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by Andrew Sacher
The Don Giovanni Records showcases at Knitting Factory Brooklyn begin tonight, and here's a rundown of what they've got going on:
NIGHT 1 (February 6)
Tonight's headliners are '70s-style power pop trio Nude Beach, who put out their newest album, 77, on the label last year, followed by a new single this year (listen below). They've been playing around a lot lately (maybe you caught them at Bowery Ballroom last month), and they have two NYC shows coming up after this: Bowery Electric on 3/5 (free with RSVP) and The Bell House with White Hills in April.
Also of note tonight is The Hamiltons, a punk trio inspired by the Ramones and the film Dirty Work, who may actually be The Ergs. Listen to a couple tracks below.
Brooklyn's Mal Blum, one of the label's newer signees, has been a singer/songwriter in the local folk punk/anti-folk scene for a few years now. Maybe you've caught her with Noun, Allison Weiss, Worriers, Chris Gethard, Stephen Brodsky or at Tinderbox Fest. Her first Don Giovanni release should be out later this year, but meanwhile you can stream her 2013 album, Tempest In A Teacup, below.
Crow Bait, the Iron Chic-related alt-country/punk band who put out their solid debut LP on Don Giovanni last year, returned a few weeks ago with the Separate Stations 7" EP on Drunken Sailor Records. If you like jangly '90s alternative rock with a little twang in it, you should check this out. Listen below.
Tonight's bill is rounded out by one of NYC's longest-running DIY scene duos, Shellshag, NJ indie rockers Black Wine and host Chris Gethard. Tickets are still available.
photo: California X at DbA in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
NIGHT 2 (February 7)
Saturday's lineup is headlined by the great Amherst, MA band California X, who recently dropped their sophomore album, Nights in the Dark. The sludgy Dinosaur Jr-isms of their debut are still here, but this time they're a little overshadowed by a handful of '70s influences, pulling from that decade's hard rock, power pop, punk, and a love of twin leads. Stream the whole thing below.
Downtown Boys, another recent addition to the label, are a band you have to see live to fully experience. And if you haven't seen them, it's highly recommended. Head HERE to see what we've said about their shows in the past. They'll also be on tour with Screaming Females soon.
Nuclear Santa Claust have a new album, Je Ne Sais Claus, coming out on DG next week (2/10), and they'll have it on sale at the show too. Like their last album, lead single "Sayonara Baby" is indebted to early hardcore with a good dose of Ramones worship. Check it out below. You can catch them in NYC again at the Nate Gluck benefit with Night Birds in March.
Opening Saturday's showcase is the label's newest band Alice (who count music writer/Silent Barn booker Liz Pelly as a member). They announced their signing this week, and will release their debut album, Revenge Pop, later this year. You can listen to the reverb-ed out "Nightmare" below.
The rest of Saturday's lineup is noisy punk duo Pinkwash (mem Hume, Bleeding Rainbow), Lauren Measure's current band Worriers, NJ punks Brick Mower, and host Chris Gethard. Tickets are still available.
photo: Screaming Females @ DbA in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
NIGHT 3 (February 28 -- early and late shows)
The third and final showcase has a 6:45 and a 10:45 show, both with the same lineups. Screaming Females are headlining, and these are the record release shows for their upcoming sixth album, Rose Mountain, which a few great singles have already come out from. If you haven't heard them yet, check those out below with a recently-released live video (dir. Lance Bangs) of another new song, "It's Not Fair." Screaming Females also have many other tour dates, including Asbury Park in April.
The openers at both shows are political DC post-punks Priests, '90s-inspired melodic punks Tenement, and the garage-y Vacation. Those bands have a bunch of other dates together without Screaming Females, including a Hoboken show on 2/25. All dates are listed below.
Tenement are releasing a new rarities collection, Bruised Music Volume One, on March 10 via Grave Mistake Records, and Toxic Pop Records. You can check out the ripping "Spaghetti Midwestern" from that, below.
The early Knitting Factory show is sold out, but tickets for the late show are still available.
In other Don Giovanni news unrelated to their showcase, the label is putting out a collection from The Lookouts, the band that included Lookout! Records founder Larry Livermore, and drummer Tre Cool before he joined Green Day. The collection features guest appearances from Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong and Rancid/Operation Ivy's Tim Armstrong. Stream a track below.
Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.
Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.
The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.
DG year-end lists below...
And a new Screaming Females song...
Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Like every year, NJ punk label Don Giovanni Records will be putting on a three showcases in Brooklyn in 2015. Unlike the last one, which have included two nights at MHOW and one night at the now-closed Death by Audio, all three nights this time will be at Knitting Factory. This year though, the shows won't happen consecutively. But, as always, all of these lineups are great.
NIght 1 (February 6) includes Nude Beach, Shellshag, The Hamiltons, Mal Blum, Black Wine and Crow Bait, with Chris Gethard (who's got a lot going on) hosting.
Night 2 (February 7) includes California X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers, Nuclear Santa Claust, Brick Mower and Alice, also with Chris Gethard hosting.
Night 3 (February 28) includes Screaming Females (record release show for Rose Mountain), Priests, Tenement and Vacation.
Tickets, including 2-day passes for the first two nights, go on sale Thursday (12/4).
Screaming Females also just premiered another new track, "Empty Head," from their new LP over at The FADER. Stream that, with show flyers and a few more streams from the DG showcase bands, below...
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
King Crimson @ Best Buy Theater
Robert Fripp's legendary prog band King Crimson are back and for this tour Fripp will be joined by Gavin Harrison (drums), Bill Rieflin (drums), Pat Mastelotto (drums), Tony Levin (bass and vocals), Mel Collins (Sax, flute), and Jakko Jakszyk (guitar, vocals). Crimson's got tons of different styles throughout their long career that dates back to the late '60s, so tonight should be anything but predictable. First of four shows.
Ty Segall, La Luz @ Webster Hall
This is Ty's second night at Webster Hall, this time with support from Seattle's super-fun surf band La Luz. Ty's hot off his fantastic new album, Manipulator, and he's at the top of his game right now. Tickets are still available.
Metronomy, Dawn Golden @ Irving Plaza
Metronomy's new album, Love Letters, the normally electronic-leaning band headed into almost early-'70s Kinks territory. Live, though, the songs bounce a little more than on the record, and they don't skimp on favorites like "The Look," "Radio Ladio," and "The Bay."
The Skygreen Leopards, Lower Plenty @ Baby's All Right
Skygreen Leopards have been part of San Francisco's psych scene since the early '00s, with the core duo of Glenn Donaldson and Donovan Quinn with various expanding and contracting bandmates over the years. The music has remained consistent, however, pastoral folk pop indebted to the city's mid-'60s flower-power scene. The band just released Family Crimes over the summer. Tonight's show is with Chicago's J Fernandez whose brand of indiepop leans towards The Monochrome set.
Junglepussy, UNiiQU3, Thurmon Green @ Baby's All Right
NYC rapper Junglepussy has been playing an increasing amount of local shows lately and keeps winning over audiences. Maybe tonight's your chance to catch her.
The Growlers, The Garden @ Bowery Ballroom
Part of the Burger Records family of bands, The Growlers' make crunchy party rock that goes well with an attempted keg stand. Sold out.
Turquoise Jeep, Oxymorrons, Saba @ Brooklyn Bowl
Turquoise Jeep have made quite the stir on YouTube for their viral singles like "Lemme Smang It," and tonight they team up with a slightly more serious rap group, Oxymorrons.
Literature, Crazy Pills, Big Quiet, BBOYS @ Cake Shop
Philadelphia band Literature just released Chorus via Slumberland and it's a real sparkler. The band are a lot of fun live too, and loud, not your typical wallflower indiepop!
Axis:sovA, Life Stinks, Weird Womb, The Flag @ Death By Audio
The moniker of Chicago musician Brett Sova, Axis: Sova just made the tape Worse Fools Cease to Be a Shadow which for the first time features him backed by other musicians (two in this case). It's shitgazy psych, dirty and in your face. They just opened for Ty Segall at Webster Hall last night. Also playing San Francisco's Life Stinks, and Brooklyn bands Weird Womb and The Flag.
Half Waif, Pinegrove, Una Lux, Poor Remy @ Glasslands
Half Waif makes synthy art pop similar to Austra or Zola Jesus, and tonight she headlines hometown venue Glasslands.
Broncho, EZTV, Low Litas @ Mercury Lounge
Broncho's newest LP is a good mix of indie rock, power pop and other influences. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows this week.
Hiss Golden Messenger, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig @ Rough Trade
Hiss Golden Messenger is on Merge for his new album which has him going into bigger-sounding and more intricately-layered territories. Mountain Man's Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, who guests on the record, opens the show.
Black Cobra, Lo-Pan, Kings Destroy, Godmaker @ Saint Vitus
Invisible Oranges is proudly presenting this show which is the NYC stop for sludge duo Black Cobra and stoner rockers Lo-Pan. Kings Destroy and Godmaker round out the bill.
Kode9, Mala, DJ Spinn, Taso, Ikonika, Scratcha DVA, Jubilee, Star Eyes @ Verboten
Forward-thinking electronic label Hyperdub is currently taking a chunk of their roster on the road, including founder Kode9, and that hits NYC tonight.
Billy Bragg, Billy The Kid @ City Winery
While known for his politics, Billy Bragg is at his best when writing about matters of the heart. A true troubadour, Bragg entertains equally with his music and between-song stories. Always worth seeing.
Dita Von Teese @ Gramercy Theatre
Burlesque star Dita Von Teese hits NYC for five nights as part of her "Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray!" production. This is the third.
Talib Kweli @ Blue Note
NYC hip hop great Talib Kweli graces his hometown with a show at the Blue Note tonight. He'll be joined by a live band.
Sam Smith, Broods @ United Palace Theatre
Sam Smith's solo music may not get you dancing like his Disclosure collaboration does, but head to United Palace tonight to see what else he can offer.
Giant Peach, Brick Mower, Outta Gas, The Meltaways @ The Vangarden
New York's Giant Peach make quality punky indie rock (check out their new demos), and tonight they hit Brooklyn's The Vangarden (104 Emerson Pl.) for the first night of their tour. Tonight and tomorrow's Philly show are also both with Don Giovanni-signed Brick Mower, who are always worth catching as well.
Input w/ Midland, Jimmy Edgar, T. Williams, Cranks @ Output
Output's weekly Input party is tonight with UK house producer Midland, Detroit electronic musician Jimmy Edgar and others.
Elna Baker, Kevin Townley, Bridget Everett, Dave Hill @ The Bell House (Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest)
The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival is back, and tonight's kickoff show has been dubbed "Gowanus Idol." What kind of talents will Ira Glass, Amy Schumer, Bridget Everett, Bobby Tisdale, Amber Tamblyn, Dave Hill (and more) be showing off? This is one of the few EMCF shows you can still get tickets to.
OK Go @ Le Poisson Rouge
OK Go aren't the most consistent band, but they're putting out their fourth album next month and from the sound of its lead single it may see them in going in more of a synth pop direction.
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by Andrew Sacher
Black Wine (mems. Hunchback, The Ergs!) have announced that they'll follow 2012's Hollow Earth with their fourth full length, Yell Boss, on August 12 via Don Giovanni. While their '80s indie rock influences aren't lost on first single "Rime," the vocals are shoutier and it's a lot more punk than much of their last LP. Check it out below.
Black Wine will celebrate the new album with a release show in Brooklyn at Death by Audio on August 22. Also on the bill are their Don Giovanni labelmates Brick Mower, as well as The Grand Pantrymen, Sore Saints and comedy by Tim Duffy and Brett Davis. It's their only announced date at the moment, but Brick Mower also have a NYC show with Crow Bait in August.
Speaking of Don Giovanni bands playing Death by Audio, Shellshag added yet another show at the venue which happens August 10 with Parasites, Flamingo Nosebleed, Homewreckers and Giant Peach. That follows this Saturday's show (7/26) which was supposed to include Swearin' but they dropped off, but does include Bad Canoes (one of Marissa of Screaming Females' other bands), Low Fat Getting High and CCTV.
In more related news, Shellshag are also playing The Fest in Gainesville, which Crow Bait were recently added to, along with other new additions A Wilhelm Scream, Paul Collins Beat, Thou, Fake Problems and a few more. Full list of additions below. Previously announced names include Descendents, Lifetime, Paint It Black, The Marked Men, Modern Life Is War, Mineral, Hot Water Music, Melvins, United Nations, Screaming Females, Touche Amore, Into It Over It, Circle Takes the Square, 7 Seconds and many, many more. Passes are still available.
Modern Baseball at Marlin Room at Webster Hall in June (more by Mimi Hong)
Two Philly bands with great releases out this year, Modern Baseball and Beach Slang, will be heading out on a tour together this September. That includes a run with I Am the Avalanche which doesn't hit NYC (IATA play NYC tonight [7/18] with Somos though), but right before that, MoBo and Beach Slang will be here for a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on September 5 with quality locals Chumped and Crow Bait. That run is leading up to MoBo's appearance at Riot Fest Chicago. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Chumped play NYC tonight (7/18) as part of the Gigawatts Festival. They go on at 12:30 AM at 97 Wyckoff (4th fl), right after Field Mouse. Not long after that, they play Suburbia on July 26 with Save Ends, Laureate and Cassevettes.
Crow Bait also have other local shows coming up, including Shea Stadium on July 23 with Deep Pockets (who were good at Saint Vitus last night), Eureka California and Good Grief; the Acheron on August 4 with their Don Giovanni labelmates Brick Mower, The Elsinores and Giant Peach (tickets); and a previously mentioned Grand Victory show with Dead Stars and others in August.
All Modern Baseball/Beach Slang dates are listed, with album streams from all four bands on the BKNB bill, below...
New Brunswick punk trio Brick Mower released their newest album, Teenage Graceland, this past march via Don Giovanni, and they've now made a video for its single "Shitty Parade." The video splices clips of the band playing the song in their kitchen with the members hanging out in a car, at the beach, and messing around in their backyard. It premieres in this post and you can watch it below.
Brick Mower only have one date scheduled at the moment: Brooklyn on August 22 at Death by Audio. Other bands TBA.
Warpaint at SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
There are a lot of post-SXSW artists swinging through town tonight, making for show overload. You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Cut Copy, Jessy Lanza, Turkish Prison @ Terminal 5
Cut Copy bring their trusty synth pop over from Australia for a sold-out two-night run at Terminal 5, beginning tonight. If you're going, don't miss Hyperdub-signed downtempo pop singer Jessy Lanza, who was pretty impressive last week at SXSW.
Warpaint, Cate Le Bon @ Webster Hall
Warpaint's second album is a slow burn, more about vibe than obvious singles, but the record has many sultry charms. They're very good live too. If you're attending this sold-out show don't miss the wonderful Cate Le Bon who opens.
The War On Drugs, TEEN, Sore Eros @ MHOW
The War on Drugs sound better than ever on their new album, Lost in the Dream, which takes the sound they honed on 2011's Slave Ambient and expands on it. Tonight they wrap up their sold-out three-night run in NYC.
How To Dress Well, Forest Swords @ Rough Trade
R&B singer/songwriter How to Dress Well recently released a new single, "Words I Don't Remember," which sounded pretty promising that he only continues to get better. He's in NYC tonight for this sold out Rough Trade NYC show, which is the venue's first night open after having closed for months (but the second show -- Rathborne plays an early show at 7:30). Psychedelic beatmaker Forest Swords opens tonight and he's worth catching too.
Ex Hex, Andrew Cedermark @ Mercury Lounge
Ex Hex is the newest project of Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave), and from seeing them at SXSW and CMJ, it sounds like Mary is still churning out great songs over 20 years into her career. This is their second of two NYC shows this week.
Big Ups, Roomrunner, Greys, Kal Marks @ Shea Stadium
This is a NYC show for recent Carpark signees, Greys, on their way back home from SXSW to Toronto. The METZ-like punks will be joined by a solid local-ish lineup that includes NYC caustic post-hardcore band Big Ups, Baltimore grunge lovers Roomrunner, and Boston indie rockers Kal Marks.
Anamanaguchi, Maxo, Awkwafina @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's musical entertainment is headlined by hyperactive 8-bit pop band Anamanaguchi.
The Clientele, Versus, Barbara Manning, The Saturday People @ The Bell House
he good folks at Chickfactor throw another birthday party at the Bell House, with lots of hand-picked bands both old and new. Tonight features a the first show in nine years from the classic Strange Geometry line-up of The Clientele, plus indie rock vets Versus, onetime SF Seals singer Barbara Manning and DC pop vets The Saturday People.
The Body, Theologian, Couch Slut @ Saint Vitus
The Body tour pretty constantly and their noisy sludge never gets old. Tonight they return to Saint Vitus for another show here with Theologian and Couch Slut.
Woman's Hour, Jenny Hval, Future Of What @ Glasslands
This London four-piece have been together since 2011, and over the course of a handful of singles have carved out an identifiable sound: chilled-out pop, heavy on synths but strictly slow-dance material. Comparisons to The xx are not entirely off-mark, but the quartet aren't quite that minimal. Having just played SXSW, they're in NYC for two shows, this being the second. If you're going tonight, don't miss Jenny Hval, who brings over her terrifically strange art pop all the way from Norway.
Fat White Family @ BV SXSW (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Fat White Family, Shilpa Ray, Vaadat Charigim, Memo @ Pianos
Hide the children! The UK's sleezy, depraved rock band have hit NYC after leaving their stink on Austin at SXSW. They really are a "must see live" band, and this is your first of three chances here to do so. Tonight's an early-ish show (FWF are on at 10 PM) with Israeli shoegazers Vaadat Charigim and local hellion Shilpa Ray. That's a good show!
Shellshag, Brick Mower, Ben Snakepit, Pity Party @ Acheron
It's a great show at Acheron tonight with local DIY vets Shellshag, their punky Don Giovanni labelmates Brick Mower, Austin zinester Ben Snakepit, and ex-The Measure [sa] punks Pity Party.
The Suzan, Clinical Trials, Fielded, Psychic Reality @ Death by Audio
There's some good local music on this bill, including indie pop band The Suzan and electronic pop singer/producer Fielded.
Vulture Shit, Mannequin Pussy, Gym Shorts, Big Neck Police @ Emet
NYC punks Mannequin Pussy have been a regular on the local live scene for a while, but this is their first hometown show since announcing their signing to Tiny Engines (Cayetana, The Hotelier). Also of note on this bill is local guitar-less punks Vulture Shit.
Tanks Amigo, Christines, Univers, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control @ Cake Shop
Spanish band Univers make a reverby sound not too far off from Girls Names or Crystal Stilts; members of CS are part of Tanks Amigo who play their first show in two years; and Christines is the very Swervedriver-y new band from Andy Burr of Woven Bones.
The xx @ Park Avenue Armory
The xx continue their run of 25 shows at the Park Avenue Armory which run through March 29. Each show is extremely intimate (holds 40 people) and very sold out.
The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
Pioneers of jam bands, and progenitors of blues and southern rock, The Allman Brothers continue their multi-night run at Beacon Theatre tonight.
Axxa/Abraxas, Donovan Blanc, Anika (DJ set) @ Baby's All Right
Ben Asbury made the new Axxa / Abraxas album with Jarvis Taveniere from Woods, and you can definitely hear some of his band in Axxa/Abraxas -- the folky psych-pop and occasional falsetto vocals. Tonight's his first NYC show and also features the mysterious Donovan Blanc, plus a DJ from German singer Anika.
FaltyDL, Teengirl Fantasy, Huerco S, Weird Magic DJ set @ Baby's All Right
The late show at Baby's tonight is a dancey one with three of NYC's finest beatmakers.
NO, Reuben and the Dark, The Darcys @ Cameo Gallery
All three of these bands are on the Canadian label Arts & Crafts, and their joint tour is in NYC for two shows, this being the first. We're partial to The Darcys who have been known to cover whole albums by Steely Dan.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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Nude Beach at BV-RBSS show at MHOW in 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
As mentioned, Brooklyn garage rockers Marvin Berry and the New Sound have signed to Don Giovanni for their new LP, Bootleg (due out 2/25), and will play a release show for the new album on February 21 at Union Pool with Liquor Store and Hector's Pets. Since we last spoke, that lineup got even better because power pop trio Nude Beach (who just played the Don Giovanni showcase) were added. Advance tickets for the show are available. Nude Beach's only other upcoming dates at the moment are some support slots on The Men's tour (none in NYC), all of which are listed below.
In other Don Giovanni news, New Brunswick punks Brick Mower, who also just played the DG showcase, announced that their new album, Teenage Graceland, will be out on the label on March 25. You can stream its first single, "Shitty Parade," below.
All Nude Beach dates are listed, along with the Brick Mower stream and a few more streams from the new Marvin Berry LP, below...
"At the Don Giovanni records showcase rn. These are some damn good bands, and DG is exhibit A of what a punk label should be." - @Lowry_Phil
"The Screaming Females killed it tonight. The whole Don Giovanni showcase ruled." - Andrew Alvarez
"Don Giovanni Recs showcase night two highlight: watching Upset with Peter Stampfel while he contributed harmonies from the crowd" - Jenn Pelly
Cali X rockin' the Don Giovanni showcase (via @pinker)
New Jersey's Night Birds followed Vacation with their first performance together in three months. New dad Brian Gorsenger didn't look like he'd lost any of his usual energy and aggression during the hiatus. By this point, the mosh pit was going full-throttle. Beer and beer cans continued to fly overhead, and Gorsenger had fans screaming the choruses to "Born to Die in Suburbia" and "Maimed for the Masses" into the mic right along with him.NJ punk/indie rock label Don Giovanni Records put on their annual Brooklyn showcases last week, kicking off at Death by Audio this past Thursday (2/6), and continuing with a two-night stand at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (2/7) and Saturday (2/8) with five bands each night. The above review is of the DbA show which included sets by Tenement, NIght Birds, Vacation and more, and the MHOW shows had sets by Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson, California X, Nude Beach, Priests and still many more. If you went, how was it? A short video of Cali X's set is below.
Wisconsin's Tenement closed out the evening. In contrast to the abbreviated set the band played at Asbury Lanes back in September, last night they pulled out all the stops. The set ranged from classic-rock inflected punk to extended instrumental drones. Guitarist Amos Pitsch brought along a case filled with paraphernalia that included duct tape, a tambourine, and bells. He rolled the tambourine over to a fan in the front row. He duct-taped the strings of his guitar to the fingerboard, jingled bells in both hands, and even played guitar using a full can of beer as a slide. As the band unplugged their instruments at the end of the set, cries went up for one more song; and, after a few moments, the band obliged setting the pit roiling one, final time. [Speak Into My Goodeye]
California X have other upcoming shows, including another NYC show happening on March 14 at Shea Stadium with solid local support coming from Sleepies and LVL UP. That's a good option if you're staying in NYC during SXSW this year. Tickets go on sale today (2/10) at noon. All upcoming Cali X dates are listed below.
As discussed, Vacation's tour includes another NYC show TONIGHT (2/10) at Cake Shop with Nancy and Flykills.
Night Birds open for The Queers when they play Love Songs for the Retarded in full at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (2/15). The Scandals are on that show too, and tickets are still available. Before that, they'll play an instrumental set as Killer Waves at Grand Victory on Thursday (2/13) with garage rockers Shocked MInds and Foster Care.
Priests have multiple upcoming shows too.
All Cali X dates are listed, along with that clip, below...
Nude Beach at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by PSquared)
As discussed, NJ punk label Don Giovanni Records is doing its annual Brooklyn showcases in February, and since we last spoke there's been a couple changes. Due to the questionable future of 285 Kent, the February 6 show that would've happened there has been moved to Death by Audio. Its lineup of Tenement, Night Birds, Vacation, Nuclear Santa Claust and The Groucho Marxists is still the same and anyone who bought tickets to the 285 Kent show will be admitted to the DbA one. If you didn't get tickets yet, they're still available.
The following two nights happen as planned at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 7 and 8. 2/7 has Laura Stevenson, Shellshag, Upset, Worriers and since we last spoke, Nude Beach were revealed as the guest on the bill. And 2/8 has Screaming Females, California X, Brick Mower, Priests and Black Wine. Tickets for both MHOW nights (including a 2-day pass) are still available.
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...
Screaming Females in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
As discussed, Screaming Females are heading out on a tour with Waxahatchee and Tenement in September, but right before that, they'll play a free outdoor day show in their hometown of New Brunswick in Boyd Park on September 7. The all-Don Giovanni Records lineup also includes sludgy shredders California X, punky indie rockers Black Wine, and pop punks Brick Mower. It's also being hosted by comedian Chris Gethard (who also hosts the BrooklynVegan tent at Lollapalooza). Show starts at 1 PM. Flyer below.
The Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, Tenement tour hits the NYC on 9/14 at MHOW and 9/16 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets) and NJ on 9/28 at Asbury Lanes.
Screamales singer Marissa Paternoster is also touring sooner with her solo project, Noun. That tour hits NYC on 8/9 at Death by Audio with Modern Hut, Shellshag, Worriers, and Mal Blum.
Updated Screaming Females dates are listed, along with the show flyer, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Stormshadow at MHOW earlier this month (more by Caroline Harrison)
New Brunswick punks Stormshadow, who were around from 1995 to 2000, reunited this year to finally give their only album, Set On Destroy, a proper release through Don Giovanni Records. They played their first reunion show a the Don Giovanni showcase earlier this month, and you can see pictures and a review of their set HERE. During our interview with the band, co-lead vocalist Matty King said the MHOW show might have been it for the reunion, but they had a blast at that show and have decided to schedule two NJ shows that will take place this March. The first happens on March 28 at Asbury Lanes with World/Inferno Friendship Society and Stolen Babies. Tickets for that one are on sale now. Then the next one happens at the newly reopened Court Tavern on March 30 with The Scarlet Letter, Brick Mower, Plastic Cross, and The Luckless. Admission for that show is $9 at the door.
Stormshadow's record is out now and if you still haven't heard it, two tracks are streaming HERE, and a third, "Forty Ounces and the King of Smoke," is streaming below. Like the other two, it's fast, punchy, and awesomely combines growled male vocals with cleanly sung female vocals.
Screaming Females in LA in 2012 (more by Wei Shi)
The Don Giovanni Records Brooklyn showcases begin TONIGHT (2/7) with the previously mentioned Death by Audio show, which features California X, Nuclear Santa Claust, Brick Mower, House Boat, and Plastic Cross. Admission for tonight's show is $8 at the door. Then, the Don Giovanni fun continues with two consecutive nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg which feature Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Jeffrey Lewis, Lemuria, Waxahatachee, and Hilly Eye on Friday (2/8) and Screaming Females, Black Wine, Stormshadow, Home Blitz, and Shellshag on Saturday (2/9). Tickets for Friday, Saturday, and a 2-day pass are still available.
In related news, Screaming Females are releasing a cassette of home recordings this weekend (2/10) and you can stream the whole thing ahead of its release at Pitchfork. It features the track "Green Vapors," which was done with DG labelmates Shellshag.
Laura Stevenson is also releasing a new album, Wheel, on April 23 via Don Giovanni. You can stream the lead track, "Runner," at the bottom of this post.
Meanwhile, if you miss the showcases this week (or just want more), three of the bands playing -- Black Wine, Hilly Eye, and Nuclear Santa Claust -- are teaming up again for a NYC show at Cake Shop on March 23 with Lauren of The Measure. Admission for that one is $8 at the door.
And in even more related news, Miranda Taylor of Black Wine just interviewed Caroline Rue, Hole's first drummer, who played on their 1991 debut, Pretty on the Inside. Here's an excerpt...
The evolution of Hole's sound is, in my opinion, extreme. What do you think contributed to the sound/style changes over the years?And you can read the rest at Miranda's blog.
Well, first off, Courtney and I were the least skilled musicians and needed time to catch up with Jill and Eric. We hung out, listened to records, and they turned me on to the Pixies, which I had only seen the MTV video for "Here Comes Your Man." We became better players, so we were starting to refine our tool to do what we were intending.
Laura Stevenson song stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Nuclear Santa Claust - "Since I Woke Up (Berlin Wall)" (MP3)
Nuclear Santa Claust (via)
As mentioned, the annual Don Giovanni Records Brooklyn showcase is going down at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 8 and 9 with Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Jeffrey Lewis, Lemuria, Waxahatachee, and Hilly Eye on 2/8 and Screaming Females, Black Wine, Stormshadow, Home Blitz, and Shellshag on 2/9. Tickets are still available for night 1, night 2, or both nights.
Don Giovanni have also added a third night that Thursday (2/7) at Death by Audio with Nuclear Santa Claust, California X (who have a new record out soon), Brick Mower, House Boat, and Plastic Cross. Admission is $8 at the door and the show flyer is below.
The DBA showcase is also doubling as a record release show for Brooklyn trio Nuclear Santa Claust, who will have their new record, Order of the New Age, out via Don Giovanni for that show. The album follows their 2011 self titled EP, and like on that EP, you can tell that NSC's two vocalists have picked up a few vocal tips from Joey Ramone, but they've amped it up to edgier levels more akin to the hardcore bands that formed in the Ramones' wake.
Nuclear Santa Claust aren't a backwards thinking tribute to the punk of yesteryear though. On Order of the New Age, they've been able to harness their older influences and use them to create bashing punk that pushes forward, rarely looking back. We've got a download of the album's first single, "Since I Woke Up (Berlin Wall)," which you can grab above, or you can stream it below, where you'll also find the album's cover art and tracklist.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Black Wine - "Burlap" (MP3)
Black Wine, a band featuring Jeff from The Ergs! and two members of Hunchback, are set to release Hollow Earth, their third album on Don Giovanni, which is due out on July 3. That album will include the songs "Flatland" and "Burlap," the latter of which we've got the video for below, and an MP3 download above. All three members write and sing, so you'll notice different lead singers on those two tracks, and they're both pretty solid. Think Big Star-via-Replacements power pop for "Burlap," whereas "Flatland" is a bit more haunting.
Black Wine are set to tour this summer in support of the album with New Brunswick's Brick Mower, who just signed to Don Giovanni. That tour hits the NYC area on June 20 at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, and after it ends Black Wine will play another NYC show (this time without Brick Mower) at Shea Stadium on September 5 with The Midgetmen.
A list of all dates, video, streams, and more below...