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by Bill Pearis


Seattle residents D. Crane from BOAT and Charles Bert of Math and Physics Club have formed a new band called Unlikely Friends and their debut album, Solid Gold Cowboys, will be out January 27 via Mirror Tapes / Jigsaw. (Pre-order a copy.) Here's more on the partnership straight from Crane:

We are trying to make the ultimate pop album....Charles has got a really good voice...and I sound like a muppet....so it is kind of a Paul Simon and Kermit the Frog-funkel feel. We each wrote half of the 13 songs for SOLID GOLD COWBOYS. 6.5 for each of us...he wrote lyrics on one of my songs, and I on one his. We already have a second album shaping up entitled UF 2 (Japanese Import). All the art is in Japanese. We are playing a few shows....and just having fun making pop songs. We have gotten to play with Calvin Johnson and Rose Melberg....so it has been pretty amazing so far. We are hoping to play some popfests or pizza parlors around the country soon.
We've got the premiere of the very catchy "Satellite Station" from the album which, apparently, was originally written (by Bert) for Sean Tollefson of Tullycraft to sing, but Crane ended up taking lead. You can stream it below.

As for Crane's other band, BOAT, they're currently on hiatus, due mainly to the busy lives of the various members. Drummer Jackson Long actually produced the Unlikely Friends album. Hopefully we'll have the band on tour later this year. Until then, check out "Satellite Station" and the album art and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Unlikely Friends (members of BOAT and Math & Physics Club) releasing debut album (stream a track)"

photos by Harriet Roberts

Reverend Horton Heat @ Rocks Off cruise, 4/4/2013
Reverend Horton Heat

Reverend Horton Heat has been making his alloy of punk, surf, rockabilly for nearly 30 years. He brought his "Stewed, Screwed & Tattooed" tour to NYC last night (4/4) for a Rocks Off show aboard The Princess which cruises the Hudson. Jumpstarting his set with Beavis & Butthead fave "Psychobilly Freakout," the Rev and crew tore through nearly 20 songs for their time afloat. More pictures, including a couple of opening band, Continental, and more tour dates, are below.

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photos by David Andrako

"had a blast on the Rocks off cruise on the hudson river with Alabama shakes they were unbelievable" - Felix Joshua

Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes, who didn't win a Grammy but whose powerful frontwoman Brittany Howard performed during the Levon Helm tribute, stopped by NYC for a last-minute Valentine's Day show on a boat last night (2/14). The show, which was presented by Rocks Off, was in a crazy crowded dark room filled with fans, and the band played most of their 2012 debut, Boys & Girls, including a couple of the bonus tracks. They also included the new-ish song, "Making Me Itch" non-album cut, "Heat Lightning," and ended with a cover of Led Zeppelin's "How Many More Times."

Of course Alabama Shakes are in NYC to play Saturday Night Live this weekend (2/16) with host Christolph Waltz. They spent part of Thursday afternoon rehearsing at the 30 Rock studios. Let's hope this week's SNL is better than recent episodes with Adam Levine and Justin Bieber.

More pictures from Alabama Shakes' Rocks Off show (as well as pics of openers Daddy Long Legs) and the setlist are below.

Continue reading "Alabama Shakes played with Daddy Long Legs on a boat for Valentine's Day (pics, setlist), play SNL this weekend"

Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes on the Grammmys
Brittany Howard
Brittany Howard

So this got announced:

Rocks Off Concert Cruise w/ Alabama Shakes

We love being in NYC so to give some love back to our friends and fans here we have added a last minute Valentines Day Rocks Off Concert Cruise!! Yes, we are hitting the high seas and doing an intimate show on a boat. Since capacity for this show is limited (250 people) and we want everyone to have an equal opportunity to attend we are doing a lottery for tickets. Enter your name and info below and you will be entered to win the opportunity to purchase 2 tickets to this special show. You can enter the lottery from now until 5pm ET tonight, Wednesday February 13. Winners will be contacted between 6-7pm ET tonight with purchase details.

Additional show details: Show is Thursday February 14, 2013. Rain, Snow or Shine. Boarding starts at 7pm on 2/14 aboard the Destiny at Pier 81, West 41st Street and West Side Highway. Cruise lasts from 8-11pm. Ages 16+. Please only enter once, registering multiple times will not increase your chances, it will only waste your time.

Hurry and enter NOW.

Check out some footage of the Shakes, who are not feuding with Justin Bieber as far as I know, on the Grammys red carpet, below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: BOAT - Inside an Aquarium (MP3)


Seattle self-effacing indie rockers BOAT will release Pretend to Be Brave via Magic Marker on March 12. You can stream the self-described "epic car crash song" and first track to be released from the album, "Inside an Aquarium," below or download it above.

To help promote the album, BOAT asked some of their favorite bands to cover tracks from the new album which will be on a cassette titled Pretend to Be BOAT that comes with the first 100 pre-orders of the album. Tracklist and performers are below. For those of us who don't have a cassette player anymore, the band are releasing one track a week on their Soundcloud page, and you can stream covers by John Roderick, The Hairs, Burn Permits and Throw Me the Statue below.

Only a couple upcoming shows for BOAT at this point and only in the Pacific Northwest, but all dates are listed below.

Continue reading "BOAT releasing new album ++ covers of all its songs by John Roderick, Throw Me the Statue & others (MP3, streams)"

The Marc McGrath and Friends Cruise (aka SS Brochella)....

Love Boat

Not convinced? Here's proof.

photos by Greg Cristman

Hot Chip / Grimes / people dancing
S.S. Coachella 2012
S.S. Coachella 2012
S.S. Coachella 2012

Before the new year, we posted pictures of day 1 of the second of two S.S. Coachella cruises (this being the one that set sail from Jamaica). Now here's a set of pics of day 2 which includes Grimes, Hot Chip, and Bang & Olufsen which was a "secret" performance by Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip and touring member Rob Smoughton (aka Grovesnor) who played at the ship's small bar at 2:30 AM.

The second day also featured Jarvis Cocker (of Pulp, who played the first day) who gave a surprise presentation of his lyircs book, Mother, Brother, Lover, plus Tokimonsta and more. Check out more shots from day 2 of the cruise below.

Continue reading "SS Coachella weekend 2, day 2 pics (Hot Chip, Grimes & more)"

photos by Greg Cristman, reviews by Nathan Stout

James Murphy, El-P, Jarvis Cocker
S.S. Coachella 2012
S.S. Coachella 2012
S.S. Coachella 2012

The second of two S.S. Coachella cruises set sail off the coast of Jamaica last week (12/19) and returned on Sunday (12/23). (The first set sail from the Bahamas on 12/16.)

Day 1, pictured in this post, was headlined by reunited britpop greats Pulp and also included sets by The Rapture, Cloud Nothings, James Murphy (DJ), El-P, Simian Mobile Disco, and others. We didn't catch Grimes on day 1 but pictures of her set at day 2 are on the way. Killer Mike also played day 1 but unfortunately we missed him. The venues on the cruise were all pretty intimate, which was especially great for Pulp fans who got to see them in a 1,400 capacity theater with great lighting. The other venues had darker lighting but the sound and intimacy made up for any other shortcomings.

Before S.S. Coachella, Pulp played a hometown show in Sheffield where they gave their fans Christmas cards which sent them to this link, which was activated with a download to a new song on Christmas Eve at midnight, according to Pulp fansite Bar Italia. The song was actually a re-recording of an old Pulp demo, "After You," and it was done with fellow S.S. Coachella sailor James Murphy.

Writer Nathan Stout was aboard the cruise as well and he told us a bit about Pulp's set:

A neon sign reading 'PULP' in huge letters swings back and forth on stage as Jarvis Cocker rips off another piece of clothing. He shakes his hips then falls on his back, puts his forearm on his brow, squirms, and thrusts the air...all to the pleasure of hundreds of screaming fans. It is the first night of the S.S. Coachella. We are front and center, proudly wearing our neon hats. Only a few feet separate us from Jarvis and Pulp. We are drunk (but not belligerent or reckless) and living in the moment; every ridiculous moment. We dance. We yell. We exchange glances of excitement and approval. Welcome to music fan heaven. Welcome aboard the S.S. Coachella!
He also wrote about the ship itself...
The Celebrity Silhouette is largest and newest of the Celebrity Cruise Lines' fleet. The vessel weighs a whopping 122,400 tons and holds 2886 people. It was obviously built with luxury in mind. There are two large swimming pools on the top deck, four hot tubs, a lawn made of real grass, chairs, hammocks, basketball courts, a theater, restaurants, clubs, food everywhere, drinks everywhere, and as many servants as cruise patrons. Aboard this ship we lived like rock stars for four glorious days.
You can stream the Pulp song and check out more pics from day 1 of S.S. Coachella below...

Continue reading "S.S. Coachella weekend 2, day 1 pics (Pulp, The Rapture, Cloud Nothings, James Murphy, El-P & more)"

photos by Keith Marlowe

Riverboat Gamblers on a Rocks Off Cruise - 10/13/2012
Riverboat Gamblers

Riverboat Gamblers are currently touring their way to Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. Their trek began back on 10/12 in Asbury Park and continued from there to a Rocks Off Concert Cruise where they sailed around Manhattan with Cobra Skulls, Freshkills, and fans. More pictures from that NYC show below...

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Louis CK

Louis CK fans hanging out in Inwood Hill Park over the weekend got a surprise when they noticed the genius comedian was the not-so-genius who got his boat stuck in the mud...

Comedian Louis "C.K." Szekely, known for his comedy routines and TV shows "Lucky Louie" and "Louie," had his Labor Day weekend joy ride on a yacht cut short when the boat got stuck in the mud off the Harlem River in Inwood Hill Park., according to law enforcement sources.

The funny man was reportedly riding around the island with his two daughters when the boat got stuck in the muck at around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The boat sat stranded for hours until high tide when it was able to motor away.

Szekely, who lives on the Upper West Side, could be seen standing cross-armed on the deck of the boat with his daughters while waiting for the tide to turn, locals reported." [DNAInfo (via)]

Photo via the Inwood Community Group on Facebook.

Louis CK recently played three shows at the Bell House, and isn't playing ATP, but is playing lots of other upcoming shows.


The Macy's fireworks may be viewed from any area with an unobstructed view of the sky above the Hudson River. For the best views, head to 12th Avenue below W. 59th Street at the following access points along 11th Avenue:

Access Points
24th-26th Streets
27th-29th Streets
33rd-34th Streets
40th-42nd Streets
44th-50th Streets
52nd-54th Streets
56th-57th Streets

The following are NOT viewing areas for the 2012 show:
East River
Battery Park
Battery Park City
All Hudson River Piers (except limited access to Pier 84)
Hudson River Park promenade between W. Houston and 59th Street
Hudson River Park Bike Path between W. Houston and 59th Street

NYC's 4th of July fireworks begin around 9:20 pm. and last for about 26 minutes, and once again Brooklyn gets the shaft and NJ gets the goods on Independence Day, a Wednesday this year. So try to figure out a good spot by the West Side Highway (see above), or maybe consider Jersey. Maxwell's in Hoboken has Mike Peters of the Alarm playing after the Fireworks, and notes "the end of 11th St. by Maxwell's is one of the best places to view the fireworks!"

Another option: get on a boat. Rocks Off presents a Fourth of July Cruise aboard The Half Moon with DJ Buffalo Bill. it's $99 a person, but gives you a prime view complete with food and 3 hours of open bar, and it's probably more fun than Circle Line's "Private Pier Party." What other good spots do you know about?

You can also of course just stay home watch the fireworks on TV, complete with "performances" by Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney. Or not at all.

Meanwhile check out some fireworks in Coney Island tonight and every Friday. They rule and you can watch them from the beach.

Agnostic Front

Agnostic Front are celebrating their 30th anniversary by playing the 1989 LP Live at CBGB on select dates, including at their recent shows in Long Island or Asbury Park. They'll do it again in NYC at Webster Hall on July 5th with support from Madball, Murphy's Law and Maximum Penalty. Tickets are on sale for the show which is one day before the Cro-Mags/Sick of it All show at the same space. Both shows are part of the the CBGB Festival which has badges of its own and which also recently added a Superchunk/Redd Kross show to its growing schedule.

Start the beatdown week with the Blood for Blood show at Highline Ballroom on June 30th. Tickets are on sale for that as well, and it also features The Unseen, Wisdom in Chains & Cruel Hand. Blood for Blood will also hit Club Lido in Revere, MA on June 29th.

Murphy's Law's Webster Hall appearance is one of at least two for the NYC band in the near future; they will also board the Half Moon as part of a Rocks Off boat cruise on August 12th. Tickets are on sale for what is basically an annual party on the sea (as long as the cops don't intervene)

A listing of all Agnostic Front dates and a live set from 2004, and more, below.

Continue reading "Agnostic Front keeps touring, playing 'Live @ CBGB' set @ CBGB Fest show w/ Madball & Murphy's Law"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, Amanda Hatfield, and Chris La Putt

Peelander-Z @ Public Assembly (BV-CMJ 2011)

Peelander-Z pride themselves on over-the-top shows and now the punk band will kick it up a notch by playing one aboard a moving boat as part of a Rocks Off Concert Cruise on April 12th (that's soon!) with One-Eyed Doll. Tickets for the NYC boat show aboard the Jewel are on sale.

The show is part an April tour Peelander-Z are embarking on in support of Space Vacation, their new LP due on April 10th. Check out a new video for "Star Bowling" from that forthcoming release, with all dates, below.

The colorful band recently played SXSW after a string of dates with Electric Eel Shock (who then played a show at Cake Shop).

The new video, all tour dates, and some belated pictures of Peelander-Z killing it at one of our CMJ day parties at Public Assembly (we previously posted video), below....

Continue reading "Peelander-Z touring, playing a record release show on a boat THIS MONTH, played BV-CMJ (belated pics, new video, dates)"

The Bronx aboard a Rocks Off Concert Cruise last year (more by Keith Marlowe)
The Bronx

The Bronx are currently working on their fourth eponymous effort (not a typo), but will head out on the road as their alter ego Mariachi El Bronx for a string of dates with Two Gallants in May. All dates are listed below.

The tour includes a two night stay in NYC, except on one of those nights, Mariachi El Bronx will turn back into the Bronx. The Bronx will headline a Rocks Off Boat Cruise on 5/23. Mariachi El Bronx headline a Rocks Off Boat Cruise on 5/24. Two Gallants will open both boat shows. Tickets for both 5/23 and 5/24 go on sale at noon on 3/30.

The last few dates on the MEB/TG tour are with Gogol Bordello including the previously announced June 2nd Wellmont Theater show, though Mariachi El Bronx is not playing the NJ show. They'll instead be up at Hunter Mountain for Mountain Jam on that day.

The Bronx/ also have a few other upcoming shows including one in San Francisco supporting Refused (who recently added a bunch of new dates).

All tour dates and some live video of The Bronx in action, below...

Continue reading "Mariachi El Bronx & Two Gallants are hitting the road, playing a Rocks Off Boat Cruse (and so are The Bronx) --- 2012 dates"

words by Alanna Wray, photos by Deneka Peniston & Jason House

Dick Dale on a boat (by Deneka Peniston)
Dick Dale

Last Sunday (one day after the Kvelertak show), backlit with our lady of liberty and the east river's special scum, The King of the Surf Guitar, Dick Dale played the perfect venue-- on the water. The Jewel, one of the illustrious Rocks Off Concert Cruise's fleet, is an intimate, rocking (from side to side) host to a plethora of shows "that don't suck". Dick Dale, the Jewel's latest jewel, graciously glutted his steadfast fans with all the classics: from a blistering "Miserlou", to the anthemic "Let's Go Trippin'" and back to a virtuous version of "Amazing Grace" (which filled the East River with more righteousness than the Slocum Ferry Disaster.)

At seventy four years old, Dale plays with the antics and agility of a rock n' roll wood sprite. His seamless set moved with the graceful fluidity of 60 years of refinement, grooving through his time honored originals into epic covers of Rumble, Hava Nagila and House of the Rising Sun.

Jimmy Dale, Dick's fresh-faced nineteen year son, backed on set gyrating the double bass like an arena heavyweight. Bassist Sam Bolle of Agent Orange fame played a soulful House of the Rising Son solo smokey as slow sex. The vibe was fuzzy, the sound was wet, the energy was slap happy, the crowd was authentic. After the show Rocks Off bossman Jake Szufnarowski had Dick Dale sign his arm, which has since become his latest tattoo. Dale ended with a "thank you for being my medicine"... and if Dale's got a musical prescription that good, we're glad he's sharing.

Here are some pictures from the show. They continue below

Continue reading "Dick Dale played a Rocks Off Cruise (pics & review)"

APTBS @ Terminal 5 in Aug (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

In less than four hours from this post, The Half Moon will set sail from E. 23rd St. & the FDR. Aboard will be the bands Grooms and A Place to Bury Strangers.... and you if you grab a ticket or win a pair from us right now. To enter, email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Strangers). Include your first and last name. A few winners will be picked at random ASAP and contacted. Good luck!

by BBG

Dick Dale shows his MLB colors
Dick Dale

Surf guitar great Dick Dale is currently on the road and will swing by NYC for a pair of area dates in late October, none of which are CMJ related. Look for Dale on 10/20 at Maxwell's in Hoboken and 10/23 aboard a Rocks Off Concert Cruise. Tickets for both Maxwell's and the Rocks Off show are on sale. Coincidentally, the film that arguably recharged his popularity, Pulp Fiction, is on blu-ray today.

Just one day before that boat show will be another, more insane boat show with the previouslay announce lineup of Skeletonwitch, Kvelertak, and Tombs, plus new addition Psychic Limb (the BV-BBG/Rocks Off official showcase!). Tickets are still available, or get in with your CMJ badge.

Psychic Limb also play Acheron on Saturday (10/8) with Defeatist (who have a new album), Regents (a new 7"), and the newly added The Year is One (who played Union Pool last week).

And so concludes the world's first Dick Dale/Defeatist/LA Dodgers post. All tour dates and some video is below.

Continue reading "Dick Dale on tour, playing Maxwell's & a boat (one day after Psychic Limb play a boat) ---- dates"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin


Rocks Off hosted a boat cruise to the Big 4 show at Yankee Stadium (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax). The pictures from the actual concert are coming shortly, but here are some taken on the high seas (the Hudson River) on the way there. They continue below...

Continue reading "pics from the boat ride to Big 4 @ Yankee Stadium"

by BBG

Tombs at SXSW (more by Samantha Marble)

I'm proud to announce the next addition to the CMJ BV Rocks Off boat show on 10/22 with Skeletonwitch/Kvelertak.... TOMBS! This will also be Tombs' ONLY show during CMJ, and is the only scheduled show period for the Brooklyn band who recently completed a round of EU dates with the boys from The Secret. Tickets are on sale. Limited CMJ badges will also get to board.

The show is one of two in NY that Skeletonwitch will play with Kvelertak, the other being at Europa on 10/21 with Turbid North. Tickets for Europa are on sale too.

Tombs recently stopped by Violitionist studios and recorded some songs. Check out live video and streaming audio from those sessions, below...

Continue reading "Tombs added to CMJ boat, played a Violitionist session (video)"

by BBG

Kvelertak at Full Metal Texas (more by Samantha Marble)

As you knew, Norwegian punk-metal crew Kvelertak are coming to the US in October and BrooklynVegan & Rocks Off are proud to announce an official CMJ show on a boat as part of a Concert Cruise on The Jewel on Saturday, October 22nd! The sailing show will feature Kvelertak, a headliner TBA and a third band! Tickets are on sale (limited CMJ badges get in too). Trust me, this show will only get CRAZIER as the days pass. Stay tuned for lineup updates and info on another official (less metal) BrooklynVegan CMJ show coming soon.

Kvelertak will also play a 2nd CMJ show one day earlier in Brooklyn at Europa on 10/21, presented by MetalSucks/MetalInjection/1000Knives with other artists TBA, and tickets are also on sale for that.

Look for the deluxe version of Kvelertak's s/t debut on September 27th. "The package includes four live audio tracks, two demos, three music videos, five live videos, documentaries, extended artwork, a poster and more." Preorder it now. All tour dates and some video below...

Continue reading "Kvelertak announce October tour, BV-presented CMJ show included (dates)"

photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

Jonathan Coulton @ Williamsburg Watefront
jonathan Coulton

After playing a waterfront show last month with They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Coulton will take to the high seas on Friday August 19th for a show aboard the Jewel, a Rocks Off NYC Concert Cruise. Tickets are on sale. The show is a prelude to his US tour with TMBG which will occur in two legs: East Coast/Midwest in September and West Coast in November. Full tour schedule is below.

If you can't make it on Friday, you can still catch comedian/songwriter "JoCo" on a boat, but the destination will be much different...

JoCo Cruise Crazy II is a 7-day Southern Caribbean cruise in 2012 on Holland America's ms Westerdam, with music, comedy and performances from Jonathan Coulton and friends. It departs from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on February 19th and returns February 26th, with ports of call at Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Oranjestad, Aruba; and Willemstad (Curacao), Antilles.
Other performers slated for the cruise include Marian Call, Vi Hart, John Hodgman, MC Frontalot, Paul and Storm, David Rees, John Roderick, Paul F. Tompkins, Wil Wheaton, and more TBA. Tickets are on sale, and cabins are still available.

All dates and more of a second set of pictures from Coulton's rainy appearance at Williamsburg Waterfront, below...

Continue reading "Jonathan Coulton playing boats & shows with TMBG (more dates & pics from Williamsburg Waterfront)"

photos by Vincent Cornelli

The Pietasters

Ska band The Pietasters played a Rocks Off Concert Cruise on July 29th with DJ 100DBs. A set of pictures and videos are in this post.

The Pietasters will return to the area for a weekend of East Coast dates in October. They'll kick off the short run of shows at Maxwell's in Hoboken on Oct 7th. Tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below.

D 100DBs will also be on the 1s & 2s when ska band The Slackers play a Rocks Off Cruise on August 20th. Tickets are still on sale. The Slackers also play a boat show in Boston one day earlier with iLa Mawana.

In somewhat related news, Oi punks The Business will hit Mercury Lounge on September 2nd as part of a larger East Coast/Midwest tour before they loop back for a another leg of dates that will include RiotFest 2011. Tickets for Mercury are on sale. The Business released their last LP Doing The Business last year via Sailor's Grave.

Pics, videos, and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "pics from the Pietasters boat show, more dates & The Business & The Slackers too"

photos by Natasha Ryan

Ty Segall on a boat
BV Bruise Cruise

1.You can actually get kicked off the boat
Things got pretty rocking on the M for Montreal and Brooklyn Vegan Bruise Cruise Saturday afternoon [June 18th]. But we did find out a useful tidbit yesterday: you can actually get kicked off the boat. You'd think once you were in international waters, there wouldn't be a lot of law enforcement going on. But one dude came within an inch of getting booted off the boat for burning down one too many j's. Turns out security can actually call you a water taxi if you're being too naughty to escort you back to the dock. Or at least they can threaten do that. The guy threw his spliff over board before we got to see it actually happen.

2. Steve McDonald from Redd Kross/OFF is THE Steve
Midway through Ty Segall's set he started to call around for his friend "Steve" to come up and join him for a tune. Steve wasn't in the belly of boat though at the time, so every one started yelling "Steve" not really knowing who they were calling. Turns out it was Steve McDonald from the Redd Kross, who was in town with his band OFF! It was bit of a coincidence too because the last time I had seen him perform was with Redd Kross opening for the Lemonheads at the Opera House in 1993. I also got to see Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield this weekend. So it was like a double-blast from the past.

That's two of the five things that Scott from the National Post learned at our boat party in Toronto during NXNE. More pictures from the water born show (though none of Uncle Bad Touch unfortunately), below...

Continue reading "pics from the M For Montreal/BV NXNE 'Bruise Cruise'"

words & photos by Keith Marlowe

The Bronx on a boat
The Bronx

"We've been a band for a long time, and we've toured all over, and I'll tell you shows like this don't come around very often. We're on a boat going around New York City, and for a couple of you, this is gonna be the best night of your life. This is as good as it's ever gonna get. It's just a long slow slide to death from here," Matt Caughtran told the sweaty crowd from the top of the speaker stack on the Queen of Hearts last Wednesday (6/22).

The Bronx played their first album from start to finish, and closed with a bunch of songs off their last two records. People were clutching the ceiling to keep back the constant push of the crowd, coupled with the slant of the boat to the back where the stage is, and the constant rocking from the water. Anyone who got on top of the crowd had to keep themselves from smashing into the top of the boat as they got tossed around. A couple times I heard the unmistakable sound of skulls hitting metal over the blaring music. And I got yet another opportunity to hold a mic so people slamming into the stand didn't smash out a friend's front teeth while he sang. Boat shows are great for that. They closed out the night with the brutal "History's Stranglers" that had everyone screaming along 'Motherfucker I want your bloooooooooooooood.' Awesome.

Cold Fur opened the show, announcing this was their fourth show as a band, also their first and possibly last boat show. Cold Fur played a fast, heavy set, which is what you'd expect from a band made up of dudes from Rye Coalition and the Want.

The Bronx returns to town Tuesday night (6/28) to play a free show at Brooklyn Bowl as Mariachi El Bronx with Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers and The Two Man Gentlemen Band.

I've known the Bronx guitar player Ken Horne for about ten years, from him touring as the lead guitar player for the Dragons. They used photos of mine on their albums on Junk and Gearhead records. I got a chance to talk to him a bit at Union Pool after the boat show. Our chat and more pictures from aboard the Queen of Hearts are below.

Continue reading "an interview with The Bronx, pics from their boat show"

GGD @ the Creators Project (more by Ryan Barkan)
Gang Gang Dane

One day after they finish a July tour with Nguzunguzu and Total Freedom, Gang Gang Dance will headline a Rocks Off Concert Cruise. Tickets for the July 21st NYC show are on sale now. Two days later they'll play a DJ set at Warm Up. All tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Gang Gang Dance playing a boat, touring (dates)"