Recent Posts in tour dates

September 30, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Cecilia Alejandra
Vanishing Life

Earlier today we mentioned that post-hardcore veteran Walter Schreifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Quicksand, Rival Schools, etc) would be playing the Iron Pier CMJ showcase (BV co-presents) with his new band The Dead Heavens, along with Self Defense Family and Dee Pockets. That's not the only new band Walter has though. He's also fronting Vanshing Life, for which he's joined by two Trail of Dead members, Jamie Miller and Autry Fulbright, and Rise Against's Zach Blair. Their debut 7", "People Running" b/w "Vanishing Life," is due out October 14 via Collect Records, the label Thursday/United Nations' Geoff Rickly runs with Texas is the Reason's Norman Brannon. Walter's produced a variety of sounds over the years, but so far Vanishing Life is sounding pretty in line with his '90s post-hardcore stuff. Hear it for yourself by streaming the a-side of the new single below.

The band are set to make their live debut on October 18 in New York with two in-stores that day: one at 2 PM at Generation Records in NYC and another at 6 PM at Looney Tunes Records in West Babylon. They'll be playing a brief set and doing a signing at each.

Song stream below...

Continue reading "Vanshing Life (Walter Schreifels + mems of Trail of Dead, Rise Against) releasing 7" on Collect Records, making live debut"

Lace Curtains

Ex-Harlem singer Michael Coomers will release his second under the Lace Curtains name, titled A Signed Piece Of Paper, on October 28 via his own Female Fantasy Records. The album has some indie rock a la Harlem but there's a strong '70s singer-songwriter vibe to it as well. You can stream a few songs and videos in this post.

Lace Curtains will make its NYC debut during CMJ, with October 24 at Cake Shop being the only confirmed date during the fest right now (more details on that show TBA). After CMJ, Lace Curtains will also play November 1 at Union Pool with fellow ex-Harlem band Las Rosas.

Videos and song stream below...

Continue reading "Lace Curtains (ex-Harlem) releasing new album, making NYC live debut during CMJ (dates, streams)"

Body/Head at MoMA in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Kim Gordon's duo with Bill Nace, Body/Head are on board for Boston's Hassle Fest IV this November (with Jason Lescalleet, No Joy, Quilt, Downtown Boys and more), and directly before that they'll play two nights at Brooklyn's Union Pool on November 6 & 7. Both shows are with Wolf Eyes' Nate Young and his band Regression Nightmare. Night 1 will also be opened by Bill Nace's past collaborator Steven Baczkowski, and night 2 also by Vanessa Rossetto. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 go on sale (9/30) at 2 PM.

Kim also has an art show opening in NYC in 2015. All Body/Head dates are listed below.

In related news, Kim's ex-Sonic Youth bandmate Lee Ranaldo (who played Union Pool a few days ago and has an upcoming duo set with Noveller) has an art show of his own opening in NYC. The show's called Lost Highways and it opens on October 4 at One Mile Gallery (475 Abeel St) with the reception going from 6-8 PM. The show runs through October 25.

List of Body/Head dates and a video below...

Continue reading "Body/Head playing 2 NYC shows w/ Wolf Eyes' Nate Young before Boston's Hassle Fest; Lee Ranaldo art show opening"

The Blind Shake @ Northside 2014 (more by PSquared)
Blind Shake

The Blind Shake are back with a new album, Breakfast of Failures, which will be out October 28 via Goner. It's more of the animal beat leadfoot protopunk you've come to love and we've got the premiere of the ripping "Parachute." You can stream that below.

We last caught The Blind Shake during Northside and are excited to hear the Minnesotans will be on the road later this fall. The tour includes two shows in NYC the week of Thanksgiving: November 25 at Cake Shop and November 26 at Baby's All Right. The rest of those lineups are still TBA but all dates are listed, along with the "Parachute" stream and another from the new LP, below...

Continue reading "The Blind Shake releasing 'Breakfast of Failures,' touring (dates, streams)"

by Bill Pearis

Be Forest

Italian trio Be Forest are masters of mood, making swoony dreampop informed by the classics but very much in the now. The band (who share a member with Brothers in Law) released their second album, Earthbeat, earlier this year via We Were Never Boring and you can stream the whole thing below. If you like Slowdive, '80s-era 4AD and modern stuff like The xx, you definitely should. The band also just released a cover of Beat Happening's "Indian Summer" which makes its premiere in this post. There are no shortage of covers of this song, but Be Forest really make it their own. Listen below.

Be Forest will be making their first trip to North America next month for a coast-to-coast tour. That starts in NYC for CMJ where they currently have two shows lined up: A day show at Cake Shop on October 22 (lineup TBA) and then a show at DROM later that night. More CMJ shows might be announced, stay tuned.

West Coast dates of their tour are with Los Angeles band Tennis System whose new album, Technicolor Blind, is out October 21. You can stream a track from that below. The band will also be here for CMJ, playing October 24 at Lit Lounge and other shows TBA.

All Be Forest and Tennis System tour dates are listed, along with song streams, below...

Continue reading "Italy's Be Forest released new LP, covered Beat Happening, touring w/ Tennis System after CMJ (dates, streams)"

Chuck Ragan

We recently mentioned that Hot Water Music co-frontman Chuck Ragan will be on tour this year, hitting NYC on December 6 at Rough Trade with Adam Faucett (tickets), and it's now been announced that he'll be in the NYC-area sooner.

Like his pals in Bouncing Souls did earlier this month, Chuck will headline New Brunswick, NJ's small Court Tavern on October 25 for another edition of Red Bull Sound Select in NJ. Making the bill doubly great, The Get Up Kids frontman Matt Pryor is playing too, and Jared Hart is opening (his band The Scandals opened the Souls' show). Like most RBSS shows, admission is $3 with RSVP or $10 without.

A few days after that show, Chuck and the whole Hot Water Music crew will head back home to Gainesville for The Fest. His updated list of dates and Court Tavern show flyer, below...

Continue reading "Chuck Ragan expands tour, playing $3 Court Tavern show w/ The Get Up Kids' Matt Pryor (updated dates)"

photos by David Andrako

Neil Diamond @ Erasmus Hall High School 9/29/2014
Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond

Dennis and Jackie Beck, 66 and 64, traveled from western Pennsylvania. Ms. Beck said she had seen Mr. Diamond 10 times.

"It's not that many," she said. She sported a "Diamond Girl" shirt and said she was convinced that this concert at his old stamping grounds would be special.

"He's an emotional guy," she said.

A largely middle-age crowd of about 800 filled the wooden seats in the hot auditorium. Pictures of Barbra Streisand (class of '59) lined the walls.
[NY Times]

There was no AC in the chapel at Flatbush, Brooklyn's Erasmus Hall High School and it was sticky hot as the crowd loudly sang along to Neil Diamond hit after Neil Diamond hit...from the Best Of CD they were playing before the man himself took the stage. Folks had been lined up outside since 3 PM for this somewhat secret free show and there were definitely a lot of neighborhood folks -- including many who had attended Erasmus back in the day -- and die-hard fans. When Neil did come out about 6:30 PM, after an introduction by radio DJ Scott Shannon, it was the expected thunderous applause (crowd member Geraldo Rivera also received a bit of that applause as he was taking his front row seat, just for being there and for being Geraldo). Instead of immediately launching into a song, Neil shared a few anecdotes about Erasmus which he attended from 1954-56, and this show was supposedly his first Brooklyn concert ever. He told stories about getting detention, his chorus teacher, and working as a shoeshine boy in a nearby subway station. "It's a good gig," said Diamond. "It doesn't go anywhere, but it's a good gig for a kid."

After that Neil knocked out a short set of hits, starting with "I'm a Believer," "Solitary Man," "Kentucky Woman," and, of course "Brooklyn Roads." Then a couple late '70s nuggets -- "Love on the Rocks" and "Forever in Blue Jeans" -- before the requisite new song, "Nothing But a Heartache" (from Melody Road, out next month). He finished up his set with another new one, "Something Blue," and then finished with showstopper "Sweet Caroline" which had the whole crowd singing. Well, almost. "I saw two people not singing," Neil told the crowd before proceeding to run through its chorus two more times. At 73, Diamond's voice is in great shape and he's ever the showman, with a band of pros who know how to punctuate the big moments -- nearly all the songs got the Vegas Ending. As it should be. Too short, but this free show in a very special location was a lot of fun. If you missed it, you can maybe catch the video if and when it's released. There was a very professional video crew capturing every moment. Channel 7 news, who said everyone who waited in line got in, also said the show was being filmed for a documentary. Everyone got a poster as they walked out.

Neil will be back in Brooklyn when his 2015 tour stops at Barclays Center on March 26. Tickets for what should be his 2nd-ever Brooklyn show, go on sale October 13 at 10 AM.

All dates, plus more pictures from the intimate Brooklyn show, below...

Continue reading "Neil Diamond played Erasmus High School (pics, setlist), announces 2015 tour including Barclays Center (dates)"


It's very possible that Self Defense Family are the most prolific band in post-hardcore at the moment. This year alone they've released the Try Me LP, the I Tried To Make Something You Would Enjoy single, the Two Genuine Oddities From Our Distant Past single, the split with "Meredith Hunter" (aka Self Defense Family), and most recently the Duets EP. Plus there's the "Indoor Wind Chimes" b/w "Cottaging" single due 10/14 via Deathwish and a split with Touche Amore is in the works.

We recently mentioned that they're also touring soon and though a NYC date wasn't initially announced, we're now proud to announce that they'll be here for the Iron Pier CMJ showcase (the label that put out Duets), which BrooklynVegan is co-presenting. It happens October 23 at the Acheron (57 Waterbury St) and also on the bill is post-hardcore veteran Walter Schreifels and quality locals Deep Pockets. $12 tickets for the showcase go on sale today (9/30) at noon.

Walter Schreifels (of Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Quicksand, Rival Schools and more) will be playing with his new backing band The Dead Heavens, whose lineup also includes Cults bassist Nathan Aguilar. They have a 7" due next year via Thrill Me Records, which Walter says has "more of a blues rock direction, like Cream or Black Sabbath."

BV is also co-presenting the free No Sleep CMJ showcase and we have more showcases TBA too so stay tuned for that.

The day after Acheron, SDF will be in NJ with Restorations (tix). Updated list of their dates, with a full stream of Duets (via AltPress), below...

Continue reading "Self Defense Family expand tour, playing Iron Pier CMJ show with Walter Schreifels and Deep Pockets (BV co-presents)"

Dean Ween

The Dean Ween Group, who toured opening for Primus earlier this year, are now set to hit the road on their own for a short East Coast tour this fall. The fall comes to the NYC-area around Halloween time, hitting Asbury Park on October 30 at The Stone Pony and Brooklyn on November 1 at Brooklyn Bowl but they currently have no show scheduled for Halloween proper. (Primus on the other hand, are playing NYC on Halloween.) Tickets for the NJ and NYC shows are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Gene Ween's band FREEMAN are touring too and hitting NYC this Saturday (10/4) at Bowery Ballroom with Arc Iris (tickets).

List of Dean Ween dates, with a video of them playing a new song "Garry" in New Mexico, below...

Continue reading "Dean Ween Group touring, playing NY/NJ around Halloween"

September 29, 2014

photo by Randy Blythe

NYC hardcore vets Madball are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Set It Off, by playing it in full on a tour this December. They'll be joined by former guitarist Matt Henderson who was with the band when they made that album. Opening on all dates will be Turnstile, Death Before Dishonor, Take Offense and Downpresser, and it hits the band's hometown on December 6 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/3) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed on the tour flyer, with a full stream of the album, below...

Continue reading "Madball celebrating 20th anniversary of 'Set It Off' on tour"