Entries tagged with: Priests
by Andrew Sacher
The Max Levine Ensemble, whose singer/guitarist David Combs recently retired his Spoonboy project, will release their first full length since 2008 this year, Backlash, Baby. Back in May, the DC band "exclusively streamed" the album in the jukebox of hometown venue Black Cat, and they'll give it an official release on November 20. Ahead of that though, they're releasing a series of Bond-like music videos which star Katie Alice Greer (of Priests) as the hero and Sharad Satsangi (of Ilsa) as the villain.
We've got the premiere of the video for "Sun's Early Rays," which sounds kind of like a punkier Okkervil River, with maybe a little John Darnielle in there too. As for the video, David tells us:
We made the video ourselves on a snacks and arts and crafts budget. It's meant to be the climax of a series of videos we're making for the record that follow an overarching narrative. In "sun's early rays" the villain has captured The Max Levine Ensemble and intends for us to watch as he uses his giant laser gun to flare up the sun and destroy the earth. The song is about global warming and the video is a loose metaphor for that, but also an excuse to make a 3-minute bond flick.Check it out, with the album artwork, below. Album pre-orders will be available Wednesday (10/21) at 2 PM EST via Lame-O Records and Rumbletowne Records.
photo: Priests at Knitting Factory in February (more by Chris La Putt)
Two post-punk bands, DC's political Priests and UK's Shopping, will be playing a few US shows together this November. One of those is in NYC on 11/21 at Palisades. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
Shopping also have a few CMJ shows coming up, including one with Shannon & the Clams and Sheer Mag and one with Perfect Pussy, Protomartyr and more. Shopping also have a pre-CMJ show on 10/10 at Silent Barn.
All dates are listed below...
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photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Memorial Day Weekend is this weekend and, as usual, there's no lack of things for music fans to do. Maybe you're taking the opportunity to get out of town and head to a festival. Metalheads surely know it's that time of year again for Maryland Deathfest (Neurosis, Napalm Death, Yob, Triptykon, Inter Arma, DRI, Mobb Deep, more). Those who want to dance could head to Detroit for Movement (Squarepusher, !!!, Disclosure DJ set, Method Man, Hudson Mohawke, Dog Blood, Danny Brown, DJ Snoop Dogg, more). Punks may want to hit Bled Fest (Modern Life Is War, Touche Amore, The Early November, Small Brown Bike, Pianos Become the Teeth, more) or Punk Rock Bowling (Refused, Rancid playing And Out Come the Wolves, Discharge, Sick Of It All, Murder City Devils, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Muffs, more). And indie rock fans can head to Boston Calling (Beck, Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, Sharon Van Etten, more).
A couple good New York options that are just a few hours away from NYC are electronic festival Mysteryland, which happens at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (where the original Woodstock took place) and has Diplo, Skream, Matthew Dear, Classixx, Dillon Francis, Empire of the Sun, Giraffage, iLoveMakonnen, Moon Boots and more; and there's the first free concerts of the summer at Montauk's The Surf Lodge. They have Mac DeMarco on Friday (5/22), Escort on Saturday (5/23), and Capital Cities on Sunday (5/24).
But if you'd rather stay in NYC for the weekend, there's plenty to do here as well. We've made a list of ten shows we think are worth seeing. Browse that list, along with a few honorable mentions at the end, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Screaming Females @ Knitting Factory - 2/28/15
Screaming Females already had two NY/NJ appearances coming up, and today they announced a third, as well as a summer tour with their labelmates Vacation (which does not hit NYC). There's the Bouncing Souls show at Starland Ballroom in July that they're opening (tickets), as well as the BrooklynVegan-presented Chris Gethard Show premiere party at Rough Trade NYC (5/28) with Jeff Rosenstock and more. RSVP for that was full, but we just opened some more spots (hurry!).
The day before the Chris Gethard show, Screaming Females will give a free performance and a Q&A moderated by their friend Ted Leo at Apple Store SoHo (5/27) at 8 PM. You can reserve a spot. All of their tour dates are listed below.
Ted Leo is also involved with another Q&A happening in NYC TONIGHT (5/19) at McNally Jackson, where he's interviewing Bitch Magnet/Don Cab's Jon Fine on Jon's new book YOUR BAND SUCKS: What I Saw At Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear). That starts at 6:30.
Screaming Females' newest album is this year's Rose Mountain on Don Giovanni, which they celebrated with two release shows at Knitting Factory Brooklyn in February. We already one set of pictures from those shows, and we've got a second set in this post. More of those, including shots of openers Priests (who play Brooklyn Night Bazaar this weekend), Tenement and Vacation, below...
by Bill Pearis
Royal Trux (photo by Nine Gouveia)
The Berserktown II festival is happening August 14-16 in Los Angeles and they have expanded their lineup quite a bit since we last posted, with some potentially exciting additions. First and foremost is duo Royal Trux, with Neil Michael Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema performing under the RT name for the first time in 15 years. Herrema will also play with her current concern, Black Bananas and Hagerty is part of Dan'l Boone who are also playing the fest.
Also on board for Berserktown II are another Royal: Australia's awesome Royal Headache who haven't been to the US in three years (and haven't really played a whole lot since then anywhere). Other notable Berserktown II additions include Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, Power Trip, Sheer Mag, The Ukiah Drag, Lust for Youth, Helm, Puce Mary, Vexx, Wax Idols, and The Mob (who visited from the UK earlier this year). Those join previously announced artists Dead Moon, Total Control, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests and more.
Tickets and festival passes are on sale now. Full daily lineups are listed, along with Berserktown II poster, below.
In related news, Neil Michael Hagerty will play Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on May 28 with fellow noisemakers PC Worship and long-running CT-based band Sore Eros. Tickets are on sale.
photo: Perfect Pussy at Baby's - 4/4/15 (via @bannedinjc)
Perfect Pussy wrapped up their tour over the weekend in Brooklyn with a two-night stand at Baby's All Right. The shows were presented by the band and singer Meredith Graves' new label Honor Press, and featured Sick Feeling, Meat Wave and Mannequin Pussy on night 1 (4/3); and Honor Press signees So Stressed, plus Wreck & Reference and Laced on night 2 (4/4). Perfect Pussy's Captured Tracks labelmate Mac DeMarco was in attendance on night 2, as you can see in the instagrams from the shows, below.
Perfect Pussy's next Brooklyn show is a free one, happening May 23 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. They'll be joined by a handful of other local punk bands, Big Ups, Vulture Shit, Nine of Swords and Nonsense.
That show is part of a Time Out Live-curated weekend, which includes another punk show at BKNB the day earlier (5/22) with Priests, Greys, Skating Polly and Done.
Perfect Pussy and Mac DeMarco instagrams below...
Total Control, Dead Moon, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement, Amen Dunes, Gun Outfit, Milk Music, and more will play Los Angeles festival Beserktown II from August 14 - 16. This marks the first US show for Total Control since 2013 -- main man Mikey Young is not a fan of touring -- and festival organizers are saying it's the band's only North American date of 2015. (Apparently it's their first show period since releasing Typical System.) The fest also marks a reunion of Denmark's No Hope For The Kids. Festival passes are on sale now. All announced Beserktown II acts are listed below.
Reformed Pacific Northwest punks Dead Moon will also be in NYC in June.
photos by Greg Cristman, words by Andrew Sacher
Screaming Females / Tenement / Vacation
The awesome four-band bill of Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation brought their short tour together for two shows (early and late) at Knitting Factory Brooklyn on Saturday (2/28). This all-Don Giovanni lineup also doubled as the final night of the label's Brooklyn showcases. I caught the late show, and the pictures in this post are from the early one.
Kicking off this great night was Cincinnati's Vacation. Vacation sound like their favorite Replacements album is Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash. They seem like they like SoCal skate punk as much as they like '60s garage rock, and like they probably have genuine love for the Ramones. Of course I could be wrong about all of this, but it wouldn't be so fun to try to play spot-the-influence with them if they didn't take these familiar sounds and give them such new life. Three of the four members were made up in androgynous eyeliner courtesy of Priests singer Katie Alice Greer (one of them gave Zachary Cole Smith a run for his money in the Kurt Cobain lookalike department), they bounced around that stage like rock stars, and frontman Jerri Queen had a howling delivery that's ready for way bigger venues. Vacation were the only band on the bill I was seeing for the first time, and I left the show fully sold.
Speaking of SoCal skate punk, Tenement followed with a killer set as indebted to that sound as it was to J Mascis guitar solos. They hardly said a word on stage, just banged out ripper after ripper and abruptly left without even a wave goodbye. Short, sweet, and punk as fuck.
Then came Priests, who were great and confrontational as always. Their post-punk-inspired punk is super tight -- it's held down by razor-sharp basslines, but Katie's wild performances are what push a Priests show over the edge. She growls, shouts, and sometimes even sings delicately, and everything she does is totally physical.
Finally, headliners Screaming Females wrapped up the night. The shows were release parties for their excellent new album, Rose Mountain, and we got a handful of that album's highlights. I've heard people consider Rose Mountain a tamer album for Screaming Females, which I think is only kind of true, but live the new songs definitely don't have any less power than the older ones. For me, the new album's strength lies in how great it is melodically (the title track has maybe my favorite Screaming Females chorus ever), but Marissa Paternoster, King Mike and Jarrett Dougherty are still the same crushing power trio we know and love. That was true as ever at Saturday's show, where they were loud, locked in, and a total force. Plus. no matter how many times I see it, it's never not a treat to experience Marissa's shredding solos in person.
Screaming Females' tour includes one more NYC show: Friday (3/6) at Silent Barn with labelmates Downtown Boys and locals Aye Nako. Advance tickets are sold out, but a few will be available at the door.
More pictures from Knitting Factory, with setlists from the early show from every band except Screaming Females (anyone have it?), below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Priests / Amanda X / Sports @ Baby's All Right - 2/13/15
Huge surprise shows weren't the only kinds of live music going on in NYC this past weekend. There was also Indie Pop Prom 3 at Baby's All Right on Friday (2/13), the annual Brooklyn show highlighting lady-fronted punk bands, and doubling as a birthday celebration for show curator Maria Sherman. Besides headliners Priests, the show was all relatively unknown bands -- Amanda X, Sports, Leggy and Mannequin Pussy -- but sold out nonetheless, and every band went over really well.
Mannequin Pussy were up first. They recently moved from NYC to Philly and somehow I'd never seen them here before (despite playing like once a week), but I'm glad I finally did. They have aggression on their album, but it really comes across live, and having a truly great drummer didn't hurt either. And since it was prom, they ended their set with a cover of a song that was probably played at many proms, the Berry Gordy-penned '60s hit "Do You Love Me," but gave it a noise punk-meets-Rocky Horror Picture Show style makeover.
Then came Leggy and Sports, the two Ohio bands who traveled out to NYC for the show. Both have a raw, punky approach to '90s alternative, and both were great. Sports were probably my favorite band of the evening with a three-guitar setup giving them the fullest sound of all the bands. In terms of other modern bands, they sound somewhere between Cayetana and Swearin' to me, and if you like either of those you'd probably dig Sports too. Check out their recent LP if you haven't already.
Then it was Amanda X, who are from Philly like Mannequin Pussy but have a punk/alternative thing going on more like the two bands they followed. Priests wrapped up the show with a typically abrasive and animated set, and maybe the best I've ever seen from them. Priests return to NYC for the two Screaming Females release shows later this month.
More pictures from Indie Pop Prom 3, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Don Giovanni Records showcases at Knitting Factory Brooklyn begin tonight, and here's a rundown of what they've got going on:
NIGHT 1 (February 6)
Tonight's headliners are '70s-style power pop trio Nude Beach, who put out their newest album, 77, on the label last year, followed by a new single this year (listen below). They've been playing around a lot lately (maybe you caught them at Bowery Ballroom last month), and they have two NYC shows coming up after this: Bowery Electric on 3/5 (free with RSVP) and The Bell House with White Hills in April.
Also of note tonight is The Hamiltons, a punk trio inspired by the Ramones and the film Dirty Work, who may actually be The Ergs. Listen to a couple tracks below.
Brooklyn's Mal Blum, one of the label's newer signees, has been a singer/songwriter in the local folk punk/anti-folk scene for a few years now. Maybe you've caught her with Noun, Allison Weiss, Worriers, Chris Gethard, Stephen Brodsky or at Tinderbox Fest. Her first Don Giovanni release should be out later this year, but meanwhile you can stream her 2013 album, Tempest In A Teacup, below.
Crow Bait, the Iron Chic-related alt-country/punk band who put out their solid debut LP on Don Giovanni last year, returned a few weeks ago with the Separate Stations 7" EP on Drunken Sailor Records. If you like jangly '90s alternative rock with a little twang in it, you should check this out. Listen below.
Tonight's bill is rounded out by one of NYC's longest-running DIY scene duos, Shellshag, NJ indie rockers Black Wine and host Chris Gethard. Tickets are still available.
photo: California X at DbA in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
NIGHT 2 (February 7)
Saturday's lineup is headlined by the great Amherst, MA band California X, who recently dropped their sophomore album, Nights in the Dark. The sludgy Dinosaur Jr-isms of their debut are still here, but this time they're a little overshadowed by a handful of '70s influences, pulling from that decade's hard rock, power pop, punk, and a love of twin leads. Stream the whole thing below.
Downtown Boys, another recent addition to the label, are a band you have to see live to fully experience. And if you haven't seen them, it's highly recommended. Head HERE to see what we've said about their shows in the past. They'll also be on tour with Screaming Females soon.
Nuclear Santa Claust have a new album, Je Ne Sais Claus, coming out on DG next week (2/10), and they'll have it on sale at the show too. Like their last album, lead single "Sayonara Baby" is indebted to early hardcore with a good dose of Ramones worship. Check it out below. You can catch them in NYC again at the Nate Gluck benefit with Night Birds in March.
Opening Saturday's showcase is the label's newest band Alice (who count music writer/Silent Barn booker Liz Pelly as a member). They announced their signing this week, and will release their debut album, Revenge Pop, later this year. You can listen to the reverb-ed out "Nightmare" below.
The rest of Saturday's lineup is noisy punk duo Pinkwash (mem Hume, Bleeding Rainbow), Lauren Measure's current band Worriers, NJ punks Brick Mower, and host Chris Gethard. Tickets are still available.
photo: Screaming Females @ DbA in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
NIGHT 3 (February 28 -- early and late shows)
The third and final showcase has a 6:45 and a 10:45 show, both with the same lineups. Screaming Females are headlining, and these are the record release shows for their upcoming sixth album, Rose Mountain, which a few great singles have already come out from. If you haven't heard them yet, check those out below with a recently-released live video (dir. Lance Bangs) of another new song, "It's Not Fair." Screaming Females also have many other tour dates, including Asbury Park in April.
The openers at both shows are political DC post-punks Priests, '90s-inspired melodic punks Tenement, and the garage-y Vacation. Those bands have a bunch of other dates together without Screaming Females, including a Hoboken show on 2/25. All dates are listed below.
Tenement are releasing a new rarities collection, Bruised Music Volume One, on March 10 via Grave Mistake Records, and Toxic Pop Records. You can check out the ripping "Spaghetti Midwestern" from that, below.
The early Knitting Factory show is sold out, but tickets for the late show are still available.
In other Don Giovanni news unrelated to their showcase, the label is putting out a collection from The Lookouts, the band that included Lookout! Records founder Larry Livermore, and drummer Tre Cool before he joined Green Day. The collection features guest appearances from Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong and Rancid/Operation Ivy's Tim Armstrong. Stream a track below.
Brooklyn's third annual Indie Pop Prom happens this year on February 13 at Baby's All Right. Like in past years, it's only bands featuring ladies, doubles as curator Maria Sherman's birthday party, and is really more of a punk show than an indie pop show. This year features DC's political Priests, Philly '90s-style indie rockers Amanda X, Ohio's poppy punks Sports, their indie/punk Ohio neighbors Leggy, and Philly-via-NYC punkgazers Mannequin Pussy. Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy (who headlined last year) is DJing.
Tickets are on sale now. They're $8 with prom attire (strongly encouraged) or $10 without.
Later that month, Priests tour with Screaming Females, Tenement and Vacation, including two Brooklyn shows.
Listen to all the bands playing Indie Pop Prom 3, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Screaming Females at Death by Audio in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
As previously announced, Don Giovanni Records is throwing three Brooklyn showcases at Knitting Factory in February. The final one, happening February 28, doubles as Screaming Females' release show for their upcoming sixth album, Rose Mountain, due out February 24. They'll be joined by labelmates Priests, Tenement and Vacation that night, making for a great lineup all around.
That show sold out, but now all four bands have added a late show happening the same night at Knitting Factory. Tickets for the newly-added Brooklyn show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (1/16). That same four-band lineup also plays release shows in Allston, MA and Philly in the two days prior. All dates are listed below.
Screaming Females have already put out three songs from the new album, and since we last spoke, they put out a fourth, "Criminal Image." It's yet another example of the band's shredding, badass rock. Check it out below.
by Bill Pearis
Parquet Courts and Dave
Gigs on The Late Show with David Letterman are getting harder to secure now that Dave has set his end date. But Parquet Courts managed to snag a slot last night (1/7), playing "Bodies Made Of" off last year's Sunbathing Animal. And maybe Dave also announced his post-CBS plans in the process. After the song, Dave came over and told the band, "Paul and I have talked it over, we would like to manage the band." Watch the video below.
Parquet Courts, who wrapped up 2014 with their biggest NYC show yet, will continue to tour in 2015. No NYC dates at the moment, but they will be touring the Southeast, including dates with Priests, Merchandise and Nots. Then they'll head to Australia and New Zealand. They'll also be playing Coachella. All tour dates are listed below.
Meanwhile over at The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The War on Drugs were on performing "An Ocean In Between the Waves" from last year's acclaimed Lost in the Dream. You can watch that below. TWOD are about to start a UK tour and all their tour dates, including stops at Coachella and Governors Ball, are listed below.
Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.
Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.
The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.
DG year-end lists below...
And a new Screaming Females song...
Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Like every year, NJ punk label Don Giovanni Records will be putting on a three showcases in Brooklyn in 2015. Unlike the last one, which have included two nights at MHOW and one night at the now-closed Death by Audio, all three nights this time will be at Knitting Factory. This year though, the shows won't happen consecutively. But, as always, all of these lineups are great.
NIght 1 (February 6) includes Nude Beach, Shellshag, The Hamiltons, Mal Blum, Black Wine and Crow Bait, with Chris Gethard (who's got a lot going on) hosting.
Night 2 (February 7) includes California X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers, Nuclear Santa Claust, Brick Mower and Alice, also with Chris Gethard hosting.
Night 3 (February 28) includes Screaming Females (record release show for Rose Mountain), Priests, Tenement and Vacation.
Tickets, including 2-day passes for the first two nights, go on sale Thursday (12/4).
Screaming Females also just premiered another new track, "Empty Head," from their new LP over at The FADER. Stream that, with show flyers and a few more streams from the DG showcase bands, below...
We'll have to wait until 2015 for the reunited Sleater-Kinney to give us a new album and tour, but they'll be making a non-musical appearance this week. Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss will be on this week's episode of comedian and punk lover Chris Gethard's The Chris Gethard Show. Here's what Geth has to say about it:
This week on TCGS, we are super psyched to welcome SLEATER-KINNEY to TCGS! That's right - this seminal punk/riot grrrl/generally all around bad ass band has reunited and for some reason they've decided to come hang out on the panel of your favorite public access television show. We'll be playing a game with them all night long that you can call in and be a part of... it's called ALL HANDS ON THE BAD ONE, and you don't want to miss it.Though they won't be playing, the musical guests are also pretty exciting and it's a band that likely owe some of their style to Sleater-Kinney -- Chris Gethard's Don Giovanni labelmates Priests (who played one of the last Death by Audio shows). The show tapes and airs live Wednesday (12/3) at 11 PM EST on Manhattan Neighborhood Network. If you'd like to attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, Chris will be at tonight's (12/1) edition of Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train show at Littlefield (tickets), Chumped's release show at Suburbia on 12/13 (tix at door), and Union Hall on 12/20 (tickets).
Stream Sleater-Kinney's new single and a Priests song below...
Edan and Josh of DbA on the final night (more by PSquared)
Chris Gethard wearing DbA tribute on his show this week (photo by Heidi Vanderlee)
Comedian Chris Gethard wore a homemade t-shirt, inspired by the one DbA booker Edan Wilber wore on the showspace's final night, at the taping of the most recent episode of The Chris Gethard Show which you can see above.
Bands felt like Death By Audio was a second home - indie phenoms Future Islands and wild Canadian rockers METZ both played their first ever New York shows at Death By Audio. It was the kind of place where a small fledgling band had a good chance of playing on the same bill as a much bigger, touring band. And one day, that fledgling band might just become a headliner.You tended to get just as much as you were willing to put in: if you attended or played shows there regularly, there was a good chance you'd get to know the staff there, as well as other regulars. Those were the people who made up the bulk of the crowd last Saturday night - some of them who since moved to other cities even flew across the country to be there. It's also why there were a lot of tears, hugs, and positive energy going around in the final hours.
Oliver Ackermann on stage (more by P Squared)
Impose gathered up tributes from a variety of artists, DbA employees and other people in the DIY scene, including manager/booker/soundguy Edan Wilber:
The value of what I have gotten from my experiences here are immeasurable, and leaps and bounds more valuable than any material wealth I could've gained doing something else. I have met people from all around the world just because they heard about this little room that some friend of their's said they just had to play in. It's a shame to lose something like that because it can't be manufactured. We have always run on the best of intentions and it propelled us so far for so long, none of us could've imagined it would've lasted as long as it did and stayed true to its beliefs from day one. I'm happy to go out on such a high note, the past few weeks have been mind-blowingly incredible and I have gotten to see many old friends make their pilgrimage here one last time and I look forward to a few more rad weeks before we are forced out of the only place in NYC thats ever felt like home to me.Impose also tracked down most of the DbA show flyers from their entire existence. There are also reports from the final night at The Observer, Gothamist, Stereogum, and The Village Voice.
Glasslands, which is right around the corner from DbA and will close at the end of December, offered up
tonight we bid farewell to our good friends and neighbors @DeathbyAudio, have a great last night homies! #ripdba
-- Glasslands (@glasslands) November 22, 2014
And this was Death by Audio's final word, via Twitter:
Thank you to everyone and anyone that played a show, attended a show, helped us out or supported us in any way
-- Death By Audio Shows (@DeathbyAudio) November 24, 2014
Death by Audio's final month of shows was pretty astounding, including performances by Lightning Bolt, METZ, Protomartyr, Future Islands,Thee Oh Sees (twice), Dan Deacon, Les Savy Fav, Ty Segall, A Place To Bury Strangers (twice) Future Punx/Priests, Deerhoof, Woods, Woolen Men, Screaming Females, Ted Leo, Speedy Ortiz, Dirty on Purpose, JEFF the Brotherhood (twice), White Mice, Burnt Skull, a reunited Dirty on Purpose, Pampers, Coasting, Guerrila Toss, not to mention the very cool Death by Art installation (which some people didn't like).
For those who'll be in Washington, DC next weekend, many of the in-house created, super-hard arcade games that you may have played in DbA's back room will be on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's courtyard on December 6 as part of an "indie arcade" curated by MAGFest and American University's Game Lab.
We've got all of Death by Audio's last month's shows listed, along with video from many of them, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Future Punx / Priests / Downtown Boys @ DbA 11/17/2014
Monday night (11/17) was the last show on Death by Audio's schedule that had a posted lineup, and with no "special guests" it was also probably the last one to feel like a regular night at DbA before these final, possible bananas shows begin. Which is to say, a lot of fun with a great lineup of bands. DC quartet Priests were officially the undercard of the night but felt like headliners -- it was the most packed, with the most crowd reaction of the evening -- and they certainly have the skills and stage presence to carry a show. I've seen some less-than-awesome Priests shows but they were on fire last night. Priests' sound is a danceable mix of punk, post-punk and new wave styles and they do it very well, plus singer Katie Alice Glass has the kind of magnetism that was made for fronting a band like this. A knockout set.
Priests also benefited from a great lead-in, Providence< RI's Downtown Boys who share a label (Sister Polygon/Don Giovanni), sound and ideology. Downtown Boys are definitely more politically minded and their idealism, passion and spirit was carried the day. The X-Ray Spex/Romeo Void style saxophones didn't hurt either.
Following Priests is no easy thing to do but Future Punx kept the night going with pure fun, thanks to their update of Devo/Oingo Boingo hyper-new wave. With black lights, projects and heavy fog completing the picture, it was a great way to end the night. The show doubled as a release party for their brand new EP, I'm So Inspired, which is out via Dull Tools and streamable below.
The night started with duo Pinkwash who are also on Sister Polygon/Don Giovanni and make noisy punk with some mathy/proggy bits to augment the shouting; and openers B Boys who at times sounded so much like Chairs Missing-era Wire that I thought the last song might be a cover. Pictures from the whole night are in this post.
This show followed Fiasco on Sunday, Les Savy Fav on Saturday, and a handful of other bigger shows including Parquet Courts, Deerhoof, Woods, Screaming Females, Ted Leo, Speedy Ortiz, Dirty on Purpose, JEFF the Brotherhood, venue co-founders and residents A Place to Bury Strangers, Ty Segall, and Dan Deacon. Tonight begins the last five nights at DbA, all of which are "Top Secret!" lineups.
More pictures of Future Punx/Priests/etc below...
Priests @ DbA in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
DC band Priests, who released a new EP over the summer via Don Giovanni and their own Sister Polygon, are about to start a short tour. They'll be opening shows for Dismemberment Plan, including NYC's Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (11/8, tickets), and then a run with Deerhoof (who are in NYC as we speak), before wrapping it up with a show in their hometown, once again opening for D-Plan.
Also in there is a show at Brooklyn's soon-to-close Death by Audio on November 17 with two other Sister Polygon-turned-Don Giovanni bands, Downtown Boys and Pinkwash (mems Bleeding Rainbow, Hume), plus B Boys and headliners Future Punx (who will soon be starting their own tour).
All dates, plus streams from Priests' Bodies and Control and Money and Power EP, 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...
Priests at DbA in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You've already heard the midtempo "Right Wing" from DC post-punks Priests' new album Bodies and Control and Money and Power (due out 6/3 via Don Giovanni) and since we last spoke the more abrasive "Doctor" was released. Check that out below.
Priests also recently announced a tour which kicks off in DC the day before the new record comes out and comes to NYC for two shows on release day (6/3). First they play an early show at ABC No Rio with In Circles and Pour the Pirate Sherry, and then a late show at Cake Shop with In School and Sediment Club.
All dates are listed, with the "Doctor" song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn lo-fi punk trio Arm Candy recently put out their debut album, The Right to Bear Arm Candy, with six original tracks plus a cover of "What Kind of Monster Are You" by all-female '90s Dischord trio Slant 6. If you're a fan of the band they chose to cover, you might dig this too, and you can check it out by streaming it below. It's also downloadable (name your price) at bandcamp.
Arm Candy have been playing a good deal of local shows lately (maybe you caught them with Priests and Noun or with SVPER and Palehound), and they'll continue to do so. Three of those shows are this weekend, including the previously discussed Death by Audio (4/18) stop of the Priests / Good Throb tour, which also includes Brooklyn's Household.
Then on Saturday (4/19) they play the free WBAR-B-Q at Barnard College with Inc. Ka, LVL UP and more. Later that night they'll play a midnight show at Silent Barn with Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy and multiple DJs. More info on Facebook.
Stream The Right to Bear Arm Candy below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Priests / La Misma @ DbA - 4/5/14
DC's Priests kicked off their tour with London's Good Throb in NYC at Death by Audio on Saturday (4/5) with a show that also included locals La Misma and Nuclear Spring (who share a member), and Boston's Exit Order. Pictures of all five bands are in this post.
The show got off to a solid start with Nuclear Spring's catchy punk, which was followed by Exit Order, who were probably the heaviest band on the bill. Up next were Priests, whose set was interrupted multiple times by a faulty tuner, but when they were on, they were on. The music's structured by sturdy post-punk basslines, but singer Katie Alice Greer is closer to a punk singer, switching between passionate shouts and aggressive growls, and pretty much owning the stage. (Fun fact: Parquet Courts singer Andrew Savage could be seen rocking out in the front of the crowd.)
Their tourmates Good Throb followed with a similar mix of punk and post-punk, and NYC's La Misma wrapped up the show with their powerhouse singer who sings entirely in Portuguese and had possibly the night's wildest mosh pit.
Priests' tour with Good Throb treks on and returns to Death by Audio on April 18, this time with Household and Arm Candy. Their first album for Don Giovanni, Bodies and Control and Money and Power, will be out on June 3.
More pictures below...
by Andrew Sacher
EMA at Pitchfork SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We're still about a couple of weeks away from EMA's sophomore album, The Future's Void (due out 4/8 via Matador), but she's just released another track from it, "3Jane," named after Lady 3Jane Marie-France Tessier-Ashpool from cyperpunk classic Neuromancer. It's one of the album's calmer songs, and following the industrial-leaning single "Satellites" and the grungy "So Blonde," continues to show how diverse EMA gets on this one. Check it out below.
As discussed, EMA brings her tour to NYC for shows on April 25 at Mercury Lounge and May 9 at Rough Trade, both of which are with Downtown Boys (who play with Priests on Sunday [3/30], and who were just interviewed for Fvck the Media by Priests singer Katie Alice Greer). Before that tour begins though, she'll squeeze in a smaller NYC show on April 11 at Union Pool. No word on advance tickets or openers yet. Tickets for her other NYC shows are still available.
Updated EMA dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, DC punks Priests signed to Don Giovanni for their debut LP, which they've since announced is called Bodies and Control and Money and Power and will be out on June 3. They just released the album's first single, "Right Wing." It's a lot calmer and more of a mid-tempo rocker than some of their more abrasive cuts like "Leave Me Alone," but still powerful in its own way. Check it out, along with the LP artwork and tracklist, below.
As previously discussed, Priests are touring with UK punks Good Throb this year, and hitting NYC on April 5 at Death by Audio for a stacked bill that includes Nuclear Spring, La Misma and Exit Order. Since we last spoke, that tour's been expanded and now also includes another Death by Audio show on April 18 which sees Priests and Good Throb joined by Brooklyn's Household and Arm Candy (who they've played with before).
Before that tour starts, Priests will be at the VW Dome of MoMA PS1 this Sunday (3/30) for the venue's 'Sunday Sessions.' This week's installment will be "an afternoon of discussion and music surrounding feminist punk rock with artists who embrace viceral and engaged performance underlined by socio-political critique" and also includes Olga Bell (Dirty Projectors), Allison Crutchfield & Kyle Gilbride of Swearin', and Downtown Boys. The artists will be in discussion with Pitchfork's Jenn Pelly. Tickets are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed, with the song stream, artwork and tracklist, below...