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Brooklyn's annual Gigawatts Festival returns this year with a lineup that's bigger and more impressive than ever. The fest happens July 24-26 at The Wick & The Well, and artists playing include Black Lips, Braid, Liturgy, Swearin', Beach Slang, Cheap Girls, Chumped, Anamanaguchi, Pile, Ava Luna, Cerebral Ballzy, Amanda X, Potty Mouth, Mannequin Pussy, Heaven's Gate, Honduras, Laura Stevenson, Dan Friel and still more.
Tickets go on sale Friday (5/15) at 10 AM with a pre-sale starting today (5/13) at noon. To get tickets in the presale, use the password: savetheclocktower.
Check out the full day-by-day lineups below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Juliana Hatfield Three @ Bowery Ballroom 3/1/2015
"Become What You Are" remains a solid, accurate snapshot of that brief, yet much-storied period of the 1990s when women playing dirt-smudged, yet catchy pop had a foothold on rock radio. (Hatfield pointed out early on in the evening that the trio's last show on their only tour had taken place on Feb. 28, 1994 -- almost 21 years prior.) Hatfield's guitar crunch animates songs like the menacing "Dame With A Rod" and the disaffected "Feelin' Massachusetts," but her self-aware yet vulnerable lyrics pack the real punch. "Spin The Bottle," which achieved minor radio notoriety (thanks in part to its association with the slacker rom-com "Reality Bites"), uses the titular game of romantic exploration to skewer the dating world and a shy person's place in it; on "President Garfield," Hatfield repeats the phrase "I'm sayin' somethin' really deep" so incessantly to make the listener wonder who, exactly, the song's narrator is trying to convince of that fact. - [Boston Globe]The reunited Juliana Hatfield Three played their first NYC show since the '90s at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (3/1) which was the third date of their tour which both celebrates new album Whatever, My Love and also has the band playing their classic Become What You Are in full. Hatfield and her band sounded like they picked up where they left off, and sounded great. The above review is from their Cambridge, MA homecoming show a few days earlier.
Openers for the show were Potty Mouth. Appropriate because they're also from the Boston area and clearly owe a sonic (and possibly lyrical) debt to Juliana Hatfield. Unfortunately, the snow we got on Sunday turned their drive from New Hampshire into an 11-hour ordeal that had them not getting to the club until a half-hour after their scheduled start time -- at which point they basically jumped on stage, plugged in and started playing.
More pictures of both bands, and JH3's setlist, below...
Potty Mouth (photo by Courtney Brooke Hall)
The Juliana Hatfield Three's first new album since 1993, Whatever, My Love is out now. You can order yours, and stream it in full and watch the new video for "If Only We Were Dogs" (dir. Caroline Jaecks), below.
The band's tour, which will have them playing 1993's Become What You Are in full plus other songs, begins this Thursday (2/26) in Portland and hits NYC on Sunday (3/1) at Bowery Ballroom. Since we last spoke, Potty Mouth (now a trio, new photo above) were added to the NYC show, making for a solid double bill. Tickets for that one are still available.
Updated dates are listed, with the album stream and video, below...
tUnE-yArDs at ACL 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Strand of Oaks @ Ace Hotel (5 PM)
Strand of Oaks made the switch from a somber folk singer to an upbeat folk rocker this year and it's boosted his career more than ever before. Last night the band played their biggest NYC show yet at Bowery Ballroom and tonight they hang around for a free one, part of Ace Hotel's 5 at 5 series.
tUnE-YaRds, Cibo Matto, Beep! @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
tUnE-yArDs dove further into their world of quirky, eccentric pop on this year's Nikki Nack, and Cibo Matto returned with their first album since 1999 which had them still in good form. Tonight's night 2 of their 4-night run at MHOW.
The Blow, Zambri, Cookies @ Glasslands
Tonight two bands (The Blow, Zambri) who've graced Glasslands' stage many times over the years will say goodbye to the venue which closes at the end of the month. It's the first show in a long time for Zambri.
Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, Obey City @ Best Buy Theater
This is a killer double bill with two of NYC's finest drug-rap groups, Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers. It wasn't too long ago you could catch either of those in smaller venues around the city, but tonight's co-headlining gig at the larger Irving Plaza is sold out.
Doomriders, Black Black Black, Humanless, Mammal @ Saint Vitus
Converge bassist Nate Newton's a busy guy these days. That band's touring next year, his band Old Man Gloom recently put out an album, Cavalera Conspiracy recently put out an album he played bass on, and the stoner metal band he fronts, Doomriders, are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a few shows this weekend. They're in NYC tonight.
The Randy Fuller Four, Andy Shernoff, The A-Bones, Daddy Long Legs, Miriam and Nobody's Babies, Bloodshot Bill @ Bell House
Tonitght's the Norton Records Holiday Spectacular, featuring Randy Fuller (brother of Bobby "I Fought the Law" Fuller) and the label's stable of groovy garage bands.
Richard Buckner, Jessi Robertson, Dan Abraham @ Union Hall
Long-running alt-country singer Richard Buckner may not have gotten as big as some of his Merge labelmates (you may remember one of Arcade Fire's earliest NYC shows was with him) or some of the people he's influenced (like Bon Iver), but he's consistently kept it, releasing his tenth album Surrounded last year.
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Antibalas, Charles Bradley and The Menahan Street Band @ Apollo Theater
Tonight's the second of Daptone's three-day holiday extravaganza, the "Super Soul Revue" at the iconic Harlem venue.
Philip Glass (The Etudes) @ BAM
Philip Glass' 20-years-in-the-making project is performed in full tonight with help from nine other pianists, including Nico Muhly and Timo Andres.
The Feelies @ Asbury Lanes
Hoboken indie rock legends, The Feelies opened for Yo La Tengo at Town Hall last night and decided to play another area show while they had their gear out anyway.
Single Mothers, Show Me The Body, Basic Bitches @ Baby's All Right
Single Mothers make angry, attitude filled punk that kicks right into full gear and never lets up on the aggression until they leave the stage. It may finally be getting colder out, but you're most likely leaving this one covered in sweat.
Foo Fighters @ Irving Plaza
Foo Fighters have a new stadium rock record out and their tour next year hits NYC for an actual stadium show at Citi Field. But tonight they're in town for something a tad smaller. You have to line up at the box office like the old days to get tickets. Good luck.
Lemonade, Cut Copy (Tim & Ben), JDH (DJ sets) @ Glasslands
Your chances to dance the night away at Glasslands are running out -- this is a good one, a tag team DJ event featuring members of Cut Copy and Lemonade.
Lagwagon, Swingin' Utters, This Legend @ Gramercy Theatre
Because you just can't escape '90s punk nostalgia, Fat Wreck Chords labelmates Lagwagon and Swingin' Utters both have new albums out this year and they're now celebrating them on a tour together.
Elvis Depressedly, Told Slant, Bellows, Yours Are The Only Ears @ Shea Stadium
Elvis Depressedly first began generating some buzz in the Orchid Tapes DIY scene (Alex G, RIcky Eat Acid, Foxes In Fiction, etc), and he's now made the move to larger label Run for Cover (Tigers Jaw, Pity Sex) who will put out his debut full length next year. The rest of tonight's bill is all in the family -- Told Slant, Bellows and Yours Are The Only Ears come from their own DIY community, a collective known as The Epoch, and frequently collaborate/share members.
Potty Mouth, UNiiQU3, The Guests, LADD @ Barnard College
This mutli-genre bill at Barnard College features indie/punks Potty Mouth, electronic producer UNiiQU3 and more.
The Waldos, Dogmatics, Heap @ Bowery Electric
If you're in the mood for some old school punk tonight, head to Bowery Electric where Walter Lure's band The Waldos plays. Before forming this band, Walter was a member of Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers.
Alberta Cross, Fly Golden Eagle, The Candles, Invisibleman @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar is open with a night of folk rock. It's free to get in and watch the bands, and there's plenty of not-free fun too like arcade games, shopping, good food, drinks and more.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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by Bill Pearis
Austria is not a huge country and hasn't had that many famous musicians (Mozart, Falco, Belphagor...) but that hasn't stopped Vienna's Sex Jams from pursuing their dream of making shouty-punky rock for all to hear. A cassette compilation of the group's Austrian-released music, titled Hits, will be out next month via Old Flame which will be their first US release. We've got the premiere of "Queens Club" from it in this post.
Sex Jams are in NYC as we speak, kicking off a string of dates with Baltimore duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat. Both bands, along with Honne Wells, play tonight (10/1) at Cake Shop and Death by Audio on Friday (10/3) with White Rope on that show as well.
They'll be back in NYC for CMJ, including the Old Flame showcase at Cake Shop on October 25 with Potty Mouth, Dead Stars, YAWN, Girlpool, Girl Tears and more TBA. All dates are listed, plus the track stream and other from the cassette, below...
The annual CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 21 - 25 at venues all over NYC. We've heard about a few bands who are heading here during that time (Slowdive, The Wytches, The Ocean Blue, Tom Vek and Courtney Barnett to name four) but CMJ threw an announcement party tonight (8/27) at Bowery Electric and the line-up is now out. In addition to those artists, The Kills, Bombay Bicycle Club, Protomartyr, Twin Peaks, White Fence, Shonen Knife OBN IIIs, Ultimate Painting, Yumi Zouma, and many more are amongst the 2014 CMJ performers. Badges are on sale now and the complete initial line-up is listed below...
photos by Dylan Johnson, words by Andrew Sacher
Perfect Pussy / Joanna Gruesome @ Shea - 8/26/14
The stacked Perfect Pussy / Joanna Gruesome / Potty Mouth / The Love of Everything tour kicked off last night (8/26) with a sold out show at Brooklyn's tiny Shea Stadium. It was a great show all around, and packed almost the entire time. Pictures are in this post.
The Love of Everything, aka Joan of Arc's Bobby Burg, kicked things off with a one-man-band set consisting of Bobby's voice, guitar, bass, synths, and a crude drum machine all going through a loop pedal. In a way, Love of Everything was the odd band out on the bill. It was the only one that wasn't a "band" in the traditional sense, and the only one whose songs didn't revolve around briskly strummed distorted guitars. But what he did have in common with the rest of the bill is his music came from a place of rawness and passion, rather than a traditional idea of "technique," something Bobby is undeniably a veteran of.
The energy level began to rise when Potty Mouth followed with their set of poppy punk, but really rose once Joanna Gruesome took the stage for one of the best sets I've seen of theirs yet. Joanna Gruesome are equal parts twee pop and more aggressive punk, but the energy of the latter is what wins out at their shows. All band members thrash around the stage like a hardcore band while singer Alanna McCardle stands at the mic, commanding the crowd with ease. For one song during this set, she took her mic off the stand and gave her wildest performance of the night. The rowdiness of the crowd matched that of the band, at one point causing Alanna to ask them to chill with the moshing ("that's fun for about five of you... and there's way more than five of you here").
There was a pause in the show after Joanna Gruesome, because Perfect Pussy were running late. But once they finally got there, they ran up on stage without a soundcheck and got the room going as nuts as it was for JG. Perfect Pussy's sets are short, but they pack more uninhibited aggression in 15 minutes than many rock bands can in double or triple that time. Last night was no exception, as the band went hard with minimal breaks from start to finish, and it ended with noise guy Sean Sutkus making controlled feedback minutes after the rest of the band had left the stage.
The tour continues, and splits this Friday (8/29), as Joanna Gruesome return to NYC on their own to headline a free South Street Seaport show with Big Ups, and Perfect Pussy/Potty Mouth play Asbury Park. Potty Mouth will also be back for a Cake Shop (9/3) show next week.
More pictures from Shea, below...
Perfect Pussy at Pitchfork Festival 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
We already knew Joanna Gruesome and Perfect Pussy will be touring together this month, and in the fall they'll put out a split 7" together too, via Slumberland/Captured Tracks/Fortuna Pop. The songs on the split include a cover and an original from each band, with Joanna Gruesome taking on emo/screamo veterans I Hate Myself's "...And Keep Reaching for Those Stars" and Perfect Pussy doing "Leash Called Love" by Bjork's old band The Sugarcubes. You can stream PP's take on The Sugarbabes and JG's original, "Psykick Espionage," below. The split also comes with a cartoon made by Perfect Pussy guitarist Ray McAndrew's brother Phil, who's also a MAD contributor. "The heroine in McAndrew's comic is a 'split' between Joanna Gruesome front woman Alanna McArdle and Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy, who battles misogynists, online trolls and haters everywhere." Check out a gif of the cartoon below as well.
The Joanna Gruesome/Perfect Pussy tour, which also includes Potty Mouth and the Joan of Arc-related The Love of Everything, hits NYC on August 26 at Shea Stadium. Tickets for this stacked show in a tiny venue are still available. Joanna Gruesome also play a free NYC show at South Street Seaport (8/29) three days later with Big Ups. That same day, Perfect Pussy and Potty Mouth play an Asbury Park show at Asbury Lanes.
Potty Mouth have other tour dates coming up after that, including a run with Aye Nako that brings them back to NYC on September 3 at Cake Shop. All of their dates are listed below.
In addition to the Joanna Gruesome and Speedy/Ex Hex shows, Big Ups have other local shows coming up, including one with the reunited Fiasco, Heeney and Turbosleaze at Shea Stadium on September 4; and another opening the Studio at Webster Hall (10/16) stop of Dope Body's tour (one of three NYC shows for Dope Body). Tickets for the Dope Body show are still available.
All lists of dates, and the streams from the Joanna Gruesome/Perfect Pussy split, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Joanna Gruesome at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We already knew punky UK indie pop band Joanna Gruesome were coming over to the US for LA's FYF Fest and a free Seaport Music Festival show in NYC on August 29 with Big Ups. Since we last spoke, they've expanded their tour which now also includes a much smaller NYC show happening August 26 at Shea Stadium with a STACKED lineup of Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth and the Joan of Arc-related The Love of Everything. (It wasn't long ago that Perfect Pussy sold out two shows on their own around that size.) Tickets for what should be a packed, sweaty, and all-around very fun bill, are on sale now. All dates (including others with that same lineup) are listed below.
In related news, JG guitarist Owen Williams also plays in the band Grubs who recently released a new single, "Dec. 15 / Gym Shame." If you like Joanna Gruesome or other likeminded British indie pop bands, you'll probably dig this too. You can stream both tracks below.
Richmond's Fall Line Fest is returning for its second year on September 5 & 6 across various Richmond, Virginia venues. Like last year, there's a solid, diverse lineup of artists playing including Real Estate, The Hold Steady, Death, Matthew E. White, Fairweather, Tombs, Protomartyr, Priests, Potty Mouth, Tiny Moving Parts and many others. The full lineup as it stands is listed below, and there's still a few more TBA. In addition to the music, there will also be art events and food events, like the Fall Line Brunch Fest on 9/6 at The Broadberry from 11 AM to 2 PM.
TIckets for the festival are on sale now. Individual show tickets won't be sold. Lineup below...
One of our recommended July 4 options in NYC is the semi-secret Destruction Unit show at Silent Barn happening during Ascetic House's long Independence Day Weekend. D Unit are still not billed on the event page ("Lucifers Stoned Disciples" are though) but other artists are including Massachusetts band Tomboy (the other band of Ali from Potty Mouth), Emily Reo, Emily Reo collaborator Cuddle Formation (aka Noah Klein), Arm Candy, Alice (a new band) and Mute Benny. If "Mute Benny" doesn't sound like the name of a band you're familiar with, we don't think it will be too hard to guess who it is. That show starts at 1 PM and is $10 at the door.
The Ascetic House weekend also includes Destruction Unit at The Studio at Webster Hall on Thursday (tickets), Marshtepper and others at Palisades on the Fourth (tickets), Jock Club and others at Bossa Nova Civic Club on 7/6 (free), and "Lucifers Stoned Disciples" at Baby's All Right on 7/7, among others.
Speaking of secret bands and Emily Reo, Emily plays the all-day Exploding In Sound/Impose show at Secret Project Robot on July 12 with Big Ups, Pile, Alex G, Roomrunner, secret band "Muscle Car" and many more the same day as the free 4Knots Festival at South Street Seaport with Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Speedy Ortiz and more.
Speaking of free shows on piers, the River Rocks series kicks off July 10 with Wild Beasts and Mutual Benefit.
And Alice just played with Mitski on Friday (6/27), who also plays an all-day July 4 show at The Ho_se with Hello Shark, Attic Abasement, Small Wonder, Told Slant, Crying, Old Table, Pill Friends and High Pop.
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Carter Gemerchak
Northampton rockers Blessed State are now just a week away from releasing their debut album, Head Space (due 6/24 via Safety Meeting -- pre-order), but you can finally hear the whole thing in this post. The record pulls from decades of punk and post-hardcore, sounding at times like Braid, Husker Du, Paint It Black and still more. These guys definitely sound like they've got a serious record collection, but it's not just showing off a list of influences, it rocks pretty hard too. Listen to a premiere of the whole thing below.
Blessed State will celebrate Head Space with a FREE record release show in New Haven, CT on July 9 at BAR with their Northampton neighbors Potty Mouth, Holyoke, Mass. noisemakers Neoteric, and New Haven's Oughts (not to be confused with Ought).
LP stream below...
Swearin' at Saint Vitus in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Grrrl Fest is a 6 hour benefit celebrating young women in the arts. This event will create a platform so that young women can be heard, inspired and empowered.We already mentioned that Potty Mouth's tour with Fleabite would hit NYC on June 14 at Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave), and since we last spoke it was announced that their show is actually part of the the all-day Grrrl Fest. Other good bands are playing that too, including
Crafts, Music, Dancing, Book Sale, Art Sale, Zine Sale, T-Shirt Making, African Beading, Button Making, Zine Workshop, Glitter Tattoos, Hair Braiding, Tarot Card Reading, Spoken Word.....and much, much more.
UPDATE: Though they are listed on Grrrl Fest's Facebook event and on the flyer, we're being told that Swearin' are not in fact playing the show.
UPDATE 2 (5/19): A previous version of the post said that Potty Mouth were playing Grrrl Fest and the late aftershow but it's since been cleared up that the day and night portion is all one show with Potty Mouth on last at 10:15 PM. Set times below.
Swearin' do have an upcoming tour which begins with a FREE NYC show this weekend at Brooklyn Night Bazaar (5/17) with related band Radiator Hospital, melodic local punks Aye Nako and Even Hand. All of their dates, including other shows with Potty Mouth, are listed below.
We recently mentioned that the Hopscotch Music Festival will return to various downtown Raleigh, NC venues from September 4-6, and now the initial lineup has been announced. It's looking pretty great as usual with Spoon, Mastodon, St. Vincent, Sun Kil Moon, Death, High On Fire, Jamie xx, Thurston Moore, Phosphorescent (solo), White Lung, How to Dress Well, The Haxan Cloak, Power Trip, Mutual Benefit, Deniro Farrar, Diarrhea Planet, Nik Turner's Hawkwind, SubRosa, KEN mode, Yvette, Potty Mouth, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Ryley Walker, Eagulls, Krill, Axxa/Abraxas and many more. 3-day wristbands are on sale now and single day wristbands go on sale in June. There will also be individual tickets on sale soon for the shows happening at City Plaza.
Full initial lineup below...
Potty Mouth at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Northampton indie rockers Potty Mouth have multiple tour dates coming up this spring, including legs with Waxahatchee, Swearin', Perfect Pussy, and their Mass. neighbors Fleabite. The latter will join them at their NYC show which happens at Silent Barn on June 14. All dates are listed below.
Fleabite will be supporting their new EP, Over It, which came out this week (4/15) digitally and on cassette via Puzzle Pieces Records. Their catchy noise pop should be a good fit with Potty Mouth, and you can check it out for yourself by streaming the new EP below.
Meanwhile, Potty Mouth are one of nine bands, including Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, Bent Shapes, Levek, Radiator Hospital, Field Mouse and more, contributing movie/TV show fictional band covers to Father/Daughter Records' new Record Store Day compilation, Faux Real. You can stream Potty Mouth's cover of "Take Me Away" from Freaky Friday, Sadie's cover of "Pretend to Be Nice" from Josie and the Pussycats, plus the Bent Shapes and Levek covers, below. Full tracklist below too.
Pains / Hold Steady
After Friday, which came after Thursday, which came after a night show on Wednesday, we said hello and goodbye to both of Red 7's stages one last time with our third and final BrooklynVegan SXSW day party at the 7th & Red River venue in Austin on Saturday (3/15).
Outside, despite the rain that plagued us that day, Palehound kicked things off with their noisy indie rock, and they were followed by the high-energy poppy punk of Cincinnati's Tweens. More poppy punk came from Northampton's Potty Mouth, and then came Mary Timony's (Autoclave, Helium, Wild Flag) riff-rockin' new band Ex Hex, who were one of the most fun bands of the day to watch. They were followed by Potty Mouth's Northampton neighbors Speedy Ortiz, who were great as always, and whose new stuff (like "American Horror") sounded great next to their older songs (like "Taylor Swift"). Wye Oak followed and previewed stuff from their upcoming guitar-less album (they did have their guitar on Saturday though), and the show closed with a super fun set from The Hold Steady.
The indoor stage got off to a great start with Saintseneca, who had a tight blend of Fleet Foxes/Arcade Fire-isms, then it got weird for the UK's Fat White Family, who brought filth and fury not unlike The Stooges or The Birthday Party. (They're in NYC this weekend.) Quilt kept things trippy (but cleaner) after that, and Connan Mockasin was his eccentric self too (though he admitted he was recovering from the night before where he told everyone at Swan Dive to take their clothes off). Then came the art pop of Hundred Waters, a mostly-solo set from Braid frontman Bob Nanna which included Braid songs and some Jack and Ace action with his wife Lauren LoPiccolo, sneering Detroit post-punks Protomartyr, and finally a headlining set from the new lineup of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, which is easily their most powerful and fun to watch yet.
Tweens / Ex Hex
Shiner beer was on special and we gave away free Jameson. Veri organic soda was free, plentiful and was there to help you rehydrate. We let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.
Indiegogo was there too, though due to the rain, like Marshall, they moved inside on Saturday.
Special thanks to all of our bands and partners and sponsors for making this party possible.
UPDATE: Thursday lineup announced too
After a Wednesday night official showcase at the same venue, BrooklynVegan will take over both stages of Red 7 during the hours of noon-6pm each day on Thursday (3/13), Friday (3/14) and Saturday (3/15) of SXSW Music. All three day party lineups will be announced momentarily (update: Thursday is announced), but here is Saturday!
SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014 @ RED 7 (FREE)Please RSVP, and show up early to see all the bands and to ensure you get some complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson (while supplies last).
12:45 Fat White Family
02:15 Connan Mockasin
03:00 Hundred Waters
03:45 Bob Nanna of Braid
05:05 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
01:30 Potty Mouth
02:15 Ex Hex (Mary Timony's new band)
03:05 Speedy Ortiz
04:00 Wye Oak
05:00 The Hold Steady
We'll also have Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you can pose in our photobooth and where someone will win a pair of headphones every hour on the hour!
Again, this is one of three free BrooklynVegan day parties at Red 7 this year. Please RSVP once for entry to all three. SXSW badges are also welcome and be sure to stop by the Esurance Glove Box at the Austin Convention Center or their Fuel Lounge at 6th and Trinity to pick up an Esurance Access Pass. Then follow @esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can hop the line for our party and others around Austin....
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Vivian Girls @ Baby's All Right 3/2/2014
Vivian Girls played their last two shows over the weekend in Brooklyn, saying goodbye at Death by Audio on Saturday (3/1) with Waxahatchee and Juan Wauters; and then Baby's All Right on Sunday (3/2) with Potty Mouth and Shellhag. Pictures from Baby's All Right are in this post.
Cassie Ramone, Katy Goodman, and Ali Koehler all have their own bands (The Babies, La Sera, Upset) which they have seemed more invested in than VG lately, but as one of the bands central to the Brooklyn DIY scene of the late-'00s, I really do think it was as much an End of an Era event as the closing of 285 Kent. (Whether you liked them or not. I did.) I went to the DbA show which, personally, felt like the real last show, as some of Vivian Girls earliest gigs were there and really embodies the spirit of the band. Vivian Girls hit most of their best-known songs (apart from "Where Do You Run To?" which was written by original drummer Frankie Rose), with not too much sentimental talk, though Goodman did say "I'm not going to cry" before launching into "All the Time." All three were in good moods, as was the crowd who coaxed a two-song encore out of them. But as they climbed out through the little window in DbA's stage wall, waving goodbye, it was definitely a little bittersweet. Video from DbA is in this post.
For their actual last show, Baby's All Right was decorated up with balloons (maybe leftover from Indie Pop Prom), and drummer Ali Koehler's mom was there as was former VG drummer Fiona Campbell who delivered shots to the band onstage. Ali's mom, Cassie's boyfriend, and DIY show promoter John Rambo also all came on stage at the end for a group hug. Pictures from Baby's All Right are in this post, and NYC Taper was there who'll have audio up over his way sometime soon.
Meanwhile, Pitchfork posted a feature article titled "When I'm Gone: Why Vivian Girls Mattered" today by writer Jenn Pelly:
Perhaps tellingly of that flash-in-the-pain indie pop era, when bloggers were all hungry for the next MP3 that would put them ahead of the curve, many of [Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival's] other billed groups would subsequently fail to scratch the subterranean cultural consciousness. But across three LPs--2008's Vivian Girls, 2009's Everything Goes Wrong, and 2011's Share the Joy--Vivian Girls helped to architect a scrappy Spectorian sound and spirit for this tiny musical world; with their richly harmonized love-punk, they fused the 1960s aesthetic of girl groups with fast-loud Ramones rock and the doomy Portland punk of Wipers and Dead Moon....The feature also gets quotes from Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Kip Berman, Kathleen Hanna and more. More pictures from the Vivian Girls final show -- including one of the setlist -- and a video from DbA, below...
...while it's up for debate whether Vivian Girls were the most aesthetically exemplary band of the 00s noise-pop boom, it is without question that they were its most divisive.
Vivian Girls' final LA show, 2/14/2014 (via @certainfemale)
Vivian Girls played their last-ever Los Angeles show back on Valentine's Day and the band's' final two shows are this weekend in Brooklyn, with the band saying farewell at Death by Audio on Saturday (3/1) and Baby's All Right on Sunday (3/2). Both shows have been sold out for a while but Baby's All Right announced that a few more tickets for their show with Potty Mouth and Shellshag (which is Oscar night, btw) will go on sale today (2/25) at noon.
Waxahatchee at FYF Fest 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
As discussed, Brooklyn indie trio Vivian Girls are calling it quits, but not before playing a few final shows, including two in NYC. Those shows are sure to be bittersweet, and the sweet side has just gotten even sweeter. Openers for their Brooklyn shows have been announced for both shows, and they're pretty great.
The first show, which happens at Death by Audio on March 1, will be opened by Waxahatchee (who could headline the place themselves) and Juan Wauters of The Beets. The second show, which happens at Baby's All Right on March 2, will be opened by Waxahatchee's Don Giovanni labelmates Shellshag and Northampton indie punks Potty Mouth. Both shows are sold out.
Waxahatchee also have a ton of other dates coming up, which are listed, along with music from all four openers, below...
photos by Dylan Johnson, words by Andrew Sacher
Potty Mouth / Radiator Hospital @ Glasslands - 1/6/14
Potty Mouth and Radiator Hospital kicked off their short run of shows together in Brooklyn at Glasslands last night (1/6), gracing the venue with a double dose of punky indie rock. Potty Mouth, fresh off a New Year's Eve show in NYC, headlined with a quick and enjoyable set that they split between new stuff they've been working on and choice cuts off their slacker punk debut LP, Hell Bent.
Radiator Hospital, primarily the project of Waxahatchee collaborator Sam Cook-Parrott, has played NYC solo in the past, but last night he was in full band mode (like the recent Suburbia show) with a four-piece that included Swearin' drummer Jeff Bolt and guitarist/backup vocalist Cynthia Schemmer (also of Heavy Bangs). Radiator Hospital's excellent 2013 LP, Something Wild, is something of a scrapbook of ideas ranging from scratchy pop punk to bedroom folk, but with a full band, Sam was even more consistently powerful than on record. The band delivered ripper after ripper (with only one solo song worked in), keeping the crowd bouncing the whole time and a bunch of people shouting along during "Our Song."
Waxahatchee also bring their tour with Cayetana and All Dogs to NYC on 1/21 at Mercury Lounge and 1/23 at Glasslands.
More pictures from the Potty Mouth/Radiator Hospital show (we missed openers Kissing Is A Crime) and the list of remaining dates, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Wyatt Marshall
Dev Hynes / DIIV / Potty Mouth @ Baby's All Right 12/31/2013
Attending a show might not be the worst way to spend New Year's Eve in NYC, but there's no escaping wasted revelers. The New Years Eve DIIV, Nothing, Ratking, Potty Mouth and LODRO show at Baby's All Right was packed to the brim with party people by the time DIIV took the stage to countdown to midnight (with bubbly), and subsequently delivered an hour-long set which was peppered with new material as well as a cover of Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone."
I didn't catch LORDO's set that kicked off the night, but Potty Mouth sounded good with their indie/punk jams and, as usual, Nothing was loud as hell. (Perfect Pussy were also originally supposed to play but ended up playing at Acheron instead.) It's a shame most people dipped out before Manhattan rap trio Ratking took the stage at 1AM, because those three teenagers packed a serious punch with their angry, energetic performance. The place filled back up at 2AM, though, for a surprise performance from Blood Orange's Dev Hynes who played a set exclusively made up of songs left over from his Cupid Deluxe sessions. Pictures from the whole night are in this post.
How did you spend your New Year's Eve? More pics from Baby's All Right below...
by Doug Moore
Perfect Pussy at NYU, 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We mentioned a few weeks ago that Syracuse-based noise punkers Perfect Pussy were slated to play a New Year's Eve party at Baby's All Right, along with DIIV, Nothing, Potty Mouth and Ratking. For reasons unknown (the band hasn't issued a statement), they've dropped off the Baby's bill, and instead hopped aboard the lineup for the previously mentioned NYE party at Acheron, which features No Statik, Nomad, Grudges, La Misma and Creeping Dose. Perfect Pussy took a lineup hit as part of the switch; they're billed fourth to last at the Acheron as opposed to second to last at Baby's All Right, but they arguably fit into Ach's lineup a little better.
Screaming Females at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We've been asking around for artists to tell us their favorite albums of 2013, and the people at NJ punk/indie rock label Don Giovanni Records sent over some lists from a few of their artists. At the bottom of this post, you can browse the lists from label co-founder Joe Steinhardt (also an artist on the label as Modern Hut), DC post-punks Priests, eclectic Brooklyn duo Shellshag, Amherst sludge rockers California X, Wisconsin punk rippers Tenement, Hilly Eye, Lauren Measure's new pop punk band Worriers, and Marissa Paternoster, the shredder/vocalist of Screaming Females (and also the brains behind Noun). One major trend on the lists is that the self-titled debut from Radioactivity (the new band of The Marked Men's Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan) appears more than any other album. If you haven't heard that one yet, you can stream it below.
As discussed, most of the bands mentioned will be playing the Don Giovanni showcases happening in Brooklyn on February 6 at 285 Kent and February 7 and 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for 285 Kent and MHOW (including a 2-day pass option) are still available.
Lists and streams below...
DIIV at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Dan Bracaglia)
UPDATE: Perfect Pussy dropped off this show, but the rest is intact...
More artists have now been announced and the lineup is looking pretty impressive: reverby indie rockers DIIV, heavy shoegazers Nothing, punky indie rockers Potty Mouth, and still more TBA. Maria Sherman is DJing. Tickets for the show are on sale now, and will include a coconut champagne toast and some sort of open bar (details TBA).
Stream some tracks below...