Entries tagged with: Pile
by Andrew Sacher
Grass Is Green
Boston's Grass Is Green have announced that they'll release Vacation Vinny, the followup to 2012's Ronson, on January 14 via Exploding In Sound. Like many others in the Northeast area have been doing, they recorded the album at Silent Barn's studio with Julian Fader and Carlos Hernandez of Ava Luna producing. The LP's first single, "Vacation 2.0," pretty much picks up where Ronson left off, with fidgety stop-start post-hardcore and screwy, discordant melodies that you might not call "catchy" but that definitely stick in your head. Stream the new track, along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
As discussed, Grass Is Green will be going on a tour with Speedy Ortiz which doesn't hit NYC, but right before that, Grass Is Green will play an Exploding In Sound year-end celebration at Baby's All Right on December 30 with a ginormous lineup of Porches, Krill, Ovlov, Roomrunner, Pile (acoustic), Baked, Dead Wives, Big Ups, Gnarwhal, Two Inch Astronaut, Bad History Month, Woozy, and special guests. Admission is $10 at the door.
Meanwhile, Bad History Month has some other dates before that, including another Brooklyn show happening on December 17 at Death by Audio with Bueno, Bennio Qwerty, and Sediment Club. All of their dates are listed below.
Porches have other upcoming dates too.
And speaking of Exploding In Sound Records, BrooklynVegan is co-presenting a show with EIS on December 12 at Death by Audio with Chumped, PUP, Slothrust, Slow Warm Death, and Alarms & Controls.
All Grass Is Green and Bad History Month dates are listed, along with that song stream, album artwork and tracklist, below...
Ex Hex at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Like last year, right before SXSW brings a ton of bands to Austin for about a week, many of the same bands will stop in Savannah, Georgia for Savannah Stopover, which goes down across various venues from March 6-8. The initial lineup includes Weekend, Speedy Ortiz, Public Service Broadcasting, Tweens, Ski Lodge, Ex Hex, Big Ups, Caitlin Rose, Pile, Bleeding Rainbow and more. Early bird 3-day passes are on sale now.
Initial lineup and flyer below...
Speedy Ortiz at Death by Audio in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
Trad-indie torch carriers Speedy Ortiz have been doing a ton of touring this year, many NYC shows included, and that show-count will increase even more this month when the Northampton, MA band returns for CMJ.
The first of their currently announced CMJ appearances is the previously discussed Panache showcase happening on 10/17 at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway) with Hunters, Ex-Cult, Calvin Love, Homeshake and Big Ups. More info at the Facebook event. Flyer below.
Then they play Pitchfork's unnoficial show happening at 285 Kent on 10/18 with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Priests, Joanna Gruesome, Perfect Pussy, Eleanor Friedberger (solo), and Courtney Barnett. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.
Lastly (for now at least), they play the previously discussed Exploding In Sound Records showcase at Silent Barn on 10/19 with Pile, Fat History Month, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Kal Marks, Palehound, Krill, Roomrunner, and Porches.
After CMJ, Speedy Ortiz singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis will take part in the Elliott Smith tribute at Glasslands on 10/21 which also features Cat Power, Cole of DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Marissa Nadler and more. Tickets for that show are still available.
And then just after that, Speedy will join Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis for another Brooklyn show at The Flat on 10/23. More details on that show TBA. Dinosaur Jr. will be back in NYC in December to open for MGMT at Barclays Center (12/13) (tickets).
Meanwhile, speaking of Pitchfork CMJ, they're doing another unofficial show at 285 Kent on 10/19 with an electronic-oriented lineup of Ryan Hemsworth, Kelela, Traxman, The Range, Jahiliyya Field, Huerco S, and Mas Ysa. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.
All Speedy Ortiz dates are listed, along with show flyers and more, below...
by Andrew Sacher
They not only sound but look totally '90s on stage (that singer's half-bleached hair!), and they do the whole post-hardcore thing from that era really well, sounding like some lost Dischord/SST band. The singer is smart aleck-y, angry, and in-your-face while spending more of his time in the crowd than on stage, and the band rock too. They'll switch from real dissonant riffage to classic hardcore whiplash, and find time for the somber moments too. They mentioned on stage that a full length is coming. Be on the lookout for that.I wrote the above when I caught Big Ups in Brooklyn at Shea Stadium during Northside, the only local band on a four-band bill that also included Nu Sensae, Destruction Unit, and Psychic Blood. That full length they mentioned on stage has since been announced, and the album, titled Eighteen Hours of Static, comes out October 8 via Dead Labour. The album's lead single, "Goes Black," is a great example of the snarled post-hardcore they've become known for at shows and on earlier singles, and you can stream that below. The tracklist is below too, and that's the album artwork above.
Big Ups play a ton of local shows, and they've got two upcoming dates this month (at the moment, at least). The first is a benefit for Restore Rockaway on Rockaway Beach on August 17 at Rippers (Beach 86th St @ the Boardwalk) with a killer local lineup that also includes the punky Sleepies, the noisy EULA, indie rockers Shark?, and hi-octane punks Low Fat Getting High. More info at the Facebook event and flyer below.
Later in the month, they'll play The Studio at Webster Hall on August 31 with two of Boston's better (and louder) bands, Pile and Young Adults, and two punky Brooklyn bands, Weird Womb and Flagland. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
For Pile, that show is one of many upcoming tour dates they have scheduled, including two other NYC shows: Brooklyn Fireproof on October 5 (acoustic show) and Silent Barn on October 19. All of their dates are listed, along with song streams and more, below.
Ben Nichols of Lucero in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Alt-country punks Lucero are doing their annual Lucero Family Picnic on August 10 at the Riverfest Ampitheatre in Little Rock, AR this year. At the picnic, they'll be performing their excellent 2002 album, Tennesee, in addition to "set of Lucero classics." The lineup also includes rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson, Little Rock's John Moreland, and Guy Venable (father of Lucero's Brian Venable).
Tickets for Lucero Family Picnic 2013 are on sale now. There's also a VIP option, which includes a tailgate and BBQ with the band before doors open. Flyer for the picnic is below.
Lucero have other dates this year, including some festivals like Gainesville's The Fest, which they were recently added to, along with J. Robbins (of Jawbox), Tim Kasher (of Cursive, and who has a new album on the way), Pile and more.
Updated The Fest lineup and a list of all Lucero tour dates, which include Dallas' Index Festival, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Speedy Ortiz at Big Snow - 6/15/13 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
After catching Chance the Rapper at Europa on Saturday (6/15), I finished my day 3 of Northside Festival at Big Snow for the Exploding In Sound showcase. The place had already hit capacity by around 9 PM (not an everyday feat for Big Snow), and every band I saw was pretty great. The similarly styled stop-start post-hardcore of Grass Is Green and Two Inch Astronaut (who were playing much of the material from their new album, Bad Brother, out this week) was totally on point. Not only do both bands have the chops for their sometimes-technical sounds, but they've got a ton of power on stage too.
One of the main attractions of the night was Speedy Ortiz, whose debut album, Major Arcana comes out on July 9 via their new label home, Carpark Records. Speedy's a great band recorded, but they bring even more rage live. Singer Sadie Dupuis screams more, their guitars ring with layers of distortion, and guitarist Matt Robidoux ended up crowd surfing at least once. They have a great time on stage too. Performance stuff aside, one of the most memorable moments of the show was the drummer singing "Started From the Bottom" and then dedicating their next song to Yeezus.
And though Speedy was the fastest-rising band on that bill, there was tons of love for headliners Pile. The whole crowd became a push pit, with crowdsurfers knocking into Big Snow's light fixture, and anyone looking to "watch" the band standing on top of whatever amp or couch they could find lining the venue. The band sounded great too, straddling the line between indie rock melodies and punk intensity. Their 2012 album, Dripping is a good (and underrated) one, and a recommended listen if you haven't checked it out.
Unfortunately, I missed the earlier bands at Big Snow on Saturday. If you were there, how were they? You can catch Speedy Ortiz in NYC again when they play their record release show at Death by Audio on July 5 with a great bill of Roomrunner and California X. Updated Speedy dates are listed, along with streams of their recent singles, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Psychic Blood at Tommy's Tavern in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Exploding In Sound Records and Gimme Tinnitus are teaming up for an unofficial Northside showcase on Saturday (6/15) at Big Snow (89 Varet St) which features sets from a ton of great bands Speedy Ortiz, Pile, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Hive Bent, Fat History Month, and Porches. Doors are at 5 PM, admission is $7 or $5 with a Northside badge, and there will be free pizza while supplies last. If you like your indie rock like it was in the days of Dinosaur Jr, Archers of Loaf, Pavement, etc, you'll probably dig most of this showcase.
EIS and GT are also doing another showcase today (6/14) at Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave). This one's also got a ton of great music (and free pizza), including two of Brooklyn's best upcoming punk bands, Sleepies and Low Fat Getting High, noise rockers Eula, Western Mass psych rockers Psychic Blood (who also play the ridiculously good show at Shea on Sunday with Nu Sensae, Destruction Unit, and Big Ups), other local live staples like Yvette, Miniboone, Shark?, Krill, Life Size Maps, and still more. Doors for today's show open at 3 PM.
More info on both shows at the Facebook event. Flyers for both shows and song streams from some of the bands playing below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Two Inch Astronaut - "Blood From A Loyal Hound" (MP3)
Two Inch Astronaut live in 2011 (photo by Ann Amrine)
Maryland rockers Two Inch Astronaut are set to release their debut full length, Bad Brother, on June 18 via Exploding In Sound Records, the label that gave us Speedy Ortiz (before they signed to Carpark), Pile, and more. And if you liked those bands, Two Inch Astronaut will be right up your alley as well. On the album's two singles, "Swol" and "Blood From a Loyal Hound," Two Inch Astronaut embrace similar stop-start dynamics to '90s post-hardcore wizards Shudder to Think, but they also have a knack for bashing out crunchy power pop melodies. "Blood From a Loyal Hound" is downloadable above, "Swol" is downloadable at bandcamp, and both tracks can be streamed below, along with the album art and tracklist.
Two Inch Astronaut are playing some shows this month and next ahead of the album's release date, including the previously announced Exploding In Sound showcase in Brooklyn during Northside (it's an unofficial show though) on June 15 at Big Snow with Speedy Ortiz, Pile, Grass Is Green, Fat History Month, and just about the rest of the Exploding In Sound roster.
Speedy Ortiz play a bunch of other shows too.
All dates are listed, along with those song streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Speedy Ortiz at WBAR-B-Q in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Northampton, MA's Speedy Ortiz have signed to Carpark Records and will release their debut album, Major Arcana, on June 9 via their new label. The album perfects the formula Speedy Ortiz had on the Sports EP and "Ka-Prow!" 7" and tops both of those releases. That's immediately evident from the album's first single, "Tiger Tank," which starts out like the Speedy Ortiz we're familiar with, but by the chorus is bringing in melodic left-turns and powerful crashes that show how big of a force this band can really be. Listen to the song over at NPR.
As mentioned, Speedy Ortiz have a number of upcoming shows, including a few previously discussed NYC shows on May 17 at Silent Barn with Island Twins, Advaeta, Idiot Genes, and Lunchbox; Cake Shop on May 31 with two great Brooklyn bands Sleepies and Bennio Qwerty; and an unofficial Northside show on June 15 at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge.
The rest of the lineup for that Big Snow show has been announced and it includes Pile and Fat History Month (who just played NYC together), in addition to Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Porches., and Hive Bent. The show is being presented by Exploding In Sound Records and Gimme Tinnitus.
Speedy were also since announced for a NYC Popfest show happening on June 1 at Public Assembly with Ringo Deathstarr, Sua, and Advaeta. Advance tickets for that show are on sale now. Popfest was supposed to be on both stages at Public Assembly, but with renovations all the other bands originally booked except Ringo Deathstarr were moved to The Bell House (more on that in a Popfest-specific post coming soon). Festival passes are still accepted.
Updated dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Fat History Month - "Bad History Month" (MP3)
Fat History Month will be releasing their sophomore full length, Bad History Month, on April Fool's Day (4/1) via Sophomore Lounge and Exploding In Sound Records. The album's title track recalls the quirk of late '90s and early aughts freak folk, but rocks with the raw edge and intentional sloppiness of Slanted & Enchanted-era Pavement. You can download that one above, or stream it, along with the album art and tracklist, below. Pre-orders are available at the band's bandcamp page or the Sophomore Lounge webstore.
A list of all dates, song stream, and album art and tracklist below...
by Andrew Sacher
Boston indie rockers Pile released their newest album, Dripping, last year via Exploding In Sound Records. It's an impressive collection of wandering rock tunes led by some earnest nasally-turning-throaty vocals. If you missed it, you can stream the album its entirety and watch the video for its single, "Prom Song," below.
Pile's been playing some shows in their hometown area this month, and in February they'll head out on a short Northeast tour which hits NYC on February 23 at The Lab (224 Wyckoff Ave in Brooklyn) with Fax Holiday, Radiator King, and Beat Radio. It's an all ages show and admission is $5 at the door. After those dates end, they have a much longer tour in the works with their labelmates Fat History Month, which hits NYC on April 28 at Death by Audio.
Fat History Month will release their next album via Exploding In Sound Records this spring. They haven't revealed too much info about it, but they've got two of their demos on Exploding In Sound's 2012/2013 sampler, both of which have a '90s slacker rock thing going on. You can stream those tracks below.
A list of all dates, streams, and video below...
by Andrew Sacher
Boston punks Pile are set to release their new album, Dripping, on October 23 via Exploding In Sound. They've revealed the track, "Prom Song," from that album on their bandcamp, and we've got another, "Bump a Grape," in this post, which you can stream below. I might just have Titus Andronicus in my head because I've been listening to their album all week, but I'm definitely getting similar punk 'n' roll vibes from this new Pile track to Titus' stuff, And like Patrick Stickles, Pile frontman Rick Maguire yearns with a raw, nasally yet throaty voice.
A list of all tour dates and the song stream are below.
Merchandise at Mousetrap in Chicago, April 2012 (more by Jimmy Farabi)
You may have noticed the announcements of CMJ artists trickling out as of late (like Sub Pop's lineup), but now comes the official word from the fest on another batch of bands. Highilights include AraabMUZIK, UK acts Savages and Everything Eveything, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Cities Aviv, Ken Mode (playing with Pig Destroyer), Daughn Gibson (playing with Pissed Jeans), Local H, Slug Guts, Dune Rats, Royal Canoe, and Sleepies among many many others. A full listing of the second round of CMJ artists is below.
One of said surprises is Merchandise, who plays NYC tonight at WIERD (9/12). The show is first of THREE NYC dates for the band, who will also play 538 Johnson tomorrow (9/13) before hitting Saint Vitus on Friday (9/14, tickets).
A list of the second round of CMJ artists is below, along with updated Merchandise dates and a recent video.