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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Modern Life is War

This is Hardcore have announced their initial 2013 lineup which, for the most part, doesn't have many uber-shocking additions unless you count a headlining set by Gwar (?). It includes names like Kid Dynamite, Tragedy, 7 Seconds, Panic, Trapped Under Ice and more. Full lineup is below. Tickets for the festival pass and the weekend pass go on sale at noon.

The one interesting addition is the reemergence of Modern Life is War, who called it quits in 2008. Though some are viewing the band's reunion as part of an April Fool's joke, the reunion is in fact real according to a valued source. The band issued the following statement regarding their return:

"Modern Life Is War is an active band again. In September of last year, we wrote an album in John's basement in Marshalltown, which will be recorded at God City in May and released on Deathwish in September. The original lineup of Chris Honeck, Matt Hoffman, Jeffrey Eaton, Tyler Oleson and John Eich will be in place. For what it's worth, we are not approaching this as a 'reunion' but rather as a band with a new record that will be working to contribute something worthwhile. Extensive touring is not in the cards for us at this point. Our first show back will be at This Is Hardcore Fest in August, followed by a record release show in Iowa. We will announce an official release date as well as specific show dates and locations as soon as they are confirmed."
Keep your fingers crossed for more dates.

Continue reading "This is Hardcore announces partial lineup, Modern Life is War included! (tickets on sale)"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Paint it Black at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Paint it Black

Pennsylvania's Paint it Black have returned with a new 7" due on No Idea Records, Invisible, which is available for preorder now. It marks the melodic hardcore band's first effort in four years, and they've has offered a pair of tracks for streaming in anticipation of its mid-April release. Check out "Greetings, Fellow Insomniacs" and "Headfirst", the latter of which makes its debut here today.

In celebration of PiB's righteous return to the studio, we cornered frontman Dan Yemin (also Lifetime, Kid Dynamite, etc) and bassist Andy Nelson (also Ceremony, etc) about the new release, being an elder statesman in punk and what the future holds. The results of that conversation, those song streams are below.

Continue reading "an Interview with Paint it Black, who have a new 7" (stream two tracks)"

Night Birds at House of Vans, August 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Night Birds

Night Birds join Lemuria & Parquet Courts in supporting Fucked Up at Warsaw on Friday (12/21, tickets), and as such we cornered Brian Gorsegner to ask about his 2012. The Night Birds frontman's journey through music in 2012 in handy list format is below.

Continue reading "Brian of Night Birds recalls favorite shows & releases of 2012; their NYC show at Warsaw w/ Fucked Up is this week"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Svarttjern at Inferno Festival
Svarttjern

Its been quite a ride for me personally and as a photographer in 2012. I've had the distinct honor to cover some of my favorite bands in the world this year, including legends and favorites that vary as widely as Morrissey (HERE), New Order (HERE), Autopsy (HERE and HERE), Godflesh (HERE), Dead Can Dance (HERE), Swans (HERE), Jesus & Mary Chain (HERE), Chain of Strength (HERE) and many many more.

But I'm also very interested in the new, and 2012 afforded me the ability to shoot great younger bands like Terrible Feelings (HERE), Whitehorse (HERE), White Lung (HERE), Milk Music (HERE), Nude Beach (HERE) and loads more. Its been a great year, and though I still have some shooting left in the tank for 2012, here are my favorites as of right now along with brief blurbs on why . We'll start with the above photo....

Continue reading "Fred Pessaro // BBG's favorite Live Music Photos of 2012 ---------(that he took)"

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

Andy Nelson of Ceremony / Paint it Black took time out from his string of dates with Titus Andronicus (which included Webster Hall this past weekend) to fork over his favorite records of 2012. Andy actually gave us two lists -- favorite LPs and EPs/singles. They include Frank Ocean, Merchandise, Savages, Julia Holter and... well see for yourself. His lists are below.

Continue reading "Andy Nelson's (Ceremony / Paint it Black) top records of 2012"

photos by Lukas Hodge; words by Andrew Sacher

"Titus Andronicus at Webster Hall tonight aka what all rock & roll should be" - Alison McCarthy

"Ceremony. Most aggro pit I've ever seen. Lots of punching. @ Webster Hall" - Dave Surgan

Titus Andronicus @ Webster Hall, 12/2/2012
Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus wrapped up their tour with Ceremony in NYC last night at Webster Hall (12/2) after playing Maxwell's in Hoboken the night earlier. But before either band took the stage, Buffalo's Lemuria treated the crowd to a set of their raw Thermals-y pop punk. The place couldn't have been more than half full for their set but Lemuria still looked like they were having the time of their lives and delivered as such. You can catch them in NYC again opening for Fucked Up at Warsaw on December 21 with Night Birds and Parquet Courts. TIckets for that show are still available.

Next up was Ceremony, who, like their Matador labelmates Fucked Up, have been bringing real-deal punk rock to the indie kids, so when they were tapped to open on tour for Titus it sounded like it made a lot of sense. And I can't judge the other 40 something dates on the tour, but at Webster Hall they hardly came off like an opener. In fact, I'd be curious to know how many people bought tickets just to see Ceremony and left after their set. The second Ceremony's drummer, who was donning a Titus Andronicus 'Local Business' shirt, began the drum intro to their opening set, a massive pit broke out and the kids only got more intense throughout the set. Bassist Andy Nelson actually addressed the pit later on in the show: "I know it's really hard to be a white male in America and you have to let out a lot of aggression, but when you punch people you don't know in the face, you look fucking ridiculous." And he actually got a lot of cheers for saying that. On the band's newest record (and their Matador debut), Zoo, they again evolved their ever-changing sound, in favor of Stooges-y garage punk, and cuts off that album like "Hysteria" and "Citizen" fit right into the band's ruthless live show. But before leaving the stage, they played a few songs their early powerviolence days "for the punk kids."

Finally, a few minutes after 10:30, Titus Andronicus took the stage, with frontman Patrick Stickles returning the favor of their tourmates, decked out in a Ceremony tee. With no more than the quick floor tom roll that kicks off Local Business, Titus went into that album's opener, "Ecce Homo," and as they do on tour and on record, seamlessly transitioned into "Still Life With Hot Deuce On Silver Platter." Local Business has received some (unfair) criticism, much of which is due to living in the shadows of the epic The Monitor, but the fans still love it. There were just as many fist-raised singalongs during the Local Business tracks as there were during "No Future Part Three, "Titus Andronicus," "A More Perfect Union," and the number of other older favorites they played. Titus didn't inspire too much moshing like Ceremony before them, but the masses of fans jumping around had Webster's floor shaking and the stage diving never ceased on the fans' end, and Patrick leapt into the crowd once himself.

One of the things Local Business has become known for is the fact that it's the first record Titus recorded with the same lineup they tour with, and that really came across at the show. It was no longer the Titus Andronicus led by Patrick Stickles, who produced a Civil War epic, putting together a band to take on the road with him. And the results were pretty humbling. Patrick has always felt very much like the frontman at TItus shows -- and he is and deserves to appear that way -- but on this tour he comes off as a member of a band, and for people who embrace DIY aesthetics and local business as much as they do, those communal elements are a big deal. The band have learned a few other new tricks for this tour too, like Patrick ending "(I Am the) Electric Man" with "I am the electric man. Now you know. But there's still something I gotta know..." and then whipping out The Contours' "Do You Love Me." They also learned a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" for this tour, which after repeated cheers from the crowd they came out to play as an encore. Patrick prefaced the encore with, "We don't usually do this, but if you insist..." and from the looks of past setlists, it's true.

At the show, Patrick mentioned he and the guys are headed to catch Neil Young at the Barclays Center tonight (12/3), and while they didn't play any of Neil's songs last night, they did play "Down by the River" in Neil's hometown of Ontario at their Lee's Palace show (11/27), and you can watch a video of that cover below. He also mentioned on stage that they'll be the surprise guests at the now sold out Tom Scharpling-presented Sandy benefit at The Bell House on Friday (12/7) with Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Chris Elliott, John Hodgman, Jon Benjamin, Julie Klausner, and Andrew W.K..

The "Down by the River" video and two videos from the Webster Hall show are below, along with video of Ceremony on Last Call with Carson Daly.

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus, Ceremony and Lemuria rocked Webster Hall (pics, review, videos)"

by Andrew Sacher

Titus @ House of Vans in August (more by Ryan Muir)
titus

Titus Andronicus are gearing up to release their new record, Local Business, on October 23 via XL. It's a bit of a back-to-basics record, at least in comparison to 2010's epic The Monitor, but as Tom Breihan points out in his premature evaluation on the album for Stereogum, living in the shadows of The Monitor is the only potential downside Local Business faces -- it's otherwise an incredible record. Patrick Stickles and Co.'s knack for heartland punk songwriting is in tact as strong as ever before, there's some un-tread territory for the band here too, like the Stonesy swagger of "(I Am The) Electric Man" and they recall the Misfits' "We Are 138" on "Titus Andronicus vs. The Absurd Universe (3rd Round KO)." We've still got to wait another couple weeks for the record to hit shelves, but the band just revealed another standout cut, "Still Life With Hot Deuce On Silver Platter," which you can stream below.

Titus' tour with Ceremony in support of the album hits the NYC area on December 1 at Maxwell's (sold out) and December 2 at Webster Hall (tickets).

A list of all dates and that song stream below.

Continue reading "listen to another song from the new Titus Andronicus album"

TItus Andronicus at House of Vans, Aug 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus and Ceremony will team up for a US tour in October and November, kicking off in Philadelphia and looping the country, including a stop at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. The tour comes to a close in December with a pair of NYC area shows: 12/1 at Maxwell's and 12/2 at Webster Hall. Maxwell's ticketing info is on the way, as is Webster Hall.

The massive tour is intended to welcome Local Business, the band's new LP due via XL Recordings. Look for Titus's new baby to rear its head the day before tour kick-off (10/22), and check out the first song to slip out of the gates, "In a Big City," with all dates, below.

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus touring with Ceremony this fall, including Maxwell's and Webster Hall (dates)"

photos by Debi Del Grande

Atlas Sound / Dinosaur Jr. / crowd
FYF Fest 2012 - Day 2 in Pictures
FYF Fest 2012 - Day 2 in Pictures
FYF Fest 2012 - Day 2 in Pictures

LA's FYF Fest wrapped up on Sunday (9/2) after kicking off one day earlier. Sunday's portion of the fest gave us sets by Yeasayer, Dinosaur Jr., American Nightmare, Atlas Sound, Wild Nothing, Desaparecidos (Conor Oberst's old band who reformed this year), Paul Banks, Ceremony, Cursive, and many more.

Pictures of day 1 are HERE and more pics of day 2 are below.

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2012: day 2 in pics (Yeasayer, Dinosaur Jr., American Nightmare, Atlas Sound, Wild Nothing and more)"

Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Baroness

Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!

Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.

Continue reading "Baroness dropped off House of Vans and FYF Fest, who added bands (updated lineup)"

Zeus at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Zeus

In case you need a last-minute excuse to get out of town, and you're not going to the sold out Lollapalooza in Chicago, single day tickets are still on sale for the amazing-looking Osheaga Festival in Montreal this weekend. The Canadian festival lineup includes names like The Black Angels, M83, Sigur Ros, Feist, Garbage, SBTRKT, The Shins, Justice, Polica, The Walkmen, A$AP Rocky, Florence & the Machine, Austra, The Weeknd, and even Passion Pit who cancelled most other upcoming dates (but who are also playing Lollapalooza).

The Montreal festival will also feature sets by German techno composers Brandt Brauer Frick and Canada Arts & Crafts band Zeus. And though Zeus and BBF don't have much in common musically, they are both now spending a couple of pre-fest days in NYC, starting with shows tonight (Thursday, 8/2).

As previously mentioned, "Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble" will make their U.S. debut as part of Lincoln Center Out Of Doors tonight. "Strings, horns, and piano go techno with the help of a Moog synthesizer in the alchemic reactions of Germany's electro-orchestra, the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble, in their first U.S. show." The free show also includes "On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky's Rite of Spring arranged and performed by The Bad Plus."

"Brandt Brauer Frick Trio" play Santos on Friday with Ef Es VII / 2. Tickets are still on sale.

Zeus meanwhile play the Rock Shop in Brooklyn tonight (8/2) with Robbers on High Street, and then play again at Mercury Lounge on Friday (8/3) with ARMS. Tickets for the Rock Shop show and the Mercury Lounge show are on sale now. The shows are part of a tour which brings them back to Canada to play Osheaga by Sunday. All dates are listed below.

Not surprisngly, Arts & Crafts are well represented at their country's music festival, and in honor of that they're giving away a prize pack of CDs on Facebook. Those CDs include Zeus, Feist, Dan Mangan, and Bloc Party who are signed to Arts & Crafts in Canada. Frenchkiss Records is putting out the new Bloc Party record in the US where Bloc Party visit after Osheaga for three sold out shows at Terminal 5 with The Drums. One of those shows, the 8/8 one, will stream live on Bowery Presents' Youtube channel. We have a pair of tickets to give away for the 8/9 show. Details, the trailer video for the stream, a new Bloc Party song and more tour dates, some with Ceremony, below...

Continue reading "Brandt Brauer Frick & Zeus are here; Osheaga is this weekend; Bloc Party streaming NYC show (win tix!)"

Shabazz Palaces at Sasquatch Fest 2012 (more by Chris Graham)

today in NYC
* Kim Lake @ The Stone
* Jeanette Levitsky @ Barbes
* Milos Karadaglic @ Joe's Pub
* Callers, Snowmine @ Union Pool
* Carina Round @ Knitting Factory
* King Khan in Asbury Park
* Eye Ra Haze, Vext @ Saint Vitus
* Cambodian Space Project @ Barbes
* Dave Hill @ Book Coart
* comedy @ Symphony Space
* The Wallflowers @ Bowery Ballroom
* Phony PPL, Blackbear @ SOB's
* Matisyahu @ Barnes & Noble
* Henry Grimes, Geri Allen @ The Stone
* Comic Book Club Live @ Fontana's
* Aerosmith, Cheap Trick @ Izod Center
* Nude Beach @ The Grand Victory
* Snowden, Warm Ghost @ Mercury Lounge
* Luisa Maita @ City Winery backyard (free)
* Big Shots, Husky (Mexico) @ Cake Shop
* Purity Ring, Headaches @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Gaslight Anthem, Dave Hause @ Webster Hall
* The Allman Brothers Band, Santana @ Jones Beach
* Wilco, Lee Fields & The Expressions @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Measure, French Camp, Deb Oh & The Cavaliers @ Mercury Lounge
* Chase King, Young Rival, Plates of Cake, The Hairs @ Glasslands
* Shabazz Palaces, Thee Satisfaction, DJ Daniel Givens @ Fort Green Park
* Howlin Rain, Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Diamond Terrifier, ATM, Psychic Reality, Chuck Bettis, DJ Dutch E Germ @ Zebulon
* Strange Shapes, Breakfast In Fur, Lost Boy?, Leapling, Cindy Lou Gooden @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Paper Mice, Wavepool Abortion, Jonathan Pfeffer, Body Parts, Ghost Band @ Death By Audio

Wilco play Prospect Park for the second night in a row tonight, with Lee Renaldo opening. Pictures from last night's rainy, bacon-scented show are here. After the show tonight Wilco members can also be found at a "Secret Late Night Gig" (an Autumn Defense show at The McKittrick Hotel).

Purity Ring's show tonight at Le Poisson Rouge is sold-out but they just announced a Bowery Ballroom date in September.

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California punks Ceremony take on Violent Femmes' "Kiss Off" on AV Undercover which you can watch below.

Baroness, who play House of Vans on August 29, have a new video for "Take My Bones Away" which you can watch below.

Samothrace, who'll be in NYC in September, have a new song you can stream below.

You can also check out the "official director's cut" of OFF's video for "Borrow and Bomb" below too.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday?"

MFNW 2012

The 2012 edition of MusicFestNW takes place in September 5 - 9 at 18 venues in Portland, OR and will feature performances from over 150 bands, including Passion Pit, Hot Snakes, Girl Talk, Danny Brown, Beirut Silversun Pickups, Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh, many more.

In addition to those previously announced artists, MFNW has just added The Hives, Flying Lotus, Wild Nothing, DIIV, Quasi, Moon Duo, My Goodness, DZ Deathrays, and Strand Of Oaks to the already impressive line-up. Wristbands, available various levels and packages, and tickets to individual shows are on sale now. Check out the complete MFNW lineup below.

Continue reading "MusicFestNW 2012 lineup expands (The Hives, Flying Lotus, Quasi, DIIV, Passion Pit, Hot Snakes, Beirut, Swans & many more)"

Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver

Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.

As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.

Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:

"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)
Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.

Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.

As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver's new iTunes session, Bjork's new program at the NYPL & the full Oya & Way Out West festival lineups"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Terrible Feelings - Another Night (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Terrible Feelings - Intruders (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: White Lung - Glue (MP3)

Terrible Feelings

Just a reminder that Sweden's Terrible Feelings are in town tonight playing Death by Audio with Death First, Plastic Cross and These Days. If you can't make tonight's show, the band will be back on the tail end of their US tour, playing Acheron on June 30. All tour dates are listed below.

Since we last wrote about them, Terrible Feelings released their new album, Shadows. While the songs are hook-laden and very catchy, you can feel the punk DNA in there. The band have made fans of JEFF the Brotherhood and Fucked Up on European tours and I am told they have a killer live show. You can download two tracks off the album and stream the whole record below via a Spotify widget.

Meanwhile, Terrible Feelings' Derranged Records labelmates White Lung are currently wrapping up a short stint out with Ceremony but will be in NYC on June 28 for a show at Tommy's Tavern with Nude Beach, Casanovas in Heat, California X. The Vancouver band make strident pedal-to-the-metal, punk-fueled rock with strong vocals from singer Mish Way. You can stream their album, Sorry, at the bottom of this post. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Terrible Feelings on tour, playing DbA tonight; White Lung released LP, touring too"

photos by Joe McCabe

Ceremony at Warsaw - 6/14/12
Ceremony

Ceremony (who we recently interviewed), Citizens Arrest (who replaced Screaming Females), Royal Headache, and Magrudergrind teamed up for a Northside show at Warsaw last Thursday (6/14). It was the second NYC show for Royal Headache last week, who played Cake Shop a day earlier (6/13). More pictures from the Warsaw show (unfortunately none of Citizens Arrest) are below.

Continue reading "Ceremony, Citizens Arrest, Royal Headache & Magrudergrind played Warsaw (pics)"

FYF

FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.
WOW.

Quicksand recently reunited at Revelation Records' 25th Anniversary on the West Coast, and I would't be surprised if they do the same at Irving Plaza in October.

American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.

Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2012 lineup: Quicksand, Refused, American Nightmare, Desaparecidos, M83, Hot Snakes & MUCH more"

by Bill Pearis

Eternal Summers
Eternal Summers

So as you may have heard, I think we posted about it once, the Northside Festival kicks off today, Thursday (6/14), all over Williamsburg and Greenpoint which means slightly more music and definitely more Heineken in the neighborhood than normal. You can still buy festival badges that will get you into get you into all shows, theoretically, but depends on the venue and capacity. Many shows have advance tickets, like tonight's GZA's shows (early and late, both sold out) at MHoW or the Cold Cave at Europa (almost sold out I hear) to name two, or you can try your luck buying at the door.  Basically, if you are relying on buying at the door or using your badge, get there early. Small places like Cameo reach badge capacity early.

Tonight there's the BBG/BV Presents showcase at St. Vitus with Dragged into Sunlight, The Year is One, and Make. Also tonight, though not part of Northside, is the BBG presented show at Acheron with Secretarian Violence, The Love Below, Poison Planet, and Pharaoh which means BBG will be one tired dude tomorrow (and Evillive will be late posting).

I also recommend the Kanine Records show tonight at Knit, as Virginia's Eternal Summers have made one of my favorite albums of 2012 so far, Correct Behavior, which isn't out till next month but I know for a fact will be sold at the merch table tonight. (Check out their new video for "Wonder" below.) They're great live too. Also on the bill: Class Actress, Bleeding Rainbow (now a rocking quartet), Zambri, the controversially-named (but pretty good) Beach Day, and Air Waves. Something else to consider that I just discovered: Knitting Factory's has a no-fee ATM.

Also tonight: the Chaos in Tejas/FFF showcase at Warsaw with Ceremony, Citizens Arrest, Royal Headache, and Magrudergrind. I caught Australia's Royal Headache's super-packed, sweaty show at Cake Shop last night and all I can say is wow. They are the real deal and singer Shogun belted it out, hit every note and is, I'm pretty sure, the best singing I've ever heard at Cake Shop and probably ever will? I mean usually the vocals are so low there but his were booming out. If you have a badge and a free spot in your night, try to make it there -- Royal Headache are on at 9PM.

There's also the Other Music Recording Co. showcase at Union Pool who just revealed that the "???" headliner tonight is Widowspeak who will play alongside OMRC artists as Ex Cops and Nude Beach both of which are favorites here at the BVHQ plus The Everymen who I've been meaning to check out. (This might be my first stop of the night.) Flyer for the show is below.

I also want to see Daughn Gibson at Cameo (again go early if you want in to this one); Kool Keith at Brooklyn Bowl would be, uh, cool... there's a lot to do tonight and you can see the full Northside Schedule here.

Other Music and Kanine Records flyers and Eternal Summers video are below.

Continue reading "The 2012 Northside Festival has begun: Eternal Summers, Nude Beach, Royal Headache, Widowspeak & more Thursday picks"

Ross of Ceremony at Terminal 5 (more by BBG)
Ross Ferrar

The shirtless guy climbing on the PA, screaming in some kid's face or writhing on the stage floor is Ross Farrar, frontman for Ceremony. The California punk crew released their latest LP and Matador debut Zoo this year and like their recent output, sees the band branching further away from their early powerviolence and into garage, melodic punk, and indie. Ceremony headlines Warsaw tonight (6/14), alongside a killer bill of Citizens Arrest, Royal Headache and Magrudergrind (tickets are still available, or use your Northside badge).

We sat down with Ross Farrar to ask him a few questions about Ceremony, punk vs indie, and what's next for his band. You can read it below.

Continue reading "An interview with Ceremony, who play Warsaw tonight"

Moss Icon @ Mohawk - 6/3/2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Moss Icon @ Mohawk - 6/3/2012

Moss Icon played their first show in more than ten years last night at Mohawk (6/3). The Chaos in Tejas event was the band's only scheduled show thus far, and the "rock band" (their words, from our recent interview with Tonie Joy) were joined by performances from Iceage, Ceremony, Give, and Thou with a second stage featuring Pygmy Lush and Gun Outfit. Head to BrooklynVegan Austin for a full set of Moss Icon photos.

by BBG

Citizens Arrest at Europa in 2011 (more by Sarah Coulter)
Citizens Arrest

Screaming Females dropping off of the previously discussed Warsaw show on June 14th due to Marisa's sickness was a bit of a blow. Thankfully, the guys in Citizens Arrest have swooped in to take their place! Tickets for Ceremony, Citizens Arrest, Royal Headache and Magrudergrind (who just played Europa) are on sale or you can try to get in with your Northside badge.

The show is one of several US dates scheduled for the great Royal Headache, including another NYC show at Cake Shop on June 13th. So far the band is still waiting on clearances for their visas so they can kick off their tour at Chaos in Tejas this weekend. The tour was originally scheduled to begin on the West Coast last week, but those dates were rescheduled due to visa issues. Check out all updated Royal Headache dates below and fingers crossed for their safe passage to the US!

Continue reading "Citizens Arrest replaces Screaming Females on Warsaw show; Royal Headache reschedules West Coast dates"

Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Frankie Rose

In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys,  Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.

Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.

Continue reading "more Northside Festival artists announced (Frankie Rose, Grass Widow, Felice Brothers, Buke & Gass, Vår, Gap Dream & more)"

by BBG

Refused & Sick of It All's Lou Koller @ Terminal 5 - 4/23/2012
Refused
Refused

Let's cut to it. I like Refused. The Shape of Punk to Come is a good record, though not quite the benchmark that its namesake suggests. I find it flabbergasting that the band, who allegedly sold 45 tickets for a show in a Long Island basement before they broke up, can pack out two nights at Terminal 5? Insane. It makes me wonder if Deadguy or Botch attract even a fraction of that attention? Why didn't hardcore legends like Youth of Today or Gorilla Biscuits? It is, as Sick of It All's Lou Koller would say later that night, an "Injustice System".

Ceremony opened the show last night (4/23) at Terminal 5. I'm a fan of their live show (and a sometime fan of their recorded output), and have seen them many times, mostly in dank DIY spaces like ABC No Rio. Unfortunately, I don't think Ceremony has figured out how to translate their live show to such a big stage and their set suffered for it, which doesn't bode well for Warsaw on the horizon. For every ounce of disappointment that I felt, I'm sure it was made up for tenfold when they played the infinitely smaller Mercury Lounge later that night when the band lit up twitter with positive reviews.

Speaking of lighting up Twitter with good reviews... I thought Refused's set was good enough, not great. Vocalist Dennis was high-energy and sashayed around stage with a Mick Jagger swagger, even doing his best Iggy Pop by standing in the middle of the crowd. The band was air-tight and played the bulk of their The Shape of Punk To Come, lighting and aesthetics were simple and tasteful, the sound was surprisingly decent... it just wasn't quite the spectacle that so many have raved about.

To make matters worse, the room seemed all be waiting for the Swedish band's admittedly stellar single "New Noise." Mosh-pits and crowd-surfing were nowhere near as omnipresent as when that memorable solo-guitar riff kicked in and then, predictably, the room exploded. Even an appearance from Lou Koller of Sick of It All to do classic NYHC material, for the second night in a row, was met with some of that disappointing indifference.

Suffice it to say, I skipped the secret Acheron show (announced that night). I'll skip Refused again when they're back with Off!. I'll go see Rorschach instead.

Check out more pictures from the second night at Terminal 5 (first is here), with video of the Sick of It All part from night one, below.

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photos by Jonathan McPhail

Refused

Refused headlined Terminal 5 last night (10/22). It was the first of a pair of quickly-sold-out shows at the big NYC venue, AND the band's first show on the East Coast since their split more than a decade ago. Though we didn't grab the full setlist, we can tell you it included a pair of Sick of It All covers, "Clobbering Time" and "Injustice System", with Sick Of It All's Lou Koller helping them on vocals! No video of that yet, but watch Refused playing "New Noise" with more pictures from the show below.

The second NYC show, back on sale, is tonight (4/23). Tonight was also supposed to be when the band appeared on late night TV, but they've announced that "Due to circumstances beyond our control we will not be performing on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show this Monday. They have rescheduled us for July when we're back in the US." The July dates they speak of hit the new Williamsburg Park in Brooklyn, and are with Off!. Off! also have a NYC date scheduled even sooner with The Coathangers (who have other shows scheduled and a new split) and Cerebral Ballzy who supported Refused at Terminal 5 last night (though we missed them).

The West Coast just had their share of Refused who played Coachella twice (check out weekend one and weekend two in pictures) and Pomona, CA and San Francisco (with the Hives who also play NYC this week).

Ceremony open for Refused tonight (4/23) and then head over to Mercury Lounge ( which is 16+ for the evening!) to play a late night show with Violent Bullshit. Tickets are still available for that and for Refused at Terminal 5.

More pictures and video from last night at T5, below...

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Ceremony at BV/POTR Thrasher Deathmatch (more by BBG)
Ceremony

For one night only, Mercury Lounge will ALMOST turn into a DIY show space when they host the previously discussed Ceremony show on April 23rd. Mercury Lounge will allow entry for 16+ that evening, allowing the venue to be battle-tested by tons of stage-diving underage kids. Violent Bullshit open. Tickets are still available.

The Mercury Lounge show takes place later the same night that Ceremony open for Refused at Terminal 5, and is now one of three NYC shows for the band. Ceremony will team with Screaming Females (who are on tour), Royal Headache and Magrudergrind (who play soon with Nasum) for the previously discussed (and now fully revealed) show at the considerably bigger Warsaw on June 14th as part of the Northside Festival. Tickets are on sale, or you can get in with your Northside Festival badge.

And speaking of Violent Bullshit, they have a new LP and are also scheduled to play Union Pool with Turing Machine in May.

Screaming Females and Ceremony also share a bill in Austin during Chaos in Tejas who are co-presenting the Northside showcase.

All Ceremony tour dates and the flyer for Mercury Lounge below.

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