Entries tagged with: Fake Problems
by Andrew Sacher
Louisville post-hardcore rippers Xerxes are set to release the followup to their 2012 debut LP, Our Home Is A Deathbed, with a new album titled Collision Blonde on October 21 via No Sleep. We've got the premiere of its brand new single, "Exit 123," which is a terrific track that fans of this kinda stuff should dig. Here's what vocalist Calvin Philley had to say about it:
I cooked at a restaurant in southern Indiana about 50 hours a week for about a year leading up to the recording of collision blonde. I got fired during the recording process but that's a different story. Exit 123 is the first exit after you cross the bridge over the ohio river from Louisville to New Albany on I-64 west and the route I took to work. I have severe anxiety about driving and it only gets worse as things pile up in my life with girls, money, work and anything else. Once I just panic attacked all the way to work, thought I was dying and all that. I fantisized about running through the guardrail in my shitty Chevy SUV. That's it. I got myself fired in April and haven't been back to Indiana since.The album was produced by emo renaissance man Evan Weiss. Listen to the new song below.
Xerxes are also on board for this year's No Sleep CMJ showcase which is also their record release show and which BrooklynVegan is proudly co-presenting. We already mentioned the showcase doubles as a tour stop for Aviator, Rescuer and The Felix Culpa; and it also includes Taking Back Sunday's John Nolan, '68, Fake Problems' Chris Farren, Run Forever, In Between, Foreign Tongues and Maps For Travelers. The show happens October 21 at The Paper Box (17 Meadow St in Brooklyn), it's FREE to the public (no badges required) and starts at 6 PM. 18+.
BV has TBA CMJ showcases too so stay tuned for that. Stream the new Xerxes track below...
by Andrew Sacher
Black Wine (mems. Hunchback, The Ergs!) have announced that they'll follow 2012's Hollow Earth with their fourth full length, Yell Boss, on August 12 via Don Giovanni. While their '80s indie rock influences aren't lost on first single "Rime," the vocals are shoutier and it's a lot more punk than much of their last LP. Check it out below.
Black Wine will celebrate the new album with a release show in Brooklyn at Death by Audio on August 22. Also on the bill are their Don Giovanni labelmates Brick Mower, as well as The Grand Pantrymen, Sore Saints and comedy by Tim Duffy and Brett Davis. It's their only announced date at the moment, but Brick Mower also have a NYC show with Crow Bait in August.
Speaking of Don Giovanni bands playing Death by Audio, Shellshag added yet another show at the venue which happens August 10 with Parasites, Flamingo Nosebleed, Homewreckers and Giant Peach. That follows this Saturday's show (7/26) which was supposed to include Swearin' but they dropped off, but does include Bad Canoes (one of Marissa of Screaming Females' other bands), Low Fat Getting High and CCTV.
In more related news, Shellshag are also playing The Fest in Gainesville, which Crow Bait were recently added to, along with other new additions A Wilhelm Scream, Paul Collins Beat, Thou, Fake Problems and a few more. Full list of additions below. Previously announced names include Descendents, Lifetime, Paint It Black, The Marked Men, Modern Life Is War, Mineral, Hot Water Music, Melvins, United Nations, Screaming Females, Touche Amore, Into It Over It, Circle Takes the Square, 7 Seconds and many, many more. Passes are still available.
by Andrew Sacher
Philly's Cayetana are currently wrapping up their tour with The Menzingers, Lemuria and Pup which hit NYC at Webster Hall back in May, but they're set to return to NYC after that tour wraps up. The band will hit Brooklyn Night Bazaar on July 25 for a show otherwise full of punk frontman solo projects. It's headlined by The Loved Ones' Dave Hause (full band), and also features Fake Problems' Chris Farren and Plow United's Brian McGee. Like all BKNB shows, it's free.
Cayetana's debut album, Nervous Like Me, comes out August 26 via Tiny Engines. Stream two very promising tracks from that, with their list of tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Circle Takes the Square (photo by Danin Drahos)
As discussed, Gainesville's The Fest is returning this year from October 31 to November 3, and they've just expanded their lineup to include more artists. Additions includes post-hardcore/screamo giants Circle Takes The Square, who have been reunited for a bit but still only rarely play US shows; Geoff Rickly's United Nations, who are also back, but have not been as active as Geoff's solo project; punk vets ALL; Titus Andronicus (who have multiple NYC-area appearances coming up); Fake Problems and more.
Those recent additions join previously announced names like Torche, White Lung, Bouncing Souls, Ceremony, Braid, Paint It Black, Samiam, Knapsack (reunion), The Draft (reunion), The Menzingers, The Lawrence Arms, Hop Along, Code Orange Kids, Creative Adult, Pity Sex, Mean Jeans, Retox, Lemuria, Greys, Tenement, Tim Barry, Toys That Kill, The Night Marchers and more. Tickets for The Fest are on sale now.
Circle Takes The Square returned in December, 2012 with Decompositions Volume Number One, their first album of new material since reuniting and second overall. It's not the instant masterpiece that their 2004 debut, As the Roots Undo, is, but it's still damn good. Download it in its entirety at bandcamp (name your price) or stream it in its entirety, along with the updated The Fest lineup, below.
Tickets to see Paul Weller at Apollo Theatre, Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.
As mentioned, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks will also play a Record Store Day in-store at In Living Stereo, and they're also playing their own show on May 28 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for the Knitting Factory show are on sale now.
As mentioned, Fake Problems are going on a tour with The Menzingers that hits NYC on Saint Vitus on June 11. That show has since sold out, but you can catch Fake Problems a couple days later at Mercury Lounge on June 13. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Big Black Delta, who are playing Glasslands in June, have added another NYC show happening a few days earlier at Mercury Lounge on June 19. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon. Tickets for the Glasslands show are still available too.
UK synthpop artist Frankmusik are playing Maxwell's on June 6, Pianos on June 8 and Union Hall on June 12. Tickets to Pianos and Union Hall are on sale now. Tickets for Maxwell's go on sale today at noon.
Kuroma, Fort Lean and IDEATH (DJ set) are playing Glasslands on May 28. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
by Andrew Sacher
The Menzingers at Riot Fest Brooklyn 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Scranton's The Menzingers had one of my favorite albums of last year with the emotionally charged heartland punk of On The Impossible Past and did a fair amount of touring in support of it. They'll continue to support the album on a tour this year with Fake Problems, Restorations, and Captain, We're Sinking. That tour is hitting mostly small venues, including Brooklyn's Saint VItus on June 11. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The Menzingers are also offering a premium ticket package for every show on the tour, which includes a ticket, the tour poster (pictured below), a 6-song digital EP that they're putting out specially for this tour which features live and acoustic versions of previously released material, a 15% off coupon for their online store, and a Menzingers koozie. Premium ticket packages are on sale now as well.
All dates are listed, along with a couple song streams, below...
DOWNLOAD Laura Stevenson & the Cans - Master of Art (MP3)
Screaming Females at Barbarella (more by Tim Griffin)
Screaming Females, who just completed a run of shows that brought them to Santos Party and Maxwell's, and who will be playing Culture Shock up at SUNY Purchase in April, will head out on tour in June with Lemuria and headliner Against Me!. The tour actually kicks off May 31 in Millvale, PA, though Lemuria and Against Me! both also play Krazy Fest in Louisville on May 21. The tour hits NYC at Webster Hall on June 7th. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon (4/6) and regular sale on Friday. All tour dates are below.
Against Me!'s last NYC shows were two opening slots at Roseland and a last minute, headlining matinee at the intimate Mercury Lounge.
Meanwhile, Lemuria is heading out on tour with Joyce Manor & White Wives. That tour hits The Studio at Webster Hall on April 27th. Tickets are on sale for the show that also includes Banquets. All dates are listed below.
The last time that Lemuria and Screaming Females crossed paths in NYC was at the Don Giovanni showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg in February. There the bands were joined by Laura Stevenson & The Cans who also just announced a big tour including a run with Fake Problems, Pomegranates and Into It. Over It that hits Brooklyn's Knitting Factory on May 10th (tickets) and Manhattan's Mercury Lounge on May 13th (tickets).
Laura Stevenson & the Cans meanwhile are hitting road in April after a public show at Baruch College on April 8th (tickets are on sale). The band's sophmore album is out via Don Giovanni on April 26th. An MP3 from that record is at the top of this post.
All dates and stuff below...
The Bouncing Souls were supposed to kick off their 4th annual 'Home for the Holidays' run of shows at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park last night (12/26), but...
"We are concerned for everyone traveling and have no choice but to postpone. [Sunday]'s events will be moved to THURSDAY Dec 30th. Show time will still be at 7pm. The Great ExplainerAs you can see, I crossed out "and Strike Anywhere" because they have since announced that The Loved Ones will replace them on the rescheduled show.
and Strike Anywherewill still play, but sadly A.O.D. will not be in NJ by then. We are also moving the afterparty at the Asbury Lanes to Thursday night. We will still be playing the first 2 albums on Thursday. The other nights' schedules will remain unchanged. We hope you can join us on Thursday. If you can't, please request a refund at the point of purchase by noon on Thursday. Be safe, stay warm. With heavy hearts we remain yours."
UPDATE: Tonight's show is cancelled too:
Holy smokes!!! For those of you outside the Jersey Shore zone of disaster: there is a lot of snow (2-5 foot drifts!!) and gnarly winds. We are under a state of emergency and transportation is impossible. The roads are not plowed in Asbury park and are impassible. We have no choice but to cancel tonight's show. Please go to the point of purchase for a refund. If you purchased your ticket from Chunksaah Online, we will refund your PayPal account in the next 3 days (4 day pass holders will get back $25). This is really disappointing for all of us, not the festive holiday party we planned at all! I just spoke to the Fake Problems camp and they are unable to get a flight. Lemuria were more than willing to attempt to get here but I told them to stay safe in Syracuse. The crazy kids in The Swellers made it all the way to the Asbury exit of the Garden State Parkway (represent Flint, MI!!!). We are so grateful to everyone for these heroic efforts!! The poster signing for 4-day pass holders will now be on Wednesday at 6pm. The shoe sale will be Wednesday at 7pm. If you are stuck in town... Check back later, we will try to have a get together later if we can ever get anywhere... With sighs and mopes we deliver these sad tidings... -K8Stay tuned to BouncingSouls.com for more updates, and check out the whole week's schedule (as of now), below...
photos by Katie Hovland
Bouncing Souls @ Riot Fest 2010
The Bouncing Souls have announced their 2010 iteration of Home for the Holidays, now in its fourth year and featuring as many nights of shows at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. Tickets are on sale for all four shows: 12/26, 12/27, 12/28, 12/29. Each night will have a different set of support, as 12/26 will get Strike Anywhere, Adrenaline OD, & The Great Explainer, 12/27 gets Fake Problems, Lemuria, & The Swellers, 12/28 gets Leftover Crack, The Menzingers, & Top Soil, and the final night (12/29) gets H20, Yuppicide and Dirty Tactics.
H20, on board for the 12/29 date at The Stone Pony, will also hit Highline Ballroom the next night (12/30) with Trapped Under Ice and Wisdom In Chains. The show is part of a short stint of confirmed dates for H20 (12/27 - 12/30) with more to be announced (12/2 - 12/5). Tickets are on sale to the all-ages, no barricade NYC show. Plus, the band is giving the audience the opportunity to pick the songs for the set from over 60+ choices including covers by Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys and others.
Leftover Crack has a headlining show in NYC too, as the band will play Music Hall of Wiliiamsburg on 12/26. Tickets are on sale. Leftover Crack related project Star Fucking Hipsters will play NYC a month prior, hitting Knitting Factory on 11/28. Tickets for that are also on sale.
The Bouncing Souls played Riot Fest in Chicago (October 6th - 10th) alongside bands like Bad Religion, Cap'n Jazz, Circle Jerks, Off With Their Heads, and Propagandhi. Belated pictures from that show, as well as Bouncing Souls and H20 dates, are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Lia Ices @ Bowery Ballroom
"The sweetest white lie of the CMJ Music Marathon came from the folky songwriter Lia Ices, leading her band at the Lower East Side club Pianos on Thursday night. While half the crowd chatted indifferently, she sang, "For only you I sing, for only you." Yet Ms. Ices, whose debut album is due in January, was playing CMJ, along with more than 1,000 other groups, for precisely the opposite reason. She was seeking a chance to be heard, sooner or later, by a larger audience." [NY Times]Neon Indian co-headlined the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars?) Group CMJ showcase at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night, 10/23. After a super long week of shooting day and night, Amanda didn't make it to their midnight set. She did get to the show though and caught openers Braids (6pm), Fake Problems (6:45), Lord Huron (7:30), Lia Ices (8:30), Lower Dens (9:15), and Wild Nothing (10:00). She left before Dom. I also went to the show but got there close to when Neon Indian was finishing (I caught Surfer Blood's entire 1am set).
Did you miss Neon Indian too? The next chance to see them is tonight (10/29), at Brooklyn Bowl where they're playing with the buzz-tacular lineup of Prince Rama and Apache Beat. Tickets are still on sale, and I have a pair you can win.
Details on how you can win, with tonight's flyer (under the pics), and more pictures from the Bowery Ballroom show (sans Neon Indian), below...
photos by Diana Wong
Surfer Blood @ Stratosphere Sound
This can best be described in the words of the person who invited me to this:
"we're going to be hosting a private, unofficial CMJ artist lounge here at Stratosphere Sound (James Iha, Adam Schlesinger and Andy Chase's studio in Chelsea) on Thursday, October 21st.Stay tuned for the Insound mixtape/MP3s from this session. In the meantime, check out more pictures from the event, below...
We're going to be having  bands recording 2-3 stripped-down songs (which will be recorded by our Grammy Award-Winning engineer Geoff Sanoff, and then featured in a special Insound.com mixtape a week later). Confirmed acts:
11AM - Fake Problems
12PM - Dom
1PM - Bear Hands
2PM - Surfer Blood
3PM - Ma.Mentor
4PM - Woven Bones
5PM - Class Actress
6PM - Jukebox the Ghost
Additionally, [we'll have a lounge where artists and industry folks will be invited to enjoy drinks from our liquor sponsor Maker's Mark, and check out free goodies from Fred Perry]
Dom @ Governors Island (more by Chris La Putt)
If you haven't heard, Dom, the ginger-fronted guys from Worcester, Mass., recently signed a deal to release an EP on Virgin/EMI label Astralwerks (release date TBA). The band will be opening for Ratatat at Terminal 5 on October 8th and 9th (Bobby Birdman also play). Both of those are sold out, but there are other chances to catch the band.
In addition to those, Dom has a CMJ show at Bowery Ballroom set for October 23rd. That's the same CMJ show that Neon Indian is playing, now with venue revealed. The killer "VFW Group Presents" CMJ bill also includes Wild Nothing, Lower Dens, Lia Ices, Fake Problems, Lord Huron and The Static Jacks. Tickets go on sale Thursday at noon.
And in addition to those gigs, Dom headliners a pre-Halloween (Mischief Night) show at 171 Lombardy (502 Varick Ave @ Lombardy St), along with Smith Westerns, Yellow Fever, Total Slacker and Sweet Bulbs. That's one night after Neon Indian plays Brooklyn Bowl.
Dom, Wild Nothing and Lower Dens are all also on board for a Stereogum CMJ party happening at Santos Party House on October 20th. And I guess I might as well point out that Dom, Wild Nothing and Lower Dens are all booked for TBA BrooklynVegan parties happening during CMJ too. Stay tuned for more details.
Dale Einhardt Jr. Jr. plays that Stereogum party too. It's one of at least six upcoming NYC shows for that band including one with Nada Surf at Mercury Lounge.
All current Dom tour dates are below...
Walter with Rival Schools at Union Pool (more by Redboy)
Unfortunately, Walter Schriefels has (again) cancelled his appearance at Generation Records scheduled for today, 9/29, with Fake Problems. Let Me Run will pick up the slack though. The free, all-ages show starts at 7 pm
That said, both Fake Problems AND Walter Schriefels (with his band Rival Schools) will be on stage at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday (9/30). Both bands are opening for The Gaslight Anthem on their current tour, that NYC show included. Tickets are still available, and you can try your luck at winning one of two pairs! Details on how, and all Gaslight Anthem tour dates, which span Europe and Australia, are below.
Torche at The Charleston in May (more by Samantha Marble)
Torche will play their new LP, Songs for Singles, in it's entirety at an all ages in-store (in-basement) show at Generation Records on 10/25 at 5:30PM. That's one day after the band plays Webster Hall with High On Fire and Kylesa (tickets). Songs For Singles is out NOW via Hydra Head. Cop it. All dates below.
That in-store doesn't happen for over a month. Much sooner: a performance is going down at the store on Wednesday (9/29) with Fake Problems and Walter Schriefels (solo). The show is also all ages, and starts at 7PM.
Walter was supposed to play Generation Records in April, but the show was cancelled due to volcano. Walter's band Rival Schools, who recently opened for Weezer at Williamsburg Waterfront, is going out on tour with Gaslight Anthem next. Those dates include the September 30th show happening at Radio City Music Hall.
All Rival Schools and Torche dates below...
words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Jonny Leather
The Builders and the Butchers started the show with an up-tempo set, echoing other new traditional bands O'death and the Decemberists - especially in its strained, twangy vocals and mandolin/banjo on the side. The muddy stage mix accentuated the malleted drums, which sounded like steel-toed boots kicking Rubbermaid containers (in the best way possible). Singer/guitarist Ryan Sollee passed the crowd hand percussion for the last chorus of the band's last song. All together, the band came off like a fun work-in-progress, with its various songwriting and stage-show parts fine-tuned enough for the welcoming, appreciative crowd.
Murder by Death played both of their "Desert Series" records, Red of Tooth and Claw and Who Will Survive, and What Will Be Left of Them?, in full. The band's round sound (bolstered by founding keyboardist, Vincent Edwards, back again) was crowned, as always, by Adam Turla's rumbling, in-your-face, Danzig-like voice, which unfurled like a barroom brawl through the opening notes of "Comin' Home." Both keys and cello filled out the songs without sounding extraneous or out of place alongside Turla's whisky and the devil tales. Behind, black and white video clips from films like The Seventh Seal, Nosferatu, and The Good, and the Bad and the Ugly played off the stormy mood of the set.
By the end of the 21-song night, I was drained (especially after the closing slower numbers at the end of Who Will Survive) but the band returned strong for an encore of "Brother,"" I'm Afraid of Who's Afraid of Virgina Wolf" and "Flamenco's Fuckin' Easy," all by request.
Fake Problems played first of three. More pictures from Friday's show (2/6), below...