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Black Lips @ Bowery Ballroom in August (more by Diana Wong)
Black Lips

The Black Lips will be peforming live from NYC over the internet today, 10/27, at 2pm EST. The Chevy Sonic-presented performance can be watched in the video player embedded below.

And that's just one of two big events for the Black Lips in NYC today. The next happens at Union Pool tonight. There they'll DJ a party thrown by their label (Vice) which was curated by their labelmates The Raveonettes. Bands performing at the free vitamin water-sponsored show are Minks, The Rassle and Zaza. Raveonette Sune Rose Wagner, who was recently laid up, will be doing some DJing as well. RSVP is necessary and is now back open.

Saturday night catch the Black Lips live on stage at Webster Hall with Davila 666 & Xray Eyeballs. Don't forget to wear a costume. Tickets are still on sale.

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Black Lips

Black Lips have two shows coming up. On November 6th they play Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, but before that it's back to Webster Hall in NYC for a 10/29 Halloween weekend headlining show with openers Davila 666 & XRay Eyeballs. Tickets are still on sale for what is now being dubbed "Hell at the Hall." We're also giving away a pair! Contest details and the creepy show's new scary poster and frightening video invite, below...

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photos by Andrew St. Clair

Deertick

John McCauley of Deer Tick made it clear at last night's free BV-presented Brooklyn show that they weren't there to protest with the protesters of Occupy Wall Street. Nothing against Occupy Wall Street, but the band more importantly wanted to to help bring attention to the police brutality that is happening to the protesters at Wall St., because everyone has a right to protest.

Everyone also has the right to rock! And Deer Tick rocked for two hours at Willliamsburg venue Death By Audio, a DIY space that the now-Webster Hall-headlining band last played about three years ago. The all ages capacity crowd started lining up at 8pm, the place filled quickly, and the band (no opener) was on around 9. Without the pressure of playing to a paying audience, Deer Tick had fun and played their hearts out. They debuted many new songs live, played a bunch of covers, and lots of classics too. The sound was excellent and loud.

John McCauley has never been afraid of sharing the mic with guest singers, but the past couple of years have also seen Deer Tick increasingly showcasing the singing abilities of other permanent members of the band as well. Most notably, guitarist Ian O'Neil takes center stage at times, but drummer Dennis Ryan also gets to showcase his voice, like he did on one crowd favorite they tested out for the first time last night, that will appear on the band's new album Divine Providence (out 10/25).

Covers included the Replacements, Foreigner, Nirvana (Deervana), The Shivers, Chuck Berry and Michael Hurley (who happens to play Union Pool tonight).

One of the live sort-of-debuts wasn't a Deer Tick song, but one that will appear on an album by yet another supergroup side project. The crowd thought for sure John was talking about Middle Brother when he started to intro the song, but it quickly became apparent that in fact there is now a supergroup #2. Diamond Rugs is its name (Damn I Am On Drugs), and its members include Ian from Black Lips (who also have a Webster Hall show coming up), Hardy from Dead Confederate, Bryan Dufresne from Six Finger Satellite (who was at the show), Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, and John & Robbie from Deer Tick. The Diamond Rugs song they played is a Christmas song, which I called a "sort-of-debut" because it has been played in front of people at least once before (video from the Hamptons below). Stay tuned for more about Diamond Rugs.

To the delight of many who were shouting out requests, Deer Tick played a hard-hitting full band version of "Christ Jesus" and closed the set with the fast and fun Ramones-esque "Let's All Go To the Bar", complete with John McCauley stage dive.

More tour dates HERE. A recent Deer Tick Landromatinee session was put online HERE. More pictures from the Brooklyn show, below...

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The Weeknd

Toronto R&B singer The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye) is set to make his US live debut in NYC on September 15 at Skylight One Hanson. The performance is part of Vice's Upfront Extravaganza party in honor of the launch of their new URL Vice.com. The party also includes live and DJ sets by A-Trak, Tanlines, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Nick Zinner (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs), and Black Lips. Stay tuned for more details. All we could confirm so far is that this is happening. We can only assume that some sort of RSVP will pop up at some point.

The Weeknd has released two mixtapes this year, House of Balloons and Thursday, and expects to release a third, Echoes of Silence, this fall. Some tracks off both of those mixtapes are below...

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Black Lips at Bowery Ballroom in July (more by Diana Wong)
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Black Lips are scheduled to play Hopscotch Fest in September and Fun Fun Fun Fest in November. There's no official word yet on whether or not they'll be touring in between those two festivals, but it seems pretty likely, especially considering they're playing a NYC show on October 29 at Webster Hall. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/26) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/24) at noon.

All known dates and the video for "New Direction" below...

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photos by Diana Wong

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The Black Lips toured through NYC at the end of last week. We missed opener Night Beats, but a set of pictures from the Bowery Ballroom show continues below...

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Black Lips at Emo's (more by Tim Griffin)
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Black Lips have announced more tour dates. After playing Webster Hall last month as part of a tour with Vivian Girls, the band will return to the NYC-area in July, but this time they're not thinking so big. You can cach the band back at Bowery Ballroom on July 29th (tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday), and at the even more intimate Maxwell's in Hoboken on July 30th (tickets on sale Friday at noon).

In June the Black Lips are touring with Cerebral Ballzy who are currently out on the road with Strung Out and face To Face. That tour hits Best Buy Theater in NYC on Wednesday night. Black Lips are currently in Europe. All tour dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, don't forget that Vivian Girls play a Brooklyn show at 285 Kent TONIGHT (5/17), alongside Widowspeak and Colleen Green. $10 gets you in to the all ages show.

Black Lips recently shot a video for the song "New Direction" from their new LP Arabia Mountain due on June 7th. The video is not ready yet, but you can download that new Mark Ronson-produced song HERE. Watch other recent videos with all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Black Lips announce more dates (Bowery & Maxwell's included), Cerebral Ballzy & a new song too"

DOWNLOAD: Black Lips - "Modern Art" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: WIN WIN - VICTIM featuring Blaqstarr (Black Lips Remix) (MP3)

photos by Tim Griffin

Vivian Girls
Black Lips

[Black Lips] took the stage with their typical energy of 100 firecrackers and ripped into "Sea of Blasphemy", a helpful fan tossing a beer to lead guitarist Ian Saint Pé afterward. Shortly after, the band played my favorite song from their catalog, "Dirty Hands", arguably the best track from their awesome "live" album, Los Valientes Del Mundo Nuevo (and earlier, Let It Bloom). This track had people lip synching and lightly air punching, which then got kicked up a few notches with the first notes of "Katrina", which unsurprisingly got the biggest crowd reaction of the night. Lead singer and bassist Jared Swilley took a moment to mention that, "It feels good to be in Austin when it's not South by Southwest," -[Soundcheck]
The Black Lips and Vivian Girls tour, which ended in Baton Rouge on Saturday, and hit Webster Hall in NYC back on 4/12, swung through Emo's in Austin on Thursday (4/28). John Wesley Coleman opened the Texas show which is pictured in this post.

Vivian Girls are now on tour with No Joy. Black Lips are heading to Europe before coming back for more North American tour dates in June. All of those dates are below.

Black Lips have a new LP produced by Mark Ronson entitled Arabia Mountain due on June 7th. Check out the first single "Modern Art," released officially yesterday, above. While you're up there grab the band's remixing debut via a new WIN WIN remix that appears on a new Scion-sponsored WIN WIN remix EP. Vivian Girls' new LP Share The Joy is out now via Polyvinyl.

More pictures and some videos from Emo's and all dates, below.

Continue reading "Black Lips released a new song & remix (MP3s), toured w/ Vivian Girls, played Webster Hall & Emo's (pics & video)"

Lollapalooza last year (more by Josh Darr)
Lollaplaooza

Lollapalooza celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with some huge names on its just-announced lineup. See it in full below.

The festival has obviously changed over the years. What started out as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction with a 'touring festival' lineup that included the Rollins Band, Nine Inch Nails, Butthole Surfers, and Souxsie & The Banshees, has turned into a one-weekend Chicago festival that Lady Gaga co-headlined last year. As leaked a while ago, Foo Fighters, Muse and Eminem all play this year, as will Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, and My Morning Jacket along with the reunited Cars and the continuing-to-be-reunited Big Audio Dynamite and Death From Above 1979, and a bunch of other bands which may or may not be worth the ticket price depending on how you feel about the headliners and generally seeing bands in big, hot, outdoor crowded parks (Lollapalooza happens in Chicago's Grant Park from August 5th - 7th).

Full 2011 Lineup and a couple of videos (one from 1991, one from 2010), below...

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Hopscotch 2011

The second annual Hopscotch Festival will go down in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, across 12 different venues with over 135 bands, from September 8th through 10th. The lineup this year runs the gamut of independent music... from traditional indie staples (The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Superchunk) to southern-inflected rock (Drive-By Truckers) to noise (Prurient) to hip hop (Beans) to garage (Jeff The Brotherhood) to funk (Budos Band) to metal (Krallice), and everywhere in between (Swans, Rhys Chatham, etc etc). Tickets are currently on sale. Full lineup is below.

Hopscotch happens almost three months after Guided By Voices play a Brooklyn Northside Festival show in McCarren Park (tickets) which is one day after Beirut plays a Northside Festival show on the same McCarren Park stage with... Sharon Van Etten (though she may have been accidentally announced at one point, they officially kept her placement on the bill under wraps until after Saturday's Music Hall of Williamsburg show). Tickets for Beirut/SVE are still on sale, and another opener will be added too.

Guided by Voices (whose Brooklyn show also has more openers coming) are also playing Pitchfork in July with Animal Collective whose Prospect Park show is now on AmEx presale.

Swans' upcoming NYC show is now on AmEx presale too.

Hopscotch lineup below...

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Yellow Dogs
Yellow Dogs

Brooklyn/Iranian band post punk band Yellow Dogs are playing a show at The Morgan tonight (4/11). It's free and Cole from the Black Lips is DJing (the Morgan is located at 25 Bogart St). The Black Lips are in town for their big headlining show at Webster Hall on Tuesday (4/12), part of their tour with Vivian Girls. Tickets are still on sale for the NYC show, and I have a pair you can win. Details below.

If you miss Yellow Dogs in Brooklyn tonight, they also play Wednesday (4/13) at Pianos with Ohnomoon and others.

Contest details, the Black Lips' new video for "Modern Art", and updated tour dates, below...

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Black Lips @ Shangri-La during SXSW
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[Tonight] at Sunshine Cinema we're screening our new documentary, New Garage Explosion!!. You might have watched it on your teensy computer screen as we rolled the episodes out on VBS over the last few months, but [if you're not] familiar with New Garage Explosion, ...what we did was pack a bunch of snacks and beer and hit the road to find out what the garage rock scene is like all across the country right now. Among the garage composers we spoke with were the Black Lips, Jay Reatard, Pierced Arrows, Thee Oh Sees, Vivian Girls, Davila 666, and Golden Triangle. And that's just a pube's worth of what's in the whole documentary. We talk to artists, writers, DJs, label owners... basically anyone and everyone involved with the garage rock scene.

Also, following the screening will be a Q & A with Greg Cartwright (The Oblivians) and Todd P (Showpaper).

The screening takes place in six cities, one of which is NYC TONIGHT at 7PM at Sunshine Cinema on Houston St. The Vice/Scion-sponsored screening is free, and first come first served, but you must RSVP to attend.

Flyer for the film, the full list of cities and venues hosting movie screenings (also all free with RSVP), and more pictures from a show the Black Lips played at the Sailor Jerry-sponsored Shangri-La during SXSW (same venue Bill saw the Trouble in Mind showcase at) are below...

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Off

Heavy music fans! If TONIGHT (3/26) in NYC isn't reserved for Hull/Horseback/Batillus/Caltrop at The Studio at Webster Hall (tickets), Sick Of It All/Snapcase at a sold-out Webster Hall, or Nunslaughter/Disma at Acheron, then you're more than likely heading out to see Off! with Trash Talk at Santos Party House. Tickets are still available.

Off! & Trash Talk both appeared at the Vans SXSW showcase at Emo's on 3/16, alongside Bad Brains, Talib Kweli, and Black Lips. Meanwhile on the other stage, Housecore Records was leading a southern metal charge with appearances from Arson Anthem (with Mike of Eyehategod, Phil of Down/Pantera, but no Hank III), Haarp (who were incredible), Warbeast, Skrew, and others. Pictures from both stages are in this post and continue below...

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photos by Patrice Jackson

Turbo Fruits
Bruise Cruise 2011

"Over the weekend, I see many other compelling images: Black Lips bassist Jared Swilley launching his instrument into the sea while shooting a music video. Surfer Blood singer John Paul Pitts hunting for a hot blackjack table. Former MTV News anchor John Norris, on assignment for noisevox, interviewing pool-bound members of Vivian Girls while a Fellini-esque cast of hipster paparazzi snap away on SLRs. And finally, in Nassau, four of the cruise's acts--Black Lips, Vivian Girls, The Strange Boys, and Turbo Fruits--playing to a crowd of Bruisers and fratboys and bachelorette partiers at the least punk rock establishment in any port of call in the entire Atlantic Ocean: Señor Frog's.

"I think a lot of people on this cruise hate us. I think they think we're gay," Swilley tells me on Sunday. "I was drunk last night walking through the hallway, I only had my underwear on, and some guy was like, 'Get back in your room, faggot!'" He points across the pool. "Some guy who looked like that guy, with the backward visor." [Washington City Paper]

You already saw our FIRST TWO sets of pictures from Bruise Cruise, courtesy of Gabi Porter. Now here is a third, courtesy of Patrice, and they continue below...

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video shoot on the Bruise Cruise (more by Gabi Porter)
video shoot

As previously mentioned, The Black Lips and Vivian Girls are touring together and releasing new albums this year. This past weekend, the two bands spent some time together on a boat where a video was filmed. You saw the pictures of the filming. The actual video is below...

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words & photos by Gabi Porter

Soul Clap

If you're just joining us, start with PART ONE before continuing on....

Saturday morning we all woke up in the Bahamas, hit the buffet and the pool before the next show, fueling up for a day on the beach and a night at Senor Frogs. Situated on deck chairs with coconuts in hand, two pro-surfers were up-and-at-em bright and early. Alek Parker and Dylan Graves were there to judge Jonathan Toubin's late-night Soul Clap party, along with John Norris, Ben Blackwell from the Dirtbombs and others. Parker and Graves set the tone and brought the party - and their bathrobes - to the Lido Deck.

The Vivian Girls held court poolside and Kickball Katy (aka Katy Goodman aka La Sera who plays NYC shows with Tennis this week) won the hearts and lots of hugs from all the kids on board. In their set on Saturday at Senor Frogs they sounded more confident and melodious than I'd ever seen them before, finally growing into their echo chamber garage sound, or maybe it was the fruity "yard long" drinks their biggest fan (seriously, he had a different Vivian Girls t-shirt for every day of the cruise) bought for each of them before the show. Watch out for a cameo from them in the forthcoming Black Lips video.

New Orleans based Quintron and Miss Pussycat closed out the Bruise Cruise with their psychedelic organ fest. Miss Pussycat brought along her absolutely delightful puppet show for that morning's "Pancakes and Puppets" breakfast. I didn't see enough of The Strange Boys - if they'd played just one more set I suspect they might have been my faves, but at least that means I have something to look forward to the next time they play New York. They were on the bill at Senor Frogs and I loved their jangly guitars, open sound and the tight and twisted vocals from Ryan Sambol. And ditto for Miami youngsters The Jacuzzi Boys who were loved by many, including John Dwyer from Thee Oh Sees. After all the bands had finished playing at Senor Frogs on Saturday, Dwyer grabbed his beer and said he was off to tell The Jacuzzi Boys "they were the best thing [he'd] seen at this thing."

Turbo Fruits

Ty Segall's one short set on Saturday before Thee Oh Sees wasn't enough - Ty Segall opened the festival on board the ship that day and played a restrained and somewhat shy set behind his curtain of hair. Someone commented that if they work on their stage presence one day they might grow up to be like Thee Oh Sees.

Everyone was curious how the Bruisers (aka the people there for the bands) would get along with the "normal' cruisers (who were also on the same ship) (Bruisers were given wristbands so the cruise staff knew they were allowed in the shows), and I'd like to think that we brought a little something-something to people's normal, regular vacation. Poolside at a photo shoot with Turbo Fruits (see above) one very nice lady asked me, completely unperturbed about the quadruple cannonball photo-op that splashed everyone, "Is that one of the bands on the Bruise Cruise?" I told her it was Turbo Fruits. "Oh, I've never heard of them," she said a little sadly, then she looked at the bright side, "But at least now I can tell people I saw them!"

You already saw one set of pictures. The rest of the pictures from the Bruise Cruise continue below...

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Black Lips on a Rocks Off cruise (more by Keith Marlowe)
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The Black Lips and Vivian Girls are preping for a few days of sun and indie rock as part of Bruise Cruise 2011. After the hangovers wear off and the tans fade, the pair will reconvene for a string of US dates together in April which will include April 12th at Webster Hall. Tickets go on AMEX presale at noon tomorrow (1/26) and regular sale at the same time two days later. Full tour schedule is below.

La Sera, the solo project of Kickball Katy of VG, is scheduled to play March 2 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets) and March 3rd at Bell House (tickets) with Tennis and Holday Shores.

Both The Black Lips and Vivian Girls have new LPs on the way in 2011. Vivian Girls recently signed to Polyvinyl and will release their new LP Share The Joy via the label this spring. The Black Lips just wrapped production of a new LP with Mark Ronson for release this summer via Vice Records. Check out a video of the band at work in a video below, alongside all tour dates.

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Black Lips are playing the Shank in Brooklyn (98 Bayard St) on Saturday, November 6th with Cerebral Ballzy and Fergus & Geronimo. Doors @ 10PM. Black Lips Set Time @ 2AM. Ticket Price - $5. All dates below...

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words & photos by Keith Marlowe

Black Lips

The Black Lips are a tough band. The first time I shot them was in 2004, and they're in as good, if not better, shape now then they were then. They've toured hard, constantly, for over seven years, playing every conceivable venue from derelict house parties to huge festivals. It takes strength, mental and physical, to hold up for that long on the road, many bands can't take it and fragment under the pressure. The Lips play shows that turn into near-riots, survive being crushed by the crowd, go out and party all night, and wake up and do it the next day. The boat show on Monday was no exception. Both the opening bands also seemed to know what was in store, and really laid it all on the line.

Brooklyn darlings the K-Holes opened the show before we were barely out of the dock, and gave the crowd a taste of the insanity that was to follow. I can't say enough nice things about them. Check them out for yourself. They raged, got paid, thought they were MC Hammer rich, and their singer ate all the profits.

Natural Child are from Nashville, Tennessee. They have a loose sound, are really fun and a good fit with the Black Lips. I talked to Seth (singer/guitar) to find out a bit more about them. "We started 15 months ago. Wes and Zack (other two dudes in the band) had eaten a bunch of pot brownies. They kept calling me, all day, telling me I had to be in a band with them. I finally told them I'd do it if they would practice five days a week and tour a lot, they said cool, and here we are." They're in the middle of a two week east coast tour right now and have a new 7" out called "Bang My Head."

The crowd was getting thick even before the Lips started playing. When their set began, there was about a five foot gap between the monitors and drums, where Ian, Cole and Jared were standing. By the end of the second song they had been pushed back into the drums. The bass amp Jared was borrowing had a beveled back and kept tipping over. I jumped behind it and jammed my foot into the space so he could keep playing and helped Joe reset the drums when he needed it. You know it's a good party when the drummer gets swarmed.

People in the front had both arms stretched up, clutching the upper deck in an attempt to keep from getting shoved into the band. As the show went on, the wall of people with their arms up got thicker and thicker. A couple people jumped from the upper lever, and things really got crazy. There was no way to hold out forever, and bodies began crashing over the band like ocean waves. After slamming into them, they tried to brace themselves against the amps and drums as the crowd kept pushing in. Jared was pushed farther and farther backward, until the only way he could keep singing was to turn the mic, face the drums and turn his back to the crowd. He had to constantly keep his foot on the mic stand leg to keep from getting hit in the face too hard. Between songs people kept crashing down on him. He muttered, "There isn't even any music. What the fuck......." The band couldn't always see each other, so they had to shout out what the next song was gonna be over the PA.

Near the end, some Justin Bieber looking idiot decided to grab the mic to sing along, disconnecting it and losing the cord underneath all the feet. He was to busy singing with his eyes closed to realize the mic was unplugged, so I found the cord and grabbed the mic from him. At this point, the stand was long gone, so for the last two songs I just held the mic for Jared. Not really the kind of show I wanted to shoot one-handed, but what're ya gonna do?

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As I held it, bodies slammed into Jared's back, I could feel the impact of his teeth hitting the microphone, and he looked at me with this big smile. It was like he was in a tornado of people. A huge crush came in, and he was gone under a writhing pile of bodies. When he scrambled up, still playing, he got on top of the crowd and climbed up to the second level of the boat to finish the show.

I talked with him downstairs after their set. He told me they're recording a new album, and it's being done on the fly, like most of their other albums. "It's 60% done. We've been working on it whenever we get a chance. It'll be out next spring, and we're gonna do a big tour with Deerhunter." Other future plans include, "We're trying to play Iraq, we've got friends over there, so we're working on that. Hopefully that'll go smoother than our trip to Kurdistan, where we missed our flight because Joe forgot his wallet," he laughed. "We're gonna take a break from long tours and finish this record. One-off shows and stuff, but no long trips in the van til next year. It's the longest break we've had in over seven years." Some of their one-off dates in August are Austin on the 10th and the Hellow Festival in Monterray, Mexico on the 28th.

More pictures from the show below...

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Black Lips @ Brooklyn Bowl in March (more by Gabi Porter)
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Rock Off have updated their summer schedule of NYC Boat Cruise shows, which, like always, has focus on punk & garage (though there are other genres too). It includes Jello Biafra on May 29th, Electric Six on July 15th, Murphy's Law's annual Jimmy birthday show on August 12th, The Bouncing Souls on September 13th, and an August 2nd show with the Black Lips (who are in town much sooner a free but full RSVP-only show at Knitting Factory on April 29th with Pierced Arrows).

Other gigs includes Dam-Funk on April 24th (TONIGHT), Budos Band on June 11th, three NY Night Train parties, and The A-Bones on June 23rd. Tickets for most of the shows are on sale. No ticket info for Bouncing Souls yet. Black Lips go on sale Friday, April 30th.

Punk and punk-like boat shows are listed below...

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Black Lips @ Brooklyn Bowl (more by Gabi Porter)
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It's all things Scion (the car) and Black Lips (the band) around here lately and that trend continues in this post. The next Toyota-sponsored garage rock show in Brooklyn will take place on Thursday, April 29th at Knitting Factory and feature sets by both the Black Lips and Pierced Arrows. Admission is free with RSVP. Flyer and all dates below...

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by Gabi Porter

Black Lips & fan @ Brooklyn Bowl
The Black Lips

On Tuesday night (3/23) Atlanta's Black Lips played Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. One night later they played Bowery Ballroom. For a band as well known for outrageous stage shows as their scuzzed out garage rock, it's disarming how charming they are in person. From the outside, watching the Black Lips (the band and the audience) might seem like nothing but an exercise in violent eruptions of chaos, but if you stop to actually see what's going on, there's something more. These are four friendly guys who seem really passionately committed to a DIY aesthetic, building on fan relationships, cooperation and support for other bands and delivering really kick ass rock shows. And there's a sense of joy and family out amongst the fans. On stage, the guys seem perfectly content to stir up chaos with compact precision - they don't actually do all that much more than play - but there is a sense of something unpredictable hovering right on the edge of whatever they're doing. Even though they've been playing together for close to ten years, they still seem like those guys I knew in high school who drank too much, acted up in class, and threw the best basement parties. But before this gets too sentimental, let's first remember that these are guys who still hock loogies several feet in the air on stage and catch them in their mouths.

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I have heard you guys described many times as Southern gentlemen, and then in the same breath people will talk about how crazy you guys can be on stage. How do you reconcile that?

Cole: I think we kind of have like a bratty reputation, but it's not really - to me - being bratty. We're just having fun, sometimes that gets us in a little trouble, but it's just in good fun. At the end of the day, no matter what happens, we're just having fun. We're pretty light-hearted.

interview continued w/ pictures from Brooklyn Bowl below...

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photos by Jessica Amaya

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"The title of [the below] video is "The Black Lips' Jared Swilley apologizes for homophobia, kisses gay blogger" which made me worried that someone had forced Jared into a Michael-Richards/Dog-the-Bounty-Hunter public shaming situation over calling the fag from Wavves a fag.

Turns out it's mainly just him breaking down the difference between the high-school and hate-crime usages of "faggot" and then kissing a guy to atone for his slurs. I'd describe more of what they talk about but the make-out anticipation in interviewer guy's voice is severely putting me on edge. This must be what girls feel like ALL THE TIME. " [Vice]

Watch the above-described video (where Jared does end up making out with the interviewer) at the end of this set of pictures from last night's show at Bowery Ballroom (we'll talk more about the show in the set of pictures we have from their show one night earlier at Brooklyn Bowl)...

Continue reading "Jared Swilley apologizes for homophobia (video), Black Lips played Bowery Ballroom w/ Box Elders & New House (pics) "

Box Elders @ Market Hotel - Jan. 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Box Elders

Nebraskan's Box Elders are touring with Black Lips this March. They both play Maxwell's on March 21st, Brooklyn Bowl on March 23rd and Bowery Ballroom on March 24th.

Between those, Box Elders split off for a show at Bruar Falls on Monday, March 22nd with Liquor Store (who have other shows coming up, listed below) and others TBA.

Videos of Box Elders live and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Box Elders play 3 NYC-area shows w/ Black Lips, and one Liquor Store - updated 2010 tour dates"

Black Lips @ Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Bao Nguyen)
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The now even-more-controversial Black Lips will be playing some shows with Box Elders this March. So far, three NYC-area shows have been announced: Maxwell's on March 21st, Brooklyn Bowl on March 23rd and Bowery Ballroom on March 24th. Maxwell's tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 13th at noon. Tickets for Brooklyn Bowl go on sale Friday, January 15th at noon. Tickets for Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon; general sale starts Friday at noon.

UPDATE:
Full March & April tour w/ Box Elders is now announced. All dates below.

Before those shows, Black Lips will play a late-January West Coast run and February tour dates in Australia. All dates and a video of Black Lips at their New Year's Eve show in Atlanta playing "O Katrina" (with Brent Hinds from Mastodon) are below...

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