Entries tagged with: Bomb the Music Industry
by Andrew Sacher
Jeff Rosenstock spent the late '90s through 2004 leading ska punks Arrogant Sons of Bitches, and the following ten years leading Bomb the Music Industry (and sporadically re-activating ASOB), and now he's officially gone solo. His new solo album, We Cool?, comes out next week (3/3) via Side One Dummy, and it's currently streaming in full.
Jeff's a veteran artist with a devoted following, and those fans have probably already heard this album by now, but if you've still yet to dive into Jeff's work this isn't a bad place to start. It stands on its own as a solid album, even outside of the context of his previous bands, and it's a surprisingly modern-sounding record. If you didn't know Jeff's been doing this for over 15 years, you'd think he was another indie-punk breakout alongside Joyce Manor and Lemuria. Take a listen to the whole thing below, via Spin.
Jeff's about to go on a stacked tour with Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Smith Street Band and Chumped, which hits NYC on 3/20 at Warsaw (tickets), but he'll be playing the city sooner than that. All five boroughs of it.
To celebrate the record, Jeff's doing a run of five free all ages shows in one day (March 8), beginning in Staten Island at 10 AM, then hitting Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and ending in Manhattan at 9 PM. Here's his schedule:
10:00AM - Staten Island Artists Building Corporation - Staten IslandAnd for the real superfans: Jeff's giving out wristbands at the first four shows, and the first 25 poeple to show up to the fifth show with all four wristbands gets a limited poster designed by Jeff.
1:30PM - Rough Trade - Brooklyn
3:00PM - Trans Pecos - Queens
with Dan Friel and Laura Stevenson
6:00PM - Rodrigue's Coffee House at Fordham - The Bronx
with Doubting Thomas Cruise Control
9:00PM - Babycastles - Manhattan
with Chris Gethard and Spraynard
After the AJJ/SSB/Jeff/Chumped tour, Jeff and Chumped will do a run of dates themselves including Absury Park's Asbury Lanes on April 26 (tickets). All dates are listed, with the new album stream and 5 boroughs flyer, below...
Jeff Rosenstock w/ BTMI at NYU Strawberry Fest 2012 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Jeff Rosenstock, formerly frontman of the recently-broken up Bomb the Music Industry and the been-broken up Arrogant Sons of Bitches, currently a solo artist and one half of Antarctigo Vespucci with Chris Farren of Fake Problems, has given us a list of his favorite albums of 2014. It includes Chumped, whose LP release show in Brooklyn he plays on 12/13, as well as Hard Girls, who he joined at their BV-presented NYC debut (Chumped played that one too). It's a cool list all around. Check it out, including commentary, below.
In addition to his full-band set the Chumped release show (which also includes Cayetana, Chris Gethard and Adult Dude), Jeff plays full-band in Ithaca with Perfect Pussy this Saturday (12/6) and solo in Providence later in the month. His full tour schedule, with his year-end list, below...
Over the summer, Hard Girls made their NYC debut at Death by Audio with Bomb the Music Industry's Jeff Rosenstock, and now the two will be heading out on a full tour together. For this tour, Jeff will be playing with his Antarctigo Vespucci project, which is him and Chris Farren from Fake Problems. The tour hits NYC on November 15 at Palisades (no advance tickets yet). Hard Girls have other shows, including one of the LA nights of Alkaline Trio's discography shows. All of their dates are listed below.
Jeff Rosenstock has also signed to SideOneDummy as a solo artist and will be putting out the new "Hey Allison!" b/w "I'm So Gross" 7" on his upcoming tour with a full length to follow in 2015. You can stream the a-side below. Jeff also has solo dates including a full band show at the soon-to-close Death by Audio on October 22. All of his and Antarctigo Vespucci's dates, plus a stream of "I'm Giving Up On U2" from AV's recent Soulmate Stuff album (released before U2 forced their album on everyone btw), below.
by Andrew Sacher
Hard Girls @ Death by Audio - 8/17/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
San Jose's Hard Girls kicked off their tour with Broadcaster on Long Island on Saturday (8/16), and the next night they made their way to NYC's Death by Audio with Chumped and a full band set from Bomb the Music Industry's Jeff Rosenstock, which we at BrooklynVegan were proud to present. It was Hard Girls' first-ever show in NYC (though all three have played here as members of the Jesse Michaels-fronted Classics of Love), and the crowd was clearly ready for them to finally make their way here. They split their set between material from 2009's Hello EP, their 2012 debut LP, Isn't It Worse, and this year's A Thousand Surfaces on Asian Man, and much of the crowd was ready to yell every word. Mosh pits broke out, people crowd surfed, and they played what seemed like a legitimately unplanned encore of "Beach Party." As they were taking off their guitars, the crowd began shouting the song's "Beach party tonight!" intro and before either singer could say no, the drummer joined in.
Both locals Chumped and tourmates Broadcaster had the kind of indie punk that was the perfect primer for Hard Girls. Both of those bands played new songs too, so keep an eye out for new material from those guys. Jeff Rosenstock, who used to front the now-defunct Bomb the Music Industry, headlined the show with a full band that included Hard Girls guitarist Mike Huguenor. BTMI are undoubtedly sorely missed by many, but their fans seem happy to come out and see Jeff in any environment, as last night's crowd was full of smiling faces and an energy level at least as high as Hard Girls' crowd. Jeff and friends were in equally good spirits and sounded great, and their set also ended with an impromptu encore. "At BEST we can do a cover that we all know," said Jeff about he and his band who had clearly only learned the songs that were prepared for this show. They decided on Weezer (who Jeff is no stranger to covering), and after Jeff asked DbA's Edan Wilber which song from the first two albums they should do, they took on "My Name Is Jonas" at his request.
Really fun show all around. Thanks to everyone who came, and we hope you had as good of a time as we did. A few more pictures below...
Chumped (photo by Rebecca R Photography)
San Jose punks Hard Girls are about to kick off their tour with Broadcaster this weekend, and as we've mentioned previously, it hits NYC on Sunday (8/17) at Death by Audio for a BrooklynVegan-presented show with a full-band set from Bomb the Music Industry's Jeff Rosenstock. Will Wagner was supposed to play too, but unfortunately he dropped off. Though on the bright side, we've added poppy Brooklyn punks Chumped to the bill in his place. This should be a fun night all around (if we do say so ourselves) and we hope to see you there! Doors at 8, music at 9. $8 admission at the door.
Streams from all four bands on the bill, below...
photos by Lance Nelson, words by Andrew Sacher
Michigan rockers Cheap Girls are set to release their fourth album, Famous Graves on May 13 (pre-order). It's their first for Xtra Mile Recordings after leaving Rise Records, and sees them back with longtime producer/engineer Rick Johnson after 2012's Laura Jane Grace-produced Giant Orange. The band's sound hasn't changed much, still enamored with the alt-rock and power pop sounds of the '90s, but they continue to hone their songwriting, resulting in some of their best material yet.
Cheap Girls are touring with Against Me! soon, and as discussed, both of those bands will come to Austin for SXSW where they'll play the BrooklynVegan showcase at Red 7 Patio on Wednesday, March 12 with Touche Amore, The Front Bottoms, Frameworks, Placeholder and special guest opener Harvey Sid Fisher (7 PM doors).
Ahead of the tour, I spoke to bassist/vocalist Ian Graham via IM about the new record, their new label, their favorite NYC shows they've played, their relationship with Against Me! and more. We've also got a set of pictures of the band from the Famous Graves recording sessions in this post. More of those pictures, the interview, list of tour dates, and more, below...
Lemuria at Chaos in Tejas 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bomb the Music Industry are calling it quits and playing a previously discussed final show at Warsaw on 1/19 with Cheap Girls. Since we last spoke, more details have been announced, including that Andrew Jackson Jihad was added to that show, and that BtMI! will do another show on 1/17 at the same venue with The Slackers, Lemuria and Hop Along. Both are sold out.
Meanwhile, while Michigan power poppers Cheap Girls, Buffalo indie punks Lemuria, and Phoenix folk punks Andrew Jackson Jihad are in NYC, they'll all be teaming up for their own show happening in between the BtMI! shows on January 18 at Europa. AJJ are headlining and Cheap Girls will be playing acoustic. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Cheap Girls and Lemuria both have other upcoming dates, all of which are listed, along with a couple videos, below...
Tenement at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Like they do every year, NJ punk label Don GIovanni Records will put on a showcase in Brooklyn in early 2014, happening on February 6 at 285 Kent and February 7 and 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are not on sale yet, but will be available via Ticketfly for 285 Kent and Ticketmaster for MHOW (2-day pass option included) on Friday (11/22). Flyer below. Facebook event page here.
Night 2 is pretty diverse, headlined by singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson, and also featuring eclectic duo Shellshag, new "supergroup" Upset (mems. Best Coast, Vivian Girls, Hole, etc), Lauren Measure's new project Worriers, and a guest.
And night 3 is another heavier one with the shredding Screaming Females, the sludgy California X, the punky/grungy Brick Mower, political punks and newest signees Priests, and power pop (the Replacements kind) trio Black Wine.
Along with the showcase announcement, Don Giovanni have also just put out their 2013 label sampler, which features a track from all of their 2013 releases, including songs by many of the bands playing the showcases. Stream that sampler in full below. They've also just began their holiday sale, where you can purchase 5 LPs for $50 or 5 CDs for $40 through November 29. Check that out here.
In related news, Bomb the Music Industry!, whose lineup once included Laura Stevenson, are officially calling it quits and they'll play their final show in Brooklyn on January 19 at Warsaw. Tickets (including a live recording) for that show go on sale Friday (11/22) at noon. So far, they've announced that Michigan power pop rockers Cheap Girls will open, and there's more openers TBA. More info and a message from BTMI at the Facebook event.
Don Giovanni showcase flyer and 2013 sampler stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
Hop Along (via)
We're reaching the point of the year where all of the exciting music has pretty much finished coming out and you've got some time before next year to check out all of the stuff that might have flown under your radar over the course of the past twelve months. If you've been doing that and haven't already checked out Hop Along's unfairly overlooked (and great) Get Disowned, you should do yourself a favor and give it a listen. I caught the band back in September and they bring it live too. If you like your indie rock of the Don Giovanni variety (Lemuria, Waxahatchee) with a dash of Neutral Milk Hotel, you'll dig Hop Along. You can stream the whole record below ("Tibetan Pop Stars" is a standout).
Before the year ends, Hop Along will make their way over to NYC for one more show here on Wednesday, December 19 at Public Assembly for Bomb the Music Industry!'s fifth annual holiday toy drive. Franz Nicolay (Hold Steady, Against Me!, and more) is also on the bill. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The only other show Hop Along have scheduled at the moment is in their hometown of Philly as an opener at Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start's reunion show in January.
A list of all dates and the album stream are below...
Laura Stevenson @ MHOW in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Laura Stevenson and the Cans have a short run of dates this month which kicks off in NYC for CMJ and then makes its way south, culminating in Gainesville's The Fest. During CMJ the band will play the Deli showcase at The Delancey on October 16 with Blonds, Shakey Graves, XNY, Backwords, Swear and Shake, and more. Then after that, they'll play the Let's Get Messy showcase at The Rock Shop on October 17 with Roomrunner, Archie Powel & The Exports, Twin Tigers, Pretty & Nice, and more. Advance tickets for the Rock Shop show are available and you can also try to get into both of those shows with your CMJ badge.
As mentioned, when the band returns home after their October run, they'll play a local show in Brooklyn at Public Assembly on November 11 with The Shondes, Leda, and ADVAITA. Tickets for that show are still available.
In related news, The Mountain Goats' 2002 LP, Tallahasse, celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, and in honor of that, Crooked Neighbor is releasing a tribute album called Tallahasee Turns Ten, out digitally on November 5 and physically in January, 2013. The album features covers by Laura Stevenson, Kimya Dawson, Jeffrey Lewis, Miracles of Modern Science, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Bomb the Music Industry! and others. You can stream Laura Stevenson's take on "No Children," and check out a list of all upcoming LSATC dates below.
photos by Caroline Harrison, words by Doug Moore
Future of the Left at Europa 6/17/2012
The identity of the "super-secret headliners" at last night's Saint Vitus (6/18) show was spoiled the preceding day at Europa -- by a member of the headliners themselves.
"We'll be playing tomorrow night at Saint Vitus!" thundered Andy "Falco" Falkous of the ex-Mclusky quirk-punks Future of the Left during their Sunday night gig at Europa. Wales's FOTL, who recently released their third full-length The Plot Against Common Sense (stream it), drew on a trio of local powers for support: Freshkills, With Knives, and I Hate Our Freedom.
When Brooklyn's excellent Freshkills opened the show at 9pm, it looked as though the "secret" gig might remain that way. They delivered their warbling post-punk to an appreciative but sparse audience.
With Knives features Joe Trohman of Fall Out Boy and The Damned Things on guitar and vocals. The band serves mostly as a showcase for Trohman's surprisingly extensive chops. His soloing carried their set, despite his noticeable frustration with his gear.
By the time I Hate Our Freedom took the stage, Vitus had filled to near capacity. Their post-hardcore (the black bangs kind, not the buzz cut kind) affectations seemed slightly errant at Vitus, but their delivery befitted their professional pedigree--IHOF features members of Thursday and Texas Is the Reason, among others.
When I think of Future of the Left, one word comes to mind: efficient. The four-piece have mastered musical economy: the songs are short, the guitars are cropped (Falkous often plays a four-stringed SG), and the members are happy to switch instruments when necessary. But FOTL are master showmen, too. Falkous laid about with his acid tongue throughout the evening -- belittling the audience for their lack of athleticism, demanding "more exact heckling," and accusing his own keyboard of racism. Their set, which included three Mclusky tunes ("To Hell With Good Intentions," "Without MSG I Am Nothing," and "Lightsaber Cocksucking Blues"), ended with a fan-friendly deconstruction of the band's gear and drum kit.
Future of the Left will play a free gig with Freskhkills tonight (6/19) at Generation Records. Pictures from Saint Vitus last night and Europa from the night prior (with Me You Us Them and Bomb The Music Industry) are below.
photos by Andrew St. Clair
NYU's annual Strawbery Festival happened on May 4 in Washington Square Park and featured people dressed as strawberries, the world's longest strawberry shortcake and performances by Laura Stevenson & the Cans and Bomb the Music Industry (who at one point counted Laura Stevenson as a member). Pictures from the event are in this post.
Bomb the Music Industry play Europa TONIGHT (5/23) with Good Luck, Spoonboy and Swearin', and tickets are still available.
Meanwhile, BtMI's Jeff Rosenstock's other band, The Arrogant Sons of Bitches, have two shows coming up this week, both of which Laura Stevenson and the Cans will open: Saturday (5/26) at Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom (tickets still available) and Sunday (5/27) at Warsaw (sold out).
After that, Laura Stevenson and the Cans will continue to tour, culminating in a Brooklyn show on June 10 at Death by Audio with Iron Chic, Swearin, and Low Culture.
More pics from Strawberry Fest and a list of all dates below...
BADBADNOTGOOD @ Brooklyn Bowl (5/4/2012) (via @hollaPino)
As I'm sure countless musicians who happened to have shows scheduled yesterday did from stage, Coldplay (at Hollywood Bowl and like they did at All Points West), BADBADNOTGOOD (at Brooklyn Bowl), and Bomb The Music Industry! (at the NYU Strawberry Festival) paid tribute to Adam Yauch with a Beastie Boys cover worked into the set (who else did?). Watch video of the three mentioned, below...
photos and video by Jessica Amaya
Laura Stevenson & the Cans @ Knitting Factory
Laura Stevenson & the Cans, who along with Bomb The Music Industry will play the annual NYU Strawberry Fest on 5/4, played a show at Knitting Factory two Fridays ago with Lady Lamb the Beekeeper and Dangerous Ponies. Here are some pics & two videos from the Brooklyn show. Continued below...
Pallbearer at Rites of Darkness (more by BBG)
Pallbearer and Ringworm are doing all kinds of killing down here in Texas, and I was out super late last night and do it again for 14 hours straight at Scoot Inn today, so I'll keep it short and sweet this time. My suggested shows for the week are below, but first....
One of Texas's most furious young hardcore/crossover bands, Power Trip, are preparing to release their self-titled EP. Download the release for free via Mediafire and get your copy via Lockin' Out Records.
Check out a great interview with Dale Crover of Melvins over at Metalsucks. The band has a new EP and a new video.
The weekly list of suggested NYC shows is below... what did I miss?
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Laura Stevenson, BTMI & friends celebrating the holidays
Titus Andronicus were the special guests at Europa on Sunday, 12/18, with Bomb the Music Industry (who played their newest album Vacation from front to back), Laura Stevenson (who recently played a song in a stairwell for us), Bridge and Tunnel, and The Golden Age of Radio. Titus were revealed last minute after playing Brooklyn Bazaar one night earlier (12/17). The Europa show was a holiday benefit...
"This is our FOURTH ANNUAL HOLIDAY CHARITY SHOW or the "WE GIVE A SHIT" as it's often called. All the money left over from the door after expenses will be donated to Safe Horizon... a great non-denomiational charity that aims to move victims of violence from crisis to confidence by providing food, shelter, and all that other good stuff so many of us are lucky to have."More pictures from the Europa show, along with a video of Patrick Stickles covering Lana Del Rey, below...
Officially revealed now that they played their set at Brooklyn Bazaar last night, Titus Andronicus are on the bill of the benefit happening at Europa in Brooklyn tonight (12/18) along with Laura Stevenson, Bomb The Music Industry and more. $10 tickets are still available.
by Anderew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Feelies - Should Be Gone (MP3)
Real Estate @ Hudson River Rocks in 2010 (more by Natasha Ryan)
As we've mentioned, R. Stevie Moore is hosting and performing at this year's Culture Shock at SUNY Purchase. The full lineup for the festival has been announced and is being headlined on Friday (4/15) by Cam'ron and on Saturday (4/16) by The Feelies. Other performers include A Place To Bury Strangers, Twin Sister, Beach Fossils, Screaming Females, Real Estate, Woods, Talk Normal, O'Death, Bomb the Music Industry! (performing Weezer's Blue Album), and others. The event isn't technically open to non-students. The full lineup is below.
Culture Shock is one of the few shows The Feelies are playing in support of their new album Here Before which drops April 12 via Bar/None. They also play The Bell House on May 13. Tickets are still on sale. Download the track "Should Be Gone" off the new album above.
Real Estate also has four other shows in the area coming up including April 23 at Colgate University, May 20 at The Bell House with Julian Lynch, Big Troubles and Family Portrait, May 21 at Maxwell's with Big Troubles, and they will appear at B.O.M.B. Fest at Western Connecticut State University on May 28.
Full CS lineup and a video below...