follows the band from their early days and classic debut to navigating the independent label and touring scene of the 80’s to the addictions, fights and injuries that forced their break up.

Features interviews with members Keith Morris, Greg Hetson, Lucky Leher, Earl Liberty, Zander Schloss as well as J. Mascis (DINOSAUR JR.), Henry Rollins, Brian Baker (MINOR THREAT, BAD RELIGION), and more.

Pre-order the DVD here.

OFF!, Featuring Keith Morris, Schedule Fall Tour Dates

OFF!, the new hardcore band featuring Keith Morris (CIRCLE JERKS, BLACK FLAG), Dimitri Coats (BURNING BRIDGES), Steven McDonald (RED KROSS), and Mario Rubalcaba (EARTHLESS), have scheduled a few tour dates starting with the Riot Fest on October 9, 2010 with the CRO-MAGS.

Tour Dates:
Oct 9 2010 Riot Fest (Double Door w/CRO-MAGS) Chicago, IL
Oct 13 2010 Amoeba Records Hollywood, CA
Oct 13 2010 Club Lingerie (EP Record Release Party) Hollywood, CA
Nov 7, 2010 Fun Fun Fun Fest (Waterloo Park) Austin, TX

Check out the video for the band’s new song, “Darkness“:

CONVERGE: A Conversation with CONVERGE


In 2009, Boston’s CONVERGE unleashed, Axe to Fall, an album equalling, if not topping, their acclaimed Jane Doe album, managing to titillate those with even the highest of expectations. Staying true to their style, the band bare their souls in a most caustic mix of hardcore and metal that resonates with sheer heart and honesty.

CONVERGE recently whipped through North America on an unusually larger (sponsored) tour with DETHKLOK, MASTODON, and HIGH ON FIRE. This was a unique opportunity for the band to showcase their powerful and unceremoniously raw live performance to a younger and more diverse audience.

APESHIT caught up with vocalist Jake Bannon and guitarist Kurt Ballou during their Los Angeles stop to chat about the tour, the new album, and what makes CONVERGE, CONVERGE.
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Ex-D.O.A., BLACK FLAG, DANZIG Drummer Chuck Biscuits’ Death a Hoax

Despite numerous reports of his death, D.O.A.‘s Joe Keithley has dispelled rumors that famed drummer Chuck Biscuits (ex-D.O.A., BLACK FLAG, MISFITS, DANZIG) has recently passed away.

“He’s well and alive, so that’s good news,” said Keithley.

According to the Canadian Press, the reports seem to have originated from a single blog post written by New York freelance writer James Greene Jr., who has since claimed that he was duped by an anonymous emailer.

Read the full article here.