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Total Control, Dead Moon, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement, Amen Dunes, Gun Outfit, Milk Music, and more will play Los Angeles festival Beserktown II from August 14 - 16. This marks the first US show for Total Control since 2013 -- main man Mikey Young is not a fan of touring -- and festival organizers are saying it's the band's only North American date of 2015. (Apparently it's their first show period since releasing Typical System.) The fest also marks a reunion of Denmark's No Hope For The Kids. Festival passes are on sale now. All announced Beserktown II acts are listed below.

Reformed Pacific Northwest punks Dead Moon will also be in NYC in June.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Mew / Iceage @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

The three 2015 BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 wrapped up on rainy Saturday (3/21) with a multi-genre lineup across the venue's inside and outside stages. Check out Friday pics HERE and HERE. Thursday is HERE and HERE. Saturday is in this post.

Kicking the day off inside was the hyped, XL-signed UK electronic artist East India Youth who played solo with a variety of synths and drum machines. He was followed by a rare US appearance by Vietnamese rapper Suboi (with Fool's Gold-signed DJ Sammy Bananas). She was the first Vietnamese artist to ever play SXSW, the BV show was one of only two sets she played in Austin this week, and it definitely seemed like an excited crowd came out specifically to see her. Before SXSW she played San Francisco, and since SXSW, was in NYC (last night).

Then it was Philly's Alex G whose DIY indie rock was as entertaining as his deadpan stage banter. Following Alex was The Lees of Memory, the current band of Superdrag singer John Davis and guitarist Brandon Fisher, who were joined by four other musicians. Their album is shoegaze, but the live show was more like the '90s alternative of Superdrag and (in this writer's opinion) one of the day's most enjoyable sets.

Things got darker and more intense after The Lees for Ex-Cult, whose abrasive psych punk was loud, in your face, and full of attitude. That kind of intense attitude didn't go away when post-punk pioneers The Pop Group followed. It's easy to throw around the phrase "ahead of their time," but The Pop Group's set even sounded radical in 2015. Frontman Mark Stewart praised the US for having a great underground music scene, which was pretty amazing coming from a person still embodying underground music over 35 years after his band's debut album. Iceage, a comparatively much newer band who owe much to the scene The Pop Group helped start, wrapped up the day on a high note.

The Pop Group / Screaming Females @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

The outside stage began with Australia's Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders (who also played NYC last night), a quirky crew fronted by the Nick Cave-like frontman Jack Ladder and featuring a cast of backing musicians (Kirin J Callinan included) who all looked like very different genuine weirdos (in a good way). Their set of baritone-fueled new wave was great, and Jack's stage banter was funny too.

They were followed by Public Access TV, the new-ish New York band who hearkened back to the city's early 2000s garage rock revival. They've since gotten some very bad news while still out on tour.

Then it was soulful singer Gabriel Garzon-Montano, whose voice first caught our ears on the new Drake album and sounded great live too. The filled-in-trying-to-stay-dry crowd was into him too. Things then changed pretty drastically as UK folk punk Frank Turner played solo acoustic, which was a pretty great laid-back set to hear outdoors mid-afternoon. He was followed by a band who weren't laid back at all, the shredding punk trio Screaming Females. We caught them back in NYC only a few weeks prior, but no matter how many times we see them their shows never fail to be totally intense. Then came Ceremony, the ever-changing punk band who played an excellent set with material from most phases of their career. They also played songs off their new album coming out this May, which had serious Joy Division vibes.

Frank Turner @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

Then wrapping up the day was my personal favorite set of the BV day parties (and maybe of everything I saw at SXSW): Mew. The proggy, dreamy Danish band paired stuff off their new album (like "Satellites") with older favorites (like "Am I Wry? No" into "156"), and all of it sounded great. The fact that this year was a very rainy SXSW was unfortunate, but it started coming down pretty hard during Mew's set and that whole atmosphere was perfect.

Thanks to our sponsors MailChimp, Dropkloud, and Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) for helping make it all possible. If you unlocked our party playlsts on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for supplying drinks to our bands.

More pictures from the whole day, below...

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Mew
photo: Mew at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Power Trip
photo: Power Trip at BV-RBSS in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)

The three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 in Austin begin TODAY (Thursday, 3/19). We're taking over both stages of the 6th & Red River venue from noon-6pm and doing it again Friday (3/20) and Saturday (3/21) too. You can RSVP for all three days. If you're in Austin, hope to see you there!

Over the course of the three days there's sets from Mew, The Pop Group, Swervedriver, Frank Turner, Ceremony, Iceage, Screaming Females, METZ, Speedy Ortiz, Power Trip, United Nations, Pianos Become the Teeth, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, The Octopus Project, Broncho, Frog Eyes, Girlpool, Mitski, Chastity Belt, Alex G, Yumi Zouma, KEN mode, Kevin Devine, The Velvet Teen, Pity Sex, Makthaverskan and more.

Check out the flyers and set times for all three days, below...

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We already announced Thursday (day 1) and Friday (day 2) of the three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7, and finally, here's Saturday (day 3):

SATURDAY, MARCH 21 @ RED 7 (FREE)

INSIDE
12:00 East India Youth (XL Records)
12:40 Suboi (with DJ Sammy Bananas)
01:30 Alex G
02:30 The Lees of Memory (ex-Superdrag)
03:15 Ex-Cult
04:00 The Pop Group
05:15 Iceage

OUTSIDE
12:00 Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders (Kirin J Callinan included)
12:40 Public Access TV (Terrible Records)
01:20 Gabriel Garzon-Montano (on new Drake album)
02:00 Frank Turner
03:15 Screaming Females
04:15 Ceremony
05:00 Mew

RSVP for all three FREE BrooklynVegan day parties is open.

Saturday's inside show begins with XL-signed UK electronic artist East India Youth followed by a special set by Vietnamese rapper Suboi, for whom SXSW is part of her first-ever US tour. Fool's Gold signed DJ Sammy Bananas will be backing what will be one of only 2 SXSW shows she's playing (the other is at night).

Then comes raw indie rocker Alex G and shoegazers The Lees of Memory which is the new band with two Superdrag members. Then it's Ex-Cult, followed by post-punk pioneers The Pop Group (who just put out their first album since 1980), and finally a comparatively much newer post-punk band, Iceage.

Outside, Australian synth-popster Jack Ladder and his band The Dreamlanders (which includes Kirin J Callinan) kick off the day followed by New York throwback rockers Public Access TV who just announced a signing to Terrible Records. Then it's Gabriel Garzon-Montano (whose voice you might recognize from the new Drake album), UK folk punk Frank Turner, shredding NJ trio Screaming Females, shapeshifting heavy band Ceremony, and finally the proggy Danish band Mew, whose first album since 2009 will be out in April.

Mew
photo: Mew at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Pop Group
photo: The Pop Group at ATP NY 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

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As mentioned in our Thursday (day 1) and Friday (day 2) posts, this year we're partnering with DropKloud, a new app that's launching just in time for SXSW. Recently acquired by TuneCore, DropKloud uses GPS technology to allow people to unlock exclusive music content in specific geo-targeted locations. You'll be able to try it out at our parties at Red 7 where we'll have special content from the artists playing our shows. Once you unlock it, you can listen later. Stay tuned for more details, but meanwhile get that app on your phone via Google Play or iTunes.

Want to skip the lines? Visit the Esurance Glove Box in the Austin Convention Center, or the Esurance Lounge at 6th and Trinity, to pick up an #EsuranceAccess Pass. Then follow @Esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can get preferred entry.

Thank you also to MailChimp who powers the daily BrooklynVegan newsletter you'll get if you RSVP for our shows.

Follow @BVSXSW on Twitter for more updates all week long, and keep an eye on BrooklynVegan.com/SXSW for full lineups and more info too.

Listen to some of the bands playing, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Tournament at Grand Victory in 2014 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Tournament

Brooklyn punks Tournament play a lot around here. Maybe you've seen them with H2O and 7 Seconds, or with Coalesce and Coliseum, or with Gospel, or Kylesa, or Torche. Their next show is this Saturday (3/7) at Acheron with rock and rollers Greasy Hearts and Don Giovanni's Nuclear Santa Claust. Tickets are on sale.

Tournament's new album, Teenage Creature, comes out April 14. The first single, "Sean's Place," is out now and it's a down-strummer with awesomely snotty vocals. Listen below.

Nuclear Santa Claust aren't the only Don Giovanni punk band playing NYC this weekend. Screaming Females play Silent Barn tonight (3/6) with Downtown Boys and Aye Nako (a few tickets at the door), and California X play Saint Vitus tonight with Ovlov, IYEZ and Darkwing (tix at door).

Don Giovanni comedian Chris Gethard (who's also on Broad City) will be at a punk/comedy show on Saturday at Palisades with local bands Low Fat Getting High, Flagland and Washer, and comedy from Joe Pera and Shakir Standley, with appearances from Sefa, William Petrano and more. That's $5 at the door.

While we're talking about NYC punk shows this weekend, here's a couple more:

Tonight at Acheron, it's the raging Couch Slut, joined by NYC's No Way, Philly sludge punks Bardus, and New Haven's distortion-covered Grizzlor. Tickets are on sale.

Go Deep
Go Deep

Brooklyn's Go Deep have signed to the trusty 6131 Records, who will put out their first full length this summer. They have a tour kicking off in their hometown this Sunday (3/8) at Grand Victory with Icarus, Husbandry and Risers. Tickets are on sale. Their debut EP, Counseling, came out in 2013 on Mayfly Records and it's 7 tracks of heavy, smart, and pissed-off hardcore. Stream it in full, with their list of dates, below.

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photos by Greg Cristman, words by Andrew Sacher

Screaming Females / Tenement / Vacation
Screaming Females
Tenement
Vacation

The awesome four-band bill of Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation brought their short tour together for two shows (early and late) at Knitting Factory Brooklyn on Saturday (2/28). This all-Don Giovanni lineup also doubled as the final night of the label's Brooklyn showcases. I caught the late show, and the pictures in this post are from the early one.

Kicking off this great night was Cincinnati's Vacation. Vacation sound like their favorite Replacements album is Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash. They seem like they like SoCal skate punk as much as they like '60s garage rock, and like they probably have genuine love for the Ramones. Of course I could be wrong about all of this, but it wouldn't be so fun to try to play spot-the-influence with them if they didn't take these familiar sounds and give them such new life. Three of the four members were made up in androgynous eyeliner courtesy of Priests singer Katie Alice Greer (one of them gave Zachary Cole Smith a run for his money in the Kurt Cobain lookalike department), they bounced around that stage like rock stars, and frontman Jerri Queen had a howling delivery that's ready for way bigger venues. Vacation were the only band on the bill I was seeing for the first time, and I left the show fully sold.

Speaking of SoCal skate punk, Tenement followed with a killer set as indebted to that sound as it was to J Mascis guitar solos. They hardly said a word on stage, just banged out ripper after ripper and abruptly left without even a wave goodbye. Short, sweet, and punk as fuck.

Priests
Priests

Then came Priests, who were great and confrontational as always. Their post-punk-inspired punk is super tight -- it's held down by razor-sharp basslines, but Katie's wild performances are what push a Priests show over the edge. She growls, shouts, and sometimes even sings delicately, and everything she does is totally physical.

Finally, headliners Screaming Females wrapped up the night. The shows were release parties for their excellent new album, Rose Mountain, and we got a handful of that album's highlights. I've heard people consider Rose Mountain a tamer album for Screaming Females, which I think is only kind of true, but live the new songs definitely don't have any less power than the older ones. For me, the new album's strength lies in how great it is melodically (the title track has maybe my favorite Screaming Females chorus ever), but Marissa Paternoster, King Mike and Jarrett Dougherty are still the same crushing power trio we know and love. That was true as ever at Saturday's show, where they were loud, locked in, and a total force. Plus. no matter how many times I see it, it's never not a treat to experience Marissa's shredding solos in person.

Screaming Females' tour includes one more NYC show: Friday (3/6) at Silent Barn with labelmates Downtown Boys and locals Aye Nako. Advance tickets are sold out, but a few will be available at the door.

More pictures from Knitting Factory, with setlists from the early show from every band except Screaming Females (anyone have it?), below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Screaming Females at Death by Audio in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Screaming Females

Screaming Females' upcoming tour already included three NYC shows, plus there was a secret band playing Silent Barn on March 6 that seemed likely to be Screaming Females. Now they've been officially announced for that show. Downtown Boys and Aye Nako are playing too. Tickets are still on sale.

Screaming Females also play Rough Trade on LP release day (2/24), and to get in you have to buy a copy of their new album Rose Mountain at the Rough Trade store that day. Then they have two shows at Knitting Factory on February 28 (early and late) with Priests, Tenement and Vacation, which are both sold out. Updated dates are listed below.

Screaming Females are now streaming the new album, and if you haven't heard it yet, it's highly recommended. They keep honing their songwriting more on each record, and Rose Mountain has some of their best yet.

Watch a video of one of the new songs, with the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Screaming Females expand tour again (4 NYC shows total)"

California X

Massachusetts sludge punks California X just released their sophomore album, Nights In The Dark, and are playing a few shows out in support of it. The Saves the Day-referencing artwork above isn't the actual artwork by the way, but it is awesome. (And speaking of, the girl on that cover was just interviewed.) Listen to the album below.

The band have shows coming up, including NYC at Saint Vitus on March 6 with support from Ovlov, IYEZ and Darkwing. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

California X were just in town to headline the second Don Giovanni showcase at Knitting Factory, and the third and final night of the label's showcases is coming up. They take the space back over on February 28 for a double-header night serving as the album release shows for Screaming Females' excellent new album, Rose Mountain, and feature Priests, (who just played Indie Pop Prom 3 this weekend) Tenement and Vacation as support. Both the early and the late shows are now sold out.

Rose Mountain is streaming over at NPR now in advance of the album's February 24 release date. It's Screaming Females' sixth full-length, and the consistently great punks are making music that's tighter than ever.

All of California X's upcoming dates and a stream of Nights In The Dark below...

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photo: Screaming Females at Death by Audio in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Screaming Females

Screaming Females' new album Rose Mountain comes out February 24 via Don Giovanni, and they continue to stay busy in support of it. They already have two releases shows on February 28 at Knitting Factory Brooklyn with Priests, Tenement and Vacation (early show sold out, late show still on sale), and now they've also added Rough Trade NYC (2/24) on album release date, where they'll be performing the LP in full. To get in, you have to buy a copy of the album from the Rough Trade store that day and get a wristband for entry. Doors are at 6:30 PM, show at 7.

After those shows, Screaming Females will head out on a tour with labelmates Downtown Boys that begins on March 7 in Baltimore. One day before that though, Downtown Boys play Brooklyn's Silent Barn (3/6) with Aye Nako and "Special Guests." Who could they be? Tickets are on sale now. Downtown Boys also since added a Connecticut show with Lydia Lunch.

After SXSW, Screaming Females continue on the road and Mitski has been added as an opener to some of those dates, including the one in their home state of NJ on April 4 at Asbury Lanes. Tickets for that show are still available. Mitski is also going on tours with Speedy Ortiz and Hundred Waters, playing NYC on both. Updated Screaming Females and Mitski dates are listed below.

Those Knitting Factory shows double as the third and final night of this year's Don Giovanni showcases. The first two were last weekend. Did you go?

Continue reading "Screaming Females tour updates: 3rd NYC show added, Mitski opening 2nd leg, Downtown Boys playing NYC w/ guests"

by Andrew Sacher

Hamiltons

The Don Giovanni Records showcases at Knitting Factory Brooklyn begin tonight, and here's a rundown of what they've got going on:

NIGHT 1 (February 6)

Tonight's headliners are '70s-style power pop trio Nude Beach, who put out their newest album, 77, on the label last year, followed by a new single this year (listen below). They've been playing around a lot lately (maybe you caught them at Bowery Ballroom last month), and they have two NYC shows coming up after this: Bowery Electric on 3/5 (free with RSVP) and The Bell House with White Hills in April.

Also of note tonight is The Hamiltons, a punk trio inspired by the Ramones and the film Dirty Work, who may actually be The Ergs. Listen to a couple tracks below.

Brooklyn's Mal Blum, one of the label's newer signees, has been a singer/songwriter in the local folk punk/anti-folk scene for a few years now. Maybe you've caught her with Noun, Allison Weiss, Worriers, Chris Gethard, Stephen Brodsky or at Tinderbox Fest. Her first Don Giovanni release should be out later this year, but meanwhile you can stream her 2013 album, Tempest In A Teacup, below.

Crow Bait, the Iron Chic-related alt-country/punk band who put out their solid debut LP on Don Giovanni last year, returned a few weeks ago with the Separate Stations 7" EP on Drunken Sailor Records. If you like jangly '90s alternative rock with a little twang in it, you should check this out. Listen below.

Tonight's bill is rounded out by one of NYC's longest-running DIY scene duos, Shellshag, NJ indie rockers Black Wine and host Chris Gethard. Tickets are still available.

photo: California X at DbA in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
Cali X

NIGHT 2 (February 7)

Saturday's lineup is headlined by the great Amherst, MA band California X, who recently dropped their sophomore album, Nights in the Dark. The sludgy Dinosaur Jr-isms of their debut are still here, but this time they're a little overshadowed by a handful of '70s influences, pulling from that decade's hard rock, power pop, punk, and a love of twin leads. Stream the whole thing below.

Downtown Boys, another recent addition to the label, are a band you have to see live to fully experience. And if you haven't seen them, it's highly recommended. Head HERE to see what we've said about their shows in the past. They'll also be on tour with Screaming Females soon.

Nuclear Santa Claust have a new album, Je Ne Sais Claus, coming out on DG next week (2/10), and they'll have it on sale at the show too. Like their last album, lead single "Sayonara Baby" is indebted to early hardcore with a good dose of Ramones worship. Check it out below. You can catch them in NYC again at the Nate Gluck benefit with Night Birds in March.

Opening Saturday's showcase is the label's newest band Alice (who count music writer/Silent Barn booker Liz Pelly as a member). They announced their signing this week, and will release their debut album, Revenge Pop, later this year. You can listen to the reverb-ed out "Nightmare" below.

The rest of Saturday's lineup is noisy punk duo Pinkwash (mem Hume, Bleeding Rainbow), Lauren Measure's current band Worriers, NJ punks Brick Mower, and host Chris Gethard. Tickets are still available.

photo: Screaming Females @ DbA in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
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NIGHT 3 (February 28 -- early and late shows)

The third and final showcase has a 6:45 and a 10:45 show, both with the same lineups. Screaming Females are headlining, and these are the record release shows for their upcoming sixth album, Rose Mountain, which a few great singles have already come out from. If you haven't heard them yet, check those out below with a recently-released live video (dir. Lance Bangs) of another new song, "It's Not Fair." Screaming Females also have many other tour dates, including Asbury Park in April.

The openers at both shows are political DC post-punks Priests, '90s-inspired melodic punks Tenement, and the garage-y Vacation. Those bands have a bunch of other dates together without Screaming Females, including a Hoboken show on 2/25. All dates are listed below.

Tenement are releasing a new rarities collection, Bruised Music Volume One, on March 10 via Grave Mistake Records, and Toxic Pop Records. You can check out the ripping "Spaghetti Midwestern" from that, below.

The early Knitting Factory show is sold out, but tickets for the late show are still available.

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In other Don Giovanni news unrelated to their showcase, the label is putting out a collection from The Lookouts, the band that included Lookout! Records founder Larry Livermore, and drummer Tre Cool before he joined Green Day. The collection features guest appearances from Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong and Rancid/Operation Ivy's Tim Armstrong. Stream a track below.

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Screaming Females

Not long after Screaming Females announced a 2nd upcoming Brooklyn show, the NJ band announced a ton more tour dates in support of "Rose Mountain" (their forthcoming record which is pictured above).

The new tour includes an April 4th show at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ, which is also the state they'll play THIS FRIDAY NIGHT (1/30) as part of a show at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken with Glazer ("Free admission for Stevens students [bring your ID!], $10 for everyone else)." You can also still get tickets for the Brooklyn late show which, like the early show, also has Priests, Tenement, and Vacation on the bill.

All tour dates, including a Chicago show at Empty Bottle, are listed under their new video for new single "Criminal Image", below...

Continue reading "Screaming Females playing Hoboken before multi-continent tour that includes Asbury Park (updated 2015 dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Screaming Females at Death by Audio in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Screamales

As previously announced, Don Giovanni Records is throwing three Brooklyn showcases at Knitting Factory in February. The final one, happening February 28, doubles as Screaming Females' release show for their upcoming sixth album, Rose Mountain, due out February 24. They'll be joined by labelmates Priests, Tenement and Vacation that night, making for a great lineup all around.

That show sold out, but now all four bands have added a late show happening the same night at Knitting Factory. Tickets for the newly-added Brooklyn show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (1/16). That same four-band lineup also plays release shows in Allston, MA and Philly in the two days prior. All dates are listed below.

Screaming Females have already put out three songs from the new album, and since we last spoke, they put out a fourth, "Criminal Image." It's yet another example of the band's shredding, badass rock. Check it out below.

Continue reading "Screaming Females sold out NYC show w/ Priests, Tenement & Vacation, add late show, released another song from new LP ++ UPDATED TOUR DATES"

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Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)

Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.

Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.

The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.

DG year-end lists below...

Continue reading "Don Giovanni bands list their favorite LPs of 2014 (Screaming Females, Cali X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, more)"

Guided by Voices @ Bowery Ballroom 5/23/14
Gretchen Robinette's favorite photos of 2014

Longtime contributing BrooklynVegan photographer Gretchen Robinette shot a bunch of shows for us in 2014, and to wrap up another great year, she's made a list of her favorite photos that she took since January. That's one of GBV above, and you can check out the rest of her favorite pics of 2014 below...

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And a new Screaming Females song...

Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Screamales

Like every year, NJ punk label Don Giovanni Records will be putting on a three showcases in Brooklyn in 2015. Unlike the last one, which have included two nights at MHOW and one night at the now-closed Death by Audio, all three nights this time will be at Knitting Factory. This year though, the shows won't happen consecutively. But, as always, all of these lineups are great.

NIght 1 (February 6) includes Nude Beach, Shellshag, The Hamiltons, Mal Blum, Black Wine and Crow Bait, with Chris Gethard (who's got a lot going on) hosting.

Night 2 (February 7) includes California X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers, Nuclear Santa Claust, Brick Mower and Alice, also with Chris Gethard hosting.

Night 3 (February 28) includes Screaming Females (record release show for Rose Mountain), Priests, Tenement and Vacation.

Tickets, including 2-day passes for the first two nights, go on sale Thursday (12/4).

Screaming Females also just premiered another new track, "Empty Head," from their new LP over at The FADER. Stream that, with show flyers and a few more streams from the DG showcase bands, below...

Continue reading "Don Giovanni 2015 showcases lineups (Screaming Females, Cali X, Priests, Tenement, Nude Beach, Crow Bait, more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Screaming Females at Death by Audio on Sunday (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Screamales

As discussed, Screaming Females are set to release their sixth album, Rose Mountain, and now more details have arisen. It comes out February 24 via longtime label home Don Giovanni, and in addition to previous single "Wishing Well" it includes the brand new song, "Ripe." After going with Steve Albini to record their beefiest sounding album yet, 2012's Ugly, they've now enlisted Mastodon/Isis/Minus the Bear/etc producer Matt Bayles, another guy who knows how to get a rock band sounding huge in the studio. Take a listen to the new song, with the artwork and tracklist, below (via Pitchfork).

Their Don Giovanni labelmates California X have also announced a new album, Nights In The Dark, which comes out January 13 and follows their impressive 2012 debut. Like that album, it was recorded by Justin Pizzoferrato, who's also done Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Speedy Ortiz and others. The title track and first single is another dose of their heavy-guitars-meets-pop-melodies style that was all over their debut, but this one's less Dinosaur Jr and more a sludge-coated mix of late '70s rock. Underneath those murky guitars, there's Thin Lizzy-style twin leads, sharp '79 powerpop melodies, and the pomp of that era's hard rock/heavy metal. Check it out below.

2015 is already looking like a busy year for Don Giovanni, also with upcoming releases from new signees Downtown Boys, Pinkwash and Mal Blum.

Streams below...

Continue reading "Screaming Females detail new LP, share new song (California X too)"

photos by Gretchen Robinette

Screaing Females / Ted Leo / Pujol / Shellshag @ DbA 11/9/2014
Screaming Females
Ted Leo
Pujol
Shellshag

As most people figured out ahead of time, Screaming Females were the "Special Guest" headliners at Death by Audio on Sudnay night (11/9). Pujol, who they had been touring with, were playing, both bands had just hit Asbury Lanes, it just made sense. However, most people didn't know that there was another surprise on the show -- Ted Leo + Pharmacists, who played their first show together in over a year. Talk about a nice bonus! Shellshag started out the night which also marked the beginning of the last two weeks of Death by Audio's existence. Pictures from the whole night, including a few from next door's Death by Art installation, are in this post.

In other DbA news, a few more shows for this week are now up on the venue's website:

Wednesday 11.12: Pygmy Shrews, Mike Berdan, Pleasure Industry

Thursday 11.13: "Special Guest," Prince Rama (performing a 15-minute "exercise", Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Mr. Transylvania

Friday 11.14: "Special Guest," Guantanamo Baywatch, The Numerators, Rips

Any guesses on the "Special Guests"? Monday, November 17 (Future Punx, Priests) is the last DbA show with bands listed. The last five nights are all listed as "Top Secret!"

Pampers, Honey, New England Patriots and Nandas play DbA tonight (11/10). More pics from Sunday's show with Screaming Females, Ted Leo and more, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Screaming Females at MHOW in May (more by Caroline Harrison)
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Screaming Females are planning to release their sixth album, titled Rose Mountain, but while there still aren't many details on that they're prefacing it with a 7" for their new song, "Wishing Well." It starts off as one of the cleaner sounding Screamales songs, but they eventually pile on the distortion. Check it out below.

As discussed, Screaming Females are on tour with PUJOL which is set to wrap up in NJ on November 8 at Asbury Lanes. The next day, PUJOL play Death by Audio (11/9) with Screaming Females' pals/labelmates Shellshag and a special guest. Who could it be? That show is $10 at the door, no advance tickets.

All dates are listed, with the song stream, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Joyce Manor at Bowery Ballroom earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)
Joyce Manor

Certain corners of the internet punk community have been up in arms this week after Joyce Manor "shamed" a stage diver at their Jacksonville, FL show this past Sunday (9/21). Themusic.com.au described the incident, writing:

The "grown man" in question -- got up on stage during one of Joyce Manor's songs and proceeded to stage-dive onto a group of young fans, overwhelmingly described since as being no older than high-school-age. Johnson, noticing the commotion, abruptly stopped the song and pulled the diver up on stage.

"Hey man, how tall are you?" Johnson asked the stage-diver. "How much do you weigh, if you don't mind me asking?"

Upon being told he weighs about 190 pounds (86 kilograms), Johnson turns to a girl in the audience: "How much do you weigh? Sorry, that's really rude. You're much smaller than him, right? It's completely unacceptable for him to impose himself on top of you. Completely unacceptable, right? Under no circumstances is that acceptable? OK."

They've also got a video of the whole thing going down which you can watch (starting at the 1:00 mark) below.

That happened only six days after we mentioned they singled someone out at their New York show for a similar thing. The NY Times has more on what he said at that one:

[Barry] Johnson, though, sensed something sinister happening. He asked: "Ever been watching a sensitive pop-punk band," and "get your head walked on?"

...He noticed a few bad actors. He recognized the type, he said: "hardcore guys with Morrissey haircuts" who think nothing of "using a teenage girl's face for leverage" to climb on top of the crowd. "I'm not about that," he added. Indeed, at least two young women retreated from the center of the crowd clutching body parts in pain, though they both merrily returned.

Midshow, one of the Morrissey-haircut guys climbed onstage for the second time, and Mr. Johnson motioned to a security guard at the side, who chased him down and forcibly removed him.

At Bowery Ballroom, he was met with cheers, but of course this is the type of thing that gets a lot of other people angry. Stuffyouwillhate.com called them "old men who don't understand the lifestyles of the youth." Idioteq.com wrote of the video of the Jacksonville incident, "No stage diving at punk rock shows?! Haha, you simply have to watch this video. Barry Johnson really embarassed himself with this cheesy move." Some people tweeted things like, "Seriously that infuriates me so fucking much Joyce Manor are a bunch of fucking pussies. Don't support them," or like, "Just saw a video of a kid getting thrown out cause he stage dived to Joyce manor. Fuck that band. Your supposed to encourage dives pussies," or like, "Lmao fuck Joyce manor, calling out a guy for stage diving." The Runout points to a screenshot of pop punk band American Verse posting, "Fuck these pussies. Stage dives forever."

Joyce Manor defended their stance though, tweeting:

Seeing a lot of people online saying I'm a "pussy" and a "bitch" for calling out that grown man trying to crush a group of teenage girls. So far on this tour I've seen a girl with a black eye, a girl with a concussion, and a girl with a dislocated knee. Great way to make young women feel safe at a show when the rest of the fucking world is hostile towards them already. I love a crazy show as much as any1 else I just don't think any1 should have to go 2 the hospital cuz of sum idiot w a tank top & Moz hair.
Barry also added later on, "Not sayin every1 who stage dives is an asshole. Ppl been gettin hurt & maybe we should cool it? Myself included," along with a picture of himself stage diving with his guitar. Other bands took to Twitter to voice their support for them, including Balance & Composure, Candy Hearts, The Sidekicks, Code Orange, Spraynard and Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm.

Placeholder's Brandon Gepfer wrote his own response on The Runout, saying:

I get that some people want to have fun, and I've been stage diving since 2006. I used to go to the Wonder Years' shows, too. It's totally cool. The line gets drawn, however, when the performer says that it isn't cool. Why is it so confusing, rather; why is it so outrageous to listen? At the end of the day, you are an attendant at a show and you made the decision to support a band. However, there are a number of people, including bands that call Barry Johnson from Joyce Manor a 'pussy' and say that's not 'punk rock.' You know what's not punk rock? A disrespectful teenager calling someone a 'pussy' because you disagree with their view point.

This highlights the actual problem in punk rock. The attendees of the show think that they are owed something because they have an opinion. A lot of people got into punk rock because they were made fun of. I was called a 'pussy' from fifth grade all the way up until right now because of the opinions I hold, you know that simple opinion called equality. I hate the bro aspect of pop-punk and how these dorks infiltrated punk rock. The same type of people that beat me up as a kid listen to hardcore and punk rock now. They come to shows and hit people (not even dancing, just pushing each other for the hell of it), they jump off the stage literally every three minutes because I guess that's how they express themselves, I don't know.

Read the full, very interesting thing here.

The band's gotten support from many others too. Rookie Mag/Pitchfork Review editor Jessica Hopper tweeted, "THANK YOU @JoyceManor for respecting the rights and safety of show going teenage girl fans." Pitchfork's Ian Cohen tweeted, "@JoyceManor stays being the best." AltPress' Scott Heisel tweeted, "I stand with @JoyceManor on this one. Stage-diving = inconsiderate, selfish and potentially harmful. That's not punk." And plenty of others on Twitter expressed favorable opinions like "Thank you @JoyceManor Girls to the front!," and "Bless Joyce Manor's tweets right now. Fuck those huge dudes that stage dive & crush everyone in the crowd, especially tiny girls," and "Major respect to @JoyceManor, i was the one at fault for not giving a 200lb sweaty dude a boost up on my shoulders so he could crowdsurf."

People getting overly and unnecessarily rowdy and violent at punk shows has been happening since at least the '80s -- most people reading this probably know Fugazi is famous for taking a stand against it -- and of course this is part of why people feel confident refuting Joyce Manor by saying something along the lines of "that's just what happens at punk shows." But just because it's gone on for over two decades doesn't mean it's wrong to still take a stand against it. In 2011 I saw Screaming Females ask their crowd to calm down. After the crowd didn't listen and ended up breaking one of the band's drum stands, they walked off stage as at least one person sarcastically yelled "Fugazi!" at them. Earlier this year Titus Andronicus said something about it at a Brooklyn show and Joanna Gruesome did too. And it's not unrelated that Tigers Jaw and Pity Sex had to ask fans not to touch someone without consent, only for them to be made fun of much like Joyce Manor has been.

Watch the video of Joyce Manor's Jacksonville incident below...

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by Bill Pearis

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While PUJOL released the underrated KLUDGE earlier this year, he has lately been futzing with his 2012 album, United States of Being. Adding parts and redoing arrangements with the help of new friends to match the sounds he always had in his head, the new version of the record is titled Reunited States of Being, coming out on tape for Cassette Store Day (9/27) as well as digital. We've got the premiere of the anthemic, "Dark Knight in Shining Armor" from which you can stream below -- alongside the original if you want to a/b the two tracks.

As mentioned, PUJOL will be out on the road this fall, most of the time with Screaming Females, including NYC's Knitting Factory on October 4 (tickets). There are also a few shows with J. Roddy Walston & the Business. All dates are listed, along with the song streams, below....

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Screaming Females at MHOW in May (more by Caroline Harrison)
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NJ power trio Screaming Females are a touring machine, and though they don't have a tour lined up at the moment, they'll be playing a local-ish show at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory on October 4. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/8) at 10 AM.

UPDATE: It's a full tour, and most dates (including Knitting Factory) are with Pujol. All dates are listed below.

In somewhat related news, Allison Crutchfield, whose band Swearin' have played with Screaming Females on more than one occasion and were part of a split release with them, just put out a 7-song solo EP, Lean In To It. She's backed by a drum machine and Radiator Hospital singer Sam Cook-Parrott who played bass, contributed vocals, and co-wrote "Lupe." Swearin's Kyle Gilbride mixed and mastered. You can download it for $5 at bandcamp and stream it in full below.

Radiator Hospital announced an extensive tour not long ago, but unfortunately no dates in NYC at the moment.

Continue reading "Screaming Females playing Knitting Factory; Swearin's Allison Crutchfield released a solo EP (stream it)"

words and photos by Caroline Harrison

Dinosaur Jr / Screaming Females @ MHOW - 5/28/14
Dinosaur Jr.
Screaming Females

Converse Rubber Tracks nailed the line-up for last night's (5/28) free (and sold out) show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Philly's Creepoid, who feature an ex-member of noise rock trio Fight Amp, has gained well-deserved attention for their second full-length. The crowd didn't appear to be familiar with the band, but they were definitely into the grooved out 90s rock set. Creepoid gained a few fans last night, which is all the more impressive considering the performances that followed.

If you've never seen Screaming Females play live, you should fix that (in fact, they just released a live album, which I guess is the next best thing). The trio transforms from unassuming everymen to banshee-wailing, grinning, grooving rock gods the second they play their first note. And the energy is infectious--bassist "King" Mike barely stops grinning or jumping, and guitarist/vocalist Marissa Paternoster throws her whole body into howling and shredding. Given Paternoster's audible J. Mascis influence, Screaming Females are a natural choice to open for Dinosaur Jr--and this was not the first time the band had taken on that supporting role. (Not even the first time at that venue.)

Then finally at 10 PM Dinosaur Jr took the stage. Lou Barlow sheepishly admitted that it was their first show in six months--not that anyone could tell. Barlow and Mascis are a study in contrasts on stage--Mascis shreds in place, occasionally tossing around his silvery hair, while Barlow sinks into every groove he plays. Dinosaur Jr is that rare band whose new songs are as well-received by their fans as their old ones, so the crowd couldn't have been happier with their set. Pictures of the show are in this post.

Dinosaur Jr will be back in NYC to headline the free 4Knots Fest on July 12 at South Street Seaport with Speedy Ortiz, Viet Cong, Nude Beach and more.

Creepoid's next show here is the Exploding In Sound Northside Showcase at Baby's All Right (6/15) with Guerilla Toss, Krill, Ovlov, Celestial Shore and many more (tickets).

More pictures, including all three bands' setlists, below...

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Dinosaur Jr. @ T5, 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Dino Jr.

The Julie Ruin had to drop off as headliners of the 2014 Village Voice 4Knots Music Festival , as singer Kathleen Hanna has had a lyme disease relapse. (Feel better, Kathleen!) The fest has announced their new headliner: Dinosaur Jr.  They'll join Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Viet Cong, Nude Beach, Juan Wauters and more TBA at South St. Seaport on July 12. That show is free and all ages.

Dinosaur Jr. will play NYC before that, headlining the free Converse Rubber Tracks show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 28 with Screaming Females and Creepoid. While free, all tickets have been claimed for that one. They were also part of last night's Fun Fun Fun Fest announcement (with Blood Brothers, Judas Priest, Mineral, Failure and many more).

In other news, Dino Jr. frontman J. Mascis is guesting with the band on Late Night with Seth Meyers all this week. The show airs weeknights at 12:30 AM on NBC.

Touche Amore at Santos in 2011 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Touche Amore

Gainesville punk mecca The Fest recently announced its 2014 lineup and now many additional artists were announced, including Hot Water Music, Screaming Females, Touche Amore, Pianos Become the Teeth, Modern Baseball, Tiltwheel, The Sidekicks, Rescuer, Spraynard (reunion), Worriers, Three Man Cannon, Two Knights, Ben Nichols, Restorations, Placeholder, Enabler, The Weaks and more. Full list of additions below, and stay tuned for yet another announcement on April 21.

The new additions join previously announced bands Descendents, Lifetime, The Menzingers, The Marked Men, Modern Life Is War, Into It Over It, You Blew It!, Circle Takes the Square, Self Defense Family, Lemuria, The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, and more. Tickets go on sale on Sunday (4/20) at 4:20 PM.

Lineup additions below...

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Though the 2013 Sled Island Festival got flooded out, it returns to Calgary, AB this year from June 18 - 22. The full line-up will be announced on April 29, but artists appearing include St. Vincent, Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket from the Crypt (who play NYC tonight), Rhye, Touche Amore, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, The Julie Ruin, Killer Mike, White Lung, and more. Festival passes are on sale now, with tickets to individual shows going on sale April 11.

Full initial line-up of Sled Island 2014 artists, and a teaser video, below...

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