Entries tagged with: Swearin
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Williamsburg venue Glasslands is in its final month before the building's new residents move in, and last night the venue's series of final shows continued with a stacked four-artist bill. Headlining was Waxahatchee in solo mode playing stripped down versions of fan favorites and doing a bit of previewing her upcoming album too. Before that we got psych-folk from Steve Gunn (backed by a bassist and drummer), the most likeminded set on the lineup to Waxahatchee from The Goodbye Party (aka ex-Ambulars member Michael Cantor), and Weyes Blood's classic pop stylings with her powerhouse pipes. Pictures from the show are in this post.
In related news, Waxahatchee-related band Swearin' play a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday (12/12). Since we last spoke, Quarterbacks, Mean Creek and Bethlehem Steele were added to that show. Quarterbacks will release a self-titled album, the followup to this year's Quarterboy, on February 10 via Team Love. You can stream a track from that, with more pictures from the Glasslands show, below.
Swearin' at BK Bazaar in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Two days after Waxahatchee plays a final Glasslands show, her sister's band Swearin' (whose Keith Spencer is also in Waxatchee) will play a free Brooklyn show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 12 (again). The rest of the bill is TBA. It's Swearin's only announced show at the moment.
In related news, Radiator Hospital (who share drummer Jeff Bolt with Swearin') were just covered by hot CMJ band Girlpool (who like Waxahatchee, recently opened for Jenny Lewis). The LA duo take on "Cut Your Bangs" from this year's great Torch Song in a new NME session. Check out the video of that below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Emily Burtner
Soft Speak Records are launching a new split 7" series which will include one release a month until the end of the year, with the proceeds from each going to a charity of the bands' choice. The first in the series is Radiator Hospital and Sorority Noise (due 9/30), then Frameworks and The Saddest Landscape (due 10/7), Pet Symmetry (aka Evan Weiss and members of Dowsing) and Slingshot Dakota (due 11/25), and finally Free Throw and OSO OSO (due 12/23). There will also be a boxset (limited to 100) of all four 7"s on Coke-bottle clear vinyl which you can pre-order now.
The first one features two covers, with Radiator Hospital taking on Gerry Goffin and Carole King's "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" (made famous by The Shirelles) and Sorority Noise doing Buddy Holly's "Every Day." The former makes its premiere in this post. Radiator Hospital singer Sam Cook-Parrott recorded this one solo with an acoustic guitar, and he makes the classic song sound naturally like his own. Check it out below. The proceeds from this one will benefit V-Day, "a global movement to end violence against women and girls."
Radiator Hospital, whose excellent new album Torch Song is out now, also has several tour dates coming up. Those dates include a run with Swearin' singer Allison Crutchfield, who will be playing songs from her new solo EP, Lean Into It, and Sam and Allison will also be playing some songs together. Most dates on the RH/AC tour will be Sam solo, but the Brooklyn show happening on October 19 at Silent Barn is full band. That show also includes two quality LA duos, Slutever and Girlpool, and the live debut of Libbie 2000. $7 gets you in. All tour dates are listed below.
In related news, Radiator Hospital bassist Jon Rybicki just released an album with the band he leads, Attendant. It's called Freaking Out and features all of Radiator Hospital, as well as Jen Twigg of The Ambulars (singing and playing bass on most songs), Allison Crutchfield of Swearin', Ashley Arnwine of Pinkwash and Bleeding Rainbow, and more. Swearin's Kyle Gilbride recorded it and also contributed some guitar and backup vocals. You can download the album (name your price) at bandcamp and stream it below.
Screaming Females at MHOW in May (more by Caroline Harrison)
NJ power trio Screaming Females are a touring machine, and though they don't have a tour lined up at the moment, they'll be playing a local-ish show at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory on October 4. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/8) at 10 AM.
UPDATE: It's a full tour, and most dates (including Knitting Factory) are with Pujol. All dates are listed below.
In somewhat related news, Allison Crutchfield, whose band Swearin' have played with Screaming Females on more than one occasion and were part of a split release with them, just put out a 7-song solo EP, Lean In To It. She's backed by a drum machine and Radiator Hospital singer Sam Cook-Parrott who played bass, contributed vocals, and co-wrote "Lupe." Swearin's Kyle Gilbride mixed and mastered. You can download it for $5 at bandcamp and stream it in full below.
Radiator Hospital announced an extensive tour not long ago, but unfortunately no dates in NYC at the moment.
by Andrew Sacher
Black Wine (mems. Hunchback, The Ergs!) have announced that they'll follow 2012's Hollow Earth with their fourth full length, Yell Boss, on August 12 via Don Giovanni. While their '80s indie rock influences aren't lost on first single "Rime," the vocals are shoutier and it's a lot more punk than much of their last LP. Check it out below.
Black Wine will celebrate the new album with a release show in Brooklyn at Death by Audio on August 22. Also on the bill are their Don Giovanni labelmates Brick Mower, as well as The Grand Pantrymen, Sore Saints and comedy by Tim Duffy and Brett Davis. It's their only announced date at the moment, but Brick Mower also have a NYC show with Crow Bait in August.
Speaking of Don Giovanni bands playing Death by Audio, Shellshag added yet another show at the venue which happens August 10 with Parasites, Flamingo Nosebleed, Homewreckers and Giant Peach. That follows this Saturday's show (7/26) which was supposed to include Swearin' but they dropped off, but does include Bad Canoes (one of Marissa of Screaming Females' other bands), Low Fat Getting High and CCTV.
In more related news, Shellshag are also playing The Fest in Gainesville, which Crow Bait were recently added to, along with other new additions A Wilhelm Scream, Paul Collins Beat, Thou, Fake Problems and a few more. Full list of additions below. Previously announced names include Descendents, Lifetime, Paint It Black, The Marked Men, Modern Life Is War, Mineral, Hot Water Music, Melvins, United Nations, Screaming Females, Touche Amore, Into It Over It, Circle Takes the Square, 7 Seconds and many, many more. Passes are still available.
by Andrew Sacher
The members of Black Rainbow have been bringing DIY punk to basements, clubs, and even city streets across the USA for two decades in bands like Chickenhead, Los Canadians, The Dark Rides, Shotwell, Sharp Knife, Onion Flavored Rings, and many more. Black Rainbow was formed in 2007 when longtime singer and guitar duo (and lifelong partners in crime), Ivy Jeanne and Erick Lyle, persuaded Tulsa's guitarist, songwriter, and frontman, Morgan Stickrod, to take up the drums for a new band. Readers of Lyle's long-running magazine, SCAM, will be familiar with the exploits of Ivy and Erick's previous bands, MIAMI, a band formed with the late Matty Luv and Aesop of Hickey to play only illegal generator shows in the streets of San Francisco, and ALLERGIC TO BULLSHIT, a band known for, among other things, playing live on a flatbed truck in an anti-war parade and for handing out free stolen cans of spray paint to audiences. Picking up where these collaborations left off, BLACK RAINBOW quickly recorded a handful of 7"'s and toured the country several times.San Francisco DIY punks Black Rainbow (not to be confused with the Dio tribute band, the band featuring Maya of the Donnas, or any other band with that name) got their start in the same early '90s San Francisco scene that the members of Shellshag were part of before moving to NYC. Having been in this band for seven years, the band are now set to release their first-ever full length album (self-titled), which comes out on July 21 via Starcleaner, the label Shellshag's been running since 1992. That album's first single is "Airless Spaces II," a punk ripper that's in attack mode for its full minute and a half, but it's a catchy one thanks to highly melodic vocalist Ivy Jeanne. You can stream that below.
We already mentioned that Black Rainbow would be in NYC for a Death by Audio show on July 26 with Swearin' and Shellshag (it also now features CCTV), and it turns out that show is part of a massive tour for Black Rainbow. The tour also includes another NYC show happening a day earlier at Shea Stadium (7/26) with Vulture Shit, Hard Nips, Cousin Brian and Slow Animals. All dates, including other shows with Shellshag, are listed below.
Shellshag also play DbA sooner this Friday (7/11) with Friend (mem of Woods), Street Eaters and Lilith Velkor. That show initially included Bleeding Rainbow but they unfortunately dropped off.
All Black Rainbow dates are listed, with the song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
NY/NJ indie rockers Spook Houses have been quiet as of late, but their members have been involved in many ongoing projects including LVL UP, Crying, the Double Double Whammy label (home to Frankie Cosmos), and more. Both singers also have solo projects -- Colin Alexander's Flaslight O and Dave Benton's Trace Mountains -- and they'll be heading out on a tour together with those projects this August. The tour concludes in Brooklyn on 8/14 at Shea Stadium.
Much sooner than that tour though, both will play the all-day Exploding In Sound/Impose show happening Saturday (7/12) at Secret Project Robot with Tyvek, Big Ups, Alex G, Pile, Flagland, secret band "Muscle Car," and more. Tickets for that one are still available. Set times for that show, and the list of all Flashlight O/Trace Mountains dates (some still TBA), below.
Flashlight O released his debut album, The Truman Sho, on Double Double Whammy this past June, and any fans of The Microphones' lo-fi avant-folk should check this out. You can stream the whole thing below. Trace Mountains' stuff is pretty likeminded, as you can hear on the 3-song EP he put out on DDW in 2013, which is also streaming below.
In related news, LVL UP just announced that their new album, Hookwink'd, will be out on September 23 on DDW/Exploding In Sound. Cover art for that, below.
Dan Francia - 'Alone and Together' artwork
Speaking of Flagland (who play the all-day EIS show), their member Dan Francia is releasing his first solo EP, Alone and Together, on July 19 via ECB&B. Unlike the garage rock of Flagland, Dan's stuff is more melodic indie rock with the laid back feel of prime-era Dinosaur Jr. The title track makes its premiere in this post and can be streamed below.
Speaking of all-day NYC shows on July 12 and Exploding In Sound, EIS alumni Speedy Ortiz play the free 4Knots Festival that day with Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Viet Cong, Nude Beach and more. That starts at 1.
Speedy, and a few bands from the EIS show such as Pile and Mannequin Pussy, also play the 2-day DIY festival in Philly, OK FEST (8/1-2), that also includes Cayetana, Great Thunder, Worriers, Radiator Hospital, The Ambulars, Amanda X, Swearin', Pink Wash and a bunch more. More info on this very awesome sounding festival here. Full lineup below.
Flashlight O, Trace Mountains, Dan Francia streams and more, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Radiator Hospital had one of 2013's most excellent relatively-overlooked albums with their full-band debut Something Wild, and they're now following it with another full-band long player Torch Song in August via Salinas. You can pre-order the LP from Salinas now, but the digital version is already out. It can be downloaded (name your price) at bandcamp and streamed in full below.
Once again, Swearin' drummer Jeff Bolt is backing Sam (as well as Cynthia Schemmer and Jon Rybicki), and the rest of Swearin' -- Kyle Gilbride, Keith Spencer and Allison Crutchfield (vocals on "Midnight Nothing") -- contribute to the album too. Allison's sister Katie Crutchfield (aka Waxahatchee) contributed vocals to "Blue Gown" and "Five & Dime," and All Dogs vocalist/Saintseneca member Maryn Jones sings on "Fireworks."
Radiator Hospital don't appear to have a tour scheduled at the moment, but they play a lot and will hopefully come back around sooner than later.
Stream the new album below...
by Andrew Sacher
Bleeding Rainbow at Death by Audio in 2012 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Swearin' have been gracing NYC with quite a few appearances lately. Having last played here over the weekend for a Northside show at Glasslands, the band have already announced they'll return on July 26 at Death by Audio for a show with local regulars Shellshag and past Shellshag tourmates Black Rainbow. Swearin' have a few other dates that we're aware of, all of which are listed below.
Shellshag, for whom DbA is practically their second home, also have another show there on July 11, this time opening for Philly shoegazers Bleeding Rainbow (not to be confused with Black Rainbow). Also on that bill are Street Eaters and Lilith Velkor. It's Bleeding Rainbow's only date we know of at the moment.
Bleeding Rainbow drummer Ashley Arnwine also has another band, Pink Wash, who are touring and hitting Death by Audio on June 29 with Clean Girls and Baked Goods. Ashley is joined in Pink Wash by Joey Doubek of the now-defunct Hume, and together they make scrappy noise punk that actually gets a little proggy too. They recently put out an EP, Your Cure Your Soil, digitally, and it will come out on cassette on Priests' Sister Polygon Records in July. You can download it for $4 at bandcamp and stream it, with their list of tour dates, below.
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Eagulls @ SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
As you may well be aware, the The Northside Festival starts this week in Brooklyn, the music portion of which runs from Thursday - Sunday (June 12 - 15). Almost every venue in Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint are participating, making for a busier-than-usual weekend of showgoing. There are a bunch of high-profile shows happening -- Thee Oh Sees, The War on Drugs, CHVRCHES, Beirut, Courtney Barnett, Sharon Van Etten to name a few -- as well as, of course, the BV's official Northside Showcase which happens Friday (6/13) at Baby's All Right with Operators, the new band of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits), plus Little Big League, and Motion Studies. But we've got some other recommendations, so below are 10 relatively smaller Northside shows we think are worth checking out.
Northside Music Badges have sold out -- you can still premium badges -- but tickets are still available to most shows. And if you have a badge, know that entrance is based on capacity so if you really really want to get into a show (like Courtney Barnett which is sold out), go early or buy a ticket if available.
You can keep up to date on Northside Fest happenings via their free IOS app which offers showtimes, maps and such.
Hope to see you at our show on Friday, and around the neighbor this week. Here are our Northside picks:
Carrboro, NC garage punk trio Flesh Wounds just recently welcomed their new Bitter Boy 7" via local indie heavyweights Merge Records. "Bitter Boy" is backed by both "Kennel Cough" and "Let Me Be Clear," and 7"s are available for purchase via Merge's webstore. You can hear the full 7" via Merge Radio, and stream the title track, along with a stream of their 2014 self-titled 7", below.
Next week, Flesh Wounds will be embarking on a June US tour surrounding their appearances at NYC's Northside Festival. They play Exploding In Sound's official showcase at Baby's All Right on June 15 with Creepoid, Ovlov, Krill, Guerilla Toss and others (tickets) and will also play the PopGun party at Glasslands that night with Swearin', Radiator Hospital and Bent Shapes (tickets).
All Flesh Wounds dates are listed, with those song streams, below...
Ted Leo at HiFi / Brownies anniversary on Saturday (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
This Sunday in Brooklyn, two indie/punk singers are coming together for solo sets: Ted Leo and Allison Crutchfield of Swearin'. The show, which happens at Silent Barn (5/25), is a fundraiser for webzine The Media's first print issue -- a collection of the first 10 issues on newsprint. Tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.
Ted, who took part in the HiFi / Brownies anniversary over the weekend, also just teamed up with his The Both bandmate Amiee Mann to mash up covers of TV themes ("Cheers," "Orange is the New Black" and more) in a video for Vulture which was filmed at NYC venue Joe's Pub. You can check that out below.
Silent Barn flyer and TV themes video below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Swearin' headlined an all-around great bill at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday (5/17) that also included drummer Jeff Bolt pulling double duty in Radiator Hospital, plus Aye Nako and Even Hand. They sounded excellent as ever with a set of their trad-style indie rock that's really too flat out fun and refreshing to sound "revivalist" or anything. They played plenty of favorites, including "Movie Star," "Kenosha," "Echo Locate," "Dust in the Gold Sack" and more from both of their albums and their EP, and didn't leave a dull moment in their 15-song set. Amanda got pictures of their set which are in this post, but had come late after shooting OFF! at Bowery Ballroom and missed the openers.
I caught the openers though, and really everyone was great. Radiator Hospital treated us to a good amount of new material (they're planning on releasing a new album this year), and the old favorites ("Our Song," "Lose Sight of You," etc) were as terrific as ever. Aye Nako also had a typically solid set which ended with a cover of The Cranberries' "Dreams." And Even Hand, who kicked off the show, provided crunchy indie rock that fit well with all the bands to follow.
Both Swearin' and Radiator Hospital will team up in NYC yet again for the PopGun Northside party happening on June 15 at Glasslands which also includes Bent Shapes. Tickets for that show are on sale now, or you can try to get in using your Northside badge. That's during Swearin's tour which didn't previously have a NYC date. Updated dates on that tour are listed below.
More pics of Swearin' with their setlist and list of updated dates, below...
Swearin' at Saint Vitus in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Grrrl Fest is a 6 hour benefit celebrating young women in the arts. This event will create a platform so that young women can be heard, inspired and empowered.We already mentioned that Potty Mouth's tour with Fleabite would hit NYC on June 14 at Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave), and since we last spoke it was announced that their show is actually part of the the all-day Grrrl Fest. Other good bands are playing that too, including
Crafts, Music, Dancing, Book Sale, Art Sale, Zine Sale, T-Shirt Making, African Beading, Button Making, Zine Workshop, Glitter Tattoos, Hair Braiding, Tarot Card Reading, Spoken Word.....and much, much more.
UPDATE: Though they are listed on Grrrl Fest's Facebook event and on the flyer, we're being told that Swearin' are not in fact playing the show.
UPDATE 2 (5/19): A previous version of the post said that Potty Mouth were playing Grrrl Fest and the late aftershow but it's since been cleared up that the day and night portion is all one show with Potty Mouth on last at 10:15 PM. Set times below.
Swearin' do have an upcoming tour which begins with a FREE NYC show this weekend at Brooklyn Night Bazaar (5/17) with related band Radiator Hospital, melodic local punks Aye Nako and Even Hand. All of their dates, including other shows with Potty Mouth, are listed below.
Upset at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Upset, whose lineup includes former Vivian Girls/Best Coast drummer Ali Koehler (on guitar/vocals) and former Hole drummer Patty Schemel (on drums), are set to tour Australia with White Lung (who have a new album on the way) in June, but before that they'll play a few US shows. One of those happens in NYC at Death by Audio on May 9, where they'll be joined by melodic punks Aye Nako and indie rockers Palehound for solid local support. $5 advanced tickets for that show are on sale now. All Upset dates are listed below.
In related news, Swearin' (whose Kyle Gilbride produced and has played in Upset) and their pals/labelmates Radiator Hospital (who share drummer Jeff Bolt and whose album was also produced by Kyle) are teaming up to play the 50th issue party for contribution-based zine The Miscreant (that new issue features Swearin') at Brooklyn's Silent Barn on May 3. Solid local support on that show comes from indie rockers LVL UP and bedroom folk singer Whatever, Dad, plus Bad Cello. The Media will be there with zines too. Show flyer below.
Stream some standout tracks from Upset, Swearin' and Radiator Hospital, with the list of Upset dates and Miscreant show flyer, below...
Mt. Royal @ Baby's All Right, 3/19/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Shopping/entertainment destination Brooklyn Night Bazaar has announced a few more shows to it's upcoming schedule of free musical entertainment. So let's run through them, shall we?
On Friday, April 11 it's night of punk, headlined by hardcore vets Murphy's Law, and also featuring Agitator, Goosebumps, Nuclear Santa Claust, and Mayor Creep.
The next night (April 12), they have Canadian band PUP (who just played here a couple weeks ago) for a co-headline show with Hunters, plus Big Ups too, making for a very fun Saturday night.
Canadian sisterly duo Tasseomancy (who we just wrote about) are part of an appealing bill on Saturday, April 26 that is co-headlined by Oberhofer and A Great Big Pile of Leaves, and also features Canon Logic and Mt. Royal. Meanwhile, Amanda X was added to the Total Slacker / Reputante show that happens the night before (Friday, April 25).
We already told you about the Screaming Females release party happening on May 16. The next night (Saturday, May 17) Swearin' and Radiator Hospital will play BKNB with more TBA.
This weekend at the Bazaar, it's Bronze Radio Return, Gem Club, The Suzan, and Alexandra Stewart on Friady (April 4) and then on Saturday (April 5) it's under-appreciated Irish band Ash, plus Run River North, Golden Suits, and Drop Electric.
As always, Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows are free.
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, DC punks Priests signed to Don Giovanni for their debut LP, which they've since announced is called Bodies and Control and Money and Power and will be out on June 3. They just released the album's first single, "Right Wing." It's a lot calmer and more of a mid-tempo rocker than some of their more abrasive cuts like "Leave Me Alone," but still powerful in its own way. Check it out, along with the LP artwork and tracklist, below.
As previously discussed, Priests are touring with UK punks Good Throb this year, and hitting NYC on April 5 at Death by Audio for a stacked bill that includes Nuclear Spring, La Misma and Exit Order. Since we last spoke, that tour's been expanded and now also includes another Death by Audio show on April 18 which sees Priests and Good Throb joined by Brooklyn's Household and Arm Candy (who they've played with before).
Before that tour starts, Priests will be at the VW Dome of MoMA PS1 this Sunday (3/30) for the venue's 'Sunday Sessions.' This week's installment will be "an afternoon of discussion and music surrounding feminist punk rock with artists who embrace viceral and engaged performance underlined by socio-political critique" and also includes Olga Bell (Dirty Projectors), Allison Crutchfield & Kyle Gilbride of Swearin', and Downtown Boys. The artists will be in discussion with Pitchfork's Jenn Pelly. Tickets are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed, with the song stream, artwork and tracklist, below...
Upset -- the new band fronted by former Vivian Girls/Best Coast drummer Ali Koehler, along with Patty Schemel (Hole), Jenn Prince, and a rotating fourth member (which did/does include Kickball Katy, Kyle Gilbride from Swearin', Rachel Gagliardi of Slutever) -- released their punky, poppy debut LP, She's Gone, back in 2013 via Don Giovanni, and they've now paid tribute to one of their punky influences, 7 Seconds, whose song "Not Just Boys Fun" they recorded a cover of. Check out that cover below.
Upset will also be heading to SXSW, where they'll play a number of shows including the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday, March 14 at Red 7, which also includes Parquet Courts, Beth Israel and more TBA. (full lineup coming very soon, we promise!) You can check out their whole schedule below.
In related news, Kyle Gilbride, who produced She's Gone and performed as a member of Upset at the Don Giovanni showcase in February will play NYC tonight when his band Swearin' brings their tour to Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/7) with Even Hand and Certain Spiders. It's the band's second NYC show this week (they played Cake Shop last night with former Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone), and was recently moved to MHOW from Rough Trade. Tickets for tonight's show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.
Swearin' at Saint Vitus this week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Looks like Rough Trade still needs a little more time to get their ducks in order, as two more upcoming shows have now moved to other venues. Swearin's show on March 7 with Even Hand and Certain Spiders will now happen at Music Hall of Williamsburg -- it's now an all-ages show and tickets are still available. Swearin' also play Cake Shop the night before (3/6) with Cassie Ramone (tickets).
The other move is Jungle's show on March 8 which will now happen at Knitting Factory (Wet are opening). While Knit is a bigger capacity venue, it's still being listed as sold-out (as is the Mercury Lounge show on 3/9).
The next show after those on Rough Trade's current schedule is The Damnwells on March 15 and that's sold out and staying put for now.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Hop Along / Swearin' @ Saint Vitus - 2/24/14
Hop Along, Swearin' and Great Thunder took over Saint Vitus in NYC last night (2/24) as part of a free show presented by Shiner in conjunction with Transmission in Austin, and us at BrooklynVegan. It was a great show and the second time in three days that I saw the Crutchfield sisters sharing a stage in Brooklyn.
Great Thunder, the side project of Katie Crutchfield (who currently fronts Waxahatchee) and Keith Spencer (of Swearin' and the current drummer of Waxahatchee's live band), kicked off the night with Katie and Keith trading songs, switching between acoustic guitars, electric guitars, and keyboard. Especially since both members have such active bands, Great Thunder can come off like a "just for fun" kind of project, but the songs they played last night were too strong for that. Some rivaled the best moments of the members' main bands.
Great as they were, there's no denying when Keith took the stage again for the Swearin' set that followed, the energy in the packed room drastically increased. Swearin' have put in many solid NYC appearances over the last few years, but this had to be the best I've seen them. With their great new album, Surfing Strange, which is bigger, heavier, and more collaborative than their still-great debut, Swearin' have developed into a serious live force. The interplay between co-lead singers Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride is spot on, and it increasingly diversifies the set. They've got the passionate slow(er) burners ("Movie Star"), the rockers ("Unwanted Place"), and the in between ("Dust in the Gold Sack").
The show wrapped up with the great as always Hop Along. They're finally getting around to following up 2012's excellent Get Disowned, and they used the show to try out some new material, which was sounding pretty great. The new album is definitely one to look forward to. The crowd seemed into it too, but of course it was the older stuff that really got them going. New-ish single "Sister Cities" didn't feel new-ish anymore, as it's now a live staple and most of the crowd seemed familiar, and on closing song "Tibetan Pop Stars," from just about anywhere in the room you could hear the crowd shouting along over Frances Quinlan's own voice. Really fun night, and you can check out pictures of the whole thing in this post.
Hop Along return to NYC to open for Paint It Black at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on March 8 with Night Birds and Bad Canoes (fronted by Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster). Free. Hop Along are also planning to tour with Title Fight and Waxahatchee on the west coast surrounding those two bands' appearances at Coachella. Tour flyer (with all dates) below.
More pictures and videos from Saint Vitus below...
RSVPs quickly filled up after we first announced tonight's free Hop Along, Swearin', and Great Thunder (aka Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield and Keith Spencer of Swearin'/Waxahatchee's live band), but we've OPENED RSVP BACK UP - HERE. Hurry up before those slots are filled up, and see you tonight! UPDATE: RSVP is now closed again.
Note: RSVP admission is on a first come first served basis, subject to capacity of the venue.
by Andrew Sacher
Pity Sex at Baby's All Right at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Last year's Indie Pop Prom (which featured TPOBPAH, Swearin', Waxahatchee and others) wasn't a one-time thing; it will return this year on February 22 at Baby's All Right with Syracuse punks Friendless Bummer, Ann Arbor shoegazers Pity Sex, Atlanta's Places to Hide, scrappy poppy punks Radiator Hospital, a Bad Banana reunion (one of Katie Crutchfield [Waxahatchee] and her twin sister Allison's [Swearin'] old projects), DJ sets by Weekend and Neon Indian, and very special guests "Traitor Bitches" (TBA 2/12). The show is 18+ and tickets are on sale now.
Not that the whole lineup isn't worth highlighting, but one especially exciting thing is that Places to Hide will finally make it to NYC from Atlanta. Back in 2013, they released a terrific album, Almost Nothing, which you can download (name your price) at bandcamp and stream in full below. The band tag the album as "90s," "punk," "emo," "indie pop," "indie rock," "stoner," "surf," and other things, and though those tags usually describe pretty different sounding bands, they kind of do all apply to Places to Hide. If you ever wondered what "stoner emo indie pop" would sound like, it might be this.
Streams Almost Nothing, along with music from the rest of the lineup, below...
Hop Along at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We at BrooklynVegan are thrilled to announce that we've teamed up with Shiner and Transmission Events to put on a free show in Brooklyn on February 24 at Saint Vitus. Some pretty exciting bands currently from (or at one point tied to) the Philly indie rock scene are coming over for the show, including Hop Along, Swearin', and Great Thunder (aka Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield and Keith Spencer of Swearin'/Waxahatchee's live band). The show is totally FREE, though you do need RSVP, but "RSVP admission is on a first come first served basis, subject to capacity of the venue." Flyer below.
Streams from all three bands and the show flyer below...
photos by Dylan Johnson, words by Andrew Sacher
Potty Mouth / Radiator Hospital @ Glasslands - 1/6/14
Potty Mouth and Radiator Hospital kicked off their short run of shows together in Brooklyn at Glasslands last night (1/6), gracing the venue with a double dose of punky indie rock. Potty Mouth, fresh off a New Year's Eve show in NYC, headlined with a quick and enjoyable set that they split between new stuff they've been working on and choice cuts off their slacker punk debut LP, Hell Bent.
Radiator Hospital, primarily the project of Waxahatchee collaborator Sam Cook-Parrott, has played NYC solo in the past, but last night he was in full band mode (like the recent Suburbia show) with a four-piece that included Swearin' drummer Jeff Bolt and guitarist/backup vocalist Cynthia Schemmer (also of Heavy Bangs). Radiator Hospital's excellent 2013 LP, Something Wild, is something of a scrapbook of ideas ranging from scratchy pop punk to bedroom folk, but with a full band, Sam was even more consistently powerful than on record. The band delivered ripper after ripper (with only one solo song worked in), keeping the crowd bouncing the whole time and a bunch of people shouting along during "Our Song."
Waxahatchee also bring their tour with Cayetana and All Dogs to NYC on 1/21 at Mercury Lounge and 1/23 at Glasslands.
More pictures from the Potty Mouth/Radiator Hospital show (we missed openers Kissing Is A Crime) and the list of remaining dates, below...
The five or so inches of snow Hercules dumped on NYC wouldn't normally be enough to cause too much havoc, but couple that with falling temperatures that are due to drop all the way down to 1° Fahrenheit (the coldest night in 10 years, reportedly), and that makes for weather most folks want to avoid. It's also caused a few cancelations and postponements tonight, show-wise.
Glasslands is closed tonight, meaning the early show of Yvette, Christines and Future Punx has been postponed till February 21. All tickets will be honored and refunds are available at point of purchase.
Tonight's late show with Toronto's Egyptrixx was also canceled, but he'll now be DJing at Cameo's basement with Judge Wise, and Evan Michael. Tickets are $5 with RSVP. From the looks of Glasslands' twitter, his show there (which would have been the NYC debut of his A/V show) will still be rescheduled at some point.
And Swearin' were to have headlined Brooklyn Night Bazaar tonight, but "due to the inclement weather and the fact that [they] are all scattered along the east coast at the moment, [they[ are unfortunately going to have to cancel." The three other bands on the bill -- Cymbals Eat Guitars, Porcelain Raft and Low Fat Getting High -- are still playing and that show is free.
And, as mentioned, Saturday's (1/4) Stryper show at Stage 48 ain't happening.
Whatever you do tonight, wrap up tight and stay warm. Any other cancellations we missed?