Entries tagged with: Lucero
photo: Lucero at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Country punks Lucero have a handful of dates coming up this year. They're making a few festival appearances, like Nelsonville, Peacemaker and Kaaboo, and opening the Philly stop of Social Distortion's self-titled LP 25th anniversary tour. In the midst of all that, frontman Ben Nichols is also doing a string of solo dates.
One of Ben's dates is a duo set with his Lucero bandmate Rick Steff, happening in NYC on June 12 at The Shop (presented by New Island Entertainment), Bushwick's new bar, BBQ & motorcycle garage located at 234 Starr St. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with a video of Ben playing Lucero's "My Best Girl" at a past solo show, below...
by Zack Baker
This year's edition of the Nelsonville Music Festival takes place from May 28-31 in Nelsonville, Ohio. The lineup features The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent, Built To Spill, The Black Lips, Merle Haggard, Mavis Staples, Lucero, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Oblivians, Ryley Walker and many more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now, with four-day and single-day passes both available. Kids under 12 get in free, and there are activities for children at the fest too.
Folk music has always been a key focus for the festival, but as you can see the lineup is pretty diverse. The fest is tucked away in the woods, which is a pretty great environment for this kind of stuff, and there's usually a chance to see artists play intimate acoustic sets in the No-Fi Cabin too. If you're coming from NYC, it's just about a 9-hour drive, and you can camp there.
Check out the lineup in full along with a video of last year's headliner Dinosaur Jr. playing the festival, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Social Distortion in Houston in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
It's been 25 years since Social Distortion released their self-titled third album, which was their major label debut and furthered the punk band's trek into rockabilly (including a cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire"). In addition to that cover, it also has some of their most iconic original songs including "Story of My Life," "Sick Boys," "Ball and Chain," "So Far Away" and more. For the album's anniversary, they're performing it in full on tour this summer and also promising "classic tracks and rarities from their extensive back catalogue." Support comes from Nikki Lane and Drag the River.
The tour doesn't hit NYC, but it will be nearby for an Asbury Park show on August 22 at Stone Pony Summerstage. There's also a Philly show at Festival Pier on August 19 which could be worth the trip from NYC, considering Lucero and Benjamin Booker are on that lineup too. Tickets for those shows (and the whole tour) go on sale Friday (4/24) at 10 AM, and various presales start Thursday (4/23) at 10 AM.
The LP was also reissued on Record Store Day. Anyone pick that up? All tour dates are listed, with the video for "Story of My Life," below...
by Andrew Sacher
Lucero @ Bowery Ballroom - 11/3/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Country punk greats Lucero kicked off their 'By the Seat of Our Pants' tour at NYC's Bowery Ballroom last night (11/3) for the first show in their three-night run at that venue. The idea for this tour is that they're opening with a stripped-down set and then taking a cigarette and whiskey break before returning for a regular full-band Lucero set. The stripped-down set was a real treat to see, especially if you're a fan of their slow sad stuff. They played a handful of songs they said they hadn't played in a while, and were super casual about it -- more than once Ben Nichols would say something to the keyboardist like "why don't you try accordion this one?" Including their half hour-ish intermission, the whole show went from about 9 PM to midnight and after all the rowdy stuff they went out the way they came in, slow and sad.
The tour continues at Bowery Ballroom tonight (11/4) and Wednesday (11/5). Tickets for both shows are still available and we're also giving away a pair to the night of your choice. Details below. After NYC, they'll do the same kind of 3-night runs in Boston, LA and San Francisco. They've also added a 3-night run in Colorado leading up to New Year's Eve, including two shows with Murder by Death.
Updated dates also listed below...
photos by James Richards IV, words by Zach Pollack & Milos Markicevic
Mineral / Patti Smith / Superchunk
Riot Fest Chicago wrapped up this past Sunday (9/14) with sets from The Cure, Weezer (playing Blue Album), Primus, Social Distortion, Cheap Trick (playing Heaven Tonight), Patti Smith, Mudhoney, Hot Snakes, Mineral, Lucero, Naked Raygun (playing Throb Throb), La Dispute, Superchunk, The Hold Steady, Kurt Vile, Bouncing Souls, The Front Bottoms, The Menzingers and many more.
I arrived at the final day of the festival to find New Jersey punk heroes The Bouncing Souls already on the Roots Stage, and NJ folk punks The Front Bottoms getting set to perform on the Rebel Stage. Having seen the former a few times, I went for the latter band and heard "Flashlight" as I approached the stage. Their early afternoon-yet-rabid crowd screamed the lyrics along to the song's stop-start chorus. The tongue-in-cheek Talon of the Hawk opener "Au Revoir (Adios)" came next, followed by mix of songs from that album and their 2011 self-titled LP. --ZP
Kurt Vile & The Violators were the next band I caught, over at the Riot Stage. Given that Sunday beared even better weather than Saturday had, opening with "Wakin on a Pretty Day" was an apt choice in full sun. The Violators proceeded to deliver a low-key and enjoyable set that touched on Wakin on a Pretty Daze, Smoke Ring for My Halo, and Childish Prodigy. After a bit of KV and co., I headed over to the Rebel Stage to catch The Hold Steady. The NYC crew kicked things off with "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You" from this year's Teeth Dreams, followed by the Boys and Girls in America favorite "Stuck Between Stations." The band flew by their usual M.O. -- flexing some muscle without coming off as too cheesy -- while pulling out tunes from their back catalog. --ZP
Next I went to catch Superchunk, and I arrived at the Riot Stage a bit prior to their set. In the meantime, I caught the last few songs of Billy Bragg's performance on the nearby Roots Stage. Before playing "The Milkman of Human Kindness," Bragg shared that he's out to become "the Pete Seegar of punk" and hopes to be performing into his 90s. He turned "There Is Power in a Union" into a sing-along and finished off with "A New England." Superchunk began with the No Pocky for Kitty tune "Cast Iron," followed by the one-two punch of "Digging For Something" and "FOH." It was back to No Pocky... for "Punch Me Harder," and then Mac asked the crowd to sing along during "Learned To Surf." "I'm gonna need you to repeat after me, in the age-old tradition of repeating after people on stage, he quipped. Their 11-song set came to a close with "Slack Motherfucker" into "Precision Auto." --ZP
Michigan post-hardcore crew La Dispute were up next at the far-from-everything Rock Stage. The four-piece were heavy on this year's great Rooms of the House, and began their 10-song set with "HUDSONVILLE, MI 1956," "Stay Happy There," and "First Reactions After Falling Through the Ice" from the LP falling within the first five they played. Their meditative grooves quickly won over the large crowd they had gathered at the stage. My next target after La Dispute was the Rise Stage, where whiskey-soaked Memphis crew Lucero would soon begin their late afternoon set. I only stuck around for a few songs, but I got to hear some of my favorites from the start, including "On My Way Downtown" into "Nights Like These." --ZP
La Dispute's crowd
After Lucero, it was back over to the Rock Stage for reunited Austin emo band Mineral. The band quietly took the stage and delivered an excellent set that was split evenly between their 1997 debut The Power of Failing and 1998's EndSerenading. Highlights included their heavier moments found within the brief "Five, Eight, & Ten," "For Ivadell," and "Gloria," and also the more subdued offerings like "Love Letter Typewriter." Mineral were one of the best emo bands out there, and it's great to see them return sounding great. --ZP
One of my most anticipated sets of the three-day fest was Patti Smith's 6PM performance on the Riot Stage. Patti was born in Chicago not all that far from the stage she occupied, and spoke about coming to the park with her mother as a very young child. She and her band opened with "Dancing Barefoot" into the Horses tune "Redondo Beach." A cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" came next, followed by "Pissing in a River." Along with a select few others, Patti Smith fully embodies the spirit of Riot Fest. --ZP
While Zach was over at Patti Smith on the Riot Stage, I was at the Rise Stage for Mudhoney. The grunge grandfathers ripped through their set and barely stopped to catch their breath. Drummer Dan Peters was a beast on drums throughout the set, and at one point the band even made way for a brief drum solo, bringing in the fuzz at the climax. You would think Mark Arm's vocal style would have wrecked his pipes after all these years but the guy sounded just as good as he did on the band's debut album. The definite highlight of set was the band's classic "Touch Me I'm Sick" which left everyone floored. --MM
If Patti Smith carries the ethos of Riot Fest, then Primus serve to represent the festival's large carnival presence. Les Claypool was transfixed on the ferris wheel he faced from the stage and spoke at length about how beautiful it was and how lucky they were to be performing near it. He later prompted guitarist Larry LaLonde to do a solo inspired by the wheel. Unlike when I saw them in 2013, Primus shed their jammy approach of late for the tighter feel of their early material. This shift was aided by stand-in timekeeper Danny Carey, who delivered a fast-handed, rigid performance. The trio opened with the Sailing the Seas of Cheese cut "Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers," followed by the driving LP number "Here Come the Bastards." The tweaky Brown Album song "Over the Falls" was also played, as well as more favorites like "My Name Is Mud," and set endcap "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver." --ZP
Weezer were one of the albums billed to play a classic album (The Blue Album), but first they warmed up with some of their more recent singles, steadily going back in time with each song. The band played "Pork and Beans," "Beverly Hills," "Island In The Sun," "Hash Pipe," "El Scorcho" and others before getting to 1994, the year of The Blue Album. Everything prior to The Blue Album's performance felt like filler as everyone, including myself, sang along to every Blue Album song, most loudly to "Buddy Holly" which some fans begged to be played again. Weezer performed flawlessly while their stage lights bathed everyone in blue light, keeping in theme of the album's color. It was amazing seeing the band perform The Blue Album-- one of my favorite 90s albums-- in its entirety. I only wish they could've squeezed in Pinkerton right after. --MM
Hot Water Music co-frontman Chuck Ragan is going on another solo tour this year, including a December Northeast run with his backing back The Camaraderie, which includes Lucero and Social Distortion members. That tour hits NYC on December 6 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show go on sale today (8/22) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Both Chuck solo and Hot Water Music play The Fest, and after that HWM will go on their 20th anniversary tour, hitting Fun Fun Fun Fest and other dates, but unfortunately not NYC. All HWM dates are listed below too.
Social Distortion are also touring, playing two NYC-area shows around their Riot Fests appearances. And Lucero just announced a special tour which includes 3-night stands in various cities with both acoustic and full-band sets. The NYC shows, happening at Bowery Ballroom from Nov. 3-5, go on sale today at noon.
Lucero at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Directly following Lucero frontman Ben Nichols' solo show at The Fest, the band will head out on a US tour, dubbed the 'By The Seat of Our Pants Tour,' which sees them playing 3-night stands in NYC, Boston, LA and San Francisco and each show will open with an acoustic set. The NYC shows, billed as "An Evening With Lucero," happen at Bowery Ballroom on November 3, 4 & 5. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (8/22) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/20) at noon.
All dates are listed, with live acoustic and full band videos, below...
Riot Fest Chicago 2014 is set to take place from September 12-14 throughout Humboldt Park. The 10th anniversary of the festival features Jane's Addiction, Slayer, The Offspring, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Mastodon, The Murder City Devils, Failure, Title Fight, The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Primus, Patti Smith, and many more across seven-stages. The fest has now shared daily lineups, which you can scope out at the bottom of this post. Three-day and two-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now.
RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...
Neutral Milk Hotel @ P4K Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Neutral Milk Hotel, Circulatory System @ Prospect Park Bandshell
While Jeff Mangum hasn't released any new music since 1998's In The Aeoplane Over the Sea, nobody really seems to mind now seeing how he and NMH are finally playing shows again, and many people are getting to hear those songs live for the first time. Following this past winter's shows, he and the band now return to NYC for a victory lap at these two outdoor Celebrate Brooklyn! shows, which sounds like a nice place to hear the classics.
Arto Lindsay, Zs, Bigyuki @ LPR
Downtown scene vet Arto Lindsay has long dabbled in tropical sounds so it should come as no surprise to see him playing this show as part of Brasil Summerfest.
FREEMAN (formerly Gene Ween) @ Mercury Lounge
With his long-running band a done deal, the artist formerly known as Gene Ween released his new solo album today via Partisan. He's got a soft spot for '70s pop on the new album which is an enjoyable listen. He celebrates the album's release tonight at this show.
Joyce Manor @ Rough Trade
Joyce Manor's new album is out today, and it combines the forceful punk of their debut with the more ambitious leanings of its followup, all without crossing the 20-minute mark. This is an early evening in-store (they go on at 7 PM and you have to purchase the album from Rough Trade to get in), so that plus their knack for short songs should give you plenty of time to catch another show afterwards.
Juicy J, Project Pat @ Terminal 5
Juicy J is a veteran of hip hop thanks to his time in Three 6 Mafia (remember, he been rich since the '90s), but he doesn't act like an elder statesman. The trap rap bangerz on last year's Stay Trippy are as fun and modern as many of today's younger stars.
PHOX, Trails and Ways @ Knitting Factory
Wisconsin indie pop outfit PHOX combine sunny melodies with folky arrangements (and honeyed, breathy vocals) for a sound as airy as a summer breeze. This is their first of two NYC shows this week.
Brody Dalle, Slothrust @ Bowery Ballroom
Brody Dalle put out three records of solid grunge punk in the early 2000s with The Distillers. This year she's got our first solo album out, but from the looks of recent setlists she's been treating her crowds to plenty of material from her old band as well.
Lucero, The Vansaders @ Stone Pony
Country punks Lucero know how to have a rowdy, whiskey-fueled good time, but they also know how to pull your heartstrings with sad (and also whiskey-fueled) down-on-their-luck songs. They don't hit NYC on their current tour, but they play two nearby shows, this being the first.
Kiesza @ Santos Party House
The thumping house bass of Kiesza's hit "Hideaway" gets stuck in your head pretty quickly, and for us in New York, watching its video filmed on the streets of Williamsburg is about as fun as the song itself. Now you can see her live in New York tonight.
Electric Six @ Rocks Off Cruise
Electric Six are essentially a one-joke band -- off the charts ego/bravado/innuendo over danceable rock -- who've managed to milk it across 10 albums. Whether you had enough after "Danger! High Voltage!" or still dig the schtick, E6 are always a fun live show. Plus, this is on a boat.
RX Bandits, The Dear Hunter, From Indian Lakes @ Best Buy Theater
While RX Bandits seemed like they'd be done for a while there, they are actually fully back in action and have a new album out this year which is more of their punk/prog/reggae blend.
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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Drive-By Truckers @ The Paramount 6/28/2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Having just played two NY-area shows with The Hold Steady, the Drive-By Truckers tour rolls on on for a few more days, wrapping up next week in Cincinnati. They'll then refuel and hit the road again this fall, doing runs with Lee Bains III, Lucero and Houndmouth. They've also got a NYC stop planned for October 17 at Beacon Theatre with St Paul & the Broken Bones. Tickets for the Beacon show go on sale Friday (7/11) at noon with AmEx, Chase and local presales beginning Thursday (7/10) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed below...
The Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque Tour hits Gramercy Theatre on Halloween and Music Hall of Williamburg on November 6. Tickets for those shows go on sale at 10 AM and noon, respectively.
AJ Davila is playing a Latin Alternative Music Conference showcase at Gramercy Theatre on July 11. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.
The Crookes are playing The Studio at Webster Hall on July 9. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.
Lucero and J. Roddy Walston & The Business are playing The Capitol Theater on July 25. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Tickets for the Amon Amarth show at Best Buy Theater with Sabaton and death/doom supergroup Vallenfyre (mems At the Gates, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Extinction of Mankind) go on sale today at noon.
Amon Amarth and Sabaton's other tour dates are with Skeletonwitch. They're not on the Best Buy Theater show, but tickets to see them that same night at Saint Vitus with Evoken and a special guest go on sale today at noon.
Syd Tha Kyd is playing Baby's All Right on June 6 with White Sea (Morgan Kibby of M83). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Fink is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 27. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Alex Winston is playing Le Poisson Rouge on May 31. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Tickets for the Incan Abraham show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Northside shows (including one with White Rabbits) are on sale now, or you can try to get in using your Northside badge.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Chicago has The Cure, Jane's Addiction, The National, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Metric, the reunited Samhain (!), Cheap Trick, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Patti Smith, Taking Back Sunday, Mastodon, Afghan Whigs, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Superchunk, Lucero, Murder City Devils, Mudhoney, Failure, Hot Snakes, Thurston Moore, Get Up Kids, Kurt Vile, Wavves, ALL, Mineral, Title Fight, Samiam, Menzingers, Front Bottoms, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Denver also has The Cure, The National, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Taking Back Sunday, Lucero, Failure, Hot Snakes, ALL, Mineral, Menzingers, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers plus Primus, TV on the Radio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Violent Femmes and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full Chicago and Denver lineups below...
Riot Fest is happening in Toronto, Chicago and Denver again this year, and the lineup for Toronto was just announced. It happens on September 6 & 7 and features The National, Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Death Cab for Cutie, Death From Above 1979, Brand New, Paul Weller, Stars, Metric, The Head and the Heart, Tokyo Police Club, The New Pornographers, Taking Back Sunday, Afghan Whigs, Alkaline Trio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Thurston Moore, Buzzcocks, Clutch, Manchester Orchestra, Lucero, Title Fight and many more. Full initial lineup below. Tickets go on sale Saturday (5/10) at 10 AM.
As mentioned on BV Chicago, the Chicago fest happens from September 12-14 this year, and Denver from September 19-21. Stay tuned for those lineups.
Full initial Toronto lineup below...
Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)
As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.
There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.
Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.
UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.
Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.
Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...
by Andrew Sacher
Chuck Ragan & The Camaraderie
Hot Water Music co-frontman Chuck Ragan will release his fourth solo album, Til Midnight, on March 25 via SideOneDummy. Like most of his solo material, it sees Chuck pulling more from folk than punk, though its first single, "Something May Catch Fire," is one of his more layered solo cuts, complete with rollicking drums and a busy fiddle line. That track just premiered over at The A.V. Club, and you can listen below.
Chuck also announced a tour with The White Buffalo and Johnny Two Bags, which comes to NYC for a show on April 18 at Irving Plaza. For the tour, he'll be joined by his backing band The Camaraderie, which features Todd Beene of Lucero, David Hidalgo Jr of Social Distortion, and others. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/21) at 10 AM with Live Nation and Music Geeks presales starting Wednesday (2/19) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
photos by David Andrako, words by Andrew Sacher
Lucero / Titus Andronicus / The Menzingers
Memphis country punks Lucero have been on tour with Titus Andronicus that came to NYC for a big show at Terminal 5, which The Menzingers opened, making for a great triple bill of heartland punk. Not long before the show, Lucero had told us in an interview that they were nervous to return to the venue, because when they were last there, opening for The Black Keys, it was one of their worst shows ever with the crowd heckling them, equipment malfunctions, and more disaster. Things seemed to go over better for them this time around though. In Lorraine Schwartz's review for Examiner, she wrote positively of the show, only saying it was subdued in comparison to the drunken Brooklyn Bowl shows Lucero played pre-New Year's Eve this past December.
Lucero played a lengthy set, hitting tracks from all over their career, as far back as their self-titled 2001 debut, and as recent as this year's Texas & Tennessee EP. Co-headliners Titus Andronicus played many of the usual live favorites, a bit of new stuff, and ended with a tribute to Lou Reed by covering The Velvet Underground's Sister Ray. And though Lucero were fine this time, maybe it was openers The Menzingers plagued by the venue's size? Pictures of all three bands and Titus' setlist are in this post.
Lucero (and Titus and The Menzingers) were also recently down in Gainesville for The Fest, and speaking of country-punk bands that played The Fest, Pretty Boy Thorson (of country-punk band The Falling Angels) was down there with his band The Slow Death who play NYC tonight (11/12) at Coco66. Like I wrote in today's What's Going On Tuesday post, The Slow Death (not to be confused with Slow Warm Death) drop the "country" but keep the "songwriter punk" element, resulting in raw, anthemic jams.
As discussed, The Menzingers also have upcoming headlining shows in NYC with Modern Baseball, Banquets, and Ma Jolie (sold out); and West Chester, PA with Modern Baseball, Cayetana, and Cassavetes (tickets).
More pictures and Titus' setlist from T5 below...
Lucero @ Terminal 5 (more by Mike Lerner)
Memphis, Tennessee's Lucero are as much country as they are punk, or maybe it's the other way around. Either way, the band's sound since their inception in 1998 has evolved along with their fans who are devoted to the refusal to be compartmentalized as the band is themselves. Lucero's latest, Texas & Tennessee, saw the band sidestep the more involved sounds of previous releases without sacrificing the core element of songwriting that continues to underscore their signature sound. On tour now with Titus Andronicus, they return to Terminal 5 in NYC this Friday, November 8th, with Titus and The Menzingers for what is sure to be a great show. I had the opportunity to talk to vocalist/guitarist Ben Nichols about his writing process, appreciating his roots, and how he hopes this Terminal 5 show won't be like the last.
My first question just concerns the formation of Lucero, Ben, and how you've seen the band evolve since then.
Ben: We started in '98 or something like that. Actually, our first show was in April of '98. There's definitely been an evolution over those fifteen years. We started off trying to go against the grain and playing these punk rock shows and just playing the quietest, slowest, saddest music possible. It was mainly just me and Brian Venable, the guitar player, who started the band. Then we had Roy and John, and we became a drunken rock n' roll band pretty fast after that. Then we hit the road, and yeah...we were quite possibly a too drunken rock n' roll band. There were some dark years in the middle there. Actually, for the last six years, we've had Rick Steff on the piano, and we added a horn section for a couple of records. That kind of brought us out of the darkness. As far as me, personally, is concerned...it made me really enjoy playing music again. The touring had kind of just worn me down, but adding those extra elements and those instruments - that really got me excited about the band again. With the last two records it's evolved into this...I don't know...the Memphis sound and the Memphis roots, we've definitely tapped into those sources a little more than we did in the past. We're kind of more comfortable with being a Memphis band. I think we're more comfortable showing where we're from a little bit and letting those roots show. Now we're this rock n' roll soul band. I don't know. I'm not sure what the hell we are [laughs]. There's still some country songs. Actually, the next record will probably be fairly countryish. It's a big ol' mess of fifteen years that's tough to remember.
Smif n Wessun are playing Mercury Lounge on December 2. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (11/08) at noon.
Dropkick Murphys and Lucero are going on a St. Patrick's Day tour that hits NJ on March 10 at Starland Ballroom and Long Island on March 11 at The Paramount. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (11/8) and there's a venue presale for the Paramount show starting Thursday (11/7) at 10 AM. No NYC date on this tour at the moment, but Lucero will be in NYC this Friday (11/8) at Terminal 5 for a show with Titus Andronicus and The Menzingers. Tickets to that show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair.
The Front Bottoms' upcoming BV-presented show in NYC is sold out, but they just announced a tour with You Blew It! that comes to the area for a Long Island show on January 30 at 89 North. Tickets for that entire tour, including the LI show, are on sale now.
Escort and JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound are playing The Bell House on November 23. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Andrew Sacher
The Menzingers at Riot Fest Brooklyn 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
As discussed, Philly punks The Menzingers are heading out on a tour this year, and since we last spoke they've been added to the NYC stop of the Lucero and Titus Andronicus tour, which happens on November 8 at Terminal 5. That makes three bands with an equal knack for punk and classic, folk-style songwriting on one bill. Tickets for the T5 show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Contest details and updated flyer below.
The Menzingers also headline their own previously mentioned NYC show on November 29 at Bowery Ballroom, which is now sold out. Since we last spoke, openers have been announced for that show too, including scrappy emo band Modern Baseball (who just played the Run for Cover CMJ showcase), Jersey City punks Banquets, and Philly post-hardcore noodlers Ma Jolie. All dates are listed, along with the updated flyer, below.
Banquets, probably the most likeminded band on the bill to The Menzingers, recently released their self-titled sophomore album via Black Numbers (the same label that put out the new Placeholder album). If you like Jersey punk bands that are very much "Jersey punk bands" or Hot Water Music, you might dig this record. You can stream it below. All of their dates, including a NJ show with The Swellers and Candy Hearts tonight (10/22) and a NJ show in November with Restorations (who also play NJ with Bouncing Souls), are listed below too.
All Menzingers dates are listed, along with a full set video from the Orlando stop on their tour with Restorations and those show flyers, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Titus @ Pier 84, 8/8/2013
Lucero spent this weekend in Little Rock hosting their Family Picnic. In a few weeks off they'll have a few west coast dates to contend with followed by a European tour followed by another set of US dates, this time with Titus Andronicus. The tour includes stops at The Fest, Index Festival and NYC for a show at Terminal 5 on November 8. Tickets for the NYC show go on AMEX presale at noon on Wed (8/14), and go on sale to the general public starting Friday (8/16) at noon. The two bands also visit Toad's Place in New Haven, CT on 11/12 and The Haunt in Ithaca, NY on 11/13. The full set of tour dates is below.
Titus Andronicus dodged the rain last week (8/8) at the final River Rocks show of the season, with support from Ducktails and Juan Waters. We previously posted pictures from that show, but you can check out a second set from the show in this post. More of those pictures with all tour dates below...
Ben Nichols of Lucero in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Alt-country punks Lucero are doing their annual Lucero Family Picnic on August 10 at the Riverfest Ampitheatre in Little Rock, AR this year. At the picnic, they'll be performing their excellent 2002 album, Tennesee, in addition to "set of Lucero classics." The lineup also includes rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson, Little Rock's John Moreland, and Guy Venable (father of Lucero's Brian Venable).
Tickets for Lucero Family Picnic 2013 are on sale now. There's also a VIP option, which includes a tailgate and BBQ with the band before doors open. Flyer for the picnic is below.
Lucero have other dates this year, including some festivals like Gainesville's The Fest, which they were recently added to, along with J. Robbins (of Jawbox), Tim Kasher (of Cursive, and who has a new album on the way), Pile and more.
Updated The Fest lineup and a list of all Lucero tour dates, which include Dallas' Index Festival, below...
"Lucero just tearing up Brooklyn Bowl, they may be the best band in America right now... yes they are that good" - DJ Rich Russo (The Peak)
Lucero at Brooklyn Bowl (via John Brown)
Lucero kicked off their four-night New Year's Even run with Brooklyn Bowl shows on Friday (12/28) and Saturday (12/29) before hitting Boston with The Hold Steady on Sunday (12/30). Videos from both nights are below.
Then on New Year's Eve, Lucero joined The Hold Steady to ring in the new year at Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. After The Hold Steady played "Barfruit Blues" it turned midnight and they welcomed in the new year, continuing with the bulk of their set in 2013. The Hold Steady's set was interrupted due to a crowd member who needed to be rushed to a hospital, but they picked things back up soon after. Their setlist and a video from that night are below. Comedian Kurt Braunohler opened the night.
All videos and setlist are below...
Brooklyn Bowl during a Deer Tick show (more by Tracy Allison)
As you probably know, we've been posting a bunch of year-end lists from artists this year, and we've also posted a few from venue guys like Josh Moore and Johnny Beach from Bowery Presents, Jack "Skippy" McFadden of Emo's in Austin, and Andy Bodor from Cake Shop. Now we've got a top 10 albums list from Brooklyn Bowl talent buyer (aka booker) Adam Geringer-Dunn. You can see Adam's full list below.
Brooklyn Bowl is where Lucero (who gave us two year-end lists) are beginning their New Year's Eve run. The country punks will play a two-night stand at the Brooklyn venue on Friday (12/28) with Nude Beach and Saturday (12/29) with Hollis Brown. Tickets for night 1, night 2, or both nights are still available, and we're also giving away a 2-day pass. Details on how to enter to win are below. Lucero also play NYE at Wellmont Theatre with The Hold Steady, which is one of many New Year's Eve options in the NYC area.
Adam Geringer-Dunn's year-end list and contest details below...
Lucero at Brooklyn Bowl in 2011 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Earlier this month, we posted a pretty eccentric year-end list from Todd Beene of Lucero and we've since received an even more eccentric list from the band's drummer Roy Berry. He called it his "top whatever list for two thousand twelve." It doesn't have one album on it and some of the items couldn't be farther from "music-related." But I don't wanna say any more about it because you should just check it out for yourself. The whole thing is below.
As mentioned several times (like in our recently posted New Year's Eve guide), Lucero are going on a short four-night tour to ring in the new year, three dates of which happen in the NYC area. First, they'll play Brooklyn Bowl on December 28 with Nude Beach and December 29 with Hollis Brown. Tickets for night 1, night 2, or both are still available. Then after that, they'll play New Year's Eve at Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ with The Hold Steady. Tickets for that show are still available.
Check out Roy Berry's list below...
Lucero at Brooklyn Bowl, Dec 2012 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Lucero's upcoming shows at Brooklyn Bowl (tickets for 12/28 & 12/29, or both) and New Year's Eve gig at Wellmont Theater with The Hold Steady (tickets) will be here before you know it. We cornered pedal steel whiz Todd Beene to ask him about his favorite things form 2012. His top 10 for the year (which includes other stuff besides music, like, um, underwear) is below along with his very entertaining commentary.