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It's that time of year again when folks start publishing their End of Year Best-Of lists. Almost always first out of the gates is UK-based Rough Trade Shops who dropped their 100 Best Albums of 2015 list today. Coming in at #1 was Bjork's devastatingly personal Vulnicura. And here's their Top 20:
1) Bjork - VulnicuraYou can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below...
2) Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
3) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
4) Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
5) Max Richter - From Sleep
6) Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
7) Kamasi Washington - The Epic
8) Royal Headache - High
9) Romare - Projections
10) Jamie XX - In Colour
11) John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
12) Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
13) Tame Impala - Currents
14) Nadine Shah - Fast Food
15) Wand - Golem
16) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
17) Django Django - Born Under Saturn
18) Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon
19) Georgia - S/T
20) Palma Violets - Danger in the Club
by Andrew Sacher
"Pop punk" was once widely considered a dirty term in most indie rock circles, but over the past few years it's been sneaking into indie rock vernacular. We use it here on BV a lot. Pitchfork has used it when talking about anyone from Cloud Nothings to Upset to Joyce Manor. Stereogum has used it for The Sidekicks, Chumped, and Cayetana. NPR for Wavves, Title Fight and Waxahatchee. The list goes on.
It's easy to see what made "pop punk" such a turnoff as it became progressively more mainstream in the '90s and early '00s. "Punk" is a genre with a code of ethics that punk fans feel should be kept sacred, and "pop" is basically the antithesis of those ethics. So "pop punk" is theoretically the worst thing that could ever happen to punk. Indie rock fans adhere to similar ethics, so when "What's My Age Again?" hit TRL, it's no surprise that Sebadoh fans weren't gluing their eyes to their TVs.
But for a younger generation, some combination of Green Day, The Offspring, Rancid, blink-182 and New Found Glory (or all of the above) was a foundational listening experience, and an entry point into alternative music. Those bands may have made punk more mainstream, but they were also gateways to older and more universally canonized artists. blink-182 directly led to Descendents, Dinosaur Jr and Drive Like Jehu; Green Day to Husker Du; Rancid to Roger Miret and Sham 69; New Found Glory to Lifetime and Gorilla Biscuits; and so on. The people who grew up on those bands are becoming today's indie rock musicians, fans, and critics, so it makes sense that the sounds of pop punk are making their way into indie rock. Not to mention Best Coast, who started as a lo-fi band on Mexican Summer, went on to cover blink-182, collaborate with New Found Glory, and tour with Green Day.
photo: Best Coast opening for Green Day in 2013 (more by Dana Distortion)
Right now, the amount of bands blurring the lines between indie rock and pop punk is pretty astounding. We saw pop punk's influence sneak into indie rock on a handful of our favorite records of last year, and this year we have great records from Colleen Green, Bully, Superheaven, Turnover, All Dogs, Radioactivity, Royal Headache, Titus Andronicus, Worriers, Hop Along and Adventures that all fit the description.
Even with this huge influx of indie rock bands taking influence from pop punk, it's not hard to see why there's still resistance against the "pop punk" tag. The kind of over-produced pop punk that critics cringed at in the early 2000s is still very popular. All Time Low's new album debuted at #2 on Billboard this year and there's nothing "punk" about this. 5 Seconds of Summer may be the biggest band in the world right now that anyone is calling "pop punk," but they also share management with One Direction, have toured with them, and are closer in sound to 1D than to any band who ever signed a contract with Fat Wreck Chords. If 5SOS can be called pop punk, or apparently anyone who plays Warped Tour -- like Front Porch Step, who in addition to his questionable actions, makes cringe-worthy music that has nothing to do with pop punk -- it's understandable why some people want to avoid the term.
There's also a group of bands who frequently play Warped Tour and not only warrant being called pop punk, but pride themselves on it: bands like Man Overboard, The Story So Far, Four Year Strong, Neck Deep and State Champs. Their approach is basically to take the moment pop punk took over the world and recreate it. (The Drive-Thru Records catalog is a big influence here.) They're not shy about their style -- Man Overboard make shirts that say "Defend Pop Punk" and Neck Deep make ones that say "Generic Pop Punk." They don't seem to be after hugely mainstream success and tend to build their fanbases like punk bands do, but to our ears they're usually unoriginal at best and still kinda cheesy at worst.
If you have any place in your heart for early 2000s-era mainstream pop punk though (and if you've read this far, you probably do), there's one band I think is doing a hell of a lot of justice to it: The Wonder Years. Unlike the bands bringing pop punk's influence into indie rock, The Wonder Years are making the kind of pop punk that is in fact pop music, but they also happen to make really fucking good pop music. It's becoming more prevalent for critics and "serious music fans" to discuss great pop music, and this is a good thing because great music can truly come from anywhere. The recent Beyonce and Justin Timberlake albums were steps forward for music in general, whether or not you normally listen to the radio. A lot of fans and critics noted that, but for whatever reason there's still a stigma when it comes to pop punk. You're more likely to see certain critics champion Fifth Harmony, a new teen-pop group formed by Simon Cowell on The X Factor, than even mention the latest Bad Religion or Rancid albums. It's a stigma that hopefully disappears, because The Wonder Years don't deserve to be ignored by any serious music fan.
photo: The Wonder Years at House of Vans in 2011 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
The Wonder Years started out as more of a generic pop punk band, and while in hindsight I respect the people who knew they were great from day one (or at least since their 2010 breakthrough The Upsides), they didn't really catch my ear until 2011's Suburbia I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing. And it didn't really click until 2013's The Greatest Generation, which might be the greatest true-blue radio-ready pop punk record since Enema of the State. It probably owes more to New Found Glory and The Starting Line than it does to blink-182, but even if those bands have proved to be more influential, they never had this level of songwriting or maturity. Even on New Found Glory's "mature" album, they couldn't escape writing songs about girls who "smell like angels ought to smell." The Greatest Generation grapples with hitting your mid-to-late '20s, seeing your friends and cousins getting married and transitioning into adulthood, and thinking "did I fuck up?" When they do sound like they're singing about high school crushes ("I hadn't felt a heartbreak until now") you quickly realize they're singing about the death of a friend.
It's close to an absolute perfection of its form, and it's hard to say just yet if they've topped it, though they've undoubtedly made another artistic leap on the new No Closer to Heaven. It's the band's most overwhelmingly emotional album yet, and the most musically diverse too. In 45 minutes it touches on double-time pop punk, slower atmospheric songs, heavy rock riffs, and an acoustic song to close things out. It's the kind of record that might piss off some old fans and cause them to say The Wonder Years "aren't pop punk anymore," but it might win over a bunch of new fans in the process. It's pop punk's Sunbather. The thing is though, unlike say Title Fight's trek into atmospheric rock, this is a pop punk album. It pushes the boundaries of the genre about as far as they can go without losing the type of thrill you specifically get from this style of music. Really it shouldn't piss off old fans because it manages to retain the sound they've always had while clearly pushing it forward.
It makes me think a lot of Brand New's The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. It doesn't sound like Devil and God, but that was the moment Brand New made a devastating, cathartic album that defied its genre without abandoning it, and that's what TWY do here. They're also similar to Brand New in that each record is a shift from the last, and that people (rightfully) worship these guys. To compare it to an album it does sound like, it's actually a little like The Hotelier's last one, and that may be the most acclaimed album the entire emo revival has given us. But it feels a little unfair to compare those two, because The Hotelier are a young (yet fully-formed) band and No Closer to Heaven is clearly the work of seasoned songwriters.
The Wonder Years are more dynamically diverse here than ever. They know just when to switch from a chorus turned up to 11 to a bridge of clean guitar arpeggios and back again. They know which lyric needs a three-part harmony, which needs frontman Dan "Soupy" Campbell to sing gently and which needs him at the top of his lungs. At least half the songs completely avoid the standard verse-chorus-verse. Recurring lyrics and themes throughout an album aren't new ground for The Wonder Years, but No Closer to Heaven might be the closest they've come to a true concept album. Death, if it wasn't obvious, is that concept here. The lyric we hear over and over is "We're no saviors if we can't save our brothers," and that's only one of the instantly-quotable lines packed into this thing. There's a harsh reality to Soupy's lyrics this time around, and when he brings his voice to a shout it feels more like a reflex than an artistic decision.
Like the last record, his melodies are familiar without being predictable. Thanks in part to the fact that almost every member can sing, they've mastered the kind of multi-part harmonies and overlapping vocals that most of their peers aren't even attempting. (My only complaint about the new album is the guest vocals from the singer of letlive. who come too close to a maligned genre I won't defend, nu-metal.) The production is once again shining with gloss, but nothing sounds artificial -- unlike many of their peers, the band and longtime producer Steve Evetts (who has helmed other pop punk classics like Jersey's Best Dancers and Through Being Cool) have long discussed avoiding auto-tune and sample replacing. The interplay between the band's three guitarists also make this far more detailed than punk's "learn three power chords, form a band" mentality. But The Wonder Years do stay true to the latter half of the phrase "pop punk," and if you've seen them live you know this. They typically fill big rooms these days, but they still play like they came out swinging from a South Philly basement. They might not win over a snobby punk purist, but for the genre-hopping listener who finds emotional depth and musical ambition in both the new Drake and the new Sufjan Stevens, you may find it in the new Wonder Years too.
photo: You Blew It! at Riis Park Beach Bazaar - August, 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
No Closer to Heaven is out today via Hopeless (order yours) and you can stream the whole thing via Rdio, below.
They'll be on tour this year with another unique pop punk band, Motion City Soundtrack, emo revival darlings You Blew It!, and State Champs. That tour hits NYC for two Webster Hall shows in October, but first TWY play an acoustic in-store at Rough Trade on Wednesday (9/9).
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Royal Headache / Sheer Mag / The Gotobeds @ Saint Vitus 8/30/2015
Watching Australian band Royal Headache is kinda like being courtside at a tennis match, with frontman Shogun being the ball. The guy is a constant blur, and was bouncing from one side of the stage to the other at Saint Vitus on Sunday night (8/30). He is most definitely the lifeblood of the band, an absolute maniac who was shirtless and drenched in sweat just a few songs into their set. He also reminded me a bit of The Fall's Mark E Smith in that, even though he doesn't play an instrument onstage, he seems to be the architect of their sound, correcting the substitute bassist when he played a bum note, and guiding the drummer at one point. All while singing his heart out in a soulful croon that is somewhere between Steve Marriott and Feargal Sharkey. They are a total blast.
This was the final of three NYC shows for Royal Headache, all in Brooklyn and all with Philadelphia's Sheer Mag. That band's tough sound draws most of its influence from late-'70s riff rock like Cheap Trick and Thin Lizzy, while most of its energy comes from singer Tina Halladay who is also a belter. I don't quite get all the ultra-hype surrounding them in some circles, but they were good.
Opening the night were Pittsburgh's The Gotobeds who came up just for this show. They were in a good mood and frontman Eli Kasan, who was later singing along to pretty much every Royal Headache song, was cracking jokes and throwing kicks throughout the set. And an interesting set it was. In addition to three songs from their first album for Sub Pop which is due out early next year, they also covered the entirety of Redd Kross debut 12", and invited Kevin Pedersen, who runs Royal Headache's label What's Your Rupture and whose birthday it was, onstage to sing vocals on a "Annette's Got the Hits." There was also a big skeleton/witch model/costume that guitarist Tom Payne decided to wear at the end of the set. "Can you believe we found this in the trash just a couple hours ago," cracked Kasan.
The Noisey-presented show was just $5.00 to get in, and that included a free Shiner beer, much like you'll get at the Speedy Ortiz show happening at the same venue tonight (8/31).
Lots more pictures from the whole night at Saint Vitus, below...
photo: The Gotobeds @ Cake Shop in May (more by Jena Cumbo)
The Gotobeds are wrapping up work on their second album, which will be their first for Sub Pop, hopefully dropping early 2016. In the meantime, the Pittsburgh band will be taking a quick trip to NYC next weekend to open for Royal Headache and Sheer Mag at their just-added show at Saint Vitus on August 30 which is sold out (like RH's other two shows). It's The Gotobeds' only show on their schedule at the moment.
Royal Headache played the Beserktown II in L.A. last weekend and video has surfaced from that and you can watch that below.
photo: Royal Headache at Warsaw in 2012 (more by Joe McCabe)
Australian punks Royal Headache and the very well-matched Sheer Mag are on tour now, hitting NYC for shows on August 25 at Rough Trade with Home Blitz (tickets) and August 29 at Palisades with Flowers of Evil (sold out). They've now added a third NYC show, happening August 30 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated dates and show flyer below.
That's the first of two Noisey/Shiner shows happening that week, the other being Speedy Ortiz / Aye Nako. Both are $5 and you get a free Shiner beer with your ticket.
Royal Headache's great new album High comes out this week on What's Your Rupture. They just put out the video for its song "Carolina." Watch that and stream the title track and "Another World" below.
by Bill Pearis
We're still a couple weeks away from the release of the new Royal Headache album, High, but you can stream it right now via NPR. The Australian band make the kind of poppy punk in the Undertones/Buzzcocks/Jam style, with a dash of soul as well, bashing out 10 sing-a-long nuggets in less than half an hour. They even making room for a ballad or two. Have a listen below.
by Bill Pearis
Royal Headache have shared a second song from their upcoming album, High. "Another World" is a little more typical of the new album (and Royal Headache) than "High," a ripper that recalls the poppier side of UK punk. (They have always reminded me of The Undertones.) Stream it below.
It won't be too long till Royal Headache are over for their North American tour, including the two NYC shows with Sheer Mag -- Rough Trade on August 25 with Home Blitz (tickets) and Palisades on August 29 with Flowers of Evil (tickets).
Updated tour dates are listed, along with both songs released from High, below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, after a three-year hiatus, Australia's Royal Headache are back, and scheduled to play LA fest Berserktown II in August. We were hoping that wasn't going to be a one-off and it's not -- there's a full tour, much of it with Sheer Mag (that's an exciting double-bill). The tour includes two NYC shows: August 25 at Rough Trade and August 29 at Palisades. Tickets for Palisades are on sale now, and Rough Trade will be on sale Friday (6/5) at noon. All dates are listed below.
It's not just a tour, either, as Royal Headache have a new album, titled High, that will be out August 21 via What's Your Rupture. It picks up right where their 2012 self-titled album left off, with a punky/poppy sound that's very much in the Undertones/Jam vein, and supercharged with energy. It's a mix that would have them fitting in as easily on a NYC Popfest bill as a punk show. You can check out High's title track below.
by Bill Pearis
Royal Trux (photo by Nine Gouveia)
The Berserktown II festival is happening August 14-16 in Los Angeles and they have expanded their lineup quite a bit since we last posted, with some potentially exciting additions. First and foremost is duo Royal Trux, with Neil Michael Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema performing under the RT name for the first time in 15 years. Herrema will also play with her current concern, Black Bananas and Hagerty is part of Dan'l Boone who are also playing the fest.
Also on board for Berserktown II are another Royal: Australia's awesome Royal Headache who haven't been to the US in three years (and haven't really played a whole lot since then anywhere). Other notable Berserktown II additions include Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, Power Trip, Sheer Mag, The Ukiah Drag, Lust for Youth, Helm, Puce Mary, Vexx, Wax Idols, and The Mob (who visited from the UK earlier this year). Those join previously announced artists Dead Moon, Total Control, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests and more.
Tickets and festival passes are on sale now. Full daily lineups are listed, along with Berserktown II poster, below.
In related news, Neil Michael Hagerty will play Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on May 28 with fellow noisemakers PC Worship and long-running CT-based band Sore Eros. Tickets are on sale.
by Bill Pearis
Australian band Twerps signed to Merge this year and released the Underlay EP in late summer. Then last month, they released a new single, "Back to You," which is about as perfect a slice of sunny janglepop as you could want and you can check out the video for that song below. "Back to You" is the first taste of Twerps' new album, Range Anxiety, which will be out January 27. (It's out 1/23 via Chapter Music in their home country.) It's a terrific album and folks who enjoy The Go Betweens, The Bats and The Pastels, Real Estate or just catchy, understated guitar pop, it's definitely an album to keep on your radar. We've got the premiere of the dreamier "Shoulders" which features lead vocals from guitarist Julia McFarlane and you can stream it in this post.
Twerps will be heading to this side of the world in March to play SXSW and will be touring around it. That includes two NYC shows: March 13 at Rough Trade and March 14 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for those shows will be available via Ticketmaster soon. All dates are listed below.
Drummer Alex McFarlane was also nice enough to give us his Top 10 of 2014 which includes albums, shows and moments. You can peruse that, plus the new song stream, "Back to You" video and a trailer for the new album, below...
Pitchfork just posted their Honorable Mention Albums of 2012, which they consider "20 records didn't make [their] Top 50 but they're not necessarily just Nos. 51-70." There are some similarities to their Overlooked Records of 2012 list that they posted halfway through the year. It also includes Frankie Rose's Interstellar, which did actually get Best New Music upon its release, unlike the other albums here. And it's got Waxahatchee's American Weekend and Jeremih's Late Nights with Jeremih, neither of which were reviewed throughout the year. Though they did review Waxhatachee (Katie Crutchfield)'s sister Allison's band Swearin', who also makes this list, and who (along with Jeremih) made Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks list.
Full list below...
photos by Joe McCabe
Ceremony at Warsaw - 6/14/12
Ceremony (who we recently interviewed), Citizens Arrest (who replaced Screaming Females), Royal Headache, and Magrudergrind teamed up for a Northside show at Warsaw last Thursday (6/14). It was the second NYC show for Royal Headache last week, who played Cake Shop a day earlier (6/13). More pictures from the Warsaw show (unfortunately none of Citizens Arrest) are below.
photos and words by Caroline Harrison
By the time Aussie headliners Royal Headache took the stage Wednesday night (6/13), the Cake Shop was packed to capacity. The eager crowd was crammed into every corner the oddly shaped basement could offer, anticipation as palpable as the sweaty basement humidity.
While waiting for the four-band show to begin, I witnessed a number of puzzled show attendees wander downstairs, stumble into a literary mixer, and check their watches to make sure they were in the right place. About 10 minutes before 9, the Cake Shop's sound guy subtly hinted that the remaining mixer attenders should head home, blasting Iron Maiden's "Run to the HIlls," and New York locals Lame Drivers began setting up their gear.
Despite a rushed set-up to keep the show on schedule, Lame Drivers warmed up the room with an energetic set of their wacky punk-tinged rock. They were followed by Scott & Charlene's Wedding -- named after Australian soap opera "Neighbors" -- a laid-back trio from Australia whose set was marked by accomplished but not flashy bar-rock lead guitar. Home Blitz's set left audience members calling out for more songs that the band was unable to deliver -- since the sets were still running behind schedule.
Royal Headache's set featured songs from their recently released eponymous album including the driving single, "Girls," in addition to a couple of new tunes. Drummer Shorty relentlessly drove the music while singer Shogun paced back and forth, forcefully howling through each song. The band's encore wasn't much of choice -- they couldn't have gotten through the crowd to leave if they had wanted to -- but they fully delivered on the recent hype. [Ed: And then some, they were great! - Bill]
More pictures from Cake Shop last night are below.
Ross of Ceremony at Terminal 5 (more by BBG)
The shirtless guy climbing on the PA, screaming in some kid's face or writhing on the stage floor is Ross Farrar, frontman for Ceremony. The California punk crew released their latest LP and Matador debut Zoo this year and like their recent output, sees the band branching further away from their early powerviolence and into garage, melodic punk, and indie. Ceremony headlines Warsaw tonight (6/14), alongside a killer bill of Citizens Arrest, Royal Headache and Magrudergrind (tickets are still available, or use your Northside badge).
We sat down with Ross Farrar to ask him a few questions about Ceremony, punk vs indie, and what's next for his band. You can read it below.
by Bill Pearis
Australia's Royal Headache are in town bringing their blown-out power pop to Cake Shop tonight (6/13) with Home Blitz, Scott and Charlene's Wedding and Lame Drivers; and again at Warsaw on Thursday (6/14) as part of the Chaos in Tejas showcase at the Northside Festival that also includes Ceremony, Citizens Arrest, and Magrudergrind. No advance tickets for the Cake Shop show; Warsaw tickets are still available and you can try and get in with your Northside Badge.
Royal Headache released their self-titled debut last month on What's Your Rupture and is pretty killer stuff, a mix of '60s soul and garage and '70s power pop and punk. Frontman Shogun really belts it out, with pipes somewhere between Steve Marriott and Paul Weller and his stage presence is just as emotive. You can listen to the album below via a Spotify widget as well as watch the video for "Girls," and thre are two tracks to download above.
If you can't make tonight's show in person but are near a computer, you can stream the Cake Shop show live via East Village Radio. The dedicated stream goes live at 10PM EST but judging by doors and the four-band line-up, Royal Headache probably won't go on till around midnight. Details over at EVR.
Also playing the Cake shop show tonight are Scott & Charlene's Wedding whose singer Craig Dermody is originally from Melbourne but now lives in Brooklyn. You can check out his record which is streaming below, which was made with help from members of Family Portrait and The Twerps who share a similar sound. Scott & Charlene's Wedding are also playing Shea Stadium on July 12 with Island Twins, Pale Lights and Alex Bleeker & The Freaks.
Album streams and a list of Royal Headache tour dates are below.
Warsaw last year (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Warsaw in Brooklyn is usually busy hosting its share of parties that cater to its Polish neighbors, but the venue has recently, once again rolled out a few shows for the concert-going populus... those looking for "where pierogies meet punk". In the next few days the space has three shows laid out for Northside Festival that kick off with Thursday's Ceremony/Citizens Arrest/Royal Headache/Magrudergrind show. Tickets are still on sale or try to get in to this, and all Northside Festival shows, with your Northside badge Meanwhile you can also catch Royal Headache at Cake Shop tonight (6/13).
As also previously mentioned, POP Montreal will present a Northside show with Tinariwen with Buke & Gase and Piers Faccini on June 15th at Warsaw (tickets are on sale). The appearance is one of only three scheduled for the band on the East Coast thus far, as they'll spend the bulk of the summer touring Europe. Tour dates are below.
Starfucker have only two dates on their current tour schedule, but one of those will feature Yawn and will go down in Brooklyn as part of Northside on Sunday, June 17 at Warsaw. Tickets are on sale. Both of their dates are listed below.
Warsaw also has a couple of not-Northside shows as well, including Leftover Crack with Crackbox and more TBA on July 8th (tickets) and World Inferno Friendship Society will play their annual Hallowmas show (on Halloween) at the venue (tickets). Meanwhile you can also catch World/Inferno this weekend in Asbury Park.
Reminder: though neither are at Warsaw, BrooklynVegan will host two Northside Festival shows on Friday (6/15): the MHoW show with Frankie Rose, Caveman, Hume and Fort Lean (tickets) as well as the BrooklynVegan-BBG/Brutal Panda show with Harkonen, The Atlas Moth, Fight Amp and Whores (tickets).
All Tinariwen and Starfucker dates are below.
Citizens Arrest at Europa in 2011 (more by Sarah Coulter)
Screaming Females dropping off of the previously discussed Warsaw show on June 14th due to Marisa's sickness was a bit of a blow. Thankfully, the guys in Citizens Arrest have swooped in to take their place! Tickets for Ceremony, Citizens Arrest, Royal Headache and Magrudergrind (who just played Europa) are on sale or you can try to get in with your Northside badge.
The show is one of several US dates scheduled for the great Royal Headache, including another NYC show at Cake Shop on June 13th. So far the band is still waiting on clearances for their visas so they can kick off their tour at Chaos in Tejas this weekend. The tour was originally scheduled to begin on the West Coast last week, but those dates were rescheduled due to visa issues. Check out all updated Royal Headache dates below and fingers crossed for their safe passage to the US!
Big Freedia (more by Chris La Putt)
today in NYC
* Internet Week
* BLIXT @ The Stone
* Naked People @ UCB
* Iggy Azalea @ S.O.B.'s
* Totally J/K @ UCB East
* Tracy Silverman @ The Stone
* Paul Weller @ Varvatos Store
* Stephane Wrembel @ Joe's Pub
* Commercial Interruption @ UCB
* Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard
* Baby Shakes, 1-800-BAND @ Union Pool
* Caveman, NewVillager @ Brooklyn Museum
* Big Freedia, Workout @ Santos Party House
* Justin Townes Earle, Tristen @ Webster Hall
* Willie Nelson, Robert Ellis @ Wellmont Theater
* Springs, Katie Mullins, Racket Club @ Zebulon
* Kindness, Tezeo, JDH & Dave P @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Brazilian Dance Party at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1
* VHS or Beta, Gambit, Electric Youth @ Bowery Ballroom
* Spewtilator, Syphilitic Lust, Skullshitter @ The Acheron
* The Spinto Band, Sea of Bees, Horse's Mouth @ The Rock Shop
* Classixx, VHS or Beta, Sean Glass @ Hudson Terrace Rooftop
* Rifle Recoil, Tungs, Heavy Midgets @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Lee Scratch Perry, Subatomic Sound System @ Gramercy Theatre
* The Adicts, World/Inferno Friendship Society @ Best Buy Theater
* New York Funk Exchange @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise - The Halfmoon
* EULA, Psychic Feline, Lame Drivers, Sloppy Heads @ Death By Audio
* Delicate Steve, People Get Ready, Sinkane (DJ set) @ Mercury Lounge
* Nation Beat, Maracatu New York, DJ Greg Caz @ Brooklyn Bridge Park
* The David Mayfield Parade, Christopher Paul Stelling @ Mercury Lounge
* Spacehog, Pisser, Linfinity, DJ Nick Marc, DJ Justine D @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Juan Wauters, King Cyst, Weed @ Shea Stadium
* Hoax, Sewn Leather, Hank Wood & The Hammerheads, 2 Ton Bug @ 285 Kent Ave
* Rosi Hertlein, Joe Kubera, Joe McPhee (The Art of Art Songs and Free Improvisation) @ Roulette
* NYC Popfest w/ The Marshmallows, Heaven's Gate, Dear Marje, Speedmarket Avenue, Burning Hearts @ Cake Shop
* Ende Tymes Festival w/ Opponents, DOG, Crank Sturgeon, Thomas Dimuzio, Zaimph, Work/Death, Husere Grav, Lussuria, Terrors, John Mannion, Anthony Saunders@ Secret Project Robot
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Australia's Royal Headache, who are heading out on a tour of the USA soon, have a new video you can watch below...
Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys, Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.
Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.
Ceremony at BV/POTR Thrasher Deathmatch (more by BBG)
For one night only, Mercury Lounge will ALMOST turn into a DIY show space when they host the previously discussed Ceremony show on April 23rd. Mercury Lounge will allow entry for 16+ that evening, allowing the venue to be battle-tested by tons of stage-diving underage kids. Violent Bullshit open. Tickets are still available.
The Mercury Lounge show takes place later the same night that Ceremony open for Refused at Terminal 5, and is now one of three NYC shows for the band. Ceremony will team with Screaming Females (who are on tour), Royal Headache and Magrudergrind (who play soon with Nasum) for the previously discussed (and now fully revealed) show at the considerably bigger Warsaw on June 14th as part of the Northside Festival. Tickets are on sale, or you can get in with your Northside Festival badge.
And speaking of Violent Bullshit, they have a new LP and are also scheduled to play Union Pool with Turing Machine in May.
Screaming Females and Ceremony also share a bill in Austin during Chaos in Tejas who are co-presenting the Northside showcase.
All Ceremony tour dates and the flyer for Mercury Lounge below.
Aussies Royal Headache, who were last here in 2011, are coming back to US shores for a string of dates that will include Chaos in Tejas and a pair of NYC shows: Cake Shop on June 13th and an unspecified Northside Festival show the next day (June 14th, a Chaos in Tejas/Fun Fun Fun Fest collaboration). Full list of dates is below.
Royal Headache are preparing a stateside release of their debut LP, due on May 8th via What's Your Rupture? Records. The band have a pop-inflected punk sound akin to Buzzcocks and The Jam meets The Kinks, but with stellar R&B vocals that recall Paul Weller. Download "Girls" above and stream "Down The Lane" and "Really in Love" below beside all tour dates....
Saint Vitus @ Irving Plaza in 2011 (more by BBG)
Chaos in Tejas (May 31-June 3 in Austin) have announced ANOTHER batch of bands to add to their ridiculous lineup including Saint Vitus, Church of Misery, No Statik, Toys That Kill, Pegasus, Martial Canterel, Anasazi, Bloodwing (mems of The Spits, who are on tour soon), Harm's Way, Hatred Surge, the Hex Dispensers, John Wesley Coleman, Joyce Manor, and many many others. The current full lineup and flyer is below and tickets are FINALLY going on sale TODAY (1/31).
Doom legends Saint Vitus are currently preparing their new LP Lillie: F-65 for Season of Mist. The record, their eighth and first in seventeen years (!), is tentatively set for release at the end of March. More details are forthcoming.
In related news, members of Mind Eraser also serve as personnel in Magic Circle, another Chaos in Tejas band. Look for Magic Circle to team with Pilgrim (who we recently interviewed), Windhand, and Natur at Public Assembly on March 1st.
The updated Chaos in Tejas lineup is below along with the flyer.
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists at Bell House (more by Erik Erikson)
The Chaos in Tejas lineup expands more with another round of additions including the first Breakdown show in 25 years with the 87 demo lineup, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists (one of two upcoming Austin shows for Ted), the Clean (first Texas show ever), Deviated Instinct, Death Evocation (1st show), Mass Grave, Pierced Arrows, Australian garage rockers Royal Headache, No Fucker, New Orleans Bounce artist Katey Red, the Impalers, Cold World, Creem, Avon Ladies, Backtrack, Bi-Marks, Phobia and many others. Full list of new additions and the latest flyer is below.
Chaos in Tejas will add another 40+ bands in the coming weeks and tickets will go on sale on January 31st. More details are forthcoming.
Show flyer, video, and the list of all new additions below...
As previously mentioned, Australia's Royal Headache begin a tour at Death By Audio in Brooklyn TONIGHT (9/8). The same is true for France's Cheveu! International agarage rock enthusiasts should not miss this show. All Cheveu dates and the Brooklyn flyer below...
DOWNLOAD: Royal Headache - Down the Lane (MP3)
Sydney's Royal Headache are visting the US for a September tour around Gonerfest 2011. They kick things off at Brooklyn's Death By Audio on 9/8 with France's Cheveu, Black Marble & Family Curse, and then continue to Manhattan's Ding Dong Lounge on 9/10 with Home Blitz before continuing on (dates below).
These dudes have been one of the best things about Sydney's resurgent DIY punk scene for a while, on the strength of a self-produced 7" and some pretty amazing live shows, and their album, produced by Mikey Young of Eddy Current Suppression Ring and Straight Arrows' Owen Penglis, delivers on their early promise pretty comprehensively. There's a '60s pop hue to punk jams like Down The Lane, but they don't come across as revivalists - you can put that down to a combination of a thick romantic streak and a totally prosaic lyrical style which is so terrifically unpretentious that it makes you wonder why so few other songwriters have been able to write like this. [Rose Quartz]Grab a song above. Dates below...