Entries tagged with: Cheap Girls
by Andrew Sacher
Beach Slang at BK Bazaar earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)
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...
by Andrew Sacher
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...
Cheap Girls in Chicago in April (more by Jeff Ryan)
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...
by Andrew Sacher
Cheap Girls at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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...
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...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Against Me! / Touche Amore / The Front Bottoms
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.
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...
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.
photos by Lance Nelson, words by Andrew Sacher
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...
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...
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.
Against Me! / flyer / 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 singer 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!
by Andrew Sacher
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.
Lemuria at Chaos in Tejas 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bomb the Music Industry are calling it quits and playing a previously discussed final show at Warsaw on 1/19 with Cheap Girls. Since we last spoke, more details have been announced, including that Andrew Jackson Jihad was added to that show, and that BtMI! will do another show on 1/17 at the same venue with The Slackers, Lemuria and Hop Along. Both are sold out.
Meanwhile, while Michigan power poppers Cheap Girls, Buffalo indie punks Lemuria, and Phoenix folk punks Andrew Jackson Jihad are in NYC, they'll all be teaming up for their own show happening in between the BtMI! shows on January 18 at Europa. AJJ are headlining and Cheap Girls will be playing acoustic. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Cheap Girls and Lemuria both have other upcoming dates, all of which are listed, along with a couple videos, below...
Tenement at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Like they do every year, NJ punk label Don GIovanni Records will put on a showcase in Brooklyn in early 2014, happening on February 6 at 285 Kent and February 7 and 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are not on sale yet, but will be available via Ticketfly for 285 Kent and Ticketmaster for MHOW (2-day pass option included) on Friday (11/22). Flyer below. Facebook event page here.
Night 2 is pretty diverse, headlined by singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson, and also featuring eclectic duo Shellshag, new "supergroup" Upset (mems. Best Coast, Vivian Girls, Hole, etc), Lauren Measure's new project Worriers, and a guest.
And night 3 is another heavier one with the shredding Screaming Females, the sludgy California X, the punky/grungy Brick Mower, political punks and newest signees Priests, and power pop (the Replacements kind) trio Black Wine.
Along with the showcase announcement, Don Giovanni have also just put out their 2013 label sampler, which features a track from all of their 2013 releases, including songs by many of the bands playing the showcases. Stream that sampler in full below. They've also just began their holiday sale, where you can purchase 5 LPs for $50 or 5 CDs for $40 through November 29. Check that out here.
In related news, Bomb the Music Industry!, whose lineup once included Laura Stevenson, are officially calling it quits and they'll play their final show in Brooklyn on January 19 at Warsaw. Tickets (including a live recording) for that show go on sale Friday (11/22) at noon. So far, they've announced that Michigan power pop rockers Cheap Girls will open, and there's more openers TBA. More info and a message from BTMI at the Facebook event.
Don Giovanni showcase flyer and 2013 sampler stream below...
Cheap Girls at Knitting Factory - 5/17/13 (via heidi comes to life)
As mentioned, The Draft (aka all of Hot Water Music except Chuck Ragan) are going on their first tour in forever this year, which hits NYC on July 19 at Saint Vitus. Since we last spoke, power pop rockers Cheap Girls, whose ongoing tour hit Knitting Factory in Brooklyn earlier this month, were added to most dates on the tour, including the NYC show. Luther were added to those dates as well. Tickets for the Saint Vitus show are still available.
As mentioned, the full Hot Water Music lineup has a lone US show scheduled this year, taking place on June 22 at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ with Social Distortion, Dave Hause, and Cheap Time (not Cheap Girls). Tickets for that show are still available. The rest of that lineup, sans-Hot Water Music, play a Brooklyn show at Warsaw (6/23) the next day (tickets).
Updated dates are listed, along with some videos/streams and the tour flyer, below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Cheap Girls - "Ruby" (MP3)
The ever-prevalent '90s revival has been occurring in many forms, and Michigan's Cheap Girls recall a time when bands like the Smoking Popes were dishing out power pop with the rough edge of indie rock. Their most recent album, 2012's Giant Orange, is filled with big hooks, fat riffs, and it's a really fun record. It's more polished than their earlier albums, 2009's My Roaring 20's and 2008's FInd Me a Drink Home, which may have turned off fans of the lower-fi, but it's got some of their best songwriting yet. You can check out the video for its single, "Ruby," below and download the track for free above.
Cheap Girls will continue to support Giant Orange with a tour this year that kicks off in Brooklyn on May 17 at Knitting Factory, also includes a Poughkeepsie show at The Chance on May 19, and towards the end of their run returns to the NYC-area for a NJ show at Stanhope House on June 15. All three of those shows, and most others on the tour, are with Make Do and Mend. Sainthood Reps are also on the Knitting Factory bill, and the Poughkeepsie/NJ shows are also with Diamond Youth. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on sale today (4/5) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, along with that video and the tour flyer, below...
After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.
Full FFF Fest lineup is below.
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.
The Fest is back for round 11 (!) adding bands from across the spectrum of punk rock for the multi-day Gainesville, Florida extravaganza. The Fest announced its initial lineup earlier this month but has doubled that number, bringing the total tally to a whopping 217, and there are more to go! The lineup includes Lagwagon, Naked Raygun, Baroness, Red Fang, Off with Their Heads, Torche, Valient Thorr, 7 Seconds, F.Y.P., Braid, Titus Andronicus, Toys That Kill, Underground Railroad to Candyland, Frank Turner and many more (see below). Tickets are now on sale (and sold out quick last year).
Full lineup is below, expect to see some surprises at The Fest as well; Sleepytime Trio reunited there last year.
Bouncing Souls at Highline Ballroom in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bouncing Souls are set to release their ninth full length album, Comet, on June 12 via their own Chunksaah Records and Rise Records. It was produced by the Descendents' Bill Stevenson who is also working on the new Hot Water Music album. Check out album track "Static" along with the artwork and tracklist below.
They'll celebrate the release of the album with two record release shows. Those include a Philly show on 6/8 and a NYC show on June 9 at Webster Hall. Both shows are with Cheap Girls and Static Radio. Tickets for the Webster Hall show go on sale Friday (3/23) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/21) at noon.
The Bouncing Souls, like Hot Water Music, are also playing Bamboozle, which goes down in Asbury Park from May 18-20. They also play The Chance in Poughkeepsie (5/16) a few days earlier.
All dates, stream, album art and tracklist below...
We previously discussed Phily's Riot Fest East that will feature an appearance from the mighty Descendents and The Suicide Machines who they also play with in NYC. Riot Fest East, an offshoot of the Chicago festival, happens on September 24th.
The Chicago version of the festival, October 5-9, previously announced that Weezer, Social Distortion, Descendents, 7 Seconds, ALL (two different eras!), Helmet, and X (playing Los Angeles) were all on the lineup, but left one big announcement for today...
On Friday October 7, 2011 Danzig will headline Riot Fest and perform a career spanning show featuring sets of Danzig, Samhain and Misfits songs with none other than Doyle joining on guitar the Misfits set. We've waited years for this and we can't wait to see the inside of the Congress Theater turn into a churning sea of humanity.Tickets for both Riot Fest Chicago and Riot Fest East are now on sale, and more band announcements are stil to come(!).
Riot Fest show flyers and some videos is below.