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intro by Andrew Sacher

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There were a lot of great labels in 2014, but one label I think had an exceptionally good year is Tiny Engines. Between the second Beach Slang EP of the year, the Places to Hide EP, Cayetana's debut album, the latest EP from Frontier(s) (ex-Elliott, Mouthpiece), Somos' debut album, The Hotelier's breakthrough album and still others, TE was one of the most consistently great homes for indie rock, punk and emo in 2014. (If you haven't heard any of those releases, strongly recommended!)

Now that the year's coming to a close, Tiny Engines co-founders Will Miller and Chuck Daley (who also both run Beartrap PR) told us about their favorite albums of the year, as did TE bands Cayetana, Runaway Brother (debut LP and BV-presented NYC show coming in 2015), and Matt from Frontier(s)/Mouthpiece.

Find out who made their lists (and read the entertaining intro Chuck wrote for his) below...

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FADER

The FADER always has some year-end coverage, but for the past 15 years they didn't publish a ranked year-end list. This year however, they ranked their 116 favorite songs of 2014 (find out why) and it's a diverse list that manages to sing the praises of iLoveMakonnen, Tinashe, Alex G, Florida Georgia Line, Enrique Iglesias, Bleachers, Ricky Eat Acid, YG, Toni Braxton & Babyface, Nothing, Grimes, Parquet Courts, Run the Jewels and Grouper all in the same damn list.

Read more about each choice here and check out the full list below...

Continue reading "The FADER list their favorite tracks of 2014"

by Andrew Sacher

Into It. Over It. at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Mimi Hong)
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Evan Weiss is just about everywhere in the emo world right now, whether it's in Into It. Over It., Their/They're/There (with Mike Kinsella), Pet Symmetry, Stay Ahead of the Weather, or any other active band we may be forgetting, or producing records for The Jazz June and You Blew It!, or running his record label. He bridges the gap between old school and new school as far as his tourmates go, and sometimes you'll find him somewhere totally un-emo like Lollapalooza.

One of his most beloved bands though, is one who only put out one full length and two EPs in the early-mid 2000s before breaking up, The Progress. Their sole LP, 2006's Merit, was keeping the indie rock-oriented mathy style of '90s emo alive way before it was trendy to do that. It's one of the true gems to have come out during emo's (for lack of better words) "hair metal phase." And now it looks like The Progress may be reuniting.

In November, Absolute Punk pointed to to a tweet from Evan that reads "oh yeah, that thing i confirmed is a show. for a band that hasn't played a show in 7 years" and hashtagged "US Camera." That was pretty convincing on its own, but now Evan has posted a show announcement confirming a show for December 30 at Boot & Saddle in Philly with the caption "take the hint" and a show flyer that looks suspiciously similar to the Merit artwork. Hint taken. The only technically announced bands for that bill are Sleep In and Dryjacket. Tickets are on sale now. If it is in fact a Progress show, let's hope it's not the only one!

Meanwhile, Evan has given us a list of his favorite LPs and EPs of 2014. It's a cool, diverse list ranging from ambient pop to powerviolence, and you can check it out for yourself below.

Into It. Over It. also has an upcoming solo tour with Kevin Devine and Laura Stevenson (doesn't hit NYC), and he recently put out the video for "Spinning Thread" (dir. Max Moore) from last year's Intersections LP. Watch that, with his year-end list, some Progress song streams and the Philly show flyer, below...

Continue reading "The Progress confirm Philly reunion show? ++ Evan Weiss tells us his favorite LPs and EPs of 2014"

Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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The annual Austin Psych Fest, which they've renamed "Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation" (more on that below), happens this year from May 8-10 at the Carson Creek Ranch. The initial lineup was just revealed and it's looking pretty crazy. There's The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus and Mary Chain (performing Psychocandy), Spiritualized, Primal Scream, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, Melody's Echo Chamber, Lightning Bolt, The Sword, Earth, A Place to Bury Strangers, Fuzz, The Soft Moon, Metz, White Fence, Fat White Family, Nothing and still plenty more. Weekend passes are on sale now and check out the full initial lineup below.

As for the name change of the fest to Levitation:

Over the years, countless other "psych fest" events have popped up around the globe - music communities all over the world are gathering together and celebrating music and art together. This is an amazing thing and we are proud to be a part of it.

In 2015 we are redefining what we're doing with a renewed focus on the music we love, and to mark that change the festival is taking on a new name: LEVITATION. The title comes from one of our favorite tracks from Austin legends The 13th Floor Elevators, who have provided us with endless inspiration. Their music and message transcended genre - they were true innovators.

The APF folks have been doing a sister festival in France called "Levitation" since 2013.

Lineup, poster and announcement video for Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation, below...

Continue reading "Austin Psych Fest now called 'Levitation': 2015 initial lineup / tix (Flaming Lips, JAMC doing 'Psychocandy,' Spiritualized, Primal Scream, Tame Impala, Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Creepoid at MHOW in May (more by Caroline Harrison)
Creepoid

Philly's Creepoid have had a very busy year so far. They put out a full length and an EP, both of which did justice to the shoegaze and slowcore bands of the '90s. They also did a ton of touring, and won us over at their NYC show with Dinosaur Jr. Now even more shows are on the horizon, as they're one of their many bands who will be in NYC for CMJ. Here's what their schedule looks like as of now:

10/22 - Brixton Agency Showcase at Grand Victory (5:45 PM) w/ Angel Dust, Ex-Breathers, Young Statues, UnWed, Palehound, Native America, Teen Death

10/22 City Lights/INSRGNT-[Arts]/T3M Showcase at Acheron w/ Singshot Dakota, Koji, Off & On, Meghann Wright (tickets)

10/24 Inland Empire/Hardly Art Showcase at Death by Audio (10:45 PM) w/ Protomartyr, Love As Laughter, Eaters, special guests

10/25 Graveface Records/Noisey Ghost PR Showcase at Lit Lounge (11:30 PM) w/ Serengeti, Dott, White Lighters, The Marshmallow Ghosts, Cancers, Ugly Kids Club

They've also got a Philly show in the middle of CMJ, and right after CMJ they play Union Pool on 10/26 with Drone Ranger ($8 at the door) and then open for Geoff Rickly's band No Devotion at Glasslands on 10/28 with Ricky Eat Acid and Black Clouds. Tickets for that show are still available. Full list of tour dates (including The Fest) below.

There's other good bands to catch on all of those bills, like Protomartyr (who also play a BV party) and Slingshot Dakota. Another one that's not to miss that we haven't highlighted before is White Lighters, who plays with Creepoid at the Graveface/Noisey Ghost showcase. White Lighters is the solo project of Nothing's Brandon Setta, and while he keeps things acoustic for this project, the songwriting style and shoegazy tones that he uses in Nothing are prevalent here too. His newest album, As Far As You Can As Fast As You Can, came out earlier this year and can be streamed below.

Streams of Creepoid's album and EP, a video, and their list of dates, also below...

Continue reading "Creepoid touring, playing many CMJ shows w/ Protomartyr, Slingshot Dakota, White Lighters (Brandon of Nothing) & more"

Milagres

Brooklyn band Milagres released their second album, Violent Light, via Kill Rock Stars this past spring. They've released a new single from the record, the gently anthemic "Terrifying Sea," which makes its premiere in this post. Check it out below.

Milagres have a couple live dates on their horizon, including one at Rough Trade NYC on September 24. Jesse Marchant and Basic Shapes open the show and tickets are on sale now. They'll also play Cincinnati's Midpoint Music Festival on September 27.

The three-day Ohio fest also features Afghan Whigs, Real Estate, Panda Bear, OK Go, Joseph Arthur, Ex Hex and lots more. Full 2014 Midpoint Music Festival lineup is listed, plus the new Milagres video, below...

Continue reading "Milagres made a new lyric video (watch it), playing shows including Rough Trade and Midpoint Music Fest (lineup)"

J Mascis' Heavy Blanket at Summer Thunder 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
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The long Labor Day Weekend (8/29-9/1) is upon us already, which for many is one last chance to enjoy the freedom of summer. It's a good time to get away for a weekend, but if you're staying in NYC for it, there's plenty to do here as well. We've put together our top 10 live music options going on in NYC during Labor Day Weekend, and you can check those out below...

Continue reading "NYC 2014 Labor Day Weekend events (Fool's Gold Day Off, Joanna Gruesome, Single Mothers, Summer Thunder, more)"

Pissed Jeans at MHOW in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Pissed Jeans

Jay Z's Budweiser Made In America Festival happens Labor Day Weekend (8/30-31), this time happening simultaneously in Philly and LA. Like last year, the Philly lineup of mostly rap, R&B, electronic and festival-level indie bands will be complemented by some punk bands including Pissed Jeans, Glassjaw, Nothing, The Menzingers and more. Those bands play on The Skate Stage which goes from 2:30 to 7 PM each day and should be to seek refuge if you need to get some aggression out before Grimes and Chromeo.

LA's Skate Stage was announced too, but that one's more dance-oriented with DJ Mustard and Grits & Biscuits. Tickets for both fests are still available.

Main stage lineups for both fests are HERE. Full Skate Stage lineups below...

Continue reading "Jay Z's Made In America Fest announces Skate Stage; Pissed Jeans, Glassjaw, Nothing, Menzingers & more added to Philly"

photos by Chris La Putt

Speedy Ortiz @ 4Knots 2014
2014 4Knots Festival

Modern Life Is War recently announced two club dates to happen this summer at Philly's First Unitarian Church on 8/29 and NYC's Bowery Ballroom on 8/30. Since we last spoke, openers have been announced for both shows. Direct support on the Philly date will come from MLIW's Deathwish labelmates Self Defense Family, and on the NYC show it's heavy shoegazers Nothing (who were in NYC a few days ago for a free show with Ceremony and Iron Lung). Opening both dates will be DC punks Give and Iowa psychedelic band Land of Blood & Sunshine. Tickets for Philly and NYC are on sale now.

Speaking of bands who just played free NYC shows being added as openers to hardcore shows, Speedy Ortiz, who just played 4Knots, were added to the Fucked Up show happening at Irving Plaza on September 6. Tickets for that show are still available. Speedy will return to NYC not long after that for two shows on their tour with Ex Hex.

We already posted one set of pictures of 4Knots, and another batch of Speedy's set is in this post. They continue, with lists of Speedy and Nothing dates, below...

Continue reading "Nothing & others opening for Modern Life Is War; Speedy Ortiz opening for Fucked Up +++ more Speedy 4Knots pics"

White Flag

This story would have been funnier if it was a 'black flag', but punk and hardcore fans should nonetheless be amused by the eyewitness interviewed towards the end of this ABC report. Check out the news video below...

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Nothing's van
Nothing Van

Nothing have been on a tour which was plagued over the weekend when someone crashed into their parked van, bending the axle backwards and making it unable to drive (pictured above). They had to cancel last night's (7/13) Indianapolis show to try to get it fixed, but unfortunately the damage was worse than they thought. The band now says:

We have been stuck in Toledo now for three days and so far have had to cancel two shows. Our van was struck in a hit and run while parked overnight when we were sleeping Sunday morning. We had to have it towed to a mechanic and unfortunately it has some suffered some serious damage. To make things worse one of the vital parts needed to get things running is on a national back order for a month, which means we're going to have to rent a van to continue this tour (on top of the cost of all the parts and labor to fix our current van). As you can imagine this is a pretty big set back considering any band of our size starts every tour in a considerable deficit, not to mention who rely on money at each show to keep things moving forward in general. If this was simply just a case of losing money at the end of a tour it wouldn't be an issue, playing in this band and punk bands since early teens it has almost become accustom, but as it stands now we simply can not afford to continue on.
So at this point we are going to set up a paypal (nickymoney@gmail.com) for any donation you may be able to afford, so we can do everything in our power to make this awesome tour continue. ANYTHING will be sincerely and greatly appreciated even if it's just a repost.

Thanks for taking your time to read this all and once again, apologies to Indianapolis and St Louis. We will be back soon.

Their tour is supposed to hit NYC on Friday (7/18) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar for a free show with Ceremony and Iron Lung. Fingers crossed that they make it here!

by Andrew Sacher

Whirr at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
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Nick Bassett might be one of the busiest guys in shoegaze right now, as an active member of Nothing, Death of Lovers, and Camera Shy (he also used to be in Deafheaven), and now his band Whirr are ready to release their new album, Sway, the followup to 2013's mini LP Around. As we've come to expect from Whirr, the first single "Mumble" is a thick, beautiful wall of sound that's seeming like a sign this album is one to look forward to. The record's produced by Jack Shirley (who also did both Deafheaven albums and a ton of other great stuff) and it'll be out September 23 via Graveface. Stream the new single, with the artwork and tracklist, below.

Whirr have also announced they'll head out on the road with slowcore/emo-gazers Cloakroom which will make for some very great and very appropriate double bills. The tour hits NYC on September 16 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon via Ticketweb. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Nothing will be in NYC sooner when their tour with Ceremony and Iron Lung hits Brooklyn Night Bazaar on July 18. That show is free.

In related news, Jack Shirley, in addition to producing a bunch of great records over the past few years, was also a member of the late, great Comadre. Fortunately, he's teamed up with his brother/former Comadre bandmate Steven (and members of No Babies and Know Secrets) to form the new band, Everybody Row. They put out their debut EP, The Sea Inside, at the end of June on Vitriol Records (also home to Comadre). Unlike in Comadre, Jack takes co-lead vocals this time, splitting them with organist Jasmine Watson, and they make shouty post-punk/post-hardcore. It's a different style than Jack's former band, but that signature bass sound Steven got on Comadre's self-titled swan song is still all over this. Stream the EP in full below.

Continue reading "Whirr releasing a new LP, touring w/ Cloakroom (dates, song stream); ex-Comadre members formed Everybody Row"

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The Fourth of July falls on a Friday this year and for those not using Independence Day Weekend to get away from the city -- or for those who will be visiting from out of town -- there's never a shortage of things to do. We've got a bunch of mostly musical suggestions for you.

If you wanna start your weekend off early, Thursday (7/3) has a few good options: The Black Lips and Night Birds will play a free show at House of Vans with "special guest" (RSVP is full); You could also go see Au Revoir Simone at MoMa Nights (free with museum entry); and Erasure/Depeche Mode's Vince Clark will be DJing with Mute Records founder Daniel Miller at Bowery Ballroom (tickets)

Macy's annual 4th of July fireworks extravaganza moves back to the East River (where they belong!) so Brooklyn can enjoy them again. Once again, they're also being broadcast on NBC that also features live performances from Lionel Richie, Enrique Iglesias, and Ariana Grande. Here are best spots to see them.

Though it looked like they might not get a permit, Coney Island will be having its own fireworks this year on the Fourth. You could make a day of it, with the Nathan's hot dog eating contest, the beach, take in a Cyclones game, ride the Cyclone rollercoaster, see some freaks, and end the night with fireworks.

There's not a whole lot in the way of shows on the 4th (with Maxwell's closing, so goes The Feelies annual shows), but there are a couple options for those in need. Brooklyn Night Bazaar will have old-timey folk band Spirit Family Reunion, with Odetta Hartman and Gunfight. That's free and you can RSVP to skip the line.

If shaking your hips is more your thing, DJ Danny Tenaglia will give one of Brooklyn's best new dance clubs a tribal taste of the 90s with an extended DJ set going from 10pm to 6am (tickets).

There was supposed to be a rooftop edition of Q-Tip's #OFFLINE party earlier that day at Output, but that has been canceled. In it's place Joey Anderson, GE-OLOGY, and Turtle Bugg will be DJing on the roof from 3 PM - 10 PM. It's free with RSVP bound to be a great place to watch the fireworks.

Speaking of 90s hip hop group musicians turned DJs, Questlove of the Roots has been DJing at Brooklyn Bowl for 5 years now. It's a long weekend, maybe his 11pm set on Thursday (73) is your chance to finally check 'Bowl Train' out. Head back to Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (7/5) for food, beer and the World Cup quarter finals followed by some Guns N' Roses tribute bands and, late night, LCD/Juan Maclean cohort Nancy Whang DJing.

You'd never risk being seen in a strip club, so head to the classier wine-themed music venue City Winery after the fireworks on July 4th for a special late WASABASSCO burlesque show starring Amber Ray, BooBess, Doc Wasabassco, Dolly Debutante, Medianoche, Mischief Molly, Nasty Canasta, Penny Wren, Sydni Deveraux and more. 10:45 doors, 11 PM show, $20 to get in.

There's also Lincoln Center's "Midsummer Night's Swing" which on the 4th features Puerto Rico's Willie Rosario y Su Orquesta Salsa. And if you can't mambo or otherwise, dance lessons are given before the main event. Tickets are still available.

Another option that includes two shows on the fourth and others throughout the week is Ascetic House's long Independence Day weekend in NYC. It begins with a Destruction Unit show at The Studio at Webster Hall on Thursday (tickets). Then on the fourth, D Unit's Jes Aurelius will bring his Marshstepper project to Palisades with a bunch of other experimental musicians, and late that night D Unit hits Silent Barn. The psych punk crew's shows are always intense, but this intimate Silent Barn one should get real wild (and hot). There's multiple other shows over the next few days including D Unit drummer Andrew Flores' Jock Club project at Bossa Nova Civic Club on 7/6 (free late show) and an 8 PM show at Baby's All Right on 7/7 with a band called Lucifers Stoned Disciples who don't appear to be an actual band. Any idea who it might be? (PS, D Unit's new Adult Swim Single is out now and can be streamed below.)

UPDATE: Destruction Unit's July 4 show at Silent Barn also includes Tomboy (the other band of Ali from Potty Mouth), Emily Reo, Cuddle Formation, Arm Candy, Alice and "Mute Benny" who may or may not be a band whose name rhymes with Schmutual Schmenefit. Starts at 2 PM.

Another all-day July 4 option is the big DIY show at The Ho_se with Mitski, Hello Shark, Attic Abasement, Small Wonder, Told Slant, Crying, Old Table, Pill Friends and High Pop. 3 PM start.

If you're looking to get (not too far) away for the Fourth, you can head to Montauk where Philly shoegaze rippers Nothing are among a lineup of bands playing Red Bull Sound Select's 'A Weekend In Montauk.

A closer beach option is Rockaway, where at Rippers you can see Heliotropes, Wild Yaks and Friend Roulette. Bands start at 5:30 PM, it's free and more info here.

Further into the weekend, Union Pool's Saturday afternoon series "Summer Thunder" is a good one this week (7/5) with Widowspeak and Zachary Cale. It's free, outside, with drink specials and the taco truck in the backyard (that actually serves brunch stuff), and a pretty fun way to spend your day. Later that night in UP's performance space it's Long Island punks Iron Chic with Great Thunder and more.

Another Saturday afternoon option is the ever-popular Warm Up series at MoMA PS1. The 7/5 edition features UK garage titan DJ EZ, plus Todd Edwards, Maxmillion Dunbar, Ramona Lisa (aka Chairlift's Caroline Polachek), and J-CUSH (tickets). Later that night, DJ EZ will play Output's Panther Room with Kissy Sell Out. Jamie Jones and David Berrie will be in the main room. Tickets are available now.

For an even artier Saturday, the Knockdown Center is throwing a closing reception for its Anxious Spaces installation, with performances by Dutch E Germ, Bubbles, Brian Chase (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Trabajo, VenessWolfChild, Rul de Nieves, Cloud Becomes Your Head and more. Entrance is $7-15 sliding scale.

For those who like things heavy, Saturday also offers two chances to catch Thou and The Body who are currently tourmates. There's a matinee at ABC No Rio, then a late night show at Palisades (doors at midnight).

And if neither heavy nor arty are your jam (okay maybe a little arty), the great avant-pop band Hundred Waters brings their tour to Glasslands on Saturday with Mas Ysa for their first show here since the release of their new album. You can still get tickets.

Another Saturday option that won't cost you anything is heading to Prospect Park for the ongoing Celebrate Brooklyn series which hosts a great, diverse lineup of jazz/hip hop collective The Robert Glasper Experiment who will be joined on stage by veteran rap great Talib Kweli. Percussionist/composer Glenn Kotche and Brooklyn poet Aja Monet open. Doors open at 6, music at 7.

Fourth of July Weekend is also your last chance to check out the Kara Walker exhibit at Domino Sugar Factory.

Whatever you do, enjoy your weekend! Stream that new Destruction Unit song below...

Continue reading "a 4th of July weekend NYC event guide (fireworks, Warm Up, Widowspeak, Spirit Family Reunion, Ascetic House, more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Nicky of Nothing in the Crowd at The Studio (by @eyehatelucas, via Nothing)
Nothing

Nothing brought their tour with Superheaven to NYC this past weekend for a headlining show at The Studio at Webster Hall (6/14) with UnWed. The band were in typically great form, thrashing around on stage to their heavy shoegaze, and singer/guitarist Nicky Palermo launched himself into the crowd on more than one occasion.

Nothing have since announced that they'll join the previously announced Ceremony / Iron Lung tour, including the FREE NYC show happening July 18 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. That is a hard triple bill to pass up for $0.

Nothing also recently filmed an Audiotree session. Watch that, with the list of updated tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Nothing played The Studio at Webster Hall, join Ceremony and Iron Lung's tour (including BK Bazaar)"

by Andrew Sacher

Camera Shy

Camera Shy is the duo of Nick Bassett (currently of Whirr, Nothing and Death of Lovers, formerly of Deafheaven) and former Whirr vocalist Alexandra Morte, who are getting set to release their debut EP, Jack-O-Lantern, on June 25 via Run For Cover (pre-order). You've already heard one of its tracks, "Spin Me," and we've now got the premiere of another, "Come Around." Like the last one, Alexandra sings over delicate acoustic guitars, and it's dreamy and poppy, but not hazy enough to be called "dream pop." Her voice is pushed strongly to the forefront, making this perhaps Nick Bassett's most accessible project yet. Check it out below.

Camera Shy don't have any dates scheduled at the moment, but as discussed, Nothing bring their tour with Superheaven (fka Daylight) to NYC on Saturday (6/14) at The Studio at Webster Hall with UnWed (mems Hot Water Music, Small Brown Bike, etc). Tickets for that show are still available.

Stream "Come Around," along with "Spin Me" and the EP artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Camera Shy (mems Whirr, Nothing) releasing 'Jack-O-Lantern' EP (stream a new track, "Come Around")"

by Andrew Sacher

Crying
Crying

NYC-area chiptune band Crying, who put out their Get Olde EP on Double Double Whammy last year, recently announced that they've signed to larger label Run For Cover (Modern Baseball, Basement), who say new music is coming soon. The band have played locally a lot, and they currently have many tour dates lined up including a bunch more in and around NYC. They play Brooklyn Launch Pad on May 31, then Hamden, CT's The Space on June 7 with Saintseneca (tickets). After that they'll go on a short tour with Teen Suicide that includes an Asbury Lanes (6/15) show with Pity Sex and Nothing (tickets) and a Brooklyn show at Shea Stadium (6/19). Then they go on a much longer tour with Told Slant which includes yet another Brooklyn show on July 4 at The Ho_se with Frankie Cosmos. All Crying dates are listed below.

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In other Run For Cover news, the label releases the new Tigers Jaw album, Charmer, next week (6/3) which you can now stream in full on Pitchfork and pre-order for only $5. Like I said when singles "Nervous Kids" and "Hum" were released, it sounded like Tigers Jaw was going on a different direction than their previous material, and now that the whole thing's out there it can safely be said this is like nothing they've done before. The band haven't fully abandoned their punk roots -- there's still an edge here -- but like their tourmates/labelmates Pity Sex, Charmer is much more overtly indie rock than many releases by their peers. The vocals echo '80s mope rock, and the songs themselves are driving but never really go past mid-tempo. The harmonies Brianna Collins contributes are always on point too. Highly recommended album.

Tigers Jaw's tour with Pity Sex hits NYC on 6/18 at MHOW with Petal and Loose Planes (tickets). After that, they go on a tour with Touche Amore and Dads which doesn't hit NYC but hits Long Island on July 15 at Revolution (tickets).

Makthaverskan
Makthaverskan

RFC also recently reissued the 2013 sophomore album by Sweden's Makthaverskan, II. While II is '80s-inspired post-punk through and through, which is far from a unique description of a band in 2014, Makthaverskan really don't sound like many other groups at the moment. They very much remember that post-punk did indeed stem from punk, but not by cranking up the distortion. The guitars are all relatively clean, and the leads soar like Joy Division or Cure leads, but there's a backbone to the rhythm section. On a song like "Distance," all those guitars would need to do is switch to power chords and they'd have themselves a Black Flag song. But what really sets Makthaverskan apart from the rest is Maja Milner's powerhouse voice and her lyrics. While post-punk can often be about being moody or apathetic, Maja sounds quite the opposite, wailing in a way that sounds like she demands to be heard. And when she kicks off the album with a chorus of "Fuck you"s, only to belt out "Fuck you for fucking me when I was seventeen" on album standout "No Mercy" seven songs later, it's not hard to see why those demands are met. Take a listen to II for yourself below. No word on US dates yet but hopefully they come over here soon.

Run For Cover also recently signed Adventures (aka 3/4 of Code Orange Kids), who we caught at Webster Hall Studio not long ago. Adventures' first release for the label will be a split 7" with Pity Sex that includes a new song by each band, plus a cover of Turning Point's "Behind This Wall" by Adventures and a Pixies cover by Pity Sex.

Camera Shy, the duo of Nick Bassett (who is currently in Whirr and Nothing and previously of Deafheaven) and former Whirr vocalist Alexandra Morte, recently joined the label as well and put out an acoustic dreamy pop track "Spin Me," which you can spin below. (Alexandra isn't the only former Whirr vocalist with a release on RFC.)

Nothing at Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Nothing

Speaking of Nothing, they bring their tour with RFC-signed Superheaven (formerly Daylight) to NYC on June 14 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Since we last spoke, UnWed (mems Hot Water Music, Small Brown Bike) were added to that show. Tickets for that one are still available.

Speaking of Small Brown Bike, they'll release a collaborative 12" with The Casket Lottery on Run for Cover on June 17. You can stream one of those tracks, "Wrong Hometown," below. Able Baker Fox, who feature members of both Small Brown Bike and The Casket Lottery, are breaking their silence with a Michigan show and a set at The Fest this year. No other dates announced at the moment.

To go back to Superheaven and Pity Sex, both of those bands open for their UK labelmates Basement on that band's reunion tour which hits NYC on August 19 at Webster Hall (tickets). Ovlov is also on that show and they just premiered a new song from their split with Little Big League (due in August via Tiny Engines) over at Stereogum. It's called "The Great Crocodile" and can be heard below.

All mentioned streams and the list of Crying dates, below...

Continue reading "Crying sign to Run for Cover, touring; Tigers Jaw streaming 'Charmer'; Makthaverskan reissued 'II' & more RFC news"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Hospitality / Fear of Men / Mark Mulcahy
Hospitality
Fear of Men
Mark Mulcahy
Betty Who

Perhaps the busiest place to be in NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (aka April 19) was Rough Trade which had a line down to the water till at least noon for those hoping to get their hands on some of the RSD14 exclusive titles. If you just wanted to go in and shop for non-RSD stuff or catch one of the many free in-store performances, you could just waltz in. There was also free coffee and samples of Sixpoint beers. And the balcony book/magazine section makes for good people-watching

I showed up just in time to catch Mark Mulcahy's 4 PM performance. He was there in part because his 1997 solo debut, Fathering, got a RSD14 vinyl release but he played a couple Miracle Legion songs and told a few stories too. Mark's got one of my favorite voices, warm, smoky and still capable of hitting his high notes clear as a bell. Mark wrapped up his too-short set with "Hey Sandy!" -- aka the theme to The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Afterward someone came up and had Mark sign their "Hey Sandy" cassingle (which you could only get if you collected Frosted Mini Wheats proof of purchases). He has some devoted fans.

Nothing @ Rough Trade, RSD14
Nothing

I left for a bit but made it back to catch Philadelphia's Nothing who had earlier that day released a cover of Low's "In Metal" as a free download just for RSD. While the volume at at Rough Trade never reached "11" proportions, it was loud enough that between that and seeing No Joy at Brooklyn Night Bazaar later in the evening, my ears were ringing the next morning. They were good.

Other performers at Rough Trade's RSD14 festivities were UK folk-pop group The Rails who pulled a Phil Collins, having played Rough Trade London that morning and then hopping on a plane to NYC. There was also pop performer Betty Who, UK band Fear of Men, indie rockers Slothrust and Palehound, plus Milagres, Amen Dunes and headliners Hospitality. Pictures from Record Store Day at Rough Trade are in this post.

Fear of Men played two free weekend shows (they sounded great at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday [4/18]), and you can catch them again at their early show on Wednesday (4/23) at Baby's All Right which is also free.

A few pics from Other Music's Record Store Day activities are here. More from Rough Trade below...

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Low

Recorded a song at home on an anxiety ridden Friday night. I'm giving it out for Free for Record Store Day and hopefully @lowtheband doesn't mind the rendition of their beautiful song.
Happy Record Store Day! Even if you're not out shopping today, you can still get new music (and this one's free) from Philly shoegazers Nothing, who posted a cover of Low's "In Metal" to their bandcamp along with the above message. Listen to the cover below.

If you are out and about today, Nothing are among the many bands playing the on-going Rough Trade NYC in-store, which is also free. They're on at 9 PM, and as of this post, remaining sets include Amen Dunes (6 PM), Fear of Men (8 PM), Hospitality (11 PM), and more.

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Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Chaos in Tejas

As mentioned, Chaos in Tejas won't be a "giant fest" this year, but it's still happening in some form (a "weekend" at least), and the just-announced initial lineup looks pretty great. Bands playing include Floor, Destruction Unit, Parquet Courts, Radioactivity, Nothing, Protomartyr, Beth Israel, Back to Back, Glue, Institute, Marshstepper, Deskonocidos (reunion) and many more. The fest takes place across multiple Austin venues from May 29 to June 1. More bands, venues and other details TBA.

Initial lineup below...

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Palehound @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Palehound

Record Store Day 2014 is just a couple weekends away (Saturday, April 19) and even if you aren't one of the ones clamoring for RSD exclusive releases, you can partake in teh festivities via free in-store performances. Rough Trade NYC has announced it's slate of RSD live music performers: Amen Dunes, Betty Who, Fear of Men, Mark Mulcahy, Milagres, Nothing, Palehound, and The Rails. Additionally, the day will feature DJ sets by Bella Union's Simon Raymonde, the folks at Daptone Records, Justin Strauss, and Deano Sounds of Cultures of Soul Records. Set times have not been announced but the performances are free to attend.

The Rails, which features Kami Thompson (Richard & Linda Thompson's daughter), plays London's Rough Trade East in the morning and flies to NYC immediately after for her show at the Williamsburg location (shades of Phil Collins at Live Aid there).

Fear of Men play another free show in NYC the night before (4/18) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, with Beverly, Alvvays and Beach Day.

If you are one of those looking for RSD14 exclusive releases, Rough Trade has published their list of what they're getting in the store. On Record Store Day, Rough Trade NYC opens at 9 AM.

by Andrew Sacher

Nothing at Baby's All Right on NYE (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Nothing

Heavy shoegazers Nothing just never seem to stop touring (which is good, because their live show is really something else). The Philly band just wrapped up some dates, including a post-SXSW NYC show earlier this month. They're already set to return to NYC for a show with DIIV on Friday (4/4) (RSPVed out), and they've just announced another full tour for the spring. That tour includes yet another NYC show for Nothing happening on June 14 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/4) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

According the tour flyer (also below), support on that show comes from "Superheaven," which doesn't actually seem to be a real band. They aren't listed on Webster Hall's site yet, but from show listings for Philly, Chapel Hill, Dallas and others, it seems pretty likely that Superheaven is actually '90s alt-rock lovers Daylight, who may need to keep this tour on the DL until their tour with Bayside ends.

Nothing also just made a video for "Bent Nail," one of the more upbeat tracks on their excellent debut album, Guilty of Everything. The video features a cameo from fellow Philly musician Kurt Vile, and was directed by Don Argott. Check out the new video, with the list of dates and tour flyer, below...

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Nothing at Saint Vitus - 3/20/14 (via @nicoletteelvie)
Nothing

After playing SXSW, Philly shoegazers Nothing brought their tour to NYC for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus last night (3/20) with Dark Blue, Sannhet and York Factory Complaint. During their set they covered Nirvana's "Sliver" (which they've done before), and unARTig was on the scene to capture it. Check out a video of their cover, plus one of them playing "Get Well" and videos of the three openers, below.

Nothing's tour has them back in NYC for a free Converse Rubber Tracks Live show on April 4 at Glasslands with DIIV, which is now also "sold" out.

And speaking of Nirvana, Seattle police reexamined Kurt's death case, saying "It's a suicide. This is a closed case." Nirvana also have other news, including a campaign to turn Kurt's childhood home into a museum, a Rock Hall update, a Record Store Day 7", and a cover of "Dumb" by Sivu. More on all that here.

Videos below...

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Nothing on a bridge in Austin last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Nothing

Nothing, who we just caught at SXSW, play NYC tonight (3/20) at Saint Vitus which is totally sold out, but it won't be long before you have another chance to catch the Philly shoegazers in NYC. They'll return for a FREE Converse Rubber Tracks Live show at Glasslands on April 4, opening for local faves DIIV. The show is free but you do need tickets, which go on "sale" today (3/20) at noon.

At the moment it's DIIV's only Northeast show before they cross the country for a west coast tour. All of their dates, and all other Nothing dates, are listed below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield & Tim Griffin

Little Dragon salutes the crowd (by Tim Griffin)
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7
Trash Talk (by Amanda Hatfield)
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

Though everyone was shaken up from the previous night's tragic events (which happened not far from and during the official BrooklynVegan showcase on Wednesday night), SXSW moved forward on Thursday morning, when we began our first of three day parties at Red 7.

Our day shows took place on the indoor and outdoor stages of Red 7, with the indoor stage on Thursday staying (mostly) on the folkier/quieter side with San Fermin, Sylvan Esso, Rhett Miller of the Old 97s, Torres, Nicole Atkins, Cate Le Bon and Basia Bulat. Meanwhile, the outside that day was crazier and a little more random with Little Dragon, Roosevelt, BadBadNotGood (joined by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator), Nothing, Trash Talk, Overdoz, Cities Aviv and Calvin Love.

Basia Bulat was a nice start to the day where she performed solo with an autoharp, ukulele, and keyboard. Cate Le Bon did a fine job following with her full band who got pretty intense at the end. Then it was singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins who played songs from her new Slow Phaser (catch her on tour with Nick Cave), followed by the grungy folk of Torres (who previewed some new material), followed by Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller who had a ton of fun with the show and did a bunch of covers like Tom Petty's "American Girl" and Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation." After Rhett, Sylvan Esso, the duo of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn, had the indoor crowd moving more than anyone else that day with their synthy pop and Amelia's dance moves. And San Fermin wrapped things up with their orchestral pop.

Rhett Miller (by Amanda Hatfield)
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

Outside, Calvin Love and his band woke everyone up with their indie rock, which was followed by the noise rap of Cities Aviv and the weed-obsessed rap of Overdoz. Then things got kicked up ten notches for Trash Talk, who opened up the entire floor outside at Red 7 for a circle pit and kept egging on the crowd, Damian of Fucked Up included, the whole set. Nothing followed, keeping the heavy vibe in tact, but in more atmospheric ways. Then the vibe totally changed as jazz hop trio BadBadNotGood played (including a Flying Lotus cover). Their set was instrumental... until the last two songs when they were joined by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator (who's collaborated with them before). Tyler and BBNG really got the crowd going, and though many filtered out after their set, a new batch of people quickly filled it back up for Roosevelt and the Swedish electro party that was Little Dragon.

Thanks to Life or Death for helping make things happen, and to all our sponsors. We served complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson, and had Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, Frito pies courtesy of HomeState, and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you could win headphones every hour on the hour if you tagged your Instagrams #BVMarshall.

Yukimi poses for Indiegogo -- photo by Daniel Christiansen
Little Dragon

Nokia MixRadio was on site educating us about their free music service and playing the BrooklynVegan MixRadio SXSW playlist between bands. Indiegogo was there with free earplugs and conversation. Songboard, a new "music destination that offers artists and bands essential services and unique capabilities to maximize potential" was there too and with free thumb drives and education. We let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.

Special thanks to all of our bands and everyone who helped make it all possible, including you. Thanks everyone who made it out, and sorry to everyone who waited on line but didn't get in (the fire marshals were cracking down on venues more than ever this year.).

One set of pictures from this party is posted over at BV Austin. Check out more pictures from the whole day (by Amanda Hatfield except where specified), below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Ex Cult / Nothing @ South Lamar Pedestrian Bridge in Austin, 3/14/2014
Ex-Cult
Nothing

We already posted pictures of Perfect Pussy on a bridge (which they threw their bass off of) in Austin, and here's pics of the other two bands from that show, Nothing and Ex-Cult. Nothing, who we caught just hours earlier at our BrooklynVegan day party, were great at that show, but way more in their element at this one. Like Perfect Pussy did before then, members barged into the crowd, who were intensely moshing unlike any of the other times I've seen Nothing. They stuck mostly to their faster songs, like "Dig" and my personal favorite, "Get Well." The most punk (and best) Nothing show I've seen.

Ex-Cult wrapped up the show, with a singer who's got the total charisma of an '80s hardcore frontman and a band who rocks out and sneers like the Dead Boys. The band never let up the attitude to smile or joke with the crowd once. Intense the whole time.

Meanwhile, Ex-Cult will be taking their show back out on the road this spring for a tour which hits NYC on May 22 at Mercury Lounge. That's their only NYC date at the moment but there's room before or after to squeeze in another date (maybe somewhere more DIY like Death by Audio?). Tickets for Merc are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with more pictures from the Austin show, below...

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