The three-day punk rock monolith known as Hellfest begins next Friday in Trenton, NJ. A mere 187 bands will be in attendance, so we here at Jade Tree thought it was important to give you the low down on the members of our crew who will be rocking out over the weekend.

The LIFETIME reunion show will take place on the main stage (B) on Saturday at 9:15 PM. This will be the band’s one and only reunion show and will, of course, blow your mind. Be sure to swing by the Jade Tree table to pick up an exclusive LIFETIME Reunion 2005 shirt or just to say hi. Gifts of vegan goodies will be accepted (and appreciated) all day long!

PAINT IT BLACK will bring their own version of to the Hellfest proceedings on Saturday as well at 5:00 PM on the outdoor stage (A).

THE LOVED ONES will unleash the thunderous rock on Sunday at 1:00 PM on the outdoor stage (A).

Also, we’re sorry to announce that DAMNATION A.D. has cancelled.


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Lock up your daughters. The Jade Tree debut from LORDS, Swords, hits the streets today and it’s a real burner, perfect for these dog days of summer. Swords combines the “get in the van” urgency of a forgotten era of SST influenced punk rock with an awe-inspiring precision and swagger of late 80’s American thrash metal. The heir apparent to the throne of the resurgent Louisville hardcore scene, LORDS deliver their unique brand of volatile thrash in a blaze of towering riffs, near heretical rants and throttling drums.

Somehow LORDS managed to cram a punishing wall of sound into an inconceivable 13 song, 20 minute long package, which you can now claim as your very own at finer stores everywhere. It’s a torrid and unrelenting assault that will leave a trail of scorched earth in its path. The band will also start delivering the goods in person to the western half of the United States later this week, so make sure not to miss their completely dominant live show.

2. Ringfinger
3. Two Lies
4. She Is The Last
5. Snake It
6. My Kind Live Low
7. Watching the Clock
8. Slow and Stupid
9. Lift High The Mighty Throne
10. Talking Whip
11. Beauty Sleep
12. The Crawl
13. Curse of Clear Vision

Please consult the Lords for current dates.


In a valiant attempt at revisiting the glory days of summers gone by spent sleeping in bunks, drinking bug juice and playing capture the flag, PEDRO THE LION will play the first annual Summer Camp festival this Saturday, August 6th, in Bend, OR. The one-day festival also features indie rock heavyweights Death Cab for Cutie, Built to Spill, The Decemberists and Viva Voce. This show promises to dominate just like color wars or the end of the summer bonfire, and you know how much you love those events, so don’t miss out on this one.

Complete details for this show can be found on the Pedro The Lion .


Hot damn. The headline above is not a typo. First Lifetime, now THE PROMISE RING will be reuniting to headline a showcase at Flower Booking’s 15th anniversary celebration and fundraiser, , this November. The kings of Midwestern feel-good pop have not played a show since they disbanded in 2002 and their performance on November 12th will be their one and only reunion. Flower15 takes place November 8th through the 13th at Chicago’s world famous and other headliners include Jimmy Eat World, Ted Leo, Isis and Local H. In addition to the headliners, Maritime (which features members of The Promise Ring), American Analog Set, Just A Fire, Detachment Kit, Essex Green and Make Believe have all confirmed shows.

If you’re not already a true blue Promise Ring fan, there’s no better time than now to get hip to their three seminal albums – (JT1035), (JT1043) and (JT1026) – as well as their countless on Jade Tree.


In addition to their joint contribution for LIFETIME has announced that they will be making additional charitable donations to the following organizations.

New Labor
seeks to provide a voice for low-wage, young, immigrant workers in New Brunswick, NJ

The Nature Conservancy
The mission of is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

The OUT Fund
supports radical organizing projects within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities. The OUT Fund prioritizes groups which use organizing in their pursuit of a broader vision of progressive social change, one that includes race, class, gender, sexuality and politics. OUT takes a unique multi-issue approach, which allows them to support organizations that address the intersection of multiple rights violations in a time when homophobia is used as a wedge to undermine the struggle for a range of social justice issues.

Linda Ann’s Greyhound Rescue Inc.
is an all volunteer, non-profit rescue group devoted to the welfare of retired racing greyhounds. Our home base is in Allentown, Pennsylvania, which is about two hours north of Philadelphia. We serve the needs for greyhounds in and around the Lehigh Valley area and will also go outside the area if the need arises.