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February 25, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Nate Packard
Pillow Talk

As tends to happen when punk bands release less-punk albums, a split occurred in Title FIght's fan base earlier this year when they released their atmospheric new album. There's the people who stubbornly miss the old sound, and those who embraced the band's progression. I'm not sure if Memphis, TN's Pillow Talk have a dog in this fight, but if they do I'd guess it's the latter. Their upcoming EP, What We Should Have Said, sounds rooted in the aggression of punk and hardcore, but it's equally concerned with dense shoegazey atmospheres, effected guitars, and soaring reverbed-out vocals. It's also not too far removed from the new Cloakroom album, or that band's now very influential pals Hum.

The EP comes out next week (3/3) on Animal Style Records (pre-order), and you can now listen to the premiere of the full thing in this post. The band have also run down the EP track-by-track for us, and you can read what they had to say while you listen, below.

Continue reading "Pillow Talk releasing an EP (listen ++ read their track-by-track commentary)"

photo: Paul McCartney in Austin, 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

You may remember that when Firefly Music Fest announced its 2015 lineup, the first headliner was blurred out on the poster. Well, as rumored, it's Paul McCartney, the fest revealed today. Macca will join Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run The Jewels, How To Dress Well, Snoop Dogg, Tycho, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jesus, Rustie, Le1f and many more at the fest which happens June 18-21 at the Woodlands in Dover, DE. Updated lineup below.

General admission passes to Firefly go on sale Monday (3/2) at noon, EST.

McCartney was just in NYC for a surprise Valentine's Day show and an appearance on the SNL 40th Anniversary special. He since spent some time skiing in Vermont, much to the delight of the J.J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery in Peru.

Continue reading "Paul McCartney confirmed for Firefly Music Fest 2015 lineup"

by Bill Pearis


Detroit's Turn to Crime will release their new album, Actions, on April 28 via frontman Derek Stanton's own Mugg & Bopp Records. The album ranges from claustrophobic post-punk to more sprightly pop (the title track) but all filtered through Stanton's unique point of view. You can stream "Prince of Slackers" from it below.

Folks in NYC can catch Turn to Crime this week as they're here for two shows: Cake Shop tonight (2/25) with Dinowalrus and Banana Kiss, and then Shea Stadium on Thursday (2/26) with PC Worship, Beech Creeps, and Happy You.

All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, album art and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Turn to Crime announce new album (stream a track); NYC shows are this week"

by Bill Pearis

photo: Ryley Walker @ Baby's All Right in Janaury (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Ryley Walker's new album, Primrose Green, is out next month (3/31) on Dead Oceans and he's just shared "Sweet Satisfaction" from it. Opening with delicate finger picking, the song soon builds to a squall that matches the force of Walker's vocals. You can stream it and Primrose Green's title track, below.

Walker, who wowed the crowd at the BV-curated Red Bull Sound Selects show at Baby's All Right last month, will be back at Baby's on March 15 when his tour with Kevin Morby rolls through town. Zachary Cale and J.R. Bohannon are also on that bill, and tickets are still available. Ryley's added dates since our last post and all are listed below.


In other Dead Oceans folk singer news, Phosphorescent just released Live at The Music Hall which was recorded during his four-night stand at Music Hall of Williamsburg in December 2013. Armed with his six-piece band and a string section, the 90-minute recording (with an additional five songs on the triple-disc vinyl) sounds great and you can stream the whole thing via Rdio below.

Phosphorescent's only upcoming live dates are festivals: Santa Barbara, CA's Field Trip in March and Austin's Untapped Fest in April.

And if you missed it, Dead Oceans folk singer The Tallest Man on Earth put out a new song yesterday.

Continue reading "Ryley Walker shares "Sweet Satisfaction"; Phosphoresent released live album recorded at Brooklyn's 'Music Hall'"

by Andrew Sacher

Jeff Rosenstock

Jeff Rosenstock spent the late '90s through 2004 leading ska punks Arrogant Sons of Bitches, and the following ten years leading Bomb the Music Industry (and sporadically re-activating ASOB), and now he's officially gone solo. His new solo album, We Cool?, comes out next week (3/3) via Side One Dummy, and it's currently streaming in full.

Jeff's a veteran artist with a devoted following, and those fans have probably already heard this album by now, but if you've still yet to dive into Jeff's work this isn't a bad place to start. It stands on its own as a solid album, even outside of the context of his previous bands, and it's a surprisingly modern-sounding record. If you didn't know Jeff's been doing this for over 15 years, you'd think he was another indie-punk breakout alongside Joyce Manor and Lemuria. Take a listen to the whole thing below, via Spin.

It's up for a $5 digital pre-order, or you can get it on a donation basis from Jeff's own label Quote Unquote Records.

Jeff's about to go on a stacked tour with Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Smith Street Band and Chumped, which hits NYC on 3/20 at Warsaw (tickets), but he'll be playing the city sooner than that. All five boroughs of it.

To celebrate the record, Jeff's doing a run of five free all ages shows in one day (March 8), beginning in Staten Island at 10 AM, then hitting Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and ending in Manhattan at 9 PM. Here's his schedule:

10:00AM - Staten Island Artists Building Corporation - Staten Island​
​with Kerbivore​

1:30PM - Rough Trade - Brooklyn​

3:00PM - Trans Pecos - Queen​s
​with Dan Friel and Laura Stevenson​

6:00PM - Rodrigue's Coffee House at Fordham - The Bronx
​with Doubting Thomas Cruise Control​

9:00PM - Babycastles - Manhattan
​with Chris Gethard and Spraynard​

And for the real superfans: Jeff's giving out wristbands at the first four shows, and the first 25 poeple to show up to the fifth show with all four wristbands gets a limited poster designed by Jeff.

After the AJJ/SSB/Jeff/Chumped tour, Jeff and Chumped will do a run of dates themselves including Absury Park's Asbury Lanes on April 26 (tickets). All dates are listed, with the new album stream and 5 boroughs flyer, below...

Continue reading "Jeff Rosenstock streaming new album, playing free shows in all five NYC boroughs in one day before tour (dates)"

Face to Face

'90s-era Cali punks Face to Face have been back in action for a few years now, and have put out two new albums since their reunion. But now they're going back and celebrating the early years. Like they just did in California, Face to Face will come to NYC this spring to play the first three albums across three nights at Bowery Ballroom.

Billed as their "Triple Crown" shows, they'll play 1992's Don't Turn Away on May 22, 1994's Big Choice on May 23, and 1996's self-titled LP on May 24. Tickets for all three shows, as well as a three-day pass, go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon. There's an AmEx presale for the individual dates starting Thursday (2/26) at noon.

It's looking like a good spring for multi-night NYC runs of old school SoCal punk. Bad Religion is doing four nights in NYC, two with all 20th century material and two with all 21st century material.

UPDATE: Face to Face are also doing it in Chicago, Denver and Dallas. All dates are listed, with the NYC flyer and streams from the first three albums, below...

Continue reading "Face to Face playing first 3 albums across 3 nights in NYC, Chicago, Dallas & Denver (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Cool Ghouls

San Francisco's Cool Ghouls, who pull from both the city's current garage/psych scene as well as its '60s Haight-Ashbury heyday, will be touring this spring around SXSW, making two stops in NYC: Union Pool on March 11 with Mystery Lights, Surfbort, and Acid Dad, and then Cake Shop on March 12 with a TBA line-up. All dates are listed below.

Cool Ghouls released their second album, A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rhye, last fall which was produced by Sonny Smith. It's well worth checking out and you can listen (via Hype Machine) to the whole thing below.

Continue reading "Cool Ghouls touring, including SXSW & 2 NYC shows (dates)"

William Elliott Whitmore

Iowa folk and blues artist William Elliott Whitmore has detailed his new album, the followup to 2011's Field Songs. Making a departure from his bare acoustic style, the new record, Radium Death, has him going electric and adding a little distortion in there too. The album's due out March 31 via Anti-. Check out a new track below.

William is also heading out on tour surrounding the release of the new album, coming to NYC on April 11 at Rough Trade and again April 13 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon with the Mercury Lounge show going on AmEx presale today at noon.

Check out all dates and stream "Healing To Do" from the new album, below...

Continue reading "William Elliott Whitmore releasing a new album, touring"

photo: Warpaint in Chicago, October 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

Warpaint will be releasing a series of new digital singles this year, the first of which will be "No Way Out" b/w "Riot" in March. You can stream "No Way Out" below.

The band will be on tour in Europe in March, and their only current US show is headlining the 2015 Desert Daze Festival which takes place May 2 at the Sunset Ranch Oasis in Mecca, CA. Also playing are Failure, RJD2, Minus the Bear (performing They Make Beer Commercials Like This), Dan Deacon, Chelsea Wolfe, White Lung and more. Tickets are on sale now and full Desert Daze line-up, and all Warpaint live dates, are listed below...

Continue reading "Warpaint releasing new singles in 2015 (listen to the first), touring Europe, headlining 2015 Desert Daze fest (line-up)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Christopher DiNitto
Shadow Age

Richmond, VA's Shadow Age used to be called Colony -- they smartly changed it because several bands have that name -- and if you're assuming that's a Joy Division reference, one listen to new single "A Portrait of a Young Man Drowning" probably proves that assumption true. They don't sound exactly like Joy Division or anything, but it's dark moody post-punk with a low-voiced singer suggesting they've probably listened to that band at least once or twice. (They've probably listened to Bauahus too.) The song appears on their debut EP, Silaluk, due out May 19 via 6131, and it premieres below.

Continue reading "Shadow Age releasing debut EP on 6131 (stream a track)"