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Recently reunited indie/emo veterans Kind Of Like Spitting put out their latest effort, a split LP with Warren Franklin and the Founding Fathers, with Topshelf Records last month. Stream the album in full below.

Kind Of Like Spitting's tour with The City On Film and Lee Corey Oswald kicks off tonight (3/25) in Denver and winds its way around the US before closing out in Seattle in April.

We're giving away tickets to the Chicago and NYC shows, which happen at Beat Kitchen on 3/27 and Studio at Webster Hall on 4/1, respectively. NYC is also with Living Room. Contest details below.

KOLS' Ben Barnett is also set to play a solo set with Rocky Votolato and former Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone the night after the full band NYC stop at Suburbia on April 2. That show doesn't have any advance tickets, it's $10 at the door.

All Kind Of Like Spitting dates, giveaway details and a stream of the split LP, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo by Amber Zbitnoff

Long-running singer/songwrriter and former Waxwing frontman Rocky Votolato is returning this year with his eighth solo album, Hospital Handshakes, which is due out on April 21 via his new label home No Sleep. It follows releases on Barsuk and other labels, making him at least the second artist after Harvey Danger to team up with both Barsuk and No Sleep. The record was produced by former Death Cab for Cutie member Chris Walla, who also produced Harvey Danger frontman Sean Nelson's recent solo album and many other records.

While Rocky's often heard without too much more than an acoustic guitar, the album's lead single "The Hereafter" is the kind of catchy, driving indie rock that wouldn't be out of place on another Walla-produced album, Nada Surf's The Weight Is a Gift. And while it still retains Rocky's intimacy, there's also an undeniable Springsteen influence on those anthemic melodies. Listen below, via Stereogum.

Rocky's gonna get even more intimate when he goes on his living room tour which begins in Orcas Island, WA this week (3/12) and wraps up in Seattle in late April. Like they usually are on these living room tours, the venues are unannounced, but advance tickets for most dates are on sale.

The tour's NYC stop is technically in a living room, but it's a living room that frequently doubles as Bushwick DIY venue Suburbia. It happens April 2 with a great lineup featuring another '00s Barsuk songwriter, Kind of Like Spitting's Ben Barnett (now on Topshelf), and former Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone. This show actually has no advance tickets; it's $10 at the door.

That's one day after Kind of Like Spitting's full-band tour with The City on FIlm (Braid co-frontman Bob Nanna's other band) hits NYC at The Studio at Webster Hall (4/1). Opening that one is the No Sleep-signed Lee Corey Oswald, and the band Living Room... who live at Bushwick venue Suburbia. Tickets are still available.

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

Continue reading "Rocky Votolato releasing new LP on No Sleep, touring, hitting NYC w/ Cassie Ramone & Kind of Like Spitting's Ben Barnett"


Here's a good pairing of two back-in-action indie/emo veterans now signed to Topshelf: Kind of Like Spitting, who will release their first new album since 2006 (a split LP with Warren Franklin) in February, and The City on Film (aka Braid co-frontman Bob Nanna), who released his first new album since 2005 in December, are teaming up for a tour together this spring. Opening is newer band Lee Corey Oswald (who put out Regards on No Sleep last year), and the tour hits NYC on April 1 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (1/23).

All dates are listed, with two song streams from the new KOLS album and a full stream of TCOF's new album, below...

Continue reading "Kind of Like Spitting & The City on Film announce tour (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher


Ben Barnett brought back Kind of Like Spitting once again last year, and now, joined by his current lineup of Brian Grant (bass) and Dante Johnson (drums), he's releasing a split full length with a newer band that combines indie pop and emo, Warren Franklin & the Founding Fathers. Like a handful of other comparatively older bands in this style -- Braid, The Jazz June and The Velvet Teen for example -- KOLS have teamed up with Topshelf Records for the album. It's called It's Always Nice to See You and due out on February 3.

Two KOLS songs are already out and can be streamed below, and the new Warren Franklin single, "Can't Be Subtle," makes its premiere in this post. It's a nice dose of the kind of power pop-inspired alt-rock that the '90s were so full of, more jangly than crunchy, and Warren's voice is really nice for this kind of thing. Listen below.

As discussed, Warren Franklin & the Founding Fathers are heading out on a tour with Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), which will have Empire! Empire! playing their 2009 debut in full in honor of its upcoming reissue. That tour hits NYC on February 6 at Palisades. Tickets are still available.

Full list of dates, with the song streams, below...

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The Menzingers in Chicago in June (more by Jeff Ryan)

Taking Back Sunday, who now have three albums with the lineup who recorded Tell All Your Friends, have announced they'll be starting an annual holiday show at NJ's Starland Ballroom. They said:

We think it would be a fun way to combine a few things; playing in one of our favorite venues, inviting some younger east coast bands on the shows which we don't always get to do,  putting together some great merchandise sales and donating some of those profits to charity along with some other special surprises that we'll announce later.
This year's will happen on December 27 and will feature Philly punks The Menzingers, as well as Modern Chemistry. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/15) at 10 AM, and there's an ongoing presale (details here). Show flyer below.

TBS are also playing all three Riot Fests this year and The Menzingers are on Chicago and Denver. Menzingers also play hometown festival Made In America this month (8/31), and they're playing an acoustic set at NYC's Knitting Factory on September 26 with Lawrence Arms singer Brendan Kelly to celebrate Red Scare's 10th anniversary. Tickets for the KF show are still available.

The Menzingers have also announced a couple Northeast shows leading up to their appearance at The Fest with the reactivated Spraynard and Cassavetes. They'll be nearby NYC for a Long Island show at Amityville's Revolution Bar & Music Hall on October 24. That show also includes Lee Corey Oswald, making for a good bill all around. Tickets for that one are on sale now. All Menzingers dates are listed below.

Speaking of The Fest, more bands were recently added including Kind of Like Spitting, Goodtime Boys, The Interrupters, Dave Hause, James Alex (Weston, Beach Slang), Living Room and more. A comedy showcase featuring Chris Gethard and more was also announced.

More Fest addition details, TBS show flyer, list of Menzingers dates and videos, below...

Continue reading "Taking Back Sunday doing annual holiday shows; Menzingers opening, playing shows w/ Spraynard; Fest added bands"


Early '00s-era indie rockers Kind of Like Spitting returned in 2012 for some live shows and though they've been quiet since then, they're back once again. Ben Barnett & co. are heading out on a tour supporting Lemuria (whose former member Kyle Paton is a current KOLS member) which kicks off in Boston tonight (7/7). The tour doesn't hit NYC -- Lemuria were last here about a month ago though -- but Kind of Like Spitting will headline their own NYC show right after it ends. They'll play July 19 at Suburbia (where they also played in 2012) with Living Room, Caravela (who also open Prawn's free show this Friday, 7/11) and Salvatore Rex & The Dead King Choir. Admission is $5 at the door.

All dates are listed, with some classic song streams, below...

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Kind of Like Spitting

Kind of Like Spitting is back, full band, with a whole new line up... and the same old Ben Barnett you've all come to love. We will be using this blog to release any news, info, events, photos, videos, and all inanities that shall ensue.
That's the message you'll see if you head to Kind of Like Spitting's new tumblr page, which they started about 3 months ago in advance of their reunion tour, which hit Brooklyn's Suburbia on April 28. Videos of the band playing "Birds of a Feather," "Passionate," and "Dodge Dart" from that show are below.

The Portland, OR band originally existed from the mid-'90s to mid-'00s and have releases on Barsuk, Hush Records, and other labels. The tour that they recently finished up was their first since 2005. The band is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Ben Barnett and for the reunion he's joined by Kyle Paton (Lemuria), Adam Ciresi, and Sonia Weber.

Kind of Like Spitting have four more upcoming shows scheduled at the moment, which happen this month. One of those brings the band back to Brooklyn for a show at Knitting Factory on July 25. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A list of all dates, those videos, and the flier from the first leg of their reunion tour is below...

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