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by Andrew Sacher

Dillinger Four at Saint Vitus - 10/11/15 (photo via Bryan Fitzpatrick)
Dillinger Four

Dillinger Four don't play shows very often these days and they haven't played NYC in many years, but that finally changed over the weekend when their run of dates with Night Birds, Iron Chic (with the singer of Broadcaster filling in on guitar) and Big Eyes came to Brooklyn for sold-out shows on Saturday (10/10) at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Sunday (10/11) at Saint Vitus.

I caught the Vitus show, where Patrick Costello kept jokingly calling us "New Jersey" which he later said was because for their first four years as a band they were repeatedly denied shows in NYC and always playing Jersey instead. They also mentioned that a previous time they did play New York was at CBGB, where the venue's electrical setup caused the band's equipment to break after one song and then the CBs people wouldn't pay them. And the midwestern band took plenty of other jabs at Brooklyn, whether they were assuring their fellow midwesterners who moved out here that they'd eventually move back home, or condemning their drummer for picking the wrong city to drop his stick in: "This is Brooklyn, this is where TV on the Radio is from! We need to make it here! You can't be dropping your stick in Brooklyn."

Lack of love for our city notwithstanding, this show was a triumphant return and D4 wrecked. It was one of those Vitus nights where the whole place was packed and the crowd was a constantly moving, constantly fist-raising mob, even if it was only 10:30 on a Sunday (and not like, midnight or 2 AM). We got tons of old favorites like "O.K. F.M. D.O.A.," "Doublewhiskeycokenoice," "Noble Stabbings!!" and plenty more, and no matter what song they were playing the whole place was screaming. I don't think anyone there was having a bad time, and it looked like the D4 guys were enjoying themselves too. Try to come back another time this decade, you guys!

All three openers were great, but I saw the first two pretty recently and it was actually my first time catching Night Birds (who just dropped a new album), who seriously won me over. They're not the only modern band to hearken back to early '80s SoCal hardcore, but I can't think of too many who do it as well. They've got a frontman who looks like he's constantly on the verge of exploding, and their bassist and guitarist were never not looking pissed-off as all hell. Not to mention the guitarist is a razor-sharp downstrummer and the bass player's fingers were moving a mile a minute.

Check out some more pictures and video clips from the NYC shows, below...

Continue reading "Dillinger Four finally returned to NYC for two shows with Night Birds, Iron Chic & Big Eyes (review of Saint Vitus)"

by Andrew Sacher


When I caught Long Island's Broadcaster at Death by Audio last year they mentioned on stage that they had new stuff on the way. That new stuff will finally come out next week (10/16) in the form of the Spin EP on Jump Start Records (pre-order). We've got the premiere of "All The Wrong Reasons" from that EP, which has them taking cues from Husker Du and The Replacements (or the popular '90s bands who came in their wake) and delivering catchy, jangly alt-rock. Listen below.

The band will head to Gainesville in a few weeks for The Fest, where they play The Wooly on 11/1 with Caytana, Chumped, Antarctigo Vespucci and more.

Continue reading "Broadcaster releasing the 'Spin' EP (stream a track)"

photo: Beach Slang at Skate & Surf 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
Beach Slang

We already knew Beach Slang were playing the stacked third day of Brooklyn's Gigawatts Festival (7/26) with Braid, Swearin', Laura Stevenson, Cheap Girls, Chumped, and more; and they've now announced a tour surrounding that. The tour includes two other shows in the area right before the Brooklyn date: Long Island's Amityville Music Hall on July 24 with Iron Chic, Broadcaster and Scout Boys ($10 at door, more info hereAsbury Lanes on July 25 (tickets).

Tickets for all three days of Gigawatts (also including Black Lips, Liturgy, Anamanaguchi and more) are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details below.

Beach Slang also play Riot Fest Chicago, Riot Fest Denver, The Wrecking Ball, Pygmalion, and The Fest, which Beach Slang singer James Snyder's other band Weston plays too.

Their debut LP will be out later this year on Polyvinyl, but most details still TBA. Meanwhile, listen to last year's two EPs, with their list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Beach Slang expand tour, including shows with Braid and Iron Chic (dates ++ a chance to win tix to Gigawatts Fest!)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Iron Chic at Europa in 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Iron Chic

Though the Gin Blossoms now often find themselves on the kinds of '90s nostalgia tours that we kinda wish stayed in the '90s (like with Sugar Ray), it's no secret that like the Goo Goo Dolls, the Gin Blossoms have influenced a handful of quality modern punk and indie rock bands too. Cheap Girls were never shy about their Gin Blossoms influences, and Iron Chic reference the band too. So it's pretty cool to hear that Iron Chic and fellow Long Island punk band Timeshares (whose killer new record drops this week) are opening for the Gin Blossoms in their hometown on July 10 at The Paramount. Tickets are on sale.

Iron Chic have other dates, including the Long Island stop of Treasure Fleet's tour and a tour with Spraynard leading up to NJ's Skate & Surf festival in May. Timeshares do too, including two other shows in the area. One is an album release in-store at West Babylon, NY's Looney Tunes on Tuesday (4/28), and the other is the The Movielife's NJ festival in June. Other Gin Blossoms dates here.

Stream Timeshares' new album, a track from Iron Chic's last LP, and Gin Blossoms' videos for hits "Hey Jealousy" and "Til I Hear It From You," below...

Continue reading "Iron Chic & Timeshares opening for Gin Blossoms (and playing other dates)"


Gainesville's annual punk festival The Fest returns in 2015 for its 14th year (hence Fest 14) from October 30 to November 1, and like in previous years, a handful of the bands play Pre-Fest in Little Ybor from October 28-29. This year's initial lineup was just announced and it includes Desaparecidos, The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, Tim Barry, The Jazz June, Drug Church, Pup, The City on Film, Kepi Ghoulie, Beach Slang, Frameworks, Foxing, Iron Reagan, Crocodiles, Cult Leader, Young Widows, Xerxes, Jeff Rosenstock, Restorations, Modern Baseball, The Hotelier, Chumped, The Sidekicks, Mikey Erg, Night Birds, Tiltwheel, Lagwagon, Off With Their Heads, Teenage Bottlerocket and many more.

Tickets are set to go on sale via The Fest's website June 1.

It's a great year for punk festivals between this, Asbury Park's Skate & Surf, and Atlanta's Wrecking Ball. Full initial Fest 14 lineup, and a video recap of Fest 13, below...

Continue reading "The Fest announces 2015 lineup (Desaparecidos, Menzingers, mewithoutYou, Jazz June, Beach Slang, Restorations, more)"

photo: Treasure Fleet in Chicago in 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
Treasure Fleet

Punk-meets-psych-pop supergroup Treasure Fleet (mems of The Arrivals, The Lawrence Arms and Smoking Popes) are heading out on a two-week US tour this May. It begins with two hometown Chicago shows, hits the NYC-area three times, and ends back in Chicago for Do Division Fest.

The NYC shows happen on May 22 at Cake Shop and a Sunday matinee on May 24 at Saint Vitus, and there's also a TBA Long Island show (5/23) right in between. Other bands and more info on the Cake Shop show TBA, but the Vitus show will have them joined by local DIY vets Shellshag, melodic punks Big Eyes, and Past Life. Tickets are on sale for that one. List of all dates and the tour flyer, below.

UPDATE: The May 22 NYC show is actually at Mercury Lounge, not Cake Shop as originally announced, and The Shackletons and Concreatures open. Tickets go on sale 5/1 at noon with an AmEx presale starting 4/29 at noon.

UPDATE 2: The Long Island show happens May 23 at Mr. Beery's with Iron Chic, The Fad, Broadcaster and Vape. That's $8 at the door.

Big Eyes also just played their first of two BV-curated Red Bull Sound Select shows with The Menzingers at NJ's Court Tavern on Saturday (4/11). More on that soon. The second one happens Tuesday (4/14) at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn, with Crazy & the Brains also on the bill and BV's Andrew Sacher DJing between sets. Admission is $3 with RSVP, $10 without. Get there early.

Treasure Fleet dates and a couple song streams below...

Continue reading "Treasure Fleet touring in May, including 3 NYC-area shows (dates with Shellshag, Big Eyes, Iron Chic & more)"

Spray Paint
Spray Paint
Marching Church

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Perfect Pussy, So Stressed, Wreck and Reference, Laced @ Baby's All Right
It's the second of two Perfect Pussy shows at Baby's this weekend, both with different openers. This one has Sacramento hardcore band So Stressed (newly-signed to Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves' Honor Press label), metal shapeshifters Wreck & Reference, and Beach Fossils/Nude Beach-related Laced.

Screaming Females, Mitski, Romp @ Asbury Lanes
Shredding NJ trio Screaming Females tone down the attack (just a bit) on their new Rose Mountain LP, instead making room for some of their best choruses yet. Tonight they play their home state with support from the very promising Brooklyn songwriter Mitski.

Diarrhea Planet, Left & Right, Slonk Donkerson @ Bowery Ballroom
Nashville's raucous Diarrhea Planet make the kind of punky, boozy guitar anthems that are perfect for sing-a-longs, fist-pumping, crowd surfing, beer throwing and other such behavior. Which is to say they're a lot of fun.

Pampers, Spray Paint, Beech Creeps @ Union Pool
This is the second show of Pampers' two-night stand at Union Pool and tonight their bilious punk is well paired with Austin's Spray Paint whose music is kinda like if The Residents collaborated with Big Black as produced by The Intelligence's Lars Finberg.

Marching Church, Dark Blue, Cheena @ The Acheron
Iceage singer Elias Bender Ronnefelt also fronts another band called Marching Church, who will likely appeal to most Iceage fans too. This is their second of two NYC shows on their current tour, and it has pretty great openers: Philly post-punks Dark Blue (members of Clockcleaner, Paint It Black, Ceremony) and Cheena (members of Pharmakon, Crazy Spirit, Dawn of Humans, L.O.T.I.O.N., and Hank Wood & The Hammerheads).

Clark, Nosaj Thing, Rival Consoles @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
It's two electronic masterminds back to back, IDM wiz Clark and glitch hop producer Nosaj Thing.

'Birdman' screening w/ Antonio Sanchez @ New York Society of Ethical Culture
Tonight, catch a screening of this year's Best Picture Oscar winner, Birdman, with Antonio Sanchez performing his own percussive score live.

Spires, Shana Falana, Monograms, Gingerlys @ Shea Stadium
Kingston, NY dreampop artist Shana Falana celebrates her new album, Set Your Lightning Fire Free, tonight with three other likeminded (and quite good) local bands.

Barren Womb, Grizzlor, Husbandry, Before The End @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Norway's Barren Womb throw hardcore, black metal and classic rock in a blender for their ripping sound, and tonight they make their NYC debut. Connecticut's Grizzlor are worth getting there early for.

Safety, All People, Broadcaster, Slim Charles @ Suburbia
Among this punk-ish bill is Long Island's Broadcaster, who add a dose of '90s-ish alt/indie rock and great hooks to their sound.

Tragedy, The Dangles, The Rocket Queens, Youth Posse @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
"The #1 All-Metal Tribute to the BeeGees in the Tri-state Area" headline tonight's free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show and if you've never seen them, they are pretty much as ridiculous as you'd expect. Fun, too.

Chet Faker, XXYYXX @ Terminal 5
Chet Faker headlines this show, and if you're going we recommend showing up for XXYYXX too. They do it again at T5 on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as Output late Tuesday night.

Ronnie Stone & The Lonely Riders @ Silent Barn
How serious you take Ronnie Stone & the Lonely Riders is up to you but his intentionally kitschy, '80s-in-a-blender shtick (somewhere between Bruce Springsteen and Prefab Sprout) is not without craft, even if it is a joke. Check out their song "Kiss the Daddy" below. Tonight's show requires you to come in costume (either "motor biker," "goth" or "martial arts warrior.) We have a feeling their show will be as over-the-top as the music implies.

DMX, Mobb Deep, EMPD, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Kid Capri @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center
It's the return of the Masters of Ceremony show, which is stacked with genuine hip hop legends. Sold out.

Deborah Harry @ Cafe Carlyle
Blondie singer Deborah Harry wraps up her Cafe Carlyle residency tonight.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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Continue reading "What's going on Saturday? (Perfect Pussy, Diarrhea Planet, Marching Church, Spray Paint, Clark, Ronnie Stone & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Hard Girls @ Death by Audio - 8/17/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Hard Girls

San Jose's Hard Girls kicked off their tour with Broadcaster on Long Island on Saturday (8/16), and the next night they made their way to NYC's Death by Audio with Chumped and a full band set from Bomb the Music Industry's Jeff Rosenstock, which we at BrooklynVegan were proud to present. It was Hard Girls' first-ever show in NYC (though all three have played here as members of the Jesse Michaels-fronted Classics of Love), and the crowd was clearly ready for them to finally make their way here. They split their set between material from 2009's Hello EP, their 2012 debut LP, Isn't It Worse, and this year's A Thousand Surfaces on Asian Man, and much of the crowd was ready to yell every word. Mosh pits broke out, people crowd surfed, and they played what seemed like a legitimately unplanned encore of "Beach Party." As they were taking off their guitars, the crowd began shouting the song's "Beach party tonight!" intro and before either singer could say no, the drummer joined in.

Both locals Chumped and tourmates Broadcaster had the kind of indie punk that was the perfect primer for Hard Girls. Both of those bands played new songs too, so keep an eye out for new material from those guys. Jeff Rosenstock, who used to front the now-defunct Bomb the Music Industry, headlined the show with a full band that included Hard Girls guitarist Mike Huguenor. BTMI are undoubtedly sorely missed by many, but their fans seem happy to come out and see Jeff in any environment, as last night's crowd was full of smiling faces and an energy level at least as high as Hard Girls' crowd. Jeff and friends were in equally good spirits and sounded great, and their set also ended with an impromptu encore. "At BEST we can do a cover that we all know," said Jeff about he and his band who had clearly only learned the songs that were prepared for this show. They decided on Weezer (who Jeff is no stranger to covering), and after Jeff asked DbA's Edan Wilber which song from the first two albums they should do, they took on "My Name Is Jonas" at his request.

Really fun show all around. Thanks to everyone who came, and we hope you had as good of a time as we did. A few more pictures below...

Continue reading "Hard Girls made their NYC debut at Death by Audio with Jeff Rosenstock, Broadcaster & Chumped"

Chumped (photo by Rebecca R Photography)

San Jose punks Hard Girls are about to kick off their tour with Broadcaster this weekend, and as we've mentioned previously, it hits NYC on Sunday (8/17) at Death by Audio for a BrooklynVegan-presented show with a full-band set from Bomb the Music Industry's Jeff Rosenstock. Will Wagner was supposed to play too, but unfortunately he dropped off. Though on the bright side, we've added poppy Brooklyn punks Chumped to the bill in his place. This should be a fun night all around (if we do say so ourselves) and we hope to see you there! Doors at 8, music at 9. $8 admission at the door.

Streams from all four bands on the bill, below...

Continue reading "Chumped added to BV-presented Hard Girls / Jeff Rosenstock / Broadcaster show this Sunday (Will Wagner dropped off)"

by Andrew Sacher

Hard Girls

San Jose punks Hard Girls released their sophomore album, A Thousand Surfaces, this past June via Asian Man, and are currently on the road in support of it opening for Andrew Jackson Jihad. After that tour ends, they'll go on their own tour of smaller venues with Long Island's Broadcaster.

We're happy to announce that BrooklynVegan will be presenting the NYC stop of the tour, happening August 17 at Death by Audio. Also on the show is Jeff Rosenstock of the now-defunct Bomb the Music Industry and Will Wagner of Australian folk punks The Smith Street Band. 8 PM doors, $8 admission. All tour dates, including a Long Island show with Crow Bait, are listed below.

If you haven't heard the new Hard Girls LP, you can stream it in full over at Punk News. It follows their 2012 debut and the 2013 LP all three members made with former Operation Ivy singer Jesse Michaels (who illustrated the new album's artwork) as Classics of Love, and is filled with killer melodic punk with a scrappy, indie rock aesthetic. A video and a stream from that LP, with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Hard Girls touring w/ Broadcaster, playing Death by Audio with Jeff Rosenstock & Will of Smith St Band (BV presents)"

Little Dragon @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

Little Dragon, Lawrence Rothman @ Terminal 5
Little Dragon gave us more of the Swedish synth pop we know and love on this year's Nabuma Rubberband and tonight they kick off a sold-out 2-night run at NYC's Terminal 5. Theatrical LA musician Lawrence Rothman should get things off to an interesting start.

YJY, Tribal Days, The Big Easy, Ports of Spain, Malatese, Surfing, Gingerlys, Sharkmufin, Kissing Is A Crime, Beiju, The Veda Rays, Eastern Hollows, Water, Life Size Maps, Honduras @ 94 Evergreen (Slackfest)
The Slackgaze 'zine is throwing this three-day festival in Bushwick featuring 45 bands. Music starts at 3 PM.

Laura Stevenson, Not Blood, Paint, Tow3rs, Fascinator @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Laura Stevenson (playing full band tonight) last released Wheel in 2013, more of the punkish indie rock we've come to expect from her and her Don Giovanni labelmates.

Jail Weddings, Earl Boykins @ Cake Shop
One of the biggest rock bands in Los Angeles (literally, there's nine of them), Jail Weddings make grandiose psych-rock in the tradition of Lee Hazlewood or Scott Walker. It will be interesting seeing them crammed into Cake Shop's tiny stage.

Sleeping Bag, Rozwell Kid, Shark?, Parlor Walls @ Death by Audio
Bloomington, IN invades Brooklyn tonight as indie rock bands Sleeping Bag and Rozwell Kid hit DbA, and their hooky pop is well matched with locals Parlor Walls and Shark?

Dave Chappelle @ Radio City Music Hall
Comedian Dave Chappelle is back in a big way, doing a whopping nine 10 nights at Radio City Music Hall. This is the third.

Ought, The Yum Dee Days, Savants, Tiger Dare @ Rough Trade
Canadian band Ought are surfing on a fair amount of buzz - and Talking Heads comparisons. See what the fuss is all about tonight.

Breakdown, White Widows Pact, Manipulate, Heavy Chains @ Saint Vitus
NYHC vets Breakdown are still kicking. Their demo-era lineup played 2013's Black N Blue Bowl and now the band are set for another hometown show at Saint Vitus.

All Eyes West, Broadcaster, Easy Creatures @ The Acheron
Chicago's All Eyes West are a newer band but love the '90s (they've played hometown shows with Knapsack and Braid, and were produced by Jawbox's J Robbins). They were in town last night for a show with Pilot to Gunner, and tonight they headline their own show at the Acherno.

Kaiser Chiefs, Streets of Laredo @ Webster Hall
Ten years since "I Predict a Riot" and "Oh My God" catapulted them the stardom, the Kaiser Chiefs soldier on.

John Doe @ The Bell House
The frontman for X does a solo show tonight at The Bell House, supporting his new best-of collection. He'll be back with X in August.

Hot Tuna, Leon Russell, Jorma Kaukonen @ Westbury
Unlike the main members' other band, Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna have continued consistently for decades since their start as a band, and like fellow jam pioneers Phil Lesh or Allman Brothers, they've still got it.

'The Past is a Grotesque Animal' (of Montreal movie) @ IFC Center
Jason Miller's of Montreal documentary, The Past is a Grotesque Animal, is a very up-close, very personal look at the band and main man Kevin Barnes in particular.

Biblical, VBA @ Mercury Lounge
Toronto's Biblical make throwback psychedelic rock and proto-metal, and though there's no lack of this kinda thing, they're one of the bands doing it exceptionally well.

Statiqbloom, VoidVision, Phemale @ Coco 66
Statiqbloom is Fade Kainer of metal band Batillus' project that gives him a chance to make dancier music in the industrial/EBM realm.

Ivy, Tapehead, Chest Pain, Krallion @ Lulu's
NYC's Ivy make driving, attitude-filled punk as you can hear on their recent single for Katorga works, "Arch-Foe," which is streaming below. They're joined tonight by Rochester's Tapehead, Austin's Chest Pain and NYC's Krallion.

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Continue reading "What's going on Friday? (Little Dragon, Ought, Ivy, All Eyes West, Jail Weddings, John Doe, Statiqbloom & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Alarms & Controls

Dischord Records "supergroup" Alarms and Controls (featuring members of '90s-era Dischord bands Circus Lupus and The Crownhate Ruin, and others) released their debut LP Clovis Points last month, and just came to NYC for their first show here at the BrooklynVegan/Exploding In Sound party at Death by Audio last night (12/12). The band is made up of veteran musicians, and from the way they play, that's instantly clear. They mix fidgety post-punk and dissonant post-hardcore in a masterful way, with tons of complexities that came off as a natural part of the band's sound, rather than a show-offy way to win over fans. Still, Chris Hamley's fretwork was pretty amazing to watch and a highlight of the show.

If you missed Alarms and Controls last night, or just want to see them again, they'll be hanging around for another NYC show at Cake Shop tonight (12/13) with Life Size Maps and Poor Lily. 8 PM doors, $10 admission.

The rest of the BV/EIS party was great too, with Slow Warm Death kicking things off with the heaviest and most intense set of the night, the blues of Slothrust, Toronto's PUP showing that if their new label home of SideOneDummy helps them get on bigger stages they're absolutely ready for it, and poppy Brooklyn punks Chumped ending with the most flat-out fun set of the night.

Chumped also play their last show of 2013 at Lulu's tonight (12/13) with Broadcaster, American Hellfire Club, and Remnants (first show). It's free and there's free pizza with every beer. 8 PM start. Chumped also open for Iron Chic in February.

Stream some Alarms and Controls below...

Continue reading "Alarms and Controls made their NYC debut at the BV/EIS party, playing Cake Shop tonight; LP out now (streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

Circle Takes the Square (photo by Danin Drahos)

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)"

The Fest 11

The Fest is back for round 11 (!) adding bands from across the spectrum of punk rock for the multi-day Gainesville, Florida extravaganza. The Fest announced its initial lineup earlier this month but has doubled that number, bringing the total tally to a whopping 217, and there are more to go! The lineup includes Lagwagon, Naked Raygun, Baroness, Red Fang, Off with Their Heads, Torche, Valient Thorr, 7 Seconds, F.Y.P., Braid, Titus Andronicus, Toys That Kill, Underground Railroad to Candyland, Frank Turner and many more (see below). Tickets are now on sale (and sold out quick last year).

Full lineup is below, expect to see some surprises at The Fest as well; Sleepytime Trio reunited there last year.

Continue reading "The Fest returns to Gainesville in 2012 --- lineup & tickets"

by Klaus Kinski

Blackout survivor Ted Leo in the rain (more by Chris La Putt)
ted Leo

You know, I've been bugging BV to put on a show with me since I became aware of just how much I missed helping put together our RoFL shows at Pianos. Doesn't it figure that when we finally get it happening mother nature sends along one of her most loathsome weather systems to go head and destroy my, our, dreams. Folks, it is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that the BrooklynVegan and Klaus Kinski present Ted Leo, Doug Gillard, Broadcaster, and Dave Hill scheduled to take place at the Rock Shop on Saturday August 27th has been CANCELLED.

If you've been a good little pup and have been reading BrooklynVegan over the past coupla days, you'd know that shows all over the city this weekend are being cancelled. I was really hoping that we could hang in there. However, with the MTA closing down tomorrow at noon, and with the very real possibility that bridges and tunnels might also close, we've got no choice but to cancel the show. What's the point of having a show if people can't even get to it? And Broadcaster has to get to and from Providence. During a hurricane? What're you, some kind of a masochist?

Ideally we would like to reschedule this somewhere in the near future, with the same Dave Hill and the same bands performing. It is a pain in the ass to try and get so many schedule's to sync up, but I am tenacious and really hope we get a mulligan. Refund information to follow.

Other Ted Leo dates below...

Continue reading "our Ted Leo show @ the Rock Shop is cancelled too :("

by Klaus Kinski

Ted Leo @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Ted Leo

Back in 2008, BV and I used to put on shows at Pianos called Rock n ROFL. As the title implies, these shows featured legendary comedy line-ups curated by me followed by musical onslaughts curated by BV. The lead up to each and every one of those shows always stressed me the F out, but as the room would fill up and the shows got under way, all the stress would dissolve and turn into feelings of sheer joy. Our generous drink specials always helped. Although, when the Futureheads played I got a little anxious because I thought for sure the floor of the live room was about to collapse under our feet...

Dave Hill @ BV & KK Rock n ROFL in 2008 (more by Elizabeth Weinberg)
Dave Hill

Anywhoozle, for whatever reason, the RoFL's ceased to be and that was ok because, well, life started to get pretty busy. But the other day I came across a poem called Around the Corner by a dude called Henson Towne. After a good cry I realized that, man, life is short and I miss the stress and relief that comes with putting on a show...

So it is with profound joy that I announce BrooklynVegan and Klaus Kinski Present happening at the Rock Shop on Saturday August 27th (8:00pm doors, 21+). The show will be hosted by the great and much loved comedian Dave Hill and feature sets by Rhode Island's own Broadcaster, Doug Gillard, and Ted Leo!

Full disclosure: my brother is in Broadcaster. But before you raise your pitchforks and head into the comments section to cry nepotism, be advised that my adoration of the band has nothing to do with the fact that my brother is in it. They are flat out, ass kickingly awesome. And you don't have to take my word for it; they recently won the Breakthrough Act of the Year award at this year's Providence Phoenix readers poll. The PEOPLE have spoken! They are even Ted Leo Approved! So don't dilly dally getting to the show. Get there early, have some booze, and experience the fury that is Broadcaster.

Doug Gillard @ BV-CMJ 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)

And there is no hiding my adoration of the great Doug Gillard. This axe-wielding ex-GBV and ex-Cobra Verde (a band Dave Hill was also in) troubadour makes some of the best rock in the biz. Backed by a full band, he will blow the wig right off your head. And to cap things off, Klaus Favorite, BV favorite, and all around nicest guy in music, Ted Leo will horse around on stage for our listening pleasure.

I honestly could not be happier with the line-up we've cooked up. And I am beside myself that it will happen at the Rock Shop. The intimacy of the room and their kick ass sound-system is going to make for one helluvan evening. Hopefully we'll be able to finagle some sweet ass drink specials for those with the sense not to miss this most majestic evening. Friends, get your tickets before they sell out (on sale at 5pm).

All Ted Leo dates, this weekend in Camden, NJ included, below...

Continue reading "BV & KK Present Ted Leo, Doug Gillard, Broadcaster & Dave Hill @ The Rock Shop! (get your tix)"