Entries tagged with: Roomrunner
by Bill Pearis
Anybody that knows Thee Oh Sees, Williamsburg DIY space Death by Audio and their history together pretty much assumed that the band would be playing one of the two nights they had off between NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom and Warsaw -- which coincided with the last week of DbA. So it was no shock to see John Dwyer-related albums (Oh Sees, Coachwhips, Damaged Bug) at the merch table at last night's "Top Secret" show at DbA. "Well, it sucks Death by Audio is closing but that's the way the Vice cookie crumbles," Dwyer said matter-of-factly on stage, adding, "But we're happy to play again. We're here for two nights." Thee Oh Sees then launched into a basically nonstop set that had the front room going bonkers the whole time. No surprise there. For those who don't like to wait in lines (or just want maximum Dwyer), tickets to see Thee Oh Sees at Warsaw on Friday (11/21) are still available.
The rest of the lineup (which DbA gave pretty easy clues for if you follow the kind of bands they book) included tourmates Dope Body (intense, they have a dope drummer) and Roomrunner (ex Double Dagger, grungy and hooky). The evening started with two performances on the floor: Junkyard, a somber voice-and-voilin project from Adam of the Dreebs; and a wild set from melted dance music makers Guerilla Toss who brought a trampoline with them which was equal parts awesome and scary.
DbA hasn't posted tonight's set of clues yet for the openers. Three nights left. A few more instagrams of last night's show below....
Brooklyn's Celestial Shore will release their new album, Enter Ghost, on November 11 via Hometapes. The band's ability to mix melody with complex rhythms and arrangements is apparent on first single "Animal Ratio" which makes its premiere in this post.
The band have four CMJ appearances this week which are as follows:
Oct 21 @ Palisades | Exploding in Sound PresentsAfter CMJ, Celestial Shore have an album release show at Baby's All Right on October 30 with Ava Luna, Palehound, Baked, and We Can All Be Sorry. Tickets are on sale. They've also got another release show at Shea Stadium on November 12 with Leapling, Cave Cricket, and Flashlight O.
Oct 22 @ Baby's All Right (8:40 PM)| Baby's CMJ Daycare Party (FREE)
Oct 22 The Shop (10:30 PM) | Prison Art Showcase
Oct 25 @ Union Pool (11:30 PM) | Team Clermont Shocase
After the NYC dates, Celestial Shore will head to the West Coast for a tour. All dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by David Medina
You may be familiar with Brooklyn singer/songwriter Mitski, who mostly makes twee-ish indie pop, but she's now also fronting a metallic prog band called Voice Coils, which is primarily the brain child of former Roomrunner member Sam Garrett, and also features current and former members of Extra Life, Cellular Chaos, Epistasis, Porches, Skeletons, Feast of the Epiphany and Couch Slut. That's an impressive (and diverse) resume! Voice Coils don't just look good on paper though. Their new "In Sixths" / "Field and Border" 7" came out this week and is a terrific blend of spiraling prog riffs, complex arrangements, dark atmospheres and Mitski's soaring, operatic take on dream pop vocals. Hear both tracks for yourself, below.
Song streams below...
by Andrew Sacher
NY/NJ indie rockers Spook Houses have been quiet as of late, but their members have been involved in many ongoing projects including LVL UP, Crying, the Double Double Whammy label (home to Frankie Cosmos), and more. Both singers also have solo projects -- Colin Alexander's Flaslight O and Dave Benton's Trace Mountains -- and they'll be heading out on a tour together with those projects this August. The tour concludes in Brooklyn on 8/14 at Shea Stadium.
Much sooner than that tour though, both will play the all-day Exploding In Sound/Impose show happening Saturday (7/12) at Secret Project Robot with Tyvek, Big Ups, Alex G, Pile, Flagland, secret band "Muscle Car," and more. Tickets for that one are still available. Set times for that show, and the list of all Flashlight O/Trace Mountains dates (some still TBA), below.
Flashlight O released his debut album, The Truman Sho, on Double Double Whammy this past June, and any fans of The Microphones' lo-fi avant-folk should check this out. You can stream the whole thing below. Trace Mountains' stuff is pretty likeminded, as you can hear on the 3-song EP he put out on DDW in 2013, which is also streaming below.
In related news, LVL UP just announced that their new album, Hookwink'd, will be out on September 23 on DDW/Exploding In Sound. Cover art for that, below.
Dan Francia - 'Alone and Together' artwork
Speaking of Flagland (who play the all-day EIS show), their member Dan Francia is releasing his first solo EP, Alone and Together, on July 19 via ECB&B. Unlike the garage rock of Flagland, Dan's stuff is more melodic indie rock with the laid back feel of prime-era Dinosaur Jr. The title track makes its premiere in this post and can be streamed below.
Speaking of all-day NYC shows on July 12 and Exploding In Sound, EIS alumni Speedy Ortiz play the free 4Knots Festival that day with Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Viet Cong, Nude Beach and more. That starts at 1.
Speedy, and a few bands from the EIS show such as Pile and Mannequin Pussy, also play the 2-day DIY festival in Philly, OK FEST (8/1-2), that also includes Cayetana, Great Thunder, Worriers, Radiator Hospital, The Ambulars, Amanda X, Swearin', Pink Wash and a bunch more. More info on this very awesome sounding festival here. Full lineup below.
Flashlight O, Trace Mountains, Dan Francia streams and more, below...
by Andrew Sacher
As previously mentioned, NYC's Mannequin Pussy have signed to Tiny Engines and are giving their debut album, Gypsy Pervert, a vinyl release on the label on August 26 (vinyl and digital pre-order). If you weren't able to pick up a copy of the now-sold-out cassette or hear the album on their bandcamp while it was still up, you can now get a taste of another song from it, "Someone Like You." While previous single "Clue Juice" showed the band's raging punk side, "Someone Like You" is a slower, almost shoegaze track with singer Marisa Dabice letting out soft airy vocals in favor of the yells in the last song. You can stream it below.
The band (whose drummer recently left but is currently being replaced by Kaleen Reading) play locally a lot, and they currently have an upcoming set scheduled for the Impose/Exploding In Sound-presented all-day (noon-9PM) outdoor show on Saturday, July 12 at Secret Project Robot. Also playing are Tyvek, Big Ups, Pile, Alex G, Guerilla Toss, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Roomrunner, Ricky Eat Acid, Baked, Flaslight O, a secret band billed as "Muscle Car" and more. $10 tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below. (Unfortunately it's the same day as another all-day outdoor show in NYC, the 4Knots Music Festival with Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, EIS alumni Speedy Ortiz and more.)
In other news, Mannequin Pussy also have a split with the UK's Dog Legs coming in addition to their new album. Stream the new song, with the LP artwork (designed by Perry Shall), and full lineup and flyer for the Secret Project Robot show, below...
by Ian Chainey
Fight Amp at Union Pool in 2012 (more by Markus Shaffer)
How many bands does it take to make a concertgoer deaf? WHAT? I CAN'T HEAR YOU. I WAS AT A FIGHT AMP SHOW.
Fight Amp, the Philly noise rockers keeping the old AmRep flame lit, will be embarking on a short tour in July. They'll be joined by their sonic twinsies in the ten-tons-of-grit that's San Francisco's Kowloon Walled City -- who are making their sole East Coast stop for 2014 -- and the catchy hook slingers of Baltimore's grungy Roomrunner. The tour begins in Philadelphia on July 15, darts towards the coast for two days, and then comes to a close in Columbus, Ohio. On July 16, the three bands will add Primitive Weapons for their Saint Vitus engagement in NYC. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All three bands have found success with their take on the ultra-heavy guitars, lurching basslines, and tight rhythms that categorized early '90s bands like Cherubs, Tar, and Unsane. Yet, don't call them revivalists as each twist the feedback squalls with their own identities. Fight Amp, who are hard at work on a follow-up to 2012's Birth Control, find a way to integrate hypnotic repetition within their pummel. Same goes for Kowloon Walled City, adding a much needed dynamic sense to their sludgier songs. Then, Roomrunner reads like an outlier, what with their bordering on power pop infectiousness, yet they whip their equipment into a similar frenzy, using a low wum as a weapon. Should be fun.
All dates are listed, with streams from the bands, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Greys at Shea in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
Toronto punks Greys, who have a killer EP and an even more killer live show, will be returning to the US for SXSW (where they'll play the Carpark showcase, Exploding In Sound showcase, and others), and they've got other dates including NYC shows before and after. The first is at
Death by Audio on Sunday (3/2) with two fellow Toronto punk bands HSY and The Beverleys, and the second is at Shea Stadium on March 21 with Baltimore grunge lovers Roomrunner, Brooklyn post-hardcore rippers Big Ups, and Boston indie rockers Kal Marks. Advance tickets for the Shea show are on sale now, no advance tix for DbA. All Greys dates are listed below.
UPDATE: Sunday's Greys/HSY/The Beverleys show was cancelled due to Greys' van breaking down, but all three bands are looking to reschedule for April or May. Stay tuned.
Readers of this site should be familiar with all the bands on those bills, but we've never had a chance to talk about The Beverleys. Like so many other Canadian punk bands we've been hearing lately, this trio absolutely rips. Less on the noisy/heavy side than Greys and HSY who they share that DbA bill with, The Beverleys have more elements of dark '80s post-punk and grungy '90s rock, and the sneering vocals are pushed to the forefront, which only gives them more attitude. They have other dates with HSY, all of which are listed, with a stream of their 3-song EP, below.
Priests @ MHOW, 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Juan Wauters @ Pier 84, 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Priests, Lazyeyes, Truthers @ The End
DC post-punks Priests are a pretty intense band, both with their aggressive, upfront lyrics and the fact that their music keeps the "punk" in "post-punk." Their live show is really where it's at too, and you can get a taste of that tonight.
Juan Wauters (of The Beets), Household, Las Rosas @ Baby's All Right
Whether solo or with The Beets, Juan Wauters brings an idiosyncratic worldview and intensity to his songs and performance. He's a NYC original. This is a release party for his new album, N.A.P. North American Poetry, which is out via Captured Tracks.
Vaz, Roomrunner, Multicult, Big Ups @ Death By Audio
It's gonna get loud at this show, which includes the noise rock of Vaz, the grungy Roomrunner and their fellow Baltimoreans Multicult, and the caustic post-hardcore of Big Ups.
Those Darlins, Diarrhea Planet @ MHOW
These two Nashville bands both love rock 'n' roll, but in very different ways. Those Darlins kick around in the leather boot-wearing territory, whereas Diarrhea Planet don't really care what they wear, because the rage of their live show will have them sweating all over it anyway.
Donuts Are Forever ft. DJ Jazzy Jeff & more @ Brooklyn Bowl
It's February, which means J Dilla tributes. This one features DJ Jazzy Jeff and a bunch of others, and all proceeds benefit the Donuts Are Forever scholarship fund.
Whiskey Bitches, XNY, Unicycle Loves You, Haybaby, Adult Dude @ Radio Bushwick
There's a bunch of local bands on this bill, but the one we think is most worth catching is Adult Dude, who have a great mix of Dinosaur Jr-style rock and Superchunk-style punk.
Elway, Sad and French, Chumped, Dr. Sillybones @ Saint Vitus
Colorado punks will open for The Lawrence Arms at Gramercy Theatre soon, but if you want to see them headlining a smaller place, tonight's your shot. Also don't miss Brooklyn's Chumped, who keep pop punk real.
Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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by Andrew Sacher
Grass Is Green
Boston's Grass Is Green have announced that they'll release Vacation Vinny, the followup to 2012's Ronson, on January 14 via Exploding In Sound. Like many others in the Northeast area have been doing, they recorded the album at Silent Barn's studio with Julian Fader and Carlos Hernandez of Ava Luna producing. The LP's first single, "Vacation 2.0," pretty much picks up where Ronson left off, with fidgety stop-start post-hardcore and screwy, discordant melodies that you might not call "catchy" but that definitely stick in your head. Stream the new track, along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
As discussed, Grass Is Green will be going on a tour with Speedy Ortiz which doesn't hit NYC, but right before that, Grass Is Green will play an Exploding In Sound year-end celebration at Baby's All Right on December 30 with a ginormous lineup of Porches, Krill, Ovlov, Roomrunner, Pile (acoustic), Baked, Dead Wives, Big Ups, Gnarwhal, Two Inch Astronaut, Bad History Month, Woozy, and special guests. Admission is $10 at the door.
Meanwhile, Bad History Month has some other dates before that, including another Brooklyn show happening on December 17 at Death by Audio with Bueno, Bennio Qwerty, and Sediment Club. All of their dates are listed below.
Porches have other upcoming dates too.
And speaking of Exploding In Sound Records, BrooklynVegan is co-presenting a show with EIS on December 12 at Death by Audio with Chumped, PUP, Slothrust, Slow Warm Death, and Alarms & Controls.
All Grass Is Green and Bad History Month dates are listed, along with that song stream, album artwork and tracklist, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Cop Problem (photo via Bora Chung)
Two crust/D-beat bands -- Philly's Cop Problem and Baltimore's Old Lines (featuring Mitch Roemer of Pulling Teeth and Ruiner) -- are going on tours this year and crossing paths for a few shows together along the way. One of those dates happens at Brooklyn punk venue Acheron on December 7. Advance tickets for that show are not on sale at the moment, but you can check Ticketfly for updates. All dates are listed below.
Cop Problem just announced that they'll release the followup to their 2012 EP with a new one, Buried Beneath White Noise, on October 24 (it's being self-released digitally and will be out later in the year on 7" vinyl via The Compound). The EP was produced by Philly's go-to punk producer Will Yip, who's worked with Paint It Black, Title Fight, and just put out a compilation with a bunch of the bands he's recorded. Much like last year's release, the EP's first single, "American Spring" is punishing riffy d-beat, and thanks to singer Deb Cohen's vocals, it's actually kinda catchy. You can listen to that over at Pitchfork. Check out the EP artwork, tracklist, and the video for "Monuments" from their 2012 EP, below.
Old Lines are also releasing a new 7", If You See Something, Say Something, on October 22 via Reptilian Records (pg.99), which follows their late 2012 EP. Unlike Cop Problem, who have a melodic side, Old Lines are pretty much in brutal, growly attack mode the whole time, as you can hear on the EP's new single, "Stratford." You can stream that, along with the artwork and tracklist, below.
Old Lines' dates include a release show in their hometown as part of U+N Fest (10/18 - 10/19) which also includes Pissed Jeans, Roomrunner, Ex-Cult, Hunters, Jaill, Ed Schrader's Music Beat and more.
All dates are listed, along with all streams and more, below...
Speedy Ortiz at Death by Audio in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
Trad-indie torch carriers Speedy Ortiz have been doing a ton of touring this year, many NYC shows included, and that show-count will increase even more this month when the Northampton, MA band returns for CMJ.
The first of their currently announced CMJ appearances is the previously discussed Panache showcase happening on 10/17 at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway) with Hunters, Ex-Cult, Calvin Love, Homeshake and Big Ups. More info at the Facebook event. Flyer below.
Then they play Pitchfork's unnoficial show happening at 285 Kent on 10/18 with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Priests, Joanna Gruesome, Perfect Pussy, Eleanor Friedberger (solo), and Courtney Barnett. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.
Lastly (for now at least), they play the previously discussed Exploding In Sound Records showcase at Silent Barn on 10/19 with Pile, Fat History Month, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Kal Marks, Palehound, Krill, Roomrunner, and Porches.
After CMJ, Speedy Ortiz singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis will take part in the Elliott Smith tribute at Glasslands on 10/21 which also features Cat Power, Cole of DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Marissa Nadler and more. Tickets for that show are still available.
And then just after that, Speedy will join Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis for another Brooklyn show at The Flat on 10/23. More details on that show TBA. Dinosaur Jr. will be back in NYC in December to open for MGMT at Barclays Center (12/13) (tickets).
Meanwhile, speaking of Pitchfork CMJ, they're doing another unofficial show at 285 Kent on 10/19 with an electronic-oriented lineup of Ryan Hemsworth, Kelela, Traxman, The Range, Jahiliyya Field, Huerco S, and Mas Ysa. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.
All Speedy Ortiz dates are listed, along with show flyers and more, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Andrew of Castevet at Lit Lounge, 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
Extreme sport junkie, Music Academy presenter, sponsor of cool Sound Select shows, magazine publisher and beverage maker Red Bull has put together a list of the 30 best guitarists under 30. In the two-part rundown, the list covers some territory, lumping Pallbearer's Brett Campbell, Liturgy's Hunter Hunt Hendrix, Mac Demarco, Danielle Haim, Ben Greenberg of The Men, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females and Fun guitarist and Lena Dunham-dater Jack Antonoff onto the list. You can check out the whole list below.
Music of the heavier persuasion was decently represented, and Castevet's Andrew Hock made the cut. You can catch him in action with Castevet at an Invisible Oranges sponsored show on October 25 at Union Pool with Churchburn, Oneirogen and Vorde. Also on the list, as a pair, are Inter Arma riff monsters Trey Dalton and Steven Russell. Inter Arma will be back in NYC soon to play Saint Vitus on October 30 with Black Tusk, Descender and No Way.
Ty Segall, who also made the list, will be here next weekend (but on drums) with his band Fuzz, playing a sold out show at Mercury Lounge on 10/12 with CCR Headcleaner. (There is also a show with "Buzz" and "DDT Shampoo" at Death by Audio on 10/13).
You can catch The Men at MHOW in November.
Speedy Ortiz, among others, will be here for CMJ.
Who'd they leave off the list? Check out the full list of Red Bull's 30 under 30 below...
photos by Vladislav Grach
Greys at Shea Stadium - 7/19/13
Four bands who have no sympathy for our eardrums took over Brooklyn venue Shea Stadium on Friday (7/19) for a great all around show at the venue. The night opened up with some local rock 'n' roll from Heeney (who you may have just seen opening for Titus Andronicus, with whom they share a drummer). They were followed by another local band, the SST-sounding Weird Womb, who have been playing around a lot lately. Then came Toronto's pulverizing noise punks Greys, and finally the night wrapped up with Baltimore's Roomrunner, who give a new (or bring back an old) meaning to "grunge" in this post-Puddle of Mudd world we live in. Pictures of the whole night are in this post.
photos by Vladislav Grach
Speedy Ortiz @ DbA - 7/5/13
Like the album, which at its best is clever and cutting, the show picked up in the second half, when [Sadie] Dupuis began to slash through the heaviness of the room, and also climb above the rest of the band -- Matt Robidoux on guitar, Darl Ferm on bass, Mike Falcone on drums -- with a voice that could be savage, on "MKVI," or deceptively sweet, on "No Below," or tart, as on "Gary," which is the album's emotional highlight. That song includes some of Ms Dupuis's sharpest lyrics, aimed at someone who left her for someone far less interesting. [New York Times]Speedy Ortiz release their debut album, Major Arcana, this week (7/9) via Carpark, and over the weekend they played release shows in NYC and Boston. The NYC show was a very sweaty one at Death by Audio on Friday (7/5), where they played the new album front to back, which singer Sadie Dupuis told the crowd they've never practiced or done before, as the NY Times (!!!) review quoted above points out.
The NYC release show had support from a totally stacked lineup, which also included grungy Baltimoreans Roomrunner, sludge rockers California X, no wave revivalists Sediment Club, and No One & the Somebodies. Pictures of the show are in this post.
More pictures from DbA below...
Toronto noise punks Greys have some solid EPs and a recent split with Beliefs under their belts, and after having toured the US this past spring, they're set to make their return trip this month. They'll be coming over for I Got Brains Fest in Blacksburg, VA on July 20, but the day before that they'll stop in NYC for a show at Shea Stadium (7/19). That show's got a pretty great lineup all around, including Baltimore grunge lovers Roomrunner, Brooklyn garage punks Weird Womb, and Heeney. No advance tickets for that one, admission is $8 at the door. Show flyer below.
You can also catch Roomrunner in NYC even sooner at their previously discussed show at Death by Audio on Friday (7/5) with Speedy Ortiz, California X, Sediment Club, and No One & the Somebodies.
All Greys dates are listed, along with the show flyer and some song streams (including a new live recording), below...
by Andrew Sacher
Speedy Ortiz' Matt Robidoux at the "Tiger Tank" video shoot (photo by Matthew Caron)
Northampton, MA indie rockers Speedy Ortiz are set to release their debut LP, Major Arcana, next week (7/9) via Carpark; and after revealing the songs "Tiger Tank," "No Below," and "Plough" from that LP, they've finally made the entire album available to listen to on NPR.
Major Arcana bests all of the already-great material Speedy Ortiz has put out so far, bringing together powerful rock riffage and raw honest lyrics into 10 tracks of concise songwriting that clock in just over a half hour. It's one of the best debuts I've heard this year, and recommended to anyone who likes traditionalist indie rock with a new spin.
Speedy Ortiz are about to kick off a full tour in support of the album that begins with a record release show in NYC on Friday (7/5) at Death by Audio with Baltimore grunge revivers Roomrunner, Amherst sludge rock trio California X, Brooklyn no wave revivalists Sediment Club (whose Austin Julian is the son of Bush Tetras' Cynthia Sley and Voidoids' Ivan Julian), and No One & the Somebodies. Admission for that show is $8 at the door.
Updated dates are listed, along with streams of three Major Arcana tracks, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Speedy Ortiz at WBAR-B-Q 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Speedy Ortiz will release their debut album, Major Arcana, on July 9 via Carpark Records. Most of the material they've revealed up until this point has showed how much Speedy Ortiz rocks, but on "No Below," their new single and highlight of the new record, they show a different side of their sound. It opens soft and lyrical, not unlike much of what we've heard from Waxahatchee recently, with singer Sadie Dupuis confessing, "I didn't know you when I broke my knee/spent the summer on crutches and everybody teased/except for this one friend, I almost forgot," before she's cut off by one of the nicest hum-along guitar riffs in indie rock in recent memory. Then the song gets even more satisfying when it dissolves into an instantly hooky chorus, and even more satisfying when it culminates in rock crescendo. You can download it for free, along with the last single, "Tiger Tank," above, or stream them both below. Highly recommended.
Speedy will be swinging through NYC this weekend for the Northside Festival at the Exploding In Sound showcase at Big Snow on Saturday (6/15) which also includes Two Inch Astronaut, Fat History Month, Pile, Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Porches and more.
Then in July, they'll kick off a full tour to support the album which begins with a record release show in NYC on July 5 at Death by Audio with likeminded '90s rock lovers California X and Roomrunner. That's a great lineup. Hopefully Roomrunner don't drop off this time!
Roomrunner also open for Mikal Cronin soon.
All dates are listed, along with the song streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Roomrunner at WBAR-B-Q 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Baltimore's Roomrunner are releasing their debut LP, Ideal Cities, next week (5/28) via Fan Death, but you can now listen to it ahead of its release date at SPIN. When last writing about the album, I said:
The album has the clearest production of anything the band has put out to date, but it's far from overly polished. Guitar riffs pile on top of each other in a Siamese Dream/In Utero sort of way, putting Roomrunner in a league of other current bands like California X and Milk Music that actually make the term "grunge" sound appealing again.As mentioned, they'll be playing a few dates in June with Mikal Cronin (who is touring in support of his excellent new LP, MCII) and Shannon and the Clams, including the NYC show happening on June 20 at Ballroom (tickets).
UPDATE: Roomrunner cancelled their June 13 show too.
Updated dates are listed, along with a video of them playing "Bait Car" at Death by Audio, below...
Mikal Cronin just released his second solo album, MCII, which is a terrific record and a perfect listen for a lovely spring day like today. You can stream the whole thing over at Merge Records. Mikal has just released a video for "Change" and you can watch that below.
As mentioned, Mikal will be on tour this summer, playing NYC at Bowery Ballroom on June 20 with Roomrunner and Shannon & the Clams opening. Tickets (only $10!) are still available. He just expanded his tour as well, and all dates are listed below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Waxahatchee / Speedy Ortiz
Barnard College's 20th annual free WBAR-B-B-Q day-long festival went down this past Saturday (4/27) on the Lehman Lawn. The show included sets by Twin Sister, Roomrunner, Waxahatchee (who had the biggest crowd of the day), Speedy Ortiz, and others. It was an outdoor show, and a pretty relaxing one, with much of the crowd lounging on the grass for a lot of the show. But riff rockers Speedy Ortiz and Roomrunner did manage to get people on their feet. And if you were there early on, they had free vegan food. Pictures from WBAR-B-Q are in this post.
Roomrunner has other upcoming dates too, including a show on JUne 20 at Bowery Ballroom with Shannon and the Clams and Mikal Cronin (whose new album is streaming on NPR). Tickets for that show are still on sale.
And Waxahatchee's next NYC show is a free one, opening for Generationals and Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside on July 11 on Pier 84 as part of the River Rocks series.
More pictures from WBAR-B-Q below...
by Andrew Sacher
Roomrunner at Bowery Ballroom earlier this month (more by Lukas Hodge)
Baltimore rippers Roomrunner wrapped up their run with Marnie Stern over the weekend. They didn't play her NYC show, but they did play her Chicago show, and instead opened for Pissed Jeans in NYC. Now the band have more dates scheduled, three of which are in NYC.
The first is the previously discussed free WBAR-B-Q at Barnard College on Saturday (4/27) with Waxahatchee, Twin Sister, Swearin', Speedy Ortiz, and more. Then they'll headline a gig at
Death by Audio on May 14 (openers TBA, admission is $7 at the door). Finally, in June they'll support a few dates on the previously announced Mikal Cronin and Shannon and the Clams tour, including the NYC show on June 20 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show are still available.
UPDATE: We've been told that Roomrunner have cancelled the Death by Audio show and pushed back the release date of their album from 5/14 to 5/28.
The Death by Audio show serves as a record release show for the band's debut LP, Ideal Cities, which is due out the day of the show (5/14) 5/28 via Fan Death. The album has the clearest production of anything the band has put out to date, but it's far from overly polished. Guitar riffs pile on top of each other in a Siamese Dream/In Utero sort of way, putting Roomrunner in a league of other current bands like California X and Milk Music that actually make the term "grunge" sound appealing again. But while those bands often channel the swampy sounds of Dinosaur Jr and Meat Puppets, Roomrunner's after something brighter. Singer Denny Bowen sings with a nasally pop punk sneer and the album's got some of the band's biggest hooks yet.
Check out the video for Ideal Cities single, "Weird," along with all tour dates, which are listed below...
photos by Lukas Hodge
Noisy punk team Pissed Jeans are out on the road beating down crowds with the gospel that is Honeys. The Pennsylvania quartet recently crashlanded at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (4/13) with guests Roomrunner and Yi. Pictures from the show are in this post.
The current Pissed Jeans shows are the band's only scheduled dates until later this summer, when they hit the festival circuit including Pitchfork 2013. All remaining shows and more are listed, along with more pics from Bowery Ballroom, below.
Waxahatchee @ Permanent Records in Chicago (more by Zach Pollack)
Waxahatchee @ SXSW in Austin (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn resident Waxahatchee, who we recently caught in Austin and Chicago, has previously announced shows coming up in Brooklyn (TONIGHT, 4/3, at 285 Kent), Austin, and Chicago. Today we found out about a fourth concert on her/their schedule, and that's the WBAR Barnard College Radio's 20th Annual FREE WBAR-B-Q in NYC with Wax, Twin Sister, Roomrunner, Swearin', Speedy Ortiz, and more. Full lineup and dates below...
Double Dagger bid the world adieu in 2011, but have left the world with a pair of parting gifts. The Baltimore band will release their final LP 333, on Record Store Day (April 20) in conjunction with a new documentary on the band If We Shout Loud Enough. Also be on the lookout for video from their final live shows featuring appearances from Future Islands, Dan Deacon, Thank You, Wye Oak, and many more.
Teaser trailer for the documentary below...
by Andrew Sacher
Roomrunner at The Bell House in 2012 (more by Tracy Allison)
Baltimore punks Roomrunner wrapped up a very promising 2012 with the release of their noisy, punchy Super Vague EP, and they're finally ready to release their debut full length, Ideal Cities, which will be out on May 14 via Fan Death. It's first single, "Weird," kicks off with huge riffs and culminates in a chorus which finds Roomrunner at their catchiest but with only more power than we've heard from them before. You can stream that track and check out the album artwork below.
Roomrunner play NYC on Thursday (2/28) at FUZZ NYC with Speedy Ortiz, STATS, and Sea Monsters.
Roomrunner also have a few upcoming shows with Marnie Stern, and though they won't be at her Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (4/11), they will end up in NYC two days after that to open for Pissed Jeans, whose tour hits Bowery Ballroom on April 13. Yi is on that bill as well and tickets for that show are still available.
All Roomrunner dates are listed, along with that song stream and album art, below...