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Nude Beach at 4Knots 2014 (more by Chris LaPutt)
Nude Beach

Brooklyn's Nude Beach have been readying their new LP 77 for Don Giovanni, and they've just announced a release show for that record. It will take place in NYC on November 5 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets will go on AmEx presage starting Wednesday (8/20) at noon, and on sale to the general public on Friday (8/22) at noon.

Nude Beach also recently shared another new song from 77 called "For You," another catchy slice of classic-rock inflected power-pop. Its already stuck in my head, and you can stream it below...

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words by Andrew Sacher, photos by Chris La Putt

Nude Beach at 4Knots earlier this month
2014 4Knots Festival

We mentioned not long ago that local power popsters Nude Beach signed to Don Giovanni, and the band have now announced that the label will release their new album, 77 (which may or may not be a reference to the year many of their influences were released), on October 21. Its first single is the track "I Can't Keep The Tears From Falling" and if you liked their last album, or power pop from 1977, you'll likely dig this too. Check it out below.

No upcoming dates at the moment, but they did play their hometown earlier this month at the 4Knots Festival. We already posted one set of pictures from that festival, and there's another set of Nude Beach in this post. More, with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Nude Beach announce '77' on Don Giovanni (stream a track +++ more 4Knots pics)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Dinosaur Jr. / Mac DeMarco @ 2014 4 Knots Music Fest
4Knots Fest
4Knots Fest
4Knots Fest
4Knots Fest

NYC's free, all-ages 4Knots Music Festival went down across two stages at the South Street Seaport. On the main stage (Pier 16), Radkey kicked things off with their classic-style punk, and (as you can see in the video below) at one point the PA cut out but they just kept rocking. Northampton indie rockers Speedy Ortiz followed with a set that stretched as far back as their early pre-Sports single "Taylor Swift" up through their brand new "Bigger Party" which came out the day before the festival. Ex-Women band Viet Cong followed with a set of their jammy post-punk.

Those Darlins were fun, peppering their set with covers (The Crystals' "Then He Kissed Me" and Dylan's "The Man In Me"). If anyone was going to fall into the river during 4Knots, it would've been during Mac DeMarco's set, but he kept things fairly shenanigan-free. Dinosaur Jr. capped off the evening with an enjoyable and hit-packed set (that is how you Festival, bands) that had a pit/crowdsurfers going the whole time (video of that below).

The other stage was the Front/Row stage over on Fulton St (not exactly where they set up for Seaport Music Festival but almost) with a handful of smaller acts, including day openers and '90s-loving Dead Stars, plus Crazy Pills, Juan Wauters, and heartland rockers Nude Beach. Pictures from their sets, and more of the rest of 2014 4Knots fest, below....

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The Julie Ruin @ MHOW, Oct 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julie Ruin

As mentioned, the Village Voice's 2014 4Knots Music Fest happens July 12 at South Street Seaport. They just released the initial round of acts playing: The Julie Ruin, Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Viet Cong (ex-Women), Nude Beach, and Juan Wauters. With two stages, lots more artists will be announced soon. Stay tuned.

Like always, The 4Knots Festival is free and all-ages.

The official afterparty will be at Webster Hall. Lineup and tickets TBA.

Reigning Sound at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
Reigning Sound

Reigning Sound, the Memphis garage rock band led by Greg Oblivian, signed to Merge back in 2012 and they're now set to release their first album for the label, Shattered, which comes out on July 15 and follows 2009's Love and Curses. You can get a taste of the new album from its lead single, "Falling Rain," along with the LP artwork and tracklist, below.

Reigning Sound also have a number of tour dates planned, including a NYC show happening on May 22 at Brooklyn Bowl with local power pop trio Nude Beach, who they've toured with before and who shared a Brooklyn bill with Reigning Sound's pals Detroit Cobras earlier this year. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.

In related news, Nude Beach announced that they've signed to Don Giovanni Records (Screaming Females, Waxahatchee), which shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering they played DG's 2014 showcase, have shared bills with DG bands recently, and Nude Beach drummer Ryan Naideau's old band Dustheads was signed to DG as well.

They have other dates coming up before the Reigning Sound show, including a previously announced tour with The Men which hits NYC on May 10 at The Wick with more garage rock faves, Obits. Tickets for that show are still available.

All Nude Beach dates are listed, with a live video, the list of Reigning Sound dates and their album info, below...

Continue reading "Reigning Sound releasing an LP on Merge, touring, playing NYC with Nude Beach (who signed to Don Giovanni)"

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Vancouver sludge rockers Weed released their debut album, Deserve, last year via Couple Skate Records and they're currently over in the US continuing to support it on tour. The tour brings them to NYC for two shows this week, including Shea Stadium on Wednesday (4/16) with Tonstartssbandht, Laced and Nandas, and the next day they open the Baby's All Right (4/17) stop of the Coathangers / Audacity tour. Ex-Humans are on the Baby's show too, and tickets for that one are still available. All Weed dates are listed below.

For Laced, the Shea show will be their first-ever live gig. The brand new band features Beach Fossils singer Dustin Payseur, Nude Beach drummer Ryan Naideau (also of Warthog) and former Cairo booker/Couple Skate Records owner Ian Kim Judd. They're not to be confused with the UK band of the same name, who Shea's site actually links linked to in the show listing. No music from them yet, but stay tuned. (Also yes, this does mean you can see "Laced with Weed" at Shea this week.)

All dates are listed, with a stream of Weed's LP, below...

Continue reading "Weed touring, playing NYC shows w/ Audacity + Coathangers & Laced, new band ft. Beach Fossils/Nude Beach mems (dates)"

The Men @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/5/14 (via Todd Diciurcio)
Men

Brooklyn punks/country rockers/jammers The Men just released their new album Tomorrow's Hits this week and celebrated by bringing their tour with The Ukiah Drag to Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (3/5) for a hometown release show. You can check out a video of the band from that show, along with their new music video for "Pearly Gates" from the new record, below.

The Men will avoid SXSW insanity by heading to Europe for a tour next week, and later in the year they'll tour with their Brooklyn pals Nude Beach. That tour includes a show at new Brooklyn venue The Wick on May 10, and making it even more exciting, Obits are on that show too. That's a great triple bill. Tickets for the Wick show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Obits also just put out a new video. It's an animated one for the song "I'm Closing In" from last year's Bed & Bugs. Check that out, along with the Men videos and the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "The Men played Bowery Ballroom, touring with Nude Beach, playing The Wick with Obits (dates & new videos)"

Nude Beach at BV-RBSS show at MHOW in 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Nude Beach

As mentioned, Brooklyn garage rockers Marvin Berry and the New Sound have signed to Don Giovanni for their new LP, Bootleg (due out 2/25), and will play a release show for the new album on February 21 at Union Pool with Liquor Store and Hector's Pets. Since we last spoke, that lineup got even better because power pop trio Nude Beach (who just played the Don Giovanni showcase) were added. Advance tickets for the show are available. Nude Beach's only other upcoming dates at the moment are some support slots on The Men's tour (none in NYC), all of which are listed below.

In other Don Giovanni news, New Brunswick punks Brick Mower, who also just played the DG showcase, announced that their new album, Teenage Graceland, will be out on the label on March 25. You can stream its first single, "Shitty Parade," below.

All Nude Beach dates are listed, along with the Brick Mower stream and a few more streams from the new Marvin Berry LP, below...

Continue reading "Nude Beach added to Marvin Berry & the New Sound LP release show; Brick Mower releasing a new LP (stream a track)"

"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)
Cali X

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.

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]

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.

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...

Continue reading "Don Giovanni showcases happened w/ Screaming Females, Priests, Vacation & more; Cali X add another NYC show"

Nude Beach at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Nude Beach

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.

photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Mikal Cronin @ Webster Hall 12/11/2013
Mikal Cronin

Despite being generally averse to the spotlight, Cronin stole the show with his irreverent flair for dramatics. A bare minimum of his time was spent crooning to the mic, whimpering soft verses or bellowing jubilant choruses. Mostly, he relinquished his energies to a passionate, almost spiritual guitar performance. Ankles crooked out the sides of his legs, hair streaming down his face, spasmodic limbs taking on convulsive shapes--Cronin seemed to be at once playing to the crowd and playing to himself. All in all, a rare night where each of the four acts proved intriguing. - [CMJ]
It's been a pretty good year for Mikal Cronin, whose second album, MCII, was one of the year's best guitar-pop albums and has shown up on a lot of year end lists (including mine). He capped off 2013 with a handful of shows, one of which happened here in NYC on December 11 at Webster Hall which also featured sets from Nude Beach, The Entrance Band and his Merge labelmates Saint Rich. Pictures from that show are in this post.

The very next night (12/12), Mikal headed to Chicago for a show at Logan Square Auditorium and you can check out pictures from that show at BV Chicago. More pics from Webster Hall below...

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Detroit Cobras at The Bell House in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Detroit Cobras

Garage rock covers crew Detroit Cobras have a few Northeast dates scheduled for January, including a return to NYC for a show on January 24 at The Bell House with power pop trio Nude Beach and The Above. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

For Brooklyn's Nude Beach, that's one of two upcoming local shows the band has scheduled. They've also been added as an opener to the NYC stop of Mikal Cronin's previously mentioned tour happening on December 11 at Webster Hall with The Entrance Band. Tickets for that show are still available. Nude Beach have also mentioned a new LP is in the works for 2014, so stay tuned for that.

Saint Rich were initially on that Webster Hall show, but since dropped off. However, they will be opening some dates on Dr. Dog's tour, including their Terminal 5 show (1/25) (tickets).

All Detroit Cobras dates are listed, along with some videos, below...

Continue reading "Detroit Cobras playing shows, including one w/ Nude Beach who open for Mikal Cronin (dates)"

Tenement at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tenement

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 1 is the most traditionally, in-your-face punk show of all of them, with sets from Tenement, Night Birds, Vacation, Nuclear Santa Claust, and The Groucho Marxists.

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.

Absent from these incredible lineups is Waxahatchee, whose tour with All Dogs and Cayetana hits NYC in January.

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...

Continue reading "Don Giovanni showcases announced (Screaming Females, Priests & more); Bomb the Music Industry announce final show"

by Andrew Sacher

Iron Chic at Europa in 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Iron Chic

Long Island punks Iron Chic have opened NYC shows for Bouncing Souls, Hot Water Music, Lifetime, and most recently that secret Saves the Day show at Saint Vitus, and if the melodic punk of those bands appeals to you, there's a good chance "Sounds Like A Pretty Brutal Murder," the first single off Iron Chic's forthcoming LP, The Constant One, will too. It's upliftingly anthemic with "you can keep tomorrow, after tonight we're not gonna need it" levels of live-fast/worry about the rest later slogans that sound destined to be shouted by a club of sweaty kids with half-empty beers flying everywhere.

The new record comes out on November 5 via Bridge 9 (their first for the label), and follows this year's Spooky Action EP. You can stream the new single below.

As discussed, Iron Chic have some upcoming shows, including one in Brooklyn on October 13 at Acheron with RVIVR, Nude Beach (who just opened our BV-curated Bouncing Souls show), and Giant Peach (tickets). They play another NYC show opening for Kill Your Idols at Santos on 11/30, the second of two nights at the venue for KYI (tickets).

Iron Chic also have a few upcoming Long Island shows. All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, album artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Iron Chic releasing a new LP (track stream, updated dates)"

photos by Dylan Johnson, words by Andrew Sacher

Brian Fallon / Bouncing Souls
Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013
Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

I'm not 100% sure what the average age was at The Bouncing Souls' Music Hall of Williamsburg show on Monday (9/30) -- our latest BrooklynVegan-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select -- but it was no all ages hardcore matinee show. Yet that didn't stop the crowd, who probably had work rather than school the next morning, from going apeshit like they were in their teens for the New Brunswick punk heroes. The Souls (new drummer George Rebelo of Hot Water Music included) were in great spirits delivering tons of old favorites -- "True Believers," "Hopeless Romantic," "Manthem," etc -- which had the crowd shouting back, fists in the air, piling up on each other, and endlessly stage diving.

Before they went on, co-headliner and co-curator Brian Fallon (frontman of The Gaslight Anthem) played a "solo" set, joined by his bandmate Alex Rosamilia on guitar. The Bouncing Souls and The Gaslight Anthem have a long history together, and though the latter might be more successful, they'll tell you it never would have happened without the influence of The Bouncing Souls. So it was a pretty special night, because the two bands who have shared bills many times -- just this summer in NYC in fact -- collaborated on stage for the first time ever.

Brian and Alex began their set together, playing stripped down folkier versions of GA tunes with the whole crowd singing along like a drunken campfire night. A bunch of covers were worked in too (check out a picture of the setlist below), including The Misfits' "Astro Zombies" (for which he was joined by an enthusiastic crowd member) and Roky Erickson's "I Walked with a Zombie" (for which Brian instructed the entire crowd to sing, and which he played and talked about on the East Village Radio special we recorded with him). Eventually, all four members of The Bouncing Souls joined Brian and Alex for a few songs at the end of their set, including Gaslight Anthem's "Handwritten." And Alex returned the favor by sneaking in on guitar towards the end of The Bouncing Souls' set.

As with all RBSS shows, the openers are local bands. For this one, we teamed up with Brian to pick two Brooklyn bands that would fit the punk theme of the night. First was Aye Nako, whose amped up rhythms (thanks to a ferocious drummer) and sugary guitar melodies recall the heyday of pop punk, before the genre was taken over by jet-black bangs and neon t-shirts. After them was Nude Beach, who have an early Elvis Costello thing going on, but with a punk attitude and lo-fi ideals. Both bands acknowledged the headliners from stage, with Aye Nako singer Mars Ganito mentioning she was once in a Bouncing Souls cover band for a Halloween show.

Comedian Chris Gethard hosted the show, cracking jokes about his birthplace New Jersey, where it seemed like much of the crowd had traveled from that night to see the co-headliners from NJ play a $3 show in Brooklyn. .

NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows -- always only $3 -- happen each month and are curated either by BrooklynVegan, East Village Radio, Afropunk or Brooklyn Bodega. The same happens in other cities (like the recent Mannie Fresh show in Chicago and Tobacco show in Austin).

Another review of the show can be read over at Local Bozo. More pictures and some videos from our Brooklyn show below...

Continue reading "The Bouncing Souls, Brian Fallon, Nude Beach & Aye Nako played BV-curated RBSS show @ MHOW (pics, videos)"

Nude Beach at 285 Kent in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Nude Beach
Nude Beach flyer

Last month, we announced that the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series would happen on September 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with co-headliners The Bouncing Souls and Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon, plus opener Aye Nako and one more opener TBA. We're now pleased to announce that the second opener is Brooklyn power pop trio Nude Beach, who just played Mercury Lounge last night (9/20).

Doors for the MHOW show open at 6:30 PM and the music starts at 8. Like all RBSS shows, admission is $3 at the door. First come, first served. Hope to see you there.

Meanwhile, The Bouncing Souls recently announced that they're releasing a split 7" with Philly punks The Menzingers (who have toured with the Souls and opened their holiday shows). The split comes out on November 5 via The Bouncing Souls' Chunksaah Records, and features both bands covering each other, plus an original song by each band. Check out the artwork and tracklist below.

The Bouncing Souls and The Menzingers join forces for Reading, PA's East Coast Tsunami Fest this Friday (9/27), where they're playing with Fucked Up, Street Dogs, Man Overboard and more (tickets), plus both bands play The Fest in Gainesville.

About a month after The Fest, The Menzingers return to NYC for a previously discussed Bowery Ballroom (11/29) show. Tickets for that show are still available.

Some Nude Beach song streams and the Bouncing Souls/Menzingers split info below...

Continue reading "Nude Beach added to BV-presented Red Bull Sound Select show; Bouncing Souls releasing a split w/ The Menzingers"

NOFX at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
NOFX

Cali skate punks NOFX have announced a US tour which will go down this fall and hit NYC on November 30 at Irving Plaza. Support at that show, and a few of the other Northeast dates, comes from The F.U.'s and Implants. Tickets for that show are currently on Citi Cardmember, Live Nation (password: "HOB20") and Music Geeks (password: "musicgeeks") presales, and the general on-sale begins Friday (9/13) at 10 AM. All tour dates are listed below.

As discussed, NOFX frontman Fat Mike's label Fat Wreck Chords are doing their official CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 18 with Good Riddance and Western Addiction reunions, plus sets from The Flatliners and Brooklyn/NJ surf punks Night Birds. That same lineup (minus The Flatlieners) goes on a Rocks Off Cruise (10/19) the next day. Tickets for both shows are still available.

You can also catch Western Addiction at a smaller, sweatier show when they play Acheron on October 20 with Eric Davidson's (of New Bomb Turks) band Livids and Brooklyn punks Weird Womb. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Western Addiction's only full length album was 2005's Cognicide, which you can stream on Spotify.

Another good punk show at Acheron is Iron Chic, RVIVR, Nude Beach, and Giant Peach on October 13. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

That happens after Nude Beach's tour which hits Mercury Lounge on September 20 with Suspicious Beasts and Honey (tickets).

Meanwhile, you can also catch Long Island's Iron Chic in NYC when they open for Kill Your Idols at Santos Party House on November 30, with Concrete Cross and Bad Side also on the bill. That's Kill Your Idols' second show at the venue after the previously discussed November 29 date with Crime In Stereo and Altered Boys. Tickets for both nights are still available.

Iron Chic have some hometown LI dates coming up too, including the No Fun Club (9/15) stop on the Screaming Females/Waxahatchee/Tenement tour this weekend. All Iron Chic dates are listed below.

Boston punk fans may be interested in knowing that Dropkick Murphys have announced their hometown St. Patrick's Day shows, which include five shows at House of Blues from March 13-16. Tickets for all five shows go on sale Saturday (9/14) at 10 AM.

Don't forget that The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are doing their Hometown Throwdown at the same venue in December.

As mentioned in our last punk roundup, The Casualties are doing some shows in Long Island and NJ this week. Since that post, they've also announced a show happening in Coney Island on Sunday (9/15) at Sideshows By The Seashore (1208 Surf Ave at the corner of Surf and W. 12th). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Another punk show happening in Brooklyn this Sunday is Upstart Fest at Knitting Factory (9/15) with Koffin Fats, Turbo AC's, The Scandals, and more (tickets).

That same day at the East Village's Bowery Electric is the previously discussed Angry Samoans show with Last Call Brawl and Downtown Brown. Tickets for that show are still available.

Bowery Electric is also hosting the 'Carry On Band Series,' as part of the CBGB Festival, on October 10 (6 PM - 2 AM) with tons of punk legends like Cheetah Chrome, Lydia Lynch, RIchard Lloyd, Syl Sylvain, Lenny Kaye, The Waldos, Glen Matlock, Tuff Darts, Faith, Andy Shernoff and many more. Tickets for that are on sale now.

You can find more punk shows HERE. What else?

All lists of dates below...

Continue reading "punk roundup: NOFX, Western Addiction, Iron Chic, Kill Your Idols, Dropkick Murphys, Casualties, CBGB Fest & more"

Nude Beach at Bowery Ballroom, March 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Nude Beach

While Nude Beach are working on the follow-up to their excellent II and similarly great 7-Inch, the band will sate their fans (and hopefully make new ones) by making their self-titled debut available for free download/stream. Check that out below, along with streams of their other material. Highly recommended.

Meanwhile, Nude Beach's previously discussed "one-off" has grown into a much larger set of dates scheduled for September. All dates are listed, along with those song/album streams, below.

Continue reading "Nude Beach make debut LP a free download, add tour dates "

Nude Beach

Brooklyn rockers Nude Beach wrapped up a tour earlier this month that included two hometown shows. The band don't appear to have more touring plans scheduled at the moment, but they still give their local fans a ton of chances to see them, and will do so again when they play Mercury Lounge on September 20. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (7/31) at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/2) at noon.

Nude Beach recently released a new 7" via Other Music. Stream both sides of it below...

Continue reading "Nude Beach playing a one-off at Mercury Lounge"

by Andrew Sacher

Nude Beach at 285 Kent in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Nude Beach

As mentioned, Brooklyn's Nude Beach have a new 7" due out in July (stream both tracks below) and are currently on a tour that will culminate in a hometown show on July 5 at Knitting Factory with Prince Rupert's Drops and Pop Zeus. Tickets for that show are still available.

Not long after that show, Nude Beach will play another hometown show on July 17 at Death by Audio with a solid lineup of Nuclear Spring, The Red Dons, and Ylajali. Admission for that show is $8 at the door. Updated Nude Beach dates are listed below.

UPDATE: Nude Beach, it turns out, are NOT playing the DbA show after all (though it was listed on DbA's site).

Nuclear Spring in Budapest - 6/10/13 (photo by Tamas Bernath)
Nuclear Spring

Brooklyn punks Nuclear Spring, who have past/present members of CREEM and Nomos, will be returning home from a European tour (pictured above) with CREEM for this show. Earlier this year, they put out a 7" on Hysteria Records, which contains 6 tracks of menacing punk in just over 10 minutes. Not unlike contemporaries White Lung or Neon Piss, Nuclear Spring's melodies and riffs pull more from post-punk, but they play with the speed and ferocity of hardcore. If you're into that kind of stuff, don't sleep on this. You can download the EP for free (legally) on MediaFire and stream two tracks below.

For Portland's The Red Dons (ex-The Observers), the Death by Audio show is the first date on their July East Coast tour. That tour also includes three NYC-area shows with NJ/Brooklyn surf punks Night Birds. The first of those is in New Brunswick on July 24 at Alamo with Loose Ends and Easy Rider; then Manhattan on July 25 at Cake Shop with Eric Davidson's (of New Bomb Turks) new band Livds and Brooklyn garage punks Foster Care; then Long Island on July 26 at No Fun Club with Iron Chic. The Red Dons are a pretty likeminded band to Nuclear Spring and Night Birds, and any of those shows should be a great way to see them. You can stream their most recent full length, 2010's Fake Meets Failure, in its entirety below, and download it for free at bandcamp. All of their dates are listed below too.

Night Birds at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Night Birds

Meanwhile, you can catch Night Birds, whose new LP, Born to Die in Suburbia drops 7/9 via Grave Mistake, in NYC even sooner when they play a release show for the new album on July 12 at Death by Audio with Omegas, Don Giovanni-signed Nuclear Santa Claust (who also play with Iron Reagan and Dropead on Friday, 6/28), and Give, plus Chris Gethard is hosting. Night Birds also play Europa on August 29 with Zero Boys (tickets). Updated dates are listed, along with streams of two tracks from their LP, below.

Continue reading "Nuclear Spring, Red Dons, Night Birds, Nuclear Santa Claust & other upcoming punk shows (dates & streams)"

Nude Beach at Bowery Ballroom, March 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Nude Beach

Brooklyn's Nude Beach, who played over the weekend, are readying a new 7" for Other Music -- "What Can Ya Do" b/w "I'm Giving Up" -- out on July 9th. Stream both sides of the release below.

The band will be breaking their own release date, though, as they'll have copies on hand when they head out for a string of dates this week that include a stop in Chicago at Empty Bottle and here in NYC at Knitting Factory on July 5 with Prince Rupert's Drops and Pop Zeus. Tickets are still available.

All dates are listed, along with those song streams, below.

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King Tuff at Knitting Factory in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
King Tuff

As mentioned, garage rocker King Tuff is reissuing his long-out-of-print 2008 debut, Was Dead, this year and that reissue just came out this week (5/28). It was awarded a "best new reissue" on Pitchfork. If you haven't heard it, you can stream the album in its entirety below.

King Tuff is playing a previously discussed one-off release show for the reissue in NYC this Sunday (6/2) at Bowery Ballroom. No openers for that show were announced when we first mentioned it, but since then Brooklyn rockers Nude Beach were added. Sunday's show is one of two currently scheduled local shows for Nude Beach before they head out on tour. The other is on June 16 at Fitness (1196 Myrtle Ave) with Vacation and others, and when they return home from tour they play Knitting Factory (7/5) with Prince Rupert's Drops (tickets).

The Bowery Ballroom show this Sunday is also with Hector's Pets. Tickets are still available and we're also giving away a pair.

Updated Nude Beach dates are listed, along with details on that ticket contest, the show flyer, and the King Tuff LP stream, below...

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Nude Beach at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by David Andrako)
Nude Beach

Brooklyn power pop rockers Nude Beach play a lot of local shows, and that will be no different this summer, for which they've already got two scheduled. First, they'll play an all ages show on June 16 at Fitness (1196 Myrtle Ave in Brooklyn) with Nervosas, Vacation, and Survival (not the one with Hunter Hunt-Hendrix). Admission for that show is $7 at the door. Then, they'll play a less DIY (but also all ages) venue on July 5 at Knitting Factory with Prince Rupert's Drops. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Amongst all these gigs, Nude Beach are releasing a new 7" single on Other Music and you can stream the b-side below.

Cincinnati's Vactation, who open the Fitness show (and are on tour with Nervosas) are set to release their new album, Candy Waves, on June 18 via Don Giovanni (Waxahatchee, Screaming Females). The first single from the album, "Pyro Hippies," is a pop punk basher and it sounds like the kind of thing that's going to get kids on their feet on the band's tour this summer. Maybe you caught them in Brooklyn last year with Swearin' and Tenement?

Stream "Pyro Hippies" and the new Nude Beach track, along with the video for Nude Beach's "Radio" and all lists of tour dates, below...

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photos by David Andrako; words by Bill Pearis

The Men @ Bowery Ballroom
The Men

Beginning with an extended drone, The Men banged out one note with a noticeable nervous tension. All that revving of engines finally erupted in "Electric" off the band's New Moon which was released this week. The crowd went mental in turn with flying beers and bodies. Followed by burner "Without a Face," The Men kept the energy on high. And then, like on much of the new LP, they morphed into Crazy Horse mode with big, crunchy jams. While jarring, it works better live than on record. "I Saw Her Face" sounds absolutely huge at Bowery and that sense of grandiosity doesn't come across on New Moon. I still prefer the band in Punk mode, but, like Montreal's Besnard Lakes, they understand the power of dynamics and scale. Maybe Jace Lasek should produce their next record?

Last night's sold-out Bowery Ballroom show (3/7) was an all-around solid-as-a-rock bill. Openers Parquet Courts had the place packed from the start. "We haven't played a show in Manhattan since getting kicked out of Cake Shop," joked Andrew Savage who, along with the rest of the band, hopped on a plane this morning to Mexico City where they play tonight. (They play Festival Nrml in Monterrey, Mexico, on Saturday [3/9]). Their set got off to a rough start but soon course-corrected with a succession of their short, sharp cuts off Light Up Gold.

Brooklyn's Nude Beach held the undercard slot and knocked out catchy tune after catchy tune. Not only do they look like they could be from Minneapolis in 1984 (snapshirts, flannel and denim), they sound like it too: anthemic, punky powerpop, all hooks and no B.S. Quality stuff. For those not heading to Austin next week for you-know-what, Nude Beach are playing Union Pool on March 13 with Call of the Wild, Tweens and What Next?

Meanwhile, Parquet Courts next NYC show will be at Bowery again on April 20 this time opening for Iceage and White Lung (tickets). The Men will be back in NYC for The Northside Festival.

More pictures from last night's Bowery show below...

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Nude Beach at 285 Kent, June 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Nude Beach

It's been a bit since we last heard from Crystal Stilts. While there's no word of new recordings, the band will be playing their first NYC show in a long while on Friday (2/15) at Lulu's in Greenpoint (Franklin Ave & Greenpoint Ave). The show is with Nude Beach and FREE with the purchase of a drink. And as you may know, all drinks at Lulu's come with a free mini pizza. Score!

Nude Beach's appearance is in addition to their upcoming dates at Bowery Ballroom on March 7 with The Men and Parquet Courts (tickets) and Union Pool on March 13 with Call of The Wild, Tweens & What Next? (tickets).

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