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photo: Brand New at Forest Hills in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Brand New

Brand New have been talking about releasing their long-awaited fifth album for some time now, but there's a new update and this one feels like the real deal. Procrastinate! Music Traitors, the label that the band runs (that they just released their 2006 demos on) sent out a new email that lists three upcoming releases for 2016: an album by Greater Pyrenees, an album by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band, and an album by Brand New. The former two are set to come out on LP, and the Brand New release is listed as "unconfirmed format." Check out the whole email below.

Earlier this week, Brand New announced a co-headlining tour with Modest Mouse that hits NYC on July 14 at Madison Square Garden. There were a few presales (including a BrooklynVegan presale), and the general sale this morning seemed to sell out almost instantly, but at some point tickets became available again.

The new album may or may not feature "Mene," the band's 2015 single and first song since 2009. Listen to that below...

Continue reading "Brand New's label promising new Brand New album in 2016"

Bernie Sanders Feel the Bern

Cass McCombs, Jana Hunter (Lower Dens), Will Sheff (Okkervil River), Gang Gang Dance, Kevin Devine, MAS YSA, Frankie Cosmos, Spirit Family Reunion, and many more will be performing as part of a two-night fundraiser for Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. "Brooklyn is Berning! - 2 Nights of Music and Culture" happens at Baby's All Right on January 5 & 6. Tickets are $30 for each night (or $100 a night as a "Super Supporter") or $150 for both days as a Super Supporter.

Here are the daily lineups and set times:

TUESDAY, JANUARY 5
Jana Hunter - (Set time: 11:30 PM)
Frankie Cosmos - (Set time: 10:50 PM)
Kevin Devine - (Set time: 10:10 PM)
Jamie Kilstein - (Set time: 9:35 PM)
Will Sheff of Okkervil River - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Dead Heavens - (Set time: 8:20 PM)
Spirit Family Reunion - (Set time: 7:40 PM)
Kat Wright & Brett Hughes - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
DJ Hiro Kone - (Set time: 6:00 PM)
* DJ Tommie Sunshine between sets

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6
DJ Gang Gang Dance (Liz B and BDG) - (Set time: 11:15 PM)
WET - (Set time: 10:45 PM)
Cass McCombs & The Chapin Sisters - (Set time: 9:45 PM)
Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Mas Ysa - (Set time: 8:15 PM)
Pants Velour - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
DJ Stretch Armstrong - (Set time: 6:00 PM)
* DJ Moses Archuleta (of Deerhunter) between sets

They're promising special appearances too -- maybe Sanders himself? Full lineup of "Brooklyn is Berning" is listed below...

Continue reading "Cass McCombs, Jana Hunter, Will Sheff, Gang Gang Dance, Kevin Devine & more playing 2-day Bernie Sanders fundraiser"

photo: Murder By Death at FFF Fest in November (more by Chad Wadsworth et al)
Murder By Death

Murder By Death released Big Dark Love back at the beginning of 2015, and they have a ton of shows coming up, including one leg of shows with former Avail frontman Tim Barry and another with the always-busy Kevin Devine and his Goddamn Band.

The round with Kevin starts on April 13 and stops in NYC for a show at Irving Plaza on April 15. Tickets for that show are currently on Live Nation and Music Geeks presale (passwords = BELLS and MUSICGEEKS) and go on sale to the general public Friday (12/18) at 10 AM.

Then, though the run with Tim actually happens first, Tim opens MBD's second NYC show in the midst of the run with Kevin Devine on April 18 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that are currently on AmEx presale and go on sale to the general public Friday (12/18) at 10 AM.

Kevin Devine has been collaborating with everybody lately, mostly at those recent BV-presented release shows where he was joined by Meredith Graves, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Matthew of Nada Surf, and Tigers Jaw. He also hooked up with Brand New's Jesse Lacy at the Philly show, in addition to all those other acts.

Watch a video of Murder By Death playing live earlier this year and check out tour dates below...

Continue reading "Murder By Death announce tour dates with Tim Barry and Kevin Devine (separately)"

photos by Mimi Hong

Jesse Lacey / Jesse with Cymbals Eat Guitars
Devinyl Split Series 1
Devinyl Split Series 1

Kevin Devine began his BV-presented Devinyl Splits release shows in Brooklyn on Friday (pics, review), and they continued at The TLA in Philly the next day (12/12) with a very special guest, Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey. Jesse joined Kevin for his songs "Cotton Crush," "Ballgame" and "Tomorrow's Just Too Late." Kevin and his band, The Goddamn Band, backed Jesse for Brand New's "Bought A Bride," "Mene" (their first new song in six years), and "Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Dont," the latter of which had Cymbals Eat Guitars singer Joe D'Agostino come out to sing the bridge. (And at the end, clearly he forgot that mics are for singing, not swinging!)

Jesse also did "Soco Amaretto Lime" solo, covered Nirvana's "Lithium" with KD&GDB and Joe D'Agostino, and sang guest vocals on Cymbals Eat Guitars' "Aerobed," which he produced. Check out videos of all those songs and more pictures of Jesse, Kevin, and Cymbals, below.

AbsolutePunk also points to a tweet from former AP writer Thomas Nassiff (who now runs Bad Timing Records, the label putting out the KD splits, with Zack Zarillo), confirming that Jesse will be the sixth and final installment of the Devinyl Splits series.

The show also included Nada Surf's Matthew Caws, Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves, Tigers Jaw, and Owen (aka Mike Kinsella). Pictures of their sets here.

Continue reading "Brand New's Jesse Lacey collaborated with Kevin Devine and Cymbals Eat Guitars in Philly, covered Nirvana (pics, videos)"

photos by Mimi Hong

KD & Matthew Caws / KD & Meredith Graves / Tigers Jaw / Owen
Devinyl Split Series 1
Devinyl Split Series 1
Devinyl Split Series 1
Devinyl Split Series 1

We already posted pictures and a review from the Brooklyn date of Kevin Devine's BV-presented Devinyl Splits, and now we've got pictures of the Philly show -- Saturday (12/12) at The TLA. Pictures of Kevin, Cymbals Eat Guitars and Brand New singer Jesse Lacey (who all collaborated together) are HERE, and pictures of Tigers Jaw, Owen (aka Mike Kinsella), Nada Surf singer Matthew Caws, and Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves are in this post.

Like in Brooklyn, Joe from Cymbals and KD&GDB backed Meredith on her solo songs, Matthew and Kevin collaborated on each other's songs, and Tigers Jaw and Kevin did too (and covered The Cure). Watch a video of Meredith, Joe and KD in Brooklyn here.

The third and final show happened in Cambridge on Sunday. More pictures from Philly (including one of the setlist) below...

Continue reading "Kevin Devine, Meredith Graves, Matthew Caws, Owen and Tigers Jaw @ The TLA in Philly (pics)"

PLUS: Watch Meredith play a new solo song backed by Joe from Cymbals Eat Guitars and Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Meredith/Kevin/Joe, Kevin/Matthew, Kevin/Tigers Jaw
DeVinyl Split Series 1
DeVinyl Split Series 1
DeVinyl Split Series 1

Kevin Devine was telling a story on stage at The Bell House last night (12/11) about instantly loving Tigers Jaw's music after Jon Simmons from Balance & Composure showed it to him in a car ride on tour. Talking about them, he said something to the effect of there being good and bad sides to being part of a scene. It was just a quick side note, but it resonated with me throughout the entire night because the show itself broke down barriers of several scenes. It was the first of three BV-presented release shows for Kevin's new Devinyl Splits series, and each artist he worked with was coming from a distinctly different "scene" but the whole show was one cohesive thing. It wasn't like Kevin just having a few bands he likes open for him either. It was set up like a variety show, with Kevin both opening and closing, and bringing a new guest out every few songs (sometimes more than one at a time). It kept the place packed from start to finish.

Along with Kevin and Tigers Jaw, the show had Brooklyn's folky, punky singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson (in solo acoustic folk mode last night), Meredith Graves from the hardcore band Perfect Pussy trying out some shoegazier material, the consistently solid indie rock band Cymbals Eat Guitars, and two veterans with notably different histories. There was Matthew Caws of Nada Surf, who were mainstream for a second in the mid-'90s but then started a fruitful indie career instead. And Mike Kinsella (aka Owen), who probably had way less fans in the mid-'90s but became legendary over time, and never stopped writing great music across several projects.

The first guest was Laura Stevenson, whose whole set was solo and included a cover of Elliott Smith's "Angel in the Snow." Then the next was Brianna Collins of Tigers Jaw, who sang harmonies with Kevin on his song "For Eugene." After that, her bandmate Ben Walsh came out and the two of them did "Teen Rocket" and "I Saw Water" acoustic. Then Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band joined as their backing band for a cover of The Cure's "In Between Days" and a version of Tigers Jaw's "Cool" where Kevin sang lead on the last verse. (He released a cover of the song last month.) That Cure cover is the song Tigers Jaw contributed to their split with Kevin. His contribution was a cover of "Lovesong," which he played after Ben and Brianna left the stage.

Cymbals Eat Guitars
DeVinyl Split Series 1

After an intermission, Cymbals Eat Guitars took the stage on their own for "Aerobed" off their split with Kevin, and two songs off last year's excellent LOSE. Theirs was the most like seeing a regular Cymbals Eat Guitar set (and great as always), even if it was just three songs. It wouldn't be the last time their singer Joe D'Agostino would be on stage, but more on that in a bit.

Another KD set followed, and then Kevin began telling a story of how great Mike Kinsella is and how when they toured together with Andy Hull in 2007, Mike didn't give a shit about a lot of the things musicians in his place normally would. (Unbeknownst to Kevin for the first half of the story, Mike was watching him say all this from backstage.) As anyone who's seen Owen knows, one thing he doesn't give a shit about is messing up his songs every now and then, which he did a few times last night. But it's always charming and never frustrating. Probably because, like last night, his sets are always gorgeous.

Up next was Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves. She was known mostly for short blasts of noise punk before her shoegazy solo song on her split with Kevin. She played that, and a new one that I thought sounded even better. She was belting her voice on that one more than I'd ever heard her do before, and it turns out she's a good singer! For both songs, she was backed by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band and Joe from Cymbal Eat Guitars, who created exactly the kind of wall of noise Meredith sounds best with.

Meredith and Joe left and KD&GDB stayed, eventually bringing out Kevin's wife Carey Brandenburg for "Lonesome Town" and then Nada Surf frontman Matthew Caws to duet with him on "Brooklyn Boy." Matthew then did Nada Surf's "Blizzard of '77" solo, and then played his cover of Kevin's "Fiscal Cliff" (that he recorded for their split). He told us how he was singing it to himself in the cab on the way to the show, and the driver was apparently moved by the lyrics. He wrapped up with Nada Surf's "Inside of Love" and "See These Bones," with Kevin joining him again.

Then to end the show, just like it started, was another set from Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band. They gave us a ton of favorites from throughout Kevin's career over the course of the night -- "Ballgame," "Cotton Crush," "Another Bag of Bones," "Brother's Blood," etc -- and played a good amount off his newest album too. The guests made the night extra special, but it was also clear that it was Kevin's show and Kevin's crowd. Several songs had the crowd singing every single word in unison louder than Kevin even was.

The Devinyl Splits shows continue in Philly tonight (12/12) with Brand New's Jesse Lacey replacing Laura Stevenson, and then Cambridge on Sunday (12/13) with The Front Bottoms' Brian Sella. Cymbals Eat Guitars and Laura Stevenson play Brooklyn together again on Monday (12/14).

A video of Meredith's new song (with KD&GDB and Joe from CEG), some other clips from throughout the night, more pictures and the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Kevin Devine collaborated w/ Meredith Graves, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Matthew of Nada Surf, Tigers Jaw & more @ The Bell House (pics, videos)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Mike Kinsella w/ American Football in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mike Kinsella

The next installment of Kevin Devine's split singles series comes out December 18 and features Owen (aka Mike Kinsella of American Football, Cap'n Jazz, etc). Owen's contribution, "Critical Condition," is out now and it's a fleshed-out full-band song that would've fit nicely on his last album. Check it out below (via Noisey).

Owen will be playing all three of Kevin's BV-presented release shows, which also includes the other split-mates Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy), Tigers Jaw and Cymbals Eat Guitars. Brooklyn (12/11 at The Bell House) also has Laura Stevenson, Philly (12/12 at the TLA) also has Jesse Lacey (Brand New), and Cambridge, MA (12/13 at The Sinclair) also has Brian Sella (The Front Bottoms).

Continue reading "Owen streams new song "Critical Condition" off Kevin Devine split (listen)"

photo: Jesse Lacey w/ Brand New in Queens in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Brand New

As you may know, Kevin Devine is celebrating his Devinyl Splits series with BrooklynVegan-presented release shows in Brooklyn, Philly and Cambridge this December. The shows all already included Matthw Caws (Nada Surf), Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy), Tigers Jaw, Cymbals Eat Guitars and Owen, and we're now excited to announce the final special guest for each city.

At the Brooklyn show (12/11 at The Bell House) they'll be joined by Laura Stevenson, the Philly show (12/12 at the TLA) will have Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey, and Cambridge (12/13 at The Sinclair) will have The Front Bottoms singer Brian Sella. Tickets for all three shows are still available (click the venue links). Flyers below.

Laura Stevenson, whose new album Cocksure is out now on Don Giovanni, is on tour now with Matt Pond PA. That tour hits NYC on 11/21 at Webster Hall's Marlin Room.

The Front Bottoms recently played two BV-presented NYC shows at Irving Plaza (pictures) and they've been keeping a video tour diary. We just posted part four.

Brand New continue to drop hints of their long-awaited fifth album which may be their last.

Flyers and some music below...

Continue reading "Brand New's Jesse Lacey, Front Bottoms' Brian Sella, & Laura Stevenson added to Kevin Devine shows"

by Andrew Sacher

Kevin Devine

We recently heard Cymbals Eat Guitars' great new song "Aerobed," which is off their upcoming split with Kevin Devine. It's the fourth installment of Kevin's Devinyl Splits series and due out on November 13 via Bad Timing Records (pre-order). Now we've got the premiere of KD's side, "Magic Magnet," which is the first Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band song since their 2013 album Bubblegum. It's a loud-quiet-loud rocker like the Cymbals contribution, so the two songs pair well together, and it picks right up where Bubblegum left off. It's good stuff and you can listen below.

BV is presenting the release shows for the Devinyl Splits series, which include Kevin plus all of the other contributors: Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy), Tigers Jaw, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Owen and one more TBA. Those happen in Brooklyn on December 11 at The Bell House, Philly on December 12 at The TLA, and Cambridge on December 13 at The Sinclair.

Flyer for the shows and the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "listen to Kevin Devine's new song "Magic Magnet" off his split with Cymbals Eat Guitars"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Cymbals Eat Guitars at Best Buy Theater in July (more by Mimi Hong)
Cymbals Eat Guitars

Following splits with Matthew Caws, Meredith Graves and Tigers Jaw, the next in Kevin Devine's Devinyl Splits series is with Cymbals Eat Guitars and it's due out November 13 via Bad Timing Records (pre-order). CEG's contribution, "Aerobed," is out now and it's their first song released since last year's excellent LOSE (one of our favorite albums of 2014).

If you like LOSE, you're definitely going to like "Aerobed." It starts out as a soft acoustic song, but it explodes into the kind of cathartic release you might expect from CEG's and KD's past tourmates Brand New. This is no throwaway one-off track, it's on par with the band's best moments to date. Listen below (via Spin).

UPDATE: Turns out Brand New singer Jesse Lacey actually produced it (!) and BN collaborator Mike Sapone recorded it.

They also announced that they signed to Sinderlyn, a new-ish label started by Captured Tracks label head Mike Sniper (which Alex Bleeker and the Freaks are now also on). A new album is expected in 2016.

Kevin's upcoming fifth installment is with Owen and there's a sixth TBA, and all six artists will be playing BrooklynVegan-presented release shows with KD in Brooklyn (12/11), Philly (12/12) and Cambridge (12/13).

CEG also have a hometown show sooner than that on November 7 at Rough Trade NYC with Solvey and Painted Zeros. Tickets are still available.

Stream "Aerobed" below...

Continue reading "Cymbals Eat Guitars streaming new song "Aerobed" off split with Kevin Devine, sign to Sinderlyn for new album"

Kevin Devine

The BrooklynVegan-presented Kevin Devine split 7" release shows with Tigers Jaw, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Owen, Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy) and Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) are on sale now. Get yours using the following links:

Brooklyn: 12/11 at The Bell House
Philly: 12/12 at The TLA
Cambridge: 12/13 at The Sinclair
More info on the 7" series here.

by Andrew Sacher

Soren Juul

Soren Juul used to go by the name Indians, but now he's just using his regular name. His first release as Soren Juul is a 3-song self-titled EP that came out earlier this month via 4AD. He hasn't changed up his style too much, which means he's still making lush dreamy pop. Check out all three tracks below.

Soren has dates coming up, including one show in NYC. It's a KEXP CMJ show happening October 19 at City Winery with a cool lineup all around: Joseph Arthur, The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser, and Kevin Devine. Tickets are on sale now. He also has shows supporting Julia Holter and his 4AD labelmates El VY, but not in NYC. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of Kevin Devine, BrooklynVegan is presenting his upcoming December shows with Tigers Jaw, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Owen, Meredith Graves (of Perfect Pussy) and Matthew Caws (of Nada Surf). Tickets are currently on KD's artist presale, and the general on-sale starts Thursday (9/24) at noon.

Continue reading "Soren Juul (fka Indians) has a new EP on 4AD, playing shows, NYC w/ Joseph Arthur, Hamilton Leithauser & Kevin Devine"

Kevin Devine

As you may know, Kevin Devine is doing a split 7" single series this year called Devinyl Splits, which so far has included splits with Tigers Jaw, Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws. The next two will be with Owen (aka Mike Kinsella of American Football, etc) and Cymbals Eat Guitars, and there's one more TBA.

To celebrate the splits, there will be release shows in Brooklyn, Philly and Cambridge with Kevin and all six of his split-mates, which BrooklynVegan is proudly presenting. The shows happen at The Bell House on December 11 in Brooklyn, The TLA on December 12 in Philly, and The Sinclair on December 13 in Cambridge. Tickets for all three are on artist presale now.

Stay tuned for info on that TBA artist and song streams from the Owen and CEG splits. Meanwhile, you can stream the first three below and pick up vinyl copies via Bad Timing Records.

Kevin Devine, Perfect Pussy, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Tigers Jaw and Nada Surf also have other NYC shows coming up soon too.

UPDATE: Kevin Devine has also announced a ton of tour dates which are now also listed below...

Continue reading "BV Presents: Kevin Devine, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Owen, Tigers Jaw, Meredith Graves & Matthew Caws in BK, Philly & Mass"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Petal at Bowery Ballroom on NYE (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Petal

Petal, the project of Kiley Lotz that also features Tigers Jaw's two main members Brianna Collins and Ben Walsh, will tour this September with their Scranton, PA neighbors Captain We're Sinking. The tour hits NYC on 9/12 at Black Bear Bar. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates, including a Long Island show, are listed below.

Still no word on Petal's first release for Run For Cover, which she signed to last year, but Kiley and Brianna did recently debut the song "Heaven" in an acoustic Cozy Couch Session. You can check that out below.

Tigers Jaw, who recently released an acoustic LP and went on an acoustic tour, are contributing to the third installment of Kevin Devine's split 7" series, Devinyl Splits (following Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws). This installment has both artists covering The Cure, with Tigers Jaw taking on "In Between Days" and Kevin doing "Lovesong." Tigers Jaw's cover is out now and can be streamed below. The band will return to NYC to open for popular pop punk bands New Found Glory and Yellowcard at Best Buy Theater on 10/24 (tickets).

Continue reading "Petal touring w/ Captain We're Sinking; Tigers Jaw releasing a split single of The Cure covers w/ Kevin Devine (listen)"

photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

mewithoutYou @ Bowery Ballroom - 7/17/15
mewithoutYou

mewithoutYou wrapped up their tour with Foxing and Field Mouse over the weekend, hitting NYC at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (7/17). mewithoutYou haven't ever stopped making good records or putting on good live shows, but this year's Pale Horses does still feel like a "we're back!" moment for them, and the Bowery show did too. Not counting last year's Catch For Us The Foxes 10th anniversary tour, this was the biggest and most energized crowd I've seen for them in NYC in a while. If it wasn't sold out, it was definitely close, and people were singing and clapping along all night.

The band sounded very consistent too. When they first came out with the whimsical indie folk of a song like this, it was a little jarring coming from a band who once made heavy post-hardcore like this. (They're good at both sounds though.) Pale Horses ties their many styles together without ever leaning too far in a particular direction, which helped their live set do the same. They included all three "spider" songs from Brother, Sister, but instead of having them lead into songs from that album, each led into a different Pale Horses song seamlessly. They opened their encore with the opening song of Catch For Us The Foxes ("Torches Together"), and then brought out their old pal Kevin Devine to wrap up with two very different album closers. First they did the campfire folk of "Allah, Allah, Allah" and then shifted to the intricately-layered art rock of "In A Sweater Poorly Knit." Hearing those three in a row showed in one batch of songs how diverse mewithoutYou can get. And hearing this year's "Red Cow" right into 2006's "Nice & Blue, Pt. 2" earlier in the night showed just how well the new material works with their more classic songs.

Foxing
Foxing

Kevin Devine wasn't the only guest during their set. They also brought out Conor Murphy, frontman of opening band Foxing, to play trumpet on "Cattail Down." He got massive cheers when he came out, which is pretty amazing considering he's of the opening, much-younger band. But it makes sense -- the two bands are a great fit. Like mewithoutYou, Foxing bring their vocals to a scream just enough times that they'll probably get called "post-hardcore," but they're more interested in making ambitious, genre-defying rock music than sticking to the typical characteristics of any one genre. Conor's voice is a beautiful falsetto as often as it's a rough yell, and instrumentally the band nears Caspian or This Will Destroy You-style post-rock. I've seen them a few times before, but Friday's set had to be the best. They were aided by a violinist/keyboardist for the whole set, a sax player for one song and a clarinet player for another, which had them sounding even more epic than usual. (I don't like to throw that word around, but this set really was epic.) And while Foxing probably won over a few mewithoutYou fans on this tour, I wouldn't be surprised if the opposite happened as well. They're a talented young band, and rising quickly. Maybe some of their fans who missed the boat on mewithoutYou discovered that band through this tour too.

More pictures from Bowery Ballroom, and mewithoutYou's setlist, below...

Continue reading "mewithoutYou, Kevin Devine, Foxing & Field Mouse played Bowery Ballroom (pics, review, setlist)"

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"

photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

The Gaslight Anthem / The Front Bottoms / Cloud Nothings
Skate and Surf
Skate and Surf
Skate and Surf

After a successful day 1, the 2015 Skate & Surf Festival held its second and final day at the Asbury Park oceanfront on Sunday (5/17). While most of the exciting stuff on Saturday started later on (for me at least -- maybe Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! have fans?), Sunday kicked off in a big way with Modern Baseball taking the opening slot on the main stage (the Gameloud Stage). I had been wondering how a band who's risen as quickly as them could be put so early on the main stage, rather than getting a mid-day or evening slot on a side stage, but once Modern Baseball came on I knew the answer. Their crowd probably wouldn't fit anywhere else. The park was filled with fans who came early to see them, and it wasn't just people there to check out the hype. A majority of the crowd knew every single word.

As great a turnout as Modern Baseball had though, the band who had their crowd going off more than anyone -- even more than headliners The Gaslight Anthem -- hit that same stage a few hours later: The Front Bottoms. They're actually kinda likeminded to Modern Baseball (both bands reminded me of The Weakerthans at first) with their knacks for nasally vocals, super specific lyrics, and music with the drive of punk but cleaner guitars. It's kind of amazing to see stuff like this catch on too. Both bands have pretty indie/DIY approaches, and on a festival which still gets called a "pop punk festival," they're not exactly your typical fare. More importantly though, both bands are a hell of a lot of fun.

Over on the smaller stages, Sunday had a lot of good stuff too. There was Beach Slang, who were on the small East Stage mid-day, but played like they were headlining the festival. Not that it was a surprise. They may only have nine songs out so far, but they've been putting on shows like they're the biggest band in the world since the beginning. We of course got all those usual favorites, as well as "Ride the Wild Haze" (heard earlier this year in Brooklyn) and another new one, both presumably off their upcoming debut LP on Polyvinyl.

Unfortunately, Beach Slang's set was disrupted by a power outage due to a faulty generator which affected the adjacent East and West Stages a few more times throughout the day before they got a new generator hours later. More than one of those times was during the band who immediately followed Beach Slang, Hot Rod Circuit.

Beach Slang and Hot Rod Circuit getting some air
Skate and Surf
Skate and Surf

Hot Rod Circuit were back with their Sorry About Tomorrow/If It's Cool With You, It's Cool With Me lineup for this show and their Connecticut show a day earlier (which were their first shows since 2011 and reportedly the only two they're doing), and their set leaned most heavily on that era. They kicked off with the ripping "Radiation Suit," and you really couldn't have asked for a better opener. It's the one where their punk energy and pop hooks come together the strongest, and taking that one right into the fist-pumping "At Nature's Mercy" had the crowd amped enough to sing an entire verse a capella after the power cut out for the first time. The band picked the song back up once the power came back, but it very quickly went out again, at which point Andy Jackson got out his acoustic guitar and played "Camo," the acoustic bonus track on The Underground Is A Dying Breed. It was hard to totally make it out with all the other sounds of the festival -- including Cloud Nothings' set on the World Stage (which I unfortunately missed due to it overlapping with HRC, but we did get pictures of both) -- but a cooler experience than having us just wait around.

Once they came back, we got a few more favorites including "Stateside," "Now Or Never," "Irish Car Bomb" and "The Power of Vitamins." And even though the flow of the set was interrupted, when HRC were on, they were on. Casey Prestwood's lead guitar was flawless, which was even more amazing considering he was either jumping around or rolling on the floor for most of the set. And really the whole band sounded fantastic on every song. It's a bummer they aren't playing more shows.

A couple slots later on that stage was Small Brown Bike, another veteran band who had been silent since 2011, and who played that same CT show with Hot Rod the night earlier. Their 7:05 set was completely delayed until a new generator was brought in, not starting until closer to 8 PM. Delays aside though, when SBB got up there, they sounded great. We got stuff from all four of their albums -- "The Cannons and Tanks"," See You In Hell," "Tragically Ending," "Onward and Overboard" and plenty more. And while you did kinda get the vibe that they would've gone over better in a small venue (I was hoping their set would've looked a little more like it did at Cake Shop in 2010), SBB still gave it their all.

Pianos Become the Teeth
Skate and Surf

Other highlights that day included the grungy, headbanging Manchester Orchestra, reunited post-hardcore band Poison the Well, headlining home state heroes The Gaslight Anthem, singer/songwriter Kevin Devine and his rocking band (Kevin also joined The Front Bottoms on stage for "Twin Size Mattress"), and a highly intense set from Pianos Become the Teeth. One of the best times I've ever seen them.

Day 1 pictures HERE. Day 2 pictures continue below...

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photo: Brand New at Forest Hills Stadium in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Brand New

Brand New are touring this year, including a New York show happening at Cooperstown's Brewery Ommegang on August 16 with Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine. That show went on sale last week and quickly sold out, but the band have now added a second date happening August 15 at Brewery Ommegang, this time with The Front Bottoms and Kevin Devine. Tickets are on presale now.

Like at the 8/16 show, this one will have the new collaborative Brand New/Ommegang brew of beer for sale.

Kevin and The Front Bottoms also play NYC-area fest Skate & Surf this weekend (May 16 & 17), which we're giving away tickets to.

Kevin Devine also just released his half of his upcoming split with Meredith Graves. You can stream her contribution here, and stream his below (via Village Voice).

Brand New also added New Orleans and Nashville shows. Updated dates are listed, with a stream of their recent single "Mene" (their first new song in six years), below...

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S&S

Asbury Park's Skate & Surf festival is this weekend (May 16-17) with a pretty great lineup of punk, pop punk, indie rock, post-hardcore and more. There's a few conflicts (fans of both Hot Rod Circuit and Cloud Nothings have a tough choice to make), but it mostly looks like a pretty convenient schedule. Check out the full thing (including a few recently-added bands) below.

Tickets for the festival are still available, and we're giving a pair away! Enter the contest below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Brand New at Forest Hills Stadium in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
BN

Brand New are more the type to gradually reveal dates than announce a lengthy tour at once, and today their first New York show of 2015 has been announced. They'll return to Cooperstown's Brewery Ommegang on August 16, the same venue they played last year with Modest Mouse. It's a good bill all around, with support from old friends Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine. Additionally, at the show they'll debut the new Brand New/Ommegang beer collaboration, which will be the first-ever Brand New beer. The presale is already sold out, but tickets go on sale to the general public Friday (5/8) at noon.

Brand New's tour schedule also includes Shaky Knees Festival, Primavera Sound, Bunbury Festival, Lollapalooza, Osheaga, Bumbershoot, ACL, and shows with Basement, Desaparecidos and more. They also headline the Friday of Arizona's Summer Ends Music Festival with Jimmy Eat World, Spoon, Thrice, Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine. All dates are listed below.

Last month, Brand New released "Mene," their first single in six years, followed by the live debut of another new song, "Sealed to Me." Last week, Jesse Lacey joined Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull and Kevin Devine at Andy's NYC show to sing Manchester's "Where Have You Been?" Video of that, the two new BN songs, the list of dates, and the Cooperstown show flyer, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Meredith Graves in Chicago in February (more by James Richards IV)
Meredith

Last year, Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves gave an interview where she said she'd be starting a solo career in addition to PP, and her first solo release is her upcoming split 7" with Kevin Devine. Her contribution to that split is "Took The Ghost To The Movies," which is a shoegazy song that has Meredith using clean vocals (though very buried ones), as opposed to her shouts in Perfect Pussy. Listen below (via Spin).

The split is the second installment of Kevin Devine's ongoing Devinyl Splits series, and comes out May 26 via Bad Timing Records (pre-order). Part 1 is with Nada Surf singer Matthew Caws (listen), part 3 will be with Tigers Jaw, and three more are TBA. Kevin appeared in NYC last week as a special guest at the Andy Hull show, along with Brand New's Jesse Lacey.

Perfect Pussy will next play on May 23 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Big Ups (who play NYC tonight, 5/5), Vulture Shit, Nine of Swords and Nonsense.

Stream "Took The Ghost To The Movies" below...

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photo: Jesse Lacey & Andy Hull (via @itsthedrew)
Andy Hull

Manchester Orchestra singer Andy Hull brought his tour with Dustin Kensrue (frontman of the reunited Thrice) to The Studio at Webster Hall last night (4/28) for their first of two NYC shows. At the show, he played "Where Have You Been?," one of the highlights off Manchester's 2006 album, I'm Like A Virgin Losing A Child, and he brought out some old friends to accompany him for it: Brand New singer Jesse Lacey and Kevin Devine. Watch a fan-shot (but good quality) video below.

Andy and Dustin do it again at The Bell House on Thursday (4/30), which is sold out. Will any special guests appear at that one too?

Meanwhile, we recently got the first Brand New single in six years, followed by the live debut of another new song, and we're hoping that a new album is imminent.

Kevin Devine is up to stuff too. He's in the midst of his split singles series, and will release the next one -- a split with Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves -- on May 26 via Bad Timing Records.

Watch the "Where Have You Been?" video below...

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photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Sacher

Rat Fist / Pianos Become The Teeth / Single Mothers
20150320 - BrooklynVegan Day Party - Friday - SXSW 2015
20150320 - BrooklynVegan Day Party - Friday - SXSW 2015
20150320 - BrooklynVegan Day Party - Friday - SXSW 2015

The three 2015 BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 continued on Friday (3/20), once again bringing a handful of bands to the venue's two stages from noon to 6 PM. This one was co-presented with Invisible Oranges.

Unfortunately, Walter Schreifels' band Vanishing Life had to cancel at the last minute due to illness, so Creepoid were moved from the outside stage to the inside stage and the show got a slightly later start. But other than that (and some rain), day 2 went off without a hitch.

Philly's Creepoid, who since ran into some legal trouble, started the day on a psychedelic note, with hazy smoke machines filling the room and their bass and their swirly logo (emblazoned on their bass drum) lit up from inside the drum. It was the perfect setting for their rocking shoegaze. After them it was Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band. The band's currently a power trio, and while Kevin's equally (or better) known for acoustic singer/songwriter stuff, they stuck mostly to their harder material which was a great fit for the day's bill. After them was The Velvet Teen, the shapeshifting rock band who are about to release their first full length in nine years on Topshelf. They played mostly stuff off that album, and the new songs sound good: like a mix of their indie rock early years and the artier tendencies they took on later on.

Power Trip
20150320 - BrooklynVegan Day Party - Friday - SXSW 2015

After Velvet Teen, the inside stage went officially into heavy mode with Canadian punks Single Mothers. They were in beast mode as usual and got a good amount of the crowd rowdy as well, with a handful of people up front shouting along. Then came their Canadian neighbors KEN mode who have a new bassist and a new album on the way that they previewed a handful of songs from. The new stuff has them sounding a little less metallic and a little more AmRep noise rock. It sounded great. They were followed by Power Trip, who recall a handful of early thrash and crossover bands but sound way too urgent to come off as retro. Like they tend to do, they had the whole room turned into a total madhouse. Wrapping up the inside stage was United Nations, one of Geoff Rickly's current bands. Their album makes a joke out of punk rock (while also being a killer punk album), and they did the same at their show, pairing their crushing set with stage banter that sarcastically poked fun at things like McDonald's' presence at SXSW. And for one song, Geoff broke out his old mask.

Meanwhile, the outside stage began around 12:30 with Rat Fist, a trio featuring members of No Age and Pissed Jeans who played a solid set indebted to garage and early punk. They were followed by Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan, who are currently on their first US tour and were one of the bands we were very excited to finally check out. They sounded great, and their singer's excitable stage presence was fun to watch too. Then came their Run for Cover labelmates Pity Sex, whose hard-hitting shoegaze sounded as good as ever. Up next was Pianos Become the Teeth (who share a rhythm section with United Nations), who played an intense set pulling almost entirely from their newest album, the post-hardcore band's first without screaming. Then the day ended with two veterans: first Mac McCaughan of Superchunk who previewed his upcoming debut solo album, and then shoegazers Swervedriver who just put out their first album since 1998 that (perhaps thanks to bands like Pity Sex and Creepoid) doesn't sound dated at all.

Swervedriver
20150320 - BrooklynVegan Day Party - Friday - SXSW 2015

Thanks to our sponsors Dropkloud, Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) and MailChimp for helping make the party possible. If you unlocked our party playlsts on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for helping keep our artists relaxed.

Pictures from Thursday HERE. Saturday coming shortly. More from Friday below...

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Mew
photo: Mew at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Power Trip
photo: Power Trip at BV-RBSS in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)

The three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 in Austin begin TODAY (Thursday, 3/19). We're taking over both stages of the 6th & Red River venue from noon-6pm and doing it again Friday (3/20) and Saturday (3/21) too. You can RSVP for all three days. If you're in Austin, hope to see you there!

Over the course of the three days there's sets from Mew, The Pop Group, Swervedriver, Frank Turner, Ceremony, Iceage, Screaming Females, METZ, Speedy Ortiz, Power Trip, United Nations, Pianos Become the Teeth, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, The Octopus Project, Broncho, Frog Eyes, Girlpool, Mitski, Chastity Belt, Alex G, Yumi Zouma, KEN mode, Kevin Devine, The Velvet Teen, Pity Sex, Makthaverskan and more.

Check out the flyers and set times for all three days, below...

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