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photos by Gretchen Robinette; words by Bill Pearis
SFA / Malkmus / Screamales / crowd @ 2015 4Knots Fest
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...
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.
Stream How I Spent My Summer Vacation in full, with the contest details, below...
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...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Vacation at Knitting Factory in February (more by Chris La Putt)
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...
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)
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...
photos by Ryan Muir, words by Andrew Sacher
Chris, Hallie & Jeff / Screaming Females / Mimi on the Hoops
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.
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
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...
photos by Chris La Putt
Screaming Females @ Knitting Factory - 2/28/15
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...
photo: Bouncing Souls at House of Vans in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
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.
by Bill Pearis
Royal Trux (photo by Nine Gouveia)
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.
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.See you there????
Check out videos of Screaming Females, Jeff Rosenstock, and Mal Blum from public access episodes of TCGS, below...
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
3/21/2015 --- Mew and Frank Turner @ 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...
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.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Mew / Iceage @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
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
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
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...
photo: Mew at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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...
BrooklynVegan returns to SXSW this year for three FREE day parties at Red 7. We'll be at the venue on Thursday (3/19), Friday (3/20) and Saturday (3/21), taking over both stages of the venue from noon-6pm (RSVP).
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.
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Bookmark and check out brooklynvegan.com/sxsw/ for set times and more info, or check out the set times for all three days below...
SATURDAY, MARCH 21 @ RED 7 (FREE)RSVP for all three FREE BrooklynVegan day parties is open.
12:00 East India Youth (XL Records)
12:40 Suboi (with DJ Sammy Bananas)
01:30 Alex G
02:30 The Lees of Memory (ex-Superdrag)
04:00 The Pop Group
12:00 Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders (Kirin J Callinan included)
12:40 Public Access TV (Terrible Records)
01:20 Gabriel Garzon-Montano (on new Drake album)
02:00 Frank Turner
03:15 Screaming Females
Saturday's inside show begins with XL-signed UK electronic artist East India Youth followed by a special set by Vietnamese rapper Suboi, for whom SXSW is part of her first-ever US tour. Fool's Gold signed DJ Sammy Bananas will be backing what will be one of only 2 SXSW shows she's playing (the other is at night).
Then comes raw indie rocker Alex G and shoegazers The Lees of Memory which is the new band with two Superdrag members. Then it's Ex-Cult, followed by post-punk pioneers The Pop Group (who just put out their first album since 1980), and finally a comparatively much newer post-punk band, Iceage.
Outside, Australian synth-popster Jack Ladder and his band The Dreamlanders (which includes Kirin J Callinan) kick off the day followed by New York throwback rockers Public Access TV who just announced a signing to Terrible Records. Then it's Gabriel Garzon-Montano (whose voice you might recognize from the new Drake album), UK folk punk Frank Turner, shredding NJ trio Screaming Females, shapeshifting heavy band Ceremony, and finally the proggy Danish band Mew, whose first album since 2009 will be out in April.
photo: Mew at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
photo: The Pop Group at ATP NY 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As mentioned in our Thursday (day 1) and Friday (day 2) posts, this year we're partnering with DropKloud, a new app that's launching just in time for SXSW. Recently acquired by TuneCore, DropKloud uses GPS technology to allow people to unlock exclusive music content in specific geo-targeted locations. You'll be able to try it out at our parties at Red 7 where we'll have special content from the artists playing our shows. Once you unlock it, you can listen later. Stay tuned for more details, but meanwhile get that app on your phone via Google Play or iTunes.
Want to skip the lines? Visit the Esurance Glove Box in the Austin Convention Center, or the Esurance Lounge at 6th and Trinity, to pick up an #EsuranceAccess Pass. Then follow @Esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can get preferred entry.
Listen to some of the bands playing, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Tournament at Grand Victory in 2014 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Brooklyn punks Tournament play a lot around here. Maybe you've seen them with H2O and 7 Seconds, or with Coalesce and Coliseum, or with Gospel, or Kylesa, or Torche. Their next show is this Saturday (3/7) at Acheron with rock and rollers Greasy Hearts and Don Giovanni's Nuclear Santa Claust. Tickets are on sale.
Tournament's new album, Teenage Creature, comes out April 14. The first single, "Sean's Place," is out now and it's a down-strummer with awesomely snotty vocals. Listen below.
Nuclear Santa Claust aren't the only Don Giovanni punk band playing NYC this weekend. Screaming Females play Silent Barn tonight (3/6) with Downtown Boys and Aye Nako (a few tickets at the door), and California X play Saint Vitus tonight with Ovlov, IYEZ and Darkwing (tix at door).
Don Giovanni comedian Chris Gethard (who's also on Broad City) will be at a punk/comedy show on Saturday at Palisades with local bands Low Fat Getting High, Flagland and Washer, and comedy from Joe Pera and Shakir Standley, with appearances from Sefa, William Petrano and more. That's $5 at the door.
While we're talking about NYC punk shows this weekend, here's a couple more:
Brooklyn's Go Deep have signed to the trusty 6131 Records, who will put out their first full length this summer. They have a tour kicking off in their hometown this Sunday (3/8) at Grand Victory with Icarus, Husbandry and Risers. Tickets are on sale. Their debut EP, Counseling, came out in 2013 on Mayfly Records and it's 7 tracks of heavy, smart, and pissed-off hardcore. Stream it in full, with their list of dates, below.
photos by Greg Cristman, words by Andrew Sacher
Screaming Females / Tenement / Vacation
The awesome four-band bill of Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation brought their short tour together for two shows (early and late) at Knitting Factory Brooklyn on Saturday (2/28). This all-Don Giovanni lineup also doubled as the final night of the label's Brooklyn showcases. I caught the late show, and the pictures in this post are from the early one.
Kicking off this great night was Cincinnati's Vacation. Vacation sound like their favorite Replacements album is Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash. They seem like they like SoCal skate punk as much as they like '60s garage rock, and like they probably have genuine love for the Ramones. Of course I could be wrong about all of this, but it wouldn't be so fun to try to play spot-the-influence with them if they didn't take these familiar sounds and give them such new life. Three of the four members were made up in androgynous eyeliner courtesy of Priests singer Katie Alice Greer (one of them gave Zachary Cole Smith a run for his money in the Kurt Cobain lookalike department), they bounced around that stage like rock stars, and frontman Jerri Queen had a howling delivery that's ready for way bigger venues. Vacation were the only band on the bill I was seeing for the first time, and I left the show fully sold.
Speaking of SoCal skate punk, Tenement followed with a killer set as indebted to that sound as it was to J Mascis guitar solos. They hardly said a word on stage, just banged out ripper after ripper and abruptly left without even a wave goodbye. Short, sweet, and punk as fuck.
Then came Priests, who were great and confrontational as always. Their post-punk-inspired punk is super tight -- it's held down by razor-sharp basslines, but Katie's wild performances are what push a Priests show over the edge. She growls, shouts, and sometimes even sings delicately, and everything she does is totally physical.
Finally, headliners Screaming Females wrapped up the night. The shows were release parties for their excellent new album, Rose Mountain, and we got a handful of that album's highlights. I've heard people consider Rose Mountain a tamer album for Screaming Females, which I think is only kind of true, but live the new songs definitely don't have any less power than the older ones. For me, the new album's strength lies in how great it is melodically (the title track has maybe my favorite Screaming Females chorus ever), but Marissa Paternoster, King Mike and Jarrett Dougherty are still the same crushing power trio we know and love. That was true as ever at Saturday's show, where they were loud, locked in, and a total force. Plus. no matter how many times I see it, it's never not a treat to experience Marissa's shredding solos in person.
Screaming Females' tour includes one more NYC show: Friday (3/6) at Silent Barn with labelmates Downtown Boys and locals Aye Nako. Advance tickets are sold out, but a few will be available at the door.
More pictures from Knitting Factory, with setlists from the early show from every band except Screaming Females (anyone have it?), below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Screaming Females at Death by Audio in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Screaming Females' upcoming tour already included three NYC shows, plus there was a secret band playing Silent Barn on March 6 that seemed likely to be Screaming Females. Now they've been officially announced for that show. Downtown Boys and Aye Nako are playing too. Tickets are still on sale.
Screaming Females also play Rough Trade on LP release day (2/24), and to get in you have to buy a copy of their new album Rose Mountain at the Rough Trade store that day. Then they have two shows at Knitting Factory on February 28 (early and late) with Priests, Tenement and Vacation, which are both sold out. Updated dates are listed below.
Screaming Females are now streaming the new album, and if you haven't heard it yet, it's highly recommended. They keep honing their songwriting more on each record, and Rose Mountain has some of their best yet.
Watch a video of one of the new songs, with the list of dates, below...
Massachusetts sludge punks California X just released their sophomore album, Nights In The Dark, and are playing a few shows out in support of it. The Saves the Day-referencing artwork above isn't the actual artwork by the way, but it is awesome. (And speaking of, the girl on that cover was just interviewed.) Listen to the album below.
The band have shows coming up, including NYC at Saint Vitus on March 6 with support from Ovlov, IYEZ and Darkwing. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
California X were just in town to headline the second Don Giovanni showcase at Knitting Factory, and the third and final night of the label's showcases is coming up. They take the space back over on February 28 for a double-header night serving as the album release shows for Screaming Females' excellent new album, Rose Mountain, and feature Priests, (who just played Indie Pop Prom 3 this weekend) Tenement and Vacation as support. Both the early and the late shows are now sold out.
Rose Mountain is streaming over at NPR now in advance of the album's February 24 release date. It's Screaming Females' sixth full-length, and the consistently great punks are making music that's tighter than ever.
All of California X's upcoming dates and a stream of Nights In The Dark below...
photo: Screaming Females at Death by Audio in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Screaming Females' new album Rose Mountain comes out February 24 via Don Giovanni, and they continue to stay busy in support of it. They already have two releases shows on February 28 at Knitting Factory Brooklyn with Priests, Tenement and Vacation (early show sold out, late show still on sale), and now they've also added Rough Trade NYC (2/24) on album release date, where they'll be performing the LP in full. To get in, you have to buy a copy of the album from the Rough Trade store that day and get a wristband for entry. Doors are at 6:30 PM, show at 7.
After those shows, Screaming Females will head out on a tour with labelmates Downtown Boys that begins on March 7 in Baltimore. One day before that though, Downtown Boys play Brooklyn's Silent Barn (3/6) with Aye Nako and "Special Guests." Who could they be? Tickets are on sale now. Downtown Boys also since added a Connecticut show with Lydia Lunch.
After SXSW, Screaming Females continue on the road and Mitski has been added as an opener to some of those dates, including the one in their home state of NJ on April 4 at Asbury Lanes. Tickets for that show are still available. Mitski is also going on tours with Speedy Ortiz and Hundred Waters, playing NYC on both. Updated Screaming Females and Mitski dates are listed below.
Those Knitting Factory shows double as the third and final night of this year's Don Giovanni showcases. The first two were last weekend. Did you go?
by Andrew Sacher
The Don Giovanni Records showcases at Knitting Factory Brooklyn begin tonight, and here's a rundown of what they've got going on:
NIGHT 1 (February 6)
Tonight's headliners are '70s-style power pop trio Nude Beach, who put out their newest album, 77, on the label last year, followed by a new single this year (listen below). They've been playing around a lot lately (maybe you caught them at Bowery Ballroom last month), and they have two NYC shows coming up after this: Bowery Electric on 3/5 (free with RSVP) and The Bell House with White Hills in April.
Also of note tonight is The Hamiltons, a punk trio inspired by the Ramones and the film Dirty Work, who may actually be The Ergs. Listen to a couple tracks below.
Brooklyn's Mal Blum, one of the label's newer signees, has been a singer/songwriter in the local folk punk/anti-folk scene for a few years now. Maybe you've caught her with Noun, Allison Weiss, Worriers, Chris Gethard, Stephen Brodsky or at Tinderbox Fest. Her first Don Giovanni release should be out later this year, but meanwhile you can stream her 2013 album, Tempest In A Teacup, below.
Crow Bait, the Iron Chic-related alt-country/punk band who put out their solid debut LP on Don Giovanni last year, returned a few weeks ago with the Separate Stations 7" EP on Drunken Sailor Records. If you like jangly '90s alternative rock with a little twang in it, you should check this out. Listen below.
Tonight's bill is rounded out by one of NYC's longest-running DIY scene duos, Shellshag, NJ indie rockers Black Wine and host Chris Gethard. Tickets are still available.
photo: California X at DbA in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
NIGHT 2 (February 7)
Saturday's lineup is headlined by the great Amherst, MA band California X, who recently dropped their sophomore album, Nights in the Dark. The sludgy Dinosaur Jr-isms of their debut are still here, but this time they're a little overshadowed by a handful of '70s influences, pulling from that decade's hard rock, power pop, punk, and a love of twin leads. Stream the whole thing below.
Downtown Boys, another recent addition to the label, are a band you have to see live to fully experience. And if you haven't seen them, it's highly recommended. Head HERE to see what we've said about their shows in the past. They'll also be on tour with Screaming Females soon.
Nuclear Santa Claust have a new album, Je Ne Sais Claus, coming out on DG next week (2/10), and they'll have it on sale at the show too. Like their last album, lead single "Sayonara Baby" is indebted to early hardcore with a good dose of Ramones worship. Check it out below. You can catch them in NYC again at the Nate Gluck benefit with Night Birds in March.
Opening Saturday's showcase is the label's newest band Alice (who count music writer/Silent Barn booker Liz Pelly as a member). They announced their signing this week, and will release their debut album, Revenge Pop, later this year. You can listen to the reverb-ed out "Nightmare" below.
The rest of Saturday's lineup is noisy punk duo Pinkwash (mem Hume, Bleeding Rainbow), Lauren Measure's current band Worriers, NJ punks Brick Mower, and host Chris Gethard. Tickets are still available.
photo: Screaming Females @ DbA in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
NIGHT 3 (February 28 -- early and late shows)
The third and final showcase has a 6:45 and a 10:45 show, both with the same lineups. Screaming Females are headlining, and these are the record release shows for their upcoming sixth album, Rose Mountain, which a few great singles have already come out from. If you haven't heard them yet, check those out below with a recently-released live video (dir. Lance Bangs) of another new song, "It's Not Fair." Screaming Females also have many other tour dates, including Asbury Park in April.
The openers at both shows are political DC post-punks Priests, '90s-inspired melodic punks Tenement, and the garage-y Vacation. Those bands have a bunch of other dates together without Screaming Females, including a Hoboken show on 2/25. All dates are listed below.
Tenement are releasing a new rarities collection, Bruised Music Volume One, on March 10 via Grave Mistake Records, and Toxic Pop Records. You can check out the ripping "Spaghetti Midwestern" from that, below.
The early Knitting Factory show is sold out, but tickets for the late show are still available.
In other Don Giovanni news unrelated to their showcase, the label is putting out a collection from The Lookouts, the band that included Lookout! Records founder Larry Livermore, and drummer Tre Cool before he joined Green Day. The collection features guest appearances from Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong and Rancid/Operation Ivy's Tim Armstrong. Stream a track below.
Not long after Screaming Females announced a 2nd upcoming Brooklyn show, the NJ band announced a ton more tour dates in support of "Rose Mountain" (their forthcoming record which is pictured above).
The new tour includes an April 4th show at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ, which is also the state they'll play THIS FRIDAY NIGHT (1/30) as part of a show at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken with Glazer ("Free admission for Stevens students [bring your ID!], $10 for everyone else)." You can also still get tickets for the Brooklyn late show which, like the early show, also has Priests, Tenement, and Vacation on the bill.
All tour dates, including a Chicago show at Empty Bottle, are listed under their new video for new single "Criminal Image", below...
Screaming Females will scream back into Chicago to hit Empty Bottle on March 27th in support of their new album "Rose Mountain". Get your tickets before it's too late. Check out the full tour at BrooklynVegan. Listen to new burner "Ripe", below..