Entries tagged with: Blink-182
by Andrew Sacher
Slingshot Dakota (photo by Ryan Russell)
Bethlehem, PA duo Slingshot Dakota haven't played NYC in about a year but that will change when they play Muchmore's tonight (7/16) with Living Room, Bethlehem Steel and Downies (mems of LVL UP and Porches). Show starts at 8 PM and $6 gets you in. Their only other date at the moment is an acoustic show in Kansas City.
Slingshot Dakota recently contributed to Part 1 of the three-part blink-182 tribute album that Enjoyment Records is putting out called I Guess This Is Growing Up. They took on "Stay Together For The Kids," and if you were ever wondering what Blink would've sounded like if they went in a Rilo Kiley/Ben Gibbard direction, this might give you an idea. Stream that below. Slingshot Dakota's last LP was 2012's Dark Hearts which came out on Topshelf. It's got a few Mates of State and The Anniversary vibes and if you're unfamiliar, check out one of the standout tracks below as well.
Another Topshelf-signed husband/wife duo who make slightly-emo indie pop, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), will also be contributing to one of the to-be-released parts of the blink-182 compilation. (Once the whole thing is done, it will be out on vinyl.) They're also in NYC tonight, opening the acoustic Early November tour which hits The Studio at Webster Hall. Tonight's show also features The Color & Sound and tickets are still available.
When we last spoke, we mentioned that Empire! Empire! hadn't released an album since their 2009 debut, but it's since been announced that they'll finally put out their sophomore LP, You Will Eventually Be Forgotten, on August 19 via Topshelf/Count Your Lucky Stars. Check out the artwork, tracklist, and first single, "If It's Bad News, It Can Wait," from that album, below.
by Andrew Sacher
How many albums do you know of that feature guest appearances from two pioneers of emo, one of the finest vocalists in modern-day post-hardcore, two members of a certain Welsh indie pop collective, a shapeshifting art rocker, and one of the biggest pop punk frontmen of all time? Still counting? Well you can add the new Say Anything album, Hebrews (due out 6/10 via Equal Vision), to your list. Max Bemis & co.'s new album features the lead singers of The Get Up KIds, Braid, Touche Amore, Los Campesinos!, mewithoutYou and blink-182, not to mention The Front Bottoms, Manchester Orchestra, Saves the Day, Balance & Composure and still more. Oh, and don't forget Say Anything family members Eisley.
Hebrews is Say Anything's sixth full length album and second on Equal Vision since leaving their major label. And like most of their recent releases, it faces the potential doom of living in the shadow of 2004's ...Is A Real Boy. When that album came out (and even more so when it really broke in 2006 when J reissued it and "Alive with the Glory of Love" was released as a single), it came as a breath of fresh air for the pop punk/emo world which was largely in its unfortunate mallcore phase. To quote The Progress from that same year, it was just similar haircuts with different names. But ...Is A Real Boy, which was only vaguely pop punk or emo, broke from that mold while still being associated with it. The album combined the unconventional with the conventional, let no song by without various bridges and unpredictable changes, and was filled with unstoppable ambition. It makes sense that the veterans of the genre want to be on his new album but trash many other bands that came in their wake.
Anytime a breakthrough is that ambitious and that successful, following it up becomes a treacherous task, and audiences will judge every move you make. Max, always one to be self-aware (see "Admit It!!!"), ahem, admits it on the new album's track "Lost My Touch," which premieres in this post. "Some say I've lost my touch at crafting Say Anything songs," begins Max, before addressing younger musicians on how they can take his place: "Just string together lines of smug self-loathing bile." It sounds tongue-in-cheek but also incredibly earnest, a somber piano ballad version of what made the more aggressive "Admit It!!!" so compelling. And at the end of the song, he brings in Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm to provide a very Touche Amore-like verse, the kind that anyone who's ever connected with TA's own piano ballad, "Condolences," should find rewarding. The great irony by the end of it is you realize Max has crafted a pretty damn good Say Anything song.
As previously mentioned, Say Anything is going on tour with some pretty great openers, The Front Bottoms (who have a new EP coming), The So So Glos and You Blew it!. That tour hits NYC on June 28 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show are still available.
Song stream and LP tracklist below...
Chain of Strength at Acheron in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Hardcore vets Chain of Strength, who were briefly around from 1988 to 1991, reunited in 2012 for Revolution 25 (pics) at Irving Plaza and a much smaller Brooklyn show at Acheron (pics). They've since played LA in 2013 and it turns out the reunion isn't over yet, as they'll be going on a short Northeast tour in June with Turnstile, Strife, Mindset and Praise which brings them back to Brooklyn's Acheron on June 15. Tickets for that show go on sale via Ticketfly on May 8. All dates are listed below.
The brief tour is leading up to their appearance at Canada's Amnesia Rockfest (6/20-21) with blink-182, Motley Crue, Weezer, Alice In Chains, Megadeth, Primus, Danzig with Doyle, Mastodon, Cock Sparrer, Black Flag, Fear, Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Joan Jett, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Meshuggah, Henry Rollins, Rocket from the Crypt, Judge, Strife, Glassjaw, Dying Fetus, Cannibal Corpse, Title Fight and many more. Tickets for that fest are on sale now.
Full Amnesia Rockfest lineup, with the list of Chain of Strength dates, a video of their 2012 Acheron show and the tour flyer, below...
photos by Cory Dewald
Blondie / Glassjaw / Public Enemy fans
With about 20 albums under their belt, it was interesting to see what songs Guided By Voices would pick for their Riot Fest set. Keeping in mind that most audience members might not be familiar with everything in their vast discography, frontman Robert Pollard announced each song's name with a short introduction throughout the whole set. The band opened with "Xeno Pariah" and followed up with songs like "Island," "Shocker in Gloomtown," and "The Challenge Is Much More," only stopping to take a quick swig from a small bottle to oil up his voice. [BV Chicago]Riot Fest Chicago (the second of three Riot Fests this year) continued on Saturday (9/14) for its second of three days. The second day had tons of multi-generational alternative music representation including punk's late '70s heyday (Blondie, X, FLAG -- the Keith Morris version of Black Flag), second wave ska (The Selecter), third wave ska (Rancid), classic indie rock (Dinosaur Jr., Violent Femmes, Guided by Voices), modern indie rock (Surfer Blood, Stars, The Sidekicks), classic hip hop (Public Enemy), and turn-of-the-millenium poppunk/emo/post-hardcore (blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, Glassjaw). Pictures from that day are in this post, and there's more pictures, plus a review, over at BV Chicago.
by Andrew Sacher
blink-182 at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 9/11/13 (via John Packer)
When I was 8 years old I first heard "What's My Age Again?" by blink-182 and I still credit that as the moment I realized music was important to me. Before that I had known my parents' classic rock records (many of which I fully appreciated years later) and '90s boy band-era pop, but something about those perfect power chords, speedy tempos, and blunt lyrics was different than all of that other stuff, and it was exactly what I was looking for. It led me to the "punk" section of my local CD store, which in turn began my hunt to eventually discover everything I listen to today (in fact, blink-182's cover of Dinosaur Jr.'s "Freak Scene" is the first time I ever heard that song). Forget nostalgia, this is an important, milestone band. And yet, for one reason or another, I never got the chance to see them. Until last night (9/11). At Music Hall of fucking Williamsburg.
Blink-182 is 100% pop punk, no doubt about that, but like I implied above, their influence extends far beyond that. Shirts I saw people wearing at the show included The Smiths, Misfits, Dead Kennedys, and Balance & Composure. Overheard conversations about other recent NYC shows people saw included Passion Pit and Glassjaw. And of all bands, Brooklyn indie darlings DIIV opened the show. Cole told the crowd that blink-182 was the first song he ever learned on guitar, and Mark Hoppus could be spotted watching the band from the balcony. You might remember that he's openly a fan.
And the actual show was honestly great. Of course somewhere inside of me the preteen me was like "HOLY FUCKING SHIT, I'M SINGING EVERY FUCKING WORD TO 'ALL THE SMALL THINGS' LIKE TWENTY FEET FROM THE GUYS WHO WROTE IT," but it was a good show beyond nostalgic value. Travis was a maniac behind the kit as usual, Mark still runs around stage like he's 23, and Tom doesn't, but he's at least sounding great these days, which wasn't always the case in Blink's post-breakup period. And all the songs were good. Even the Neighborhoods songs were good. If you had walked in that room, knowing nothing of blink-182's fame, polished production, or goofiness, and saw the whole place going nuts with the band ripping through "Josie," you'd swear you just found the greatest new rock band. Until someone told you that song came out over a dozen years before Wavves, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids began doing a similar thing.
Proceeds from the Music Hall of Williamsburg show will benefit "burn treatment centers, plus research and treatment for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases," as will the t-shirt sales of Red Bull Records-signed opener New Beat Fund. Check out pictures of blink-182 at Wellmont Theatre, and if you're in Chicago, catch them at Riot Fest this weekend. The setlist from MHOW below...
photos by Vladislav Grach
blink-182 at Wellmont Theater - 9/6/13
We know this isn't exactly the type of thing we usually cover, but blink-182 is in town for some rare intimate shows (two of which are benefits) ahead of their Riot Fests appearances, and and after arguing that this band is actually important and influential, we decided to cover Friday night's (9/6) Wellmont Theater show (the first show to happen at the Montclair, NJ venue since Live Nation replaced Bowery Presents as the booker). Opening all of these shows is Red Bull Records-signed New Beat Fund (whose t-shirt sales are also supporting the charities at the benefit shows).
blink-182's other upcoming intimate NYC-area benefit shows include stops in Sayreville, NJ on Tuesday (9/10) at Starland Ballroom (benefit for Sandy Relief and cancer/diabetes research and treatment) and Brooklyn on Wednesday (9/11) at Music Hall of Williamsburg (benefit for burn treatment centers, plus research and treament for cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases). The latter date also includes DIIV on the bill, and both of those shows are sold out.
More pictures and the setlist from Wellmont Theater, below...
As you may know, Live Nation have replaced Bowery Presents as the new booker for Montclair, NJ's Wellmont Theatre, and the first Live Nation-booked show announced for the venue will happen on September 6 with blink-182, making for a total of six NYC-area shows for that band. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (8/22) at 10 AM with a Live Nation presale starting Wednesday (8/21) at 10 AM (password: "SUMMER").
Stay tuned for more Wellmont Theatre show announcements, which are coming soon.
Tickets for blink-182's other NYC-area shows (except the Music Hall of Williamsburg one with DIIV) are still available. Updated dates are listed below...
The most intimate one happens in Brooklyn on September 11 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and tickets for that one go on AmEx presale today at noon. All proceeds will benefit "burn treatment centers, plus research and treatment for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases." And since we last spoke, Brooklyn indie rockers DIIV were added to this one.
And tickets for their larger (but still small for their standards) show in NJ at Starland Ballroom (9/10) go on
AmEx presale today at 9 AM. Proceeds from this one will support "Sandy Relief as well as cancer and diabetes research and treatment." You may remember that Starland Ballroom recently reopened after facing damages from Sandy.
by Andrew Sacher
We recently mentioned that ahead of their appearances at Chicago and Denver's Riot Fests, blink-182 are playing some shows, including some large venues in the surrounding NYC-area but none actually in NYC. Well that's still true, but it's just been announced that they will in fact play a NYC show, at the very intimate Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 11. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/16) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (8/15) at noon. They also added another NJ show happening on September 10 at Starland Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday at noon with an AmEx presale starting Thursday at 9 AM. Both of the newly announced shows are benefit shows for different causes. A statement reads:
Blink-182's Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker have announced a benefit show on Sept. 11 at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The band will donate their entire fee from this intimate performance to benefit burn treatment centers, plus research and treatment for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. The night before, on Sept. 10, blink-182 will perform at Sayreville, NJ's Starland Ballroom to support Sandy Relief as well as cancer and diabetes research and treatment.As I mentioned last time we spoke, though it's easy to see this band as a goofy pop band, they're also very important and influential for a certain generation, and if you do have interest in seeing them, the chance to catch them at a place like Music Hall of Williamsburg is a pretty rare one. Remind yourself that you love those not-so-guilty pleasures with some videos, along with the list of updated tour dates, 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.
These guys might have once been laughed at as goofy chart toppers, but for a whole generation of kids, blink-182 are an important and influential band, and some of those kids might like to know they're doing a few shows this September ahead of their appearance at Chicago's Riot Fest. No NYC dates, but they'll be close by for shows at Revel Ovation Hall on September 7 in NJ, Mohegan Sun Arena on September 8 in CT, and Sands Bethlehem Event Center on September 12 in PA. Tickets to their PA show go on presale today at 10 AM to anyone who bought tickets for the cancelled May show. Venue and Ticketmaster presales for both their PA and NJ shows start Thursday (8/8) at 10 AM, and a general on-sale for all three shows starts Friday (8/9) at 10 AM.
Dan Croll is playing Glasslands on October 15. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
Lady Lamb The Beekeeper is playing Glasslands on September 22. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
Mike Doughty of Soul Coughing is playing Webster Hall on November 23. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/09) at noon.
Born Ruffians are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 7. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/09) at noon.
Spirit Family Reunion and Hurray for the Riff-Raff are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 2. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/09) at noon.
Houndmouth are playing Mercury Lounge on November 15 and 16. Tickets to those shows go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/09) at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.
Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are
on sale now sold out.
The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
A$AP Rocky at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
As mentioned, the Bamboozle festival goes down in Asbury Park this weekend (May 18-20). The festival, which has a continuing history of booking some of the lamest pop punk bands around, like Boys Like Girls, The All American Rejects, and Never Shout Never, has a few interesting/odd inclusions this year. For one, Bon Jovi is one of the headliners. Not only could they probably sell out an Asbury Park show without the rest of the Bamboozle lineup, but do any pop punkers want to see them anyway? Or did mom just need somewhere to be while her kids were seeing The Maine?
The other two headliners don't exactly fit the Bamboozle stereotype either: brostep tycoon Skrillex and grunge torchbearers Foo Fighters. But what's most interesting to us is within this odd mix of mall punk and Grammy Awards Winners, there's actually a handful of acts that we'd love to see, including many of our favorite new rappers, and some emo/pop punk forefathers that knew the difference between throwing a little melody into their punk and straightening their hair. If you do plan on making the trek to NJ this weekend, here's some recommendations of who to check out at the fest:
On Friday (5/18), bounce music party-starter Big Freedia, former Odd Future member Casey Veggies (who actually deserves to exist without that prefix), and Kreayshawn play the Beach Party Stage. Meanwhile, Anamanaguchi will be at the Temple of Boozle Stage. You can also catch Big Freedia in NYC on Thursday (5/17) at Santos before Bamboozle. Tickets are still available.
On Saturday (5/19), the Zumiez Stage will be graced by '90s greats Hot Water Music (who play Gramercy on 5/21-22) and The Promise Ring (who play Irving on 5/20). You can also catch some solid hip hop sets at the Beach Party Stage from A$AP Rocky, Action Bronson, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Iggy Azalea (who plays SOBs on Thursday (5/17)). Blink-182 were also supposed to play on Saturday but they had to cancel their May dates due to illness and were replaced by My Chemical Romance.
On Sunday (5/20), fellow Jersey punks The Gaslight Anthem (who will preview new material at their sold out MHOW show TONIGHT (5/16)) and The Bouncing Souls (who celebrate their new record at Webster Hall on June 9) will be at the fest. Catch the Gaslight Anthem on Main Stage and the Souls on Zumiez Stage. Star Slinger will also play the Temple of the Boozle stage.
And last, literally last, but not least, well maybe least, and defintely WTF, this year's Paramount Stage will be closed down by none other than comedy legend Andrew Dice Clay who plays after fellow 80s & 90s entertainers Dramarama (who also play the afterparty at Stone Pony) who play after 1996 hit makers Spacehog (who you can also catch at Brooklyn Bowl Thursday).
Tickets for the festival are still available.
Did we leave anyone good out? Check out the set times below...
When we first mentioned the lineup for this year's Bamboozle, which is taking place from May 18-20 in Asbury Park, NJ, it only included Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Skrillex, Blink 182, Incubus, and Mac Miller. The generally lame festival has since revealed more artists including a surprising number of not-lame artists like the reunited Promise Ring (their first East Coast date announced, hopefully an NYC show to come?), Hot Water Music, Bouncing Souls, A$AP Rocky, Action Bronson, and Murphy's Law. Take that, Warped Tour.
Tickets for Bamboozle are on sale now. Updated lineup below...