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AFI Announce January 20th Album Release for ‘AFI (The Blood Album); Two New Songs Released!

AFI Announce January 20th Album Release for ‘AFI (The Blood Album); Two New Songs Released!

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Multi-platinum-selling alt-rock band AFI have announced a January 20th, 2017 release date for their highly anticipated new album, AFI (The Blood Album). The quartet (vocalist Davey Havok, guitarist Jade Puget, bassist Hunter Burgan and drummer Adam Carson) is previewing the album with today’s release of two new tracks – “Snow Cats” and “White Offerings.” Both songs are available as instant downloads by pre-ordering AFI (The Blood Album) on iTunes or Amazon.

Fans can stream the new tracks on AFI’s official site.

News of the album’s release follows widespread speculation about the band’s plans. Earlier this week, influential alt-rock radio station KROQ posted a news story titled, “AFI Are Up To Something. But What?” Fans around the globe asked the same question, posting messages on social media and comparing conspiracy theories after the band blacked out their Facebook and Twitter account photos, completely wiped their Instagram page and posted a series of suspenseful teaser videos. “AFI has been teasing us nonstop for about four days,” wrote AP. “But that didn’t prevent us from diving way too deep into the AFI rabbit hole and trying to find every connection and possible hint we could.”

Recorded at Megawatt Studios in Los Angeles, AFI (The Blood Album) was produced by Jade Puget and co-produced by Matt Hyde (Deftones) and is the follow-up to 2013’s Burials, which hit Top 10 on The Billboard 200.  Since the release of 1995’s debut album Answer That and Stay Fashionable, AFI has written and recorded five top ten hit singles, hit No. 1 on The Billboard 200 (with the stunning Decemberunderground), garnered worldwide critical acclaim and amassed a fiercely loyal global following whose members number in the millions.

AFI (The Blood Album)  is the band’s 10th full-length studio album and first for Concord Records.

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Amazon: http://smarturl.it/AFIamazon

Listen on Spotify:
“Snow Cats” – http://smarturl.it/AFIsnowcats
“White Offerings” – http://smarturl.it/AFIwhiteofferings

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AFI’s Davey Havok and Jade Puget Announce BLAQK AUDIO’s “The Material Tour”

AFI’s Davey Havok and Jade Puget Announce BLAQK AUDIO’s “The Material Tour”

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DAVEY HAVOK and JADE PUGET have announced a string of live shows for their electronic alter ego, BLAQK AUDIO. The dates will begin May 4th at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA, in support of Blaqk Audio’s new album MATERIAL, which is set for an April 15th release through Blaqknoise/Kobalt. They’ll be joined on the tour by indie band Night Riots.

The duo recently gave fans a preview of the record with lead track “Anointed,” which can be streamed HERE.  Fans can get “Anointed” as an instant download by clicking HERE to pre-order MATERIAL on iTunes.

Produced and recorded by Puget, MATERIAL is Blaqk Audio’s third release following 2012’s Bright Black Heaven and 2007’s Cexcells.

Though best known for their work with multi-platinum rock band AFI, Havok and Puget’s shared love of electronic music runs deep. Havok, who counts Devo’s Freedom of Choice and Duran Duran’s self-titled debut among the first albums he owned, saw his tastes evolve over the years from the synth pop of Erasure and Pet Shop Boys to Depeche Mode and ultimately to the heavier, darker Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Front 242 and Lords of Acid. Later, Havok immersed himself in the “futurepop” genre, which combined dark dance-y electronica with melodic vocals. From roughly 1999 to 2003, his contemporary musical diet consisted almost exclusively of artists falling under the industrial/ebm/futurepop/bigbeat/trance umbrella.

In an interview with influential Los Angeles radio station KROQ, Havok talked about the differences between Blaqk Audio and AFI: “Blaqk Audio is pure electronica whereas AFI uses organic instruments,” says Havok. AFI has drums and bass and guitar and there’s none of that in Blaqk Audio.”

Puget shared his bandmate’s long-standing love of electronic music, beginning with a passion for Daft Punk, Depeche Mode, Ministry, Squarepusher, Nitzer Ebb, and Front 242, spending a great deal of time programming electronic music, which in turn led to a plan to start an entirely electronic side project: no organic instruments, just synths, keyboards, drum machines, and software.

“Being huge music fans and fundamentally driven by music in a creative sense, BA is a wonderful outlet for our long-standing love of electronic music,” says Havok. “Were it not for BA, I’d still be writing this type of music, even if it never saw the light of day.”

The tour will see them playing music from all three Blaqk Audio releases. Dates are as follows (with additional shows TBA):

May 4 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA

May 5 – Observatory – Santa Ana, CA

May 6 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA

May 7 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA

May 10 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR

May 11 – Croc – Seattle, WA

May 13 – In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT

May 14 – Bluebird – Denver, CO

May 16 – Turf Club – Saint Paul, MN

May 17 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

May 18 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON

May 20 – Sinclair – Cambridge, MA

May 21 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC

May 22 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

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AFI’s Davey Havok and Jade Puget Return With Blaqk Audio; New Album ‘Material’ Drops April 15th

AFI’s Davey Havok and Jade Puget Return With Blaqk Audio; New Album ‘Material’ Drops April 15th

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DAVEY HAVOK and JADE PUGET have announced an April 15threlease for MATERIAL (Blaqknoise/Kobalt), the new album from the duo’s electronic alter ego, BLAQK AUDIO. They’re giving fans a preview of the record with lead track “Anointed,” which can be streamed HERE.

Fans can get “Anointed” as an instant download by clicking HERE to pre-order MATERIAL on iTunes.

Produced and recorded by Puget, MATERIAL is Blaqk Audio’s third release following 2012’s Bright Black Heaven and 2007’s Cexcells.

“I’m so very excited to offer Material to the world,” says Havok. “My anticipation for each BA release heightens as we grow. For me, lyrically, Material is darker than our records of the past.”

Though best known for their work with multi-platinum rock band AFI, Havok and Puget’s shared love of electronic music runs deep. Havok, who counts Devo’s Freedom of Choice and Duran Duran’s self-titled debut among the first albums he owned, saw his tastes evolve over the years from the synth pop of Erasure and Pet Shop Boys to Depeche Mode and ultimately to the heavier, darker Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Front 242 and Lords of Acid. Later, Havok immersed himself in the “futurepop” genre, which combined dark dance-y electronica with melodic vocals. From roughly 1999 to 2003, his contemporary musical diet consisted almost exclusively of artists falling under the industrial/ebm/futurepop/bigbeat/trance umbrella.

“Considering this is Blaqk Audio’s third record over the course of its 15-year existence, it’s always an exciting and rare opportunity to release a new batch of songs,” says Puget. “Each new release finds us in a very different place, creatively, than the last,” adds Puget. “Influences are different, musical interests have slightly or vastly shifted. As a writer, I’ve moved fully onto [software music sequencer] Ableton Live since the last album, which changes my workflow and writing style.”

Puget shared his bandmate’s long-standing love of electronic music, beginning with a passion for Daft Punk, Depeche Mode, Ministry, Squarepusher, Nitzer Ebb, and Front 242, spending a great deal of time programming electronic music, which in turn led to a plan to start an entirely electronic side project: no organic instruments, just synths, keyboards, drum machines, and software. 

“Being huge music fans and fundamentally driven by music in a creative sense, BA is a wonderful outlet for our long-standing love of electronic music,” says Havok. “Were it not for BA, I’d still be writing this type of music, even if it never saw the light of day.”

About first track “Anointed,” Havok says, “’Anointed’ highlights themes of misplaced hopes of salvation, redemption and rebirth that carry through the record.  Material is the blank canvas, the fundamental substance, the base of what we create.”

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AFI’s Davey Havok And Jade Puget (XTRMST) Release Music Video For “Conformist”

AFI’s Davey Havok And Jade Puget (XTRMST) Release Music Video For “Conformist”

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AFI lead vocalist Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget have released the first music video for their straight edge hardcore band XTRMST. Making its debut on NOISEY, the video is for their first single“Conformist” – watch it here. The track is off the duo’s self-titled debut album, which NOISEYboasts as “…dark, frantic, and moody, tinged with electronics and very slick.” The LP is set for release next week on Monday November 17 via Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records. Pre-orders are now live for the album on iTunes, and you can grab the “Conformist” single HERE.

“Jade and I have been talking about starting a straight edge hardcore band for years,” says Havok. “We started writing and recording in early 2012 and chose the name XTRMST because it expresses the messages represented on the record. The straight edge movement is not one of moderation. It’s based in undeniable objective truths.”

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“The straight edge philosophy is something that Davey and I gravitated towards at a young age, drawn by concepts and ideals that seem almost foreign in modern society,” says Puget. “Like much of the other subcultures we were a part of growing up, it put us at odds with 99% of the people around us, which was something we embraced. Being sXe for over 20 years and being musicians, it seemed natural that this crucial ideology would find a musical expression.”

The 14-track XTRMST album was produced and mixed by Puget at his home studio and at The Treehouse in Los Angeles, and its November 17 release will come via Dim Mak Records, the indie label founded by DJ/producer (and former member of hardcore band This Machine KillsSteve Aoki. Although Aoki and Dim Mak are most often seen as leaders in the electronic dance music space, the release of the XTRMST album marks a return to Aoki and Dim Mak’s hardcore roots. “I met Davey a while back and we bonded over our shared experiences in straight-edge culture. We found a lot of kinship there, and so it made sense for us to release an album that represents the spirit of what originally birthed Dim Mak,” states Aoki.

“These songs are the purest expression of emotion, with no thought towards commerce or accessibility,” says Puget. “And the album was made with the amount of money you have in your pocket right now – just 2 people expressing their love and hate into microphones in a tiny room.”

“XTRMST” track listing:

1. Words For the Unwanted

2. Conformist

3. Social Deathplay

4. Merciless

5. Exterminate

6. Sharper

7. Extremist

8. The Breed

9. Humanity

10. The Way

11. Swallow Your God

12. Dirty Nails

13. Juliets

14. Coward Bow Your Head

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XTRMST: AFI’s Davey Havok and Jade Puget Unveil New Hardcore Side-Project

XTRMST: AFI’s Davey Havok and Jade Puget Unveil New Hardcore Side-Project

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AFI lead vocalist Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget have announced a November 18 release for XTRMST, the self-titled debut album from the duo’s new straight-edge hardcore band. The first single from the album, “Conformist,” will be available this coming Tuesday, October 7. In conjunction with this announcement, the pair have posted a brand new album track online called “Words For The Unwanted.” Listen now at www.xtrmst.com.

“Jade and I have been talking about starting a straight edge hardcore band for years,” says Havok. “We started writing and recording in early 2012 and chose the name XTRMST because it expresses the messages represented on the record. The straight edge movement is not one of moderation. It’s based in undeniable objective truths.”

“The straight edge philosophy is something that Davey and I gravitated towards at a young age, drawn by concepts and ideals that seem almost foreign in modern society,” says Puget. “Like much of the other subcultures we were a part of growing up, it put us at odds with 99% of the people around us, which was something we embraced. Being sXe for over 20 years and being musicians, it seemed natural that this crucial ideology would find a musical expression.”

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The 14-track XTRMST album was produced and mixed by Puget at his home studio and at The Treehouse in Los Angeles, and its November 18 release will come via Dim Mak Records, the indie label founded by DJ/producer (and former member of hardcore band This Machine KillsSteve Aoki. Although Aoki and Dim Mak are most often seen as leaders in the electronic dance music space, the release of the XTRMST album marks a return to Aoki and Dim Mak’s hardcore roots. “I got into straight-edge hardcore when I was a teen. It was my community, it was the reason I picked up a guitar, it’s the reason I was in bands, and ultimately it was the reason why I started Dim Mak,” says Aoki. Although no longer a staunch straight-edge follower today, Aoki expands, “I met Davey a while back and we bonded over our shared experiences in straight-edge culture. We found a lot of kinship there, and so it made sense for us to release an album that represents the spirit of what originally birthed Dim Mak.”

“I wanted these songs to be chaos, at times difficult to listen to, the wild architecture difficult to understand, but with a taste of the hardcore we grew up on thrown in. The vocals are raw and the main vocal in every song is the first take,” says Puget.

Fans began buzzing about XTRMST this past March, when Vacation Vinyl in Los Angeles offered free copies of a four-song cassette featuring a simple XT logo next to a sign that read, “Do you like hardcore? Fan of Straight Edge? If so – take this tape for free!” The tapes disappeared instantly and rumors of a new project from Havok and Puget lit up the Internet. When the rumor mill went into overdrive, Puget took to Twitter to announce, “Now that the cat is out of the bag, XTRMST is indeed Davey and I. More to come.”

“These songs are the purest expression of emotion, with no thought towards commerce or accessibility,” says Puget. “And the album was made with the amount of money you have in your pocket right now – just 2 people expressing their love and hate into microphones in a tiny room.”

“XTRMST” track listing:

1. Words For the Unwanted

2. Conformist

3. Social Deathplay

4. Merciless

5. Exterminate

6. Sharper

7. Extremist

8. The Breed

9. Humanity

10. The Way

11. Swallow Your God

12. Dirty Nails

13. Juliets

14. Coward Bow Your Head

 

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www.xtrmst.com

www.facebook.com/xtrmst

www.twitter.com/xtrmst

http://instagram.com/xtrmst

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AFI Announce Second Leg Of North American Tour

AFI Announce Second Leg Of North American Tour

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Multiplatinum alt band AFI have announced the second leg of their headlining tour of North America, set to kick off January 10th at the Rialto Theatre in Tucson, AZ (see full itinerary below). The band is gearing up for the run with a trio of high-profile gigs: on Monday, November 25th, they’ll perform on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” followed by a December 6thshow at the Oracle Arena in Oakland for Live 105’s “Not So Silent Night” and December 7th at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles for KROQ’s star-studded 24th annual “Almost Acoustic Christmas.” The latter two will see them share stages with Kings of Leon, Vampire Weekend, Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and more.

AFI are touring in support of new album BURIALS, which entered Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart at No. 9 and the iTunesAlternative Chart at No. 2.

Praised by the Los Angeles Times as an album of “ferocious rock performances,” BURIALS’ early success can be chalked up to lead single “17 Crimes” (the video for which can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9Vh8XGgqjE) and a sold-out North American tour that generated rave reviews from fans and critics alike.

About the tour’s electrifying kickoff show, Rolling Stone wrote, “L.A.’s venerable Troubadour has seen a lot of big-name acts in recent months, from Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails to Courtney Love. But none brought the rabid fan energy AFI drew last night…the entire crowd sang along and pumped their arms. It was the first time anybody could recall crowd-surfing and a barricade at the Troubadour.”

The album drew similar accolades, with Revolver proclaiming “it may be the most brilliant record AFI has ever made.” USA Today gave the album 3 stars (out of 4), Alternative Press gave it 4 stars (out of 5), Billboard lauded its “hefty instrumentals and soaring vocal melodies” and the Houston Chronicle called Burials a “truly career-encompassing record.”

Following their upcoming U.S. run, the band will head overseas for festival shows in Australia and Colombia as well as Lollapalooza dates in Chile and Argentina.

 

Burials is AFI’s ninth full-length studio album and first for Republic Records. The Cali-based band recorded the album with producer Gil Norton (Pixies, Patti Smith, Foo Fighters) at East West Studios in Los Angeles. The record was mixed by Andrew Scheps (Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers).

Over the course of their career, AFI have written and recorded five top ten hit singles (“Miss Murder,” “Medicate,” “Love Like Winter,” “Silver and Gold,” “Girl’s Not Grey”), hit No. 1 on The Billboard 200 (with the stunning Decemberunderground), garnered critical acclaim and amassed a fiercely loyal international following whose members number in the millions.

Don’t miss your chance to catch AFI live. Tour dates are as follows: 

Dec 6 – Oracle Arena – Oakland, CA (Live 105’s “Not So Silent Night”)

Dec 7 – Shrine Auditorium – Los Angeles, CA (KROQ’s “Almost Acoustic Christmas”)

Jan 10 – Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ

Jan 11 – Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM

Jan 14 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX

Jan 15 – White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX

Jan 17 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA

Jan 18 – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA

Jan 21 – Beacham Theatre – Orlando, FL

Jan 24 – Music Farm – Charleston, SC

Jan 25 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN

Jan 28 – Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD

Jan 29 – The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY

Feb 22 – Soundwave Festival – Brisbane, Australia

Feb 23 – Soundwave Festival – Sydney, Australia

Feb 28 – Soundwave Festival – Melbourne, Australia

Mar 1 – Soundwave Festival – Adelaide, Australia

Mar 3 – Soundwave Festival – Perth, Australia

Mar 29 – Lollapalooza – Santiago, Chile

Mar 30 – Lollapalooza – Santiago, Chile

Apr 1 – Lollapalooza – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Apr 2 – Lollapalooza – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Apr 3 – Festival Estereo Picnic – Bogota, Columbia

Apr 4 – Festival Estereo Picnic – Bogota, Columbia

Apr 5 – Lollapalooza – Sao Paulo, Brazil

Apr 6 – Lollapalooza – Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

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AFI Release “17 Crimes” Video From Forthcoming Album ‘Burials’

AFI Release “17 Crimes” Video From Forthcoming Album ‘Burials’

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Multiplatinum alt-rock band AFI have announced an October 22ndrelease for their highly anticipated new album Burials. In support of the release the band has just released a video for the second single, “17 Crimes”.

Burials is AFI’s ninth full-length studio album and first for Republic Records. The Cali-based band recorded the album with producer Gil Norton (Pixies, Patti Smith, Foo Fighters) at East West Studios in Los Angeles. The record was mixed by Andrew Scheps (Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers).

In other news, a remix of a new AFI song titled “17 Crimes” will serve as the end title track to the upcoming film, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.  “17 Crimes” also appears on the soundtrack, which is being released on August 20th.

Since the release of 1995’s debut album Answer That and Stay Fashionable, AFI have written and recorded five top ten hit singles (“Miss Murder,” “Medicate,” “Love Like Winter,” “Silver and Gold,” “Girl’s Not Grey”), hit No. 1 on The Billboard 200 (with the stunning Decemberunderground), garnered critical acclaim and amassed a fiercely loyal international following whose members number in the millions.

Dates for AFI’s headlining tour of North America are as follows:

9/12 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater

9/13 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall

9/15 – Chicago, IL – Humboldt Park/Riot Fest

9/16 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues

9/18 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant

9/19 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater

9/21 – Byers, CO – May Farms, Riot Fest

10/7 – Boston, MA – Royale

10/8 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

10/13 – New York, NY – Webster Hall

10/11 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts

10/12 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

10/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Zoo

10/15 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s

10/17 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live

10/18 – Austin, TX – Mohawk

10/20 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre

10/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre

10/23 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

10/25 – Pomona, CA – Fox Theater

10/26 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

10/28 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst

10/29 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory

10/31 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre

11/1 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox at the Market

11/2 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom

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AFI To Release ‘Burials’ On October 22nd, First Single Available Now!

AFI To Release ‘Burials’ On October 22nd, First Single Available Now!

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Multiplatinum alt-rock band AFI have announced an October 22ndrelease for their highly anticipated new album Burials. The news follows last week’s sneak preview of the album’s first track, “I Hope You Suffer,” which the band posted on their official site, www.afireinside.net.

Rolling Stone described “I Hope You Suffer” (which is now available on iTunes) as an “epic” song,“layering [lead vocalist Davey] Havok’s anguished cries within a lightning storm of distortion, synthetic orchestrations, and volcanic percussion.”

About the album, Havok says, “This record is of silence, of burials, and the burials that result from that silence. It’s of betrayal, cruelty, weakness, anxiety, panic – deep and slow – despair, injury and loss. And in this it is shamefully honest and resolutely unforgiving.”

AFI (Havok, guitarist Jade Puget, bassist Hunter Burgan and drummer Adam Carson) will be performing “I Hope You Suffer” and previewing additional songs from Burials during their upcoming North American tour, which kicks off September 12th at the Varsity Theater at Minneapolis (see itinerary below).

Burials is AFI’s ninth full-length studio album and first for Republic Records. The Cali-based band recorded the album with producer Gil Norton (Pixies, Patti Smith, Foo Fighters) at East West Studios in Los Angeles. The record was mixed by Andrew Scheps (Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers).

Over the course of the past several weeks, the band has posted a series of starkly shot black and white vignettes, the first of which debuted in early April. Together with director Surround (The Killers, TV on the Radio, The Drums, Usher, The Bravery), they’ve created six to date, all of which can be seen at www.afireinside.net.

In other news, a remix of a new AFI song titled “17 Crimes” will serve as the end title track to the upcoming film, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.  “17 Crimes” also appears on the soundtrack, which is being released on August 20th.

Since the release of 1995’s debut album Answer That and Stay Fashionable, AFI have written and recorded five top ten hit singles (“Miss Murder,” “Medicate,” “Love Like Winter,” “Silver and Gold,” “Girl’s Not Grey”), hit No. 1 on The Billboard 200 (with the stunning Decemberunderground), garnered critical acclaim and amassed a fiercely loyal international following whose members number in the millions.

Dates for AFI’s headlining tour of North America are as follows:

9/12 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater

9/13 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall

9/15 – Chicago, IL – Humboldt Park/Riot Fest

9/16 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues

9/18 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant

9/19 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater

9/21 – Byers, CO – May Farms, Riot Fest

10/7 – Boston, MA – Royale

10/8 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

10/13 – New York, NY – Webster Hall

10/11 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts

10/12 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

10/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Zoo

10/15 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s

10/17 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live

10/18 – Austin, TX – Mohawk

10/20 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre

10/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre

10/23 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

10/25 – Pomona, CA – Fox Theater

10/26 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

10/28 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst

10/29 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory

10/31 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre

11/1 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox at the Market

11/2 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom

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AFI Signs With Republic Records, Putting Touches On New Album For Fall Debut

AFI Signs With Republic Records, Putting Touches On New Album For Fall Debut

afi-2013-logoMultiplatinum alternative rock band AFI have signed an exclusive worldwide deal with Republic Records and are gearing up for the fall 2013 release of their ninth full-length studio album.

The Cali-based band recorded with producer Gil Norton (Pixies, Patti Smith, Foo Fighters) at East West Studios in Los Angeles. The record was mixed by Andrew Scheps (Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers).

“We are thrilled to be joining the Republic family for the release of our ninth record,” says lead singer Davey Havok. “We’ve spent over two years realizing this album and could not be more excited to share it with all.”

Over the course of the past several weeks, AFI (Havok, guitarist Jade Puget, bassist Hunter Burgan and drummer Adam Carson) have posted a series of starkly shot black and white vignettes, the first of which debuted in early April. Together with director Surround (The Killers, TV on the Radio, The Drums, Usher, The Bravery), they’ve created five to date, all of which can be seen at www.afireinside.net.

This September, the band will perform at the Riot Fest & Carnival in Chicago (Sept 13-15) and at the Riot Fest and Sideshow in Denver (Sept 21-22), with details for a full headlining tour coming soon.

Since the release of 1995’s debut album Answer That and Stay Fashionable, AFI have written and recorded five top ten hit singles (“Miss Murder,” “Medicate,” “Love Like Winter,” “Silver and Gold,” “Girl’s Not Grey”), hit No. 1 on The Billboard 200 (with the stunning Decemberunderground), garnered critical acclaim and amassed a fiercely loyal international following whose members number in the millions.

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AFI Perform “Veronica Sawyer Smokes” At MTV’s Ulalume Festival

AFI Perform “Veronica Sawyer Smokes” At MTV’s Ulalume Festival

afi-ulalumeWith no better way to kick-off Halloween, AFI brings fans a golden performance of “Veronica Sawyer Smokes” live from mtvU’s Ulalume festival. The Morrissey-esque track comes from AFI’s newly released album, Crash Love which also features the single “Medicate.”

The Ulalume event, which took place in Columbia, Maryland, also features Paramore, Dead By Sunrise and Kid Cudi.

More performances from AFI can be seen Friday, October 30 at 9pm ET/PT on MTV, 10pm ET/PT on MTV2 and 11pm ET/PT on mtvU during the “Ulalume: Howling at New Moon” special. Repeats of the special will air Halloween 10/31 at 2:30am and 6pm.

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