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4th of July

The Fourth of July is this Saturday, and for those not using Independence Day Weekend to get away from the city -- or for those who will be visiting from out of town -- there's never a shortage of things to do. We've got a bunch of mostly musical suggestions for you.

Read on below...

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photo: Ceremony at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)

Ceremony's tour in support of their new Joy Division-y The L-Shaped Man hits NYC this Wednesday (7/1) at Bowery Ballroom with the great bill of Pity Sex, Tony Molina and Uniform (tickets). For any New Yorkers who'd like to see it in a smaller (and sweatier) location, or just catch them twice, you're in luck. That same lineup with Baltimore shoegazers Wildhoney in place of Uniform will hit Shea Stadium on Thursday (7/2). Tickets are on sale now.

Updated dates are listed, with videos, below...

Continue reading "Ceremony, Pity Sex and Tony Molina add Shea show with Wildhoney to tour (on sale now)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Ceremony at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Ceremony have pretty much never made the same album twice, and as the early singles for their upcoming The L-Shaped Man hinted, this new one is no different. It has the band diving pretty deep into Joy Division territory, a pretty far cry from its garage punk predecessor Zoo, and an even further cry from their powerviolence roots. Hear it for yourself in full below (via KEXP).

As previously mentioned, the band also have a tour coming up, which includes a leg with Pity Sex, Tony Molina and Uniform. That great quadruple bill hits NYC on July 1 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still available.

They added some new dates too (nothing in NYC). All are listed, with the album stream and the video for one of its tracks, below...

Continue reading "Ceremony streaming new album (listen + updated tour dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Pity Sex at BK Bazaar - 4/17/15 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)

Pity Sex headlined a free NYC show over the weekend at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday (4/17) with support from Foxes In Fiction, John Galm (playing as The Beds with backing by his Slow Warm Death bandmates), and Spirit of the Beehive. Pity Sex were great as ever, with a set pulling from their debut LP and recent split with Adventures (no new stuff yet, but apparently a new album is on the way), and John Galm/The Beds' noisy, Nirvana-ish set made the night even more solid. That's a pic of Pity Sex's set above.

Pity Sex have now been announced as one of the support acts for select dates on Ceremony's upcoming tour, including the NYC show happening July 1 at Bowery Ballroom. Almost all dates, including NYC, are also with Tony Molina, and Uniform are on the NYC show too. Tickets for Bowery are still available.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Pity Sex played BK Bazaar, added to Ceremony tour with Tony Molina (updated dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Mew / Iceage @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

The three 2015 BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 wrapped up on rainy Saturday (3/21) with a multi-genre lineup across the venue's inside and outside stages. Check out Friday pics HERE and HERE. Thursday is HERE and HERE. Saturday is in this post.

Kicking the day off inside was the hyped, XL-signed UK electronic artist East India Youth who played solo with a variety of synths and drum machines. He was followed by a rare US appearance by Vietnamese rapper Suboi (with Fool's Gold-signed DJ Sammy Bananas). She was the first Vietnamese artist to ever play SXSW, the BV show was one of only two sets she played in Austin this week, and it definitely seemed like an excited crowd came out specifically to see her. Before SXSW she played San Francisco, and since SXSW, was in NYC (last night).

Then it was Philly's Alex G whose DIY indie rock was as entertaining as his deadpan stage banter. Following Alex was The Lees of Memory, the current band of Superdrag singer John Davis and guitarist Brandon Fisher, who were joined by four other musicians. Their album is shoegaze, but the live show was more like the '90s alternative of Superdrag and (in this writer's opinion) one of the day's most enjoyable sets.

Things got darker and more intense after The Lees for Ex-Cult, whose abrasive psych punk was loud, in your face, and full of attitude. That kind of intense attitude didn't go away when post-punk pioneers The Pop Group followed. It's easy to throw around the phrase "ahead of their time," but The Pop Group's set even sounded radical in 2015. Frontman Mark Stewart praised the US for having a great underground music scene, which was pretty amazing coming from a person still embodying underground music over 35 years after his band's debut album. Iceage, a comparatively much newer band who owe much to the scene The Pop Group helped start, wrapped up the day on a high note.

The Pop Group / Screaming Females @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

The outside stage began with Australia's Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders (who also played NYC last night), a quirky crew fronted by the Nick Cave-like frontman Jack Ladder and featuring a cast of backing musicians (Kirin J Callinan included) who all looked like very different genuine weirdos (in a good way). Their set of baritone-fueled new wave was great, and Jack's stage banter was funny too.

They were followed by Public Access TV, the new-ish New York band who hearkened back to the city's early 2000s garage rock revival. They've since gotten some very bad news while still out on tour.

Then it was soulful singer Gabriel Garzon-Montano, whose voice first caught our ears on the new Drake album and sounded great live too. The filled-in-trying-to-stay-dry crowd was into him too. Things then changed pretty drastically as UK folk punk Frank Turner played solo acoustic, which was a pretty great laid-back set to hear outdoors mid-afternoon. He was followed by a band who weren't laid back at all, the shredding punk trio Screaming Females. We caught them back in NYC only a few weeks prior, but no matter how many times we see them their shows never fail to be totally intense. Then came Ceremony, the ever-changing punk band who played an excellent set with material from most phases of their career. They also played songs off their new album coming out this May, which had serious Joy Division vibes.

Frank Turner @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

Then wrapping up the day was my personal favorite set of the BV day parties (and maybe of everything I saw at SXSW): Mew. The proggy, dreamy Danish band paired stuff off their new album (like "Satellites") with older favorites (like "Am I Wry? No" into "156"), and all of it sounded great. The fact that this year was a very rainy SXSW was unfortunate, but it started coming down pretty hard during Mew's set and that whole atmosphere was perfect.

Thanks to our sponsors MailChimp, Dropkloud, and Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) for helping make it all possible. If you unlocked our party playlsts on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for supplying drinks to our bands.

More pictures from the whole day, below...

Continue reading "BV-SXSW Saturday @ Red 7 in pics -- Mew, Pop Group, Frank Turner, Iceage, Lees of Memory, Screaming Females & more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Ceremony @ BV-SXSW at Red 7 - 3/21/2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

Ceremony were just down in Austin for SXSW last week, playing a few shows including the BrooklynVegan Saturday party at Red 7. The shapeshifting band previewed a few songs from their upcoming album, and while people often use "sounds like Joy Division" to just mean "post-punk," these new Ceremony songs really sounded like Joy Division. Not a bad thing though, because Ceremony do it well.

Now the album's officially been announced, and studio recordings for two of the tracks, "The Separation" and "The Understanding," are out. Check them out for yourself in the band's new video (dir. Ross Thomas), below. The album's called The L-Shaped Man, and will be out May 19 via Matador.

The band also announced a few tour dates, including a NYC show happening July 1 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon via Ticketmaster. They're also performing songs from the new album this Friday (3/27) at Kinfolk 94 (94 Wythe Ave in Brooklyn) at 6:45 PM. RSVP here, but admission is still first come, first served.

All dates are listed, with more pictures of their BV-SXSW set, the album artwork and new video, below...

Continue reading "Ceremony announce new album & tour, share two new songs, played BV-SXSW (pics, video, dates)"

photo: Mew at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Power Trip
photo: Power Trip at BV-RBSS in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)

The three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 in Austin begin TODAY (Thursday, 3/19). We're taking over both stages of the 6th & Red River venue from noon-6pm and doing it again Friday (3/20) and Saturday (3/21) too. You can RSVP for all three days. If you're in Austin, hope to see you there!

Over the course of the three days there's sets from Mew, The Pop Group, Swervedriver, Frank Turner, Ceremony, Iceage, Screaming Females, METZ, Speedy Ortiz, Power Trip, United Nations, Pianos Become the Teeth, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, The Octopus Project, Broncho, Frog Eyes, Girlpool, Mitski, Chastity Belt, Alex G, Yumi Zouma, KEN mode, Kevin Devine, The Velvet Teen, Pity Sex, Makthaverskan and more.

Check out the flyers and set times for all three days, below...

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We already announced Thursday (day 1) and Friday (day 2) of the three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7, and finally, here's Saturday (day 3):


12:00 East India Youth (XL Records)
12:40 Suboi (with DJ Sammy Bananas)
01:30 Alex G
02:30 The Lees of Memory (ex-Superdrag)
03:15 Ex-Cult
04:00 The Pop Group
05:15 Iceage

12:00 Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders (Kirin J Callinan included)
12:40 Public Access TV (Terrible Records)
01:20 Gabriel Garzon-Montano (on new Drake album)
02:00 Frank Turner
03:15 Screaming Females
04:15 Ceremony
05:00 Mew

RSVP for all three FREE BrooklynVegan day parties is open.

Saturday's inside show begins with XL-signed UK electronic artist East India Youth followed by a special set by Vietnamese rapper Suboi, for whom SXSW is part of her first-ever US tour. Fool's Gold signed DJ Sammy Bananas will be backing what will be one of only 2 SXSW shows she's playing (the other is at night).

Then comes raw indie rocker Alex G and shoegazers The Lees of Memory which is the new band with two Superdrag members. Then it's Ex-Cult, followed by post-punk pioneers The Pop Group (who just put out their first album since 1980), and finally a comparatively much newer post-punk band, Iceage.

Outside, Australian synth-popster Jack Ladder and his band The Dreamlanders (which includes Kirin J Callinan) kick off the day followed by New York throwback rockers Public Access TV who just announced a signing to Terrible Records. Then it's Gabriel Garzon-Montano (whose voice you might recognize from the new Drake album), UK folk punk Frank Turner, shredding NJ trio Screaming Females, shapeshifting heavy band Ceremony, and finally the proggy Danish band Mew, whose first album since 2009 will be out in April.

photo: Mew at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Pop Group
photo: The Pop Group at ATP NY 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)


As mentioned in our Thursday (day 1) and Friday (day 2) posts, this year we're partnering with DropKloud, a new app that's launching just in time for SXSW. Recently acquired by TuneCore, DropKloud uses GPS technology to allow people to unlock exclusive music content in specific geo-targeted locations. You'll be able to try it out at our parties at Red 7 where we'll have special content from the artists playing our shows. Once you unlock it, you can listen later. Stay tuned for more details, but meanwhile get that app on your phone via Google Play or iTunes.

Want to skip the lines? Visit the Esurance Glove Box in the Austin Convention Center, or the Esurance Lounge at 6th and Trinity, to pick up an #EsuranceAccess Pass. Then follow @Esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can get preferred entry.

Thank you also to MailChimp who powers the daily BrooklynVegan newsletter you'll get if you RSVP for our shows.

Follow @BVSXSW on Twitter for more updates all week long, and keep an eye on BrooklynVegan.com/SXSW for full lineups and more info too.

Listen to some of the bands playing, below...

Continue reading " BrooklynVegan SXSW 2015 Saturday Day Party lineup (Mew, Frank Turner, The Pop Group, Ceremony, Screaming Females, Iceage, Alex G & many more)"

Thurston Moore
Photo: Thurston Moore @ Saint Vitus in October (more by PSquared)

Over the past month or so, we've been posting 'Best of 2014' lists from several artists, including Caribou, Converge, Yo La Tengo, A Place to Bury Strangers, Screaming Females, A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Tom Scharpling, Vetiver, Moon Duo, Tigers Jaw, Pianos Become the Teeth, Title Fight, Protomartyr, Klaus Johann Grobe, Kevin Morby, Hookworms, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Foxing, Evan Weiss, Crocodiles, and others (you can browse our "Best of 2014" tag for more).

Here's a roundup of even more artist year-end lists, including lists from The Wytches, Tweens, Weatherbox, Caspian, Plague Vendor, Andrew Jackson Jihad, S, PAWS, Cheap Girls, Frameworks, Tiny Moving Parts, Greys, Sarah Silverman, clipping., Low, Tacocat, Mikal Cronin, Ex Hex, Jason Narducy (Superchunk, Bob Mould Band, Split Single), Ceremony, Thurston Moore and Iceage. Find out what made their lists below...

Continue reading "More Artist 2014 Year-End Lists: Thurston Moore, Ex Hex, Low, Tweens, Weatherbox, Caspian, AJJ, Jason Narducy & more"

by Andrew Sacher

Dark Blue

Dark Blue, the new-ish Philly band of Clockcleaner's John Sharkey III, Paint It Black/Ceremony's Andy Nelson and Strand of Oaks' Mike Sneeringer, recently signed to Jade Tree, and they've now announced that they'll release their debut album, Pure Reality, on the label on October 7 (pre-order). The album was produced by Jeff Zeigler (War on Drugs, Nothing) and its first single, "Here On My Street," is out now. Like the previous material we've heard from the band, it's a punked-up take on late '70s/early '80s post-punk/goth, as catchy as it is mopey. For a modern comparison, Merchandise fans will probably dig this.

Stream the new song, with the album tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Dark Blue announce debut LP for Jade Tree (stream a track)"

by Ian Chainey


California hardcore ragers Dangers -- who have one of the greatest Last.fm tags: "unreasonably pissed off" -- and cinema grinders Graf Orlock will be joined by Italian destroyers Holy for a tour of the East Coast this August. Dangers will actually get rolling out West with three dates that sub Holy and Graf Orlock for Ceremony. Then, the three will hook-up on  and drop into cities such as Chicago, Philadelphia, and Asbury Park. The three will hit Brooklyn's 538 Johnson on August 22 with Wet Witch and Vulture Shit. Tickets are $8 at the door. The next day, they'll play NYC's ABC No Rio (8/23) with Blackest and Ubasute for a 3 PM mid-day matinee. (They'll play Philly that night.) Tickets are $8 at the door. All dates are listed below.

Dangers released EP Five O'Clock Shadows at the Edge of the Western World back in January, continuing on in the spirit of their 2010 breakout Messy, Isn't It? Graf Orlock have been busy with their label Vitriol, but found time to get back in the studio. Preorders are now up for their 7" Trailer, with a full-length apparently on the way as well. Finally, the hefty Holy assembled the blistering Seclusion MMXIV EP this month which you can stream below as well..

All of the tour dates are listed, along with streams from the bands, below.

Continue reading "Dangers touring East Coast with Graf Orlock and Holy after West Coast shows w/ Ceremony (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Nicky of Nothing in the Crowd at The Studio (by @eyehatelucas, via Nothing)

Nothing brought their tour with Superheaven to NYC this past weekend for a headlining show at The Studio at Webster Hall (6/14) with UnWed. The band were in typically great form, thrashing around on stage to their heavy shoegaze, and singer/guitarist Nicky Palermo launched himself into the crowd on more than one occasion.

Nothing have since announced that they'll join the previously announced Ceremony / Iron Lung tour, including the FREE NYC show happening July 18 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. That is a hard triple bill to pass up for $0.

Nothing also recently filmed an Audiotree session. Watch that, with the list of updated tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Nothing played The Studio at Webster Hall, join Ceremony and Iron Lung's tour (including BK Bazaar)"

Ceremony at FFF Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

California punks Ceremony are finally getting ready to record the followup to 2012's Zoo, and though details on that are still sparse, the band did just announce a lengthy summer tour. The tour includes a run with Seattle powerviolence duo Iron Lung (which should actually be a pretty great pairing considering Ceremony's PV roots) which hits NYC on July 18 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. That show, like all BKNB shows, is free.

All dates are listed, with some great live videos of both bands, below...

Continue reading "Ceremony touring with Iron Lung, including free NYC show"

by Andrew Sacher

Dark Blue

We talked about Dark Blue, the new Philly trio from John Sharkey III (Clockcleaner, Puerto Rico Flowers), Andy Nelson (Ceremony, Paint It Black) and Mike Sneeringer (Purling Hiss) back in early January when they came to NYC for a Nothing Changes party. At that point, the band had still yet to release any music, but they've since announced that their debut 7" will soon come out on Katorga Works with "Subterranean Man" on the a-side backed by "Skinhead Wedding In Canberra." Sharkey has talked about the UK ''77 Punk influence on this project, which you can totally hear in the music -- those choppy power chords are pretty poppy for Katorga Works. But like a past Katorga Works band, Merchandise, the vocals embrace the gothy baritone of the '80s, and there's even a little Jim Morrison on that repeated line, "Death in the city/death in the city above." You can stream the a-side of the 7" below.

Dark Blue will play a release party for the new 7" in Philly this March, and they'll be back in NYC to open the previously discussed Saint Vitus show (3/20) on fellow Philly band Nothing's tour. Brooklyn post-black metal specialists Sannhet were added to that show as well. Tickets are on sale now.

Song stream below...

Continue reading "Dark Blue releasing debut 7" on Katorga Works (stream a track), opening Nothing's Saint Vitus show w/ Sannhet"

by Wyatt Marshall

Nothing Changes

John Sharkey III (of Clockcleaner and Puerto Rico Flowers) has a new band with Ceremony's Andy Nelson and Purling Hiss' Mike Sneeringer called Dark Blue . Sharkey talked with the Village Voice about the new project:

Your new band is called Dark Blue. How did all this happen?

I'd been listening to a lot of UK '77 Punk stuff, the first kind of music that I got really obsessed with in my early teens. I decided that it might be time for me to finally pay homage to the stuff that I grew up with musically. It never occurred to me that I'd start this band: I had a pile of songs I didn't know what else to do with them than fucking record them. I'm at the point in my life where I can devote a little more time to music. My kids are a little bit older now, and my wife and I are settled in Philadelphia. It gives me a little more time to work on this stuff. Andy and Mike used to play in Puerto Rico Flowers and we started playing around with stuff, almost as a fluke. I didn't really expect much of it to be quite honest with you, but it's the project I'm most happy with.

Dark Blue's playing their third ever show tonight (1/8) at the Nothing Changes party at Home Sweet Home with Interval, who haven't played a show in two years but earlier today released a sampler of a forthcoming demo (stream it below). No one is really sure what to expect from Dark Blue -- there aren't any Dark Blue recordings out there -- so, if you go, tell us about it. (How many bands get a Village Voice writeup without any recorded material and 13 Facebook likes?.) Silent Servant, who just headlined The Bunker's 11th anniversary at Output, will be DJing, as will Nikola Baytala.

The updated Nothing Changes schedule for January, which includes Statiqbloom, Nearest, Outmode and Croaw is below. As a reminder, Statiqbloom is the solo ebm/industrial project of Batillus's Fade Kainer -- he's playing a Statiqbloom show with Hot Guts tonight in Philly. Stream Statiqbloom's EP below.

Updated schedule, flier, and streams are below...

Continue reading "Dark Blue (mems Clockcleaner, Ceremony) & Interval playing Nothing Change tonight; Statiqbloom next week"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Ceremony / White Lung @ NYU - 12/5/13
White Lung

Before NYU heads into finals week, they threw a semester-end show last night (that was also open to the public) in the Kimmel Center's E&L Auditorium with four killer punk bands -- Ceremony, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, and Sleepies. The tidy and spacious auditorium may not have been everyone's ideal way of seeing this show that sounds like it'd happen in a dingy DIY space, but what's more punk than putting on a cheap show in a school?

Brooklyn's Sleepies kicked things off with the tamest set of the night, but still a rippin' one that saw them going through tracks off their 2012 Weird Wild World LP that The Men's Ben Greenberg produced, and from the way they play you can tell why a member of The Men would work with them.

Up next was Perfect Pussy, fresh off their signing to Captured Tracks, which was announced earlier that day. There's been a lot of talk about Perfect Pussy lately, thanks in part to their solid EP, but their live show is really where it's at. Singer Meredith Graves is a total force and an entertaining performer, and though when someone with that level of charisma fronts a band the attention can be entirely on her, with Perfect Pussy that's not the case. The whole band goes nuts, even the dude whose job it is to make noise with his electronics, and they are LOUD. Don't miss out on seeing this band if you can help it.

They were followed by White Lung, who were joined by Wax Idols singer Hether Fortune on bass, like they were at Fun Fun Fun Fest and the rest of their tour. As always, White Lung put on a great show, and they used their last live appearance of 2013 to showcase some of their new material, including the stuff on their recent single. From the sound of that and the other new material they played last night, a new album from this band is much anticipated.

Once powerviolence, now garage punk band Ceremony wrapped up the show, and as always, the place went nuts for them with moshers and stage divers taking over the whole front half of the venue.

Pictures of all four bands are in this post. They continue below...

Continue reading "Ceremony, White Lung, Perfect Pussy & Sleepies played a wild show at NYU's E&L Auditorium (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

Perfect Pussy at 285 Kent in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Perfect Pussy

One of this year's great unsigned bands, Perfect Pussy, are unsigned no longer. The Syracuse noise punk crew have announced that they've signed to Captured Tracks (DIIV, Mac DeMarco), and will release their debut full length on the label in early 2014. That LP will follow their 4-song I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling EP (streaming below), which they self-released earlier this year. Since that release, the band also offered another song, "Advance Upon the Real," to the new Accidental Guest Recordings compilation, Beyond Inversion (via Rookie Mag), which benefits Rachael's Women's Center in DC. You can stream that track below too.

Perfect Pussy have also announced an extensive, almost-two-month long tour. It begins with two previously discussed NYC shows, including tonight (12/5) at NYU's E&L Auditorium with Ceremony, White Lung, and Sleepies; and Friday (12/6) at Shea Stadium with California X, Blessed State, Yvette, and Flagland. Admission for the NYU show is free to students and $5 at the door to the general public, and tickets for the Shea show are on sale now.

Then, after touring to the west coast and back, Perfect Pussy will celebrate New Year's Eve at Baby's All Right. The rest of the lineup for the Baby's NYE party hasn't been announced yet, but considering the occasion, chances are we can expect other great bands too. Tickets for that show are not available yet, but check Ticketfly for updates.

All dates are listed, along with those song streams, below...

Continue reading "Perfect Pussy sign to Captured Tracks, announce tour, including 2 NYC shows this week & NYE at Baby's (dates & streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

White Lung at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
White Lung

It's year-end list season and though all White Lung really have in the way of eligible releases is their recent 7", 2013 has really been a breakout year for them. So we asked them what new albums they were listening to this year, and guitarist Kenny William contributed a top 10 list that shifts between dark rap, heavy punk, goth, experimental soundscapers and more. Check out the full thing below.

White Lung have done a ton of touring this year, and though their schedule is almost empty at the moment, before the year ends the Vancouver punk band will return to NYC for a stacked show at NYU's E&L Auditorium on Thursday (12/5) with Ceremony, Perfect Pussy, and Sleepies. That show is free for students and $5 at the door for the general public.

White Lung's Top 10 LPs of 2013 list below...

Continue reading "White Lung list Top 10 LPs of 2013; their show w/ Ceremony, Perfect Pussy & Sleepies is this week"

photos by Tim Griffin

Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013

Slayer surfer

More pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE, Slayer included....

Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.

After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]

The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.

We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.

by Andrew Sacher

White Lung at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
White Lung

NYU is putting on yet another great show before this school semester ends, and this one's an all-punk lineup with powerviolence-turned-garage-punks Ceremony, Vancouver shredders White Lung, Syracuse noisemakers Perfect Pussy, and Brooklyn punk 'n' rollers Sleepies. This excellent quadruple bill is free to students and $5 at NYU Ticket Central to the general public. It takes place on December 5 at NYU's E&L Auditorium (4th floor of Kimmel Center). More info at the Facebook event. Flyer below.

Both Ceremony and White Lung have a few other dates coming up (none in NYC), all of which are listed, along with a stream of White Lung's new 7," below.

For Perfect Pussy, it's one of a few upcoming dates, including other NYC stops on November 23 at 285 Kent with Shannon and the Clams and A Rex and J Rex (tickets); and December 6 at Shea Stadium with California X, Blessed State, Flagland, and experimental art rockers Yvette, who were recently added to the bill (tickets).

All lists of dates, streams, and NYU show flyer, below...

Continue reading "Ceremony, White Lung, Perfect Pussy & Sleepies playing NYU; Yvette added to Perfect Pussy's Shea show (dates & streams)"

photos by Shaun Regan

Ceremony @ Asbury Lanes, 8/15/2013

As discussed, Ceremony are touring around last weekend's This is Hardcore Festival, and played a show in NJ last night at Asbury Lanes(8/14) with Ed Schrader's Music Beat. Pictures of Ceremony (none of ESMB) from the show are in this post.

Both Ceremony and Ed Schrader's Music Beat will team with GIVE and Sick Feeling to play 285 Kent on Saturday (8/17). Tickets are still available.

More pics from Asbury Lanes are below...

Continue reading "Ceremony played New Jersey's Asbury Lanes (pics); 285 Kent show is this weekend"

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.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Fun Fun Fun Fest

As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10, and now the full lineup was finally announced. It includes Television, Slayer (again!), Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Body Count, Jurassic 5, MIA, MGMT, Death Grips, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, Snoop Dogg/Lion, The Locust, Subhumans (performing Cradle to the Grave), The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, Retox, Chromatics, XXYYXX, Mykki Blanco, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Merchandise, Lemuria, and many more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale today (7/10) at 10 AM CST.

Full lineup and flyer below...

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Ceremony at Warsaw in 2012 (more by Joe McCabe)

As mentioned, ever-evolving punks Ceremony are set to play this year's This Is Hardcore festival in Philly (they play on 8/10) alongside Kid Dynamite, The Suicide File, Modern Life Is War, Judge, Blacklisted, Tragedy, 7 Seconds, Paint It Black, Code Orange Kids, Nails, Defeater, No Redeeming Social Value, Gwar, and more. Head to TiH's site for tickets. Updated lineup and schedule below.

Around the time of that festival, they'll be doing some other East Coast shows with Baltimore post-punk duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat. Those shows include one in Brooklyn on August 17 at 285 Kent, one in NJ on August 14 at Asbury Lanes, and a little farther out from NYC, they'll also play The El 'n' Gee on August 16 in New London, CT, but it might be worth the drive considering Joyce Manor and Glocca Morra are on that bill too. (It's also a day after Joyce Manor play a free NYC show at House of Vans with Kid Dynamite, Red Hare, and Swearin'). Tickets for the 285 Kent and El 'n' Gee shows go on sale Friday (6/21) at noon, and tickets for the Asbury Lanes show are on sale now.

You can also catch Ed Schrader's Music Beat in NYC even sooner at Death by Audio on June 28 with The Hussy, Barkley's Barnyard Critters (feat. Brian Gibson of Lightning Bolt), and Shark Muffin. Admission for that show is $7 at the door.

Ceremony have a few other coming shows, like one of those free Converse shows in San Francisco, which they'll play on June 27 with Suicidal Tendencies, Rocket from the Crypt, The Bronx, and the Shrine. All dates are listed, along with a few videos, below.

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Quicksand @ Webster Hall recently (more by Rebecca Reed) Quicksand

We get a lot of great free shows here in NYC (like The Walkmen and Solange as part of Northside this weekend) but we have to admit this week of free all-ages shows Converse has lined up at San Francisco club Slim's later this month is pretty crazy (though they may be pretty hard to get into). We'd happily spend the whole week there if we could. The line-ups are:

Converse Represent series in San Francisco

Jun 23 - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, DIIV, Metz, Tamaryn, The She's

JUN 24 -Deltron 3030, Juicy J, Blackalicious, Angel Haze, Special Guest

JUN 25 - Hot Chip, Tycho, Blackbird Blackbird, Social Studies

JUN 26 - Quicksand, Mastodon, High On Fire, Saviours, Hot Lunch

JUN 27 - Suicidal Tendencies, Rocket From The Crypt, Ceremony, Special Guests

The only way to go is to fill out the entry form before June 18 and "winning ticket holders will be notified via email soon after with instructions on how and when to retrieve their tickets." All events, "which lead up to the grand opening of the Converse San Francisco retail store on June 28", will take place at Slim's in San Francisco.

Meanwhile, for those in the Five Boroughs (and surrounding area) browse our NYC show calendar for more upcoming free shows.