Entries tagged with: Against Me!
photo: Against Me! at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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.
Heems plays another free NYC show on May 1 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Michael Christmas, Pills, ZZZs and Iyez.
And a few other Northside updates:
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.
What was your immediate reaction to the "sellout" stuff? Did you feel zen about it, or were you more like, "Fuck this"?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.
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]
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...
photo: Against Me! in Chicago in 2014 (more by Jeff Ryan)
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."
Brooklyn punks Worriers wrapped up a tour with Against Me! last month, and now they're in the studio with AM! singer Laura Jane Grace working on the followup to 2013's Don Giovanni-released Cruel Optimist. LJG is producing, and among the musicians playing on the record is drummer Mikey Erg.
Worriers are on board for the upcoming She Shreds Magazine NYC showcase (hosted by Don Giovanni Records) happening April 3 at Knitting Factory. It's a great lineup all around with Mirah, Slothrust, Aye Nako, Mal Blum and DJ SAD 13 (aka Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis). Tickets are on sale now.
Worriers last played the Knitting Factory at the Don Giovanni showcase there in February. Watch a video of them playing a new song at that show, below...
(photo: RTJ at Lollapalooza 2014 more by James Richards IV)
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.
Best Coast also have a new album.
photo: fans at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It includes Billy Joel (!?!), Mumford and Sons, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Florence + the Machine, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, My Morning Jacket, Bassnectar, Alabama Shakes, Childish Gambino, Flume, Slayer, Belle & Sebastian, Spoon, The War on Drugs, Ben Folds, Atmosphere, Atomic Bomb! (William Onyeabor tribute), Flying Lotus, Earth Wind & Fire, Caribou, SBTRKT, Run the Jewels, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Jamie xx, Against Me!, Rudimental, Mac DeMarco, Tears for Fears, Tycho, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Shabazz Palaces, Courtney Barnett, Woods, Iceage, Between the Buried & Me, Rustie, Strand of Oaks, Pallbearer, Dej Loaf, Hiss Golden Messenger, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and many more.
Tickets will be available Saturday (1/17) at noon on bonnaroo.com.
Full lineup below...
The Knife @ Terminal 5 4/30/2014
BrooklynVegan photographer Amanda Hatfield shoots a ton of shows for BV every year, and 2014 was no different. Now that it's coming to a close, she's put together her 15 favorite photos she took this year. That's one above, and you can check out the rest below. Also below is a list of her 15 favorite albums, and she's got an ongoing playlist with her favorite songs of the year on Rdio. Check it out.
intro by Andrew Sacher
There were a lot of great labels in 2014, but one label I think had an exceptionally good year is Tiny Engines. Between the second Beach Slang EP of the year, the Places to Hide EP, Cayetana's debut album, the latest EP from Frontier(s) (ex-Elliott, Mouthpiece), Somos' debut album, The Hotelier's breakthrough album and still others, TE was one of the most consistently great homes for indie rock, punk and emo in 2014. (If you haven't heard any of those releases, strongly recommended!)
Now that the year's coming to a close, Tiny Engines co-founders Will Miller and Chuck Daley (who also both run Beartrap PR) told us about their favorite albums of the year, as did TE bands Cayetana, Runaway Brother (debut LP and BV-presented NYC show coming in 2015), and Matt from Frontier(s)/Mouthpiece.
Find out who made their lists (and read the entertaining intro Chuck wrote for his) below...
Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.
Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.
The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.
DG year-end lists below...
Yesterday, Pitchfork put out their top tracks of 2014 and today they continue their year-end coverage with their 20 honorable mention albums, a list they say is "not #51 through #70 in our albums poll, but rather, records we thought were exceptional this year and deserved to be highlighted regardless of where they wound up." They included Against Me!'s Transgender Dysphoria Blues, and wrote, "Against Me! is a punk band making their most necessary album as they approach 20 years of existence. (The kids I knew in high school never would've predicted that.)"
There's also Frankie Cosmos' Zentropy, which P4k gave plenty of buzz this year, emo revival band The Hotelier's Home, Like Noplace Is there, iLoveMakonnen (who did really well in their tracks list), the US release on Run for Cover of Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan's 2013 album II, Pallbearer's Foundations of Burden (the only metal album to get best new music this year), Protomartyr's Under Color of Official Right, rising and BCC Sound of 2015 longlisted Shamir's Northtown EP, Sleaford Mods' Divide and Exit and more.
Find out who else made the list, below...
Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.
Check out the full list below...
SPIN returned with their Top Albums of 2014 list today. It's got a lot of the indie albums that usually show up on these lists (Caribou, Future Islands, FKA twigs, Parquet Courts, Cloud Nothings, How to Dress Well, Swans, St. Vincent, Real Estate, etc), a handful of rap albums (YG, Young Thug, Shabazz Palaces, Run the Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, etc), metal (Pallbearer), punk (Against Me!, Joyce Manor), mainstream pop (Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert), and a couple headscratchers (Betty Who at #11?). You-know-who scores the #1 slot once again here. Check it out for yourself below.
by Andrew Sacher
The Best Albums of 2014 lists keep coming, and now Rolling Stone's is out. It's hard to imagine anyone else picking the #1 and #2 they did, but that's Rolling Stone for you. It's also hard to imagine a list placing the new albums from Weezer and the Foo Fighters so high, but smacking buzz band Ought right in between them. And it seems random that YOB comes in at #50 when no other metal album makes the list, not even the critically acclaimed one by Pallbearer or any of the hugely acclaimed returns from veteran bands like At the Gates, Godflesh and Electric Wizard. Also, don't tell Jack White how much higher The Black Keys placed than him.
Check out their top 50 picks for yourself, below...
As you may know, in addition to the April Record Store Day, there's a RSD Black Friday (November 28) too, with its own exclusive releases. The list for this year's is out now and features releases from The Afghan Whigs, Against Me!, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, The Grateful Dead, Green Day, Husker Du, Iron Butterfly, J Mascis, Judas Priest, Jenny Lewis, Mastodon, Metallica, New Order, Conor Oberst, Outkast, Phil Spector, St Vincent, The Doors, Ramones, They Might Be Giants, Johnny Thunders, Wu-Tang Clan, Neil Young and more. Check out the full list here.
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
American Football's secret Chicago show in August (more by Jeff Ryan)
As you might have heard, American Football are reunited this year (and they just added four New Year's shows in Chicago), but singer Mike Kinsella is keeping busy in other ways too. On December 2 he'll release an album of covers under his Owen alias via Polyvinyl. Appropriately titled Other People's Songs, the record will feature covers of Lungfish, Blake Babies, Mojave 3, The Promise Ring, Depeche Mode, All, Against Me! and Smoking Popes. The Smoking Popes song he chose, "Under The Blanket," just premiered over at Stereogum and you can take a listen below. He does a great job with it and really makes it sound like an Owen song, which he's proved he's pretty good at on past covers like his version of The Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale."
In other news, a new article on Buzz Weekly mentions that there may be new American Football material:
"There are no plans to record any new material currently. I wouldn't rule it out, but the logistics of doing it are tough," [guitarist Steve] Holmes said. "That said, I do have a few parts in my back pocket for potential new songs. Mike and I have worked on one of these so far, and we may try to finish it up to include in this run of shows."The American Football NYC run begins this month with sold-out shows at Webster Hall on 10/10 with S. Carey, 10/11 with Into It Over It, and 10/12 with Matt Pond. Right before that, Owen plays the smaller Studio at Webster Hall on 10/9 with S. Carey (also sold out).
Smoking Popes cover and full Other People's Songs tracklist below...
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.
by Andrew Sacher
Against Me! are continuing to kill it all year, and now former longtime drummer Warren Oakes (member from 2001-2009) will do the same with his band Sunshine State. They're releasing an LP called Pour next week (9/23) on No Idea, and we're now premiering its newest single, "We Discussed It, We Disgusted." It's got that kind of Gainesville punk vibe that Against Me! fans will dig, so if you're into that stuff definitely give this a listen. You can do so below.
If you'll be at The Fest this year, you can catch Sunshine State on 11/2 at 1982 with Wet Nurse, Teen Agers, Protagonist and others.
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...
Against Me! put out six studio albums in the past 12 years, and arguably just keep getting better. Brooklyn's Life of Agony put out classic metalcore album "River Runs Red" in 1993, two more albums before 1998, and then just continued to reunite every so often without new material, not counting their short-lived attempt at a comeback with their mostly-ignored new album on Epic in 2005. Nobody should be surprised then that Against Me! frontman Tom Gabel's transformation to Laura Jane Grace received tons of attention, while LOA's Keith Caputo's transformation to Mina Caputo received much less (it was cool of Laura to have Mina open some shows for her though).
I think most Life of Agony fans thought LOA was finished for good. They already aren't an active band, and it's just hard to imagine Mina Caputo fronting LOA at this point. Maybe Against Me!'s success at making it work inspired them though, because earlier this year LOA announced they would return to the stage with Mina to play some European festivals (they were always bigger in Europe), and now a local show is officially happening too...
Life of Agony will play Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on Saturday, September 13th. Tickets on sale Friday, July 18th at noon.
All 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...
The annual two-day FYF Fest is returning to LA from August 23-24 this year, and the lineup was just announced. It includes The Strokes, Phoenix, the reunited Blood Brothers who haven't played sine 2007 (!), Slowdive, Slint, Flying Lotus, Grimes, Blood Orange, Darkside, Jamie xx, Haim, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Death Grips (we know FYF is a festival they actually play), Ty Segall, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Against Me!, Built to Spill, Murder City Devils, The Bronx, Angel Olsen, Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Joanna Gruesome and many more.
Tickets go on sale May 22 at noon PDT. Full lineup 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...