Entries tagged with: LVL UP
photos by Mimi Hong
Basement / Adventures / LVL UP / Palehound @ Gramercy - 8/17/15
UK rockers Basement recently wrapped up a tour with Adventures, LVL UP and Palehound, which hit NYC on Monday (8/17) at Gramercy Theatre. Like they'd been doing on this tour, they gave us a good mix of both full lengths and a couple off last year's EP too. Pictures of that show are in this post.
It was only their third NYC show ever, as the band didn't make their way over here much at first and they were on a brief hiatus from 2012-2014. They definitely seem to like it over here though -- they already announced a return trip for the fall. It's with their jangle pop Run for Cover labelmates Turnover, and pop punk band The Story So Far is headlining. This one doesn't hit NYC, but it will be nearby for shows at NJ's Starland Ballroom on November 7 and Long Island's Emporium on November 8. Tickets for NJ and LI go on sale today (8/21) at noon. All dates are listed below.
In more related news, both Palehound and LVL UP play the Exploding In Sound extended weekend of shows this weekend. LVL UP are on one of the Brooklyn shows: tonight (8/21) at Palisades with Krill, Big Ups, Stove (ex-Ovlov) and Palm (tickets). Palehound play the Boston show the next day.
More pictures from Gramercy and the new Basement dates below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Mitski at Palisades - 7/17/15
Towards the very start of her set, Mitski addressed the crowd, thanking them for their support and encouraging the historically marginalized communities to be proud of their roots and "take up as much space as you can", with a disarming sincerity that's seen far too infrequently.Brooklyn songwriter Mitski wrapped up her tour with two hometown shows over the weekend: Palisades on Friday (7/17) and Shea Stadium on Sunday (7/19). Both sold out very far in advance, which isn't too surprising since Mitski keeps quickly moving up in the world and her tourmates were both worth seeing on their own: the Run For Cover-signed Elvis Depressedly and Epoch member/Frankie Cosmos collaborator Eskimeaux. We caught the Palisades show, which also had Normal Person, who share members with LVL UP and Crying. (Elvis Depressedly also had one of the LVL UP guys on drums.) The review quoted above says it perfectly, but the things Mitski did and said between songs made this show as great as the songs themselves.
...With ex-Diarrhea Planet drummer Casey Weissbuch (who's also the mastermind of Infinity Cat's extraordinary cassette series) anchoring the trio, the band dove headfirst into a memorable set that wound up recapturing a lot of the magic of the last Mitski set to get coverage here (no small feat) while supplementing it with new intricacies. Deceptively nuanced and- a recurring theme throughout the night- unerringly heartfelt, it touched on various points throughout the songwriter's discography, while- understandably- leaning heavily on the Bury Me At Makeout Creek material. If Mitski was baring her soul on the Palisades stage, the audience was reciprocating that generosity with extremely vocal support between songs.
At one point, in one of the evening's most genuine and communal moments, Miyawaki ran backstage to collect the bottled water on hand for the artists and passed it out to the audience to help them cope with the uncomfortable humidity that only a small space packed with bodies on a warm day can bring. [Heartbreaking Bravery]
Pictures from Palisades continue below...
photos by Mimi Hong
The Front Bottoms' upcoming dates include a Brooklyn show on 6/22 at MHOW, which went on sale today and quickly sold out, as well as a Cooperstown show with Brand New on August 15 at Brewery Ommegang (tickets) and an Asbury Park show on September 19 at Stone Pony Summer Stage with Bleachers, Charli XCX, VIc Mensa, How to Dress Well, Cults and more. That's two days before Bleachers and Charli XCX's Central Park SummerStage show. Tickets for both of those are available.
LVL UP also have a bunch of upcoming tour dates, including a run with Adventures and Palehound, opening for Basement. That tour hits NYC on August 17 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are still on sale. Basement also play NJ with Title Fight two days earlier (tickets), and like The Front Bottoms, have a few dates opening for Brand New (one of which also has Desaparecidos).
All LVL UP, Basement, and Front Bottoms dates are listed, with more pictures from the Baltimore show, below...
photos by Mimi Hong
Cloud Nothings continued their current tour on Friday (5/8) afternoon at the free annual NYU Strawberry Festival, their second of three NYC-area shows this spring. Like most of their recent shows, they split the set between their last two records with highlights like "Psychic Trauma," "No Future/No Past," "I'm Not Part of Me," "Wasted Days" and more. Also on the bill was local regulars Celestial Shore and LVL UP, and LA/NY's Field Trip. Pictures are in this post.
Cloud Nothings return to the NYC-area this weekend for Asbury Park's Skate & Surf festival. More pictures from Strawberry Fest, and their setlist, below...
photo: Adventures at Baby's earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)
UK rockers Basement announced a US summer tour earlier this month, and today they revealed the openers for the East Coast leg. They'll be joined by their punky Run for Cover labelmates Adventures, and two Exploding In Sound bands, LVL UP and Palehound. Here's what Basement said about the openers:
We are really excited to announce that ADVENTURES, LVL UP and PALEHOUND will be the support bands for the second leg of our USA tour this summer. The bands we get to support us are bands that we have chosen ourselves because we either love them as people, as a band or both. If you haven't heard of one of the bands don't just dismiss them because you haven't heard their music before, go check them out and listen to them. Excited to tour this summer with these awesome bands.That leg of dates includes the NYC show happening August 17
UPDATE: The NYC show was moved to Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are still available.
The NJ show, which is co-headlining with Title Fight, doesn't have LVL UP or Palehound but it does have Adventures as well as Alex G (who also plays NYC with Girlpool in July). Tickets for that one are available too. All dates are listed below.
Adventures were in NYC last week, and related band Code Orange returns to open for Poison the Well in May, and they'll be in the area this July on the Rockstar Mayhem Fest tour with Slayer, King Diamond and more.
LVL UP and Palehound also have a NYC show together this Saturday (4/18) at Silent Barn with Ava Luna (album release show) and Palberta. LVL UP also play NYU Strawberry Festival with Cloud Nothings and more in May, and they'll hit Shea on their tour with Glocca Morra and Greys later that month.
All lists of dates and some videos/song streams below...
photos by Samantha Saturday
Cloud Nothings provided the only shade of relief in an afternoon overloaded with sun-shining lackadaisical grooves and showboating MCs. Exemplifying everything you ever loved about noise rock and art punk, Dylan Baldi and company perfectly played the part of the geeks in the corner whilst tanned tummies and beefy bros went about their silly business elsewhere. [Buzzbands.LA]Cloud Nothings played the first of two Coachellas this past weekend. They played the Friday, giving day 1 a dose of harder, punkier music (most stuff in that realm happened the next two days). We got highlights from their last two records like "Stay Useless," "Pattern Walks," "I'm Not Part of Me," "No Future/No Past," "Wasted Days" and more. Pictures of Cloud Nothings and their setlist are in this post. They do it again this Friday (4/17) for Coachella weekend two.
Cloud Nothings also have other upcoming shows, including a free Brooklyn show at MHOW on 4/22 with Amanda X ("sold" out) and NJ's Skate & Surf fest in May. They have also been announced for the 30th annual NYU Strawberry Festival. This year's happens Friday, May 8 at LaGuardia Place (between W 3rd St. and Washington Square South) from 12:30 - 4:30 PM. LVL UP, Celestial Shore and Field Trip round out the bill, and it's free as always.
Updated Cloud Nothings dates are listed, with the Strawberry Fest flyer and more Coachella pics, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Philly emo revivalists Glocca Morra are calling it quits this year, but before they go out they've got two new songs and a farewell tour. Their final 7" is on Ice Age Records and it's more straight punk than some of the more Kinsella-style stuff they became known for. Listen to both tracks below, via AV Club.
The tour happens this May and brings the band to NYC on May 29 at Shea Stadium. All dates are with Canadian punks Greys (who played NYC on Friday), and the Boston, NYC and Philly shows are with Brooklyn's LVL UP. All dates are listed on the tour flyer below.
Glocca Morra's Nate Dionne is one of the members in newer band Dogs on Acid, who released their first single last year and have now signed to Jade Tree for their debut LP which is due out this summer. The band also includes former Algernon Cadwallader members Nick Tazza and Joe Reinhardt, the latter of whom is now also in Hop Along. Dogs on Acid have four Philly shows coming up, but nothing in NYC at the moment. While you wait for the new album, revisit last year's single below.
Nate Dionne was also in the band Snowing, whose singer John Galm more recently went solo and put out the depressing 2014 album Sky of No Stars. John's on a solo tour right now, and it hits NYC tonight (3/8) at 603 Bushwick Ave (upstairs) with Trace Mountains (another project of LVL UP's Dave Benton) and Bethlehem Steel. All John's dates, and a stream of his recent album, below.
Flippant attitude from their online presence in full force, vocalist/guitarist Sam Ray and guitarist John Toohey were quick to pop out of the high-octane songs right into banter about parents' flights getting sent back because of the snow, the virtues of weed (Sam hollered "Give it up for weed!" intermittently throughout the set) and disparaging remarks to their new boss, Run For Cover head honcho Jeff Cassaza who flew into town for the show.The above quote is from our review on BV Chicago of Teen Suicide when we caught them on their recent tour with Alex G. (The tour hit NYC on 2/5 at Palisades.) The band don't have another tour lined up at the moment, but Sam Ray (aka Ricky Eat Acid) & co. will play a free one-off in NYC on March 27 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. That show has a great lineup all around with Amanda X, Flagland, Crying, Washer and LVL UP.
Teen Suicide had drummer Dexter Loos on loan from Alex G, and were in full-on rockstar mode for their set. Between the constant spins across the stage, monitor mounting and back-to-back shredding it was kind of difficult to remember that their songs are kind of, well, overwhelmingly depressing. The band played songs spanning their discography and also busted out a few new songs including one called "God" and one called "Alex," both of which were a little more mellow than the band's usual fare.
Though it's a one-off for Teen Suicide, for Crying it's the first date of their tour, the rest of which is with recent Double Double Whammy signee, Epoch member, and Frankie Cosmos collaborator Eskimeaux. All dates on that tour are listed below.
Run For Cover (which The FADER just did a great profile on) is releasing a remastered version of Teen Suicide's debut LP and a collection of their EPs later this year. Stream two of the remastered tracks and check out the Brooklyn show flyer below...
by Bill Pearis
photo: Quilt @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Quilt will be coming down from Boston to visit NYC this weekend to play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday (2/21) with The Mystery Lights, King Cyst, and Monograms on the bill as well. The band, who were last here to play one of the final Glasslands shows, don't have any other dates lined up -- perhaps we'll get some new songs. It's been almost a year since they released Held in Splendor (one of my favorites of 2014). They're terrific live, the rest of the lineup is good, and the show is free, so that's a great option if you're looking for something to do. RSVP to skip the line.
Tonight (2/20) at BKNB it's JD Samson will be performing live tonight as part of a a new group with her MEN bandmate Tami Hart, plus Lorna Dune and Aaron Harris. Other upcoming Night Bazaar shows of note: Word Inferno Friendship Society on March 7; Ex Cops, HEAT and more on March 13; Craft Spells,The Bilinda Butchers, Heavenly Beat and more on March 14; Teen Suicide, Amanda X, Lvl Up, Crying, Flagland and Washer on March 27; and Pity Sex and more TBA on April 17. All upcoming Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows are listed below....
by Andrew Sacher
Tonight, Quarterbacks celebrate their new album in NYC at Aviv (2/20) with fellow DIY bands Crying, LVL UP and Long Beard. Frequent readers of this site are probably familiar with the first three, but if you're going tonight we also recommend showing up early to catch Long Beard, aka Leslie Bear.
Leslie's a bare bones singer/songwriter from New Brunswick, who not long ago put out a split with Fraternal Twin, another regular of the local DIY scene. It's lo-fi to the point where you can hear the hiss behind her voice and guitar, not unlike early Mountain Goats recordings, and like that band there's a folky vibe to this too. But while The Mountain Goats' aesthetic can be heard here, the songwriting is more along the lines of of '90s/early '00s acoustic emo and Garden State-style indie. Listen below.
In sort of related news, a like-minded DIY show goes down tonight at Silent Barn with Epoch associate Florist, Philly twee folk trio Cyberbully Mom Club, indie punks Jawbreaker Reunion, noisemakers Fern Mayo, and the band we're about to highlight: Brooklyn's Vagabon.
They put out a 6-song EP on Miscreant Records last fall, Persian Garden, which reminds me most directly of the great, steadily rising Philly band Hop Along, but it also fits alongside the kind of indie folk you'll find on Jagjaguwar. The real standout is the opening song, "Cold Apartment Floors," has singer Laetitia Tamko going from delicate quiet parts to a huge climax with little more than her guitar and voice. They bring in violin on one song, and lap steep and banjo on another, and in general it feels like they have higher ambitions than the bands on these types of DIY shows tend to. Listen for yourself, below.
Vagabon have two other upcoming local shows: March 6 at Aviv with the great Slingshot Dakota, plus Bethlehem Steel and Lauren Early; and March 28 at Aviv with Idiot Son.
Flyers for both of tonight's shows, and Long Beard and Vagabon streams, below...
Alex G at Palisades last week (photo by Will Oliver)
Indie rocker Alex G recently wrapped up a tour with Teen Suicide that hit NYC last week (2/5) at Palisades and Chicago in January, the latter of which we caught (pictures and review). Now he's scheduled several more tour dates running from later this month through early June. Those dates including a return to NYC on April 15 at Baby's All Right with LVL UP and Brandon Can't Dance. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (2/17) at noon.
After that, the band will open several dates on the Speedy Ortiz tour (but not their NYC show). All dates are listed, with a video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
You may remember that last year for Record Store Day, Father/Daughter Records put out Faux Real, a compilation of punk and indie bands covering fictional TV and movie bands. RSD rejected the idea of putting out a sequel, but Father/Daughter are going ahead with it anyway and will release Faux Real II on April 28. It features Chumped, Krill, Allison Crutchfield, LVL UP and more taking on songs from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Billy Madison, Doug, Almost Famous and more. Listen to LVL UP's take on "Somebody Kll Me Please" from The Wedding Singer, with the full tracklist, below.
There's also a release show happening in NYC on April 28 at Palisades with Bellows, Small Wonder, Rivergazer and Sharpless. Tickets are on sale now.
In other music movie news, Empire Records turns 20 this year, and Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg will be hosting a high-concept anniversary celebration on April 8. Presented by BBQ Films, they're even calling it Rex Manning Day and will have the whole place turned into the actual Empire Records store from the movie. Here's the event description:
Twenty years - to the day! - since the original Rex Manning Day, BBQ Films invites you to "Say No More, Mon Amour," damn the man, and save The Empire. For one night only, Williamsburg's Rough Trade is transformed into the legendary Empire Records, with all the staff and characters you've come to love (and hate).Tickets are on Internet presale now (anyone know the password?) and the general on-sale begins Friday, 2/20, at noon. A portion of proceeds will go to a TBA charity.
On April 8, 2015, join Lucas and his couch cushion, boss Joe (but don't touch his drums!), Gina and her "Sugar High," and, of course, Corey and her crush, Rex Manning... Immerse yourself in the world of Empire Records with a screening of the film, live music, a Rex Manning autograph, and, if you're brave enough, a chance to shave your head for Debra's funeral. Music-veto power available, pending Mark's approval.
• 1 free drink and free BBQ Films gourmet popcorn
• A Rex Manning autograph
• 1 custom button at the DIY Button Station
• A fabulous Rex Manning Photobooth
• Screening of Empire Records (1995)
• A live set from the Empire house band, and potential additional sets TBA
• A head shaving station (first five folks who shave their heads drink free)
• A limited-edition event poster by Todd Ian Goldstein
• ...and all the theatrical immersion BBQ Films guests have come to expect...
Limited edition! For brave souls, special secret experiences will be auctioned off the night of. Think: A Warren shopping spree. A Gina Sugar High. An Oh Rexy You're So Sexy one-on-one with Rex himself... Come with a few extra bucks if you're game!
Empire Records is filled with memorable music moments, like when Eddie eats a special brownie and watches a GWAR video (only to hallucinate that GWAR attacks him on stage), when Joe gets behind the kit for AC/DC's "If You Want Blood (You Got It)," when most of the cast dances on the rooftop to The The's "This Is The Day," and of course when Gina joins Berko (played by actual rock musician Coyote Shivers) to sing "Sugarhigh." (By the way, if Faux Real III happens, someone should really do "Sugarhigh.") And for the real nerds, the post-credits scene when Eddie and Mark argue over whether Primus or the Pixies have better bass lines.
Revisit some of those moments below...
by Andrew Sacher
Boston singer/songwriter Adam Silvestri, aka Radiator King (not to be confused with Radiator Hospital), makes the kind of folk with punk grit that Chuck Ragan does in his solo career or The Gaslight Anthem does on their more recent material. He's putting out his second album, Document Untold, on February 24, and we've got the premiere of its new single, "Hardwired." Listen below.
Radiator King will be in NYC tonight (2/5) at Sidewalk Cafe for a full-band show, and later this month he'll join his fellow Bostonians Pile on their tour, which hits NYC on February 25 at Palisades with Canada rock duo Solids and Pile's EIS labelmates Leapling. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
After their run with Radiator King, Pile basically plan to stay on the road for the foreseeable future. We previously mentioned a TBA Brooklyn show for April 28, which we now know happens at Baby's All Right with Yazan, Vulture Shit and Captain Wizard. Tickets for that one are on sale. Pile also play a Fordham show with Elvis Depressedly on Friday (2/6). All of their dates are listed below.
Pile album artwork
Pile's new album, You're Better Than This, comes out March 3 via Exploding In Sound, and so far the band have put out two songs from that. "Mr. Fish" starts off as a slower, more slack indie rocker before turning into something bigger, while "#2 Hit Single" is the Pile you know and love in full-on attack mode. Check out both below.
As for the other two bands on that Pile/Radiator King show at Palisades, Solids (who also play Cake Shop the following night) made a new video for "Off White" and Leapling are streaming their new album, Vacant Page in full (due 2/10 via EIS). Check those out below too.
In other Exploding In Sound news, Krill recently put out the seven-minute clanger "Tiger" off their upcoming album, A Distant Fist Unclenching, due 2/17 via DDW/EIS (listen below). They've also expanded their tour, and now have two upcoming NYC shows. In addition to Friday's sold-out Bowery Ballroom show with Porches, Frankie Cosmos and Sheer Mag, Krill play an LP release show on March 14 at Silent Barn with local indie rockers LVL UP and avant-popsters Cloud Becomes Your Hand. All of their dates are listed below.
There's never a lack of local LVL UP shows. You can also catch them February 20 at Aviv with Quarterbacks, Crying and Long Beard; and February 28 at Shea Stadium with Liam Betson, Slight and Doubting Thomas Cruise Control.
Nor is there ever a lack of chances to catch Cloud Becomes Your Hand (maybe you caught them last weekend). To bring things just about full circle, they play Leapling's record release show on February 13 at Shea Stadium with Palm, Cantina and Felicia Douglass. Jerry Paper is DJing.
Lists of dates, videos and song streams, below...
photo by Kenneth Bachor
NYC art-folk singer/songwriter Mitski just wrapped up a run with Joyce Manor (we caught JM's NYC show which Mitski wasn't on), and she was since announced as the opener for several dates on the upcoming Hundred Waters tour. That includes the NYC show happening March 5 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are still available. Right after that tour, she'll play SXSW.
Mitski's currently working on the followup to 2014's Bury Me At Makeout Creek. Watch a video of her playing "Townie" from that album live (backed by half of LVL UP), with her list of tour dates, below...
photo: The Vaselines at The Bell House in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
The Vaselines, Amanda X @ Bell House
Scottish indie rock royalty The Vaselines have now released two albums since returning from a long hiatus, most recently with 2013's V is for Vaselines. They're a lot of fun live, with the banter between Frances McKee and Eugene Kelly providing almost as much entertainment as their songs. On past tours, the band has included members of Belle & Sebastian, but this time folks from Sons & Daughters and 1990s help out. Philadelphia's Amanda X are worth showing up early.
Dr. Dog, Yellerkin @ Bowery Ballroom
It's the second to last night of Dr. Dog's 8-night NYC run, and this one's with NY's Yellerkin.
Stephen Brodsky, King Collider @ Sugarcube
Following a happy hour with comedy, interviews and more at Sugarcube (Fulton & Front Streets), a night of free music takes over headlined by Stephen Brodsky, longtime frontman of metal shapeshifters Cave In, more recently frontman of punk/metal rippers Mutoid Man, and also an excellent solo artist.
Mike Pace and The Child Actors (ex-Oxford Collapse), ARMS, Lame Drivers @ Union Hall
Onetime leader of Oxford Collapse, Mike Pace is still mining similar indie rock territory. Which is just fine with us. Tonight's the record release show for his new album.
Karma To Burn, Sierra, Shitkill @ Saint Vitus
Instrumental stoner rock vets Karma to Burn reunited back in 2009 and stayed active, most recently releasing their Arch Stanton album in 2014. Tonight they make their way to NYC in support of that.
LODRO, Pawns, Bambara, Young Runner @ Palisades
If your taste runs dark, tonight's a good bill of somewhat sinister indie rock, with LODRO's bluesy/sultry swagger, Pawns' melodramatic postpunk, and the sheer force of Bambara.
LVL UP, Two Inch Astronaut, Dumb Talk, Pupppy @ Shea Stadium
This is a good bill of DIY rock, most notably for '90s-style indie rockers LVL UP and Dischord-inspired post-hardcore band Two Inch Astronaut.
Sam Owens, Video Daughters, Meenk, Laser Background, Mr. Twin Sister (DJ Set) @ Silent Barn
This show is a release party for the new Gravesend Recordings compilation tape and some the acts featured on it are performing. The night's headlined by Celestial Shore's Sam Owens.
Sporting Life (of Ratking), Show Me The Body, Tippwerk, The Taxidermists @ Silent Barn
Ratking gain the descriptor of "alt-rap" partially thanks to Sporting Life's off-kilter production, and he'll be showing that off in solo form tonight. This is the venue's late show.
Dillon Francis, Bro Safari, Anamanaguchi @ Terminal 5
EDM fans may want to know that Dillon Francis begins his 3-night run at Terminal 5 tonight, but even if you're not into EDM, chiptuners Anamanaguchi are worth catching.
Mantra Percussion, Wet Ink, Deborah Lohse and the Shakedown Dance Collective @ Winter Garden at Brookfield Place
It's the kickoff week for the 2015 Ecstatic Music Festival that aims to blur the line between rock/pop and modern composers. This event -- featuring Mantra Percussion performing specially commissioned works by Wet Ink with choreography by Deborah Lohse and the Shakedown Dance Collective -- is a free show
Bill Frisell @ Lincoln Center
With help from violist Eyvind Kang, bassist Thomas Morgan, drummer Rudy Royston, and singer/violinist Petra Haden (That Dog), guitarist Bill Frisell is performing interpretations of classics from the big screen like "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Alfie," and "Moon River."
Unlocking The Truth, Cinema Cinema, Netherlands, Wormburner @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Enjoy a night of food, drinks, arcade games, shopping and free rock and roll, headlined by the very young metal trio Unlocking the Truth, at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar tonight.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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Photo: Bully @ BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Nashville rockers Bully got some buzz (including from us) around the time they played CMJ, and that buzz turned into year-end accolades when they made Gorilla vs Bear's favorite songs of 2014 list and Vulture's 10 Female Punk Songs You Need to Hear in 2014 list. They also gave us their list of 2014 favorites, which you can read below. They'll be on tour again this month, including shows opening for Cloud Nothings, Hamilton Leithauser and Strand of Oaks. After those dates, they'll headline their own show in NYC on January 26 at Pianos. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
You can check that out, along with All dates are listed, with a video from their 2014 EP, below...
As discussed, The Sidekicks are releasing their new Phil Ek-produced album, Runners in the Nerved World, on January 20 via Epitaph. You've already heard "Deer," and now they've got another single, "Summer Brings You Closer to Satan." Like "Deer," the new one has their punky rock moving in a more Band of Horses-esque direction, and The Sidekicks have proved their good at both styles. Since we last spoke they also put out the track "Jesus Christ Supermalls." You can check out videos for both new singles below.
The Sidekicks will support the new record with a North American tour running from late January through early March. That begins with a BrooklynVegan-presented album release show in NYC on January 23 at Baby's All Right with Cayetana, All Dogs, and Roger Harvey. Tickets are $10-12 and on sale now. 18+.
After the NYC show, Cayetana and All Dogs will join them on more dates, as will LVL UP. All dates are listed below.
All Dogs, whose singer Maryn Jones plays in Saintseneca with Steve from The Sidekicks, contributed the new song "Georgia" to the new The Le Sigh compilation which was celebrated at Silent Barn last night (12/21). Stream that song below.
The Sidekicks have also told us about their favorite albums of 2014, which include their future tourmates LVL UP, that band's labelmate Frankie Cosmos, The Sidekicks' Ohio neighbors Tweens and more. Find out who else made their list, with commentary, below.
The new songs and list of tour dates also below...
by Zack Baker
Photo: California X at DbA in 2013 (more by Vadislav Grach)
Amherst, MA's noisy sludge-punks California X will release their sophomore LP, Nights In The Dark, January 13 on Don Giovanni Records. You may have already heard the album's title track, and they've now shared a second song, "Hadley, MA," which you can stream below.
Before the album drops, the band will head out on tour, kicking off in NYC with a release show on January 2 at Shea Stadium with the similarly sludgy Ovlov, stellar post-hardcore shredders Big Ups and the homespun riffs of LVL UP. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
California X closes out their current string of dates with an appearance at night 2 of the Don Giovanni showcases which happens at Knitting Factory on February 7. You can pick up tickets for that show (and all three nights) now. The band also contributed to DG's list of 2014 favorites highlighting LVL UP's album Hoodwink'd as well as the Ovlov / Krill/ LVL UP/ Radiator Hospital split.
All of California X's upcoming dates are listed, along with the"Hadley, MA" stream, below...
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...
Porches at Baby's All Right in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
NYC's Frankie Cosmos has been playing a lot lately and last night (11/5) played what she's saying is her last hometown show for a couple months at the Little Big League record release at Shea Stadium. Her Double Double Whammy labelmates LVL UP and FC keyboardist Gabby Smith's band Eskimeaux opened the show. Anyone catch that? You can check out a short video featuring the choreographed dance moves of the Frankie Cosmos band, below.
Related band Porches recently scheduled their own hometown show happening December 12 at Palisades, also with LVL UP, as well as What Moon Things and Cantina. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's their only hometown date at the moment.
Meanwhile, LVL UP also play Little Big League's Philly release show this Friday (LBL's last show before hiatus) and then they hook up with Saintseneca for a few dates on their tour including the NYC show happening Saturday (11/8) at Glasslands. NY indie rockers Palm are on that bill too, and tickets are still available.
All LVL UP dates are listed, with a recent video from Porches' new synthy single on Terrible, a recent Frankie Cosmos video, and the FC clip from the Shea show, below...
Modern Baseball at BK Bazaar earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)
Modern Baseball seemingly spend no time off the road, and they've just expanded their tour into December when they'll return to NYC for two more shows here. Earlier this year they played NYC with The Hotelier who later played with Foxing and now Foxing are on board to open MoBo's Northeast run including both stops here. Knuckle Puck, Crying and Somos are also on board for all of Modern Baseball's headlining dates.
The NYC shows happen December 12 at Gramercy Theater and December 15 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both go on sale Friday (10/3) at noon with an AmEx presale for the MHOW show starting Wednesday (10/1) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Modern Baseball also have other dates in the area before and after that including a run supporting The Wonder Years which hits Long Island's Emporium on October 6 in Patchogue (tickets), and an opening slot on night 2 of Taking Back Sunday's holiday shows in NJ (tickets).
Foxing have other dates in the area as well. Their tour with Kittyhawk hits Poughkeepsie's The Loft on October 10 to open for Into It Over It the night before IIOI open for American Football in NYC, and then the tour also includes a Long Island show two days afterwards at Amityville Music Hall (10/12). Tickets for the Poughkeepsie show and the Amityville show are still available.
Meanwhile, Crying play a previously discussed NYC show this week at Silent Barn on Thursday (10/2) with related band LVL UP, Brunch (ex-Krill), and LVL UP's labelmate/tourmate Mitski, who just put out the new song "I Don't Smoke" from her new album Bury Me At Makeout Creek (due 11/1 via Double Double Whammy).
Listen to that, with her list of dates (including a CMJ show) and the list of Modern Baseball dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Little Big League at BV-Northside 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Philly's Little Big League released their impressive debut LP These Are Good People last year on Tiny Engines, and they've since signed to Run for Cover (Tigers Jaw, Modern Baseball, Makthaverskan) who will release its followup, Tropical Jinx, on October 14. So far, two songs from that have been released, "Property Line" and the title track, both of which show they're still making high quality indie rock. Check them out below.
LBL have shows scheduled for this November, including NYC on November 5 at Shea Stadium with LVL UP, Eskimeaux (aka Gabby Smith of Frankie Cosmos' band) and one more TBA. They play Philly two days later. Check out their full tour schedule, with the new song streams, below...
Krill (photo by Ethan Long)
Quirky indie rockers Krill released their newest EP Steve Hears Pile In Malden And Bursts Into Tears earlier this year via Exploding In Sound, and now they're teaming up with two of their labelmates, Ovlov and LVL UP, plus the great Radiator Hospital for a 4-way split due October 14 via Double Double Whammy/Exploding In Sound. Krill's new single "Peanut Butter" appears on the split, and you can check that out below.
Krill also have a ton of tour dates coming up this fall. The tour hits NYC on October 2 at Shea Stadium with Sorority Noise, Told Slant and Pinegrove, and then they return to NYC for CMJ. So far they're playing the official EIS showcase on October 24 at Trash Bar with Ex-Breathers, Lost Boy?, Flagland, Kal Marks, Dirty Dishes, Two Inch Astronaut and Geronimo!; and then they play EIS's unofficial CMJ party/birthday party on October 25 at Silent Barn with more bands TBA. That Trash Bar show's got a great lineup all around, and chances are the Silent Barn one will too. Stay tuned. All of Krill's dates are listed below.
In related news, former Krill drummer Luke Pyenson moved to London for school after leaving the band, and while there he formed a new band, Brunch. Brunch will be coming to the US for a short Northeast tour in the fall which includes a couple of the stops on the Krill tour. They won't be at any of their NYC shows, but they do play NYC the same night as Krill's Shea show on October 2 at Silent Barn with LVL UP, LVL UP's DDW labelmate Mitski, and the Run for Cover-signed chiptuners Crying (whose Elaiza Santos sings on the new LVL UP album). Brunch put out a self-titled EP this past August, and you can stream that with their list of dates below.
Speaking of that LVL UP album, a full stream premiered over at Stereogum. You can also stream that, with the Krill and Brunch streams/dates, below...
Massachusetts loud rockers Pile put out a new 7" earlier this year on Exploding In Sound and have had no lack of live dates since then. They've got another tour coming up this fall which begins in NYC on September 25 with LVL UP (who are also on tour now), Fax Holiday and more. Before that tour begins though, they've got a couple shows this weekend, including one in NYC on Saturday (8/23) at Cake Shop with Mail The Horse, Tom Blacklung & The Smokestacks and Legs Like Tree Trunks. $8 at the door gets you into that one.
All dates are listed, with a stream of the 7", below...
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn indie rockers LVL UP are releasing their new album, Hoodwink'd, on September 23 via the label owned by LVL UP members Dave Benton and Mike Caridi, Double Double Whammy (also home to Frankie Cosmos and others), as well as Exploding In Sound (formerly home to Speedy Ortiz and others). If you miss the days of '90s indie rock, LVL UP have got you covered. The album's new single, "Soft Power," recalls Built to Spill, Weezer, Dinosaur Jr, and plenty other bands from that era. Check it out below.
The band will be touring in August with former Titus Andronicus member Liam Betson, who put out his new album, The Cover of Hunter, on DDW this week (7/22). That tour culminates in NYC on 8/30 at Shea Stadium with another former Titus member, Andrew Cedermark, and another DDW signee, Mitski.
All dates are listed, with the new LVL UP song and a stream of Liam's album, below...