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photos by Amanda Hatfield
The Menzingers / Big Eyes / Crazy & the Brains -- 4/14/15 @ Baby's All Right
Following the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with The Menzingers and Big Eyes at NJ's Court Tavern on Saturday (4/11), those same two bands played another in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right last night (4/14), also with Crazy & the Brains. We posted one set of pictures to Facebook, and another is in this post.
Crazy & the Brains kicked things off in style with their set of xylophone-driven punk. Chris Urban is a natural frontman, with his shoulder-high kicks, '70s punk-style charisma, and an on-stage attire that he seems dedicated to sticking to at every show. He's decked out in a sailor hat, a thick gold chain, and a sleeveless tee showing off anchor and heart tattoos. The image and attitude would be nothing without great tunes though, and they have plenty of those too.
Then it was Big Eyes, who were the night's hardest-hitting band and incredibly tight all around. The rhythm section plays like a hardcore band, and Kait Eldridge mixes borderline-metal guitar riffs with power pop vocal melodies, giving the band a sound that's super heavy but catchy too. There were some recognizable highlights in there (like "Being Unkind"), but Kait recently said she was writing new songs and it sounded like we got some of those too.
Finally The Menzingers wrapped things up, and like in NJ, the whole place went wild with crowd surfers and constant singalongs. Just five years ago The Menzingers were playing tiny Bushwick punk spot 538 Johnson (as they mentioned before playing 'The Obituaries'), but lately they've been playing much bigger rooms. Up close and personal is the best way to see them though, so getting to see them in a small room like Baby's was a real treat, as most people who were there last night would likely agree. Just about every song got a huge response from the crowd, the band was smiling the whole time, and it felt like the set flew by. It was also co-lead singer Greg Barnett's birthday, and during the set someone brought out a cake for him and the band led the crowd in singing happy birthday.
Once again Brett Davis hosted (as Brett's uncle the college professor), and recited intentionally groan-worthy poems with dark and self-deprecating endings before introducing each band. BV's Andrew Sacher also DJ'd before and after the show and between sets. Posters were given out for free as people exited the venue.
The NYC Sound Select series of shows takes a break in May due to the many Red Bull Music Academy events happening, but they will return after that. The next BrooklynVegan installment is in August at a venue TBD. Stay tuned.
The Menzingers have more shows coming up in NJ, Kingston and elsewhere. Crazy and the Brains play Palisades in Brooklyn this Sunday (4/19). Big Eyes have a few upcoming shows too, including one with Pale Angels and one with Treasure Fleet. They're all listed under the rest of the pictures, below...
photos by Drew Gurian
The Menzingers / Big Eyes / Cheerbleeders - 4/11/15 in New Brunswick
The Menzingers and Big Eyes played their first of two BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select shows on Saturday night (4/11). The next one is at Baby's in Brooklyn on 4/14. This one was at New Brunswick, NJ's Court Tavern. Menzingers' Philly neighbors Cheerbleeders were also on the bill.
Court Tavern is a pretty tiny place for The Menzingers, whose last headlining NYC show was the much bigger Webster Hall last year, and the show got as nuts as you'd expect it would. Pretty much 90% of the room was a constantly moving pit with moshers, pushers, crowd surfers, and almost all of them yelling along. The band seemed like they were in a great mood too, and gave us favorite after favorite like "The Obituaries," "Gates," "Casey," "Irish Goodbyes," "In Remission," and plenty more. Plus they ended their set with a cover of Rancid's "Roots Radicals" (something they've been doing a lot lately), which was as fun as their originals. Just about everyone walked out of there smiling and a sweaty mess.
Big Eyes, despite their van breaking down on the way to the show, were as tight and technically flawless as ever, and hopefully happy to be back in one of their old hoods. The three piece indie/punk rock band, now living in Brooklyn, has lived in Seattle, NYC, and New Brunswick.
Cheerbleeders, with a bit less material to work with, were the perfect opener, charming and fun (they even told jokes). Summer Rice has a great voice, and the crowd was into their varying punk rock style, Bikini Kill cover and anti-cop song included. They expressed their excitement at sharing a bill with the Menzingers, and showed their excitement for Big Eyes when at least two members were rocking out front row. At the merch table, where they encouraged people to come say hi to them, I heard them say that they're playing the next seven Saturdays in a row, starting with a free Record Store Day gig (presumably all in their hometown of Philly)
Brett Davis (as a Rutgers liberal arts professor), who recently took over Chris Gethard's time slot on public access TV, recited poems and introduced the bands. (except for Menzingers because they went on early).
BV's Andrew Sacher DJ'd a night of punk songs in the upstairs bar and downstairs between sets -- you can browse the playlist for that below.
If you missed it, or you need round 2, The Menzingers and Big Eyes do it again in Brooklyn on Tuesday (4/14) at Baby's All Right, this time with Crazy & the Brains on the bill too. Brett's hosting and Andrew's DJing again. The 18+ show is $3 with RSVP ($10 without, no advance tickets), and admission is first come, first served, even if you RSVPed. Get there early (you can get a $1 taco while you wait)!
More pictures from Court Tavern below...
photo: Treasure Fleet in Chicago in 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
Punk-meets-psych-pop supergroup Treasure Fleet (mems of The Arrivals, The Lawrence Arms and Smoking Popes) are heading out on a two-week US tour this May. It begins with two hometown Chicago shows, hits the NYC-area three times, and ends back in Chicago for Do Division Fest.
The NYC shows happen on May 22 at Cake Shop and a Sunday matinee on May 24 at Saint Vitus, and there's also a TBA Long Island show (5/23) right in between. Other bands and more info on the Cake Shop show TBA, but the Vitus show will have them joined by local DIY vets Shellshag, melodic punks Big Eyes, and Past Life. Tickets are on sale for that one. List of all dates and the tour flyer, below.
Big Eyes also just played their first of two BV-curated Red Bull Sound Select shows with The Menzingers at NJ's Court Tavern on Saturday (4/11). More on that soon. The second one happens Tuesday (4/14) at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn, with Crazy & the Brains also on the bill and BV's Andrew Sacher DJing between sets. Admission is $3 with RSVP, $10 without. Get there early.
Treasure Fleet dates and a couple song streams below...
Philadelphia punks The Menzingers announced a May/June headlining tour with excellent support from Chumped (who are on tour with Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Smith Street Band and Jeff Rosenstock right now and hit NYC a few weeks back at Warsaw on 3/20) and Roger Harvey & The Wild Life. The tour doesn't stop in NYC, but makes nearby stops in Danbury and Kingston. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile The Menzingers will be in and around NYC much sooner for their BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select shows happening in New Brunswick, NJ and Brooklyn this month. Those happen April 11 at Court Tavern and April 14 at Baby's All Right.
Big Eyes are opening both of those shows, with Cheerbleeders on the NJ date and Crazy & The Brains at the Brooklyn show. BV's Andrew Sacher will be DJing between sets at both. Both shows are $3 at the door with RSVP, or $10 without. No advanced sales. RSVP for NJ here (21+) and NYC here (18+). Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served.
Check out all The Menzingers upcoming tour dates and the flyer for the Red Bull Sound Select shows below...
Philly punks The Menzingers are currently on a tour supporting Taking Back Sunday that hit NYC twice last week and which stops at the Paramount in Long Island tonight (3/24). Those are big venue shows, and the Menzingers are just an opener. Their last NYC headlining show was all the way back in May 2014 in the main room at Webster Hall in (also a pretty big show).
If you'd like to see them in the NYC-area in a much more intimate location and again as headliners, you're in luck. We're thrilled to announce that The Menzingers will headline the next two BrooklynVegan-curated installments of Red Bull Sound Select, happening April 11 at New Brunswick, NJ's Court Tavern and April 14 at Brooklyn, NY's Baby's All Right.
Both shows will be opened by killer melodic punks Big Eyes (who have new stuff coming). NJ is also with Philly rippers Cheerbleeders, and NYC is also with the xylophone-fueled Crazy & the Brains. BV's Andrew Sacher is DJing between sets, and comedian Brett Davis will host both shows.
Doors for both shows open at 7 PM, and like most RBSS shows, they're $3 at the door with RSVP, or $10 without. No advanced sales. RSVP for NJ here (21+) and NYC here (18+). Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served, so get there on time to guarantee you get in!
Check out some music from all the bands below...
by Andrew Sacher
We profiled NJ/Wales punks Pale Angels in our Fest preview last year, and at the time their only album was 2013's Primal Play. They're now set to release its followup, Imaginary People, on April 6 via Specialist Subject/Recess Records. Like the last album, they recorded it with Ben Greenberg (ex-The Men, currently Uniform and Hubble), and for this one they've got new drummer Chris Krause on board. Mikey Erg played on their debut.
We've got the premiere of the album's first single, "If Only You're Gone," a noisy, shambolic dose of garage punk that rips as hard as everything we've heard from the band thus far. Recording with a former member of The Men makes sense here, as anyone who dug that band's Open Your Heart era will probably dig this too. Of course that also means fans of The Replacements, The Gun Club, or any handful of SST's mid-'80s bands may have a soft spot for Pale Angels as well. Check it out, along with the album tracklist, below. That's the artwork above.
Pale Angels also have an extensive tour of the UK, Canada and the US coming up this spring. The tour wraps up in Brooklyn on
May 6 at Coco 66. Other bands TBA, and tickets should be on sale soon. UPDATE: The show was moved and happens May 6 at The Shop, also with Big Eyes, Young Ladies and Such Hounds. Tickets are on sale now.
All dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Big Eyes at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Big Eyes moved from Brooklyn to Seattle in 2011, and this week singer Kate Eldridge posted, "I'm back on my home turf in NYC, been working on loads of new songs the past few months, and am finally ready to start playing shows again!" Their first show back here has been announced, and it happens March 10 at Palisades with her Pacific NW pals Mope Grooves, plus Bodega Bay, The Johns and Eureka California. Tickets are on sale. Flyer below.
Big Eyes also released a split with Post Teens on No Idea last year, that they just uploaded to Bandcamp this week. It's melodic punk that picks up right where their great 2013 LP, Almost Famous, left off. Check it out 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...
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...
by Andrew Sacher
As mentioned, Seattle-via-Brooklyn residents Big Eyes put out their new album, Almost Famous, earlier this month (5/14) via Grave Mistake. It's a masterful pop punk album with indie rock tendencies, and is filled with brilliant hooks, riffs, and relatable lyrics. If you haven't heard the album yet, you can now stream it in its entirety at the bottom of this post.
Big Eyes are kicking off their tour in support of the album this week in Portland (5/29), and as discussed, they'll make their way to NYC for a show on June 9 at Death by Audio. The rest of that bill includes Pity Party, Apogee Sound Club, and Magnets. Admission is $7 at the door.
Updated dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Big Eyes - "Nothing You Could Say" (MP3)
As mentioned, Seattle-via-Brooklyn melodic punks Big Eyes are releasing their new album, Almost Famous, on May 14 via Grave Mistake. The band have already revealed two excellent singles, "Nothing You Could Say" and "Being Unkind," and if you liked those tracks, you'll dig the rest of the album too, which you can now pre-order. If you haven't heard them yet, you can stream them both below, and "Nothing You Could Say" is available to download above.
When we last spoke, we mentioned that Big Eyes would be supporting the album with a larger North American tour after they wrap up the West Coast dates they've been playing since April. That tour has just been announced in full and it includes a NYC show happening on June 9 at Death by Audio with Shellshag and Shell's (of Shellshag) brother's band, Apogee Sound Club.
Shellshag have a bunch of other upcoming local shows too.
All Big Eyes dates are listed, along with those two song streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Big Eyes - "Nothing You Could Say" (MP3)
As mentioned, Big Eyes, who relocated to Seattle from Brooklyn, are releasing a new album this year on Grave Mistake, and that album has since been officially announced. It's called Almost Famous and will be out on May 14 in CD and LP formats. It's the followup to 2011's Hard Life, which came out via Don Giovanni. That's the album art above and the tracklist is below.
Almost Famous is punchier, fuller, and has stronger melodies throughout than any of the band's past releases, which could very well make this the album that wins the band larger audiences. It's got an immediacy which is never lost from track to track, and they waste no time letting you in on it. The opening strums of the album's lead track, "Nothing You Could Say," are an instant hook, and one that's made even more satisfying by the noodly bassline and blast beat that follow. "Nothing You Could Say" sounds like it's a breakup song, even if those sugary melodies might suggest otherwise. But when singer Kate Eldridge sings "It's obvious that we're not even playing the same game/And I don't have the time to try and read your mind," it doesn't sound like she's mourning as much as it sounds like she's moving on. And "there's nothing you could say to change it anyway." Download that track above or stream it below, and head to Pitchfork to download/stream another album cut, "Being Unkind."
Big Eyes are touring the West Coast this month and next, and they'll come to the East Coast this summer but those dates have not been announced yet, so stay tuned. Their current tour schedule, album tracklist, and song stream below...
Night Birds at House of Vans, August 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Night Birds join Lemuria & Parquet Courts in supporting Fucked Up at Warsaw on Friday (12/21, tickets), and as such we cornered Brian Gorsegner to ask about his 2012. The Night Birds frontman's journey through music in 2012 in handy list format is below.
Big Eyes at Knitting Factory in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
West coast melodic punks Big Eyes and Audacity are teaming up for a split 7" and tour together this fall that hits Brooklyn on November 21 at Death by Audio with Marvin Berry and the New Sound and Space Trash and New Brunswick on November 23 at The Alamo with Wet Witch. The 7" comes out via Volar Records and can be pre-ordered now. All dates on the tour are listed below.
Big Eyes (who are fronted by Kate Eldridge, formerly of Cheeky, and relocated from Brooklyn to Seattle last year) released their debut full length, Hard Life, in 2011 via Don Giovanni, which is also home to Screaming Females, who they've played with in NYC before. They'll follow that with a new LP in 2013 via Grave Mistake Records, who also put out a 7" for the song "Back From The Moon" b/w "I Don't Care About Friday Night" earlier this year. You can stream the a-side of that 7" below. They're also repressing their 2010 demo on Evil Weevil Records and it will be available on the tour.
Audacity, who were last in NYC as King Tuff's backing band, put out their most recent album, Mellow Cruisers, earlier this year via Burger/Recess Records. You can stream that album in its entirety over at Noisey. Back in June, we premiered a video for album single, "Punk Confusion," which if you missed then, you can watch below.
A list of all dates, the tour flier, video and stream below.
Night Birds at Cake Shop (more by Keith Marlowe)
Brian of Night Birds has given us his ten coolest things in 2011, which includes shouts to Omegas, Career Suicide (mems of Fucked Up), Weird Al, and much more. Check that out below.
Night Birds play Tommy's Tavern TONIGHT (12/9) with Manipulation, Sickoids and Crazy Spirit, one of TWO NYC dates scheduled before the end of the year (the other with Citizens Arrest). The party kicks off at 8PM.
Brian Night Birds' year-end list is below.
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Screaming Females played their record release show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn last night (9/15), and their next NYC show has already been revealed. Get to Webster Hall early on Saturday, 9/25, because they're now first of three on the Titus Andronicus/Free Energy show happening there that night. Tickets are still on sale.
Meanwhile Screaming Females are still on tour including tonight in Philly with a very special guest...
"Hey Philly! We're playing a last minute show with our friends the Screaming Females tonight at The Ox (1652 N. 2nd St.). Show starts at 9, over by 12. Come down and get their awesome new record Castle Talk, by Screaming Females!" - Ted LeoThat's a sweet surprise.
Shellshag and Big Eyes opened the Brooklyn show last night (9/15). If you weren't there, maybe you watched the live stream... I didn't know about the stream until now... which is okay because the entire stream is still watchable. Check that out, with more pictures from the show, and the setlist, below....
Screaming Females @ Siren Festival (more by Jessica Amaya)
Screaming Females are kicking off a sizeable tour tonight, Friday, August 13th, at Maxwell's (with Black Wine and Byrds Of Paradise) (tickets still available). The tour also includes a Saturday, August 14th (tomorrow) show at Death by Audio (with big soda and nude beach), AND now a September 15th record release show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn with Shellshag and Big Eyes (tickets are on sale).
All tour dates and a tour poster below...