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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Hop Along at BV-RBSS at Baby's in January (more by Ryan Muir)
Hop Along

Hop Along already released "Waitress" and "Powerful Man" from their upcoming album Painted Shut (due 5/5 via Saddle Creek), and today they offered up a third track, "Texas Funeral." Hop Along singer Frances Quinlan has one of the most distinct voices in current indie rock, thanks in no small part to the way she goes from softer singing to a raspy yell without any warning or interest in holding anything back. When she brings that yell in on "Texas Funeral"'s chorus of "NONE of this is gonna happen to me!" it's the same type of cathartic release you get from "Stranger in India, I'm gonna be creepin' on you so hard!" or "Meteor, meteor, make me young!" or any of the other lines you can't go to a Hop Along show without hearing the crowd shout. And like the last single, this one's got another ripping solo from Joe Reinhart, whose guitar playing is as important an element of the new record as Frances' voice. Listen below, via Stereogum.

Hop Along's tour hits NYC on May 5 at Rough Trade (tickets) and May 10 at Baby's All Right (tickets). As mentioned, Thin Lips are opening both of those shows, and since we last spoke, Crying were added to the Rough Trade show. Hop Along also recently added Field Mouse and Lithuania (mem Dr. Dog) to several other dates on the tour.

Thin Lips also have a new release coming on May 5, Divorce Year, on Seagreen Records. Its new single "Nothing Weird" came out recently via Stereogum, and you can also hear that below, along with the new Hop Along song and updated list of tour dates.

Continue reading "Hop Along share new song "Texas Funeral"; Thin Lips, Field Mouse, Crying & others opening on their tour"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Hop Along at BV-RBSS at Baby's in January (more by Ryan Muir)
Hop Along

Hop Along have put out a second single from their new album Painted Shut, which is due May 5 via Saddle Creek (their first for the label). The new one's called "Powerful Man" and it's got choppy, crunchy Weezer-esque verses, plus a classic-sounding guitar solo from Joe Reinhart. It's also a dark song, lyrically. Singer Frances Quinlan told The FADER it's about witnessing a boy getting beaten up by his father in front of a school when she was 18. Listen below.

The band's tour hits NYC on May 5 at Rough Trade (tickets) and May 10 at Baby's All Right (tickets). Both are with Thin Lips. Updated tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Hop Along share "Powerful Man" from 'Painted Shut' (stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Hop Along at BV-RBSS at Baby's in January (more by Ryan Muir)
Hop Along

Philly's Hop Along recently signed to Saddle Creek for their new album, and now that album's officially been announced. It's called Painted Shut and will be out on May 5 via their new label home (pre-order), and the first single "Waitress" is out now. They recorded it with John Agnello, who knows how give rock bands a clear sound that's still raw and powerful (he's worked with Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr, for example), and that's exactly how "Waitress" sounds. It's up there with the harder-hitting rockers on Painted Shut's great predecessor Get Disowned, and with Frances Quinlan's distinct voice, it's unmistakably Hop Along. You can and should check it out below (via Noisey).

Hop Along have several dates with The War on Drugs coming up, and after that they'll go on a headlining tour which hits NYC on May 5 at Rough Trade with Thin Lips and May 10 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for Rough Trade go on sale Friday (3/13) at noon, and tickets for Baby's should be on sale soon.

All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Hop Along announce new album 'Painted Shut,' share first single "Waitress," expand tour (2 NYC dates included)"

by Andrew Sacher

Glocca Morra
Glocca Morra

Philly emo revivalists Glocca Morra are calling it quits this year, but before they go out they've got two new songs and a farewell tour. Their final 7" is on Ice Age Records and it's more straight punk than some of the more Kinsella-style stuff they became known for. Listen to both tracks below, via AV Club.

The tour happens this May and brings the band to NYC on May 29 at Shea Stadium. All dates are with Canadian punks Greys (who played NYC on Friday), and the Boston, NYC and Philly shows are with Brooklyn's LVL UP. All dates are listed on the tour flyer below.

Glocca Morra's Nate Dionne is one of the members in newer band Dogs on Acid, who released their first single last year and have now signed to Jade Tree for their debut LP which is due out this summer. The band also includes former Algernon Cadwallader members Nick Tazza and Joe Reinhardt, the latter of whom is now also in Hop Along. Dogs on Acid have four Philly shows coming up, but nothing in NYC at the moment. While you wait for the new album, revisit last year's single below.

Nate Dionne was also in the band Snowing, whose singer John Galm more recently went solo and put out the depressing 2014 album Sky of No Stars. John's on a solo tour right now, and it hits NYC tonight (3/8) at 603 Bushwick Ave (upstairs) with Trace Mountains (another project of LVL UP's Dave Benton) and Bethlehem Steel. All John's dates, and a stream of his recent album, below.

Continue reading "Glocca Morra streaming final 7" & going on farewell tour with Greys & LVL UP; John Galm on tour; Dogs On Acid LP coming"

photo: TWOD at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by PSquared)
TWOD

The War on Drugs, whose 2014 album Lost in the Dream did very well in countless year-end lists and on the Pazz & Jop Poll (we loved it too), have announced another tour in support of it. We already knew they'd be at a few festivals, including Coachella, Bonnaroo and NYC's Governors Ball, and now a ton of club dates have been announced too. Most US dates are with another great Philly band, Hop Along, who have a new album on Saddle Creek coming and who just played our Red Bull Sound Select show this week.

No NYC stops besides Governors Ball announced at the moment. All dates are listed, with the video of their recent Fallon performance, below...

Continue reading "The War on Drugs announce tour with Hop Along (dates)"

photos by Ryan Muir, words by Pink Baby

Hop Along / Beach Slang / Ryley Walker / Aye Nako
Hop Along
Beach Slang
Ryley Walker
Aye Nako

The latest BrooklynVegan-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select happened at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right last night (1/13) with Hop Along, Beach Slang, Ryley Walker and Aye Nako.

The place was already pretty full before Aye Nako's opening set, and remained that way throughout the $3-with-RSVP show. The local punk band played a few favorites off their 2013 debut LP, Unleash Yourself, and like they've been doing lately, took the chance to preview a handful of new ones. From the sounds of a couple of those, it looks like their next record may be a bit heavier than their debut. Looking forward to finding out.

Next up was Ryley Walker, the Chicago psychedelic folk singer, who's got a new LP on the way via Dead Oceans. He flew in for this show. It was just him on acoustic guitar and vocals, accompanied by a standup bassist, and while that could seem out of place on this punk/indie rock bill, Ryley was too intense not to fit in. Rather than performing as a hushed folk singer, Ryley howled and had no trouble filling that venue with his huge voice. He and the bassist are also highly talented players and fed off each other like crazy on their extended, mesmerizing jams. Ryley will be back at Baby's soon as part of his tour with Kevin Morby.

After Ryley it was back to the rock, with the first of the two co-headliners, Beach Slang, taking the stage. It was clear that plenty of people were there for them -- this was maybe the most amount of people at once singing along and pushing around to Beach Slang we've seen yet. They gave us one new song, "Ride the Wild Haze," which sounded as awesome as all their others and will most likely appear on their debut full length, due out at some point this year. Other than that we got all eight songs from their two EPs, sounding as cathartic and downright fun as always. As of today, those EPs are also available on one cassette via Business Casual Records. Catch Beach Slang again on tour with Cursive.

Lastly, fellow Philly band Hop Along wrapped up the night, and also had the place full of people who were going nuts and yelling every word. We got the live staples from 2012's Get Disowned that we usually do like "Kids on the Boardwalk," "Young and Happy!" and "Tibetan Pop Stars," the 2013 one-off single "Sister Cities," and some new ones from their upcoming LP on Saddle Creek. The old favorites just seem to get better every time we hear them, and those new songs sound great too, which is making the anticipation for this new album pretty high. Keep your eyes out for that.

All door money went to CancerCare. Thanks to all the bands, Red Bull, Baby's, and everyone who came out to what was an epic night of music (DJ sets between bands by Andrew Sacher included). If you were one of the first 100 in, did you enjoy the free sweet potato fries? We hope you also grabbed one of the free limited edition posters on the way out.

The next two NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows will take place February 10th (curated by Popgun Presents) and March 10th (curated by Afropunk). Both are at Baby's again. After that BrooklynVegan is up again with an April 14th show at a TBD venue. No lineups for any of those shows have been announced yet.

More pictures from the show (including portraits of the bands) below...

Continue reading "Hop Along, Beach Slang, Ryley Walker & Aye Nako played the BV-RBSS show at Baby's All Right (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Modern Baseball @ BK Bazaar in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Modern Baseball

Modern Baseball, Beach Slang, Spraynard, Hurry, The Weaks and Marietta are releasing a 6-way split called Strength In Weakness on February 3 via Lame-O Records, which will benefit United Cerebral Palsy. Modern Baseball's contribution, "Alpha Kappa Fall of Troy The Movie Part Deux," just premiered over at Billboard, and it's a '90s-style rocker that's scrappier than anything on last year's great You're Gonna Miss it All. Check it out below.

Both Modern Baseball and Beach Slang will be at this year's Skate & Surf Fest in Asbury Park, but you can catch Beach Slang in NYC much sooner than that. Their co-headlining, BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with Hop Along happens on Tuesday (1/13) at Baby's All Right with Aye Nako and Ryley Walker. I'll also be DJing between sets. That's $3 at the door with RSVP or $10 without. No advance sales, and all door money is going to be donated to CancerCare.

That show is three days after the BV-presented Slingshot Dakota / Runaway Brother / Crazy & the Brains / Vasudeva show (1/10) which is also at Baby's All Right.

Modern Baseball song stream and EP tracklist below...

Continue reading "Modern Baseball release song from 6-way split; Hop Along, Beach Slang, Aye Nako & Ryley Walker play BV-RBSS soon"

Ryley Walker

Folk singer and guitar great Ryley Walker has signed to Dead Oceans (Phosphorescent, Tallest Man on Earth) for the followup to 2014's All Kinds of You. It's called Primrose Green and will be out on the label on March 31. If you caught Ryley at CMJ this past October, you may have seen him perform the title track. NYC Taper has a recording of that, which you can listen to, along with the studio version, below. Popmatters caught him performing the song on his tour with Cloud Nothings:

The 24-year old guitarist was pleasing to watch and the instrumental beds the guys laid down were gorgeous enough that the songs almost didn't need lyrics. When Walker introduced the song, "Primrose Green", I thought of a similarly-named Hunger Games character, but he explained the tune was named after a booze-concoction he used to drink before advising the mostly under-age audience against drinking.
As discussed, Ryley also has dates coming up including a tour with Kevin Morby which hits Baby's All Right on March 15 (tickets), as well as another Baby's show happening much sooner. He plays the next BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with Hop Along, Beach Slang and Aye Nako at Baby's on Tuesday, January 13. That's $3 at the door with RSVP or $10 without. No advance sales, and all door money is going to be donated to CancerCare.

All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Ryley Walker announces new LP on Dead Oceans (stream a track); BV-RBSS show w/ Hop Along & Beach Slang is soon"

Hop Along
Hop Along
Photo: Hop Along @ BK Bazaar on Halloween (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Beach Slang
Photo: Beach Slang @ BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The Red Bull Sound Select series of shows is continuing into 2015, and the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment happens January 13 at Baby's All Right. The show will be co-headlined by two killer Philly bands, Hop Along and Beach Slang, and joining them will be NYC punks Aye Nako and Chicago psych-folk singer/guitarist Ryley Walker, who will be flying in for this show and playing as a duo with a bassist. We couldn't be more excited for this lineup.

Doors at 7pm. Show at 8pm, and like most RBSS shows it's $3 at the door with RSVP, or $10 without. No advanced sales, and all door money is going to be donated to CancerCare, an organization that provides"telephone, online and face-to-face counseling, support groups, education, publications and financial and co-payment assistance." Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served, so get there on time to guarantee you get in!

Check out some videos/song streams of all four bands below...

Continue reading "Hop Along, Beach Slang, Aye Nako & Ryley Walker playing next BV RBSS show @ Baby's, a CancerCare benefit (RSVP = $3 entry)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Hop Along / Mitski
Hop Along
Mitski

One of the many live music options in NYC on Halloween was the Brooklyn Night Bazaar show with Diarrhea Planet, Hop Along, Mitski and Desert Sharks. (Girlpool were supposed to play too but dropped off.) Amanda and I showed up for Hop Along and Mitski, the latter of whom was playing solo at this show. The last time I saw her she was backed by half of LVL UP, but she was just intense with no more than a guitar. Mitski doesn't strip it down to acoustic mode or anything for her solo shows though. She played an electric that was thick and distorted, sounding like a sludgy Angel Olsen. For the last song, she put the guitar down until it was feeding back, and just sang over the noise.

Hop Along's set was fresh off the announcement that they've signed to Saddle Creek for a new album that will be out in 2015. They debuted a song off that album which was a nice dose of crunchy power pop. It sounded different for them, and like it's gonna be a good one. They also played plenty of favorites from Get Disowned, and maybe it was the late set time or Halloween putting everyone in a good mood, but it was the wildest crowd for them I've seen a while.

More pictures of both Hop Along and Mitski, and a video, below...

Continue reading "Hop Along & Mitski @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar (pics, video)"

Hop Along at Wicker Park Fest 2014 (more by Jeff Ryan)
Hop Along

Hop Along have been playing new songs live for a while now, and they've finally announced that they've signed to Saddle Creek for the followup to their great 2012 album Get Disowned. Congrats guys! That makes them labelmates with Bright Eyes, Cursive, The Thermals and more. The album's due out in spring of 2015 and they're entering the studio this week with producer John Agnello, who's work with Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Kurt Vile, Cymbals Eat Guitars and others makes him a great fit for Hop Along.

Hop Along have a couple dates coming up, including a free Halloween show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Diarrhea Planet, Girlpool, Mitski and more, and a New Year's Eve show in Philly.

Revisit Get Disowned below...

Continue reading "Hop Along sign to Saddle Creek, releasing new LP in 2015"

photos by Chris La Putt

Girlpool at BV day party at Baby's All Right - 10/25/14
Girlpool

LA duo Girlpool played about ten shows right before and during CMJ, and they'll be back in the area next week to play NYC and Long Island on their tour with Jenny Lewis. They must really love it here, because now they've added yet another show. They were added to the Halloween show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar which already has a stacked lineup of Diarrhea Planet, Hop Along, Mitski and more. That show is free and includes a costume contest ($500 cash prize), face painting and more. Sounds like a pretty good way to spend Halloween.

One of Girlpool's many CMJ shows was our Saturday day party. We already posted pictures of that show and we've got another set of Girlpool in this post. More, with their updated list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Girlpool added to Halloween at BK Bazaar w/ Diarrhea Planet, Hop Along & Mitski (updated dates & more CMJ pics)"

Rivers and Frances (via Hop Along Instagram)
Frances

Weezer brought their current tour playing their new album in full to Philly for a show at the Trocadero this Saturday (10/25). At that show, Hop Along singer Frances Quinlan joined the band on stage to duet with Rivers Cuomo on "Go Away" (Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino sings with him on the album version." WXPN's The Key spoke to Frances about it:

She tells us she was on tour opening for mewithoutYou when she found out about the opportunity. "I was literally hopping up and down at a rest stop outside Baltimore when our booking agent, Merrick, told me the news."

Quinlan says she was nervous upon arriving at The Troc and watching Weezer soundcheck from backstage, but the band and the crew were total sweethearts, which put her at ease. "Rivers had me rehearse the song backstage with him and Brian [Bell, guitarist]," she says. "We ran through it once and an hour later I sang it onstage with them. It's the craziest thing that's ever happened to me."

Weezer's tour hits NYC at Bowery Ballroom tonight (10/27) which is sold out. Will any guests be there tonight too?

Hop Along will also celebrate Halloween in NYC at Brooklyn Night Bazaar for a free show with wild garage rockers Diarrhea Planet headlining, plus Desert Sharks, Mitski and Banker$. They're also promising "costume cash prizes, light show, face painting, art debut and fun." Hop Along also play New Year's Eve in Philly.

Watch the video of Frances and Weezer below...

Continue reading "Frances from Hop Along sang on stage with Weezer (who play NYC tonight); HA playing Halloween w/ Diarrhea Planet"

by Andrew Sacher

mewithoutYou @ Irving Plaza - 10/16/14 (via Vishal Manglani)
Mwy

Back in the mid-2000s, before there was an emo revival but long after emo had become a dirty word, a few bands from "that scene" were coming out with boundary pushing music that could easily defy being pigeonholed into said scene (but often were anyway). One of these bands was mewithoutYou. While mewithoutYou were never emo, they were certainly grouped with those bands (perhaps being labelmates with Underoath and Futher Seems Forever had something to do with this), and even at this point almost anything remotely emo, post-hardcore, punk, pop punk, etc is called "emo revival." mewithoutYou shifted sounds several times throughout their career (which is still going strong), and arguably their most compelling stuff came when the post-hardcore of their early material took a turn towards art rock, resulting in two near-perfect albums. The first of those was Catch For Us The Foxes, which they're currently playing in full on tour for its 10th anniversary. I've always thought that its followup, 2006's Brother, Sister, is their crowning achievement so far (and my fingers are crossed for a tour of that one in 2016), but Catch is a close second for me and many fans consider it their best, which was very clear at last night's (10/16) NYC stop of the tour at Irving Plaza.

I've caught mewithoutYou a few times on recent tours, but neither the band nor the crowd have been as intense as the both were last night. It was clear that mewithoutYou are having a great time revisiting the album, with all of the members smiling and acting more lively on stage than they were even earlier this year. They sounded great playing those songs too. They were super tight, and those ten-year old songs sounded fresh (partially thanks to great newer bands like La Dispute keeping that sound alive). And the crowd was loving every second, yelling every word, and clapping surprisingly in time with a few of the more off-kilter drum beats. There was one moment when Aaron Weiss leapt into the crowd (something I've never seen him do) and the surrounding fans all mobbed the people who caught him.

mewithoutYou (via Kelsey Peters)
mwy

The band left the stage for only a minute or so after playing the album before returning for an 8-song encore that touched on all four of their other albums. Brother, Sister was really well represented, with five songs total including two of the "Spider" songs used as transitions. The other albums all got one each, and whether it was the dissonant post-hardcore of "Gentlemen" or the major key folk of "Goodbye, I!" the band stayed in great form and the crowd kept eating it up.

The Appleseed Cast (via Washed Up Emo)
Appleseed Cast

mewithoutYou weren't the only band to get excited about at this show though. The whole East Coast leg of the tour has had a great triple bill with The Appleseed Cast and Hop Along. The Appleseed Cast are veterans themselves, and those guys actually do have emo roots -- their 1998 debut, The End of the Ring Wars, is an excellent SDRE-inspired album, though they'd never sound that way again and good luck hearing those songs live these days -- but like mewithoutYou, by the 2000s they were also operating in a realm that couldn't exactly be tied to one scene. It was still sorta emo, but more often it was gorgeous post rock, and that side of them was on display during last night's very solid set. They included a few tracks from their newest LP, 2013's Illumination Ritual, but otherwise picked major highlights from the early-mid 2000s years like the guitar noodling of "Fishing the Sky," the atmospheric pop of "Here We Are (Family in the Hallway)," and the truly beautiful post rock build of "On Reflection."

And while two veterans on one bill is a great time, you don't want to get too caught up in nostalgia so it was very welcome that the much newer and also great indie/emo/whatever band Hop Along opened. Hop Along basically always win us over and last night was no exception. Frances Quinlan is always on fire as a singer, but especially last night with her voice turning into a roar even more than usual. Like other recent sets, they included some new material (really, when are we getting that new album?) and we got live staples like "Kids on the Boardwalk" and "Tibetan Pop Stars" from Get Disowned and their great 2013 single, "Sister Cities."

mewithoutYou and The Appleseed Cast's setlists below...

Continue reading "mewithoutYou celebrated the 'Catch For Us The Foxes' 10 year anniversary w/ Appleseed Cast & Hop Along (review, setlist)"

Dr. Dog @ Mann Center - 9/13/14 (via @jool_ee)
Dr. Dog

On Saturday night, Dr. Dog treated us to an all-night party at the Mann Skyline Stage sharing the spotlight with Hop Along, The Front Bottoms, and Mac DeMarco. At first glance, this line-up sounds like it might not work but as proven by the end of the night, Dr. Dog is open to many sonic adventures, so it only makes sense that in their hometown, they took a chance and exposed their fan base to some music that may go against your average tour promoter's instincts.

As soon as the gates opened, many a hoodied 20-something rushed towards the front of the stage to get a good spot for the openers. Hop Along played for only 30 minutes but they made it count. The band played favorites from their last album, the amazing Get Disowned, the Shaking Through single "Sister Cities," and played two new songs that continue their trajectory to the greatest band I've heard since Throwing Muses blew my mind in the late-80's. No matter how many times I hear "Tibetan Pop Stars," it remains to me one of the most beautiful rock songs of the 2010's. [The Key]

Pennsylvania rock shapeshifters Dr. Dog are fresh off an epic show in their home state that they played this past Saturday (9/13) at Philly's Mann Center with a seemingly weird but impressive lineup of guitar pop goofball Mac DeMarco, lyrical folk/pop punks The Front Bottoms, and Philly's own indie rock crew Hop Along. (Not to mention it was the second epic bill in a row at the Mann Center that weekend.) Anyone go? How was it?

Now that that's behind them, Dr. Dog have announced an EIGHT night run happening in NYC this January before they play My Morning Jacket's One Big Holiday in Mexico. The shows happen January 9-12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and January 14-17 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon with AmEx and artist presales starting Wednesday (9/17) at noon. That run and the MMJ show are their only announced dates at the moment.

Flyer for the NYC shows, with videos of all four artists from the Philly show, below...

Continue reading "Dr. Dog announce EIGHT NYC shows, played epic show with Mac DeMarco, Front Bottoms & Hop Along (videos)"

by Andrew Sacher

Dogs on Acid

We first became aware that members of the now-defunct Algernon Cadwallader formed the new band Dogs on Acid back in 2013 when they opened for Joyce Manor. Now we've finally gotten music from the band, whose lineup includes Peter Helmis, Joe Reinhart (also a sometimes-member of Hop Along) and Nick Tazza of Algernon, plus Nate Dionne of the now-defunct Snowing. The band put out a two-song single, "Make It Easy" / "Waiting For You To Come Home," via Ranch which you can download (name your price) at bandcamp and stream in this post. If you're looking for more of Algernon and Snowing's math rock-inflicted emo, you won't find that here. Dogs on Acid instead channel punk-fueled indie rock which is more '90s Merge than '90s Jade Tree. Check out the two songs below.

Another post-Snowing band Slow Warm Death hasn't been very active lately, but members of that band are keeping busy in The Beds and White Pisces. The Beds recently put out an EP of noisy hardcore (also on Ranch), and White Pisces' most recent album came out last year. You can stream both below. SWD aren't done for good though. They've got a Pennsylvania show coming up on September 5 with Literature.

And one list related bit, Hop Along will soon head out on tour with mewithoutYou (playing Catch for Us the Foxes in full) and The Appleseed Cast. That tour hits NYC on October 16 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.

Dogs On Acid, The Beds and White Pisces streams below...

Continue reading "Dogs on Acid (ex-Algernon Cadwallader, Snowing) released a single (stream it ++ The Beds EP stream & more related news)"

by Andrew Sacher

Hop Along @ Bowery Ballroom - 7/11/14 (via Marc Viloria)
Hop Along

Philly indie rockers Hop Along just wrapped up a run as openers on the Owls reunion tour. That tour hit NYC this past Friday (7/11) at Bowery Ballroom where, despite being openers, Hop Along had the place packed and plenty of people singing along. New stuff sounded good too. They've now been added to yet another nostalgia tour, mewithoutYou's Catch for Us the Foxes 10th anniversary tour with post rock vets The Appleseed Cast. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on October 16 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for what is now a great triple bill are still available. Updated Hop Along dates are listed below.

That Owls tour was a rare chance to see Mike Kinsella back on the drums. He'll return to NYC, but on guitar/vocals this time, when the American Football reunion tour hits Webster Hall for three sold-out shows in October, as well as for his Owen show happening the day before.

In related news, Joyce Manor, whose new album for Epitaph Never Hungover Again features Hop Along's Frances Quinlan on the cover, are streaming that album on NPR. It's 19 minutes of scrappy punk goodness, so give it a listen if you've got a few. They're celebrating that LP with an in-store on release day (7/22) at Rough Trade NYC (we're giving away tickets) and they'll be back here on their full tour in September.

All Hop Along dates are listed, with a live video, below...

Continue reading "Hop Along played w/ Owls, opening mewithoutYou 'Catch for Us the Foxes'/Appleseed Cast tour; Joyce Manor streaming LP"

by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

Eagulls @ SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Eagulls

As you may well be aware, the The Northside Festival starts this week in Brooklyn, the music portion of which runs from Thursday - Sunday (June 12 - 15). Almost every venue in Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint are participating, making for a busier-than-usual weekend of showgoing. There are a bunch of high-profile shows happening -- Thee Oh Sees, The War on Drugs, CHVRCHES, Beirut, Courtney Barnett, Sharon Van Etten to name a few -- as well as, of course, theĀ BV's official Northside Showcase which happens Friday (6/13) at Baby's All Right with Operators, the new band of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits), plus Little Big League, and Motion Studies. But we've got some other recommendations, so below are 10 relatively smaller Northside shows we think are worth checking out.

Northside Music Badges have sold out -- you can still premium badges -- but tickets are still available to most shows. And if you have a badge, know that entrance is based on capacity so if you really really want to get into a show (like Courtney Barnett which is sold out), go early or buy a ticket if available.

You can keep up to date on Northside Fest happenings via their free IOS app which offers showtimes, maps and such.

Hope to see you at our show on Friday, and around the neighbor this week. Here are our Northside picks:

Continue reading "Ten (somewhat smaller) Northside shows we're excited to see"

by Andrew Sacher

Joyce Manor in Philly in 2013 (more by Alyssa Tanchajja)
Joyce Manor

Melodic Cali punks Joyce Manor have finally gotten around to announcing the followup to their excellent 2012 album, Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired. It's called Never Hungover Again and will be their first album for new label Epitaph Records (third overall). The video for its first single, "Catalina Fight Song," was also just released (via Noisey). It's a minute+ ripper that anyone who likes past Joyce Manor songs like "If I Needed You There" and "Constant Nothing" should immediately dig into.

Check out that video, with the new album's artwork (which features a picture of Frances from Hop Along) and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Joyce Manor announce new album on Epitaph, 'Never Hungover Again' (watch the video for "Catalina Fight Song")"

Hop Along at House of Vans in 2013 (more by Maclyn Bean)
Hop Along

Brooklyn's Northside Festival is happening from June 12-15, and like last year, Pitchfork will put on two showcases, both at Saint Vitus.

The first on June 13 features Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy, Philly indie rockers Hop Along, Cleveland post-punks Pleasure Leftists, and NYC twee singer/songwriter Frankie Cosmos.

Then on June 14, it's headlined by dream folk singer Marissa Nadler, and otherwise features a heavier lineup -- though Marissa is known for her ties to the metal world -- of noise artist Pharmakon, industrial duo Youth Code, tech-death metallers Pyrrhon and sludgy local band Couch Slut.

Night 1 tickets and night 2 tickets are on sale. Flyers for both, below.

Hop Along also play NYC about a month later on their tour with Owls.

Marissa Nadler also plays a free Summerstage show.

Pyrrhon also open the Castevet show at Saint Vitus.

And there's never a lack of Frankie Cosmos shows in NYC, including Brooklyn Rod & Gun on Friday (5/9), Bowery Ballroom with Woods and Quilt, and Silent Barn with Radiator Hospital.

Flyers and a few videos below...

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American Football

We already knew that influential emo veterans American Football would be reissuing their sole LP via Polyvinyl on May 20 (pre-order), and now like related band Owls are currently doing, they will reunite to play live too! They'll play Champaign/Urbana, IL's Pygmalion Festival in September (lineup) and then will play NYC on October 11 at Webster Hall.

Tickets for the NYC show go on sale via this Ticketweb link on Friday (4/25) and there's an exclusve BrooklynVegan presale starting Thursday (4/24) at noon. Check back here Thursday morning for the presale password.

UPDATE: Password HERE.

Meanwhile, as discussed, Owls' tour with Hop Along and Glocca Morra hits NYC on July 11 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

And in more related news, we just caught American Football member Mike Kinsella with his band Their / They're / There at the BV-Chicago presented Record Store Day in-store at Saki Records in Chicago. Check out a full set of pictures at BV Chicago.

Stream a couple rarities from the forthcoming American Football reissue, plus live video from 1998, below...

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Hop Along at BK Bazaar earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Hop Along

As previously mentioned, the reunited Owls will be going on tour this year, and since we last spoke it's been announced that Philly rockers Hop Along will open the Northeast dates. That will make for some great double bills, including the NYC show happening on July 11 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show just went on sale today and are still available.

Updated dates are listed, with a video, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Paint It Black / Hop Along
Paint it Black
Hop Along

Philly hardcore greats Paint It Black hadn't played NYC in years but that finally changed over the weekend when they returned for a free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on Saturday (3/8). The crowd was clearly excited and as you'd expect, there was tons of moshing and stage diving going on. There was excellent support on the bill too, including another great Philly band, Hop Along, local skate/surf punks Night Birds, and Bad Canoes, another of Marissa Paternoster's (Screaming Females, Noun) bands, though for this one Marissa puts down the axe and just sings. Pictures of all four bands are in this post. They continue below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Hop Along / Swearin' @ Saint Vitus - 2/24/14
Hop Along
Swearin'

Hop Along, Swearin' and Great Thunder took over Saint Vitus in NYC last night (2/24) as part of a free show presented by Shiner in conjunction with Transmission in Austin, and us at BrooklynVegan. It was a great show and the second time in three days that I saw the Crutchfield sisters sharing a stage in Brooklyn.

Great Thunder, the side project of Katie Crutchfield (who currently fronts Waxahatchee) and Keith Spencer (of Swearin' and the current drummer of Waxahatchee's live band), kicked off the night with Katie and Keith trading songs, switching between acoustic guitars, electric guitars, and keyboard. Especially since both members have such active bands, Great Thunder can come off like a "just for fun" kind of project, but the songs they played last night were too strong for that. Some rivaled the best moments of the members' main bands.

Great as they were, there's no denying when Keith took the stage again for the Swearin' set that followed, the energy in the packed room drastically increased. Swearin' have put in many solid NYC appearances over the last few years, but this had to be the best I've seen them. With their great new album, Surfing Strange, which is bigger, heavier, and more collaborative than their still-great debut, Swearin' have developed into a serious live force. The interplay between co-lead singers Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride is spot on, and it increasingly diversifies the set. They've got the passionate slow(er) burners ("Movie Star"), the rockers ("Unwanted Place"), and the in between ("Dust in the Gold Sack").

Hop Along
Hop Along

The show wrapped up with the great as always Hop Along. They're finally getting around to following up 2012's excellent Get Disowned, and they used the show to try out some new material, which was sounding pretty great. The new album is definitely one to look forward to. The crowd seemed into it too, but of course it was the older stuff that really got them going. New-ish single "Sister Cities" didn't feel new-ish anymore, as it's now a live staple and most of the crowd seemed familiar, and on closing song "Tibetan Pop Stars," from just about anywhere in the room you could hear the crowd shouting along over Frances Quinlan's own voice. Really fun night, and you can check out pictures of the whole thing in this post.

Hop Along return to NYC to open for Paint It Black at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on March 8 with Night Birds and Bad Canoes (fronted by Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster). Free. Hop Along are also planning to tour with Title Fight and Waxahatchee on the west coast surrounding those two bands' appearances at Coachella. Tour flyer (with all dates) below.

Swearin's tour also hits NYC on 3/6 at Cake Shop with Cassie Ramone (tickets) and 3/7 at Rough Trade (unless they move it) with Even Hand and Certain Spiders (tickets).

More pictures and videos from Saint Vitus below...

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flyer

RSVPs quickly filled up after we first announced tonight's free Hop Along, Swearin', and Great Thunder (aka Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield and Keith Spencer of Swearin'/Waxahatchee's live band), but we've OPENED RSVP BACK UP - HERE. Hurry up before those slots are filled up, and see you tonight! UPDATE: RSVP is now closed again.

Note: RSVP admission is on a first come first served basis, subject to capacity of the venue.

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