Entries tagged with: Big Eyes
by Andrew Sacher
Dillinger Four at Saint Vitus - 10/11/15 (photo via Bryan Fitzpatrick)
Dillinger Four don't play shows very often these days and they haven't played NYC in many years, but that finally changed over the weekend when their run of dates with Night Birds, Iron Chic (with the singer of Broadcaster filling in on guitar) and Big Eyes came to Brooklyn for sold-out shows on Saturday (10/10) at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Sunday (10/11) at Saint Vitus.
I caught the Vitus show, where Patrick Costello kept jokingly calling us "New Jersey" which he later said was because for their first four years as a band they were repeatedly denied shows in NYC and always playing Jersey instead. They also mentioned that a previous time they did play New York was at CBGB, where the venue's electrical setup caused the band's equipment to break after one song and then the CBs people wouldn't pay them. And the midwestern band took plenty of other jabs at Brooklyn, whether they were assuring their fellow midwesterners who moved out here that they'd eventually move back home, or condemning their drummer for picking the wrong city to drop his stick in: "This is Brooklyn, this is where TV on the Radio is from! We need to make it here! You can't be dropping your stick in Brooklyn."
Lack of love for our city notwithstanding, this show was a triumphant return and D4 wrecked. It was one of those Vitus nights where the whole place was packed and the crowd was a constantly moving, constantly fist-raising mob, even if it was only 10:30 on a Sunday (and not like, midnight or 2 AM). We got tons of old favorites like "O.K. F.M. D.O.A.," "Doublewhiskeycokenoice," "Noble Stabbings!!" and plenty more, and no matter what song they were playing the whole place was screaming. I don't think anyone there was having a bad time, and it looked like the D4 guys were enjoying themselves too. Try to come back another time this decade, you guys!
All three openers were great, but I saw the first two pretty recently and it was actually my first time catching Night Birds (who just dropped a new album), who seriously won me over. They're not the only modern band to hearken back to early '80s SoCal hardcore, but I can't think of too many who do it as well. They've got a frontman who looks like he's constantly on the verge of exploding, and their bassist and guitarist were never not looking pissed-off as all hell. Not to mention the guitarist is a razor-sharp downstrummer and the bass player's fingers were moving a mile a minute.
Check out some more pictures and video clips from the NYC shows, below...
by Bill Pearis
Cold Beat have just released the video for "Cracks," arguably the highlight of their terrific new album Into the Air. Much like the song itself, it could've been from the early '80s, using vector graphics (think Tempest or TRON) and old-school video effects. Singer/bassist Hannah Lew directed the video and tells us a little about it:
I tried to portray the feelings of constraint and freedom described in the song. Cracks is largely a song about tearing down walls that I had built up around myself and allowing myself to move on past a period of my life where I was mostly consumed with grief and sadness. It's a song about breaking out of the prison of identity and allowing ourselves to move on. I wasted a lot of time feeling hurt in life, but life is short and I think it's healthy to build walls of protection when you need to, but be willing to destroy them when they're not serving you anymore. It's often difficult to convey the meaning of a song visually, but I was fortunate enough to have Madeline Allard and Japhy Riddle lend their talents to the production of this video, which helped immensely!The "Cracks" video premieres in this post and you can watch it below.
As mentioned, Cold Beat are in NYC this weekend for four shows: Friday (9/18) at Union Pool with Decorum and Big Eyes (tickets), Saturday (9/19) at Shea Stadium with Home Blitz, MPHO, and OCDPP (tickets), a free in-store at Other Music on Sunday (9/20, 7 PM), followed by a show later that same night at Silent Barn with Heaven's Gate and Honey ($8 at the door). They were great when they played here in May. Go see 'em.
photo: Riis Park Beach Bazaar in August (more by Mimi Hong)
Riis Park Beach Bazaar has been hosting free shows right on the water at Rockaway Beach every weekend all summer, and they'll continue to do so through the end of September. We just mentioned one of them, the So So Glos / Nude Beach / Mannequin Pussy / Big Eyes / etc show happening 9/27, and here are more highlights:
The day before the Nude Beach show is Perfect Pussy (who also play CMJ) with Show Me The Body, Guerilla Toss, Pawns and Ghost Dads.
Sooner than that though, there's two good shows this weekend: Long-running post-hardcore/indie rock band The Forms headline on Saturday (9/12) with Salt Cathedral, Tomboy and Nicholas Nicholas. Then on Sunday (9/13) it's the collaborative project from Jeff Rosenstock and Chris Farren, Antarctigo Vespucci, with support from Spraynard, The Weaks, Hiccup (members of The Chris Gethard Show house band) and Adult Mom.
Again, all shows are free. Full upcoming schedule below...
Against Me! / Cakes Da Killa / Big Eyes
The latest BrooklynVegan Red Bull Sound Select show happened Friday night at Asbury Park's Stone Pony (9/4). Against Me! headlined and they were awesome as always. Laura Jane Grace, new-ish drummer Atom Willard (of Rocket From the Crypt and Angels & Airwaves fame) and the whole band are seasoned professionals, so tight and barely pausing between songs. The Transgender Dysphoria Blues stuff is almost two years old now, but it still sounds fresh, and we got no lack of old favorites either. Plus, they played a cover of The Replacements' "Androgynous" which Laura Jane Grace said she wanted to do because she saw Joan Jett cover the song at that venue ten years ago. (Laura and Joan also recently covered that song together with Miley Cyrus.) The place was packed and there was hardly a moment where the majority of the crowd wasn't going insane.
Before Against Me! it was rapper Cakes Da Killa. We weren't sure how putting Cakes before Against Me! would go over, and Cakes seemed a bit worried about it too, but we shouldn't have worried. He almost stole the show. Cakes knows how to work a crowd and his humor and talent speak for themselves. The full room was cheering him and his dancers on through the whole set, and some even danced. At the end he even jumped into the crowd to finish a song. Catch Cakes again this month at Knitting Factory with Rome Fortune (another $3 RBSS show).
Thanks to all the bands, Red Bull, The Stone Pony, and everyone who came out. Hopefully you grabbed one of the free limited edition posters on your way out.
Some pictures of Big Eyes HERE. More pictures from the show show and AM!'s setlist, below...
photos by Kenneth Bachor
To quote Big Eyes, "We have some great shows coming up! Come catch us while ya can...we will be taking a couple months off from playing shows to work on a new LP after these". One of those great shows was the BrooklynVegan Red Bull show in Asbury Park with Cakes Da Killa and Against Me!. We posted a full set of pictures from that show HERE. A 2nd set of Big Eyes is in this post.
Big Eyes' other upcoming shows, all in NYC, include two with Dillinger Four and Night Birds, a free Riis Park Bazaar show with So So Glos and Nude Beach, and one of Cold Beat's shows. All dates are listed, along with the rest of the pics, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Night Birds recently announced that they'll follow 2013's Born To Die In Suburbia with their third album, Mutiny at Muscle Beach, on October 2 via Fat Wreck Chords. Going by lead single "Blank Eyes," it looks like Night Birds haven't changed their sound at all. But when you do it this well, that's totally fine. NB are somewhere between the kind of skate punk Fat was known for in the '90s and Dead Kennedys' more maniacal, surfier sound, and "Blank Eyes" rips just as hard as this kind of stuff needs to. Check it out below (via Nerdist).
As previously discussed, the band is heading out on tour with the great Dillinger Four, including two NYC shows. Those happen October 10 at MHOW (tickets) and October 11 at Saint Vitus (sold out). Those shows got even better since we last spoke, with Big Eyes being added. And there's still one more TBA for Vitus.
Catch Big Eyes sooner when they open for Against Me! at the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show on September 4 at The Stone Pony. Also on that bill is Cakes Da Killa. $3 RSVP is still open.
After that, Big Eyes play Silent Barn with Wet Nurse (9/22) and a stacked FREE afternoon show at Riis Park Beach Bazaar on September 27 with The So So Glos, Nude Beach, Mannequin Pussy, Bueno and Bikini Carwash. Noon start.
Listen to that new Night Birds song, with their list of dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, we posted about a cancer benefit happening at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on August 16 with Big Eyes, Shellshag, Aye Nako and Tender Defender (tickets). As BV readers probably know, we talk about those first three bands a lot around here, but Tender Defender are a new band that the show flyer billed as "new Latterman." Now we have more details, and it turns out that description couldn't be more accurate.
Tender Defender is a trio of musicians who were all in Latterman -- Phil Douglas (now also of Iron Chic), Mattie Canino (now also of RVIVR) and Pat Schramm (now also of Bridge & Tunnel) -- and they sound... exactly like Latterman! (And also like Iron Chic and RVIVR.) That's a good thing of course. Latterman were one of those bands who were never too popular but always had a devoted fanbase, and it's safe to say they're sorely missed.
Tender Defender's debut mini-LP is coming in late 2015 on Dead Broke Rekerds (the label run by Phil's Iron Chic bandmate Mike Bruno), and its first single "Hello Dirt" is out now. Listen below, and download it (name your price) at bandcamp.
photo: Big Eyes in New Brunswick in April (more by Drew Gurian)
Three regulars on the Brooklyn punk/DIY scene, Big Eyes, Shellshag and Aye Nako are teaming up to play a benefit show for Jay & Molly's fight against cancer. It happens August 16 at Saint Vitus with Tender Defender opening. Tickets are on sale now. Flyer below.
Aye Nako were added as support to all Eastern US and Canadian dates on the upcoming Joanna Gruesome tour (that's a good double bill), including the NYC shows on October 30 at Rough Trade (tickets) and Halloween at Shea Stadium (tickets). They're also on the G.L.O.S.S. show at Silent Barn on September 23.
Big Eyes also play with promising Florida band Wet Nurse on September 22 at Silent Barn with Thin Lips (who play a BV-presented NYC show with Cayetana and Chumped in August) and Fleabite. $7 at the door.
Big Eyes are also on the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show happening September 4 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park with Against Me! and Cakes Da Killa. That's $3 with RSVP or $10 without.
In semi-related news, Aye Nako and Shellshag's Don Giovanni labelmates Worriers are a week away from releasing their new album, Imaginary Life (produced by Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace), and they're now streaming it in full. Listen below, via NPR. Worriers celebrate the LP with a release show on 8/7 at Knitting Factory with Emilyn Brodsky, Adult Mom and Fleabite (tickets).
photo: Against Me! in McCarren Park in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Against Me! will be touring Europe this August, leading up to their appearances at Reading and Leeds, and not long after returning to North America, they'll head to Chicago and Toronto for the Riot Fests in those cities. We're excited to announce that right in between that, they'll squeeze in an Asbury Park, NJ show on September 4 at The Stone Pony. That's the day their live album, 23 Live Sex Acts, comes out.
The show is a BrooklynVegan-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select. Like most RBSS shows, it's $3 with RSVP or $10 without. Even if you RSVP, entry is on a first come, first served basis. So make sure you get there early.
Opening this one is queer NYC rapper Cakes Da Killa and punk trio Big Eyes. We last asked Big Eyes to play a Sound Select show with The Menzingers, and they've also played with Against Me! before too. Doors are 7 PM. BV editor Andrew Sacher is DJing between sets. RSVP now.
In related news, Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace recently filmed a Rolling Stone session with Scottish indie pop band Spook School, who like Against Me!, are also fronted by a transgender singer. Check out that video below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Vacation at Knitting Factory in February (more by Chris La Putt)
Ohio punks Vacation were last in NYC for a killer show with their Don Giovanni labelmates Screaming Females in February, and they'll return tonight for a show ahead of their July/August tour with that same band.
Tonight's show is at Shea Stadium (6/24) with the great likeminded local band Big Eyes. Opening is Pretty Pretty and Flykills, which is a pretty cool bill all around. Show starts at 8 PM. Admission is $8.
It's Big Eyes' only upcoming show at the moment. All Vacation dates are listed, with music from both bands, below...
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
Refused's tour hit NYC for three shows last week. We already posted pictures of MHOW and a review of MHOW and Vitus, and now we've got a set of pictures from the Bowery Ballroom show (6/3) that had quality openers Big Eyes and War On Women.
More pictures from Bowery Ballroom below...
photo: Ride at MHOW on Monday (more by PSquared)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Ride, Ash @ Terminal 5
While lumped in with shoegaze, Ride were poppier than most bands of that era, and more of a psychedelic rock band than anything else. A great one, mind you, with an incredible rhythm section, and maybe sounding better than ever. It's good support tonight from Irish trio Ash whose faces were splashed across the NME around the same time.
Wire, Julian Lynch @ Bowery Ballroom
Art-punk greats Wire are like a shark, always moving forward, never the same twice but always themselves. This year's self-titled album is another terrific moment in a nearly 40-year career. They do play some oldies, too.
Refused, Creepoid @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Refused are planning on releasing their first album in 17 years this year. We haven't heard the whole thing yet, but from those two singles it sounds kinda... poppy? Could be interesting. Meanwhile, fans of the band's heavier stuff, like 1998's classic The Shape of Punk to Come should be treated to many favorites tonight. They've been playing a lot of that one on tour. Make sure to get there early for Philly shoegazers Creepoid.
Hutch and Kathy, Brian Bonz @ Mercury Lounge
Before they got louder in The Thermals, Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster made folky pop as Hutch and Kathy. Their 2002 eponymous album got its first-ever vinyl pressingforRecord Store Day 2015 and they're celebrating with a short tour.
Holly Herndon, GABI, Evan Caminiti @ The Wick
Holly Herndon's new album, Platform (her first for 4AD), is art pop in the truest sense of the word. She brings together a lot of very out-there sounds, yet it's strangely accessible from start to finish. Opening is the similarly-minded GABI, and Evan Caminiti of experimental duo Barn Owl.
Iron Reagan, Angel Du$t, Noisem @ Saint Vitus Bar
Two bands that do a lot of justice to '80s crossover thrash, Iron Reagan and Noisem, meet up at Saint Vitus tonight. Iron Reagan bring a sense of humor, while Noisem's approach is a little more personal and serious. The youth crew-inspired Angel Du$t round out the bill.
Governor's Ball After Dark Shows
It's the eve of Governors Ball, which means the GovBall late shows begin. TOnight there's four: funky duo Chromeo at The Apollo, garage rocker Benjamin Booker at Irving Plaza, dance duo Odesza at Rough Trade, and Gorgon City DJing Output.
Bobby Rush @ MetroTech Commons
This is the kickoff to BAM's annual R&B Festival which happens Thursdays at noon at Metrotech Commons. Today features blues vet Bobby Rush.
The Felice Brothers, The Barr Brothers @ Red Hook Park
This free show, part of SummerStage, features two acts who gently push the barriers of folk in new directions. Doors are at 6:30 PM and the concert's over at 9 PM.
Tyondai Braxton @ The Kitchen
Originally performed at the Guggenheim in 2013, Braxton's Hive1 is "part architectural installation and part ensemble performance with five musicians sitting cross-legged atop their own space-age oval pods."
Dead Stars, Charly Bliss, Dances, Jangula @ Alphaville
Dead Stars are celebrating the release of their new single "Calm Punk" tonight. You can stream that song, which roars in a poppy '90s indie rock kind of way, below.
Big Eyes, Josh Berwanger Band, Flashlights, Desert Sharks @ Shea Stadium
Big Eyes make raw, melodic punk with a bit of a Muffs influence, but they're a lot heavier than a lot of bands who fit that description. Josh Berwanger, former co-lead singer of emo vets The Anniversary, makes this an excellent double bill.
Prawn, Caravela, Pinegrove, Side Saddle @ Knitting Factory
NJ's Prawn take on '90s-style emo with a sound that's a bit Kinsella and a bit Appleseed Cast-y post rock.
Aloke, Big Ups @ Baby's All Right
If you don't remember Aloke, they were the mid 2000s NYC rock band of Christian Zucconi, who since got much more famous with his band Grouplove (whose early single "Colours" was a reworking of an Aloke song). Aloke returned with a new Steve Albini-produced 3-song EP last month, and tonight they play Baby's with a newer NYC rock band, Big Ups.
Max's Kansas City 50th Anniversary @ Bowery Electric
It's night 1 of the 4-night Max's 50 celebration. Tonight includes an all-star Jayne County tribute, Jahn Xavier & the Bowerytones, The Sick F*cks, Ruby & the Rednecks, The Magic Tramps, Zecca and The Black Cats NYC, with MC Jimi Lalumia and DJ Mojo, and cameos by Miachael Alago and Yvonne Sewal.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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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.
UPDATE: The May 22 NYC show is actually at Mercury Lounge, not Cake Shop as originally announced, and The Shackletons and Concreatures open. Tickets go on sale 5/1 at noon with an AmEx presale starting 4/29 at noon.
UPDATE 2: The Long Island show happens May 23 at Mr. Beery's with Iron Chic, The Fad, Broadcaster and Vape. That's $8 at the door.
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...