Riot Fest Chicago and Denver lineups announced

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The Riot Fest Twitter account is probably one of the funniest to read with the way they troll people who are always complaining about the lineup of the three incarnations. On Wednesday (May 18), festival organizers shut up the hater when they unveiled the first wave of bands for both the Chicago and Denver shows. Earlier this month, news broke that the original lineup of The Misfits would reunite, and perform, at Riot Fest Chicago. Now, it’s been confirmed that they will not only perform at both Chicago and Denver dates, but that they will be in good company.

Riot Fest Chicago will feature a slew of artists including: Morrissey; Ween; Social Distortion, who will be performing 1996’s White Light, White Heat, White Trash in full; Rob Zombie, who will be performing White Zombie’s final album, Astro-Creep: 2000; Death Cab For Cutie; Brand New; NAS; Deftones; Refused; Death Grips; the Descendents; The Specials; Chevy Metal aka Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins’ side-project; and Girls Against Boys.

But those are not all the groups making their way to Chi-town in mid-September. Acts like NOFX, Bad Religion, The Hives, Leftover Crack, Smoking Popes, Pepper, Big D & The Kids Table will also play Riot Fest Chicago. While Riot Fest has been boosting the Misfits reunion, the 2016 incarnation will feature other groups reuniting. Thursday will continue their handful of reunion shows, while Underoath announced earlier this year that they had reunited and would be releasing new music soon. The Daryl Palumbo-fronted Glassjaw reunited earlier this year to head out on tour with Coheed & Cambria and will now be heading to Chicago to continue. Set Your Goals and the Anniversary are also set to reunited during the weekend-long event. While some bands are making their grand return at Riot Fest, this marks the end of Motion City Soundtrack who revealed that they will head on one final tour before calling it a day later this year.

Like Chicago, Denver will feature a lot of the same bands like The Misfits, Ween, and Death Cab For Cutie. Unlike the original Riot Fest location, Denver will feature exclusive  performances from Sleater-Kinney, Jane’s Addiction who will perform Ritual De Lo Habitual, Wolf Parade, and Tyler the Creator.

As of now, festival organizers have confirmed that this is the first wave of acts, with many more to be announced soon. The complete list of performers for Both Riot Fest Chicago and Denver can be seen below.

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Riot Fest Denver (aka Riot Fest & Rodeo) will invade the National Western Complex during the weekend of Sept. 2-4. Riot Fest Chicago will take place tow weeks late during the weekend of Sept. 16-18 at Douglas Park. Early bird tickets are currently available on the festival’s website.

Atlanta’s Wrecking Ball Fest announces first set of 2016 acts

Atlanta’s Wrecking Ball Festival will be returning in 2016. What started out as a celebration of famed Atlanta concert venue, The Masquerade has now become a yearly event. On Tuesday (March 22), the people behind the punk-centric music festival unveiled its first back of acts for the 2016 incarnation.

Acts like The Bouncing Souls, American Football, Gorilla Biscuits, The Promise Ring, American Nightmare, Deafheaven, Touche Amore, Tigers Jaw, The Menzingers, Anti-Flag, the soon-to-be defunct Motion City Soundtrack and many more will head to Georgia in mid-August. What’s surprising about the newly revealed lineup is the addition of Thursday who went on hiatus several years ago (2011 to be exact). According to a tweet from frontman Geoff Rickly, “That line-up!! We said yes on Sunday because we couldn’t say no to THAT show. Literally had no plans to reunite b4.”

The band’s reunion comes a day after they posted a cryptic message on their official Twitter. No word yet on if this will be the beginning of something new or a one-off gig, even if Rickly’s tweet seems to be pointing at the latter.

The Wrecking Ball Festival will return to Atlanta during the weekend of Aug. 12-14. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale beginning next Friday, April 1 while it looks like a slew of more bands will be announced at a later date. For now, check out the current lineup for the summer event

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Thursday to Re-Release Their Debut Album in March

After disbanding in 2011, Thursday are back, but sadly it has anything to do with a reunion. Instead, the Geoff Rickly-led group revealed that they will be re-releasing their debut album, Waiting, this March through Rickly’s record label, Collect Records.

This re-issue marks the 15th anniversary of the record and will feature three previously unreleased bonus tracks. Aside from the new tracks, the design of the packaging will also be redone to feature new art work, a deluxe die-cut CD and LP sleeve, and liner noted penned by Rickly.

But don’t think the band will be leaving fans empty-handed until March 24. To get fans excited for this, they have released the audio of one of the new songs to be featured on the reissue; a track titled “Where the Circle Ends.”

Check out the audio stream and track list for the album below.

WAITING RE-ISSUE TRACKLIST:

1. Porcelain
2. This Side of Brightness
3. Ian Curtis
4. Intro
5. Streaks in the Sky
6. In Transmission
7. Dying in New Brunswick
8. The Dotted Line
9. Where the Circle Ends
10. This Side of Brightness (Demo)
11. Dying in New Brunswick (Demo)
12. Mass as Shadows

Pre-orders for Waiting are currently available here.

No Devotion to Headline U.K. Tour in January

No Devotion to support Gerard Way on UK tour

It’s been a year since the creation of No Devotion, and the band are already planning on heading out on a headlining tour in January.

The band which features former members of the now tarnished and defunct Lostprophets as well as Thursday frontman, Geoff Rickly have revealed a handful of tour dates in the United Kingdom for January 2015.

The tour will begin on Jan. 19 in Bristol at The Fleece and wrap up a few days later in London at the O2 Academy Brixton.

Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way will be opening for them on selected dates including Birmingham, Southampton, and Reading.

Tour dates can be seen below.

NO DEVOTION 2015 UK TOUR DATES:

Jan. 19 – Bristol @ The Fleece

Jan. 20 – Birmingham @ O2 Academy

Jan. 21 – Southampton @ O2 Guildhall

Jan. 22 – Reading @ The Bowery District

Jan. 23 – London @ O2 Academy Brixton

While No Devotion has released three tracks, the band have yet to formally announced the release date for their debut record. They have, though, released a special Singles 2014 boxset, which includes 12” versions of their previously released songs including “Stay” and “10,000 Summers.”

Nine Inch Nails to Release New Song, Thursday

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Earlier today, rumors were running around that Nine Inch Nails would be releasing a brand new track sometime this week.

It has now been confirmed that the revamped version of the 90s band will indeed release a brand new track on Thursday. The track, “Came Back Haunted,” is set to premiere on June 6th through KROQ in California.

When asked about the new song, Lisa Worden, music director for the Los Angeles station said, “I think it’s in line with the first two albums. Its got a great beat, it’s not the experimental material Trent’s done in the last five years.”

She added, “I wouldn’t say that it’s dance-y, but it does have a great beat, a groove. Trent really brought it with this song. It’s going to sound amazing to new fans and old. It’s just cool.”

Frontman Trent Reznor revealed earlier this year that he had been working on new music for the band with Alan Moulder and Atticus Ross ever since the band has dismantled. “Came Back Haunted” will be featured on the follow-up to 2008’s The Slip. Reznor released the following statement about the new music a little while ago:

“I’ve been less than honest about what I’ve really been up to lately. For the last year I’ve been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly fucking great. This is the real impetus and motivation behind the decision to assemble a new band and tour again. My forays into film, HTDA and other projects really stimulated me creatively and I decided to focus that energy on taking Nine Inch Nails to a new place. Here we go!”

Reznor also revealed that former guitarist, Robin Finck will be rejoining the band after Eric Avery left citing that he had become overwhelmed after touring with Garbage and felt that he couldn’t committed to the demands that the Nine Inch Nails would ask of him.