Posted in music | pictures on May 18, 2009

photos & words by Dominick Mastrangelo

My Teenage Stride

My Teenage Stride

NYC Popfest, the four-day love affair with all things indiepop started on Thursday (5/14) with a lineup featuring all New York City bands. A full Cake Shop watched Knight School kick things off, followed by Soft City's first-ever show. Girl group, Dream Bitches, The Metric Mile (now a five-piece), My Teenage Stride featuring one of drummer Brett Whitmoyer's last shows with the band, and The Ballet rounded out Day One.

"Best band of the night was My Teenage Stride who seem to shed members after each Popfest performance. Last year, they lost a bassist and guitarist. Tonight was MTS' final show with longtime drummer Brett Whitmoyer, and frontman Jed Smith seem genuinely broken up about it. "New York is a shitty place for bands,' he admitted to the crowd before clarifying, "Well, a shitty place for bands to try and make it." It's especially shitty, as My Teenage Stride are at a creative peak if you ask me, with their current string of monthly Emusic singles being some of the best stuff they've done to date. They played their May single, which has yet to actually drop and the name of which I missed, and it rivals "Creep Academy" for awesomeness. (I shot video of it, which is below.) They'll have to rebound quickly, though, as their next gig is Monday night at The Bell House." [Bill Pearis]
The full lineup of Monday's show (5/18) is My Teenage Stride, The Beets, and Tom Hamilton. It's just $5.00 to get in, and there's free beer from 7:30-8:30pm.

More pictures from Night One of Popfest at Cake Shop, below...

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Knight School

Knight School

Knight School

Knight School

Knight School

Knight School

Knight School

Knight School

Soft City

Soft City

Soft City

Soft City

Soft City

Soft City

Soft City

Soft City

Soft City

Soft City

Soft City

Dream Bitches

Dream Bitches

Dream Bitches

Dream Bitches

Dream Bitches

Dream Bitches

Dream Bitches

Dream Bitches

Dream Bitches

Dream Bitches

Dream Bitches

Dream Bitches

Metric Mile

Metric Mile

Metric Mile

Metric Mile

Metric Mile

Metric Mile

My Teenage Stride

My Teenage Stride

My Teenage Stride

My Teenage Stride

My Teenage Stride

My Teenage Stride

My Teenage Stride

My Teenage Stride

The Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

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Comments (17)

DREAM BITCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2009 12:57 AM

It's nothing short of a crime that My Teenage Stride aren't bigger than they are.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2009 12:59 AM

The Hives are law - YOU are crime....

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2009 2:41 AM

It really makes no sense. You get the feeling that if their gigs cost more to get into people would suddenly start to care.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2009 8:36 AM

damn, my teenage stride need their drummer, he's awesome

they're a duo, what a shame

long live mTS

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2009 9:29 AM

My Teenage Stride = rad as always.

Dream Bitches were the big surprise for me. Apparently their last show? I really got into their set.

Moar Popfest pix, plz. K Thx.

Posted by Brandon | May 18, 2009 10:48 AM

Dream Bitches = rad as hell. A bittersweet sendoff.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2009 11:54 AM

MTS > Crystal Stilts

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2009 1:20 PM

metric mile was my favorite of the night!

Posted by neu fan | May 19, 2009 1:07 AM

My Double Chin

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 10:33 AM

My Insensitive Douchebag

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 10:47 AM

It's really awesome to make fun of people who are chubbier than you.

MTS are awesome. I don't recall him saying anything about "making it" though. I think he was just referring to how expensive and difficult it is to be in a band here.

Posted by jerkwads | May 19, 2009 4:16 PM

10:33 -

Indie music is just as much of a farce as mainstream pop music these days. Indie kids all have their "outfit" (procured from Beacons Closet & American Apparel) which looks identical from person to person, just the same as the Backstreet Boys or Nickelback fans each have their own anti-unique outfit. And god forbid someone should not fit that mold, let's mock them for being the actual individual that we wish we were and claim to be.

Yeah...so Jed doesn't weigh 80 pounds, wear scrawny jeans, neon colors and oversized glasses. And thank god for that.

And besides, shouldn't the music be what matters anyway, rather than image? And in that regard My Teenage Stride is putting out stuff leagues above and beyond whatever Crystal Retard or DJ Dumbfuck band you're listening to at the moment.

Posted by brooklynomnivore | May 19, 2009 4:45 PM

MEH Teenage Stride

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 4:52 PM

indie music is MORE of a farce.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 5:14 PM

how about that hot drummer in knight school?!?!?

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 10:08 PM

I'd hit it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 11:13 PM

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