Entries tagged with: House of Vans
Greenpoint venue House of Vans is throwing a free "unprecedented one-day art collaboration" this Saturday (1/16). Here's the details:
On January 16 2016, House of Vans Brooklyn hosts "Metamorphosis," an unprecedented one-day art collaboration. Artists Hisham Akira Bharoocha and Santtu Mustonen have partnered to create an immersive, large-scale floating tunnel featuring kinetic light animations playing with a variety of interactive elements including space, light, dance and music.It's all ages with free drinks available for the 21+ crowd. Doors are at 5 PM. You have to RSVP to get in, but entry is first come, first served.
A full line-up of counter-culture musicians and dancers, curated by Hisham Akira Bharoocha including Brian DeGraw, Venus X, DJ Tameil, MikeQ (featuring Qween Beat with MC Ash B and dancers Leggo Labeija, Kia Labeija, quest?onmarc, Shea Boogie), IIII, Tygapaw, Dutch E Germ and Soft Circle will help bring the installation to life.
Join us for this one day event and experience the 40-foot floating structure creating a tunnel with light sensor technology and projection mapping. The interactive animations, designed in collaboration with Dave Rife and Gabe Liberti of Dave and Gabe, take inspiration from metamorphosis in nature: the changing light of the day, the idea of a mutation, and ever-evolving human beliefs and progress - morphing as musicians and guests trigger the effects with Sunhouse Sensory Percussion. A 3D photobooth by A-1 Array will allow you to be a part of the experience. In proper Vans fashion, beverages provided by Goose Island and food will be available.
Watch one of Qween Beat's vogue dancing videos below...
We knew Flipper would be playing some shows this year, with The Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid's David Yow taking over for Bruce Loose on lead vocals. They already played a San Francisco show earlier this month, which you can watch a video of below, and they have a few more October shows coming up.
One is in NYC on Halloween at House of Vans and it's totally FREE. Support comes from Big Business, Shannon Cornett (of LA's fulltimepunx), and Zane Landreth (of Mount Analog) are on DJ duty, and there will be Visual Conjuring by Dennis McNett. With his visuals, "the venue will embody a world of fantasy and spectacle, brought to life by ethereal visual art concepts, exploits from mythological creatures and wild musical performances." Plus there will be a costume contest with prizes from Fender, Vans, Death Traitors, Greenpoint Tattoo and Deluxe. And surprise guests are promised too.
RSVP is open, but entry is on a first come, first served basis.
That recent live video, and Flipper's list of upcoming dates, below...
photos by Jonathan Mehring; words by Bill Pearis
Television / Viet Cong / Lower Dens @ House of Vans 10/8/2015
Though they haven't had a regular schedule as in years past, House of Vans has been throwing sporadic shows since the spring, the latest of which was on Thursday (10/8) with iconic NYC band Television, Candian group Viet Cong and Baltimore's Lower Dens. Television's hour-long set only featured four songs, including a 20-minute workout of "Persia." Viet Cong are in bit of a weird situation right now, still playing shows under their old name despite having announced that they're changing it to something still TBD (they've got a West Coast tour booked as well), but didn't seem too bothered by it on stage. If there was any dissent from the crowd, I didn't hear it. They were good. And, despite HoV's boomy sound, this was the best I've seen Lower Dens. Jana Hunter is coming into her own as a frontperson, loosening up a little and even cracked a few jokes.
Lots of folks were just there to hang out and enjoy the free beverages, staying mainly in the large carnival-esque backyard. More pictures from Thursday's show are below.
Related: onetime Television guitarist Richard Lloyd will be play Bowery Electric on October 30.
photo: Television at Rough Trade in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
NYC punk legends Television are playing a few Northeast shows this fall, including a free one in NYC with a great lineup. It happens October 8 at House of Vans with the band still called Viet Cong (who did not win the Polaris Prize) and dream pop group Lower Dens. Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy is DJing. RSVP is open now, but like with most HoV shows, entry is still first come first served.
In related news, original (but now former) Television guitarist Richard Lloyd is also touring this fall.
Show flyer and all tour dates below...
photo: Joey Bada$$ in Central Park in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ghostface Killah has had quite the busy year. He has collaborative albums out with Adrian Younge and BADBADNOTGOOD and recently wrapped up a tour with Raekwon in support of the 20th anniversary of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Now he's teaming up with another fellow Wu-Tang member, GZA, for a free collaborative show in NYC on September 3 at House of Vans. Making it a very good double bill, Joey Bada$$ will open. RSVP is open now. Flyer below.
For Joey, that's the first date of a lengthy tour that hits Connecticut, Philly, Australia, the UK and more. All dates are listed below...
photos by Laura June Kirsch
JC + Voidz @ House of Vans 8/13/2015
For those concerned, everyone is fine! We are healthy and very stoked about all things Voidzian. the vibe and brotherhood are stronger than ever, it really boils down to budget bullsh*t. Very similar to Australian run. In short, we wanted the tour it to be something special, and stand out compared to a run-of-the-mill tour, but several large pieces just didn't pan out. We have endless love for all our sisters and brothers that were planning on coming to the shows, and deeply apologize for any and all inconvenience. We will try hard to make it up to you our next time throughThe only dates currently still on JC + Voidz schedule are a couple festivals: Victoria, BC's Rifflandia Festival in September, and the 2015 Beach Goth fest in Santa Ana, CA in October.
One show the Voidz didn't cancel was last week's free show at Brooklyn's House of Vans with California's Cherry Glazerr (and free beer). Pictures from that show continue below...
by Bill Pearis
Radioactivity @ House of Vans photo via @mikeyerg
Texas rippers Radioactivity were in town over Memorial Day Weekend, playing House of Vans' "Almost Summer" series on Saturday (5/23) with Parquet Courts and Pill. It probably felt like summer was already here in House of Vans which can be a real a hotbox. Did you go?
The band, whose new album Silent Kill will be out June 30 on Dirtnap, have just announced another NYC show, playing Baby's All Right on July 30. Presented by Noisey, the show also has San Francisco's Flesh World and Honey Radar, making for a stacked bill.. Tickets are on sale now. Updated Radioactivity tour dates are listed, along with a song stream from the new LP, below.
If you're unfamiliar, Indiana's Honey Radar make sludgy, overdriven pop as can be heard on their excellent new EP, The Rabbit's Voice. If you dug Sic Alps or '90s-era Slumberland Records bands, you should definitely give it a listen -- it's streaming below. That Baby's show is the only date for Honey Radar at the moment.
Flesh World, which features members of Brilliant Colors and Limp Wrist, will play again a couple nights after the Baby's show, opening for Total Control at Music Hall of Williamsburg (8/1) with Lust For Youth and Sannhet on the bill as well. Tickets are still available. Updated tour dates for Flesh World are listed, plus a song from their forthcoming debut LP, below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The Julie Ruin at House of Vans - 5/9/15
The series of free 'Almost Summer' shows at House of Vans kicked off over the weekend with Kathleen Hanna's current band The Julie Ruin. It was their first NYC show since MHOW in 2013, following last year's cancelled run of dates due to Kathleen's illness. Opening the show was Bleached, who included back to back covers of Misfits and The Damned, and Youth Code were on DJ duty.
The House of Vans series continues on May 23 with Parquet Courts, Radioactivity and Pill. More pictures of this past Saturday's show, below...
In the spirit of it being Almost Summer, New Yorkers can now add stopping by House Of Vans Brooklyn to their yearly ritual of dusting off their front stoop and trading in their winter boots for a fresh pair of all-white Vans for a free all-ages music series taking over House of Vans on three Saturdays this spring.Greenpoint, Brooklyn's House of Vans (25 Franklin St) throws annual free summer shows, and this year they're introducing free Almost Summer (or as some people call it, "spring") shows too. The series kicks off on May 9 with Kathleen Hanna's current band The Julie Ruin, as well as garage pop band Bleached and Youth Code on DJ duties.
Then on May 23, indie rockers Parquet Courts headline with support from the Marked Men-related Radioactivity, sax-fueled punks Pill, and The Blackouts DJing.
And on June 13, rapper Pusha T headlines with a "top secret" opener and DJ Envy.
RSVP is open now for the Julie Ruin show. Stay tuned for RSVP links for the other two.
Danny Brown at Pitchfork 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Danny Brown has a few dates coming up, including three appearances in NYC this week. One is the previously announced show at Sonos Studio on Thursday (10/2) which RSVP is now closed for. Later that night, Danny will appear at Just Blaze's weekly House Party at Webster Hall at 10 PM. Tickets for that party are available. Then on Friday (10/3) he plays a free show at House of Vans. To get into that, you have to RSVP to RSVP@pacsun.com which closes today (10/1). It was still open as of two hours ago.
All DB dates are listed below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Future Islands was so good last night. Incredible energy and so much booty shaking. The man has soul." - Jett Wells
"Probably written more words on this band than any other over the years, but let's say it again: Future Islands are something special." - @cmgzine
"Omar Souleyman and his serious live clapping giving me everything" - Carrie Wilds
Long-running, but more popular than ever, Baltimore's dancing synth-pop act Future Islands came to NYC last night (8/7) for a free show at the House of Vans. The bill was filled out by a trio of excellent pop-minded acts: Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, Dan Boeckner's (Wolf Parade, Divine Fits) new act Operators and local indie pop act Mas Ysa. Not surprisingly, the show was already near capacity by the time the first opener went on around 7pm. Those who RSVP'd but didn't get there early enough were being turned away all night.
Omar is a great opener for Future Islands because Omar doesn't do much. It's hard to tell if the deadpan thing is his shtick, if he's just phoning it in, or if he's just reacting to a crowd full of non-dancers. He walks around the stage in sunglasses, sometimes staring at the not-dancing crowd as he croons. His signature moves are moving his outreached arms up and down and clapping to get the crowd energized and moving. Backed only by a keyboard player and/or track, his music is booming, loud and sounds great. And It would be a great dance party if people danced, or maybe if Omar did.
Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring on the other hand is a dancing machine, a living meme, a sex machine. Smiling, chatting, crooning and dancing while backed by a very able and seasoned band. The crowd goes nuts and rightfully so (even with the muddy, poorly-mixed sound in the House of Vans warehouse that kind of ruined it for me, as I stood towards the back). The large, enthusiastic crowd, drunk on free Shiner beer, cheered before and after every song, and even more when Sam showed off his special moves, and even more when hit single "Seasons" came up in the Singles-heavy set list.
House of Vans is a spacious, corporate-funded, skate park and event venue in warehouse located in the heart of hip Greenpoint/Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Future Islands know the neighborhood well, or at least certain places in the neighborhood like the small, long-running DIY venue called Death By Audio that they've played many times, and that Sam gave a shoutout to from the stage (It was hard to understand but he said, but it was something about going there the night before because it's the only place he knows).
For Operators, it was their 2nd-ever NYC show. Their first was the BrooklynVegan Northside showcase. House of Vans ended up being the first show of a Future Islands and Operators tour together. They'll hit Millvale, PA tonight. Check out all the dates for that tour, as well as the rest of the pictures from last night's House of Vans show, an Instagram video featuring some of his moves, and a stream of Vince Clarke's new remix of "Doves", below...
Gorilla Biscuits / Bouncing Souls / Turnstile @ HoV 7/10/2014
On Thursday (7/10), The House of Vans became the foggiest and most humid locale on earth as they welcomed the Gorilla Biscuits, the Bouncing Souls, and Turnstile to their fourth free bash of the 2014 summer season. The show was very free and the RSVP list was so overbooked that the line to get in stretched from the venue to somewhere in Staten Island, leaving scores of people to be turned away at the door. It blows my mind that in this city and in this day and age I was able to see two of the most legendary hardcore/post-punk bands and double fist decent beer the entire time without ever opening my wallet (except to tip, of course). But that's what House of Vans does, and for that I am forever grateful.
I haven't been to a House of Vans show since the very first summer they started doing them, so I couldn't remember how soon the bands started playing after their 7:00pm doors. Therefore, by the time I got checked in, into the venue, and acquired my first coupla beers, the opener Turnstile had already finished their set. Did you see them? How were they? Pictures of their set -- and all the bands (our photographer was on time) -- are in this post.
The Bouncing Souls, who are currently celebrating their 25th anniversary, took the stage next at about 8:30 PM, and by this point the room was absolutely cram-packed and a sweltering, hot, foggy, humid mess. I've been into the Bouncing Souls since about 1995 but they are one of those bands whose albums I never really listen to in my spare time because it's nothing compared to the live show. I know that sounds stupid, but whatever. They tore through what felt like a somewhat extended setlist that had the crowd in a frenzy. Almost everyone in the room knew the words to all the songs so there was plenty of crowd participation, fist-pumping, and bro-y fellowship. Pits these days are simply pedestrian compared to how they used to be, but last night things definitely got a little bonkers throughout the Souls' set which was pretty awesome. Good to see people still have it in them to pummel the shit out of each other now and then in the name of hardcore.
Many, many, many, many beers and about an additional 20 degrees later, it was time for my main reason for being there: NYHC legends the Gorilla Biscuits. I got into the Biscuits in about 1993, but by that point they had since disbanded. My first attempt to see them live was when CBGB was about to close its doors for good. I waited in line for several hours, got completely drenched during what felt like a passing hurricane, yet never ended up getting into the show. I FINALLY had my chance to see them when they played BB Kings on September 2, 2006 and that show was so insane and kicked so much ass that I almost threw up. So last night was only my second time seeing them, and holy shitballs did they deliver. Their discography isn't that huge, so it's safe to say that they practically played everything last night (setlist below). "High Hopes," "No Reason Why," "Hold Your Ground," and "Start Today" were among the gems they unleashed on us. They even played a blistering rendition of "Do Something" which is from frontman Civ's other band Civ. A highlight of the evening for many people (except for me because shit like this doesn't really impress me) was when the Biscuits were joined by Judge frontman Mike Judge for a fantastic rendition of "New York Crew" (videos of that are below). Sick of it All front man Lou Koeller was seen watching the show from the audience and I hoped he'd hop up there for a song as well, but that didn't happen. The Gorilla Biscuits sounded absolutely incredible and I really think the world would be a better place if they took the time to tour a little more often. It really is a sight to behold.
And another takeaway from the evening is that, quite simply, Walter Schreifels is the man. I am speaking very generally here, but a lot of these old school hardcore guys never outgrew their safety-in-numbers, goonish, thuggish, and macho "crew" tough-guy ape mentality. And as they get older, it just looks so pathetic to me. After the Biscuits, Walter went on to amass a really eclectic CV of musical projects; from the post-hardcore icons Quicksand, to the more Brit-rock influenced Walking Concert, to his solo works, to post-hardcore outfit Rival Schools... the dude grew up, branched out. To see him step back into his hardcore roots, with his long hair and his lack of (visible) tattoos, and absolutely own it... that rules man.
More pictures from last night's mayhem, plus video and Gorilla Biscuits' setlist, below...
Future Islands in Austin (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Tonight (7/10) at House of Vans its Gorilla Biscuits, Bouncing Souls, and Turnstile. RSVP is closed and if you did RSVP, entry is first come, first served.
photos by Chris La Putt
Black Lips / Night Beats / Night Birds @ House of Vans 7/3/2014
Then the Black Lips erupted into a frenetic, hour-long set spanning its decade-plus-long career of love letters to early garage rock, amplified and exquisitely distorted for the Coachella generation, highlighted by cuts off its latest LP, Underneath the Rainbow. The show was among the band's first with guitarist Jack Hines in more than a decade, as he rejoined the band in the last week upon the recent departure of Ian St. Pé. Hines helped lay down rhythms for the band's vocal trip, bassist Jared Swilley, guitarist Cole Alexander and drummer Joe Bradley, who ping-ponged off each other with ease. - [The Waster]It was an especially hot n' sweaty night at House of Vans on Thursday (7/3) with Atlanta's Black Lips headlining a garage punk lineup that also included Night Birds and Seattle's Night Beats who flew in for this show and had played Baby's All Right the night before. Pictures from the whole evening are in this post.
The next HoV show is this Thursday (7/10) with Gorilla Biscuits, The Bouncing Souls and Turnstile. RSVP is full for that free show. More pics from the 7/3 show below...
Seattle psych-garage trio Night Beats are visiting NYC this week and were just revealed as the "special guests" on the July 3 House of Vans show with Black Lips and Night Birds. That show is free but RSVP is now full.
Night Beats will also be playing tonight (7/2) at Baby's All Right on what is a very good bill of its own. Beverly, who just played a packed Baby's on Saturday (6/28) for their record release party, are also on the bill, as are LODRO, Roya (featuring members of Habibi, The Clean and Grooms), and Providence, RI surf punks Gymshorts. After the show, Black Lips will DJ in the front room. Tickets are on sale.
House of Vans during last week's Zumiez party (more by Ryan Muir)
The June lineups for the free Vans House Parties at NYC's House of Vans (25 Franklin St) were already announced, and now the July and August ones were too.
July's shows include wild garage rockers Black Lips (who also play NYC on their tour with King Khan this fall) with local skate/surf punks Night Birds and a special guest on 7/3; and hardcore vets Gorilla Biscuits with NJ punk heroes Bouncing Souls (who also celebrate 25 years in NJ this summer) and a special guest on 7/10.
Then in August it's the dancin' Future Islands with Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman and Brooklyn indie pop musician Mas Ysa on 8/7; and DFA's Holy Ghost!, Hercules and Love Affair collaborator Kim Ann Foxman and FIXED's Dave P on 8/14.
All shows are free (and all ages), but RSVP is required (though it doesn't guarantee entry). RSVP for the Black Lips/Night Birds and Gorilla Biscuits/Bouncing Souls shows open today (6/10) at noon. The series kicks off this Thursday (6/12) with Charles Bradley, Mac DeMarco (who also plays 4Knots) and Benjamin Booker. RSVP for that one is closed.
photos by Ryan Muir
"Angel Haze killing this packed House of Vans!" - @VILLAGEPSYCHIC
"@AngelHaze so your show tonight at House Of Vans was dope! You're a beast!" - @TOKYOPOP
Rapper Angel Haze squeezed in a NYC one-off Zumiez party at House of Vans on Saturday (6/7) ahead of her upcoming trip to Europe for Glastonbury and a tour. The show was also with dancepunks The Death Set and Boston funk band Bad Rabbits, and pictures of all three sets are in this post.
Angel Haze at SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Angel Haze has a European tour coming up in July following a Glastonbury appearance, but before leaving home the NYC-based rapper will play a free local show on June 7 at House of Vans with The Death Set and Bad Rabbits. RSVP is required, and entry is still first come, first served. Doors open at 7 PM.
The Vans House Parties were also announced today, which like this show, are free shows happening at House of Vans.
Show flyer and the full list of Angel Haze dates below...
the beer garden at House of Vans in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
The free Vans and FYF-presented Vans House Parties at NYC's House of Vans (25 Franklin St) are returning this summer with two shows a month from June - August. The June shows will be Charles Bradley, Mac DeMarco and Benjamin Booker (6/12); and STRFKR, Poolside and Chrome Sparks (6/19); and the other four lineups are still TBA.
All shows are free with RSVP, but entry is still first come, first served (doors at 7 PM). RSVP for the 6/12 show opens today (5/21) at noon.
Full list of House Party dates, with flyers for the events, below...
photos by Ebru Yildiz; words by Bill Pearis
The Horrors @ House of Vans 4/29/2014
With a new album and an impending appearance at this weekend's Austin Psych Fest, UK band The Horrors stopped in NYC last night (4/29) to play a free show at House of Vans. Cold, rainy anorak weather and the venue's warehouse space made for a good setting for The Horrors' widescreen, if gloomy, rock. As the new Luminious isn't out till next week (5/6), the band opened with a few older songs: "Mirror's Image" and "Scarlett Fields" from 2009's Primary Colours, and "I Can See Through You" from 2011's Skying in between.
The Horrors' 10-song set only hit on three of Luminous' tracks: the lovely "I See You," plus the Madchester-funky "In and Out of Sight" and current, Chameleons-esque single "So Now You Know." I wish they'd played a couple more, especially "Change Your Mind," the closest the band has ever come to a ballad and maybe the best song on the album. HoV's boomy acoustics work well with the band's spacey sound which is miles away from their gothpunk days of "Sheena is a Parasite" (they didn't play anything from their first album). Despite using cool old fashioned film loop projections, The Horrors are not the most engaging band to watch, but if your goal is to close your eyes and bliss out, they sounded pretty good.
Opening the night were locals Spires who have gone under some renovations in the past couple months, changing drummers, second guitar and adding a third who also played keyboard. They're still making jangly psych-pop, but sound a little less overtly '60s retro (though perhaps more '80s "Paisley Underground" retro). In between sets, Darkside's Dave Harrington kept things hopping on the decks.
Pictures of the whole evening and Horrors' setlist are in this post. More below...
The Horrors have a new album, Luminous, out May 6 and will be visiting North America for Austin Psych Fest next weekend. On their way there, The Horrors will play Brooklyn's House of Vans on April 29 with openers Spires. The show is free but you must RSVP to RSVPTOVANS@gmail.com with "Classic & Brooklyn" in the subject line.
The Horrors will also play Los Angeles before Psych Fest. All dates are listed, along with the video for "So Now You Know," below...
King Tuff's Kyle Thomas @ 2013 (more by Paige K. Parsons)
King Tuff is playing House of Vans on Thursday (10/24) as part of a 20th Anniversary celebration for the Vans Snow Team. Also performing are Jamie Lynn and Zac Marben. They'll also be showing a retrospective Vans video and serving complimentary drinks. Doors are at 7 PM and it's free but you do need to RSVP to RSVPTOVANS@GMAIL.COM with "Anniversary" in the subject line.
House of Vans during Joyce Manor's set in August (more by David Andrako)
The 2013 free shows at House of Vans came to a close last month, after hosting packed, sweaty parties from Fucked Up, Title FIght & Hop Along, Melvins, Baroness & Honky, Kid Dynamite, Joyce Manor, Red Hare & Swearin' and more. And they've already announced that they'll be returning for a fourth year in 2014. Stay tuned for dates and lineup announcements.
Vans has been hosting a video series of the parties, and the final installment is of Les Savy Fav, who played the final show (8/29), and whose frontman Tim Harrington hosted the parties this summer. Check out that video below...
photos by David Andrako
Kid Dynamite & Joyce Manor @ House of Vans - 8/15/2013
The free House of Vans shows continued last night (8/15) with an all around great punk bill. Lo-fi pop punks Swearin' opened the night, followed by classic-style punk from Dischord supergroup Red Hare. Then came emo/indie rock line crossers Joyce Manor, and finally, the last US show for melodic hardcore vets Kid Dynamite. Pictures of the sweaty craziness are in this post.
More pictures from House of Vans below...
photo by Lukas Hodge, words by Andrew Sacher and Fred Pessaro
Melvins / Baroness
The free House of Vans shows continued this week (7/31) with a triple attack of sludge metal from The Melvins, Baroness, and Melvins/Butthole Surfers-related band Honky. Pictures of the former two are in this post, and another set of the show (including shots of Honky) is at Invisible Oranges.
For Baroness, this was their first NYC show since heading back out on the road following last year's tragic bus crash. (And it was actually the same venue they would have played last summer.) John Baizley and guitarist Peter Adams are the only members who remained in the band after the accident, and Baizley is actually the only original member left. Despite this, and a noticeably calmer Baizley than the earlier days (which, all things considered, you'd forgive him for), the band was tight and the show was a great time. The show was mainly split between Yellow & Green and Blue Record, including live favorites like "Take My Bones Away," "March to the Sea," "The Sweetest Curse," and "Swollen and Halo." Only complaint was that I wish the set was longer, which it probably will be when Baroness headline Irving Plaza on 8/14 with Royal Thunder (tickets).
Congrats go out to Jared Warren of Big Business, who sat out this Melvins tour in favor of paternity leave. In his stead was bassist Jeff Pinkus of Honky, who ably backed the band, though Jared's sweet harmonizing croon was missed. The band's appearance featured tracks old and new, and even an appearance from Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers.
More pictures of Melvins/Baroness below...