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photos by Amanda Hatfield
The Menzingers / Big Eyes / Crazy & the Brains -- 4/14/15 @ Baby's All Right
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.
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...
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...
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.Read an interview at JUMP.
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.
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).
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...
Brett (right) & Darren Mabee on cable access show 'The Special'
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."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.
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.
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...
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...
photos by Drew Gurian
Dan Deacon and Future Punx @ Baby's All Right
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...
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....
photos by Ryan Muir, words by Pink Baby
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...
Photo: Hop Along @ BK Bazaar on Halloween (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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...
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...
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
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.
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...
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...
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.
UPDATE: WHITE LUNG ADDED.
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)
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+.
Bouncing Souls at House of Vans in July (more by Mimi Hong)
NJ punk heroes The Bouncing Souls already had their 25th anniversary celebration in NJ this year and now they've announced another cool thing happening there. On September 11, they'll play the long-running and very small venue Court Tavern in their hometown of New Brunswick, which they first played in 1990. It's a Red Bull Sound Select show, and opening is NJ's The Scandals (who have opened an RBSS show for The Gaslight Anthem) and Seattle's Tacocat who play NYC with Shannon & the Clams the next night. Like most RBSS shows, tickets are $3 at the door if you RSVP, and otherwise $10 at the door.
The last time the Souls may have played Court Taven was 2007 when they teamed up with fellow old Jersey punks Lifetime for a short co-headlining tour. Lifetime are still at it too, and you can catch them in NJ on October 11 with Mouthpiece, Spraynard and Lemuria.
The Fourth of July falls on a Friday this year and for those not using Independence Day Weekend to get away from the city -- or for those who will be visiting from out of town -- there's never a shortage of things to do. We've got a bunch of mostly musical suggestions for you.
If you wanna start your weekend off early, Thursday (7/3) has a few good options: The Black Lips and Night Birds will play a free show at House of Vans with "special guest" (RSVP is full); You could also go see Au Revoir Simone at MoMa Nights (free with museum entry); and Erasure/Depeche Mode's Vince Clark will be DJing with Mute Records founder Daniel Miller at Bowery Ballroom (tickets)
Macy's annual 4th of July fireworks extravaganza moves back to the East River (where they belong!) so Brooklyn can enjoy them again. Once again, they're also being broadcast on NBC that also features live performances from Lionel Richie, Enrique Iglesias, and Ariana Grande. Here are best spots to see them.
Though it looked like they might not get a permit, Coney Island will be having its own fireworks this year on the Fourth. You could make a day of it, with the Nathan's hot dog eating contest, the beach, take in a Cyclones game, ride the Cyclone rollercoaster, see some freaks, and end the night with fireworks.
There's not a whole lot in the way of shows on the 4th (with Maxwell's closing, so goes The Feelies annual shows), but there are a couple options for those in need. Brooklyn Night Bazaar will have old-timey folk band Spirit Family Reunion, with Odetta Hartman and Gunfight. That's free and you can RSVP to skip the line.
There was supposed to be a rooftop edition of Q-Tip's #OFFLINE party earlier that day at Output, but that has been canceled. In it's place Joey Anderson, GE-OLOGY, and Turtle Bugg will be DJing on the roof from 3 PM - 10 PM. It's free with RSVP bound to be a great place to watch the fireworks.
Speaking of 90s hip hop group musicians turned DJs, Questlove of the Roots has been DJing at Brooklyn Bowl for 5 years now. It's a long weekend, maybe his 11pm set on Thursday (73) is your chance to finally check 'Bowl Train' out. Head back to Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (7/5) for food, beer and the World Cup quarter finals followed by some Guns N' Roses tribute bands and, late night, LCD/Juan Maclean cohort Nancy Whang DJing.
You'd never risk being seen in a strip club, so head to the classier wine-themed music venue City Winery after the fireworks on July 4th for a special late WASABASSCO burlesque show starring Amber Ray, BooBess, Doc Wasabassco, Dolly Debutante, Medianoche, Mischief Molly, Nasty Canasta, Penny Wren, Sydni Deveraux and more. 10:45 doors, 11 PM show, $20 to get in.
There's also Lincoln Center's "Midsummer Night's Swing" which on the 4th features Puerto Rico's Willie Rosario y Su Orquesta Salsa. And if you can't mambo or otherwise, dance lessons are given before the main event. Tickets are still available.
Another option that includes two shows on the fourth and others throughout the week is Ascetic House's long Independence Day weekend in NYC. It begins with a Destruction Unit show at The Studio at Webster Hall on Thursday (tickets). Then on the fourth, D Unit's Jes Aurelius will bring his Marshstepper project to Palisades with a bunch of other experimental musicians, and late that night D Unit hits Silent Barn. The psych punk crew's shows are always intense, but this intimate Silent Barn one should get real wild (and hot). There's multiple other shows over the next few days including D Unit drummer Andrew Flores' Jock Club project at Bossa Nova Civic Club on 7/6 (free late show) and an 8 PM show at Baby's All Right on 7/7 with a band called Lucifers Stoned Disciples who don't appear to be an actual band. Any idea who it might be? (PS, D Unit's new Adult Swim Single is out now and can be streamed below.)
UPDATE: Destruction Unit's July 4 show at Silent Barn also includes Tomboy (the other band of Ali from Potty Mouth), Emily Reo, Cuddle Formation, Arm Candy, Alice and "Mute Benny" who may or may not be a band whose name rhymes with Schmutual Schmenefit. Starts at 2 PM.
Another all-day July 4 option is the big DIY show at The Ho_se with Mitski, Hello Shark, Attic Abasement, Small Wonder, Told Slant, Crying, Old Table, Pill Friends and High Pop. 3 PM start.
If you're looking to get (not too far) away for the Fourth, you can head to Montauk where Philly shoegaze rippers Nothing are among a lineup of bands playing Red Bull Sound Select's 'A Weekend In Montauk.
A closer beach option is Rockaway, where at Rippers you can see Heliotropes, Wild Yaks and Friend Roulette. Bands start at 5:30 PM, it's free and more info here.
Further into the weekend, Union Pool's Saturday afternoon series "Summer Thunder" is a good one this week (7/5) with Widowspeak and Zachary Cale. It's free, outside, with drink specials and the taco truck in the backyard (that actually serves brunch stuff), and a pretty fun way to spend your day. Later that night in UP's performance space it's Long Island punks Iron Chic with Great Thunder and more.
Another Saturday afternoon option is the ever-popular Warm Up series at MoMA PS1. The 7/5 edition features UK garage titan DJ EZ, plus Todd Edwards, Maxmillion Dunbar, Ramona Lisa (aka Chairlift's Caroline Polachek), and J-CUSH (tickets). Later that night, DJ EZ will play Output's Panther Room with Kissy Sell Out. Jamie Jones and David Berrie will be in the main room. Tickets are available now.
For an even artier Saturday, the Knockdown Center is throwing a closing reception for its Anxious Spaces installation, with performances by Dutch E Germ, Bubbles, Brian Chase (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Trabajo, VenessWolfChild, Rul de Nieves, Cloud Becomes Your Head and more. Entrance is $7-15 sliding scale.
For those who like things heavy, Saturday also offers two chances to catch Thou and The Body who are currently tourmates. There's a matinee at ABC No Rio, then a late night show at Palisades (doors at midnight).
And if neither heavy nor arty are your jam (okay maybe a little arty), the great avant-pop band Hundred Waters brings their tour to Glasslands on Saturday with Mas Ysa for their first show here since the release of their new album. You can still get tickets.
Another Saturday option that won't cost you anything is heading to Prospect Park for the ongoing Celebrate Brooklyn series which hosts a great, diverse lineup of jazz/hip hop collective The Robert Glasper Experiment who will be joined on stage by veteran rap great Talib Kweli. Percussionist/composer Glenn Kotche and Brooklyn poet Aja Monet open. Doors open at 6, music at 7.
Fourth of July Weekend is also your last chance to check out the Kara Walker exhibit at Domino Sugar Factory.
Whatever you do, enjoy your weekend! Stream that new Destruction Unit song below...
Mac DeMarco w/ Walter TV @ Northside 2014 (via @stevensedition)
The annual NXNE fest is currently underway in Toronto, ON with the music portion really happening Wednesday - Saturday (June 18 - 21) at venues all over the Canadian city. For those heading that way, here are a dozen notable events and shows.
1) BrooklynVegan has Partnered with M for Montreal and Panache once again for the Bruise Cruise which happens aboard the Queens Quay on Saturday (6/21). Mac DeMarco will host the floating festivities, with his other band, Walter TV (who just played Northside as did Mac), as well as Calvin Love, PS I Love You and The Posterz. It's free with a NXNE badge or wristband, $10 without. It boards at noon and leaves the dock at 1:15 PM, don't be late! Check out the flyer below.
2) Mio is turning a Toronto streetcar into the "Mio Squirtcar" (um, that name), a moving festival venue showcasing artists like Shannon and the Clams, Frankie Cosmos, araabMUZIK, Reggie Watts and more.
3) Vice & Vans have teamed up to create "Vice Island," a free, day-long Toronto Islands adventure on Thursday (6/19) featuring performances by big hitters like Pusha T, Future Islands, Omar Souleyman and many more.
4) If you'd rather hoof it, walking to and from shows will be even more interesting this year, thanks to NXNE commissioning street artists to transform city alleyways with new murals.
5) Red Bull brings their Sound Select series to Tattoo this week, featuring some secret headliners as well as acts like Future Islands, A$AP Ferg, Autre Ne Veut, Evian Christ and more.
6) For the young among us, NXNE is providing some free all-ages outdoor daytime shows by the lake, showcasing some up-and-comers including Jenny Omnichord, Unicorn Patrol, Lyric Dubee and more.
7) The Horseshoe Tavern has been rechristened The Budweiser Music House for NXNE with loaded bills featuring the likes of Low, Lee Harvey Osmond, Perfect Pussy, Speedy Ortiz, Swearin', The Felice Brothers and more, with a secret late night headliner on Friday (6/20) for good measure.
8) Sennheiser teams up with NXNE to present some huge shows at Massey Hall from tUnE-yArDs, Ryley Walker, Spiritualized, Rhye and more.
9) The biggest shows of the week happen outdoors at the free and naturally all-ages Yonge-Dundas Square, with sets from Danny Brown, Sleigh Bells, Swans, St. Vincent, Mac DeMarco, Spoon, Run the Jewels, Juicy J and more.
10) On Sunday (6/22), The Edward Day Gallery will play host to the all-ages DIY Label and Art Fair, were you can buy and swap records and talk to local DIY bloggers, all while eating good food and listening to sets from Greys, Young Mother, White Poppy and many more.
11) Another free option: Beach Day, Joywave and Craft Spells are playing a free all-ages GAP-sponsored show at the corner of Queen & Peter on Saturday afternoon(6/21).
12) NXNE's series of showcases at Adelaide Hall will have your dancing needs covered with sets from Fuck Buttons, Young Magic, Mas Ysa, Ryan Hemsworth, Run the Jewels and many more.
Browse NXNE's site for more.
Bruise Cruise NXNE flyer below...
Molly and the Zombies, the new folk rock band of Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon that he debuted at the Bouncing Souls holiday shows and that also features Randy Real (Scissor Sisters), Catherine Popper (Ryan Adams, Grace Potter) and Brian McGee (Plow United), will play their first NYC show on June 5 at The Bell House. It's a Red Bull Sound Select show (you may remember we co-curated a RBSS show with Brian last fall) and also features Dave Hause (of The Loved Ones) and Jared Hart (of The Scandals) (you may remember Dave Hause and The Scandals opened for The Gaslight Anthem at their RBSS show last summer).
Like most RBSS shows, admission is $3 with RSVP or $10 at the door without.
Stream a couple Molly and the Zombies tracks below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Pink Baby
Woods / Cassie Ramone / Weyes Blood / Woolen Men
It had been a while since I'd seen Woods, a few years probably. The last time, whenever that was, was when the band still had Kevin Morby and that guy who spent most of his time on all-fours messing with a cassette deck and yelling into an old pair of headphones repurposed as a mic. The Woods that played Baby's All Right last night (4/22) as part of our latest BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series was a much different creature, a more "proper" band and all the better for it.
The was the record release show for Woods' new album, With Light and Love, which is a good example of how Woods operate these days: song-focused, poppy, tight, and when they do stretch things out, there is purpose and direction (and serious chops) to the jams. The whole band is accomplished, but singer/guitars Jeremy Earl and guitarist/producer Jarvis Taveniere's interplay in the instrumental portions was seriously impressive. The band also have enough records at this point where the set pretty full of "hits." If you had prviously decided that Woods were not your thing, maybe it's time to revisit.
Portland, OR's The Woolen Men flew in special for this show and I was pretty taken by their set too, though as a big fan of last year's debut which came out on Woodsist, I was expecting to. The trio make no-nonsense, semi-sludgy, hook-filled indie rock indebted to '80s Flying Nun (The Bats, The Clean), certain strains of UK postpunk (The Fall, Wire), and Pacific Northwest foreathers (Wipers, Beat Happening). All three members write and sing -- there was some instrument switching at the end -- which keeps things interesting. Good set!
Weyes Blood, the project of former Jackie-O Motherfucker member Natalie Mering, played a short but sweet 5-song set including a cover of Harry Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'." She switched between acoustic guitar-led psychedelic folk songs and piano ballads (with the piano coming through her sampler as she just sang), and though her songs can be spacey and trippy, her voice is huge. She delivers like a trained, classic pop star and certainly captivates the crowd like someone who could be on a much bigger stage than Baby's All Right. She started her set with a warning that she was about to take it down a notch, but we'd say she did just the opposite.
A line at the door when we opened ensured that Cassie Ramone would play to a full room despite being first of four on the bill (congrats to the first 100 people there who got one of the black light ink posters). After an introduction by our host Shirley Braha (with instagram doglebrity Marnie the Dog in hand), Cassie walked on stage quietly (with just her guitar in hand). She asked the room to sit and like people did when she opened for Mac Demarco in the same venue recently, everyone standing in the floor area complied. Cassie, who also plays in The Babies, proceeded to play a solid and seated 20 minute solo set on the same Baby's All Right stage she recently played as a Vivian Girl for the last time. Her set of mostly originals included her cover of "Do You Wanna Dance." With minimal pauses, almost no stage banter, pedals to fill the silence with reverb and looping effects, and a super focused and monotone delivery, Cassie successfully put us in a lo-fi trance.
In between sets (or all night if you were in the outer portions of Baby's) BV editor Bill Pearis spun a set of psych pop. If you came we hope you had a good time. NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows happen almost every month and this year are curated by either BrooklynVegan, Afropunk, or Giant Step. The same happens in other cities, like the upcoming Mr. Little Jeans, Avid Dancer and Breakfast show in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for our next BV one which is coming in September.
Woods is about to head out on a tour with Quilt that brings them back to NYC for a show with Frankie Cosmos at Bowery Ballroom. More pictures from the Baby's show below...
We're pleased to announce the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series of shows happens April 22 at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn. Headlining the show will be Woods whose new album, With Light And With Love, is out April 14 via the band's own Woodsist label (our show will double as their record release show). You can stream the title track below.
Entrance to the show will be $3 with an RSVP or $10 at the door otherwise (no advanced tickets). First 100 people through the door will get a ticket good for one of the black light-friendly posters you see pictured at the top of the post (you collect your poster on your way out).
Also playing the show are Portland, OR's The Woolen Men who released their self-titled debut album last year via Woodsist, and who will have released a new limited 7" vplit with Eyelids via Off Records one day before the show. To quote the label:
-Following the release of The Woolen Men's self-titled LP on Woodist Records and Eyelids "Seagulls Into Submission" 7" on Off Records these bands bring their loose and frenetic approach to the proceedings. The Woolen Men scrape Mark E. Smith over the head with their version of The Fall's "Psycho Mafia" while Eyelids lovingly churn the insides out of The Clean's classic "Anything Could Happen." Comes with very special packaging: a clear blue double sided flexi in a hand stamped and numbered box with particles of information, show fliers and a download card with 2 additional unreleased songs from the bands made exclusively for this release. Only 250 copies will be available. When these are gone, they are gone!The Woolen Men will be coming out to Brooklyn from Portland especially for this show.
The show also features Weyes Blood whose new album will be out later this year via Mexican Summer, and former Vivian Girl and current member of The Babies, Cassie Ramone who will be announcing some news of her own soon too. .
This will be the fourth BV-curated RBSS show; our previous installments were the Pig Destroyer/Dysrythmia/Trenchgrinder/Mother Brain, Bouncing Souls/Brian Fallon/Aye Nako/Nude Beach and Foxygen/Amen Dunes/LODRO/Prince Rupert's Drops.
Updated Woods tour dates, including their just-announced 2014 Woodsist Festival are listed below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Thundercat at RBSS in Philly
Bass wizard Stephen Bruner, better known as Thundercat, just made a video for his songs "Evangelion" and "We'll Die," both of which appear on his 2013 LP, Apocalypse. The video was directed by B+, who designed the artwork for Apocalypse, and it can be watched (via Myspace) below.
As discussed, Thundercat plays the next Red Bull Sound Select NYC show which happens on February 19 at Le Poisson Rouge, curated by Giant Step. That show is with Tondrae Kemp, and since we last spoke, ASTR was added as well. Like most RBSS shows, admission is $3 with RSVP and $10 without. He also plays this month's RBSS show in San Francisco. Updated dates are listed, along with the flyer for the LPR show below.
Thundercat's no stranger to Red Bull shows. He took part in last year's Red Bull Music Academy in NYC, and is now being featured in What Difference Does It Make?, RBMA's documentary on the series. As mentioned, the film premieres worldwide on February 17, and you can catch a screening in NYC at Sunshine Cinema at 8 PM with Chairman Mao and others.
Thundercat also played the Little Giant Media-curated Red Bull Sound Select show in Philly this past November with Ebony Joi, STS and Son Little. We've got a belated set of pictures from that show in this post. You can check out more of those, along with the new video, LPR flyer, and list of tour dates, below...
The next NYC installment of the Red Bull Sound Select Series happens on February 19 at Le Poisson Rouge with bass wizard Thundercat headlining, curated by Giant Step. The only opener announced at the moment is Tondrae and more are TBA. Like most RBSS shows, admission is $3 with RSVP and $10 without.
It appears to be Thundercat's only upcoming show besides a few festival appearances, all of which are listed, along with a video, below...
words by Doug Moore; photos by Drew Gurian, videos by unARTigNYC & Frank Huang
Pig Destroyer @ Saint Vitus -- 1/11/13
Our latest BrooklynVegan (and Invisible Oranges)-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select went down at Saint Vitus on Saturday night (1/11) with Pig Destroyer, Dysrhythmia, Trenchgrinder and Mother Brain, hosted by Dave Hill. Steady rain in the late afternoon and early evening didn't keep Saint Vitus from filling up almost immediately, and the bands raged just as hard as we expected. From our IO writeup:
Mother Brain's new two-man format only intensifies the lean mayhem of their live delivery. Trenchgrinder have an Asphyx-esque gift for making their one-guitar death metal sound bigger than most bands with two axes can. Dysrhythmia are the most impossibly tight live metal act in New York City, which says something given the number of shred-inclined bands based here. And Pig Destroyer were Pig Destroyer, if a bit thicker and heavier for the addition of John Jarvis on bass. People go wild for that band, and for good reason. Opening with "Hymn" from the Benümb split: awesome curveball.Photos and full-set vids of every band (Dave Hill's taint-filled intros included) are in this post. Thanks to everyone who came out; hopefully you had just as much fun as we did.
NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows happen every month and this year are curated by either BrooklynVegan, Afropunk, or Giant Step. The same happens in other cities, like the upcoming Earthless, Destruction Unit, Yakuza & Running show in Chicago. Stay tuned for our next BV one which is coming in April.
More pictures, videos and another look at the El Jefe-designed poster, below (and some really big versions of the photos at the BV Facebook too)...
by Doug Moore
What are you doing on January 11, 2014? What's that? You can't plan things that far in advance? Welp, you have a plan now: Pig Destroyer, Dysrhythmia, Trenchgrinder and Mother Brain are playing a BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Saint Vitus. The very funny Dave Hill is hosting. Entrance will be $3 with an RSVP or $10 at the door otherwise (no advanced tickets). There is a 100% chance that it will be an utter shit show.
Pig Destroyer fully deserve their reputation as modern grindcore's most vital band; this show will mark their first NYC appearance with new (and first-ever!) bassist Scott Jarvis in the lineup. Dysrhythmia, who may well put on the most thrilling live show of any New York metal band, will put in a breather set (kinda, sorta, not really) between Kevin Hufnagel and Colin Marston's touring duties with Gorguts, whose Colored Sands is deservedly among the most acclaimed metal albums of 2013. Fellow locals Trenchgrinder and Mother Brain will deliver dirty death metal and maniacal grind, respectively -- both bands work hard and shred harder.
This is the first IO-curated Red Bull Sound Select show, but it's the third BV-curated one overall; our previous installments included Bouncing Souls/Brian Fallon/Aye Nako/Nude Beach and Foxygen/Amen Dunes/LODRO/Prince Rupert's Drops.
I seriously could not be more stoked about this lineup. Clear your calendars and stream music by all four bands below.
Afro-Punk is presenting a Red Bull Sound Select show with DJ Sliink, Spank Rock, Body Language, Cakes Da Killa, Pegasus Warning, MikeQ, Larry B, Unique & Mursi Layne at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 17. Admission is $3 with RSVP or $10 without.
Dusted (Brian Borcherdt of Holy Fuck's softer project) are playing Rockwood Music Hall on December 14 and Brooklyn Bowl on December 15 with Until the Ribbon Breaks after Holy Fuck opens for !!! at a sold out Webster Hall show (12/13). Tickets to the Rockwood show are on sale now, and the Brooklyn Bowl show is free with RSVP.
Alex Bleeker & The Freaks are playing Mercury Lounge on December 30. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.
The Stepkids are playing a free in-store at Rough Trade NYC on December 9 and a not-free show at Brooklyn Bowl on February 8. Tickets for the latter go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon.
Gambles is playing Mercury Lounge on February 1. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/6) at noon.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are playing NYC-area shows on April 11 and 12 at The Borgata in Atlantic City, April 24-26 at the Theater at Westbury (tickets), and July 17 and 18 at The Capitol Theatre (tix on sale 12/6 at noon).
We Are Scientists are playing Bowery Ballroom on April 18. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/6) at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.