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Bouncing Souls at House of Vans in July (more by Mimi Hong)
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NJ punk heroes The Bouncing Souls already had their 25th anniversary celebration in NJ this year and now they've announced another cool thing happening there. On September 11, they'll play the long-running and very small venue Court Tavern in their hometown of New Brunswick, which they first played in 1990. It's a Red Bull Sound Select show, and opening is NJ's The Scandals (who have opened an RBSS show for The Gaslight Anthem) and Seattle's Tacocat who play NYC with Shannon & the Clams the next night. Like most RBSS shows, tickets are $3 at the door if you RSVP, and otherwise $10 at the door.

The last time the Souls may have played Court Taven was 2007 when they teamed up with fellow old Jersey punks Lifetime for a short co-headlining tour. Lifetime are still at it too, and you can catch them in NJ on October 11 with Mouthpiece, Spraynard and Lemuria.

The Souls have a few other dates, including Riot Fest Chicago and Denver. All are listed below...

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Riot Fest Chicago 2014 is set to take place from September 12-14 throughout Humboldt Park. The 10th anniversary of the festival features Jane's Addiction, Slayer, The Offspring, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Mastodon, The Murder City Devils, Failure, Title Fight, The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Primus, Patti Smith, and many more across seven-stages. The fest has now shared daily lineups, which you can scope out at the bottom of this post. Three-day and two-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now.

Denver single day tickets are on sale too. Day-by-day lineups HERE.

Toronto single day tickets are also on sale. Day-by-day lineups HERE.

RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...

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photos by Mimi Hong; words by Klaus Kinski

Gorilla Biscuits / Bouncing Souls / Turnstile @ HoV 7/10/2014
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On Thursday (7/10), The House of Vans became the foggiest and most humid locale on earth as they welcomed the Gorilla Biscuits, the Bouncing Souls, and Turnstile to their fourth free bash of the 2014 summer season. The show was very free and the RSVP list was so overbooked that the line to get in stretched from the venue to somewhere in Staten Island, leaving scores of people to be turned away at the door. It blows my mind that in this city and in this day and age I was able to see two of the most legendary hardcore/post-punk bands and double fist decent beer the entire time without ever opening my wallet (except to tip, of course). But that's what House of Vans does, and for that I am forever grateful.

I haven't been to a House of Vans show since the very first summer they started doing them, so I couldn't remember how soon the bands started playing after their 7:00pm doors. Therefore, by the time I got checked in, into the venue, and acquired my first coupla beers, the opener Turnstile had already finished their set. Did you see them? How were they? Pictures of their set -- and all the bands (our photographer was on time) -- are in this post.

The Bouncing Souls, who are currently celebrating their 25th anniversary, took the stage next at about 8:30 PM, and by this point the room was absolutely cram-packed and a sweltering, hot, foggy, humid mess. I've been into the Bouncing Souls since about 1995 but they are one of those bands whose albums I never really listen to in my spare time because it's nothing compared to the live show. I know that sounds stupid, but whatever. They tore through what felt like a somewhat extended setlist that had the crowd in a frenzy. Almost everyone in the room knew the words to all the songs so there was plenty of crowd participation, fist-pumping, and bro-y fellowship. Pits these days are simply pedestrian compared to how they used to be, but last night things definitely got a little bonkers throughout the Souls' set which was pretty awesome. Good to see people still have it in them to pummel the shit out of each other now and then in the name of hardcore.

Many, many, many, many beers and about an additional 20 degrees later, it was time for my main reason for being there: NYHC legends the Gorilla Biscuits. I got into the Biscuits in about 1993, but by that point they had since disbanded. My first attempt to see them live was when CBGB was about to close its doors for good. I waited in line for several hours, got completely drenched during what felt like a passing hurricane, yet never ended up getting into the show. I FINALLY had my chance to see them when they played BB Kings on September 2, 2006 and that show was so insane and kicked so much ass that I almost threw up. So last night was only my second time seeing them, and holy shitballs did they deliver. Their discography isn't that huge, so it's safe to say that they practically played everything last night (setlist below). "High Hopes," "No Reason Why," "Hold Your Ground," and "Start Today" were among the gems they unleashed on us. They even played a blistering rendition of "Do Something" which is from frontman Civ's other band Civ. A highlight of the evening for many people (except for me because shit like this doesn't really impress me) was when the Biscuits were joined by Judge frontman Mike Judge for a fantastic rendition of "New York Crew" (videos of that are below). Sick of it All front man Lou Koeller was seen watching the show from the audience and I hoped he'd hop up there for a song as well, but that didn't happen. The Gorilla Biscuits sounded absolutely incredible and I really think the world would be a better place if they took the time to tour a little more often. It really is a sight to behold.

And another takeaway from the evening is that, quite simply, Walter Schreifels is the man. I am speaking very generally here, but a lot of these old school hardcore guys never outgrew their safety-in-numbers, goonish, thuggish, and macho "crew" tough-guy ape mentality. And as they get older, it just looks so pathetic to me. After the Biscuits, Walter went on to amass a really eclectic CV of musical projects; from the post-hardcore icons Quicksand, to the more Brit-rock influenced Walking Concert, to his solo works, to post-hardcore outfit Rival Schools... the dude grew up, branched out. To see him step back into his hardcore roots, with his long hair and his lack of (visible) tattoos, and absolutely own it... that rules man.

More pictures from last night's mayhem, plus video and Gorilla Biscuits' setlist, below...

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House of Vans during last week's Zumiez party (more by Ryan Muir)
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The June lineups for the free Vans House Parties at NYC's House of Vans (25 Franklin St) were already announced, and now the July and August ones were too.

July's shows include wild garage rockers Black Lips (who also play NYC on their tour with King Khan this fall) with local skate/surf punks Night Birds and a special guest on 7/3; and hardcore vets Gorilla Biscuits with NJ punk heroes Bouncing Souls (who also celebrate 25 years in NJ this summer) and a special guest on 7/10.

Then in August it's the dancin' Future Islands with Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman and Brooklyn indie pop musician Mas Ysa on 8/7; and DFA's Holy Ghost!, Hercules and Love Affair collaborator Kim Ann Foxman and FIXED's Dave P on 8/14.

All shows are free (and all ages), but RSVP is required (though it doesn't guarantee entry). RSVP for the Black Lips/Night Birds and Gorilla Biscuits/Bouncing Souls shows open today (6/10) at noon. The series kicks off this Thursday (6/12) with Charles Bradley, Mac DeMarco (who also plays 4Knots) and Benjamin Booker. RSVP for that one is closed.

Flyers below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Bouncing Souls at BV-RBSS show at MHOW in 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
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NJ punks The Bouncing Souls are turning 25 this year, and they'll be celebrating with a 'Home for the Summer' show (like their Home for the Holidays shows, but just one night) at Asbury Park's Stone Pony Summer Stage with an all-around killer lineup of The Menzingers and Ted Leo. Tickets are on fan presale via the Chunksaah webstore and go on general sale Friday (6/6) at noon. Flyer below. The only other Bouncing Souls dates currently announced are the Chicago and Denver Riot Fests.

Ted Leo just appeared in NYC this past Sunday (6/1) at Julie Klausner's "How Was Your Week?" taping at The Bell House. Did anyone go to that? How was it? You can check out a couple pictures and a short video clip of Ted and Julie duetting from the taping, below.

Ted's tour with The Both (aka his collaborative project with Aimee Mann) is still ongoing with support from Nick Diamonds. The tour already hit NYC at MHOW and Bowery Ballroom (pictures), and you can check out the list of all remaining dates, below. The Both also recently played a WFUV show in NYC at Rockwood Music Hall. You can listen to the archive of the full show HERE and watch two videos from it, below.

Meanwhile, The Menzingers just kicked off their tour with Lemuria, PUP and Cayetana which we caught at Webster Hall this past Friday (5/30). Split mainly between their two most recent albums (but included a bit of everything), their set was all hits and the crowd ate it up. Hard to believe it was less than a year and a half ago I saw them first on a 3-band bill with Hot Water Music and La Dispute at MHOW and they're now packing a place three times that size as headliners to apeshit fans screaming every word. This band is gonna be huge.

In related news, Bouncing Souls' pal Brian Fallon (of The Gaslight Anthem) is making the NYC debut of his folk rock band Molly and the Zombies TONIGHT (6/5) at The Bell House. (He made the live debut of the band at the Souls' holiday shows this past December.) It's a Red Bull Sound Select show which also features Dave Hause (of The Loved Ones) and Jared Hart (of The Scandals). Admission is $3 with RSVP or $10 without. First come, first served.

Bouncing Souls flyer, Ted Leo video/pics, The Both dates & videos, below...

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Riot Fest

The initial lineup for Riot Fest Toronto was recently announced, and since then the Riot Fest Chicago (Sept. 12-14) and Riot Fest Denver (Sept. 19-21) lineups were announced as well.

Chicago has The Cure, Jane's Addiction, The National, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Metric, the reunited Samhain (!), Cheap Trick, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Patti Smith, Taking Back Sunday, Mastodon, Afghan Whigs, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Superchunk, Lucero, Murder City Devils, Mudhoney, Failure, Hot Snakes, Thurston Moore, Get Up Kids, Kurt Vile, Wavves, ALL, Mineral, Title Fight, Samiam, Menzingers, Front Bottoms, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers and many more. Tickets are on sale now.

Denver also has The Cure, The National, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Taking Back Sunday, Lucero, Failure, Hot Snakes, ALL, Mineral, Menzingers, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers plus Primus, TV on the Radio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Violent Femmes and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full Chicago and Denver lineups below...

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Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)

As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.

There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.

Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.

UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.

Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.

Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...

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Bouncing Souls

The previously discussed return of NJ punks The Bouncing Souls' annual Home for the Holidays shows happens from December 26-29 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, and since we last spoke, more details have been announced. One of those details is that the "special guest" main support act for 12/28 is fellow Jersey band Titus Andronicus (who just played Terminal 5 with Lucero and The Menzingers). The billboard for the shows also just went up on the Asbury traffic circle, and that's it pictured above.

Meanwhile, mysterious band Molly and the Zombies open on 12/27, and while we can't say for sure who it is, we couldn't help but notice that Bouncing Souls pal Brian Fallon has been really obsessed with zombies lately, and that his band The Gaslight Anthem seem to think this new band is cool...

Tickets for all four nights are still available, but four-night passes are sold out. Updated flyer below...

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Bouncing Souls at BV-RBSS show at MHOW (more by Dylan Johnson)
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As discussed, NJ punks The Bouncing Souls are doing their annual Home for the Holidays shows from December 26-29 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, and the openers for those shows have just been announced. The Thursday (12/26) will opened by LA punk vets Youth Brigade, The Ratchets, and Lost In Society; the Friday (12/27) will be opened by Molly and the Zombies, Laura Stevenson, and The Brigantines; the Saturday (12/28) by "special guests," Mephiskapheles and The Organ Thieves; and lastly, the Sunday (12/29) by Boy Sets Fire, The Flatliners and Restorations. Single night tickets go on sale Wednesday (10/16).

BrooklynVegan is proud to be a media sponsor of this year's event, which happens not long after we just presented a Bouncing Souls-headlined show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in September. Flyer below.

Restorations will also be in NYC when their tour with Weatherbox hits Saint Vitus on November 9. Tickets for that show are still available.

Laura Stevenson is also touring as a support act for Cursive frontman Tim Kasher (whose new album she appears on), and that tour hits NYC on November 6 at The Bell House with The New Trust (ex-Velvet Teen). Tickets for that show are still available.

The Flatliners are also playing the Fat Wreck Chords CMJ showcase at MHOW (10/18) this week with Good Riddance, Western Addiction, Morning Glory, and Night Birds (tickets).

Bouncing Souls flyer below...

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Bouncing Souls at MHOW in September (more by Dylan Johnson)
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NJ punk heroes The Bouncing Souls, who just played our BV-curated Red Bull Sound Select show have announced that their annual Home for the Holidays shows will go down from December 26-29 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park this year. 4-night passes go on sale Tuesday (10/8) at noon, and individual tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 16. Openers will be announced that day too.

The Souls' only other dates at the moment are The Fest and a Fest pre-show. All dates are listed, along with a recent live video, below...

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photos by Dylan Johnson, words by Andrew Sacher

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Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013
Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

I'm not 100% sure what the average age was at The Bouncing Souls' Music Hall of Williamsburg show on Monday (9/30) -- our latest BrooklynVegan-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select -- but it was no all ages hardcore matinee show. Yet that didn't stop the crowd, who probably had work rather than school the next morning, from going apeshit like they were in their teens for the New Brunswick punk heroes. The Souls (new drummer George Rebelo of Hot Water Music included) were in great spirits delivering tons of old favorites -- "True Believers," "Hopeless Romantic," "Manthem," etc -- which had the crowd shouting back, fists in the air, piling up on each other, and endlessly stage diving.

Before they went on, co-headliner and co-curator Brian Fallon (frontman of The Gaslight Anthem) played a "solo" set, joined by his bandmate Alex Rosamilia on guitar. The Bouncing Souls and The Gaslight Anthem have a long history together, and though the latter might be more successful, they'll tell you it never would have happened without the influence of The Bouncing Souls. So it was a pretty special night, because the two bands who have shared bills many times -- just this summer in NYC in fact -- collaborated on stage for the first time ever.

Brian and Alex began their set together, playing stripped down folkier versions of GA tunes with the whole crowd singing along like a drunken campfire night. A bunch of covers were worked in too (check out a picture of the setlist below), including The Misfits' "Astro Zombies" (for which he was joined by an enthusiastic crowd member) and Roky Erickson's "I Walked with a Zombie" (for which Brian instructed the entire crowd to sing, and which he played and talked about on the East Village Radio special we recorded with him). Eventually, all four members of The Bouncing Souls joined Brian and Alex for a few songs at the end of their set, including Gaslight Anthem's "Handwritten." And Alex returned the favor by sneaking in on guitar towards the end of The Bouncing Souls' set.

As with all RBSS shows, the openers are local bands. For this one, we teamed up with Brian to pick two Brooklyn bands that would fit the punk theme of the night. First was Aye Nako, whose amped up rhythms (thanks to a ferocious drummer) and sugary guitar melodies recall the heyday of pop punk, before the genre was taken over by jet-black bangs and neon t-shirts. After them was Nude Beach, who have an early Elvis Costello thing going on, but with a punk attitude and lo-fi ideals. Both bands acknowledged the headliners from stage, with Aye Nako singer Mars Ganito mentioning she was once in a Bouncing Souls cover band for a Halloween show.

Comedian Chris Gethard hosted the show, cracking jokes about his birthplace New Jersey, where it seemed like much of the crowd had traveled from that night to see the co-headliners from NJ play a $3 show in Brooklyn. .

NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows -- always only $3 -- happen each month and are curated either by BrooklynVegan, East Village Radio, Afropunk or Brooklyn Bodega. The same happens in other cities (like the recent Mannie Fresh show in Chicago and Tobacco show in Austin).

Another review of the show can be read over at Local Bozo. More pictures and some videos from our Brooklyn show below...

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George Rebelo w/ Bouncing Souls @ Asbury Lanes (via @j_cro)
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Like they said they would, NJ punks The Bouncing Souls revealed their new drummer at an intimate Asbury Lanes show last night (9/26), and the new member turned out to be Hot Water Music drummer George Rebelo (who was also briefly in Against Me!). That's him pictured above from the show last night, and there's a few more pics (including one of their setlist) below.

George Rebelo was most recently in NYC when Hot Water Music played Music Hall of Williamsburg in January, and when HWM side project The Draft played Saint Vitus in July.

The Bouncing Souls play East Coast Tsunami Fest in Reading, PA tonight (9/27), and on Monday (9/30) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, they'll headline our BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon and two punky Brooklyn openers: Aye Nako and Nude Beach. Doors for the MHOW show open at 6:30 PM and the music starts at 8. Like all RBSS shows, admission is $3 at the door. First come, first served.

Updated MHOW flyer and more pictures from Asbury Lanes below...

Continue reading "The Bouncing Souls revealed their new drummer is George Rebelo (Hot Water Music) at Asbury Lanes (setlist)"

Bouncing Souls at Highline Ballroom in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Over the summer, New Brunswick punk vets The Bouncing Souls parted ways with drummer Michael McDermott (their second drummer), and they'll be revealing Michael's replacement today (9/26). They're doing it in style of course, by playing an intimate hometown show at Asbury Lanes TONIGHT (9/26) and to find out who the new guy is... well you just have to go the show and see for yourself. Admission is $10 at the door and it's all ages. Flyer below.

UPDATE: It's been revealed that the new drummer is George Rebelo of Hot Water Music (and briefly of Against Me!).

This is one of two intimate NY/NJ shows the band is doing in the span of a week, as they're headlining our BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show on Monday (9/30) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon, and two punky Brooklyn bands as openers: Aye Nako and Nude Beach. Doors for the MHOW show open at 6:30 PM and the music starts at 8. Like all RBSS shows, admission is $3 at the door. First come, first served.

Bouncing Souls' other upcoming dates include Reading, PA's East Coast Tsunami Fest on Friday (9/27) and Gainesville, FL's The Fest in late October. All dates are listed, along with the flyer for the Asbury Lanes show, below...

Continue reading "Bouncing Souls revealing new drummer at Asbury Lanes show tonight (updated dates)"

Nude Beach at 285 Kent in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Nude Beach
Nude Beach flyer

Last month, we announced that the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series would happen on September 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with co-headliners The Bouncing Souls and Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon, plus opener Aye Nako and one more opener TBA. We're now pleased to announce that the second opener is Brooklyn power pop trio Nude Beach, who just played Mercury Lounge last night (9/20).

Doors for the MHOW show open at 6:30 PM and the music starts at 8. Like all RBSS shows, admission is $3 at the door. First come, first served. Hope to see you there.

Meanwhile, The Bouncing Souls recently announced that they're releasing a split 7" with Philly punks The Menzingers (who have toured with the Souls and opened their holiday shows). The split comes out on November 5 via The Bouncing Souls' Chunksaah Records, and features both bands covering each other, plus an original song by each band. Check out the artwork and tracklist below.

The Bouncing Souls and The Menzingers join forces for Reading, PA's East Coast Tsunami Fest this Friday (9/27), where they're playing with Fucked Up, Street Dogs, Man Overboard and more (tickets), plus both bands play The Fest in Gainesville.

About a month after The Fest, The Menzingers return to NYC for a previously discussed Bowery Ballroom (11/29) show. Tickets for that show are still available.

Some Nude Beach song streams and the Bouncing Souls/Menzingers split info below...

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Bouncing Souls at Highline Ballroom in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bouncing Souls

We're happy to announce that the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series happens on September 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and it's being co-headlined by New Brunswick punk forefathers The Bouncing Souls and Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon (who co-curated the show with us). Brian and the Souls will also be collaborating together on stage (for the first time ever), in addition to playing their own sets. We got together with Brian not only to pick the co-headliners (the Bouncing Souls who were a large influence on his New Brunswick band), but also to choose the openers. Like all RBSS, the openers are local, and for this one we got Brooklyn scrappy pop punks Aye Nako, and there's one more band TBA.

Doors for the MHOW show open at 6:30 PM and the music starts at 8. Like all RBSS shows, admission is $3 at the door. First come, first served. Hope to see you there.

Aye Nako at BV Lollapalooza Afterparty last week (more by Cory Dewald)
Aye Nako

Aye Nako, who also just played a BV-presented Lollapalooza afterparty, have other upcoming shows too. Their recently released debut album, Unleash Yourself, is a real standout and highly recommended.

The Gaslight Anthem recently played three nights in NYC. If you missed them, check out pictures of Irving and pictures of Pier 26. Brian also just announced that he'll be producing the new album by Sweden's Twopointeight, who The Gaslight Anthem have toured Europe with. The new album, Twopointeight III, is tentatively due out in 2014.

And, this month's NYC Red Bull Sound Select show happens on 8/13 with The Internet, Dyme-A-Duzin, Jade <3, and Denitia & Sene.

Some song streams and videos below...

Continue reading "Bouncing Souls, Brian Fallon (Gaslight Anthem) & Aye Nako playing BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show"

by Andrew Sacher

Circle Takes the Square (photo by Danin Drahos)
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As discussed, Gainesville's The Fest is returning this year from October 31 to November 3, and they've just expanded their lineup to include more artists. Additions includes post-hardcore/screamo giants Circle Takes The Square, who have been reunited for a bit but still only rarely play US shows; Geoff Rickly's United Nations, who are also back, but have not been as active as Geoff's solo project; punk vets ALL; Titus Andronicus (who have multiple NYC-area appearances coming up); Fake Problems and more.

Those recent additions join previously announced names like Torche, White Lung, Bouncing Souls, Ceremony, Braid, Paint It Black, Samiam, Knapsack (reunion), The Draft (reunion), The Menzingers, The Lawrence Arms, Hop Along, Code Orange Kids, Creative Adult, Pity Sex, Mean Jeans, Retox, Lemuria, Greys, Tenement, Tim Barry, Toys That Kill, The Night Marchers and more. Tickets for The Fest are on sale now.

Circle Takes The Square returned in December, 2012 with Decompositions Volume Number One, their first album of new material since reuniting and second overall. It's not the instant masterpiece that their 2004 debut, As the Roots Undo, is, but it's still damn good. Download it in its entirety at bandcamp (name your price) or stream it in its entirety, along with the updated The Fest lineup, below.

Continue reading "Gainesville's The Fest expands lineup (ALL, Circle Takes The Square, United Nations, Titus Andronicus & more)"

Bouncing Souls @ Hurricane Festival 2013 (via)
Bouncing Souls

New Brunswick, NJ punk rockers The Bouncing Souls are about to celebrate their 25th anniversary as a band, a band who has managed to retain almost all of its original members. The only lineup change in their lifetime, before yesterday, was when drummer Michael McDermott (Skinnerbox, Mephiskapheles, Murphy's Law) replaced original drummer Shal Khichi in 1999. Then yesterday this happened:

Our brother and band mate Michael Mcdermott has decided to leave the band to pursue other musical interests. It has been an amazing 13 and a half years. We love you and wish you all the best! Here's to the memories!
We don't know what's next (we never have!) but we know its gonna be rad! Onto the future! - Bouncing Souls
Sad news for the band who are meanwhile in the middle of a tour that has them in the Czech Republic tonight (6/26). It's unclear who is playing drums for them this week (Michael's final shows?).

Their next U.S. gig is July 26th at Pier 26 in NYC when they open for Gaslight Anthem who also play Pier 26 on July 28 and a free show at Irving Plaza on the day in between.

By that time Rise Records will have released the new Rise 200 Clear 5 LP Box Set which features a track by the Souls, but also many more (aka you probably won't want to be picking that one up).

All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Bouncing Souls part ways with drummer (again)"

The Gaslight Anthem at Deluna Festival 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Gaslight Anthem

As mentioned, The Gaslight Anthem are going on a tour this year which hits the NYC area for shows in NJ this May and a Long Island show in June, but didn't previously include anything actually in NYC. That's changed now because the band have just announced two big summer shows happening at Pier 26 @ Hudson River Park on July 26 and 28. The first night is being opened by their Jersey punk forefathers The Bouncing Souls and the second night is being opened by their Springsteen worshipper forefathers The Hold Steady (who also play one of The Gaslight Anthem's NJ shows). Tickets for both Pier 26 shows go on sale Friday (4/12) at noon with a fan presale starting Tuesday (4/9) at 10 AM and an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/10) at 10 AM.

The Gaslight Anthem's other upcoming NYC-area dates include The Stone Pony in Asbury Park on 5/25 with The Hold Steady (sold out) and 5/26 with The Felice Brothers, and The Paramount in Huntington, NY on 6/9 with Tift Merritt. Tickets for the Stone Pony show with Felice Brothers and the Paramount show are still available.

Updated dates are listed, along with a video, below...

Continue reading "The Gaslight Anthem add Pier 26 shows with Bouncing Souls and The Hold Steady (separately) to tour"

Devo in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Devo

Punk Rock Bowling is returning to downtown Las Vegas for its 15th year from May 25 - 27 with a lineup of Devo, FLAG (one of two Black Flag reunions taking place this year), Bad Religion (who are touring soon), The Damned, Turbonegro, DRI, Bouncing Souls, The Casualties, Subhumans, Swingin' Utters, US Bombs, The Weirdos, and more. Three-day passes are on sale now and single day tickets go on sale Monday, February 11.

Flyer and full lineup below...

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Bouncing Souls at Bamboozle 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bouncing Souls

Jersey punks Bouncing Souls, who released their new album, Comet, over the summer, have already played New York and New Jersey a bunch this year, but there are still more chances to catch them in the area. The band have just announced their sixth annual Home For the Holidays shows which will go down from December 26 to 29 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. Openers will be announced on October 25 and tickets will go on sale the next day (10/26). All dates are listed below.

As mentioned, 'Souls frontman Greg Attonito is also playing an Asbury Park show with his wife Shanti Wintergate as the children's music duo Play Date on October 20 at Asbury Lanes.

In other NYC area punk news, Crime In Stereo, who called it quits back in 2010, have announced via facebook that "two years was long enough" and they plan to return to recording and releasing new music. They also announced that they'll play one show in 2012 and it happens in NYC on November 24 at Gramercy Theatre with I Am the Avalanche. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/5) at noon.

In more NYC/NJ area punk news, Geoff Rickly of Thursday and Zena Rd (aka Garrett Klahn of Texas is the Reason) are teaming up (not the first time this year Geoff has teamed with a member of TITR) for a tour of people's houses in the Northeast (that's been big lately too). The tour is with The Black Numbers and Fred Mascherino and you can head to The Black Numbers' website for more details and to request hosting a show in your house. Once all the dates and cities are figured out, the tour announcement and ticket info will be revealed.

As mentioned, Texas is the Reason play two NYC shows this month.

A list of all Bouncing Souls dates and a stream of the opening track on Comet are below.

Play Date

Bouncing Souls frontman Greg Attonito and his wife Shanti Wintergate, who put out a children's book a few years back, have again teamed up as the duo Play Date to record an album of children's music titled Imagination, which is due out on October 9 via Fun Fun Records (the children's label run by Asian Man Records' Mike Park). You can listen to "Sunshine Through My Window" from the album and check out the tracklist below. More songs are available to stream at the band's facebook page in exchange for liking the page.

Play Date will be announcing a tour soon, but they've already revealed that they'll play a show in Bouncing Souls' home state at Asbury Lanes on October 20 in Asbury Park, NJ. Tickets for that show are not on sale but check ticketmaster for updates.

Song streams and tracklist below.

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Cheetah Chrome w/ RFTT at Maxwell's in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
Cheetah Chrome

The CBGB Festival kicks off on Thursday (7/5) and continues through Sunday (7/8). We've mentioned a bunch of the festival's shows like the free Central Park show with Guided by Voices, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Cloud Nothings, and the War on Drugs, the Webster Hall show with Agnostic Front, Madball, and Murphy's Law (who also play a Rocks Off Cruise), Fishbone at Brooklyn Bowl, the Webster Hall show with Cro-Mags and Sick of it All, and many others. However, if you're looking for others artists that helped define punk and/or make CBGB the legendary venue it is, there are plenty of options for that too.

On Thursday (7/5), The Bowery Electric is hosting a huge show with Tommy Ramone (who drummed on and co-produced the first three Ramones albums), Cheetah Chrome (of Dead Boys/Rocket from the Tombs), The Waldos (ft. Walter Lure of Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers), Bear 54 (ft. Ernie Brooks of The Modern Lovers), Andy Shernoff (of The Dictators), Richard Lloyd (of Television), The Miamis, The Sic Fucks, and many more. Tickets for that show are available.

That same day (7/5), David Johansen (of New York Dolls) will be playing Sullivan Hall with Daddy Long Legs, Liza Colby & The Sound Machine, Andy & the Rattles, and a late night set by Strawberry Jam. Tickets for that show are available.

Also on Thursday (7/5), you can catch Glen Matlock (of The Sex Pistols) at, wait for it... singer-songwrter mainstay The Living Room with California, Jaymay, Lou-is, and Aurical.

Check the CBGB Festival site for more.

Hilly Kristal entering CBGB on its final night (more)
Hilly Kristal

The CBGB Festival isn't the only place to catch CBGB legends though. Like they've done in the past, Bowery Electric (a venue very close to where CBGB was) will host Johnny Thunders Birthday Bash, a celebration of the late musician, on July 15, when he would have turned 60 (he passed away in 1991). That show features Walter Lure, Alison Gordy, Andy Shernoff, and many more. Tickets are on sale.

Patti Smith will be touring with Neil Young later this year, which hits NYC for two shows (MSG on 11/27 and Barclays Center on 12/3). Patti also plays a sold out show at the Met, on September 28 (a tribute to Andy Warhol).

Blondie will be touring with Devo later this year. Unfortunately, that tour does not come to NYC.

But enough about NYC punks -- California's late 70s/early 80s hardcore scene is getting some pretty solid representation in NYC this summer too. The current version of Dead Kennedys (who no longer count frontman Jello Biafra as a member) will be playing a show at Santos Party House on July 31 with Cerebral Ballzy. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Cali punks Agent Orange will be heading out on an east coast tour with The Queers, which comes to NYC for a Rocks Off Cruise on August 18. Tickets for that show are available. All dates on this tour are listed below.

Greg Ginn at Issue Project Room in 2010 (more by Lori Bally)
Greg Ginn

Black Flag founder/guitarist and SST Records founder Greg Ginn will be in NYC for two shows (early and late) with his new project Greg Ginn and the Royal We at The Iridium on July 29, and two more shows at the venue the next night (7/30) with the Les Paul Trio. Tickets for all four Iridium shows are on sale now.

Long-running Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins is heading out on a spoken word tour which hits the capitals of all 50 states. That means the NY show is in Albany and not too close to NYC, but you might have better luck checking out the Trenton, NJ show. The Trenton show is at the Jersey State Museum Auditorium and unfortunately not City Gardens, which is now closed, but during its existence had seen tons of great tours come through including multiple Henry Rollins appearances. A City Gardens documentary is in the works and due in 2013. The other tri-state area date on Henry's tour is Hartford, CT's Webster Theater.

Meanwhile, Keith Morris, who was a Black Flag frontman before Rollins joined, will be in NYC with his band OFF!, when their tour with Refused comes to Williamsburg Park on July 18. Tickets for that show are still available.

While we're on the topic of punk shows in Williamsburg Park, as mentioned, Riot Fest Brooklyn goes down at the outdoor venue on September 8 with Descendents, Hot Water Music, Gogol Bordello, The Bronx, Screaming Females, The Menzingers, and Larry and His Flask. Tickets for Riot Fest Brooklyn are still available.

Speaking of The Menzingers, they have a new live acoustic video for "Ava House" off their 2012 LP, On the Impossible Past, which you can check out below. You can catch them on their tour with The Bouncing Souls, which hits NYC for a show at Brooklyn Bowl on August 5. Tickets for that show are still available.

In other punk news, as mentioned, H2O, 7 Seconds, and Tournament play House of Vans on July 12. 7 Seconds frontman Kevin Seconds is working on a new album which is due out this year. You can check out the album's closing track, "Oh, Rhonda," at the bottom of this post. The entire 2012 House of Vans schedule was also just announced, Turbonegro included. UPDATE: you can also now RSVP for the 7 Seconds show.

Street Dogs will be in NYC for a show at Highline Ballroom on September 15 with Koffin Kats and special guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

As mentioned, the Fat Wreck/Rocks Off CMJ showcase happens on October 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Lagwagon, Dead To Me, Flatliners, and Useless ID. Tickets for that show are still available. That same lineup also plays a Rocks Off Cruise the next day (10/20). Tickets for the boat show are available. And Lagwagon are also one of the bands currently announced for this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest.

As mentioned, Leftover Crack plays Warsaw on Sunday (7/8) with Crackbox and more TBA. That show appears to now be sold out (though we are waiting on confirmation of that). UPDATE: this is CANCELLED.

Another anarcho-punk option for Williamsburg this weekend is NYHC band Reagan Youth who are playing The Grand Victory (245 Grand St.) on Friday (7/6) with Dust Angel (ft. Reagan Youth guitarist Paul Cripple), Geek Skull, Lords of Death, and Empty Vessel.

As mentioned, crossover thrashers D.R.I. and Mucky Pup are teaming up for a tour which hits NYC on December 8 at The Studio at Webster Hall with support from No Redeeming Social Value, Undivided, and Blackout Shoppers. TIckets for that show are still available.

There's also a number of punk shows at Acheron this week.

Before we wrap this up, a bit more about classic UK punk making its way to NYC this summer/early fall. In addition to Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, who's here this week for CBGB Fest, The Vibrators will be in NYC for a show at The Bowery Electric on September 29. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Wreckless Eric, who veers a bit more on the new wave/power pop side of punk, will play Bowery Electric on September 7 as part of a duo with his wife Amy Rigby. They also play September 13 at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ. If the name doesn't ring a bell, his song "(I'd Go) The Whole Wide World" probably does. It's seen some revived popularity in recent years due to Will Ferrell singing it in Stranger than Fiction. Tickets for both NYC area shows are on sale now.

Did we miss anything good?

Videos and lists of tour dates below...

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Bouncing Souls at Bamboozle in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bouncing Souls

Bouncing Souls released their new album, Comet, this week (6/12) and celebrated it with two release shows last week, including one in NYC at Webster Hall (6/9) with Cheap Girls and Static Radio. They played almost the entire album in their 28-song set and a bunch of old favorites like "That Song," "East Coast! Fuck You!," "Private Radio," "True Believers," and many others. Check out some videos and the setlist from the show below, and if you haven't heard their new record yet, you can stream the entire thing at Spinner.

On the day of Comet's release (6/12), Bouncing Souls kicked off a full tour in support of the new album with The Menzingers and Luther. That tour has been expanded and now includes a Brooklyn show which happens on August 5 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/15) at noon.

The Menzingers also play in Brooklyn at the recently announced Riot Fest which goes down in Williamsburg Park on September 8 with Descendents, Hot Water Music, Gogol Bordello, The Bronx, Screaming Females, and Larry and His Flask. Tickets for that just went on AEG Live presale today (6/14) at 10 AM, and general sale starts Friday (6/15) at noon.

A list of updated dates along with videos and setlist from the Webster Hall show are below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Bamboozle Festival 2012 - Day 3

Bamboozle wrapped up with their third and final day of the festival on Sunday, 5/20. Day 3 was the one headlined by Bon Jovi, and needless to say... we weren't so sure how that one was gonna go over. Hollywood Reporter loved it, saying "Bon Jovi still manages to get a huge crowd reaction simply by flashing his million-dollar smile." Meanwhile, Amanda Remling in her IB Times review, said, "The set wasn't bad...but as someone in their early 20's, I didn't go to Bamboozle pumped up to see Bon Jovi perform, even though he received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from my Alma mater."

Bon Jovi wasn't the only artist to close out the festival who call Jersey home. Day 3 also had sets by Jersey natives Bouncing Souls and Gaslight Anthem, both of whom are pictured below. We've also got pics of comedian/actor Andrew Dice Clay, NYHC mainstays Murphy's Law, Buckcherry, and The White Panda.

Pics of day 1 are HERE, pics of day 2 are HERE, and more from day 3 below...

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A$AP Rocky at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
ASAP Rocky

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...

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