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by Andrew Sacher

Self Defense Family at Acheron in June (more by Carly Hoskins)
Self Defense Family

Have we mentioned that Patrick Kindlon is prolific? It was only three weeks ago that we posted a stream of his band Drug Church's new album, and in a week from today his band Self Defense Family will release the new When The Barn Caves In EP on Iron Pier (pre-order). That's at least the third SDF release of the year, including a full length and collaborative EP with Touche Amore.

Like most of his work lately, it's post-hardcore with a big emphasis on "post." Sticking to genre formulas is pretty much the last thing it seems like Self Defense Family would ever do, with vocals that sound like the kind of speaking you do after your voice is shot from screaming for hours and music that's slow and atmospheric without lacking power. Check it out for yourself, the full EP stream premieres below.

Self Defense Family's only upcoming tour dates are in California (with Touche Amore singer Jeremy Bolm's other band Hesitation Wounds and the great new band Super Unison) but Drug Church's tour with Cruel Hand and Child Abuse will hit NYC in January.

Continue reading "stream Self Defense Family's 'When The Barn Caves In' EP"

photo: Yuck @ River Rocks 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

CMJ is just barely behind us, and now it's time to start thinking about SXSW who have just announced their first round of showcasing artists. Acts include, Alex G, Crystal Castles, Yuck, Micachu & the Shapes, Barry Adamson, Anamanaguchi, PUP, The Spook School, Wildhoney, Sunflower Bean, Pure Bathing Culture and lots more. The music portion of SXSW 2016 happens March 15 - 20 in Austin, TX. The entire list of Round One artists is below...

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Cassette Store Day

Cassette Store Day is back for its third year, celebrating the glory of tape, and happens October 17 in North America, UK, Australia, New Zeleand and Germany. The North American branch is being handled once again by the cassette fanatics at Burger Records and there's over 100 exclusive titles for CSD 2015, including ones by Motorhead, Sebadoh, The Gaslight Anthem, Foals, Kylesa, Beach Slang, Alex G, Green Day, and more. The full final list of titles is below, and more info on them is over at the CSD site.

A full list of participating Cassette Store Day stores is here.

Continue reading "Cassette Store Day 2015: full list of exclusive titles"

photos by Carly Hoskins

Self Defense Family / Wildhoney
Self Defense Family
Wild Honey

Post-hardcore boundary pushers Self Defense Family are about a week and a half away from releasing their new album, Heaven Is Earth (due 6/30 via Deathwish), and earlier this week they wrapped up a run of Northeast dates ahead of it. That included the Iron Pier Northside showcase at Brooklyn's Acheron on June 13 with Baltimore shoegazers WIldhoney (who have a new EP coming this summer on Topshelf) and Somerset Thrower. Pictures of that show continue below...

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Spook School @ Knitting Factory 5/30/2015 (via)
spook school

Scottish band The Spook School just played Saturday at Knitting Factory as part of NYC Popfest. I missed their set, as I left Knit to Cake Shop to see SAVAK and The Gotobeds but did anyone else catch it? They were terrific at 2014 Popfest. The band are still in the US and are touring with Wildhoney (who also played Popfest), and both of them will be back in NYC next week for the Kanine Northside showcase at Alphaville on June 11 with Beverly, Expert Alterations and more.

Meanwhile, The Spook School just released a music video for "Burn Masculinity," their contribution to the From the Plan-It-X compilation It Came From Plan-It-X. It will also be on their new album which is due out in September via Fortuna Pop and you can watch the video below.

Wildhoney have two other Northside shows: The Exploding in Sound showcase at Aviv on June 12 with Kindling, Clean Girls, Mannequin Pussy, Vulture Shit and more (tickets); and the Iron Pier showcase at Acheron on June 13 with Self Defense Family, and Somerset Thrower (tickets).

All The Spook School / Wildhoney tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "The Spook School played Popfest, share "Burn Masculinity" video, touring with Wildhoney (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Self Defense Family

The prolific Self Defense Family will be back with a new full length, Heaven Is Earth, on June 30 via Deathwish (pre-order). They already released the video for its track "Talia" (directed by Rahu Verbashae), and now we've got the premiere of the video for another track, "Dave Sim" (directed by Mitchell Wojcik). The band's genre-defying blend of indie rock, post-hardcore, speak-shouted vocals and more is in full effect here, as you can hear for yourself below.

The band also have a few dates coming up, including the Iron Pier Northside showcase at Brooklyn's Acheron on June 13 with Wildhoney and Somerset Thrower. Tickets for that show are still available, and you can also try to get in with a Northside badge.

All dates are listed, with the videos, album artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Self Defense Family made a video for "Dave Sim" off their new 'Heaven Is Earth' LP, touring (watch ++ dates)"

photo: Against Me! at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Against Me!

We already knew that one of the 2015 Northside Festival shows would have Against Me! but the venue for that remained unannounced for over a month. Now we know they're playing one of the free shows in McCarren Park that happen this year all four days of Northside, June 11-14.

Against Me! play June 13, and one day prior it's The Very Best and Heems (6/12). Stay tuned for the 6/11 and 6/14 lineups. The shows are free, but RSVP is required, and you can RSVP for Very Best/Heems HERE and for Against Me! HERE. Even with RSVP, admission is first come, first served, but you're guaranteed entry if you have a Premium or Music Badge.

Against Me! also have several other tour dates this year, and Laura Jane Grace plays a couple solo shows, including one in NYC.

Heems plays another free NYC show on May 1 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Michael Christmas, Pills, ZZZs and Iyez.


And a few other Northside updates:

Girl Band were added to both Viet Cong shows. Sannhet are on night 2 as well. Both are sold out.

The legendary DJ Premier is playing a live full-band show at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13. Tickets are on sale.

Self Defense Family, Wildhoney and Somerset Thrower play the Iron Pier showcase at Acheron on June 13 (tickets).

Holly Miranda plays Knitting Factory on June 13 (tickets).

Shigeto, Michna and Lord Raja play Knitting Factory on June 13 later that night (tix).

Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Guerilla Toss and PC Worship play Palisades on June 11 (tickets).

Ryan Hemsworth and Tommy Kruise play a midnight show at Palisades on June 12 (tickets).

Sun Ra Arkestra and PC Worship play the Northern Spy showcase on June 14 at Rough Trade (tickets).

You can browse our "Northside Festival" tag for even more shows, including Blonde Redhead, Zola Jesus, Built to Spill, Run the Jewels, Neko Case, and more.

by Andrew Sacher

Loss Leader
Loss Leader

The insanely prolific Patrick Kindlon of Self Defense Family (formerly End of a Year) and Drug Church is also in yet another band, Loss Leader. Here's what Patrick said about the band's formation:

We started when Nick Fit (fill-in guy for Trash Talk and about 50 other bands) approached me to start a band. I told him, "you're the best live bassist I've seen, but you're also a terrible musician. Can you not over-extend yourself and just write shit that is on your level?" He did that and we put out a demo of that type of hardcore you only see on hip festivals.

When we decided to record more, we ended up writing something real different. I'm not sure what it is besides barf-rock. But it's very, very sick.

We're premiering their new video for "Stickman," which comes out on Patrick and Nick's new singles-only label, Anybody's Flowers, which is being distributed by Deathwish. That single, and a new one from Night Sins (the project of Nothing drummer Kyle Kimball), will both be out this Saturday (4/18) and are the label's first two releases.

Patrick's a pretty diverse vocalist, and on "Stickman" he's dishing out raw screams, but they're met by cleaner, airier vocal harmonies and music that's closer to straight rock than hardcore. It's a good mix, as you can hear for yourself below.

Continue reading "Loss Leader (mem Self Defense Family, Drug Church) have a new single on Anybody's Flowers (Night Sins too) -- listen"


Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan had to delay their US tour due to visa issues, forcing them to cancel last Wednesday's Brooklyn show, but they were supposed to get here in time for this Sunday's (3/8) NYC show at the Studio at Webster Hall. Unfortunately, they've had to drop off the Webster show too. They write:

Disappointing news came through this morning regarding the Makthaverskan 3/8 show at The Studio. The band has hit yet another snag in their continuing visa complications and will not be receiving their visas until Monday 3/9. As of today all shows from 3/9 on will continue as usual. Unfortunately these issues have cost them their New York, Boston and Philadelphia appearances which has been devastating for the band :'(

Once we sort everything out we're going to try really hard to get them to New York very soon!

Fingers crossed that Makthaverskan get here sooner than later. You can still see Self Defense Family and Creative Adult at this Sunday's show without Makthaverskan, and tickets for that are on sale.

Self Defense Family just put out a collaboration with Touche Amore, and Makthaverskan sister band Westkust released the first single from their upcoming debut.

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Touche Amore in Times Square in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)

Self Defense Family and Touche Amore (and countless other punk bands) have released plenty of split EPs/singles in their respective careers, but when they decided to team up for this new one due next week (3/10) via Deathwish, they chose to change it up and make a collaborative release. That resulted in the songs "Circa 95" and "Low Beams," both of which have traces of the bands' individual personalities, but also sound like a unique new beast. The songs are great -- check them out for yourself below, via Vice.

Self Defense Family's tour with Creative Adult begins in NYC tonight (3/4) at Saint Vitus (tickets). That show was also to have included Makthaverskan, but unfortunately they had to drop off the Brooklyn and Philly dates due to visa issues. They'll be here for the second NYC show happening this Sunday (3/8) at The Studio at Webster Hall though (tickets).

As for Touche Amore, they're playing Bled Fest, Coachella, Coachella sideshows (with Desaparecidos and Joyce Manor), and making their Alaska debut.

SDF/TA stream and lists of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Self Defense Family streaming Touche Amore collaboration, beginning tour in NYC tonight (dates, listen)"


Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan were supposed to begin their tour with Self Defense Family and Creative Adult this week, but unfortunately due to visa issues they're not able to fly in as early as expected and are forced to drop off Brooklyn's Saint Vitus show (3/4) and Philly's Boot & Saddle show (3/5). Run for Cover label manager Tom Chiari says:

Makthaverskan are currently tied up in Sweden with visa complications and unfortunately their Wednesday, March 4th show at St.Vitus in Brooklyn and Thursday, March 5th at Boot & Saddle in Philadelphia with Self Defense Family and Creative Adult will not be possible under the current circumstances; the shows will go on without them. However our team is working hard to rectify the situation and get them over to the US in a timely manner in order to preserve as many tour dates as possible. Maja, Irma, Palle, Gustav and Hugo are looking forward to their US debut tour and appreciate all of the support
Luckily for those in NYC, the Studio at Webster Hall show on Sunday (3/8) is currently still on. You can still get tickets for that one, and you can get tickets to see just SDF/Creative Adult at Vitus too. Updated tour schedule below.

Makthaverskan have a new single on Run for Cover that will be available on the tour, and just yesterday their sister band Westkust released the single from their upcoming debut LP on RFC.

Listen to Makthaverskan's "Witness," with the dates, below...

Continue reading "Makthaverskan delay North American tour due to visa issues, drop off Brooklyn & Philly dates"

by Andrew Sacher

Drug Church

We've talked before about how Patrick Kindlon may be the most prolific musician in modern post-hardcore, whether it's with his band Self Defense Family or Drug Church. The latter is releasing a new EP, Swell, on No Sleep this week (pre-order), and we've got a full stream of it premiering in this post. It was produced by Jawbox frontman J. Robbins, whose knack for unpolished but clear and powerful sounds fits this band perfectly. "Mall SWAT" is the kind of '90s-style post-hardcore that J himself helped pioneer, and "Work-Shy" is the closest the EP gets to traditional hardcore, but the rest of Swell has Patrick's throaty shouts over music more similar to '90s alternative and indie rock. The different sounds all come together really well. Check it out for yourself, below.

Meanwhile, Self Defense Family have a split 7" series on the way (including upcoming releases with Touche Amore and Creative Adult), and a tour with Creative Adult and Makthaverskan.

Continue reading "Drug Church releasing a new EP, 'Swell' (stream it)"

by Andrew Sacher


Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan put out their fantastic album II in 2013 and gave it a US release in 2014 via Run for Cover, and now they're finally heading over to our shores for a tour here in March/April. It's a killer triple-billed tour with two of their RFC labelmates, the prolific post-hardcore band Self Defense Family and the punky Creative Adult (who have a split with Wild Moth on the way). Those dates include two in NYC: March 4 at Saint Vitus and March 8 at the Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for those shows are not on sale yet, but should be soon via Ticketfly and Ticketweb, respectively.

There's a gap in the dates around SXSW, for which SDF were already announced, followed by a run with Solids (who play NYC twice in February) taking over for Creative Adult.

In addition to the tour, Self Defense Family are launching a new 7" series, which begins with a split release between SDF and Creative Adult, due via Run for Cover/Deathwish, and continues on March 10 with a collaborative release with Touche Amore ("15 musicians working together as one band"), which Will Yip is producing.

Makthaverskan are also promising to release a new digital single soon. In the meantime, stream II, with the list of tour dates and tour flyer, below...

Continue reading "Makthaverskan announce US tour with Self Defense Family and Creative Adult (two NYC dates included)"

photo:::Palma Violets @ Treasure Island Fest (more by Autumn Andel)
Palma Violets

SXSW, which happens March 17-22 in Austin, TX, has announced its third round of 2015 showcasing artists. (Here's round 1 and round 2.) It's a big update, with over 500 new additions, including Amason, Frog Eyes, Palma Violets, Girl Band, Pity Sex, Sheer Mag, Kate Tempest, THEESatisfaction, Viet Cong, Matthew E. White, Best Coast, Dej Loaf, Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna/Jefferson Airplane) and loads more.

Full round 3 list below...

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intro by Andrew Sacher

Restorations (photo by Mitchell Wojcik)

Philly rockers Restorations put out LP3 earlier this year on SideOneDummy. It's an excellent record; one you'll probably see on a handful of year-end lists this year thanks to its superior take on heartland/blue collar rock that rivals a lot of the stuff it was likely influenced by (Lucero, The Hold Steady, Hot Water Music, etc). The band's singer Jon Loudon was also nice enough to give us his own 2014 year-end list, which includes 10 pretty diverse picks.

Check it out for yourself, with commentary on each one from Jon and honorable mentions, below...

Continue reading "Restorations list their Top 10 Albums of 2014"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Self Defense Family / Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens
Self Defense Family
Walter Schreifels and the Dead Heavens

"We're competing with Obits," Self Defense Family lead singer Patrick Kindlon proudly declared last night on stage at The Acheron. "You don't know them? They're ex-members of that other band I don't give a shit about."

Never afraid to talk some shit and drop some names, Kindlon's onstage rants are what audiences have come to expect from Self Defense Family's live shows. Acutely aware of his niche (between DIY post-punk and 90s experimental rock) and the fact that their Brookyn Vegan/Iron Pier sponsored CMJ showcase was technically unofficial, Kindlon stood at the crossroads between criticizing the things other bands would deem off-limits, and defensively throwing himself under the bus before anyone else could. Unlike bands on official CMJ shows, Self Defense Family, also known as Self Defense and formerly known as End of a Year, did not come to a tiny room in Brooklyn to become the next big thing - truly, they were there for the music alone.

..."The Family comprises a collective, with myriad members contributing to the incessant cycle of releases and ever-changing live lineup. One never knows who to expect to see on stage, nor can they predict how familiar songs will be interpreted for that specific lineup. Using a model of improvisation, even tracks like "Tithe Pig" and "Turn the Fan On" from the band's latest full-length, Try Me, felt unfamiliar live. [Cultivora]

The Iron Pier showcase during CMJ week (co-presented by BrooklynVegan) went down at the Acheron this past Thursday (10/23), headlined by the eclectic post-hardcore collective Self Defense Family. It also featured post-hardcore veteran Walter Schreifels' (Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, etc) new blues rock-inspired band The Dead Heavens, and an opening set from locals Deep Pockets. If you made it out, what did you think?

Pictures of the show are in this post and continue below...

Continue reading "Self Defense Family, Walter Schreifels & Deep Pockets played the Iron Pier/BV showcase at Acheron during CMJ (pics)"


It's very possible that Self Defense Family are the most prolific band in post-hardcore at the moment. This year alone they've released the Try Me LP, the I Tried To Make Something You Would Enjoy single, the Two Genuine Oddities From Our Distant Past single, the split with "Meredith Hunter" (aka Self Defense Family), and most recently the Duets EP. Plus there's the "Indoor Wind Chimes" b/w "Cottaging" single due 10/14 via Deathwish and a split with Touche Amore is in the works.

We recently mentioned that they're also touring soon and though a NYC date wasn't initially announced, we're now proud to announce that they'll be here for the Iron Pier CMJ showcase (the label that put out Duets), which BrooklynVegan is co-presenting. It happens October 23 at the Acheron (57 Waterbury St) and also on the bill is post-hardcore veteran Walter Schreifels and quality locals Deep Pockets. $12 tickets for the showcase go on sale today (9/30) at noon.

Walter Schreifels (of Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Quicksand, Rival Schools and more) will be playing with his new backing band The Dead Heavens, whose lineup also includes Cults bassist Nathan Aguilar. They have a 7" due next year via Thrill Me Records, which Walter says has "more of a blues rock direction, like Cream or Black Sabbath."

BV is also co-presenting the free No Sleep CMJ showcase and we have more showcases TBA too so stay tuned for that.

The day after Acheron, SDF will be in NJ with Restorations (tix). Updated list of their dates, with a full stream of Duets (via AltPress), below...

Continue reading "Self Defense Family expand tour, playing Iron Pier CMJ show with Walter Schreifels and Deep Pockets (BV co-presents)"

FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014

With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:

FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.
If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.

You can still get FFF passes here.

Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Nites lineup announced (Meat Puppets, The Jazz June, TPOBPAH, Power Trip, Single Mothers, Le1f, more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Self Defense Family

Self Defense Family have to be the most prolific bands in post-hardcore lately. They already put out a new full length, Try Me (on Deathwish), and multiple EPs this year, and they've got another EP, Duets, coming on September 30 via Iron Pier (pre-order). True to its title, it's an EP of duets between SDF vocalist Patrick Kindlon and frequent collaborator Caroline Corrigan. Though for its newest single, "Cancel Man," it's actually the one song on the EP with just Caroline singing, and the twang of her voice gives the song more of an alt-country feel than Patrick's rougher voice tends to give Self Defense Family. The new song premieres in this post and can be streamed below.

Self Defense Family are supporting the first leg of the recently-announced Restorations tour and also playing The Fest. They aren't on the NYC date of the Restorations tour, but they are on the Asbury Park stop happening October 24 at Asbury Lanes. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Song stream below...

Continue reading "Self Defense Family releasing 'Duets' EP (new track stream), touring with Restorations"

photos by Chris La Putt

Speedy Ortiz @ 4Knots 2014
2014 4Knots Festival

Modern Life Is War recently announced two club dates to happen this summer at Philly's First Unitarian Church on 8/29 and NYC's Bowery Ballroom on 8/30. Since we last spoke, openers have been announced for both shows. Direct support on the Philly date will come from MLIW's Deathwish labelmates Self Defense Family, and on the NYC show it's heavy shoegazers Nothing (who were in NYC a few days ago for a free show with Ceremony and Iron Lung). Opening both dates will be DC punks Give and Iowa psychedelic band Land of Blood & Sunshine. Tickets for Philly and NYC are on sale now.

Speaking of bands who just played free NYC shows being added as openers to hardcore shows, Speedy Ortiz, who just played 4Knots, were added to the Fucked Up show happening at Irving Plaza on September 6. Tickets for that show are still available. Speedy will return to NYC not long after that for two shows on their tour with Ex Hex.

We already posted one set of pictures of 4Knots, and another batch of Speedy's set is in this post. They continue, with lists of Speedy and Nothing dates, below...

Continue reading "Nothing & others opening for Modern Life Is War; Speedy Ortiz opening for Fucked Up +++ more Speedy 4Knots pics"

by Wyatt Marshall

Converge at Saint Vitus, May 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)

Deathwish Inc.'s inaugural Deathwish Fest announced that it will be switching venues, moving down the street from the Sinclair in Cambridge, MA to Cambridge go-to The Middle East Downstairs, a bigger venue that allows for the two-day event to be all ages. The hardcore/metal fest is still happening on July 22-23, and tickets already purchased will be honored at The Middle East. With the move comes fifty more tickets for each day and, unfortunately, Code Orange Kids' cancellation.

Filling the hole in the lineup on the fest's second day are Shipwreck AD and Coliseum (who just rejoined Deathwish), while Philadelphia's Blacklisted (whose singer George Hirsch's solo project Harm Wulf was already playing day two) will be added to day one for good measure. Both night's are headlined by Converge (whose Jake Bannon runs Deathwish) and Trap Them, so it should be a wild time whether you make it to one or both nights. Head below to see full lineups, which also include Modern Life Is War, Doomriders, Self Defense Family and more. Tickets go back on sale Wednesday (5/14) at noon.

Blacklisted also play NYC with Rival Mob in June and This Is Hardcore in Philly right after Deathwish Fest.

Updated Deathwish Fest lineup below...

Continue reading "Deathwish Fest updates: venue change, now all ages; Code Orange Kids drop off; Blacklisted, Coliseum, more added"

By Doug Moore

Converge at Saint Vitus Bar, 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)

Deathwish Inc. -- Jake Bannon of Converge's increasingly influential record label -- are following up what I can only imagine was their most lucrative year of operation to date (they released Deafheaven's Sunbather) with their first-ever standalone music festival. Creatively entitled Deathwish Fest, the bash will take place on July 22 and 23 at the Sinclair in Cambridge, MA. Both nights will be headlined by Converge (no surprise there) and Trap Them, who are preparing to release their first new album since 2011's Darker Handcraft. Both bands are restricting their 2014 Boston-area appearances to this fest. Some other notables include Modern Life Is War, Code Orange Kids, & Doomriders on 7/22 and Oathbreaker & Cult Leader (who will evidently be touring together as well; keep an eye out for updates here).

Tickets for individual days go on sale this Friday (4/11) at noonwith an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/9) at noon. Two-day passes are $50 and if that math doesn't make sense to you, it's because you're not taking the Jake Bannon limited-run silkscreen print that comes with the two-day pass into account. Fans of wings, skulls, and splatter textures rejoice! Check out the full fest lineup below.

Continue reading "inaugural Deathwish Fest happening in Boston w/ Converge, Trap Them, Code Orange Kids, Self Defense Family & more"


The annual festival that sends tons of the world's best punk bands to Florida, The Fest, returns to multiple Gainesville venues for its 13th year from October 31 to November 2 and Pre-Fest happens once again in Tampa from October 29-30.

The initial lineup for The Fest was just announced and includes Descendents, Lifetime, The Menzingers, The Marked Men, Modern Life Is War, Strike Anywhere, Chixdiggit, Chuck Ragan, Into It Over It, Tim Barry, Laura Stevenson, Cheap Girls, Night Birds, You Blew It!, Self Defense Family, Circle Takes the Square, Lemuria, The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Mikey Erg, Dads, Gates, Banquets, Somos, Dikembe, Frameworks, Captain We're Sinking, The Hotelier, Prawn, Little Big League, Everyone Everywhere, Nona, Chumped, Worriers, Nai Harvest, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), Places to Hide, Courtesy Drop, Foxing, All Dogs and many more. Tickets go on sale April 20 via the Fest's site (which is currently down at time of this post).

Full initial lineup below...

Continue reading "The Fest 2014 lineup announced (Descendents, Lifetime, The Menzingers, Marked Men, Into It Over It, TWIABP & more)"

Speedy Ortiz @ Baby's All Right - 12/30/13 (via Jason Burger)
Speedy Ortiz

Exploding In Sound Records celebrated the new year in NYC with a huge show at Baby's All Right on 12/30 that included Big Ups, Porches, Roomrunner, Grass Is Green, Two Inch Astronaut, Ovlov, Krill, Dead Wives, Baked, Bad History Month, Woozy, Gnarwhal, Pile (acoustic), and special guests billed as "Average Cock," who you may have guessed was actually Speedy Ortiz. That's Speedy pictured above, and there's a high quality video of Big Ups from the show below. EIS celebrated NYE proper with a smaller show in Boston.

As discussed, Grass Is Green and Speedy Ortiz are touring together, and though that tour doesn't hit NYC, Speedy will open for Los Campesinos! at Irving Plaza on 1/22 (tickets), and since we last spoke, Grass Is Green added a NYC show happening on January 31 at Silent Barn for the 10th annual Berfest with Baked, Radical Dads, Frankie Cosmos and Poverty Hollow. They also posted another track from their upcoming Vacation Vinny LP not along ago, "Sammy So-Sick." You can stream that, along with the updated list of their tour dates, below.

Big Ups also have another show happening on February 1 at Death by Audio with Eula, Kal Marks and Malatese.

UPDATE: Big Ups also play a release party for their upcoming Eighteen Hours of Static LP at Shea Stadium on January 9 with Flagland, Mannequin Pussy and Washer; and the NYC Arts Collective Late Bloomers Kick Off Multi-Media Series at Baby's All Right on January 25 with Beach Party, Tei Shi, Charlie Wavers Quartet and DJ sets by Au Revoir Simone, Lee Bannon and The Range. Tickets for the Baby's show are on sale now and proceeds benefit the Ali Forney Center.

Porches next play Silent Barn on January 10 with My Dad, Gunk and Flagland.

And the next day at Silent Barn (1/11), the venue hosts the Gravesend Recordings Compilation Vol. 1 release party which features Krill, Palehound, Bueno, Jazz Massagers and Hannah Ch'oe, plus "possible special guests."

In more related news, Palehound and Frankie Cosmos team up again for a Brooklyn show at Trash Bar on January 17 with Eskimeaux and Florist.

Lastly, Ovlov's next NYC gig is opening for Self Defense Family and Pity Sex at Santos on 1/19 with Heroes of Modern Earth and Deep Pockets. Tickets for that show are still available. They also play Silent Barn on 2/6.

All lists of dates, along with that Grass Is Green song and Big Ups video, below...

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz, Big Ups & more played Baby's All Right; Grass Is Green, Porches, Krill & others playing more shows"

by Andrew Sacher

Touche Amore
Touche Amore

It's been a big year for Touche Amore, who released a potential hardcore classic with Is Survived By. Now they've announced a 2014 North American tour, which they're co-headlining with fellow lyrical post-hardcore band mewithoutYou, whose prime-era albums Catch For Us The Foxes and Brother, Sister share producer Brad Wood with Is Survived By. Seahaven is opening, and the first leg will also include openers Drug Church, while the second leg will also include Caravels. The run with Caravels hits NYC on February 26 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/13) at 10 AM. All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer, below.

Though Drug Church won't be on the NYC date, vocalist Patrick Kindlon's other band Self Defense Family will be here when their tour with Pity Sex hits Santos on January 19 with Ovlov and Heroes of Modern Earth. Tickets for that show are still available.

All Touche Amore/mewithoutYou dates are listed, along with some videos, below...

Continue reading "Touche Amore announce tour w/ mewithoutYou, Caravels and Seahaven (dates)"