Entries tagged with: Shellshag
Screaming Females at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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...
Tenement at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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 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.
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...
We were just talking about The Julie Ruin's tour, which includes a sold-out NYC show with Brooklyn/Philly lo-fi pop punks Swearin' on September 3 at Bowery Ballroom. If you missed out on getting tickets for that, but still want to see Swearin' (and in a smaller, more graffitied venue), you're in luck because you can catch them the next day (9/4) at 285 Kent with Shellshag and Honey (ex-Psychic Ills). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Then, on Saturday (8/17) at Silent Barn, Swearin' will take part in the Salinas Records tenth anniversary which also includes singer Allison Crutchfield's previous band PS Eliot (which she drums in and her twin sister, Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield, sings), The Measure [sa], The Ambulars, All Dogs, Radiator Hospital, Little Lungs and more.
In other news, Swearin' recently announced on Facebook that they finished tracking songs for their upcoming second album. Stay tuned for more on that.
Meanwhile, stream their 2012 LP, along with their updated list of tour dates, below...
Noun, the project of Screaming Females frontwoman Marissa Paternoster (whose birthday is today!), are set to kick off a U.S. mini-tour with Modern Hut this weekend. For live performances, Paternoster is joined by Miranda Taylor (Black Wine) on percussion and backing vocals, and they've got a The Kills-like setup going on. As discussed, you can catch the two groups at Death by Audio on August 9 with Shellshag, Worriers, and Mal Blum. Admission for that show is $7 at the door.
Noun are also the fourth band to appear in our BV Studio Sessions recorded at Butler Recording in Bushwick. Paternoster and Taylor played four new songs, and were accompanied by Mark Bronzino (Kicking Spit, Iron Reagan) on guitar. Big thanks to Jessica and Albert Amaya, Chris La Putt, and Bleary Eyed Brooklyn for the great video. You can check out the footage at the bottom of this post.
Speaking of Mark Bronzino, his band Kicking Spit are prepping their second album, Negative Feedback, for release on August 27 via Don Giovanni. They'll celebrate the LP with an August 22 record release show at New Brunswick's Ray Cappo's Cantina and also one at Death by Audio on August 23 with Shellshag, Black Wine, and Nuclear Santa Claust. Admission for that show is $8 at the door.
If you missed them, Ski Lodge was our first BV Studio Session, Field Mouse was the second, and Ex Cops was the third. There are more to come. Video footage and pictures from the Noun BV Studio Session, all tour dates, and a few song streams are below...
Marissa w/ Screaming Females in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
As discussed, Screaming Females frontwoman Marissa Paternoster is producing the new Modern Hut (the project of Don Giovanni co-founder Joe Steinhardt) album, Generic Treasure (due out 8/6), and she's now announced that she'll be taking her solo project, Noun, on a short Northeast tour with Modern Hut around the time of the album's release. The tour hits NYC on August 9 at Death by Audio with their labelmates Shellshag, who will be playing unplugged, Lauren Measure's current band, Worriers, and singer/songwriter Mal Blum, making for an all-around great bill. Admission for that show is $7 at the door. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Marissa's band Screaming Females were the special guest opener at Titus Andronicus' Maxwell's show last night, their second of three shows (the final one is tonight, 7/16). CoolDadMusic caught the show, and wrote:
Marissa Paternoster showed up in her usual black, though in short sleeves and collarless this time, perhaps in a nod to the sweltering temperatures. The band opened with "I Don't Mind It" from 2010's Castle Talk and blazed through other favorites like "Expire," "Extinction," and "It All Means Nothing" from 2012's Ugly and "Poison Arrow" from this year's Chalk Tape EP. Paternoster's fingers appeared never to cease moving, while the rhythm section of King Mike and Jarrett D kept everything moving forcefully ever-forward.Screaming Females play their own Maxwell's show on Sunday (7/21) with Nuclear Santa Claust (sold out). It's an early show before Ted Leo and Shellshag play (also sold out).
Then, as just mentioned, Screaming Females will head out on the road with labelmates Waxahatchee and Tenement for a tour that hits the NYC-area on 9/14 at MHOW, 9/16 at Bowery Ballroom, and 9/28 at Asbury Lanes. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Friday (7/19) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/17) at noon. Check Asbury Lanes' site for ticket info on that show.
All dates on the Modern Hut/Noun tour are listed, along with the tour flyer and some song streams, below...
Ted Leo at MHOW in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We were recently informed of the terrible news that Hoboken music venue Maxwell's is closing, but on the bright side, they're going out with a bang. Local greats who have called the venue home for years are playing there in its remaining two months, including The Feelies (who play three nights), Titus Andronicus (who play three nights), and Yo La Tengo (who play as The Condo Fucks, but will hopefully announce a proper YLT show before the venue's end?).
Now it's been announced that NJ/NYC fave Ted Leo will be playing the venue on July 21 with another long-running local act Shellshag (who also play Death by Audio tonight [6/5]). Tickets for the Ted Leo show are on sale now.
It's one of a few upcoming dates that Ted has scheduled. All of those dates are listed, along with a video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Big Eyes - "Nothing You Could Say" (MP3)
As mentioned, Seattle-via-Brooklyn melodic punks Big Eyes are releasing their new album, Almost Famous, on May 14 via Grave Mistake. The band have already revealed two excellent singles, "Nothing You Could Say" and "Being Unkind," and if you liked those tracks, you'll dig the rest of the album too, which you can now pre-order. If you haven't heard them yet, you can stream them both below, and "Nothing You Could Say" is available to download above.
When we last spoke, we mentioned that Big Eyes would be supporting the album with a larger North American tour after they wrap up the West Coast dates they've been playing since April. That tour has just been announced in full and it includes a NYC show happening on June 9 at Death by Audio with Shellshag and Shell's (of Shellshag) brother's band, Apogee Sound Club.
Shellshag have a bunch of other upcoming local shows too.
All Big Eyes dates are listed, along with those two song streams, below...
The Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel Band have been playing NYC a lot lately, and they've got two more shows happening this month, which are CD release shows for their new album, Hey It's...The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band which is out May 15. The first happens in Brooklyn on May 16 at Shea Stadium with The Everymen, The Brooklyn What, and Shellshag; and the second one happens the next day at The Bowery Electric (5/17) with Crazy & the Brains and Berth Control. Tickets for the Shea show are on sale now and admission for the Bowery Electric show is $8 at the door.
You can also catch Shellshag in NYC at one of their many upcoming shows. Those shows include Death by Audio this Friday (5/10) with Black Wine, Swearin', and comedians Dave Hill and Chris Gethard (who hosts the BV-curated Red Bull Sound Select show); May 18 at Mercury Lounge with JEFF the Brotherhood and Hunters (sold out); May 25 at Party Expo with Moira Scara; and Death by Audio on June 5 with Shell's brother's band Apogee Sound Club.
Shellshag and Apogee Sound Club also both hit Death by Audio again four days later with Big Eyes.
After their release shows, The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band will head over to Europe for a number of shows, including one in London performing as Daniel Johnston's backing band. All dates are listed, along with a video from one of their recent Mercury Lounge shows, below...
by Andrew Sacher
As mentioned, Brooklyn duo Shellshag are releasing their new album, Shellshag Forever, on April 16 via Don Giovanni. The band formed in the '90s as the duo of John Driver, whose nickname is Shellhead, and Jennifer Shagawat (aka Shell and Shag, hence Shellshag), who were and still are a couple. Though they've been a band for so long, they've been getting more attention for this new album (appearing on Pitchfork and Stereogum for this first time). And Shellshag Forever is a great record to gain them a larger fan base. The production is a bit bigger and clearer than their past releases, and their songwriting is in top form. Many of the tracks are autobiographical stories about Shell and Shag's band and relationship with lyrics that put you in specific moments like "That old hoodie, it reminds me of the time we walked a mile to play that show out in the sunset."
The album is now available for pre-order at the Don Giovanni webstore, and you can listen to it in its entirety ahead of its release date at the bottom of this post. Also below is a video of Shellshag performing an acoustic version of the album's lead track, "Face to Face," which they recorded for the BrooklynVegan 'Green Room Sessions' in 2011.
As mentioned, Shellshag have a number of shows coming up, including one at Union Pool on Saturday (4/13) with RVIVR, Dogjaw, and Extra Feeler (tickets) and a record release show for Shellshag Forever on April 20 at Maxwell's with Screaming Females, Swearin' Hilly Eye, and Waxahatchee/Swearin' side project Great Thunder (tickets). The flyer for the release show is below.
They've also since announced other local shows, including May 10 at Death by Audio with Black Wine, Swearin', and comedians Dave Hill and Chris Gethard, May 18 at Mercury Lounge, where they'll be an opener, along with Hunters, for the first of two previously announced JEFF the Brotherhood shows (JEFF also plays Merc on 5/19), May 25 at Party Expo with Moira Scara, and June 5 at Death by Audio with Shell's brother's band, Apogee Sound Cloud. All dates are listed below.
I also recently spoke to Shellshag about their new album, being veterans of the DIY scene, and the increased attention for Don Giovanni Records. You can read that interview, along with the album stream, video, and list of tour dates, below...
Shellshag at Don Giovanni 2013 Showcase (more by Caroline Harrison)
Brooklyn duo Shellshag, who recorded the track, "Green Vapors," with Screaming Females for their Chalk Tape, will release their new album, Shellshag Forever, on April 16 via Don Giovanni. The album features the track, "Face to Face," which Shellshag performed an acoustic version of for the BrooklynVegan 'Green Room Sessions', and you can stream the punky studio version below. Also below is the album artwork and tracklist.
As usual, Shellshag have a number of upcoming local (and some non-local) shows. Most excitingly, they'll share a bill with Screaming Females on April 20 at Maxwell's, which hopefully means they'll collaborate on stage during "Green Vapors." The rest of that show's lineup is great too, including Swearin' (who play Indie Pop Prom tonight [2/28]) Hilly Eye, and Great Thunder (the project of Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield and her boyfriend/Swearin' bassist Keith Spencer). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Shellshag's other local dates include Friday (3/1) at Lulu's (113 Franklin St), March 11 at Acheron with Pity Party, March 21 at Silent Barn with Extra Feeler, and April 13 at Union Pool with RVIVR, Dogjaw, and Extra Feeler. Advance tickets for the Union Pool show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream, album art and tracklist, below...
photos/words by Caroline Harrison
Screaming Females @ MHOW 2/9/2013
Independent punk rock label Don Giovanni just finished up a three night 10th Anniversary celebration in Brooklyn. Night three, at the Music Hall of Williamsburg (Feb 9) featured Screaming Females, Black Wine, Stormshadow, Home Blitz, Shellshag, and a surprise guest performance from Rubber Molding.
Shellshag, like a couple of other bands on the bill, are better suited to a sweltering, crowded basement show than a ballroom or music hall. They play facing each other, singing into a bizarrely constructed speaker unit resembling a Dalek. Their energy treads a fine line between infectious and overly precious, but luckily most people in the crowd seemed to enjoy Shellshag's unpretentious pop punk. They closed with a Dino Jr-style cover of the Cure's "Just Like Heaven" before leaving the stage to make way for Home Blitz.
Home Blitz doesn't rely on bombast the same way Shellshag does. The quartet's set was understated, modest garage rock. Front man Daniel DiMaggio hangs off of the microphone as he sings, enhancing the impression that he's sneering through his raw and earnest vocals.
Our own Andrew Sacher talked to Stormshadow last month about the band's history, their reunion, and the decision behind re-releasing their 1999 album "Set On Destroy." The set, punk with a political bent and bar rock sensibilities, was a welcome comeback for this New Brunswick band. Stormshadow's male/female vocal approach is evocative of some Fucked Up tracks, though Stormshadow vocalist Matty King is not prone to the same onstage histrionics as Damian Abraham. Sue Werner's consistent vocal presence adds a nice back-and-forth dynamic to the band's stage routine.
Black Wine is sort of like a Don Giovanni supergroup, featuring former members of The Ergs! and Hunchback. They were originally supposed to support Screaming Females on the tour that got canceled due to Marissa's health problems, so it was nice to see the band getting to support them. Following Black Wine's set, Rubber Molding took the stage to blast through an unannounced, absolutely riotous (and spot on) cover of Meatloaf's Bat Out Of Hell, complete with a cape and some glitter-bombing..
While it was no surprise that Screaming Females absolutely destroyed, there was palpable relief from the audience that lead guitarist and howling vocalist Marissa Paternoster seems to have recovered from her long illness. The band just released a tape of new material, including a song they recorded with Shellshag, and they debuted a few new songs. The setlist is below (except the last song in the encore, because I can't read my own handwriting. Anyone out there remember?).
There are no upcoming dates for Screaming Females, but you can catch Black Wine at the Cake Shop on March 23 with Hilly Eye, Nuclear Santa Claust, and Lauren of the Measure.
More pictures and the Screaming Females setlist is below.
Screaming Females in LA in 2012 (more by Wei Shi)
The Don Giovanni Records Brooklyn showcases begin TONIGHT (2/7) with the previously mentioned Death by Audio show, which features California X, Nuclear Santa Claust, Brick Mower, House Boat, and Plastic Cross. Admission for tonight's show is $8 at the door. Then, the Don Giovanni fun continues with two consecutive nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg which feature Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Jeffrey Lewis, Lemuria, Waxahatachee, and Hilly Eye on Friday (2/8) and Screaming Females, Black Wine, Stormshadow, Home Blitz, and Shellshag on Saturday (2/9). Tickets for Friday, Saturday, and a 2-day pass are still available.
In related news, Screaming Females are releasing a cassette of home recordings this weekend (2/10) and you can stream the whole thing ahead of its release at Pitchfork. It features the track "Green Vapors," which was done with DG labelmates Shellshag.
Laura Stevenson is also releasing a new album, Wheel, on April 23 via Don Giovanni. You can stream the lead track, "Runner," at the bottom of this post.
Meanwhile, if you miss the showcases this week (or just want more), three of the bands playing -- Black Wine, Hilly Eye, and Nuclear Santa Claust -- are teaming up again for a NYC show at Cake Shop on March 23 with Lauren of The Measure. Admission for that one is $8 at the door.
And in even more related news, Miranda Taylor of Black Wine just interviewed Caroline Rue, Hole's first drummer, who played on their 1991 debut, Pretty on the Inside. Here's an excerpt...
The evolution of Hole's sound is, in my opinion, extreme. What do you think contributed to the sound/style changes over the years?And you can read the rest at Miranda's blog.
Well, first off, Courtney and I were the least skilled musicians and needed time to catch up with Jill and Eric. We hung out, listened to records, and they turned me on to the Pixies, which I had only seen the MTV video for "Here Comes Your Man." We became better players, so we were starting to refine our tool to do what we were intending.
Laura Stevenson song stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
Screaming Females in LA in October (more by Wei Shi)
New Brunswick label Don Giovanni are throwing their annual Brooklyn showcases in 2013 at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 8 and 9, and this year they're doubling as the label's tenth anniversary shows. Both nights have typically great lineups, with the 2/8 show featuring Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Jeffrey Lewis, Lemuria, Waxahatachee, and Hilly Eye, and the 2/9 show featuring Screaming Females (I hope this means Marissa is getting better!), Black Wine, Stormshadow (who the label refers to as "original, political, tight musicians" who "made fantastic art" but "broke up and no one outside of New Brunswick knew who the band was," and they'll be reuniting for this show as well as reissuing their album, Set On Destroy, via Don Giovanni this winter), Home Blitz and Shellshag. Tickets for both nights and a 2-day pass option go on sale Friday (12/14) at noon and AmEx presale for the individual nights begins Wednesday (12/12) at noon. The flyer for the showcases is below.
California X at Tommys Tavern in June (more by Fred Pessarro // BBG)
One band that we're a little bummed to see not on this lineup is Amherst's grungy California X, who have a great self titled LP coming out via Don Giovanni on January 15. I know we're still in year-end-list of 2012 mode, but this is already one of my most anticipated records of 2013. You can stream the single, "Pond Rot," below.
Song stream and show flyer are below.
Shellshag at Cake Shop in June (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Brooklyn's Shellshag just got home from a US tour this week, and though Hurricane Sandy hasn't made NYC the easiest place to return home to, hopefully everything is okay for them. We'd like to assume so because Shellshag are treating Brooklyn to two hometown shows, including one this weekend. First, they'll play XPO 929 on Saturday (11/3) with Moisture and N/A and then later this month they'll play Death by Audio on November 11 with The Max Levine Ensemble, Marvin Berry & the New Sound, and Trepanning. Both shows appear to be happening as scheduled. Tickets for the XPO 929 show are on sale now. No advance tickets for the Death by Audio show.
Marvin Berry & the New Sound also open for Shellshag's one-time Don Giovanni labelmates BIg Eyes when their tour with Audacity hits Death by Audio on November 21.
Shellshag's most recent release is the "Stars n Bars" 7" that came out over the summer. You can stream the title track off that 7" below.
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Hilly Eye at Cake Shop 6/9/2012
Three members of Russian women's punk band Pussy Riot, who derided President Vladimir Putin in a protest in Moscow's main cathedral, were denied bail on Wednesday despite calls for their release by hundreds of supporters at the hearing.Like the one that went down last week at Death by Audio with Heliotropes and DJ Adrock, there will be two more Pussy RIot benefits in NYC this week, including one tonight (6/21) at 285 Kent Ave with performances from The Shondes, Making Friendz (Tami Hart of MEN), Ritz Riot, Bachslider, and DJ Maura Johnston. "Admission will be offered on a sliding scale with a $7 minimum donation" and the show is all ages. The show flyer is below. Another option is the Pussy Riot benefit at Knitting Factory on Saturday (6/23) with Frank London & Di Shikere Kapelye, Mchael Alpert, Alina Simone, and more. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
Police hauled away more than 15 people when a crowd of about 300 whistled, chanted "Freedom" and unfurled banners demanding the released of the band members who have been held in pre-trial detention since early March.
Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich face up to seven years in jail for hooliganism after storming the altar of the Christ the Saviour Cathedral on February 21 in short dresses and colorful masks to sing a "punk prayer" that offended some Russian Orthodox believers.
Their rendition of "Holy Mother, throw Putin out!" was a protest against the close relationship between the Church and Putin, whom it backed in the presidential election he won in March. -[Reuters]
Both tonight's "Free Pussy Riot" benefit and the one that happened at DbA are part of a series of shows curated by Permanent Wave, founded by Amy Klein of Hilly Eye. The group also produced the recent C.L.I.T. fest benefit at Acheron that featured Hilly Eye. Hilly Eye is scheduled to play Hillstock in Clinton Hill this weekend (6/23) and recently supported Shellshag with Necking, and Queening on June 9th at Cake Shop. Pictures from the Cake Shop show are in this post.
Shellshag are currently recording their new LP The Mighty Shellshag, release date TBA.
Speaking of MEN (but not The Men), the group play Gramercy Theater as part of CBGB Fest. The Men are also part of said festival, though they'll stop by Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 6 as part of a bill with Red Kross.
More pics from the Cake Shop show are below...
today in NYC
* ASSSCAT @ UCB
* The-Dream @ S.O.B.'s
* Pony Bones @ The Manhattan Inn
* Mike Birbiglia in Red Bank, NJ
* Gomez, Hey Rosetta! @ Bowery Ballroom
* Bonaparte, The Chevin @ Mercury Lounge
* Diana Wayburn Ensemble @ Vaudeville Park
* Big Deal, 2:54, Zaza, Softspot @ Glasslands
* Sinkane, Chandeliers, Wishes @ Cameo Gallery
* The Zambonis, Butchers Blind @ Mercury Lounge
* Dropkick Murphys, Frank Turner @ The Paramount (LI)
* Steve Lewis, Kelli Scarr, Ursa Minor @ Union Pool
* Notekillers, Sannhet, YVLTRS, Lushes @ Littlefield
* Lost Boy?, Earthquake Party!, Bambara, Trabajo @ Cake Shop
* Shellshag, Bitches, Pure Joy, Cheesequake @ Death By Audio
* Sharon Katz & The Peace Train, Justin Vivian Bond @ Joe's Pub
* Revolution Church, Lindsay Clark, Great Republic of Rough and Ready @ Pete's Candy Store
* Leroy Justice, Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards @ Highline Ballrooms
* Irene Schweizer, Andrew Cyrille, Oliver Lake, Andrew Cyrille @ The Stone
* Long Vera, Starfawn, Jonas Fricke, Stephanie Waddell & Tom McCauley @ Zebulon
* Capsula, Des Roar, Street Smells, The John Steel Singers, Pre War, Alberta Cross @ Pianos
* Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, DJ Walter B. Nice, VJ Willie Rivera, Joey Corsica @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Expensive Looks, Psychobuildings, Silent Drape Runners, Wojcik @ Union Hall
* Design The Skyline, The Browning, Atlantis, By The Beard Of Zeus, Anesthetized, Vicious Machine, We The Living, Sidney Black @ The Acheron
* Shigeto, Uzuhi, Hilly Eye, Karikatura, Annekei, Gross Relations, KNTRLR, Late Cambrian, Firesign, The Nico Blues, Desert Sharks, Fall of the Albatross, Pass Kontrol, The Tablets, Hard Nips @ Public Assembly
2:54 (who recently signed to Fat Possum) and Big Deal are in NYC from the UK tonight before heading to Austin for SXSW where 2:54 plays the official BrooklynVegan showcase Wednesday night at Bar 96, and Big Deal plays on one of three stages at 'Hotel Vegan' on Wednesday.
"Hotel Vegan" is four days worth of 3-stage, free day shows at Hotel Vegas & the Volstead Lounge in Austin. If you're in Austin stop by. Full lineups are still being announced, but here's two of the stages on Wednesday (Big Deal is on the unannounced stage), and here's what Thursday looks like.
Sunrise Fest, a benefit concert remembering last year's devastating tsunami in Japan, will be held at Public Assembly today. Scheduled a year to the day of the disaster, the show will feature informative seminars, dance recitals, and Japanese food vendors in addition to the scheduled music lineup. For full info on the lineup and donation invitiatives of the festival, check out their Facebook page.
We'll be helping T-Mobile judge a photo contest that could win you tickets (plane ticket included) to a festival in the Coachella Valley.
Shellshag play Death By Audio tonight. If you haven't already, watch the acoustic "Green Room Session" we recorded with them during CMJ, below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Shellshag & Screaming Females fans
NJ's Don Giovanni Records held their annual big showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on Saturday night (2/11). Were you there? Here are some pictures. They continue below...
During our CMJ parties this past October, we partnered with Sony Bloggie to film a video series ("Green Room Sessions") of exclusive performances by artists, many of whom also played at our CMJ events. All of the videos were shot on nothing but Bloggies. We've been slowly revealing some of the videos from the series, but the most of them are finally here and can be watched below.
Chelsea Wolfe performed a new/non-album track called "Feral Love," accompanied only by brooding synths and beats from band member Ben Chisholm, making for a more similar performance to Chelsea's "solo" NYC debut than the full band set she delivered at our Friday party (10/21).
Members of Datarock, sitting on a ladder, played an acoustic guitar/saxophone and red-suit-less rendition of their song "True Stories," which they said they have to play when they're in NYC, as it is their tribute to Talking Heads, with every lyric in the song being a Talking Heads song title.
Laura Stevenson and her Don Giovanni labelmates Shellshag both played songs for us. Laura played a solo acoustic version of "Barnacles" from the Laura Stevenson and the Cans' album Sit Resist on the staircase to the green room at Public Assembly, whereas Shellshag took us out to the waterfront for a stripped down performance of "Face to Face."
Ólöf Arnalds played a new song called "Sudden Elevation" and a cover of Neil Diamond's "Solitary Man" which is one of the covers on her new mini album.
Peelander-Z took us outside on North 6th Street, shortly after playing our day party in Public Assembly. With no instruments except their voices, they wrote us a theme song.
Similarly to Chelsea Wolfe, Channy Caselle of Polica performed with just a microphone and samples playing through a guitar amp, as opposed to the massive dual drum rumbling set Polica played at our Saturday party (10/22). She performed "Happy Be Fine" off their upcoming debut LP, Give You the Ghost.
New Zealand band Street Chant, who played our Saturday party, played two songs for us after their set, "Stoned Again" and "You Do the Maths." For both songs, frontwoman Emily Littler played guitar and sang as the rest of her band and members of The Suzan provided claps and backup vocals.
Dave Quon of We Barbarians, who were also on the Saturday party, played an acoustic version of "Chambray" off the band's Headspace EP backstage after their set.
We Were Promised Jetbacks, who were announced on our Thursday (10/20) party at the last minute, played as a three piece because one of their members hadn't arrived to NYC yet at that point. Then, to size their lineup down even more, frontman Adam Thompson performed two songs on his own for us with his acoustic guitar (filmed on the same day they headlined Webster Hall).
A few more are coming, but meanwhile watch all of our completed videos below...
Screaming Females at MHoW (more by Devan Council)
NJ record label Don Giovanni have scheduled their annual pair of Brooklyn showcases (and a NJ movie screening) for middle February, returning to Music Hall of Williamsburg and Death By Audio too.
Kicking off with a screening of Dirty Work at the Forum Theatre in Metuchen, NJ on 2/9 (yes, the Norm MacDonald/Artie Lange film), the party will move to Death By Audio on 2/10 for a show with Mikey Erg, House Boat, Nuclear Santa Claust, Secret Police and Plastic Cross. The next night Don Giovanni moves eight blocks up to Music Hall of Williamsburg where Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson and The Cans, For Science, Shellshag, and Black Wine will team up to play the venue. Tickets for the bigger show go on sale Friday, 12/9. The flyer for both is below.
Latterman was a four-piece punk rock band from Huntington, New York. They played a style of melodic punk rock with shouted dual-vocals by Phil Douglas and Matt Canino, and their songs often contain political and/or socially conscious lyrics. The band has been compared to the likes of Against Me!, The Lawrence Arms, Hot Water Music and Fifth Hour Hero. Members have since gone on to play in bands including Shorebirds, Mutoid Men, Iron Chic, Bridge and Tunnel, RVIVR, Laura Stevenson and The Cans, Daytrader and The Brass.Quite the welcome is waiting for the band, who plays a sold-out show TONIGHT at Maxwell's (12/1), another sell-out tomorrow in Philadelphia, and a third sell-out at The Bell House on Sunday (12/4) with Nude Beach & PS Eliot. HOWEVER, tickets are still available (not many though) for a FOURTH show scheduled for Saturday (12/3) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Thousandaires and Explosivo!.
Although recent Don Giovanni signing Waxahatchee is NOT playing the Don Giovanni showcases, Katie Crutchfield (aka Waxahatchee) can be found opening one of the Latterman shows. She is playing one of her last shows ever as part of the sunsetting PS Eliot at the Bell House.
Members of Night Birds served in The Ergs with Mikey Erg (who plays the DG show at DBA), and they have a few shows scheduled before year-end too, including a show with Citizens Arrest and another at Tommy's Tavern on 12/9 with Manipulation and Crazy Spirit (who play with Double Negative soon).
During CMJ, Laura Stevenson and Shellshag, like Polica, stopped in to perform songs exclusively for us backstage and on the Williamsburg Waterfront. Check out those videos, part of our slowly-debuting Sony Bloggie CMJ video series ("Green Room Sessions"), along with tour dates, the DG flyer, and some Latterman videos below...
photos by Devan Council
Screaming Females @ Bowery Ballroom
Washington Post: You're about to record a new album, so that means you have a whole batch of new songs ready to go. But when you play shows, people like to hear songs they know. So how do you decide to work new stuff into the setlist?Screaming Females played Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (10/8) with appearances from Hilly Eye, Underground Railroad to Candyland, and Shellshag. The show was one of the first of a larger tour that will stretch into early November, heading as far west as Fargo, ND before looping back to play a doubleheader day/night show at Court Tavern in New Brunswick on 11/6. Most dates are with Underground Railroad to Candyland.
Mike Abbate: We played a show in New Brunswick over the summer and we played only new songs and people were [very upset].
Marissa Paternoster: It didn't go over very well. I thought they might be interested to hear some new stuff. It didn't really work out that way.
So what can we expect from the new material?
Paternoster: It's chillwave. It's witch house.
I think you missed that boat by about six months, unfortunately.
Paternoster: We don't care! We're bringing it back! It's post-witch-house! Dubstep, that's in there, too ... We just want to write some good songs. For riding your bike. For walking your dog. For driving your cool car. For driving your Grandma around to the supermarket. "Hey Grandma, listen to this. This rocks!"
One of those dates goes down at The Fest 10, the mega-Gainesville, FL punk festival going down from 10/28 - 10/30 and featuring more than 200 bands that vary widely in the general "punk" genre (everything from the prefix "pop" to powerviolence). Full lineup is below and though passes are sold out, walk-up tickets for most shows are still available.
More pictures from the NYC show are below.
photos by Andrew St. Clair
photos by Sarah Coulter
Nobunny @ Kniting Factory
"NOBUNNY IS MY NEW FAVORITE BAND. HOLY SHIT.Respect to Nobunny, if for no other reason than being described as "regal" in "black skivvies". Regardless of any official monarchical status though, Nobunny was definitely the king of Knitting Factory on Friday night (7/1). The garage rock band fronted by a crazy bunny headlined the Brooklyn venue with Shellshag as part of a pair of NYC dates with TV Ghost (a late show at Mercury Lounge played out on the following day). Pictures from KF are in this post.
If there were ever a band to embody a musical representation of my soul, it would probably be Nobunny. ...Their show at the Knitting Factory last night ...was hands down the best show I have been to all summer, if not since SXSW (perhaps even before). Nobunny himself had a stellar presence and looked absolutely regal in his leather bolero jacket and black skivvies." -[Midwestern Miscreant]
Nobunny is still on the road, playing Baltimore at Golden West tonight (7/5) and eventually hopping his/their way back to California by the end of the month. TV Ghost, who also played Philly with Nobunny, is finished touring for now. Shellshag play Cinders Art Gallery on July 8th. All Nobunny dates and more pictures below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Ten years of screaming into telephone receivers, bouncing crowds, recordings, livid circus officials and more were celebrated at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (6/14). Japanther celebrated their tenth anniversary at the Brooklyn venue with some help from Shellshag and Heavy Cream. The Brooklyn two-piece play to MHOW for about an hour, with Shellshag and Heavy Cream logging 45 and 20 minute sets respectively.
Heavy Cream are now on their way to NXNE, but will return to play Death By Audio on June 22nd with Teen Witch, Elks & Hunters. All dates below.
All tour dates, more pictures from MHOW and a video, below...
photos by Keith Marlowe and Harriet Roberts, words by BBG
While I was going hardcore at Emo's, metal and garage were well represented at Red 7 on Thursday. Split across the venue's two stages, the outdoor patio was reserved as a Garage stage with The Spits, The Arrivals, Shellshag, TV Ghost (who are on tour with The Spits), High Tension Wires, and OBN III's, while the indoor stage housed metal from Hooded Menace (who played Union Pool before Texas), Undergang, Acephalix, Bone Sickness, and Mammoth Grinder. Pictures of many of the bands from from both stages at Red 7 are below.
Origin of M
After the show, I met up with Keith and Harriet to trek over to The Broken Neck, a DIY venue hosting an afterparty with Tragedy (who played Europa before Texas) and Origin of M. We arrived just in time, as they were letting one in and one out due to capacity issues. We were able to slide in after a short wait. Origin of M played a crusty hardcore set with some rock style leads (ala Thin Lizzy) and sounded good, though the singer's drunken ranting in Japanese was a bit off-putting/odd. Slamming beer after beer, he loved to crowdsurf almost as much as loved to rip beer-cans apart in his mouth and chew on the aluminum. Yum. Tragedy, as usual, were unbelievable despite a PA system that was clearly DIY (and on the brink of toppling over).
Tragedy fan at Europa (more by Konstantin Sergeyev)
No rest for the wicked. After a grueling weekend of heavy music at Maryland Deathfest (pictures of day 1 HERE, day two HERE, day three HERE, and day four HERE), I am looking forward to a mix of punk, hardcore, metal, crust, d-beat, and indie at Chaos in Tejas in Austin this week! Kicking off on Thursday (June 2nd) the four day festival features appearances from tons notables, day shows, after parties, and in-stores, some for free. Swing down for a blow by blow breakdown of what you should look for every day at the multi-venue music fest.
Thursday, June 2
Ah the start of the festival.... fresh legs and feet, and a hunger for tons of good bands. Thursday will sate your hunger too, as there are tons of great hardcore/metal shows to choose from. Shows tonight happen on both stages at Emo's, both stages at Red 7, at the Mohawk, Beauty Bar, Beerland and the Broken Neck.
Despite the high profile cancellation of Killing Joke at Emo's outdoor, CIT bounced back and added Cro-Mags to an already awesome lineup of rare appearances from strong>Asta Kask (Swedish d-beat), D-Clone (a rare show from these Japanese hardcore monsters), Veins (featuring Mark McCoy from Charles Bronson/Das Oath as well as Ian from Copremesis/Castevet), Double Negative (North Carolinian hardcore greats who released the awesome Daydreamnation last year), Vile Gash (brutal hardcore on Youth Attack), Japan'sThe Slowmotions, and NYC's Cult of Youth (dark folk with a great new LP on Sacred Bones) and Crazy Spirit (excellent hardcore with members of Perdition).
Thankfully, I can use my wristband from Emo's to hit up Red 7, right around the corner, where an awesome metal show will clash with an awesome garage show on the two stages. Finnish doomers Hooded Menace will headline on stage with Denmark's Undergang, crusty death metallers Acephalix (mems of the amazing Vastum), more death metal from Bone Sickness, and local death and rollers Mammoth Grinder. Meanwhile, the second stage will feature The Spits, the Arrivals, Shellshag, TV Ghost, and others. All of this means that I'll probably miss Converge/Title Fight/Touche Amore/Trap Them/Burning Love/the Menzingers at Mohawk and How I Quit Crack/The Indicator Dogs at Beauty Bar. At least I can end the night right with Tragedy and Origin of M at Broken Neck as part of an after-party. Yikes!
the rest of Thursday's schedule and what to do on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, below...