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photo: Worriers at Baby's in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Bayside are going on a short holiday tour of the Northeast in December and the openers are pretty great: Cheap Girls, Worriers, Somos, Dan Andriano (of Alkaline Trio), Aaron West (aka Wonder Years singer Dan Campbell), Petal and more.

The tour hits NYC on 12/17 & 12/18 at Gramercy Theatre with Cheap Girls and Worriers on night 1 and Dan Andriano and Bombers on night 2. There's also an Asbury Park show on 12/22 at The Stone Pony with Aaron West and Petal. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Worriers are on tour with Beach Slang and Petal are playing the Menzingers holiday show in Scranton. We recently posted a stream of The Wonder Years' split 7" with Motion City Soundtrack, and mentioned that Dan Andriano's Alkaline Trio bandmate Matt Skiba's other band blink-182 is playing Firefly Fest.

Continue reading "Cheap Girls, Worriers, Petal, Aaron West, Dan Andriano and more opening Bayside's holiday tour (dates)"

photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

Joyce Manor / Tracks
Joyce Manor
Joyce Manor

"Who saw us at Party Xpo in 2011?!" asked Joyce Manor frontman Barry Johnson to the response of no one at Webster Hall on Saturday (9/19). "It's okay, there were like 12 people there." It's pretty wild to think of that happening only four years ago now that JM's continued rise has them filling venues the size of Webster Hall (it wasn't sold out, but it was a big crowd). And the excitement of playing to a room that large may have fired Joyce Manor up, because it was one of the most energized shows I've seen from them. Last year's great Never Hungover Again is fully instilled in everyone's brains, so there wasn't a moment where the place wasn't raising fists and screaming every word. (Except, strangely enough, during the Weezer cover!)

Joyce Manor packed 20 songs, encore of "Five Beer Plan" (prefaced by the crowd chanting "FIVE! BEER! PLAN!" instead of "ONE! MORE! SONG!") included, into their set and as usual they pretty much gave us all the favorites. Like at other recent shows, they're incorporating more of Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired than they used to ("Drainage," "Violent Inside," "See How Tame I Can Be?"), and of course tons of the other two. Really great set.

Opening the show was Tracks, the new band from K Records vet Jason Anderson, for whom this is their first-ever tour. They had just put out their debut single "Moonlight" earlier that week (which they played), and like that song pretty much their whole set was anthems from the school of Paul Westerberg. Jason looked like he couldn't be happier to be there, owning the stage like he was headlining Madison Square Garden and yelling "NEW YORK CITY!!!" more than once. I'm not sure how many people went into it knowing the band, but a lot of people looked like Tracks won them over.

Cheap Girls
Cheap Girls

Then it was Cheap Girls, who were now playing as a four-piece with singer Ian Graham playing acoustic guitar the whole show (usually they're a trio and he's on bass). Cheap Girls are always great, but I think I like them this way even more. They've always been jangly in a Smoking Popes/early Gin Blossoms kinda way, so having an acoustic guitar in the mix fit perfectly. Their set felt a little shorter than usual too, but all hits.

More pictures and JM's setlist below...

Continue reading "Joyce Manor, Cheap Girls & Tracks played Webster Hall (pics, setlist & review)"

by Andrew Sacher


K Records alumnus Jason Anderson's new band Tracks recently announced that their first full tour will be supporting Joyce Manor and Cheap Girls, and today we're excited to share the first official Tracks single. Last we talked, I said if Tracks is up a similar alley to Jason's last solo album (2013's Omaha on Salinas Records) it would be a great fit with Joyce Manor, and it is in fact up that alley. For this project it sounds like Jason studied the book of Paul Westerberg, and the raggedy anthem "Moonlight" proves Jason does it pretty damn well. Like fellow Westerberg disciples Beach Slang and Japandroids, "Moonlight" reminds us how big the little things are, with untamed earnestness and a few power chords: "When your skin is close, I can barely stand / With your mouth on my neck and your hands on my back, I'm singing 'Hallelujah!', singing 'Don't you look good in the moonlight!'" Rock out below.

The Joyce Manor / Cheap Girls / Tracks tour begins in Cleveland this Friday (9/18) and then hits NYC on Saturday (9/19) at Webster Hall. Tickets for NYC are still available.

All dates are listed, with the new song, below...

Continue reading "listen to Jason Anderson's band Tracks' 1st single "Moonlight""

photos by Carly Hoskins

Braid / Cheap Girls / Chumped @ Gigawatts 2015
Gigawatts Festival
Gigawatts Festival
Gigawatts Festival

Emo vets Braid are still reunited and on tour now, having recently played a couple festivals: Brooklyn's Gigawatts Fest in July and Atlanta's inaugural Wrecking Ball this past weekend. Wrecking Ball had quite the first year, with an impressive lineup that included highly influential punk bands Descendents and Judge among several other greats from the '90s through now. Check out videos of those two, below.

We didn't get pictures of Wrecking Ball, but we did get pics of Braid at Gigawatts, plus other bands from the day they played, including Beach Slang (pictures here), Swearin', Cheap Girls, Chumped, Laura Stevenson, Field Mouse and more. Those pictures continue below...

Continue reading "Braid played Wrecking Ball (w/ Descendents, Judge, etc) and Gigawatts (w/ Cheap Girls, Chumped, etc) -- pics, videos"

by Andrew Sacher

Tracks Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson (also once known as Wolf Colonel) put out a number of albums all throughout the 2000s. Many of them were on the venerable K Records, and his most recent, 2013's Omaha, was on Salinas (Radiator Hospital, Swearin'). He's not done playing solo shows under his own name, but his main focus now is his new band Tracks. Tracks' first-ever show was last summer opening for Okkervil River in Portsmouth and so far they've played NYC twice: Mercury Lounge last August and Muchmore's this past May.

Their first-ever full tour will be as a support act on the upcoming Joyce Manor / Cheap Girls tour in late September/early October. As mentioned, that tour hits NYC on 9/19 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. All dates are listed below.

Jason's earlier output was the kind of lo-fi folk/indie pop you'd probably expect to hear on K Records in the early 2000s, but Omaha rocks a bit harder. If Tracks is up a similar alley, it'll be a great fit with Joyce Manor. You can download that for free here, pick it up from Salinas, and check out an Rdio stream below.

In related news, Cheap Girls also play NYC this weekend at Gigawatts Fest.

Continue reading "Jason Anderson's new band Tracks going on first-ever tour opening for Joyce Manor & Cheap Girls (dates)"

photo: Joyce Manor at MHOW in January (more by Mimi Hong)
Joyce Manor

Cali punks Joyce Manor already revealed a few upcoming festival appearances, including FYF and Denver and Chicago's Riot Fests, and now they've announced a lengthy headlining tour. Support comes from two different "girl" bands. Most dates are with Cheap Girls (all boys) and the West Coast dates are with Girlpool (all girls).

The run with Cheap Girls hits NYC on September 19 at Webster Hall, which will be Joyce Manor's largest headlining show here yet. Tickets for Webster go on sale Friday (6/5) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

Cheap Girls also have two of their own NYC shows. They play a free daytime show in Rockaway Beach this Sunday (6/7) at Riis Park Beach Bazaar, and they return for day 3 (7/26) of Gigawatts Fest with Braid, Swearin', Laura Stevenson, Beach Slang, Chumped and more (tickets).

Girlpool also have a NYC show coming up. They play MHOW on 7/7 with Alex G. Since we last spoke, Frankie Cosmos and Hello Shark were added. Tickets are still available. They recently put out another single from their new debut album, which you can listen to below.

Continue reading "Joyce Manor announce tour dates w/ Cheap Girls & Girlpool"


Brooklyn's annual Gigawatts Festival returns this year with a lineup that's bigger and more impressive than ever. The fest happens July 24-26 at The Wick & The Well, and artists playing include Black Lips, Braid, A Place to Bury Strangers, Liturgy, Swearin', Beach Slang, Cheap Girls, Chumped, Anamanaguchi, Pile, Ava Luna, Cerebral Ballzy, Amanda X, Potty Mouth, Mannequin Pussy, Heaven's Gate, Honduras, Laura Stevenson, Dan Friel and still more.

Tickets go on sale Friday (5/15) at 10 AM with a pre-sale starting today (5/13) at noon. To get tickets in the presale, use the password: savetheclocktower.

Check out the full day-by-day lineups below...

Continue reading "Gigawatts Festival 2015 happening at The Wick & The Well w/ Black Lips, Braid, APTBS, Liturgy, Swearin', Beach Slang & more"

Riis Park

The people behind Brooklyn Night Bazaar (which coincedentally just got word it has to close), announce Riis Park Beach Bazaar:

We are proud to announce that the National Park Service has granted Brooklyn Bazaar a 5 year lease to develop programming, food, and beverage services at Jacob Riis Park Beach beginning Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday, May 23) 2015. Just as the Brooklyn Night Bazaar is a new take on the traditional flea market, Riis Park Beach Bazaar will reimagine the beach experience on Jacob Riis Park's historic and pristine waterfront. We look forward to hosting abundant activities, entertainment, shopping, food, and drinks, which when combined with the sea and sun, will result in a New York beach experience unlike any other.
Most importantly, they say "Riis Park Beach Bazaar will continue our tradition of FREE concerts every Saturday and Sunday afternoon." Shows are being promised through the end of September, but meanwhile only a few shows are announced, including this:
Noisey/VICE presents
Iron Chic
Soda Bomb
Somerset Thrower
DJ Mathcore

Laura Stevenson
Slingshot Dakota
Double Trouble Double Dragon DJ's

UPDATE: Some previously-announced Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows, such as Cheap Girls and Old Gray, were moved to Riis Park Beach Bazaar. Those and more on the full initial schedule, and much more information on what they'll have there, below...

Continue reading "Riis Park Beach Bazaar coming to Rockaways (with free concerts every weekend, food, shopping & more)"

Cheap Girls in Chicago on RSD (photo by Zach Pollack)
Cheap Girls

Michigan power pop trio Cheap Girls, who just celebrated Record Store Day in Chicago with an acoustic in-store at Saki (photo above), have a few shows happening after frontman Ian Graham's upcoming solo tour of Canada. Two of those are in their home state of Michigan, but first they play a free show in NYC.

The NYC show happens June 5 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Young Statues and Soda Bomb. All dates are listed below.

UPDATE: Now that Brooklyn Night Bazaar will no longer be hosting shows, the show was moved to the bookers' new free show spot, the Riis Park Beach Bazaar, and it's now Sunday afternoon, June 7 instead of Friday night, June 5. Young and Heartless were also added. Cheap Girls will also return to NYC in July for Gigawatts fest.

You can also catch Soda Bomb in NYC sooner, when they play the Studio at Webster Hall (5/15) stop of the BrooklynVegan-presented Superheaven / Diamond Youth / Rozwell Kid tour. Tickets for that show are still available.

Cheap Girls' most recent album was last year's Famous Graves. Watch a video for that, with the tour dates and videos from the other two bands on the Brooklyn show, below...

Continue reading "Cheap Girls playing shows, including free NYC show with Young Statues and Soda Bomb (dates)"

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"

Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)

Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.

Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.

The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.

DG year-end lists below...

Continue reading "Don Giovanni bands list their favorite LPs of 2014 (Screaming Females, Cali X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, more)"

Jeff Rosenstock w/ BTMI at NYU Strawberry Fest 2012 (more by Andrew St. Clair)

Jeff Rosenstock, formerly frontman of the recently-broken up Bomb the Music Industry and the been-broken up Arrogant Sons of Bitches, currently a solo artist and one half of Antarctigo Vespucci with Chris Farren of Fake Problems, has given us a list of his favorite albums of 2014. It includes Chumped, whose LP release show in Brooklyn he plays on 12/13, as well as Hard Girls, who he joined at their BV-presented NYC debut (Chumped played that one too). It's a cool list all around. Check it out, including commentary, below.

In addition to his full-band set the Chumped release show (which also includes Cayetana, Chris Gethard and Adult Dude), Jeff plays full-band in Ithaca with Perfect Pussy this Saturday (12/6) and solo in Providence later in the month. His full tour schedule, with his year-end list, below...

Continue reading "Jeff Rosenstock lists his favorite LPs of 2014, playing shows"

by Andrew Sacher

Chumped at BK Bazaar earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)

We recently mentioned that following their two EPs, Brooklyn's Chumped would be releasing their first full length later this year. It's now been announced that the album's called Teenage Retirement and it will be out on November 18 via Anchorless Records. Its first single, "Songs About Boats," recently premiered over at Noisey and from the sound of it, Chumped are continuing to make terrifically executed real-deal pop punk. If the term "pop punk" still puts a bad taste in your mouth, "Songs About Boats" is the kind of song that could remind you that you do in fact have a scratched-up copy of Dookie at your parents' house, and that there is a part of you that sometimes wants nothing more than palm-muted power chords done right. Chumped do it right, so take a listen for yourself, below.

Chumped also have a bunch of tour dates coming up, including three in their hometown. First, they open the NYC stop of the Cheap Girls / Beach Slang / Lee Corey Oswald / Signals Midwest tour happening October 14 at Saint Vitus (tickets), and then as discussed their tour with PUP hits Mercury Lounge on November 7 (tickets). Since we last spoke, Typefighter were added to that show too. Right before the year ends, Chumped play Acheron on December 30 with the reactivated Plow United headlining, plus Mikey Erg, Up for Nothing and Hatrabbits (tickets). Updated list of Chumped's dates below.

Speaking of Beach Slang, their excellent new EP is out today (9/30) via Tiny Engines, and that can be streamed in full below as well...

Continue reading "Chumped announce debut LP, share track, add tour dates (one w/ Plow United); Beach Slang EP out now & streaming"

by Andrew Sacher

Beach Slang at BK Bazaar earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)
Beach Slang

As discussed, Beach Slang's second EP of 2014, Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street, comes out soon via Tiny Engines. You've already heard the excellent "American Girls and French Kisses" and today NPR premiered another banger from it, "Dirty Cigarettes." Where "American Girls" was one of the Slang's faster cuts, "Dirty Cigarettes" has them slowing down a bit and sounding more somber, but still dishing out some of the most quotable punk rock in recent memory. "All I want are records on my stereo, I'm better off baby when I'm all alone," singer James Snyder offers before quickly taking it back, "...that's a lie." It sounds like he's trying to convince himself more than he's trying to convince us, and it's effective. I mean who hasn't said they're "better off alone" without believing themselves for a second?

Since we last spoke, they also released the EP's opening track "All Fuzzed Out." Besides being an apt descriptor for how their guitars sound, "All Fuzzed Out" is yet another three minutes of Beach Slang in fine form. "American Girls" has James screaming in the basement with his friends, "Dirty Cigarettes" has him alone with his records, and this one's kind of a love song. "All of these sounds are really just my heart plugged in played loud." Sometimes you just can't ask for more than that.

Beach Slang recently wrapped up their tour with Modern Baseball which hit NYC earlier this month (pictures), and we mentioned they'd be back in NYC for the Saint VItus (10/14) stop of Cheap Girls' tour with Lee Corey Oswald (tickets). It's now been announced that Beach Slang and and Lee Core Oswald are actually on several dates of that tour, as are their Tiny Engines labelmates Signals Midwest (including the Vitus show).

Updated dates are listed, with the two newest song streams, below...

Continue reading "Beach Slang streaming 2 more songs from new EP; full tour w/ Cheap Girls, Lee Corey Oswald & Signals Midwest announced"

by Andrew Sacher

Beach Slang

We recently mentioned that Beach Slang (the current band of Weston's James Snyder) would be releasing a second EP this year, titled Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street (out 10/28 via Tiny Engines), which follows their excellent debut from a few months back. Now we finally get our first taste of it from new single "American GIrls and French Kisses." It's another dose of the Jawbreaker-meets-Replacements style of their debut, but while those comparisons give you an idea of what to expect, they don't really do the song justice. James' delivery brings on that same rush of emotions he did with the four songs on their debut, equally nostalgic for youth and living in the right-now. The song's packed with quotable lines, but if there's one that really brings on all of the feels: "It's Friday night and I'm in the basement screaming out my lungs with my best friends. I hope when I die, I feel this alive." I mean, damn.

As discussed, Beach Slang have a tour with Modern Baseball that hits NYC for a free show this Friday (9/5) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Chumped and Crow Bait. They've also since been announced as the opener on the NYC stop of Cheap Girls' tour, happening October 14 at Saint Vitus before both bands play The Fest. Portland's Lee Corey Oswald (who play Long Island with The Menzingers ten days later) are on the VItus show as well. Tickets are still available.

Updated Beach Slang dates are listed, with the new song (via Noisey), below...

Continue reading "Beach Slang release "American Girls and French Kisses" from new EP, opening for Cheap Girls (updates dates & stream)"

Cheap Girls in Chicago in April (more by Jeff Ryan)
Cheap Girls

Michigan power poppers Cheap Girls have seemingly been constantly on the road in support of this year's Famous Graves, and they've just expanded their tour once again. The new dates include a fall US run leading up to The Fest which hits NYC on October 14 at Saint Vitus and Asbury Park on October 16 at Asbury Lanes. Tickets for the Vitus show will be on sale soon via Ticketfly and tickets for the Asbury Park show go on sale Friday (8/22) at noon.

All dates are listed, with a video, below...

Continue reading "Cheap Girls announce tour, playing St Vitus before The Fest"

by Andrew Sacher

Cheap Girls at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cheap Girls

Michigan power pop trio Cheap Girls just wrapped up tours with Against Me! and The Hold Steady (which included our SXSW showcase), and they've now announced that they'll hit the road again soon supporting Phoenix folk punks Andrew Jackson Jihad (who they played NYC with in January). Cheap Girls' last tour didn't hit NYC, but this one will on June 14 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/18) at noon.

After the run with Cheap Girls, AJJ head out on a second leg of dates with Hard Girls. Opening the whole tour is AJJ's Phoenix neighbors Dogbreth, who also go on a short western US tour with Waxahatchee this week. All dates are listed below.

Both Cheap Girls and Andrew Jackson Jihad have new albums coming out this year. As mentioned, Cheap Girls will release Famous Graves on May 13 via Xtra Mile. You can stream two of its tracks, "Knock Me Over" and "Man In Question" (ft. Craig Finn), below.

AJJ release their new album, Christmas Island, on May 6 via their new label home of SideOneDummy, which follows 2011's Knife Man LP on Asian Man. The new record was produced by John Congleton, who's been having a killer 2014, also helming the new Swans, Cloud Nothings, Angel Olsen, and St. Vincent albums this year. You can listen to its single "Children of God" below. If you're new to the band, fans of Against Me!, Bright Eyes or Titus Andronicus should take note.

All dates are listed, with all streams, below...

Continue reading "Andrew Jackson Jihad releasing a new LP, touring with Cheap Girls & Dogbreth (dates & streams)"


The annual festival that sends tons of the world's best punk bands to Florida, The Fest, returns to multiple Gainesville venues for its 13th year from October 31 to November 2 and Pre-Fest happens once again in Tampa from October 29-30.

The initial lineup for The Fest was just announced and includes Descendents, Lifetime, The Menzingers, The Marked Men, Modern Life Is War, Strike Anywhere, Chixdiggit, Chuck Ragan, Into It Over It, Tim Barry, Laura Stevenson, Cheap Girls, Night Birds, You Blew It!, Self Defense Family, Circle Takes the Square, Lemuria, The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Mikey Erg, Dads, Gates, Banquets, Somos, Dikembe, Frameworks, Captain We're Sinking, The Hotelier, Prawn, Little Big League, Everyone Everywhere, Nona, Chumped, Worriers, Nai Harvest, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), Places to Hide, Courtesy Drop, Foxing, All Dogs and many more. Tickets go on sale April 20 via the Fest's site (which is currently down at time of this post).

Full initial lineup below...

Continue reading "The Fest 2014 lineup announced (Descendents, Lifetime, The Menzingers, Marked Men, Into It Over It, TWIABP & more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Against Me! / Touche Amore / The Front Bottoms
BrooklynVegan SXSW Showcase - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Showcase - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Showcase - Red 7

SXSW is currently underway, and while we still have three day parties and a metal showcase ahead of us, we kicked off our BrooklynVegan events with our official showcase at Red 7 last night (3/12). Unfortunately, we did have to keep the capacity lower than usual after the previous night's over-sold Chance the Rapper show was shut down by the fire marshal. That kept a lot of people waiting on the line outside, but we hope everyone who did get in had as great of a time as we did.

The eccentric and funny Harvey Sid Fisher kicked off the show, which was otherwise an all punk lineup. He could have been hilariously out of place, but he didn't act like it at all and the portion of the crowd who was there seemed entertained (at least we were!), even if they were a little confused. And once Harvey's band joined him to perform his Astrology Songs, they kind of sounded like a band you could have once heard at CBGB. After Harvey, the show kicked into punk mode with sets from Placeholder, Frameworks, Cheap Girls, The Front Bottoms, Touche Amore and Against Me!.

Placeholder, who toured down to Austin from Philly, kept saying on stage how crazy it was to be playing a larger venue than the DIY spots they frequent (something they also talked about in our interview with them), but they didn't sound like a basement band at all. Sounding way more aggressive on stage than on record, they were crunchy, loud, and solid performers that we hope to see on bigger stages again in the future.

After them it was Gainesville screamo kids Frameworks, who are also relatively new (their debut album comes out soon), but we also thought sounded very tight. Their post-rock style build-ups, interludes between songs, and harshly screamed vocals made for a pretty intense set ahead of the two head bopping/singalong bands to come. The first of those, Cheap Girls (who also have a new album on the way), brought us right back to the '90s with their power pop bashers that wouldn't have felt out of place on KROQ. It wasn't lighthearted stuff though. Like Placeholder, they kicked the aggression up a notch with a punk kick and sneering nasally vocals.

Speaking of nasally vocals, The Front Bottoms followed with what we thought was one of the most flat-out fun sets of the night. Maybe it wasn't crazy as a headlining Front Bottoms show, but they're still the kind of band to induce word-for-word shout-alongs from the crowd no matter where they are, and they did just that. It was a total blast in the crowd and the guys seemed like they were in great spirits on stage too.

And speaking of shout-alongs, they didn't stop at all for Touche Amore's set next which had mini mosh pits and the crowd yelling with Jeremy Bolm whenever he ditched his mic. Because of the reduced capacity in the venue, you could navigate the crowd more than at a regular Touche Amore show, but that didn't phase the band or any of the smiling faces in the front rows. Before they made it to Austin, we caught the band in NYC, and as always it was a treat to see them again.

The show wrapped up with a set from the reinvigorated Against Me!, who are back this year with a new lineup, a new album, and sounding great as ever. The new songs fit right in with the older ones, and I didn't realize until last night how many words I knew to the new record. Like with Touche Amore, there was a ton of energy from the crowd up in front, and everyone including the band looked like they were having a ton of fun. We know we were, and if you were there we hope you did too.

If you got your picture taken in our Photo Booth Party photo booth, look for yourself in our Facebook album.

In sadder news, our show last night was only a few blocks from the tragedy that struck SXSW, a drunk driving suspect that killed two and injured 23 outside of The Mohawk. Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of the victims, and we hope anyone who was out last night got home safely.

More pictures from our SXSW showcase below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan Official 2014 SXSW Show pics (Against Me!, Touche Amore, Front Bottoms, Cheap Girls, Harvey Sid Fisher & more)"

Cheap Girls

Cheap Girls' next album, titled Famous Graves, is due out in May. This coming week, like they've been doing on tour with Against Me!, they'll preview some of it in Austin at SXSW where one of their shows is the official BrooklynVegan showcase on Wednesday night. (Against Me! play that one too.) We recently spoke to them about the new album and saw some in-studio pics. Now, we cornered singer Ian Graham again to ask him 5 QUESTIONS:


1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?

Ian:That's an incredibly tough one. I'd have to break it down city-to-city. I know that we all really enjoyed this show we played at Neumo's in Seattle about 3 years ago. That place was great. But, since venues (unfortunately) come and go, we've gotta keep it city-to-city.

more below...

Continue reading "5 Questions with: Cheap Girls"

photos by Lance Nelson, words by Andrew Sacher

Cheap Girls

Michigan rockers Cheap Girls are set to release their fourth album, Famous Graves on May 13 (pre-order). It's their first for Xtra Mile Recordings after leaving Rise Records, and sees them back with longtime producer/engineer Rick Johnson after 2012's Laura Jane Grace-produced Giant Orange. The band's sound hasn't changed much, still enamored with the alt-rock and power pop sounds of the '90s, but they continue to hone their songwriting, resulting in some of their best material yet.

Cheap Girls are touring with Against Me! soon, and as discussed, both of those bands will come to Austin for SXSW where they'll play the BrooklynVegan showcase at Red 7 Patio on Wednesday, March 12 with Touche Amore, The Front Bottoms, Frameworks, Placeholder and special guest opener Harvey Sid Fisher (7 PM doors).

Ahead of the tour, I spoke to bassist/vocalist Ian Graham via IM about the new record, their new label, their favorite NYC shows they've played, their relationship with Against Me! and more. We've also got a set of pictures of the band from the Famous Graves recording sessions in this post. More of those pictures, the interview, list of tour dates, and more, below...

Continue reading "Cheap Girls talk new album, new label, favorite NYC shows & more, playing BV-SXSW (tour dates & in-studio pics)"

photos by Jeremy Silveira, words by Andrew Sacher


Gainesville screamers Frameworks recently inked a deal with Topshelf Records, who will release their debut LP, Loom, on April 29. The material on their excellent EPs had them set up to be one of the better newcomers in the modern screamo scene of bands like Touche Amore and Pianos Become the Teeth, but on the full length, the band is beginning to distance themselves from that. The album's title track, which you can stream below, brings in elements of major key indie rock and afrobeat punk that may be one of the closer things to a middle ground between the Talking Heads and Pg.99.

As discussed, the band will be heading to Austin for SXSW, where they'll play the BrooklynVegan showcase at Red 7 Patio on Wednesday, March 13 with Against Me!, Touche Amore, The Front Bottoms, Cheap Girls, Placeholder and special guest opener Harvey Sid Fisher (7 PM doors.)

After SXSW, the band will head out on a tour with NJ emo band Gates which hits NYC on April 19 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates. All tour dates are listed below.

Ahead of all this, we hit up guitarist Andrew and singer Luke on IM to discuss the new album, the Gainesville punk scene, and Luke's disapproval of Andrew's love for John Mayer. We've also got some pictures of them recording Loom with Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor) in his San Francisco studio. More of those pics, the interview, list of dates, and new song stream, below...

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Gainesville screamo newcomers Frameworks mentioned they'd be releasing their debut album on Topshelf Records, and they've just officially announced that it's called Loom and will be out on April 29 via their new label home. Check out the album's teaser video which features shots of the band in the studio and a clip of new music, below.

As we announced yesterday, Frameworks will play the 2014 BrooklynVegan official nighttime SXSW showcase on Wednesday, March 12 at Red 7 Patio (611 E. 7th St. in Austin, TX) with Against Me!, Touche Amore, The Front Bottoms, Cheap Girls, Placeholder and Harvey Sid Fisher. Badges and wristbands welcome.

Video below...

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Against Me! / flyer / Touche Amore
Against Me
Touche Amore

The 2014 BrooklynVegan official nighttime SXSW showcase will take place on Wednesday, March 12 at Red 7 Patio (611 E. 7th St. in Austin, TX). SXSW badges are welcome, and we'll also have some general admission tickets for sale at the door (come early!).

For this year, we kept things on the punky side with a 1 AM headlining set from the reinvigorated punk vets Against Me! who are back with a new lineup and album this year. However, it starts rather un-punk (or maybe the most punk?) with a 7:30 PM opening very special guest set from occasional actor and cult singerĀ Harvey Sid Fisher, who is probably best known for his album Astrology Songs in which he performs songs about the 12 signs of the Zodiac. He'll be performing all twelve! The album came out on Gregg Turkington aka Neil Hamburger's Amarillo Records, which also makes Harvey labelmates with Anton LaVey. Don't be late!

After him, the distortion pedals get turned on for Lancaster, PA fuzz rockers Placeholder, followed by Gainesville post-hardcore newcomers Frameworks (whose debut LP is due out on Topshelf this year), then '90s alt-rock radio lovers Cheap Girls (who just announced a new album), NJ's wordy folk punks The Front Bottoms, and finally post-hardcore rippers Touche Amore taking the stage at midnight right before Against Me!. That's the flyer above.

The Red 7 show is one of a few BrooklynVegan events at SXSW this year. Our metal blog Invisible Oranges will be announcing a metal showcase soon. We also have three day parties at Red 7 (3/13-15, lineups coming soon), and a BrooklynVegan/BV Austin-curated portion of the Flatstock stage on 3/15 with Austin artists Mother Falcon, S U R V I V E, and Bronze Whale.

Hope to see you there!

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by Andrew Sacher

Cheap Girls

Michigan's Cheap Girls have signed with Xtra Mile Recordings (who put out the new Against Me! album, and is also home to Frank Turner, Tim Barry, etc) for the followup to 2012's Laura Jane Grace-produced Giant Orange. The new album, titled Famous Graves, is due out on May 13 and was produced by Rick Johnson, who did their first two records. On its first single, "Knock Me Over," Cheap Girls are still worshipping those same '90s alt-rock radio and power pop bands (Smoking Popes, Lemonheads, etc), and their songwriting continues to progress as well. The song just premiered over at The A.V. Club, and you can check it out below.

Cheap Girls will be doing some touring ahead of the album's release, including a run with Against Me! and Laura Stevenson and the Cans. As we just mentioned, both Cheap Girls and Against Me! will play our official BV SXSW showcase with Touche Amore, The Front Bottoms, and more. In April, they'll do a short run with The Hold Steady. No NYC dates (yet?), but you can check out their full tour schedule below.

Speaking of The Hold Steady, since we last spoke, they released another single from their upcoming album, Teeth Dreams, which is due out on March 25 via Washington Square. The new track "Spinners," follows first single "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You," and like that one it's another dose of their literate rock, with some studio gloss courtesy of Foo Fighters/Ghost producer Nick Raskulinecz. Watch the lyric video below.

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