Entries tagged with: Hot Water Music
by Andrew Sacher
Tim Kasher in Brooklyn in 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Old Point Light Records' "Fourward" series is a series of compilation albums that benefit the American Cancer Society and Johns Hopkins Myositis Center. The third installment is out now and features rare and previously-unreleased material from Cursive frontman Tim Kasher, Hot Water Music frontman Chuck Ragan, Travis Dopp of Small Brown Bike, Gordon Withers of Office of Future Plans, Dischord supergroup Alarms & Controls, ex-Indian Summer duo Ghost Trees and more.
UPDATE: As a commenter pointed out, Chuck Ragan is actually on volume two.
You can stream it on Spotify and purchase it on iTunes, and a free download of Tim Kasher's contribution, "This Again," is premiering in this post. It's a pretty stripped down song as far as Tim Kasher contributions go, but even with minimal layering his unmistakable theatricality is all over it. Check it out.
Meanwhile, Cursive are reissuing The Ugly Organ and playing with a cellist on their upcoming tour that's set to pull heavily from the Ugly Organ era. That tour hits NYC on March 10 & 11 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those shows are still available. Tim's other band The Good Life are touring too but not hitting NYC.
Stream Tim's new track and download it for free below...
by Andrew Sacher
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest went out on a high note on Sunday (11/9) after two previous days of fun fun fun. While I spent the first two days hopping from stage to stage, I spent the entire final day on the punk/metal-centric Black Stage, besides taking one brief break from the distortion to catch Angel Olsen's always-mesmerizing folk rock early on at the Orange Stage.
First up for me was Iron Reagan, the crossover thrash "supergroup" with members of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse and Darkest Hour. You couldn't have asked for a better start to the day as Iron Reagan made good on their promise to play more songs than any other band on the festival and still be off stage before they were supposed to. With only minimal breaks for banter, they ripped through songs from both of their albums and various EPs and included a cover of Cannibal Corpse's "A Skull Full of Maggots." These dudes definitely look and act the part, with no lack of '80s thrash hair swings and stage moves. They almost never smiled on stage, but if a song like "Your Kid's An Asshole" doesn't give it away, nobody was taking themselves too seriously.
After catching that Angel Olsen set, the next band on Black Stage was Deafheaven. Though you'd think the they would really be better fit for a dark room, they looked readymade for a festival set under the sun. The band's black metal/post-rock blend was tight as ever, but in daylight frontman George Clarke is even more of a sight to see. He's all about showmanship and crowd interaction and spends so much of the show reaching his hands out Nick Cave-style over the eager fans who can't wait to reach back.
Then came Hot Water Music, as much veterans of the '90s punk/emo scene as Mineral and Knapsack who played two days earlier, just with many more albums and only a two-year breakup period. They sounded awesome as always, with the highlights off their 2012 comeback album Exister sounding as great as their more classic material. Like they did at The Fest the weekend earlier, they brought out Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause to split lead vocals on "Trusty Chords" and you can check out a short clip of that below.
After Hot Water Music, the veteran punk continued on the Black Stage through the end of the festival. The next band up was New York hardcore OGs Gorilla Biscuits. I caught their set at the festival and their FFF Nites show at the very tiny Mohawk Indoor later that night. Both were great but needless to say the late show was the one to be at. It's hard to believe this band formed over 25 years ago because they were still one of the freshest sounding bands of the weekend. Civ said on stage at both shows never to lose yourself, to stand up for and believe in the same things you did when you were 16 at 20, 30, 45. If anyone can preach that at a show he can, he's living it. GB played just about every song you wanted to hear -- "High Hopes," "Big Mouth," "No Reason Why," "Degradation" and so many more favorites. The Mohawk show didn't have a mosh pit so much as the entire room was a constantly-moving swarm of bodies both on and off stage. It was the kind of show where everyone left grinning and covered in each other's sweat. And after midnight on Sunday (or Monday morning by then), it was the best possible way to wrap up the weekend.
After GB on the fest was Rocket From the Crypt, one of the many bands of John Reis (Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, etc), who made it seem like their short reunion was over before this but luckily they had more in them. RFTC were great -- their many-membered lineup, two horn players included, took the stage in their matching outfits and delivered plenty of fan faves. We got "Middle," "On A Rope," "Heart of a Rat," "Im Not Invisible," "Glazed" and plenty more from their initial 10+ year run as a band.
Following them and headlining the Black Stage for the night was Murder City Devils, who were pretty much the perfect match for RFTC given they were around at the same time for a while in the '90s/early '00s and shared an approach to blending rock n' roll and punk. One difference though is Murder City have a new album out and they played some of that but we also got plenty from their prime era like "18 Wheels," "Press Gang," "Idle Hands" and more. Whether it was an old one or a new one though, Murder City were on fire. They were incredibly tight, loud, and full of a serious amount of energy. Catching their set was my personal biggest conflict of the weekend (I had to miss Neutral Milk Hotel), but with a set like the one they played I have no regrets.
In addition to being National Metal Day, it's also Veteran's Day and in honor of that Anti-Flag's label A-F Records is premiering a stream of their new compilation, This Concerns Everyone, which will benefit the Right To Heal Campaign. That campaign "is a joint effort between The Iraq Veterans Against The War, Organization of Women's Freedom In Iraq and the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions In Iraq."
The compilation includes live and studio recordings of both covers and originals from Hot Water Music co-frontman Chris Wollard, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Saves the Day singer Chris Conley (covering Sam Cooke), Chumped singer Anika Pyle, RVIVR singer Erica Freas, Fake Problems singer Chris Farren (covering Rodriguez), War on Women members Shawna Potter & Brooks Harlan, Strike Anywhere singer Thomas Barnett, Rise Against singer Tim Mcllrath (covering Guns N Roses), Roger Harvey (covering Phil Ochs), two Anti-Flag members (one covering Pete Seeger, one covering Woody Guthrie), and more.
The compilation comes out next week (11/18) and can be pre-ordered now. Stream it in full below...
We recently mentioned that Hot Water Music co-frontman Chuck Ragan will be on tour this year, hitting NYC on December 6 at Rough Trade with Adam Faucett (tickets), and it's now been announced that he'll be in the NYC-area sooner.
Like his pals in Bouncing Souls did earlier this month, Chuck will headline New Brunswick, NJ's small Court Tavern on October 25 for another edition of Red Bull Sound Select in NJ. Making the bill doubly great, The Get Up Kids frontman Matt Pryor is playing too, and it will be opened by Jared Hart (his band The Scandals opened the Souls' show) and Cory Branan (who also plays Mercury Lounge on Wednesday [10/1]). Like most RBSS shows, admission is $3 with RSVP or $10 without.
A few days after that show, Chuck and the whole Hot Water Music crew will head back home to Gainesville for The Fest. His updated list of dates and Court Tavern show flyer, below...
Hot Water Music co-frontman Chuck Ragan is going on another solo tour this year, including a December Northeast run with his backing back The Camaraderie, which includes Lucero and Social Distortion members. That tour hits NYC on December 6 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show go on sale today (8/22) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Both Chuck solo and Hot Water Music play The Fest, and after that HWM will go on their 20th anniversary tour, hitting Fun Fun Fun Fest and other dates, but unfortunately not NYC. All HWM dates are listed below too.
Social Distortion are also touring, playing two NYC-area shows around their Riot Fests appearances. And Lucero just announced a special tour which includes 3-night stands in various cities with both acoustic and full-band sets. The NYC shows, happening at Bowery Ballroom from Nov. 3-5, go on sale today at noon.
We were just saying Jade Tree Records is back (though they say don't call it a comeback). The label has now uploaded their entire catalog to bandcamp with full streams of all the albums and downloads available for $5 or less.
That means if your iTunes is missing say, The Promise Ring's Nothing Feels Good, Lifetime's Jersey's Best Dancers, Jets to Brazil's Orange Rhyming Dictionary, Pedro the Lion's Control, Cap'n Jazz's Analphabetapolothology, Owls' self-titled, Fucked Up's Hidden World, Joan of Arc's How Memory Works, Avail's 4AM Friday, New End Original's Thriller, Paint It Black's Paradise, Kid Dynamite's self-titled, or Young Widows' Settle Down City, you can now easily remedy that. Plus there's tons more, including new releases like the upcoming Dark Blue single.
In related news, Owls are touring and hitting NYC on July 11 at Bowery Ballroom with Hop Along and Glocca Morra (tickets). And you can hear Pedro the Lion frontman David Bazan reworking some of that band's material on his new album and tour with the Passenger String Quartet.
Check out their bandcamp here and stream a few of the classics below...
The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....
Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.
This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.
Ditto for emo vets Mineral
So much more greatness listed below....
by Andrew Sacher
Chuck Ragan & The Camaraderie
Hot Water Music co-frontman Chuck Ragan will release his fourth solo album, Til Midnight, on March 25 via SideOneDummy. Like most of his solo material, it sees Chuck pulling more from folk than punk, though its first single, "Something May Catch Fire," is one of his more layered solo cuts, complete with rollicking drums and a busy fiddle line. That track just premiered over at The A.V. Club, and you can listen below.
Chuck also announced a tour with The White Buffalo and Johnny Two Bags, which comes to NYC for a show on April 18 at Irving Plaza. For the tour, he'll be joined by his backing band The Camaraderie, which features Todd Beene of Lucero, David Hidalgo Jr of Social Distortion, and others. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/21) at 10 AM with Live Nation and Music Geeks presales starting Wednesday (2/19) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
Brooklyn post-hardcore "supergroup" UnWed (mems. of Hot Water Music, Primitive Weapons, Small Brown Bike) formed not long ago, played their first show at Saint Vitus in December, and announced that they'd put out their debut single on No Idea in early 2014. That single came out this week (1/7) and features "Made Of" on the a-side with "Pope" on the flip. Both tracks can be streamed below.
UnWed have also announced that they'll return to Saint Vitus on January 23 for another show there. They'll be joined by some other strong local acts, including Jersey punks Banquets and Ramones-inspired Nuclear Santa Claust. Pagan Girls are on the bill too, and tickets are on sale now.
Flyer for the show, along with those song streams, below...
by Doug Moore
When a bunch of people who've been in other notable bands form a new band together, are we obligated to call them a "supergroup"? That word has some ugly connotations (and looks kinda dumb on the page), but it's also the most efficient stand-in term when dudes from band A get together with dudes from band B and their buddy from band C to form band D, so we're more or less stuck with it. Life is hard, friends.
So if you can stomach "supergroup" (the word) and supergroups in practice, we've got an interesting one here: Brooklyn's UnWed. This band features bassist Jason Black of Hot Water Music, vocalist/former HWM tour manager Neltie Penman, Primitive Weapons (and Instruction, Errortype:11, Gay for Johnny Depp, etc.) guitarist/vocalist Arty Shepherd, drummer Jeff Gensterblum (ex-Small Brown Bike), and guitarist Matt Kane.
To hear UnWed tell it, they sound like "Good '90s rock...Hum, Deftones, that kind of stuff; a little of Queens Of The Stone Age vibe going on, too." You can (kinda) judge for yourself with the teaser video posted below, which is their first publicly available music. The recordings it samples come from a 2-song EP that they'll be putting out via No Idea early next year. If you don't wanna wait, they'll evidently have a very limited run of 7" versions available at their first show, which will be at Saint Vitus Bar on December 8 (12/8), along with NJ's Gates, Baltimore's Have Mercy, and fellow post-SBB project States & Kingdoms. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Stream that UnWed teaser vid below...
Hot Water Music at MHOW in January (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Hot Water Music will be playing a short run of Northeast holiday shows in December, bringing Torche and O'Brother along for the ride. Those dates include NYC at Webster Hall on December 14. They'll also be playing the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on December 12. Tickets for both those shows go on sale Friday (10/18) at noon, with a band presale starting Tuesday (10/15) at 10 AM. There is also an AmEx presale for the Webster Hall show starting Wednesday (10/16) at noon.
Drummer George Rebelo will be staying busy that month, as he'll also be playing with Bouncing Souls for their run of holiday shows at Asbury Park's The Stone Pony.
All Hot Water Music tour dates are listed, along with the poster for the shows, below.
George Rebelo w/ Bouncing Souls @ Asbury Lanes (via @j_cro)
Like they said they would, NJ punks The Bouncing Souls revealed their new drummer at an intimate Asbury Lanes show last night (9/26), and the new member turned out to be Hot Water Music drummer George Rebelo (who was also briefly in Against Me!). That's him pictured above from the show last night, and there's a few more pics (including one of their setlist) below.
The Bouncing Souls play East Coast Tsunami Fest in Reading, PA tonight (9/27), and on Monday (9/30) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, they'll headline our BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon and two punky Brooklyn openers: Aye Nako and Nude Beach. Doors for the MHOW show open at 6:30 PM and the music starts at 8. Like all RBSS shows, admission is $3 at the door. First come, first served.
Updated MHOW flyer and more pictures from Asbury Lanes below...
Cheap Girls at Knitting Factory - 5/17/13 (via heidi comes to life)
As mentioned, The Draft (aka all of Hot Water Music except Chuck Ragan) are going on their first tour in forever this year, which hits NYC on July 19 at Saint Vitus. Since we last spoke, power pop rockers Cheap Girls, whose ongoing tour hit Knitting Factory in Brooklyn earlier this month, were added to most dates on the tour, including the NYC show. Luther were added to those dates as well. Tickets for the Saint Vitus show are still available.
As mentioned, the full Hot Water Music lineup has a lone US show scheduled this year, taking place on June 22 at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ with Social Distortion, Dave Hause, and Cheap Time (not Cheap Girls). Tickets for that show are still available. The rest of that lineup, sans-Hot Water Music, play a Brooklyn show at Warsaw (6/23) the next day (tickets).
Updated dates are listed, along with some videos/streams and the tour flyer, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Hot Water Music at MHOW in January (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Hot Water Music have been reunited since 2008, which so far has resulted in some still-killer shows and a new album, 2012's Exister. Their only currently scheduled North American date is a previously discussed show in Asbury Park, NJ at the Stone Pony Summer Stage on June 22 with Social Distortion, Cheap Time, and Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause. Tickets for that show are still available. It's one day before the rest of that lineup plays Warsaw in Brooklyn (tickets).
Meanwhile, while HWM were on hiatus, Chuck Ragan focused on his solo career and the rest of the band formed The Draft, whose existence resulted in 2006's In A Million Pieces LP, and a self titled digital EP and single in 2007. That band is taking their show back on the road this summer for a quick run in July which hits NYC on July 19 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but you can check Ticketfly for updates.
In A Million Pieces is on Spotify and if you're not familiar with it, it should appeal to anyone who liked the Chris Wollard-sung songs in Hot Water Music. You can also stream three of its tracks, along with a list of all dates (including Gainesville's The Fest 12 in October), below.
Social Distortion at MSG in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Long running SoCal punks Social Distortion are on an extensive tour this year which hits Coachella this weekend, and they've recently expanded it to include a summer leg with Dave Hause (of The Loved Ones) and garage punks Cheap Time (who are still touring behind 2012's Wallpaper Music). That tour hits the NYC area for shows in Brooklyn on June 23 at Warsaw and the day before (6/22) in Asbury Park, NJ at the Stone Pony Summer Stage, and that one also features Hot Water Music on the bill. Tickets for the Warsaw show and the Asbury Park show are on sale now.
All dates are listed below...
photos by Jonathan McPhail, words by Andrew Sacher
Hot Water Music at MHOW - 1/24/13
Hot Water Music took their tour with La Dispute and The Menzingers through Brooklyn last night (1/24) for a sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, their first headlining date in NYC since the release of 2012's comeback album, Exister. Being that it was a sold out show for a long-running band like Hot Water Music, I was pleasantly surprised that the (much newer) openers got great feedback from the crowd too, with people singing along, moshing, and crowd surfing to all three bands.
About three seconds into The Menzingers' opening set, they had a false start on their first song, "Good Things," but the crowd had already yelled along, "I've been having a horrible time!" before the band realized they were out of tune and had to restart. From that moment on, the crowd anticipation never died and the band looked genuinely happy (and a little surprised) at how many people knew their songs. Their set drew mainly from 2012's On the Impossible Past and 2010's Chamberlain Waits with songs like "Gates," "The Obituaries," "Deep Sleep," and more. They were a perfect fit to open for Hot Water Music, hearkening back in more ways than one to the glory days of pop punk, before the genre was totally wrecked on MTV. The band jumped around on stage, were smiling for most of it, and members who weren't singing were yelling the words at the crowd in a way that was soaked in genuine nostalgia and certainly didn't feel like something you'd see in Brooklyn. But that said, the band said multiple times how happy they were to be back in Brooklyn and dedicated their last song, "I Was Born," to anyone who had ever seen them at 538 Johnson.
They were followed by La Dispute, whose poetic post-hardcore fit in less with the other two bands, but were still totally into it the whole time and so was the crowd. They mainly played songs off of 2011's Wildlife like "A Departure," "Harder Harmonies," and the Radiohead-esque "Safer in the Forest/Love Song for Poor Michigan." It was a solid set throughout, but the crowd really went wild for the stuff off their debut, Somewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between Vega And Altair, like "Said The King To The River," which opened up the floor as all the kids rushed to the stage to scream along. But as with most of their post-Wildlife tours, the highlight of the set came during the closing song, the life-questioning story of "King Park." It's the kind of song that's more powerful to just listen to than try to sing along, but of course the whole front half of the crowd joined in on the song's closing lament, "Can I still get into heaven if i kill myself?"
Then Hot Water Music finally took the stage, kicking right off with "Remedy," and continuing to rip through a great career spanning set. I'd never gotten the chance to see Hot Water Music back in their prime, but last night's show was as genuine and high-spirited as I could have asked for. They don't at all come off like a band cashing in on their success of yesteryear with a reunion, and the urgency with which they played songs off of their comeback album, Exister, is a great signifier of that. The band thrashed around on stage and are still totally in top form (especially the insanely talented bassist, Jason Black). In addition to the newer material, their was no shortage of old favorites either. We were treated to other Caution tracks like "Trusty Chords" and "Wayfarer" and the band dug deeper into their late '90s period for classic cuts like "Freightliner," "Rooftops," and "Manual." Obviously most of the songs are in the 2-3 minute range, but it still felt like their 19-song flew by and I think it's safe to say almost everyone was wanting more.
HWM member Chuck Ragan will return to NYC in March on his Revival Tour, which features a revolving lineup of acoustic musicians.
More pictures from the show (unfortunately none of the openers), some videos, and Hot Water Music's setlist below...
The Revival Tour enters its sixth year in 2013, featuring a revolving lineup of musicians including festival mastermind Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Dave Hause (The Loved Ones), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Jenny O., Rocky Votolato, Jenny Owen Youngs, and more TBA. Says the press release:
Loosely structured in the form of old-fashioned folk musician get-togethers, The Revival Tour is an ensemble collective in which the participating musicians collaborate and jam, frequently creating unique and inspired once-in-a-lifetime moments of brilliance - often multiple times in a single night. "Being a part of The Revival Tour last year in Europe was definitely one of the best tour experiences I've ever had," says Votolato. "It reminded me of why I got into playing music in the first place. The spirit of collaboration, humility, and camaraderie keeps the shows feeling real and immediate every night. Chuck Ragan's work ethic and passion for what he's doing are inspiring and I'm honored to have the chance to share the stage with him again on this upcoming run of shows!"The tour includes a pair of NYC stops with the same lineup of Dave Hause, Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato and Jenny Owen Youngs at Irving Plaza on March 28 and The Bell House on March 30. Tickets are currently on fan presale, while regular ticketing for Irving Plaza begins on January 24th at 10AM. Ticketing info for Bell House is still forthcoming.
All tour dates are listed below, along with live video of Chuck Ragan.
by Andrew Sacher
Hot Water Music
Post-hardcore/punk mainstays Hot Water Music have been revealing some dates they'll play this January, which will likely be part of a full tour. (UPDATE: full tour dates below.) Those dates include a NYC show which happens on January 24 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. That show, and others on the tour, will have some pretty solid support from La Dispute and The Menzingers, both of who have toured with HWM in the past. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/2) at noon.
The Menzingers at Riot Fest Brooklyn 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
It's no secret that I think La Dispute are one of the best young post-hardcore bands out there, and if you're headed to the show it's worth getting there early to catch their classic rock riffage meets early-mewithoutYou poetry. But I have to admit, I had been a little iffy on Philly's The Menzingers in the past, but more recent listens to their 2012 LP, On The Impossible Past have finally won me over. The band play a similar kind of post-Bouncing Souls (who they've toured with) punk to The Gaslight Anthem, Titus Andronicus, and (more lyrically than musically) The Hold Steady. The opener on Impossible Past, "Good Things," starts soft and kicks into anthemic punk rage in a manner Patrick Stickles would be fond of, if it's not a bit more simplistic than he may have handled it. And with lyrics like "Gettin drunk around back of the Lion's Club/waiting for the shitty bands to finish up/and some kids played hacky sack while the others just got high" on "Gates," it's hard not to think of a young Craig Finn. You can stream some of the tracks off On The Impossible Past below.
The Menzingers will also be in NYC to open for Taking Back Sunday at their first of two sold out shows at Terminal 5 (11/23), where TBS will be playing Tell All Your Friends in full.
Those Menzingers song streams and a list of all tour dates are below.
Descendents at Saint Vitus - 9/8/12 (via Jesse Mack Johnson)
Screaming Females at Riot Fest Brooklyn - 9/8/12 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Riot Fest Brooklyn went down in Williamsburg Park yesterday (9/8) with sets from Screaming Females, The Bronx, The Menzingers, and Larry And HIs Flask. Unfortunately, due to the storm that NYC got hit with yesterday, was shut down before Hot Water Music's set, which meant that Descendents and Gogol Bordello didn't get to play either. Refunds on tickets are available at point of purchase and Riot Fest Brooklyn tickets will also be honored at no extra cost for Chicago's Riot Fest, which goes down this coming weekend. Some pictures from the Brooklyn show are up on BV Chicago with more coming soon for regular BV.
After the show was cancelled, similarly to Refused and OFF!, who got shut down due to weather at the same venue earlier this summer, Descendents and Hot Water Music took the show over to a smaller Brooklyn venue. At 8 PM, the two bands took over Saint Vitus for a free show and needless to say it was a packed, sweaty show, with the crowd moshing, crowd surfing, and going nuts. Videos of the Descendents ripping through "Everything Sucks," "Coffee Mug," "I'm Not A Loser," "Thank You," "I'm the One" and others, plus videos of Hot Water Music doing "Trusty Chords," "State of Grace," and a cover of the Bouncing Souls' "True Believers" at the show are below.
by Bill Pearis
Cymbals Eat Guitars at MHOW, July 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
As we've mentioned before, Bob Mould is playing a free show tonight (9/7) at Williamsburg Park where he'll be perfoming Sugar's 1992 debut, Copper Blue, in its entirety front-to-back, as well as a set that spans his career from Husker Du to his terrific new solo album, The Silver Age. What hasn't been publicized so much is that Staten Island indie rock lovers Cymbals Eat Guitars will be opening the show (and not Howler as originally advertised). Doors are at 5:30 PM, CEG are on at 6:30 PM with Bob on around 7:45 PM.
Cymbals Eat Guitars will also open for Bob on upcoming dates in Boston (9/10) and Philadelphia (9/11). If you haven't checked out their most recent album, Lenses Alien, it's quite good and you can stream it via Spotify and watch their video of "Definite Darkness" below.
In other Williamsburg Park news, Saturday is Riot Fest Brooklyn with Gogol Bordello, Descendents, Hot Water Music, The Bronx, Screaming Females, The Menzingers and Larry & His Flask all performing. Doors are at 3 PM and music goes all day and tickets are still available.
Also coming up is a free Jayhawks show at Williamsburg Park on Saturday, September 15 with openers Nicole Atkins and Chris Lee. Doors are 5:30 PM for that one.
Cymbals Eat Guitars video is below.
Field Report at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tonight (7/17) is the first show for new Brooklyn venue Williamsburg Park featuring Counting Crows, We Are Augustines, Field Report, and Kasey Anderson & the Honkies. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. Maybe this isn't the most exciting start for the venue, but there are a lot of cool shows coming up, including Refused with Off! on Wednesday (7/18), a big outdoor edition of Eugene Mirman's "Pretty Good Friends" with "special guests" and OK GO on Thursday (7/19), Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Antibalas on August 18 (FREE), Bob Mould playing Sugar's first two albums on September 7 (FREE), David Byrne & St. Vincent on September 29, Animal Collective on October 5 and more. All upcoming Williamsburg Park shows are listed below.
If you're a fan of Field Report (aka former Justin Vernon cohort Chris Porterfield) but would like to see him in a more intimate setting, he's also playing an early show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/21). Tickets are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter are below.
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.
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We mentioned it in our Bouncing Souls post but, as a bigger reminder, tickets are now on presale for the previously discussed Riot Fest show featuring Descendents, Hot Water Music, Gogol Bordello, The Bronx, Screaming Females, The Menzingers, and Larry and His Flask at Williamsburg Park on September 8th. The password is "RIOT".
Descendents at Roseland Ballroom, Sept. 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
It began in Chicago, expanded to Philadelphia last year, and Brooklyn, Toronto and Dallas will get a Riot Fest of its own. The Brooklyn one happens September 8 at Williamsburg Park, yet another big show for the new outdoor venue. The lineup includes Descendents (!!), Hot Water Music, Gogol Bordello,The Bronx, Screaming Females, The Menzingers, and Larry and His Flask. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 15 at noon with a presale starting Thursday (6/14) at 10AM (pw: RIOT). Flyer for Riot Fest Brooklyn is below.
The Desecendents playing is of course the biggest news, as their only other NYC reuinon show so far was at Roseland last September. As for the rest of the line-up, it's nice to see Screaming Females will be back in action after canceling dates recently; Hot Water Music just released their first album in eight years (see pics from their Bamboozle performance); and check out Gogol Bordello pics from their recent show at Wellmont. and pics from The Bronx's Bell House show with Off!
As for the other just-announced Riot Fests, Toronto happens September 9 and features Decendents, NOFX, Fucked Up, Hot Water Music, Less Than Jake, Andrew W.K., The Lawrence Arms, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck, Organ Thieves and Junior Battles.
The Dallas Riot Fest is September 22 with Rise Against, Descendents, NOFX, The Gaslight Anthem, Less Than Jake, Andrew W.K., The Sword, Municipal Waste, Teenage Bottlerocket, Off With Their Heads, Messengers, The News Can Wait, Fever Dreamer, Mouth Of The South, The American Heist, Venomus Mansions and Not In The Face.
There's also the previously announced Chicago Riot Fest which happens September 14 - 16 with Rise Against, Iggy & the Stooges, The Offspring, Elvis Costello, A Day To Remember, Coheed and Cambria, Gogol Bordello, Descendents, Dropkick Murphys, NOFX, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Gaslight Anthem, Alkaline Trio, Slapstick, Awolnation, The Promise Ring, Chiodos, GWAR, August Burns Red, Frank Turner, Built To Spill, Reverend Horton Heat, Fishbone, No Bunny, A Wilhelm Scream, Screaming Females, Teenage Bottlerocket, Off With Their Heads, Sister Crayon, Deals Gone Bad, White Mystery, Larry and His Flask, The Story So Far, and Japanther.
And the Philly Riot Fest is July 19 with The Promise Ring, August Burns Red, Boy Sets Fire, Gameface, Hirs, Refused, Off!, and more.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin & Stephanie Pearl
Bamboozle Day 2 was another mix of every style possible, from the big rock action to underground hip hop, different definitions of emo, and lots more. Check out pictures of pre-helicoptered Foo Fighters, Hot Water Music, A$AP Rocky, Action Bronson, Iggy Azalea, The Promise Ring and more below. All pics are by Dana (distortion) Yavin except those of Hot Water Music and Promise Ring, which are by Stephanie Pearl.
Pics of day 1 are HERE. Day 3 pics coming soon. Check out more from day 2 below...