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Skate and hate: American Werewolves are featured on the new skate comp DC-Jam Skate Rock Vol. 1, alongside big-name punks like JFA, Swingin' Utters and the Dwarves.

DC-Jam President Darron Hemann says he's a "longtime fan of AW and thought they would be a nice fit with the rest of the lineup." The Missouri-based, old-school-skewed label is distributed by Dischord and Alternative Tentacles.

"1968" kicks off the first disc of the two-CD set, which also includes the band's track "Devils Angels." The band members aren't skaters, but their hardcore-meets-'50s-rock sound has become a popular soundtrack for DIY skate videos.

The Werewolves are currently recording their fourth album. Frontman Trevor Moment says on their MySpace page that the music is "cool, melodic hardcore with memorable songs. Some even have a slight Oi! influence. There are even guitar solos that remind me of the mini solos in a lot of early SoCal punk bands' songs."

The band headlines the Summer of Hate fest Saturday, July 11, at the Vineyard (154 N. Depeyster St., Kent). Openers include Crowd Deterrent, Convicted and No End In Sight. Doors at 1:30 p.m., tickets $8 advance, $10 day of show. It's all ages.

After a layoff of nearly a year, Lines Across Lines played its last show Friday, July 3, at the Grog Shop. "I think everyone kinda lost interest," explains singer-guitarist Chris Wright. Wright says the rocking indie crew still plans to record the final songs it wrote. Bassist Mike Barber now plays in the similar Minute of Arc.

Keelhaul will release its new album, Keelhaul's Triumphant Return to Obscurity, on August 18, on Hydra Head Records. The opening track, "Pass the Lampshade," is available now as a free download at

Before Paramore played Blossom, it put some last-minute touches on the new single, "Where the Lines Overlap," at Cleveland's Lava Room Recording. The session was the studio's last before moving to the Agora complex. Partner Mike Brown engineered the recording. "They were very cool," says Brown. "Probably some of the most polite, down-to-earth major-label people I've worked with."

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