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When it comes to "critical" opinion, I'm in the group that really enjoyed David Ayer's DC Comics adaptation, SUICIDE SQUAD. In addition to the film itself being enjoyable in an almost-music-video kinda way, I really dug the soundtrack. It didn't fit the mold of what a superhero film usually receives, much less one from a universe typically known for sweeping cinematic scores. The fourth single from that record was "Gangsta" by Kehlani, used as a representation of the relationship between Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and The Joker (Jared Leto). On this summer's PUNK GOES POP VOL. 7, New Years Day put their spin on the track, and now we've got an official video that finds Ash Costello channeling Harley, right down to an appearance of the classic suit straight out of Batman: The Animated Series. Check it out...

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Aquabats Turn 20It could be said that last night, I officially introduced my daughter to the rock and roll lifestyle. We took a trip into the big city, stayed out late on a school night, and she got ice cream at 10pm. We were living dangerously, and it was all because last night was Addie's first real concert - her first big ROCK show. And what a night it was... at age 4½, my little girl got her first "special pass," met the band, and can now say that she's been on stage at one of Chicago's finest venues, The House of Blues. THE AQUABATS! kicked-off their 20th Anniversary Tour in fine fashion, and being there with my little girl made for one unforgettable night.

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It's no secret that I dig an interesting cover. It's also no secret that I'm a huge fan of Fearless Records' PUNK GOES... series of compilations. Now, with PUNK GOES 90s VOLUME 2 due out on April 1 (Pre-order: iTunes | Amazon), tracks are starting to spring forth, and the latest comes courtesy of ASKING ALEXANDRIA. They've chosen to cover NINE INCH NAILS... but I have to say that their song choice, "Closer" is my least-favorite song by Trent Reznor and the gang. Take a listen to the lyric video below and let me know what you think of it...

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I didn't intend to post a cover song today (that's gonna be a Wednesday thing this year), but this one needs to be an exception. It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Fearless Records' long-running PUNK GOES... series, so much so that I'd written a ten-year retrospective back in 2010, and have subsequently reviewed and/or covered every installment since, including the recent PUNK GOES CHRISTMAS. Now comes word that Fearless is prepping for the release of PUNK GOES 90s Volume 2 - and while the tracklisting and exact release date have yet to be revealed, they've already come out swinging with an official single release. Below the jump, check out the lyric video for GET SCARED covering LIT's "My Own Worst Enemy."

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I'm a big fan of FEARLESS RECORDS' "PUNK GOES" series, something I've noted over the years, and having written a retrospective about the series' first decade back in 2010. I'd later tackle PUNK GOES CLASSIC ROCK and another of the PUNK GOES POP releases formally, and while I didn't review them, I'd still follow along for the more recent releases. Now, after being rumored for quite some time (especially when 'TIS THE SEASON TO BE FEARLESS hit the streets), PUNK GOES CHRISTMAS is official, and will hit stores on November 5, and you can count me interested. While it was technically announced last month, I've just really been trying to get closer to November to start Holiday coverage, and while this is technically "for grownups," I filed it under "kids and family" because, hey - it's X-mas! Check out the tracklisting below...

On November 1, AUGUST BURNS RED will hit the road in support of their latest album, RESCUE & RESTORE (out now on Solid State), with BLESSTHEFALL, DEFEATER, and BEARTOOTH along for the ride. My friends at AEG Live are handling select dates on the tour, and they've teamed up with The Rock Father to get three ABR fans hooked-up with signed, double-sided posters promoting the release of RESCUE & RESTORE. It's a really cool collectible for the die-hard AUGUST BURNS RED fan...

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