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Courtney

Tickets for the Courtney Barnett, Speedy Ortiz and Torres show at Terminal 5 go on BrooklynVegan presale today at noon. Password = CBBV.

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

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.

Torres is currently streaming her upcoming album and has other tour dates including headlining NYC shows in May and June.

Updated dates for all three artists, and a few videos/song streams, below...

Continue reading "Courtney Barnett expands tour, playing Terminal 5 w/ Speedy Ortiz and Torres (updated dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Shervin Lainez
Speedy

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.

Speedy's tour with Mitski and Krill hits NYC on April 25 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

Full list of dates and a stream of recent single "Puffer," below...

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz streaming new album, 'Foil Deer' (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Speedy Ortiz at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Speedy Ortiz

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).

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz share "Puffer" from new album (listen)"

photo: Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
OSL

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.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

METZ / Octopus Project
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

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
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

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...

Continue reading "BV-SXSW Thursday @ Red 7 in pics --- METZ, Speedy Ortiz, Octopus Project, Broncho, Mitski, Girlpool, Girl Band & more"

Outside Lands

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...

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"Speedy Ortiz let me come on stage and ruin their song with my horrible drumming. I am forever indebted to them." - Hannibal Burress.

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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...

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

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

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

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

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

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HERE'S THE DAY ONE LINEUP
BV SXSW

We already announced the lineup for Friday (day 2) of the three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7. Saturday (day 3) will be announced very soon. Here's Thursday (day 1):

THURSDAY, MARCH 19 @ Red 7 (FREE)

INSIDE
12:00 Elvis Depressedly
12:45 Emmy The Great
01:30 Basecamp
02:15 Yumi Zouma
03:00 Frog Eyes
03:45 Cancer Bats
04:30 Broncho
05:15 METZ

OUTSIDE
12:30 Ultimate Painting (mem Mazes & Veronica Falls)
01:25 Girlpool
02:10 Girl Band
02:50 Chastity Belt
03:35 Mitski
04:20 Speedy Ortiz
05:15 Octopus Project

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.

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.

Speedy Ortiz
photo: Speedy Ortiz @ Pitchfork Fest (more by James Richards IV)

METZ
photo: Metz @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Tim Griffin)

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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.

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

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

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

Continue reading " BrooklynVegan SXSW 2015 Thursday Day Party lineup (METZ, Octopus Project, Speedy Ortiz, Broncho, Frog Eyes, Girlpool, Mitski & much more)"

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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.

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photo: Spoon taping for ACL TV in 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Spoon

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.

Conflict of Interest

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...

Continue reading "Spoon share acoustic "Take Away Show" video, playing lots of SXSW shows & other tour dates"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Shervin Lainez
Speedy

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.

Their tour with Krill and Mitski hits NYC on April 25 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz share "The Graduates" from new LP (listen)"

photo: TEEN @ Bowery Ballroom, 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
TEEN

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.

The vinyl will be a picture disc limited to 600 copies, and sales of all versions of the album benefit the Little Kids Rock charity. Preorders are available. Full tracklist and artwork are 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.

Continue reading "Carpark Records celebrating 16th anniversary w/ basketball-themed comp + shows (stream TEEN's contribution)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Speedy Ortiz at Death by Audio in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Speedy

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.

You can catch Mitski at that same venue sooner when her tour supporting Hundred Waters stops there on March 5 (tickets).

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.

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz release new song from new LP, announce tour with Mitski & Krill, who are streaming their new album"

Sturgill Simpson at Joe's Pub in July (more by Chris La Putt)
Sturgill

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.

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photo: Speedy Ortiz at a final Death by Audio show (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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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

Curse Purse

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...

Continue reading "Curse Purse (ex-Speedy Ortiz) -- videos, EP stream, NYC show this weekend w/ Gary Panter, Samara Lubelski & more"

Shaky Knees

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...

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The Queen of Rap, slayin' with Queen Bey
Queen Bey & Queen of Rap

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

Chumped singer Anika Pyle for Vulture: 2014: The Year Women Took Over Punk Music

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?

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

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

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

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

DG year-end lists below...

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

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Les Savy Fav were the "super secret headliner" at the eighth to last Death by Audio show on Saturday (11/15) that was already stacked with great local openers who have all frequented the venue -- Yvette, Big Ups and Ovlov -- handpicked by the headliners themselves. Doors opened at 8, and even a half hour beforehand the line outside was down the block. Once they opened it moved pretty quickly though, and we heard it sold out during or right after Ovlov's opening set.

Ovlov brought their usual enjoyable set of Dinosaur Jr-isms, and (as you can see pictured below), they also brought their friend and former Exploding In Sound labelmate Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz to sing guest vocals on their last song. That was the second appearance Sadie made during DbA's final run, having played with Speedy Ortiz earlier that week.

Big Ups, another band in the EIS family, followed, pulling from the same era of American indie as Ovlov but from Dischord/Touch & Go style post-hardcore rather than the latter's SST love. They were great, and as always their singer was a thrill to watch.

Yvette were the most intense band of the night, playing in white light and powering through their industrial/noise-infected jams. The whole thing was a total sensory overload. They don't usually say much during their sets, but took the time to say thank you to a list of names associated with the closing venue.

Then came the night's secret headliner (though not a secret anymore at that point), Les Savy Fav who haven't played a show in a while. Before they went on, Syd Butler (who just ran the NYC Marathon!) said his dad was at the show, at which point Tim entered the stage dressed as a graying old man. That was only one of Tim's costumes for the night. He also appeared as a superhero not long after, and of course was shirtless for much of it. As you'd expect from a LSF show at DbA, the place was nuts for them the whole time. (It felt less overpacked than Ty Segall the night before, however.) The whole front half of the room was just a sea of bodies jumping up and down and pushed in every direction. Tim was everywhere himself too, whether he was running to the back of the crowd and back to the stage, crowdsurfing, popping back into the green room, unwinding the Christmas lights over the entrance door, or headed upstairs. Here's hoping that was not the beginning and end of Les Savy Fav's return, though we know they don't all live in the same city anymore, and Syd is especially busy with other projects (like running Frenchkiss Records and being a member of the Late Night band which LSF's Seth is also in).

If you were there, or at any of these other final shows, have you checked out the "Death by Art" exhibition they have set up? The whole thing is pretty nuts and a lot of it is interactive. In addition to the art on display, make sure to check out those little rooms in the back -- different surprises in every one! There's also a net to hang out on, and a bar in the back, which as you can see in the pictures below features Death By Audio co-founder/APTBS frontman Oliver Ackermann as bartender.

Merch for sale includes special "Goodbye Death By Audio" t-shirts, posters from previous nights, and the poster for that night which in this case was designed by Tim Harrington. it's pictured below.

Lea Savy Fav at Death by Audio

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Death by Audio now has only FIVE NIGHTS LEFT. Future Punx, Priests, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash and B-Boys played last night, and Fiasco headlined the night before that (which was one night after Les Savy Fav). The rest are all top secret.

Other bigger artists who played final DbA shows include Parquet Courts, Deerhoof, Woods, Screaming Females, Ted Leo, Speedy Ortiz, Dirty on Purpose, JEFF the Brotherhood, venue co-founders and residents A Place to Bury Strangers, Ty Segall, and Dan Deacon.

More pictures and some video from the Saturday night show, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Speedy / Hunters / Death by Art
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Speedy Ortiz came through NYC for two shows earlier this month on their tour with Ex Hex, and once the tour ended they returned on Tuesday (11/11) for one of the last-ever shows at the soon-to-close Death by Audio, the same place they played their album release show in 2013 for their debut LP Major Arcana. For this show they were joined by their Exploding In Sound pals Palehound, as well as Hunters. It was a bigger room than the last time Speedy played... thanks to part of that middle wall being knocked down, and the Death by Art exhibit was open too. (Do check that out when you're there for a show.) We've got some pictures of that, as well as shots of all three bands in this post.

Last night's Death By Audio show (that we missed) was Pygmy Shrews, Satanic Cult (Mike Berdan Solo), Pleasure Industry and Lawsuits. Tonight (11/13) is headlined by a special guest (hint: It's Dan Deacon) with an interactive dance performance by Prince Rama, a set by Cloud Becomes Your Hand, and Mr. Transylvania. Ted Leo and Screaming Females showed up the other night. November 22nd is the venue's final night.

More pictures from the Speedy show, below...

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Speedy Ortiz @ Mercury Lounge - 11/2/14 (via Marc Viloria)
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The killer double bill that is the Speedy Ortiz / Ex Hex tour rolled through NYC over the weekend hitting Glasslands on Saturday (11/1) with Aye Nako and Mercury Lounge on Sunday (11/2) with Big Ups. Speedy headlined the first night and they switched it up on night 2. Did you catch either one? How were they?

The tour wraps up in Durham, NC on Friday (11/7) and after that, Speedy will return to NYC to play one of the final Death by Audio shows on November 11 with Hunters, Palehound and Bong Wish (ex-Fat Creeps). That's a pretty solid lineup, and $10 at the door gets you in. Updated dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Speedy singer Sadie Dupuis is one of the artists contributing to the new Keep In Touch (KIT) 7" subscription series which also includes Cloud Nothings (who just announced a Chicago show), Mutual Benefit, Big Ups, Into It. Over It., Girlpool, TOPS, The So So Glos, Ava Luna, Ricky Eat Acid, Playlounge, "and a few surprises." It's a year-long subscription and the idea is "each month you'll receive a 7" x 7" postcard with a record pressed directly into a full color image curated by that month's artist." You can subscribe here.

List of dates and a live video from this past SXSW below...

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Protomartyr at DbA during CMJ (via @brooklynvegan)
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As you know, Death By Audio will be gone forever in less than a month, November 22nd to be exact. This message is currently up on their website:

Note for Nov: we are having our final show on 11/22 and we will be releasing the schedule for this month bit by bit as to keep everyone on their toes, we will be open every night, just dont wanna give away all the fun. stay tuned, and if you are wondering about playing one of these shows, im sorry but the schedule is full. thanks for all the wonderful years!
Recent notable shows have included a packed week of CMJ (including Porches, the Burger Records showcase, and Wreckless Eric), 24 hours of drone, JEFF the Brotherhood & Diarrhea Planet, and last night's A Place To Bury Strangers show (photos coming soon).

As of today (10/28), 14 of the 22 final November shows are listed, though many of them just include secret guests (obvious candidates who haven't played there recently include Dan Deacon, Future Islands, Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall). The last two nights are "Top Secret." Speedy Ortiz, Hunters, Fiasco, Coasting, Pampers, Pujol, Tyvek, Shellshag, and many more are among those already listed. They knocked out the wall dividing the main room and the bar room, so crazy shows are a little more comfortable now. Most of these last shows do not have advance tickets, so if you're going to one of the more notable ones, be sure to get there early. (Last night's APTBS show sold out around 10 PM.) Check out the full posted schedule, including the Dirty On Purpose Reunion (11/1), the Halloween show with Aa, Liturgy and two nights of Oozing Wound, below...

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