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photo: Whirr at Baby's All Right in April (more by Mimi Hong)

Whirr are no strangers to controversy, but yesterday they came under fire for some offensive comments that got them dropped from one of their labels. They posted a series of tweets insulting G.L.O.S.S., the Olympia, WA punk band of transgender women whose name stands for Girls Living Outside Society's Shit. The tweets were as follows:


Plenty of other people on Twitter immediately took notice and called them out for transphobia, including several other bands. Their Run for Cover labelmates Crying, Tiny Engines band Adult Mom, members of Swearin' and Waxahatchee and more all weighed in:

Nothing, who share a member with Whirr, tweeted that whoever made that post from the Whirr account "does not have ANYTHING to do with my opinions or this band." The singer of G.L.O.S.S. also joined Twitter just to fuck with Whirr:

One of Whirr's labels, Run For Cover Records, took notice and quickly decided to drop Whirr from their label:

Whirr's most recent album came out on Graveface Records, who have yet to comment.

UPDATE: Nick Bassett (the member who is also in Nothing) deleted the tweets about G.L.O.S.S. and posted the following apology:


UPDATE 2: Graveface has now tweeted the following:

UPDATE 3: Pitchfork asked Run For Cover if Whirr's apology changes their decision at all, and RFC's Jeff Casazza replied:

Frankly, no, it doesn't change anything. We were aware of the information in Whirr's statement when we made the decision. Although the band is not signed to our label, and never have been, we have decided to not work with them in the future, and stop selling their releases we did have a hand in. Also, despite being at a financial net loss with Whirr and Camera Shy, we will be donating $3,000 to a TBA non profit in support of equal rights for LGBTQ.
We will be posting what organization later today, we just didn't want to jump the gun on that decision.

by Andrew Sacher

Run Forever photo by Brian Wilson (no, not *that* Brian Wilson)
Run Forever

Pennsylvania indie rockers Run Forever mentioned back in the spring that they'd have a new album out on No Sleep this year, and it's since been announced. The record is self-titled and was co-produced by Matt Talbott of Hum and Kyle Gilbride of Swearin', and it actually kinda sounds like the love child of those two bands. It's scrappy and grungy like the latter, but the former's thick atmospheres are all over this too. The record features "Big Vacation" which came out as a single earlier this year, plus the recently-revealed "Separate Bedrooms" and "Weight Under Me" and the brand new "Ivory" which premieres in this post. Here's what songwriter Anthony Heubel tells us about that one:

Ivory is kind of a mix of a bunch of different events put into one song. I got a phone call when we were in Texas that a friend I grew up with had died, so that's a big part of it. Some of it's about the disconnect of being on tour, and using that as a way to block things out sometimes. There are some other secret lines in there too.
Listen to all four songs and check out the artwork and tracklist below. Run Forever drops on October 9 and pre-orders are available.

Continue reading "Run Forever releasing self-titled LP (stream four tracks)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher


Waxahatchee brought her ongoing tour in support of her new album Ivy Tripp to NYC last night (4/9) for a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The new album is her biggest-sounding one yet, and her new live set up gets that across perfectly. Katie Crutchfield is now joined by her twin sister Allison (of Swearin') who provides harmonies on most songs, and between them and Allison's Swearin' bandmate Keith Spencer all playing guitar on several songs, they really thicken their sound. Some of the older ones (especially "Peace and Quiet" from Cerulean Salt) never sounded as big as they did last night.

And perhaps the band's newest secret weapon is drummer Ashley Arnwine (of Pinkwash and Bleeding Rainbow), who's incredibly tight and gives Waxahatchee's live show more power than ever. Sometimes it was as fun to watch her drum as it was to watch Katie and Allison sing. But while this new maximalist Waxahatchee is nice to see, her minimal side is still an important part of the show. In contrast with the full-band songs, a handful had Katie and Allison's voices backed only by a keyboard, or only by a guitar, or only by bass and drums. Katie went fully back to Waxahatchee's beginnings for the three-song encore that had her alone on stage with just a guitar, and those moments were as commanding as the newly fleshed-out ones.

Opening was Girlpool (who return to that venue in July to headline with Alex G opening) and The Goodbye Party, the current project of The Ambulars' Michael Cantor who had Radiator Hospital singer Sam Cook-Parrott and Swearin' co-lead singer Kyle Gilbride among the members of his live band. More pictures of all three bands below...

Continue reading "Waxahatchee played Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Girlpool and The Goodbye Party (pics)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Katie & Allison Crutchfield @ Mohawk Austin - 3/17/15

The music portion of SXSW began in proper yesterday (3/17), and that included a solo Waxahatchee set at the House of Vans at Mohawk. Katie Crutchfield played a handful of stripped-down versions of songs off her upcoming third album, Ivy Tripp (due 4/7 via Merge), and a few older ones too. She brought her twin sister Allison (of Swearin') on stage to sing on a few songs too, including the one from Cerulean Salt where they harmonize the whole time, "Blue Pt. II." The show also featured sets from Angel Olsen, Speedy Ortiz, Torres and more. Pictures of Angel and Speedy are on BV Austin, and a set of Waxhatchee pics are in this post.

The full Waxahatchee band (Allison Crutchfield included) will bring their tour to NYC on April 9 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tix).

In related news, Radiator Hospital -- the band fronted by former Waxahatchee member Sam Cook-Parrott and including current Swearin' drummer Jeff Bolt -- are also playing some shows this month. Those include a NYC stop on March 24 at Silent Barn with Bloomington's Nice Try, and NYC locals The Meltaways and Trace Mountains (mem LVL UP). That's $7 at the door.

All Radiator Hospital dates are listed, with more Waxahatchee pics, below...

Continue reading "Waxahatchee played SXSW with Allison Crutchfield (pics); Radiator Hospital touring (dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Swearin' / The Goodbye Party at Baby's All Right - 2/19/15
The Goodbye Party

This spring, half of Swearin' will hit the road as members of Waxahatchee's band, but they decided to squeeze in two of their own shows ahead of that, the first of which was in NYC at Baby's All Right on Thursday night (2/19). It was an all-in-the-family show, with a full-band opening set from The Goodbye Party (the project of ex-Ambulars member Michael Cantor) that included Swearin's Kyle Gilbride and Radiator Hospital singer Sam Cook-Parrott. Radiator Hospital also share a drummer with Swearin', and their bassist Jon Rybicki's other band Attendant opened the night. Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield (whose twin sister Allison is in Swearin') could also be seen watching from the side of the stage. Great show all around. Pictures are in this post and continue below...

Continue reading "Swearin', The Goodbye Party & Attendant @ Baby's (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Waxahatchee at Sasquatch 2014 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)

As first single "Air" hinted, Waxahatchee covers a lot of new ground on Ivy Tripp, her third album and first for Merge (due 4/7). The second single though, titled "Under A Rock," sounds more like something that could've been on 2013's Cerulean Salt. It's a folk song for about 10 seconds before turning into the kind of '90s-style fuzz rocker Katie Crutchfield sometimes delivered on that album (like "Coast to Coast"), but it's also bigger-sounding than any of her previous work. Check it out below.

Waxahatchee's supporting the album on a tour as a 5-piece band (including her twin sister Allison and Keith Spencer of Swearin') which hits NYC on April 9 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Girlpool and The Goodbye Party. Tickets for that show are still available. They're also on the recently-announced Pitchfork Festival.

Meanwhile, Swearin' have a few shows this week, including NYC on Thursday (2/19) at Baby's All Right. Since we last spoke, it was revealed that The Goodbye Party also open that show, as do Radiator Hospital side project Attendant. Tickets for Baby's are still available.

Updated Swearin' dates are listed, with Goodbye Party and Attendant album streams, below...

Continue reading "Waxahatchee releases "Under A Rock" from new LP (listen); The Goodbye Party & Attendant opening for Swearin'"

by Andrew Sacher


Waxhatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield) recently put out a teaser for her third LP and first for Merge, and she's now revealed more details. The album's called Ivy Tripp, and it will be out on April 7 via her new label home. It was produced and recorded with Swearin' members Kyle Gilbride and Keith Spencer. That's the album artwork above.

Katie also put out the album's first single "Air." I liked her last album a lot, but this immediately sounds better to me than everything on it. This is terrifically crafted indie rock with way bigger ambitions that it seemed like Katie had on her home-recorded debut, and she achieves those ambitions in a way that feels pretty effortless. Check it out below.

Waxahatchee also announced an extensive 2015 tour, which will have her joined once again by Keith Spencer as well as her twin sister Allison, also of Swearin'. Bassist Katherine Simonetti and drummer Ashley Arnwine complete the lineup.

That tour includes several dates with The Goodbye Party (who recently played Glasslands with Waxhatchee), and others with Girlpool (who, like Waxahatchee, recently toured with Jenny Lewis). Two of the dates include all three bands, including Philly and the Brooklyn show happening April 9 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (1/16) with an AmEx presale starting at noon on Wednesday (1/14).

All dates are listed, with the new song, below...

Continue reading "Waxahatchee details LP3, 'Ivy Tripp,' shares new song "Air," announces tour w/ The Goodbye Party & Girlpool (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Swearin'

As discussed, Waxhatchee signed to Merge for her third full length which will be out in April. There's still no single released from that, but yesterday (1/4) on main member Katie Crutchfield's 26th birthday, she put out an album trailer that features 54 seconds of new music. It's not a lot to go on, but it sounds good and so far it doesn't seem like Cerulean Salt part 2. Check it out for yourself below.

Waxahatchee play Portland this Tuesday, 1/6, an XRAY.FM-curated Red Bull Sound Select show which is just $3 with RSVP (much like our own upcoming RBSS show which is 1/13 at Baby's in Brooklyn).

Katie's twin sister Allison and Waxahatchee member Keith Spencer's band Swearin' also have two shows coming up in February. First they play NYC on February 19 at Baby's All Right and then Philly a day later. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.

In more related news, Radiator Hospital frontman and former Waxahatchee bassist Sam Cook-Parrott recently wrote about his Top 10 Days of 2014 for The Media, where he also premiered a cover of Lucinda Williams' "Something About What Happens" with Allison Crutchfield, with whom he toured and collaborated in 2014.

Listen to that, with the Waxahatchee trailer and list of Swearin' dates, below...

Continue reading "Waxahatchee released an LP teaser; Swearin' playing shows; Allison covered Lucinda Williams w/ Radiator Hospital"

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.

Other upcoming shows at Glasslands before they close include How to Dress Well, Peter Silberman & others, Widowspeak, Quilt & What Moon Things, Bass Drum of Death & Mitski, Trust and more.

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.

Continue reading "Waxahatchee, Steve Gunn, The Goodbye Party and Weyes Blood played one of Glasslands' final shows (pics)"

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.

Continue reading "Swearin' playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar; Girlpool covered Radiator Hospital (watch)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Emily Burtner
Rad Hos

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.

Continue reading "Radiator Hospital cover "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" for new single series (listen), touring w/ Allison Crutchfield"

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.

Continue reading "Screaming Females playing Knitting Factory; Swearin's Allison Crutchfield released a solo EP (stream it)"

by Andrew Sacher

Black Wine

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.

Continue reading "Black Wine releasing a new LP, celebrating at DbA w/ Brick Mower; Shellshag add another DbA show; The Fest add bands"

by Andrew Sacher

Black Rainbow

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...

Continue reading "Black Rainbow releasing an LP on Shellshag's label, touring, playing two NYC shows (dates & stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

Flashlight O
Flashlight O

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
Dan Francia

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...

Continue reading "Flashlight O & Trace Mountains touring (dates); Flagland's Dan Francia releasing an EP (song stream) ++ OK Fest lineup"

by Andrew Sacher

Radiator Hospital

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...

Continue reading "Radiator Hospital releasing a new LP, 'Torch Song' ft. members of Swearin, Waxahatchee, All Dogs (stream/download it now)"

by Andrew Sacher

Bleeding Rainbow at Death by Audio in 2012 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Bleeding Rainbow

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.

Pink Wash

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.

Continue reading "Swearin' playing shows, including DbA w/ Shellshag who also play there w/ Bleeding Rainbow; Pink Wash touring (dates)"

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:

Continue reading "Ten (somewhat smaller) Northside shows we're excited to see"

Flesh Wounds

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...

Continue reading "Flesh Wounds released a 7" on Merge, touring, including Northside shows w/ Swearin', Ovlov & more (dates, streams)"

Ted Leo at HiFi / Brownies anniversary on Saturday (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Ted Leo

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.

Swearin' also played NYC over the weekend on their current tour which returns to NYC for a Northside show with Radiator Hospital and Bent Shapes in June.

Silent Barn flyer and TV themes video below...

Continue reading "Ted Leo covered TV themes w/ Aimee Mann (watch), playing 'The Media' fundraiser w/ Swearin's Allison Crutchfield"

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.

That show is one day after Grrrl Fest at Silent Barn which Swearin' were initially announced for but do not play (and which set times were just posted for).

Radiator Hospital also play NYC again this Friday at Silent Barn (5/23) with Free Cake For Every Creature, Frankie Cosmos, Quarterbacks and Adult Mom. More info here.

More pics of Swearin' with their setlist and list of updated dates, below...

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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.

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.

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 Swearin', Palehound, Shellshag and more. Advance tickets are available. Full lineup and more info below.

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.

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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...

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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


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...

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