April 21, 2015
photo: GWAR at 'Empire Records' celebration (more by Sachyn Mital)
GWAR, who were just in NYC for the Empire Records 20th anniversary, will be putting on another installment of their annual GWAR-B-Q this year. The fest happens in Richmond from August 14-16. Day 1 happens at two RVA venues, The National and The Broadberry, day 2 happens at Hadad's Lake, and the final day will have a "Brutal Brunch" at the new GWARbar.
Bands announced so far include Descendents, Down, The Dickies, Goatwhore, MC Chris and Dead Earth Politics, with many more TBA. Ticket info will be announced soon, and like in past years, part of the proceeds will benefit Ring Dog Rescue.
Meanwhile, the band are currently dealing with legal trouble from their late frontman Dave Brockie's father.
by Bill Pearis
Australian EBM/Industrial vets Severed Heads will be touring the US this fall, playing dates in seven cities including NYC on September 24 at Santos Party House. That's their first NYC show since 1990. Tickets to that show will be available soon via Ticketweb. All dates are listed below.
Formed in 1979, they began as tape loop manipulators not unlike Cabaret Voltaire but, by the late '80s, pop melodies became a major part of their sound and singles "Greater Reward" and "All Saints Day" were hits on College Radio and in alternative dance clubs. You can stream those below. Their last major tour here was with MC 900 Ft. Jesus (remember "Truth is Out of Style"? anyone?). Frontman Tom Ellard has kept the Severed Heads flag flying off-and-on ever since. Their website says a new album is due out this year.
Their tour wraps up in Chicago for the two-day Cold Waves IV Fest which happens at Metro on September 25 & 26 which also includes appearances from Godflesh, Front Line Assembly, Pow Will Eat Itself (Clint Mansell is not in this lineup, FYI), Lustmord, Lead Into Gold and more. Tickets for Cold Waves IV are on sale and full lineup is listed below.
Jeff Rosenstock is on tour now, having already played NYC six times this year, and he's got a seventh show here coming up. It's a free one happening on May 30 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with the Max Levine Ensemble and other bands TBA.
Jeff is currently on a run with Chumped, which will be nearby NYC this weekend on Sunday (4/26) at Asbury Lanes (tickets). Both Jeff and Chumped were announced last night for The Fest. Updated dates are listed below.
In less happy news, at the recent Austin stop of the Jeff/Chumped tour, a woman tweeted about being "groped by five or more straight white dudes" because they said she "didn't deserve front row." Jeff took to his Twitter to call those guys out, and his series of tweets reads:
It is complete total fucking bullshit that ****** didn't get to enjoy our show tonight because of male entitlement bullshit.That is a bummer to hear.
It is COMPLETELY TOTALLY INSANE TO ME THAT A FAN WAS GROPED AND HAD FINGERS SLIPPED UP HER SKIRT TONIGHT. MALE FANS WHO DID THIS: REALLY?!?!
To whoever did this: YOU SEXUALLY ASSAULTED SOMEONE TONIGHT. YOU VIOLATED A HUMAN BEING. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?
THERE IS NO PLACE FOR YOU AT OUR SHOWS IF YOU DON'T HAVE RESPECT FOR WOMEN. FUCKING NONE. STOP LISTENING, STOP ATTENDING.
AND STOP GOING TO PUNK SHOWS PERIOD. THIS IS A SCENE BASED ON RESPECT FOR OTHERS.
AND MAYBE JUST DON'T GO OUT IN PUBLIC UNTIL YOU REALIZE THAT WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, WE'RE ALL EQUAL AND WE ALL DESERVE TO FEEL SAFE.
Maybe I need to say this more clearly although I thought it was clear as fucking day...
IF YOU ARE SEXIST, HOMOPHOBIC, RACIST, ETC. YOU ARE MISSING THE POINT OF EVERYTHING WE DO. PLEASE STOP "SUPPORTING" US IN ANY WAY
OR BETTER YET, IF YOU DON'T HAVE RESPECT FOR OTHERS AND YOU'RE READING THIS... STOP. YOU CAN CHANGE. YOU CAN BE BETTER.
THE WORLD IS EVOLVING BEYOND PREJUDICE. STOP BEING A DUMBSHIT, START RESPECTING THOSE UNLIKE YOU AND BE AHEAD OF THE PACK.
Jeff's new album, We Cool?, came out earlier this year via SideOneDummy. Stream it in full, with his updated list of dates, below...
photo: Jane's Addiction in Times Square in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Alt-rock vets Jane's Addiction are performing 1988's Nothing's Shocking at select dates this year. Their tour already included three shows just outside of NYC, but nothing in the city. Now one's finally been added, happening May 13 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/24) at noon with a presale beginning Wednesday (4/22) at noon.
We'll have the password in this post as soon as we get it.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD = SHOCKING.
The tour also hits NJ on 5/15 at Starland (tickets), Long Island on 5/18 at Paramount (sold out), and Port Chester on 5/19 at the Cap (sold out).
Updated dates are listed below...
photo: Neil Young at Farm Aid 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Neil Young will release a new album with Promise of the Real, the band featuring Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah, called The Monsanto Years, on June 16. The album criticizes Monsanto, a corporation which genetically engineers seeds that Neil has spoken out against for years.
Neil and Willie's sons are also going on a tour together in support of the album. A few dates will be opened by Band of Horses, including the NJ show on July 16 at Susquehanna Bank Center. They also play Bethel Woods on July 17 (where Woodstock was located) (no opener announced), and Jones Beach on July 21 with Norah Jones' country band Puss 'N' Boots. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (4/24) at 10 AM, and the Jones Beach show has a Ticketmaster presale starting Thursday (4/23) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, with a video of Neil playing with Lukas Nelson at a recent show, below...
photo: Solstafir at Inferno Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Icelandic atmospheric metal band Solstafir have been around since the '90s but didn't go on their first US tour until last year, and this week they'll kick off another run on our shores. This one's longer, hits Canada too, and has support from dark rockers Ancient VVisdom.
The tour begins in NYC on Wednesday (4/22) at The Shop (234 Starr St) with local support from Alcian. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Solstafir's most recent album was last year's Otta on Season of Mist, and that same year Ancient VVisdom put out Sacrificial on Magic Bullet Records, which added some doomy distorted guitar to their mostly-acoustic sound. Listen to both albums, with dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
Austin label Monofonus Press will release a new compilation of bands from its hometown, including Spray Paint, S U R V I V E, Hidden Ritual and more. It's called We Jam By Condos, which not only references The Minutemen, but also the state of affairs of trying to be a working class artist in a city in 2015. All the songs are exclusive to the comp and we've got the premiere of lead cut "Plants" by Ghetto Ghouls. The song's repeated, bleated refrain of "We're an American band... in a Japanese van" seems to pull from the same dichotomy. You can stream it below and you can pre-order We Jam By Condos now. Tracklist and cover art below.
Ghetto Ghouls, Spray Paint, S U R V I V E and more will be playing a couple We Jam by Condos release shows in Austin on May 15 & 16 and details on those are below.
by Andrew Sacher
For the new Kurt Cobain documentary, Montage of Heck (coming to HBO on 5/4), director Brett Morgen unearthed some previously-unreleased music by the Nirvana frontman, including a cover of The Beatles' "And I Love Her." (Kurt's a known fan of early Beatles.) It's a rawly-recorded acoustic cover, and Kurt gives it a melancholic spin that sounds more like "Something in the Way" than The Beatles' original. Listen below.
by Andrew Sacher
Philly's Legendary Divorce include members of Ladder Devils, The Minor Times, and surprisingly enough, The Starting Line, but the latter's shiny pop punk is nowhere to be found here. They're named after a Nirvana lyric and actually formed as a Nirvana tribute band at first, and similar to Ladder Devils, AmRep-style noise rock is a big influence too. They recently put out their debut EP, Make Me, on Reptilian Records (Pg.99, Fight Amp, Clockcleaner), and the video for its song "Easy" premieres in this post. Check it out, with a stream of the whole EP, below.
The Village Voice's 4Knots Music Festival will be back in 2015 but with a few changes. This year it happens on July 11 at Hudson River Park's Pier 84 (where River Rocks was last year) and for the first time will be a ticketed event, with proceeds benefiting the Park. From the press release:
Having this years 4Knots Music Festival at Pier 84 in Hudson River Park ensures we can continue to deliver a great, live, innovative music festival to New York," says Village Voice publisher Josh Fromson. "This location will allow us to create a massive music experience for our fans, while the low ticket price will assist us in supporting the Friends of Hudson River Park. We look forward to seeing you all this Summer on the West SideNo word on this year's lineup but tickets ($25 general admission / $50 VIP) go on presale May 6.