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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Into It. Over It. at Irving Plaza in 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
Into It Over It

Into It. Over It. already shared "No EQ" from their upcoming John Vanderslice-produced album Standards, and today they revealed a second track. Similarly to the first single, "Required Reading" has hints of early Death Cab but with trickier math rock tendencies than that band ever had. No small of this is due to the masterful drumming of Josh Sparks, who previously lent his abilities to the highly technical band Damiera in the late '00s (which IIOI singer Evan Weiss was also briefly a member of). Check out the new song below.

As discussed, the band is going on an awesomely-billed tour with The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, The Sidekicks and Pinegrove. That tour hits NYC on April 22 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.

Speaking of Pinegrove, they recently released a new single off their new album Cardinal, due next week (2/12) via Run For Cover. Following "Old Friends" we get "Cadmium." It's twangy indie rock that's folky and rockin' at the same time without being folk rock (and kinda sounds straight out of 2005), and Evan Stephens Hall's killer voice demands your attention the whole time. Check this out below.

Pinegrove also open the sold-out Modern Baseball / Jeff Rosenstock show in NYC on their album release day.

Continue reading "Into It. Over It. & Pinegrove share new songs ahead of tour"

by Andrew Sacher

Snowing
Snowing

The members of first-wave emo revivalists Snowing splintered off into various groups, including Slow Warm Death, The Beds, John Galm solo, Glocca Morra, Super Unison, and Dogs On Acid, but they're now set to reunite for at least one show this year. They were announced for the second annual Broken World Fest, which has a pretty solid lineup including The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die, Into It. Over It., Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), Weatherbox, Rozwell Kid, Pinegrove and more. It goes down April 15 & 16 at Spirit Hall in Pittsburgh. Schedule, tickets, and more bands coming soon. Check out the full initial lineup below.

If you're not familiar with Snowing, they (and pre-Snowing band Street Smart Cyclist) were helping to bring back Kinsella-style emo before every band at your college was, and once that sound got some actual success, most members had moved on from it with their other bands. The newer projects are all solid, and some are arguably better, but it's still a treat to get another chance to see Snowing. Stream their only full length, 2010's I Could Do Whatever I Wanted If I Wanted, below.

Continue reading "Snowing reuniting for Broken World Fest (lineup also includes TWIABP, Into It. Over It., Empire! Empire!, Weatherbox, more)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Into It Over It at Irving Plaza in December (more by Mimi Hong)
Into It Over It

Evan Weiss' band Into It. Over It. are set to release their third album, Standards, on March 11 via Triple Crown. It was produced by indie vet John Vanderslice, who's also produced records for himself, The Mountain Goats, Spoon and more, and Vanderslice's earthy touch is certainly noticeable on lead single "No EQ." It's the kind of indie rock that's not too dissimilar from Vanderslice's past collaborators (and former Barsuk labelmates) Death Cab for Cutie, but with busy, frantic drumming that brings Evan's math rock past to mind. It's good stuff -- check it out below (via Noisey).

The band also just announced a lengthy North American tour with the great lineup of The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, The Sidekicks, and Pinegrove. It kicks off right after IIOI play SXSW.

The tour hits NYC on April 22 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are currently on Live Nation/Music Geeks presales (passwords = "ICONIC," "musicgeeks") and the general on-sale begins Friday (1/15) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Into It. Over It. announce John Vanderslice-produced LP and tour with TWIABP, The Sidekicks & Pinegrove (dates, stream)"

photos by Mimi Hong

The Get Up Kids
The Get Up Kids

Emo vets The Get Up Kids are wrapping up their 20th anniversary tour this week, with very good support from Into It. Over It. and Rozwell Kid. It hit the NYC-area three times last week: NYC's Irving Plaza (12/9) and The Bell House (12/10), and NJ's Starland Ballroom (12/12). We caught the Irving show, which had them playing all '90s stuff except "Campfire Kansas" off On A Wire, and included covers of The Cure's "Close to Me" and The Replacements' "Beer for Breakfast." More pictures and the setlist below.

TGUK singer Matt Pryor will hit the road on his own in 2016 with Saves the Day's Chris Conley and Hot Rod Circuit's Andy Jackson.

Continue reading "The Get Up Kids, Into It Over It & Rozwell Kid @ Irving Plaza (pics, setlist)"

by Andrew Sacher

Recreational Drugs

Recreational Drugs is a new Chicago duo with some familiar faces: guitarist Matthew Frank (who plays with Mike Kinsella and Evan Weiss in Their/They're/There and with Bob Nanna in Lifted Bells) and drummer Josh Sparks (who plays with Evan in Into It. Over It.). They're instrumental, and if you've listened to their other projects you might have an idea of what to expect. We're premiering lead single "A Song For Cats," which is all clean, mathy guitar parts and busy, nimble drumming. Check it out below.

The song will appear on their self-titled debut EP, which comes out December 18 via Count Your Lucky Stars. Pre-orders are available.

Continue reading "Into It. Over It., Their/They're/There, Lifted Bells members form Recreational Drugs (listen to "A Song For Cats")"

The Get Up Kids

The Get Up Kids' 20th anniversary tour just keeps getting longer. Since we last spoke, they added a second Chicago show, as well as Kansas City and Brooklyn dates too.

The Brooklyn show happens December 10 at The Bell House with Into It. Over It. and Rozwell Kid. That's right in between NYC's Irving Plaza (12/9) (tickets) and NJ's Starland Ballroom (12/12) (tickets) shows with the same openers. Tickets for the Bell House show go on sale Thursday (10/8) at noon.

Updated dates are listed, with the full-set video of their recent Santa Ana show, below...

Continue reading "The Get Up Kids expand 20th anniversary tour; Brooklyn show added (updated dates)"

Get Up Kids

Earlier this year, The Get Up Kids played a few shows in honor of their 20th anniversary, and now they added another run of December shows in celebration of that. Support comes from Into It. Over It. and Rozwell Kid.

The last tour hit NJ and Long Island but not NYC proper, but this one comes to Irving Plaza on December 9. There's also a return to NJ on December 12 at Starland Ballroom. Tickets for Irving go on sale Friday (8/7) at noon with Music Geeks/Live Nation presales starting today (8/5) at 10 AM. Starland presale starts Thursday (8/6) at 9 AM.

They also have a West Coast leg with The Hotelier and The Anniversary's Josh Berwanger. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "The Get Up Kids announce another leg of 20th anniversary dates with Into It. Over It. & Rozwell Kid"

Government Issue

Gainesville punk bonanza The Fest has added more bands to its 2015 lineup. There's reunited hardcore legends Government Issue (who also play NYC this month), party animal Andrew WK, Ramonesy punks Mean Jeans, Gainesville vets Radon, one of Mikey Erg's many bands Hatrabbits, a solo set from KJ of Chixdiggit, emo revivalists Football etc, and more.

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The lineup also includes a lineup of late '90s/early '00s Florida punks The Beltones, who played a few other reunion shows this current decade like Punk Rock Bowling 2012. To quote a 5-star Punk News review of their second and final album, 2001's Cheap Trinkets:

The Beltones possess a wide variety of influences-from rockabilly to the Pogues-and the convergance of such varying styles while maintaining a strong punk feel is no easy task. But the Beltones do it really well, and such talent recalls the brillaince of a band like the Swingin' Utters. Another reason this band stands apart from the rest is the emotional depth of the songs. I'm not going to make absurd comparisons by calling the lyrics Dickinsonian or whatever, but singer Bill McFadden is a pretty adept song writer. His lyrics of alienation, pain, lost hope are a refreshing substitute to the "beer guzzling because my girl left me so I'm gonna go to the pub and get in a fight with my bros backing me up" b.s. that is so prevalent in punk today.
Stream Cheap Trinkets, and check out the full list of Fest additions and updated lineup, below...

Continue reading "Government Issue, The Beltones, Andrew WK, Mean Jeans, Radon & more added to The Fest (updated lineup)"

Riot Fest Chicago 2015

Following the Riot Fest Toronto lineup additions, the 2015 Riot Fest Chicago lineup has now been expanded. Additions include System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie and Chef'Special.

They join Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, BIlly Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix(, Drive Like Jehu, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, The Damned, Death, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, and more.

Riot Fest Chicago goes down September 11-13 in Douglas Park. Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below.

Update: Denver additions announced too.

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago 2015 adds System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie & more to lineup"

UPDATE: More artists added.

Riot Fest

First Toronto, then Denver, now the Riot Fest Chicago 2015 lineup is announced. It includes Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix), Alkaline Trio, Taking Back Sunday, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, Thrice, The Lawrence Arms, The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts and Pussy), Jimmy Cliff, The Damned, Against Me!, Living Colour, Fishbone, Death, Hum, GWAR, Civ, The Thurston Moore Band, Echo & the Bunnymen, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, FIDLAR, Andrew WK, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang, Tommy Stinson and many more, plus a few more TBA.

Tickets are on sale now. This year happens at the new location of Douglas Park from September 11-13. All currently announced artists are listed below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago 2015: Faith No More, Billy Idol, Lifetime, Hum, Desaparecidos, Civ, Ice Cube, Merle Haggard & more"

photo: Title Fight at SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Title Fight

Gainesville punk festival The Fest returns for its 14th year from October 30 - November 1, and today they added a bunch of more bands to their lineup. Additions include Title Fight, Modern Life Is War, another reunion show from The Progress, Into It Over It, Pet Symmetry, As Friends Rust, Pianos Become the Teeth, Smoke Or Fire (playing Above the City), Bigwig, Loma Prieta, TWIABP, Cayetana, Superheaven, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), Told Slant, War On Women, Pujol and many more. Full list of additions below.

The newly-added bands join Desaparecidos, The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, The Jazz June, Beach Slang, Iron Reagan, Modern Baseball, Lagwagon and many more.

Tickets go on sale June 1. Lineup additions below...

Continue reading "The Fest 14 adds bands (Title Fight, The Progress, Modern Life Is War, As Friends Rust, Smoke or Fire, PBTT, Bigwig, more)"

photos by Mimi Hong

Into It. Over It. at Brooklyn Night Bazaar - 4/25/15
Into It. Over It

One of Evan Weiss's many bands, Into It. Over It., brought their tour to NYC this past Saturday (4/25) for a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with math rock trio Tiny Moving Parts, as well as Major League, Collect Yourself and Safety (who we missed). Coming on around midnight, Evan opened the set solo with "Anchor," and the rest of the set included a good mix of their albums (Intersections, Twelve Towns, etc.) as well as a new song.

More pictures of Into It. Over It. and Tiny Moving Parts, and IIOI's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Into It. Over It. & Tiny Moving Parts @ BK Bazaar (pics, setlist)"

photo: Into It. Over It. at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
IIOI

Into It. Over It. are currently on tour in Europe with Modern Baseball and Tiny Moving Parts, and upon returning to the US, IIOI and TMP will do another short run together here. That includes a free NYC show happening April 25 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, also with Major Leagues on the bill. Then IIOI head out again supporting Minus the Bear. All dates are listed below.

Into It. Over It. main man Evan Weiss is also a member of Pet Symmetry, who have a new album on the way. If you haven't heard them yet, you can listen to two tracks from that here.

Continue reading "Into It. Over It. playing shows with Tiny Moving Parts before tour with Minus the Bear (dates)"

Tigers Jaw
Photo: Tigers Jaw at MHOW in June (more by Mimi Hong)

As discussed, The Menzingers have an upcoming tour with Taking Back Sunday that includes night 1 of TBS' holiday shows at NJ's Starland Ballroom (12/27), NYC's Best Buy Theater on 3/18 and Long Island's Paramount on 3/24. Starland is sold out but tickets for the other two are still available.

Before those shows, the Scranton natives will headline their own holiday show in their old hometown (they live in Philly now) with an all-Scranton lineup of Tigers Jaw, Captain We're Sinking (The Menzingers' literal "brother band"), Okay Paddy (reunion), The SW!MS (reunion), Three Man Cannon (ex-Tigers Jaw), Petal (ft. mems of Tigers Jaw), Esta Coda and The Red Barons. The show takes place December 20. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds benefit youth arts programs in Scranton. Updated Menzingers dates and show flyer below.

The Menzingers were also featured, along with Mineral, Touche Amore, Into It. Over It. and others, in AltPress' recently-completed Fest documentary. You can watch all three parts here, here and here.

In other news, Ben Walsh of Tigers Jaw, who released the excellent Charmer earlier this year, was nice enough to give us a list of his favorite albums of 2014. It features Scranton holiday show-mates The Menzingers and Three Man Cannon, as well as other things like Stephen Malkmus and Ryan Adams. Find out who else made Ben's list below.

Continue reading "Tigers Jaw told us their favorite LPs of 2014, playing Scranton holiday show w/ The Menzingers (who are ft. in new Fest doc)"

by Andrew Sacher

Into It. Over It. at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Mimi Hong)
IIOI

Evan Weiss is just about everywhere in the emo world right now, whether it's in Into It. Over It., Their/They're/There (with Mike Kinsella), Pet Symmetry, Stay Ahead of the Weather, or any other active band we may be forgetting, or producing records for The Jazz June and You Blew It!, or running his record label. He bridges the gap between old school and new school as far as his tourmates go, and sometimes you'll find him somewhere totally un-emo like Lollapalooza.

One of his most beloved bands though, is one who only put out one full length and two EPs in the early-mid 2000s before breaking up, The Progress. Their sole LP, 2006's Merit, was keeping the indie rock-oriented mathy style of '90s emo alive way before it was trendy to do that. It's one of the true gems to have come out during emo's (for lack of better words) "hair metal phase." And now it looks like The Progress may be reuniting.

In November, Absolute Punk pointed to to a tweet from Evan that reads "oh yeah, that thing i confirmed is a show. for a band that hasn't played a show in 7 years" and hashtagged "US Camera." That was pretty convincing on its own, but now Evan has posted a show announcement confirming a show for December 30 at Boot & Saddle in Philly with the caption "take the hint" and a show flyer that looks suspiciously similar to the Merit artwork. Hint taken. The only technically announced bands for that bill are Sleep In and Dryjacket. Tickets are on sale now. If it is in fact a Progress show, let's hope it's not the only one!

Meanwhile, Evan has given us a list of his favorite LPs and EPs of 2014. It's a cool, diverse list ranging from ambient pop to powerviolence, and you can check it out for yourself below.

Into It. Over It. also has an upcoming solo tour with Kevin Devine and Laura Stevenson (doesn't hit NYC), and he recently put out the video for "Spinning Thread" (dir. Max Moore) from last year's Intersections LP. Watch that, with his year-end list, some Progress song streams and the Philly show flyer, below...

Continue reading "The Progress confirm Philly reunion show? ++ Evan Weiss tells us his favorite LPs and EPs of 2014"

by Andrew Sacher

Kevin Devine w/ Bad Books in 2010 (more by Kurt Christensen)
Kevin Devine

Last year, Kevin Devine simultaneously released two albums, Bubblegum and Bulldozer, which both included different versions of the song "She Can See Me." Today, he put out a 7" for that song on Bad Timing Records, Devinyl Records and Favorite Gentlemen Recordings which features both versions of the track, and in honor of release day we've got the premiere of the video for the Bubblegum version. Though the album titles might make you think otherwise, the Bubblegum version is actually the heavier of the two with some sludge metal-inspired riffs thrown in there. Check out the video (dir. Jordan Noel) with the full cast credits, below.

Kevin was in NYC earlier this month for an intimate solo show at HiFi Bar, and he'll hit the road for a full solo tour in 2015 with Into it. Over It.'s Evan Weiss (solo) and Laura Stevenson. That triple bill doesn't hit NYC, but there are nearby shows in New Haven and Philly. All dates are listed below.

Kevin and his band also play the BV-presented 'Champagne Jam' at Webster Hall in December with The Front Bottoms, Craig Finn, The So So Glos and more. Sold out.

Speaking of Evan Weiss, his other band Pet Symmetry released a new song today.

Continue reading "Kevin Devine made a video for 'Bubblegum' version of "She Can See Me," touring w/ Into It. Over It. & Laura Stevenson"

by Andrew Sacher

Pet Symmetry

Pet Symmetry is one of the many bands of Evan Weiss (also of Into It. Over It., Their/They're/There, Stay Ahead of the Weather, ex-The Progress and more), and also features Erik Czaja (Dowsing, Kittyhawk) and Marcus Nuccio. As discussed, they're releasing a split with Slingshot Dakota as part of the Soft Speak Records split 7" series on November 25, and their contribution, "Potted Plant Meets Vintage Amp: A Katherine Grube Love Story," premieres in this post. You can clearly tell Evan's fingerprints are on this, but Erik writes the songs and then the band collaborates. Evan calls it the most equal contribution of any band he's ever played in. The new track is more of a straightforward power pop tune and less mathy than Evan's projects end to be, and Erik's Kittyhawk bandmate Kate Grube contributes guest vocals too. Check it out below.

Slingshot Dakota's contribution to the split is a cover of "Rise" by the reunited Rainer Maria. You can pre-order it here. 100% of proceeds go to Hopeline, who focus on suicide prevention, awareness and education.

Song stream below...

Continue reading "Pet Symmetry (Evan Weiss of Into It Over It & others) releasing a split with Slingshot Dakota (stream a track)"

Speedy Ortiz @ Mercury Lounge - 11/2/14 (via Marc Viloria)
Speedy

The killer double bill that is the Speedy Ortiz / Ex Hex tour rolled through NYC over the weekend hitting Glasslands on Saturday (11/1) with Aye Nako and Mercury Lounge on Sunday (11/2) with Big Ups. Speedy headlined the first night and they switched it up on night 2. Did you catch either one? How were they?

The tour wraps up in Durham, NC on Friday (11/7) and after that, Speedy will return to NYC to play one of the final Death by Audio shows on November 11 with Hunters, Palehound and Bong Wish (ex-Fat Creeps). That's a pretty solid lineup, and $10 at the door gets you in. Updated dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Speedy singer Sadie Dupuis is one of the artists contributing to the new Keep In Touch (KIT) 7" subscription series which also includes Cloud Nothings (who just announced a Chicago show), Mutual Benefit, Big Ups, Into It. Over It., Girlpool, TOPS, The So So Glos, Ava Luna, Ricky Eat Acid, Playlounge, "and a few surprises." It's a year-long subscription and the idea is "each month you'll receive a 7" x 7" postcard with a record pressed directly into a full color image curated by that month's artist." You can subscribe here.

List of dates and a live video from this past SXSW below...

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz played 2 NYC shows w/ Ex Hex, playing DbA; Sadie on 7" series w/ Cloud Nothings, Into It Over It, more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

American Football @ Webster Hall - 10/11/14
American Football

American Football continued their sold-out 3-night Webster Hall run last night (10/11) with Into It. Over It. opening. Like the previous night, they played in front of a screen with the house from their album cover, and played all the songs from their album and EP plus a bonus track from the new reissue, just in a slightly different order this time ("Never Meant" closed the show last night). Pictures of that show are in this post.

After Webster, American Football and Into It. Over It. headed to Saint Vitus for a much more intimate aftershow. Doors were at 12:30 AM and the line was wrapped around the block way before they opened. Everyone got in though, and the show went lateee until 3 AM when the cops showed up and closed it down. This one was way more laid back than the Webster shows, and they opened with "Never Meant" this time (and joked that they'd just play that 12 times and then leave). Video of that, with more pictures and the setlist from Webster, below.

The Webster run wraps up tonight (10/12) with Matt Pond opening. Sold out.

Continue reading "American Football played Webster Hall again and Saint Vitus (pics, setlist, video), concluding NYC run tonight"

Lemuria at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Lemuria

Into It. Over It. and Lemuria have announced that they'll be going on a tour together in November and December, all dates of which are listed below. The tour doesn't hit NYC but both IIOI and Lemuria will be in the NYC-area this weekend separately to open for two different emo legends. Into It. Over It. are opening night 2 of American Football's 3-night run at Webster Hall this Saturday (10/11) (sold out). That same night, Lemuria will be in Asbury Park for the BrooklynVegan-presented Lifetime show at The Stone Pony which also includes Mouthpiece and Spraynard (also sold out).

Lemuria will return later in the year on their run with a band from Austin called Prince (not to be confused with, you know, Prince), hitting Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 20 for a free show with more bands TBA. Their full tour schedule is below.

Jazz June

In related news, main IIOI member Evan Weiss, who's producing the new Jazz June album (due 11/11 via Topshelf), is now also reissuing their classic 2000 album, The Medicine, on his Storm Chaser label. It's coming out on October 28 as a split release with Topshelf for its first time ever on vinyl. You can pre-order it via Topshelf and Storm Chaser.

The Jazz June's only live dates at the moment are a TBA FFF Nites show in Austin and the official 2014 BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase happening October 25 at Baby's All Right with Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

List of Lemuria dates below...

Continue reading "Into It Over It and Lemuria touring together; The Jazz June reissuing 'The Medicine' on vinyl"

FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014

With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:

FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.
If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.

You can still get FFF passes here.

Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Nites lineup announced (Meat Puppets, The Jazz June, TPOBPAH, Power Trip, Single Mothers, Le1f, more)"

photos by Mimi Hong

Mineral @ Bowery Ballroom - 9/6/14
Mineral
Mineral
Mineral

Mineral kicked off their reunion tour with Into It. Over It. at Saint Vitus last Thursday (9/4) (read our review), and continued with three more NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (all sold out). Like at Vitus, night 1 at Bowery had multiple crowd members yelling "thank you!" and a lot of people were yelling out song names too. It seemed weird that so many people were yelling out song names, but it never seemed to bother the band. It kind of fit the vibe... almost like the band and fans all felt like reunited old friends, but a bit older. The setlists at the Bowery shows were similar to Vitus, with just a few differences, like that the Bowery crowds on (at least) night 1 and 2 luckily got "LoveLetterTypewriter." Pictures and a video of Saturday's show are in this post, with setlists from Friday and Saturday. Anyone have the Sunday setlist?

Mineral's tour continues in New Haven, CT tonight (9/8). Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

More pictures from Friday, with video and setlists, below...

Continue reading "Mineral wrapped up their NYC run w/ 3 nights at Bowery (night 2 pics & video, night 1 & 2 setlists)"

by Andrew Sacher

Mineral @ Saint Vitus - 9/4/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Mineral

Emo veterans Mineral were only around from 1994 to 1997, having broken up before the release of their second and final album, EndSerenading, but they're finally back and last night (9/4) they kicked off their first tour in 17 years at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus. (Following a surprise show in their hometown of Austin.) Each year it becomes increasingly clear that bands don't stay broken up, but Mineral is a band I really thought I would never see. I didn't discover them until they'd already broken up (and judging by the average age of the crowd last night, neither did many of the people in attendance), and they'd always just been a band whose brief career I considered to be a thing of the past. Something that would only live on through those two great records.

But Mineral are back, and from last night's show you'd think they never left. Some reunited bands just play to the fans, smiling on stage and inspiring long overdue singalongs (nothing wrong with that). Others look bored and make you wonder why they even reunited in the first place. But Mineral looked like they'd secretly been a band all these years. They didn't say anything sentimental on stage, didn't crack any jokes about how long it's been. If you didn't know any better you might have thought you were seeing a new band. They were tight, in the zone, and looked totally into the songs for their whole set. And actually it makes sense, because Mineral ended before they could ever tour in support of what many (myself included) consider their best album. There was definitely a sense that there was some unfinished business to be taken care of with the passion that was put into EndSerenading standouts like "Palisade" or "Unfinished" or "For Ivadell."

The influence Mineral's had over the years also rang loud and clear at last night's show. Just about any band from the last 15 years to mix emo and post-rock owes a hell of a lot to Mineral and seeing them live couldn't have made that any clearer. The beautiful, intertwining clean guitar parts leading into those huge crescendos basically sounded like the blueprint for anything from The Appleseed Cast's post-'90s output to Caspian to many of the current young bands on labels like Topshelf and Count Your Lucky Stars. And it's hard to imagine Mineral's pals Jimmy Eat World writing songs like "Table For Glasses" without the influence of EndSerenading. That record's influence is undeniable, but few bands can do it like Mineral proved they still can.

Though Mineral didn't say any of the sentimental stuff on stage, the crowd definitely did, with multiple people shouting "thank you Mineral!" throughout their set. Special guest opener Frank Turner also spoke plenty about his love for the band during his set, and he could be seen right up front in the crowd for theirs.

Evan Weiss' band Into It. Over It. opened last night as well, and will continue to do so for the rest of the tour (and for one of American Football's reunion shows). The tour continues with three more NYC shows, at Bowery Ballroom tonight (9/5), Saturday and Sunday, all three of which are sold out. UPDATE: Tickets are back on sale for all three dates. You may want to act quick!

Setlist and a 17-minute video from last night below...

Continue reading "Mineral began their reunion tour at Saint Vitus (review, setlist, video)"

by Andrew Sacher

Jazz June

Earlier this year, emo veterans The Jazz June put out their first new song in 12 years on a split with Dikembe, and mentioned that a full length produced by Into It. Over It.'s Evan Weiss was to follow. That album has now officially been announced. It's called After The Earthquake, and it will be out on November 11 via Topshelf (the same label that released Braid's comeback LP this year). It follows 2002's Better Off Without Air. That's the album artwork above and you can check out the tracklist, which includes "Over Underground" from the Dikembe split, below. (Their latest dates also say they play Fun Fun Fun Fest. A new addition to the Austin fest? We're not 100% sure yet, but stay tuned for confirmation on that.)

Into It. Over It. will be involved with other emo veterans this year too. His tour schedule includes opening the 10/11 date of American Football's three night run In NYC, and opening most of the Mineral tour.

Speaking of, Mineral singer Chris Simpson (also of The Gloria Record), is releasing a new album with his Zookeeper project this year, Pink Chalk, which is due out on October 14 via Count Your Lucky Stars (the label run by Empire! Empire!, whose new LP features a guest appearance from Chris). Chris stopped making music you can accurately call "emo" a while ago, and this new song is more along the lines of singer/songwriter indie. Good stuff no matter what genre name you give it, as you can hear (via Stereogum) below.

Continue reading "The Jazz June detail new LP, 'After The Earthquake'; Mineral singer Chris Simpson streaming a song from new Zookeeper LP"

by Andrew Sacher

MTV

It's no secret that the '90s are all the rage right now. The internet (and maybe even your real life) is filled with nostalgia for everything from Pogs to Nickelodeon cartoons to Tamagotchis and this reality check from The Onion that the '90s weren't only Pogs, Nickelodeon cartoons and Tamagotchis. Indie rock is no exception. The sounds of the Alternative Nation era can be heard in many of today's indie bands, and countless '90s OGs have reformed to excellent results, playing not just to the people who saw them the first time around but to many new, younger fans. When it comes to discussing '90s rock, we usually turn the conversation towards critically acclaimed bands like Pavement, Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Built to Spill, Neutral Milk Hotel, and My Bloody Valentine or huge bands like Nirvana, Weezer, and Radiohead. You don't need another list telling you those bands are great. (But if you do, those lists are easily Googleable and recommended!) Instead, here's an alternative (pun intended) way of looking at the decade. Here's a list that highlights nine great bands who seem like they're starting to get re-evaluated a bit and starting to get the credit they deserve (some more than others).

I'm not trying to take the obscurer-than-thou route either. In fact, there's a good chance you've heard of all of these bands. All of them were on major labels. Some didn't have enough hits to get legitimately popular or remembered for more than one or two songs, but because of their MTV/KROQ associations they weren't very indie-cool either. Some achieved more mainstream success (often by changing their sound), an even bigger indie cred killer. But all of them are doing cool stuff right now, whether it's new albums, vinyl reissues, tours of the classic material, or new related bands. Almost all of them also have a clear influence on younger, modern bands. Whatever it is, it's reminding us why they were such great artists to begin with.

Of course this list could've had way more than nine bands. So feel free to comment telling us which ones you would've included and which ones you think we should've left off. Check out the list (in no particular order), with commentary and song streams, below.

UPDATE: Here's why we didn't include Nada Surf.

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