Entries tagged with: Crazy and the Brains
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Slingshot Dakota / Runaway Brother / Crazy & the Brains
Slingshot Dakota, Runaway Brother, Crazy & the Brains, and Vasudeva took over Baby's All Right on Saturday (1/10), for a show proudly presented by BrooklynVegan. Vasudeva kicked things off with their mathy/dancey instrumental rock, sounding something like a vocal-less Minus the Bear. They were good.
Then came NYC's Crazy & the Brains, the evening's most traditional punk-sounding band, save for the fact that they have a full-time xylophone player embellishing every song. Theatrical singer Christopher Urban came decked out in a sailor hat and gold chain, and spent as much time rocking out as he did whipping out almost-chin-high kicks. They opened with "Ice Cream" off their new EP, played a bit off 2013's Let Me Go, and ended with a punked up cover of The Shangri-Las' "Give Him a Great Big Kiss."
They were followed by Cleveland's Runaway Brother, who were making their NYC debut a few months ahead of their debut album, Mother, due 3/31 on Tiny Engines. RB looked like they were still tightening up their live show a bit, but the songs themselves sounded great. Vocally, they're in a group of other youthful newer bands like Modern Baseball and The Front Bottoms, but these guys push the boundaries more musically than those bands. They pack their songs with multiple bridges and interludes, and sounded super tight on all of them. Definitely keep an eye out for their album.
Finally, Slingshot Dakota wrapped up the show with a set of their driving pop. Singer Carly Comando seemed in especially high spirits, excitedly pointing out the amount of ladies in the audience more than once, and just in general seeming really happy to be there. Tom Patterson was a beast behind the kit as always -- he's the kind of hard and technical hitter you wouldn't normally associate with this kind of music and Slingshot Dakota are only better because of it. They played a good mix of new songs and old favorites, and included their cover of Rainer Maria's "Rise" that they recently released on a split with Pet Symmetry. (Perhaps coincidentally, Slingshot's last time in NYC was on their tour with Petal, who just opened Rainer Maria's first show since 2006.)
Great show all around, and thanks to everyone who came. We hope you had as much fun as we did. BV will be back at Baby's two more times this month with Hop Along, Beach Slang, Aye Nako and Ryley Walker on Tuesday (1/13) (RSVP), and The Sidekicks, Cayetana, All Dogs and Roger Harvey on 1/23 (tickets).
More pictures from Saturday's show below...
by Andrew Sacher
NYC's Crazy & the Brains followed their 2013 album, Let Me Go, with the Good Lord EP in very late December (12/30, to be exact), and we've now got the premiere of the video for its track "Ice Cream." Like their last album, it's xylophone-filled folk punk/anti-folk and fans of past showmate Jeffrey Lewis will likely dig. Check out the video below.
As discussed, you can catch Crazy & the Brains in NYC this Saturday (1/10) at Baby's All Right. It's a BrooklynVegan-presented show, also featuring Slingshot Dakota, Runaway Brother and Vasudeva. You can still get tickets, or you can enter to win a pair. Contest details below.
Crazy & the Brains also have other tour dates, including more NYC appearances. All of those are also listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, Runaway Brother are releasing their debut LP, Mother, on March 31 via Tiny Engines, and now they've put out its first single, "Moth." Like their early EPs, "Moth" is rooted in oddball pop punk (think Say Anything, Piebald, etc), and like those bands it also reaches musical heights that bands normally considered "pop punk" rarely do. Check it out, via Stereogum, below.
Runaway Brother also have dates coming up this week, including a previously discussed BrooklynVegan-presented show with Slingshot Dakota on Saturday (1/10) at Baby's All Right. Since we last spoke, we've added two more bands to that bill: xylophone-fueled folk punks Crazy & the Brains and mathy/dancey instrumental rockers Vasudeva. I'll also be DJing between sets. Tickets for Saturday's show are still available.
All Runaway Brother dates are listed, with the new song stream and songs from the two newly-added openers, below...
ASDIG @ Baby's in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Deer Tick in Forest Hills in September (more by PSquared)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Psychic TV, Harsh Embrace, Autodrone @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
For a second year running, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge's ever-changing Psychic TV comes to Brooklyn Night Bazaar for two shows, this being the first. Genesis is an icon, it's free -- two great reasons to go.
Deer Tick, Robert Ellis @ Brooklyn Bowl
Deer Tick are bringing the rock and the very drunk nights to Brooklyn Bowl for 6 nights in a row this holiday season leading up to New Year's Eve. This is night 2 and it will feature them performing Lou Reed's Transformer and a set of originals. Folk singer Robert Ellis opens.
Tanlines (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
After the Deer Tick show, stick around for a DJ set from Brooklyn duo Tanlines.
Bouncing Souls, None More Black, The Scandals @ Stone Pony
NJ punk heroes The Bouncing Souls kick off their 3-night Home for the Holidays run in Asbury Park tonight. There's different openers every night, and especially of note here is None More Black, Jason Shevchuk's post-Kid Dynamite band who don't play too often.
Spraynard, Cayetana @ Asbury Lanes
There are also afterparties for the Bouncing Souls shows in Asbury Park, which all have great lineups too. This one has '90s punk worshippers Spraynard and great indie rock newcomers Cayetana.
A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Ava Luna, Wins @ Rough Trade
Philly's ASDIG released their critically acclaimed Sea When Absent this year and wrap up their 2014 with this show at Rough Trade. The band members are scattered all over the U.S. so there will probably not be another tour any time soon. See them while you can.
The Jazz June, Field Mouse, (Damn) This Desert Air @ Saint Vitus
While The Jazz June are veterans of the late '90s/early '00s emo scene, they returned this year with their first new album in 12 years and it's instead got them making fuzzy indie pop. They're good at that too, and the shoegazey pop of their Topshelf labelmates Field Mouse will be an excellent fit.
Sheer Terror, Slapshot, Heavy Chains, Blind Justice, Vice @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
NYHC veterans Sheer Terror turn 30 this year, and they're celebrating with this anniversary bash, and thanks to Boston's Slapshot there's a double dose of legendary hardcore on this bill.
Fiasco, Maxo @ Glasslands
Fiasco were regulars on the Brooklyn DIY scene in the late '00s and went their separate ways a few years back. They got back together to play one of DbA's final shows and now do the same for Glasslands.
Chrome Sparks (DJ Set), Kitty, Infinity Shred @ Glasslands
Chillwave survivor Chrome Sparks headlines this last-ever Saturday Night danceparty at Glasslands that also includes a live set from quirky rapper Kitty and from 8-bit champions Infinity Shred.
The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid To Die, The Hotelier, Saintseneca, Brightside @ Bowery Ballroom
This is an excellent triple bill with the post rock/chamber pop/spoken word-inspired emo band TWIABP, the punkier Hotelier, and lush indie folk band Saintseneca. Brightside (signed to Derrick from TWIABP's label Broken World) open the show.
Regal Degal, Son of Dad, King Cyst @ Baby's All Right
Regal Degal is throwing a release party for their new tape called "Regalize It." Also playing is Son of Dad which is the new thing from Real Estate Drummer Jackson Pollis (who you may remember from his own band Your Nature), and King Cyst, which is the current thing of Luka Usmiani from Big Troubles.
Institute, Uniform, Appetite, Horoscope @ Silent Barn
Austin's Institute bring together members from a few hardcore bands (Wiccans, Glue, etc) to take it down a bit and play something a little more post-punk-inspired. Still super raw though. Noise/hardcore duo Uniform (ex-The Men, Drunkdriver) is a great pairing for this too.
Rakim @ BB King's
Rakim, the legendary MC who influenced so many of our greatest rappers, is still going strong after all these years. He plays his home city of NYC a good amount, and gets in one last show before the end of 2014 tonight.
Taking Back Sunday, The Menzingers, Modern Chemistry @ Starland Ballroom
Say what you will about the direction Taking Back Sunday ended up going in, but their debut Tell All Your Friends is one of the highlights of early '00s emo and they've been back with the lineup that made that album for a few years now. Tonight's the first of their two holiday shows in NJ, and each one has excellent support from the newer scene. Tonight it's The Menzingers.
Crazy and The Brains, Gymshorts, Surfbort @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Tonight's show at Webster Studio is a cool local bill with folk punks Crazy and the Brains, surf punks Gymshorts, and garage punks Surfbort.
Darlene Love @ BB King's
Darlene Love may never perform her classic Phil Spector collaboration "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on television again, but she's still performing the song and other Christmas favorites at her shows. Tonight's the third of four BB King's shows in her annual Christmas run at the venue.
The Sons & Heirs, My Insatiable One @ Littlefield
What a dream double bill it would be to see The Smiths and Suede on the same stage. That will probably never happen, but you can see both tonight -- in tribute band form.
Sandra Bernhard @ Joe's Pub
Sandra Bernhard is doing her show 'Sandra Bernhard is #blessed' which "spotlights her own unique, sharp blend of hysterical insight and outspoken views, with rock-n-roll, cabaret, stand-up and a little burlesque." Two shows tonight, 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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by Andrew Sacher
NYC's Crazy and the Brains have been playing around here for a while, making appearances at places like Sidewalk Cafe's Antifolk Festival and opening for Jeffrey Lewis. If either of those things ring a bell, you probably have an idea of what Crazy and the Brains sounds like, and if not, you can expect quirky folk punk/anti-folk that's smart, funny and very catchy. They're also one of the few rock bands with a xylophone player.
The band released their debut album, Let Me Go (which features a guest appearance from The Moldy Peaches' Adam Green), back in 2013, and this week they put out a new video for one of its tracks, "NYC." Check out that video, plus the video for the album's title track, below.
Crazy and the Brains will be celebrating the new "NYC" video with a video release show in NYC TONIGHT (5/16) at Shea Stadium with their pal Jeffrey Lewis, plus Heeney and L.A. Boobs. Admission is $8 at the door. Show flyer and set times below.
In June, the band will go on a tour which begins with a WFMU live appearance in Jersey City on 6/11. All of their dates are listed, with the videos, Shea show info, and more, below...
The Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel Band have been playing NYC a lot lately, and they've got two more shows happening this month, which are CD release shows for their new album, Hey It's...The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band which is out May 15. The first happens in Brooklyn on May 16 at Shea Stadium with The Everymen, The Brooklyn What, and Shellshag; and the second one happens the next day at The Bowery Electric (5/17) with Crazy & the Brains and Berth Control. Tickets for the Shea show are on sale now and admission for the Bowery Electric show is $8 at the door.
You can also catch Shellshag in NYC at one of their many upcoming shows. Those shows include Death by Audio this Friday (5/10) with Black Wine, Swearin', and comedians Dave Hill and Chris Gethard (who hosts the BV-curated Red Bull Sound Select show); May 18 at Mercury Lounge with JEFF the Brotherhood and Hunters (sold out); May 25 at Party Expo with Moira Scara; and Death by Audio on June 5 with Shell's brother's band Apogee Sound Club.
Shellshag and Apogee Sound Club also both hit Death by Audio again four days later with Big Eyes.
After their release shows, The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band will head over to Europe for a number of shows, including one in London performing as Daniel Johnston's backing band. All dates are listed, along with a video from one of their recent Mercury Lounge shows, below...
Dufus' last show at Cake Shop in 2010 (more by Daniel Sieradski)
Manhattan's SideWalk Cafe is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and in honor of that, they'll be having anniversary events all year long. The first of these will be the winter edition of the bi-annual Antifolk Festival, which will take place at the cafe from February 19 to 28. The 10-day festival includes a number of performers each day, and the full schedule is below. One of the notable ones is on February 26, the cafe will host Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel (of Holy Modal Rounders), who have a long collaborative history, plus Forest Creature, Larkin Grimm, and others.
Forest Creature is the new duo of Seth Faergolzia (Dufus) and John Ludington, and the Sidewalk Cafe show is part of their February/March tour, which also includes a Brooklyn show later that night (2/26) at Goodbye Blue Monday (1087 Broadway) with Chingching. They recently revealed their first track, "Beasly," a meandering antifolk cut, which you can stream below, along with a list of all dates.