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words by Andrew Sacher, photos by Carlo Cruz

Herbo and Bada$$
Joey Badsass concert
Joey Badsass concert

After much anticipation, well-known dj and producer Statik Selektah arrived on stage to claim the turntables. The lights dimmed and I couldn't contain my excitement as Joey Bada$$ approached us, opening up with the ever-so-popular 'Paper Trail$' (as suspected) off his 2015 album B4.DA.$$. Styled to a Snoop T, the twenty-year-old had the crowd wrapped around his finger as he spewed his poetic verses. '90s hip-hop vibes quickly took over the scene as the eery bass bled through the speakers and more and more arms waved swiftly up and down. Any moment of silence was filled with fans chanting his name. The crowd hyped him up as he took a breather and sipped on water.
[Blurred Culture]
Red Bull Sound Select's 30 Days In LA is underway, and like Grimes, last week Joey Bada$$ played one of the shows (at The Belasco Theater) with G Herbo, who up until recently was known as Lil Herb. Freddie Gibbs, who released two new songs today, was a surprise guest during Joey's set on "Carry On." More about the show in the review quoted above. Pictures from the LA show (including opener Warm Brew) continue below.

Herbo and Joey also made a song together, "Lord Knows," which just came out today as part of Red Bull Sound Select's series of collaborative singles. (The previous one was Del The Funky Homosapien with Basecamp.) Metro Boomin, who also produced the Future song that just came out, gives "Lord Knows" a haunting beat that Herbo and Joey basically go buckwild over. Listen below.

Joey's tour eventually brings him back to the NYC-area to play NJ and Long Island in December. Pictures and song below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ & G Herbo released collab track "Lord Knows", played '30 Days In LA' together (stream, pics)"

by Andrew Sacher, photos by Marv Watson & Carlo Cruz


The new Grimes album is out in three days, and we just got one more sneak peek at it. Following "Scream", "Flesh Without Blood" and "Life In The Vivid Dream" comes the album opener, "laughing and not being normal." It's short and mostly instrumental, and you can listen at Grimes' site. The album drops 11/6 via 4AD and pre-orders are up.

Her tour hits NYC tonight (11/4) at the Guggenheim's International Gala Pre-Party (tickets), 11/16 at T5 (sold out) and 11/18 at MHOW (sold out). The latter two are with Nicole Dollanganger, who plays Baby's on 11/17 with Foxes In Fiction who plays NYC with Laraaji tonight.

Earlier this week Grimes was the headliner of the first of 30 November Red Bull Sound Select events in LA. We have some pictures from that show at the Mayan. You can view more of them below...

Continue reading "Grimes streaming album intro, "laughing and not being normal", played night 1 of "30 Days in LA" (pics)"

photo: Vince Staples @ BV-RBSS @ The Shop (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Vince Staples
Red Bull

Like last year, Red Bull Sound Select is throwing 30 days of concerts in LA for the entire month of November. Artists playing include TV on the Radio, Grimes, Sylvan Esso, Joey Bada$$, Toro y Moi, Tinashe, Vince Staples, Big Sean, Kaytranada, iLoveMakonnen, Foals, Kiesza, Chromeo and more. Tickets for the whole thing are on sale now.

As you know if you read this site enough, BrooklynVegan is a Red Bull Sound Select partner. We curate/produce RBSS shows and bands in NY and NJ. Opening bands get "curated" into the RBSS program when they get asked to play their first RBSS show. Those bands then also become part of the pool of available opening bands we can "curate" on to future shows. Cakes Da Killa was curated into the program by Afropunk. BrooklynVegan's last show was on 9/4. We had Cakes Da Killa open for Against Me! in Asbury Park. Cakes also opens the next NYC RBSS show (curated by Popgun), and opens for Chromeo as part of 30 Days in LA.

Our last NYC show was with Vince Staples and Loaf Muzik in Brooklyn. Red Bull must have really liked that lineup because they booked it again as part of 30 Days in LA,.

We also had Lil Herb, who now goes by G Herbo, on that show. He's also playing 30 Days in LA, but with Joey Bada$$.

Nicole Dollanganger (photo by Susie Bell)
Nicole Dollanganger

The Grimes show will be opened by Nicole Dollanganger who is the first artist signed to Grimes' new label, Eerie Organization. The label will release her new album Natural Born Losers on October 9 and going by lead single "You're So Cool," if you like Grimes you'll probably dig Nicole too. After hearing a demo of the album, Grimes said: "It blew up my brain so hard that I literally started Eerie to fucking put it out because it's a crime against humanity for this music not to be heard."

Listen to that and check out the full '30 Days In LA' schedule (tickets HERE), below...

Continue reading "RBSS throwing 30 days of shows in LA again (TVOTR, Vince Staples, Grimes w/ Nicole Dollanganger, Tinashe & more)"

Rome Fortune

Atlanta's green-bearded rapper Rome Fortune is touring soon and playing the next Red Bull Sound Select installment in NYC. This one's curated by PopGun and also includes local rapper Cakes Da Killa and Doss. It goes down Tuesday (9/15) at Knitting Factory. Like most RBSS shows, it's $3 with RSVP or $10 without, though entry is first come first served even if you RSVP. All dates are listed below.

Cakes also played the last RBSS show in the area which was in Asbury Park and a BrooklynVegan-curated show with Against Me! and Big Eyes. Check out our review and pictures of that one HERE.

Rome Fortune's list of collaborators includes Toro y Moi (who is touring soon) and Four Tet (who also has shows coming up).

Listen to four of Rome Fortune's collaborations, with his list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Four Tet & Toro y Moi collaborator Rome Fortune touring, playing an RBSS show with Cakes Da Killa & Doss (dates)"

photos by Kenneth Bachor & Drew Gurian

Against Me! / Cakes Da Killa / Big Eyes
Against Me!
Cakes Da Killa
Big Eyes

The latest BrooklynVegan Red Bull Sound Select show happened Friday night at Asbury Park's Stone Pony (9/4). Against Me! headlined and they were awesome as always. Laura Jane Grace, new-ish drummer Atom Willard (of Rocket From the Crypt and Angels & Airwaves fame) and the whole band are seasoned professionals, so tight and barely pausing between songs. The Transgender Dysphoria Blues stuff is almost two years old now, but it still sounds fresh, and we got no lack of old favorites either. Plus, they played a cover of The Replacements' "Androgynous" which Laura Jane Grace said she wanted to do because she saw Joan Jett cover the song at that venue ten years ago. (Laura and Joan also recently covered that song together with Miley Cyrus.) The place was packed and there was hardly a moment where the majority of the crowd wasn't going insane.

Before Against Me! it was rapper Cakes Da Killa. We weren't sure how putting Cakes before Against Me! would go over, and Cakes seemed a bit worried about it too, but we shouldn't have worried. He almost stole the show. Cakes knows how to work a crowd and his humor and talent speak for themselves. The full room was cheering him and his dancers on through the whole set, and some even danced. At the end he even jumped into the crowd to finish a song. Catch Cakes again this month at Knitting Factory with Rome Fortune (another $3 RBSS show).

Opening the night was powerful punk trio Big Eyes, who (like at our April BV-RBSS shows with The Menzingers) were impossibly tight. Catch them again five times in the next month.

Against Me!

Thanks to all the bands, Red Bull, The Stone Pony, and everyone who came out. Hopefully you grabbed one of the free limited edition posters on your way out.

Some pictures of Big Eyes HERE. More pictures from the show show and AM!'s setlist, below...

Continue reading "Against Me!, Cakes Da Killa & Big Eyes played The Stone Pony (BrooklynVegan-Red Bull #SoundSelect pics & setlist)"

photos by Kenneth Bachor

Big Eyes

To quote Big Eyes, "We have some great shows coming up! Come catch us while ya can...we will be taking a couple months off from playing shows to work on a new LP after these". One of those great shows was the BrooklynVegan Red Bull show in Asbury Park with Cakes Da Killa and Against Me!. We posted a full set of pictures from that show HERE. A 2nd set of Big Eyes is in this post.

Big Eyes' other upcoming shows, all in NYC, include two with Dillinger Four and Night Birds, a free Riis Park Bazaar show with So So Glos and Nude Beach, and one of Cold Beat's shows. All dates are listed, along with the rest of the pics, below...

Continue reading "Big Eyes played w/ Against Me! (pics), playing w/ So So Glos, Nude Beach, Cold Beat, Dillinger Four & more (dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Vince Staples / Lil Herb / Loaf Muzik @ The Shop - 8/10/2015
Vince Staples
Lil Herb
Loaf Muzik

"This song is dedicated to my n--- Cornel West. He's locked up right now," said Staples, before asking the Brooklyn crowd to raise their hands in the gesture linked to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Throughout the show, Staples also alluded to recent instances of police brutality. "If you're in Brooklyn, New York tonight and you do not f-k with the police, you gotta make some motherf-king noise," Staples said. When concertgoers at the back of the venue didn't join in, he addressed the fans. "I know what's wrong with the back! Them n---s is cops!"
[Entertainment Weekly]

Long Beach rapper Vince Staples came to NYC last night (8/10) for the latest BrooklynVegan-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select at new-ish Bushwick venue The Shop. Opening was Chicago rapper Lil Herb and local group Loaf Muzik. That's an excerpt from Entertainment Weekly's review of the show above. XXL caught it too, and pointed out that Vic Mensa and Joey Bada$$ were in attendance. Pictures are in this post.

Loaf Muzik got things started around 8 PM and played for almost an hour straight, with the energy only increasing both on stage and off during their set (pretty impressive for an opener). The stage was as packed as could be with Loaf Muzik and the many friends they brought up there, and if you came to the show not knowing their music (which I think was a lot of people), you definitely left remembering their set.

Then came Lil Herb. He was less wild than Loaf Muzik and didn't have a mass of friends jumping around with him, but did have a lot of fans come out who clearly knew the words. Vibe caught his set too, and wrote: "Unlike Herb's aggressive demeanor on-wax, the Eastside Chi-Town native felt at home on stage, beaming for most of the night and saluting his fans for showing love."

It was basically as packed as The Shop could be by the time Vince Staples was ready to go on stage. The whole part of the venue in front of the stage had fans squeezed in, people were standing on tables and booths to get a better view, and the minute the lights dimmed and Vince walked out the place erupted in cheers. This was clearly going to be something different than Vince's last public Brooklyn show that happened only two months earlier. Granted, that one was opening for Run the Jewels in a huge venue, but it's pretty clear that once Vince's debut album hit at the end of June, it caught on almost immediately and last night's show was even more evidence of that. Whether he was playing off the new album or off 2014's equally excellent Hell Can Wait EP, he had the majority of the crowd dancing, waving their arms, and yelling along.

At the moment at least, a small club like The Shop seems like exactly the type of place Vince feels at home. The way he gets in his own zone when he raps is nothing for the festival circuit, and neither are his dark unconventional beats that sounded great coming out of The Shop's booming sound system. But the place was so wild for him last night that maybe it won't be long before he's headlining the size venues he'll be playing on his upcoming tour opening for A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator and Danny Brown.

Thanks to all the bands, Red Bull, The Shop, poster designer Tyler Spangler, and everyone who came out. If you were there, we hope you grabbed one of the free limited edition posters on your way out.

The next BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show is Against Me!, Cakes Da Killa and Big Eyes at Asbury Park's Stone Pony on September 4. Like the Vince Staples show was, it's $3 with RSVP or $10 without.

More pictures and videos from the Vince Staples show below...

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photo: Against Me! in McCarren Park in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Against Me!
Against Me

Against Me! will be touring Europe this August, leading up to their appearances at Reading and Leeds, and not long after returning to North America, they'll head to Chicago and Toronto for the Riot Fests in those cities. We're excited to announce that right in between that, they'll squeeze in an Asbury Park, NJ show on September 4 at The Stone Pony. That's the day their live album, 23 Live Sex Acts, comes out.

The show is a BrooklynVegan-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select. Like most RBSS shows, it's $3 with RSVP or $10 without. Even if you RSVP, entry is on a first come, first served basis. So make sure you get there early.

Opening this one is queer NYC rapper Cakes Da Killa and punk trio Big Eyes. We last asked Big Eyes to play a Sound Select show with The Menzingers, and they've also played with Against Me! before too. Doors are 7 PM. BV editor Andrew Sacher is DJing between sets. RSVP now.

This means we now have two upcoming BV-RBSS shows. There's also Vince Staples on August 10 in Brooklyn with Lil Herb and Loaf Muzik (RSVP).

In related news, Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace recently filmed a Rolling Stone session with Scottish indie pop band Spook School, who like Against Me!, are also fronted by a transgender singer. Check out that video below.

Continue reading "BV Presents: Against Me! in Asbury Park with Cakes Da Killa and Big Eyes (RSVP for $3 admission!)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Vince Staples at 50 Kent in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Vince Staples
Vince Staples
poster by Tyler Spangler

Vince Staples put out one of our favorite rap albums of the year with Summertime '06, so we're thrilled to announce that we got him to come all the way from California to headline the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select in NYC. The Brooklyn show happens August 10 at The Shop, the new-ish Bushwick venue located at 234 Starr St. RSVP for $3 admission now.

Promising Chicago rapper Lil Herb is coming to town to provide direct support for Vince, and local collective Loaf Muzik are opening the show. I'll be DJing between sets. Doors are at 7 PM.

Like most RBSS shows, admission is $3 at the door with RSVP or $10 without. No advanced sales. Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served, so get there on time to guarantee you get in!

Vince, who played FADER's 98th issue release party in Bushwick last night, recently put out the video for "Norf Norf" from Summertime '06. Watch that, with a stream of Lil Herb's December 2014 mixtape, Pistol P Project, and Loaf Muzik single "Breakdown," below...

Continue reading "BV presents: Vince Staples in Bushwick with Lil Herb and Loaf Muzik ($3 with RBSS RSVP)"

photo: Kelela at the Armory Party in March (more by Greg Cristman)

We recently mentioned that Petite Noir would be playing the next Afropunk-curated Red Bull Sound Select show in NYC on July 14 at Lot 45 (411 Troutman St). Unfortunately due to visa issues, he won't be able to make it over, but Kelela will headline in his place. Also on the bill is Young Paris, Sam Dew (who you may have just seen with TVOTR) (he just released an EP with TVOTR's Dave Sitek) and HXLT (aka the G.O.O.D. Music-signed Hollywood Holt). Like most RBSS shows, it's $3 with RSVP and $10 without.

Petite Noir is still scheduled to make it over in August for Afropunk Festival, which Kelela is also playing. His The King of Anxiety EP just made Pitchfork's Overlooked Records of 2015 list, and he'll follow it with 'La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful on September 11 via Domino.

Check out the flyer for the RBSS show, with some videos from the artists playing, below...

Continue reading "Kelela replaces Petite Noir on $3 show (RSVP open) -- with Sam Dew & HXLT (producer Hollywood Holt's new rock band)"

Young Magic

"Remixes Vol. 1" is a new compilation by Young Magic with "contributions by Teebs, Doldrums, Matthewdavid, Roland Tings, unreleased mixes by LA experimentalists The Acid, New York's Rioux and an exclusive mix from Nicholas Taylor of Gray (Basquiat's no-wave project)." The benefit album is available for purchase and free streaming at Bandcamp and below.

Young Magic and The Acid will team up again on June 16 for a Popgun-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Lot 45 in Bushwick (411 Troutman St). Like all RBSS shows, this one is just $3-with-RSVP to get in. Lord Raja, who also has a Northside show coming up with Shigeto at Knitting Factory, is also on the bill.

The Acid, a trio, were last in NYC in 2014 as part of a tour in support of their Mute-released debut album. Much more recently they played a show in LA at the El Rey with Peaking Lights, and appeared on Carson Daly. Video from the TV appearance can be watched below.

The member of The Acid with the longest resume is veteran DJ/producer Adam Freeland, who among other things, is known for his remixes, like the one he did for his now-Mute labelmates Grinderman. You can also listen to that one below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

The Menzingers / Big Eyes / Crazy & the Brains -- 4/14/15 @ Baby's All Right
The Menzingers
Big Eyes
Crazy & The Brains

Following the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with The Menzingers and Big Eyes at NJ's Court Tavern on Saturday (4/11), those same two bands played another in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right last night (4/14), also with Crazy & the Brains. We posted one set of pictures to Facebook, and another is in this post.

Crazy & the Brains kicked things off in style with their set of xylophone-driven punk. Chris Urban is a natural frontman, with his shoulder-high kicks, '70s punk-style charisma, and an on-stage attire that he seems dedicated to sticking to at every show. He's decked out in a sailor hat, a thick gold chain, and a sleeveless tee showing off anchor and heart tattoos. The image and attitude would be nothing without great tunes though, and they have plenty of those too.

Then it was Big Eyes, who were the night's hardest-hitting band and incredibly tight all around. The rhythm section plays like a hardcore band, and Kait Eldridge mixes borderline-metal guitar riffs with power pop vocal melodies, giving the band a sound that's super heavy but catchy too. There were some recognizable highlights in there (like "Being Unkind"), but Kait recently said she was writing new songs and it sounded like we got some of those too.

The Menzingers

Finally The Menzingers wrapped things up, and like in NJ, the whole place went wild with crowd surfers and constant singalongs. Just five years ago The Menzingers were playing tiny Bushwick punk spot 538 Johnson (as they mentioned before playing 'The Obituaries'), but lately they've been playing much bigger rooms. Up close and personal is the best way to see them though, so getting to see them in a small room like Baby's was a real treat, as most people who were there last night would likely agree. Just about every song got a huge response from the crowd, the band was smiling the whole time, and it felt like the set flew by. It was also co-lead singer Greg Barnett's birthday, and during the set someone brought out a cake for him and the band led the crowd in singing happy birthday.

Once again Brett Davis hosted (as Brett's uncle the college professor), and recited intentionally groan-worthy poems with dark and self-deprecating endings before introducing each band. BV's Andrew Sacher also DJ'd before and after the show and between sets. Posters were given out for free as people exited the venue.

The NYC Sound Select series of shows takes a break in May due to the many Red Bull Music Academy events happening, but they will return after that. The next BrooklynVegan installment is in August at a venue TBD. Stay tuned.

The Menzingers have more shows coming up in NJ, Kingston and elsewhere. Crazy and the Brains play Palisades in Brooklyn this Sunday (4/19). Big Eyes have a few upcoming shows too, including one with Pale Angels and one with Treasure Fleet. They're all listed under the rest of the pictures, below...

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photos by Drew Gurian

The Menzingers / Big Eyes / Cheerbleeders - 4/11/15 in New Brunswick

The Menzingers and Big Eyes played their first of two BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select shows on Saturday night (4/11). The next one is at Baby's in Brooklyn on 4/14. This one was at New Brunswick, NJ's Court Tavern. Menzingers' Philly neighbors Cheerbleeders were also on the bill.

Court Tavern is a pretty tiny place for The Menzingers, whose last headlining NYC show was the much bigger Webster Hall last year, and the show got as nuts as you'd expect it would. Pretty much 90% of the room was a constantly moving pit with moshers, pushers, crowd surfers, and almost all of them yelling along. The band seemed like they were in a great mood too, and gave us favorite after favorite like "The Obituaries," "Gates," "Casey," "Irish Goodbyes," "In Remission," and plenty more. Plus they ended their set with a cover of Rancid's "Roots Radicals" (something they've been doing a lot lately), which was as fun as their originals. Just about everyone walked out of there smiling and a sweaty mess.

Big Eyes, despite their van breaking down on the way to the show, were as tight and technically flawless as ever, and hopefully happy to be back in one of their old hoods. The three piece indie/punk rock band, now living in Brooklyn, has lived in Seattle, NYC, and New Brunswick.

Cheerbleeders, with a bit less material to work with, were the perfect opener, charming and fun (they even told jokes). Summer Rice has a great voice, and the crowd was into their varying punk rock style, Bikini Kill cover and anti-cop song included. They expressed their excitement at sharing a bill with the Menzingers, and showed their excitement for Big Eyes when at least two members were rocking out front row. At the merch table, where they encouraged people to come say hi to them, I heard them say that they're playing the next seven Saturdays in a row, starting with a free Record Store Day gig (presumably all in their hometown of Philly)

Brett Davis (as a Rutgers liberal arts professor), who recently took over Chris Gethard's time slot on public access TV, recited poems and introduced the bands. (except for Menzingers because they went on early).

BV's Andrew Sacher DJ'd a night of punk songs in the upstairs bar and downstairs between sets -- you can browse the playlist for that below.

If you missed it, or you need round 2, The Menzingers and Big Eyes do it again in Brooklyn on Tuesday (4/14) at Baby's All Right, this time with Crazy & the Brains on the bill too. Brett's hosting and Andrew's DJing again. The 18+ show is $3 with RSVP ($10 without, no advance tickets), and admission is first come, first served, even if you RSVPed. Get there early (you can get a $1 taco while you wait)!

More pictures from Court Tavern below...

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Jump Mag

Though still a pretty new band, Philapdelphia punks Cheerbleeders are already making a name for themselves in their hometown. They even made the cover of the new issue of Philly music scene mag JUMP (see above). Here's an excerpt of the cover story:

Cheerbleeders is a band offering one thing: a view of girl power through punk rock. By their abrasive and unforgiving live show, it's clear this foursome means business. The attitude embodied by lead singer Summer Rice, 23, is mesmerizing both in her shrill delivery and her naughty girl aesthetic, making it difficult to peel your eyes away.

Guitarist Caitlin Walker, 20, drives the machine from behind a curtain of flowing red hair. She strives to take the typical idea of punk rock and power chords and turn it on its head with noise reminiscent of underground hardcore and the sounds that influenced early punk, both borrowing from the past and paving her own road ahead.

Drummer Mare Lemongelli, 27, is both the human beatbox and the muscle of the band, the enforcer who protects her girls. To put it simply, she'd be the one to kick your ass when you get out of line.

And that leaves us with bassist Mike Ortiz, 40, the guardian of the bunch. An older brother of sorts, he offers both songwriting prowess and a journeyman's knowledge of playing in bands. But make no mistake, he offers no restraint to the unbridled attitude that comes with three females looking to kick ass and play punk music.

Read an interview at JUMP.

Like FADER, JUMP puts an artist on both sides of the cover. As you an see above, Cheerbleeders share the honor with Philly punk veterans Pissed Jeans who they also shared a JUMP-curated bill with on March 19. That Underground Arts show, part of Red Bull Sound Select, is what brought Cheerbleeders to our attention, and what ultimately led us to book them on our own Red Bull Sound Select show that is happening this Saturday (4/11) at Court Taven in New Brunswick, NJ. This time they'll share the bill with Big Eyes and The Menzingers, who also play the similar show we're doing three days later at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn (RSVP for NJ and Brooklyn).

#cheerbleeders tore up Connie's and Summer, the lead singer, kicked some skater ass.

A photo posted by JUMP (@jumpphilly) on

On 4/18 you can also catch Cheerbleeders at Repo Records in Philly, part of the South Street record shop's Record Store Day celebration. Girlpool, Sad Actor, Easy Creatures, Gondola, The Tough Shits, and Witch Fist are also on that bill.

Pissed Jeans play two Brooklyn shows at Baby's in May.

Flyers and videos below...

Continue reading "Cheerbleeders (playing Court Tavern Saturday with the Menzingers, Repo Records w/ Girlpool on Record Store Day)"

Brett (right) & Darren Mabee on cable access show 'The Special'
Brett Davis and Darren Mabee

When Chris Gethard left cable access for cable television (his show will debut in May via on Fusion), the guy who took over his Manhattan Neighborhood Network show was Brett Davis. You may know Davis from New Brunswick basement punk shows, from the many NYC comedy shows he appears at, or more recently from TCGS where he played Smith, a character that inspired a lot of hate mail, or you may remember him from his mid-'00s alter ego MC Steinberg (maybe you remember MC Steinberg from public access show New York Noise).

Chris Gethard & Brett Davis

Brett's public access show is called The Special: Without Brett Davis and Chris Gethard talked him up to Laughspin:

"I think the Chris Gethard Show fans will love him," Gethard tells Laughspin. "He's innovative and smart and likes to play with things in a way that I think will totally embrace the anarchy of public access and all the different ways you can connect to people while using it. I don't think his show will be like mine at all. I think it will be totally unique and reflect his sensibilities. But I really think we managed to do some innovative stuff on public access and if there's one guy in New York who I think is an innovator right now, it's Brett."

Amongst a community of peers and fans in New York, Davis is known for immersive character work on stage. Brett cites Scharpling & Wurster as a major influence, which shows in his work. The comedian has built somewhat of his own "Newbridge"-style universe in New York. The workhorse comedian runs three regular shows per month, all of which he hosts in the guise of an ever-expanding amount of characters. Usually, carefully plotted narratives play out over the course of each show. You can also expect absurd audience participation bits, choreographed but convincing on-stage violence and a smattering of other surprises. In other words, fans who loved the chaotic and unpredictable nature of the Gethard show are in good hands with Brett Davis.

Each week, Brett plays a different character (hence the "Without" part of the title) as guest host. One of the regular players on the show is Darren Mabee, who was a fixture at NYC shows in the mid-'00s and had the band We Are the Seahorses. You can watch the most recent episode, hosted by "punk guru" Craig Evanhalen, below.

You can catch Brett in action as host of both of the BrooklynVegan-presented Red Bull Sound Select shows with The Menzingers: April 11 at The Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ with Big Eyes and Cheerbleeders, then April 14 at Baby's All Right with Big Eyes, and Crazy & The Brains. Both shows are $3 at the door with RSVP, or $10 without. No advanced sales. RSVP for NJ here (21+) and NYC here (18+). Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served.

In addition to his cable access show Brett also co-hosts (with Sally Burtnick) the monthly The Macaulay Culkin Show at Shea Stadium. The April edition (4/26) will feature Seaton Smith, Phoebe Robinson, Jason Saenz, Unisex, Max Wittert, Brian Fiddyment and Edy Modica.

You can also catch Brett this weekend in NYC. Tonight (4/3) he'll be at BHQFU on Avenue A, for the "Quinceañera de Elisa" with Brian Fiddyment & Edy Modica, Becca Kauffman, Mary Houlihan & Sam Taggart, Colin Burgess and hosts Lorelei Ramirez and Ana Fabrega. On Saturday (4/4) at The Creek, he'll be appearing as part of "Underbelly" with Nick Vatterott, Maria Heinegg, Tony Zaret, Courtney Maginnis, Joseph Klein, Clark Jones, Will Winner, Amber Nelson, and host Nick Naney. He's got a bunch of other appearances lined up and all dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Brett Davis took over Chris Gethard's timeslot, hosts 'Macaulay Culkin Show', hosting BV-presented Menzingers shows & more"

The Menzingers

Philly punks The Menzingers are currently on a tour supporting Taking Back Sunday that hit NYC twice last week and which stops at the Paramount in Long Island tonight (3/24). Those are big venue shows, and the Menzingers are just an opener. Their last NYC headlining show was all the way back in May 2014 in the main room at Webster Hall in (also a pretty big show).

If you'd like to see them in the NYC-area in a much more intimate location and again as headliners, you're in luck. We're thrilled to announce that The Menzingers will headline the next two BrooklynVegan-curated installments of Red Bull Sound Select, happening April 11 at New Brunswick, NJ's Court Tavern and April 14 at Brooklyn, NY's Baby's All Right.

Both shows will be opened by killer melodic punks Big Eyes (who have new stuff coming). NJ is also with Philly rippers Cheerbleeders, and NYC is also with the xylophone-fueled Crazy & the Brains. BV's Andrew Sacher is DJing between sets, and comedian Brett Davis will host both shows.

Doors for both shows open at 7 PM, and like most RBSS shows, they're $3 at the door with RSVP, or $10 without. No advanced sales. RSVP for NJ here (21+) and NYC here (18+). Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served, so get there on time to guarantee you get in!

Check out some music from all the bands below...

Continue reading "BV Presents: The Menzingers in small NY & NJ venues with Big Eyes, Crazy & the Brains and Cheerbleeders ($3 w/ RSVP)"

photos by Drew Gurian

Dan Deacon and Future Punx @ Baby's All Right
Dan Deacon
Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon played the Popgun-curated edition of Red Bull Sound Select (RBSS) at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn on Tuesday (2/10). The packed house for the $3-with-RSVP show were also treated to opening sets by NY bands The Great Void and Future Punx (who also just opened for their friends Parquet Courts at Palisades). Pictures from the Baby's show are here.

Stay tuned for future RBSS NYC show lineup announcements. The next two NYC ones are both at Baby's too: March 10 (curated by AfroPunk) and April 14 (curated by BrooklynVegan) (we also did the January show at Baby's). Speedy Ortiz, who just released a great new track, headline one in Toronto tonight. Peaking Lights do Philadelphia on 2/19. LA gets How to Dress Well with Cherry Glazerr on 2/25.

For Dan Deacon, who already has a sold out record release show later this month at Rough Trade in the same neighborhood, the Baby's gig was a special, intimate show. Now Dan has announced even more tour dates, including a much bigger Brooklyn show happening at Warsaw on May 22nd. Tickets for that one go on sale at noon on Friday (2/13).

Check out the full list of tour dates, along with a stream of just-released Gliss Riffer track "Learning to Relax", and more pictures from the Red Bull show, below...

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As mentioned, Dan Deacon will drop his new album Gliss Riffer on February 24 via Domino and will play a sold-out release show at Rough Trade the next day. Before that, Dan will play a Red Bull Sound Select show curated by Popgun at Baby's All Right on February 10 with Future Punx and The Great Void. Like most RBSS shows, it's $3 with RSVP or $10 at the door. Show up early either way, RSVP does not guarantee entry.

The next Red Bull Sound Select show in NYC after Dan Deacon will be at Baby's on March 10 (curated by AfroPunk). Then BrooklynVegan returns for a show at Baby's on April 14 (stay turned for lineups). The last NYC RBSS show was also us, and also at Baby's.

Dan's new video for "Feel the Lightning" (note: he does ALL the vocals) can be watched with an updated list of tour dates below....

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photos by Ryan Muir, words by Pink Baby

Hop Along / Beach Slang / Ryley Walker / Aye Nako
Hop Along
Beach Slang
Ryley Walker
Aye Nako

The latest BrooklynVegan-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select happened at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right last night (1/13) with Hop Along, Beach Slang, Ryley Walker and Aye Nako.

The place was already pretty full before Aye Nako's opening set, and remained that way throughout the $3-with-RSVP show. The local punk band played a few favorites off their 2013 debut LP, Unleash Yourself, and like they've been doing lately, took the chance to preview a handful of new ones. From the sounds of a couple of those, it looks like their next record may be a bit heavier than their debut. Looking forward to finding out.

Next up was Ryley Walker, the Chicago psychedelic folk singer, who's got a new LP on the way via Dead Oceans. He flew in for this show. It was just him on acoustic guitar and vocals, accompanied by a standup bassist, and while that could seem out of place on this punk/indie rock bill, Ryley was too intense not to fit in. Rather than performing as a hushed folk singer, Ryley howled and had no trouble filling that venue with his huge voice. He and the bassist are also highly talented players and fed off each other like crazy on their extended, mesmerizing jams. Ryley will be back at Baby's soon as part of his tour with Kevin Morby.

After Ryley it was back to the rock, with the first of the two co-headliners, Beach Slang, taking the stage. It was clear that plenty of people were there for them -- this was maybe the most amount of people at once singing along and pushing around to Beach Slang we've seen yet. They gave us one new song, "Ride the Wild Haze," which sounded as awesome as all their others and will most likely appear on their debut full length, due out at some point this year. Other than that we got all eight songs from their two EPs, sounding as cathartic and downright fun as always. As of today, those EPs are also available on one cassette via Business Casual Records. Catch Beach Slang again on tour with Cursive.

Lastly, fellow Philly band Hop Along wrapped up the night, and also had the place full of people who were going nuts and yelling every word. We got the live staples from 2012's Get Disowned that we usually do like "Kids on the Boardwalk," "Young and Happy!" and "Tibetan Pop Stars," the 2013 one-off single "Sister Cities," and some new ones from their upcoming LP on Saddle Creek. The old favorites just seem to get better every time we hear them, and those new songs sound great too, which is making the anticipation for this new album pretty high. Keep your eyes out for that.

All door money went to CancerCare. Thanks to all the bands, Red Bull, Baby's, and everyone who came out to what was an epic night of music (DJ sets between bands by Andrew Sacher included). If you were one of the first 100 in, did you enjoy the free sweet potato fries? We hope you also grabbed one of the free limited edition posters on the way out.

The next two NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows will take place February 10th (curated by Popgun Presents) and March 10th (curated by Afropunk). Both are at Baby's again. After that BrooklynVegan is up again with an April 14th show at a TBD venue. No lineups for any of those shows have been announced yet.

More pictures from the show (including portraits of the bands) below...

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Hop Along
Hop Along
Photo: Hop Along @ BK Bazaar on Halloween (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Beach Slang
Photo: Beach Slang @ BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The Red Bull Sound Select series of shows is continuing into 2015, and the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment happens January 13 at Baby's All Right. The show will be co-headlined by two killer Philly bands, Hop Along and Beach Slang, and joining them will be NYC punks Aye Nako and Chicago psych-folk singer/guitarist Ryley Walker, who will be flying in for this show and playing as a duo with a bassist. We couldn't be more excited for this lineup.

Doors at 7pm. Show at 8pm, and like most RBSS shows it's $3 at the door with RSVP, or $10 without. No advanced sales, and all door money is going to be donated to CancerCare, an organization that provides"telephone, online and face-to-face counseling, support groups, education, publications and financial and co-payment assistance." Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served, so get there on time to guarantee you get in!

Check out some videos/song streams of all four bands below...

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Chuck Ragan

We recently mentioned that Hot Water Music co-frontman Chuck Ragan will be on tour this year, hitting NYC on December 6 at Rough Trade with Adam Faucett (tickets), and it's now been announced that he'll be in the NYC-area sooner.

Like his pals in Bouncing Souls did earlier this month, Chuck will headline New Brunswick, NJ's small Court Tavern on October 25 for another edition of Red Bull Sound Select in NJ. Making the bill doubly great, The Get Up Kids frontman Matt Pryor is playing too, and it will be opened by Jared Hart (his band The Scandals opened the Souls' show) and Cory Branan (who also plays Mercury Lounge on Wednesday [10/1]). Like most RBSS shows, admission is $3 with RSVP or $10 without.

A few days after that show, Chuck and the whole Hot Water Music crew will head back home to Gainesville for The Fest. His updated list of dates and Court Tavern show flyer, below...

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photos by Ryan Muir & Amanda Hatfield, videos by unARTig, words by Andrew Sacher

White Lung / Power Trip / Sick Feeling
White Lung
Power Trip
Sick Feeling

Vancouver's White Lung wrapped up their tour at Hudson, NY's Basilica Sound Scape on Saturday (9/13), but not before playing a last-minute late set at the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Palisades on Friday (well really Saturday morning) with co-headliners Power Trip and openers Sick Feeling.

After the earlier Shannon & the Clams show emptied out of the venue, doors opened for the late show around 12:30 AM and Sick Feeling went on some time after 1. The new-ish Brooklyn band features current and former members of Ink & Dagger, Trail of Dead, Trash Talk and others, and they were a great primer for the two bands to come. All they've got out at the moment are a few tracks on Soundcloud, but they've got a full length coming this fall on Geoff Rickly's Collect Records and Ethan Silverman & Chris Taylor's Terrible Records, and assuming they played a lot of that, it's a record to look forward to. It was frenetic hardcore with a fittingly wild frontman, but they stayed melodic too.

Power Trip followed with their killer take on crossover and early thrash, and while their sounds are rooted in two or three-decade old bands, they're no nostalgia trip. Their crowds go apeshit crazy pretty much every time, and the Palisades show was no exception. The whole front half of the room was a circle pit the entire set and at one point a fan jumped off the 10-ish foot high PA speaker. It was a mess (in the best way). Power Trip did it again late the next night at an even more last minute show at Acheron. Anyone catch that?

this is the dude speaker jumping
Power Trip

Finally White Lung came on around 2:50 AM to a crowd that seemed a bit smaller than Power Trip's, but still packed in pretty well considering the sun would be up in about three hours. They were on fire as always, with Mish Way failing to be anything less than a powerhouse, Kenny William's dizzying fretwork and their relentless rhythm section. Earlier that day, bassist Hether Fortune (who fronts Wax Idols) had tweeted it'd be her "last NYC appearance with White Lung for who knows how long". We hope it won't be too long, but they've left us for now on a high note.

Though their set was great, it unfortunately wasn't all high notes. There was a guy in the audience who Mish said was flipping her the bird and calling her a cunt. She responded by pulling him over and they ended up grabbing at each other while she was still on stage. She eventually pushed him off and yelled "Get the fuck out!" during the song and a few seconds later she went in the crowd, singled him out, and started throwing punches. When the song ended, Hether and another crowd member rushed him toward the back of the room where he quickly exited the venue as Mish yelled into the mic, "Get the fuck out of here! Don't you dare lay a finger on me, motherfucker! Get out of here, motherfucker! Oh man, you know what? As a woman, I have fucked enough shitty dudes, I have put my way, FUCK OFF! FUCK YOU!"

You can watch the whole upsetting thing go down in the full set video below. Full set videos of Power Trip and Sick Feeling and more pictures of all three bands are below as well.

Thanks to all the bands, Red Bull, Palisades, Alice, Ric, poster designer Jay Morris, and everyone who came out.

White Lung also just premiered a new live video filmed in LA for Urban Outfitters' 'UO Live' series today. The black and white footage is of them playing "I Believe You" off the new album. You can check that out below as well.

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As a Red Bull Sound Select program curator, BrooklynVegan gets to do cool shows every few months in NYC. Our next one is this Friday night (9/12) at Palisades in Bushwick with White Lung, Power Trip and Sick Feeling (RSVP if you haven't yet). We once did one with Bouncing Souls, who play another one at small New Brunswick bar Court Tavern this week.

RBSS present shows every month in cities all over the country including LA, but in November they'll be doing one every night in LA, each at a different venue. The LA ones aren't all free, but none are more than $15. You need to register with RBSS before you can buy tickets though, but it's a free registration (same as RSVPing). Register and buy tickets HERE. Full LA November schedule below...

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White Lung

We're excited to announce that Vancouver punk band White Lung are the special guest playing our recently announced BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show THIS FRIDAY NIGHT AT MIDNIGHT.

The show takes place at new-ish Bushwick venue Palisades (906 Broadway in Brooklyn) Friday, September 12 at MIDNIGHT (so technically 9/13) with White Lung, Texas thrashers Power Trip, and Brooklyn punks Sick Feeling (mem Ink & Dagger, Trail of Dead, Trash Talk, etc) opening.

Admission for our all ages (not 21+ as previously anouunced) show is $3 at the door if you RSVP and $10 at the door without. Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served, so get there on time to guarantee you get in!


White Lung at Saint Vitus in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)

White Lung just played Glasslands and are on tour now. They hit Basilica Sound Scape with Swans, Deafheaven and others in Hudson, NY on Saturday (9/13). Their newest album is this year's Domino-released Deep Fantasy, which we highly recommend if you haven't heard it yet. Hope to see you at the show!

Watch a video from the LP, with their updated list of dates, below...

Continue reading "White Lung added to BV-RBSS LATE show at Palisades this Friday with Power Trip & Sick Feeling (RSVP)"

White Lung
poster by Jay Morris

We're happy to announce that the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series happens at new-ish Bushwick venue Palisades (906 Broadway in Brooklyn) on Friday, September 12 at MIDNIGHT (so technically 9/13). The show will feature Texas thrashers Power Trip and a special guest co-headliner TBA next week. Opening the show are Brooklyn punks Sick Feeling, the current project of Don Devore (Ink & Dagger, Amazing Baby, etc) with bassist Danny Wood (Trail of Dead / The Rise / Shock Cinema), guitarist David Gagliardi (Trash Talk), Jesse Miller Gordon, and Alan Yuch.


Admission for our show is $3 at the door if you RSVP and $10 at the door without. Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served, so get there on time to guarantee you get in!

Power Trip at Power of the Riff East 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Power Trip

The late show happens after the Shannon & the Clams, Tacocat and Las Rosas show happening earlier Friday night at the same venue. Tacocat also open the Bouncing Souls' RBSS show at NJ's Court Tavern a day earlier.

Stay tuned to find out the third band playing this show.

UPDATE: It's White Lung. Also, the show is all ages despite the initial poster saying 21+.

Videos/streams below...

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