Entries tagged with: Night Birds
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Night Birds at Warsaw in April (more by Keith Marlowe)
As someone who grew up listening to a lot of '90s punk, the Fat Wreck Chords Fat Music compilations were a godsend. (Along with Punk-O-Rama and Hopelessly Devoted to You.) They usually didn't cost much, and they could squeeze 15-20 bands onto one disc (or sometimes over 100). A lot of my early music memories are of those comps as much as they're of individual bands' albums (Fat Music for Fat People and Survival of the Fattest were particular favorites), but for whatever reason I don't seek out label comps anymore. Maybe because they're released less often, because I don't spend much time CD shopping anymore, or because it's now easier to hear what a label has to offer from their website. Probably a combination of all three.
Fat hasn't actually released a new one since 2010 but that will change on August 7 when they put out their first Fat Music comp in five years, Fat Music Vol. 8: Going Nowhere Fat. It's got a good mix of the same bands you saw on these things in the '90s -- NOFX, Swingin' Utters, Good Riddance, Lagwagon, Strung Out and more -- plus cool newer bands like Night Birds and toyGuitar.
The Night Birds song, "Left In The Middle," just came out today and it does what Night Birds do best -- mixes '80s surf punk with '90s skate punk, yet sounds totally fresh. It's got a particularly ripping guitar solo too. Listen, and check out the Fat Music Vol. 8 tracklist, below.
Night Birds next play NYC on July 26 at Riis Park Beach Bazaar at Rockaway Beach. That's a free afternoon show with Simon & The Bar Sinisters, Death Vacation, Nonsense and Moral Panic.
Not to be confused with California's inaugural it's Not Dead Fest, Toronto's annual Not Dead Yet fest returns in 2015 from October 22-25. This year's initial lineup includes Title Fight, Power Trip, Red Death, Alex G, Boston Strangler, Night Birds, No Tolerance, Rixe, Vanity, Foundation, Una Bestia Incontrollable and more. Tickets will be on sale soon.
Also on the lineup is Nervosas, past tourmates and Ohio neighbors of Vacation. Their new self-titled LP is out now on Dirtnap, which has released likeminded garage punk from The Marked Men, Radioactivity, Mind Spiders, Sonic Avenues and more. If you dig those bands, you'll probably dig this too.
Stream the album, with the full initial Not Dead Yet lineup, below...
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...
photo: Title Fight at SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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...
Gainesville's annual punk festival The Fest returns in 2015 for its 14th year (hence Fest 14) from October 30 to November 1, and like in previous years, a handful of the bands play Pre-Fest in Little Ybor from October 28-29. This year's initial lineup was just announced and it includes Desaparecidos, The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, Tim Barry, The Jazz June, Drug Church, Pup, The City on Film, Kepi Ghoulie, Beach Slang, Frameworks, Foxing, Iron Reagan, Crocodiles, Cult Leader, Young Widows, Xerxes, Jeff Rosenstock, Restorations, Modern Baseball, The Hotelier, Chumped, The Sidekicks, Mikey Erg, Night Birds, Tiltwheel, Lagwagon, Off With Their Heads, Teenage Bottlerocket and many more.
Tickets are set to go on sale via The Fest's website June 1.
photos by Keith Marlowe
Cock Sparrer at Warsaw - 4/10/15
Oi! legends Cock Sparrer played their first two NYC shows in 15 years this past weekend at Warsaw. The British punks hit the venue on Friday (4/10) with NYC vets Murphy's Law, plus 45 Adapters (who we missed), and then on Saturday (4/11) with street punks The Unseen and skate/surf punks Night Birds. Both shows had the crowd going nuts and included tons of favorites like "Take 'Em All," "Riot Squad," "We're Coming Back," "I Got Your Number," "Working" and so many more. Pictures of both shows are in this post.
More (including shots of each night's setlist), with a couple videos, below...
British punk/Oi! legends Cock Sparrer announced their first NYC show in 15 years -- 4/10 at Warsaw -- earlier this week. That quickly sold out, but the band have now added a second night happening April 11 at Warsaw. The great local punk band Night Birds are opening the newly-added show, and it's also been revealed that 45 Adapters and NYC vets Murphy's Law are opening night 1. Tickets for the new date go on sale Monday (2/23) at noon.
Night Birds also play a Nate Gluck benefit in Brooklyn this March.
Like their Gainesville counterparts, Hot Water Music, As Friends Rust doesn't give a damn what you think punk is about. They've broken it down to it's original components: raw emotion, no bullshit riffage, and hooks galore. In their reconstruction, they've produced two of my favourite EPs, and now, a contender for my favourite release of the year.The above quote is from Punk News' review of Gainesville '90s/'00s punks' As Friends Rust's 2001 debut album, the only full length they put out before breaking up a year later. The band's been reunited for a bit now, and they're finally set to play their first NYC show in 7 years on April 30 at Saint Vitus with UnWed (mem Hot Water Music, Small Brown Bike) and Pagan Girls. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Their only other announced date so far is Groezrock.
Like their self-titled EP, and Fists of Time EP, this record combines aspects of punk, hardcore, and indie rock into a raw, angry sound that you must have known was from Gainesville. [Punk News]
There are some other good NYC punk shows coming up that we haven't mentioned yet too. Here's a roundup of those:
Folk punks Defiance, Ohio are going on their first tour in about two years, with High Dive and Will from Defiance's other band Purple 7. That hits NYC on March 18 at Shea Stadium, also with locals Milk Dick, making for an all-around great bil. Tickets for Shea go on sale at noon today (2/6). All dates are listed below.
You may know that a new NYHC book was published recently, and it's getting a release show on March 1 at Grand Victory with three veteran bands. The lineup is headlined by The Nihilistics, who Trouser Press called "a stupid, obnoxious hardcore band from Long Island [whose] album is pretty good." It also features reunion sets from the short-lived Altercation and The High & Mighty, whose first show in 30 years was at the old A7 (now Niagara) in December 2013. Tickets are on sale now.
Another veteran hardcore band hits that same venue when Gang Green play Grand Victory on April 18. That's with Antagonizers ATL and Drug Shock. TIckets are on sale.
A show much sooner at Grand Vic (and with much newer bands) is the Chumped / Roger Harvey show happening this Sunday (2/8). Since we last spoke, Timeshares (who recently put out a split with Luther that you can stream below) were added too. Never open, and tickets are still on sale.
After that show, Chumped head out with Andrew Jackson Jihad, Jeff Rosenstock and The Smith Street Band, hitting NYC on March 20 at Warsaw. Tickets for that show are still available.
The day after Sunday's Chumped show, you can get your punk fix at Bowery Electric (2/9) with NYC vets Murphy's Law playing with The Bowery Boys and Simon and the Bar Sinisters.
photo: Night Birds at Death by Audio in 2013 (more by Sarja Hasan)
Surf/skate punk lovers Night Birds headline a benefit for Ensign's Nate Gluck (who's sadly battling cancer) on March 29 at The Acheron with No Problem, Sonic Poison and Nuclear Santa Claust (who play the Don Giovanni showcases this weekend). Tickets are on sale. There's also a stacked Nate Gluck tribute in NJ a week earlier.
Get nostalgic for some older skate punk when Guttermouth play Saint Vitus on March 16 with Counterpunch (tickets); and again when Pennywise play Irving Plaza on March 27 with A Wilhelm Scream and Teenage Bottlerocket (tickets).
photos by Chris La Putt
Black Lips / Night Beats / Night Birds @ House of Vans 7/3/2014
Then the Black Lips erupted into a frenetic, hour-long set spanning its decade-plus-long career of love letters to early garage rock, amplified and exquisitely distorted for the Coachella generation, highlighted by cuts off its latest LP, Underneath the Rainbow. The show was among the band's first with guitarist Jack Hines in more than a decade, as he rejoined the band in the last week upon the recent departure of Ian St. Pé. Hines helped lay down rhythms for the band's vocal trip, bassist Jared Swilley, guitarist Cole Alexander and drummer Joe Bradley, who ping-ponged off each other with ease. - [The Waster]It was an especially hot n' sweaty night at House of Vans on Thursday (7/3) with Atlanta's Black Lips headlining a garage punk lineup that also included Night Birds and Seattle's Night Beats who flew in for this show and had played Baby's All Right the night before. Pictures from the whole evening are in this post.
The next HoV show is this Thursday (7/10) with Gorilla Biscuits, The Bouncing Souls and Turnstile. RSVP is full for that free show. More pics from the 7/3 show below...
Seattle psych-garage trio Night Beats are visiting NYC this week and were just revealed as the "special guests" on the July 3 House of Vans show with Black Lips and Night Birds. That show is free but RSVP is now full.
Night Beats will also be playing tonight (7/2) at Baby's All Right on what is a very good bill of its own. Beverly, who just played a packed Baby's on Saturday (6/28) for their record release party, are also on the bill, as are LODRO, Roya (featuring members of Habibi, The Clean and Grooms), and Providence, RI surf punks Gymshorts. After the show, Black Lips will DJ in the front room. Tickets are on sale.
Night Birds at Death by Audio in 2013 (more by Sarja Hasan)
NJ skate/surf punks Night Birds released the Maimed for the Masses 7" on Fat Wreck Chords in 2013 (ahead of their full length on Grave Mistake) and played the label's CMJ showcase that same year. Now they've officially announced that they've signed to Fat and will release their next full length on the label, which they're currently writing. Singer Brian Gorsegner says about the signing:
We are excited to announce we are in the early stages of a writing a new album for Fat Wreck Chords to be released some time in 2015. It was a soul crushing, stir crazy winter and we're really looking forward to getting that grossness out and onto a slab of wax for your listening pleasure. Prepare for what is bound to be next year's feel bad album of the year.Night Birds also have many tour dates coming up, including their previously discussed House of Vans show on 7/3 with Black Lips and a special guest. Just before that though, they'll play Howell, NJ's Shorestock at Gamechanger World on June 28 with Title Fight, Get Real, Full Speed Ahead, Stick Together, The Little Rascals, Blind Justice and Heavy Chains. Before Title Fight's set, the "Shore Style Tecmo Super Bowl Tournament" will take place at the event. Tickets for that are on sale now.
All Night Birds dates are listed, with a video, below...
House of Vans during last week's Zumiez party (more by Ryan Muir)
The June lineups for the free Vans House Parties at NYC's House of Vans (25 Franklin St) were already announced, and now the July and August ones were too.
July's shows include wild garage rockers Black Lips (who also play NYC on their tour with King Khan this fall) with local skate/surf punks Night Birds and a special guest on 7/3; and hardcore vets Gorilla Biscuits with NJ punk heroes Bouncing Souls (who also celebrate 25 years in NJ this summer) and a special guest on 7/10.
Then in August it's the dancin' Future Islands with Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman and Brooklyn indie pop musician Mas Ysa on 8/7; and DFA's Holy Ghost!, Hercules and Love Affair collaborator Kim Ann Foxman and FIXED's Dave P on 8/14.
All shows are free (and all ages), but RSVP is required (though it doesn't guarantee entry). RSVP for the Black Lips/Night Birds and Gorilla Biscuits/Bouncing Souls shows open today (6/10) at noon. The series kicks off this Thursday (6/12) with Charles Bradley, Mac DeMarco (who also plays 4Knots) and Benjamin Booker. RSVP for that one is closed.
The annual festival that sends tons of the world's best punk bands to Florida, The Fest, returns to multiple Gainesville venues for its 13th year from October 31 to November 2 and Pre-Fest happens once again in Tampa from October 29-30.
The initial lineup for The Fest was just announced and includes Descendents, Lifetime, The Menzingers, The Marked Men, Modern Life Is War, Strike Anywhere, Chixdiggit, Chuck Ragan, Into It Over It, Tim Barry, Laura Stevenson, Cheap Girls, Night Birds, You Blew It!, Self Defense Family, Circle Takes the Square, Lemuria, The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Mikey Erg, Dads, Gates, Banquets, Somos, Dikembe, Frameworks, Captain We're Sinking, The Hotelier, Prawn, Little Big League, Everyone Everywhere, Nona, Chumped, Worriers, Nai Harvest, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), Places to Hide, Courtesy Drop, Foxing, All Dogs and many more. Tickets go on sale April 20 via the Fest's site (which is currently down at time of this post).
Full initial lineup below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Paint It Black / Hop Along
Philly hardcore greats Paint It Black hadn't played NYC in years but that finally changed over the weekend when they returned for a free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on Saturday (3/8). The crowd was clearly excited and as you'd expect, there was tons of moshing and stage diving going on. There was excellent support on the bill too, including another great Philly band, Hop Along, local skate/surf punks Night Birds, and Bad Canoes, another of Marissa Paternoster's (Screaming Females, Noun) bands, though for this one Marissa puts down the axe and just sings. Pictures of all four bands are in this post. They continue below...
UK punk vets Cockney Rejects were supposed to return to the US for a tour this spring, which would have included an east coast run with NYC's Cro-Mags, a west coast run with fellow UK punk vets Anti-Nowhere League, and Punk Rock Bowling. Unfortunately though, Cockney Rejects have cancelled their whole US tour.
The run with Cro-Mags would have hit NYC on May 30 at Irving Plaza, and that show is actually still happening, but Anti-Nowhere League were added as the replacement headliner. Also since we last spoke, local skate/surf punks Night Birds, who just played the Don Giovanni showcase and opened for The Queers, were added to that show too. The rest of the bill is Mephiskapheles, Up for Nothing and DJ the Guvnor. Tickets are still available.
All Anti-Nowhere League dates, including Punk Rock Bowling, are listed below...
"At the Don Giovanni records showcase rn. These are some damn good bands, and DG is exhibit A of what a punk label should be." - @Lowry_Phil
"The Screaming Females killed it tonight. The whole Don Giovanni showcase ruled." - Andrew Alvarez
"Don Giovanni Recs showcase night two highlight: watching Upset with Peter Stampfel while he contributed harmonies from the crowd" - Jenn Pelly
Cali X rockin' the Don Giovanni showcase (via @pinker)
New Jersey's Night Birds followed Vacation with their first performance together in three months. New dad Brian Gorsenger didn't look like he'd lost any of his usual energy and aggression during the hiatus. By this point, the mosh pit was going full-throttle. Beer and beer cans continued to fly overhead, and Gorsenger had fans screaming the choruses to "Born to Die in Suburbia" and "Maimed for the Masses" into the mic right along with him.NJ punk/indie rock label Don Giovanni Records put on their annual Brooklyn showcases last week, kicking off at Death by Audio this past Thursday (2/6), and continuing with a two-night stand at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (2/7) and Saturday (2/8) with five bands each night. The above review is of the DbA show which included sets by Tenement, NIght Birds, Vacation and more, and the MHOW shows had sets by Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson, California X, Nude Beach, Priests and still many more. If you went, how was it? A short video of Cali X's set is below.
Wisconsin's Tenement closed out the evening. In contrast to the abbreviated set the band played at Asbury Lanes back in September, last night they pulled out all the stops. The set ranged from classic-rock inflected punk to extended instrumental drones. Guitarist Amos Pitsch brought along a case filled with paraphernalia that included duct tape, a tambourine, and bells. He rolled the tambourine over to a fan in the front row. He duct-taped the strings of his guitar to the fingerboard, jingled bells in both hands, and even played guitar using a full can of beer as a slide. As the band unplugged their instruments at the end of the set, cries went up for one more song; and, after a few moments, the band obliged setting the pit roiling one, final time. [Speak Into My Goodeye]
California X have other upcoming shows, including another NYC show happening on March 14 at Shea Stadium with solid local support coming from Sleepies and LVL UP. That's a good option if you're staying in NYC during SXSW this year. Tickets go on sale today (2/10) at noon. All upcoming Cali X dates are listed below.
As discussed, Vacation's tour includes another NYC show TONIGHT (2/10) at Cake Shop with Nancy and Flykills.
Night Birds open for The Queers when they play Love Songs for the Retarded in full at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (2/15). The Scandals are on that show too, and tickets are still available. Before that, they'll play an instrumental set as Killer Waves at Grand Victory on Thursday (2/13) with garage rockers Shocked MInds and Foster Care.
Priests have multiple upcoming shows too.
All Cali X dates are listed, along with that clip, below...
Montreal punk festival Pouzza Fest is returning to multiple venues in downtown Montreal from May 16-18 to this year. The lineup includes The Hold Steady (who play NYC tonight [2/6]), Dillinger Four, Chixdiggit, The Lillingtons, The Menzingers, The Front Bottoms, Placeholder, Reagan Youth, The Holy Mess, The So So Glos, Gates, Night Birds, SNFU, Tim Barry, Amanda X, Russ Rankin (of Good Riddance), and many more. 3-day passes are on sale now. Full lineup and flyer below.
The Lillingtons (whose members since formed Teenage Bottlerocket and Stabbed In Back) were initially active during the '90s, associated with other Ramones-inspired bands like The Queers and Screeching Weasel. They briefly reunited for a new album in 2006, and finally hit the stage together again at Riot Fest Chicago in 2013. They've also got two Northeast dates before Pouzza Fest, including one in NYC on May 16 at Knitting Factory with related band Stabbed In Back. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/7) at 10 AM.
Speaking of, The Queers will be in NYC soon too. All dates are listed, with some streams and the Pouzza lineup, below...
Punk vets The Queers will be revisiting the past this year when they play their second album, 1993's Love Songs for the Retarded, in select cities. They play Chicago on Valentine's Day and NYC a day later at Mercury Lounge (2/15).
They'll be doing shows, a 7 PM gig where they play Love Songs and a 11 PM set "of their Pop Hits." The early show will be opened by surf/skate punks Night Birds (who may very well be the NYC-area's best possible match for The Queers) and The Gaslight Anthem's pals The Scandals. No openers have been announced for the late show.
Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (1/24) at noon. The Queers' only other show at the moment is opening for Screeching Weasel in Texas. All dates are listed below.
You'll also be able to catch Night Birds at other local shows, including opening the free Paint It Black show in Brooklyn and the Don Giovanni showcase. They're also on the NJ stop of Iron Chic's tour.
And in related news, we just posted a bunch of upcoming punk shows.
All Queers dates are listed, along with a full stream of Love Songs for the Retarded, below...
Paint It Black in Philly in 2013 (more by Alyssa Tanchajja)
It's been years since Philly hardcore greats Paint It Black (fronted by Dan Yemin, also of Lifetime and Kid Dynamite) have played NYC (Songkick says not since 2011) but fortunately that will finally change this year. They'll come back for a Noisey-presented show on March 8 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Like all Night Bazaar shows, it's totally FREE, and making it even better there's a great support lineup of fellow Philly faves Hop Along, NJ/Brooklyn surf/skate punks Night Birds, and Bad Canoes, who are fronted by Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females/Noun. Like we said, it's free, and like all nights at Night Bazaar there's shopping, food, and more.
Hop Along play NYC sooner as an opener on the first of two final Bomb the Music Industry! shows, which is now sold out.
Night Birds also play sooner at the Don Giovanni showcase on February 6 at Death by Audio with Tenement, Vacation, Nuclear Santa Calust and The Groucho Marxists (tickets); and Marissa Paternoster plays the DG showcase with Screaming Females at MHOW on 2/8 with California X, Brick Mower, Priests and Black Wine (tickets).
Flyer for the Night Bazaar show and streams from all four bands below...
Nude Beach at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by PSquared)
As discussed, NJ punk label Don Giovanni Records is doing its annual Brooklyn showcases in February, and since we last spoke there's been a couple changes. Due to the questionable future of 285 Kent, the February 6 show that would've happened there has been moved to Death by Audio. Its lineup of Tenement, Night Birds, Vacation, Nuclear Santa Claust and The Groucho Marxists is still the same and anyone who bought tickets to the 285 Kent show will be admitted to the DbA one. If you didn't get tickets yet, they're still available.
The following two nights happen as planned at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 7 and 8. 2/7 has Laura Stevenson, Shellshag, Upset, Worriers and since we last spoke, Nude Beach were revealed as the guest on the bill. And 2/8 has Screaming Females, California X, Brick Mower, Priests and Black Wine. Tickets for both MHOW nights (including a 2-day pass) are still available.
Tenement at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Like they do every year, NJ punk label Don GIovanni Records will put on a showcase in Brooklyn in early 2014, happening on February 6 at 285 Kent and February 7 and 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are not on sale yet, but will be available via Ticketfly for 285 Kent and Ticketmaster for MHOW (2-day pass option included) on Friday (11/22). Flyer below. Facebook event page here.
Night 2 is pretty diverse, headlined by singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson, and also featuring eclectic duo Shellshag, new "supergroup" Upset (mems. Best Coast, Vivian Girls, Hole, etc), Lauren Measure's new project Worriers, and a guest.
And night 3 is another heavier one with the shredding Screaming Females, the sludgy California X, the punky/grungy Brick Mower, political punks and newest signees Priests, and power pop (the Replacements kind) trio Black Wine.
Along with the showcase announcement, Don Giovanni have also just put out their 2013 label sampler, which features a track from all of their 2013 releases, including songs by many of the bands playing the showcases. Stream that sampler in full below. They've also just began their holiday sale, where you can purchase 5 LPs for $50 or 5 CDs for $40 through November 29. Check that out here.
In related news, Bomb the Music Industry!, whose lineup once included Laura Stevenson, are officially calling it quits and they'll play their final show in Brooklyn on January 19 at Warsaw. Tickets (including a live recording) for that show go on sale Friday (11/22) at noon. So far, they've announced that Michigan power pop rockers Cheap Girls will open, and there's more openers TBA. More info and a message from BTMI at the Facebook event.
Don Giovanni showcase flyer and 2013 sampler stream below...
photos by Sarja Hasan
Zero Boys @ Europa, 8/29/2013
Reunited Indianapolis punk band Zero Boys headlined Europa on Friady (8/29), supported by tourmates Night Birds as part of a round of dates together. The show featured local support from Nuclear Santa Claust and SpEd, and pictures from their appearance together are in this post.
As discussed, the next NYC show for the Night Birds goes down at The Studio at Webster Hall on 10/12 supporting Modern Life is War. MLIW just added ANOTHER show at Saint Vitus after the appearance at The Studio.
More pics from Friday's show at Europa below...
by Doug Moore
Unsurprisingly, Modern Life Is War's October 12 show at the Studio at Webster Hall with Night Birds and Deathcycle has sold out. The recently-reunited Iowan hardcore band has consequently booked a second late-night set at Saint Vitus, also on 10/12. Tickets will go on sale Thursday (9/5) at noon, with support from Incendiary and Survival (the punk band, not the HHH-related project).
Stream the title track from MLIW's new album Fever Hunting, which came out this Tuesday, below, followed by a multi-cam MLIW set from This Is Hardcore 2013. Details for the LP and all tour dates are listed below as well.
by Andrew Sacher
Descendents at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Much has been going on in the punk world lately, and in case you've missed out, here's a roundup of information on upcoming shows (mostly in NYC), and other related news. The big one is probably the inevitable news that Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn sued FLAG, the other currently operating incarnation of Black Flag. You can catch the impostors when their tour hits NYC on Septemeber 19 at Irving Plaza (tickets).
FLAG, as you may know, also share members with another classic punk band Descendents, and both of those bands will be playing this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest, which goes down in Austin from November 8-10. Tickets for that festival are still available.
Meanwhile, in an interview with Under the Gun (via Exclaim), Descendents drummer/producer Bill Stevenson mentioned that the band are slowly, but surely working on a new record, which will be the followup to 2004's Cool to be You. Bill said:
[The record is] in the embryonic stages. I have my studio, The Blasting Room, Stephen [Egerton] lives in Tulsa, and he has a studio too. Milo [Aukerman] even has a real small recording apparatus in his basement. Karl [Alvarez] still lives by me.Descendents have also recently been honored by some bands they've influenced. Pop punks Candy Hearts released a cover of "Nothing With You" on their new 7" (listen below), and FILTER Magazine recently released a free tribute album that features FIDLAR, Mike Watt + The Secondmissingmen, The Bronx, YACHT, TEEN, Good Riddance, and more.
So I went in a couple of weeks ago and recorded, so we got 11 songs done, [but] just the drums. We'll be passing those around, Stephen will be putting guitars on 'em, Karl will be putting bass on 'em, Milo will be singing on 'em. We'll get rolling but it's not gonna be like "Oh it'll be done in a month!" It's gonna take us several months.
Good Riddance, the '90s era Cali punks who reunited in 2012, will be playing their first NYC shows since reuniting, all of which will happen during this year's CMJ. They'll be playing both official Fat Wreck Chords (who put out the last Descendents record) showcases, including the one happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 18 with The Flatliners, Western Addiction, and Brooklyn/NJ's Night Birds, whose new album, Born to Die in Suburbia, does a lot of justice to the sound bands like Descendents and Good Riddance helped create. That same lineup (minus The Flatliners) sets sail aboard a Rocks Off Cruise the next day (10/19). MHOW tickets are on AmEx presale now, and a general on-sale stars Friday (8/9) at noon. Rocks Off tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
Another long-running Cali punk band, not too far removed from Descendents or Black Flag, Angry Samoans play a previously discussed NYC show on September 15 at Bowery Electric with Last Call Brawl and Downtown Brown (tickets).
Another good punk option in NYC happening much sooner (this weekend to be exact) is As discussed, Citizens Arrest (who once counted Ted Leo as a member), who play Brooklyn's Acheron on Saturday (8/10) (57 Waterbury St) with Enabler, Miscegenator, and Dead Serious. Tickets are still available.
NYC street punk vets The Casualties have some Northeast dates this September. None of them are in NYC, but they do have an Orange County show on 9/7 at Ma and Pa's, a Long Island show on 9/12 at Revolution, and two NJ shows: 9/13 at Stanhope House and 9/14 at Brighton Bar. All of their dates are listed below.
Another East Coast punk tour lands in the NYC-area this month when Protagonist and related project Teen Agers hit New Brunswick on August 13 at Court Tavern with Not The Bees and Lay the Blame on Luck, and Brooklyn on August 14 at Saint Vitus with Go Deep, Scarboro and Divided Heaven. Tickets for the Saint Vitus show are on sale now.
As you may already know, Kid Dynamite are breaking up (again), but not before playing This is Hardcore in Philly this week (8/8) and their free House of Vans show (8/15) in Brooklyn with Joyce Manor, Red Hare, and Swearin'. RSVP for that show is closed.
Joyce Manor also have other shows around the one at HoV, including another Brooklyn show happening on August 17 at Knitting Factory with Glocca Morra and Dogs On Acid (ex-Algernon Cadwallader). Tickets for the Knit show are still available.
Obviously these are only a few of the upcoming punk shows in NYC. What else?
Some streams and the list of Casualites dates, below...
We already knew Modern Life is War, who reformed last year after a four-year abscence, were on for This is Hardcore in August, but have now announced more US dates and a new LP. The freshly released dates include an NYC stop at The Studio at Webster Hall on October 12 with Night Birds (who play with Zero Boys soon), Deathcycle and Wet Witch. Ticket info is on the way.
The shows are in celebration of the band's new LP Fever Hunting, due for release via Deathwish Inc on September 3.
All tour dates are listed, along with details on the new MLIW LP, below.