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August 19, 2014

Har Pizza

The year's cheesiest tour has just extended its delivery zone. Har Mar Superstar's fall trek with the well-past-15-minutes Pizza Underground (featuring Macaulay Culkin) kicks off at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory on October 17 (tickets) but has now added another NYC date to the tail end of the tour, hitting Bowery Ballroom on December 3. Toby Goodshank is also on the bill and tickets for the Bowery show go on sale Friday (8/22) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (8/20) at noon.

Updated dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Ex-Breathers are a no-frills hardcore band from Tallahasse, Florida. It's not unusual for one of their songs to clock in under a minute, eschewing intros, outros, bridges and really anything else that isn't full-throttle attack. Their new EP, Exbx, comes out in October via Texas Is Funny Records and we've got the premiere of its new 54-second single, "JC," in this post. Vocalist/bassist Jack Vermillion says the song "[is] about trying to find a real meaning behind playing music. Kind of an existential crisis sort of thing. What's the real product of putting all the hours, effort, and money into a creative project like this, and is it meaningful to anybody or even myself?" Check it out, with its zine-style lyric sheet and a stream of another (44-second) track from the new EP, below. Also check out our interview with the band on Invisible Oranges.

The band doesn't have a tour announced at the moment, but they did just wrap one up that hit NYC earlier this month at Death by Audio. Anyone go? And they'll be at home state punk festival The Fest, so you can catch their set there if you're going.

Song streams and lyric sheet below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Beverly @ Rough Trade 8/15/2014

Beverly has been playing a ton of local shows in the wake of their debut album. Most recently, Bev played Rough Trade on Friday (8/15) with Earthy Babes and Truthers. Pictures of the show in this post (though we missed Truthers). Since losing cofounder Frankie Rose (who moved to California), Drew and the new Beverly lineup have come into their own and Friday played a tight, crunchy set featuring most of their debut plus a still unnamed "new Beverly slow jam."

Beverly will soon be on the road with The Drums, including two NYC shows. More pics and Beverly's setlist from Rough Trade below...

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Culture Club

The original lineup of Culture Club have expanded their tour to include a second NYC show happening November 26 at Beacon Theatre, a day after their previously-announced show at that venue which quickly sold out. Tickets will go on Chase and local presale Wednesday (8/20) at 10 AM and go on sale to the general public Friday (8/22) at 10 AM.

They've also got a new album due in 2015. Updated dates (including Atlantic City) are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.

You can check out the full list below...

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New Porn

The New Pornographers' new album, Brill Bruisers, comes out next week (8/26) via Matador, and it can now be streamed ahead of its release date on iTunes Radio.

Their upcoming tour hits NYC on November 17 at Hammerstein Ballroom, which (like most dates), is with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. There's also a Detroit show with Perfect Pussy and Pity Sex.

List of dates and a video from the LP, below...

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Lifetime at Europa in 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)

'90s-era NJ punk/emo faves Lifetime are one of the many bands playing The Fest this year, and before they leave home they'll be playing a local show at Asbury Park's Stone Pony on October 11. BrooklynVegan is a proud sponsor of this show. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/22) at noon.

Stone Pony and The Fest are Lifetime's only upcoming dates. Stay tuned for NJ show openers to be announced.

We last caught Lifetime in NYC in 2012 when they played a one-off at Europa, which came after two big 2009 shows with Bouncing Souls at Webster Hall.

Watch a full set live video from the 2005 reunion and stream a couple of their albums (via Jade Tree's new bandcamp), below...

Continue reading "Lifetime playing Asbury Park before The Fest (BV Presents)"

by Andrew Sacher

Capsize LP artwork

San Diego's Capsize make melodic hardcore in a style not unlike Comeback Kid or Defeater, favoring thick distorted guitars over the atmospheric elements that many of the newer bands in this genre have taken on. Their new album, The Angst In My Veins, comes out September 30 via Equal Vision (pre-order), a label that's been responsible for plenty of excellent hardcore in this vein over the years (Converge, Give Up the Ghost, etc). It follows a 2013 EP, and on the difference between the two releases, vocalist Daniel Wand says, "Our last EP really showed the darkest side of our band, which carries into the new album also, but we wanted to give people a taste of the album that is on the opposite side of that, to show how versatile our writing has become." The LP's first single, "This Song Made Me Think Of You," makes its premiere in this post and can be streamed below.

The band also have several tour dates coming up, but nothing in the NYC-area (they played Long Island on a recent tour though). All of those dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

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by Bill Pearis


Brooklyn trio Mount Sharp are refreshingly gimmick free, with singer Sarah Wood's strong songwriting and appealing vocals setting their fuzzy guitar pop apart from the pack. The band's new EP, titled Weird Fears, is out next week (8/26) via YK Records. The vinyl is one-sided with a cool etching on the flip by Kris Johnson (preorder yours). You can listen to the whole EP ahead of it's release -- we're premiering the stream in this post.

The band have a few East Coast shows surrounding the EP's release, including NYC at Pianos on September 5 with Moon Furies, The Van Burens, The Brazilian Johnsons and Sunset Hearts also on the bill. Advance tickets are on sale. They'll also play NJ's Asbury Lanes on September 26.

All dates are listed, along with the EP stream, below...

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Blonde Redhead's 2014 tour has grown a bit since we last posted and now includes a third NYC show which is happening at Bowery Ballroom on November 25, which is before their other Bowery Ballroom show (11/26) and date at Music Hall of Williamsburg (12/02). Tickets for the 11/25 Bowery show go on sale Friday (8/22) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/20) at noon. Tickets for their other two NYC shows are still available.

The band's new album, Barragan, is out September 2. Updated dates are listed below...

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