Entries tagged with: Against Me
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.
We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.
An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), below...
photos by Lance Nelson, words by Andrew Sacher
Michigan rockers Cheap Girls are set to release their fourth album, Famous Graves on May 13 (pre-order). It's their first for Xtra Mile Recordings after leaving Rise Records, and sees them back with longtime producer/engineer Rick Johnson after 2012's Laura Jane Grace-produced Giant Orange. The band's sound hasn't changed much, still enamored with the alt-rock and power pop sounds of the '90s, but they continue to hone their songwriting, resulting in some of their best material yet.
Cheap Girls are touring with Against Me! soon, and as discussed, both of those bands will come to Austin for SXSW where they'll play the BrooklynVegan showcase at Red 7 Patio on Wednesday, March 12 with Touche Amore, The Front Bottoms, Frameworks, Placeholder and special guest opener Harvey Sid Fisher (7 PM doors).
Ahead of the tour, I spoke to bassist/vocalist Ian Graham via IM about the new record, their new label, their favorite NYC shows they've played, their relationship with Against Me! and more. We've also got a set of pictures of the band from the Famous Graves recording sessions in this post. More of those pictures, the interview, list of tour dates, and more, below...
photos by Jeremy Silveira, words by Andrew Sacher
Gainesville screamers Frameworks recently inked a deal with Topshelf Records, who will release their debut LP, Loom, on April 29. The material on their excellent EPs had them set up to be one of the better newcomers in the modern screamo scene of bands like Touche Amore and Pianos Become the Teeth, but on the full length, the band is beginning to distance themselves from that. The album's title track, which you can stream below, brings in elements of major key indie rock and afrobeat punk that may be one of the closer things to a middle ground between the Talking Heads and Pg.99.
As discussed, the band will be heading to Austin for SXSW, where they'll play the BrooklynVegan showcase at Red 7 Patio on Wednesday, March 13 with Against Me!, Touche Amore, The Front Bottoms, Cheap Girls, Placeholder and special guest opener Harvey Sid Fisher (7 PM doors.)
After SXSW, the band will head out on a tour with NJ emo band Gates which hits NYC on April 19 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates. All tour dates are listed below.
Ahead of all this, we hit up guitarist Andrew and singer Luke on IM to discuss the new album, the Gainesville punk scene, and Luke's disapproval of Andrew's love for John Mayer. We've also got some pictures of them recording Loom with Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor) in his San Francisco studio. More of those pics, the interview, list of dates, and new song stream, below...
Gainesville screamo newcomers Frameworks mentioned they'd be releasing their debut album on Topshelf Records, and they've just officially announced that it's called Loom and will be out on April 29 via their new label home. Check out the album's teaser video which features shots of the band in the studio and a clip of new music, below.
As we announced yesterday, Frameworks will play the 2014 BrooklynVegan official nighttime SXSW showcase on Wednesday, March 12 at Red 7 Patio (611 E. 7th St. in Austin, TX) with Against Me!, Touche Amore, The Front Bottoms, Cheap Girls, Placeholder and Harvey Sid Fisher. Badges and wristbands welcome.
Against Me! / flyer / Touche Amore
The 2014 BrooklynVegan official nighttime SXSW showcase will take place on Wednesday, March 12 at Red 7 Patio (611 E. 7th St. in Austin, TX). SXSW badges are welcome, and we'll also have some general admission tickets for sale at the door (come early!).
For this year, we kept things on the punky side with a 1 AM headlining set from the reinvigorated punk vets Against Me! who are back with a new lineup and album this year. However, it starts rather un-punk (or maybe the most punk?) with a 7:30 PM opening very special guest set from occasional actor and cult singer Harvey Sid Fisher, who is probably best known for his album Astrology Songs in which he performs songs about the 12 signs of the Zodiac. He'll be performing all twelve! The album came out on Gregg Turkington aka Neil Hamburger's Amarillo Records, which also makes Harvey labelmates with Anton LaVey. Don't be late!
After him, the distortion pedals get turned on for Lancaster, PA fuzz rockers Placeholder, followed by Gainesville post-hardcore newcomers Frameworks (whose debut LP is due out on Topshelf this year), then '90s alt-rock radio lovers Cheap Girls (who just announced a new album), NJ's wordy folk punks The Front Bottoms, and finally post-hardcore rippers Touche Amore taking the stage at midnight right before Against Me!. That's the flyer above.
The Red 7 show is one of a few BrooklynVegan events at SXSW this year. Our metal blog Invisible Oranges will be announcing a metal showcase soon. We also have three day parties at Red 7 (3/13-15, lineups coming soon), and a BrooklynVegan/BV Austin-curated portion of the Flatstock stage on 3/15 with Austin artists Mother Falcon, S U R V I V E, and Bronze Whale.
Hope to see you there!
by Andrew Sacher
Michigan's Cheap Girls have signed with Xtra Mile Recordings (who put out the new Against Me! album, and is also home to Frank Turner, Tim Barry, etc) for the followup to 2012's Laura Jane Grace-produced Giant Orange. The new album, titled Famous Graves, is due out on May 13 and was produced by Rick Johnson, who did their first two records. On its first single, "Knock Me Over," Cheap Girls are still worshipping those same '90s alt-rock radio and power pop bands (Smoking Popes, Lemonheads, etc), and their songwriting continues to progress as well. The song just premiered over at The A.V. Club, and you can check it out below.
Cheap Girls will be doing some touring ahead of the album's release, including a run with Against Me! and Laura Stevenson and the Cans. As we just mentioned, both Cheap Girls and Against Me! will play our official BV SXSW showcase with Touche Amore, The Front Bottoms, and more. In April, they'll do a short run with The Hold Steady. No NYC dates (yet?), but you can check out their full tour schedule below.
Speaking of The Hold Steady, since we last spoke, they released another single from their upcoming album, Teeth Dreams, which is due out on March 25 via Washington Square. The new track "Spinners," follows first single "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You," and like that one it's another dose of their literate rock, with some studio gloss courtesy of Foo Fighters/Ghost producer Nick Raskulinecz. Watch the lyric video below.
by Andrew Sacher
"Against Me! Top 25 lifetime concert, truly epic." - Steve Brown
Against Me! @ MHOW - 1/9/14 (via Tito Belis)
Against Me! are just a week away from their release of their anticipated new album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, their first since singer Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) came out as transgender, and the first on their own Total Treble Music label after two major label releases. The melodic, anthemic punk that made their much of their earlier material so vital is intact here, and the heartbreaking reality that Laura delivers in her lyrics makes for some of their most powerful moments yet. You can now listen to the album in full ahead of its release date at NPR.
Late last week, Against Me! brought their tour with The Sidekicks and The Shondes to NYC for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (moved from Rough Trade) on Thursday (1/9). Their 20+ song set included half of the new record, plus a ton of stuff from throughout their back catalog including old favorites like "Sink, Florida, Sink" and "We Laugh at Danger (And Break All the Rules)." The NY Times caught the show and wrote:
Laura Jane Grace, the frontwoman of the punk band Against Me!, introduced all the new songs by name on Thursday night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, as the singer of a band with a new album generally does, and should do.Watch a video of the band playing the new album's "Black Me Out" at the MHOW show, along with their setlist, below...
"This one's called 'True Trans Souuuuullll Rebel,' " she said. It's a vicious and beautiful number from the band's new album, "Transgender Dysphoria Blues," and appealingly peppy, too. From the opening verse:
All dressed up and nowhere to go
You're walking the streets all alone
Another night to wish you could forget
Making yourself up as you go along
Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Though it looked like the new Rough Trade NYC, which put its shows "on hold for a while," would be back this January, it's unfortunately not ready yet, and almost all January shows have been moved.
Against Me!, The Sidekicks and The Shondes, who would have played this Thursday (1/9), now play at the larger Music Hall of Williamsburg, which also means the previously sold-out show is back on sale.
Cloud Nothings (1/16) was moved to Baby's All Right (sold out).
Francis and the Lights (1/17) was moved to Baby's All Right (sold out).
Saintseneca (1/18) was a free in-store performance and will happen as planned.
Royal Bangs and Bad Suns (1/19) was moved to Baby's All Right (tickets).
It's now looking like things will be back for The Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger's show (1/29) (tickets).
by Andrew Sacher
Against Me! have already released one track, "FUCKMYLIFE666," from their upcoming LP, Transgender Dysphoria Blues (due out 1/21 via their own Total Treble label), and now they've unleashed another track "Black Me Out," which is another dose of pure punk rock goodness and keeping the anticipation for this new album pretty high. Check it out below.
Against Me!'s tour with The Sidekicks and The Shondes lands in NYC on January at Rough Trade, though that show is now sold out.
As discussed, Against Me! are finally set to release their new album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues -- their first since singer Laura Jane Grace came out as transgender -- on January 21, and now they've announced that they'll support it with a tour surrounding its release which kicks off in Pittsburgh on New Year's Eve. Opening on the whole tour will be two similarly anthemic bands, The Sidekicks and The Shondes, and that tour hits NYC at Brooklyn's new Rough Trade on January 9. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon.
All dates, including stops in New Haven and Asbury Park, are listed, along with a stream of "FUCKMYLIFE666" from the upcoming LP, below...
Against Me! at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Cory Dewald)
Against Me! have been talking about their new album Transgender Dysphoria Blues for a while now, and it's finally set to come out on January 21. It's the first album since singer Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) came out as transgender. Earlier this year Laura released acoustic versions of two of its tracks, "FUCKMYLIFE666" and "True Trans Soul Rebel," and now Against Me! have put out the full band version of "FUCKMYLIFE666."
Check it out below...
photos by Cory Dewald
The Replacements / Pixies
For a band that thrived on an anything-goes approach to performing, the Riot Fest show ran with relative precision, with barely a pause between songs. Despite tossing the clock, [Paul] Westerberg and the boys finished precisely at 10:30 p.m. Everything on the set list was at least 23 years old. But the 25-song, 75-minute performance brimmed with energy and heart. Nostalgia it was, but there was nothing formulaic or phoned-in about it.Chicago's Riot Fest (the second of three Riot Fests happening this year) wrapped up this past Sunday (9/15) with sets from The Replacements, Pixies, Rocket From the Crypt, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, Quicksand, Touche Amore, Peelander-Z, Brand New, Best Coast and more. One set of pictures from that day is in this post, and a second set with more bands
Looking like thrift-shop dandies with their splashy mismatched clothes and spiky hair, Westerberg and Stinson cracked jokes, blew a few lyrics, and laughed like they were just banging out tunes in their garage. They stayed loose but kept the pace brisk, with plenty of help from Freese's dynamic drumming and the bow-tied Minehan's concise lead guitar.
Westerberg's voice sounded appropriately rough and gritty on the opening "Takin' a Ride," the first song on the first Replacements album, "Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take out the Trash" (1981), and the sneering "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out." But he also found the tenderness in a song ("Androgynous") that rhymes "kewpie dolls" with "urine stalls." [Chicago Tribune]
photos by Lukas Hodge
Laura Jane Grace @ Knitting Factory - 8/15/13
The tour first hit NYC last night (8/15) for a sold out show at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. Both last night's show and tonight's show were/are being opened by another transgender punk singer, Mina Caputo (formerly Keith Caputo of Life of Agony), and Allison Weiss. Pictures and a video from last night's show are in this post.
To preview the new Against Me! album and this tour, the band released a two-track free EP on their website. It's no longer available to download, but take a listen to the powerful closing track, "True Trans Soul Rebel," along with more pictures and the video from the Knitting Factory show, below...
Against Me! at FYF Fest 2012 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) recently finished tracking the new Against Me! record, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, and while we're still waiting on an album release date, she announced that she'll be doing some shows this year billed as "Laura Jane Grace Sings the Transgender Dysphoria Blues." Those shows include NYC dates on August 15 at Knitting Factory and August 16 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, June 12. The Knitting Factory show at 10 AM and the Bowery Ballroom show at noon.
In related news, Mina Caputo (formerly known as Keith Caputo of Brooklyn's Life of Agony) has been playing out in NYC a lot lately and just released a NSFW new video for a new song and the launch of an indiegogo fundraising campaign.
All currently known Laura Jane Grace dates are listed below...
photos by Keith Marlowe and Harriet Roberts; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The Bronx at Bowery Electric, 2/5/2013 (by Harriet Roberts)
The Bronx is in New York. And by that I mean the California punk crew, who just celebrated the release of their LP IV with a pair of shows at Bowery Electric, are back in our city to play a sold-out Terminal 5 tonight (3/26) with Bad Religion and Polar Bear Club. The show is part of a larger tour for the trio that terminates in Los Angeles (The Bronx replaced Against Me!, who were initially on the tour but dropped off). Full tour dates, which include shows in Australia and an appearance at this year's Orion Festival in Detroit, are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Bad Religion at Irving Plaza in 2010 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Melodic punks Bad Religion will release their sixteenth album, True North, on January 22 via Epitaph, but have just revealed an advance stream of the entire thing which you can listen to below. It doesn't sound too different from the other records they've done since reuniting with Brett Gurewitz (everything from 2002's The Process of Belief on) which is probably a good thing if you're a Bad Religion fan, and it's pretty impressive for any band to be doing 30+ years into their career.
Bad Religion will support the album on a tour with Against Me! and Polar Bear Club this March and April. That tour hits NYC at Terminal 5 on March 26. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (1/18) at noon. UPDATE: They also play a NYC area show on March 23 at Wellmont Theatre and tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/18) at noon.
Against Me! are also planning a new album this year, called Transgender Dysphoria Blues, which is still without an exact release date. You can watch a video of Laura Jane Grace performing the title track at a solo show below.
That video, a list of all currently known dates and the album stream below...
photos by Debi Del Grande
Atlas Sound / Dinosaur Jr. / crowd
LA's FYF Fest wrapped up on Sunday (9/2) after kicking off one day earlier. Sunday's portion of the fest gave us sets by Yeasayer, Dinosaur Jr., American Nightmare, Atlas Sound, Wild Nothing, Desaparecidos (Conor Oberst's old band who reformed this year), Paul Banks, Ceremony, Cursive, and many more.
Pictures of day 1 are HERE and more pics of day 2 are below.
photos by Andrew St. Clair, word by Andrew Frisicano
Here's the rest of the pictures from the House of Vans show on Thursday, August 18th (you've already seen the ones from Big Freedia and Tokyo Police Club). Team Robespierre played the opening set followed by Japanther; the two-piece is currently on tour and they have a bunch more NYC shows in September; dates below.
I missed both those bands (these things start around 7pm), but did arrive in time to see Against Me!, who put on an intense, highly entertaining show. Though their past few CDs have been less than exciting, the band hasn't lost a bit of its energy live. Even songs like "White Crosses" and "I Was a Teenage Anarchist," which come off way too polished and poppy on record, sounded at home along the older cuts that made up about half the set. Playing the hits was definitely a good move: early on, the highly sing-along-able "Pints of Guinness Make You Strong" set the tone for the night.
The crowd was a combination of people psyched for the bands (and free beer) and people trying to figure out whether playing/attending a corporate sponsored show constituted "selling out." Still, for all the bitching I overheard, I suspect that Against Me! changed the minds of some people who had written them off.
More pictures, Japanther tour dates and Against Me set list below....