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Brody Dalle Performs Misfit’s Hybrid Moments

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Brody Dalle, one of the best female punk singers in recent times, performs a cover of the Misfit’s “Hybrid Moments.” While no one can compare to Danzig’s version, she does a really good job. Her naturally raspy voice is suited to the song perfectly. Although Brody Dalle was unfortunately embroiled in controversy with her messy divorce from Rancid lead singer Tim Armstrong, it shouldn’t overshadow her own talent and body of work. The punk rock world, in particular, could benefit from more female lead singers.

You Can Now Listen To New Tracks From Rancid’s “Honor Is All We Know”

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Rancid has released a video that features tracks from their eagerly-awaited new album “Honor Is All We Know.” You can listen to it below. It’s hard to be too critical of Rancid, because it’s like a dearly missed friend returning. But, overall, I like it and it has the catchiness that Rancid is known for. What do you think?

Rancid FINALLY Reveals Cover Art And Tracklist For New Album “Honor Is All We Know”

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Rancid is one of the most influential and popular punk bands to exist in recent times. Greatly influenced by The Clash and the Ramones, they nonetheless managed to forge new ground with songs like “Ruby Soho.” Lead singer Tim Armstrong has emerged as a singular force in the punk world, starting Hellcat Records and nurturing new punk talent like The Interrupters and at one time The Distillers. In short, Tim Armstrong and Rancid have helped keep punk alive – and above ground – not just in the memories and history books of a bygone era. Punk fans have grown to love and respect Armstrong as a true pioneer of punk.

While Tim Armstrong has been so busy with his behind the scenes work, it seemed like he had put his own band Rancid almost permanently on the backburner. There have been rumblings that Rancid’s new album “Honor Is All We Know” was set to be released in June 2014, but June came and went without a stir. Music insiders claimed that he was so busy with helping other artists release their work, the Rancid album had been put on the backburner yet again.

So, finally, and with great anticipation Rancid has released the artwork for their new album and the tracklist. They both can be viewed below. The artwork is well, ehhhh, sort of underwhelming. But it’s about the music and not the artwork, so hopefully Rancid was too busy pumping out great music to worry about the artwork. So here’s to hoping that Rancid will help breathe some much needed life and energy into the current punk scene!


Top Three Surprisingly Rich Punk Rock Stars

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Punk rock’s defiant DIY stance, anti-authority attitude, and underground status doesn’t make it the best genre to make money in. Yet somehow some punk rockers have been able to become millionaires a long the way. Even for punk rockers, becoming a millionaire is something that should be respected, because realistically these three punk rockers came up the hard way. They’ve all fought the good fight, and became pre-emininent members of the punk rock community.

1. Ian McKaye

Former lead singer of two groundbreaking hardcore punk bands, Minor Threat and Fugazi, Ian McKaye is a major part of why the Washington D.C. hardcore punk scene is still loved and revered by so many. A supporter of the Riot Grrrl movement, Ian McKaye has never been one to shy away from making strong political statements. He is reportedly worth over twenty million dollars. How he’s been able amass that money being straight-edge and hardcore is a little bit of a mystery.

2. Kathleen Hanna

While Kathleen Hanna, former lead singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, may not be herself filthy rich, her husband of decades Adam Horovitz definitely is. In 2013 Adam Horovitz, better known as Ad Rock of the Beastie Boys, purchased a Chelsea loft well over two million dollars. Kathleen Hanna is currently enjoying a luxurious existence as a rich New Yorker far removed from her days working as a stripper and squatting with friends because she had no money.

3. Tim Armstrong

Due to the massive mainstream success of Rancid, Tim Armstrong may be the least surprising person on this list, which is why he’s listed at number three. A widely beloved figure in the punk world, he also was instrumental in popularizing ska punk to mainstream kids eager for something different. Tim Armstrong seems to have reaped the benefits of his tumultuous life, starting his own record label Hellcat Records and being worth a reported thirteen million dollars. He also got a large skull tattoo a long the way.

Rancid Finally Releasing New Album “Honor Is All We Know” In June

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Rancid may be the closest thing punk rock has to beloved and revered veterans now that most of The Ramones have passed away. They have been on hiatus for many years, with the lead singer Tim Armstrong staying busy with his record label Hellcat Records, and his own musical projects under the name Tim Timebomb. Tim Armstrong may be one of the most beloved men in punk rock, with his personal struggles with relationships (Brody Dalle) and drugs, perhaps only endearing himself to punk rock fans.

Rancid more than any other band, except for perhaps Green Day, brought ska punk to the masses, reaching beyond the hardcore punk fans. They will be releasing an album “Honor Is All We Know” reportedly in June. And, realistically, it’s one of the biggest and most mainstream releases the punk rock world has seen in a long time.