WAR ON WOMEN CONFIRMED TO PLAY 2017 VANS WARPED TOUR

WAR ON WOMEN CONFIRMED TO PLAY 2017 VANS WARPED TOUR

Presented by Journey’s, see War On Women on the road June 16th through August 6th / Read their statement below...

“War On Women’s music stands out in a hypermasculine genre that has long been dominated by all-male bands. - Newsweek “In a year when a Presidential candidate bragged about grabbing women by the pussy, the feminist punk band has been more crucial than ever. - Noisey
“War On Women’s music stands out in a hypermasculine genre that has long been dominated by all-male bands. - Newsweek
“In a year when a Presidential candidate bragged about grabbing women by the pussy, the feminist punk band has been more crucial than ever. - Noisey

Baltimore’s War On Women have been riotous and outspoken since the first day of their formation in 2011.  The band screams and shreds about topics such as women’s rights, trans rights, rape culture, street harassment, the gender wage gap, abortion, and other vitally pertinent social issues.   Today, War On Women have announced that they’ll participate in the duration of 2017’s Vans Warped Tour.
 
War On Women commented:
 
“Playing all 40 dates of this year’s Warped Tour is a great opportunity for us as a band to use our privilege for something positive. We don't have to deal with the day-to-day struggles that many people of color, LGBTQIA folks, people with disabilities, or undocumented people have to face just to exist, so we feel like we're in a unique position to infiltrate what could be a hostile environment, and ensure that women's voices are heard, from an intersectional feminist perspective. Safer space/DIY/art space shows can be transforming and life-affirming, even vital to people's survival, but we've always believed that we have the ability to take on the unsafe spaces, and we hope that our involvement can lead to a more victim-centered, and overall welcoming, environment for all.”
 
War On Women’s existence couldn’t be any more poignant than it is at this very moment; with America’s current sociopolitical climate, the timing is more important than ever to put women’s stories into the forefront of heavy music.  War On Women are excited to spread their message to concert-goers and hope they inspire fans to “do better, and realize that they’re not alone in their struggles,” commented vocalist Shawna Potter.  
 
Potter, who is the founder of the Baltimore chapter of Hollaback!, a movement to end street harassment, has been tapped to do a workshop every day of Warped Tour called "Creating Safer Spaces: You Have the Power to Shape Your Scene.”  Since Shawna and the rest of the band will be busy with performances, they've recruited Canadian activist Kira-Lynn Ferderber to run the Safer Scenes 2017 tent, where kids can go to learn how to be good allies to others and support diverse scenes, pick up information on local-to-them resources, talk to each other, and more. They’ll concentrate more on gender-based harassment and violence, in addition to addressing all forms of harassment and discrimination.  Potter commented, “Thanks to Warped Tour's support and generosity, we've been able to address an issue that really matters to us, and hopefully in a cool way. While we always want people to feel comfortable talking to the band about the struggles they go through with harassment and discrimination, this summer we have the ability to be more proactive and concrete by educating attendees on how to make their local music scenes more safe and tolerant. We thought, ‘What happens when people leave Warped Tour and see shows at home?’ I wanted people to feel empowered not only as victims, but as allies, to create the kind of tolerant scene everyone deserves.”
 
Warped Tour 2017 will certainly be one for the history books; this year’s lineup features one of the most impressive and important in the tour’s history, and the focus on betterment overall will be vital.  “It's not really about us, it's about the idea - that we can all take part in creating the world we want, and that there are specific actions we can take to support others and move towards a more equitable world - we just have to do them! These ideas are so much bigger than one band. Honestly, every band on every tour should always be calling out sexual harassment, racism, and accessibility issues - in front of their audiences, and for their audiences,” said Potter.
 
War On Women’s magnum opus, their self-titled album, was released in 2015 on Bridge Nine Records and was recorded in collaboration with J. Robbins at Magpie Cage.  The band has been on the road incessantly in support of the record, which included dates in the US, UK and Europe with bands like Refused, Propagandhi, Anti-Flag, Jello Biafra, Iron Reagan and more, in addition to a highly coveted slot on last year’s Riot Fest.  Check out War On Women on tour all summer long on Warped Tour, and buy advance tickets to the tour here as well as to the “Creating Safer Spaces: You Have the Power to Shape Your Scene” workshop here.
 
WAR ON WOMEN, ON TOUR:
June 16  Seattle, WA
June 17  Salem, OR
June 21  Albuquerque, NM
June 22  Phoenix, AZ
June 23  Las Vegas, NV
June 24  Salt Lake City, UT
June 25  Denver, CO
June 27  Nashville, TN
June 28  Metaire, LA
June 29  Atlanta, GA
June 30  Orlando, FL
July 1  St. Petersburg, FL
July 2  West Palm Beach, FL
July 4  Wilmington, NC
July 6  Charlotte, NC
July 7  Camden, NJ
July 8  Wantagh, NY
July 9  Hartford, CT
July 10  Scranton, PA
July 11  Virginia Beach, VA
July 12  Mansfield, MA
July 13  Darien Center, NY
July 14  Burgettstown, PA
July 15  Holmdel, NJ
July 16  Columbia, MD
July 18  Cuyahoga Falls, OH
July 19  Cincinnati, OH
July 20  Noblesville, IN
July 21  Auburn Hills, MI
July 22  Tinley Park, IL
July 23  Shakopee, MN
July 24  Milwaukee, WI
July 26  Maryland Heights, MO
July 27  Bonner Springs, KS
July 28  Dallas, TX
July 29  San Antonio, TX
July 30  Houston, TX
August 1  Las Cruces, NM
August 4  Mountain View, CA
August 5  San Diego, CA
August 6  Pomona, CA
 
* top photo by Ben Jones

Alcoa Announce Tour Around Bled Fest

After nearly two years off the road, Derek Archambault’s (Defeater) Americana outfit Alcoa will be bringing its barebones, bleeding heart folk to stages across the country with a gamut of East Coast and Midwest shows. Check out all the tour dates below.  

What began as Archambault’s relief from the bareknuckle hardcore of Defeater has become a formidable roots outfit boasting two albums and a flurry of EPs and singles. 

After nearly a decade of being relegated as a side project, Alcoa realized its current form in 2013, when Archambault enlisted a troop of collaborators (including his now wife, Alyssa Archambault) to create the band’s proper debut, Bone & Marrow. 

Alcoa followed up the triumphant entrée with 2015’s Parlour Tricks, a thin-skinned, big band dive into the trials of illness, toxic relationships, and the thrill of new love. If Alcoa fans have learned anything from the band, it’s that good things come with time—this tour is no different. 

See Alcoa on tour this spring and stay tuned for more news to come soon.

ALCOA, ON TOUR: 
05.19.17 Lancaster PA @ Lizard Lounge w/ Spur
05.20.17 Philadelphia PA @ Boot & Saddle w/ Spur
05.21.17 Wilkes-Barre PA @ The Other Side w/ Spur + No Spill
05.22.17 Richmond VA @ House of Abe w/ Jake Clarke
05.23.17 Asheville NC @ The Odditorium w/ Jake Clarke
05.24.17 Nashville TN @ That 70’s House w/ Jake Clarke
05.25.17 St Louis @ The Firebird w/ Jake Clarke
05.26.17 Chicago IL @ Subterranean (Basement) w/ Jake Clarke
05.27.17 Bled Fest in Howell MI
05.28.17 Cleveland OH @ Mahall’s (Locker Room) w/ Jake Clarke

Ruiner Announce California Shows

With a few East Coast reunion gigs under their belt, Ruiner are heading west for a run of California shows with Strange Ways. Dates can be found below...

May 18th: The Colony in Sacramento, CA w/ Strange Ways
May 19th: Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA w/ Strange Ways
May 20th: Che Cafe in LA Jolla, CA w/ Strange Ways
May 21st: Gilman in Berkeley, CA w/ Strange Ways