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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

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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by Andrew Sacher

Worriers

We mentioned earlier this year that Brooklyn's Worriers were working on a new album that Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace was producing, and now the first fruits of their collaborations have been released. The new single's called "They / Them / Theirs," and it's a ripping melodic punk song about the frustrations of the gender binary. Check it out below (via Spin).

The new album is called Imaginary Life, and comes out August 7 via Don Giovanni. It follows 2013's Cruel Optimist.

We mentioned that Worriers have a hometown show coming up on May 28 at Silent Barn with Caves, Sundials and Alice, and that it would be the kickoff to their US tour with Caves. That tour was since announced in full (it also includes a New Brunswick show), and all dates are listed below.

Worriers also have a Starland Ballroom show on June 26 with Lifetime, The Menzingers and Laura Stevenson (tickets).

Meanwhile, Laura Jane Grace will be in NYC for a solo show at City Winery on Monday (5/25) (Memorial Day). That's sold out but you can join the wait list in case tickets become available. Against Me! are also touring and playing a free afternoon show in NYC on June 13 at McCarren Park (part of Northside Festival). Free tickets are still available.

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Miley

Miley Cyrus recently launched the Happy Hippie Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the goal of "rallying young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations." In honor of its launch, Miley has been filming live videos in a backyard (called the Backyard Sessions), and the newest one is a pretty amazing collaboration with Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace and Joan Jett, where the three of them cover The Replacements' "Androgynous." Watch the video below.

This collaboration (which follows the news that she and her friends The Flaming Lips are working on an album together) isn't the only interesting Miley news this week. In a new interview with Out she came out as gender queer:

Miley says she already spent a lot of time struggling with traditional gender expectations--and being resentful that she was a girl. "I didn't want to be a boy," she clarifies. "I kind of wanted to be nothing. I don't relate to what people would say defines a girl or a boy, and I think that's what I had to understand: Being a girl isn't what I hate, it's the box that I get put into."
Miley will also be honored, along with Andy Cohen, at the sixth annual Inspiration Gala to benefit amfAR, "in recognition of their contributions to the fight against AIDS." The gala happens June 16 at Spring Studios in NYC.

In other news, Against Me! are touring soon, including a free NYC show, and Laura is playing a solo show here too.

Joan Jett is currently on tour with The Who (check out pics and setlists of the recent Austin show), and that tour hits the NYC-area five times this year.

The Replacements are also on tour. They don't hit NYC but they have a Philly show this weekend with Superchunk. We recently posted pictures and setlist of their Chicago show with The Smoking Popes, as well as a live video of their new song.

Miley/Laura/Joan video below...

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photo: Dillinger Four at Chaos In Tejas 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Dillinger Four

Melodic punk greats Dillinger Four are still active, but chances to see them are few and far between and they haven't played NYC in years. So if you're a D4 fan and also looking to get out of the city on July 4th weekend, this news may be of interest to you. Dillinger Four will celebrate their 21st anniversary with the D4'th of July: D4 Turns 21! festival on July Fourth at Minneapolis' Triple Rock Social Club, and it's a pretty stacked lineup. Against Me!, Scared of Chaka, Toys That Kill, Off With Their Heads, Tim Barry and more are on board for the fest, and "surprise special guests" are promised. Tickets go on sale today (5/4) at noon CDT.

Against Me! are also touring and playing a free NYC show during Northside Festival. Singer Laura Jane Grace will be here for a solo show too.

Watch a couple D4 videos from Fest 10, with the full D4'th of July lineup, below...

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photo: Against Me! at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Against Me!

We already knew that one of the 2015 Northside Festival shows would have Against Me! but the venue for that remained unannounced for over a month. Now we know they're playing one of the free shows in McCarren Park that happen this year all four days of Northside, June 11-14.

Against Me! play June 13, and one day prior it's The Very Best and Heems (6/12). Stay tuned for the 6/11 and 6/14 lineups. The shows are free, but RSVP is required, and you can RSVP for Very Best/Heems HERE and for Against Me! HERE. Even with RSVP, admission is first come, first served, but you're guaranteed entry if you have a Premium or Music Badge.

Against Me! also have several other tour dates this year, and Laura Jane Grace plays a couple solo shows, including one in NYC.

Heems plays another free NYC show on May 1 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Michael Christmas, Pills, ZZZs and Iyez.

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And a few other Northside updates:

Girl Band were added to both Viet Cong shows. Sannhet are on night 2 as well. Both are sold out.

The legendary DJ Premier is playing a live full-band show at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13. Tickets are on sale.

Self Defense Family, Wildhoney and Somerset Thrower play the Iron Pier showcase at Acheron on June 13 (tickets).

Holly Miranda plays Knitting Factory on June 13 (tickets).

Shigeto, Michna and Lord Raja play Knitting Factory on June 13 later that night (tix).

Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Guerilla Toss and PC Worship play Palisades on June 11 (tickets).

Ryan Hemsworth and Tommy Kruise play a midnight show at Palisades on June 12 (tickets).

Sun Ra Arkestra and PC Worship play the Northern Spy showcase on June 14 at Rough Trade (tickets).

You can browse our "Northside Festival" tag for even more shows, including Blonde Redhead, Zola Jesus, Built to Spill, Run the Jewels, Neko Case, and more.

AM!

What was your immediate reaction to the "sellout" stuff? Did you feel zen about it, or were you more like, "Fuck this"?

I think that's the knee-jerk reaction that happens. Obviously, when I was 23 years old and going through this, people were physically trying to fight us, slashing our tires. Stuff like that puts you in a really dissenting place. I definitely, at times, had that attitude of "Fuck you." But the thing that I was taught with punk rock was: Think for yourself. Don't listen to what other people tell you. Be happy to live your life. So I've only ever made decisions based on the facts that I've known to be true. A lot of that, I'm sure, was hard to explain to people, especially if you look at an album like [2010's] White Crosses, thinking... well, obviously I was reconciling a lot of things in my life, and what happened next. I was still wrapped up in all that, so my narrative at the time of all of these records was completely different than other people's. [Laura Jane Grace to SPIN]

Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace already has two US solo shows coming up in May (including one in NYC - tix), and in the following two months, the full band will go on a North American tour. Support comes from former My Chemical Romance member Frank Iero and San Francisco's Annie Girl & The Flight.

They're set to play NYC for Brooklyn's Northside Festival on June 13, but that show is still TBA. Meanwhile, they also have a NJ show on June 19 at Starland Ballroom. Tickets for the whole tour go on sale Friday (4/17). All dates are listed below.

Laura recently performed a solo acoustic rendition of "Pretty Girls (The Mover)" from 2005's Searching For A Former Clarity (one of the first songs to hint at her gender dysphoria) for the AV Club. You can watch that here. She was also just interviewed by SPIN for their new feature on revisiting past albums that the magazine awarded "Album of the Year." The album in question here is Against Me!'s major label debut, 2007's New Wave, and the excerpt above is of Laura talking about the accusations at the time of "selling out." You can read the rest of the interview here. Also, keep up with Laura's new advice column at Noisey.

List of Against Me! dates below...

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photo: Against Me! in Chicago in 2014 (more by Jeff Ryan)
Against Me

Against Me! have a ton of upcoming tour dates, including international runs with Roger Harvey / Caves and Joyce Manor, and a TBA Brooklyn show during Northside Festival. Singer Laura Jane Grace also has two upcoming solo shows, LA and NYC.

The shows are billed as "Laura Jane Grace presents Killing Me Loudly, an evening of existential dread, fiending, and gender dysphoria in the brilliance of life's headlights." The LA show happens May 22 at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever (tickets) and the NYC show happens May 25 at City Winery (tickets). Flyers for both shows, and list of tour dates, below.

Against Me! are also releasing the "Osama Bin Laden As The Crucified Christ" 7" on Record Store Day (4/18) with a live version of the track, and the previously-unreleased "Extra Dysphoric Version."

Continue reading "Laura Jane Grace playing solo shows in LA & NYC during Against Me! tour (dates)"

(photo: RTJ at Lollapalooza 2014 more by James Richards IV)
Run the Jewels

As mentioned before, the music portion of the 2015 Northside Festival happens June 11 - 14 at venues all over north Brooklyn. We already knew Viet Cong, Lower Dens and Ex Hex were playing and the fest has now official announced them in their initial lineup. Also in that list: Run the Jewels, Best Coast, Vince Staples, Rhye, Built to Spill, Neko Case, ALVVAYS, Against Me!, Jacco Gardner, Majical Cloudz, The Business and more. Badges are on sale now (and currently 20% off) and you can check out all announced 2015 artists, below.

Built to Spill have a new album and many other dates on the way too.

Best Coast also have a new album.

Both Vince Staples and Alvvays will be in NYC even sooner.

The wild Oi! punks The Business' Northside show was announced for June 11 at Saint Vitus with more TBA (tickets).

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pazz + jp
pazz + jp
pazz + jp

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 Messiah
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
On 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:
1 Future Islands, "Seasons (Waiting on You)"
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"
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."

Against Me! at Webster Hall in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
AM!

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.

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by Andrew Sacher

Against Me! at Webster Hall in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Against Me!

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.
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.

Really?
Never talked to him since. [SPIN]

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."

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)
AM!

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...

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The Gaslight Anthem at Voodoo Festival 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Gaslignt Anthem

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...

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Against Me! at Webster Hall in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Against Me

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...

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Webster Hall photos by Amanda Hatfield, Saint Vitus videos by (((unartig)))

Against Me! @ Webster Hall - 5/3/14
Against Me!
Against Me!

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...

Continue reading "Against Me!, Tony Molina and Big Eyes played Webster Hall and a late show at Saint Vitus (pics, videos & setlists)"

Against Me! in Chicago in April (more by Jeff Ryan)
AM!

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...

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Laura Jane Grace

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...

Continue reading "Laura Jane Grace in a new reality series on AOL (watch trailer)"

by Andrew Sacher

Against Me! at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
AM

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...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Against Me! / Touche Amore / The Front Bottoms
BrooklynVegan SXSW Showcase - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Showcase - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Showcase - Red 7

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.

If you got your picture taken in our Photo Booth Party photo booth, look for yourself in our Facebook album.

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...

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osheaga-2014

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...

Continue reading "Osheaga 2014 lineup: Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Replacements, Modest Mouse, Danny Brown & more"

by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack

Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
Kurt Vile

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...

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photos by Lance Nelson, words by Andrew Sacher

Cheap Girls

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...

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photos by Jeremy Silveira, words by Andrew Sacher

Frameworks

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...

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Frameworks

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.

Video below...

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