Entries tagged with: Speedy Ortiz
photo: Speedy Ortiz at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Speedy Ortiz have been very active tourers lately. They already played NYC once this year, and have a T5 show with Courtney Barnett and Torres coming up on 7/22 (tickets), and in the past 24 hours they were announced for Riot Fest Denver, Riot Fest Chicago, and Fun Fun Fun Fest.
That T5 show is actually one of two NYC shows for Speedy, as they were recently added to Waxahatchee's River Rocks show on July 9 at Pier 84. The very talented Weyes Blood is on that show too, and it's free. Like all River Rocks shows on Pier 84, gates open at 6 PM and the music starts at 7.
Pier 84 is the same pier that 4Knots Festival is happening this year, which also just announced an expanded lineup, including Super Furry Animals.
Speedy recently put out a video for "Raising the Skate," one of the highlights off their new album Foil Deer. Watch that, with their updated list of tour dates, below...
Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest returns in 2015 from November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores, and as usual the lineup is amazing. There's Jane's Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punks), The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), the first-ever Texas show and only US show of 2015 for '80s metal legends Venom, a reunion from DC hardcore vets Dag Nasty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust side project Head Wound City, D'Angelo, NOFX, American Football, Ride, The Charlatans (UK), Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes In Toyland, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Desaparecidos, Skinny Puppy, Afrika Bambaataa, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Power Trip, La Dispute, Title Fight, Shamir, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong and many more.
Tickets go on sale today (5/28) at 10 AM CT (11 AM EST). Full lineup and announcement video below.
The lineup for the Dag Nasty reunion is the same one they played the Salad Days show in DC with in 2012: original vocalist Shawn Brown, plus Brian Baker, Roger Marbury and Colin Sears.
First Toronto, then Denver, now the Riot Fest Chicago 2015 lineup is announced. It includes Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix), Alkaline Trio, Taking Back Sunday, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, Thrice, The Lawrence Arms, The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts and Pussy), Jimmy Cliff, The Damned, Against Me!, Living Colour, Fishbone, Death, Hum, GWAR, Civ, The Thurston Moore Band, Echo & the Bunnymen, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, FIDLAR, Andrew WK, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang, Tommy Stinson and many more, plus a few more TBA.
Tickets are on sale now. This year happens at the new location of Douglas Park from September 11-13. All currently announced artists are listed below...
We just posted the Riot Fest Toronto lineup, and here's the Riot Fest Denver 2015 lineup: Modest Mouse, Pixies, Snoop Dogg (playing Doggystyle), Iggy Pop, Tenacious D, Ice Cube & special guests (playing Straight Outta Compton remix), Run DMC, Rancid (playing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Explosions in the Sky, Cypress Hill, Alkaline Trio, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, Anthrax, The Damned, Eagles of Death Metal, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, GZA, De La Soul, Testament, Desaparecidos, Nada Surf, The Lawrence Arms, Andrew WK, GWAR, The Black Lips, The Dead Milkmen, The Get Up Kids, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, The Vandals, 7 Seconds, Joyce Manor, OFF!, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang and many more. A few more bands, including two headliners, TBA.
Tickets are on early bird sale now. This year, the fest happens at the new location of Western Rodeo Complex from August 28-30.
UPDATE: Chicago announced too.
All currently announced Denver bands are listed below...
If you miss out on getting tickets in the BV presale, you'll have another chance in the general on-sale starting Friday (5/1) at noon. Full tour schedules for all three artists are HERE.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Courtney Barnett at SXSW 2015 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Courtney Barnett's tour in support of her great new album will have her in NYC for three sold-out shows at Bowery Ballroom in May, and now she's added more dates which will have her back in NYC for a much larger show this summer
Courtney plays Terminal 5 on July 22 and it's a killer triple bill with support from Speedy Ortiz and Torres. TIckets go on sale Friday (5/1) at noon, and there's a BrooklynVegan presale starting Wednesday (4/29) at noon. Check back here Wednesday morning for the presale password. Updated tour dates are listed below.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
Speedy Ortiz are on tour now in support of their own great new album, having hit NYC over the weekend for a sold-out Bowery Ballroom show (4/25) with Mitski and Krill. The new songs sound killer live, and they worked nicely against other highlights like "Indoor Soccer" from 2012's Sports EP, "American Horror" from last year's Real Hair EP, and "Swim Fan" from the "Taylor Swift" single.
Updated dates for all three artists, and a few videos/song streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Shervin Lainez
This new record was written after almost a year of constant touring with Speedy. We would meet girls at our shows who would talk to us about being inspired to start bands because of our first record. . . . . I had this idea in my head that I had to write more meaningful songs for them, that I had to be a better role model (for myself, too). So instead of writing more about a tumultuous personal life, I turned my focus on bigger issues -- ingrained sexism, harmful gender roles, marianismo, rape culture -- and let my anger loose on those things. [Sadie Dupuis to Boston Globe]Speedy Ortiz are a week away from releasing their second album, Foil Deer (due 4/21 via Carpark), and they're now streaming the entire thing. As singer Sadie Dupuis' interview with Boston Globe quoted above points out, this time they're taking on bigger issues lyrically, and the music is a progression from their debut too. The discordant indie rock they became known for is still fully here, but keyboards are involved, there's an increased amount of studio work, and the record clearly sounds bigger and more confident than its predecessor. (Not that Major Arcana sounded small or unconfident.) It's a great album -- listen at NPR.
Full list of dates and a stream of recent single "Puffer," below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Speedy Ortiz at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
We've already heard two songs from the upcoming Speedy Ortiz album, Foil Deer (due 4/21 via Carpark), both of which expanded upon the sounds of their previous material but were more or less cut from the same cloth. But third single "Puffer," which just debuted over at Entertainment Weekly, is a murky, R&B-informed song that doesn't sound like anything they've done yet. Singer Sadie Dupuis said it's supposed to sound like Kelis. Turns out Speedy do this sound as well as they do rackety indie rock, as you can hear for yourself below.
Their tour with Mitski and Krill hits NYC on April 25 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still available. Mitski will also be in the area this weekend opening for Screaming Females at NJ's Asbury Lanes on Saturday (4/4) (tickets).
photo: Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Outside Lands, which happens August 7-9 in San Francisco with Elton John, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, D'Angelo, St. VIncent and more, announced its daily lineups today. Check those out below.
3-day passes are sold out, and single-day passes go on sale Thursday (4/2) at 10 AM PDT.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
METZ / Octopus Project
The first of three free BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7, and the only one that had no rain, happened Thursday (3/19) from noon to 6pm with 15 bands across the venue's two stages.
The inside show began with recent Run for Cover signees Elvis Depressedly who played a set of scrappy indie rock with singer Matthew Lee Cothran's animated stage moves intact. Then Emmy the Great brought things down with a set she played mostly as a duo but with a few solo songs too. Next up was the alt-R&B of three-piece Basecamp, followed by the danceable, super fun pop of New Zealand's Yumi Zouma. Veteran Canadian band Frog Eyes came next with Carey Mercer & co's eccentric indie rock in excellent form (story about being accused of doing meth in the BrooklynVegan comments included), and then it was their neighbors from up north, Cancer Bats, whose blend of hardcore and stoner rock riffage was the heaviest set of the day. Oklahoma rockers Broncho followed, playing to one of the most packed in crowds of the day and totally sounding built to do so. Finally it was one more Canadian band to wrap up the day, METZ, who were as loud, fast and full of energy as ever.
Broncho / Speedy Ortiz
Outside the show began with the UK's Ultimate Painting, the band with members of Veronica Falls and Mazes whose Dead-like guitar jams and close harmonies were super tight and pretty perfect outdoors on a sunny afternoon. They were followed by Girlpool, who previewed some material from their upcoming debut LP and included some favorites from last year's EP that had a chunk of the crowd singing along. Then came the shouty noise rock of Ireland's Girl Band (who unlike Girlpool who played before them, don't have girls in the band), and then the smart/sarcastic indie rock of Chastity Belt ("this next song is about mansplaining"). After them it was Mitski who was more impressive than before at this show and had a lot of the crowd screaming in approval. She was followed by Speedy Ortiz, who seem to get tighter each time and whose new songs came off great live ("Raising the Skate" was especially a highlight of the set). And to end the day it was hometown heroes The Octopus Project with a highly enjoyable set of their experimental rock to a full backyard of people.
Thanks to our sponsors Dropkloud, Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) and MailChimp for helping make the party possible. If you unlocked our party playlists on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for helping keep our artists relaxed.
More pictures from the whole day at BV Austin, and below...
Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly and Starr Hill, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, have announced [the] lineup for the eighth annual Outside Lands Festival. After four consecutive sold-out years, the world's only gourmet music festival that Rolling Stone hailed as "one of America's best," and the Huffington Post called "a well-rounded cultural event," will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 7 - 9, 2015. While the Eager Beaver on sale had the fastest sell-out in the history of the festival, a limited number of 3-Day General Admission and VIP regular tickets go on sale this Thursday, March 26th at 10am PDT via SFOutsideLands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department. The festival has given more than $10 million to the department since its inception.The full lineup for this year's fest is listed, and in Funny or Die video form, below...
"Speedy Ortiz let me come on stage and ruin their song with my horrible drumming. I am forever indebted to them." - Hannibal Burress.
Hannibal Buress is currently in Austin for SXSW and yesterday tweeted: "I'm in Austin and i will play drums in your band tomorrow between 12-5pm. I can't play drums. It'll be bad." Speedy Ortiz' Sadie Dupuis took him up on the offer, replying, "hey @hannibalburess yr cordially invited to drum with speedy ortiz at the @pitchfork showcase at @mohawkaustin, 1 pm. or we could get pizza." And soon after, Hannibal did just that, sitting in on Speedy's "MKVI" during the set at the Pitchfork party at Mohawk. You can watch it below.
Speedy Ortiz will play BrooklynVegan's SXSW day party today at Red 7, taking the 4:20 slot on the outside stage. Today's show also has METZ, Broncho, Chastity Belt, Girlpool and more. You can RSVP for all three days of BV parties. If you're in Austin, hope to see you there!
In related news, Splitsider reports that Comedy Central has picked up Hannibal Buress' reality show, Unemployable, which has the comedian (and Broad City scene-stealer) trying out a different job each week. We look forward to seeing that.
Video of Hannibal with Speedy Ortiz below...
photo: Mew at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
photo: Power Trip at BV-RBSS in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)
The three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 in Austin begin TODAY (Thursday, 3/19). We're taking over both stages of the 6th & Red River venue from noon-6pm and doing it again Friday (3/20) and Saturday (3/21) too. You can RSVP for all three days. If you're in Austin, hope to see you there!
Over the course of the three days there's sets from Mew, The Pop Group, Swervedriver, Frank Turner, Ceremony, Iceage, Screaming Females, METZ, Speedy Ortiz, Power Trip, United Nations, Pianos Become the Teeth, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, The Octopus Project, Broncho, Frog Eyes, Girlpool, Mitski, Chastity Belt, Alex G, Yumi Zouma, KEN mode, Kevin Devine, The Velvet Teen, Pity Sex, Makthaverskan and more.
Check out the flyers and set times for all three days, below...
HERE'S THE DAY ONE LINEUP
THURSDAY, MARCH 19 @ Red 7 (FREE)Like the other two days, we'll be taking over the 7th & Red River venue's two stages from noon-6pm. Again, it's totally free, and RSVP for all three days is open.
12:00 Elvis Depressedly
12:45 Emmy The Great
02:15 Yumi Zouma
03:00 Frog Eyes
03:45 Cancer Bats
12:30 Ultimate Painting (mem Mazes & Veronica Falls)
02:10 Girl Band
02:50 Chastity Belt
04:20 Speedy Ortiz
05:15 Octopus Project
The Thursday inside show kicks off with recent Run for Cover signee Elvis Depressedly, followed by folk-turned-pop musician Emmy the Great. Then it's the alt-R&B of Basecamp, the shiny pop of Yumi Zouma, indie veterans Frog Eyes, Canadian riff rockers Cancer Bats, power poppers Broncho, and finally Sub Pop sludge punks METZ.
Outside, the day starts with the VU/Dead stylings of Ultimate Painting (members of Mazes and Veronica Falls), into the young, smart and quickly rising duo Girlpool. They're followed by intense Irish noisemakers Girl Band, then jangly Seattle post-punks Chastity Belt, arty/folky indie rocker Mitski, discordant indie rockers Speedy Ortiz, and wrapping up the day is Austin experimental rockers The Octopus Project.
photo: Speedy Ortiz @ Pitchfork Fest (more by James Richards IV)
photo: Metz @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
This year we're proud to be partnering with DropKloud, a new app that is launching just in time for SXSW. Recently acquired by TuneCore, DropKloud uses GPS technology to allow people to unlock exclusive music content in specific geo-targeted locations. You'll be able to try it out at our parties at Red 7 where we'll have special content from the artists playing our shows. Once you unlock it, you can listen later. Stay tuned for more details, but meanwhile get that app on your phone via Google Play or iTunes.
Want to skip the lines? Visit the Esurance Glove Box in the Austin Convention Center, or the Esurance Lounge at 6th and Trinity, to pick up an #EsuranceAccess Pass. Then follow @Esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can get preferred entry.
Listen to some of the bands playing, below...
Indie labels Castle Face, Famous Class and In the Red (which have all released records by Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall) are teaming up to auction off rare vinyl test pressings to raise money for charity. They include releases by Ty and Thee Oh Sees, as well as Parquet Courts, White Fence, Fuzz, Jay Reatard, Black Lips, Wand, and lots more. To make them even more desirable, most of these test presses are signed or feature original art from the bands. John Dwyer hand painted all of his Castle Face releases himself. Pretty cool.
Proceeds from the Castle Face auction go to Pathway Recuperative Care; proceeds from the Famous Class auction and In the Red auction go to the Save the Music Foundation. The auctions run through March 22 and you can check out all the items up for bid below.
photo: Spoon taping for ACL TV in 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Spoon are the focus of La Blogothéque's latest Take Away Show, with Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel performing beautiful acoustic renditions of "I Just Don't Understand" and "Inside Out" from last year's full-length They Want My Soul. The session was shot last October while the artists were visiting Queens' Knockdown Center during the setup for "Debut", which Blogothéque director Derrick Belcham co-designed.
The band have a tour announced for this summer (including Brooklyn's renovated King's Theatre in June), but first they'll be heading back to their spiritual home of Austin for a slew of performances during SXSW. Their first performance is actually going down before the festival's music portion even starts, playing the SXSWi Umbelmania party this Friday, March 13 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. The party also features DJ Chicken George and luchadors, so it'll surely be an interesting time. The party is free with RSVP, admission is first come, first serve.
Britt and company will also be headlining another SXSWi party -- the free Tumblr and Entourage presented Fuck Yeah show at The Mohawk on Monday (3/16). The party hosts a wide variety of support in RAC, Yung Lean & Sad Boys, ASTR, Badbadnotgood, Kali Uchis, Holy Child, Tei Shi and Twin Peaks. No RSVP needed.
Spoon will also be making an appearance at this year's edition of the Hype Machine Hype Hotel as headliners for the Syndicate curated 'Conflict of Interest' show on Tuesday (3/17). The party also features Parlour Tricks, Amason, San Fermin, Milo Greene and Odesza. Check out the rest of the week's massive Hype Hotel presented by Feed the Beat lineup here and RSVP to get into the week's worth of parties.
If you won't get into town until the music festival officially starts, you can catch Spoon at FLOODfest's Wednesday (3/18) night showcase at Cedar Street Courtyard with support from DJ Windows 98 (aka Arcade Fire's Win Butler), Speedy Ortiz, Basecamp, Dotan and Taymir. FLOODfest's night shows are official showcases, so you'll need a badge or wristband to get in.
The band headlines the official SXSW showcase at Auditorium Shores on Thursday night (3/19) with support from Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan and My Jerusalem. The show is free and open to the public provided you secure a Guest Pass, and they're taking badges/wristbands as well.
There's also a listing for an official showcase featuring Spoon on Saturday (3/21) but the venue and other acts aren't yet announced.
All upcoming Spoon dates (SXSW and otherwise) are listed, along with the Take Away performance of "I Just Don't Understand" and "Inside Out" as well as the Fuck Yeah schedule and flyers for FLOODfest, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Shervin Lainez
Speedy Ortiz are releasing their new album, Foil Deer, on April 21 via Carpark, and they've now released a second single, "The Graduates." It's got all the makings of a great Speedy Ortiz song, with Sadie Dupuis' clever turns of phrase, quiet-loud dynamics, and intertwining left-field guitar riffs. Plus, you can hear those keyboards they were talking about coming through on this one. Listen below.
photo: TEEN @ Bowery Ballroom, 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Carpark Records, home of Toro Y Moi, Speedy Ortiz, TEEN, Young Magic, and many more, is celebrating its 16th anniversary this year which means it's old enough to drive. For the occasion, they're releasing a super sweet basketball themed compilation on May 26 featuring 19 bands from their current roster. Most of the songs were recorded specifically for the comp (and are about hoops), including TEEN's "Dylan and Chong Playing Basketball" which makes its premiere in this post. You can stream it, and check out a Toro Y Moi vine, below.
There will also be a few Carpark anniversary shows, including one at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on March 6 with Lexie Mountain Boys, Greg Davis, Greys, Chandos, Ear Pwr, Safety Scissors, Adventure, Jimmy Whispers, and DJs Young Magic and Montag. Tickets for that show are on sale. There will be one in DC, plus one in Austin during SXSW as well. Details on those are below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Speedy Ortiz at Death by Audio in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Speedy Ortiz announced that their new album, Foil Deer, would be out April 21 via Carpark, and they've now released its first single, "Raising the Skate." This album was was recorded by Nicolas Vernhes (Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective), and they're saying it has more overdubs, keyboards and studio work than their debut. If that makes it sound like this is going to be their "pop" album though, "Raising the Skate" suggests otherwise. It's still got all the discordant riffing that made Major Arcana so memorable, but it also covers new ground like the big vocal harmonies in those choruses. (And it references the Ban Bossy campaign.) Check it out (via Fader), with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
Speedy also announced a tour which includes a run with Krill and Mitski, hitting NYC on April 25 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (2/13). The tour also includes support on other dates from Two Inch Astronaut, Alex G, Palehound, and others. All dates are listed below.
Krill just played there with Porches, Frankie Cosmos and Sheer Mag over the weekend, and they'll also be in NYC when their tour hits Silent Barn on March 14 with LVL UP and Cloud Becomes Your Hand. Their new album, A Distant Fist Unclenching, is now streaming in its entirety too. Listen below, via NME.
Sturgill Simpson at Joe's Pub in July (more by Chris La Putt)
The 2015 Forecastle Festival take place July 17 - 19 in Louisville, Kentucky. The fest has just announced the first round of performers, which include Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, Tweedy, Desaparecidos, The Gaslight Anthem, Sturgill Simpson, Sam Smith, Alvvays, JEFF The Brotherhood, Speedy Ortiz, Big K.R.I.T., and lots more. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/30) at noon EST. All announced Forecastle Fest 2015 performers are listed below.
photo: Speedy Ortiz at a final Death by Audio show (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Speedy Ortiz singer Sadie Dupuis gave an interview to SPIN, where she announces that the band will release the followup to their excellent 2013 debut, Major Arcana (and 2014's Real Hair EP), this year. It's called Foil Deer, and comes out on April 21 via Carpark, who also put out their last two releases.
It's their first album with Grass Is Green guitarist Devin McKnight now that Matt Robidoux is on hiatus from the band (maybe you caught Matt's band Curse Purse in NYC over the weekend). About playing with Devin, Sadie said, "There are certain songs that I can point to in Speedy Ortiz where I'll say to him, 'Dude, I was just trying to rip off your guitar playing on this part. So, in like a weird way, the songs sound more like they were supposed to now that he's playing on them."
Sadie also said that this record doesn't sound like their previous stuff, and unlike Major Arcana, which was recorded live in four days, this one was recorded in three weeks and utilizes more overdubs. "We did a lot of intense keyboards, which is a big change for us," she says. They recorded it with Nicolas Vernhes, who's also worked with The War on Drugs, Deerhunter, Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective and more.
Stay tuned for music from the LP. Their only currently announced date is Shaky Knees Festival.
by Andrew Sacher
Last year, guitarist Matt Robidoux left Speedy Ortiz and focused instead on his noisier band Pony Bones. Matt since formed an even noisier band, Curse Purse, whose lineup also includes Ted Lee of Zebu and Miss Olivia Kennett. They played their first show in late July and released a self-titled EP on Feeding Tube Records in November which is mostly devoid of all melody and song structure. Check that out, plus the video for its opening track and a video of their first live show, below.
Curse Purse will come to NYC this weekend for a show on Sunday (1/18) at Palisades, where they'll be performing a set featuring outsider/punk artist Gary Panter. Also on the bill is a duo set from Chelsea Light Moving's Samara Lubelski and Marcia Bassett, CE Schneider Topical (members of another Feeding Tube band, Blanche Blanche Blanche), KHF, and Blessed Thistle. It's their only upcoming show we're aware of at the moment.
Videos and EP stream below...
We're officially in Music Festival Announcement Season, and the latest one is Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival, happening May 8-10. This year includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Neutral Milk Hotel (supposedly one of your last chances to see them for a while), Interpol, Flogging Molly, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, James Blake, Death from Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football, Clutch, Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Real Estate, Wavves, Built to Spill, The Both, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, Old 97's, FIDLAR, METZ, THe Bronx, Speedy Ortiz, Palma Violets, VIet Cong, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full initial lineup (even more TBA) below...
The Queen of Rap, slayin' with Queen Bey
Look, I don't have the polling data handy, but I'm willing to bet that over the past 12 months, there has been a noticeable increase in the amount of young women who call themselves feminists, and that this is almost entirely due to Beyoncé. And no, contrary to popular belief, this was not because of some viral-era voodoo that took place when everybody reblogged that image of Beyoncé standing in front of the word FEMINIST at the VMAs; it was because of her ingenious idea to include in the original version of "***Flawless" a clear, concise, and marvelously demystifying definition of that too-often-misunderstood word. Thanks to Beyoncé, somewhere in America, a seventh-grader is right now being asked what the word feminist means, and instead of saying "an angry woman who hates men," she is answering in a memorized intonation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's words: "a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes."The above quote is from Lindsay Zoladz's review of Beyoncé: Platinum Edition over at her new-ish pop-music column for Vulture. As it points out, feminism has seen a huge rise in post-Beyoncé American culture, and this has especially happened in pop music. Other articles on this have been published throughout the year, like Lindsay's 2014: The Year That All-Female Collaborations Ruled the Radio for the same Vulture column, or Molly Beauchemin's FKA twigs, Lorde, and the New Feminist (Dance) Movement for Pitchfork, but now that the year is coming to a close it seems like everyone is getting in thinkpiece mode declaring 2014: The Year of Feminist Pop. Here are some good reads:
Ann Powers for NPR: In 2014, Pop Followed Beyonce's Lead
Kat George for Noisey: 2014: The Year Feminism Reclaimed Pop
Rachel Brodsky for SPIN: Feminism in 2014: More Than a Trend
Lindsay Zoladz for Slate: A Salute to the Bad Feminists of Pop
Hillary Crosley for Jezebel: My Anaconda Don't: Nicki Minaj's Ass And Feminism
Kelley Dunlap for Buzzfeed: 17 Of The Most Feminist Songs Of 2014
And not unrelated: Molly Beauchemin's piece for Pitchfork, 2014: The Year We Reached Peak Ass
Also Madonna releasing a song called "Bitch I'm Madonna" featuring Nicki Minaj is kind of a feminist thinkpiece on its own, isn't it?
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...