Entries tagged with: Chuck Ragan
The 2016 Treefort Music Fest goes on March 23-27 in Boise, Idaho in venues all over the city. (It's kinda like Boise's SXSW.) This year's lineup includes Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Thee Oh Sees, Youth Lagoon, Aesop Rock, Chelsea Wolfe, White Denim, Oddisee, Hinds, French Horn Rebellion, Quilt, Alex G, Wax Idols, Built To Spill, La Luz, All Dogs, Porches, Oddisee (who plays a BV show in NYC on Tuesday) and more.
Tickets are on sale now, and the 2016 lineup, as it stands, is listed below.
Hot Water Music frontman Chuck Ragan is playing some shows over the next few months. This includes a short west coast tour (some dates solo, some with Todd Beene on pedal steel), and an east coast run with this backing band The Camaraderie. The east coast shows will feature support from singer/songwriter Cory Branan (who Chuck's played with before).
The run with Cory includes a NYC show on February 12 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that one go on sale Friday (12/18) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Cory is also touring with another punk frontman-turned solo act, The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon, though he's not billed for any of Brian's NYC-area shows (which happen at the Studio at Webster Hall on 1/19, Irving Plaza on 3/9, and Starland Ballroom on 3/12).
Another punk frontman-gone-solo who's worked with both Chuck Ragan and Brian Fallon, Tim Barry, just announced a tour with Murder By Death.
Check out some Cory Branan and Chuck Ragan videos, with Chuck's list of tour dates, below...
Cassette Store Day is back for its third year, celebrating the glory of tape, and happens October 17 in North America, UK, Australia, New Zeleand and Germany. The North American branch is being handled once again by the cassette fanatics at Burger Records and there's over 100 exclusive titles for CSD 2015, including ones by Motorhead, Sebadoh, The Gaslight Anthem, Foals, Kylesa, Beach Slang, Alex G, Green Day, and more. The full final list of titles is below, and more info on them is over at the CSD site.
A full list of participating Cassette Store Day stores is here.
Hot Water Music co-frontman Chuck Ragan and his backing band The Camaraderie (mems Lucero, Social Distortion, more) have a tour coming up, which includes a European run in August and three US shows in September. The US shows happen in Anaheim, CA; Dallas, TX; and NYC, and all three are presented by cowboy hat maker Stetson.
The NYC show happens September 19 at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/26) at 10 AM, with a Citi presale starting Tuesday (6/23) at 10 AM, and Live Nation/Ticketmaster/Music Geeks presales starting Wednesday (6/24) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
Chuck recently released a split 10" with another punk-frontman-gone-solo-artist, Rocky Votolato. It's called Kindred Spirit and it's out now on SideOneDummy. You can stream it in full (via AV Club) below.
by Andrew Sacher
Tim Kasher in Brooklyn in 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Old Point Light Records' "Fourward" series is a series of compilation albums that benefit the American Cancer Society and Johns Hopkins Myositis Center. The third installment is out now and features rare and previously-unreleased material from Cursive frontman Tim Kasher, Hot Water Music frontman Chuck Ragan, Travis Dopp of Small Brown Bike, Gordon Withers of Office of Future Plans, Dischord supergroup Alarms & Controls, ex-Indian Summer duo Ghost Trees and more.
UPDATE: As a commenter pointed out, Chuck Ragan is actually on volume two.
You can stream it on Spotify and purchase it on iTunes, and a free download of Tim Kasher's contribution, "This Again," is premiering in this post. It's a pretty stripped down song as far as Tim Kasher contributions go, but even with minimal layering his unmistakable theatricality is all over it. Check it out.
Meanwhile, Cursive are reissuing The Ugly Organ and playing with a cellist on their upcoming tour that's set to pull heavily from the Ugly Organ era. That tour hits NYC on March 10 & 11 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those shows are still available. Tim's other band The Good Life are touring too but not hitting NYC.
Stream Tim's new track and download it for free below...
We recently mentioned that Hot Water Music co-frontman Chuck Ragan will be on tour this year, hitting NYC on December 6 at Rough Trade with Adam Faucett (tickets), and it's now been announced that he'll be in the NYC-area sooner.
Like his pals in Bouncing Souls did earlier this month, Chuck will headline New Brunswick, NJ's small Court Tavern on October 25 for another edition of Red Bull Sound Select in NJ. Making the bill doubly great, The Get Up Kids frontman Matt Pryor is playing too, and it will be opened by Jared Hart (his band The Scandals opened the Souls' show) and Cory Branan (who also plays Mercury Lounge on Wednesday [10/1]). Like most RBSS shows, admission is $3 with RSVP or $10 without.
A few days after that show, Chuck and the whole Hot Water Music crew will head back home to Gainesville for The Fest. His updated list of dates and Court Tavern show flyer, below...
Hot Water Music co-frontman Chuck Ragan is going on another solo tour this year, including a December Northeast run with his backing back The Camaraderie, which includes Lucero and Social Distortion members. That tour hits NYC on December 6 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show go on sale today (8/22) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Both Chuck solo and Hot Water Music play The Fest, and after that HWM will go on their 20th anniversary tour, hitting Fun Fun Fun Fest and other dates, but unfortunately not NYC. All HWM dates are listed below too.
Social Distortion are also touring, playing two NYC-area shows around their Riot Fests appearances. And Lucero just announced a special tour which includes 3-night stands in various cities with both acoustic and full-band sets. The NYC shows, happening at Bowery Ballroom from Nov. 3-5, go on sale today at noon.
Vivian Girls at their last show (more by PSquared)
As previously mentioned, Cassette Store Day is returning this year on September 27, and since we last spoke, the first round of releases has been announced. There will be cassettes from Foxygen, Vivian Girls, Mutual Benefit, Dntel, Kevin Morby, Fear of Men, They Might Be Giants, Weedeater, Zero Boys, Kurt Braunohler, Enslaved, Immortal, Suffocation, Testament, Typhoon, The Rural Alberta Advantage, PUJOL, Chuck Ragan, The Gaslight Anthem, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Restorations, R. Stevie Moore and many more, as well as still more being added.
Check out the full initial list 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...
by Andrew Sacher
Chuck Ragan & The Camaraderie
Hot Water Music co-frontman Chuck Ragan will release his fourth solo album, Til Midnight, on March 25 via SideOneDummy. Like most of his solo material, it sees Chuck pulling more from folk than punk, though its first single, "Something May Catch Fire," is one of his more layered solo cuts, complete with rollicking drums and a busy fiddle line. That track just premiered over at The A.V. Club, and you can listen below.
Chuck also announced a tour with The White Buffalo and Johnny Two Bags, which comes to NYC for a show on April 18 at Irving Plaza. For the tour, he'll be joined by his backing band The Camaraderie, which features Todd Beene of Lucero, David Hidalgo Jr of Social Distortion, and others. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/21) at 10 AM with Live Nation and Music Geeks presales starting Wednesday (2/19) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
photos by Cory Dewald
The Replacements / Pixies
For a band that thrived on an anything-goes approach to performing, the Riot Fest show ran with relative precision, with barely a pause between songs. Despite tossing the clock, [Paul] Westerberg and the boys finished precisely at 10:30 p.m. Everything on the set list was at least 23 years old. But the 25-song, 75-minute performance brimmed with energy and heart. Nostalgia it was, but there was nothing formulaic or phoned-in about it.Chicago's Riot Fest (the second of three Riot Fests happening this year) wrapped up this past Sunday (9/15) with sets from The Replacements, Pixies, Rocket From the Crypt, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, Quicksand, Touche Amore, Peelander-Z, Brand New, Best Coast and more. One set of pictures from that day is in this post, and a second set with more bands
Looking like thrift-shop dandies with their splashy mismatched clothes and spiky hair, Westerberg and Stinson cracked jokes, blew a few lyrics, and laughed like they were just banging out tunes in their garage. They stayed loose but kept the pace brisk, with plenty of help from Freese's dynamic drumming and the bow-tied Minehan's concise lead guitar.
Westerberg's voice sounded appropriately rough and gritty on the opening "Takin' a Ride," the first song on the first Replacements album, "Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take out the Trash" (1981), and the sneering "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out." But he also found the tenderness in a song ("Androgynous") that rhymes "kewpie dolls" with "urine stalls." [Chicago Tribune]
Iggy and the Stooges at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Toronto one happens from August 24-25 in Fort York and features sets from The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges, The Weakerthans, Rocket from the Crypt, Dinosaur Jr., Best Coast, The Flatliners, and Single Mothers (who all play day 2). Tickets for that day are on sale now. Flyer below.
The Denver one happens from September 21 to 22 at May Farms and features sets from The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges, AFI, Brand New, Rocket From the Crypt, Guided by Voices, The Dismemberment Plan, Superchunk, Against Me!, Best Coast, Minus the Bear, Chuck Ragan, Bosnian Rainbows, This Will Destroy You, Touche Amore, Single Mothers and more on day 1; and blink-182, Rancid, Public Enemy, Matt & Kim, FLAG, Bad Religion, Yo La Tengo, Naked Raygun, Stars, Peelander-Z, Off With Their Heads, and more on day 2. Tickets (2-day passes and single day tickets) are on sale now. Full day-by-day lineup below.
The Revival Tour enters its sixth year in 2013, featuring a revolving lineup of musicians including festival mastermind Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Dave Hause (The Loved Ones), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Jenny O., Rocky Votolato, Jenny Owen Youngs, and more TBA. Says the press release:
Loosely structured in the form of old-fashioned folk musician get-togethers, The Revival Tour is an ensemble collective in which the participating musicians collaborate and jam, frequently creating unique and inspired once-in-a-lifetime moments of brilliance - often multiple times in a single night. "Being a part of The Revival Tour last year in Europe was definitely one of the best tour experiences I've ever had," says Votolato. "It reminded me of why I got into playing music in the first place. The spirit of collaboration, humility, and camaraderie keeps the shows feeling real and immediate every night. Chuck Ragan's work ethic and passion for what he's doing are inspiring and I'm honored to have the chance to share the stage with him again on this upcoming run of shows!"The tour includes a pair of NYC stops with the same lineup of Dave Hause, Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato and Jenny Owen Youngs at Irving Plaza on March 28 and The Bell House on March 30. Tickets are currently on fan presale, while regular ticketing for Irving Plaza begins on January 24th at 10AM. Ticketing info for Bell House is still forthcoming.
All tour dates are listed below, along with live video of Chuck Ragan.
Revival Tour-mates (photo by daveysaurusrex)
At some point the Chuck Ragan-led Revival Tour added a 2nd NYC show, which still has tickets available, happening after the sold out first one tonight (3/30). Playing the late show is: Chuck Ragan (of Hot Water Music), Dan Andriano (of Alkaline Trio), Tommy Gabel (of Against Me!), Cory Branan, and Jenny Owen Youngs who plays Mercury Lounge earlier in the evening.
by Andrew Sacher
Hot Water Music
Chuck Ragan (of Hot Water Music) is taking The Revival Tour 2012 across the US and Canada this March and April. Like past Revival Tours, the shows feature a number of singers (usually of the punk scene) and their acoustic instruments collaborating on stage in a traditional folk music fashion. This year's tour hits NYC on March 30 at Bowery Ballroom, and in addition to Chuck Ragan, features Dan Andriano (of Alkaline Trio), Tommy Gabel (of Against Me!), and Lucero-associate Cory Branan. Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/4) at noon. The Revival tour also has ticket bundle options available with tour samplers, vinyls, posters, and more.
Nathaniel Rateliff, who released his debut album back in 2010, is on a number of the dates too, but unfortunately will not play at the Bowery Ballroom show. However, he will play in NYC one day before that show as part of the Communion-presented "Austin to Boston" tour, which kicks off at this year's SXSW in Austin. That tour hits Mercury Lounge on March 29 and also includes Ben Howard, The Staves, and Bear's Den. Tickets are on sale now.
Chuck Ragan's band Hot Water Music, who have been reunited since 2008, have announced that they're working on their first new album since the reunion and since 2004's The New What Next. They've been recording the album with Bill Stevenson (Descendents) and it should see the light of day this May on Rise Records, the label they signed to over the summer. Hot Water Music released the single "The Fire, The Steel, The Tread," b/w "Up to Nothing" in September of 2011. There's no word of whether or not these songs will appear on the new album, but you can stream them both below.
Hot Water Music have a few shows scheduled in 2012 including Bamboozle in Asbury Park, NJ and SXSW. Single day passes for 5/19 when HWM plays Bamboozle, along with The Promise Ring, A$AP Rocky, Action Bronson, and others, are on sale now. HWM doesn't have many other shows announced at the moment but maybe they'll schedule a NYC show when they're in the area for Bamboozle like The Promise Ring did.
All dates, streams, and tour fliers below...
Color Me Obsessed, a film about The Replacements, will be screening at a number of film festivals and other venues this year and next year. The film was produced by Gorman Bechard (of What We Were Thinking Films) and features interviews with Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, Tommy Ramone, members of Husker Du, Robert Christgau, Jim Derogatis, Ira Robbins, Tom Arnold, and others. The film will premiere in NYC on November 16 and 17 at Bowery Electric.
We're excited to announce that, along with Bowery Electric, we're presenting MATS CITY, a Replacements tribute show that will take place at Bowery Electric after each screening. The show, which will be hosted by Matt Pinfield features a number of guests including Brian Fallon (Gaslight Anthem), Jesse Malin, Steve Wynn, Ted Leo, Chuck Ragan, Charlie Mars, Dave Hause (The Loved Ones), Matthew Ryan, Willie Nile, Tommy Ramone, Alejandro Escovedo, Dave Pulkingham, Walter Lure, Kevn Kinney, Don DiLego, Joe D'Urso, Danny Sage, and Nicole Atkins, and many more to be announced. Those singers will be backed by a band which includes Todd Youth, Matt Romano, and Johnny T. Tickets for the 11/16 and the 11/17 shows are on sale now (ticket options include movie only and show only, and both). A portion of the proceeds will go to Musicians On Call. Note that exact lineups for each date are TBA. Some performers may only be playing one day.
A list of cities the film will screen in and teaser video below...
NOFX at Bonnaroo (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
The Bouncing Souls ended their 4-night run at Highline Ballroom last night (7/9). They played all 8 of their albums over the course of the four nights in NYC. A full report and pictures are coming soon. If you missed it, the Souls will now do the same for Philly starting on July 13th. Tickets are still on sale for one of the nights. They also do it in London, Vienna, Denver, and LA. LA tickets go on sale... in September. Bouncing Souls have also added some new US dates in October before the Denver and LA runs too, including a few shows with NOFX.
The NOFX shows are part of a longer North American tour that NOFX headlines in October with Anti-Flag and Old Man Markley. That tour includes two nights at Irving Plaza, 10/7 & 10/8. Tickets for both shows are on sale now. NOFX also tour Europe in August.
Speaking of Los Angeles punk bands playing 2 nights at Irving Plaza, as previously mentioned, X are doing that too. They will head out on tour in September and October, playing "Los Angeles" in full at each show along the way. As previously mentioned that includes Riot Fest East in Philly, Riot Fest in Chicago and two nights at Irving Plaza in NYC. But it also includes September 25th in Asbury Park, NJ and a bunch of other dates which are listed below. Tickets are available for the two NYC shows and the NJ show.
X released "Los Angeles" in 1980. Seven years later the Dave Alvin-written song "Fourth of July" appeared on their album "See How We Are" (which was reissued in 2002). Grab that song, and a recently made cover of it (in honor of last week's holiday), above.
In somewhat related news, Kid Dynamite will, as mentioned, reunite at FYF Fest in LA with Descendents, The Dead Milkmen and many others this September. While we await another east coast reunion, Kid Dynamite frontman Jason Chevchuk's other band None More Black will play some shows to tide us over. They'll play on October 25 at Knitting Factory Brooklyn and November 2 at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ. Dig It Up, TheCore and Polygon open both shows as part of a tour down to the Fest 10. Tickets for the Knitting Factory show are on sale now.
To bring things full circle, TheCore covered The Bouncing Souls "True Believers" with Chuck Ragan at their show together on February 26 in Las Vegas. Video of that and all tour dates and other videos below....
A reminder: Chuck Ragan goes solo TONIGHT (5/16) at the Bell House, a night of downtime for his tour w/ Social Distortion that hit Asbury Park on Saturday (5/14). Sharks and Sean O'Neill both open the Brooklyn show.
Chuck will hop back on tour with Social D in Norfolk tomorrow night, eventually making his way to Krazy Fest in Louisville where he'll join his still-reunited band Hot Water Music who will also play a few other dates in the coming months in the Midwest, and at NXNE 2011. All tour dates are below. Krazy Fest tickets are still on sale.
In other punk news, The Bouncing Souls have announced the support bands for their upcoming discography dates in NYC & Philly. That includes Hostage Calm, Dave Hause, and Weston on the 7/6 show (dedicated to The Good, The Bad, and The Argyle, Maniacal Laughter, Wild Street, Yuppicide, and Star Fucking Hipsters on the 7/7 show (covering Self-Titled and Hopeless Romantic), Up For Nothing, Iron Chic & The Loved Ones on 7/8 (the How I Spent My Summer Vacation and Anchors Aweigh show), and Lost in Society & Tim Barryfor the 7/9 show (The Gold Record and Ghosts on the Boardwalk). Tickets for 7/8 have gone the way of the dinosaur, but tickets for 7/6, 7/7 and 7/9 are still available. The Bouncing Souls will ALSO make the trek down to Krazy Fest this weekend. All dates and openers are listed below.
Gods & Queens are scheduled to play the 7/15 date in Philadelphia, and also recently played Public Assembly with Coliseum, Rise & Fall, Masakari, and Psychic Limb.
All tour dates and a video is below.
photos by Tim Griffin
Lucero played Emo's in Austin, Texas on Tuesday night (2/22), one night before they appeared on Carson Daly (can't find a video), with an assist from Robert Ellis & The Boys. Lucero's set included a cover of Jawbreaker's "Kiss the bottle" and Bill Withers' "Ain't no Sunshine." Speaking of bottles, the four-song encore was accompanied by special guest (bottle of) Jameson. Pictures from that show show are in this post.
The show is/was part of a few tour dates that the band has before they go out for a stretch of dates as part of Warped Tour 2011. That tour, which Peelander-Z is also a part of, hits Nassau Coliseum on July 23rd and Monmouth Park Raceway in Oceanport, NJ the next day. Tickets go on sale 4/1.
Lucero is also on board for Krazy Fest in Louisville on May 20-22 alongside bands like 7 Seconds, Against Me, Hot Water Music, Coalesce, Title Fight (who are coming to NYC), and many others. Not long before then, Hot Water Music frontman Chuck Ragan is scheduled to play the Bell House with Sharks. Tickets for the May 16th show are on sale.
More pictures and tour dates are below.
The Bouncing Souls @ Webster Hall (more by Tim Griffin)
We're well on our way to making HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS the Jersey Shore's rockinest holiday tradition! This is our third year which marks the distinction between 'maybe we can pull this off' and 'a lifetime commitment'. We're happy to assemble a wild cast of our friends and comrades to entertain you and wish you well for the coming year. What's better than getting together with a couple hundred of your closest friends for the holidays and toasting each others' health? [The Bouncing Souls via press release]The Bouncing Souls will play a four night residency at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ from Dec 26 - 30th as part of their 3rd annual Home For The Holidays series of shows. Each night features a different set of bands with:
- 12/26 getting Black Train Jack, Blacklisted, and Detournement
- 27th getting The Pietasters, a reunion of Worthless United, and Dave Hause
- 28th with their current tourmates Bayside, as well as P.O.S. & Static Radio NJ
- and on 12/30 with Chuck Ragan, Screaming Females, and The Night Brigade.
Screaming Females continue to make NJ proud as they've also just announced a tour with the Arctic Monkeys.
Chuck Ragan was just in town over the weekend, bringing his Revival Tour to Gramercy Theatre on Saturday night.
Blacklisted are scheduled to play the Deathwish day party at Santos during CMJ.
The Bouncing Souls are currently on tour with Bayside and Broadway Calls, a tour which ends in early November. Full tour dates are below...
by Black Bubblegum
7 Seconds & Bouncing Souls on tour in 1994
Twenty years is a major milestone for any band, but in a genre like punk rock that thrives on boundless energy, ducking authority, and youth, it's a particularly notable achievement. This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Bouncing Souls, and yet more clicks on the odometer in the touring van. The band kicks off a set of dates this week with fellow NJ luminaries Lifetime and punk rock legends 7 Seconds.
7 Seconds know a thing or two about longevity. The band is currently approaching it's 30th (!) year and prides itself on being one of the longest standing hardcore bands in existence, joining the esteemed ranks of Bad Brains, DOA, and Circle Jerks among others. Vocalist Kevin Seconds has been the face of the band since inception, spending the last few years on the road as a solo acoustic act, similar to like-minded punks Chuck Ragan, Walter Schriefels, and Greg Attonito of The Bouncing Souls.
On the eve of the Bouncing Souls / 7 Seconds dates in NYC (which impact 8/21 & 8/22, Lifetime opens on 8/20 & 8/23), we got a pair of punk rock veterans to sit down for an interview... with each other! Greg called in to speak with Kevin Seconds while on the Warped Tour, and the two discussed their upcoming tours in their respective bands and as solo artists, as well as what it means to still be a punk in 2009. Read it below....
The second annual REVIVAL TOUR 2009--a nationwide trek founded by Chuck Ragan, the singer/songwriter/guitarist and Hot Water Music co-frontman--is set to launch October 13 in Louisville and wrap November 21 in St. Petersburg. Drawing from a diverse group of established musicians in indie Americana, rock, punk, Irish folk, Cajun, zydeco and blues, THE REVIVAL TOUR will take the band of traveling musicians through 32 U.S. cities including New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, Austin, Dallas, Atlanta and many more. In traditional revival fashion, once the music starts, this new guard of young, genre-defying, musicians keep it rolling, teaming in and out through each others' sets until the final farewell of the night.The tour comes to NYC's Gramercy Theatre on Saturday, October 17th. Tickets are on sale. After that gig, the tour will visit NJ's Asbury Lanes the next night. More details on the tour with its full lineup and schedule, below...
THE REVIVAL TOUR 2009 will include: CHUCK RAGAN (of Hot Water Music), Jim Ward (of Sparta and Sleepercar), Kevin Seconds (Nov. 3-5 only), Frank Turner, Tim Barry (of Avail), Dave Hause (of The Loved Ones), Jenny Owen Youngs, Possessed by Paul James, Jon Snodgrass and Chad Price (of Drag The River), Joey Cape (of Lagwagon), Bob Lucas, Austin Lucas, Audra Mae, Tom Cook, Steven Brodsky (of Cave In), Water Tower Bucket Boys, Anderson Family Bluegrass Band, members of The Zydepunks performing acoustic, Jon Gaunt (of Whiskey & Co) on fiddle, Digger Barnes on the upright bass and more.
Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
If not obvious by the 2008 Fun Fun Fun Fest coverage so far, I was having the most fun (fun fun) over the weekend with all the punk, metal and hardcore on stages 3a and 3b (two connected stages to avoid long times between sets). Highlights and pictures from day one are HERE. Highlights of day two (9/9) were DOA, Frightened Rabbit, the ska punk, politics and crowd of Leftover Crack, Cro-Mags (jam) (John Joseph w/ one of Cro-Mags' past drummers, AJ from Leeway on guitar and Craig Setari of Sick of it All on bass), what I saw of St. Vincent and Black Angels, the vegan sausage pizza, and Bad Brains. I managed to catch a few songs of Islands who sounded great, but totally missed Spinto Band and Annuals. Also saw pieces of Kevin Seconds, Chuck Ragan, and Ben Nichols's solo-frontmen sets. Saw Black Joe Lewis and most of Trash Talk, but neither lived up to my expectations in the daytime festival setting. I went back and forth between the pre-headliner sets of Minus the Bear and Bouncing Souls, and ran over to watch one song of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah during a Bad Brains reggae segment. Despite the competition, CYHSY still pulled in a respectable sized crowd. The stages were far enough away in general, but I could also still hear Alec Ounsworth's unmistakable voice at times between Bad Brains songs depending on where I was standing (I watched Bad Brains from various areas throughout their set). Clipse were headlining on the stage farthest away from Bad Brains so I totally missed them, and Kool Keith, who played that same stage earlier. Bad Brains ended earlier than curfew which meant I got to run over and catch about 20 minutes of Tim and Eric which was a great way (laughing) to end the hectic two day fest.
One unfortunate aspect of the weekend was the dust. It was a problem at ACL this year too. Dry dirt and wind meant you were constantly breathing it in. A signifigant portion of the crowd was wearing bandanas or other gas mask-like things on their faces. I didn't, but I should have because I think it made me a little sick. More pictures from day two below...
Jamie Lidell @ ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
today in NYC
* Van She Tech @ Santos
* Ra Ra Riot @ Sound Fix
* Atmosphere @ Irving Plaza
* Fucked Up & guests @ Rogan Store
* Jamie Lidell, World Provider @ Highline Ballroom
* Yelle, Funeral Party, Kap10Kurt @ Webster Hall
* TV on the Radio, The Dirtbombs @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* Dillinger Four, The Measure, The Ergs @ Danbro Brewery Warehouse
* Wovenhand, Silver Summit, Beat Circus @ Knitting Factory
* Debbie's Hairy, Black Gold & DJ Sammy Jo @ Mercury Lounge
* The Undisputed Heavyweights's last show ever w/, Wakey! Wakey! & friends
* Salt & Samovar, Leah Siegel, Swati @ Fontana's (Heeb mag Obama Fundraiser)
Earth cancelled their Union Pool show tonight. Municipal Waste cancelled their Danbro Studio show tonight. Charlatans UK cancelled their Bowery Ballroom show tonight. Bumblebeez and Ladyhawke cancelled their show at Santos tonight.
Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music is on tour. Video from his show last night at Blender Theatre below...
by Black Bubblegum (though not even close to metal)
Last month, indie rock blog Productshop NYC shuttered it's doors (RIP) to make way for Stories In High Fidelity, a place "for bands, record stores, labels and writers to share their stories, tour diaries, memories and so much more", a sort of "Huffington Post of music", if you will. To celebrate the launch, the site lined up a cocktail of noteworthy music writers like Chuck Klosterman (Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs, Fargo Rock City), Dan Kennedy (Rock On: An Office Power Ballad), Rob Sheffield (Love Is A Mix Tape) and Marc Spitz (We Got The Neutron Bomb) along with musical guests Rocketship Park and a full headlining set by Jaymay. The "pre-CMJ extranvaganza" will be held at Highline Ballroom on Oct 20th, tickets are on sale.
After Highline Ballroom, Jaymay will hit the road with The Hotel Cafe tour... and although she won't be in NYC when the tour rolls through town at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Thao Nguyen will, along with Rachael Yamagata, Meiko, Emily Wells, & Samantha Crain. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale. Full tour dates are below.
Compare/Contrast Hotel Cafe's lineup to the "singer/songwriter" one at the Blender tonight (10/13) with Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Ben Nichols (Lucero), Tim Barry (Avail), and Frank Turner. Tickets are still available. "Chuck Ragan The Revival Tour" will be scooting through the US through mid-November, including a date at the Fun Fun Fun Fest with a shit-ton of great bands (but no Flipper), and a string of dates with Tom Gabel of Against Me! (who recently played a solo show of his own).
All tour dates below...