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by Andrew Sacher

photo by Cecilia Alejandra
Vanishing Life

Earlier today we mentioned that post-hardcore veteran Walter Schreifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Quicksand, Rival Schools, etc) would be playing the Iron Pier CMJ showcase (BV co-presents) with his new band The Dead Heavens, along with Self Defense Family and Dee Pockets. That's not the only new band Walter has though. He's also fronting Vanshing Life, for which he's joined by two Trail of Dead members, Jamie Miller and Autry Fulbright, and Rise Against's Zach Blair. Their debut 7", "People Running" b/w "Vanishing Life," is due out October 14 via Collect Records, the label Thursday/United Nations' Geoff Rickly runs with Texas is the Reason's Norman Brannon. Walter's produced a variety of sounds over the years, but so far Vanishing Life is sounding pretty in line with his '90s post-hardcore stuff. Hear it for yourself by streaming the a-side of the new single below.

The band are set to make their live debut on October 18 in New York with two in-stores that day: one at 2 PM at Generation Records in NYC and another at 6 PM at Looney Tunes Records in West Babylon. They'll be playing a brief set and doing a signing at each.

Song stream below...

Continue reading "Vanshing Life (Walter Schreifels + mems of Trail of Dead, Rise Against) releasing 7" on Collect Records, making live debut"

Dreamlife Avenger

Post-hardcore all-star gang Rival Schools are back with Found, the band's new LP that's out NOW via the band in multiple format incarnations. Except the album isn't exactly new, technically...

Following the release of their debut LP in 2003, and after two years of extensive touring, guitarist Ian Love parted ways from the New York post-hardcore outfit Rival Schools. Rival Schools added their longtime friend and musician Chris Taynor to the lineup, and following six months of writing and recording in various studios around New York, bits and pieces of that album leaked on the internet, often being referred to as a "lost album."
That "lost" album has been Found, and you can stream "Dreamlife Avenger," and check out a picture of the song's original lyric sheet, below.

Continue reading "Rival Schools' new album is 'Found' (stream a track)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: I Is Another - "Prayed For You" (MP3)

Jonah w/ Far at Mercury Lounge in 2009 (more by Chloe Rice)

Jonah Matranga of Far, Onelinedrawing, New End Original, Gratitude, and who also has performs under his own name, has yet another project in the works. This one is a collaboration with Ian Love (Rival Schools, Cardia, Burn) and it's called I Is Another. The duo have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for their upcoming EP. They write:

This isn't a project we're planning to put on a label or tour with or anything. It's just friends making stuff and wanting to share it with you. We'll keep in touch as we go, sending each song to you via download as we complete them. A clip from the first one that feels done is up there (thanks so much to Mel Upstart for putting the cool video clip together). Along with the downloads, depending on how much you chip in, you can get limited edition CDs, vinyl and all sorts of other stuff. As of now, we're planning on recording and releasing an EP of 6 tunes. If everyone chips in enough that we hit our goal so we can pay for everything, then for every $1800 that gets chipped in beyond that, we'll record and release another song, straight to you. We'll make as many as you want (seriously). Let's make good stuff happen!

Thanks so much,

Ian & Jonah

I Is Another have revealed one song from the project so far called "Prayed For You," that sounds like the kind of classic emo you'd expect from Jonah and Ian given their previous projects. You can download that track above, and below there's a trailer video for the EP which features a clip of the same song.

There's no live dates announced for that project but Jonah has some shows of his own coming up, including one in NYC on February 12 at the Gershwin Hotel (7 E 27th St). The show starts at 8 PM and admission is $10.

A list of all dates and video below...

Continue reading "Jonah Matranga forms new project w/ Ian of Rival Schools, playing solo shows (dates, MP3)"

by BBG

Walter of Quicksand at Union Pool (more by Redboy)
Walter Schreifels

According to trusted sources, NYC post-hardcore greats Quicksand will return to NYC to play a "free or cheap" show at the end of this summer and will NOT play the discussed Revelation Anniversary shows in NYC as previously speculated and rumored (though those shows are happening with other bands). The yet-to-be-announced NYC date will take place in the days leading up to their already confirmed appearance at FYF in Los Angeles. The band feels the need to make their return in their hometown before making the trek to LA, to ensure that they can "give back" to the city they call home.

It's probably worth noting that FYF, who are hosting Quicksand in LA, are also the presenters of the House of Vans shows in NYC, and that House of Vans still has four TBA lineups to announce (nothing is confirmed at the moment though). (The first House of Vans 2012 show happens this week with the Rapture).

Quicksand, which contains all original members (Walter Schreifels, Tom Capone, Alan Cage and Sergio Vega) has changed their band status from inactive to active after they made their return at Revelation Records' 25th anniversary spectacular on the West Coast. So far no additional plans are known, but reportedly the show went well enough that the band is considering additional dates through the end of 2012, schedule permitting.

More on this story as it develops, but I've already blocked off the month of August as "busy."

Reminder, Sergio of Quicksand is currently serving as bassist for Deftones, who'll tour this summer and play the NYC area twice.

Continue reading "Quicksand probably not playing Revelation Records party, scheduling a show somewhere else in NYC instead"

Off! @ NXNE 2011 (more by Natasha Ryan)

The most memorable thing that happened the year I visited Toronto for NXNE was Iggy Pop & The Stooges playing their big, outdoor, free, no-ticket-or-badge-required show downtown at Yonge-Dundas Square. Last year the Descendents did it. This year they've landed the Flaming Lips which should be an amazing spectacle. And:

NXNE Music has confirmed that Bad Religion, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah and Matthew Good will headline free shows at Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS) throughout the seven-day festival. The NXNE Music line-up also includes performances at YDS and in the clubs by Of Montreal, No Use For A Name, Purity Ring, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Death Grips, The Men, Bleached, Good Riddance, METZ, Ceremony, Plants & Animals, The Death Set, The Sadies & Andre Williams, Oberhofer, Reigning Sound, Action Bronson, 2:54, Yamantaka/ /Sonic Titan, The Hundred in The Hands, Rival Schools, Killer Mike, Young Magic, Hayes Carll, Friends, Hollerado, Bran Van 3000, The Black Belles, Doldrums, Odonis Odonis, Mac DeMarco, Bass Drum of Death, Porcelain Raft, Exitmusic, Violens, Grass Widow, Eight and a Half, DZ Deathrays, Jonathan Toubin, Art vs. Science, B L A C K I E, The Nils and Ivan Julian (ex-Richard Hell & The Voidoids).
Jonathan Toubin!!

This year's fest takes place at multiple venues across Toronto from June 11-17, 2012. Tickets are on sale.

Last year BrooklynVegan co-hosted a boat party with M For Montreal and Bruise Cruise.

Ian Love of EX-Rival Schools fame (more by Chris La Putt)
Rival Schools

Rival Schools will be down one pivotal member when they embark on their tour this October with Hostage Calm...

We regret to announce that our good friend Ian Love has decided to part ways with Rival Schools. He is a tremendous talent who will be missed greatly and we wish him well in his future endeavors.

Meanwhile, the rest of us will be continuing Rival Schools a pace, gearing up for our October US tour which kicks off October 14th in Philadelphia at the First Unitarian Church. We're looking forward to the new music we're working on, new recordings and the next chapter for Rival Schools.

-Walter, Sammy & Cache
No replacement at the moment. They'll play as a three-piece on this tour that hits The Bell House on October 27th. Tickets are still available. All dates are listed with some videos below...

Continue reading "Ian Love leaves Rival Schools (they'll tour as a three piece)"


Walter writes:

I was at Pukkelpop festival with Rival Schools earlier this week, still trying to make sense of it. The storm hit about twenty minutes before we were supposed to play.

Strange to say, knowing what we know now but I was having fun watching the storm, by the time it really started coming down I was safe in the backstage area. As violent as the storm was it only slightly crossed my mind that someone would get hurt.

I guess having seen that stage collapse in Indiana the week before it just seemed to weird to have another tragedy like that happen in the same week.

I was listening to Skunk Anansie's set as the hail arrived. As they were leading up a huge creshendo/finale to their set the motherload of lightning came down on the festival in perfect time. I wanted to be in the audience at that moment and not backstage, it was an awesome sound.

The storm raged on for about a half hour after that at full intensity, hale and everything. When it finally slowed down people started to show up backstage with news, at first it was cool stories of how crazy it was and how there were trees down and that it didn't look like we'd get to play.

After that we heard that a couple of people had died and then it wasn't so fun, started to feel a little guilty that it had been fun actually. The death number went up to 6 and then back to two and when I heard the next day I think it was seven.

It was a very strange beginning to the tour for us, I was happy to be safe and with my friends but I felt bad knowing how some people's lives would never be the same. Helped me to understand why insurance companies use the expression "An act of God". My heart goes out to the families of the victims.

Walter tours the US in September with the Walter Schreifels Band and then in October with Rival Schools.

Rival Schools

Just in time for an announcement of a new set of tour dates, Rival Schools have a new video in "Eyes Wide Open" from their latest LP Pedals. Check out that video, making its debut here, below.

Those new Rival Schools dates will kick off in October with fellow punks Hostage Calm, hitting Brooklyn at The Bell House on October 27th with Balance & Composure. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale. The tour ends one day later at Mexicali Live in NJ. Full schedule is below.

Those of you in Chicago for Lollapalooza (maybe you even won your tickets!) can catch the band sooner though. They play a sold-out official afterparty with the not so punk White Lies at the Double Door in Chicago on August 6th, and at the fest at 1:45 on the Playstation Stage the next day (8/7).

All tour dates and "Eyes Wide Open" are below.

Continue reading "Rival Schools --- 2011 tour dates & new video (premiere)"

by BBG

Walter Schreifels on stage with Rival Schools at Union Pool (more by Redboy)
Walter Schreifels

It's hot time, summer in the city and I'm playing a residency at my new favorite bar in Greenpoint, Saint Vitus!!!

I've been jonesing to play in Bk. and bust out some of my new material for "Jesus Is My Favorite Beatle" as well as soak up the only slightly less hot than daytime, summer nights AND for those of you who prefer the past to the future, have no fear-I'm knocking around the idea of playing side 2 of Slip, completely improvised, I will NOT practice. Also, considering side 2 of Victim in Pain...might be a game-time decision.

My point is that I'll be keeping it lively, experimental and if that doesn't work I've invited some other great artists to join me. For my debut on June 16 I am honored to have the talented Fletcher C. Johnson on board to perform in addition to the roots stylings of The Goddamn Rattlesnake

Walter Schreifels, who recently played Webster Hall in Gorilla Biscuits, will headline three Thursdays in June at new venue Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint) starting this Thursday (6/16). The other shows are 6/23 with Radar Fiction and 6/30 with Vs Antelope. All shows feature one more band TBA and are $7. Flyer is below. Keep your fingers crossed for that cover of Slip.

Rival Schools also have some dates scheduled, though the only one in the US at the moment is Lollapalooza. All of their dates are also below...

Continue reading "Walter Schreifels in residency @ Saint Vitus, Rival Schools playing Lollapalooza (dates)"

Lollapalooza last year (more by Josh Darr)

Lollapalooza celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with some huge names on its just-announced lineup. See it in full below.

The festival has obviously changed over the years. What started out as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction with a 'touring festival' lineup that included the Rollins Band, Nine Inch Nails, Butthole Surfers, and Souxsie & The Banshees, has turned into a one-weekend Chicago festival that Lady Gaga co-headlined last year. As leaked a while ago, Foo Fighters, Muse and Eminem all play this year, as will Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, and My Morning Jacket along with the reunited Cars and the continuing-to-be-reunited Big Audio Dynamite and Death From Above 1979, and a bunch of other bands which may or may not be worth the ticket price depending on how you feel about the headliners and generally seeing bands in big, hot, outdoor crowded parks (Lollapalooza happens in Chicago's Grant Park from August 5th - 7th).

Full 2011 Lineup and a couple of videos (one from 1991, one from 2010), below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2011 lineup announced"

Gorilla Biscuits at CBGB 2006 (more)
Gorilla Biscuits

Gorilla Biscuits will return from the dead to play the annual Black & Blue Bowl (previously the Superbowl of Hardcore) on May 28th at Webster Hall alongside Agnostic Front (playing a special set), Terror, Antidote, Absolution, Down to Nothing, Maximum Penalty, No Turning Back, Backtrack, Take Offense, Bottom Out, and a secret guest. Tickets will be on sale soon on PitchforkNY.com, and at places like Lotus Tattoo in Sayville (Civ's tattoo shop), NYHC tattoos (Vinnie Stigma and Jimmy Gestapo's shop), Generation Records, and maybe other spots. There will also be some tickets saved to sell at the door, though the show will sell out.

In sort of related news, Sick of It All, Snapcase, Merauder & Razorblade Handgrenade play Webster Hall on March 26th.

Meanwhile, Walter Schriefels' more current project Rival Schools are readying the release of their new LP Pedals (out 3/8 on Photo Finish/Atlantic Records). The band begins a stint of dates in Chicago tonight (3/2) that include a record release party at Santos Party House on March 8th. Tickets are still on sale.

Rival Schools are also playing a show at Court Tavern in New Brunswick on March 10th! And Sasquatch.

Want a a 180 gram vinyl copy of Pedals and a 24"x36" Pedals lithograph signed by Ian, Walter, Sam and Cache? Details on how to win all of that and a picture of it, plus two new Rival Schools videos, all tour dates and more, below...

Continue reading "Gorilla Biscuits & Agnostic Front playing B&B Ball, Rival Schools kicking off tour (win vinyl & a lithograph)"


Big names and regulars aside, there are a few bands I want to highlight on the just-announced Sasquatch lineup: Wolf Parade ("indefinite hiatus" rumors be damned), The Flaming Lips (performing "The Soft Bulletin"), Death From Above 1979 (now three reunion shows total), Guided By Voices (they're not done yet), and... Archers of Loaf (!). The full lineup of the fest that goes down in Gorge, Washington in May (Memorial Day Weekend), is below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2011 lineup announced (Archers of Loaf, Guided By Voices, Wolf Parade, DFA 1979 & "The Soft Bulletin" included)"

In what is now an annual tradition, we're playing catch up during this final week of the year. If this post seems outdated, that's because it is. Happy Holidays!

photos by Chris La Putt

Gaslight Anthem @ Radio City
Gaslight Anthem

After 2008's breakthrough album, 'The '59 Sound', The Gaslight Anthem found themselves pigeonholed as Springsteen wannabes. Sure, he's a huge inspiration and the band quoted a few of The Boss' lyrics on that record, but they're equally as infl uenced by punk and soul - previous lyrical citations include Sam Cooke, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and The Clash. Still, with this year's sublime third eff ort, 'American Slang', the band decided it was time to move away from all of that. "There are no quotes on this record," explains singer Brian Fallon. "This is our record. It's not Bruce's record, it's not Bob Dylan's record. It's ours, the record we made on our own." [Clash Music]
The Gaslight Anthem, who are playing Bamboozle in 2011, headlined Radio City Music Hall on 9/30. Rival Schools, who have a set of 2011 dates coming up, opened the show. A set of pictures from the show are in this post. They continue, with Rival Schools' new video for "Shot after Shot", and Gaslight's setlist, below...

Continue reading "The Gaslight Anthem & Rival Schools played Radio City Music Hall (pics & setlist)"

Glassjaw pics by Nikki Sneakers, Rival School pics by Chris La Putt, words by BBG


Rival Schools have announced their new LP, Pedals, due on March 8th via Photo Finish/Atlantic. The release will be celebrated that day at Santos Party House as part of a short stint of tour dates for the band. Ticket info is forthcoming. Dates are below.

Pedals is currently up for pre-order at the band's site in various different incarnations (Rival Schools shoes? wow). The band also has a new video from the LP, for "Shot After Shot", which you can watch below.

Meanwhile, Sammy Siegler's old band Glassjaw were the secret guest headliner at Knitting Factory on Sunday (12/12) for the Sons Modern Holiday Party which also featured Unearthly Trance and Ultrageist. Much like they did last year at Maxwell's, Glassjaw's appearance was unannounced as they have a second upcoming show in the near future, January 1st at the sold-out Best Buy Theater. Pictures from the Brooklyn show are in this post.

Glassjaw/Thursday/Acid Tiger member side-project United Nations doesn't have any dates coming up, but both Acid Tiger and Thursday have some.

I Hate Our Freedom is another now-active Thursday side-project. Or to be more specific, they are Joseph Grillo (GARRISON, GOD FIRES MAN) Justin Scurti (MILHOUSE), Scott Winegard (TEXAS IS THE REASON, HOUSE & PARISH) and Tucker Rule (THURSDAY). I Hate Our Freedom plays Maxwell's on Thursday, 12/16 with Something About Death Or Dying who are "a new hardcore band featuring The Gaslight Anthem guitarist Alex Rosamilia."

Tucker Rule has also been playing drums in Murphy's Law lately. Maybe you'll see him behind the kit when Murphy's Law plays Trash Bar on New Years Eve with THE KRAYS, YUPPICIDE, SETBACK, CAUGHT IN A TRAP, and RUNNY.

Rival Schools' last NYC show was opening for Gaslight Anthem at Radio City Music Hall. A set of pictures from their set at that show is in this post too.

More Glassjaw pictures from Knitting Factory (sorry, none of Unearthly Trance or Ultrageist) and all Rival Schools tour dates, pictures and videos, below.

Continue reading "Rival Schools tour dates, Glassjaw secret show pics, new side projects & a Murphy's Law show on New Years Eve"

Walter with Rival Schools at Union Pool (more by Redboy)
Generation Records

Unfortunately, Walter Schriefels has (again) cancelled his appearance at Generation Records scheduled for today, 9/29, with Fake Problems. Let Me Run will pick up the slack though. The free, all-ages show starts at 7 pm

That said, both Fake Problems AND Walter Schriefels (with his band Rival Schools) will be on stage at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday (9/30). Both bands are opening for The Gaslight Anthem on their current tour, that NYC show included. Tickets are still available, and you can try your luck at winning one of two pairs! Details on how, and all Gaslight Anthem tour dates, which span Europe and Australia, are below.

Continue reading "Walter Schreifels cancels in-store, but still opening for Gaslight Anthem @ Radio City Music Hall (WIN TIX)"

by BBG

Torche at The Charleston in May (more by Samantha Marble)

Torche will play their new LP, Songs for Singles, in it's entirety at an all ages in-store (in-basement) show at Generation Records on 10/25 at 5:30PM. That's one day after the band plays Webster Hall with High On Fire and Kylesa (tickets). Songs For Singles is out NOW via Hydra Head. Cop it. All dates below.

That in-store doesn't happen for over a month. Much sooner: a performance is going down at the store on Wednesday (9/29) with Fake Problems and Walter Schriefels (solo). The show is also all ages, and starts at 7PM.

Walter was supposed to play Generation Records in April, but the show was cancelled due to volcano. Walter's band Rival Schools, who recently opened for Weezer at Williamsburg Waterfront, is going out on tour with Gaslight Anthem next. Those dates include the September 30th show happening at Radio City Music Hall.

All Rival Schools and Torche dates below...

Continue reading "Torche playing a full LP @ in a NYC in-store, Schreifels playing the store too, Rival Schools touring w/ the Gaslight Anthem"

words & photos by Kurt Christensen


With the last few albums possibly alienating longtime Weezer fans, Rivers Cuomo and company certainly set to make things right with their show at Williamsburg Waterfront Friday night. Rivers was firing on all cylinders as they powered through a set with a wide mix from their catalog, and leaned heavily on the Blue Album, which was welcomed by the packed crowd. However, the only song from Pinkerton was El Scorcho.

Openers AWOLnation started the show around 6:30, with much of the crowd not there yet. (There was some confusion to show start time, since the ticketmaster site said 5:30 doors, but the Weezer website said 7:00). They were followed by Rival Schools. Walter Schreifels, sporting aviator glasses, led the band through several new unreleased songs, and several songs from United By Fate. The newer material definitely had more of a power pop edge to it than the older material.

After Rival Schools, the crowd waited impatiently for Weezer, with the front throwing up W's to the photographers in the pit. After an introduction by Matt Pinfield, Weezer hit the stage playing a brief intro into Hash Pipe. Rivers was all over the place, running around in a Thierry Henry, New York Red Bulls Jersey. He climbed out on the speakers during troublemaker, jumping into the crowd and hugging fans while he sang. A little bit later in the set, Rivers ran to the other side of the stage, and into the beer garden. There he sang in the crowd, and returned to the stage with an emergency exit sign on a pole.

During the encore, they played a medley of Kids by MGMT, followed by Poker Face, during which Rivers donned a long blond wig. The show was closed with Buddy Holly.

The overall sound was good, but not nearly as impressive as the sound during Faith No More's shows two weeks earlier. FNM had a noticeably larger speaker array, and it made a huge difference in projecting sound over the large open space. Regardless, the sound was still very good, and the audience was really into it.

More pictures and the setlist below...

Continue reading "Weezer, Rival Schools & Awolnation played Williamsburg Waterfront (pics & setlist)"

Rival Schools @ Mercury Lounge in 2008 (more by Kurt Christensen)
Rival Schools

IRR: You have stated that a new Rival Schools record will be released in the next few months. Is it the same lineup or are there some new members?
Walter Schreifels: They'll be a new Rival Schools record in October. I believe there will be a reissue of Slip (on vinyl) in the fall. Rival Schools is all the same members.

IRR: How does the record sound so far and how is it different from the last few Rival Schools records that were released?
WS: I'll just answer for Rival Schools when I say that it's a very comfortable progression. I think we managed to take chances moving forward and hold on to the integrity of our first release.

There are two shows happening at Williamsburg Waterfront this weekend. The free Pool Party ends the weekend on Sunday, and the weekend begins Friday night with Weezer, Rival Schools (whose member Ian Love I saw at the Faith No More show at the same venue), and Awolnation. Tickets for the Weezer show are still on sale, and I have a few pairs to give away (details below).

Rival Schools have one other show coming up, also with Weezer, and it happens to be tonight, 7/15, at Foxwoods Resort Casino in CT. All Weezer dates and the contest details below...

Continue reading "Rival Schools releasing a new record in October, opening for Weezer at Foxwoods & in Brooklyn (win tix) "

photos by Redboy

Rival Schools

Walter Schreifels made it out of Russia in time for the Rival Schools show at Union Pool on Friday night. Check out the setlist at the end of the pictures that continue below...

Continue reading "Rival Schools played Union Pool - pics & setlist"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Caspian - "Ghosts of the Garden City" (MP3)


Caspian is crescendo-ing their way through a US tour that placed them in Austin during SXSW, and will land the soaring post-rockers in NYC on April 15 at The Studio @ Webster Hall. Arms & Sleepers are along for the ride, and will team up with Sainthood Reps and Golden City for the date. Get yer tix.

Caspian is supporting 2009's Tertia, which the band initally gave away for free, and is now streaming in full. Download one of those tracks above.

Golden City's debut 10" on Magic Bullet Records was recorded by Ian Love who plays guitar in Rival Schools with Walter Schreifels. Look for Schreifels to make a solo appearance on May 5th at The Studio. Tickets are on sale. Meanwhile, Rival Schools is scheduled to play Union Pool on April 23rd, though tickets for that are now sold out.

Find Caspian dates in your area and some video below...

Continue reading "Caspian on tour, Walter Schreifels adds a show (dates) "

by BBG, RS photos by Brian Reilly

Rival Schools at F'd Up's showcase @ Red 7 on 3/20/10
Rival Schools

"Heading back indoors, New York City's Rival Schools were already blasting out their blend of power pop by way of post-punk to an excited crowd. After releasing their one and only album and taking a near decade long hiatus, the band are back and ready to drop their new release through Photo Finish / Atlantic records this summer. The audience ate up the fun loving sound, as Walter Schreifels (Quicksand) and company were clearly having a great time. The band was the final act of the SXSW experience, and was thrilled to be there with the full house of fans that had stuck around. The band may have done a bit of drinking in anticipation for this last breath of rock, as Schreifels was playing with an unusual looseness, bordering on the line of sloppiness, but carefully never crossing over. Spirits were high as he shouted thanks between each songs, louder than the actual song preceding it. They played a selection of new songs with interesting explanations to their origins, as well as fan favorites "High Acetate," "Undercovers On," and "Good Things," to which Schreifels announced, "Hey everyone, we all have health care!"" [Exploding in Sound]
Advance tickets are on sale for Rival Schools at Union Pool on 4/23, where presumably, the band will celebrate their signing to Photo Finish/Atlantic Records. Congrats dudes! The band has been working on new material over the past year at guitarist Ian love's studio as well as Studio G with Joel Hamilton, though no word on a release date/title/anything so far.

Meanwhile, Ian Love's old collaborator in Jonah Matranga recently dropped a new song with hs old band Far. Get it through the band directly for free. Far's new LP, At Night We Live hits the racks via Vagrant on May 18th.

Walter Schriefels's new LP An Open Letter to The Scene will see release via Academy Fight Song (in the US) and Dine Alone Records (in Canada) on May 4th.

Current tour dates and the cover of Far's new LP, At Night We Live, are below...

Continue reading "Rival Schools signed to Photo Finish (Atlantic), played SXSW (pics), playing Union Pool (tix) ++ a new Far song (and LP)"

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Fucked Up - Neat Parts (MP3)

Fucked Up

We are coming back Austin, and we welcome all challengers; your Pheonix's, your xx's and jj's, bring us all the TuNeYaRdS and Passion Pits you have, we are ready. We are coming back for TWO (announceable) special shows, and maybe one 3rd Mexican el concierto especial, and without further adieu, here is some of the info:
Fucked Up will not only be playing SXSW this year, they'll be hosting a showcase of their own. The "Fucked Up saves music" lineup is scheduled for Saturday, March 20th at Red 7 Patio (which, the band writes, will be hosting the Woodsist Records showcase indoors at the same time). If there was doubt after their guest-filled Xmas charity single that Fucked Up could pull together some serious talent, their SXSW bill puts that to rest. Besides their own set, the show will include music from J Mascis, Rival Schools, Titus Andronicus, Katie Stelmanis, and one more artist TBA. Cold Cave were originally listed on the bill, but are not anymore. Titus and Katie both also opened for Fucked Up at their last Brooklyn show. The band's other "announceable" SXSW show is a TBA Shirts For a Cure benefit on Friday (3/19).

Fucked Up's current tour dates include a February run with Kurt Vile (which visits the NYC-area on Feb 18th and 19th) and a gig with Leatherface (who are coming to NYC separately) in Toronto. Updated tour dates are below.

Since their Xmas charity single in December, the band has continued in the same philanthropic vein - they recently auctioned off test pressings of their forthcoming collection Couple Tracks: Singles 2002-2009, due January 26th on Matador Records, for Haiti disaster relief. The Ebay bidding closed as $177.50.

The band also offered some thoughtful words about Jay Reatard's recent passing. That tribute is below...

Continue reading "Fucked Up have their own SXSW showcase + Haiti, Jay Reatard, updated tour dates & more"

Dave Hill

I already used the above picture on the top of Dave Hill's Best of 2007 post, but thought it deserved an encore performance in light of the recent bad news. Get well soon Dio!

Dave Hill. A man of many talents. Huge in more than just Japan (if you know what I mean). Check out what he had to say about 2009, 2010, 1989, naked dudes, murderers, rapists, Janeane Garofalo, and more. below:

Continue reading "an end of 2009 interview with Dave Hill"

by BBG

Walter Schreifels @ Knitting Factory - BV-CMJ 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Walter Schreifels

Last CMJ, Rival Schools played their first public NYC reunion show at Knitting Factory. It was part of a day-long and free BrooklynVegan party. Right before that happened we interviewed Rival Schools members Walter Schreifels and Sammy Siegler, but only ever posted half of it ("part 1"). As sometimes happens around here, time went on, and the interview got older and older... and then I remembered we had it today. What reminded me was the show that the new Walter Schreifels Band will be playing at Music Hall of Williamsburg this evening (@7:30pm). What better time then to finally post the never-before-seen conclusion? (not to mention it's as relevant now as it was last year) (and better late than never?).

Rival Schools have now been back together for over a year, and though they promised a new album, so far it looks like the newest one will be a solo LP coming out by Walter himself (video preview at the end of the post). He'll play some of those new songs, along with lots of classics, at Music Hall tonight (right after an opening set by Think About Life).

In the second part of the interview below (read part one first), we talked about Youth of Today, Quicksand, Walking Concert, Walter being a dad, and what inspires the old friends today.

{Please note that the interview was conducted before Chi Cheng of the Deftones was involved in a serious car accident. )

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photos by Chris La Putt

Eagles of Death Metal

Jesse "the Devil" Hughes On Axl Rose: "Like any other Guns N' Roses fan, I find Axl to be really insulting. He cost a lot of people their jobs, a lot of heartache and probably some mental breakdowns while he fucked around on a record [Chinese Democracy] for 16 fucking years--just because he wanted to be a dick. I firmly believe that the gods of rock 'n' roll just chose me to kick him out of the gang for gross misuse of power. Axl still has the opportunity to do something that no one expects him to do, which is something cool. I honestly think he can do it, but first, he really needs to control himself a bit, and most importantly, get a real friend."
Jesse's band Eagles of Death Metal are on tour and headlined a show at Webster Hall in NYC last night (8/6). As you can see in the pictures below, someone in the crowd brought him a Gn'R t-shirt as a gift. Another possibly-meant-to-be-funny moment came when Jesse dedicated "Kiss The Devil" to the Butthole Surfers (whose 2008 show at the same venue ended infamously). Full EODM setlist below.

Rival Schools were the opener, and it wasn't the first time Walter Schreifels shared a NYC bill with the sort-of-QOTSA off-shoot. More pictures and setlists below...

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