Entries tagged with: H2O
photo: Descendents at Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
It was recently announced that the Punk Rock Bowling festival would be happening in Asbury Park (June 10-12) in 2016, in addition to its usual Las Vegas (May 26-30) location. A few initial artists were revealed, but now the full lineup is here.
Asbury Park has Descendents, Cock Sparrer, FLAG, Dag Nasty, Subhumans, Agnostic Front, The Slackers, H2O, 88 Fingers Louie, Giuda, Iron Chic, Anti-Nowhere League, Off With Their Heads, Drug Chuch, The Scandals, Brutal Youth, Sketchy and Lost In Society.
Las Vegas also has Descendents, FLAG, Subhumans, Dag Nasty, Off With Their Heads and Giuda, as well as Buzzcocks, The Exploited, Dillinger Four, Flogging Molly, The Dwarves, Face To Face, Millencolin, Youth Brigade and more.
Tickets go on sale January 9 at 12:30 PM PST. Flyers for both cities (with who's playing each day) below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Rancid / H2O @ T5 - 9/18/15
Rancid has been playing the great ...And Out Come the Wolves at festivals this year for its 20th anniversary (check out our review from Riot Fest Denver). That isn't what they did at their Terminal 5 shows in NYC last week, but they came close, giving us 13 of its 19 songs. Aside from that, we got plenty of the similarly great Let's Go, the title track off their newest album (last year's ...Honor Is All We Know), the very popular "Fall Back Down" and more.
Opening both shows was NYHC/pop punk vets H2O and newer ska-punk band The Interrupters, who are led by former major label pop singer Aimee Allen and whose album was produced by Rancid's Tim Armstrong, featured contributions by him, and was released on his Hellcat label.
We caught night 2 (9/18). More pictures and Rancid's setlist from that one, below...
by Andrew Sacher
H2O are already set to open some Rancid shows, including two at NYC's Terminal 5, and they since added a headlining run with Angel Du$t and Give.
That run hits NYC on November 22 at Santos Party House, and also includes shows in Poughkeepsie, Connecticut, New Jersey and more. Tickets for the Santos show will be on sale soon. Their 9/18 show with Rancid is sold out, but tickets for 9/17 are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
H2O will have a new album out by the time of the headlining run. It's called Use Your Voice and is due October 9 via Bridge 9. It was recorded by Chad Gilbert (of New Found Glory, Shai Hulud) and Paul Miner (of Death by Stereo), and going by the two singles it sounds like they're staying true to the melodic hardcore formula of their early records. Check out the title track and the video for "Skate!" (featuring skateboarder Steve Caballero) below.
Speaking of Rancid, we just caught them playing ...And Out Come the Wolves in full.
photo: 7Seconds at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Punk/melodic hardcore greats 7Seconds were recently announced for Riot Fest Denver (whose lineup was expanded today), and they'll also be touring with Bishops Green and Success ahead of that. They'll hit NYC at Saint Vitus on August 23. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/26) at 1 PM.
The band was also recently announced for San Bernardino, CA's inaugural It's Not Dead Festival, which is co-produced by Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman and gives Lyman a chance to still book a festival with actual punk bands. In addition to 7Seconds, there's Descendents, Bad Religion, NOFX, The Bouncing Souls, The Vandals, Fishbone, H2O, The Adolescents, Agent Orange, CJ Ramone, Sham 69, The Dickies, TSOL, Swingin' Utters, D.I., Strung Out, Lagwagon, Less Than Jake, Pennywise, Pulley, Anti-Flag and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup, festival poster, and the list of all 7Seconds dates, below...
photo: Rancid at Punk Rock Bowling 2015 (via)
Rancid just played their classic 1995 album, ...And Out Come the Wolves, for its 20th anniversary at Las Vegas' Punk Rock Bowling last month, and they're set to do the same at Amnesia Rockfest and the Riot Fests in Toronto, Denver and Chicago. They've now added Boston and two NYC shows with H2O in between the Chicago and Toronto Riot Fests. Those aren't billed as full album shows, but maybe we'll hear plenty of those songs anyway if they've been practicing them?
The NYC shows happen September 17 at 18 at Terminal 5. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (6/12) at noon with AmEx presales starting Thursday (6/11) at noon.
In addition to celebrating their past, Rancid also released a new album, ...Honor Is All We Know, last year via Epitaph, and they played the title track off that at Punk Rock Bowling too. Watch a video of that and "Ruby Soho" from the Las Vegas fest, with their list of tour dates, below...
photo: H2O at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
H2O are in the midst of celebrating their 20th anniversary with a multi-show Saint Vitus run which was recently expanded to include an all ages matinee on Saturday (5/9). That show has now turned into an awesome double bill with fellow NY punk vets Kill Your Idols (who have been active again) opening. Tickets are still available.
The run also includes a show tonight (5/8) with Huge and All Torn Up, and an all ages matinee on Sunday (5/10) with Ache. Those are both sold out.
H2O at Saint Vitus last night (photo by Perry Levy)
H2O began their sold-out four-show Saint Vitus run last night (5/6) in celebration of their 20th anniversary, and now a fifth show has been added. In addition to their shows tonight (5/7), Friday night (5/8), and Sunday afternoon (5/10), they've added a Saturday (5/9) afternoon show too. Tickets for the new show go on sale today at 4 PM.
Tonight's show will be opened by White Collar Crime and Up For Nothing, Friday's by Huge and All Torn Up, and Sunday's by Ache. No opener announced yet for the newly-added show.
Updated dates are listed below...
photo: H2O at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
H2O already have four hometown NYC shows coming up in celebration of their 20th anniversary (all sold out), and they since announced that they'll be touring after that with Cruel Hand.
The tour includes another show just outside of NYC at Long Island's Revolution Bar on June 26. That show also includes '80s-era NYHC vets Breakdown, as well as Criminal Instinct, Friend or Foe and High Card. Tickets are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below.
H2O singer Toby Morse recently contributed to the new album by his friends Agnostic Front, The American Dream Died, which is out now on Nuclear Blast. We also just interviewed Agnostic Frontman frontman Roger Miret over at Invisible Oranges. Here's an excerpt from IO writer Rhys Williams' interview:
When you're a teenager, you are often quick to fly off the handle, but the more you learn, the better a perspective you have about the world. You mentioned often being controversial: do you feel that the Agnostic Front aesthetic has changed from 1981 to the new record? Back in the '80s you had a lot of songs written about the American skinhead scene, then kind of moved into a punk look, then into the old school hardcore look. Has the look and aesthetic of the band changed and do you feel that, if it has, it has been a logical progression?Read the rest here. There's also an ongoing Kickstarter campaign for a new Agnostic Front documentary called The Godfathers of Hardcore. The goal is already met, but you can still donate to receive the various rewards, including a signed, hand-numbered DVD of the documentary, a haircut from Agnostic Front bassist Mike Gallo, and more.
Personally I don't think we ever put ourselves with a particular scene. I think Agnostic Front, from the very beginning, has always talked about A. unity and bringing scenes together and B. overcoming oppression. People just put us in different categories. If you ask me about Victim in Pain, it's a punk record. People say "it's a hardcore record," or whatever they wanna say, but that's a Grade A punk record, you know? People are quick to judge books by their covers. The bottom line is: we love living in this country, this is a beautiful country, but we've always questioned authority and the oppression of society and our government. And that's where you may get some of the different things going about controversy or or scenes, or people saying "oh, they're Pro-American" or whatever. Whatever people think about us, if anything we're more American than a lot of people because we truly fight for liberty and justice. People are quick to throw us into different categories, but the one category we will always stay strong to is New York punk and hardcore. And the great thing about a lot of these different movements colliding with each other is that without them we wouldn't have had the great movements that made us possible, like crossover or hardcore. People are quick to point fingers, but the truth is we're just a real American band that want to fight and overcome oppression by any means necessary. We can't change the world, but we understand that we can make a difference, and that's what we're trying to do.
Noisey also recently launched their new 'Under the Influence' documentary series with a 25+ minute installment on New York Hardcore. The doc features interviews with Agnostic Front, Youth of Today, Incendiary, Cro-Mags, Texas is the Reason and more, and Rancid's Tim Armstrong narrates. Towards the end, Title Fight talks about Walter Schreifels, followed by a scene with Walter playing TF's "Secret Society" on piano. You can watch that below too.
List of H2O tour dates and the NYHC videos below...
This year marks the 10th edition of Philadelphia's annual This Is Hardcore festival, and the lineup is stacked as usual. From July 23-26 the festival brings hardcore to Philly including the Danzig-less Misfits playing the Danzig-written Earth A.D. in its entirety, The Exploited's first US show in over a decade, the newly-reunited Chokehold, American Nightmare, The Suicide File, Cro-Mags, H2O, Snapcase, Slapshot, Nails, Code Orange, Defeater, Power Trip (who just played our SXSW party), Bane (apparently making their last TIHC appearance ever), and many more.
Tickets for the fest go on sale Friday (4/3) at noon, including 4-day passes, 3-day weekend passes and single day passes. Day-by-day lineups are coming later this week, and afterparties at Underground Arts, Voltage Lounge and KungFu Necktie are TBA.
Check out the full lineup below...
NYHC legends Agnostic Front are releasing their eleventh album, The American Dream Died, on April 7 via Nuclear Blast. They made it with a little help from their friends: Madball's Freddy Cricien produced and also appears on the record, as does H2O's Toby Morse, Sick of It All's Lou Koller, and former Agnostic Front/Madball member Matt Henderson. Get a taste of the album from the video for "Police Violence" and an LP trailer, below.
Agnostic Front are celebrating the album with two release shows at Bowery Electric: one on April 24 which is sold out, and another on April 25 which goes on sale today (3/27) at 10 AM. 4/24 is with The Mob, Urban Waste and DJ Sid; and 4/25 is an all ages matinee with Razorheads, Pure Disgust and Ache.
Agnostic Front also play Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEvil and have a handful of other shows coming up too. All dates are listed, with those videos, below.
photo: H2O at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
H2O recently announced that they'll celebrate their 20th anniversary this year with three shows at Saint Vitus (May 6, 7 & 8), each of which will have them playing two albums in full a night. All three have sold out, but now the band added an all-ages matinee happening the Sunday after, May 10. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
No word on whether or not the matinee show will be full albums too. Updated dates and new flyer below...
NYHC/pop punk vets H2O are turning 20 this year, and they're celebrating their anniversary with a three-night stand at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on May 6, 7 and 8. They'll be performing two albums in full each night (not announced which ones are which night yet), and no openers have been announced at the moment. Tickets will be available in person at Saint Vitus starting 6 PM on Saturday (2/14), and online tickets for night 1, night 2, night 3 go on sale Sunday (2/15) at noon.
Singer Toby Morse also tweeted that they'll release their seventh album, Was Here, this year on Bridge 9, so stay tuned for that. They have a few other shows coming up too. All dates are listed, with a few videos from throughout their career and the Vitus poster, below...
photos by Mathieu Bredeau, words by Klaus KinskI
Sick Of It All / H2O at Irving Plaza - 10/4/14
Saturday October 4 marked my 14 year anniversary of living in this overpriced hellhole we call New York City. In honor of yours truly and this personal milestone, New York City hardcore veterans Sick of it All headlined a sick quadruple bill at a very packed Irving Plaza. At least, I pretended the show was happening in my honor because I am a sociopath. In reality, the show, which also featured White Collar Crime LLC, Wisdom in Chains, and fellow NYHC vets H2O, was actually a record release party for Sick of it All's newest crusher Last Act of Defiance which came out on September 30, 2014. The evening was DJed by the great Gibby Haynes who spun everything from punk, to garage, to noise, to Steve Miller's 'Abracadabra'.
For once in my life, I got to the show before the first band White Collar Crime LLC hit the stage and I am glad I did. From start to finish this show was a relentless display of truly great hardcore without a single weak spot in the entire line-up. Though their set clocked in at under 30 minutes, White Collar Crime LLC were terrific and a bit of a departure from what one might expect from a NYHC show. Without the short-cropped hair often donned by members of the hardcore community, these four long-haired mofos unleashed a sound that was a fantastic mix of old school thrash and straight-up hardcore. Though their music had an extreme anti-establishment, anti-religion, anti-corporate-Disnification of America vibe, there was a certain level of humor inherent in the lyrics and the stage banter. Hardcore icon and renowned vegan John Joseph from the Cro Mags joined the band for a song called "FroYo." At this point in my life I am not actively seeking out new hardcore, but I am so glad I got to the show early and caught White Collar's set. They were super fun and intense, but had a sound that could fit bills beyond your standard hardcore.
The next band up was Wisdom in Chains and they had a sound much more typical for this sort of hardcore bill. Hailing from Northeastern Pennsylvania, Wisdom in Chains really whipped the crowd into a frenzy and really set the momentum for the fist-pumping, singing along, and circle pitting that would be coursing through the venue for the remainder of the evening. For anyone into Warzone, Madball, Cro Mags, and Agnostic Front (basically everyone in the room), Wisdom really brought the stank. Front man Mad Joe Black is an absolute tank of a human being. Built like a brick shithouse and with pipes that give Sick of it All's Lou Koller a run for his money, Mad Joe owned the stage. However, during their set venue security really started to get out of hand. Although a barricade prevented stage diving, there was plenty of crowd surfing going on. Inevitably, some of the surfers drifted up to the barricade area. At one point I saw a security person grab a crowd surfer and slam him face first into the floor. A few minutes later, another security dude did the same thing to someone else. It was a gratuitous, unwarranted, unbridled and completely barbaric show of force and the guys in Wisdom in Chains rightfully called them out on it, even going as far as challenging the security personnel to throw down right then and there against them. Smartly, personnel declined the invitation to have their asses handed to them and for the rest of the evening they were way more respectful to crowd surfers who drifted up to the barricade. Rather than pull them over and throw them to the ground, they changed tact completely and assisted barricade-bound crowd surfers to a soft and safe landing. Good on Wisdom in Chains for addressing the situation before it got out of hand; it was security personnel creating unsafe conditions, not concert goers. Beyond that, Wisdom in Chains destroyed. Crushing, aggressive, and heavy as hell. An absolutely unmissable act.
The next band up was New York hardcore icons H2O. Although this was a Sick of it All record release show, the inclusion of a band as great and as well respected as H2O made it feel like they were co-headlining as opposed to opening for SOIA. I thought the audience came alive during Wisdom in Chains.... However, H2O instantly whipped the room into a next-level frenzy that I have not seen at a show in ages. Their setlist was absolutely packed with crowd favorites, but classics like "Everready," "Family Tree," and "Guilty By Association" almost had an old pile of garbage like me in the pit throwing bones and singing along (almost). I have seen H2O many times since their inception almost 20 years ago, and each time they bring their A game. H2O is best experienced live. Trust me.
After a brief intermission it was time for the main event. Sick of it All have been doing their thing for nearly 30 years, and I cannot think of a single band in the genre (or any genre for that matter) who have been as consistent as SOIA, both in the studio and live. I have seen them dozens of times since the early '90s and I find it staggering that they are as heavy as ever and that Lou Koller's voice is as strong and as deafening as ever. In 1997 they released a record called Built To Last. I wonder if they realized how prescient that album title really was. From top to tail, SIOA gave a performance that never lost an ounce of intensity. Guitarist Pete Koller trains in Brazilian jiu jitsu which probably explains how he can, for an hour plus, jump 5 feet in the air, spin around, and run all over the stage non-stop without ever missing a note or dropping dead from exertion. He is a sight to behold. And although his brother, vocalist Lou Koller, has A LOT of help from the audience in the vocals department, that guy can scream as loud as ever. It is staggering. The cuts they played from their new album "Last Act of Defiance" were indistinguishable in terms of quality and bad assedness from their classic cuts. They closed the show with crushers "Scratch the Surface" and "Step Down" from 1994's Scratch the Surface album. There was no encore, but after the show they did hop down to the barricaded area and spend considerable time fist bumping and shaking hands with legions of fans. This was a show for the history books folks.
More pictures, videos and SOIA's and H2O's setlists below...
Sick Of It All at Rev25 (more by Rebecca Reed)
NYHC vets Sick Of It All have announced that they'll release their tenth album, The Last Act of Defiance, on September 30 (album art and tracklist below), and will play a hometown show soon after that on October 4 at Irving Plaza with fellow NYC punk vets H2O as well as Pennsylvania's Wisdom In Chains and White Collar Crime LLC. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, if you're headed to Philly (or already there) for This Is Hardcore (which began yesterday, 7/24), you can also catch Wisdom In Chains there on Saturday (7/26). A ton of other great bands have still yet to play too, like Converge, Blacklisted, Title Fight, CIV, Bold, Nails, Madball (with guest ex-guitarist Matt Henderson making a special appearance), Power Trip and plenty more. Remaining day-by-day lineups for TIH, below.
If you're not headed to This Is Hardcore, you can have your own mini TIH celebration in NYC this weekend. Xibalba, who played the PA fest last night, play a free show Saturday (7/26) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Harm's Way, The Banner and Crushed (Trap Them and Coliseum just played the same venue). And, as discussed, UK vets Subhumans are coming over for TIH and playing Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday (7/27) with long-running NYHC band Sheer Terror, as well as White Collar Crime LLC (fka White Collar Crime) and Mischief Brew. Tickets for that show are still available.
SOIA LP info, TIH daily lineups and Madball's new video for "Born Strong", below...
Chain of Strength at Acheron in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Hardcore vets Chain of Strength, who were briefly around from 1988 to 1991, reunited in 2012 for Revolution 25 (pics) at Irving Plaza and a much smaller Brooklyn show at Acheron (pics). They've since played LA in 2013 and it turns out the reunion isn't over yet, as they'll be going on a short Northeast tour in June with Turnstile, Strife, Mindset and Praise which brings them back to Brooklyn's Acheron on June 15. Tickets for that show go on sale via Ticketfly on May 8. All dates are listed below.
The brief tour is leading up to their appearance at Canada's Amnesia Rockfest (6/20-21) with blink-182, Motley Crue, Weezer, Alice In Chains, Megadeth, Primus, Danzig with Doyle, Mastodon, Cock Sparrer, Black Flag, Fear, Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Joan Jett, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Meshuggah, Henry Rollins, Rocket from the Crypt, Judge, Strife, Glassjaw, Dying Fetus, Cannibal Corpse, Title Fight and many more. Tickets for that fest are on sale now.
Full Amnesia Rockfest lineup, with the list of Chain of Strength dates, a video of their 2012 Acheron show and the tour flyer, below...
H2O at Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
NYC punks H2O have been on a tour supporting Alkaline Trio and New Found Glory, which just hit H2O's hometown on Sunday (11/10) for a big show at Terminal 5. But if you want to see H2O in a smaller venue and not opening for two big pop punk bands, you're in luck. About a month after the tour ends, H2O will be playing an all ages holiday show at Gramercy Theatre on December 27. Also on this show is LA punk vets Youth Brigade (who open for Bouncing Souls at their holiday show a day earlier), plus Cruel Hand, Angel Dust and ShitKill. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (11/15) at 10 AM with Live Nation/Mobile App and Music Geeks presales (password: "musicgeeks") starting today (11/14) at 10 AM. There's also an ongoing Rocks Off presale (password: "OLOC").
All dates, including Belgium's Groezrock 2014 with The Offspring, NOFX, The Hives, Modern Life Is War, The Menzingers, Doomriders, La Dispute, and more, are listed along with the Gramercy show flyer and a live video, below...
Brooklyn bluegrass collective The Defibulators said they'd be playing an album release show this month for their new record, Debt'll Get'em, and it's since been announced that the show will happen on August 28 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Get your pop punk nostalgia on again with Alkaline Trio, New Found Glory, and H2O at Terminal 5 on November 10. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now, and general on-sale starts Wednesday (8/21) at noon.
Barenaked Ladies are playing Beacon Theatre on October 17. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
NYC punks H2O are celebrating the 15th anniversary of their album Thicker Than Water by playing it in full at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 27. Tickets are on sale at noon today.
Tickets for both "Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant On Ice" shows at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.
Talib Kweli is playing Brooklyn Music School's 100th Anniversary Centennial Celebration on November 1 (126 Saint Felix St.) with Barbara King and Bill Lee. Tickets are on sale now and proceeds benefit the school.
Cody ChesnuTT plays Mercury Lounge on November 9 and tickets to that show are on sale at noon.
Tickets to see Keane at Radio City Music Hall are on sale now.
Fun. play Radio City Music Hall on February 2, 2013 and tickets are on sale now.
Cheetah Chrome w/ RFTT at Maxwell's in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
The CBGB Festival kicks off on Thursday (7/5) and continues through Sunday (7/8). We've mentioned a bunch of the festival's shows like the free Central Park show with Guided by Voices, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Cloud Nothings, and the War on Drugs, the Webster Hall show with Agnostic Front, Madball, and Murphy's Law (who also play a Rocks Off Cruise), Fishbone at Brooklyn Bowl, the Webster Hall show with Cro-Mags and Sick of it All, and many others. However, if you're looking for others artists that helped define punk and/or make CBGB the legendary venue it is, there are plenty of options for that too.
On Thursday (7/5), The Bowery Electric is hosting a huge show with Tommy Ramone (who drummed on and co-produced the first three Ramones albums), Cheetah Chrome (of Dead Boys/Rocket from the Tombs), The Waldos (ft. Walter Lure of Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers), Bear 54 (ft. Ernie Brooks of The Modern Lovers), Andy Shernoff (of The Dictators), Richard Lloyd (of Television), The Miamis, The Sic Fucks, and many more. Tickets for that show are available.
That same day (7/5), David Johansen (of New York Dolls) will be playing Sullivan Hall with Daddy Long Legs, Liza Colby & The Sound Machine, Andy & the Rattles, and a late night set by Strawberry Jam. Tickets for that show are available.
Also on Thursday (7/5), you can catch Glen Matlock (of The Sex Pistols) at, wait for it... singer-songwrter mainstay The Living Room with California, Jaymay, Lou-is, and Aurical.
Check the CBGB Festival site for more.
Hilly Kristal entering CBGB on its final night (more)
The CBGB Festival isn't the only place to catch CBGB legends though. Like they've done in the past, Bowery Electric (a venue very close to where CBGB was) will host Johnny Thunders Birthday Bash, a celebration of the late musician, on July 15, when he would have turned 60 (he passed away in 1991). That show features Walter Lure, Alison Gordy, Andy Shernoff, and many more. Tickets are on sale.
Patti Smith will be touring with Neil Young later this year, which hits NYC for two shows (MSG on 11/27 and Barclays Center on 12/3). Patti also plays a sold out show at the Met, on September 28 (a tribute to Andy Warhol).
Blondie will be touring with Devo later this year. Unfortunately, that tour does not come to NYC.
But enough about NYC punks -- California's late 70s/early 80s hardcore scene is getting some pretty solid representation in NYC this summer too. The current version of Dead Kennedys (who no longer count frontman Jello Biafra as a member) will be playing a show at Santos Party House on July 31 with Cerebral Ballzy. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Cali punks Agent Orange will be heading out on an east coast tour with The Queers, which comes to NYC for a Rocks Off Cruise on August 18. Tickets for that show are available. All dates on this tour are listed below.
Greg Ginn at Issue Project Room in 2010 (more by Lori Bally)
Black Flag founder/guitarist and SST Records founder Greg Ginn will be in NYC for two shows (early and late) with his new project Greg Ginn and the Royal We at The Iridium on July 29, and two more shows at the venue the next night (7/30) with the Les Paul Trio. Tickets for all four Iridium shows are on sale now.
Long-running Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins is heading out on a spoken word tour which hits the capitals of all 50 states. That means the NY show is in Albany and not too close to NYC, but you might have better luck checking out the Trenton, NJ show. The Trenton show is at the Jersey State Museum Auditorium and unfortunately not City Gardens, which is now closed, but during its existence had seen tons of great tours come through including multiple Henry Rollins appearances. A City Gardens documentary is in the works and due in 2013. The other tri-state area date on Henry's tour is Hartford, CT's Webster Theater.
Meanwhile, Keith Morris, who was a Black Flag frontman before Rollins joined, will be in NYC with his band OFF!, when their tour with Refused comes to Williamsburg Park on July 18. Tickets for that show are still available.
While we're on the topic of punk shows in Williamsburg Park, as mentioned, Riot Fest Brooklyn goes down at the outdoor venue on September 8 with Descendents, Hot Water Music, Gogol Bordello, The Bronx, Screaming Females, The Menzingers, and Larry and His Flask. Tickets for Riot Fest Brooklyn are still available.
Speaking of The Menzingers, they have a new live acoustic video for "Ava House" off their 2012 LP, On the Impossible Past, which you can check out below. You can catch them on their tour with The Bouncing Souls, which hits NYC for a show at Brooklyn Bowl on August 5. Tickets for that show are still available.
In other punk news, as mentioned, H2O, 7 Seconds, and Tournament play House of Vans on July 12. 7 Seconds frontman Kevin Seconds is working on a new album which is due out this year. You can check out the album's closing track, "Oh, Rhonda," at the bottom of this post. The entire 2012 House of Vans schedule was also just announced, Turbonegro included. UPDATE: you can also now RSVP for the 7 Seconds show.
Street Dogs will be in NYC for a show at Highline Ballroom on September 15 with Koffin Kats and special guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
As mentioned, the Fat Wreck/Rocks Off CMJ showcase happens on October 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Lagwagon, Dead To Me, Flatliners, and Useless ID. Tickets for that show are still available. That same lineup also plays a Rocks Off Cruise the next day (10/20). Tickets for the boat show are available. And Lagwagon are also one of the bands currently announced for this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest.
As mentioned, Leftover Crack plays Warsaw on Sunday (7/8) with Crackbox and more TBA.
That show appears to now be sold out (though we are waiting on confirmation of that). UPDATE: this is CANCELLED.
Another anarcho-punk option for Williamsburg this weekend is NYHC band Reagan Youth who are playing The Grand Victory (245 Grand St.) on Friday (7/6) with Dust Angel (ft. Reagan Youth guitarist Paul Cripple), Geek Skull, Lords of Death, and Empty Vessel.
As mentioned, crossover thrashers D.R.I. and Mucky Pup are teaming up for a tour which hits NYC on December 8 at The Studio at Webster Hall with support from No Redeeming Social Value, Undivided, and Blackout Shoppers. TIckets for that show are still available.
There's also a number of punk shows at Acheron this week.
Before we wrap this up, a bit more about classic UK punk making its way to NYC this summer/early fall. In addition to Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, who's here this week for CBGB Fest, The Vibrators will be in NYC for a show at The Bowery Electric on September 29. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Wreckless Eric, who veers a bit more on the new wave/power pop side of punk, will play Bowery Electric on September 7 as part of a duo with his wife Amy Rigby. They also play September 13 at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ. If the name doesn't ring a bell, his song "(I'd Go) The Whole Wide World" probably does. It's seen some revived popularity in recent years due to Will Ferrell singing it in Stranger than Fiction. Tickets for both NYC area shows are on sale now.
Did we miss anything good?
Videos and lists of tour dates below...
Touche Amore at House of Vans (more by BBG)
Vans and FYF are excited to announce the return of the Vans House Parties to Brooklyn this summer. The first installment of the free concert series will kick off live from the House of Vans (25 Franklin Street) on Wednesday, June 20th with performances by The Rapture and Tanlines, and will feature a Dave P (Making Time/Fixed NYC) DJ Set. The show will be followed by a second Vans House Party on July 12th, with performances by H20, 7 Seconds, and more. There will be four additional Vans House Parties throughout the summer on July 26th, August 2nd, August 16th, and August 29th.Still no word on who will play any of the other parties, but we'll keep you informed.
Negative Approach at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
This is Hardcore returns to Philadelphia, PA for four days in August at Union Transfer (on 8/9) and Electric Factory (8/10 - 8/12). Both shows will have no barricades for you headwalkers/divers and in the case of Electric Factory, the venue will actually construct a stage in front of their usual stage (!) to get around the existing barricade. Now thats dedication/brutality.
As for the lineup, as usual the cast of hooligans gracing the stages of TIHC are a cast of notables, including Cro-Mags, Negative Approach, Gorilla Biscuits, Breakdown, Blacklisted, Killing Time, Nails, Ringworm, Gehenna and many many more. Full lineup is below and tickets go on sale on May 17th at noon.
Power Trip is part of said lineup, and reminder, the band will hit Acheron on May 15th as part of a string of East Coast dates. All tour dates are below.
photos by Erik Erikson
"While Bad Brains sound has shifted from hardcore and punk to dub and reggae, they still mix it up for the audience coming to see them. Opening with a pounding set of their signature aggressive sound, the music of guitarist Dr. Know and bassist Darrel Jennifer along with drummer Earl Hudson was tight and very intact. Yet, one of the more interesting experience's to everyone was watching singer H.R., dressed in a valor jump suit with a dress shirt and tie underneath and knit hat, H.R., who has battled drug addiction and years of abuse to his body doing this profession simply looked burnt out. Slurring many of his words and mumbling in between songs, at points Jennifer would look at him and laugh, yet while his annunciation skills were not as top as the band's sound, it was still an overall experience watching him perform."Bad Brains played the second of their two night stay in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg with GZA on 4/18, just one night after the band played Irving Plaza with H2O. The NYC shows were part of a short run of dates for the band who also played Philly with GZA and who will be at Bonnaroo this year. Pictures from the Brooklyn show adorn this post.
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Meanwhile, HR will be presen at a Benefit for Lucinda's Children, a two-night show to help out Lucinda Gallagher in the wake of her passing late last year.
Last December our close community of friends, musicians, and music lovers lost one of its own when Lucinda Gallagher took her own life, leaving behind two amazing children. These young teenagers, now in the care of Lucinda's dear friend, both have their mother's rock and roll spirit. Like her, they are bright and soulful and have a deep appreciation for music as gifted budding musicians.The first night of the benefit will feature performances from Marah, Jesse Malin, Jimmy Gnecco & Dave Milone, Jim Boggia, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Petter Ericson Stakee & "very special guests" (tickets for 4/29), while the second night boasts appearances from Tommy Stinson (of The Replacements & Guns n Roses), HR (of Bad Brains) , Alan Vega (of Suicide), James Maddock, Aaron Lee Tasjan and more (tickets for 4/30).
In order to raise funds for these children a two-night concert spectacular will be held at The Bowery Electric on April 29th and 30th... [and] in addition to the live show, an auction and raffle will be held which will include items donated by Mary Louise Parker, Fender, Bob Gruen, Danny Clinch, The Morrison Hotel Gallery & many more. 100% of the proceeds from the auction and concerts will be placed in a trust for Lucinda's kids.
Pictures from the Bad Brains show are below.
Bad Brains will play Boston & Manhattan with H2O and then Brooklyn & Philadelphia with GZA. As you can see in the poster, tickets go on pre-sale Saturday. Lionize also opens the Philly show, and there's a show happening on 4/20 with GZA in a TBA city. Stay tuned for more info. All dates are listed with more info below....
photos by Jason House
Agnostic Front @ Santos Party House
Agnostic Front are currently out on tour with Mongoloids in support of a somewhat new record...
"My Life My Way was released on March 22, 2011. The album features 13 new powerful and anthemic songs laid down by Erik Rutan (MADBALL, GOATWHORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, etc.) at his Mana Recording Studio in Tampa, FL under the watchful guide of producer Freddy Cricien of MADBALL. The record was mastered by Alan Douches (NILE, MASTODON, etc.)."The tour hit Santos Party House in NYC on 11/4. Some pictures are in this post. More them with all remaining dates below.
Fellow DMS crew band H2O also has a new record coming out, but not of their own songs. As their own press release reads...
"H2O has been a mainstay in hardcore and punk since their inception back in 1995 and have had many influences along the way. The band is thrilled to pay homage to those influential artists by covering their songs on the forthcoming album, Don't Forget Your Roots, which will be available November 15th from Bridge Nine Records.No Agnostic Front on the tribute album, but there is Madball, Descendents, Bad Brains and many more. The full tracklist, all tour dates, and more Agnostic Front show pictures, below...
Additionally, H2O will be playing the Gramercy Theater on November 19th [with Killing Time], with a special set consisting of cover songs and originals- both new and old. This show will be a celebration of H2O's covers album available just three days prior, as well as a re-release of their self-titled album, available on LP also on November 15th. Vocalist Toby Morse had this to say: "NYC is H2O's roots - where we started - and couldn't think of a more perfect place to release our covers album and the re-issue of our first record. We'll be playing old songs, new songs and cover songs for our fans there! They'll also be able to pick up copies of our self-titled album on vinyl - Bridge Nine is re-pressing that and we couldn't be more excited. It was originally released back in 1996 and has been out of print for a long, long time. Also Don't Forget Your Roots will be available as well!" He continued, "Our covers album is a big personal accomplishment for us - being able to pay homage to the bands that have influenced us so much since we got into punk rock and helped get us where we are today is an amazing thing. We think we've done them justice!"
photos by Keith Marlowe
Time Out NY: These days, the Descendents seem to play more one-off festival gigs than full-on tours. How do you decide when to fire up the band again?Its been a long time comin', but the Descendents made it right at a sold-out Roseland Ballroom on Friday night with H2O and the recently reunited Suicide Machines. How was it? Their November set at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 was great (they've also since played NXNE and FYF Fest).
We go through periods of just blatant inactivity, and then we fairly whimsically just decide to start doing some shows. But because of the logistics of getting the four of us together, we seem to have bettter luck doing little weekends. You know, several of us have, quote, "real jobs"--Milo's job being very, very real, he's a biochemist at DuPont. And I guess in a way my day job, as it were, has become fairly real. I seem to have begun to lean on record producing quite a bit, although I still definitely do my fair share of drumming and songwriting. And so you throw those jobs into a pot of logistic stew along with everyone having wives and families and also the fact that we live in three different states... The bottom line is, we just get together whenever it's convenient for all of us, and as long as we continue to do it that way, then it's always fun.
The show was one of a pair for Milo & co. this past weekend. The Descendents also swung by Philadelphia to play RiotFest East on 9/24 alongside Dead Milkmen, X (who are on their way towards NYC), Plow United, Hot Water Music, and many others. Descendents will next head to RiotFest in Chicago, their last scheduled US show for now. There they'll again share a bill with Suicide Machines as well as names like Weezer, Danzig Legacy (also coming to NYC and Fun Fun Fun Fest), ALL, Social Distortion (who play Izod Center with Foo Fighters tonight), and many others.
In somewhat related news, one of the Descendents' labels, Fat Wreck Chords (home of 2004's Cool To Be You), is having a CMJ showcase on 10/20 at Union Hall with: Dead To Me / The Flatliners / Banner Pilot / Old Man Markley / The Arteries. Tickets are on sale.
More Roseland pictures and the Descendents setlist is below.