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by Andrew Sacher

Roger Harvey

Last month, Roger Harvey released his debut album Twelve Houses, a nice dose of heartfelt poppy indie that we said fans of Neutral Milk Hotel, The Antlers, Death Cab and Youth Lagoon should check out. One of the album's more rocking songs, "City Deer," has been given the video treatment. It juxtaposes shots of Roger and his band playing in an open field against a whimsical romantic storyline. The video was directed by John Skip Volcsko (full credits here) and premieres below.

Roger also has dates coming up, including an opening slot on one of the Bouncing Souls holiday shows at The Stone Pony. He plays the December 28 show, which also has The Loved Ones and Static Radio NJ. Tickets are still available.

He also has some 2016 shows with The Loved Ones (but not their NYC show, which Cayetana play). All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Roger Harvey made a video for "City Deer," playing shows with Bouncing Souls, The Loved Ones & more (dates)"

photo: Bouncing Souls at House of Vans in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Bouncing Souls

Bouncing Souls recently announced their annual "Home For The Holidays" shows for Asbury Park's Stone Pony on December 26-28 and now more details have been revealed. Openers were announced, and on night 1 it's World/Inferno Friendship Society, The Low Budgets and Miss TK and the Revenge (which features members of Lifetime, including singer Ari Katz, who also has the new project Mitylion). The show on the 27th will feature Tim Barry, Let it Burn and Tommy Brunett, and the 28th will be opened by The Loved Ones, Static Radio NJ and Roger Harvey. three-night passes go on sale on 11/11 at noon, and single-day tickets go on sale 11/13 at noon.

As always, there will be afterparties and this year they happen at the Asbury Yacht Club. The afterparty on the 26th is still TBA, but the 27th will have The Scandals and Crazy & the Brains in addition to a set from DJ s.pookie. The afterparty on the 28th will feature Luther (their last show before breaking up) and DJ Sarah M. All of those shows open at 11 and tickets are $8 at the door (or $5 with a ticket to the earlier show).

The Bouncing Souls holiday experience also features some fun events during the day. There is an assortment of charity drives, flea markets, raffle drawings, art shows and acoustic sets. You can check out all the details here.

The Loved Ones also have their 10th anniversary show for Keep Your Heart with Cayetana and Friendship Commanders on February 19 at Bowery Ballroom, and tickets for that are still on sale.

photo: Bouncing Souls at House of Vans in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Bouncing Souls

Bouncing Souls have announced their annual 'Home for the Holidays' shows that will take place at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park on December 26-28. Openers and details on the afterparties will be announced shortly, and tickets will be on sale soon too.

Bouncing Souls just played a few shows with Leftover Crack, Beach Slang and All Torn Up. Leftover Crack just debuted the first song from their first new album since 2004's Fuck World Trade called "System Fucked," which features Operation Ivy frontman Jesse Michaels (who now fronts Classics of Love). The album is called Constructs of the State and it's out on November 27 via Fat Wreck Chords. You can stream the song below (via Noisey).

Meanwhile, Beach Slang have some dates coming up, including that BV-presented show at Knitting Factory Brooklyn on December 17 with Tim Kasher & Field Mouse (tix).

Check out that new Leftover Crack song and the Bouncing Souls flyer below...

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photo: Screaming Females at Rough Trade in May (more by Ryan Muir)
Screaming Females

Screaming Females just headlined their label Don Giovanni's free annual New Brunswick show over the weekend, and they have more dates coming up. They play the Halloween show at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, Convention Hell, which has them covering X, members of Bouncing Souls and The Parlor Mob covering Hall & Oates, and more, and after that they'll go on a short Northeast tour.

The tour hits Brooklyn on November 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Most dates have support from Potty Mouth, but no opener announced for MHOW yet. Tickets for MHOW go on sale Friday (9/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/16) at noon. All dates are listed below.

In related news, Screaming Females singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster directed and starred in the new video from their labelmates/recent tourmates Vacation. It's for the song "I Wish I Could Be Someone Else" off their new album Non-Person, and you can watch it below.

Continue reading "Screaming Females touring, playing Halloween in Asbury Park (as X), Brooklyn & more; Marissa is in the new Vacation video"

Beach Slang at Gigawatts Fest - 7/26/15 (photo via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Beach Slang

The Bouncing Souls just played How I Spent My Summer Vacation in full at a NJ show with some amazing openers, and now they announced a few more Northeast shows with different amazing openers. After playing California punk festival It's Not Dead Fest, the band will play three shows with Leftover Crack, Beach Slang and All Torn Up.

Those happen at Long Island's Emporium on 10/15, Clifton Park, NY's Upstate Concert Hall on 10/16, and Lancaster, PA's Chamelon Club on 10/17. Tickets for all three shows (click the venue links) go on sale Friday (7/31) at 10 AM.

Beach Slang just played Brooklyn's Gigawatts Festival over the weekend (pictured above). Full list of tour dates, and some music, below...

Continue reading "Bouncing Souls, Leftover Crack, Beach Slang & All Torn Up playing Northeast shows together this fall (dates)"

Bouncing Souls

As previously mentioned, NJ punks The Bouncing Souls are playing a big home state show on July 17 at Starland Ballroom with killer support from Andrew Jackson Jihad, Screaming Females, and Seaside Caves. Since we last spoke, the band revealed that they'll be playing 2001's great How I Spent My Summer Vacation in full at the show. Tickets are still available, and we're giving away a pair. Details below.

The day after the show, Bouncing Souls singer Greg Attonito and his wife Shanti Wintergate's children's music duo Play Date play an afternoon NJ show.

Andrew Jackson Jihad also have a Brooklyn show the day after at Knitting Factory (7/18). We're giving away tickets to that one too, and they're also still on sale.

Stream How I Spent My Summer Vacation in full, with the contest details, below...

Continue reading "Bouncing Souls playing 'How I Spent My Summer Vacation' in full at their NJ show w/ AJJ & Screaming Females (win tix!)"

Play Date

Bouncing Souls already have a big NJ show planned for 7/17 at Starland Ballroom, and the very next day, singer Greg Attonito is putting on another NJ show that you may want to take your kids to. Play Date, Greg's children's music duo with his wife Shanti Wintergate, are playing a release show for their upcoming We All Shine album at Asbury Park's Porta Pizza on July 18. Doors open at 2 PM, show starts at 2:30, and of course it's all ages. Tickets are on sale now.

We All Shine is due out July 24. No music is out from that yet, but you can check out the artwork and watch the video for earlier track "Dance Like A Monster" below.

The Souls' Starland Ballroom show is with Screaming Females (who play NYC tonight and Thursday), Andrew Jackson Jihad, and Seaside Caves. Tickets for that one are still available.

Continue reading "children's music duo Play Date celebrating new album in Asbury Park the day after Bouncing Souls' NJ show"

photo: Bouncing Souls at House of Vans in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)

NJ punk heroes The Bouncing Souls will play a home state show this summer on July 17 at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville. It's their first time playing the venue in over ten years, and they've got a pretty impressive cast of openers on board for it. Phoenix folk punks Andrew Jackson Jihad provide direct support, and before them it's another killer NJ punk band, Screaming Females. Opening is Asbury Park's Seaside Caves. Tickets are on sale. Show flyer and Bouncing Souls' full tour schedule below.

Seaside Caves will give their self-titled debut EP a vinyl release on the Souls' label Chunksaah Records three days before the show (7/14). They just wrapped up a tour in NYC at Pianos over the weekend (5/16) that began earlier this month at Asbury Park tapas and cocktails bar Watermark (not a place that normally has shows). You can stream their EP below.

The Souls aren't the only Jersey punk vets playing Starland this summer. Lifetime are too.

Continue reading "Bouncing Souls playing Starland with Screaming Females, Andrew Jackson Jihad & Seaside Caves (and other dates)"

photo: Bouncing Souls at House of Vans in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Bouncing Souls

The first annual Asbury Park Music In Film Fest is set to take place April 10-12 across a handful of venues in the New Jersey city. The event features screenings of a handful of music films, including Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo's JACO, a documentary focusing on the life of the legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius; DC punk doc Salad Days; A Band Called Death, the story of Detroit proto-punk legends Death; Bouncing Souls doc Do You Remember? 15 Years Of The Bouncing Souls; Memphis music film Take Me To The River; Rye Coalition film Rye Coalition: The Story of the Hard Luck Five; City Gardens doc Riot on the Dance Floor; and more.

There's also a few afterparties, including the "punk band after party" at Asbury Lanes on Friday, April 10 which you can get into with the Friday Punk Pass Ticket Package, that also includes admission to the Salad Days and the Bouncing Souls doc screenings.

There's also Robby Krieger of The Doors at The Stone Pony on 4/10 (tickets); JACO-afterparty "Funk That Bass" superjam hosted by Bernie Worrell featuring Dean Ween, Bernard Fowler, Corey Glover and special guests on April 11; a Rye Coalition afterparty at Asbury Lanes on 4/11 with performances from members of the band; a Q&A with A Band Called Death's directors at BTII Gallery on 4/11 and more.

Full schedule and ticket options HERE. Check out trailers for Take Me To The River, Salad Days, Do You Remember?, and A Band Called Death below...

Continue reading "Asbury Park Music In Film Fest happening w/ 'Salad Days,' Bouncing Souls doc, City Gardens doc, afterparties & more"

by Andrew Sacher


Quebec's Amnesia Rockfest goes down from June 18-21 in Montebello, QC and the lineup was just announced, including the back-in-action Refused, Pixies, Slayer, Melvins, Buzzcocks, Descendents, ALL, Tenacious D, Deftones, Bad Religion, Snoop Dogg, Propagandhi, Gogol Bordello, Bouncing Souls, Ministry, Down, The Exploited, GBH, Carcass, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Bolt Thrower, Sick of It All, Cro-Mags, Snapcase, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), The Offspring (who toured Smash last year but will now play the less good Americana) and more. Full lineup here. Tickets are on sale now.

The lineup is also includes the first announced reunion date for Thrice, who went on hiatus about three years ago. It's arguable that they didn't go out on the best note, but those early records are pretty great -- 2002's The Illusion of Safety and 2003's The Artist in the Ambulance especially -- so it should be cool to hear that stuff live again. Revisit some old highlights below. They also recently reissued stuff on vinyl.

Assuming the reunion includes bassist Eddie Breckenridge, he'll be pulling triple duty this year. He's a current member of the reunited Knapsack (who have dates coming up), and he plays with former (?) blink-182 member Tom Delonge in his arena rock band Angels & Airwaves. blink-182 (without Tom) have a similarly-themed festival that they curated coming up, too.

And ahead of Amnesia Rockfest, Thrice singer Dustin Kensrue (who has a new solo album coming) will go on a tour with Manchester Orchestra singer Andy Hull, which hits NYC on April 30 at The Bell House. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/13) at noon.

All dates are listed below...

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As discussed, the Bouncing Souls 'Home for the Holidays' shows happen this year from December 26-28 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park with The Van Pelt, None More Black and more as openers. Tickets for all three are still available.

Now the afterparties have been announced, and those have pretty great lineups too. Those all happen at Asbury Lanes with 11 PM doors right after each Souls show, and admission is $8 or $5 with a Souls ticket. The first one has Bouncing Souls guitarist Pete Steinkopf's other band Smalltalk and Philly post-punks Dark Blue (mems Clockcleaner, Paint It Black), with Dark Blue members Andy Nelson and Sharkey DJing. Dark Blue also play a free 2 PM show at Rough Trade NYC on 10/26

Then night 2 has the recently reactivated Spraynard (who just opened for Lifetime in Asbury Park) and Philly indie rockers Cayetana (who also play the official BV CMJ showcase), with Miss TK and Mitylion (Ari Katz of Lifetime) DJing.

Finally, night 3 has Lauren Measure's current band Worriers, and Roger Harvey & the Wild Life (who we just profiled), with DJ J-5 on the boards.

Each day there's also a charity fundraiser at noon at Neptune Tattooville in Neptune, NJ and there's also a Punk Rock Flea Market on the Saturday (12/27) at 11 AM at Convention Hall in Asbury Park with "The Pete" DJing. The flea market is free with a Saturday Souls ticket.

Check out some videos/streams of the afterparty bands below...

Continue reading "Bouncing Souls holiday show afterparty lineups (Smalltalk, Dark Blue, Cayetana, Worriers, Roger Harvey, Spraynard)"

The Van Pelt at Coco66 in 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Van Pelt

We recently mentioned that The Bouncing Souls' 'Home for the Holidays' shows would be happening in Asbury Park from December 26 to 28 at The Stone Pony, and now the openers for each night have been announced. 12/26 has Bane, Blanks 77 and Morning Glory; 12/27 has None More Black, The Scandals and The Van Pelt; and 12/28 has Jesse Malin, Frnkiero & the Cellabration and Seaside Caves. Ticket bundles go on sale Tuesday (10/7) at noon and individual show tickets go on sale Friday (10/10) at noon.

The Van Pelt put out unreleased tracks and rarities on Record Store Day this year, and the Kid Dynamite-related None More Black put out their first song in a while not too long ago. Jesse Malin is also touring with Joan Jett.

Frank Iero's former My Chemical Romance bandmate Gerard Way is touring this year too and just put out a video for "Millions" off his britpoppy new album Hesitant Alien. Watch that below...

Continue reading "Bouncing Souls announce holiday show openers (None More Black, The Van Pelt & more); Gerard Way made a video"

Bouncing Souls at House of Vans in July (more by Mimi Hong)
Bouncing Souls

The Bouncing Souls, who turned 25 earlier this year and played the Court Tavern earlier this month, have announced their annual 'Home for the Holiday's shows for 2014. The NJ band will return to Asbury Park's Stone Pony from Friday, December 26 to Sunday, December 28. Lineups, ticket packages and afterparties will be announced October 6. A pre-sale begins October 7 at the Chunksaah site and general on-sale begins October 10.

The Souls are also celebrating New Year's Eve with shows on December 30 & 31 in Denver this year. All upcoming dates are listed below...

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photos by James Richards IV, words by Zach Pollack & Milos Markicevic

Mineral / Patti Smith / Superchunk
Riot Fest 2014 - Day 3
Riot Fest 2014 - Day 3
Riot Fest 2014 - Day 3

Riot Fest Chicago wrapped up this past Sunday (9/14) with sets from The Cure, Weezer (playing Blue Album), Primus, Social Distortion, Cheap Trick (playing Heaven Tonight), Patti Smith, Mudhoney, Hot Snakes, Mineral, Lucero, Naked Raygun (playing Throb Throb), La Dispute, Superchunk, The Hold Steady, Kurt Vile, Bouncing Souls, The Front Bottoms, The Menzingers and many more.

I arrived at the final day of the festival to find New Jersey punk heroes The Bouncing Souls already on the Roots Stage, and NJ folk punks The Front Bottoms getting set to perform on the Rebel Stage. Having seen the former a few times, I went for the latter band and heard "Flashlight" as I approached the stage. Their early afternoon-yet-rabid crowd screamed the lyrics along to the song's stop-start chorus. The tongue-in-cheek Talon of the Hawk opener "Au Revoir (Adios)" came next, followed by mix of songs from that album and their 2011 self-titled LP. --ZP

Kurt Vile & The Violators were the next band I caught, over at the Riot Stage. Given that Sunday beared even better weather than Saturday had, opening with "Wakin on a Pretty Day" was an apt choice in full sun. The Violators proceeded to deliver a low-key and enjoyable set that touched on Wakin on a Pretty Daze, Smoke Ring for My Halo, and Childish Prodigy. After a bit of KV and co., I headed over to the Rebel Stage to catch The Hold Steady. The NYC crew kicked things off with "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You" from this year's Teeth Dreams, followed by the Boys and Girls in America favorite "Stuck Between Stations." The band flew by their usual M.O. -- flexing some muscle without coming off as too cheesy -- while pulling out tunes from their back catalog. --ZP

Next I went to catch Superchunk, and I arrived at the Riot Stage a bit prior to their set. In the meantime, I caught the last few songs of Billy Bragg's performance on the nearby Roots Stage. Before playing "The Milkman of Human Kindness," Bragg shared that he's out to become "the Pete Seegar of punk" and hopes to be performing into his 90s. He turned "There Is Power in a Union" into a sing-along and finished off with "A New England." Superchunk began with the No Pocky for Kitty tune "Cast Iron," followed by the one-two punch of "Digging For Something" and "FOH." It was back to No Pocky... for "Punch Me Harder," and then Mac asked the crowd to sing along during "Learned To Surf." "I'm gonna need you to repeat after me, in the age-old tradition of repeating after people on stage, he quipped. Their 11-song set came to a close with "Slack Motherfucker" into "Precision Auto." --ZP

Michigan post-hardcore crew La Dispute were up next at the far-from-everything Rock Stage. The four-piece were heavy on this year's great Rooms of the House, and began their 10-song set with "HUDSONVILLE, MI 1956," "Stay Happy There," and "First Reactions After Falling Through the Ice" from the LP falling within the first five they played. Their meditative grooves quickly won over the large crowd they had gathered at the stage. My next target after La Dispute was the Rise Stage, where whiskey-soaked Memphis crew Lucero would soon begin their late afternoon set. I only stuck around for a few songs, but I got to hear some of my favorites from the start, including "On My Way Downtown" into "Nights Like These." --ZP

La Dispute's crowd
Riot Fest 2014 - Day 3

After Lucero, it was back over to the Rock Stage for reunited Austin emo band Mineral. The band quietly took the stage and delivered an excellent set that was split evenly between their 1997 debut The Power of Failing and 1998's EndSerenading. Highlights included their heavier moments found within the brief "Five, Eight, & Ten," "For Ivadell," and "Gloria," and also the more subdued offerings like "Love Letter Typewriter." Mineral were one of the best emo bands out there, and it's great to see them return sounding great. --ZP

One of my most anticipated sets of the three-day fest was Patti Smith's 6PM performance on the Riot Stage. Patti was born in Chicago not all that far from the stage she occupied, and spoke about coming to the park with her mother as a very young child. She and her band opened with "Dancing Barefoot" into the Horses tune "Redondo Beach." A cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" came next, followed by "Pissing in a River." Along with a select few others, Patti Smith fully embodies the spirit of Riot Fest. --ZP

While Zach was over at Patti Smith on the Riot Stage, I was at the Rise Stage for Mudhoney. The grunge grandfathers ripped through their set and barely stopped to catch their breath. Drummer Dan Peters was a beast on drums throughout the set, and at one point the band even made way for a brief drum solo, bringing in the fuzz at the climax. You would think Mark Arm's vocal style would have wrecked his pipes after all these years but the guy sounded just as good as he did on the band's debut album. The definite highlight of set was the band's classic "Touch Me I'm Sick" which left everyone floored. --MM

If Patti Smith carries the ethos of Riot Fest, then Primus serve to represent the festival's large carnival presence. Les Claypool was transfixed on the ferris wheel he faced from the stage and spoke at length about how beautiful it was and how lucky they were to be performing near it. He later prompted guitarist Larry LaLonde to do a solo inspired by the wheel. Unlike when I saw them in 2013, Primus shed their jammy approach of late for the tighter feel of their early material. This shift was aided by stand-in timekeeper Danny Carey, who delivered a fast-handed, rigid performance. The trio opened with the Sailing the Seas of Cheese cut "Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers," followed by the driving LP number "Here Come the Bastards." The tweaky Brown Album song "Over the Falls" was also played, as well as more favorites like "My Name Is Mud," and set endcap "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver." --ZP

Weezer were one of the albums billed to play a classic album (The Blue Album), but first they warmed up with some of their more recent singles, steadily going back in time with each song. The band played "Pork and Beans," "Beverly Hills," "Island In The Sun," "Hash Pipe," "El Scorcho" and others before getting to 1994, the year of The Blue Album. Everything prior to The Blue Album's performance felt like filler as everyone, including myself, sang along to every Blue Album song, most loudly to "Buddy Holly" which some fans begged to be played again. Weezer performed flawlessly while their stage lights bathed everyone in blue light, keeping in theme of the album's color. It was amazing seeing the band perform The Blue Album-- one of my favorite 90s albums-- in its entirety. I only wish they could've squeezed in Pinkerton right after. --MM

Pics and review of day 1 are HERE and day 2 are HERE. More day 3 pictures below...

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Bouncing Souls at House of Vans in July (more by Mimi Hong)

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
Gorilla Biscuits
Gorilla Biscuits
Bouncing Souls

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)
House of Vans

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)
Bouncing Souls

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)
Bouncing Souls

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)
Bouncing Souls

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

Brian Fallon / Bouncing Souls
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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