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The Village Voice's annual Pazz + Jop music critics poll is out. While the poll comes out a lot earlier than it used to when Robert Christgau helmed it, it's still late enough to give every album released in 2014 a chance. Hence, D'Angelo's Black Messiah -- which didn't make most other lists due to being released on December 15 -- claiming the top spot. Here's the Top 10 albums:
1 D'Angelo, Black MessiahOn the singles front, Future Island's ubiquitous "Seasons," which was a full 15 points ahead of its closest competition, took the top spot. Here's the Top 10, though note there's a two-way tie for 9th:
2 Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 2
3 The War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream
4 St. Vincent, St. Vincent
5 FKA Twigs, Lp1
6 Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
7 Taylor Swift, 1989
8 Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire for No Witness
9 Spoon, They Want My Soul
10 Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues
1 Future Islands, "Seasons (Waiting on You)"Over 600 music writers' ballots were tabulated for the 2014 Pazz + Jop poll. You can peruse individual writers' ballots and read through their quippy comments. You can also click on an album or single and see who all voted for it. There are also a few think-pieces, including one on the importance of nostalgia, and "The Comfort of Being Sad."
2 FKA Twigs, "Two Weeks"
3 Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
4 Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
5 Kendrick Lamar, "I"
6 ILoveMakonnen (ft. Drake), "Tuesday"
7 Sia, "Chandelier"
8 Charli XCX, "Boom Clap"
9 Beyoncé (ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie), "***Flawless"
9 DJ Snake (ft. Lil Jon), "Turn Down for What"
Against Me! at Webster Hall in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
This past spring, it was announced that Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace would be launching a new reality series on AOL called True Trans which tells the story of her life as a transgender person, as well as the stories of "other members of the trans community whose experiences are woefully underrepresented and misunderstood in the media." The first four episodes have now premiered. You can watch the first episode below and the other three at AOL.
by Andrew Sacher
Against Me! at Webster Hall in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
What happened with Jay? I know he was a big fan before he joined, and he always seemed so thrilled to be in the band. When I saw him play with the band, he was always mouthing the lyrics while drumming.You may remember that Against Me!'s lineup changed during the Transgender Dysphoria Blues sessions, including the departure of drummer Jay Weinberg (son of E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg), who quit via Twitter without explanation, as the SPIN interview quoted above points out. Jay (who also is/was in Hesitation Wounds with Touche Amore singer Jeremy Bolm) was recently announced as the new Slipknot drummer, and as Property of Zack points out, AM! singer Laura Jane Grace has since tweeted her best wishes to the band: "Dear Slipknot, good luck with that. #shitbag."
To be honest, I have no idea. He never said a word. I just woke up one morning and read on Twitter that he was leaving the band.
Never talked to him since. [SPIN]
Against Me! were recently in NYC for a last-minute intimate midnight show at Baby's All Right this past Sunday (9/14) after their big NJ and Philly shows with The Gaslight Anthem and Jimmy Eat World. They went on closer to 1 AM than midnight, but even though one would assume the majority of the crowd would be getting up for work or school in the next few hours, the place was sold out, packed and mostly going absolutely nuts for the whole set. LJG was in skeleton facepaint for the show, and in great spirits, interacting with more than one of the crowd members who ran up on stage during their set.
In other AM!-related news, another former drummer Warren Oakes' new band Sunshine State released a new song today.
Against Me! at Webster Hall in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Against Me! are currently on a tour supporting The Gaslight Anthem which included two big shows also with Jimmy Eat World, last night (9/12) at Philly's Mann Center and earlier tonight at Holmdel, NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center. If you'd like to see them in the area at a much smaller venue, you're in luck. Before the tour picks up again in Boston on Tuesday, Against Me! will headline a last-minute all ages midnight show at Baby's All Right on Sunday (9/14) (so technically 9/15), after the Alice Boman show at the same venue. Tickets will be available at this link today at 8:01 PM and you can also get them at Baby's tonight. Not the first time this year Against Me! squeezed in a last-minute small NYC show.
Updated dates are listed below...
The Gaslight Anthem at Voodoo Festival 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Gaslight Anthem have announced they'll follow 2012's Handwritten with their fifth album, Get Hurt, on August 19 via Island.The album was produced by Mike Crossey (Arctic Monekys, Foals), and though they haven't released a full song from it yet, you can hear a clip of one track, "Stay Vicious," in the album's teaser video, below. Also below is the album artwork and tracklist.
Gaslight have also announced a tour which includes two huge amphitheater shows not far from NYC: Philly's Mann Center on September 12 and NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center September 13. Those shows both have big openers too though, Jimmy Eat World and Against Me! (who have their own tour first). The NJ show also includes Sweden's twopointeight, whose new album is produced by Gaslight Anthem singer Brian Fallon. Tickets for both shows are already on Fan Club presale with an album pre-order presale starting Tuesday (6/17) at 10 AM, AmEx (Philly) and Live Nation (NJ) presales starting Wednesday (6/18) at 10 AM, and general on-sales beginning Friday (6/20) at 10 AM.
Those are the only two shows on the tour with Jimmy Eat World, but Against Me! and twopointeight are on most dates, all of which are listed below...
Against Me! at Webster Hall in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Against Me! have been loving the road this year, logging multiple tours that have come through NYC on two occasions. They've now announced another run, and though this one doesn't hit NYC, it will be nearby for shows in Amityville on July 26 at Revolution and Hartfort, CT on July 29 at Webster Theater (not to be confused with NYC's Webster Hall). Like their last two tours, Against Me! have got some pretty interesting openers lined up for this one: Philly shoegazers Creepoid and singer/songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs, who Noisey just interviewed about her first year as an openly gay musician:
For many years, I was convinced that coming out could only have a negative impact on my career. I was afraid that my musical self would be overshadowed by my gay self. But so far, my experience has shown me that sharing another side of my life helps me to connect more deeply with people. I have gained a clearer understanding of myself, which I think is reflected in both my writing and my performances. A certain type of self-consciousness seems to have melted away from me, and it turns out that when I'm not spending a great deal of my time second-guessing myself and worrying about whether I'm doing or saying something that might allow someone to infer that I'm gay, I have an awful lot more time and energy to do things that matter to me (like write songs).Tickets for the Amityville and Hartford shows go on sale Friday (6/13) at noon and 10 AM, respectively. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile you can also catch Creepoid in NYC this weekend at Exploding In Sound's Northside showcase. They're also on multiple stops of the just-announced Balance & Composure / Seahaven tour, including the NYC show happening October 1 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/13) at 10 AM.
All Creepoid dates are listed, as well as all Against Me! dates, below...
Against Me! @ Webster Hall - 5/3/14
Against Me! are continuing to support their great new album Transgender Dysphoria Blues on a new tour with Tony Molina and Big Eyes which kicked off this past week and hit NYC on Saturday (5/3), first at Webster Hall and then a surprise late show at Saint Vitus. As you might imagine, both shows had tons of crowd surfers and everyone singing along. Well matched openers too -- the catchy punk of Big Eyes and Tony Molina's short bursts of Weezer worship with Thin Lizzy leads. Pictures of the Webster Hall show are in this post.
More pics, with a full set video of the Vitus show and the setlists from both, below...
Against Me! in Chicago in April (more by Jeff Ryan)
Against Me!'s tour with Tony Molina and Big Eyes is in NYC tonight (5/3) for a show that's currently underway at Webster Hall. If you wanna keep the party going in a much smaller room, all three bands on the tour will hit Saint Vitus at midnight for a late show afterwards. You know, the place where all the cool afterparties happen. Doors for the Noisey-presented Vitus show open at 12 and $5 gets you in.
Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace also has a new reality series on the way.
Updated tour dates are listed below...
Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) came out as transgender back in 2012 and has since released a new AM! album that often touches on the matter, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, and toured extensively in support of it. Now, Laura is getting a reality series on AOL which tells her story, as well as the stories of "other members of the trans community whose experiences are woefully underrepresented and misunderstood in the media." Check out the trailer video for the series HERE.
Against Me! are about to kick off another tour, this time with Tony Molina and Big Eyes. It begins in North Carolina on Thursday (5/1) and hits NYC on Saturday (5/3) at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
Updated dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Against Me! at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Against Me! are spending almost no time off the road this year. They've already done a ton of touring (including SXSW, where they played our showcase), and with a previously-announced schedule that's busy through late June, the band have begun revealing dates for yet another leg.
For this one, they'll be taking out Weezer/Thin Lizzy lover Tony Molina and poppy Seattle-via-Brooklyn punks BIg Eyes. That should make for some great triple bills, including the one that will happen in NYC on May 3 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are currently on AmEx presale, and they go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/28) at noon.
Most dates on the Against Me!/Tony Molina/Big Eyes tour
are still TBA. UPDATE: All dates have been announced, and are listed (including AM!'s Punk Rock Bowling appearance), with streams of all three bands, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Against Me! / Touche Amore / The Front Bottoms
SXSW is currently underway, and while we still have three day parties and a metal showcase ahead of us, we kicked off our BrooklynVegan events with our official showcase at Red 7 last night (3/12). Unfortunately, we did have to keep the capacity lower than usual after the previous night's over-sold Chance the Rapper show was shut down by the fire marshal. That kept a lot of people waiting on the line outside, but we hope everyone who did get in had as great of a time as we did.
The eccentric and funny Harvey Sid Fisher kicked off the show, which was otherwise an all punk lineup. He could have been hilariously out of place, but he didn't act like it at all and the portion of the crowd who was there seemed entertained (at least we were!), even if they were a little confused. And once Harvey's band joined him to perform his Astrology Songs, they kind of sounded like a band you could have once heard at CBGB. After Harvey, the show kicked into punk mode with sets from Placeholder, Frameworks, Cheap Girls, The Front Bottoms, Touche Amore and Against Me!.
Placeholder, who toured down to Austin from Philly, kept saying on stage how crazy it was to be playing a larger venue than the DIY spots they frequent (something they also talked about in our interview with them), but they didn't sound like a basement band at all. Sounding way more aggressive on stage than on record, they were crunchy, loud, and solid performers that we hope to see on bigger stages again in the future.
After them it was Gainesville screamo kids Frameworks, who are also relatively new (their debut album comes out soon), but we also thought sounded very tight. Their post-rock style build-ups, interludes between songs, and harshly screamed vocals made for a pretty intense set ahead of the two head bopping/singalong bands to come. The first of those, Cheap Girls (who also have a new album on the way), brought us right back to the '90s with their power pop bashers that wouldn't have felt out of place on KROQ. It wasn't lighthearted stuff though. Like Placeholder, they kicked the aggression up a notch with a punk kick and sneering nasally vocals.
Speaking of nasally vocals, The Front Bottoms followed with what we thought was one of the most flat-out fun sets of the night. Maybe it wasn't crazy as a headlining Front Bottoms show, but they're still the kind of band to induce word-for-word shout-alongs from the crowd no matter where they are, and they did just that. It was a total blast in the crowd and the guys seemed like they were in great spirits on stage too.
And speaking of shout-alongs, they didn't stop at all for Touche Amore's set next which had mini mosh pits and the crowd yelling with Jeremy Bolm whenever he ditched his mic. Because of the reduced capacity in the venue, you could navigate the crowd more than at a regular Touche Amore show, but that didn't phase the band or any of the smiling faces in the front rows. Before they made it to Austin, we caught the band in NYC, and as always it was a treat to see them again.
The show wrapped up with a set from the reinvigorated Against Me!, who are back this year with a new lineup, a new album, and sounding great as ever. The new songs fit right in with the older ones, and I didn't realize until last night how many words I knew to the new record. Like with Touche Amore, there was a ton of energy from the crowd up in front, and everyone including the band looked like they were having a ton of fun. We know we were, and if you were there we hope you did too.
In sadder news, our show last night was only a few blocks from the tragedy that struck SXSW, a drunk driving suspect that killed two and injured 23 outside of The Mohawk. Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of the victims, and we hope anyone who was out last night got home safely.
More pictures from our SXSW showcase below...
Montreal's Osheaga Festival is returning this year from August 1 - 3 at Parc Jean-Drapeau. The lineup was just announced and includes Outkast, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, The Replacements, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Modest Mouse, Local Natives, Haim, SBTRKT (who's streaming a new EP), Pusha T, Gogol Bordello, Cut Copy, Flume, Chance the Rapper, Gesaffelstein, Danny Brown, Four Tet, Volcano Choir, Against Me!, Joey Bada$$, Jon Hopkins, Kevin Drew, Duke Dumont, Shlohmo, The Dismemberment Plan, Courtney Barnett, Hospitality, The Men and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Check out the complete lineup below...
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...