Entries tagged with: Rocks Off
words & photos by Tracy Allison
DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Sun Street (Katrina & the Waves cover) (MP3)
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Last night (6/7), Deer Tick played a private show on the Rocks Off Concert Cruise boat The Jewel in celebration of their friend's birthday. Around 7 p.m., a line wrapped around the pier on 23rd street and FDR while approximately 200 close friends slowly began to board the boat for the surprise party.
The evening began with the members of Deer Tick playing backup for singer-songwriter Jonny Corndawg, who engaged the entire audience to the point in which everyone in sight began shouting along to the music and providing backup vocals for his song "Shut Up".
Around 9 p.m., Deer Tick took the stage- a very dimly lit area that took up the entire bow of the lower half of the boat. The theme for the night (aside from sailor hats and lei necklaces) seemed to be getting iced: John McCauley, sporting a gold tooth and straw hat, took a knee three times during Deer Tick's set to chug a Smirnoff Ice. McCauley began the set by singing the words, "I've got a cock that's hard as a rock/Every time I see my Johnny", a special song he wrote for the birthday boy.
"Let's do something stupid and maybe tomorrow we'll remember it." McCauley said before setting down his beer and beginning to play "Easy". Throughout the course of the 90 minute set, Deer Tick played songs from their previous two albums War Elephant and Born on Flag Day, as well as cover songs such as Lightnin' Hopkins' "Bring Me By Shotgun" and Tom Petty's "Breakdown" which provided a segway into a beautifully violent version of "These Old Shoes."
McCauley then stated, "We're going to do a cover song. Maybe you guys have heard of it..." and began to sing "Happy Birthday", which was followed by the birthday boy getting iced and the entire band shotgunning beers.
Towards the middle of the set, the noise began to mellow out with a slowed down rendition of "Diamond Rings 2007" with the lyrics changed to, "What good would fingers be/If it weren't for onion rings/Now I know you're leaving me/So I'm going to Burger King." However, things quickly began to pick up again, Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus joined the band for a song, and the audience went wild dancing and cheering as Deer Tick finished up their set with the appropriately chaotic "La Bamba".
The Jewel returned to the dock at 11 p.m., with no one completely content returning to land after such an amazing night on the East River.
Deer Tick's new album The Black Dirt Sessions is out TODAY (6/8). A track from that album is on the top of this post (Amazon is giving away the same song too) along with the track Deer Tick did for our Katrina and the Waves cover EP. They kick off a tour with shows at Maxwell's and Webster Hall this July. More pictures from the boat below...
words by BBG, photos by Keith Marlowe
The Giraffes on a Rocks Off Boat Cruise
Goes Cube will play June 11th at the Bell House, possibly their final show in 2010:
As individuals, it's a major year for us, as well. This summer, Matt Tyson (bass) and his wife will welcome twins into the world. Meanwhile, David and his wife are moving out of New York City to an undisclosed location (even to them) somewhere out west.Tickets are on sale - its a helluva triple bill.
Obviously, with such big plans (the next full length, the EP), this is not the end of Goes Cube. No way.... The soonest we will be conceivably playing again in NYC would be this fall (we've already been invited to play CMJ). However, depending on how things go, it may be longer than that. And consider this: the next time we DO play NYC, it will be as a touring band. After all, it's not worth David coming all the way back to NYC for one show.
So, it stands to reason we'd put together a really fun show to celebrate.... Joining us on the bill will be two bands who have become incredibly close friends of ours, influences on our music, and who we've shared the road with: The Giraffes and East Of The Wall.
Goes Cube recently released "Property" b/w "The Ban Has Been Lifted" 7" via The End Records. Want one? I have FIVE available for giveaway! Details on how to win are at the bottom of this post.
For those of you who can't make it to the Bell House, you will get a shot to catch East Of The Wall in NYC at The Studio At Webster Hall on July 30 with Black Cobra, Howl, and Struck by Lightning (tickets), and/or The Charleston when they play with Name on August 2nd.
Meanwhile, The Giraffes have been ragin' away, most recently on a Rocks Off Boat Cruise on June 3rd. Pics from the (absolute) mayhem are below...
photos by Rachel Carr
All Leather, the dude (Justin Pearson) from the Locust, was supposed to play Market Hotel tonight. As you know, Market Hotel was closed and shows have been relocated - most to other Brooklyn venues, and one to a boat. $10 tickets are still available for tonight's show (Friday, 5/7) on the Half Moon. I don't know too much about the Dim Mak-signed All Leather (hence the procrastination that led to this last minute post), but at a minimum I wouldn't mind seeing the opener The Death Set out on the high seas.
All Leather was the opener at a show with with NoBunny and Japandroids at the Echoplex in LA earlier on his tour. Pictures from that show, with an All Leather video and all dates (most with Yip Yip) below....
Black Lips @ Brooklyn Bowl in March (more by Gabi Porter)
Rock Off have updated their summer schedule of NYC Boat Cruise shows, which, like always, has focus on punk & garage (though there are other genres too). It includes Jello Biafra on May 29th, Electric Six on July 15th, Murphy's Law's annual Jimmy birthday show on August 12th, The Bouncing Souls on September 13th, and an August 2nd show with the Black Lips (who are in town much sooner a free but full RSVP-only show at Knitting Factory on April 29th with Pierced Arrows).
Other gigs includes Dam-Funk on April 24th (TONIGHT), Budos Band on June 11th, three NY Night Train parties, and The A-Bones on June 23rd. Tickets for most of the shows are on sale. No ticket info for Bouncing Souls yet. Black Lips go on sale Friday, April 30th.
Punk and punk-like boat shows are listed below...
Budos pics by David Andrako
"#Wanee was amazing!!! Allman Brothers, Panic, Gov't Mule, Bob Weir, and Black Keys all kicked ass!!!" - Adam Cheshire
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings stranded in Dusseldorf
Poor Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings. As you can see above, they spent their weekend in airports instead of enjoying sunny Florida where another, less high profile, festival happened this Coachella weekend. It's called Wanee, and it was affected by the volcano too. The NY group was overseas because they just played a show in London...
"Wednesday's show was essentially a nonstop soul and funk party, complete with trumpet, tenor sax and baritone sax, drums and percussion, electric bass, and two guitars. The horn section delivered melodic and rhythmic blasts that had the volume and punch of six horns, not just three. Quick, shuffling break beats and short, percussive guitar parts on top of melodic bass lines provided a backdrop that Jones wailed on top of." [Telegraph]Back home Daptone was still representing. As advertised, the Budos Band played a Record Store Day in-store at Generation Records on Saturday, and a show at Southpaw in Brooklyn the night before that. Pictures from the latter are below.
The Dap Kings helped deal with their boredom by recording and posting a video to YouTube. Check it out, with the Southpaw pictures, below...
by Klaus Kinski
To say I have an eclectic taste in music would be a gross understatement, and I think that sentiment applies to most people these days. But the one band that has remained at the top of my musical heap has been Pink Floyd. Starting in about 1990, I would buy any Pink Floyd related item I could get my hands on. I would spend entire weekends going to every record store in Boston and Cambridge, buying anything and everything I could find. Then eBay opened up a global Pink Floyd market to me and I spiraled out of control. Financial necessity forced me to liquidate a large portion of my collection a few years back and I don't buy any more stuff, but I've still got many prized Floyd items as well as all kinds of CDs, bootlegs, and other rare recorded material. I also still avidly follow anything pertaining to Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, Syd Barrett, Rick Wright and, more than anything, Roger Waters.
By far, my favorite member of Pink Floyd is Roger Waters. As far as I'm concerned, when Roger Waters left Pink Floyd, Pink Floyd ceased to legitimately exist as Pink Floyd. Of course, I bought Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell when they were released. And how could any self-respecting pothead Masshole miss The Division Bell tour when it came to Foxboro Stadium? But those albums didn't FEEL like Pink Floyd, and I think Roger was being too polite when he called Momentary Lapse of Reason "a pretty fair forgery." In addition, while David Gilmour and Rick Wright solo records are just plain cheesy and self-indulgent (and don't get me started on Nick Mason's wtf-inducing record Fictitious Sports), Roger was always trying to create a larger musical narrative. As a matter of fact, the political and social commentary of Amused To Death is probably more relevant now than it was in 1992.
I saw Roger in 1999, twice in 2000, and twice in 2007 when he was touring Dark Side of the Moon. What's his next move? On Monday April 12th, 2010 at 2:00pm EST [editor's note: which is less than an hour from the time this is being posted, though Klaus actually wrote this last week], Roger Waters will be formally announcing a 2010 tour (update: NOW ANNOUNCED) of his epic masterpiece The Wall on his newly designed official website roger-waters.com. For years there has been speculation that this tour would happen eventually, and then a few months ago Roger's official website went from having Roger Waters content to simply having a Sony Logo on it. I had a feeling then that a redesign was in the works, and that the redesign would no doubt unveil some pretty awesome news.
In the meantime, if you DO want to see a pretty decent forgery of Pink Floyd, check out The Machine on Saturday June 19th on their Rocks Off Boat Cruise. I mean, they're no Australian Pink Floyd, but they're still good!
UPDATE: Dates announced.
Klaus hopes he doesn't sound like this guy....
words & photo by Andrew Frisicano
At Dam-Funk's set I saw during SXSW 2010, the foggy synths and sun-baked cassette jams of his Toeachizown LP, which came out last year on Stones Throw, blasted on an ear-crushing level. He also played a keytar. Videos of that gig and another Austin show are below.
Coming up, he has scattered tour dates all over the world, including Sasquatch and Pitchfork music fests this summer, and an NYC show on a boat. Dam-Funk plays a Rocks Off Concert Cruise on Saturday, April 24th. Tickets are on sale.
All Dam-Funk tour dates and his cover of the Human League's "Things That Dreams Are Made Of" (and its accompanying trippy video) are below...
words by BBG, photos by Chloe Rice
Sammy Duet of Goatwhore (also ex-Acid Bath)
Village Voice: It's been noted that CMJ is noticeably more "metal" this year, and there's a sense that metal's becoming more and more respected all-around.In what was definitely one of the most highly anticipated NYC metal shows of the year, and one of only a handful of metal shows during CMJ (Type O Negative at Irving Plaza, the official BrooklynVegan-BBG Relapse Records Showcase, among others), Eyehategod returned to NYC with an appearance on a Rocks Off Boat Cruise with Goatwhore, Pig Destroyer, and Strong Intention. To say people went a little apey is a bit of an understatement (see below pictures of moshpits, people hanging from balconies, and general insanity for further proof).
Mike Williams of Eyehategod: Well, I wouldn't call Eyehategod "metal", but I do see extreme, heavy music in general getting new attention from some different areas of the population. Also we've played in NYC for CMJ before, back in the '90s, so it doesn't really seem like a new thing. Anyway, is it "respected" or is it "trendy"? "Trendy" meaning hipsters now have discovered us. Who knows? I welcome all people who are remotely interested to check us out.
The caged animal is unleashed again TONIGHT (10/26), when Eyehategod play their SECOND area show, this time at Europa with Unearthly Trance, Tombs, Strong Intention, and BV-BBG/Relapse showcaser Howl. Tickets are still available.
Pics of Howl, along with Misery Index, Salome, Revocation, Black Anvil, Complete Failure, and Gloominous Doom from the BV-BBG/Relapse Showcase at Fontana's are on their way. More pics from the boat cruise (from hell?) are below...
Deer Tick in a sombrero on a boat (pic by Katie Alexander)
Deer Tick played a boat on September 7th (Labor Day). More specifically, they played a Rock Off Concert Cruise with opener Jonny Corndawg (an old friend and fellow songwriter f Tick frontman John McCauley). Videos from the gig are posted below. Earlier in the weekend, Deer Tick played a set at The Positive Jam in Ithaca...
True-to-heart American music with a kind of dark poetic twist, Deer Tick sounded like the bluesy rock that fuels long nights at the bar talking about your true love, the job you lost, etc. Far from being a stereotype, however, John McCauley's slightly nasal, drawling voice gave new meaning to any preconceived ideas about country or folk music. The audience, which on Sunday was slow to get going, lingered in the shade during Deer Tick's set. Their lyrics encouraged a slow roll rather than rambunctious dancing -- "I've lived lies all my life / and I've been living here a long, long time / And it's been coming down a while now," Cauley sang in "Art Isn't Real." Introspective, indeed. [The Cornell Daily Sun]Coming up, the band have added a week-long Partisan Records tour to their already-extensive upcoming dates. The NYC part of that tour will happen as part of CMJ at Bowery Ballroom on October 22nd. Deer Tick share the bill with Christopher Denny, Dolorean, Holy Sons and Paleo. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 11th at noon.
Christopher Denny is the latest addition to the Partisan Records family, and was recently seen actually on stage with Deer Tick in Prospect Park.
Boat cruise video and all tour dates are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
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Electric Six on a Rocks Off Boat in NYC - Aug 20, 2009 (.A.A.)
When we left Electric Six last week, they were preparing a new album, KILL, due October 20th on Metropolis Records, and just about to play a boat....
"There's something a little unnerving about being anywhere for hours if you have absolutely no option to leave. So boarding a rock 'n' roll party boat for a three-hour concert cruise might not be for everyone; if you wind up hating the music, getting into a fight with your friends, or feeling violently ill, there's literally no way out until the boat docks.I wouldn't call a 3-hour boat ride a commitment to captivity, but to each his/her own.
That element of captivity feels more like a release, though, if you set sail at sunset on the Hudson and the bands are Electric Six, who are out east touring from Michigan, and Les Sans Culottes, the very best faux French retro-rock band in all of Brooklyn. Especially if the boat is named "The Temptress" and has multiple bars and a dance floor (and even if its aroma calls to mind the perspiration of generations past).
Electric Six's "Dick Valentine," the nicest front man who ever moved raving-drunk audience members to perform at-sea body-surfing, said that some people traveled hundreds of miles, some thousands of miles, to be at the show. Screams from the crowd indicated that perhaps it wasn't a joke." [Elle Magazine]
Electric Six's post-river cruise plans include a full fall tour, which will feature opening sets by The Gay Blades and Millions of Brazilians. All three will play on Friday, October 16th at NYC's Hiro Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Thursday August 27th at noon. They'll also be in town for a show at Brooklyn's Southpaw on October 18th. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Electric Six bassist Keith Thompson and Zach Curd from The Pop Project recently launched a side-project under the name Desktop. The group's free three-song EP, linked above, shows off a knack for quirky, bedroom-casio-meets-'80s-prom-night electronic disco.
More info on Desktop and all E6 tour dates are below...
The following can be attributed to Dick Valentine [Electric Six singer]:Electric Six's sixth album, KILL, is set to come out October 20th on Metropolis Records.
Hello everybody. We've needed an update for a while, but I am of the mind that you don't force things like that. You bring it when it's time to bring it. Yes, we've been recording and I suppose that's newsworthy. Our sixth album will be finished soon and it will be released in October. It sounds wonderful and I fully intend for this to be the first Electric Six album that sees each and every song being included in our live set when we tour this fall. Because you see, I am getting older and I have very little patience for bullshit.
The band has a short run of August dates before their not-yet-announced album-supporting tour this fall. The first of those takes place tonight (Aug 19th) at Maxwell's with Les Sans Culottes and Jemina Pearl (Be Your Own Pet). Tickets are still on sale.
The group also plays a Thursday, August 20th Rocks Off Concert Cruise show aboard the Temptress, again with Les Sans Culottes. Tickets are on sale for that too. The band played a similar boat cruise last year. A video of that gig with a brief introductory clip from Tragedy, the all metal Bee Gees tribute band, with all tour dates below...
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Justina Villanueva
Goatwhore @ Gramercy! (July 23, 2009)
The legendary dark sons of southern hatemongering, Eyehategod, will trudge their way through the swampy muck of the Lousiana lowlands towards the Northeast where they will team up with Goatwhore and Strong Intention for a trio of dates. One of those dates will include Pig Destroyer on Oct 24th as part of a Rocks Off Boat Cruise in NYC!!! Tickets go on sale today (8/3) at noon. All dates below.
Goatwhore, winners of my award for "favorite band with the least favorite name", has a particularly amazing pedigree of former members of Acid Bath as well as current members of Soilent Green (which in turn shares members with EHG). Dax Riggs (of solo and Deadboy & The Elephantmen fame) was also a member of Acid Bath.
Goatwhore released the mega-Carving Out The Eyes Of God earlier this year and the band recently played (7/23) Gramercy Theater in NYC with Abigail Williams, SWAATS, Abysmal Dawn, and Daath. Pics from that show are above and below.
Pig Destroyer played NYC on July 31 with Repulsion & Brutal Truth. Those pics are forthcoming, but dig on a killer three way interview done between the guys here.
Pics and dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Smith Hill (MP3)
Deer Tick @ Bowery Ballroom - July 24, 2009 (more by Anna Scialli)
Fresh off their tour with Dawes, which included Friday's show at Bowery Ballroom here in NYC, Deer Tick are announcing even more 2009 tour dates for September and October. The new dates include a Rocks Off Concert Cruise in NYC on September 7th, which is one day after they play Ithaca with The Hold Steady, and exactly a month after they open for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (interesting pictures from their set at Rothbury HERE) in Brooklyn's Prospect Park (a free show).
Like Dead Meadow, Deer Tick's NYC boat concert will take place on the Jewel (not the Half Moon as Dead Meadow's listing originally read) (actually I don't know what the Jewel is... they are usually either on The Temptress or the Half Moon) (these are boat names I'm talking about). No Deer Tick-ets yet, but
I'm sure they'll be on sale soon TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE.
Check out the track "Smith Hill" off Deer Tick's new album Born in Flag Day, above. All dates below...
"The stage was projected with tie dyed lights, a trippy semblance of colors covering the undulating rhythms of Dead Meadow's guitar crazed rock. Dead Meadow is lead by Jason Simon's guitar and vocals through the mystic levels of rock n' roll psychosis. The addition of Cory Shane on guitar enables the band to develop the sound of the Meadow further into abstraction, producing instrumentation that is on the cusp of experimentation. Driving the tractor for the band through the waves of blues inspired guitar slaying in the likeness of old Hendrix solos, is Stephen McCarty on drums. McCarty is the band's second drummer. The original beat thumper, Mark Laughlin, left the band in 2002 opening up the Meadow for the pulse of MCarty, who wanders in and out of consciousness with the color of the music, maintaining a mechanistic time on his kit like the Bonham days of Zeppelin. Only McCarty revels in more of rhythmic entropy rather than the overpowered playing of Bonham. Fortunately for the band, McCarty loaned out his grand pappy's farmhouse for them to record one of their more celebrated albums Howls From The Hills (Tolotta Records).Dead Meadow are one of many bands that will appear at the ATP Festival happening in Monticello, NY this year. They play there on Saturday, September 12th (same day as Sufjan Stevens and Animal Collective). Three days earlier they visit NYC and play on a boat (the Half Moon to be exact) Tickets for the Rocks Off event are on sale now. All dates and some videos below...
In the album Howls From The Hills, and in the grasp of the hand painted dirt encrusted frescoes of [LA venue] the Orpheum, the billowing expanse of air was a catechism of misanthropic guitar rhythms and saturated bass lines from loyal bassist Steve Kile. The prominence of the bass is understated in the studio recordings, but within the walls of this theater the low frequency vibration was reverberating through the walls of the foundation. The lines brought continuity to the sound that carried the crowd through the diabolical riffs, and sent people's minds into a state like an opium bender coated in blotter acid." [Michael Dennis]
Paul McCartney Wants You To Make A FilmYou DON'T NEED A TICKET to the show to do this aka you can get in for free, AND THEY GIVE YOU THE CAMERA. In related news, you can take a Rocks Off Cruise to get there.
Paul McCartney starts his three nights at Citi Field this evening. He's making a film and he needs some help from all of you young filmmakers out there. We are looking for thirty people to shoot each show, July 17, 18 & 21, on Flip cameras. We have the cameras, all we need is the talent! The first 90 people to email will get to shoot one of the shows. Please send your name, email and mailing address to email@example.com to enter!
Tonight's Citi Field show will be Paul's 2nd NYC show this week. The first took place on the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater.
photos by Tim Griffin
Passion Pit's last-minute, one-off NYC show on a boat was the fastest selling Rocks Off Concert Cruise in history (according to one of the promoters I talked to). It sold out in less than two days. Bad Brains took five. The show (last night) was timed to coincide with the release of the band's new album, Manners, out today (5/19) via Frenchkiss. As anyone who likes the band can probably imagine, the boat show was a super good time.
As the cruise, which departs from 41st on the west side, sailed up and down the Hudson River, there was lots of dancing, high-pitched singing, and birthday cake (Happy Birthday Michael). I think MTV was there filming too. More rehearsed than they were at SXSW in March (which is where I last caught them), the band seemed more confident playing the new songs. The audience, not surprisingly, went most nuts for the "old" (EP) stuff (like the song "Sleepyhead", which they actually also put on the new full length). More pictures from the show below...
DOWNLOAD: Passion Pit - Moth's Wings (MP3)
Passion Pit @ Radio Room (BV day party) (more by Leia Jospe)
Passion Pit's new album Manners is out via Frenchkiss on May 19th. One night earlier, the band will celebrate that release with a special show aboard a Rock Off Boat Cruise in NYC. Tickets are ON SALE NOW.
Passion Pit's tour proper kicks off May 23rd at the Sasquatch Festival and hits Bowery Ballroom for two sold out shows in June. New MP3 above. New video, and all tour dates below...
by Andrew Frisicano
The record release party for that disc will be a NYC boat cruise show hosted by Rocks Off on Friday, July 10th. Tickets are on sale.
Even sooner, the A-Bones play a show at NJ's Maxwell's on Friday, May 8th with Roddy Jackson and The Memphis Morticians. Tickets for that show are also on sale.
Tickets are on sale for other Rock Off boat shows too. Ska bands the Slackers (June 27) and the Pietasters (August 15) and UK punks the Business (May 15) are some of the bands on the schedule so far.
Down in New Orleans, the A-Bones are playing a show with the Condo Fucks (aka Yo La Tengo) on April 27th. That's followed by appearances at the Ponderosa Stomp Festival in the same town on April 28th and 29th. NYC's own mini version of that festival will happen at Lincoln Center in mid-July. The A-Bones aren't currently scheduled to be a part of that, but the full line-up won't be announced until April 22nd.
More info on the new A-Bones album, all tour dates, plus videos including one with Ira from YLT on vocals and guitar, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Friday (10/3) morning they found out they received Best New Music from Pitchfork and Friday night they played on a boat around NYC with the VICE signees Dark Meat who have lots of members and paint faces and stuff. Tim took the boat ride and this is what it looked like...
Take a Friday night boat ride with Dark Meat & the Vivian Girls. $20 tickets for tonight's NYC show are still on sale AND I have a pair to giveaway to a lucky winner who emails BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM before noon. Include your first and last name. Winner will be picked at random and contacted.
More Dark Meat dates HERE. Vivian Girls' self titled album will be released on In the Red on October 7th. The tracklist and all VG dates below...
O'Death by Katelan Foisy
Dark Meat have announced a tour that includes a NYC show on a boat with Vivian Girls on October 3rd. Tickets are on sale. They're also playing Market Hotel in Brooklyn one day later. All dates below...
Bad Brains (HR) on a Rocks Off Cruise in 2007 (more)
Bad Brains have three upcoming shows that I know about. The first is soon - September 2nd in Chicago. They're opening for N.E.R.D. at House of Blues. The "presented by Converse" show is on sale.
One of the other upcoming shows was just announced. That's November 9th at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. I hoped Bad Brains would follow that up with a NYC show announcement, and they did. Tickets will go on presale (PASSWORD=fans) on Friday at 10am for a November 6th show at Irving Plaza.
But that's not all... HR is also doing his own show back on a Rocks Off Boat cruise around NYC. The date is September 8th and tickets are on sale. I can't imagine exactly what that will be like, but at the very least the boat offers good views of the waterfalls... All dates below...