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May 28, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

Spill

Earlier this year, we mentioned that former members of Placeholder and We Were Skeletons formed the band Spill, and put out their debut single "Sucks Either Way.".The band has since signed to Broken World Media (Derrick from TWIABP's label), and they'll release their debut EP on that label later this year. The EP will include the band's brand new track, "Big Boss," which premieres in this post. Like the previous single, "Big Boss" is more in line with Placeholder than We Were Skeletons, which also means it sounds like any number of crunchy '80s/'90s indie rock bands. If you dig stuff like Weezer or Superchunk, this one's probably up your alley. Check it out below.

They've also got a couple shows coming up, including Philly with Hurry and Baltimore with Tim Kinsella. Tour dates are listed below too.

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by Bill Pearis

Owens

Christopher Owens surprised released a new album yesterday. Titled Chrissybaby Forever, it's a little more back-to-basics guitar pop for Owens, who dabbled in country and gospel on his last two albums. (There's also at least one song -- "Me Oh My" -- that shows off Owens' love for Felt.) He told Stereogum:

I was tempted to call this Christopher Owens' Album, because for me it's really about getting back to the basics -- just me playing everything with one other person engineering and producing. It's two heads coming together. In the end I did call in a drummer like we did on Girls' albums to play on a few tracks. I guess the one different thing is that I brought in some friends to sing backup vocals. I wanted them to be amateurs and younger girls and very sweet-sounding. I didn't want gospel-style backup professional vocals. I wanted it to be more like campfire sing-along or something like that.
You can stream the whole album below.

As mentioned, Owens' tour starts next week with two NYC shows: June 20 at Baby's All Right (tickets), and June 21 at Mercury Lounge with EZTV (tickets).

Updated tour dates are listed, along with the LP stream, below...

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by Bill Pearis

EZTV

Brooklyn trio EZTV have shared another new song, "Trampoline," from their debut album which will be out July 10 via Captured Tracks. (Pre-orders are available.) Like much of the album, "Trampoline" is very very catchy powerpop that packs a lot of hooks into its three-and-a-half-minute running time. If you like the dB's, Let's Active or other bands who count Big Star as an influence, this is probably up your alley. Stream "Trampoline" and a couple other songs off the album, below.

EZTV are a last-minute add to tonight's 2015 NYC Popfest kickoff show which is at Cake Shop (5/28). They replace UK band Young Romance who couldn't make it. Tonight's lineup includes Souvenir Stand, Wildhoney, Roman a Clef, and headliners Beverly. This writer will be DJing in-between sets and tickets are available. They'll also be opening for Christopher Owens at Mercury Lounge on June 21 (tickets) and then playing with No Joy at Baby's All Right on June 23 (tickets).

You can also catch EZTV at NXNE and they'll be on part of Jacco Gardner's upcoming tour. All dates are listed below...

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Fun Fun Fun Fest poster

Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest returns in 2015 from November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores, and as usual the lineup is amazing. There's Jane's Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punks), The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), the first-ever Texas show and only US show of 2015 for '80s metal legends Venom, a reunion from DC hardcore vets Dag Nasty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust side project Head Wound City, D'Angelo, NOFX, American Football, Ride, The Charlatans (UK), Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes In Toyland, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Desaparecidos, Skinny Puppy, Afrika Bambaataa, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Power Trip, La Dispute, Title Fight, Shamir, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong and many more.

Tickets go on sale today (5/28) at 10 AM CT (11 AM EST). Full lineup and announcement video below.

The lineup for the Dag Nasty reunion is the same one they played the Salad Days show in DC with in 2012: original vocalist Shawn Brown, plus Brian Baker, Roger Marbury and Colin Sears.

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by Bill Pearis

(photo by Ashleigh Dye)
Negative Scanner

Chicago's Negative Scanner formed in 2012 by singer/guitarist Rebecca Valeriano-Flores and drummer Tom Cassling, who had previously played together in Tyler Jon Tyler. They clearly knew what they wanted. Impose points to this line from their Craiglist ad, which reads: "Bands we like include Wire, The Fall, Siouxie and the Banshees, Video, Total Control. NO FLAKES, NO DRUNKS, PRO GEAR, PRO ATTITUDE."

Negative Scanner are definitely in the same sonic landscape as those bands they like, but bringing well-crafted songs, grit, tight musicianship and snarling attitude. So far they've released two 7"s and a couple cassettes (streams below), but their debut album will be out July 10 via Trouble in Mind and we've got the premiere of the storming "Would You Rather?". Stream that below too. If you preorder the LP digitally, you get an instant download of the song.

Negative Scanner were in NYC last fall for CMJ and you can listen or download their set from Trouble in Mind's showcase at Rough Trade over at NYC Taper which gives a pretty good idea of what a powerhouse this band already is. No dates outside of Chicago at the moment, but all are listed, along with song streams, album art and tracklist, below....

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by Andrew Sacher

Timeshares

Long Island punks Timeshares already played a LI release show for their new album Already Dead (on SideOneDummy), and now they've announced release shows for Brooklyn and Philly too.

Brooklyn happens June 13 at Suburbia with Luther, Outta Gas and a special guest. That's $5 at the door. Philly is the next night at The Fire (6/14).

As previously mentioned, they also have shows in the area at NJ's Starland Ballroom on June 27 with The Movielife (tickets), and LI's Paramount on July 10 with Iron Chic and Gin Blossoms (tickets).

If you haven't heard Already Dead yet, it's a great twangy punk album that fans of Hot Water Music, Lucero or The Gaslight Anthem shouldn't sleep on. Stream it in full, with their tour schedule, below...

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May 27, 2015

Riot Fest

First Toronto, then Denver, now the Riot Fest Chicago 2015 lineup is announced. It includes Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix), Alkaline Trio, Taking Back Sunday, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, Thrice, The Lawrence Arms, The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts and Pussy), Jimmy Cliff, The Damned, Against Me!, Living Colour, Fishbone, Death, Hum, GWAR, Civ, The Thurston Moore Band, Echo & the Bunnymen, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, FIDLAR, Andrew WK, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang, Tommy Stinson and many more, plus a few more TBA.

Tickets are on sale now. This year happens at the new location of Douglas Park from September 11-13. All currently announced artists are listed below...

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Riot Fest

We just posted the Riot Fest Toronto lineup, and here's the Riot Fest Denver 2015 lineup: Modest Mouse, Pixies, Snoop Dogg (playing Doggystyle), Iggy Pop, Tenacious D, Ice Cube & special guests (playing Straight Outta Compton remix), Run DMC, Rancid (playing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Explosions in the Sky, Cypress Hill, Alkaline Trio, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, Anthrax, The Damned, Eagles of Death Metal, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, GZA, De La Soul, Testament, Desaparecidos, Nada Surf, The Lawrence Arms, Andrew WK, GWAR, The Black Lips, The Dead Milkmen, The Get Up Kids, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, The Vandals, 7 Seconds, Joyce Manor, OFF!, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang and many more. A few more bands, including two headliners, TBA.

Tickets are on early bird sale now. This year, the fest happens at the new location of Western Rodeo Complex from August 28-30.

UPDATE: Chicago announced too.

All currently announced Denver bands are listed below...

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Riot Fest

Riot Fest Toronto returns in 2015 from September 19-20 in Downsview Park, and today the initial lineup has been announced. There's Wu-Tang Clan, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, Echo & the Bunnymen, Thrice, Alexisonfire, Eagles of Death Metal, Against Me!, Babes In Toyland, GWAR, The Thurston Moore Band, DOA, The Dead Milkmen, Moneen, Atmosphere, Doomtree, Andrew WK, FIDLAR, Tyler the Creator, and many more. Two of the headliners are TBA, one of which is performing an album in full, and a few other bands will be added too.

Tickets go on sale June 16, the same day that the full lineup will be announced.

UPDATE: Chicago and Denver announced too.

All currently announced Toronto bands are listed below...

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Kamasi Washington

Jazz saxophonist/composer Kamasi Washington has been at it for over a decade -- early works include Young Jazz Giants, his quartet with Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat and others, who released a self-titled album in 2004 -- but he's been in the spotlight recently thanks to his contributions to Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly and his debut album as a bandleader, The Epic, which came out earlier this month on Flying Lotus' label Brainfeeder. (Thundercat appears on this too.) Pitchfork gave the album Best New Music and wrote:

It's something of a gobsmacking paradox to discover what a hip-hop-free zone The Epic is, and how enamored of jazz's past it turns out to be. This triple-album set is an extravagant love letter to (among other things): soul jazz, John Coltrane (various periods), and 1970s fusion leaders like Miles Davis and Weather Report. The Epic's Disc 1 opener, "Change of the Guard", might as well be titled "We Love All Kinds of 'Trane". Its ringing opening piano chords sound almost entirely lifted from the playbook of McCoy Tyner, the pianist in Coltrane's so-called "Classic Quartet." (That's the group responsible for A Love Supreme.) The opening theme in the saxes is something that could only have been written after "Impressions". And the harmonious writing for Washington's string section recalls posthumous Coltrane releases like Infinity--tracks from which featured orchestral overdubs supervised by Alice Coltrane (who is, as you may have read, Flying Lotus's aunt).
He performed the album live at the Regent Theater in LA the day before it came out, and tonight (5/27) at 9 PM EST, NPR will broadcast it for all to hear. HIs band at that show included Thundercat once again, arranger Miguel Atwood-Ferguson leading the orchestra and choir, and many more (LA Times has a good review). His only two upcoming dates at the moment are in LA and DC, but let's hope he makes it to NYC soon too.

Stream a track from the album and browse his tour schedule below...

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