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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...

Continue reading "Gretchen Robinette's favorite photos of 2014 (that she took)"

And a new Screaming Females song...

Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)
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Like every year, NJ punk label Don Giovanni Records will be putting on a three-night showcase 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. And also, to allow Screaming Females the chance to make their show a release show for Rose Mountain, 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, and Night 2 (February 7) includes California X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers, Nuclear Santa Claust, Brick Mower and Alice. Both of those will be hosted by Chris Gethard (who's got a lot going on).

Then at the end of the month, Screaming Females play night 3/their record release show on February 28 with 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)
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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
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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...

Continue reading "Ted Leo was surprise guest at Screaming Females / PUJOL / Shellshag show at DbA (pics ++ more final shows announced)"

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...

Continue reading " Screaming Females released a new song, on tour with Pujol (who play Death by Audio with a special guest)"

by Andrew Sacher

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

Continue reading "Joyce Manor take a stand against stage diving; the internet, Placeholder & other bands react"

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....

Continue reading "PUJOL releasing 'Reunited States of Being' for Cassette Store Day, touring w/ Screaming Females (dates, new track stream)"

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
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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...

Continue reading "Dinosaur Jr, Screaming Females & Creepoid rocked Music Hall of Williamsburg (pics & setlists)"

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

Continue reading "The Fest announces more bands (Hot Water Music, Screaming Females, Touche Amore, Pianos BTT, Modern Baseball & more)"

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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...

Continue reading "Sled Island 2014 initial line-up: St. Vincent, Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket from the Crypt, Touche Amore, Rhye & more"

Screaming Females at Bowery Ballroom in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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NJ shred punks Screaming Females rarely have a lack of shows. Their previously announced tour dates have them in NYC this Saturday (3/22) at ABC No Rio for a matinee with sludge metallers Thou (who also play Vitus the next day), and it won't be long til they're back. The Screamales will celebrate their first live album, Live at the Hideout (recorded in Chicago with Steve Albini), which comes out 4/8 via Don Giovanni, with a NYC release show on May 16 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with their DG labelmates Marvin Berry and the New Sound. Like all BKNB shows, admission is free.

Updated dates are listed, with a stream of "Lights Out" from the live album, below...

Continue reading "Screaming Females on tour, playing ABC No Rio w/ Thou this weekend, live LP release show at BK Bazaar in May (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

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Toys That Kill's Todd Congelliere is releasing a solo album, Wrong Side, which will be out via Lauren Records/Recess sometime in the near future. Unlike TTK's salty-sweet punk, this definitely sounds like a solo joint, ranging from VU-style workouts to piano-fueled rave-ups and a little "When the Levee Breaks" sampling in there too. Preorder the album here and you stream the whole thing (via Noisey) below.

Todd has a couple NYC shows coming up. He's on the bill for the Screaming Females / Tuff Tits show at Silent Barn on March 7 (which is Shellshag's birthday party), and then again with Tuff Tits at Death by Audio on March 9. The DbA show has Todd playing with Shellshag, and they'll help each other out on each's respective songs, and Magnets, Dirty Circle, and Lilith Velkor are also on the bill.

Screaming Females, who also have other dates, just released a stream of "Lights Out" from their upcoming Steve Albini-recorded live album, which you can listen to below.

Todd also has some European dates this spring and all are listed, along with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Todd Congelliere (Toys That Kill) releasing solo LP, playing shows w/ Screaming Females, Shellshag (dates & LP stream)"

Screaming Females at Bowery Ballroom in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Shredding NJ trio Screaming Females, who were recently in NYC for the Don Giovanni showcases, don't have any plans to return here on their upcoming tour with The Julie Ruin (it does hit NJ's Asbury Lanes on 4/12 though), but they've since announced two intimate NYC appearances to go down this March before then. First they'll play the birthday surprise party for their friends/labelmates Shellshag at Silent Barn on March 7 with Tuff Tits and "Special Guests." Flyer below.

After that, and this is a weird but awesome pairing, they'll play a matinee at ABC No Rio on March 22 with sludge metal crew Thou. That's one day before Thou's Saint Vitus show (3/23) (tix), and Thou also returns to ABC No Rio in July on their summer tour.

Screaming Females singer Marissa Paternoster plays NYC again the day after the Silent Barn show when her other band Bad Canoes opens for Paint It Black at Brooklyn Night Bazaar (3/8). That show is also opened by the great Hop Along and Night Birds. Totally free.

All Screaming Females dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Screaming Females playing 2 intimate NYC shows (1 w/ Thou!) before tour with The Julie Ruin (updated dates)"

"At the Don Giovanni records showcase rn. These are some damn good bands, and DG is exhibit A of what a punk label should be." - @Lowry_Phil

"The Screaming Females killed it tonight. The whole Don Giovanni showcase ruled." - Andrew Alvarez

"Don Giovanni Recs showcase night two highlight: watching Upset with Peter Stampfel while he contributed harmonies from the crowd" - Jenn Pelly

Cali X rockin' the Don Giovanni showcase (via @pinker)
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New Jersey's Night Birds followed Vacation with their first performance together in three months. New dad Brian Gorsenger didn't look like he'd lost any of his usual energy and aggression during the hiatus. By this point, the mosh pit was going full-throttle. Beer and beer cans continued to fly overhead, and Gorsenger had fans screaming the choruses to "Born to Die in Suburbia" and "Maimed for the Masses" into the mic right along with him.

Wisconsin's Tenement closed out the evening. In contrast to the abbreviated set the band played at Asbury Lanes back in September, last night they pulled out all the stops. The set ranged from classic-rock inflected punk to extended instrumental drones. Guitarist Amos Pitsch brought along a case filled with paraphernalia that included duct tape, a tambourine, and bells. He rolled the tambourine over to a fan in the front row. He duct-taped the strings of his guitar to the fingerboard, jingled bells in both hands, and even played guitar using a full can of beer as a slide. As the band unplugged their instruments at the end of the set, cries went up for one more song; and, after a few moments, the band obliged setting the pit roiling one, final time. [Speak Into My Goodeye]

NJ punk/indie rock label Don Giovanni Records put on their annual Brooklyn showcases last week, kicking off at Death by Audio this past Thursday (2/6), and continuing with a two-night stand at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (2/7) and Saturday (2/8) with five bands each night. The above review is of the DbA show which included sets by Tenement, NIght Birds, Vacation and more, and the MHOW shows had sets by Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson, California X, Nude Beach, Priests and still many more. If you went, how was it? A short video of Cali X's set is below.

California X have other upcoming shows, including another NYC show happening on March 14 at Shea Stadium with solid local support coming from Sleepies and LVL UP. That's a good option if you're staying in NYC during SXSW this year. Tickets go on sale today (2/10) at noon. All upcoming Cali X dates are listed below.

As discussed, Vacation's tour includes another NYC show TONIGHT (2/10) at Cake Shop with Nancy and Flykills.

Night Birds open for The Queers when they play Love Songs for the Retarded in full at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (2/15). The Scandals are on that show too, and tickets are still available. Before that, they'll play an instrumental set as Killer Waves at Grand Victory on Thursday (2/13) with garage rockers Shocked MInds and Foster Care.

Priests have multiple upcoming shows too.

All Cali X dates are listed, along with that clip, below...

Continue reading "Don Giovanni showcases happened w/ Screaming Females, Priests, Vacation & more; Cali X add another NYC show"

Vacation
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Cincinnati poppy punks Vacation were already announced as one of the bands playing the Don Giovanni Brooklyn showcases, and since we last spoke they've announced a full tour surrounding that show. The tour includes another NYC show happening a few days after the Don Giovanni show on February 10 at Cake Shop with Flykills. All upcoming dates are listed below.

Vacation play the first night of the Don Giovanni showcases, which happens at Death by Audio on 2/6 with Tenement, Night Birds, Nuclear Santa Claust and The Groucho Marxists (tickets). The other two nights happen at MHOW on 2/7 & 2/8 with Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson, Nude Beach, California X, Priests and more (tickets).

Speaking of Screaming Females, they're also about to record a live album in Chicago that Steve Albini is recording, and after that they're heading out on a tour with The Julie Ruin. That tour doesn't hit NYC but it will be nearby when it hits Asbury Lanes on April 12 in Asbury Park, NJ. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All Vacation and all Screaming Females dates are listed, along with a stream, below...

Continue reading "Vacation touring around Don Giovanni showcase; Screaming Females recording a live LP & touring w/ The Julie Ruin"

Paint It Black in Philly in 2013 (more by Alyssa Tanchajja)
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It's been years since Philly hardcore greats Paint It Black (fronted by Dan Yemin, also of Lifetime and Kid Dynamite) have played NYC (Songkick says not since 2011) but fortunately that will finally change this year. They'll come back for a Noisey-presented show on March 8 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Like all Night Bazaar shows, it's totally FREE, and making it even better there's a great support lineup of fellow Philly faves Hop Along, NJ/Brooklyn surf/skate punks Night Birds, and Bad Canoes, who are fronted by Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females/Noun. Like we said, it's free, and like all nights at Night Bazaar there's shopping, food, and more.

Hop Along play NYC sooner as an opener on the first of two final Bomb the Music Industry! shows, which is now sold out.

Night Birds also play sooner at the Don Giovanni showcase on February 6 at Death by Audio with Tenement, Vacation, Nuclear Santa Calust and The Groucho Marxists (tickets); and Marissa Paternoster plays the DG showcase with Screaming Females at MHOW on 2/8 with California X, Brick Mower, Priests and Black Wine (tickets).

Flyer for the Night Bazaar show and streams from all four bands below...

Continue reading "Paint It Black returning to NYC for a free show w/ Hop Along, Night Birds & Bad Canoes (ft. Marissa of Screaming Females)"

Nude Beach at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Nude Beach

As discussed, NJ punk label Don Giovanni Records is doing its annual Brooklyn showcases in February, and since we last spoke there's been a couple changes. Due to the questionable future of 285 Kent, the February 6 show that would've happened there has been moved to Death by Audio. Its lineup of Tenement, Night Birds, Vacation, Nuclear Santa Claust and The Groucho Marxists is still the same and anyone who bought tickets to the 285 Kent show will be admitted to the DbA one. If you didn't get tickets yet, they're still available.

The following two nights happen as planned at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 7 and 8. 2/7 has Laura Stevenson, Shellshag, Upset, Worriers and since we last spoke, Nude Beach were revealed as the guest on the bill. And 2/8 has Screaming Females, California X, Brick Mower, Priests and Black Wine. Tickets for both MHOW nights (including a 2-day pass) are still available.

Screaming Females at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Screaming Females

We've been asking around for artists to tell us their favorite albums of 2013, and the people at NJ punk/indie rock label Don Giovanni Records sent over some lists from a few of their artists. At the bottom of this post, you can browse the lists from label co-founder Joe Steinhardt (also an artist on the label as Modern Hut), DC post-punks Priests, eclectic Brooklyn duo Shellshag, Amherst sludge rockers California X, Wisconsin punk rippers Tenement, Hilly Eye, Lauren Measure's new pop punk band Worriers, and Marissa Paternoster, the shredder/vocalist of Screaming Females (and also the brains behind Noun). One major trend on the lists is that the self-titled debut from Radioactivity (the new band of The Marked Men's Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan) appears more than any other album. If you haven't heard that one yet, you can stream it below.

As discussed, most of the bands mentioned will be playing the Don Giovanni showcases happening in Brooklyn on February 6 at 285 Kent and February 7 and 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for 285 Kent and MHOW (including a 2-day pass option) are still available.

Lists and streams below...

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Tenement at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tenement

Like they do every year, NJ punk label Don GIovanni Records will put on a showcase in Brooklyn in early 2014, happening on February 6 at 285 Kent and February 7 and 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are not on sale yet, but will be available via Ticketfly for 285 Kent and Ticketmaster for MHOW (2-day pass option included) on Friday (11/22). Flyer below. Facebook event page here.

Night 1 is the most traditionally, in-your-face punk show of all of them, with sets from Tenement, Night Birds, Vacation, Nuclear Santa Claust, and The Groucho Marxists.

Night 2 is pretty diverse, headlined by singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson, and also featuring eclectic duo Shellshag, new "supergroup" Upset (mems. Best Coast, Vivian Girls, Hole, etc), Lauren Measure's new project Worriers, and a guest.

And night 3 is another heavier one with the shredding Screaming Females, the sludgy California X, the punky/grungy Brick Mower, political punks and newest signees Priests, and power pop (the Replacements kind) trio Black Wine.

Absent from these incredible lineups is Waxahatchee, whose tour with All Dogs and Cayetana hits NYC in January.

Along with the showcase announcement, Don Giovanni have also just put out their 2013 label sampler, which features a track from all of their 2013 releases, including songs by many of the bands playing the showcases. Stream that sampler in full below. They've also just began their holiday sale, where you can purchase 5 LPs for $50 or 5 CDs for $40 through November 29. Check that out here.

In related news, Bomb the Music Industry!, whose lineup once included Laura Stevenson, are officially calling it quits and they'll play their final show in Brooklyn on January 19 at Warsaw. Tickets (including a live recording) for that show go on sale Friday (11/22) at noon. So far, they've announced that Michigan power pop rockers Cheap Girls will open, and there's more openers TBA. More info and a message from BTMI at the Facebook event.

Don Giovanni showcase flyer and 2013 sampler stream below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Swearin' at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
Swearin

Both Screaming Females and Swearin' spend a lot of time touring, and with both bands living so close to NYC, we get plenty of chances to see them here. Neither band have anything scheduled here at the moment, but they'll be pretty close when they team up for a show in Philly on New Year's Eve at Johnny Brenda's. This punky double bill is as a good a reason as any to ring in the new year in Philly, and tickets to do so go on sale Wednesday (11/13) at noon. Philly band Batty, who, like Screaming Females, played Ladyfest Philly this year, open the show. All dates for both Screaming Females and Swearin' are listed below.

If you haven't heard the new Swearin' album Surfing Strange, which came out last week (11/5), I think it's a huge step up from their already-great debut and I highly recommend it. On the debut, they basically came off as a pop punk band -- a lo-fi one that appealed to the indie rock kids, but a pop punk band nonetheless (not saying that's a bad thing, by the way) -- and it made sense. Most of the songs were handled by Allison Crutchfield, whose pop punk band P.S. Eliot, which she drummed in and her sister Katie (who now records as Waxahatchee) sang/played guitar in, had just broken up.

But the new album is far more collaborative, and as a result, far more diverse. Guitarist Kyle Gilbride (who used to front Big Soda) splits lead vocals almost evenly with Allison this time around, and they do more Pixies-style dual vocals together too. When Kyle does take lead, he's letting out an aggressive whine falling somewhere between Superchunk's Mac McCaughn and Built to Spill's Doug Martsch, with the earworm melodies to back comparisons like that up. Meanwhile bassist Keith Spencer, who didn't sing lead at all on the first album, takes the mic for two songs on this one, both wildly different from each other and from the rest of the album. "Melanoma" falls somewhere between Mineral and Red House Painters, and "Glare of the Sun" sounds like a Revolver-era Beatles song for the current DIY rock scene. The rest of the album sees the band going through the perfect power pop of early Weezer, J Mascis-worthy power chord riffage, and just the kind of bracing indie rock that will (hopefully) never go out of style.

All dates for Swearin' and Screaming Females are listed, along with a Spotify stream of Surfing Strange and videos from both bands, below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

Andrew of Castevet at Lit Lounge, 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
Castevet

Extreme sport junkie, Music Academy presenter, sponsor of cool Sound Select showsmagazine publisher and beverage maker Red Bull has put together a list of the 30 best guitarists under 30. In the two-part rundown, the list covers some territory, lumping Pallbearer's Brett Campbell, Liturgy's Hunter Hunt Hendrix, Mac Demarco, Danielle Haim, Ben Greenberg of The Men, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females and Fun guitarist and Lena Dunham-dater Jack Antonoff onto the list. You can check out the whole list below.

Music of the heavier persuasion was decently represented, and Castevet's Andrew Hock made the cut. You can catch him in action with Castevet at an Invisible Oranges sponsored show on October 25 at Union Pool with Churchburn, Oneirogen and Vorde. Also on the list, as a pair, are Inter Arma riff monsters Trey Dalton and Steven Russell. Inter Arma will be back in NYC soon to play Saint Vitus on October 30 with Black Tusk, Descender and No Way.

Ty Segall, who also made the list, will be here next weekend (but on drums) with his band Fuzz, playing a sold out show at Mercury Lounge on 10/12 with CCR Headcleaner. (There is also a show with "Buzz" and "DDT Shampoo" at Death by Audio on 10/13).

You can catch The Men at MHOW in November.

Speedy Ortiz, among others, will be here for CMJ.

Who'd they leave off the list? Check out the full list of Red Bull's 30 under 30 below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Waxahatchee / Screaming Females
Waxahatchee, Scremales, Tenement, Aye Nako @ Bowery Ballroom
Waxahatchee, Scremales, Tenement, Aye Nako @ Bowery Ballroom

It's been a great year for NJ independent punk label Don Giovanni Records, who celebrated their tenth anniversary earlier this year and have also seen a rise in popularity thanks to the increasing success of bands like Waxahatchee and Screaming Females. So it's pretty exciting that those two bands decided to tour together, and as support they took out a smaller but still great Don Giovanni band, Tenement.

The tour just came through NYC for shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (9/14) and Bowery Ballroom on Monday (9/16). Making Monday's show even better, Brooklyn's poppy, punky Aye Nako (who both headliners are fans of) opened. Tenement followed, and while they've been in NYC for small punk gigs like Grand Victory with Night Birds and Brooklyn Fireproof with Swearin', this show put them on a bigger, more professional stage. But that didn't sacrifice their rowdy live show, which included scissor kicks, tambourines as guitar picks, and ruthless melodic punk rock. (Stream their 2011 LP below.)

Screaming Females, always a killer live band, were up next. It seems like each Screaming Femals show I see is darker, heavier, and jammier (in a good way) than the last, and even though it's a cliche to say a band "gets better every time," I really think they do. Waxahatchee wrapped things up with the most somber set of the night, but powerful as ever. While shows she did earlier in the year saw much of her set transformed into "Coast to Coast"-style pop punk, this one saw her songs (especially "Swan Dive") taking on a slower, grungier feel.

Catch Aye Nako again at one of their other upcoming shows, including our BrooklynVegan-presented Red Bull Sound Select show with The Bouncing Souls and Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon.

More pictures from Bowery Ballroom show below...

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