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Government Issue

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


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

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

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

The Living Room's "Rooftop Oasis (via / via)
Living Room
Living Room

Ex-LES venue The Living Room, which now resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, opened a new outdoor bar and lounge on their roof last week, complete with DJs.

by Andrew Sacher

Ma Jolie (photo by Jess Flynn)
Ma Jolie

Philly punks Ma Jolie are following 2013's Polars LP with a new EP called Jetpack Mailman on June 16 via A-F Records. First single "Pittsburgh" is out now, and if you like Dillinger Four, Latterman, or Shed-era Title Fight, this will probably be right up your alley. Check it out below (via Noisey).

Ma Jolie are also touring with Choke Up in June. That tour begins in NYC on June 20 at Acheron, also with Pass Away, Living Room and The Tracys on the bill. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

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

Continue reading "Ma Jolie share "Pittsburgh" from new EP, touring w/ Choke Up"

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

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

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

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

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

by Andrew Sacher


We recently wrote about Montreal's Gulfer when they released their split with Del Paxton on Topshelf, and now they're prepared to follow that with their first full length. It's called What Gives, is due June 30 via Texas Is Funny (pre-order), and the new single "Almost Sterling" premieres in this post. Like the two songs on that recent split, "Almost Sterling" has Gulfer worshipping at the throne of mathy '90s emo bands like Braid, Cap'n Jazz and American Football. They do the style well, as you can hear for yourself below.

Gulfer also have tour dates coming up, including a show in Brooklyn on July 5 at Cameo with local NYC bands Wild Pink, Vasudeva and Living Room. Tickets for that show aren't on sale yet, but should be via Ticketfly soon.

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

Continue reading "Gulfer streaming new single, touring, playing NYC (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Verses Narrow

Cap'n Jazz/Owls/Joan of Arc/etc guitarist Victor Villarreal is currently in the midst of a short tour in continued support of this year's Sleep Talk. The tour comes to NYC on Sunday (4/19) at Leftfield with Living Room, Verses Narrow and Servant Girl. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Brooklyn's Verses Narrow, who now count former BoySetsFire drummer Mat Krupanski as a member, are releasing their new Loom EP soon and a full stream premieres in this post. Loom is rooted in the style of the '90s post-hardcore bands who pre-dated and influenced that decade's alt-metal boom -- think stuff like Quicksand and Jawbox and you've got a pretty good idea. And if you like those bands, this Verses Narrow EP could be your alley too. Listen below.

Continue reading "Victor Villarreal on tour, playing NYC w/ Verses Narrow, who are streaming a new EP (listen)"


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...

Continue reading "Kind of Like Spitting streaming LP w/ Warren Franklin, kicking off tour w/ City on Film tonight (win tix to NYC or Chicago)"

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"

Jim Campilongo @ Living Room (more by Killdisco Design)
Jim Campilongo

Guitar wizard Jim Campilongo and The Living Room have a long history together. In fact, I think we've posted about more JC shows at Living Room than any other artist who ever played there. It seems super appropriate then that, DESPITE WHAT IT SAYS ON THE VENUE AND CMJ'S WEBSITE, Jim's new project is the first-ever show (that we know about) at the opening of the venue's new Brooklyn location tonight (10/21). Jim says:

Tonight the 18 Wheelers play two shows- the new Living Room at 9pm, then a few doors up Metropolitan Ave at Skinny Dennis from 10pm to Midnight. Really looking forward to our road trip!

134 Metropolitan Ave Williamsburg

152 Metropolitan Ave Williamsburg

In related news, Jim recently launched a Kickstarter to raise money to record with the Honeyfingers.

My Cousin, The Emperor is listed on The Living Room's website as the first band tonight, but they sent out this message earlier today: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, tonight's performance at The Living Room has been cancelled. I will be rescheduling it for early December (although it will probably be a full-band and not a solo acoustic show). If you were planning to attend, I appreciate your support and apologize for any inconvenience." Jim is now in that slot. And as Jim mentions, after that, Jim will immediately head to Skinny Dennis which is on the same block (Metropolitan Ave between Berry / Wythe) for a 10 PM set.

Living Room's old LES spot (more by Amanda Hatfield) / new space in Williamsburg
Living Room

The last we spoke about NYC venue Living Room, they had closed their Ludlow St location (next to Pianos and Cake Shop) but were promising to move to a new space. Their plan currently is to soft open during CMJ at their new Williamsburg location of 134 Metropolitan between Berry and Wythe. (Though there's no sign outside currently, or really any sign that it's about to be open.) That's not too far from Glasslands (or the soon-to-close Death by Audio) and if Max Fish had actually opened in Williamsburg (to have been at 132 Metropolitan), they would've been neighbors again.

So far, their schedule for CMJ includes shows with Mosco Rosco, Have Mercy, Fort Lean, Frances Cone and more. You can check out their full schedule as it stands at the moment, below...

Continue reading "Living Room opening in new Brooklyn location for CMJ"

King Khan at LPR in June (more by Chris La Putt)
King Khan

Blake Mills at Capitol Theatre in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Blake Mills

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Blake Mills, yMusic @ Le Poisson Rouge
When not working and touring with Fiona Apple, Blake Mills makes his own accomplished blues folk. His new album, Heigh Ho, just came out and tonight's the release show. It's sold out, but if you bought a ticket you got a copy of the record as a bonus.

Bryan Ferry, Dawn Landes @ Beacon Theatre
He's been battling a throat infection which has forced him to cancel a few recent shows, but the onetime Roxy Music singer and still-suave dude will be playing tonight's show. He's got a guest-filled album on the way soon.

The Black Lips, King Khan & BBQ Show, LiveFastDie @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This two-night NYC stand (yesterday at Irving Plaza) sounds like trouble -- in a good way. A double-dose of party-friendly garage and soul, get in it.

Jack and Eliza, Larry and the Babes @ Baby's All Right
If you miss the winsome, early days of Slow Club, this Brooklyn duo make a similarly sweet sound. Tonight's the release show for their debut EP. Early show, over before 9 PM.

Team Spirit, Sunflower Bean, Bluffing @ Baby's All Right
Team Spirit, the band fronted by former Passion Pit member Ayad Al Adhamy, finally released their debut album, titled Killing Time, which is out via via Vice/WB. Help them celebrate tonight with up-and-comers Sunflower Bean and Bluffing. You get a free CD with entry. 9 PM doors.

Arrington de Dionyso, Yonatan Gat, Dear Leader @ Death by Audio
Arrington de Dionyso makes "trans-utopian world music for a world that exists in fever dreams and halucinations." You may also know him from his old band, Old Time Relijun. Also playing: former Monotonix man Yonatan Gat.

Bambara, Dheatd Refuge, Nola Gras, Teen Injection @ Trans-Pecos
Brooklyn's Bambara sound like their name: loud and pummelling. A little dark too, last year's Dream Violence mixes gothy shoegaze with a good sense of melody, plus shringy feedback.

The Blow, DJ Dapwell @ Union Pool
This is the first of The Blow's three Union Pool "unplugged" residency shows. Says Khaela: "These shows are a laboratory for working out new ways of performing electronic music live. We will be performing songs, just songs, from the extended Blow catalog." Ok then!

Jungle @ Warsaw
Enigmatic when it comes to press shots and music videos, UK dance act Jungle are a seven-or-eight piece band live, more than capable of bringing the grooves to the stage, even if maybe all their songs sound exactly alike.

Tycho, Beacon, Christopher Willits @ Terminal 5
Tycho's downtempo IDM really comes off more like post-rock live, where they play as a full band and are heavy on the viiiibes, man.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Sex Jams, Honne Wells @ Cake Shop
Baltimore duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat make rackety post-punk with just a bass and a floor tom, but you'd never think it doesn't sound full. They always put on a good show.

Delta Spirit, Streets of Laredo @ Bowery Ballroom
The folk rockin' Delta Spirit put out a new album, Into The Wide, earlier this month and tonight they're on the second of three nights in NYC in support of it. All three are sold out.

Movement, The Mast, Lemonade (DJ) @ Glasslands
Australian trio Movement offer a moody take on the whole indie/R&B thing going on at the moment. They opened for Banks at Terminal 5 last night but tonight you can catch them in a much more intimate environment.

Balance and Composure, Seahaven, Creepoid @ Irving Plaza
Balance & Composure and Seahaven are the two bigger names on this bill, but if you're going we especially recommend showing up on time for Creepoid too. The Philly band's mix of shoegaze and slowcore does a lot of justice to the '90s bands in that style and they're good live too.

Living Room, Caravela, Vasudeva, Bethlehem Steel @ Saint Vitus
Tonight Vitus hosts a pretty cool bill of bands that lean towards emo, indie rock or a little bit of both. Living Room, who put out their enjoyable Braid-ish album Moonchaser this past August, are headlining the night.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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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"

by Andrew Sacher

Living Room at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
Living Room

If you go to punk/emo shows in Brooklyn, there's a good chance you've caught Living Room at least once. They're basically the resident band at Suburbia and have opened tons of notable bills elsewhere in the area for Hop Along/Sidekicks, You Blew It!, Slingshot Dakota and others. Their new album, Moonchaser, comes out August 19 via Jetsam-Flotsam (pre-order digital or physical), and we've got the premiere of its title track in this post. The song sounds like a long lost b-side off Braid's Frame & Canvas, employing that band's anthemic yet ever so slightly off-key vocals and almost-math rock subtleties. Listen below.

The band are heading out on a tour in August, which includes multiple shows with Vetter Kids in the Southern US, and it kicks off with a hometown show at Suburbia on Saturday (8/2) with Del Paxton, What Moon Things and Bethlehem Steel. $5 at the door gets you in, and Living Room will have limited test presses of their new album available.

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

Continue reading "Living Room releasing an LP, kicking off tour at Suburbia on Saturday (dates & new song stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

Slingshot Dakota (photo by Ryan Russell)
Slingshot Dakota

Bethlehem, PA duo Slingshot Dakota haven't played NYC in about a year but that will change when they play Muchmore's tonight (7/16) with Living Room, Bethlehem Steel and Downies (mems of LVL UP and Porches). Show starts at 8 PM and $6 gets you in. Their only other date at the moment is an acoustic show in Kansas City.

Slingshot Dakota recently contributed to Part 1 of the three-part blink-182 tribute album that Enjoyment Records is putting out called I Guess This Is Growing Up. They took on "Stay Together For The Kids," and if you were ever wondering what Blink would've sounded like if they went in a Rilo Kiley/Ben Gibbard direction, this might give you an idea. Stream that below. Slingshot Dakota's last LP was 2012's Dark Hearts which came out on Topshelf. It's got a few Mates of State and The Anniversary vibes and if you're unfamiliar, check out one of the standout tracks below as well.

Another Topshelf-signed husband/wife duo who make slightly-emo indie pop, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), will also be contributing to one of the to-be-released parts of the blink-182 compilation. (Once the whole thing is done, it will be out on vinyl.) They're also in NYC tonight, opening the acoustic Early November tour which hits The Studio at Webster Hall. Tonight's show also features The Color & Sound and tickets are still available.

When we last spoke, we mentioned that Empire! Empire! hadn't released an album since their 2009 debut, but it's since been announced that they'll finally put out their sophomore LP, You Will Eventually Be Forgotten, on August 19 via Topshelf/Count Your Lucky Stars. Check out the artwork, tracklist, and first single, "If It's Bad News, It Can Wait," from that album, below.

Continue reading "Slingshot Dakota & Empire! Empire! on blink-182 covers comp; both playing NYC tonight +++ Empire! Empire! new LP details"


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...

Continue reading "Kind of Like Spitting playing Brooklyn after touring w/ Lemuria"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: What Moon Things - The Astronaut (MP3)

What Moon Things

New Paltz, NY's What Moon Things are set to release their self-titled debut album on June 3 via Hot Grits. On the first single, "The Astronaut," these guys mix big, emotive vocals with a gloomy post-punk atmosphere, as you can hear for yourself by downloading it above or streaming below. Also below is the album artwork and tracklist.

What Moon Things have a tour coming up which kicks off with a Kingston, NY show with Porches, Frankie Cosmos, Palehound and others, and then hits NYC on May 31 at Suburbia with The Gradients, Wet Petals, Living Room and Big Neck Police. The tour also includes shows in other local-ish places (mostly college towns) including Binghamton, Ithaca, Cornwall, Montclair, New Paltz, Albany, Long Island and more.

All dates are listed, with the new song stream and LP info, below...

Continue reading "What Moon Things releasing an LP, touring, including multiple NY-area shows, 1 w/ Frankie Cosmos (dates & stream)"

You Blew It!
You Blew It

Florida emo/indie/whatever rockers You Blew It! are set to release their new Evan Weiss-produced LP, Keep Doing What You're Doing, next week (1/14) via Topshelf, and the whole thing is now streaming ahead of its release date. Listen below.

As discussed, You Blew It! are also going on a tour with Prawn, and Crying were also added to a few of those dates, including the NYC show happening on February 8 at Shea Stadium with Living Room. Updated dates are listed below.

Crying also play the Double Double Whammy showcase at Shea on 2/12 with Radiator Hospital, Generifus, Frankie Cosmos and Quarterbacks.

Living Room also play Suburbia on Friday (1/10), opening for Captain We're Sinking, NONA and Cherry Cola Champions.

You Blew It! LP stream and the list of updated dates below...

Continue reading "You Blew It! streaming new LP; Crying opening their tour"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: NONA - Walking (MP3)


We just mentioned that Captain, We're Sinking are playing a one-off DIY show in Brooklyn on Friday (1/10) at Suburbia (330 Melrose), and Philly trio NONA, who are on the bill too, are absolutely worth showing up for. They make the kind of scrappy lo-fi rock that crashes like grungy '90s indie but sung with Mimi Gallagher's strained, yearning vocals that you might call emo. They were in NYC back in 2013 for a show with Slow Warm Death and recently wrapped up a tour with All Dogs, and if you like either of those bands NONA will likely be right up your alley. Their drummer Pat Ware also used to play in the now-defunct Spraynard, so fans of that band should dig into this as well.

Their excellent debut LP, Through the Head came out in 2013 via Mandible Records, and they recently announced that they've since signed to 6131 (formerly home to Touche Amore, Joyce Manor), who will release a revamped version of the album this year. The new version is being mixed and mastered by Jay Maas (Title Fight, Defeater). No release date announced yet, but stay tuned. You can download the original mix of one of its tracks, "Walking," above, and it's also streaming, along with another original LP cut, "Dead to You," below.

Streams and flyer for the Suburbia show below...

Continue reading "check out NONA, who are opening for Captain, We're Sinking at Surbubia on Friday, re-releasing LP on 6131 (streams, MP3)"

by Andrew Sacher

Captain, We're Sinking
Captain We're Sinking

Scranton, PA's Captain, We're Sinking released one of the more acclaimed 2013 records in punk circles with The Future Is Cancelled (out now on Run for Cover). Singer Ben Barnett is the brother of Menzingers singer Greg Barnett (who they recently toured with), and you'll definitely hear a similarity in their voices and their knack for songwriter-punk. You can stream The Future Is Cancelled in full below.

Captain, We're Sinking don't have a tour scheduled at the moment, but they do have a one-off in Brooklyn happening at Bushwick DIY spot Suburbia on Friday (1/10) (330 Melrose). It's a great lineup too, including Ohio post-hardcore duo Cherry Cola Champions (who we wrote about here), Philly trio NONA (who we wrote about here), and Suburbia residents Living Room. Show starts at 8 PM and admission is $5 at the door.

Show flyer and LP stream below...

Continue reading "Captain, We're Sinking playing one-off in Brooklyn w/ NONA, Cherry Cola Champions & Living Room"

by Andrew Sacher

The Front Bottoms @ Shea Stadium - 12/28/13 (via Terrence Meade)
Front Bottoms

We're still playing catch-up a bit now that the holidays are over, and in light of that, here's a somewhat belated recap of our BrooklynVegan holiday party at Shea Stadium on December 28 with The Front Bottoms, Chris Gethard and Tiny Moving Parts.

Tiny Moving Parts opened the show, and I admittedly was only vaguely familiar with their record going into it, but it was pretty hard not be won over by their great-spirited, intensely delivered mathy post-hardcore. Much of the crowd also seemed unfamiliar, but almost no one looked unimpressed. They were followed by comedian Chris Gethard, who hosted our Bouncing Souls and Foxygen shows earlier in the year, but this time was doing a full set. He began it with the premise that nobody wants comedy at a rock show, and was proceeded by multiple planned "interruptions" from "crowd members" who "thought they could do a better job."

Eventually, Front Bottoms singer Brian Sella walked on stage and asked, "are you sick of this guy yet?" and he was then joined by his band for a super fun headlining set. They had played a sold-out NYC show at the much larger Bowery Ballroom a day earlier, so needless to say this show at the dingy Shea Stadium was PACKED, sweaty, and exactly the kind of way you'd want to see The Front Bottoms. The whole crowd went nuts, moshing, stage diving, and shouting basically every single syllable back at Brian. The guys in Tiny Moving Parts came back on stage to sing one of Front Bottoms' songs with them, they had tons of props like big inflatable creatures in the back of the stage (including a snowman), and Gethard and some other people threw balloons and light sticks into the crowd during the songs. If you came, we hope you had as much fun as we did.

The Front Bottoms are about to hit the road with You Blew It!, and the closest that tour comes to NYC is a Long Island show on January 30 at 89 North (tickets). Meanwhile, you can catch You Blew It! in NYC when their tour with Prawn hits Shea Stadium on 2/8 with Crying and Living Room. YBI! are also streaming their new record on Pitchfork.

Check out a video of The Front Bottoms playing "Santa Monica" and a clip of "The Fued" from the Shea show, below...

Continue reading "The Front Bottoms rocked the BV holiday party at Shea Stadium w/ Tiny Moving Parts & Chris Gethard (videos)"

by Andrew Sacher

You Blew It

As discussed, Orlando's You Blew It! are releasing their new Evan Weiss-produced album Keep Doing What You're Doing on January 14 via Topshelf Records, and since we last spoke the band have revealed another cut from the LP, "House Address." We recently argued that the current wave of emo and indie rock aren't so different, and this new song is an excellent example of that. There's hints of the romantic side of emo in his voice and much of the genre's shimmering riffage, but all the raw energy and hastiness that makes a great rock song is found here too. Listen to the new song, along with the previously released "Award of the Year Award," below.

You Blew It! have also added more dates to their tour schedule, including a Northeast run with their Topshelf labelmates Prawn that hits NYC on February 8 at Shea Stadium with Living Room. Admission is $8 at the door.

Updated dates are listed, along with those streams, below...

Continue reading "You Blew It! release new song from LP, add dates w/ Prawn"

by Andrew Sacher


Brooklyn's Chumped have been leaving their mark on the local punk scene for a little while now (and just returned home from The Fest), and this past October they finally put out their self-titled debut EP. It's a super catchy, super fun EP of pop punk with lower-fi indie rock sensibilities like The Get Up Kids or Superchunk. Singer Anika Pyle's got razor sharp delivery, dropping lines like "The subway smells like shit, but it's lovely isn't it? / In the sense that it will take you anywhere," in EP opener "Union Square." And though subtle, the guitar riffs are endless. Take a listen to the EP in full below.

Chumped will be celebrating the record with a release show in their hometown on Friday (11/15) at Suburbia (330 Melrose St). The show's got a great lineup, including Waxahatchee/Swearin-associate Sam Cook-Parrott's emotionally-charged basement punk project Radiator Hospital and another great Salinas-signed Philly DIY punk band The Ambulars, plus Suburbia residents Living Room (literally, they live there, pun intended?), Scottish sad-bastard acoustic punk Billy Liar, and NYC's Outta Gas. $5 at the door. Show flyer below.

As discussed, Radiator Hospital also has some upcoming shows with Potty Mouth including January 6 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are still available.

Show flyer and streams below...

Continue reading "Chumped released an EP, playing release show with Radiator Hospital, The Ambulars & more (streams)"

photos by Vladislav Grach, words by Andrew Sacher

Hop Along @ Saint Vitus, 9/5/2013
Hopalong - St. Vitus Bar, Brooklyn - photos by Vladislav Grach - September 5th, 2013

Hop Along made their way to NYC a couple times earlier this year as openers for Title Fight and Fucked Up and for The Thermals, but Thursday night (9/5) they returned as the headliners for a show at Saint Vitus. They've always been a strong live band, but seeing them headline was way more wild. The place was packed as Hop Along played, with members of both the band and the audience stage diving, and a big portion of the crowd screaming along the whole time.

Their tourmates The Sidekicks went on right before them, playing an excellent set of punky power pop (mostly from 2012's Awkward Breeds), and also getting sing-alongs going, especially during set closer "Daisy."

It was the last night on their tour together and while Hop Along has already headed home (singer Frances Quinlan had to work on Friday), The Sidekicks are staying on the road supporting The Gaslight Anthem. Those dates include a Long Island show on Sunday at The Paramount (tickets). All are listed below.

Meanwhile, Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon will be in NYC again for our BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with The Bouncing Souls, Aye Nako (who play Glasslands tonight [9/7]) and one more TBA on September 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Admission is $3 at the door (first come, first served), and Chris Gethard is hosting.

Chris Gethard also hosts today's free Don Giovanni show in New Brunswick, NJ's Boyd Park (9/7) with Screaming Females, California X, Black Wine, and Brick Mower (1 PM start). And Screaming Females will be back in NYC when their tour with Waxahatchee and Tenement hits MHOW on 9/14 and Bowery Ballroom on 9/16, the latter of which Aye Nako opens (tickets).

All upcoming Gaslight Anthem/Sidekicks dates are listed, along with more pictures from the Saint Vitus show, below...

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Living Room

At the end of January, The Living Room will be closing the doors at its 154 Ludlow St location (right next door to Pianos and Cake Shop), where they've been for the past ten years since moving from their original Stanton St location. In a press release, owners Jennifer GIlson and Steve Rosenthal mention that higher rent costs have made it too difficult to keep the Ludlow St location, but they're promising to move to a new space, and are asking for your help to fund the move and construction. To help out, you can donate to their PledgeMusic campaign.

In terms of the current location, LES blog The Lo-Down reports that their neighbors Pianos have filed documents with Community Board 3 to take over the space. What they'll do with it is unclear, though the documents mention the possibility of "live/world music similar to the current method of operation." Time will tell. CB3's SLA Committee will be considering the proposal on January 7 at 6:30 PM at the JASA/Green building (200 E 5th St).

In a Columbia University student publication, Living Room co-founder Jennifer GIlson was interviewed about the damages done during Hurricane Sandy and mentioned that they lost at least $15,000 and were applying to the LES Business Improvement District for a small grant. As The Lo-Down article points out, the ownership change was probably in process before Hurricane Sandy though.

Meanwhile check Living Room's calendar for their list of upcoming shows at the current location. They'll have a few bands and karaoke at midnight at New Year's Eve.

Head to Pianos on New Year's Eve to catch Spirit Family Reunion.

Front St. on Monday evening (via @iggsactly)

Lower Manhattan got it pretty good by Sandy, South Street Seaport included. The area was under multiple feet of water. The Seaport Music Festival, who put on the free shows down there, still had their stage set up. Some gear was ruined though they luckily had taken down the deck, lights, tent and canopy in preparation for the hurricane. No word on how the Beekman Beer Garden fared, though one Tweeter fears it is "definitely gone". Wine store Pasanella and Son was reportedly "decimated". Sadly, there has also been some looting at the Seaport's shops.

At a press conference this afternoon, Mayor Bloomberg, who recently confirmed at least 18 Sandy related deaths in NYC, announced that like the subways (Buses start returning tonight [10/30]), it may be three or four more days before power is restored to the tons of residents who lost it due to Hurricane Sandy. This includes all of lower Manhattan where, as you know, a whole lot of Manhattan music venues are. Which probably means no shows till the weekend for Pianos, Cake Shop, The Living Room, Arlene's Grocery, Fontana's, Rockwood Music Hall, The Slipper Room, Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, Santos Party House, Le Poisson Rouge and others.

Good news, apart from no power, the Ludlow St. area venues all came out ok, with folks at Pianos, Cake Shop and Arlene's Grocery specifically saying there was no water damage. Williamsburg clubs, are getting somewhat back to normal sooner, with shows at Union Pool and Glasslands tonight.

Elsewhere, Park Slope/Gowanus's Bell House reports that they "had some minimal flooding but will be back to business as usual by tomorrow. Working on fundraiser ideas for you now " Bar 4 in Park Slope lost their awning.