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Mt. Royal @ Baby's All Right, 3/19/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mt. Royal

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 NorthGolden Suits, and Drop Electric.

As always, Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows are free.

by Andrew Sacher

Priests

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...

Continue reading "Priests detail new LP, release "Right Wing," expand tour (3 NYC dates total, including MoMA PS1 with 1/2 of Swearin')"

Upset
Upset

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.

Continue reading "Upset covered 7 Seconds, playing SXSW including BV day party; Swearin' playing MHOW tonight (win tix!)"

Swearin' at Saint Vitus this week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Swearin'

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'

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").

Hop Along
Hop Along

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.

Swearin's tour also hits NYC on 3/6 at Cake Shop with Cassie Ramone (tickets) and 3/7 at Rough Trade (unless they move it) with Even Hand and Certain Spiders (tickets).

More pictures and videos from Saint Vitus below...

Continue reading "Hop Along, Swearin', Great Thunder @ Saint Vitus (pics/video)"

flyer

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)
Pity Sex

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.

Indie Pop Prom is one of three chances you'll have to catch Radiator Hospital in NYC this February, including their show with The Marked Men and the Double Double Whammy showcase.

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...

Continue reading "Indie Pop Prom returning w/ Pity Sex, Bad Banana, Radiator Hospital, Places to Hide, Friendless Bummer & more (on sale)"

Hop Along at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Hop Along

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.

Swearin' also have other dates, and Hop Along also open for Paint It Black soon.

Streams from all three bands and the show flyer below...

Continue reading "Hop Along, Swearin' & Great Thunder playing free BV/Shiner-presented show at Saint Vitus (RSVP open now)"

photos by Dylan Johnson, words by Andrew Sacher

Potty Mouth / Radiator Hospital @ Glasslands - 1/6/14
Potty Mouth
Potty Mouth

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."

In related news, Swearin', who just cancelled a NYC show, will be back when their tour hits Cake Shop on 3/6 and Rough Trade on 3/7.

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...

Continue reading "Potty Mouth & Radiator Hospital played Glasslands (pics)"

Jack

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?

by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

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We've done some year-end lists in the past at BrooklynVegan, though you might notice that we're not the most consistent with them. This is for a few reasons, one being that with the varying tastes of our current group of contributors, we could never in a million years agree on a top 10, let alone an Album of the Year. So in an attempt to get around that obstacle, this year two BV writers, Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher, have made individual lists of the albums they loved most which we think each represent different parts of 2013 here at BrooklynVegan. They both made top 20s (and only had two albums in common), with commentary on the top 10, and you can check out both lists below...

Continue reading "Our Favorite Albums of 2013"

Swearin' at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
Swearin

The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is up and running in its new permanent Greenpoint location, offering shopping, food, fun, and free music every Friday and Saturday. There's a few previously discussed upcoming shows, including SISU on Friday (12/20), two Psychic TV shows later in the month, and the Panache weekend (1/10 & 1/11) that includes Mac DeMarco, Imperial Teen, Dot Wiggin Band and more. And since we last spoke, more shows have been announced.

The So So Glos play this Saturday (12/21) with a stacked lineup of California X, Palehound, and Darlings. It's the night after So So Glos open for Brand New at The Paramount.

Swearin' co-headline with Cymbals Eat Guitars with strong local support from Low Fat Getting High on January 3, a one-off before their 2014 tour which includes NYC shows at Cake Shop (3/6) and Rough Trade (3/7) (tix).

Synth popsters MNDR will be there on January 17 with The Mast and Yeasayer associate Sinkane is there the next day (1/18).

Macaulay Culkin's pizza-themed Velvet Undergound tribute band The Pizza Underground is there on January 24 opening for French Horn Rebellion (maybe they'll have more than eight minutes of material by then), along with Seasick Mama and Heavenly Beat. And the day after that, the highly entertaining Har Mar Superstar (1/25), who just played Bowery Ballroom (12/17) will headline.

Brooklyn's dark, reverby Crystal Stilts will take over on February 8.

And atmospheric post-rockers Caspian, who recently headlined Bowery Ballroom, will make things a little more epic at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on March 1.

Other additions were announced too, and you can check out the full current schedule (along with full lineups for each date, if available), below...

Continue reading "Brooklyn Night Bazaar expands schedule (Swearin', Har Mar Superstar, Caspian, So So Glos, Pizza Underground & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Pitchfork

Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?

Check out the full top 100 below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks of 2013"

Screaming Females at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Screaming Females

We've been asking around for artists to tell us their favorite albums of 2013, and the people at NJ punk/indie rock label Don Giovanni Records sent over some lists from a few of their artists. At the bottom of this post, you can browse the lists from label co-founder Joe Steinhardt (also an artist on the label as Modern Hut), DC post-punks Priests, eclectic Brooklyn duo Shellshag, Amherst sludge rockers California X, Wisconsin punk rippers Tenement, Hilly Eye, Lauren Measure's new pop punk band Worriers, and Marissa Paternoster, the shredder/vocalist of Screaming Females (and also the brains behind Noun). One major trend on the lists is that the self-titled debut from Radioactivity (the new band of The Marked Men's Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan) appears more than any other album. If you haven't heard that one yet, you can stream it below.

As discussed, most of the bands mentioned will be playing the Don Giovanni showcases happening in Brooklyn on February 6 at 285 Kent and February 7 and 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for 285 Kent and MHOW (including a 2-day pass option) are still available.

Lists and streams below...

Continue reading "Don Giovanni bands list favorite LPs of 2013 (California X, Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement, Worriers & more)"

Swearin' at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
Swearin

Swearin' have spent plenty of time on the road this year, and they'll continue to do so into 2014. They've just announced a March run which kicks off in NYC at Cake Shop on 3/6 and Rough Trade on 3/7, which will be the band's first NYC shows since the release of their excellent Surfing Strange LP. The openers for the Rough Trade show are Marvin Berry and the New Sound Even Hand and Certain Spiders (who previously opened for Waxahatchee In NYC), but no openers have been announced for the Cake Shop show yet. Tickets for the Rough Trade show go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon. No advance tickets for Cake Shop. All dates are listed below.

UPDATE: Cassie Ramone of The Babies and the soon-to-be-broken-up Vivian Girls opens the Cake Shop show, and advance tickets are on sale.

Swearin' are currently on the road with Waxhatchee, and that tour doesn't hit NYC, but Waxahatchee will play a Pitchfork party with Mutual Benefit on 12/14 in Brooklyn, and their tour with Cayetana and All Dogs hits NYC in January. Swearin' also play New Year's Eve in Philly with Screaming Females.

All dates are listed, along with a video from Surfing Strange, below...

Continue reading "Swearin' announce 2014 tour (2 NYC shows included)"

Great Thunder

Great Thunder, the collaborative project of Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee) and Keith Spencer (bass/vocals in Swearin' and drums in Waxahatchee's live band), are releasing a new 30-song double LP, Groovy Kinda Love, on December 10 via Salinas Records, who also just released the Swearin' album. It follows this year's Strange Kicks EP, and it can now be streamed in its lengthy entirety below.

Waxahatchee and Swearin' are currently touring together, and as discussed, in early 2014 Waxahatchee will head out with All Dogs and Cayetana on a tour which hits NYC on January 21 at Mercury Lounge and January 23 at Glasslands. Tickets for Mercury Lounge and Glasslands are still available.

Speaking of All Dogs, they also just released a new 7" on Salinas Records, and that can be streamed below as well.

All Dogs share a member with Saintseneca, who also recently announced a tour.

Great Thunder and All Dogs streams below...

Continue reading "Great Thunder (Katie Crutchfield + Keith Spencer) streaming new double LP; All Dogs streaming new 7" (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher

Swearin' at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
Swearin

Both Screaming Females and Swearin' spend a lot of time touring, and with both bands living so close to NYC, we get plenty of chances to see them here. Neither band have anything scheduled here at the moment, but they'll be pretty close when they team up for a show in Philly on New Year's Eve at Johnny Brenda's. This punky double bill is as a good a reason as any to ring in the new year in Philly, and tickets to do so go on sale Wednesday (11/13) at noon. Philly band Batty, who, like Screaming Females, played Ladyfest Philly this year, open the show. All dates for both Screaming Females and Swearin' are listed below.

If you haven't heard the new Swearin' album Surfing Strange, which came out last week (11/5), I think it's a huge step up from their already-great debut and I highly recommend it. On the debut, they basically came off as a pop punk band -- a lo-fi one that appealed to the indie rock kids, but a pop punk band nonetheless (not saying that's a bad thing, by the way) -- and it made sense. Most of the songs were handled by Allison Crutchfield, whose pop punk band P.S. Eliot, which she drummed in and her sister Katie (who now records as Waxahatchee) sang/played guitar in, had just broken up.

But the new album is far more collaborative, and as a result, far more diverse. Guitarist Kyle Gilbride (who used to front Big Soda) splits lead vocals almost evenly with Allison this time around, and they do more Pixies-style dual vocals together too. When Kyle does take lead, he's letting out an aggressive whine falling somewhere between Superchunk's Mac McCaughn and Built to Spill's Doug Martsch, with the earworm melodies to back comparisons like that up. Meanwhile bassist Keith Spencer, who didn't sing lead at all on the first album, takes the mic for two songs on this one, both wildly different from each other and from the rest of the album. "Melanoma" falls somewhere between Mineral and Red House Painters, and "Glare of the Sun" sounds like a Revolver-era Beatles song for the current DIY rock scene. The rest of the album sees the band going through the perfect power pop of early Weezer, J Mascis-worthy power chord riffage, and just the kind of bracing indie rock that will (hopefully) never go out of style.

All dates for Swearin' and Screaming Females are listed, along with a Spotify stream of Surfing Strange and videos from both bands, below...

Continue reading "Swearin' & Screaming Females touring separately, playing New Year's Eve together in Philly; 'Surfing Strange' out now"

by Andrew Sacher

Waxahatchee at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Waxahatchee

Waxahatchee (the project of Katie Crutchfield) has had a great year, getting a boost in success thanks to the recognition for her great Cerulean Salt, and doing a ton touring which included many NYC shows, most recently with Don Giovanni labelmates Screaming Females. She's currently on tour with her sister Allison's band Swearin' in Europe, and then on the west coast, and Waxahatchee's just announced some two NYC shows set to happen on January 21 at Mercury Lounge and January 23 at Glasslands with All Dogs and Cayetana. Tickets for Glasslands go on sale Wednesday (10/30) at 10 AM and Tickets for Merc go on sale Friday (11/1) at noon. All dates are listed below.

UPDATE: It's a full tour for Waxahatchee, All Dogs, and Cayetana. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, as discussed, Swearin' are about to release their sophomore album, Surfing Strange, next week (11/5) via Salinas Records. Their debut was an excellent album of lo-fi pop punk, and this new one's got bigger production, leans more towards traditional indie rock, and features some of the band's best songwriting to date. You can stream the whole album at NPR.

Ohio's All Dogs, who open Waxahatchee's NYC shows (and share a member with Saintseneca), last shared a bill with Katie (and Allison) at the Salinas Records 10th anniversary where Katie and Allison's old band P.S. Eliot reunited for one night. If you haven't yet, listen to their side of their split tape with Slouch below.

In related news, Swearin's Kyle Gilbride produced She's Gone, the debut album from new indie/punk "supergroup" Upset (aka Ali Koehler of Vivian Girls/Best Coast, Patty Schemel of Hole, Kickball Katy of Vivian Girls/La Sera, and Jenn Prince of La Sera), which just came out today (10/29) via Don Giovanni. Stream two of its tracks below.

Don Giovanni also just released Cruel Optimist, the debut LP from Worriers (the new project of Lauren from The Measure [sa]). Stream that in full below.

All Waxahatchee dates are listed, along with Swearin's video for "Dust in the Gold Sack" from their new LP, a Waxahatchee video, and all other streams, below...

Continue reading "Waxahatchee playing shows with All Dogs after tour with Swearin, whose LP is streaming +++ other Don Giovanni news"

by Andrew Sacher

Swearin' at Bowery Ballroom earlier this month (more by PSquared Photography)
Swearin

I was just talking about the new Worriers album, and how bands like them and Swearin' are keeping raw, honest pop punk alive. So it's pretty good timing to now find out that Swearin' has announced a new album too. The album is titled Surfing Strange, and it will be out on November 5 via Salinas Records, who also released their self-titled debut. The first single, "Watered Down," is on the band's slower, grungier side, and similarly to recent stuff by Cloud Nothings or Wavves, instead of choosing between emo honesty, grunge angst, or indie rock apathy, it combines all three. Check out the new single, along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.

Swearin' also just expanded their tour to include a ton of dates from early October through mid-December. For a band who plays NYC a lot, there isn't one NYC date on this tour at the moment. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Swearin' singer Allison Crutchfield's sister's band Waxahatchee will play NYC soon on their tour with Screaming Females. All three of those bands, plus Upset, are on the upcoming Guided by Voices tribute.

All Swearin' dates are listed, along with the new song, LP artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Swearin' announce new LP (stream a track) ++ updated dates"

photos by P Squared Photography

The Julie Ruin @ Bowery Ballroom 9/3/2013
The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

She conceived the group as what she called her "dream band," with players from different walks of her life: on bass, her Bikini Kill band mate Kathi Wilcox; on guitar, Sara Landeau, an instructor at the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, where Ms. Hanna occasionally teaches; on drums, her friend Carmine Covelli; and Kenny Mellman, Herb of the cabaret act Kiki & Herb, as a keyboardist and songwriter. They rehearsed casually around town and at Ms. Hanna's New Jersey home -- "I can't call it jamming, because I hate that; I don't jam," she said -- without considering where it would lead.

According to Ms. Wilcox, "When she approached me to join the band, she was sort of like, 'We may never tour, we may never make a record, but we're just doing this now for fun, because I need to.' "

But Ms. Hanna arrived with some songs intact -- including one, "Just My Kind," written for Christina Aguilera -- and though she didn't have an overarching sound in mind, she knew what she liked. "I know I love sexy surf guitars, I know I love loud snare," she said. "I love really simple repeating bass lines, and I love weird mad scientist keyboard sounds."

Mr. Mellman, a musical savant and a voracious consumer of new bands, gave himself the task of keeping the Julie Ruin up-to-date. "The last thing I wanted was for it to start sounding like a '90s revival," he said.
- [NY Times]

With The Julie Ruin, Kathleen Hanna finds herself back on indie rock terra firma, but Tuesday night's album release show at Bowery Ballroom (9/3) , the band's other roots -- which might be summed up as the Joe's Pub drag-cabaret scene -- were proudly showing. Kiki & Herb's Kenny Mellman plays keyboards and their drummer Carmine Covelli also plays in Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments which also sports Hanna's hubby Adam Horovitz (who was at Bowery too, photo below) as a member. The Bowery show was hosted by everyone's favorite drag king comedian Murray Hill (who has also shared stages with Kathleen before).

Most people in attendance (a crowd that included Dave Hill and Kim Gordon) were probably too busy dancing and enjoying themselves to think about such things. While the show was a celebration of The Julie Ruin's debut album (out this week) and most of it was played, their set featured a number of Le Tigre songs. A picture of the setlist is below. The show was the kickoff to their tour and opening were sonic and cultural descendants, Swearin'. Photos from the show are in this post.

If you missed it, the tour finishes in NYC as well with a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 25. Tickets for that are still available.

More pictures from Bowery, and video of The Julie Ruin's performance one night later on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (aka last night), below...

Continue reading "The Julie Ruin played Fallon, celebrated release @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Swearin' & Murray Hill (pics, video, setlist)"

"Being smushed up front while PS Eliot played = top 10 moment of 2013
And swearin is a top 10 band of the earth" - @heyheywellok

Swearin' at Silent Barn - 8/17/13 (photo via Marc Viloria)
Swearin

Salinas Records celebrated their tenth anniversary at Silent Barn on Saturday (8/17). It was exciting for more reasons than one, but one of the especially exciting parts is that the now-defunct P.S. Eliot reunited for the show. P.S. Eliot's lineup includes Katie Crutchfield on vocals (now of Waxahatchee) and her twin sister Allison Crutchfield on drums (now sings in Swearin', who also played the show). You can listen to audio of P.S. Eliot's set at the bottom of this post.

So many other great bands played the show too, including The Measure [sa], Little Lungs, Radiator Hospital, All Dogs, The Ambulars, and more. Did you go? If so, what did you think?

Swearin' had also just played House of Vans two days earlier (8/15) with Kid Dynamite, Joyce Manor, and Red Hare (pictures), and they have more upcoming shows, including Bowery Ballroom (9/3) with The Julie Ruin (sold out), and 285 Kent (9/4) with Shellshag and Honey (tickets).

Waxahatchee has an upcoming tour with Screaming Females and Tenement which hits NYC on 9/14 at MHOW and 9/16 at Bowery Ballroom. The Bowery Ballroom show is also with Aye Nako (whose Angie Boylan is also in Little Lungs, who played the Salinas Records show). Tickets for both of those shows are still available.

Audio of P.S. Eliot's set, below...

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photos by David Andrako

Kid Dynamite & Joyce Manor @ House of Vans - 8/15/2013
Kid Dynamite @ House of Vans - 8/15/2013
Kid Dynamite @ House of Vans - 8/15/2013

The free House of Vans shows continued last night (8/15) with an all around great punk bill. Lo-fi pop punks Swearin' opened the night, followed by classic-style punk from Dischord supergroup Red Hare. Then came emo/indie rock line crossers Joyce Manor, and finally, the last US show for melodic hardcore vets Kid Dynamite. Pictures of the sweaty craziness are in this post.

Joyce Manor will be back in Brooklyn when their tour hits Knitting Factory on Saturday (8/17) with Glocca Morra and Dogs On Acid (ex-Algernon Cadwallader). Tickets for that show are still available.

Swearin' also plays Brooklyn on Saturday as part of the Salinas Records anniversary at Silent Barn. They have two NYC shows in September too.

More pictures from House of Vans below...

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Swearin

We were just talking about The Julie Ruin's tour, which includes a sold-out NYC show with Brooklyn/Philly lo-fi pop punks Swearin' on September 3 at Bowery Ballroom. If you missed out on getting tickets for that, but still want to see Swearin' (and in a smaller, more graffitied venue), you're in luck because you can catch them the next day (9/4) at 285 Kent with Shellshag and Honey (ex-Psychic Ills). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

You can also catch Swearin' twice this week. First (if you RSVPed) at House of Vans on Thursday (8/15) with Kid Dynamite (last US show), Joyce Manor, and Red Hare.

Then, on Saturday (8/17) at Silent Barn, Swearin' will take part in the Salinas Records tenth anniversary which also includes singer Allison Crutchfield's previous band PS Eliot (which she drums in and her twin sister, Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield, sings), The Measure [sa], The Ambulars, All Dogs, Radiator Hospital, Little Lungs and more.

In other news, Swearin' recently announced on Facebook that they finished tracking songs for their upcoming second album. Stay tuned for more on that.

Meanwhile, stream their 2012 LP, along with their updated list of tour dates, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Ambulars

This Saturday (8/17) at Silent Barn, Salinas Records will throw a tenth anniversary party, which is being dubbed "Punk Is Important." Brooklyn/Philly lo-fi pop punks Swearin' and related band Radiator Hospital (fronted by Waxahatchee collaborator Sam Cook-Parrott) are playing, as are Ginger Alford (of Good Luck), Little Lungs (whose Angie Boylan is now in Aye Nako), the now-defunct PS Eliot (whose lineup includes Swearin's Alison Crutchfield on drums and her twin sister, Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield, on vocals), the now-defunct (but don't call it a reunion) The Measure [sa] (whose members are now in Pity Party, Worriers, and other bands), the now-defunct North Lincoln (who currently have a member in Wormburner), North Lincoln's also broken-up pals The Gibbons, The Ambulars, The State Lottery, Delay, and All Dogs. Flyer below.

Swearin' also have a bunch of other shows.

If you haven't heard The Ambulars' late 2012 LP, Dreamers Asleep At The Wheel, it's a similar kind of raw pop punk to Swearin' or Radiator Hospital, and should appeal to fans of those bands. Ohio's All Dogs' half of their new split with Slouch is in that realm too (to give you an idea, there's a Muffs cover on it), and that one's also pretty great. (They also have a new 7" on the way.) Stream both of those releases below.

In related news, Salinas Records recently announced they'd be releasing a Guided by Voices tribute with covers by Swearin', Waxahatchee, Screaming Females, and Upset. It's supposed to be out in time for the Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, Tenement tour, which hits NYC on 9/14 at MHOW and 9/16 at Bowery Ballroom. The latter also includes Aye Nako. Tickets for both are still available.

Song streams and Salinas anniversary flyer, below...

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Guided by Voices in Central Park in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
GBV

This fall, Salinas Records (Swearin', Radiator Hospital) will be releasing a 4-track tribute 7" to lo-fi pioneers Guided by Voices by four bands who have taken influence from the genre GBV helped create. The 7" will feature Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, Swearin', and Upset (the new group from Vivian Girls/Best Coast's Ali Koehler, Kickball Katy, Jenn Prince, and Hole's Patty Schemel). The tracklist and album artwork (which appears to be the work of Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster) are below.

Screaming Females and Waxahatchee will also be touring together this year. That tour hits NYC on 9/14 at MHOW and 9/16 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets), and NJ on 9/28 at Asbury Lanes.

Screaming Females' singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster (it's her birthday today, btw) also just filmed a BV Studio Sessions video with her solo project, Noun. Noun's tour with Modern Hut hits NYC on 8/9 at Death by Audio with Shellshag, Worriers, and Mal Blum.

Swearin' also have upcoming shows, including two in NYC. The first of those is a free House of Vans show (8/15) with Kid Dynamite, Joyce Manor, and Red Hare. RSVP (required) for that show is open. The second is on 9/3 at Bowery Ballroom with Kathleen Hanna's new band The Julie Ruin. That one is sold out.

GBV tribute artwork and tracklist below...

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