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Joyce Manor / Tracks
Joyce Manor
Joyce Manor

"Who saw us at Party Xpo in 2011?!" asked Joyce Manor frontman Barry Johnson to the response of no one at Webster Hall on Saturday (9/19). "It's okay, there were like 12 people there." It's pretty wild to think of that happening only four years ago now that JM's continued rise has them filling venues the size of Webster Hall (it wasn't sold out, but it was a big crowd). And the excitement of playing to a room that large may have fired Joyce Manor up, because it was one of the most energized shows I've seen from them. Last year's great Never Hungover Again is fully instilled in everyone's brains, so there wasn't a moment where the place wasn't raising fists and screaming every word. (Except, strangely enough, during the Weezer cover!)

Joyce Manor packed 20 songs, encore of "Five Beer Plan" (prefaced by the crowd chanting "FIVE! BEER! PLAN!" instead of "ONE! MORE! SONG!") included, into their set and as usual they pretty much gave us all the favorites. Like at other recent shows, they're incorporating more of Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired than they used to ("Drainage," "Violent Inside," "See How Tame I Can Be?"), and of course tons of the other two. Really great set.

Opening the show was Tracks, the new band from K Records vet Jason Anderson, for whom this is their first-ever tour. They had just put out their debut single "Moonlight" earlier that week (which they played), and like that song pretty much their whole set was anthems from the school of Paul Westerberg. Jason looked like he couldn't be happier to be there, owning the stage like he was headlining Madison Square Garden and yelling "NEW YORK CITY!!!" more than once. I'm not sure how many people went into it knowing the band, but a lot of people looked like Tracks won them over.

Cheap Girls
Cheap Girls

Then it was Cheap Girls, who were now playing as a four-piece with singer Ian Graham playing acoustic guitar the whole show (usually they're a trio and he's on bass). Cheap Girls are always great, but I think I like them this way even more. They've always been jangly in a Smoking Popes/early Gin Blossoms kinda way, so having an acoustic guitar in the mix fit perfectly. Their set felt a little shorter than usual too, but all hits.

More pictures and JM's setlist below...

Continue reading "Joyce Manor, Cheap Girls & Tracks played Webster Hall (pics, setlist & review)"

by Andrew Sacher


K Records alumnus Jason Anderson's new band Tracks recently announced that their first full tour will be supporting Joyce Manor and Cheap Girls, and today we're excited to share the first official Tracks single. Last we talked, I said if Tracks is up a similar alley to Jason's last solo album (2013's Omaha on Salinas Records) it would be a great fit with Joyce Manor, and it is in fact up that alley. For this project it sounds like Jason studied the book of Paul Westerberg, and the raggedy anthem "Moonlight" proves Jason does it pretty damn well. Like fellow Westerberg disciples Beach Slang and Japandroids, "Moonlight" reminds us how big the little things are, with untamed earnestness and a few power chords: "When your skin is close, I can barely stand / With your mouth on my neck and your hands on my back, I'm singing 'Hallelujah!', singing 'Don't you look good in the moonlight!'" Rock out below.

The Joyce Manor / Cheap Girls / Tracks tour begins in Cleveland this Friday (9/18) and then hits NYC on Saturday (9/19) at Webster Hall. Tickets for NYC are still available.

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

Continue reading "listen to Jason Anderson's band Tracks' 1st single "Moonlight""

by Andrew Sacher

The Wonder Years

"Pop punk" was once widely considered a dirty term in most indie rock circles, but over the past few years it's been sneaking into indie rock vernacular. We use it here on BV a lot. Pitchfork has used it when talking about anyone from Cloud Nothings to Upset to Joyce Manor. Stereogum has used it for The Sidekicks, Chumped, and Cayetana. NPR for Wavves, Title Fight and Waxahatchee. The list goes on.

It's easy to see what made "pop punk" such a turnoff as it became progressively more mainstream in the '90s and early '00s. "Punk" is a genre with a code of ethics that punk fans feel should be kept sacred, and "pop" is basically the antithesis of those ethics. So "pop punk" is theoretically the worst thing that could ever happen to punk. Indie rock fans adhere to similar ethics, so when "What's My Age Again?" hit TRL, it's no surprise that Sebadoh fans weren't gluing their eyes to their TVs.

But for a younger generation, some combination of Green Day, The Offspring, Rancid, blink-182 and New Found Glory (or all of the above) was a foundational listening experience, and an entry point into alternative music. Those bands may have made punk more mainstream, but they were also gateways to older and more universally canonized artists. blink-182 directly led to Descendents, Dinosaur Jr and Drive Like Jehu; Green Day to Husker Du; Rancid to Roger Miret and Sham 69; New Found Glory to Lifetime and Gorilla Biscuits; and so on. The people who grew up on those bands are becoming today's indie rock musicians, fans, and critics, so it makes sense that the sounds of pop punk are making their way into indie rock. Not to mention Best Coast, who started as a lo-fi band on Mexican Summer, went on to cover blink-182, collaborate with New Found Glory, and tour with Green Day.

photo: Best Coast opening for Green Day in 2013 (more by Dana Distortion)
Green Day

Right now, the amount of bands blurring the lines between indie rock and pop punk is pretty astounding. We saw pop punk's influence sneak into indie rock on a handful of our favorite records of last year, and this year we have great records from Colleen Green, Bully, Superheaven, Turnover, All Dogs, Radioactivity, Royal Headache, Titus Andronicus, Worriers, Hop Along and Adventures that all fit the description.

Even with this huge influx of indie rock bands taking influence from pop punk, it's not hard to see why there's still resistance against the "pop punk" tag. The kind of over-produced pop punk that critics cringed at in the early 2000s is still very popular. All Time Low's new album debuted at #2 on Billboard this year and there's nothing "punk" about this. 5 Seconds of Summer may be the biggest band in the world right now that anyone is calling "pop punk," but they also share management with One Direction, have toured with them, and are closer in sound to 1D than to any band who ever signed a contract with Fat Wreck Chords. If 5SOS can be called pop punk, or apparently anyone who plays Warped Tour -- like Front Porch Step, who in addition to his questionable actions, makes cringe-worthy music that has nothing to do with pop punk -- it's understandable why some people want to avoid the term.

There's also a group of bands who frequently play Warped Tour and not only warrant being called pop punk, but pride themselves on it: bands like Man Overboard, The Story So Far, Four Year Strong, Neck Deep and State Champs. Their approach is basically to take the moment pop punk took over the world and recreate it. (The Drive-Thru Records catalog is a big influence here.) They're not shy about their style -- Man Overboard make shirts that say "Defend Pop Punk" and Neck Deep make ones that say "Generic Pop Punk." They don't seem to be after hugely mainstream success and tend to build their fanbases like punk bands do, but to our ears they're usually unoriginal at best and still kinda cheesy at worst.

If you have any place in your heart for early 2000s-era mainstream pop punk though (and if you've read this far, you probably do), there's one band I think is doing a hell of a lot of justice to it: The Wonder Years. Unlike the bands bringing pop punk's influence into indie rock, The Wonder Years are making the kind of pop punk that is in fact pop music, but they also happen to make really fucking good pop music. It's becoming more prevalent for critics and "serious music fans" to discuss great pop music, and this is a good thing because great music can truly come from anywhere. The recent Beyonce and Justin Timberlake albums were steps forward for music in general, whether or not you normally listen to the radio. A lot of fans and critics noted that, but for whatever reason there's still a stigma when it comes to pop punk. You're more likely to see certain critics champion Fifth Harmony, a new teen-pop group formed by Simon Cowell on The X Factor, than even mention the latest Bad Religion or Rancid albums. It's a stigma that hopefully disappears, because The Wonder Years don't deserve to be ignored by any serious music fan.

photo: The Wonder Years at House of Vans in 2011 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years started out as more of a generic pop punk band, and while in hindsight I respect the people who knew they were great from day one (or at least since their 2010 breakthrough The Upsides), they didn't really catch my ear until 2011's Suburbia I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing. And it didn't really click until 2013's The Greatest Generation, which might be the greatest true-blue radio-ready pop punk record since Enema of the State. It probably owes more to New Found Glory and The Starting Line than it does to blink-182, but even if those bands have proved to be more influential, they never had this level of songwriting or maturity. Even on New Found Glory's "mature" album, they couldn't escape writing songs about girls who "smell like angels ought to smell." The Greatest Generation grapples with hitting your mid-to-late '20s, seeing your friends and cousins getting married and transitioning into adulthood, and thinking "did I fuck up?" When they do sound like they're singing about high school crushes ("I hadn't felt a heartbreak until now") you quickly realize they're singing about the death of a friend.

It's close to an absolute perfection of its form, and it's hard to say just yet if they've topped it, though they've undoubtedly made another artistic leap on the new No Closer to Heaven. It's the band's most overwhelmingly emotional album yet, and the most musically diverse too. In 45 minutes it touches on double-time pop punk, slower atmospheric songs, heavy rock riffs, and an acoustic song to close things out. It's the kind of record that might piss off some old fans and cause them to say The Wonder Years "aren't pop punk anymore," but it might win over a bunch of new fans in the process. It's pop punk's Sunbather. The thing is though, unlike say Title Fight's trek into atmospheric rock, this is a pop punk album. It pushes the boundaries of the genre about as far as they can go without losing the type of thrill you specifically get from this style of music. Really it shouldn't piss off old fans because it manages to retain the sound they've always had while clearly pushing it forward.

It makes me think a lot of Brand New's The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. It doesn't sound like Devil and God, but that was the moment Brand New made a devastating, cathartic album that defied its genre without abandoning it, and that's what TWY do here. They're also similar to Brand New in that each record is a shift from the last, and that people (rightfully) worship these guys. To compare it to an album it does sound like, it's actually a little like The Hotelier's last one, and that may be the most acclaimed album the entire emo revival has given us. But it feels a little unfair to compare those two, because The Hotelier are a young (yet fully-formed) band and No Closer to Heaven is clearly the work of seasoned songwriters.

The Wonder Years are more dynamically diverse here than ever. They know just when to switch from a chorus turned up to 11 to a bridge of clean guitar arpeggios and back again. They know which lyric needs a three-part harmony, which needs frontman Dan "Soupy" Campbell to sing gently and which needs him at the top of his lungs. At least half the songs completely avoid the standard verse-chorus-verse. Recurring lyrics and themes throughout an album aren't new ground for The Wonder Years, but No Closer to Heaven might be the closest they've come to a true concept album. Death, if it wasn't obvious, is that concept here. The lyric we hear over and over is "We're no saviors if we can't save our brothers," and that's only one of the instantly-quotable lines packed into this thing. There's a harsh reality to Soupy's lyrics this time around, and when he brings his voice to a shout it feels more like a reflex than an artistic decision.

Like the last record, his melodies are familiar without being predictable. Thanks in part to the fact that almost every member can sing, they've mastered the kind of multi-part harmonies and overlapping vocals that most of their peers aren't even attempting. (My only complaint about the new album is the guest vocals from the singer of letlive. who come too close to a maligned genre I won't defend, nu-metal.) The production is once again shining with gloss, but nothing sounds artificial -- unlike many of their peers, the band and longtime producer Steve Evetts (who has helmed other pop punk classics like Jersey's Best Dancers and Through Being Cool) have long discussed avoiding auto-tune and sample replacing. The interplay between the band's three guitarists also make this far more detailed than punk's "learn three power chords, form a band" mentality. But The Wonder Years do stay true to the latter half of the phrase "pop punk," and if you've seen them live you know this. They typically fill big rooms these days, but they still play like they came out swinging from a South Philly basement. They might not win over a snobby punk purist, but for the genre-hopping listener who finds emotional depth and musical ambition in both the new Drake and the new Sufjan Stevens, you may find it in the new Wonder Years too.

photo: You Blew It! at Riis Park Beach Bazaar - August, 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
You Blew It

No Closer to Heaven is out today via Hopeless (order yours) and you can stream the whole thing via Rdio, below.

They'll be on tour this year with another unique pop punk band, Motion City Soundtrack, emo revival darlings You Blew It!, and State Champs. That tour hits NYC for two Webster Hall shows in October, but first TWY play an acoustic in-store at Rough Trade on Wednesday (9/9).

Continue reading "Pop punk's complicated relationship with indie rock, and the great new Wonder Years album (which is streaming)"

by Andrew Sacher

GWAR @ Riot Fest Denver 8/29/2015 (photo by @ultra5280)
GWAR at Riot Fest Denver

Riot Fest Denver 2015 began on Friday (review, video) and continued Saturday (8/29) with another load of great bands. Actually, they started a few hours earlier this time and had even more great bands, so picking highlights for day 2 was even harder. Run DMC sounded great from what I saw, but I didn't catch enough of them to really write about it. It was nice to see The Damned still doing their thing but given the vibe of the festival I wish they did more fast songs. The heightened crowd reactions for "Anti-Pope" and "Neat Neat Neat" seemed to agree.

Once again, there were so many great sets on Saturday, but here's six highlights:

GWAR: I admit that I'd never seen GWAR before, and it's sad that I didn't get to until after frontman Oderus Urungus died of an overdose in 2014. So I can't compare their Riot Fest set to how it was with Oderus, but I do know they were massively fun. They were as hilarious and shocking as I hoped they'd be. There was of course a beheading, blood sprayed onto the crowd constantly, and the storyline of this one had them bringing out (and killing) "The Internet Troll." It was one of the shorter sets of the day, but totally awesome.

JOYCE MANOR: Most of Riot Fest's highlights have been veteran bands, but Joyce Manor is the kind of band I hope one day returns to Riot Fest as a veteran. They very much come from this same world -- singer Barry Johnson talked about seeing Rancid for his first time as a teenager -- but they truly feel like a modern band. As they usually do, they stacked their set with the majority of their first and third albums and had the whole crowd bouncing around and loving every second. Joyce Manor played the festival's one indoor stage, which was the perfect fit for them. They'd probably be fine on a big outdoor stage too, but taking a break from the sunlight to see these guys up close and personal in the dark was one of the day's best moments.

DESAPARECIDOS: Conor Oberst's having a killer year with the loooong-awaited sophomore album from Desparecidos, easily his best work in a decade. I saw them celebrate the album in New York in a tiny sweaty DIY spot, which felt like the best possible setting for them, but it's no surprise that they have command over a festival crowd too. And at a festival where populist punk bands tend to get the best reactions, Desaparecidos basically have the perfect sound. It's undeniably catchy and cathartic, and it's not quite like any other band on the lineup.

THRICE: Not much has changed about Thrice's set since their great Skate & Surf appearance in May (except we thankfully got "Under A Killing Moon" this time), but it's worth mentioning again how tight these guys are. I don't nerd out over skill level too often, but it's impossible to watch Thrice and not notice how much every member excels at what they do. Whether it's a thrash-inspired song from their early days or a sludgier one from later on, Thrice are heavy as all hell. And it's not like their musicianship is the only draw here. They rock the fuck out and their screaming crowd is an inspiring thing to watch every time.

DRIVE LIKE JEHU: Since they haven't announced a tour yet, one of the big draws of Riot Fest (and a few other festivals this year) was the reunited post-hardcore band Drive Like Jehu. Rick Froberg and John Reis have stayed in active in their many other bands over the years, but these were DLJ's first shows since the mid-'90s and it's great to have them back. Unlike some of their other projects, Drive Like Jehu pay no attention to the structure of a pop song, but here we got to see them zoning out on dissonant jams in a way they don't do so much anymore. Admittedly, they really aren't much of a festival act and I wish they'd bring this tour to small clubs instead of giant outdoor stages. But still a treat to see this band back in action, regardless.

RANCID: Rancid are celebrating the 20th anniversary of ...And Out Come the Wolves this year by playing it in full, and at their Riot Fest set the band ripped through its 19 songs with little to no pause in between. It's not possible for me to be at all unbiased or critical when it comes to ...And Out Come the Wolves. It was a foundational album for me, one that shaped the way I absorbed and thought about and understood punk. I had it in my CD player alarm clock for almost a year straight as a teenager, and even if I don't wake up to "Maxwell can't tell he's in hell!" anymore, it still gets a few spins every year. And at Riot Fest I saw the whole thing come alive. The bass solo in "Maxwell Murder," the raging chorus of "Roots Radicals," the skank-inspiring "Old Friend," the iconic "Ruby Soho." All of it played with exactly the kind of spirit you want out of a great punk rock show. Strangers sang in the faces of other strangers, fists were raised, and almost no one was standing still. Lars Frederiksen took a moment to give a shout out to Motorhead (who had to drop off the fest a day earlier) and dedicate a song to Lemmy. And seeing as they were playing ...And Out Come the Wolves on the night of a supermoon, he asked the crowd to howl at the moon for Lemmy.

After AOCTW they played a four-song encore that included the title track off last year's Honor Is All We Know, their massive hit "Fall Back Down" and two rippers off AOCTW's predecessor, Let's Go: "Tenderloin" and "Radio."

Continue reading "Riot Fest Denver day 2: Rancid's 'And Out Come the Wolves' set, Drive Like Jehu, GWAR, more"

FYF Fest

Via press release...

FYF Fest's 12th year kicks off this Saturday at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena & Exposition Park. Kanye West will now headline Saturday night's Main Stage. Frank Ocean has decided on his own terms to cancel his appearance.

With a lineup that already includes Morrissey, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, FKA Twigs, Chet Faker, Flume, Belle & Sebastian and more, FYF Fest is excited to have Kanye West play this weekend in his newly adopted home of Los Angeles.
Tickets are still available, and this lineup tweak may have upped their demand just a bit. Check out the full schedule.

by Andrew Sacher

Tracks Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson (also once known as Wolf Colonel) put out a number of albums all throughout the 2000s. Many of them were on the venerable K Records, and his most recent, 2013's Omaha, was on Salinas (Radiator Hospital, Swearin'). He's not done playing solo shows under his own name, but his main focus now is his new band Tracks. Tracks' first-ever show was last summer opening for Okkervil River in Portsmouth and so far they've played NYC twice: Mercury Lounge last August and Muchmore's this past May.

Their first-ever full tour will be as a support act on the upcoming Joyce Manor / Cheap Girls tour in late September/early October. As mentioned, that tour hits NYC on 9/19 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. All dates are listed below.

Jason's earlier output was the kind of lo-fi folk/indie pop you'd probably expect to hear on K Records in the early 2000s, but Omaha rocks a bit harder. If Tracks is up a similar alley, it'll be a great fit with Joyce Manor. You can download that for free here, pick it up from Salinas, and check out an Rdio stream below.

In related news, Cheap Girls also play NYC this weekend at Gigawatts Fest.

Continue reading "Jason Anderson's new band Tracks going on first-ever tour opening for Joyce Manor & Cheap Girls (dates)"

photo: Iggy Pop in Austin in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Iggy Pop

The full Riot Fest Denver and Chicago lineups were already announced, and more recently the day-by-day lineups were revealed. Check those out below.

You can still get tickets to Denver and Chicago, and now Groupon is also offering an exclusive presale on single-day tickets for Chicago.

Continue reading "Riot Fest Denver & Chicago daily lineups & Chicago Groupon"

photo: Death Grips at FYF Fest 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Death Grips

First Toronto, then Chicago, now here's the 2015 Riot Fest Denver additions: System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie, Chef'Special, Input & Broken, and... Death Grips whose current tour surprisingly includes actual shows being played!

The additions join Modest Mouse, Pixies, Snoop Dogg (playing Doggystyle), Ice Cube (playing Straight Outta Compton remix), Rancid (playing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Iggy Pop, Run DMC, Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Explosions in The Sky, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, Anthrax, Testament, The Damned, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, GZA, De La Soul, Desaparecidos, Nada Surf, The Lawrence Arms, The Get Up Kids, The Vandals, American Nightmare, Joyce Manor, 7 Seconds and more.

Riot Fest Denver happens August 28-30 at the Western Rodeo Complex. Tickets are still available. Updated poster and lineup below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Denver 2015 adds Death Grips, System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie & more (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"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Shamir @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 6/18/2015

Shamir played Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday night (6/18) which was biggest and most high-profile NYC show to date. The sold-out show also served as as a record release show for his debut album, Ratchet, which came out via XL in May, and he his new band played most of it, and also covered Joyce Manor's "Christmas Card." It was an enthusiastic crowd, especially when he jumped into it for one song. Soft Lit, who played Ratchet (and used to be part of his old backing band) opened the show. Pictures from the night are in this post.

Shamir's tour hits Philadelphia tonight. More pics from MHOW below...

Continue reading "Shamir celebrated his debut LP, covered Joyce Manor at Music Hall of Williamsburg (pics) "

photo: Joyce Manor at MHOW in January (more by Mimi Hong)
Joyce Manor

Cali punks Joyce Manor already revealed a few upcoming festival appearances, including FYF and Denver and Chicago's Riot Fests, and now they've announced a lengthy headlining tour. Support comes from two different "girl" bands. Most dates are with Cheap Girls (all boys) and the West Coast dates are with Girlpool (all girls).

The run with Cheap Girls hits NYC on September 19 at Webster Hall, which will be Joyce Manor's largest headlining show here yet. Tickets for Webster go on sale Friday (6/5) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

Cheap Girls also have two of their own NYC shows. They play a free daytime show in Rockaway Beach this Sunday (6/7) at Riis Park Beach Bazaar, and they return for day 3 (7/26) of Gigawatts Fest with Braid, Swearin', Laura Stevenson, Beach Slang, Chumped and more (tickets).

Girlpool also have a NYC show coming up. They play MHOW on 7/7 with Alex G. Since we last spoke, Frankie Cosmos and Hello Shark were added. Tickets are still available. They recently put out another single from their new debut album, which you can listen to below.

Continue reading "Joyce Manor announce tour dates w/ Cheap Girls & Girlpool"

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"

UPDATE: More artists added.

Riot Fest

We just posted the Riot Fest Toronto lineup, and here's the Riot Fest Denver 2015 lineup: Modest Mouse, Pixies, Snoop Dogg (playing Doggystyle), Iggy Pop, Tenacious D, Ice Cube & special guests (playing Straight Outta Compton remix), Run DMC, Rancid (playing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Explosions in the Sky, Cypress Hill, Alkaline Trio, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, Anthrax, The Damned, Eagles of Death Metal, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, GZA, De La Soul, Testament, Desaparecidos, Nada Surf, The Lawrence Arms, Andrew WK, GWAR, The Black Lips, The Dead Milkmen, The Get Up Kids, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, The Vandals, 7 Seconds, Joyce Manor, OFF!, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang and many more. A few more bands, including two headliners, TBA.

Tickets are on early bird sale now. This year, the fest happens at the new location of Western Rodeo Complex from August 28-30.

UPDATE: Chicago announced too.

All currently announced Denver bands are listed below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Denver 2015: Modest Mouse, Pixies, Iggy Pop, Run DMC, L7, Snoop Dogg, American Nightmare, 7Seconds, more"


LA's annual FYF Fest returns August 22 & 23, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Morrissey, The Jesus & Mary Chain, D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, Bloc Party, Run the Jewels, Deerhunter, Belle & Sebastian, Spiritualized, Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Joyce Manor, Title Fight, METZ, Cold Cave, Melody's Echo Chamber, Battles, Neon Indian, Alvvays, La Femme, Mikal Cronin, Hop Along and more.

Tickets go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon PDT. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2015 lineup (Morrissey, Jesus & Mary Chain, Frank Ocean, D'Angelo, Dinosaur Jr, Spiritualized, Bloc Party, more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Winter Break

California raw pop punks Summer Vacation have been around since 2009, in which time they put out one full length and a few EPs, including a split with Joyce Manor, who consider Summer Vacation hugely influential on their own sound. Last year they had a member leave the band, but fortunately the remaining three are continuing on. Though now they're going under the name Winter Break (get it?).

The first Winter Break album is self-titled and will be out on May 19 via Asian Man Records and Lauren Records (and on cassette via Making New Enemies), and its new single "Cut The Braid" is premiering in this post. It hearkens back to the kind of punk that Asian Man were known for in the '90s (or Lookout! or Recess, etc), with a bit of that decade's Chicago-style emo in there too. Check it out below.

Continue reading "Winter Break (3/4 of Summer Vacation) releasing s/t LP on Asian Man/Lauren (stream "Cut The Braid")"

Drive Like Jehu in 2014 (photo by Tod Seelie)

Earlier today, we mentioned the a couple Coachella sideshows (Brand New/Built to Spill/Desaparecidos and Desaparecidos/Touche Amore/Joyce Manor), and now the full schedule of sideshows is here. There's also one with the reunited Drive Like Jehu, one with the reunited Ride and Eagulls, one with Interpol and Perfume Genius, one with Belle & Sebastian and Mac DeMarco, one with Swans and Angel Olsen, one with Father John Misty and King Tuff, two Jenny Lewis shows, a Cloud Nothings show, a War On Drugs show, a Panda Bear show, and still plenty more.

More details at Goldenvoice's website. Full schedule on the poster below...

Continue reading "Coachella sideshows schedule (Ride, Drive Like Jehu, Belle & Sebastian, Swans, War on Drugs, Interpol, Panda Bear, more)"

photo: Built to Spill at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)

It was already announced that Brand New and Desaparecidos would be playing pre-Coachella shows together, and they've since expanded their itinerary to include an LA show in between the two Coachellas, which excitingly is also with Built to Spill. Brand New have other newly-added Coachella-time dates (with Circa Survive) and Built to Spill are touring on their own around then too. Both BN and BTS also play Shaky Knees Fest. Updated dates are listed below.

Desparecidos have also added an in-between-Coachella LA show with Touche Amore and Joyce Manor, happening ahead of the San Francisco show those three bands play together. Updated lists of their dates below too.

Brand New, Desaparecidos, Built to Spill, Touche Amore and Joyce Manor all play the Sundays of Coachella (with Drake, St. Vincent, Jenny Lewis, OFF! and more). Built to Spill and Joyce Manor also both play Treefort Music Fest.

Lists of dates below...

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Treefort Music Fest returns to various downtown Boise, ID venues from March 25-29 this year, and the lineup includes TV on the Radio, Built to Spill, of Montreal, Joyce Manor, Viet Cong, Cymbals Eat Guitars, !!!, YACHT, Foxygen, Twerps, Matthew E. White, Omar Souleyman, Posse, Delicate Steve, Craft Spells, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Generationals and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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photo: Desaparecidos at Voodoo Fest 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Brand New and Conor Oberst's punk band Desparecidos were both already announced for the Sundays of Coachella, and now the two bands have added two club shows together happening not long before the fest (unfortunately nowhere near NYC). Also on the Sundays of Coachella is Joyce Manor, who we just caught in NYC, and who toured with Brand New but didn't meet them, and were covered by Desaparecidos while touring with them. All BN dates (including Shaky Knees Fest) are listed below.

UPDATE: Desaparecidos also play a San Francisco show in between their Coachella performances with Joyce Manor and Touche Amore (who are also on the Sundays of Coachella).

In related news, Crime In Stereo were added as openers to three of The Movielife's reunion shows, including both sold-out NYC shows at Irving Plaza and their not-sold-out Philly show on 3/6 at TLA. Night 1 of Irving also has Pass Away (Mikey & Kellen formerly of I Am the Avalanche + Eric of Crime In Stereo), and Zumo Kollie will open Irving night 2 and Philly.

You may remember that The Movielife's last reunion show in NYC was surprise-opened by both Crime In Stereo and Brand New, and that all three of those bands had members in The Rookie Lot.

Updated Movielife dates and the list of Brand New dates, below...

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photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

Joyce Manor
Joyce Manor

Cali punks Joyce Manor are currently in the midst of a four-night NYC-area run, which kicked off on Wednesday (1/14) in Asbury Park and hit Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (1/15) for a free Converse Rubber Tracks show. The place was packed for them at MHOW, and the fists-raised crowd was screaming every word for the whole 16-song set (which was over in about 30-35 minutes). Like most of their recent shows, they split the set mostly between their 2011 debut album and last year's Never Hungover Again, but also gave us "Violent Inside" from their second album, a new song, a cover of Weezer's "You Gave Your Love To Me Softly" (they joked that their next NYC show would be a full set of Weezer covers), and ended with live staple "Five Beer Plan" from their 2010 EP.

The drummer of Hop Along (who played NYC two days earlier and just announced a tour with The War on Drugs) could be spotted singing along from the side of the stage, and at one point Joyce Manor singer Barry Johnson asked the crowd, "Are you guys excited for the new Hop Along record?" which got a lot of cheers. (You may also remember that the cover art for Never Hungover Again features a photo of Hop Along singer Frances Quinlan.) Pictures of the whole show, including openers The Weaks (who I missed), are in this post.

Joyce Manor's run continues tonight (1/16) in Kingston with Laura Stevenson and Quarterbacks, and wraps up Saturday (1/17) in Amityville with Mitski and Oso Oso. Both are sold out. In April, they'll be at Coachella.

More pictures from MHOW, and Joyce Manor's setlist, below...

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Joyce Manor

Just yesterday, Nardwuar posted a video of his interview with White Lung (and videos with Andy Milonakis and Zedd), and today he's posted one with another punk band, Joyce Manor. He talks to them about their old bands, going the entire Brand New tour without meeting them, and more. Check out the video below.

Joyce Manor also have previously discussed dates coming up, including four in the NYC-area this month. They play NYC proper on 1/15 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with The Weaks (free, but RSVP closed), as well as nearby dates with Mitski on 1/14 at Asbury Lanes (tickets) and 1/17 at Amityville Music Hall (sold out), and another with Quarterbacks and Laura Stevenson (solo) on 1/16 at BSP Kingston (tickets).

This spring, they'll have another chance to not meet Brand New when they play the same day as them at Coachella. That day also has Drake, St. Vincent, Touche Amore, Built to Spill, JM's past tourmates Desaparecidos, and more.

Updated dates are listed, with the Nardwuar video, below...

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Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.

Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...

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photo: Joyce Manor at Rough Trade in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Joyce Manor

Joyce Manor recently announced a 3-night NYC-area run happening this month which includes shows in Asbury Park, Kingston and Amityville, but none in NYC proper. That's now changed, with a just-added free Brooklyn show happening January 15 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, part of Converse's Rubber Tracks Live series. The other three shows are with Mitski, but this one's with The Weaks. Though the show is free, you do need tickets, which go on "sale" at noon on Wednesday (1/7).

Joyce Manor's last album was 2014's great Never Hungover Again, one of our favorite albums of 2014. Listen to "Schley" from that album, with their updated list of dates, below...

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by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis


We love year-end lists -- reading them, making them, arguing about them. BrooklynVegan editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis have once again figured out their favorite albums of the year which you can check out, with commentary, below. Someday we may be able to come to an agreement on an official BV year-end list, but as you'll see there's not a lot of commonality between their two lists. (Specifically, there is zero commonality.) Which is ok! Diff'rent Strokes to rule the world. This year, they've also added their Top 20 favorite songs as well.

Find out what made their lists, below...

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Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)

Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.

Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.

The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.

DG year-end lists below...

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