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Pitchfork Honorable Mentions

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...

Continue reading "A Few Albums That Definitely Didn't Make Pitchfork's Top 50 of 2012"

photos by Joe McCabe

Ceremony at Warsaw - 6/14/12
Ceremony

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.

Continue reading "Ceremony, Citizens Arrest, Royal Headache & Magrudergrind played Warsaw (pics)"

photos and words by Caroline Harrison

Royal Headache
Royal Headache

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]

Royal Headache will be continuing the tour at the Warsaw in Brooklyn tonight as part of the Northside Festival, opening for Ceremony (who we interviewed), before continuing on to Boston.

More pictures from Cake Shop last night are below.

Continue reading "Royal Headache played Cake Shop with Home Blitz, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, and Lame Drivers (pics/review)"

Ross of Ceremony at Terminal 5 (more by BBG)
Ross Ferrar

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.

Continue reading "An interview with Ceremony, who play Warsaw tonight"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Royal Headache - "Girls" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Royal Headache - "Down The Lane" (MP3)

Royal Headache

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.

Continue reading "Royal Headache are here; Scott & Charlene's Wedding play with them tonight (and other dates)"

Warsaw last year (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Warsaw

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.

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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.

Continue reading "Starfucker, Leftover Crack, World/Inferno, Buke & Gase & other (mostly Northside) shows happening at Warsaw"

by BBG

Citizens Arrest at Europa in 2011 (more by Sarah Coulter)
Citizens Arrest

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!

Continue reading "Citizens Arrest replaces Screaming Females on Warsaw show; Royal Headache reschedules West Coast dates"

Big Freedia (more by Chris La Putt)
Big Freedia

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...

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Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Frankie Rose

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.

Continue reading "more Northside Festival artists announced (Frankie Rose, Grass Widow, Felice Brothers, Buke & Gass, Vår, Gap Dream & more)"

by BBG

Ceremony at BV/POTR Thrasher Deathmatch (more by BBG)
Ceremony

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.

Continue reading "Mercury Lounge is 16+ for Ceremony who are also playing Northside with Screaming Females (updated dates)"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Royal Headache - "Girls" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Royal Headache - "Down The Lane" (MP3)

Royal Headache

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....

Continue reading "Royal Headache releasing LP in May, touring the US right after"

by BBG

Saint Vitus @ Irving Plaza in 2011 (more by BBG)
Saint Vitus

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.

Continue reading "Chaos in Tejas 2012 expands again; tickets on sale today"

by BBG

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists at Bell House (more by Erik Erikson)
Ted Leo

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.

The additions joined previously announced bands like Antisect, Winter, The Mob, Varukers, Best Coast, Moss Icon, Dropdead, Ringworm, Midnight, and many more.

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...

Continue reading "Chaos in Tejas lineup expands again"

Cheveu

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...

Continue reading "Cheveu is here -- 2011 North American Tour Dates (tonight in Brooklyn with Royal Headache)"

DOWNLOAD: Royal Headache - Down the Lane (MP3)

Royal Headache

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...

Continue reading "check out Royal Headache (touring US around Gonerfest) ---- dates & songs"

Goner Fest

Goner Records' eighth annual Goner Fest is coming to Memphis, TN on September 22-25. According to a press release, the festival will include three evening shows at the Hi-Tone Cafe, two afternoon shows, and opening and closing shows at the Goner Records Shop. The first batch of artists has been released and includes Alarm Clocks, Icky Boyfriends, Ty Segall, Royal Headache, Black Sunday, Kitchen's Floor, Deaf Wish, Brides, and Straight Arrows. Golden Passes are on sale now.

NobunnyNobunny

Nobunny, whose album First Blood is out now on Goner Records is in NYC this weekend. He plays Knitting Factory tonight (7/1) with TV GHOST and Shellshag and a late show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/2) also with TV GHOST. More Nobunny dates HERE.

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