May 22, 2015

photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

Superheaven @ The Studio at Webster Hall - 5/15/15

Superheaven kicked off their BrooklynVegan-presented tour with Diamond Youth and Rozwell Kid this past Friday (5/15) at NYC's Studio at Webster Hall, before all three of those bands played NJ's Skate & Surf festival. Locals Soda Bomb opened the night, with a set somewhere between King of the Beach-era Wavves and Blue Album-era Weezer. With their fizzy, explosive pop punk, Soda Bomb is pretty much the perfect name for them.

Rozwell Kid were up next, and they were also kinda Weezer-y but with classic rock bombast that's maybe more Maladroit than Blue Album. And them came Diamond Youth, who, with their sultry vocals over crunchy riffage, sounded more than a little like Queens of the Stone Age. QOTSA is one of those bands that I like, but I almost never like bands people tell me "sound like QOTSA." Diamond Youth are an exception to that rule -- it's good stuff. Their new album, Nothing Matters, came out this week on Topshelf. You can order one from the label or enter to win a copy at the BV Facebook. It's also streaming below.

Finally Superheaven wrapped up the night, and wasted no time getting to the good stuff with the banging "I've Been Bored" as their first song. Co-frontman Taylor Madison recently told Red Bull that he doesn't like being called "grunge" because it's a time-specific thing. That's true -- the term described an era, a location, and a love of saggy flannel more than it described a coherent genre of music. That said (and with all due respect to Superheaven), they're pretty fucking grunge. Throughout their set I had moments thinking to myself "Smashing Pumpkins!" "Nirvana!" "Alice In Chains!" One member even wore saggy flannel. That's not a bad thing though because there just aren't many bands tapping into that sound right now as successfully as Superheaven are. If you watched Foo Fighters play "Everlong" on Letterman this week and thought to yourself, "Why can't there be a new band like that?," maybe you just haven't heard Superheaven.

The tour hits Chicago tonight (5/22) and continues through late June, ending in Philly on 6/21. All remaining dates are listed, with more pictures from the NYC show, below...

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photos by PSquared

Courtney Barnett @ Greene Space 5/20/2015
Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett just finished up her sold-out, three-night run at Bowery Ballroom with Chastity Belt and Darren Hanlon, and you can check out pictures from night 1 here. While she was here, Courtney made time on Wednesday (5/20) for a lunchtime "Soundcheck Live" show at WNYC's Greene Space and you can watch the half-hour performance in full, and check out pictures too, below.

Courtney will be back to play Terminal 5 on July 22 with Speedy Ortiz and Torres. Tickets are still available.

Don't forget that Chastity Belt play a BV-presented show tonight (5/22) at Rough Trade with Megabog and Nail Polish. Tickets are still available. Hope to see you there.

Continue reading "Courtney Barnett played WNYC's Greene Space during her three-night Bowery run (pics, full video)"

photo: United Nations at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)

Modern Life Is War are playing their seminal 2005 album, Witness, on tour for its tenth anniversary, and since we last spoke openers have been announced. The Northeast shows have killer support coming from Geoff Rickly's screamo/powerviolence band United Nations, Florida post-hardcore newcomers (and past UN tourmates) Frameworks, and NJ hardcore band The Banner.

That run includes NYC on June 6 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall, which tickets are still on sale for.

The West Coast shows have support from Cult Leader and Dangers, and the Midwest shows have support from Coliseum, Xerxes and True Love. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of Geoff Rickly, he also plays Maxwell's on May 29. Tickets are still available.

Modern Life Is War will be at Michigan's Bled Fest this weekend, and they were also announced this week for The Fest. Their list of dates, and music from the openers on the Northeast run, below...

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photo: Old Man Gloom at Psycho California 2015 (via @lifewillbethedeathofme84)
Old Man Gloom

Old Man Gloom (mem Converge, Cave In, ex-Isis) recently announced a tour with the reunited Mare, including a Brooklyn show happening 9/3 at Saint Vitus. That show sold out, but now they added a second date happening at Saint Vitus on September 4. Tickets for the new show are on sale now.

OMG were also announced for Hopscotch (like Godflesh, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Eyehategod and other bands) this week. Updated dates are listed below.

They also played Psycho California last weekend and video of their full set is below too...

Continue reading "Old Man Gloom sold out St Vitus show w/ Mare, added 2nd night (updated dates & video of their Psycho California set)"

by Andrew Sacher


We mentioned earlier this year that Brooklyn's Worriers were working on a new album that Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace was producing, and now the first fruits of their collaborations have been released. The new single's called "They / Them / Theirs," and it's a ripping melodic punk song about the frustrations of the gender binary. Check it out below (via Spin).

The new album is called Imaginary Life, and comes out August 7 via Don Giovanni. It follows 2013's Cruel Optimist.

We mentioned that Worriers have a hometown show coming up on May 28 at Silent Barn with Caves, Sundials and Alice, and that it would be the kickoff to their US tour with Caves. That tour was since announced in full (it also includes a New Brunswick show), and all dates are listed below.

Worriers also have a Starland Ballroom show on June 26 with Lifetime, The Menzingers and Laura Stevenson (tickets).

Meanwhile, Laura Jane Grace will be in NYC for a solo show at City Winery on Monday (5/25) (Memorial Day). That's sold out but you can join the wait list in case tickets become available. Against Me! are also touring and playing a free afternoon show in NYC on June 13 at McCarren Park (part of Northside Festival). Free tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Worriers share new song produced by Laura Jane Grace (who plays NYC on Memorial Day)"


Slayer is releasing a new album called Repentless on 9/11. That is a thing that is happening. Watch the trailer below...

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Stu Spasm
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Stu Spasm of '80s/'90s-era Australian noise rockers Lubricated Goat (who had releases on AmRep, Sub Pop and other labels) now has a new band, Art Gray Noizz Quintet. They initially formed to play an afterparty for a screening of AmRep documentary Color of Noise, but have decided to keep playing shows. Here's what Stu tells us:

The Art Gray Noise Quintet was originally formed to play at the after party for a screening of the 'Color of Noise' which is Eric Robles' movie about Amphetamine Reptile Records. Eric thought I had a functioning lineup of Lubricated Goat but I have officially ended playing under that name. If I had I'd have been the last Am Rep band still stupid enough, certainly not rich enough to attempt to function in New York. So,it was obvious I must assemble a super group of the finest noise Noise Rockers New York had to offer and knock the punters sox off at the party but just a one off, I was also determined to get the notoriously shy Tom Hazelmeyer to jam at what was essentially a film honouring his achievments in the heady days of 90s Rock. My main man drummer "Bloody Rich" Hutchins was away, so I enlisted drummer Jay Jay Meraz who did a great job but is still pissed off at me for having to abdicate the drummer's seat on Rich's return. Next I recruited Ryan Skelleton Boy, who just as LeadBelly was the King of the 12 string guitar, is himself the King of the two String Bass. Then came guitarist Andrea Sicco of Twin Guns, not only does this free me up when I'm singing, but when our guitars merge it forms a most piquant Aural Melange. Last but not least was Johhny Scuotto, who originally filled in on bass at one rehearsal yet is talented in so many ways that he was given carte blanche to do whatever he wanted thus he plays synthesizer and metal percussion and also vies with Skelleton Boy for the title of skinniest man in New York. I christened the ensemble the Art Gray Noizz Quintet, having laboured under the name Stu for most of my life only to discover the much cooler name of Art was hiding on the end all along, a new name for a new band. Although the band was only going to play once, people seem to like this combination of people so much that they demanded we play more so we've decided to play occasionally when the right thing comes up. We have some great material some instrumental some choice covers and some, well come and see for yourselves......Cheers, Stu......I mean Art.
They played Brooklyn this past March at Passenger Bar, and now have another show coming up here happening this Sunday (5/24) at Grand Victory. Also on that bill is Ballroom, MJ Halloran and Austin Parish. Tickets are on sale.

When Stu and his band were preparing for the first show, part of the rehearsal was filmed and video has since come out of them playing Lubricated Goat's "Nerve Quake." Watch that, with the show flyer for Grand Victory, below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Vancouver's Supercrush have members of hardcore bands Black Breath, Go It Alone, Hysterics and others, but this band is far from hardcore. It's catchy jangle pop with sweet, overlapping harmonies that sounds straight off Slumberland Records. Earlier this year they put out the "I Don't Want To Be Sad Anymore" / "How Does It Feel (To Feel Like You)?" single, and more recently made a video for the a-side (directed by Ian Shelton). We've got the premiere of that video, which you can watch along with a stream of the b-side, below. You can pick up the record via Painter Man in the US and Debt Offensive in Canada.

Continue reading "Black Breath, Go It Alone & Hysterics members make jangle pop as Supercrush (listen & watch a video)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

TVOTR / Bo Ningen @ T5 5/21/2015
TV On The Radio
Bo Ningen

TV on the Radio played their second NYC show on this tour on Thursday night (5/21), holding court and getting the crowd dancing at Terminal 5. (Their first was on Wednesday at Kings Theatre.) Japanese/UK band Bo Ningen, whose flying hair matched their spiraling prog/metal riffage in an opening set, joined TVOTR for a song near the end of the evening. Starting the night off was Chicago's Sam Dew who is just now starting to get some spotlight after being mostly known as an in-demand songwriter (Rihanna, Estelle, Jessie Ware). Pictures from last night's T5 show are in this post.

You can see TV on the Radio play with Pixies and John Grant on Saturday (5/23) at Stone Pony Summer Stage which is presented by BrooklynVegan. Tickets are still available, and you've got till noon today to enter our contest to win tickets.

More pics from TVOTR, Bo Ningen, and Sam Dew's show at Terminal 5, below...

Continue reading "TV on the Radio played T5 w/ Bo Ningen & Sam Dew (pics); playing NJ w/ Pixies & John Grant this weekend (win tix!)"

by Andrew Sacher

Run Forever

Last time we heard from Pittsburgh indie rockers Run Forever, it was their 2014 split with Adventures, and now they have a new three-song 7" single, Big Vacation, coming July 10 via No Sleep (pre-order) ahead of a TBA full length. We've got the premiere of the title track, which opens like a stripped-down jangly version of Nirvana's "Serve the Servants" before heading in the mope-rock direction of the newest Tigers Jaw and Title Fight albums. Those bummer vibes are reflected in the song's content too. Singer Anthony Heubel tells us:

I tried for a really long time to be the guy that loves everyone, the 24/7 good mood, always happy to see you type. Just an optimistic person that inspires people through his seemingly endless amount of optimism through trying times. I have finally accepted that I will never be that person. I have always loved songs that poke fun at the human experience, mundane life styles, American culture, whatever you want to call it. I really like to put those things under a microscope and frame songs in that way. Big Vacation is a song about looking around you and feeling like everyone is trying to sell you something to make you're life better, or more personalized or more convenient.
Listen below.

Run Forever have dates coming in June with their No Sleep labelmates Looming, but unfortunately none in NYC. Hopefully they'll make their way back here soon.

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