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photo: Night Birds at Warsaw in 2015 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Night Birds

NJ's xylophone-fueled punks Crazy & the Brains have a ton of shows coming up in NYC/NJ, as usual. Their NYC shows include Pianos on Friday (1/15) with The Black Clouds, Those Mocking Birds, Dead Stars and Darkwing (tickets); a free show at Pine Box Rock Shop on Saturday (1/16); one at Palisades on January 21 with Larry & the Babes, Bodega Bay and Little Cobweb (tickets); Good Room on January 30 with Philly folk punks Mischief Brew (headlining), The Homewreckers and Out of System Transfer (tickets); a release party for their new video at Le Poisson Rouge on February 6 with comedian Brett Davis (who they've played with before) and High Waisted (tickets); back to Palisades on March 5 with The Roaring 420s, Go!Zilla and The Dirty Blones (tickets); and The Studio at Webster Hall on May 22 with Tim & Eric's David Liebe Hart (tickets).

As for their NJ shows, there's February 13 at Funhouse (the Jersey city venue they run) with Joe Jack Talcum (of Dead Milkmen), American Anymen and Crushed Out; and March 4 at Monty Hall with the killer punk band Night Birds and Dirty Fences (tickets).

Besides all that, CATB play Albany's World Citizen Party House on February 5. You certainly can't say there's no chances to see them!

Speaking of Night Birds, they topped Punk News' Best Albums of 2015 list, which recently came out. The rest of the list includes Hop Along, Protomartyr, Desaparecidos, Downtown Boys, Titus Andronicus, Screaming Females, The Mountain Goats, Beach Slang, The Wonder Years, Sleater-Kinney and more. Check it out here. Night Birds have a few other upcoming shows, which are listed below.

Continue reading "Crazy & the Brains playing tons of NYC/NJ shows, one with Night Birds (who topped Punk News' Best of 2015 list)"

photo: Screaming Females at TCGS premiere party in 2015 (more by Ryan Muir)
Screaming Females

NJ punk rippers Screaming Females' first-announced shows of 2016 happen in their home state on February 12 & 13 at Monty Hall. Support on night 1 comes from the Ramones-y Dark Thoughts and one night 2 it's the slowcore-ish Long Beard. Tickets for both are on sale now.

No other dates announced yet, but more will probably be added sooner or later. If you haven't yet, check out drummer Jarrett Dougherty's top albums of 2015 list.

Continue reading "Screaming Females schedule two NJ shows"

photo: Chris Gethard at TCGS Fusion premiere (more by Ryan Muir)
Chris Gethard

Like in past years, several Don Giovanni Records artists have given us lists of their favorite music (and more) of the year. This time we've got lists from Downtown Boys (who, amazingly, include the blink-182/Drake mashup), Screaming Females, Tenement, Izzy True, Shellshag, Worriers, Mikey Erg, Vacation, Aye Nako, Roadside Graves, comedian Chris Gethard, and label co-founder Joe Steinhardt. Check out all of their lists below. Chris Gethard's two-item list has especially entertaining commentary.

Downtown Boys also just announced a tour with Sheer Mag, who are on their list.

Continue reading "Don Giovanni artists' favorite music of 2015 (Chris Gethard, Screaming Females, Downtown Boys, Tenement, more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Parquet Courts & Lee Ranaldo / Rainer Maria & Meredith Graves / Kurt Vile & Kim Gordon / Waxahatche & Mac McCaughan / Titus' Patrick Stickles
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary

None of the acts on any of Webster Hall's three stages last night (12/2) asked if anyone actually knows what Ground Control Touring is, but their name was on the marquee and many of them thanked them. I guess for those not in the biz it doesn't really matter when in one night you get to see Kurt Vile, Superchunk, Parquet Courts, Deer Tick, Rainer Maria, Screaming Females and more.The booking agency, who usually do their magic only behind the scenes, handles tours for many of indie rock's biggest names and was celebrating 15 years in business. The main ballroom was already packed when Hop Along kicked off the night and things stayed that way.

Very few of last night's acts played what you'd call a normal set, instead opting for fun collaborations and covers. Waxahatchee brought out Superchunk's Mac McCaughan and The Clean's Hamish Kilgour to cover The Clean's "Getting Older." Kurt Vile, with Violators guitarist Rob Laasko, played two songs before bringing out Kim Gordon, former Violater Steve Gunn (who'd just played a great solo set in the Marlin Room) and Woods' Jarvis Taveniere for a cover of Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray."

Kurt Vile would later turn up at Woods' set in the Marlin Room to cover Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." Woods also had Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage out for two Neil Young covers" "Barstool Blues" and "Powderfinger." Parquet Courts' performance in the Marlin Room, meanwhile, basically had them as Lee Ranaldo's backing band, performing Sonic Youth's "Mote" and "Eric's Trip." (For those who already thought that Parquet Courts' Austin Brown looks like Thurston Moore, this underlined it.) That was the whole set. But cool. It was that kind of night.

Elsewhere at Webster Hall: Rainer Maria had Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves onstage for "Tinfoil" ("Rainer Maria are my favorite band", Meredith said to the crowd); Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles played solo to a sardine-packed Studio; and Perfect Pussy finished off the night with a typical crazed energy, and Meredith Graves writhing on the floor. They played a new song. Superchunk, meanwhile, just did what they always do: knocked out the hits with an energy most bands half their age can't muster. Tonight's sold-out Superchunk show at Baby's should be a treat.

Deer Tick can sell out Webster Hall on their own, but were added last minute to a show full of big names after it was already sold out, so that surely contributed to them closing out the main room to a less than full crowd, but it was a special treat for their fans that were there, and John McCauley and his seasoned band still gave it their all. Catch them again twice this month at Brooklyn Bowl.

As the night progressed there was overlap, and with navigating Webster Hall's stairs (fine going up, slower going down) and set times which weren't always adhered to so closely, meant missing some acts. (Sorry Porches, Frankie Cosmos, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz and Felice Brothers) But it was a fun, unique night even if don't know what the hell Ground Control Touring is. More pictures from the whole night (our photographers actually did catch everyone), plus some videos of those special collaborations/covers (with more on the way), below...

Continue reading "Kurt Vile, Superchunk, Deer Tick, Waxahatchee, Parquet Courts, Sonic Youth members & more celebrated & collaborated @ Ground Control 15 (pics, video)"

photo: Deer Tick at Forest Hills Stadium in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Deer Tick

The Ground Control Touring 15th anniversary show at NYC's Webster Hall happens this Wednesday (12/2) with "short sets, collaborations, covers and surprises" from a very impressive lineup. That lineup now also includes Deer Tick, and other artists that were added since we last spoke are Screaming Females, Lee Ranaldo, Perfect Pussy and Woods.

Those additions join the initial lineup of Superchunk, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Steve Gunn, Parquet Courts, The Felice Brothers, Rainer Maria, Torres, Titus Andronicus, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz, Hop Along, Porches and Frankie Cosmos. (Conor Oberst dropped off.)

The show is totally sold out, but we're giving away tickets. Head below to enter our contest to win a pair. Also, if you're a Jukely member, they still have some tickets available too.

Also below is the flyer with set times...

Continue reading "Deer Tick added to GCT 15 show, set times revealed; Win tix to the sold out show (or get them on Jukely) "

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Noun - Throw Your Body on the Gears and Stop the Machine With Your Blood

Noun, another project from Screaming Females singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster, have surprise-released a new album. It's called Throw Your Body on the Gears and Stop the Machine With Your Blood, and it is out now on Don Giovanni. It's a dancey, catchy record that allows Paternoster to work out some gothy post-punk tendencies that don't really find expression with Screaming Females. It features artwork by Marissa's mom and some playing by Mark Bronzino (Big Eyes, Iron Reagan, Kicking Spit). Noun will be playing a record release show in Philly on 11/20 at Vox Populi, and you can stream their new album below.

Screaming Females are on tour now with Potty Mouth and hitting NYC on Sunday (11/8) at MHOW with Aye Nako (tickets).

Marissa's other other band Bad Canoes have a new EP out now and they'll open Shellshag's release show in Brooklyn on December 12 at The Bell House with Downtown Boys and Vacation (tickets).

Stream Throw Your Body on the Gears and Stop the Machine With Your Blood below...

Continue reading "Noun (Marissa of Screaming Females) drops new LP (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher

ONO

Chicago avant-punks ONO released two albums in the '80s before disappearing and not resurfacing with a third until 2012's Albino. It was released by Moniker Records, who wrote the following at the time:

To non-locals, ONOs stunning Albino might have fallen from the sky, but to an enlightened and ever-growing bunch of Chicago heads the band is already full-on legend, and the release of their first recorded music since 1986 is a majorly epic landmark that needs no introduction. For the rest of yall: ONO is a unit of transcendent noise-making now in its fourth decade. Both notorious and neglected in their early years, ONOs unholy bitches brew of noisy snarl, avant-garde R&B, gospel-heavy blackness, queer sensibility and extravagant, performance-art theatrics (they once played a concert at Navy Pier in which singer travis was dragged through the audience in a steel cage, naked but for a jockstrap) was in a whole nuther galaxy from the macho Chicago punk scene that spawned them. Reemerging in the late 00s with astonishing vehemence and an expansive, multi-generational lineup, theyve been embraced by a more fertile and experimental Chicago scene, and are about to explode skulls internationally.
This week, Moniker will release ONO's followup to Albino, Spooks. It's very very weird stuff, with just enough snarl that it still makes sense to call it "punk." We've got the premiere of the full album stream and the video for "Ma LaVeau." Check it all out below.

ONO have some shows coming up too. They aren't playing NYC, but they're playing the very cool Boston Hassle Fest which goes from November 5-7 and also includes Flipper with David Yow (who play NYC on Halloween), Screaming Females, Terrence Dixon, Downtown Boys, Container, Pile, Guerilla Toss, and ex-Battles member Tyondai Braxton. Tickets are on sale.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "'80s-era punks ONO releasing 'Spooks' (stream it and watch a video), playing Boston Hassle Fest w/ Flipper & more"

photo: Screaming Females at Chris Gethard Fusion debut party (more by Ryan Muir)
Screaming Females

Screaming Females already announced a tour that has them covering X in Asbury Park on Halloween and playing NYC on 11/8 at MHOW, a show that Potty Mouth and Aye Nako were added to (tickets), but they'll appear in NYC sooner than that.

They'll be the musical guests on this week's episode of The Special Without Brett Davis, Brett's public access show that took over Chris Gethard's timeslot (since Chris's show is now on Fusion). The episode tapes Wednesday (10/14) at MNN Studios. To get in, email thespecialwithout@gmail.com to RSVP and let them know how many tickets you want and be there at 10:30 PM for check-in. More info here.

In other news, Brett Davis just won the the 11th Andy Kaufman Award, an award "for promising cutting-edge artists with fresh and unconventional material, for those willing to take risks with an audience, and for those who do not define themselves by the typical conventions of comedy." Past winners include Reggie Watts, Kristen Schaal, and more.

Updated Screaming Females dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Screaming Females appearing on Brett Davis' public access show this week ahead of tour (updated dates)"

photo: Screaming Females at Rough Trade in May (more by Ryan Muir)
Screaming Females

Screaming Females just headlined their label Don Giovanni's free annual New Brunswick show over the weekend, and they have more dates coming up. They play the Halloween show at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, Convention Hell, which has them covering X, members of Bouncing Souls and The Parlor Mob covering Hall & Oates, and more, and after that they'll go on a short Northeast tour.

The tour hits Brooklyn on November 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Most dates have support from Potty Mouth, but no opener announced for MHOW yet. Tickets for MHOW go on sale Friday (9/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/16) at noon. All dates are listed below.

In related news, Screaming Females singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster directed and starred in the new video from their labelmates/recent tourmates Vacation. It's for the song "I Wish I Could Be Someone Else" off their new album Non-Person, and you can watch it below.

Continue reading "Screaming Females touring, playing Halloween in Asbury Park (as X), Brooklyn & more; Marissa is in the new Vacation video"

photo: Screaming Females at 4Knots 2015 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Screaming Females

Screaming Females are on the road with their Don Giovanni labelmates Vacation at the moment, and shortly after that ends they'll headline their label's annual free outdoor show in their hometown of New Brunswick, NJ. This year's happens September 12 in Elmer B Boyd Park with Downtown Boys, Electric Trip, Izzy True, Wild Rice, Glazer, Delucy and host Brett Davis. It's a day show starting at noon.

Speaking of New Brunswick shows in September, 9/4 is when The Court Tavern re-opens. It's currently closed for the summer.

All Screaming Females dates are listed, with the show flyer and a video, below...

Continue reading "Screaming Females on tour, playing Don Giovanni's free annual New Brunswick show w/ Downtown Boys & more"

photos by Gretchen Robinette; words by Bill Pearis

SFA / Malkmus / Screamales / crowd @ 2015 4Knots Fest
4Knots Fest 2015
4Knots Fest 2015
4Knots Fest 2015
4Knots Fest 2015
4Knots Fest 2015

The 4Knots Festival happened on Saturday (7/11), its first year on the Hudson and as a ticketed event. You couldn't have asked for a nicer day and, though things got off to a late start resulting in some slightly truncated sets, good vibes abounded. Pictures from the day are in this post.

For me the real draw were Super Furry Animals, playing their only North American show on this visit and first since 2009. With no new album to plug, apart from a reissue of their Welsh Language LP Mwng, it was a Greatest Hits show, both in song and in stage antics. Singer Gruff Rhys had the cue cards for the audience and an alien mask for opener "Slow Life," vegetables were chewed as percussion on "Receptacle for the Respectable" (Bok Choy making its debut as veggie of choice), and they finished with an epic rendition of the Steely Dan-sampling "The Man Don't Give a Fuck" which had them in their yeti costumes and crossing aloft guitars for the finish. Gruff also thanked both Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, as well as fans who traveled far for the show. Setlist and a few videos are below.

The Jicks' set had the biggest crowd of the day. They put on a fun show -- heavy on 2013's Wig Out at Jagbags -- and all seemed to be in a good mood. Twin Peaks and Screaming Females probably had had the wildest crowds. It was hard to tell how many people were there as Pier 84 is a big place and lots of folks were more than happy just to hang out back on the lawn and not get near the stage. Then there was this year's VIP boat (which you could buy tickets for this year), a big party cruise ship that many people never left either. One member of early performers Surfbort left the boat, though -- by jumping off it and into the questionable waters of the Hudson. Once he got out of the water, he was ejected from the festival. Though he tried to get back in wearing a variety of different outfits, and it apparently worked? Video of his high dive is below.

The day also included sets from Mikal Cronin, Heaters, Meatbodies (who played Baby's while in NYC too), and pictures of their sets are in this post. Due to a torn calf muscle (ouch!), our photographer missed Heaven and Happyness but she soldiered on -- and is now on the mend. Lots more pics from 4Knots below...

Continue reading "Super Furry Animals, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Screaming Females & more played 4Knots Fest (pics, video, setlists)"

Bouncing Souls

As previously mentioned, NJ punks The Bouncing Souls are playing a big home state show on July 17 at Starland Ballroom with killer support from Andrew Jackson Jihad, Screaming Females, and Seaside Caves. Since we last spoke, the band revealed that they'll be playing 2001's great How I Spent My Summer Vacation in full at the show. Tickets are still available, and we're giving away a pair. Details below.

The day after the show, Bouncing Souls singer Greg Attonito and his wife Shanti Wintergate's children's music duo Play Date play an afternoon NJ show.

Andrew Jackson Jihad also have a Brooklyn show the day after at Knitting Factory (7/18). We're giving away tickets to that one too, and they're also still on sale.

Stream How I Spent My Summer Vacation in full, with the contest details, below...

Continue reading "Bouncing Souls playing 'How I Spent My Summer Vacation' in full at their NJ show w/ AJJ & Screaming Females (win tix!)"

Village Voice 4 Knots Festival 2015

The Village Voice 4 Knots Festival is next Saturday (7/11) at Pier 84 in Hudson River Park, with headliners Super Furry Animals and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. Since our last post, the fest has added Heaven and Surfbort who will be the first two bands of the day. In between will also see performances from Twin Peaks, Mikal Cronin, Screaming Females, Happyness, Meatbodies and Heaters. 4Knots has also released its schedule/set times which you can check out below.

Tickets are still available, and they're offering a special where you can buy four general admission tickets for the price of three. There's also the $50 VIP option that gets you onto the VIP boat with complimentary snacks and three complimentary drinks (not a bad deal).

4Knots Fest schedule, below...

Continue reading "2015 4Knots Festival announces final lineup / set times"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Vacation at Knitting Factory in February (more by Chris La Putt)
Vacation

Ohio punks Vacation were last in NYC for a killer show with their Don Giovanni labelmates Screaming Females in February, and they'll return tonight for a show ahead of their July/August tour with that same band.

Tonight's show is at Shea Stadium (6/24) with the great likeminded local band Big Eyes. Opening is Pretty Pretty and Flykills, which is a pretty cool bill all around. Show starts at 8 PM. Admission is $8.

It's Big Eyes' only upcoming show at the moment. All Vacation dates are listed, with music from both bands, below...

Continue reading "Vacation on tour, playing NYC with Big Eyes tonight (dates)"

4Knots Music Festival

The lineup for the 2015 4Knots Festival has expanded once again. In addition to headliners Super Furry Animals, we'll also now get another '90s indie great, Stephen Malkmus and his band the Jicks, providing direct support. Also added are the shredding NJ punk trio Screaming Females. Those additions join Mikal Cronin, Twin Peaks and more.

This year's fest happens July 11 on Hudson River Park's Pier 84. Tickets are still available.

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Screaming Females at Rough Trade last week (more by Ryan Muir)
Screaming Females

This past February, news went around the internet that Charli XCX recorded a punk rock cover of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off." Not to be the punk police, but we're stretching punk's definition prettttty far if we're calling her cover that. However, NJ punk trio Screaming Females just gave the song their spin for A.V. Club Undercover, and we may finally have that punk cover we were all hearing about three months ago. Marissa Paternoster replaces the song's peppy vocals with her trademark howl, deadpans the spoken word middle section, and cuts the cheerleader chant in favor of a (you guessed it) ripping guitar solo.

Watch the video below...

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photos by Ryan Muir, words by Andrew Sacher

Chris, Hallie & Jeff / Screaming Females / Mimi on the Hoops
Jeff Rosenstock
Screaming Females
The Chris Gerthard Show Premiere

The Chris Gethard Show made the move from public access to cable network Fusion last night (5/28), and Chris and a number of his talented friends celebrated in style with a BrooklynVegan-presented premiere party at Rough Trade NYC. Chris began the night asking if anyone was a fan of TCGS, which was met by roars from the majority of the crowd, and most of the room was bopping around to openers Hiccup, whose lineup includes Hallie Bulleit and Alex Clute from TCGS' house band.

After Hiccup, Chris returned to the stage to introduce the next musical guest, Jeff Rosenstock. As anyone who's seen a Jeff show knows, Jeff Rosenstock fans LOVE Jeff Rosenstock and they go hard the whole time he's on stage. He played as a power trio which included his former Bomb the Music Industry! bandmate John DeDomenici on bass. Chris introduced them and got the performance started with an "EAT MORE BUTTS!" chant (a tradition). That went on for four or five minutes and had pretty much the whole crowd involved. That crowd involvement didn't die once, even during the more lyrically advanced songs. Jeff played stuff off his new solo album, We Cool?, which the crowd already knew all the words to. And when he brought out Fake Problems' Chris Farren to play stuff from their collaborative Antarctigo Vespucci project, the crowd knew all the words to that too. The whole place basically never stopped jumping around (including Chris Gethard, who was in the jumping mob of people for almost the whole set), both on stage and off.

For Jeff's big finale, he brought Chris Gethard back out on stage to sing lead on a Smiths cover (Chris's favorite band), and then Chris and Jeff led the crowd in yet another "EAT MORE BUTTS!" chant. Soon, they were joined by Hallie from Hiccup/TCGS and then she took over the chant in an even crazier way. (Less baseball game chant, more rap metal yelling.) This big grand finale included her and Chris lying on stage, Jeff's guitar making its way through the crowd, and more shenanigans before finally ending with just Jeff's trio playing a piano/synth/xylophone coda.

Jeff Rosenstock

After all that craziness, the night could have ended there. But of course it didn't, because the main reason the event was even happening had yet to begin: the screening of The Chris Gethard Show's cable TV debut. The episode, which was a bit dark on Rough Trade's screen (sorry about that!), included some impressive guests for his debut, including Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, who go back with Chris to their UCB days and also work with him on their cable TV show, Broad City. The premise of the episode was acknowledging weird things about your weird body and then totally owning it, and Chris, Ilana and Abbi had guests either Skype in or show up in person to celebrate their bodily weirdness. I won't ruin anything in case you haven't seen the episode yet, but one detail is that it includes a "Genital Chamber" (watch a clip from that part below). To paraphrase Chris, how can you make the move to cable TV and not incorporate genitals? Ending the show was a musical performance from more old friends The Front Bottoms. (Members of TFB were also in attendance at the premiere, but none made appearances on stage.)

After the screening, Chris took the stage again and thanked everyone for watching, and brought out a few other TCGS cast members, including Shannon Patricia O'Neill, Murf, and crowd favorite Mimi on the Hoops for her hula-hooping routine.

Then Chris brought up another musical performer, his Don Giovanni labelmate Mal Blum. Mal and Chris performed their collaborative song "Crying at the Wawa" from Chris's comedy album, My Comedy Album, which came out on Don Giovanni last year. Then Chris left the stage and Mal did a solo cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" (which her DG labelmates Downtown Boys recently recorded a cover of too) followed by one of her own songs.

Chris Gethard and Mal Blum
Chris Mal

Finally to wrap up the night was a set from Don Giovanni's shreddingest [sic] band, Screaming Females. Though Screaming Females aren't the sing-along kind of band that Jeff Rosenstock is, and they included no chants about eating butts, the crowd was just as enthusiastic for them. Mimi returned to the stage for more hula-hooping during their set. People all over the floor and in the balconies were dancing and jumping around, and of course the band was great as always. They were super tight, Marissa Paternoster's solos were face-melting as ever, Marissa even crowd surfed, and we got a great setlist with old favorites like "It All Means Nothing" and "I Don't Mind It" mixed in with stuff from their great new album.

Screaming Females (who also gave a performance and Q&A with Ted Leo at Apple Store SoHo a day earlier) next play the area opening for Bouncing Souls in NJ in July. Chris Gethard has more NYC shows, including the Vulture Festival at The Bell House this weekend, and one with Mal Blum, who plays Palisades on 7/2, the day after Hiccup play there with Chumped. Chris Farren next plays NYC in July on his tour with Rocky Votolato and Dave Hause.

Set your DVRs to start taping The Chris Gethard Show on Fusion if you can. Check out more pictures from last night's Rough Trade show and a clip from the first episode, below...

Continue reading "Chris Gethard, Jeff Rosenstock, Screaming Females, Hiccup & Mal Blum celebrated TCGS' Fusion debut @ Rough Trade (pics)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Screaming Females @ Knitting Factory - 2/28/15
Screaming Females

Screaming Females already had two NY/NJ appearances coming up, and today they announced a third, as well as a summer tour with their labelmates Vacation (which does not hit NYC). There's the Bouncing Souls show at Starland Ballroom in July that they're opening (tickets), as well as the BrooklynVegan-presented Chris Gethard Show premiere party at Rough Trade NYC (5/28) with Jeff Rosenstock and more. RSVP for that was full, but we just opened some more spots (hurry!).

The day before the Chris Gethard show, Screaming Females will give a free performance and a Q&A moderated by their friend Ted Leo at Apple Store SoHo (5/27) at 8 PM. You can reserve a spot. All of their tour dates are listed below.

Ted Leo is also involved with another Q&A happening in NYC TONIGHT (5/19) at McNally Jackson, where he's interviewing Bitch Magnet/Don Cab's Jon Fine on Jon's new book YOUR BAND SUCKS: What I Saw At Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear). That starts at 6:30.

Screaming Females' newest album is this year's Rose Mountain on Don Giovanni, which they celebrated with two release shows at Knitting Factory Brooklyn in February. We already one set of pictures from those shows, and we've got a second set in this post. More of those, including shots of openers Priests (who play Brooklyn Night Bazaar this weekend), Tenement and Vacation, below...

Continue reading "Screaming Females announce more dates, including free show & Q&A w/ Ted Leo at Apple Store SoHo +++ belated Knit pics"

photo: Bouncing Souls at House of Vans in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Souls

NJ punk heroes The Bouncing Souls will play a home state show this summer on July 17 at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville. It's their first time playing the venue in over ten years, and they've got a pretty impressive cast of openers on board for it. Phoenix folk punks Andrew Jackson Jihad provide direct support, and before them it's another killer NJ punk band, Screaming Females. Opening is Asbury Park's Seaside Caves. Tickets are on sale. Show flyer and Bouncing Souls' full tour schedule below.

Seaside Caves will give their self-titled debut EP a vinyl release on the Souls' label Chunksaah Records three days before the show (7/14). They just wrapped up a tour in NYC at Pianos over the weekend (5/16) that began earlier this month at Asbury Park tapas and cocktails bar Watermark (not a place that normally has shows). You can stream their EP below.

The Souls aren't the only Jersey punk vets playing Starland this summer. Lifetime are too.

Continue reading "Bouncing Souls playing Starland with Screaming Females, Andrew Jackson Jihad & Seaside Caves (and other dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Royal Trux (photo by Nine Gouveia)
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The Berserktown II festival is happening August 14-16 in Los Angeles and they have expanded their lineup quite a bit since we last posted, with some potentially exciting additions. First and foremost is duo Royal Trux, with Neil Michael Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema performing under the RT name for the first time in 15 years. Herrema will also play with her current concern, Black Bananas and Hagerty is part of Dan'l Boone who are also playing the fest.

Also on board for Berserktown II are another Royal: Australia's awesome Royal Headache who haven't been to the US in three years (and haven't really played a whole lot since then anywhere). Other notable Berserktown II additions include Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, Power Trip, Sheer Mag, The Ukiah Drag, Lust for Youth, Helm, Puce Mary, Vexx, Wax Idols, and The Mob (who visited from the UK earlier this year). Those join previously announced artists Dead Moon, Total Control, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests and more.

Tickets and festival passes are on sale now. Full daily lineups are listed, along with Berserktown II poster, below.

In related news, Neil Michael Hagerty will play Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on May 28 with fellow noisemakers PC Worship and long-running CT-based band Sore Eros. Tickets are on sale.

Continue reading "Royal Trux, Royal Headache, Destruction Unit, Fucked Up, The Mob, Power Trip, Sheer Mag & more added to Berserktown II"

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As previously mentioned, comedian Chris Gethard (whose credits include Broad City and Don Giovanni) is moving his public access show to cable network Fusion this month. The first episode airs on at 10 pm on 5/28. In celebration, BrooklynVegan is proud to announce that we've teamed with Chris and Fusion to throw a premiere party in Williamsburg on May 28 at Rough Trade NYC!

Chris will be there of course, and we'll have live music from his Don Giovanni labelmates Screaming Females and Mal Blum, as well as his old friend Jeff Rosenstock and new-ish band Hiccup who include Unlovables singer Hallie Bulliet, who's also a member of The Chris Gethard Show's house band. In addition to the music and live laffs, we'll also screen the first episode of the new show as it airs.

The party is totally FREE but you do need to RSVP, which is now open (18+ to get in). Even with RSVP though, admission is first come first served based on capacity, so get there early!

If you're unfamiliar with The Chris Gethard Show, here's some history in Chris' own words:

The Chris Gethard Show started out at the UCB Theater in 2009 and eventually spent four years on public access television, where it garnered a cult audience spread out all over the world. It's a highly interactive talk show that is known for empowering lonely kids, embracing its own loser status, and putting on some of the strangest comedy going. From having Zach Galifianakis give random audience members haircuts to hosting the first ever public appearance by a recently re-united Sleater Kinney, The Chris Gethard Show is producing some of the most innovative comedy of the last few years. They also created an annual holiday dedicated to sandwiches.
Chris also adds this about the premiere party:
After many years in the public access trenches, TCGS is headed to greener pastures. The Chris Gethard Show debuts on the Fusion network on May 28th, and Brooklyn Vegan is hosting a premiere party at Rough Trade Records in Williamsburg. The debut episode will be shown and a number of bands who are friends of TCGS will help celebrate the occasion. Hiccup features Hallie and Alex from the TCGS house band (The LLC). Mal Blum is one of the most beloved TCGS musical guests of all time. Screaming Females put on an unforgettable performance where King Mike insisted on having his head off screen the entire time. And Jeff Rosenstock was a part of an infamous evening known simply as "Eat More Butts". Please come out and join the celebration as these friends gather to celebrate New York's favorite resident underground show making the jump to cable.
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Check out videos of Screaming Females, Jeff Rosenstock, and Mal Blum from public access episodes of TCGS, below...

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3/21/2015 --- Mew and Frank Turner @ Red 7
3/21/2015 BrooklynVegan Saturday SXSW Day Show @ Red 7
3/21/2015 BrooklynVegan Saturday SXSW Day Show @ Red 7


A full set of pictures and recap from our third of three day parties at Red 7 this SXSW, is at BrooklynVegan (all artists who played included). A second set of pictures from the show is in this post (most of the artists who played included).

Thanks to our sponsors Dropkloud, Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) and MailChimp for helping make the party possible. If you unlocked our party playlsts on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for keeping our artists hydrated.

Check out the rest of the pictures HERE, and below...

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Total Control, Dead Moon, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement, Amen Dunes, Gun Outfit, Milk Music, and more will play Los Angeles festival Beserktown II from August 14 - 16. This marks the first US show for Total Control since 2013 -- main man Mikey Young is not a fan of touring -- and festival organizers are saying it's the band's only North American date of 2015. (Apparently it's their first show period since releasing Typical System.) The fest also marks a reunion of Denmark's No Hope For The Kids. Festival passes are on sale now. All announced Beserktown II acts are listed below.

Reformed Pacific Northwest punks Dead Moon will also be in NYC in June.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Mew / Iceage @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

The three 2015 BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 wrapped up on rainy Saturday (3/21) with a multi-genre lineup across the venue's inside and outside stages. Check out Friday pics HERE and HERE. Thursday is HERE and HERE. Saturday is in this post.

Kicking the day off inside was the hyped, XL-signed UK electronic artist East India Youth who played solo with a variety of synths and drum machines. He was followed by a rare US appearance by Vietnamese rapper Suboi (with Fool's Gold-signed DJ Sammy Bananas). She was the first Vietnamese artist to ever play SXSW, the BV show was one of only two sets she played in Austin this week, and it definitely seemed like an excited crowd came out specifically to see her. Before SXSW she played San Francisco, and since SXSW, was in NYC (last night).

Then it was Philly's Alex G whose DIY indie rock was as entertaining as his deadpan stage banter. Following Alex was The Lees of Memory, the current band of Superdrag singer John Davis and guitarist Brandon Fisher, who were joined by four other musicians. Their album is shoegaze, but the live show was more like the '90s alternative of Superdrag and (in this writer's opinion) one of the day's most enjoyable sets.

Things got darker and more intense after The Lees for Ex-Cult, whose abrasive psych punk was loud, in your face, and full of attitude. That kind of intense attitude didn't go away when post-punk pioneers The Pop Group followed. It's easy to throw around the phrase "ahead of their time," but The Pop Group's set even sounded radical in 2015. Frontman Mark Stewart praised the US for having a great underground music scene, which was pretty amazing coming from a person still embodying underground music over 35 years after his band's debut album. Iceage, a comparatively much newer band who owe much to the scene The Pop Group helped start, wrapped up the day on a high note.

The Pop Group / Screaming Females @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

The outside stage began with Australia's Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders (who also played NYC last night), a quirky crew fronted by the Nick Cave-like frontman Jack Ladder and featuring a cast of backing musicians (Kirin J Callinan included) who all looked like very different genuine weirdos (in a good way). Their set of baritone-fueled new wave was great, and Jack's stage banter was funny too.

They were followed by Public Access TV, the new-ish New York band who hearkened back to the city's early 2000s garage rock revival. They've since gotten some very bad news while still out on tour.

Then it was soulful singer Gabriel Garzon-Montano, whose voice first caught our ears on the new Drake album and sounded great live too. The filled-in-trying-to-stay-dry crowd was into him too. Things then changed pretty drastically as UK folk punk Frank Turner played solo acoustic, which was a pretty great laid-back set to hear outdoors mid-afternoon. He was followed by a band who weren't laid back at all, the shredding punk trio Screaming Females. We caught them back in NYC only a few weeks prior, but no matter how many times we see them their shows never fail to be totally intense. Then came Ceremony, the ever-changing punk band who played an excellent set with material from most phases of their career. They also played songs off their new album coming out this May, which had serious Joy Division vibes.

Frank Turner @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

Then wrapping up the day was my personal favorite set of the BV day parties (and maybe of everything I saw at SXSW): Mew. The proggy, dreamy Danish band paired stuff off their new album (like "Satellites") with older favorites (like "Am I Wry? No" into "156"), and all of it sounded great. The fact that this year was a very rainy SXSW was unfortunate, but it started coming down pretty hard during Mew's set and that whole atmosphere was perfect.

Thanks to our sponsors MailChimp, Dropkloud, and Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) for helping make it all possible. If you unlocked our party playlsts on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for supplying drinks to our bands.

More pictures from the whole day, below...

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Mew
photo: Mew at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Power Trip
photo: Power Trip at BV-RBSS in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)

The three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 in Austin begin TODAY (Thursday, 3/19). We're taking over both stages of the 6th & Red River venue from noon-6pm and doing it again Friday (3/20) and Saturday (3/21) too. You can RSVP for all three days. If you're in Austin, hope to see you there!

Over the course of the three days there's sets from Mew, The Pop Group, Swervedriver, Frank Turner, Ceremony, Iceage, Screaming Females, METZ, Speedy Ortiz, Power Trip, United Nations, Pianos Become the Teeth, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, The Octopus Project, Broncho, Frog Eyes, Girlpool, Mitski, Chastity Belt, Alex G, Yumi Zouma, KEN mode, Kevin Devine, The Velvet Teen, Pity Sex, Makthaverskan and more.

Check out the flyers and set times for all three days, below...

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