Entries tagged with: Against Me!
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...
Forecastle Festival returns to Waterfront Park in Louisville, KY from July 18-20 with a lineup of Outkast, Jack White, Beck, The Replacements, Slint (their first US reunion date so far!), Spoon, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Jenny Lewis, tUnE-yArDs, Action Bronson, Against Me!, Sun Kil Moon, Sharon Van Etten, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Waxahatchee, Young & Sick and more. Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon.
Full lineup 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 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...
Iggy and the Stooges at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Toronto one happens from August 24-25 in Fort York and features sets from The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges, The Weakerthans, Rocket from the Crypt, Dinosaur Jr., Best Coast, The Flatliners, and Single Mothers (who all play day 2). Tickets for that day are on sale now. Flyer below.
The Denver one happens from September 21 to 22 at May Farms and features sets from The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges, AFI, Brand New, Rocket From the Crypt, Guided by Voices, The Dismemberment Plan, Superchunk, Against Me!, Best Coast, Minus the Bear, Chuck Ragan, Bosnian Rainbows, This Will Destroy You, Touche Amore, Single Mothers and more on day 1; and blink-182, Rancid, Public Enemy, Matt & Kim, FLAG, Bad Religion, Yo La Tengo, Naked Raygun, Stars, Peelander-Z, Off With Their Heads, and more on day 2. Tickets (2-day passes and single day tickets) are on sale now. Full day-by-day lineup 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...
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...
Please welcome the third annual Rock Lottery to Knitting Factory on December 1st:
The premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.This year's event
2012 lineup for Rock Lottery and video from previous events are below.
Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!
Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.
After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.
Full FFF Fest lineup is below.
FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012WOW.
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.
American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.
Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...
Against Me! singer Tom Gabel reveals plans to begin living as a woman in the new issue of Rolling Stone. Gabel, who has dealt privately with gender dysphoria for years, will soon begin the process of transition, by taking hormones and undergoing electrolysis treatments.Against Me! will soon hit the road with The Cult and hit Terminal 5 in NYC along the way.
Gabel will eventually take the name Laura Jane Grace, and will remain married to her wife Heather. "For me, the most terrifying thing about this was how she would accept the news," says Gabel. "But she's been super-amazing and understanding."
Chuck Ragan's band Hot Water Music has some shows coming up and a new album.
The Cult @ Waterloo Records, SXSW 2012 (photo by onetonaden)
The Cult, who made their return with a few shows at SXSW in March (complete with guest bongo player Matthew McConaughy), and who have a new album called Choice of Weapon being released on on May 22, have announced a tour with youngsters Against Me! and The Icarus Line as support. That tour will visit Terminal 5 on June 8th. Tickets for the NYC show are going on AmEx presale now, with general sale beginning Thursday at noon.
All dates are listed, along with a stream of the new LP's first single, below...
Revival Tour-mates (photo by daveysaurusrex)
At some point the Chuck Ragan-led Revival Tour added a 2nd NYC show, which still has tickets available, happening after the sold out first one tonight (3/30). Playing the late show is: Chuck Ragan (of Hot Water Music), Dan Andriano (of Alkaline Trio), Tommy Gabel (of Against Me!), Cory Branan, and Jenny Owen Youngs who plays Mercury Lounge earlier in the evening.
by Andrew Sacher
Hot Water Music
Chuck Ragan (of Hot Water Music) is taking The Revival Tour 2012 across the US and Canada this March and April. Like past Revival Tours, the shows feature a number of singers (usually of the punk scene) and their acoustic instruments collaborating on stage in a traditional folk music fashion. This year's tour hits NYC on March 30 at Bowery Ballroom, and in addition to Chuck Ragan, features Dan Andriano (of Alkaline Trio), Tommy Gabel (of Against Me!), and Lucero-associate Cory Branan. Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/4) at noon. The Revival tour also has ticket bundle options available with tour samplers, vinyls, posters, and more.
Nathaniel Rateliff, who released his debut album back in 2010, is on a number of the dates too, but unfortunately will not play at the Bowery Ballroom show. However, he will play in NYC one day before that show as part of the Communion-presented "Austin to Boston" tour, which kicks off at this year's SXSW in Austin. That tour hits Mercury Lounge on March 29 and also includes Ben Howard, The Staves, and Bear's Den. Tickets are on sale now.
Chuck Ragan's band Hot Water Music, who have been reunited since 2008, have announced that they're working on their first new album since the reunion and since 2004's The New What Next. They've been recording the album with Bill Stevenson (Descendents) and it should see the light of day this May on Rise Records, the label they signed to over the summer. Hot Water Music released the single "The Fire, The Steel, The Tread," b/w "Up to Nothing" in September of 2011. There's no word of whether or not these songs will appear on the new album, but you can stream them both below.
Hot Water Music have a few shows scheduled in 2012 including Bamboozle in Asbury Park, NJ and SXSW. Single day passes for 5/19 when HWM plays Bamboozle, along with The Promise Ring, A$AP Rocky, Action Bronson, and others, are on sale now. HWM doesn't have many other shows announced at the moment but maybe they'll schedule a NYC show when they're in the area for Bamboozle like The Promise Ring did.
All dates, streams, and tour fliers below...
photos by Chris Boarts Larson, words by BBG
After a crazy Friday, the Saturday of Best Friends Day 2011 included a 10AM set at a grocery store with Night Birds (who recently played Public Assembly), a show at Hadad's lake with Against Me! (who recently played House of Vans), Baroness, 7 Seconds, Big Freedia (who also played House of Vans), The Dopamines, No BS Brass Band, New Creases, Tubers, and The Haverchucks, and acoustic sets by Kevin Seconds and Mikey Erg on buses that they picked at random on the way to Hadad's Lake.
7 Seconds, Baroness, and Against Me! pictures are in this post and continue below. More from Sunday are on the way.
photos by Chris La Putt
The lineups have been (almost) completely revealed for the three remaining free House of Vans House Parties. The series continues this Thursday (8/4) with the previously revealed lineup of Man Man, Glass Candy, and Crystal Antlers.
As mentioned Tokyo Police Club are playing August 18 and Big Freedia is in fact on the bill along with Against Me!, Japanther, and Team Robespierre.
As predicted, Converge and All Pigs Must Die are the bands that play August 25, though there's also a secret guest on that show too ("xxxx xxxx").
RSVP is open for all of them.
Cro-Mags, Fucked Up, Screaming Females & Pissed Jeans played the last show. A second set of Fucked Up pics from that show continue below...